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a monument in the center of the latter town of that hero of the Revolution
Colonel Seth Warner ; at Washington, Litchfield and Goshen, of many things
that have made those places well known.

Nor was the trip lacking in amusing and humorous incidents. Such were


the ones, to his regret, that Uncle William failed to get pictures of. But that
is the usual way of such things — the biggest fish get away.

In due course of time, in spite of having the laziest horse in the county,
Uncle William and Cousin Jim got back to Canaan, returned the horse to the
stable, complimented the owner on possessing such a fine animal, and took the
train for Hartford.



Books in preparation or in press. Those interested are invited to communicate with the

Butler — A monograph on some families
who descend from Richard Butler of
Hartford, Ct. Emily Wilder Leavitt, lo
Joy street, Boston, Mass.

Cleveland and Cleaveland Families —
Price $1500 per set of 3 vols, to sub-
scribers now. Edmund J. Cleveland, 43
Beacon street, Hartford, Ct.

Cone — Descendants of Daniel Cone,
1626-1706. William W. Cone, 1405 Polk
street, Topeka, Kan.

Crow or Croweil and Kelley — Early
settlers of Yarmouth, Mass. Henry G.
Croweil, South Yarmouth, Mass.

Nickerson — Descendants of William of
Chatham, Mass. Wm. Emery Nicker-
son, I J Pearl street, Boston, Mass.

Rockwell and Keeler Genealogy —
James Boughton, 223 Keap street, Brook-
lyn, N. Y.

Tinker — Descendants of John of New
London, Ct. Price, S5.00 per copy.
Rev. William Durant, Saratoga Springs,
N. Y.

Wakeman — Descendants of John, one
of the founders and Treasurer of New
Haven Colony. Price, $5.00 per copy.
Robert P. Wakeman, Southport, Ct.

Waterbury Genealogy — Early settlers
in Stamford. Ct. William F. Waterbury,
Stamford, Ct.

Early Mass. Marriages — First book ;
price, $2.00 postpaid. Frederick W.
Bailey, New Haven, Ct. Box 587.

Enfield, Conn., History — Francis 01-
cott Allen, 340 South i6th St., Phila-
delphia, Pa.


"Records of the State of Connecti-
cut," Vol. I, 1776-1778; Vol. II, 1778-
1780; published by Charles J. Hoadly,
LL.D., State Librarian, "in accordance
with a Resolution of the General Assem-
bly." They contain the Journal of the
Council of Safety from Oct. 11, 1776, to
April 23, 1780. and an appendix in each
volume. Each volume contains a fine in-

Staten Island, N. Y., Memorial His-
tory — Ira K. Morris, New Brighton,
N. Y.

Goshen, Conn., History — Price, $3.25
net, sent by mail. Rev. A. G. Hib-
bard, Woodstock, Ct. Box 66.

Ame?ita, N. K— Mr. William A. Ear-
deley-Thomas, 5000 Woodland avenue,
Philadelphia, Pa., will publish all the
Amenia records as soon as the 100
advance paid-up subscriptions at J5.00
per volume are received. No prom-
ises will be noticed. The J5.00 must
accompany every subscription. The
book can be had only by subscription.

Billings History, in preparation by
Mr. C. Billings, Billingsbridge, Onta-
rio, Canada.

"Carpenter Family in America" —
550pp.; not over J7.50 per volume;
probably $5.00 if 250 copies are or-
dered. Mr. Daniel H. Carpenter, Ma-
plewood, N. J.

Case and Hathaway Genealogies —
Mr. C. V. Case, Ashtabula, Ohio.

History of Guilford and Madison,
Ct. — 500 pp., $2.50 — Bernard C. Stein-
er, Baltimore, Md., care of Enoch
Pratt Free Library.

Hanford Genealogj' — Mr. A. C. Gold-
ing, Norwalk, Ct.

