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WINDHAM COUNTY NEWSPAPERS : WILLIMANTIC JOURNAL 1857-1862
469. TWJ Fri May 2, 1862: Last Sunday evening, Mr. Levi Turner and his wife, of Mansfield, were walking on the railroad track on their way to meeting, and both stepped through a cattle guard, and fell a distance of about ten feet. Both were considerably injured - Mrs. T. so much so that her recovery was thought doubtful; but she is now getting better.
470. TWJ Fri May 2, 1862: The large tenant house of Mr. Geo. Lathrop, next his residence, narrowly escaped destruction by fire on Thursday. It caught from the accidental burning out of the chimney, in Mr. O. Robinson's tenement, about the fireplace while the family was absent. Fortunately it was discovered and extinguished before much damage was done.
471. TWJ Fri May 2, 1862: The Connecticut river, which has been about 28 feet above low water mark, and nearly as high as in the greatest freshet ever known - in 1854 - has been falling, but is beginning to rise again in consequence of the present storms.
472. TWJ Fri May 2, 1862: The Smithville mills have been temporarily suspended operations, owing to the prevalence of the small pox among some of the Irish operatives.
473. TWJ Fri May 2, 1862: The Late Dr. D.W.C. Lathrop. Just after the Journal was printed last week, we received the Newbern Progress of April 19th, with the following slip on it from the Editor of that paper: "Dr. Lathrop of Connecticut, connected with the army hospital in this city, died last evening, April 18th. He was respected and beloved by all who knew him, and killed himself by too close application to his professional duties. Yours truly, Geo. Mills Joy, Editor of Progress. Newbern, April 10." In the telegraphic dispatches dated New York, April 26, under the heading, "A martyr to Freedom," is the following: "Twenty-two dead soldiers arrived by the Cossack, last night. Among them was Dr. Lathrop, of the 8th Connecticut, who died of typhoid fever, contracted from unceasing attention to patients in the hospital at Newbern.. A brother surgeon, of a New York regiment, says that he sacrificed his life for the benefit of New England soldiers, and was a martyr to the cause." No pure-minded man could ask a higher eulogy than is contained in the above truthful statements. To die for one's country is the most exalted exhibition of patriotism; and when the sacrifice is made, not amid the cannon's roar and the clash of steel, but ministering to the wounded, sick and dying, - by painful and wearisome vigils night and day, - slowly, it may be, but surely yielding health, energies and life itself for the good of others, 0 this is a form of martyrdom more Christ-like than any other and requires a moral courage and Christian heroism truly sublime. De Witt Clinton Lathrop was the son of Mr. James Lathrop, of Bozrah. In early life he had a strong desire to become a physician; but his father no fully approving, he was left mainly to his own resources. By industry and perseverance he finally obtained his medical diploma, and soon after settled in the practice of his profession at Windham Center. Here he remained a number of years, being highly esteemed, not only in his profession but as a man and a Christian citizen. Some three years since he concluded to remove to Norwich Town, where he continued in practice until he joined the 8th Regiment. He married Charlotte, daughter of Thomas Gray, Esq., of Windham, who survives him, and leaves three children. He was about 45 years of age. The following account of his death is from the correspondence of the New York Times: The death of Dr. D.W.C. Lathrop, Assistant Surgeon of the Eighth Connecticut Volunteers, on the 18th inst., has been one of the sad events of the week. His untiring devotion to the wounded and sick in the Craven street Hospital, following so closely upon the labor and exhaustion of the battle-field of Newbern, with his constant confinement and anxiety for his patients, exposed him to the disease, typhoid fever, to which he fell a victim, after some two weeks' sickness. He consecrated his whole energies to the duties of his profession, and has nobly fallen in the service of humanity and his country. His funeral, which took place on the 19th, from the headquarters of the Sanitary Commission, was attended by the whole medical staff of his corps d'armee, and by many of his friends. The usual military escort of his rank was detailed by Gen. Forter, Military Governor of Newbern, and the funeral was most impressive and solemn. Rev. Mr. Clark, Chaplain of the Twenty-third Massachusetts, officiated, and several medical gentleman made brief addresses, during which they paid the highest honors to the skill and disinterested devotion of the deceased to the sick under his charge. The ceremonies were concluded by three rounds fired under the direction of Col. Upton, of the Twenty-fifth Massachusetts, as the body was placed on board the steamtug Cossack, to be conveyed to his friends at Windham, Conn. On the first attack of his disease, he was taken to the headquarters of the Sanitary Commission by Dr. Page, and there furnished with every convenience and comfort. The best nursing and medical attendance were given him. Among these friendly and sympathizing brethren he breathed his last. The Norwich Bulletin gives the following account of his funeral. The funeral of Dr. Lathrop, from Rev. Mr. Arms' church, Norwich Town, on Monday, was very largely attended. The services were conducted by Rev. Messrs. Arms, Bond and Gulliver, and at half past 2 p.m. the body was placed upon the train on the Northern road, and taken to Windham for burial. The body on arriving at the South Windham station, was met by a large concourse of citizens, who proceeded - a sorrowful procession - to the burying ground, where it was lowered, covered with flowers and evergreen, into the earth. Addresses were made by the Rev. S.G. Willard, Rev. Jos. W. Backus, and by the Rev. Mr. Arms. Dr. Lathrop was a devoted christian, was a deacon in the Windham church, and also in Mr. Arms' church at Norwich.
474. TWJ Fri May 2, 1862: Mr. A.A. Hull, of this village has taken the agency for the sale in this region, of two very interesting works soon to be published. One is a Narrative of the perils, adventures, and sufferings of Parson Brownlow, among the secessionists of Tennessee; and the other is Dr. Woodward's History of Gen. Nathaniel Lyon. There is, perhaps, no man in the country that can "show up" Secession and the Secessionists with such graphic power as Parson Brownlow; and the narrative of his experiences must possess a thrilling interest. The biography of our own noble Lyon, by such a man as Dr. Ashbel Woodward, will have a historical value and interest which can hardly fail to cause a large sale of it in Windham County, and we trust throughout the State and country.
475. TWJ Fri May 2, 1862: At the annual meeting of Eastern Star Lodge No. 44, F. & A.M. held at Masonic Hall, Willimantic, April 16, 1862, the following were elected officers for the year ensuing:
J. King, W.M.
J.B. Lord, S.W.
J.G. Keigwin, J.W.
R. Davison, Treasurer.
Van N. Austin, Secretary.
476. TWJ Fri May 2, 1862: At a meeting of Trinity Chapter No. 9, at Masonic Hall, Willimantic, April 24, 1862, the following officers were elected for the ensuing year:
J.B. Lord, H.P.
Vine Hovey, K.
Chester Tilden, S.
Sam'l B. Stanton, Treasurer.
Z.C. Hartshorn, Secretary.
477. TWJ Fri May 2, 1862: About 6 o'clock Friday morning, 26th, the inhabitants of East Haddam were startled by a rumbling noise and crash which was thought to be a genuine Moodus noise. It was caused by the fall from the bluff of a great mass of rock, weighing perhaps 200 tons, which completely crushed the barn of R.W. Miller, with wagons, sleigh, &c., stored therein, while a horse tied in the barn escaped without a scratch. Loss $500 - no insurance.
478. TWJ Fri May 2, 1862: On Wednesday night several soldiers of the 10th Reg., wounded at Roanoke, left New London, (their furloughs still unexpired) to rejoin their regiments at Newbern.
479. TWJ Fri May 2, 1862: A little daughter of Peter Connell of Stafford Springs, 7 years of age, fell into the river and floated fifty rods before she was rescued. She appeared to be dead when taken from the water, but was restored by means of vigorous remedies.
480. TWJ Fri May 2, 1862: Lucius J. Woodford, who shot his brother-in-law James H. Tuttle at Winsted, and was found guilty of murder in the second degree in the Superior Court at Litchfield, received his sentence of state prison for life from Judge, Dutton, on Monday of last week.
481. TWJ Fri May 2, 1862: Chauney Larkin alias Col. Dupont a professional swindler whose recent exploits among New Haven people were duly itemized, has been sentenced to five years of hard labor in the state prison at Sing Sing N.Y.
482. TWJ Fri May 2, 1862: Down in Bridgeport they are going to show a "Hippozoonomadon" and an "Athleolympimantheum." Might as well show the whole alphabet.
483. TWJ Fri May 2, 1862: Lewis Tuttle, a boy 10 years old, at South Norwalk, was run over by an express train on Thursday, 24th, and very dangerously injured. The Stamford Advocate says he had been accustomed to run across the track "to see how near he could come to the locomotive without being run over!"
484. TWJ Fri May 2, 1862: A dead baby enclosed in a bag, was floating in the harbor at New Haven, Saturday.
485. TWJ Fri May 2, 1862: A steel 12-pounder presented to this state by Minister Sanford, has been handsomely mounted by G.D. Cook & Co. of New Haven, and will be drawn in the procession on election.
486. TWJ Fri May 2, 1862: Lieut. H.S. Waterman of Co. B.U.S. 3d Artillery has been ordered from the post at Ft. Trumbull to join his company, which is stationed at San Francisco.
