Genealogies - Misc. Families, Part II
History Of The Towns Of
New Milford And Bridgewater, Ct.
1803 – 1882
Hartford, Conn: Press Of The Case,
Lockward And Brainard Co.
[Transcribed by Sandra Boudrou]
Great care has been taken to make these genealogies correct and complete. Every birth that could be found on the town records has been copied, and these have been compared with the record of baptisms up to 1800, and every baptism recorded of a child whose birth could not be found has been given here in the place of the birth.
Much biographical reading is here given because it was not convenient to place it in a former part of the book; indeed much that is in the former part has been taken from the genealogies for the purpose of making a more connected account in the historical part.
In the record of marriages and many of the families, where persons belonged to New Milford nothing is said of the place of residence, but if they resided elsewhere or removed, the place is given, if it was known.
The deaths of many persons are not here given because they are printed in the lists of inscriptions on the gravestones.
Many families resided in the town during forty years after the Revolution of whom no record of births could be obtained, for during those years there was great neglect in recording births, and all persons of many of those family names have disappeared from town.
The abbreviations are such, it is thought, as will be readily understood: m. stands for married, b. for born, d. for died, unm. for unmarried.
Only one set of numbers are used, as being the most convenient and readily understood. The number at the birth of a child is repeated only when the marriage of the same person is given further on.
Only the names of persons in the genealogies which cannot be traced in alphabetic order in any of the various families here recorded are given in the index of the book.
1. McEWEN, George, came to New Milford about 1742, and became prominent as a citizen, and in sustaining the Episcopal Church from its commencement. He had several children, but only the following is found on the town records.
2. John McEwen, (McEuen) m. Elizabeth Hill of Fairfield, (perhaps sister to Silas Hill,) apr. 30, 1754.
3. George, b. Mar. 13, 1755.
1. MERWIN, David, son of John of Milford, came to New Milford and m. Mary Noble, Dec. 23, 1742. He died Apr. 19, 1792. His father gave him 100 acres of land on Second Hill, southern part, Dec. 16, 1742, and on this land he settled soon after.
4. James, b. Apr. 25, 1757.
5. William, b. Sept. 18, 1759.
6. John, b. Jan. 9, 1762.
7. Robert, b. Apr. 24, 1764.
8. Elizabeth, b. Feb. 18, 1768l.
2. David, b. Mar. 7, 1742-3; d. May 7, 1754.
1. Merwin, Miles, m. Mary _____.
3. John, b. Aug. 24, 1744; m.
4. Mary, b. Apr. 21, 1748; d. May 13, 1754.
5. Abel, b. Sep. 18, 1750; m. Rebecca Noble, and d. in N. M. in 1823.
6. Mary, b. Apr. 5, 1755.
7. David, b. July 3, 1757; m. at Palmyra, O.
8. Hannah,} b. Nov. 14, 1760.
9. Jonathan,} b. Nov. 14, 1760.
10. Abigail, b. Mar. 22, 1764.
3. John, son of David and Mary Merwin, m. Mercy Warner, Nov. 6, 1766. She died Nov. 7, 1776. He m. 2d, Ruth Welch, Dec. 31, 1777. She died Mar. 14, 1816. He m. 3d, Widow Dibble. He died May 22, 1826, aged 81.
11. Mercy, b. Aug. 9, 1767.
By 2d Wife.
12. Clarina, b. Feb. 17, 1769.
13. Onor, b. June 16, 1771; m. Truman Strong, Aug. 8, 1799.
14. Mary, b. Dec. 12, 1772; d. Oct., 1776.
15. John Warner, b. Sep. 15, 1774.
16. Ichabod, b. July, 1776; d. of small-pox, Mar. 1778.
17. Jonathan, b. Nov. 8, 1788; d. Apr. 12, 1782.
18. Hannah, b. Mar. 12, 1781.
19. Betsey, b. Oct. 12, 1783,
20. Lois, b. July 25, 1785.
21. Daniel, b. Mar. 28, 1788.
22. Homer, b. Jan. 15, 1792; d. June 3, 1816.
2. Stephen, b. Sept. 4, 1751.
1. Merwin, Joseph, of Milford, born June 19, 1768, m. Gratia, dau. of Samuel Candee, Nov. 3, 1793. She was born Jan. 8, 1769, and died Oct. 5, 1839. He died Aug. 22, 1850. He settled on the southwestern part of the Candlewood Mountain in 1801, where his father or grandfather purchased land in 1751.
2. Stephen, son of Miles and Mary Merwin, m. Martha Smith, June 7, 1775. She died April 16, 1812, aged 60 years.
3. David, b. Nov. 11, 1777.
4. Stephen, b. May 4, 1780.
5. Anna, b. Nov. 17, 1782.
6. Martha, b. Feb. 2, 1785.
7. Miles, b. Oct. 14, 1787.
8. Elizabeth Mary, b. Apr. 10, 1790.
9. Samuel Tibbals, b. Dec. 23, 1792.
3. David, son of Stephen and Martha Merwin, m. Sarah Brownson, Feb. 23, 1804. She died June 14, 1831.
10. Cornelia Mary A., b. Apr. 20, 1807.
11. Harrison Brownson, b. July 20, 1813.
2. Lois Candee, b. Aug. 3, 1794; m. John McMahon, and d. at the age of 22; had Joseph N. and Lois C.
1. Merwin, Abel, of Long Mountain, had ch.:
3. David Hervey, b. July 20, 1796; m. Mary Chamberlin.
4. Nathan Sherman, b. Nov. 24, 1800; d. Dec. 31, 1804.
5. Gratia Minerva, b. Aug. 31, 1803; d. Nov. 18, 1881.
6. Marcus Elliott,} twin, b. Sep. 8, 1807. d. Aug. 28, 1867.
7. Marcia Harriot,} twin, b. Sep. 8, 1807, m. Rev. Maltby Felston.
2. Harmon; m.; had Noble W., Abel, Charles, and Homer.
1. Merwin, Miles, born in Wales, England, in 1623; emigrated to America in 1645, and bought a tract of land on Long Island Sound, called Pond Point, and still known as Merwin's Point. He was a tanner and currier, and also engaged in commerce, being part owner in two brigs and a sloop. He died Apr. 3, 1697. He had seven children by his first wife, and died in 1664. He m. 2d, the widow of Thomas Beach, and by her had ten children.
3. Homer; d. aged 20.
4. Daniel; m. _____ Marsh of Vt.
5. Sylvanus, b. June 15, 1802.
5. Sylvanus, son of Abel Merwin, m. Flora A. Graves in 1823. She died Mar. 26, 1882. He resides at Merwinsville, near Gaylord's Bridge.
6. Charles E.; m.
7. John Cotton; m.; had Elizabeth Maria.
8. Edward S.; m.; resides in Moodus, Ct.
9. Helen C.; m. Edgar R. Hurd.
2. John, son of Miles by the first marriage, m. and lived on the old homestead, and had three children.
1. PECK, Andrew, son of Henry and Hannah Peck, m: Lucina Terrill and settled at first in Newtown, where he resided until 1813, when he removed to New Milford, in Bridgewater Society on Second Hill, where he died Aug. 25, 1826. His widow, Lucinda, died Sept. 5, 1848, ae. 73. His father, Henry Peck, resided in Newtown, his grandfather, Ephraim Peck, removed from Milford to Newtown; he being the son of Joseph Peck of Milford, who was the son of Joseph Peck, the first of the name in New Haven, where his name appears about 1643. Andrew Peck of Bridgewater had ch.:
3. John, 2d, son of John Merwin, was born in 1680; m., and lived on the old homestead, and had five children.
4. Joseph, son of John Merwin 2d, m. Margaret, dau. of John Fowler; resided in Milford, and had ten children.
5. David, the son of Joseph, was born Oct. 11, 1746, and died Apr. 25, 1826. He m. Tamesin Comstock, and settled in New Milford.
