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of his years ; and he went and made his visit
(one of considerable length, no doubt), but
on his return his physical powers failed. Ar-
rived at the public house in Hudson, still kept
by a descendant of his Uncle Beecraft, who in
his youth had given him refuge, he was taken
sick and died, May 19, 1816, at the age of
seventy-six. John Stedman married, Decem-
ber 17, 1763, his cousin, Molly Hotchkiss, born
July 21, 1747, daughter of Lodowick Hotch-
kiss, of Farmington. She died February 18,
1813, aged sixty-six. They were the parents
of eight children: Trial, William, Polly, Tim-
othy, John, Salmon, Amzi and Hannah.

(II) Salmon, fourth or fifth son of John
and Mary (Hotchkiss) Stedman, was born in
Farmington, Connecticut, March 21, 1779, and
died March 21, 1861, on the eighty-second
anniversary of his birth. He learned the trade
of blacksmith of Josiah Hotchkiss, his uncle,
and soon after his marriage he moved to Dur-
ham, New York. About 1840 he abandoned
his trade and thenceforth resided with his son
till his death. He married (first) December
22, 1803, his cousin, Lucina, daughter of Josiah
Hotchkiss, of Plainville, Connecticut. She
died May 16, 1823, aged thirty-eight. He mar-
ried (second) July 19, 1824, Polly Finch, who
died March 16, 1847.

(III) Dr. Josiah Hotchkiss, only child of
Salmon and Lucina (Hotchkiss) Stedman, was
born in Windham, New York, April 7, 1809,
and died in Brattleboro, Vermont, August 29,
1894, aged eighty-five years. Graduating from
Berkshire Medical College, Pittsfield, Massa-
chusetts, in 1831, he began practice in his
native town of Durham. He removed to Rich-
ford, New York, 1840; to Cortland, 1846; to
Peruville, 1848; to Richford, 1850; to Wood-
bury, New Jersey, March, 1851 ; to Ashland,
New York, September, 185 1 ; to Cumington,
Massachusetts, 1855 ; and to West Brattleboro,
Vermont, in 1859. Over fifty years of his life
were spent in relieving the ills of humanity.

He was one of the pioneer Abolitionists, and
was associated with Gerritt Smith, Frederick
Douglass, and other noted anti-slavery leaders

in the work in New York state. From 1846
to 1848 he edited at Cortland, New York, the
True American, an anti-slavery paper. He
was a pioneer in temperance work, joining
what was known as the Washingtonian move-
ment when he was a young man. He often
spoke at public meetings against slavery and
intemperance, and in favor of health reform.
After the enactment of the fugitive slave law
he took an active part in the work of the
"underground railroad," and assisted many a
black man on his way to Canada and liberty.
After the slaves were freed he delivered many
courses of lectures in New York, Massachu-
setts, and elsewhere, on physiology and hygiene,
enlightening the common people upon the laws
of life and health. He had a distinctive per-
sonality which was wholesome and helpful,
and commanded both respect and love. Unlike
too many reformers, he never became a pessi-
mist and a prophet of evil when his own views
did not prevail, and he never impugned the
motives of those who opposed his views. He
had a cheerful courage, born of an inward
principle, which never forsook him. His four-
score years were filled with high aims and
good deeds, and in a ripe old age the end came
as quickly and painlessly as one might wish.

Josiah H. Stedman married, April 9, 1833,
Elvira Strong, born in Windham, New York,
February 10, 1810, died in West Brattleboro,
Vermont, December 19, 1895, aged eighty-five.
Her father, Jairus Strong, born May 4, 1774,
died June 12, 1838. He resided in Ashland,
than a part of Windham, New York. His
wife, Dosha Bissel, was born April 26, 1777,
and died June 1, 1865, aged eighty-eight. They
had ten children: Austin, Olivia, Clarinda,
Aurelia, Minerva and Maria (twins), Elvira,
Daniel Bissel, Louisa and Elisha Pineo. Mrs.
Stedman was in a gradual decline for some
time preceding her death, due to weakness at-
tendant upon her advanced years. In Sep-
tember, 1893, she sustained a fracture of the
hip, and from that time she was an invalid
and confined closely to her home. Some five
or six years before her death she inherited
from the estate of her nephew, Loring Robert-
son, of New York, a handsome sum of money
which she used unselfishly for the benefit of
her children. She also gave various sums for
purposes of public beneficence. She left no
will, but it was known to be her purpose to
give sums of money to certain institutions, and
these wishes her children carried out. They
included two thousand dollars each to the
Congregational Home Missionary Society, the



