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Dec. I Joseph Buckingham, Esq. [b. Aug.
7, 1703. son of Rev. Thomas and
Ann (^Foster) Buckingham; Yale
College 1723].
2 Lieut. Samuel Catlin (the aged).
[Son of John and Mary (Marshall)
Catlin, born Nov. 4, 1672.]
4 Thomas Mygatt. Died with small
pox. [Son of Zebulon and Doro-
thy (Waters) Mygatt, born 1739 |
7 George Steele. Died with small
13 William Powell [mar. Elizabeth,
dau. of Cyprian and Helena (Tal-
cott) Nichols].
Persis Bunce. Died with small pox.
Child of Joseph Rogers (infant).
Widow Hannah Butler (the aged. )

John Nichols ("the aged").
Child of Samuel Day (infant).

Feb. 7

March I


April 4


















Jan. ■ 4

A son of Dr. Norman Morrison
died by smallpox (Allan.). [Bur-
ied in St. Paul's churchyard,
then a part of Dr. Morrison's

Phineas Foster. Died with small

Mrs Sarah Bunce ("the aged wid-
ow"). [Sarah, dau. of Zechariah
Sandford, widow of Jonathan

The Wife of Mr. David Bull (Mary).

The Widow Sarah G rover. Died
with small pox.

Johanna Merrill. Died with small

Widow Jerusha Brace.

Ensign Nathaniel Seymour [born
Nov. 17, 1704; son of John and
EKzabeth (Webster) Seymour].

Richard Wallis.

Dositheus Humphrey. Died with
small pox. [Son of Dositheus
and Anne(Griswold) Humphrey;
born Ktov. 27, 1727.]

The Wife of Jonathan Burket Sa-
rah Burket).

Daughter of Stephen Turner (Su-

Dr. Norman Morrison (d. small
pox). [Buried in St. Paul's
churchyard, near his son Allan.]

Child of Samuel Earns worth.

Child of James Shepard.

Col. Nathan Payson.

Child of Mary Burke (Thomas).

Child of John Skinner (Susanna,

Child of Pelatiah Pierce (Samuel,

Child of Samuel Tilley (Walter).

Sister of Daniel Butler (Deborah).

Child of Pelatiah Pierce (Anna, in-

Son of Stephen Turner (Stephen).
Child of Jared Bunce (son, still

Dr. Samuel Hooker.
' John Butler ("The aged Mr ")

John Hosmer [son of Capt. Thomas
and Ann (Prentiss) Hosmer].

Abigail Whaples.

Child of Jonathan Taylor (Ann, in-

Child of Josiah Shepard.

Child of Timothy Phelps, Jr. (Rich-

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Child of James Cadu-ell iCurdoii).
Thomas Burr ("The aged Mr.")
Child of Ezra Andross.
Two ihfant children of Samuel Ol-
cott (Samuel, James).

Child of Capt. John Lawrence

Wife of James Shepard (Sarah).

Elisha Johnson of Colchester, died
in Goal. Burial charged to Jared

Child of David Shepard (David,

Joseph Shepard.

Evander Morrison (Revd. died Jan.
30th. [Brother of Dr. Norman
Morrison ; for a time minister at
West Simsbur}-, now Canton.]

Wife of Joseph Wad^worth (Joan-
na). [Born about 1684; dau. of
Lieut. Thomas and Sarah (Cook)
Hovey of Hadley.]

Wife of Thomas Long (Helena)
[Dau. of Cyprian and Helena
(Talcott) Nichols, born 1701.]

Daniel Wadsworth (bom 1720).
[Son of Joseph and Joanna (Ho-
vey) Wadsworth.

Child of David Bull ( infant).

William Baker, aged S4. [Son of
John and Lydia (Baysy) Baker.]
Jonathan [Qu. John ?J Carter (brother
of Joshua.) (felo di se.)

Child of Joseph Hosmer.

Wife of George Olcott (Dorothy).
[Dau. of Joseph and Elizabeth
(Olmsted) Skinner; bapt. March
30, 171S.]

