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Mrs. Ruth Williams, of whose history I wrote you
at length on Saturday, pleasantly passed her 93d birth-
day anniversary on that day, at her home. No. 48 Oak
street, Hartford, receiving calls and what the letter carrier
was pleased to style, " bushels of letters for Aunt Ruth,"
about forty in number, all of which her good eyesight
enabled her to read herself and greatly enjoy. Among the
Saturday callers were Mrs. Williams's pupil of long ago,
Mrs. Eliza (Phelps) Wilcox, Birdseye E. Case and wife
and Mrs. Julia Goodrich of Hartford and Mrs. Bell
Gilbert and Miss Maud Loomis of Granby. She was
further honored and delighted by receiving many calls on
Sunday from people of all religious faiths, whom she de-
lighted, in turn, by her sparkling, witty conversation.

Among the callers were the Hon. Henry K. Morgan,
in his 89th year, his daughter. Miss Emily, Rabbi Elkin,
Major Henry P. and Mrs. Hitchcock, Major and Mrs.
William H. Talcott, Judge Leonard Morse, Enos Lane,
James H. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Lankton, and the
Rev. A. C. Johnson of Hartford, and Mrs. Roxy M.
Hoyt (daughter of the late Giles Calhoun of Collinsville),
and Henry T. Hart, both of East Hartford.

Mrs. Williams is in good health, gets about the house,
upstairs and down, with ease, and walks out almost daily.

Hartford, December 2, 1907.


Having in the foregoing letters to the Hartford
Times referred only in a general way to the family to
which I belong, it has been suggested to me by persons
outside that family, that I ought to include in this pub-
lication, statistics of the different branches of that family,
somewhat in detail; accordingly waiving modesty, I
proceed to comply with those suggestions, in the hope that
thereby I may furnish historical and biographical informa-
tion of some general interest, present and future. As I
stated on bottom of page 55, I use the form of spelling the
name adopted by the person referred to, the practice of
the families not being uniform.


My father, Henry Barbour, was fifth in descent from
Thomas Barber, who came to Windsor, Conn., in 1635,
and he was the son of Jonathan and Abi (Merrill) Barber,
of Canton, where he was born March 12, 1793. On
April 2, 1 8 17, he was married to Naomi, daughter of
Solomon and Hannah (Brown) Humphrey, of Barkham-
sted, Conn., the marriage ceremony having been per-
formed in Barkhamsted by William Taylor, Esq. Naomi
was born in Burlington, Conn., where the family then re-
sided, September 28, 1794. In the paternal line she was
fifth in descent from Michael Humphrey, who came from
England, and afterward to Windsor, Conn., about 1640.
As in the mingling of the blood in my veins there is some
Dyer blood intermixed, I am pleased to say that my mother
was fifth in descent from Sarah Dyer, of Weymouth,


Mass., who was the wife of John Ruggles, Jr., and who
died May 2, 1687. In her maternal line, my mother was
sixth in descent from Peter Brown, of Plymouth, Mass.

Immediately upon their marriage, my father and
mother began housekeeping at the home of his widowed
mother and younger brothers and sisters, in the house
latterly known as the Treat Lambert house, situated about
one and one half miles northerly of Canton Center Con-
gregational church. In the fall of 18 17, they moved
one-fourth of a mile westerly to the house afterward long
owned and occupied by Loin Harmon Humphrey. In
April, 1820, they moved one mile northwesterly to the
then one-story house that had been occupied by my father's
first cousin, John Barber, father of General Lucius A.
Barbour's father, Lucius, where the latter was born July
26, 1805. My father added a second story to that house;
the present and long-time past appearance of it being as
shown in the accompanying picture.

There were born to my parents, children as follows :
Clarinda, April 17, 18 18; Heman Humphrey, July 19,
1820; Henry Stiles, August 2, 1822; Lucy, May 7, 1824;
Pluma, September 17, 1826; Juliaette, November 14,
1828; Sylvester, January 20, 1831; Eliza Naomi, Feb-
ruary 3, 1833; and Edward Payson, September 23, 1834.
The eldest of these children was born in the Harmon
Humphrey house, the others in the house afterward oc-
cupied by the family. That house, and the farm connected
with it, now belong to the family of the late Levi Gillette,
whose son, Francis A., now owns and occupies the farm
across the street, which was originally a part o^f my
father's farm, my brother-in-law, Henry P. Lane, having
bought it, and built the house upon it, which he occupied
several years.