American Board, the American Missionary
Association, and the Brattleboro Home for
the Aged and Disabled. It can be truly said that
no woman ever came into the enjoyment of
a fortune who showed more surely than did
Mrs. Stedman by her use of her money that
she counted herself a steward bidden to use
her estate wisely for the happiness of her chil-
dren and for the comfort of persons and insti-
tutions needing such help. Many gifts were
made by her to deserving causes which never
came to public attention and of which none but
her own family and the recipients knew.

Children of Dr. Josiah H. and Elvira
(Strong) Stedman: 1. Lucina Hotchkiss, born
February 17, 1834, at Windham, New York ;
married, June 21, 1859, at Brattleboro, Ver-
mont, Luther E. Bartlett, of Cummington,
Massachusetts. 2. Willard Parker, born No-
vember 17, 1836, at Durham, New York; mar-
ried, October i, 1862, Elivra E. (Hamlin)
Gridley, of Bristol, Connecticut. 3. Daniel B.,
mentioned below. 4. Maria Louisa, born in
Richford, New York, July 3, 1844; unmar-
ried; teacher of painting at West Brattleboro
Seminary, also at Aurora, New York, and
Granville, Ohio. 5. Frances Olivia, born April
28, 1846, at Cortland, New York ; married
Ezra E. Fisher, at West Brattleboro, Decem-
ber 25, 1873. 6. Mary Clarinda, born in Ash-
land, New York, September 3, 1852; died un-
married at West Brattleboro, July 21, 1893.

(IV) Daniel Bissell, second son of Dr.
Josiah H. and Elvira (Strong) Stedman, was
born at Richford, New York, July 13, 1840.
He entered the office of the Hampshire Gazette
and Courier, at Northampton, Massachusetts,
where he learned the printer's trade between
1858 and 1861. August 26, 1862, he enlisted
in Company B, Sixteenth Vermont Volunteer
Infantry, a nine months regiment, and served
until August 10, 1863, when he was honorably
discharged on account of expiration of term
of service. He participated in the battle of
Gettysburg, where he was wounded in the
second day fighting. January 1, 1868, he be-
came editor and proprietor of The Vermont
Phcni.v, published at Brattleboro, Vermont,
with which he was associated until 1888. In
September, 1889, he removed to Rockville,
Connecticut, where he was engaged in a lum-
bering business. In April, 1892, he removed
to Springfield. Interesting himself in real
estate development, he opened up Orchard
street in 1892. January 27, 1866, Daniel B.
Stedman and Mary F. Brown, of Brattleboro,
were married by Rev. J. F. Moors, at Green-

field, Massachusetts. She was born at Guil-
ford, Vermont, daughter of Winslow and
Emeline (Burdick) Brown. Two sons were
born of this marriage: 1. Fred C, born at
Brattleboro, Vermont, July 11, 1868; is en-
gaged in insurance, and lives at Springfield,
Massachusetts ; he married, October 23, 1895,
Mary Frances Shaw, born in Springfield,
March 13, 1872, daughter of Samuel A. and
Frances (Phelps) Shaw, of Springfield; chil-
dren: Ralph, born April 16, 1898; Elanor,
July 14, 1906. 2. Harry W,. born at Brattle-
boro, Vermont, May 2, 1872 ; is a veterinary
surgeon, and lives in Colorado.

