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William Sanford Alley. 

Mrs. John Arthur. 

Charles Smith Averill. 

Isaac H. Beach. 

Joseph P. Beach. 

John M. Beach. 

Miss Mary Beach. 

Dr. Ambrose Beach. 

Eaton Beach. 

John K. Beach. 

Francis G. Beach. 

RODMOND V. Beach. 

Florence L. Beach. 

Charles L. Barnum. 

H. F. Barnum. 

Mrs. H. S. Benedict. 

Walter S. Booth. 

Mrs. James P. Brayton. 

Julius B. Curtis. 

Amasa T. Day. 

Joseph H. Dayton. 

Mrs. C. H. Dayton. 

Mrs. David Sanford Duncomb. 

Mrs. William E. Duncomb. 

Miss Annie Dixon. 

Edward N. English. 

Mrs. Charles O. Filkins. 

Henry B. Fanton. 

Mrs. L. J. George. 

Smith P. Glover. 

Mrs. John Beach Hull. 

George S, Hannaford. 

Horace B. Hunter. 

Mrs. C. H. Jones. 

Mrs. E. P. Jolly. 

Mrs. Edwin A. King 
Mrs. Ann S. Lear. 
Barent H. Lane. 
Wm. W. Ladd. 
James Beach Ladd. 
Walter G. Ladd. 
Mrs. Charles L. Lowe. 
Hon. Daniel Nash Morgan, 
Miss G. M. Manette. 
Mrs. James A. McLean. 
Joseph H. Nettleton. 
Mrs. Charles G. Nichols. 
Joseph Foster Nettleton. 
Charles P. Nettleton. 
A. I. Nettleton. 
C. S. Robertson. 
Mrs. L. W. Robinson. 
Millard F. Rohrer. 
George Dudley Seymour. 
Miss Em.meline Scribner. 
Horace Shepard. 
Wm. T. Shepard. 
Mrs. George L. Swan. 
George P. Sanford. 
Stephen Sanford. 
Miss Caroline H. Sanford. 
Frederick H. Sanford. 
Rev. D. L. Sanford. 
Mrs. John Sanford. 
Hon. Wm. E. Sanford. 
Hon. E. J. Sanford. 
Mrs. George B. Sherwood. 
Mrs. J. W. Talmage. 
Mrs. William Wallace. 
Reuben Warner, Esq. 

And others both too late for insertion and omitted by request. 




Historical and Biographical Sketches 


Ancestry and Descendants of John Sanford 


Redding, Connecticut 







Copyright 1898, 


Rebecca Donaldson Beach 




Under the present critical genealogical eye it would be 
impossible to produce entirely satisfactory results in any such 
field of labor. This should not and does not prevent the 
imperfect effort. In this case no apology is intended for that 
portion of this work which, without undue arrogance, can 
certainly be pronounced unusually complete. For the rest, 
however, the compiler expects differing opinion. History is 
not made of mental arithmetic statistics alone — tradition, the 
twisted tale of the once swift wheel in the quiet corner, the 
touch of local color and how that '' Once " springs into life ! 
Without this there would be no environment — even no pano- 
rama. Redding has been honored, and by one of her sons, 
Charles Burr Todd, whose history of the town and country is 
full of interesting material ; but Newtown, aside from histori- 
cal sermons and addresses, and a sort of high-class advertise- 
ment called " A History of Fairfield County," has been too 
long without due distinction. 

This effort, therefore, has been made and is offered in all 
its crudity and by an inexperienced pen, in order that some 
future hand may be led to correct and perfect her record. 
Discarding some of the usual adjuncts to such pages — such as 
the irritating foot-note, or the interfering explanation, and 
giving references at once and in the lump, has seemed to add 
continuity to an otherwise frequently broken narrative, and 
unless important to the context will not be again introduced. 
But one entire contribution from outside is included, and that 
is the sketch of the present Episcopal Church in Newtown, by 
the Rev. Mr. Linsley, and to him I am also indebted for 
much kindliness by the way. Family MSS., letters and 

vi Preface 

papers hitherto unpublished have been copied, some entire, 
others in part, and in this connection valuable additional data 
have been secured. The readiness with which such material 
was forthcoming and the wide interest taken in its search, 
leads me to a different point of view to that taken by some of 
my predecessors in these fields. The three divisions into 
which these records have naturally fallen, historical, bio- 
graphical, and genealogical, will at least give opportunity to 
avoid that portion which may seem superfluous. No numeri- 
cal system is adopted in the genealogy, but with continuing 
each family through its generations before returning to the 
next, and a complete index, it is hoped the arrangement 
may prove easily followed and consulted. Aside from the 
lengthy list of publications, references and records, special 
mention should be made of a few earnest helpers by whose 
assistance we have such full records to present. Among 
these are Mrs. Philo Nichols of Newtown, Mrs. George H. 
Chase of Sharon, Mrs. William E. Duncomb of Redding, and 
Mr. Charles H. Peck of Newtown. In the Sanford connec- 
tion : Mr. Edward Jackson Sanford of Knoxville, Tenn. ; 
Mrs. James P. Brayton of Chicago, 111. ; and Mrs. Charles W. 
Kelley of Redding. To these and to many other equally 
helpful hands this recognition is added to previous acknowl- 

New Haven, Conn., June, \i 


New Haven Colony Records. 

Connecticut State Records. 

Town, Land, Probate and Church Records of New Haven, New- 
town, Redding, Stratford, Fairfield, Danbury, Bridgeport, Shelton 
(Huntington) Milford, and Hartford in Connecticut ; Rochester, 
Albany, Troy and Brooklyn, New York State; Elizabethtown, New 
Jersey ; Chicago, 111. ; Milwaukee, Wisconsin ; Wilmington, Delaware. 
Other town records examined and sent in by descendants in the 
West, South, California and Canada. 

Trumbull and Hollister's State Histories, Bacon's Historical Dis- 
courses, Barber's Historical Collections, Orcutt's Bridgeport and 
Stratford, Torrington and local histories, Davis' Wallingford, Schenk's 
Fairfield, Lewis' Fairfield County, Cothren's Woodbury, Stiles' Old 
Windsor, History of Hartford County, Todd's Redding, Baird's His- 
tory of Rye, Boyd's Winchester and the histories of Durham, Goshen, 
Danbury, etc., etc. 

Beardsley's History of the Church in Connecticut ; Perry's American 
Episcopal Church ; Life and Letters of Dr. Samuel Johnson ; Life 
and Letters of Bishop Seabury ; Sprague's American Pulpit ; Sabine's 
Loyalists ; Documentary History of the Church in Connecticut — 
Drs. Hawks and Perry; Yale Biographies — Professor Dexter; De- 
Forest's History of the Indians in Connecticut ; Connecticut Men in 
the Revolutionary War, and War of 1812 ; The New England Historical 
and Genealogical Magazine; Dodd's East Haven Register; the Family 
Records of Booth, Burr, Hawley, Piatt, Tuttle, Morse, etc., etc. The 
English authorities are given in their place, though I should mention, 
perhaps, that the Minster records at Warminster were consulted by 
permission of the then vicar. Sir James Erasmus Phillips, bart. 



Historical Slcetch of Newtown, Conn., 1786-1800, - - - i 

Trinity Church, Newtown— by the Rev. Mr. Linsley, - - 59 

Notes on the Congregational Church, ----- 66 

History of Redding, Conn., ------- 71 

Biography of the Rev. John Beach, ------ 86 

Beach in England, - - - - 122 

Beach in Records of New Haven Colony, - - - - 128 

Ancestry in Connecticut, --------I33 

Descendants in the line of John, ------ 147 

Descendants in the line of Lazarus, - - - - - - I59 

Sketches of Connecting Families, ------ 165 

Genealogy, - -201 


Sanford Ancestry and Marriages, ------ 300 

Sanford Genealogy, - - 3^^ 



Trinity Church, Newtown, Conn., ------ 59 

The "Beach Corner" in Christ Church Burying Ground, 

Redding Ridge, 79 

MSS. Letter of the Rev. John Beach, 121 

Mabel Beers Beach, --------- 149 

Lucy Beach Nichols, -------- 194 

A Historical Sketch of Newtown, Connefticut. 


As no history of any part of Connecticut could be properly 
- entered upon without an Indian prologue, so no 
history of Newtown could be begun without first mention of 
Stratford also. This seventh child of the Colony proved its 
birthright in the older parent country by a good fighting 
disposition and ready ability to acquire fresh pastures in the 
new. Fast and strong it grew and in turn sent out its sons 
to conquer. Among the first of the Indian deeds to indivi- 
duals was one to "my loving friend, Joseph Judson" of 
Stratford, in 1661, consisting of a tract of land in the 
"Mohican Hills"; another in the same year from Tow- 
tonamy and his mother (the wife of Ansantawae) to Samuel 
Sherman, John Hurd and Caleb Nichols; and in 167 1, 
Pocono the Sachem of Weantinock (New Milford) gave a 
deed for more than 25,000 acres to Henry Tomlinson — this 
was confirmed in 1702 with two additional names, Richard 
Blackleach and Daniel Shelton ; the land ran as far as New- 
town and included property to which John Read, Jun'', after- 
wards fell heir, and it is said, he sued the New Milford pur- 
chasers for trespass, winning his case fifteen times, but losing 
it the sixteenth ! Pootatuck was the original name of Shel- 
ton, and it was not until later that it was brought to Newtown. 

The following description, taken largely from Orcutt's 
"Bridgeport and Stratford," will make this more clear: 
"About 1680 the Indians on the lower part of the Housatonic 
made a considerable migration with their wigwams up the 
river, those on the South Side to Potatuck in Newtown, and 
those on the East Side to the mouth of the Shepaug on the 
North. In 1681 the Pequonnock Indians sold their old plant- 
ing field in Fairfield, and in 1685-6-7 they completed the sale 
of all their claims in that town " 

Newtown and New Milford became the points of rendez- 
vous, from 1680 to about 1705, when they sold again and 

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moved on west. Of course these localities were not yet so 
named or called, but it would be difficult to recognize the 
many stages of this movement in the Indian prototypes. 

Newtown must have been from 1680 until 1705 the home of 
several hundred natives : in the latter year they sold the terri- 
tory for that township, making some reservations, and in 
1723 they— by their chief Quiomph (or Quiump) — sold all 
their claim in that town " except a corner of intervale lying 
by ye river where Cocksures fence is." The Newtown deed 
of 1705 contains the names of several Indians who signed 
deeds in Fairfield and Stratford, thus showing that they had 
retired from their old wigwams along the coast to Pootatuck 
in Newtown. 

" New Milford and Newtown were purchased at nearly the 
same time. At New Milford they sold their last land, which 
was the planting field, in 1705, and with those from Newtown 
and Shepaug in Woodbury began to center in considerable 

numbers at Kent " Mr. Orcutt goes on to say that 

to him "there is a sense of sadness connected with these 
forced migrations and giving up of their old council places 
and wigwams," and he describes very beautifully the charm- 
ing bluff and valley which is pictured in an illustration from 
a recent photograph. 

The following list is taken from Vol. I, page 263. It is not 
the whole list of early Siratfordians, but only forty-seven, 
whose names appear in the genealogy and as property-hold- 
ers in Newtown. 

Eben' Booth, 18^ acres. Nath' Porter, 6 acres. 

John Booth, xZyi acres. John Peacock's hrs., 14 acres. 

Samuel Judson, i^yi acres. Moses Wheeler, 31^^ acres. 

Samuel Galpin, 12 acres. Mr. Sam' Sherman, i7>^ acres. 

Josiah Nichols '™, 17 acres. Matthew Sherman's hrs., 12 acres. 

Mr. Samuel Hawley, 39 acres. Lieut. John Hubbel's hrs., 18 acres. 

Timothy Titharton, i8_J^ acres. John Thompson and 

Daniel Titharton, 14 acres. Ambrose Thompson, 

Joseph Booth, 6 acres. Mr. Dan' Shelton, 28 acres. 

Mr. D. Mitchell, dec*, 47 acres. Mr. Joseph Curtis, 34 acres. 

John Hurd '"", heirs, 36 acres. Mr. Ephraim Stiles, 30 acres. 
Edward Sherman's heirs, 12 acres. Mr. Sam' Sherman Jun"-, 20 acres. 

Zechariah Fairchild, 20 acres. Capt. Stephen Burritt, 20 acres. 

Cap* James Judson, 32^ acres. Mr. John Wells, 30 acres. 

44 acres. 

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John Curtis, ", i2>^ acres. Deac. Timothy Wilcoxson, 29^^ 
Benj" Curtis, 9>^ acres. acres. 

Isaac Stiles, 6 acres. Captn. Wm. Curtis, 26 acres. 

Isaac Bennit, 6 acres. Josiah Curtis, 6 acres. 

Joshua Curtis, 14 acres. Sam^ Uffoot, 35 acres. 

John Porter, 15 acres. John Birdsey, ", 21 acres. 

John Sherwood, 28 acres. John Birdsey, J', 12 acres, 
John Beach, 12, and 8 acres with'> 5 John Burritt, 19 acres. 

miles. Sam^ Beers — in right of his father 
Nath' Beach, 6>^ acres. — John Beers, dec*^, 6 acres. 

Benj" Beach, 14 acres. 

Many other names appear elsewhere similarly connected. 

From all that has been gathered into history concerning 
the Connecticut Indians we are enabled to place the Poota- 
tuck family as a branch of the great Mohican tribe — from the 
Hudson River. These coming down the Housatonic valley 
and finding many falls in that stream, named it "Potatuck," 
which is Indian for "falls river." Their chief was Oken- 
nuk, son of Ansantawae. The Newtown deed of 1705 was for 
"a tract of land bounded South on a Pine SAvamp and land of 
Mr. Sherman's and Mr. Rosseter (later belonging by will and 
lease to Richard Nichols, Mr. Sherman's son-in-law), South- 
west upon Fayerfield bounds. Northwest upon the bounds of 
Danbury, Northeast on land purchased by Milford men at or 
near Caentenoak, and Southeast on land of Nunawauk, an 
Indian, the line running two miles from the river right 
against Potatuck, the said tract of land containing in 

length eight miles, and in breadth six miles 

in consideration of four guns, four Broadcloth Coats, four 
Kettles, ten shirts, ten pair of stockings, fortie pound of 
Lead, ten Hatchetts, ten pound of powder, and fortie 
Knives " Signed by thirty-four "marks" represent- 
ing so many dusky figures, male and female, who, tricked 
out in their " Broadcloth Coats, Stockings, etc." — according 
to the taste of the wearer — caroused for several days on the 

Mr. Orcutt does not further qualify the brandy but says the 
new " proprietors " were obliged to remain quietly at home 
during the orgy. The later deed, called the second pur- 
chase, was not made until the August of 1723, and is called 
"The Quiomph deed." On the Newtown records Quiomph 

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makes over all his land in the boundaries of Newtown "not 
purchased by ye English before ye date of this purchase 
(Aug. 7, 1723) to John Glover and Abraham Kimberly for ye 
proprietors of Newtown. 


Signed Quiomph^ 


Signed in the presence of 
Robert Seelye. 
EuNiss Bennet. 

Recorded Jan. 21, 1725X6." 

This is the Eunice Bennet, daughter of Capt° Thomas and 
afterward wife of Daniel Booth. 

In Mr. John W. DeForest's History of the Indians in Con- 
necticut this family (the Potatucks) is put off with a short 
shrift. He says : " Northwest of the Paugussets within the 
limits of Newtown, Southbury, Woodbury and some other 
townships resided a clan known as the Potatucks, their insig- 
nificance is sufficiently proved by the silence of authors con- 
cerning them." Again : " The Potatucks of Newtown and 
Woodbury appear to have been a small community. They 
never gave any trouble to the English settlers. ...(!)... 
One of the first, if not the very first acts " (correctly quoted 
except for the italics) " recorded of them is the sale (172c?) of 
forty-eight square miles of the river right against Potatuck, 
the said tract of land containing in length eight miles and in 

breadth six miles in consideration of four guns, four 

coats, four blankets, etc., etc." Perhaps, in view of the ques- 
tionable grammar, the unquestionably false statement in 
regard to the entire agreement of sentiment between these 
gentle aborigines and the English settler, and the remarkable 
confusion of deeds and dates, a further " silence of authors " 
would have been advisable. The only Indian deed on the 
land records of Newtown, after 1723, is one to the Hubbels, 
which will be mentioned in its place. That the Indians gave 
a great deal of trouble to the first settlers and indeed later 
comers, can scarcely be denied. Even as late as the middle 
of the century, there is a tale which may be told here in this 
connection. It was well known that at the time the Rev. John 
Beach returned from England in 1732, some of those who 
were the most bitterly opposed to the Church of England and 
resented his return to Newtown in the capacity of missionary, 

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incited the Indians to annoy him, and at a later period a band 
of them entered his house in his absence and tried to frighten 
the children into telling where the money and valuables were. 
One of the daughters, Sarah, had been left in charge and told 
to be sure and hide a certain silver tankard in case of danger. 
This brave little girl gathered the children round her, slipped 
the tankard out of the closet and under her skirts, and they 
all huddled in a corner and refused to move or answer any 
questions. The Indians, after frightening them, made off 
with what they could themselves find. The members of 
Trinity Parish have now the privilege of communing on sil- 
ver made over from the tankard and other pieces of historic 
value, collected, melted over and presented by a recent par- 
ishioner, through whose mistaken zeal more than one old 
Newtown family is to-day mourning its lost heirlooms. 

We can not consider that after our own treatment of the 
Indians — in the Pequot and King Philip's wars — it should be 
surprising they felt distrustful of our ideas of justice. His- 
torians have hushed up this early national disgrace, as they 
will the repetition of it, in the same connection which is at 
present rendering another *' silence of authors " necessary. 
How many tales of wanton cruelty and double-dealing must 
have been handed down from father to son, and it was always 
easy to excite their animosity — after Xh^ pale face had cheated 
them of proffered friendship. On the other hand, we have on 
our side much to remember of misplaced confidence to the 
innate barbarian. 

The phrase Indian summer, which is so suggestive of soft- 
ness and beauty and the last warmth of a fading sun, bore in 
those early days quite a different inner meaning. It meant 
that time after the housing of the grain and preparation for 
the long winter, when by incessant labor and forethought the 
tired farmer had battled with nature to secure the absolute 
needs of his little family in their solitary makeshift called 
hoi7ie, and the first chill had touched with its ripening hand 
the fruits of the earth ; it meant that theti came the " Indian's 
summer," when the shiftless and lazy dweller in the woods 
who had watched some one else growing and gleaning for 
him^ broke cover and stole out as fully armed and a thousand 
times more sure of aim, and raided the farm, gathering up the 
very food of the day — and fortunate was the little settlement 

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that escaped without fire and desecration. Connecticut suf- 
fered in this way less than New York State, but this was the 
true sentiment of the phrase " Indian summer." 

Chicken Warrups, the Sachem of Reading, was long a 
dweller on his reservation, and his children's children claimed 
inheritance, but of him we shall read in the description of that 
locality. With this brief introduction we pass at once to the 
actual center of interest. 


When Mauquash, Nunawauk and Massumpas sold their 
own and their children's birthright in this happy hilltop 
valley for such literal coin of the realm as " four coats, four 
guns, four blankets, ten pounds of powder," and some small 
gear, they had but begun experience with the already thrifty 
New England farmer. 

The first purchasers were three also, Hawley, Junos and 
Bush, the latter always spoken of as "of New York," and 
indeed never appearing in person. This small syndicate was, 
however, well backed by many Stratfordians who sought to 
emulate their sires in founding still another settlement. In 
the Colonial Records of Connecticut, the first mention of 
Newtown is at the May session of the Assembly, 1703, when 
in regard to " a pattent to Newtown or Preston dated 4th, 
Feb. 1686, this Assembly grants to the Petitioners herein- 
after named, all that tract of land lying on the west side of 
Stratford and part of Fairfield, westerly upon Danbury and a 
line running from the southeast corner of Danbury, paralell 
to the east line of s*^ town to Fairfield bounds, northerly upon 
New-Fairfield purchase and Potatuck River, should be one 
intire town called by the name of Newtown, & do appoint 
& impower Jos Curtice of Stratford Esq, Captain Joseph 
Wakeman of Fairfield, Mr. John Sherman of Woodbury, and 
Mr. Thomas Taylor of Danbury, a Comt®^ to survey the said 
track of land, and consider what number of inhabitants the 
said track of land will conveniently accomodate, and accord- 
ingly determine where the town plot shall be, and lay out a 
suitable number of home lotts, and order all the prudentials 
of said town until such time as the General Court shall order 
otherwise. Signed, Jos Curtice, James Judson, Samuel 
Hawley, John Read, Jno Burr, Theophilus Hull, John 

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Minor, Benjamin Sherman, Josiah Curtis, Dan^ Burr Jr., 
Daniel Curtis, Rich'^ Hubbell, Jun'', John Judson, Jno 
Seelye, Jun'', Daniel Beardslee, Jos Fairchild, Benj"^ Hurd, 

Benj° Nichols, Peleg Burritt, John Griffin, Tho" Sharp, 

Dunning of Stratford, Dan^ Beardsley, sen"", Zechariah Ferriss, 
Will Mallorie, Sam' Hubbell, J"", Jonathan Booth, Jno Haw- 
ley, David Whitlock, J--, Jno Glover, Dan' Foot, J^ Ab"^ 
Kimberly, Benj. Peck, Daniel Burr, S^, Mr. Richard Brian's 

heirs, Sam' Eels ." 

Accordingly, we find, on a leaf torn from the first New- 
town Record book, and now preserved in the present copy, 
the following. On the outside is written, " The Draught of 
ye twenty acre Lotts Divi^, by ye Comm"®® pr order of the 
Generall Court Recorded folio 84 first Book, pr Joseph 
Peck, Town Clerk." (Inside.) An acco" of a division of 
Land laid out March 24**" 1709/10, of the Committee for New- 
town, each lot containing 20 acres, namely, on the Hill on 
the west side of the town 14 lots already laid out to ye follow- 
ing persons named, to wit : Josiah Burit the North lott & 
Abraham K(imberly) the South lott, only, Kimberly's Lots 
containing but 7 acres is to have eleven acres more adjoyn- 
ing to the west side of M^'. Sherman's farm to front w^* on ye 
line of s'' farm, forty acres laid out to M''. Glover in and . . . 
. . being for the 2 allotting's due to him, lying northward of 
the said town on the north side of a br(ook) Note, that John 
Griffin in lieu of ye home lot laid out to him, accepts of land 
layd by his dwelling house, & hath two acres layd at the 

ea^' end of his 20 acre lott, & twenty acre lotts to 

be laid out west of Josiah Burit's lot and that rang(e) of 20 
acre lotts, in three parcels, the first rang(e) on the west of 
aforesaid continuous rights, lotts of 20 acres each, from the 
south to the north upon the first hill, & three lots on a hill 
of 20 acres lying west of the northerly end of the next above 
hill, five lots to be layd out on the southerly end of Mr. 
Sherman's farm & Kimberly's Land above mentioned, each 
containing 20 acres, three lots of 20 acres each to be layd out 
on the West side of the new country road southerly of the 
Brook called by the name of deep-Brook, five lots to be layd 
out of 20 acres each, lying on the hill eastward of the long 
medow adjoyning to the deep Brook on the North end. 

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I Ensign Hubbell, Kq& 


I Joseph Curtis 


2 Daniel Beers, sen' 


2 Joseph Osborne 


3 Theophilus Hul 


3 Joseph beach 


4 Daniel Beer, Jr 


4 James Lewis 


F- TTrt*- ImI*-*- 


5 Josiah Curtis 


5 — yet Durr 



5 Fayerweather 


7 Mr. John Reed 


7 Capt° Judson 


8 Chancey 


8 Jon-i Morris 


9 Jon° Booth 


9 Wm. Junos 


lo Jon"^ Minor 

10 Joseph Beardslee 


II Eben" Prindle 


II Capt° Hawley 

12 Jere Turner 


12 Tho' Lake 


13 Edmund Lewis 


13 Mr Sam^ Hawley 


14 Daniel Judson 


15 Benj Sherman 


16 tho Curtis 


Three lots on ye west of ye country road south of ye deep 

South of Mr Sherman's Lieut Sam' Hubbel's i lot N*'' 

farm, five lots Mr Chancey's 3 lots 

Mr Sam' Hawley's 2 lot 

Eben Booth 3 lot 
Mr Reed 5 lot 
Capt Jos Hawley 2 lot 
Daniel Burr Jr i lot 
Ensign R Hubbel 4 lot 


Minor i lot at North end 

Capf^ Hill 2 lot 
Tho Lake 5 lot 
Daniel Beers " 3 lot 
Capt'' Burr 4 lot 

To the north end of ye town 16 lots the first hil 8 lots. 

Daniel Jackson 


Joseph Curtis 
Jon Turner 
Eben Prindle 
Benj Sherman 
Capt° Judson 
John Morris 

On the hill of 
3 lots 

Josiah Curtis 
Wm Junos 
Joseph Osborne 5 lots 
Edmund Lewis i lot 
Joseph beach 4 lots Lewis 3 lots 
Tho^ Benit 2 lots 
Five lots on the Hill Southwest 
begins at Southward 

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Easterly end 

Sherman farm 
South end 


Ensign Hubbel 

Mr. Eeed 

40 rods 

first lot 
Daniel Bear 

40 rods 

Highway 2 rods in South end 


2 lot 

3 lot 

Capt° Hawley 



40 rods 

North end 
The Hill containing 8 lots 

Five lots south of Sherman's farm 

9, 10, II, 12, 13 

West end 

Joseph Curtis [ Com 
Thomas Seelye Jr S tee 

North end of ye town on the hil 
contains 3 lots, 9, 10, 11. 

North end on the Hill contains five 
lots 12 13 14 15 16. 

Five lots Eastward, 4-5 

(torn ) 

On this list and map are thirty-two names, seventeen of 
which will be found many times recurring in this genealogy. 

The first town meeting of which we have any record is 
dated 17 11, for the election of officers, and being " Leagally 
met at ye house of Peter Hubbell yt was then voted that Peter 



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Hubbell shall be town clerk for the yeare ensuing. Voted 
that Abraham Kimberly shall be Constable for the yeare ensu- 
ing. Voted that Ebenezer Prindle and Thomas Sharp shall 
be Surveyors of Highways for ye yeare ensuing." At the 
same meeting " Daniel foot and Joseph Gray " are appointed 
fence viewers, and Thomas Lake is ordered "to slip his 20 
acre divition and take it up on the west side of the rhoad, to 
be laid out by the Committee upon the s"^ Lake's charge." 

At the May session of the Assembly in that year (17 11), a 
committee consisting of " Capt" John Hawley & Mr. Benja- 
min Sherman of Stratford & Mr. Piatt of s*^ Newtowne" is 
"to lay out such divisions of land within the s"* town of New- 
towne, with the advice of Mr James Beebe and Mr Tho^ Tay- 
lor of Danbury as shall be agreed upon by ye proprietors 
there-of." And in October this committee reports and peti- 
tions for full town privileges and the number 7 for its brand 
mark, but in the May of 17 12 the Assembly "being informed 
that sundry of the grantees of the land at Newtowne have not 
amended the conditions of the said grant so that the good set- 
tlement of the said towne is (in) danger of being greatly 
defeated, & where- as this Court did in the same grant of the 
said towne, reserve a power to add such others for settlement 
in the said towne as they should think meet, do therefor 
desire and apjjoint the hon^^* Nathan Gold Esq. Joseph Cur- 
tice and Peter Burr Esq. and Capt" Joseph Wakeman them or 
any three of them to be a committee to view and inspect the 
whole affair relating to the settlement of the said towne in 
the next Sessions," .... ending with the proviso that "no 
charge shall arise hereby to the colony." 

While these committees were going and coming between 
State and town, seeing to it that proper legislation and recog- 
nition was assured them, the proprietors busied themselves 
about matters of equal importance, for in the earliest volume 
of the Town Journal we read : "May 3d, 17 12 . . . Voted, to 
swap one rod of land with Mr. John Glover, & one rod with 
Jonathan Booth off from thire hom lots at the north end of 

the towne Voted, by ye maj'' part for M"" Phineas 

fisk to be the minister for Newtowne, — voted, to give the 
minister that comes and settles amongst us as a minister of 
the Gospel to preach the Gospel amongst us, that he shall 
have a petition Right in full . . . ." In another place — it is 

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chronicled that at a town meeting (probably the same or next 
one) it is voted — "that Mr. Phinehas Fisk is invited to come to 
this place to preach a sermon amongst us & that we may 
discourse him about setling among us a minister of the Gos- 
pel for half a year or some other space of time as may be 
agreed for a Tryal, and that Mr. Adams be the person to 
invite him on that Design." In face of such a "Tryal" we 
can imagine the trepidation with which Mr. Fisk first addressed 
and then discoursed his critics. Nor are we surprised to learn 
that the reverend gentleman declined so hazardous a call. 

In October — that year — "John Glover is appointed to con- 
fer with Rev*^ Mr. Charles Chansey and Rev** Mr. Joseph 
Webb & some other minister of ye county if they think 
needful that one or two or as they see meet, come & assist 
& carry on and advise us at Newtown & keep a Day of 
humiliation with us, that God in mercy would Direct us & 
prosper us with a man to Preach the Gospel with us," and 
John Glover is also appointed Town clerk, "for the year 
ensueing." Peter Hubbell petitions for & is allowed to 
keep "a house of Entertainment" (Inn), & a three shilling 
fine for non-attendance on Town meetings, is voted. " The 
inhabitants afores"* made choyce of John Glover James 
Hurd, Jas Turner & John Platts a committee to measure ye 
land & settle ye bounds with ye Indians of that purchase 
which William Junos purchased of ye Indians with his 
asotiates in ye boundarys of Newtowne & to Requeste Col' 
Johnson & Capt° Wines of Woodbury to declare to ye Indians 
what land the Indians hold & ye Deed ; Also to procure four 
gallons of Rum to treat ye Indians and to Refresh y"''selves." 
So long ago was it thought necessary to "treat" the Indians 
when the subject of land was to be discussed. This large order 
for rum seems to have occasioned no debate. This Deed 
was the one drawn in 1705 — spoken of above. The wheel of 
industry began early to revolve, for even in the heart of that 
winter "at ye house of Daniel foot it is voted, that Mr. 
Benj"^ Sherman Eben'' Prindle & Mr Samuel Sanford [from 
Milford] " shall agree with said Turner & draw up an agree- 
ment concerning a Grist Mill on s*^ brooke." This Jonathan 
Turner had already been voted a "40 acre lot adjoining 
^ after' he hath built the Mill," and in March Benj Sherman 
Capt"^ John Holly and John Seely "have libertie to gat a 

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saw mill on ye Deep brooke South of ye town," and Joseph 
Dudley is allowed the first fulling mill "provided he do not 
damnifie the saw mill." "Pitching" for land was the recog- 
nized manner of lawful division, and lest the reader should 
share the previous ignorance of the writer, the process is 
quoted, " They shall go out 8 in a companie & draw by 
figures I. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8, till the whole number of 40 lotts 
be layd out." This seems fair enough and without favor- 
itism, though large proprietorship and coin of the realm 
obtained then as now. " Mr John Glover shall have his pitch 
at the rere of his house lott and the highways west & north, 
so fur as it will hold out, & s*^ Glover will paye to the town 
treasurer 12 shilg^ for his pitch." "Ab" Kimberly shall take 
his pitch at the rere of his home lott so fur as it will hold 
out," and "voted, that Ab" Kimberley shal draw for all the 
Proprietors of ye town " and the 7*^ day of April " shal be 
the Day for the companye to pitch, and successively till they 
have done, exceptin fowl weather hinder." And while they 
so carefully protected the living, it is pathetic to read in the 
small, clear, little cramped handwriting that one of their 
number, Stephen Pamerly " has the use of an acre & a half 
which is the burying place, provided he clear the bushes and 
sow English grass seed." 

To return to the Colonial Records, in October 1713 a 
list of "rateable" estates is ordered, "& for the promoting 
of the New Plantation called Newtown for the defraying 
of the charge of building a meeting-house there, & the main- 
tenance of a minister each owner of a petition right shall 
for the next four years annually pay 30 shillings money 
& all the rest of the said charge shall be raised upon the 
heads & stocks of other estates of the s"^ Town except so 
much as this Court shall next May order to be payd annu- 
ally during the four years aforesaid by the Farmers." A very 
important point in the early history of this interesting town 
was reached when, at the October Sessions of 1714, "a tax of 
one penny pr acre is levied on the farmers, and those who 
have not already settled for their petition rights are allowed 
3 years to do so, & five lb an acre for delay in so doing, 
payable to the Selectmen, and the s"* Newtown is annexed 
to the County of Fairfield." And the next year they are 
"granted liberty to embody in Church estate as soon as God 

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in his providence shall make way therfor." Newtown figures 
largely in State and Town records as of the Church militant : 
this was, however, not an unusual state of affairs in New 
England at that time, and in the language of one of the 
divines concerned, not a hundred miles distant, 'twas "no 
great marvel my Brethren, for surely there be a superabun- 
dance of heavenly ministrants amongst us." 

Cut off as they were from intercourse with the great march 
of mind, obliged to become toilers in, and of, a land yet unre- 
deemed, religion itself was to them the only center of litera- 
ture and argument ; the prayer-meeting was the vent for pent 
up enthusiasm, the psalm their music, and in the "preachings 
of the Gospel " so ardently longed for they wished to find 
an uplifting power — something to help them shoulder their 
burdens. We too often forget that our hard-working for- 
bears in this new country were, many of them, untrained to 
such exertion, or their wives to the manual toil of primitive 
homes in half-felled forests. We are shocked when we 
come across a remarriage on the same page with the death 
of the first wife, but what was to be done ? No respect- 
able woman would care for his children, and the day of 
other female servitude had not dawned for them. By this 
time they had secured the Rev Mr Thomas Toucey and 
the year before had voted to " soo all ye ministers home 
lot with wheat that .... Mr. Towse have ye crops Pro- 
vided ye s*^ Mr. Thomas Towsee preach ye Gospel amongst 
us a yeare " and "Ab™ Kimberley John Glover Eben'' Smith 
Eben'" Prindle & John Griffin are a com*^ to discourse Mr. 
Towse in order to settlemint to know whether he is wil- 
ling to cary on ye work of ye ministry in this Place as 
long as God shall grant him life & health & the salary that ye 
town and hee shall yearly agree for " ; by another vote at the 
same meeting "voted to give Josiah Burrit 20 shillings in 
Pay or two thirds money for meeting in his House on ye 
Lord's Day from y* Daye until next May ensueing," but 
preparations are also immediately made for the building of a 
suitable edifice. " John Glover James Hard & Eben'' Smith 
are a "com^*« to hier workmen on ye Towne A-compt to 
builde a meeting house to serve God in 40 foot Longe & 30 
foot wide & 20 foot between ye joysts." Joseph Peck becomes 
town clerk. 

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The Rev. J. P. Hoyt, quoted in Lewis' history of Fairfield 
County, says that there was a rude church edifice of some 
sort in 1710, but this minute would seem to indicate that as 
late as 17 13 they were holding their services in a private house 
and expected to do so until "the next May ensueing," and his 
measurements of "50 + t^(> feet," do not follow the origi- 
nal plan ; however, he says, "this was not built until 17 17, 
and was situated at " the intersection of Main st. & a lane 
running east & west," where the liberty pole now stands. 

Growth progressed in natural sequence, first the tilling of 
the land, then the building of the church, and then the school- 
ing of the " weans." In each of these movements we trace the 
greatest care that everything should be firmly based on exact 
measurements, no favoritism or unequal division of labor, no 
underhand advantage or release from duty assigned ; they 
would not spare the rod to its just dividing line nor spoil the 
child for want of it. To every man his 40 X 16 home lott, and 
if by some chance influence in high quarters an advantage 
seemed secured, justice overtook the clever one and his little 
day quickly waned ; for instance: "Jonathan Hubbel hath 
pitched for his ten acre lott in ye swamp at ye north corner 
of Mr Read's lott, now in ye improvement of Stephen Par- 
merly & on ye southeast side of ye path which goes from 
Potatuck to Danbury," " entered this fourth Day of Novem- 
ber, 17 14, pr Mr Peter Hubbell." At first glance "ye 
swamp " might not seem to betray any special wealth of prop- 
erty, but " Mr Read's lott " was unquestionably the best in 
the settlement, and the " improvement of Stephen Parmerly " 
would indicate good clearing in that direction, while the 
" path " between Potatuck and Danbury meant a highway 
shortly, and a very available cart road for his present use ! So, 
we are not much surprised to find the next entry reading, 
"These presints may sartify that ye above'*^ Jon° Hubbell had 
no right to pitch upon or take ye land in his oune name & 
that lef Richard Hubbell hath taken up his ten acre pitch of 
land elsewhere, as ye Record will discov^" Poor Peter, the 
Recorder^ must have found his family connections almost as 
difficult as they were numerous, for he is many times 
called upon to register their squabbles and re-arrange their 

The first school was started in 17 17, and the building 

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answered the double purpose of class room by day, and town 
meeting by night, or out of school hours, for many years. 
Although they had, as early as 1713, voted to build their meet- 
ing house on the modest lines as above given, it was not until 
1 7 17 that they really accomplished anything. At a town meet- 
ing held Dec. ad*'* (the day after Christmas when they might 
be supposed to feel a devout sense of their needs), we read 
" Consulted, agreed upon, concluded and voted by ye Inhabi- 
tants above^*^ at s'' meetinge to build a meeting house so that 
ye aforesaid Inhabitants of ye s^ Town might be under better 
advantage for ye enjoyment of all ye ordinances of God in 
his sanctuary according to Divine appointment : enter'' by 
Jos Peck, Town Clerk. 

Along the margin is written "Joseph Peck will give 1,000 
of shingles (&) find nails to lay them." This is crowded in on 
account of a similar offer of Peter Hubbell, who, "will give 
for ye Incouragement of Building ye above^'' House one 
Thousand of sawn board & one thousand of shingles." Fired 
by these promises, " John Glover will give the making of all 
ye window frames at ye front," but lest his noble sounding 
offer should mislead he adds, " note that ye Town is to find 
Timber for ye frames." The boundary lines between Strat- 
ford and New Milford and the township of Newtown become 
material for more than one year's petitioning, but in the next 
year at the May sitting, the Assembly refuses their requests 
in respect of a re-survey, but levies a fine or tax of a penny 
pr acre for four years on town proprietors and of farms, pro- 
portionably, "the same to be used for Church purposes." 
The laying out of highways and the difficulties attendant on 
due proportions in county road expenses, the trials and tribu- 
lations of religious differences and adjustment of land 
" Rights " and the more recent Indian purchases, make many 
town meetings necessary, but not so interesting for the next 
two or three years. 

In 1723 Mr. Thomas Towsey presents a memorial to the 
General Assembly complaining that his salary is not forth- 
coming. Whereupon orders are issued that the " Inhabitants 
of the town of Newtown in compliance with the agreement 
with Mr Tousey shall paye to the said Mr Tousey 60 lbs of 
money beside a resonable consideration for his firewood for 
the year 1723 which ended the 8"* of March last," and doubt- 

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less at the instigation of the " fighting preacher " as he was 
called, the " Governor, Council and Representatives in Gen- 
eral Court assembled " further enact a " rate of 

five pence on the pound on all the polls & rateable estate 
within the said Town & collect & gather the same & pay it to 
the said Mr Tousey on or before the third Tuesday in July 
next," and still further, should this fail, the " Secretary of the 
Colony is ordered to issue a warrant of distraint to the Sheriff 
of Fairfield County," who is to be allowed 15 shillings fee, 
and is to " send forthwith a copy of this Act to Mr Thomas 
Bennit Justice of the peace : . . . . who is herebye required " 
to see it properly served. These two must have been con- 
genial spirits, captains both, acknowledged leaders in affairs, 
disciplinarians in peace and war, and if Mr. Tousey excelled 
in literary and educational privileges " Capt° Thos Benitt " 
ran him close in public preferment and overtopped him in 
the hearts of their fellow townsmen. They soon learned the 
value of their former rather objeetionable minister, for, as a 
diplomat he stood between them and their overreaching neigh- 
bors more than once and became, with Mr. John Read, Jona- 
than Booth, and later, the brilliant Edmond, one of Newtown's 
most honored defenders. This year (1723) also saw the com- 
pletion of the "Second purchase," as it is called in the 
" Quiomph Deed " (fully described in the account of Indians), 
but not divided until 1726. 

At a town meeting " Holden may ye 4, 1724, the Bisness 
to be attended at said proprietores meeting is to make Choyce 
of a proprietor's dark to Consult about a pattent for the 
Township of Newtown to pitch upon a time when to begin to 
lay out ye 30 acre Devitions & do sumthing about ye land 
of Mr Reed John has laid out in the neck so called above the 
pound brook. Peter Hubbell by vote . . . Chosen dark & 
sworn by Thos Bennit Justice This meeting ajourned to ye 

13*'' Day of Instant May at 5 of the clock afternoon." 

This notification is set up in three different places, " One at 
the north end of ye town near Capt° Bennits one at or near 
Abraham Kimberly's shop and the other near Joseph Bots- 
ford's house," and the town clerk is to see that this is always 
done ten days before the date of the meeting, and "the Pro- 
prietors are to Asemble or to Conven to gether at the beat of 
ye Drum at ye time & place appointed." Accordingly, such a 

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meeting having been "leagaly" called and named for the 
purpose of appointing a committee to meet with the Stratford 
representatives on boundary interests, " Ye Rev Mr Tousey 
Mr John Glover Mr Jno Leavenworth Mr Joseph Peck & Mr 
Ephraim Peck " are chosen to conduct the parley, and in case 
of necessity to agree with the other committee on a third, of 
three " uninterested gentlemen to determine as above^** " and 
they agree to " sett Down forever satisfied as they in their 
wisdom shal see fitt." This sounds well and plausible, but 
that vexed boundary was not so easily laid ; those three pub- 
lic spirited, but " tminterested," gentlemen were not then forth- 
coming, and so we shall find other committees and meetings 
called and much discussion before a conclusion is reached 
although the original committee reported the "boundaries 
erected by s^ Edmond Lewis, county surveyor." Joseph 
Curtis, James Lewis, John Wilcoxson, Jr., Joseph Jud- 
son, Joseph Peck, Peter Hubbell and Jeremiah Northrup 
" are to take charge of ye highways, & to setle " with those 
whose lands border on or are needed for such purpose 
& Mr Eben"" Prindle shall slip an acre of land from the 
west end of his house lott & take y' up ajoyning to the six 
acre pitch, and John Foot shall have libertie to lay six acres 
of land being part of a 30 acres which he the s*^ foot pur- 
chased of Joseph Bristol as appears of Record, viz ajoynin 
to s^ foot's own land at the upper end of the home meadow 
so called, provided that s"^ land damnifie no highway. " Voted 
in ye A fermativ." It is very soon found advisable to do 
away with so much advertisement of town meetings : whether 
the drum proved too attractive music or was thought sacri- 
legious (being beaten on Sundays as a summons to that rather 
different style of meeting), we can only surmise, but it is 
"voted y*^ shall be suffishint to warn Proprietors meetings 
without the beet of the Drum in futer 

Peter Hubbell, Town Clark." 

Returning to the State records, at the October Assembly of 
1725 "Upon the memorial of the Town of Newtown shewing 
to this Assembly that s*^ Town is at present under pressing 
circumstances occasioned by the removal of the former min- 

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ister (Mr Tousey) & the settling another (Mr Beach) being 
weakened by the disunion in opinion which hath been and is 
still among them, & remarkably cut short in the crops this 
present year by the Frost, by the which they are much 
straightened & incapacitated to paye a rate to the publick, 
this Assembly therefor upon the special reasons aforesaid 
doe see cause to free & do hereby exempt & free the Inhabi- 
tants of s^ Town from payinge any country rate for the next 
yeare ensuing. Provided the town of Newtown draws no 
money for the schools nor send representatives to this Assem- 
bly during the exemption." (A more particular account of 
the religious life of the town in this transition period will be 
found in the biographical sketch of the Rev. Mr. Beach.) The 
most important, or next most important, matter to be settled 
was the dividing of the Quiomph purchase, already made by 
Mr. John Glover and Abraham Kimberley, which " shall be 
equally layd out & sized Quantity & Quallety to every person 
according to their Right." John Read is appointed " atturney " 
for the town, " to conduct & defend them against ye pro- 
prietors of New Milford." 

The following extracts from " Hawks and Perry's Docu- 
mentary History of the Protestant Episcopal Church" will 
present the state of that body in Newtown at that time. 

In one of Mr. Pigot's letters to the Secretary of the Society, 
written from New York, Oct. 3d, 1722, he says: "I shall 
before Christmas, according to appointment, preach thrice at 
Fairfield, which is eight miles distant from my abode, as often 
at Newtown, which is twenty-two miles from Stratford — thrice 

also at Ripton at the same distance Nay Sir — 

Newton (Newtown) and Ripton if not Fairfield do intend to 
petition the Honorable Society for Church Ministers." In a 
later letter to the same, from Stratford, Nov. 6, 1722, he says : 
" The Subscribers of Ripton have been of long standing 

inclined to the Church but those of Newtown, to a 

man, have been induced by my means to embrace our profes- 
sion." From the same to the same, Stratford, June 3d and 
7th, 1723 : "This is the sixth letter I have sent you without 
the satisfaction of one in return, so that I am to seek whether 
Fairfield, Ripton or Newtown petitions have reached you or 
not I have been once to Norwalk, once to North- 

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Haven six times to Fairfield, Ripton and Newtown, each, 
at which last places I have administered both sacraments 
once already, & do intend it once more before my depar- 
ture." Again, from Providence, January 13th, 1723-24 

"as to the out-Towns, it is my humble 

opinion that Newtown merits the preference in the Honorable 
Society's regard ; both as it is more remote from Stratford 
and also, as its inhabitants are above half come over already, 
insomuch that Mr Johnson (Mr. Pigot's successor at Strat- 
ford) may expect thirty communicants there Mr 

Johnson will find it a most difficult task to answer the expec- 
tations of the Towns around him, there being work enough 
for Sunday Labourers in the Lord's harvest ; however, if 
Newtown were supplied with one, he might take care of 
Ripton, and Mr Johnson might of Fairfield and West- 

Petition of Newtown. 

Members of the Church of England at Newtown, Connecticut, to 
the Secretary. 

Oct. 19*'', 1722. 
Honorable Gentlemen : 

We the subscribers, inhabitants of the Town of Newton (Newtown) 
in the province of Connecticut, being cordially included to embrace 
the articles and liturgy of the Church of England, and to approach her 
communion, do humbly and earnestly request your Honorable Society 
to send us a lawfully ordained minister. We are heads of families and 
with dependents shall appear the major party here ; therefor we intend 
to set apart for our episcopal teacher, whensoever it shall please God 
to inspire your Venerable body to appoint us one, at least two hundred 
acres of glebe for the support of a church minister forever. And this 
we are emboldened to hope, because our town is at so great a distance 
from Stratford as twenty-two miles and also situated in the center of 
all this country, being surrounded with more than ten other towns at 
no vast distance. 

We do likewise return our most hearty thanks for that which Mr. 
Pigott introduced among us, who has inclined us to declare boldly for 
the Church, & thereby to be exposed to the resentments of the Inde- 
pendents, to his and our, no small disadvantage and reproach ; indeed 
we are placed in the midst of an insidious people, but should quietly 
enjoy our persuasion without the intervention of others, if an Episco- 

20 Historical Sketch 

pal minister were once settled among us, which we beg of Almighty 
God to induce the Honorable Society to nominate ; and in the mean- 
time we remain their very humble servants and well wishers. 

John Glover, Ebeneezer Booth, Stephen Parmelee, Samuel Henry, 
Moses Knapp, Dan' Jackson, John Seeley of Chestnut Ridge, Jeremiah 
Turner, Sam' Mosher, Eliza Sharp, widow, Thomas Wheeler of Wood- 

Rev. Mr. Johnson to the Bishop of London. 

Stratford, January i8"\ 1723/4. 

there is not one Clergyman of the Church of 

England, beside myself, in this whole colony, and I am 
obliged, in good measure to neglect my cure at Stratford, 
(where yet there is business enough for one minister) to ride 
about to the other towns (some ten, some twenty miles off) 
where in each of them, there is as much need of a resident 
minister as there is at Stratford, especially at Newtown and 
Fairfield " 

From the same to the Secretary, June nth, 1724 

" Newtown is distressed for a minister, their teacher 

being quite beat out ; and the whole Town would I believe 
embrace the church if they had a good minister at Fairfield." 

From the same to the same, Sept. 16, 1726 : **At Fairfield, 
however, the number daily increases, and they have erected a 

small Church, which I opened last fall but while 

the Church in the country continues under the present 
oppressions — little or nothing can be expected of Newton 
(Newtown) or Ripton to encourage the Society to send them 
a missionary." 

Rev. Mr. Caner to the Secretary (his first letter after his 
return from ordination): 

"Fairfield March 15th, 1727-8. 

There is a village northward of Fairfield, about 18 

miles, containing near 20 families — where there is no minister 
at all of any denomination whatsoever ; the name of it is 
Chestnut Ridge, where I usually preach or lecture once in 

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three weeks. Newtown — which is about twenty-two miles 
northwest of Fairfield, Mr Johnson and I supply between us, 
it being equally distant from us." 

During this interval Mr. Toucey had gone to England, 
returning Avith his commission of Captain in the King's army, 
resigned his pastorate and settled down in the village as an 
influential man of affairs ; his name and his wife's name, 
Hannah (Clark), are found on many records of deeds and 
sales, and he at once became a bulwark to those who could not 
before " sit easy under him." 

The calling and settling of the new minister is thus 
described in the town records : 

*'Att a lawful Town meeting of ye Inhabitants of Newtown 
Held Oct ye 8*'' 1724 Order^ & Apoint^ fo'' ye making Choyce 
of a Gospel Minister in order to Settlement The Voters wear 
ordered to bring in there votes for ye Man whom they Desired 
should be there Settled Minisf wi'^ ye Man's name fairly 
written on a pece of paper wi**" th"" owne names to itt also and 
M"" John Beach of Stratford was made Choyc off for to be ye 
Gospel Minister in NcAvtown. 

Joseph Peck, Clark. 
Entered for Record ye 

Date above. — Recorded pr 

Joseph Peck, Clerk. 

A week later they vote to give him a " home Lott contain^ 
94 acres — . provided Mr Beach Setle in Newtown in ye work 
of ye Gospel Ministry. Likewise to build or Erect A House 
on said house Lott for Mr Beach forty foot Long & twenty 
one foot wide and in heith as Generaly Two Storey Houses 
are built and erect a chimney in midst of said house of three 
Funnils two fire places below & one in ye Chamber Mr Beach 
finding glass & iron." Then follows the pasture bordering 
on " Mr Samuel Ferriss land," and a committee consisting of 
" Capt° Thomas Bennit Samuel Beers & John Leavenworth " 
is appointed "to give bond for ye Land as they shall agree," 
and on Nov. 9 " Then unanimously agreed & voted that Mr 
John Beach of Stratford should be ther Settled Minister in 
Newtown & that he shall be Ordained As soon as may be with 
convaniancy." Peter Hubbell, Samuel Beers and John Leav- 


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enworth are " to treat with Mr Beach conserning ye above 
mentioned premises — the Town Ratifying & confirming what- 
ever ye above s*^ Com*^^ shall do in all Respects." Then we 
have in the records most minute descriptions of the various 
conveyances of land for his " Incoragement." 

Newtown Land Records, page 6. 

November ye ninth 1724, we the subscribers Doe freely give 
for the in Coragement of Mr. John Beetch his Settlement for 
the ministry for Newtown ; that is to Say out of the thirty 
acres, Devition all Ready agreed upon to be laid out ; Capt. 
Thomas Bennitt five acres. 

Sam'' Beers, five acres. 
Ebenez'^ Booth, Six acres. 
Joseph Peck, five acres 
Ebenez"" Pringle, Two acres & an 

Stephen Pamerley, five acres. 
Sam" Sanford, five acres 
Ephraim Peck, five acres 
Mathew Sherman, five acres 
John Northurp, two acres 
Josiah Burrit, four acres, 
Jeremiah Northurp, four acres 
Joseph Botsford, two acres 
Nathan Baldwin, four acres. 
Benja^" Duning, three acres 
Jonathan Hubbell, two acres 
Lemunuel Camp, three acres 
Hugh Stilson, five acres 
Adonija Morris two acres 
Peter Hubbell, five acres 
Joseph Gray, five acres 
Jonathan Booth, boggy lot 
Joseph Briftol, two acres. 
John Gillit, seven acres and an 

John Plat, five acres 
Andrew Wheeler, one acre. 
Thomas Sharp, one acre 
Benjamin Northurp, one acre 
John Griffin, four acres 

given out of Quisomps purchas, by 
these persons herafter named viz • 
Moses Stilfon four acres, Sam'^^ 
Bryan six acres Thomas Skidmore, 
four acres 

John Lake two acres of his twenty 
acre lot. 

November ye 9*^^ 1724, voted by 
the proprietory to lay out the two 
acres of land of John Lake's twenty 
acre lot to Mr. Jno. Beach easterly 
on John Glover's farm land and 
north on Nathaniel Pamerly's land, 
the other sides on common land or 

The land given to Mr. Beach out 
of ye thirty acres, is 107 an half. 

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att a Lawfull Meeting of the proprietors of Newtown, held 
November ye ninth 1724, voted whether Mr. John Beach shall 
have the improvement of four acres farther land, lying South 
on the land of Thomas Sharp's home lot, westerly on Sam^^ 
Ferriss, southerly on common land or high way, Dureing the 
said Beach his Naturall Life, viz : if he shall settle in the 
work of the ministry in this place of Newtown. Voted in ye 
afirmative : enter'' per me 

Peter Hubbell proprietory Clark, 
page 7. 
att a lawful proprietors meeting legaly warned, held Novem- 
ber ye 9, 1724 ; then Voted that those proprietors which have 
or shall give by subscription to Mr. John Beach, for his 
encoreiagment to setle in ye work of the ministry in New- 
town, according to the Constitution of this Goverment, that 
is to say that the persons soe subscribing shall have Liberty 
to say what they have subscribed out of their thirty devitions 
for one or two tract, that is to say one part on bushy hill 

neare the south end of the towne on the westerly side, the 
other part or tract without the Seequesterment, Voted for the 

Peter Hubbell. 

page 22. 
Voted that Mr John Beach shall have liberty to take up 30 
acres of land, that was given him, after ye thirty acres as it 
apears on the records ; viz : att ye end of one mile from ye 
meeting house, to be taken in two or three peaces, at his elec- 
tion, provided it be taken, so that it damnific no highway, 
this meeting ajoyrned to the 20'^'^ of this instant Aprill at five 
of ye clock afternoon. 

Peter Hubbell, Clark. 

Newtown Aprill ye 6, 1726." 

It is quite a little time before they finish up these transfers 
and in 1729/30 we find them laying out to John Beach of 
Newtown, 2,part oi that land that was given him by certain 

proprietors at ye mile from ye meeting house . . . 

. . . north of Benjamin Dunning's, and another lott, next to 
Ephraim Peck's land " & make a drawing of it," which looks 

24 Historical Sketch 

like the side of a barn, toppled over, and pointing eastward, 
another portion abuts " north^'"^ on John Glover's home 
land," and yet another touches on Thomas Skidmore's 6 acre 
divition by ye end of ye pond " and the closing survey takes 
in "Samuel Turners, his house." For the consideration of 
"fivety pounds" Jonathan Hubbell sells "unto Mr. Beach 

the land which was formerly David Jenkins, his 

home Lott " "4 acres be it more or less 

with a certain dwelling house now upon ye same, this 16*^ 
Day of February, Anno Dominni, 1729/30. On the same page 
follows a deed from Juhn Gillet " for ye love & goodwill I 
have to John Beach of Newtown, etc.," so that by purchase 
and gift his acres swelled to a goodly share of earthly posses- 
sions, and it is evident he had no great doubt of his ability to 
hold them in any event. 

But the storm was brewing and he announced to his 
beloved parishioners that he had grave doubts of the validity 
of his ordination and felt called to express them. As was 
said of him in a sermon preached at the consecration of the 
fourth church edifice of his parish, by the Rev. David Piatt 
Sanford, — " He was of that honest make-up that his practice 
followed closely upon his belief — truth with him was for use, 
not for mere speculation and discussion." And yet, judging 
from the letters and papers written by him during his long 
life of controversy, he was certainly fond of argumentative 
and debatable subjects. This avowal brought the less sur- 
prise as he frequently made use of the Lord's prayer and 
other as they called them ^^ set" prayers, but nevertheless, 
once again were they troubled in their souls. " Att a lawful 
Town " meeting of ye Inhabitants of Newtown, held Jan. 14, 
1 73 1/2, appointed to consult what was prop"" to be done with 
ye Rev*^ Mr John Beach, regarding Present Difficulties of ye 
town, by reason y*, said Mr Beach hath declared himself to be 
of ye Communion of ye Church of England, ye meeting is 
adjourned until ye 19**^ of present January at 3 o'clock in ye 
afternoon. Att ye afores*^ ajourned meeting, voted by ye 
Inhabitants aboves*^ to keep a day of solemn fasting and 
prayer under ye present Difficul Circumstances, also to call 
in ye Ecclesiastical Council of ye County of Fairfield to 
Direct & Do what they shall think Propper under ye present 

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Difficult Circumstances of ye said town of Newtown. Also ye 
first Sunday (?) of February next is ye Day appointed for ye 
Fast, also voted by ye Inhabitants afores*^ that Capt° Thomas 
Toucey, Mr Peter Hubbell & Mr John Leavenworth should 
be a Com*^® in ye behalf of said town to write to ye Reverends 
Eccle^ of ye County as afores'^ for their assistance." Imme- 
diately following is this significant entry " Whereas there 
being a town meeting held in Newtown on ye Instant Jan^ 
ye ig*"^ Day 1731/2, it is voted in s*^ meeting to keep a Day of 
fast & to send out for a Council of neighboring elders to 
consult what method to take in ye present Difficulty of ye 
town above^"^. We whose names are hereunto subscribed Do 
enter our protests & dislikes against said vote," and this is 
signed by nine prominent men of the town, Mr James Hurd, 
Benj'', John and Henry Glover, James Hurd, Jun"^, Robert 
and Nehemiah Seelye, Samuel Sherman and John Fabrique. 

Capt. Thomas Toucey must have been less than human if 
he had not some private and it may be public comment to 
make on the failure of his successor in office to please and 
satisfy the critical villagers, and he must have taken a melan- 
choly pleasure in performing his share of the duty of writing 
to the " Reverend Eccle^" Indeed, being probably the most 
capable penman, his was the actual hand, not to add brain, in 
the affair. The result was that the committee wxre, with the 
town clerk Joseph Peck "to pursue ye accomplishment of ye 
advice of ye Reverends Associates late given to ye town of 
Newtown with Respect to ye obtaining if it may be either Mr 
Samuel Sherman of New Haven or Mr Hinsdale of Deerfield 
to come & carry on preaching in this place in order to a Set- 
tlement in ye Gospel Ministry here. In case there shall be a 
Good Liveing & Agreement to that end between those calling 
& him called & In case that neither of those Gentlemen can 
be obtained that the said com*^*^ shall have pow'' with good 
advice to apply themselves to any other suitable person for 
the end afores*^." The day before, February 7th, a little com- 
pany of staunch churchmen met together and signed their 
names to the following agreement : 

"Newtown, Feb 7, 1731/3: We whose names are here- 
unto subscribed do herebye declare that we are desirous that 
Mr John Beach may be our minister notwithstanding his 

26 Historical Sketch 

declaration for the Church of England and we are jointly- 
willing to await until he shall get a regular ordination by 
which authority he may administer in faith the holy sacra- 
ments & further do hereby declare our protest against the 
settling or maintaining of another minister, and we will pay 
our rates to him the aforesd Mr John Beach Salary^ as he shall 
continue to be our minister according to the Law entituled 
An Act providing how the taxes levied on the professors of 
the Church of England for the support of the people shall be 
disposed of, 

James Hurd Jeremiah Turner 

Wil . . . Sherman Moses Lyon 

Ebenezer Sanford Daniel Sherman 

Easter Sanford Robert Seelye 

John Glover John Foot 

Samuel Sherman Benoni Sherman 

Nehemiah Seelye Henry Glover 

Robert Seelye Jun^ Benj'' Glover 

John Beach ordained an Episcopal Clergyman 1732 over 
about 15 families 

Isaac Beers." 

This is copied from a note-book of the late Isaac Beers of 
Sandy Hook, himself a descendant and to whose valuable 
papers I am, by the kindness of Mrs. Beers, indebted for 
many important items. In the old Congregational record the 
following brief synopsis is carefully entered : " Newtown 
first settled A D 1709 — settled Chiefly from Stratford & 
Milford. The first minister Mr Thomas Tousey ordained 
& a Church Gathered (being about 30 families) A D 17 14. 
Mr Toucey dismissed A D 1724. Mr John Beach called 
to the ministry. Mr Beach declared for ye Church of 
England & sent for orders for Newtown over about 15 fami- 
lies & for Reading A D 1732. Mr Elisha Kent ordained in 
Newtown over about 60 families Sep"" 27, A D 1732. Mr Kent 
dismissed A D 1742. Mr David Judson ordained in New- 

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town Sep 21 — A D 1743. All which ministers were living 1760. 
The present number of families in Newtown A D 1770 being 
about 350 — and about one half of them of the Church of Eng- 
land. A D 1765 Sep 9 — Dea'^ Daniel Booth resigned of his 
own motion his office of Deac" in this Church & also his rela- 
tion as a Brother, because he could not as himself Declared 
be easy under ye Calvinistic Doctrine as therein taught." 
Mr. Booth declared for the Church of England and became 
one of its foremost men. His character and family will be 
found fully described among the sketches of ancestors. 

At the risk of some repetition but with no other apology, 
the petition of Newtown and Reading churchmen — for the 
return of their beloved minister — is given in full. 

Petition of Several Members of the Church of England in 
Reading and Newtown in Connecticut : 

New England, March 20, 1732. 
May it please the honorable Society, 

We, the Subscribers, members of the Church of England 
in Reading and Newtown, within the County of Fairfield and Colony 
of Connecticut in New-England, being under very great difficulty to 
com at the worship of God according to that excellent establishment by 
reason of our distance from the honorable Society's Missionaries the 
Rev Mr Johnson and Mr Caner which is abouttwenty miles, and being, 
in-deed some of us, at a great distance from any publick worship at 
all, whereby not only we ourselves, but our poor children also suffer, 
and are like to be trained up in very great ignorance of the knowledge 
of the Gospel, do beg leave to lay this, our Calamitous State before 
your venerable board, and become very humble petitioners for a share 
in that Charity which is conspicuous even in this dark corner of the 
earth. To this we are rather encouraged by a favorable letter to Some 
of our number from the honorable Society, obtained about two years 
after the Rev Mr Johnson's first coming among us, wherein the honor- 
able Society, were pleased to offer us a Missionary upon certain condi- 
tions, which at that time we were not able to come upon by reason of 
the settlement of the bearer here of, Mr John Beach — a gentleman at 
that time of a different persuasion ; but now more and further encour- 

28 Historical Sketch 

aged by the said Gentleman's being reconciled to the established 
Church of England, especially in that being now bound home to receive 
holy orders from the Lord Bishop of London, he is willing to return 
to this place of his former settlement and abode, if his Lordship and 
the honorable Society shall think proper. 

The good opinion that persons of all persuasion have of him here, 
where he has been known for several years past, and accounted a gen- 
tleman of remarkable sober and regular conduct, and of learning and 
good ability to discharge the ministerial office, gives us reason to 
promise ourselves a great deal of happiness and comfort from his 
future ministration, if the honourable Society shall think fit to return 
him to us. Though we are poor, the unavoidable consequence of 
settling an uncultivated country, and so cannot possibly with-out 
assistance provide a suitable support for the aforesaid gentleman, yet 
what we are able we are very ready to engage and have affixed to our 
respective names underwritten ; and we do humbly hope and pray 
that the honourable Society out of their great charity will supply 
wherein we are wanting toward the said gentleman's support, as we 
flatter ourselves with hopes of success in this affair, from the former 
goodness and great charity of your venerable board, so we would 
humbly hope that the consideration of several towns lying about us, 
at a distance of about seven miles, as Danbury, Ridgefield, Woodbury 
and New Milford, and numbers of Indians, would be of some further 
inducement toward some suitable relief to our truly deplorable state ; 
for indeed we are not so selfish as to expect Mr. Beach's service should 
be wholly confined to ourselves, but that he may be capable of propagat- 
ing Christian Knowledge in those other towns like-wise. Thus, the Rev. 
Mr. Johnson and Mr. Caner, though settled at Stratford and Fairfield, 
have been and are still very ready to assist us, so far as is consistent 
with the distance between them and ourselves, for whose service, as 
flowing from the Society's charity, we are truly thankful, wishing 
withal, there may never be wanting pious men in these parts to pro- 
mote the Church's interest. Fearing we have been already too tedious, 
we only add our hearty and fervent prayers to Almighty God for suc- 
cess in your truly charitable designs to the souls of men. 
" We are, etc., etc. 

Samuel Morehouse and others." 

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At this time, or shortly after, the Rev. Mr. Kent was, as we 
have just seen, ordained in Newtown, and the town was 
greatly distressed and disturbed over the difficulties of set- 
tling two ministers of different denominations harmoniously. 
In consulting the list of Selectmen it will be seen that the 
Booths, Beers and Hubbells were not as often on duty ; other 
names appear. Whether this had any political or party signi- 
ficance let him who can, tell. 

We may take note of a couple of strays of the period. 
" Then taken up By Left Samuel Griffin, a Read Brockled 
faced Bull with white under his Belly marked with one half 
peney ye under side of the neare eare & one half peney ye 
upper side of ye off eare Being about two yeare old past." 
Whatever a " read brockled faced " creature may be, it was 
as well he should have been taken up, by somebody. 

"Then taken up in a sufering condition by Daniel Beers, 
a Bey Mare, with two Knics in the inside of the rite eare," 
and follow some charges and fees, and an indication that the 
finder was on this occasion the haver. 

In 1 741, Tanton applies for a "liberty. "Att above s*^ meet- 
ing voted & agreed that ye west farm " called Tantoun shall 
have ye liberty to Build a Schoolhouse upon their oune 
charg, and to have their proportion of money, voted for ye 
School from time to time according to their list of Rateable 
Estate, provided they lay out the incomes for ye School 
within the year," and a rate of one penny upon the pound is 
voted for " school in ye winter season." John Glover and 
Abel Booth, a com*®^ for ye North School, and John Lake & 
Nath^ Nickols for South School. Previous to this date, it 
had been found necessary to have two schoolhouses and the 
town meetings were held sometimes in one, sometimes in the 
other; they had also ordered a " horse bridge erected over the 
pond brook as they pass in ye Country Road to benjamin 
hawleys and as they go to Benj" Dunnings," and that "ye 
grass shall be cut for Clearing Commons at ye South End of 
ye Town, namely in ye town street to Bearses house Lott & 
from thence to ye Deep Brook so called that peece of Land 
from ye Deep Brook where it emties out of ye Hom medow 
to Jos Prindle's house, and also between Capt° Towsey* Esq. 
home Lott & henery glover's home Lot, and also ye North 
ende of ye Toune ye valley that Runs northward from ye 

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northwest corner of Mr Heth Peck home Lot to ye house of 
Thomas Pearce and also apece of land lying East of Sam^ 
Turner's Twenty acre Lot." Thus early was there a village 
improvement society. " Att above^"^ meeting voted & agreed 
that Jeremiah Northrup should Have Liberty to set a small 

Saboth Day House In ye Land by or against Capt° 

Nathan Baldwin's orchard." 

Rev. Mr. Beach to the Secretary (first letter in this collec- 
tion, but evidently tiot the first since his settlement) : 

August 7, 1735, 
Newtown in Connecticut. 
Reverend Sir, 

I think it my duty to acquaint the venerable Society with 
the present State of my parish, although the alteration since my last 
has not been very considerable. I have baptised twenty-nine children, 
and admitted twenty-five persons more to the Communion, So that the 
number of our Communion now at Newtown, Reading, and places 
adjacent, is ninety-five. I preach frequently and administer the sacra- 
ment at Ridgefield, being about eighteen miles distant from the place 
where I dwell, where there are about fourteen or eighteen families of 
very serious and religious people who have a just esteem of the Church 
of England, and are very desirous to have the opportunity of wor- 
shipping God in that way. I have constantly preached one Sunday 
at Newtown — and the other at Reading, and after I have preached 
at Reading in the day-time, I perform divine service and preach at 
Newtown in the evening ; and although I have not that success I could 
wish for, yet I do, and hope I always shall faithfully endeavor (as far 
as my poor ability will allow) to promote that good work that the ven- 
erable Society sent and maintained me for. 

I am, Reverend Sir, your most humble servant, 

John Beach. 

The following list of residents along the highways to whom 
"restitution " was made in 1 740-1 gives the most reliable sur- 
vey of those property holders : 

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Mr John Read 
lo. 08. 19. 23. 

Mr Toucey. 
John Lake 

" Blackman 
Dunnings heirs 
Mr John Glover 

I II & 3 


Mr John Glover & 

Left Skidmore 
John Glover 



Mr Caleb Baldwin 

Left Wheeler L Northrop 9 

Morris Lyon John Shepard 

Jno Bears. Jno Bristol 

Nath' Briscoe 

James Stilson 

Jno Leavenworth 41 

Bearses heirs 


Mr Peter Hubbel 
Jon' Hubbel 
Benj° Burit 


Ab"" Kimberly 
Sergt Booth 


dec Peck heirs 47 

Ser' Jos Bots. Canfield 46 

Cap Peck Eph-" 16 

Sami faris 42 

Left Griffin John Hull 12 

Mr John Gillet Jos Bristol 35 

dec Jam' Bristol Ser Stilson 13 

Eben"^ Johnson Roger Terrill 14 

Eph' Bennit Step" Morris 
Matthew Sherman 

Mr Henry Botsford 


Jeremi- Turner. Sam' Baldwin 


Jos Sherman 
Dec Botsford 


Plat Josiah 

Cap" David Judson 

Danniell Booth 


Sam^ Camp & Datons heirs 


Ed* Agur. David 
& Jon" Fairchild 


Danniel foot Jno Booth 


Cap Nathan Baldwin 


Sam> & David Summers 
Jeremiah Baldwin 


Abel Booth— Sam' Turner 


Sergt Nath' Nickols 


Sert Nathi Nickols 
Sam' Sanfords heirs 


Mr John plat 

Jos Stilson & ben Stilson 


Ben Curtice 


ben & peter Curtice 


Parmerly & Jabez Hurd 


Mr Adams & benjamin 
Northrop— John debill 


Nettleton & Sum body 

else 31 

Thos Leavenworth 

Jeremiah Northrop 

Thom Sharp 48 


Cap*" T Bennits heirs 50 

Job Sherman Clark. 

In the winter of 1741 they meet in the "North School 
house " and appoint a committee, Joseph Bristol, John Gillet 
and Benjamin Curtice, "to take care & trie" if they can get 

32 Historical Sketch 

some of the proprietors to sign a paper giving up ten acres 
"for ye use of ye Town Commons." And now there is some 
dissatisfaction and jealousy between Newtown and " Read- 
ing " — as it was then spelled — about township lines, and John 
Northrop, Ephraim Peck, John Bristol, Benjamin Curtice 
and Joseph Bristol are deputed to " run & settel " the same 
" from the south east corner of Danbury town ship to the 
head line of Fairfield." 

In 1743 we find the proprietors, or a part of them, greatly 
exercised over the land which was " supposed to be Resigned 
up to the Town by ye Rev*^ Mr Beach " (this " resignation " 
is fully given in the accompanying biography), and calling a 
meeting to " Confirm to ye professors of the Church of Eng- 
land in said Town there proper honest Right in ye undivided 
Lands for ye use of a Church meeting." .... This is signed 
by Thomas Skidmore, John Glover, Matthew Sherman, Samuel 
Camp, Nathaniel Nickols, John Bears, John Lake, Thomas 
Leavenworth and Abner Hard. Consequently on March 
13 of the same year, St. John Northrop, Jun"", Caleb Bald- 
win and Mr. Henry Glover are a committee to ** See how 
many professors of the Church of England ther was that was 
proprietors at the time of the Settlement of Mr Kent in the 
work of the ministry in s** Newtowne & so compute how 
mvich land belongs to them to make & erect a proposition (or 
perhaps proper-portion) with the lands that was supposed to 
be given to the prisbeteren minister in Newtown, & to make 
ther Report to the next ajurned meeting. Voted also that the 
meeting shall be ajurned to next Monday " at which time 
they vote a rate of 3 shillings upon " each Poll Right & So 
the proportion to half or quarter or lesser Rights " and Serg^ 
Botsford is appointed " Colector " for which he is to have 
the sum of i. 10. On the 19th of March the important 
matter of church lands is settled. ** Forasmuch as divers per- 
sons of ye presbeterean persuasion did formerly sign & sub- 
scribe to give to ye Rev'' Mr John Beach of s** Newtown (as 

apears on Records) divers peeces of land out of 

ye thirty acre divisions & other divisions them to themselves 
granted to be laid out in ye bounds of said Newtown as 
apears on Record in Consideration of said Mr Beach settling 
in ye work of ye ministry in ye said Town and Lands so 
assigned to be given was laid out to Mr Beach & afterward s^ 

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Mr Beach declare himself to be of ye Church of England per- 
suasion in Maters of Religion, & there upon did Resign up to 
ye Town of Newtown all his right titel & interest in the lands 
to him layd as aforesaid & there upon s^ Town by ye Com^^® 
did execute a Deed in Due form of Law dated August ye !"■ 
1732 of one hundred & four acres & half of s^ land to Mr 
Elisha Kent in consideration of his setteling in ye work of ye 
ministry According to ye prisbeterian persuasion & s'' Signers 
not having conveyed ye fee of s'^ lands by any leagal deed or 
deeds did afterwards lay out ther full rights in s*^ Divition to 
themselves & ther heirs & therefore s'' lands layd out to Mr 
Beach as afores*^ & supposed to be conveyed to s*^ Mr Kent by 
s"^ deed did then of right belong to ye proprietors of ye com- 
mon & undivided lands in sd Newtown Several of which said 
proprietors was & did then profess themselves to be of the 
Church of England persuasion & not willing to contribute 
towards ye settlement of a presbeterien Minister & where as 
part of said lands was layd out neare hom (nearer home) than 
the limmits of ye thirty acre devition therefor to secure to s*^ 
Churchmen ye proportionable Rights in ye common and 
undivided lands for ye use of a Church of England ministry 
equal both (in) quantity and quallety to those of ye presbe- 
terien persuasion whose rights are devoted to s"* Mr Kent his 
heirs & assigns forever " (this is \h& first breathing space — take 
time) " It is voted & agreed at s*^ meeting that those proprie- 
tors of s"^ common & undivided lands that were & doe profess 
themselves to be of ye Church of England persuasion, two 
acre & forty & three rods of land & so in proportion for half 
Rights, etc., three eight parts to be laid out within one mile 
from ye meeting house the remainder to be layd in ye Lim- 
mits assigned for ye Church of England clergy for ye use of 
ye Rev Mr John Beach & his lawful successors forever. 

JoBE Sherman." 

Further petitioning to the Assembly of the North men, in 
1743, reads : "Upon the Memorial of Benj Stephens Eben"" 
Bostwick & others, inhabitants & dwelling in the North east 
corner of Danbury township & in the north part of the Town- 
ship of Newtown & the south part of the township of New 
Milford praying for a committee to view the circumstances in 
respect of there being set off & made a distinct Ecclesiastical 

34 Historical Sketch 

Society having liberty for a winter parish etc : Resolved by 
this Assembly — that Col W™ Preston, Mr Noah Sherman & 
Capt'' Thomas Knowles all of Woodbury be a Com*" to repair 
to the Memorialists abode at their cost & after notifying all 
parties & haveing heard ther pleas & viewed ther circum- 
stances in respect of their being a distinct Ecclesiastical 
Society or haveing liberty to hire preaching in the extreme 
season of the year & if s'^ Com*^^ think proper, to draw the 
line in each town for the bounds to s*^ Society & make report 
of the opinion & doings there on to this Assembly in Octo- 
ber next." 

These many quotations on one all absorbing topic must be 
borne with, by the less interested reader, or the history of this 
town would not be written. So largely was it concerned in 
the establishment of the Episcopal Church in this part of the 
country that for many years its little band of followers were 
the centre of attack and defence, and had they not been with- 
held by the strong arm of their conservative but staunch leader, 
much bad blood would have been stirred and a veritable con- 
flict inevitable. Fortvinately also, many of the most influential 
persons both in Newtown and Redding were of that " per- 
suasion," and where actual property holders are of a party, it 
has more than moral or physical support. That the Church 
of England men were at one with their Presbyterian brethren 
in the contest between them and the northern end of the 
town may be judged somewhat by the between lines of the 
following letter, written about this time by the new mis- 
sionary, dated at Reading, to the secretary of his society : 

" Reading, in New England, 

October 20th, 1743. 

Reverend Sir : — I beg the venerable society's direction in an affair I 
am just now perplexed with. There are about twenty families pro- 
fessing the church at New Milford and New Fairfield, which are about 
fifteen miles hence. I preach to them several times in a year, but 
seldom on the Lord's day. 

They frequently come to church at Newtown, but by reason of the 
distance they can't attend constantly, and their families very seldom, 
and when they can't come to church, they meet together in their own 
town, and one of their number reads some part of the common prayer 
and a sermon. They are now building a church, and hope in time to 
have a minister settled among them. But the Independents, to sup- 

Historical Sketch 35 

press this design in its infancy, having the authority in their hands, 
have lately prosecuted and fined them for their meeting, to worship 
God according to the common prayer, and the same punishment they 
are like to suffer for every offence in this kind, although it is the com- 
mon approved practice of the same Independents to meet for worship 
in their own way when they have no minister. But what is a virtue in 
them, is a crime in our people. The same is like to be the case in 
many other towns, in which people professing the church are so far 
distant from a settled minister that they cannot constantly attend the 
worship of God with him. The case of these people is very hard : if 
on the Lord's day they continue at home they must be punished, if 
they meet to worship God according to the Church of England in the 
best manner they can, their mulct is still greater ; and, if they go to 
the Independent meeting in the town where they live, they must en- 
dure the mortification of hearing the doctrine and worship of the 
church vilified, and the important truths of Christianity obscured and 
enervated by enthusiastic and ' antinomian ' dreams. 

Now, I should be thankful if the venerable society would direct me 
what course to advise these people to, and if I might receive a par- 
ticular instruction to take care of those professing the church in New 
Milford and New Fairfield as part of my parish. I believe it would put 
me into a better capacity to protect them from the insults of their 
Independent neighbors. I have this half-year baptised eighteen chil- 
dren and admitted several more persons to the Lord's Supper. The 
enclosed is the state of my parish. I have this day drawn for my 
half-year's salary. I am, Reverend Sir, your's and the society's 

Most obedient servant, 

John Beach." 

In 1743, also, Mr. John Glover sends in his account of the 
" Colloneys money" to the General Assembly, held in New 
Haven, 1741 — ;^523.i5.7- In i743, at the May Session, the 
northern inhabitants of the town, or some of them, move to 
the Assembly to be set off with part of Danbury and New Mil- 
ford for a separate Ecclesiastical Society, "and whereas such 
a motion, should it succeed in such a very difficult Day as it 
now is with Newtown, must need be very unhappie. . . . 
Thos. Toucey, Esq., be and hereby is constituted agent for 
this Town of Newtown to ye Hon' General Assembly to 
oppose ye above s*^ motion, if any such shall be then made, 
and to manage that affair thoroughly as shall be needful." 

At this trying time when members of the same household 
were often of different persuasions, and it was necessary to 
conduct public business with caution and to hold together for 

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strength, they felt this defection of the northern residents 
keenly, and foresaw further weakening of their legislative 
powers in this proposed withdrawal. Such strong influence 
was brought to bear that it was over twenty years before 
Newbury was thus set off ; tho' continuous petitioning went 
on during the interval. The same year, 1743, at the last 
meeting in December, it was voted that "ye Inhabitants of 
Whisken-neare and known by that name, shall have Libertie 
to Cut and Clear ye underbrush in ye highway that leads to 
ye iron works from ye house of Francis Barlyes to ye Pond 
Brook, and yt Inhabitants of Zoar from ye house of Jos. 
Heard, and so to Potatuck Brook." 

"Mr. Nathaniel Nichols and Thos. Leavenworth are ap- 
pointed to secure a master for The South School and John 
Lake, Jeremiah Northrop and Ens° Sam' Summers was 
chosen and appointed tithen men to Take Care of Disorders 
in the Saboth and Sworn according to Law for ye yeare 
ensueing." Thus we see alas, that another evil of progress 
had followed the course of growing youth ; tithing men were 
now necessary to the proper observance of the Sabbath, and 
indeed if one may judge those early Christian Martyrs by 
any present Law of the one day in seven, great and fearful 
must have been their joy to escape punishment, doubtless 
deserved, by whatever methods easiest employed. 

The " Saboth Day House " was intended for those who came 
from a distance to attend the Services, to meet and discuss 
their simple viands between sermons, if not indeed, these 
also. The interval was not long, and once in town they were 
expected to remain to both discourses. 

They have now by the "sail of Job Sanfords house" a bolt- 
ing mill on pototuck brook and John Lake is to collect the 
toll of Sanfords mill and has a " Bushill of Wheat" for 
reward. "A Sofishant Schoolmaster for ye north School" 
would carry its own appeal for such a functionary. This 
year the minister's rate is " seven pence in ye pound to ye 
Rev. Mr. Beach for the full yeare, and also ye Rev. Mr. David 
Judson Rate to be accordingly from ye 23d Day of May last 
past to ye first of January next ensuing, voted in ye Aferma- 

Attest, John Northrop, 

Town Clerk." 

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In March, 1746, they meet "to take measures for ye set- 
ting up a Publick meetinge house for the Church of England 
so called in Newtown." This is more fully described in 
another volume (4) of what is known as the Town Journal, 
and is as follows: "At above s*^ meeting "/,,, held March 27 
A D 1746, Jeremiah Northrop was chosen and appointed 
moderator for the meeting. Test, John Northrop town clerk. 
At above s*^ meeting voted that whereas those of ye Church 
of England in this place are now upon building a new meet- 
inge house for the Publick worship of God that said People 
of ye Episcopal Communion .... shall have Liberty to 
Erect said house on ye west side of ye Town Street southerd 
of ye Presbyterian Meeting House 28 Rods ye South End of 
said Church of England Meeting house to be the termination 
of ye 28 Rods said house to sett northward and southward 
fronting to ye street & the Back or Westward side of said 
house to be ten (10) feet distant from the front of ye home 
Lott which it stands against and that they & their successors 
shall never be molested by this Town from this Time forward 
and forever in ye Employment of said place for ye use afore- 

Voted in ye afermative. Test, 

John Northrop, 

Town Clerk," 

The whole account of the Town's enactments and legisla- 
tion on this subject, lends itself so completely to the impres- 
sion desired, that it is given in detail : So, in April (the 12), 
the Surveyor makes his report ; " I the subscriber being 
assisted by 7e Vc proceeded with chain bearers to measure the 
28 Rods southward and find said 28 Rods terminated 19 feet 
southward of ye south side of ye Church of England meet- 
ing house, as they are now laid. The above work was per- 
formed at ye Request of ye Selectmen uf said Newtown By 
me. Edward Lewis, County Surveyor." 

Alas . . . but the apology follows, recorded on the same page 
(23), " Newtown Ap. ye 12, 1746. We the subscribers mem- 
bers of the Church of England being sensable that we have 
not fully complied with the vote of said Town in Respect to 
Building the new church in that we did not Lay ye founda- 
tion of ye Church so far southward as it ought to have Been 

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By ye vote by twenty feet, & in so Doing have so far Done 
Contrary to Good order and ye agreement of ye Town by 
there said vote and hereby Desire those that we agreed to for- 
give us that rong 

We the Subscribers here 
unto Rec'* of above ac- John Glover \ 
knowledgement and accept Thos. Skidmore, >• Comtee. 

if it as we are concerned, James Heard ) 

Day & Date above. 

At the May session of the General Assembly in 1744, 
" Fayerfield Co." is given a probate Court, and '' That the towns 
of Danbury, Newtown & New Fairfield be known by the name 
of the District of Danbury." The next )'ear " The Town of 
Newtown is ordered to send in a list of polls and rateable 
estates at the session in October next," and the Secretary is 
ordered to " transmit a copy to the Selectmen of said Town," 
but in October we find that, " Whereas the Towns of Simsbury 
and Newtown have not sent in such lists, then the Town of 
Simsbury be doomed, & the same is herebye doomed at 
;j^i5,3oo in the public lists, and s*^ Town is hereby required to 
pay rates accordingly, and s'^ town shall receive their School 
money accordingly (which of course means no school money 
unless the rates are paid), and the town of Newtown is doomed 
at ;^i 2,000 in said list, who are required to pay accordingly 
and s'^ Newtown shall receive the school money in proportion 
to s"^ sum." So they send in a humble apology on account of 
their *' Listers being disabled by sickness " to the May Session 
in 1747, and that august body resolves, "that the sum of 
;^ii83. 83^ & 5** shall be abated out of ye said sum mentioned 
in said record, and " that the taxes granted in Ocf last shall 
be levyed upon said Town of Newtown exclusive of the s'' ^^i 183 
83" s''." Evidently " the Town of Newtown " had even then 
somewhat of a political pull. Returning to our more prolific 
town records, we read that in 1748 they decide to divide up 
the land which had been sequestered for town commons 
because " many grevious trespasses have been committed from 
time to time upon ye timber & fire wood growing upon s*^ 
sequestrament, to ye grate Rong of ye Proprietors." So a 
" Devition " of six acres to the fifty "Rights" was ordered 
and the " said devitions are to be pe'^tikeler estate as to timber 

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wood and stone lands, but in all other Respects town Com- 
mons," an adjournment of one hour is taken (probably the 
discussion had created a void which had to be filled before the 
actual business could be transacted), after which " Captn John 
Glover, Sergt Dan' Booth and Mr Jos Bristol are a com*^® 
to lay out and number and size ye devitions. Captn John 
gets 18^ a day, the others 13^ while performing this task, but 
they are distinct in setting the time, for it is voted, that the 
work shall be begun on the first Day of March next, or as 
soon as the snow is off y^ ground after, voted in ye A fermatif." 
The second division is ordered for November next. Finally, on 
February 15, it was voted "that Leiut John Northrup, should 
draw for the Rest of the Proprietors" and a draft of the decis- 
ion is carefully entered in the records. 

The " sarcumstances " of this or that highway or country 
road, would indicate the usual state of things even to this day. 
To those whose experience had been gained in English 
roads and lanes, there must have come moments of home- 
sickness for the bright white glaring stoneless stretch, or the 
shady turf track under the hedge, and we may suppose that 
when a " Good Cart Bridge," all in capitals, is ordered to be 
Built over Pootatuck Brook, within the space of a year, that 
those whose farms lay on the other side felt encouraged to 
larger efforts and fresh activity. Schools began to be more 
frequent : "Newtown, Dec. 10, 1750, then voted that a school 
shall be kept in each of ye schoolhouses in ye Towne street 
in ye yeare ensuing, and in each of ye school houses of ye 
Several farms and that two thirds part of ye Interest of ye 
land money shall be expended in ye Mickalmust and winter 
season in ye two schools in ye Towne street, and the other 
third in ye spring and summer season of ye year, and that 
two thirds the money arising out of ye Countery Rate and also 
that arising out of ye two pence on ye pound out of ye Town, 
according to ye list of Rateable estates shall be expended 
in ye severall schools according to their Respective Lists, two 
thirds in Micklemust and winter season and the other third 
In Spring and summer, and if pariants. Masters or Mistresses 
of ye Schollers shall add and pay one third part so much 
money in each of ye above mentioned Seasons to ye soport of 
the Respectted Schools in ye limmits in which they Dwell — 
that is to say one third part of ye Respective schools shall be 

40 Historical Sketch 

maintained by ye schollers — voted in ye affirmatif." In the 
record this is without punctuation, and it is doubtful if as 
now arranged it conveys the right impression. That schools 
were certainly «^^^^^ goes without further comment. In 1748, 
"Then laydoutto the people living at ye Northwest part of ye 
township of Newtown upon their Desier sixty Rod of land 
for a Bureing place to Bury ther dead in at a Place Northly 
off or from Benj^ Hawley's Dwelling House first Bounds is 
a heap of stones in the line of Caleb Baldwin's land then 
runs II rods westerly in s*^ Baldwin's line to a heap of stones 
then Run southly 6 Rods to a heap of stones then Run 
westerly 11 Rods joyning to the Highway, then run northly 5 
Rods to first bounds Land layd out by us. 

Joseph Bristol, ) ^^^^^^ 
Lemuel Camp. ) 
Recorded Dec. ye 18, 1747, 

per John Northrup, Clerk." 

The first time prayer is used as chronicled is at the annual 
town meeting of 1750 : "The above s'^ meeting being opened 
by prayer, Mr Amos Northrup is appointed to collect Rates 
for Rev Mr Judson, & Stephen Burril for Mr Beach ; for 
the schools, Abel Botsford and Eph'° Burrit for North 
School, & Daniel Beers and Matthew Curtis for South School. 
[These two will be frequently mentioned in the accompany- 
ing genealogy.] Caleb Baldwin Jr for Whisken-'er farms 
7c 7c Jonathan Fairchild for Tantown School, Peter Lewis 
for ye school at ye farms called Palestine, John Plat forZoar, 
and Jonathan Sanford to build a Saboth Day house at ye 
westerly end of Mr John Plat's, his house. Palestine bounds 
are North on Mr John Glover's Dwelling house. Easterly to 
include Noah Pamerly's House, and Eph"" Prindle's and 
Benj" Stilson's to Ab"" Bearses." Jos Smith, Dan' Booth and 
Jon" Botsford were appointed " Aigents in behalf of ye Town 
in the case of ye west farm Belonging to s*' Newtown make- 
ing application to ye Hon'''^ General Assembly to be held at 
New Haven Oct 9**^ 1751, the professors of ye Church of 
England in Newtown shall be freed from any charg in that 
afaire above mentioned." 

In answer to the petition for separate Ecclesiastical Society 
and the vote for its obstruction, Oct. 4, 1751, "Whereas in 

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May last .... by way of Barr, then appointed Deputy to 
manage that afaire, viz, Thomas Toucey Esq who by Reason 
of seerious sickness prevailing in ye place could not attend 
ye Assembly (this was taken note of at the last mentioned 
meeting of the Assembly), and whereas ye s*^ writings ware 
committed to ye other Deputy (viz Mr Nath^ Nickols) who 
nevere gaive them in owing probably to 2 Reasons, that Mr. 
Nickols continually looked for Mr. Toucey's coming ; 2°" for 
that Mr Nickols Returned home some considerable time be- 
fore ye Conclusion of ye Assembly, and when he came home 
found Distressing Sickness in his family and could not 
Return again to ye Assembly and so ware unhappily pre- 
vented all plees, so things last to apeare to the Assembly 
as that all parties ware easie with Relation to ye premises 
that the Hon'^^® Assembly in this month to be held in New 
Haven be made acquainted with these things. Voted in ye 
afferm"'^." Here again no punctuation except at will of the 
compiler. In this year but one collector is appointed for both 
church rates, and the " SchoUers shall find fire-wood." 

Ferry fares underwent some changes — fares were raised 
"man, horse and load 4^*, led horse i*^, afoot man i^*", ox or 
other such kine 3^'*, sheep, hog or goat Yt. peney." About 
this time the Church of England people refused to pay taxes 
toward the support of the other church, and much trouble en- 
sued. They cited the inhabitants of Newtown to appear 
before the General Court at Hartford on the third Day of In- 
stant May, (1752), if they please to show Reasons, if any they 
have, why said Court should not grant said professors parish 
priveleges, 7c, %, • • • • 

" Pursuant to ye Citation ye Town meeting was legally 
warned by ye selectmen of said Newtown to be held on Mun- 
day ye 11^'' day of Instant May A D 1752, at six of ye clock 
afternoon at ye North school house in said town street to do 
what shall be thought proper in said afair and also to act in 
all other Business as shall appeare needful to be Done in said 
meeting." . . . Being met according to warning Capt° John 
Glover was chosen moderator of s*^ meeting and the meeting 
being opened by the moderator, " Put to vote at above s^ 
meeting whether they would make choyce of any meet per- 
son to be an agant to appeare at Hartford on ye second 
Thursday of Instant May of the General Corts sitting to op- 

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pose or give Reasons why ye professors of ye Church of Eng- 
land in Newtown should not have their prayers granted unto 
them. Voted in ye negative. Also, voted that .... we have 
no Reasons to offer against the motion of Professors of ye 
Church of England in Newtowns prayer to ye Assembly. 
Voted in ye afermative." The outcome was that the Gen- 
eral Court '* Resolved that the professors of the Church of 
England in Newtown who by the laws of this government 
are exempted from contributing to the support of the 
ministry settle*^ and established by the laws of Government 
and for that Reason are Debare** voting for raising such sup- 
port, shall be, and they are hereby exempted from being 
taxed with the rest of the Inhabitants of s'^ town in all such 
Rates and taxes as they shall make for the support of the 
Ministry established therein as afores*^. And the inhabitants 
of s'^ town are hereby fully authorized and empowered exclu- 
sive of such professors therein, to grant such rates or taxes in 
the town meetings as they shall from time to time judge 
needful for the support of the minister and other society dis- 
bursements, as fully as other societies in this government are 
entitled to do." From the kindly manner with which the 
town meeting had previously acknowledged their claims and 
agreed not to oppose them, it would almost seem as if some 
expense and time might have been spared — not to mention 
red tape — but the sanction and indeed consent of the central 
ruling power had to be obtained in order to establish these 

Very soon after this the town received a present of some 
law books — perhaps this may have been in order to teach 
them how to manage their affairs without so often coming to 
the Assembly, yet it must have been grist to the mill of the 
State to have so full a docket. ''Dec. 12, 1754. At the 
Annual Town meeting voted and agreed, % that ye law 
Books now sent to ye Inhabitants . . . shall be divided accord- 
ing to the List of Rateable Estates in ye year 1749," .... and 
follows the unmistakable favoritism of such preference. 

" Mr Stephen Burwell was chosen & appointed to Draw 
the Law Books for ye several parts of ye town & they were 
drawn for in ye following manner : Tauton and West farmes 
called Whisken-ere, and olde Book, Up town an new Book, 
Down town a new Book, ye West part of ye towne a new 

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book, the middle of ye town a new book, Zoar and Mild 
(mile-) hill an olde Book." Really, they might have let one 
" new Book " go to the dwellers off the " street" ! 

In this year also, the Newbury petitioners at last succeed in 
getting the Assembly to allow their claims for a separate 
Ecclesiastical Society and title. New Brookfield with a 
second Grist Mill, John Sanford paying % part and the 
inevitable Committee of three — Glover, Skidmore and Curtis 
— to see fair play, and " John Lake to receive all yernings of 
s" Mill," this eventful year's record closes. Some interesting 
details concerning lands bought and sold and given up by 
the Rev. John Beach, during these times of stress, are reserved 
for the story of his life in a later chapter. 

Receipts for his "sallary," as well as those of the other 
ministers — the Rev. Mr. Kent and Mr. Judson — are sprinkled 
through the records, and show that Newtown piety was good 
for its debts, and rang true on the counters of its creditors. 
Apropos of this, here is an amusingly honest bit : "Newtown, 
May 21, 1756. Then taken up by Lt Jos Smith ... a leathern 
pouch with 30^ of Silver and six Copers . . . entered by John 
Northrop, town clerk. May 28. The owners appeared Febru- 
ary 4th for ye above s*^ money and Received ye same at hand 
of Lt Jos Smith Before me John Northrop, town clerk, 
Rec'' by Ebeneezer Mills & John Mills, Sons in Law to ye 
man that lost s** money." 

It is difficult to draw one's lines of belief and admiration. 
Lt. Smith having apparently been accorded the safe keeping 
of the pouch, at the end of over nine months returns it to its 
belated claimants, sons-in-law to the man who lost it ! As 
nothing is said of the absence of one of those "30 silver shillins 
or six copers," it is presumed to have been returned intact. Cap- 
tain Botsford is instructed to look up the school requirements 
of a place called Hanover, " and any person that shall kill a 
wild cat and bring the head thereof to the Selectmen shall be 
allowed 3^ pr head." It was then not always safe for young 
lovers to wander far from the protection of neighborhood 
ammunition, or the usual haunts of other strollers, and these 
hungry animals often visited farm yards at night and became 
so troublesome that a price was offered the expert marksman. 
Men went armed in those days, and all were taught to 
shoot straight. 

44 Historical Sketch 

Without going into the history of the country at large, we 
should recall the general condition of things as factors in 
legislation and influence. France and England had been 
almost incessantly at war from the first settlement of Amer- 
ica, and whenever these conflicts occurred the two nations 
entered into the fray. Wherever weak, the Indians sympa- 
thized with the French. The colonies were put to great 
expense and kept in continual dread of both open and secret 

In 1748, by the peace of Aix la Chapelle, the colonists saw 
their efforts of three years previous (the capture of Louis- 
burg) put to shame, and it was not extraordinary that doubts 
began to suggest a change of government. When, in 1756, a 
fresh call to arms was sounded and the "old French war" 
entered upon, the colonists responded nobly, and from that 
hour until the close of the War of Independence, knew no 
peace. Newtown was not backward in filling her ranks and 
providing for her sons, as many commissions and tax lists 
show, but we concern ourselves more nearly with home 
affairs, and discover that the Stratford boundary lines, which 
were supposed to have been settled by our three " uninter- 
ested gentlemen" in 1725, are again in dispute, having never 
been put on record. Daniel Booth, Caleb Baldwin and Ben- 
jamin Curtice are a committee to look up the matter, so that 
" bickerings may be avoided or legal redress had." The 
Assembly recognizes the justice of this appeal and orders that 
the same be "confirmed and established . . . both as to 
jurisdiction and property." In some book of reference was 
found what is called "Newtown statistics for 1756 : 1230 
whites, 23 negroes, no Indians." This may or may not be 
authentic ; certainly is not as to Indians. In the May of 1765, 
John Blackman, captain of the Second Company in the 
"train-band in s'^ Newtown" presents a memorial to the 
Assembly, showing that "the setting off of Newbury Society 
and granting a Captain's Company there has very much broke 
the Co. of which the s'^ Captain had the command, and also 
shewing to the Assembly that the ist Co. or train-band in 
Newtown has near double the number of his, and thereupon 
desires the association to grant a new division of s"^ Co., and 
that Col. John Read, Col' of said regiment, be desired and 
impowered to make a new division of s^ Co. in s*^ Newtown, 

Historical Sketch 45 

and fix and ascertain the line between s"^ companies, and make 
return thereof to the General Assembly for establishment. 
Resolved by this Assembly, that Col. John Read shall and is 
hereby, &c., &c.," in compliance with this request. 

Military affairs take more room and begin to crowd out less 
important matter. For instance : "Oct., 1771. An Act en- 
titled an Act for forming and regulating the militia and for 
the encouragement of military skill for the better defense of 
this Colony. . . . Be it enacted by the Governor, Council 
and Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the 
authority of the same, that the towns of Danbury, Ridgefield, 
Newtown and New Fairfield shall be one intire regiment, dis- 
tinguished and called by the name of the Sixteenth Regiment, 
and shall be under the same rules and orders and have the 
same powers, privileges and advantages as other regiments of 
this Colony by law have." 

The i6th regiment was finally officered as follows : Col- 
onel, Joseph Piatt Cooke, of Danbury; resigned in 1778; 
succeeded by Col. Nehemiah Beardsley, of New Fairfield, 
who had been promoted from lieutenant-colonel (1777), vice 
Col. Chandler, who was then colonel in the " Conn. Line." 
Lieut.-Colonel, Eli Mygatt, Danbury, previously major, pro- 
moted Feb. 7, 1878 ; and Major, Caleb Baldwin, of Newtown, 
promoted from captaincy at the same time. As will be seen 
later, these were finally selected after some trouble and dis- 

The town house is also decided on, and its dimensions, 32 
ft. long, 24 ft. wide, and of the necessary height, and " Mr. 
Oliver Tousey shall build said town House at the prize of 
sixety-six pounds, and that the s'^ Oliver Toucey shall give 
Bonds to the Committee for the Building s** house. Voted at 
s^ meeting, that there shall be a Rate of 3 farthing half-penny 
on the pound to Rase and build s*^ house. Voted at ye s*^ 
meeting, that Mr. Jon° Booth and Caleb Baldwin shall be a 
committee to obligate with s*^ Toucey and take his obligation 
for the completing s^ house, and that the s*^ Com'®® shall make 
and colect the s"^ Rate. Voted, that s^ Toucey shall cause to 
be made in s'^ town-house good seats as are generally made in 
form as in the State-House at Hartford, s*^ house to be finished 
by the ist Day of December, 1767. S'^ Toucey shall Lite s" 
house with 30 windows, 15 squars of glass in a window ; size 
of glass, 7-9." 

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Whenever any expense was to be incurred, it was easy to 
vote a " Rate " accordingly, and this one does not seem exor- 
bitant for the purpose. That "s'^ house " was to be furnished 
with comfortable seats would lead us to suppose the school- 
house /<?rwi- had not given entire satisfaction to longer legs, 
and that they were a little tired of doubling themselves up 
into rows of figure 4's ! That Mr. Oliver Toucey was a man 
of his word and a chip of the old block, we have immediate 
evidence, for in "Dec, 1767, the annual town meeting is 
called," and is held in the town house, and Mr. Oliver Toucey 
is appointed one of the selectmen for the year ensuing. With 
him are Peter Nichols, George Terrill, Joshua Northrup, John 
Beach, Jun"^, Samuel Beers and Ebenezer Ford. Still others of 
the family are : " Surveyors of highways, Abner Hard, Jabez 
Peck and Abijah Curtis." James Glover is on the school com- 
mittee, and the school district is laid out thus : " Deep Brook 
School, viz., from Lt. Samuel Griffin's to Eliphalet Hull's, 
Noah Pamerly, Jr., Benj^ Stilson, Gideon Northrup and Eben 
Kimberly's," and at the second adjournment, " Voted, that all 
Inclosed in the Circle hereafter mentioned shall be a District 
for schooling known by the name of Sluts Hill, (viz.), James 
Baldwin's, Lemuel Sherman, Benj" Hawley, Jeremiah Tur- 
ner, Jr., and all the Rest within s*^ limnits." This locality is 
now known by the more agreeable title of Mt. Pleasant, so 
renamed by the late Simeon B. Peck, who built his house on 
the brow of the hill, where it now stands. 

