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Ernest Avery Lathrop, Biography
"A Modern History of New London County, Connecticut, Volume III"
Lewis Historical Publishing company, New York City, 1922

      The Lathrop name is an honored one in New England, and nowhere more so than in New London county, Connecticut, where the family was founded by Samuel Lathrop, who was brought from England by his father, Rev. John Lathrop, in 1634.  Rev. John Lathrop came into open conflict with the Archbishop of London, where he was pastor of an Independent church, and with forty-three members of his church was arrested, April 29, 1632, and thrown into prison.  While he was in prison, his wife died and finally he was released on the condition that he would leave England.  Accordingly he sailed with his children, and in 1634 arrived in New England.  He founded a church in Scituate, Massachusetts, and with many of his congregation moved to Barnstable.

     Samuel Lathrop was a builder of Boston, and a farmer of Barnstable, finally settling in now New London, Connecticut, where he became one of the judges of the local court organized in 1649.  In 1668 he moved to Nrowich, Connecticut, where he was chosen constable.  He married (first), November 28, 1644, in Barnstable, Elizabeth Scudder.  They were the parents of nine children, their oldest, a son, John, baptized December 7, 1645, their youngest,a daughter, Anne, born August 7, 1667.  Samuel Lathrop married (second) , 1690, Abigail Doane, born January 291632, daughter of Deacon John Doane, of the Plymouth Colony.  She survived her husband thirty-four years, living to the great age of one hundred and two.  On the centennial anniversary of her birth, her friends assembled at her home and listened to a sermon preached by her pastor, a part of the celebration.  She preserved to a remarkable degree her mental powers until her death in 1734, her husband having passed away in 1700.  It is from Samuel and Elizabeth (Scudder) Lathrop that Ernest Avery Lathrop, of the town of Montville, descends.

     Ernest A. Lathrop is a son of John Lathrop, who was born in Bozrah, New London county, Connecticut, in 1836, and now (1920), at the age of eighty-four years, still farms the old Lathrop homestead in Bozrah.  He married (second) Sarah Elizabeth Thomas, born in colchester, Connecticut, in July, 1840, died in April, 1914.  She was a widow with two sons and a daughter when married to John Lathrop, one of the sons, William Brown, now living at the farm of his half-brother, Ernest Avery Lathrop, and assisting in its cultivation.

     Ernest A. Lathrop, son of John and Sarah Elizabeth (Thomas) Lathrop, was born in Norwich, Connecticut, January 16, 1873, and there educated in the public schools.  In early life he drove a stage between Norwich and Ledyard Center, but after two years in that position entered the employ of Edward Johnson, a farmer of Uncasville.  He was engaged in farming and later in teaming until 1901, when he bought the Fred Parker farm in the town of Montville, where he has taken leading rank among the enterprising, successful farmers of his town.  His farm is very productive, and his dairy herd contains some very fine Holsteins and all are graded cattle.  He uses all modern aids to successful farming, and is very progressive.

     Mr. Lathrop was married, October 17, 1894, by Rev. John Avery, at Norwich, to Julia Estell Avery, daughter of Belton Avery, one of the old whaling mariners, born in 1853, died 1901, and Mary Augusta (Reynolds) Avery, who yet survives her husband, and is a resident of Norwich.



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