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Windham County Connecticut
WINDHAM COUNTY RECORDS
STEPHEN SMITH TALCOTT & the DOW FAMILY
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. 1299
STEPHEN SMITH TALCOTT (deceased), a prominent member of the old Talcott family, a sketch of which appears elsewhere, and long a manufacturer in Talcottville, Tolland county, was born in Bolton, Conn., April 4, 1834, son of Gurdon and Asenath (Fitch) Talcott, and grandson of Job Talcott and Elijah Fitch. Gurdon Talcott was the father of the following names children: Anson F.; Norman W.; Hiram; George; Lucius, who died in the service as a Union soldier during the Civil war; Stephen Smith; Charlotte A., widow of Lyman Tiffany, at Southampton, Mass.; Lydia M.; and Emily, who married Lewis Keeney, of Vernon.
Stephen Smith Talcott was married June 19, 1858, to Sarah E., daughter of Henry L. and Mary (Sumner) Dow. Her grandfather, Thomas Dow, was a native of Ashford, Conn., and was twice married, his second wife being Lydia Sumner. His children were as follows: Horatio, who became an eminent physician; Joseph, who followed in his brother's steps, and also became a physician; Elizabeth, wife of Joseph Butler, of Springfield, Mass.; Harriet, wife of Smith J. Bartlett, of Willimantic, Conn.; Thomas K., who died in Ashford, Conn., at the age of thirty years; and Henry L., father of Mrs. Talcott.
Henry L. Dow married Mary Sumner, who was born May 18, 1804, in Eastford, and died March 24, 1890. Her father was a farmer in Eastford, and both her parents were members of the Congregational Church. Mr. And Mrs. Henry L. Dow had the following children: (1) Mary married Emory C. Hawes, of Springfield, and had two daughters; she died April 26, 1860. (2) Hattie C. died June 22, 1864, at the age of twenty-eight. (3) Sarah E., born Nov. 22, 1837, married Stephen Smith Talcott. (4) Lydia Maria died Sept. 5, 1855, at the age of sixteen years. (6) Louise Catherine married J.D. Burnham, of Hartford, had three children, and died April 30, 1900, at the age of sixty years. Henry L. Dow, the father, died April 19, 1864, at the age of sixty years.
Mr. And Mrs. Stephen S. Talcott became the parents of two children: (1) Olin, born June 30, 1877, was married Jan. 2, 1901, to Gertrude F. Leonard, of Fall River, Mass. He is now one of the proprietors and a managing officer of the Granite Mill Company, an institution established by his father. (2) Nellie M., is the wife of Edwin D. Alvord, of Hartford.
Stephen Smith Talcott received his
education in Bolton and in the East Academy, at Manchester Green.
At the age of eighteen years he professed conversion, and was added
to the membership of the Methodist Church at South Manchester. His
business career soon began, and he quickly gained the confidence
of his employer, H.E. Rogers, of South Manchester. In 1863 Mr. Talcott
removed his family to Vernon, where he established the Granite Mills,
in company with the Case Brothers and Horace Bidwell, the firm engaging
in the manufacture of the binders' board. For eighteen years the
management of the extensive and growing business was in the hands
of Mr. Talcott. In 1881 the mill was destroyed by fire for third
time, and on its rebuilding he practically retired from the firm,
retaining only a small interest and giving up the management of affairs
to younger and more ambitious men. For seven years he traveled extensively
through the West, and established several important business enterprises
at different points, one of them being a bank at Golden, Colo., which
was afterward removed to
During his active years, Mr. Talcott
was intensely devoted to business, but he never allowed his business
matters to abate in any degree his zeal for the faith. During his
first year at Vernon he attended services at North Manchester, four
miles away. Methodist meetings had at one time been held at Centerville,
less than a mile from his residence, and Mr. Talcott was largely
instrumental in building a sound and durable Methodist Church at
that point, giving largely of both his time and money to insure its
success. His zeal for the Church became noted, and his name is a
conspicuous one in the annals of the workers of his denomination
in this State, and, indeed, wherever he was found. Wherever he went
he at once sought out the Methodist pastor, and entered heartily
and enthusiastically into the work and worship of the church. When
he was a mere boy he subscribed one hundred dollars for his church,
a subscription his friends thought impossible for him to pay, but
which he mat at the time appointed. He held it as a principle that
he should give a tenth of his earnings to the Lord, and his benefactions
were many and liberal. He entered into rest Nov. 6, 1888. His last
hours were full of the joy of his faith, and his deathbed a translation
into glory. To
Mr. Talcott, like all the others who
bore his name, was an honored and useful member of the community,
a man of public spirit, and intensely
Linda D. Pingel great-great granddaughter of Cyrus White of Rockville, Ct.
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