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have one child, Francis Collin, born December 3, 1894.

Amy I ouise graduated from the Hartford High
school, from Smith College, and from Yale College after
a three years' post graduate course, receiving from Yale
college the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. After teach-
ing a few years in Marietta, Ohio, the last part of the
time in Marietta College after it beacme co-educational,
and one year in the Hartford High school, she became a
member of Smith College faculty, and is Greek instructor.
She spent several months of 1907 in Greece and other
European countries, having as a companion her classmate,
Miss Minnie Day Booth, Latin teacher in Miss Lucy
A. Barbour's school.

The mother of these children was a gifted woman,
literary in her tastes, fond of, and an extensive reader of
the best works of fiction, having read all of Scott's novels
before she was twelve years old. As a letter and story
writer, her style was felicitous, and she occasionally con-
tributed a pleasing story to a newspaper or magazine. She
was much interested in the work of the Hartford branch
of the Connecticut Children's Aid Society; and the last
work of her pen was a poem, written just before she was
taken sick, to be read, and which after her death (which
occurred February 6, 1905) , was read, at a meeting of the


society, held on Valentine day, to raise funds for the
work of the society.

Her parents and one brother (John), are dead; a
sister (Laurania), Is the widow of Rev. John Braden,
D.D., who for 33 years was president of Central Tennes-
see College, Nashville, a large Institution for the education
of colored people; a brother (Rev. Quincy J. Collin), Is
residing In Hopklnton, Mass. The father of these chil-
dren was a life-long democrat, an extensive political writer,
and for a time a member of Congress, during the adminis-
tration of President Polk.


She was a woman of attractive personality, and at-
tached to herself very warm friends. In early woman-
hood she taught school several seasons. In September,
1 861, as he was about to enlist as a soldier In the Civil
War, she was married to Henry D. Sexton, a son of Henry
G. and Clarissa (Barber) Sexton. (Clarissa was a
daughter of Sadosa Barber, my father's first cousin).
News came to the young wife in January, 1862, that her
husband was dying In camp at Annapolis, Md., and she
went on Immediately, but he had died and was burled
before she reached there, and It was too late to locate his
grave, as the burial had been hurried.

On the sister Juliaette becoming bedridden, Eliza be-
came her devoted attendant, herself, not long afterward,
being prostrated in like manner, and so continued until
her death. Their last years were spent upon cots In a
private room in the Hartford hospital. Their years of
sad retirement were very much brightened by the visits
and ministrations of many very kind and sympathetic
friends. Eliza died there June 2, 1900, and Juliaette,
December 23, 1891. Like Saul and Jonathan, they "were
lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they
were not [long] divided."



In amiability and gentleness of manners, this brother
much resembled the brother, Henry Stiles. His early life
was spent on the farm, and in teaching in winter, this
continuing until 1869, when he sold the farm to Levi
Gillette. On April 5, i860, he was married to Emma
Jane, daughter of Alonzo Barbour, of Canton. She was
born February 13, 1840. There were born to this pair
five children, Helen Pamela, April 17, 1861; Frances
Amelia (familiarly called Minnie), October 10, 1863;
Alice Maud, November 22, 1872; Edward Payson, Jr.,
November 26, 1877; ^^i^ Henry Alonzo, December 24,
1880. Helen and Frances were born in Canton. Frances
died May 26, 1870; and Henry, May 20, 1883.

After leaving the farm Mr. Barbour established and
carried on a grocery business in xA.nsonia, where he then
resided. His three children, Alice, Edward, Jr., and
Henry were born there. He died there August 5, 1895,
and his wife. May 24, 1903.


On January i, 1891, she was married to William
L. L. Ellis, of Ansonia, a much respected farmer. There
have been born to them three children, Gertrude Josephine,
May 26, 1893; Harold Barbour, August 22, 1894; and
Ruth Humphrey, November 11, 1900.


She graduated from the Ansonia public schools, and
from Wellesley College in 1893. She taught in the public
schools In Ansonia, six years of the time In the high school;
and Is now In Washington, D. C, pursuing a special
course of study. She Is scholarly in her tastes.



He was educated in the public schools in Ansonia, and
is carrying on the mercantile business established by his
father. On September 3, 1902, he was married to Agnes
E. Hawthgrne, of Ansonia. They have no children.


