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Windham County Connecticut
WINDHAM COUNTY RECORDS
AS RECORDED IN:
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES CONNECTICUT.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT AND REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS AND OF MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLED FAMILIES.
PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903 P. 356
DAY. The Days, to whom Miss Louisa E. Day of Thompson, Windham county, belongs is an old family of the town of Killingly. It has been handed down by tradition that the family originally came from Wales, which is undoubtedly correct. In a book of Heraldry containing Arms of William Day, B.D. Provost of Eton College, and Dean of Windsor, confirmed by William Flower, Norroy, on Oct. 21, 1582, in the twenty-fourth year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth, he is said to be descended from the Dees of Wales, being a younger son of Richard Day, who was a son of Nicholas Day, son of John Dee (called in English Daye), son of Morgan Dee, a Welshman. Dee signifies, it is said, dark or dingy, and was the name of a small river in Wales, and was applied to some ancestor living on its banks. In time the name Dee came to be written as it sounded, Daye or Day.
Robert Day, the emigrant of 1635, of Ipswich, England, born in 1605, came to America in the ship Hopewell, and settled in Ipswich, Mass. He was made a freeman in 1641, and he died in September, 1683. By his wife, Hannah, he had five children: John, born in 1641; Thomas, born in 1643; Hannah, born in 1645, married Robert Lord; Sarah, born in 1647, married David Fiske; and James, born in 1649, married Susan Ayres, and died in 1690.
The line of descent is through James Day, born in 1649; his son Robert, born Jan. 17, 1684 (married, first, April 4, 1706, Elizabeth Dresser, and second, in 1736, Susan McKee), who moved to Killingly in 1717, and settled on the South Whetstone brook; and James, who was drowned Dec. 25, 1782, when sixty-six years of age. James Day, who owned some 3,300 acres of land in Killingly, and was the founder of the village of Dayville, married Mary Parkhurst, of Plainfield, Conn., who died July 28, 1818, at ninety-seven years of age. He and his wife are buried in the old Day cemetery and a marble slab marks the graves of both. To James and Mary Day were born children as follows: Nathan, born July 28, 1743, Granville, N.Y.; Jonathan, born March 12, 1745, Killingly, Conn.; Elias, born Sept. 25, 1750, Woodstock, Conn.; Mary, born March 21, 1753, married Nathaniel Maize; Thomas, born June 9, 1755, Thompson, Conn.; John, born March 12, 1757, Killingly, Conn.; James, born Aug. 23, 1758, Killingly, Conn.; Asa, born July 23, 1760, Killingly, Conn.; and David, born July 20, 1762, Killingly, Conn. James Day was a soldier in the war of the Revolution, and the following is a copy of the certified records of his services:
Page 18, Record of Connecticut
Men in the Revolution, list of the men who marched from Connecticut
towns for the Relief of Boston in the Lexington Alarm, April,
1775. From the town of New London, James Day, adjutant, Number of
days service, 30. Page 72, same book, Adjutant James Day, of New
London, commissioned May 30, discharged Dec. 10, 1775; re-entered
service, 1776, on the staff of Col. Samuel Holden Parsons, Sixth
Regiment; raised on the first call for troops in April, May, 1775,
recruited from New London, Hartford and present Middlesex counties.
June 17, ordered by the Governors Council to Boston Camps.
There the regiment took part at Roxbury, in Gen.
Thomas Day, son of James, was
born June 9, 1755. He married, April 13, 1783, Susannah Buck, daughter
of Samuel and Hannah Buck, of one of the old families of Killingly,
who was born June 7, 1763. Thomas Day was a deacon in the Brandy
Hill Baptist Church, of Thompson, and a much esteemed deacon, and
he and his wife were very worthy people. During the war of the Revolution
Thomas Day served under Capt. Crosby. His death occurred July 15,
1830, and he was buried in West Thompson cemetery, West Thompson.
The following children were born to Thomas Day and his wife: Waity,
born April 19, 1784, married Obadiah Stone, Sept 23, 1810, and died
in Thompson, Sept. 14, 1854; James, born Aug. 3, 1785, married Nancy
Ballard, Oct. 21, 1810, and died in Thompson, Sept. 17, 1824; William,
born Dec. 29, 1786,
DAVID DAY, father of Miss Louisa E.
Day, attended school in Thompson, where his life was spent as a farmer
and stockman. He purchased the Charles Crosby farm, a tract of 100
acres, on which property he carried on general farming and made many
improvements, making it one of the finest farms in that section of
the country. It is now owned by J.E. Doane. David Day died Dec. 2,
1873, and was buried in the West Thompson cemetery. On Dec. 13, 1814,
he married, for his first wife, Betsey Cady, daughter of Nedabiah
Cady, of Reading, Vt., born Dec. 21, 1791, died Jan. 16, 1833; she
was buried in the West Thompson cemetery. One child came to this
union, Caroline Elizabeth, born in October, 1825, who died Aug. 3,
1826. Mr. Day married for his second wife Miss Louisa Cady, daughter
of James and Rosanna (Cutler) Cady, of Killingly, and a granddaughter
of Joseph Cady, of Killingly, the Cadys being one of the old families.
She was born in Killingly, Feb. 9, 1801, and died June 10, 1893,
at the ripe age of ninety-two years. Two children came to Mr. and
Mrs. Day: Louisa Elizabeth, born May 11, 1836, and David Elmer, born
Dec. 21, 1838. The latter, who died Nov. 21, 1900, is buried in the
same cemetery as his father, and at the time of his death was engaged
in farming the old homestead, being a hard-working man, highly respected.
In his politics he was a Republican, and in all the relations of
life he endeavored to live up to the teaching of the Golden Rule.
David Day, the father, participated in the war of 1812, and was at
New London. In his political faith he was a Whig, and upon the formation
of the party became a stanch Republican. He was a consistent
MISS LOUIS E. DAY, the last of her family, is a lady highly respected by all who know her. While she still retains her home in Thompson, having a life interest in the old home, in which she has spent her life, she spends her summers at different pleasant resorts on the coast. Miss Day understands thoroughly the management of her large wealth, and, having made safe and wise investments, she can rest secure in the enjoyment of her ample income. A kind-hearted lady, her charities are many, but she is one of those who prefer to give in secret and not to sound her benefactions to the world, and her friends are many, for she possesses the virtues which attract people to her and inspire affection.
Linda D. Pingel great-great granddaughter of Cyrus White of Rockville, Ct.
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