Widow Brameson. Intered at ex-
pense of Gideon Bunce. [Abi-
gail, dau. of Joseph and Amy
Bunce: bapt. Mar. 2S, 1731 ; mar.
Patrick Bainingham. ]

Child of Thomas Burr (Eunice).

Child of Mary Burk.

Child of Daniel O'Lent ?

A brother of Jonathan Butler.

Child of Phineas Cole (James).

Child of George Lord.

Child of Josiah Clark.

Child of Samuel Watrous.

Wife of John Walker (Marion).
[Dau. of Dr. Normand and Ann
(Smith) Morrison: bapt. Mar. 2().

Wife of Thomas Sanford (Amv)-

2 A Child of Peggy. Interred at ex-
pence of the Town. Infant child
of Margaret Kelley.
13 The Mother of Col. George Wyllys
(Theaged Mrs. Elizabeth.) [Dau.
of Rev. Jeremiah and Elizabeth
(Whiting)«obartof Haddam,Ct.]
Nov. I Child of John Skinner, Jr. (Charles)
[Bapt. Oct. 17, 1762.]
15 Son of James Bunce.
24 Mrs. Grose Intered at expence of
Daniel Sheldon. (The widow
Su.sanna). [Dau. of Samuel and
Susanna (Bunce) Howard; mar.
Jonah Gross, Mar. 13, 1717-1S.]
Dec. 4 Child of AbijahClark(Mary, infant).
31 The following persons bekmging to
this Society died in the Army in
the Summer past:
Ebenezer Burlison
Ebenezer Holmes
Edward Cadwell
Daniel Brace Jr.


Timothy Bigelow [son of Lieut.
Timothy and Abigail (Olcott)
Bigelow, born May 22, 1730, died
at Charlestown, N. H. A private
record .states that he died in the
army at Fort Stanwixin the sum-
mer of 1762. — Bigelow Gen., '87].

Ian. 25 Capt. Nathaniel Hooker [b. Oct. 5,
1710; Yale College, 172^; son of
Nathaniel and Mary (Stanley)
31 Widow Anna Morrison [Anna All-
wood, born in England, widow of
Dr. Norman Morrison, and for-
merly wife of Capt. John Smith,
a sea captain who died on the
vovage to Ireland about 1731].
Feb. 14 Mrs. Anna Hyde, widow. [Anne
Basset, born about 1701; married
April 24, 1722, Capt. William
Hyde of Norwich.]
March 3 Child of Samuel Olcott (still born),
II Child of Samuel Marsh (still borui.
I? The Father of William Hooker.
April 7 Stephen Turner is Chargd the Bur-
ial expences of Daughter Ra-
chael's Child (still born).
May 16 Widow Mary Cole.

iS The Wife of Jared Bunce (Mary).

[Dau. of Timothy and Mary (My-

gatt) Stanley ; bapt. June 2, 1735.]

23 Dositheus Humphrey [son of Xa-



June 14

Aug. 6























March i



thaniel and Agnes (Spencer)
Humphrey, b. Dec. 4, 1709]. iS

Mary Eller_v. [Probabty Mary, dau. 23

of John and Mary (Austin 1 Ellery, May 3
b. April 23, 1742.] 9

The Wife of Benjamin Hopkins 11

(Rachael). [Bapt. Sept. 4, 1737:
dau. of Eliphalet and Katherine 16

(Marshfield) .Steele.]

Child of George Lord (infant). June 6

James Curry. 10

Child of Thomas Hopkins, Jr.

iMarj', infant). 16

Thomas Collyer [b. in 1730, son of iS

Abel and Rachel Collyer].

Josiah Shepard.

Mary Hooker Daught Eunice [dau. July 8
of Capt. Nathaniel and Eunice 14

(Talcott) Hooker]. Aug. 2

Child of Mehitabel Shepard. 1 1

Child of John Skinner, Jr. (infant).

Child of James Taylor. 20

Child of Ebenezer Barnard ( Daniel ).

Child of Moses Kellogg (JerushaK

Joseph Warrin. 24

Child of Charles Kelsey Jr. (Sarah). Sept. 17

.Samuel Burr ("The aged" 1. [Son -'

of Samuel and Mercy Burr ; born
May 4, 1697.] Oct. 5

The Mother of Joseph Wheeler.

