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American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy

Among the well known educational institutions in our land during the early part of the past century, was the American Literary, Scientific, and Military Academy, the forerunner of Norwich University, founded by the late Capt. Alden Partridge in 1819, in Norwich, his native town. The corner-stone of the Academy building1 was placed August 4, 1819, and September 20th of the following year the institution was opened for the reception of cadets. From Captain Partridge‘s knowledge of the system of education in force in the higher seminaries of learning in our country, he was convinced that no truly American system of education, such as was designed to meet the needs of the large majority of the young men of the country, was within their reach. It was with a view to remedy that defect that he established this institution, which during the first year of its existence had an attendance of one hundred pupils, and thereafter, until 1825 the annual attendance rapidly increased, at one time being nearly two hundred. The character of the patronage accorded to this newly launched academy was highly flattering to its founder and its friends. The attendance from the southern states was very large undoubtedly a larger percentage, by far, than any other northern educational institution was favored with; many of whom, in after years, with numbers of their northern classmates, honored themselves and their Alma Mater. April, 1825, the academy was removed to Middletown, Connecticut, for reasons believed by Captain Partridge to promise a more successful future to the institution than would accrue to it by its remaining at Norwich. While at Middletown, a...

Hardships of the Early Natchez Emigrants

Taking the reader with us, to the settlements of the distant Natchez region, he will find that emigrants continued to pour in, upon those fertile hills and alluvial bottoms, from all parts of “his majesty’s Atlantic plantations.” Many were the hardships and perils they encountered, in reaching this remote and comparatively uninhabited region. It is believed that the history of one party of these emigrants will enable the reader to understand what kind of hardships and deprivations all the others were forced to undergo. Major General Phineas Lyman, a native of Durham, a graduate of Yale, a distinguished lawyer, and a member of the legislature of the commonwealth of Massachusetts, became commander of the Connecticut forces in 1755. He served with so much distinction, during the Canadian war, that he was invited, by persons high in office, to visit England. He had formed an association composed of his brothers in arms, called the “Military Adventurers,” whose design was, the colonization of a tract of country upon the Mississippi. He sailed to England, as agent for this company, with the sanguine, yet reasonable hope, that the King would make the grant. Arriving there he found, to his astonishment, that land in a wilderness was refused to those who had fought so valiantly for it, and whose contemplated establishment would have formed a barrier against enemies, who might seek to acquire it. In his own country Lyman had never solicited favor, otherwise than by faithful public services. The coolness which he now experienced deeply mortified him — his spirits sank, and he lost all his former energy. Shocked at the degradation...

Biography of Paul Helmer Young

Paul Helmer Young, representative of the bond department of the National Bank of Commerce at St. Louis and president of the St. Louis Junior Chamber of Commerce, is one of the most alert, wide-awake and progressive of the young business men of the city. He was born in Lander, Wyoming, July 26, 1896. He is therefore a western man by birth, training and experience and has always been possessed by the spirit of western enterprise and progress which has been the dominant element in the upbuilding of the great empire beyond the Mississippi. His father, the Rev. Benjamin Young, is pastor of the Union Methodist Episcopal church of St. Louis and is mentioned elsewhere in this work. Paul H. Young was educated in the Lincoln high school at Portland, Oregon, also in the Topeka high school at Tokepa, Kansas, from which he was graduated with the class of 1915, and in the Wesleyan University at Middletown, Connecticut. While a student there he enlisted for service in the European war and became a second lieutenant of infantry in the Sixty-third Pioneer Infantry, which was stationed at Camp Dix, New Jersey, where be received his discharge in December, 1918, following the signing of the armistice. From January until May, 1919, he was general secretary of the University of Missouri Y.M.C.A. Subsequently he became associated with the United States treasury department, serving in that connection from May until December, 1919, and on the 1st of January, 1920, he entered the National Bank of Commerce at St. Louis as a representative of the bond department. On the same day he was honored by...

