a history of the north society of Middletown, Ct.
from 1650 to 1800
with genealogical and biographical chapters
on early families.

Charles Collard Adams
New York: Grafton Press, 1908.


[transcribed by Coralynn Brown ]

1. George Stocking1, his wife Anna, and their four children came over in 1633, in the ship Griffin, which brought the Hooker company. His antecedents are unknown, but the name Stockin, Stocken, Stocking can be found in the Domesday Book. He built a house in Cambridge, at the corner of Holyoke and Winthrop streets. He was made a freeman May 6, 1635, and in 1636 came with Hooker to Hartford, being one of the original founders and a prominent proprietor. He was selectman in 1647; surveyor of highways in 1654 and 1662 ; chimney viewer in 1659 and was excused in 1660 from military duty owing to his "great age." He d. May 25, 1683, aged 101 years and his name is among the one hundred cut in the brown stone obelisk erected in the old Center Church burial ground. His will, made July 15, 1673, names his wife, Anna, and each of his children. His only son, Samuel, was his chief heir and the executor of his estate.

  • 2. Samuel2, b._______.
    Sarah, b._______; m. Samuel 0lcott.
    Lydia, b._______; m. John Richards.
    Hannah, b._______ ; m. 1649, Andrew Benton.

    2. Samuel2 Stocking (George), b. in England about 1620, removed 1850-1, with others, from Hartford to Middletown Upper Houses. His adjoining neighbor was George Grave, whose father had witnessed his own father's will. His home-lot is shown on the map of 1675. He was one of the three signers in 1673 of the Indian deed. When the church on the "south side" was organized in 1668, he was one of the original members. He represented the town in the General Assembly for seven years, and held local offices and served on many committees. He was a sergeant in King Philip's war. He and each of the four others who located on the same side of the street was given two acres on the west side. The four others returned to Hartford and Wethersfield and he had his west side two acres increased to eight and then to eleven and he built his barn on the west side. The well is still in use.        He m. Bethia Hopkins, dau of John and Jane Hopkins, and, granddaughter of Samuel Hopkins, one of the signers of the Mayflower Compact, in 1620. He d. Dec. 30, 1683, and the widow m. James Steel, of Hartford, who had to sue for his wife to get what her first husband had given her by his will. It will be seen that he remembered his pastor in his will, which was witnessed by Nathaniel White and John Savidge, Sr., while his codicil was witnessed by his pastor and by Nathaniel White, who, with pastor Collins, had laid hands on him to ordain him one of the first deacons in 1670. The anxiety to have his children brought up in the "Nurture and Admonition of the Lord" is made known therein.