This name is of great antiquity
BANNING and is Danish, signifying a

home or dwelling. It belongs
to the class called Hero Worshippers. The
name is found in the Scot and bard songs, the
first ballads on records, where it says "Bacca
ruled the Bannings." This "Bacca" was no
doubt the hero or ruler of the Banning Clan of
Vikings. It is supposed that about the fourth
or fifth century some of the Bannings migrated
from their native place, now called Denmark,
to what is now known as Holland. Here they
must have lived for nearly a thousand years,
before coming into prominence ; at least no
traces of the name have been found in history
until about 1386, when "Gerrit Banning," a
cloth merchant of Nienwendyk, who came
from a hamlet named "Banningh" by the Stadt
of De Venter, and finally located in Amster-
dam, is mentioned as being the progenitor of
the Banning families in Holland, who gov-
erned that country to a greater or less extent
for nearly three hundred years. Rembrandt's
famous painting, the "Night Watch," shows,
as the central figure, Captain Franz Banning-
Coq. Another famous painting by Van de
Heist, entitled "Celebrating the Peace of Mun-
ster, or Conclusion of the 30 Years War,"
which hangs alongside of the "Night Watch,"
in the Royal Museum at Amsterdam, has for
its central figure, Jacob Banning, the Standard
Bearer. The Banning families in Holland
were of the greatest prominence from 1386
until about 1655, when their influence began to
decline. The Banning coat-of-arms may be
seen on the ceiling of the throne room in the
King's palace in Amsterdam to this day, as
well as in church windows, on grave stones,
and in many other places. In Belgium there have
been a few Bannings. Among those was Emile
Banning, for many years confidential legal
adviser of the King, and originator of the

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organization of the Congo States. Kaiser
Wilhelm decorated him with the cross of the
"Order of the Red Eagle." At some unknown
date, probably about 1500, some Bannings
went to England and settled at what is now
called Banningham in Norfolk. In England
they became prominent in military and social
life during the sixteenth century, taking an
active part in the crusades to the Holy Land,
for which a coat-of-arms was granted in Lon-
don in 1588. Two Peerages also were created.
There are certain characteristics of traits that
have remained with the greater part of the
Banning families throughout the many genera-
tions. Among these traits might be mentioned
the following, determination and will power
almost to the point of stubborness ; firm
mouths; faithfulness to their friends and
families, to the last, with the greatest opposi-
tion to their enemies but fair : clannish ; with
strong feeling for those of their friends in
need : big hearted, and thoroughly dependable ;
hard workers, sticking to the finish; and in
main- cases the facial characteristics show a
wonderful resemblance. In many cases the
Bannings are dark complexioned. As a family
they are healthy — probably from the hard
active lives so many of them lived. The first
of the name in this country was Jan Banning
who was at Xew Amsterdam., Manhattan
Island, now New York City, in 1662, and from
documents relating to colonial history of New
York it is concluded that Jan was one of
Stuvvesant's forces of Dutchmen that over-
powered the Swedes at New Amstel on the
Delaware river which was that portion of
Maryland now Delaware which is occupied by
the present site of Wilmington and Newcastle.
The Bannings of this country may be from
Jan and of Dutch origin though they are gen-
erally supposed to have been English. There
was an Edward Banning settled in Talbot
county. Maryland, in [678.

Among the distinguished Americans of this
name we might mention Major General Henry
B. Banning, of Ohio, who served through the
Atlanta campaign with Sherman and was in
command at Port Alexandria, Virginia. He
served several vears in congress and defeated
both ['resident Hayes and Judge Stanley Mat-
thews. Others that might be named are Hon.
Arba H. Banning, judge of probate of Deep
River. Connecticut, for many years, who was
succeeded by his son. Joseph B. The Ban-
nings were active in making Kansas a free
territory and were in the thick of the border
troubles. It is said the first white child born

in Kansas after it was organized as free terri-
tory was a Banning.

( 1 ) John Banning came to America about
1695 and settled at New Shoreham, now Block
Island, on the coast of Rhode Island, and
finally made his permanent abode at Lyme,
Connecticut. He was made a freeman of
Providence plantations, May 5, 1696. An old
wine cellar and other relics have been lately
located. He married, June 11, 1701, in Lyme,
Connecticut, Abigail Niles. Children: John,
see forward; and Elizabeth, born about 1705,
in Lyme, Connecticut, married John Brockway,
of Lyme, March i, 1727; he was born May 10,
1697 ; she died at Brockway Ferry, Lyme,
April 26, 1738, and was buried in Brockway
cemetery; children: Elizabeth, John, Eben-
ezer, Sarah and Mary Brockway.