Capt° John Glover and Moses Plat are a com*®® in 1768, to 
lay out a highway from potatuck Brook to parrock Sher- 
woods and through part of pine swamp to Stratford line 
toward the narrows. Lake George School District is next 
described ; it is easy to find the rather misleading nomencla- 
ture, for prominent among the dwellers in that district are 
George Smith and both Thomas and Nathan Lake. This 
same year they petition for a goal, and there is some agita- 
tion about changing the County Town from Fairfield to Nor- 
walk, but whereas by actual measurement Reading is found 
to be the nearest to the centre of s'* County, "it is the very 
place meant by s** vote," and whether they really meant it, 
or thought it sufficiently funny to be chronicled, they voted 
to order " a coppy of the above vote to be transferred to the 
agent of Reading for him to make use of at the General 

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Assembly." Probably this was to baulk the Norwalk choice. 
About this time the burying ground needs a new fence, and 
remembering the former inexpensive manner in this matter, 
they vote that " Mr. John Chandler shall have Libberty to 
fence the burying grounds for pasture, so long as he will 
keep it within good fence." 

Mr. John Chandler very speedily became Col. John Chandler 
and was more occupied in adding a prefix to \i\s fences. Zoar 
is " voted the olde buryinge cloath and the selectmen authorized 
to purchase a new one for ye use of ye town." On petition 
of Jon Booth, Lemuel Thomas, Abiel Botsford and associates 
the town house is lent for school purposes. The Town house 
stood just north of the present Episcopal Church and was 
afterwards removed to make way for the third church edifice, 
as will be shown in the account of that building. The next 
year, 1770, Daniel Beers and Moses Peck are a com*®* for 
South School, Ens Gideon Botsford and Eph"" Bennit for 
North School, Gideon Peck for Tinkerfield, Jonathan Fair- 
child for Tanton, George Smith for Lake George, Thos 
Wheeler, Hanover, Oliver Fairchild for Flat-swamps, Capt" 
John Blakeman for Slutshill, Ab™ Beers for palestine (always 
spelled with a small p,) Nirom Hurd for Zoar, estermost, 

Hez Sanford for potatuck, Joseph Griffin for 

Wm Hall for Curretuck." It would appear that education 
was paramount, and certainly no lack of districts, but regu- 
larity of attendance of teacher or scholar was not yet made 
compulsory ; probably many days beside those of wind and 
weather found the little school house door shut, and the 
teacher otherwise occupied than in imparting her slender 
stock of book-learning. Doubtless the few stragglers were 
as gleeful truants as would be rejoicing to-day over similar 
unexpected holidays. 

The curfew is ordered rung thus : " Jabez Baldwin shall 
Ring the Bell of ye Meeting house at nine of ye clocke." 

"Newtown Jan. 7, 1771. These are to caution ye Town 
Clerk not to Receive for Record nor Record any Deed or 
Return of any Land or any other estate, from ye Sherwoods 
to ye Parkers, or from any other persons to ye s^ Parkers 
cautioned and forbid. 

John Beers Peter Nichols 

Samuel Sherman John Beach 

John Chandler." 

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In regard to Newbury settlement, 1772, Deac. Daniel Booth 
threatens to go to Law with the Town for "publick moneys " 
due him, and they finally come to terms by allowing a 
'* note upon interest for the sum of 15 pounds lawful money 
upon condition that he withdraw his action now in Court." 

The Susquehannah land troubles next occupy attention 
and legislation. Without going into all particulars we may 
notice that Oliver Toucey and Daniel Booth are sent to Mid- 
dletown and a town meeting is called for " 7 a. m. April 
nth," to hear their report. The first record of revolutionary 
significance is at a town meeting Ap. 7, 1777, when ''Oliver 
Toucey is appointed to take care of the excise money with the 
assistance of Mr Jon° Booth and Mr Wm Burwell, and it is 
put to vote whether there shall be a com*^® put in by this 
Town to take the care of such money as shall be Remitted 
from time to time by any soldier agreeable to the Governor 
and Council of Safety bearing Date March 8, 1777; . . . . 
, voted in the negative : Put to vote whether we will adhere 
to the act of this State Respecting Regulating Trade; . . . 
. voted in the negative : Voted at s'* meeting that this town 
shall use their joint influence to Fervent the spreading of the 
small pox by Inoccolation or any other wise in this town." 
Feb 2, 1778 voted at s*^ meeting that the salt belonging to this 
Town purchased by the State shall be transported from Bed- 
ford in Boston State to this place at the expense of the Town 
and that in a manner that the Selectmen shall think most 
expedient and safe either by land or by water," and a week 
later a meeting is called to receive the "Articles of Confedera- 
tion as sent by Congress to the United States. Resolved that 
the Representatives of this Town Transmit the votes of this 
meeting to the General Assembly of this State approving of 
every Article of Confederation of the United States in Con- 
gress as the Sense of this town that the Delegates of this 
State be empowered By s*^ Assembly to Ratify and Confirm 
the same in Congress." .... The sense is very appar- 
ent if the expression is somewhat involved. 

In October, 1778, "Notice is herebye given to Newtown 
Inhabitants that there is to be a town meeting . ... on 
Monday next at five o'clock afternoon to adopt some 
measures to Raise moneys to supply the Familyes of the 
Officers and soldiers belonging to s^ town now in Continental 

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service Agreeable to a late Resolve of general Assembly. . . . 
by which each man pays Rates according to his proportion, 
and the government allows a pr cent after the same manner. 
" Voted at s'' meeting that they have no objections to the wives 
and familyes of Ep''™ Betts and Elias Skidmore Repairing to 
Long Island there to Tarry with their Husbands going under 
Direction and authority of the Selectmen. This meeting is 
Desolved." Military titles begin to frequent these peaceable 
pages, and " Lt. Matthew Curtis, Jr., with' others is sent to 
Reding, to investigate and Report " on some doings there at a 
recent county convention. In Todd's History of Redding he 
says with only too much certainty, that many records are 
annoyingly incomplete. That is notably the case with a 
mysterious County Convention for the date of which we have 
only the following minute's word : At a meeting (town) held 
Sep. 6, 1779, "Voted to ratify the proceedings of the County 
Convention held Aug loth, 1779, and to appoint a Committee 
to carry into effect what was Recommended in the first resolve 
of said Convention." Not a word is said as to its object nor is 
there any report of its proceedings. This is that Convention 
spoken of in the Newtown Records, in an equally vague 
manner ; they knew nothing of it until it was over, and sent 
their committee to inquire. Redding was a hotbed of toryism, 
and it may have been thought best to meet quietly, and with- 
out advertisement. Nathan and Calvin Turner return from 
the enemy and the town decides not to admit them as 

Apparently there are other delinquents, for shortly after- 
ward the selectmen are authorized to prepare a memorial or 
a petition to the Assembly asking for instruction in regard to 
"those unfriendly persons in s'^ Town together with the 
Reasons of the Friends of Liberty of America in this Town, 
entering their protest against the Town Clerk's entering 
those unfriendly persons in the list of those that have taken 
the Oath of Fidelity." .... Again, for lack of punctuation 
in the original, the evolution of this phrase is optional. 
Inspectors are soon appointed whose task, — not an easy or 
gracious one, seems to have been to discover such "unfriendly 
persons," and later, to take the supervision of provisions sent 
to the army, taxes are laid on flour, beef, pork, and even a 
Lottery is resorted to, a bounty is offered to volunteers, but 

50 Historical Sketch 

even this does not fill their quota ; and they, in Dec. 1780, vote 
"that this Town will enable the Commanding officers of the 
several military companies and the selectmen to procure by 
hireing at the Town's cost if possible, the men now requested 
by Preemptory Detachment and all other peremptory Detach- 
ments, Capt" Elijah Botsford Capt° Jabez Botsford Capt° Abel 
Botsford Capt" Benj° Summers Capt" George Terrill Capt° 
Rich'' Smith Mr Richard Fairman Caleb Baldwin Jr and Mr 
Joshua Northrup be a Com*''^ to class the Inhabitants of the 
town for the purpose of filling up the Continental army." 
With so many officers, it may have been just possible the 
resources of the town had been already overtaxed ; however, 
according to order they divide the town and find 8 classes, 
upon whom the responsibility falls to raise their men for the 
State " within six days." A special meeting is called on Feb. 
25, 1782, to Raise the Town's Quota of men to serve at Horse- 
neck, the scene of Putnam's great ride. 

We note in the State records of the year 1778, the General 
Assembly beginning its May session on the 14th of that 
month continued its work until the thirteenth of June. 
In the meanwhile, the Governor and his Council of Safety 
began meeting on the i8th of May, at Hartford, June July 
August and September in Lebanon, and the October General 
Assembly was immediately followed by continued and fre- 
quent meetings of the Council. During this time some of 
the most prominent men of Fairfield County were represent- 
ing its interests. Elisha Sheldon resigned on account of ill 
health ; he died the next year. In this year also the Continen- 
tal Loan Office was established. They issued Certificates 
for moneys invested arising from the sale of confiscated 
estates, and many who were neutral fell into disgrace and 
lost their homes, because it was made worth while to the 
greedy informer to spy upon such, indeed committees of 
Inspection were appointed whose duty it was to report all 
persons inimical to the State. Here is an incident : "It being 
represented to this Assembly by the selectmen of Fairfield, 
that some persons in the western parts of this State are pur- 
chasing a large number of cattle under pretence of driving 
them to State of New Jersey in order to be fattened, (though 
in the apprehension of this Assembly it is most probable to 
feed our enemies) : It is therefore resolved by this Assembly, 

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that the Commissary General of purchases be directed and 
desired and he is hereby authorized and fully empowered to 
seize and take all such cattle for the use of this and the 
United States." 

" Upon a representation made to this Assembly that the 
three alarm list companies formed within the limits of the first 
society of Newtown in the i6th regiment have some time 
since made choice of persons for their officers, inimical to this 
and the other United States of America, who for that reason 
were refused commissions, and also that the officers of the 
third military company of said regiment in said town have 
either given in their commissions, or wholly neglect and 
refuse to execute their offices, whereby all the said companies 
are destitute of officers, and by that means not in a condition 
to be called upon to perform military duty for the defense 
of the country : Resolved by this Assembly, that the colonel 
or chief officer of said regiment be directed and he is hereby 
ordered and directed to cause legal warning to be given said 
companies as soon as may be, to meet for the purpose of 
choosing commission officers and lead or order them to be 
led to such choice for their respective companies, and in case 
they neglect or refuse to elect such persons as are qualified 
according to the laws of this State to execute such offices, that 
then the civil authority in and selectmen of said Newtown, 
with the advice of said colonel or chief officer, are hereby 
impowered and directed forthwith to nominate such officers 
as may be necessary, which choice or nomination shall by said 
colonel or chief officer be returned to this Assembly, or in the 
recess thereof, to his Excellency the Governor, who is desired 
to commissionate them accordingly ; which officers shall im- 
mediately proceed to detach their quota of men for the con- 
tinental army as soon as the field officers of said regiment 
have proportioned them to the respective companies, which 
they are hereby directed to do." 

Towns at this time were obliged to petition for right to use 
their OAvn moneys. ''Upon the memorial of the town of New- 
town by the selectmen for said town, shewing to this Assem- 
bly the difficulty of repairing the public highways in said 
town at the present day in the way and manner directed by 
law, and praying that they may be authorized to tax them- 
selves for said purpose, as per memorial on file ; Resolved by 

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this Assembly, that the said town have liberty, and liberty 
and authority is hereby granted unto them from time to time 
for the term of three years next coming, to tax the polls and 
rateable estate of the inhabitants of said town, to raise such 
sums as shall be necessary for the purpose of repairing the 
public highways in said town ; and it shall be the duty of the 
surveyors of highways in said town, within their peculiar 
districts, to be set out and assigned them in such way and 
manner as the town shall direct, to cause the public highways 
within their respective limits to be well and sufficiently re- 
paired, and to that purpose to hire and employ such and so 
many persons from time to time for the abovesaid term of 
three years, in proper seasons of the year, as they shall judge 
necessary ; and the said surveyors shall keep a true and fair 
account of the persons they shall employ for said purpose, 
the time of service and the necessary materials procured, and 
lay the same from time to time as may be expedient before 
the selectmen of said town, who upon proper examination 
shall draw on the Treasurer of said town in favour of the 
person or persons who have done such service for such sums 
as they shall judge reasonable and necessary to effect the pur- 
pose designed and promotive of uniformity through the vari- 
ous parts of said town." 

Referring to the raising of further forces in Fairfield Co., 
in January of 1780, the Treasurer is ordered to "deliver as 
soon as may be the sum of sixty thousand pounds in conti- 
nental bills unto Colo. John Chandler, taking his receipt 
therefor ; and the said Colo. Chandler is hereby appointed 
and directed, with all convenient dispatch, to repair to the 
army, consult with the officers of the Connecticut Line, and 
thereupon, in conjunction with them, to use his utmost ad- 
dress and endeavor to recruit the Connecticut battalions by 
engaging and re-inlisting such of the soldiers now in service 
who are not already inlisted during the war, or any others, 
and to pay to each recruit he may so engage the sum of three 
hundred dollars in addition to the sum allowed by Congress 
as a bounty, taking his receipt for the same ; and he is further 
directed to make return of the number of men he may so en- 
gage, with the towns to which they respectively belong, to his 
Excellency the Governor by the first day of April next, and 
render an account to this Assembly in May next of his doings 
and of the sums he may so lay out or expend as aforesaid." 

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Finding still great difficulty in securing men from an 
already depleted county, it is further Resolved, "That the 
Governor with his Council of Safety be and they are hereby 
authorized and impowered, to order such deficiency to be 
made up and completed by peremtory detachment after said 
first day of April next : such persons so detached to serve 
for a term not exceeding nine months, wherein repect shall 
be had as near as may be to the numbers that shall have 
been furnished by each town for continental service during 
the war to the number that may be estimated their true and 
just proportion. Such detachments to be apportioned and 
ordered accordingly, and that all such persons who may be 
detached for the service aforesaid, and who shall actually in 
consequence thereof go into the service, shall be entitled to 
the same wages, refreshments and allowances, and in having 
the same made good in equity during their continuance in 
service as aforesaid, as are allowed to the continental soldiers 
enlisted from this State. And the Governor and Council of 
Safety are hereby further authorized, if necessity require to 
fill up the number recommended by Congress, to allow such 
bounty as they shall pledge reasonable to such as shall vol- 
untarily enlist to fill up said batallions for the said term of 
nine months." 

In looking over the lists of " Connecticut men in the Rev- 
olution," it is evident that in spite of the large element of 
loyal sympathisers, Fairfield County responded nobly to the 
call of her adopted country. The 5th and 7th Regiments 
show many faipiliar names, especially so in Captain Dimon's 
4th company of the 5th, under Col. Waterbury, first and 
second lieutenants Peter Hendrick and Wakeman Burr, 
Ensign Josiah Lacey ; the 7th Company, Capf' Ichabod 
Doolittle, Ensign Ebenezer Banks ; 8th, Capt'^ Joseph Smith 
(Newtown), Jabez Botsford and Nathaniel Blakeman lieuten- 
ants, Ebenezer Beach sergeant. In the loth Company Col. 
Webb's regiment (the 7th), Capt" Zalmon Read, Ezekiel 
Sanford and David Peck lieutenants, and Benj° Nichols, 
ensign. Among our friends on a list of individual record 
Simon Couch of Redding is authorized to raise recniits in 
'81 ; Thomas Nash made Capf' of the Guards in '81 ; Jared 
Dunning of NewtOAvn, trooper in Major Daniel Starr's Reg- 
iment of Horse, at Sand Pits in '80. 

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John Webb, Capt'^ in Sheldon's Dragoons A D C to Gen* 
Greene in June '80. 

Gen^ Silliman, captured by tories may i 1779, held at L I 
until April 28, 1780, exchanged for the Loyalist Judge Jones, 
who was captured by the Americans in November 1779. 

Apropos of this record we are brought into closer connec- 
tion with this story than some are aware, for it was a Glover, 
said to be of Newtown, who made the capture of the General. 
Here is the tale : One Glover, previously employed (carpen- 
ter) by General Silliman and familiar with his house, was put 
in command by Sir Henry Clinton of a band of eight Loy- 
alists ; they rowed across Long Island Sound and approaching 
the dwelling by night, Gen' Silliman was awakened by them 
and commanded to surrender ; he fired his musket, but the 
assailants broke through the windows, seized and carried him 
off. On approaching the Long Island shore. Col Simcoe 
of the Queen's Rangers, called out, " Have you got him ?" 
"Yes!" "Lost any men?" "No." "That's well. Your 
Sillimans are not worth a man, nor your Washingtons !" 

Now for the Jones side : Judge Thomas Jones was Judge 
of the Supreme Court at the Revolutionary era ; he had mar- 
ried a daughter of Lieut. Gov. James de Lancey, and after- 
ward lost his estates under the Confiscation Act. In retalia- 
tion for Glover's capture of Gen' Silliman a party of Whigs 
determined to seize upon Judge Jones at his country seat on 
Long Island. Twenty-five volunteered for the purpose under 
command of Captain Daniel Hawley of Newfield (now 
Bridgeport). Captain Hawley and his men crQssed the sound 
on the night of the 4th of November, and on the evening of 
the 6th reached Judge Jones' house — there was a ball and the 
music and dancing prevented an alarm. The Judge was 
standing in his entry when the assailants opened the door, 
seized and bore him off. In passing near some Royalist 
soldiers the Judge " hemmed " very loudly. Hawley told 
him not to dare to repeat it, but he did, and a rescuing party 
captured six of the Whigs ; the rest got off safely. It is 
said that Mrs. Silliman breakfasted the Judge, and that he 
remained at her house for several days. After his exchange 
he went to England, where he lived quietly and in retirement. 
It is rather odd that the Glovers and the Hawleys, two such 
prominent Newtown families, should have been thus repre- 

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sented. ' To continue our personal mention, " Aaron Hawley, 
Brig. Major to Gen' Silliman in March '81. William Edmond 
Newtown, volunteer wounded at Danbury raid . . . ." 

In 1784, the Town Treasurer of Newtown, Mr. Richard 
Fairman, has left without settling his affairs with the town. 
A committee consisting of Mr. Daniel Baldwin, Henry Glover 
and Mr. Nehemiah Strong is appointed with full power to 
act. Nothing satisfactory being thus accomplished, in Decem- 
ber the Selectmen for the time being are authorized to make 
"a compleat and final settlement with Richard Fairman late 
Town Treasurer of all matters of Dispute Controversy or 
accounts subsisting between the Town and s'' Fairman, that 
all Difficulties with s'^ Fairman may be entirely put to an 
end." Alas, even this gentle ministration fails and a commit- 
tee of arbitration, John Chandler, Wm. Edmonds and David 
Baldwin, is authorized to change notes of hand with Mr. Fair- 
man. This seems to have produced some result, which is 
accepted, for in 1788, at the annual meeting they vote to make 
"use of the money due the town from Richard Fairman on 
execution in ye settlement of accounts with Capt° David 
Baldwin and to settle with him at their discretion." 

" Concerning Highways 
AND Bridge over Poto- 
TUCK Brook. 

Dec. 13, 1790. 

Voted "that on condition John 

Beach Esq Messrs Abijah Cvirtis 
and John Beach Jun'^ will lay openaPublick highway from s'' 
Curtises house to where Peter Hubbel formerly Dwelt in the 
most convenient place and give an authentick title to the same 
to the Town, that in such case the Town will build at their 
expense over Potatuck Brook where s*^ Road shall cross the 
same, a good Bridge, and support the same and that the Present 
Selectmen take such measures to build such Bridge as they 
shall judge cheapest and for the Best interests of the Town." 
At the same meeting it was voted that the " People of the 
Episcopal Church and Society in this Town have liberty to 
erect a house for Publick worship at the place where the Town 
house now stands, placing the west part of the steeple in a 
line with the buildings on the east side of the Town street, 
they being at the expense of moving the Town house to some 
proper place that shall be agreed upon by the Town." This 
was the third church edifice, the second had stood immediately 

56 Historical Sketch 

in front of Dick's Hotel (now rebuilt a little lower down and 
called " Newtown Inn.") Accordingly a notification of a 
Town meeting "to be held at the Town House on Thursday 
ye 29th Day of Instant March at 3 o'clock afternoon for the 
purpose of considering whether it will be advisable to sell the 
Town House," &c. &c. 

Ezra Booth 

Gideon Botsford \ _^_ 
John Sanford Jr 

March 23, 1792. 

Such large movements can not be hurried, many opinions 
must be asked, and many more given, so it is not until the 
December of 1793 that they are ready to " put to vote whether 
the Town House shall be sold for the use of the Town or not," 
fully negatived, " an no vote at all, in favor." One would sup- 
pose it pretty effectually settled with no vote at all, in favor, 
but subsequent proceedings show the result of influence and 
do credit to a glorious minority. Again petitioned they vote 
" that this town will give Capt° Solomon Glover £1% money 
for the purpose of Purchasing a tract of land to set the old 
church on, on condition that s'* Glover remove s*^ Church on 
said land, s** Town holding the Fee of s<^ land and s"* Glover 
supplying the s** Town with a sufficient Town House in some 
place between William Burwells and Deacon John Botsfords 
house, and also s** Glover shall have for his own use the 
present old Town House. Voted at s" meeting that s'' old 
church shall be removed by the ist Day of June next:" s'^ 
Glover must have made quite a good thing out of this business, 
in spite of the fact that s"^ town rather hurried him in his 
moving. The Presbyterians at this time were feeling the 
depression of war time, and not able to do much, or to take 
their share of these expenses, so the Episcopalians moved their 
church for them to its present stand and built their own 
opposite. "April 3, 1797, Town meeting, Mr. Abijah Curtis, 
Moderator, voted that this meeting be adjourned and it is 
hereby adjourned to this place at 4 o'clock in the afternoon, 
next Monday." " loth April, 1797, The meeting opened by Mr. 
Abijah Curtis present and standing moderator, voted that this 
meeting be adjourned and is hereby adjourned to Capt"^ 
Glover's old church to be attended forthwith. Old church 

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loth of April 1797, this meeting convened Mr. Abijah Curtis 
present is standing moderator, voted tliat the Selectmen con- 
tract with Capt" Solomon Glover for the use of a room in his 
Old Church house for 2 years for a Town House. Voted that 
the Selectmen sell the old Town House in the best manner they 
can and dispose of the money for the benefit of the Town." 
Again notice that s'' Glover is not as yet out of pocket. At 
the June meeting of that year they vote to '' do something 
respecting the Inoculating the Small Pox." 

Upon the application of Dr. Benjamin Curtis (son of Abijah, 
S"^, and brother to Major Abijah Birdsey Curtis) praying for 
" liberty to erect a Building for the reception of Patients for 
the purpose of communicating the small-pox by Inocula- 
tion. Put to vote that liberty be granted s'^ Curtis to erect a 
Pest house for the purpose of carrying on the business of 
Inoculation for the Small Pox at some place and under such 
Limitations and orders as shall from time to time be pre- 
scribed by the authority and selectmen of Newtown, &c., &c." 
Negatived, but in 1800 it is allowed, "provided he Inoculate 
none other than those he shall have pronounced to have been 
through the operation of the Kine pox." It is not to be won- 
dered at that the " authorities and selectmen " feared the cure 
almost as much as the disease. This year, also, there was 
some talk of moving the Academy from Cheshire to New- 
town, but neither town took kindly to such a suggestion, and 
Cheshire never gave it a chance to become serious. When 
Dr. Dutton came to Newtown, the latter felt its educational 
cup quite full, and welcomed the first rusticated Yalensians 
with more ardor than it afterwards found advisable. Some 
tales might be told, were your historian so inclined, which 
would bear, with success, the ordeal and criticism of an 
alumni meeting. In regard to the Susquehanna affair, New- 
town took its stand on high moral and financial grounds. 
In 1793, "In the opinion of this meeting the appropriation of 
the Western lands at the last session of the Assembly was an 
impolitic measure, , . . the sale of which would be inju- 
rious to true interests of State, being subversive not only of 
a sure resource of wealth when rightly managed in time of 
Danger, but of our great last resource, direct taxation ex- 
cepted, and consequently destructive to general good. Voted, 
that this Resolution be published in the Farmer's Chronicle." 

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In closing this sketch of the planting and growth of the 
town of Newtown and the completion of its first century, 
I cannot more fitly leave it than with the following and last 
quotation from its town records : 

" Dec. 15, 1800. Voted, that two of the farewell addresses 
of the late President Washington be put in frames, and one 
of them be hung up in the Town Clerk's office, and the other 
of them, in the Town House." 


On the list of Representatives to the General Court from 
Newtown during this interval we find these four most promi- 
nent: Henry Glover, from 1751 to 1775 ; Daniel Booth, from 
1751 to 1765, and again in 1770 ; Col. John Chandler, 1771-2 
and 3, and from 1780 to 1789; and William Edmond from 
1790 to 1798. The Town Clerks were : Peter Hubbell, 171 1 ; 
John Glover, 1712 and 1713; Joseph Peck, 1714 to 1738; 
John Northrop, 1739 ^o 1764 ; Caleb Baldwin, 1765 to 1799, 
and succeeded by his son, Caleb Baldwin, Jr., who held the 
position until 1843. 

The Selectmen for 1799 were Abijah Curtis, Asa Chapman 
and Joseph Ferris. 







Newtown is one of the very few towns in the State of Con- 
necticut where the Episcopal Church has been for many years 
the dominant religious body. Within the past half century, 
owing to the settlement of many of their people, drawn here 
by the factory interest, the Roman Catholics now number 
about one-half of the population. 

But until this great industrial change took place Trinity 
Church was the leading Christian body in the town, and apart 
from the adherents of the Church of Rome still continues 
so to be. 

Situated upon the crest of the ridge on which the village is 
built, the Church is the most conspicuous object in the land- 
scape for miles around, a fitting type of what the parish itself 
has been through all its history as a strong center of influence 
for good and as a monument to the truth of pure religion 
faithfully taught in the reverent worship of Almighty God. 

If it is true, as we read inscribed upon the tablet erected to 
his memory, that the Rev. John Beach was **of all most 
effective in laying deep and broad the foundation of the 
Church in the Colony of Connecticut," it is pre-eminently 
true that as the first Rector of the parish he was likewise 
most effective in laying firm and secure foundation for the 
parish itself. And to this day that early, persistent work of 
the "pastor untiring" and the "Christian hero undaunted" 
is producing fruit, and the members of the parish as well as 
his successors in office have enjoyed and are still enjoying the 
fruit of his labors. 

The parish has had twelve rectors. 

The Rev. Mr. Beach dying early in 1782, soon after the 
close of the Revolutionary War, there was an interim of 
about five years before his successor was chosen. 

During this period the services were conducted by different 

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clergymen, but no permanent agreement was made with any 
of them until the Rev. Philo Perry was chosen Rector, Janu- 
ary 9, 1787. 

At this time the parish was in possession of Glebe lands, 
a library consisting of several large tomes of Theological 
works given to Mr. Beach by the Society for the Propagation 
of the Gospel, and delivered to the parish after his death 
(part having been given to Redding), also of ten pounds left 
in his will "towards settling a minister," and of ten pounds 
"for the purchase of Bibles to be distributed to the poor." 

In the interval between the first two rectorships it should 
be remembered that the Rev. Samuel Seabury, D.D., was con- 
secrated as the first Bishop of Connecticut, and indeed of the 
Church in the United States. 

As the first Rector divided his attention chiefly between 
Redding and Newtown, the second served one-quarter of the 
time in Newbury, now Brookfield, which paid a due propor- 
tion of his salary. 

During these years we find the parish acknowledging the 
authority of the Diocesan Convention, being represented 
at its meetings, and accepting its recommendations in 
regard to the offerings for the support of the Bishop. 
In the fall of 1790 a movement was begun with a view to 
building a new church. It was voted to apply to the General 
Assembly for permission to form a lottery for the purpose, 
but this scheme, we are glad to say, was abandoned, and about 
a year later ;^iooo was raised by subscription. This Church, 
68x48 feet, finished in 1793 and formally named "Trinity 
Church," was consecrated by Bishop Seabury the following 

The Rector's salary was increased, internal improvements 
were made in the new Church in the way of cushions and 
furniture, special attention was given to the subject of music, 
and there are many other evidences of activity and interest in 
the parish. 

The Rev. Mr. Perry died October 26, 1798, having been for 
nearly twelve years, as in the words of the tablet in the pres- 
ent church, " The devoted and efficient Rector of this parish 
and a clergyman of eminence in the Councils of the Church." 

On August 5, 1799, the Rev. Daniel Burhans, D.D., was 
offered the Rectorship and was present at the meeting and 

Historical Sketch 6 1 

The arrangement with Brookfield was continued for a time, 
as during the previous Rectorship. 

An important movement was inaugurated in 1804 towards 
raising and augmenting the fund of the parish, this being the 
enlargement of that endowment, the nucleus of which was 
the original Glebe land belonging to the parish. This fund 
was further increased by a bequest in 1810 and has been simi- 
larly enlarged several times since ; in 1825 and in 1828, further 
and more general efforts were made throughout the town to 
increase this permanent endowment. 

In 1818 the first organ was placed in the Church, and two 
years later the first stove was set up. 

In 1824 the members of the parish cooperated with Church- 
men throughout the State in raising money for Washington, 
now Trinity College. 

The Diocesan Convention met in Newtown three times 
during this Rectorship, in 1801, 1806, and 1826. 

In March, 1830, the subject of an Assistant Minister was 
considered, but owing to pecuniary and other embarrassments 
nothing was done. 

In May the Rector, on account of infirmities of age, handed 
in his resignation, to take effect November i, 1830. 

With the resignation of Dr. Burhans the first century of 
the life of the parish ends, showing the remarkable record of 
having had only three rectors in that period. Bishop Brown- 
ell testifies to the " distinguished fidelity and zeal with 
which this venerable Father in the Church has performed the 
arduous duties of Rector for more than thirty years." And 
on the tablet to perpetuate his *' beloved memory " may still 
be read these words : *' The zealous and efiicient Rector of 
this parish adorning his life with the fruits of the Spirit and 
his ministry with faithful diligence." 

A new parish was established in Zoar, a district in the east- 
ern part of the town, in 1830, and called St. James Church. 
But its location proved an unfavorable one, and it was soon 
found to be no longer needed, for in 1840 application was 
made to be received back into the mother parish. Services 
continued to be held there, however, under resident and non- 
resident Rectors, with some intermissions, until i860, when 
Zoar surrendered its organization and became a chapel of 
Trinity Parish. 

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The Church building was afterwards torn down and 

The fourth Rector of Trinity Parish was the Rev. Samuel 
C. Stratton, being chosen October i, 183 1, and remaining 
eight years. During this Rectorship two libraries were estab- 
lished, each containing a goodly number of well-selected 
books, one for the Sunday School and the other for general 
parish use. 

When we remember how much fewer were the facilities for 
good secular as well as good religious reading sixty years 
ago than they are now, we shall realize what an important 
work it was to establish these libraries and thus accomplish 
the task proposed some years before, in 1823. 

The books still preserved on the same shelves prove that 
excellent judgment was shown in the selection of the parish 
library. At this time preparations were made for somewhat 
extensive repairs upon the church. And when owing to the 
feeble state of his health the Rector resigned his charge, his 
resignation was reluctantly accepted. A stained glass window 
to his memory has been placed in the present church. 

He was succeeded by the Rev. S. Stebbins Stocking, who 
had officiated frequently in this interval, and was called to be 
Rector April 11, 1841. Further increase was made in the 
endowment fund from the sale of Glebe lands and other 
sources, and the subject of purchasing or building a rectory 
was agitated. The permanent fund at this time amounted to 
over $9700. 

Mr. Stocking resigned September 24, 1848. The next 
Rector was the Rev. Horace Hills, who remained with the 
parish only a few months, from January 7, 1849, until Novem- 
ber II, 1849. 

In the November of 1850, the Rev. William M. Carmichael, 
D.D., was called but remained only two years. 

The eighth Rector was the Rev. Benjamin W. Stone, D.D., 
chosen November 29, 1852, with the condition, cautiously 
made by the parish, that the connection might be severed by 
either party upon six months' notice. He stayed about four 
years, until Nov. 15, 1856, when he resigned. 

Important additions were made to the two libraries, and 
money was raised for a new organ which was built in 1853, 
and afterwards removed to the present stone church. 

In the following January a call was extended to the Rev. 

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Newton E. Marble, D.D., who accepted the position February 
23, 1857, and entered upon his duties at Easter. His is the 
third of the long Rectorships, for he remained twenty-three 

Horse sheds were soon erected in the rear of the Church 
upon land purchased for the purpose, and the new Rectory, 
the one still in use, was built according to plans suggested by 
the Rector. But the great visible monument to his memory 
is the present dignified stone building, the Fourth Church 
Edifice, in the parish, located just south of the former site. 
The first service was held in the new Church on February 3, 
1870, the old Church, used for the last time the previous 
Sunday, having stood seventy-seven years. 

It has been estimated that the whole expense connected 
with building, furnishing and completing the new Church, 
with improvement of grounds, was more than $60,000. 

A heavy debt remained upon the Church, $12,625 being 
paid off in 1872, and the rest, about $9000, in 1882. 

It may reasonably be taken as the just conclusion that the 
zeal and energy of the Rector and the generous cooperation 
of his parishioners in accomplishing this great work, are a 
proof of corresponding faithfulness and devotion in those 
spiritual affairs " which can be brought to the test of no out- 
ward standard." 

The simplicity of the inscription on the tablet erected to 
his memory will fittingly be reproduced here : 

'' This Church erected during his Rectorship stands as his 
monument, but a nobler and more enduring one will be found 
in the souls he won to Christ." 

Owing to increased infirmities, Dr. Marble tendered his 
resignation April 22, 1878, to take effect September i. 

He was offered the position of Rector Emeritus with an 
annuity of $500 but declined. 

He continued to reside in the parish until he fell asleep in 
Jesus, September 28, 1881, 

Regular services had been started in Sandy Hook in 1858, 
by the Rector of the Zoar parish, and in 1861-1862, the work 
at both these places was under the immediate charge of the Rev. 
Jesse E. Heald, who was Assistant Minister in Trinity Parish. 

In 1868 a Chapel had been built in the village of Sandy 
Hook, carrying out the conditions of a bequest left for that 
purpose by a parishioner, and in the first part of its history it 

64 Historical Sketch 

was under the Rector of Trinity Church, who was helped by 
an Assistant Minister. 

The Rev. William W. Ackley was the first of these assistants. 
He resigned in 1873, and was succeeded by the Rev. Thomas 
Mallaby. He was followed by the Rev. Francis W. Barnett, 
who remained till 1879. In January, 1880, the Chapel was 
given into the charge of the Missionary Society of the Dio- 
cese, but soon after was made an independent parish and has 
recently become self-supporting. 

The tenth Rector was the Rev. Thomas W. Haskins, who 
was chosen September 30, 1878. He instituted a parish day 
school, having Daily Morning and Evening Prayer in connec- 
tion with it, and also a weekly celebration of the Holy Com- 
munion. This rectorship terminated October i, 1880. 

The next Rector was the Rev. Gouverneur Morris Wilkins, 
who was chosen March 26, 1881, and entered upon his duties 
at Easter. Under his vigorous administration and active 
leadership the balance of the debt resting upon the Church 
was paid off within a year, nearly $10,000 being subscribed 
for that purpose. If this work had not been accomplished at 
that particular time, it is plain that it would probably never 
have been done and the parish would be heavily burdened to 
this day. A beautiful marble font was placed in the Church, 
and four tablets erected to the memory of former Rectors. 

The interior of the Church was also decorated in tasteful 
colors and in artistic and churchly designs. 

Mr. Wilkins spent one year abroad, leave of absence being 
granted him. During that time, 1884-1885, the Rev. John 
Addison Crockett was minister-in-charge. 

The Rector returning in the summer of 1885, spent four 
more years with the parish, until called to a larger work in 
New York City. 

His resignation took effect December 30, 1889. The parish 
then testified that it was due to " his unceasing energy and 
perseverance that the debt was raised, and the church edifice 
improved and beautified," and here again we take these out- 
ward and visible achievements as evidences of correspond- 
ing fidelity in that higher work of the ministry which is 
invisible, the results of which we can not estimate. 

The twelfth and present Rector is the Rev. George T. Lins- 
ley, who was called December 16, 1889, and entered upon his 
work February 6, 1890. 

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A floating debt of $600 was paid off within a year, exten- 
sive and expensive repairs have been made upon the exterior 
of the church, the old organ has been entirely rebuilt and 
modernized, being greatly improved, and placed in the north- 
east corner of the church by the chancel, new carpets have 
been laid, and important improvements made in the interior 
decorations. Early in this rectorship the parish came into 
possession of a most generous bequest of $20,000, thereby 
increasing the permanent endowment to more than $30,000, 
insuring its support for generations to come. 

Trinity Church, Newtown, with this noble history of 
upwards of two centuries, has thus been one of the leading 
parishes of the Diocese. 

Some of its Rectors have been eminent in the Councils of 
the Church, both within and without the Diocese, its influence 
upon the Church in other places can not be measured, and 
while in recent years it has lost many in numbers and much 
in financial strength, apart from its endowment, owing to 
industrial changes, yet it looks back with pardonable pride 
to the times when its first Rector preached to 600 people ; it 
remembers with satisfaction that three Diocesan Conventions 
have met as its guests, and less than fifty years ago a Rector 
of Christ Church, Hartford, declined a call to Newtown 
because it was a larger and more arduous work than he was 
then engaged in. 

In the brief sketch of the history above given, it has not 
been possible to say much of the great work of saving souls, 
of preaching repentance, and of inculcating righteousness, 
nor to do more than allude to the important part which the 
members of the parish, the capable men and the faithful 
women, have had in all that has been achieved. But the signs 
of activity in the material interests of the parish and in 
things visible may here again be justly regarded as unmis- 
takable evidences of similar activity in the things invisible 
and eternal ; and as abundant financial provision has been 
made for the maintenance of the preaching of the Gospel in 
Trinity Church, Newtown, for the future, let it be hoped that 
the venerable parish will endure through many, many genera- 
tions, preserving the reverent and liturgical worship inher- 
ited from the past and witnessing to " the faith once deliv- 
ered to the Saints." 

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These notes are taken from the very able historical address 
of the Rev. J. P. Hoyt, since whose ministry the church has 
had two pastors, Rev. Mr. Dalzelle and Rev. Otis W. Barker, 
the present incumbent. Quoting directly from Mr. Hoyt : 

"The vote was taken Jan. 30, 1732, and is signed by sixty- 
four males, all apparently active members of the society, 
showing that notwithstanding the withdrawal of Mr. Beach 
and his party, the society was vigorous, large and strong. 
This is further shown by the fact that Mr. Kent's salary in 1740 
was two hundred pounds, and his successor's, in 1744, three 
hundred pounds, or about fifteen hundred dollars, — a large 
sum for those days, even if paid in what were called bills of 
credit. The society, it appears, also gave Mr. Kent one hun- 
dred and four acres in settlement, provided (and here I quote 
from the record) that Mr. Elisha Kent shall give good security 
that if he shall see cause to alter his principles from ye foun- 
dation on which he shall be settled, he will pay ye above 
Presbyterian party ye sum of four hundred pounds lawful 
money, or about two thousand dollars. You will observe 
that those shrewd men did not intend to lose their minister 
again without making him pay roundly. But they did not 
foresee the trouble he would make in another direction. 
About ten years after his settlement certain charges were 
alleged against him, there was a long and tedious investiga- 
tion on the part of the church and association and he finally 
was dismissed. I cannot but think that he was harshly judged 
and so misjudged. He appears to have lived a useful life 
ever after, and was much esteemed by his church in South 
East New York, where he died July 17, 1776. He was the 
grandfather of Chief Justice and Chancellor Kent, one of 
the most eminent men of his day, and great-grandfather of 
Elisha Kent Kane, the renowned Arctic explorer. 

Mr. Kent's successor was Rev. David Judson, who was 
ordained in September, 1743. For many years the church 
and society were united and prosperous under Mr. Judson. 

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I note a few items of interest : In 1745 the church edifice 
was repaired at an expense of two hundred and thirty pounds ; 
glass was inserted in sashes, something new for those days ; 
a bell of five hundred pounds weight was procured and 
apparently was melted and recast and rehung on the 3rd day 
of July, 1768. This bell cost twenty-seven pounds four shil- 
lings. It still hangs in the steeple, and for more than one 
hundred years has summoned the people to the sanctuary and 
tolled the knell of the departed. I saw it recently and read 
upon it this inscription: "The gift of Cap. Amos Botsford 
and Lt. Nath. Beriscoe ; John Witter, fecit 1768." 

Mr. Judson died after a long ministry of thirty-three years, 
Sept. 24, 1776, aged sixty-two, of a disease caught, as it is 
said, while visiting the American camp in the Revolutionary 
war. His grave is in our cemetery ; a cypress, evidently self- 
sown, grows out of the heart, as if to keep his memory green. 
There is among the records of the church a time-stained and 
faded, but very valuable, record of the births, marriages, and 
deaths for a quarter of a century, in Mr. Judson's handwrit- 
ing ; the last entry is that of Mr. Judson's own death, made 
by some friendly hand. 

It is supposed that the church edifice of the Congregational 
Society was occupied by troops during the war of the Revo- 
lution, and the vane now on the steeple bears the marks of 
bullets then fired. This town was intensely loyal to the lov- 
ing and loved Sovereign Lord, King George, as he was styled, 
and in 1775 presented an able protest to the State Legisla- 
ture against the action of Congress. (See town records, vol. 
IV., pages 30-34.) The town, however, furnished its quota. 
This society at the close of the Revolutionary war was in a 
low condition, on account of the loss in men and means 
occasioned by the war, and the parsonage, which must have 
stood on or near the site of the present Episcopal Church 
edifice, was sold to pay its debts. 

Zephaniah H. Smith was the next minister. He, as well as 
all his predecessors and most of his successors, was a gradu- 
ate of Yale College. His pastorate began in 1783. A tax of 
one penny on every pound was assessed in order to provide 
him a settlement. A house on the main street was also built 
for him in 1786 (the same now owned by Mr. George Stuart), 
but he made the society a poor return for their generosity. 

68 Historical Sketch 

The records show that he tried to break up the church organ- 
ization and to form a Sandemanian Church upon its ruins. 
He caused, those who opposed him to be excommunicated, 
and finally abandoned his charge without being dismissed, 
leaving the church almost a wreck, floating upon the troubled 
sea without a pilot and almost without a crew. But a few 
faithful souls remained in the ship, and, although discouraged, 
they nobly stood at their post and rescued the Zion they loved 
from utter destruction. Mr. Smith removed to Glastonbury 
in this State, became a lawyer, and died in 1836, aged seventy- 
seven. His daughters still reside there, and have become 
known to fame by their refusal to pay taxes unless allowed to 
vote. They are also known as accomplished scholars, and have 
recently published a translation of the Bible from the original 
Hebrew and Greek, for all of which Newtown can claim its 
share of honor. The church edifice, which until 1893 had stood 
in the middle of the street, nearly opposite its present loca- 
tion, was moved back to its present site, the Episcopal Society 
(since it was for their accommodation) bearing the expense 
and doing the work. 

Jehu Clark was the next pastor. He resided just oppo- 
site the present parsonage. He was installed in 1799, the 
services being held (by invitation) in the Episcopal Church. 
The Congregational Church was now at the lowest ebb in 
history ; it was so completely demoralized that it was reor- 
ganized, and comparatively few were found who were willing 
to identify themselves with it. In 1808 an attempt was made 
to build a new Congregational church edifice, and in order to 
raise funds a public lottery was held, authorized, as was the 
custom of the day, by the Legislature. As might have been 
expected, this ill-advised course did more harm than good, 
and during the war of 1812 the church was so deeply 
involved in debt that a tax of seventeen cents on the dollar 
was assessed to meet expenses. The church edifice was only 
partly finished, and for want of support Mr. Clark resigned 
in 1816 ; he died in 1839. 

Several candidates supplied the pulpit from 1816 to 1825, 
among them Rev. Lauren P. Hickok, D.D., since president of 
Union College, and Rev. Mr. Burritt, whose labors were 
blessed in the conversion of at least sixteen persons, who 
united with the church and greatly strengthened it ; but still 

Historical Sketch 69 

the membership was comparatively small, and many recorded 
as members were absent from the place. 

Mr. Mitchell was installed Jan. 14, 1825, and resigned and 
was dismissed, May 31, 1831. He died in Corpus Christi, 
Texas, Aug. i, 1867. 

Rev. Mr. Nemstron's pastorate began Dec. 5, 1832 and ended 
April I, 1838. 

Mr. Atwater, like Mr. Mitchell, was a conscientious and faith- 
ful pastor. He resided where Mrs. Booth Terrill now lives ; 
indeed there is scarcely a building in Main street that does 
not seem at some time to have been occupied by a minister of 
this or some other church. The interests of the churches in 
general and of this church in particular, were dear to Mr. 
Atwater, and he labored hard and successfully in this his 
chosen field. 

After three years' effort twelve hundred dollars were raised, 
and the church edifice, which had again become somewhat 
dilapidated, was renovated, put in good repair, and dedicated 
anew, Jan. 7, 1847. The congregation increased in members, 
and a new life seemed infused into the church. But a decline 
or reaction set in, and the question of abandoning the ground 
and removing the church to Sandy Hook, was seriously agi- 
tated. A council, however, advised against it, and God set his 
seal of approval upon the decision by graciously reviving his 
work, and to His Church thirty-five members were added, 
many of whom have been, and are now, the most valued and 
useful of our number. 

In 1852, the basement was fitted up and ncAv seats and anew 
pulpit provided for the audience-room of the church, at an 
expense of five hundred dollars. Mr. Atwater accepted a call 
to Southbury, He showed his continued love for and interest 
in this church by leaving it a legacy of one hundred and fifty 
dollars, at his death, which occurred in i860. 

The remaining pastors of this church, until the year 
1874, Rev. W. H. Moore, Rev. W. F. Arms, Rev. D. W. 
Fox, Rev. H. B. Smith, are yet among the living ; their 
work is not yet done, and of them and their work, therefore, 
we will not speak at length. Mr. Moore's pastorate lasted 
from 1856 to 1862, when he was dismissed to be a bishop over 
our Connecticut churches. He still fills the responsible posi- 
tion of State secretary. Mr. Arms' pastorate was very short, 

70 Historical Sketch 

only about a year, from May, 1863, to Sept. 1864. He went 
from here to Greenwich, Conn., then removed to Pennsylvania, 
and is now in Sunderland, Massachusetts, pastor of a church 
of more than three hundred members. Mr. Fox was the first 
minister who occupied your pleasant and commodious par- 
sonage, which cost about two thousand dollars, but is now 
worth more than twice that amount. No society or indi- 
vidual loses by a generous act. Mr. Fox, like his predecessor, 
Mr. Moore, was the registrar of the Consociation ; his health 
unfortunately soon failed and he was dismissed ; he is now 
pastor of a church in New Jersey. 

This church therefore had three pastors during the late 
Civil War in striking contrast with the Revolutionary period, 
when it had one pastor for a third of a century and until he 

Rev. Henry B. Smith was the next pastor, from 1867 to 
1873. From here he removed to Greenfield Hill, thence to 
Staffordville, Conn. 

" The present pastorate has been the longest this church 
has had in more than one hundred years (with two exceptions). 
Your minister (Rev. J. P. Hoyt) preached his first sermon in 
this church Jan. 11, 1874. The previous year the interior of 
the church had been remodeled and beautified, as you see it 
to-day, at an expense of two thousand five hundred dollars. 
Since then seventy have been added to the church and four- 
teen hundred dollars to the fund (five hundred dollars being 
donated by Miss Sarah Blackman of New Haven, a descend- 
ant of the first pastor, Rev. Thomas Tousey). The debt rest- 
ing on the Society has been paid ; we are at peace among 
ourselves ; this church I am assured, numerically and finan- 
cially, is now more prosperous than at any time for a century 
past. And yet it never needed the help of all its members and 
friends more than now. If this help is given, this church may 
recover what it has lost, and be in generations to come what it 
was in Colonial times, before the war for our liberty drained 
it of its resources and members. If so, we will be thankful ; 
if not, we will be hopeful and still do our work." 

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I shall attempt but a short sketch of this widespread little 
town, for the reason that its history has already been written 
by Mr. Charles Burr Todd, one of its OAvn children. By his 
studies and this expression of them I am, by permission, 
about to profit largely in this sketch. Although Reading or 
Reding (it is spelled both ways in the records), was not in 
existence as a parish until 1729, or a town until 1767, — as 
early as 1687, its first grant was made to Cyprian Nichols for 
a hundred acres " where he can find it." Long after the 
oblong was surveyed to its original proprietors, the Indians 
were in possession, and not of a peaceful order, for they 
speedily showed fight and had to be much cajoled before 
they consented to allow any interference with their squatter 
rights. "Chickens" was their chief, "Chickens Warrup," 
to give him his full title, and that he was somewhat of a 
stickler for "above s*^" rights, we shall shortly discover. 
Our old friend, Richard Hubbell, is a prominent first pur- 
chaser of "a grant of one hundred acres all in one peace." 
This and another early grant of two hundred acres in 1706, 
were bought in by Mr. John Read before they were even sur- 
veyed. But the great land speculator of Redding was Samuel 
Couch, and what he did not buy for himself he bought for 
Thomas Nash, and subsequently all the Couch sons married 
the Nash daughters, and vice versa for generations : Lone- 
town seems to have been the chosen locality in these days, 
for which Chickens gave his final deed "to the s'' Samuel 
Couch" in 1724, reserving "in the whole of the same lib- 
erty for myself to hunt fish and fowl upon the land and in 
the w^aters, and further reserving for myself my children and 
grandchildren and their posterity, the use of so much land 
by my present dwelling house or wigwam as the General 
Assembly of the Colony by themselves as a com*^®^ indiffer- 
ently appointed shall judge necessary for my and their per- 
sonal improvement." 

The other early settlers objected to these two magnates 

72 Historical Sketch 

gathering in the best farming lands, and sent in two petitions 
or remonstrances, without effect — to the second there is also 
a memorial for land with religious privileges, otherwise they 
" will be soon as the Hathen are." This is signed by John 
Read, Thomas Williams, Stephen Morehouse, Benjamin 
Hambleton, Benjamin Franklin, Moses Knapp, Nathan Lyon, 
Benajah Hall, William Hall, Dan'll Crofoot, Ebenezer Hull, 
Asa Hall, Joseph Meeker, Dan'l Lyon, Thomas Hill, George 
Hull. To this the " Longlots " contribute 25 more : Moses 
Dimon, John Hide, Tho. Hill, Cornelius Hull, Elizabeth 
Burr, Jona Sturgis, John Smith, Thad's. Burr, Andrew Burr, 
Samuel Wakeman, Samuel Squires, Ezekiel Sanford, Robert 
Turney, Jr., Joseph Wilson, John Wheeler, John Sturgis, 
Joseph Wheeler, Thomas Sanford, John Morehouse, Joseph 
Rowland, William Hill, Nathan Gold, John Gold, Robert 
Silliman, Daniel Morehouse. 

"According to tradition, the three first houses in the town 
were built about the same time. One was in Boston district, 
where Mr. Noah Lee's house now stands, the second in the 
center, on the site of Captain Davis's present residence, and 
the third in Lonetown, built by Mr. John Read, and which 
occupied the site of Mr. Aaron Treadwell's present residence. 
It is related of the lady of the house in the Boston district, that 
becoming frightened one day at the conduct of a party of 
Indians, who entered her house bearing an animal unmentiona- 
ble to ears polite, which they ordered her to cook, she seized her 
babe, and fled with it two miles through the forest path to her 
nearest neighbor at the Centre, arriving there safely, though 
breathless and exhausted. It is fair to assume, however, that, 
erelong, neighbors were nearer." 

"In 1723 they petition the Assembly again and ask that a 
committee be appointed to measure out the 12 miles, first 
laying out a farm of 200 acres for y® ministry, and 200 for a 
school, and as much for the first minister that shall settle 
there. Settling the bounds of the parish to comprehend so 
much of the west end of ye long lots of Fairfield as may 
make it near square at ye discretion of ye Com*^^ upon ye 
view of it when ye proprietors of the long lots shall settle 
their end they may pay their dues there (if they will not be 
so good as to fling up the west end to a public use, which 
would doubtless be their private advantage also.) 

Historical Sketch 73 

" Yr. honr's most humble pet'rs, Nathan Picket, Gershom 
Morehouse, John Hall, Francis Hall, Robert Chauncey, Wolcott 

Chauncey, Daniel , William Hill, Jr., Phillip Judd, Nathan 

Adams, Stephen Morehouse, Benjamin Fayerweather, Thomas 
Bailey, Thomas Williams, Asa Hall, Joshua Hull, David Crofut, 
Jno. Read, Isaiah Hull, Moses Knapp, Benjamin Sturges, Sam'l 
Hall, John Read, 2d, Burgess Hall, Isaac Hall." 

"At a lawful town meeting in the November of 1730 'voted 
that we will build a meeting house in s*^ Society for the wor- 
ship of God in the Presbeterian way, and voted, that the 
meetinghouse shall be thirty feet long 28 foot wide & 2 stories 
high.' Voted, that Lemuel Sanford, Thomas Williams and 
Daniel Lyon (be) chosen a com'*^*^ for s*^ meetinghouse." That 
the ** Presbeterian way," was a fairly good way, is evidenced 
by the following resolution passed in the February of that 
year. " You that are of the minds that all of those persons 
that do or hereafter may inhabit this parish which profess 
themselves to be of the Church of England shall have free 
liberty to come into this meeting house that is now in build- 
ing, & attend the Publick worship of God there according 
to the articles of faith agreed upon by the laws of Divines at 
Seabrook (Saybrook) & established by this government & be 
seated in s*^ hous according to their estates," and they were of 
"the minds," and an opportunity given to return to the fold, 
the door was to be "sat open" to them. The next year, for 
they builded slowly — Stephen Burr and Daniel Lyon promise 
to cart the stones and clay, to "underpin the meeting hous," 
and Theophilus Burr is to secure a parsonage. 

Mr. Elisha Kent and the Rev. Timothy Mix had been 
invited, and declined, but in the January of 1732 the Rev. 
Nathaniel Hun was called and accepted ; he was ordained in 
March, and the little meeting house became at once the com- 
mon centre of interest. Mr. Hun's records were carefully 
compiled and have of late years become a veritable bible of 
faith to many doubtful searchers for the truth. His first 
congregation is liberally spread out in the pages of this little 
book, and many of them will be found in the genealogy 
accompanying these sketches. Mr. Hun remained in Redding 
until his death in 1749; his sixteen years pastorate seems to 
have been one of peace and comparative ease. He married 
Ruth Reed, the sister of one of his most influential parish- 

74 Historical Sketch 

ioners, Col. John Reed, and was doubtless more favored with 
worldly goods than most of our early preachers. Before the 
first decade of his service had run its course, a new meeting 
house became necessary. This was built nearly on the site of 
the present one ; in the records we read : " & the old meeting 
house sold to John Burr for ;^34." In the seating of the 
new house of worship it was voted, not quite so widely as 
at first, " that s'^ com**^^ shall seat those women whose hus- 
bands belong to the Church of England at their discretion." 
In the meanwhile a " schole " had been started, and a committee 
consisting of Mr. John Read, Joseph Lee, Joseph Sanford, 
John Hull, Nathan Lyon, Stephen Morehouse and Daniel 
Lyon, to see that their designs were carried out. School was 
kept in three places in succession, first five months at "The 
Ridge," five at the west side and two at Lonetown. This 
arrangement did not, as might be imagined, give entire satis- 
faction and it was not long before three schoolmasters and 
three accounts were kept. '* Provided that each part of the 
Parish keep school three months in the year, otherwise the 
other two divide the assessment," and in case of two failures, 
"the one shall have it all." They are then designated as the 
school on the west side of the Aspetuck River, the school by 
Mill River, and the school by the Church. 

In 1745 provision was added that "Each should Keep a 
school with a schoolmaster sufficiently capable to learn (?) 
children to Wright & Reade ! " The "old road" to Fairfield is 
the subject of much discussion ; this was laid out in 1734, 
under the charge of Mr. Stephen Burr and Mr. Thomas 
Williams, who were then chosen a committee " to repair to 
the County Court " in this interest. Mr. Todd says this was 
undoubtedly the first road from Chestnut Ridge to Fairfield, 
and that it led through the town, passing through Lonetown, 
the Centre and Sanford-town. 

As early as 1738 they begin petitioning for an entire separa- 
tion from Fairfield and town privileges and twenty-nine years 
afterward, it was granted them. The history of the Episcopal, 
or Church of England, life in Redding is so intimately con- 
nected with that of Newtown, that up to 1782, when the 
first rector, Mr. John Beach, fell asleep at the close of his 
labors, their interests and their stories were one. 

Historical Sketch 75 

The first church on Redding Ridge, which was built in 
1733, and was quite small, was in 1750, replaced by another 
on the same site, fifty feet long and thirty-six wide, sur- 
mounted by a turret, which, in 1797, was replaced by a steeple 
in which was placed the first bell. This church, according 
to the style of the period, was furnished with square high- 
backed pews, with seats on their four sides, so that some of 
the occupants had to sit with their backs to the minister. 
And though others doubtless besides Bishop Jarvis "could 
see no necessary connection between piety and freezing," 
there was no heating apparatus in the churches until consid- 
erably past the beginning of the present century. " Trinity 
Church, New Haven, had no means of being warmed until 
1822, and none of the rural churches were supplied with 
stoves until a much later period." Many persons in these 
districts were in the habit of walking several miles, bare- 
footed, to church in summer, and probably did not feel the 
lack of shoes a great privation. So common was it for men 
to go to church without their coats, that the first time Bishop 
Seabury preached in New Haven, a dissenting hearer reported 
that " he preached in his shirt-sleeves." Often the family was 
mounted, the parents with a child in arms to be christened, 
upon one horse, and the older children upon another. Some- 
times the whole family were clustered together upon the 
ox cart or sled and thus they went up to the house of God." 

One of the old landmarks of the family is the house built 
and lived in by Isaac Beach. It is in the valley, beyond the 
Ridge, and though still standing, is in a forlorn and abandoned 
condition, and on the cloudy afternoon when I passed it last 
summer, the brown timbers and broken windows made one 
think of a weatherbeaten, begrimed, and homeless old dog, 
and that night I read over the wedding list of Hannah Hill, 
the daughter of Andrew L. Hill, who was as appears in her 
father's combination diary and account book, " Borne Jan ye 
7 1776 Mariade to Issac Beach Sep'' ye 26, 1797 & Moved from 
my House Dec 26th 1797. Took the following articles of 
Household Furniture etc. which was delivered to her as part 
of her portion, viz : 


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Two cows valued at 


Brass Candle sticks 

" Feather Beds bolsters 

Warming pan "/« 

and pillows at 



Shovel & tongs 12 i 



One 4 ft cherry Table at 


Brasses etc. for Drawers .1 



" set of Drawers at 


Brass Andirons 27^ 

" Common Dining 

Common ditto & 

table at 



Gridiron 2 



One small Round ditto 

Two Trammels (?) 






and 13X Pewter at Va i 



One Looking glass 



Block tin tea pot 



Six Windsor Chairs 37, 




pare of small Bellows 


" Common Kitchen ditto 

I Bedquilt i 





3 Bed Carry (?) Blankets 3 


One Red Chest 


I Coverlid i 

By Two Brass Kettles 




2 under Beds 



59 yards of furniture 

Case of washed Knives 





& forks I 



8 pr Sheets at -»/ 




Two sets of China Cups 

8 ditto of pillow Cases 




& Saucers i 



14 Towels, Case of Diaper 

One Woman's Riding 

15 yds 




Saddle 6 



18 yards ditto Ditto in 

" pr Sugar tongs 


Table Linen 




One hair sive 


By sundries of Crockery 

By fulling Iron by Mar- 

bo* of Lemuel San- 



ford & Stephen Betts 




" a Cedar tub made by 

3 tin milk pans at V4 


Seth Wheeler 


6 table spoons at V 


" a Bedquilt 3 



6 Silver " 




By a great Spinning 

By one Brass Skimmer 






" two Dishes 



" a Churn made by 

" " iron Candlesticks 



Seth Wheeler 



" Cash to Buy Crockery 


Jan By a Flax Stretcher 


" Tin plate & other tin- 

99 Made by Marchant 




5 • 


Nov By a Small 

1798 V^ the Blacksmith 

99 looking glass 



for Boiling Kittles 

Freight V P'^ Henry Sturg 

;es i 


Iron etc. 




bringing the Looking glass etc. 

Iron Pot & Kettle 



from New York. 

Copper Tea Kettle 1% 




The above foregoing acct is carriade to the New Book 
page 80 !" [By permission of Miss Julia Hill Sanford, 
grand-daughter of Andrew Lane and Hannah (Lyon) Hill, to 
whom I am indebted for this and other quotations from the 

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valuable papers in her possession, as well as for much imme- 
diate assistance and attention while in Redding.] 

To return to our records. On the accomplishment of their 
long desired and often expressed wishes regarding town priv- 
ileges May, 1767, they meet the next month, June 15, to choose 
officers. Col. John Read, moderator, and Lieut. Stephen 
Mead, clerk. The following are elected : " Ephraim Jackson 
and Daniel Hill (father to Andrew L,, just mentioned), with 
Stephen Mead, selectmen ; David Lyon, Asahel Fitch, Dan^ 
Hull, constables : Benjamin Hamilton, Zalmon Read, fence 
viewers ; Peter Fairchild, Lemuel Sanford, Jr., David Jack- 
son, listers ; Thomas Fairchild and Jonathan Couch, grand- 
jurymen ; Gideon Morehouse, treasurer ; Paul Bartram, 
Thomas Fairchild, Eleazer Smith, Jr., tithing men ; Eben 
Williams and Eben Couch, pound keepers ; Benj° Meeker 
and Jonathan Mallory, sealer of weights ; Eph"" Jackson, 
Gurdon Marchant, Capt"^ Henry Lyon, a committee to take 
all lawful and proper methods to clear the highways." 

It now becomes necessary to set the bounds of the District ; 
a committee of seven is appointed for this purpose. With- 
out going into detail and the repetition of the same names so 
frequently, we may consider the claims of those already 
mentioned to hold any office, quite settled, and indeed count 
on Mr. John Read, the Morehouse, Lyon and Hill families, 
to act their important parts in matters of legislation and town 

The second Presbyterian minister, the Rev. Mr. Bartlett, 
who came to Redding in 1752, brought a wife with him, and 
so did not much concern the eligible ladies of the parish, 
tho' the gossips could mingle a dash of spice with their tea. 
This lady soon proved herself to have had some experience 
in such a position (having been the wife of the Rev. Mr, Rus- 
sell of Branford), and met them on their own ground with 
the effect that she speedily assumed the privileges of her 

It was during his ministry that the Episcopal Church 
became a recognized "society," as we find. "To Seth S. 
Smith of Redding, in Fairfield Co., greeting : Whereas, by 
law the Episcopal Church in s"^ Redding is become a distinct 
Society whereby the members of the Presbeterian Church 
in s^ Redding have become the first Society in s*^ town. 

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These are therefore by the authority of the State of Connec- 
ticut to command you to warn and give notice to all the 
members of s^ first Society and all others who by law are 
obliged to contribute toward the support and the worship 
of the ministry with the same to meet at the meeting house 
in said Redding on Monday the 20th of December at 12 
o'clock noon in order to have a moderator and necessary 
officers." This was after the death of the Rev. John Beach, 
and when the parishes of Newtown and Redding were sepa- 

The town was the scene of much dissension during the war, 
families were divided and some of them forever. Thdse that 
remained on their farms are now considered and spoken of as 
true to their country, while the actual Loyalist was a renegade. 
" The Redding Association," one of the strongest Loyalist 
factions of the time, was largely representative of Fairfield 
County's best blood, and it is curious to observe to-day, how 
anxiously their descendants are trying to prove them traitors 
to their oath ; indeed, one author calls it an association 
formed to assist the State Government ! On the contrary 
they were " pledged to defend maintain and preserve at the 
risk of their lives and property, the prerogatives of the Crown 
and the privileges of the subject from the attacks of any 
rebellious body of men, any Committees of Inspection Cor- 
respondence, y^ Yc-" Why any one to-day should regret 
having had ancestors who were true to their birthrights, 
oaths, and King, and still court an English line of descent, 
as quite necessary to complete his " tree," seems incongru- 
ous, but such little incongruities go to make new nations. 
Quoting in part from Mr. Todd, while Squire Heron was 
breakfasting the commanding officers of the British forces 
(on that memorable morning of the 26th of April, 1777), " a 
posse entered the opposite house and carried off brave old 
Stephen Betts." 

The Redding mothers were the chief sufferers, already 
bereft of their husbands and grown sons, some on one side 
and some on the other, and to invade a country at such a time 
was not to conquer but to destroy. At the first hint, how- 
ever, and there were those on both sides who could and 
did give such, the absent regiments hurried in pursuit, led 
by Brig. Gen' Silliman. Alas, they were too late ; weary, 



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hungry and disheartened they had been marched from Fair- 
field but half prepared for the fray, and certainly not for 
the cold rain that came down with the night, and in the short 
hour's respite allowed, ran about in haste and confusion 
seeking the scant meal and dry clothing. Suddenly into the 
town dashed a body of cavalry headed by Major General 
Wooster and Brigadier General Arnold, their expiring ener- 
gies were aroused — it is said Major Wooster made use of 
language which would have aroused the dead — and in a short 
time were on the road to Bethel. Had the Continental forces 
of that night been in any condition to make the immediate 
attack, a short march of three miles only, would then have 
brought them to where the enemy lay drunk with victory, 
but all the more at their mercy. Danbury was in ashes. 

Of course General Putnam's encampment in Bethel, 
the winter of 1778-9 was, and is, the pride of the county. 
The site of the third settlement is now made into a beau- 
tiful park, *' Putnam Park," and has a fine shaft to the heroes 
of his service. The vexed question of the execution of the 
spy, I shall not attempt to explain ; suffice it to say that it is 
not probable so dictatorial a General was softened in his 
distribution of strict justice by any interference. There are 
some queer tales afloat ; letters said to have been found, 
throwing suspicion on the military honor of this staunch 
old patriot. Whether true or false, time and the ceaseless 
eye of the searcher will discover. 

Breaking up the grand camp at White Plains, Washington 
distributed the troops into winter quarters. The greater part 
he stationed under his immediate command at Middlebrook, 
N. J. West Point was garrisoned by Massachusetts men. 
The Connecticut Division with the New Hampshire Brigade 
and Hazen's regiment took post at Redding. Under orders 
of Oct. 22, '78, the division was to leave White Plains the 
next morning at 7 o'clock under the command of Maj.-Gen. 
McDougall. Nixon's Mass. Brigade marched with it, but 
kept on to Hartford. On Oct. 25, the division reached New 
Milford and was directed to go into camp "in the woods of 
Benjamin Buckingham." It was called " Camp Second Hill," 
and there the troops remained until Nov. 19, when they 
marched to Redding. About Dec. i. Gen. Putnam assumed 
command (Gen. McDougall going to Peekskill) and the 
division settled into log huts for the winter. 

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From the camp at Redding detachments were occasionally 
sent out to watch the enemy, and posts were kept upon the 
Sound. On Dec. 5, '78, Gen. Parsons is reported with a party 
at Horseneck, and in Feb. '79, he was there again looking 
after the guards. In the latter part of the month Putnam 
was at the same place endeavoring to repel a superior force 
of the enemy under Tryon, and at this time occurred his 
famous ride down the stone steps at Horseneck. An authori- 
tative account of this and other incidents of camp life at 
Redding appears in Humphreys' " Life of Putnam," Hum- 
phreys being Putnam's Aide-de-camp at the time. On the 
30th of Dec, '78, the men of Gen. Huntington's Brigade 
assembled under arms, determined to march to Hartford and 
demand of the Legislature redress of grievances. Gen. Put- 
nam immediately rode down to their quarters and demanded 
by whose orders they were paraded. They replied that they had 
been suffering for want of blankets and clothes, that their 
pay was nothing, and that all engagements with them should 
be made good. Putnam addressed them kindly and firmly 
and they dispersed to their huts, remaining quiet through the 
season. Putnam's report of the affair date Jan. '79, appears 
in the MSS. " Trumbull Papers." 

Before leaving quarters at Redding he issued the follow- 
ing order. May 27, '79: " Maj. -General Putnam being about 
to take command of one of the wings of the Grand Army, 
before he leaves the Troops who have served under him the 
winter past, thinks it his Duty to Signify to them his entire 
approbation of their Regular and Soldier like Conduct, and 
wishes them (wherever they may happen to be out) a Success- 
ful and Glorious Campaign." 

While the Elder Bartlett was in charge of the Congrega- 
tional church, the new Episcopal Society was not so settled; 
doubtless it was passing through the usual course, after the 
close of a long ministry, when, even if not altogether satis- 
factory to all, the aged missionary had received them into the 
Church and held their babies in his arms, and when too, they 
could criticise freely, and knew what to expect. With the 
change came innovations and fresh personalities, more or less 
disagreeable, and so we see them, in the following ten years, 
with six ministers ; the longest to remain was Ambrose Hull, 
who was also the last, 1789-91. After that, until the pastorate 

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of Lemuel Beach Hull, from 1824 to 1836, none of the seven 
remained longer than six years, and most of them but three 
or four. 

In 1789, the second Methodist Society in New England was 
organized at Redding by Jesse Lee, and the first members 
were Aaron Sanford, and his mother-in-law, Mrs. William 
Hawley. Mr. Sanford by this act became the first male mem- 
ber of the Methodist Church in New England ; he was at 
once appointed leader of the class thus formed and its meet- 
ings were held for years at his house. I think it was here 
that the partition of two of the rooms was made to draw up and 
hook to the ceiling in order to give sufficient space for these 

Hezekiah Sanford, Isaac Sherwood, and S. Samuel Smith, 
joined in 1790, and from the church book of baptisms prior 
to 1794, we take the following names of those baptized : 
Children of Daniel and Anna Bartram, Silas and Hilda Mer- 
chant, Jonas and Lucy Piatt, Paul and Mary Bartram, Jabez 
and Sarah Gorham, Elijah and Menoma Elder, Aaron and 
Mary Odle, John and Sarah Sherman, Uriah and Hannah 
Mead, Benjamin and Elizabeth Knap, Chester and Elizabeth 
Meeker, Charles and Lucy Morgan, Ezekiel and Easter Ber- 
tram, Jesse and Martha Banks, Isaac and Betty Piatt, and 
Aaron and Eunice Hunt. Mr. Todd says we may safely 
reckon these as members of the church at that time. The 
first regular appointed minister was John Bloodgood. He 
preached in the school houses, under trees, sometimes in the 
barns, but always so fervently and with such native eloquence 
that multitudes flocked to hear him. 

"The Rev. Aaron Hunt, while preaching in Redding in 1793, 
married Hannah, the daughter of Aaron Sanford, and shortly 
after located in Redding, where he continued to reside many 
years. Bishop Asbury, after a second visit in 1796, preached 
here with much satisfaction, as he remarks in his journal. 
' The society in that village,' says Mr. Stephens, the historian 
of Methodism, 'had been gradually gathering strength. 
They assembled to meet him (the Bishop) at Mr. Sanford's, 
where he gave them an encouraging discourse from I Peter 
i, 13-15. From this time until 181 1, the record of the church 
is one of continued growth and prosperity.' In this year 
the church was built on land purchased from Jonathan R. 

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Sanford, Esq. Quarterly meetings were the most important 
of all the institutions of the church, and those held in Red- 
ding were especially noteworthy. The first church was suc- 
ceeded in 1837 by the present edifice. Twenty-five hundred 
dollars were speedily subscribed and the church was built 
that summer and dedicated in December of the same year. 
The names most familiar to the early membership perhaps, 
were those of the lay preachers, Aaron Hawley and Walter 
Sanford, and Rory Starr ; the class leaders, John R. Hill, 
Abraham Couch, Urrai Meade, Sherlock Todd and Bradley 
Burr, and the official members, Thomas B. Fanton, David S. 
Duncomb, Aaron Sanford, Jr., Charles Gorham, Eben Tread- 
well and John Edmunds." In the meanwhile Mr. Bartlett 
was first assisted, then succeeded, by his son Jonathan, who, 
though delicate, continued to supply the pulpit of his father, 
and occasionally others, for some years after his withdrawal 
from active service. Bishop Davis speaks of him as a 
preacher " mighty in the scriptures," of native eloquence and 
so generous a disposition that in addition to the gratuitous 
services rendered, he left a legacy of three thousand dollars 
to the church of his choice. He died in the house in which 
he was born, at the age of 84 years. The town of Redding, 
during the last half century of which we have been reading, 
did not perhaps grow as rapidly in numbers as it did in size. 
The large farms and wide rolling country became prolific of 
food for man and beast, and the land records are a never-end- 
ing source of amazement ; so much transferring of acres and 
rods, and such high prices paid for them too, show the wealth 
of the country to have been recognized and available. While, 
as we see by the long list of wedding outfit just quoted, 
Bridgeport provided some luxuries, and even New York was 
searched for a looking glass. Redding workmen there were 
who made tubs and spinning wheels, and churns were made 
by Seth Wheeler, " fulling irons as well as flax stretchers" 
by Marchant. Seth and Enos Wheeler had a saw mill, Enoch 
Marchant was a blacksmith. Others connected with this 
family record were Ezekiel Jackson and Co. traders, Eli and 
Stephen Lyon, joiners ; Ezekiel Sanford and Ezekiel Jackson, 
inn keepers ; and later, Comstock Forbes and Co. first woolen 
mill ; Ephraim Sanford, carriage builder ; Mr. James Banks, 
hat factory ; Alanson Lyon, and the Fantons, father and son. 

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In 1842, Squire James Sanford built a foundry on the Aspe- 
tuck River in the Foundry district, and entered largely into 
the manufacture of agricultural implements. He had before 
invented an improved hay-cutting machine, in which the 
cutting was done by revolving cylinders furnished with 
knives, which he manufactured here, and which had an exten- 
sive sale throughout the country. This foundry is almost the 
only one of the old-time industries of Redding that remains 
in successful operation to this day. The Aspetuck River, 
dashing through a gorge in this district, furnishes abundant 
water power, and this the skill and energy of the Sanford 
brothers has utilized in the manufacture of buttons. Their 
three button factories have a capacity of between three and 
four hundred gross of buttons a day, employ twenty-eight 
hands, and have made this district one of the busiest and 
most prosperous localities in the town.* 

January 2d, 1778. It was voted, "that the selectmen pro- 
vide a Spade, Pick Axe, and Hoe to be kept for the use of dig- 
ging graves." August II, 1783, '* Voted, that the town will 
set up a singing meeting. Voted to lay a tax of id. on a 
pound, to pay the Singing Master." March 13, 1787, "Voted 
not to admit Small Pox by innoculation : Voted to admit 
Small Pox by Innoculation next fall." October 19th, 1795. 
" Voted that the select men prosecute those persons that cut 
timber on the highways." September 19th, 1798: "Voted 
that the district to which Silas Merchant belongs, shall pay 
him $2 for his dragg." In 1801 the town voted to relinquish to 
Enoch Merchant, the fine imposed on him by William Heron, 
Esq., for " admitting puppet shows into his house contrary 
to law." December 20th, 1802, John Read, Jr., was 
"excused" for admitting puppet shows into his house, "on 
said Read's paying the costs." In 1804 it was voted, "that 
this town will not remit to Ebenezer Robinson of Danbury, 
the fine imposed on him by William Heron, Esq., for break- 
ing the Sabbath, which fine is now uncollected." The same 
year Aaron Read was appointed " Keeper of the Key to the 
Town House." In 1807, it was voted to remit the fines, $1.67 
in amount, of Peter Bradley, and Nancy his wife, for Sabbath 
breaking : also voted, that William Heron, Esq., be paid 
$1 1,08, amount of costs in defending a suit brought by William 
P. Jones against him, for a fine collected and paid into the 
* Since discontinued. 

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treasury of the town. In 1808, voted that the town will remit 
the fines of all those persons who labored on the Sabbath the 
31st of July last past, in this town, on payment of costs. In 
1817, Daniel Sanford and Aaron Burr were appointed a com- 
mittee to procure the fish called pike, and put in Umpawaug 
Pond. In 1840, it was voted, that if any non-resident should 
kill birds within the limits of the town he should be fined and if 
he killed robins, except in case of sickness, he should be 
fined $5. In the records of a town meeting held December 
8th, 1806, occurs the following curious entry: "Voted, that 
S. Samuel Smith, Lemuel Sanford, and Benjamin Meeker be 
a committee to write to William Crawford requesting him to 
name the person belonging to Redding to whom he delivered 
Mrs. Sarah Fleming's letter in May last, notifying him that in 
case of refusal, the Inhabitants of this town, will feel them- 
selves authorized to declare to the world, that he never did 
deliver such a letter to any person belonging in Redding." 
The following petition may not be uninteresting : 

Troop of Horse. 
January, 1769. 

On the memorial of John Hubbel and others, Inhabitants of the 
towns of Fairfield and Reading, being the westerly part of the fourth 
regiment of militia in this colony, praying that there may be a troop 
of horse made and formed in that part of said regiment, and that the 
memorialists may be formed into such troop, as per memorial on file ; 
Resolved by this Assembly, that there shall be a troop of horse made 
and formed in the westerly part of said regiment, viz : in said towns of 
Fairfield and Reading, and that the memorialists whose names are also 
signed to a certain subscription paper, dated on the 3rd day of October 
1768, and with said memorial exhibited to this assembly, may and shall 
be, and they are here made, formed and constituted a distinct troop 
of horse by themselves, with all the powers and priviledges which the 
other troops of horse in this Colony by law now have, and that the 
Colonel of said regiment shall, as soon as may be, cause said troop to 
be warned to appear at such place as he shall think proper, and shall 
lead them to the choice of the proper and necessary officers, and shall 
make return thereof to this, or the next General Assembly. . . . 

Elisha Sheldon was appointed Colonel. 

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"An Account of 

Widow Wheelers 
Goodman Hall 

John Dolls (?) 
Saml. Treadwells 
Isaac Wheelers 
James Bennets 
Mother Sherwoods 
Richard Hubbels 

the Long Lots — Beginning on the East 

Jackson's highway 

Rods Feet Inch 

30 O O 



10 12 


4 14 

Henry Jacksons 




Michel Tryers 



Ezekiel Sanfords 
















Highway Morehouses 













Benj. Turneys 

















Highway Wilson 


Geo, Squires 

" Jr. 
John Bennits 
Jones Long Lot 
Wheelers " " 
Wm. Hills 
Nath'l. Burr 
Burrs Highway 
Danl. Burr 
Wilson or Hanfords 

Rods Feet Inch 





10 8 

11 9 
40 14 

43 2 
14 12 

44 5 

22 o 

23 13 
26 o 

6 o 

24 15 

Copied from account book and diary of Andrew Lane 


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As we read, after so many similarly favored names, " born 
in Stratford," we recognize a happy and congenial birthright, 
a sort of Connecticut " hall-mark," as it were, of sterling 

To that list of forty-one names — the first planters of Strat- 
ford — many a present Warrior and Dame owe existence. 

There are still a few treasured landmarks to fill the souls of 
such quite full. 

Along the two parallel streets of this charmingly situated 
village were born many children to those early planters and 
friends, and though the first burying ground had to give way 
to the demands of the living, some few of the rude stones can 
yet be seen and deciphered, in the new ground to which they 
were reverently removed. " E. B.-March 9-1652," for instance. 
Of this stone Mr. Orcutt, the historian of '* Stratford," writing 
in 1886, says " Whom did men bear to his lowly rest beneath 
this monument two hundred and fifty-two years ago ? Was 
it a stranger, or did he or she belong to one of the families of 
Blakeman, Burritt, Booth, Bostwick, Beardsley, or Beach ? " 
The sentiment is good, the names correct, if necessarily allit- 
erative, but alas for his figures (the italics are authorized). 
His ancestors must have attended that first school on Moses 
Wheeler's land in 1678 when "20 pounds of money" was 

voted for " maintenance of a school-master to teach 

small children to read and rite" but not arithmetic. In 17 12, 
however, two school houses were found necessary, and doubt- 
less the rule of three was included in the curriculum. 

" In this year was born John, the sonn of Isak," the very 
incompleteness lending an irritating charm to the old record. 
The date was "October 6th, AD 1700." He was the third 
' sonn,' and so perhaps a disappointment to the mother's 
heart, for in all her husband's family of six married brothers, 
but five girls had come, and three of these to one father. 

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There were, however, seventeen boy Beach's in Stratford, 
surely enough to establish the succession. 

At this time the Rev. Mr. Cutler was " settled in ye min- 
istry " in Stratford, and soon became an intimate friend in 
the house of the tailor. Almost immediately his trained eye 
discovered special promise in the boy John, and by further 
investigation, that he himself had longings beyond the scope 
of ye village schule. 

The parents, justly proud of the praise and encouragement 
of the minister, were nevertheless doubtful of possibilities ; 
there were the other children to be educated, work for helping 
hands always ready — could they afford so great an outlay for 
one alone ? On the other hand, what dreams of future happi- 
ness filled the mother's waking hours ! Her son to go to Col- 
lege ! To associate with the rising talent and meet on equal 
heights those dwellers of the intellectual world ; and still 
higher and more beatific the vision, she might one day sit 
humbly before him and hear from his lips her soul's salva- 
tion ! And when it was so decided, did she whisper this to 
father, or son, or guiding minister ? Who knows ? But surely, 
whether they knelt in prayer together, or each communed 
with heart alone, as we are told he was wont, that night was 
blessed to both. 

Prepared by the advice and personal supervision of the 
kind Doctor himself, this ' sonn of Isak ' went to his studies 
with his loins girded, and if — at college — life seemed strange 
and some of it distasteful, he soon learned where and how to 
apply himself toward the furtherance of those desires which 
had drawn him from the narrower circle of his village home. 

We do not know if, among those left at parting, there was 
any special other woman's love than her's who bore him. 
Perhaps even at that early age, the hearts of the cousins had 
felt the 'mysterious pang.' Perhaps, — which is more proba- 
ble, — the excitement of the entrance upon a new career, so 
filled that of the student that his, at least, knew not the 
answering flame, and her's — womanlike — bore enough for 
both in silence. 

The clash of brain, new doors continually opening, the 
sudden spread of horizon, must have, to a never so well pre- 
pared mind, seemed little short of marvelous. It is not 
probable that at that early time, and while the classes num- 

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bered rarely over a dozen or fifteen, that class lines were 
drawn very closely — congenial spirits could meet and enjoy 
a mutual benefit. Our freshman could not have entered at a 
more momentous period. The College house had just been 
raised at New Haven, but the two Houses of Assembly at 
Hartford were still quarreling over the question of its settle- 

It was not until the August of 17 18 that the handsome gift 
of books, a portrait of the King by Kneller and "goods to 
the value of two hundred pounds sterling," all sent from 
England by Governor Elihu Yale (Governor of India) to 
" the collegiate School at New Haven," settled the question 
once for all, and Yale College became a fixed fact. With this 
year also came that brilliant fellow star in the new firmament, 
Samuel Johnson, graduated in 17 14. He had already taught, 
while part of the college was still at Saybrook, and now 
placed in charge of the new building (in which he lived), he 
entered upon his increased responsibilities with all the ardor 
of his buoyant nature. 

Then began, what time but strengthened by every tie of 
blood and sympathy for two generations, that deep and endur- 
ing affection between these harmonious minds which was to 
exert so marked an influence on one of them, as to change 
his entire life. We can imagine them revelling together in 
the recently acquired library, for do we not read in that 
delightful expose of the times in which not to be mentioned 
is oblivion indeed, the "Diary of President Stiles," that he 
(Dr. Johnson) "was a very indifferent writer but a very con- 
siderable reader all his days?" 

It was due to this "indifferent writer" and his own relig- 
ious doubts and changes, that John and his brother William 
eventually declared for the Church of England. In sopho- 
more year, John's best and wisest counsellor and friend, the 
Rev. Mr. Cutler, accepted the call to the Rectorship of the 
College. It seems strange that they should have called, even 
temporarily, so well recognized a doubter to this position, 
but the college had sore need of a new rector. Several had 
declined, matters were becoming confused, the old trustees 
dying, the Rev. Mr. Samuel Andrew, who had served as a 
non-resident for years, wished to resign. He was over sixty 
years of age. Mr. Cutler was his son-in-law, he was a man 

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of learning, dignified and eloquent. His wife had long 
known of his growing impatience under the restraint of the 
ministry, it is not improbable that her influence was largely 
concerned in the matter, and finally he was invited for a 
year's probation. 

This may be the place to mention a still further relation- 
ship. The Rev. Samuel Andrew married twice. His first 
wife, Abigail Treat, the daughter of Governor Treat, died in 
Milford, December 5th, 1727. He married again in 1728/9, 
Abigail Beach, the widow of Samuel Beach of the same place. 
She survived him four years. (See No. 5 Milford Tomb- 
stones in the Vth volume of the New Haven Colony Histori- 
cal Society papers.) Samuel Beach, the son of Thomas, 
brother to John and Richard the settlers, was born and died 
in Milford. He left no children, and before his will could be 
properly probated, his widow had married the recently be- 
reaved Rector of Yale College. She thus had been by mar- 
riage cousin to our student, and became, also by marriage, 
step-mother to Mrs. Cutler. With the advent of the Cutlers, 
a new element entered upon the scene. At the head of the 
College was now a gentleman of extreme elegance and pol- 
ished manner : a scholar by reputation, with a wife still young 
enough to attract, and remarked everywhere for a special 
charm of refinement and delicacy. In this cultivated atmos- 
phere, young John found himself a welcome guest, and 
enjoyed the privileges of his former friendship and intimacy. 
Here he could once again hand a dish of tea to some other 
favored guest, and here, too, he could enjoy an unofficial 
special hour of argument and debate with his revered friend, 
for the cultivation of the art of expression, and the use of 
both Latin and English in conversation, were important and 
indeed necessary adjuncts to education. 

Mr. Cutler was next year elected to the full and official 
rectorship, and it was then the title of President was intro- 
duced. President Cutler has been described as of a haughty, 
domineering nature, especially toward the young. This 
might have been so, generally, but the picture represented by 
what we know of him in connection with this young scholar 
of his adoption, does not tally with such outlines. Still it 
should be noted that his ideas were high, and the position 
which he occupied was but next highest to that of the Gov- 

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ernor of the State, — nay, the highest, — for was not the state 
forced upon the Colony of New Haven after the most solemn 
promises of exemption ? In 1722, he avowed himself for the 
Church of England. Naturally, to declare for Episcopacy in 
New England at that time meant to strike a bloAV at the actual 
foundation of the Colonies, founded on, and for, and by, 
Presbyterian rule. Great was the consternation and intense 
the excitement evoked by this defection in high place, and 
there were fanatics on both sides — unfortunately able men, 
who fanned the controversy to a personal issue. 

John Beach was already graduated the year before this 
great crisis, and the autumn of 1721 found him back in Strat- 
ford, where all looked upon him with increased affection and 
respect. He had left them as the boy John, he returned as 
the man Beach, while it is not improbable that there was in a 
certain chosen sanctuary a small box or package labelled 
"Johnnie's curls." We have no portrait of him other than 
that drawn by the flattering pen of his great friend and 
admirer, Dr. Johnson, a character sketch which represents 
him in a recommendatory letter to the Bishop of London, 
dated April 5, 1732 : "The Church here has been happy . . . 
in the conversion (besides a number of good people) of the 
worthy persons who have all had a public education in the 
neighboring college (Yale) ; and two of them have had dis- 
senting teachers ; two of them will go into other business, 
and one of them is Mr. Beach, the bearer hereof, whom I 
know by long experience of him (he having been heretofore 
my pupil and ever since my neighbor) to be a very ingenuous 
and studious person, and a truly serious and conscientious 
Christian," — and the additional eulogies of the two historians 
of the Episcopal Church, the one at large and the other of 
Connecticut alone — Drs. Perry and Beardsley. Of course 
these speak of him after having accomplished his life and his 
work, and do not therefore picture him in his youth and early 

The Presbyterian Church at Stratford had languished dur- 
ing the interval between Dr. Cutler's withdraAval in 17 19 and 
Hezekiah Gold's coming in 1722. Several had been called 
but none chosen. The same feeble condition of things 
existed among the professors of the Church of England, 
though for a longer period. This year seems to have been a 

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memorable one in Connecticut Church history generally. 
Confining ourselves to the localities of our immediate interest, 
we find that the First society in New Haven, under Mr. 
Joseph Noyes, was enjoying a monopoly of religious influence, 
for there was no Episcopal church or clergyman, and with the 
exception of Dr. Cutler, Dr. Samuel Johnson, tutor Browne, 
John Hart, Jared Eliot, Samuel Whittlesey, and James Whit- 
more, no professors (as they were called) of the Church of 
England. These speedily found spheres elsewhere, and it 
was thirty years before any actual impression was made in 
that city, and then, through the ministry of Ebenezer Pun- 
derson, formerly pastor of the Second Congregational church 
in Groton from 1728 to 1734. 

In Stratford, the Rev. Hezekiah Gold (son of the Hon. 
Nathan Gold, Jr., of Fairfield) was pastor of the Church of 
Christ (Congregational) and sixty persons joined in his first 

The Episcopal Church was first organized in this state at 
Stratford, indeed the first settlers of that town were from the 
Church of England. Rev. Adam Blakeman himself had been 
priest before he was a dissenter. The Rev. George Muirson, in 
1706, first used the Church service in Stratford; he was a 
missionary from the Society for the Propagation of the Gos- 
pel in Foreign Parts stationed at Rye, N. Y., and the next 
year the parish was organized with wardens and vestrymen, 
and about thirty communicants. They were without a settled 
minister, however, with the exception of the passing of the 
Rev. Francis Phillips in 17 12 — a matter of five months only, 
until 1723 ; but it was in 1722 that the Rev. Mr. Pigot first 
arrived in Stratford, and it was certainly largely due to his 
enthusiasm and persistency that the Society allowed the claim 
of the Rev. Mr. Samuel Johnson to this field. In the interval, 
Dr. Johnson had been a Congregational minister at West 
Haven, which was but five miles from his beloved college 
library, from March 1720 to September 1722, when he declared 
for Episcopacy ; thence to England, where he was ordained 
by the Bishop of Norwich. In his diary we read " 22 (March, 
1723). This day in the morning, 10 of the clock, we waited on 
the Right Rev'd Thomas Lord Bishop of Norwich, and at the 
parish church of St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, after morning 
prayer. We were first confirmed, and then ordained Deacons ; 

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In the afternoon, I was at Prayers at St. Paul's, and then at 
Mr, Jonah Bonyer's, Bookseller." Thus simply does he 
record the first steps in the accomplishment of that great pur- 
pose of his life for which he had already sacrificed so much. 
And we also read between the lines, his reverent attendance 
at afternoon service to offer up his devout prayers of thanks- 
giving, and his solacing himself for the excitement of the day 
by a half hour among the treasures of learning which he 
loved. On the last day of the same month "at 6 in the morn- 
ing " at the same church, and "at the continued appointment 
and desire of William Lord Abp. of Canterbury and John 
Lord Bishop of London, we were ordained Priests most gravely 
by the Right Revd. Thomas Lord Bishop of Norwich, who 
afterwards preached an excellent sermon from Rom. ii, 4 ; 
" Or despisest thou, etc." I dined with Mr. Murray in com- 
pany with Mr. Godly and Mr. Bull, clergymen. Afternoon-I 
preached for Mr. Murray at St. Albans, Wood St. on Phil i. 
27. We all spent the evening with Mr. Lord." This Diary, 
kept during the voyage out and his stay in England, is full of 
good things, but too long to give here. Quoting here and 
there, he writes " 26**^ We are safe by God's goodness after a 
storm. Just finished Mr. Nelson's "Practice of True Devo- 
tion." s*''. Finished "Dr. Taylor's Golden Guide" and 
"Hudibrass " 12*^, This day we came to soundings. Finished 
reading " The Gentleman Interested in the Conduct of a 
Virtuous and Happy Life." Truly an excellent piece ! " 
Once in London, they began visiting and conferring, and 
seeking out each and every avenue of approach toward the 
great object for which they had come, and many a fruitless 
errand, and tiring day, and turning from doors, and all the 
disheartments of waiting upon the pleasure and convenience 
of lord bishops — ensued. Some dinners and social functions 
were given and held in their honor, and if the telling of a good 
dinner-table story was as powerful a lever then as now, 
doubtless Mr. Johnson's superior talent for elegant conversa- 
tion produced its effect. 

Mr. Johnson was the only Episcopal clergyman in Connec- 
ticut for years. He married, in 1725, Mrs. Charity (Floyd) 
Nicoll, widow of Benjamin Nicoll, and daughter of Col. 
Richard Floyd of Long Island. Mrs. Nicoll had three chil- 
dren, of whom the indulgent stepfather became very fond. 

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He prepared his sons (named William Samuel and William) 
for Yale, where they were both graduated in 1734. To a letter 
from Dean Berkeley, then in Rhode Island, and dated March 
24, 1729-30, there is this postscript: "Pray let me know 
whether they would admit the writings of Hooker and Chil- 
lingworth into the library of the College in New Haven." 
This was the nucleus of that gift in 1733 of nearly one 
thousand volumes valued at about ;^5oo, "the finest collection 
of books ever brought to America," according to President 
Clap. That these, with the gift of his farm of 96 acres, came 
through Dr. Johnson is evidenced by a letter from Bishop 
Berkeley, dated London, July 25, 1732, in which he says : 
"The letter you sent by Mr. Beach (the Rev. John, of New- 
town) I received and did him all the service I could with the 
Bishop of London and the Society. He promised to call on 
me before his return, but have not heard of him, so am obliged 
to recommend this pacquet to Mr. Newman's care. It contains 
the instrument of conveyance in form of law together with a 
letter for Mr. Pres't. Williams which you will deliver to him, 
[this letter has never been discovered by the way]. I shall 
make it my endeavor to procure a benefaction of books for 
the College library and am not without hopes of success." 
At first the Trustees were in doubt about accepting this dona- 
tion, remembering previous consequences, but finally decided 
to do s6, and the books and land were received, although 
President Stiles records that "Johnson persuaded the Dean 
to believe that Yale College would soon become Episcopal 
and that they had received his ' Immaterial philosophy.' 
This or some other motive influenced the Dean to make a 
donation of his Rhode Island farm in 1733. This donation 
was certainly procured very much through the instrumen- 
tality of Rev. Dr. Jared Eliot and Rev. Dr. Johnson." The 
latest lease of the farm was made in 1801 by President 
Timothy Dwight in favor of Paul Wightman, his heirs, and 
assigns forever, fixing the rent at $140 per annum from 
March 25, 1810, to March 25, 2761. It is now estimated to be 
worth $100,000. 

Referring to the letter of the Lord Bishop where he says, 
in speaking of Mr. Beach, "he promised to call on me 
before his return but have not heard of him," one can see 
from whence comes the retiring disposition and repugnance 

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to favor seeking of the latter-day saints in that family. Mr. 
Johnson was more worldly wise and had already some 
experience in the paths of preferment, but Mr. Beach had 
not then, or at any time in his long and often arduous 
church life, the faintest idea of self-seeking except before one 
throne. The words "ingenuous" and "ingenious" which 
Mr. Johnson and others of his time used so frequently in let- 
ters of moment, are synonymous, and meant well-balanced, 
competent, ready in debate or argument, and not at all what 
we should now convey by thus characterizing a young divine. 

We have sought in vain for the marriage record of John 
and Sarah, though it was probably during the ministry of the 
Rev. Hezekiah Gold in Stratford, for we find on his record of 
church members that on "Aug. 5-1722, Mr. John Beach was 
taken into the church, ye i** after my ordination, Hezekiah 
Gold." Previously in regard to date, but entered later, 
"March 24, 1722, Mrs. Beach after many years suspension 
from ye sacraments, restored to her former stand and privi- 
lege among us." This " Mrs. Beach " could not have been 
either the wife of Nathaniel or Isaac, for they are both men- 
tioned later as will be seen : "July 29, 1723, were taken into 
the Church, Nathaniel Beach and his wife." "May 16, 1725, 
were taken into ye Church Mrs. Pittman, Nathaniel Curtiss 
with his wife, the wife of Joseph Birdsey, and Sarah Beach, 
daughter of Nathaniel Beach." "April 30-1727, Hannah 
Beach, ye wife of Isaac Beach." 

Unfortunately there is no record of marriages in that 
church until 1754; presumably one of the books is lost or 
has been destroyed. That it took place in Stratford is evi- 
denced by records showing their residence in that parish. 

Reference has been already made in the Newtown history to 
the state of religious feeling there at the time of Mr. Toucey's 
resignation and espousal of secular and military honors ;.and 
in the town records of 1724 we read : 

" Articles of Agreement Concluded on and made this twenty-fifth 
Day of January, one thousand and seven hundred and twenty four or 
five, Between Mr John Beach of Stratford in ye County of Fairfield 
and Colony of Connecticut in New England on the one Part and Peter 
Hubbell, Samuel Beers and Jno. Leavenworth of Newtown m ye County 
and Colony aforesaid, on ye other part, witnesseth as followeth — Im- 

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primis — The above said Mr. Beach doth Covenant with the above said 
Peter Hubbell, Samuel Beers, and Jno. Leavenworth as they are a 
Committee in ye behalf of the Town of Newtown abovesaid to Settle 
in the ministry of Newtown aforesaid, as soon as may be with conven- 
iency conformable to providence only excepted and (al)"low" to con- 
tinue during my life if ye providence of God shall allow the same, and 
furthermore, I, the said Mr. Beach Doe promise to find all the Iron 
work nails and glass for the Building me a house in Newtown this 
house after exprest. Item, Peter Hubbell, Samuel Beers, and Jno. 
Leavenworth as a Committee in ye behalf of ye town of Newtown 
abovesaid Doe Covenant with ye above said Mr. John Beach that upon 
his settling in the work of a ministry in Newtown aforesaid, therefore 
the said Mr. John Beach shall have paid him for his sallary the sum 
hereafter mentioning, sixty pounds per year for the two first years after 
the first Day of this Instant January and (al)low to Rise ten pound per 
year yearly, untill it make one hundred pounds per annum, and then 
to be Mr. Beach his standing sallory, all which payments are to be 
truly payd to Mr. Beach in provisions as they shall pass from man to 
man here in Newtown on the first Day of January, also to erect and 
finish a two story house for Mr. Beach, he finding glass and nails as 
above exprest ; and to find Mr. Beach in his firewood yearly and also 
to give Mr. Beach ye improvement of four acres of pasture Land lying 
near Shay's home Lots as appears by Record dureing his Life, also we 
Peter Hubbell, Samuel Beers, and Jno. Leavenworth as a committee 
for the town of Newtown Doe make over unto Mr. John Beach sundry 
Parcels of Land containing one house and 23 acres and also four acres 
home Lott in Newtown abovesaid as may appear by Deed executed 
under our hands and seal Bearing Date with this Instrument in Con- 
firmation of every of above articles the above mentioned parties have 
Enterchangably Sett to their hands and seals In Newtown the Date 
above mentioned. 

John Beach \ seal [ 

Signed Sealed & Delivered in Note that the above house is to 

presence of be finished on or before the first 

Thomas Bennit Day of November next ensueing 

Joseph Peck. the Date above mentioned. 

This Instrument rec'd for Rec- Peter Hubbell ] seal [ 
ord January ye 25, 1724 '^'^ 

Recorded p'' ^ , t^ ( '^"'^ ) 

Joseph Peck, townclerk ^^"^""^ ^^^''' \ ^^, \ 

Jno. Leavenworth ] seal \ 

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Mr. Samuel Beers dies shortly after and at a town meeting 
in May (14) 1725, Captain Bennit, Lieut. Northrop and Jos. 
Peck are added to the committee. Mr. Daniel Foot's deed of 
land is made out with no restrictions for the sum of forty 
pounds current money and " conveys and confirms unto Mr. 

Beach and to his heirs forever. 

Signed. Daniel foot." 

In view of the later disagreements in regard to land hold- 
ings, it may be well to note this particular transaction. The 
next entry of importance is on page 77 : 

" Alt a lawful Town meeting held March ye 3o"'-i726, ye meeting is 
adjourned until Monday ye next, ye sixth day of April. Then agreed 
and voted by the Inhabitants of said Town that ye beforesaid Inhabit- 
ants would Pay a Tax or Rate of lo'' per pound upon the List of ye 
said towne of ye year 1725 for to Defray ye Charges of Preaching and 
furnishing a house for the Reverend John Beach. 

Jos. Peck town clerk." 

In Vol. Ill, p. 109 : 

"Newtown, April ye 12th 1726, then layd out for Mr. John Beach 

ten acres of land of ye 307 acre Devition given by Mr. Tousey 

as deed will show. Lying westerly of Mr. Bennit's swamp, lying east, 
west and north on undivided land and south bounding ye Highway, 
ye Bounds are as followeth, ye first bound is a Read Oak bush with 
stones to it by ye highway, then we run northward forty rods to a rock 
with stones, on't. Then 407 Rods westward to a rock with stones on't. 
Then we run 407 southward to a high rock with stones on't by a High- 
way, then we run by said Highway 40 rods to ye first mention road, 

pr. Record April ye 13-1726 — by us — 

Daniel Foot 
Record** by Joseph Peck Joseph Bristol 

Town Clerk Committee," 

With what satisfaction must he have seen this next item 
recorded : 

" Received att Hand of Lieut. John Northrop Collector of Newtown, 
the full sum of my sallory for the year 1725, the full sum of sixty 
pound, I say — Received by me, dated Newtown this 8'^ day of Decem- 
ber 1727 — John Beach." 

Although it was thus late before the first year's " sallory " 
was paid, we can I think appreciate both the hardships which 

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prevented and the joy which accompanied, and once begun, 
the little town was not again so backward, as the frequent 
repetition of the above phraseology with its yearly increase is 
regularly recorded. In 1728, they increased the rate to four 
pence on the pound ''for Mr. Beach his sallory"and "one 
half penny upon ye pound on ye list to git Mr. Beach his 
firewood." All at this time seemed favorable to a more set- 
tled condition in respect of religious affairs. Five families 
were, however, withholding their interest and support, and 
being occasionally ministered to in the Episcopal way by the 
Rev. Mr. Johnson. 

Mr. Beach Avas on friendly terms with these Church of 
England professors, and it is not improbable that his intimacy 
with Mr. Johnson brought upon him some criticisms. His 
introduction of the Lord's Prayer into the service when recog- 
nized as such and a part of the English ritual, was thought to 
lead at once to Rome and imperil souls forever. 

Aside from rapidly growing doubts and self-examination, 
his life at Newtown during this interval must have been com- 
paratively happy. A newly built house, a tried, congenial 
companion, little children to greet his home-coming, good 
friends standing by him in all sincerity, and Avhatever his 
decision ; and yet we have seen enough of him to know that 
while this great thing was paramount, no lesser joys could 
wean him to ease or f orgetfulness. Finally, when the supreme 
moment came and the step was taken which forever separated 
him from this season of doubt, in spite of cavil or criticism 
we see him once more serene and peaceful, ready to meet 
both, and borne up with a great confidence, longing to begin 
his work afresh. 