Taylor Genealogy — Norwalk, Wil-
ton, Danbury, Bethel, Newtown, New
Milford, and Fairfield county gener-
ally. Mr. W. O. Taylor, Orange, Mass.


dex, and is well printed and bound.
These volumes exhibit the results of care-
ful and painstaking labor in reading old
documents, for which Dr. Hoadly is justly

"The Munson Record: a Genealog-
ical and Biographical Account of Captain
Thomas Munson fa pioneer of Hartford


and New Havenj and his Descendants,"
by Rev. Myron A. Munson, M. A. Two
volumes, royal 8vo., pp. 1267. We are
especially attracted by the extent to which
research in the original sources is repre-
sented, the public records of 74 towns and
cities in 9 different States having been
studied by the author, besides visiting 39
other places to consult church records and
secure personal interviews. The most
authentic way of presenting history is by
largely quoting public records. Our author
has done this, making hundreds of these
quotations, many of which touch families
of other names. Authencity, already re-
plete, is intensified in eighteen or twenty
instances by facsimiles of the original rec-
ords. We have here a Connecticut sub-
ject, by a Connecticut author and printer.
Tables of Contemporary Events furnish
a setting in general history for the family
events of the first eight generations — a
feature which has been fervently and re-
peatedly commended. There is an at-
tempt to record the political and religious
preferences of all members of the family.
A novel diagram is given exhibiting Mun-
son Migrations from Connecticut. The
great number of geographical elucidations
and allusions of an illuming sort surprises
one — there are 247 items in the geograph-
ical index, such as Ball's Island, Ditch
Corner, Landing Tree, Neck Rock, Ox
Hill, Stable Point, etc., and likewise a
great number of historical matters of a
local and general character which are ex-
plained or illustrated, e. g , the Connec-
ticut Standing Army, owning baptismal
covenant, billeting act, courts of four or
five kinds, project for founding a common-
wealth at Delaware Bay, "divisions" of
land, Quinnipiac ferries, hat-pegs in meet-
ing house, King Phillip's War, first jury,
lecture days, "ordinary," horse-book,
origin of "towns-men," Long Wharf,
whipping post, etc.— rarely has a family
history, as a subordinate specialty, at-
tempted to illumine general history. We
have three fac-similes of Revolutionary
documents, fac-similes of the signatures to
the Fundamental Agreement at Quinni-
piac and to the Planters' Agreement at
Wallingford, and many other matters
which are now first given to the public.
The work may be had of the author, 202
Exchange street. New Haven, Ct., for
$12.00 per set.

from the first Lidian Deed in 1659 to
1879, iucluding the towns of Washington,
Southbury, Bethlehem, Roxbury, and a
part ol Oxford and Middlebury," isawork
in 3 vols, by William Cothren, Esq., of
Woodbury, Ct. Volume I is out of print,
while the few remaining copies of Vol-
umes n and in may be procured of the
author at $4.25 per copy, postpaid. The
work is devoted entirely to the genealog-
ical statistics of Ancient Woodbury from
1670 to 1879, 3-"d of Ancient Stratford
from 1639 to 1728, which then included
Bridgeport, Huntington and Monroe,
There are nearly 35,000 entries of births,
baptisms, marriages and deaths, collated
by years. Here is a first-class chance to
get these volumes at more than a reasona-
ble price. One is surprised that they can
still be obtained at such a low figure.

A. Vital Statistics of Seymour, Ct.,
Vol. II, pp. 59; gi.oo; postpaid, gi.o6,

B. History of Oxford, Ct,, Part I,
mostly a transcript of church and town
records of births, marriages and deaths;
paper covers, gi.oo; postpaid, $1.04,
Only one part issued.

C. "TheSharpes," 1893-6; 212 pages;
J3.00. Originally published monthly.

These three works were published by
W. C. Sharpe, Seymour, Ct., from whom
they can be had at the above prices. A
covers the period from Jan. 1S83 to Dec.
31, 1 89 1, is neatly bound and has a good
index. B also contains burials in Zoar
Bridge Cemetery and Old Quaker Farms
Cemetery. C, we regret to say, has no
index. One was prepared, but never pub-
lished. We are sorry to learn that on ac-
count of so little interest being taken in the
work, the editor feels compelled to stop
publishing "The Sharpes." We heartily
commend these works to our readers and

"Samuel Clark, Sr. , and his De-
scendants," by Rev. Edgar W. Clark, A.
M., Pana, 111.; second edition, 8vo.,pp-
122; price in muslin, $1.25; paper, 50c.
"This has been a gradual gathering of
more than twenty years, and a work of
love." The family appeared in Bedford,
N. Y , before 1681 in the person of Will-
iam, Sr., son of Samuel, Sr.

