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Location: Litchfield Connecticut

Establishment of Fort Smith in 1817

The white population in Arkansas in 1817 had increased to several thousand, whose protection, as well as that of the Cherokee people living in that territory, from the continued hostilities of the Osage, required the establishment of a military post at the western border dividing the white settlements from the Osage. From Saint Louis came further news of threatened hostilities by the Osage near Clermont’s Town, and a report 1Niles Register, (Baltimore) vol. xiii, 176. that Major William Bradford with a detachment of United States riflemen, and accompanied by Major Long, topographical engineer, had left that city for the...

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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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Biography of Virgil A. Bird

Virgil A. Bird has long been one of the live business factors in the Town of Bern. He is a native of Northeastern Kansas and his people were among the pioneers of Doniphan County. Mr. Bird was born near Severance in Doniphan County September 3, 1869. His ancestors were New England people, and in that section his grandfather, Isaac Bird, spent his life. The Bird family came originally from England, and became Americans in Colonial days. George Bird, father of Virgil A., was born in Litchfield, Connecticut, in 1834, and is still living, at the age of eighty-three, in Denton, Kansas. Reared and educated in Connecticut, he came out to Kansas in the territorial year of 1858. He settled as one of the pioneers in Doniphan County, was married in that county, and gradnally developed and improved a homestead and had a successful career as a farmer. He still owned his farm of 160 acres 2 1/2 miles north of Severance, but retired some years ago. Politically be is a republican. He is a surviving veteran of the great war between the states. He served three years in the Seventh Kansas Cavalry and was with that regiment in General Sherman’s army on its march to the sea. George Bird married Emma Davison, who was born in New York State in 1841. Of their children Virgil A. is the oldest....

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Biographical Sketch of B. H. Johnson

B. H. Johnson, druggist, was born in Litchfield, Conn., August 1, 1835; removed to Wisconsin; thence to Minnesota; came to Jewell County, Kan., in October, 1873, and engaged in the hardware business in Burr Oak. In May, 1878, he engaged in the drug business, which business he has been in ever since; and owns his store building, 22×44 feet. Held office of County Commissioner in Jackson County, Minn., also held the office of Justice of the Peace and Assessor and Township Clerk of Burr Oak Township. Mr. Johnson started the first regular hardware, also the first drug store in Burr Oak. Enlisted in the United States Army December 4, 1862 in Company F, Third Wisconsin Cavalry, and was made sergeant. Discharged September 29, 1865. Is a married man, and the father of five children – R. W., I. B., Louis, Lloyd and...

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Lydia Todd Monson of Wallingford CT

MONSON, Lydia Todd5, (Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Nov. 21, 1744, died about 1834, married July 2, 1761, John, son of Moses and Phebe (Merriman) Munson, who was born in Wallingford, Conn. Aug. 2, 1740, died in 1828. He was a farmer and cooper. They lived in Wallingford, New Haven (Mt. Carmel), Goshen and Litchfield, Conn., and Lee, Mass. Children: I. Lydia, b. April 29, 1762, in Wallingford, Conn., m. about 1792, Job Picket; they had four sons. II. Moses. III. Ruth, b. 1765. IV. Lucy, b. May 22, 1768. V. Caleb Todd, b. Feb. 5, 1771, in Goshen, Conn. VI. Diodama, b. Feb. 18, 1775, d. young. VII. Asa, b. Jan. 26, 1778, d. young; he and Diodama “were buried in one grave,” having died, it is believed, of...

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Clarissa Todd Bradstreet of Illinois

BRADSTREET, Clarissa Todd6, (Samuel5, Samuel4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born April 27, 1800, in Litchfield, Conn., died Aug. 23, 1889 and was buried in Franklin Grove, Ill., married Sept. 10, 1820, Major Daniel Moore, son of Daniel and Jannet (Moore) Bradstreet, who was born Nov. 6, 1795, in Hartland, Windsor County, Vt., died May 15, 1877 in Franklin Grove, Ill., when a child of 2 years, she moved with her parents to Middletown, Delaware County, N. Y., in 1802, thence to Illinois in 1844, and to Franklin Grove, Ill. in 1864. Mrs. Bradstreet was a cultured woman of charming personality, genial disposition and holiness of living. None knew her but to praise. Her obituary which appeared in the Franklin Grove Reporter for August, 1889 is as follows. Lo! A mother is fallen in Isreal. It is with sorrow that we note the death of “Mother” Bradstreet which occurred Aug. 25, 1889. She has been among us as a helper and means of strength for so many years that her loss will be keenly felt. Possessing fine physical and mental powers she devoted the last fifty-nine years of her life to the service of Christ. For some eleven years her husband was a local preacher in the M. E. denomination. Her work has been crowned with great results, it being estimated that several hundred people have been converted and vast numbers...