6. Orange, son of David, m. Tryphena Warner; settled in Merryall, and was an unusually enterprising farmer; was a member of Congress, and by his public, popular influence, did his native town much homor. He was a great friend of Hon. Elijah Boardman. He m. 2d, Lydia S. Bostwick.
By 2d Wife.
2. Mercy, b. Apr. 25, 1795; m. Sylvester Sherman.
1. PECK, Peter, m. Sarah Terrill, Dec. 7, 1768.
3. Sherman, b. Mar. 8, 1797.
4. Amy, b. Oct. 4, 1799; m. Daniel Merwin, Nov. 26, 1805.
5. George, b. Nov. 5, 1802; residence in Southbury.
6. Sally, b. Jan. 17, 1807; m. Hiram Keeler, Dec. 1826.
7. Minerva, b. June 3, 1810; m. Daniel Keeler, Jan. 3, 1831.
8. John, b. Apr. 15, 1813. +
9. Maria, b. Jan. 19, 1816; m. Andrew Weller; residence in Roxbury.
3. Sherman, son of Andrew and Lucinda Peck, m. Electa Young, who died Nov. 13, 1835, ae. 29; 2d Lois Livingston, April 10, 1836. His residence was in Bridgewater, where he was of prominence, holding various offices and being a member of the Legislature.
10. Henry S., b. May 30, 1834; d. Nov. 30, 1859.
8. John, son of Andrew and Lucinda Peck, m. 1st Sarah Edwards of Roxbury, and 2d Harriet Jacox of New Haven. He has been and is a farmer on Second Hill, but resides in New Milford village. Ch.:
11. Edgar L.; m. Martha Keeler, Nov. 13, 1861.
12. Edwin Y.; was drowned May 22, 1863.
13. Ann Maria; m. Frederick Jones.
14. Frederick A.
15. Ophelia L.; m. Daniel Canfield.
Julea; m. Eyinetus Erwin of Bridgewater.
Sylvia; m. Bruce Beach of Bridgewater.
Nancy J.; m. Nicholas Staub; had Verton George, John Howard.
11. Edgar L., son of Sherman and Electa Peck, m. Martha Keeler, Nov. 13, 1864.
2. Reuben, b. Feb. 8, 1772.
8. PECK, Joseph, m. Priscilla Starr of Danbury, Nov. 1, 1787. She d. Nov. 20, 1788. He married 2d, Urania Bennett, Dec. 20, 1790.
3. Daniel, b. Jan. 22, 1775.
4. Edmund, b. Nov. 21, 1778.
2. Priscilla, b. Oct. 8, 1788.
1. PECK, Elijah, m. Lovinia, dau. of Lewis Booth, Feb., 1823; residence in Bridgewater.
2. Cornelius Wooster, b. Sept. 3, 1824.
1. PIERCY, Henry R., m. in N. M., Rebecca Jones. He is a harness maker in New Milford village, but resides at Gaylord's Bridge.
3. Clark Skinner, b. Nov. 13, 1825.
4. Dwight Woodruff, b. Mar. 17, 1828.
5. Jane Morris, b. Sept. 13, 1829.
6. Welthy Maria, b. May 12, 1832.
7. Louisa Emeline, b. Mar. 8, 1835.
8. Adaline Minor, b. Sept. 5, 1837.
9. Clarinda Booth, b. Oct. 4, 1843.
10. Ellen Amanda, b. Aug. 25, 1849; d. June 29, 1850.
2. Andrew R.; m. _____ Clark, and had Alice and Clarence.
1. RICHMOND, Ephraim, m. Martha Seelye, Dec. 2, 1754. He died Oct. 22, 1800. His father, Silas, died in N. M., Feb. 21, 1784.
3. Alta J.; m. John Talbot; had Charles Henry.
4. Henrietta; m. Levi Stone.
2. Jonathan, b. Jan. 20, 1756.
STONE, Benajah, of Branford, bought in February, 1742, the 38th lot in New Milford North Purchase, estimated at 70 acres, for 100 pounds current money. In May, 1749, he being then of Woodbury, bought of Job Gould 130 acres of land, with a dwelling house and barn, "bounded southward and eastward on highway." This was apparently on the road running northward from Park lane, on the east side of the valley. In September of the same year he was living in New Milford, and probably on this farm. In 1752 he purchased another 70 acres in the North Purchase.
3. Rhoda, b. Feb. 27, 1758.
4. Truman, b. Aug. 14, 1760.
5. Annis, b. Nov. 5, 1762.
6. Edmund, b. May 3, 1765.
7. Asahel, b. July 6, 1767; d. Nov. 18, 1772.
8. Seelye, b. Mar. 8, 1770.
9. Mary, b. Apr. 7, 1773.
10. Avis, b. Sept. 21, 1775.
11. Martha, b. July 5, 1777.
12. Ephraim, b. Jan. 28, 1783.
2. Jonathan, son of Ephraim and Martha Richmond, m. Amarillis Chambers of Newtown, Aug. 14, 1779.
13. Thomas Chambers, b. Mar. 30, 1780, in Woodbury.
6. Edmund, son of Ephraim and Martha Richmond, m. Huldah Frisbie, Dec. 1, 1785.
14. Sarah Anne, b. Apr. 14, 1782, in New Milford.
15. Aurille, b. Dec. 28, 1783, in Woodbury.
16. Annis, b. Apr. 25, 1786, in N. M.
17. Pauline, b. June 13, 1788.
18. Laura, b. Nov. 16, 1790.
19. Roswell, b. July 14, 1787.
8. Seeyle, son of Ephraim and Martha Richmond, m. Mehetable Blakeslee, Aug. 12, 1789.
20. Nathaniel, b. Aug. 19, 1789.
21. Edmund, b. Nov. 19, 1791.
22. Seth, b. Dec. 23, 1794.
23. Guy, b. Feb. 26, 1797.
24. David, b. Aug. 1, 1799.
25. Truman, b. Apr. 27, 1790.
12. Ephraim, Jr., son of Ephraim and Martha Richmond, m.
26. Daughter, b. Nov. 5, 1791; d. Nov. 6, 1791.
27. Philetus, b. Mar. 31, 1829.
28. Asahel, b. June 6, 1833.
29. John, b. Jan. 12, 1842.
Stone, Benajah, Jr., son of Benajah Stone, m. Mary Canfield, Nov. 19, 1755. He died June 1, 1773, aged 41 years. Mary, his widow, died April 17, 1812, ae. 79 years.
1. STONE, Asahel, brother of Benjamin, Leman, and Daniel, m. 1st Sarah Beardsley; 2d, Lucy Chittenden. His home was on the Litchfield road, a little way north of the Park lane school-house.
Hannah, bapt. Oct. 25, 1756.
Benajah, bapt. May 28, 1758.
2. Asahel, bapt. June 5, 1763; removed to western N. Y.
1. Stone, Ithiel, m. Martha, dau. of Theophilus Baldwin, June 6, 1753; resided in north part of N. M.
3. Sarah, bapt. June 5, 1763; m. John Couch.
4. David, bapt. June 5, 1763.
5. Lois, bapt. Mar. 25, 1764; m. Noah Judson of Woodbury.
6. Truman, bapt. Oct. 25, 1767; went with Jemima Wilkinson to Genesee.
7. Wells, bapt. Feb. 3, 1771; m. Polly Wetmore, Dec. 29, 1791.
8. Isaac, bapt. Apr. 4, 1773.
10. John; removed to Sharon.
11. Edward Hinman, b. Oct. 4, 1781.
12. Phebe; m. _____ Guthrie.
13. Annis; m. Abiel Baldwin.
8. Isaac, son of Asahel Stone, m. Patty Camp, and lived at the old homestead, and in the old house now standing, which was built in 1816, in which he kept a tavern. Ch.:
14. Laura; d. unm.
11. Edward H., son of Asahel Stone, m. Mary Stevens of Milford, Conn., in 1811, and settled at Rhinebeck, N. Y., where he remained a few years and removed to western New York.