487. TWJ Fri May 2, 1862: Gen. Tyler of Connecticut, was at St. Louis on Wednesday last, en route for Pittsburgh, where he is to have a command.
488. TWJ Fri May 2, 1862: Embalming bodies has become quite a business at Washington. One physician is said to have made $50,000. The prices are $50 for an officer, and $25 for a private.
489. TWJ Fri May 2, 1862: Marriages:
In Willimantic, April 22, by Rev. S.G. Willard, Henry D. Perkins, of the firm of O.S. Perkins & Co., of this village, and Eliza A. Frink, eldest daughter of Geo. W. Frink, of Windham.
490. TWJ Fri May 2, 1862: Deaths:
In Willimantic, on Friday, April 25, Miss Angeline L. Kingsley, daughter of the late Ogden Kingsley, of Columbia, aged 25.
In Pomfret, April 15, George Sharpe, aged 76.
In Brooklyn, April 25, Sophia S., wife of Wm. P. Williams, aged 24.
In Sprague, April 23, Jeremiah Collins aged about 24, from a wound received at the battle on Roanoke Island; he belonged to the Tenth Regiment, Co. F.
In Pomfret, April 23, Hon. John Holbrook, aged 92 years, 3 months and 24 days.
491. TWJ Fri May 2, 1862: At a Court of Probate holden at Windham, within and for the District of Windham, on the 30th day of April, A.D. 1862 - Present Justin Swift, Esq., Judge. This Court doth direct that F.M. Lincoln, Administrator on the Estate of Mrs. Mariett Hayden, late of Windham in said District, deceased, represented to be insolvent, to give notice to all persons interested in said estate, to appear, (if they see cause,) before the Court of Probate to be holden at the Probate Office in said District, on the 10th day May next, at 9 o'clock a.m., to be heard relative to the appointment of Commissioners on said estate by posting said order on the public signpost in said town of Windham, nearest the deceased last dwelt, and by advertising the same in a newspaper published in Willimantic. Certified from Record, Wm. Swift, Clerk.
492. TWJ Fri May 2, 1862: At a Court of Probate holden at Windham within and for the District of Windham, on the 28th day of April A.D. 1862 - Present Justin Swift, Esq., Judge. On motion of David Porter, Executor of the last will and testament of Sally Sheffield, late of Windham, within said district, deceased; This court doth decree that six months be allowed and limited for the creditors of said estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the Executor, and directs that public notice be given of this order by advertising in a newspaper published in Windham, and by posting a copy thereof on the public sign post in said town of Windham, nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from record. Wm. Swift, Clerk.
493. TWJ Fri May 2, 1862: At a Court of Probate holden at Windham, within and for the District of Windham, on the 29th day of April, A.D. 1862. Present, Justin Swift, Esq., Judge. This Court doth direct Mrs. H. Jennie Robinson, Executrix of the last will and testament of Angeline L. Kingsley, late of Windham, in said District, deceased, represented to be insolvent, to give notice to all persons interested in the estate of said deceased, to appear, (if they see cause) before the Court of Probate to be holden at the Probate Office in said District, on the 10th day of May, 1862, at 9 o'clock a.m. to be heard relative to the appointment of Commissioners on said estate, by posting said order of notice on a public sign-post in said town of Windham nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt, and by advertising the same in a newspaper published in said Windham. Certified from record, Wm. Swift, Clerk.
494. TWJ Fri May 2, 1862: At a Court of Probate holden at Windham within and for the District of Windham on the 30th day of April, A.D. 1862, present Justin Swift, Esq., Judge. On motion of Jeremiah King, Trustee of the assigned Estate of L.W. Jacobs, of Windham within said District, it is ordered by this Court, that notice be given that the Trustee's Account in said estate will be exhibited for settlement at the Probate Office in said District on the 10th day of May next at 1 o'clock p.m., by posting a copy f this order on the public sign post in Willimantic, and by advertising the same in the Willimantic Journal. Certified from Record, Wm. Swift, Clerk.
495. TWJ Fri May 2, 1862: The Hartford Courant says: An old prophecy is said to exist in this city at the old Talcott mansion, No. 459 Main street. It is written on the sliding panel of an old writing desk, and is now scarcely legible. It reads thus: "In July, 1866, America's fate is fixed. Hezekiah Wyllys. July 14th, Anno Domini 1776.
496. TWJ Fri May 2, 1862: At a Court of Probate holden at Hampton within and for the District of Hampton on the 29th day of March, A.D. 1862, present Dyer Hughes, Esq., Judge. On motion of William Bennett, Trustee on the assigned Estate of Samuel Fuller of said Hampton. This Court doth decree that two months be allowed and limited to the creditors of said estate to exhibit their claims to Henry G. Taintor and Ralph W. Robinson, of said Hampton, Commissioners appointed to examine and adjust the same, and said trustee is directed to give public notice of this order and of the times and places of meeting, of said commissioners for that purpose by advertising in a newspaper published in Willimantic four weeks successively and by posting on the public signpost in said town of Hampton nearest the residence of the assignor, and said trustee is directed to cause a copy of such notice to be sent by mail or otherwise to every known creditor without this Probate District, within one week from the date of this order, and make return to this Court. Certified from record, Attest, E.H. Newton, Clerk. We the undersigned having been appointed by the Court of Probate for the district of Hampton, commissioners on the assigned estate of Samuel Fuller, of said Hampton will meet at the dwelling house of Wm. Bennett on Saturday the 12th day of April, and on Saturday the 24th day of May, A.D. 1862, at 10 o'clock A.M. on each of said days to attend to the duties of our appointment. Henry G. Taintor, Ralph W. Robinson, Commissioners. Hampton, March 31, 1862.
497. TWJ Fri May 9, 1862: Local History. Silk Manufacture in Windham. It is a well-settled fact, though not generally known, that Col. Jedediah Elderkin engaged in the Silk business in Windham, some years before the commencement of the Revolutionary war; but few particulars respecting his enterprise have been obtained. That he raised and spun silk, and had it woven into such fabrics as handkerchiefs, vestings, etc., there would seem to be no question; which was quite an achievement at that early day, and speaks well for his enterprise. The following is a copy of a letter from Col. Elderkin to Clement Biddle, of Philadelphia, respecting his progress and plans in the silk business. Col. Elderkin's mulberry orchard was on what is now known as the Wanton Perry farm, near South Windham: (Copy of a letter of Jed. Elderkin to Clement Biddle, Philadelphia.) Windham, Jany 22, 1773. Sr. I am informed that you are one of those Gentlemen in your Province who are confederated together to carry on the Silk Manufacty and have made great proficiy therein, in prosecution of which I wish you success. In the meantime would inform you that some years since I began the cultivation of the Mulbury tree, have now a large number fit for improvement; two years past have made considerable quantities of silk; have spun and improved some, but find in that part of the process in spinning from the ball we fail, for want of proper Reels and experienced workmen; have been seeking and looking out for help herein. For that purpose got Mr. Eb. Gray when at Philadelphia last fall to inquire and by whom I am informed of your undertaking and proceeding in the laudable branch of making silk, and that one of the young women in your works would be prevailed on to come here for a year and that Reels might be had or were made with you of the right kind, with all the apparatus for the spinning of silk from the ball, on which information determined early in the spring to send my son to you to procure a hand and a reel and bring home with him. Desire therefore that you would get me a reel with all it appurtenances and cauldron made as soon as may be, as also assist me in procuring the woman to whom Mr. Gray made some proposals on my behalf to come, when I send my son shall send the money for the reel; he will wait upon and assist the woman in getting here. Your assistance in the above matters will help in promoting the purpose of making silk in North America and greatly oblige your unknown friend and obedt and humbl Servt. Jeda. Elderkin. P.S. Please on the receipt of this to send me a line or post to be left at N. London and charge the postage of letter.
498. TWJ Fri May 9, 1862: The Pestilence. We publish the following statement from Dr. Lyman, in regard to the small pox and varioloid, in this village. We have never had any disposition to conceal the true state of affairs respecting these diseases, and we think it far better that the facts as they exist should be known, rather than to allow the absurd rumors that are set afloat to gain credence in the neighboring towns. We are glad to give a reliable statement from a responsible man, who knows whereof he affirms. It will be seen that the stories circulate din the adjacent towns, and the panic created in consequence, are absurd and foolish: Mr. Editor - Sir: Exaggerated reports having gone abrroad, that, form one hundred to one hundred and fifty persons have been, or are still down with small pox in Willimantic, and tat from thirty to forty cases are daily dying, &c., &c., the thought occurred to me that a fair statement of the facts in the case should come before the public. The truth is, as nearly as can be ascertained, that there have been some fifty cases of small pox and varioloid in Willimantic since it first made its appearance three or four months ago. There may have been two or three cases more, as some of the cases have been so mild as hardly to be detected. There have been about twenty cases of genuine small pox. The others varioloid in a very mild form. There have been five deaths from confluent small pox. Such has been the progress the disease has made in the time mentioned above. There are at present some two or three cases of varioloid of recent date, and two cases of small pox. Many of the other cases are well,, and about their business, and the remainder are nearly ready to be set at liberty. Such are the facts in the case, and yet we learn that some of the neighboring towns have become so alarmed, as to make it a crime, with a penalty of one hundred dollars attached, for any one of their own inhabitants to leave their borders for Willimantic, or for any one from Willimantic to be caught in their streets. O.B. Lyman.