Already he had begun to make plans for his journey to 
England, and was in intimate correspondence with his friend 
in Stratford whose recommendations in his behalf had been 
long promised and now in process of fulfilment. We can not 
surely tell if his wife had yet consented to give up her birth- 
right and join her husband in word and deed, but we know 
that she allowed him, in this month, to take their little son of 
five years of age to Stratford with him, and that there he was 
baptized by the Rev. Mr. Johnson. At the same time he him- 
self was entered as a member of that church, and at Easter 
partook of the Communion there. It must indeed have been 

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a solemn and wonderfully filled moment to both, when his 
kneeling form was reached, and firm as was now their mutual 
faith, the whispered prayer must have trembled between them. 

It is odd that after this distinction we hear no more of the 
child, although in all the family records, Joseph is mentioned 
as " among those who lived to grow up and have children." 
Perhaps there may be some one who at this late day, read- 
ing this little record of that first Church service in the family, 
may recognize the ancestral honor, and so find his own way 
back to the fold. There were two children born to them at 
that time, Joseph in 1727, and Phebe in 1729. Joseph was the 
only one baptized before his father's voyage. This may have 
been because sons were then considered of more importance, 
or the mother may have wished it so. In Stratford, the brother 
William was either already a professor, or very soon after 
became a member of the church. Perhaps the dream of their 
mother had come true before this change in her sons' lives. 
It is more than probable that John had taken part in the 
worship of the meeting-house before going to Newtown. 
We find the name " Hannah the wife of Isaac Beach " on Mr. 
Hezekiah Gold's record in 1727, but that she must have been 
influenced to some extent in favor of the adopted church of 
two of her beloved sons, we must suppose, by her tombstone 
and grave in the Episcopal burying ground at Stratford, while 
that of her husband Isaac is in the old Congregational bury- 
ing place, with those of his brother Nathaniel, his wife and 
others of the family. 

Again to Town records : 

"At a lawful Town meeting of ye inhabitants of Newtown held by 
adjournment February ye 28, 1731/2, Captain Thomas Bennit, Deacon 
John Botsford, Lieut. John Northrop, and Mr. J no. Leavenworth by 
vote were chosen Committee in ye behalf of ye Town of Newtown, to 
to Discourige Mr. John Beach with Respect to his estate had by Lott- 
ment here and to know of him ye terms if any that he will be upon 
with Respect to the Resignation of ye whole or part of that above he 
hath received and to make Report to ye town at ye adjournment of 
this meeting." 

The wording is suggestive of some doubt on their part 
whether their committee is going to accomplish the desired 
result, as well as some evident former experience with the 

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reverend gentlemen, . . . wherein he had not been entirely sub- 
jugated, " to know of him ye terms if any " has an apprehensive 
ring. We can be almost sure that the "Committee " as finally 
composed Avas drawn with some difficulty from those present 
at the meeting. The result follows : 

" Whereas a committee appointed by the Inhabitants of the Town of 
Newtown have made this proposal, viz. that if I will quit-claim all yt 
land which I now possess by virtue of a deed from ye proprietors of ye 
said Newtown, any of their acts, then I shall hold ye house and home 
lot as my own estate and have ye use of yt lot near Nathaniel 
Pammelees and yt under Mt. Tom, untill November next and be paid 
by ye said Town for ye fines about ye above said lotts to ye above said 
proposal I consent as witnesseth my hand this 8th Day of March, 
1731/2. John Beach. 

In presence of us, 

Thos. Bennit John Botsford I r " 

John Northrop Jno. Leavenworth \ 

The town's quit claim of same date, the same Com*®®, "for 
& in consideration of ye past service of Mr. Beach of afores'^ 

Newtown in ye gospel ministry Do by these presents 

in ye stead Behalf & name of ye town of Newtown & their 
successors forever unto the aforesaid Mr. John Beach his 
heirs & assigns forever, Demise Releas, Relinquish & Quitt 
Claim Y„ Ye, with the House & Homestead on wh said 
House is now Erected, containing four acres */„ east on ye 
Main street. North on ye home lott of Daniel foot. South & 
west .... heirs of Hugh Stilson Deceased." Recorded April 
8, 1732, by Jos Peck — & signed by John Gregory Justice of 
the Peace. 

On the 17th day of the same month and year, he takes the 
precaution to have this freshly laid out to him. 

" 3 acres of th' Land Being two acres and half of it, of ye thirty 
acre Division and ye other half acre of ye sizure of a twenty acre lott 
the said land Lying on Mount Tom brook northwest from Nathaniel 
Pammelee's house ye first bounds is a white tree being the south cor- 
ner of Captn. Bennit's land, then we run 19 Rods northeasterly In 
said Bennits line to his easterly corner there we run 36 rods in Prud- 
dens line southeasterly to said Prudden's corner near ye Brook then 
we run 9 rods westerly to a heap of stones and from thence to the first 
station laid out by us. 

Recorded March ye 17, 1732. 

Dan'lFoot )^^^., 
Jno. Sherman ) 

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April of that year found Mr. Beach in London, where, as 
we have seen, he did not long tarry in court-yards or frequent 
the gardens of dignitaries ; in fact one may criticise his inat- 
tention to possible advancement, and suppose him, from let- 
ters of that season, even provokingly uncivil to proper 
authority. But as is said of him in the address or sermon 
already spoken of and shortly to be more fully introduced : 
"With him religious truth .... became part of his life," 
and as often happens with those whose convictions come in 
mid-career, causing the adoption of fresh exertions, and open- 
ing new paths of thought, every detail becomes important 
and things which to the accustomed eye or ear carry no special 
significance, assume legitimate and sometimes undue propor- 
tions. As soon therefore as the special business for which he 
had crossed seas was accomplished and he had received his 
appointment to Newtown and Reading, he came away home 
to his new work in the old field. The Rev. Mr. Beardsley, in 
his " History of the Church in Connecticut," thus speaks of 
him at this time : 

" No one went over from this country recommended to the Bishop 
of London for Holy Orders with better testimonials than John Beach. 
Johnson spoke of him, from a long acquaintance as ' a very ingenuous 
and studious person, and a truly serious and conscientious Christian.' 
Besides these testimonials, he bore with him a petition from Lemuel 
Morehouse and others, members of the Church of England in Red- 
ding and Newtown, renewing their request for a share in the charities 
of the Honorable Society, and particularly that Mr. Beach might be 
appointed a Missionary in the town and vicinity where he was so well 
known, respected, and beloved. The petition was granted, and the 
usual allowance for salary appropriated ; but upon his return from 
England, in September 1732, he found the affections of his old parish- 
ioners alienated from him, and himself and his plans for the church 
opposed with increased rancor. A tribe of Indians three miles distant 
from Newtown, to whom he was charged by the Society to extend his 
ministrations had been stirred up to resist him and treat him with 
indignity and violence, under the ridiculous plea that he was about to 
rob them of their lands and draw from them money for his support. 
But none of these things moved him from his godly work. Because 
there was no suitable place for assembling, he invited the few profes- 
sors of the Church of England to meet in his own house, where for a 
considerable time he conducted the public services. ' He pressed on 
with resolute and cheerful spirit ; conciliating many of the Indians, 
and gathering around him large congregations of his own countrymen.' 

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In his first report to the Society, made six months after his arrival at 
his mission, he says ' I have now forty-four communicants, and their 
number increases every time I administer the Communion.' And of 
his flock he remarks : ' The people here have a high esteem of the 
Church, and are now greatly rejoiced that they have an opportunity of 
worshipping God in that way, and have begun to build two small 
churches, the one at Newtown arid the other at Redding.' It is said 
that the frame of the building in Newtown, (twenty-eight feet long 
and twenty-four wide,) was raised on Saturday, the roof-boards put on 
the same evening, and the next day the handful of churchmen 
assembled for divine service under its imperfect protection, sitting 
upon the timbers and kneeling upon the ground. Johnson at Strat- 
ford, Caner at Fairfield, the elder Seabury at New London, Beach at 
Newtown and Redding, four missionaries, with five houses of worship, 
constituted the working clerical force of the Church in Connecticut 
down to the end of the year 1734." 

In 1739, the celebrated case of the Rev. Mr. Arnold, as 
trustee in New Haven for the Church of England, was brought 
to the notice of the Society and seven clergymen signed the 
memorial of remonstrance ; Wetmore, Johnson, Caner, Beach, 
Seabury, Punderson, and Arnold. It would take an undue 
amount of writing and reading to enter at all into any 
description of this affair, but those interested in further 
inquiry can turn to Beardsley's or Perry's Histories of the 
Episcopal Church in this country, or the town records of New 
Haven, for fuller particulars. Mr. Johnson, in writing of this 
affair to the Secretary in the April of 1740, says : "The unset- 
tled condition of some of our churches with respect to their 
ministers is also a great disadvantage to us. There is now a 
proposal that Mr. Beach should change with Mr. Arnold and 
go to Staten Island and Newark. He is.indeed a very worthy 
and useful man, and nobody could do more good there than 
he, but then the loss of him would be an unspeakable damage 
to us here." 

To quote further ourselves from the first authority : 

William Beach of Stratford, a wealthy gentleman and brother of 
the Rev. John Beach, had been charged with the heinous sin of 
covenant-breaking, because he left the Congregationalists and entered 
into the communion of the Church ; and not willing to allow such a 
charge to go unnoticed, he persuaded Mr. Johnson, both for his own 
defence and as an antidote to the malicious ballad of Graham, to draw 
up and publish a tract, containing " Plain Reasons for Conforming to 

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the Church." RepHes and rejoinders followed, and the controversy 
reached down to the year 1736, when it was closed by Johnson ; and 
Mr. Graham withdrew from a contest in which he had now no honors 
for himself and no advantage to his cause. The more the subject of 
Episcopacy was publicly discussed and the grosser the attacks upon it, 
the greater was the increase in the number of its adherents. Popular 
attention was drawn to the Church of England by the animated con- 
troversies in which her missionaries were involved, and the examina- 
tion of her doctrines and worship softened or removed in many 
instances the prejudices of early education. A member of the little 
flock of Mr. Beach at Newtown, returning one day from service, 
accidentally dropped her Prayer Book, which was picked up, and 
pronounced by the person into whose hands it fell to be a Mass 
Manual, containing very wicked things. Curiosity was excited among 
his neighbors to see the heretical and extraordinary book, and several 
who looked over its pages were so far from agreeing in opinion with 
him that they found it contained a large portion of the Scriptures, 
besides several of the excellent prayers which Mr. Beach had been in 
the habit of using while serving them acceptably as a Congregational 
or Independent minister. The Society in England for the Propaga- 
tion of the Gospel had furnished its Missionary in this place, as else- 
where, with a number of copies of the Book of Common Prayer for 
gratuitous distribution, and these were now put in circulation, and the 
result was, that, in the course of twelve months, eight families were 
added to the Church ; and as the increased congregation rendered a 
private dwelling inconvenient to meet in, an edifice for public worship 
was called for and speedily erected. 

In 1736 the communicants included in the mission of Mr. Beach 
were 105, but he was not permitted long to enjoy in quietness this 
measure of prosperity. The Rev. Jonathan Dickinson of New Jersey, 
the Presbyterian divine who had before appeared as a sharp assailant 
of Episcopacy, again took up his pen to attack the Church, and pub- 
lished in this same year a sermon entitled, "The Vanity of Human 
Institutions in the Worship of God." It was in the spirit and style of 
similar publications of that day, and evidenced that the author not 
only misunderstood or purposely misrepresented the nature and object 
of the Liturgy, but that he fixed the sin of schism, the guilt of rending 
the body of Christ, upon all who, from any motive, were led to con- 
form to the Church of England. Copies were freely distributed in 
Newtown among all classes of people, and churchmen found them in 
their houses without knowing the source to which they were indebted 
for the singular gratuity. Mr. Beach was therefore compelled, in self 
defense, to enter the field of controversy, and wrote a little pamphlet 
called " A Vindication of the Worship of the Church of England " in 
which he met all the bold statements of the sermon, and maintained 
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considering them as of special divine appointment. One hundred 
pages in reply followed from Mr. Dickinson, reiterating his former 
charges and adding some new " Misrepresentations and Slanders," 
with a zeal which would have done credit to the heart of a Puritan in 
the times of Oliver Cromwell. But scarcely had the printed sheets 
become dry before the Missionary was ready with an Appeal to the 
" Unprejudiced," in the course of which he made this personal allusion 
by way of justifying his own withdrawal from Independency : " I have 
evened the scale of my judgment as much as possibly I could ; and, to 
the best of my knowledge, I have not allowed one gram of worldly 
motive on either side. I have supposed myself on the brink of Eter- 
nity, just going into the other world, to give up my account to my 
great Judge ; and must I be branded for an Anti-Christ or heretic and 
apostate, because my judgment determines that the Church of England 

is most agreeable to the word of God ? " The immediate effect 

of this prolonged controversy was to double the number of churchmen 

in Newtown ; Mr. Beach often officiated and administered the 

sacraments at Ridgefield, distant from his residence about eighteen 
miles, where in 1735 there were nearly twenty " families of very serious 
and religious people, who had a just esteem of the Church of England, 
and desired to have the opportunity of worshipping God in that way." 

There seemed to be no limit or set boundaries to the work 
which these first missionaries were called upon to perform, 
and so we find him assisting Mr. Johnson as far from his 
special cure as Waterbury. In Woodbury also as early as 
1740 Mr. Beach was instrumental in gathering an '' Episcopal 
Society," and a house of worship was soon afterwards erected 
" on the hill between a place called Transylvania and the 
present center of Roxbury." In 1743, chiefly through his 
influence, a church was built in New Milford, and in 1745, an 
organization was effected in Litchfield, where four years later 
a church was built by an Englishman, Mr. John Davis, who 
gave it the name of St. Michael's. The condition of the 
church in Newtown and Redding is fully described in the 
following letter : 

" Reading in Connecticut — 
in N. E. April 23—1746. 
Reverend Sir, 

All that I have at present to acquaint the Venerable Society with, 
beside what is contained in the enclosed, is, that we have erected 
another church at Newtown which is forty-six feet long — thirty-five 
broad, and twenty-five up to the roof. It is a strong neat building, 
and though it be small, yet, considering the poverty of people in these 

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new Settlements, and that the parish being sixteen miles in length, we 
must have two churches in it, it is a considerable charge to that part of 
the parish who have contributed cheerfully — some thirty — some fifty — 
and one man two hundred pounds this currency; while 

our neighbors of the Independent persuasion have their meeting houses 
built by a tax laid by the government upon all the land in the parish. 
And in this parish, all who go to meeting are exempt from paying any- 
thing toward the support of the government — but as soon a^ any join in 
the worship of the Church of England they immediately lose that priv- 
ilege. But the more we are oppressed, though there may be several 
professors of the Church of England, yet I hope, we shall be the more 
sincere in our profession ; and it is very certain that our people gen- 
erally expend more by far for the support of religion, than their neigh- 
bors of the dissenting persuasion. If the Venerable Society would 
think it reasonable to send me four dozen Common Prayer Books 
with Tate and Brady's version of the Psalms, and two dozen of the 
Whole Duty of Man — they should be carefully distributed among the 
poorer people — by 

Reverend Sir, your's 
And the Venerable Society's — 

Most obedient and humble servant 

John Beach." 

This communication from the church wardens of Litchfield 
in 1747 will further emphasize his Avork there : 

April the 4'^', 1747. 

Above two years past a great number of as declared our 

conformity to the Church of England, by subscribing a letter to the 
Reverend Mr. Beach inviting him amongst us, attending divine service 
with him, owing to the excellency of the doctrine and the manner of 
worship in the Said Church, and openly defending them to the utmost 
of our power ; but even now the Dissenters have executions out against 
us for rates due long since, and daily threaten to take us to the gaol if 
we refuse to pay them ; and this, notwithstanding we bring and offer 
them a discharge in full, under the hands of the Reverend Mr. Beach. 

We are remote from all our Reverend Missionaries except the 

Reverend Mr. Beach and Mr. Gibbs — Mr, Gibbs being the nighest, who 
lives twenty-seven miles, and Mr. Beach between thirty and forty miles 
from us 

In the Newtown Land Records of an earlier date we read, 
page 89 : 

A vote passed by ye proprietors of the common and undivided land 
in Newtown, in ye county of Fairfield, at there meeting leagally warned 
and helded, by adjurnment on ye iq"* Day of March A.D. 1743-4. 

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For as much as divers persons of ye presbyterian persuasion did 
formerly sign and subscribe to give to ye Rev. Mr. John Beach, Divers 
peaces of land of ye thirty acres divition and other divisions then to 
themselves granted to be laid out in ye bound^ of said Newtown as 
appears on Record, on Consideration of said Mr. Beach, setteling in ye 
work of ye ministry in said town and said lands soe signed to be given 
was laid out to Mr. Beach, and afterwards said Mr. Beach declared 
himself to be of ye Church of England persuasion in matters of Relig- 
ion, and there upon did resign up to ye town of Newtown all his right 
titel and interest in the lands to him laid out as a fore said and there 
upon said town by ye com" did Execute a deed in due form of law 
dated August ye first 1732 of one hundred and four acres an half of 
said land to Mr. Elisiah Kent in consideration of his setteling in ye 
work of the ministry according to ye Presbyterian persuasion and said 
signers not having conveyed ye sec of said land to any legal deed or 
deeds did afterwards lay out their full right in said division to them- 
selves and there heirs, and therefore said lands laid out to Mr. Beach 
as afore said and supposed to be conveyed to said Mr. Kent by said 
deed did then of right belong to ye proprietors as ye common and 
undivided land in ye said Newtown several of which said proprietors 
was and did profess themselves to be of the Church of England per- 
suasion, not willing to contribute towards ye settelment of a presby- 
terian minister and where as part of said lands was laid out nearer 
th (hou') then ye limits of ye thirty acre division therefore to secure 
to said Churchmen ye proportionable right in ye common and undi- 
vided land for ye use of Church of England ministry, equal both in 
quantity and quality as ye presbyterian persuasion, whose rights are 
devoted to said Mr. Kent, his heirs and assigns for ever 
it is voted and agreed in said meeting that those proprietors of said 
common and undivided land y't were and did profess themselves to 
be of the Church of England persuasion two acres and forty and three 
rods of land, and so in proportion for half right etc. Three eights 
part to be laid out with in one mile of ye meeting house, ye Remainder 
to be laid in ye limits assigned for ye thirty acres division to be laid 
out for a parsonage for a Church of England clargy, for ye use of ye 
Rev. Mr. John Beach and his lawful successors for ever, 
Always provided that nothing in this vote shall be considered to break 
ye sequesterment Recorded ye day and date above 

Per me Jobe Sherman prop'^ Clark 
Voted in ye A 

Perhaps the best and most concise statement of his life and 
works is found in the Memorial Sermon already quoted and 
at the risk of some repetition these further extracts are given. 

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" At Redding, he found a small band of Church people who had 
been ministered to occasionally by Mr. Caner, of Fairfield, and for 
whom it is claimed that they were the first religious body organized 
in that town. At any rate, one hundred and fifty years ago John 
Beach found the Church seated in quiet determination on the summit 
of Redding Ridge, and there through storm and sunshine it lives unto 
this day. 

" There Mr. Beach ministered on each alternate Sunday to the 
Church people gathered from far and near, some from a distance of 
ten or fifteen miles. Those who lived too remote to come and return 
home on the Lord's day, came on Saturday, bringing their needful 
supplies, and were given house-room by their brethren near the 
church. At Newtown, also, we learn that churchmen gathered for 
worship, in those first years, from New Milford and other remote 
places. Ministering to such earnest people must have been one of 
the chief alleviations in the hard lot of the lone missionary. 

" His field was a very different country then and now. Much the 
larger portion was still covered with forest, the roads mere bridle- 
paths or cart tracks ; streams were oftener crossed by fords than by 
bridges. In one instance, at least, the missionary was near losing his 
life in crossing an unbridged river." 

The tradition is that every other plank in the bridge had 
been removed presumably to prevent him from crossing, and 
that not coming that way until evening his old horse had 
carried him safely over without his perceiving anything 

" In twelve years from the erection of the first church another of 
more than double its capacity was required and built. Such growth 
in such circumstances proves the missionary to have been of unusual 
powers, as well as of unflinching purpose. 

" Five years later still a like prosperity called for the erection of 
the second and larger edifice at Redding Ridge. At that place there 
was then a more numerous and able population than now, the major- 
ity of whom became attached to the Church. The building then 
erected remained till 1832 unaltered, except that, near the close of the 
last century, its bell-turret was replaced by a tall, gaunt steeple. 

"Well do I remember that venerable building. Like many another 
old church in Connecticut, it was, as to the exterior, an imitation in 
wood of St. Paul's, New York, It was an honest church. Its builders 
offered to the Lord the best lumber their woods afforded, and they 
did not by paint pass it off for stone. Its interior was noble and 
impressive in its simplicity. Its high arched roof was sustained by 
huge square pillars of white oak, on which the marks of those who 
' lifted the axe upon the thick trees ' were to be seen. Through the 

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centre were ranged the benches, framed and pinned together with 
oak, and worn bright by generations of worshippers. Along the sides 
were ranged the square family pews, built of the fine white lumber of 
the tulip-tree — sheep-pens they were called, and each Lord's day they 
were full of sheep. Within the chancel-rail the three-decker arrange- 
ment of holy table, desk, and pulpit, and above all the sounding- 
board, all remaining as when John Beach ministered, come up in the 
mind's vision ; and in that full and devout congregation at that date 
here and there lingered a gray-headed worshipper who had listened to 
his stirring speech and been signed with the cross by his saintly hand. 
In how short a time have we passed on into a new and strange world ! 
" During about twenty years of his ministry he lived near that church, 
and within its shadow, in 1756, he laid the mortal remains of her who 
had shared the toils and trials of his early manhood and middle life. 
Soon after 1760 he appears to have resumed his residence at Newtown, 
which was thenceforth his home. 

" Though devoted to his work as a missionary pastor, the exigencies 
of the times compelled him to engage in controversy to repel the 
attacks upon himself and upon the Church of his choice. 

" The care with which he had investigated the claims of her polity, 
and the scriptural and primitive character of her doctrines and usages, 
admirably fitted him for this work. He knew every inch of the ground, 
for he had carefully surveyed it for the satisfaction of his own conscience. 
He knew the force and value of every objection for they had dwelt in 
his own mind till expelled by truthful investigation. He was patient 
with assailants and opponents, and allowed for their prejudices, for he 
had once shared them. 

"As we read the pieces which remain of his controversial writings, 
we are surprised that amidst such a life of toil, in such a widespread 
field of pastoral work, and with attention to the cultivation of the 
soil to eke out his moderate income, he could have found time for a 
scholarship wide and accurate as he displayed. In this respect the 
scholarly Johnson was his only superior among our Connecticut clergy 
of his time ; and in his clear and popular way of putting things, so as 
to arrest and convince common minds, he had among them no equal. 
" To store up rare learning till one becomes an encyclopaedia, has 
been the achievement of many a man who has left the world neither 
wiser nor better than he found it ; but Beach had that gift by which a 
truly great mind makes its hard earned stores of learning the readily 
grasped possession of plain people. 

" His freedom from bitterness and vituperation, his fairness in stat- 
ing his own or his adversaries position, when contrasted with the tone 
and temper often shown by his opponents, all told in favor of his cause. 
There is in our Saxon make-up a love of fairness and justice, which was 
won upon by his style and method, and which the bitterness of his 
opponents turned in his favor. 

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" Nor was the purity of his personal character of small weight. 
When a pamphlet had been circulated in his parish traducing the 
Church and her ministers, it was remarked by a sage old man of the 
standing order : ' Mr. Beach is too good a man to be thus deceived. 
The king and parliament also are churchmen, and can they all be so 
wicked ? I doubt it. Let us examine the subject a little more.' The 
result was that he and several others at that time came into the 

" That was an age when pamphlets supplied, in a degree, the place 
now filled by the newspaper. In the scarcity of miscellaneous reading, 
and in the people's isolation from the great world, each of these little 
missives was read and re-read and carefully treasured up. The assail- 
ants of the Episcopal Church were diligent in circulating their pam- 
phlets, and every few years there was a new issue of them. Several of 
these Mr. Beach answered, and his answers were diligently circulated 
and read. Copies of several of these were to be found in the old 
church homesteads of this diocese within the memory of persons 
still living. To these tracts is, in no small degree, owing the conser- 
vative and intelligent churchmanship which has distinguished our 
diocese from the beginning. And no individual of our colonial clergy 
wielded through this means so long-continued and so effective an 
influence as John Beach. ' He was a controversialist — able ! ' 

" Many of Mr. Beach's publications on such topics were in the form 
of sermons, and belonged to the domain of the preacher as much as 
to that of the controversialist. These productions had their origin 
rather in the purpose of guarding the Church people from error, than 
in any love for polemics. 

" The extreme doctrines of the standing order led to the errors of 
Antinomianism on the one hand, and to Socinianism on the other. 
These ill tendencies were quickened to new vitality on the coming 
of the Rev. George Whitefield. He shot like a meteor through the 
colonies, throwing society into a ferment. He had thrown, off the 
restraints of his ordination vows in England, and had there denounced, 
without stint, the authorities of the Church of England, to which he 
belonged. Here he went to such lengths of extravagance as to draw 
forth, finally, protests from a considerable portion of the divines of 
the Congregational order, whom in turn he denounced as heartily as 
he had the Bishops. Division and disorder were still further increased 
by the preachers who followed in his wake. Many of the Congrega- 
tional churches were rent in sunder, and the whole people were 
excited and disturbed with strange teachings and resulting contro- 

" Our Church people were in a degree affected by this state of things, 
and Mr. Beach and others of the clergy shaped their preaching in 
such wise as to guard their flocks. At the request of a convention 

*Mr. Daniel Booth. 

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of his brethren, Mr. Beach prepared a sermon vindicating the funda- 
mental principles of the Christian faith as against several heretical and 
latitudinarian views which were becoming rife. This sermon was 
published and circulated as a tract, with the endorsement of his 
clerical brethren. 

" Quite a number of his other sermons survive to attest his qualities 
as a preacher. His style was clear and flowing, his words well chosen, 
his matter well arranged. He had evidently drunk at the fountains 
of English undefiled. His teaching was drawn from Holy Scripture, 
and was in accord with that of the best divines of our mother Church. 
He dwelt mainly on practical themes which have to do with conver- 
sion, a holy life, and salvation through Christ crucified. As we read 
we feel that he is in earnest, and in passages he rises to an impassioned 
eloquence. Moreover, tradition assures us that his delivery was in 
keeping with his matter, and, says Dr. Mansfield, his was 'an unaffected 
and commanding eloquence.' 

" The estimation in which he was held is attested by repeated pro- 
posals to him to remove to more desirable and less arduous fields in 
this and neighboring colonies. But like Moses, 'he loved his people.' 
For their good he lived, and with them he would die. The history 
of the Church affords few more noble examples of life-long attachment 
between pastor and people." 

Dr. Johnson was now in New York City, having accepted 
the presidency of King's College, and though his work was 
congenial and made sufficiently light by the trustees, he 
mourned his beloved Stratford without a shepherd ; both his 
sons acted as lay-readers, the elder taking his place after 
the younger had joined the father in New York to pursue 
his theological studies. Mr. Beach had been thought of 
for his successor, and all would have welcomed him to the 
post, but he could not conscientiously leave his own church 
vacant. In a letter to his son William Samuel, dated January 
20, 1755, Johnson said: "The melancholy condition of my 
poor destitute people is very affecting to me. I talked with 
Ogilvie and Chandler to no purpose ; nor do I think there 
is the least probability that Mr. Brown or Mr. Seabury, Jr. 
would entertain the least thoughts of a removal, and since 
there is no hope of Stiles (Ezra Stiles, afterwards president 
of Yale College), I am sorry he should have had it in his 
power to make a merit of his refusal. I am very sorry that 
Mr. Beach cannot be prevailed upon to remove, and what 
course you can now take, I cannot conceive. Methinks I 
should be for trying Mr. Leaming for Stratford or 

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Newtown. Can there be no thoughts of Sam Brown for 
Newtown ? Or is there no young man who would go for so 
valuable a parish ?" 

Mr. Dibblee of Stamford is also thought of in case of Mr. 
Beach's removal. Indeed there is a letter from him to the 
Secretary in London, speaking of having received an invita- 
tion "from the good people of Newtown and Reading to 
succeed the worthy Mr. Beach .... from him I am informed 
that no one would give better satisfaction." But nothing 
further came of it. This same Mr. Dibblee wrote in 1759 : 
" The sound of the trumpet and the alarms to war, together 
with the concern for the events thereof, principally engrossed 
the attention of the people. Indeed the church of Stamford 
is rather weakened than strengthened of late by enlistments 
into public service, and through a very malignant disorder 

that has prevailed among my people " In the same 

letter, he mentions going to Salem, N. Y., "upon a special 
fast appointed in that province to implore the smiles of 
Divine Providence to attend his Majesty's arms the ensuing 
campaign." " Arian and Socinian errors," writes Mr. Beach, 
"by means of some books written by dissenters in England, 
seem of late to gain ground a great pace in this country 

among Presbyterians I have therefore adopted Dr. 

Johnson's desire and advice and prepared a small piece for 
the press, being an "attempt to vindicate Scripture Mysteries, 
particularly the Doctrines of the Holy Trinity, the Atone- 
ment of Christ, and the Renovation by the Holy Spirit ; also 
of the Eternity of the Future Punishment, with some strict- 
ures upon what Mr. J. Taylor hath advanced on those points." 
This he delivered in the shape of a discourse before the 
clergy in 1760, and it was afterwards published with a preface 
by Dr. Johnson recommending it as a fit corrective of the 
latitudinarian spirit of the times. A previous sermon, called 
"An Inquiry Concerning the State of the Dead," was so 
misunderstood that the Rev. Mr. Wetmore felt obliged to 
call a meeting of the clergy "to look into the affairs of Mr. 
Beach's sermon and try to bring him to a better mind." 
Dr. Johnson, writing to his son at this time, says : " Truly, 
things are come to that pass that he must make some sub- 
mission to the Society or be discarded, or at least severely 
reprimanded, for Hobart [Noah Hobart, pastor of the Church 

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of Christ at Fairfield] has procured a complaint from their 
Association against him to the Society which has put them 
on these measures." Writing to his son a week later, he 
referred again to Mr. Beach, playfully, as one who **had 
always those two seeming inconsistencies, to be dying and 
yet relishing sublunary things." The reprimand, if given, 
seems not to have been very severe and Mr. Beach subse- 
quently in a measure atoned for his mistake by the publica- 
tion of a sermon on Scripture Mysteries which received the 
sanction of his brethren and was introduced to the public 
with a preface from the pen of Johnson himself. 
In a letter from Mr. Beach this November he says : 

" Reverend Sir, I beg leave to return my humble thanks to the 
venerable society for their instruction for our conduct in the late 
critical conjuncture, when we were in no small danger of becoming 
a prey to our barbarous enemies, which has had a good effect. 
Blessed be Almighty God, the snare which they had laid for us is 
broken, and we are delivered ; the divine justice is very apparent in 
bringing off innocent blood, which in a most shocking manner they 
have been shedding for more than half a century." 

And he cannot resist a little fling at the ** train band : " 

" My parish is in a flourishing state in all respects, excepting that 
we have lost some of our young men in the army, more indeed by 
sickness than by the sword, for this Country men do not bear a cam- 
paign so well as Europeans." 

In an extract from a letter to the Secretary from the Rev. 
Mr. Winslow of Stratford, written July 14, 1760, we read : 
"At a late convention of the clergy of our church in the 
colony, at New Haven, a sermon was preached by the Rev. 
Mr. Beach, wherein much to his own reputation and I trust 
to the credit and advantage to the Church here he has with 
great zeal and faithfulness endeavored to vindicate and estab- 
lish the important fundamentals of the Sacred Trinity." . . . 
[This is the sermon already spoken of.] " You will receive a 
copy from Dr. Johnson, who speaks of it in the following 
postscript to a letter to the Secretary from Stratford, the May 
of 1763: "It is unhappy that the Society's bounty to these 
Colonies should occasion such intense envy in any, as has of 
late appeared in two adversaries — as opposite to each other, as 
they are both to all sober dissenters here, and each to the Church 

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of England. An answer to the first (which was sent to his 
Grace) done by Mr. Beach is now in press. The other, is Dr. 
Mayhew of Boston, a rough, ludicrous and audacious man 
equally disliked by most of the dissenters and us, and equally 
an enemy to the Trinity — to Loyalty — and to Episcopacy." . . . 
Mr. Beach's letters for the next five years are largely 
descriptive of doctrinal and seditious troubles. In 1764, he 
writes that the bviilding of small churches at Danbury, Ridge- 
field, North Fairfield and North Stratford have retarded the 
growth of the church at Redding. Nevertheless he is able to 
report an attendance there of three hundred, and in Newtown 
of from four to five hundred, and he thanks "that excellent 
gentleman to me unknown who has condescended to take so 
much notice of us in New England as to vindicate us from 
the reproaches of Dr. Mayhew in Boston." This was Arch- 
bishop Secher, and one of his criticisms was that " several 
members of the Church of England send their children to 
Harvard College and such a place of worship as their parents 
approve may be reasonably provided for them without any 
design of proselyting others. There is indeed a college in 
New England where students have been forbidden to attend 
Episcopal service, and a young man has been fined for going 
to hear his own father, an Episcopal minister, preach." This 
was young Punderson, the son of the Rev. Mr. Punderson, 
and the college referred to was Yale. (For particulars regard- 
ing these and other such publications prior to the Revolu- 
tion, see Archaeologica Americana, Vol. VI, pages 307 to 661.) 
The next year Mr. Beach announces that he is engaged in a 
" Controversy with some of the Independent ministers about 
those absurd doctrines, the sum of which is contained in a 
thesis published by New Haven college last September, in 
these words, viz : ' Obedientia personalis, non est necessaria ad 
justificationem.' They expressly deny that there is any law of 
Grace, which promises eternal life upon the condition of 
faith — repentance and sincere obedience ; and assert justifica- 
tion only by the law of innocence and sinless obedience. 
Though my health is small and my abilities less, I make it 
my rule never to enter into a dispute with them unless they 
begin, yet now they have made the assault, and advocate such 
monstrous errors as do subvert the Gospel, I think myself 
obliged by my ordination vow to guard the people (as well as 
I can) against such strange doctrines ; in which work I hope 

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hitherto I have had some success, for the Church people here 
are very well fortified against both Antinomianism and 
enthusiasm, both of which rage amongst the Independents ; 
neither are any of my parishioners afflicted in any degree 
with Deism . . . . " 

At the risk of too much letter quotation, the following 
account is so much more satisfactory thus given in his own 
direct manner that no other apology is offered for so doing. 

Newtown in Conn. April 22, 1766. 
Rev Sir, — My congregations are in a peaceable and growing state, 
and very free from that seditious spirit which I must, with grief con- 
fess, is very epidemical in this country ; the punishment of which, I 
hope, will not involve the innocent with the guilty. For sometime 
past I have not been without fear of being abused by a lawless set of 
men who style themselves the Sons of Liberty ; for no other reason 
than that of endeavoring to cherish in my people a quiet submission 
to the civil government ; neither am I yet without fear that we may be 
put to the dilemma, either to join with or suffer from them ; . . . I 
thought it not foreign from my duty,/«J-/ to give a hint of the anarchy 
and confusion we are in, but hope it may not be put into the Abstract, 
lest it should expose me to the rage and violence of the mob. For 
my part. I should be very thankful if it were agreeable to the wisdom 
of the Venerable Society, that they would be pleased to direct us how 
we ought to conduct (ourselves) in this new and melancholy affair. 

Newtown — Oct 6th, 1766. 

Rev Sir, The death of my nearest neighbor, Mr. Davis, is a very 
great loss to the Church in Litchfield County, where, for the short time 
it pleased God to keep him— he gave uncommon satisfaction ; he being 
very pious and prudent, zealous and laborious in the ministry. He 
was greatly beloved and is now much lamented. Here is one Mr. 
Sandeman, come from Scotland, who (as I fear) designs to propagate 
infidelity, libertinism, or no religion, under the mask of Free Grace, 
for, as I have heard him preaching in the Independent's meeting house 
in this town, I find that the sum and purport of his new doctrine is, 
that Christ has done all and everything for our salvation which God 
requires of us, and that mere assent to this report, is saving faith ; and 
to have the least solicitude about anything we have to do to obtain 
Salvation, is that damning sin of unbelief in which all the Christian 
world, except his sect, is involved. 

Where those monstrous tenets are received, there will remain a 
temptation to wicked men to turn infidels ; . . . . Many of the Inde- 
pendents in these parts, both ministers and people, appear to be 
strongly captivated with this new fashioned Antinomianism, but none 

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of my people show the least inclination toward it, but the greatest 
detestation of it, and, instead of diminishing — it increases the number 
of my hearers — who as they continue in love, peace, and unity among 
themselves, so they steadfastly adhere to the doctrine and worship of 
the Church of England, while our Independent neighbors are in no 
small confusion and crumbling into mere parties. 
I am Sir etc etc 

John Beach. 

April 14, 1768. 
Rev Sir, — If I may presume to speak what falls under my observa- 
tion, the Church people of these parts, are the best affected toward 
the Government of Great Britain ; and the more zealous Churchmen 
they are, by so much stronger is the affection they discover for King 
and Parliament upon all occasions, but dissenters here— greatly exceed 
in numbers. It is very probable that if there were a Bishop among 
us to confirm and ordain, it would greatly increase the number of 
clergy and church people, and the fear and dread of the growth of the 
Church (if I mistake not), is the real source of the opposition which in 
these parts is made to it. If any of us of the clergy in America dis- 
cover an aversion to it, it must be an additional argument for its neces- 
sity, because none but the disorderly decline Government. 
I am Rev Sir etc etc 

John Beach. 

A better feeling between denominations is now apparent, 
and he may be pardoned if in his letters and thoughts this is 
largely due to his beloved church worship and influence, and 
in 177 1 he rates the number of souls in the two parishes at 
twenty-four hundred, and a little more than half, under his 
care. The infirmities consequent on so arduous a life and the 
suffering therefrom cause him to feel his physical powers 
lessening. He says : " My most earnest desire is to answer 
the pious design of the Society, that at last I may be able to 
give up my account to my blessed Saviour and Judge with 


In the death of his first wife, and mother of his children, he 
found himself somewhat past middle life, bereft of that care 
and solicitude which had made it possible for him to give his 
entire attention to his calling. His eldest daughter had 
married and died ; his two sons, John and Lazarus, were 
married and gone to homes of their own ; Sarah and Hannah 
were dead also, and Lucy married. There was no one to 
lighten the burden of his declining years, but — without these 
reasons and explanations we should not be surprised at his 

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re-marriage, for it was no uncommon thing in those days, 
when a house without a mistress was without its raison d'Stre. 
So — this second wife. Perhaps other eligible dames of his 
parish envied the rich widow of John Holbrook her own suc- 
cessful two marriages, and thought she might have been satis- 
fied with wealth alone ; however that may have been, that she 
remained in Newtown solely on his account is evidenced by 
her immediate return to Derby after his death. At the mar- 
riage of his sons he gives each a farm and we find the deeds 
recorded in the Land Records of both Newtown and Redding. 
The stories told of his experiences during the Revolutionary 
war, had doubtless sufficient foundation, and a letter addressed 
to him by the justices and selectmen of Redding, speaks for 
itself. It was found in 1888 among the papers of the late 
Charles Beach, son of Isaac, son of John, son of Rev. John, 
and is preserved among the records of Christ church, in the 
keeping of John Close, Esq., parish clerk. 

Redding, Feb. 12*11. 1778. 

Rev. Sir, "We have no disposition to restrain or limit you or others 
in matters of conscience. But understanding that you in your Public 
Worship still continue to pray that the King of Great Britian may be 
strengthened to vanquish, and overcome all his enemies, which man- 
ner of praying must be thought to be a great insult upon the Laws, 
Authority, and People of this State, as you and others, can but know 
that the King of England has put the People of these United States 
from under his protection. Declared them Rebels, and is now at open 
war with said States, and consequently we are his enemies. 

Likewise you must have understood that the American States have 
declared themselves independent of any Foreign Power. — Now Sir, in 
order that we may have peace and quietness at home among ourselves, 
we desire that for the future you would omit praying in Public that 
King George the third, or any other foreign Prince or Power may van- 
quish etc. the People of this Land. 

Your compliance herewith may prevent you trouble. 

We are Rev'd. Sir, with due Respect your Obedient Humble Ser- 

To the Rev* John Beach. 
Justices ^ Lem'i Sanford 





W" Hawley 
Hezi" Sanford 
Seth Sanford 
Thad. Benedict 
John Grey 
W" Heron 

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That he Avent on thus praying and that a posse of soldiers 
was ordered out and commanded to fire into the church and 
upon him while so engaged and did so — seems very improbable 
and yet it is undoubtedly true that many years afterward on 
taking down the sounding-board a bullet was found embedded 
therein. This bullet is now placed in the corner of the tablet 
to his memory in the present church edifice at Redding. It 
had been in the work-basket of his granddaughter, Sarah 
Beach Sanford, wife to Squire James, whence by the persua- 
sion of the Rev. Mr. Wilkins, who was rector at the time this 
tablet was placed, it was extracted and with the consent of the 
famil}^, given its present honorable position. It is said that 
the reverend gentleman and staunch loyalist continued his 
customary prayers with an unfaltering voice. To quote from 
Bishop Williams (who at the request of the late Dr. Beardsley 
wrote out the following anecdote, which he related to the 
clergy assembled in Dr. Marble's study after the service at 
the opening of the present Trinity church, Newtown). 

"In the early summer of 1848, I was travelling with the Rev Dr 
Rankine, who was at that time studying with me, in what we then 
called northern New York. Returning from Lake George, we passed 
down the banks of the Hudson river to visit the scenes of Burgoyne's 
surrender in 1777. Stopping for the night at an inn in the neighbor- 
hood of Schuylerville, perhaps in the place itself, I met an aged man, 
the father, I think, of the innkeeper, who told me that he was born 
and passed his early life in Newtown, Connecticut. He also told me 
he perfectly remembered being in the church at Newtown when 
soldiers entered, service being then in progress and threatened to 
shoot the officiating minister, the Rev John Beach, if he read the 
prayer for the King and the royal family. Mr Beach, he said, went on 
as usual with no change or even tremor in his voice and read the 
obnoxious prayers. My informant added that he believed (his recol- 
lection on this point was not quite positive) that they, struck with the 
quiet courage of Mr Beach, stacked their muskets and remained 
through the service." 

This would imply a similar interference in the church at 
Newtown. Another anecdote may not be out of place. It is 
said that he was taken out of his house by either the military 
or some unauthorized enemies and escorted to the foot of the 
hill, where he was commanded to kneel down and make his 
last prayer, for they were about to shoot him. He knelt and 
prayed, not for himself, but for them, to such good effect that 

Biographical 117 

whether it was actually meant or not, they were ashamed to 
continue the scene, and left him, as usual, master of the situa- 
tion. Mr. Todd says, in speaking of the occurrence at Red- 
ding : " The statement concerning the firing into the church 
is a mistake, and I am assured that the reverse is true. It is 
said that the church was not molested at all, except that a 
soldier, with a well directed ball, brought down the gilded 
weather-cock from the spire, and the fact that the pastor, the 
Rev. John Beach as well as several of its most prominent 
members, among them Squire Heron (above referred to), 
were most pronounced loyalists, strengthens the assertion." 

The game old bird, a huge rooster, is still cock of the walk 
on the barns of the late James Sanford, Esq., son of " Squire 
James." Quoting in conclusion the closing phrases of Mr. 
Sanford's sermon : 

" Such a life-work could not fail of abundant fruit. His ministry in 
the Church had now spanned the period between 1732 and the Revo- 
lutionary War, and he was a man of threescore and fifteen years. He 
was worn out with unremitting labors and the wearier endurance of an 
intolerance and hostility which never slept. He seems by some of his 
letters at this period to have stood, like Moses on Pisgah, looking 
back upon the course of his pilgrim-warfare, and wistfully forward to 
a rest in the heavenly Canaan. And, like Moses, he could justly feel 
a thankful satisfaction in the present and in the review of the past. 
Forty years before, he had begun a work here, to human view almost 
hopeless ; his flock but five families, with no church, and walled round 
with prejudice. He was alone in all the northwestern quarter of Con- 
necticut, and with but three fellow-laborers in the whole colony, Now 
he has within his own cure one-half of its whole population, and more 
than three hundred communicants. All round him is a cordon of 
parishes ; and one in every thirteen of the population of the colony is 
a child of that Church for which he has toiled. But though the aged 
toiler may desire to depart, his work is not yet done ; he has run with 
patience his race, he must end it as a Christian hero. 

" The time has come when we can afford to deal fairly by the actors 
on both sides of the strife which severed these colonies from Great 
Britain, that they might in God's Providence become greater than 
Britain. In the veins of many, if not most of us, flows commingled 
the blood of loyalist and patriot, and we may proudly claim that the 
true men on both sides were loyal to principle and lovers of their 
country. He was not the less so who looked upon severance from 
Great Britain as the sure ruin of the colonies, and revolt as grievous 
sin, than he who was ready to die for principles of free government. 

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which were not universally admitted as correct till established and 
settled as the rich outcome of that fiery trial. 

" Beach, like the most of his brethren, sought by peaceable means 
to secure concession to the demands of the colonies from the home 
government ; but when war was precipitated his conscience compelled 
him to stand aloof from revolt against that government — a govern- 
ment to which he was bound at his ordination by a special oath, from 
which he knew no release but remission by the authority which im- 
posed it. 

" With a heart undismayed, though the flesh was tremulous with 
age, he entered into the storm. He was no hireling to flee, but stayed 
with his flock, and his flock, won by his love and labor, stood by him. 
Other pastors fled, and still others closed their churches when the 
colonies declared their independence, because they dared not use the 
Liturgy which required them to pray for the rulers they believed to be 
in legitimate authority. Beach alone quailed not. Though the bitter- 
ness which had followed him so long was intensified by the internecine 
war, he went his way ministering the comforts and counsel which so 
many sorely needed. Each Lord's day he kneeled in the house of God, 
' and prayed as he did aforetime ; ' the threat of death once and again 
blanched not his cheek nor hushed his voice. The crack of the rifle 
and the whirr of the bullet neither stirred nor stopped him as in the 
holy house he delivered his Master's message. 

" At length, when those years of strife were almost done, at four- 
score years and two, the poor worn out body could no longer retain 
the heroic soul. In truth and fitness, as he passed from earth, might 
he use the words, too high for most mortal lips : ' I have fought a good 
fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith : Henceforth 
there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the 
righteous judge, shall give me at that day.' 

" The four tablets to the memory of Revs. John Beach and Philo 
Perry, and Drs. Burhans and Marble are very elaborate in design and 
detail. Each one has been made after a different design, conforming 
each to the character of the time in which the clergyman lived. They 
are the fitting consummation of all the work of the artist who has 
designed the whole, and, though occupying but a comparatively small 
space, are the most artistic and valuable decoration in the church. It 
is rarely that so costly tablets are placed in a church four at once, and 
it is interesting to notice the means that have been taken to have 
them of different appearance. 

" In Rev. John Beach's tablet, most of the decoration is in the stone. 
The brasswork is simply a polished plate with the inscription, and but 
slight ornament. The letters of Rev. John Beach's tablet are in black 
enamel, in keeping with his times, but the others are in black, red, 
and blue." 

Biographical 119 

It reads 

" To the blessed memory of Rev. John Beach, A.M. Founder of 
this parish. Born at Stratford, Conn., MDCC. Graduated at Yale 
College, A. D. MDCCXXI. At great sacrifice, upon thorough investi- 
gation and deep conviction, conforming to the Church of England, he 
was admitted to Holy Orders in England, A. D. MDCCXXXII, and 
appointed Missionary at Newtown and Reading, of the Venerable 
Society for the Propagation of the Gospel. 

" He was a scholar thorough, a reasoner cogent, a controversialist 
able, a preacher persuasive, a pastor untiring, a Christian hero un- 
daunted. He was of all most effective in laying deep and broad the 
foundation of the Church in the Colony of Connecticut. From the 
beginning of his ministry assailed by bitter intolerance and pursued 
by malicious plottings he patiently endured. In the added perils of a 
cruel war remaining with his flock, he continued his ministrations at 
the constant risk of threatened violence and death. Full of years 
and labors, he entered into rest, March 19, MDCCLXXXII, uttering, 
shortly before he ceased to be mortal, the words, ' I have fought a 
good fight.' " 


" Here lyeth interred the earthly remains of the Revd. John Beach, 
A.. M., late Missionary from the Venerable Society for the propagation 
of the Gospel in foreign parts, who exchanged this life for immortality 
on the 19th daj' of March, 1782, in the 82d year of his age & 6ist year 
of his ministry. 

The sweet remembrance of the just 
Shall flourish when he sleeps in dust. 

Reader, let this tablet abide." 

Extract from sermon delivered at Christ Church, Stratford, 
by Rev. Dr. Beardsley : 

" Beach ! I have never thought, my brethren, that ample justice 
was done to his name on the pages of our history. He was scarcely 
inferior in strength of intellect, in knowledge of the church, in the 
toils and trials of his vocation, to him who has been justly styled the 
' father of Episcopacy in Connecticut.' Indeed, after Johnson removed 
to New York, and served the church in the presidency of King's (now 
Columbia) college. Beach was our chief defender, and wielded the pen 
of controversy and exposed the schemes of his adversaries, both with 
skill and power. He kept his eye upon every rood of ground where 
the seed had been sown, and as fearless as faultless, traveled by night 
and by day, amid storms and snow drifts and across deep and rushing 
streams, to preach the word, to visit and comfort the sick, and to bury 
the dead. He remained at his post when the terrors of the Revolution 

120 Biographical 

came, and alone of all the clergy in the colony refused to close his 
church and pray the prayers of the liturgy." 


Vol. I, p. I. 

" Rev. John Beach's Will. Probate Court records, Danbury, Ct. 

" In the name of God Amen, I John Beach of Newtown in the 
County of Fairfield & Colony of Connecticut, N6w England, being of 
sound mind & memory and calling to mind my mortality, do make & 
ordain this my last Will and Testament. 

" In the first place I resign myself to the infinite mercies of Almighty 
God, the blefsed author of my being, with an aflurd hope of a resur- 
rection to eternal life through Jesus Christ my only Saviour. My 
earthly remains I would have buried according to the Lithurgie of the 
Church of England. As to such worldly goods which it hath pleased 
God to betrust me with [after my just debts and funeral expenses are 
paid] I will give and bequeath in the following manner. 

" Imprimis, I give to my beloved wife Abigail thirty pounds lawful 
money, one half of my linnen, all the Goods which The brought to my 
house, and what ever she hath since purchased, and one Silver Tankard 
marked A x B. a warming pan &c. The reason of my giving her no 
more is because fince our marriage I have given her a certain lum 

"Item, I give to my fon John Beach his Heirs and assigns forever, my 
house, barn, home lot and all my lands in Newtown, excepting my 150 
acres at Hopewell. 

"Item, I give to my son Lazarus Beach, his heirs and alsigns forever, 
all my land in Redding townfhip & my 150 acres at Hopewell with-in 
the bounds of said Newtown. 

"Item, I give to each of my Congregations viz, at Newtown and 
Redding, ten pounds for the purpofe of settling another minister. 

" Item, I give ten pounds to be laid out in Bibles and to be given 
to the poor of each of my said Congregations according to the difcre- 
tion of my Executors. The rest of my Estate I give to my Ions John 
Beach, Lazarus Beach, my daughter Lucy Townsend, and my grand 
son Abel Hill to be equally divided between them. And I appoint 
my sons John & Lazarus to be executors of this my last Will and 
Testament; in which I have aimed to do right impartially to each of 
my Heirs and defire (if it may be) that my said heirs would agree to 
divide the little I leave them, with out calling in any foreign Afsift- 
ance. In Confirmation of all which I have here unto set my hand and 
Seal this eleventh day of May 1772 

Signed, sealed, pronounced and jo^n Beach j seal [ 

declared in presence of ^ — v — ' 

Henrj' Glover 
Elias Glover 
Sufanna Glover Jun"" 

•dirt^^ ''^■T'lf 



j _Joci^-^'' 


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"At a Court of Probate held in Danbury for the District of Danbury, 
April 3'''i A. D 1782 — Present Joseph P Cook, Esqr. 


" Lazarus Beach one of the Executors named in the foregoing Will, 

exhibited the same for Probation, and accepted the Trust repofed in 

him by the Teftator : said Will being proved is by said Court approved 

and ordered to be recorded. 

Test. Joseph P. Cook Jun"- Clerk 

"A true Record of the original Will 

Test. Joseph P Cook Jun', Clerk" 

I have lately been presented with two pieces of the hand- 
writing of the missionary. One a MSS. sermon, dated Sep* 
12, 1759, with the text from "Thess. 2, 12 — That ye would 
walk worthy of God who hath called ye into his Kingdom," 
and is headed, " Wars, Advent, etc." The ink is faded and 
the paper brown with age, but the few leaves have been care- 
fully pasted together by the loving hand of his descendant, 
Mrs. Elizabeth Sheldon Peck, among whose papers it was 
found. There is a little sprig of arbor vitae pinned in the 
cover, evidently from the tree near his grave, and written in 
Mrs. Peck's own hand, ''Buried at Newtown, Connecticut, 
near the monuments of Docf Burhans and Rev. Joseph 
Perry." The other is the last receipt for his salary and is 
copied herein. This was given me by Mr. Charles H. Peck 
of Newtown, who though not a descendant, has been deeply 
interested and a valuable contributor toward the compiling 
of this book. The difference in the handwriting between 
1759 and 1782 is not so marked as might be expected. 

The Rev. G. Morris Wilkins, now of The Bible House, 
New York City, is in possession of a most uncomfortable high 
back chair which is said to have belonged to the Rev. John 
Beach. The late Mrs. David Johnson (Rebecca Beers) of 
Newtown, had collected many old family pieces which were 
unfortunately lost sight of after her death. Probably they are 
now scattered and beyond hope of special recognition. 

Mr. Wilkins was at the time of his rectorship, very much 
interested in the parish, and its greatest advances of the last 
half century were made in that interval. 

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It is noticeable in many genealogies that branches of the 
same family often fail in establishing immediate connection. 
Throughout Burke, Dugdale, and others, such phrases as 
"probably descended from," and "this family is undoubtedly 
the same as" etc., seem to suffice for all purposes of claimants. 
Be that as it may, the few English notes and gatherings 
given here, are for the benefit of the Anglo-maniac who may 
wish to pursue them further. In Hoare's Modern Wilts we 
read, " This family of Beche or Beach, derives, according to 
tradition, its descent from the ancient and respectable family 
De La Beche, lords of Aldworth in the County of Berks, of 
which a particular account is inserted in Dugdale's Baronet- 
age, Vol. II, p. 127 ; and in the visitation of the said county, 
taken by Elias Ashmole, Esq., Windsor Herald, 1664, there 
are drawings of the effigies of four knights of the family still 
extant in the parish church of Aldworth. The immediate 
ancestor of this branch of the family, seated at Warminster, 
in County of Wilts, was undoubtedly Robert Beche, of War- 
minster, of whose will, in Latin, a copy is preserved in 
Prerogative Court of Canterbury ; it is dated 19th May, 15 19." 
The following quotations are copied from the admirably 
arranged MSS. of the late Dr. J. Wyckliffe Beach of New 
Haven, whose interested enquiries led him to make careful 
notes and to put together all such information. Dr. Beach 
was a descendant of Thomas of Milford, of whom further. 

" From the Collectanea Tipographica et Genealogica, Vol. I, p. 368 & 9. 

" From the Cartulary of the Abbey at Haghmon, co. Salop, England. 

" Wm. De La Beche gave lands (to the Abbey) in Eaton Mascott, 
CO. Salop 

" Walter de Clifford gave the Church in Culminton, co. Salop, a 
virgate of land in Siditonia which Master Roger de Beche held, render- 
ing him 5' annually, and the deed was witnessed by Robert de la Beche 
" Master Roger his brother." Neither of these items is dated, but they 
are entered along with other matter dated variously from A. D. 1200 
to 1400. Vol. V, p. 169 — Elizabeth de la Beche daughter of William 
and Euphemia Comyne, married Sir Roger Elmerugge, son of Roger 
Elmerugge. Roger Jr. was aged 16 in 1328. [Then follows a little 
chart of Edmund Comyne of Sanscomb, fierts, and his two daughters, 
Euphemia and Mary, the former marrying William De La Beche, and 
having daughter Elizabeth.] 

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Vol. 7, p. 121, John de la Beche is recorded as an armed man, 
belonging in the Hundrith of Nedderfield, in a list of men returned as 
liable to serve the King under arms from the Pale of Hastings in the 
j^th year of Edward III, 1339-40. It was apparently in Sussex. Vol. IV, 
p. 144, Reginald de Beche as receiving land which had been property 
of his brother Walter, deeded him by Will de Hucha in consideration 
of his having paid 3 talents of gold. 

From the age of Hugo de Londresford, who witnessed the deed and 
who died in 1203, we infer the age of the document. On p. 153, 
Reginald de Beche witnesses a deed of Thomas Aleyn owning fealty 
to Simon de Londresford who was by the pedigree, grandson to the 
above Hugo. This family was of Sussex county. 

In Calendarium Genealogicum, Harv. Coll. Lib., giving the genea- 
logical matters to be found in the Inquisitiones post mortem during the 
reigns of Henry III and Edward I, p. 764, appears the following " m — 
15 — d [Roger de la Beche. Inquiry after his death, Galfridus son of 
said Roger is his next heir and is 15 years old (the Inquiry was 
made on the day of Mars after the feast of St. Peter in Cathedra in 
the 22°'' year of Edward I, in Berkshire.)" This had been cancelled in 
the record and labelled "vacat quia est de anno 22etibi irraturlatur." 
"m — 16. Thomas de la Beche, inquiry after his death — Galfridus, son of 
Roger, brother of said Thomas is next heir of said Thomas, and is 
of the age of 14 years and more." At Oxford — year 21,— Edward I. 

From Burke — 1847, p. 73, — "Thomas Beach of Warminster, Co. 
Wilts, who died in 1576, left by Agnes Stanlock his wife, a son William 
of Brixton Deverell, and Fittleton, co. Wilts, who married in 1657 Mary, 
sister of John Gifford, Esq. of Aldhampton and had a son and heir 
William who married in 1679. . . . was ancestor of Henrietta 
Maria Beach who married Oct. 7, 1779 Michael Hicks, the latter 
assumed the surname of Hicks-Beach by royal sign manual of 
June 23, 1790." 

The present William Beach of Oakley Hall, Hants and Keevil House, 
county Wilts, who was born July 24, 1783, was a descendant of the 
latter, dropped the Hicks by sign manual in 1828, and is simply 
William Beach, Esq.* 

Beach of Brandon Lodge, co. Warwick is described in Burke, 3'''^ and 
4*'» edition. 

* There is some error here, as the following taken directly from the 
Church records at Warminster will show. — Thomas and Agnes Stanlock — 
son William, born at Warminster, Oct. 5, 1567, buried at Brixton Deverell, 
Jan. 29, 1646/7, va.. Jane, sister to Clement Adlam (same place)— son Wil- 
liam of Brixton Deverell, Fittleton and Keevil, baptised at Warminster, 
July 30, 1603, buried at Fittleton (or Fitledean) 6 May, 1686, m Mary 
Gilford of Alhampton, co. Somerset, also buried at Fittleton, March 30, 
1693, son William, b at Brixton Deverell, Jan. 4, 1655, died Aug. 24, 
1741 at Keevil, m Anne, daughter of Rev. Gilbert Wither, who was buried 
at Keevil, April 9, 1742, a. 80. Daughter Henrietta, Maria, etc. 

1 24 Biograph ical 

In Hoare's History of South Wilts 1825, it is stated that the Thomas 
Beach buried at Warminster in 1 576 who was the ancestor of Hicks- 
Beach etc., etc. (as already quoted). 

From Dugdale's Baronage 1676, Col. 2, p. 127 — the family of De la 
Beche whose chief seat was at Aldworth in co. Berkshire, John is 
mentioned in 9"". Edward H, as having license free warren in all his 
demesne lands at Bastelden, Alhampton and Aldworth and in ii*'' 
Edward H, another for his lordships of Patingden, Everington, Hamp- 
sted, Woden-Hampsted, and Sumpton, all in the same County, and in 
12*'' Edward H, had license for market, etc. 

Contemporary with this John was Nicholas de la Beche who in la'-'' 
Edward H had charter for Free Warren, in his eight Lordships in 
Sussex CO., and in 1 5"^ Edward H, governor of Montgomery Castle in the 
Marches of Wales, also of the Castle of Plecy in Sussex co. This Sir 
Nicholas was constable of the Tower of London in 13"" Edward HI, 
and incurred the displeasure of the King, but not long in disgrace. 

Was in the wars of Brittany, and in 17"' Edward HI was made 
Seneschal Gascoine. Was summoned to Parliament in 16''' Edward 
HI, and died in 20 or 21 same reign, whereupon his widow married 
Sir Thomas de Ardene, Knight, — Brother, as Dugdale guesses, of this 
Sir Nicholas, was Philip de la Beche, to whom in p*'' Edward HI 
together with Nicholas, a charter for free warren was granted in their 
demesne lands in Co. Berkshire, but had no summons to Parliament." 

Here the manuscript of Dr. Beach so far as English notes 
are concerned, ends. It may be interesting to quote from 
Agnes Strickland's " Queens of England " one or two stories 
of this Sir Nicholas de la Beche. (vol. 2, p. 133 and 183.) 

" While the warlike Edward HI was gaining the so far greatest naval 
victory of the English over France, — the battle of Blankenburg in 
1340, Philippa, his queen, gave birth to her fourth son at Ghent 
(John of Gaunt, duke of Lancaster). 

" The king hastened to embrace them and owing to this victory and 
the influence of the queen's mother, hostilities were in abeyance. 

"They found themselves much in debt, however, and the king 
actually accepted the offer of his kinsman, the Earl of Derby, to sur- 
render his person to the royal creditors, while he and his queen stole 
away to Zealand. Here he embarked with Philippa and the infant 
John of Gaunt, attended by a few servants. The ship was small, the 
weather stormy, and the royal passengers were in frequent danger of 
losing their lives; however, at midnight, December 2, 1340, they 
landed safely on Tower wharf. Here the king found that three nurses, 
and the rest of the royal children, constituted the sole garrison of his 
regal fortress of the Tower; the careless constable, Nicholas de la 

Biographical 125 

Beche, had decamped that evening to visit a ladylove in the city, and 
his warders and soldiers, following so good an example, had actually 
left the Tower to take care of itself. The great Edward, who was not 
in the mildest of tempers owing to the untoward state of his finances, 
took possession of the fortress of his capital in a towering rage. As 
his return was wholly unexpected, the consternation of constable de la 
Beche may be supposed, when he had concluded his city visit. It was 
well for the careless castellan, that the gentle Philippa was by the side 
of her incensed lord, at that juncture." 

And on page 133, on a list of presents when the king and 
queen kept Twelfth night, we read, — "To sir Nicholas de 
Becke, sir Humphrey de Luttlebury, and sir Thomas de Lati- 
mer, for dragging the king out of bed on Easter morning, 
Edward paid twenty pounds." 

When in Wiltshire, in the summer of 1896, many local evi- 
dences of this branch of the family were found, both in church 
and state. The dates given in the footnote concerning 
Thomas and his descendants were copied from the old Min- 
ster records in Warminster, Wilts ; In addition to those 
were : — Elizabeth, daughter to William Beach, born July 
7, 1599, and John B. and William, sons to the same, born 
Aug. 16, 1601, and July 30, 1603, 


John — June 22, 1557 ) probably entered twice 

2, 1558 f and a correction. 
William — Oct. 5, 1567 — Son of Thomas 
Robert— May 28, 1567 — married Mary Holbrook 
Elizabeth — May 13, 1569 — 
Elinor — Nov. 28, 1571 — died April 18, 1572. 

The marriage of Thomas and Agnes Stanlock is entered as 
Jan. 27, 1562. Other marriages, probably all the same family, 
were : — 

John Beach and Julian Stanlock (sister to Agnes), April 24, 1559. 
Elizabeth Beach married (1603-Mar. i) Henry Carsey. 
Mary (Holbrook) Beach — widow of aforesaid Robert (referring to 
birth-date above), July 16, 1593 — to John Smart. 

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John— Jan. 24, 1559 

Thomas — July 10, 1559 

John"-gent — Apr. 24, 1 573 (of whom further) 

Thomas — Oct. 11, 1576 

Julian (wife of John) — June 14, 1579. 

In " The Poll of the Freeholders of Wiltshire for electing a 
Knight of the shire " in the room of Edward Popham Esq. 
taken at Wilton on 18*'' 19"" 20'^'' and 21^*^ of August 1772^ 
" William Beach lives in the Parish of Figledean." This 
little book is in the Library of the Archaeological museum at 
Devises. In another magazine, shortly before published by- 
Edward Kite for the Congress of the British Archaeological 
Society held at Devises in 1880, on page 47, we find "The 
present manor house (Keevil) with its mullioned windows 
and gables belongs either to the Elizabethan or Jacobean 
period. It was built probably by some of the Lambert fam- 
ily, and has since for many generations been the property of 
the family of Beach of Netheravon and Keevil. The present 
lord of the manor is William W. B. Beach, Esq., M. P., of 
Oakley Hall, Hants." And again, page 83, " Netheravon, 
formerly a seat of the Dukes of Beaufort, has long been the 
property of the Beach family." The church, dedicated to All 
Saints, consists of chancel, nave, aisles, and a western tower. 
The west doorway is a fine specimen of Norman architecture. 
The Parish register commences 1582, and the two oldest bells 
were cast about the same date. One is inscribed "Oh man 
be meke, and live in rest ; " the other, " In God is all my hope 
and trust." The remaining three belong to the next century. 

In Daniel's History of Warminster, Harold's visitations 
(pg. 53) — " In the visitation of 1565, only the name of Perry, 
of Warminster, is recorded as one to whom his pedigree and 
arms were allowed by the Heralds ; John Beche, having borne 
arms and taken on him the name and title of an Esquire or 
Gentleman, but not being able to show any good rights to 
either of those titles or to any arms belonging to him, ap- 
peared before the Clarenceux King-at-Arms, and promised to 
forbear the use of all such attributes, and disclaimed the name 
of a Gentleman." On pps. 39 and 40, however, speaking of 
lands at Newport and Portway, same county, the will of a 
Richard Middlecott is spoken of, and " He died 37 Elizabeth, 

Biographical 127 

1595, when an inquest was taken on behalf of his son and 
heir, William, aged 37 : the Escheators were — Thomas Gif- 
ford, Gent., Christ. Eyer, Gent., W"". Perye, Gent., John Beche, 
Gent., — cum aliis ignobilibus." 

This is the " John Beach, sr. gent.," whose death is recorded 
in 1573. He may have been the husband to Julian Stanlock, 
whose death occurs five years later, not as widow, however, 
but wife of John Beach. 

Attention is directed to the abstract of English wills, con- 
tributed to the New England Historical and Genealogical 
Magazine, continued at present by Mr. William Brigg of 
Harpenden, St. Albans, Herts, through whose kindness, when 
in England, I was enabled to secure information from sources 
not usually open to the uninitiated. 

There were and are Beaches in Hertfordshire. A John and 
a Richard born in St. Albans, brothers, 1590 and 1601, and 
another pair, similarly named and related, 1625 and 1627. 
The first are too early and the second are too late for our 
dates. Richard was already married in New Haven in 1640 
(to the widow Hull), and though John might be made to fit, it 
is hardly probable that at 16 years of age he was a full-fledged 
freeman. Mr. Brigg has, however, some notes of this family, 
if any one should wish to consult him. In a little publication 
called the Pilgrim Fathers of Nazing in Essex, I found the 
marriage in 1627 of a John Beech and Marye Curtiss, both of 
Waltham Abbey, and a Henry Beach as a freeholder in 
Nazing, Essex county. 

These are, I think, all the odds and ends picked up in a 
rather desultory progress in the counties of Wilts, Shrop- 
shire, and Herts, together with some gleanings at the Library 
of the British Museum in London. They are presented in 
their crude condition and without apology, simply for refer- 

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Of the traditional three brothers Richard, John and Thomas, 
Richard appears first on the New Haven Colony Records. 
'' The 4"" day of the 4**^ moneth called June 1639," Mr. Thomas 
Fugill writes : '* All the free planters assembled together in a 
general meetinge to consult about settling Ciuill Governm' 
according to God. ..." This meeting was held in a large 
barn, which authorities have located on or near Temple street 
somewhere between Elm and Grove, and belonging to Mr. 
Robert Newman. Mr. Davenport "haveing propounded divers 
quaeres " and carefully explained that what they were about 
to do would stand on record for posterity, Mr. Newman then 
stood up and read the same. To the first quaery — whether the 
"Scripturs doe holde a perfect rule for the directio and gou- 
ernm*^ of all men in all duet(ies) w'^h they are to performe to 
God and men, as well in the gouernm' of famylyes and com- 
onwealths as in matters of the Chur" they all agreed. This 
being the groundwork of that simple and strict code of laws 
by which our early Connecticut fathers lived and died, it may 
be well to notice that one man — more bold or more experi- 
enced in such matters — dared to dissent. He agreed that 
" magistrates should be men fearing God " — that " the Church 
is the company where ordinarily such men may be expected." 
" Thatt they that chuse them ought to be men fearing God. 
Only at this he stuck, that the free planters ought not to 
give this power out of their hands." One trembles to think 
what might have happened to this colony, and what different 
records we might now be quoting, had the Rev. Samuel 
Eaton's advice then prevailed ; he was, however, but one 
among the many, and so they voted, " that church members 
only shall be free burgesses, and that they onely shall chuse 
magistrates & officers among themselves to have the power 
of transacting all the public ciuil affayres of this Plantatio, 
of makeing and repealing lawes, devideing of inheritances — 
decideing of differences thatt may arise— and doeing all things 
or businesses of like nature." Richard Beach came in at the 
second quaery and with "John Clarke Andrew Low Good- 
man Banister Ar(thur) Halbridge John Potter Rob' Hill John 
Brockett and John Johnson — these jjersons being not (ad)mit- 
ted planters when the couen' was made, doth now express 

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their consent to itt." The next mention of Richard is not 
until the following year, when his name appears on the list 
of fines: at ''A court holden the i^^ of April 1640 — "It is 
ordered that John Mosse, Timothy Forde and Richard Beach 
shall pay each of them i* fine for trees which they did fall 

At the "9^*^ moneth" session of that same year (1640), a cer- 
tain Arthur Halbidg — variously spelled — having been charged 
at a previous court with "falce" measure in lime, is again 
brought forward to prove his innocence, and Edward Adams, 
his accuser, testifies anew against him "wch when he had 
donne Arthur Halbidg excepted against itt, thinking to prove 
the said Edward Adams a pjured pson. Butt Goodman 
Pigge, Rich; Beach and John Wakefield affirmed the truth of 
what Edward Adams had testified (though the said Arthur 
Holbidg did conceive they would have contradicted Ed'^ 
Adams his testimony), Itt was therefore ordered that the 
said Arthur should pay two folde for all the want of measure 
that is charged vpo him, and from henceforthe take noe work 
by the great, nor burn any lime to sell." Nevertheless two 
years later at "A court held the 5* Day of the 6' Moneth — 1642, 
Richard Beach for nott perfor'ing covenant in theworke wch 
he undertooke to doe att the mill, wch he was to doe strongly 
and substantially, butt did itt weakely and sleightly as was 
was proved by the testimony of John Wakefield the miller, 
himselfe allso nott denyinge itt; Itt was ordered that he should 
make good the damage butt because the damage is not justly 
known what itt is, Mr Goodyeare and Mr Gregson are to ve 
(view) the worke, and consider off and sett downe the damage 
by his (defect)ive workmanship " .... So we find constantly 
through these pages — he who escapes 07ie day lives but to 
come under the leash the next. 

We first find John on these Records in the January of 1643, 
when he is fined '' 2** for twice late coming," and another 2^ 
for " defect' gun." He is in very good company, however, as 
" Isaac Whitehead, Richard Newman, Jonathan Marsh & 
others," as well as " Ric Beach" are likewise fined for similar 
offences. In the fourth month of the same year, we read the 
following story : " Joh. Beach haveing killed a cow of George 
Smyths wth the falling of a tree, the said George required 
satisfactio, forasmuch as he conceiveth thatt the said John 

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Beach alleadged for himselfe, thatt he did nott doe itt negli- 
gently, for he being falling a tree, there came some cowes 
about him, and the tree in the falling did rest upon the bowes 
of another tree thatt stoode neare, and then he left the tree, 
and drave away the cowes as he did conceive wthout the reach 
of the tree, and in the meane time some goates coming vnder 
the tree, he retourned to drive them away allso, and then came 
in haste to give 3 or 4 chops att the tree to hasten the falling 
of itt before the cattell could come againe. Butt itt was testi- 
fyed by brother Andrews and brother Thompson (who were 
intreated to veiw the cow and the place,) thatt he had nott 
done whatt in reason he might and ought to have done to 
pr' serve the cattell," .... and so on with much circumlocu- 
tion, "vpon all of w'^h testimony i(t) was ordered thatt the 
said John Beach shall make good the damage to the vallue of 
5^ wch price Georg Smyth sett vpon his cow wth much mod- 
eratio, though she was really worth more." 

The Court in those early days was not chary of its opin- 
ions, and in the distribution of its punishments gave much 
incidental advice. 

John and Richard both appear on the list of those to whom 
Governor Eaton administered the oath of fidelity, at a meeting 
of the "Gen^^ Court held att Newhaven the i* of July 1644." 

At the October session of the Court for 1645, "Michael 
Palmer complayned that Richard Beach did promise to pay 
him a debt of 35* in beaver, but had fayled. Richard Beach 
acknowledged the debt & his promise to pay beaver, but pro- 
fessed he could not gett beaver. 

The court ordered that Richard Beach should pay the debt 
in some other paye so as it maye equal beaver, to the said 
Palmer's satisfaction (with damadges for forbearance) before 
the next Courte, or elce an executeon shall goe forth agaynst 
him " . . . . 

We come now to an important crisis in the affairs of Rich- 
ard, as the following item will explain : 

"Richard Beach hath sould his owne howse to bro: W" 
Pecke, & where-as the said howse was sugaged for the secure- 
tie of the portions of the children of Andrew Hull (whose 
widdow he marryed) in lieu thereof he hath now /«gaged his 
howse, barne, cellar & well, vallewed at 40^ w'h the 7 acres of 
land on wch it stands, the howse, barne, & celler being com- 

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pleatly finished being built with bricke and stonne as he 
promiseth and so kept in repaire & the land in hart for 
securitye of the portions of the said children." 

Later, added in the March of 1647, there is a "Thomas 
Beech " also. After several mentions of little moment, we 
find that John becomes a householder in 1647, when "Arthur 
Halbich passeth over to John Beech his house and home lott 
wth all his accomodations thereto belonging wthin New- 
haven." That same year, at a previous meeting, he had 
become suretie with Richard for five pounds worth of land 
in the interest of the lies estate, which Richard was set- 
tling. It is accepted " wth this proviso thatt if John Beach 
should die or leave the town, Richard Beach put in other 
securetie to the Court's satisfaction." In connection with the 
settlement of this estate, Richard calls him " my cousin 
William lies." 

Thomas is twice fined i^ for a defective gun. The Milford 
Records (of which later) give us more information of this 

In 1648 Richard becomes the owner of an additional shore 
lot. "John Moss passeth ouer to Richard Beech i ac"", i 
quarter & 14 rod of meddowe lying in the West meddowe, 
one end abutting on the West River, the other end running 
into a cove in the vpland, betwixt the meddowe of Richard 
Beach and James Russell." 

This is the " small pec." (piece) " of meddow in a cove on 
ye west side next his owne " which he had already tried to 
obtain from an earlier court, and been told was "lotted out 
alreadie." These meadow lands must have been much in 
demand, for very shortly we find him passing " ouer to Mathew 
Moulthrop one ac'' and a halfe of meddow lying i ac"" of it 
in ye West meddow on this sid ye river fronts vpon Mr Lam- 
berton's vpland, ye reare to ye river a highway through ye 
meddow to ye north, Mathew Moulthrop on ye south j^ ac"^ 
in Sollatary Cove, nott laid out." 

Matthew Moulthrop immediately passes this over to " Hen. 

In 1649, "At a Generall Court for Newheven ye 12*^ of 

November, 1649, The orderes of the laste Generall 

Courte for ye Jurisdiction were reade. Mr. Thomas Yale and 
John Beech had libbertee to deppte the Court." 

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Last entry on New Haven Colony Records. Nothing in 
Vol. II. 

"John Beach came to Stratford and bought his first land 
here May 21, 1660, of Ens' Bryan of Milford, one house lot 
2 acres ; he had then a wife and four children. In January 
1671 he was made an auctioneer by the following vote: 
" John Beach was chosen Crier for the town, and to be allowed 
fourpence for everything he cries, that is to say for all sorts 
of cattle and all other things of smaller value, two years." 
This we read in Orcutt. Whether lost children were the 
"things of smaller value" does not appear. 

" Benjamin Beach, son of Richard of New Haven, came to 
Stratford a single man." 

John's name appears on both the first list of home lots in 
Stratford in 1660, and as an " inhabitant " on the list of 1668, 
which last was drawn up by the Governor's order, to straighten 
out church difficulties, and discover voting rights. Many on 
this list are " outlivers," and so not allowed a voice. In 1678, 
on the project of a new meeting house, five places were men- 
tioned as suitable, "first in the street by the pond, 2"<J'5^ in 
the street by the northwest corner of widow Peat's lot; 3'^'*^^ 
in the street between Mr. Hawley and John Beach (their 
home lots); 4"''^ in ye street between Caleb Nichols and 
Daniel Beardslee; s*^"" upon the hill called ' Watch House 
Hill.'" Decided by lot, the choice of "Watch House Hill" 
is made, and Capt"" Wm. Curtis, Sergt. Jerema. Judson, John 
Curtis, Sergt. Jehiel Preston and John Birdsey, Jr., are a 
building committee. In 1699, another Proprietors' Rights 
list is ordered to be " Recorded for the future benefit and 
peace of the Town " (Stratford). On this John Beach is 
credited with 12 acres and "8 acres within five miles." That 
he was also a large land-holder in Wallingford we shall see 

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John married in 1650 Mary, and had ten children. 

1. Elizabeth, b. March 8, 1652; m. Eliasaph Preston, the son of 

WiUiam Preston, one of the first settlers of New Haven. 

2. John, b. April, 1654; m. in 1679, Hannah Staples, ,the daughter of 

Thomas, of Fairfield. 

3. Mary, b. Sept., 1656. 

4. Thomas, b. May, 1659; m. ist, Ruth Peck; 2nd, Phebe Wilcoxson. 

5. Nathaniel, b. March, 1662 ; m. April 29, 1686 Sarah Porter. 

6. Hannah, b. Dec, 1665 ; m. ist, Zechariah Fairchild ; 2nd, John 


7. Sarah, b. Nov., 1667. 

8. Isaac, b. June 29 (27 ?), 1669; m. 1693, Hannah Birdsey, b. Feb., 


9. Joseph, b. Feb. 5, 1671 ; m. Abia Booth. 

10. Benjamin, b. March, 1674; m. Mary Hitchcock. 

The children of Elizabeth and Eliasaph Preston were : Eliz- 
abeth, b. Jan. 29, 1676 ; Hannah, b. July 12, 1678 ; Eliasaph, b. 
Jan. 26, 1679-80 ; Joseph, b. March 10, 1681-2 ; Esther, b. Feb. 
28, 1683-4 ; Lydia, b. May 25, 1686 ; and Jehiel, b. Aug. 25, 
1688, d. Nov., 1689. 

The Prestons were early in New Haven. William was 
twice married ; his second wife, a Seabrook of Stratford, 
daughter of Robert, was the mother of Eliasaph and Hack- 
aliah, twins, born April 7th, 1643. Eliasaph had been for- 
merly married to Mrs. Mary ( ) Kimberly, the widow of 

Thomas Kimberly, one of the first marshals of New Haven 
County. Eliasaph Preston removed to Wallingford about 
1674. He was the first deacon of the Congregational church 
in that place. 

John Beach, Jr., married Hannah Staples, the daughter of 
Thomas and Mary Staples, in 1679. Their children, recorded 
at Stratford, were : Mary, b. July 14, 1683, m. ist, in June, 

1704, Archibald Dunlap, and 2nd, Smith ; Ruth, b. about 

1685, m. Samuel Fairchild in 1704; Mehitable, b. Sept. 30, 
1690 ; Ebenezer, b. Sept. 14, 1692, m. 1715 ; Mehitabel Gibson 
and had eight children ; Hester, b. May 3, 1694. 

John Beach, Jr., died in Stratford in 17 12. Thomas Staples 
was one of the first five settlers of Fairfield, freeman 1669. 
By his wife Mary he had Thomas, John, and daughter Mary, 
who was the second wife of Josiah Harvey ; Hannah, who 

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married John Beach, and Mehitable, who married Rev. Jona- 
than Fanton. He was a man of remarkable energy of char- 
acter and importance in the town of Fairfield. Resided on 
the southwest side of Ludlow Square and was a large land- 
holder. He died before 1698. The Widow Mary, in her will 
dated 1696, mentions sons Thomas and John ; Mary, wife of 
Josiah Harvey ; Hannah, wife of John Beach ; granddaugh- 
ter Hannah Harvey, grandchild Mehitable Fanton, loving 
friend Mary Hanson, and leaves a book to Ab™. Gold by Dr. 
Preston. The Staples family appear to have largely settled 
at Green's Farms and Westport. 

Thomas Beach, the second son was married twice, first to 
Ruth Peck, a sister of John Peck, second to Phebe Wilcoxson, 
daughter of Timothy. He had twelve children, four by his 
first wife. Their names were : Hannah, b. Feb. 26, 1680, d. 

Sept. 18, 1683 ; Ruth, b. Oct. 24, 1684, m. Fairchild ; 

Thomas, b. Dec. 9, 1685, d. Dec. 13, 1685 ; Benoni, b. Oct. 20, 
1686, d. Dec. 5, 1686. 

Mrs. Ruth Beach died Dec. 5, 1686. The eight by his sec- 
ond wife were as follows : Timothy, b. Jan. 11, 1689, m. Han- 
nah Cook ; Nathan, b. Aug. 18, 1692, m. Jemimah Curtiss ; 
Moses, b. Feb. 19, 1695, m. ist, Esther Tyler, 2nd, Susanna 

; Gershom, b. May 23, 1697, m. Deliverance How ; Caleb, 

b. , 1699, m. Eunice ; Thankful, b. Sept. 20, 1702, m. 

Baldwin ; Phebe, b. May 23, 1705, m. Tyler ; Joanna, b. 

Oct. 9, 17 10, m. Abel (?) Royce. 

Mr. Thomas Beach died in Meriden, where he was buried 
in the old cemetery May 13, 1741, aged 82 years. The sons 
were all Wallingford settlers. 

Phebe Wilcoxson was the daughter of Timothy Wilcoxson 
and Joanna Birdsey. She was born in 1669. Her father 
was the son of William, an original proprietor of Stratford, 
whose house lot was situated about where Mrs. Turk's now 
lies (1863) and probably covered Mr. Wm. Benjamin's lot 
beside. Phebe's mother was Joanna, daughter of Deacon 
John Birdsey. 

Nathaniel, the third son of Pilgrim John, married 1686 
Sarah Porter, the daughter of Nathaniel and Sarah (Groves) 
Porter. They had ten children : Ephraim, b. May 25, 1687, 
m. 1 7 12, Sarah Patterson, daughter of Andrew ; Elizabeth, b. 
Nov. II, 1689; David, b. May 15, 1892, m. 1717, Hannah Sher- 
man, daughter of Matthew, son of Samuel, senior ; Josiah, b. 

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Aug. 18, 1694, m. ist, Patience Nichols in 1721, 2nd, Abigail 
Wheeler in 1750 ; Nathaniel, b. Dec. 22, 1696, m. 1720, Sarah, 
daughter of Solomon Burton ; Sarah, b. Nov. 12, 1699, m. 1726, 
her first cousin, the Rev. John Beach ; Daniel, b. Jan. 15, 1700, 
m. 1724, Hester, bap. 1706, daughter of Benj. Curtiss, son of 
John^, son of John' ; Anna, b. March, 1704, m. 1728, Elna- 
than Beers; Israel, b. May, 1705, m. 1731, Hannah Burrit, 
daughter of Joseph, son of John, son of William ; James, b. 
Aug. 13, 1709, m. Sarah Curtis, b. Sept. 2, 1710, daughter of 
John, son of Benj., son of John". 

Nathaniel's family settled mostly in Stratford. His will 
was probated in Fairfield County Court, and after years of 
search by many hands and through various records, it was 
my pleasant surprise and good fortune to find one of his chil- 
dren, Sarah, mentioned therein as " now the wife of Mr. John 
Beach of Reading." How many times those pages had been 
turned in vain ! Yet it was all so simple when you had dis- 
covered it. 

Hannah, third daughter of John and Mary Beach, married, 
first, Zechariah Fairchild, and then John Burit, as it is some- 
times spelled on the records. All her children were by her 
first husband, whom she married Nov. 3, 1681. Mlehetable, b. 
1682-84 ; Hannah, b. 1685, m. 1706, Daniel Searles ; David, b. 
1688, m. Deborah; A(u)gur, b. 1691, m. 1712, Mary Booth; 

Caleb, b. 1693, m. , had two children ; James, b. 1695 ; 

Mary, b. 1698, d. 1803, m. 1728-9, Samuel Adams; [their son 
Andrew Adams, b. Dec. 11, 1736 (Yale Col. 1760) ; was Repre- 
sentative, Assistant member of the Continental Congress, and 
Chief Justice of Connecticut. Mrs. Mary Adams died at their 
home in Litchfield in 1803, in her io6th year.] Zechariah, b. 
1701 ; Abiel, b. 1703. 

Isaac Beach, fourth son of John and Mary, married May 3, 
1693, Hannah Birdsey, who was baptised Feb. 5th, 1671, and 
died Oct. 15, 1750. She was the daughter of John Birdsey, 
Jr., and Phebe Wilcoxson, son of John Birdsey (in Middle- 
field, Conn., in 1744) and Philippa Smith. Phebe Wilcoxson 
was the daughter of William and Margaret Wilcoxson, and 
Philippa Smith, the daughter of Deacon Henry Smith of 
Wethersfield. The children of Isaac and Hannah Birdsey 
Beach were six in number, three sons and three daughters. 
William, b. July 7, 1694, d. July 26, 175 1, married Nov. 30, 
1725, Sarah Hull, daughter of Joseph and Mary (Nichols) 

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Hull ; Elnathan, b. July 7, 1698, d. Aug. 16, 1742, married 
(ist) May 9, 1720, Abigail Ufford, 3rd daughter of Lt. Samuel 

and Elizabeth (Curtiss) Ufiford, b. , 1700, d. Dec. 2, 1738, 

married (2nd) Feb. 8, 1742, Hannah Cook, the daughter of 

Capt. Samuel and ( ) Cook ; John, b. Oct. 6, 1700, d. Mar. 

19, 1782 (see *' Biography of Rev. John Beach ") ; Mary, b. Dec. 
16, 1703; Hannah, b. May 26, 1709, m. Eliphalet Parker; 
Dinah, b. Oct. 14, 1713, d. 1714. 

The three sons of Isaac and Hannah (Birdsey) Beach 
became prominent and influential men. Of Isaac himself, it 
is said he was a tailor in Stratford. In those days, his must 
have been a very excellent and high-priced establishment, if 
one may judge by the large estate which he left, and the 
extravagance of educational advantages enjoyed by his 
children. His wife also fell heir to no small fortune, as the 
daughter of so rich a man as the second John Birdsey. 

William married the daughter of Capt. Joseph Hull, of 
Derby, Conn., a son pf Dr. John and grandson of Richard. 
Her mother was Mary Nichols, the daughter of Caleb and 
Anne (Ward, daughter of Andrew of Fairfield) Nichols. 
Caleb was the second son of Sergt. Francis Nichols, one of 
the first settlers in Stratford, and was born in England. (For 
a fuller account of this family see Nichols.) 

William and Sarah (Hull) Beach had five children : Isaac, 
b. 1726; Anne, b. 1729; Abel, b. 1731 ; Abijah, b. 1734; and 
Henry, baptised in 1734. Abel and Abijah married into the 
Lewis and Brewster families, and Anne, who married Nov. 
5, 1749, William Samuel Johnson, was the mother of seven 
children, one of whom, Samuel William, married in 1791, 
Susan Pierrepont Edwards, granddaughter of President 
Jonathan Edwards. Their present representatives are not 
many, but feel themselves doubly honored in their descent 
from the heads of both Church and Meeting ! This anecdote 
is contributed by a descendant : 

// is supposed that Mary Brewster was the daughter of James 
Brewster and Faith Ripley. Thus, through her father she was descended 
from Elder Brewster, through her mother she was descended from 
Gov. Bradford and his second wife Alice (Carpenter, or Reyerer, widow 
of Edw. Southworth ; (see Savage's Dec. Vol. I, p. 231.) The descent 
being : Wm. Bradford I, and wife Ahce ; Wm. Bradford II, and wife 
Alice Richards ; Hannah Bradford, wife of Joshua Ripley ; Faith 

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Ripley, wife of James Brewster, (Orcutt's Hist. Stratford, pp. 420, 605, 
112.) See also Life of Wm. S. Johnson, LL.D., p. 179. 

Mary Brewster was married when quite young to Mr. Abijah Beach, =*= 
whose sister, Ann Beach, was the first wife of Wm. S. Johnson, LL.D.t 
She was early left a widow with several children. She lived on a farm 
at Bull's Bridge, Litchfield County, where her husband and his brother- 
in-law Johnson had rebuilt an old bridge, spanning a gorge through 
which the Housatonic river runs. In consequence of this bridge the 
road across the farm became one of the great highways from Connecti- 
cut to Poughkeepsie, and thus to New York. When the troubles came 
between the colonies and the mother country Mrs. Beach had a hard 
time, for it was difficult to get money to buy necessaries, but the family 
lived from their farm produce, the mother and daughters spinning 
woolen and flaxen thread for weaving, and the boys helping in the 
work of the farm. So the trying days of 1776 passed by and the moun- 
tain farm was little disturbed. After the taking of New York, when 
the Continental troops were obliged to go by way of New Jersey, 
across the Hudson, through Connecticut, to Springfield and Boston, 
the road across the Beach farm became a common higway. Very 
soon it became the custom for the officers to halt their commands at 
" Madam Beach's," the great barns giving good shelter to the men, and 
the officers being sure of entertainment in the farm house. Gen. 
Washington was many times entertained there, he having a very high 
regard for Mrs. Beach. The Beach boys were too young to go into the 
army, but all were glad to do what they could for the Continental 
soldiers, and sick, or footsore men, were sure of kind care. There 
was almost always a disabled soldier hobbling about the place, wait- 
ing to join the first detachment of troops passing when he was well 
enough to be discharged by his kind hostess. 

One day a company of soldiers came by having in their baggage 
wagon a poor man who had both his feet badly frozen. It was the 
bitter winter of 1779 and the men had come from Valley Forge. The 
commanding officer asked Mrs. Beach if she would take care of this 
man, who they feared would die, ere long, of pain and exhaustion. 
Mrs. Beach nursed the man for a long time, and indeed he staid for 
six months, going away at last on his own feet with his comrades in 
arms. One evening as all the family sat in the great kitchen. Madam 
Beach and her daughters spinning wool and flax by the light of the 
fire, Mrs, Beach lamented to her daughters the departure of their 
neighbor, the weaver, who fired by patriotism had gone to join the 
army. What to do they knew not, for they had quantities of thread, 
but could get no cloth made. Suddenly a feeble voice came from the 

* Abijah Beach and Mary Brewster was joined in marriage April 15th, 
A. D. 1753. Benjamin, b. 1755, Sarah, 1756, and Elizabeth, 1758. Regis- 
tered in Stratford early records. Copied by editor. 

•[•(I Pres. Century Club at York, etc.) 

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chimney corner where the sick soldier was resting on the settee. He 
said that he was a weaver and also a maker of looms, and that if they 
would provide wood, etc., he would make a loom and after that weave 
cloth. So he sat in the corner of the kitchen all day, working with his 
hands, while his poor feet were useless, until, with the help of the boys 
he made a loom. By this time he could use his feet a little and so 
began to weave. He wove woolen cloth, coarse and fine linen and at 
last damask. Some of the damask is now in the possession of a 
Colonial Dame, a descendant of Mrs. Beach's step grandchild Elizabeth 
Johnson-Devereux. Late in life Mrs. Beach married her late husband's 
brother-in-law, Wm. Samuel Johnson of Stratford, living after that in 
Stratford, where she died in 1827. 

Should there be any descendant of William now living who 
has his family honor at heart, he would do well to replace 
the missing tablet on his tombstone in the old Stratford 
Episcopal burying-place. That of his widow Sarah (who 
afterward married June 18, 1761, the Rev. Samuel Johnson, 
D.D.) still remains. The tombstone is table-shaped, and 
much less hideous for so being than usual. The following 
inscription is in good preservation : 

" His worthy Relict | Mrs. Sarah Beach was | afterwards married to 
the Reverend | Dr. Johnson President of King's | College at New 
York : and died | of the small pox with much | Patience, Faith and 
Resignation | Feb'y 9th-i763. Aetat. 61 : And lies | interred under 
the chancel of Trinity Church there." 

The Will of William Beach, dated July 4, 1751, gives his 
wife "Sarah Beach ;^5ooo Lawful money old tenor," and the 
use of one-third of his dwelling-house. To his son Isaac 
several pieces of land " and that part of my dwelling house 
lot that now contains ye dwelling house and Barn that was 
my Father's, with ye Chaise-house, and Ware-house, and flax- 
house, and furnace-house, being near an acre." He mentions 
" my four Children, Isaac, Abel, Abijah, and Anne Johnson, 
wife of W" Samuel Johnson." 

" Item, for ye love I bear to that best of Churches, ye Church of 
England, in which I have many years enjoyed great comfort and satis- 
faction, I give and bequeathe ye sum of ^500 money old tenour. 
towards purchasing a glebe lot for a pasture for ye use of s'' Church 
forever, the s"* Sum to be lodged in the hands of the Rev. Dr. Johnson 
or his son W" Samuel Johnson, and laid out at his or their discretion 
for ye purpose." " For ye love I bear to my very good friend and 
pasture ye Reverend Dr. Samuel Johnson, I give and bequeath unto 

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him or his heirs ye sum of sixty pounds money, old tenor, for his and 
their use and benefit." 

On a ground plan of the pews and occupants in the 
Episcopal church, Stratford, in 1745, William Beach has 
the large square pew on the left of the chancel, also the 
next pew on the side, which he sold (?) to Henry Davis. 
In 1756, when the organ was purchased, "Madam Beach" 
subscribes " a set of Curtains and fringes for the organ loft." 

Stratford ' To all whom these presents shall come, 

Feb. 1 1- 1 739/40 greeting; — 

Know ye that we whose names are underwritten Do give unto the 
Episcopal Church of England in Stratford the several parcels of land 

affixed to our names for the only use, benefit, and behoof of 

ye s"^ Church of England and their successors forever. 
W"" Beach 3 acres 

Saml. French i acre 

" Jr. X " 
Blagge yi " The land layd out next to 

James Fairchild X " Newtown line. 

Caleb Beardsley i " April 4"'-i743. 

Joseph Sheldon 3 " 
James Beers X " 

Jonathan Curtis 60 rods 
Stratford — 

We whose names are hereunto subscribed, being convinced that it 
is our duty to contribute what we are able towards building a Church 
for ye honour and glory of God in this town, to be set apart for his 
worship and service according to the excellent method of the Church 
of England, Do hereby cheerfully and seriously devote to God the fol- 
lowing sums (in the old tenor) annexed to our several names to be 
employed for the promotion of that pious undertaking. — 

Samuel Johnson— a bell- 


William Beach 


William Beach 


Abel Birdsey 


James Beach 


Ebenezer Hurd 


Ephraim Curtiss 


Edmond Booth 


Abraham Blakeman 


etc. etc. etc. 
A true copy. — 

John Benjamin, 


Elnathan, the second son of Isaac and Hannah (Birdsey) 
Beach, married twice; first in 1720, Abigail Uffoot, Uffont, 
Ufford (thus variously spelled, the last correct), the daughter 
of Lieut. Samuel and Elizabeth (Curtis) Ufford, and was born 
in 1700. Lieut. Samuel was the son of John, who was the 

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second son of Thomas and Isabel Ufford of Boston, Milford, 
and Stratford. Elizabeth Curtis was the daughter of Joseph 
and Bethia (Booth) Curtis, and was born in 1677. Joseph 
Curtis was a son of the first John of Stratford. (See Curtis 
family. See also Booth family for Bethia Booth.) 

Elnathan and Abigail (Ufford) Beach had ten children; the 
first son, Isaac, died in 1724, the next Isaac born in 1725; 
3 Elnathan, 4 John, 5 Samuel, 6 Sarah, 7 Hannah, 8 Abigail, 
9 Lois, and 10 Esther.* Mrs. Abigail Ufford Beach died Nov. 
2, 1738. Samuel (loth) was born Dec. 26, 1737, and (to quote 
from Yale Biographies, Vol. II, pps. 448-50) remained in his 
native town (now Cheshire) and became one of its principal 

inhabitants In determining the part taken by Wal- 

lingford in the Revolutionary struggle, Mr. Beach was espe- 
cially active. He was sent to the Legislature in May, 1775- 
76-77. From 1780 to 1788 he served as Representative in the 
General Assembly and also Town Clerk, and was a member 
of the State Convention which ratified the Constitution of 
the United States in 1788. He died in Cheshire, July 11, 1808. 
He married Aug. 30, 1759, Mary Hall, third daughter of the 
Rev. Samuel Hall (Yale Col. 17 16), first pastor of the Con- 
gregational church in Cheshire. Mr. Beach was one of the 
deacons of that church from April 1766 until his death. Mrs. 
Beach died Aug. 8, 1768, at the age of 32, leaving two sons 
and two daughters, of these one daughter only lived. She 
married the Rev. Joel Bradley (Yale Col. 1789). Mr. Beach 
next married June 14, 1769, Esther, daughter of Aaron and 
Ruth (Burrage) Cook of Wallingford. The only son by this 
marriage was graduated at Yale College in 1793. Capt. Elna- 
than Beach married for his second wife Hannah Cooke, 
the daughter of Captain Samuel Cooke, Jr., a wealthy ship- 
ping merchant of New Haven and New Cheshire. The only 
child by this marriage, Abraham, born Aug. 29, 1740, was 
graduated at Yale College 1757. His father dying when he 
was but two years old, his mother married again, Dr. Jona- 
than Bull of Hartford. After graduation, Abraham Beach 
returned to Hartford, where he was Collector of Taxes in 
1765. About this time he became a communicant in the Epis- 
copal Church and afterwards pursued studies preparatory to 
ordination under the direction of his uncle, the Rev. John 
Beach of Newtown, and of the Rev. Samuel Johnson, who 

* Children not in order of birth — Samuel was last child of Abigail. 
(Error in numbering in Orcutt.) 

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had married the widow of another uncle (William). He was 
ordained in England and appointed missionary to New 
Brunswick and Piscataway, New Jersey, with a salary of 
forty pounds. In the spring of 1770, he married Ann, the 
only child of Evart Van Winkle of New Brunswick. In 
1784, at the particular request of the newly elected rector of 
Trinity church, New York City, the Rev. Dr. Provoost, he 
was appointed assistant Minister of that church with a yearly 
salary of five hundred pounds. He served with distinction 
in this office (with a change of title to Assistant Rector in 
181 1) until his resignation on March ist, 1813, when in his 
seventy-third year. The vestry of the church then voted him 
an annuity during life of $1,500. One of the streets opened 
through the church lands had already been designated by his 
name. He then retired to the farm inherited through his 
wife on the Raritan River, about three miles from New 
Brunswick, where he died Sept. loth-iith, 1828, at the age 
of 88, being as was supposed the oldest clergyman of his 
church in America. His wife died on January 24, 1808. 
Their eldest daughter married the Rev. Dr. Elijah D. Rat- 
toone (Coll. of N. J. 1787), Professor in Columbia College 
and President of the College of Charleston ; the third daugh- 
ter married the Rev. Thomas Lyell, D.D., and the youngest 
married the Rev. Abiel Carter (Dartmouth Coll. 1813). His 
daughter Cornelia married Isaac Lawrence, and became the 
mother of a most interesting family of six daughters and one 
son. The marriages of these children deserve mention. 

Cornelia, married James Hillhouse ; Harriet, married John 
A. Post ; Isaphene, married Dr. Benjamin McVickar ; Julia 
Beach, married Thomas L. Wells ; Maria, married Rev. W. 
J. Kipp ; Hannah, married twice — first Henry, son of Stephen 
Whitney and second, Nathan Baldwin, of Milford. 

William Beach Lawrence, the only son, married the daugh- 
ter of Archibald Gracie of New York, and became Lieutenant 
Governor of Rhode Island. A sketch of Dr. Beach's life was 
written by his grandson, the Hon. William Beach Lawrence, 
for Sprague's Annals of the American Pulpit in 1852. 

Joseph, fifth son of John and Mary, married Abiah Booth, 
eldest child of Ebenezer, son of Richard, the settler. (See 
Booth). Their children were : 

Sarah, b. July 15, 1697 m. Jonathan Nichols ; Agur, b. Apr. 
8, 1699, d. 1711 ; Abraham, b. Apr. 29, 1701, d. 171 1 ; Hannah, 

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b. Feb. 12, 1702, m. Zechariah Tomlinson ; Joseph, b. and d. 
1711 ; Abia, b. Jan. 12, 1712, m. Samuel Judson ; Bethia, m. 
Samuel Judson as ist wife. 

Benjamin, tenth and youngest, married in 1695, Mary Hitch- 
cock, b. Dec. 10, 1676, daughter of John and Abigail (Merri- 
man) son of Matthius and Eliz. Hitchcock. Benjamin and 
his wife Mary left Wallingford and settled in Hanover, 
Hunterdon County, West Jersey. This is shown by a deed 
from him dated at that place, relinquishing property coming 
to him through his wife. They had eight children : Peter, b. 
Sept. 14, 1696, Eunice, b. Aug. 3, 1698 ; Benjamin and Mary, 
twins, b. May 19, 1702 ; Noah, b. Nov. 15, 1705 ; Abner, b. Sept. 
16, 1708 ; Tabitha, b. Feb. 12, 1712 ; Lydia, b. Aug. 27, 1713. The 
family of Nathaniel and Sarah (Porter) Beach, remained for 
the most part in Stratford, and their descendants still own the 
original property. A picture of the homestead erected in 
1735, ^s given on page 1125, Vol. H of Orcutt's History of 
Bridgeport and Stratford. It would be pleasant to know if 
either of the two figures therein, represent any members of 
the family. 

