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Sketch of nn nnnivers-Vry festival 
of tho""\!itohall family. . . with -an hi3- 
twioHl notice or l*iw life and ohwaofc' 
of Dea.Sleazar Mitchell. H. Y. 1859. 
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THE 5th of October, 1853, being the hundredth nnuiver 
wry of the marriage of D«a. Eleasar Mitchell, of South Brit- 
tin, with Olive Hickook, of Southbury, their doswndanV 
ninl those connected with them by marriage; held a festival 
nt the family mansion in commemoration of that event. 
At the time of the marriage the house was new, and in' 
: ^ the midst of the jPootatook tribe of Indians, half a mile 
from the Houaatonio river, and \ mile ar\wo from' any 
dwelling of white peoplo. Although not at present inhabit-' 
/ qd, it is in a tolerable state of preservation, and was fitted 
up and furnished for this occasion, with artlcloj of old furni- 
ture, and relics that have descended as hqlr-!ooms In the 

On entering, a beautiful design met the eye— an ever- 
green representing the family treo, bo arranged that each 
member of the family could at once bo traced to the branch 
to w hieh it belonged. The walls, also, u ore decorated w jt)j 
overgroena and floworsj encircling inottooi and toatluionlaja 
ofrespeel to departed woilh. Tho relic's, 4 many of them 
thanksgiving and birthday presents from thirty to sixty 

years ago, were tastefully arranged In the corner'cupboaid/ 
or LcuiiJU, with moss and flowers, and awakened many rem. 
InUoncea of past scenes of festivity, in which tbeir grand- 
father mingled, contributing to the y t \ of the occasion by 

his gift* and hospitality, 

'" ' ,l arm chair standing irihsrtcbiuti.iiicdcornrj'r.wltii 1 

Mli» Well-I einlieied wlher In ailed nine |.r»ldit ||, wart FO 

strongly associated with its former occupauts, as to Beera 
almost a part of themselves. 

The window-curtains of embroidered linen, of home 
manufacture, displayed the skill, taste, and industry, of our 
grandmothers, a hundred years ago. 

The family Bible and n copy of Flavel's sermons, bear- 
ing date of 17C1, were known to be the chosen books read 
and meditated on more than any other. 

The wedding shoes, of blue brocaded satin, the same ma- 
terial a3 the dress, were among -the curiosities exhibited; 
also, a brocaded silk blanket used at the baptism of tbo 
children, which could bo traced back to the your 1710. The. 
children of three or four generations, not less than thirty in 
number, had all been wrapt in it when the sacred rite was 

Another article that claimed attention was a curiously 
carved oak chest, that has never been removed from the 
house, and had the dato 1700 carved on it, with the initials 
M. N. It originally belonged to Mary Noble, of New Mil- 
ford, the grandmother of Dea. Mitchell's second wife. 

These, and many other relics contributed much to the 
interest of the occasion, as affording somo idea of the cus- 
toms, habits, dress, etc., of former times. 

Tho company assembled at an early hour. At half-past 
ten A. M , tho meeting was called to order by tho chair-. 
man. After a prayer by Kev. Amos Lawrence, pastor of 
tho South Britain Congregational Church, Mr. Cyrus Mitch- 
ell, grandson and oldest male descendant living, gave an- 
interesting historical sketch of Dea. Mitchell's life, intcr- 
eporsed with anasdotes, illustrative of his character, which 
was listened to with undivided attention. At tho close, an 
affecting allusion was made to the arm chair, where tho 
grand moth or iaI as sho nuried her children, and taught 
them the first principles of obedience and faith ; by which ; 
the gnindiafhnr always mIoo.1 ns lie led tho dorotlonn of the 

itli sighs, 

family; whore, in later yonr&>of his life, ho Rat much of his 
time, reading his B'.ldo or Fhivel's Sermons, mid from whioh, 
hie soul at lust ascended to Heaven. Pausing a moment, as 
if for reflection, several of the great-grandchildren roso up 
and sang, to the time of " Bonny Doon," the well known 
song of 


I LOVE It, I loTff it, and who shall dare 
To chide me for loving that old arm chair? 
I've treasured it long as «i holy prize, 
I've be lowed it with tours, and embalm'd it ^ 
*Tis bound by a thousand bands to my heart ; 
Not a tie would break, not a link will start; 
Would ye learn tho np»111 a father sat there, 
And a sacred thing is that old arm chair. 

I sat and watched him many a day, 

When hia eye grew dim, and his locks were gray ; 

And I almost worshipped him when he smiled, 

And turned from bis Bible to bless his child. 

Years rolled on— the last one Bped, — 

My idol was shattered, my earth star fled; 

I learned how much the heart can bear, 

When I saw hlra die, in that old arm chair. 

"Tis past, 'tis past, but I gaze on it now, 
"With quivering lip and throbbing brow ; 
"fwas there he dandled me — there he died, — 
And rnom'ry ilows with lava tide. 
Say it is folly and deem mo weak, 
While tho scalding drops start down my cheek; 
Bui I love it, I love it, and cannot teas 
My soul from my father's old arm chair. 

All present, old enough to appreciate the song end tho 
cirouinstanceB to winch they were applied, fell that indeed 
a sacred thing was that old arm-chair. 

After the King, lome account was given of Doa. Mitch* 
ell's immediate descendants, two of whom were present; 
one in her ninety-seventh year, tho oilier in her eighty-fifth 
year— their mental faculties and physical powers hut little 
impaired. They could relate, much pertaining to the 
CUitomu oftho paternal dwelling, nml by this itionni eon- 
trihiited to th" unjoymenl ufUio festival, 


An entertainment had been' prepared in keeping with 
tho known hospitality of the original proprietor of the old 
mansion, of whose feasts many of those present had often 
partaken. As they gathered round the table, the ancient 
custom was observed of standing while a blessing was in» 
voked, and of seating the men on one bide of the table and 
women on the other, according to their ages— placing the 
oldest at the head— and at the close of the repast, rising 
before thanks wero returned. 