499. TWJ Fri May 9, 1862: In a recent letter from our old and highly esteemed friend and former fellow citizen, Royal Jennings, Esq., of Milwaukie, he thus feelingly alludes to the death of the late Gov. Harvey, of Wisconsin: "You are undoubtedly aware of the heavy loss our State has sustained in the sudden death of Governor L.P. Harvey, who was drowned in the Tennessee river, while on a mission of mercy to our wounded and suffering soldiers at Pittsburg. Our State is literally draped in mourning. We feel his loss deeply, as he was one of the very bet Governors our State has ever had; - a man of great purity of character, of incorruptible integrity, fervent patriotism, and withal a true Christian gentleman. As he was a native of Connecticut you will readily perceive that all our citizens of Connecticut birth very naturally feel a deeper interest in this solemn event than we should be apt to do under other circumstances." The numerous Willimantic and Windham friends of Mr. Jennings will be gratified to learn that he contemplates making us a visit during the coming summer, health and circumstances permitting.
500. TWJ Fri May 9, 1862: The Shad Season. The Old Fisheries on the Natchaug and Willimantic Rivers. Those who were boys in Willimantic and vicinity some thirty-five or forty years ago, remember the shad fishing season as one of great interest and delight. To see the fishermen "draw the sane," was a privilege and pleasure which was most highly prized by all of us who were boys in those days. There were several fishing places on both our rivers, where shad, and sometimes salmon, were caught in their season. The most successful was that of Waldo Cary's, at the "sixteen acres," on Natchaug river. Clark and Gray, and Anson Young had one at the "Oven hole," opposite the stone school-house, and the Browns and others also had one just above the village. These fisheries were regulated by law, and the times and days when fish could be taken were specified, and the rights of each proprietor carefully guarded. Sometimes in April, but generally not until May, did the shad season begin. As the days began to grow warm, and the "shad blossoms" to show their snowy flowers, preparations commenced, and some pleasant, joyous Spring morning found us down at the "sixteen acres," watching with eager interest the operations of drawing the seine and the exciting sport of taking out the big fish. The banks of the Natchaug in those days were crowned with beauty and glory - the grand old pines that stood there, (now, alas, gone) almost awed us by their grandeur and charmed by their magnificence. Many a delightful time have we spent there, and the memory of the pleasant scenes and rambles of these early fishing days, has left a fragrance on the mind as grateful as the aroma of the pines. The operations of catching the fish at this place were as follows: Just at the foot of the pine bluff was an old riding-way, where the water was rather shallow. Here stakes were set nearly across the river, and on fishing days a "set seine" was placed against these stakes. The large seine, which reached across the river, was placed in the boat, which Mr. Cary managed himself. He went some fourth of a mile or more up stream, where the seine was paid out across the river; Andrew Baker usually on the east, and Davis Weaver on the west side. They drew it down to near the set seine, Mr. Cary remaining in the boat behind the net to keep it from fouling on the bottom. At each end of the "set seine" was a space of very shallow water where some to or three boys were stationed to "spatter," and prevent the shad from running by. About the time they were "drawing in," the excitement was at its hight, though no noise was allowed. When thee was a good haul it was a fine sight to see the fish in shallow water, wheeling about in schools, darting this way and that, sometimes striking the net, and then moving off swiftly and gracefully. Sometimes a hundred would be caught at a haul, but rarely more than twenty or thirty, and sometimes not a fish. Occasionally a fine lot would be inclosed, and just as they were being hauled in would make a rent in the net, and the whole school would be lost. The fishing at the "oven hole" was a very simple operation. Mr. Anson Young, on one side and some Clark and Gray's folks on the other, would pass the seine round the deep hole among the rocs and if there were any shad or salmon there they were scooped out. The dam at Greenville put a stop to the shad coming up the Shetucket, and our fishing fun was all spoiled. We believe the business was never a very profitable one, but it was a most capital pastime.
501. TWJ Fri May 9, 1862: Is it Dangerous? We affirm that there is no danger, or next to none, in visiting Willimantic for business purposes, on account of the small pox. By a statement in another column it will be seen that there are but five recent cases of both forms of the disease. All the old ones will probably be well and about their business before this reaches the public. So far as we can learn, there is not a case in any of the business centers, and there is hardly one chance in ten thousand that persons visiting Willimantic in the ordinary way of trade and business, will see any one who can possibly give either the small pox or varioloid. If anybody wishes to "catch it," they must go to the houses and into the families where it is.
502. TWJ Fri May 9, 1862: Died, of fever, at Morehead City, N.C., April 26th, Joseph L. Burlingame, Co. D. 8th Connecticut Regiment, late of Willimantic, aged 20 years. He leaves a wife and one child in this village. The Captain of his company, in communicating his death to his wife, speaks very well of him, and says he performed all his duties faithfully.
503. TWJ Fri May 9, 1862: New Buildings. The Linen Co. are putting a fine dwelling a little east of their boarding-house (formerly the Asa Jillson residence) for Mr. H. Conant and Mr. Reed, gentlemen connected with their establishment. Mr. Walden has also broken ground for a new building near his present store.
504. TWJ Fri May 9, 1862: The Webster Times makes the statement that there are seventy-five cases of small pox in the village of Willimantic. The mills and the public schools have suspended operations in consequence of the spread of the disease. - Killingly Transcript. Our neighbor will see that there are but five present cases. All our mills, except a part of the Smithville, are running. The schools in the 1st District are having their spring vacation - the others are in session. Our trade is suffering immensely from such false and exaggerated statements; and we trust the press in this State will not give them currency.
505. TWJ Fri May 9, 1862: Gerard Toole was placed on trial at Hartford, for having, on the 26th of March last, fatally stabbed Daniel Webster, Warden of the State Prison. He was convicted, on Wednesday, of murder in the first degree. He received sentence yesterday morning, to be hung on the 19th of September next.
506. TWJ Fri May 9, 1862: Among the latest counterfeits, are ones on the Middletown bank; vig. Horses and sheep drinking at a well - unlike the genuine.
507. TWJ Fri May 9, 1862: Samuel Russell, Esq., a prominent citizen of Middletown, died on Monday. He was 75 years of age.
508. TWJ Fri May 9, 1862: Connecticut has now ten generals in the service, viz: Totten, Mansfield, Ripley, Benham, Wright, Sedgwick, Ferry, Tyler, Terry, and We__ells [Westells? Wessells?]
509. TWJ Fri May 9, 1862: Colby M. Morgan, town clerk of Groton, was found dead in his yard on Thursday of last week. He went out of the house to milk some cows, but never returned. He was about thirty years of age.
510. TWJ Fri May 9, 1862: The Hon. Gideon Welles and Commodore Foote were schoolmates together in the academy at Cheshire, in this State. The one now presides over the Navy Department, and the other is its greatest ornament. - Hartford Poll.
511. TWJ Fri May 9, 1862: Mr. Eleazer Bevans has plowed up in Danbury, an English coin 162 years old. The Times says it was found on the ground used by Tryon for an encampment, on the occasion of the memorable visit of the British to that place in the Revolutionary War.
512. TWJ Fri May 9, 1862: Sunday forenoon the orders from the war department direction the formation of the second battalion of the 14th regiment were read on parade at Fort Trumbull. The battalion is to be under command of Maj. Williams. Orders were read from the Major commanding directing the formation of companies, to which officers were assigned.
513. TWJ Fri May 9, 1862: The Medical Society of this County met at Brooklyn on Thursday last. Dr. Calvin B. Bromley, of Scotland, was elected Chairman for the ensuing year, and Dr. Wm. Woodbridge, of Brooklyn, Clerk. The following were chosen delegates to the State Medical Society: Dr. Lewis Williams of Pomfret, Dr. Wm. Woodbridge of Brooklyn, Dr. Edwin A. Hill of East Killingly, Dr. Lewis E. Dixon of Moosup. - Transcript.
514. TWJ Fri May 9, 1862: Tuesday morning four men, William Rider, Elias Beebe, Courtland Chapman, and John Silva, started from New London in a sail boat, on a fishing trip out into the Sound. About three o'clock in the afternoon a schooner fell in with the boat, drifting about full of water and careened well over, by its wet sail, having evidently capsized. In the boat were the bodies of two drowned men Rider and Chapman. The other two are missing. The boat is supposed to have capsized in a squall, but nothing is definitely known of the circumstances.
515. TWJ Fri May 9, 1862: Strange Coincidence. There is now living in the town of Sprague a Mr. Simeon Hazen, who will be 93 years old next month. He is the oldest native born in the town of Norwich, set off as the town of Franklin in 1786, set off as a part of the town of Sprague and organized in 1861; consequently he has lived in three different towns. But what makes the matter strange is that he has always lived in the same house, and in which his father was born and lived eighty two years , and where he died, and his grandfather lived about fourscore years and died. Mr. Hazen has lived under three governments, the monarchy of King George the Fourth, then under the Confederacy, and under the government of the United States. He has seen four wars, and was drafted at New London in the war of 1812, and had a son in the same company, the Mexican war and the present one. He is a farmer, and bears the reputation of an honest man. His mind is clear, intellect strong, and memory good. May he live to see many years, and his end be peace. - Courant.
