Location: New Milford Connecticut

Ancestors of John Richardson Bronson of Attleboro, MA

JOHN RICHARDSON BRONSON, M. D., who for over half a century was one of the best known practitioners of medicine in southern Massachusetts and part of Rhode Island, and who for upward of fifty years was a resident of Attleboro, was a native of Connecticut, born in the town of Middlebury, New Haven county, June 5, 1829, son of Garry and Maria (Richardson) Bronson.

The Bronson family was early planted in the New World. John Bronson (early of record as Brownson and Brunson) was early at Hartford. He is believed, though not certainly known, to have been one of the company who came in 1636 with Mr. Hooker, of whose church he was a member. He was a soldier in the Pequot battle of 1637. He is not named among the proprietors of Hartford in the land division of 1639; but is mentioned in the same year in the list of settlers, who by the “towne’s courtesie” had liberty “to fetch woods and keepe swine or cowes on the common.” His house lot was in the “soldiers’ field,” so called, in the north part of the old village of Hartford, on the “Neck Road” (supposed to have been given for service in the Pequot war), where he lived in 1640. He moved, about 1641 to Tunxis (Farmington) He was deputy from Farmington in May, 1651, and at several subsequent sessions, and the “constable of Farmington” in 1652. He was one of the seven pillars at the organization of the Farmington Church in 1652. His name is on the list of freemen of Farmington in 1669. He died Nov. 28, 1680.

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Descendants of Leonard Crocker Couch of Taunton MA

COUCH (Taunton family). The family bearing this name at Taunton whose representative head is now Leonard Crocker Couch, Esq., who since boyhood has been a resident of the city, occupied in mechanical and business lines, and for years one of the substantial men and useful citizens of the community, is one of long and honorable standing in the neighboring State of Connecticut and of distinction in our country. And through its Taunton alliance of a generation ago – that of Maj. Gen. Darius Nash Couch, of Civil war fame, the father of the present Leonard Crocker Couch just alluded...

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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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Eli Todd of New Milford CT

Eli Todd6, (Jonah5, Abraham4, Jonah3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Dec. 12, 1763, in New Milford, Conn., died Feb. 12, 1846. He was twice married, first, to Mercy, daughter of Capt. John and Mercy (Warner) Merwin, who was born Aug. 9, 1767, died Oct. 19, 1806. He married second, Aug., 1808, Rachel, daughter of Ezra Thompson, of Stamford, N. Y. Mr. Todd was Representative to the General Assembly from New Milford, Conn. “Capt. Eli Todd kept tavern and a store in Park Lane many years. About 1800, he was a prominent business man and was active in the public offices of the town. His store was at the site of the two old houses, north of Mr. Edwin Bostwick’s house.” From Orcutt’s History of New Milford, Conn. His name was ninth on a list of the property owners of the town, and was assessed at $2,543. Children by Mercy Merwin: *798. Walker. *799. Sophia, b. Oct. 24, 1790. *800. Eli Merwin, b. Jan. 11, 1792. Children by Rachel Thompson: *801. George Thompson, b. Sept. 6, 1810. *802. Sarah Elizabeth, b. Aug. 18,...

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Sylvanus Todd of Litchfield County CT

Sylvanus Todd7, (Jonathan6, Daniel5, Daniel4, Daniel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Aug. 18, 1828, in New Milford, Conn., died Sept. 20, 1891, married in 1848, Lucy A., daughter of Solomon and Emeline (Davis) Moulthroup, who was born Jan. 13, 1826, in Litchfield, Conn., died March 27, 1914, in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Stoughton, in Bethlehem, Conn. Children: 1551. George M., b. April 16, 1849, d. May 10, 1873, of Spinal Meningetis, never married. 1552. Martha E., b. Oct. 9, 1850, m. Jan. 13, 1874, Frank Stoughton. They adopted a boy, William Stoughton, who m. and had Herman F., b. June 27, 1899; (2) Bernice J. M., b. Oct. 3, 1900. 1553. Mary E., b. Nov. 24, 1852, d. May 30, 1866, of Spinal Meningetis, and was buried in Warren,...