Wallingford — (Davis.)— On a list of 38 signers to the Cove- 
nant, or original agreement of the first planters of Walling- 
ford in 1669, we find Eliasaph Preston, John Beech, Samuel 
Cook, Samuel Street, Samuel Andrews, Simon Tuttle, Thomas 
Curtis, Isaac Curtiss, John Parker, senior, and Thomas Beach, 
and on a later property list, William Johnson has 12 acres, 
Simon Tuttle 8, Samuel Street 12, and William Curtis 8. On 
list of Patentees in the Charter — Richard Treat and Thomas 
Wells. On list of " Committee of New Haven for ye intended 
village as planters, (Wallingford) there are amongst others, 
the names of Eliasaph Preston, Samuel Cook, Samuel White- 
head, Daniel Sherman, Benjamin Lewis, Jehiel Preston, 
Thomas Curtis, and John Beach." These families inter- 
married with John's children and grandchildren. Other 
names soon added on the original proprietor list ; in addition 
to those already mentioned we find '* John Parker, Daniel 
Mix, Doctor Hall, and Thomas Beach." John's name appears 
frequently on committees of Church and State, and as a pur- 
chaser of land, and on the " casting of Lotts for ye falls plaine." 
John, Thomas and Isak Beach have 64, 54 and 45 acres, 
respectively. Grand list for 1701 — John Beach ;;^5o, Thomas 
Beach ;^79, Benjamin Beach ;^32. 

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" John Beach came from New Haven to Wallingford with the first 
company of Planters in 1670, and located himself in the southerly por- 
tion of the town, and I suppose him to be a brother of Thomas, of 
Milford. He was a man of some consequence in the settlement and 
was frequently elected to some of the offices in the gift of the people. 
His son Thomas was married to Ruth Peck, May 12, 1680. He located 
on the farm late the property of Cephas Johnson and built the old 
house that was taken down to make way for the present one built by 
Mr. Johnson on the old site. He died in Meriden, May 13, 1741, aged 
82 years, and was interred in the old burying-yard hill, about a mile to 
the southwest of Meriden center." 

On the north side of the Meriden monument — 

Thomas Beach — May 14, 1741, aged 83. 
Samuel Johnson — March 2, 1777, aged 28. 

Moses Yale Beach was a descendant of Thomas by his 
second wife, Phebe Wilcoxson — through Moses,' b. B'eb. 
19, 1695, d. — m. Sept. 21, 1722, Esther Taylor; Moses,'' b. 
Nov. 8, 1726, m. (ist) Mar. 19, 1756, Dinah Sperry, m. (2nd) 
Parthenia Tallman ; Moses' Sperry, b. March 7, 1776, d. at 
Norwalk, Ohio, in 1826, aged 50 years; m. Lucretia Yale of 
Wallingford ; Moses' Yale, b. Jan. 1800, d. July ist, 1868. 
(Mr. Joseph P. Beach of Cheshire is of this line.) 

I will not quote literally from this History, for there are 
many errors Avhich time and further investigation would have 
corrected. John, Richard and Thomas of Milford were 
undoubtedly brothers, but Thomas of Wallingford was son to 
the first John, who owned land in New Haven, Stratford and 
Wallingford. Thomas of Milford was also in Wallingford 
for a while, but returned. The Benjamin who bought land 
in Stratford in 1669 was the son of Richard, his baptismal 
record together with those of his mother and his brother 
Azariah, and his sister Mercy, an infant, all the same date, 
1648, being on the same record ; these are given as born in 
1644, 46 and 48 respectively. This is in " Baptisms in New 
Haven from 1639 to 1666, John Davenport's Record." It will 
be seen at a glance that in 1669 (not i6^g) when he was granted 
a home lot in Stratford he was sufficiently aged to be married. 
Richard bought land of Thomas Wheeler, who had previously 
bought of Robert Rice (the earliest grant recorded — Sept. 16, 
1648) the lot where Mr. Meacham now lives (so says Davis' 
Wallingford in 1870). Wheeler moved to Derby. R. Beach 

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sold it to Mr. Fenn of Milford, and he sold it in 1667 to Rev. 
Israel Chauncey, the second pastor of the Congregational 
church in Stratford. Part of this land with part of the land 
owned by John Brinsmade, one of the first settlers (on the 
river side), and the land owned by William Beardsley with a 
piece of Nicholas Knell's lot on the back street and now (1868) 
owned b)^ Alfred E. Beach, son of the late Moses Yale Beach, 
of Wallingford, a lineal descendant of John, brother of 
Richard. Benjamin, son of Richard, as before shown, was in 
Stratford in 1669. From him descended Benjamin Beach, the 
merchant and owner of vessels, who was a man of property 
and built the old house that was taken down by Mr. Patterson 
some years ago, and which stood where Mr. Dutcher, in 1863, 
lived. Benjamin Beach senior's descendants settled in part in 
Trumbull. John Beach became one of the original pro- 
prietors of Wallingford, and is represented in the inventory 
of his estate as having property in Wallingford to the amount 
of ;^92.i9S. and in Stratford to the amount of ^^312. 13s. He 
seems to have bought in Wallingford with a view to the set- 
tlement of his sons there. John, Jr., Isaac, and Thomas 
removed to Wallingford, but the first two died in Stratford. 
Indeed Isaac in 1694 united with the Stratford Church, and is 
entered as of Wallingford. As John Beach senior's estate 
was administered in Fairfield County Probate Court, he evi- 
dently had not transferred his residence to Wallingford. 

Will of Thomas of Wallingford, 1741, Jan. Wife Phebe ; 
sons Timothy, Nathan, Gershom (d), Moses, and Caleb ; 
grandson Thomas (son of Timothy) ; daughter Ruth Fairchild 
(d). Thankful Baldwin, Joanna Royce, Phebe Tyler. 

Abel Royce, Ex. 

Thomas Beach of Milford, married Sarah Piatt, daughter 
of Richard and Mary Piatt, by whom he had five or six chil- 
dren, Sarah, John, Mary, Samuel, and Zopher. There is also 
a Thomas mentioned in the step-father's will (given later), 
and as John's will or settlement of his estate mentions also a 
" brother Thomas," we can but judge that he was either an 
older son, and of age, or the youngest, and born after his 
father's death, which seems more probable. I have seen some- 
where the birth date of a Thomas. Thomas Beach, Sr., died 
1662, and his widow married Miles Merwin. The two fam- 
ilies became as one in the will of Miles Merwin. The chil- 

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dren of Thomas Beach were very young when he died, and in 
the administration of his estate by Miles Merwin, " ^2,0 to 
be paid to the children when of age." '' Where-as I, Richard 
Piatt have received two and twenty Lbs. and ten shillings of 

the s" Miles Merwin, and doe hereby ingage to pay 

to the three sons of the sd. Beach when they shall come to age 
of 21 years. Dated April 12, 1674 ; Signed 

Richard Platt. 
Witnesses : Samuel Eels 

Robert Plum." 

This is the first estate administered on in the Court 
Records, June 13, 1666. Sarah Beach, daughter of Thomas, 
born 1654, John 1655, Mary 1657, Samuel 1660, and Zopher 
1662. Of these, John goes to Wallingford, and marries Mary 

, dies 1709. Children : Thomas, John, Samuel, Lettis, 

and Hannah, brother Thomas, Executor, Eleazar Platt and 
John Hall, witnesses, John Sanford of New Haven, adminis- 
trator. Mary goes to New Jersey and marries Samuel Lion. 

Samuel Beach marries Abigail , and dies in Sept., 1728, 

no children. His will is probated Oct. 11, and the estate dis- 
tributed in February, 1729, when the court awards *' one half 
to the widow, and the remainder to ye seven brothers and 
sisters, viz : Hannah Holbrook, only surviving sister ; the heirs 
of John Beach of Wallingford, Zopher and Mary Lion of 
New Jersey, heirs of Martha Prime and Deborah Burwell of 
Milford, and Mary Hurd of Derby — by which will — yields to 
ye widow ;^i48. 5. 9, and to each brother and sister j£,2\. 2. 10." 
Executors are John Fowler, Samuel and Josiah Platt." 

Then follows a long inventory and before the business is 
concluded the widow marries the recently bereaved second 
Rector of Yale College, the Rev. Samuel Andrew, his first 
wife, Abigail Treat, daughter of Gov. Robert Treat, having 
died Dec. 5, 1727. 

Miles Murwin dies in 1695, leaving four daughters by Sarah 
(Platt) Beach, Mary and Martha (twins), born 1666, Hannah, 
b. 1667, and Deborah, b. 1670. There is mention in his will 
of John, Thomas, Samuel, Elizabeth Canfield, Abegail, Mar- 
tha Prime, Mary Hull, Hannah Holbrook, and Deborah 
Burwell ; and an Inventory of Sarah Murwin, widow, June 
16, 1698. John, Thomas, and Samuel were the children of 
Thomas Beach ; Elizabeth Canfield and Abegail Ufford or 

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Trofford, unknown. Of the other four, Martha married in 
1685, James Prime, son of James ; Mary married Mr. Hull of 
Derby ; Hannah married in 1683, Abel Holbrook, and Deborah 
married Samuel Burwell, Jr. N. G. Pond, Esq. of Milford, 
said the late Samuel Irenaeus Prime was a descendant of 
James and Martha (Murwin) Prime. 

"Thomas Beach, Jr., married Feb. 19th, 1702-3, Sarah 
Sanford (by the Rev. Mr. S^treet of Wallingford)." After 
his death she married Jonathan Atwater, Jr., June 23, 
1744-5. This Thomas was very prominent in Milford land 
dealings, and his transactions in this regard are numer- 
ous up to 1737. This is probably Thomas, son of John 
and Mary, and grandson of Thomas of Milford, about 
whose pranks as a young man we may read, and whose 
father, John, was obliged to give bonds for his good be- 
havior ; his incidental divertisements were rather of the 
kind we should now call hoodlum^ — such as shooting off 
muskets to frighten old ladies, kicking animals, and beat- 
ing the watch. Wallingford was the scene of his frolics, but 
he was " bound in ye sum of ten pounds to the county treas- 
ury at New Haven," — or his father was bound for him — before 
Thomas Yale, Justice. Later, he was a successful man of 
affairs. There is in the New Haven records the following : 
"I, John Beach, with the consent of my father Azariah Beach 
of New Haven % to John Hulls of Wallingford articles of 
apprenticeship from date until he is 21 years of age. Signed, 
John Hulls, Azariah and John Beach. Witnesses, Joseph and 
Mary Roys ; dated May 27, 17 17. 

"Sam' Lyon hath liberty to give Zopher Beach two acres of land to 
build on, Feb. 25, 1683. March 5, 1693-4, Zopher Beach is chosen by 
the town (Newark, N. J.) to be at the Court of Sessions according to 
act of General Assembly, in case John Browne is wanting at that time. 
Oct. 21-1709 he is appointed to draw up wholesome orders about the 

The foregoing from note book of the Rev. J. Wycliffe 
Beach, his descendant. 

In 1778, John Beach of Morristown, New Jersey, yeoman, 
attorney for the heirs of Ezekiel Cheever, late of Morristown, 
deceased, conveys to Abner Cheever, Jr. of Lynn, certain 
estate set off to Ann Cheever, widow of Abijah Cheever of 

(p. 181, vol. 38, New England H and G — Register.) 

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The Rev. John's children were all born in Newtown, as 
the records show. Of Joseph we have no further information 
than that already given. Phebe, the eldest daughter, married 
Captain Daniel Hill of Redding. This doughty officer was 
evidently a sort of free lance, for we find that '* Dan^ Hill of 
Reading is fined on compleint of Gen^ Silliman for disobedi- 
ence to orders." " Dan^ Hill and David Hart of Stamford 
two of the officers thus complayned of fined 2 — i — i apiece." 
He was the son of William and Hannah (Morehouse) Hill, 
She was the daughter of Lemuel and Rebecca (Odell) More- 
house and was born in 1670. William Hill married three 
times — second, Rebecca Sanford (dau. Ezekiel and Rebecca 
(Squires) Sanford), and third Mary Ogden. He had by his 
first wife Daniel and Hannah, and by his second, Ezekiel, 
Abigail and Mary. ''Daniel Hill son of Mr William Hill 
and Phebe Beach were married October 31, 1748." Abel, 
their only child, was born January 10, 1750. Phebe died the 
next year, and is buried on the Beach side of the old Christ 
church burying-ground ; while her husband and his second 
wife, with their children, are all lying at the extreme oppo- 
site corner (TS). The second wife was Elizabeth Lane, by 
whom he had — but let us quote from the Town Records, vol. 
II, page 35 : " Daniel Hill's children — My son Abel was born 
Jan^ 10"^ A D 1750 — My Daughter Hannah was Borne Feb'' 
27**^ A D 1753. She Departed this Life Sep' 27"^ A D 1755. 
My son Andrew Lane was born Dec'' 14*^ A D 1764 — My 
Daughter Sarah was Borne March 25*^ A D 1764 She De- 
parted this Life June ye 19"^ 1764 — A true Cop — Test Dan^ 
Hill — Test John Couch Regisf " After this he had two 
daughters, Hannah and Betty. Phebe's son, Abel Hill, mar- 
ried in 1773 Anna Lyon, the daughter of Peter and Abigail 
(Sherwood) Lyon. Peter was one of the three sons of Nathan 
(Joseph, David and Peter), and Abigail was the daughter of 
Captain Daniel and Anne (Burr) Sherwood. Abel and Anna 
had two children. Beach and Lucy ; Lucy died young and 
there is a curious tale of Beach, which has doubtless both lost 
and gained in all these years, but which — thanks to the kind- 
ness and memory of a distant connection — I am allowed to 

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insert in its present only form. It comes from Ypsilanti, 
Michigan : 

" Mr. Asahel Sanford, once of Reading, Ct., about thirty-five years 
ago wrote a long and graphic account of Beach Hill and published it 
in a western paper. I read the account at the time, the substance of 
which, as I now remember, was that Beach Hill left Charleston, S. C, 
unbeknown to his parents and located somewhere in England. After 
corresponding with friends a few years correspondence suddenly ceased. 
Sometime after this a woman came over from England bringing a 
small boy and claimed being the widow and son of Beach Hill. She 
was proved to be an impostor, and by the boy, too. He said that the 
woman was not his mother and no relation, that his name was William 
Sharp and he had been trained to tell his story. The boy and woman 
parted company and neither returned to England, according to the 
story. I do not now remember what became of them. The conclusion 
of the story was that Beach Hill was murdered and this woman had 
knowledge of the crime, but she never divulged anything in regard to 
it. Mr. Sanford died several years since, so nothing can be learned in 
that direction." 

The writer, Mrs. Elizabeth Lyon Read, is a daughter of 
that Betty Hill, the youngest daughter of Daniel and Eliza- 
beth (Lane) Hill, who married Eli Lyon. Whatever the true 
inwardness of the tale it is but too true now that there are no 
Beach Hills left in this otherwise lovely hill country. The 
families of Hill, Lyon, Beach and Sanford will be found 
almost inextricably involved, but patience will resolve doubts 
— and if it still seems chaos, would that you could have seen 
it before the hand of reconstruction arranged the pieces. Let 
us now take up the Johns — in succession, John the son was 
never the man his father had been ; this could hardly be 
expected of him — the shadow of such a mantle eclipses for 
a time. He was, moreover, a sympathiser with the cause of 
freedom from English rule ; tho' never a fighter, he was often 
on committees of advice, and was sent to the convention as a 
delegate in the place of Genl. Chandler when the Constitu- 
tion was adopted. He owned much land in Newtown, partly 
by gift of his father and partly by purchase, as a consultation 
of the records will show. In marrying Phebe, a daughter of 
Matthew and Phebe (Judson) Curtis, he fell somewhat under 
the influence of this martial family. Of his children but two 
were boys — and one of these died young, so John the third 


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was thus only brother to four sisters, and when he married 
Mabel Beers, daughter to that Daniel (whom we shall bring 
through two influential lines) — and took her to yet another 
home — the girls and their mother knew the only thing to be 
done was to fill in with good sons-in-law. Surely some such 
arrangement must have been made, for they turned out so 
remarkably well — Phebe married Zalmon Glover, a descend- 
ant of Henry of New Haven ; Hannah married John Curtis, 
son of the first Abijah, and so on to the good old stock ; and 
Sarah, the youngest, bided her time and thought the Booths 
good enough for her. John and Mabel tarried for a while in 
the old town, but the spirit of adventure was once again 
revived and many were the stirring tales told of fine chances 
and rich lands in a northern country ; and, finally, after 
many plans and much discussion, they betook themselves 
with their little family to the wilds of Central Vermont. 
Eventually, his daughter Ann having married Dr. Elisha Shel- 
don, who had named the town in which they dwelt, and the 
Doctor, wishing to enlarge his practice as a family man, de- 
ciding to remove to Troy, Mr. Beach undertook the care of 
the Sheldon farms and interests and remained there until his 
death in 1830. His daughter Charlotte married there Epene- 
tus H. Wead. His widow, who survived him twelve years, 
removed to Coxsackie with her son David. It is her picture 
which we have been able to reproduce from a very old and 
faded daguerrotype, sent me by one of her great-grand- 
daughters. The eldest son of John and Mabel, Matthew the 
hermit as he was called, was, the story goes, crossed in love, 
and being either a very weak or a very strong lover, went off 
and lived by himself. To quote from a scrap of writing 
pasted in the record leaves of the old Beers Bible : " Died, 
in the township of Newcomb, State of New York (Essex 
County), on the thirtieth of April, 1862, Matthew Beach, aged 
about 86 years, great-grandson of the Rev. John Beach of 
Newtown, Conn. A man of singular habits, having lived a 
hermit's life nearly forty years in the vicinity of Rackett 
Lake, Long Lake, and among the wild fastnesses of the Adi- 
rondack mountains. — E. S. P." (Elizabeth Sheldon Peck.) 
Time and the insatiate thirst for fresh experiences render this 
description, even at so short an interval, rather amusing than 
true. It may be that there was no romance to the pioneer 

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choice, or the longing for solitary communion with nature. 
Once I saw him, a grey-bearded, sweet-voiced old man, with 
piercing yet kind eyes, which smiled out at you from un- 
der shaggy eyebrows ; he came, he said, to look at his people 
here before he died, but our life was not his, nor could any 
persuasion induce him to stay with us. He went again as 
quietly as he had come, and very soon afterwards, within two 
years' time, we heard that he had died. The next son, Boyle, 
became a New York State farmer, going out to New Balti- 
more to visit his sister Phebe, who had married Barent 
Houghtaling, a son of Andrew and Polly Van Benthuysen 
Houghtaling, and it was from her father Barent (or Bornt) 
Van Benthuysen that the curious name has come down to 
us. The Houghtalings have a widespread chart and influ- 
ence, and both Phebe and her brother Boyle became instru- 
mental in extending their scope. Boyle married Elizabeth, 
a daughter of John Staats of Staatsburgh, and had a family 
wherein the name John Staats is repeated to this day. The 
fourth John brings us to our own memories and the more 
intimate relations of personal intercourse. Born in Newtown, 
he alone did not accompany his family to their northern 
home, but remained in his native village as the adopted son 
of his uncle and aunt, Daniel and Naomi (Glover) Beers, 
who had no children : they gave him every educational ad- 
vantage, and so well did he profit by it that when he decided 
to become a lawyer, their unselfish pride was equal to the 
parting and they sent him to New Haven to perfect his stud- 
ies. He was admitted to the Bar in 1814, just 25 years of age. 
In 1821 he was made City Attorney, which position he held 
until 1824, when he became clerk of the Superior Court, and 
in this capacity served with honor for twenty years. A 
Judgeship in the City Court followed, but shortly after this 
he withdrew from active professional life. A man of great 
firmness of character, instinctive integrity and high ideals, his 
career as a lawyer, clerk and judge for half a century in New 
Haven was marked by continued expression of regard and 
deference, both during and after his years of public service. 
In an old Day book found among his effects there is an entry, 
"Sep. 29 (1813). To Capt" Abijah B. Curtis, Dr. To Cash 
p*^ for your Daut's Grammar " "50." Was this the "Marcia" 
whom he afterwards married ? If so, what a field of inquiry 

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this might open ! Filled with thoughts of educational values 
himself, perhaps she may have longed to meet him on equal 
ground! Again: "1816, Aug' 20. To Dan^ Beers ^^ To 
Cash sent you in a letter this day by Mr Hawley the Tavern- 
keeper, $100.00." 1871 — Aug 2 — Left I. & K. Townsend's 
room & Removed to Mr Leffingwells for which I am to give 
$50 p>" year rent." Mr.Townsend's offices were over the corner 
of Chapel and College streets, and "Mr. Leffingwell's" still 
stands on the N.E. corner of Court and Church streets. Some 
of the fees then charged would not have enabled higher rents. 
" David S Boardman, New Milford Dr To Drawing Writ 
agst ^r Qorham & D Fitch on notes in favour of Lem Can- 
dee (your property)-duty % — i- o. 2 — To going *° New 
Haven to give endorser *= T Painter Esq notice -i- To 
pays for Chaise hire there 50-". "March 23'' (1818) Henry 
Clark entered my office this day as Student at Law." There 
is no record from May 7 to the 28th of this year. On the 
loth he was married in Newtown to Marcia Curtis [the 
daughter of Major Abijah Birdsey CurtisJ, whose grammar 
by this time was doubtless equal to demand, judging from 
the context. Their first home in New Haven was at a board- 
ing house kept by a Mrs. Jerusha Clark. In 1819 there is 
this entry : " Nov x^^ — moved into Jno Scott's House in 
Crown st — 0-^90 p'' year." At this time their first child — 
John — was just two months old. The names of AppoUos 
Apple and Silvanus Biles — or Bills — occur more or less fre- 
quently, and many more familiar to to-day. The old Day 
book has been used as a scrap book also, and pasted in it 
there is a bit of yellow mummy-looking paper: "Aug 22, 
1792 — The Apprisal of the Homested of M" Daniel Beers 
viz — Dwelling House &c-with good well — .... 40-0-0 

2 acres on the front — 56 

8 Do. west from front d7 . . . . 56 o o 

i^ Acre Little Meadow 18 

;^II4. o. o 

Deed Recorded 26*"^ May 
in Lib"" 12**^ page 163." 

Another not so antiquated, a birthday round robin to Aunt 
Naomi, written by John S., Daniel and Annie E. Beach, 
children of John and Marcia. In the land records of New 

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Haven, vol. 71, page 495, after proper preliminaries : " Daniel 
Beers, 7c Jno Beach of New Haven in consideration of one 
dollar rec'^ to ray satisfaction Y^ — I Daniel Beers of Newtown 
in Fairfield C° remise — to Jno Beach his heirs Yc — certain 
piece of land situated in the City of New Haven fronting 
westerly on Temple st and Bounded as follows northwest- 
erly corner Henry R Pyncheons— 69 ft 5 inch — thence east- 
erly on a line parallel with the north line of s'^ Pyncheons 
lot to the land of the widow Brainard — "/e Vc the same con- 
veyed to me by James Brewster — Aug 8, 182 1. 

signed John Beach." 

In those days and later indeed, it was considered abso- 
lutely necessary for elderly people to wear wigs or scratches 
and old ladies' " fronts." I recollect very distinctly on 
being sent one morning to call my grandfather to breakfast, 
finding him with, apparently, his head in his hand, brush- 
ing the dark curls thereof ; so fascinated by the wig that I 
forgot to notice his bald pate, I came down to my own place 
at table, where I sat in a kind of trance of silent curiosity. 
No reference was made to the incident for years, and then I 
was told that he was much embarrassed and shocked. In his 
last illness, his own beautiful white hair so changed him, 
that many looking upon him then for the last time hardly 
recognized his noble head. It was due to the influence and 
persuasion of our mother, his son John's wife, that he went 
thus crowned to his honored grave. At a meeting of the 
New Haven County Bar held on Tuesday, April 13, 1869, the 
following resolution was unanimously adopted. " Resolved 
that we have heard with deep regret of the death of John 
Beach Esq., formerly and for many years Clerk of the Supe- 
rior and County Courts, and though latterly from his 
advanced age and bodily infirmities retired from active busi- 
ness, yet universally and deservedly honored and respected 
as one of the most upright and exemplary of our profes- 
sional brethren, and for his Christian virtues and private 
worth as a citizen." 

Among personal papers are letters from John and his wife 
to their sons John and Daniel after graduation. While qviota- 
tions would be interesting, time and the restraint due friends 
equally forbid. One may be mentioned written by the mother 
— begun on Sunday after church, all sermon — finished on 

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Wednesday after a 'quilting over the way,' all pure gossip. 
This John, born in New Haven, was of a quiet and studious 
disposition, perhaps somewhat encouraged thereto by the 
buoyant spirits of a younger brother and a toy sister, whose 
ringing laugh and noisy entrance ill prepared you — a stranger 
— for the tiny perfect little figure. " How Annie does bang 
that door !" said a near relative. *' Well — and she shall bang 
it ! do let her make all the noise she can !" was the mother's 
quick reply ! Young men then, after graduation taught 
school. John was graduated at Yale College in the class of 
1839 3,nd almost immediately accepted a position in a 
school in Wilmington, Delaware. * Master Eli's school ' was 
foremost in its curriculum and a college graduate was a 
necessity. John, however, brought away more than he took 
down to that mid-country city, where a larger hospitality and 
freer impulse probably seemed to him as strange and attrac- 
tive as the cooler reception and restraint seemed strange and 
forbidding to his young classmates from the South. Shortly 
after his arrival he fell in with a couple of congenial spirits 
in matters educational and philosophic — the sons of a Quaker 
Doctor of prominence, not xmknown or unfriendly to the 
world of letters. An intimacy destined to affect his entire 
future speedily developed. His quietly observant figure 
in the midst of this large family of irrepressibles — though 
Quaker born and bred, must have and did give no small 
entertainment to them, and many were the tales told of his 
first coming and later wooing. With true discrimination, 
however, his choice fell from the first on the loveliest of the 
flock, and it was she who made his life the thoroughly happy 
one it was. In the college catalogue for the year of his 
graduation — 1838-9, the students in the academic department 
numbered 411, but 32 of whom were New Haven boys — 
John T. and David F. Atwater, Eli Whitney Blake, David L. 
Daggett, John M. Gilbert, Augustus R. Macdonough, Sam- 
uel J. Mills Merwin, Francis A. Olmstead, Horace C. Peck, 
George Sherman and Levi D. Wilcoxson with himself 
made 11 out of 95 seniors. In the Quarter Century Record of 
the class we read of John Sheldon Beach that he was " born 
July 23d, 1819, at New Haven. The first year after graduating 
he Avas instructor in an academy in Wilmington, Del. He 
then returned to New Haven, and went through a course of 

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legal study at Yale Law School ; was admitted to the bar and 
commenced practice in 1843. The next year he became part- 
ner with Gen. Dennis Kimberly and has ever since found in 
his profession ample and well-rewarded occupation. Since 
1852, when Gen. Kimberly retired from the profession, he has 
been alone in business. He married September 15, 1847, 
Rebecca, daughter of the late Dr. William Gibbons of Wil- 
mington, Del., and has had six children, of whom are living 
Rebecca, John Kimberly, Donaldson and Francis Gibbons. 
The other two died in infancy." Donaldson died the next 
year, and another son was born — Rodmond Vernon. I 
recall a later meeting of the class, when the few members 
gathered informally at the old house on Temple street 
(where Thomas Trowbridge, Jr., now resides), and they were 
left to recognize each other without being received by my 
father ; two came up the steps together — one very tall, the 
other very short — an instant's hesitation at the open door, 
and then — the short man was struggling in the arms of his 
chum the " Major Bully " — and so they made their entrance. 
My father was almost invariably recognized by his uncon- 
trollable left eyebrow — which mould smile all by itself ! One 
of his classmates, David L. Daggett, became a physician and 
married Margaret Gibbons, a sister of Mrs. Beach. 

Of this fifth John it may be truly said that his grasp of the 
high water mark of his calling never relaxed ; and we, his 
children, might almost be pardoned for thinking him devoted 
to his profession alone were it not for the occasional swift 
revelation of his deep affection and solicitude for us. 
Later in life — later than should have been — the faculty of 
Yale College conferred on him the degree of LL.D. Innate 
modesty struggled always with his forensic powers, and rich 
in values and complete as were his arguments, he never rose 
to address the court without the moment of stage fright and 
trembling of the knees which in a less controlled nature 
would have prevented speech. At his death from all sources 
came expressions of sympathy and personal loss — Resolu- 
tions from the United States Court, the Circuit Court, the 
Superior Court of New Haven, the Vestry of Trinity Church 
and other official bodies, and many letters from private indi- 
viduals in all walks of life, followed each other ; but that 
which expressed more nearly the highest mark of apprecia- 

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tion and seemed to recognize the full sense of our and his 
loss was the tribute of Governor Charles R. Ingersoll, a life- 
long friend, from which I copy a few phrases. It was in the 
shape of an address to the members of the bar at a session of 
the Superior Court for New Haven County September 30, 
1887, and followed the Resolutions then presented by Tilton 
E. Doolittle as President. Mr. Ingersoll said : " It is not easy, 
Mr. President, is indeed impossible to express adequately 
by formal resolution, or I may say any words of man, 
the sentiments by which you and I are moved upon this 
occasion. . . . For more than forty years, in summer and in 
winter, we have been by his side in almost constant practice 
of our profession . . It is very hard to rupture such a tie. I 
look back upon this long life with which mine has been so 
connected, and it is luminous with qualities that sanctify 

friendships As to his relations to this Bar — and our 

profession — I will add a word or two. John S. Beach was 
notably a lawyer. And he was thoroughly a lawyer. His 
element was the atmosphere of the law. His ambition and 
his delight was to be active in those places where justice is 
sought, and outside of his home, with its associations most 
cherished by him, his life duty was centered here among 
judges and lawyers. And, Mr. President, the zealous mistress 
of the law never found occasion to reproach him for any 
neglect or slight. No public honor ever allured him from 
her side. No phantom of popular fame ever led him away in 
its pursuit — no temptation of quick riches in other paths 
ever ensnared him ; but quietly, unostentatiously, industriously 
and conscientiously he has for forty-four years steadily fol- 
lowed the routine of the Connecticut lawyer He had 

a broad nature and his way of life was a generous one. There 
was nothing cramped or narrow in his dealings with men or 
his judgments upon them. In argument simple, clear, 
without rhetorical or any other display, his conclusions were 
always artistically fitted and the whole structure polished by 
a pure and lucid diction, which not only commanded the 
attention but required the vigilance of him who had to hear 
another side." Mr. Ingersoll's eulogy was certainly not over- 
drawn, and he concluded : " I do not think any lawyer of this 
Bar ever had a larger clientage. There were few of the, rep- 
resentative men of this community during the last thirty 

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years who were not at some time familiar with his office. 
What secured this confidence ? Not alone, Mr. President, 
the intellectual skill and professional experience I have 
pointed out, but underlying it all there was the primitive bed- 
rock of private virtue and moral strength, without which 
all the acquired accomplishments of the lawyer avail but 
little. Mr. President, let this Bar cherish his memory among 
its jewels. If one generation of its members has any legacy 
to leave to that generation just pressing upon us, I know no 
richer one than the example of John S. Beach." 

John Kimberly, eldest son of John S. and Rebecca (Gib- 
bons), named for his father's honored partner and friend — 
married Mary Roland, the daughter of the late Judge Charles 
Frederick Sanford of New York City, Y. C, 1847. Judge San- 
ford was doubly descended from the two early Milford planters 
Thomas and Andrew, and was the son of Hervey and Mary 
(Lyman) Sanford, old residents of New Haven. His sister, 
Mrs. Frank Armstrong and later Mrs. C. K. Billings, resided 
for many years at the old homestead on Temple street. John 
K. was graduated from Yale in the Class of 1877, and later 
from the Law School (1879), and was admitted to the Bar the 
same year. He had already entered upon his studies in his 
father's office : where very shortly his abilities obtained for him 
a partnership. Patent law — the specialty of both — became 
their almost exclusive practice, and although not by any 
means relaxing the pressure on himself, the older lawyer 
often invited the precedence of his junior, when nothing gave 
him so much delight as to attend court — a silent partner. Of 
late and since the death of his father he has taken a wider 
practice in general law, and he is to-day recognized by his 
older brethren as a fit representative of the third of his name 
in the profession. He has no family — and so the break in the 
line of Johns at the seventh generation. The ten-year-old son 
of his younger brother Francis G., John Francis Beach, while 
continuing the first name, does not of course qualify him 
for the full honor thereof. The careful reader will observe 
that the first break occurred over two hundred years ago — 
when John's son Isaac was born— and the line of Johns 
resumed with his son. For he was actually the third John, 
there having been none between him and his Uncle John, 
who had left no son of that name. The descendants of John 

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the son of Thomas of Milford — have hitherto claimed this 

Francis Gibbons Beach (Y. C. 1883), Law School 1885, 
next son of John S. and also a lawyer, has just served a 
term as postmaster in the New Haven Post Office (1898) very 
creditably — so it is said, and certainly in so far as manifesta- 
tions of such an opinion can show — very successfully. He 
and his younger brother, Rodmond Vernon (Y. C. 1887), 
belong to the Connecticut National Guard, and as this is 
written the call to arms is not unexpected ; and while our 
hearts quail at the thought, we would not have them do so 
or falter one instant in the path of honor.* The mother of 
John Francis, Elizabeth Charnley Wells, is herself of Con- 
necticut descent — by many ancestors of known position ; her 
father was the Rev. Thomas Wells, D.D. (Y. C. 1859), late 
rector of St. Mark's (Episcopal) in Minneapolis, Minn. He 
was the son of Thomas and Jane Elizabeth (Bucklin) Wells, 
and her mother the daughter of the late William S. and Eliza- 
beth B. (Atwater) Charnley — thus to the families of Atwater- 
Root-Strong, etc. 

They have had three children, of whom John Francis alone 
survives and is the last and sole representative of his genera- 
tion and the line of Johns — to whom this book is dedicated. 

Daniel Beers Beach was a freshman while his brother John 
Sheldon was a senior : we can well picture the mingled respect 
and boon companionship with which he would season their 
home intercourse. Of a charming personality, quite unique 
in its New England setting, his was a nature most lovable, 
debonnair and impulsive ; welcomed everywhere, he suc- 
ceeded in awakening an answering gayety, sometimes awk- 
ward in its expression. He also adopted the law as his 
profession, but much of his life was spent in Rochester and 
elsewhere, and the interval in New Haven, after the death of 
his father — when he was in the office of his brother, in the 
old Exchange Building, [now occupied by Judge Lynde 
Harrison] — seemed one of agreeably studious leisure rather 
than of close application at the shrine of the exacting god- 
dess. It was certainly an interval of pleasant family inter- 
course, and brought together those who otherwise had not 

* Captain Francis G. Beach, Battery C, United States Volunteer Con- 
necticut Heavy Artillery. 

Lieut. Rodmond V. Beach, Adjutant ist Regt. United States Volunteer 
Engineers, Porto Rico. 

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had the opportunity to form those life-long attachments 
which in fresh separation draw hearts still closer. 

He was married in 1853 in Rochester to Loraine Rogers, 
daughter of Levi and Loraine (Hart) Hosford Rogers, by 
whom he had six children, three of whom lived to grow up : 
three daughters, one still unmarried living in Rochester, 
where her musical talent and attractive personality have 
secured her a large circle of good friends. The daughters 
married are Annie L. and Mary D. The former married 
Edwin Arthur King of Troy, New York [the King genealogy 
is already in print], and the latter, Mary D., married George 
L. Swan of Rochester.* Ann Eliza, the sister of John S. and 
Daniel B. — before spoken of — whose small size made her so 
noticeable, was born in 1829 and died unmarried in 1862. 
She was of brilliant intellect and acquirements, and it was a 
great grief to her parents that she was thus handicapped. Of 
perfect figure and exquisite coloring, this dainty child-woman 
made herself a valued friend to many who can now recall her 
always bright and happy face. The tale is told — and it is a 
true tale — that when on a visit to Wilmington, Delaware, to 
act as bridesmaid for the new sister-in-law, one of the bride's 
tall brothers at a party dropped upon his knees, offered her 
his arm, and thus — taller than she^they made the tour of the 
rooms, to the delight of the company. 
* Each has a son. 

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Lazarus Beach was the fourth son of the Rev. John, and 
married Lydia, daughter of Lemuel and Rebecca (Squires) 
Sanford, of the Fairfield County branch of the name. A full 
account of her ancestry is given in the sketch of that family. 
Of Lazarus Beach it may be said, judging from town and 
land records of both Newtown and Redding, that he was 
prominent in public affairs and influential in their adminis- 
tration. Educational matters interested him largely, and we 
find him constantly petitioning for further school rights ; he 
was selectman in 1788 and 9, and took that opportunity to 
press the claims of Gregory's Orchard school district — for 
which he and Jarvis Piatt, with others, were appointed a 
committee. This petition represents him as then resident 
"on a line between Newtown and Redding." 

In May 1768 John Read of Redding deeds land to Lazarus 
Beach, as administrator on the estate of Ruth Hunn, " 150 
acres at a place called Hopewell," and in 177 1 Lazarus 
deeds the same to his "honored Father John Beach." In 
1778 he sells land to his son Lazarus. In 1789 John Beach 
deeds to his son John Beach Jun'^* his "pieces of land in Pota- 
tuck which I bought of my brother Lazarus of Reading." 
Signed in the pressence of Hannah Beach and Jabez Bots- 
ford. [This is the land afterwards sold to Abijah Curtis.] 
In May 1787 John Beach Jun'' obtains a 77 years' lease of 
water-ways through the land of Enoch and Comfort Hubbell 
at Potatuck brook. Lazarus becomes embroiled in the Tory 
interests, for in the Colonial State Records we read — 
" Lazarus Beach, Andrew Fairchild Nathan and Enos Lee 
and Abel Burr of Reading and Thomas Allen of Newtown 
of the County of Fairfield being tory convicts and sent by 
order of the Law to be confined in the town of Fairfield to 
prevent any mischievous practices of theirs having made 
their escape and being taken up and remanded back to his 
honor the governor and this Council to be dealt with — Resolved 
7c — that the said Lazarus Beach Andrew Fairchild 7c 7= — 
be committed to the Keeper of the gaol at Wyndham within 
said prison to be safely kept until they come out thence by 
due order of the General Assembly or the Governor and his 
Council of Safety 7-" 

"Ap. 13, 1787 Lazarus Beach D'^ — For taking John Guyer 
* John III, 

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and committing him to prison — cost of assistance expenses 
and fees upon execution — 2. 12. o ." John Guyer was a 
member of the Loyalist Association and was one of a large 
family of Tories. Again : 

"Aug. 1787 — For going to the Records in Hartford and 
searching s'' Records for the survey of your Farm and cash 

paid for ye same — i .6.0 April 1793 — " Credit in 

a settlement made by s'^ Beach at Esq. Bettses — 1 . 5 . 6^ . " 
These items from Mr. Hill's Diary. 

The children of Lazarus and Lydia were eight in nximber ; 
five married, as will be seen, into the families of Thompson, 
Sanford, Lyon, Hill and Winton. Lazarus Junior went 
early to Bridgeport, where he established himself in the print- 
ing and stationery business. The first newspaper published 
there (then called Newfield) was the "American Telegraph 
and Fairfield County Gazette," and was commenced in 1795 — 
"issued weekly, by Lazarus Beach, who came here from 
Redding and carried on the business of printer, bookseller 
and stationer — on the corner of Wall and State streets opposite 
the old Washington Hotel (" Hinman's.") It was printed 
upon what would be called fair wrapping paper and circu- 
lated over 800 copies, which were distributed by post-riders 
throughout the whole of Fairfield County ; the subscription 
price was $1.50 pr. annum, and it continued to be issued by 
Mr. Beach's successor for nearly ten years." Here is an 
advertisement from one of the old copies — 

" Take notice all who justly owe 
Curtis and Glover late in Co. 
Close y« accounts without delay 
Either by notes or ready pay 
For if by negligence you tarry 
Beyond the ist of February 
Our books will all be put in suit 
And cost and trouble be the fruit. 

Benjamin Curtis, Jr. 

Ezra Glover. 

Newtown, Jan. 12, 1804. 

The American Telegraphe. 
By Lazarus Beach, Newfield, Conn. 
" Receive Instruction and not silver — and Knowledge rather than 
choice gold." Wednesday August 9th 1797. 

whole no. 123. 

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Fifth Congress of the United States, Monday May 15 1797 An Act 
laying duties on stamped vellum parchment and papei, [full account.] 
Signed Jonathan Dayton speaker of the House. Thomas Jefferson, 
Vice President of the U. S. and President of the Senate, and approved 
July 6 1797. John Adams. Deposited among the Rolls in the Office 
of the Department of State. 

Timothy Pickering, Secretary of State. 

The reading matter of these early newspapers seems to us 
now remarkably dry, but when we remember how uneducated 
public literary taste and discrimination was — owing largely to 
the infrequency of nourishment — we can, I think, imagine 
even the involved phraseology of the stamped vellum act, 
bearing a certain charm to hungry intellects. Mr. Beach was 
perhaps as good an editor as could be found ; he lightens 
his editorial column with some quizzical suggestions, and 
after inviting his friend, the reader, to sit down and crack a 
bottle with him offers the folloAving toasts. — " i, To the memory 
of John Lawrence Costars of Haarlem, Inventor of Printing ; 
2. To the freedom of the press ; 3. May every just and liberal 
sentiment be nobly expressed and fully impressed, may no 
plan of public utility nor any plot against public peace and 
honor be suppressed, may every inclination to tyranny faction 
and disorgahization and every opposition to the constituted 
authorities be repressed, may merit never be oppressed nor 
depressed and to compress all in one toast, may every useful 
thought be expressed and duly impressed — and neither 
depressed nor suppressed, nor may worth ever be oppressed 
or depressed." Then follows a sort of doggerel song with a 
refrain. There is an obituary of James Davenport of Stam- 
ford, and this shipping news : " Last Saturday arrived here 
the schooner Olivia, Thompson master, from Sullivan with 
upwards of 30 head of Oxen on board. The circumstance is 
novel, this being the first cargo of cattle ever landed at this 
place. Mr. Joshua Baily his lady and family came passengers 
in the Olivia." And ever so short a voyage in a schooner with 
30 head of cattle must have been a trip to be remembered. 
His strictures on the English navy place Mr. Beach politi- 
cally — " her navy system is sinking into insignificance. . . 
This puts an end to her tyranny over the Ocean." .... 
and he concludes "may we not from hence anticipate the 
time when men will no longer consent to shut themselves 

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up in floating boxes to shoot at each other — to gratify the 
malice, avarice, ambition or pride of Tyrants." Alas ! what 
would he have written to-day? 

These quotations are taken from a copy of the Telegraphe 
of that date, now in the collection of the New Haven Histori- 
cal Society. 

Lazarus Jun'' was on a library committee for Danbury — 
probably his business enabled him to supply such societies 
on good terms ; he was himself, however, no inconsiderable 
writer, and spent much of his time following a literary career. 
It is said that he was writing a history of his grandfather, the 
Rev. John, and had much material of value both in old papers 
and letters, and of his own compiling. When he found him- 
self obliged to go to Washington, D. C, he took them with 
him in a valise, which was either mislaid or stolen. The loss 
was an ever-growing one, and with those papers now in 
hand there would be no apprehension of criticism in this 
work. In Washington he found himself in the midst of the 
great center of the opening life of a new and freed country. 
The charm of such society and spirit, and the enthusiasm of 
success prevailing everywhere, drew him into intimacy with 
other young and ready minds, and shortly introduced him 
into the admiring circle about young Lafa;^ette, whose 
espousal of our cause and success in arms endeared him to 
young and old. The story goes — (and I have it from one of 
his descendants who has the chair referred to)— that the young 
French General took a fancy to our Connecticut editor, and 
showed him many marks of approval and friendship, inso- 
much that when it came time to leave his adopted country 
and return to his waiting bride, he begged Mr. Beach to 
accept some souvenir of their intimacy. Allowed to choose, 
he greatly disappointed the General by picking out an old 
chair with desk and drawer attachment, in which he — the 
General — had been accustomed to sit and write and take his 
cup of tea; and despite protestations would take nothing 
else. The chair is covered with its time-honored green baize 
and studded with what remains of the nails. It is said that 
Mr. Beach never wrote at any other desk or table afterward. 
Lazarus married in 1797, Polly Thompson Hall, widow of 
Dr. John Hall of Goshen, and daughter of Hezekiah and 
Rebecca (Judson) Thompson, by whom he had three daugh- 
ters, and no sons. There are two portraits of Mrs. Polly 

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Beach, as she was called, but I have not been able to learn 
the artist nor to obtain any copy. They lived first in Bridge- 
port and afterward in New York, where both Lazarus and 
his wife died. The marriages and descendants of the daugh- 
ters are given. The only other son of Lazarus to marry 
was Isaac — and with him we re-enter upon the Hill, Lyon 
and Sanford complication. Referring to the former Hill 
descent — Andrew Lane [half brother to Abel] and Hannah 
(Lyon) Hill had two daughters, Hannah and Fanny ; 
Hannah married Isaac Beach and Fanny married Aaron San- 
ford, Jr. Isaac Beach built his house in the Valley, and 
thereto went Hannah — with that long list of household fur- 
niture which we have already noticed in the Redding his- 
tory. Of their children, the youngest son Isaac, who married 
Mary B. Winton, was the only one to have descendants who 
are still continuing the name. This is quite a different record 
to that of the Sanfords, whose twelve children were many 
and fruitful. I am told by a member of this family, that the 
sisters — Hannah Beach and Fanny Sanford — were very attrac- 
tive women, both in appearance and character, and that the 
mother was so equally jealous that whenever she gave any- 
thing to one, she immediately presented its duplicate or equiv- 
alent to the other ; Hannah was also very proud, and it was 
a great grief to h,er that two of her children were * wanting'; 
and an added sorrow that she had to die and leave them to 
other hands ; they followed her very soon, however. The 
daughters of Lazarus and Lydia, Sarah, Hannah and Eunice, 
married respectively James Sanford, Philo Lyon and Jona- 
than Hull. The Sanford and Lyon families will give details; — 
For the Hulls,— we must speak a word of that branch of the 
Devonshire Hulls, which, starting at or about the same time 
and with Gov. Winthrop's party, in the '' Mary and John," 
Captain Squeb, sailing from Plymouth, March 30, 1629, 
arrived thirteen days in advance at Nantasket — May 30. 
This point was afterwards called Hull. George (born about 
1590) was always called Mister or Master Hull, and was 
one of the foremost men in the new plantation, which they 
called Dorchester. He was deputy for that town to the first 
General Court held at Boston, May 14, 1634. In 1635, his 
brother Joseph, Rector of Northleigh, arrived with a large 
company from Somerset and Dorset, and settled " Wessa- 
gusset" (Weymouth). In 1636 George and his son-in-law, 

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Mr. Phippeny, came with many townsmen to Connecticut 
and founded Wethersfield. He was then deputy for that 
place to the first General Court at Hartford in 1637 and 
so continuously until 1646, when he purchased land in Fair- 
field and went there to live, after which he was elected simi- 
larly until 1656. A personal friend of Gov. Ludlow, he 
became " Assistant " and Lieut, of the military in 1645. In 
1654 appointed " Associate Magistrate for the seaside towns." 
After Gov. Ludlow went to Virginia, Mr. Hull continued 
to be elected deputy, but was not again magistrate. His 
first wife and the mother of his children was Elizabeth, 
daughter of Henry Russell of Plymouth ; his second wife 
(whom he married in 1659) was Sarah, widow of David Phip- 
peny. Mr. Hull died in 1659-60, having been foremost in 
establishing two of the New England commonwealths. Cot- 
ton Mather distinguishes him and Mr. Trumbull puts him on 
his list of worthies. Mr. Stiles, the historian of Windsor, 
speaks of him as " a citizen of worth and distinction." Bring- 
ing him down to our Jonathan — George and Sarah (Russell), 
Cornelius and Rebecca (Jones), Cornelius 2^ and Sarah (San- 
ford, daughter of Ezekiel i'*). Deacon George and Martha 
(Gregory, daughter of Samuel and Rebecca (Wheeler) Greg- 
ory), Seth and Elizabeth (Mallory, daughter of John and 
Elizabeth (Adams) Mallory), Jonathan and Eunice (Beach) 
Hull. Seth — the father — was baptized July 29, 1733, and died 
April 5, 1796. We have not his marriage date, but his wife, 
Elizabeth Mallory, was baptized Dec. 17, 1738, and died Feb. 
22, 1795. Among some papers found in an old desk belong- 
ing to the great-niece of Eunice Beach Hull, we may read 
to-day how this little family went in the early part of this 
century all the way to, and founded. New Haven, Illinois ; 
how they broke soil there and cleared a space for their needs, 
and how the unaccustomed toil and exposure brought grief 
and earthly parting ; and we may read, too, in those treasured 
yellow leaves how firm a tested faith can be, and to what 
heights the souls of good women ascend while yet in this 
world. Eunice Beach Hull was one of these. The son, the 
Rev. Lemuel Beach Hull, remained East and succeeded to 
the church of his great-grandfather in Redding, his ministry 
being the next in length. He then went out to Milwaukee, 
where he founded the Episcopal church which his descendants 
still attend. 

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James and Richard of Kent. 

Anthony, son of James, was born in Kent County. It is 
said that he came over with his Uncle Richard, who was one 
of the first men in Watertown, Mass. Anthony married and 
had seven children, five of them born in Watertown. In 1655 
he removed to Roxbury, Mass., and in 1658 came to Fairfield, 
Conn. He was a mariner and was lost at sea in 1676. His 
wife Elizabeth survived him. Of his sons, John, born Janu- 
ary 1652, married Mary . He united with the Stratford 

church in 1680 and died in 1682-3. He bought a house lott 
in 1667-8, "bounded east on the street, west on the burying- 
place, south by a highway 4 rods wide, and north on the 
common land." This highway now leads to the Stratford 
Congregational burying-place. They had but one child 
recorded, a son Samuel, born Nov. 9, 1679, who married in 
1706 Sarah Sherman, the daughter of Samuel and Mary 
(Titharton) Sherman. The Shermans were from Dedham, 
England, this Samuel being fifth in descent from the first 
Henry : thus SamueP, SamueP, Edmund', Henry", Henry\ 
Mary Titharton was the daughter of Daniel and Jane Tithar- 
ton. Marriage dresses must have cost a pretty penny in those 
days: in Daniel's will he leaves £,\o apiece to his three 
daughters in addition to their inheritance for "wedding 
gowns." Daniel, son of Samuel and Sarah (Sherman) Beers, 
was born in Stratford, Nov. 23, 17 14, and died in Newtown, 
Conn., Jan. 14, 1800. According to the old records, "Daniel 
Beers & Mabel Boothe was joyned in marage Decemb"" ye 27*''- 
1744 — there first Born a son named Cyrus was born March ye 
23'' A D 1746 ; there second child a Daughter named Jerusha 
Borne Sep"^ ye 29*^ 1747 — the third a son named Amos Born 
May the 12''' old stil A d 1750, their fourth a son named Daniel 
Born December ye 25*'^ new stile in 1752, there fifth a Daugh- 
ter named Ann Born november ye 1754." In another part of 
the book : " Daniel Beers & Mabel his wife three of there 
children entered here and the rest of there children entred in 
a nother place, there daughter Mabel Born Dec'^ ye 12 A D 
1756 — there son Daniel Born march ye 15 AD 1759 there 
daughter named Easter Born on May 1=*, 1761 — there son 

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named Austen Born July ye loth 1763." This Mabel married 
June 13, 1779, John Beach, eldest son of John and Phebe 
(Curtis) Beach. [See John III.] Samuel Beers, Jr., son of 
Samuel and Sarah (Sherman) Beers and brother to Daniel, 
born June 26, 1712, died Oct. 12, 1773, married Abigail Black- 
man, daughter of John and Abigail (Beers) Blackman; their 
son Simeon, b. in 1750, d. 1813, married 1776, Phidema Nich- 
ols, daughter of Peter and Rebecca (Camp) Nichols. (See 
Nichols.) Abel Beers, son of Simeon, was born Sept. ist, 
1777, and died February i8th, 1858 ; he married in September 
of 1799, Mary Beach, fifth daughter of John and Phebe (Cur- 
tis) Beach. Their nine children will be found under Mary 
(Beach) Beers. Apropos of this family an item on the town 
records: Dec. 18, 1786— "Voted at s^' meeting that M^ The- 
ophilus Hurd examine into the circumstances of the Country 
road leading from the Town Street towards Redding by Cyrus 
Bearses house and shift the same on the south side of s^ 
Bearses house in case the publick can be well accomodated 
as where the road now lies." 

In the Land Records of Newtown, Conn., Vol. 6, p. 10 & 11 : 
Deed from Sarah Beers of Newtown to " my sons Samuel & 
Daniel Beers of Newtown — for ;,^75o— the old farm." May 
12, 1749. 

On Land Records, Vol. 3 and 4 (one vol.), p. 464 : Nov A D 
1740 — the heirs of Samuel Beers — Moses and Mary (Beers) 
Stillson for land Received of our Brethren John, Samuel 
Daniel Nathan and Abraham all of above s^ Newtown sans 
Nathan who is now of ye town of Norwalk our hon- 
oured father Mr Samuel Beers formerly of s^ Newtown and 
now deceased — and that we Abner Hurd and Samuel (Beers) 
Hurd for the sum of 7c 7c — signed Mary Stilson Hannah 
Hurd — John, Samuel Daniel Nathan and Abraham Beers. 
Nov. 6, 1740. 

Mr. James Beers of Brooklyn is engaged on a Beers book, 
but he has told me there was nothing to be added to these 
scant early facts. 


An old King James Bible — (1810) — contains these records: 
"Marriages — 1789 — April 20^'' Daniel Beers married by the 
Rev. Philo Perry to Naomi Glover. 1818 — Newtown Conn 

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May 10 (Sunday) John Beach married (by the Rev. Mr. 
Burhans) to Marcia Curtiss." [A foot note to the Beers- 
Glover marriage reads: " Entry made this id*"^ Day 1818 p'' 
Jno Beach — her account."] On the next page : Births — 
"1764 — October 3''^ (Thursday) Naomi Glover (wife of Dan' 
Beers) born. [With the same foot note.] 1789 — Aug^' 28 (Fri- 
day) John Beach (born) entered the 14*'' of May, 1818. July 
18, 1796 Marcia Curtis wife of John Beach, born — entered this 
14'^'' Day of May 1818 p'' Jno Beach. [The year of Marcia's 
birth is first entered as 1797, then as 1790, but corrected to 
1796, and under it written " 1796 is the proper date D B B "] 
"John Beach died April 12"^ A D 1869— at X past 12 a. m." 
On a scrap of white paper pasted in there is the notice of the 
death of Matthew the hermit, as before given, then follows : 
" Nathanel Fitch King (laborer) died April 17"^ 1810 aged 42 
years i. 16," and the next in order the Beers deaths. 

" Daniel Beers died Jan^ 4"' A D 1800, aged 85 years. Mabel 
Beers [his wife] died July 14 A D 1816, in the 94*'' year of her 
age." Cyrus Beers (son), died Nov. 7**" 1825, in the 80th year 
of his age. 

Austin Beers (son) died June 16, A D 1825, in the 62"^ year 
of his age. [A foot note to this says, "on his monument 9**^ 
by mistake."] Sam' Beers Jun'' (grandson) died June 8, 1813, 
aged 39 years. Esther Bennet (daughter), wife of Caleb, died 
April 22°'', 1796, in the 35'''^ year of her age. Daniel Beers 
(son of Daniel and Mabel) died on the 2^ Day of March, 1839, 
at X ps-st 4 o'clock p m in the 80**^ year of his age (viz, he 
would have been 80 years of age on the 15"" of March, 1839.) 
Naomi Beers (wife of Daniel Beers) died on the 5'^'' Day of 
August, A D 1848, at 2>^ o'clock p m (about 83 years of age.) 
James Glover died Oct. 28, A D 1821, aged 86 years 2 mos 25 
days. Eunice Glover died Feb^ 18, 1795, aged 57. Ezra 
Glover (son) died Sep*^ 4*'\ 1826, aged 54 years. Anna Glover 
(son's wife) died Feb>' 3'^, 181 2, aged 37^" ii"'^ 10". Ira Glover 
(grandson) died Dec' 23''', 181 1, aged 15^" 2"°' 19"", "The 
above are taken from inscriptions on the monuments and 
entered here this 12*'' day of June A D 1841 by Jno Beach at 
request of Naomi Beers." 

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Dea. John Birdsey came from Reading, Berkshire, England, 
to America in 1636, and to Wethersfield, Conn., where he 
married Phillipa, daughter of the Rev. Henry Smith and 
sister to Dorothy Smith, who married John Blakeman of 
Stratford, son of the Rev. Adam Blakeman. Tradition says 
Joseph Hawley, the first at Stratford, married a Birdsey at 
Wethersfield, Conn., and if so it was most probably a sister 
of this John Birdsey. John Birdsey removed to Milford in 
1639, where his son was baptized in 1641. He removed to 
Stratford in 1649, where he was a prominent citizen and 
Deacon of the church, and where he died April 4, 1690, aged 
74 years. He married 2d, Alice, widow of Henry Tomlinson. 
She died Jan. 25, 1698. 

The two children of John and Phillipa were John Jun"" and 
Joanna. John was born in 1641 and died in 1697. He mar- 
ried in 1669 Phebe Wilcoxson, daughter of William and 
Margaret Wilcoxson. Of their children the oldest, Hannah, 
born Feb. 5, 167 1, married May 3d, 1693, Isaac Beach son of 
John I.; their fourth child, Abel Birdsey, born Nov^ 1679, 
married first, Comfort Wells (John^, John', Thomas), and 
second, Mrs. Mercy Denton ; his daughter Elizabeth married 
Benjamin Curtis (q. v.). 

" Voted — That Mr. Chauncey Whittlesey of Middletown 
be, and he is hereby appointed and directed to procure a war- 
rant and seize the wheat in the hands of John Birdsey and his 
sons in Middletown for the use of this state, — leaving them 
enough for their own consumption, and cause the same to be 
floured as soon as may be, and deliver fifty bushels of wheat 
to the Selectmen of Saybrook, for the use of the troops in 
the fort there, paying said Birdsey and sons the lawful price 
for the same. 

Oct — 1777. 


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The following Genealogy of the NeAv England Booths, or 
that part of them descended from Richard Booth (who 
descended from Richard Booth, of Cheshire, England), who 
settled in Fairfield County, Conn., U. S. A., is compiled from 
the town and church record of Stratford and Newtown, Conn., 
from records in family bibles, from inscriptions on grave 
stones, and from tradition. Tradition, the unwritten history 
of men and events, transmitted orally from father to son, or 
from ancestors to those of later generations, says, that three 
brothers, the sons of Richard Booth, of Cheshire, England, 
came to America between 1630 and 1640, their father having 
died in December, 1628. They landed at New Haven, Conn., 
and the oldest, Richard Booth, settled in Stratford, Conn., in 
1640, one year after Stratford was settled. John settled at 
Southold, Long Island, N. Y., and the younger brother went 
North. History speaks of one Robert Booth at Exeter, New 
Hampshire, as early as 1645. The descendants of these 
brothers were aware of their English origin as told to them 
by their parents, and members of the Booth families visited 
their cousins in England and English cousins of the Booth 
family visited them at an early date. 

Richard Booth, the progenitor of the Booth family of 
Fairfield County, Conn., emigrated from Cheshire, England, 
betAveen the years 1630 and 1640, his father, as tradition has 
it, being Richard, the fifth son of Sir William Booth. Knight, 
who died and was buried at Bowden, Cheshire, September, 
1578. Tradition says his two younger brothers emigrated to 
America with Richard, one of them settling on Long Island 
and the other elsewhere, Richard being the only one who 
settled in Connecticut. He married Elizabeth, sister of Cap- 
tain Joseph Hawley, who was the first town clerk of Strat- 
ford, and settled in Stratford in 1640. 

Richard Booth's name appears often in the town records of 
his day, as " townsman," or selectman, and in other commis- 
sions of office and trust. The prefix Mr., before his name, in 
the colonial records, indicates, under the rigid adjustment of 
social rank then observed, a position decidedly influential 
and respectable. His large landed property he divided in his 

1 70 Biograph tea I 

time among his children. He left no will. The latest men- 
tion of him extant is in March, 1688-9, i"^ his 82nd year. As 
the Congregational Burial Ground, west of Main street, was 
opened in 1678, he was doubtless buried there, and as his son 
Joseph, who outlived him not more than 12 or 15 years, would 
probably be interred at his side, the spot cannot be distant 
from the monument lately erected by William A. Booth, Esq., 
and other descendants of Joseph, over the grave of the latter. 

Mr. Booth seems to have been twice married, for in 1689 
(p. 16, vol. ii.. Land Rec.) he speaks of "my now wife," a 
phrase commonly indicative, as then used, of a second mar- 
riage. His first wife, the mother of his children, was Eliza- 
beth, sister of Joseph Hawley, the founder of that name, and 
the first recorder or town clerk of Stratford. This is another 
incidental proof of his being among the original proprietors 
of the town. Their daughter, Elizabeth, was born in 1641. 
A collateral evidence also of the marriage is the fact that his 
son Ephraim, in his will, styles Samuel Hawley, son of Joseph, 

Mr. Booth's home lot was in Main street, on the west side, 
the fifth in order below the Bridgeport road, and is No. 29, 
on the map of Stratford. Like the other proprietors, also, he 
had lands of considerable area in the aggregate, scattered 
through various parts of the town, where, in the divisions by 
lot, they chanced to fall. This disconnected state of one's 
farm lands is characteristic of such property in Stratford, even 
now. The children of Richard and Elizabeth Booth were : 
Elizabeth, Anne, Ephraim, Ebenezer, John,' Joseph, Bethiah, 

2. Sergeant John Booth (Richard^ ) was born Nov. 6, 1653. 
His title of Sergeant was earned in the Pequot War. In 1675 
King Philip incited a general Indian war against the whites, 
burning many villages, and killing men, women and children 
in the colonies of Massachusetts, Plymouth and Connecticut. 
The colonists made haste to defend themselves, and raised a 
thousand men to be placed under command of Col. Thomas 
Church for an expedition against the stronghold of the enemy 
in the swamps of Rhode Island, and to make active warfare 
upon them in their winter quarters there. The town of Strat- 
ford raised one company of troops for this purpose, among 
whose volunteers was John Booth, then but 22 years of 
age. The march to the seat of war was made in the winter. 

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on foot, through snow knee-deep, for nearly 100 miles and 
through an unsettled country, where they found the enemy 
entrenched in a fortress in a large swamp, difficult of access, 
on the island of a few acres in extent, surrounded by a broad 
ditch of water, the depth of which would reach to their arm- 
pits. Along this ditch was a barricade of logs, ten or 
twelve feet high, and an entrance was discovered at a place 
where a large tree lay across the ditch, capable of allowing 
only one at a time to pass out in single file between two 
block houses that guarded the entrance. There was no course 
to pursue but to press quickly forward and drive the Indians 
from the block house, and obtain possession. 

Of the Connecticut troops to cross on the log, the first was 
another company from their colony ; the Indians sent forth a 
murderous fire from their muskets that killed a large number 
of them. The next company close behind was from Strat-" 
ford, headed by their captain, who was shot down as soon 
as he began to cross the log, and most of the men next 
to him. John Booth, one of the soldiers, was in the center of 
that company. He pushed forward, and, while in the act of 
raising his low-crowned hat to cheer on the men behind, a 
musket ball passed through it, just grazing the top of the 
scalp, and would have pierced his skull had the hat been in 
its usual place.* This hat was preserved in the Booth family 
for upwards of half a century, after which it was unaccounta- 
bly lost. By this time they had succeeded in driving the 
Indians from the block house, preventing the remainder of 
the troops from being obstructed by the fire of their guns in 
crossing to the fort. The tide had turned in their favor ; for 
sometime they fought desperately against the Indians, and 
before the close of the fight a portion of the Massachusetts 
troops effected an entrance in the rear — placing the Indians 
between two fires, killing and wounding numbers of them. 
The savages were completely routed, and soon disappeared. 
Their wigwams were fired, and the women and children that 
were in them perished with the structures. It was hoped that 
they could have got King Philip, but he escaped at that time, 
and was afterwards hunted down and shot dead in a swamp 
where he had fled for safety. The tribe having lost a greater 
part of their number, were completely broken up in their 
winter quarters. 

* This statement rather involved — unless his skull rose with the hat. 

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Sergeant John married first, June, 1678, Dorothy, daughter 
of Thomas Hawley, of Roxbury. After her death, in 17 10, he 
married, second, Hannah, widow of Robert Clark. She died 
in 1717. By his first wife, Dorothy, they had: Thomas, 
Jonathan, Ephraim, Mary, Ann, Sarah, John. 

3. Jonathan Booth ( JoJm^ Richard') was born at Stratford 
the winter of 1681-2, and married Hester, daughter of Samuel 
Galpin, 1703, and after the birth of his two oldest sons, he, 
with his cousin Ebenezer, journeyed to Newtown in 1707-8, 
following up the Housatonic River to where the tribe of Poh- 
tatuck Indians lived, and purchased of them an extensive 
tract, about two miles west of the river, on that part of which 
the village of Newtown was afterwards laid out and built. 
They immediately commenced to clear the forests of the land 
for cultivation, returning next year to prepare dwellings 
before they moved their families. 

From Jonathan and his cousin, Ebenezer Booth, all the 
Booths of Newtown have descended, and there is scarcely an 
old family name in the limits of the town but can (by inter- 
marriage) trace their lineage back to them, as, for instance, 
the Beers, Nichols, Hawleys, Glovers, and many others. His 
youngest son, Jonathan, built a house on the old homestead 
lot, nearly in front of his father's, in 1740. This dwelling was 
covered with cypress shingles ; those on the roof lasted 80 
years before renewal, and the bricks used in the construction 
of the chimney were brought from Holland. The plastering 
was done by an Indian and the ring composed of mortar in 
the ceiling of the parlor was considered a great piece of art 
in those days. This house remained until a few years ago ; 
it was removed to the opposite side of the street, to give place 
to the more modern structure, now on its site. These early 
settlers, brave in enduring hardships, with persevering indus- 
try and contented dispositions, laid the foundation of pros- 
perity, which later generations of Newtown are now enjoying. 

Jonathan Booth was buried near the center of Newtown Bury- 
ing Ground, and his moss-covered, reddish gravestone reads as 
follows : " In memory of Mr. Jonathan Booth. He died Feb- 
ruary 8, A. D. 1755, aged 73 years." The grave of Hester, his 
wife, lies by his side, but the inscription on her gravestone is 
only partially legible. Jonathan Booth's children were : 
Daniel, Abel, Ann, Jonathan, Mabel. 

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4. Lieutenant Daniel Booth (Jonathan^, John^, Richard^ ) 
was born at Stratford Jan. 12, 1704 ; removed with his parents, 
when four or five years of age, to their new home in New- 
town, Conn., where he spent a long, active and useful life. 
He was married to Eunice, daughter of Thomas Bennett, by 
the Rev. John Beach, then a Congregational minister, in 
1 72-. By his marriage he had eight children, three sons and 
five daughters, all of whom lived to grow up, marry and have 
families, and settle around him. His father built him a house 
about half a mile east of his own, and gave him a deed of the 
same in March, 1728-9, with the orchard of young apple trees 
thereon, and two of them are still living at the present time. 
By his industry and management he acquired a large landed 
property, and was at one time the largest landholder in town. 
The inhabitants of the colony were sparsely settled within its 
limits, and looked to themselves to keep up a military organi- 
zation in defense of itself against any inroads of an enemy. 
Every able-bodied man was enrolled to duty, held himself 
ready in any emergency, and every town had its organized 
company. Daniel Booth was chosen a lieutenant in the com- 
pany at Newtown, and held a lieutenant's commission, and 
the numerous deeds on the town records give him the title of 

Lieutenant Daniel Booth was a faithful and an honored 
member of the society to which he belonged, was a man of 
extensive reading, well versed in the Bible and had held the 
office of a deacon for thirteen years, diligently studying the 
Scriptures, continuing perusing their sacred leaves, until he 
became convinced of the errors of Congregationalism, and 
resigned his office of deacon and membership in the said 
society. The minister and members of said society expostu- 
lated and tried to dissuade him from his course, and called a 
day to meet them in the meeting house, and to discuss the 
subject of his resignation. In the month of September they 
met in the meeting house for the purpose of acting on his 
resignation. Deacon Daniel expressed his views on the sub- 
ject and the Rev. Mr. Judson followed him on the sub- 
ject of his resignation ; they thus reasoned upon the matter 
together, but Deacon Daniel having thoroughly posted him- 
self, and brought forward so much Scriptural proof that he 
outreasoned the Rev. Mr. Judson, his minister, and the Rev. 
Mr. Judson told his people not to say one word against 

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Deacon Daniel Booth resigning. The members of the society 
recorded the following : 

"Sept. 9, A. D. 1763 : Deacon Daniel Booth resigned of his 
own motion his office of deacon in this church, and also his 
relation as a brother, because he could not, as himself de- 
clareth, be easy under the Calvinistic doctrine therein taught." 

The effect of the conversion of Rev. John Beach, and his 
faithful deacon, Daniel Booth, to the Church of England, 
brought a large number of followers from the Congregational 
Society to the Episcopal Church, and Trinity Church, New- 
town, was from that time and continued to be one of the 
strongest Episcopal parishes in the diocese of Connecticut. 

Lieutenant Daniel Booth was a man of broad views in his 
charities as well as in his religion. It was his custom to visit, 
in person, every poor family in town during the winter, 
carrying a grist of wheat or other provisions to the needy, 
and investigating the condition of each for the winter. If 
any did not have fodder enough to winter their cow, it must 
be brought and put with his cows till grass came. Of course, 
he never lacked for help in the coming harvest. Speaking of 
his sons, who complained that he gave away too much, he 
used to say : " My boys don't realize that for every pound I 
give away in charities there comes back ten pounds to me 
again." At a time when milch cows were scarce and he had 
cows to sell, he refused to sell to those who had money, 
because so many poor people needed cows, that had no 
money. Many instances of his liberal kindness are told, 
and the following inscription on his grave stone, near the 
center of Newtown Burying Ground, written by his beloved 
pastor, Rev. John Beach, sums it all up : 

" The once well-respected Mr. Daniel Booth, here rested 
from the hurry of life the 8th of April, A. D. 1777, aged 
LXXIII. Could a virtuous, honest and amiable character, 
could blessings of the poor echoing from his gate, could the 
sympathetic grief of an aged partner disarm the king of 
terrors, he had not died. 

" AVhat is life ? To answer life's great aim. 
From earth's low prison, from the vale of tear% 
With age incumbered and oppressed with years, 
Death set him free, his Christ had made his peace ; 
Let grief be dumb ; let pious sorrow cease." 

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Lieutenant Daniel was a tall man of a fine and command- 
ing appearance, with a good physical constitution, far beyond 
one of his years. Reared in the midst of the Pohtatuck 
Indians, his every-day business bringing him in contact with 
them, they learned to both love and fear him, for he had a pecu- 
liarly fascinating influence over them. He taught them to 
cultivate the soil and many of the arts of civilization. He, in 
person plowed their corn, and they in turn hoed corn for 
him. Alone, in the dead of night, he would often leave his 
bed and go out in the darkness to their settlement, on what is 
now known as Walnut Tree Hill, one or two miles away, to 
still their " powwows " and settle their difficulties, and came 
home unharmed. Once his wife, after waiting and watching 
his return into the small hours of the night, was pacing the 
long hall, when the door opened noiselessly and a tall, 
straight form, like an Indian, confronted her in the gloom. 
She shrieked, and, fainting, was caught in her husband's arms 
— as she supposed he was killed and the stranger was on his 
murderous errand. He died universally respected and be- 
loved. His children named in his will were : Esther, Anna, 
Daniel, Sarah, Abraham, Eunice, Naomi, Ezra." 

Of the families to be specially noted in this connection, 
three of Jonathan Booth's children, Daniel, Ann and Mabel, 
married respectively into those of Bennett, Nichols and 
Beers. On the records " Daniel Booth was born January ye 
i2th 1704." He was married to Eunice Bennett by the Rev. 
John Beach, and had eight children as above. Of these, 
Eunice, born in 1738, married James Glover, son of John and 
Elizabeth (Bennett) Glover, and their daughter Anna married 
Major Curtis (q. v.). Ann, the daughter of Jonathan, born 
Ap. 15, 17 10, married in 1732 Nathaniel Nichols (see Nichols). 
Mabel, born Dec. 13, 1722, married Daniel Beers (q. v.). 

Deed of Jonathan Booth to his two daughters, Ann Nichols 
and Mabel Beers. 

"To all present to whom, etc — Know ye that I Jonathan Booth of 
Newtown in ye County of Fairfield and Colony of Connecticut in 
New England — for & in consideration of ye Paternal Love good will 
& Afifection that I have and Do bare towards my Daughter Ann — ye 
wife of Nathaniel Nichols — and Mabel ye wife of Daniel Beers all of 
said Newtown in ye County and Colony aforesaid, Do by these Pres- 

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ents give grant make over aliene & fully & absolutely convey one 
certain tract of land lying in Newtown aforesaid upon walnut-tree hill 
so called containing about 21 acres more or less, it being of a ten 
acre Division & an old six acre Division with sizure Bounded westerly 
& northerly by Daniel Booth's land, southerly & easterly by ye High- 
way and do hereby give unto my son Daniel Booth and his heirs ye 
title and Privilege of having a cart Road through said land. And I 
ye said Jonathan Booth Do likewise Divide ye said Lot to each of my 
said Daughters in ye following manner & to be understood thus — My 
Daughter Ann shall have eight acres & my Daughter Mabel thirteen 
acres in equal proportion in quantity, that is to say — each one of said 
eight shall be as good as each of thirteen acres — & likewise (vice 
versa — ) across & that either by alowance or Devision — to have & to 
hold the above — etc, etc. 

Signed Jonathan Booth. 
Dec 19, 1748." 

"Upon the memorial of Jonathan Booth of New- 
1769 — January, town in the County of Fairfield representing to this 
Col Rec. Assembly — that on the 5th day of December last as 

he was paying away some money in Newtown, he 
dropt a forty-shilling bill of 1762 date of this Colony emission, and 
there being a great number of persons in the house it was trod upon 
almost all to pieces, praying to this Assembly that they give him an 
order on the Colony treasurer for the value of ?>^ bill, etc., etc." 

— and such is their trust and confidence in his honesty that the 

" s'' treasurer is ordered to pay him in the sum of fifty shillings being 
the value of s'^ bill accordingly." 


Whether this family name was originally and according to 
Winter, " Courtoise," courteous, or " Courthoys," short- 
hosed, in America it was certainly " Court-toise," short con- 
clusions ! stand and deliver ! Much has been written of their 
coming to this country, and the disentanglement of the vari- 
ous branches in so doing. We shall have the advantage of 
the latest researches and thus enable ourselves to correct pre- 
vious errors. In Nazing, County Essex, lived two brothers, 
John and William. John married there, April 19, 1610, Eliza- 
beth Hutchins. William married there Aug. 6, 1618, Sarah 
Elliot, sister to John Elliot, afterward apostle to the Indians. 
William and Sarah came to this country and settled in Rox- 

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bury, from whom are descended the Curtises of Boston and 
others. John's widow, Elizabeth, came with her sons John 
and William to Stratford, Conn. From these are descended 
the Curtises of Stratford, New Haven, Newtown and other 
Connecticut localities. In all early records the name is 
spelled Curtice, afterwards Curtis and Curtiss. Some of the 
family have preferred and still prefer to think it most incor- 
rect to use more than one s, but others are as strongly con- 
vinced that the double final is necessary. I have used one 
only, for the reason that I have found it almost invariably so 
spelled in this particular branch of the family. 

William, the son of John and Elizabeth (Hutchins) Curtis, 
was born in Nazing, Essex county. We find him taking a 
prominent part in Stratford as early as 1670. In the June of 
1672, at the appointment of the General Court, he was ''con- 
firmed Captain, Joseph Judson Lieutenant and Stephen Burrit 
Ensign of the trainband." At the same Court and "until 
further orders be taken, Capt° Nathan Gold (of Fairfield) 
shall be deemed chief military officer of the County . . . and 
Capt° W™ Curtis his second." In August, 1672, he is with the 
Governor, Deputy Governor and assistants, as a war council 
against the Dutch in New York, appointed "to act as the 
Grand Committee of the Colony in establishing and commis- 
sionating military officers 7c Vo" The next November, is Cap- 
tain " for such forces as shall be sent from Fairfield County " 
in this cause. His Commission is renewed in 1675. ^"^ the 
meantime and afterward he is Deputy for Stratford to the 
General Court sixteen times. John was perhaps a less dis- 
tinguished but an equally honored citizen. 

The name of William's first wife, by whom he had all his 
children, has not yet been traced ; he married second, Sarah 
(Morris) Goodrich ; his family consisted of nine children, of 
whom the youngest, Josiah, born Aug. 30, 1662, is our 

Josiah married twice also ; Abigail Judson, daughter of 
Joseph and Sarah (Porter) Judson, who was the mother of 
two children and died in 1697, when he married Mary Beach, 
daughter of Benjamin (son of Richard) and Mary (Peacock) 
Beach. To them were born eleven children. Two of the 
sons, Benjamin and Matthew, appear herein. 

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I. Benjamin was born Dec. 25, 1704, and died Sept. 4, 1776. 
He married first, Aug. 27, 1727, Elizabeth Birdsey, the daugh- 
ter of Abel and Comfort (Wells) Birdsey. She died Feb. 24*'', 
1773, and he married, on June 2^ of the same year, Bathsheba 
Ford. All his children by his first wife : Nehemiah, 
who married Martha Clark and had seven children ; Phebe, 
who married Daniel Morehouse : Eunice, who married Amos 
Hard ; Elizabeth, who married Capt" John Glover ; Ben- 
jamin, who married first Phedima Nichols, second Mary De- 
vine (de Vine), and third Phebe Ferris, (his ten children were 
born of his first two wives); Abijah, who married first Sarah 

Birdsey and second Mary , three sons ; Salmon, who 

lived but eleven years ; and Sarah, who married Nirom Hard. 

n. Matthew, the son of Josiah and Mary (Beach) Curtis, 
was born 1712. He married June 2, 1730, Phebe Judson, 
daughter of Captain David and Phebe (Stiles, dau. Ephraim) 
Judson. She was born Feb. 9, 1717, and died Sept. 18, 1758. 
In a deed of land to his children in 1787, Matthew speaks of 
the following as then living : " Sons Nirom Matthew Josiah 
and Reuben, all of Newtown, Stiles Curtis of New Haven," 
and an " only daughter Pheby Beach." This Pheby was born 
Feb. 20, 1737-8, and married John Beach, Jun'', in 1756, the 
son of Reverend John Beach. 

Abijah Curtis, the fourth son of Benjamin and Elizabeth 
was born January 31, 1740, and died November 20th, 1817. 
By his first wife, Sarah Birdsey, he had three sons — John, 
Benjamin and Abijah Birdsey. John married Hannah, the 
daughter of John and Phebe (Curtis) Beach, about 1793. 
This family will be found under the head of John H. 

Benjamin was born in 1766, and he died February 20th, 1825. 
His wife's name, mentioned in his will [one of the earliest 

probated in Newtown] was Mehitable ; he left no 

children. This was the Dr. Benjamin Curtis spoken of in the 
sketch of Newtown as favoring inoculation. 

Abijah Birdsey Curtis was born in 1772, and died in 1857. 
An account of his family and descendants follows in order. 

Major Abijah Birdsey Curtis, called for brevity, " A B C," 
was a figure in Newtown remembrance. Farmer, as his peo- 
ple before him, he was of the order of Putnam — ready to leave 
the plow and grasp the sword. I shudder, as did my father 
before me, to speak that word, for was not that same sword 

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afterwards made over to carve less dangerous but more pal- 
atable every day food ? There are several portraits of Major 
Curtis which show him to have been quite equal to the many 
tales told of his spirit and heartiness of enjoyment in things 
temporal. As a small child — or at least a very young one — 
I remember when in Newtown being taken to the Potatuck 
farm one day, to a twelve o'clock dinner. Grandfather Beach 
Avas delayed in catching the gray mare and therefore he — my 
grandmother, mother and myself, were late in arriving. It 
was not then the fashion, nor was it ever the habit of that 
house, to await guests, so they had already sat down in the 
big kitchen, and in spite of that locality our welcome was 
none too warm. As a child my attention was taken up with 
novel externals, and aside from the general stiffness I did not 
then appreciate the full situation. The occurrence was so 
often afterwards the subject of comment that I can now sup- 
ply detail. The Major was furious and monosyllabic ; the 
rest of the household frightened ; the efforts of the guests to 
preserve their dignity, heroic ; and the as speedy as possible 
retreat after pie, when the pent up feelings burst forth and 
the homeward progress enlivened with such laughter as 
caused the sober villagers to stare and some less steady to 
join. On one of my last visits to Newtown I went down to 
the old place again. A very respectable Irish family now 
own it, and the old lady assured me with pride that the papers 
were made out in the names of Beach and Curtis. Somehow 
the kitchen did not look so large, or the well so far away. 
Grandfather Beach kept part of the old Beach farm and used 
to spend his summers there, and the grey mare, whose objec- 
tions to anything in the way of harness or conveyance had 
occasioned us such lasting disgrace, is a prominent and fear- 
ful recollection ; he used to insist on driving her wherever 
she particularly disliked to go, and once, leaving Newtown, 
obliged us to sit in the wagon as the train approached the 
station, while the mare stood on her hind legs until our lives 
were in danger ; however, we had to sit and wait, and the 
train had to stand and wait until she was controlled, when 
he threw the reins on her back, got out slowly and deliber- 
ately, went to her head — but, then such a heavenly smile irra- 
diated the scene that we came away in its glory. Major Cur- 
tis, of course, chewed : — and thereby hangs tale number two. 

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Persuaded to have his ''daguerre" taken, he donned his 
Sunday blue and the finest of his ruffled shirts, and went off 
to the artist at Danbury, successfully posed and the picture in 
process — a critical moment for both arrived. He solemnly 
rose, walked over to a spittoon in the corner of the room, 
spit therein, and returning sat down and re-composed feature 
and limb to the former required angles. The artist threw up 
his hands : "MyG — Major Curtis," he exclaimed — "you've 
spoiled one of the best things I ever did !" The Major glared 
a moment, then with great indignation he said, " D'ye mean 
to tell me, sir, that I can't spit ?" " Why no, sir — of course you 
can't — why just . . . . " But the outraged officer waited for 
no explanation ; he picked up his hat and riding whip, stalked 
out of the gallery, mounted his horse, and doubtless galloped 
home ! 

Major Curtis's military record is found not only in the 
intricacies of that large but incomplete volume called " Con- 
necticut Men in the Revolution," etc., where it is wrongly 
placed as in the ' militia ' — but in many family papers and legal 
records ; his commissions were doubtless carefully preserved 
by some descendant, but I have not had the pleasure of seeing 
them. A pay roll of the 2nd company of the ist Regiment, 
State Corps is however, presented here, with some correc- 

New Haven, Oct. 20, 1814. 
I St Lt. Charles G. Curtis [probably Carlos G., his nephew, 
son of his brother John]. Ensign — Walter Brooks. Sergt^ — 
Philo M. Wooster, Asa Sanford and Alfred D(evine) Curtis. 
Corporals — Amasa Washburn, Charles Judson, Sherman Haw- 
ley and Villeroy Glover. Fifers — Philo Dibble and Ira 
Shepherd. Drummers — Charles Sherman and Noble Pierce. 
Privates — Alanson Black (man ?), Philo-Philo Y and Amar- 
anth Beers, Wheeler Bennit, Harry Blakeslee, Lyman Beecher, 

Barnes, Ebn'' Booth, Smith Dunning, David Downs, 

Heber Frost, Lucius Gilbert, Thomas Green, Asa Griswold, 
Silas and Roswell Hurd, Reuben Hughes, Chauncey Isbell, 
Lucius Judson, Leverett Kneels (or Knevals), Ithama Mer- 
win, Harman Northrop, Henry Nichols, Judson Piatt, Jarvis 
Piatt, Jacob Pardy, Lardner Peery, Ira Palmerly, Lewis 
Peet, John A. Peck, Marcus Ryan, Lemuel and David Sum- 
mers, John Sherman, Jr., Francis Stone, Adoniram Squires, 

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Joseph Turner, Eli Wheeler, Amos Wells, David Williams, 
John Walker, Illsley Wyman, Abijah Wallace. Waiters — 
Horatio Nelson Curtis, John Beach Curtis and Ransom 

Alfred Devine Curtis was the son of his Uncle Benjamin 
Curtis, while Corporal Villeroy Glover we shall meet again as 
the son of Zalmon and Phebe (Beach) Glover, and a Curtis on 
both sides of the house. Horatio Nelson and John (Abijah) 
Beach Curtis, his young son and nephew, were 15 and 16 years 
of age only. The old vexed question of rivalry and jealousy 
between State and Militia troops was then very strong, and 
we find among some old papers a copy of a remonstrance 
directed to his Excellency John Cotton Smith, wherein Cap- 
tains Curtis, Butler, and Buckingham, as a committee, draft 
the petition containing complaints that the State troops are 
paraded to the left of the Militia, that militia officers are 
placed in command over them, and their officers obliged to 
lead the militia, that the same hold courts martial, etc. ; it 
is dated Oct. 19, 1814, and is sent in as an answer to unjust 
criticism of the State troops as " in a disgraceful state of dis- 
organization." Military men will appreciate the situation. 
A Regimental Order sent to "Abijah B. Curtis Cap" 2nd Co. 
ist Regt. State Corps," dated Ap. 7, 1814, commands quarterly 
instead of monthly reports. This is signed " Tim° Shepard, 
Col. I St Regt. Infantry State Corps." Just when he was 
appointed Major I have not been able to ascertain, but prob- 
ably at his discharge. Another story before we enter upon 
family matters. The boys and young men of the town were 
fond of firing off muskets to frighten old ladies and cutting 
up all such pranks as are natural to youth. The Major's 
well known fearlessness and fiery temperament made him a 
frequent butt. One night they planned to give him a scare : 
hid in the woods at a sudden dark turn of the road and waited 
with muskets loaded. He kept them in the cold and rain 
sometime, but finally the steady trot of old Bess was heard 
and all prepared for a grand burst ; '■'■bang" went the guns. 
Bess shied a moment, but the Major drove in his heels and 
called out, " Hi ! there, you young scamps, go home and take 
some whiskey or you'll be sick to-morrow," and, plunketty 
plunk, on he went to his own waiting nightcap. It is just 

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possible that he had prefaced such with a nip at some hospit- 
able house on the street, for there were many primitive and 
unlicensed bars, where the weary friend or casual stranger 
could alleviate thirst at regular rates. In Caleb Baldwin's 
house [where the family of Charles F. Beardsley now live, 
Mrs. Beardsley a great granddaughter of Major Curtis] there 
was such a bar between the south parlor and the kitchen ; it 
is now made over into a passage way and closets. 

There were five sons and four daughters born to Abijah 
Birdsey and Anna Glover Curtis, who were married in 1793 
The eldest, a son, Elihu Starr, 1794-1850, was himself a militia- 
man ; an old order dated Ap. 17, 1820, directed to Lieut. 
Elihu S. Curtis, Newtown, contains his appointment as pay- 
master of the 2d Reg' Riflemen Conn. Militia, and is signed 
Lemuel G. Storrs, Col., accompanied by a personal note from 
the Colonel, concerning such names as warrant its insertion. 

Middletown Ap. 19, 1820,— Mr. Curtis, Dr. Sir, I annex you a rg». 
order of 17th Inst, and enclose you a warrant for the office of Pay 
Master of the Regiment of wh you will make known to me as soon as 
possible your acceptance or declension. I rec* your letter pr. mail. 
You will be expected to attend to choice of officers at North Milford, on 
the ist Monday of May next at 2 o'clock P. M. The order for choice 
is sent to Lent. Alpheus Clarke. ... I have sent reg' order to 
Capt° Hawley and an order for choice of a Lieut in the room of Mr. 
Nichols removed out of the State. I wish you to notify Capt° Hawley, 
as he may not think to go to the Post office. 

Yours Vc L. G. Storrs. 

Elihu married in Rochester, and the death of a son Henry 
is recorded in the old Curtis Bible, in 1864, "aged 29." Elihu's 
death is given as "Jan. i, 1850, aged 56." Marcia, the eldest 
daughter of Abijah and Anna, married John Beach (q. v.) 
Horatio Nelson, 1798-1871, was always spoken of as a most 
attractive and elegant gentleman ; he early left home, went 
first to Bridgeport, where he was in the business house of 
Sigourney & Co., and thence to Rochester, New York State, 
where he established himself in the manufacture of woolen 
stuffs and the milling business. As children we used to hear 
Uncle Nelson spoken of with the greatest affection and respect. 
I suppose he must have visited us, indeed I know he did, but 
there is no responsive mind-picture of a particularly superior 
person. He married in Rochester and had several children ; 

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his wite was a daughter of Capt° Neafus ; his daughter 
Sarah married her cousin, Carlos G., the son of Abijah 
Beach Curtis, and their family will be found recorded. 
The next child was a daughter Charlotte, 1 800-1 883, who 
married in 1818, Nichols Booth Lake, of Newtown, the son of 
Peter and Temperance (Thompson) Lake, another old New- 
town family of note. Their children were Joseph Thompson, 
Birdsey Curtis, Mary and Daniel Booth. Of these Joseph 
married Hannah Rebecca Smith and had two daughters, Mary 
Josephine and Nettie, who died young. Mary Josephine Lake 
married Charles F. Beardsley and has two sons, Clarence 
Lake and Paul Joseph. 

Birdsey Curtis Lake married twice, first Jane Sherman of 
Newtown, and second Phebe Warren Peck of New Haven 
(q. v.). By his first wife he had two sons, one of whom, Levi 
Ives Lake, resides in the West. Mary Lake married Robert 
Peck and had one daughter, Charlotte, who married Eli C. 
Barnum and lives in Danbur}'-, Conn. The third daughter of 
Major Curtis was Anna, 1802-1854 ; she married in 1829, 
Simeon Blakeman Nichols of Newtown, son of Lemuel and 
Alice (Blakeman) Nichols. They had one son and three 
daughters. George Lemuel never married. Mary Alice 
married in 1861 Dr. Alfred Starr of New York. [See Starr 
Gen.] Charlotte Curtis married Henry Carrington Miles of 
Milford ; one son, Henry C. Miles, Jr., married in 1895 Julia 
Agnes Piatt, daughter of George F. and Elizabeth (Addis) 
Piatt. Caroline Rebecca Nichols married in 1865 Ignatius 
McKinnan, and died in 1869 at the age of 28. Joseph Beebe 

Curtis — 1805-1834 — married Elizabeth and had three 

daughters ; one died an infant, and two, Sarah and Julia, said 
to have been beautiful and lovely girls, died at the ages of 18 
and 28. His widow remarried and is, I believe, still living. 

Birdsey Glover Curtis — 1807-1875 — also went West. He 
married in Beloit, Wisconsin, Louise Ketchum. I think there 
were no children. Some of his letters from Canada and the 
West seem to indicate a delicate state of health, but he lived 
to the fourscore-and-ten limit. 

Caroline, the fourth and last daughter, born in 1818, mar- 
ried in 1 83 1 Simeon Peck of Newtown. She died in 1858, 
leaving three sons, Abner, Henry, and David. Mr. Peck mar- 
ried again, the widow of Robert Peck and daughter of Gould 

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Curtis [Mr. Robert Peck's first wife being, as we have seen, 
Mary Lake]. Charles Gould Peck is the son of this marriage. 
David Peck is the only surviving son of Caroline. 

Ira Lawrence Curtis, the youngest of Major Curtis' family, 
born in 1813, married his cousin Marietta Glover, and their 
family will be found in its order of descendants. 


The first records of our branch of this family open at once 
on an interesting early controversy and an intimate connec- 
tion with some of New Haven's most notable colonists, 
Henry Glover, who was at once supporter and critic of the 
governmental system, and prominent in the growing business 
interests of the town. Dr. Bacon, in his " Historical Dis- 
courses," writes : " Concerning Henry Glover's seeking recon- 
ciliation with the Church, for the scandalous evils for which 
he was cast out, and the Church's receiving of him again, the 
11"^ day of the 6*^ month 1644. Henry Glover having ac- 
quainted the elders with his desire of being reconciled Y^ Vo" 
a long and intricately worded setting forth follows, the gist 
of which being that his case is brought before the elders, and 
the next Lord's day he is appointed to speak before them. 
After morning service, the ruling elder rose and desired the 
rest of the elders would remain ; this being done, the door 
was closed and the matter brought forward, and Henry Glover, 
who still stood without, was invited in to plead his cause ; 
he "acknowledged the several facts for which he was cast out, 
and the rules he had broken, and showed also how many 
temptations he had been exercised with from Satan since he 

was cast out, and also expressed his earnest desire of 

being reconciled to the Church." So they conferred together 
as to whether his repentence was genuine and how he had 
borne himself, and neighbors were asked to testify. Goodman 
Chapman " spoke something tending to clear him," but no 
one accused him ; however, they decided to wait over another 
week and see that everything was as it should be. The wis- 
dom of this hesitation may be evidenced by the manner of its 
reception by the impatient sinner, for the report goes on to 
say : " Henry Glover, standing up by a pillar, went hastily 
down, when he saw it was deferred till the next Lord's day. 

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and he let some words fall which had the appearance of dis- 
content." HoAvever, he again apologized, and was finally- 
received in full, an address, a long prayer, and the follow- 
ing absolution pronounced by the pastor, Mr. Davenport : 
" Henry Glover, I do in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, 
and by power delegated from Jesus Christ to his Church, pro- 
nounce thee absolved and set free from the sentence of ex- 
communication under which thou hast stood bound, and do 
restore thee to the liberties and privileges of this Church 
which thou formerly did'st enjoy." Dr. Bacon says : " I 
know not where to look for a more copious illustration of 
the duties performed by the ruling elder in the primitive New 
England churches." Doubtless it would now call a smile 
could we discover the catalogue of sins for which Mr. Glover 
was forced to make so complete a humiliation. The date of 
his marriage to Ellinor, Ellen, or Helena Wakeman, sister to 
John of Hartford, is not given, but the birth of his daughter 
Mary or her baptism is found in Mr. Davenport's records as 
in 1641. She marries Moses Mansfield. Hannah, b. 1646, 
marries David Ashley ; Sarah, 1655, marries John Ball ; Abi- 
gail, 1652, marries Daniel Burr ; and son John, 1648, marries 
Joanna Daniel, daughter of Stephen and Anna (Gregson) 
Daniel. These names need no introduction or explanation 
to many^ Connecticut families of to-day. 

Henry and Elinor Glover appear frequently on Colonial 
records as responsible persons to sign wills, witness agree- 
ments and become trustees for various estates, guardians for 
minor children, etc., etc. In one of Mr. Davenport's letters to 
Gov' Winthrop, dated "New Haven this 14*'' day of the 2°'^ 
m — 1655" (April 14), there is this phrase: "Sister Glover, 
newly returned from Long Island, puts us in fear that you 
are in some thoughts about transporting your family to the 
Bay or to Connecticut ; but I can not believe either, though 
I believe you may be inclined to both." By this it would 
seem that the breach was thoroughly healed and the Glovers 
reinstated, being once more in favor with God and man. 

Henry's son John had also a son John, who was born Nov'' 
20, 1674, in New Haven, and died in Newtown, Conn., June 
30, 1752. He married, Nov. 27, 1700, Margaret Hubbell, 
daughter of Lieut. John and Patience Hubbell. Lieut. John 
was one of the sons of Richard and Elizabeth (Meigs) Hub- 

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bell of New Haven, Guilford and Fairfield. Richard Hub- 
bell was from Wales, and was on the fidelity list of 1647 in 
New Haven, where he married, in 1650, the daughter of John 
and Thomasine (Fry) Meigs [a son of Vincent Meigs]. The 
Meigs came from Weymouth to Guilford and New Haven, 
and John was at one time, 1648-58, second owner by purchase 
of the Cutler lot [S.E. corner of Chapel and Church streets, 
New Haven]. The deed of conveyance reads: " W" Jeanes 
passeth over to John Meigs his house and house lot lying at 
the corner over against Mr. Gregson's — betwixt the house lot 
of John Budd and the highway." Col. Return Jonathan 
Meigs was a descendant, whose son became Governor of 
Ohio and Postmaster-General of the United States. Margaret 
Hubbell was born in 1681 ; her father, Lt. John, was inter- 
ested in the settlement of Derby, Conn. He purchased of 
Samuel Sherman in 1683 a house and lot at "Old Mill" in 
Stratford, " next west of Samuel Blakeman's house." John 
Hubbell died of the small-pox in the Franco-Indian War, 
near Schenectady. His widow married, as we shall see, into 
the Hawley family. After the death of his first wife in 1704, 
John Glover married the widow Bethia (Beach) Bickley, 
widow of William Bickley, or Beckley, and daughter of Ben- 
jamin Beach, son of Richard of New Haven. By his first wife, 
Margaret Hubbell, John Glover, Jr., had a son John, born 
Dec. 30, 1701, who married, July 12, 1724, at Norwalk, Conn., 
Elizabeth Bennet, daughter of James and Sarah Bennett of 
Stratfield. This was a runaway match, just why we do not 
discover, for the families were intimate and friendly and no 
reason except possibly some one else in the case, or indeed it 
might have been as an old darkie Auntie of ours explained 
an elopement in her family : " Dunno Missy — reckon Laure 
done thought t'would save 'spense." This was the John who 
purchased land at Rye, 1742 — "bought three acres of land on 
Grachus street, near Hyatt's Cove — he was of Newtown, 
Conn." And "in 1745, John Glover of Newtown Conn' late 
of Rye — releases to Joseph Haight his right as a descendant 
of the ancient proprietors of the s'^ Town of Rye by purchase 
as that right was released to him by Robert Bloomer and 
Joseph Kniffen." 

James Bennet, his wife's father, was son of James and 
Hannah (Wheeler) Bennet, who was from Concord, Mass. 

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and coming to Fairfield married Hannah, the eldest daughter 
of Thomas Wheeler, one of the company coming with the 
Rev. John Jones, residing first in Concord, Mass., and after- 
ward a large proprietor in Fairfield, where in all deeds and 
transfers he is written Thomas sen''. He married Ann Smith, 
said to be one of the daughters of Deacon Henry of Wethers- 

John Glover IV was born Feb. 11, 1732, and died July 2, 
1802. He married Elizabeth Curtis (daughter of Benjamin), 
and is the John who figured in the midnight capture of Genl. 
Silliman. Their 2nd son, Zalmon, born May 3, 1760, married 
Phebe Beach, the daughter of John and Phebe (Curtis) Beach, 
and of this branch Mr. Smith Peck Glover of Sandy Hook, 
Newtown, is the only male descendant and last of his name. 
John IV's brother, James, born Aug. 3d, 1735, married Eunice 
Booth, the daughter of Daniel and Eunice (Bennit) Boothe, 
and their daughter Anna Glover became the first wife of 
Major Curtis ; her sister Naomi, as we have seen, married 
Daniel Beers. Villeroy Glover, 2nd son of Zalmon and Phebe 
(Beach), married in 1828 Susan Hurd, eldest daughter of 
Benjamin and Mabel (Tomlinson) Hurd. This family de- 
serves larger mention, both as to numerous intricate relation- 
ships and prominence in municipal affairs. "Abner Heard 
(as it is first spelled in the old records) & Hannah Beers was 
joyned in marage August ye 20'^'' Ad 1740. The births of 
their children are as followeth. 

" Nirom Heard their first born a son born Decern"' ye iS**^ 
1740." [Married Sarah Curtis, dau. of Benjamin and Eliza- 
beth (Birdsey) Curtis.] 

" Cyreneus ye second son Born January ye 5 *'' AD 1742." 
[Married Phebe Camp, dau. of Lemuel and Alls (Leavenworth) 

" Ammon Heard — Born ye third son September ye 25*'' A D 
1744, — John Heard ye fourth Son Born July ye 20*'^ A D 1746." 

"Abigail Heard a Daughter Born January ye 7"^ A D 1748. 
Sarah Hurd Born January ye 9'^ Day A D 175 1." [She mar- 
ried Alfred Divine (de Vine) Curtis, the son of Benjamin and 
Mary (Divine) Curtis, and their daughter, Phebe Curtis, mar- 
ried Joseph Nettleton, q. v.]. 

" Currence Hard — Born the 21®* Day of March A D 1753. 
Ann Hurd Born the 9"' Day of May A D 1755." [Ann married 

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Eben Beers, and their daughter Lucy was the first wife of 
John Glover (son of Zalmon).J 

"Zilpha Hard Born the ... . November A D 1756." Mar- 
ried or "was joyned in marage Covenant — to Zalmon Peck, 
on 12*'' of September 1781 — their first born a son married 
Zerah Smith Ann Peck born on Wednesday December 18'^'' 
A D 1782—" 

" Abner Hard Born the 6'^ Day of September A D 1757." 
[He married Lavinah Nichols, dau. of Peter.] " Hannah 
Hard Born the 14^'' Day of May A D 1761 — and Jabesh— or 
Jabeth — Born ye 9 Day of September A D 1763." 

This is sufficient to indicate a rather numerous line of 
descendants, and is certainly confusing enough to the ini- 
tiated, and although there is more of the same at hand, some 
consideration for the casual brain and its complement of grey 
matter induces to restraint. 


The Hawleys, according to their own account of themselves, 
came from Parvidge, Derbyshire, in Old England, now called 
Parwich (" Parritch "), about nine miles from Derby and four 
from Ashbourne, the market town. Mr. Joseph Hawley came 
to America about 1629-30, but just where he located previous 
to our meeting him in Stratford in 1650 has not been revealed. 
His brother Thomas was in Roxbury, Mass., as early as 1639. 
Joseph purchased land in Stratford in 1650, was already mar- 
ried and had a son Daniel, born in 1647-8. Seven sons and 
three daughters are entered in the Stratford records [leaving 
out Samuel]. He was also one of the original proprietors of 
Newtown. Samuel Hawley Jun"", in whom we are more 
interested, married Bethia Boothe, daughter of Ephraim ; he 
and his wife were second cousins, which anyone can discover 
by a sufficiently elaborate study of the " Hawley Record." 
This was the Sam' Hawley who was one of the three pur- 
chasers of Newtown. The story of their first coming is tradi- 
tional only, and not recorded. It is said they rode to the top 
of a high hill, at sunset, and seeing an impossible dip before 
them, stopped there and made their first settlement, calling it 
" Land's end." Hawley, Junos, and Bush were the historic 
three who made that wonderful bargain of coats, etc., with the 

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Indians. Our connection brings us by the way of Samuel Sr., 
who married two wives, Mary Thompson, daughter of Thomas 
of Farmington in 1673, and then Patience Hubbell, widow of 
John. Benjamin, the son of the second wife, born' in 1697, 
married first in 1724, Mary Nichols, and 2d, Experience 
Dibble. Benjamin, Jr. married Catharine Hurd ; Jabez, son 
of Benjamin, Jr., married Parthenia Boothe (daughter of 
Daniel and Huldah (Thompson) Boothe, and their son Isaac 
married Avis Jane Shepard. Edson N. and Thomas A. 
Hawley, brothers, are sons to this Isaac. 