15. Almon, b. Nov. 2, 1805.
16. Emaline; m. Thaddeus Percy; had Truman.
17. Mary Ann.
18. Caroline; m. Charles Forger.
19. Catharine; m. James Partree.
20. Eliphalet Stevens, b. in 1825, in Yates Co., N. Y,. He is a farmer near Oconomowoc, Wis.
21. Aurelia; resides in Plainfield, Iowa.
15. Almon, son of Isaac and Patty Stone, m. Elizabeth Bailey of N. Y. in Feb., 1838.
22. Edwin B.
23. Charles H.
24. Clinton C.
25. Jane E.; m. Edwin Woodruff in 1864; removed to Rensselaerville, N. Y.
22. Edwin B., son of Almon and Elizabeth Stone, m. 1st. Rachel A. Wolsey, Dec. 31, 1863, who died May 1, 1869. He m. 2d, Emma Jane Newton of Roxbury, Sept. 20, 1872. He resides on the old homestead.
By 2d Wife.
Benjamin J., son of Chauncey and _____ Stone, m. Mary Ann, dau. of Stephen Beecher, Oct. 10, 1838. They reside in New Milford village.
Courtland Beecher; m. Martha A. Doty, Aug., 1867; had May Diamond, Benjamin, Amy.
1. Stone, Reuben, m. Laura, dau. of Jared Terrill in 1807.
2. Ithiel, b. Aug. 16, 1774.
1. Stone, Isaac, m. Laura, dau. of Jared Terrill in 1807.
3. John, b. Aug. 12, 1776.
4. Lucinda, b. May 20, 1779.
5. Daniel, b. Aug. 12, 1782.
6. Solomon, b. Aug. 1, 1785.
7. Tamison, b. Mar. 20, 1787.
8. Harriet, b. Sep. 19, 1796.
2. Jared Merwin.
1. WOOSTER, Jabez, son of Timothy and Abigail Wooster, was born in 1728. His father may have had his residence in Oxford, but his grandfather Timothy resided on his farm just below the village of Seymour, on the west side of the Naugatuck; and his great-grandfather, Edward Wooster, was the first permanent resident in Derby, with two or three others, all from Milford. Jabez Wooster bought land in Bridgewater as early as 1772, "southwesterly of the Great Falls," and settled on it and followed farming. (See page 247.)
3. Fanny, b. 1810; m. David M. Stewart, in 1834, and d. in 1839. ,br> 4. Earl Seymour, b. 1813.
5. Luna, b. 1816; m. 1st, Robert Ford; 2d, Recompence Murphy.
6. Harriet, b. 1824; m. Dr. _____ Florer; d. in 1849.
7. George H., b. 1827; m. Harriet Beale.
2. Peter, b. 1762.
YOUNG, Henry B.
2. Peter, son of Jabez and _____ Wooster, m. Betsey Canfield, Jan. 16, 1787, and was a farmer on his father's homestead. He died Sep. 12, 1798.
4. John, b. Mar. 27, 1790.
4. John, son of Peter and Betsey Wooster, m. Jerusha, dau. of David and Sarah Lockwood.
6. Mary E.; m. Harmon Treat.
9. Susan; m. Lorenzo D. Sanford; and had Martha, Mary E., and John W.
67. Baldwin, Ebenezer, son of Theophilus Baldwin (No. 25, in the first family, page 638), m. _____ _____; settled in Dover, N. Y., where he died _____.
Stanley M., son of Henry B. and _____Young, m. Mary L. Morrell.
Frederick A., m. Urania E. Buck.
1. William; is living in Norwalk, Conn.
1. BOOTH, Lewis, m. Jerusha Hurd, Aug. 30, 1784. He d. Apr. 29, 1850, about 90 years of age. She d. Apr. 10, 1852, about 90 years of age.
2. David; was in the late war; m. Jane Sherman; is postmaster in New Milford; has Carrie.
2. Josiah, b. Jan. 11, 1785; d. in 1791.
62. BROWNSON, Isaac, (No. 62, p. 670,) son of Thomas and Betty Brownson, m. Joanna, dau. of John Beardslee of New Milford, Dec. 5, 1782. He removed with his family from New Milford in 1794, to Wyalusing, Susquehannah Co., Pa., where he resided until his decease.
3. Mead, b. Jan. 24, 1787; went to Ohio.
4. Eli, b. Nov. 23, 1788; went to Ohio.
5. Sally,}twin, b. Dec. 7, 17890; d. July 5, 1843.
6. Jerusha,} twin, b. Dec. 7, 1790; d. in 1793.
7. Josiah, b. in 1794; d. Mar. 28, 1830, in New York city, aged 36.
8. David, b. Oct. 23, 1794. +
9. Jerusha, b. Oct. 12, 1796; m. ______ Roberts.
10. Clarinda, b. Nov. 5, 1798; m. Daniel Minor.
11. Judson, b. Mar. 11, 1801; d. June 23, 1851.
12. Lovinia, b. Feb. 19, 1803; m. Elijah Peck.
8. David, son of Lewis and Jerusha Booth, m. Hetty Clark, Feb. 2, 1820. He was a farmer in Bridgewater, and d. Nov. 3, 1857.
13. Lewis, b. June 7, 1821.
14. Charles Hurd, b. July 27, 1824.
15. Charlott, b. Dec. 26, 1826.
16. Sarah B., b. Feb. 28, 1829.
17. Elvira, b. Aug. 6, 1831; m. James M. Hallock.
18. Henry, b. Oct. 19, 1834.
19. Abigail, b. June 11, 1837; m. Reuben H. Sherwood of Trumbull, Ct.
20. Emily S., b. July 16, 1841; m. James N. Knowles.
14. Charles H., son of David and Hetty Booth, m. Celestia Millicent, dau. of John Cross of Cornwall, Feb. 7, 1847. He has been a merchant in New Milford more than twenty years. Ch.:
21. John, d. 2 years of age.
22. Clarissa Millicent; m. John P. Treadwell.
83. Lorraine, b. June 23, 1783, at New Milford; m. Loyd Goodsel.
1. MINOR, Truman, m. Sarah Minor, July 5, 1792.
84. Betsey, b. Nov. 25, 1785, at New Milford.
85. Ann, b. May 4, 1789, at New Milford.
86. Elisha, b. May 29, 1781, at New Milford.
87. John Milton, b. Dec. 19, 1793, at New Milford.
88. Myron Kasson, b. Feb. 9, 1799, at Wyalusing.
89. Isaac, b. Dec. 29, 1802.
90. Theron, b. Oct. 30, 1806.
83. Lorain, dau. of Isaac and Joanna Brownson, m. Loyd Goodsel. He was b. Dec. 25, 1775. He d. July 4, 1860. She d. June 2, 1877.