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Almon E. Todd of Litchfield Ct

Almon E. Todd7, (Carrington6, Daniel5, Daniel4, Daniel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Nov. 20, 1820, died June 8, 1852, married March 24, 1844, Lydia J., daughter of James Ford, who was born Aug. 31, 1825, in Cornwall, Conn., died March 15, 1903. Mr. Todd was accidently killed while at his work in a saw-mill, where his coat became caught on a horizontal shaft and wound him tightly to it, where he whirled for an hour or more before he was discovered. The accident happened in Litchfield, Conn. Children: *1569. John Edward, b. March 24, 1845. 1570. Ellen Elizabeth, b. March 24, 1846, d. Feb. 2, 1853. *1571. Cynthia Jane, b. Sept. 31, 1847. *1572. Abigail Hannah, b. Dec. 31, 1849. 1573. James Carrington, b. Feb. 27, 1850, d. Dec. 3, 1852. *1574. Almon H., b. Sept. 18,...

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Almon Henry Todd of Litchfield CT

Almon Henry Todd8, (Almon E.7, Carrington6, Daniel5, Daniel4, Daniel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Sept. 18, 1851, in Litchfield, Conn., married April 21, 1875, Elizabeth M. Baldwin, who was born Sept. 20, 1855, in Cornwall, Conn. Children: 2275. Lydia E., b. June 4, 1882, in Thomaston, Conn. 2276. Alice May, b. Aug. 23, 1887, in Thomaston, Conn. 2277. Harry Almon, b. July 3,...

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Biographical Sketch of Cyprian Collins

(V) Cyprian, son of Rev. Timothy Collins, was born at Litchfield, March 4, 1733. In July, 1759, his father deeded to him fifty acres of land that he bought, March 4, 1745, on the west side of East street. Cyprian built his house on a lot of four acres on the west side of East street, bought of Benoni Hills. The house was begun by Hills, occupied later by Cypriot’s son Timothy and with some additions, is still standing, and at last accounts was owned and occupied by Franklin Burton, and was the oldest in the town, still in use as a residence. He had a large family, and was an industrious and influential citizen. He joined the church, September ,8, 1808. He married, January 9, 1755, Azubah Gibbs, of Litchfield, born December 13, 1734, died at Goshen, August 24, 1823. He died January 7, 1809. Children, born at Litchfield : Ambrose, February 28, 1756; Triphena, August 21, 1757; Amanda, March 27, 1759; Philo, January 5, 1761; Anna, November 21, 1762; Luranda, May or August 28, 1764; Rhoda, January 11, 1766; Timothy, January ii, 1767; Cyprian, November 8, 1770, mentioned elsewhere; Phebe, January 26, 1773; Tyrannus,...

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Biographical Sketch of Rev. Timothy Collins

(IV) Rev. Timothy Collins, son of John (3) Collins, was born in Guilford, April 13, 1699, died at Litchfield, Connecticut, in 1776. He graduated from Yale College in 1718. He became minister of the town of Litchfield and owner of one-sixtieth of the town rights. He probably was called through the influence of Deacon John Buell, who came from Lebanon. He was ordained June, 1723, and dismissed in 1752, after which he practiced medicine in Litchfield the remainder of his life. He studied medicine during the ministry. He was chosen justice of the peace in 1753. He married Elizabeth Hyde, January 16, 1723, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Calkins) Hyde, of Lebanon. Children, born in Litchfield: Oliver, March 7, 1724; Anne, August 24, 1725; Charles, August 5, 1727; Lewis, August 8, 1730, died young; Rhoda, May 3, 1731, married four times; Cypriot, March 4. 1733, mentioned elsewhere; Ambrose, March 30, 1737; John, June 1,...

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Biographical Sketch of Cyprian Collins

(VI) Cyprian (2), son of Cyprian (1) Collins, was born at Litchfield, Connecticut, November 8, 1770. He was an early settler in Bloomfield, Ontario county, New York, and died there. He was a farmer and contractor in the building of the Erie canal. He married, May 7, 1795, Huldah...

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