Thompson, Connecticut Biographies

Samuel Adams was born in 1832, in Dudley, Mass., and is a son of Oliver Adams. He came to Wilsonville in 1857 and bought the mercantile business of D. A. Upham, and has continued the same since that time. In 1888 he enlarged the store, and increased the business. He has been postmaster since June, 1881. He was married in August. 1853, to Almira F. Darby. They have three children: Irene, Irving, and Carrie. He is a republican.

Thomas J. Aldrich was born in 1829, in Rhode Island, and came from Rhode Island to Grosvenor Dale in 1873, where he began the manufacture of soft soap, and in 1876 he began the manufacture of a washing powder, which is mostly used in the factories. Under the style of T. J. Aldrich & Co. they still manufacture the washing powder, and also run a grist and saw mill, which they bought in 1853, known as the Sheldon Mill. He was married in 1853 to. Fannie E. Battey, and has seven children: Fannie, Ida, George A., Emma, Sarah M., Edith M., and Fred J. George A. is in business with his father. He was married in 1880 to Cora Emerson, and has one daughter.

James R. Alton was born in 1854. He is a son of Thomas Orlando, grandson of John, and great-grandson of Thomas Alton. His mother was A. Jane, daughter of Benjamin and and Silome Alton. Mr. Alton has a farm of 267 acres.. He was married in 1880 to Flora Belle Cunningham, and has three daughters: Josephine V., Mary J., and Pearl M. He is a democrat.

Edward G. Arnold, born in 1814 in Woodstock, is a son of James, and grandson of " Major" Moses Arnold, who was drum-major in the revolutionary war. His mother was Hannah Chamberlin. He was a shoemaker for about twenty-five years. Since 1863 he has been a farmer. He was married first in 1835 to Almariah Corbin. They had nine children. He married in 1859 Rachel H. Taft. They had five children. He married for his third wife Ann Eliza Gifford. He married in 1870 Emeline S. Fenn. He is a member of South Woodstock Baptist church, and a member of the Grange P. of H.

James Arnold was born in Glocester, Providence county, R. I., on the 5th of May, 1822. His father, David Arnold, was also a native of that place, and his grandfather, William Arnold, was born in Smithfield, R. I., May 30th, 1750. The latter served in the revolution, and both William and David Arnold were members of the legislature. The family is of English descent. James Arnold received a limited, education, and at the age of twenty-one started- in business for himself. Until the age of forty-five he lived in his native state. where he held various local offices. For the past twenty-two years he has resided in Thompson, where he owns a fine farm and home. Mr. Arnold has always been a republican in politics, and is a member of the Methodist church. He was married, first, to Abby Ann White, of Glocester, by whom he had three children: David, Joseph and Daniel, of whom the latter only survives. Mr. Arnold's second wife was Miss Caroline Withey.

William J. Arnold was born in 1823 in East Greenwich, R. I. He is a son of Larned, grandson of Charles, and great-grandson of Israel Arnold. He came to Thompson in 1839, where he was a cotton mill operative. He was overseer from 1841 until 1884, excepting three years, when he was in the war of the rebellion, in Company D, 18th Connecticut volunteers, from July, 1862, to June, 1865. Since 1884 he has been repairing belts for the Grosvenor Dale Manufacturing Co. He was married in 1849 to Almira Upham. They have three children: Hamilton W., Angeline A., and Ransom L., who was born in 1859, and has been station agent at North Grosvenor Dale since May, 1882. He was married in 1881 to Abbie J. Lombard.

Stephen Ballard was born in 1841 in Thompson. He is a son of Winthrop H. and Salome Ballard. He is grandson of Lynde, he a son of Zaccheus Ballard, whose wife was Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Valentine, son of John Valentine, whose wife was Mary, daughter of Samuel Lynde, whose wife was Mary, daughter of Jairus Ballard, who died December, 1697. Mr. Ballard was educated in the schools of Thompson. He taught school some 18 years. He is now a farmer. He has been a member of the school board of Thompson 25 years in succession. He represented the town in the legislature in 1873. He married Sarah D., daughter of William Barber. They had seven children: Newton, Alice, Ella, Laura C., Bertha, Winthrop and one that died. Mr. Ballard is a republican.

Jerome K. Barnes, born in 1834, is the oldest son of John and grandson of Josiah Barnes. His mother was Catharine (Stone) Barnes. Mr. Barnes is a farmer, living on the homestead where his father resided from 1848 until his death. He was for ten years in Boston, came from there in 1878, and has been a farmer since that time. He was married in 1854 to Malinda A. Copeland, and has three children: Hattie M., Lillie A. and Herman J. He is a republican.

Edgar L. Bates was born in 1861, in Dudley, Mass. He is a son of Winsor Bates, who is a brother of Walter Bates of Thompson. His mother is Mary K. (Fay) Bates. He was educated in the schools of Thompson, and took a commercial course in Trenton, N. J. He has been for ten years connected with a pottery manufacturing house in New Jersey, and for the last few years has been commercial traveler for the firm. He was married in 1883 to Virginia S. Smith. They have two daughters, Helen G. and Alice B. Mr. Bates' father is a farmer, and has been connected with the Methodist Episcopal church of East Thompson for nearly sixty years. He is the father of ten children, of whom five are living.

Ira D. Bates, born December 25th, 1838, in Uxbridge, Mass., is a son of Peter Bates. In 1861 Mr. Bates offered his services to the government, but was thrown out, owing to his size, but finally, in August of the same year, he was taken as musician in Company B, 25th Massachusetts volunteers, and nine months later was promoted to drum major, and served until 1865. Since that time he has been engaged in the mercantile business. He has owned and operated the store at New Boston since 1880. He represented the town in the legislature in 1887, and in 1888 he was state senator. He was married in 1866 to Abbie M. Whittemore. They have two daughters.

Ira J. Bates was born in 1827, in Dudley, Mass. He is a son of Nelson, son of " Captain " Alanson, son of John, son of Jacob Bates. His mother was Lucia Jacobs. Mr. Bates is a farmer. He owns part of the shore of Webster lake, and has several summer cottages, and arrangements for a summer watering place, known as Bates' Grove. He was married in 1849 to Maria Davis, and has nine children: Hezekiah D., Martha J., Emma F., George H., Elmer E., Hattie S., Minnie L., Benjamin E. and Frank E., and one that died. He is a member of Webster Methodist Episcopal church and a republican.