516. TWJ Fri May 9, 1862: Rev. John M. Morris of New Haven has been appointed Chaplain of the Eighth Regiment, vice Chaplain Wooley resigned.
517. TWJ Fri May 9, 1862: In the First Artillery, 1st Lieut. Oliver Burke of Co. K has been promoted to be Captain of Co. B, vice E.S. Kellogg promoted to be Major.
518. TWJ Fri May 9, 1862: Capt. Brayton Ives of the Fifth Regiment, and A.B. Ely, of the Eleventh, have been promoted to be Assistant Adjutant Generals, with the rank of Captain.
519. TWJ Fri May 9, 1862: It is stated that the War Office has ordered sent to Gen. Hunter, at Port Royal, a large number of guns to arm the loyal blacks.
520. TWJ Fri May 9, 1862: Charles Carroll, grandson of the signer of the Declaration of Independence, and one of the largest slaveholders in Maryland, having some 300 on his manor, is said to hail with joy the proposition of the President and Congress for compensated emancipation in Maryland.
521. TWJ Fri May 9, 1862: The aged and widely-known minister of the Methodist Episcopal church, Rev. Nathan Bangs. D.D., died at 10 o'clock Saturday morning in New York city. For upwards of sixty years Dr. Bangs has been identified with the Methodist Episcopal church, and a full biography of him would be the history of Methodism in the United States. He was born May 2d, 1778, at Stratford, Ct., and was 84 years and one day old at his death.
522. TWJ Fri May 9, 1862: The Connecticut Legislature met at New Haven, on Wednesday, A.M. Cyrus Northrup was elected clerk of the Senate, and Hon. Hiram Goodwin, President pro tem. Josiah M. Carter, of Norwalk, was chosen speaker of the House, and Cooke Lounsbury and H. Lynde Harrison, were elected clerks.
523. TWJ Fri May 9, 1862: Marriages.
In Staffordville, April 30, by Rev. H.M. Vaill, Henry Dunham, of Mansfield, Ct., and Caroline Presbrey, of Willington.
524. TWJ Fri May 9, 1862: Deaths.
In Scotland, Thursday morning, May 8, Samuel Huntington Devotion, aged nerly 79 years, son of the late Hon. Ebenezer Devotion, and grandson of Rev. Ebenezer Devotion, first minister of Scotland.
In Hartford, April 30, Charlotte G., daughter of the late Royal Manning of South Coventry.
In Canterbury, April 27, Susan Sydleman, aged 26 years.
In Danielsonville, April 27, Samuel Burlingham aged 70.
In Brooklyn, Clark Wilbur, aged 72.
In Canterbury, Lydia Carter, aged 61.
In Hampton, April 27, Hannah Barber, aged 55.
In Pomfret, Jonathan Weaver.
525. TWJ Fri May 9, 1862: Notice. At a meeting of the Board of Health of the Town of Lebanon, on the 3d day of May, 1862. Voted, That, whereas the Small Pox is prevalent in the village of Willimantic, and, to some extent in the town of Columbia, that no communication be allowed between the inhabitants of this town and of the village of Willimantic and said town of Columbia for the term of three weeks from the 6th day of May, 1862. Henry H. Abell, Chairman. Geo. D. Spencer, Clerk.
526. TWJ Fri May 9, 1862: At a Court of Probate holden at Mansfield, within and for the district of Mansfield, on the 3d day of May, A.D. 1862 - Present Oliver B. Griggs, Esq., Judge. On motion of Philip Barrows and Louisa M.S. Barrows, Executors of the last will and testament of Louise R. Southworth, late of Mansfield, within said District, deceased, This Court doth decree that six months be allowed and limited for the creditors of said estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the Executors; and direct that public notice be given of this order by advertising in a newspaper published in Willimantic and by posting a copy thereof on the public signpost in the town of Mansfield nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from record. O.B. Griggs, Judge.
527. TWJ Fri May 9, 1862: At a Court of Probate holden at Chaplin, within and for the District of Chaplin, on the 5th day of May, A.D. 1862 - Present Lester Bill, Esq., Judge. On motion of Justin Swift, Executor on the estate of Elmira Severns, late of Chaplin, within said district, deceased; This court doth decree that six months be allowed and limited for the creditors of said estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the said Executor, and directs that public notice be given of this order by advertising in a newspaper published in Willimantic, Ct., and by posting a copy thereof on the public signpost in said town of Chaplin, nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from record. Lester Bill, Judge.
528. TWJ Fri May 9, 1862: At a Court of Probate holden at Mansfield within and for the District of Mansfield, on the 30th day of April, A.D. 1862 - Present Oliver G. Griggs, Esq., Judge. On motion of Orwell S. Chaffee, Executor of the last will and testament of Frederick Chaffee, late of Mansfield, within said district, deceased - This Court doth decree that six months be allowed and limited for the creditors of said estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the Executor; and direct that public notice be given of this order by advertising in a newspaper, published in Willimantic, and by posting a copy thereof on the public signpost in said town of Mansfield, nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from record, O.B. Griggs, Judge.
529. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: History of "Ponde Towne"; or, the Early Settlement of that Part of Ancient Windham Which is Now Mansfield. No. II. The Rev. Samuel Whiting came to Windham to "carry on the work of the minsistry," January 1st, 1693. As we have seen, there were previous to this time quite a number of settlers at the "Ponds," or "North End," as this part of the settlement was then sometimes called. It is quite probable that Mr. Whiting occasionally preached there during the first year of his ministry, but we have no certain particulars. Soon after he had entered on his second year, however, it was resolved in town meeting (Feb. 14, 1694), "that the meetings on Sabbath days shall be 3 days heare & 2 days at the North end of the town during the time that Mr. Whiting is ingaged, provided that Mr. Whiting be willing to under goe the travil." This would indicate that there were then about two-fifths of the settlers of the town at the Pond Place. At that period there was no bridge over the Natchaug river, and intercourse was quite inconvenient; for the river had then an abundance of water, and a considerable portion of the year it was not fordable. However, it did not prevent the settlers from attending meetings, although it had to be crossed in canoes or boats. A bridge, however, was soon proposed to be built to remedy the inconvenience. At a town meeting, Feb. 5, 1695, "Joshua Ripley, Jonathan Ginnings, John Roys & Robert Fenton were chosen to view a place on Nachog river for to make a bridge and to agree with men to make sd bridge." Soon after this and before the bridge was made, the subject of building a meeting house was agitated. The question was where to set it to best accommodate all. On the 21st Feb. 1695, it was "voted to begin to measure at the north side of Mr. Butels home lot, & the south side of Samll Birchards home lot for to find a senter for to set the meeting house, to measure where the path gos." At the same meeting, "Voted to meet on the Sabbath days 2 days at this part of the Towne and 1 day at the pond." At a meeting June 12, 1695, "Robart Fenton ingaged to the Towne to build and make suffisiant bridg over the river at nochage falls sutable for man and hors to pass with a lode, the bridge to be made by the first of October next, the sd Fenton also to maintain the bridge three year, and for his encurigement in soe doeing the Towne ingage in give him four pounds in money to be payed by the first of October next." At the same meeting it was "voted and agreed on that the meetings on the Sabbath days shall be for the futer half the time at the north end of the towne & half the time at the south end of the Towne, ,this to continue till we meet in the meting house." Dec. 9, 1696, "voted that we would comply with Mr. Whiting for the meting on Sabbath days, as he desired fixin on place." Though the recor is a little blind yet it would appear from some circumstances that Mr. Whiting did not like the idea of preaching at two places, and requested that the meeting might be at one place, which was complied with, and it was agreed to hold the meetings at "Goodman Mores," which was near "Bricktop" of the present day. This locality was sometimes called the "Center," being between the settlements. No meeting house had up to 1797 been built, partly because the different sections of the town could not agree where to set it. The controversy between the north end and south end, which lasted several years, and resulted in the first division of the town, originated in a difference of opinion in regard to the location of the proposed meeting house. The following document states the case in regard to the settlement and the difficulties in the way of continuing as one town and society, and also the disposition to divide the town as soon as there was ability to support two ministers. This, as we shall see hereafter, was not the end of the controversy: "Windham January 4, 1697. "Whereas This townshipe of Windham in its settlement and laying out of the Alotements in two places about four miles distant one from another and a bad river between the two places, it is much to be desired if it might be that each place may be a distinct Towneship or society if on farther experience of our capacity and ability and the good providence of God succeeding therein, wee both parts of ye Towne now suppose it to be our duty att least now to make some provision in order thereunto, it is therefore by these presents voated and agreed aupon mutually and between both parts of as followeth: Wee at the south-east quarter doe by these presents doe give our full and free consent that our neighbors at the pond place when they find themselves in capacity and liberty to call and setle a constant minister amongst them in an orderly way with the approbation of the Gen'll Court that then wee in this south east quarter doe fully and clearly free them from all dues or Rates to our minister or any other publick dues or demands &c. "2dly That wee in the southeast quarter doe consent that our neighbours at the pond place shall have the benefit of the remaining part of the rate for the ministers house unpaid to emprove amongst themselves for the afore sd public use. "3dly That in a suitable time and season wee in this southeast quarter will joyne with our afore sd neighbors in a loveing way to state and agree with respect to the divident line between them and us and if and wee cannot agree then two or three judicious endifferent persons to state it between us but the line to alter o mans propriety of lands laid out before this agreement concluded. "4thly We in the pond place being one and twenty allotments are to pay our proportions as and with our neighbours in the southeast quarter as to the maintaince of the minister until we have in an orderly way settled a minister as a fore sd amongst ourselves. "5thly It is agreed by both parties as to the present place of meeting it be att Goodman Mores: that is till the south east quarter have built a meetinghouse at their chage or to the time that wee are in an orderly way two distinct societies: and the place to sett the meeting-house to be stated by the south east quarter. "6thly Tis agreedon that before ye sd divident line be rune there be a laying out belonging to the allotments in the crotch of the rivers and ye sd divisindent line be rune in April or May. "These proposals voated in Windham."
530. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: The Rev. Henry R. Knapp, formerly pastor of the Baptist church in this village, died in New York on Tuesday, the 13th instant, aged 61.
531. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: Dr. Snell.
The late venerable Dr. Snell, of North Brookfield, whose death will be found recorded under our obituary head, was of the fifth generation from Thomas Snell the first settler in this country (at Bridgewater, Mass. 1665,) the common ancestor of the New England Snells. His line of descent is 1, Thomas, 2, Josiah, 3, Zacheriah, 4, Ebenezer, 5, Rev. Thomas. Dr. Snell was one of the old school, conservative divines, of the Congregational order, highly respected for his talents, learning and piety. He was uncle to William Cullen Bryant, the poet, the mother of the latter being a sister of the former. A branch of the same family early settled in this town. Thomas Snell, a son of Thomas the first settler, located in Windham about 1707, and afterwards lived in Mansfield. His son Thomas married Mary Jennings eldest daughter of Ebenezer Jennings (who was the first male child born in Windham), was for a number of years a merchant in Windham, but afterwards in Ashford, and died in Union. He was father of the late Joseph Snell of Union who served through the Revolutionary war, and grandfather of the late Dea. Joseph Snell, who was accidentally killed in one of our Willimantic mills some years since. Thomas Snell the Windham merchant, gave land in Windham centre for the Court House, in 1753.
532. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: Sudden Death. Mr. Chauncey Ackley one of our aged and respected citizens, died very suddenly, at his residence on High street, on Monday, probably of heart disease. He had been at work during the day, and was about the village in the evening. Soon after retiring he was taken ill, and died about 10 o'clock. Mr. Ackley was formerly of Franklin where he owned a farm, which he continued to cultivate since his residence here. He leaves no children, but a widow, who is a sister of Dea. Asher Smith, of Lebanon, and Roswell Smith Esq. the school book author.
533. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: The Soldiers Aid Society acknowledge the receipt of a box of hospital comforts from the young ladies of Willimantic. We are glad to hear it, and trust they will not be weary in well doing. The sickly season is at hand and great battles will probably soon be fought. Contributions are now and will be urgently needed. There are 5000 sick and wounded soldiers still at Yorktown without hospital comforts. Don't forget our sick and suffering soldiers, but let each one contribute something to their comfort. Remember, it is "more blessed to give than to receive."
534. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: Lieut. Geo. W. Tracy, of the U.S. Fifteenth Infantry, recently stationed in this village on recruiting service, has been ordered to report at Newport Barracks, Ky., and left for his headquarters last week. His success in obtaining recruits in this vicinity, has been very limited, most of the able-bodied men having already enlisted as volunteers. Mr. Tracy expects to join his regiment near Corinth, and will probably participate in the next battle.
535. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: Fire in Ashford. The dwelling house and barns of Mr. Lucius Richards of Ashford were destroyed by fire on Saturday evening, the 10th inst., together with seven head of cattle and a considerable portion of his household furniture. Loss about $1600, partially insured. The fire was probably the work of an incendiary.
536. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: We acknowledge from our friend Mr. A.D. Loring, a basket of pie plant (giant) and asparagus (excellent), the first of the season. We give Mr. Loring due notice that as soon as we get "round," we are coming over to visit his farm, and see if we can discover how it is that everything he raises is so much better and bigger than we can find elsewhere.
537. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: The Small Pox. We learn from Dr. Bennett that there is but one case of small pox (that of a child at the pest house) and three cases of varioloid in the village. The mills are all running, and the excitement is pretty much over.
538. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: We received on Saturday, from D. Phillips, Esq., Hartford, our old express boss, a fine specimen of the genuine "Connecticut river" shad, pleasant to the sight, and delicious to the taste. We take it as an expression of the continued good will of our former employer, and herewith express our thanks.
539. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: The smoky atmosphere for a few days past has been caused by the extensive fires on Long Island and other places.
540. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: Among the sick and wounded soldiers arrived at New York from Newbern, on Monday, we notice the name of Henry C. Bassett, of Windham, of the 8th Connecticut.
541. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: Destructive Fires in the Woods. Two or three hundred acres of woodland in East and South Windsor were burned over the latter part of last week. The woods in Ridgefield caught fire from a locomotive spark, one day last week, and about five hundred acres were burned over, doing great damage. A destructive fire in the woods is also reported at Norwich. Lathrop's wood near Spauldings pond, were burned over, and 175 cords of cordwood were consumed. A most destructive conflagration broke out on Friday in the woods at Mill's Pond, Smithtown, Long Island, raging for three days, and overrunning a tract of country 30 miles in length by 3 in breadth. The Mineral Springs satinet factory of S. Converse & Sons, at Stafford Springs, was partially destroyed by fire Saturday. Loss heavy.
542. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: The Norwich & Worcester Railroad Co. is briskly engaged now-a-days in forwarding munitions of war Southward.
543. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: James Flood of Norwich while drunk, threw a candlestick at his wife's head. Missing her head it struck her infant, but a few weeks old, breaking the upper jaw bone and cutting a gash across the face.
544. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: A son of Thomas Parks of Greenville, five years of age was run over by a loaded team, on Friday the 9th, the wheels passing over one leg crushing the bone.
545. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: Lucius J. Woodford of Winsted, who murdered his brother in law, James H. Tuttle, was taken to Wethersfield on Wednesday, the 7th, to commence his term of life imprisonment in the State prison.
546. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: Calvin S. Child, of Norwich, has been appointed Private Secretary to the Governor vice Nat. Shipman, resigned.
547. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: A little son of Thomas Nary of Waterbury is supposed to have been drowned in the river Naugatuck, on Monday last. His mother while engaged in hanging out her washing, took her two little children with her, and seated them on the grass near the river's bank. She was absent from them but a few minutes, but on returning, the little boy, about 3 years of age, was missing, and although the river for some distance below has been dragged, no traces of him had been found up to Thursday. His tracks were found down to the edge of the water.
548. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: Sidney A. White of the late firm of Spencer, White & Co., Hartford, died at St. Paul, Min., on Saturday morning last where he has been stopping for the benefit of his health. He was a native of Brooklyn.
549. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: Levi Hart Goddard of Norwich, a leading member of the Bar, died at his residence on Friday. Mr. Goddard was a son of Judge Calvin Goddard.
550. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: One of the Union Mfg. Factories at Marlboro, was burned on Wednesday afternoon last, with three dwelling houses and other buildings.
551. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: A confidence woman named Mary L. Way has been ingeniously swindling the banks. She buys a good draft for eight or nine dollars on a New York bank, and then adds, before presenting it for payment, a ty, making it eighty or ninety dollars. Some of the drafts had the amount to be paid written across the face in red ink.
552. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: On Monday morning, the store of Wm. S. Tyler, Water street, Norwich, caught fire, and damaged his stock to the amount of $2000.
553. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: Mr. and Mrs. Gen. William Williams of Norwich celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage Tuesday evening. Both represent families that have become historic not only in New London county, but throughout the State. Their hospitable mansion has long been the prominent landmark on the "Great Plane." For half a century have they occupied this mansion and well performed their parts in the social, religious and various other relations of life.
554. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: Rev. H.F.F. M. Batchleer, who for more than a year past has supplied the church of Killingly, has concluded his labors with that church, and may be addressed for the present at Lebanon.
555. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: Rev. Mr. Larned of Plymouth has so far recovered from his fall as to be able to resume his labors.
556. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: Rev. J.M. Morris, recently appointed chaplain of the Eighth regiment, was ordained at New Haven last Friday evening.
557. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: At Newbern, among the soldiers of the 10th regiment, much religious interest is felt, and several cases of conversion are reported. They have had much to remind them of death and eternity, and it is wise to be ready for the messenger of death. He often comes when least expected.
558. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: The Rev. Messrs. Shailar and Swan have been preaching in various parts of these counties with great success. At Woodstock, ten were baptized last Sabbath.
559. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: Lieut. Col. Warner of the 15th Regiment, has so far regained his usual health that he expects to leave for Ship Island or New Orleans within a few days.
560. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: Lieut. Col. Matthewson, of the 11th, arrived home on Sunday morning on a short furlough. He informed us that the Windham County soldiers in the Newbern battle gained credit and honor. He reports the regiment in good health and ready for action. He will return in a week or ten days. - Transcript.
561. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: A letter written from the 12th Regimetn, C.V. says: "The condition of the regiment is excellent, but very few being sick, and not having lost a man since our departure, save Dr. Welch."
562. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: Brigham Young has been inaugurated as Governor of the new State of Utah.
563. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: India cotton is now advantageously used in the mills at Lewiston, Me., by a slight change in the machinery.
564. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: The gunboat Kanawba, built by the Messrs. Goodspeed at East Haddam last fall, has recently captured three vessels from Mobile, loaded with cotton, and another one trying to run a cargo through the blockade. The prizes were valued at $130,000.
565. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: Marriages.
In Putnam, by Rev. W.C. Walker, Timothy Merrick, Esq., of South Mansfield, and Miss Sarah B. Congdon, of Pomfret.
566. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: Deaths.
In Willimantic, May 12, Chauncey Ackley, aged 70 years.
In Willimantic, May 9, Abagail P. Clark, aged 72.
In Windham, May 9, Sally D. Beckwith, aged 33.
In Coventry, May 10, Julia W. Washburn, aged 3 years 2 months.
In Morehead City, N.C., April 23, Henry M. Cheney, of the 8th Conn. Regiment, only son of Marvin Cheney, of Andover formerly of Willimantic.
In North Brookfield, May 4, Rev. Thomas Snell, D.D., aged 87. He was the oldest pastor in the State, if not in the United States, having officiated as pastor of the Congregational Church in North Brookfield, 64 years.
In Mansfield, May 5, Polly Crawford, wife of Nathan Preston, aged 67.
567. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: Lumber for Sale. The subscriber has for sale 12,000 feet of Oak and Chestnut. Boards and Plank, at a fair market price, in lots to suit purchasers. Shepard Stearns. Mansfield Center, May 14, 1862.
568. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: List of Letters remaining in the Post Office at Willimantic, May 15th, 1862.
Wm. H. Atwood
A.L. Chamberlin 2
J.L. Page & Co.
A.F. Stanton 2
Wm A. Wetmore
Persons calling for the above letters will please say "Advertised." Jas. Walden, P.M.
569. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: Administrator's Sale. The stock of Millinery Goods belonging in the estate of Miss A.L. Kingsley, deceased, will be sold at greatly reduced prices, at the shop lately occupied by her, in Bassett's Block. The goods are mostly new and desirable; and will be sold in quantities to suit purchasers. As the business is to be closed up, a fine opportunity is offered for opening a millinery store, with an established line of custom, and excellent prospects for a good business. Alpheus Kingsley. Administrator, with will annexed. Willimantic, May 14, 1862.
570. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: At a Court of Probate holden at Windham, within and for the District of Windham, on the 10th day of May A.D. 1862 - Present, Justin Swift, Esq., Judge. This Court doth direct Elisha Williams, Administrator on the Estate of Ruth A. Antrim, late of Windham in said District, deceased, represented to be insolvent, to give notice to all persons interested in said estate, to appear, (if they see cause,) before the Court of Probate to be holden at the Probate Office in said District, on the 24th day May 1862, at 9 o'clock, a.m., to be heard relative to the appointment of Commissioners on said estate, by posting said order on the public signpost in said town of Windham, nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt, and by advertising the same in a newspaper published in Windham. Certified from Record, Wm. Swift, Clerk.
571. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: At a Court of Probate holden at Windham, within and for the District of Windham, on the 10th day of May, A.D. 1862. Present Justin Swift, Esq., Judge. On motion of Harriett G. Lyon and Elisha Williams, Executors of the last will of Charles Lyon, late of Windham, within said district, deceased; This Court doth decree that six months be allowed and limited for the creditors of said estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the Executors, and directs that public notice be given of this order by advertising in a newspaper published in Windham, and by posting a copy thereof on the public signpost in said town of Windham nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from Record, Wm. Swift, Clerk.
572. TWJ Fri May 16, 1862: Fertilizers! Fertilizers! To Farmers. Allen Lincoln Offers, at his store in Willimantic and Chaplin the following approved Fertilizers, at the lowest market prices. Peruvian Guano. Phoenix Island and combined Guano. Lloyd's Superphosphate of Lime, Ground Bone, &c., &c. Brainard's Building, Willimantic, and Chaplin Center. May 1, 1862.
573. TWJ Fri May 23, 1862: Worth Telling and Wroth Imitating. As a number of our sick and wounded soldiers were returning to their homes from this city via the New-York and New-Haven railroad, the cars stopped for a few minutes at Stamford, when a lady belonging to that town (name unknown), accompanied by servant girl and a young man laden with refreshments, entered the train, and began the work of distribution, giving to each man a bottle of wine in addition to other delicacies. To this welcome gift the angelic lady added a hearty "God bless you" and an assurance that each one of them had doubly earned all the kindness that could be heaped upon them. Some of the poor fellows burst into tears and spoke the praises of their benefactor, as sick and wounded soldiers only can. Some of them observed that there was a decided difference between the ladies near Yorktown and the lady of Stamford, Conn. - Tribune.
574. TWJ Fri May 23, 1862: The 5th Connecticut has wonderful reputation among the rebels. One of Ashby's officers, a prisoner, expressed his astonishment at the rapid movements of the regiment. He had seen them first at Edward's Ferry, and then to every point to which his troops had made an expedition. The regiment had discarded the overcoats which gave them the nickname of "Grey Backs," on account of their resemblance to the rebel uniform.
575. TWJ Fri May 23, 1862: Our Schools.
The schools are now all in session, the Summer Term in the First District, having commenced this week. Besides our public schools Miss Mary Cushman, at the vestry of the Congregational church, and Miss Lucy Howes, at the vestry of the Baptist church, have schools for little children. The following are the names of the teachers in our public schools:
Mr. J.D. Wheeler, 2d, Principal and teacher in the First Department.
Miss Ellen F. Chase, teacher in the Intermediate Department.
Miss Martha E. Kimball, teacher in the Primary Department.
Miss L. Josephine Lyman, assistant teacher to the Primary Department.
Mr. Jonathan Allen, Jr. Principal and teacher in the First Department.
Miss Harriet A. Moulton, teacher in the Intermediate Department.
Miss Martha J. Chipman, teacher in the Primary Department.
These teachers we believe are well qualified for this business, and have all had more or less experience in teaching. Some of them we know have labored with great faithfulness, and good success in our schools for many years, and we hear very favorable reports in regard to the others. We trust our people will not neglect their schools; but will visit them often, become acquainted with the teachers' work, take an interest in it, and be ready cheerful to co-operate in all their [unreadable] The faithful teachers in these schools, who labor in a comparatively humble but most important sphere, often for a very moderate compensation, are deserving of more credit, encouragement and sympathy than they usually receive. We publish in another column an interesting communication on the subject which we trust will be read by all.
576. TWJ Fri May 23, 1862: The Homestead Bill. The President has signed the Homestead bill. By its provisions any one who is a citizen of the United States, or has declared intention to because [mean become?] such, who is 21 years old, or the head of a family, or has served in the military or naval service of the country during this Rebellion, can make the entry on payment of ten dollars, and the fees of the Register and Receiver of the Land office. This is all the settler as to pay at any time. The act takes effect the first of January next, and requires a residence and cultivation of five years to perfect a title.
577. TWJ Fri May 23, 1862: At this present hour it needs but a short trip over the country in any direction to find displayed in most gorgeous beauty, and surpassing loveliness, the crowning glories of the year. Within a week past the change in the appearance of fields, orchards and forests, has been magical. Apple and other fruit trees are in full blossom; the woods have put on their livery of green; the meadows and hill-sides have put on their carpet of emerald hue, and all vegetative and animate nature has turned out for a grand, glorious carnival. Go out, (those who can) man, woman or child, inhale copiously the rich fragrant air, revel in the profusion of beauties everywhere spread out before you, and receive a fresh infusion of spirits and a new hold upon life and its enjoyments.
578. TWJ Fri May 23, 1862: We have to thank our old friend, Mr. Saxton B. Little, assistant Superintendent and principal Teacher in the State Reform School, for a copy of the annual report of that excellent Institution. The School now numbers 148 pupils, being an increase of 36 during the past year. It seems to be in a flourishing condition, doing a most excellent work; and from the details of its management we judge that those in charge are the right men in the right place. So far as Mr. Little is concerned we are confident that he is the right man in his place.
579. TWJ Fri May 23, 1862: The death of Mr. Samuel H. Devotion, of Scotland, occurred on the 7th, instead of the 8th, as published in the Journal. We were misinformed. He graduated at Yale College in 1806, and studied law with the late Judge Swift. We hope to give some account of the Devotion family before long.
580. TWJ Fri May 23, 1862: There will be Episcopal Services and preaching, in Willimantic, by the Rev. Sam'l Hall, at the Spiritualist church, on Sunday afternoon, May 25. Services will commence at five o'clock.
581. TWJ Fri May 23, 1862: We are much obliged to Mr. Geo. W. Burnham, representative from this town, and Mr. J.W. Lincoln, from Chaplin, for various state documents.
582. TWJ Fri May 23, 1862: Frank Smith, of the 8th Conn., son of Mr. John S. Smith, of this village, arrived home from Newbern on Wednesday. He has been suffering from illness, but is now recovering.
