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moved in 1649, when his house was the outpost of the colony. It was on
the site of the Eliphalet S. Ladd house, having the Tunxis river on the
south and west. He was active in public affairs. In 1650 he helped build
the fort at Springfield for Pynchon. He was a deputy to the general court
from Windsor in 1656, and every season but one afterward until the new
charter was granted. He was a prominent settler of Homonosett or West
Saybrook, whither, about 1663, he removed with his younger children, deed-
ing to his sons George and Joseph his Windsor property, reserving a small
annuity. The settlement was organized as a town in 1667, and received the
name of his Englisli birthplace and home, Kenilworth, which became strangely
perverted in the spelling to Killingworth, and is now Clinton, Connecticut.
He was the first deputy from the town, magistrate and deputy for more than
twenty years, 1662 to 1688-89, and was succeeded in office by his son John.
The colonial records show him to have been an active and influential member
of the legislature, accomplishing much good. He had the pleasure of meeting
his own son Francis and brother Mathew in office, and there has scarcely
been a time since when the family has not been represented in the legislature
of the province and state. In 1678 he was on the committee to establish a
Latin school at New London ; he was deacon of the Killingworth church ;
died there in 1691, aged eighty-four years. He married (first) in England,

in 1630, Margaret , who died August 23, 1670. Her gravestone is the

oldest in the burial ground at Clinton, formerly Killingworth. He married
(second) 1672-73, Sarah Bemis, widow of James Bemis, of New London.
Children of first wife: Sarah, born 1631, in England; George, mentioned
below; Frances, 1635; Lydia, 1637; Sarah, 1638, married (first) November
10, 1650, Samuel Phelps, (second) July 21, 1670, Nathaniel Pomeroy; Ann,
baptized June 19, 1642, at Windsor ; Mary, baptized October i, 1644, married,
March 19, 1661, Timothy Phelps; Deborah, June 28, 1646, married Samuel
Buell ; Joseph, born and baptized March 12, 1647; Samuel, born and baptized
November 16, 1649, d'^d July 6, 1672; John, born and baptized August
16, 1652.

(II) George Griswold, eldest son of Edward and Margaret Griswold,
was born 1633, in England, died at Windsor, September 3, 1704. He re-
mained in Windsor with his brother Joseph on their father's lands when
the father went to Killingworth. He was also an extensive owner of land
bought of the Indians, was admitted freeman in 1654; an eminently respect-
able and worthy citizen. He married, October 3, 1655, Mary, daughter of
Thomas Holcomb. She died in April, 1708. Children, born in Windsor:
Daniel, mentioned below; Thomas, September 29, 1658; Edward, March
19, 1661 ; Mary, September 28, 1663; George, December 3, 1665; John,
September 17, 1668; Benjamin, August 16, 1671 ; Deborah, May 30, 1674,
married, December 12, 1695, Thomas Moore; Abigail, October 31, 1676,
died May 7, 1638; Samuel, November 5, 1681, died June i, 1682.

(III) Daniel Griswold. eldest child of George (2) and Mary (Holcomb-)


Griswold, was born October i, 1656, in Windsor. He married there, Feb-
ruary 3, 1680, Mindwell, eldest child of Nathaniel and Mindwell (Moore)
Bissell, born October 23, 1663, died December 31, 1728. Mindwell Moore,
born July 10, 1643, was a granddaughter of Thomas Moore, and daughter
of Deacon John Moore, who came from England in 1630, and died September
18, 1677. His wife's name was Abigail. Children of Daniel Griswold:
Daniel and Nathaniel (twins), born February 14, 1684; Pelatiah, September
13, 1689; Mary, 1692; Edward, March 8, 1696; Deborah, November 7, 1698;
David, mentioned below.