William N. Bates, born in 1852 in Thompson, is a son of Walter, son of William, son of Elijah, son of Jacob Bates. His mother is Mary J., daughter of Thomas Elliott. He was educated in the schools of Thompson. Mr. Bates has been for several years associated with his father in the undertaking business, and a general cabinet and mechanical business, which his father has run at Thompson since 1841; Mr. Bates has been deputy sheriff and constable for about ten years, and has proved himself very efficient. In 1889 he captured and brought to justice a gang of thieves that had been defying the law in this town, and also in Massachusetts and Rhode Island for the past six years. He is a republican, and a member of the Thompson Congregational church. Mr. Bates' father was deputy sheriff twenty-six years prior to 1879.

Lemuel K. Blackmar, born in 1819, is a son of Joseph and grandson of Jacob Blackmar. His mother was Mahala, daughter of Ebenezer Munyan. He went to Providence at the age of sixteen, where he remained eleven years. since that time he has resided in Thompson. He had charge of the grist and saw mill at Grosvenor Dale for sixteen years, beginning November, 1864. He was appointed postmaster at Thompson in August, 188.5, and since September of that year has filled that office. He was married in 1846 to Mary M., daughter of Edmund Cooper, of Wickford, R. I., and has three children: Martha (Mrs. John W. Ballard), Lewis E. and Mary E.

Lewis E. Blackmar, born in 1851, is a son of Lemuel K. Blackmar, mentioned above. In 1870 he went to Grosvenor Dale, where he learned the machinist's trade, continuing there until January, 1880, when he took charge of repairs at Mechanicsville mills, where he has been since that time. He was married in 1874 to Ida, daughter of William Cummins. They had one son, William E., who died in infancy. He is a republican, and a member of Quinebaug Lodge, No. 106, F. & A. M.

Joseph Bowdish, son of Nathaniel, was born in Smithfield, R. I., in 1810. He is a farmer, and has lived in Thompson since 1858. He was married in 1834 to Harriet Young, who died in 1855, leaving three children. He married in 1859 Sarah Jacobs. She died in 1887.

James Buckley was born in 1829 in England, and is a son of James Buckley. He came to America in 1848, and in 1850 to Thompson, where he was for several years employed in a cotton mill. Since 1872 he has kept a livery stable and hotel at North Grosvenor Dale. He was married in 1852 to Martha Hawthorn. They have eight children living and have lost one.

Benjamin Bugbee, born in 1814 in Pomfret, is a son of Leonard and Martha (Buck) Bugbee, and grandson of Elijah and Sarah (Bacon) Bugbee. He has lived in Thompson since about 1830. He was for about twenty-five years a shoemaker. He was station agent at Thompson about ten years, and for the past ten years has been a farmer. He was married in 1840 to Betsey Johnson and has one son, George D. He is a democrat, and a member of the Putnam Advent church.

Warren A. Burgess, born in 1842, is a son of Danforth Burgess. He served in the war of the rebellion in Company D, 18th Connecticut volunteers from August, 1862, to May, 1865. He is now a farmer. He was married in 1869 to Ellen M. Copeland and has one daughter, Edith M. He is a member of the G. A. R. Post, of Putnam Lodge, No. 46, F. & A. M., and a republican. ;

Loren Chaffee, born in 1820, is a son of John, and grandson of Chester Chaffee. His mother was Lydia Elliott. He is a farmer and owns and occupies the homestead of his father. He was married in 1845 to Nancy C. Hall. They have five children: Ellis H., H. Marilla, John F., Emma L. and Lydia A. One died named Frederick. Mrs. Chaffee died in March, 1888. He -is a member of the North Grosvenor Dale Methodist Episcopal church.

David Chase, born in Killingly, Conn., in 1848, is a son of Giles Chase mentioned in Killingly. Mr. Chase was educated at the schools of Killingly, and taught one term in that town. He came to Thompson in 1868, and in 1870 began his mercantile career as clerk in Mechanicsville. One year later he went into business for himself, and has been in business in the town continuously since that time. He has been in the store at Mechanicsville since 1874. He has been selectman two terms, and was representative in the legislature in 1881 and 1884. He was married in 1884 to Anna H., daughter of William I. Bartholomew. They have two children-Lillian F. and Julian D. Mr. Chase is a republican.

Fred. R. Child was born in 1856 in Thompson. He is a son of Otis, son of Nathaniel, son of Nathaniel Child, His mother was Elizabeth M. (Rice) Child. He went from Thompson to Webster at the age of eighteen, where he has been engaged in the baking business since that time. In September, 1884, he purchased his present business. The firm is F. R. Child & Co.

Otis N. Clark, born in 1828 in Woodstock, is a son of Lathrop and Lucy (Perrin) Clark. He was a mill operative and farmer in early life, and has been station agent at East Thompson on the N. Y. &. N. E. R. R. for twenty years. He has been a local preacher in the Methodist church for twenty-four years. He was married in 1853 to Ardelia Benson, who died in 1862, leaving two children-Joseph B. and Fannie E. He was married in 1864 to Mary A. Wallace. They have four children-Carrie E., Arthur M., Jennie M. and Ethel W. He is a republican.

Frank 0. Coman, born in 1853, is a son of john G. and grandson of Stephen Coman. His mother was Diana Tylor. Mr. Coman is a farmer and owns the farm where his father made brick for several years prior to his death in 1877. He was married in 1875 to Anna, daughter of Thomas Smith. They have two children living and have lost three.

Phineas Copeland, born in 1813, is a son of Abner and grandson of Phineas Copeland. His mother was Rebecca, daughter of William Towne. He is a farmer. He was married in 1835 to Emeline Upham, who died in July, 1883. He was married in February, 1586, to Mary L. Brown. He is a republican and a member of North Grosvenor Dale Methodist Episcopal church.

Japheth Corttis was born in 1824 in Thompson. He is a son of Japheth and he a son of Japheth Corttis, son of Francis Corttis. His mother was Clarissa (Comstock) Corttis. He is a farmer and cattle trader. He has been justice about thirty years, assessor and member of board of relief. He represented the town in the legislature one term. He was married in 1848 to Lucy Ann, daughter of James H. Davis. They have three children living: Mary L., E. Herbert and Elmer J. They have lost two boys: Frank and Frederick. Both sons are graduates of Amherst College. Mr. Corttis is a republican.