Parents and Daughters




On May 2, 1838, this daughter was married to Frank-
lin Ruel Periy, who was born August 30, 18 13. He
was a large-sized, brainy man, possessed of more than
av^erage talents and intelligence, positive in his convictions.
They first resided in the Widow Spring house, situated a
few rods easterly of the Pliny Case blacksmith shop, at
Canton Center; then, for a few years, in the Hosea Case
house, situated on the hill a few rods northerly of the site
of the present schoolhouse of the North Center school
district. He taught school winters; and carried on farm-
ing in the summer time, on a part of the farm then be-
longing to Capt. Loin Humphrey, of which part of farm
and Case house the late Giles Sisson afterward became
the owner, and he took down that house and built, and for
many years occupied a new house on substantially the
same spot. Afterward the Perry family for a while oc-
cupied the Augustus H. Carrier house, subsequently owned
by Cyrus Harvey, of Collinsville, situated midway be-
tween Canton Center and Collinsville; and then they
moved to Collinsville, where he for years held a position in
Collins Company's works.

There were born to Mr. and Mrs. Perry three chil-
dren, Oliver Franklin, October 11, 1839; Esther Cla-
rinda, March 28, 1842; and Wilbert Warren, December
20, 185 I ; the first named in the Spring house, and the
others in the Hosea Case house.

Politically, Mr. Perry allied himself with the despised
Abolition party, and then with the Republican party on
its formation. He held several town offices, and was
esteemed for his upright character and sound judgment.
He and his brother-in-law, Henry Stiles Barbour, had a
novel experience one winter in the forties, just after the
announcement of the invention by Morse of the electric
telegraph. Thev traveled in a portion of New England,


lecturing on the invention, and exhibiting its working by
a wire drawn from end to end of a hall, they transmitting
messages to each other from the respective ends. They
had some difficulty in convincing their audiences that there
was not collusion between them as to the messages trans-
mitted, until, upon their invitation, individuals in the
audience prepared and handed to the operator the mes-
sage to be sent. Mr. Perry died December 12, 1878,
and his wife, April 30, 1886.


He is possessed of an even, most amiable disposition,
and maintains peaceful relations with everybody, and is
faithful to every trust committed to him. For 44 years
he has been connected with Collins Company in its office
in Collinsville. On June 30, 1870, he was married to
Laura Latimer, of Simsbury, a most estimable woman.
She was born January* 14, 1847. There have been born
to them two children, Wilbert Latimer, December 31,
1 871; and one that died at birth. On June 2, 1906,
Wilbert was married to Helen Bernardine Mahoney, of
Hartford. They reside in West Hartford, and he is a
rising Insurance man, connected with the JEtna. Fire In-
surance company in its office in Hartford. They have
no children.


She has had an extraordinary career. She graduated
from the State Normal school in New Britain in July,
i860; and, with the exception of one year in the interval,
has taught school continuously since that time; 35 years
in the large graded public school of the West Middle
District of Hartford ; being for 20 years its principal,
convincing proof of her ability in teaching and govern-
ment. She is a woman of commanding presence, queenly


in visage and bearing, always self-possessed. Her years
and labors seem to have made little impression upon her.
She retains her connection with the school referred to.


He inherited sterling qualities from his parents. He
graduated from the Hartford High school in 1867 ; from
Yale College before he was 20 years old, valedictorian
of the class (1871), having among his classmates the
Hon. Charles Hopkins Clark, editor of the Hartford
COURANT, and Hon. Charles D. Hine, secretary of the
Connecticut State Board of Education. For a time he
conducted a school for the education of boys for college,
in Morristown, New Jersey. He graduated from Columbia
Law school. New York, taking high ^rank. He practiced
law in Hartford nearly twenty years, demonstrating that
he was able to conduct the trial of the most important
and difficult cases, civil and criminal. Jointly with Hon.
Edward S. Cleveland, he represented Hartford in the
House in 1883, and was honored by Speaker Pine by an
appointment on the Judiciary Committee as an additional
member from Hartford County.

On October 6, 1880, he was married to Kate Cleve-
land Pratt, of Hartford, and there were bom to them four
children, namely: Wilbert Warren, Jr., August 29, 1881;
Katherine, March 25, 1883; Cleveland, March 13, 1885;
and Franklin, February 23, 1888; the latter dying April
2^;, 1888. Wilbert, Jr., and Cleveland are unmarried.
On September 19, 1903, Katherine was married to Harold
W. Hough, son of Hon. Emerson A. Hough, of Collins-
ville (House, 1903), and they have two children, Perry
Tyler, born April 30, 1905, and George Emerson, born
June 19, 1908. William and Harold are in the office of
the .'Etna Life Insurance company, Hartford; Cleveland
is in Washington, D. C, where the mother resides.