(IV) David Griswold, youngest child of Daniel and Mindwell (Bissell)
Griswold, was born August 6, 1701, and died August i, 1760. He apparently
lived on the east side of the river, as the record of his children appears in
the Westbury church records. He married, December 23, 1731, Huldah,
daughter of Deacon Cornelius and Abigail (Loomis) Brown. Qiildren :
David, died young; Ezekiel, born February 21, 1737; Huldah, baptized June
24, 1739; Sybil, born April 17, 1742; Deborah, March 15, 1745; David,
mentioned below; Asinah, September 6, 1751.

(V) David (2) Griswold, third son of David (i) and Huldah (Brown)
Griswold, was born February 15, 1748, in Windsor, and there married, July
16. 1772, Lois Higley. Children: David, born March 22, 1773: Lois, May
4, 1775; Ira, May 31, 1777; Olive, January 3, 1779; Huldah, January 8,
1782; Pliny, December 27, 1785; Chauncey, mentioned below.

(VI) Chauncey Griswold, youngest child of David (2) and Lois (Hig-
ley) Griswold, was born February 11, 1797, and was the father of Lafayette
Griswold, mentioned below.

(VII) Lafayette Griswold, son of Chauncey Griswold, was a blacksmith
and wagon maker, and carried on business in Edinboro, Pennsylvania, where
he died February 29, 1902. He was a member of the Presbyterian church,
and politically a Republican. His wife, Phebe, is a daughter of Levi Fisk,
and survives him, now residing in Edinboro. Their children were: Emma
D., who became the wife of William Wallace Lee (see Lee III) ; Ralph J.,
cashier of the Citizens Bank of Albion, Pennsylvania ; Pearl and Mearl
(twins). The last named is the wife of Dr. Arnett.

All his mature years a steel worker, Edward J. Hamilton,
HAMILTON of Duquesne, Pennsylvania, assistant superintendent of
the Duquesne plant of the Carnegie Steel Company, has
reached that position through sheer merit and thorough mastery of his busi-
ness. He is one of the few survivors to reach high position, the steel busi-
ness being one that calls for qualities of mind and body that few men pos-
sess. Among the experiences of his younger years, the Johnstown Flood
stands out in prominence, he having safely passed through the perils of that
disaster that shocked the world and caused such loss of life and property.

Edward J. Hamilton was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, September
16, 1867. He attended the public schools of Johnstown until fourteen years
of age, but shortly after entering high school was compelled to leave school


and become a wage-earner. He worked in the Cambria steel mills with little
interruption until 1887, then obtained a more lucrative position with the
Loraine Steel Company of Johnstown, and was in the employ of that com-
pany at the time of the great flood, in which everything he possessed was
swept away. He obtained a position with the Carnegie Steel Company, after
the flood, beginning work at the Edgar Thomson works in Braddock. He
remained there until July 15, 1892, then' was transferred to the Homestead
plant of the same company. He remained there for five years and became
known as a most capable and efficient employee. In 1901 he was appointed
assistant general superintendent of the Duquesne works, a position he most
acceptably fills at this date, 1914. He has obtained a sure footing in the
world of steel, and thoroughly understands the details of manufacture, as
well as the more difficult task of operating a large plant employing thousands
of men.

He is a member of many organizations and societies, and has also at-
tained high standing in his adopted city, Duquesne. He is vice-president of
the Duquesne Trust Company, vice-president of the board of trustees of the
Carnegie Library, and belongs to the Pittsburgh Athletic Club, the Country
Club and the German Club of Pittsburgh. In political faith he is a Repub-

This name was formerly spelled Hilles, and that form is still used
HILL by a large number of the descendants bearing it. It has been.

traced to a somewhat remote period in England, having been
found almost two hundred years before the coming of the Puritans to this
country. The name has been borne by numerous prominent citizens of the
American colonies and of the United States, and is among the most widely
distributed known in the history of the country.

(I) Samuel Hill was born in Scotland, and emigrated to America with
his family in 1778. He was a farmer, and settled at Philadelphia. Later
he established himself in Clarion county, Pennsylvania, where his death oc-
curred. He was a devout member of the Presbyterian church. He mar-
ried , and had children: Jacob; Samuel, of further mention.