Albert Converse, born in 1818, is a son of Riel and grandson of Elijah Converse. He is a farmer and owns and occupies the homestead of his father and grandfather at Wilsonville. During Johnson's administration he was instrumental in the establishing of a post office at Wilsonville, and filled the office of postmaster for about eight years. He was married in 1840 to Rebecca T. Kelly, who died in September, 1878, leaving six children: Noel E., Helen M., Alice A., Ann R., Etta and Ada B., all of whom are married. Mr. Converse was married again in 1883 to Ruth A. Battey.

Jesse F. Converse, a son of Hezekiah and grandson of Chester Converse, was born in 1815 in Pomfret, and is a blacksmith by trade. He was in the war of the rebellion from August, 1862, to July, 1865, in Company D, 18th Connecticut volunteers. He was married in May, 1837, to Mercy Prince. She died in 1372, leaving one daughter, Mary E. He was married in 1873 to Mrs. Caroline Joslin, widow of John J. Joslin. He is a republican.

George S. Crosby was born in February, 1844. His father Stephen, was a son of Stephen, and grandson of Stephen Crosby, who was born in 1734, served in the war of the revolution, and lost his life in the service. Mr. Crosby was in the Thompson Hotel with his father from 1859 until his father's death, in November, 1884. He afterward conducted the hotel until 1886, when he sold it and built him a fine residence near by, and since that time has been a farmer. He is a director in the national bank at Thompson. He was married in 1879 to Mary B., daughter of Joseph D. Jacobs. They have one daughter, Sarah C. Mr. Crosby is a democrat, a member of the Central Congregational church, and clerk and treasurer of the same.

Nicholas Curtis, born in 1838 in Ireland, is a son of Thomas Curtis. Mr Curtis came to this country thirty-five years ago. He is a farmer. He married Mary Mahr, and has three children -Frank, Henry and Lizzie. He is a member of the Catholic church.

Ebor Davis, born in 1814, is a son of Thomas, and grandson of Thomas Davis. His mother was Susan Vinner. He is one of four children-Rebecca (Mrs. William Jacobs), Sarah (deceased), Ellen B. and Ebor. Mr. Davis is a farmer, owns and occupies the homestead of his father and grandfather. He was married in 1841 to Chloe, daughter of James Cudworth. They have had two children-one that died in infancy, and Lucinda, who married Charles Howard. She died, leaving one son, who was drowned, aged 14 years.

Marcus Davis, born in 1830 in Thompson, is the oldest son of George, and grandson of Thomas Davis. His mother was Betsey Grover. He is a shoe cutter by trade, having followed the business for about thirty years. He owns and occupies the homestead farm of his father, and is now a farmer. He was in the war of the rebellion from January, 1864, to June, 1865, in Company F, 11th Connecticut volunteers. He was married in 1851 to Laura M., daughter of Wright Porter. They have four children: Arthur M., Lowell C., Ada A. and Cora M. (Mrs. E. C. Gammage). He is a democrat.

David E. Day, born in 1838 in Thompson, is a son of David, and grandson of 11 Deacon" Thomas, who was in the war of the revolution. David was a farmer. He married Louisa Cady, daughter of James Cady. They had two children, Louisa E. and David E., who is a farmer and lives on the homestead. The father died in 1873, aged 81 years.

Henry H. Dike. In 1729 James Narramore came to what is now Thompson, near Brandy hill, and bought 63 acres of land. His daughter Mary, married James Dike in May, 1741, and to James and Mary was given the small farm at the death of Mr. Narramore. James Dike's son Thomas, married in December, 1770, Dorothy Davison. Their son Samuel, married Rachel Davis in 1808. She died, and he married her half sister Mary Davis in 1810. Their son George Dike, was born in February, 1815. He married Hannah Snow of Massachusetts. Mr. Dike died in 1879, having survived his wife seventeen years. His six children were: Samuel W., Henry H., Mary H., Harriet W., An-cel G. (deceased), and Josiah W. The oldest son is a clergy man, and the other two sons, with the two daughters, own and occupy the old homestead. Their 175 acre farm embraces the original 63 acres which has been in the family since 1729.

Horace Eaton, born in 1808 in Plainfield, is the eldest son of Ebenezer and grandson of " Captain " Ebenezer Eaton. He has been for many years a woolen mill operative. He was married in 1836 to Mahala Doty, who died in 1850. They had four children: George (deceased), Gilbert, Horace and Edward. He was married in 1852 to Eleanor Young, who died in 1880. Their two children were Albert (deceased) and Ellen (Mrs. Charles Kelly).

Joseph Egan, son of Thomas Egan, was born in 1835 in Ireland. He came to this country in 1851, and to Mechanicsville in 1861, since which time he has been overseer of finishing in the woolen mill. He was married in 1861, and has nine children. He is a member of West Thompson Catholic church.

Arad U. Elliott, born in 1824, is a son of John W., and grandson of David and Chloe (`Wakefield) Elliott. His mother was Sophia, daughter of Chester and Caroline (Walker) Chaffee. He was a farmer until thirty years old, then began carriage making and blacksmithing, which he continues. He has held some of the town offices, and in 1889 represented the town in the legislature. He was married in 1848 to Abigail B. Kelton. She died in 1886, leaving three children-George A., Henry L. and Dyer S., one son having died. Mr. Elliott is a republican, a member of the Masonic order, and also of the Grange.

Francis N. Elliott is a son of Dyer N. Elliott, who was born in 1797, he a son of John and he a son of Francis Elliott. Dyer N. .Elliott owns and occupies the farm where he has lived since 1798. He was married in 1825 to Eliza Greene. She died in March, 1884, leaving four children-Ophelia (Mrs. Albert Prince), Francis N., Mary (Mrs. J. Arnold) and Lucy (Mrs. Albert Farrows).

John Elliott, born in 1849 in Thompson, is a son of Marcus A. and grandson of John Elliott. His mother was Sarah C. Ormsbee. He was educated in the schools of Thompson, was fourteen years clerk in the Grosvenor Dale store, and for the last seven years of the time was also bookkeeper. In February, 1882, he came to North Grosvenor Dale, where he has since been a merchant. He has been postmaster since October, 1885. He was married in December, 1879, and has five children. DIr. Elliott is a democrat, and one of the directors in the Thompson Savings Bank.