(II) John (2), son of John (1) and Abi-
gail ( Niles) Banning, was born in Lyme, Con-
necticut ; died about June 3, 1755, as is in-
ferred from the Gilford probate court records.
He married, July 15, 1724, Margaret De Wolf,
of Killing worth, Connecticut, who bore him
three children: John, Benjamin and Lurana.
Married (second) May 22, 1744, Jemima Mar-
vin, widow of William Peck. No children.

( 111 i John (3), son of John (2) and Mar-
garet (DeWolf) Banning, was born April 8.
1725 (or 1735, Beckwith Book), in Lyme,
Connecticut. He was a member of the Brock-
way Society. He married and resided in
Brockway. Children : Ebenezer, William,
Joseph, Peggy (Margaret) Banning.

(IV) Joseph, third son of John (3) Ban-
ning, was born in Lyme, Connecticut : died in
Haddam, Connecticut. He married Susanna,
daughter of Jabez and Hannah (Brainard)
Warner, of East Haddam. Her ancestor on
her mother's side was Daniel Brainard, who
was brought to this country when eight years
old and lived in Hartford, Connecticut. He
became a very prosperous, influential and re-
spectable man, a justice of the peace and dea-
con in the church. He was a large landholder
and owned what is now the present village of
Higganum. He is interred in the ancient bury-
ing ground a few rods east of the court house
in Haddam. Susanna (Warner) Banning was
born April 9, 1753. died April 3, 1859. Joseph
Banning was a large property owner, and tilled
the largest and best farms in his vicinity. He
was probably buried in the church cemetery
there. Children: Marvin, Bondo D., Brain-
ard, Philemon Fuller, Lucinda, Captain Joseph,
who run an ocean steamer and was engaged in
the shipment of flour to England during the





famine there; Selden Warner, Nancy, Sus-
annah, Benjamin, see forward.

(V) Benjamin, youngest son of Joseph and
Susannah (Warner) Banning, lived near East
Haddam, Connecticut, and was a farmer by
occupation. He married Theodocia, daughter
of Silas Bramble, who was a revolutionary
soldier. Children : Benjamin, Joseph, Ros-
etta, Charotte, William Warner, see forward ;
Jabez Warner, Samuel, Clarissa, Betsey E.,
Calvin, Matilda, Simon. Laura, Mary, Rachel,
Almira, Clarissa, and three others whose names
are unknown.

(VI) William Warner, the fifth child of
Benjamin and Theodocia (Bramble) Banning,
was born September 1, 1825. in Millington,
Connecticut.; died at East Hampton, Connecti-
cut, July 5, 1907. He was bound out to a
farmer when nine years old and remained until
eighteen. He settled at East Hampton, Con-
necticut, and worked in the Bell factory; he
was a contractor for several years, a lumber-
man, owning and operating a saw mill, and
also cultivated a large farm. He was a Whig
in politics and cast his first vote for Zachary
Taylor. When the Republican party came
into existence he joined it. He was a strong
and consistent advocate of temperance, and an
active member of the East Hampton Methodist
church. He married, December 7, 1847. Mary
Annette Hayden, daughter of Richard and
Phoebe Ann (Johnson) Flood, of East Hamp-
ton. She was born August 4. 1830; died May
9. 1889. Children: 1. Phoebe Adocia, born
December 15, 1848; married Daniel Wright,
of East Hampton, and they had six children :
Fred, Grace, Ethel, Frank, Hiram and Daniel.
2. William Samuel, see forward. 3. Joseph
Brainard, born February 28, 1853 ; married
Almeda M. Rich, and had five children : Joseph,
Almina White and Alfred White (twins),
Minnie, Ada and Sophia. 4. Mary Elizabeth,
born June 26, 1855; married Benjamin B.
Huntley, and had three children : Fred, Nellie
and Gertrude. 5. Nellie Maria, born August
1, 1863; is unmarried, and lives on the old