        Dated in Middletowne 13th of November 1683.
               Know all men, whome these presents may concern: That I Samuell Stocking Senior of MiddleTowne, In the corporation of Connecticut and County of Hartford; Beeing under Bodily weakness, but otherwise in perfect use of my understanding and memory : Committing my Soul into ye hands of Jesus Christ my Redeemer in hopes of finding mercy through his merits, and leaveing my body unto decent Buriall according to ye Discretion of my Beloved wife, Executor and overseers, Do Leave this as my Last will & Testament concerning that outward estate which God bath entrusted me with as a steward thereof.
               1. Imprim. All just Debts & Legacies beeing first payed by my Executor, I give unto my Loveing wife Bethia Stocking my whole Homestead lying on both sides of ye Highway with all ye buildings thereon and appurtainances thereto belonging with my whole Lot at Pistol-point ; and half my Meadow lying on ye other side of ye Brooke, that is to say, that part of it that lyeth next ye great River, with all my Meadow Land at Wongink; both plowing and mowing, together with all my stock and moveables. These I give and bequeath her my loveing wife during ye Terme of her Widdowhood, and upon Marrying again I will to her four pounds yearly to be paid to her by my Executor to be raised out of that estate which I bequeath my Son Daniel Stockin, with the use of the one half of ye moveables (if she see cause), which aforesaid four pounds is to be payed in currant pay of ye Country and both that and the aforesaid moveables to be onely dureing the Terme of her naturall life. It is moreover my will that my said wife upon her marriage (in case she marry again) divide the one half of ye moveables equally between my two daughters Bethia and Lydia, and that the other half of ye moveables whereof she stood posest, be at hir decease, in like manner divided, between my aforesaid daughters.
               2. I give to my Samll. Stocking my whole allotment upon ye Hill between be Land of Lieutennt White and Israel Wilcox; only excepting six Acres Adjoining to ye land of Lieut. White, which I give to my daughter Bethia, to hir and hir heirs forever More over I give to my son Samuel, The Remaining half of ye Meadow over the Brook with ten acres of the swamp adjoining to it. Moreover I give him my whole allotment at the Cold Spring on ye west side of ye Highway to Heartford, Moreover I give to him, my said son Samuell, the whole of my lot at Pipe Stave Swamp with ye half of my alotment next unto Wethersfield Bounds with the half Lott at pistol point, on his mothers Decease, or change of her condition by Marriage. These unto him and his heirs forever.
               3. I give unto my Son John Stocking the whole of ye lands and Buildings my Father Stockin deceased bequeathed me by his last Will and Testament within ye Township of Heartford, These to him and his heirs forever, he paying the due debts and legacies bequeathed in the aforesaid will, which the other estate willed me by my said father deceased will not amount unto.
               4. I give unto my daughter Lydia, my lott lying next unto Thomas Rannie's abutting upon ye common west and Dead Swamp east. This I give to hir and hir heirs forever with a good Mich Cow to be delivered hir within a twelmonth after my decease.
               5. I give to my sons George & Ebenezer, all my lands on ye east side of the great River, both meadow and upland, to be equally divided between them, excepting the one half of my Great lot next unto Haddam Bounds, these as before specified I give to them and their heirs forever.
               6. I give to my son Steven my whole loft upon the Hill, bounded upon ye land of Thomas Rannie, North, the common, east west and south : with my whole alottment in the boggy meadow with all my meadow and upland in the farther neck. Thes I give to him and his heirs forever, giveing the improvement of ye boggy meadow unto my son Samuell till the aforesaid child come of age to inherit.
               7. I give to my son Daniel, my whole homestead lying on both sides of ye Highway with all ye buildings, with my whole lott in ye Long Meadow, with the half of my lot at pistol point, and half my meadow over ye Brooke with the remainder of the swamp ad-joining thereto, with the one half of my lot lying on ye west side of ye as you go to Heartford, Adjoining to the land of Anthony Martin on ye North, the land of Thomas Ranny south, ye highway east, and common west. This I say I give to my son Daniel that is to say the west end of it, ye other half of said lott to my son Samuell. These aforementioned parcels as specified I give to him my said son Daniel and his heires forever wth ye other half of my lot next Wethersfield Bounds.
               8. I give unto or Pastor Mr. Nathaniell Collins (as an expression of my affectionate Respect to him) three pounds to be payd within a year after my decease.
               9. Moreover I leave my son Samuell Stocking Sole Executor of this my Last Will & Testament wilting that what needfull expens he is at in ye execution hereof, be well and truely payed him out of the stock before distribution be made, and ye remaining stock be upon my wife hir decease or marriage distributed equally among all my children.
               10. It is also my will that in case, any of ye children decease before they come of age to inherit that then the estate of the child deceased be divided among those of them whoe survive, In Manner following, that is to say, that my son Samuell have a Double the rest an equal or part thereof.        Finally. It is also my will, That my Respected and Beloved brethren Mr. Nathaniell White and John Savage Senior, should accept the oversight of the execution of this my last Will and Testament in all and each the peticulars of it, which office of Love I request from them, and in speciall (as in all things needful to afford their oversight and counsel, so I say in speciall) that my children be brought up in the Nurture and Admonition of the Lord. And that this is my Last Will And Testament I witness by subscribeing my hand this 13th day of November in the yeare of or Lord. 1683.
        Signed In presens of us Nath: White
        John Savidg Senr.

        Upon further and serious consideration I, underwritten being stil in perfect use of my reason and memory as aforesaid though under increaseing bodily weakness, see cause to make this following Alteration in my Abovementioned Last Will and Testament, Namely, I will and Bequeath my whole lot in ye Long meadow to my Son Samuell and his heirs forever which I had formerly given in my above written will to my son Daniel, ye use of it to remain unto my loveing wife during ye state of hir widdow hood and that this is my last Will and Testament in reference to ye premises I witness by subscribeing my hand this 25th of December in ye year 1683.
        Signed in ye presence of us
        Nath : White
        Nathanll Collins.

        His inventory concluded as follows:

        To washers & exnayls ls-6d To cart & wheles 10s
        To two old boxes 2s
        To a small hand saw is two hogs 21b 14s on sow 1lb five shoats 21b-10s
        To a broad shovell 2s four broad hows & an old pickax & another old ax 6s
        To a from ward 3s two old axes 3s To four pichforks 4s to a hay knife 4s
        To tackelling for a sith 2s-6d on peas hook is To four pound of lead 1s-4d
        To an old harrow 5s two old sithes 2s
        To two oxen 121b the old Red Cow 31b-15s the other Red Cow 3lb-5s
        To two black Cows 71b two hifers 71b on hifer 2lb-5s on bull1lb-15s
        To two calls-es 21b on mare 41b To twelve sheep 71b-4
        To the dwelling hous 801b and the barn 101b
        To the home loft three acres 241b to eight acres over the way where the barn is 401b
        To three acres in the long meadow 211b to eight acres of meadow by the dead swamp 481b
        To four acres at pistle point 201b two acres & a halfe of bogie meadow 151b
        To two acres & halfe of meadow in the neck 41b & three three acres of upland 31b
        To fifteen acres of upland 15lb to six acres 101b
        To a percell of land on the east side the way to Wethersfield

        The legatees:

        Sammuell Stockine 27 year old;
        John Stoekin 23 year old;
        Georg 19 year old;
        Ebenezer 17 year old;
        Stephen 10 year old;
        Danill 6 year old;
        Bethia Stow 25 year;
        Lidea Stockine 21 year.