Luther Elliott, born in. 1833 in Thompson, is the eldest son of Loren and grandson of David Elliott. His mother was Caroline Chaffee. He is a carpenter by trade, and has a farm of sixty acres, where he now lives. He was married in 1854 to Mary M., daughter of George Kelton. They have two children-Nancy A. (Mrs. G. Tirrell) and Burton W.

Marcus A. Elliott, born in 1853, is a son of Marcus A. Elliott (mentioned above). He was educated in the schools of the town, and one year in the Woodstock Academy. He has been salesman in the Grosvenor Dale store eight Years. Since 1882 he has been clerk and bookkeeper for John Elliott at North Grosvenor Dale, where he is assistant postmaster.

Smith Emerson was born in 1823 in Thompson. His father Orrin, was a son of Willard, and grandson of Simeon Emerson. Mr. Emerson is a farmer, and owns and occupies the residence which his father built in 1834. He was married in 1848 to Orrilla Taft. They have four children living: Defonzo, Ellen, Orrin and Cora, and they have lost four.

Albert Farrows, born in Thompson, June, 1841, is a son of Paine, and grandson of Ebenezer Farrows. His mother was Mary Briggs. He was educated in the schools of Thompson and at Dudley Academy. He is a farmer, but has taught more or less for thirty years. He was married in 18 64, to Lucy A., daughter of Dyer N. Elliott, and has one son, Olin D. Mr. Farrows is a republican.

William A. Frederick was born in 1861 in Westford, Mass. He learned the machinist's trade in Westfield, Mass., and in May, 1887, he came to Grosvenor Dale, where he has been master mechanic for the Grosvenor Dale Manufacturing Company since that time. He was married in 1886 to Clara B. Brayman.

Orton G. Greene was born in 1841 in Oakland county, Mich. He is a son of Johnson and grandson of Ebenezer Greene. He is a carpenter by trade. He was in the war of the rebellion from July, 1861, to November, 1865, in the 5th Michigan Infantry. In 1865 he was married to Harriet 0., daughter of Samuel Greene. They have five children: Chauncey A., Benjamin P., Charles G., Harry R. and Cleon M.

Charles K. Griffith, son of Sidney Griffith, was born in 1837 in East Greenwich, R. I., came to Killingly in 1857, where he was engaged as mill operative for many years. He was overseer of spinning in "Himes'" mill (Killingly) for seventeen years. He came to Grosvenor Dale in January, 1888, where he has had charge of spinning. He was in the war of the rebellion from August, 1862, to July, 1.865, in Company K, 18th Connecticut volunteers. He was married in 1860 to Ellen Jordan and has one son, Fred. N. He is a member of Moriah Lodge, N o.15, F. & A. M.

Arthur H. Gulliver was born ' December 13th, 1856, in Norwich, Conn., and is a son of Doctor Daniel F. Gulliver. He graduated from Norwich Free Academy in 1873, and from Yale College in 1877; was with the Wauregan Manufacturing Company from 1878 to 1886, and in November, 1887, came to Grosvenor Dale, where he has superintended the mill since that time. He was married April 8th, 1885, to Frieda A., daughter of David Emerson. They have one daughter, Edith E. He is a republican.

Daniel E. Hickie, born in 1846 in Boston, is a son of John Hickie. He came to West Thompson from Boston in 1876, and for ten years he was a farmer, having bought a farm of 90 acres. In 1886 he began the baking business, which he has continued since that time, running two `wagons on the road.

George B. Howard was born in 1850 in Baltimore, Md., and is a son of George F. Howard. He moved to Norwich from Baltimore when a small boy. He is a mason by trade, but has been engaged in the manufacture of small beer for the past eleven years in the summer season. He was married in 1878 to Ellen M., daughter of Nelson Frink, and has five children: Mabel C., George N., Byron E., Wesley W. and Ethel M. He is a member of the Broadway Congregational church of Norwich, a prohibitionist and a member of the Masonic order.

Thomas Hutchinson, born in 1850 in Plainfield, son of Christopher Hutchinson, came to Grosvenor Dale in 1876, and for eleven years was clerk for H. G. Ransom. In April, 1887, he, in company with John Elliott (firm of Thomas Hutchinson & Co.), bought out Mr. Ransom, and he has carried on a general mercantile business since that time. He was married in 1872 to Sarah Bragg. They have two children-Ida L. and Albert B.

Barton Jacobs was born in 1S43 in Thompson. He is a son of Cyril, son of Amasa, son of John, son of Nathaniel, son of Joseph Jacobs. He is a farmer, owning the homestead of his father and grandfather. He was representative in the legislature in 1880, and has been justice since 1876. He was married in 1872 to Lucy M. Jenkins. They have five daughters: Lottie M., Laura E., Lucy J., Louisa A. and Ruth E. Mr. Jacobs is a republican and a member of Putnam Lodge, No. 46, F. & A. M.

Parley Jordan was born in 1793, a son of William Jordan and Comfort Palmer. Mr. Jordan was a natural mechanic, and he was for many years engaged in the manufacture of edged tools, especially axes. He died at his home in New Boston in 1874. He was five times elected to the legislature from Thompson. He was married to Sophia Phelps and had three daughters Mary P., Frances E. and Ellen L. (Mrs. William Soule). Mr. Jordan was a republican.

George C. Johnson was born February 23d, 1822, in Pomfret. He is the oldest son of William Johnson and grandson of Smith Johnson. His mother was Betsey, daughter of George Cundall. He was in the war of the rebellion, in Company D, 18th Connecticut volunteers, from August, 1862, to June, 1865. He was a shoe manufacturer about twenty years, and since then has been a farmer. He was married in 1842 to Mary A. Wakefield, who died in 1844. He was married in 1550 to Jane Wilkes. -They have one son, William S. He is a member of the West Thompson Methodist church, and a member of A. G. Warner Post, No. 54, G. A. R.

Albert E. Jones, born in 1853 in Dudley, Mass., is a son of Ebenezer Jones. In 1873 he began work in the Mechanicsville Mills, and since 1875 he has had charge of the dyeing department. He was married in 1881 to Henrietta J. Baker. They have one daughter, Mabel A. He is a republican and a member of Putnam Lodge, No. 46, F. & A. M.