Another connection is traced back from James Rogers 
Hawley, who married Lydia Beach (dau. of Isaac), and was 
the son of Joseph and Chloe (Rogers) Hawley, son of William 
and Lydia (Nash), son of Joseph and Hannah Walker, son of 
Captain John and Hannah, son of the first Joseph and Kathe- 
rine Hawley. James Rogers Hawley was born in Redding, 
Sept. 18, 1797, and married March 28, 1822. — See his family 


With patience and perseverance this branch of our ancestral 
tree was cleared of its dead wood and made to bloom again. 
Correspondence developed so much material and of so varied 
a character that personal research at the source became evi- 
dently necessary. The best part of a week in Redding Ridge 
last summer was spent in company with dust and spiders in 
the "town house," and in spite of inherent aversion to both 
these evils, self control and a forced, single-purposed applica- 
tion rewarded the attendant agony. In articulating these 
relationships, it was discovered that many bore similar sur- 
names, both husbands and wives, as well as children ; the 
closest attention to dates should be given before questioning 
the accuracy of the following statements. Commencing with 
Anna Lyon, who married in 1773, Abel Hill. She was the 
daughter of Peter and Abigail (Sherwood) Lyon, and was 
born April i, 1757. Peter was one of the three sons of Nathan, 
as found by an old land record, by which Joseph, David and 
Peter agree to a certain settlement according to the will of 
their " honoured father Nathan Lyon," but nothing further 
could be traced of Nathan. On the Sherwood side Abigail 

190 Biographical 

was the daughter of Capt'' Daniel Sherwood and Anne Burr, 
who was a daughter of John Burr and Katherine Wakeman. 
Thus two first settler's families are indicated. Of course the 
Sherwoods need no "bush" to Connecticut genealogists. 
From these three sons of Nathan Lyon many descendants 
are now living. 

David married in 1756 Harriet Sanford, and Joseph, in 1761, 
Lois Sanford, sisters and daughters of Ephraim and Elizabeth 
(Mix) Sanford. David had a son Nathan, as well as a son 
Cyrus, and two daughters " Betty Vreeland and Hannah 
Hill." With Betty we have no further connection. Hannah 
(born Feb. 10, 1758), married April 22d, 1725, Andrew Lane 
Hill. [For their family see Line of John.] One of their 
daughters married her cousin Asahel, the son of Peter Lyon. 
If not too confusing — please notice here — that Anna and her 
brother Peter Lyon married Abel and his half-sister Hannah 
Hill, Before further intricacies drive every sane idea from 
us, we will look up the military record of the family. At the 
October session of the Assemby in 1768, "this Assembly do 
establish Mr. Daniel Lyon to be Lieut, of the i6th Company 
or trainband in the nth Regiment in this Colony." This is 
Daniel Lyon of Weston, whose children will be found men- 
tioned further on. "May, 1771, this Assembly do establish 
Peter Lyon to be Lieutenant of the East Company or train- 
band in the Town of Redding." Peter had previously been 
Ensign. Beside Anna and Asahel, Peter had two sons. 
Walker and Zalmon, and another daughter Betty. 

Now let us begin on the Daniel of Weston line. All we 
know of him is that he was of Weston and had three, perhaps 
four sons, Philo, David, Lemuel and Eli. Philo, born 1764, 
married Hannah Beach, one of the daughters of Lazarus and 

Lydia Sanford Beach ; Lemuel, born , married in 1787, 

Huldah Sanford, daughter of John and Anne (Wheeler) San- 
ford ; David married and had a daughter Eleanor, who mar- 
ried Thaddeus B. Reed of Redding ; and Eli married in 1795, 
Betty Hill. On the Redding records this marriage is entered 
on " Ap. 26, 179s, in presence of Abel Hill." Philo and Han- 
nah Beach had seven children ; the two first died unmarried, 
and the five sons, Isaac Beach, Henry, Philo, Ziba and Phile- 
mon, all married. Lemuel and Hannah (Sanford) Lyon had 
six ; their children will be found in these records. Eli and 

Biographical 191 

this David's descendants do not further appear. By the 
kindness of Mrs. Julia Amelia Hawley Chase of Sharon, 
daughter to Lydia Beach Hawley, I have some valuable news- 
paper clippings, by which we may read of the deaths of the 
brothers, Ziba and Philemon Lyon, in Utica, New York. 
They were evidently pioneers and foremost in Church mat- 
ters. Quoting from the Utica Observer: "In the death of 
this highly esteemed man [Philemon] Utica has lost one of its 
most valuable citizens, and the Church one of its most con- 
sistent and devoted members. In every point from which 
Mr. Lyon's character can be viewed he was a good man." 
And of Mr. Ziba Lyon : " Some may have left a more dis- 
tinguished, none a more honest name . . . Mr. Lyon named 
the church (Grace) and was unanimously chosen senior warden, 
which position he held consecutively over forty years with 
universal acceptance. Mr. Lyon was a man of noted physique ; 
he strongly resembled in profile, George Washington. Of 
singular modesty and great kindness and liberality, indulging 
in no controversy, he was yet strong in the faith and a very 
bulwark to the weak." 

It is to be deplored that these excellent men left no chil- 
dren to bear so enviable a name. In the probate records at 
Bridgeport the settlement of Levi Lyon's estate in 1839 con- 
tains this concluding clause, " The widow Larinda and Anna 
Lyon, widow of Nehemiah, to pass and repass thro' Orra's 
kitchen," Orra being the eldest son. 


Although we have no exact data to establish the connec- 
tion, it seems more than probable that Francis and Sir Richard 
Nicoll, the first Governor of New York and Albany, were 
brothers, sons of Francis and Margaret, daughter of Sir 
George Bruce. Francis Nicholl is recorded as " of the 
Middle Temple one of the Squires of the Bath to Sir Edward 
Bruce and lyeth buried at Ampthill, County of Bedford." 
Beside Richard and Francis there was a third son, Edward, 
and a sister. Francis appeared in Stratford in 1639 with four 
children, Isaac, Caleb, John and a daughter. He married a 
second wife, Anne, daughter of Barnabas Wines of Southold, 
L. I., by whom he had one daughter, Anne. After Mr. Nich- 

192 Biographical 

ols' death his widow married John Elton, also of Southold. 
By order of the General Court on Oct. 10, 1639, "The Gov- 
ernor and Mr. Wells (are) to confer with the Planters at 
' Pequannocke ' (Stratford), to give them the oath of Fidel- 
ity, make such free as they see fit, order them to send one or 
two Deputies to the General Courts in September and April, 
and for Deciding of Differences and Controversies under 40* 

among them as also to assign Sergeant Nichols for 

the present to train the men and exercise them in military 
discipline." It is evident that he must have been some mili- 
tary officer at home. He died in 1650, leaving but a small 
estate. His son Isaac became identified with Stratford, was 
three times Deputy to the General Court ; he married Mar- 
garet, who died 1691-2 ; he died in 1695. His son Isaac, born 
in 1654, married Mary and died before his father ; his son 
Richard, born Nov^ 26, 1678, in Stratford, married June 3, 
1702, Comfort Sherman, daughter of Theophilus of Weth- 
ersfield, whose deed of 270 acres to Richard Nichols " my son 
in law," is recorded at Newtown, May ye is*^*" 1736, although 
dated August 24, 1711." There is also a deed from Josiah 
Rossiter and wife, Sarah (Sherman, sister to Theophilus), 
dated June 18, 1712, wherein Theophilus Sherman is spoken 
of as " late of Weathersfield." This last is recorded in New- 
town, June 10, 1 73 1, in the presence of Samuel Beers and 
Benjamin Sherman. Richard Nichols died Sep' 20, 1756. 
Comfort died Feb^ 11, 1726, and he married a second wife, 
Elizabeth. His third son, Nathaniel, was born April 8, 1707, 
and settled in Newtown. 

"Nathaniel Nichols and Ann Booth Avas joyned in marage 
compact December ye 3'"'^ 1730 By ye Rev'^'^ Mr Jno Beach. 

Peter Nichols, son of Nathaniel Nicholls by Ann his wife, 
was born in Newtown on ye first day of March A D 1732-3, 
Philo born Feb^' 27, 1734, Phodyma Feb 9, 1736, Richard 
May 15, 1739, Austen July 2, 1741, Elijah Aug. 12, 1743. Ther 
third daughter Ann Sep*^ i, 1845, Ester, eldest daughter Sep 
25, 1731, Theophilus May 13, 1748, Joseph July 22, 1750. 
Nathaniel died May 10, 1785— aged 78 ; Ann his wife died 
Jan 5, 1780 — aged 70. Austen (or Avistin) died May 27, 1765 
— Philo died Sep 19, 1776, ce. 22. Theophilus died Oct. 23, 
1785, and Elijah — Deer 25, 1813. Peter Nichols, the oldest 
son, married April 29, 1753, Rebecca Camp ; his daughter 

Biographical 193 

Phedima, born Dec i^*^ i755, married Feb'' 7, 1776 Simeon 
Beers (see Beers) and died Jan'' 6, 1822. Their son Abel, born 
Sep I, 1777 — married 1799 Mary Beach, daughter of John and 
Phebe (Curtis) Beach. 

Peter Nichols— called Captain — died Jans' i^^ ly^g, — Re- 
becca, his wife, died Oct 12*^, 1793, in her 61'* year." Whether 
the "one acre near Benty grass plaine, which he deeds to his 
daughter Phedima Beers, now the wife of Simeon Beers of 
s*^ Newtown" in 1788, represents her entire share of the 
property I have not been able to discover. Another child of 
Peter and Rebecca — " ther seventh son named Nathaniel " 
born July ye 11, A D 1769, married Grace Sherman, dau of 
Jotham, and had a son Harry, who married Sarah Blackman 
— and their son, Philo, married February 28*'' 1854 Sarah 
Esther Glover, daughter of Villeroy and Susan (Hard) 
Glover, (q. v.). 

Richard Nichols the 2"'' son of Nathaniel and Ann (Booth) 
Nichols, married Dec 2, 1760, Abigail Gold. To give it in 
the original : "Richard Nichols and Abigail Gold was marryed 
Dec® 2^ 1760 A D. Their first born a daughter named Ann — 
Oct 12, 1763 — ther son Austin — July 24 A D. 1766 — Huldah 
— Sep 22, 1769 ; Daniel June 21, 1773, Hannah Dec 23, 1775. 
Their servant Robbie, a Melatto boy, born January the 13 A 
D 1788." Abigail Gold was the eldest daughter of Captain 
Stephen Gold of Redding — and Grace Burr, daughter of 
Stephen and Elizabeth (Hall) Burr, all of Redding. Annie 
Nichols, daughter of Richard and Abigail (Gold) Nichols, 
born Oct 12^^ 1763, married 1779 Jarvis Piatt, son of Oba- 
diah of Fairfield and Thankful (Scudder) Piatt. [See Piatt.] 
Their daughter Charlotte married in 1802 Lemuel Sanford, 
son of James and Sarah (Beach) Sanford — (q. v.). 

To return to the family of Nathaniel and Ann (Booth) 
Nichols. Their son Theophilus, born May 13, 1748, married 
— or to quote again : " Theophilus Nichols and Sarah 
Meeker was joyned together in the mariage covenant on the 
first day of December A D 177 1, and "their son James" born 
9*'' of Sept*^ 1775, married Lucy Beach, the eldest daughter of 
John and Mabel (Beers) Beach. This family of Captain 
James and Lucy (Beach) Nichols, consisting of nine sons and 
at last one daughter, will occupy a large share in the geneal- 
ogical portion of this book. The little portrait of Lucy Beach 

194 Biographical 

Nichols is taken from an old picture, and while it has not the 
colouring to add proper effect, is nevertheless extremely- 
well reproduced in the illustration. The oldest son of Lucy 
and James Nichols, Theophilus Beach, usually called " Beach," 
was a sea captain, and there is a tale told of his tragic death 
or rather disappearance while on a voyage homeward bound 
from Vera Cruz. It seems that he had made up his mind to 
settle down and give up the sea, but the company in whose 
employ he had made many successful trips urged his taking 
one more in their interest — and he went about Newtown tak- 
ing his farewells and laughingly saying this was " positively 
the last." It was at the time of the " Tippecanoe and Tyler 
too " log hut campaign — and at Newtown they had one — 
there the young people gathered and gave him a " send off." 
He was right — it was indeed his last, for on the return pas- 
sage, having transacted the business of sale and purchase at 
that port, the crew mutinied, and neither the ship or its 
cargo were every heard of again. A sister vessel sighted her 
and made the customary signals, which being returned in a 
curiously untutored manner, led the Captain to suppose 
something was wrong, but night came on with a heavy storm 
and in the morning nothing was to be seen. He reported the 
circumstance to the owners, and from such evidence and the 
non-appearance of any one concerned it was given out that a 
mutiny had taken place, Captain Nichols either murdered or 
in irons ; and that the ignorant crew had lost control of the 
ship and all perished. 

Another brother, the Rev. Abel, going out to the Bermudas 
to take charge of a divinity school sailed on the " Silas 
Marner." A most fearful storm came up, and the vessel 
sprang a leak ; the life boats were lowered and the passen- 
gers and crew taken off — Mr. Nichols stood by the Captain 
and assisted him to maintain order. At the last moment it was 
found that there was room for but one more, and he insisted 
that the Captain's life was of more value than his own, 
beside his being responsible to the agents for his passengers, 
and so — however it may have ensued — the fact remains that 
the Rev. Abel Nichols was then and there translated to the 
reward of his heroic self-sacrifice. 

The fourth son, Drusus, went west and both he and his wife 
died in Mongoquinong (now Mongo) Indiana. They were 


Biographical 195 

brought to Lima, Indiana, by Charles G. Nichols, their son, 
who married into the Burnell family [as will be seen] and 
deposited in the Burnell Tomb there, as were others of the 
Nichols family who died in that State. Mr. Samuel Burnell 
and Drusus Nichols were settlers together and so warm an 
attachment sprung up that, at the death of Mr. Nichols, his son 
Charles, then a minor, chose him for his guardian. Mr. Burnell 
was himself an Englishman, having been born in Yorkshire in 
1809. In 1829 he came to America, landing at New York with 
a capital of twenty-six dollars. He went west immediately 
and eventually became one of the richest land holders in the 
State. He was one of the earliest settlers of La Grange 
county, Indiana, and went through the days when meal and 
flour had to be ground in the coifee mill. His wife was also 
English, of London birth. By intermarriage with the 
Nichols, the families are to-day as one, both by such choice 
and friendly interests. There is an old haircloth trunk of 
historic value in their possession with this inscription written 
on a card which is tacked on the lid: "This trunk was 
brought from England by the Rev. John Beach, an Epis^ 
Minister, Missionary to convert heathen, was brought from 
Conn, to Indiana by Philo Nichols, youngest great grandson 
of Rev. Beach." 


The earliest mention of this family is found in the settle- 
ment of Dorchester, when Isaac Sheldon (born in England 
1629) was made freeman. In 1640 he was at Windsor, where 
he married in 1653 Mary Woodford, daughter of Thomas and 
Mary (Piatt) Woodford of Hartford. The two families went 
to Northampton in 1655, where Mary died April 17, 1684. 
Isaac died there in July, 1708. His son Thomas, born Aug. 
6, 1661, married Mary Hinsdale in 1685. She was the daugh- 
ter of Samuel Hinsdale, who was killed by the Indians at 
Deerfield, Sept. 18, 1675. Deacon Thomas Sheldon's wife 
Mary was a grandaughter of Robert Hinsdale of Dedham, 
Medfield, Hadley and Deerfield ; he and his three sons were 
slain by the Indians. Mary's mother Avas Mehitable Johnson. 
Elisha Sheldon, son of Thomas and Mary, was born in 
Northampton, Sept. 2, 1709 ; he settled in Lyme, Connecticut, 

196 Biographical 

as early as 1733, where he was appointed in October 
of that year County Surveyor. He married Elizabeth Ely, 
Oct"^ 7, 1735, the daughter of Samuel and Jane (Lord) Ely. 
Richard Ely settled in Lyme as early as 1660 ; his son Richard 
J"^ married Mary Marvin, daughter of Reynold and Sarah 
(Clark) Marvin. And their son Lemuel married Jane, the 
daughter of Richard and Elizabeth (Hyde) Lord. Elisha 
Sheldon (Yale Coll. 1730,) was appointed a Captain in the 
Militia in 1737 and was for five sessions representative for 
Lyme to the General Assembly, from 1746 to 1749. In 1753 
he removed to Litchfield, then newly settled, and was from 
1754 to 1761, Associate Judge of the County Court. He rep- 
resented Litchfield in the Assembly for six years, at seventeen 
sessions. In 1761 he was elected to the Upper House, or 
Board of Assistants, where he continued till his resignation, 
the year before his death, which occurred in 1779. It is said 
that owing to his patriotic determination to give credit to the 
Continental Currency his estate was much diminished. 

In the Colonial Records of Connecticut we read : 

1768. " Upon petition of Benajah Douglas & others of Canaan, 
against Asa Douglas of a place called Jericho in the Province of Mas- 
sachusetts Bay, and Robert Livingstone, Jr., of the manor of Living- 
stone in the Province of New York — whereupon Elisha 

Sheldon John Williams and Increase Moseley were appointed a Com- 

Oct. 1768. This Assembly do establish Mr Elisha Sheldon to be 
Captain of the troop of horse in the fourteenth regiment this Colony.* 

Oct 1769 — The Ousatunuck Lottery settlement — Elisha Sheldon — 
Increase Mosely and Daniel Sherman Esq — a committee of investiga- 

May. 1770. With Benjamin Hall and Joseph Hull Esq — a com on 
meeting house in Westbury. 

May. 1770. On petition of Noah Wadhams of Goshen in the County 
of Litchfield vs Elisha Sheldon of Litchfield in the County of Litch- 
field Esq — as he is treasurer of the County Litchfield aforesaid " 

Oct 1770. Committee on meeting house in Westbury report "that 
they had affixed a stake in Mr Wait Scot's home lot on the west side 
of the highway leading northward from the old meeting house, which 
report is accepted by this Assembly .... 

Oct, 1 77 1. Personally appeared Lynde Lord Esq' — Sheriff of Litch- 
field County as principal — Elisha Sheldon of Litchfield Esq' and Mr 
Enoch Lord of Lyme both of the Colony of Connecticut — as sureties " 

* Elisha Sheldon, J^ 

Biographical 197 

binding themselves to the amount of one thousand pounds — severally 
— and joyntly, — Signed 

Jon" Trumbull Gov^ 
Nominated — Oct 1768. Oct 1769 — 

" 1770. " 1771. 
Chosen Assistant May. 1768 — May 1769 — 
" 1770. " 1771. 
" 1772 . 
Present . 1768 — both sessions 

1 77 1 " " & special August Session. 

1772 — in May & 
In May 1772 — Appointed one of the Quorum in the county of Litch- 

It was his son, Col. Elisha, who was appointed to the troop 
of horse. Of him we may read in the history of Redding. 
The second son Samuel, born Oct. 7, 1750, married Elizabeth 
Baldwin, daughter of John and Sarah (Gun*) Baldwin, [See 
Baldwin Gen.] They had a son Elisha, born July 15, 1782, 
who married Ann Beach, the daughter of John and Mabel 
(Beers) Beach. 

Samuel Sheldon was the first man drafted on Litchfield 
hills. It is his house which is now owned by Professor James 
M. Hoppin. This Elisha was a physician and lived first in 
Sheldon, Vt., a town founded and named by the family ; it is 
probable that his marriage to Ann Beach took place there, 
though his home after 1821 and professional studies and prac- 
tice were made in Troy, New York State. He died Dec. 14, 
1832, leaving a widow and two daughters. 

Dr. Sheldon was foremost in his profession and held many 
positions under the Government. He was one of the Trustees 
of the village of Troy. Quoting from a letter written by his 
daughter Elizabeth in 1822 — " My Father's mother and father 
spend the winter with us, but grandma stays with Aunt Leon- 
ard a part of the time." This daughter, Elizabeth, married 
in 1827 Henry Edward Peck of New Haven, son of Nathan 
and Mehitable (Tibbals) Peck. Their children will be found 
duly chronicled, as well as those of the other daughter, Mary 

*Thus spelled in Baldwin Gen. 

198 Biographical 


The Rev. EpenetusTownsend, Episcopal minister of Salem, 
New York, was graduated from Columbia (then King's Col- 
lege) in 1767, and went to England to take Holy Orders. 
He returned in 1768 and entered upon his pastoral duties. 
In 1776 he was sent to the Whig Committee, but was dis- 
missed. Three weeks after the Declaration of Independence 
he abandoned his pulpit, and in October was a prisoner at 
Fishkill. In March, 1777, he was removed to Long Island, 
and shortly afterward embarked with his family for Nova 
Scotia ; the vessel foundered and every one on board per- 
ished. As Lucy Beach is called " my daughter Lucy Town- 
send" in the Rev. John's will, made in 1772, it is evident that 
they were married shortly after his return from England. 
[See also mention of in " Biography."] 

Rev'djohn Beach and his Descendants 


b. Born, 

d. Died, 

m. Married, 

unm. Unmarried, 

dau. Daughter, 

bap. Baptized, 
rec'd. Record, 

p. Page. 

T.p., Twp. Township. 

Ts. Tombstone, 

cem'y. Cemetery. 

V. Verified record, 

q. V. Which see. 

Ed. Editor's note. 

Rev'd John Beach and his Descendants 


Reverend John Beach. 

[Third son of Isaac and Hannah (Birdsey) Beach, p. 135.] 

b. October 6, 1700. 

d. March 12, 1782. (Newtown Records.) 

first m. 1726: Stratford, Conn. 

Sarah Beach. 

[Second dau. of Nathaniel Beach and Sarah Porter.] 

b. November 12, 1699, Stratford, Conn, 

d. August I, 1756, Buried at Redding Ridge. 

second m. Abigail (Gunn) Holbrooke. 

[Widow of John Holbrooke ; dau. of Serg't Abel Gunn of Derby, and Agnes Hawkins.] 

b. 1707, Derby, Conn, 
d. 1783, Derby, Conn. 

CHILDREN (of first marriage) 
Joseph Beach son of John Beach by Sarah his wife was born in 

Newtown, September y'' 26 at nine of y^ Clo'k at night Anno 

Domini 1727. 
Pheebe Beach daughter of John Beach by Sarah his wife was born 


in Newtown, Sept y*^ 30 5 of y^ clok in y^ morning anno of 

Domini 1729. page 202. 
John Beach son of John Beach was born in Newtown, January y'' 19 

John Beach son of Jn" Beach by Sarah his wife, Died Decemb. 

31' 1733- ^^ 

John Beach son of John Beach by Sarah his wife born September 5, 

1734; p. 148, 202. 
Lazarus Beach son of fame Parents born September the 20 1736 ; 

p. 159.246. ^^ 

Sarah Beach of the fame Parents born January 24 1738-9- 

202 In the lijie of John, Jr. 


Hannah dau. of Rev. Jno b. Jan. 24, 1741 ; died at Redding Jan. 7, 

1759, 36. 18 yrs. 
Lucy Beach, b. 1743; m. Rev* Epenetus Townsend ; p. 198, 

Phoebe Beach. 

[Eldest dau. of Rev* John Beach by his first wife, Sarah Beach.] 

b. September 30, 1729. (Newtown Records.) 

d. May 9, 1751, T. S. Redding Ridge. 

m. October 31, 1748. (Fairfield Families.) 

Captain Daniel Hill. 

[Son of William and Hannah (Morehouse) Hill (m. Apr. 28, 1725)-] 

b. January 26, 1726. 
d. July II, 1805. 

Abel Hill. 

[Only child of Daniel Hill by his first wife, Phoebe Beach.] 
b. Ja.n^ 10, A.D. 1750. (Redding Rec, p. 35, Vol. 11.) 

m. May 11, 1773. Redding. 

Anna Lyon. 

[Dau. of Peter Lyon and Abigail Sherwood (m. May 10, 1753 ; dau. of Capt. Daniel 
and Ann (Burr) Sherwood).] 

b. April I, 1757. 

d. January 22, 1827, T. S. Redding Ridge. 

children : 

Beach Hill, b. April 2, 1777, Redding, Conn.; d. abroad; p. 147. 
Lucy Hill, b. March 4, 1783, Redding, Conn.; d. March 9, 1794. 

John Beach, Jr. 

[Second son of Rev^ John Beach by his first wife, Sarah Beach.] 

b. September 5, 1734. (Newtown Records.) 

d. May 15, 1791, Newtown, Conn. 

John Beach & Phobe Curtis was joyned in y® marrage 
Couvnant August >^ 3rd by Mr. John Beach, Clerk, A.D. 1756. 

hi the Ihie of John, Jr. 203 

MathcAv Curtifs & Phebe Judfon was married June ^^ 2^ 
Day in the yeare of our Lord Christ 1737. 

There firft child a daughter named Phebe Born in February 
ye 20*'' Day, A.D. 1737-8. — Died December 4, 1815. 

(Newtown Records.) 



There first Born a son Born December y^ 9 Day, named John A.D. 

1757; p. 203. ^^ 

There second a daughter named Phobe, born Januar}^ y* 29 A.D. 

1760. p. 228. (Newtown Record, Vol. I.) 

Matthew Beach, b. February 22, 1763, Newtown; d. Sept. 10, 1766. 

Hannah Beach, b. May 22, 1765, Newtown, Conn. p. 237. 

Lucy Beach, b. July 17, 1768; d. February 5, 1779. 

Sarah Beach, b. February 5, 1774, Newtown, Conn. p. 239. 

Mary Beach, b. August 4, 1778, Newtown, Conn. p. 243. 

7 March child died 1762 at Birth; Sept. 17 child 1766 aged 1Y2 years. 

— Mr. Isaac Beers' Note Book. 


John Beach, 3d. 

[Elder son of John Beach, Jr., and Phoebe Curtis.] 
b. December 9, 1757. (Newtown Records.) 

d. June 10, 1830, Sheldon, Vermont, 
m. June 13, 1779, Newtown, Conn. 
Mabel Beers. 

[Third dau. of Daniel Beers and Mabel Boothe. (See Beers.)] 

b. December ^* 12 A.D. 1756. (Newtown Records.) 

d. January 5, 1844. (Beach Bible.) 

children : 
Lucy Beach, b. February 22, 1780, Newtown, Conn. p. 204. 
Anne Beach, b. November 22, 1781 ; d. June 9, 1783, Newtown. 
Matthew Beach, b. November 5, 1782, Newtown, Conn. 
Ann Beach, b. December 25, 1783, Newtown, Conn. p. 211. 
Boyle Beach, b. March 12, 1786, Newtown, Conn. p. 215. 
Phcebe Beach, b. February 6, 1788, Newtown, Conn. p. 221. 
John Beach, 4th, b. August 28, 1789, Newtown, Conn. p. 225. 
Charlotte Beach, b. November 9, 1790, Newtown, Conn. p. 227. 
David Beach, b. December 13, 1793, Newtown, Conn.; d. i860; 

m. Mar}' Martin of *Coeyman's, Green Co., N. Y. One son, 

Henry Martin Beach, drowned in 1881. 
Mabel Beach, b. July 22, 1795, Newtown; d. Dec. 13, 1796, Sheldon, Vt. 

* Possibly Coeyman's (Quoemen's), Albany Co., N. Y. 

204 ^^ ^^^ ^^^^ of John, Jr. 

Lucy Beach. 

[Eldest dau. of John Beach, 3d, and Mabel Beers.] 

b. February 22, 1780, Newtown, Conn, 
d. March 31, 1856, Newtown, Conn. 

m. Captain James Nichols. 

[Second son of Theophilus Nichols and Sarah Meeker. (See Nichols.)] 
Their son James b. 9 of September, 1775. (Newtown Records.) 

d. November 4, 1852, Newtown, Conn. 


Theophilus Beach Nichols, b. 1800; d. 1840. p. 194. 

Isaac Nichols, b. April 19, 1802, Newtown, Conn. p. 204. 

William Nichols, b. November 6, 1803; d. December 24, 1824. 

Drusus Nichols, b. March 2, 1805, Newtown, Conn. p. 209. 

Rev^ Abel Nichols, b. May 25, 1807, Newtown, Conn.; d. December 
16, 1859, at sea; m. EHza Saunders (no children), p. 194. 

Thaddeus Hubbell Nichols, b. June i, 1809. 
d. February 5, 1856, Newtown. 

James Augustus Ferdinand Nichols, b. June 10, 1812, Newtown, 
Conn. ; killed by a fall in a warehouse at Ft. Wayne, Ind., 
February 4, 1846, buried in the Burnell Tomb, Lima, Ind. ; m. 
Ann Green, d. 1851, buried Rome, Ind. One son, James 
Augustus Nichols, b. Mongoquinong (Mongo), Ind. ; d. in 
the Civil War, 1861-1865. (Mrs. E. B. N.) 

John Nichols, b. October 28, 1814, Newtown, Conn. p. 210. 

Philo Nichols, b. November 5, 181 5, Newtown, Conn. p. 211. 

Susan Nichols, b. December 24, 1818, Newtown, Conn. p. 233. 

(Birth dates from a leaf from the old Nichols' Bible in possession of Mrs. Daniel Camp.) 

Isaac Nichols. 

[Second son of Capt. James Nichols and Lucy Beach.] 

b. April 19, 1802, Newtown, Conn, 
d. September 17, 1853, Newtown, Conn. 
first m. 1827-8 : 

Betsey Platt. 

[Dau. of Moses Platt and Anna Judson (m. 1770).] 

b. 1798. 

d. October 6, 1835, Newtown. 
second m. March 20, 1838: 

Louisa Bartlett. 

[Dau. of John and Sarah (Bennett) Bartlett.] 

b. April 4, 1812. 
d. October 21, 1894. 

In the line of John, Jr. 205 

CHILDREN (of first marriage) : 
Henry Nichols, b. May 8, 1829, Weston, Conn. p. 205. 
James Nichols, b. October 24, 1830. p. 206. 
William Nichols, b. February 11, 1833. 

drowned August 9, 1845, Newtown. 
Mary Betsey Nichols, b. 1835; d. 1853. 

children (of second marriage) : 
Augusta Nichols, b. February 22, 1839, Newtown, Conn. p. 207. 
Sarah Nichols, b. May 29, 1840, Newtown, Conn. p. 207. 
Margaret Nichols, b. March 20, 1842, Newtown, Conn. p. 208. 
Beach Nichols, b. February 8, 1844, Newtown, Conn, p. 208. 
Louisa Bartlett Nichols, b. September 7, 1845, Newtown, Conn. ; 

d. August 31, 1891, Newtown, Conn. 
William Nichols, b. Aug- 18, 1847; d. Jan. 7, 1866, Newtown, Conn. 
Arthur Nichols, b. April 2, 1849; d. Oct. 5, 1853, Newtown, Conn. 
Grace Nichols, b. November 26, 1851, Newtown, Conn. p. 209. 

Henry Nichols. 

[Eldest son of Isaac Nichols by his first wife, Betsey Piatt.] 

b. May 8, 1829, Weston, Conn. 

m. March 20, 1857, Greenfield, La Grange Co., Ind. 

Elizabeth Sharp. 

[Dau. of Daniel and Ann (Cooke) Sharp.] 

b. May 29, 1839, Sodus, Ontario Co., N. Y. 


Arthur Nichols, b. June 6, 1858, Mongo, Ind. p. 206. 
Emma Nichols, b. January 16, i860, Mongo, La Grange Co., Ind.; 
m. August 12, 1896, Orland, Ind. 

Charles M. Clark. 

[Son of Noah and Anna (Mosely) Clark.] 
b. April 26, 1858, Burlington, Vt. 

d. September 8, 1897, Friend, Nebr. (v. E. N. Clark.) 

Fred Nichols, b. October 29, 1861, La Grange, Ind. (unm.) 
Alice Nichols, b. September 7, 1863, La Grange, Ind. 
m. November 8, 1893, Garret, Indiana. 

Benjamin Franklin Barber. 

[Son of William and Cidney (Slaybaugh) Barber.] 
b. May 21, 1862, Steuben, Ind. (rec'd A. N. Barber.) 

Fanny Nichols, b. September 9, 1864 ; d. May 26, 1894. 
Lizzie Nichols, b. May 8, 1866, La Grange, Ind. (unm.) 
Susan Nichols, b. July 3, 1867, La Grange, Ind. p. 206. 

2o6 In the line of John, Jr. 

James Nichols, b. September 23, 1868 ; d. April 16, 1869. 
Willie Nichols, b. August i, 1871 ; d. September 4, 1871. 
Anna Nichols, b. June 7, 1875, La Grange, Ind. (unm.) 
Margie Nichols, b. October 29, 1877, La Grange, Ind. (unm.) 
Babe, 1879; 1879 (lived but three weeks). (v. Henry Nichols.) 

Arthur Nichols. 

[Eldest son of Henry Nichols and Elizabeth Sharp.] 

b. June 6, 1858, Mongo, La Grange Co., Ind. 
m. September 14, 1892, La Grange, Ind. 

Belle Canse. 

[Dau. of John and Hannah (Scripture) Canse.] 

b. July 5, 1872, Orland, Ind. 

children : 
Clara Nichols, b. October 16, 1893, Orland, Steuben Co., Ind. 
Ray Nichols, b. October 12, 1895, Flint, Jackson Township, Ind, 
Mabel Nichols, b, July 18, 1897, Orland, Steuben Co., Ind. 

(v. Arthur Nichols.) 

Susan Nichols. 

[Fifth dau. of Henry Nichols and Elizabeth Sharp.] 

b. July 3, 1867, La Grange, Ind. 
m. April 12, 1894, Orland, Ind. 

James A. Turner. 

[Son of James and Elizabeth (Rippey) Turner.] 

b. Aug. 18, 1866, Fa'n river T'p, St. Joseph Co., Mich. 

children : 
Fanny Nichols Turner, b. July 30, 1895, Sturgis, Mich. 
Stanley Raymond Turner, b. February 21, 1897, Sturgis, Mich. 

(rec'd S. N. Turner.) 

James Nichols. 

[Second son of Isaac Nichols by his first wife, Betsey Piatt, p. 204.] 

b. October 24, 1830. 
m. July 9, 1861. 

Isabella M. Starkweather. 

[Dau. of Nathan and Cynthia (Loomis) Starkweather (m. Nov 7, 1838.)] 

b. August 5, 1842. 
d. October 9, 1895. 

In the line of John, Jr. 207 


James Loomis Nichols, b. February 20, 1863 ; d. June 29, 1871. 
Helen C. Nichols, b. December 24, 1870, Hartford, Conn. p. 207. 
Isabella Nichols, b. October 23, 1874; d. June 28, 1875. 

(rec'd Jas. Nichols.) 

Helen Christine Nichols. 

[Elder dau. of James Nichols and Isabella M. Starkweather.] 

b. December 24, 1870, Hartford, Conn. 

m. December 24, 1890, Hartford, Conn. 

Harry Alexander Smith. 

[Son of Alexander and Charlotte (Smith) Smith.] 

b. May 24, 1869, Springfield, Mass. 
children : 
James Nichols Smith, b. October 2, 1891, Rochester, N. Y. 
Harriet Helen Smith, b. January 6, 1896, Rochester, N. Y. 

(v. H. C. N. Smith.) 

Augusta Nichols. 

[Eldest dau. of Isaac Nichols by his second wife, Louisa Bartlett.] 

b. February 22, 1839, Newtown, Conn, 
m. November 23, 1859, Newtown, Conn. 

Daniel Camp, 

[Son of Dibble and Esther (Blackman) Camp.] 

b. February 21, 1836, Newtown, Conn. 
children : 
Esther Louisa Camp, b. January 27, 1862, Newtown, Conn. 
Grace Camp, b. October 3, 1872, Newtown, Conn. 

m. December 29, 1897, Trinity Church, Newtown, Conn., 
Doctor Clyde Oscar Anderson, Pittsburg, Penn. 

[Son of Jacob H. and Elizabeth (McAlister) Anderson.] 
b. October 17, 1870, Sardis, Penn. 

(v. G. C. Anderson.) (v. Mrs. Daniel Camp.) 

Sarah Nichols. 

[Second dau. of Isaac Nichols by his second wife, Louisa Bartlett.] 

b. May 29, 1840, Newtown, Conn, 
m. October 15, i860, Newtown, Conn. 
Silas Norman Beers. 

[Son of Charles and Mary (Glover) Beers.] 

b. September 3, 1837, Newtown, Conn, 
d. May 12, 1873. 

208 In the line of John, Jr. 


Susan Lynne Beers, b. April 8, 1865, Newtown, Conn. 

(v. S. N. Beers.) 

Margaret Nichols. 

[Third dau. of Isaac Nichols by his second wife, Louisa Bartlett.] 

b. March 20, 1842, Newtown, Conn, 
m. December 27, 1865, Newtown, Conn. 

Edson Nichols Hawley. 

[Son of Isaac and Avis Jane (Shepard) Hawley. (Hawley Record.)] 

b. November 3, 1839, Brookfield, Conn. 
Clara Bertha Hawley, b. June 10, 1867. 

d. May 26, 1868, Brookfield, Conn. 
Arthur Shepard Hawley, b. August 21, 1869, Brookfield, Conn. 
Julia Nichols Hawley, b. October 14, 1871, Brookfield, Conn. 
Clarence Beach Hawley, b. June 27, 1875, Brookfield, Conn. 
John Beach Hawley, b. February 23, 1878, Brookfield, Conn. 

(v. M. N. Hawley.) 

Beach Nichols. 

[Eldest son of Isaac Nichols by his second wife, Louisa Bartlett.] 

b. February 8, 1844, Newtown, Conn, 
m. December 27, 1865, Newtown, Conn. 

Adelia Fairchild. 
children : 
Harriet G. Nichols, b. October 22, 1866, Newtown, Conn. p. 208. 
James Beach Nichols, b. March 13, 1879, Newtown, Conn. 

Harriet Gertrude Nichols. 

[Elder child of Beach Nichols and Adelia Fairchild.] 

b. October 22, 1866, Newtown, Conn, 
m. September 16, 1891, Newtown, Conn. 

Henry Skidmore Nichols. 

[Son of Henry T. and Abby L. (Skidmore) Nichols (m. May 13, 1868).] 
b. March 15, 1869. 

Jessie Louise Nichols, b. March 12, 1893, Newtown, Conn, 

In the line of John, Jr. 209 

Grace Nichols. 

[Fifth dau. of Isaac Nichols by his second wife, Louisa Bartlett.] 

b. November, 1851, Newtown, Conn, 
m. October 8, 1874, Newtown, Conn. 

Homer Augustus Hawley. 

[Son of Isaac and Avis Jane (Shepard) Hawley. (Hawley Record.)] 

b. July 20, 1843, Newtown, Conn. 


Willis Nichols Hawley, b. August 9, 1875, Newtown, Conn. 
Sarah Louisa Hawley, b. June 21, 1879, Newtown, Conn. 
James Shepard Hawley, b. January 6, 1881, Newtown, Conn. 

(v. G. N. Hawley.) 

Drusus Nichols. 

[Fourth son of Capt. James Nichols and Lucy Beach, p. 204.] 

b. March 2, 1805, Newtown, Conn, 
d. October i6, 1850, Mongo, Ind. 
m. May 30, 1832, Sherman, Conn. 

Rebecca B. Graves. 

[Dau. of Judge Jedediah Graves and Sally Northrop.] 

b. , near New Milford, Conn, 

d. July 3, 1 86 1, English Prairie, Ind. 


Charles G. Nichols, b. September 13, 1836, Sherman, Conn. p. 209. 

Daughter, b. September 30, 1840, died in infancy. 

Son, b. June 2, 1845, died in infancy. (v. E. B. N.) 

Charles Graves Nichols. 

[Elder son of Drusus Nichols and Rebecca B. Graves.] 

b. September 13, 1836, Sherman, Conn. 

d. July 21, 1890, Lima, Ind. 

m. June 21, i860, English Prairie, Ind. 

Ella Burnell. 

[Dau. of Samuel Burnell (b. December 24, 1809, Yorkshire, Eng.), m. April 1839 
Mary A. Mcison ; son of Wm. and Ann (Halley) Burnell.] 

b. May 8, 1840, English Prairie, Ind. 

210 In the line of John, Jr. 


Drusus B. Nichols, b. March 9, 1861, English Prairie, Ind. p. 210. 
Mary Nichols, b. August 12, 1864, English Prairie, Ind. (unm.) 
Charles Stuart Nichols, b. Nov. 14, 1865, Eng. Prairie, Ind. (unm.) 
Samuel Burnell Nichols, b. Nov. 10, 1867, English Prairie, Ind. 
m. October 23, 1895, Homer, N. Y. 
Mary Samson. 

[Dau. of Isaac M. and Zelia (Nash) Samson.] 
b. October 26, 1865, Homer, N. Y. (one child died in infancy). 
Frank Morse Nichols, b. November 6, 1874, Eng. Prairie, Ind. (unm.) 
Gunther C. Nichols, b. March 21, 1876, Eng. Prairie, Ind. (unm.) 

(v. E. B. Nichols.) 

Drusus Burnell Nichols. 

[Eldest son of Charles Graves Nichols and Ella Burnell.] 
b. March 9, 1861, English Prairie, Ind. 
d. May 5, 1891, Chicago, Illinois, 
m. October 25, 1882, Lima, Ind. 

Jennie Louise Shipman. 

[Dau. of Henry and Julia Maria (Holbrook) Shipman.] 

b. March 10, 1861, Lima, Ind. 

James Howe Nichols, b. July 12, 1883, Lima, Ind. 
Drusus Holbrook Nichols, b. February 10, 1885, Lima, Ind. 
Marion Williams Nichols, b. February 17, 1888, Albion, Ind. 

(v. J. L. S. Nichols.) 

John Nichols. 

[Eighth son of Capt. James Nichols and Lucy Beach, p. 204.] 

b. October 28, 1814, Newtown, Conn, 
d. September 7, 1857, Coldwater, Ind. 

first m. Julia Ann Sheldon. 

d. July 28, 1841. 


July Seeley Nichols, b. (?) Orange Co., N. Y. 

(rec'd E. B. Nichols.) 

In the line of John, Jr. 2 1 1 


Philo Nichols. 

[Ninth son of Capt. James Nichols and Lucy Beach,] 

b. November 5, 1815, Newtown, Conn, 
d. June 28, 1886, East Springfield, Ind. 
first va. March 23, 1848, Steuben, Ind. : 

Melinda Carr. 

[Daughter of Daniel and Martha (Mason) Carr.] 

b. December 19, 1828, Onondaga, N. Y. 
d. June 25, 185 1, East Springfield, Ind. 
second m. March 17, 1857, East Springfield, Ind.: 

Elizabeth (Millis) Stewart. 

[Widow of William Stewart ; dau. of Levin Millis.] 

b. March 22, 1815, Talbot Co., Maryland, 
d. January 5, 1893, La Grange, Ind. 

Lucy Alice Nichols. 

[Only child of Philo Nichols by his first wife, Mehnda Carr.] 

b. December 8, 1849, Steuben, Ind. 

m. February 11, 1875, East Springfield, Ind. 

Joseph Williams Talmage. 

[Son of Elisha and Lucy (Williams) Talmage.] 

b. January 20, 1841, East Springfield, Ind. 


Mary Nichols Talmage, b. June 24, 1882, Ulysses, Nebraska. 

(v. L. A. N. Talmage.) 

Ann Beach. 

[Third dau. of John Beach, 3rd, and Mabel Beers, p. 203.] 

b. December 25, 1783, Newtown, Conn, 
d. January 21, 1844, New Haven, Conn, 
m. August I, 1802, Newtown, Conn. 

Doctor Elisha Sheldon. 

[Son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Baldwin) Sheldon.] 

b. July 15, 1782, Litchfield, Conn. 
d. December 14, 1832, Troy, N. Y. 

212 In the Line of John, Jr. 


Elizabeth Sheldon, b. December 6, 1804, Harwinton, Conn. p. 212. 
Mary Sheldon, b. June 7, 1809, Sheldon, Vt. p. 213. 

Elizabeth Sheldon. 

[Elder dau. of Doctor Elisha Sheldon and Ann Beach.] 

b. December 6, 1804, Harwinton, Conn, 
d. August I, 1893, New Haven, Conn, 
m. September 19, 1827, Troy, N. Y. 

Henry Edward Peck. 

[Son of Nathan Peck and Mehitable Tibbals.] 

b. March 18, 1805, New Haven, Conn, 
d. May 6, 1858, New Haven, Conn. 

children : 
Mary Helena Peck, b. October 9, 1828, New Haven, Conn. p. 212. 
Samuel Sheldon Peck, b. Aug. 14, 1830. 

d. Jan'y 22, 1846, New Haven, Conn. 
Phebe Warren Peck, b. October 29, 1832, New Haven, Conn. p. 213. 
Henry Edward Peck, Jr., b. August 19, 1839, New Haven, Conn, 
d. November 4, 1864, Lawton prison, Milan, Georgia. 

(v. P. W. P. Lake.) 

Mary Helena Peck. 

[Elder dau. of Henry Edward Peck and Ehzabeth Sheldon.] 

b. October 9, 1828, New Haven, Conn. 

m. October 15, 1850, Trinity Ch., New Haven, Conn. 

Cyrus Stebbins Curtiss. 

[Son of Cyrus and Lydia (Vanderberg) Curtiss.] 

b. September 16, 1827, Hudson, N. Y. 
d. October 8, 1853, New York City. 

Mary Blandina Curtiss. 

[Only child of Cyrus Stebbins Curtiss and Mary H. Peck.] 

b. August 3, 185 1, New Haven, Conn. 

m. November 6, 1872, Trinity Chapel, N. Y. C. 

John H. Caswell. 

[Son of John and Mary (Haight) Caswell.] 

b. December 27, 1846^ New York City. 

(V. J. H. Caswell.) 

In the line of John, Jr. 213 


Phebe Warren Peck. 

[Younger dau. of Henry Edward Peck and Elizabeth Sheldon.] 

b. October 29, 1832, New Haven, Conn, 
m. June 10, 1879, New Haven, Conn. 

(2d w. of) BiRDSEY CuRTta Lake. 

[Son of Nichols Booth and Charlotte (Curtis) Lake.] 
b. January 13, 1823, Newtown, Conn, 
d. December 6, 1887, New Haven, Conn. 

(V. p. W. P. Lake.) 

Mary Sheldon. 

[Younger dau. of Doctor Elisha Sheldon and Anne Beach.] 

b. June 7, 1809, Sheldon, Vermont, 
d. February 23, 1897, Le Mars, Iowa, 
m. January 26, 1836, Troy, N. Y. 

Jonathan Farmer Scribner. 

[Son of Benjamin and Mary Ann (White) Scribner.] 

b. April 2, 1810, Andover, New Hampshire, 
d. June 29, 1897, Le Mars, Iowa. 

Elizabeth Sheldon Scribner, b. August 15, 1838, Sheldon, Vt. 
m. November 3, 1881, Smithland, Woodbury Co., la. 
Doctor Charles Payne Ashworth. 

[Son of Charles and Mary Ashworth, Northfield, Vt.] 
b. May 21, 1823, Northfield, Vt. 
d. January 9, 1892, Leeds, Sioux City, la. 

(v. E. S. S. Ashworth.) 

Elisha Sheldon Scribner, b. November 27, 1841, Sheldon,Vt. (unm.) 
Mary Ann Scribner, b. Feb. 27, 1844, Sheldon, Vt. p. 214. 
Emeline Rathbone Scribner, b. Aug. 13, 1846, Sheldon.Vt. (unm.) 
Jonathan White Scribner, b. June 5, 1849, Elmira, N. Y. 
m. January 25, 1883, Chicago, 111. 

Elizabeth Adelaide Griffith. 

[Fifth dau. of Edward and Catherine Griffith.] 
b. August 25, 1854, Boston, Mass. (rec'd M. A. S. Jones.) 

Charles Stuart Scribner, b. Sept. 25, 1851 ; d. March 15, 1852. 
Helena C. Scribner, b. February 28, 1853, Elmira, N. Y. p. 215. 

(v. M. A. S. Jones.) 

214 -^'^ ^^^ ^^^^ of John, Jr. 

Mary Ann Scribner. 

[Second dau. of Jonathan Farmer Scribner and Mary Sheldon.] 

b. February 27, 1844, Sheldon, Vt. 

m. October 24, 1866, Janesville, Wisconsin. 

Charles Henry Jones. 

[Son of Rowland and Hannah Jacobs (Kersey) Jones.] 

b. January 16, 1842, Tamaqua, Schuylkill Co., Pa. 


Charles H. Jones, Jr., b. June 5, 1868, New Orleans, La. p. 214. 
Rowland Jones, b. March 28, 1871, New Orleans, La. p. 214. 
Sheldon Scribner Jones, b. September 22, 1873, Le Mars, Iowa. 
Kersey Jones, b. December 3, 1876, Le Mars, Iowa. 
John Webster Jones, b. November 29, 1879, Le Mars, Iowa. 
Marion Jacobs Jones, b. March 13, 1882, Le Mars, Iowa. 

(v. M. A. S. Jones.) 

Charles Henry Jones, Jr. 

[Eldest son of Charles Henry Jones and Mary Ann Scribner.] 

b. June 5, 1868, New Orleans, Louisiana, 
m. October 15, 1891, Chicago, 111. 

Emma Elvira Wilkins. 

[Dau. of Alfred Wilkins and Eliza Davies.] 

b. September 20, 187 1, Chicago, 111. 

Lindyl Charles Jones, b. April 25, 1893, Sioux City, Iowa. 

(v. Chas. H. Jones, Jr.) 

Rowland Jones. 

[Second son of Charles Henry Jones and Mary Ann Scribner.] 

b. March 28, 187 1, New Orleans, Louisiana, 
m. September 29, 1897, Sargeant's Bluff, Iowa. 

Bertha Amelia Dula. 

[Dau. of George Hamilton Dula and Marj' Amelia Woodford.] 

(v. Rowland Jones.) 

In the line of John, Jr. 215 

Helena Curtiss Scribner. 

[Fourth dau. of Jonathan Farmer Scribner and Mary Sheldon.] 

b. February 28, 1853, Elmira, N. Y. 
m. March 11, 1875, LeMars, Iowa. 

Harry Sweeden Cooke. 

[Son of Charles and Mary Elizabeth (Canby) Cooke.] 

b. September 16, 1855. 
d. April 29, 1894. 


Mary Sheldon Cooke, b. October 15, 1876, Baltimore, Md. p. 215. 
Harry Scribner Cooke, b. February 26, 1878, Le Mars, Iowa; d. 
Helena Curtiss Cooke, b. March 28, 1881, Smithland, Iowa. 
Charles Canby Cooke, b. April 5, 1886, Smithland, Iowa. 

(v. H. C. S. Cooke.) 

Mary Sheldon Cooke. 

[Elder dau. of Harry Sweeden Cooke and Helena Curtiss Scribner.] 

b. October 15, 1876, Baltimore, Md. 
m. June 3, 1897. 

Rutherford Burchard Smith. 

[Son of Tomas Lawrance Smith and Martha Ann Mollatt.] 

b. March 11, 1876, Newton, India. 

(v. H. C. S. Cooke.) 

Boyle Beach. 

[Second son of John Beach, 3rd, and Mabel Beers, p. 203. 

b. March 12, 1786, Newtown, Conn, 
d. December 8, 1861, Cleveland, N. Y. 
m. February 16, 1822. 

Elizabeth Staats. 

[Dau. of John Staats.] 

b. February i, 1803. 

d. December i, 1837, New Baltimore, N. 

2i6 In the line of John, Jr. 


John Staats Beach, b. February i6, 1823, New Baltimore, N. Y. p. 216. 
Isaac Beach, b. December 16, 1824, New Baltimore, N. Y. p. 217. 
Matthew Beach, b. August 14, 1827, New Baltimore, N. Y. p. 218. 
Anne S. Beach, b. April 20, 1830, Quoemens, Green Co., N. Y. p. 220. 
Charlotte Beach, b. July 13, 1833; d. Feb. i, 1837, New Baltimore. 
Jane Elizabeth Beach, b. October 30, 1837.* 

John Staats Beach. 

[Eldest son of Boyle Beach and Elizabeth Staats.] 

b. February 16, 1823, New Baltimore, N. Y. 
d. November 17, 1892, Cleveland, N. Y. 
m. March 6, 1850, Cleveland, N. Y. 

Angeline Dickinson. 

[Daughter of Jacob and Deborah (Fosdic) Dickinson.] 

b. March 26, 1818, Carlisle, Scoharie Co., N. Y. 

children : 
A. H. Eaton Beach, b. March 27, 185 1, Cleveland, N. Y. p. 216. 
Anson Cram Beach, b. December 19, 1852; d. July 10, 1856. 
Mary Elizabeth Beach, b. Sept. 5, 1857, Cleveland, N. Y, (unm.) 
Charlotte Anne Beach, b. Sept. 12, i860, Cleveland, N. Y. p. 217. 

(v. M. E. Beach.) 

Alexander Hamilton Eaton Beach. 

[Elder son of John Staats Beach and Angeline Dickinson.] 

b. March 27, 185 1, Cleveland, N. Y. 
m. July 24, 1888, Cortlandt, N. Y. 

Elizabeth Tufts. 

[Dau. of John and Agnes (Hill) Tufts.] 

b. July 14, i860, West Vienna, N. Y. 

children : 
John Arthur Beach, b. April 27, 1890, Cleveland, N. Y. 
Mabel Beers Beach, b. April 5, 1892, Cleveland, N. Y, 
Mary Elizabeth Beach, b. March 26, 1895, Cleveland, N. Y. 

(v. A. H. E. Beach.) 
* Married Frank Marble ; had son Cyrus . 

In the line of John, Jr. 217 


Charlotte Anne Beach. 

[Younger dau. of John Staats Beach and AngeUne Dickinson.] 

b. September 12, i860, Cleveland, N. Y. 
m. October 7, 1886, Cleveland, N. Y. 

Rev° John Arthur, Jr. 

[Son of John and Elizabeth (Sessions) Arthur.] 

b. April I, 1862, Utica, N. Y. 


John Beach Arthur, b. June 7, 1888, Cortlandt, N. Y. 
Muriel Arthur, b. May 26, 1890, Oneida, N. Y. 
Paul Sessions Arthur, b. October 6, 1893, Oneida, N. Y. 
Alfred Huntington Arthur, b, Jan'y 28, 1896, Oneida, N. Y. 

(v. C. A. B. Arthur.) 

Isaac Beach. 

[Second son of Boyle Beach and EUzabeth Staats.] 
b. December 16, 1824, New Baltimore, N. Y. 
m. September 2, 1852, New Baltimore, N Y. 

Mary Ann Bedell. 

[Dau. of Jeremiah T. Bedell and Mary Bedell (third cousins).] 

b. May 24, 1827, New Baltimore, N. Y. 

children : 
Ambrose Beach, b. March 25, 1854, New Baltimore, N. Y, p. 217. 
Mary Martin Beach, b. Dec. 6, 1855, New Baltimore, N, Y. p. 218. 
Henry Irving Beach, b. December 11, 1859; d. March 30,1880. 
Andrew N. Beach, b. April 14, 1861 ; d. May 17, 1862. 
John Staats Beach, b. Dec. 4, 1864, New Baltimore, N. Y. p. 218. 
Charles I. Beach, b. Sept. 27, 1870, New Baltimore, N., Y. (unm.) 

(rec'd Isaac Beach.) 

Doctor Ambrose Beach. 

[Eldest son of Isaac Beach and Mary Ann Bedell.] 

b. March 25, 1854, New Baltimore, N. Y. 
m. December 9, 1880, Coxsackie, N. Y. 

Julia Clearwater Fitchett. 

[Dau. of Gilbert F. and Elzada (Buckbee) Fitchett.] 

b. February 26, 1859, Coxsackie, N. Y. 

2i8 In the line of John, Jr. 

Richard Buckbee Beach, b. May 28, 1884, Coxsackie, N. Y. 

(v. A. Beach.) 

Mary Martin Beach. 

[Only dau. of Isaac Beach and Mary Ann Bedell.] 

b. December 6, 1855, New Baltimore, N. Y. 
m. September 4, 1878, New Baltimore, N. Y. 

Edwin Everett Colburn. 

[Son of Edwin Spaulding and Jane Elizabeth (Van Slyke) Colburn.] 

b. June 4, 1854, New Baltimore, N. Y. 

children : 
Elizabeth Vanderpoel Colburn, b. Apr. 12, 1880, New Baltc, N. Y. 
Mary Beach Colburn, b. July 3, 1883, New Baltimore, N. Y. 

(v. M. M. B. Colburn.) 

John Staats Beach. 

[Fourth son of Isaac Beach and Mary Ann Bedell.] 

b. December 4, 1864, New Baltimore, N. Y, 
m, June 9, 1886, New Baltimore, N. Y. 

LiBBiE Schermerhorn Colvin. 

[Eldest dau. of John and Margaret Ann (Miller) Colvin.] 

b. November 4, 1864, New Baltimore, N. Y. 

children : 
Florence Beach, b. May 31, 1888, New Baltimore, N. Y. 
Lois May Beach, b. October 19, 1889, New Baltimore, N. Y. 

(v. J. S. Beach.) 


Matthew Beach. 

[Third son of Boyle Beach and Elizabeth Staats. p. 215.] 

b. Aug. 14, 1827, New Baltimore, Green Co., N. Y. 
/ri'/m. March 26, 1851 (by Revd. Sam'l Thompson), 
Vienna, N. Y. : 

Sarah A. (Griswold) Thompson. 

[Dau. of Isaac Griswold.] 

b. January 9, 1826, Buffalo, N. Y. 

d. December 26, 1866, Northville, La Salle Co., 111. 

In the line of John, Jr. 219 

second m. November 2, 1867, Princeton, Bureau Co., 111.: 

Susan Louisa Britt. 

b. December 16, 1835, Ashtabula, Ohio. 

d. Nov. 9, 1896, Rockford, Winnebago Co., 111. 

CHILDREN (of first marriage) : 

Samuel Thompson Beach, b. September, 18, 1852, Vienna, N. Y, 

d. December 29, 1862, Northville, 111. 
George Walter Beach, b. Sept. 22, 1855, Dundee, Kane Co., 111. 

d. December 21, 1863, Northville, 111. 
Adah Elizabeth Beach, b. July 18, 1857, Dundee, Kane Co., 111. 

d. December 6, 1863, Northville, 111. 
Ann Amelia Beach, b. February 17, 1859, Northville, 111. p. 219. 
Sarah Elizabeth Beach, b. July 10, 1862, Northville, 111. p. 219. 

children (of second marriage): 
Nannie B. Beach, b. June 13, 1869, Somonauk, 111. p. 220. 
John Matthew Beach, b. July 31, 1873, Polo, Ogle Co., lU. (unm.) 
Edith Naomah Beach, b. September 25, 1875, Polo, 111. (unm.) 
Leta May Beach, b. July 13, 1883, Rockford, 111. 

(family rec'd S. E. B. L.) 

Ann Amelia Beach. 

[Second dau. of Matthew Beach, by his first wife, Sarah A. (Griswold) Thompson.] 

b. February 17, 1859, Northville, 111. 

m. May 10, 1894, Beloit, Rock Co., Wisconsin. 

Harry Charles Burnside. 

[Son of Charles Rutledge Burnside and Ellen Armbrister.J 

b. July 16, 1866, Nassau, New Provid'ce, Bahama Is. 


Gladys Ellen Burnside, b. October 23, 1895, Rockford, 111. 

(v. A. A. B. Burnside.) 

Sarah Elizabeth Beach. 

[Third dau. of Matthew Beach, by first wife, Sarah A. (Griswold) Thompson.] 

b. July 10, 1862, Northville, LaSalle Co., 111. 
m. January 9, 1890, Janesville, Rock Co., 111. 

Charles Leslie Lowe. 

[Second son of Leslie William Lowe (b. November 13, 1842, St. Armands, Missisquoi 
Co., Canada) and Agnes Amelia Hollister (b. July 29, 1846, Osnabrook, Canada).] 

b. May 30, 1865, Burlington, 111. 

220 In the line of John, Jr. 


Blanche Deneta Lowe, b. January 20, 1891, Rockford, 111. 
Nina Kathryn Lowe, b. October 22, 1893, Galesburgh, 111. 

d. May 2, 1896, Chicago, 111. (v. S. E. B. L.) 

Nannie Blanche Beach. 

[Eldest dau. of Matthew Beach, by his second wife, Susan Louisa Britt.] 

b. June 13, 1869, Polo, Ogle Co., 111. 

m. February 10, 1890, Beloit, Rock Co., 111. 

Jesse Lane. 

[Son of Isaac and Mary Adaline (Bibard) Lane.] 

b. July 10, 1863. 

children : 
George Ransom Lane, b. July 26, 1891, Rockford, 111. 
Marie Louisa Lane, b. February 9, 1894, Rockford, 111. 
Kyle Lane, b. July 17, 1896; d. July 20, 1896, Rockford, 111. 

(rec'd A. A. B. Bumside.) 

Anne Sheldon Beach. 

[Eldest dau. of Boyle Beach and Elizabeth Staats. p. 215.] 

b. April 20, 1830, Qucemens, Green Co., N. Y 
m. September 11, 1858, St. Louis, Missouri. 

Charles Briggs Lear. 

[Son of John and Ellen (Grant) Lear.] 

b. December 10, 1824, Naples, Scott Co., 111. 
d. October, 23, 187 1, Naples, Scott Co., 111. 

children : 
Reginald Heber Lear, b. Dec. 25, 1859, Naples, Scott Co., 111. p. 221. 
William Frederick Lear, b. July 12, 1861 ; d. Oct. 14, 1861, Naples, 111. 
Ellen Elizabeth Lear, b. Nov. 18, 1862 ; d. July 29, 1863, Naples, 111. 
Clara Ellen Lear, b. Sept. 3, 1867 ; d. June 13, 1868, Naples, III. 

In the line of John, Jr. 221 

Reginald Heber Lear. 

[Elder son of Charles Brings Lear and Anne Sheldon Beach. J 

b. December 25, 1859, Naples, Scott Co., 111. 

m. June 8, 1891, " Ritenour Hill," St. Louis Co., Mo. 

Carrie Maie Baldwin. 

[Dau. of Oscar Percival and Adeline Electa (Axtell) Baldwin.] 

Ethel Adeline Lear, b. Jan'y 5, 1893, Kirkwood, St. Louis Co., Mo. 

Mary Baldwin Lear, b. Aug. 19, 1895, Kirkwood, St. Louis Co., Mo. 

(v. A. S. B. L.) 

Phoebe Beach. 

[Fourth dau. of John Beach, 3rd, and Mabel Beers, p. 203.] 

b. February 6, 1788, Newtown, Conn, 
d. December 25, 1880, Coxsacksie, N. Y, 
m. New Baltimore, N. Y. 

Barent Houghtaling. 

[Son of Andrew Houghtaling and Polly Van Benthuysen (dau. of Barent Van Ben- 

b. August , 1785, New Baltimore, N. Y. 
d. , 1859, Coxsacksie, N. Y. 


Andrew B. Houghtaling, b. Aug. 29, 1810, New Baltimore, N. Y. 

d. May 17, 1890, Coxsacksie, N. Y. 
(Married twice: Lydia Bessac; Mary Halleck, no children.) 
John Beach Houghtaling, b. March 14, 1812, New Baltimore, N. Y. 

d. 1863, New Orleans, La. (unm.) 

Elizabeth Houghtaling, b. Aug. 19, 1813, New Baltimore, N. Y. 

p. 222. 
Elisha S. Houghtaling, b. April 30, 181 5, Coxsacksie, N. Y. p. 223. 
Charlotte Houghtaling, b. July 30, 1818, Coxsacksie, N. Y. (unm.) 
George Washington Houghtaling, b. July 25, 1825. 

d. November 5, 1897, Coxsacksie, N. Y. (unm.) 
Edward Houghtaling, b. July 3, 1829. 
Jane Ann Houghtaling, b. September 11, 1832; d. 1835. 

(Houghtaling Bible.) 

222 In the line of John, Jr. 


Elizabeth Houghtaling. 

[Eldest dau. of Barent Houghtaling and Phoebe Beach.] 

b. August 19, 1813, New Baltimore, N. Y. 
d. August 3, 1891, Coxsacksie, N. Y. 
m, November, 1832, Coxsacksie, N. Y. 

Columbus Lane. 

[Son of Jonathan and Sylvia (Ketchum) Lane.] 

b. November 2, 1802, Johnstown, N. Y. 
d. May 9, 1881, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

John Edwards Lane, b. October 27, 1834; d. December 26, 1834. 
Charlotte Houghtaling Lane, b. Dec. 2, 1835, New York City, 
m. June 18, 1873, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

William Burnett Clements. 

[Son of William and Eliza (Burnett) Clements.] 

b. December 5, 1847, New York City, 
d. May 5, 1876, Somerville, N. Y. (no children). 
Barent Houghtaling Lane, b. April 22, 1842, New York City. p. 222. 

(v. C. H. L. Clements.) 

Barent Houghtaling Lane. 

[Younger son of Columbus Lane and Elizabeth Houghtaling.] 

b. April 22, 1842, New York City. 

m. December 10, 1867, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Julia Richmond. 

[Dau. of Robert and Elizabeth (Tenny) Richmond.] 

b. February 8, 1844, Troy, N. Y. (v. b. h. Lane. 

Edna Elizabeth Lane. 

[Only child of Barent Houghtaling Lane and Julia Richmond. 

b. February 18, 187 1, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

In the line of John, Jr. 223 

m. October i, 1895, Yonkers, N. Y. 
Frank Otis Melcher. 

[Only child of Francis Benjamin Melcher and Harriet Newell Harrington.] 

b. June 14, 1864, Damariscotta, Maine. 

(v. E. E. L. Melcher.) 


Elisha Sheldon Houghtaling. 

[Third son of Barent Houghtaling and Phoebe Beach.] 

b. April 30, 1815, Coxsacksie, N. Y. 

d. July 14, 1880, Albion, N. Y. 

m. November 11, 1841, Stanton Hill, N. Y. 

Mary Emily Powell. 

[Dau. of Samuel and Patty (Lisk) Powell.] 

b. December 28, 1822. 

d. August 22, 1889, Albion, N. Y. 

Ellen B. Houghtaling, b. April 26, 1843, Cleveland, N. Y. p. 223. 
Lydia B. Houghtaling, b. July 16, 1848, Cleveland, N. Y. p. 224. 
Mary L. Houghtaling, b. April 10, 1863, Cleveland, N. Y. p. 224. 

Ellen Burroughs Houghtaling. 

[Eldest dau. of Elisha Sheldon Houghtaling and Mary E. Powell.] 

b. April 26, 1843, Cleveland, N. Y. 
m. May 18, 1865, Albion, N. Y. 

John Henry Howell. 

[Son of Seth and Mary (Roberts) Howell.] 

children : 
Louis S. Howell, b. May 22, 1870, B'klyn; d. July 23, 1870, Albion. 
Catherine L. Howell, b. September 16, 1872, Minneapolis, Minn. 

224 In the line of John, Jr. 

Catherine Ledlie Howell. 

[Only dau. of Ellen B. Houghtaling and Jno. Henry Howell.] 

b. September i6, 1872, Minneapolis, Minn, 
m. February 28, 1896, Victoria, B. C. 

Charles Stuart Tourtellot. 

[Son of Jeremiah and Helen (Miller) Tourtellot.J 


Elinor Wright Tourtellot, b. Dec. 28, 1896, San Francisco, Gal. 

(rec'd E. B. H. HoweU.) 

Lydia Bessac Houghtaling. 

[Second dau. of Elisha Sheldon Houghtaling and Mary E. Powell.J 

b. July I, 1848, Cleveland, N. Y. 
m. June 21, 1869, Albion, N. Y. 

Horatio Warner Stimson. 

[Son of Nathaniel and Helen (Warner) Stimson.] 

b. January 13, 1845, New York City. 

Sheldon Houghtaling Stimson, b. February 21, 1871, Albion, N. Y. 

(v. L B. H. Stimson.) 

Mary Loraine Houghtaling. 

[Youngest dau. of EHsha Sheldon Houghtaling and Mary E. Powell.] 

b. April 10, 1863, Cleveland, N. Y. 

m. June 30, 1886, Christ Church, Albion, N. Y. 

Charles Oliver Filkins. 

[Son of Morgan L, and Henrietta (Blackman) Filkins.] 

b. November i, 1856, Albany, N. Y. 

child : 
Elizabeth Houghtaling Filkins, b. Sept. 21, 1893, Rochester, N. Y. 

(v. M. L. H. Filkins.) 

In the line of John, Jr. 225 

John Beach, 4th. 

[Third son of John Beach, 3d, and Mabel Beers, p. 203.] 

b. August 28, 1789, Newtown, Conn, 
d. April 12, 1869, New Haven, Conn, 
m. May 10, 1818, Newtown (by Rev"* Burhans). 

Marcia Curtis. 

[Eldest dau. of Abijah Birdsey Curtis and Anna Glover. (Glover-Curtis.)] 

b. July 18, 1796, Newtown, Conn. 

d. August 6, 1861, New Haven, Conn, 


John (Sheldon) Beach, 5th, b. July 23, 1819, New Haven, Conn. 

p. 225. 
Daniel Beers Beach, b. Nov. 14, 1823, New Haven, Conn. p. 226. 
Ann Eliza Beach, b. June 30, 1829, New Haven, Conn. 

d. March 18, 1862, New Haven, Conn. (unm). 

(v. R. D. Beach). 

John (Sheldon) Beach, 5th, LL. D. 

[Elder son of John Beach, 4th, and Marcia Curtis.] 

b. August 28, 1819, New Haven, Conn, 
d. September 12, 1887, New Haven, Conn, 
m. September 15, 1847, "Vernon Place," Wilm., 
Del. (by Rev'i S. R. Wynkoop). 
Rebecca Gibbons. 

[Third dau. of Dr. William Gibbons and Rebecca Donaldson of Wilmington, Del.] 

b. July 2, 1823, Wilmington, Del. 

d. September 5, 1893, New Haven, Conn. 

children : 
John Hamilton Beach, b. July 5, 1848, New Haven, Conn. 

d. April 14, 1849, New Haven, Conn. 
Rebecca Donaldson Beach, b. Aug. 9, 1850, New Haven, Conn. 
William Gibbons Beach, b. April 24, 1852; d. April 24, 1852. 
John (Kimberly) BEACH,6*'',b. Oct. 18, 1855, New Haven, Conn. p. 156. 
m. April 15, 1890, Grace Church Chantry. N. Y. C. 
Mary Roland Sanford. 

[Only dau. of Judge Charles Frederick Sanford and EUzabeth Looney.] 

226 In the line of John, Jr. 

Donaldson Beach, b. April 6, 1858, New Haven, Conn. 

d. December 15, 1864, New Haven, Conn. 
Francis Gibbons Beach, b. Feb. 28, i86r, New Haven, Conn. p. 226. 
RoDMOND Vernon Beach, b. May 18, 1865, New Haven, Conn, (unm.) 

(v. R. D. Beach.) 

*Francis Gibbons Beach. 

[Fifth son of John (Sheldon) Beach, 5'", and Rebecca Gibbons.] 

b. February 28, 1861, New Haven, Conn, 
m. June i, 1886, St. Marks Ch., Minneapolis, Minn. 
(Rector, Tho^ B. Wells, D.D.) 

Elizabeth Charnley Wells. 

[Elder dau. of Revd Thos. Bucklin Wells, D.D. (b. Jany i, 1839, Columbia, S. C. ; d. 
Aug. 4, 1891, at sea, S. S. Parthia, Pacific Ocean) ; m. ist, Sept. 29, 1859, N. Y. 
C. ; Susan Fitch Charnley (b. Nov. 6, 1839, N. H., Conn. ; d. April 4, 1868, Paines- 
ville, O.), both buried Grove Street Cem'y, N. H., Conn.] 

(Atwater b'k ; Strong-Hart.) 

b. November 21, i860, Quincy, 111. 
children : 
John Francis Beach, b. April 12, 1887, New Haven, Conn. 
Charnley Wells Beach, b. Dec. 26, 1889, New Haven, Conn. 

d. July 7, 1890, New Haven. 
Rebecca Donaldson Beach, b. Feb'y 22, 1892, New Haven, Conn, 
d. Sept. 26, 1893, New Haven. (v. E. C. W. Beach.) 

Daniel Beers Beach. 

[Younger son of John Beach, 4th, and Marcia Curtis.J 

b. November 14, 1823, New Haven, Conn, 
d. January 5, 1896, Rochester, N. Y. 
m. June i, 1853, Lockport, N. Y. 

Loraine Rogers. 

[Dau. of Levi and Lorana (Hart) Rogers.] 

b. April 2, 1828, Troy, N. Y. 
d. November 20, 1892, Rochester, N. Y. 
children : 
John Hamilton Beach, b. April 14, 1854, Rochester. 

d. August 20, 1855, Lockport, N. Y. 
Florence Loraine Beach, b. May 8, 1856, Rochester, N. Y. (unm.) 
Annie L. Beach, b. March 12, 1859, Rochester, N. Y. p. 227. 

* Captain, Battery C, Conn. Heavy Artillery, U. S. A. (1898). 

In the line of John, Jr. 227 

Daniel L. Beach, b. Sept. 15, 1863 ; d. Aug. 31, 1864, Rochester, N. Y. 
Mabel Beach, b. Jan'y 3, 1866; d. Jan'y 7, 1866, Rochester, N. Y. 
Mary Daisy Beach, b. October 21, 1868, New Haven, Conn. p. 227. 

(v, F. L. Beach.) 

Annie Lottie Beach. 

[Second dau. of Daniel Beers Beech and Loraine Rogers.] 

b. March 12, 1859, Rochester, N. Y. 
m. September 4, 1884, Rochester, N. Y. 

Edwin Arthur King. 

[Son of Harvey James King and Ellen Lowdon Blandina Bayeux.] 

(King-Vanderheyden Book.) 

b. June 9, 1857, Troy, N. Y. 

child : 
Arthur Beach King, b. January 30, 1887, Troy, N. Y. 

(v. A. L. B. King.) 

Mary Daisy Beach. 

[Fourth dau. of Daniel Beers Beach and Loraine Rogers.] 

b. October 21, 1868, New Haven, Conn, 
m. September 12, 1894, Rochester, N. Y. 

George L. Swan. 

[Son of Theodore Talbot Swan and Julia Nash.] 

b. August 27, 1869, Mt. Morris, N. Y. 

Henry Beach Swan, b. July 13, 1895, Rochester, N. Y. 

(v. M. D. B. Swan.) 

Charlotte Beach. 

[Fifth dau. John Beach, 3'', and Mabel Beers, p. 203.] 

b. November 9, 1790, Newtown, Conn. 

d. April I, 1874, Kirkwood, St. Louis Co., Mo. 

m. , Sheldon, Vt. 

Epenetus Holmes Wead. 

[Son of Hezekiah Wead and his wife Rachel.] 

d. at Montreal, Canada. 

228 In the line of John, Jr. 

Rachel Elizabeth Wead. 

[Only child of E. Holmes Wead and Charlotte Beach.] 

b. July 14, 1818, Sheldon, Vt. 

d. January 9, 1875, Kirkwood, Mo. 

m. July 6, 1843, St. Louis, Mo. 

Spencer Smith. 

[Son of Morris C. and Harriet (Spencer) Smith.] 

Reginald H. Smith, b. Oct. 28, 1846; d. Feb. 20, 1847, St. Louis, Mo. 
Harriet H. Smith, b. July 20, 1848; d. June 27, 1850, St, Louis, Mo. 

(rec'd sent by Mrs. Lear, Kirkwood.) 


Phoebe Beach. 

[Eldest dau. of John Beach, Jr., and Phoebe Curtis, p. 203.] 

b. January 29, 1760. Newtown Records, 
d. November 16, 1835, Newtown, Conn, 

m, Zalmon Glover, 

[Second son of John Glover, 4'", and Elizabeth Curtis. (Glover-Curtis.)J 

b. May 3, 1760, Newtown, Conn. 

d. October 21, 1827, Newtown, Conn. 

children : 
Lucy Ann Glover, b. June 22, 1783, Newtown, Conn. p. 228, 
John Glover, b, November i, 1787, Newtown, Conn. p. 232, 
Sarah Glover, b. April 15, 1790; d. April, 25, 1790, Newtown, Conn, 
Villeroy Glover, b. June 17, 1794, Newtown, Conn, p, 236, 
Sarah Glover, b. May i, 1799; d. July 3, 1823, Newtown, Conn, 

(rec'd S. E. G. Nichols.) 

Lucy Ann Glover. 

[Eldest dau. of Zalmon Glover and Phoebe Beach.] 

b. June 22, 1783, Newtown, Conn. 

d. February 15, 1864, Newtown, Conn, 

m, April 7, 1802. Newtown Records, 

Abner Anson Nettleton, 

[Son of Joseph Nettleton,] 
b. June 22, 1780, 
d, February 9, 1836. 

In the line of John, Jr. 229 


Phcebe Beach Nettleton, b. Nov. 1804; d. x\pril 10, 1826, New- 
town, Conn. 
Joseph Nettleton, b. December, 1806, Newtown, Conn. p. 229. 
Ann Nettleton, b. Aug. 2, 1813 ; d. March 22, 1815, Newtown, Conn. 

V. - 
Joseph Nettleton. 

[Only son of Abner Anson Nettleton and Lucy Ann Glover.] 

b. December 2, 1806, Newtown, Conn, 
d. December 23, 1843, Newtown, Conn, 
m. February 10, 1830, Zoar, Newtown. 

Phcebe Curtis. 

[Dau, of Alfred Devine and Sarah (Hard) Curtis. (See Curtis.)] 

b. August 24, 1807, Newtown, Conn, 
d. August 14, 1892, Shelton, Conn. 

children : 
Edgar A, Nettleton, b. March 20, 1831, Newtown, Conn. p. 229. 
Charles P. Nettleton, b. Dec. 2, 1835, Newtown, Conn. p. 231. 
Joseph F. Nettleton, b. June 25, 1840, Newtown, Conn. p. 232. 
Phcebe Beach Nettleton, b. Feb. 8, '33; d. April 13, '36. 

(v. Chas. P. Nettleton.) 


Edgar Anson Nettleton. 

[Eldest son of Joseph Nettleton and Phoebe Curtis.] 

b. March 20, 1831, Newtown, Conn, 
d. October 23, 1869, Branford, Conn. 

m. October 4, 1859, WatertOWn. (Newtown Record.) 

Ann Eliza Atwood. 

[Dau. of Hinman and Eliza (deForest) Atwood.] 

b. March 20, 1836, Watertown, Conn. 

children : 
Joseph H, Nettleton, b. June 11, 1861, Newtown, Conn. p. 230. 
Flora C. Nettleton, b. May 9, 1863, Zoar, Conn. p. 230. 
Phcebe Beach Nettleton, b. Sept. 17, 1864, Zoar, Conn, (unm.) 
Frederick H. Nettleton, b. Oct. 14, 1867, Branford, Conn, (unm.) 
Mabel B. Nettleton, b. January 24, 1869, Branford, Conn. p. 230. 

(v. Mrs. A. Nettleton.) 

230 In the line of John, Jr, 

Joseph Hinman Nettleton. 

[Elder son of Edgar Anson Nettleton and Ann Eliza Atwood.] 

b. June II, 1861, Newtown, Conn, 
m. March 22, 1882, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Harriet Levine. 

[Daughter of Alexander Levine and Clara McNair (b. Oct. 3, 1834, Abington, Pa.).] 

b. September 30, 1859, Philadelphia, Penn. 


Rhea Nettleton, b. Jan. 9, 1883; d. March 9, 1885, Brooklyn, N. Y. 
Alexander Edgar Nettleton, b. Aug. 16, 1886, Brooklyn, N. Y. 
Joseph Foster Nettleton, b. March 22, 1889, Parkville, L. I. 
Flora Roberta Nettleton, b. September 25, 1892, Flatbush, L. I. 
Clara Levine Nettleton, b. February 4, 1895, Parkville, L. I. 
Harriet Frances Nettleton, b. November 26, 1897, Parkville, L. I. 

(v. J. H. Nettleton.) 

Flora Curtis Nettleton. 

[Eldest dau. of Edgar Anson Nettleton and Ann Eliza Atwood.J 

b. May 9, 1863, Zoar, Newtown, Conn, 
m. December 19, 1883, Thomaston, Conn. 

Locke Austin Libby. 

[Son of William Grant Libby and Jane S. Harvey.] 

b. June 13, 1854, Magog, Pro. of Quebec, Canada. 
Bertha Jane Libby, b. August 22, 1886. Waterbury, Conn. 

(v. F. C. N. Libby.) 

Mabel Branford Nettleton. 

[Third dau. of Edgar Anson Nettleton and Ann Eliza Atwood.] 

b. June 24, 1869, Branford, Conn, 
m. May 12, 1896, Bridgeport, Conn. 

Andrew Keith Thompson. 

[Son of John and Martha (Houston) Thompson.] 

b. September 21, 1865. 

In the line of John, Jr. 231 


Marjorie Nettleton Thompson, b. Feb. 11, 1898, New Haven, Ct. 

(v. M. B. N. Thompson.) 


*Charles Pulaski Nettleton. 

[Second son of Joseph Nettleton and Phoebe Curtis, p. 229.] 

b. December 2, 1835, Newtown, Conn, 
m. July 12, 1861, Derby, Conn. 

Frances Ann Hallock. 

[Dau. of Israel and Rosannah (Easton) Hallock.J 

b. February 6, 1839, Albany, N. Y. 
d. February 4, 1897, Shelton, Conn. 

children : 
Charles Sumner Nettleton, b. October 22, 1862, Derby, Conn, 
m. May i, 1886, Bristol, R. I. 

Emily Estella Brotherton. 
[Dau. of Walter Ezekiel and Charlotte Ann (Mitchell) Brotherton.] 
b. March 28, 1868, Bristol, R. I. 
Albert I. Nettleton, b. June 2, 1866, Ansonia, Conn. p. 231. 
Ernest Clifton Nettleton, b. January 9, 1869, Shelton, Conn. 
Rebecca H. Nettleton, b. January 2, 1872; d. August 2, 1872. 
Rosa A. Nettleton, b. March 10, 1873; d. August 10, 1873. 
Francis Irving Nettleton, M.D., b. Oct. 23, 1874, Shelton, Conn. 
Ruth E. Nettleton, b. Apr. 4, 1878 ; d. Mar. 20, 1893, Shelton, Conn. 

(v. Chas. P. Nettleton.) 

Albert Israel Nettleton. 

[Second son of Charles P. Nettleton and Frances A. Hallock.] 
b. June 2, 1866, Ansonia, Conn, 
m. October 31, 1886, Hannibal, Mo. 

Anna Margaret Johnson. 

[Dau. of Walter and Sarah Francis (Watts) Johnson.] 

b. Oct. 12,1868, MontpelierT'w'p, Muscatine Co., la. 

Howard Albee Nettleton, b. September 18, 1887, Hannibal, Mo. 
Clyde Harrison Nettleton, b. Aug. 18, 1889, Pleasant Prairie, la. 

(v. A. I. Nettleton.) 

* 1st Conn. Heavy Artillery, Co. B, from 1862 to 1865. 

232 In the line of Johi, Jr. 

Joseph Foster Nettleton. 

[Third son of Joseph Nettleton and Phoebe Curtis, p. 229.] 

b. June 25, 1840, Newtown, Conn, 
m. April 29, 1861, Branford, Conn. 

Amzetta Barker. 

[Dau. of Eliphalet and Martha (McCoy) Barker.] 

b. April 12, 1842, Columbus, Ohio. 


Lucy Beach Nettleton, b. March 21, 1862, Branford, Conn. 

(v. L. B. Nettleton, Cal.) 

John Glover. 

[Elder son of Zalmon Glover and Phoebe Beach.] 

b. November i, 1787, Newtown, Conn, 
d. May, 1828. 

first m. Lucy Beers. 

[Dau. of Eben Beers and Ann Hard. (See Hard).] 

second m. Polly Curtis. 

[Dau. of Philo and Huldah (Hubbell) Curtis.] 

third m. Betsey (Hard) Whitney. 

[Widow Benj. Whitney; dau. Cyrenus Hard and Phoebe Camp. (See Hard.)] 
CHILD (of first marriage): 
William Beach Glover, b. Feb. 4, 1811, Newtown, Conn. p. 232. 

CHILDREN (of second marriage, none by third) 
Marietta Glover, b. March 27, 18 14, Newtown, Conn. p. 233. 
JULIETTA Glover, b. February 13, 1816, Newtown, Conn. p. 235. 

William Beach Glover. . 

[Only child of John Glover, by his first wife, Lucy Beers.] 

b. February 4, 181 1, Newtown, Conn, 
d. March 18, 1864, Sandy Hook, Conn. 
first m. November 7, 1832, Newtown, Conn. : 

Harriet Ann Peck. 

[Dau. of Zerah Smith Ann Peck and Clara Smith. (See Hard.)] 

b. September i, 1810, Brookfield, Conn, 
d. September 30, 1843, Sandy Hook. 

In the liyie of John, Jr. 233 

second m. September 25, 1848, Newtown, Conn. : 
Susan Nichols"^. 

[Only dau. of Captain James Nichols and Lucy Beach, p. 204.] 
CHILDREN (of first marriage, none by second) 
Esther Sophia Glover, b. September 23, 1833, Newtown, 

d. January 4, i860, T. S. Sandy Hook. 
John E. Glover, b. Dec. 10, 1835 ; d. Feb. 5, 1872, T. S. Sandy Hook. 
Smith Peck Glover, b. August 16, 1837, Newtown, Conn. p. 233. 
Beach B. Glover, b. June 9, 1838 ; d. April 5, 1841, T. S. Sandy Hook. 

Smith Peck Glover. 

[Second son of William Beach Glover and Harriet Ann Peck.] 

b. August 16, 1837, Newtown, Conn. 
m. September 30, 1861. 

Marie Antoinette Tomlinson. 

[Dau. of George Albert TomUnson and EUza Antoinette Judson.] 

b. March 7, 1838. 

children : 
William Tomlinson Glover, b. October 13, 1862. 

d. September 5, 1863, Newtown, Conn. 
Lorena Tomlinson Glover, b. May 6, 1865, Newtown, Conn, 
m. December 11, 1895, Newtown, Conn. 
George Francis Taylor. 

[Son of Edward and Susan (Botsford) Taylor.] 
b. November 3, 1864, Newtown, Conn. (v. S. P. Glover.) 

Harriet Peck Glover, b. May 30, 1870, Newtown. Conn, 
m. January 12, 1898, Sandy Hook, Newtown, Conn. 
Charles Lawrence Warner. 

[Son of Austin and Belle T. (Lawrence) Warner.] 
b. July 16, 1868, Vicksburg, Miss. (v. H. P. G. Warner.) 

Marietta Glover. 

[Elder dau. of John Glover, by his second wife, Polly Curtis.] 

b. March 27, 1814, Newtown, Conn. 

d. August 30, 1887, Bedford, Ind. 

m. January 18, 1835, Newtown, Conn. 

Ira Lawrence Curtis. 

[Son of Abijah Birdsey Curtis and Anna Glover. (Curtis-Glover.)] 

b. November 19, 1813, Newtown, Conn, 
d. January i, 1843, Newtown, Conn. 

234 I^ i^^ ^^'^^ of John, Jr. 


Elizabeth Curtis, b. October 19, 1835, Newtown, Conn. p. 234. 
Juliette Curtis, b. July 9, 1837, Newtown, Conn, 
m. September 16, 1858, Newtown, Conn. 
Winthrop Alvin Foote. 

[Son of Winthrop and Cynthia Childs (Barlow) Foote.] 

b. December 25, 1832, Bedford, Ind. (no descendants). 

(rec'd J. C. Foote.) 

Elizabeth Curtis. 

[Elder dau. of Ira Lawrence Curtis and Marietta Glover.] 

b. October 19, 1835, Newtown, Conn. 

m. September, 19, i860, New Haven, Conn. 

Daniel Webster Parker. 

[Son of Woodbridge and Harriet M. (Thornton) Parker.] 

b. June 3, 1831, Salem, Washington Co., Ind. 

children : 
Cora Parker, b. July 5, 1861, Bedford, Ind. 
m. October 15, 1885, Bedford, Ind. 

Thomas Jefferson Leonard. 

[Son of Joseph and Saphronia (Lyon) Leonard.] 
b. March 15, 1853, Owensburg. 
Alfred Curtis Parker, b. March 26, 1868, Bedford, Ind. p. 234. 

(rec'd J. C. Foote.) 

Alfred Curtis Parker. 

[Only son of Daniel Webster Parker and Ehzabeth Curtis.] 

b. March 26, 1868, Bedford, Ind. 
m. July 12, 1892, Bedford, Ind. 

Gertrude Bowden. 

[Dau. of Doil Riley and Harriet (Laforce) Bowden.] 

b. June 26, 1868, Bedford, Ind. 

child : 
Mabel Parker, b. May 18, 1893, Bedford, Ind. (rec'd j. C. Foote.) 

In the line of John, Jr. 235 

Julietta Glover. 

[Younger dau. of John Glover, by his second wife, Polly Curtis, p. 232.] 

b. February 13, 1816, Newtown, Conn, 
d. March 13, 1864, Danbury, Conn, 
m. November 5, 1837, Newtown, Conn. 

Isaac Herson Hawley. 

[Son of Sherman Hawley and Hester Hurd.] 

b. February 22, 1811, Newtown, Conn, 
d. January 28, 1883, Oxford, Conn. 

Mary Josephine Hawley, b. Feb. 6, 1839, Newtown, Conn. p. 235. 
Helen Sophia Hawley, b. Sept. 30, 1844, Newtown, Conn. p. 236, 

(v. M. J. H. Osbom.) 

Mary Josephine Hawley. 

[Elder dau. of Isaac Herson Hawley and Julietta Glover.] 

b. February 6, 1839, Newtown, Conn, 
m. March 18, i860, Danbury, Conn. 

*Thomas Smith Osborn. 

[Son of Thomas Clark and Nancy (Smith) Osborn.] 

b. February 2, 1839, Oxford, Conn. 
children : 
Herson Clark Osborn, b. August 27, 1861, Danbury, Conn. p. 235. 
Arthur Ray Osborn, b. August i, 1866. Oxford, Conn, 
m. October 5, 1892, Ansonia, Conn. 

Mary Josephine Quinlin. 
Thomas Elmer Osborn, b. July 5, 1869. Oxford, Conn, (unm.) 

(v. M. J. H. Osborn.) 

Herson Clark Osborn. 

[Eldest son of Thomas Smith Osborn and Mary Josephine Hawley.] 

b. August 27, 1861, Danbury, Conn, 
m. October 28, 1882, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Calista Johnson Crane. 

[Dau. of Stephen Crane and Calista Jane Johnson.] 

b. January 18, 1862, Ansonia, Conn. 

* 20th Regt., Conn. Vol., Civil War. 

236 In the line of John, Jr. 

Florence Josephine Osborn, b. May 15, 1888. 

(rec'd H. C. Osborn.) 

Helen Sophia Hawley. 

[Younger dau. of Isaac Herson Hawley and Julietta Glover.] 

b. September 30, 1844, Newtown, Conn, 
m. December 25, 1872, Oxford, Conn. 

Orin Delos Warner. 

[Son of Orin and Susan (Gardner) Warner.] 

b. March 23, 1839, North Haven, Conn, 
d. September 3, 1896, North Haven, Conn. 
child : 
Ruth Juliette Warner, b. March 4, 1880, North Haven, Conn. 

(v. H. S. H. Warner.) 



Villeroy Glover. 

[Younger son of Zalmon Glover and Phoebe Beach, p. 228.] 

b. June 17, 1794, Newtown, Conn. 

d. October 2, 1841, Newtown, Conn. 

m. March 5, 1828, Newtown (Hard Bible). 

Susan Hard. 

[Eldest dau. Benj. Hard (b. Feb. 1779 ; d. May i, 1836), m. Dec. 17, 1801, Mabel 
Tomlinson (b. Dec. 25, 1783 ; d. Jan. 29, 1864.] (Hard.) 

b. October 13, 1806, Newtown, Conn, 
d. January 13, 1847, Newtown, Conn. 

Sarah Esther Glover. 

[Only child of Villeroy Glover and Susan Hard.] 

b. February 25, 1833, Newtown, Conn, 
m. February 28, 1854, Newtown, Conn. 

Philo Nichols. 

[Son of Harry Nichols (Nathaniel, Peter, Nathaniel and Ann Boothe) and Sarah 
Blackman.] (Nichols.) 

b. April 27, 1832, Newtown, Conn. 

In the line of John, Jr. 237 


Frank B. Nichols, b. Jan. 17, 1855 ; d. M'ch 17, 1857, Newtown, Conn, 
Grace Nichols, b. June 16, 1863 ; d. Aug. 17, 1864, Newtown, Conn. 
Ruth Amelia Nichols, b. August 17, 1865, Newtown, Conn., p. 237. 

(v. S. E. G. Nichols.) 


Ruth Amelia Nichols. 

[Younger dau. of Philo Nichols and Sarah Esther Glover.] 

b. August 17, 1865, Newtown, Conn, 
m. October i, 1895, Newtown, Conn. 

HoBART H. Curtis. 

[Son of Benjamin Curtis and Laura Lewis.] 

b. November 13, 1859, Newtown, Conn. 

child : 
Marion Nichols Curtis, b. May 14, 1897, Newtown, Conn. 

(v. S. E. G. Nichols.) 


Hannah Beach. 

[Second dau. of John Beach, Jr., and Phoebe Curtis, p. 203.] 

b. May 22, 1765, Newtown, Conn. 

d. May 11, 181 6, ae. 51 yrs. (Newtown Record.) 

m. John Curtis. 

[Son Abijah and Sarah (Birdsey) Curtis. (See Curtis.)] 

b. June, 1764, Ne\vtown, Conn. 

d. Oct. 19, 1820, ae. 56 yrs., 5 mo. (Newtown Record.) 


Carlos G. Curtis, d. October 16, 1817, ae. 23 yrs. (Ne\vtown Record.) 

Charles Curtis, d. July 27, 1820, ae. 21 yrs. (Newtown Record.) 

Russell Curtis, d. October 12, 1820, ae. 19 yrs. (Newtown Record.) 

Lucy Curtis, d. November 9, 1820, ae. 17 yrs. (Newtown Record.) 
David B. Curtis, d. Oct. 11, 1820, ae. 14 yrs. & 10 mo. (Newtown R'd.) 
John Curtis, Jr., d. Sept. 29, 1820, ae. 11 yrs. 1 

Betsey Curtis, d. in Rochester, ae. about 46 yrs. • „ ^^V ^^^^ 

. ^ ^ , . ^ , , f Beers' rec'd, 

* Beach Curtis, d. m Rochester, ae. about 40 yrs. Sandy H'k ) 

Sarah Curtis, d. in Huntington, Jan. 11, 181 5, ae. 19 yrs. J 

238 In the line of John, Jr. 

*Abijah Beach Curtiss. 
d. November 26, 1829, ae. 30 yrs., Rochester, N. Y. 
m. Abigail Sheldon. 
d. December 9, 1830, ae. 2>Z Y^s., Rochester, N. Y. 

Elizabeth Sheldon Curtiss, b. August 12, 1823, Rochester, N. Y. 

d. October 25, 1843, ae. 20 yrs., Brooklyn, N. Y. 
John Beach Curtiss, b. March 3, 1826, Rochester, N. Y. 

d. August 8, 1858, ae. 32 yrs., N. Y. C. 

m. Clara J. Fisher. 

d. March 28, 1852, se. 20 yrs,, Rochester. 
Jacob S. Curtiss, b. December 28, 1827, Rochester, N. Y. p. 238. 
Carlos G. Curtiss, b. November 8, 1829, Rochester, N. Y. p. 238. 

(v. E. M. C. Meyrueis.) 

Jacob Sheldon Curtiss. 

[Second son of Abijah Beach Curtiss and Abigail Sheldon.] 

b. December 28, 1827, Rochester, N, Y. 
m. May 27, 1851. 

Laura S. Champion. 

Pliny Allen Curtiss, b. July 7, 1853 ; d. 
Carlos C. Curtiss, b. August, 1856; m. 
Louise Curtiss, died unmarried. (rec'd e. m. c. Meyrueis.) 


*Carlos Grandison Curtiss. 

[Third son of Abijah Beach Curtiss and Abigail Sheldon.] * 

b. November 8, 1829, Rochester, N. Y. 

d. July 30, 187 1, Rochester, N. Y. 

m. September 25, 1855, Rochester, N. Y. 

*Sarah Elizabeth Curtis. 

[Second dau. of Horatio Nelson Curtis and Maria Neafus.] 
b. February 14, 1836, Rochester, N. Y. 
d. June 12, i860, Detroit, Mich. 

♦ Here is an instance of the ss in the marriage of second cousins. M""' Meyrueis attri- 
butes it to an early difference of opinion in the family. 

In the line of Johfi, Jr. 239 


Elizabeth M. Curtiss, b. July 25, 1857, Rochester, N. Y. p. 239. 
Edward Grandison Curtiss, b. Oct. 13, 1859, Detroit, Mich. 

d. Feb'y 15, 1879, Detroit, Mich, (unm.) (v. E. M. C. Meyrueis.) 

Elizabeth Mumford Curtiss. 

[Only dau. of Carlos Grandison Curtiss and Sarah Elizabeth Curtis.] 

b. July 25, 1857, Rochester, N. Y. 

m. June 14, 1883, Grand Rapids, Mich. 

Jules Andrie Meyrueis. 

[Eldest son of Charles Meyrueis and Constance Hollard.] 

b. September 16, 1852, Paris, France. 

children : 
Elsie AndriSe Meyrueis, b. Oct. 11. 1884, Paris, France. 
Constance Sarah Meyrueis, b. Dec. 12, 1885, Paris, France. 
Cecilia Andree Meyrueis, b. Nov. 22, 1890, Paris, France. 

(v. E. M. C. Meyrueis, Paris, France.) 


Sarah Beach. 

[Fourth dau. of John Beach, Jr. and Phoebe Curtis, p. 203.] 

b. February 5, 1774, Newtown, Conn, 
d. July 9, 1859, buried at Zoar, Conn. 

first m. Joel Booth. 

[Son of Ebenezer Booth, 4th, and Olive Sanford. (m. Nov. 20, 1766.) (Booth.)] 

second m. (2nd wife of) Zalmon Peck. 

[Eldest son of Henry Peck and Ann Smith " was joyned in marage December ye 23'", 
A. D., 1755."] 

There first Born a Son born of Ann his wife named Zalmon. 
Born March y« 10**^, A. D. 1758. 

children (of first marriage, none by second) : 
Perseus Booth, b. 1794; d. June 16, 1812, ae. 18 yrs., Zoar Cemetery. 
John Beach Booth, p. 240. 

240 In the line of John, Jr. 

John Beach Booth. 

[Younger son of Joel Booth and Sarah Beach.] 

m. September 13, 1813, Stratford, Conn. 
Julia Brooks. 

[Dau. of Capt. Benj. Brooks of Stratford and Rebecca Sherman.] 

b. February 13, 1793, Stratford, Conn. 

His widow m. 2nd, John Peabody of Fayette- 
ville, N. C. (son Charles, died young), 
d. 1827, Fayetteville, N. C. 

Catherine Ann Booth. 

[Only child of John Beach Booth and Julia Brooks.] 

b. March 3, 1815. 

d. October 11, 1873, New York City. 

m. November 28, 1833, Bridgeport, Conn. 

Starr Beach. 

[Son of Rice Edwards Beach, b. M'ch 1780 ; d. July 24, i860 (Ephraim, Jr.; Eph- 
raim; David; Nathaniel and Sarah Porter) and Betsey Booth, d. ] 

b. July 18, 181 1, Trumbull, Conn. 


Emeline Augusta Beach, b. Nov. 14, 1835, Bridgeport, Conn. p. 240, 
Sarah Catherine Beach, b. Nov. 25, 1838, Bridgeport, Conn. p. 241. 
John Miles Beach, b. September 15, 1840, Bridgeport, Conn. p. 242. 
Julia F. Beach, b. June 3, 1842 ; d. June 5, 1844. Bridgeport, Conn. 
Julia Brooks Beach, b. July 31, 1844, Bridgeport, Conn. 

d. July 28, 1875, Jersey City, N. J. 

m. December 7, 1870, 

Charles Galbraith of Galveston, Texas. 
Edwards Starr Beach, b. March 20, 1850, Bridgeport, Conn, (unm.) 
Mary Ella Beach, b. September 6, 1851, Bridgeport, Conn. p. 243. 

(rec'd J"" M. Beach.) 

Emeline Augusta Beach. 

[Eldest dau. of Starr Beach and Catherine Ann Booth.] 

b. November 14, 1835, Bridgeport, Conn. 

d. June 28, 1889, Lakewood, N. J. 

m. December 4, 1855, Bridgeport, Conn. 

George W. Burritt. 

In the line of John, Jr, 241 


George Starr Burritt, b. July 14, 1857, Bridgeport, Conn. 

(rec'd Jno. M. Beach.) 

Sarah Catherine Beach. 

[Second dau. of Starr Beach and Catherine Ann Booth.] 

b. November 25, 1838, Bridgeport, Conn, 
d. October 10, 1894, Orange, Conn. 
first m. November 25, 1857, Bridgeport, Conn.: 

David Frederick Wells. 

[Son of Levi Curtis and Mary (Hawley) Wells.] 

b. April 18, 1836, Huntington, Conn, 
d. March i, 1870, Jersey City, N. J, 
second m. May 22, 1873, New York City: 

Charles A. Markley. 

[Son of Jacob Fry Markley (b. July 25, 1800, Strausburg, Lancaster Co., Pa.; d. May 
25, 1854, Phoenixville, Pa.) Ann Hamilton (b. May 29, 1799, Lacock, Lancaster 
Co., Pa. ; d. March 27, 1885, Hatboro, Montgomery Co., Pa.)] 

(P. H. Markley, M.D.) 

CHILDREN (of first marriage, none by second): 
Ida Western Wells, b. May 10, i860, San Antonio, Texas; p. 241. 
Helen Holmes Wells, b. June 18, 1861, Waterbury, Conn. ; p. 242. 

(rec'd H. H. W. Day.) 

Ida Western Wells. 

[Eld;pr dau. of David Frederick Wells and Sarah Catherine Beach.] 

b. May 10, i860, San Antonio, Texas, 
m. October 17, 1882, Orange, Conn. 

