Location: Fairfield County CT

Biography of George Musalas Colvocoresses

Born in Scio, Grecian Archipelago, October 22, 1816. During the Greek Revolution the Turks invaded that island in 1822, and after narrowly escaping the massacre that followed, George with his mother and two young sisters were carried captives to Smyrna. Through friends in that city he was ransomed and sent in an American brig to Baltimore; much kindness was shown him by members of the Greek Relief Committee, and the story of his misfortunes excited the sympathy of Captain Alden Partridge, head of the military academy then at Norwich, who offered to receive and provide for young Colvocoresses as...

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Early Indian Wars in New England

The history of the settlers of New England is fraught with the troubles of Indian hostilities. This is a history of the early Indian wars in New England. In 1620, a company belonging to Mr. Robinson’s church, at Leyden, in Holland, foreseeing many inconveniences likely to increase, from the residence of English dissenters under a foreign government, and hoping to find an asylum, and a refuge from persecution in the New World, applied to King James for liberty to place themselves in some part of New England; and obtained a grant of some place about Hudson river. They set...

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Genealogy of Daniel Baker

Qa161 DANIEL BAKER: b. in England; m. Sarah Chase, 1740. Col. Jacob: reported to have served on General Washington’s staff, and at his death left an estate now reported to be worth about $800,000,000. Samuel: M.D.; b. 1742; m. Roda (Silliman) Weed, 1773. Isaac: M.D.; b. 1783, at Fairfield, Conn.; m. Susan Morgan Dodge (d. 1833); in 1804 Dr. Isaac surveyed, laid out and named the townsite of Bloomington, Ill.; was county surveyor, clerk of the court (held this office for fifteen years) ; served as postmaster for a great many years and was a much respected citizen; died at the age of 90 years, at the home of his son, LeRoy, Ill. Sidney Dodge: b. 1820; d. 1906, at Council Grove, Kansas; m. Laura A. Edwards, 1848. Frank W.: b. 1857, LeRoy, Ill.; m. Mary Hester Catherine Sherfey, 1878, at Bloomington, Ill.; now living at Anaheim, Calif. Emery Dodge: b. 1880, at Bloomington, Ill.; m. Cora May Kinkle; is a practicing physic;an and surgeon; now living in Spokane, Wash. Ch.: Catherine, Wooster and Emery, Jr. Fred Sherfey : b. 1884 at Rock Creek Ranch, Council Grove, Kansas; m. Alice Tedstone; now living in Ganado, Texas. Ch.: Rosalee and Theodore. Sidney Woods: b. 1885; m. Daisy Scribner; jeweler and optometrist; now livingĀ at Sheridan, Montana. Ch.: Frank. George Smith: b. 1887; m. Edna Bell; is an expert orange orchardist; now...

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Stamford , Connecticut Bells

Francis Bell, with his wife Rebecca, was among the first settlers of Stamford in 1640. He was a lieutenant of the militia in 1643 and a representative to the general court. Died January 8, 1689 . Children: Jonathan, September, 1641, the first white child born in Stamford ; Rebecca, August, 1643; Mare or Mary, May,...

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Biographical Sketch of Judge Peter Betts

Judge Peter Betts came in as early as 1803 and settled at Bettsburgh, to which place he gave his name. He was a large land-holder, and opened there in 1805 the first store in the town, which he kept till his removal to Bainbridge, about 1820-’25, where he was also engaged in mercantile business. He represented this county in the Assembly in 1804-‘5, again in 1808, and again in 1811. He was born in Norwalk, Conn., January 17, 1772, and died in Bainbridge, June 19, 1849. Eliza, his wife, died February 9, 1819, aged 40. His children were: Peter, Sally, who married a man named Kassam, Pamelia, who married Robert Harper, Eliza, who married a man named Rathbun, all of whom are...