Welcome B. Joslin was born in 1814 in Thompson. His. father, Jesse, was a son of Edward and grandson of Israel Joslin. Mr. Joslin is a farmer. He has filled the offices of selectman, assessor and justice, and in 1874 he represented the town in the legislature. He was married in 1840 to Ann G., daughter of Hail M. Jacobs. They have three children-Emily, Sarah and Charles A. Mr. Joslin is a member of the East Thompson Baptist church, and a republican.

John W. Kane, born in 1857 in New Jersey, is a son of Bernard Kane. He has been a cotton mill operative eighteen years. He came to North Grosvenor Dale in February, 1888, and since that time has had charge of spinning, spooling and warping for the manufacturing company. He had been overseer of spinning about eight years prior to coming to this place. He was married January 30th, 1880, to Kittie Molloy, and they have two boys- Walter and John.

James N. Kingsbury was born May 24th, 1835, in Webster, Mass. He is a son of Elisha, son of Ephraim, son of Jacob, son of Theodore Kingsbury. Mr. Kingsbury came from Massachusetts to Thompson when about eight years old, returning a few years later, and in Oxford began the business of shoe manufacturing, which he continued for twelve years in Massachusetts. In 1865 he came again to Connecticut, and after being interested in shoe manufacturing for three years, he went into the mercantile business, which he has followed since that time. He was postmaster at Thompson from 1869 to 1885; has been town clerk continuously since 1872; was elected to the house of representatives in 1888; has been chairman of the republican town committee for fourteen years; is vice-president and director of the Thompson Savings Bank and director of the National Bank. He was married in 1858 to Harriet T., daughter of Danforth Kinney. She died in 1884, leaving three children-Charles N., Alice and Myrtie. He was married again in 1885 to Anna, daughter of Joseph Towne.

Joshua P. Knight, born in 1821 in Dudley, glass., is a son of Doctor Samuel P. Knight and grandson of Deacon Samuel Knight. His mother was Harriet, daughter of Doctor John Elliott Eaton. He received the principal part of his education in the schools of Portland, Maine, and began the practice of dentistry there, but shortly after he established himself at Webster, Mass., where he practiced about twenty-five years. About 1870 he retired from practice on account of ill health, and removed to Thompson, where he now lives. He was married June 15th, 1852, to Mary G., daughter of Lemuel Bixby. They have two children-Hattie E. and Charles L. Mr. Knight has been justice of the peace for several years. He is a republican.

Joseph Alfred Lagace was born August 27th, 1861, in St. Hyacinthe, Canada. He is the eldest son of Charles A. and Sophia (Scott) Legace. He received his classical education at St. Hyacinthe. In 1883 he began the study of medicine in Victoria College, Montreal, and after two years there he continued the study in the medical department of the Vermont University, Burlington, from which he graduated in 1887. The same year he began the practice of his profession at Ware, Mass., and a short time later he removed to North Grosvenor Dale, in the town of Thompson, where he has a large and lucrative practice. He was married in July, 1888, to Phoebe Laporte of Ware, Mass. He is a member of the New England French Medical Association, and a member of North Grosvenor Dale Catholic church.

L. P. Lamoureux was born in 1841 in the province of Quebec, Canada, and came to the States in 1851. He has lived seventeen years in Thompson. He has been contractor and builder for twenty years, and has had charge of nearly all the building that has been done at North Grosvenor Dale since he came here. He has been selectman two years, and has held other town offices as a republican. He was married in 1861 to Mary Garrey. They have eight children living, and have lost three. He is one of the directors of the Thompson Savings Bank, and a member of North Grosvenor Dale Catholic church.

George Law was born in 1844, in Southbridge, Mass., and is the oldest son of George H. Law, of Killingly. In May, 1.862, he enlisted in the 9th Rhode Island Infantry for three months. In October, 1862, he enlisted again in the 2d Rhode Island Cavalry, and served until October, 1865. From 1865 to 1874- he was employed as a cotton mill operative, and since that time he has been a farmer. In March, 1887, he came to Thompson from Killingly, having previously bought a farm here. He was married in 1882 to Josephine Ross. They have one son, George E. Mr. Law is a republican.

Thomas McVeigh was born in 1859 in Ireland, and came to Rhode Island at the age of three years. He has been employed in cotton mills since fourteen years of age. He came to Grosvenor Dale in December, 1885, where he has had charge of spinning since that time. He is a member of the Episcopal church of Lonsdale, R. I.

Fred. A. Maryett, born in 1859 in Baltic, is a son of Thomas Maryett. He came to North Grosvenor Dale in 1876 and began to learn the trade of roller covering, and since 1883 he has had charge of the shop for the manufacturing company. He was married in 1881 to Carrie E. Chandler and has one daughter, Lulu J. He is a member of Putnam Lodge, No. 46, F. & A. M.

Horace Mathewson was born in 1841 in Blackstone, Mass., and is a son of Edwin Mathewson. He came to Connecticut in 1851. He was in the war of the rebellion from September, 1862, to July, 1865, as musician. He is a carpenter, having followed that trade for the last twenty years. He was married first in 1867 to Emma L. Joslin, who died in 1869, leaving one son, Horace E. He was married in 1871, but his wife died the same year. He married in 1873 Ellen C. Carrol. They have three children: Edwin, John and Lottie L.

Andrew Mills was born in 1813, and is the youngest son of John, whose father Nathaniel was a son of Nathaniel Mills, who came from Edinburgh, Scotland, with three brothers, to Massachusetts in 1690, and shortly after came to what is now Thompson. The farm which he bought at that time is still owned by Mr. Mills, who devotes most of his time to teaching music, both vocal and instrumental. Mr. Mills' mother was Lucina, daughter of Jesse Whipple, of Killingly, Conn. He was married December 31st, 1839, to Maria, daughter of Hezekiah Perry. They had nine children: Sarah E. (Mrs. L. E. Truesdale), Fitz Henry (deceased), Hezekiah P. (died in the war of the rebellion), Lucina W. (Mrs. John Low), Ossian Everett, John Andrew, Clinton J., Carrie M. and Arthur A% . Mr. Mills is a republican and a member of the Congregational church.

George Mills was born in 1832 in Thompson, and is a son of Nathaniel, whose father, Nathaniel, was a son of Nathaniel Mills. Mr. Mills was engaged in mercantile business until about 1863, since which time he has been a farmer, owning and occupying the homestead of his father. He is a democrat.