1. Amanda Goodsel, b. Feb. 15, 1802; m. _____ Harris; had 15 ch.
84. Betsey, dau. of Isaac and Joanna Brownson, m. George Claggett.
2. David Goodsel, b. Sept. 23, 1806; d. Apr. 19, 1812.
3. Phebe Goodsel, b. Feb. 10, 1809; d. Sept. 23, 1813.
4. Betsey Goodsel, b. June 30, 1811; m. twice.
5. Phebe Goodsel, b. Oct. 30, 1813; m. Nat. Billings.
6. Eliza M. Goodsel, b. Apr. 2, 1816; m. _____ Garrison.
7. Loraine Goodsel, b. Sept. 8, 1818; m. Harry Jewett of Owego, N. Y.
8. Nelson Goodsel,} twin, b. May 1, 1821.
9. Nellie Goodsel,} twin, b. May 1, 1821.
10. Mary Goodsel.
1. Harriet Claggett, b. Nov. 25, 1815; m. Sept. 19, 1851, Silas Barner, a Methodist minister.
85. Ann, dau. of Isaac and Joanna Brownson, m. Benjamin Babcock, Apr. 18, 1809.
2. Rhemy Ann Claggett, b. Oct. 19, 1817; m.
3. W. P. Claggett, b. Mar. 24, 1821; m.
4. George, b.; m.; has ch.
5. Cynthia E., b. Nov. 12, 1826; m.; left ch.
1. William D., b. Jan. 20, 1811.
86. Elisha, son of Isaac and Joanna Brownson, m. Mary Titus, Oct. 20, 1823. She was b. Dec. 25, 1805.
2. John B. G., b. Mar. 29, 1813.
3. Harriet N., b. May 8, 1815.
4. Helen M., b. June 1, 18__; d.
5. Andrew Jackson, b. Aug. 18, 1819; d.
6. Valeria Ann, b. Sept. 7, 1821; m. A. W. Archibald of Owego, N. Y.
7. Caroline J., b. Nov. 23, 1823; d.
8. Joannah, b. Sept. 5, 1825; m.
91. Elizabeth Maria, b. Sept. 14, 1814.
87. John M., son of Isaac and Joanna Brownson, m. Mary McBride; settled in Rush, Susquehannah Co., Pa.; d. in 1832.
92. Isaac Willis, b. Nov. 19, 1826; m.
93. Asa Gould, b. Sept. 4, 1827; m.
94. John Milton, b. Nov. 4, 1830; m.
95. Gibson B., b. July 30, 1832; m.
96. Joanna Mary, b. May 7, 1834; m.
97. Emily Frances, b. July 31, 1838; d.
98. Harriet Amanda, b. Jan. 7, 1845; m.
99. Clinton, who resides in Clinton, Iowa.
88. Myron K., son of Isaac and Joanna Brownson, studied medicine and settled at Exeter, Scott Co., Ill., in 1823; m. Mrs. Nancy Williams. He removed to Joliet, Ill.; lived there many years; removed to California, where he d. May 23, 1879. His widow lives with her dau. at Joliet, Ill.
100. Mason Dennison, b. oct. 28, 1828; has been a journalist.
89. Isaac, Jr., son of Isaac and Joanna Brownson, m. Sally Bailey in 1822; lived and died in Rush, Pa., and left a number of children and descendants.
101. Frances W.V., b. Dec. 16, 1830; m. Wm. Robbins, 5 ch.
102. Donna Maria; m. Henry Altman of Newton, Kan.; 3 ch.
103. Joannah Mary, b. June 9, 1837; m. Jonathan Gibson; live in Neb.; 6 ch.
104. Vaisa, b. June 9, 1842; m. John J. Mack of Joliet, Ill.; 7 ch.
105. Issadore, b. July 28, 1845; m. Harry Jennings; 1 ch.
90. Theron, son of Isaac and Joanna Brownson, remained with his parents in Pa., until 17 years of age, on the farm, and then spent four years learning the tanning business, but never worked at the trade after serving his time. On the 29th of Sept., 1828, he left home for Illinois, and traveled through Owego, Rochester, Buffalo, and Erie, Pa., thence to the Ohio River, and down that by steamboat to Louisville, Ky., thence by stage through Indiana to Jacksonville, Ill., thence on foot 15 miles to Exeter, now Scott Co., where he found his brother Myron, and where he remained two years. He then went to Chicago, 250 miles, alone, traveling on horseback, sometimes as far as fifty miles without seeing a human habitation; was present at the first sale of town lots in Chicago in the 1st day of October, 1830. That town could then boast of but thirteen families, and a small garrison of U. S. soldiers, about 80 in number. He remained there one week and returned to Exeter. He m. Dec. 18, 1831, Agnes J. Wheeler, who was born at Rutland, Vt., and settled in Exeter. In November, 1849, he started for Texas, and on the way the steamboat Wyandott, on which he sailed from St. Louis, struck a snag and sank, but no lives were lost-baggage saved in a moist condition-and another boat took them to New Orleans. From New Orleans he went by steamsthip to Indianola in one week, where he spent the winter with his wife's brother, J. O. Wheeler, from Rutland, Vt. In the spring he returned to his family in Illinois, and in November, 1852, removed with his family to Clinton, Texas. His wife, Agnes J., died at Victoria, Texas, Mar. 3, 1879, where he resides with his son, John M. Brownson. Ch.:
106. Credelia Elizabeth, b. Sept. 25, 1832; m. in 1853, Joseph H. Stanley, a native of Eng. He died in New Orleans in 1881, where the family had lived after 1866. They had ch.: Jane, James L., Katie, Fannie, Jessie, George M., Jeanatt A., and Gertrude-all are residing in Animas, Colorado.
107. John Milton, b. Dec. 28, 1836.
108. Thaddeus Jesse, b. Oct. 3, 1842.
109. Fannie L., b. Mar. 3, 1845; m. at Victoria, Texas, Apr. 30, 1878, Rev. George R. Waddell, a Presbyterian minister. They reside in Batesville, Arkansas, and have ch.: Nettie, and a son.
107. John M., son of Theron and Agnes J. Brownson, served four years in the Confederate Army; was wounded at the battle of Shiloh, and had his horse killed under him. At the close of the war in 1865, he removed from Clinton to Victoria, Texas, where he married Aug. 23, 1870, Kate Fleming McDow of Fayette Co., Texas. They reside at Victoria. His wife is a native of Alabama.
108. Thaddeus J., son of Theron and Agnes J. Brownson, m. Hibernia Lynch, Dec. 18, 1866, and resides at Cuero, De Witt Co., Texas. Ch.:
110. Emmett Lynch, b. Sept. 14, 1867.
111. Theron Stanley, b. Mar. 4, 1870.
112. Agnes Jennett, b. Aug. 18, 1872.
113. Kate McDow, b. Oct. 9, 1876.
114. Jesse, b. May 24, 1879.
2. Daniel, b. Oct. 17, 1794.
Minor, Christopher, m. Lucy Averil, Dec. 1, 1767.
John, b. Oct. 18, 1797.
Abigail, b. May 10, 1801.
Anna, b. Feb. 26, 1769; d. Mar. 22, 1771.
2. Daniel, son of Truman and Sarah Minor, m. Emily E., dau. of Arby Curtis Lockwood, Jan. 15, 1840.
Nathan, b. Mar. 29, 1771.
NOBLE, Israel (No. 73, p. 743), son of Stephen and Sarah Noble, m. Lucy Benedict, Jan. 2, 1761. He d. in Kent, June 18, 1819, ae. 84. She d. Jan. 1, 1809, ae. 67.
Eli Clark; m. Ida Prindle; had Robert, Herbert, Lyman E.
Elizabeth; m. Charles Russell; had Emily.
204. Annis, b. Jan. 21, 1762.
1. OSBORN, Stephen, was born in 1748; and came from Quaker Hill, N. Y., where he had m. Sarah "Boorn," July 26, 1775, to New Milford, probably about the time of his marriage. His wife Sarah died Nov. 23, 1833. He died Mar. 4, 1825.