"History of Ancient Woodbury, Ct.

"Littleton Historical Society, Pro-
ceedings No. I, 1894-1895," 8vo., pp.
186; $1.50 postpaid Tne work treats


*mong other things of the Garrison House
at Nashoba, John Eliot, the apostle to
the Indians, the Work of Historical Soci-
eties, the Indians of Nashobah, furty-six
pages of epitaphs from the Old Burying
Ground at Littleton Common, etc., and
contains a fine index. A good share of
the work has been done by Mr. Herbert
J. Harwood, chairman of the committee,
to whom much praise is due.

tions from England and Scotland, as well
as those who are residents of Europe.
The work can be had for $5.00 a copy.

"A Partial Record of the Descend-
ants of John Tefft of Portsmouth, Rhode
Island, and the Nearly Complete Record
of the Descendants of John Tifft of Nas-
sau, N. Y." compiled by Mrs. Maria E.
Tifft, 196 Linwood avenue, Buffalo, N. Y.
It is an 8vo. volume, contains pp. 159-I-14,
printed on fine deckel edge paper and ru-
bricated. The work, neatly bound, is a
splendid contribution to genealogy and is
a credit to the compiler. The work can
be had of the author for $3.50.

History of Montville, Ct., formerly the
North Parish of New London, from 1640
to 1896, compiled and arranged by Henry
A. Baker, Esq.; price$ i.oo; press of Case,
Lockwood & Brainard Company. The
book contains 727 pages -t- viii. , is well
printed and bound. There are 500 pages
devoted to the genealogies of the early
settlers and the appendix contains 11
pages more. The work has a good index.
There are over 40 illustrations in the
work. All that it was possible for the
author to obtain has been incorporated.

"The Lineage of Rev. Richard
Mather," by Horace E. Mather, Esq., of
747 Asylum avenue, Hartford, Ct., is a
work of 540 pages gotten up in an exceed-
ingly attractive style, containing the por-
traits of the Rev. Richard Mather of Dor-
chester, Mass.; Rev. Dr Increase Mather,
his son, of Boston; Rev. Dr. Cotton
Mather, his grandson, of Boston; Rev.
Samuel Mather, his grandson, of Witney,
Eng. ; Rev. Dr. Samuel Mather, his great-
grandson, of Boston. Also 17 other por-
traits of prominent descendants of Richard
Mather in the book with other engravings
of historic interest. It also gives bio-
graphical sketches of these and others
connected with the family. Over forty-
three hundred of the descendants in the
male and female branches are indexed in
the work. Mention is also made of a large
number of the Mather? of other emigra-

A. "Notes and Additions to the
History of Gloucester, second series, by
John J. Babson, with an appendix con-
taining indexes to Parts I and 11"; pp.
187 ; price, ^1.50.

B. "Inscriptions from the Old Ceme-
tery in Rowley, Mass., copied by Geo.
B. Blodgette, M.A."; pp. 78; price, 750.

C. "Deaths in Truro, Cape Cod, 1786-
1826, taken from the diary of Rev. Jude
Damon, by John Harvey Treat"; pp. 26;
price, 50c.

These three works, of immense value to
the genealogist, can still be supplied at
the above price by Eben Putnam, Esq., of
Salem, Mass. It would be of advantage
to those purchasing genealogies and his-
tories to communicate with Mr. Putnam.

"Records ot William Spooner of
Plymouth, Mass., and his Descendants,
Vol. 1," is a work of 694 pages, compiled
by Thomas Spooner, Esq. The book is
bound in green, is printed on good paper,
and has a fine index. The foot-notes,
scattered through the volume, give the
ancestry of the wives or husbands of many
of the Spooners, thus making the work of
great value to other families. Volume II
was prepared, but has never been pub-
lished. It is already for the printer, and
it is hoped that the remaining copies of
Vol. I will find a speedy sale, so that Vol.
II can be given to the printer. The Vol.
I can be had at $3 00 a copy of M. Alice
Spooner, Glendale, Ohio.

