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Biography of William J. Combs

William J. Combs. Among the families which have been known in business circles of Leavenworth for more than half a century, one which had always borne an honorable reputation and a name for absolute integrity combined with notable achievements is that of Combs, as represented here by the late William J. Combs, who was connected with a number of business enterprises dating from the year 1858 until his death, and his son, George W. Combs, general superintendent of the Great Western Manufacturing Company, and the inventor of several appliances which have made his name widely known. William J. Combs, with his wife and two eldest living children, settled at Leavenworth in the pioneer days of the spring of 1858. The original home of the family was at Hartford, Connecticut, where Mr. Combs had been born, reared and educated, and where he was married to Miss Frances P. Flower, who was a member of an old and well known New York family and a relative of Governor Flower of New York. In 1854 Mr. Combs journeyed to Indianapolis, Indiana, from whence he came, as noted, to Leavenworth in the spring of 1858, at that time the foremost city on the frontier of western civilization. He was a butcher by trade and his first establishment was a small shop on Cherokee Street, and while his start was small he soon began to make his progressive spirit and enterprise felt and built and run a large establishment on the levee where he supplied meats and ice to the numerous steamboats then running on the Missouri River and became fairly prosperous. He was...

Biography of Sheldon Griswold Catlin

Sheldon Griswold Catlin. A notable figure in the commercial life of the City of Leavenworth was the late Sheldon Griswold Catlin. He was a Yankee, of Connecticut birth and ancestry, and possessed the genius of a typical New Englander for trade. Bulwarking his genius in this direction was a remarkable integrity of character and a wholesomeness and breadth of mind which made his presence in any community a source of strength and uplift. It was in 1863 that he came to Leavenworth and became a member of the old wholesale shoe firm of George O. Catlin & Company, a business which is still in existence and which had had a consecutive history of prosperity and success for more than half a century. Sheldon G. Catlin was born at Harwinton in Litchfield County, Connecticut, September 28, 1806. He was descended from Thomas Catling, a native of England, where the common method of spelling the name was Ketling. Thomas Catling settled in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1642, and was the progenitor of all the various branches of the Catlin family now known in the United States. The Catlins were Connecticut people until after the Revolutionary war, and several of the name were soldiers in that struggle. After an education in the common schools, Sheldon G. Catlin inaugurated his business experience as clerk in a store. His enterprise soon took him out of the ranks of the employe. Loading a wagon with tinware and other merchandise he peddled out his stock along the road until he arrived in South Carolina, and at Edgefield in that state he established a permanent store. While in...

Michael Todd of Hartford County CT

Michael Todd4, (Michael3, Michael2, Christopher1) born Aug. 10, 1729, died May 6, 1776, married first Aug. 10, 1749, Eunice, eldest daughter of Capt. James and Mary (Hitchcock) Peck, of New Haven, Ct., who was born Feb. 14, 1731-32, died Nov. 1765; second Sept. 15, 1766, Mary, eldest daughter of John and Hannah (Smith) Rowe, of East Haven, Conn., who was born March 22, 1744, died about 1789. She married second(???)Holt. Mr. Todd fulfilled his fathers desires as expressed in his will and testament and graduated from Yale college in 1748. He afterward became an extensive merchant in New Haven, Conn. His estate was inventoried at œ2083. In his will he appointed his son Michael, the executor and guardian of the three youngest children. Children by Eunice Peck: 215. Michael, b. June 11, 1750, d. Nov. 3, 1750. 216. Michael, b. Sept. 24, 1752, was lost at sea while on a voyage from the West Indies, about 1797. Children by Mary Rowe: 217. Eli, b. July 22, 1769, d. Nov. 17, 1833, m. first Aug. 9, 1796, Rhoda Hill, of Farmington, Conn., who d. March 1825; second Catherine Hill, a sister of his first wife, Nov. 1828; graduated from Yale college in 1787. He was a physician; President of the Med. Soc. of Conn. in 1813. He lived at Farmington, Conn. until 1819, where he held a very large practice. He was one of the most prominent men of his time. In 1819 he removed to Hartford, Ct. where he was selected as the first Supt. of the Retreat for the Insane, he being very largely instrumental in locating the...