They were twelve in number (himself making thir-
teen), ten of whom lived to adult years and were married,
namely, Seth, born in 1788; Clarinda, bom in 1789;
Linda, born in 1791 ; Henry (above named), born March
12, 1793; Thirza, born June i, 1801; Susan, bom June
29, 1803; Eliza, born March 25, 1806; Nancy, bom
January 16, 1808; Jonathan Sherman, bom in 18 12, and
Harvey, born June 24, 18 14. Of the thirteen children
two, Abi and Abiah, died in infancy, and one, Pluma, died
in her youth, just before she was to be married.


He was married three times, and there were born to
him several children. He early settled on a farm in York
State, and died there suddenly more than fifty years ago,
dropping dead in the barn where he had gone to feed his



She was born in Canton, and on November 11, 1807,
was married to Colonel Miles Foote, who was bom in
Canton in March, 1788. There were born to them
in Canton children, as follows: Laura, June 24, 1809;
Henry, September 15, 181 5; Lucius, April 5, 18 17;
Eliza M., March 7, 1823, and John Mills, February 9,
1827. Laura was married to Augustus H. Carrier, and


they had one child, I.ucy M., born in Canton in 1848.
Henn' and John married sisters, the former, Lemira
Woodruff, in 1836, and the latter, Savllla Woodruff, May
13, 1 85 1. Henry settled in Illinois and died there in
1886. John Mills latterly resided in West Hartford,
Conn., where he died June 16, 1899. His wife is still
living there in quite good health. Their only child is
John Mills, Jr.

Col. Foote and all his sons were extensive dealers in
live stock, the Colonel being a noted horseback rider. At
the Canton Centennial Celebration in 1876, he rode at
the head of the procession, and was in the saddle most
of the day, though then 88 years old. He died September,


He takes pride in the fact that he was born in Canton,
that important event in his life having occurred January
12, 1858. He has been a resident in West Hartford many
years, and until 1907, when he declined a re-election, he
had been for years a constable and the tax collector in
that town. He has been deputy sheriff seventeen years,
having been first appointed by Sheriff Preston, a democrat,
though himself a republican ; was then appointed by
Sheriff Spaulding for four years, then by Sheriff Smith for
two terms, eight years, and in June, 1907, by Sheriff
Dewev. As an officer he is efficient and trustworthy, as a
citizen, active and patriotic.

On October 12, 1882, he was married to Helen An-
netta, daughter of Edward Stanley, of West Hartford,
and there have been born to them three children, all in
West Hartford, Edward Mills, October 25, 1885; Elliott
Stanley, April 20, 1889; and Helen Selden, May 30,

Mr. Foote is a 3 2d degree Mason, and his prominent
connection with the order is thus shown : Wyllys Lodge,



No. 99, A. F. and A. M.; Pythagoras Chapter, No. 17,
R. A. M.; Washington Commandery, No. i, K. T. ;
Conn. Sovereign Consistory, S. P. R. S. ; Sphinx Temple,
A. A. O. N. M. S.


She was a woman of serene temper, was married to
Uriah Hosford, long-time most highly respected deacon
of the Canton Center Congregational Church. They had
no children. Her mother, Abi (Merrill) Barber (whom
I vividly remember as very fond of those brown sticks
of hoarhound candy, and as accustomed to sit in conversa-
tion, plaiting and re-plaiting her checkered pocket hand-
kerchief), spent her last years in her family, and died
there in 1848. This mother was left a widow, with a
large family of small children, whom she wisely reared.
She was a brave woman, sometimes riding alone to Hart-
ford, eighteen miles, on horseback, with her saddle-bags,
for bringing home goods. On one occasion, she assisted
in the amputation of a man's arm, holding the vessel to
catch the dripping blood while the doctor did his work.
That was before the days of anesthesia, when courage
of the highest quality was indispensable.


This sister of my father was married to Isaac Barnes,
a highly respected farmer, of New Hartford, Conn.
There was born to them one child, Eliza P., July 4, 1833.
She was married to Alfred E. Merrill, of New Hartford,
May I, 1853. There were born to them four children,
Charles Alfred, April 9, 1856; Ida Helen, September 24,
1858; Jessie Eliza, July 26, 1866; and Fannie Kate,
November 24, 1870. These children • were married as
follows, Charles to Loretta J. Mason, October, 1876; Ida
to Charles J. Healey February 11, 1889; Jessie to Stephen
T. Kellogg December 28, 1892; and Fannie to Wilbur M.



