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necticut ; one-third of all land in Enfield ; one
hundred and thirty acres at Winter Harbor
near Sagadahoc (Maine). July 26, 1696,
Simeon Booth and wife Elizabeth convey to
his son, Zachariah Booth, ten acres in the
south field, river division, and five acres on
Scantiek river. October 14, 1696, Simeon
Booth and wife Elizabeth convey to John
Pryor, of Symsbury, Connecticut, all rights to
Enfield lands, twelve acres houselot, Main
street, east ; thirteen acres in the South field,
west division ; ten acres in the South field,
fourth division ; and four acres near Fresh-
water meadows. November 13, 1696, Simeon
Booth, weaver, and wife Elizabeth make an
agreement in writing concerning alienation of
Elizabeth Booth's rights as given her in mar-
riage contract, given above ; witness, John
1 'ynchon ( 2d ) , Samuel Ely, John Holyoke.



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Elizabeth Booth, of Hartford, Connecticut,
widow of Simeon Booth, late of Hartford,
Connecticut, deceased, and administratrix on
his estate, made a power of attorney to Caleb
Standley Jr. to collect of John Pryor all sums
due the estate of said Simeon Booth, July 1,
1703. Simeon Booth, "late deceased in Hart-
ford, left property inventoried at £67 10s ;
debts £28 14s: having distributed in his lifetime
most of his property among his children.
Simon (Simeon) Booth married (first) Re-
becca Frost; (second) Elizabeth Elmer. The
children by the first wife were: William,
Zachariah, Elizabeth and Mary; by second
wife: Sarah and Phebe.

(III) Zachariah, second son of Simeon
and Rebecca (Frost) Booth, was born about
1666. He was the grantee of many pieces of
land, and the records contain many entries of
conveyances by him to others. He was a very
active man. a good citizen, and the holder of
several offices. In conveyances he is referred
to as yeoman and husbandman. He married
(first)" Mary Warrinef ; (second) Mary Har-
mon. By the first he had one child, Robert;
bv the second nine children : John, Mary,
Benjamin, Sarah, Elizabeth, Jemima, Joseph,
Benjamin and Abigail.

(IV) Joseph, third son of Zachariah and
Mary (Harmon) Booth, was born in Enfield,
April 10. 1 7 10, died November 9, 1784. He
married Sarah Chandler, daughter of Henry
and Lydia Chandler; she died August 16. 1777.
Their' children were: Joseph, Sarah (died
young), Isaac, Samuel, Zachariah, Sarah,
Henry, David and Mehitable.

(V) Captain Joseph (2), eldest child of
Joseph (1) and Sarah (Chandler) Booth, was
born in Enfield, October 17, 1736, died Febru-
ary 4, 1810. He was a popular and influential
citizen, a leader in the church, and a captain in
the militia. He was an ensign in the force
from Enfield which responded to the Lexing-
ton alarm, April 18, 1775, and served six days.
He enlisted again May 15, 1775, and served as
a private until October 30, in the Eighth Com-
pany, Jo. Smith, captain, of the Fifth Regi-
ment, Colonel Waterbury's. He was ensign in
the Seventh Company, John Simons, captain,
Colonel Wolcott's regiment, which was in ser-
vice about Boston between December, 1775,
and February, 1776; and was second lieuten-
ant in Captain Hezekiah Parson's company
( Second ) of the Third Battalion, Wadsworth's
brigade. Colonel Sage. This battalion was
raised June 26, 1776, to reinforce Washington
at New York, and served in New York City



and on Long Island. It was caught in the
retreat from the city, September 15, and suf-
fered some loss. It was engaged at the battle
of White Plains, October 28. Its time expired
December 25, 1776. In church affairs he was
prominent. In the annual meeting of First
Ecclesiastical Society in Enfield, he was chosen
moderator 1 778-79-80-81 -82-84 and 1804. In
1780 it was voted to choose a committee to see
if they can agree to come together or agree
upon a method of peaceably supplying the
pulpit, and Captain Booth was one of those
selected. He also served on other important
committees, often being a member of the
Society's standing committee "for the year
ensuing." His will dated June 2, 1809, was
presented for probate. February 28, 1810. His
son David was executor. He married, October
21, 1762, Mary Hale, daughter of William
Hale, of Enfield. Their children were: Mary,
David, Annis, Lydia, Joseph, Peter, Eliphalet,
Independence and Hannah.

