Location: Litchfield County CT

Dutton Family of Norwich Vermont

The progenitor of this family in Norwich was Samuel Dutton, a lineal descendant of Thomas Dutton of Washington, Connecticut. Samuel Dutton was born March 1, 1707, and married Abigail Merriam, May 6, 1729. He died in Royalton, Vermont, in 1802, and his wife April 6, 1799. Mr. Dutton came from Washington, Connecticut, to Hartford, Vermont, and from the latter place to Norwich, locating on what is called Dutton hill, a little west of Norwich village. The original farm, with later additions, is now occupied by Otis Metcalf, son-in-law of the late Deacon John Dutton. Mr. Samuel Dutton married (first) Johanna Root in 1764; and (second) Rachel Benedict, in 1772, to whom were born eight children. Mr. Dutton died Feb. 22, 1813, and his wife died July 1, 1828. Daniel Benedict Dutton, son of Samuel and Rachel Dutton, was born August 22, 1773, and died at Norwich September 1, 1849, aged seventy-six years. His wife, Lorana (Smith), to whom he was married December 5, 1796 (born February 15, 1779), died September 15, 1857. From Norwich he removed to Stowe, Vermont, and remained there until just before his father’s decease, when he returned to Norwich for a short time, then returned to Stowe. In 1834 he again came to Norwich, and here died. The late Deacon John Dutton, son of Daniel B. and Lorana (born at Stowe, Vermont, August 23, 1818),...

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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 M. Hayward Post, Jr., M. D.

Dr. M. Hayward Post, Jr., who is engaged in medical practice in St. Louis, is a representative of one of the oldest American families, his ancestors having come to the new world on the Mayflower. His grandfather was Rev. Truman Marcellus Post, who is mentioned by a former historian as one of the eminent Missouri preachers of his day. His father was M. Hayward Post, who was a well known physician and a prominent oculist of St. Louis. He served for twenty years as a member of the board of the Missouri School for the Blind and passed away in 1914, at the age of sixty-three years. His brother, Truman A’. Post, was a soldier of the Union army during the Civil war. The mother of Dr. Post of this review bore the maiden name of Mary Lawrence Tyler and she, too, was a representative of one of the old American families that has been in the United States through five or six generations, the family home being maintained for many years in Kentucky. The marriage of Dr. Post and Mary Lawrence Tyler was celebrated in St. Louis in 1883 and to them were born two sons, of whom M. Hayward, born October 5, 1886, is the elder. The younger is Dr. Lawrence Tyler Post, born December 25, 1887, who is practicing in the office with his brother and...

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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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Biography of Robert E. Lawrence

Robert E. Lawrence was one of the pioneers and one of the important upbuilders of the City of Wichita. The land he pre-empted from the Government and used for farming and stock raising purposes many years is now included within the city limits, and much of it is built over with residences, business houses and institutions. By strenuous effort and much self denial in early days, he acquired a liberal prosperity, but dispensed it liberally and left his impress on much of the city’s progress. He was of New England birth and ancestry, and was born at Canaan, Connecticut, December 17, 1847. He died at Wichita January 28, 1911, after a long and useful career. He grew up on a farm, graduated from a boarding school in Southwestern Massachusetts, and at the age of twenty-two, in 1869, started for the West. He left Massachusetts with only $2.50 in money. He possessed some of the Yankee ingenuity and commercial faculties which enabled him to get along in all conditions and among all sorts of people and carn a respectable livelihood. He paid his way as far as Neponset, Illinois, by selling stencils. During the winter spent at Neponset he taught school, and saved enough of his earnings to buy a pair of horses. These horses he drove through to Wichita and arrived in that frontier village in May, 1870. He...