Ambrose Todd of Huntington CT

Ambrose Todd6, (Jonah5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Dec. 7, 1764, died July 25, 1809, married Lavinia, daughter of Rev. Dr. Samuel and Lavinia Jarvis of Cheshire, who was born Oct. 5, 1760, died Oct. 26, 1841. Mr. Todd graduated from Yale College in 1786. He was an Episcopal clergyman, having been ordained Deacon by Bishop Seabury of Connecticut, June 1, 1789. He was rector at Simsbury, Granby and Huntington, Conn., where he died and was buried. The inscription on his Tombstone in Huntington is as follows: “This Monument is erected by the Episcopal Society as a Testimony of Respect and Esteem towards him their clergyman for his Piety and Zeal as a Preacher and his benevolence and goodwill as a man”. Children: 648. Martha Peters, b. Sept. 17, 1789, d. Oct. 13, 1808. 649. Lavinia Harrison, b. April 29, 1791, d. July 25, 1810. *650. Ambrose Seymour, b. Dec. 6, 1798. *651. Charles Jarvis, b. June 26, 1800. 652. William King, b. May 28,...

Jonah Todd

Jonah Todd6, (Jonah5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Nov. 2, 1769, died Dec. 23, 1834, married March 14, 1792, Mary, daughter of Uri and Thankful (Ives) Tuttle, of Bethany, Conn., who was born March 25, 1773, died March 27, 1839. They at first lived in East Plymouth, then later they removed to Plymouth, Conn., where they lived a number of years and died. Children: *653. Charles Harrison, b. Feb. 1, 1793. 654. Juliana, b. April 4, 1795, d. March 15, 1796. *655. Jonah Hansel, b. Aug. 23, 1797.656. Julius M., b. Sept. 17, 1799, d. Jan. 4, 1829, m, Oct. 27, 1823, Lucy A. Ford. *657. Mary Juliana, b. Nov. 17, 1801. *658. Bennajah, b. Oct. 17, 1803. 659. Esther Lowly, b. April 15, 1806, d. Oct. 18, 1808. 660. Ambrose E., b. Oct. 29, 1812, d. March 8, 1837. 661. Esther Lowly, b. Feb. 11, 1815, d. Feb. 26, 1815. *662. Esther Lowly, b. Oct. 26,...

Samuel Todd of North Haven CT

Samuel Todd7, (Josiah6, Dan5, Christopher4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Aug. 22, 1817, in North Haven, Conn., died Dec. 1898, in South Manchester, Conn., married first, Jan. 7, 1851, Emily, daughter of Harvey and Nancy (Johnson) Rich, of Owego, N. Y., who was born Dec. 10, 1825, died Dec. 26, 1868, in Newark Valley, N. Y. He married second, Jennie Button, who lives in South Manchester, Conn. Samuel Todd went to Newark Valley, N. Y., with his father in 1834, and a year later, when the tannery, which was to have given employment to Samuels father, Josiah Todd, went into bankruptcy, Samuel, who was then about eighteen years of age, and very ambitious, took the brunt of the struggle to stem the tide of misfortune and hardships. In the winters he taught school, while in the summers and autumns, he worked at clearing off the big hemlocks, some of which were monsters, some of them being about 100 feet tall and four feet in diameter at the stump. After the huge trees were cut, they were rolled into large piles and burned. People of the present day would consider this method a very wasteful way to prepare land for agricultural purposes. In the spring time, they devoted their time to the manufacture of maple sugar and syrup. Samuel was the leading spirit in all this work. At last a comfortable home was provided for the family. Not long after the family arrived at Newark Valley, N. Y., Samuel, with other members of the family, united with the Congregational Church. The society, learning that Samuel was a flute player, invited him...