Lieut. Richard Goodman [b. Nov.
4, 1704, son of Richard and Abi-
gail (Pantry) Goodman].

Child of Jonathan Easton (Marj-).

Hezekiah Collyer (Capt.) [Born
Mar. 22, 1707, son of Joseph and
Sarah (Forbes) Collier.]

Hannah Burr ("The aged").

The Wife of James Sutor(JIary |. ''

Child of Moses .Shepard (Mos?s).
Ebenezer Benton, Jr. ^

Child of Silas Andrus (infant).
Child of Timothy Dodd ( Mary, in-
fant). - - - JO

Wife of Timothy Dodd (Abigail).

Benjamin Hopkins [bapt. May 11,
1734; son of Thomas and Mary
(Beckley) Hopkins].

Child of John Ellery. "'

Wife of John Joy (Sarah). 3"

Catherine, infant dau. of Benjamin March 6
Hopkins, died. April 5

Benjamin('s): Child Intered at Ex-
pence of Moses Hopkins.

Child of Joseph Sheldon.

John Ellery [b. April 17, 1738; .son


Jan. 14

of John and Mary (Austin) Ellery].

Child of Elisha Bigelow (Edward).

Child of Mahitabel Shepard.

Thomas Hudson.

Wife of James Taylor.

Hannah Ensign (Widow) [of Thom-
as Ensign].

Child of John Cook, Jr. (John, in-

Robert Nevins.

Child of John Walker (infant, un-
bapt. ).

Wife of Elisha Andrus (Deborah).

Thomas Hopkins [son of Stephen
and Sarah(Judd) Hopkins, born

Collin Mc.

Wife of John Thomas.

Child of Thomas Sloan (.Susannah).

Child of Ezra Corning (Mar}-, in-

Widow Hannah Bigelow [born May
19, 1738, at Norwich; dau. of
William and Anne ( Basset) Hyde] .

Wife of Cyprian Powell.

Child of John Skinner, Jr. (infant).

The Mother of Zebulon Spencer, Jr.
(aged widow Sarah).

Mrs. Anna Burnham or Bucking-
ham. [Ann Foster, dau. of Rev.
Isaac and Mabel (Wyllys) Foster,
wife, first of Rev. Thomas Buck-
ingham, second of Rev. William
Burnham of Kensington ; born in
1739, dau. of Hon. Daniel and
Sarah (Hooker) Edwards.]

The wife of George Lord (Sarah).

Jlar}' Hooker.

Still born dau. of Elisha Wads-

Zebulon Seymour [b. May 14, 1708,
son of John and Elizabeth (Web-
ster) Seymour].

Mary Burr Intered at Expence of

Lorenzo Gross [son of Jonah and
Susanna (Howard) Gross, bapt.
Dec. 14, 1729].

Child of Lieut. John Cole.

Child of Ebenezer Barnard (Chas.)

Child of Jonathan Sej'mour, Jr.

[Dr.] Jonathan Bull [son of Major
Jonathan and .Sarah (Whiting)
Bull, b. July 14, i6g6].

[To be continued.]



Ellington was originally a part of the ancient town of Windsor, and the
little collection of farms around the Great Marsh, or, as the Indians called it,
Weaxskashuck, was known as Windsor Goshen. In early times an idea was
prevalent that the land around the Great Marsh in the valley was unhealthy,
and, in consequence, the first settlers from Windsor passed by it to the hills
beyond. At that time the marsh consisted of a large sheet of water surround-
ed by woods and underbrush. It has since been ditched and drained, the
underbrush cleared away, and the greater part of it improved into good tillable
land and pastures.

There is a belief among geologists that Ellington valley is an ancient lake
bed, and that the marsh is all that is left of a prehistoric lake. This may
account for the fertility of the soil, the smooth level sweep of land all over the
valley, and the absence of rocks and stones. That it was a favorite resort
of the Indians is proven by finding numberless Indian relics, such as arrow
and spear heads, pestles, gouges, and other stone implements in the fields
near by.

