JOHN BRIGHAM KINGSBURY
AS RECORDED IN:
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF
TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT
AND REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS AND OF MANY
OF THE EARLY SETTLED FAMILIES.
PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO.,
CHICAGO; 1903 P. 431
JOHN BRIGHAM KINGSBURY was born Oct.
1, 1826, at the parental home on the Rockville road, Tolland, Conn.,
and there makes his home. The land has been in the possession of
the family for 175 years. Nathaniel Kingsbury, Jr., great-grandfather
of John B., was born in Coventry, a son of Nathaniel Kingsbury, Sr.,
who settled in Tolland about the time of his marriage, on land deeded
to him by his father-in-law, and on this land his posterity still
resides. Nathaniel Kingsbury, Jr., was a deacon in the Presbyterian
Church at Tolland. His wife, Sarah, daughter of Capt. Samuel Chapman,
died July 14, 1794, the mother of the following family: Hannah, born
in 1738; Sarah, born in 1739; three who died in infancy; Ruth, born
in 1750; Nathaniel, born in 1753; Jabez; and Samuel, born in 1763.
Deacon Jabez Kingsbury, son of Nathaniel, Jr., was born March 10,
1756, and died March 25, 1844. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary
army, entering when twenty-one years of age, and he drew a pension
for his meritorious
services in that struggle. Born in Tolland, he lived here all his life,
and built the house where his grandson, John B., was born, and which
is still standing. He was an active and public spirited man, and held
the office of justice of the peace many years. A man of deep religious
feeling, he served as a deacon in the Congregational Church many years.
Deacon Kingsbury was married Aug. 15, 1776, to Anna Hatch, who was born
Sept. 18, 1759, and died June 12, 1842. They had three children, Sarah,
Mary, and John. Col. John Kingsbury, son of Deacon Jabez, and father
of John B., was born Oct. 28, 1782, on the old farm. He was an officer
in the State Militia, appointed in 1821, and was a man of ability and
character. In his adult life he was a Whig, but became a Republican before
he died. A prominent man in the community, for many years he filled various
local offices, and was selectman. In the Presbyterian Church he was an
active member and persistent worker. His death occurred in Tolland, March
2, 1861, when he had reached the age of seventy-eight years. In 1804,
Col. Kingsbury was married to Sally Dimock, who was born Oct. 12, 1782,
in Tolland, and died Dec. 11, 1819, at the age of thirty-seven years.
To this union were born a son and a daughter, twins, who died in infancy.
On Nov. 1, 1821, Col. Kingsbury married Sally Edgerton, who was born
April 5, 1782, and died April 20, 1824. Her only child died in infancy.
Col. Kingsbury married for his third wife, Mary Brigham, born Feb. 12,
1794, daughter of Don Carlos Brigham, and his wife whose maiden name
was Greenleaf. Mrs. Kingsbury died in November, 1871. To this marriage
were born the following family: (1) John Brigham was the eldest. (2)
George Henry, born Nov. 22, 1828, was a farmer and engineer, and died
Dec. 26, 1893; he married Mary Ora Crane (born July 11, 1829, died Jan.
2, 1894), by whom he had the following children: Adalaide E., Jennie
Ann, Lizzie Howard, George Lockwood (who died when ten and a half years
old), and Mary Crane. (3) and (4) Two children died in infancy. John
Brigham Kingsbury was born in Tolland, and received his education in
District School, No. 5, and in a private school in Tolland Center, under
Prof. Benton and William Starr. When he was eighteen years old, he left
school and devoted himself to farming on the home farm, which is still
his residence. During his more active years Mr. Kingsbury was an industrious
farmer, and had under his management at one time a farm of 164 acres.
During the last few years he has practically retired from labor, and,
as is said, is living on borrowed time, being now (1902) over seventy-five
years old. He is in good health, and he and his wife are genial companions.
Mr. Kingsbury is a member of the Masonic fraternity, where his kindly
spirits and simple and unassuming manhood are very highly appreciated.
Mr. Kingsbury attends the Union Congregational Church at Rockville, of
which his wife is a member. In politics he is a staunch Republican, and
has been selectman, also filling various local offices. In 1889 and in
1890 he served in the General Assembly, where he served on the Towns
and Probate Districts committees. In 1850 Mr. Kingsbury was married to
Mary Ann Kellogg, who was born April 9, 1825, daughter of Horace Kellogg,
of Tolland. To this union came a
daughter, Mary Brigham, born Oct. 5, 1855, who died June 2, 1856. Mrs.
Kingsbury died Feb. 23, 1858, and Mr. Kingsbury was married April 17,
1861, to Caroline Ann Rogers, who was born April 15, 1829, daughter of
Ariel and Judith (Towne) Rogers, of Monson, Mass. Mr. Kingsbury is widely
known for his kindly charities and his humane spirit. His good deeds
are numerous and his heart is full of sympathy for the needy and the
afflicted. With a large fortune at his command, his sympathetic disposition
has had full play, and great good has been done by him in his own community.
Linda D. Pingel great-great
granddaughter of Cyrus White of Rockville, Ct.