About Olio hundred guest*, were present— fifty-eight 
were lineal descendants— from four di He rent States, Con- 
necticut, New York, Ohio ami Iowa. Tho Six children of 
Dea. Mitchell who lived to adult years, were till settled 
within a few miles of the old homestead. Same of the third 
and fourth generation had emigrated to tho West, and had 
now returned to the place of their nativity, at this gathering 
of their relatives, for an interchange of social greetings. 
It was a pleasing sight to behold, on this bright and bcauti- 
j- u l day — tlio groups of young people and children, on the hill 
and in the orchard, calling up reminircencee of the past, 
and examining curiosities and relics of olden time. 

While thus engaged, there suddenly appeared in the 
midst ol the company several of the younger females, so 
completely disguised in the costumes of former times as 
scarcely to be recognized. One in the veritable garments 
other grandmother, the first mistress of the mansion, acted 
tho part of hostess at tho table. 

. Ah BOOH as practicable, after dinner, the company ru-as- the front, (or outer room, as it used to be 
termed,) and about the. open doors and wimluwH, 1o liit'en 
to addresses, renin rks, wit, sentiment, etc 

It'ev, Geo. Pj Prudd.'ii wiin flrnt called u'pull, and after 
apologising for appearing ihqruaa a descendant of him whOM 
memory tllP,V had met to Inline, being, an he Wild, one by 

imputation only, as the relationship had come to him from, 
the children rather Ihnn the parents, spoke at some length 
of the change and improvements that had taken plaeo in the 
century since that home was built and first inhabited, the 
progress made in science and mechanical arts, steamboats, 
railroads and telegraph-wires, and of the great achievement 
of the age in this last j*ear of the century, the ocean telegraph. 
" In our ancestor's time it took three weeks to communicate 
with New-York ; what would he have said, if ho had been 
told that some of his children would see daily communica- 
tion.' What would he i have said if he had been told that 
in their days the citizens of New-York would hear news 
iVom London earlier in the day than it occurred in the lat- 
ter eity / Undoubtedly he would have said « I farm it, (his 
own abbreviation for 1 affirm,) I don't believe a wprd of it.'' 

" There were those present,* 1 ho said, " who could look 
over parts of a century] Bomo one-fourth, others, one-third, 
one half, two-thirds, 6omo three-fourths j and in each sec- 
tion of time we could see changes and improvements made, 
could contrast the privileges; political social, and religous, 
which we thin day enjoyed, with those that had gone before, 
and which, lor the most part, had been secured to us by the 
untiring perseverance, through hardship and toil, ofour fore- 
fathers, How much it. becomes us," he continued, " to hon- 
or and reverence their memory ; how much moro to glad-"' 
den the hearts of those that remain with us, whoso sunset 
ray long lingers on life's horizon, by our sympathetic atten- 
tions, and endeavors to promote their happiness. 

"The fathers should always he the glory of tho chil- 
dren, whatever Improvements were made by each suc- 
ceeding generation, and though they might not keep pace 
with tho times, and might feel that the former customs wore 
better ihnn the proi nt ( might worn ohUiu.hloiicd, and 
to have outlived Iholr iiwftilnei8«~lhc present generation 

should remember that they, tOO, Would he old -I'mhlouod to 


the next; and no want of modern refinement, no abatement 
of physical energy, or loss of mental faculties, should ever 
deprive age of that respect and sympathy, that deferenco 
to their opinions due from the young " 

On Mr. Prudden resuming his seat, Rev. Mr. Lawrenco 
was called, lie remarked the waning sun, if nothing else? 
would admonish him to bo brief, if he added anything to 
what had already been said ; but it occurred to him to in- 
quire if brother Prudden was there by imputation only, pray 
how camo he there/ He could not tell, unless it was in 
consideration of his having been instrumental lately, of in- 
troducing one into the family, who, as ho looked over the 
company, he saw was there also as a descendant by impu- 
tation. If it was for that, that he had been invited, ho was 
ready and should be most happy to strengthen his ties to 
the family, by further offices of this nature. He should bo 
very glad to add new members at any time, even then, if 
any present wished it, and in that case they would be a 
wedding party as well as that of a hundred years ago, which 
they were now commemorating. 

Mr. Prudden had spoken of what would have been the 
impressions of our ancestor*, if they had been foretold of J 
the improvements of the age. Let us bring it home. Sup- 
pose the good Deacon could walk in now and see tills good- 
ly company, and be told that they were his children, and 
children's children. Would ho not exclaim in wonder and 
amazement, " Where on nirlh did they all come from 7" In 
retrospect, a century, or eo much of it as wo could look 
back upon, seemed short ; but a great deal could be accom- 
plished in that time by a single family, as we could see by f' 
looking over the history of this one, who took up their abode j 
hero alone, in the midst of a tribe of uncivilized men, and 
established a home around which had clustered ho many 
other homes, with bright hopes and happy prospects, 

He hoped fie old house might be permitted to stand 


another century. He thought very probable it might, i 
caro wero taken and a lew repairs made. 

]fo hoped, also, that other celebrations of this kind woul< 
bo held hero by tho descendants of those present. Sue! 
gatherings, he thought, should be more frequent. They wer< 
but just testimonials to departed worth, and grateful recog 
uitions of our Heavenly I ather's preserving care, and serve 
also to cement in stronger bonds the ties of relationsbij 
among those who were separated, in pursuit of their ow 
personal interests. 

No notes were taken of either Address at the time, r< 
during it impossible to give any adcojiato idea of their im 
port. They were spoutanoous, and pertinent to the occasion 

^fr. Lawrence was followed by Win. H. Crane, fron 
Ohio, who wished merely to express his gratitude that h< 
was permitted to be present on this occasion, and vvouh 
take that opportunity to tender his cordial thanks to th< 
committee who had seut an imitation to his distant home 
Ho considered it an honor to have descended from such ; 
man as Deacon Mitchell, and was very glad to, havo ha< 
this opportunity of learning more of his history and charac- 
ter, He would not occupy much time, except to read ; 
little poem ho held in his hand, which was written for thii 

occasion by one of I lie descendants. 