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Biographical Sketch of Warren Sherman Hayden

Hayden, Warren Sherman; investment banker; born, Danbury, Ct., Oct. 20, 1870; son of Warren L. and Anna Flower Sherman Hayden; his father was born in Ohio and mother in Vermont; educated, Hiram College, 1892, Ph. B.; married, Hiram; O., 1893, Blanche R. Squire : one daughter, Margaret Hayden; second marriage, Cleveland, 1906, Elizabeth Strong; one son, Sherman Strong Hayden, and one daughter, Eleanor Hayden; pres. Cleveland Council of Sociology, 1909-1910; vice pres. Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, 1912; vice pres. Investment Bankers Ass’n of America, 1912; pres. Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, 1913; representative Lamprecht Bros. & Co., 1892-1895; manager Bond Department of same company, 1895-1903; member of Hay-den, Miller & Co., since 1903; director Union National Bank, Aurora, Elgin & Chicago R. R. Co., Springfield & Xenia R. R. Co., Goshen Coal Co., Miami Paper Co., Boston-Virginia Transportation Co.; trustee Hiram College; member Chamber of Commerce, Ohio State Board of Commerce, Ohio Archaeological Historical Society, Western Reserve Historical Society, New England Society of Cleveland; member Union, University, and Nisi Prins Clubs; was admitted to the bar as attorney-of-law in 1898; has never...

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Biographical Sketch of Robert L. Ireland

Ireland, Robert L.; with M. A. Hanna & Co.; born, Stratford, Conn., Aug. 20, 1867; son of John B. and Adelia Duane Ireland; educated, Stamford, Conn., Newburgh, N. Y., and Yale, graduating in 1890; married, May 2, 1894, Kate Benedict Hanna; issue, Robert Livingston Ireland, Jr., born Feb. 2, 1895, and Elizabeth Ireland, born Oct. 30, 1898; business career, with the Cleveland Hardware Co., Hackney Bicycle Co., Globe Iron Works, Ship Owners Dry Dock Co., Cleveland Dry Dock Ca.; instrumental in the consolidation of the shipbuilding interests of the Great Lakes; organization being known as the American Ship Building Co.; was vice pres. until 1903; partner in the firm of M. A. Hanna & Co.; identified and officially connected with many corporations; member advisory board of The Citizens Savings & Trust Co., and the Cleveland Trust Co.; member Union, Tavern, Athletic. Hunt, Roadside, Gentleman’s Driving, and Mayfield Country Clubs, of Cleveland, and University, and Yale Clubs, New York...

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Biographical Sketch of Albert R. Teachout

Teachout, Albert R.; mnfr. and merchant; born, Royalton, O., June, 12, 1852; son of Abraham and Julia Ann Tousley Teachout; educated, public schools and Hiram College; married, Bridgeport, Conn., Dec. 17, 1873, Sarah Parmly; issue, Kate P., Albert R., Jr., and David William; associated with his father in the mercantile business in Cleveland in the fall of 1873; business first known as A. R. Teachout & Son; in 1889, incorporated as The A. Teachout Co., manufacturers of and dealers in doors, glass, mantles, and interior finish; in forty years, the business has grown to large proportions. and the house now stands at the head in their line; pres. The Teachout Sash, Door & Glass Co., Columbus, O.; pres. Euclid Ave. Lumber Co., Broadway Lumber Co., Edgewater Lumber Co., and The Teachout Realty Co., Columbus, O.; trustee Hiram College, Ohio Christian Missionary Society, Women’s Hospital, Industrial School and Home; member Union Club. Recreation:...

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Biographical Sketch of Ernest M. Post

Post, Ernest M.; insurance; born, Avoca, Louisiana, Sept. 1, 1862; son of Ralph B. and Ellen Deming Post; educated, Norwalk, Conn., and Hanover, Va.: married, Milwaukee, Wis., March 27, 1894, Alice C. Paine; 1882 to 1892, connected with the firm of R. B. Post & Son, wholesale grocers, New Orleans; in 1892, entered the employ of The Mutual Life Insurance Co. of New York, in New Orleans; was transferred to Milwaukee, Wis., in 1893; in 1903, was made mgr. of the company for the territory of Northern Michigan and Northern Wisconsin; the following year, was put in charge of the company’s interests in Indiana, with headquarters in Indianapolis; was appointed mgr. for Northwestern Ohio, in 1907; member Euclid, and Athletic Clubs, and Chamber of...

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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...

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Ostrander, John – Obituary

John J. Ostrander who for the past thirty years has made his home in this vicinity passed away Monday from infirmities caused by old age. He was 77 years of age. Mr. Ostrander was born at Norwalk, Connecticut and had traveled considerable before arriving in this country to make his home. He followed the profession of painter and paper hanger for many years. He has made his home for some time past at the Sheets hotel in this city up until his death. Funeral services were held Wednesday with Rev. S.E. Smutz in charge of the services and the remains were laid to rest in the Prairie Creek cemetery. The Joseph Herald, June 16, 1932, p. 1 Contributed by: Loreen Wells Note: John was born in New Canaan CT on March 30, 1862. He was 70 when he...