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Biographical Sketch of Wilbur Dunham

Dunham, Wilbur; real estate development; born, Columbus, O., Jan. 30, 1885; son of John M. and T. Anna Cross Dunham; educated, Taft School, Watertown, Conn.; Andover Academy, Andover, Mass.; Yale University, New Haven, Conn.; married, Columbus, O., Oct. 17, 1906, Marian M. Hobart: two daughters, Ann Elizabeth, born 1909, and Aileen, born 1913; real estate allotment and building development business since leaving college in 1904, in Columbus, O., and New York City, and Cleveland since. 1912; pres. The Wilbur Dunham Co., The Continental Realty Co; director The House Building & Investment Co.; member Delta Phi Fraternity, Yale and P. A. E. Society, Andover Academy; member Union, Athletic, and Roadside Clubs. Recreation:...

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Biographical Sketch of John Whittlesey Walton

Walton, John Whittlesey; merchant and mfgr.; born Salisbury, Litchfield County, Conn., Jan. 15, 1845; son of Lucius Clark and Mary Vesta (Whittlesey) Walton; removed in early life to Tallmadge, Summit County, O.; educated, public school and Tallmadge Academy, graduated, 1864, Eastman’s Business College, Poughkeepsie, N. Y.; married, Cleveland, Oct. 6, 1869, L. A. Lyman; issue, one son and two daughters, Edwin A. Walton (Detroit, Mich.), Ethelwyne, now Mrs. William O. Osborn, Cleveland, Florence L., now Mrs. Frank Gill Dorr, Buffalo, N. Y.; married Gertrude Louise Hutchinson, Madison, Ind.; issue, three daughters, Gertrude Letitia, Margaret, Gladys; clerked first in retail and hardware store; bookkeeper packing house, 1869-1870; with brother-in-law founded vessel supply house of Upson & Walton, 1871; incorporated 22 years later and now has worldwide relations; treas. Upson-Walton Co., and Cleveland. Block Co., manufactures tackle blocks; member Ohio Society of Mayflower Descendants; Western Reserve Society Sons of American Revolution, American Academy of Political and Social Science; Western Reserve Historical Society, Rowfant and Philosophical Clubs; trustee Workingmen’s Collateral Loan Ass ‘n; trustee and treas. Cleveland Associated Charities; has made a special study of sociology; has given a large collection of books on that subject to Cleveland Public Library; private library particularly strong in history and French literature, having made a special study of French language; family history includes descent from three Revolutionary officers and from Gov. William Bradford of the...

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Belden, Augustus A. – Obituary

Enterprise, Wallowa County, Oregon Augustus A. Belden, veteran of the Civil war, died at the home of his daughter at 6210 58 Ave., S.E. Portland, Oregon, September 5, 1921. He suffered from a stroke of paralysis over a year ago. Increasing weakness for four weeks caused from a fall resulted in capillary pneumonia, which was the immediate cause of his death. Mr. Belden came from a long line of English pioneers. His first ancestry traceable being Sir Francis Belden who landed in England with William the Conqueror and was knighted by him for bravery. The first families in this country were surveyors, laying out the town of Weatherfield, Conn., soon after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth. The immediate ancestor of Augustus Belden, also a surveyor, later laid out the town of Canaan, Conn., and his family was given the portion of the town adjoining Belden Street. Here Augustus Belden was born in 1837, the sixth child of Captain Harry Belden and Sarah Beebe Belden. In 1861 he enlisted with the Second Michigan cavalry and was in active service for four years, making out the payroll when the last of his company were mustered out in 1865. Surveying with the Union Pacific, employed on the first train which came over the new road, visiting our cities when they were little more than diagrams in the wilderness-always a pioneer. In 1874...

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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...

