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Windham County Connecticut
WINDHAM COUNTY RECORDS
THEODORE DWIGHT POND
AS RECORDED IN:
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF
TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT
AND REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS AND OF MANY
PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903 P. 1094
THEODORE DWIGHT POND, who efficiently
fills the public offices of town clerk and judge of probate, is a
leading citizen of Brooklyn, Windham Co., Conn. The Pond family is
one of age and respectability in the State of Connecticut and numbers
among its members leading citizens in almost all professional
Great-grandfather Enoch Pond was a Congregational minister at Ashford, Conn., and his death occurred while he was in charge of a church in that place. His eloquence was such that at one time Gen. George Washington went to hear him expound the gospel.
Enoch Pond (2), son of Enoch, was born in Wrentham, Mass., during a pastorate of his father in that place. The former was endowed with great musical ability, which induced him to become a teacher in his earlier life, but for more practical reasons he learned the shoemaking trade, later developing a large shoe business in Chaplin, Conn., where he died. His first marriage was to Mary Clark, of Chaplin, and all his children were born to this union. Later he contracted two other marriages, but they were without issue. His children were: Elvira Minerva, married Sheffield Snow, an Adventist preacher, and she died at Mott Haven, N.Y.; Enoch, the father of Mr. Pond, of Brooklyn; Mary Ann Delia, married Ebenezer Robbins; Margaret Smith, died, unmarried at the age of twenty-seven years; and Theodore Dwight, married Mary Ann Preston, and was a cabinetmaker in Brooklyn, Connecticut.
Enoch Pond (3), son of Enoch (2), was born in Wrentham, Mass., May 11, 1810. His education was pursued in the district schools of the time and locality, but he was early started to work out a career for himself. For a short time he was employed in Brookfield, Mass., but he was only fourteen years old when he came to Brooklyn, Conn., to learn the trade of cabinetmaker, with Moses Clark, of that place. There he attended school for a few weeks during the winter seasons, and thus gained a fair knowledge of the foundation principles, remaining with Mr. Clark until he was twenty-one years old. At this time he entered the employ of Henry Clark and went to the northern part of Georgia, where he remained until he was about twenty-five. Upon his return to Brooklyn, he resumed work at his trade for several years, finally purchasing the cabinetmaking business of David Clark and following this for the remainder of his active career.
In 1862, Mr. Pond combined and undertaking business with his other lines, forming a partnership with Timothy Herrick which lasted until 1866, when the latters interest was purchased by Mr. Pond. Several years prior to his death, Enoch Pond suffered a stroke of paralysis which rendered him an invalid, and from which he never recovered. His death took place April 16, 1892, and he was buried in the Brooklyn cemetery.
In earlier years Enoch Pond was a member of the Brooklyn Congregational Church, but in his later years he transferred to the Second Adventist Church, of Abington, and in this organization he was a deacon at the time of his death. Mr. Pond was a deeply religious man and he was well read in the Bible. Although he was a life-long Republican, his tastes and aspirations never lead him to care for political preferment.
The first marriage of Enoch Pond (3) was to Lydia Ashly, of Chaplin, Conn., who died about one year after marriage. His second marriage was Nov. 30, 1837, to Sarah A. Utley, who was born June 26, 1817, a native of Chaplin, Conn., and a daughter of James and Phebe (Clark) Utley, mention of whom is more extended in another part of this volume. Mrs. Pond died Feb. 11, 1903. The children of this union were: Lydia M., born Feb. 23, 1839, married Isaac Pickering, and died at the early age of nineteen years; Theodore Dwight, born March 21, 1842; Mary A., born June 23, 1845, died at the age of seven years; George E., born July 5, 1847; John C., born Jan. 6, 1853; and Charles F., born in October 1856.
Of this family the sons have
all become conspicuous and have made for themselves notable careers.
George E. Pond at the age of sixteen years enlisted in Co. K, 21st
C.V.I., and was wounded in the battle of Drurys
John C. Pond was for many years the overseer of the Windham County jail, at Brooklyn, Conn., and later was a watchman and hall keeper at the State Penitentiary, at Wethersfield, Conn. Later he removed to Kansas City, Mo., where for a time he was agent for the Bandera Flagstone Co., and is now a paving stone and curbing contractor in that city. His marriage was to Elsie Dibble, and their two sons, Arthur and Paul, are both students at St. Johns Academy, at Salina, Kansas.
Charles F. Pond has become no less
prominent in the Navy than his older brother in the Army. His primary
education was obtained in the common schools of Brooklyn, Conn.,
and he was successful in the competitive
The birthplace of Theodore Dwight
Pond was Brooklyn, Conn., and he received his primary education
in the common schools of his native town. In his fathers business
he early took an interest and was also engaged in photography, in
Hartford, until Aug. 7, 1862, when he offered his services in defense
of his country. Enlisting at that time in Co. K, 21st C.V.I., he
entered upon a three years
service, under Capt. Jeremiah M. Shephard of Plainfield, and Col. Arthur
H. Dutton, taking part in the battles of Reeds Ferry, Fredericksburg,
Suffolk, Drurys Bluff, and Cold Harbor. Following the last named
battle, Col. Dutton was placed in command of the Brigade, and took with
him Mr. Pond, as a clerk. At the battles of Fort Harrison, and the siege
of Petersburg, the clerical headquarters had the very doubtful advantage
of being located at the front. Until the close of the was Mr. Pond continued
in this detached service, and received his honorable
Mr. Pond has ever been strong in his
partisanship and devoted to the interests of the Republican party.
In the public affairs of the nation as well as the local matters
pertaining to his community, he has ever been
In fraternal and social circles, Mr.
Pond is well and most favorably known in his community and beyond,
being in good fellowship in Mortlake Council, No. 12, O.U.A.M., of
Brooklyn, and treasurer of that organization. Mr. Pond was the organizer
of Sedgewick Post, at Wauregan, and was commander of the
The marriage of Mr. Pond, in Brooklyn,
Conn., April 28, 1869, was to Delia M. Brown of that place, a daughter
of Deacon Benjamin Brown. The children born to this union were: Theodore
H., who married Miss Nellie Hall, is a bookkeeper, at Providence;
George H., died young; Wallace L., married Mary
Linda D. Pingel great-great granddaughter of Cyrus White of Rockville, Ct.
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