(VI) David, eldest son of Captain Joseph
(2) and Mary (Hale) Booth, was born in
Enfield, Connecticut, March 2, 1765, and died
in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, April 12,
1827. When a young man he left the ancient
seat of his ancestors and went a few miles
north, where he obtained work of the widow
of Samuel Colton, "Marchant," by far the
richest man in Longmeadow, and its most
aristocratic citizen during the period antedating
the American Revolution. Young Booth was
shrewd and diligent, and in a comparatively
short time was entrusted with the management
of the widow's property, and on September 11,
1794, was celebrated the marriage of David
Booth and Margaret Colton, daughter of Sam-
uel and Lucy (Colton) Colton (see Colton
V). He was a farmer and spent the major
part of his life in cultivating the soil; he left
a large property. Margaret (Colton) Booth
died January 7, 1817, and David Booth mar-
ried (second) Peggy Burt, daughter of Elijah
and Deborah (Colton) Burt, of Longmeadow.
She was born September 14, 1768, and died
February 23, 1837. The children of David
and Margaret were: I. David, born Decem-
ber 10, 1796, died April 12, 1827. 2. Lucy,
December 11. 1798. 3. Peggy, October 3,
tSoo, married, April 19, 1830, Rev. Francis
Bartlett. 4. Joseph, October 19, 1802. mar-
ried, Tanuary 22, 1829. Sophronia Colton, and
died September, 1867, at Warsaw, Iowa. 5.
Flavia, December 23, 1804, married, Decem-
ber 16, 1828. Rev. Amasa Converse. 6. Mary,
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Paul A. Haralson, Stone Mountain, Georgia.
7. Sarah, December 17, 1809, married Septem-
ber 23, 1834, Rev. Jonathan Cable. 8. Samuel
C, mentioned below.

(VII) Samuel Colton, youngest child of
David and Margaret (Colton) Booth, was
born at Longmeadow, May 6, 1812, died there
September 23, 1895. He received his educa-
tion in the schools of Longmeadow and in the
old Amherst Academy. He was left an orphan
when only fourteen years old, and soon after
was obliged to lay aside his books. Mr. Booth's
career was a remarkable illustration of the
ordering of a whole life with one end in view,
and that end the gratification of a scientific
instinct. Mr. Booth's strong taste for miner-
alogy in particular manifested itself very early
in life. But he was a poor farmer when he
was a young man, and could give but little
time to the subjects which interested him most.
With the object clearly in view of making him-
self independent in a material way, Mr. Booth
spent the first fifty years of his life in unre-
mitting toil, carefully and skillfully cultivating
his farm in Longmeadow, practicing economy
and wisely investing his surplus funds. At
the end of that period he found himself in the
position in which he had been trying to reach,
and from that time until he became too weak
to move about his house, he was busily at
work. The subjects of his study were miner-
alogy, geology and general natural history.
Mr. Booth secured a license to shoot birds,
and his collection of mounted specimens of
our native birds is interesting and fairly com-
plete. His collection of minerals and fossils
was almost unlimited, nearly every available
nook and corner of the buildings on his prem-
ises being filled during his life with specimens.
His collection of Indian relics was without
doubt the largest in the vicinity, and included
specimens from almost every state in the union
and from Canada. Mr. Booth made a practice
of searching carefully through every locality
in which he chanced to be staying, and a con-
siderable proportion of his collection was in
this way gathered in Canada, New York,
Michigan, Illinois and Iowa. From 1872 he
passed eleven summers on the Long Island
coast, and his collections there, together with
the work done by his wife, were of most valu-
able assistance to his invalid daughter, Mary
A. Booth, in her studies of marine natural his-
tory. During the twelve years preceding his
death he made numerous exchanges which
brought him specimens from all parts of this
country and not a few from Europe. In fact



the rocks and minerals of all countries were
represented in his collections. The success of
Mr. Booth's efforts is the more wonderful
when the circumstances under which he work-
ed are taken into consideration. Living in a
locality devoid of interest in the studies which
most interested him, Mr. Booth worked per-
severing and steadily when it seemed as if
the result of his collections must be solely, the
pleasure which he himself derived from them.
But they gave him a happy old age, and an
interest in life at a period when most interests
fail. Indeed, Mr. Booth's physician positively
stated that his interest in nature was the means
of prolonging his life. One of Mr. Booth's
last acts before he became too weak, was to
prepare a' number of boxes of assorted min-
erals for use in the grammar schools of Spring-
field. He lived to see the completion of the
new art building, and one of his last works
before he became ill was the preparation of a
collection of minerals for that institution, and
the last remnant of his strength was employed
in preparing this gift. Indeed, it was over-
fatigue in this work which induced the final
collapse. During the last few months of his
life Mr. Booth often expressed his gratifica-
tion that the most of his life had not been in
vain, inasmuch as he was leaving behind a
mass of information which would be of great
value to intelligent people in general. Mr.
Booth's gift of his valuable collection gave the
impetus to the movement which resulted in
the building of the Science Museum ; until this
building was completed the collection was
stored in the basement of the art building. Mr.
Booth was a member of the American Asso-
ciation for the Advancement of Science.
Samuel C. Booth married (first) November
20, 1833, Mary Ann Allard, born about 181 5,
daughter of Hiram Allard, of Wilbraham. She
died May 21. 1839, leaving one child, David,
who was born in Longmeadow, August 9,
1837, and died August 18, 1907. He married
(second) March 26, 1840, Rhoda Colton, born
in Longmeadow, December 31, 1809, died
March 7, 1883, daughter of Ebenezer C. and
Phebe (Barton) Colton, of Oxford, Massa-
chusetts. Of this marriage was born a daugh-
ter, Mary A., whose sketch follows.