Biography of John B. West

John B. West, the register of the land office, at Lewiston, was born in Leicester, North Carolina, July 31, 1861. The family to which he belongs is of English origin and its founders in America became residents of the south in colonial days and participated in the development of that part of the country, taking part in many of the events which go to form its history. Erwin West, the father of our subject, was a native of North Carolina and married Miss Caroline Dover, who was likewise born in that state. They had a family of fifteen children, eleven of whom are now living. The mother departed this life in 1898, at the age of sixty-seven years, but the father still resides on the old homestead, highly respected throughout the entire countryside where he has so long continued his residence. He owned an extensive plantation, and while not a slave-owner or a believer in slavery neither was he an abolitionist. His neighbors were slaveholders and he was willing that they should keep them, as he could see no feasible plan for doing away with the system. When the country became engaged in civil war, he was opposed to the severance of the Union, but such was the excitement and such was the pressure brought to bear on him that he was forced to join the Confederate forces. A number of his neighbors, however, who held views similar to his own, escaped to the north and joined the Union army to fight under the old flag. This so enraged the secessionists that they secured thirteen young boys, the sons...

Biographical Sketch of William Andrew Leonard, Rt. Rev. D. D.

Leonard, William Andrew, Rt. Rev. D. D.; Bishop of Ohio; born, Southport, Connecticut, July 15, 1848; educated, Philips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, St. Stephen’s College, Annadale, N. Y., and Berkley Divinity School, Middletown, Conn.; ordained May 31, 1871, degrees of D. D. from St. Stephen’s College, and Washington and Lee University, Virginia; Rector the Church of the Redeemer, Brooklyn, N. Y., 1872-1880; St. John’s Parish, Washington, D. C., 1880-1889; consecrated Bishop of Ohio, Oct. 12, 1889; in charge of the American Episcopal churches on the continent of Europe, 1897-1906; one of the founders of the University Club; Chaplain Ohio Society of New York; pres. Board of Trustees of Kenyon College; trustee University school; member General Board of Civic Federation of Cleveland, and the Society of Sons of Colonial...

Chloe Todd Tuttle of Middletown CT

TUTTLE, Chloe Todd5, (Titus4, Benjamin3, Michael2, Christopher1) born Jan. 26, 1763, died in 1810, married first Samuel, son of Samuel and Sarah (Humiston) Tuttle, who was born in 1759, died July 9, 1802; killed by falling from a load of hay and was run over. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. They lived in Middletown, Conn., until his death, when soon afterwards, his widow removed to North Haven, Conn., and married second(???) Granniss. Children: I. Sally, b. Sept. 15, 1787, d. Oct. 18, 1864, m. Oct. 4, 1813, William Way, who d. July 30, 1868. They lived in Colesville, Broome County, N. Y. II. Edward, b. in New Haven, Conn., d. in Tooele City, Utah, July 1867, m. Sally Clinton. III. Lyman, b. June 15, 1790, in North Haven, Ct., m. Martha, Dau. of Jude Tuttle, who was b. Mar. 7, 1794, in Rowe, Mass. They lived in Hartford, Ct. IV. Maria, m. Daniel Todd; they had issue: (1) Cornelia; (2) Chloe; (3) Samuel; (4) Edward. V. Samuel, b. June 7, 1795, d. Dec. 12, 1834, of sunstroke at Baiou Barou Chunneville, La., m. Lucille Thorpe, who afterwards m. second(???)Burr, of New Haven, Conn. He was a carriage maker in New Haven, Ct., until 1832, when he removed to Louisiana, where he worked at the business for about two years, when he died. VI. Titus Todd, d. in New Haven, Ct. aged 16. VII. Esther, b. Feb. 3, 1799, m. Jacob Doolittle, of North Haven, Conn. VIII. Jesse, m. Rachel Bartholomew. IX....

