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Several Ancestral Lines 



Jlfarried at Ashford, Conn., June 5, 1757. 

A Full Genealogical History of their Descendants to the end oi 
the Nineteenth Century. 






Joel Mumsbll's Sons, Publish 




This little book is quite out of the line of ordinary 
genealogies — is a work of growth, rather than of con- 
ception. It originated in an endeavor to establish my 
right and that of others of the family to membership in 
" The Daughters of the American Revolution." Succeed- 
ing in this, I found myself so interested in the valuable 
discoveries I had made that I continued the work until 
I had established the several lines which are here 
. recorded, from early Colonial days to the Revolution — 
live generations — culminating in my grandparents. 
Carrying the record on down was an afterthought, and 
a work of slow growth, but I met with hearty response 
and encouragement. 

If the work is faulty in construction, it may be 
depended upon as reliable. All that is written has been 
well authenticated, it is not for the public, but for the 
family, that they may know from whom they come and 
to bring the living members into better acquaintance, a 
closer relationship and for the benefit of future genera- 
tions. If I have not encountered any millionaires or 
geniuses of world-wide renown, neither have 1 met with 
a single criminal, drunkard, insane, feeble-minded or 
deformed person, either among the " Ancestors " or the 
" Descendants." A moral and religious tone is promi- 
nent all along the way. The Ancestors all came from 
England between 1620 and 1640, and not until the 
seventh generation was there a single intermarriage with 
foreign blood nor a double name. We may truly call 
ours a thoroughly American family. 

The sources from which information has been drawn 
are : The Hyde, Huntington and Dana Genealogies, 
" Savage's Genealogical Dictionary," Miss Calkins' " His- 
tory of Norwich, Conn.," Charles Miner's " History of 
Wyoming," Stiles' " Ancient Windsor," " History of 
Lebanon," general histories and cyclopedias, colonial 
and town records, family Bibles, tombstones, old letters, 
and from members of the four different branches of the 
family still living. 

I wish, in conclusion, to thank all who have given me 
help and encouragement, and especially to acknowledge 
my obligation to my cousin, William Herschel Hyde, Sr., 
who so generously supplied the means for the publica- 
tion of this book. 


April i, 1904. 


The following extracts are from Miss Calkins' " His- 
tory of Norwich, Conn. : " 

" In 1659 a company of thirty-five men formed an asso- 
ciation and purchased a tract of land nine miles square 
in the southeast corner of Connecticut of Uncas, Chief 
of the Mohegans, upon the moderate terms of seventy 
pounds, as Uncas was under great obligations to Thomas 
Leffingwell, one of the company, who went to his relief 
with provisions when besieged by the Narragansetts. 
They settled there in 1660, and called the town 
' Norwich.' 

" The ' town plot ' originally consisted of one long, 
irregular street, winding around the hills, and following 
the course of the Yantic, and was sheltered for the greater 
part of the way on either side by abrupt and rocky, but 
well wooded hills. A broad street or highway was 
opened through this valley, on either side of which the 
' house lots ' were ranged. 

" The house lots comprised each a block of several 
acres, and were in general river lands, favorable for 
mowing, pasture and tillage, the first proprietors being, 
with scarcely a single exception, agriculturists and 

" Near the center of the town plot an open square was 
left for public buildings and military parades and drills. 
This was known as ' The Green.' Here stood the first 
meeting-house, of which the Rev. James Fitch was the 

" There was a peculiarity in the foundation of Nor- 
wich that distinguishes it from most other settlements 
in this part of the country. It did not begin in a random, 
fragmentary way, receiving accessories from this quarter 
and that, till it gradually grew into a compact form and 
stable condition, but came upon the ground a town and 
a church. 

" The inhabitants were not a body of adventurers, but 
a hardy race of Puritans, who sat down with a determina- 
tion to make the wilderness smile around them, to build 
up the institutions of religion and education, and to leave 
their children members of a secure and cultivated 

" They were a fearless and resolute people, most of 
them being men of tried fortitude and experience, 
upright and devout, industrious and enterprising. 
Though assembled from many different places, they were 
bound together by a common faith, a common interest 
and a common danger. They were an associated body, 
both in their civil and religious capacity, and only a few 
weeks were necessary to give them the form and stability 
of a well-ordered society. 

" In the early days of the township the inhabitants 
labored hard, but every man was ready to help his neigh- 
bor. Trespasses were rare, a grand decorum of manner 
prevailed, sympathy, kindly counsel and friendly assist- 
ance softened the rigors of the wilderness, and the hearts 
of all were strengthened with the constant cheer of 
gospel promises. 

" All the enactments and proceedings of these fathers 
of the town, all we can gather concerning them from 
record or tradition, exhibits a well-organized community, 
a people bold, earnest, thoughtful, with the ring of true 
metal in all their transactions." 

Of these thirty-five " original proprietors " of Norwich, 
the following are among the Ancestors of Moses Hyde 
or Sarah Dana: 

Francis Griswold. 

Simon and Christopher Huntington, brothers. 

Hugh Calkins and his son, John. 

Thomas Leffingwell. 

Thomas Tracy. 

William Hyde and his son, Samuel. 

Other lines are: 

Rockwell, Clark, Marvin, Winslow, Royce and Lee. 

It is unfortunate that so little is told about the wives 
of many of these early settlers; sometimes only the Chris- 
tian name is given, and there is no clue by which to trace 
them farther. 

H. H. W. 



EDWARD and Matthew Griswold were b. at Kenil- 
worth, in Warwickshire, England. Accord- 
ing to a deposition in the State records of 
Hartford, Edward was b. in 1607. They emi- 
grated to this country about 1640. 

Edward brought with him a wife, Margaret, 
and four children. He settled at Windsor 
and was Representative from that place 1658- 
61. In 1664 he removed to Killingsworth 
as one of the leaders in the settlement of that 
place and was its first Representative, and, 
no doubt, gave name to the place, Killings- 
worth, answering to the popular pronuncia- 
tion of his native place in England. 

In 1678, when the County Court took the 
conditions of the schools into consideration, 
he represented Killingsworth in a committee 
of six " to see what could be done towards 
establishing a Latin school at New Haven." 

His son, Francis, brother, Matthew, and 
himself were Representatives in one court. 
He d. in 1691. Nothing can be learned of his 
wife, except that her name was Margaret. 

(1) Edward. 

FRANCIS, b. in England, 1632. It does not appear 
who he married. Not even the Christian 
name of his wife is mentioned, but she had 
four children b. at Saybrook. 

In 1660 he removed to Norwich and thei 
were b. five other children. 

Francis' home lot consisted of seven acre 
and extended from the street to the river. 

There was but little fluctuation in tl 
higher public offices of that period. A cand 
date once chosen and found to be competei 
and faithful, was generally continued in offic 
The election of deputies was semi-annual, bi 
for the first eleven years the choice, with on! 
two exceptions, was restricted to four pe 
sons, Francis Griswold, Thomas Lefrmgwel 
Thomas Tracy and Hugh Calkins. 

In 1662 Thomas Tracy, Thomas Adgal 
and Francis Griswold were chosen, with tl 
" Townsman," to try all cases to the vah 
of 40s. These formed a " Court of Commi 
sion." Francis Griswold must also have bee 
active in military affairs, for he was style 
" Lieut." He d. Oct., 1671, from an acul 
disease, leaving seven children, between tfc 
ages of a few days and eighteen years. 

Thomas Adgate and John Post acted ; 
guardians of the minor children. 

3 John, b. 1634, d. 1642. 

4 Sarah, b. 1636, m. Samuel Phelps. 

5 George, b. 1638. (These four in England.) 

6 Anne, b. at Windsor, 1642. 

7 Mart/, bap. Oct., 1644, m. Timothy Phelps. 

8 Deborah, b. June 28, 1646, m. Samuel Puell. 

9 Joseph, 1). March 12, 1648. 

10 Samuel, bap. Nov. 18, 1649, d. 1673. 

1 1 John, b. Aug., 1652. 

These children were the progenitors ( 
many distinguished people, who are to b 
found in all parts of the United States. 


(2) Francis. 

12 Sarah, b. March 28, 1653, m. Robert Chapman, of 

Saybrook, June 27, 1671. 

13 Joseph, b. June 4, 1655, d. in infancy. 

14 Mary, b. Aug. 26, 1656, m. (1) Jonathan Tracy, 

(2) Eleazer Jezvett. 

15 Hannah, b. Dec. n, 1658, m. William Clark. 

16 Deborah, b. iMay, 1661, m. Jonathan Crane, of Kill- 

ingsworth, a very wealthy and influential man. 

17 Lydia, b. 1663, d. in infancy. 

18 SAMUEL, b. Sept., 1665, m. Susannah, dau. of the 

first Christopher Huntington, Dec. 10, 1685. 

Miss Calkins says : " Samuel Griswold 
became a married man at the age of twenty, 
following his sisters in the flowing stream of 
youthful connections. Young people in those 
days, scarcely waiting to reach maturity, chose 
their partners and marched on with rapid and 
joyous steps to the temple of Hymen." The 
wedding of Samuel and Susannah took place 
on her 17th birthday. He d. Dec. 9, 1740. 

His gravestone bears the following epitaph : 
" Here lies interred ye 
Remains of Capt Sam- 
uel Griswold the first 
Captain of the 2nd 
Company of train bands 
in Norwich. He was 

born in Norwich 

Septr 1665 and died 

on ye 9th day of 

Decembr 1740 in 

the 76th year 

of his age." 


19 Margaret, b. Oct., 1668, m. Thomas Buckingham 

Dec. 16, 1691. 

20 Lydia, b. Oct., 1671. 

" Twenty-three Griswolds had, in 1834, been 
graduated at Yale, and seven at other New 
England Colleges." 

(18) Samuel. 

21 Francis, b. Sept. 9, 1691. 

22 Samuel, b. Feb. 8, 1693. 

23 LYDIA, b. May 28, 1696, m. Caleb Huntington, her 

second cousin, a grandson of Simon, the 
Deacon, Jan. 28, 1720. 

24 Hannah, b. April 13, 1699. 

25 Sarah, b. Jan. 19, 1701. 

26 /o/m, b. Dec. 16, 1703. 

27 Joseph, b. Oct. 17, 1706. 

28 Daniel, b. April 25, 1709, d. 1724. 



29 Simon Huntington was b. in Norwich, England, and 
m. there Margaret Baret, dau. of Christopher 
Baret, Mayor of Norwich 1634 and 1648. He 
d. while on the voyage to this country in 
1633 of smallpox and was buried at sea. 

His removal to this country is ascribed to 
the persecutions which Non-conformists were 
subjected to during the high-handed adminis- 
tration of Laud and the 1st Charles. (All of 
our Ancestors came over during that period.) 

The family of Simon consisted of his wife, 
four sons and one daughter, William, Thomas, 
Christopher, Simon and Ann. 

The first record of this family is found in 
the church records of Roxbury, Mass., and in 
the handwriting of John Eliot himself, the 
pastor of that ancient church. It is a " Record 
of such as adjoined themselves unto the fel- 
lowship of the church of Christ at Roxbury, 
as also such children as were born to them 
under the covenant of this church who are 
most properly the seed of the church." 

Of Margaret Baret, it is recorded : " Mar- 
garet Huntington, widow, came in 1633. 
Her husband died of smallpox by the way. 
She brought children with her." 

It is a pity the number is not given, but 
subsequent events establish them beyond dis- 


. pute as above. She subsequently married 
Thomas Stoughton, of Dorchester, Mass., 
and moved to Windsor. 

(29) Simon. 

30 William appears in Salisbury, Mass., as early as 

1640. He m. Joanna, dau. of John Bay ley. He 
was a religious man and a man of enterprise. 
He is recorded as drawing lands " by lot " 
and he received several grants of land. He d. 
about 1 681. 

31 Thomas resided at Windsor, Conn., where he pur- 

chased land in 1656. He m. first a dau. of 
William Swain, of Wethersfield, and second, 
Hannah, dau. of Jasper Crane. The fathers of 
both of these wives were leading men, both 
in civil and religious affairs. 

On account of dissensions with regard to 
the union of the New Haven and Connecticut 
Colonies, he, with a number of others, 
removed to the banks of the Passaic and there 
laid the foundation of the city of New- 
ark, N. J., where Thomas became a prominent 
man, filling several offices of trust faithfully 
and successfully. 

32 CHRISTOPHER accompanied his mother to Wind- 

sor. Conn., where he must have passed his 
youth. He m. Oct. 7, 1652, Ruth, dau. of 
William Rockwell, "a prominent and highly- 
respected member of the community.' , 

He removed in the spring of 1654 to Say- 
brook. In the spring of \()Go he joined the 
colony who had organized themselves into a 
church, under the Rev. James Fitch, and 


removed to the valley of the Yantic, and, with 
his brother, Simon, aided in laying the 
foundation of the new town of Norwich. 

" He had now reached the prime of his 
manhood and proved himself one of the most 
efficient and useful of those hardy pioneers. 
His name occurs often in the earlier records of 
this enterprising town and always in honor- 
able relations." 

His home lot was one of the prominent 
localities in the settlement. 

In 1668 the " General Court " granted 
him " 100 acres of land, not more than 20 
acres of it to be meadows." In 1678 he was 
appointed town clerk. In 1685 he was one of 
the twelve patentees of the new town of Nor- 
wich. In 1686 his name appears as one of the 
committee " to make provision for maintain- 
ing the Rev. Minister." He d. in 1691, as 
appears from the probate of his will. 

" He sleeps, doubtless, not far from the 
banks of the pleasant Yantic, in the meadow, 
where rest, unmarked, the mortal remains of 
so many of the pioneers and early settlers of 
33 Simon, " the Deacon," like his brother, Christopher, 
spent his youth with his mother in Windsor. 
He was b. at Norwich, England, and was, 
therefore, about four years old when the 
family came to this country. 

He seems to have possessed the spirit and 
shared the fortunes of his brother, Christo- 
pher. They appear together in Saybrook, 
where, in Oct., 1653, he m. Sarah, dau. of 
Joseph Clark, of Windsor, and later of 


In 1660 he joined the colonists who settled 
Norwich and " thenceforward stands among 
the first of that important settlement, both in 
church and State." He was the first deacon 
chosen in Norwich. 

His home lot occupied a prominent posi- 
tion on the public square a short distance from 
his brother, Christopher's, and a portion of it 
was, in 1863, still in the possession of his 
descendants of the same name. 

The records show him to have been a large 
landholder, and in worldly matters an enter- 
prising and successful man. 

He was first " Townsman," then the high- 
est mayoralty known, and in 1674, with 
Thomas Leffingwell, represented Norwich in 
the General Court. He was again a member 
in 1685. In 1686 the town granted him and 
his sons thirty acres of pasture " westward of 
goodman Sherman." 

Again, in 1690 and 1696, he was the 
Townsman. In 1694 he was appointed a com- 
mittee to treat with Jabez Fitch, with respect 
to his helping and succeeding his father in 
the work of the ministry. In the same year 
he was also appointed to search out and 
report on the deficiencies of the records. 

In 1696 he was one of a committee " to 
seat the meeting-house." (People were 
" seated " according to their rank and posi- 
tion, the highest and most important nearest 
the minister and in the square pews.) 

In 1700 he was appointed on a commission 
to deed anew lands upon whose titles disputes 
had arisen or were likely to arise. 


On Jan. 4, 1692, he deeded to his son, 
Joseph, " My whole right, title and interest 
in and unto one thousand acre interest; on 
one allotment in the new plantation above 
Norwich, that was willed by Joshua, son of 
Uncas, being in the South West quarter of 
said plantation." Other deeds are recorded, 
proving him to have been a large landholder. 
Deacon Huntington d. at Norwich June 28, 
1706. His wife d. 1721, aged 88 years. 

There seems to have been no public bury- 
ing ground in Norwich until 171 5. People 
buried their dead on their own private 
grounds. But at last the town secured an 
acre and a half from Samuel Huntington for 
" a common burial place." The first persons 
known to have been interred here were 
Deacon Simon Huntington and his grandson, 
of the same name, who was killed by the bite 
of a rattlesnake. Headstones of rough granite 
have their inscriptions still legible (1863), and, 
with one other, are the oldest gravestones in 
the town. Deacon Simon's is as follows : 




ED JY3NE ye 

28, 1706 

M 77. 


Deacon Simon left an estate appraised at 
£275. The inventory of his books may be 
worth quoting as a specimen of what was 
doubtless a fair library for a layman in 1706: 
" A great Bible, 10s. Another great bible, 
8s. Rogers his seven treatises, 5s. A practi- 
cal Catecise, is. 6d. William Dyer, is. 
Mr. Moody's Book, 8d. Thomas Hooker's 
Doubting Christian, o,d. New England 
Psalm Book, is. Mr. Adams' Sarmon. The 
bound book of Mr. Fitch and John Rogers, 2S. 
The same unbound, 8d. The Day of 
Doom, iod." 

34 Ann. Of this only daughter of Simon and Mar- 

garet Huntington no further record has been 
found. She probably died young. 

(32) Christopher. 

35 Christopher, b. 1656, d. in infancy. 

36 Ruth, b. 1656, d. in infancy. 

37 Ruth, b. April, 1658, m. Samuell Pratt, of Norwich, 


38 Christopher, b. at Norwich, 1660, being " the first 

born of males in the town." He became a 
man of note. 

39 Thomas, b. March 18. 1664, m. Elizabeth Backus. 

40 John. 1). March 15, 1666, m. Abigail Lathrop. 

41 SUSANNAH, b. at Norwich, Dec, 1668, m. Dec. 

10, 1685, Capt. Samuel Griswold, son of Lieut. 
Francis Griswold. She d. at Norwich, March 
6, 1727. 

42 Lydia, b. Aug.. 1672. 

43 Ann, b. Oct., 1<>J^. m. ( >Ct., [689, Jonathan Bingham. 

(33) Simon the Deacon. 

44 Sarah, b. at Saybrook, Aug., 1654, m. Dr. Solomon 

Tracy, son of Lieut. Thomas Tracy. 