John Julian Merwin. 

[Son of Alpheus Newton and Mary (Ailing) Merwin.] 

b. June 31, 1859, Orange, Conn. 

children : 
Helen Wells Merwin, b. August 16, 1884, Orange, Conn. 
Marion Merwin, b. July 31, 1892, Orange, Conn. 
John Julian Merwin, Jr., b. October 31, 1897, Orange, Conn. 

(v. I. W. W. Merwin.) 

242 In the line of John, Jr. 

Helen Holmes Wells. 

[Younger dau. of David Frederick Wells and Sarah Catherine Beach. 

b. June 1 8, 1861, Waterbury, Conn, 
m. July 6, 1892, New York City. 

Amasa Thayer Day. 

[Son of John William Day and Frances Bradford Thayer.] 

b. Oct 10, 1864, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

(v. H. H. W. Day.) 

John Miles Beach. 

[Elder son of Starr Beach and Catherine Ann Booth.] 

b. September 15, 1840, Bridgeport, Conn, 
m. December 17, 1863, Bridgeport, Conn. 

Jennie Charlotte Higgins. 

[Dau. of Amos and Susan (Beardsley) Higgins.] 

b. April I, 1844, Bridgeport, Conn. 

children : 
Frederick F. Beach, b. November 4, 1864, Bridgeport, Conn. p. 242. 
Susan Edith Beach, b. July 8, 1877, Bridgeport, Conn. 
Natalie Elizabeth Beach, b. Sept. 27, 1886, Bridgeport, Conn. 

d. July 19, 1888, Bridgeport, Conn. (v. J. M. Beach.) 

Frederick Frank Beach. 

[Only son of John Miles Beach and Jennie C. Higgins.] 

b. November 4, 1864, Bridgeport, Conn, 
m. April 20, 1887, Bridgeport, Conn. 

Minnie Rebecca Northrop. 

[Dau. of George W. and Julia (Pollard) Northrop] 

b. May 2, 1864, Bristol, Conn. 
child : 
Dorothy Marie Beach, b. April 11, 1892, Bridgeport, Conn. 

(v. F. F. Beach.) 

In the line of John, Jr. 243 

Mary Ella Beach. 

[Youngest dau. of Starr Beach and Catherine Ann Booth, p. 240.] 

b. September 6, 185 1, Bridgeport, Conn, 
m. September 6, 187 1, Jersey City, N. J. 

Philip Henny Wheeler. 

Vera Jennie Wheeler. 

[Only child of Philip H. Wheeler and Mary Ella Beach.] 

b. September 19, 1874, Rockford, 111. 
m. February 6, 1894, San Francisco, Cal. 

Thomas Jefferson Edwards. 

[Son of John Cummins and Emma Jane (Richard) Edwards.] 

b. December 12, 1864, Stockton, Cal. 


Darrell Beach Edwards, b. January 30, 1896, Stockton, Cal. 

(v. Tho» J. Edwards.) 


Mary Beach. 

[Fifth dau. of John Beach, Jr., and Phoebe Curtis, p. 203.] 

b. August 4, 1778, Newtown, Conn, 
d. October 19, 1846, Newtown, Conn, 
m. September, 1799, Newtown, Conn. 

Abel Beers. 

[Son of Simeon Beers (b. July 20, 1752; d. Dec. 11, 1813), m. Feb. 7, 1776, Phidema 
Nichols (b. Dec. i, 1755; d. Jan., 6, 1822).] (Beers-Nichols.) 

b. September i, 1777. 
d. February 18, 1858. 

children : 
Sylvia Beers, b. June 24, 1800, Newtown, Conn. p. 244. 
John Beach Beers, b. September 11, 1802, Newtown, Conn. 
Isaac Beers, b. March 10, 1805, Newtown, Conn, 
d. May 25, 1890, Newtown, Conn. 
first m. October 28, 1837 : 

Maria (Nichols) Glover. 
second m. January 4, 1871 :^ 

Ann Eliza Boswick. 

244 I'^ iJ^^ ^^^^ of John, Jr. 

Charles Curtis Beers, b. Sept. 2, 1808, Newtown, Conn. p. 245. 
Mary Beers, b. April 10, 181 1 ; d. May 27, 1829, (T. S., Newtown, Ct.) 
Esther Beers, b. December 31, 1813, Newtown, Conn. 

d. November 28, 1863, (T. S., Newtown Cemy.) 

m. November i, 1835, Newtown, Conn. 
David H. Johnson. 

[Son of John and Clara (Peck) Johnson.] 
d. February 24, 1874, aged 59 years, T. S. 
Phcebe Beers, b. August 4, 1816; d. January 3, 1835. 
Sarah Beers, b. September 6, 1819; d. November 27, 1830, T. S. 
Rebecca Beers, b. April 27, 1822. 

June 3, 1890, " Entered into rest." T. S. 
m. (Second wife of) 

David H. Johnson. 

[Son of John Johnson (d. March 9, 1845, ae. 63), widow of John Johnson (d. Aug. 2( 
184s, as. 63.)] 

Sylvia Beers. 

[Eldest dau. of Abel Beers and Mary Beach.] 

b. June 24, 1800, Newtown. 

d. January 8, 1870, aged 69. (T. S., Newtown Cem^) 

m. Sinclair Toucey. 

[Son of Donald and Betty Toucey.] 

July 24, 1855, aged 58. (T. S., Newtown Cemy.) 

children : 

Edward Toucey, October 17, 1846, aged 12. (T. s., Newtown Cemy.) 

Henry Sinclair Toucey, March 27, 1870, aged 43. (t. s., Newtown.) 

Mary E. Toucey, 

John Beach Beers. 

[Eldest son of Abel Beers and Mary Beach.] 

b. September ii, 1802, Newtown, Conn. 

d. March 3, i860, Council Bluffs, Iowa; buried 

Newtown Cem^. 
m, 1857, Bellevue, Sarpy Co., Nebr. 

Eliza Dunn, 

In the line of John, Jr. 245 

Sarah Beach Beers. 

[Only child of John Beach Beers and Eliza Dunn.] 

b. August 6, 1859, Council Bluffs, Iowa, 
m. September 11, 1877, Council Bluffs, Iowa. 

Millard Fillmore Rohrer. 

[Son of Judge George C. Rohrer and Sophia E. Deaner (formerly Rohrersville, Wash- 
ington Co., Md.).] 

b. August 30, 1850, Rohrersville, Md. 


John Beach Beers Rohrer, b. December 31, 1878. 

d. February 8, 1880, Council Bluffs, Iowa. 
Isaac Beers Rohrer, b. August 16, 1881, Council Bluffs, Iowa. 
Carrie Test Rohrer, b. April 4, 1884, Council Bluffs, Iowa. 

(v. M. F. Rohrer.) 

Charles Curtis Beers. 

[Third son of Abel Beers and Mary Beach.] 

b. September 2, 1808, Newtown, Conn. 

d. November 28, 1843, aged 35 years, 2 mo. 26 da. 

m. Harriet Peck. (Mr. Beers' Note Book.) 

[Dau. of Isaac and — (Botsford) Peck.] 

b. 1807. 

November 20, 1877 ; died aged 70. 

(Isaac Beers' Note B'k.) 

Sarah Esther Beers, b. Dec. 31, 1832; d. Sept. 13, 1857. 
Isaac Beach Beers, b. Nov. 29, 1840; d. May 27, 1856. 

(Isaac Beers' Note B'k.) 

246 In the line of Lazarus 

Lazarus Beach. 

[Fourth son of Revd John Beach, by his first wife, Sarah Beach, p. 201.] 

b. September 20, 1736. (Newtown Records.) 

d. January 20, 1800, Redding, 
m. June 20, 1756. 

Lydia Sanford. 
[Dau. of Lemuel Sanford and Rebecca Squires (Sanford).] 
b. May 17, 1738 O. S. 
d. November 28, 1796/7. 


Sarah Beach, b. Sept. 27, 1758; d. Nov. 21, 1759, Redding, Conn. 
Lazarus Beach, Jr., b. December i, 1760, Redding, Conn. p. 246. 
Lemuel Beach, b. March 31, 1763, Redding, Conn. 
Sarah Beach, b. November 19, 1764, Redding, Conn. p. 255. 
Hannah Beach, b. April 11, 1767, Redding, Conn. p. 289. 
Eunice Beach, b. September 23, 1769, Redding, Conn. p. 293. 
Isaac Beach, b. May 19, 1773, Redding, Conn. p. 296. 
Abigail Beach, b. Sept. 13, 1778; d. Dec. 17, 1837, age 59. 

(Redding Records.) 


Lazarus Beach, Jr. 

[Eldest son of Lazarus Beach and Lydia Sanford.] 
b. Dec. I, 1760, Redding, Conn. (Redding Record.) 

d. June 28, 1816, New York City, 
m. August 19, 1797, Bridgeport, Conn. 

Polly (Thompson) Hall. 

[Widow of Dr. Chas. A. Hall (m. 1783) ; dau. of Hezekiah and Rebecca (Judson) 

b. February 15, 1764. 
d. August, 1824. 

In the line of Lazarus 247 


A son, b. November 29, 1798; d. November 29, 1798. 
Fanny Beach, b. March 30, 1800, Bridgeport, Conn. p. 247, 
Caroline Beach, b. December 20, 1801, Bridgeport, Conn. p. 251. 
Catherine Beach, b. October 12, 1805, Bridgeport, Conn. p. 254. 

-Fanny Beach. 

[Eldest dau. of Lazarus Beach, Jr. and Polly (Thompson) Hall.] 

b. March 30, 1800, Bridgeport, Conn, 
d. March 14, 1868, Brooklyn, N. Y. 
first m. April 8, 1818, N. Y. C. (by Rev''^ Jas. Milnor.) 

James Ladd. 
b. November 7, 1792, Plymouth Dock (later Daven- 
port), Devonshire, England, 
d. April 15, 1852, Throgg's Neck, N. Y. 
second m. June 14, 1854, Throgg's Neck, N. Y. 

William Whitehead. 
b. December 17, 1786, Touch Place, Sterling Co., 

d. May 22, 1866, Throgg's Neck, N. Y. 

(Merchant in N. Y. C.) 

CHILDREN (of first marriage) 
Fanny Sophia Ladd, b. March 24, 1819, N. Y. C. ; d. May 29, 1840, 
Tarrytown, N. Y. ; m. April 8, 1839, St. Peter's Ch., N. Y. C. 
(by ReV^ H. Smith, D.D.) 
James Law, M.D., of Perth, Scotland, res. N. Y. 
James Ladd, Jr., b. Dec. 20, 1820 ; d. Oct. 21, 1823, New York City. 
Mary Caroline Ladd, b. March i, 1823; d. January 6, 1834, N. Y. C. 
William Whitehead Ladd, b. November i, 1825, N. Y. C. p. 248. 
Samuel Denton Ladd, b. Feb'y 29, 1828; d. Jan'y 13, 1834, N. Y. C. 
Catherine Medora Ladd, b. M'ch 22, 1831 ; d. Jan'y 5, 1834, N. Y. C. 
Infant son b. December 27, 1833 ; d. December 27, 1833. 
\ James Beach Ladd, b. October 19, 1834; d. Oct. 19, 1834, N. Y. C. 
/ Samuel Beach Ladd, b. October 19, 1834, New York City (umm.) 
Caroline Medora Ladd, b. June 25, 1837, New York City. p. 249. 
Ellen Louise Ladd, b. October 30, 1839, New York City. p. 250. 
Fanny Beach Ladd, b. Dec. 28, 1841 ; d. Jan'y n, 1844, N. Y. C. 
Catherine Ladd, b. June 12, 1844, Throgg's Neck, N. Y, p. 249. 

(certified copy F. G. Van Wyck.) (Ladd's Bible, Wm. W. Ladd, Jr.) 

248 In the line of Lazarus 

, William Whitehead Ladd. 

[Second son of James Ladd and Fanny Beach.] 

b. November i, 1825, New York City, 
m. June 11, 185 1, St. Peter's Church (Rev''^ W. 
Canfield), New York City. 

Sarah Hannan Phillips. 

[Dau. of Thomas Phillips, res. N. Y. C. (b. in Maine), and Mary Ann Hannan, N. Y. C] 

b. April 28, 1826, New York City, 
d. August 9, 1884, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

William W. Ladd, Jr., b. Sept. 24, 1852, Throgg's Neck, N. Y. p. 248. 
Walter G. Ladd, b. September 20, 1856, Throgg's Neck, N. Y. p. 248. 
Henry M. Ladd, b. June 7, 1858, Throgg's Neck, N. Y. p. 249, 
James B. Ladd, b. June 27, i860, Throgg's Neck, N. Y. p. 249. 

(W. W. Ladd, Jr.) 

^William Whitehead Ladd, Jr. 

[Eldest son of William Whitehead Ladd and Sarah Hannan Phillips.] 

b. September 24, 1852, Throgg's Neck, N. Y. 
m. May 22, 1876, New York City. 

Elizabeth Adelaide Rowe. 

[Third dau. of Griffith Rowe (b. Apr. i8, 1814, Carnarvon, Wales ; d. Apr. 10, 1895, 
N. Y. C.) m. Dec. 13, 1838, N. Y. C, Cornelia Jane Rodgers (b. June 26, 1819, 
N.Y. C. ; d. Dec. 10, 1887, N. Y. C.) dau. of Jas. Forrester Rodgers, London, 
Eng., and Mary Lynch.] 

b. January 12, 1852, New York City. 

Elizabeth Ladd, b. February 25, 1881. New York City. 

(W. W. Ladd, Jr.) 

■ Walter Grseme Ladd. 

[Second son of William Whitehead Ladd and Sarah Hannan Phillips.] 

b. September 20, 1856, Throgg's Neck, N. Y. 

m. December 5, 1883 (Rev" Jno. Hall, D.D.), N. Y. C. 

Kate Everit Macy. 

[Dau. of Josiah Macy, Jr., and CaroHne L. Everit.] 

b. April 6, 1863, New York City. 

(v. W. G. Ladd, Cal.) 

In the line of Lazarus 249 

, Rev'd Henry Manchester Ladd. 

[Third son of William Whitehead Ladd and Sarah Hannan Phillips.] 

b. June 7, 1858, Throgg's Neck, N. Y. 
m. October 25, 1887, Hartford, Conn. 

Martha Williams Coit. 

[Dau. of Samuel Coit and Mary Elizabeth Gladding.] 

b. April 5, 1862, Hartford, Conn. 


Coit Ladd, b. May 7, 1890, Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Henry Manchester Ladd, Jr., b. Sept. 3, 1892, Norwood, N. J. 

(v. Rev'd H. M. Ladd.) 

. James Beach Ladd. 

[Youngest son of William Whitehead Ladd and Sarah Hannan Phillips.] 

b. June 27, i860, Throgg's Neck, N. Y. 
m. Oct. 9, 1889, Darby, Delaware Co., Pa. 

Rebecca Serrill. 

[Dau. of William Daniel Humphreys Serrill and Fanny Pascall Lloyd.] 

b. March 10, 1867, Darby, Delaware Co., Penna. 

Frances Serrill Ladd, b. Feb. 28, 1894, Baltimore, Balto. Co., Md. 

(v. J. B. Ladd.) 

•Caroline Medora Ladd. 

[Fourth dau. of James Ladd and Fanny Beach, p. 247.] 

b. June 25, 1837, New York City, 
d. July 2, 1878, Brooklyn, N. Y. 
m. November 15, 1859, St. Peter's Church of West- 
chester, Westchester Co., N. Y. 

*DocTOR William Gilfillan. 

[Son of Alexander Gilfillan, R. N., and Eliza McCutchens, b. 1808 ; d. 1897.] 

b. May 25, 1834. 

*in. as second wife Catherine Ladd, seventh dau. of James Ladd and Fanny Beach, b. 
June 12, 1844, Throgg's Neck, N. Y. ; d. Nov. 10, 1895, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

250 In the line of Lazarus 

CHILDREN (of first marriage, none by second) : 
Fanny Gilfillan, b. July i, 1862, Brooklyn, N. Y. p. 250. 
William Whitehead Gilfillan, b. Dec. 4, 1869, B'klyn, N.Y. (unm.) 

fv. F. G. VanWyck.) 

' Fanny Gilfillan. 

[Only dau. of William GilfiUan, M.D., by his first wife, Caroline M. Ladd.] 

b. July I, 1862, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

m. November 3, 1890, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Albert Van Wyck. 

[Son of Samuel Van Wyck, Huntingdon, L. I. and Eliza A. Ketcham, Huntingdon.] 

Katherine Ladd Van Wyck, b. March 5, 1892, Brooklyn, N. Y. 
Samuel Beach Van Wyck, b. July 29, 1893, Brooklyn, N.Y. 

(V. F. G. Van Wyck.) 

■ Ellen Louise Ladd. 

[Fifth dau. of James Ladd and Fanny Beach.] 

b. October 30. 1839, New York City. 
m. October 22, 1867, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

William Wallace, M.D. 

[Son of Rev<i Henry and Mary Simpson (Kennedy) Wallace.] 

b. May 15, 1835, Cork, Ireland. 

d. December 22, 1896, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Henry Wallace, M.D., b. July 11, 1868, Brooklyn, N. Y. p. 250. 
William Wallace, Jr., b. April 28, 1873, Brooklyn, N. Y. (unm.) 

(v. E. L. L. Wallace.) 

Henry Wallace, M.D. 

[Eldest son of William Wallace, M.D. and Ellen Louise Ladd.] 

b. July II, 1868, Brooklyn, N. Y. 
m. October 14, 1896, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Carrie Louise Bostwick. 

[Dau. of Cyrus Benjamin Bostwick and Sarah J. Riblet.] 

b. February 25, 1870, New York City. 

(v. E. L. L. Wallace.) 

In the line of Lazarus 251 

• Caroline Beach. 

[Second dau. of Lazarus Beach, Jr. and Polly (Thompson) Hall, p. 246.] 

b. December 20, 1801, New York City (?) 
d. April 9, 1837, New York City, 
m. July 12, 1825, New York City. 

[Son of Col. Perry and Dorothy (Whittlesey) Averill.] 

b. August 30, 1795, Washington, Conn, 
d. July 9, 1857, New York City. 

CHILDREN (of his first marriage) : 
Lucy Caroline Averill, b. June 17, 1826, New Utrecht, L. I. p. 251. 
Perry Beach Averill, b. February 28, 1828; d. Oct. 9, 1829, N. Y.C. 
Joseph Otis Averill, b. Oct. 22, 1830, New York City. p. 253. 
AuGUSTiN GURLEY AvERiLL, b. Oct. 30, 1832, New York City, 
d. Dec. 17, 1833, New York City. 

(rec'd Miss Dixon and E. C. R. Moffat.) 

♦Lucy Caroline Averill. 

[Only dau. of Augustine Averill, by his first wife, Caroline Beach.] 

b. June II, 1826, New Utrecht, L. I. 
d. July 7, 1856, Cozzen's Hotel, West Point, N. Y. 
m. July 28, 1847, Woodbury, Conn. 
William Churchill, Jr. 

[Son of William and Mary Ehzabeth (Haden) Churchill.] 

b. February 4, 1825, Boston, Mass. 
d. June 7, 1873, Montclair, N. J. 


Mary Caroline Churchill, b. July i6, 1849, New York City. p. 252. 
Florence Churchill, b. April 21, 1851, Brooklyn, N. Y. p. 252. 
William Churchill. 3d, J ^ . ^^^^ j^ ^^^j j„f^„^y, 

Lucy Churchill, \ 

(rec'd Miss Dixon and E. C. R. Moffat.) 

♦Augustine Averill, m. 2d. May, 1837, Margaret Fraser, dau. of Simon Eraser and Amy 
Thompson (dau. of Hezekiah Thompson) ; b. Sept. 22, 1812 ; d. Dec. 29, 1888. Ch : Mary 
Frances, b. Oct. 24, 1840, unm. ; Margaret Fraser, b. May 10, 1843, m. Nov. 25, 1879, Thomas 
Hooker ; Louise Edelsten, b. Nov. 22, 1844 : d. July 7, 1893 ; m. March 24, 1870, Charles 
Meigs Charnley. Ch. : Chas. M., James, Louis E., and Constance Charnley : Heman and 
Augustin Averill died. (rec'd M. F. Averill.) 

252 In the line of Lazarus 

•Mary Caroline Churchill. 

[Eldest dau, of William Churchill, Jr., by his first wife, Lucy Caroline Averill.] 

b. July 16, 1849, New York City. 

m. November 9, 1870, Brooklyn, New York. 

George Hurlbut Ripley. 

[Son of George Clinton Ripley and Hannah Bass Penniman.] 

b. February 3, 1848, Brooklyn, New York. 


Elizabeth C. Ripley, b. April 11, 1872, Montclair, N. J. p. 252. 
Edith Churchill Ripley, b. November 26, 1873. 
Florence Churchill Ripley, b. June 23, 1875. 
Annah Churchill Ripley, b. April 25, 1877. 
George Clinton Ripley, b. June 8, 1878. 
Ruth Ripley, b. June 4, 1882; d, March 21, 1884. 

(v. E. C. R. Moffat.) 

Elizabeth Churchill Ripley. 

[Eldest dau. of George Hurlbut Ripley and Mary Carohne Churchill.] 

b. April II, 1872, Montclair, N. J. 

m. April 11, 1896, San Mateo, San Mateo Co., Cal. 

Fraser Muir Moffat. 

[Son of David Moffat (Musselburgh, Scotland) and Susannah Lundie (Kelso, Scotland).] 

b. January 8, 1868, Brooklyn, New York. 

Eraser Muir Moffat, Jr., b. August 8, 1897, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

(V. E. C. R. Moffat.) 

> VI. 
Florence Churchill. 

[Second dau. of William Churchill, Jr., by his first wife, Lucy CaroHne Averill.] 

b. April 21, 185 1, Brooklyn, N. Y. 
m. Oct. 19, 1875, Montclair, N. J. (ree'd e. C, R. M.) 
William Lawrence Gerrish, Jr. 

[Son of William Lawrence Gerrish.] 

b. September 10, 1846. 

hi the line of Lazarus 253 


William Churchill Gerrish, b. November 13, 1877. 
Thornton Gerrish, b. July 17, 1879. 

< John Brown Gerrish, b. December 26, 1885 ; d. April 7, 1886. 

\ Florence Gerrish, b. December 26, 1885. 

(rec'd Mrs. W. L. Gerrish.) 

Joseph Otis Averill. 

[Second son of Augustin Averill, by his first wife, Caroline Beach, p. 251.] 

b. October 22, 1830, New York City, 
d. September 29, 1889, Brooklyn, N. Y. 
first xa. May 11, 1852. 

Sarah E. Jones. 

[Dau. of John H. Jones of Cold Spring Harbor, L. I.] 

d. March 19, 1853. 
One daughter, b. March 19, 1853 ; d, July, 1853. 

second m. June 17, 1855, Commack, Long Island. 

Mary Elizabeth Smith. 

[Dau. of Caleb Smith, Smithtown, L. L, and Harriet Atwood Bailey.J 

b. January 25, 1834, Commack, N. Y. 
d. March 21, 1894, Bay Ridge, N. Y. 

children (of second marriage) : 
Heman Augustin Averill, b. May, 1856; d. April, 1857, New York. 
Joseph Otis Averill, Jr., June 4, 1857, New York City. p. 254. 
Ellen Mills Averill, b. July" 11, 1859, New York City, 
m. September, 1895. 

(2d wife of) Charles Meigs Charnley. 

[Son William Slater Charnley and Elizabeth Bates Atwater (New Haven, Ct.).] 

Henry Russell Averill, b. August 20, 1861, New Haven, Ct. ; 

d. July 7, 1894, Brooklyn, N. Y. 
Charles Smith Averill, b. November 24, 1863, Brooklyn (unm.) 
Mary Averill, b. March 28, 1866, Brooklyn, N. Y. 
William Judson Averill, b. May 22, 1870, Smithtown, L. I. ; 

d. Sept. 189s, New York. (v. Chas. S. AveriU, Japan.) 


254 In the line of Lazarus 

Joseph Otis Averill, Jr. 

[Second son of Joseph Otis Averill, by his second wife, Mary E. Smith.] 

b, June 4, 1857, New York City. 

m. December 13, 1886, Yokohama, Japan. 

Julia Cammann Blake. 

[Dau. of Alexander Veits Blake and Maria E. Whitehouse.] 

Dorothy Averill, b. June 22, 1888, Yokohama, Japan. 
Otis Averill, b. January 15, 1891, Yokohama, Japan. 
Norman Whitehouse Averill, b. Jan. 20, 1892, Yonkers, N. Y. 

(v. Chas. S. Averill, Japan.) 

Catherine Beach. 

[Third dau. of Lazarus Beach, Jr. and Polly (Thompson) Hall.] 

b. October 12, 1805, Bridgeport, Conn, 
d. November 3, 1866. 
m. April 21, 1825. 

Thomas Smith Underhill. 

[Eldest son of Peter and Hannah (Smith) Underhill. (Direct descendant of Lord 
Underhill of Warwickshire, Eng., otherwise Capt. Jno. Underhill, famous in 
the history of Long Island.)] 

b. February 3, 1803, Great Neck, Long Island, 
d. February 17, 1852. 

children : 
Catherine Sophia Underhill, b. May 20, 1826, New York. p. 255. 
George Frederick Underhill, b. Nov. 3, 1833; d. May 1834, 
Hannah Smith Underbill, b. March 2, 1835, New York City. p. 255. 

fAuGUSTiN Averill Underhill, b. Sept. 28, 1836, New York; 

i d. Oct. 18, 1854, New York City. 

I Caroline Averill Underhill, b. Sept. 28, 1836, New York. 

[^ d. Nov. 27, 1897, Brooklyn, (unm.) 

Emma Beach Underhill, b. Nov. 1839; d. Jan. 22, 1841, New York. 
Thomas Smith Underhill, Jr., b. March 12, 1842, New York; 

d. April 30, 1843, New York City. (v. Miss Dixon.) 

In the line of Lazarus 255 

Catherine Sophia Underhill. 

[Eldest dau. of Thomas Smith Underhill and Catherine Beach.] 

b. May 20, 1826, New York City. 

d. January 22, 1863, New Canaan, Conn. 

m. Nov. 16, i853,Ch.of the Holy Communion, N.Y.C. 

John Dixon, Jr. 

[Son of John Dixon and Ann Hargrave.] 

b. 1824, Bradford, England. 

d. November 10, 1869, Bradford, England. 


AuGUSTiN Underhill Dixon, b. July 16, 1855, New York. 

d. February, 1856, New York City. 
Annie Dixon, b. August 10, 1856, New York City, (unm.) 

(v. Miss Dixon.) 


Hannah Smith Underhill. 

[Second dau. of Thomas Smith Underhill and Catherine Beach.] 

b. March 2, 1835, New York City. 

m. April 25, 1866, St. Matthews Ch., B'klyn, N. Y. 

William Ashley Rumsey. 

[Son of Joseph Elicot and Lucy Matthews (Ransom) Rumsey.] 

b. November 4, 1833, Stafford, N. Y. 

children : 
( William Ashley Rumsey, b. June 13, 1867, Helena, Montana. 
\ Lottie M. Rumsey, b. June 13, 1867, Helena, Montana. 

(v. H. S. U. Rumsey.) 


Sarah Beach. 

[Second dau. of Lazarus Beach and Lydia Sanford. p. 246.] 

b. Nov. 19, 1764, Redding, Conn, 
d. May 10, 1828. 
m. , 1780. 

James Sanford. 

[Eldest son of John Sanford and Ann Wheeler. (Sanford.)] 
b. , 1758, Redding, Conn, 

d. April 14, 1842, bur'd Redding Ridge, Conn. 

256 In the line of Lazarus 


Lemuel Sanford, b. November 20, 1781, Redding, Conn. p. 256. 

Lydia Ann Sanford, b. August i, 1782, Redding, Conn. p. 269. 

Isaac Sanford, b. April 23, 1786, Redding, Conn. p. 281. 

Alanson Sanford, b. January 20, 1789, Redding, Conn, p, 282, 

Lazarus Sanford, b. Dec. 8, 1791, Redding; d. (unm.) 

Sally Sanford, b. February 14, 1794, Redding, Conn. p. 285. 

John Beach Sanford, b. October 10, 1796, Redding, Conn. 

John Beach and Anna Sanford's children George and Cathe- 
rine, bapt. June 4, 1821. (Christ Ch. Rec'd.) 

James Sanford, Jr., b. June 10, 1799, Redding, Conn. p. 285. 

Charles Sanford, b. January 7, 1801, Redding. (Rec'd, Vol. II., p. 112.) 

Child, b. October i, 1804, Redding, Conn. 

Harriet Sanford, b. ; d. April 29, 1840. 

Maria Sanford, b. April, 1811 ; d. March 28, 1824, se 13 yr. 

(p. 56, Vol. II, R. R.) 

Lemuel Sanford. 

[Eldest son of James Sanford and Sarah Beach.] 
, j November 20, 1780. 

( November 20, 1781. (Redding Rec'd.) 

d. April 26, 1826, Redding, Conn, 
m. , 1802. 

Charlotte Platt. 

[Dau. of Jarvis Platt and Annie Nichols.] (Nichols-Sanford.) 

b. November, 1785. 

d. January 14, 1846, ae. 60 yrs. 3 ms. 


*Phillida Sanford, bapt. Oct. 27, 1817 " Felida," 

(Christ Ch. Rec'd, Redding Ridge.) 
m. December 15, 1822. (Redding Rec'd.) 

Norman T. Middlebrook of Weston (one ch. died.) 
*Sarah Anne Sanford, bapt. Oct. 27, 1817. (Christ Ch. Rec'd.) 

*Abby Sanford, b. June 26, 1808, Redding, Conn. p. 257. 
*Philo Sanford, bapt. October 27, 1817. (Christ Ch. Rec'd.) 

*ISAAC Platt Sanford, b. November 22, 181 1, Redding, Conn. p. 259. 
*Betsey Sanford, b. June 16, 181 5, Redding, Conn. p. 262. 

(*0n records— baptized at Redding Episcopal Ch., October 27, 1817.) 

In the line of Lazarus 257 

*Hannah Beach Sanford, b. 1816 ; d. 1841 ; 

m. Newtown, Conn., Edmund Wheeler; d. Sept. 29, 1895. 

Child: James Sanford Wheeler, b. Feb. 23, 1840; d. May 

28, 1868, N.Y.C. 
David Platt Sanford, b. Jan. 29, 1819, Redding, Conn. p. 266. 
Eunice Louisa Sanford, b. June 4, 1824, Redding, Conn. p. 268. 

Abby Sanford. 

[Third dau. of Lemuel Sanford and Charlotte Platt.] 

b. June 26, 1808, Redding, Conn. 
d. June 19, 1893, Saint Paul, Minn, 
m. April 2, 1827, Redding, Conn. 

Harry Warner. 

[Third son of Hermon Warner (b. April i6, 1769) and Rebekah Camp (b. April 20, 
1771) joined in marriage January 20, 1793. Vol. II, p. 11.] 

b. October l6, 1798. (Newtown Record.) 


children : 
John Morris Warner, b. September 7, 1828, Redding, Conn. p. 257. 
Reuben Warner, b. July 14, 1831, Redding, Conn. p. 258. 

John Morris Warner. 

[Elder son of Harry Warner and Abby Sanford.] 

b. September i, 1828, Redding, Conn, 
m. September 20, 1862, Saint Paul, Minn. 

Rosa Schauer. 

children : 
Annie H. A. Warner, b. September 25, 1865, St Paul, Minn. 
George Warner, b. September 12, 1870, St. Paul, Minn. 
Rosa D. C. Warner, b. Oct. i, 1873; d. Jan. 4, 1876, St. Paul, Minn. 

(rec'd Jno. M. Warner.) 

258 In the line of Lazarns 

Reuben Warner. 

[Younger son of Harry Warner and Abby Sanford.] 

b. July 14, 1831, Redding, Conn. 

m. April 22, 1869, St. Cloud, Minnesota. 

Mary Robertson. 

[Dau. of J. W. and Ann M. (Langing) Robertson.] 

b. September 23, 1848, Fredericton, St. Johns, N. B. 


Reuben Warner, Jr., b. October 15, 1870, St. Paul, Minn. p. 258. 
Abby Sanford Warner, b. December 27, 1871, St. Paul, Minn, 
j Harry Flandrau WARNER,b. March 27, 1874, St. Paul, Minn. p. 258. 
\ Grace Alice Warner, b. March 27, 1874, St. Paul, Minn. 259. 
Sidney Alexander Warner, b. Sept. 15, 1877, St. Paul, Minn. 
Eugene Frederick Warner, b. May 16, 1879, St. Paul, Minn. 
Arthur Hobart Warner, b. December 23, 1881, St. Paul, Minn. 
Lester A. B. Warner, b. Jan. 5, 1886, St. Paul, Minn. 

d. May 19, 1891, St. Paul, Minn. 
Charles Dudley Warner, b. November 14, 1892, St. Paul, Minn. 

(v. Reuben Warner.) 

Reuben Warner, Jr. 

[Eldest son of Reuben Warner and Mary Robertson.] 

b. October 15, 1870, Saint Paul, Minn, 
m. June i, 1892, Minneapolis, Minn. 

Gabrielle Hutchins. 

[Dau. of Dr. E. A. Hutchins and Elizabeth Jane Thickens.] 

b. March 7, 1873, Canton, N. Y. 

Elizabeth Sanford Warner, b. February 24, 1893, St. Paul, Minn. 

(v. Reuben Warner, Jr.) 

Harry Flandrau Warner. 

[Twin child of Reuben Warner and Mary Robertson.] 

b. March 27, 1874, Saint Paul, Minn, 
m. April 7, 1896, Saint Paul, Minn. 

Mary Dougherty. 

[Dau. of F. I. Dougherty and Elizabeth S. Smith.] 

b. October 4, 1876. 

In the line of Lazarus 259 


Grace Eugenia Warner, b. January 25, 1897, St. Paul, Minn. 

(V. H. F. Warner.) 

Grace Alice Warner. 

[Twin child of Reuben Warner and Mary Robertson.] 

b. March 27, 1874, St. Paul, Minn, 
m. February 17, 1897, St. Paul, Minn. 

George Dakin Cochrane. 

[Son of Robert Henry Cochrane and Mattie Dakin.] 

b. January 31, 1868, St. Clairesville, O. 


George Dakin Cochrane, Jr., b. Dec. 7, 1897, St. Paul, Minn. 

(v. G. A. W. Cochrane.) 


Isaac Piatt Sanford. 

[Eldest son of Lemuel Sanford and Charlotte Piatt, p. 256.] 

b. November 22, 181 1, Redding, Conn. 

d. March 10, 1887, Lake Forest Cem'^', Grand 

Haven, Mich, 
m. October 27, 1834. 

Mary Jennings Royall. 

[Dau. of Timothy and Christina (Cranse) Royall.] 

b. December i, 1814. 

d. October 6, 1883, Grand Haven, Mich. 

children : 
Timothy R. Sanford, b. June 13, 1835, Elmira, N. Y. p. 260. 
Isaac Hull Sanford, b. September 27, 1836, Elmira, N. Y. ; 
m. September 30, 1874, Grand Haven, Mich. 
Mary (Miller) Osgood. 

[Widow of Lieut. George Osgood ; d. of Capt. Harry and Elizabeth D. (Really) Miller.] 

b. May 14, 1836, Detroit, Mich. 
Lieut. Josiah Bennett Sanford, b. April 30, 1838; 

d. April 22, 1887, Grand Haven, (unm.) 
Mary Frances Sanford, b. March 4, 1840, Dunkirk, N. Y. p. 260. 
George Davis Sanford, b. January 7, 1842, Kent, Ohio. p. 261. 
*David Platt Sanford, b. December 18, 1844, Akron, Ohio. 

m. September 10, 1870, Grand Haven, Mich. 
Anna Dikehouse (Dykehuis.) 

b. April 19, 1849. 

*Sergt. Co. B, ist Mich. Sharpshooters. 

26o In the line of Lazarus 

Henry Carlton Sanford, b. June 14, 1846, Akron, Ohio. p. 261. 
Emma Maretta Sanford, b. August 6, 1849, Akron, Ohio, 
m. January 24, 1884, Lansing, Mich. 

James Pease Brayton. 

]Son of James Colgrave Brayton and Julia Barnard. "Swain and Allied Families. 

(See Brayton.) 

b. Nov. 23, 1847, Aztalan, Wis. 
Adeline Wheeler Sanford, b. Sept. 7, 1851 ; d. Nov. 15, 1852. 
Charles Edmon Newell Sanford, b. June i, 1858; 

d. July 28, 1884. (unm.) (Rec'd E. M. S. Brayton.) 

* Timothy Royall Sanford. 

[Eldest son of Isaac Piatt Sanford and Mary Jennings Royall.] 

b. June 13, 1835, Elmira, N. Y. 

d. March 16, 1886, Grand Rapids, Mich. 

m. May 11, 1858, Akron, Ohio. 

Mary E. MacDonald. 

• Harry Royall Sanford. 

[Only child of Timothy Royall Sanford and Mary E. MacDonald.] 

b. May 31, 1859. 

m. November 18, 1886. 

Cedella L. Rowan. 

children : 
Chester Christian Sanford, b. April 16, 1888. 
Mary Ellen Sanford, b. August 9, 1892. (rec'd e. M. S. Brayton.) 

' Mary Frances Sanford. 

[Eldest dau. of Isaac Piatt Sanford and Mary Jennings Royall.] 

b. March 4, 1840, Dunkirk, N. Y. 

m, December 23, 1868, Grand Haven, Mich. 

f George Henry Saxton. 

[Son of Jonathan Ashley Saxton and Miranda Wright. (Deerfield Histoiy.)] 

b. May 21, 1831, Deerfield, Mass. 

* Serg't Konklin's 4th Ohio Battery. I (-.j^jj Vf2,x. 
t Co. B, ist Michigan Sharpshooters. ' 

In the line of Lazarus 261 


Isaac Ashley Saxton, b. July 27, 1870, Grand Haven, Mich. 
Edmund Luke Saxton, b. July 29, 1872, Grand Haven, Mich. 
Mary Emma Saxton, b. September 23, 1874, Grand Haven, Mich. 

(rec'd E. M. S. Brayton.) 

• George Davis Sanford. 

[Fourth son of Isaac Piatt Sanford and Mary Jennings Royall.] 

b. January 7, 1842, Kent, Ohio. 

m. May i, 1873, Grand Haven, Mich. 

Francis Stoner. 

[Dau. of Jacob and Anna (Webb) Stoner.] 

b. June 24, 1852, Ripley, New York. 

children : 
Grace Royall Sanford, b. Nov. 22, 1874; 

d. Jan. 31, 1876, Grand Haven, Mich. 
Lillian Webb Sanford, b. July 7, 1876, Grand Haven, Mich. 
George Deroy Sanford, b. February 29, 1880, Grand Haven, Mich. 
Mary Francis Sanford, b. November 26, 1881, Grand Haven, Mich. 
Charles Guy Sanford, b. June 26, 1883; 

d. Feb. 20, 1884, Grand Haven, Mich. 
Francis Stoner Sanford, b. Oct. 22, 1890, Grand Haven, Mich. 

(rec'd E. M. S. Brayton.) 

, Henry Carlton Sanford. 

[Sixth son of Isaac Piatt Sanford and Mary Jennings Royall.] 

b. June 14, 1846, Akron, Ohio. 

m. February 14, 1870, Grand Haven, Michigan. 

Eugenia Beckwith. 

[Dau. of Edward Mertimer and Helen M. (Boughman) Beckwith.] 

Isaac Hull Sanford, b. November 8, 1870, Grand Haven, Mich. 
Carlton Wheeler Sanford, b. August 21, 1872 ; 

d. July 24, 1873, Grand Haven, Mich. 
Henry Carlton Sanford, Jr., b. Nov. 18, 1875, Grand Haven, Mich. 
Eugenia Beckwith Sanford, b. Mar, 12, 1882, Grand Haven, Mich. 
James Brayton Sanford, b. September 9, 1883, Grand Haven, Mich. 

(rec'd E. M. S. Brayton.) 

262 In the line of Lazarus 

■** Betsey Sanford. 

[Fourth dau. of Lemuel Sanford and Charlotte Piatt, p. 256.] 

b. June 16, 1815, Redding, Conn, 
d. October 27, 1856, Bethel, Conn, 
m. May 15, 1835, Bethel, Conn. 

George Barnum. 

[Son of Asahel and Lucy (Grey) Barnum.] 

b. May 11, 181 2, Bethel, Conn, 
,d. March 6, 1864, Bethel, Conn. 


Charlotte Augusta Barnum, b. Mar. 31, 1837, Bethel, Conn. p. 262. 
Hannah Sanford Barnum, b. Dec. 2, 1839, Bethel, Conn. p. 263. 
Adaline Amelia Barnum, b. April 28, 1842, Bethel, Conn. p. 264. 
Sarah Elizabeth Barnum, b. Oct. 19, 1845, Bethel, Conn. p. 264. 
Betsey Louisa Barnum, b. Sept. 8, 1847 ; d. Feb., 1866, Bethel, Conn. 
George W. Barnum, b. February 22, 1849, Bethel, Conn. p. 264, 
Henry Taylor Barnum, b. May 14, 1850, Bethel, Conn. p. 265. 
Lucy Jennette Barnum, b. February 27, 1852, Bethel, Conn.; 
m. January 12, 1890, Chicago, 111. 
Peter George. 

[Son of James and Mary George.] (v. L. J. B. George.) 

Charles Lemuel Barnum, b. October 21, 1855, Bethel, Conn. 

(Rec'd Family Bible, Mrs. Benedict.) 

Charlotte Augusta Barnum. 

[Eldest dau. of George Barnum and Betsey Sanford.] 

b. March 31, 1847, Bethel, Conn, 
m. November 24, 1859, Bethel, Conn. 

David Osborne, Jr. 

[Son of David and Hannah (Griffen) Osborne.] 

b. February 20, 1835, Danbury, Conn, 
d. August 19, 1874, Redding, Conn. 

children : 
Cora Barnum Osborne, b. July 16, 1862, Danbury, Conn. 
Bessie Louise Osborne, b. November 4, 1874, Danbury, Conn. 

(v. C. A. B. Osborne.) 

In the line of Lazarus 263 

Hannah Sanford Barnum. 

[Second dau. of Georg;e Barnum and Betsey Sanford.] 

b. December 2, 1839, Bethel, Conn, 
m. November 23, 1865, Bethel, Conn. 

Lewis B. Benedict. 

[Son of Joseph and Nancy (Hempstead) Benedict.] 

b. September 7, 1842, Newtown, Conn. 


Alida E. Benedict, b. November 22, 1866, Bethel, Conn. p. 263. 
Jeannette B. Benedict, b. March 23, 1870, Bethel, Conn, p, 263. 

(v. H. S. B. Benedict.) 

Alida Elizabeth Benedict, 

[Elder dau. of Lewis B. Benedict and Hannah Sanford Barnum.] 

b. November 22, 1866, Bethel, Conn. 
d. April 5, 1894, Rock Valley, Iowa, 
m. August 18, 1892, Centreville, South Dakota. 

Wilson Hinkley. 

[Son of Gideon and Mary Ann (Wilson) Hinkley ; (nephew of Jacob Hinkley.)] 

b. May 15, 1865, Wisconsin. 

Irma Sanford Hinkley, b. Oct. 22, 1893; Rock Valley; 

d, Sept. 13, 1894, Rock Valley, la. (v. Mrs. Jacob Hinkley.) 

Jeanette Barnum Benedict. 

[Younger dau. of Lewis B. Benedict and Hannah Sanford Barnum.] 

b. March 23, 1870, Bethel, Conn, 
m. November 9, 1892, Bethel, Conn. 

Clifford Benedict Morgan. 

[Son of Jerome and Cornelia (Benedict) Morgan.] 

b. July 13, 1870, Bethel, Conn. 


Ethel Celeste Morgan, b. August 25, 1893, Bethel, Conn. 

(v. J. B. B. Morgan.) 

264 In the line of Lazarus 

Adaline Amelia Barnum. 

[Third dau. of George Barnum and Betsey Sanford. p. 262.] 

b. April 28, 1842, Bethel, Conn. 

d. February 21, 1898, Centreville, South Dakota. 

m. November 11, 1884, Centreville, S. D. 

Jacob Hinkley. 

[Son of Jesse and Eliza H. Hinkley.] 

b. January 18, 1842, Lisbon, Maine. 

d. July I, 1897, Centreville, South Dakota. 

Eddy Hinkley, b. December, 1875 (was living with his step-mother 
on the farm, at the time of her death.) 

(v. by S. E. B. Norvell for her sister.) 

Sarah Elizabeth Barnum. 

[Fourth dau. of George Barnum and Betsey Sanford.] 

b. October 19, 1845, Bethel, Conn. 

m. September 25, 1883, Centreville, South Dakota. 

Rev° Joseph Elgin Norvell. 

[Son of George W. Norvell and Luvicy Parrott Boyd (b. Aug. 27, 1822, Mo. ; d. Oct. 
28, 1897, Hillsdale, Iowa).] 

b. May i, 1859, Waubousey, Iowa. 

(Member of Dakota M. E. Conference.) 

George Whitfield Norvell, b. .May 25, 1885, Hartford, S. D. 
Grace Edith Norvell, b. November 5, 1886, Beresford, S. D, 

S Philip David Norvell, b. August 9, 1888, Lodi, South Dakota. 

( Julia Sanford Norvell, b. Aug. 9, 1888, Lodi, South Dakota. 

(v. S. E. B. Norvell.) 

George Washington Barnum. 

[Eldest son of George Barnum and Betsey Sanford.] 

b. February 22, 1849, Bethel, Conn, 
d. October 20, 1883, Centreville, S. D. 
m. March 14, 1875, Centreville, S. D. 

Nora Bell Koons. 

[Dau. George Bowman Koons (b. Jan. 15, 1818, near Pittsburg, Pa.), m. M'ch 22, 
1854, Delmar, Clinton Co., Iowa, Eunice Lucinda Decker (b. June 14, 1822, Albany, 
N. Y.), (are still living near Haram, S. D., 1898).] 

In the line of Lazarus 265 


Addie Bell Barnum, b. June 10, 1877, Sioux City, Iowa, 
Sadie Elizabeth Barnum, b. October 18, 1879, Haram, S. D. 
Bertrand Andrew Barnum, b. December 29, 1882, Haram, S. D. 

(V. H. T. Barnum.) 

Henry Taylor Barnum. 

[Second son of George Barnum and Betsey Sanford.] 

b. May 14, 1850, Bethel, Conn. 

m. October 15, 1884, Haram, Lincoln Co., S. D. 

Nora Bell (Koons) Barnum. 

[Dau. of George Bowman Koons and Eunice Lucinda Decker.] 

b. April 2, 1858, Delmar, Clinton Co., Iowa. 


Luella Maud Barnum, b. July 18, 1885, Haram, S. D. 
George Koons Barnum, b. November 6, 1889, Haram, S. D. 
Royal Charles Barnum, b. May 17, 1893, Haram, S. D. 
Fred Clifford Barnum, b. October 17, 1895, Haram, S. D. 

(V. H. T. Barnum.) 

Charles Lemuel Barnum. 

[Youngest son of George Barnum and Betsey Sanford.] 

b. October 12, 1855, Bethel, Conn. 

m. November 25, 1884, Delaware, South Dakota. 

Helen Sitgreaves. 

[Dau. of Martin H. and Sarah (Iding) Sitgreaves.] 

b. July 14, 1862, Waymart, Wayne Co., Penna. 


Ilea Sitgreaves Barnum, b. August 23, 1889, Delaware, S. D. 

d. March 3, 1891, Lead City, S. D. 
Sheldon Charles Barnum, b. July 6, 1891, Lead City, S. D. 

(v. Chas. L. Barnum.) 

266 In the line of Lazarus 

'^^ Rev'd David Piatt Sanford, D.D. 

[Third son of Lemuel Sanford and Charlotte Piatt, p. 256.] 

b. January 29, 1819, Redding, Conn, 
d. April 3, 1883, Thompsonville, Conn. 
first m. April 3, 1847, Newtown, Conn. 

Caroline Hamlin. 

[Dau. of Ancillus and Jerusha (Botsford) Hamlin.] 

b. April 7, 1822, Newtown, Conn, 
d. July 7, 185 1, St. Louis, Missouri. 
second m. November 18, 1852, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Emma Bartow Lewis. 

[Dau. of Rev'd William H. Lewis and Emmeline Julia Bartow.] 

b. June 14, 1829, Flushing, L. L 

CHILDREN (of first marriage) : 
Grace Hyde Sanford, b. February 19, 1848, Newtown ; 

d. December 7, 1894, Nebraska City, Nebr. 
Alice Sanford, b. October 16, 1849, Wolcottville, Conn.; 

d. September 21, 1850, St. Louis, Mo. 

CHILDREN (of second marriage) : 
Caroline Hamlin Sanford, b. Feb. 11, 1854, B'klyn, N. Y. (unm.) 
Harriet E. Sanford, b. November 21, 1855, Brooklyn, N. Y. p. 266. 
David L. Sanford, b. September 6, 1857, Brooklyn, N. Y. p. 267. 
Charlotte Beach Sanford, b. Feb. 3, i860, Long Hill, Trumbull; 

d. July 30, 1864, Wolcottville, Conn. 
William Henry Sanford, b. March 31, 1862, Long Hill, Trumbull; 

d. April 15, 1862, Long Hill, Trumbull, Conn. 
Edgar L. Sanford, b. June 24, 1864, Wolcottville, Conn. p. 267. 
Amelia Sanford, b. April 26, 1868, Torrington (Wolcottville), Conn. 
Frederick H. Sanford, b. July 5, 1874, Thompsonville, Conn. p. 268. 

(v. Mrs. D. P. Sanford.) 

Harriet Emma Sanford. 

[Second dau. of Rev'<i David Piatt Sanford, by his second wife, Emma Bartow Lewis.] 

b. November 21, 1855, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

d. November 19, 1885, Salisbury, Conn. 

m. September 8, 1875, Thompsonville, Conn. 

Rev'^ James Hardin George, Jr. 

[Son of Rev'd James Hardin George and Martha Ann Taylor.] 

b. March 29, 1853, Albany, Georgia. 

hi the line of Lazartis 267 

Theodora George, b. June 28, 1876, Thompsonville, Conn. 
Harriet Emma George, b. September 28, 1877, Pittsfield; 

d. October 12, 1877, Pittsfield, N. H, 
David Sanford George, b. November 8, 1878, Pittsfield, N. H. 
Bertha Niles George, b. September 5, 1880, Pittsfield, N. H. 
Katherine Louise George, b. January 16, 1882, Windsor Locks; 

d. August 13, 1882, Windsor Locks, Conn. 
Caroline Anna George, b. June 17, 1883, Salisbury, Conn. 
James Hardin George, 3d, b. November 21, 1884, Salisbury, Conn. 
(rec'd Rev'd J. H. George and Rev'^ D. L. Sanford.) 

Rev'd David Lewis Sanford. 

[Eldest son of Rev'd David Piatt Sanford and Emma Bartow Lewis.] 

b. September 6, 1857, Brooklyn, N. Y. 
m. April 20, 1882, St. Andrew's Church, Thomp- 
sonville, Conn. 

Anna Traver Briscoe. 

[Dau. of Hon. Charles Henry and Anna (Traver) Briscoe.] 

b. December 5, 1858, Thompsonville, Conn. 

children : 
Helen Traver Sanford, b. March 21, 1883, Thompsonville, Conn. 
Alice Amelia Sanford, b. September 4, 1884, Thomaston, Conn. 
Charles Briscoe Sanford, b. January 10, 1887, Thomaston, Conn. 
Edgar Lewis Sanford, b. October 31, 1889, Bellows Falls, Vt. 
John Beach Sanford, b. June 22, 1891, Bellows Falls, Vt. 
Arthur Hall Sanford, b. March 15, 1895, Bellows Falls, Vt. 
David Platt Sanford, b. September 20, 1896, Bellows Falls, Vt. 

(v. Rev'd D. L. Sanford.) 

Rev'd Edgar Lewis Sanford. 

[Third son of Rev'd David Platt Sanford and Emma Bartow Lewis.] 

b. June 24, 1864, Wolcottville, now Torrington, Ct. 
m. October 16, 1889, Winsted, Conn. 

Anna Eugenia Munson. 

[Dau. of Eugene Miller Munson and Sarah Moses Squire.] 

b. Jan. 6, 1866, Winsted, Conn. 

268 In the line of Lazarus 


V^RA Sanford, b. October i, 1891, Douglaston, Queens Co., N. Y. 

(Greater N. Y.) 
Eva Matthews Sanford, b. July 6, 1894, Nebraska City, Nebr. 

(v. Rev'd E. L. Sanford.) 

Frederick Harriman Sanford. 

[Fourth son of Rev'd David Piatt Sanford and Emma Bartow Lewis.] 

b. July 5, 1874, Thomsonville, Conn, 
m. November 10, 1897, Danbury, Conn. 

Eva Starr Bates. 

[Dau. of Joseph Taylor Bates and Abbie Starr Taylor.] 
b. April 16, 1874. (v. F. H. Sanford.) 


Eunice Louisa Sanford. 

[Sixth dau. of Lemuel Sanford and Charlotte Flatt. p. 256.] 

b. June 4, 1824, Redding, Conn, 
d. September 11, 1881, Kent, Ohio, 
m, June 17, 1847, Akron, O. 

Thomas Melville. 

[Son of John and Irme Melville.] 

b. February 9, 18x4, New Mills, Scotland, 
d. September 14, 1877, Kent, Ohio. 

children : 
Frank I. Melville, b. October 2, 1848; d. March 30, 1852. 
Minnie M. Melville, b. July 4, 1854. Kent, Ohio. 

(v. M. M. M. Babbitt.) 

Minnie M. Melville. 

[Only dau. of Thomas Melville and Eunice Louisa Sanford.] 

b. July 4, 1854, Kent, Ohio, 
m. June 18, 1882, Kent, Ohio. 

Doctor George A. Babbitt. 

[Son of Simeon and Emily (McKinstry) Babbitt.] 

b. December 30, 1852, Bethel, Vermont. 

/;/ the line of Lazarus 269 


G. Melville Babbitt, b. June 7, 1883, Western Star, Ohio. 
Louisa E. Babbitt, b. August 2, 1886, Western Star, Ohio. 
Paul K Babbitt, b. December 13, 1889, Western Star, Ohio. 

(V. M. M. M. Babbitt.) 

* Lydia Ann Sanford. 

[Eldest dau. of James Sanford and Sarah Beach, p. 255-6.] 

b. August I, 1782. (Redding Rec'd.) 

d. April 22, 1824, Redding, Conn, 
m. August 16, 1 80 1. 

William Shepard. 

[Prob. son of Capt. Moses Shepard (d. April 25, 1809, Newtown Rec'd).] 

b. March 30, 1780. (Newtown Rec'd, p. 59-) 

"Said to have fallen at Battle of New Orleans, Jan'y 8, 1815." 


Elvira Shepard, b. January 15, i8o«, Redding, Conn. p. 269. 
William Mc Shepard, Jr., b. April 15, 1803, Redding, Conn. p. 274. 
Sally Shepard, P- 280. 


Elvira Shepard. 

[Elder dau. of William Shepard and Lydia Ann Sanford.] 

b. January 15, 1802, Redding, Conn. 

d. April 29, 1878. (Sanford Burial Ground.— T. S.) 

m. , Redding, Conn. 

William B. Cable. 
b. October 7, 1801, Weston, Conn, 
d. April 19, 1873. 

children : 
Harriet Maria Cable, b. 1822, Redding, Conn. p. 270. 
Mary E. Cable, m. left no descendants. 

Charles Cable, said to have been living in 1850, Albany, N. Y. 
\ Margaret Cable (died young at Albany). 
\ James Cable, b. 1837; m. 1861, Bridgeport, Conn., two children. 
Jennie Cable ; Agnes Cable. 

(Rec'd Mrs. Henry Sanford.) 

2/0 In the line of Lazarus 

Harriet Maria Cable. 

[Eldest dau. of William B. Cable and Elvira Shepard.] 

b. 1822, Redding, Conn. 

d. June 16, 1891, Chicago, 111. 

m. February 23, 1839, Albany, N. Y. 

Stephen Hannaford. 

[Son of William and Agnes Hannaford.] 

b. May , 1807, Stoke, Devonshire, England, 
d. July 18, 1866, Bridgeport, Conn. 


S George W. Hannaford, b. Nov. 23, 1839, Albany, N. Y. p. 270. 

( William H. Hannaford, b. Nov. 23, 1839; d. Albany, N. Y. 

*WiLLiAM H. Hannaford, b. June 13, 1841, Albany, N. Y. 

Stephen Hannaford, b. February 7, 1844; d. , Albany, N. Y. 

Elizabeth Hannaford, b. February 2, 1845, Albany, N. Y. p. 272. 

Stephen Hannaford, b. November 20, 1846; d. , Albany, N. Y. 

Margaret Hannaford, b. August 3, 1849, Plattsburg, N. Y. p. 273. 
Emma Hannaford, b. August 11, 1853 ; d. 1855, Bridgeport, Conn. 
Charles G. Hannaford, b. September 24, 1854, B'p't, Conn. p. 273. 
Samuel Hannaford, b. Jan'y 20, 1856 ; d. Jan'y 25, 1856, B'p't, Conn. 
Harriet M. Hannaford, b. Feb'y 26, 1857 ; d. July, 1858, B'p't, Conn. 
Robert H. Hannaford, b. Sept. 8, 1858, Bridgeport, Conn. p. 273. 
Harriet L. Hannaford, b. Dec. 3, i860, Bridgeport, Conn. p. 274. 
IAnna L. Hannaford, b. Dec. 18, 1863, Bridgeport, Conn. 

Henry (Hannaford Bible.) 

George W. Hannaford. 

[Twin son of Stephen Hannaford and Harriet Maria Cable.] 

b. November 23, 1839, Albany, N. Y. 
m. January 19, i860, Bridgeport, Conn. 

Harriet Stiles. 

[Dau. of Walter J. Stiles and Harriet A. Wilson.] 

b. November 6, 1843, Bridgeport, Conn. 

children : 
Emma J. Hannaford, b. September 28, 1861, B'p't, Conn. p. 271. 
Kittie Hannaford, b. Dec. 12, 1864, Bridgeport, Conn. p. 271. 
George S. Hannaford, b. November 18, 1867, Chicago, 111. p. 272. 

* d. Feb'y i8, 1898, Boston, Mass., left one child— a daughter, 
tm. James Spooner. 

In the line of Lazarus 271 

Walter M. Hannaford, b. February 24, 1870, Chicago, 111; 

d. August 14, 1880, Chicago, 111. 
Harriet A. Hannaford, b. June 2, 1874, Chicago, 111. p. 272. 
Frederick J. Hannaford, b. March 16, 1876, Chicago, 111 ; 

d. May 25, 1876, Chicago, 111. 
Ida M. Hannaford, b. September i, 1877, Chicago, 111. (unm.) 
Francis J. C. Hannaford, b. February 18, 1882, Chicago, 111. 
Myrtle I. Hannaford, b. September 14, 1885, Chicago, 111. 

(v. Geo. W. Hannaford.) 

Emma Jane Hannaford. 

[Eldest dau. George W. Hannaford and Harriet Stiles.] 

b. September 28, 1861, Bridgeport, Conn, 
m. January 19, 1885, Chicago, 111. 

Simeon James Smith. 

[Son of Charles and Caroline ( ) Smith.] 

b. May 24, 1857, Kingston, Canada. 

children : 
Carrie May Smith, b. November 19, 1885, Chicago, 111. 
Amy Augusta Smith, b. June 8, 1889; d. June 10, 1892, Chicago, 111. 
Lulu Irene Smith, b. May 10, 1893, Chicago, 111. 

(v. E. J. H. Smith.) 

Kittie Hannaford. 

[Second dau. of George W. Hannaford and Harriet Stiles.] 

b. December 12, 1864, Bridgeport, Conn, 
m. August 26, 1882, Chicago, 111. 

James Archibald McLean. 

[Son of Archibald and Eliza (Ferris) McClean (original spelling).] 

b. December 4, i860, Chatham, England. 

children : 
Harriet Augusta McLean, b. Apr. 12, 1884, Wyandotte, Kansas; 

d. Aug. 31, 1891, Chicago, 111. 
George Archibald McLean, b. Nov. 30, 1887, Wyandotte, Kansas. 
Gertrude Emily McLean, b. March 22, 1891, Kansas City, Kansas. 
James Herbert McLean, b. Dec. 11, 1892, Kansas City, Kansas. 

d. June 28, 1893, Kansas City, Kansas. 
Eleanor Cora McLean, b. July 22, 1897, Chicago, 111. 

(v. K. H. McLean.) 

2/2 In the line of Lazarus 

George Stephen Hannaford. 

[Eldest son of George W. Hannaford and Harriet Stiles.] 

b. November i8, 1867, Chicago, 111. 
m. December 18, 1887, Chicago, 111. 

Margaret Rebecca Jeffrey. 

[Dau. of William Wallace Jeffrey and Margaret Spantou.] 

b. December 18, 1866, Toronto, Canada. 

children : 
Mildred Lois Hannaford, b. Jan'y 3, 1889, Chicago, 111. 
Marion Estella Hannaford, b. Nov. 22, 1890, Chicago, 111. 
Edna Harriet Hannaford, b. Sept. 3, 1897, Chicago, 111. 

(v. Geo. Stephen Hannaford.) 

Harriet Augusta Hannaford. 

[Third dau. of George W. Hannaford and Harriet Stiles.] 

b. June 2, 1874, Chicago, 111. 
m. October 2, 1895, Chicago, 111. 

Henry Havelock Berry. 

[Son of William D. Berry and Joanne F. Lawrence.] 

b. Jan'y 28, 1864, West Sumner, Oxford Co., Maine. 

child : 
Ora Ruth Berry, b. July 11, 1897, Chicago, 111. (v. h. a. h. Berry.) 

Elizabeth Hannaford. 

[Eldest dau. of Stephen Hannaford and Harriet M. Cable, p. 270.J 

b, February 2, 1845, Albany, N. Y. 

d. December 4, 1877, Bridgeport, Conn. 

m. January 16, 1864, Bridgeport, Conn. 

William H. Lockwood. 


William H. Lockwood, b 

Elizabeth Lockwood. 
Jessica Lockwood. 

In the line of Lazarus 273 

Margaret Hannaford. 

[Second dau. of Stephen Hannaford and Harriet M. Cable, p. 270.] 

b. August 31, 1849, Plattsburg, N. Y. 
m. November 30, 1882, Redding, Conn. 

Henry Sanford ^ . 

[Sixth son of James Sanford, Jr. and EHza French, p. 285.] 
b. January 29, 184.6, Redding, Conn. 

One child ; d (v. M. H. Sanford.) 

Charles G. Hannaford. 

[Sixth son of Stephen Hannaford and Harriet M. Cable.] 

b. September 24, 1854, Bridgeport, Conn, 
m. August 14, 1875, Chicago, Illinois. 

Seven ch. : Edith; Marion Grace; Florence; Lillian (d.) ; Eva 
Bunker; Ralph Stephen (d) and Ruth, twins. 

(rec'd from Mrs. M. H. Sanford.) 

Robert H. Hannaford. 

[Eighth son of Stephen Hannaford and Harriet M. Cable.] 

b. September 8-^% 1857, Bridgeport, Conn. 

d. August 3, 1892, Chicago, 111. 

m. October 6, 1891, Holland City, Michigan. 

Martha Blom. 

[Dau. of WilHam and Elvira (Ellis) Blom.] 

b. June 5, 1866, Holland City, Mich. 

Laura Elvira Hannaford, b. May 17, 1892, Chicago, 111. 

(v. Mrs. M. B. Hannaford.) 

274 I^^ ^^^^ ^^'^^ ^/ Lazarus 

Harriet Louisa Hannaford. 

[Fifth dau. of Stephen Hannaford and Harriet M. Cable.] 

b. December 3, i860, Bridgeport, Conn, 
d. July 31, 1891, Bridgeport, Conn, 
m. May 15, 1880, Bridgeport, Conn. 

Alexander Watt, Jr. 

[Son of Alexander Watt and Isabella Leith, of Aberdeen, Scotland.] 

b. June 7, 1850, Astoria, Long Island. 

Alexander Hannaford Watt, b. February 21, 1881, B'p't, Conn. 
Louisa Hannaford Watt, b. August 3, 1882, Bridgeport, Conn. 
Robert Braistead Watt, b. March 6, 1884, Bridgeport, Conn. 
Grace Leith Watt, b. December 12, 1885, Bridgeport, Conn. 
Frederick Howard Watt, b. September i, 1887, Bridgeport, Conn. 

(v. Louisa Hannaford Watt.) 


William (Mc) Shepard, Jr. 

[Only son of William Shepard and Lydia Ann Sanford. p. 269.] 

b. April 15, 1803, Redding, Conn. 

d. October 6, 1873, Sheffield, Ohio. 

first m. December i, 1824, Newtown, Conn. 

Anna Griffin. 

[Dau. of Andrew Griffin and Mary Rowland.] 

b. February 21, 1808, Newtown, Conn, 
d. September 4, 1833, Newtown, Conn. 
second m. November 10, 1833, Newtown, Conn. 

Lucy Stilson. 

[Dau, of Lazarus Stilson and Bessie Johnson.] 

b. June 24, 1806, Newtown, Conn, 
d. February 9, 1871, Sheffield, Ohio. 

children (of first marriage): 
William Shepard, 3rd, b. October 28, 1825, Neutown, Conn. p. 275. 
Andrew Shepard, b. November 6, 1827, Newtown, Conn. p. 276. 
Mary Shepard, b. October 19, 1829, Newtown, Conn. p. 278. 

In the Ime of Lazarjis 275 

Charles Shepard, b. Oct. 9, 1831 ; d. Nov. 30, 1831, Newtown, Conn. 
SusANAH Shepard, b. November 21, 1832, Newtown, Conn, 
m. June 29, 1879. 

Archibald Cunningham, of Columbus, Ohio, 
b. April 10, 1820, Beaver Co., Penna. 
d. August 25, 1897, Columbus, O. (no children.) 

(rec'd Horace Shepard.) 

children (of second marriage): 
John Shepard, b. Oct. 15, 1834, Newtown, Conn.; 

d. Dec. 26, 1856, Sheffield, Ohio, (unm.) 
Horace Shepard, b. July 3, 1836, Sheffield, Ohio, (unm.) 
George J. Shepard, b. September 24, 1838, Sheffield, Ohio. p. 279. 
James Shepard, b. March 27, 1842, Sheffield, Ohio. p. 279. 

Church Record : " Nov. i, 1832, I reported to the Baptist Church, Gods special deal- 
ings with me, and the 15"" I was baptized. 
April 1835, myself and wife received a letter of dismission and recomend from Wes- 
ton, Conn. 
June 1835, I handed in our letter to the Conference in Sheffield, Ohio, July 6'», we 
received the right hand of Fellowship from the Church." 

(Rec'ds, fr. Wm. E. Boynton and Horace Shepard.) 
(v. Wm. McShepard's Bible.— C. R. S.) 

William Shepard, 3rd. 

[Eldest son of William (Mc) Shepard, Jr. (by his wife) Anna Griffin.] 

b. October 28, 1825, Newtown, Conn, 
d. October 30, 1895, Kingsville, Ohio, 
m. October 4, 1859. 

Saphronia E. Jarvis. 

[Dau. of Sidney Sylvester and Clarissa (Boynton) Jarvis.] 

b. March r8, 1836, Otisco, Onondaga Co., N. Y. 
d. September 15, 1888, Kingsville, Ohio. 

children : 
Franke L. Shepard, b. February 7, 1861, Denmark, O. p. 276. 
Emma E. Shepard, b. March 9, 1863, Denmark, O. p. 276. 
LiDA Viola Shepard, b. May 20, 1866, Denmark, O. 

d. June 6, 1888, Kingsville, O. 
Nellie Gertrude Shepard, b. April 4, 1869, Denmark, O. 

d. March 12, 1895, Kingsville, O. 
Mary E. Shepard, b. January 4, 1871, Denmark, O. (unm.) 

(v. F. L. S. Kingsbury.) 

276 In the line of Lazarus 

Franke Lillian Shepard. 

[Eldest dau. of William Shepard, 3rd, and Saphronia E. Jarvis.J 

b. February 7, 1861, Denmark, Asht. Co., O. 
m. June 18, 1880, Kingsville, Asht. Co., O. 

Guilford G. Kingsbury. 

[Son of Munson I. Kingsbury and Hulda A. Davis.] 

b. June 22, 1861, Kingsville, Ohio. 


Lelia Iva Kingsbury, b. March 14, 1881, Kingsville, Ohio. 

d. October 3, 1881, Kingsvihe, Ohio. 
Paul Shepard Kingsbury, b. November 23, 1885, Kingsville, Ohio. 
Guilford G. Kingsbury, Jr., b. July 13, 1891, Kingsville, Ohio. 

(v. F. L. S. Kingsbury.) 

Emma Shepard. 

[Second dau. of William Shepard, 3d, and Saphronia E. Jarvis.] 

b. March 9, 1863, Denmark, Asht. Co., O. 
d. December , 1892, Madison, Conn. 

m. Horace Hunter. 

William Shepard Hunter, b. 

Andrew Shepard. 

[Second son of William (Mc) Shepard, Jr., by his first wife, Anna Griffin, p. 274.] 

b. November 6, 1827, Newtown, Conn. 
*d. June 14, 1869, Bristol, Conn, 
m. March 22, 1858, Bristol, Conn. 

fLEONTiNE Maria Tuttle. 

[Only child of Abner Tuttle and Hannah (Hall) Parker.] (Tuttle B'k.) 

b. September 30, 1841. 

* In Shepard Bible : " My son Andrew died Jan. 15, i86g, se. 41 yrs. 2 mos. 15 da." 
t Mrs. Andrew Shepard remarried Feb'y 4, 1891, Dr. Henry Austen Carrington, 3nd 
son of Abijah and Anna (Austen) Carrington ; b. Sept. 2, 1826, Milford, Conn. 

In the line of Lazarus 277 


Charles Rolls Shepard, b. October 14, 1859, Bristol; May 21, 1868 

(drowned in the river). 
Annie May Shepard, b. January 24, 1862, Bristol, Conn. p. 277. 
William Tuttle Shepard, b. Jan'y i, 1865, Bristol, Conn. p. 277. 
George Andrew Shepard, M.D., June 6, 1868, Bristol, Conn. (unm). 

(v. Mrs. H. A. Carrington.) 

Annie May Shepard. 

[Only dau. of Andrew Shepard and Leontine Maria Tuttle.] 

b. January 24, 1862, Bristol, Conn, 
m. March 11, 1885, Bristol, Conn. 

Lora Waters Robinson. 

[Son of Timothy B. Robinson and Sophie E. Wells.] 

children : 
Pauline Shepard Robinson, b. December 26, 1885, Bristol, Conn. 
Archer Waters Robinson, b. Aug. 12, 1887; d. Aug. 15, 188; 

Bristol, Conn. 
Lyle Wells Robinson, b. May i, 1889, Bristol, Conn. 
Kendall Shepard Robinson, b. June 20, 1894, Buffalo, N. Y. 

d. April 8, 1895, Bristol, Conn. 
Wells Hall Robinson, b. September 15, 1896, Buffalo, N. Y. 

(rec'd Mrs. H. A. Carrington.) 

William Tuttle Shepard. 

[Second son of Andrew Shepard and Leontine Maria Tuttle.] 

b. Januar)'^ 1, 1865, Bristol, Conn. 

m. December 7, 1887, New Haven, Conn, 

Julia Isabel Carrington. 

[Dau. Henry Austen Carrington, M.D. and Grace Tomlinson.] 

b. June 18, 1866, Lansingburgh, N. Y. 

Margaret Grace Shepard, b. October 12, 1890, Buffalo, N. Y. 
Donald Carrington Shepard, b. October 8, 1891, Buffalo, N. Y. 
Chester Dewitt Shepard, b. September 24, 1893, Buffalo, N. Y. 
Alan Austen Shepard, b. November 19, 1897, Bristol, Conn. 

(v. Wm. T. Shepard.) 

278 In the line of Lazarus 

Mary Shepard. 

[Elder dau. of William (Mc) Shepard, Jr., by his first wife, Anna Griffin, p. 274.] 

b. October 19, 1829, Newtown, Conn. 

d. Sept. 17, 1863, Saybrook, Ashtabula Co., Ohio. 

m. February 11, 1855, Kingsville, Ohio. 

Lyman Boynton. 

[Son of Ezra and Hannah (Walkup) Boynton.] 

b. March 26, 181 7, Vermont. 

d. April II, 1869, Saybrook, Ohio. 


Anna Boynton, b. May 29, 1857, Saybrook, Ohio. p. 278. 
William E. Boynton, b. April 10, 1861, Saybrook, Ohio. p. 278. 

(v. Wm. E. Boynton.) 

Anna Boynton. 

[Only dau. of Lyman Boynton and Mary Shepard.] 

b. May 29, 1857, Saybrook, Ohio, 
m. October i, 1878, Ashtabula, Ohio. 

Eugene Maurice Packard. 

[Son of Sidney and Lydia (Ives) Packard.] 

b. July 25, 1852, Milton, Wisconsin. 

child : 
Robert Boynton Packard, b. March 14, 1890, ChilHcothe, Mo. 

(v. A. B. Packard.) 

William Ezra Boynton. 

[Only son of Lyman Boynton and Mary Shepard.] 

b. April 10, 1861, Saybrook, Ohio, 
m. May 5, 1886 

Katie Crowell. 

[Dau. of James CroweU and Roxie Durkee.] 

d. December 9, 1894, Ashtabula, Ohio. 

children : 
Ruth Theresa Boynton, b. January 15, 1888, Ashtabula, O. 
Lyman Crowell Boynton, b. November 4, 1893, Ashtabula, O. 

(v. Wm. E. Boynton.) 

In the line of Lazarus 279 

*George Johnson Shepard. 

[Third son of William (Mc) Shepard, Jr., by his second wife, Lucy Stilson. p. 274.] 

b. September 24, 1838, Sheffield, Ohio, 
d. March 12, 1897, Erie City, Erie Co., Penna. 
first m. September 9, 1858. 

Julia A. Sturdevant. 

[Dau. of Edward Sturdevant and Yubia Cooley.] 

second m. March 3, 1866, McKean, Erie Co., Penna. 
Charlotte Rebecca Grant. 

[Dau. of Aaron Grant and Charlotte Dennis.] 

b. April 25, 1842, McKean T'p, Erie Co., Penna. 

CHILD (of first marriage) : 
Charles A. Shepard, b. May 29, i860, Denmark, Ohio, 
d. May 17, 1896, Temple, Michigan. 
m. ; two ch. (both died) elder named George J. Shepard. 

children (of second marriage) : 
Ida Shepard, b. January 30, 1867, Denmark, Asht. Co., Ohio. 

d. May 22, 1886, ae. 19 yrs. 3 mo. 23 d., Erie City, Pa. 
Frank Arthur Shepard, b. July 4, 1870, Denmark, Ohio, (unm.) 
Stella Shepard, b. Nov. 14, 1872, Erie City, Pennsylvania. 

d. August 6, 1873, ae. 8 mo. 23 d., Erie City. 
Edith Shepard, b. September 7, 1874, Erie City, Penna. (unm.) 

(v. Mrs. C. R. Shepard.) 

James Shepard. 

[Fourth son of William (Mc) Shepard, Jr., by his second wife, Lucy Stilson. p. 274.] 

b. March 27, 1842, Sheffield, Ohio. 
first m. December 24, 1868, Denmark, Asht. Co., O. 

Sara E. Knapp. 

[Dau. of Harmon and Mittie (Barker) Knapp.] 

b. August 16, 1846. 
d. February 12, 1886. 
second m. January 22, 1887, Ashtabula, O. 

Eliza Askew. 

[Dau. of Thomas and Mercy (Archer) Askew.] 

b. August 28, 1859, Ellington, Huntington, Eng. 

* George J. Shepard enlisted in Co. F., 2nd Ohio Vol. Cav., Aug. 20, 1861, was Honora- 
bly Discharged Oct. 10, 1864, at Ft. Cochran, Va. 

28o In the line of Lazarus 

CHILDREN (of first marriage) : 
ROLLIN W. Shepard, b. June 22, 1874, Ashtabula, Ohio. p. 280. 
Edward C. Shepard, b. September 28, 1885, Ashtabula, Ohio. 

CHILD (of second marriage) : 
James B. Shepard, b. January 12, 1888, Ashtabula, Ohio. 

Rollin W. Shepard. 

[Elder son of James Shepard, by his first wife, Sara E. Knapp.] 

b. June 22, 1874, Ashtabula, Ohio. 

m. November 29, 1893, Ashtabula, Ohio. 

Grace V. Root. 

[Dau. of Clarkson L. Root and Frances Laskey.J 

b, November 20, 1873, Ashtabula, Ohio. 

James Clarkson Shepard, b. June 30, 1895, Ashtabula, O. 

(rec'd Wm. E. Boynton.) 

Sally Shepard. 

[Younger dau. of WilHam Shepard and Lydia Ann Sanford. p. 269.] 

m. Burton Thorpe. 

Highland, May 12, 1850. 
Dear Aunt: 

* * * * my Father, Mother and Sister were all taken from us in 
three short weeks. Father and Sister dead and buried before I knew 
that they were sick and Mother lay at the point of death. They died 
one year ago last February, there is five children alive now, the young- 
est nineteen months the next eleven years next Nov. Henry is the 
oldest son he is 23 year and is married. Charles Sanford the next 20 
years old next Oct. Harriet Maria thats my humble self is the oldest 
one of all as you know I suppose and 26 next July if I should be spared 
till that time. 

* * * * we received a letter from Uncle William last spring but 
neglected to answer it he was alive and well he complained that he 
had not heard from you in a long time that you did not get his last 
letter, his letter is post marked North Sheffield, Ohio. I wish you 
would write to him as soon as you receive this and give him the par- 
ticulars of the deaths as received by you. Now I will write a few lines 
about myself. I am married and have been for eight years last April 

In the line of Lazarus 281 

and have two Children one six years old the other i year. My 
husband's name is Nathaniel Burnham he is from Hillborough County 
New Hampshire we expect to go to N. H. on a visit to his relatives 
the first of June nothing prevents. We shall go the northern route 
and pass through Albany and you may expect to see us. How glad I 
shall be to see my Mother's Sister and my Cousins. I don't think we 
shall go to see Uncle William can't be gone not over five weeks at the 
most and it would take some to go where he lives. If I knew the 
street that Aunt Laura lives on I should like to go and see her. I have 
heard Mother talk so much about you and her that I almost know you 
as well as though had seen you give my love to all of my Cousins and 
Uncle C. 

Yours respectfully, 

Harriet Maria B. 
please to direct your letters to 

Highland P. O. Madison County, 111. 
From letter addressed to Mrs. Elvira Cabel, Orange Street 159, 
Albany, New York. (in possession of her g'd-dau. Mrs. Henry Sanford.) 

(Letters addressed to Highland, III., have been returned. — R. D. B. 

"^ Isaac Sanford. 

[Eldest son of James Sanford and Sarah Beach, p 256.] 

b. April 23, 1786, Redding, Conn, 
d. March 30, 1832, Catskill, N. Y. 

first m. Betsey Chapman. 

[Dau. of William and Amy (Lovell) Chapman.] 

b. August 22, 1784, Sharon, Conn, 
d. December 16, 1816. 

seco7id m. Marilla Chapman. 

[Dau. of William and Amy (Lovell) Chapman.] 

b. October 24, 1793, Sharon, Conn, 
d. August 21, 1849, Palmyra, N. Y. 

(rec'd Mrs. Chase.) 

CHILDREN (of first marriage) : 
*Marilla Sanford, b. June 7, 1813 ; d. Sept. 30, 1896, Palmyra, (unm.) 
*James William Sanford, b. July 23, 181 5, Redding, Conn, 
d. June 30, 1895, Buffalo, N. Y. 
m. Susan ( ) McKnight. (no children.) 

* Bapc. Jan'y ig, 1818, Christ Church Rec'd, Redding Ridge, Conn. 

282 In the line of Lazarns 

CHILDREN (of second marriage) : 

Amos C. Sanford, b. July 2, 1820— married, lives at Palmyra, N. Y. 
Three sons (one married), Capt. James C. Sanford, U. S. A., 
eldest son. 

David P. Sanford, b. Nov. 12, 1827 ; d. April 19, 1872, leaving seven 
children, four sons and three daughters, five of whom are 
married and four have children. 

Isaac Sanford, Jr., died at or near Chattanooga, Tenn. (he was pay- 
master in Grant's Army), March 19, 1863-4; buried at Buffalo, 
N. Y. Left a widow, but no children. 

(Amos C. Sanford, further correspondence, without result.) 

^ Alanson Sanford. 

[Third son of James Sanford and Sarah Beach, p. 256.] 

b. January 20, 1789, Redding, Conn. 

m. January 30, 1815. (Cong. Rec'd, Redding, Conn.) 

Sally Gorham. 

children : 
Eliza Sanford, b. 1816. p. 282. 
*PoLLY Sanford, bapt. June 4, 1821. 

(Christ Church Rec'd, Redding Ridge.) 

John Beach Sanford, bapt. June 4, 1821. 

(Christ Church Rec'd, Redding Ridge.) 

Eliza Sanford. 

[Elder dau. of Alanson Sanford and Sally Gorham.] 
bapt. June 4, 1821. (Christ Church Rec'd, Redding Ridge.) 

d. August 27, 1857, Ridgefield, Conn, 
m. August 7, 1836, Norwalk, Conn. 

James Butler Smith. 
b. December 11, 1816. 
d. April 17, 1891, New York City. 

Mary Virginia Smith, b. Aug. 12, 1838, Ohio City, now Cleveland, O. 
m. May 27, 1888. 

(2nd wife of) Amos Galloupe. 

[Son of Benjamin and Ruth A. (Mills) Galloupe. p. 2S4.] 

(v. Mrs. A. G.) 

In the 'line of Lazarus 283 

Sarah E. Smith, b. June 13, 1840, Ridgefield, Conn. p. 283. 
Lois G. Smith, b. April i, 1842, Ridgefield, Conn. p. 284. 
William Harvey Smith, b. April 7, 1844. 

d. February 28, 1854, Ridgefield, Conn. 
James Sanford Smith, b. Dec. i, 1846. 

d. Mar. 3. 1888, N. Y. C. (unm.) (rec'd Mrs. Edw. Trowbridge.) 

Sara Eliza Smith. 

[Second dau. of James Butler Smith, by his wife, Eliza Sanford.] 

b. June 13, 1840, Ridgefield, Conn. 
first ui. December 11, 1862, Ridgefield, Conn. 

Julian Main. 

[Son of Sylvester and Susan (Bashite) Main.] 

d. November 21, 1865, Ridgefield, Conn. 
second m. December 11, 1867. 

Henry Winner. 

[Son of Septimus and Susan (Logan) Winner.] 

b. February 18, 1844. 

children (of first marriage) : 
Helen Main, b. May i, 1863; m. 1882; d. August 3, 1884. 
Julian Main, Jr., b, March, 1865. p. 283. 

children (of second marriage) : 
Mary Frances Winner, b. June 6, 1869, New York City. p. 284. 
William Septimus Winner, b. July i, 1870, Norwalk, Conn. p. 284. 
Harry Logan Winner, b. November 21, 1871, Norwalk, Conn. 
Augusta Winner, b. August 9, 1873, East Orange, New Jersey. 
Raymond Butler Winner, b. December 9, 1878, East Orange, N.J. 
Edwin Reckafuss Winner, b. January 28, 1881, East Orange, N.J. 
Mabelle Winner, b. February 28, 1883, East Orange, N. J. 

(rec'd Mrs. Winner.) 

Julian Main, Jr. 

[Only son of Julian Main and Sarah Eliza Smith.] 

b. March, 1865. 

m. (correspondence, no result.— R. D. B.) 

284 In the line of Lazarus 

Mary Frances Winner. 

[Eldest dau. of Henry Winner and Sarah E. (Smith) Main. p. 283.] 

b. June 6, 1869, New York City. 

m. January 11, 1882, East Orange, N. J. 

Therwald Unnever, Jr. 

[Son of Therwald Unnever.] 


OlGA Unnever, b, January 21, 1883. (rec'd Mrs. Henry Winner.) 

William Septimus Winner. 

[Eldest son of Henry Winner and Sarah E. (Smith) Main.] 

b. July I, 1870, Norwalk, Conn. 

m. Annice Twombley, of Lindrey, Ont., Canada. 


Alice Mary Winner, b. July 13, 1890, East Orange, N. J. 
Charles Noble Winner, b. Feb. 12, 1892, East Orange, N. J. 
Harry Logan Winner, b. April 19, 1897, East Orange, N. J. 
Annice Adelaide Winner, b. January 16, 1898, East Orange, N. J. 

(rec'd Mrs. Henry Winner.) 

Lois Gertrude Smith. 

[Third dau. of James Butler Smith, by his first wife, Ehza Sanford. p. 282.] 

b. April I, 1842, Ridgefield, Conn. 

d. January 13, 1885, Charlestown, Mass. 

m. October, 1867. 

Amos Galloupe. 

[Son of Benjamin Galloupe and Ruth A. Mills, p. 282.] 

b. December 20, 1836, Bangor, Maine, 
d. March 17, 1890, Chicopee, Mass. 

James Butler Galloupe, b. August 19, 1868, New York City. 

d. August 6, 1888, Charlestown, Mass. (unm.) 
Edward Trowbridge Galloupe, b. 1870, Charlestown, Mass.; d. 3 mo. 

(v. Mrs. Amos Galloupe.) 

In the luie of Lazarus 285 

- Sally Sanford. 

[Second dau. of James Sanford and Sarah Beach, p. 256.] 
b. February 14, 1794. (Redding Record.) 

d. November 5, 1820, Redding, Conn, 
m. November 12, 1815. (Redding Record.) 

Alden Winton. 

children : 
Elinor Hull Winton, bapt. June 19, 1818. \ (Christ Ch. Rec'd, 
Eliza Ann Winton, bapt. June 4, 1821. S Redding.) 

James Sanford, Jr. 

[Sixth son of James Sanford and Sarah Beach, p. 256.] 

b. June 10, 1799. (Redding Record.) 

d. May 26, 1883, Redding, Conn, (old age). 

m. January 27, 1822. (Redding Record.) 

Eliza French. 

[Dau. of John Turney French and Mercy Senah Perkins.] 

b. February 28, 1802. 

d. February 28, 1896, Redding, Conn. 

children : 
John Turney Sanford, b. March 23, 1823. 

d. Sept. 24, 1824, Redding, Conn. 
Turney Sanford, b. January 23, 1825, Redding, Conn. p. 286. 
Senah Sanford, b. February 24, 1828, Redding, Conn, (unm.) 
James Sanford, 3RD, b. October 19, 1830, Redding, Conn. p. 286. 
Sarah Sanford, b. June 7, 1833, Redding, Conn. p. 287. 
Stephen Sanford, b. March 28, 1835, Redding, Conn. p. 288. 
Betsey Sanford, b. September 13, 1838, Redding, Conn. p. 288. 
Perkins Sanford, b. February 24, 1841, Redding, Conn. ; 

d. February 28, 1868, Redding, Conn, (unm.) 
Abby Sanford, b. July 21, 1843, Redding, Conn. 
Henry Sanford, b. January 29, 1846, Redding, Conn. 

m. November 30, 1882, Redding, Conn. 

Margaret Hannaford, '^'^ p. 273. 
Charles Sanford, b. February 5, 1849, Redding, Conn. p. 289. 

(v. Mrs. S. S. Buncombe). 

286 In the line of Lazarus 

V. ' 
Turney Sanford. 

[Second son of James Sanford, Jr. , and Eliza French.] 

b. January 23, 1825, Redding, Conn, 
m. May 21, 1862, Southport, Conn. 

Mary Roe. 

[Dau. of Elijah Woolsey Roe and Ruth Ketchen.] 
b. July 23, 1841, New York City. (v. Tumey Sanford.) 

George Turney Sanford. 

[Only child of Turney Sanford and Mary Roe.] 

b. March 16, 1864, Westport, Conn, 
d. December 31, 1894, Mississippi. 
m. October 17, 1888, Norwalk, Conn. 

Florence Hill. 

[Dau. of Stephen John Hill and Victoria Pool.] 

b. May 28, 1868, New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Beulah Sanford, b. October 18, 1889, Redding, Conn. 

(v. Turney Sanford.) 

James Sanford, 3rd. 

[Third son of James Sanford, Jr., and Eliza French.] 

b. October 19, 1830, Redding, Conn. 

d. June 10, 1896, Redding, Conn. 

m. December 20, 1853, Redding, Conn. 

Sarah Meeker. 

[Dau. of Arza Meeker and (m. Oct. ii, 1818, Ch. Ch. Rec'd) Adelia Gorham.] 


b. January 8, 1837, Redding, Conn. 

hi the line of Lazarus 287 

William Clinton Sanford. 

[Only child of James Sanford, 3rd, and Sarah Meeker.] 

b. July 7, 1859, Redding, Conn, 
m. January 25, 1881, Weston, Conn. 

Edith Cole. 

[Dau. of WilUam and Mary Jane (Brown) Cole.] 

b. August 27, 1862, Weston, Conn. 


James Harold Sanford, b. May 11, 1891, Redding, Conn. 

(v. W. C. Sanford.) 

V. . 
Sarah Sanford. 

[Second dau. of James Sanford, Jr., and Eliza French.] 

b. June 7, 1833, Redding, Conn. 

m, November 9, 1858, Redding, Conn. 

William Edgar Buncombe, ^'™^. 

[Sixth son of David Duncombe and Ruth Sanford, vii.] (Sanford,) 
b. February 17, 1830, Redding Centre, Conn. 

(v. S. S. Duncombe.) 

Emma Eliza Duncombe. 

[Only child of William E. Duncombe. by his second wife, Sarah Sanford.] 
(Sixth gen. Revd John Beach ; ninth gen. Thomas Sanford.) 

b. June I, 1864, Redding Centre, Conn. 

m. November 11, 1886, Redding Centre, Conn. 

George Benjamin Beers. 

[Son of Benjamin and EUza (Wheeler) Beers.] 

b. November 15, 1861, Easton, Conn. 

(v. E. E. D. Beers.) 

288 In the line of Lazarus 

Stephen Sanford. 

[Fourth son of James Sanford, Jr., and Eliza French, p. 285.] 

b. March 28, 1835, Redding, Conn, 
m. November 23, 1864, Fairfield, Conn. 

Mary Sophia Banks. 

fDau. of Francis Bradley Banks (2nd son of Abram and Eunice Banks of Fairfield) 
and Almira Sherwood.] 

b. July 3, 1842, Redding, Conn. 

Emory Perkins Sanford, b. May 14, 1871, Redding Ridge, Conn. 
Stephen Ernest Sanford, b. January 4, 1877, Redding Ridge, Conn. 

(v. Stephen Sanford.) 

Betsey Sanford. 

[Third dau. of James Sanford, Jr., and Eliza French, p. 285.] 

b. September 13, 1838, Redding, Conn, 
m. January i, 1862. 

George Botsford Sherwood. 

[Son of Philo Botsford Sherwood (son of Jno. and Eliza (Botsford) Sherwood) by his 
first wife, Juha Silliman. p. 289.] 

b. August 28, 1839, Easton, Conn. 

(v. Mrs. B. S. Sherwood.) 

James Arthur Sherwood. 

[Only child of George (Botsford) Sherwood and Betsey Sanford.] 

b. May 8, 1867, Easton, Conn. 

m. January 6, 1889, Redding Ridge, Conn. 

Eva Whitehead. 

[Only child of Henry Whitehead and Agnes Banks i^.] (Sanford.) 

b. April 3, 1870, Redding Ridge, Conn. 


Hazel Elaine Sherwood, b. October 11, 1889, Redding Ridge, Conn. 

(Seventh gen., ReV John Beach ; eleventh gen., Thomas Sanford.) 

(v. Mrs. A. B. Whitehead.) 

In the line of Lazarus 289 

Charles Sanford. 

[Seventh son of James Sanford, Jr., and Eliza French, p. 285.] 
b. February 5, 1849, Redding, Conn, 
m. February 19, 1879. 

Hannah Sherwood. 

[Dau. Philo Botsford Sherwood (son of Jno. and Eliza (Botsford) Sherwood), by his 
third wife, Jerusha Stilson. p. 288.] 

b. May 31, 1852. 


Elsie Sanford, b. June 7, 1880, Redding, Conn. 
Lucy Sanford, b. February 19, 1882, Redding, Conn. 

(rec'd Mrs. S. S. Duncombe.) 


Hannah Beach. 

[Third dau. of Lazarus Beach and Lydia Sanford. p. 246.] 

b. April II, 1767. 

d. January 25, 1814. (T. S. Christ Ch. Grave Yard.) 

m. January 29, 1786. 

Philo Lyon. 

[Son of Daniel Lyon of Weston.] 

b. October 29, 1764. 

d. April 12, 1813. (T. S. Christ Ch., Redding Ridge, Conn.) 

Henry Lyon, b. November 16, 1786; d. December 30, 1873 (old age), 
Redding Ridge. 

m. Esther Taylor. 
Lazarus Lyon, b. Oct. 16, 1788 ; d. March 18, 1810, ae. 22 yrs. 

(T. S. Ch. Church.) 
Infant, b. January 13, 1792 ; died same day. 
ZiBA Lyon, b. January 10, 1793 ; d. Sept. 4, , Utica, N. Y. 

m. Minerva Nichols (no children). 
Philo Lyon, Jr., b. August 24, 1794; d. May 7, 1839. p. 290. 
Isaac Beach Lyon, b. Apr. 24, 1796; d. July 4, 1837. p. 291. 
Infant, b. Oct. 10, 1798; d. Nov. 11, 1798. 
Lydia Lyon, b. Nov., 1799; d. Feb. 3, 1816. 


290 In the line of Lazarus 

Philemon Lyon, b. July 28, 1802 ; d. Dec 23, 1857, Utica, N. Y. 
m. Eliza Ann Lewis. 
d. July 4, 1895, Utica, N. Y. (no ch.) 
(Copied from an old bible belonging to Ziba Lyon, which at his death was sent to 
my mother, Mary Lyon Morse. — Mrs. H. G. M. Penfield.) 

Philo Lyon, Jr. 

[Fourth son of Philo Lyon and Hannah Beach.] 

b. August 24, 1794. 

d. May 7, 1839. 

m. October 29, 1815. 

Lucy Starr. 

[Dau. of Peter and Mary (Polly Boughton) Starr.] 

b. July 18, 1796. 
d. May 10, 1882. 


Henry Lyon, b. Aug. 16, 1816; d. March 9, 1841. 

m. May 22, 1837, Lydia Disbrow, 

a son, Melancthon Starr Lyon, b. , d. 1863. 

Mary Lyon, b. January 26, 1821. p. 290. 


Mary Lyon. 

[Only dau. of Philo Lyon, Jr. and Lucy Starr.] 

b. January 26, 1821. 
d. April 2, 1889. 
m. May 19, 1847. 

Ira Morse. 

[Son of Ira and Polly (Judson) Morse.] 

b. October 19, 1819. 


Helen Gertrude Morse, b. October 10, 1848. p. 291. 
Percival Gleason Morse, b. November 5, 1850, Danbury, Conn, 
m. May 11, 1877, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Emma Josephine Oliphant. 

[Dau. of James and Anna Maria (Hutchinson) Oliphant.] 
b. January 28, 1850, N. Y. C. (v. Mrs. P. G. Morse.) 

Ezra Starr Morse, b. December 6, 1853; d. June 29, 1889. (unm.) 

(v. H. G. M. Penfield.) 

In the line of Lazarus 291 

Helen Gertrude Morse. 

[Only dau. of Ira Morse and Mary Lyon.] 

b. October 10, 1848. 

m. February 21, 1878, Danbury, Conn. 

David Giddings Penfield. 

[Son of Levi Penfield (b. Sept. i, 1807 ; d. June 9, 1851); m. Dec. 24, 1835, Eunice Gid- 
dings (b. June 3, 1807; d. Nov. 8, 1892.)] 

b, August 8, 1842, New Fairfield. 
d. May 20, 1897, Danbury, Conn. 


Percival Starr Penfield, b. November 21, 1878, Danbury, Conn. 

Allan Morse Penfield, b. February 2, 1884, Danbury, Conn. 

(v. H. G. M. Penfield.) 

Isaac Beach Lyon. 

[Fifth son of Philo Lyon and Hannah Beach, p. 289.] 

b. April 24, 1796, Redding, Conn. 

d. July 4, 1837, Redding, Conn. 

m. Julia Hibbard. 

Philo L. Lyon, b. November 31, 1826, Redding, Conn. p. 291. 
Julia Lyon, b. June 8, 1833, Redding, Conn. p. 292. 
John Beach Lyon, b. November 8, 1836, Redding, Conn. p. 292. 

(rec'd Ethalinda E. Lyon.) 

Philo L. Lyon. 

[Elder son of Isaac Beach Lyon and Julia Hibbard.] 

b. November 31, 1826, Redding, Conn. 

d. June 27, 1896, Macedon, N. Y. 

m. March 17, 1850, Lakeville, Livingston Co., N. Y. 

Maria Milliman. 

[Dau. of Abiram and Ethalinda (Scott) Milliman.] 

b. December 19, 1827, Ann, Livingston Co., N. Y. 


Augusta M. Lyon, b. Mar. 16, 1851 ; d. Mar. 21, 1890, Macedon, N. Y. 
Philo Scott Lyon, b. May 22, 1853; d. April 3, 1870, Macedon, N. Y. 
Philemon Lyon, b. Nov. i, 1857, Macedon, Wayne Co., N. Y. p. 292. 

(rec'd Ethalinda E. Lyon.) 

292 In the line of Lazarus 

Philemon Lyon. 

[Younger son of Philo L. Lyon and Maria Milliman.] 

b. November i, 1857, Macedon, Wayne Co., N. Y. 
m. May i, 1879. 

Emma S. Fisher. 

[Dau. of George and Eliza (Perry) Fisher.] 

b. January 30, 1857, Troy, N. Y. 


Ethalinda E. Lyon, b. Feb'y 28, 1880, Macedon, Wayne Co., N. Y. 
Lizzie M. Lyon, b. June 28, 1881 ; d. March 25, 1890, Macedon, N. Y. 
Grace E. Lyon, b. April 7, 1883, Macedon, Wayne Co., N. Y. 
Georgia A. Lyon, b. September 3, 1884, Macedon, N. Y, 
Florence J. Lyon, b. Nov. 16, 1886; d. Nov. 21, 1887, Macedon, N. Y. 
Ruby A. Lyon, b. October 21, 1893; d. May 3, 1895, Macedon, N. Y. 
Genevieve Lyon, b. December 14, 1896, Macedon, N. Y. 

(rec'd Ethalinda E. Lyon). 

Julia Lyon. 

[Only dau. of Isaac Beach Lyon and Julia Hibbard. p. 291.] 
b. June 8, 1833, Redding, Conn, 
d. March 20, 1889, Palmyra, N. Y. 
m. May 5, 1853, Macedon, Wayne Co., N. Y. 

Uriah Milliman. 

[Son of Abiram and Ethalinda (Scott) Milliman.] 

Ethalinda Julia Milliman. b. May i, 1854, Macedon, N. Y. 

d. Nov. 13, 1873, Palmyra, N. Y. (rec'd Ethalinda E. Lyon). 

John Beach Lyon. 

[Younger son of Isaac Beach Lyon and Julia Hibbard.] 

b. November 8, 1836, Redding, Conn. 

m. January 17, 187 1, Rose, Wayne Co., N. Y. 

Ellen Moon. 

[Dau. of William Moon of England.] 

b. 1848, England. 

In the line of Lazarus 293 


\ Lydia Lyon, b. November 21, 1875, Ontario, N. Y. 
( Bessie Lyon, b. November 21, 1875, Ontario, N, Y. p. 293. 
Charles A. Lyon, b. September 4, 1878, Ontario, N. Y. 

Bessie Lyon. 

[Twin dau. of John Beach Lyon and Ellen Moon.J 

b. November 21, 1875, Ontario, "Wayne Co., N. Y. 
m. October 16, 1892, Port Gibson, Wayne Co., N.Y, 

William Witherden, Jr. 

(rec'd Ethalinda E. Lyon.) 


Eunice Beach. 

[Fourth dau. of Lazarus Beach and Lydia Sanford. p. 246.] 

b. November 23, 1769, Redding, Conn, 
d. September 19, 1822, New Haven, 111. 

m. Jonathan Hull. 

[Son of Seth Hull and Elizabeth Mallory.] (Hull.) 

b. October 25, 1763. 
d. December i, 1820. 

children : 
Lemuel Beach Hull, b. April 10, 1792. p. 293. 
Seth Hull, b. July 13, 1796. p. 294. 

Rev'd Lemuel Beach Hull. 

[Elder son of Jonathan Hull and Eunice Beach.] 
b. April 10, 1792. 

d. Oct. 22, 1843, Nashotah Cem'^, Milwaukee, Wis. 
m. October 18, 1824. 

Polly Waterbury. 

[Dau. Nathaniel Waterbury and Hannah White.] 
b. April 9, 1800, Darien, Conn, 
d. Aug. 7, 1881, "laid at rest," Nashotah Cem''', 

294 I^i ih^ ^in^ of Lazarus 


Hannah White Hull, died young. 

Eleanor Hull, died unmarried. 

John Beach Hull, b. September 17, 1828. p. 294. 

(V. Walter Belden Hull.) 

John Beach Hull. 

[Only son of Rev'd Lemuel Beach Hull and Polly Waterbury.] , 

b. September 17, 1828. 
d. March 17, 1891. 
m. September 10, 1856. 

Ellen Clarissa Sabin. 

[Dau. of Eben Hamilton Sabin and Nancy Cramer.] 

b. February 19, 1833. 

children : 
Clara Frances Hull, b. November 20, 1858. (unm.) 
Amy White Hull, "Entered into Rest" on Saturday, July 30, 1881. 
Walter Belden Hull, b. September 11, 1867. (unm.) 

(v. w. B. Hull.) 

Seth Hull. 

[Younger son of Jonathan Hull and Eunice Beach.] 

b. July 13, 1796. 
. d. April, 1835, Beardstown, 111. 
m. May 22, 1823. 

Nabby Evoleth. 

Known to have had one son, Henry Hull, who m. and had a family. 

(unfinished correspondence.) 


Isaac Beach. 

[Third son of Lazarus Beach and Lydia Sanford v. p. 246.] 

b. May 19, 1773, Redding, Conn, 
d. July 20, 1822, Alexander, N. Y. 

(T. S. Redding Ridge.) 

In the line of Lazarus 295 

Jirstm. December 7, 1794. 

Elizabeth Silliman, of Easton, Conn. 
b. December 11, 1769. 
d. February 14, 1796. 
second m. September 26, 1797, Redding, Conn. 

Hannah Hill. 