      • Hannah, b. Oct. 30, 1654; d. before 1683.
      • Samuel, b. Oct. 19, 1656 ; d. Dec. 2, 1697, unm.
      • Bethia, b. Oct. 10, 1658; m. Thomas Stow (see Stow Family).
      • John, b. Sept. 24, 1660, a "distracted person," unm. July 31, 1690, in Hartford Court : "John Stocking fined five pounds for discharging his Gun or pistol in the Midle of the Towne, against the express command of Joseph Mygatt, the corporal of the watch, which caused an alarm, to the great disturbance of the Towne."
      • Lydia, b. June 20, 1662 ; m. (1) Joseph Howell ; (2) Edward Rayner, both of Southold, L. I. Judge Rayner was son of Thurston Rayner, who came in 1634.
      • George, b. Feb. 20, 1664; m. Elizabeth _____. Rem. to Southold, L. I. Ret. and settled on the East Side; d. Feb. 17, 1714. Widow m. Deacon Samuel Hall, who in 1710 had moved to the east side. (See the Hall Family.)
      • Ebenezer, b. Feb. 23, 1666 ; d. before 1697.
      • Steven, b. Mar. 23, 1673; d. before 1697.
      • 14. Daniel3, b. Apr. 14, 1677.

      • 14. Daniel3 Stocking (Samuel, George ), b. Apr. 14, 1677, Upper Houses; was only six years of age when his father died, and as his mother had m. James Steele, of Hartford, it may be that he was brought up by his sister, Bethiah Stow, on the homestead given her by her father. His brother Samuel, unm., died in 1698. Daniel m. Aug. 27, 1700, Jane Mould, dau. of Hugh Mould and Martha Coit, of New London. He d. , 1733, and she d. Apr. 1, 1758.
               Timothy Sage had inherited the homestead of his father on the west side of the highway. The Kirby homestead, which had been bought by Samuel3 Stocking, and by him given to his sister Lydia, must have been given to Daniel, so that Daniel owned on the west side to the Sage line. The following taken from the Middletown Land Records, Vol. 4, explains itself:

        "We the subscribers here unto haveing been summoned to take the free holders oath before John Hamlin Esq; and required to settle bounds between the lands of Timothy Sage and Daniel Stocking, of Middletown, as the law directs—fol. 246: 247:
               "And upon the 28th day of June, 1722: We proceeded on said work ; haveing heard both by Daniel Stocking & Timothy Sage what they could say ; & Received what Intelligence we could concerning the bounds between sd Stocking & sd Sage : between their adjoining lands on the north side the ferry River sd Sage's land being his hom lott & sd Stockings land adjoining on the north side. We did go first to the Westernmost end of sd lofts In company with the above sd Stocking & sd Sage where we did see that the fence had settled towards the south. The old stakes lyeing near the bottom of the fence & newer stakes sett near the top of the old stakes and we also scraped away the trash stiks & leaves on the north side said fenc at the Roots of the old stakes where we found the hoales of the old stakes ; and, also in the fence att the west end sd lotts we saw three stones newly had been laid against an elm stump. sd Stocking was then asked how these stones came there: he Replyed: that he had laid them there: he was also asked, where he had them he told us there, which was near three foot from sd Elme stump and the trash being scraped away we saw the hoales where two of sd stones had lay, which we tryed and laid into the same hoales againe & then viewed the hoales of the old stakes which Ranged directly to the two stones which we had then new Relayed into the old hoales near three foot north ward from the above said Elm stump, & on the south side an ash stump. and we haveing viewed and heard what both parties had to say, we pitched a ston on the south side the above sd two stones, for the bound between sd Stocking and sd Sages land there, which stone was marked on the south side with: T S : & on the north side with four strokes or scratches, and we marked the top of the stone with a cross ; after that we went to the eastermost end of the same lotts. with said, Stocking & Sage there being present. Thou Stow, Sr, Ebenezer Ranny & Sam' Stow; we examined & searched for the true bounds & the best Information we could attaine & finding the eastermost poast something more southerly than the other which stone stood very very strait & near to a range of fruit trees. which sd Sage told us were planted by his brother Jonathan before his father's death and we searched near to the easter most poast in sd devideing fence & we found a stone standing up on edge near to sd poast & another flat stone leaning on the top of sd stone which seemed to us very provable to be the bounds and of long standing, & we pitched a long stone on the south side sd two stones as close to sd Eastermost poast as we could ; to be the bound between the above said loft, between sd Stocking & sd Sage; but Daniel Stocking pulled up that long stone which we last pitched for the bounds & flung it over into the street, before we had gone many Rods from it."
        "SAMUEL GIPSON."
        "A True Record of the free holders Return.
        "Test. Joseph Rockwell, Register.
        Of their Children:
        • 45. Joseph4, b. Feb. 27, 1703.
        • John, b. July 14, 1707; m. Dec. 27, 1749, Mary Hall. He bought the Wilcox 11 acres, and died Feb. 26, 1750, at "Statia." The widow inherited the property by his will and m. (2) Jan. 10, 1751, Nathaniel Chauncey. Their son, John Stocking Chauncey, was killed after he had surrendered at Brandywine. He made his will before leaving home.
        • 50. Elisha4, b. Mar. 25, 1714.