45 Mary, b. at Saybrook, Aug., 1657, m. Mr. Forbes. 

46 Simon, b. at Saybrook, Feb., 1659, m. Lydia Gagcr 

Oct. 8, 1683. Simon inherited his father's 
piety and gifts and succeeded him in the dea- 
conship, and was also much engaged in the 
civil affairs of the town with marked ability. 

47 Joseph, b. at Norwich, Sept., 1661, m. Rebecca, dau. 

of Deacon Thomas Adgate, and went the same 
year with its founders to Windham, where he 
became prominent in religious and secular 
affairs. He d. there in 1749. 

48 Elisabeth, b. 1664, d. in infancy. 

49 SAMUEL, b. at Norwich, March 1, 1665, m. Oct. 29, 

1686, Mary Clark, of Wethersfield. In 1700 
he sold his home lot and moved to Lebanon. 

He was a large landholder, both in Norwich 
and Lebanon, and was active in all public 
affairs, and for his services as military man- 
ager he was entered on the records as " Lieu- 
tenant," " a title in those days won only by a 
true martial bearing, and intended as a most 
honorable distinction." 

In 1687, Feb. 13, the town of Norwich 
granted him a parcel of land at Trading Cove 
Brook, by his father's, " to be laid out by 
measure 30 or 40 rods wide, the length of his 
father's land." 

He d. at Lebanon, May 10, 171 7. 

50 Elisabeth, b. Oct. 6, 1669, in. April 9, 1690, Joseph 


51 Nathaniel, b. 1672, d. young. 


52 Daniel, b. March 13, 1675, m. (1) Abigail Bingham, 

(2) Rachel Wolcott, d. Sept. 13, 1741. 

53 J aiiics, b. May 18, 1680, m. Priscilla Miller. 

He was one of that trio of Huntingtons of 
whom Miss Calkins says: "In the early part 
of the 1 8th century there were perhaps no 
more distinguished men in the town." 

(49) Samuel. 

54 Elisabeth, b. at Norwich, April 24, 1688, m. Moses 

Clark, of Lebanon. Their son, James Clark, 
was a captain in the Revolution and fought 
at Bunker Hill. 

55 Samuel, b. Aug. 28, 1691, m. Hannah Mctcalf, 

d. 1787, aged 96. 

56 CALEB, b. at Norwich, Feb., 1693, m. Jan. 28, 1720, 

Lydia Griswold, his second cousin, granddau. 
Christopher Huntington 1st. 

57 Mary, b. Oct. 1, 1696, d. 17 12. 

58 Rebecca, b. 1698, m. Joseph Clark. 

59 Sarah, b. Oct. 22, 1701. 

60 John, b. at Lebanon, May 17, 1706, m. Mehitable 


61 Simon, b. Aug. 15, 1708, m. Sarah Huntington, 1735, 

d. Aug. 22, 1753. 

(56) Caleb 

62 Caleb. 1). June 9, 1721, m. Feb. 6, 1747, Zerviah Case. 

63 Lydia, b. Dec. 3, 1722. 

64 Elisha, b. April 25, 1724. 

65 Elijah. 1). April 25, 1724. 

Elisha. m. Elizabeth Denison, 1749. 
Elijah, m. Abigail Dana, d. 1816. 


66 Abner, b. March 6, 1726, m. Mary Whitman, of Nor- 

wich, d. at New Haven, 181 6. 

67 James, b. April 25, 1728, m. Hannah Marsh. 

" He was several summers the ' town shep- 
herd,' and was so consciencious that he refused 
to take care of the sheep on Sunday, and a 
boy was employed by the town to attend to 
that duty." He d. at Orange, Vt. 

68 SUSANNAH, b. June 23, 1730, m. Anderson Dana, 

June 5, 1757. Although this woman rendered 
such heroic service at the massacre of Wyom- 
ing as to cause her name to appear in the front 
rank of the brave women of that period, no 
record can be found of when or where she died. 

69 Ezckiel, b. Aug. 2, 1732. 

70 Daniel, b. Feb. 3, 1737. 

These children were second cousins to 
Samuel Huntington, signer of " The Declara- 
tion of Independence." Very many other 
distinguished men have descended from 
Christopher and Simon Huntington. 


The Danas are supposed to be of Italian 
origin. They are traced from Italy to France, 
among the Huguenots with whose religious 
views they were in sympathy. 

They did not remain long in France, but 
pushed on to England, from whence one 
Richard soon came to America. We learn of 
only one besides Richard in England. Wil- 
liam, who seems without doubt to have been 
Richard's father, and that Richard was his only 

Rufus W. Griswold says, in his " Poets and 
Poetry of America," that " William Dana, 
Esquire, was sheriff of Middlesex during the 
reign of Queen Elizabeth. Their only 
descendant at that time living, Richard Dana, 
came to America about the middle of the 
seventeenth century, and settled at Cambridge, 
then called Newtown, near Boston." Another 
authority says he settled at what is now the 
town of Brighton, Mass., in 1640. 

The only Danas in England now are the few 
descendants of Rev. Edmund Dana, who went 
from tins country about the time of the 
Revolution, probably because of his Tory 

There are still Danas in Italy, as ascertained 
by Charles A. Dana, editor New York Sun. 
He says they possess the same characteristics 


of the family in this country, being of a 
literary and scientific turn of mind. One 
whom he met is a professor of some emi- 
nence in one of the Italian colleges. 

71 RICHARD, the progenitor of the many celebrated 

men of that name in America, came, probably, 
in 1640, to Massachusetts. He m. Ann Bill- 
iard, of whose history nothing further can be 
ascertained. They had twelve children. He 
d. from a fall in his barn, April 2, 1690. 

Thirteen of his descendants had been gradu- 
ated at Harvard, and thirteen at other New 
England colleges in 1839. 

(71) Richard. 

72 John, b. Dec. 15, 1649, d. m infancy. 

73 Hannah, b. March 8, 165 1, m. Samuel Oldham. 

74 Samuel, b. Aug. 13, 1653, d. next month. 

75 JACOB, b. Dec. 2, 1654, at Cambridge, m. Patience 

, d. 1699. No date of marriage or 

full name of wife can be found. 

76 Joseph, b. March 21, 1656, m. Mary Gobell. 
yy Abiah, b. March 21, d. young. 

78 Benjamin, b. Feb. 20, 1660, m. Mary Bitckmaster, 
May 24, 1688. 

Among the descendants of Benjamin were 
Rev. Joseph Dana, minister of Ipswitch for 
sixty years, and who followed nine hundred of 
his parishioners to their graves. Judge Judah 
Dana, U. S. Senator from Maine, and his son, 
John Winchester Dana, Gov. of Maine, 
1847-50. Capt. James Dana, who was 
wounded at Bunker Hill, and others active 
in the Revolution. 


79 Elizabeth, b. Feb. 20, 1662, m. Daniel Woodward. 

80 Daniel, b. March 20, 1663, at Cambridge, m. Naomi 


In the line of Daniel we find one Richard, 
who was one of the " Sons of Liberty." He 
was an eminent jurist, and it was before him 
that Andrew Oliver made oath that he would 
take no measures to enforce the Stamp Act, 
and by affixing his name to the oath Richard 
rendered himself liable to the penalty of 

Richard's son, Francis Dana, was our first 
minister to Russia, and he rendered many 
other valuable services to his country. He m. 
Elizabeth, dau. of William Ellery, signer of the 
Declaration of Independence. One of their 
daughters m. the celebrated painter, Wash- 
ington Allston. 

Their son, Richard Henry Dana, was the 
founder of the North American Review, and 
a writer of note. His son, Richard H. Dana, 
Jr., was the author of " Two Years before the 
Mast." His son, the third Richard H., a 
well known Boston lawyer, m. a dau. of 
1 .< ►ngfellow. 

81 Deliverance, b. May 8, 1667. 

82 Sarah, b. Jan. 1, 1669, d. Jan. II, 1670. 

83 Sarah, 2d, b. Jan. 1, 1671, m. Samuel Hyde. 

(75) Jacob. 

84 Jacob, b. Oct. 12, 1679, d. young. 

85 Elizabeth, b. 1682, m. John Reed. 

86 Hannah, b. Oct. 25, 1685, m. Jonathan Hyde. 
Rj Experience, b. Nov. 1, 1687. 


88 Samuel, b. Sept. 7, 1694, m. (1) Abigail Gay, (2) 

Susannah Starr, (3) Mary Summer. 

89 Abigail, no dates found. 

90 JACOB, b. 1698, m. Abigail , about 1722. 

Like his father name of wife not known. 
They lived at Pomfret, Conn. They after- 
wards moved to Ashford, Conn., where he d. 
This Jacob Dana was one of a committee 
to propound to a clergyman, suspected of 
heresy, the tremendous question, " Sir, don't 
you think a child brings sin enough into the 
world to condemn it forever?" To which 
the suspected clergyman replied frankly, " I 
do not," whence followed his immediate 

(90) Jacob. 

91 Experience, b. April 20, 1723, d. Nov. 30, 1781. 

92 Mary, b. May 29, 1725. 

93 Abigail, b. April 16, 1727. 

94 Jacob, b. 1729. 

95 Zervidh, b. 1731, d. same year. 

96 Zerviah, 2d, b. March 19, 1733, m. Samuel Green. 

97 ANDERSON, b. Oct. 26, 1735, m. Susannah Hunt- 

ington, June 5, 1757, was killed at the battle of 
Wyoming, July 3, 1778. 

98 Experience, b. Oct. 6, 1737, m. Jonathan Hyde. 

99 Rebecca, b. 1739. 

100 Sarah, b. 1741, m. Samuel Hyde. 

1 01 Priscilla, b. 1743. 

102 Eleanor, b. 1745. 

The following thrilling story of Anderson 
Dana and his family is taken from Charles 
Miner's " History of Wyoming," published in 


1 845. He spent several years collecting 
material, and much of his information was 
obtained from those who participated in or 
witnessed the events he recorded. 

The story of this Dana family was told him 
by Anderson Dana, Jr., who was thirteen at 
the time these events occurred, and in his 
seventies when he related them to Mr. Miner. 
There can be no doubt that this is the correct 

Grandchildren of Sarah are still living 
(1904), who will remember her telling the 
same story. 

"Anderson Dana was a lawyer of handsome 
attainments." He had a pleasant home and 
fine prospects in Ashford, Conn. But in 1772, 
he determined to join the colony that had 
formed a settlement at Wilkesbarre, West- 
moreland town (now in Penn., but then it be- 
longed to Conn, tho' so far away). This 
Wvoming Valley stretched along the banks 
of the beautiful Susquehannah. 

"With her eighth child in her arms, not 
yet two months old, and a little boy of only 
three summers holding on, as they journeyed 
on horseback, the mother rode the whole dis- 
tance, some three hundred miles into the 
wilderness, the last fifty miles having only 
marked trees for a guide." 

[immediately on his arrival at Wilkesbarre, 
Mr. Dana took a prominent lead in matters 
of education and religion. "It is a pleasure 
to trace in the old records, the noble impress 
of his Puritan zeal on both subjects." 

His oldest son Daniel was soon returned to 
Connecticut to prepare for Yale. 


There for six years the Dana family pros- 
pered. The young schoolmaster, Stephen 
Whiton, became a favorite visitor in the home, 
" because to a fine person he united pleasing 
manners, pure morals, and he was a scholar." 
He wooed and won the oldest daughter, 

Mr. Dana was much engaged in public 
affairs, and was elected to represent West- 
moreland in the Connecticut Assembly at the 
trying period of the Revolution. 

Returning from Hartford near the end of 
June, 1778, and realizing the danger that was 
threatening the valley, although exempt from 
military duty, he mounted his horse and rode 
from place to place warning and arousing the 
men to come to the rescue. Troops that had 
been called for and started to aid the small 
force already there under Zebulon Butler, did 
not reach the valley in time, and on that fatal 
day, July 3, 1778, Anderson Dana went onto 
the field, fought valiantly, but fell, together 
with his young son-in-law, Stephen Whiton, 
whose marriage had occurred a few short 
months before. 

"A band of British troops and tories, led by 
Col. John Butler, cousin of Zebulon, with 
seven hundred savage auxiliaries, attacked and 
uutterly destroyed the settlement. Most of 
the men were slain, their houses burned and 
their property destroyed or carried away, and 
fortunate were the women and children who 
escaped to the wilderness and succeeded in 
eluding the vile grasp of the savages." 

Among these were Susannah Dana and her 

2 7 

children. They went first to old " Forty 
Fort," where many others gathered, but finally 

decided to seek greater safety in the forest, 
as there was no force to protect them if the 
fort were attacked. Mrs. Dana started her 
children on with other fugitives, then returned 
to her house, and " with wonderful fore- 
thought, knowing that her husband had in 
his possession valuable papers of others, as 
well as his own, gathered those papers into 
a pillow case, and with such provisions and 
clothing as she could take, with the aid of an 
old family horse, she made her way as fast as 
possible, and soon overtook her children. 
But not until they had reached Bullock's, on 
the mountain, ten miles away, did they learn 
the fate that had befallen the two husbands. 
There other flying fugitives brought them the 
horrible story, and alone, with unfaltering 
steps they were compelled to continue their 
perilous journey, amid the howling of wolves, 
and suffering almost unbearable discomforts, 
often hungry and without shelter at night, and 
in storms and worst of all the constant dread 
of being overtaken by the Indians." But for 
an occasional little hamlet where they in- 
variably received cheer and comfort, some of 
them must have succumbed to the weariness 
of that long journey. 

But they finally reached their old home in 
Ashford, a tramp of three hundred miles. \\ e 
are not told how long a time it took them. 
The incidents by the way, many of which are 
live traditions in the families of those children, 
would fill a volume and be of thrilling interest. 


" Few incidents in the lives of illustrious 
women exceed this in all the elements of true 

The pillow case of papers proved im- 
mensely helpful in the readjustment of affairs, 
when the settlers ventured to return to their 
devastated fields. 

A few months after their arrival at Ashford, 
Mrs. Whiton gave birth to a daughter, who 
in time m. Capt. Hezekiah Parsons, who was 
for many years " one of the most estimable 
citizens of Wilkesbarre." 

The family, as a whole, never returned to 
Wyoming, and no further record can be ob- 
tained of this most heroic mother. 

(97) Anderson. 

103 Eunice, b. May 10, 1758, m. Stephen Whiton, 1778- 

He was killed at the battle of Wyoming a few 
months later. She m. (2) Josiah Gillctt, and 
had six children. 

104 Daniel, b. Sept. 16, 1760, m. Dolly Kibbe. He com- 

pleted his studies at Yale, as designed by his 
father, graduating in 1782. He was a man of 
learning and fine intelligence, reticent, 
reserved, imparting his fund of knowledge 
only to his most intimate friends. He lived 
many years in Vermont and New York, going 
rather late in life to Ohio, where he died, in 
1841, aged 80, "having lived a life of useful- 
ness and leaving a memory without a stain or 

Charles A. Dana, Assistant Secretary of 
War under Lincoln, but best known as Editor 

2 9 

of the New York Sun, was a grandson of 
Daniel. Another grandson, Junius Dana, and 
family still live at Warren, Ohio, where they 
conduct a fine musical institute. 

105 Susannah, b. Jan. 16, 1762, m. Jabes Fitch, had four 


106 SARAH, b. Sept. 30, 1763, m. Moses Hyde Dec. 6, 

1787, d. at Alexander, N. Y., 1856, aged 93. 
Sarah was given charge of what money they 
had and some specially valuable articles, 
which she carried in a little casket about ten 
inches long, which she never let out of her 
reach all the miles of that long journey, and 
she always kept possession of the casket until 
she visited her children in Mich, in 1836-9. 
when she gave it to her son, Milton, to pass 
it on down. It is now in the possession of 
one of his daughters. 

107 Anderson, b. Aug. 11, 1765, m. Sarah Stevens. 

Anderson took care of himself as best he 
could, improving all of his opportunities for 
education until he was twenty-one, when he 
returned to Wyoming to recover his share of 
his father's estate, eventually buying out his 
younger brothers. Their land was so cen- 
trally located that a canal and a railroad both 
passed through it, and a main avenue ran on 
one side of it, so that much was sold in build- 
ing lots and for manufacturing enterprises, 
bringing wealth and prosperity to the family, 
to which the subsequent development of coal 
added not a little. 

Anderson lived to a ripe old age, and had 
several children, and many of his descendants 
are still residents of that vicinity. He was 


active in causing the erection of a monument 
in memory of those who fell at the Battle of 

1 08 Azael, b. March 17, 1767, m. Rebecca Carey; had 

eight children. The oldest, Amasa, lived at 
Ithaca, N. Y., was a lawyer of prominence 
and member of Congress. 

109 Sylvester, b. July 4, 1767, m. Anne Kimball. 

Imbued with his father's zeal for religion 
and a love of learning, he sold his patrimonial 
right and obtained a liberal education, gradu- 
ating at Yale, in 1797, in the class with 
Lyman Beecher and Horatio Seymour. He 
settled at Concord, N. H., and became a 
noted Presbyterian Divine. He d. in 1848, 
in his 80th year. 

His two sons, Charles H. and Sylvester, 
both graduated at Andover. Charles became 
an Episcopal minister and was rector of the 
church at Alexandria when the Civil War 
broke out. The church was turned into a 
hospital, and Charles ultimately drifted to the 
South, married and died there. Sylvester was 
a lawyer and judge, was living at Concord, 
N. H., in 1900. One dau. m. Rev. Dr. Bar- 
rows, the other d. unmarried. 
no Eleazer, b. Aug. 12, 1772, m. Polly Stevens, had 
eight children. 

Probably no other name in the United 
States is attached to so many celebrated men 
as that of Dana. They are to be found con- 
spicuous for activity and ability in every 
department of State, church, literature, sci- 
ence, art, law, and in every generation since 
the first Richard. They get to the front in 



everything they undertake, and there seems 
to be no great undertaking in which they do 
not appear. 

There are also many descendants of Rich- 
ard, men and women, of other names who 
have greatly distinguished themselves. 

As travelers, the Danas have for many 
years held a prominent place. " They have 
gone out into all the world intelligently and 
brought much of valuable information home 
to the people. What intelligent traveler has 
not met a Dana somewhere in his travels 
away from home and native land? " 



in Richard Bushncll m. Mary Marvin, dau. of Matthew 
Marvin, at Hartford, Oct. II, 1648. This is 
the first record we find of him. His name 
also appears in 1656 among the owners of 
home lots in Norvvalk, but he is not after- 
wards found in the list of early settlers, and 
it is supposed that he became a resident of 
Saybrook, and d. about the year 1658. 