Wallace Beri Todd of Ridgely MD

Wallace Beri Todd7, (Beri M.6, Melicu5, Gideon4, Gideon3, Michael2, Christopher1) born May 8, 1833, in Bristol, Conn., died Feb., 1914, in Ridgely, Maryland, aged about eighty. Married Emma Green. He was of a sanguine temperament, a bright, sunny disposition, and with good health, he appeared a much younger man. Optimistic in his views, he anticipated with undaunted energy and courage, a very happy old age in his new home and its surroundings. At an early age, he took a trip nearly around the world, visiting many important places. On his return, he went into the mining district of California, where he mined for gold for two years, at the end of which time he returned to his old home, and later engaged in the manufacture of inks and perfumery, with the late A. W. Harrison, of Philadelphia, Penn., while in connection with this business, they conducted a retail store in New York City. At the breaking out of the civil war, he enlisted in the 82nd regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia, later on he became its quartermaster with the rank of Lieutenant. Mrs. Todd was with him in the forward movement of the army from Frederick City, Maryland, to Warrington, Virginia, and spent the winter of 1863-64, in camp with him on the Rappahannock river, near Brandy Station, Va., where he was promoted to the office of commissary of subsistence of the Reserve Artillery of the army of the Potomac, with the rank of Captain. At the close of the war he returned to Philadelphia, where he resumed his old business at which he continued until the year 1901. He...

Charles Jarvis Todd of New Haven CT

Charles Jarvis Todd8, (Ambrose S.7, Ambrose6, Jonah5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Nov. 24, 1833, married Emily M., daughter of William Lorenzo and Anna Maria (Scofield) Holly, who was born in Stamford, Conn., Dec. 15, 1829, died in New Haven, Conn., Sept. 9, 1894. Mr. Todd served through the civil war as Paymaster in the Navy, on U. S. S. Shockokow, North Atlantic Squadron, William B. Cushing of the ram Albermarle fame was Captain. At one time, Mr. Todd was engaged in the dry goods business in Stamford, Conn. Moved to New Haven, Conn., in 1884. Later he was in the wholesale tea business with M. Johnson & Co., at 86 Front Street, New York, N. Y. In his youth he entered Trinity College, at Hartford, Conn., but did not graduate. Children: 1924. Henry Hull, b. Sept. 2, 1856, m. June 27, 1897, Jennie M. Reed in Morenci, Mich. No children. Mr. Todd is a corset manufacturer in New Haven, Conn., where he resides. 1925. Robert Willis, b. Oct. 9, 1873, d. Oct. 18,...

Milo Apollos Todd of Hartford CT

Milo Apollos Todd8, (Thelus7, Thelus6, Jonah5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Jan. 11, 1834, died Nov. 20, 1907, married Feb. 16, 1865, Cornelia Maria Cook, who was born Jan. 20, 1845, in East Wallingford, Conn. She lived in Hartford, Conn., in 1913. Children: 1918. Lillie Antoinette, b. March 23, 1865, m. William Clifton, son of Henry Hobart Todd. For Mr. Todd’s ancestry, see No. 1926. 1919. Clara Maria, b. May 7, 1867, d. Dec. 2, 1876. 1920. Alice Clarilla, b. Sept. 29, 1876, m. Oct. 14, 1903, Richard Louis Peard, of Hartford, Conn., where they now (1913) reside. No...

Cynthia Abigail Todd Garrigus of Bristol CT

GARRIGUS, Cynthia Abigail Todd9, (Edward E.8, Almon E.7, Carrington6, Daniel5, Daniel4, Daniel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Jan. 18, 1878, married Frank Horace Garrigus. They live now (1920) in Bristol, Conn. Children: I. Frederick Hubert, b. Sept. 4, 1907. II. Helen Maria, b. June 20,...
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