A hundred years npo 

Thin dear old house wan now, 
It* liaarthntoda'a cheofful glow 

CtftVfl nil n \v c ■ 1 1 • c 1 1 1 m • Him ; 

Iih i\iii]'l" roof a Hlicllcr K|irrad~ 

I in well llllpil Inrdpr llinunnndi M i 

And in I'd wtt* ifiocil tli ' anr»<Minl Irow 
Of iOltiHMMr'i faintly i 

A ircc wlinxii IniuiilicM now run eliow 
I'i iiIIh t ( n liundivil vi'iiih nuui 

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A hundred years ago 
Our grandslre's bridal train, 

As .Mitchell annals show, 
Crossed rock, and hill, and plain — 
Escorting hero, with pomp and pride, 
His Olive tree — a new made bride. 
The gallant horsemen, two abreast, 
Brought each a lady gaily dress'd. 
On pillion placed. Thus, to and fro 
They rode, a hundred years ago. 

A hundred years ago 
Our grandslre's bridal feast 

(A banquet sumptuous too,) 
AY as spread for many a guest 
Just hero, within this opened door, 
And on this well-worn oaken lloor ; 
Then these old walls with echoes rung, 
To tunes the bridal party snug, 
In gleeful mirth ; nor moved they slow 
In dance, a hundred years ngo. 

A hundred years ago, 
When morrow morn had come, 

And guests, both high and low, 
Had left the new-made homo, 
This family troe a sapling stood 
Where dwelt the wild men of the wood, 
Who came in bands, in eager basto 
To share the remnants of the feast ; 
For "altho 1 last they were not least." 
But stood erect, in stately row, < 

As guests, a hundred years ago'. 

As years are numbered up 
Tim iron Is found a gem — 

And branches full of sap 
Adorn the parent stem i 
They grow and i proud, and till each nook 
Around the hills of I'ootntook. 
'J he red in in's wigwam disappeared, 
And stately mansions now are reared 
Where llousatonie's waters flow 
The same, as hundred years ago. 

A hundred years roll on 

Along tho stream of time ; 

The branches, pita by mm, 
Are gathered lit ibulr puma ; 
Not nil, for soma may mill bo seen ■ 
Hearing life's storms will: quiet mien | 
Near li . verge Uh-v stand, culm, serene, 
Ah stands the graceful ovprgraon, 

'Jhr.ij tell I18«- What they well Colli I know 
AlnioM n bundled vein? UgO, 


A hundred ytars arc gone, 
The- younger branches, nil 

With scions grafted on, 
Wake at the herald's c 11— 
And proud that wo some kin can trace 
To honored Eleazar'.s race, 
Have hither eomo to celebrate 
Ilia centennial marriage fete ; 
And list to learn what others know, 
Of scenes a hundred years ago. 

A hundred years ago 
To-day Is all our theme ; 

Tho social springs o'erflow 
As of tho past we dream, 
And search through each recorded line, 
And delvo in mem'ry's deepest mine, 
For laurels froth, to grace tho brow 
Of hoary locks, long static laid low, 
"With glory crowned, a^ meet to do, 
Tor deeds A hundred years ago. 

A hundred years to come I 
None can divine the thought 

Of change that will have been — 
What wonders will bo wrought ; 
This dear old house may crumble down 
From roof-tree to "foundation-stone;" 
Tho Mitchell name may be unknown, 
Except on record it Is shown; 
Not e'en a vestige may remain 
Of Pootatook, save hill and plain j 
And Housatonlo's stately stream, 
Whose waters roll now Bwift, now slow, 
Tho samo as centuries ago. 

A hundred years to come ! 
A vista yet unseen j 

Of branches there'll be none- 
All gathered dry or green j 
Stilt, germs perchance, of this same tree, 
May traco their honored ancestry 
'Along ancient books of heraldry, 
And find their coat of arms to bo 
The lovely Olive-branch of peace, 
And Bloazar head and priest, 
Who planted here, for weal or woo, 
His tree a hundred years ago. 

Other short but appropriate remarka woro made, Bonio 
}>loftnintf imrcdoii'N n i.'iiul, wilh Hiilllcmif wit, and tmpromp* 

tu rliynii'H. 

As the last rays of the setting sun gleamed through the 
casements of the old mansion, hallowed by so many sacred 
memories, Mr. Lawrence, the pastor, seated in tho old arm 
chair, read from the family Bible tho 00th Psalm. 'Prayer 
was offered by Mr. Prudden. At the close, the Lord's Prayer 
waB repeated in concert. The following hymn was thon 
sung to_tho tune of "St. Thomas :" — 


Our fathers ! whore are they, 

"With all they called their own? 

Their joys and griefs, and hopes and cares, 

Their wealth and honor gone. 

There, where the fathers lie, 
Must all tho children dwell; 
Nor other heritage possess 
Than 6iich a gloomy cell. 

God of our fathers! hear, 
Thou everlasting friend I 
While we, on life's utmost verge, 
Our souls to Thee commend. 

Of all tho pious dead, 

May WO their footsteps trace, 

'Tiil with them, in the land of light. 

"Wo dwell before- Thy face. 

The Chairman, trusting that the house would bo permit- 
ted to stand that time, then adjourned tho meeting to one 
hundred years from that day. 

Before tho company separated, they again repaired to 
the refreshment room, whero u table was spread with cakes, 
fruits, confectionery, etc., in tanto and stylo befitting a 
modern wedding. 

At tho table, a vote was taken that a copy of Mr. 0, 
Mitchell's historical sketch should bo solicited for publica- 
tion ; also, that a Committed be appointed to prepare n, 
sketch of this meeting, to Im- published with Hie history. 


Reluctantly tho company then began to disperse, re- 
minded that earth's purest pleasures are but transitory, and 
breathing many an earnest prayer for a re-union, where tho 
day ne'er declines, where the Sun of Righteousness never JiiJes 
Ilia beams. 

Tho Committee, on consulting Mr. C. Mitchell, found 
him unwilling to submit hia sketch lor publication 5 they 
have therefore drawn up the following short account as a 
substitute : — 

Dea. Eleazar Mitchell, the subject of this memorial, 
was the son of Jonathan and Hannah .Tenners Mitchell, 
who resided in tho Transylvania district of Southbury. Ho 
w:is born Nov, 87th, l?;:o, and was the youngest of thir- 
toon children, Ilia mother dying when he was but nine 
days old, commended him to the care of her neighbors, Mr. 
and Mrs. Bronson, remarking tnat she could die in peace if 
they would take her baby. They accepted the trust, and hav- 
ingbut one child, i daughter, who soon after married, they 
adopted him as a son, alter the death of his own fath< r, which . 
took place when he was about twelve years old. 