Beckwith, December 20, 1898. Mr. Barnes died Novem-
ber 15, 1865, aged 77 years, his wife died May, 1887,
their daughter, EHza, February 14, 1904, and her husband
May 5, 1905. Mr. and Mrs. Beckwith reside in Nepaug,
New Hartford,


On March 2, 1825, she was married to Imri Lester
Spencer, who was born April 15, 1803. She was a quiet
woman, a devoted wife and mother, finding her highest
joy in making her home a happy one. Mr. Spencer was
a kind hearted man, of pleasing manners, highly respected,
much interested and versed in public affairs; was first a
whig, then a republican, and represented Canton in the
house in 1847, his residence then being in the northeast
part of the town, on a high elevation, commanding an
extensive, beautiful view. He there carried on farming,
and there his children were born. Afterward for a few
years, he resided in Bloomfield, and there conducted a
general store, then moved to Waterbury and carried on
a store there.

There were born to this happy pair, six children, as
follows, Amos L., December 25, 1825; Susan, December
22, 1828; Hannah, April 3, 1831; Jane, February 16,
1836; Imri A., May 3, 1842; and Jonathan Barber
(named for a brother of the mother), August i, 1844;
Jane died January 10, 1839; and Jonathan, October 13,
1847. O" September 3, 1852, the daughter, Susan, was
married to Franklin C, son of Chester Moses, who was
a brother of Chauncey Moses, of North Canton. She
died January 27, 1853.

The father of these children died September 5, 1870,
his wife, March 9, 1888, just before the great blizzard.
They are buried in Canton Center cemetery. A note-
worthy incident connected with the funeral of the latter is
that, while en route for Canton by cars, they became stalled



in snow drifts, and went back to Waterbury and waited
for the roads to be opened.

He was married to Mary Ann, daughter of Harvey
INlills, of Canton, on April 3, 1849. She was born Janu-
ary 15, 1 83 1. They resided for years in Canton, and
then moved to Manchester, Conn. There were children
as follows, Helen Maria (adopted), born April 7, 1856;
Susan Mariam, born October 23, 1859; Hattie Jane, born
February 20, 1861; and Marion May, born December
29, 1865. (Unmarried.) Hattie died September 28,
1863; Susan died May 13, 1880. Helen was married to
Austin Henry Skinner September 25, 1878. He is highly
respected, living in South Manchester, Conn. Mr. Spencer
died there September 20, 1894, and his wife, June 13,
1898. Two sons, born 1855 and 1856, died in infancy.


She is unmarried and resides in Waterbury. She had
a memorable and frightful experience on the evening of
February 20, 1848, when Amos, Susan and herself were
descending the winding, steep hill southerly of their house,
to make a call upon a neighbor, and their horse, becoming
frightened, ran furiously and threw them out, Hannah
striking upon a rock, and receiving a serious compound
fracture of her limb ; in consequence of which injuries she
was confined for weeks before she was able to walk.
Hartford's distinguished surgeon, Doctor Pinckney W.
Ellsworth, assisted Doctor Kasson, the family physician,
in the treatment of the case.


He early enlisted in the Civil War, was in Company

F, 14th Conn. Volunteers, of which regiment Dwight

Morris, of Bridgeport, was the first Colonel, Adjutant

Theodore G. Ellis, of Hartford, succeeding him as


Colonel. Imri was wounded in the thigh December 13,
1862, at Fredericksburg, Va.; was captured at Reams
Station, Va., August 25. 1864; was confined in Libby,
Belle Isle and Salisbury prisons for six months; and was
paroled at Goldsboro, North Carolina, February 27,
1865. As prisoner he received the poor treatment usual
in Confederate prisons, having, perhaps, as he expresses
it, as good food as the Confederate government, in
its straitened circumstances, could spare from its own
army. That regiment was in thirty-three engagements,
in nineteen of which Mr. Spencer participated.

Mr. Spencer belongs to the G. A. R., the Odd Fellows
and Royal Arcanum, and has held official positions therein.
He has held several important political offices In Water-
bury; is active in church matters; and is held in high es-
teem for his integrity and good judgment. He was asso-
ciated with his father in mercantile business, and is now
conducting there a grain and feed business.

On December 20, 1865, he was married to Christiana
Whiton, of Bloomfield, who was born September 21,
1844, and there have been born to them two children,
Antoinette Whiton, April, 1869; and Alice Winifred,
February 16, 1871; the former died July, 1871; Alice
was married on June 10, 1897, to Davis Rich, and to them
were bom two children, Josephine Spencer and F.velyn
Spencer, aged now respectively three and one-half and two


On October 25, 1831, she was married to Henry A.
Adams, of Canton, Conn. He was the son of General
Ezra Adams. They went to Skaneateles, New^ York,
and bought and settled upon a farm. To them were born
two children, Emerson H., March 22, 1838; and Ella
Maria, June 3, 1847. ^^^- Adams died November 5,
1856, his wife survived him thirty-two years, her death
occurring May i, i888.#



On October 2,18 60, he was married to Annette Austin,
who was born February 25, 1838, and to them were born
three children, Warren Austin, September 14, 1861;
Henry Emerson, January 27, 1864; and Spencer Lional,
June 12, 1870. Mr. and Mrs. Adams are living, he
having succeeded his father on the farm; and for several
years past he has been much engaged in banking business,
being secrecai*y and treasurer of the Skaneateles Savings
Bank. He is much interested in church and town matters,
and is highly esteemed for his good judgment.