The earliest purchase of land within the limits of Ellington was made in
1671 by Thomas and Nathaniel Bissell of an Indian named Nearawonuck.
The first resident was Samuel Pinney (son of Humphrey Pinney, the emi-
grant), who had for several years been engaged in surveying lands east of the
Connecticut river. He purchased of the Indians in 171 7 a tract of land one
and a half miles from east to west by one mile from north to south in the
southwestern part of the town, including the greater part of what has since
been known as Pinney street and the village of Windermere. A part of this
tract is still in the hands of his descendants, including the spot where Samuel
Pinney built the first log house, and it is the only tract of land in the town
which has never been conveyed by deed away from the descendants of the
original holder. No title can be found but the Indian title to Samuel Pinney.

In 1768 all the territory lying east of the Connecticut river was made a
town distinct from AVindsor and became known as East Windsor, while in 1786
Ellington had so increased in population that it was set apart as a town by
itself and was known as Elenton, the name receiving its present spelling at a
later date.

Some claim that the name was originally Ellington, since the town was an
"ell " or addition to the towns of Windsor and East Windsor. Others suppose
the town to have taken its name from a long, narrow strip of land extending
to the eastward. This narrow strip of land was formed before Ellington was
set apart as a town. At the time when the boundary line between the colonies
of Connecticut and Massachusetts was fixed, 7,259 acres of land were taken
from the old town of Monson and given to the towns of Enfield and Suffield.



The General Assembly of Connecticut agreed to give to the town of Monson,
as an equivalent for what had been taken from it, certain lands in the north-
east corner of East Windsor, and James Wadsworth and John Hall in 1713
laid out 8,000 acres for this purpose, leaving only the long narrow ell extending
to the Willimantic river, from which the town doubtless derived its name.

Governor Wadsworth's descendants afterwards settled in the northeastern
part of the town. The old Wadsworth homestead, one of the oldest houses in
Ellington, is still standing and is owned by the descendants of the builder.
Though if may not be the oldest house in Ellington, it is the only one that can
prove its age, for it has a white stone tablet set in the front of the old chim-
ney bearing the date of its erection, 1783, and the Wadsworth initials. The
attic is rich in relics. Specially worthy of mention are a mirror made in 1749,
an old musket carried by the present owner's grandfather at the storming of
Quebec in the French and Indian War, and a bronze powder flask. A beauti-
ful white stone platter, brought from Germany, was a portion of the wedding
dowry of a Mrs. Wadsworth of a hundred 3'ears ago.

A stone in the old Ellington cemetery marks the resting place of a certain

"Dr. Joseph B. Wads-
worth who departed
this Life March ye 12.
A. D. 1784 in ye 37th
Year of his age." He
graduated from Yale
College in 1766, and
was a surgeon in the
Revolutionary Army.
He was a native of
Hartford, and subse-
quently settled about
a mile northeast of
Ellington Meeting
House. He was des-
cribed) as the hand-
somest and most pol-
ished gentleman of
that day, a peculiar
elegance and neat-
ness of taste and style
being a marked char-
acteristic. He wore
a three-cornered hat>
scarlet coat, white or
yellow vest and
breeches and topped
boots, a costume pe-
culiar to those who
occupied a high rank
in society.
The first deaths recorded

i;rki;a rio.N

•llUkCII, I£I.I,INirl'U\.

Ellington cemetery was set apart early in 1700.




in Ellington were those of Lieut. John Ellsworth in 1720, who was buried in
Windsor, and of "Isibel Pinye," believed to have been an infant daughter of
vSamuel Pinney, the first settler.

Ellington cemetery is described as being at that time a forest, and a tree
was cut down to

make room for the i^^Bfeii' , ^rJ^

first grave. This
fixed the place for a
burying ground.
Here lie two of El-
lington's early pas-
tors, namely, the Rev-
Seth Norton, who
died in 1762, and the
Rev. John Bliss, who
died in 1790. Elling-
ton's first pastor, the
Rev. John McKins-
trey, who died in 1754
was buried in a sep-
arate lot laid out for
the purpose back of
the first church. This
lot, protected by a stout iron fence, has served for a burial place for his
descendants from that time.