205. Amarilla, b. Sept., 1764.
206. Jonathan, b. July 1, 1767. +
207. David, b. Apr. 18, 1769; d.
208. Zachariah, b. Sept. 22, 1770.
209. David, b. Sept. 30, 1772.
210. Lucy, b. June 17, 1775.
211. Zechariah, b. July 28, 1776; d. y.
212. Sarah, b. July 13, 1777.
213. Elisha, b. Aug. 26, 1784.
206. Jonathan, son of Israel and Lucy Noble, m. Laura Meeker, in 1811; residence in Kent.
214. Israel, b. Feb. 14, 1812. +
215. Lucy, b. July 25, 1814.
216. David, b. Aug. 26, 1816.
217. Laura, b. July 5, 1821.
218. Jarvis, b. Apr. 15, 1826.
219. Almira, b. Mar. 28, 1829.
214. Israel, son of Jonathan and Laura Noble, m. 1st, Charlana, dau. of Garadus Ferriss of N. M., Nov. 25, 1834. He is a farmer in New Milford. His wife Charlana died Aug. 20, 1870, ae. 70. He m. 2d, Mrs. Elizabeth Crotty. Ch.:
Henry; m. Laura Erwin, Mar. 20, 1874.
216. David, son of Jonathan and Laura Noble, m. Eliza Cole, Mar. 13, 1849, and settled in Kent.
Howard Cole; m. Hattie E. Stanley, Apr. 8, 1876; had Katie Eliza.
2. Mary, b. Jan. 30, 1776; m. Husted Wanzer.
PEAT, John, from Duffield Parish, Co. Derby, Eng., came to America in the Hopewell, from London, in 1635. He was aged 38 years. He settled in Stratford, and died there in 1678, leaving wife Sarah and children, among whom was John, was m. Mary Morehouse, May 12, 1696, and had 3 sons and 3 daus., among whom was David, b. June 30, 1698, who m. Mary Titherton, Oct. 1, 1719, and had children:
3. Hannah, b. May 21, 1777; d. unm.
4. Isaac, b. Jan. 8, 1779; m. Ruth White; removed to Otsego Co., N. Y.
5. Freelove, b. Apr. 21, 1780; m. Abram Briggs of Sherman.
6. Stephen, b. Nov. 4, 1781; settled in Sherman.
7. Phebe, b. May 15, 1784; m. Peter Hoyt of Sherman.
8. Sarah, b. Apr. 19, 1786; m. Michael Briggs of Sherman.
9. John, } twin, b. Dec. 17, 1787. 10. Anna, } twin, b. Dec. 17, 1787; m. Eph. B. Russ of Rensselaerville, N. Y.
11. Nathaniel, b. Aug. 7, 1787; removed to Rensselaerville, N. Y.
12. Daniel, b. Sept. 3, 1791; d. y.
13. Susannah, b. Feb. 20, 1793; m. Lyman B. Morehouse.
14. David, b. July 5, 1795; m. Hepzibah Fisher.
15. Cynthia, b. Apr. 13, 1797; m. Daniel Wanzer; went to Scipio, N. Y.
1. Samuel, b. Apr. 1, 1720.
1. PEET, Riley, m. Sarah, and had recorded ch.:
2. John; settled in N. M.
4. Thaddeus; settled in N. M.
The following are all the records obtained:
Samuel, son of David, m. Sarah Wildman; settled in New Milford about 1750.
8. Mary; and perhaps others.
2. Laura Maria, b. July 24, 1715.
1. Peet, Abraham, m. Hannah Roberts, Mar. 16, 1775. She died Apr. 14, 1776.
3. Sarah Florinda, b. June 3, 1818.
4. Lucy Amarillis, b. July 8, 1820.
5. Rocclania, b. Jan. 26, 1824.
6. Samuel Riley, b. Jan. 10, 1827.
7. Rachel Ann, b. Apr. 25, 1829.
8. Mary Augusta, b. June 6, 1834.
9. Sherman Turrill, b. July 9, 1837.
2. Hannah Roberts, b. Apr. 6, 1776.
PHILLIPS, Elisha, m. Innocent _____.
John, b. May 28, 1737; m. Ann Burden, Nov. 17, 1757, and had Elisha, b. Jan. 23, 1759.
Phillips, Benjamin, and wife Mary.
1. Reuben, b. May 8, 1755.
PLATT, Samuel, m. Anne Welch, Aug. 17, 1749.
2. Huldah, b. Aug. 4, 1756.
3. Jarnel, b. Aug. 31, 1758.
4. Shubel, b. Dec. 10, 1760.
5. Mary, b. July 14, 1762.
6. Elizabeth, b. Aug. 29, 1764.
7. "Bula," b. Jan. 15, 1766.
Sarah, b. Oct. 19, 1750.
Platt, Jeremiah, son of Jeremiah and Hannah of Milford, was born Dec. 12, 1747, m. Mary, dau. of Miles and Mary Merwin, Mar. 17, 1770. She was b. Dec. 18, 1753.
Jerusha, b. May 23, 1754.
Jeremiah, b. Oct. 20, 1772.
1. SCHROEDER, Rev. John F., m. Caroline Maria, dau. of Hon. Elijah Boardman, May 22, 1825.
Hannah, b. May 1, 1777.
Newton, b. Oct. 18, 1779.
2. Caroline Maria; d. young.
1. SPERRY, Gillead, came from Milford to New Milford about 1748; was a carpenter, and is said to have been engaged in the building of the Congregational meeting-house about 1754; became acquainted with Mercy, dau. of Rev. Daniel Boardman, and married her, and resided in the town until his death. Ch.:
3. John Frederick.
4. George Boardman; d. young.
5. Mary Anna; d. aged 10 years.
6. Cornelia Elizabeth; m. George W. Wright, a lawyer of New York city.
7. Eliza Margaretta; m. Col. Mason w. Tyler of New York city; had William Seymour Tyler and Cornelius Boardman Tyler.
8. William Henry; d. aged 4 months.
9. Henry Hermann.
8. Henry H., son of Rev. John F. and Cornelia M. Schroeder, m. Mary Olivia, dau. of Edgar S. Hawkins of New York city. Ch.:
10. Mary Hawkins.
11. Harry; d.
12. Nellie; d.
13. Edgar Hawkins.
14. Helen Rosabell Hawkins.
15. Freddie Hawkins.
2. Jared, b. Dec. 25, 1750.
THAYER, Oliver, m. Mindwell Bartlett Sept. 12, 1738. She may have been the daughter of Josiah Bartlett, one of the first twelve settlers in N. M.
3. Esther; m. 1st, Joseph Wheaton, and after his death she m. Julius Stone, and lived to attain her hundredth year.
4. Penelope; m. Daniel Stone.
5. Merc; m. Sylvester Wheaton.
6. Daughter; m. _____ Fitch.
7. Mabel; _____ Bolt of Norwalk.
2. Jared, son of Gilead and Mercy Sperry, m. Mrs. Amy (Town Rec. says Ann) Wheaton Nov. 5, 17--. She died, and he m. 2d, Esther Camp. He resided in the north part of the town. Ch.:
By First Wife.
8. Wilmot. 8. Wilmot, son of Jared and Amy Sperry, was educated for an Episcopal clergyman, but became attached to the Congregational Church, and settled as a farmer on his father's homestead. He was also a tanner, and for several years a merchant in Merryall, with Elijah Bennitt as partner. He m. 1st, Dolly, dau. of Col. Perry Averill of Washington, Conn. He m. 2d, Anna, dau. of Capt. Joseph Whittlesey. Ch.:
9. Horatio G.
By 2d wife.
10. Amy M.; m. John Angevine.
11. Flora; m. Harvey P. Turrill.
12. Dolly M.; m. Harvey Whittlesey of Farmington.
13. Jared. ,br>
15. Walter D.
17. Harriet; m. C. W. Bennett.
9. Horatio G., son of Wilmot and Dolly Sperry, m. Eliza, dau. of Abijah Tomlinson, Oct. 20, 1834. He was engaged a number of years as a teacher in public schools in Connecticut and New Jersey. He resided in Marbledale some years, then settled on his father's homestead, where he still resides. He is a deacon in the Cong. Church.
Anna H.; m. John C. Ackley.