His relict appears, in 1660, at Norwich, as 
the wife of Thomas Adgate. Her Bushnell 
children were brought with her to the new 
settlement, and their births are found regis- 
tered with those of her Adgate children. 

i s* 

(in) Richard. 

112 Joseph, b. May, 1651, m. Mary Lcfdngivcll, Nov. 28, 

1673. They had eleven children. He lived to 
his 96th year and his wife to her 92d. 

113 Richard, b. Sept., 1652, m. Elizabeth Adgate, dau. 

of his stepfather by his first wife. He had 
two sons, Caleb and Benajah, and two daus., 
Anne and Elizabeth, who m. the brothers, 
William and John Hyde, sons of Samuel, the 

Richard Bushnell was one of the most 
active and noted men in Norwich. He per- 
formed successively, if not contempora- 


neously, the duties of townsman, constable, 
schoolmaster, poet, deacon, sergeant, lieuten- 
ant and captain, town agent, town deputy, 
court clerk and justice of the peace. He saw 
actual service in scouting against the Indians 
and was useful in exercising the train bands. 
As a clerk Mr. Bushnell exhibited an 
improvement upon the old forms of writing 
and spelling, and as a justice he decided 
numerous cases of debt and trespass, both 
for Norwich and the neighboring towns. He 
left quite an estate. He bequeaths to one 
son certain heirlooms, viz., his " double- 
barreled gun, silver-hilted sword and belts, 
ivory-headed cane and silver whistle.'' 

His epitaph is unique, and closes as follows: 
" As you are, 

So was we. 

But as we are 

You shall be." 
1 14 Mary, b. Jan.. 1654, m. Thomas LeMngwell, Jr., Sept., 
1672, brother to her brother Joseph's wife. 
She lived to be over 90. 


115 Thomas LefUngwell was a native of Croxhall, Eng- 
land. The exact date of his immigration has 
not been ascertained. In his testimony before 
the Court of Commissioners at Stonington, 
in 1705, he says he was acquainted with Uncas 
in the year 1637, and was knowing to the 
assistance rendered by the sachem to the Eng- 
lish then and ever after during his life. 

Thomas Leffingwell relieved the sachem of 
the Mohegans with provisions when he was 
besieged by the Narragansetts in his fort on 
Shattuck Point, and which probably led to the 
subsequent grant by Uncas and his associates 
of nine miles square, in 1659, for the original 
township of Norwich. 

According to his age, as given in deposi- 
tions, he must have been born about 1622; 
therefore, at the time of the Pequot War was 
not more than fifteen or sixteen years of age. 
It appears that he came from Yorkshire at 
fourteen and returned to England at twenty- 
one, and m. there Mary White. When he 
returned to America he brought a younger 
brother, Stephen, aged fifteen, leaving several 
other brothers in the old country. 

The earliest notice of his name connects 
him with Saybrook. From the Colonial Rec- 
ords we learn that in March, 1650, a petition 


was presented " from the inhabitants of Say- 
brook by Matthew Griswold and Thomas 

The births of his children are recorded at 

Following Mr. Leffingwell to his new home 
in Norwich, 1660, we find him active and 
influential in the new town. He was one of 
the first two deputies of the town to the Gen- 
eral Court, in Oct., 1662, an officer of the 
first train band, and during Philip's War he 
was lieutenant under Captain Denison in his 
" famous band of marauders that swept so 
many time through Narragansett and scoured 
the country to the sources of the Quinne- 

He lived to old age, but the record of his 
death does not give his years, and no memorial 
stone marks his grave. He d. about 17 10. 
His wife, Mary, d. Feb. 6, 171 1. 

(115) Thomas. 1.1801 10 

116 Rachel, b. March 17, 1648. 

117 THOMAS, b. Aug. 27, 1649, m. Mary Bushnell, 

Sept., 1672, d. March 5, 1723. 

Thomas seems to have been a man of good 
ability and successful in business. The inven- 
tory of his estate, in 1724, shows that he was 
richly furnished with the household comforts 
and conveniences of that period, also with 
articles of luxury and elegance. 

" He had furniture and linen in abundance, 
wooden ware and utensils of iron, tin, pewter 
and silver." " Wearing apparel valued at £27, 


wig 20s., walking staff with silver head 20s., 
rapier with silver hilt and belt, £6, French 
gun £3, silver watch £5, 3 tankards, 2 dram 
cups, one with two handles, copper pennies 
and surabians (a small gold coin), £6, 18s. 76." 
"Total valuation of estate, £9793 9s. ud." 
" It is doubtful whether at that time any other 
estate in the town equaled this in value." 

Thomas and Mary lived together fifty-one 
years. They had three sons and five daugh- 
ters, the latter all married to Bushnells and 

Mrs. Mary Leffingwell survived her hus- 
band, as the following epitaph shows: 
of an aged nursing 
Mother of GOD'S New- 
english Israel, viz. Mrs. 
Mary Leffingwell, wife 
to Ensign Thomas Lef- 
fingwell, Gent n who died 
Sept. ye 2d A. D. 
1745. Aged 91 years. 

118 Jonathan, b. Dec. 6, 1650. 

119 Joseph, b. Dec. 24, 1652. 

120 Mary, b. Dec. 16, 1654, m. Joseph Bushnell. 

121 Nathaniel, b. Dec. 11, 1656. 

122 Samuel, b. 1658, m. Anna Dickinson. 

(117) Thomas. 

123 Thomas, b. 1674, m. Lydia, dau. of Solomon Tracy. 

124 John, known as " Capt. John," m. (1) Sarah Abell, 


(2) Mary Hart. The first wife is commemo- 
rated in the following most curious epitaph 
Here lyes ye body of 
that Worthy, Virtuous 
and most injeneous and 
jenteel Woman, Mrs. 
Sara Leffingwell, 
who Dyed May ye 
9th, 1730, aged 
39 years. 

125 Bcnajah, m. Joanna Christopher. 

126 ELIZABETH, m. John Tracy, and had several chil- 



127 Thomas Tracy came from Tewksbury, in Gloucester- 
shire, England, to America in April, 1636. 
His name was enrolled at Salem, Feb. 3, 
1637, " Thomas Tracy, ship carpenter, 
received an inhabitant upon certificate of 
divers Watermen, and is to have five acres 
of land." 

He left the Bay for the new colony of 
Connecticut about 1640, and settled at 
Wethersfield, where he m. the widow of 
Edward Mann, 1641. A few years later he 
removed to Saybrook, from whence to Nor- 
wich, with six sons and one daughter, 1660. 

Mr. Tracy was evidently a man of ability 
and activity, skilful in the management of 
various kinds of business, upright and dis- 
creet. The confidence placed in him by his 
associates is manifested in the great number 
of appointments he received. His name is 
on the roll of the Legislature, from Norwich, 
at twenty-seven sessions. The elections were 

In Oct., 1666, he was chosen ensign of the 
first train band organized in Norwich, and 
in Aug., 1673, lieutenant of the New London 
County Dragoons, enlisted to fight the Dutch 
and Indians. In 1678 he was appointed jus- 
tice of the peace. 


No record is found of the death of his wife, 
but he m. twice afterwards, Martha, widow of 
John Bradford, in 1676, and Mary, dau. of 
Nathaniel Foote, also a widow. Lieut. Thomas 
Tracy d. Nov. 7, 1685. His estate was 
appraised at £560. He had about 5,000 acres 
of land. 

Late researches into the history of the 
Tracy family furnish evidence that Thomas 
Tracy was of honorable descent, and that his 
immediate ancestors for three generations 
had been distinguished for fidelity to the 
Reformed religion. The line running back 
from Thomas gives Nathaniel, of Tewksbury ; 
Richard, of Stanway, and Sir William the 
Ninth, of Toddington. 

(127) Thomas. 

128 JOHN, b. not earlier than 1642, nor later than 1644, 
m. Mary Winslow, June 10, 1670, dau. of 
Josiah Winslow, who was brother to Gov. 
Edward Winslow, of Plymouth. 

John Tracy so soon took his place among 
the inhabitants at Norwich that he acquired 
the rank, influence and all the privileges of a 
first proprietor. 

He d. Aug. 16, 1702, Mary, his wife, d. July 
30, 1721. His inventory specifies the home- 
stead valued at £130, and seventeen other 
parcels of land, comprising between 3,000 and 
4,000 acres. 

" He had land at Yantic, Bradford's Brook, 
Beaver Brook, Lebanon, Little Lebanon, 
Wawecas Hill, Potapaug, Wamengatuck, 


Tadmuck Hill and Mashamagwatuck, in the 
Nipmuck Country." The land at Wameng- 
watuck was part of a large tract purchased of 
Owaneco, Sachem of Mohegans. 

129 Thomas, b. 1646, not known who he married. 

130 Jonathan, b. 1648, m. Mary, dau. of Francis Griswold. 

These two brothers settled upon wild land, 
unclaimed, on the east side of the Shetucket, 
then belonging to Norwich. Both had large 

131 Miriam, b. 1650, m. Thomas Waterman, Nov., 1668. 

132 Solomon, b. 1651, m. (1) Sarah, dau. of Deacon 

Simon Huntington, Nov. 23, 1676, (2) Sarah, 
dau. of Thomas Bliss and widow of Thomas 
Shuman. He was a physician, the second in 

133 Daniel, b. 1652, m. (1) Abigail Adgate, (2) Hannah, 

widow of Thomas Bingham. He inhabited the 
paternal homestead in the town plot. He was 
killed by a fall from the frame work of a 
bridge over the Shetucket, 1728. 

134 Samuel, b. Jan. 11, 1653, unm. 

(128) John. 

135 Josiah, b. 1671, d. in infancy. 

136 JOHN, b. 1673, m. Elizabeth LeMngwell (126). 

137 Winslow, m. and had a family. 

138 Elizabeth, m. Nathaniel Backus. 

There were six John Tracys in the line of 
primogeniture, and all natives of Norwich, 
except the first. Their wives in regular suc- 
cession were Mary Winslow, Elizabeth Lef- 
fingwell, Margaret Hyde, Margaret Hunting- 
ton, Esther Pride and Susannah Hyde. The 


sixth John Tracy was for six years Lieutenant- 
Governor of New York. He d. in 1864, leav- 
ing no son to continue the line. 

Many distinguished men have descended 
from the three sons of the first John Tracy — 
United States Senators, Members of Con- 
gress, eminent physicians, lawyers, divines. 
Uriah Tracy was United States Senator from 
Litchfield, Conn., from 1796 until his death. 
I Lc was the first person interred in the Con- 
gressional Cemetery. 

(136) John. 

139 RUTH, b. at Norwich, Sept. 13, 171 1, m. Elijah 
Hyde, Nov. 13, 1730. There were also seeral 
other children. 


140 Hugh Calkins was one of a body of emigrants called 
" The Welsh Company," that came to New 
England in 1640 from Cheapside, in Mon- 
mouthshire, on the border of Wales, with 
their minister, the Rev. Mr. Blinman. 

The larger portion of this company settled 
first at Marshfield, Mass., but some removed 
to Gloucester, upon the rough promontory 
of Cape Ann. From there, after eight years 
of experiment, most of them removed to New 
London, no doubt hoping to find more arable 
and productive land, and also allured by 
affectionate attachment to Mr. Blinman, 
whom Mr. Winthrop had invited to his 

Hugh Calkins was, in 1650, deputy from 
Gloucester to the General Court of Massa- 
chusetts and chosen again in 1651, but 
removing early that year to New London, the 
vacancy was filled by another election. 

While living at New London he was chosen 
twelve times deputy to the Connecticut 
Assembly (the election being semi-annual), 
and was one of the " townsmen," or select- 
men, from 1652-60, when he removed to Nor- 
wich, one of the " original proprietors." 

From Norwich he was deputy to ten ses- 
sions of the Legislature, between March, 1663, 
and Oct., 1671, and was one of the first 


deacons of the Norwich church. At each of 
the three towns in which he was an early 
settler and proprietor he was largely engaged 
in public affairs, being usually appointed one 
of committee for consultation, for fortifying, 
for drafting soldiers, settling controversies 
and difficulties and particularly for surveying 
lands and determining boundaries. These 
offices imply a considerable range of informa- 
tion, as well as activity and executive ability. 
yet his early advantages for education had 
been very limited. 

He was b. in 1600. Of his wife it is only 
known that her name was Ann. They had 
six children, four of whom were probably 
b. before they came to America. No record 
of his death was found. 

(140) Hugh. 

141 Sarah, b. in England, m. William Hough, of 

Gloucester, Oct. 28, 1645. 
[42 Mary, m. Hugh Roberts, Nov. 8, 1649. 

143 Rebecca, d. at Gloucester. March 14. 1657. 

144 JOHN, b. about 1634, the fourth and apparently 

youngest child who came with the parents to 
America. He was certainly the oldest son, 
and was old enough to be summoned to work 
with other settlers on a mill clam at New Lon- 
don in 1652. 

He m. at New London Sarah, dan. of 
Robert Royce. He was one of the selectmen at 
Norwich in [671, and on the jury of the 
County Court as late as [691. He d. Jan. 8, 
1702. His widow d. May 1, 171 1, aged 77. 


145 David, who remained at New London. 

146 Deborah, b. at Gloucester, March 18, 1643. She 

m. Jonathan Roycc, one of the first band of 
Norwich proprietors. 

(144) John. 

147 Hugh, b. at New London, June, 1659, m. (1) Sarah, 

dau. of Thomas Shuman and stepdau. of 
Solomon Tracy, (2) Lois, dau. of Josiah Stand- 
ish, of Preston, and granddau. of Miles 

He amassed considerable wealth. " The 
inventory of his estate mentions the articles 
of honey, beeswax, butter, cider and metheg- 
lin, a favorite beverage of the old inhabitants, 
which shows the variety of the produce of 
the day." 

148 John, b. July, 1661, at Norwich, m. Abigail Bur chard, 

1690. He was the first constable of Lebanon, 
where he had removed, 1698, and corporal of 
the first militia. His youngest son, James, is 
on the list of Yale graduates as " Mr. Jacobus 

149 Samuel, settled at Lebanon. 

1 50 Sarah, m. Thomas Baldwin. Their descendants have 

greatly distinguished themselves in many 
walks of life. 

151 Mary, m. Samuel Gifford. 

152 ELIZABETH, m. Samuel Hyde, at Norwich, Dec. 

16, 1690. 


Other Lines in the Second Generation. 


William Rockwell was a " highly respected 
and prominent member of the community " 
at Windsor. His dau., Ruth, m. Christopher 
Huntington (32). 


Joseph Clark was a man of note and ability 
at Windsor and later at Saybrook. His dau., 
Sarah, m. Simon Huntington (33), Simon's 
son, Samuel (49), m. Mary Clark, of Wethers- 
field. The name of Clark is conspicuous in 
several towns and in positions of trust and 
responsibility, but statistics were not clear 
enough to enable me to be positive as to 
which line we belong. The fact that two of 
of them m. into the Huntington family war- 
rants us in the conclusion that they were 
Ancestors of whom we have a right to be 


Matthew Marvin was one of the early set- 
tlers of Hartford, where he is found before 
1648. where his dau., Mary, m. Richard 
Bushnell (in). 


Josiah Winslow was a brother of Governer 
Edward Winslow, of Plymouth, who came in 
the Mayflower. He is found at Plymouth 
at the trying time of King Philip's War, and 
it was under his leadership that that bloody 
war was brought to a close. 

The Indians had strongly entrenched them- 
selves on a rise of ground in the midst of a 
swamp, surrounded it by a palisade, from 
whence they could make raids upon the 
scattered settlements and so kept the whole 
border in constant terror. But finally the 
colonists determined to strike a decisive blow. 
They succeeded in raising a thousand men 
and appointed Josiah Winslow " Commander- 
in-Chief." On the 18th of Dec. the troops 
formed a junction and after a long march and 
a night spent in the woods approached the 
stronghold of the Indians. The battle was 
furious and bloody, but after a fierce struggle 
for two hours the colonists burst into the 
fort. No quarter was given, as they felt that 
the fate of the colonies depended upon the 
annihilation of this band. The fort was fired 
and hundreds of men, women and children 
perished, provisions were consumed, wigwams 
destroyed, but few escaped. " This was the 
most desperate battle recorded in the early 
annals of the country." It was at fearful cost 


to the whites, as well as the Indians, but the 
power of the Indians was broken, and Philip's 
War was ended. Josiah Winslow's dau., 
Mary, m. John Tracy (128). 


We find Robert Royce first at New London, 
where nothing is said of his wife, but he had 
five sons and at least two daus. His oldest 
son, Jonathan, was one of the " original 
proprietors " of Norwich, and m. Deborah, 
dau. of Hugh Calkins, and his dau., Sarah, m. 
Deborah's brother, John Calkins (144). 

We afterwards find Robert Royce at Wall- 
ingford, where he d. 1676, leaving a small 
gratuity to each of the churches of New Lon- 
don, Norwich and Wallingford as a memorial 
of his " great affection and good-will " for 
the ministry and churches with which he and 
his family had been connected. 


Thomas Lee emigrated from England with 
his family, but d. on the passage. His wife, 
whose maiden name was Phoebe Brown, with 
her three children, Thomas, Sarah and Jane, 
completed the voyage and are afterwards 
found at Saybrook, where the widow m. 
Greenfield Larrabee. The youngest dau., 
Jane, m. Samuel Hyde (155). 


First Generation. 

153 William Hyde came to this county from England 
about 1633, with the Rev. Thomas Hooker, 
first minister of Hartford. He first settled at 
Newton, Mass., but soon moved to Hartford, 
where he is found before 1640, a resident and 
proprietor. His name appears on a monu- 
ment lately erected to the " Founders of 

He removed to Saybrook about 1648, and 
finally went to Norwich 1660, where his name 
and that of his son Samuel appear among the 
" 35 original proprietors," and they appear 
together and active in affairs concerning the 
welfare of the town. 