In the year 1725 the church at Windsor voted that the people of Ellington

should be exempt
from paying a min-
ister's tax, if they
would provide
preaching for them-
selves. vSo, in 1726,
the town granted
thirty acres for a
minister's home lot
and forty acres in the
"equivalent." There
were only a few fam-
ilies in the parish and
they were so poor
that two or three
years elapsed before
any one came to
preach for them. In
1730 there were only
eleven families, but
a year later they
hired the Rev. John
In 1733 they settled him

McKinstrey, a graduate of Edinburgh University.



for ^40 a year and his fire wood. He was the ancestor of the family in
Elling^ton bearing the name. For some reason the people were still taxed by
the church at Windsor, and in i 734 they petitioned the Assembly for exemp-
tion from these taxes.
This was granted,
and in 1735 Elling-
ton was set apart as
a separate parish. It
was still difficult to
^^ -^>»w -^■'■"^— 1^^ raise the salary,

m^ *v>"' ^51, ^^^k though Mr. McKins-

^^^B'. if wA ^M^k '-'^^^ gave the people

^^^^B ■ __ » ^ credit for being more

^^^^t^ * jCOT ^^»>. -^ benevolent than able.

In I 736 they voted
to build a meeting-
house 45 feet long
by 35 feet broad, with
posts 20 feet high.
The location was at
the fork of the roads,
west of the park of
the present day and
near the elms. The
house, which faced
the east, was not
plastered, but was
ceiled up to the raf-
ters. It was unfin-
ished overhead and
had neither bell nor
stove. A few of the
wealthiest parishion-
ers were the happy
possessors of foot-
stoves, but the rest of the congregation had to endure the cold as best they
could. This house stood until the new one was built in 1804.

The Rev. John McKinstrey resigned some time before his death, in 1754.
For several years following the Revolutionary ^V'ar the people were very poor
and were unable to pay a settled minister. So, for a time they "candidated,"
paying the candidates in produce. In 1791 they again settled a minister, who
remained eight years, until the coming of Rev. Diodate Brockway, Ellington's
most celebrated and best beloved pastor.

The Rev. Diodate Brockway was ordained in 1799, his father preaching
the ordination sermon; and, as the church was small, the services took place
on the green before the church, the steps serving as a pulpit. He remained
an active pastor thirty years, but was connected with the church fifty years,
during which time it was very prosperous.

In 1804 a new church was built costing about $7,000, Col. Samuel Belcher,





a noted builder of Hartford, being the contractor. It stood on the park, oppo-
site the church of the present day. During the building of the church, Mr.
Brockway, in ascending the cupola, fell a distance of sixty-five feet and was
quite seriously injured. In consequence he was always lame, and he was
forced to preach the dedication sermon, in 1806, sitting in a chair. In 1813 he
felt obliged to resign
because his salary
would not support
him. As he was
greatly beloved, his
salary was raised; but
when, four years
later, the hard times
came, he relinquished
a part of it. This
was an example of
the manner in which
he and his people
shared together their
prosperity and adver-
sity. He was heard

to say that his marriage fees were invariably according to the circum-
stances of the parties. The largest fee he ever received was twenty dol-
lars, and the smallest an old-time twenty-cent piece, while at times he per-
formed the ceremony
for nothing. He died
in 1849, having had
charge of the church,
with the aid of col-
leagues, until five
years before his

The present Con-
gregational church
which stands oppo-
site the park was
dedicated August 26,
1 868, after which the
old church of 1804
was taken down and
removed to Rockville.
There it serves as an
opera house, the
lower story being occupied by the Rockville Jour7ial. The first deacon of
the Ellington church, Isaac Davis, was chosen before the church was fairly

Although Ellington was not incorporated as a town at the time of the
Revolution, yet she did her part nobly in sending men to the war. Among
the most noted of these was Lieut. Eleazer Pinney, son of Capt. Benjamin