"Genealogy of the Howes Family
in America, Descendants of Thomas
Howes, Yarmouih, Mass., 16371892, with
some account of English Ancestry, by
Joshua Crowell Howes, Dennis, Mass.,
with ilhistrations." is a work of 209 pages
with blank pages for manuscript notes.
The arrangement is clear, concise and can
be understood by anybody. The work
can be purchased from the author ; price,
$2.00; by mail, $2. 1 2.

"The Descendants of John Porter of
Windsor, Ct., i63i;-9, compiled by Henry
Porter Andrews," is a work of 888 pages
in two volumes. The book contains three
splendid indexes. The author has wisely
traced out the maternal lines to the



first coiner in the country. This is a
splendid work and shows the results of
careful research. It can be had for J12
per set of Augusta Porter Wiggins, Sara-
toga Springs, N. Y.

"The History and Genealogy of
the Colegrove Family in America, with
Biographical Sketches, Portraits, etc.,"
by William Colegrove, D.D., LL. D , of
Tallula, Menard Co.. Illinois, is a i2mo.
book of 792 pages, which can be had of
the author for I4.00 cloth, J5.00 morocco
with gilt edges ; postage, i6c. There are
over sixty blank numbered pages for man-
uscript notes, and a good index, in two
columns — the males in the left column
and the females in the right. The work
takes up the line of Francis Colegrove
who came from London, Eng. , to War-
wick, R. I., about 1680. He was proba-
bly born at or near Swansea, Wales.

Lane Genealogies — Vol. I, by Rev.
Jacob Chapman and Rev. James H. Fitts,
contains the descendants of William Lane
of Boston, 1648; Jdhn Lane of York Co.,
Maine, 1693, and John Lane of Fishers
field, N. H., 1737. Copies may be ob-
tained of Rev. Mr. Chapman, Exeter, N.
H. , for $3.50. Vol. II. by Rev. James
H. Fitts, contains the descendants of
William Lane of Dorchester, Mass., 1635;
Robert Lane of Stratford, Ct.. 1660; John
Lane of Milford, Ct., 1642; John Merri-
field Lane of Boston, Mass . 1752 ; Dan-
iel Lane of New London, Ct., 1651, and
George Lane of Rye, NY.. 1664. Copies
may be had of Rev. Mr. Fitts, Newfields,
N. H., for S3. 50. These two volumes,
bound in uniform size, present a neat ap-
pearance, are well indexed, are illustrated
and a credit to the compilers. Vol. Ill
is nearly ready It will contain the de-
scendants of Job Lane, Maiden, Mass.,
1644, and his brother James of Casco Bav.
Maine, 1660. Unconnected families will
be added. Additional information should
be sent at once to Rev. Mr. Fitts.

"The Genealogy of the Hamilton
Family from 1716 to 1894, compiled by
Salome Hamilton, Faribault, Minn.;"
8vo.,pD. 13^+vi, records ihedescendants
of James Hamilton, a Scotch-Irishman
who came to Worcester county. Mass.,
before 1720. The author, of whom this
neat volume can be had for J 2 00, is still
collecting data on all of the name.

"A Peters Lineage — Five Genera-
tions of the Descendants of Dr. Charles
Peters of Hempstead, compiled by Mar-
tha Bockee Flint," of No. 3 Barclay St.,
Poughkeepsie, N. Y.; price, $t.oo; pp.
164 -|- XI. This is a splendid volume and
shows the resjult of careful compilation.

"A Genealogical History of the Har-
wood Families Descended from Andrew
Harvvood, who was born in England
and resided in Boston, Mass." (freeman
there 1643), ^y Watson H. Harwood, M.
D., of Chasm Falls, N. Y.; price, J2.50;
8vo., pp. 9i-(-x; second edition. Dr.
Harwood, we are pleased to say, is col-
lecting additional materiallor a third edi-
tion and would especially like to learn
where Andrew' Harwood was born and
the exact year when he came to America.