They formed but one family at first, and 
their allotments of land were contiguous. The 
name of his wife does not appear, but he had 
two children. He outlived his son by many 
years, and d. Jan. 6, 1681 or 2. His age is not 
known, but he was styled " Old Goodman 
Hyde," in 1697, a title of affection quite com- 
mon in those days. 

William Hyde was contemporary with, and 
there has always been a live tradition in the 
family that he was nearly allied to, Edward 
Hyde, Earl of Clarendon, whose dau. Anne 
Hyde m. James 2d of England, and became 
the mother of Mary of Orange and Anne of 
Denmark, both queens of England. 


Second Generation. 
(153) William 

154 Hester, b. in England, m. at Saybrook JoJm Post, son 

of Stephen Post, March, 1652. They had two 
sons and seven daus. 

John Post was also one of the " 35 " and 
his home was across the street from his wife's 
father's. He was an active, influential man in 
the town. 

Hester Post, d. Nov. 13, 1703. John Post, 
d. Nov. 27, 1 710, aged 84. Many distin- 
guished people are among their descendants. 

155 SAMUEL, b. 1636, probably at Hartford, m. Jane 

Lee, June, 1659, of Saybrook, 

" In Aug., [660, was b. to Samuel and Jane 
Hyde, a dau. Elizabeth, the first white child b. 
at Norwich." (Christopher Huntington was 
the first male child.) " The home where this 
first child of Norwich opened her eyes to the 
world, stood on a declivity sloping to the town 
street, with higher land in the background, 
bristling with massive rocks and heavily 
shadowed with chestnut and oak." 

This homestead remained in the Hyde 
family for five generations, the last occupant 
of the name being Elisha Hyde, Esq., mayor 
of the city. 

Samuel Hyde, d. in 1677. His widow after- 
ward m. John Burchard. She lived to be 90. 


Third Generation. 
(155) Samuel. 

156 Elisabeth, b. Aug., 1660, m. Richard Lord of 


157 Phoebe, b. June, 1663, m. Matthew Griszvold of Lyme, 

grandson of the first Matthew, brother of 
Edward. The first Gov. Matthew Griswold 
was their grandson. Maj.-Gen. Pope and 
many other distinguished men were among 
their descendants. 

158 SAMUEL, Jr., b. May, i66\ m. Elizabeth Calkins 

(152), Dec. 16, 1690. He lived first at West 
Farms, now Franklin, but removed to Wind- 
ham and afterwards to Lebanon. At the first 
town meeting held at Windham, June 11, 1692, 
Samuel was chosen as one of the town officers. 
He d. Nov. 6, 1742. 

159 John, b. Dec. 1667, m. Experience Abell. They had 

a large family, most of whom lived to be very 
old. President Grover Cleveland is a lineal 
descendant of John Hyde, and also of Hester 
Hyde and John Post. 

160 William, b. Jan., 1670, m. Ann dau. of Richard Bnsh- 

nell. He inherited the homestead of his 
grandfather in the town plot. He lived to 
be nearly 90, and d. Aug. 8, 1759. He had 
ten children, nine of whom left descendants. 
His oldest son, William, was the first Hyde to 
receive a college education. He graduated at 
Yale, 1 72 1. 

161 Sarah, b. Feb., 1675. 

162 Thomas, b. July, 1672. 

163 Jabez, b. May, 1677, the year his father died. 


The five sons of Samuel, Sr., had forty 
children, of whom twenty-five were sons 
and reared families. This accounts for 
the rapidity with which the name spread 
through the county. In 1779, there were 
upwards of twenty families of Hydes, num- 
bering over one hundred and fifty mem- 
bers, in the town plot and western part 
of Norwich, and notwithstanding- the re- 
movals to other parts of the country, the 
census in 1791 records thirteen families of the 
name in Franklin and eight others in Norwich. 

The Hydes have been pioneers in every 
generation. As soon as civilization overtook 
them, some would " move on," until they were 
distributed from Maine to California, and 
from Florida to Puget Sound. No doubt 
some have made their way to Alaska, not that 
they avoid civilization, for wherever they settle 
there is soon seen a church and a school. The 
pioneer spirit is as much an inheritance as a 
love of travel. It is the spirit of progress 
working out in different ways. 


Fourth Generation. 
(158) Samuel, Jr. 

164 Samuel, b. at Windham, Sept. 10, 1691, m. Priscilla 

Bradford, Jan. 14, 1725, great granddaughter 
of Gov. William Bradford, who came in the 
Mayflower. She was also, on her mother's side, 
granddaughter of Maj. John Mason, who 
was a leader of the Pequot war, which gained 
him a high standing among the military com- 
manders of the time. " He became renowned 
as an Indian fighter and stood forth a buckler 
of defense to the exposed colonists, and a 
terror to the wild people of the wilderness." 
They settled at Lebanon, where he d. Feb. 
14, 1776. She d. May 14, 1778. They had 
nine children. 

165 Daniel, b. at Windham, Aug. 16, 1694, m. Abigail 

Wattles, settled at West Farms, where he was 
a distinguished and active member of the 
church and community. He d. Dec. 26, 1770. 
They had eleven children. 

166 Sarah, b. Dec. 20, 1696, m. Ebenczcr Brown, Feb. 

25, 1 714, a grandson of Maj. John Mason. 
She lived to be one hundred years and two 
months old. 

167 Caleb, b. April 19, 1699, m. Mary Blackmail, Sept. 17, 

1724. He d. March, 1765. 

168 Ebenczcr, b. 1701, m. (1) Dorothy Throop, Feb. 25, 

1729, (2) Elizabeth Graves. He d. Aug. 21, 

169 Elizabeth, b. Dec. 12, 1703, m. Jan. 16, 1723, Rev. 

Timothy Collins. He graduated at Yale 1718; 
studied medicine and surgery as well as 
theology. He was ordained as the first min- 


ister of Litchfield, Conn., June 19, 1723, and 
by the terms of the town grant became en- 
titled to a large tract of land which subse- 
quently gave wealth to him and his children. 

Jn 1752, he withdrew from that position, 
and in 1755 he went as surgeon with the 
troops sent to the relief and protection of 
Crown Point. 

He returned to Litchfield and was appointed 
justice of the peace and devoted the rest of 
his life to that office, and to the practice of 

His wife, Elizabeth Hyde, was a woman of 
marked and varied ability. She was quite a 
famous nurse and survived her husband many 
years. The date of her death is not known, 
but she was living in Jan., 1780, the " cold 
winter," when she was sent for and drawn on 
a hand sled four miles to Goshen to attend 
upon a lady who needed her services. 

Timothy and Elizabeth Collins had nine 
children. Two m. Hydes and one a Hun- 
tingdon. One went a missionary among the 
Indians and never returned. Three grand- 
daughters, sisters, Rhoda, Elizabeth and Lois 
Collins, in. three brothers, Evelyn, James and 
Robert Pierrepont, sons of Rev. James Pierre- 
punt. Rev. John Pierrepont, the poet, was a 
son of James and Elizabeth. 

Another grandson, Rev. Ashbel Baldwin, a 
graduate of Vale, then an officer in the Revo- 
lution, and an Episcopal clergyman, was one 
of the first two to be ordained in the Episcopal 
form in the United States. The other was 
Rev. Philo Shelton, a brother of Ashbel, was 


an officer in Col. Zebulon Butler's regiment at 
the massacre of Wyoming, and was one of the 
few who escaped. 

Many other distinguished people are proud 
descendants of Timothy Collins and Elizabeth 

170 ELIJAH, b. at Lebanon 1705, m. Ruth Tracy (139), 

dau. of John Tracy (136) and Elizabeth 
Leffingwell (126) of Norwich. They settled 
at West Farms where they resided until 1742, 
when they moved to Lebanon. She d. Oct. 
J 5> J 773- He m. (2) Mercy Coleman, 1774. 

171 Ann, b. 1708, m. (1) Simon Gray, (2) Capt. Adoinjah 

Fitch, great grandson of Maj. John Mason. 

172 Lydia, b. 17 10, m. Jonathan Metcalf. They had 

thirteen children. She d. 1793. 
This closes the record of the ancestry of Moses Hyde 
and Sarah Dana, and brings us to the period of the 

No doubt there were many individuals along the way 
who had their tempers, peculiarities, idiosyncrasies, but 
after diligent search through records and histories, read- 
ing very many biographies and personal sketches, fol- 
lowing them into their home as well as public and official 
life, I have failed to find one single instance of any kind 
of meanness. They seem all and always to have been 
active, useful, thoughtful, helpful men and women. All 
were imbued with a deeply religious spirit and endeavored 
to live up to that spirit at all times. 

In all cases where no other occupation is mentioned, 
they were farmers, legitimately, but were, especially in the 
early days, obliged to do much mechanical work, and so 
they helped themselves and each other. 

In the earlier times they owned large tracts of land but 


built their houses in groups for the better protection 
against the Indians, and also for the convenience of church 
and school and social privileges, for, if somewhat austere 
in their religious ideas, they were a social people and had 
their festivals, chief of which were Thanksgiving and 
Training Days. Sleighrides and other gatherings were 
not uncommon. 

In the middle period, between the strict Puritan times 
and the Revolution, dancing was a common diversion of 
young people. Balls and midnight revels were inter- 
dicted, but neighborly dances, either with or without a 
fiddler, often a part of the company singing for the others 
to dance were frequent. At a great wedding dance, 
which took place at New London, we read that: "92 
gentlemen and ladies attended and danced 92 jigs, 52 
contra dances, 45 minuets and 17 hornpipes and retired at 
45 minutes past midnight." They began in the morning. 
At this period there were many half-way houses between 
Norwich and other towns, which were often the terminus 
of sleighing parties. One kept by a Hyde seems to have 
been especially popular. 

" What pleasure is greatest my fancy decides, 
A party select and a sleighride to Hydes." 

Although punctilious in their manners and customs, no 
little attention was paid to the fashions, as they received 
new ideas from time to time. 

They grew wealthy and lived well, even elegantly as time 
went on, approaching the verge of extravagance just 
previous to the Revolution. But they were none the less 
ready to do and die for their country, as we shall see in 
the next generation. 


Fifth Generation. 
(170) Elijah. 

173 Andrew, b. Sept. 10, 1732, at Norwich, m. Hannah 

Thomas, Aug. 21, 1755. They settled at Nor- 
wich, but about 1760 moved to Mass. They 
had two sons and four daus. 

174 Elijah, b. Jan. 17, 1735, m. Mary Clark of Lebanon, 

Feb. 24, 1757. 

He was a confidential friend of the first 
Gov. Jonathan Trumbull, of Conn. He com- 
manded a regiment of light horse during 
the Revolution, and was on duty with the 
northern army at the surrender of Burgoyne 
at Saratoga. 

At the close of the war he returned to his 
home at Lebanon, where he d. Dec. 31, 1810. 
His wife d. April 30, 1831. They had twelve 
children, including two pairs of twins. 

175 Eliphalet, b. May 4, 1737, d. Nov. 4, 1743. 

176 Caleb, b. July 29, 1739, at Norwich, m. Elizabeth 

Sackett, 1761, dau. of Capt. John Sackett, a 
physician of Oblong, N. Y., and niece of 
Admiral Richard Sackett. 

They settled at Lenox, Mass., in 1769. He 
was a captain and saw much active service in 
the Revolution. He was subsequently sheriff 
of the county of Berkshire, Mass. He after- 
wards moved to Lisle, N. Y., at what is called 


" The Hyde Settlement," and became a lead- 
ing man in that part of the State. 

He was Maj.-Gen. of Militia and was elected 
Senator from the western district of New 
York in 1803, and in 1804 was chosen by the 
Assembly as one of the " Council of Appoint- 

They had fifteen children ; one pair of 
twins, lie d. Dec. 25, 1820. She d. June 6, 
1 806. 

177 Zina. b. at Lebanon. April 2. 1741. m. (1) Sarah 

Goodwin. [769, (2) Lois Bosworth, 1785. 
He d. Jan. 13, 1796. He had six children by 
first wife and three by second, but only three 
lived to grow up and marry. 

(There is a tradition in the family that Zina 
also served in the Revolution, was taken 
prisoner and escaped by a very ingenious 
strategy, but I was unable to entirely verify it.) 

178 Eliphalet, 2d, b. IN Lay 9, 1744. m. (1) Norma Flint 

of Farmington, May 20, 1766, (2) Abigail 
Washburn. He also was an officer in the 

He subsequently settled at Whitingham, 
Vermont. He was the first town clerk of that 
town. In 1780 they moved to Pittstown, 
N. Y. He d. March, [825. He had eight 
children, one pair of twins. 

179 Ruth. b. May 5. 1740, m. April 17, 1768, Capt. 

Andrew Huntington, a descendant of Simon 
the Deacon, lie also was active in the Revo- 
lution. They lived at Lebanon, where he d. 
July 15, 1 S 1 1 . She d. 1825. They had 
eleven children. 


180 Moses, b. at Lebanon, Sept. n, 1751, m. Sarah 

Dana (106), Dec. 6, 1787. They settled at 
Lebanon, but eventually moved to Middle- 
burg, N. Y., where he purchased a large tract 
of land. After having erected buildings and 
made extensive improvements, a prior claim 
to the land all through that district was put 
in — an old land grant that had been over- 
looked. The claimant offered to sell the land 
over again, but at such exorbitant prices that 
most of the settlers preferred to abandon the 
situation. Among them was Mr. Hyde, who 
took his family to Livonia, in western New 
York in 181 2, where he d. in 1828. His wife 
survived him many years and d. in 1856, 
aged 93. 

Moses Hyde did not enter into field ser- 
vice like so many of his brothers, but he is 
recorded as being " active in opposition to 
British aggression " at Lenox in 1774. 

181 Ebenezer, b. Nov. 26, 1753, at Lebanon, m. Lucy 

Huntington, cousin of Capt. Andrew, his 
sister's husband, Nov. 17, 1776. They settled 
at Lebanon, but like his brothers he eventu- 
ally went into active service in the Revolu- 
tion, was taken prisoner and died on the 
" Jersey " prison ship, the horrors of which 
are beyond description. He left a young wife 
and two very young daus., Elizabeth and 
Eunice. His wife survived him more than 
fifty years, but never married again. She d. 
May, 1833. 


Sixth Generation. 
(180) Moses. 

182 Lewis, 1). at Lebanon, Conn., Sept. 14, 1790, m. 
Lucy Hatch of New Lisbon, N. Y., Dec. 19, 
1816. She was 1>. Feb. 6, 1797. They settled 
at Livonia, N. Y., on a farm, where they re- 
sided until 1832, when they moved to Oak- 
land county, Mich., where he d. July 16, 1838. 
She d. May 31, i860. 

Lewis Hyde received a good education, 
supplementing- the usual school work with 
special studies with a lawyer. He taught 
school several years in addition to the manage- 
ment of his farm. He served in the war of 
18 1 2, and his widow drew a pension for his 
services. His wife also was a teacher before 
her marriage. 

In May, 1832, he moved to Michigan with 
his family, wife and six children. They trav- 
eled with household furniture and provisions 
to Rochester, twenty-five miles, in wagons, 
then by Erie canal to Buffalo and through 
Lake Erie and Detroit river on the 
"Superior," the second passenger steamer 
built to ply on that lake to Detroit, then in 
wagons again to Auburn, Oakland county, 
twenty-five miles, where his younger brother 
had located three years before. The journey 
occupied five days. 

They remained a year at Auburn, then Mr. 
Hyde took up eighty acres of land from the 
government in Southfield, same county, and 
built a comfortable log house and moved his 
family there. The next year a log school 


house was built, and Mr. Hyde was the first 
teacher, his six children attending. He was 
a Presbyterian and brought up his family 

183 Melissa, b. at Lebanon, Feb. 1, 1794, m. William 

Sprague, at Middleburg, N. Y., April 1, 1810, 
moved to Livonia, N. Y., in 181 1, and to Cov- 
ington, 1830, then to Alexander, 1848, where 
she d. July 30, 1867, from a fall down stairs. 
She was a true Christian and a woman of 
energy, good common sense and of sterling 
integrity, and bravely met the hardships of 
pioneer life. 

To Mrs. Sprague fell the care of her parents. 
The father d. of a painful, lingering illness and 
the mother lived to be 93, becoming very 
childish and a great care for several years, all 
of which was met with the utmost patience and 

184 Milton, b. at Middleburg, N. Y., May 21, 1797, m. 

Harriette Albina Edson of Aurelius, N. Y., 
Jan. 3, 1 82 1. She was b. at Randolph, Ver- 
mont, April 13, 1797, dau. of Col. Josiah 
Edson, a soldier of the Revolution. 

They took up their residence at Geneseo, 
N. Y., but soon removed to Livonia, and in 
Aug., 1829, they emigrated to Michigan, with 
a family of six children, the eldest barely seven 
years old, the youngest twin girls of eight 

They settled on a farm in Oakland county, 
near the little village of Auburn (now Amy), 
twenty-five miles from Detroit. They made 
the journey in the same manner as that already 
described of his brother three years later. 


Both Mr. and Mrs. Hyde received the best 
education to be obtained in the schools of 
their time. 

Mr. Hyde soon became a leader in village 
affairs and was, as long as he lived there, jus- 
tice of the peace, the highest office in the town, 
there being no village incorporation, and he 
was always known as " Squire Hyde." He 
was also director of all educational and most 
of the religious matters of the village. He 
and his wife were Presbyterians, with some- 
what of the old Puritan spirit. 

Mrs. Hyde bore her part in this new world 
life with great ability and unfailing patience 
and cheerfulness. She learned to card the 
wool, spin the yarn, color and weave it into 
pretty stripes and plaids for her children's 
clothes, and to cut and make them up. Also 
she could make clothes for her husband and 

She was a fearless woman, going about 
nights after her own little ones were in bed, 
looking after the sick poor, though there were 
wolves and sometimes other wild animals in 
the woods. She was a woman of splendid 
physique, perfect health, strong character and 
varied ability. 