On October 23, 1845, he was married to Frances
Elizabeth, daughter of Merlin and Clarissa (Newton)
Merrill, of Barkhamsted, Conn., where she was born
May 25, 1824. She was a woman of much talent and
culture, a very devoted daughter, wife and mother. There
were born to this happy pair ten children, Joseph Lane,
December 18, 1846; Henry Merlin (named for his
grandfathers), May 29, 1848; Heman Humphrey, Jr.,
June 22, 1850; James Bolles, December 17, 1851;
Thomas Seymour, July 28, 1853; Francis Newton, March
26, 1855; Samuel Barwick Beresford (named for the
beloved family physician), February 12, 1857; William
Hungerford, November 7, 1858; Frances E., August 2,
1861 ; and a son, October 17, 1863. Joseph was born at
his grandfather Merrill's, in Barkhamsted; Henry in
Columbus, Ind. ; Heman, Jr., on Windsor street, Hart-
ford, in the brick house, then known as No. 40, and now
called No. "120; James, Thomas, Francis, and Samuel,
on said Windsor street, in the south half of brick house,
then known as No. 35, and now called No. 105; the
other children (including the second wife's), were born
in the brick house on the east side of Windsor Avenue,
Hartford, second one north of Pavilion street. (I think
these statements as to precise places of birth must be of
interest to the families concerned). At the time of
Joseph's birth, the residence of the family was in Colum-
bus, Ind., but Mr. Barbour was in the Mexican War,
adjutant of a regiment, having enlisted at the beginning
of the war. He obtained a furlough to come east, to be
present at the natal ceremonies. Joseph was named for
Joseph Lane, a general in that war. Mr. Barbour was
fond of western life and manners — entered much into
politics out there ; was in the state senate, and talked of
for Congress, anei would hav^e preferred to remain there;




The four sons of Henry and Naomi Barbour in the order of their ages.


but, that discouraging ailment, iever and ague, then very
prevalent in Indiana and the new west generally,^so af-
fected his wife's health, that he found it necessary to
change his residence ; and he decided to return east, and
he located in Hartford in April, 1850.

Of this branch of the family there have died, Francis
Newton, April 23, 1857; Samuel, November 15, 1859;
Frances E., September 9, 1861; the mother and infanc
son at the birth of the latter, October 17, 1863; James,
October 5, 1869; and William, December 3, 1898. The
mother and infant were buried in one casket. On Sammie's
tombstone is this epitaph, " Our boys still number seven,
five on earth, two in heaven"; a thought suggested by
Wordsworth's beautiful poem, " We are Seven." Wil-
liam was named for William Hungerford, Hartford's
distinguished lawyer, who, on learning of the christening,
was so pleased that he sent the father fifty dollars, as a
present to the child.

On May 9, 1865, Mr. Barbour was married to Myra
Ann, daughter of William Frazer Barker, of Hartford,
a brother of Ludlow Barker, and to them were born three
children, Clarence Augustus, April 21, 1867; John Bap-
tiste, June 24, 1869;' and Edith Gertrude, March 15,
1874, the latter dying October 23, 1874. Mrs. Barbour,
an estimable Christian woman, had been associated with
Mr. Barbour in Sunday-school and other church work in
the North Baptist church, in Hartford. She was left a
widow on June 29, 1875, her elder son then being only
eight years old. For a time she resided in Hartford, until
the graduation from the high school of the elder son, then
moved to Providence, Rhode Island, where she remained
until the graduation of both sons from Brown University.
She now resides in Rochester, New York, in the family of
her son, Clarence.

Some allusion is made in the Fifty-Year article, on
page 17, to Mr. Barbour's political work in Connecticut,


and, in the address a! the funeral of the sister, Lucy, to
his philanthropic work, which was extensive. As a lawyer,
he was in the front rank in Hartford. He was a power-
ful logician, as the late Hon. Henry C. Robinson ex-
pressed it, and he relied much on general principles in
the trial of his cases, thereby winning some important
ones, for which no precedents could be found in the re-
ports. He was, withal, a very conscientious lawyer, and
would not take a case until he first became satisfied his
client was in the right; he declined to bring any divorce
case, except on the one scriptural ground — adultery,
thereby manifesting his acceptance of the teachings of the
Bible, as the rule of his life in all matters.