(VII) William Samuel, eldest son of Will-
iam Warner and Mary Annette Hayden
( Flood ) Banning, was born in East Hampton,
Connecticut, February 13, 1851. He obtained
his educational advantages in the schools of
his native town, in Middle Haddam and at
Worcester Academy. In 1872 he went to
Meriden, Connecticut, and entered the employ
of Lyon & Billard, contractors, with which
firm he remained three months. In 1872 he

came to Springfield, Massachusetts, and en-
gaged with L. O. Eaton, and after a few
years embarked in business on his own account,
beginning small, but his business has grown
until he is one of the largest builders and con-
tractors in Springfield, employing many men.
In politics he is an ardent Republican, believ-
ing thoroughly in its principles and traditions.
He belongs to the Hampden Lodge, Independ-
ent Order of Odd Fellows. His club affilia-
tions has been with the St. James. He attends
the Hope Congregational church. Mr. Ban-
ning is fond of a good horse and has owned
and driven some fine steppers. He is one of
the most genial men to meet, affable and cour-
teous. He is a close and enthusiastic student
of genealogy and has dug out a large amount
of data concerning the Banning and allied
families. He lives in a fine house in the select
quarter of Springfield. He married Ella Eve-
lyn, daughter of William Andrus and Sarah
( Ferrv ) King. She was the great-granddaugh-
ter of Samuel King, who lived in Enfield, Con-
necticut. Samuel King had the following chil-
dren : Austin. Samuel, Nancy, Percy, Lavinia
and Julius. Her grandfather, Samuel King
(2), was also of Enfield, born in 1800; he
married Eliza Andrus, daughter of Stephen
Andrus, of Windsor, Connecticut. Their chil-
dren were: Edward S., who was shot in the
civil war: Evelyn Eliza; Porter, died young;
Porter, Lucy Ann. William Andrus, Lavinia,
Nancy S., Henry A. William Andrus King
was born September 13, 1831 ; died in Spring-
fiel'\ January 21, 1909. He was a blacksmith
and employed in the United States armory.
He was a Republican in politics, member of
the Asbury Methodist church, and DeSoto
Lodge. Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
He married, May 24. 1855, Sarah Ferry, born
September 7, 1829, died November 13, 1903.
Their children were: Ella Evelyn, born in
Thompsonville, Connecticut, April 19, 1856,
wife of William Samuel Banning, aforemen-
tioned ; Eliza J., born October 7, 1858, mar-
ried Frederick B. Taylor, May 9, 1882. who is
engaged in the sash and blind business in
Springfield. Children of William Samuel
Banning: I. A son, who died in infancy. 2.
Susie Geneva, born August 8, 1870: married
Harrison Hall Buxton, of Washington, D. C,
December 21, 1899. and they have two chil-
dren: Eleanor Jewel, born December 11, 1900,
at East Orange, New Jersey ; William Banning,
born November 25. 1902, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Mr. Buxton is a graduate of the International
Training School, of Springfield, and is now



athletic instructor in the Young Men's Chris-
tian Association, of Lynn.

The name Tuttle is derived
TUTTLE from Tothill. a place name com-
mon in England. The Devon
branch of the family in England has been
prominent for many generations. The first of
this family known is William Totyl, who lived
in 1 591, in Devonshire, and was bailiff, 1528,
1548; high sheriff in 1549; lord mayor of
Exeter, 1552. His arms were: A lion pass-
ant, sable. Branches of the Tuttle family in
other parts of England, Ireland and Wales,
bore coats-of-arms which were somewhat
varied, but all bore a lion on the shield, indi-
cating their common origin. There are many
circumstances which point to the Devon family
as the ancestors of the American immigrants,
John, of Ipswich; Richard, of Boston; Will-
iam, of Xew Haven, and John, of Dover, New