As the boys grew up and chose other busi- 
ness than that of farming, Mr. Hyde sold his 
farm and in Jan., [849, moved to Grand 
Rapids, Mich., where there were better oppor- 
tunities and good schools. In 1850, Mr. 
Hyde's health began to fail and he became a 
confirmed invalid. In [863, the children hav- 
ing all married but one, the house was given 


up and they went to live with a married dau. 
at Grosse He, near Detroit, where Mr. Hyde d. 
June 9, 1866. Mrs. Hyde d. also at Grosse He, 
Aug. 30, 1879, from the effects of a fall, aged 
82. She retained full possession of all her 
senses and faculties to the hour of her death, 
giving words of cheer and comfort to her 
daughters as long as she could speak to them. 
185 Fanny, b. July 23, 1799, at Middleburg, m. Warren 
Kneeland in 1823. He was b. in Steuben 
county, N. Y., Sept. 3, 1798. They moved to 
Southfield, Mich., April, 1835, an d to Howell, 
Mich., in 1840, where he bought a large farm. 
He d. June 24, 1848. She d. Nov. 16, 1876. 

Mrs. Kneeland was a most amiable, gentle, 
lovable woman. She was afflicted, soon after 
the death of her husband, by some affection of 
her eyes, which resulted, mostly from the 
effects of unskillful treatment, in total blind- 
ness, while she was still comparatively a young 
woman. She bore her affliction with the ut- 
most patience and resignation, occupying her- 
self in such ways as she could, and accepting 
gratefully the devoted attention and care of 
her children. She always lived at the old 
home farm, with her oldest son, visiting her 
other children as suited her pleasure and 

Her gentle presence was a blessing and a 
benediction wherever she was. 

While these four children of Moses Hyde 
never accumulated much wealth, they led ac- 
tive, useful lives and left an influence for good 
in the respective communities where they 
lived. They all had large families and reared 


them in the spirit of love to God and charity 
to their fellow men. Their chief object, next 
to their spiritual welfare, was the education of 
their children. Schools in those early days 
and this new country, were not much in ad- 
vance of those of their colonial ancestors, but 
both Lewis and Milton did all in their power 
to improve them and to give their children the 
best they could. 

Husbands and wives were all readers, and 
their children inherited the love of books 
which had come down to them through many 

None of their children acquired a college 
education, though some of them greatly de- 
sired it. All that was left to the grand- 
children, many of whom have enjoyed the 

If the pioneer life of these four children of 
Moses Hyde, more especially the three who 
moved to Michigan, were written out in full, 
it would show about as much hardship and 
endurance, as much need of contrivance and 
ingenuity, indeed a life not much different 
from that of the " Thirty-five original pro- 
prietors " of Norwich, except that the Indians 
in Michigan were not savage. 

6 4 

Seventh Generation. 
(182) Lewis. 

186 Harrison Dana, b. June 19, 1818, near Livonia, 

N. Y., m. Mary Royce of Farmington, Mich., 
December 25, 1848. He was a successful 
farmer in Southfield. In 1892, he gave up the 
care of his farm and moved to Greenville, 
Mich., where he d. after a lingering illness, 
May 17, 1897. She d. April 25, same year. 

187 William Herschel, b. Sept. 19, 1820, at Lake 

Conesus, near Livonia, N. Y., m. Abigail Otis, 
Southfield, Mich., Dec, 1849. They went to 
California, Jan., 185 1, where she d. in 1854. 
They were more than two months on their 
journey, going by steamer from New York 
to the Isthmus of Panama, which they crossed 
in boats and on mule back, thence to San 
Francisco by steamer. 

He m. (2) at Petaluma, California, Eliza- 
beth Jane Waldron Ham, May 3, 1858. She 
was b. at Rochester, N. H., Aug. 8, 1828. 
She was a woman of more than ordinary char- 
acter and ability, with rare judgment, and with 
a most gracious manner. She made her home 
a center of hospitality, benevolence and Chris- 
tian influence. She d. at San Francisco, April 
29, 1891. 

He afterward m. Jane Osgood who lived 
only a short time. 

Mr. Hyde reached California in the height 
of the gold excitement, but did not go to the 
mines until some years later. He engaged in 
business in which he was very successful. He 
bought land and put up buildings which 



brought a high rental and increased in value, 
securing to him a more than competency. 

He was a member of the noted " Vigilance 
Committee " and stood guard at the execu- 
tion of Casey and Corey in 1855. (See " New 
American Cyclopedia," on California.) 

Later in life his old love of a farm 
prompted him to purchase a ranch of a square 
mile in Sonoma Valley, where he spends most 
of his time, although retaining, besides other 
property in San Francisco, the old homestead, 
built in 1858, where his six children were born 
and married. The stability of the Hyde home- 
stead is noteworthy in that city of many 

He was one of seven men to organize the 
Third Congregational Church, with which he 
was officially identified while in the city, and 
in which he still retains membership. 

He has always been noted for his integrity, 
efficiency, ingenuity and judgment, is a genial, 
kindly, most lovable man, the idol of his 
children and grandchildren. 

Although in his eighty-fourth year he 
actively manages his large farm, and is an 
energetic, progressive influence in the com- 
188 Charlotte, b. July 26, 1822, at Livonia, m. Jonathan 
Tuthill Stephens, at Southfield, Mich., Oct. 
15, 1839. He was b. on Long Island, Aug. 6, 
1810, and d. at Southfield, Jan. 20, i860. 

After Mr. Stephens' death, Mrs. Stephens 
sold the farm in Southfield and invested in 
Detroit city property, moving there for the 
better education of her six children. The 


growth of the city and consequent increase of 
property values proved the wisdom of her 
movement. She continued to show good busi- 
ness ability, managing her affairs wisely and 
to the benefit of all. 

She was a member of the First Presbyterian 
Church, under the celebrated Dr. Duffield, 
for many years, and afterwards of West- 
minster Church, built later, and quite near her 
home. She was always deeply interested and 
helpful in foreign missions and was a member 
of that society for over thirty years. 

She was a woman of remarkable force of 
character, keen perceptive faculties, positive 
convictions, and the most rigid and exacting 
uprightness in all her ways. Hospitality was 
also a marked characteristic. 

For several year she was an invalid and 
unable to keep up her old activities of body, 
but her mind never wavered, and she retained 
all of her faculties to her last breath. Death 
overtook her while she was speaking with 
perfect intelligence to one of her daughters, 
Jan. 25, 1903. 
189 Cordelia, b. Oct. 10, 1825, at Livonia, m. A. D. Sul- 
livan, at Southfield, Nov. 4, 1852, a widower, 
with four little children. They continued to 
reside on his farm at Southfield, until 1862, 
when they moved to Detroit, and subse- 
quently to Virginia, on a farm near Staunton, 
where he d. Jan. 7, 1895. 

Mr. Sullivan was a surveyor by profession, 
and in the government employ surveyed a 
large portion of the upper peninsula of Mich- 
igan. He was a man of superior intelligence 
and had traveled widely. 


After his death Mrs. Sullivan continued to 
reside in the Virginia home as long as she 
lived. An unmarried stepdaughter lived 
with her. The other stepdaughter m. Isaac 
Marston, a prominent lawyer and judge of 
the Supreme Court of Michigan. They lived 
at Detroit. 

190 Mariette, b. July 27, 1828, d. unm. April 14, 1889. 

She taught school several years and was an 
active worker in the Presbyterian Church. 
Her life was quiet and unobtrusive, but made 
useful to many people. Her death was very 
sudden and unexpected, from an apparently 
violent headache. Her home was at Detroit. 

191 Joseph Warren, b. Jan. 25, 1830, m. Harriet E. 

Fiero, at Southfield, May 22, i860. They 
lived on the old home farm of his father sev- 
eral years, then moved to a farm near Lansing, 
Mich., and finally went west in 1882, and 
located at Chamberlain, Dacotah. He d. at 
the home of his son at Manchester, Iowa, 
Jan. 17, 1896, having lost his wife, who d. in 
1889, and several children. He possessed a 
literary turn of mind, and took great interest 
in politics ; was a strong advocate of the 
" single tax " system, and wrote a good deal 
upon that and various other subjects. 

192 Avoline, b. Nov. 18, 1835, at Southfield, m. Horace 

Hayes of Homer, Mich., May 1, 1862. She 
taught school some years before her marriage 
and was always active in church work. She 
d. May 2J, 1873. 


(183) Melissa (Sprague). 

193 Harry, b. Feb. 6, 181 1, m. Janet Scott, Dec. 23, 

1840, d. Dec. 18, 1886, at Covington, N. Y. 

He was a man of sterling character, having 
the confidence of his fellow men, filling many- 
public offices with honor and ability. By his 
thrift and good management he accumulated 
a competent fortune. 

194 Cynthia, b. Feb. 10, 1813, m. Henry Watkins, April 

25 1832. She was a true Christian, devoted to 
her family, and always ready to help in any 
good work. 

Mr. Watkins was deacon and elder and 
superintendent of the Sunday School of the 
Presbyterian Church, and was highly re- 
spected by all. 

Mr. and Mrs. Watkins spent the early years 
of their married life on a farm at Covington, 
N. Y., then moved to Wyoming, where he d. 
Oct. 26, 1876. She then returned to her son 
at Covington, where she d. Oct. 17, 1881. 

195 Eunice, b. May 24, 181 5. She never married, but 

devoted herself to her parents as long as they 
lived, then still remained in the old home at 
Alexander, N. Y. For several years she lived 
by herself in the great roomy old farmhouse, 
with first a boy and finally only a faithful dog 
for protection. 

She was a bright, intelligent woman, with 
clear and positive ideas and interested in all 
that went on around her. She retained pos- 
session of all her senses and faculties to a 
ripe old age. She d. March 13, 1900, aged 
nearly 85. 


196 Lester, b. Sept. 7, 1819, obtained degree of M. D. 

from Hobart Medical College, Geneva, N. Y., 
m. Martha Lyon, Oct. 25, 1843. He first 
practiced his profession at Homer, Mich., but 
subsequently settled at Naples, N. Y., where 
he became the leading physician and was 
markedly successful in his large practice, and 
where he d. June 19, 1863, in the very prime 
of life, beloved and mourned by the whole 
community. His wife d. in 1886. 

197 Drayton, b. Dec. 30, 1821, m. Cordelia Loomis, 

Nov. 15, 1854. He was a successful farmer, 
having a large part of the old home farm at 
Alexander, on which he built a fine modern 

He filled various public offices of the town 
most satisfactorily. He had a decided taste 
for music and a good voice, leading the church 
choir for many years. 

In 1886, he had a bad fall, from which he 
never recovered, but bore his suffering and 
almost helplessness with unfailing patience, 
his faithful wife being unto him a " ministering 
angel." After the marriage of his only son 
he and his wife turned their home over to the 
son and went to live with Eunice, who was 
getting quite too old to be left alone. There, 
in the old home, he d. May 10, 1899. After 
Eunice's death, Mrs. Sprague went to live 
with her son, where she d. Sept. 23, 1901. 

198 George, b. June 25, 1827, obtained degree of M. D. 

from Medical College at Cincinnati. He 
enlisted as surgeon in the Civil War for three 
years in the Fifth Ohio Cavalry, his first ser- 
vice being at the battle of Pittsburg Landing. 


He was in active service the full three years, 
some of the time as head surgeon of his regi- 
ment. In 1865 he settled at Alexander, but 
d. of diphtheria same year, Nov. 26. 

He was noted for his kindness and tender- 
ness in the war, serving alike friend and foe, 
his one desire being to relieve suffering. 

(184) Milton Hyde. 

199 Joseph Edson, b. June 16, 1822, at Livonia, N. Y., 
m. Margaret Millicent Hunt, dau. of Thomas 
Hunt, and niece of Judge James B. Hunt, 
M. C, at Pontiac, Mich., April 12, 1848. 

They resided at Detroit until bronchial 
trouble made it necessary for him to give up 
his business (mercantile), 1854, and go, as he 
was advised, to Lake Superior, where he d. at 
Eagle River, April 24, i860. 

He was never of a rugged constitution, a 
quiet, studious boy, much preferring a book 
to the out-of-door sports of his brothers. An 
education was his great desire, and his father 
did the best he could for him, but it was 
mainly through his love of good reading that 
he came to be a man of unusually fine intellect- 
ual attainments. His kind and friendly man- 
ner and strong moral character won for him 
the respect and confidence of all and the love 
of many. From his obituary we read : " He 
possessed a mind clear, comprehensive and 
richly stored with an amount of knowledge 
rarely acquired by business men. His con- 
versational powers were unexceptional, and, 
listening to him, one could not fail to be drawn 


towards him by the tender chords of a lasting 
friendship. In his life he has left us an example 
well worthy of imitation, and his numerous 
friends will ever love and revere his memory." 

His beautiful young widow devoted the 
next ten years to the education of her only 
daughter. After her marriage Mrs. Hyde 
was for years much sought as friend and com- 
panion in travel abroad, through Europe, up 
the Nile, to the West Indies and through the 
south and far west of our own country. She 
has always been a great reader, and now, at 
yy, she is still as beautiful and interesting as 
ever and as great a favorite. No second mar- 
riage ever occurred to her as possible. Her 
home has always been with her daughter, at 
Port Huron, Mich. 
200 Susan Adeline, b. Sept. 6, 1823, m. Orlando Briton 
Clark, of Green Oak. Mich., May 20, 1847. 

In 1 85 1 Mr. Clark took up a large tract 
of land near Marengo. Iowa, built a comfort- 
able house and settled there, but some pul- 
monary trouble threatening, he decided to 
seek a warmer climate. In 1859 he rented his 
farm, fitted out two emigrant wagons and 
took his family, wife and two young sons, and 
twenty head of cattle, and, accompanied and 
assisted by his hired man and wife, started 
for California, following, but not joining, such 
emigrant trains as suited their convenience 
for safety from Indians and wild animals. 
They were eighteen weeks making the jour- 
ney to Sacramento, near which place they set- 
tled. Mrs. Clark kept a diary of this journey, 
which is most interesting. 


In 1862 Mr. Clark decided to return to 
Iowa, and they came back by a military stage 
route that was in use during the Civil War. 
Their ten months old baby girl was taken 
sick and died in her arms when a few miles 
from Salt Lake City. She kept the fact to 
herself, even from her husband, until they 
reached the city, where decent burial could 
be secured. 

They did not stay long in their Iowa home, 
but sold the farm and moved to Missouri and 
settled in a valley of the Ozark mountains, and 
had just gotten fairly started when a great 
freshet devastated all his fields, covering them 
with debris. His buildings and stock were on 
high ground, so escaped. Discouraged, he 
sold out at great sacrifice and went to Kansas, 
where he was not satisfied, and in 1879 they 
again crossed the plains in an emigrant wagon 
and settled near Union, Oregon. While in 
Missouri their oldest son left them and they 
never saw him again, although they heard 
from him once in a while. 

While cutting timber with his only remain- 
ing son April 26, 1883, Mr. Clark was killed 
by a branch of a falling tree. Mrs. Clark and 
her son remained in the same place until she 
d. Jan. 2, 1893, of acute pneumonia. 

A detailed account of this woman's life 
would make a most romantic, thrilling story. 
Through all her long tedious journeys and 
the trials she encountered she was cheerful 
and helpful, perfectly contented, if her hus- 
band were only well and satisfied. This 
Bohemian life was disastrous to the boys 


though, depriving them of the privileges of 
school, church, social and almost of home life, 
all of which told heavily on their future. 

After they first went to Iowa Mrs. Clark 
never visited her friends in Michigan but 
once, in 1864, but constant communication 
kept her in touch with all that transpired " at 
home," and she wrote fully of her life. 
201 George Randolph, b. July 24, 1825, m. Jane 
Elizabeth Nelson at Ann Arbor, Mich., Feb. 
28, 1848. He studied medicine and practiced 
some very successfully. He loved art and 
music, and had much talent in both. He was 
gentle and affectionate, but restless, unstable, 
changing from one place and occupation to 
another, a most lovable, but unreliable man. 
He served with the Michigan Mechanics 
and Engineers in the Civil War. He went 
as private, but was soon sent to help in the 
hospital department. After the close of the 
war, in the spring of 1866, he decided to seek 
a location in the west. Went first to his sister 
in Iowa, then to Missouri, and finally, in the 
spring of 1867, he started for Montana and 
disappeared. In 1898 letters, and in 1900 a 
visit, from Milton Clark reported that George 
drifted around, with varying fortunes, until 
he finally became foreman of a large cattle 
ranch at Brownsville, Texas, opposite Mata- 
mora, Mexico, and that during a " round up " 
by some Mexican cattle thieves, from whom 
he was trying to rescue his cattle, he was 
killed, in the fall of 1884. His wife d. Oct., 


202 William Augustus, b. Feb. 25, 1827, m. (1) Free- 
love Leonora Hyde, April 15, 1854, (2) Kate 
Nyhart, Jan. 12, 1884, at Grand Rapids, Mich. 
He was a skilled machinist. His inventive 
faculty was remarkable, but he gave his ideas 
away, thus enriching others instead of him- 
self. On Aug. 22, 1893, he was making a 
pattern of a large gear wheel and had it in 
the lathe when the timber split, one-half strik- 
ing him in the breast, killing him almost 

He was a cheerful, happy-tempered man, 
thinking no evil of himself and suspecting 
none in others, a great favorite in social circles 
and everywhere else. 

As a citizen he was always interested in the 
welfare of his adopted home. He joined the 
fire company and soon came to be chief of 
that department. He served several terms 
as alderman. 

" In later years he was an active spirit in 
labor organizations, not an agitator, nor an 
advocate of stern measures, but directed his 
thoughts and his efforts to the permanent 
advancement and welfare of the toilers as a 
class. He was cool and conservative, con- 
siderate of the rights and opinions of others, 
and, as an adviser in the council chamber, his 
word had weight and his opinions were worthy 
of consideration. 

" He was a man of profound convictions, 
strong and resolute purpose, endless patience 
and indomitable perseverance." (From 

He was a fine musician, playing several 


wind and string instruments, and his fine bass 
voice was generally heard in the choir of his 

He loved to read good books, and his fund 
of knowledge was wide, and his conversa- 
tional powers much like those of his oldest 
brother. He was a ready impromptu speaker, 
was never at a loss for something to say, and 
had a most happy way of combining the in- 
structive and amusing. 

He was a man of fine physique and splendid 
health, and but for this accident might have 
been spared to his family many years. 