Pinney and grandson of Samuel Pinney. He was twenty-three years old at
the beginning of the war. In the campaign against Burgoyne he was sergeant
in a corps of Connecticut militia that distinguished itself. He took part in the
battles of Stillwater and Saratoga. He was one of the division that stormed
Burgoyne's camp and he witnessed the surrender. Other soldiers from Elling-
ton were Lemuel Pinney, Jonathan Buckland, Sr., Jonathan Button, AVareham
Foster, Daniel Sanger, Paul Hamilton, and Daniel Pierson who not only served
as a volunteer but also furnished a man for the regular army at his own ex-
pense. Daniel Pierson and Samuel, his brother, took part in the Battle of


Long Island, and were with Washington in the retreat that followed. Dr.
Joseph Kingsbury served as surgeon from Ellington, while Ebenezer Nash,
one of the early settlers, was a member of the Constitutional Convention
of 1787.

The first merchant within the limits of what afterwards became the town
of Ellington is said to have been a Mr. McLean, who kept a store on the old
road formerly leading to Job's Hill, west of the old Daniel Warner place, in
the northern part of the town. This appears at that time to have been a cen-
tral location, for it is also recorded that the first blacksmith shop was located
about eighty rods northeast of the same house. John Hall, Sr., was probably
Mr. McLean's successor as merchant, and is reported to have become very
wealthy. He used to travel to and from Boston on horseback, and much of his



stock was brought from that city in the ponderous saddle bags which he

He died at the beginning of the present century, and his son, John Hall,
Jr., the founder of the old High School, inherited much of his wealth.

The first tavern in Ellington, bi^ilt about 1790, is still standing, and is now
occupied as a farmhouse by Mr. Fenlon Dow. A few years later, a hotel was
kept at the house long known as the Horace Chapman place on the east street.
It was in a good location, on the old stage road from Vernon to Somers, at its
junction with one of the first surveyed roads leading from Ellington to Tol-
land. The first proprietor of this hotel was Wareham Foster, an old Revolu-
tionary hero, and his successor was Gordon Smith of Enfield. Gordon Smith
sold the property to John Chapman, who continued to keep the hotel for some
time, but eventually turned it into a farmhouse.

In 1823 the present hotel was built and was named the Franklin House, its
first proprietor being William Ransom of Vernon. It is situated in the center


of the main street instead of on the stage turnpike, and doubtless did a rival
business to the hotel on the corner. This house is still used as a hotel, and the
old sign bearing the portrait of Benjamin Franklin still swings from the large
elm before the door.

About the beginning of the present century the business of the town
changed its location again to a point on the old turnpike a mile east of the
present center, near the junction with the road leading to Stafford, where a
thriving store was kept in an old red gambrel-roofed house by Dr. James


Steele of Tolland, Although he bore the professional title of doctor, he is re-
corded as being a merchant and a farmer. He died in 1819. Lucius Chapman
is said to have kept the store from 1825 until 1856, when he sold out and went
West and the place was abandoned for store purposes.

Early in 1829 the famous Ellington High School was built by the Hon.
John Hall. He was not only the founder of the school, but he was also its
lirst principal, and he may justly be termed the pioneer educator of Tolland
County. The school was first started in a small one-story building, which was
afterward sold and moved to Pinney street at the time of the erection of
what afterwards became the famous High School. This second building soon
became famous as a high grade boarding and day school. After the death of
Dr. Hall it changed hands several times, and finally, after standing vacant for
several years, was destroyed by fire in 1875.

Ellington in its primitive days was noted for its extensive rye fields, which
supplied the neighboring distilleries with grain, a single lot containing some-
times as much as a hundred acres, and the pastures were covered with flocks of
sheep and herds of cattle. But times have changed and the former rye fields
now yield crops of tobacco, corn, potatoes and fruit, until, as a recent historian
says, "the whole valley is a well cultivated garden." And with the rye fields
have vanished the distilleries for which they formerly supplied the grain.



They sing, weird voices, of the past.

Ah, wailing rhapsody, thou hast

A soft refrain for every woe,

A sympathetic cadence low:

While rushing winds, in phantom glee,

Retune the chords to revelry.

Oh, mad carousal! Where is he

Who can create such symphony

Of clashing sounds, and direful moans.

And underlying monotones .?



Augustus Hall Fenn, member of the Supreme Court of Errors, whose

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