(II) Samuel (2) Hill, son of Samuel (i) Hill, was born in Scotland in
1766, and was about twelve years of age when he came to America with
his father. For a time he lived in Philadelphia, then in Clarion county, but
soon removed to Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, where he took up a
tract of twelve hundred acres of land on Chestnut Ridge. He cleared a por-
tion of this, erected the necessary buildings, and there spent the remainder

of his life. He married Sloan, and to them were born the following

children : George, Casper, Richard, Jacob, John B., of further mention : IMar-
garet, Abbie, who is the only one of this family now living

(III) John B. Hill, son of Samuel (2) and (Sloan) Hill, was

born in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, February 17, 1819, died Oc-
tober 3, 1912. He was a farmer, owning five hundred acres of land in
Somerset county, Pennsylvania, a large portion of which he cleared. In


addition to his farming operations, he was the owner and operator of a
woolen mill from 1850 to 1910. He married Amanda Dally, who died July
15, 1910. She was a daughter of John Dally, also the owner of an extensive
woolen mill in Western Pennsylvania. Children: i. Abbie, now living at
Johnstown, Pennsylvania, married Jacob Weigle, and had children : Leonard,

Oscar and Elsie. 2. George, living in Kendall, Wisconsin, married ,

and has children : George and Silvia. 3. William, died in 1904. 4. John
Quinby, of further mention. 5. Mary, lives on a farm in Somerset county,
Pennsylvania ; she married George Keefer, and has children : Homer, Jay
and Swank. 6. Ida, lives in Somerset county, Pennsylvania ; she married
Lloyd Miller, a farmer, and they have children : Morgan, Zelda, Amanda,
Lee and Goldie. 7. Homer, died in 1913.

(IV) John Quinby Hill, son of John B. and Amanda (Dally) Hill, was
born in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, April 17, 1859. He was educated
in the public schools in the vicinity of his home, and then followed the occu-
pation of farming, with which he has been identified all his life. He re-
moved to Crawford county, Pennsylvania, in 1909, locating on a farm of one
hundred and fifteen acres, but in 1912 removed to the farm of two hundred
and thirteen acres, at Harmonsburg, Crawford county, Pennsylvania, on
which he is now residing. In his youth Mr. Hill also learned the carpenter-
ing trade, and has followed this for a period of thirty years. He is a Demo-
crat in his political opinions, and gives his religious support to the Presby-
terian denomination. Fraternally he is a member of the Independent Order
of Odd Fellows, and of the Ancient Order of LInited Workmen. Mr. Hill
married, August 25, 1877, Aquilla, a daughter of Romanus Baldwin, and they
have had children: i. Ha Irene. 2. Richard. 3. Jessie, married Edward
Hinkel, one child, Chester; she died in 1912. 4. Homer, married Laura Lim-
burner, and had children: Susie, Don and Homer. 5. Morgan, who died
in 1898. 6. Earl, lives at Linesville, Pennsylvania ; married Mabel Harris,
and has one child, Morgan. 7. Sadie. 8. Hazel. 9. Marie, deceased. 10.

William J. Reynolds, a member of one of the old families
REYNOLDS of Pine township, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, was

born in that township on the farm he now owns and there
his father was also born. The house that now stands on the Pine township
homestead was built by John Reynolds, who first owned the farm and there
reared his family. John Reynolds married Mary McMartin. who bore him
six children : William, Thomas, of further mention ; Reuben, Hannah and
two others. John Reynolds and his wife were active working members of
the United Presbyterian church and highly regarded in the neighborhood.

(II) Thomas Reynolds was born on the Pine township homestead and
there lived all his life, owning twenty-eight acres of the original eighty-two.
He was a Republican in politics, and belonged to the United Presbyterian
church. He married Ellen Cochran and left four children: William J., of
whom further ; John, died aged twenty-one years ; Margaret, deceased, mar-
ried Frank Hill, of Valencia ; Mary, died unmarried.