        • 45. Joseph Stocking4 (Daniel. Samuel, George), b. Feb. 27, 1703, Upper Houses ; m. (1) Dec. 20, 1726, Abigail3 Ranney (Joseph, Thomas) ; m. (2) widow Hannah Magill. He was known as " Captain." In 1727 his father deeded to him an acre of land on the corner of the lot on the west side of the street, on which he built. In 1732 his brothers and sisters quitclaimed to him the 12 or 14 acres remaining on that side. She d. Mar. 26, 1783, he Oct. 16, 1783. Of his children by the first wife, who d. July 1, 1777, there was:
          • 96. Daniel, b. Jan. 18, 1728.

        • 50. Elisha4 Stocking (brother to Joseph), b. Mar. 25, 1714, Upper Houses ; m. (1) Jan. 26, 1737, Rachel3 Ranney (Joseph, Thomas), sister to his brother's first wife, who d. Mar. 7, 1739. He m. (2) Feb. 15, 1740, Margery Wilcox (Francis), who d. June 1757. He m. (3) Thankful (Sage) Butler, widow of Benj.3 Butler, and dau. of John2 Sage and Hannah Starr. He received the Deacon Stocking house and lot, the original one, on the east side of the highway from his father, Daniel3, and it remained in the possession of his descendants till a few years ago. He was serving as Q. M. of a Troop of Horse in the militia when he d., Apr. 4, 1775.
          • Lucy, b. June 10, 1737; m. Nov. 27, 1755; Thomas4 Kirby. (See the Kirby Family.)
          • Sarah, b. Feb. 28, 1739 ; m. 1760, Nathaniel Savage.
          • 114. Zebulon, bapt. Apr. 4, 1742.
          • Rachel, bapt. June 29, 1743; m. Capt. Eli Butler (see The Butler Family).
          • John, bapt. May 6, 1750, served in Rev. War.
          • 119. Elisha, bapt. Apr. 21, 1754.
          • 120. William, bapt. June 26, 1757.

          • 96. Daniel5 Stocking (Joseph, Daniel, Samuel, George), b. Jan. 18, 1728, Upper Houses ; m. (1) Sarah Gould, dau. of Rev. Hezekiah Gould, of Stratford, Conn., who d. Aug. 4, 1756; m. (2) Sept. 21, 1757, Bethia4 Kirby (John, Joseph, John), who d. Jan. 14, 1823. He grad. at Yale in 1748, and was known as " Master Stocking." He d.. Dec. 24, 1800. His father bought and presented to him, 1745, the John Clark place of 12 acres, where he lived till Jan. 17, 1761, when he sold it to Solomon Sage, in exchange for the Sage homestead next south of his father's, to which he removed. He built the mansion now (1908) standing there and in 1788 gave it to his son Samuel. It has since been known as the "Dr. Hand" house, because it was the home of Dr. Hand and his Stocking wife after they returned from a short residence in what is East Berlin. Of the
            Children by first marriage:
            • Mary Ann, bapt. Mar. 5, 1752 ; m. David White
            • 262. Jozeb, bapt. Jan. 16, 1755.

            • 114. Capt. Zebulon6 Stocking (Elisha, Joseph, Daniel, Samuel, George) , bapt. Apr. 4, 1742, Upper Houses ; m. Apr. 6, 1765, Martha Edwards. He d. Apr. 15, 1783; she m. (2) Hezekiah Ranney, and d. Nov. 14, 1790.
              • Lucy, b. May 5, 1765; m. Apr. 30, 1788, Hezekiah Warner. David, bapt. May I, 1767.
              • Lucretia, bapt. Feb. 17, 1769; m. May 2, 1790, Hezekiah Kirby.
              • Martha, bapt. Mar. 17, 1771; m. July 8, 1792, Israel Kelsey (see the Kelsey Family).

            • 119. Elisha6 Stocking (bro. to Zebulon), bapt. Apr. 21, 1734, Upper Houses ; m. Dec. 15, 1793, Susanna Hamlin. (William, Nathaniel, William, Giles). Was in Rev. War. She d. Aug. 13, 1825. He d. Mar. 10, 1826.
              • Elisha, b. 1787; d. Oct. 9, 1853, unm. Was a merchant in Cromwell.
              • 319. Henry, b. 1795.

            • 120. William6 Stocking (bro. to Zebulon), bapt. June 26, 1757, Upper Houses ; m. (1) Elizabeth _____, who d. Nov. 8, 1787; m. (2) Jan. S, 1791, Anna Olcott, b. Mar. 10. 1763, Hartford, Conn., d. Dec. 23, 1856. He d. July 3, 1795. Was in Rev, army.
              Of the Children:
              • 326. George, b. Feb. 11, 1795.

            • 262. Jozeb6 Stocking (Daniel5), b. June 11, 1754, Upper Houses; m. June 5, 1775, Anna Sheldon, b. Sept. 6, 1759, sister of Caleb Sheldon, of E. Hartford. He inherited from his grandfather Joseph, will of 1784, the homestead and, 1790, built the fine mansion standing on the corner . He set out the great maple trees standing today (1908). He was in the legislature 1815, 1816. With Joshua Stow he bought 11,423 acres of land in the Western Reserve of Ohio, being one of the incorporators of the Connecticut Land Co. of 1795. He d. June 28, 1841. She d. Mar. 24, 1828.
              • 522. Anna Sheldon, b. Mar. 23, 1778 ; m. Samuel Latimer.
              • Betsy, b. Nov. 27, 1779 ; d. May 22, 1883.
              • 524. Horace, b. Nov. 28, 1785.
              • Zebulon, b. Apr. 31, 1788 ; d. Oct. 21, 1809, St. Bartholomew.
              • 526. Sally, b. Sept. 30, 1790.
              • 527. Emily, b. Nov. 29, 1792.
              • 528. Justus, b. Feb. 3, 1796.