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Cyrus A. Todd of New Milford CT

Cyrus A. Todd7, (Jonathan6, Daniel5, Daniel4, Daniel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Oct. 18, 1826, he was twice married, first, April 2, 1857, Julia G. Marsh, who was born July 14, 1835, died Nov. 5, 1857; second, Aug. 11, 1862, Mary Jane Erwin, who was born Dec. 13, 1838. They lived in New Milford, Conn. Children: 1548. Arthur G., b. March 28, 1864; he lives in New Milford, Conn., where he is in the insurance and real estate business. 1549. Mary Bertha, b. Dec. 24, 1869. 1550. Charles Ackly, d....

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Eli Merwin Todd of Waterford NY

Eli Merwin Todd7, (Eli6, Jonah5, Abraham4, Jonah3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Jan. 11, 1792, died Nov. 12, 1845, married Sept. 5, 1815, Mary Ann, daughter of Ira and Elizabeth (Belden) Scott, of Waterford, N. Y., who was born July 5, 1796, died Feb. 9, 1878. They removed from New Milford, Conn., to Waterford, Saratoga County, N. Y. Children: *1443. Elizabeth, b. July 2, 1816. 1444. Eli Sherman, b. March 12, 1818, d. Aug. 25, 1818. 1445. Sophia, b. July 5, 1819, d. Dec. 9, 1824. 1446. William Ira, b. Oct. 25, 1822, d. May 17, 1823. *1447. Joshua Mandeville, b. Dec. 8, 1824. *1448. Sophia Rachael, b. Nov. 12, 1828. *1449. George Merwin, b. Jan. 1,...

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George Thompson Todd of Aberdeen SD

George Thompson Todd7, (Eli6, Jonah5, Abraham4, Jonah3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Sept. 6, 1810, in New Milford, Conn., died Feb. 10, 1897, in Aberdeen, South Dak., married first, June 27, 1844, Mary A. Winchell, who was born Feb. 8, 1817, died Dec. 29, 1850. He married second, Corolie Chamberlain, who was born April 28, 1824. She is now (1914) living in Minneapolis. Mr. Todd was reared at New Milford, Conn.; took a college course at Yale University, then a course at Yale Law School. Shortly before completing the latter, he decided to change from the study of the law to the study for the ministry; accordingly, he left the Law School, entered the Andover Theological Seminary, and after a partial course there, he went to the Princeton Theological Seminary and graduated from there in 1834; ordained by the Presbytery of Bedford, in 1838. From 1838, to 1855, he held Presbyterian pastorates in New York State; Gilead Church at Carmel, N. Y., from 1835-44; Balston Spa, 1845-47; Smithfield Church, City, 1847-55. After a ministry in the Presbyterian Churches of nearly twenty years, severe illness left him with permanently impaired health and he retired from the active ministry, but later learned to use copies of the Scriptures prepared for the blind. He lived on a small farm near Fond Du Lac, Wis., from 1891 to 1893, thence he removed to Aberdeen, South...

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Biography of Judge Columbia Lancaster

JUDGE COLUMBIA LANCASTER. – Judge Lancaster, one of our earliest and most eminent judges, was born at New Milford, Litchfield county, Connecticut, on the 26th of August, 1893. His father was of Quaker descent, and settled in Ohio at an early date. Columbia read law under Whittlesy & Newton in Ohio. The Whittlesy of the firm was the honorable Elisha who was a long time in Congress, and afterwards held office in the auditor’s department under both Whig and Democratic administrations with no charge of his political sentiments. He though almost as much of his student Lancaster as of his own children. When the young man determined to go West, Mr. Whittlesy gave him letters of recommendation to prominent men, among others to the governor of Michigan, Lewis Cass. Having gone to Michigan (which was then out West) Mr. Lancaster was kindly received by General Cass and entertained by his family. The governor urged the young lawyer to remain in Michigan; but he, desiring to see Chicago before settling down, remained but two weeks, and then started for that embryo city. He was, however, suddenly taken sick near White Pigeon in St. Joseph county, and during the long sickness which followed there was treated with such kindness that he determined to locate himself there permanently. He accordingly established himself there in his profession at Centreville, which afterwards became the...

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