(VIII) Mary Ann, only daughter of Samuel
C. and Rhoda (Colton) Booth, was born in
Longmeadow, September 8, 1843. In youth
and early womanhood Miss Booth was an
invalid, and she assisted her father in a man-
ner to while away hours otherwise tedious.
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scientific pursuits, and assisted and greatly
encouraged him in his work. The knowledge
acquired at the seashore led her to take an
interest in marine natural history, which she
soon made a special study. From that she
went to microscopy and later photomicro-
graphy, in which science she has become one
of the leaders, and a great part of her time
is devoted to the photography of minute objects
of interest to science. Her studies under the
microscope began in 1877. She has never
sought to make personal gain of her skill,
although, if she cared to do so, she could get
more work than she could do, making plates
for scientific books and slides for stereopti-
cons. This work is her recreation, due to her
intense love of scientific research and nature
study. Only two other women in the country
are engaged in similar work. Miss Booth ex-
hibited specimens of her work at the Louisiana
International Exposition, held at St. Louis,
1904. and although others had exhibits of the
same kind, she was the only one to receive a
medal. She received first honor at the New
Orleans exposition, 1885. In recognition of
her work Miss Booth has been made member
of the following scientific societies: Brooklyn
Institute of Arts and Sciences, elected 1808;
American Microscopic Society, 1882; Amer-
ican Association for the Advancement of
Science, August, 1885 ; fellow of the same,
1894; New York Microscopical Society, 1890;
National Geographic Society, 1899; fellow
Royal Microscopical Society, London, Eng-
land. 1889; Mercy Warren Chapter, Daughters
of the American Revolution, May 12, 1900;
Springfield Women's Club, and other organi-
zations. The fellows of the American Asso-
ciation for the Advancement of Science are
elected from such members as have by their
labors aided in advancing science, and not
many women have had the honor of election
to this society. Only one other American
woman is a fellow of the Royal Microscopic
Society. April 6, 1896, in compliance with the
wishes of her father, Miss Booth presented to
the City Library Association of Springfield,
the geological and mineralogical collections
which Mr. Booth had spent so much of his
life in collecting. So extensive and complete
are the collections of Mr. Booth that this addi-
tion to the museum of the library makes a
very satisfactory presentation of the miner-
alogy of Springfield and vicinity, and in view
of this fact this division of the museum is
known as the Booth department of local min-
eralogy. In January. 1902, Miss Booth loaned



to the library the very extensive archaeological
collection made by her father. This consists
of Indian relics. The specimens now dis-
played in two table cases were classified and
catalogued by Professor Albertus L. Dakin, of
the Peabody Museum of Cambridge, who
reports that the collection is of unusual value
by reason of the different localities represented,
and of the excellence and number of the im-
plements. Nearly every state east of the Missis-
sippi is represented. The following is a letter
received by Miss Booth from Professor Bowne
of the International Young Men's Christian
Association Training School of Springfield,
dated October 20, 1902 :

Miss M. A. Booth.

60 Dartmouth St., City.
Dear Madam:

I write to express to you my hearty appreciation
of the privilege you are offering to the Springfield
public in depositing your very valuable collection
of American Archaeology in our Science Museum.
The wide area covered and the large variety of
types show a deep interest in the whole subject on
the part of the collector.

The recent classification and labeling by a com-
petent archaeologist has added greatly to its edu-
cational value. It would seem as though the exhi-
bition of this and the other collections should lead
to a greatly increased interest in this fascinating
study.

I regard the Booth collection as one of the most
valuable additions yet made to the Science Museum.
Sincerely yours, J. T. BOWNE.