              • 319. Henry7 Stocking, b. 1795, Upper Houses; d. 1875; m. Nov. 24, 1830, Caroline Belcher, b. 1800, d. Nov. 20, 1887. He was a prominent citizen, in West India trade, local merchant and post-master.
                • Charles Belcher, b. Dec. 6, 1832 ; m. Harriet Maria Stocking, b. Mar. 28, 1836, dau. of (533) Wm. Stocking. Both dead.
                • Henry W., b. Oct., 1836; d. July 23, 1892; m. Jan. 21, 1858, Henriette Almira Hubbard, b. Feb. 19, 1835, dau. of Capt. Ralph Hubbard (Simon, Rufus, Capt. Jeremiah, see the Hubbard Family), and Clarissa Johnson Roberts. Mr. Stocking was Capt. of Militia, F. & A. M.; Bapt. ; mfr., farmer, trader; in 1888 delegate to Nat. Rep. Cony. Widow res. in Cromwell.
                • Caroline, b. Nov. 22, 1840 ; d. Feb. 4, 1893 ; in. Dec. 5, 1860, Geo. M. Smith. He res. in Middletown, Conn.
                  • Henry Edmund, m. Emma Lucas ; res. Middletown.
                  • Louis, unm; res. Middletown.

            • 326. George6 Stocking (William) , b. Feb. 11, 1795; m. Sept. 20, 1821, Sarah Pelton, b. July 31st, 1795. He d. May 11, 1831. She d. Aug. 4, 1878.
              • Sarah Ann, b. July 20, 1822; m. Nov. 10, 1847, Christopher M. Darrow; d. Apr. 27, 1902.
              • George Henry, b. May 10, 1824; m. Oct. 27, 1850, Louisa J. Gordon.
              • Edwin, b. Dec. 31, 1825 ; d. Mar. 10, 1865.
              • 591. Elisha, b. Jan. 31,1828.
              • 592. Ralph, b. Apr. 16, 1830.

              • 395. Philo Washburn7 Stocking (Reuben, Benjamin, Samuel, George, Samuel, George) , b. Nov. 10, 1804, Chatham, Conn.; m. Feb. 13, 1834, Nancy J. A. Reynolds, of Wheeling, Va., b. Nov. 22, 1815 Shippensburg, Pa. When four years of age his father rem. to Batavia, N. Y. In 1833 Philo W. rem. to Wheeling, Va., where he married the next year. He engaged in the jewelry business until 1841, when he rem. to Sisterville, Va., now West Virginia, where for 41 years he carried on very successfully the flouring business. He became a large landholder and was one of the first to bore for oil. In selling or leasing land he reserved in every deed certain oil and mineral rights. On May 22, 1865, he began boring a well in Owl Hollow, and after going down 525 feet, the tools were lost and the attempt was abandoned for a time. Later on the effort was successfully renewed and Philo received one-half the product as his royalty, thus laying the secure foundations of great financial prosperity for himself and family. In 1838 he was one of the charter members of Wheeling Commandery of Knights Templar. At 76 years of age he marched in the procession during the 1880 Triennial Conclave in Chicago. He d. Aug. 28, 1882, greatly honored and beloved far and near. He was emphatically a great man in all the essentials of true manhood and was generous to the poor. She d. Jan. 10, 1901.
                • 684. George Washburn, b. Nov. 26, 1834.
                • 683. Virginia E. C., b. Aug. 13, 1836; m. Jan. 5, 1870, Edward Roome.

            • 522. Anna Sheldon6 Stocking (Jozeb5), b. Mar. 23, 1778; bapt. July 26, 1778, Upper Houses; m. Apr. 16, 1797, Samuels Latimer, b. Dec. 15, 1771, Glastonbury, Conn. (Bezaleel, Bezaleel, Sergeant John, John of Wethersfield). He d. Glastonbury, Conn., June 1813; she d. Sept. 3, 1866, at Cromwell.
              • Henry Gould, successful and wealthy merchant in Plainfield, N. J.
              • Horace, successful merchant in Boston, Mass.
              • Albert, drowned while skating.
              • Mary Ann Latimer, b. Oct. 18, 1808, Glastonbury, Conn.; d. Apr. 8, 1884, Wilmington, N. C. She was a lovely and most amiable woman, unselfish, giving up her life to the service of others. At the age of 15 she was the nurse and companion of her mother, and after her death she devoted her life to the care and happiness of her aged uncle, Justus. (See eulogy of Rev. M. L. Dudley at her funeral.) She gave the Congregational Church a thousand dollars for its first pipe organ and in her will left $1,000 to each cemetery association, and the homestead to her nephew, Mr. William Latimer, who had passed his summer days in boyhood there.
              • Zebulon7 Latimer, b. Jan. 1, 1810; m. June 29, 1843, Wilmington, N. C., Elizabeth Savage, b. Oct. 17, 1819 (Capt. Timothy) . He d. Nov. 11, 1881. She d. Nov. 11, 1904, aged 85. She was educated at the noted Seminary of the Misses Draper in Hartford, Conn., and was well known in social circles North and South. She was a frequent visitor to Cromwell, before and after her marriage. Mr. Latimer in 1825 went to Edenton, N. C., to engage in business, and in 1832 to Wilmington, where he was a commission merchant and prominent in civil and social circles.
                • William8 Latimer, b. Jan. 14, 1852; class 1872, Columbia Coll. Sch. of Mines; lawyer by profession; vestryman of St. James Epis. Ch., Wilmington ; Trustee of Univ. of the South; Pres. Cape Fear Club; Commodore of Carolina Yacht Club, Pres. Acme Mfg. Co.; m. Oct. 3, 1905, Wilmington, N. C., Margaret Iredell Meares, dau. of Col. Thos. D. Meares and Jane M. Iredell, of Wilmington, N. C. Res. same.
                • Henry Gould8 Latimer, b.____ ; res. Auburn, N. Y.