Joseph Mills was born in 1836 in Thompson. He is a son of Frederick, son of John, son of Nathaniel, son of Nathaniel Mills. His mother is Maria, daughter of James Cady. Mr. Mills is the only survivor of three children. He is a farmer. He was married in 1862 and has three children living:. Wilfred J., Augusta M. and Leonard J. They lost two: Etta M. and Grace E. Mr. Mills is a republican.

Calvin M. Munyan, born in 1850 in Killingly, is a son of Irving, and grandson of David Munyan. His mother was Almira (Eddy) Munyan. Mr. Munyan is a farmer. He was married in 1873 to Ella J., daughter of Welcome Bates. They have two children-Florence I. and Claude M.

Helen A. Munyan is a daughter of John, son of Ezra, son of Joseph, son of Edward Munyan. Her mother was Ruth Warfield. John Munyan was born in 1805 and died in 1884. He was a carpenter by trade.

James M. Munyan was born in 1825 in Thompson. He is a son of Hosea, son of Isaac, son of Israel, son of Joseph, son of Edward Munyan, who came from England to Salem, Mass., and about 1718 he came to what is now Thompson, near the Rhode Island line, and bought a farm which is still in the family. Mr. Munyan's mother was Sarah, daughter of Jacob Blackmar, who was a revolutionary soldier. Mr. Munyan is a farmer. He was married in 1856 to Harriet, daughter of John Wakefield. They have four children: Oscar, Sarah A., Clara I. (Mrs. J. A. Armstrong) and Fred. A.

Oscar Munyan was born in 1859 in Thompson, son of James M. Munyan. He was educated at the schools of Thompson, then in Franklin two years, and in the Institute of Technology in Boston one year. He was engaged in mercantile business until 1586, and since that time he has been a farmer on the Munyan homestead, owning about 100 acres of the original purchase of Edward Munyan of 1718. He was married in 1880 to Martha A. Card. He has been several years chairman of the democratic town committee.

George H. Nichols was born in April, 1837. He is a son of Captain George P., he a son of Elijah, and he a son of Elijah Nichols. His mother was Mary, daughter of Thomas Alton. Mr. Nichols is a farmer, occupying the farm where his father lived from about 1800 until his death, in July, 1877, aged 82 years. He and also his father were members of the legislature from Thompson. Mr. Nichols was for many years a cattle buyer. He was representative in the legislature in 1881 and 1883. He is president of the Thompson Savings Bank, and vicepresident of the Thompson National Bank. He is also president of the Wauregan Brick Company. He was married in 18.7 to Mary A., daughter of James Johnson. Their six children were named: Lucy A., Mary (deceased), George E., Warren F., Earl P. and John M. His wife died in 1879, and he married in 1887, Martha E., daughter of Jeremiah Olney. He is a republican.

Cornelius O'Leary was born in Ireland, came to America in 1852, and in 1865 to Mechanicsville, and for the past fourteen years he has been boss spinner for the woolen mill. He was married in 1853, and has two children: T. J., who was for a time a member of the Windham county bar, and Mary E.

Jane E. Palmer was born in East Thompson, and was married in 1858 to William H. Palmer. He was in the war of the rebellion in Company I, 15th Massachusetts volunteers, holding the rank of sergeant. He was killed in the battle of the Wilderness. They had two children-William F., who is principal of the Bristol Academy, and Parker H., who died in infancy.

Henry Paradis was born in 1848 in St. Guillaume, Canada. He came to the states in 1867. He was ten years in Baltic as clerk, and then he had charge of a store at North Grosvenor Dale eleven years for J. H. Woisard. In August, 1888, he bought out Mr. Woisard, and continues the business under the style of H. Paradis & Bros. He was married in 1870 to Olivene Fortier. They have thirteen children. He is a member of the North Grosvenor Dale Catholic church.

Simon Parkhurst was born in 1842 in Norwich, Conn. At the age of 18 years he went to Brooklyn, Conn., and began to learn the tinsmith's trade, and later went to Stonington, where he finished his apprenticeship. In 1876 he came from Providence to North Grosvenor Dale, and opened a hardware store and tinsmith shop, which he has continued since that time. He was married in 1876 to Alice L. Peckham, and has three children living, having lost three. He is a republican.

Amoret Perrin is a daughter of Jonathan, son of Jonathan, son of Jonathan, son of Thomas, son of John, son of William Nichols, who was born in 1599, settled in Danvers, Mass., in 1638, and had four children. Her father Jonathan Nichols, was several years town clerk and judge of probate, and was representative in the legislature for nearly twenty years. She was married in April, 1832, to Joseph M. Perrin, son of Noah Perrin. He died in December, 1861. He had been a school teacher in his younger life, but later a farmer and surveyor.

Elijah C. Perrin, born in 1810, is a son of Hezekiah and Betsey Perrin. He is a farmer. He was married in 1542 to Dolly, daughter of Jeremiah Shumway. He is a republican, and a member of the North Grosvenor Dale Methodist Episcopal church.

Joseph S. Perry, born in 1830 in Bridgewater, Mass., is a son of Joseph S. Perry. He came to Windham county in 1831, where he has since resided. He is a farmer and owns the homestead of David Towne. He was in the war of the rebellion three months in 1861, in Company K, 2d. Connecticut volunteers. In August, 1862, he reentered the service in Company I, 16th Connecticut volunteers, serving until May, 1864. He was married in 1854 to Lucy, daughter of George Town. He is a staunch temperance man and a prohibitionist. He is a member of the Thompson Baptist church.

Ebenezer Phelps, born in December, 1808, is a son of Ebenezer and Polly (Russell) Phelps. He was a blacksmith and edge tool maker at New Boston for many years. He was married in 1832 to Mary Ann Ellwell. They have two children-Henry R. and Mary Edna He is a democrat.

George Phillips was born in 1856 in England, came to Connecticut in 1859, and was for seventeen years employed in the cotton mill at Williamsville. Since 1884 he has been overseer of weaving at Grosvenor Dale. He was married in 18777 to Cora Buchanan. She died in 1884, and he was married in 1886 to Alice Tucker. They have one son, George H. He is a member of Moriah Lodge, No. 15, F. & A. M.

Charles A. Potter, born in 1849 in Southbridge, Mass., is a son of William B. Potter. He was educated in the schools of Southbridge, came to North Grosvenor Dale in 1873, and in 1882 opened a market here, which he has run since that time. He deals in meat, canned goods, fruit, confectionery, etc. He was married in 1870 to Martha H. Chandler and has three children Alice M., Louva C. and Floyd.