Joseph's fame as a lawyer and public speaker is more
than state-wide. He is most attractive and convincing to
a jury, in happiest relations with the judges and lawyers,
the sharpest tilts with the latter being quickly forgotten
by the participants, because not prompted by personal
hatred, but by momentary excitement; impassioned, dra-
matic, keenest in wit, and aptest as a story teller on the
political platform ; unsurpa~ssed in making and clinching
points; and in such demand in political campaigns that
no hall can be found large enough to hold the crowds
that flock to hear him. His work is always most intense,
and, vigorous as he is, he would ere this have collapsed,
if he did not in summer time, for a month or two, steal
away from his work, into the mountains or onto the ocean
where his clients cannot finci him. He is as simple, un-
artificial, natural in manner as a child. This is no over-
drawn picture of the man, in the delineation of which I
believe I am not in the least influenced by the relationship
existing between us.

Joseph practiced for a while in New Britain in com-
pany with his brother, Heman, and was a member of the




Cousins of the above-named lady


Common Council there for a time. In 1877 he was clerk
of the House, and of the Senate in 1878 and 1879. In
1884 he was prosecuting attorney of the city of Hartford.
He was a member of the House from Hartford in 1897,
when he was made Speaker, remarking in his address on
taking the chair, that it was the happiest moment of his
life. He belongs to the Masonic order, being a Knight

On June 21, 1871, Joseph was married to Anne Jane,
daughter of Oliver and Jane E. Woodhouse, of Hartford,
her father then and for years before being assistant post-
master of Hartford. Anne was born in Hartford, August
21, 1 85 I. There have been born to this pair five children,
all in Hartford, viz.: Frances, July 25, 1872; Robert
Woodhouse, February 13, 1877; Richard Joseph, March
13, 1879; Florence Anne, February 19, 1881; and Edwin
Parker, May 23, 1886. Frances is unmarried and resides
with her parents. Robert is unmarried, and now living
in the state of Washington. "On November 11, 1903,
Florence was married to Arthur R., son of Rev. Dr.
George R. Van De Water, of New York, and they have
one child, Dorothy, born December 9, 1904. Richard
died July 6, 1880, and Edwin, May 18, 1887.


Mr. Barbour was educated in the public schools of
Hartford, and in Trinity College, of which he is a gradu-
ate. He Is an Episcopal clergyman, having had pastorates
in New Jersey, and is now rector of The Church of the
Beloved Disciple, in New York City. On June 27, 1872,
he was married to Harriet Deming, and to them have
been born these children, Henry Grosvenor, November
15, 1873; Elizabeth Sumner, July 21, 1877; Catharine
Hutchinson, xAugust 15, 1879; Margaret Mary Clymer,
May 31, 1887; and Myron Wallace Wilson, December
27, 1890. The first named child Is dead. Elizabeth
was married to Hutchinson Southgate, January 19, 1898.



He received his preparatory education in the pubHc
schools of Hartford, and then read law. He practiced in
New Britain, Hartford and Norwalk. Conn., from 187 1
to 1880, and was very successful. His success was due
largely to his wonderful oratorical gift, backed by in-
domitable energy and perseverance, and his great sincerity.
He was always working; at night he often wrote out and
committed to memory his arguments to be addressed to
the jury, so that he might be concise in delivery and have
every word mean something. In build and pose he much
resembled the " Little Giant," Stephen A. Douglas, Lin-
coln's powerful adversary on many a hard fought political
battlefield. While practicing law he had had much suc-
cess, and his leaving the legal profession seemed to many
a mistake, as it involved a great financial sacrifice; but,
he hac^ had a visitation from heaven, similar to that ex-
perience by St. Paul, and, like the latter, he became con-
vinced that it was his duty to preach the gospel, and that
was an end of the controversy in his mind over the matter.

He was ordained to the ministry, after a preparatory
course, and held pastorates as follows, namely: over the
North Baptist church, in Newark, New Jersey, 1880-
1886; Trinity Baptist Church, Camden, New Jersey,
1 887-1 888; Belden Avenue Baptist church, Chicago, 111.,
1 888-1 894; First Baptist church, Lockport, New York,
1 894-1 896; First Baptist church, Columbus, Ohio, 1896-
1904; and again North Baptist church, Newark, New
Jersey, 1904- 1905. His number of pastorates should
not be taken as an evidence that he was, as a preacher,
unpopular, for, as a preacher, he was much esteemed; but
it was his delight to take a church that needed an Infusion
of new life, which, in his work, generally resulted In an
increased membership, and, In some Instances, in the build-
ing of new church edifices.