            • 524. Horace Stocking6 (Bro. to Anna Sheldon Stocking), bapt. Dec. 25, 1785, Upper Houses; was a ship master and ship owner, following the seas for many years. Retiring he resided in New York City, making his home for years at the "Pacific Hotel," and with other prominent ship owners and merchants he helped to found the New York Stock Exchange. He left a large fortune and died, unm., Mar. 20, 1868.

            • 523. Sally6 Stocking (Jozeb, Daniel, Joseph, Daniel, Samuel), bapt. Sept. 30, 1790; m. Mar. 17, 1817, Joseph Williams (John, Jehiel). He was a commission merchant in New York, purchased, 1818, of the White family, the corner opposite "Stocking Triangle," where he died ; she rem. to Middletown to live with her dau., Sarah Gould, where she d. 1875.
              • Horace Stocking, b. Dec. 13, 1818; d. young.
              • Joseph, b. June 23, 1820; m. Nov. 2, 1850, Margaret C. Martin, of Wilmington, N. C.
              • Gustavus, b. Aug. 31, 1822; d. young.
              • Horace, b. Feb. 22, 1825; unm.; d. Feb. 28, 1852.
              • Sarah Gould, b. Mar. 26, 1827; m. Oct. 12, 1859, John M. Camp, of Middletown, Conn.
              • Emily, b. _______.

            • 527. Emily Stocking (Jozeb), b. June 12, 1793, Upper Houses; d. June 7, 1833, Berlin, Conn.; m. Oct. 14, 1811, Elishama Brandegee, a prominent merchant and manufacturer of Berlin, who died there Apr., 1854.
              • Jacob Sheldon, b. 1812; d. Aug., 1851; m. May, 1839, Sarah Hinsdale.
              • Dr. Elishama, b. Jan. 14, 1814.
              • John, b. Aug., 1816; d. June, 1881; m. Nov., 1854, Mary Ann Bulkeley.
              • Camillus Marius, b. 1820; d. 1821.
              • Marius, b. Mar. 8, 1823; d. May 3, 1885; m. Nov., 1843, Catherine A. Fountaine.
              • Henry Justus, b. July, 1839 ; d. Oct., 1861; m. 1858, Sarah K. Miller.
              • Sarah Elizabeth, b. May, 1833; m. Apr., 1858, Danforth Newton Barney. Res. Farmington, Conn.
              • Dr. Elishama Brandegee, b. Jan. 14, 1814; m. Apr. 28, 1841, Florence Stith, of Petersburg, Va.
                • Daughter, b. 1842 ; d. 1842.
                • Townshend Stith, m. May 30, 1889, Mary K. Curran. Res. Berkeley, Cal.
                • Charles, m. Aug. 12, 1886, Mabel Daggett. Child: Hilda, b.____.
                  Florence, b._____.
                • Robert Bolling, m. Mar. 17, 1898, Susan Lord. Child: Robert Lord, b._____.
              • Emily S., b. _____.
              • Katherine, b. _____.
              • Henry Melville, d. Jan. 28, 1893, Helena, Montana.
              • Edith Victorina, d. aged 6 years.
              • Horace Stocking, d. aged. 4 1/2 years.
              • Arthur Latimer, m. Dec., 1905, Grace Lord.
              • Edward Newton, m. Oct. 26, 1899, Harriet R. Pope. Res. Helena, Montana.
                • Florence P., b. Oct. 30, 1902
                • Daughter, b. Jan. 14, 1907.

            • 528. Justuse Stocking6 (bro. to Anna Sheldon Stocking), b. Feb. 3, 1796, Upper Houses, inherited the homestead. As a young man he was a junior partner in a firm engaged in business in Hartford and during his temporary absence his firm was wrecked and bankrupted without his knowledge. When he found out the true condition of affairs he called a meeting of the creditors, laid the matter before them, and turned over to them all his own individual property, as well as the property of the firm. This, however, was not sufficient to pay the debts of the firm and he assured the creditors that, some day, if possible, he would pay the balance of the debts in full. He went to New York and prospered. Twenty years after the failure of his firm he returned to Hartford, searched out the living creditors of the firm, and the heirs of those who had meantime died, and paid to them the balance of their original claims, with interest for the full period which had elapsed. The newspapers of the day mentioned in terms of the highest commendation this act of Mr. Stocking, whom they described as a shining example of that strict integrity of character so noteworthy in the men who had made New England the great commonwealth it was. He left a fortune of over two million dollars. He d. unm., Jan. 26, 1884, in the house in which he was born, leaving the homestead to his niece, Miss Mary Ann Latimer, who had been his companion and comfort in his declining years.