203 Mary Sophia, b. Dec. 14, [828, at Livonia, N. Y. 

204 Sarah Maria, b. Dec. 14. 1828, at Livonia, N. Y. 

Mary m. George W. Yale, a lineal descend- 
ant of a brother of Elihu Yale, at Grand 
Rapids, Feb. 12, 1852. 

They settled on a farm four miles from 
Grand Rapids, where he made a great success 
with small fruits and early vegetables. They 
continued to reside there until no children 
were left at home, when they moved to the 
city, where Mr. Yale owned several houses, 
and where he d. after a long and painful ill- 
ness, Nov. 9, 1890. His wife still survives 
him, dividing her time between her grand- 
sons and her younger sisters, a blessing 
wherever she is, gentle, unselfish, thoughtful, 

Sarah m. William Ives, of Detroit, April 
12, 1853. He was b. at Sheffield, Mass., 
April 10, 181 7. He was a surveyor and 
worked many years under government con- 
tracts. It was his compass that first indicated 


the presence of iron ore in the Lake Superior 
country, as recorded in the " Geological Sur- 
vey of Michigan." In the spring of 185 1 he 
was sent to Oregon to run the base line of 
that State, and Williamette meridian, from the 
base line north to Puget Sound. He also 
filled other important contracts and gathered 
a fund of most valuable and interesting 
information. In the fall of 1852 he returned 
to Michigan, married and settled upon a beau- 
tiful farm on Grosse He in Detroit river, 
where he d. May 4, 1874, after a short illness. 
Mrs. Ives d. very suddenly April 26, 1864, 
leaving four little girls, the youngest only six 
weeks old. 

Their short married life was an ideal one. 
They were perfectly harmonious in temper and 
disposition, hospitable, generous, unselfish, 
thoughtful. Their lovely home and ample 
means enabled them to live just as they liked, 
and they made everybody around them happy. 

It was to this home that the parents had 
been induced to come the fall before Mrs. 
Ives' death. 

These twins so closely resembled each other 
in face, form, voice and manner that it fre- 
quently puzzled their nearest friends and 
afforded themselves much amusement. They 
always dressed exactly alike. They were 
devotedly attached to each other, never 
separated if it could be avoided. 
205 Lydia Albina, b. April 24, 1831, at Auburn, Mich., 
d. Aug. 17, 1832, from the effects of a fall 
down stairs. 


206 Lydia Elizabeth, b. Sept. I, 1833. She was with 

Sarah at the time of her death, and, with her 
mother, continued to take care of the home 
and the children and her feeble father. On 
Aug. 23, 1866, she m. Mr. Ives at the home 
at Grosse He. 

She was fond of the study of the Bible, and 
learned for herself many of the spiritual inter- 
pretations that are now being brought out 
by advanced scholars. The allegorical and 
symbolical features of the Bible were full of 
fascination for her. 

She arranged some remarkable Bible les- 
sons, and taught adult classes with great suc- 
cess and was very happy in that work. 

Mrs. Ives eventually sold the farm, her 
younger daughters retaining a summer cot- 
tage, and moved to Detroit. She d. at the 
Grosse He cottage, after a year's illness, July 
18, 1896. 

207 Harriette Isabella, b. April 15, 1836, at Auburn, 

Mich., m. Frederick Ludlow Wells, of Port 
Huron, Mich., Sept. 20, 1859. 

After several years in good schools in 
Auburn and Grand Rapids, Harriette went to 
her oldest brother's, at Detroit, and finished 
her studies at " The Detroit Female Semin- 
ary," also giving much attention to vocal and 
piano music. In 1854 she returned to Grand 
Rapids and taught school and music and sang 
in church. She continued to teach until her 
marriage, and has always kept up her interest 
in musical matters. She has always been 
active in church work, especially in choir and 
Sunday school, also in " Hospital and Home," 


of which she was secretary twenty-one years. 
Her charities are known only to herself. She 
loves best to help people to help themselves. 

(As our sister declines to say anything 
more about herself, we have decided to put 
in a few words. — Mary and Julia.) 

Harriette, or " Hattie " as she is always 
called, was a studious little girl, quick and 
bright, fond of mathematics and puzzles and 
games that made her dig and hunt and find 
out things for herself, and she would let no 
one help her. She still loves to search into 
the apparently hidden things of life, which has 
made her a valuable member of study clubs, 
etc. In disposition she was a good deal like 
her brother, William, bright, cheery, lively, a 
great favorite in school and among her mates 
and in society, always had a good time and did 
much to add to the pleasure of others, was 
always ready to play and sing, her ear and 
memory being such that she never needed 
notes. She had her mother's varied capabili- 
ties, would do anything with needle and 
shears, and to begin a thing was to finish it, 
and that quickly and well. 

In society Mr. and Mrs. Wells have been 
prominent. Their beautiful home, with its 
ample grounds, has been the scene of many 
a brilliant function, and their hospitality is of 
the large warm-hearted kind. 

But Harriette is best known in her family, 
where, from her childhood, she has been 
thoughtful, helpful, unselfish, her feet and 
hands at the service of the whole family. 
" Hattie " could always find things. She 


never dallied, did not have to be told twice, 
was most faithful and persevering, tactful, 
quick to think, to understand and to do. 
These qualities grew with her growth. 
Energy, promptness, reliability, quick help- 
fulness have been and are still marked char- 
acteristics. These, with the qualities of heart, 
generosity, hospitality, unfailing sympathy, 
which means more than words, patience, 
tenderness, have made her life one of good 
deeds, most of which are known only by those 
most nearly concerned. Although having no 
children of her own, she has always been like 
a second mother to the children of her 
brothers and sisters, who all feel, as one small 
niece expressed it, " So sorry for anyone who 
has no Aunt Hattie." 

Mr. Wells was the only son of John Wells, 
of Connecticut, and Jane Vanderburgh, of 
New York. He is a lineal descendant of Gov. 
ernor Thomas Wells, of Connecticut. His 
great grandfather Vanderburgh was an officer 
in the Revolution. 

He was b. at Stamford, N. Y., March 24, 
1833. His parents emigrated to Michigan in 
1838, being eleven days in making the jour- 
ney to Port Huron, then only a little hamlet, 
with more Indians than white people. Only 
the nearness of old Fort Gratiot, where there 
was always a little group of cultured people, 
redeemed it from utter loneliness. 

Frederick's education was obtained largely 
from private tutors, generally the chaplain 
at the fort. As he arrived at man's estate, he 
took an active part in the improvement and 


advancement of the then thriving little city, 
and for many years was rarely free from 
official duty. He was mayor of the city when 
" drafts " were ordered during the Civil War, 
and much excitement prevailed. He repre- 
sented his district in the Legislature, 1871-77, 
one term in the house and two in the Senate ; 
was Eminent Commander Knights Templar, 
has been, since 1886, Senior Warden in his 
church (Episcopal), and was largely instru- 
mental in building a fine stone edifice for that 
denomination. He still keeps up his interest 
and wields much influence in public affairs, is 
on several boards of directors in manufac- 
turing enterprises, " Hospital and Home," 
" Canal Commission," etc. 

He engaged in the lumber business with his 
father and also acquired vessel interests on 
the lakes. These, with his real estate affairs 
and his public duties, have made him a very 
busy man. 

He is a man whose advice and opinion are 
much sought. Perfect uprightness, justice, 
reliability and caution are marked charac- 
teristics. In politics he has always been an 
active Republican. 

Mr. and Mrs. Wells brought up and edu- 
cated two daughters of her brother George, 
and a cousin of Mr. Wells, May Randolph Hill 
of New Haven, Conn. She m. Giles Francis 
Cole, Sept. 1, 1898. 

Mr. and Mrs. Wells have traveled a good 
deal in their own country, many times east by 
various routes, through all the great lakes and 
through Canada, and spent most of one win- 


ter in California, visiting most of the promi- 
nent places in both the south and the north. 
Mr. Wells is a member of " The Old Club," 
at St. Clair Flats, and they spend some time 
there every summer, but most of the time 
they are " at home " to their friends during 
the months that are so pleasant by the lake. 

208 Charles Milton, b. Dec. 21, 1838, d. Sept. 3, 1855, 

at Grand Rapids. He was a fine scholar, and 
possessed great musical talent. The violin 
was his favorite instrument. He also com- 
posed some very sweet airs. At fifteen he 
had finished the course in the public schools, 
and obtained a position of trust in a book and 
music store, where he was very happy. He 
was kind and genial, generous and thoughtful, 
a lovely son and brother, and a great favorite 
among his friends. He had grown very 
rapidly, and when attacked with typhoid fever 
had little power of resistance, and so passed 

209 Julia Josephine, the youngest of this family of 

eleven, was b. June 28, 1841, at Auburn, m. 
Edward Legrant Keith of Grosse He, Dec. 3, 

She was a gentle, timid little girl, the pet 
and darling of the whole family. She was edu- 
cated in the best schools in Grand Rapids, 
including several art branches, for which she 
developed decided talent. 

Mr. Keith was b. at Grosse He., March 10, 
1827, the son of Capt. William Keith of 
Paisley, Scotland, and Jane Dick of Alexan- 
dria, Va. (Capt. Keith sailed the first revenue 
cutter on the great lakes and took part in 


" Perry's Victory.") Edward came into pos- 
session of the fine old home farm, and there 
they passed very happily the few short years 
of their married life. He was an affectionate, 
kindly man, perfectly devoted to his wife and 
children. He d. after a short illness, Aug. 22, 
1 87 1. She continued on in the old home 
caring for her children and helpful to other 
relatives, and there she still lives, making sun- 
shine for all who come within her influence. 
One strong characteristic of this large 
family, which no outside influence could ever 
disturb, was the perfect unity and harmony 
among them. They were never quarrelsome, 
never selfish with each other, never became in 
the least alienated from each other, always 
ready and glad to lend a helping hand when 

(185) Fanny (Kneeland). 

210 Sarah, b. at Livonia, N. Y., May 6, 1826, m. (1) 

W. P. Glover of Howell, Mich., March 16, 
1845. They had one child, Edson, who d. in 
infancy. (2) Justus J. Bennett, Nov. 21, 1853, 
of Hamburg, Mich. They lived at Perry, 
Mich., where he d. Nov. 11, 1888. He was a 
widower with several children, to whom she 
was a lovely mother. After his death she 
divided her time between his children and her 
own, happy with all and wanted by all. She 
d. at Perry, very suddenly, Feb. 14, 1900. 

211 Dewitt Clinton, b. Feb. 11, 1828, m. Augusta 

Walker of Hamburg, Aug. 20, 1864, d. at his 
home at Howell, Mich., from a fall, July 23, 
1876. His wife d. Sept. 2^, 1889. 


212 Amasa Dana, b. May 19, 1830. He never married. 

The lives of these two brothers are so inter- 
woven that the story of one is the story of the 
other. After their father's death, when they 
were scarcely more than boys, with the mother 
and four younger children to be cared for, and 
a farm considerably in debt, they took up the 
work before them and faithfully carried it, 
paying every debt, improving the farm, build- 
ing anew, adding more acres, until their place 
became one of the finest in the country. 
They always lived together, and were widely 
known as men of high character, reliable and 

Dana d. at the farm home, after a long ill- 
ness, May 28, 1900. 

213 Minerva, b. July 22, 1833, m. Dr. Leland Walker, 

father of her brother Clinton's wife, Sept., 
1862. As the oldest sister married early, and 
the mother's eyesight failed, Minerva became 
the housekeeper, and so continued until her 
marriage. Minerva has a strong, positive 
character, with much energy and ability. 

After her husband's death, she fought the 
battle of life for herself and her two boys with 
true heroism, and now they are doing all they 
can to make her declining years easy and 

214 Harriet, b. at Southfield, March 12, 1836, m. James 

Hearst, May 4, 1865. He was many years 
her senior, and d. Feb. 23, 1897. They had 
no children. 

Harriet devoted herself especially to her 
gentle, patient mother. She continued in 
school, however, and graduated at the 

8 4 

" Ladies Seminary," at Howell. She is an 
active, capable, energetic woman, full of good 
works, helpful to many. 

215 Lewis Benson, b. April 12, 1838, m. Mary Mous- 

hunt Sept. 6, i860, d. 1898. His family are 
all Adventists, and hold strictly to their doc- 
trines, rendering most devoted service. 

216 Clara, b. at Howell, July 24, 1841, m. Miner J. 

Hosley of Osceola, Mich., Jan. 9, 1866. They 
settled on a farm at Oak Grove, near Howell, 
where he also had a dry goods store. They 
are enterprising, progressive, active in their 
church, fond of reading and keep well up with 
the times. 

Eighth Generation. 

(186) Harrison Dana (Hyde). 

217 Ann Elizabeth, b. Aug. 26, 1851, unm., lives at 


218 Amy Volena, b. July 9, 1853, unm., lives at Owasso. 

219 Francis Lewis, b. at Southfield, Aug. 6, 1856, m. 

Marion S. Allen, Feb. 15, 1882. 

Francis went to Detroit, when a boy, and 
entered upon a mercantile life. He showed 
great industry and business ability, and has 
been very successful, becoming a member and 
director of one of the largest wholesale houses 
in Detroit. 

220 Frederick William, b. Oct. 23, 1859, m. Emily 

Bolton, Nov. 18, 1885. They live on a farm 
in Southfield. 

221 David Lester, b. Aug. 24, 1863, m. Alice Irene Chap- 

man, at Southfield, April 7, 1886. He con- 
ducts a grocery business at Greenville, where 
they reside. 

222 Lincoln Wells, b. June II, 1867, m. Charlotte Scho- 

field of Travers City, Sept. 8, 1896. He is a 
traveling man, with headquarters at Pittsburg, 

(187) William Herschel (Hyde). 

223 Abbie Laura, b. July 16, 1859, m. Charles Francis 

Lewis, Nov. 25, 1884. He was b. at San Fran- 
cisco, Aug. 5, 1854, was educated in City 
College and Cal. Military Academy. He is 
an accountant, is punctual, industrious, accu- 
rate, is quiet, very fond of his home, over 
which his wife presides with exceptional 


224 Lucy Jane, b. April 2, 1861, m. Charles Herbert 

Ham, June 15, 1900. He was b. at Boston, 
Mass., July 19, 1848. Took degrees of A. B. 
and A. M. at Dartmouth College, 1871. Is 
now head of department of English history in 
Polytechnic High School, San Francisco. ; is 
especially interested in educational and church 
affairs. He is genial, thoughtful, enthusiastic, 
with fine executive ability, a born instructor. 
He has one daughter by a former marriage, 
Elizabeth E. Ham. Lucy has decided artistic 
talent, has done some fine wood carving, paint- 
ing and other work. They are an ideally 
happy family. 

225 Elizabeth Kimball, b. Dec. 26, 1863, m. John Wil- 

liams Roberts of Philadelphia, Feb. 17, 1887. 
He was b. at Cincinnati, Ohio, July 20, 1856, 
went to San Francisco, 1880, and established 
a printing office. He is a genial, cheerful 
man, kind and friendly, is especially interested 
in Christian work for young men. Elizabeth 
is a student, has a quick comprehension and 
fine memory, is punctual and methodical, 
social, fond of flowers, has special ability in 
narrative and in teaching children. 

226 William Herschel, Jr., b. May 1, 1865, m. Ethel 

Claire Hope, July 30, 1903. He is a fine 
musician, spent one year in Berlin studying 
the organ, after much study at home. His 
wife has an exceptionally fine voice, well cul- 
tivated. Very soon after their marriage they 
left for Berlin, where they expect to devote 
two years to music in their respective lines. 
They are both active church workers and 
especially valuable in all musical matters, and 
are genial, generous and social. 


227 Henry Chester, b. Nov. 23, 1868, m. Genevieve 

Young, Nov. 22, 1897. He took degree of 
Bachelor of Philosophy, at the University of 
California, 1894; was also Capt. of University 
Cadets. He is a contractor for roofing build- 
ings, and an alfalfa grower, takes special in- 
terest in mechanics, is industrious, willing, 
helpful, a rapid worker, and thoughtful of 
those under him. His wife was a successful 

228 Walter Spalding, b. Nov. 12, 1872, in. George 

Stewart, Feb. 22, 1899. He took the elec- 
trical engineering course in Stanford Univer- 
sity, graduating in 1895, and is occupied with 
that work. He takes special interest in music 
and books, is reticent, sensitive, sympathetic, 
determined, manly. His wife possesses de- 
cided artistic ability, is proficient with pencil 
and brush and in music. 

These six children were all born at San 
Francisco, and there received all the advan- 
tages of good schools and colleges, and there 
they have always lived. They are drawn to- 
gether by many congenial ties, are devotedly 
attached to each other, and the family re- 
unions arc made as numerous as possible, 
especially at " The Ranche," where the father 
passes most of his time, happy and busy with 
his great vineyards and orchards and fields, 
and directing his numerous Chinamen. 

They have all visited the east; some of them 
several times, taking different routes and 
traveling about a good deal on both coasts. 
Two have traveled abroad and others are 
planning to go in the near future. When 


eastern relatives visit them, they are sure to 
meet with a warm-hearted welcome, and the 
most charming hospitality. 

(188) Charlotte (Stephens). 

229 Elizabeth, b. Sept. 22, 1840, d. April 18, 1865, at 


230 Harriet, b. Jan. 4, 1842, m. John Leslie Duncan, at 

Detroit, Aug. 12, 1863. He was b. at Sault 
Ste. Marie, Mich., April 9, 1833, d- at Detroit, 
Aug. 2, 1868, of consumption. He was en- 
gaged in the fur trade, and during his last 
months his wife attended to his duties as well 
as to him, displaying fine business ability and 
remarkable endurance. She was educated at 
Detroit, where she also taught several years. 
She is patient and gentle, but has the courage 
of her convictions and strength to stand by 

Left a widow at twenty-six, she devoted her 
life to her children, her home and her church, 
and to the administration of her affairs until 
her children were beyond need of her care, 
and her mother's failing health called for much 
attention. For several years she shared this 
care with her younger sister until the mother's 
death, then the old home, that was open so 
many years and to so many friends, was 
broken up. The two sisters will generally 
keep together, and are spending this winter 
at St. Petersburg, Florida. Harriet spent 
some months with relatives in California and 
Washington State, and has traveled a good 
deal through the south. 