George A. Putney, son of Harvey Putney, was born in 1844 in Southbridge, Mass. He began to work in mills in 1861, came to New Boston in 1865, and two years later took charge of carding and spinning and still fills that place. He was married in 1867 to Sarah, daughter of Danford D. Burgess. They have five children: Olin H., Fitz L., Vesta B., Lena B. and Ala A. Mr. Putney is a republican.

James Randall, son of Daniel Randall, was born in 1828 in Thompson. He is a farmer, living on his father's homestead, He was married in 1849 to Ursula, daughter of Obadiah Ross and granddaughter of Lemuel Ross.

Marcus L. Randall, born in 1823 in Thompson, is a son of Joseph and Nancy Randall. He is a machinist by trade, but for the last seventeen years has been a farmer. He was married in 1841 to Olive Chamberlin, who died in 1881. Their four children are: William, Edgar M., Sylvia and Mary V.

John S. Richardson, born March 31st, 1823, is a son of William and Nancy (Arnold) Richardson, the latter a daughter of Daniel Arnold. Mr. Richardson was a mill operative for about forty -years, and was overseer of carding twenty-one years at Perryville. Since 1880 he has been a farmer. He was married in 1845 to Sarah K., daughter of Thomas Benson. They had five children: Estelle, Alice (deceased), Edwin, Ada and Grace. He is a republican and a member of Quinnatisset Grange, No. 65, P. of H.

John T. Richardson, born in 1835 in Massachusetts, is a son of Mowry, and grandson of Joseph Richardson. His mother was Orrilla Thayer. Mr. Richardson is a farmer. He was married to Helen, daughter of Alfred Merrick. They have one son, Fred. I., and one daughter, Louisa A. (deceased). Mr. Richardson is a democrat.

David N. Robbins, born in 1831 in Thompson, is a son of Ithiel, and grandson of John Robbins. His mother was Hannah Green. He is a farmer. He enlisted in Company F, Battery 1st Heavy Artillery, Massachusetts volunteers, and served from August, 1864, to June, 1865. He was married in 1854 to Martha E. Joslin, and has had three children: Edna L., Ida M. and Albro N. Mr. Robbins is a republican, and has been a member of the East Thompson Methodist Episcopal church for forty years.

Ithiel D. Robbins, born in 1853 in Thompson, is a son of Ithiel Robbins, born in 1S04, and died in 1883. The latter was the son of John, and he the son of Samuel Robbins. Ithiel married in 1829 Hannah Green, who is now living. They had twelve children, eight living: David Nelson, Elizabeth, Phoebe, John W., Luther D., Julia A., Hannah T. and Ithiel D., who lives on the homestead with his mother.

Allen Monroe Robinson, born in 1829 in Thompson, is a son of Joseph Robinson and brother of Oscar Robinson. He has been for twenty years cutter for a shoe manufacturing establishment. He bought what is called the " Lake View " farm in 1882, and has been a fag uner since that time. He was married in 1853 to Emily A. Vinton. She died in 1868, leaving one child, Clarence I.. He was married again in 1869 to Mary M. Gerstle. He is a republican.

Oscar Robinson was born in 1840 in Thompson. He is a son of Joseph, son of Aaron, son of Paul, son of George Robinson. His mother was Mary A. Cutler. He is the youngest of six children. He is a farmer and market gardener, owning and occupying the Robinson homestead. In 1861 he was married to Jane M. Sheldon. He is a republican.

Isaac Sherman, son of Zephaniah Sherman, was born in, 1817 in Eastford. His mother was Betsey Alton. Mr. Sherman was a merchant and shoe manufacturer at East Thompson for several years, after which he spent about seventeen years as a Methodist preacher. He retired to East Thompson a short time since. He represented the town in the legislature in 1861. He has been married three times, his present wife being Mary (Sheldon) Sherman. They have three children: Winnie D., Mary B. and Harlo T. He has one son, James, by a former marriage. He is a republican.

Albert Shumway, born in 1831, is a son. of Sherman and Huldah (Elliott) Shumway. He is a farmer. He was married April 28th, 1856, to Dolly F. Corbin. She died in August, 1873. He was married in May, 1877, to Fanny K., daughter of David and Harriet (Sumner) Nichols. He is a republican.

Elliott Shumway, born in 1827, is a son of Sherman and grandson of Jeremiah Shumway. His mother was Huldah, daughter of Roger Elliott. Mr. Shumway is a farmer, and owns and occupies the Elliott homestead. He was married in 1873 to Susan F. Crain. He is a republican and a member of Thompson Congregational church.

William T. Shumway, born in Thompson in 1829, is a son of Hammond, and grandson of Jeremiah Shumway. Mr. Shumway went from Thompson to Webster in 1845, as clerk in a store, and three years later began as a merchant, and from 1848 to the present has been in the trade there. He was married in 1851 to Jane E. Keith, and has two daughters.

Warren Spencer, born in 1857, at Grosvenor Dale, is a son of Russel and Laura (Greene) Spencer. He was educated in the district schools of the town, and has been employed by the Grosvenor Dale Manufacturing Company for sixteen years. For the past eleven years he has been overseer of the cloth room. He was married in May, 1880, to Alice Bixby.

Richard B. Stroud born in 1820, in Stafford, Conn., is the youngest of nine children and the only survivor. His father was Richard, son of Richard and Elizabeth (Billings) Stroud. His mother was Rhoda (Harvey) Stroud. Mr. Stroud came to Thompson in 1868, where he has been a farmer since that time. He was married to Charlotte E. Leech, who died. They had three children, all of whom are deceased. He was married again to Minerva Crawford, who died, leaving two children Alice L. and Charles C. He married in 1878 his present wife, who is a daughter of Gardiner Rouse. He is a member of Putnam Lodge, No. 46, F. & A. M., and of Quinnatisset Grange, No. 6.5, P. of H.

Reverend Thomas Tallman, was born June 12th, 1815, in Middle Haddam, Conn. After he graduated from college he was in Yale Theological school from 1837 to 1840. From 1844 to 1861, he was settled over the Congregational church of Scotland, Windham county. From 1861 to 1863, he was settled in Groton. In 1864 he came to Thompson, where he resided until his death in October, 1872. He was married in 1842, to Miss Hazelton, who died in 1860, leaving two children: Susan M. and James H. He married for his second wife, Hannah C. Graves, in 1864. Their two children are Walter and Frances C.