Caroline Averill; m. George B. Ackley.
Eliza T.; m. Irwin J. Beardsley.
Hannah, b. July 28, 1739; m. Abner Seely Mar. 22, 1759.
Thayre, Joseph, m. Abigail Sackett.
Annis, b. Sept. 19, 1741; m. Nathaniel Smith.
Eunice, bapt. Oct. 25, 1741.
Benoni, b. Feb. 4, 1757.
Mary, b. Oct. 6, 1760.
Abigail, b. June 19, 1776; d. June 30, 1776.
Thayre, Lemuel, m. Lucy Brownson May 6, 1771.
1. Annis, b. Sept. 3, 1771.
1. Thayer, Augustine, m. Electa Fairchild of Newtown.
2. William, b. Oct. 31, 1773.
3. Augustine, b. Oct. 12, 1775.
4. Elizur, b. Feb. 17, 1778.
5. Lucy, b. May 20, 1782.
6. Sally, b. Feb. 11, 1787.
7. Betsey, b. Apr. 8, 1789.
8. Laura, b. Mar. 28, 1791.
9. Hetty, b. Apr. 15, 1793.
10. Lemuel, b. Mar. 6, 1797.
4. Elizur, son of Lemuel and Lucy Thayer, m. Phebe Bartram May 5, 1798.
11. Annis, b. Nov. 27, 1799.
12. Phebe Maria, b. Feb. 5, 1802.
13. Lucy Ann, b. Nov. 13, 1804.
14. Sally, b. Sept. 9, 1805.
15. Oliver Bartram, b. Feb. 2, 1808.
16. Lovisa, b. Feb. 24, 1810.
17. George Washington, b. Nov. 5, 1811.
18. Mary, b. Feb. 8, 1814.
2. Edward Augustus; m. Susan S., dau. of Elijah Green, July 2, 1871.
The Rev. J. F. SCHROEDER, Jr., has furnished the following biographical sketch, a part of which was written in 1834 by Dr. Schroeder's father.
3. Emily Augusta; m.
4. Henry Augustus; d. y.
5. John Quincy; a lawyer in Meriden.
Rev. John Frederick Schroeder, D.D., the son of Hermann Henry Schroeder, was descended from distinguished German ancestors, and was born at Baltimore, Maryland, April 8, 1800. At the early age of seven years he made a catalogue of his father's library, arranging the books according to their subjects. (Picture: Minister in Trinity Parish in New York city, from 1823 to 1839.
His father recorded of him that even then he was often found in his play-pulpit, among his brothers and sisters, preaching to them, as they termed it; and adds that he was always noted for his great readiness of thought and utterance. In his ninth year he began to write letters and essays. He entered Princeton College Dec. 7, 1815, as freshman, at the age of fifteen, and graduated there Oct. 3, 1819, at the age of nineteen, at the head of his class. When he applied to Bishop Kemp to become a candidate for holy orders, the Bishop wrote to Dr. Green, the president of the college, and received a reply in which were these words: "He passed his whole course with us in the most reputable manner. His diligence in study was truly exemplary; and as a scholar, he never had a superior in any class to which he belonged. His moral character was without a stain. His attention to all the religious instructions and exercises of the college was constant, respectful, and reverential. In a word, sir, Mr. Schroeder, while with us, was considered as a pattern to his fellow-students." In 1820 he studied in Philadelphia, with a learned Oriental scholar, the Rev. Dr. Banks, the Hebrew language, and in two months committed the grammar, and parsed a number of Psalms. He also pursued the study of Chaldee and Arabic, and other Oriental languages, and became familiar with the minute criticisms of the Hebrew. "I have every reason to believe," said his teacher, "that he will be a distinguished ornament to the church." In 1821 he studied theology at New Haven, in the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, where he continued until the institution was removed to New York. While at the Seminary Bishop Brownell and Rev. Professor Turner wrote in reference to his character: "By his amiable deportment and exemplary conduct he acquired the esteem of the friends of religion, while by his diligence and proficiency in sacred learning he obtained the especial approbation of his instructors. He was admitted by his fellow-students to have the first place in their number." At Baltimore he pursued a course marked out by Professor Turner, and finished his studies under Bisop Kemp. He was admitted to holy orders at Baltimore, Jan. 1, 1823, and to the priesthood April 22, 1824, on each occasion by Bishop Kemp, his devoted and most affectionate friend. The second week after his admission to holy orders he visited Washington, D. C., preached there in the House of Representatives, and received great marks of interest from several prominent men, especially Mr. John Randolph. He then visited and preached at Annapolis, before the State Legislature. A few days afterward he became pastor of a small parish at St. Michael's, on the eastern shore of Maryland, where he had great success. He was urged to take charge of the Episcopal Church at Cambridge, Mass., and act as Librarian to the University. While considering this he produced such an impression by his preaching in New York city, that he was unanimously called, by the vestry of Trinity parish there, in September, 1823, to perform for one year the pastoral duties of Bishop Hobart, who was about to sail for Europe on account of his health. His preaching acquired for him the greatest popularity, and he was followed from church to church by throngs of admiring listeners. In a few months the trustees of Washington (now Trinity) College, at Hartford, Conn., elected him Professor of Ancient Languages and Literature. The vestry of Trinity parish, on hearing of this, gave him a permanent settlement as an assistant minister of Trinity Church and St. Paul's and St. John's Chapels.
A precocious boy, the head of his class in college, although the youngest member of it, having found time at the age of eighteen to become a skilled musician, playing, after only a few hours' notice, at a public concert of a hundred performers, the principal part on the violin, and having become, before his ordination, remarkably proficient in mathematics, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Chaldee, Syriac, and Arabic, he had been officiating as pastor of a parish in Maryland for several months, and had become a minister of Trinity Parish in the City of New York, being elected to take the bishop's place in the parish, first temporarily, and then permanently, before his fellow-students had graduated at the Theological Seminary, and more than six months before he was old enough to be ordained priest.
In Trinity Parish, from 1823 to 1839, his ministerial labors in connection with the large congregations there were wonderfully successful. He took great interest both in domestic missions and in missions to Greece, China, and the Sandwich Islands. He received from the missionaries a curious relic-the identical idol, or god, that was worshipped by Kamehameha, King of the Sandwich Islands. He was secretary of an almost incredible number of societies, and took an especial interest in the City Mission, in the Institution for the Deaf and Dumb, in the Asylum for the Blind, in the New York City Dispensary, and in Prison Reform. His influence socially was very great. An eminent man has said of him that his sayings were household words among the clergy. Prof. Henry J. Anderson of Columbia College, himself a marvel of ability in very many ways, declared that he considered him the wisest counselor that he was acquainted with.
On all suitable occasions throughout his ministry, but more conspicuously during the first dread visitations of the cholera in New York city, in the years 1832 and 1834, he unhesitatingly risked his life in visiting the sick and the dying, as an intrepid soldier of the Cross. In the year 1831 he officiated at the funeral of a man who died of malignant small-pox. In this case, the contagion of the disease caused the death of the physician and of the nurse, and caused my father a long illness from varioloid. In 1832 and 1834, when the city was deserted by almost every one who could leave it, he voluntarily remained there, and notified the hospitals that he was in readiness to visit them whenever he might be sent for, at ny hour of the day or night; and during both of those cholera seasons, he spent the greater part of his time in administering the sonsolations of religion to hundreds who were stricken with the pestilence. As late as November, 1834, in visiting a cholera hospital where, on account of the cool weather, the windows were closed, he took the disease so suddenly that he was unable to walk from the hospital to his carriage without assistance.
In 1838 he traveled in Europe with my mother and myself, for the benefit of her health. On his return he resigned his position in Trinity Parish, and removed to Flushing, on Long Island, where he established St. Ann's Hall, an institution for the education of young ladies. Many of his beloved pupils cherish with affection the memory of the happy years which they spent there.