" Hall Ancestry — A Series of Sketches
of the Lineal Ancestors of the Chil-
dren of Samuel Holden Parsons Hall
and his wife, Emily Bulkeley of Bingham-
ton, N. Y,, with some account of nearly
one hundred of the early Puritan families
of New England ; also tables showing
royal descents of Mary Lyman and Sarah
Chauncy and of their descendants," by
Charles S Hall, 86 Court street, Bing-
hamton, N.Y.; price, $5.00 net; pp. 507-
X, pica type, laid paper ; edition 200 cloth
copies; 8vo. , gilt top. It is a splendid
volume, and the aim has been to collect
all the information accessible as to the
Hall-Bulkeley ancestry. There are 16
pedigrees showing descent from Alfred,
William the Conqueror and the Edwards ;
Kings Malcolm and David ; Charlemagne
and the Louis; Royal Houses of Germany,
Spain and Naples.

"Lewis Walker of Chester Valley
and His Dfsrendants, with some of the
Families with Whom they are Connected
by Mariiage, 1686-1896, collected, com-
piled and published by Priscilla Walker
Streets," of 109 East 19th St., New York
City; price, $5.00; 8vo.,pp. 443; illus-
trated. This is a splendid contribution
to Pennsylvania genealogies. The full
and very complete index makes it a pleas-
ure to use the book, evidencing as it Hoes
careful and laborious research and editing.
Lewis Walker came from Wales in 1687
and settled on the Welsh Tract in Radnor
and later moved to Chester Vallev.



"An account of the Descendants of
Thomas Orton of Windsor, Ct. , 1641
(principally in the male line)," by Prof.
Edward Orton, LL.D., of 100 Twentieth
street, Cokmibus, Ohio; price, ^2.00;
8vo., pp. 220. The attractive make-up of
this volume ought to find it a ready sale.
It has an index, and the presswork is well

"Ancestry of Nathan Dane Dodge
and of his wife Abigail (Shepherd) Dodge
with Notes," by Mary A. (Dodge) Par-
sons, IS an 8vo. cloth voinme, pp. 76.
This has a fine index, neatly bound in
black, and is illustrated with two por-
traits. It consists of sketches of the an-
cestors of the persons named.

Collections of the Connecticut His-
torical Society. Vol. VI. Hartford,
1897. — Hartford Town Votes, Vol. 1,
1635-1716; 410 pages and two plates.
The preparatory note signed by Charles
J. Hoadley, LL D., the president of the
Historical Society, says: "The records of
the town of Hartford were begun with
Jan. I, 1638, or 1639, according to the
present mode of accounting. Many of
the early leaves (of the original record
book) are badly frayed, and possibly some
are lost." The town clerk of Hartford
certifies over his official seal that the vol-
ume "is a true and correct copy of all the
records contained in tiie earliest vol-
ume of the town votes of Hartford."
The first entries concern the allotment of
lands in 1635. It is safe to say that no
book has appeared since the publication
of the Colonial Records covering this pe-
riod which will so well repay the student
of Connecticut colonial history and the
origin and development of its institutions,
or the family historian and genealogist.
He must be a sorry student indeed who
cannot now add to his knowledge of the
workings of the little municipality or give
leafage and color to the dry boughs of his
genealogical tree. The town of Hartford
is to be congratulated that such an addi-
tion has been made to its available his-
tory, while the example set to other of the
old towns should not be lost. The town
and county history as usually published
concerns the living ratlier than the dead,
and the beginnings fade into insignificance
beside the accomplishments of "our
esteemed fellow townsman," Publish the

The book is a handsome specimen of
typography, but must have been a sore
trial to everyone concerned in its produc-
tion. A manuscript almost illegible; an
ortography of puzzling illiteracy, and the
attempt to make the printed arrangement
conform to the original in the smallest
particular — all must have tried the pa-
tience of the editor, proof-reader and
printer. But the result is a pattern to be
followed. To Frank F. Starr, the well-
known genealogist, and Albert C. Bates,
librarian of the Historical Society, thanks
for all this faithful editorial labor is due.
An altogether too modest mention is made
of Mr. James J. Goodwin, who bore the
expense of preparing and publishing the