              • 591. Elisha7 Stocking (George, William, Elisha, Joseph, Daniel, Samuel), b. Jan. 31, 1828; m. Nov. 26, 1852, Harriet Pinney, b. , d. Sept. 8, 1886, of Simbury [Simsbury?], Conn. He was a carpenter, then a sea captain and coal merchant, and retained the original Stocking homestead on the east side of Pleasant street. He d. May 15, 1887.
                • Sarah C., b. Feb. 18, 1857 ; unm.; res. Middletown, Conn.
                • William, b. Aug. 19, 1862; d. May 19, 1881.
                • Annie, b. June 29, 1872 ; m. Feb. 1, 1894, Herbert L. Barton. Res. Middletown, Conn.

              • 592. Ralph7 Stocking (George, William, Elisha, Joseph, Daniel, Samuel), b. Apr. 16, 1830; m. Jan. 12, 1856, Adelaide Edwards Jones, who d. April 29th, 1903, dau. of Edward P. Jones and Sarah Edwards (David), b. Mar. 17, 1799; d. Jan. 30, 1886; retired sea captain. Res. Cromwell, Conn.
                • Frederick Ralph, b. Nov. 13, 1856; d. Feb. 6, 1863.
                • Nellie Elizabeth, b. Aug. 7, 1858; m. Jan. 26, 1886, John McFadyen; res. Hartford, Conn.
                • Adelaide Edwards, b. Aug. 9, 1860; m. Aug. 27, 1879, Dr. Edgar Miles Beckley. Res. Meriden, Conn.
                • Edward Wells, b. Nov. 4, 1862; m. Jan. 8, 1890, Ida Helen Byles; steamboat captain; res. New York City.
                • Herbert Latimer, b. May 21, 1871. With N. Y., N. H. & H. R R. Co.; unm. Res. New York City.

                • 684. George Washburn8 Stocking, b. Nov. 26, 1834, Wheeling, Va.; m. Feb. 14, 1867, Harriet Byrd Gillespie, b. Jan. 17, 1843, Clarksville, Mecklenburg Co., Va. He attended the Marietta High school and Duff's Mercantile College, Pittsburg, then entered his father's employ in the saw-mill and flouring business, then in the oil business, in which he and his business associates for 30 years have found an unfailing source of wealth; res. Sisterville, W. Va.
                  • George Byrd, b. Dec. 9, 1867; unm.; in business with his father; res. Sisterville, W. Va.
                  • Albert M. C., b. July 25, 1869; d. young.

                • 685. Virginia Elizabeth Caroline8 Stocking, b. Aug. 13, 1836, Batavia, N. Y.; m. Jan. 5, 1870, Edward Roome, b. Dec. 20, 1838, Washington, Pa., son of William Roome (b. Mar. 10, 1806, England; d. Jan. 17, 1876), and Elizabeth Ryan (b. Nov. 9, 1812, Ireland, d: Mar. 8, 1890), who were m. Jan. 28, 1833, Zanesville, 0. Proprietor of flouring mills, F. & A. M.; res. Sisterville, W. Va.
                  • Georgiana Elizabeth, b. Sept. 29, 1872; m. Apr. 12, 190, Willis Harrington, b. Feb. 11, 1870; res. Sisterville, W. Va.
                  • Children:
                    • Elizabeth, b. Jan. 20, 1903.
                    • Mary, b. June, 1905.
                    • Edward, b. Aug. 10, 1907.
                  • William Washburn, b. Aug. 26, 1874; d. Apr. 11, 1895.
                  • Mary Alberta, b. July 4, 1876; in. Nov. 22, 1899, Henry Arthur Sutherland, b. Aug. 2, 1871, d. Apr. 26, 1902. Widow res. Sisterville, W. Va.
                    • Helen Virginia, b. Aug. 21, 1890.

      • 11. Capt. Abner Stocking, b. Apr. 1, 1726 ; m. Feb. 8, 1749, Ruth Higgins. Was a sea captain. Enlisted May 6, 1775; captured at Quebec, Dec. 31, 1775. After his release he commanded a privateer; April, 1780, was commissioned captain 6th Co., 23d Regt. Conn. Militia. Published a diary of his experience as a prisoner.
        • 199. Rev. Jeremiah, bapt. Dec. 8, 1767; m. Sept. 19, 1792, Polly Wood. His eleven children were : Sidney, Rev. Solon, Septerius, Samantha, Rev. Sophronius, Rev. Servilius, Serilla, Rev. Serenius Sabinass, Rev. Selah, Dr. Sabin, Rev. Sabura Stebbins. He d. Mar. 23, 1853.
          • 437. Rev. Serenius Sabinas, b. July 13, 1804; m. Oct. 8, 1826, Juliana Baker.
            • 807. Rev. Charles Henry Wright, D.D., b. Oct. 31, 1835; m. Sept. 21, 1865, Isabella W. Holcomb ; grad. Trinity, 1860, optimus. Compiler of Knowlton, Southworth, and Stocking genealogies. Still (1908) active in P. E. Ch. ministry. Four daughters and one son; res. Bridgeport, Penn.