(III) William J. Reynolds, eldest son and now the only living child of
Thomas and Ellen (Cochran) Reynolds, was born on the farm he now owns
in Pine township, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, July 26, 1863. He was
educated in public schools near his home and was his father's assistant in
his earlier years. For the past twenty-five years he has been working in the
oil fields and for the past fourteen years has been steadily employed with
the oil companies, also managing his farm. He bought fifty-four acres of
the old John Reynolds farm in 1892, added twenty-eight acres in 1902, his
latter purchase being the part owned by his father. In 1909 he bought an
adjoining twelve acres, his farm now containing ninety-six acres, which he
devotes to general farming purposes. The house on his farm was built by
his grandfather, but all other improvements have been made by the present
owner. It is a good farm and produces abundantly under Mr. Reynolds'

William J. Reynolds married, April 5, 1883, Elizabeth Sarver, born June
16, 1863, daughter of Jacob and Matilda Sarver. Children: i. Myrtle, bom
February 17, 1884; married Harry Tyle ; children: Earl, born February 8,
1903; Bertha, October 25, 1904; Gladys, February 5, 1906; Harold, May 11,
1907; Glen, November i, 1908; Travers, September 22, 1910; Nellie, De-
cember 27, 1912; Mabel, July, 1914. 2. Nellie, born August 23, 1885; mar-
ried Charles McKenney; child, Lester, born March 9, 1905. 3. Grace, bom
September 4, 1887; married Harry McKinney ; children: Vivian, born De-
cember 23, 1904; Dorothy, August 7, 1905; Alice, April 7, 1906; Marie,
Ralph, Helen Blanche. 4. Iva, born July 24, 1889, died November 29, 1889.
5. Oiarles, born October 10, 1890, died December 31, 1900. 6. Walter,
born September 21, 1894, died March 4, 1895. 7. Harry, born October i,
1896. 8. Earl, born September 7, 1897, died March 25, 1912.

There are numerous families of this name scattered all over the
CURRY United States, and all appear to be of Scotch or Irish origin.

Many spell the name Currie, some Curry, and still others
Currey, and all are people who do credit ^o themselves and the countries
of their origin and adoption. Distinguisbed often by keen intellect, they
have made honorable records in the various professions as well as in in-
dustrial life.

(I) John Curry settled at Curry Hollow, near Dravosburg. Mifflin
township, Pennsylvania, after his marriage, owning a good-sized farm there.
He was a justice of the peace, and a member of the LTnited Presbyterian
church. He and his wife died of typhoid fever, and were buried at Curry
Hollow. He married Jane McRoberts, and had children: i. Mary, who
died unmarried about 1880. 2. Lizzie, who died unmarried about 1894. 3.
Martha, married William Slaymaker, a farmer, and died in 1913. 4. Belle,
widow of William Huston, lives in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania. 5. John, of
further mention. 6. Samuel, a farmer, died in northwestern Illinois. 7.
Hiram, a farmer, in northwestern Illinois.

(II) John (2) Curry, son of John (i) and Jane (McRoberts) Curry,


was born in Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, February 22, 1841, and died
January i, 1912. After his marriage he settled in Elizabeth township, about
1869, where he was a leading and successful farmer until his death. He
erected some excellent farm buildings, which are still in good condition.
During the Civil War he served in the quartermaster's department for about
two years, having charge of the transportation and purchase of horses. A
Republican in politics, he served as school director. As secretary of the
Farmers' Mutual Fire Insurance Company, he was connected with this or-
ganization from 1896 until his death. He was a strong supporter of Beth-
esda United Presbyterian church, of which his wife was also a member, and
abhorred pretense of all kinds. He married Sarah Wilson McConnell, born
in November, 1839, a daughter of Robert and Dinah (Boyd) McConnell, both
born in Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, of Scotch-Irish descent. They
settled in Forward township on a farm, which he cultivated ; he became
an extensive land-owner, and died about 1844. He was an elder in the
Associate Reformed church (Bethesda Associate Reformed Church), in
the forks of the Youghiogheny, which was the parent of several well
known churches, and later was a member of the United Presby-
terian church. They had children: i. Andrew, an elder in the United
Presbyterian church, a farmer in Poole, Nebraska. 2. John B., also an
elder in the United Presbyterian church, lived and died on the homestead
in 1912. 3. Sarah Wilson, who married Mr. Curry, as above mentioned.