The desire to quote arises at almost
every page. For an instance of that pe-
culiar temperament which has made the
Connecticut Yankee famotis, seepage 236.
As showing the danger from fire, under
date of 1635: "It is ordered that eury
howse shall haue a ladder or tre at Most
who shall reach (within) Two ffoote of
the Topp of his howse vppon (the) forfe-
tuer of fave shillings A mounth for (each)
mounth he shall' want the same." In 1661,
"ye Jews who at present live in Jon
Marsh his house haue liberty to soiorne in
ye Towne," and some months earlier it is
recorded " Ther remaineth in John Allyns
hand for the Jews o lo-o" fp. 133,5) for
aid (?) A "Husband for ye Towne" was
chosen in February, 1660, and "ensine
John Tallcott" was the town husband or

In 1694 a meeting of the town "Con-
sidered ye motion of our Neighbours of
the East Side (East Hartford) in refer-
rance to their desire of Setteling of a min-
ister." The good people of Hartford
objected, and those pious citizens and
church iTiembers, after stating that "if the
Gen""" Court See Cause to Over Rule in
this Case (i. e., grant permission for the
settling of a minister) we must Submit,"
then entered the following record : "But
those of the East Side that Desire to Con-
tinue with us of the west side shall soe
Doe, that all the Land on the East side
that belongs to any of the people of the
West side Shall pay to the ministry of the
west side and that all the Land on the
west side shall pay to the minister of the
west side tho it Belongs to the people of
the East side." In 1681 a ferry was
established, and it might be presumed



that it was to encourage the people of the
East side to visit the growing capital. It
was to be in the "keepe" of Thomas Cad-
well "att the Common Landing place att
Hartford." The fare as establisned was
"for the Caring ouer horse and man six
pence per time in money if they be not of
tnis Towne and two pence for a single
man an money ; and if they be of this
Town thay are to pay a peney in siUuer a
single person or Two pence in other pay
and for a man and horse three pence in
silluer or six pence iii other pay ; and for
those of this Towne hee Carrys ouer alter
the day light is shutt in Thay shall pay
six pence a horse and man in money
or eight pence in other way ; and ffor
single persons Two pence in siluer or
Three pence in other pay." The spirit
of the Golden Rule was even thus early
not allowed to interfere with business.
Did the people of the east side retaliate in
any way ?

The omissions shown in the printed text
by brackets are very tantalizing. What a
pity we are never to know why in 1639-40
"it is ordered that mr Hopkins mr wells
mr Taylcot and william Spencer shall
Deall with mr Chaplin aboute ( )

are fforfeted into the Towns hands." (p.
13). What had Mr. Chaplin done or left
undone and what did he forfeit to the
town ? Time, the ravager, has blotted
it forever from the old record ; but we
would willingly forgive the learned ed-
itors or Dr. Hoadly if they had hazarded a
guess at the matter. Here, and in many
other places where the meaning is lost or
doubtful, a note from the rich stores of
knowledge of Dr. Hoadly or the editors
would have illumined darkness. Not
everyone can read between the lines, and
the few notes given whet the desire for
more. The honest but unlearned searcher
gets little help. For example: In Sep-
tember, 1640, is given to " richard Church
the persell of swompe" one end of which
"buts vpon the soldyer field." (p. 3,';.)
Neither here or at other references to the
soldiers' field is its nature shown, [t was
not a burial or parade ground, but the
choicest meadows in the town, which was
divided among those who went against
the Pequot Indians in 1637. What was
"the diucth hous"* mentioned on p 72 ?

With so much that deserves the highest
commendation, how could the Historical
Society of Conn, let the volume go out

•The Dutch fort, or House of Hope, possibly.

with such a badly made index? It fills
seventy pages ot tne volume, but tails to
show the subjects a student would turn to
first. i'nc index of personal names is
very complete and all possible variations
in spelling are apparently given. But
when will indexers learn that a subject in-
dex should show iiibjects, ideas, general-

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