But little is known of his foster parents, though they 
seem to have been good, kind peoplo, and lie over spoke of 
them with ivv.-ivnre ami affection, calling them father and 
mother, and their grand-daughters, sisters. They trained 
him to habits of industry, economy, honesty, and self-reli- 
ance, but without much aid from books or schools— -three * 
days being tho extent of the time of his school-days. He grow 
up, therefore, without learning, and his mental culture, 
whatever it was, was entirely his own; yot, in his d«y, 
among hii .cmnpoeri ho ivbi not considered on unedu. 
Oft ted man. 

From his own mother ho inhoritod an ardent liupulalvo 
temperament, and quick angaeity, which, under thu training 
of his fostor-motherj n nltod in a diameter of much foro* 
cast and discriminating Judglm-nt, United to energy xeldom 



surpassed He was noted fur strict integrity ami trust- 
worthiness, generosity to the poor and liberality to all.-' 
His love of truth was remarkable ; never violating; his 
word. If he made a child a promise, however slight, that 
he could not at the moment perform, he was sure toremem. 
bei it afterwards. Many u penny promised to his grand- 
children, for some slight service rendered, or as a token of 
his approbation, was paid long after, but was never forgot- 
ten. In his own childhood ho was encouraged to carry to his 
mother all his pennies for safe keeping. When ho was 
twenty-one, (the age she judged amancnpable of taking care ' 
of his money), she handed him more than three pounds (Eng- 
lish currency) the result of his penny saving. This, in our 
day, would seem like parsimony, or a disposition to hoard, 
but the reverse was his character. Jlis gifts wero abund- 
ant, Ins hospitality unlimited. For the poor, he not only 
supplied their immediate wants, but endeavored to put them 
in a way to help themselves. 

In disposing of the surplus produce of his farm, lie al- 
ways had an eve to the necessities of those about him, as 
well as to his own interests. Having at one time some grain 
to sell, when it was particularly scarce, and being offered a 
good price for it in money, ho replied : — " No, there are many 
all about me who have no money, and can't get grain unless 
Met them have it for work; I will sell to them." Good 
wages and prompt pay, was a maxim with him with re. ' 
gard to his work-people. His advice to his sous, on leaving 
their paternal roof, was always io hiro their help so that 
they (the help) could live hy their labor, Ifo wn* quick 
III deciding what lie would or would not do, and was prompt 
in executing. The things of importance ho used to eay "he 
must sloop upon," or, in other words, take time to consider. 
His customary expression of "I farm It " (abbreviation 
of I affirm), I will, or T won't do ho and no, was always nc« 
oompnnlcd with, "tin- mlndl'm In." Thidqualifylugolaugfl 


shows ho felt his liability to orr, mid if he found himself in 
error, ho was ever ready to retract it. 

Ji' his children provoked him to anger he would say, " I 
Khali punish you, but not now, for I am angry, but I shall 
surely punish you— the mind I am in ;" and they know well 
they would not escape unless justice was on their side. 

Ho was small in stature, light complexion, with a quick, 
nervous manner. In early lifo ho lost one of his eyes by 
some accident ; he was twice struck by lightning, just es- 
caping death ; once came very near being drowned, and in 
consequence of taking cold when recovering from <ho small- 
pox, was made permanently lame, so as ever afterwards to 
bu obliged hvwalk with a cane; This however, did not seem 
in the least to abate his activity, even down to old age. It 
is stated of him, that once in a harvest held he was ambi- 
tious to do as much as his best workman, The held was a 
long, sandy plain, on the banks of the Housntonic. They 
commenced at one end, returning at each bout, instead of 
cradling back. Though bowed with ago and inlirmity, ho 
could keep up cradling, but not in walking, In order not to 
be behind, he fastened his horse Snip so as to follow in his 
tracks, and when ho had finished his bout, ho would mount 
him with his cradle on his shoulder, and ride at full gallop, 
and be at work forty or fifty rods ahead. 

It is not known that he ever inherited property from his * 
own or his foster-parents; probably not much, if* any ; yet 
at twenty-five years of age, he is in possession of a farm on 
which he has built a good commodious house, furnished 
with whatever was necessary for respectability and comfort, 
in those days of primitive simplicity. 

His farm was situated in the midst of the Pootatook 
tribe of Indians, near the Housatonie rivor, and ho added 
to it from time to time, until almost al! the surrounding hills 
and valleys were in his possession. 


Although the Indians wore tho principal inhabitants of 
that part of tho town, their village still standing, and wig- 
wams all about the surrounding forests, and more than 
a hundred of their sachems and chief meu residing thorc 
for fifty years after tho first settling of tho town, * their 
land sec ins to have been previously conveyed away, as 
shown by title-deeds on record; none of the deeds of con- 
veyance were directly from the Indians or their agent to 
Dea. Mitchell. 

His first wife and mother of his children, was Olive, ol- 
dest daughter of Dea. Benjamin lliekock, Jr., of Southbury. 
Sho was twenty-two years old at the time of their marriage, 
and lived with liim twenty-eight years, dying suddenly at tho 
age of fifty, leaving six children, the youngest twelve years 
old. They were married in the morning at her father's, and 
attended by numerous guests on horseback, took possession 
of their new homo the same day. 

It was then universally the custom for ladies to rido bo- 
hind tho saddle on a pillion, sometimes performing quite 
long journeys in that way. On this occasion thero was a 
long train of horses, two abreast, a gentleman and lady on 
each, reaching nearly half a mile. They took a circuitous 
route, fording tho Pomperaug river three times. On arriv- 
ing at tho house, where everything was in readiness, they 
passed tho afternoon and evening in joyous hilarity, feasting 
ami dancing. 