Leonard Enos Todd of Oakville CT

Leonard Enos Todd9, (Dwight E.8, Leonard7, Ely6, Jonah5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born May 10, 1880, in Woodbridge, New Haven County, Conn., baptised Nov. 24, 1881, in Christ Church Parish, Bethany, Conn., married May 24, 1917, Grace Lavinia Ingraham, in Christ Church, Bethany, the same Parish Church where he had been baptised, confirmed and ordained. He received his early education in the district schools of Woodbridge. Prepared for college at Hopkins Grammar School, New Haven, Conn., from which he graduated in 1900. Graduated from Yale in 1906. Entered Berkeley Divinity School, Middletown, Conn., in the Fall of 1906 and graduated in 1909. Was ordained Deacon in the Episcopal Church by Bishop Brewster, June 2, 1909, in the Church of the Holy Trinity, Middletown, Conn. Was ordained Priest in Christ Church, Bethany, Conn., by Bishop Brewster, of Conn., Sept. 19, 1910. From Aug. 1, 1909 to Aug. 1, 1911 he was Curate in church of the ascension, Fall River, Mass. On Sept. 15, 1911 he took up the work in Oakville, Conn., at that time being a mission under St. Johns Church, Waterbury, Conn. After having been there for a few years, the mission became an independent parish and he became its first Rector, it being named All Saints Church. Since 1911 he has resided in Oakville, Conn., and helped build up the Parish. Children: 2559. Catherine Emma, b. Oct. 29, 1918. 2560. Leonard Frederick, b. May 27,...

Biographical Sketch of E. P. Clarke

E. P. Clarke is the senior member of the firm of Clarke Brothers, publishers of the Ontario Record, and is also the editor of the paper. He is a native of the State of Maine and reared and educated in that State, closing his educational career in Kent’s Hill (Maine) Seminary and the Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, graduating at the latter institution with high honors in 1885. He then was engaged for some months on the United States geological survey in Maine and New Hampshire. In October 1885, he came to California and located at Ontario, and in December of the same year established the journal he has since so successfully edited and conducted. Mr. Clarke is one of the progressive men of Ontario, to whom much of its prosperity is due, and has ever taken an active part in all enterprises tending to advance the interests of his chosen city. He is a member of the San Bernardino County Board of Education, and secretary of the Board of Regents of the Chaffey College, and during 1888-’89 filled the chair of Latin and English literature in that institution. He is a member of the Republican County Central Committee and has been secretary of the same. Mr. Clarke is a contributor to the Overland Monthly and Pacific Monthly, and lectures occasionally with...

Biography of Chauncey P. Williams

CHAUNCEY P. WILLIAMS AMONG the noted men of Albany Chauncey P. Williams stands in the front rank as a banker and financier. He is a native of Connecticut – a state which has furnished so many of the enterprising pioneers of our own and other states of the Union. He was born at Upper Middletown (now Cromwell), Conn., on the 5th of March, 1817, the son of Josiah and Charity Shaler Williams. His early years were spent upon his father’s farm, where in summer his physical powers were trained to healthful development by the labors of the farm, and his winters occupied in mental culture at the common school. He early developed a taste for mathematics and astronomy, and probably would have devoted his life to those sciences, but for the fact that circumstances made it imperative that he must earn his own way in the world. At the age of sixteen he accepted a clerkship with his brothers, the firm of T. S. Williams & Brothers, then engaged in extensive commercial business at Ithaca, N. Y.  He remained at Ithaca two years, when in 1835 he was transferred to the Albany house of the same firm, then under the direction of Josiah B. Williams. In 1839 he succeeded to the business of the Albany house, which, in connection with Henry W. Sage as his partner, conducting the business of the new firm at Ithaca and elsewhere, continued through a long term of years. Mr. Williams’ ancestry is of Welsh stock. Certain dim traditions claim for it an origin in common with that of Cromwell, lord protector of the...

Mattabesec Tribe

Mattabesec Indians (from massa-sepuēs-et, ‘at a [relatively] great rivulet or brook. Trumbull). An important Algonquian tribe of Connecticut, formerly occupying both banks of Connecticut river from Wethersfield to Middletown or to the coast and extending westward indefinitely. The Wongunk, Pyquaug, and Montowese Indians were apart of this tribe. According to Ruttenber they were a part of the Wappinger, and perhaps occupied the original territory from which colonies went out to overrun the country as far as Hudson river. The same author says their jurisdiction extended over all south west Connecticut, including the Mahackeno, Uncowa, Paugusset, Wepawaug, Quinnipiac, Montowese, Sukiang, and...
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