He is German professor in Dartmouth College; is
married and has two children, Austin L., born August 27,
1897; and Henry, born June 15, 1904.


He is a professor in a high school in Maryland.


He is a successful lawyer in Chicago, and is said to be
amassing wealth.


This daughter was married to Hubbard W. Cleave-
land, of Skaneateles, and died March 25, 1901. Her
death brought a sore affliction upon that otherwise very
happy family, exceptionally favored of heaven.


On March 2, 1830, she was married to William Ely
Brown, of Canton, who was born November 27, 1807,
and to them were born fiv^e children, namely, a daughter,
August 29, 1832; Catharine Eliza, March 26, 1835;



Eliza Ann, July 21, 1845; Sherman Ely, May i, 1847;
and a son, November 30, 1849. The first named child
and last named child died at birth. Eliza Ann died June
14, 1846. Catharine was a pupil of mine in the North
Canton School. She was a sedate, thoughtful, and at-
tractive young woman. She was married to Nelson J.
Church on March 18, 1862. Her death, which occurred
March, 1875, cast a gloom over the community.

Mr. Brown was the son of Abiel Brown, famed for
his genealogical sketches of Canton families. There were
three other sons of Abiel, Selden H., John and Elizur O.;
the father and four sons long living almost within a stone's
throw of each other. Abiel was the brother of the father
of John Brown, of national fame.

William Ely was a man of few, and very deliberately
spoken words, which, however, were always pertinent.
Mentally he kept in close touch with all public matters,
of religious, civil, and political interest. He was a whig,
then a republican, and represented the town in the house
in 1865. I have spoken on page 49 of the novel custom
in the Canton Center Congregational Church, of having,
as an addition to the large choir, an instrumental accom-
paniment of the bass-viol, violin and flute, Mr. Brown
playing on the bass-viol. Such a spectacle today would
be pleasing to an audience. Mr. Brown's wife died
October 25, 1879, ^"^ ^e died July 29, 1895.


He was born in Canton, in the house where his par-
ents had so long lived, receiving at his christening a part
of his father's name and a part of his mother's brother's
name. He spent his early life on the paternal farm;
since that time he has resided at Canton Center and in
Collinsville, engaged in milling and feed business. He
has held several town ofl^ces, and filled them acceptably.

On November 26, 1868, he was married to Florence



I., daughter of Gaylord Barber, of Canton. She is a
sister of the Rev. Clarence H. Barber, There have been
born to this pair four children, Nellie Catharine, January
1 8, 1 871; Kate Eliza, December 8, 1874; William Gay-
lord, August 25, 1879; and Estella Irene, March 11,
1893. William follows the business of his father, lately
in Manchester, and now in Berlin, Conn.


He was married to Statira Church. For years he was
a consumptive invalid, and died from that disease in June,
1847, ^t the home of his sister, Susan, wife of Imri L.
Spencer. He left no children. His widow married Har-
mon Hamlin, a much respected man. They resided in the
white Colonial house, near Canton railroad depot, at-
tractive by reason of its tall pillars.


On March 19, 1833, he was married to Lorinda Case,
sister of Uriah. She was born April 3, 18 16. They
were prosperous, highly respected persons; and for several
years they owned and carried on a fine farm at North
Canton. They then moved to Collinsville. There were
born to them two children, Henrietta, July 10, 1837; and
Willard J., November 21, 1850. On June 11, 1855,
Henrietta was married to Rollin O. Humphrey, of Col-
linsville, and to them were born two children, the first
dying at birth, May 6, 1856, the other, Henry Rollin,
died September 24, 1857, aged five months; Henrietta
died May 8, 1857; her father died September 14, and her
mother, October 12, 1859.