The day after tho wedding, when their white guests had 
departed, tho Indians and squaws of tho neighborhood came 
to pay their respects to tho "new woman." They were cor- 
dially received and welcomed as guests, and treated with rum, 
their favorite beverage, thus establishing amicable rclutlouH 
Which Ittfttod iih long as there remained one of tho trlbo. 

Nnti Cotlircn'fl Idetory of Woodbury, 


Those were uot temperance days, and no entertainment was 
considered complete without ardent spirits. 

The story of his second courtship, is thus told. When 
he had been a widower a few months, ho one day rode up 
in front of a house where resided Abigal, widow of Dea. 
David Hickock, with whom he had some acqunintance, and 
enquired for her, On her coining to flu? door, lie asked her 
if she would receive a visit from him on a certain evening, 
which he named. .She replied yes, and ho rode away,' In 
about a month after they were married. In temperament 
she was much like himBolfj was a faithful, good wife, and a 
, kind mother to his children. She had one child, a daughter, 
Whom he j received as one of his own, and this daughter's 
children regard him as their ancestor. She outlived him 
thirteen years, residing after his death with her daughter 
Widow Zephania Smith, of Glastonbury, and died at the ad- 
vanced age of ninety-two. 

It has been asserted by some, that Dea. Mitchell was 
a Tory in politics during the revolutionary struggles of our 
country. This however, seems to be disproven by facts on 
record. In J 857 the year before his marriage, wo find his name 
among the list of volunteers who marched to the relief of 
Fort William Henry, and he was absent on that expedition 
about three weeks. And in tho list of names of thoso that 
marched from Woodbury and adjoining towns to New York, 
by order of General Washington, we find that of Captain 
Eloazar Mitchell. How long ho was absent at that time Is 
not known, but it is certain that lie was captain of ft military 
company at that period ; and three times, while ho held com- 
maud, ho gave a dinner to his company at his own house. 
It is also known that ho furnished provision to tho Ameri- 
cans, and refused it to tho llrltlsh. 

He was told on one occasion, very privately, that ho 

might oxpoet company on a certain night named, re for ring 

to tho custom of tho Tories receiving tliolr Hrltish friend* 

l JO 

at night, in order to supply them with provisions, llo un* 
dcrstond their meaning, and replied emphatically that ho 
would shoot tho first man that oamo on such an errand, They 
never came, 

Before he received his discharge from tho armyj on ;i 
company being drafted, two men were sent for him. They 
found him at work on the east sjdo of tho Houeatoiiiu river. 
He refused to go, oil the plea that ho was unfit for active 
service, and that his family was sick at home. They insist- 
ed, and would take him by force, llo told them that if they 
could got him across the river, ho would go with them. This 
they attempted, placing him <m a horse to ford tho river. 
Ho fell off several times, and swain ashore. At last they 
fastened him bet weon them, 1 the three on tho same horse, 
and succeeded in reaching the opposite shore, when he told 
them they had conquered, and that he would go with them, 
but that ho must first go home and change his clothes, and 
make some provision for his family in his absence. 

Ho did so, and was soon on his way to join the army, 
but on arriving at Danbury he obtained a certificate of dis- 
ability from tho physician and Burgeon of that place, which, 
with one ho had previously obtained of Doctor Perry, of 
Woodbury, testified to his unfitness for service, and ho was 
discharged and returned home. 

Although Doa. Mitchell was a man diligent in business,' 
and over on the alert to accumulate property, adding con- 
stantly to his estate, he iflOlill to have been equally " fervent 
in spirit, serving tho Lord." 

It is not known when he first made a profession of reli- 
gion. II is own, und hia wifo's name, are on the list of names 
that composed the first Congregational Church of South 
Britain, Tim names of the four uldoit children uro found 
on the record of I ho Houthbury Chun! . they having been 
baptized llioretand it lu well known Lhfcj, the family attend- 

ed church regularly iu Southhury, previous to the &outn 
Britain Church being organized 

The second child, Mrs. Eunice Flinraan, now living at 
the advanced age of ninety-seven, remembers well often 
riding to Southbury to meeting in her mother's hip on apil- 
. lion, with her father and oldest brother in tho saddle ; all 
on one horse. Tho distance was four miles. This proves 
that in early life, as well as in later years, of which all who 
remember him can testify, that lie was a church-going man. 

In his old age, when his hearing failed to sumo extent, 
lie was accustomed to climb the pulpit stairs, that he might 
more readily understand tho word preached. This was no 
easy task a:; the pulpits were built in those days, for one 
who was habitually lame and enfeebled by agei 

He gave liberally of his substance to sustain the gospel, 
and was ever active in promoting the welfare of the Church 
of which he was a member. lie was elected Deacon in 176C, 
and acted in that capacity as long as ho lived. Jt was his 
custom to rise early, call all his family together, and have 
family worship before any labor for the day was performed. 
' Their Sabbath was commenced at Rundown Saturday 
evening, when every occupation of a worldly liaturo was 
laid aside, and the Sabbath books brought out, that by read- 
ing and meditation their minds might bo better prepared 
for the public worship of God in tho great congregation. 
The closing hours of tho Sabbath were devoted to teach- 
ing the children the Catechism and other religious instruc- 
tion, as long as there were children iu tho family. 

His lovo and acquaintance with the Blblo was more than 
ordinary— much of his time, when the infirmities of age had 
unfitted him for active life, was spent in reading its hu- 
cred paged, and Ifluvel'fl sermons. It was not easy to mis- 
quote Scripture In his proseooo; or omit any part of it 
when reading tO him, without being corrected, 

A low months before his death, his granddaughters by 


marriage, canie to pay him a visit J'roni Glastenbury. The 
morning of their departure for homo, he requested one of 
them to road in the Bible. She read the seventy-second 
Psalm, ami hesitating a moment before reading the last verse 
ho remarked, you have not finished, and immediately repeat- 
ed it. " Tho prayers of David the son of Jesso are ended," 
and in his prayer which followed, made such allusion to it 
as to show that he felt his own days to be numbered — his 
prayers almost ended. 

His Last sickness was Bhort, apparently nothing more than 
a hard cold. Ho did not think it necessary that anything 
should bo done for him — felt that he could wait on himself 
The night before his death, one of his sons and daughters, 
in-law, went to see him, and believing him to be sicker than 
he supposed, insisted on remaining with him through the 
night. He was unwilling, especially that his son's wife 
Should remain up for., him, .but finally consented, saying sh-o 
should have his new little book to read. This was tho me- 
moir of Henry Obookiah, then recently published. 

