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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. 444 &
MATHEWSON FAMILY. This family of whom Philip Mathewson, of Central Village, Windham county, is a most worthy representative, is one of the oldest in New England, and traces its line to (I) James Mathewson, who came from England to the Colonies, and located at Plymouth, Mass. In 1635 he accompanied Roger Williams and his party to Providence, R.I., where he afterward made his home. He died in 1682. His wife, Hannah Field, daughter of John Field, died in 1703. Their children were: Ruth, James (1666), John, Isabel, Thomas, Lydia, Zachariah, Mary and Daniel.
(II) Thomas Mathewson, son of the emigrant, was born April 1, 1673, and died Oct. 23, 1735. He married Martha Field, who died in 1735, daughter of Thomas and Martha (Harris) Field. Their children were, Thomas and Amos. Thomas Mathewson resided in Providence, and later Scituate, R.I.
(III) Thomas Mathewson (2), son of Thomas, married and became the father of Philip.
(IV) Philip Mathewson, born Sept. 7, 1736, died at Scituate, R.I., May 1, 1796, aged fifty-nine years. On June 22, 1760, he married Lydia Angell, and to this union were born six children, as follows: Jeffery, born Nov. 26, 1761; Anne, June 24, 1763; Philip, March 26, 1765; Angell, Dec. 7, 1769; Mary, April 30, 1772; and Lydia, Oct. 6, 1777.
(V) Jeffery Mathewson, son of Philip, was born in Scituate, R.I., Nov. 26, 1761, and died in Lisbon, Conn., Nov. 10, 1833. On March 31, 1791, he married Almy Knight, who was born Sept. 9, 1770, and died Dec. 30, 1846. This union was blessed with the following children: Knight, born June 28, 1793, died May 10, 1795; Bucklin, born June 20, 1795, mentioned below; and Robey, born May 23, 1800, married first Chancey Bacon, and second Isaac Knight, and died in Canterbury, Conn., Oct. 14, 1876, leaving two daughters, Lydia M. and Maria S., by her first marriage, and one, Phoebe G., by her second.
(VI) Bucklin Mathewson, son of Jeffery,
was born in Scituate, R.I., and when a child of six years accompanied
his parents to Lisbon, Conn. In early manhood, he engaged in mercantile
business at Norwich, Conn., and for a time entered into the coasting
trade, carrying goods in a chartered vessel, to the South Atlantic
States and returning with southern products. Later in life he located
on the home farm in the town of Lisbon, and followed agricultural
pursuits. In politics he was a Whig and later a Republican, and twice
represented the town of Lisbon in the State Legislature. On Nov.
17, 1825, Bucklin Mathewson married in Wickford, R.I., Cifuentes
Battey, who was born Nov. 13, 1802, and who died in Lisbon, June
18, 1852, aged forty-nine years and seven months. Her given name
Cifuentes is of Spanish origin, and was taken from a novel which
her father was reading about the time of her birth. She was a daughter
of General William Battey, who served through the war of 1812 with
a Major's commission, and was later a General of the Rhode Island
State Militia. Gen. William Battey was a son of Joseph and Amey (West)
Battey, and a grandson of William Battey, a Colonial resident of
Warwick, R.I., and he married Sarah Harris. To Bucklin and
(VII) PHILIP MATHEWSON was born in Lisbon, Conn., Dec. 26, 1828. He first attended the home schools and later a select school at Jewett City, and attended Bacon Academy, Colchester, Conn. When he began life for himself, it was as a bookkeeper at Albion, R.I., and there he remained two years, at the end of which time he entered a mercantile establishment at Providence as a clerk, but later returning to Connecticut, he located in Canterbury and for three years engaged in farming. In 1859 he came to Central Village, and became proprietor of a general store. This business he sol to Grover & Battey in 1872, since which time he has lived a life of retirement, and considers Central Village his home, though for a number of years he lived in Providence, R.I., and Medfield, Massachusetts.
In politics Mr. Mathewson is a black
Republican, and is interested in local politics, though not an aspirant
for public office, in spite of the
On March 7, 1855, Mr. Mathewson was united in marriage with Helen Walcott, a daughter of Arnold Fenner of Central Village. To this union were born: (1) Arnold B., in the insurance business and resides at Central Village, married Miss Elizabeth Bird Sampson, of Massachusetts, and they have three children, Helen, Ruth Standish and Pauline. (2) Philip Augustus is superintendent of King Philip Mills at Fall River, Mass. (3) Robert Knight, born March 24, 1860, died May 28, 1860. (4) Helen Louise, married J.Arthur Atwood, manufacturer at Wauregan, Conn.
ARNOLD FENNER. The Johnston, R.I.,
records say that one Arthur Fenner was the first settler within the
present limits of that town. It was in that town that Arnold Fenner
was born March 21, 1794. About 1825 he came to Central Village, and
in company with a Mr. Richards operated a machine shop. This partnership
continued for a comparatively short time. In 1828 Allen Harris, one
of the pioneer manufacturers of Central Village, and Arnold Fenner
built the upper brick mill. Mr. Harris was born in Smithfield, R.I.,
May 16, 1790, and came with his parents to Plainfield in 1800, and
for a while the village was known as Harrisville. During the '30s
Mr. Fenner and Holden Borden began cotton manufacturing and the venture
proved successful. After Mr. Borden's death Tully D. Bowen became
interested, and the firm was
On April 15, 1833, Arnold Fenner was
united in marriage with Adeline Walcott, a native of Pawtucket, R.I.,
and a daughter of Otis and Relief
Linda D. Pingel great-great granddaughter of Cyrus White of Rockville, Ct.
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