      • 11. George2 Stocking, in. Elizabeth _____; rem. to East Middletown.
        • 42. Capt. George3 Stocking, in. Mercy Savage.
          • 76. George4, m. Eunice Cobb, b. in Middle Haddam ; rem. to Glastonbury, 1770; with two sons, served in Rev. army. All three were killed by explosion of a powder mill at East Glastonbury, Aug. 23, 1777, while making ammunition for the government.
            • 192. Elisha5, bapt. Apr. 8, 1770; m. Mar. 15, 1789, Ann Ranney.
              • 419. Chester Stocking6, b. Feb. 9, 1792; m. Clarissa Lee, b. Nov. 4, 1792, d. Jan. 31, 1851. He d. Nov. 22, 1876, in communion of the Epis.
                • 729. William Halsey7, b. Feb. 27, 1814; m. Sept. 18, 1843, Mercy Amelia Talcott.
                  • 1304. Amer Mills8, b. Sept. 26, 1858, Chester, O.; m. Dec. 25, 1888, Adelia L. Stickle; grad. 1884, Ohio National Normal Univ.; joined the Central Illinois Conf. of M. E. Ch.; author of "Paraphrases and Bible Stories in Verse," "Verses for Children and Child Lovers." Res. Onarga, Ill. Child:
                    • Sarah Psyche, b. Nov. 30, 1894.

      • 11. George2, m. Elizabeth _____.
        • 40. Samuel3, b. Oct. 16, 1700, Upper Houses ; m. July 20, 1726, Abiah Boardman.
          • 59. Elijah4, b. Dec. 30, 1728 ; m. Hannah ______.
            • 150. Samuel5, b. 1759 ; m. Mrs. Young.
              • 369. Nathaniel6, b. Jan. 22, 1782 ; m. Dec. 4, 1804, Elizabeth Stannard.
                • 652. Rev. Davis Pratt7, b. 1811; m. Charlotte Sexton.
                  • 1158. Charles Henry8, b. Apr. 13, 1837; m. Aug. 21, 1860, Elizabeth Francis King. Grad. Wesleyan Univ.; certified public accountant, N. Y. City. Four children.

      • 438. Rev. Selah, b. May 9, 1806 ; m. July 30, 1832, Mary Hayward Blood, clergyman from 1830; d.______.
        • 816. Edgar Blood Stocking, b. Apr. 17, 1843; m. (1) Sept. 4, 1867, Emily Chapman ; (2) Sarah Chapman. Is prominent patent attorney in Washington, D. C. Enlisted in Battery K, 1st N. Y. L. Art. Six children, of whom two are living. Is life member of Society of Middletown Upper Houses.

      • William6 Stocking (Luther, Jonathan, Daniell, Deacon Samuel, George), b. 1775, Kensington, now Berlin, Conn.; m. Feb. 26, 1804, Southington, Conn., Dorothy Buck, b. Feb. 25, 1781, Southington; d. July 20, 1838, dau. of Amos Buck and Betsy Root. Mr. Stocking was a tanner and shoemaker; d. Nov. 15, 1846.
        • Delia7 Ann Stacking, b. Oct. 5, 1809; d. Feb. 12, 1897, Laurel. Md.; m. Nov. 26, 1828, Cyrus Root, b. Oct. 2, 1798, Berlin; Whig; then Republican; Cong.; State Militia; blacksmith and farmer. He d. Oct. 2, 1879, Berlin, Conn.
          • Leontine, b. May 12, 1834; d. June 11, 1853.
          • Cyrus, b. June 12, 1848.

          • Cyrus8 Root, b. June 12, 1848, Berlin, Conn.; m. Oct. 26, 1876, Berlin, Elizabeth Lounsbury Clazey, b. Aug. 27, 1848, Carmel, Putnam Co., N. Y.; d. Mar. 27, 1891, Laurel, Md., dau. of George Oswald Clazey and Margaret Hall. Mr. Root is a mem. of Society of Colonial Wars and a Republican; grad. New Britain High School; remained on father's farm till 1880, when he became a commercial traveler. Since 1885 clerk in Department of the Interior, Washington, D. C., with residence at Laurel, Md. In Berlin he was grand juror, Bd. of Relief, school visitor, and mem. Soh. Com. She d. Aug. 14, 1907.
            • Leontine Margaret, b. Feb. 14, 1878; m. William Stanton Root, b. Sept. 22, 1875, Meriden, Conn., son of Timothy Root and Harriet Stevens; Rep.; F. & A. M.; Soc. of Col. Wars; C. E. with N. Y., N. H. & H. R. R. Co.; res. Pleasantville, N. Y. Children:
              • Walter Stanton, b. Sept. 10, 1902.
              • Grace Margaret, b. Jan. 16, 1905.

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