( I ) William Tuttle, immigrant ancestor of
this branch of the family in America, came to
New England in the ship "Planter," in April,
j'635. He was called a husbandman and mer-
chant on the records, and with him came his
wife Elizabeth, aged twenty-three, and chil-
dren John, aged three and one half; Ann, aged
two and one half, and Thomas, aged three
months. He was twenty-six years old at the
time. His wife Elizabeth was admitted to the
church in Boston, July 14, 1636. In 1635 he
was given permission to build a windmill at
Charlestown. He became a proprietor of Bos-
ton in 1636. His wife was dismissed to the
'pswich church September 8, 1639, and in
1641 he owned a home lot in New Haven, Con-
necticut, which he bought of Edward Hop-
kins. This lot was on the square bounded by
by Grove, State, Elm and Church streets, and
was one of eight allotments into which the
square was divided. In 1656 he bought of
Joshua Atwater his mansion house and barn
and certain other lands, afterward the prop-
erty of Mrs. Hester Coster, who bequeathed
it to the church. The church sold it in 1717 to
Yale College, and it is now a part of the col-
lege grounds, formerly enclosed by the his-
toric "fence." Mr. Tuttle was one of the first
owners of East Haven, and surveyed the road
from the ferry at Red Rock to Stony river.
In 1659 he bought land at North Haven, and
in 1661 a dwelling house and home lot of John
Punderson, which he gave to his son, John
Tuttle. He was assigned one of the best seats
in the meeting house, which showed his high

standing in the community. He was one of
the petitioners for permission to continue their
settlement in Delaware unmolested. This pro-
ject failed, however, and he remained in New
Haven, where he was a farmer. He served
as fence viewer, and in 1646 did garrison duty.
He was often on committees to settle bound-
ary lines, and on the jury. In 1667 he was
constable. Something of his character is shown
that in court, when a young girl was found
guilty of lying and stealing, Mr. Tuttle, being
given liberty to speak, "with great affection,"
said that the young girl's sin was very great,
"yet he did much pity her, and he hoped the
court would deal leniently with her and out
her in some pious family where she could enjoy
the means of Grace for her soul's good." The
court, in consideration of his appeal, said that
her punishment should be as light as comport-
ed with a proper sense of the heniousness of
her sin, and for her soul's good she was sen-
tenced "to be publicly and severely whipped,
tomorrow after lecture." William Tuttle died
in June, 1673, and his widow died December
30, 1684, aged seventy-two years, at the home
of her son Nathaniel. Children: 1. John,
born 1 63 1. 2. Hannah, 1632-3. 3. Thomas,
1634-5. Born in Charlestown, Massachusetts :
4. Jonathan, baptized July 8, 1637; mentioned
below. 5. David, baptized April 7, 1639; set-
tled in Wallingford, Connecticut. 6. Joseph,
baptized in New Haven, November 22, 1640.

7. Sarah, baptized April, 1642. 8. Elizabeth,
baptized November 9, 1645. 9. Simon, baptized
March 28, 1647. 10. Benjamin, baptized Octo-
ber 29, 1648; died unmarried. June 13, 1677.
1 1. Mercy, born April 2"], 1650. 12. Nathaniel,
baptized February 29, 1652.

(II) Jonathan, son of William Tuttle, was
baptized at Charlestown, Massachusetts, July

8, 1637, and died in 1705. He settled in North
Haven, Connecticut, about 1670. He built a
bridge over the Ouinnepiac river which was
long known as Tuttle's bridge, and was allowed
by the the court to collect toll and to entertain
travellers at a moderate compensation. He
married Rebecca Bell, born August, 1643, died
May 2, 1670, daughter of Lieutenant Francis
and Rebecca Bell, of Stamford. Children: 1.
Rebecca, born September 10, 1664. 2. Mary,
February 7, 1666. 3. Jonathan, April 6, 1669.
4. Simon, March 11, 1671. 5. William, May
25. 1673 • mentioned below. 6. Nathaniel, Feb-
ruary 25, 1676.

(III) William, son of Jonathan Tuttle, was
born May 25, 1673, and died in 1727. About
1695 he received from his father forty acres of



land. His will was proved November 6, 1727.

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