Byron S. Thompson, born in 1845, in Smithfield, R. I., is a son of Hiram Thompson. He was educated in the schools of Smithfield, and a short time at Andover, Mass. Mr. Thompson came from Rhode Island to Thompson in 1864, and after a three years' clerkship at North Grosvenor Dale he went away, returning in 1876 and operating a general store until 1882, when he sold to John Elliott & Co. One year later he bought another store where he has been since that time. He was assessor two terms, and in 1887 he represented the town in the legislature. He was married in 1868 to Mary Copeland. They have three children: Bertha N., Ada P., and Harman A. Mr. Thompson served three months in Company E, 9th Rhode Island volunteers in 1862.

Oscar Tourtellotte, born in 1839 in Thompson, is a son of Joseph, whose father, Isaac, was a son of Abraham Tourtellotte, who was of Huguenot descent. His mother was Amy, daughter of Jesse Joslin. His education was finished in Nichols' Academy, Dudley, Mass. He was brought up a farmer. In October, 1861, he enlisted in Company D, 25th Massachusetts volunteers, and served three years. In the history of the regiment it says: "Mr. T. alone with his rifle captured and took prisoners first lieutenant, sergeant and 24 privates belonging to the 161st N. C. V." He also had two brothers in the war of the rebellion. In 1876 he left his farm and opened a grain store and insurance office at North Grosvenor Dale. He sold the grain business to M. A. Covell, and now carries on the insurance business and does legal writing. He was a member of the legislature in 1865 and 1866, and a member of congress in 1876. He is now first selectman. He has been trial justice since 1865. He was married in February, 1861, to Laura A. Carpenter. They have three sons. He is a republican and trustee and class leader in the Methodist church at North Grosvenor Dale.

Reuben M. Towne, born in 1831, is a son of Sherman, son of Joseph, son of Joseph, son of Joseph Towne, who came to this town in 1733. His mother was Mary Ann E., daughter of Reuben Mathewson. Mr. Towne is a farmer. He was married July 31st, 1888, to Atla A., daughter of John G. Coman.

John Trudeau was born in Canada in 1846, came to the United States in 1854, has been a painter for twenty-two years and has had charge of painting at North Grosvenor Dale for eight years. He was married in 1867 and has one son, Henry. He is a member of the North Grosvenor Dale Catholic church.

Jesse Tucker, son of Samuel P. Tucker, was born December, 1829, in Glocester, R. I. In May, 1846, he came to North Grosvenor Dale (then Masonville) as a mill operative for fifteen years. In 1861 he began the carpenter's trade, which he has followed since that time. He was married in 1850 to Sarah Gilmore. They have had two children: Charles A. and Emily, deceased.

Dyer A. Upham, born in 1824, is the youngest son of ' Dyer, and grandson of Nehemiah Upham. His mother was Esther, daughter of Daniel Arnold. Mr. Upham was a merchant alt Wilsonville about fifteen years prior to 1857. Since that time he has been a farmer and breeder of poultry. He claims to be the originator of the Plymouth Rock breed of fowls, and was the first exhibitor at Worcester in 1867. He represented the town in the legislature in 1862, and has filled many of the town offices as a republican. He was married in 1849 to Lucy Stone. They have three children: Leroy J., Earl H. and Burton S. Mrs. Upham died in 1885.

John J. Vinton, born in 1843 in Woodstock, is a son of Hosea, and grandson of Timothy Vinton. He was a farmer in Woodstock until April, 1885, when he came to Quinebaug, where he has run a meat market since that time. In 1887 he added groceries to his business. He was married in 1863 to Abbie M. Whitney. They have eight children living, Myrtie M., Grace L., William J., Martha U., Carrie D., George W., Frederick M. and Byron F.; and two that died in infancy.

Edwin T. White, born in 1834 in Vermont, was a farmer eight years in Vermont, and in 1869 he came to Thompson, where he lived until his death, in May, 1885. He was a republican in politics, and represented the town in the legislature in 1882, and held some of the town offices. He was married in 1860 to Sarah L., daughter of Winsor Bates. They had two sons-Edwin W. and Elmer Leroy. They lost two daughters-Gertrude I. and Bertha E.

Marcus C. Whitney, born in September, 1851, is a son of Micah Whitney and Elizabeth, a daughter of Winthrop Chandler. He was educated in the schools of Thompson and in Nichols' Academy, Dudley. He is a farmer. He is a member of East Woodstock Congregational church, and a member of Senexet Grange, P. of H.

Thomas Wilbur, son of William Wilbur, was born in 1822 in South Kingstown, R. I. He began as mill operative at Harrisville, R. I., at the age of fifteen, where he remained until 1854, when he came to Grosvenor Dale as overseer of spinning for 10 years; then he came to North Grosvenor Dale, where he was superintendent until 1882, and since that time he has lived practically retired. He represented the town in the legislature in 1583. He was postmaster at North Grosvenor Dale from 1878 to 1885. He is a republican. He was married in 1847 to Sarah, daughter of Wanton Briggs. They have one son, James T.; they lost two children-Leander J., who was a soldier in the war of the rebellion, and Grace.

William R. Williams, born December, 1858, in Woodstock, is a son of Harden and grandson of Arthur Williams. His mother was Sarah Caulkins. In 1886 he opened a general store at West Thompson, where he has continued the business since that time. He was married in May, 1883, to Carrie L., daughter of Hiram M. Jencks, of Dayville. He is a republican.

Alonzo O. Woodard was born in 1834 in Thompson. His father, Daniel, was a son of Comfort and grandson of Jesse Woodard, who married Sarah Starr in 1752. His mother is Amy Gleason. Mr. Woodard has been a farmer for the past twenty years, and was formerly a shoemaker. He has been justice for the last twenty years, and has held several other town offices. He was married in 1860 to Mary J., daughter of Harvey Davis. They have five children: Allen R., Hattie J. (Mrs. J. F. Miller, M. D., of Putnam), Mary F., Ida S. and Edith A. He is a republican and a member of East Thompson Methodist Episcopal church.

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Source: History of Windham County, Connecticut, Bayles, Richard M.; New York: W.W. Preston, 1889

 

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