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27,1 Caroline, b. Dec. 2, 1844, finished her school educa- 
tion at the Normal School at Ypsilanti, Mich. 
She taught in the public schools of Detroit 
several years until her health became im- 
paired, and, although far from strong, she is 
very much interested and active, in her own 
way, in church work, and her life is a very 
helpful one to her family and friends. She 
has never married, but devoted herself to her 
mother, from whom she was never long 
separated. They enjoyed traveling, visited 
relatives in Virginia, California and Washing- 
ton and other places. 

232 Lucy, b. Nov. 19, 1846, m. Jerome B. Stevens, 

July 23, 1879, d. July 9, 1889. She also 
attended the Normal School and taught in 
the public schools of Detroit several years. 

She was a fair, beautiful woman, amiable 
and lovable. She was greatly interested in 
church work, and held prominent positions in 
several societies. 

233 Julia, b. Nov. 1, 1849, d. Sept. 25, 1867, of con- 

sumption, like her oldest sister, on the very 
threshold of a promising life. 

234 Halsey Lewis, b. July 5, 1854, m. Amanda Louise 

Angstman, Oct. 2, 1879. She d. Dec. 22, 
1893. April 23, 1896, he m. her sister Emma 

He always clung to his love of farm life, 
was educated at the Michigan Agricultural 
College, then took his patrimony and returned 
to Southfield and purchased the old farm of 
his grandfather Stephen. After the death of 
his wife he rented his farm and traveled awhile 
south and west, thinking to make a change, 


but eventually returned, and after his second 
marriage settled again near the old home. He 
is a man highly respected, and of much influ- 
ence in his community. Like his sisters, he is 
an active and valuable member of the Pres- 
byterian Church. 

These children were all b. at Southfield, 

(189) Cordelia (Sullivan). 

235 Adelaide, b. at Southfield, Oct. 18, 1856, m. Walter 

Finley, at her home in Virginia, Nov. 3, 1881. 
He is a farmer, and they live near Staunton, 

(191) Joseph Warren (Hyde). 

236 Mary, b. April 24, 1861, m. James Madden, 1891, 

d. July 20, 1895. She was a teacher, and at 
one time connected with one of the Indian 
schools, west. 

237 Lucy E., b. April 15, 1862, m. George Bairey, 1886, 

d. Aug 23, 1892. He d. Jan. 18, 1894. Their 
only child was b. and d. in 1890. 

238 John L., b. March 8, and d. Aug. 18, 1864. 

239 Newton Herschel, March 18, 1866, m. Mary S. 

Johnson, July 1, 1887, at Chamberlain. She 
was b. in Dodge county, Minn., Mar. 20, 
1868. Newton is a successful photographer at 
Manchester, Iowa, where he owns a pleasant 
home and lives a happy, useful life. 

240 Julia Maud, b. July 16, 1874. She lives with her 

brother. All of this family are members of 
the Congregational Church. 


(192) Avoline (Hayes). 

241 Florence, b. July 21, 1864, at Homer, Mich., m. 

William Andrews, April 10, 1884. He is a 
grocer and they live at Homer. Florence has 
a generous, unselfish nature, and makes her 
home very attractive to family and friends. 

242 Irving, b. March 27, 1867, m. Maud Hoffstader, 

June 11, 1889. Their home is at Hillsdale, 
Mich., where he has an interest in and is 
manager of a fine crockery store. They are 
very genial and held in high esteem by all 
who know them. 

243 Gertrude, b. Nov. 13, 1869, m. Justin Andrus, 

March 13, 1889. They live at Hillsdale, 
where he is associated in business with her 
brother Irving. They are also zealous church 
workers, and harmonious and happy in their 
home life. 

(193) Harry (Sprague). 

244 Albert, b. Jan. 21, 1843, m. Clymene Payne, Jan. 21, 

1874. He supplemented his school work by 
a course at Eastman's Business College, and 
found it very helpful in farming, at which he 
has been very successful. 

245 Edwin, b. July 18, 1847. d. unm. May 2, 1901. 

(194) Cynthia (YVatkins). 

246 Nathan, b. Sept. 23, 1836. m. Martha Gilmore, Dec. 

1, 1858, d. May 21, 1892. He was a most kind 
and generous man, thoughtful and helpful. 

Mary. b. Feb. 10, 1851, d. Aug. 26, 1869. 
The light of the home went out when this 
loving young daughter died. 


(196) Lester (Sprague). 

247 William Lyon, b. at Naples, N. Y., July 27, 1849, m - 

Alice Everitt of Danville, N. Y., Jan. 12, 1893. 
He obtained degree of A. B., at Cornell Uni- 
versity, June, 1873, and of A. M., at Hobart 
College, June, 1890. He was principal of the 
Naples Union School, 1874-9, and instructor 
of Greek and Latin in State Normal School 
at Buffalo, N. Y., 1889-96. Then he went to 
Brooklyn, and has ever since been principal of 
one of the large public schools there. 

He has a strong well-balanced character, a 
good representative of a long line of worthy 

248 Laura Eunice, b. July 27, i860. Her college course 

was interrupted by the long illness of her 
mother, to whom she devoted herself. She 
subsequently resumed her course and obtained 
degree of Ph. B., at the University of Mich- 
igan, June, 1 891. She also teaches in Brook- 
lyn, and her home is with her brother. She 
has traveled abroad, and loses no opportunity 
to improve her knowledge of the world in 
which she lives. 

(197) Drayton (Sprague). 

249 Carl Drayton, b. Nov. 1, 1858, at Alexander, N. Y., 

m. Carrie Jane Lewis, Feb. 24, 1886. He 
inherited his father's farm and still lives there. 

(199) Joseph Edson (Hyde). 

250 Mary, b. Jan. 14, 1850, at Detroit, m. Hartson Gil- 

lett Barnum, at Port Huron, Mich., April 20, 
1870. She finished her school course at the 


" Detroit Female Seminary," 1867, has always 
loved to read and to study, has a remarkable 
memory, is a good linguist. They have trav- 
eled much at home and abroad, and with close 
observation and fine intelligence. She is 
active and most efficient in charity, church 
(Episcopal), study clubs and society, and is 
withal a devoted wife, mother, daughter and 
home maker. 

Mr. Barnum is a banker, stockholder and 
director of several manufacturing enterprises, 
and active and valuable in all city affairs, care- 
ful, conservative, cautious, yet progressive. 
He has a fine voice which is rarely missed 
from his church choir, year after year. Mr. 
Barnum belongs to a line of that name, one 
of whom has fought in every regular war in 
which this country has been engaged. Their 
beautiful home is one of most charming and 
generous hospitality. 

(200) Susan Adeline (Clark). 

251 Milton Claudius, b. June 1, 1848, is unm. He has 

been a great wanderer up and down through 
the west, and will always wander. 

252 William Lochlan, b. Feb. 25, 1850, unm. Still lives 

near Union, Oregon. 

253 Edson, b. 1852, d. in infancy. 

254 Emma Louise, b. at Sacramento. Cal., 1861, d. on 

the plains near Salt Lake City, 1862. They 
also adopted a little girl, Minerva, who died 
from a fall from a cherry tree, 1876. 


(201) George Randolph (Hyde). 

255 Edson Adelbert, b. Dec, 1847, d. in infancy. 

256 James Nelson, b. 1850, d. 1852. 

257 Alice, b. Nov., 1852, at Grand Rapids, m. Lewis 

Howard of Saline, Mich., April, 1872. He 
is a successful market gardener, near Ypsilanti. 

258 Harriet Lillian, b. July 25, 1854, unm. 

259 Carolyn, b. July 18, 1865, m - Emory Hyde of Burr 

Oak, Mich., Dec. 8, 1894. Harriet was twelve, 
and Carolyn three years old, when they were 
taken by their Aunt Harriette Wells. Harriet 
became proficient in art, and with it maintains 
herself. Carolyn was fond of music and is 
very proficient with piano and several string 
instruments. She graduated at the " Home 
and Day School," at Detroit, June, 1884. She 
lives at Burr Oak ; has no children. 

(202) William Augustus (Hyde). 

260 Frederika, b. July 7, 1857, d. Sept. 7, 1858. 

261 Elizabeth Julia, b. Aug. 16, 1859, m. Loomis A. 

Miller, a promising lawyer of Grand Rapids, 
Nov. 7, 1875, when only sixteen, without her 
father's knowledge. He was much older than 
she, and the marriage proved a most unhappy 
one, from which she retreated, leaving her two 
little girls with their father until she could fit 
herself for their support. She had had fine 
instruction in music, piano and organ, and 
would have liked that line of work, but think- 
ing the art of shorthand would be more sure 
and permanent, decided to enter that field. 
In the spring of 1888, she passed a civil service 
examination and was appointed the next Sep- 


tember to a position as stenographer in the 
Bureau of Pensions, Department of the In- 
terior, at Washington, D. C, where her work 
has been of an interesting, varied and respon- 
sible kind, and where she still is. She has also 
given attention to music and other studies, 
including the Spanish language, in which she 
is able to carry on her work. 

She has made good her intention to pro- 
vide her daughters with good practical educa- 
tions, letting them choose for themselves that 
they might not find themselves helpless if left 
alone in the world. 

262 Joseph Edson, b. June 10, 1862, at Grand Rapids, m. 

Mary Trupp, Aug. 12, 1885. He is a mech- 
anic, a good reliable man. 

263 William Fletcher, b. Sept. 15, 1865, a fine draftsman, 

excels at pattern making. 

(203) Mary Sophia (Yale). 

264 Sarah Selina, b. Nov. 24, 1852, d. Nov. 18, 1879. 

A gentle, lovely girl. 

265 Charles Sanford, b. May 19, 1855, m. Marietta 

Neahr, Nov. 3, 1879. He went through the 
public school and Commercial College at 
Grand Rapids, and took up the business of 
manufacturing chemist, but was soon over- 
taken with quick consumption, and d. Nov. 9, 
1885, leaving a beautiful young wife and three 
little boys. He was devoted to his family and 
his life was full of promise. 

266 William, b. May 1S. 1858, d. Jan. 14, 1859. 

267 Fred Dana, b. Dec. 4, 1861, m. Elizabeth Parsons, 

Sept. 19, 1885, at Grand Rapids. He studied 
law, and after a few years decided to go west, 

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and is at present a lawyer and real estate 
dealer at Bellingham, Washington. They are 
active workers in the Methodist Church and 
the cause of temperance. 

268 Edson Welcome, b. April 12, 1868, d. Aug. 17, 1878. 

A dear little shadow of his mother, always 
happy with her. 

(204) Sarah Maria (Ives). 

269 Mary Emma, b. Jan. 26, 1854. She graduated at the 

" Female Seminary," at Monroe, Mich., June, 
1872, and soon after took up the study of 
medicine, receiving her degree of M. D., at the 
" Detroit Homeopathic Medical College," 
June, 1876. In 1879, she located at Port 
Huron, where she rapidly built up a large 
practice. She possessed a wonderfully tender 
and sympathetic heart, and an almost mag- 
netic power over the sick, especially nervous 
people and children. 

Here she met and m. John G. Cobb, Oct. 
12, 1880. She d. after a short illness, Oct. 20, 

270 Harriette Lavina, b. Oct. 26, 1856, m. Charles 

Pierce Gilchrist of Port Huron, June 22, 1881. 
She also graduated at the Monroe " Female 
Seminary," 1875. She obtained degree of 
A. B., at the " University of Michigan," June, 
1875, and of LL. B., March, 1877, and entered 
upon the practice of law at Port Huron, but 
subsequently went to Vermillion, Ohio, and 
later moved his family to Cleveland, where he 
is engaged in the vessel business. Charles is a 
Republican. They are both active members 
of the Episcopal Church. 


2j\ Florence Lois, b. July 30, 1861. She graduated at 
the " Home and Day School," at Detroit, 
June, 1880. 

She has given many years to Bible research, 
and takes great pleasure in philanthropic work 
among boys. She is hospitable and has a 
wide circle of friends, is a lover of nature, and 
has traveled extensively in this country, to 
Alaska and through Canada, east and south. 

272 Sarah Noble, b. March 10, 1864. After finishing her 

school course at Detroit, she decided to give 
special attention to art. She studied with the 
best masters at Detroit and New York, then 
spent three years abroad, mostly in Paris, part 
of the time at the famous " Julian " school, 
going one summer with a sketching class and 
teacher to Brittany, and another spring 
through Italy. She is proficient in French 
and has quite a knowledge of Italian. After 
her return she eventually established herself in 
a charming studio in New York, where she 
enjoys her work very much. She is very fond 
of music, and is also quite successful with her 
pen. She has composed and illustrated a 
book of poems for children called " Songs of 
the Shining Way," which has proven very 
successful; has also given to the public 
short stories and poems. Her pen and art 
name is " Noble Ives." 

273 Julia Margaret, b. Oct. 19, 1867. 

274 Zayde Louise, b. June 10, 1872. 

These two sisters still retain a home on the 
old farm in Grosse He. Zayde graduated as a 
trained nurse at Grace Hospital, Detroit, July, 

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(209) Julia Josephine (Keith). 

275 Jessie Dana, b. Feb. 5, 1865, at Grosse He, m. 
Frank Dodge Whitall, Oct. 26, 1887, son of 
Col. John Whitall, of the regular army, and 
Catherine Rucker, whose grandfather was a 
brother of General Macomb. He is a nephew 
of Maj.-Gen. Henry Rucker and Col. William 
Rucker, and a brother of Col. Samuel Whitall, 
all of the regular army. Mrs. Phil Sheridan 
is his cousin. 

Jessie is wonderfully like her mother in 
character and disposition, talents and tastes, 
fond of flowers and of all nature. They still 
live together in the beautiful old home on 
Grosse He. Zealous in church work and 
always ready and glad to help in any good 

Jessie was once the unconscious cause of 
quite a pathetic incident. She was three 
months old when the " War Veterans " began 
to return to their homes at the close of the 
Civil War. Mrs. Keith, who lives on the west 
side of Grosse He, was spending the day with 
her sister Mrs. Ives on the east side, where 
the main channel of Detroit river comes in 
quite close. As the mother and little ones 
were sitting on the veranda, the older children 
came running with shouts that the Cleveland 
boat was coming full of soldiers, and they 
rushed on into the house to get " something 
to wave." Handkerchiefs were too small. 
All went out to the bank, and as the boat came 
near all waved. Mrs. Ives had Jessie in her 
arms, and having nothing else to wave, tossed 
the baby, whose long, white clothes and little 


flying arms caught the eyes of the soldiers, 
and such a shouting as went up from those 
hundreds of men was good to hear. The boat 
whistle blew and the band struck into " Home, 
Sweet Home," then three cheers went 
up " for the baby," the first most of them had 
seen in many a long day. It chanced that 
an Edson, cousin of Mrs. Keith's, was one of 
the soldiers, and he told her afterwards there 
was scarcely a dry eye on that great boat, 
when they saw that little baby. It seemed 
the first glimpse of home. 

The incident found its way into the Detroit 
papers, and was afterwards made the subject 
of a poem. 
276 Charles Angus, b. Jan. 23, 1867, m. Annie A. Palmer 
of Leadville, Col., Sept. 2, 1890. Charles went 
west in 1888, to a good position in the then 
famous " Iron Silver Mine." In 1892, he went 
in the interest of another company to Cripple 
Creek. He remained in this employ for sev- 
eral years, gradually accumulating interests 
on his own account until 1896, when he went 
into business for himself. His faculty ot 
winning friends and the full confidence of all 
classes made him particularly successful in 
dealing with men. He still continued to 
reach out, investing in mines which were open- 
ing up in that part of the country. August 29, 
1899, he was coming up from a mine which 
he had been inspecting. When near the top 
the bucket became detached and he fell 140 
feet, killing him almost instantly. It was a 
terrible blow to his family, and a great loss to 
the whole community. 


277 Edward Walter, b. Dec. 27, 1870. He followed his 

brother west, as soon as Charles could secure 
a good position for him, and still likes the 
west. Is at Leadville, Col. 

Both these brothers were of fine physique, 
and well qualified in every way to withstand 
the rough life which surrounded them. 

(210) Sarah (Bennett). 

278 Theresa, b. April 23, 1855, unm. 

279 Dan J., b. March 8, 1857, m. Ina Defrase, at Byron, 

Mich., Feb. 22, 1882. He is a farmer, and they 
have lately moved to Gavon, Lincoln county, 
Washington, and bought a ranch, and are full 
of bright anticipations. 

280 Dana H., b. Jan. 27, 1861, m. Jessie Miles, Sept. 12, 

1893. An accomplished teacher and musician. 
Dana is a fun-loving, happy-tempered man, a 
prime favorite with all the children. He is in 
the furniture business at Grand Rapids. 

281 Jessie, b. Sept. 16, 1864, m. A. W. Bridger, a very 

successful farmer at Perry, Mich., where they 
still live. 

282 Harriet, b. Feb. 14, 1868, m. Thomas S. Wilson, 

Oct. 4, 1889. They live on a farm one mile 
from Grand Rapids, where they are pros- 
perous and happy. 

(211) Dewitt Clinton (Kneeland). 

283 Maud, b. Aug. 3, 1866, m. Charles E. Gough, Feb. 

24, 1894. She inherited the old home farm 
of the Kneelands, and still lives there. 


(213) Minerva (Walker). 

284 Bernard L., b. Nov. 11, 1862, at Howell, m. Rose 

Harrison, Feb., 1892. 

285 Lee, b. Dec. 10, 1866, m. Lou Johnson, Nov. 1, 


(215) Lewis Benson (Kneeland). 

286 Warren George, b. March 13, 1867, m. Mary E. 

Benton of Belding, Mich., Oct. 5, 1892. He 
is an Adventist minister and a missionary in 
foreign fields. 

287 Benjamin Franklin, b. Aug. 18, 1874. 

288 Allen Jay, b. May 26, 1877, d. April 9, 1896. He, 

too, was full of missionary zeal, a bright, 
promising man. 

(216) Clara (Hosley). 

289 Lulu, b. Jan. 17, 1869, m. Frank Dickerson, Nov. 

19, 1890, at Oak Grove, where he has a posi- 
tion with the Ann Arbor R. R. 