On May 8, 1871, he was married to Henrietta Lin-
coln, who was born February 4, 1851, and there were
born to them three children, Lenore, March 15, 1873;



Jane, October 21, 1882; and Harvey, January 9, 1883.
Harvey, died September, 1883; Lenore, November 4,
1898, and Willard's wife, on April 5, 1908. Mr. Barber
resided in Canton for years, and worked for Collins Com-
pany. He now resides at Ipswich, Massachusetts.


In all, my mother's father had fifteen children, two by
his first wife (Lucy Case), namely, Horace (who died
1855), and Solomon (who died 1830) ; and thirteen by
his second wife [Hainiah Broun) ^ of which latter number
my mother was one, and four of them died in infancy, —
the other eight were, Heman (see pages 48, 56 and 71) ;
Lucy, (born 178 i, married Jason Squires and died 1809) ;
Luther, a clergyman (born 1783, twice married, left no
children;) Clarinda, (born 1789, married Harvey Web-
ster, of Farmington, had one child, Candace, whose
daughter is the wife of Asa L. Case, son of Levi, residing
in the house in which Levi lived and died) ; Candace,
(born 1792, unmarried) ; Hannah, (wife of Alson Bar-
ber, see page 56) ; Electa, (born 1799, married Sidney
Hart, of Burlington, left no children) ; and Harriet, (born
1802, unmarried) .



He was the first cousin of my father; was the son of
Reuben, whose body was the first burled in Canton Center
cemetery. Reuben was in the Revolutionary war, and
when he came home at the close of the war his pay is
said to have consisted of a fifty dollar bill of Continental
currency. It proved to have no value; and sometime
afterward he lighted his pipe with it.

Sadosa was born January 31, 1781, and on February
4, 1802 he was married to Sarah Cleveland, who was born
August 8, 1784, and who was first cousin of Governor
Chauncey F. Cleveland, and sixth cousin to President
Grover Cleveland. There were born to Sadosa and Sarah
ten children, Melissa, April 3, 1803; Sterling J., June 30,
1804; Ansel S., July 8, 1806; Sophronia, July 23, 1808;
Clarissa, February 11, 181 1; Fannie L., September 4,
t8i8; Fanny E., February 14, 1820; Lucius L., July 17,
1822; Jasper E., August 11, 1824; a.nd Henry Martin,
December 14, 1832. Fanny L. died in infancy, on May
17, 1819.

The other children were married, as follows, Melissa,
to David Lane in 1831 ; Sterling to Pluma P. Mills; Ansel
to Mary Chapman; Sophronia, to Samuel Victor Wood-
bridge: Clarissa to Henry G. Sexton; Fannie E., to James
Clark; Lucius to Celia Chapman; Jasper E., to Marie P.
Bowers; and Henry to Melissa E. Lee on February 15,
1854. Jasper's wife was the sister of Chester A, Bowers,
longtime popular merchant tailor, on Asylum street, Hart-
ford, who was born in Collinsv^Ille in 1815, and died in



Hartford June 23, i 884. He was one of the very politest
persons I ever knew; often in conversation, particularly in
his business, repeating the word " Sir," with the accom-
paniment of a bow, not only of his head but of his body.
Sadosa died November 25, i860, and his wife, March 7,
1861. Melissa died May 3, 1891; Sterling, May 19,
1878; Ansel, March 22, 1875; Sophronia, September 21,
1891; Clarissa, December 15, 1867; Fanny K., January
29, 1883; Lucius, October 18, 1868; and Jasper, March
22, 1872.


He is the only one living of that large family of
children, his wife is also living, and they are residing in
the house in which he was born. To them have been born
six children, Wilbur H., November 15, 1854; George I.,
June 16, 1859; Lillian A., December 9, 1861; Ella A.,
November 16, 1864; Arthur H., August 22, 1871; and
Emma J., November 20, 1874. Wilbur died June 2,
i860; Lillian, September 25, 1863; Arthur, February
22, 1873; Emma, August 19, 1895.

George was married, first, to Emma J. Bidwell, and,
secondly, to Bessie H. Buckingham; Ella was married to
William H. Chapin; Emma was married to Arthur G.

Mr. Barbour has held the offices of Constable, As-
sessor, member board of relief, selectman and was in the
house in 1880.

David Lane, who was married to Melissa Barber, was
born November 8, 1799, and died May 4, 1839. He and
Melissa first met while she was acting as housekeeper for
Samuel W. Collins, and he was boarding in the family.
It is said that he was the eighth man employed by Collins
Company; also, that he set out the present large elm trees
on the Collinsville Church green, while he was working
for the Company. There were born to David and Melissa



three children, David Frank, February 29, 1832; RoUin
Dwight, April 8, 1834; and Fanny Lucretla, who is now

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