But though death came to him suddenly, in an hour that 
he looked not for it, we have no reason to suppose that lie 
was an unwelcome mpssengejr, or found him unprepared for 
his summons. Ho remarked during the night that tho Lord 
.Jesus Christ was his friend — thai; he put all his trust in him 
for salvation Ho went frequently from his bed to tho fire, 
during tho night to warm his feet, as ho said, and when his 
attendants wished to place something hot to his feet in bed, he , 
said "No; 1 shan't indulge myself as much as that." Just as the 
faint glimmering of morning light was visible, on the 3d of 
February, 1819, he got up from his bed, walked to tho fire, 
sat down In his chair and died, aged eighty-six years two 
months and seven days, 1 

This sketch has lieen prepared for the benefit of his do- 
•oblldnili'N, that they limy rovoin Ida memory, and imitate his 
vlrtlli*!, and that the yOlingOlfc generality of his do>ice|id- 
mitn may hnowNoinothiiig of their nnee'dor, 


P O E M 

Sweet river of my native valo, 
Cliff, grove, and mead adorning ; 

The flowers along thy hanks exhale 
Their fragrance to the morning, 

Within thy sunny dells grow wild, 

Blue hyacinths and roses ; 
finch as expand in climates mild, 

And Etna's base discloses. 

Thy tributary stream, * that winds 
Through hill and dale, dispenses 

Those beauteous scone* of trees and vines 
Enchanting to the senses, 

Hazel and honeysuckle bowers, 

Wild plums and wild choko-chorrics ; 
With curious sorts of fruits and flowers, 

And most delicious beiries. 

And there in childhood's mirth and glee 
Through forest dale and meadow; 

Wo oft imagined we could See 
Some fairy or Dryad's figure. 

And hoard, when daylight nearly closed, 

The gambols of the Fairy ; 
Ami traced her reels, as wo supposed, 

With steps as light and airy. 

The beauties on thy bank* would charm 

When in their sylvan glory, 
When Hummer suns were m lid and warm, 

Like an Arabian story. 

No tree that climbs t ho mountain height 
But at thy side has flourished ; 

No shrub that blooms wltlt bloAsoms. bright, 
But llilno own waters nourished, 

On oaken bianchon o'er the wave, 

tiling many a purple pluetor | 
In vain our longing oyt n would crave 

Their tempting glossy lustro, 






B R n N v E M it i: n 2 7, 17 3 2. 

8IMK0N, born Sept. 5, 1?.*)!), died Juno 1), 1; 11 ; EUN'ICE, born Mny 
2p, LTii-i ; WaUUKN bora Jan. 1"), 177(i, died Jan. J), I H-|*_* ; ANNA, born 
.April 3D, 1708, illo«l Nov. 13, 1807 ; HENJaMIN, burn Juno 30, 1770, 
died August 13, 1771 ; OLIVE, bom April 1), l?74.j Uknjamin, born 
April 22, 1777, died Sept. 3, 1842. 

SIMEON married tint, Hannah Johnson of South Hrltaln, April 
16, ]7.-:i ; she whs born Fob. 10, 1707, died Jan. 88, I700| married j 
Boeonil, Ansa sikono of Southhtiry, Doc. 25, 1701. Anna win bom 
Oct. 17, 1703, died April 10, 1828, Ohlldreu 3. 

POLLY, born Deo 7, 1783 ; OLtVK, born DOO 3, 17r'.*>, dlftd Sept. 21, 
ltt. r )7 ; BETSEY, burn August 30, 17tv<, diod Juno 25, 1810. 

EUNICE married. Wait HlNMAN of Sonthbury, 2!), 1784. He 
>va« bpruAugaat 8, 1761, died April B, 1811; Ohlldreu2. 

Josmi, born May 23, I78G, dlod June J, 1858 ;Oj.ivk fcJ.,boru Sept, 
28, 1707, married Glover Laiud J'm. M, 183-1, 

WAUREN married MuJ.v Kimiikhly, of Southbury, Nov. 10, 178*. 
flho ivaa bom Fob. 10, 1771, died March 17, 1853. Children 1. 

(Jvuum, bom July 11. 17U0| S.\LLY, born March I2,1703| Anna, 
born May il, 1700, raarriod ANaofl Uuaulk* Oet. 0. Hi!), diod July 
ii'J, 1821 ; Ni.scv, born March 2fl, 181 3, 

AMOM married, flrBt, widow TIuthOokti*. dan gh tor of Doa, .ToaIa.1i ' 
Minor, of Woodbury, Ifob, 10,1705, Shu died Oct. 1, 1H01| nmrrind, »oo- 
mid, Ruth JUU80.V. 1803, who Btill Hiirvlvoa. Ho wan klllod by full- 
ing from a bridge, that crbH«op the l'omperaug, at ibo Juuctio'n wlih 
the HouHfttoDio, Children 3, 

i:i i azoh Hrvi.i'M, born Juno 10. I i>"-K dieil Ifob, ", 1800 t If auuilt, 

bora AtlffUMt in, 1800, dlod SOOt, 21, IH0I j IlKTMKY JlAHItlKT, burn 
Auk. 5, 1807, illoil Nov. II, 1820, 

OLIVE married 8 ETH N, "\VHEELER, of Soulhbury, Fob. 19, 17W. 
Ho was born Jan. S8, 1772, dljd Dec. 31, JH 1 L. Childrou 4. 

BF.T.SkY. born Oct. 22, 1798, married Pk E. OAKLKY, died April 
13, 1831 ; Eunice M, born May 15, 1803. dlod Jan, 14 1838 j Sarah 

Maria, born May H, 1807. died Feb. 2?. lblS : ANN, born Aug. 1812 

died Jan. 1, 1827, 

BENJAMIN roarrlod Hannah PrEiica of South Britain, March l, 
1801. Sho was born Oct. 24, 1780, died lice. 31, 1847. Children 8. 