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Clymer, Doris Schnebly – Obituary

Doris Schnebly Clymer, 99, of Issaquah, Washington, died Sunday May 18, 2008 after a short illness. She was born April 3, 1909, in Ellensburg, Washington to Joseph Jay and Elizabeth Barnhart Schnebly. Her early years were spent on the family ranch which was located in the Fairview District, where she attended a one-room schoolhouse. After graduating from Ellensburg High School, Doris went on to study History and English at Washington State College (now WSU), where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1931. In 1932, Doris married high school sweetheart and artist John Ford Clymer. Over the 58 years of their marriage, Doris and John lived in Wilmington, Delaware; Toronto, Canada; Westport, Connecticut; Bridgewater, Connecticut; Teton Village, Wyoming; and Issaquah, Washington. They traveled extensively around the United States and Canada while Doris helped John research his Saturday Evening Post covers, illustrations, and Fine Art paintings. It was Doris’ love of Western American history that led to John’s illustrated interpretations of historic events in the American West that comprised his later career. Doris was a thorough and dogged historical researcher, and it was her untiring investigations that led the couple to the precise locations where events occurred. This enabled John Clymer to be known as the artist whose works could be studied for their historical accuracy. The Clymer’s favorite areas of study included the Oregon Trail (Doris had five great-great grandparents...

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Fisher, James R. – Obituary

James R. Fisher died Thursday morning, March 1, 1894, at 4:30 o’clock, at the home of his son three miles west of Anthony. The deceased was one of our oldest and most highly respected citizens and his death is the result of a prolonged and painful sickness, having been confined to the house for more than a year with rheumatism. Mr. Fisher was a native of Connecticut, Fairfield County, Parish of Middlesex. He was married to Maria Ayers on the 22nd of April 1841 who still survives him. A sister Catherine, living at Carthage, Mo., is the only surviving member of a large family of children. After a residence in New York, Switzerland and Bartholomew counties, Indiana, he moved to Harper County and has resided here for seven years. His father was a Presbyterian minister who had been an Elder in that church for 50 years. Besides the aged wife there are six children left to mourn his demise and revere his memory, three sons William, George and Edward, who reside in Indiana, Miss Fannie Fisher, Mrs. M. D. Lee and James S. Fisher residing here. The funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Edwards this afternoon at 2 o’clock at the residence of James Fisher west of this city. Weekly Bulletin, March 2, 1894 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Biographical Sketch of Richard Thomas

Richard Thomas, farming; P. O. Mattoon; the subject of this sketch was born in Carnarvonshire, North Wales, Great Britain, Dec. 18, 1832. He married Miss Sarah L. Worden Dec. 12, 1853; she was born in Fairfield Co., Conn., March 13, 1836; they had seven children, five living, viz., Robert A., Laura A., Annie May, Mary Alice and Lizzie. He lived in Wales about fifteen years, when he came to the United States with some relatives and settled in Oneida Co., N. Y., where he engaged in farming, remaining about three years, when he moved to Fairfield Co., Conn., where he worked on a farm and followed teaming one year; he then worked in the rolling-mill one year, and then engaged in boating-first running packet from Greenwich to New York, then in freighting, following the business about four years; he then, in 1856, moved to Franklin Co., Ind., where he engaged in farming, and followed same until 1870, when he came to Illinois and settled in Cumberland Co., where he lived about nine months, and, in the fall of 1870, he came to his present place and has lived here since. He has held no office, except connected with the road or school. He owns eighty acres in this township, which he has earned by his own labor and...

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Oliver Todd of South Salem NY

Oliver Todd5, (Abraham4, Jonah3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Oct. 25, 1748, in Greenwich, Conn., died Dec. 25, 1814, married July 25, 1768, Lydia Close, b. Oct. 5, 1747, d. April 27, 1825. Oliver Todd and his brother with their wives moved to South Salem, N. Y., at the time that the British occupied Greenwich, Conn. They settled on land now owned by George Todd. He served in Col. Crane’s regiment from Westchester County during the Revolutionary war, and thus loyally fought for the cause of freedom. He and his wife both lie buried in the old Todd plot, in the cemetery which is on the old Todd Homestead. Children: *355. Fannie, b. Aug. 28, 1775. *356. Ira, b. July 18, 1777. *357. Huldah, b. July 12, 1779. *358. Uel, b. May 2,...

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