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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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Samuel Todd of Middletown NY

Samuel Todd5, (Samuel4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Nov. 19, 1756, in Plymouth, Conn., died March 18, 1852, in New York State and was buried in the Cloveville cemetery, married first in 1779, Mary, daughter of Capt. John and Lois (Brockett) Dudley of Wallingford, Conn., who was born in 1759, died July 11, 1841. The inscription on her monument in the Clovesville, N. Y. cemetery reads, “In memory of Mary, wife of Samuel Todd, who lived together 62 years, died July 11, 1841, Aged 82 yrs.” He married second May 8, 1842, Jane Rosecrans at Shandaken, N. Y., who was born in 1786. His widow was allowed a pension on an application executed July 11, 1853, at which time she was a resident of Shandaken, Ulster county, N. Y. and was 67 years of age. He moved to Middletown, Delaware county, N. Y. in 1802. Samuel Todd was a private in Capt. Joseph Allyn Wright’s company of the fifth regiment, Connecticut line, his Colonel was Col. Phillip Burr Bradley. He enlisted April 30, 1777 for three years, and was discharged April 30, 1780. Fifth regiment, “Connecticut Line.” Formation of 1777-81. This regiment was raised for the “Connecticut Line of 1777 to continue through the war. Recruited largely in Fairfield and Litchfield counties with men from all parts of the state. Rendevous, Danbury. Went into camp at Peekskill in spring of...

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Samuel Todd of Waterbury CT

Samuel Todd4, (Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born March 6, 1716-17, died June 10, 1789, married Aug. 31, 1739, Mercy, daughter of Rev. Peter Evans, of Northfield (Mass.?). He graduated from Yale college in 1734; ordained May 7, 1740, as the first minister at Waterbury, Conn., Northbury Parish; dismissed Aug., 1764; installed pastor at Plymouth, 1766; removed to Lanesborough, Mass., remaining there two years; organized First Church at Adams, Mass. and remained there as pastor until 1778; Moved to Orford, N. H. where he died. “He possessed a mind of more than ordinary strength, and great decision of character. His religious sentiments and feelings were strictly evangelical. The revivals of 1740, he warmly approved and exerted himself to promote.” From the History of Berkshire County, Mass. It was his approval of these revivals which led to his dismissal from Northbury. His church became Episcopalian. “He was a clergyman of much note. I shall not forget how he used to shake his large white wig, when any of my good mothers little flock made a mistake in the old Westminister Catechism.” From The Foote Genealogy, by Erastus Foote. After repeated attempts and failures, the people of Plymouth were at last successful in being separated from Waterbury, by the October session of the General Court, 1739, to be known and called the Parish of Northbury. The society thus formed, at once set about...

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Jonah Todd of New Milford CT

Jonah Todd5, (Abraham4, Jonah3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Aug. 12, 1734, in Greenwich, Conn., died March 17, 1783, in New Milford, Conn., married March 23, 1756, Jane, daughter of John and Deborah (Ferris) Welch, of New Milford, Conn., born 1728, died Dec. 12, 1812. They lived in New Milford, Conn. He moved to New Milford, Conn., about 1755, and was married there the next year. He was appointed Surgeons Mate in the army during the Revolutionary war, receiving his appointment October 1778; was a Representative, or Deputy of the Freemen of the town of New Milford at the General Assembly at New Haven. He was a physician. It is said that while being in the act of feeling the pulse of a patient, he fell and died instantaneously of Apoplexy. He resided in Park Lane. He was buried in the old cemetery, the epitaph on his head stone being as follows: “In memory of Doct Jonah Todd, he died March 17, 1783, in the 51st years of his age. Here lies the man that others tried to save, Himself at last hath reached the silent grave, In silent dust my body lies confined, Until the resurrection call and judgement to mankind, In health one moment, you may be, the next in eternity.” Children: 344. Jonah. *345. Eli, b. Dec. 12, 1763. 346. Lucy. 347. Mabel, m. Isreal Baldwin. 348. Lavina....

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Samuel Todd of Plymouth CT

Samuel Todd5, (Christopher4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Jan. 4, 1741, married Abigail, daughter of William and Abigail (Fredericks) Tuttle, a sister to Hannah Tuttle, who married Samuel Todd’s brother, Edmond. They lived at Todd’s Hollow, in Plymouth, Conn. Children: *313. Oliver, b. Sept. 14, 1771. 314. Samuel, b. March 1, 1774, d....

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