ERASTUS, born Ropt, 11, I8C2; ELKAZOR, born Oct 6, 1804 ; Amos 
P. born Aii^ 5, 1807 ; 1'ni-nr ANN, born Juno 28, 1800, died Fob, 12, 
1938 ; <>u\ , n, horn Sept. 5, L813 | LAURA, bom April IB, 1817, died 
June 11, 1834 j JULUA., born Juno I", 1829, dlod March ('-, 1850; 
11BKNKT, bornMtiy 14, 1829, died Juue 3, 1829. 



POLLY MITCHELL, marriod Burton Oankikli>, of NewMillbrd, 
April 1, 1802, Ho was born Feb. 22, 1778, died Jan. 10, 184a Chil- 
dron 3, 

HARRIET, born Dec. 27, 1802 ; MITCHELL M., born March 29, J80J ; 
LEMUEL MUNSON, born April 19, 1820, died Sept 5, 1854. 

OLIVE MITCHELL married Joel Crank, of Newark, N. J., June 
20, 1804, lived in Soulhbury till May 1818, when they removed to Ver- 
million, Erie Co. Ohio, lie was born Jan. 20, 1779, died Aug. 3, 1814. 
Children .">. 

SIMEON M., born March 24, 1805 ;• MART Anna, born Oct. 21, 1807 ; 
William, born April 20, 1810, died Aug. 29, 1810,; WM. 11oi!aut, 
born May 11, 1813 ; Chas. EDWARD, born June u0, 1815, died Oct. 2, 

BETSEY MITCHELL married LEMUEL Canfikld; of Now Milford, 

1WJ7. Ho was born March 20, 1787, died March 15, 1817. Children I. 
Jerome Canfield, born March 26, mw. 

JOSIAH HINMAN married first, Sally Basskt, May 1808, She 
was born May 1, 1780, died April 17, 1850 ; married second, widow 
Eliza CHURCH, April 24, 1850, Children 10. 

Charles, born Fob. 14, 1809 j Va# Victor, born Sept. 0, ihiq, 
died Oct, 7, 1839 i Flora, bom Doc. 16, 1814 1 John Henry, born 
April 26, 1816] DELIA, horn April '2, 1818] UOBART, born July 38, 
1820; Boss, born Attff. II, 1823, married Mary Thomas, Now 
Haven i OEOROE, horn Sept. 14, 1824 | l'RK.-M'ON, horn April II, 1827; 
MARY Ann, born May 17, 1832, , , 

OYltUS MITCHELL married Charloite Pierce Dec. 23,1812. 
Reiddence, South Britain. Children f>. 

ANN J., horn Doe. 20, \? I I , llKIMKY, horn S. pt. 23, 1HI7| MARY 

0., bora Fob. 17,1 830 1 Hkuoh \\'., bom Hay 2', 1*2.".; cyri 1 * L, 
born Sept. *, 1638, 


SALLY MITCHELL married Kiiknk/ku Johnson, of Southbury, 
Oct. 'J-J, 1813. He was bora March 3, I7'J1. Residence, Southbury. 
Children 'J. 

HENRY JUSTUS, bom Nov. 8, 1814 ; ELIZA Ann, born March 29, 

EUNICE M. WHEELER married MATTHEW E. Mitchell, ■ of 
Washington, in 1823. Children 2. 

Sarah Maria,. born April 11, 1824; "Betsey Ann, bom April 10, 

ERASTUS MITCHELL married Judith A. Downs, Jan. G, 1829. 
Residence, Sonth Britain. Children 2. 

ANN Ei.iza, born March 13, 1830, died Oct. 12, 1848 ; Lauka A., 
born April 12, 1835, 

BLEAZOR MITCHELL married Corniclia Mkkwtn, of Bridge- 
water, Jan, 18, 1829. Reaidenco, South Britain. Children 7. 

An infanUon died Nov. 32, I829j LAWRENCE, born Feb. 97,' 1833} 
BbnjamiS BRUCE, born July 21. 1830, died May 11, 1843; David M., Jan; 8, 1837, died March 34, 1838; MAKY.born J uly 6, 1839, died 
Feb 2,1842; MARY, boru Sept. 3, 1844; BENJAMIN B., boru Dec. 5, 
1840, drowned Sept. 4, 1854 ; DaVID Mkkwin, boru Oct. 1G, 1811. 

AMOS P. MITCH ELL married first, Thalia PAINTKH, of Roxbury, 
who died Aug. 14, 1849, ago 41. He married second, Mama TYLER, 
of Middlebury, May 3l), 18 JO. Residence, South Britain. Children G. 
• Josephine, bom April 23, 133!); William, born May 3D, 1841, died 
Aug. 15,1841; IIesuy B., born Jan. 25, 1842; Gkokge, born March 
12, 1846; William, born March 13, 1849; Julia Tylkk, bom'May 11, 

OLIVER MITCHELL married Mahy GniKPUr, f Hampdftn, Feb. 
22,1837. Residence, South Britain. Children 1. 
Benjamin QRIFFIN, born Jan- 4, 1838. 

JULIA A. MITCHELL married MERWIN WALLEit.of New Milford, 
Oct. l.">, mi. Children 1. 
Edwin Mitchell Waller, 


He wan born May 10, 1700, Kotfdoneu, South Itrllaln. Children ft. 

LK.MUKi, 0„ horn Doc. l, 1820, dlod Oct. L0, Ib3i»i Buiuon 0„ born 
Jan, !i, LetfJO, married: An.s'a, born Fob, 10, 1832 | BaRAH. born Dec. 

(I, 1833; Ei. r/.A, bom Sept. til, 1839. 

Nov. 24, 1830. Sho was born Juno 38, lrtll. Residence Sonth Brit- 
ftlu, Children 3, 

Avi.iiiii, IJUUTOK, horn Nov. H\ im:ii ; llKKur MoNUOK, born 
Aug. IB, 1841, 


LEMUEL MUNSON CANFIELD married Kmki.inf. Nouthruf, 
of Seymour, Ct., March 16, 184.1. Sho was born March— 1845, Rest. 
donee, South Britain. Children 2. 

Harriet Elizabeth, bom March 15, 1850; Sarah Elkan'oii, 
born April 89, 1852. 