On January 26, 1869, he was married to Frances
Emma Luther, of Berlin, Conn., and to them were born
three children, James Joseph, December 28, 1869; Ernest
Luther, September 24, 1871; and Elizabeth Humphrey,
July 7, 1873. On July 13, 1890, Ernest was married to
Mertie May Clow, and to them have been born two chil-
dren, Neva Vaughan, November 20, 1892; and Olga
Clow, October 19, 1894. On October 18, 1891, Elizabeth
was married to Frank Lynde.

On June 10, 1889, Heman, Jr., was married to
Gertrude Annie Mahan, of Chicago, and to them were
born four children, namely: Helen Sampson, January
^7> ^§93' "^ Chicago; Humphrey M., December 13,
1894, in Lockport, N. Y.; Roger Merrill, February 28,
1897; and Lorraine O., January 5, 1900, the last two in
Columbus, Ohio.

In his battling with an incurable, painful malady for
a year or two before he died, Mr. Barbour resembled that
great soldier and sufferer from a like disease. General
Grant, and his heroism, like that of the general, elicited
the wonder and sympathy of his many acquaintances, and
of the public generally. The general at Mount McGregor
was struggling to complete his Memoirs before his death;
and Mr. Barbour, from his sick bed, In his affection for his
church, painfully prepared sermons to be read from his

In the great affliction arising from the loss of her
husband, there remains to the widow the solace derived
from the possession of four bright children, whom she Is
struggling to keep together, and properly rear and educate.
She now resides at Bloomington, Indiana.


This son of Heman, Jr., was born in Hartford, in
one of the dwelling-houses his grandfather built, on the
east side of Barbour street, a street laid out by the latter,


and named by the city, as a token of respect for him.
James went to Chicago to practice law, was there married
on September 2, 1891, to Lillian Clayton, and there have
been born to them three children, Justin Fulton, December
30, 1892; Heman Humphrey, May 27, 1894; and Eliza-
beth, May 25, 1900. On January 19, 1904, he was
appointed assistant state's attorney by the Hon. Charles
S. Deneen, then state's attorney of Cook County, 111.,
and now governor of that state; was reappointed by
Hon. John J. Healy, present state's attorney, in December,
1904, and became first assistant In 1907. He Is evidently
In the line of promotion to the state's attorneyship. He
has conducted the prosecution of important cases, with
extraordinary ability and success. In moderate stature,
and unpretentious manners, he Is like his distinguished
namesake uncle, and, when roused for the fray, like him,
is a formidable adversary In the court room.

From earliest boyhood he has had an ambition to suc-
ceed as an advocate. All his reading has been directed to
that end. He has made it a point to study the biographies
of statesmen, and great lawyers, to read the literature of
eventful trials, and, whenever possible, to come Into per-
sonal relation with those who have been truly successful
in life, so that he may be Influenced by their example and
precept. Hard work at all times has had much to do with
bringing results. One of the important trials he has
lately conducted was that of the prosecution of the ex-
chief of police and his attorney, for conspiracy.


He Is a Baptist clergyman, Is a doctor of divinity, and
has held different pastorates. He Is now connected with
the mission work of the Baptist denomination, being cor-
responding secretary of the Foreign* Department, with
central oflSce In Boston. On September 4, 1877, he was
married to Emma J. White, and to them were born chll-


dren, as follows: Louise Huntley, September 19, 1880;
Harris Merrill, September 6, 1884; Florence White,
Februarys 4, 1888; and Gertrude Frances, May 18, 1889.
Louise was married to Rev. Randall T. Capen, on May
I, 1903. She died March 11, 1904, leaving an infant
child. Mr. Barbour's very extraordinary benignity of
character is conspicuously depicted on his countenance, and
tenderly exhibited in his manners. Such a man must be
loved by all who know him.


He was educated in the public schools of Hartford,
and followed a business life; his last place of residence
being in the south. He was married, and there are four
children, issue of the marriage: Milton, born in 1886;
Genevieve Merrill, born in 1889; William Hungerford,
Jr., born in 1892; and Joseph Lane, 2d, born in 1897.

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