In 1846 he removed the Institution to New York, and soon after assumed, in connection with it, the rectorship of the Church of the Crucifixion, and preached for some time in the fine edifice formerly used by the great and eloquent Presbyterian champion, the Rev. Dr. John Mason. Having accepted a call to become the rector of St. Thomas's Church, Brooklyn, he removed the Institution to that city, in the year 1852. Five months previous to his death, he resigned his pastoral charge.
While performing the duties of his school and of his parish, he learned Spanish enough in the amazingly short space of six weeks to translate the exercises in the grammar from Spanish into English; and in the next six weeks, he translated, from English into Spanish, the numerous exercises for that purpose given in the grammar, writing them with almost perfect correctness. At the same time, he even invented a new and important and highly-useful rule for using the perplexing Spanish auxiliary verbs, that astonished Professor Vingut, who dedicated his grammar to him, which my father very greatly assisted him in writing. He translated part of a Chinese book, but the rest of it, on rice paper, was destroyed by a mouse. His memory, especially when aided by mnemonics, was extraordinary.
He was often unexpectedly called upon to preach, after only a few minutes' notice. On several such occasions, in Trinity Parish and elsewhere, different vestries requested these extempore sermons for publication, supposing them to have been written with extra care. In preaching, his fluency and elegance of diction were so remarkable that even his most intimate friends, often when he was delivering an unpremeditated extempore sermon, would suppose him to be reading a carefully prepared manuscript, with elaborately constructed sentences and harmonious cadences.
His health was remarkably good at almost all times; his cheerfulness was inexhaustible, and his activity unabated. He always lived in a very abstemious manner, avoiding all habits and indulgences inconsistent with the elevated objects of his life-to benefit his fellow-men while living and to be the means of blessing them beyond the grave.
In November, 1852, in moving a heavy box, he tore asunder one of the muscles near the spine, an accident which Dr. Valentine Mott, Senior, at the time said would have been immediately fatal to an ordinary man. It caused also intermal injuries which, more than four years afterward, proved fatal. His last illness was attended by the Rev. David P. Sanford, with devout exercises, and with Christian and comforting expressions which fell from his dying lips. He died on Thursday, Feb. 26, 1857, in the fifty-seventh year of his age, and was buried on Saturday, Feb. 28th, in the family vault at Greenwood Cemetery. The funeral services were performed at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Brooklyn. The large edifice, including the galleries, was filled. the music was solemn and beautiful. The Rev. Drs. Berrian, Seabury, and Lewis took part in the services. An admirable address was delivered by the Rev. Dr. Benjamin I. Haight. At the grave, Bishop Horatio Potter of New York, closed the solemn service. At a meeting of clergy and laity present at the call of Bishop Potter, on Feb. 28th, resolutions of respect for his character, presented by the Rev. Francis Vinton, D.D., and Arch. B. Gifford, were adopted; the Rev. Samuel R. Johnson being Secretary.
Among them was the following:
Resolved, That we have a deep sense of the loss which, not only the Church, but the community at large has to deplore, in the death of one who has so greatly contributed, by his learning and private worth, to the cause of education and sacred literature, and who, by his benevolent and sympathizing heart, his social and engaging qualities, and his general amenity and courtesy, endeared himself to all who have had the privilege of an acquaintance with him.
On May 22, 1825, he married Caroline Maria, eldest daughter of the Hon. Elijah Boardman; and they had four sons and four daughters, of whom two sons and two daughters survive them. Her influence over him was very lovely and excellent. Gifted as she was with such fascinating personal beauty that many who had mingled in good society both here and in Europe declared her to be the most beautiful woman they had ever seen, it was neverthe less true that the charms of her person were excelled by the higher graces of her mind and heart. Many eminent clergymen read to her their most carefully prepared sermons, because they highly valued her literary criticisms and her devout suggestions. Her venerable uncle, the Hon. David Sherman Boardman, whose discretion and sound judgment were unquestioned, said that he had known her intimately all her life, and that he believed that, from the time she was a child, until the end of her sojourn on earth, her consistent piety was such that she was always in a fit frame of mind and heart to meet her summons to Paradise.
Many of her clerical and other pious friends have concurred in this testimony. Next to her love for God, the all-engrossing sentiment of her heart and soul was her constant and complete devotion to her family. She was even thankful that for several years her health was rather delicate; as it withdrew her from many of the frivolities of social life, and caused her to devote herself more unreservedly to devotional reading and contemplation, and to unceasing efforts to promote the highest welfare and happiness of her household. Her maternal love was perhaps never surpassed. Her constant solicitude for the welfare of her husband and children was so extreme, and, as some persons thought, so excessive, that it rendered her unable to be really happy when they were away from her. Those whom she loved could rely with certainty upon the unwavering constancy of her attachment. Her keen discrimination of character often enabled her to detect flattery, hypocrisy, insincerity, and dissimulation as if by intuition; and, in this way, she was of great service to her husband. Her servants regarded her, not only with profound respect, but with devoted attachment; and she moulded the characters of several of them, by a marvelous change into that of truly exemplary Christians. Always judicious, unselfish, considerate of the motives, opinions, and feelings of others, kind, affectionate, loving, tender, and irreproachable, she seemed too good for earth.
In a most incomprehensible manner she became aware that she was soon to experience a severe illness, and that in a few days it would prove fatal. Unruffled, and with serene composure, she thankfully improved the opportunity, before her powers were enfeebled by sickness, of conversing upon her willingness to receive her final summons, and admonishing her children to be ready to meet her in Paradise.
Among my father's printed works are: An Address before the Horticultural Society, in 1828; two translations from the German, which were published in an 8 volume of 600 pages; Questions on the Book of Daniel; Questions, in three parts, on the Gospel of St. Matthew, which were written in competition with others and received a prize of some hundreds of dollars; A very small pamphlet entitled A Class-book of Astronomy; Memoir of the Life and Character of Mrs. Mary Anna Boardman, with an historical account of her forefathers, printed for private distribution, New Haven, 1849, Octavo; A Chart of the Diocese of New York, prepared for the Missionary Society. The elaborate Index to the second edition of Lossing's Field-Book of the Revolution, New York, 1855; Memorial of Bishop Hobart; a collection of sermons on the death of the Right Reverend JohnHenry Hobart, D.D., Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the State of New York, New York, 1831, pages 250; a short biographical sketch of Bishop William White, D.D., in the Philadelphia National Portrait Gallery; an article on the Sanscrit Language and Literature, published in the Southern Literary Messenger; a Discourse at the opening of the New York Dispensary. For several years he edited the Churchman's almanac without any assistance, making all the astronomical calculations himself. Several articles, chiefly biographical, entitled Grandfather's Letters, by X. S., in the children' magazine; a Sermon to Children; a Thanksgiving Sermon; a Sermon on "The love of Christ constraineth us"; religion and the State, or Christianity the Safeguard of Civil Liberty; A poem of 227 lines of blank verse, entitled Iscariot; Maxims of Washington, political, social, moral, and religious, pages 423, published by Appleton & Co.; Bibliotheca Probata, pages xxxi, 234. He wrote but a very small part of a large work in two quarto volumes, entitled Life and Times of Washington, published by Johnson, Fry & Co., after my father's death.
Among his unpublished works are some lectures on Mohammed, which Bishop Hobart said were the only lectures at which the audience was so crowded that he was constrained to stand to listen to them. A series of lectures on English History, and a series on English Literature. Also some lectures in the French language on French Literature; some numbers of a family newspaper, entitled The On Dit; a lecture entitled, Man's Moral Destiny the Philosophy of the Earth, occupying 68 manuscript quarto pages. A copy of all the inscriptions in the Center cemetery in New Milford, Conn., in two volumes.