SIMEON MITCHELL CRANE married first. Eliza A.Ingham, 
Sept. 5, 1820. bhowaaborn Julv 17, 1612, died July 7. 1630, He 
married second, Olive Rockwell, Sept. :t, 1636. She was born 
Sept. 29, ihvjO. Rcsideuco, Florence, Erie Co., Ohio, Children 10, 

CiiAitLPfl Edward, born Nov. 27, 1827, residence Green Bey; 
Samuel Ingham, born Doc, 20, 1832; Gkorgk Mitchell, born, 
July 1, 183J; Anna Louisa, born Feb. 6, la-it), married Henry 
"W. Hyde, April 30. 1857; MARY Minerva, born July 3, 1812, died 
Dec. 20, 1850 ; Joel ROCKWELL, born Dec 1, 1 H 15 ; Ol.lvr. A . LAURA 
A. born Aug. 6, 1851 ; MARY ELIZA, bora Oct. 22, 1854 ; BURTON DK- 
LOS, born April 7, 1858. 

MARY ANNA CRANE married Dr. (J. G.BaKFk. Nov. 05, 1621. 
1K< was born Doe. 19, 1798. Residence, Norwalk, Huron Co., Ohio. 
Children 1. 

Sarah Louisa, born Dec. 26, 1827, died Aug. 16*, 1849, 

W1I. IIOBART CRANE married HARRIET CHAKDLt'n Oct. 27, 1841. 
Sho was born July 17, 1819, Residence, Vermillion, Krio Co., Ohio, 
Children 2. 

HENRY Herbert, born June 5, 1843: ELI.ES Eliza, born Sent 1. 
184G. , . . i . 

JEROME OANFIELD married H LHHAH Smith of Hanover. N. II. 
Residence, Brookklyn, N. Y. Children 6. 

LEMUEL Smith, married Emily Johnson, June 1857; MITCHELL 
Jerome, deceased; Cornelia C., j Edward Jerome, deceased 1 ; 
Chandler p. ; Emma Gertrude, deceased. 

CHARLES HINMAN marriod Rachel Russki, Residence, Ox- 
ford, Ct. Children 2. 
MARTHA R, married Sponcer Bray ; Sarah. 

FLORA IIINMAN, married llURR DlCKERMAN, Nov. 25, 1835. 
Resldenco, Armenia, Now York. Children 0. 

Harriet, born Doc. 2, i«30 ; Sarah, born May 5, 1839; Skth 

born Jan. 1U. 1842, died March 25, 1845; MlLO, bom March 20, J844 ; 
Skth, born Jan 2, 1847, died Dec. 2, 1849 , ALICE, born Oct. 3, 1852. 

JOHNW. HINMAN mnrrled MARY ICKLSET, ot Mllford. Children 1. 
Harry GARWOOD. Vj 

i DELIA HINMAN mnrrled W.M. Wallace. Residence, Anamoiitt 
JonusUo. Iowa. Children 2. 
LOUISA ; Jsarella. 

QISOnOK HINMAN married Luciuru Hewitt Roildouoo, 
Now iluvou ct. Children u. 

QHOtldl ; MAIir. 


RRR3T0N IIINMAN married Harriet Needier. Residence, Now 
Haven. Ct. Children 1. 

MARY ANN HINMAN married John Downs. Residence New 
Haven, Ct. Children 1. ' 


MARY C. MIT CHELL married CURTIS B. Dowsj Oct 22 183'K 
Residence South Britain. Children 2. ' 

Elizabeth A.j Catherine m. 

NELSON WARREN MITCH F-LL married Edna E. Platt Fob 
28, 18-19, Residence, South Britain. Children 2. ' ' 

Edward LsroY, born Sept. 29, 1851 ; Akha Charlotte, born Feb 
:;, 185C. 

HENRY J. JOHNSON married LUCIXDA Clark, Sept; 1839 Rosi.' 
dcni-c, Southbuiy. Children 2, 

Charles, born and died, Jan 5, 1841; Emily Mitchell; bom 
April 28, 1842, died Sopt. 5, 1843. 

r.UZA A. JOHNSON married Rev. Cko. 1\ I»RUDDBif, Oct. 4. 
1839, Itotldouco, Watertown, Ot, OhUdjren 5, 

EuWARD PAY30N, born June 8, 1841, died April 14, 1H43; Hus- 
ky JOHXSOX, born March 10, 1843; Theodore, born March 14, 1847 
Theophil Mitchell, born July 7, 1849; Uliak Eliza, born Dec. 3, 
i 852, 

SARAH MARIA MITCHELL married Dr. N. 0. Baldwin, Oct. 
31, 1841. Residence, South Britain. Children 2. 

Mary, born Dec. 1847; WlLBBR, deceased. 

BETSEY ANN MITCHELL married first, David C. Hi.vman, 
of New Haven. Bccond, Charles Cothubh, Ang., lt:A. Residence, 
Ocean Port, New Jersey. Children -i. 

EDWARD C. Hivuan, bom Dec. 4, 1848; three daughters, all 



24, lbj"). Residence, Newtown, Ct. Children 1. 
Fka.nk JIoi.liitoOK, born Feu. 4, 1850, 


AVERILL D. CANF1ELD, married Auck fl. anuevixb, Sept. 
P, 1K57. Alice was horn Sept, 0, 1835, Residence, South Britain, 
Children 1, 

OORNHLXi ELIZADMTH, horn Doe, 18, Itf.'iB, 

SAMUELS! CRANK married Soniu CllAiiLOTTK BUCK, April ¥ 
2fi, 18f»4. lWWdence, Now York, Children U. 

OflAKLMB HEROKBT, boin April 1, 1»-Mj ; QkOROE lilJAV'AHD, born 

Sept. «J, 1858. 

HA NNA JI HTCKOCK, daughter of Doa. Mitchell's socond wlfa, 
tn>*rj^l "R\'r7>»4'a/ a N i > SMITH, Umiduiico, (Hft»tt>ubiiry (Jl. Ulill- 

vj '/i-niANU i l,i»(<ii/i l 1 Vi < AUHii.r.A ) doceasod |.TULM K.| AuioailII. 
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