4. Alice, married Samuel Reynolds, and died in Forward township in 1894.

5. Mary P., widow of James Dougherty, now lives in Elizabeth, Pennsyl-
vania. Mr. and Mrs. Curry had children: i. Jennie, married Samuel
Lewis Billick, and lives in the old home in Elizabeth township. 2. Robert
McConnell, of further mention. 3. John Alexander, born in 1874, died
August 21, 1883. 4. Mary Elizabeth, died unmarried at the age of twenty-
four years, August 21, 1904.

(Ill) Robert McConnell Curry, son of John (2) and Sarah Wilson
(McConnell) Curry, was bom at Elizabeth, Allegheny county, Pennsyl-
vania, May 19, 1868. His education has been a most comprehensive one,
and was acquired as follows : The old Harmony public school ; Elizabeth
Academy; Southwestern State Normal School, at California, Pennsylvania,
from which he was graduated in the class of 1887, after which he taught
for three years. He then matriculated at the Washington and Jefferson
College, was graduated in the class of 1894, and taught Latin and mathe-
matics for one year in the preparatory department. In the meantime he
had taken up the study of law, and upon leaving the Washington and
Jefferson College, went to Pittsburgh, where he continued his legal studies
in the office and under the auspices of E. P. Douglas, and was admitted
to the bar in December, 1896. He has been engaged in legal practice since
that time. He was a member of the Masonic Country Club at Bear Run,
and is now a member of McKeesport Lodge, No. 581, Free and Accepted
Masons : McKeesport Chapter, No. 282, Royal Arch Masons ; McKeesport
Commandery, No. 86, Knights Templar. Mr. Curry married, March 17,


1897, Ada Goe, born in Fayette county, Pennsylvania, a daughter of Rob-
ert S. and Hester Goe. They have one child, Linford, born March 18,

The name is of French origin. The family were Huguenots
. / PARDEE who fled from France at the time of the early persecutions
of the Protestants, about 1562.

(I) George Pardee, American ancestor, was born in England in 1619,

died August i, 1700. He came to America in 1644 and settled in New

Haven, Connecticut. In Atwater's "History of the New Haven Colony''

occurs the following:

The Colony School being discontinued, November 5, 1662, (thirty-nine years
before Yale College was established) the town of New Haven negotiated with
George Pardee, one of their own people, to teach the children English and to carry
them on in Latin so far as he could. The business was debated and some expressed
themselves to this purpose, that it was scarce known in any place to have a free
school for teaching English and writing, but yet showed themselves willing to have
something allowed by the public and the rest by the parents and masters of such that
went to school, and in the issue twenty pounds was propounded and put to vote and
they concluded to allow George Pardee for this year out of the town treasury, the
remainder to be paid by those that sent scholars to the school as he and they could
agree. This George Pardee agreed to make a trial of for one year. He was also
advised to be careful to instruct the youth in point of manners, there being a great
fault in that respect, as some expressed.

At the end of the year for which he was engaged, Connecticut ab-
sorbed the colony of New Haven, and the school was discontinued. Accord-
ing to an old catalogue of the Hopkins Grammar School he was elected
the second rector, being chosen as the only man in the New Haven Colony,
after the death of the first rector, who could read and teach Latin. He
held this position for a number of years. In 1665 and 1666 George Pardee
was assigned the fourth on the aisle in the Meeting House in the formal
seating arrangement.

