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HARRIETTE HYDE WELLS.
Several Ancestral Lines
MOSES HYDE AND HIS WIFE SARAH DANA,
Jlfarried at Ashford, Conn., June 5, 1757.
A Full Genealogical History of their Descendants to the end oi
the Nineteenth Century.
COVERING THREE HUNDRED YEARS
EMBRACING TEN GENERA TIONS.
HARKIETTE HYDK WELLS.
ALBANY, N. Y.:
Joel Mumsbll's Sons, Publish f.rs.
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
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.
HARRIETTE HYDE WELLS.
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
" 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
" 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
" 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:
Simon and Christopher Huntington, brothers.
Hugh Calkins and his son, John.
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
H. H. W.
ANCESTRAL LINES OF SARAH DANA.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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-
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
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
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
34 Ann. Of this only daughter of Simon and Mar-
garet Huntington no further record has been
found. She probably died young.
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
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
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
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."
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.
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.
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-
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.
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
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
"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
"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
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
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.
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
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
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
SARAH DANA'S LITTLE CASKET.
everything they undertake, and there seems
to be no great undertaking in which they do
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? "
ANCESTRAL LINES OF MOSES HYDE.
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.
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.
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.
who Dyed May ye
9th, 1730, aged
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
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
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.
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
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
" 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.
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-
139 RUTH, b. at Norwich, Sept. 13, 171 1, m. Elijah
Hyde, Nov. 13, 1730. There were also seeral
CALKINS LINE (Also spelled CAULKINS.)
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.
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
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
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.
LINES IN WHICH THE NAME WAS LOST IN
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
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
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).
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.
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
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.
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
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.
(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
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
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
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
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.
GENEALOGICAL HISTORY OF THE DESCEND-
ANTS OF MOSES HYDE AND SARAH DANA.
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 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,
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
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,
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
WILLIAM HERSCHEL HYDE, SR.
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
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
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
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
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
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
" 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
" 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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Harriet devoted herself especially to her
gentle, patient mother. She continued in
school, however, and graduated at the
" 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
(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
220 Frederick William, b. Oct. 23, 1859, m. Emily
Bolton, Nov. 18, 1885. They live on a farm
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
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
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.
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
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-
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
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
(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
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
(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,
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,
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,
(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
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
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,
(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.
(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
(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,
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
(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,
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
(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
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.
(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.
Andrews, 91, 104.
Andrus, 91, 105.
Bachus, 17, 18, 40.
Baldwin, 44, 53.
Bay ley, 13.
Barnum, 92, 105, 1 10.
Bennett, 100, 108.
Bingham, 17, 19, 40.
Bradford, 39, 52.
Bridger, 100, 109.
Brown, 47, 52, 107.
Buckingham, 1 1.
Buck master, 22.
Burchard, 44, 49.
Bushnell, 32, 33, 35, 36, 45, 50.
Butler, 26, 54, 107.
Calkins, 9, 42, 44, 47, 50.
Chapman, 10, 85.
Clark, 10, 14, 18, 19, 45, 56,
7h 72, 73, 93-
Cobb, 96, 107.
Collins, 52, 53, 54.
Crane, 10, 13.
Curry, 102, 103, 1 10.
Dana, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25,
26, 28, 29, 31, 54, 58.
Denison, 19, 35.
Dickerson, 101, 109.
Duncan, 88, 102, no.
Fitch, 13, 29, 54.
Gilchrist, 96, 107.
Griswold, 8, 9, 10, 11, 17, 19,
21, 22, 35,40, 50.
Ham, 64, 86.
Hayes, 67, 91, 104.
Hosley, 84, 101.
Howard, 94, 106.
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,
Ives, 75, 76, 77, 96, 97, 98.
Johnson, 90, 101.
Keith, 81, 98, 99, 108.
Kimball, 30, 86.
Kneeland, 62, 82, 100.
Leffingwell, 9, 15, 32, 33, 34,
35. 3 6 > 37, 40, 54-
Lewis, 85, 92, 105.
Marvin, 32, 45.
Mason, 52, 54.
Miller, 19, 94, 106.
Metcalf, 19, 54.
Post, 9, 49.
Roberts, 43, 86, 102.
Rockwell, 13, 45.
Royce, 43, 44, 47, 64.
Shuman, 40, 44.
Sprague, 60, 68, 69, 92, 105.
Stephens, 65, 88, 89, 104.
Stevens, 29, 30, 89, 104.
Sullivan, 66, 90.
Tracy, 9, 10, 18, 36, 37, 38, 39,
40, 41, 44, 47-
Walker, 82, 83, 101.
Watkins, 68, 105, no.
Wells, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81.
Whitall, 98, 108.
Whiton, 26, 28.
Wilson, 100, 109.
Winslow, 39, 40, 46, 47.
Yale, 75, 95, 107.