[Dau. of Andrew Lane Hill and Hannah Lyon.] (Hill.) 

b. January 7, 1776. 
d. May , 1846. 

CHILDREN (of second marriage) : 
Betsey Beach, b. Nov. 12, 1798; d. Sept. i, 1846, Redding, (unm.) 
Lydia Beach, b. February 27, 1800, Redding, Conn. p. 295. 
Charles Beach, b. November 27, 1801, Redding, Conn. p. 296. 
Wyllis Beach, b. August 20, 1803; d. Feb'ys, 1851, Redding, (unm.) 
Lazarus Beach, b. July 28, 1805, Redding, Conn, 
d. September 20, 1850, Redding, Conn, 
m. May 14, 1829, Redding, Conn. 
Betsey Foster. 

[Dau. of Joel and Esther (Seymour) Foster.] 
b. January 6, 1811, Redding, Conn, (no descendants.) 
Isaac Beach, Jr., b. July 14, 1808, Redding, Conn. p. 296. 

(Redding Records.) 

Lydia Beach. 

[Younger dau. of Isaac Beach, by his second wife, Hannah Hill.] 
b. February 27, 1800. 
d. May 3, 1871. 
m. March 28, 1822, Redding, Conn. 

James Rogers Hawley. 

[Sixth son of Joseph and Chloe (Rogers) Hawley.] (Hawley Rec'd.) 

b. September 18, 1797. 
d. August 29, 1876. 

children : 
Isaac Beach Hawley, b. March 7, 1823. 
d. December 8, 1853. 
m. February 27, 1848. 

Maria Anderson. 

[Dau. of James and Elizabeth Anderson.] 

b. February 14, 1832. 
(After her husband's death, m. Charles Ward.) (v. Mrs. Chas. Ward.) 

296 In the line of Lazarus 

Julia Amelia Hawley, b. December 11, 1824. 
m. February 10, 1847. 

George H. Chase. 
b. July 5, 181 5. 

d. March 24, 1885. (rec'd Mrs. Chase.) 

Charles Beach. 

[Eldest son of Isaac Beach, by his second wife, Hannah Hill.J 

b. November 27, 1801, Redding Ridge, Conn. 

d. March 14, 1864, Danbury, Conn. 

m. November 20, 1832, Danbury, Conn. 

Lucy Peck. 

[Dau. of Eliakim and Polly Peck.] 

b. August 29, 1804, Danbury, Conn. 
d. May 31, 1856, Danbury, Conn. 


Mary Peck Beach, b. August 14, 1833, Redding Ridge, Conn. 

d. June ID, 1838, Redding Ridge, Conn. 
Sarah Louisa Beach, b. August 4, 1835, Redding Ridge. 

m. June 6, 1872, Danbury, Conn. 

Edwards Ely Barnum. 

[Son of Ira and Clarissa Barnum.] 
b. Feb. 6, 1824, New York City, 
d. June 24, 1893, Brooklyn, (no children.) 
Julia Hill Beach, b. September 24, 1840, Danbury, Conn. 

d. February 7, 1842, Danbury, Conn. (v. S. L. B. Barnum.) 

Isaac Beach, Jr. 

[Fourth son of Isaac Beach by his second wife, Hannah Hill.] 

b. July 18, 1808, Redding, Conn, 
d. July 10, 1862, Forrestport, N. Y. 
m. November i, 1840, Redding, Conn. 

Mary Rebecca Winton. 

[Dau. of James and Parthenia (Seeley) Winton.] 

b. April 6, 182 1, Bridgeport, Conn. 

In the line of Lazarus 297 


William H. Beach, b. November 23, 1841, Redding, Conn. p. 297. 
Emily Parthenia Beach, b. April 6, 1843, Redding, Conn. p. 297. 
Charles Winton Beach, b. October 20, 1845, Remsen, N. Y. 
m. January 15, 1889, Easton, Conn. 

Frances Agnes Wilson. 

[Dau. of John B. Wilson and Clarina Middlebrook.] 
b. at Easton, Conn, (no children.) (v. F. A. W. Beach.) 

Aaron Somers Beach, b. April 30. 1847, Remsen, N. Y. (unm.) 

Isaac H. Beach, b. October 18, 1851, Remsen, N. Y. p. 299. 

Mary L. Beach, b. March 8, 1856, Remsen, N.Y. p. 299. 

*Lydia Julia Mara Beach, b. June 22, 1857, Remsen, N. Y. 

m. Meeker. (rec'd Isaac (H.) Beach, 3d.) 


William Henry Beach. 

[Eldest son of Isaac Beach, Jr. and Mary R. Winton.] 
b. November 23, 1841, Redding, Conn, 
d. Feb'y 15, 1873, Greenbush, Clinton Co., Mich, 
m. October 13, 1869, Victor, Clinton Co., Mich. 

Margaret Jane Ballantine. 

[Dau. of William Ballantine (b. Oct. 17, 1804, Belfast, Ireland ; d. June 6, 188-2. 

Laingsburgh, Mich.) and Jane Graham (b. Dec. 20, 1806, Armagh, 

Ireland ; d. July 16, 1888, Laingsburgh.)] 

b. January 15, 1842, White Oak, Mich. 

Emily Parthenia Beach. 

[Eldest dau. of Isaac Beach, Jr., and Mary Rebecca Winton.] 

b. April 6, 1843, Redding, Conn, 
m. January 6, 1863, Booneville, N. Y. 

Marcus Jolley. 

[Son of Stephen Jolley and Charity Hicks,] 

b. June 26, 1839, Georgetown, N. Y. 

children : 
Frank A. Jolley, b. March 14, 1864, Granby, N. Y. p. 298. 
Armenia Charity Jolley, b. Sept. 13, 1865, Granby, N. Y. 

d. November 3, 1869, Greenbush, Mich. 
Minnie R. Jolley, b. Sept. 16, 1869, Greenbush, Mich. p. 298. 
Eugene S. Jolley, b. Sept. 27, 1871, Greenbush, Mich. p. 298. 
Henry Isaac Jolley, b. December 2, 1879, Greenbush, Mich. 

(v. E. P. B. Jolley.) 
* Letter returned, not found at address given. 

298 In the line of Lazarus 

Frank Alwyn Jolley. 

[Eldest son of Marcus Jolley and Emily P. Beach. J 

b. March 14, 1864, Granby, Oswego Co., N. Y. 

d. March 12, 1896, Chicago, 111. 

m, June 19, 1890, Sedalia, Pettis Co., Mo. 

Sarah Ellivet McCord. 
b. October 11, 1868, Ohio. 

Forest Glenn Jolley, b. March 10, 1891, Sedalia, Mo. 

Minnie Rebecca Jolley. 

[Second dau. of Marcus Jolley and Emily P. Beach.J 

b. Sept. 16, 1869, Greenbush, Clinton Co., Mich, 
m. January 12, 1898, Greenbush, Mich. 

Wallace J. Rockwood. 

[Son of David Rockwood and Caroline Osborn.] 

b. July 27, 1856, Bloomfield, Penna. 

Eugene Steven Jolley. 

[Second son of Marcus Jolley and Emily P. Beach.] 

b. September 27, 1871, Greenbush, Mich, 
m. November 28, 1894, Greenbush, Mich. 

Annie Lois Fleagle. 

[Dau. of Peter and Mary (Cole) Fleagle.] 

b. May 24, 1871, Greenbush, Mich. 


Claire Fleagle Jolley, b. June i, 1897, Greenbush, Mich. 

In the line of Lazarus 299 

Isaac (Hill) Beach, 3rd. 

[Fourth son of Isaac Beach, Jr., and Mary R. Winton.] 

b. October 18, 185 1, Remsen, Oneida Co., N. Y. 
m. February 17, 1887, Mt. Pleasant, Mich. 

Virginia (Jennie) Grimm. 

[Dau. of John Jordan Grimm and Elizabeth Fox. (m. Oct. 29, 1844, Penn'a.)] 

b. March 11, 1865, Parkersburg, West Virginia. 


Jesse Jordan Beach, b. January 10, 1888, Van Decar, Mich. 
LOREN Llewellyn Beach, b. September 24, 1889, Van Decar, Mich. 
Arthur Andrew Beach, b. November 4, 1891, Van Decar, Mich. 
Esther Mary Elizabeth Pansy Beach, b. May 25, 1894, Van Decar. 

(v. Isaac (H.) Beach, 3d.) 

Mary Lucy Beach. 

[Second dau. of Isaac Beach, Jr. anil Mary R. Winton. J 

b. March 8, 1856, Remsen, Oneida Co., N. Y. 

m. December 24, 1873, Bingham, Clinton Co., Mich. 

Arlington Cyrus Lewis. 

[Son of Cyrus Lewis and Clarissa Easton.] 

b. Oct. 12, 1847, Middlefield, Geauga Co., Ohio. 

Arthur Eugene Lewis, b. August 27, 1875, Lake City, Mich. 
Gertrude Effigene Lewis, b. August 28, 1877, Lake City, Mich. 
Blaine Irving Lewis, b. April 7, 1880, Lake City, Mich. 
EvERARD Arlington Lewis, b. September 15, 1884, Lake City, Mich. 

(v. M, L. B. Lewis.) 

300 Sanford 


The Ancestry and Descendants of John and Anna 
(Wheeler) Sanford of Redding, Conn. 

[MSS. Researches of Henry Sanford, Gloucester, Mass.] 

From Mr. Edward Jackson Sanford' s Records, Knoxville, Tenn. 

Sanford Family. 

Thomas Sanford, born in England early in the seventeenth 
century, say from 1600 to 1610, was, we have reason to believe, 
son of Anthony Sanford (and Joane, daughter of John Strat- 
ford), who was son of Raulf Sanford of Stowe, Co. Glouces- 
ter, England; he married, about the time he left England, 
Dorothy, daughter of Henry Meadows of Stowe; he came to 
Boston, Massachusetts, with the John Winthrop colony, 
1631-3. We first find him in Dorchester, Mass., where he 
received land with others in 1634, also 1635 ; he became a 
freeman in the Colony, March 9th, 1637. In 1639 he removed 
with a colony from Dorchester and Watertown to Connecti- 
cut and settled in Milford, New Haven County, where his 
name appears in the earliest records. He was a leader in 
organizing the town and was intimately associated with Gov. 
Treat, Lieut.-Gov. Leete, Buckingham, Law and other noted 
and leading men of the times. Probably Stratford, Conn., 
was named by him for his maternal grandfather, John Strat- 
ford. His grandson Thomas Sanford, son of Ezekiel San- 
ford, was an early settler there. 

/. gen. — Thomas Sanford, born in Stowe, Co. Gloucester, 
Eng., son of Anthony Sanford, mar'd about 1630, Dorothy, 
dau. of Henry Meadows of Stowe, Co. Gloucester, Eng., by 
whom he had two children born before he went to Connecti- 
cut, and his wife Dorothy, we think, died in Dorchester. He 
died in Milford, Conn., October, 1681. 

Children of Thomas and Dorothy Sanford : 

II. gen. — I. Ezekiel Sanford. 

n. Sarah Sanford, who mar'd Richard Shute of Ea,st Ches- 
ter, Conn., August 14th, 1656. 

Sanford 301 

Thomas Sanford, mar'd for his second wife, Sarah; maiden 
name unknown to writer. She was in Milford, May 14th, 

Children by second wife : 

III. Mary Sanford, b. Jan'y i6th, 1641, in Milford, Conn. 

*IV. Samuel Sanford, b. Apr. 20th, 1643, in Milford, Conn., 
mar'd April i6th, 1674, Hannah Bronson, by whom he had 
six children; he settled in Milford and died there, 1691. 

V. Thomas Sanford, Jr., b. Dec, 1644, in Milford, Conn., 
mar'd Oct. 12th, 1666, Elizabeth Payne, dau. of William Payne 
of New Haven, Ct., by whom he had nine children; he settled 
in New Haven, and died there. 

f VI. Ephraim Sanford, b. May 17th, 1646, in Milford, Conn.; 
mar'd Nov. i8th, 1669, Mary, b. 1645, dau. of Thomas Powell 
of New Haven, Ct., by whom he had seven children; he set- 
tled in Milford, a farmer, and died there 1685. 

VII. Elizabeth Sanford, b. Aug. 27th, 1648, in Milford, 
Conn.; mar'd Oct. 21st, 1669, Obadiah Allyne of Middletown, 

Will of Thomas Sanford of Milford, Conn., dated 
Sept. 23rd, 1681. 

I give and bequeath to my eldest son Ezekiel Sanford twenty pounds 
besides what I have already given him. 

I give unto my son Thomas Sanford ten pounds besides what I have 
already given him. 

I give unto my son Ephraim Sanford that piece of Meadow I bought 
of Adam Blackman, lying on an Island in Stratford, containing seven 
acres, besides what I have already given him. 

I give to my daughter Sarah Shute wife of Richard Shute of East 
Chester the sum of fifty shillings besides what I have already given her- 

I give unto my daughter Elizabeth Allyne wife of Obadiah Allyne of 
Middletown, the sum of five pounds besides what I have already given 

My Will is that my Endowment of twenty pounds to my grand 
daughter Sarah Shute should be fulfilled by my Executor as also all 
the forementioned Legacies within. 

I give unto my grand son Thomas Allyne five pounds to be paid 
when he attains the age of twenty-one. 

*Rev. David A. Sanford, B'p't, Okla. 

+ Mary Roland (Sanford) Beach, VIII. gen. from Ephraim and Mary Powell. 

302 Sanford 

I give unto my son Samuel Sanford my dwelling House, out housing 
with my home lot and all the rest of my land both arrable and meadow 
ground with in the bounds of Milford, that I have not formerly desposed 
of with all the appurtenances there unto belonging to him and to his 
heirs and assigns forever and I do hereby make my son Samuel San- 
ford my whole and sole Executor of this my last will and testament 
and I do will and desire and appoint Hon. Major Robert Treat, and 
Mr. Daniel Buckingham and Samuel Ells to be overseers to this my 
will fulfilled and in witness that this is my last will and testament. 

I have here unto set my hand and seal this three and twentieth day 
of Sept, 1 68 1 

Signed sealed and delivered 
In presence of 

Daniel Buckingham Thomas Sanford [seal] 

Samuel Ells 
Jonathan Law 

Sept. 26^'', 1 68 1. It is my Will that my son Ezekiel Sanford receive 
ten pounds in Addition to that before given. 

I further give to Elizabeth AUyne five pounds and to my maid Ser- 
vant Sarah Whitlock I give fifty shilling 

The Estate was appraised by John Beard and Samuel Clark, Oct. 
21^' i68i. Am't £\^o. i8". 3^ Homestead £1-^0,^ Meadow ;^ 108 

From Records at Milford, Connecticut. 

Order of Search for Col. Whalley and Goffe. 

May 17*''. 1661 for the Marshalls or Deputies at Milford. 

You are to make deligent search by the first throughout the 
whole town of Milford and the precincts there of taking with 
you two or three sufficient persons and — calling in any other 
help you shall see need of who are hereby required for your 
assistance upon call ! and this to be in all dwellings houses, 
barns or other buildings whatsoever and all vessels in the 
harbor for the finding and aprehending of Colonel Whalley 
and Colonel Goffe who stand charged with crimes as by his 
Majestie's letter appears : and being found you are to bring 
them to the Deputee Governor or some other Magistrate to 
be sent over for England according to his Majestie's orders 
whereof fail at peril. 

Attest by order of General Court 

Jasper Crane William Leete, Dep. Gov. 

Nathan Gilbert 
Robert Treat 1° the Marshalls Absence, I do appoint 

Sanford 303 

and empower Thomas Sanford, Nicholas Camp and James 
Tapping to the above named power according to the tenor of 
the warrant and to make a return there of under your hand 
to me by the first. Robert Treat, Gov. 

We the said persons appointed to serve and search by 
virtue of this order warrant do hereby declare and testifie that 
to our best light we the 20"^ May, 1661 made deligent search 
according to the tenor of this warrant as Witness our hand. 

The Judges remained con- 
cealed in the Cave at West 
Rocks, from May 15 "^ to 
June ii"", the record adds. 
No doubt Thomas Sanford 
helped supply them with 
food and other comforts. 

Thomas Sanford 

Nicholas Camp 

James Tapping 

Lawrence Ward x 


II. gen. — Ezekiel Sanford, son of Thomas Sanford, mar- 
ried April 25th, 1665, Rebecca Wickla. (In Schenk's Fair- 
field, Rebecca Whelpley, dau. of John and Rebecca Whelpley 
of Fairfield.) He settled in Fairfield, Conn., and died there 
1683 ; was a large land-holder, as the records show, a large 
portion he gave to his children, while living, his widow 
Rebecca administered upon the estate. She died before it 
was settled. In 1697 a final settlement was made by mutual 
agreement, as will be seen hereafter. 

Children of Ezekiel and Rebecca Sanford : 

III. gen.— I. Sarah Sanford, b. Mch. 5th, 1666, in Fairfield, 
Conn.; mar'd Cornelius Hull (Jr.) 

II. Ezekiel Sanford, Jr., b. M'ch 6th, 1668, in Fairfield, 

III. Mary Sanford, b. Apr. 3rd, 1670, in Fairfield, Conn. ; 
mar'd Theophilus Hull. 

IV. Rebecca Sanford, b. Dec. 13th, 1672, in Fairfield, Conn.; 
mar'd John Seeley. 

V. Thomas Sanford, b. May 2d, 1675, in Fairfield, Conn. 

VI. Martha Sanford, b. June 29th, 1677, " " 

VII. Elizabeth Sanford, b. Sept. 6th, 1679, " " 
Then follows the settlement of his estate — a lengthy and 

involved document, wherein by much circumlocution they 

304 San ford 

arrive at a just and satisfactory distribution to which they 
agree by signature — the 2nd day of November, 1679. 
In presents of Ezekiel Sanford 

ye witnesses Thomas Sanford 

Samuel Squires Cornelius Hull in behalf 

John Bartow of Sarah his wife. 

Theophilus Hull, in right 
of Mary his wife 
Inventory Estate Jan^^ z^^ John Seely in right of 

1685/^ ^^356 Rebecca his wife 

Martha X Sanford 
Widow administered upon mark 

the Estate, rec^ Yi the land her 

during her life and ;^56, Elizabeth X Sanford 
out of the personal Estate. mark 

The subscribers to the above instrument appeared in court 
this 2'^ of November 1697 and acknowledged the same to be 
their free act and deed. 

Nathan Gold, Clerk. 

III. ^^«.— Ezekiel Sanford, b. M'ch 6th, 1668, in Fairfield, 
Conn., son of Ezekiel Sanford and Rebecca Wickla, mar'd 
1696 Rebeckah Gregory; he died M'ch 1728-9, leaving a large 
landed estate [see synopsis of will annexed]. She was living 
in 1764 [see paper annexed]. 

Children of Ezekiel and Rebecca (Gregory) Sanford. 

IV. gen. — I. Joseph Sanford, b. M'ch 27, 1697, in Fairfield, 
Conn., mar'd Feb. nth, 1725, Catherine Fairchild, by whom 
he had nine children, seven sons and two daughters ; he set- 
tled in Fairfield. 

II. Lemuel Sanford, b. Dec. i6th, 1699, i^^ Fairfield, Conn., 
mar'd May 12th, 1730, Rebecca Squires, b. 1703 ; he settled in 
Redding, which at that time was part of Fairfield ; he died 
there Apr. 25th, 1780. They had ten children, three sons and 
seven daughters. She died M'ch 26th, 1779. 

III. Zachariah Sanford, b. Nov. 24th, 1701, in Fairfield, 
Conn., mar'd Oct. nth, 1736, Ann Hall, and they had seven 
children, one son who died quite young and six daughters, 

IV. Ezekiel Sanford, b. July 27th, 1704, in Fairfield, Conn. 

Sanford 305 

V. Samuel Sanford, b. Feb'' 20th, 1707-8, in Fairfield, Conn., 
mar'd Jan. nth, 1733-4, Sarah Meeker, by whom he had twelve 
children ; settled in Redding, Conn. He died there Nov. 6, 
1768; she died Nov. 30, 1803. 

VI. Ephraim Sanford, b. Feb. 12th, 1708-9, in Fairfield, 

VII. Rebeckah Sanford, b. Nov. 21, 17 10, [m. about 1730 
Wm. Hill]. 

VIII. Abigail Sanford, b. Aug. 29th, 1714 ; mar'd Dec. 4th, 
1735, James Bradley. 

IX. Elnathan Sanford, b. Sept. ist, 1717, in Fairfield,Conn.; 
died probably young ; no mention made of him in his father's 

Synopsis of Will of Ezekiel Sanford, Jr., made Jan'y 2g, 172S-Q : 

" Touching my worldly estate — after just debts '/<,• — to my 
beloved wife Rebecca one full third personal absolutely and 
one third real estate for life. * * * daughters Rebecca 
and Abigail two hundred pounds apiece * * * beloved 
and eldest son Joseph, heirs % one hundred pounds more than 
an equal part with his brothers * * * Samuel twenty 
pounds more * * having considered my son Zachariah in 
ye like amount in my life time * * * beloved sons Joseph, 
Lemuel, Zachariah, Ezekiel, Samuel and Ephraim * * all 
the rest of my estate to be equally divided." Then follows 
some particulars as to lands — *' and my pleasure is that my 
said son Ephraim live with his mother to be . helpful to her 
during his non age." Zachariah and Ezekiel Exectors — John 
and David Down and Samuel Cooke, Witnesses. The will 
is Probated M'ch 28, 1728-9. 

** Covenant between Joseph Sanford and brothers : To all 
people to whom these presents shall come greeting. 

Know ye that where as Rebeckah Sanford of said Fairfield, 
Mother, sons ye Subscribers. 

viz : Joseph Sanford, Lemuel Sanford, Zachariah Sanford, 
Ezekiel Sanford and Samuel Sanford all of said Fairfield, is 
become impotent and poor by age &c and the burthen of her 
support naturally and by Law devolves upon us and that an 
equal distribution of expense for her support may be had : 
we ye said Subscribers do here by covenant and agree each 
with y® other to yield and pay our Respective and equal part 

3o6 Sanford 

and proportion for her support and do also bind our several 
and respective heirs to pay ye same and enforce this our 
agreement, we said Subscribers do bind ourselves and our 
Heirs Executors and Administrators in ye sum of one pounds 
Lawful money to be paid by him or his Heirs Executors &c 
who shall not yield and pay such proportionable part as afore- 
said to him or them who shall fulfil said agreement. 

In witness whereof ye party have hereunto sett their Jiands 
and Seal in Fairfield this seveneth day of January 1764/^ 
Signed sealed and Delivered Joseph Sanford [l. s.] 

in presence of Lemuel Sanford [l. s.] 

John Sherwood Zachariah Sanford [l. s.] 

John Sherwood Jr. Ezekiel Sanford [l. s.J 

Silas Griffith Samuel Sanford [l. s.] 

Elnathan Sanford." 

The Sanford who sent me the above says there is not 
another copy in the world. 

Ephraim Sanford died in 1761. 

Redding was a part of Fairfield at the time this was written, 
and I have been told the long lots mentioned in the will ex- 
tended to Redding 17 miles. 

IV. ^^«.— Ephraim Sanford, b. Feb. 12th, 1708-9, in Fair- 
field, Conn., son of Ezekiel Sanford Jr., mar'd Oct. 7th, 1730, 
Elizabeth Mix; he settled in the village of Redding, being the 
northern portion of Fairfield and was incorporated as town of 
Redding, 1767; the place where he settled was and is still 
called Sanfordtown. Was a large land-owner there, as is 
shown by deeds now in possession of his descendants, some 
of which date as early as 1733. He was engaged at an early 
day in the mercantile business, his being the first store in what 
is now called Redding ; his goods were purchased in Boston, 
Mass.; he was very successful, leaving a large estate for 
those days. He died Feb. 6th, 1761-2, leaving a widow and 
eleven children, four sons and seven daughters. By will he 
left the widow ^967 3 shillings ; to each of his sons, jQt(>o 
2\ t%^ ; to each of his daughters, ;^253. 71 6%^. The division 
was made May 26th, 1763. 

Sanford 307 

V. gen. Children of Ephraim and Elizabeth Sanford. 

I. Elizabeth Sanford, b. July 3d, 1731, in Fairfield, Conn., 

mar'd Oct. 17th, 1747, Jonas Piatt. 
II. Rachel Sanford, b. July 23d, 1733, in Fairfield, Conn., 
mar'd Oct. 31st, 1751, Stephen Mead. 

III. Abigail Sanford, b. May 12th, 1735, in Fairfield, Conn., 

mar'd Oct. 9th, 1755, Uaniel Jackson; they were 
grandparents of Edward Jackson, who married Lydia 
Ann Sanford. 

IV. Hannah Sanford, b. M'ch 3d, 1737, in Fairfield, Conn., 

mar'd Sept. 19th, 1756, David Lyon. 
V. John Sanford, b. April 26th, 1739, i^ Fairfield, Conn. 
VI. Oliver Sanford, b. Sept. 17th, 1741, in Fairfield, Conn., 
mar'd April, 1767, Rachel Coley, dau. Dea. David 
Coley of Weston, Ct. 
VII. Lois Sanford, b. Sept. 14th, 1743, in Fairfield, Conn., 

mar'd May 21, 1761, Joseph Lyon. 
VIII. Tabitha Sanford, b. Feb. 28, 1746, in Fairfield, Conn., 
mar'd June 26th, 1766, Thomas Rothweli. 
IX. Hulda Sanford, b. Apr. 25th, 1748, in Fairfield, Conn., 

mar'd Oct. 28th, 1779, Thomas White. 
X. Ephraim Sanford, b. May 25th, 1750, in Fairfield, Conn. 
XI. Augustus Sanford, b. July 12th, 1753, " " 

XII. Esther Sanford, b. April 24th, 1755, in *' " 

died early, not mentioned in will. 

V. gen. — John Sanford, b. Apr. 26th, 1739, in Fairfield, 
Conn., son of Ephraim and Elizabeth Sanford, mar'd, 1757, 
Anne, maiden name unknown to writer; settled in the Foun- 
dery district of Redding, Conn., where he died (Ap'l 18) 1784, 
His descendants reside there at the present time. 

VI. gen. Children of John and Anne Sanford. \^See Gen.] 

308 ' Sanford 


Of John we have been able to secure very little to add. 
The quotation from the State records places him politically, 
while that from the Probate Court of Danbury gives us, at 
last, the maiden name of his wife. In the volume of the 
State records comprising the year 1777, page 163, we read: 
" An order was given to the committee of prisoners at Mans- 
field to take a bond of John Sanford [a person confined in 
Mansfield, an enemy to this country] for 1000 pounds, condi- 
tioned that, where-as the said John Sanford is found guilty 
of being inimical and dangerous to this and the rest of the 
United States of Am^, Ordered, to be removed and sent to 
the Governor and Committee of Safety to have his place of 
residence assigned, and hath for some time resided in Mans- 
field according to said order, and now moving for liberty to 
return to Reading for the settlement of his Mother's estate, 
and promising his good behavior, — now if the said John San- 
ford shall well and truly return to Reading, dwell and abide 
within and not depart from out of the limits of said Town, 
and shall do nor say nothing in prejudice of the interests or 
rights of this or any other of the rest of the United States of 
Ama or any of the measures pursuing by them for their de- 
fense, and shall not hold any correspondence with or give 
any intelligence to the enemies of said States, and shall repair 
to any place assigned by the Governor and Committee of 
Safety of this State upon requisition, then the foregoing bond 
to be void, else, to remain in full force and virtue, and upon 
his executing said bond, to give said John Sanford a permit 
to return to Reading without molestation y,. %•" Let not 
your present patriotism condemn that of your forefather who 
was thus faithful to his oath and King. 

In the administration of his own estate, in the Danbury 
probate records there is this note: "Aug22, 1791 — Where- 
as by the death of Anne Wheeler formerly the relict and 
widow of John Sanford, her portion shall be divided equally 
. . . . " This is most important, and both the Judge of 
that Court and the town clerk of Redding (Mr. Nickerson) 
are agreed that the evidence is conclusive. We have tried 
to find whose daughter she was, and hope to accomplish this 
additional fact when opportunity is given for a further per- 
sonal search. 

Sanford 309 

The names of John's children as given in the will are in 
this order: the five sons, "James, John, Stephen, Eli, Eph- 
raim," and then the daughters, " Elizabeth Hill, wife of Daniel 
Hill Jun"", Huldah Lyon, wife of Lemuel Lyon, Anne Lyon, 
wife of Abraham Lyon, Lois and Esther." This is probably 
the correct order, and differs somewhat with that sent by the 
family. The name of Ann's first husband is by them given 
as ^^ Levi," and her second "Webb Lyon." Now it is evident 
that the first is a mistake and, we have authority for adding, 
the second also, for in the Bridgeport probate records there 
is the will of Levi Lyon, before referred to, by which we 
learn the name of his wife Lusinda and his sister-in-law 
Anne, the widow of Nehemiah Lyon. Besides these evidences, 
Webb Lyon, or rather, " Nathaniel Webb Lyon," was the 
father of Hanford Lyon, and it is known that Anne Lyon 
left no children. Elizabeth Sanford had married Daniel Hill, 
Jr.; he died before his father, leaving her with one son John, 
who is called "grandson" in Captain Daniel's will. Of the 
sons, James, John, Stephen, Eli and Ephraim, from small be- 
ginnings we have harvested large crops, making food for 
much digestion. 

James, the eldest, was called " Squire James," and must 
have been a man of mark as well of means. As a boy he 
had run away from home to be a teamster in the army, and 
though we do not find him enrolled in any particular com- 
pany, his name is mentioned in 1841 on the pension list, as 
"of Reading, aged 81." This was the year before his death. 
It is a pity we have no record of his personal reminiscences, 
they would have added greatly to these pages ; however, his 
children and his children's children even to the sixth gen- 
eration still remain in and about Redding, and some of the 
family reside in the old homestead of the following deed 
recorded in Vol. 3d of Land Records at Redding : 

Redding. Vol. 3. 1784-1801 

" Know all men by these presence that I John Sanford of Redding in 
Fairfield County and State of Connecticut, 

for the Consideration of the natural love & affection that I have for my 
son James Sanford of the Town and County afore said and as a part of 
his Portion of my eftate which I intend to beftow upon James Sanford 
and to his Heirs and Assignees forever, three several pieces of Lands 
lying in Redding at a place called Rock houfe hill, the firft piece 

310 Sanford 

lying the Eaft side of the highway — part in Hubbels and part in Sher- 
woods long lots so called with a dwelling houfe there on, bounded 
Northerly upon Andrew Hill's land, Easterly upon Daniel Hill's Land, 
Southerly upon Land belonging to the Heirs of Nehemiah Seeley 
Deceas"* & Eafterly upon highway, and in quantity one acre & 39 
Rods of Land. — The other piece lying acrosf the way, from defcribed 
piece in Jacksons long lot so called and in quantity two Acres be- 
ginning at a heap of stones at y" South part of the gate where it 
now stands, then running West five rods to a heap of Stones, thence 
South two rods, thence Weft sixteen rods to a heap of stones, thence 
Southerly fourteen rods & 3 quarters of a rod to a walnut pole stones 
to it, then Easterly by twenty one rods to the highway, thence north- 
erly sixteen rods & three quarters by the highway to y^ bounds began 
at and bounded Northerly, Wefterly and Southerly by my own land 
and Easterly by Highway. The other piece lying below the crofs 
highway and in quantity twenty Acres be it more or lefs being the 
souther most part or piece of Land I have in Redding it lying & being 
in Jacksons, Grummond & Sanfords long lots, bounded West upon 
Lazarus Beaches land, Southerly upon Jonathan Lyons, Easterly upon 
highway and — Northwefterly upon the cross highway — With all the 

privileges and appurtenances there unto belonging unto him the s 

James Sanford his Heirs and assigns for his and their own proper 
use and Behoof. Ajid furthermore, I the said John Sanford — do by 
these present bind myself my Heirs forever to warrant and Defend 
the above granted and bargained Premises to him the said James 
Sanford his Heirs and Assigns, against all claims and Demands what 
soever — in Witness here of I have here unto set my Hand and Seal 
this Day of April in the year of our Lord 1784 

John Sanford. 
In Prensence of 
Stephen Betts. 
Oliver Sanford. 

Redding in Fairfield County on y" day and Date above Person- 
ally appeared John Sanford Signer and Sealer of the above written 

instrument, and acknowledged the same to be his free Act and Deed 
before me 

Stephen Betts Jus. of Peace 

The above is a true Record Recorded ye 16"' of Auguft 1781 

Lem' Sanford Town Clerk." 

John, the second son, enlarged his phylacteries and sent his 
immediate descendants far afield. Canada was none too dis- 
tant for their adventurous spirits, and to-day, in the Canadian 
house of Parliament, one of his grandsons occupies a prom- 
inent place ; another is at the head of a college in Ontario ; 

Sanford 311 

another was, as we shall see later, most prominent in diplo- 
matic life, and a fourth is president of the Knoxville and 
Tennessee railroad. That some stayed nearer home and peo- 
pled that portion of country will be realized when we come to 
find a large Buncombe connection. This family came origin- 
ally from Bucks County. " Charles Buncombe, son of Wil- 
liam Buncombe of Barley-end near Joinghoe in ye County of 
Bucks and Elizabeth Hubbart daughter of Zachariah Hubbart 
were marryed March xd^^ 1744/5 by ye Rev. Mr. Henry Caner 
of Fairfield. Children: Charles, born April 24, 1747 ; Wil- 
liam, born April 5th, 1749 ; John, born April 18, 1751 ; Eliza- 
beth, born July 23d, 1753, and Thomas, Sep* 1756." John 
married Catherine Burr, daughter of John and Emma (Booth) 
Burr, who was born Nov. 5, 1753. [See Burr Gen., p. 171.] 

The name of John Buncombe's wife as sent us may be that 
of a second wife (Eliza Jones). He was the father of Bavid, 
who married Ruth Sanford, dau. of John, Jr. The youngest 
daughter, Lydia Ann, married Edward Jackson of Redding ; 
he was humbly born, and when this gay young favorite of the 
neighborhood chose him for her life's partner, her father 
feared and her friends wondered, but the almost immediate 
influence upon him was such as to show the benefit of this 
happy and congenial marriage. As time went on and in larger 
fields they, too, ventured in northern climes to seek larger 
harvests, their work prospered and rewards both spiritual and 
worldly crowned their efforts. In a little book published in 
Toronto in 1876, containing a memorial to these pioneer 
Methodists in Canada, we read that in their later years they 
were devoted to a series of great Christian enterprises, — the 
Wesleyan Female College at Hamilton ; the Orphan Asylum 
and Benevolent Society (of which Mrs. Jackson was directress 
and treasurer) ; the Central Methodist church, of which she 
laid the corner-stone ; the endowment of Victoria College and 
the establishment of a theological department therein. After 
Mr. Jackson's death she continued this last to its accomplish- 
ment, and as her biographer, the Rev. Mr. Burwash, concludes: 
" The character of this noble woman was in many respects the 
complement of her husband." 

Before speaking of Stephen's descendants, a word more 
should be- said of two of these spoken of, the one, member of 
the Canadian Parliament, and the other in Tennessee. 

3 1 2 Sanford 

William Eli Sanford, now resident in Hamilton, Ontario, 
has been actively engaged in commercial pursuits all his life. 
In addition to being the head of a large manufacturing con- 
cern which employs upwards of two thousand people, he has 
been intimately associated with various monied and educa- 
tional institutions of Canada. He was president of the Ham- 
ilton Provident Loan, a banking institution of $2,000,000 ; 
president of the Hamilton Ladies' College ; a member of the 
Board of Regents of Victoria University, and a member of the 
Senate of the same. He was made a member of the Canadian 
Senate (a life appointment of Her Majesty) in the year 1887, 
since which time he has been engaged in various commissions 
for the Government, spending some weeks at one time in 
Washington, during a period of important legislation in which 
Canada was largely interested. He was engaged in negoti- 
ating a Reciprocity Treaty with the Cape Colonies and the 
Cape of Good Hope with the Hon. Cecil Rhodes, the then 
Premier of the Cape Colonies. Mr. Sanford married for his 
first wife Emeline Jackson, the only child and daughter of 
those first Canadian pioneers of whom we have just read. 

Edward Jackson Sanford went to Tennessee before the war, 
and being a Northern man was banished by the Confederates. 
He remained away until the return of Gen. Burnside, when 
he was one of that small number who as volunteers defended 
Fort Saunders at the siege of Knoxville. In 1864 he estab- 
lished the wholesale drug house of E. J. Sanford & Company, 
which is now Sanford, Chamberlain & Albert. Of the many 
public offices which Mr. Sanford has well filled, it would be 
impossible to speak at length : President of the Mechanics 
National Bank, vice-president of the East Tennessee National 
Bank, president of the Board of Education and the Board of 
Trustees of the Medical College, of the Knoxville Woolen 
Mills, of the Tennessee and Ohio and Knoxville and Ohio 
Railroad companies, a trustee of the University, director in 
many companies; in fact, the Knoxville Journal says, "hardly 
an enterprise for the employment of capital and labor has 
been started in Knoxville for the last quarter of a century 
toward the success of which his counsel, his capital and his 
energy have not contributed." It is largely owing to his 
interest in this work and kindness in lending valuable papers 
that I am able to present so complete an early record of this 

Sanford 313 

Stephen, the fifth son by his marriage to Sarah, the daughter 
of Nehemiah Curtis, united with one of the families in the 
Beach connection [see Curtis] and their children with one 
exception married at home — Shelton, Morehouse, and Hurd ; 
none far off, even to the present day. The next generation, 
however, filled sail and crossed many boundaries. The most 
noted of these was Henry Shelton Sanford, only child of Hon. 
Nehemiah Curtis Sanford, who has held many high offices in 
diplomatic circles, commencing his career as attache at St. 
Petersburg in 1847, under Hon. Ralph I. IngersoU. " The 
next year, 1848, he was acting Secretary of Legation under 
Hon. Andrew J. Donelson at Frankfort. In 1849 appointed 
by President Taylor Secretary of Legation at Paris under 
Hon. Wm. C. Rives, and on the departure of the latter in 1853, 
Charge d' Affaires for nearly a year, arranging for our first 
postal convention with France. On his resignation and re- 
turn to this country in 1854, he took up the celebrated Aves 
Island case, which, in connection with that of Guano Island, 
has led to most favorable results and the development of enor- 
mous agricultural interests. Mr. Sanford made several visits 
to Central and South America. In 1859, while engaged on 
his book on International Maritime Law, he was, at the rec- 
ommendation of the Panama Railroad Company and the 
Pacific Mail Steamship Company, sent by the President to 
NeAv Grenada to negotiate for the extension of the Panama 
Railroad charter. His house in Washington the winter of the 
Peace Congress (1860-61 ) was the centre of decisive discussion. 
Mr. Lincoln, immediately after his inauguration, appointed 
him Minister to Belgium, and within three days he was on his 
way to Paris under confidential instructions. His mission to 
Belgium was made to cover much diplomatic ground. 

Gov'^ Seward said of him : *' Mr. Sanford during the first 
year of the war was the Minister of the United States in 
Europe." During the eight and a half years Mr. Sanford 
remained in Belgium he negotiated and signed the treaties of 
the Scheldt, of commerce and navigation, of trade-marks, and 
the consular convention, the first ever made by Belgium ; the 
extradition treaty he had discussed failed by reason of one 
point, since yielded by Government. He made numerous 
reports to the State department, for a time fiscal agent for the 
Government in Europe, he was entrusted with delicate and 
confidential business both in and out of Germany (among 

314 Satiford 

others to Caprera to confer with Garibaldi), in all of which 
the State Department openly sustained and afterward com- 
mended its representative. His private fortune contributed 
largely to the needs of his position abroad, and at home he 
presented a Krupp gun to his native State, and a battery of 
steel guns to the First Minnesota regiment. 

After Mr. Sanford's resignation and return, he undertook 
large interests in Louisiana and other Southern States, 
notably in Florida, where he established Sanfordtown, a 
large Swedish colony. In 1884, as plenipotentiary of the 
International Congo Association, he secured at Washing- 
ton the recognition of that flag as of a friendly govern- 
ment. This was signed by Secretary Frelinghuysen and 
himself April i8th, 1884, and led to most important results. 
In 1884-5 he was plenipotentiary of the United States at 
the Berlin Conference, and signed, Feb. 26th, 1885, with his 
colleague Minister Kasson, the "Act Gen6rale," securing 
freedom of access to our commerce and ships, respect for our 
missionaries, free trade, and the abolition of the slave trade 
in the Congo region. In 1886, General Sanford organized at 
Brussels and despatched to the Congo under the charge of 
Lieut. E. H. Tarent, the " Sanford Exploring Expedition," for 
scientific and commercial discovery and information. It will 
be recalled that in order to get the steamboats " Florida " and 
" New York " around the cataracts, they had to be taken apart 
and carried around on the heads of native porters, put together 
again and launched at Stanley Pool. Naturally they were the 
first commercial steamers floated on the upper Congo. 

The Sanford exploration became in 1888, in Brussels, a large 
stock company, with seven steamers and ten stations. It was 
a great regret to General Sanford that he could not interest 
American capital in this venture, for our flag, first taken 
there by Stanley and afterwards by him, has now been replaced 
by foreign colors — " Florida " and " New York " thus oddly 
crowned. The " Congo " continued in his thoughts, and it 
was in endeavoring to secure its development along good and 
temperate lines that he was struck by an incurable disease. 
In February of 1891 he sailed for America to visit and direct 
his estate in Florida. In May he went to Virginia, hoping 
the waters of the Healing Springs would revive him, and 
there he breathed his last, on May 21, 1891. Thus closed the 
useful life of one whose record contains more years of diplo- 

Sanford 3 1 5 

matic service than any of his countrymen. He was the only 
American who has passed through all its grades from Attache 
to Minister Plenipotentiary (that of Ambassador being since 
created). He departed leaving to his family a beautiful mem- 
ory of perfect devotion and tenderness, of faithful apprecia- 
tion and kindness to his friends, of good deeds to the afflicted 
and unfortunate, of energetic and loyal service to his country, 
and an example of unfailing unselfishness, generosity, and of 
dignified disinterested laborto a new generation." I am sorry 
not to have space to give this very interesting memoir in full, 
but sufficient quotations must have established every claim 
made for this excellent gentleman and diplomat. He married 
a descendant of one of the early Italian families, del Paggio, 
afterwards du Puy — Hugenots. On the revocation of the edict 
of Nantes they fled to America, not, however, before several 
members of the family had suffered martyrdom. 

The first Stephen's son John was a member of the 28th Con- 
gress, and of the Electoral College of 1856; his son Stephen 
was a member of the 41st Congress, and of the Electoral Col- 
lege of 1868 ; and his son John, of the 51st Congress, and the 
Electoral College of 1896. These were all of Amsterdam, 
New York State, where for three generations the name has 
stood for advancement, probity and honorable discharge of 
public and private duties. 

Of Ephraim, the youngest son of John and Anna, we had 
nothing to begin on. Coming across the marriage of an 
**E. Sanford and Sally Piatt," in the Piatt genealogy, at a date 
to correspond with requirements, we investigated this and 
found it to be correct. From this point, by dint of advertis- 
ing in several papers, we have developed the extensive line of 
descendants here given. He was also that "Ephraim San- 
ford " who was killed in a runaway accident on the turnpike 
road between Torrington and New Haven in 1808, his will 
being probated that year. 

Item from Orcutt's History of Torrington, p. 90 : " Mr. Pot- 
ter sold this property to Ephraim Sanford of Newtown, Ct., 
who took possession and went on with the store, and also 
bought the tavern, and about a year after Mr. Sanford was on 
his Way to New Haven with a load of cheese, the horses ran 
away and he was killed. His executors sold the store to R. 
Butt and Fred Robbins, 1808." 

3i6 Sanford 

Previously, he had resided in New York State for a few 
years ; his youngest child born in Johnstown. Sally Piatt 
was the daughter of Jarvis and Annie (Nichols) Piatt and 
sister to Charlotte, who married Lemuel Sanford. After 
Ephraim's death, his widow married a Wilcox. 

The Platts were originally from Milford, Conn., where 
Richard's name appears Nov. 20, 1639, with a family of four, 
he having landed in New Haven in 1638. He became deacon 
in the first church in Milford in 1669 ; he died in 1684, his wife 
having died eight years before. Their names are inscribed on 
the Memorial Stone Bridge over the "Wapawaug." The 
descent of Jarvis is from Richard and Mary, Jonas and Sarah 
Scudder, Obadiah* and Mary Smith, Obadiah* and Thankful 
Scudder-Jarvis. Thankful Scudder Avas of Huntington, and 
her mother dying when she was quite young, was brought up 
by Thomas and Abigail Jarvis, whose name she adopted in pref- 
erence to her own, — and certainly Polly Jarvis is preferable. 
Jarvis Piatt was born in 1759, and died in 1841. He married 
Annie Nichols in 1779. She was the daughter of Richard 
and Abigail (Gold) Nichols, grandson of the first Richard, 
son of Sergeant Francis. [See Nicholls.] 

Among other interesting intermarriages is one which brings 
in the Morgan family. Elizabeth, the eldest daughter of John 
and Anna, married for her second husband Hezekiah Morgan, 
the son of Zedekiah, son of Peter, son of Isaac, son of John, 
son of James, thus back to 1607. Ezra, son of Hezekiah and 
Elizabeth (Sanford) Morgan, born in 1801, married Hannah 
Nash, and their son, the Hon. Daniel Nash Morgan, was 
Treasurer of the United States from June i, 1893, to July i, 
1897. " He was born in Newtown, Fairfield County, Conn., 
August 18, 1844, and received his education at the Newtown 
Academy, Bethel Institute, and in the common schools. His 
natural bent Avas towards mercantile pursuits, and the five years 
of his minority were passed in his father's store, and the next 
year he had control of the business, and then for three years 
he was of the firm of Morgan & Booth. He is a Democrat in 
politics and was elected a member of the Common Council of 
Bridgeport in 1873-74 ; Mayor of the city in 1880 and 1884 ; 
on the Board of Education in 1877-78 ; for thirteen years he 
was Parish Clerk of Trinity Church, and afterwards Junior and 
Senior Warden ; he has for years been President of the Bridge- 

San ford 317 

port Hospital ; was Vice-President of the Consolidated Roll- 
ing Stock Company ; was Sinking Fund Commissioner of the 
city ; was President of the City National Bank from 1879 to 
1893 ; is President of the Mechanics' and Farmers' Savings 
Bank ; was State Senator from the 14th District in 1885 and 
1886, having been previously a member of the House, in 1883. 
In 1892 he was elected StateSenatorby 1755 majority, the largest 
ever given for Mayor, Representative, or Senator in the history 
of the town. He is a Mason and for two years Master of Cor- 
inthian Lodge, No. 104, of Bridgeport, and is now a member 
of Hamilton Commandery, No. 5, K. T. ; besides which he 
is connected with many other offices of trust and consider- 
ation in the city. In the history of the country there have 
been eighteen United States Treasurers ; they have been 
selected from Connecticut three times and from Fairfield 
County twice ; and after the election of President Cleveland, 
the choice fell upon Mr. Morgan, who assumed the duties of 
his high office with the best wishes of his hosts of friends 
throughout the State, and he has held the position since 
that time with credit to himself and advantage to the coun- 
try. Mr. Morgan lives in Washington, necessarily, but he 
has a summer home in Connecticut, where he spends his 
vacations with his family. His wife was Medora H. Judson 
of Huntington, and they have two children, a daughter and 
a son. 

On assuming the position as U. S. Treasurer, Mr. Morgan 
gave his predecessor a receipt for $240,817, 419.78 yz. When 
he retired, he received one from his successor for $796,92^,- 

Mrs. Morgan is herself a descendant of John Beach the 
first, through John'' and Hannah Staples, Ebenezer and Me- 

hitable Gibson, John and Rebecca, Hezekiah and Silli- 

man, Rebecca and Agur Judson, William Agur Judson and 
Marietta Beardsley. Marietta Beardsley was the daughter of 
Ebenezer Beardsley and Maria Beach, who was the daughter 

of Ebenezer (brother to Hezekiah) and Abbe Beach. The 

double connection explains itself. The marriages and full 
family records of the two brothers, Hezekiah and Ebenezer 
Beach, can be found in the first volume of Town Records 
(Huntington) at Shelton, Conn. (Town Clerk's Office). 

Descendants of John Sanford and Anna Wheeler 


John Sanford. 

[Eldest son of Ephraim Sanford (Ezekiel, Jr. ; Ezekiel; Thomas) and Elizabeth Mix.J 

b. April 26, 1739, Fairfield, Conn. 

d. April 18, 1784, Redding Ridge, T. S. 

m. 1757. 

Anna Wheeler. 

[Settlement of Estate, Will of John Sanford, probated, Danbury, Conn.J 

d. 1791. 


James Sanford, b. 1758, Redding, Conn, p, 255. 
Elizabeth Sanford, b. October 13, 1763, Redding, Conn. p. 318. 
John Sanford, Jr., b. December 21, 1765, Redding, Conn. p. 326. 
Stephen Sanford, b. November 24, 1769, Redding, Conn. p. 343. 
HuLDAH Sanford, b. August 29, 1771, Redding, Conn. p. 354. 
Eli Sanford, b. ; d. in Redding; m. Sarah Lyon, of Quaker Hill, 
son : Asahel Sanford, d. in Michigan, 
m. Abby Whitlock. 

[Dau. of Walter W. and Anna (Gorham) Whitlock.] 

(rec'd Miss Sanford.) 

Ephraim Sanford, b. 1775, Redding. Conn. p. 357. 

Anne Sanford, b. August 12, 1781, Redding, Conn. p. 309. 

Lois Sanford ; 

Easter Sanford. (names according to wm.) 

Elizabeth Sanford. 

[Eldest dau. of John Sanford and Anna Wheeler.] 

b. October 13, 1763, Redding, Conn, 
d. August 5, 1853, Redding, Conn. 

first m, (Acc9rding to Father's Will, Probate Court, Danbury.) 

Daniel Hill, Jr. 

[Son of Capt. Daniel Hill, by his second wife, Elizabeth Lane.] 

b. April 12, 1761. 

(" Died before his father, ' Grand-son John ' " mentioned in Capt. Dan' 1 Hill's will.) 

In the line of Elizabeth 319 

second m. Hezekiah Morgan. 

[Son of Zedekiah Morgan (b. 1744-5, Norwich, Ct.; m. Jan'y 26, 1769, Ruth Dart of 
New London, Ct.)] 

b. July 24, 1773, Newtown, Conn. 
d. March 24, 1857, Newtown, Conn. 

CHILDREN (of second marriage) : 
Zera Morgan, b. 1797. p. 319. 

Fanny Morgan, b. February 22, 1799. p. 321. 
Ezra Morgan, b. February 21, 1801, Redding, Conn. p. 323. 

Zera Morgan. 

[Elder son of Hezekiah Morgan and EHzabeth (Sanford) Hill.] 

b. , 1797. 

m. Sally A. Underhill. 

children : 
Charles Morgan, b. April 7, 1821, Newtown, Conn. p. 319. 
Rev'" Henry Morgan, b. March 7, 1825, Newtown, Conn, 
d. March 22, 1884, Boston, Mass. (unm.) 

Charles Morgan. 

[Elder son of Zera Morgan and Sally A. L'nderhill.J 

b. April 7, 1821, Newtown, Conn, 
d. February 5, 1891, Newtown, Conn. 
second m. March 9, 1851. 

(Newtown Records. Rev"! Wm. M. Carmichael.) 

Polly Peck. 

[Dau. of Abel Peck.] 

b. 1832, Weston, Conn. 

d. January i, 1892. 

CHILDREN (of second marriage) : 
Henry P. Morgan, b. March 28, 1852, Newtown, Conn. p. 320. 
Ormel E. Morgan, b. February 8, 1855, Newtown, Conn. p. 320. 
Merwin D. Morgan, b. September 4, 1857, Newtown, Conn. 
Edith L. Morgan, b. October 18, 1862, Newtown, Conn. p. 320. 

320 In the line of Elizabeth 

Henry P. Morgan. 

[Eldest son of Charles Morgan, by his second wife, Polly Peck.] 

b. March 28, 1852, Newtown, Conn. 



Charles Morgan ; Henry Merwin Morgan, m. Amelia Crook. 

(rec'd Mrs. O. E. Morgan.) 


Ormel Eli Morgan. 

[Second son of Charles Morgan, by his second wife, Polly Peck.] 

b. February 8, 1855, Newtown, Conn, 
m. August 28, 1877, Redding, Conn. 

Esther Potter Briscoe. 

[Dau. of Bradley Dimon Briscoe and Mary Catherine Glover.] 

b. March 11, 1859, Newtown, Conn. 

Arthur Briscoe Morgan, b. March 23, 1879, Newtown, Conn. 
Grace Edith Morgan, b. March 26, 1892, East Norwalk, Conn. 
Clara Lovise Morgan, b. Sept. 8, 1894; d. Sept. 20, 1894, Newtown. 

(v. Mrs. Ormel E. Morgan.) 

Edith Louisa Morgan. 

[Only dau. of Charles Morgan, by his second wife, Polly Peck.] 

b. October 18, 1862, Newtown, Conn, 
m. April 8, 1879. 

William James Cook. 

[Son of William H. and Emeline (Foxworth) Cook.] 

b. February 25, 1852. 

children : 
Elsie May Cook, b. July 22, 1880. 
Flora Edith Cook, b. February 23. 1883. 
William M. Cook, b. February 2, 1885. 
Edward R. Cook, b. January 14, 1893. (v. E. L. M. Cook.) 

In the line of Elizabeth 321 

Fanny Morgan. 

Only dau. of Hezekiah Morgan and Elizabeth (Sanford) Hill. p. 318-19.] 

b. February 22, 1799. 
d. September 5, 1856, Bridgeport, Conn. 
first m. March 18, 1818, Redding, Conn. 

Jeremiah Banks. 

[Son of Hyatt and Sarah Banks.] 

b. March 18, 1794. 

d. March 2, 185 1, (ae. 56 yrs., 11 m., 24 d.). Redding. 
second m. September 10, 1854. 

Sturges Fanton. 

[Son Serg't Abel Fanton and Jerusha Sturges.] 

b. December 21,1791, Weston, Conn. 

(Edw, J. Sanford.) 

d. 1865, Sag Harbor, Long Island. (Miss Sanford.) 

CHILDREN (of first marriage) : 
George W. Banks, b. February 22, 1819; d. April 29, 1837. (unm.) 
Charles M. Banks, b. March 4, 1821, Redding, Conn. p. 321. 

(rec'd A. B. Whitehead.) 

Charles Morgan Banks. 

[Younger son of Jeremiah Banks and Fanny Morgan.] 

b. March 4, 182 1, Redding, Conn. 

d. September 22, 1887, Redding, Conn. 

m. November 3, 1844, Weston, Conn. 

Sophia Bradley. 

[Dau. of Medad and Catherine M. Bradley.] 

b. April 27, 1825, Greenfield, Conn. 

d. November 17, 1897, Redding Ridge, Conn. 

Agnes Banks, b. November 15, 1846, Greenfield, Conn. p. 322. 
Elizabeth S. Banks, b. November 14, 1847, Redding, Conn. p. 322. 
Alma L. Banks, b. October 28, 1867, Redding, Conn. p. 323. 

(v. A. B. Whitehead.) 

322 In the line of Elizabeth 

Agnes Banks. 

[Eldest dau. of Charles Morgan Banks and Sophia Bradley.] 

b. November 15, 1846, Greenfield, Conn, 
m. June 30, 1867, Redding, Conn. 

Henry Whitehead. 

[Son of Harvey and Laura (Stevens) Whitehead.] 

b. January 28, 1842, Redding, Conn. 

(v. A. B. Whitehead.) 


Eva Whitehead. 

[Only child of Henry Whitehead and Agnes Banks.] 

b. April 3, 1870, Redding Ridge, Conn, 
m. January 6, 1889, Redding Ridge, Conn. 

James Arthur Sherwood. 

[Only child of George Botsford Sherwood and Betsey Sanford. p. 288.] 

b. May 8, 1867, Easton, Conn. 


Hazel Elaine Sherwood, b. Oct. ii, 1889, Redding Ridge, Conn. 

(nth gen. in descent from Thos. Sanford ; 7th gen. from ReV Jno. Beach.) 

(rec'd Mrs. Henry Whitehead.) 

Elizabeth Savery Banks. 

[Second dau. of Charles Morgan Banks and Sophia Bradley.] 

b. November 14, 1847, Redding, Conn, 
m. January 18, 1871, Redding, Conn. 

John Kennedy Duncan. 

[Son of Jesse and Frances (Lewis) Duncan.] 

b. January 31, 1847, Brownville, Penn^. 
d. January 31, 1884, Chicago, 111. 

children : 
Katherine Duncan, b. January 28, 1872, Chicago, 111. p. 323. 
Jesse Henry Duncan, b. February 2, 1876, Chicago, 111. (unm.) 

(v. E. S. B. Duncan.) 

In the line of Elizabeth 323 

Katherine Duncan. 

[Only dau. of John Kennedy Duncan and Elizabeth Savery Banks.] 

b. January 28, 1872, Chicago, 111, 
m. October 19, 1893, Chicago, 111. 

Henry Ward Dietrich. 

[Son of Henry S. and Sarah Jane (Clark) Dietrich.] 

b. May 24, 1869, Chicago, 111. 


Duncan Ward Dietrich, b. August 30, 1894, Chicago, 111. 
Dorothy Dietrich, b. Oct. 29, 1895, Chicago, 111. (v. k. d. Dietrich.) 

Alma Louisa Banks. 

[Youngest dau. of Charles Morgan Banks and Sophia Bradley.] 

b. October 28, 1867, Redding, Conn, 
m. November 7, 1888, Stamford, Conn. 

Francis Coley Lee, 

[Son of Henry and Julia (Coley) Lee.] 

b. January i, 1865, Redding, Conn. 

children : 
Charles Henry Lee, b. August 15, 1889, Redding, Conn. 
Julian Lee, b. August 21, 1892, Redding, Conn, 
Coley Fanton Lee, b. January 10, 1897, Redding, Conn. 

(rec'd A. B. Whitehead.) 

Ezra Morgan. 

[Younger son of Hezekiah Morgan and Elizabeth (Sanford) Hill. p. 318-19.] 

b. February 21, 1801, Redding, Conn, 
d, June 9, 187 1, Newtown, Conn, 
m, June 5, 1838, Westport, Conn, 

Hannah Nash. 

[Dau. of Daniel and Rebecca (Camp) Nash.] 

b. February 6, 1816, Westport, Conn, 
d, April 15, 1883, Newtown, Conn, 

324 In the line of Elizabeth 


Elizabeth S. Morgan, b. March 31, 1839, Newtown, Conn. p. 324. 
Mary Camp Morgan, b. July 17, 1842, Newtown, Conn. 

d. August 6, 1890. 
Daniel N. Morgan, b. August 18, 1844, Newtown, Conn. p. 325. 
Harriet Louisa Morgan, b. June 17, 1846, Newtown, Conn. 

d. February 22, 1874. 
Cornelia Jane Morgan, b. October 4, 1847, Newtown, Conn. 

d. September 30, 1877. 
Hannah Sophia Morgan, b. July 14, 1851, Newtown, Conn. 

d. July 2, 1863. 
Frederick Ezra Morgan, b. August 13, 1853, Newtown, Conn. 

d. June 17, 1862. 
Edward Kemper Morgan, b. March 16, 1859, Newtown, Conn. p. 325. 

(v. Hon. Dan'l N. Morgan.) 

Elizabeth Sanford Morgan. 

[Eldest dau. of Ezra Morgan and Hannah Nash. J 

b. March 31, 1839, Newtown, Conn. 

m. October 15, 1862. (Newtown Records.) 

RuFus Davenport Cable. 

[Son of George (Lewis) Cable and Mary Mallory.] 

b. December 9, 183 1, Westport, Conn, 
d. August 19, 1889, Westport, Conn. 
children : 
John Henry Cable, b. August 27, 1863, Westport, Conn. 

d. July 19, 1873, Westport, Conn. 
Mary Elizabeth Cable, b. July 16, 1865, Westport, Conn. p. 324. 
George Ezra Cable, b. Nov. 7, 1 867 ; d. June 13,1 868, Westport, Conn. 
Sophia Morgan Cable, b. June 9, 1870; d. Sept. 15, 1871, Westport. 
Hannah Louisa Cable, b. January 3, 1873, Westport, Conn. 
Antoinette Cornelia Cable, b. December i, 1874, Westport, Conn. 

(v. E. S. M. Cable.) 

Mary Elizabeth Cable. 

[Eldest dau. of Rufus Davenport Cable and Elizabeth Sanford Morgan.] 

b. July 16, 1865, Westport, Conn, 
m. June i, 1886, Westport, Conn. 

Marcus Bayard Butler. 

[Son of Marcus B. and Emily (Lacy) Butler.] 

b. November 26, 1859, Milford, Conn. 

In the line of Elizabeth 325 


Dorothy Morgan Butler, b. February 28, 1888; 

d. March 28, 1888, Bridgeport, Conn. 
Virginia Lacey Butler, b. August 10, 1889, Bridgeport, Conn. 
Marcus Bayard Butler, b. October 7, 1891, Bridgeport, Conn. 

(v. M. E. C. Butler.) 

Hon. Daniel Nash Morgan. 

[Eldest son of Ezra Morgan and Hannah Nash.] 

b. August 18, 1844, Newtown, Conn, 
m. June 10, 1868, Huntington, Conn. 

M]fiDORA Huganen Judson. 

[Dau. of Hon. William Agur Judson and Marietta Beardsley.] (Orcutts.) 

b. August 14, , Huntington, Conn. 

children : 
Mary Huntington Morgan, b. Nov. 29, , Huntington, Conn. 
Florence Newton Morgan, b. Dec. 5, 1876, Huntington, Conn. 

d. April 18, 1878, Huntington. Conn. 
William Judson Morgan, b. May 17, 1881, Bridgeport, Conn. 

(v. Hon. Dan'l N. Morgan.) 

Edward Kemper Morgan. 

[Youngest son of Ezra Morgan and Hannah Nash.] 

b. March 16, 1859, Newtown, Conn. 

m. September 27, 1883, Huntington, Conn. 

Charlotte Adelaide Judson. 

[Dau. of Charles Judson and Eleanor Booth.] 

b. December i, 1861, Huntington, Conn. 

children : 
Daniel Judson Morgan, b. June 10, 1885, Huntington, Conn. 
Frederick Edward Morgan, b. February 13, 1890, Bridgeport, Conn. 

(v. Edw. K. Morgan.) 

326 In the line of John Sanford, Jr. 

John Sanford, Jr. 

[Son of John Sanford and Anna Wheeler, p. 318.] 

b. December 21, 1765, Redding, Conn, 
d. June 5, 1842, Redding, Conn. 
first m. 1788. 

Lydia Wheeler. 

[Dau. of John Wheeler of Weston, Conn.] 

b. 1771. 

d. November 9, 1807, Redding, Conn. 

second m. " Elizabeth Parsons," 

[Wife of John Sanford, Jr.] 

d. November 23, 1848, ae. 75." (t. s. Redding Ridge.) 

CHILDREN (of first marriage, none by second) ; 
Elizabeth Sanford, b. August 15, 1790, Redding, Conn. p. 326. 
Ruth Sanford, b. April 22, 1792, Redding, Conn. p. 328. 
Margaret Sanford, b. October 20, 1794, Redding, Conn. 

m. Henry Dean, (no descendants.) 
Sarah Sanford, b. January 25, 1797, Redding, Conn. p. 336. 
John W, Sanford, b. May 21, 1799, Redding, Conn. p. 338, 
Eli Sanford, b. August 4, 1801, Redding, Conn. p. 340. 
Lydia A. Sanford, b. March 17, 1804, Redding, Conn. p. 342. 

(rec'd Edw. J. Sanford.) 

• Elizabeth Sanford. 

[Eldest dau. of John Sanford, Jr., and Lydia Wheeler.] 

b. August 15, 1790, Redding, Conn, 
d. January 7, 1881. 

m. Aaron Lyon . 

[Son of Lemuel Lyon and Huldah Sanford. p. 1S9.] 

children : 
Lemuel Lyon. 

Mary Eliza Lyon, b. March 11, 1825, p. 327. 
Lydia Louisa Lyon, b. June 17, 1830. 

d. August 22, 1856, Chatham, Ont., Canada, (unm.) 

(v. Rev" Edw. N. English.) 

In the line of JoJm Sanford, Jr. 327 

Mary Eliza Lyon. 

[Elder dau. of Aaron Lyon and Elizabeth Sanford.] 
b. March 11, 1825. 

d. February 18, 1857, Chatham, Canada, 
m. June 20, 1847. 

Rev'" Noble Franklin English. 

[Son of Noble English and Elizabeth Forsyth.] 

b. Sept. 24, 1820, Co. Middlesex, Ont. (Lond.),Can. 
d. May 23, 1874, London, Ont., Canada. 


Lemuel Nelson English, b. Apr. 22, 1848 ; d. May 7, '48, Pictou, Can. 
Lydia Emeline English, b. July 17, 1849, Rockville, Canada, (unm.) 
Edward N. English, b. June 17, 1851, Brockville, Canada, p. 327. 
Elias Franklin English, b. May 3, 1853, Bytown (Ottawa) Canada. 

d. Sept. II, 1854, Brantford, Canada. 
George Albert English, b. May 18, 1855, Brantford, Canada. 

d. December 24, 1861, Goderich, Ont., Canada. 

(v. Rev" Edw. N. English.) 

Rev'd Edward Noble English. 

[Second son of ReV Noble Franklin English and Mary E. Lyon.] 

b. June 17, 185 1, Brockville, Ont., Canada. 

m. August 21, 1871, Stapleford, Co. Wilts, Eng. 

Mary Stoughton Mulkins. 

[Dau. of H. Mulkins, the Vicar of Stapleford, and Jane Grey Dennis.] 

Stuart Noble English, b. June 12, 1878, London, Ont., Canada. 
Edward Lyon English, b. June 24, 1879, London, Canada. 

d. August 18, 1879, Kirkton, Canada. 
Theresa Mary English, b. July 16, 1880, Kirkton, Canada. 

d. February 27, 1885, London, Tw'p, Ont. 

(v. Rev^ Edw. Noble English.) 

328 In the line of John Sanford, Jr. 

Ruth Sanford. 

[Second dau. of John Sanford, Jr., and Lydia Wheeler.] 

b. April 22, 1792, Redding, Conn. 

d. May 11, 1881, Redding Centre, Conn, 

m. November 25, 1810, Redding, Conn. 

David Duncombe. 

[Son of John Duncombe and Eliza Jones, p. 311.] 

b. October 21, 1788, Redding, Conn. 

d. February 5, 1857, Redding Centre, Conn. 

Henry B. Duncombe, b. November 4, 1811, Redding, Conn, 
d. December 20, 1836. 
m. December 31, 1832. 

Ann Hull. 

[m. as second husband Walstein Gorham.] 
d. se. 84, 1898, buried Hull Cem^ (son by her ist m. d. se. 17 yr.) 
David S. Duncombe, b. October i, 1813, Redding, Conn. p. 328, 
ASAHEL S. Duncombe, b. September i, 1815, Redding, Conn. p. 329. 
Charles Duncombe, b. October 24, 1817, Redding, Conn. p. 331. 
Harriet N. Duncombe, b. April 29, 1820, Redding, Conn. p. 331. 
Lydia A. Duncombe, b. March 4, 1824, Redding, Conn. p. 332. 
Aaron H. DunCombe, b. May 2, 1826, Redding, Conn. p. 334. 
William E. Duncombe, b. February 17, 1830, Redding, Conn. p. 334, 

(v. Wm. E. Duncombe.) 

David Sanford Duncombe. 

[Second son of David Duncombe and Ruth Sanford.] 

b. October i, 1813, Redding, Conn, 
d. March 19, 1883, Redding, Conn. 
first m. June 29, 1845, Sherman, Conn. (?) 

Jane Charlotte Leach. 

[Dau. of William and Charlotte (Steadwell) Leach of Sherman, Conn.] 

b. January 31, 1818, Sherman, Conn, 
d. March 9, 1852. (v. M. P. D. Cook.) 

second m. January 17, 1854, New York City. 
Marietta Wright. 

[Dau. of Joel Wright of Pompey, N. Y., and Cynthia Pratt of Pratt's Hollow, N. Y.] 

b. October 31, 1830, Pompey, N. Y. 

In the iine of John Sanford, Jr. 329 

CHILD (of first marriage): 
Mary P. Duncombe, b. August 15, 1848, New York City, p, 329. 

CHILDREN (of second marriage) : 
William S, Duncombe, b. Feb. 14, 1856, New York City. p. 329. 
Nellie C. Duncombe, b. September 6, 1863, New York City, (unm.) 

(v. W. S. Duncombe.) 


Mary Paulina Duncombe. 

[Only child of David Sanford Duncombe, by his first wife, Jane C. Leach.] 

b. Aug. 15, 1848, New York City. 

m. June 11, 1874, Elizabeth, New Jersey. 

William Crowell Cook. 

[Son of Elisha Worth Cook, Trenton, N. J., and Lois Crowell, Phila., Penn».J 
[Crowell corruption of Cromwell.] 

b. March 7, 1836, Philadelphia. 
children : 
Helen Crowell Cook, b. February 9, 1877. 
Sanford Crowell Cook, b. October 26, 1881. (v. M. p. d. Cook.) 

William Sanford Duncombe. 

[Only son of David Sanford Duncombe, by his second wife. Marietta Wright.] 

b. February 14, 1856, New York City. 
m. October, 25, 1887, San Francisco, Cal. 

LiLLiE Nichols Murdock. 

[Dau. of Albert Hamilton Murdock and Charlotte Dorothy Hills.] 

b. Feb. 27, 1858, Areata, Humboldt Co., Cal. 
child : 
Dorothy Duncombe, b. October 5, 1888, San Francisco, Cal. 

(v. Wm, S. Duncombe, Cal.) 

Asahel Sanford Duncombe. 

[Third son of David Duncombe and Ruth Sanford. p. 328.] 

b. September i, 1815, Redding Centre, Conn, 
d. February 28, 1873, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

330 In the line of John Sanford, Jr. 

m. December 25, 1837, Redding, Conn. 
Betsey Ann Canfield. 

[Dau. of Lemon and Betsey (Jenkins) Canfield.] 

b. December 2, 1814, Redding, Conn. 

d. April 7, 1873, Brooklyn, N. Y. (v. Mrs. Lekh.) 


William Henry Duncombe, b. July 5, 1839; d. under four years. 
Emma Josephine Duncombe, b. August 2, 1841 ; d. under four years. 
Edward Jackson Duncombe, b. December 25, 1843, Redding, Conn, 
m. March 25, 1883. 

Frances Grant, (no children.) 
Mary Emma Duncombe, b. January 23, 1846; d. under four years. 
Henry C. Duncombe, b. September 21, 1849, Redding, Conn. p. 330. 
Franklin Duncombe, b. September 20, 1851 ; d. under four years. 
Isabella R. Duncombe, b. June 2, 1854, Flatbush, N. Y. p. 330. 

(rec'd Wm. E. Duncombe.) 

Henry Clay Duncombe. 

[Third son of Asahel Sanford Duncombe and Betsey A. Canfield.] 

b. September 21, 1849, Redding, Conn, 
m. July 16, 1872, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Delia Frederica Wedekend. 

[Dau. of Frederick and Harriet E. Wedekend.] 

b. November 17, 1853, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

children : 
Henry Augustus Duncombe, b. November 24, 1873, Brooklyn, N.Y. 
Lillian May Duncombe, b. December 8, 1875, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

(v. H. C. Duncombe.) 

Isabella Ruth Duncombe. 

[Third dau. of Asahel Sanford Duncombe and Betsey A. Canfield.] 

b. June 2, 1854, Flatbush, N. Y. 

m. January 16, 1884, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Adam Henry Leich. 

[Son of Adam and Catharine (Barker) Leich.] 

b. May 5, 1854, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

In the line of John Sanford, Jr. 331 


Oliver Duncombe Leich, b. January 19, 1887, Brooklyn, N, Y. 

Edna Monroe Leigh, b. June 4, 1888, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Barker Leich, b. Dec. 3, 1890, Brooklyn, N. Y. (v. i. r. d. Leich.) 

Charles Duncombe. 

[Fourth son of David Duncombe and Ruth Sanford.] 

b. October 24, 181 7, Redding, Conn. 

m. Eliza Fanton. 

[Only dau. of Curtis Fanton and Rebecca Lyon, p. 354.] 


Edmund Duncombe, b. ; m. 

Lydia Ann Duncombe, b. ; d. ; 

m. Wm. Jennings : son Frederick Jennings. 
Harriet Duncombe, b. ; 

m. John Bouton of Norwalk, Conn. 

Son : Duncombe Bouton, m. . (rec'd Mrs. Leich.) 

Harriet N. Duncombe. 

[Elder dau. of David Duncombe and Ruth Sanford. p. 328.] 

b. April 29, 1820, Redding Centre, Conn. 

d. April 27, 1893, Redding, Conn. 

m. May 4, 1840, Redding, Conn. • 

John Lee Hill. 

[Son of John Read Hill and Betsey Sanford vn, (Aaron, Hezekiah, Lemuel, 
Ezekiel, Jr., Ezekiel, Thomas.)] (Hawley Record.) 

b. June 15, 1810, Redding, Conn, 
d, January 18, 1852, Redding, Conn. 


William H. Hill, b. May i, 1845, Redding, Conn. p. 332. 
Josephine E. Hill, b. May 22, 1848, Redding, Conn. p. 332. 

(rec'd Wm. E. Duncombe.) 

332 In the line of John Sanford, Jr.^ 

William H. Hill. 

[Only son of John Lee Hill and Harriet N. Buncombe.] 

b. May i, 1845, Redding, Gonn. 
first m. October 5, 1869, Redding, Conn. 

Mary A. Hotchkiss. 

[Dau. of Frederick A. Hotchkiss and Mary Parsons.] 

b. August 7, 185 1, 
d. October i, 1886. 
second m. October 10, 1888. 

Lauretta C. Ballard. 
b. October 10, 1850. 

children (of first marriage, none by second) : 
John Read Hill, b. December 27, 1870, Redding, Conn, (unm.) 
Carrie L. Hill, b. Nov. 5, 1872; d. June 20, 1876. 
Frederick H. Hill, b. July 18, 1874, Redding, Conn. 
Ernest William Hill, b. January i, 1876, Redding, Conn. 

(rec'd Wm. E. Buncombe.) 

Josephine Elizabeth Hill. 

[Only dau. of John Lee Hill and Harriet N. Buncombe.] 

b. May 22, 1848, Redding, Conn, 
m. May 11, 1870, Redding, Conn. 

Rev'^ Edson Wyllis Burr. 

[Fifth son of Linus Burr and Betsey Kelsey of KiUingworth.] 

(Burr B'k, p. 280.) 

b. March 29, 1841, Middletown, Conn. 

Harriet Burr, b. June 14, 1872, Jersey City, N. J. 
Eugene Wyllis Burr, b. October 14, 1875, Bloomfield, N. J. 

(v. J. E. H. Burr.) (rec'd Wm. E. Buncombe.) 

Lydia Ann Duncombe. 

[Younger dau. of Bavid Buncombe and Ruth Sanford. p. 328.] 

b. March 4, 1824, Redding Centre, Conn, 
d. March 2. 1884. 

In the line of John Sanford, Jr. 333 

m. April 18, 1842, Redding, Conn. 
John Osborn. 

[Son of Turney and Sarah (Parsons) Osborn.] 

b. December. 5, 1813. 
d. July 24, 1891. 


John A. Osborn, b. June 29, 1847. p. 333. 

Eugene E. Osborn, b. May i, 1854, Norwalk, Conn. p. 333. 

Ida Medora Osborn, b. November 17, 1855, Norwalk, Conn. 

d. February 6, 1857, Norwalk, Conn. (v. Jno. A. Osbom.) 

John Arthur Osborn. 

[Elder son of John Osborn and Lydia A. Buncombe.] 

b. June 29, 1847. 

m. March 15, 1882, Trenton, N. J. 

Ella Frances Perry. 

[Dau. of Truman G. Perry and Harriet F. Scholefield.] 

b. December 17, 1847. 

children : 
Helen Perry Osborn, b. April 15, 1883, Norwalk, Conn. 
Harriet Lydia Osborn, b. July 21, 1888, Norwalk, Conn. 

(v. Jno. A. Osborn.) 

Eugene Ernest Osborn. 

[Younger son of John Osborn and Lydia A. Duncombe.] 

b. May i, 1854, Norwalk, Conn. 

m. August 27, 1879, Washington, D. C. 

Ada Marienette Gibbs. 

[Dau. of Thomas F. Gibbs and Sarah M. Andrews.] 

b. October 18, 1858, Boston, Mass. 

children : 
Ethel Osborn, b. July 14, 1880, Ishpeming, Michigan. 

d. August 6, 1893, Ishpeming, Michigan. 
Edith Osborn, b. May 8, 1885, Ishpeming, Michigan. 

334 ^^ ^/^^ ^^'^^ of John Sanford, Jr. 

Eugene Osborn, b. June 4, 1888, Ishpeming, Michigan. 
Ruth Osborn, b. January 21, 1894, Ishpeming, Michigan. 

(v. Eugene Ernest Osborn, 111.) 

Aaron Hawley Duncombe. 

[Fifth son of David Duncombe and Ruth Sanford.] 

b. May 2, 1826, Redding Centre, Conn, 
m. October 9, 1849, Redding, Conn. 

Mary Gorham Edmonds. 

[Dau. of John and Maria (Mallory) Edmonds.] 

b. June 28, 1830, Redding, Conn. 

(No children.) (v. A. H. Buncombe, Wisconsin.) 

William Edgar Duncombe. 

[Sixth son of David Duncombe and Ruth Sanford. p. 328.] 

b. February 17, 1830, Redding Centre, Conn. 
first xa.. November 24, 1852, Redding, Conn. 

Sarah Fairchild. 

[Dau. of Joseph B. Fairchild and Phoebe Shepard.] 

b. April 4, 1828, Redding, Conn, 
d. May 7, 1857, Redding Centre, Conn. 
second m. November 9, 1858, Redding, Conn. 

Sarah Sanford'^. 

[Second dau. of James Sanford, Jr., and EUza French, p. 285.] 
b. June 7, 1833, Redding, Conn. 

CHJLDREn (of first marriage) : 
David S. Duncombe, b. Dec. 15, 1854, Redding Centre, Conn. p. 335. 
George F. Duncombe, b. April i, 1857, Redding Centre, Conn. p. 335. 

child (of second marriage) : 

Emma Eliza Duncombe, b. June i, 1864, Redding Centre, Conn. p. 335. 

(v. Wm. E. Duncombe.) 

In the line of John Sanford, Jr. 335 

David Sanford Duncombe. 

[Elder son of William Edgar Duncombe, by his first wife, Sarah Fairchild.] 

b. December 15, 1854, Redding Centre, Conn, 
d. September 20, 1892, Knoxville, Tenn. 
m. June 17, 1880, Mount Vernon, N. Y. 

Lydia Lane Lockwood. 

[Dau. of John Millington Lockwood and Nancy Howe.] 

b. October 27, 1856, Pelham, Westchester Co., N. Y. 


William Millington Duncombe, b. Mar. 24, 1881, Knoxville, Tenn. 
Frederick Howe Duncombe, b. Sept. i, 1883, Mount Vernon, N. Y. 
Raynor Sanford Duncombe, b. Oct. 4, 1886, Knoxville, Tenn. 
David Sanford Duncombe, Jr., b. Sept. 30, 1891, Knoxville, Tenn. 

(v. Mrs. David Sanford Duncombe.) 

George Fairchild Duncombe. 

[Young-er son of William E. Duncombe, by his first wife, *Sarah Fairchild.] 

b. April I, 1857, Redding Centre, Conn, 
m. April 10, 1878, Newtown, Conn. 

Lucy Beers. 

[Dau. of David Hard Beers and *Lucy Fairchild.] 

b. August 10, 1854, Newtown, Conn. 

Julia Beers Duncombe, b. March 13, 1881, Newtown, Conn. 

(v. Geo. F. Duncombe.) 

Emma Eliza Duncombe. 

[Only child of William Edgar Duncombe, by his second wife, Sarah Sanford. 
p. 287-324.] 

b. June I, 1864, Redding Centre, Conn, 
m. November 11, 1896, Redding, Conn. 

George Benjamin Beers: 

[Son of Benjamin and Ehza (Wheeler) Beers.] 

b. November 15, 1861, Easton, Conn. 

(No children.) (v. E. E. D. Beers.) 

* First cousins. 

336 In the line of John Sanford, Jr. 

* Sarah Sanford. 

[Fourth dau. of John Sanford, Jr., and Lydia Wheeler, p. 326.] 

b. January 25, 1797, Redding, Conn, 
d. August 4, 1846, Bridgeport, Conn. 

m. Garry Dayton. 

[Son of Brewster Dayton, Jr., by his second wife, Betsey Willoughby.] (Orcutt.) 

b. September 10, 1791. 
d. before 1842. 

" John L. Hill left Guardian of Sally Dayton and Betsey Lyon." (Will of Jno. S.) 

children : 
Betsey ; Caroline ; Betsey ; Lydia Ann ; Sanford ; *Charles W. 

* Charles Willoughby Dayton. 

[Younger son of Garry Dayton and Sarah Sanford.] 

b. August 8, 1835. 

d. April 29, 1897, Mount Vernon, N. Y. 

m. July 24, 1858, Carmel, N. Y. 

Elizabeth Archer. 

[Dau. of John and Elizabeth (Barger) Archer.] 

Joseph Henry Dayton, b. September 26, i860, Carmel, N. Y. p. 336. 

Charles Harrison Dayton, b. January 2, 1863, Carmel, N.Y. p. 337. 

Fannie Dayton, b. May 24, 1869, Brewster, N. Y. p. 337. 

David Jesse Dayton, b. January 25, 1873, Brewster, N.Y. (unm.) 

Jennie Gertrude Dayton, b. July 29, 1875, Brewster, N, Y. p. 338. 

Lydia Louise Dayton, ) ^j^^ j^ .^^ 

Carrie Dayton. ) (v. jos. H. Dayton.) 

Joseph Henry Dayton. 

[Eldest son of Charles Willoughby Dayton and Elizabeth Archer.] 

b. September 26, i860, Carmel, N. Y. 

* Will of Sally Dayton, dated " July 23, 1846 . . mentions daughters Betsey and Lydia 
Ann, son Charles W." (John L. Hill of Redding, Ex. B'p't Probate Rec'd.) 

In the line of John Sanford, Jr. 337 

m. October 3, 1880, Shrub Oak, N. Y. 
Abbie J. Lent. 

[Dau. of Robinson and Robenia (Denike) Lent.] 

b. Putnam Valley, N. Y. 


Ernest Robinson Dayton, b. August 11, 188 1, Putnam Valley, N.Y. 
Era May Dayton, b. January 29, 1884, Putnam Valley, N. Y. 

(v. Jos. H. Dayton.) 

Charles Harrison Dayton. 

[Second son of Charles Willoughby Dayton and Elizabeth Archer. j 

b. January 2, 1863, Carmel, N. Y. 

d. May 5, 1897, Mount Vernon, N. Y. 

m. January 25, 1890, Patterson, Putnam Co., N. Y. 

Ella Clarkson. 

[Dau. of Charles Clarkson and Rebecca Russell.] 

b. August 29, 1867, Patterson, N. Y. 

children : 
Edith May Dayton, b. July 14, 1893, Mount Vernon, N. Y. 
Benjamin Willoughby Dayton, b. July 26, 1895, Mt. Vernon, N. Y. 

(v. Mrs. Chas. H. Dayton.) 

Fannie Dayton. 

[Eldest dau. of Charles Willoughby Day and Elizabeth Archer.] 

b. May 24, 1869, Brewster, N. Y. 
m. January 8, 1889, Patterson, N. Y. 

Freeman Sprague. 

[Son of Ferris J. Sprague and Sarah M. SmalLey.] 

b. November 14, 1867, Kent, Putnam Co., N. Y. 

children : 
Homer Sprague, b. November 20, 1889, Kent, Putnam Co., N. Y. 
Charles W. Sprague, b. Dec. 21, 1891 ; d. Apr. 29, 1892, Kent, N.Y. 
Howard Sprague, b. September 19, 1893, Kent, N.Y. 
Freeman Sprague, Jr., b. February 4, 1896, Kent, N.Y. 

(v. F. D. Sprague.) 

338 In the line of John Sanford, Jr. 

Jennie Gertrude Dayton. 

[Youngest dau. of Charles Willoughby Dayton and Elizabeth Archer, p. 336.] 

b. July 29, 1875, Brewster, N. Y., U. S. A. 

m. September 2, 1896, Mt. Vernon, N. Y., U. S. A. 

Roderick MacKenzie. 

[Son of William Roderick MacKenzie and Elizabeth Pearson.] 

b. February 17, 1868, Dingwall, Co. Ross, Scotland. 


Charles Roderick Mackenzie, b. March 10, 1897, Dingwall, Scotland, 

(v. J. G. D. MacKenzie, Scotland.) 

» John Wheeler Sanford. 

' [Elder son of John Sanford, Jr., and Lydia Wheeler, p. 326.] 

b. May 21, 1799, Redding, Conn. 

d. November 24, 1890, Redding Ridge, Conn. 

m. March 5, 1822. 

Altha Fanton. 

[Dau. of Capt. Abel Fanton and Jerusha Sturges.] 

b. April II, 1800, Weston, Conn. 

d. February 23, 1890, Redding Ridge. 


Mary Ann Sanford, b. March 23, 1823, Redding Ridge, (unm.) 
George Wheeler Sanford, b. October 3, 1824, Redding Ridge. 

d. December 6, 1842, Redding Ridge. 
Harriet Stevens Sanford, b. September 11, 1826, Redding Ridge. 

d. February 4, 1853, Redding Ridge. 
Flora Maria Sanford, b. November 3, 1828, Redding Ridge. 

d. April 30, 1894, Redding Ridge. 
Edward J. Sanford, b. Nov. 23, 1831, Redding Ridge, p. 338. 
Georgiana Sanford, b. November 19, 1843, Redding Ridge, p. 340. 

(v. Miss M. A. Sanford.) 

Edward Jackson Sanford. 

[Younger son of John Wheeler Sanford and Altha Fanton.] 

b. November 23, 1831, Redding Ridge, Conn. 

In the line of John Satiford, Jr. 339 

m. August 21, i860, Knoxville, Tenn. 
Emma Chavannes. 

[Dau. of ReV Adrian Chavannes and Anna Francillion of Lausanne, Switzerland.] 

b. March 20, 1841, Vevey, Switzerland. 

d. October i, 1895, Battle Creek, Michigan. 


Edward T. Sanford, b. July 23, 1865, Knoxville, Tenn. p. 339. 
Emma Sanford, b. February 18, 1869, Knoxville, Tenn. p. 339. 
Alfred Fanton Sanford, b. February 21, 1875, Knoxville, Tenn. 
Mary Sanford, b. October 27, 1877, Knoxville, Tenn. 
Hugh Wheeler Sanford, b. April 22, 1880, Knoxville, Tenn. 
Louise Sanford, b. April 29, 1882, Knoxville, Tenn. 

(v. Edw. J. Sanford.) 

Edward Terry Sanford. 

[Eldest son of Edward Jackson Sanford and Emma Chavannes.] 

b. July 23, 1865, Knoxville, Tennessee, 
m. January 6, 1891, Knoxville, Tenn. 

LuTiE Mallory Woodruff. 

[Dau. of William Wallace Woodruff and Ella Connelly.] 

b. September 26, 1866, Knoxville, Tenn. 


Dorothy Sanford, b. December 5, 1891, Knoxville, Tenn. 
Anna Magee Sanford, b. December 19, 1892, Knoxville, Tenn. 

(v. Edw. J. Sanford.) 

Emma Sanford. 

[Eldest dau. of Edward Jackson Sanford and Emma Chavannes.] 

b. February 18, 1869, Knoxville, Tenn. 
m. February 25, 1892, Knoxville, Tenn. 

Edward Jackson Sanford ^^. 

[Elder son of Hon. William Eli Sanford, M.P., by his second wife, Sophia 
Vaux. p. 341-2.] 

b. June 24, 1867, St. Paul, Minn. 

d. March 13, 1897, Hamilton, Ont.. Canada. 

child : 
Constance Phyllis Sanford, b. January 3, 1893, Hamilton, Canada. 

(v. Edw. J. Sanford, Tenn.) 

340 In the line of Johi Sanford, Jr. 

Georgiana Sanford. 

[Fourth dau. of John Wheeler Sanford and Altha Fanton. p. 338.] 

b. November 19, 1843, Redding Ridge, Conn, 
m. July II, 1876, Redding Ridge, Conn. 

Rev'^ Charles Wallace Kelley. 

[Son of William Robinson Kelley (b. Exeter, N. H.) and Nancy Hancock (descend- 
ant of John Hancock.] (v. G. S. Kelley.) 

b. February 6, 1832, Boston, Mass. 

-Eli Sanford. 

[Younger son of John Sanford, Jr., and Lydia Wheeler, p. 326.] 

b. August 4, 1801, Redding, Conn, 
d. August 31, 1839, New York City, 
m. February 26, 1826, New York City. 

Emeline Argall. 
b. July 12, 1808. 

d. June 26, 1836. (V. Wm. S. Alley.) 

Eliza Sanford, b, February 7, 1828, New York City, N. Y. p. 340. 
Lydia Ann Sanford, b. March 29, 1829, New York City, 
d. February 28, 1852, Redding, Conn, 
m. Andrew Meeker. 

[Son of Arza and Adelia (Gorham) Meeker.] 
(one child, died.) (rec'd Miss M. A. Sanford.) 

Hannah J. Sanford, b. December 2, 1831, New York City. 

d. May 5, 1849, New York City. 
William E. Sanford, b. August 21, 1834, New York City. p. 341. 

(v. Wm. S. Alley.) 

Eliza Sanford. 

[Eldest dau. of Eli Sanford and Emeline Argall.] 

b. February 7, 1828, New York City, 
d. August XI, 1886, Clifton Springs, N. 

In the line of John Sanford, Jr. 341 

first m. July 8, 1846, New York City. (?) 
Elijah Phillips Farmer. 

[Son of Aaron D wight Farmer and Lucretia Phillips.] 

b. July 5, 1812, Bolton, Mass. 

d. May 12, 1857, Ellington, Conn. 

(rec'd Cornelius Farmer). 
second m. July 23, 1861, Buffalo, N. Y. 

Doctor James T. Alley. 

[Son of Moses and Dorcas (Doland) Alley.] 

b. March 20, 1831, LaGrange, Duchess Co., N. Y. 
d. September 17, 1878, St. Paul, Minn. 

(rec'd Miss J. D. Alley). 

CHILD (of first marriage) 
Hannah Eliza Farmer, b. August 8, 1849, New York City, 
d. September 17, 1852, Ellington, Conn. 

William Sanford Alley. 

[Only child of Doctor James T. Alley and EHza (Sanford) Farmer.] 

b. April 19, 1863, Rome, Italy. 

m. February 6, 1889, Syracuse, N. Y. 

Julia Eliza Chamberlain. 

[Dau. of Webster R. Chamberlain and Julia Avery.] 

b. March 29, 1863, Syracuse, N. Y. 

(v. Wm. S. Alley, Canada). 

Hon. William Eli Sanford, M.P. 

[Only son of Eli Sanford and Emeline Argall.j 

b. August 21, 1834, New York City. 
first m. April 25, 1856. (?) 

Emeline Sanford ^^" Jackson. 

[Dau. of Edward Jackson and Lydia Ann Sanford vii. p. 342.] 
b. August 2i(?), 1838, Hamilton, Canada, 
d. 1858, Hamilton, Canada. 

342 In the line of John Sanford, Jr. 

second m. Ottawa, Canada. 

Sophia Vaux. 

[Dau. of Thomas Vaux, Wisbeach, Cambridgeshire, Eng., and Margaret Marshall, 
Toronto, Canada.] 

b. Montreal, Canada. 

CHILDREN (of second marriage) : 
Edward J. Sanford, b. June 24, 1867, St. Paul, Minn. p. 339. 
Henry Vaux Sanford, b. 1871, Hamilton, Canada. 

d. 1872, Hamilton, Canada. 
Edna Sanford, b. Hamilton, Canada. 

Muriel Sanford, b. Hamilton, Canada. 

(rec'd Hon. Wm. E. Sanford.) 

• VII. 
Lydia Ann Sanford. 

[Youngest dau. of John Sanford, Jr., and Lydia Wheeler, p. 326.] 

b. March 17, 1804, Redding, Conn. 

d. May 5, 1875, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. 

m. August 14, 1826, Redding, Conn. (Tomti Records.) 

Edward Jackson. 

[Grandson of Daniel Jackson and Abigail Sanford v. (Ephraim, Ezekiel, Jr. 
Ezekiel, Thomas.)] 

b. April 20, 1799, Redding, Conn. 

d. July 14, 1872, Hamilton, Ont., Canada. 


Two children, died young. 

Emeline Sanford Jackson, b. 1838, Hamilton, Canada, p. 341. 

In the line of Stephen 343 

Stephen Sanford. 

[Son of John Sanford and Anna Wheeler.] 

b. November 24, 1769, Redding, Conn, 
d. October 20, 1848, Roxbury, Conn. 

m. Sarah Curtis. 

[Dau. of Nehemiah Curtis and Martha Clarke.] (See Curtis.) 

b. September 5, 1771, Zoar, Conn, 
d. May 8, 1856, Roxbury, Conn. 


Nehemiah C. Sanford, b. October 29, 1792, Roxbury, Conn, p. 343. 
Charlotte Sanford, b. December 15, 1797, Newtown, Conn. 

d. January 19, 181 3, Roxbury, Conn. 
Phcebe Sanford, b. January 20, 1800, Newtown, Conn. p. 344. 
John Sanford, b. June 3, 1803, Roxbury, Conn. p. 346. 
Charles Sanford, b. July 20, 1805, Roxbury, Conn. p. 347. 
Stephen Sanford, Jr., b. February 12, 1808, Roxbury, Conn. p. 348. 
Nelson Sanford, b. May 15, 1810, Roxbury, Conn. p. 353. 

(rec'd Charles Sanford, Roxbury.) 

Hon. Nehemiah Curtis Sanford, LL.D. 

[Eldest son of Stephen Sanford and Sarah Curtis.] 

b. October 29, 1792, Roxbury, Conn. 

d. June 23, 1841, Derby, Conn. 

m. September 2, 1822, Huntington, Conn. 

Nancy Bateman Shelton. 

[Dau. of Joseph and Charity (Lewis) Shelton.] (Tuttle B'k.) 

b. January 30, 1800, Lary Hill, Huntington, Conn, 
d. December 21, 1880, Derby, Conn. 

Hon. Henry Shelton Sanford. 

[Only child of Nehemiah Curtis Sanford and Nancy B. Shehon.] 

b. June 15, 1823, Woodbury, Conn. 

d. May 21, 1891, Healing Springs, Virginia. 

344 1^ ^^^^ ^^^^ ^/ Stephen 

m. September 21, 1864, Paris, France. 
Gertrude Ellen du Puy. 

[Dau. of John du Puy and Mary Richard Haskins.] 

b. June 27, 1841, "du Puy Place," Banks-of-the- 
Schuylkill, Philadelphia, Penna. 


Henry Shelton Sanford, b. July 17, 1865, U. S. Legation, Brussels, 

Belgium, d. October i, 1891, New York City. 
Gertrude Ellen duPuy Sanford, b. November 16, 1869, Brussels, 

Belgium, d. April 28, 1893, New York City. 
Frida Dolores Sanford, b. Feb'y 28, 1871, Brussels, Belgium. 
Ethel Sanford, b. September 2, 1873, Brussels, Belgium, p. 344. 
Helen Carola Nancy Sanford, b. Apr. 10, 1876, Brussels, Belgium. 
Leopold Curtis Sanford, b. July 27, 1880, Brussels, Belgium. 

d. Dec. I, 1885, Chateau de Gingelona, Belgium. 
Edwyn Emeline Willimine Gladys McKinnon Sanford, 

b. November 27, 1882, Brussels, Belgium. 

(v. Ethel Sanford-Sanford.) 

Ethel Sanford. 

[Third dau. of Hon. Henry Shelton Sanford and Gertrude E. du Puy.] 

b. September 2, 1873, Brussels, Belgium, 
m. February 17, 1892, Sanford, Florida. 

Hon. John Sanford. 

[Eldest son of Hon. Stephen Sanford vui and Sarah J. Cochran, p. 347.] 
b. January 18, 185 1, Amsterdam, N. Y. 

(v. Ethel Sanford-Sanford.) 


PhcEbe Sanford. 

[Younger dau. of Stephen Sanford and Sarah Curtis, p. 343. 

b. January 20, 1800, Newtown, Conn, 
d. January 30, 1879, Washington, Conn. 

In the line of Stephen 345 

m. May 18, 1823, Roxbury, Conn. 
* DiMON Morehouse. 

[Son of Benjamin and Jane (Hill) Morehouse.] 

b. April 22, 1790, Washington, Conn, 
d. March 28, 1846, Washington, Conn. 


Stephen S. Morehouse, b. January 25, 1825, Washington, Conn. p. 345. 
Henry H. Morehouse, b. June 7, 1829, Washington, Conn. p. 345, 

(v. S. S. Morehouse.) 

Stephen Sanford Morehouse. 

[Elder son of Dimon Morehouse and Phcebe Sanford.] 

b. January 25, 1825, Washington, Conn, 
m. March 27, 1850, Roxbury, Conn. 

Maria Barbara Patterson. 

[Dau. of Samuel Patterson and Susan Hartwell.] 

b. June 18, 1828, Roxbury, Conn, 
d. May 7, 1882, Washington, Conn. 

child : 
Amy Auguste Morehouse, b. October 22, 1853, Washington, Conn, 
d. August 31, 1873, Washington Conn. (v. S. S. Morehouse.) 

Hon. Henry Hobart Morehouse. 

[Younger son of Dimon Morehouse and Phoebe Sanford.] 

b. June 7, 1829, Washington, Conn, 
m. May 20, 185 1, Washington, Conn. 

Paulona Margaret Titus. 

[Dau. of Styles Titus and Loretta Arnold.] 

b. August 7, 1831, Washington, Conn, 
d. April 27, 1894, Washington, Conn. 

* In the " Gershom Morehouse " Book a previous marriage is mentioned, thus : " Mar- 
ried February 3, 1817 Huldah Titus," in this case Phoebe Sanford was probably his second 

346 In the line of Stephen 


Francese Ellen Morehouse, b. March 10, 1852, Washington, Conn. 

d. November 13, 1869, Washington, Conn. 
Henry S. Morehouse, b. Nov. 14, 1856, Washington, Conn. p. 346. 

(v. H. H. Morehouse.) 

Henry Sanford Morehouse. 

[Only son of Henry Hobart Morehouse and Paulona M. Titus.] 

b. November 14, 1856, Washington, Conn, 
d. November 5, 1882, Washington, Conn, 
m. November 27, 1879, Bristol, Conn. 

Carrie Maria Warner. 

[Dau. of Cyrus Alonzo Warner and AngeHne Elizabeth Sullivan.] 

b. December 29, 1855, Bristol, Conn. 

Henry Warner Morehouse, b. Sept. 29, 1881, Washington, Conn. 

(v. Mrs. Henry S. Morehouse.) 

Hon. John Sanford. 

[Second son of Stephen Sanford and Sarah Curtis, p. 343.] 

b. June 3, 1803, Roxbury, Conn. 

d. October 4, 1857, Amsterdam, N. Y. 

m. August 3, 1822, Amsterdam, N. Y. 

Mary Slack. 

[Dau. of John and Rachel (Winchel) Slack.] 

b. March 2, 1803, Amsterdam, N. Y, 

d. November 11, 1888, Amsterdam, N. Y. 


Sarah Caroline Sanford, b. March 27, 1824, Amsterdam, N. Y. 

d. March 27, 1871, Amsterdam, N. Y. 

m. November 19, 1845. 

John Stewart. 
Stephen Sanford, b. May 26, 1826, Mayfield, N. Y. p. 347. 
Nelson Sanford, b. June i, 1828, Mayfield, N. Y. 

Aug. 15, 1848 (accidently killed on cars bet. Amsterdam and 


In the line of Stephen 347 

David Sanford, b. May 4, 1830, Glen, Montgomery Co., N. Y. 
d. August II, 1885. 
m. November 3, 1851. 

Carrie E. Pearl. 
Aledah Sanford, b. March 8, 1833, Glen, N. Y, 
m. December 29, 1856, Amsterdam, N. Y. 
James E. Warring. 
Harriette Sanford, b. 1836, Amsterdam, N. Y. 
m. July 15, 1856, Amsterdam, N. Y. 

Henry SaCIA. (rec'd Ethel Sanford-Sanford.) 

Hon. Stephen Sanford. 

[Eldest son of John Sanford and Mary Slack.] 

b. May 26, 1826, Mayfield, Montgomery Co., N. Y. 
m. December 12, 1849, Amsterdam, N. Y. 

Sarah Jane Cochran. 

[Dau. of Alexander Gifford Cochran and Sarah Dempster Phillips.] 

John Sanford, b. January 18, 1851, Amsterdam, N. Y. p. 344. 
William C. Sanford, b. July 14, 1854, Amsterdam, N. Y. 

d. March 17, 1896. 
Henry Curtis Sanford, b. July 30, 1859, Amsterdam, N. Y. 

d. April 19, i§74. 
Charles Francis Sanford, b. Sept. 21, 1864, Amsterdam, N. Y. 

d. July 10, 1882. 
Stephen Sanford, Jr., b. October 9, 1868, Amsterdam, N. Y. 

d. February 20, 1870. (rec'd Ethel Sanford-Sanford.) 

Charles Sanford. 

[Third son of Stephen Sanford and Sarah Curtis, p. 343.] 

b. July 20, 1805, Roxbury, Conn. 
*d. August 10, 1848, Newburgh, N. Y. 

first m. Emeline Oliver, Newburgh, N. Y. 
*d. May 29, 1836, Newburgh, N. Y. 
second xa.. Charlotte Sauchy, Newburgh, Conn. 
*d. March 27, 1864, Newburgh, N, Y. 

348 In the line of Stephen 

CHILD (of first marriage) : 
Lemuel Curtis Sanford, b. August 1830, Newburgh, N. Y. 
d. 1848, Roxbury, Conn. 

CHILD (of second marriage) : 
Charles Curtis Sanford, d.*Apr. 4, 1859,26. 18 oripyrs., Newburgh, 

Stephen Sanford, Jr. 

[Fourth son of Stephen Sanford and Sarah Curtis, p. 343.] 

b, February 12, 1808, Roxbury, Conn. 
d. December 4, 1888, Roxbury, Conn, 
m. November 5, 1828, Roxbury, Conn. 

Eunice Marinda Hurd. 