.Miss Booth also presented a number of his-
torical relics of much interest in connection
with the annals of Springfield and Long-
meadow. Samuel Colton Booth was a lieuten-
ant in the Massachusetts militia, and here are
his hat and sword: also his commission, dated
1836, and signed in the neat and scholarly
hand of the most learned of all Massachusetts
governors, Edward Everett. There is also a
revolutionary musket, which was handed down
to Joseph and Samuel C. Booth, the last receiv-
ing it in 1828. There is also an old fowling
piece of about the same date, which has a
broken stock, mended with hide. The fracture
was made by an ancestor of Ebenezer C. Col-
ton, while killing a bear in Longmeadow. Miss
Booth removed to Springfield in 1895, and
now carries on her studies in a house filled
with many relics of the past and products of
her skill. She also lectured and addressed
many audiences, learned and otherwise, both
in the States and in Canada. She has traveled
much, and in her journeys she has visited
marly every state in the Union. She has been
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America and abroad devoted to Microscopy,
and for about twelve years she edited the
Practical Microscopy.

(The Colton Line).

The family of Colton which settled in
Springfield, Massachusetts, is the earliest of
the name in New England, and from its pro-
genitor, George Colton, are descended the Col-
tons of today in America.

(I) George Colton is said to have come
from Sutton Coldfield, a place about eight
miles from Birmingham, county of Warwick,
England. He settled first in Windsor, Con-
necticut, and was later one of the first settlers
of that part of Springfield now Longmeadow.
He was a freeman, 1665, a grantee of Suffield,
1670, and called "quartermaster" in the rec-
ord. He was representative 1669-71-77. He
has been called the "father of Longmeadow,"
and in 1677 stood at the head of the board of
selectmen upon whom rested the burden of
restoring the street to its former condition.
George Colton was one of those present when
William Pynchon negotiated with the Indian
chiefs, Wequogan, Wawapaw and Wecombo,
for their interest in lands to which Pynchon
and his associates had but an imperfect title.
Among the owners of land we find George
Colton, taxed on sixty-one acres, sixteen shill-
ings nine pence, 1647. Wheat, Indian corn
and peas were accepted in payment of taxes.
George Colton married (first) Deborah Gard-
ner, of Hartford, Connecticut, by whom he
had children, recorded in the Springfield book
as follows : Isaac, Ephraim, Mary, Thomas,
Sarah, Deborah, Hepzibah, John, Benjamin.
He married (second) March 1, 1692, the
Widow Lydia Lamb, who had been the wife
of Lawrence Bliss, John Norton and John
Lamb. She died February 13, 1698-99. "He
d 17 Dec. 1600, at night."

(II) Ephraim. second son of George and
Deborah (Gardner) Colton, was a man of
character and of good standing in the church.
He was chairman of the building committee,
1722, to look after the erection of a court
house. He settled in Longmeadow, and prob-
ably about the year 1696 removed to Enfield.
He married, November 17, 1670, Mary Drake,
daughter of Job Drake. Children : Ephraim,
Josiah, Job and Samuel. Mary, the mother,
died October 19, 1681. Ephraim married
(second) March 26, 1685, Esther Mansfield,
daughter of Samuel and Catherine Mansfield.
She was born September 6, 1667. Ephraim
Colton died May 14, 1713, eight months before



his last child was born ; and Esther, his wife,
died January 20, 1714, seven days after the
birth of said child. The children of Ephraim
and Esther were: Josiah, Esther, Benjamin,
Sarah, Daniel, Deborah, Isaac, Margaret,
Nathaniel, Thomas, Noah, Mary and Abiel.

(III) Samuel, fourth son of Ephraim and
Mary (Drake) Colton, was born January 17,
1679, died March 13, 1744. He married, Jan-
uary 16, 1707, Margaret Bliss (see Bliss III),
daughter of Samuel and Mary Bliss, of Spring-
field, first parish. She died January 16, 1736.
Their children were : Margaret, and Samuel,
next mentioned.