Gratis, or Thatcher Family
"A record of Mr. Partridge Thatcher's negro family,--their births, etc, as written by his own hand [but additions were afterwards made, probably by Cyrus Thatcher], to wit:
"I first had Jacob and Dinah June ye __, 1749, of Capt. Jabez Dean of Norwich. Said negroes had been in this country I think he told me, about six weeks; they were children. Jacob we judged eleven years old, and Dinah ten years old. They were married by Capt. Nathaniel Bostwick, Justice of the Peace when I had had them about three years. Dinah, the wife of said Jacob, deceased on the 14th day of July, A.D. 1806. Jacob himself deceased on the 14th day of May, 1823. Ch.:
1. Sybil, b. Jan. 28, 1753, "it being the first year of New Stile." [She m. Amos Lewis Aug. 23, 1773, being emancipated by Mr. Thatcher.]
"Olive, a negro girl born of Naomi, a negro woman, servant to Sherman Boardman, Esq., born on the 3d day of May, 1792.
2. Heber, b. July 4, 1755. [He was emancipated Dec. 30, 1780.]
3. Peleg, b. Dec. 4, 1757. [He was emancipated Dec. 30, 1780].
4. Terah, b. Jan. 25, 1761; "he died by being drowned by an accident in Rocky river, near my saw-mill in an exceeding low time of water, the 4th day of September, 1762.
5. Rhoda, b. June 18, 1763.
6. Huldah, b. May 26, 1766; "deceased at New York Nov. 15, 1817."
7. Phebe, b. Apr. 17, 1768.
8. Rachel, b. Apr. 11, 1770; " deceased Feb. 19, 1811."
9. Jacob; "said Jacob deceased at Boston."
10. Cyrus, b. Apr. 28, 1777.
9. "Cyrus Thatcher, of New Milford, and Hopeful Freeman of Litchfield, were legally married at Litchfield, South Farms, by James Morris, Esq., on the 17th day of June, 1811."
10. Charles Jacob, b. Mar. 11, 1812.
11. Mary, b. Aug. 19, 1816.
12. Catharine, b. Dec. 20, 1818.
Jack, or Carlton Jackson, a negro boy born of said Naomi on the 17th day of Oct., 1796."
"Tamar, a negro female child born of Betty, a negro servant of Sherman Boardman, Esq., the 19th day of Apr., 1786."
"Peter, a male negro child born of Hagar, a negro servant of Nathaniel Taylor, 3d, on the 23d day of Nov., 1788. Said Peterdeceased by drowning Feb. 27, 1830."
"Michael, son of Hagar, a servant of Nathaniel Taylor, 3d, born April ye 27th, 1791.
"Phebe, daughter to Hagar, a negro servant of Doct. Nathaniel Taylor, was born on ye 27th day of June, 1795.
"Cato, a negro male child of Tempe, a negro servant of Benjamin Seelye, born in New Milford on the first day of October, 1788, and deceased.
Marcus, son of sd. Tempe, was born Dec. 11, 1791.
Frederick, son of sd. Tempe, was born May 22, 1794.
William, son of sd. Tempe, was born Jan., 1799.
Amanda, daughter of sd. Tempe, was born Feb. 17, 1801.
Julia, daughter of sd. Tempe, was born Mar. 31, 1803.
John Stanley, son of sd. Tempe, was born Nov. 17, 1805."
"Stanley Carpenter and Abigail Wilder (persons of color), both of New Milford, were lawfully married on the 25th day of Nov., 1830, by the Rev. Herman Rood."
"Charles Franklin and Sally Minerva Phillips (persons of color), both of New Milford, were united in marriage Oct. 26, 1829."
"Kate, a negro female child, born of Pegg, a negro servant of Col. Samuel Canfield of New Milford, was born on 11th day of Sept., 1781."
"Belden Whitney and Shelden Whitney, twin sons of Kate, a negro servant of Samuel Canfield, Esq., was born on the 28th day of Sept., 1797."
"James Johnson, and Sarah his wife (negroes).
1. Laura, b. Aug. 1, 1813.
Children of "Patience, a negro servant of Samuel Bostwick, Esq." [This foregoing statement is repeated after the names of five of her children.]
2. Minerva, b. May 10, 1819.
1. Daria, b. Feb. 17, 1781; m. Javan Wilson.
"Orman, a negro male child, born of Dora, the daughter of Patience an emancipated servant of Elisha and Samuel Bostwick; the said Orman was born on the 16th day of Dec. 1800. And the said Orman, now by the name of Orman Wilson was legally united in marriage with Chloe Jacklin on ye 18th day of May 1828, by Stephen Crane Justice of peace.
2. George, b. July 24, 1784.
3. Shubal, b. July 22, 1785.
4. Ira, b. July 2, 1789.
5. Rhoda, b. Oct. 26, 1791.
6. Abel, b. Sept. 1, 1794.
7. Charles, b. Feb. 16, 1797.
8. Julia, b. Oct. 10, 1800.
1. Frederick, b. May 7, 1829.
"Javan Wilson and Dora, the daughter of Patience an emancipated servant of Elisha and Samuel Bostwick both of New Milford (persons of color) were married on the 20th day of January 1802. Javan Wilson deceased on ye 22d day of Feb. 1827, aged 70 years; a Revolutionary Pentioner.
1. Catharine, b. Sept. 19, 1802; d. April 1st.
"Polly Ann Treadwell born Aug. 31, 1815.
2. George, b. Mar. 10, 1804.
3. Antoinett, b. Nov. 13, 1806.
4. Shubael, b. July 2, 1808.
5. Rachel, b. Apr. 1, 1810.
6. Julius Javan, b. Mar. 6, 1814.
7. Ziba, b. Jan. 30, 1817.
8. Ira, b. Apr. 4, 1820.
9. Catharine, b. Apr. 5, 1821.
"Jane Jackson sister of Polly Ann was born Oct. 10, 1829.
"Lydia Rogers, a negro female child, born of Polly Ann Treadwell daughter of Sally Jackson (Javan Wilson's daughter) born Nov. 17, 1833."
"Charles Dunbar's children; said Charles deceased June 11, 1847.
Caroline, b. Feb. 1839.
"Hannah Maria the wife of Charles Dunbar deceased July 22, 1845."
William, b. Feb. 1841.
"William, a negro child born of Tamar a negro woman, on the 2d day of April 1803; born in New Fairfield."
"A Record of the Children of Prince Drake a Negroman and his wife Susannah, - all of which were born in New Milford as follows:
1. Lutilda, b. July 11, 1808.
"Abel and Lucy Camp. (Negroes." Their children:
2. Polly, b. Jan. 17, 1812.
3. Orinda, b. Mar. 14, 1815.
And the said Susannah's son Rhiley which she had before her marriage to said Prince, was born in Brookfield Oct. 9, 1804.
1. Diania, b. July 16, 1796.
"Nehemiah Lockwood a free Negroman married Dinah Oct. 20, 1783.
2. Polly, b. Jan. 17, 1798.
3. William, b. Oct. 17, 1799.
4. Oliver, b. May 16, 1801.
5. Maria, b. May 17, 1803.
1. Edmund, b. Mar. 15, 1785.
"Cato Nichols m. Julia Currie Sept. 16, 1828. He was born Feb. 19, 1804, and she was born Dec. 14, 1810. Cato deceased July 31, 1847, aged 43 years.
2. Belden, b. Mar. 19, 1787.
3. Asher, b. Nov. 29, 1790.
4. Orra, b. Nov. 15, 1792.
5. Diana, b. May 11, 1794.
6. Rachel, b. Sept. 2, 1798.
1. Laura M., b. Nov. 19, 1835.
2. Andrew B., b. Jan. 15, 1840.
3. Henry S., b. Nov. 6, 1841.
4. Ezra L., b. Oct. 10, 1844. "