[Dau. of Wait Hurd and Hepsey Thomas.] 

b. February 11, 18 10, Roxbury, Conn, 
d. October 12, 1887, Roxbury, Conn. 

children : 
Nathan W. Sanford, b. December 27, 1829, Roxbury, Conn. p. 348. 
Sarah J. Sanford, b. March 7, 1832, Roxbury, Conn. p. 349. 
Watson C. Sanford, b. August 24, 1834, Roxbury, Conn. p. 350. 
Charlotte H. Sanford, b. March 10, 1837, Roxbury, Conn. p. 350. 
Charles Sanford, b. March 10, 1841, Roxbury, Conn. p. 351, 
Josephine M. Sanford, b. March 4, 1846, Roxbury, Conn. p. 352. 
Elizabeth Sanford, b. October 20, 1848, Roxbury, Conn. p. 352. 

(rec'd Mrs. Charles Sanford.) 

Nathan Wait Sanford. 

[Eldest son of Stephen Sanford, Jr., and Eunice Marinda Hurd.] 

b. December 27, 1829, Roxbury, Conn, 
d, October 24, 1856, Roxbury, Conn. 
first va.. August 19, 1851, Roxbury, Conn. 

Julia Frances Burritt. 

[Dau. of Daniel Fairchild Burritt and Betsey Morris.] 

b. July 21, 1832, Roxbury, Conn. 

d. August 17, 1853, Woodbury, Conn. 

* " Dates from off their gravestones at Newburgh, N. Y."— S. S. Morehouse. 

In the line of Stephen 349 

second xa. February 26, 1855. 

Amelia Elizabeth Roberts. 

[Dau. of John and Elizabeth (Dawson) Roberts.] 

b. June 4, 1836, Woodbury, Conn. 

Herland Burritt Sanford. 

[Only child of Nathan W. Sanford by his first wife, Julia F. Burritt.J 

b. April 21, 1852, Roxbury, Conn. 

m. November 24, 1897, New Britain, Conn. 

Mary Boehm. 

(rec'd Mrs. Lemmon — Mrs. Vorce.] 

Sarah Jane Sanford. 

[Eldest dau. of Stephen Sanford, Jr., and Eunice Marinda Hurd. p. 348. J 

b. March 7, 1832, Roxbury, Conn. 

d. May 9, 1894. 

m. April 23, 1857, Roxbury, Conn. 

Samuel Sanford Utter. 

[Son of Samuel Utter, Troy, N. Y., and Mahala Cecilia Sanford, Roxbury.] 

b. June 4, 1829. 

d. May 19, 1896, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

John Leiddle Utter. 

[Only child of Samuel Sanford Utter and Sarah Jane Sanford.] 

b. June 21, 1852, Roxbury, Conn, 
m. March 4, 1885, New York City. 

Sophia Augusta Claffy. 

Sarah S. Sanford Utter, b. July 11, 1886, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

(rec'd Mrs. Chas. S.— Mrs. Vorce.) 

35P In the line of Stephen 

Watson Curtis Sanford. 

[Second son of Stephen Sanford, Jr. and Eunice Marinda Hurd.] 

b. August 24, 1834, Roxbury, Conn, 
d. March 2, 1878, Roxbury, Conn, 
m. March 9, 1858, Woodbury, Conn. 

Jennie Summers. 

[Dau. of David Summers and Sarah Maria Upson.] 

b. September i, 1837, Woodbury, Conn. 

children : 
Lillian A. Sanford, b. August 8, i860, Woodbury, Conn. p. 350. 
Stephen Sanford, b. January 22, 1865, Roxbury, Conn, 
d. March 18, 1887, Russell, Kansas. 

Lillian Amelia Sanford. 

[Only dau. of Watson Curtis Sanford and Jennie Summers.] 

b. August 8, i860, Woodbury, Conn, 
m. November 30, 1880, Kent, Conn. 

Julius Henry Allen. 

[Son of Stephen and Sophia (Fairchild) Allen.] 

b. March 21, 1854, Newtown, Conn. 

children : 
Howard Sanford Allen, b. May 18, 1882, Woodbury, Conn. 
Arthur Stephen Allen, b. February 9, 1884, Woodbury, Conn. 

(v. L. A. S. Allen.) 

Charlotte Hepsey Sanford. 

[Second dau. of Stephen Sanford, Jr. and Eunice Marinda Hurd.] 

b. March 10, 1837, Roxbury, Conn. 
first m. December 29, 1858, Roxbury, Conn. 

Andrews Weller. 

[Son of Elisha Andrews Weller and Maria Peck.] 

b. May 10, 1837, Roxbury, Conn, 
d. July 18, i860, Roxbury, Conn. 

In the line of Stephen 35 1 

second m. January 17, 187 1, Roxbury, Conn. 
Daniel Sheldon Lemmon. 

[Son of Jedidiah and Dolly (Sanford) Lemmon.] 

b. March 29, 1817. 

d. May 30, 1886, Woodbury, Conn. 

(No children.) (v. Mrs. Lemmon.) 

Charles Sanford. 

[Third son of Stephen Sanford, Jr., and Eunice Miranda Hurd.] 

b. March 10, 1841, Roxbury, Conn. 
first m. June 2, 1863, Roxbury, Conn. 

Sarah Amelia Bradley. 

[Dau. of Eli Nichols Bradley and Elizabeth Rising.] 

b. October , 1842, Roxbury, Conn. 
d. August 17, 1877, Roxbury, Conn. 
second m. January 27, 1880, Bridgewater, Conn. 

Julia Almira Treat. 

[Dau. of Harmon Treat and Mary Emeline Wooster.] 

b. October 10, 1854, Bridgewater, Conn. 

CHILDREN (of first marriage, none by second): 
Edelbert L. Sanford, b. May 22, 1864, Roxbury, Conn. p. 351. 
Andrews W. Sanford, b. Feb, 23, 1866, Roxbury, Conn. p. 352. 

(v. Mrs. Chas. Sanford.) 

Edelbert Lincoln Sanford. 

[Elder son of Charles Sanford, by his first wife, Sarah A. Bradley.] 

b. May 22, 1864, Roxbury, Conn, 
m. July 14, 1887, Bridgeport, Conn. 

Lettie Mary Butler. 

[Dau. of Charles and Fannie (Hart) Butler.] 

b. October 9, 1865, New Britain, Conn. 

352 In the line of Stephen 

Charles Wise Sanbord, b. August 21, 1889, Derby, Conn. 

d. May 7, 1891, Derby, Conn. 
James Nelson Sanford, b. May 9, 1891, Derby, Conn. 
Mildred Anita Sanford, b. Apr. 27, 1893; d. Apr. 28, 1893, B'p't, 
Charlotte Amelia Sanford, b. October 24, 1895, Derby, Conn. 
Anna Vorce Sanford, b. August 12, 1897, Roxbury, Conn. 

(v. Mrs. Chas. Sanford.) 

Andrews Weller Sanford. 

[Younger son of Charles Sanford, by his first wife, Sarah A. Bradley.] 

b. February 23, 1866, Roxbury, Conn, 
m. 1884. 

Elizabeth Booth. 

[Dau. of Silas and Caroline (Baldwin) Booth.] 

Arthur Edelbert Sanford, b. January 20, 1885. 

Twins. Died. (rec'd Mrs. Chas. S. — Mrs. Vorce.) 

Josephine Marinda Sanford. 

[Third dau. of Stephen Sanford, Jr., and Eunice Marinda Hurd. p. 348.] 

b. March 4, 1846, Roxbury, Conn, 
m. October 5, 1870, Roxbury, Conn. 

Rev'° Juha Howe Vorce. 

[Son of Lewis B. Vorce and Althea Nims.] 

b. March 19, 1843, Crown Point, N. Y. 
d. February 20, 1896, Hartford, Conn. 

(v. J. M. S. Vorce.) 

Elizabeth Sanford. 

[Fourth dau. of Stephen Sanford, Jr., Eunice Marinda Hurd.] 

b. October 20, 1848, Roxbury, Conn, 
d. October 12, 1878, Woodbury, Conn. 

In the line of Stephen 353 

m. May 8, 1872, Roxbury, Conn. 
*Edward John Curtiss. 

[Son of Daniel Curtiss and Julia Frances Strong.] 

b. January 24, 1845, Woodbury, Conn. 

Sara Marinda Curtiss, b. March 12, 1874, Woodbury, Conn. 

(v. Edw. Jno. Curtiss.) 

Nelson Sanford. 

[Fifth son of Stephen Sanford and Sarah Curtis, p. 343.] 

b. May 15, 1810, Roxbury, Conn. 

d. September 5, 1846, New Milford, Conn. 

m. September 20, 1833. 

Mary Jane Morehouse. 

[Dau. of tCol. Hawley Morehouse and Betsey Maria Hartwell.] 

b. December 3, 181 1, Washington, Conn. 
d. May 26, 1889, Brookfield, Conn. 

John Hawley Sanford. 

[Only child of Nelson Sanford and Mary Jane Morehouse.] 

b. September 23, 1840, New Milford, Conn, 
d. July 9, 1864, Amsterdam, N. Y. 

m. Margaret Newcomb of Poughkeepsie, N. Y. 


William Sanford, b. , 1864, Amsterdam, N. Y. 

(rec'd Mr. S. S. Morehouse.) 

♦Remarried, June 7, 1882, Woodbury, Conn., Ella L. Ahaurs (dau. of Truman and Eliza- 
beth (Lambert) Ahaurs, b. June 27, 1855, Washington, D. C; d. April 25, 1884, Woodbury, 
Conn.; one child, Eula Lambert Curtiss, b. April 15, 1884. 
t Probably elder brother of Dimon Morehouse— see "Gershom Morehouse" Book. 


354 In the line of Huldah 

Huldah Sanford. 

[Dau. of John Sanford and Anna Wheeler, p. 318.] 

b. August 29, 1771, Redding, Conn, 
m. October 25, 1787, Redding, Conn. 

Lemuel Lyon. 

[Son of Eli Lyon and Betty Hill.J (see Hill). 


Aaron Lyon, b. , Redding, p. 326. 

Eli Lyon, b. Jany 16, 1790. (Redding Record.) 

Simeon Lyon, b, June 13, 1792; March 15, 1795. (Redding Record.) 

SUSE Lyon, b. Jan? 10, 1795. (Redding Record.) 

m. William Platt, of Newtown. 
Rebecca Lyon, b. Jany ii, 1799, Redding Record, p. 354-31. 
Alanson Lyon. 

Rebecca Lyon. 

[Youngest dau. of Lemuel Lyon and Huldah Sanford.] 
b. January II, 1799. (Redding Record, Conn.) 

d. January 23, 1877. (Danbury Record, Conn.) 

m. Curtis Fanton. 

[Son of Rowland Fanton and Polly Burr.] 

b. , 1797, Redding, Conn. 

d. August 16, 187 1. (Danbury Record, Conn.) 


Henry B. Fanton, b. April 8, 1822, Redding, Conn. p. 354. 
Eliza Fanton, b. p. 331, 

RuFUS Sanford Fanton, b. 1827, Redding; d. i860, Danbury. (unm.) 

(rec'd Henry B. Fanton, Jr.) 


Henry Burr Fanton. 

[Elder son of Curtis Fanton and Rebecca Lyon.] 

b. April 8, 1822, Redding, Conn, 
d. May 29, 1897, Rutherford, N. J. 

hi the line of Huldah 355 

m. September 26, 1843, Redding, Conn. 
Eliza Ann Chapman. 

[Dau. of Daniel and Eliza (Andrews) Chapman.] 

b. March 14, 1825, Redding, Conn. 


Emma E. Fanton, b. October 5, 1848, Redding, Conn. p. 355. 
Ann Augusta Fanton, b. August 22, 1850, Redding, Conn, 
m. December 29, 1890, Brooklyn, N. Y. 
Louis Henry Myers. 

[Son of Louis Henry Myers and Bertha Obershelf.J 
No children. 
Henry B. Fanton, Jr., b. July 18, 1852, Redding Conn. p. 356. 

Emma Eliza Fanton. 

[Elder dau. of Henrj- Burr Fanton and EHza Ann Chapman.] 

b. October 5, 1848, Redding, Conn, 
d. April 13, 1882, Brooklyn, N. Y. 
m. October 17, 1866, Danbury, Conn. 

Hanford Bennett Fairchild. 

[Son of Edward Piatt Fairchild (b. June 26, 181S, Newtown, Conn.) and Mary 
Williams (b. September 22, 1823, Danbury).] 

b. August 19, 1843, Brookfield, Conn. 
children : 
Two children died young. 

Hanford B. Fairchild, Jr., b. October 22, 1872, New York City, p.355. 

(v. H. B. Fairchild.) 


Hanford Bennett Fairchild, Jr. 

[Son of Hanford Bennett Fairchild, by his first wife, Emma E. Fanton. 

b. October 22, 1872, New York City, 
m. October 26, 1891, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Allie Emma Hathorn. 

[Dau. of George C. Hathorn and Emma L. Rollins.] 

b. August 10, 1873, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

356 In the line of Htildah 

Emma Almira Fairchild, b. Brooklyn, N. Y. 
Hanford Bennett Fairchild, ■^^^, b. Brooklyn, N. Y. 

(rec'd H. B. Fairchild, Jr.) 

Henry Burr Fanton, Jr. 

[Only son of Henry Burr Fanton and Eliza Ann Chapman.] 

b. July i8, 1852, Redding, Conn. 

m. February 21, 1877, New York City. 

Emma Gladys Woodruff. 

[Dau. of Hiram Stewart Woodruff and Asenath Hall.] 

b. June 30, 1854, Auburn, N. Y. 

Vera Palisse Fanton, b. August 26, 1878, Oakland, Cal. 

(v. Henry B. Fanton, Jr.) 

/;/ the line of Ephraim 357 

♦Ephraim Sanford. 

[Son of John Sanford and Anna Wheeler, p. 318.] 

b. about 1775. 

d. 1808. 

m, 1796. 

Sally Platt. 

[Dau. of Jarvis Platt and Anna Nichols.] (See Nichols.) 


Ephraim M. Sanford, b. January 15, 1797, Litchfield, Conn. p. 357. 

Anna Sanford, b. May 8, 1799. p. 362. 

Jarvis P. Sanford, b. June 15, 1801. p. 362. 

Alosia Sanford, b. July i, 1803, Johnstown, N. Y. p. 363. 

(rec'd Geo. P. Sanford.) 

• Ephraim Mix Sanford. 

[Elder son of Ephraim Sanford and Sally Platt.] 

b. January 15, 1797, Litchfield, Conn. 

d. May i, 1871, Easton, Conn. 

m. January 15, 1822. (Easton Record, v. Miss Mallette.) 

Rebecca Lacy. 

[Dau. of Stephen Lacy and Sally Somers.] 

b. June 3, 1805, Easton, Conn, 
d, March 23, 1890, Easton, Conn. 


Ephraim L. Sanford, b. July 11, 1824, Newtown, Conn. p. 358. 
Sarah A. Sanford, b. September 7, 1826, Easton, Conn. p. 359. 
Alosia E. Sanford, b. July 13, 1830, Easton, Conn. p. 359, 
Pauline R. Sanford, b. November 5, 1833. p. 360. 
Fannie E. Sanford, b. March 7, 1836, Easton, Conn. p. 361. 
George P. Sanford, b. June 27, 1838, Easton, Conn. p. 362. 
Mary J. Sanford, b. July 16, 1844, Easton, Conn, 
m. January 12, 1874, Easton, Conn. 

Levi H. Edwards, son of Albert Edwards. 

(v. Geo. P. Sanford.) 

358 In the line of Ephraim 

Ephraim Lacy Sanford. 

[Elder son of Ephraim Mix Sanford and Rebecca Lacy.] 

b. July II, 1824, Newtown, Conn, 
d. March 26, 1895, Easton, Conn. 
first xa. September 22, 1851. 

Ann Rebecca Mallette. 

[Dau. of Jesse Mallette and Jennette Sherman, of Tashua, Conn.] 

b. November 11, 1829, Tashua, Conn, 
d. March 8, 1861, ae. 31 yrs. 3 mo. 18 da. 

(Tashua Cemy.) 
second m. October 26, 1863. 

Sarah A. Wyatt. 
b. September 9, 1833. 

CHILDREN (of first marriage, none by second) : 
Sarah J. Sanford, b. September 2, 1853, Trumbull, Conn, p, 358. 
YuLU E. Sanford, b. December 30, 1855, Trumbull, Conn, p. 358. 

(v. S. J. S. Tyler.) 

Sarah Jennette Sanford. 

[Elder dau. of Ephraim Lacy Sanford, by his first wife, Ann Rebecca Mallette.] 

b. September 2, 1853, Trumbull, Conn, 
m. March 11, 1874, Easton, Conn. 

James Smith Tyler. 

[Son of John and Mary (Loden) Tyler.] 

b. December 24, 1850, New York City. 


John Lacy Tyler, b. July 17, 1875, Trumbull, Conn, (unm,) 
YuLU May Tyler, b. May 22, 1880, Easton, Conn. 
Mary Tyler, b. April 22, 1896, Easton, Conn. (v. s. j. S. Tyler.) 

(rec'd Geo. R, Sanford.) 

Yulu Eberdine Sanford. 

[Younger dau. of Ephraim Lacy Sanford, by his first wife, Ann R, Mallette,] 

b, December 30, 1855, Trumbull, Conn, 
d. March 16, 1894. 

In the line of Ephraim 359 

m. July 25, 1885. 

Charles French Osborne, 

[Son of Charles Osborne and Catherine Ann French.] 

b. April 16, 1859. 


Charles Herbert Osborne, b. November 9, 1886, Trumbull, Conn. 
George Walter Osborne, b. February 16, 1888, Trumbull, Conn. 
Grace Ann Osborne, b. June 4, 1891, Trumbull, Conn. 

(rec'd Geo. P. Sanford. S. J. S. Tyler.) 

* Sarah Anna Sanford. 

[Eldest dau. of Ephraim Mix Sanford and Rebecca Lacy. p. 357.] 

b. September 7, 1826, Easton, Conn, 
m. October 15, 1854, Newtown, Conn. 
Horace Gilbert. 

[Son of Ezra Gilbert (b. Aug. 28, 1792) and Sarah Kimberly Smith (b. July 27, 1788, 
New Haven).] 

b. June 8, 181 2, Newtown, Conn. 

children : 
Florine Gilbert, b. April 13, 1856, Newtown, Conn, (unm.) 
Ida May Gilbert, b. November 16, 1858, Newtown, Conn, (unm.) 
Fannie Adela Gilbert, b. March 13, 1861, Newtown, Conn, (unm.) 

(v. S. A. S. Gilbert.) 

Alosia Ellen Sanford. 

[Second dau. of Ephraim Mix Sanford and Rebecca Lacy.] 

b. July 13, 1830, Easton, Conn, 
d. March 4, 1878, Danbury, Conn, 
m. October 30, 1853, Newtown, Conn. 

Charles Robertson. 

[Son of Levy and Polly (Patchen) Robertson.] 

b. September 23, 1832, Weston, Conn. 

360 In the Ime of Ephraim 

Charles S. Robertson, b. October 16, 1854, Easton, Conn. p. 360. 
George H. Robertson, b. August 8, 1864, Danbury, Conn. p. 360. 

(v. Chas. S. Robertson.) 

Charles Sanford Robertson. 

[Elder son of Charles Robertson, by his first wife, Alosia E. Sanford.] 

b. October 16, 1854, Easton, Conn. 

m. September 21, 1887, Danbury, Conn. 

Augusta Elizabeth Edwards. 

[Dau. of Albert S. Edwards and Emily Wilson.] 

b. Nov. 16, 1859, Danbury, Conn. 

children : 
Charles A. Robertson, b. September 7, 1888, Danbury, Conn. 
Harold E. Robertson, b, March 7, 1897, Danbury, Conn. 

(v. Chas. S. Robertson.) 

George H. Robertson. 

[Younger son of Charles Robertson, by his first wife, Alosia E. Sanford.] 

b. August 8, 1864, Danbury, Conn, 
m. December 24, 1888, Danbury, Conn. 

Harriet Keys. 

[Dau. of Christopher Columbus Keys and Harriet Spencer.] 

b. March 7, 1867, Mattewan, N. Y. 

Mina A. Robertson, b. December 26, 1889, Danbury, Conn. 

(rec'd Chas. Sanford Robertson.) 

Paulina R. Sanford. 

[Third dau. of Ephraim Mix Sanford and Rebecca Lacy. p. 357.] 

b. November 5, 1833. 

d. May 10, 1887, Trumbull, Conn. 

m. February 10, 1865. 

William A. Burr. 

[Son of William Burr.] 

In the line of Ephrairn 361 

George Ernest Burr. 

[Only child of William A. Burr and Paulina R. Sanford.] 

b. July 28, 1866. 
m. January 19, 1888. 

Winifred Hinkey. 


William E. Burr, b. May 31, 1889. (rec'dGeo. p. Sanford.) 

Fanny Elizabeth Sanford. 

[Fourth dau. of Ephrairn Mix Sanford and Rebecca Lacy.] 

b. March 7, 1836, Easton, Conn. 

m. June 2, i860, Long Hill, Trumbull, Conn. 

George Able Mallette. 

[Son of Jesse Mallette and Jennette Sherman, p. 358.] 

b. March 20, 1834, Tashua, Trumbull, Conn, 
d. April 22, 1891, Bridgeport, Conn. 

children : 
Irving S. Mallette, b. April 2, 1862, Easton, Conn. p. 361. 
Georgie May Mallette, b. May 13, 1874, Bridgeport, Conn, (unm.) 
Fanny Edith Mallette, b. Oct. 21, 1876; d. Dec. 27, 1876. 

(v. G. M. Mallette.) 

Irving Sanford Mallette. 

[Only son of George Able Mallette and Fannie E. Sanford.] 

b. April 2, 1862, Easton, Conn. 

m. June 2, 1886, West Stratford, Conn. 

Otalge Elizabeth Fricke. 

[Dau. of Gottfried George Fricke and Henriette Dorothy Kutcher.] 

b. August 4, 1862, Hartford, Conn, 


George Alfred Mallette, b. May 5, 1889, Bridgeport, Conn. 
Ethel Henrietta Mallette, b. May 21, 1894, Bridgeport, Conn. 

(v. Irving S. Mallette.) 

362 In the line of Ephraim 

George Piatt Sanford. 

[Younger son of Ephraim Mix Sanford and Rebecca Lacy.] 

b. June 27, 1838, Easton, Conn. 

m. January 16, 1884, Rochester, N. Y. 

Sarah M. (Bennett) Fairman-Day. 

[Dau. of John Cotton Smith Bennett and Sarah M. Curtis.] 
b. February 20, 1845, Trumbull, Conn. 
(No children.) (v. Geo. P. Sanford.) 

Anna Sanford. 

[Elder dau. of Ephraim Sanford and Sally Piatt, p. 357.] 

b. May 8, 1799. 

d. August 12, 1889, Urbana, Ohio. 
first TO.. June 14, 1818. 

Sherman Barber. 
second m. Augustus Adams. 

CHILDREN (of first marriage) : 
Sanford Barber; Sherman Barber; Orville H. Barber. 

Jarvis Piatt Sanford. 

[Younger son of Ephraim Sanford and Sally Piatt.] 

b. July 15, 1801. 
d. March 8, 1847. 
first m. 

second m, Clarissa Burt. 

CHILD (of first marriage) : 
Sherman Sanford. 

CHILDREN (of second marriage) : 
Clarissa J. Sanford, b. June i, 1836. p. 363. 
Anna E. Sanford, b. May 10, 1838. p. 363. 
Philo N. Sanford, b. July 6, 1840. p. 363. 
Mary Sanford, b. Feb^ i6, 1843; d. August 5, 1847. 

(rec'd Geo. P. Sanford.) 

hi the line of Ephraim 363 

Clarissa J. Sanford. 

[Eldest dau. of Jarvis P. Sanford, by his second wife, Clarissa Burt.] 

b. June I, 1836. 
d. August, 1887. 


PhiLO S. ColgROVE, b. (rec'd Geo. P. S.) 

Anna E. Sanford. 

[Second dau. of Jarvis P. Sanford, by his second wife, Clarissa Burt.] 
b. May 10, 1838. 
d. March i, 1873. 

m. Wilcox. 


Clara A. Wilcox, b. (rec'd Geo, P. s.) 

Philo N. Sanford. 

[Only son of Jarvis P. Sanford, by his second wife, Clarissa Burt.] 
b. July 6, 1840. 
m. , 1861. 

Sophia C. Ketchum. 

children : 
Nelbert Sanford, b. March 31, 1866; d. Dec. 12, 1891. 
Merton J. Sanford, b. March 23, 1869, 
Jennie Sanford, b. October 17, 1871. 
Nora Sanford, b. December 2, 1873. (rec'd Geo. P. Sanford.) 

Alosia Sanford. 

[Younger dau. of Ephraim Sanford and Sally Piatt, p. 357.] 
b. July I, 1803, Johnstown, N. Y, 
d. January 20, 1889, Goshen, Conn. 

364 In the line of Ephraim 

first m. December 23, 1821, Goshen, Conn. 

(2nd wife of) LUMAN OVIATT. 

b. September 6, 1777. 
d. December 7, 1838. 
second m. December 19, 1873. 

HosEA Crandall. 

CHILDREN (of first marriage) : 
Sarah L. Oviatt, b. November 28, 1822, Goshen, Conn. p. 364. 
Lyman B. Oviatt, b. September 27, 1826, Goshen, Conn. 

d. January 12, 1850. 
Samuel P. Oviatt, b. July 14, 1831, Goshen, Conn. p. 365. 

Sarah L. Oviatt. 

[Only dau. of Luman Oviatt by his second wife, Alosia Sanford.] 

b. November 28, 1822, Goshen, Conn. 

d. August 9, 1849, Goshen, Conn. 

m. September 25, 1839, Goshen, Conn. 

James Wadhams. 

[Son of Norman Wadhams and Patty North.] 

b. February 4, 1815, Goshen, Conn. 
d. September, 1883. 

children : 
Uri M. Wadhams, b. July 26, 1840, Goshen, Conn. 
Killed September 25, 1863, Virginia. 

(2nd Conn. Heavy Artillery.) 

Frederick L. Wadhams, b. December 4, 1842. p. 364. 

Abner H. Wadhams, b. May 29, 1844. p. 365. 

James Sanford Wadhams, b. October 10, 1848; d. September, 1870. 

(rec'd Fred'k L. Wadhams.) 

Frederick L. Wadhams. 

[Second son of James Wadhams and Sarah L. Oviatt.] 

b. December 4, 1842. 
m, June 19, 1870. 

Sarah Maria Goodwin. 

[Dau. of George and Sally (Weekes) Goodwin.] 

b. November 10, 1852, New Hartford, Conn. 

In the line of Ephraim 365 


Frederick Uri Wadhams, b. December 6, 1871. (unm.) 

Sanford H. Wadhams, b. March 21, 1874. (unm.) 

Herbert Gold Wadhams, b. April 30, 1877. 

Clarence G. Wadhams, b. June 13, 1886. (rec'd Fred'k L. Wadhams.) 

Abner H. Wadhams. 

[Third son of James Wadhams and Sarah L. Oviatt.] 

b. May 29, 1844. 
m. May 13, 1873. 

Hattie p. Thomson. 

children : 
Sarah L. Wadhams, b. October 16, 1876. 
Darius T. Wadhams, b. May 26, 1878. 
Jennie Louisa Wadhams, b. April 14, 1887. 

(rec'd Fred'k. L. Wadhams.) 

Samuel P. Oviatt. 

[Younger son of Luman Oviatt by his second wife, Alosia Sanford.] 

b. July 14, 1 83 1, 
d. June s, 1895. 
m. October 13, 1858. 

Mary Jane Crandall. 

Samuel Oviatt, b. July 9, 1879. (rec'd Fred'k. L. Wadhams.) 



Ailing, Mary, 

Anderson, Dr. Clyde O., 1870 

Jacob H., . 
Armbrister , Ellen, 
Arthur, Alfred H., i8g 

John, . 

Rev. John, 1862, 

John B., 1888, 

Muriel, 1890, 

Paul S., 1893, 
Ash-worth, Charles, 

Charles P., 1823-92, 

Mary, . 
Atwood, Ann E., 1836, 

Axtell, Adeline E., 


Baldwin, Carrie M., 


Oscar P., . 
Barber, Benjamin F., 1862, 

Barker, Amazetta, 1842, 

j9ar/(?w, Cynthia C, 
Bartlett, John, 

Louisa, 1812-94, . 
Bayeux, Ellen L. B., 
Beach, Abigail G. H., 1707- 

Adah E, 1857-63, 

Ann A., 1859, 

Ann, 1783-1844, . 

Ann Eliza, 1829-62, 

Anne S, 1830, 

Anne, 1781-S3, . 

Annie L., 1859, . 

A. H. Eaton, 1851 

Ambrose, Dr., 1854, 

Andrew N., 1861-62, 

Anson C, 1852-56, 





216, 220 

Beach, Boyle, 1786-1861, 203, 215 

Charlotte, 1790-1874, 203, 227 
Charlotte, 1833-37, . 216 
Charlotte A., i860, . 216-17 
Charles I., 1870, . . 217 
CharnleyW., 1889-90, 226 
Daniel B., 1823-96, 157, 225-6 

Daniel L., 1863-4, 


David, 1793-1860, 


Donaldson, 1858-64, 


Dorothy M.. 1892, 


Edith N., 1875, . 


Emeline A., 1835, 


Edwards S., 1850, 


Florence, 1888, . 


Florence L., 1856, 


Francis G., 1861, 



Frederick F., 1864, 


George W., 1855-63, 


Hannah, 1741-59, 


Hannah, 1765, 1816, 



Henry I., 1859-80, 


Henry M., d. 1881, 


Isaac, . 



Isaac, 1824, . 

. 216-7 

Jane E., 1837, 


John, Rev., 1700-82, 



John, 1732-3, 


John, 1734-91. ■ 1-1 

8, 201-2 

John, 1757-1830, 



John, 1789-1869, 150, 



John Arthur, 1890, 


John Francis, 1887, 



John H., 1848-49, 


John H., 1854-55, 
John K., 1855, . 
John M., 1840, . 
John M., 1873, . 
John Sheldon, 1819, 87, 
John Staats, 1823, 
John Staats, 1864, 
Joseph, 1727, 
Julia B., 1844-75, 


156, 225 










Beach, Julia F., 1842-44, 


Beers, Daniel, 


T.azarus, 1736-1800, 

Eben, . 



201, 246 

Esther, 1813-63, 


LetaM.,i8S3, . 


Isaac B., 1805-90 


Lois M., 1889, 


Isaac B., 1840-56 


Lucy, 1743, . 

198, 202 

John B., 1802-60, 

• 243-4 

Lucy, 1768-79, . 


Lucy, . 


Lucy, 1780-1856, 


Mabel, 1756-1844 

149, 203 

Mabel, 1795-96, , 


Mary, 181 1-29, 


Mabel, 1866-66, . 


Mary Glover, 


Mabel B., 1892, . 


Phebe, 1816-35, 


Mary, 1778-1846, 

203, 243 

Rebecca, 1822-90 


Mary E., 1851, . 

240, 243 

Sarah, 1819-30, 


Mary E., 1857, . 


Sarah B., 1859, 


Mary E., 1895, . 


Sarah E., 1832-57 


Mary D., 1868, . 


Silas N., 1837-73, 


Mary M., 1855, . 


Simeon, 1752-181 

3, . 243 

Matthew, 1763-66, 


Susan L., 1865, 


Matthew, 1782, . 


Sylvia, 1800-70, 

• 243-4 

Matthew, 1827, . 


Beers, . 

. 165 

Nannie B., 1869, 


Bennet, Sarah, 


Natalie E., 1886-88, 


Bessac, Lydia, 


Nathaniel, 1662, . 


Bibard, Mary A., 


Phebe, 1760-1835, 

203, 28 

Birdsey, Hannah, 

135, 201 

Phoebe, 1729-51, 


Sarah, . 


Phoebe, 1788-1880, 




203, 221 

Blackman, Esther, 


Rebecca D., 1850, 




Rebecca D., 1892-93, 


Sarah, . 


Rodmond V., 1865, 


Booth, Betsey, 


Rice Edwards, 1780-ie 

60 240 

Catherine A 


5-73, 240 

Richard B., 1884, 




Sarah, 1699-1756, 

135, 201 

Joel, . 


Sarah, 1738-9, 


John B., 

. 239-40 

Sarah, 1774-1859, 

203, 239 

Mabel, . 


Sarah C, 1838, . 


Perseus, 179 

4-1 8 1 

2, . 239 

Sarah E., 1862, . 



. 169 

Samuel T., 1852-62, 


Bostwick, Ann E., 


Starr, 1811, . 


Botsford, Susan, 


Susan E., 1877, . 



William G., 1852-52, 


Bowden, Doil R., 


Beardsley, Susan, . 


Gertrude, 1868, 


Bedell, Jeremiah T., 


Bradford, Francis, 


Mary, . 


Britt, Susan L., 


Mary Ann, 1827, . 


Brooks, Benjamin, 


Beers, Abel, 1777-1858, . 


Julia, . 




Brotherton, Emily E., iS 

68, . 231 

Charles C, 1808-43, 


Walter E., 




Buckbee, Elzada, . 


Curiis{s), Abijah Beach, 1799 


Burnell, Ella, 1840, 





Abijah Birdsey, 1772-] 





, 225 



Alfred D., . 



Burnett, Eliza, 


Benjamin, . 



Burnside, Charles R., . 




Gladys E., 1895, . 


Carlos C, 1856, . 


Harry C, 1866, . 


Carlos G., 1794-1817, 


Burr, Ann, . 


Carlos G., 1829-71, 


Burritt, George S., 


Charles, 1799-1820, 


George W.,. 


Charlotte, . 





Cyrus S., . 


Camp, Daniel, 1836, 


David B., 1806-20, 




Edward G., 1859-79, 


Esther L., 1862, . 


Elizabeth, . 



Grace, 1872, 


Elizabeth, 1835, . 




Elizabeth M., 1857, 


Caw-Jy, Mary E., . 


Elizabeth S., 1823-43, 


Cause, Belle, 1872, 


Hobart H., 1859, 


John . 


Horatio N., 1798-1871, 



Carr, Daniel, 


Ira L., 1813-43, . 



Melinda, 1828-51, 


Jacob S., 1827, . 


Caswell, John, 


John, 1764-1820, . 


John H., 1846, . 


John Jr., 1809-20, 


Champion, Laura S., 


John B., 1826-58, 


Charnley, Susan F., 


Juliette, 1837, 


Clark, Charles M., 1853-97, 




Noah, . 


Lucy, 1803-20, . 


Clements, William, 


Marcia, 1796-1861, 



William B.. 1847-76 


Marion N., 1897, 


Colburn, Edwin E., 1854, 


Matthew, . 



Edwin S., . 


Pliny A., 1853, . 


Elizabeth v., 1880, 


Phebe, 1737-1815, 

. 202-3 

Mary B., 1883, . 




Colvin, John, 


Philo, . 


Libbie S., . 


Polly, . 


Cooke, Ann, . 






Sarah, 1796-1815, 


Charles C, 1886, 


Sarah E., 1836-60, 


Harry S., 1878, . 




Harry S., . 


Helena C, 1881, 



Mary S., 1876, . 


Davies, Eliza, 


Crane, Calista J., . 


Day, AmasaT., 1864, . 




John William, . 


Curtis(s), Abijah, . 


Deaner, Sophia E., 




Deforest, Eliza, 


Glover, Villeroy, 1794, . 

. 228-36 

Dickinson, Angelina, 1818, 


William B., 1811-64, 


Jacob, . 


William T., 1862-63, 


Donaldson, Rebecca, 


Zalmon, 1760-1827, 


Dula, Bertha A., . 


Glover, .... 


George H., . 


Grant, Ellen, 


Graves, Jedediah, . 



Rebecca, d. 1861, . 


Easton, Rosanna, . 


Green, Ann, . 


Edwards, Darrell B., 1896, 


Griffith, Catherine, 


John C, 
Thomas J., . 


Elizabeth, . 


Griswold, Isaac, 


Sarah A., 1826-66, 



Gunn, Sergt. Abel, 


Fairchild, Adelia, . 


Filkins, Charles O., 1856, 



Elizabeth H., 1893, 


Haight, Mary, 


Morgan L., . 


Halleck, Frances A., 1839-97 


Fisher, (Z\2.X2i]., . 


Israel, . 


Fitchett, Gilbert F., 


Lydia, . 


Julia C, 


Halley, Ann, . , 


Foote, Winthrop, . 


Hamilton, Ann, 


Winthrop A., 1832, 


Hard, Ann, . 


Fosdic, Deborah, . 


Benjamin, 1779-1836, 





Cyreneus, . 


Galbraith, Charles, 


Sarah, . . . . 


Gardner, Susan, 


Susan, 1806-47, • 


Gibbons, Rebecca, . 




Dr. William, 


Harrington, Harriet N., 


Glover, Anna, 


Hart, Lorana, 


Beach B., 1838-1841, 


Harvey, Jane S., . 


Esther S., 1833-60, 


Hawley, Arthur S., 1869, 


Harriet P., 1S70, 


Clara B., 1867-68, 


John, 4th, . 


Clarence B., 1875, 


John, 1787-1828, . 


Edson N., 1839, . 


John E., 1835-72, 


Helen S., 1844 . 


Juliette, 1816-64, 


Homer A., 1843, . 


LorenaT., 1865, . 




Lucy Ann, 1783-1864, 


Isaac H., 1811-83, 


Maria N 


James S., 1881, . 


Marietta, 1814-87, 


John B., 1878, 


Mary, . . . . 


Julia N., 1872, . 


Sarah, 1790-90, . 


Mary, . . . . 


Sarah, 1799-1823, 


Mary J., 1839, 


Sarah E., 1833, . 


Sarah L., 1879, . 


Smith P., 1837, . 






i7a7<//o', Willis N., 1875, . 209 

Hawley, 188 

Hawkins, Agnes, . . . 201 

Higgins, Amos, . . . 242 

Jennie C, 1844, . . 242 
Hill, Abel, 1750. . 147, 202 

Agnes, . . . 216 
Beach, 1777, . 148, 202 
Captn. Daniel, 1726-1805, 202 

Lucy, 1783-94, . . 202 

William, ... 202 

Hill, 147 

Holbrook, Julia M., . . 210 

Hollard, Constance, . . 239 

Hollister, AgnQS A., . . 219 

Houghtaling, Andrew, . . 221 

Andrew B., 1810-90, . 221 

Barent, 1785-1859, . 221 

Charlotte, 1818, . . 221 

Edward, 1829, . . 221 

Elisha S., 1815, . . 221-3 

Elizabeth, 1813, . . 221-2 

Ellen B., 1843, . . 223-4 

George W., 1825-97, . 221 

Jane A., 1832-35, . 221 

John B., 1812-63, . 221 

Lydia B., 1848, . . 223-4 

Mary L., 1863, . . 223-4 

Houston, Martha, . . . 230 

Howell, Catherine L., 1872, . 223-4 

John H., . . . 223-4 

Louis S., . . . 223-4 

Seth, .... 223-4 

Hubbell, Huldah, ... 232 

Hurd, Hester, . . . 235 


Jacobs, Hannah, . . . 214 

Johnson, Anna M., 1868, . 231 

Calista, J., . . 235 

David H., . . 244 

John, .... 244 

Walter, ... 231 

Jones, Charles H., 1842, . 214 

Charles H., Jr., 1868, . 214 

John W., 1879, • • 214 

Kersey, 1876, . . 214 

Lindyl C, 1893, . . 214 

/i^Wi^j-, Marion J., 1882, . . 214 

Rowland, ... 214 

Rowland. 1871, . . 214 

Sheldon S., 1873, . 214 

Judson, Anna, . . . 204 

Eliza A., ... 233 

Phebe, ... 203 

Kersey, Yi2L.nn2ih.]., . . 214 

Ketchum, Sylvia, . . . 222 

King, Arthur B., 1887, . . 227 

Edwin A., 1857, . . 227 

Harvey J., . . . 227 

Laforce, Harriet, . . . 234 

Lake, Birdsey C, 1823-87, . 213 

Nichols B., . . 213 

Lane, Barent H., 1842, . . 222 

Charlotte H., 1835, . 222 

Columbus, 1802-81, . 222 

Edna E., 1871, . . 222 

George R., 1891, . 220 

Isaac, . . . 220 

Jesse, 1863, . . 220 

John E., 1834-34, . 222 

Jonathan, . . . 222 

Kyle, 1896, . . 220 

Marie L., 1894, . . 220 

Lawrence, Belle T., . . 233 

Lear, Charles B., 1824-71, . 220 

Clara E., 1867-68, . 220 

Ellen E., 1862-63, . 220 

Ethel A., 1893, . . 221 

John, .... 220 

Mary B., 1895, . . 221 

Reginald H., 1859, . 221 

William F., 1861-61 . 220 

Leonard, Joseph, . . . 234 

Thomas J., . . 234 

Levine, Alexander, . . 230 

Harriet, 1859, • • 230 

Lewis, Laura, . . . 237 

Libby, Bertha J., 1886, . 230 

Locke A., 1854, . 230 

William G., . . 230 

Lisk, Patty, .... 223 



Loomis, Cynthia, . 


Nettleton, Alexander E., 1886, 230 

Looney, Elizabeth, 


Ann, 1815-15, 


Lowe, Blanche D., 1891, 


Charles P., 1835, 

. 229-30 

Charles L., 1865, 


Charles S., 1862, 


Leslie W., 1842, 


Clara L., 1895, . 


Nina K., 1893-96, 


Clyde H., 1889, . 


Lyon, Anna, 1757-1827, 

147, 202 

Edgar A., 1831-69, 




Ernest C, 1869, 


Florae, 1863, . 

. 229-30 


Flora R., 1892, . 


Markeley, Charles A. , . 


Francis L, 1874, . 




Frederick H., 1867, 


Jacob F., . 


Harriet F., 1897, 


Marble, Frank, 


Howard A., 1887, 


Martin, Mary, 




Mason, Martha, 


Joseph, 1806-43, 


Mary A., 


Joseph E., 1840, 

. 229-30 

Melcher, Francis B., 


Joseph F., 1889, 


Frank O., 1864, . 


Joseph F., 1840, 


Meeker, Sarah, 


Joseph H., 1861, 


Merwin, Alpheus N., 


Lucy B., 1862, 


Helen W., 1884, 


Mabel B., 1869, . 


John J., 1859, 


Phebe B., 1804-26, 


John J., Jr., 1897 


Phebe, 1833-36, 


Marion, 1892, 


Phebe, 1864, 


Meyrueis,CQ(i\\\2. K., . 


Rebecca H., 1872-72, 


Charles, . 


Rhea, 1883-85, . 


Constance S., 1885, 


Rosa A., 1873-73, 


Elsie A., 1884, . 


Ruth E., 1878-93, 


Jules A., 1852, . 


Nichols, ReV^ Abel, 1807-59, 


Miller, Helen, 


Alice, 1863, . 


Margaret A., 


Anna, 1875, • 


Millis, Elizabeth, 1815-93 


Arthur, 1849-53, . 




Arthur, 1858, 


Mitchell, Charlotte A., 




Mollatt, Martha A., 


Babe, 1879-79, . 


Morehouse, Hannah, 


Beach, 1844, 


Moseley, Anna, 


Chas. G., 1836-90, 


McAllister, Elizabeth, . 


Chas. S., 1865, . 


McCoy, Martha, . 


Clara, 1893, . 


McNair, Clara, 


Drusus, 1805-50, 


Drusus B., 1861-91 



Drusus H., 1885, 


Nash, Julia, . . . . 


Emma, i860. 




Fanny, 1864-94, . 


Neafus, Maria, 


Frank B., 1855-57, - . 


Neltleton, Abner A., 1780-183 

5, 228 

Frank M., 1874, . 


Albert L, 1866, . 


Frederick, 1861, . 




Nichols, Grace, 1851, . . 209 

Grace, 1863-64, . . 237 

Gunther C, 1876, . 210 

Harriet G., 1866, . . 208 

Harry, .... 236 

Helen C., 1870, . . ' 207 

Henry, 1829, . . 205 

Henry S., 1869, . . 208 

Henry T., . . . 208 

Isaac, 1802-53, • ■ 204 

Isabella, 1874-75, • 207 

Capt. James, 1775-1852, 204 

Janaes, 1830, . . 206 

James, 1868-69, . . 206 

Jas. Augustus, d. 1861, 204 
Jas. Augustus F., 

1812-1846, 204 

James Beach, 1879, . 208 

James Howe, 1883, . 210 

James L., 1863-71, . 207 

Jessie L., 1893, . . 208 
John, 1814-1857, . . 204-10 

July Seeley, . . 210 

Lizzie, 1866, . . 205 

Louisa B., 1845-91, . 205 

Lucy A., 1849, . . 211 

Mabel, 1897, . . 206 

Margie, 1877, . . 206 

Margaret, 1842, . . 208 

Marion W., 1888, . 210 

Mary, 1864, . . . 210 

Mary Betsey, 1835-53, 205 

Phidema, 1755-1822, . 243 
Philo, 1815-86, . 204, 211 

Philo, 1832, ... 236 

Ray, 1895, ... 206 

Ruth A., 1865, . . 237 

Sarah, 1840, . . . 207 

Samuel B., 1867, . . 210 
Susan, 1818, . 204, 233 
Susan, 1867, . 205, 206 

Thaddeus H., 1809-56, 204 

Theophilus, 1748, . 204 
TheophilusB., 1800-40, 194-204 

William, 1803-24, . 204 

William, 1833-45, . 205 

William, 1847-66, . 205 

Willis, .... 206 

Nickols, .... 


Northrop, George W., . 


Minnie R., 1864, 




Osborn, Arthur R., 1860, 


Herson C, 1861, 


Florence J., 


Thomas C, . 


Thomas E., 1869, 


Thomas S., 1839, 



Parker, Alfred C, 1868, 


Cora, 1861, . 


Daniel W., 1831, . 


Mabel, 1893, 




Peck, Clara, . 


Harriet, 1807-77, 


Harriet A., 1810-43, 


Henry E., 1805-58, 


Henry E. Jr. , 1839-64, 






Mary H., 1828, . 


Phebe W., 1832, . 


Samuel S., 1830, . 




ZerahS. A., 


Piatt, Betsey, 1798-1835, 




Pollard, Julia, 


Porter, Sarah, 


Powell, Mary E., 1822-89, • 





Quintan, Mary J., . 



Richard, Y.xam2.]., 


Richmond, Julia, 




Rippey, Elizabeth, . 


Roberts, Mary, 


Rogers, Levi, . . . . 




Rogers, Loraine, . 


Smith, Morris C, . 


Rohrer, Carrie T., 1884 




George C, . 


Reginald H., 1848-50, 


Isaac B., 1881, 


Rutherford B., 1876, 


John B., 1878-80 




Millard F., 1850, 


Thomas L., 



Spencer, Harriet, . 


Staats, Elizabeth, . 


Sanford, Hon. Charles 

F., . 225 

John, . 




Starkweather, Isabella M., 

Olive, . 




Samson, Isaac M., 




Mary, 1865, 


Stewart, Ann, 


Saunders, Eliza, . 




Scribner, Benjamin, 


Stimson, Horatio W., 1845, 


Charles S., 1851, 


Nathaniel, . 


ElishaS., 1841, 


Sheldon H., 1871, 


Elizabeth S., 1838 


Swan, George L., 1869, 


Emmeline R., 18^ 

t6, . 213 

Henry B., 1895, . 


Helena C, 1853, 


Theodore T., 


Jonathan F., i8ic 

)-97, 213 

Jonathan W., 184 

9. • 213 


Mary A., 1844, 


Talmage, Elisha, . 


Scripture, Hannah, 


Joseph, 1841, 


Sharp, Daniel, 


Taylor, Edward, . 


Elizabeth, 1839, 


George F., 1864, . 


Sessions, Elizabeth, 


Tenny^ Elizabeth, . 


Sheldon, Abigail, . 

■ . 238 

Thayer, Francis B., 


Dr. Elisha, 1782- 

1832, 211 

Thottipson, Andrew K., 1865 


Elizabeth, 1804-9 

3, . 212 

Marjorie N.. 1898, 


Julia A., . 


Thornton, Harriet M., . 


Mary, 1809-97, 


Tihbals, Mehitable, 




Tomlinsoyi, Albert, 


Sheldon, . 


George A., . 


Shepard, Avis Jane, 

• . 208-9 

Mabel, 1783-1864, 


Sherman, Rebecca, 


Marie A., 1838, . 


Shipman, Henry, . 


Toucey, Betty, 


Jennie L., 1861, 




Skidmore, Abby L., 




Slaybaugh, Cidney, 


Henry S., . 


Smith, Alexander, 


MaryE., . 




Tourtellot, Charles S., . 


Charlotte, . 


Eleanor W., 1896, 


Clara, . 




Harriet H., 1896, 


Townsend, Epenetus, 

128, 202 

Harriet H., 1850, 


Tufts, Elizabeth, i860. 


Harry A., 1869, 


John, . 


James N., 1891, 


Turner, Fanny N., 1895, 




Turner, James, 


Wead, Epenetus H., 


James A., i860, . 


Hezekiah, . 


Stanley R., 1897, 




Rachel E., 



Wells, David F., 1836-70, 


Elizabeth C, i860. 


Vanderberg, Lydia, 


Helen H., 1861, 




Ida W., i860. 


Van Benthuysen, Polly, 






Rev. Thomas B., 1839-91, 

157. 226 


Wheeler, Philip H., 


Warner, Austin, . 


Vera J., 1874, 


Charles L., 


White, Mary Ann, 




Whitney, Benjamin, 




Wilkins, Alfred, . 


Orrin D., 1S39-96, 


Emma E., 1871, 


Ruth J., 1880, 


Williams, Lucy, . 


Watts, Sarah F., . 


Woodford, Mary A., 




Banks, Agnes. 

288, 322 

Anderson, Elizabeth, 


Francis B., . 




Mary S., 1842, 


Maria, 1832, 


Barker, Mittie, 


Archer, Mercy, 


Barnard, Julia, 


Askew, Eliza, 1859, 


Barnum, Adaline A., \i 

542-98, 262-4 



Addie B., 1877, 

. . 265 

Atwater, Elizabeth B., . 




Austin, Anna, 


Bertrand A., 1882 

J, 262 

Averill, Augustin, 1795-1857 


Betsey L., 1847-6 

6, . 262 

Augustin, Jr., 


Charles L., 1885, 

. 262-5 

Augustin G., 1832-33, 


Charlotte A., 183 

7, . 262 

Caroline B., 


Edwards E., 1824 

-93, • 296 

Charles S., 1863, 


Frederick C, 189 

5, . 265 

Dorothy, 1888, . 


George, 1812-64, 


Ellen M., 1859, . 


George K., 1889, 


Heman A., 1856-7, 


George L., . 

. 262-5 



George W., 1849- 

83, . 262-4 

Henry R., 1861-94, 


Hannah S., 1839, 

. 262-3 

Joseph 0., 1830-89, 


Helen S., 1862, 

. . 265 

Joseph 0., Jr., 1857, 


Henry T., 1S50, 

. 262-5 

Louise E., 1844-93, 


IlbaS., 1889-91, 

. 265 

Lucy C, 1825-56 


Lucy J., 1852, 


Margaret F., 1843, 


Luella, 1885, 

. 265 

Mary, 1866, 


Nora K. B., 1858 

, . 264 

Mary F., 1840, . 


Royal C, 1893, 

. . 265 

Norman W., 1812, 


Sadie E., 1879, 

. . 265 

Otis, 1891, . 


Sarah E., 1845, 

. 262-4 

Col. Perry, 1754-1842, 


Sheldon C, 1891, 

. 265 

Perry B., 1828-9, 


Bartow, Emmeline J., 


William J., 1870-95, 


Bashite, Susan, 

. 283 

Bates, Eva S., 1874, 



Joseph T., 


Babbitt, George A.. 1852, 


Beach, Abigail, 1778-183 

7, . 246 

G. Melville, 1883, 


Arthur A., 1891, 


Minnie M., 1854, 


Aaron S., 1847, 


Louisa E., 1886, 


Betsey, i 798-1846 

, ■ 295 



Caroline, 1801-37 

247, 251 

Paul K. 1889, . 


Catherine, 1805-6 

6, 247, 254 

Bailey, Harriet A., 


Charles, 1801-64. 

. 296 

Ballantine, Margaret J., 1842 

, 297 

Charles W., 1845 


William, . ' . 


Eunice, 1769-182 

I, 246, 293 

Banks, Abram, 


Emily P., 1843, 




Beach, Esther M. E. P., 1894 


Boynton, Anna, 1857, 

. 278 

Fanny, 1800-68, . 




Hannah, 1767-1814, 

246, 289 

Ezra, . 

. 278 

Isaac, 1773-1822, 

246, 294 

Lyman, 1817-69, 


Isaac, Jr., 1808-62, 

• 295-6 

Lyman C, 1893, 

. 278 

Isaac H., 1851, . 


Ruth T., 1888, . 

. 278 

Jesse J., 1888, 


William E., 1861, 

. 278 

Julia H., 1840-42, 

. 296 

Brayton, James C, 


Lazarus, Jr., 1760-1816, 

James P., 1847, . 


160, 246 

Briscoe, Anna, 


Lazarus, 1805--50, 


Hon. Charles H., 


Lemuel, 1763, 

. 246 

Brown, Mary J., 

. 287 

Loren L., 1889, . 


Burnham, Nathaniel, . 


Lydia, 1800-71, . 


LydiaJ. M., 1857, 



Also Addenda. 

Cable, Charles, 


Mary L., 1856-73, 

. 297-9 

Elvira S., 1807-78, 

. 269 

Mary P., 1833-38, 

. 296 

Harriet M., 1822-91, 


Sarah, 1758-1759, 

. 246 

James, 1837-61, 


Sarah, 1764-1828, 

246, 255 



Sarah L., 1835, . 

. 296 

Mary E., . 


William H., 1841-70 


William B., 1801-73 


Wyllis, 1803-51, 


Cavip, Rebecca, 


Beckwith, Edward M., . 


Carrington, Abijah, 




Dr. H. A., . 


Beers, Benjamin, . 

. 287 

Julia I., 1866, 


George B., . 


Chapman, Betsey, 1784-1816, 


Benedict, Alida E., 1866-94, 


Marilla, 1793-1849, 






Hannah S. B., 1839, 


\See also Addenda.^ 

Jennette B., 1870 


Charnley, Charles M., . 




Charles M., Jr., . 


Lewis B., 1842, . 




Berry, Harriet A. H., 1874, 




Henry H., 1864, . 


Louis E., , 


Orra R., 1897, . 


William S., 


William D., 


Chase, George H., 1815-85, 


Blake, Alexander V., . 


Churchill, Florence, 1851 


Julia C, . . 


Lucy, 1854, 


Blom, Elvira E., . 


Lucy A., 1826-56, 


Martha, 1866, 


Mary C, 1849, • 




William, 1825-73, 


Bostwick, Carrie L., 1870, 




Cyrus B., . 


William, 1854, d. y.. 


Botsford, Eliza, 


Cochrane, George D., 1868, 




George J., 1897, 


Boughman, Helen M., 


Robert H., 


Boyd, Luvicy P., . 


a7zV, Martha W., 1862, 




Coit, Mary E. G., . 


Eraser, Simon, 




French, Eliza, 1802-96, 

. 285 

Cole, Edith, 1862, 



. 285 



William, . 



Cooky, Yubia, 


Galloupe, Amos, 1836-90, 282-284 

Cranse, Christina, . 




Cramer, Nancy, 


Edward T., 1870- 

70, . 284 

Crowell, James, 


James B., 1868-8 

I, . 284 

Katie, d. 1894, . 


Lois G. S., 1842-^ 

55, . 284 

Cunningham, Archibald, 


Mary v., 1838, 

. 284 

George, Bertha N., 1880, 

. 267 


Caroline A., 1883 

, . 267 

Dakin, Mattie, 


Catherine L., 188 

2, . 267 

Davis, Huldah A., 


David S., 1878, 


Decker, Eunice L., 1822, 


Harriet E., 1855- 

35 . 267 

Demiis, Charlotte, 


Harriet E., 1877-' 

79, . 267 

Dikehouse, Anna, 1849, 


Rev. James H., 


Disbrow, Lydia, 


Rev. James H.,Jr 

.,1853, 266 

Dixon, Annie, 1856, 


James H., 3d, 18S 

4, . 267 

Augustin U., 1855-6 


Katherine L., 188 

2, . 267 

Catherine U., 1826-63, 




John, . 




John, Jr., 1824-69, 


Theodora, 1876, 

. 267 

Dougherty, F. I., . 


Gerrish, Florence, 1885, 


Mary, 1876, 


Florence C, 1851 


Duncombe, David, . 287, 

311, 328 

John B., 1885-6, 


Emma E., 1864, . 

287, 335 

Thornton, 1877, 


William E., 

287, 334 

William C, 1877, 




William L., 


Durkee, Roxie, 


William L., Jr., i 

846 252 

Gilfillan, Alexander, 



Caroline L., 1837 

-78 . 247-9 

Easton, Clarissa. . 




Ellis, Elvira, 


Fanny, 1862, 


Everit, Caroline L. , 


Dr. William, 1834 


Evoleih, Nab by. 


William W., 1869 


Gorham, Adelia, 





Fisher, E\iz2i'P., . 


Graham, Jane, 


Emma S., 1867, 


Grant, Aaron, 




Charlotte R., 


Fleagle, Annie L., 1871, 


Grey, Lucy, . 




Griff en, Hannah, 


Foster, Betsey, 1811, 


Griffin, Andrew, 


Joel, . 




Fox, Elizabeth, 


Grimm, John J., 


Eraser, Margaret, 


Virginia J., 1865, 





Hawley, Julia A., 1824, . 


Haden, Mary E., . 


Hawley, .... 


Hall, Dr. Charles A., . 


Hempstead, Nancy, 


Polly W., . 


Hibbard, Julia, 


Hamlin, Ancillus, 


Hicks, Charity, 


Caroline, 1822-51, 


^£//, Andrew L., . 


Hanaford, Agnes, . 


Hannah, 1776-1846, 


Anna L., 1863, . 


Florence, 1868, . 


Charles G., 1854, 



Stephen J., . 


Edith, . 


Hinkley, AdalineA. B., 1842- 

98, 264 

Edna H., 1897. . 


Eddy, . 


Elizabeth, 1845-77, 



Eliza H., . 


Emma, 1853-55, . 




Emma J., 1861, . 



Irma S., 1893-94, 


Eva B., 


Jacob, 1842-97, . 


■ Florence. 


Jesse, . 


Francis J. C, 1882, 


Wilson, 1865, 


Frederick J., 1876, 


Hooker, Thomas, . 


George S., 1867, . 



Hull, Amy W., d. 1881, 


George W., 1839, 


Clara F., 1858, . 


Harriet A., 1874, 

. 271-2 



Harriet L., i860. 



Elizabeth M., 


Harriet M., 1857-58. 


Eunice B., 1769-1822, 




Hannah W., 


Ida M., 1877, . 




Kittie, 1864, 



Jonathan, 1763-1820, 


Laura E., 1892, . 


John B., 1828-91, 




Lemuel B., 1792-1843, 


Margaret, 1849, . 



Seth, . 


Marion E., 1890, . 


Seth, 1796-1835, . 


Marion G., . 


Walter B., 1867, . 


Mildred L., 1889, 


Hull, .... 

. 163 

Myrtle, 1885, 


Hunter, Horace, . 


Ralph S., . 


William S., . 

. 276 

Robert H., 1858, 

270, 273 

(See also Addenda.) 

Ruth, . 


Hutchins, E. A., . 


Samuel. 1856, 


Gabrielle, 1873, . 

. 258 

Stephen, 1807-66, 


Hutchinson, Anna M., . 


Stephen, 1846, 


Stephen, 1844, . 



Walter M., 1870-80, 


Iding, Sarah, . 


William H., 1839, 


Ives, Lydia, . 


William H., 1841-98, 


Hannan, Mary A., 


• J 

Hargrave, Ann, 


Jarvis, Saphronia E., 1836-8 

B, 275 

Hawley, Isaac B., 1823-53, 


Sidneys., . 


James R., 1797-1876, 


Jeffrey, Margaret W., 1866, 





William, . 




Johnson, Bessie, . 


Ladd, Kate, E. M., 1863, 

Jolly, Armenia C, 1865-9, 


Martha W. C, 1862, . 

Claire F., 1897, . 


Mary C, 1823-34, 

Emily P. B., 1843, 


Rebecca S., 1867, 

Eugene S., 1871, 


Samuel B., 1834-98, . 

Forest G., 1891, . 


(See also Addenda.) 

Frank A., 1864-96, 


Samuel D., 1828-34, . 

Henry I., 1879, . 


Sarah P., 1826-84, 

Marcus, 1839, 


Walter G., 1856, . 

Minnie R , 1869. 


William W., 1825, 



William W., Jr., 1852, 

Jones, John H., 


Langing, Ann M., 

Sarah E., . 


Laskey, Frances, . 

Judson, Rebecca, . 

246, 251 

Law, Dr. James, . 

Polly, . 


Fanny S. L., 

Lawrence, Joanne F., . 


Leiih, Isabella, . 

Kennedy, Mary S. , 


Lewis, Arlington C, 1847, . 

Keicham, Eliza A., 


Arthur E., 1875, . 

Ketchen, Ruth, 


Blaine I., 1880, . 

Kingsbury, Guilford G., 1861 


Cyrus L., . 

Guilford G., Jr., 1891 


Emma B., 1829, . 

Lelia I., 


Eliza Ann, . 

Munson I., . 


Everard A., 1884, 

Paul S., 1885, . 


Gertrude E., 1877, 

Knapp, Harmon, . 


Rev. William H., 

Sara E., 1846-86, 


Lockwood, Elizabeth, 

Koons, George B., 



NoraB., . 


William H., 
William H., 


Logan, Susan, 

Ladd, Caroline M., 1837-78, 


Lovell, Amy 

Catherine, 1844-95, 


Lundie, Susannah, 

Catherine M., 1831-34 


Lynch, Mary, 

Coit, 1890, . 


Lyon, Augusta M., 1851-90, . 

Elizabeth, 1881, . 


Bessie, 1875, 

Elizabeth A. R., 1852 


Charles A., 1878, 

Ellen L., 1839, • 



Fanny B., 1800-68, 


Ellen M 

Fanny B., 1841-44, 


Eliza A. L., 

Fanny S., 1819-40, 


Emma S. F., 

Frances S., 1894, 


Ethalinda E., 1880, . 

Henry M., 1858, . 


Florence J., 1886-7, . 

Henry M.. Jr., 1892, 


Genevieve, 1896, 

James, 1792-1852, 


Georgia A., 1884, 

James, Jr., 1820-23, 


Grace E., 1883, . 

James B., 1834, . 



James B., i860. 


Henry, 1786-1873, 



Lyon, Henrj', 1816-41, . 


Meeker, Arza, . . 2 

86, 340 

Isaac B., 1796-1837, • 
John B., 1836, . 


Sarah, 1837, 



, ... 

Julia, 1833-89 


{Also Addenda.'] 

Julia H 


Melville, Frank L, 1848-52, . 


Lazarus, 178S-1810, . 




Lizzie M., 1S81-90, 


John, . . . . 




Minnie M., 1854, 


Lydia, 1799-1816, 


Thomas, 1814-77, 


Lydia, 1875, 


Middlebrook, Clarinda, . 


Maria M., . 


Norman T., . 


Mary, 1821-S9 


Miller, Capt. Henry, 


Melancthon S., d. 1863 


Milliman, Abiram, 


Minerva N., 


Ethalinda J., 1854-73, ■ 


Philemon, 1802-57, 

191, 290 

Julia L., 1833-89, 


Philemon, 1857, . 


Maria, 1827, 


Philo, 1764-1813,. 


Uriah, . . . . 


Philo, 1 794-1839, 


Moffatt, David, 


Philo L., 1826-96, 


Elizabeth C. R., 1872 


Philo S., 1853-70, 


Elizabeth L., 


Ruby A., 1893-95, 


Eraser M., 1868, . 


Simeon, 1805-25, 


Eraser M., Jr., 1897, 


Ziba, 1793-1857, • 


Moon, Ellen, . 


Lyon, .... 


William, . 


Morgan, Cornelia B., . 



CliflFord B., 1870, 


Macdonald, Mary E. , 


Ethel C, 1893, . 


Macy, Caroline E., 


Jennette B. B., 1870, 


Kate E., 1863, . 




Josiah, Jr., . 

. 248 

Morse, Ezra S., 1858-89, 


Main, Helen. 1863-84, . 


Helen G., 1848, . 


Julian, d. 1865, . 




Julian, 1865, 


Ira, 1819, 


Susan, . 

. 283 

MaryL., . 


Sylvester, . 

. 283 

Percival G., 1858, 


McCord, Sarah E., 1868. 


Munson, Anna E., 1866, 


McCutchen{s), Eliza, 


Eugenia M., 


McKinstry, Eliza, . 


McLean, Archibald, 



Eleanor C, 1897, 


Nichols, Annie, 


Eliza F., . 




George A., 1887, 


Norvell, George W., 


Gertrude E., 1891 


George W., 1885, 


Harriet A., 1884-91, 


Grace E., 1886, . 

. 264 

James A., i860, . 


Rev. Joseph E., 1859, 

. 264 

James H., 1892-3, 


Julia S., 1888, . 


Katie H., 1864, . 


Lovice P. B., 1822-97 

, 264 

Meeker, Adelia G., 

286, 340 

Philip D., 1S88, . 

. 264 




Robertson, J. W., . 


OHphant, Anna M. H., . 


Mary, 1848, . 


Emma J., 1850,1 . 


Robinson, Archer W., 1887, 




Kendal S., 1894-5, 


Osborne, Bessie L., 1874, 


LoraW., . 




Lyle W., 1889, . 


Cora B., 1862, 


Pauline S., 1885, 




Timothy B. , 


David, . 


Wells H., 1896, . 


David, Jr., 1835-74, 


Rockwood, David, . 


Osgood, Lt. George, 


Wallace J., 1856, 

. 298 

Mary M., . 


Rodgers, Cornelia J., 1819-87 


James F., . 



i?^^, Elijah W., . 


Packard, Eugene M., 1852, 

. 278 

Mary, 1841, . 


Robert S., 1890, . 


Rogers, Chloe, 




Root, Clarkson L., 


Parker, Hannah H., 


Grace V., 1873, . 


Peck, Eliakim, 


Rowan, Cedella L., 


Lucy, 1804-56, . 


Rowe, Elizabeth A., 1852, 


Polly, . 


Griffith, 1814-95, . 


Penfield, Allan M., 1884, 


Rowland, Mary, 


David G., 1842-97, 


Royall, Mary J., 1814-83, 


Eunice G., 1807-92, 




Helen G. M., 1848, 


Timothy R., 1835-86, 


Levi, 1807-51, 


Rumsey, Joseph E., 


Percival S., 1878, 


Lottie M., 1867, . 


Penniman, Hannah B. , . 


William A., 1833, 


Perkins, Mercy S., 


William A., Jr., 1867, 


Phillips, Sarah H., 1826-84, 





Piatt, Jarvis, . 


Sabin, Eben H., 


Charlotte, . 


Ellen C, 1833, . 


Pool, Victoria, 


Sanford, Abby, 1808-93, 


Abby, 1843, . 



Adeline W., 1851-52, 


^^a//j/, Elizabeth D., . 


Alanson, 1789-1815, : 

256, 282 

Riblett, Sarah J., . 


Alice, 1849-50, . 


Ripley, Annah C, 1877, 


Alfce A., 1884, . 


Edith C, 1873. . 


Amelia, 1868, 


Elizabeth C, 1872, 


Amos C, 1820, . 


Florence C, 1875, 


Anna, . 


George C, . 


Arthur H., 1895, 


George C, 1878, 


Betsey, 1815-56, . 

256, 262 

George H., 1848, . 


Betsey, 1838, . 285 

-88, 322 

Hannah B., . 


Beulah, 1889, 


Mary C. C, 1849, 


Carlton W., 1872-73, 


Ruth, 1882-84, . 


Caroline H., 1854, 




■d, Catherine, bap. 1821 

, 256 

Sanford, James, 1799-1883, 

Charles, 1849, 


256, 2 

85, 334 

Charles, 1801-29, 


James, 1830-96, . 


Charles B., 1887, 


James B., 1883, . 


Charles E. N., 1S5S-84 


Capt. JamesC.(U. S. A 

.) 282 

Charles G., 1883-84, . 


James Harold, 1891, . 


Charlotte B.. 1860-64, 


James W., 1815-95, . 


Chester C, 1888, 

260 j 

John, 1739-84, . 2 

255, 318 

David Lewis, 1857, 


John B., 1796, 


David P., 1827-72, 




David Piatt, 1819-83, 5 

57, 266 

John B., 1891, 


David Piatt, 1844, 


John T., 1823-24, 


David Piatt, 1896, 


Josiah B., 1838-87, 


Edgar Levs^is, 1864, 


Lazarus, 1791, 


Edgar Lewis, 1889, 


Lemuel, . . 3 

46, 304 

Eliza, 1816-57, 


Lemuel, 1781-1826, . 


Elsie, 1880, . 


Lillian W., 1876, 


Emma M., 1849, . 


Lucy, 1822, . 


Emory P., 1871, . 


Lydia, 1738-96-7, 


Ephraim, 1708 


Lydia Ann, 1782-1824, 


Eugenia B., 18S2 


Mary E., 1892, . 


Eunice L., 1824-81, 


Mary F., 1840, . 


Eva M., 1894, 


Mary F., 1881, . 




Maria, iSii-24, . 


Francis Stoner, 1852, 


Marilla, 1813-96, 


Francis S., 1890, 


Perkins, 1841-68, 


Frederick H., 1874, 




George, bap. 1821, 




George Davis, 1842, 


Polly, bap. 1821, 


George Deroy, 1880, 


Sally, 1794-1820, 


George T., 1864-94, 


Sarah, 1833, 28 

5-7, 334 

Grace Hyde, 1848-94, 


Sarah Ann, d. y., 


Grace R., 1874-76, 


Sarah Beach, 1764-182 

8 255 

Hannah B., 1816, 


Sarah, 1828, 

. 285 

Harriet, d. 1840, 


Senah. . 

. 285 

Harriet E., 1855-85, 


Stephen, 1835, 


Harry C, 1846, 


Ernest, 1877, 


Harry R., 1859. 


Timothy R., 1835-86, 


Helen T., 1883, . 

. 267 

Tumey, 1825, 

. 285 

Henry, 1846, 

273, 285 

Vera, 1891, . 


Henry C, 1846 . 

. 260-1 

William Henry, 1862-6 

2, 266 

Henry C, Jr., 1875, 


William C, 1859, 

. 287 

Isaac, 1786-1832, . 

256, 281 

Saxton, Edmund L., 1872, 


Isaac, d. 1864, 


George H., 1831, 


Isaac H., 1836, . 


Isaac A., 1870, . 


Isaac H., 1870, . 


Jonathan A., 


Isaac Piatt, 1811-87, 

. 256-9 

Mary F. S., 1840, 


James, 1758-1842, 


Mary E., 1874, . 




■5'a^/(7«, Miranda W., . 


Sherzuood, Hazel E., 1889, 


Schauer, Rosa, 


James A., 1867, . 


Scott, Ethalinda, . 

. 291-2 



Serrill, Fanny P. L., 1867, 


John, . 




Philo B., . 

. 288-9 

William D. H., . 


Silliman, Elizabeth, 1769-96 


Seymour, Esther, . 


Julia, . 


Seelye, Parthenia, . 

. 296 

Sitgreaves, Helen, 1862, 

. 264 

Shepard, Alan A., 1897, 


Martin H., . 


Annie M., 1862, . 


Smith, Amy R., 1889, . 


Andrew, 1827-69, 


Caleb, . 


Charles, 1831-31, 




Charles A., i86o-g6 


Carrie M., 1885, . 


Charles R., 1859-68, 




Chester, Dr. W., 1893 


Elizabeth S., 


Donald C, 1891, 




Edith S., 1874, . 


James B., 1816-91, 


Edward C, 1885, 


James S., 1846-88, 


Elvira, 1802-78, . 


Lois G., 1842-85, 


Emma E., 1863-92, 


Lulu L, 1893, 


Frank A., 1870, . 


Mary E., . 


Franke L., 1861, 


Mary v., 1838, . 


Dr. George A., 1868, 


Sarah E., 1840, . 


George J., 1838-97, 


Simeon J., 1857, . 


George J., . 


William H., 1844-54, 


Horace, 1836, 


Spancton, Margaret, 


Ida, 1867-86, 


Squire, Sarah M., . 


James, 1842-55, . 


Squires, Rebecca, 1778-96, 

246, 304 

James B., 1888, . 


Starr, Lucy, 1798-1882, 


James C, 1895, . 




John, 1834-56, 


Stiles, Harriet, 1843, 


Lida v., 1866-88, 


Walter J., . 


Mary, 1829-63, 

274, 278 

Stilson, Lazarus, . 


Mary E., 1871 


Lucy, 1806-71, 


Margaret G., 1890, 


Julia, . 


Moses, Capt., d. 1809, 


Stoner, Francis, 1852, . 


Nellie G., 1869-95, 


Jacob, . 


Rollin W., 1874, 


Sturdevant, Edward, 


Sally, . . . 

269, 280 

Julia A., 1866, . 


Stella S., 1872-3, 


Susannah, 1832, 



William, 1780-1815, 


Taylor, Abby S. . . . 


William (Mc), 1803-73, 




William 3d, 1825-95, . 


Martha A., . 


William T., 1865, 


Thickens, Elizabeth J., 


Sherwood, Almira, . 


Thompson, Amy. . 


George B., 1839, . 


Hezekiah, . 


Hannah, 1852, 






Thorpe, Burton, . 


Charles S., . 




Tomlinson, Grace, 


Traver, Anna, 


Tuttle, Abner, 


Leontine M., 1841, 


Twombly, Annice, 



Under hill, K\x^\x%\\v\. K., 1836- 

-54. 254 

Caroline A., 1836-97, 


Catherine B., 


Catherine S., 1826-63, 


Emma B., 1839-41, 


George F., 1833-34 




Hannah S., 1825, 


Peter, . 


Thomas S., 1803-52, 


Thomas S., Jr., 1842-3 


Unnever, Mary F. W., 1869, 


Olga, 1883, 


Therwald, . 


Therwald, Jr., . 



VanWyck, Albert, 


Fanny G., 1862, 


Katherine L., 1892, 




Samuel B., 1893, 



Wallace, Carrie L. B., 1870. 


Ellen L., 1839, . 


Rev. Henry, 


Dr. Henry, 1868, 


MaryS. K., 


William, 1873, . 


Dr. William, 1835-96, 


Walkup, Hannah, 


Ward, Charles, . 


Warner, Abby S., 1871, 

. 258 

Annie H. A., 1865, 


Arthur H., 1881, 


Charles D., 1892, 

. 258 

Warner, Elizabeth S., 1893"; . 


Eugene F., 1879, 


George, 1870, 


Grace A., 1874, 


Grace E., 1897, 


Harry, 1798, 


Harry F., 1874, . 


Hermon, 1769, 


John M., 1828, . 


Lester A. B., 1886-189 

I, 258 

Reuben, 1831, 


Reuben, 1870, 


Rosa D. C, 1873-76, 


Sidney A., 1877, 


Water bury, Nathaniel, . 


Polly, 1860-81, . 


Wait, Alexander, . 


Alexander, Jr., 1850, 


Alexander H., 1881, 


Frederick H., 1887, 


Grace L., 1885, . 


Louisa H., 1882, . 


Robert B., . 


Webb, Anna, . 


Wells, Sophia E., . 


Wheeler, Ann, . 255, 

308, 318 

Edmond, d. 1895, 


Eliza, . 


James S., 1840-68, 


White, Hannah, 


Whitehead, Eva, 1870, . 

288, 322 



William, 1786-1866, 


Whitehouse, Maria E., . 


Whittlesey, Dorothy, 


Wilson, Francis A., 


Harriet A., . 


John B., 


Mary Ann, . 

. 263 

Winner, Augusta, 1873, 

. 283 

Alice, 1890, . 

. 284 

Annice A., 1898, . 

. 284 

Charles N., 1892, 


Edwin R., 1881, . 


Harry L., 1871, . 


Harry L., 1897, . 

. 284 

Henry, 1844. 

. 283 

Mabelle, 1883, . 

. 283 



Winner, Mary F., 1869, 


Winton, Eleanor H., 1818. . 


Raymond B., 1878, 


Eliza A.., 1821, . 


Septimus, . 


James, . . . . 


William S., 1879, 


Mary R., 1821, . 


Winton, Alden, 


Witherden, William, . 



Arthur, Rev. John, Jr., 


King, Edwin A., . 


Averill, Augustin, 


Ladd, James, , 


Ballantine, Margaret J., 


Lane, Jesse, . 


Barnum, Edwards E., . 


Lear, Charles B., . 


Beach, Sarah, 


Lewis, Arlington C, 


Bedell, Mary Ann, . 


Lowe, Charles L., . 


Beers, Abel, . 


Lyon, Philo, , 


Mabel, . 


Markeley, Charles A., . 


Booth, Joel, . 


Martin, Mary, 


Britt, Susan L., . 


Nichols, Capt" James, . 


Burnside, Ueniy C, 


Northrup, Minnie R., . 


Burritt, George W., 


Peck, Lucy, . 


Colburn, Edwin E., 




Colvin, Libbie S., . 


Rogers, Loraine, . 


Curtis, John, . 


Sanford, James, 




Lydia, . . . 




Mary R., . 


Dickinson, Angeline, 


Silliman, Elizabeth, 


Fitchett, Julia C. , . 


Sheldon, Dr. Elisha, 


Foster, Betsey, 


Staats, Elizabeth . 


Glover, Zalmon, 


Swa?t, George L., . 


Gibbons, Rebecca, . 


Thompson, Polly (Hall), 


Grimm, Jennie, 


Sarah A., . 


Hall, Polly Thompson, . 


Tufts, Elizabeth, . 


Hawley, James R., 


Under hill, Thomas S., . 


Higgins, Jennie C, 


Wead, Epenetus H., 


Hill, Capf Daniel, 


Wells, David P., . 




Elizabeth C, 


Holbrook, Abigail G., 


Wheeler, Philip H., 


Houghtaling, Barent, 


Whitehead, William, . 


Hull, Jonathan, 


Wilson, Frances A., 


Jolly, Marcus, 


Winton, Mary R., 




Booth, Elizabeth, . 


Adams, Augustus, 

. 362 

Silas, . 


Ahaurs, Ella L., 1855-84, 


Bouton, Duncombe, 




John, . 


Allen, Arthur S., 1884, 


Bradley, Catherine M., 


Howard S., 1882, 


Eli Nichols, 


Julius H., 1854, 






Sarah A., . 


Alley, Dr. Jas T., 1831-78, 






Briscoe, Bradley D., 


William S., 1863, 


Esther P., 1859, 


Andrews, Eliza, 


Burr, Rev. Edson W., 1841, 


Sarah M., . 


Eugene W., 1875, 


Archer, Elizabeth, 


George E., 1866, 




Harriet, 1872, 


Arnold, Loretta, 




Avery, Julia, 







William A., 


Baldwin, Caroline, 


William E., 


Ballard, Loretta, 1850, 


Burritt, Daniel F., 


Banks, Agnes, 1846, 


Julia F., 1832-53, 


Alma L., 1867, . 


Burt, Clarissa, 


Charles M., 1821-87, 


Butler, Charles, . 


Elizabeths., 1847, 


Dorothy M., 1888-88, 


George W., 1819-37, 


Lettie M., 1865, . 




Marcus B., 




Marcus B., 1859, 




Marcus B., 1891, 


Barber, Orville H,. 


Virginia L., 1889, 







Barger, Elizabeth, 


Cable, Antoinette, 1874, 


Barker, Catherine, 


George E., 1867-68, . 


Beardsley, Marietta, 

317, 325 

George Lewis, 


Bennett, John C. S., 


Hannah L., 1873, 


Sarah M., . 


John H., 1863-73, 


Beers, Benjamin, 


Mary E., 1865, . 


David H., . 


Rufus D., 1831-89, 


George B., 


Sophia M., 1870-71 




Camp, Rebecca, 


Boehm, Mary, 


Canfield, Betsey A., 1814-73, 


Booth, Eleanor, 






Chamberlain, Julia E., 1863, 


Dayton, Charles W., 1835-97 


Webster R., 


David J., 1873, . 


Chapman, Daniel, . 


Edith M., 1893, . 


Eliza A., 1825, . 


Era M., 1884, 


Chavannes, Rev. Adrian, 


Ernest R., 1881, 


Emma, 1841-95, . 


Fannie, 1869, 


Claffy, Sophia A. , . 


Garry, 1791-42, . 


C/ar/&, Sarah J., . 


Jennie G., 1875, . 


Clarke, Martha, 


Joseph H., i860, 


Clarkson, Charles, 


LydiaA., . 


Ella, 1867, . 


Lydia L., . 


Cochran Alexander G. . 




Sarah J., 


Dean, Henry, 


Coley, Julia, 


Denike, Robenia, . 




Dennis, Jane Grey, 


Philo S,, 


Dietrich, Dorothy. 1895, 


Connelly, Ella, 


Duncan W., 1894, 


Cook, Edward R., 1893, . 


Henry S., . 


ElishaW., . 


Henry W., 1869, 


Elsie M., 1880, . 


Doland, Dorcas, . 


Flora E., 1883, . 


du Puy, Gertrude E., 1841, 


Helen C, 1877, . 


du Puy, John, 


Sanford, 1881, . 


Duncan, Jesse, 


William C, 1836, 


Jesse H., 1876, . 


William H., 


John K., 1847-1884, 


William James, 1852, 


Katherine, 1872, 


William M., 1885, 


Duncombe, Aaron H., 1826, 

328, 334 

Crandall, Hosea, . 


Asahel S., 1815-73, 


Mary Jane, . 


Charles, 1817, 


Crook, Amelia M., 


David, 1788-1857, 

311, 328 

Crowell, Lois, 


David S., 1813-1883, 


Curtis, Nehemiah, 


David S., 1854-92, 


Sarah, 1771-1856, 


David S., Jr., 1891, 


Sarah M., . 


Dorothy, 1888, . 


Curtiss, Daniel, 




Edw. Jno., 1845, 


Edward J., 1843, 


EulaL.,1884, . 


Emma E., 1864, 287 

, 334-35 

Sara M., 1874, 


Emma J., 1841, . 


Franklin, 1851, . 



Frederick H., 1883, 


Dart, Ruth, . 


George F., 1857, 


Dawson, Elizabeth, 




Dayton, Benj. W., 1895, 


Harriette N., 1820-93, 



. 336 

Henry A., 1873, . 


Brewster, Jr., 

. 336 

Henry B., 1811-36, 



• 336 

Henry C, 1853, . 



• 336 

Isabella R., 1854, 


Charles H., 1863-97, 


John, . 

311, 328 



Buncombe, Julia B., 1881, 


Fanton, Henry B., 1822-97, 


Lillian M., 1875, . 


Henry B., Jr., 1852, 

• 356 

LydiaA., . 


Rowland, . 


Lydia A., 1824-84, 

. 328-32 

Rufus S., 1827-60, 


Mary E., 1846, . 


Sturges, 1865, 


Mary P.. 1848, . 


Vera P., 1878, . 

• 356 

Nellie C, 1863, . 


Farmer, Aaron D., 


Raynor S., 1886, . 


Elijah P., 1812-57, 


William E., 1830, 28 

7, 328, 334 

Hannah E., 1849-52, 


William H., 1839, 


Forsyth, Elizabeth, 


William M., 1881, 


Foxworth, Emeline, 


William S., 1856, 


Francillion, Anna, 


French, C2iih.ex'mQ A., . 





Edmonds, John, 


Fricke, Otalge E., 1862, 


Mary G., 1830, . 



. 361 

Edwards, Albert, . 


Albert S., . 

. 360 


Augusta E., 1859, 

. 360 

6^?33j, Ada M., 1858, . 


Levi H., . 


Thomas P., 


English, Edw. L., 1879-79, 

• 327 

Gilbert, Ezra, 1792, 


Rev. Edw. N., 1851, 


Pannie A., 1861, . 


Elias P., 1853-54, 


Plorine, 1856, 


George A., 1855-61, 


Horace, 1812, 


Lemuel N., 1848-48, 


Ida M., 1858, 


Lydia E., 1849, . 


Glover, Mary C, 


Noble, . 


Goodwin, George, 


Rev. Noble F.,1820-- 

74, 327 

Sarah M., 1852, . 


Stuart N., 1878, . 


Gorham, Adelia, . 


Theresa M., 1880-85 




Walstein . 



Grant, Prances, 


Fairchild, Edw. P., 1818, 


Guliver, Romelia, . 


Emma A., . 

. 356 

Hanford B., 1843, 



Hanford B.. Jr., 187 

2, 355 

Hall, Asenath, 


Hanford B., 3'-'i, . 

. 356 

Hancock, Nancy, 


Joseph B., . 


Hart, Pannie, 


Lucy, . 


Hartwell, Betsey M., , 


Sarah, 1828-57, . 






Has kins, Mary R., 


Fanton, Serg't Abel, . 

321, 338 

Hathorn, Allie E., 1873, 


Altha, 1800-90, . 

• 338 

George C, . 


Anna A., 1850, . 


Hill, Betty, . 

89, 354 

Curtis, 1797-1871, 

331, 354 

Caroline L., 1870-76, . 


Eliza, . 

331, 354 

Capt. Daniel, 

[47, 318 

Emma E., 1848, . 


Daniel, Jr., 1761, i 

63, 318 



Hill, Elizabeth (Sanford), 



Charles H., 1889, . 


Ernest W., 1876, 


Coley F., 1897, . 


Frederick H., 1874, 


Francis C, 1865, 


Jane, . 




John Read, 


Julian, 1892, 


John Read, 1870, 



, Adam, 


John Lee, 1810-52, 



Adam H., 1854, 


Josephine C, 1848, 



Barker, 1890, 


William H., 1845, 



Edna M., 1888, . 


Hills, Charlotte D., 


Oliver D., 1887, . 


Hinckey, Winifred, 


Lemmon, Daniel S., 1817-86, 


Hotchkiss, Mary A., 1851-86, 


Jedidiah, . 


Frederick A., 





Howe, Nancy, 


Robinson, . 


Hull, Ann. 


Lewis, Charity, 


Hurd, Eunice M., 1810-87, 


Lockwood, Lydia L., 1856, 


Wait, . 




Laden, Mary, 




Aaron, . 189, 



Jackson, Daniel, 





Edward, 1799-1872, 





Emeline, 1838-58, 


Eli, . 


Jenkins, Betsey, 


Eli, 1790, . 



Jennings, Frederick, 




, 354 



Lydia L., 1830-56, 


Jones, Eliza, 



Mary E., 1825-57, 


Judson, Charles, . 


Rebecca, 1799-67, 


, 354 

Charlotte A., 1861, 


Sarah, . 


Medora H., 



Simeon, 1792-1795, 


Hon. Wm. A., . 


Suse, 1795, 




Kelley, Rev. Chas. W., 1832, 


MacKenzie, Chas. R., 1897, 


William R., 


Roderick, 1868, . 


Kelsey, Betsey, 


William R., 


A'fi'<r/%«;«, Sophia C, 


Mallette, Ann R., 1829-61, 


AVyj, Christopher C, . 


Ethel H., 1894, . 


Harriet, 1867, 


Fanny E., 1876-76, 


Kuichen, Henriette D,, 


George A., 1834-91, 
George A., 1889, 



Georgie M., 1874, 


Lacy, Emily, . 


Irving 8., 1862, 


Rebecca, 1805-90, 


Jesse, 358, 




Mallory, Maria, 


Lambert, Elizabeth, 




Lane, Elizabeth, 



Marshall, Margaret, 


Leach, James C, 1818-52, 


Meeker, Andrew, . 


William, . 


Arza, . 


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Morehouse, Amy A., 1853-73 


Nash, Daniel, 


Benjamin, . 


Hannah, 1816-83, 


Dimon, 1791-1846, 


Newcomb, Margaret, 


Francese E., 1852-69, 


Nichols, Anna, 



345, 353 

Nims, Althea, 


Col. Hawley, 1846, 


North, Patty, 


Henry H., 1829, . 


Henry S., 1856, 

. 346 

Henry W., 1881, 

. 346 

Obershelf, Bertha, . 


Mary J., 1811-89, 


Oliver, Emeline, 1836, . 


Stephen S., 1825, 


Osborn, Edith, 1885, 


Morgan, Arthur B., 1879, 


Ethel, 1880-93, . 


Charles, 1821-91, 


Eugene, 1888. 




Eugene E., 1854, 


Clara L., 1894-94, 


Harriet L., 1888, . 


Cornelia J., 1847-77, 


Helen P., 1883, . 


Daniel J., 1885, 


Ida M., 1855-57, • 


Hon. DanielN., 1844,31 


John, 1813-91, 


Edith L.. 1862, . 

. 319-20 

John A., 1847, . 


Edward K., 1859, 

. 324-25 

Ruth, 1874, . 


Elizabeth S., 1839, 




Ezra, 1801-71, 

319. 323 

Osborne, Charles, . 


Fanny, 1799-1856, 

. 319-21 

Charles F., 1859, 


Florence N., 1876-78, 


Charles H., 1886, 


Frederick E., 1890, 


George W., 1888, 


Frederick Ezra, 1853-62, 324 

Grace A., 1891, . 


Grace E., 1892, . 


Oviatt, Luman, 


Hannah S., 1851-63, 


Lyman B., 1826-50, 


Harriet L., 1846-74, 


Samuel, 1879, 


Rev. Henry, 1825-84, 


Samuel P., 1831-95, 


Henry P., 1852, 

. 319-20 

Sarah L., 1822-49, 


Henry M., 


Hezekiah, 1773-1857, 



Mary C, 1842-90, 


Parsons, Elizabeth, d. 1848, 


Mary H., . 


Mary, . 


Merwin D., 1857, 


Sarah, . 


Ormel E., 1855, 

. 319-20 

Patchen, Polly, 


William J., 1881, 


Patterson, Maria B., 1828-82 


Zedekiah, 1744 . 

316, 319 



Zera, 1797. ■ 


Pearl, Carrie E., . 


Morris, Betsey, 

. 348 

Pearson, Elizabeth, 

. 338 

Mulkins, Rev. H., 


Peck, Abel, . 


Mary S., 




Murdoch, Albert H., . 


Polly, 1832-92, . 


LillieN., 1858, . 


Perry, Ella F., 1847, 


Myers, Louis H., . 


Truman G., 


Louis H., Jr., 


Phillips, Sarah D., 




Piatt, Jarvis, 






Pratt, Cynthia, 



Rising, Elizabeth, 


Roberts, Amelia E., 1836, 


John, . 


Robertson, Charles, 1832, 


Charles A., i888, 


Charles S., 1854, 


George H., 1864, 


Harold E., 1897, 




Mina A., 1889, 


Rollins, Emma L., 


Russell, Rebecca, 


Sacia, Henry, 


Sanford, Abigail, . 

307, 342 

Aledah, 1833, 


Alfred P., 1875, 


Alosia, 1803-89, 

357. 363 

Alosia E., 1830-78, 

357, 359 

Andrews W., 1866, 


Anna, 1799-1889, 

357, 363 

Anna E., 1838-73, 


Anna M., 1892, 


Anna V., 1897, . 


Anne, 1781, 

309, 318 

Arthur E., 1885, 



148, 318 



Betsey, 1838, 

288, 322 

Charles, 1805-48, 

343, 347 

Charles, 1841, . 

348, 351 

Charles C, d. 1859, 

. 348 

Charles F., 1864-82, 


Charles W., 1889-91, 


Charlotte, 1 797-1813, 


Charlotte A., 1895, 


Charlotte H., 1837, 


Clarissa J., 1836-87, 

. 362-63 

Constance P., 1893, 


David, 1830-85, 




Dorothy, 1891, . 


Sanford, Easter, . 

Edelbert L., 1864, 


Edward J., 1831, 

Edward J., 1867-97, 

Edward T., 1865 

EdwynneW. G. McK. 


Eli, 1801-39, 

Eliza, 1828-86, . 

Elizabeth, 1763-1853, 

Elizabeth, 1790-1881, 

Elizabeth, 1848-78, 

Emma, 1869, 

Ephraim, 1709-1762, 

Ephraim, 1775-1808, 315-18, 57 

Ephraim L., 1824-95, 357-58 

Ephraim M., 1797-1871, 357 























Ethel, 1873, 
Fanny E., 1836, . 
Flora M., 1828-94, 
Frida D., 1871, . 
George P., 1838, 
George W., 1824-42, 
Georgiana, 1843, 
Gertrude E.du P.. 18 
Hannah J., 1831-49, 
Harriet S., 1826-53, 
Harriette, 1836, . 
Helen C. N., 1876, 
Henry C, 1859-74, 
Henry S., 1823-91, 
Henry S., Jr., 1865-91, 
Henry V., 1871-72, 
Herland B., 1852, 
Hugh W., 1880, 
Huldah, 1771-1787, 318,326,354 
James, 1758-1842,255, 309,318 
James, Jr., . 285, 334 

Jarvis P., 1801-47, 357, 362 
Jennie, 1871, . . 363 
John, 1739-84, 308, 318 

John, Jr., 1765-1842,310,318, 326 
Hon. John, 1803-57, . 343-4^ 
Hon. John, 1851, . 344-47 

John H., 1840-64, . 353 
John W., 1799-1890, 326, 338 
Josephine M., 1846, 348, 352 


357, 361 



357, 362 


338, 340 

)-93, 344 













San ford, Lemuel C, 1830-48 

348 i 

Sherwood, Hazel, E., 1889, 288, 322 

Leopold C, 1880-85, 


James A., 1867, . 288, 322 

Lillian A., i860, 


Shelton, Joseph, . 


Lois, .... 


Nancy B., 1800-80, 


Louise, 1882, 


Sherman, Jennette, 


Lydia A., 1804-75, 311 


Slack, John, 


Lydia A., 1829-52, 

340 i 

Mary, 1803-88, . 


Mahala C, 




Margaret, 1794, 


S?nith, Sarah K., 1788, , 


Mary, 1843-47, •■ 


Somers, Sally, 


Mary, 1877, 


Spencer, Harriet, . 


Mary A., 1823, . 

. 338 

Sprague, Charles W., 1891-92 

, 337 

Mary J., 1844, . 


Ferris J., . 


Merton J., 1869, . 

. 363 

Freeman, 1867, . 


Mildred A., 1893-93. 


Freeman, Jr., 1896, 




Homer, 1889, 


Nathan W., 1829-56, 


Howard, 1893, 


Nehemiah C, 1792-18 

41, 343 

Steadwell, Charlotte, 


Nelbert, 1866-91, 

. 363 

Stevens, Laura, 


Nelson, 1810-46, 

343, 353 

Stewart, John, 


Nelson, 1828-48, 

. 346 

Strong, Julia F., . 


Nora, 1873, 

. 363 

Sturges, Jerusha, . 

321, 338 

Pauline R., 1833-87, 

357, 360 

Sullivan, Angeline E., . 


Philo N., 1840, . 

. 362-63 

Summers, David, . 


Phoebe, 1800-79. 

. 343-44 

Jennie, 1837, 


Ruth, 1792-1881, 31 

I, 326-28 

Sarah, i 797-1 846, 

326, 336 


Sarah, 1833, . 28 

5, 334-35 

Thomas, Hepsey, 

. 348 

Sarah A., 1826, . 

. 357-59 

Thomson, Hattie P., 

. 365 

Sarah C, 1824-71, 

. 346 

Titus, Huldah, 


Sarah J., 1832-94, 

. 348-49 

Paulona M., 1831-94, 


Sarah J., 1853, . 

. 358 




. 362 

Treat, Harmon, . 


Stephen, 1769-1848, 

318, 343 

Julia A., 1854, . 


Stephen, Jr., 1808-88 

343, 348 

Tyler, James S., 1850, . 

. 358 

Stephen, 1826, . 

. 346-47 

1 John, 

. 358 

Stephen, Jr., 1868-70 


John L., 1875, . 

. 358 

Stephen, 1865-87, 


Mary, 1896, 

. 358 

Watson C, 1834-78, 


Yulu M., 1880, . 

. 358 

William, 1864, . 


William C, 1854-96, 



Hon. William E., \ 


312, 339, 340-41 

Underhill,^2\\y K., 


Yulu E., 1855-94, 

. 358 

Upson, Sarah M., . 


Sauchy, Charlotte, 1864, 


Utter, John L., 1852, . 


Schole field, Harriet F., 




Shepard, Phoebe, . 


Samuel S., 1829-96, 


Sherwood, George B., . 

288, 322 

Sarah S., 1886, . 





Weekes, Sally, 


Vaux, Sophia, 


Weller, Andrews, 1837-60, 




ElishaA., . 


Vorce, Rev. Juha H., 1843-96, 352 

Wheeler, Ann(a), 1791, 

308, 318 

Lewis B., . 







Lydia, 1791-1807, 


Whitlock, Abby, . 


Wadhams, Abner H., 1844, 


Walter W. 


Clarence G., 1886, 


Whitehead, Eva, 1870, 


Darius T., 1878, 




Frederick L., 1842, 




Frederick U., 1871, 


Wilcox, , 


Herbert G., 1877, 


Clara A., . 


James, 1815-83, . 


Willoughby, Betsey, 


James S., 1848-70, 


Williams, Mary, 1823, 


Jennie L., 1887, 


Wilson, Emily, 




Winchel, Rachel, 


Sanford H., 1874, 


Woodruff, Emma G., 1854, 


Sarah L., 1876, . 


Hiram S., . 


Uri M., 1840-63, 


Lutie M., 1866, . 


Warner, Carrie M., 1855, 


William W., 


Cyrus A., 


Wooster, Mary E., 


Warring, James E., 


Wright, Joel, 

. 328^ 

Wedekend, Frederick, . 


Marietta, 1830, . 

. 328 

Harriet E., . 


Wyatt, Sarah A., 1833, 

. 358 


Adams, Augustus, 

. 362 

Allen, Julius H., 1854, . 


Alley, Dr. Jas. T., 1831-78, 


Argall, Emeline, 1808-36, 


Barber, Sherman, . 

. 362 

Beach, Sarah, 


Boeh??i, Mary, 


Booth, Elizabeth, . 


Bradley, Sarah A., 1842-77, 


Burr, William A., 


Burritt, Julia F., 1832-53, 


Burt, Clarissa, 


Butler, Lettie M., 1865, 


Chapman, Eliza A., 1825, 


Chavannes, Emma, 1841-95, 


Cochran, Sarah J., . 



^randall, Hosea, . 


Curtis, Sarah, 1771-1856, 


Curtiss, Edward J., 1845, 


Day-Fairman, Sarah B., 1845 


Dayton, Garry, 1 791-1842, 


Dean, Henry, 


Duncombe, David, 1788-1857, 


du Buy, Gertrude E., 1841, 


Ed-wards, Levi H., 


Edmonds, Mary G. , 


English, Rev. Noble F., 1820- 

74, 327 

Fanton, Altha, 1 800-90, 


Farmer, Elijah P., 1812-57, 


Gilbert, Horace, 1812, . 


Hill, Daniel, Jr., 1761, . i 

63, 318 

Hull, Ann, . . . . 


Hurd, Eunice M., 1810-87, • 


Jackson, Edw., 1790-1872, 


Emeline, 1838-58, 


Kelley, Rev. Chas. W., 1832, 


Ketchum, Sophia C, 


Lacy, Rebecca, 1805-90, 


Lemmon, Daniel S., 1817-86, 351 

Lyon, Aaron, . . . 189, 326 

Lemuel, . . 326, 354 

Sarah, . . . . 318 
Mallette, Ann R., 1829-61, . 358 

George A., 1834-91, . 361 
Meeker, Andrew, . . . 340 

n, Hezekiah, 1773-1857, 316-19 

Morehouse, Dimon, 1790-1846, 345 

Mary J., 1811-89, 


Newcombe, Margaret, 


Oliver, Emeline, 1836, . 


Osborne, Chas. F., 1859, 


Oviatt, Luman, 1777-1838, 

. 364 

Parsons, Elizabeth, 1848, 


Pearl, Carrie E. , . 


Piatt, Sally, 1780, . 


Roberts, Amelia E., 1836, 


Robertson, Charles, 1832, 


Sacia, Henry, 


Sauchy, Charlotte, 1864, 


Shelton, Nancy B., 1800-80, 


Slack, Mary, 1803-88, . 


Stewart, John, 


Sumviers, Jennie, 1837, 


Treat, Julia A., 1854, . 


Tyler, James S., 1850, . 


Utter, Sam'l S., 1829-96, 


Vaux, Sophia, 


Vorce, Rev. Juha, 1843-96, 


Warrifig, James E., 


IVeller, Andrews, 1837-60, 


Wheeler, Anna, d. 1791, 


Lydia, 1771-1807, 


Whitlock, Abby, . 


Wilcox, , . . . 


Woodruff, Emma G., 1854, . 


Lutie M., 1866, . 


Wyatt, Sarah A., 1833, . 



Page 22, for " Lemenuel " read Lemuel Camp. 

Page i6i, for "And" read "An" ever so short a voyage. 

Page 232, for "Cyrenus" read Cyreneus Hurd. 

Page 272, for Margaret Spanctou read Spancton. 

Page 297, Aaron Summers Beach. 

Page 297, Lydia Julia Maria Beach. 


Page 162, Hezekiah Thompson always called in old records "Judge," 
but never held such office. 

Page 247, Samuel Beach Ladd died in London, England, May 30, 1898. 

Page 276, Emma Estella Shepard died Dec. 17, 1892. Horace Butler 
Hunter, son of William B. and Mary M. (Butler) Hunter, born Dec. 29, 
1852, Madison, Conn. William Shepard Hunter born Aug. 31, 1889. 

Page 281, William Chapman, son of Pelatiah (and Mary White), son of 
Obadiah, son of John. Amy Lovell, daughter of John, born March 28, 

Page 282, Amos Chapman Sanford married Foster. 

Page 282, David Porter Sanford married Adela Newton, son Amos C. in 
New York City ; daughter Lillie married Williams, Palmyra. 

Page 285, Senah Sanford, died July 7, 1898. 

Page 297, Lydia Julia Maria Beach married Nov. 11, 1885 at St. John's, 
Mich., James Neelands of Owen Sound, Canada, born June 9, 1857 and 
died at Caulkinsville, Isabella Co., Mich., Dec. 11, 1892. Their children 
were Andrew Winton, Aug., 1886, Isaac Beach, Feb., 1887, Robert Henry, 
Aug., 1889, Deborah Mary, Jan., 1891 and Ellen Jane, May, 1893. Mrs. 
Neelands married June 14, 1895, Edward A. Meaker of New York State ; 
present address, Weidman, Isabella Co., Michigan. 

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