(IV) Samuel (2), son of Samuel (1) and
Margaret (Bliss) Colton, was born Septem-
ber 7, 1727, died November 5, 1784. His
father died when he was seventeen years of
age, and he soon after fell out with his Uncle
Ephraim, his guardian, and was allowed to go
into business for himself, with his own cows
for a working capital, and his negro servant
Tony for a helpmate. He became a merchant
and soon had the largest trade in the region.
He built ships also and went into the West
India trade. "His shipyard was on the Con-
necticut river bank at about the place where
the Harvard and Yale boat crews used to
finish their races. His vessels, the 'Speedwell'
and the 'Friendship,' were launched at high
water, floated over Enfield Falls, rigged at
Hartford, and loaded with hoops and staves.
These were exchanged for molasses and rum
and sugar at Havana, and the West India
cargo was sold at Bristol, England, for a gen-
eral assortment of goods for home distribu-
tion at Piscataqua (now Portsmouth, New
Hampshire), Boston and Longmeadow."
"When the Revolution broke out he was the
possessor of what was at that time a large
fortune, amounting probably to $30,000 and he
was by much the richest man in Longmeadow.
His trade in slaves might have helped the
enlargement of his estate. In his day-book for
May 20, 1769, is the entry: 'George Cooley,
Somers, Ct., By a negrow man named Jack,
sd Cooley Gave me a bil of sale of sd negrow
for £60.' This negro Jack turned out to be
a lazy and saucy chattel, and was freed by
Mr. Colton's widow, who was glad to be rid
of him. ■ Mr. Colton was a conservative man
and did not join the ardent advocates of liberty
in Revolutionary times. He claimed to be a
patriot, but said he was not so 'liberty-mad' as
some of his fellow townsmen who proceeded
to call him a 'tory.' " "He would not sell his
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value. He held stoutly to his right of keep-
ing in his cellar the goods for which he had
paid good English money. This was the gist
of the accusation that he was a tory and
'inimical to the Liberties of the Country.' It
was under the stress of a prejudice of this
kind that Samuel Colton was mobbed. At
midnight, July 23, 1776, a company of his
neighbors, with whom he had always held
the kindliest relations, headed by Deacon
Nathaniel Ely, Festus Colton, and Azariah
Woodworth, including several reputable mem-
bers of the church, with blackened faces and
disguised as Indians, attacked the house, broke
open his store, seized his rum, salt, molasses
and other goods, and carried them to a build-
ing selected for storage. Meanwhile the keen
eye of his wife peeping through the shutters
had clearly marked each assailant and their
disguise was of no avail. They appointed
Jabez Colton, a Yale graduate, town clerk and
select schoolmaster, to keep account of the
stolen goods, as guardian and salesman. In
mitigation of this high-handed proceeding, sev-
eral months afterwards, when paper money
had so depreciated that it would not purchase
more than half the amount of goods purloined,
a roll of continental bills was offered to Mer-
chant Colton. which, however, he refused to
take or even look at. The tradition is, that so
utterly broken-hearted was the good citizen,
who, according to his light, had always been
loyal, both to his king, his native country and
his neighbors, that after the cruel transaction
of that memorable night, he never spoke to
one of them, nor, indeed above a whisper to
anybody, and in a few years more, though
scarcely past the prime of his strength, died
broken-hearted." Samuel Colton married,
December 26, 1759, Flavia Colton, daughter
of Captain Simon and Abigail Colton. She
died April 6, 1763. They had one child, born
February 1, died February 3, 1760. Samuel
married' (second) October 16, 1765, Lucy Col-
ton, daughter of Lieutenant John Colton and
Mercy his wife. Their children were: Adna,
an infant, Flavia, Margaret (died young),
Margaret. Lucy, Samuel (died young), Samuel.
( \ ) Margaret, daughter of Samuel (2 ) and
Lucy (Colton) Colton, was born October 19,
1771, and died January 7, 1817: married, Sep-
tember 11, 1794, David Booth (see Booth VI ).

The name Jordan exists in
JORDAN England, Ireland and Wales,
and is quite common in Dor-
setshire, Devonshire and .Somerset. These



families have on their coat-of-arms a lion
rampant on a shield, surrounded by nine
crosses. The Wiltshire families have a bent
arm holding a dagger. The name is spelled
variously Jordaine, Jordayne, Jorden, Jordin,
Jordon, and the present spelling, Jordan.

(I) Rev. Robert Jordan, immigrant ances-
tor, was probably the son of Edward Jordan, of
Worcester, England. ( See Trelawney Papers,
Me. Hist. Coll. p. 269). As early as 1641 he
was established as successor of Rev. Richard
Gibson, as clergyman of the Church of Eng-
land on Richmond's Island, near Scarborough,
Maine. He came to New England as a relig-
ious teacher, and he and Rev. Mr. Gibson were
the pioneers of Episcopacy in Maine. He was
the chief supporter to the royal commissioners,
and the anti- Puritan policy, and one of the
leaders of the opposition to Massachusetts.
Owing to his religious affinities he was an ob-
ject of suspicion by the Puritan government,
and was forbidden to perform marriages and
baptisms. He nevertheless continued to dis-
charge the duties of his office, and was accord-
ingly arrested and imprisoned in the Boston
jail in 1654 and 1663. For a long time he was
judge of the court. He married, in Rich-



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