Mr. Pardee married (first) October 20, 1650, Martha, daughter of
Richard Miles, who died in 1660, their children being: John, bom August
25, 1652, died June 28, 1653; John (2), born December 2, 1653, died
October 8, 1683; George, born January 15, 1655, married (first) M. Mercy
Ball and (second) Mary Denison, died November 22, 1723; Mary, born
February 18, 1658, married Joshua Hotchkiss ; Elizabeth, born June 10,
1660, married an Olmstead. Mr. Pardee married (second) December 29,
1662, Catherine Lane, their children being: Joseph, of whom further;
Rebecca, born April 11, 1666, married Samuel Ailing; Sarah, born July
I, 1667; Hannah, born July i, 1668, married Edward Vickers. Copied
from New Haven Town Record. George Pardee's will on same record.

(II) Joseph Pardee, son of George Pardee, the emigrant, was born
April 27, 1664. He married (first) July 31, 1688, Elizabeth Yale, daugh-
ter of first Thomas Yale. Their children were : John, born October 26,
169s, died same year; John (2), born February 6, 1698; Mary, born 1700.
He married (second) Elizabeth Payne, December 23, 1703. Their chil-
dren were: Elizabeth, born 1704; Daniel, of whom further; Rebecca, 1708;
Josiah, 1711; Ebenezer, 1714; Samuel, 1718; Sarah, 1720. East Haven


Register shows that George Pardee Sr. gave his son Joseph land in New
Haven a few days before his first marriage.

(III) Daniel Pardee, son of Joseph Pardee, was born November 28,
1706. He married Lydia Potter, December 19, 1734. In name, list and
age of inhabitants of, "Society of Southington," Hartford Library, Vol.
No. 13, says, Daniel Pardee's pews in church second right and left of
front door. And his son David's, whose age was given at forty-five, was
third pews right and left of pulpit on the left. Their children were:
Lydia, born October 27, 1736; Daniel, born December 30, 1738; David,
of whom further; Jonathan, born May 8, 1744; Stephen, born July 4, 1747.

(IV) David Pardee, son of Daniel Pardee, born May 17, 1741, died
May 31, 1821. He married Phebe Woodruff, January i, 1761. David
Pardee, of Southington, Connecticut, served as sergeant under Captain Asa
Bray, Colonel Hooker's regiment, of Southington, April 3, 1777, to May
.15' 1779- (See Connecticut Men in the Revolution, 1889.) Timlow's
Southington, published forty years ago вАФ says (p. 520), French and Indian
War Notes : "David Pardee was w^ith Putnam when waylaid by French
and Indians on their way from Fort Ann to Fort Edward. He held the
rank of corporal." P. 210, 1760, in Connecticut Historical Society, vol. 10,
"David Pardee, 3rd Reg., ist Co., Col. W^ooster, April i, November 23."
He served in both wars.

State Librarian George S. Goddard, of Connecticut, referring to

photostats of rolls of French and Indian War, says :

A set of photostats, five in ntunber. show the various enlistments of David
Pardee, then of Southington Society of Farmington. His daughter Lois married
William Lincoln, of L^pper Houses. Lydia married Solomon Wilcox, and they re-
moved to Stockbridge, Massachusetts, in 1799. A son Daniel served in the Revolu-
tion. Two of his daughters married John Brainerd Smith and Alanson Stow. David
Pardee died May 31, 1821, aged 80 years. His wife, Phebe Woodruff, died November
30, 1822, aged 82 years. They are buried in Cromwell. Daniel Pardee married
Florinda Bray, daughter of Captain .Asa Bray, under whom his father had served in
the Revolutionary War, after having enlisted five times in the French-Indian War.
He died in 1852, aged 90 years, and is buried in Cromwell.

The children of David Pardee and Phebe (Woodruff) Pardee were:
Daniel, of whom further ; Lydia, Lois, married William Lincoln, of Crom-

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