583. TWJ Fri May 23, 1862: Mr. Othniel Woodward, who died in Somers, the 16th, aged nearly 96, was born in Windham, Sept. 8, 1766. He was uncle to Dr. Ashbel Woodward, of Franklin.
584. TWJ Fri May 23, 1862: Our Historical article is unavoidably crowded out. It will appear next week.
585. TWJ Fri May 23, 1862: A young man named Amos Thompson, employed by A. Richards & Co., the combined Glue and Cement manufacturers, at New London, died very suddenly on Friday night. His family were alarmed in the middle of the night by hearing him coughing violently, and hastened to him; but before they reached him, he was dead.
586. TWJ Fri May 23, 1862: Wm. H. Wheeler of Litchfield had in his door-yard, the 15th of May, a snow-drift four feet high. Parties can be accommodated with snow-balls until July 1st.
587. TWJ Fri May 23, 1862: The Hartford Post says: Messrs. Dunham, Kellogg & Ives, of this city, have a large factory in operation in Glastonbury, where trout are hatched by artificial means. The number now in the pond is between 40,000 and 50,000 and rapidly increasing. When the stock reaches the number of half a million, they estimate a yield of 50,000 pounds per annum. As they will bring in market from 25 to 50 cents a pound, this amount would afford a very pleasant net income. The fishes are fed regularly, and have a man in constant attendance. Their food consists of small fish and shad spawn in season. Millions of suckers are raised to feed the hungry beauties of the pond. In friendliness to gentlemen who have a tendency to drop a line in pleasant places for this kind of fish, we will say that upon the bank of the pond where these are growing, a large dog who knows his business has taken up a permanent residence, and is always at home.
588. TWJ Fri May 23, 1862: On Saturday afternoon Elder Reuben Palmer of Montville, aged 76 years, while engaged pruning trees, let the knife slip, and it entered his arm, severing the radial artery, a physician was called, who had to open the arm 1 1-2 inches above the wound to get at the vein, which had slunk. The old man lost considerable blood, but is doing well as the circumstances will admit.
589. TWJ Fri May 23, 1862: A boy in the Fitchville Mill, in starting a frame on Monday got his arm caught between the belt and pulley, and broken. Dr. Sweet was called on to repair the damage, and the youth is reported to be doing well now.
590. TWJ Fri May 23, 1862: Connecticut ministers are well represented in the war, either personally or through their sons. The Rev. W.A. Hyde, of Greenwich, has two sons at Port Royal; the Rev. Dr. Bacon has three sons, two in the army and one in the navy; the Rev. J. Crawford, of Reading, has a son corporal in Berdan's sharpshooters; the Rev. N. Branch, of West Woodstock, has a son captain in the 10th C.V.; the Rev. R.G. Williams, of Woodbury, is himself a captain in the 4th, and the Rev. J. Eaton a 1st lieutenant in the 8th; the Rev. D.D. Francis, of Berlin, has a son captain in the 7th, and another sergeant major of the 12th; the Rev. Jas. Whttlesey, of Berlin, has a son sergeant-major of the 13th; the Rev. l.S. Hough, of Middletown, has a son in the 3d; the son of the Rev. Ira Pettibone, of Winchester Centre, is now lieut-col. of the 10th; the Rev. E.D. Rinney, of Westford has a son in the 18th, and the Rev. A. Snell, of the same place, two in different regiments; the Rev. N.B. Cook, late of Stonington, has a son in the cavalry battalion. Furthermore, Adjutant W.M. Grosvenor, of the 13th Connecticut, is a son of Rev. Mason Grosvenor, now of Ohio, and Col. Hawley, of the 7th, is a son of the Rev. F. Hawley, of Zazenovia, N.J.
591. TWJ Fri May 23, 1862: Rev. Hiram Eddy of Winsted, captured at Bull Run, is in close confinement at Richmond. He made an attempt to escape and was absent for five days, but was recaptured by the rebels. He sent home a pencil picture of himself last Wednesday, by a fellow prisoner, which at least indicates a scarcity of cutlery in Kings Jeff.'s dominions. His hair, moustache and whiskers are as long as a Border Ruffian's.
592. TWJ Fri May 23, 1862: The Norwich Bulletin understands that Rev. G.A. Easton, rector of Trinity Church in that city, has received a call to the rectorship of a church in San Francisco, his former place of residence. It is yet uncertain whether he will accept the call or not.
593. TWJ Fri May 23, 1862: Return of Colonel Deming. Colonel Deming, of the 12th C.V. has arrived at Fortress Monroe, as bearer of dispatches from Gen. Butler to the War Department. He will doubtless visit home before returning, when we may expect late and reliable intelligence form the Connecticut boys of the Southern expedition.
594. TWJ Fri May 23, 1862: Gen. Tyler, of Connecticut, has arrived at Corinth, and assumed command of the Second Brigade of Stanley's Division, formerly commanded by Col. John Groesbeck, of the Thirtysixth Ohio.
595. TWJ Fri May 23, 1862: Persons recently arrived from Nerbern, N.C., report that the health of our troops there has materially improved recently. Most of those men who were sick from severe labor and change of water, have recovered.
596. TWJ Fri May 23, 1862: Marriages.
In West Killingly, May 14, by Rev. W.W. Devenport, Edwin Fay, of Norwich, and Maria Hutchins, of West Killingly.
In Central Village, May 14, by Rev. Samuel Hall, William A. Trask and Cleo P. Mann, both of Wauregan.
In Providence, R.I., May 18, by Rev. L. Whiting, Mr. Lathrop L. Hooker, of Mansfield, Conn., and Miss Susan M. Fuller.
597. TWJ Fri May 23, 1862: Deaths.
In Scotland, May 19, Miss Salima Walden, aged 68 years.
In Coventry, May 17, Lucius E. Smith, aged 72.
In Somers, May 16, Othniel Woodward, aged 96; the oldest person in the town (Western papers please copy).
In the Hospital, near Pittsburg Landing, Miss., of fever, Sherman B. Abbott, of [unreadable] Ill., formerly of Rockville, Conn. He was a member of the band belonging to the 26th Illinois Regiment.
598. TWJ Fri May 23, 1862: Wanted Immediately. Ten Ladies to work on Bonnets, Capes, &c., to whom good wages will be given. None but good and experienced hands need apply. Geo. W. Hanover, Temple of Fashion. Willimantic, May 23, 1862.
599. TWJ Fri May 23, 1862: At a Court of Probate holden at Windham, within and for the District of Windham, on the 2_th day of May, A.D., 1862 - Present, Justin Swift, Esq., Judge. On motion of John L. Devotion, of Norwich, Executor in the last will and testament of Samuel H. Devotion, late of Scotland, within said district, deceased - This Court doth decree that six months be allowed and limited for the creditors of said estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the said Executor; and direct that public notice be given of this order by advertising in a newspaper published in Willimantic, and by posting a copy thereof on the public signpost in said town of Scotland nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from record, Wm. Swift, Clerk.
600. TWJ Fri May 30, 1862: The Supply of Cotton. A correspondent of the World taking it for granted that the war will be over by next midsummer, assumes:
"1. That at least six million bales of American cotton will be available for the commerce of the world before the following spring.
2. That owing to the American war an unusually large cotton product may be expected from India, Egypt, West Africa, Brazil, and the other cotton-growing regions; and
3. As a consequence that a cotton glut will succeed the cotton famine, and unusually low prices the high rates which have heretofore prevailed."
601. TWJ Fri May 30, 1862: A Rare Coin. A rare, very rare and valuable coin was ploughed up on the farm of Col. Lester, in Plainfield, a few days since. On one side it bears the inscription of a pine tree and Mass spelled in the old fashion way - Masathuvsets. On the other side, "England," around the border, and in the centre 1652. It is a silver piece, about as large as an old fashioned shillling, and is said to be worth some sixty dollars. The piece is now in the hands of, and owned by Mr. Henry Coggswell, of Central Village.