290 Guy, b. March 11, 1875, m. Alice B. Browning, 

Sept. 21, 1898. 

291 Eda Belle, b. Dec. 20. 1885. 

All of these husbands and wives of the 
Kneeland branch of the family, are educated, 
intelligent and cultured, many of them accom- 
plished, and all are possessed of good sterling 
qualities of character. They are readers and 
progressive and efficient in their respective 
communities. If they haven't traveled as 
much as they would have liked, they know 
how to be happy at home, and that is much 
in this restless age. 


Ninth Generation. 

(219) Francis Lewis (Hyde). 

292 Mabel Irene, b. Sept. 11, 1883, m. Frederick Sea- 

grave of San Francisco, Dec. 25, 1902, at 

293 Edna Marion, b. May 9, 1887. 

(220) Frederick William (Hyde). 

294 Orrel L.. b. April 23. 1887, at Detroit. 

295 Raymond Harrison, b. Aug. 20, 1891. 

(221) David Lester (Hyde). 

296 Claude Metcalf, b. Feb. 12, 1891, at Elgin, 111. 

(222) Lincoln Wells (Hyde). 

297 Dana Royce, b. Sept. 19, 1900. 

(223) Abbie Laura (Lewis). 

298 Ruth Elizabeth, b. Nov. 13, 1889, at Boca Cal. 

299 Charles Hyde, b. Oct. 7, 1894, at San Francisco. 

(225) Elizabeth Kimball (Roberts). 

300 Hazel Elizabeth, b. April 10, 1888, at San Francisco. 

301 Howard Hyde, b. March 3, 1893, at San Francisco. 

(228) Walter Spalding (Hyde). 

302 Kathryn Van Dyke, b. May 9, 1900, at San Fran- 


(230) Harriet (Duncan). 

303 Grace Elizabeth, b. May 10, 1864, at Detroit, m. 

Charles Curry of Staunton, Va., Aug. 12, 
1886. He was b. in 1859, in Augusta county, 


Va., on the same plantation on which his 
great grandfather, Dr. Robert Curry, and 
succeeding generations had lived. He is one 
of the most prominent criminal lawyers in 
Virginia, and a writer of note on law and 
criminal subjects. An address of his before 
the " Virginia State Bar Association," on 
" Criminals and their Treatment," delivered 
in 1901, should be in the hands of every person 
who has anything to do with the care and 
treatment of criminals. 

Grace graduated at the Detroit " Home and 
Day School," and has always kept on studying. 
She has a fine clear mind, and notwithstanding 
her many domestic duties keeps up with the 
times. She is also active in church and 
philanthropy, and in the D. A. R. Chapter, of 
which she is regent, and in other organiza- 
tions, a devoted wife and mother, and their 
home dispenses real southern hospitality. 
304 John Leslie, b. April 7, 1868, at Detroit, m. Ange- 
line Christman Ballou, Aug. 15, 1900, dau. of 
Rev. Joseph Ballou of Stanford, Ky. She 
was graduated from Stanford Seminary, then 
received a fine musical education at Boston, 
and was for some years musical director in 
young ladies seminaries at Clifton Forge and 
Franklin, Va. She is a fine conversationalist, 
quick and responsive, and of a most lovely 
character and disposition. 

As John grew very tall, and seemed inclined 
to pulmonary troubles, his mother took him 
from the school in Detroit, and placed him in 
the " Roller Military Academy," at Fort De- 
fiance, Va., which prepared him for the Uni- 


versity of Virginia, where he studied two 
years, finishing with a course in the law 
department of " Washington and Lee," at 
Lexington, Va., many of the lectures being 
delivered by the celebrated J. Randolph 
Tucker. He entered upon the practice of law 
at Clifton Forge, but he liked the north, and 
subsequently returned to Michigan, and a little 
later accepted a fine position with " Dun & 
Co.," at Toledo, Ohio, where he has use for 
his knowledge of law. He is a man who holds 
the respect and confidence of all and the love 
of many. 

(232) Lucy (Stevens). 

305 Frank Chester, b. July 3, 1880, at Detroit. 

306 Clarence Edgar, b. July 16, 1882, at Detroit. 

307 Ray Beardslee, b. May 16, 1886, at Detroit. 

(234) Halsey Lewis (Stephens). 

308 Ruth Louise, b. Jan. 25, 1898. 

(239) Newton H. (Hyde). 

309 Laura Emma, b. Nov. 1, 1888, at Earlville, Iowa. 

310 Aida Elizabeth, b. Sept. 13, 1900, at Manchester, 


(241) Florence (Andrews). 

311 Elbert, b. Jan. 28, 1888, at Homer, Mich. 

312 La Verne Hayes, b. Feb. 16, 1897, at Homer, Mich. 

(242) Irving (Hayes). 

313 Gladys, b. June 3, 1893. 


(243) Gertrude (Andrus). 

314 Ruth, b. July 3, 1890. 

(244) Albert (Sprague). 

315 Charles, b. Sept. 28, 1878, m. Hattie Aurelia Sparks, 

Nov. 30, 1898. 

(246) Nathan (Watkins). 

316 Henry Gilmore, b. Dec. 26, 1863, in. Edith Lewis, 

Feb. 6, 1888. 

317 George Edward, b. April 16, 1865, m. Eleanor Urie, 

Oct. 3, 1894. 

(247) William Lyon (Sprague). 

318 Martha Amanda, b. Sept. 29, 1896, at Brooklyn, 

N. Y. 

319 Katherine Everitt, b. May 13, 1898, d. in infancy. 

(249) Carl Drayton (Sprague). 

320 Clarence Leon, b. Nov. 9, 1889. 

(250) Mary (Barnum). 

321 Thomas Edson, b. May 17, 1872, at Port Huron, m. 

Mary B. Harrington, at Chicago, June 1, 
1898. He entered the University of Michigan 
at sixteen, took degree of B. S., in electrical 
engineering, 1892; then a year's expert course 
in the "Thompson-Houston Works," at Lynn. 
Mass. ; went first to Chicago, but subsequently 
to Milwaukee, where he is now chief engineer 
at the " Cutler Hammer Co.," high grade 
electrical appliances. He possesses good in- 
ventive ability, which has been of consider- 


able benefit to him already. He has a strong, 
well-balanced character, is a faithful, active 
churchman, a lovely man in his home, where 
his bright, happy-tempered wife does her part 
equally as well. 

321 Margaret, b. Jan. 1, 1877, d. May 22, 1887. A beau- 

tiful, loving, winsome little girl, the idol of all 
the family. 

(257) Alice (Howard). 

322 Bessie Margaret, b. Aug. 17, 1874, at Grosse He. 

323 Grace Carolyn, b. Oct., 1884, at Ypsilanti, Mich. 

(261) Elizabeth Julia (Miller). 

324 Evelyn Leonora, b. Sept. 15, 1876, at Grand Rapids. 

After graduating from the High School, she 
took a six months' course in journalism at 
Detroit; then decided to study stenography, 
entered a business college and graduated, and 
soon secured a very good position in Grand 

325 Fannie Elmina, b. April 16, 1879. After finishing 

her school course Fannie took up some special 
studies, among them, illustrating and design- 
ing, for which she displayed considerable 
talent, but like her sister, being ambitious to 
succeed in the business field she took up tele- 
graphy, and perfected herself in that branch of 
work, and soon found a good situation. 

These sisters had often expressed a desire 
to go west sometime, and in the spring of 
1902, they decided to venture, and went to 
Oregon, and eventually secured good posi- 
tions at Portland. It was not long, however, 


before the spirit of enterprise took Evelyn to 
Washington State, where she has taken up a 
homestead in which Fannie is also interested, 
but still remains at Portland. They are bright, 
intelligent, capable girls, and well deserve to 
succeed, which there is no doubt they will. 

(262) Joseph Edson (Hyde). 

326 Leonora May, b. June 15, 1886. 

327 Lillian Adela, b. Jan. 5, 1889. 

328 Fannie Lane, b. Nov. 1, 1891. 

329 William Edson, b. Feb. 7, 1893, all at Grand Rapids. 

(265) Charles Sanford (Yale). 

330 Harold Edson. b. Aug. 21, 1880, m. Myrtle Butler, 

June, 1899. 

331 Ralph, b. Sept. 9, 1881, d. Oct. 24, same year. 

332 Frederick Neahr, b. Oct. 1, 1882, m. Louise Brown, 

at Los Angeles, Cab, June 3, 1903. 

333 Charles Milton, b. April 12, 1884, at Grand Rapids. 

(267) Fred Dana (Yale). 

334 Fred Wallace, b. Oct. 31, 1886, d. June 3, 1887. 

(269) Mary Emma (Cobb). 

335 Ethel Ives, b. July 24, 1881. 

(270) Harriette Lavinia (Gilchrist). 

336 Bessie Ruth, b. June 5, 1882, at Grosse He, Mich. 

337 Helen, b. Nov. 5, 1884. at Vermillion, Ohio. 

338 William Ives, b. Feb. I, 1888, at Vermillion. Ohio. 

339 Sarah Margaret, b. April 29, 1890, at Vermillion, 



340 Frederick Wells, b. March 17, 1893, at Detroit. 

341 Donald Charles, b. June 11, 1897, at Vermillion, 


A group of very bright children who are 
having the best education to be obtained in 
Cleveland, and all are eager to learn. Bessie 
is in an art school making a special study of 
designing. Helen is a pupil in the " Women's 
College of the Western Reserve University." 
Ives is nearly ready to enter the " School of 
Applied Science." The younger ones are 
equally promising. 

(275) Jessie Dana (Whitall). 

342 Laurence Waldemar, b. July 6, 1891, at Grosse He. 

343 Margaret Keith, b. June 24, 1893, at Grosse He. 

(276) Charles Angus (Keith). 

344 Hazel Louise, b. June 11, 1891, at Leadville, Col., d. 

at Cripple Creek, Col., June 1, 1897. A most 
lovely child. 

345 Erma Josephine, b. Oct. 7, 1893, at Cripple Creek. 

346 Charles Angus, b. Sept. 29, 1895, at Cripple Creek. 

347 Jean Palmer, b. Sept. 24. 1899, at Cripple Creek, 

less than a month after her father's death. 

(279) Dan J. (Bennett). 

348 Carl, b. March 28, 1884. 

349 Maud, b. Aug. 1, 1886. 

350 Wayne, b. May 15, 1889. 

351 Amy, b. March 13, 1891. All at Perry, Mich. 

(280) Dana H. (Bennett). 

352 Loraine, b. Feb. 14, 1898. 

353 Louise, b. March 12, 1899, both at Pinckney, Mich. 


(281) Jessie (Bridger). 

354 Roe, b. Feb. 15, 1891. 

355 Bessie, b. May 1, 1893. Both at Perry, Mich. 

(282) Harriet (Wilson). 

356 Kent, b. Aug. 13, 1891. 

357 Hazel, b. July 16, 1893, d. Aug. 18, 1898. A very 

sweet, happy-tempered little girl. 

358 Frederick, b. May 1, 1898. 

359 George Vernon, b. Aug. 11, 1899. All at Grand 


All of these groups of children are having 
the best of school advantages, and the best 
of home training. 

(289) Lulu (Dickerson). 

360 Florence Mae, b. May 4, 1895. 


Tenth Generation. 

(316) Henry Gilmore (Watkins). 

361 Freda, b. Feb. 6, 1888. 

(303) Grace Elizabeth (Curry). 

362 Duncan, b. July 14, 1887, at Staunton, Va. 

363 Grace Beatrice, b. Jan. 21, 1889, d. July 26, 1899. 

364 Robert Granville, b. April 9, 1890. 

365 John Leslie, b. Feb. n, 1892. 

366 Eleanor May, b. Dec. 31, 1893. 

367 Margaret Henry, b. Sept. 26, 1897, d. July 6, 1898. 

368 Constance Dana, b. Sept. 26, 1897. 

369 Charlotte Hyde, b. Oct. 12, 1899, d. July 22, 1900. 

370 Grace Elizabeth, b. Sept. 16, 1901, d. Aug. 2, 1902. 

Duncan graduated at the Staunton High 
School before he was fifteen. Being too 
young to enter the University of Virginia, he 
went one year to William and Mary College; 
is now in the University of Virginia. Gran- 
ville shows decided talent for sculpture and 
music. Leslie will evidently be a lawyer. The 
little girls are equally bright and promising. 

(304) John Leslie (Duncan). 

371 John Leslie, b. June 22, 1901, at Toledo. 

(321) Thomas Edson (Barnum). 

372 Charles Norman, b. June 12, 1901, at Milwaukee. 

373 Margaret Millicent, b. Jan. 2, 1903, at Milwaukee. 


Abell, 36, 50. 
Adgate, 9, 18, 32, 40. 
Allen, 85. 
Andrews, 91, 104. 
Andrus, 91, 105. 
Angstman, 89. 

Bachus, 17, 18, 40. 
Bairy, 90. 
Baldwin, 44, 53. 
Bay ley, 13. 
Ballou, 103. 
Baret, 12. 

Barnum, 92, 105, 1 10. 
Barrows, 30. 
Barton, 101. 
Beecher, 30. 
Bennett, 100, 108. 
Bingham, 17, 19, 40. 
Blackman, 52. 
Blinman, 42. 
Bliss, 40. 
Bolton, 85. 
Bosworth, 57. 
Bradford, 39, 52. 
Bridger, 100, 109. 
Brown, 47, 52, 107. 

Browning, 101. 

Buckingham, 1 1. 

Buck master, 22. 

Buell, 9. 

Bullard, 22. 

Burchard, 44, 49. 

Bushnell, 32, 33, 35, 36, 45, 50. 

Butler, 26, 54, 107. 

Calkins, 9, 42, 44, 47, 50. 

Carey, 30. 

Case, 19. 

Chapman, 10, 85. 

Christopher, 37. 

Clark, 10, 14, 18, 19, 45, 56, 

7h 72, 73, 93- 
Cleveland, 50. 
Cobb, 96, 107. 
Cole, 80. 
Coleman, 54. 
Collins, 52, 53, 54. 
Crane, 10, 13. 
Croswell, 23. 
Curry, 102, 103, 1 10. 

Dana, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 
26, 28, 29, 31, 54, 58. 


Defrase, ioo. 
Denison, 19, 35. 
Dick, 81. 

Dickerson, 101, 109. 
Dickinson, 36. 
Duffield, 66. 
Duncan, 88, 102, no. 

Edson, 60. 
Eliot, 12. 
Everitt, 92. 

Fiero, 67. 
Finley, 90. 
Fitch, 13, 29, 54. 
Flint, 57. 
Foote, 39. 
Forbes, 18. 

Gager, 18. 
Gay, 24. 
Gifford, 44. 
Gilchrist, 96, 107. 
Gillett, 28. 
Gilmore, 91. 
Glover, 82. 
Gobell, 22. 
Goodwin, 57. 
Gough, 100. 
Graves, 52. 
Gray, 54. 
Green, 24. 

Griswold, 8, 9, 10, 11, 17, 19, 
21, 22, 35,40, 50. 

Ham, 64, 86. 

Harrington, 105. 

Harrison, 101. 

Hart, 37. 

Hatch, 59. 

Hayes, 67, 91, 104. 

Hearst, 83. 

Hill, 80. 

Hoffstader, 91. 

Hope, 86. 

Hosley, 84, 101. 

Hough, 43. 

Howard, 94, 106. 

Hunt, 70. 

Huntington, 10, 11, 12, 16, 19, 

20, 24, 40, 45, 52, 57, 58. 
Hyde, 23, 24, 29, 32, 40, 41, 

58, 59, 60, 61,62 63,64,70, 
7h 7 2 , 85, 90, 92, 94, 102, 
104, 107. 

Ives, 75, 76, 77, 96, 97, 98. 

Johnson, 90, 101. 

Keith, 81, 98, 99, 108. 
Kibbe, 28. 
Kimball, 30, 86. 
Kneeland, 62, 82, 100. 

Larrabee, 47. 
Lathrop, 17. 
Lee, 47. 


Leffingwell, 9, 15, 32, 33, 34, 

35. 3 6 > 37, 40, 54- 
Lewis, 85, 92, 105. 
Loomis, 69. 
Lord, 50. 
Lyon, 69. 

Macomb, 98. 
Madden, 90. 
Mann, 38. 
Marsh, 20. 
Marston, 67. 
Marvin, 32, 45. 
Mason, 52, 54. 
Miller, 19, 94, 106. 
Metcalf, 19, 54. 
Miles, 100. 
Moushunt, 84. 

Neahr, 95. 
Nelson, 73. 
Nyhart, 74. 

Oldham, 22. 
Oliver, 23. 
Osgood, 64. 
Otis, 64. 

Palmer, 99. 
Parsons, 95. 
Payne, 91. 
Phelps, 9. 
Pierrepont, 53. 
Post, 9, 49. 

Pratt, 17. 
Pride, 40. 

Reed, 23. 

Roberts, 43, 86, 102. 
Rockwell, 13, 45. 
Royce, 43, 44, 47, 64. 
Rucker, 98. 

Sackett, 56. 

Schofield, 85. 

Scott, 68. 

Seagrave, 102. 

Seymour, 30. 

Shuman, 40, 44. 

Sparks, 105. 

Sprague, 60, 68, 69, 92, 105. 

Standish, 44. 

Starr, 24. 

Stephens, 65, 88, 89, 104. 

Stevens, 29, 30, 89, 104. 

Stewart, 87. 

Stoughton, 13. 

Sullivan, 66, 90. 

Sumner, 24. 

Swain, 13. 

Thomas, 56. 
Throop, 52. 
Tracy, 9, 10, 18, 36, 37, 38, 39, 

40, 41, 44, 47- 
Trupp, 95. 

Urie, 105. 

Walker, 82, 83, 101. 
Waterman, 40. 
Watkins, 68, 105, no. 
Washburn, 57. 
Wattles, 52. 

Wells, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81. 
Whitall, 98, 108. 
White, 34. 
Whitman, 20. 


Whiton, 26, 28. 
Wilson, 100, 109. 
Winslow, 39, 40, 46, 47. 
Wolcott, 19. 
Woodward, 23. 

Yale, 75, 95, 107. 
Young, 87.