602. TWJ Fri May 30, 1862: Recollections of the Legislature of 1850. Owing to some disarrangement of party machinery, or other accident, which we never exactly understood, we had the "honor" to represent, in part, the old Frog town in the "Lower house" during the session of 1850. In looking over the venerable Mr. Goodwin's Legislative statistics for the present year, our thoughts strayed back to that somewhat memorable session. Many recollections were revived, and we were strikingly reminded of Time's changes, and party mutations during the dozen intervening years. In the list of members, we can discover the names of but five who had seats in the House in 1850. They are Gen. James T. Pratt, of Rocky Hill, John P. Elton, of Waterbury, Geo. W. Peet, of Canaan, Moses Cook, of Goshen, and David Gallup, of Plainfield. In the Senate we do not find the name of a single one who was there in 1850. The House, that year, had, probably, more than the average ability, there being quite a number of men who had before, or have since occupied prominent positions nd taken an active part in current politics, both State and National. We think there has never since been so many men of note and so much talent in the Senate, as there was in 1850. Among the senators were the following who were among the leading men of the State in that day: Isaac Toucey, Edmund Perkins, Zebulon Brockway, Geo. S. Catlin, Wm. Field, John H. Hubbard, Sam'l Ingham, and Wm. W. Eaton. Hartford was ably represented in the House by Henry C. Deming, now serving his country as Colonel of the 12th Regiment, and Wm. J. Hamersly. Mr. Deming's seat was near ours and we saw much of him during the session. He was then a whig, but not much of a partisan. He despised trickery and party chicanery, and was socially on good terms with all. His speeches of course were sometimes eloquent, and his style and language always graceful and felicitous. Mr. Hamersly came near being the leader of the democracy, but Gen. Pratt, after his defeat for speaker, got the inside track, and kept it. New Haven was well represented by Henry Dutton, afterwards governor, a rather homely, long-headed man, with plenty of dry law and not a little dry humor. Henry E. Peck, his colleague, was a smooth, ready speaker and a shrewd political manager. He was the leader of the whig side of the House. Gen. Pratt was then in the full tide of his popularity. The rank and file of the Democracy were as true to him as the needle to the pole, and he led them whithersoever he would. The venerable ex-Gov. Bissell was there from Norwalk, and was respected and listened to with attention by all. O.S. Seymour, of Litchfield, who was chosen speaker, was one of the ablest members and made a capital speaker. Probably no one was so familiar with the details of Legislative business as he. John Hooker, then of Farmington, whom Mr. Hamersly in a spicy debate with him, called an Ab-o-li-tion-ist, was the able and chivalric leader of the dozen or so "Free Soilers," as the "third party" was then called. This party held the balance of power in the House and compelled the democrats to drop Gen. Pratt for speaker. A.A. Burnham, now our Congressional Representative, was from Hampton, where he then resided. He led the Windham county democrats who bolted the nomination of Mr. T___ for Senator, and took a very active part in the debates. He was thought then to be a talented and somewhat aspiring young man. David Gallup, of Plainfield, the only Windham county member who re-appears at New Haven this year, was a whig, but "not an ultra whig" - a very intelligent and useful member. He made no long speeches, but what he said, as was remarked by a rural member, was to the "pint." We well remember his broad good-natured countenance and his broad brimmed hat. John Bishop, of New London was something of a character. He claimed to be a pure Jeffersonian Democrat, and was down on banks and corporations, down on aristocracy and special privileges, and, in fact, down on everything opposed to pure, unadulterated Democracy. John made some decidedly original speeches in the course of the session. Mr. Jonathan Rose, of North Branford, the "oldest member" who presided during the protracted contest for speaker, was a little old man with a serio-comic expression of countenance and a peculiar voice. Nothing disturbed his equanimity, and his invariable tone and manner of announcing "no choice" caused some of the mirthful members to "snicker." The venerable gentleman was ousted from his seat, his opponent successfully contesting it. There was one other member we must not forget to mention, Mr. Joseph Coe, of Middletown, who will never be forgotten by any one who was there. He was an aged gentleman, tall, erect, with apparently, a somewhat irascible disposition and a countenance indicating great firmness and independence. He was not a talking man, and nearly all his speeches were to the following effect: "Mr. Speaker, I move the previous question." Whenever a debate became tedious, or members appeared to be talking for "bumcome," at the first opportunity the tall form of the old gentleman would be visible, and his "I move the previous question" settled the matter; for the House invariable sustained him. Sometimes members would appeal to him to withdraw his motion, but the old man was inexorable to friend and foe; and if there was any delay, he would repeat with emphasis, "Mr. Speaker, I move the previous question." He did good service, and probably shortened the session a week. Beside the members named, there were quite a number of able men, some of whom took an active part in the business of the House. Among them were Noah A. Helps, of Middletown, Thomas B. Osborn, of Fairfield, an ex-member of Congress, Wm. S. Pomeroy, of Bridgeport, James Stedman, of Norwich, Parson Train, of Milford, and others. The great crowd of "country members" mostly kept shady, but were usually on hand when there was any voting. As they circulated round the city in schools, they were generally spoken of by the denizens and college boys as "Shad Eaters." We passed some pleasant hours and some not so pleasant, during our sojourne in the "Elm City," and formed many agreeable acquaintances; but "one term" satisfied our highest ambition, and never since have we sighed for legislative honors.
603. TWJ Fri May 30, 1862: Historical Notes on Willimantic. No. VI. The Skiff Family.
Dea. Nathaniel Skiff purchased of Dea. Joseph Cary, June 12, 1712, for 80 [English pounds], a farm of "four score acres of land lying on the west side of the Natchaug river." This was the home part of the farm of the late Waldo Cary, Esq., now owned by Mr. John S. Smith. It remained in the possession of the Skiff family about one hundred years. The Skiffs afterwards purchased other lands in the vicinity, and at one time were, without doubt, the largest land-owners on this side of the Natchaug and Willimantic rivers in the town. At the time of the first purchase Dea. Skiff is called "of Windham." One tradition says he came from Martha's Vineyard, and another from Plymouth. His father, James Skiff, was an early settler of Sandwich, where Dea. Nathaniel was born. No mention is made of any building on the land purchased of Dea. Cary, but on the 11th of July following Mr. Skiff bought ten acres near by, of Thomas Davis (who was concerned with Hartshorn, the first settler,) and in that deed mention is made of Skiff's house, which renders it probable that there was a dwelling on the premises at the date of the purchase; for it is not likely that one could have built in a month. Possibly Mr. Skiff had settled on the land and built a house some little time before the purchase was formally made. The Skiff family was a very respectable one, noted for their piety. The following is the genealogy:
James Skiff,* (*The name on the Plymouth colony records is written Skiffe and in the early Windham records is written in the same manner. On the Sandwich records, it is invariably Skiff.) was of Plymouth, in 1636, and was an early settler of Sandwich, Mass. He was a man of note in his day, and much employed in public business. He m. Mary ____ who d. Sept. 21, 1673.
Children b. in Sandwich:
1. James b. Sept. 12, 1638.
2. Steven (Stephen) b. April 14, 164_.
3. Nathaniel b. March 20, 1645, settled in Windham.
4. Sare (Sarah) b. Oct. 12, 1646.
5. Bathsheba b. April 20, 1648.
6. Mary b. March 25, 1650.
7. Patience b. March 25, 1652.
8. Benjamin b. Nov. 15, 1655.
9. Nathan, b. May 16, 1658.
Dea. Nathaniel Skiff, son of James (No. 8, above,) had two wives. The name of the first was Mary, and the second, who came with him to Windham, was Ruth, tradition says, Ruth West. He d. in Windham, April [looks like 21 or 24], 1723, aged 78. Ruth, his widow d. Dec. [looks like 13 or 3], 1741, aged 90. HE had at least the following children,
named in his will, dated March 19, 1752-3, but where born is not known by the writer.
1. Nathaniel b. about 1694.
2. Sarah m. John Dagget of Attleborough, Mass.
3. Hannah m. Benj. Mayhew, of Chilmark, Martha's Vineyard.
4. Abigail m. Isaac Morgan, of Preston, Conn.
Dea. Nathaniel Skiff, son of Dea. Nathaniel (No. 1, above) m. Hannah, dau. of Dea. Joseph Cary, April 24, 1716. He was a Dea. In the first church in Windham, from 1754 to 1761. He lived on the homestead, which is father purchased in 1712. The first Skiff house was very near the present one, (now owned by Mr. John S. Smith,) a little to the North East of it. This was burned down, in the days of the 2d Nathaniel Skiff, but I have not the date. Dea. Nathaniel Skiff died of small pox, March 23, 1761, aged 67. Hannah, his widow, died Aug. 22, 1775, aged 83.
They had the following children:
1. Ruth b. March 31, 1718, d. Dec. 3, 1784, unm.
2. Joseph b. March 20, 1719-20, lived on the homestead, and in old age conveyed his estate, which was quite large and valuable in land, to his nephew the late Waldo Cary, Esq., and died unm., Dec. 15, 1813, aged 94. With him the male line of this branch of the family became extinct.
3. Jemima b. May 25, 1722, d. Jan. 29, 1786, unm.
4. Hannah b. April 14, 1725, d. Sept. 14, 1737.
5. Abigail b. Oct. 16, 1727, m. Solomon Culkins of Lebanon. She was his 3d wife. By him she had 6 children and the descendants of some of them are numerous. Nathaniel Skiff Caulkins, one of the sons, settled in this town, m. Leah Cook, and had a family. Her daughter m. Ephraim Robins, who resided in this town and Mansfield for some years, and settled in Hartford 1793. They have many descendants.
6. Elizabeth ("Aunt Lizzie," as she was generally called) b. Nov. 27, 1729, d. Nov. 8, 1822, aged 95, unm. She was the last of the name in the town.
7. Zerviah b. Jan, 13, 1733-4, m. Ezekiel Cary and was the mother of the late Waldo Cary. Ezekiel Cary lived in the house now owned by Mr. Scott Smith, at Wellsville, lately the Andrew Baker house.
604. TWJ Fri May 30, 1862: We have received from the compiler, Mr. Wm. Goodwin, of New Haven, a copy of his Legislative Statistics for the present year. We remember Mr. Goodwin well, in 1850, when he commenced gathering his invaluable statistics, (and which he has continued every year since,) and thought him a very "fine old gentleman." May he live many years to gather his annual harvest and may an enlightened public amply remunerate him for his valuable services.
605. TWJ Fri May 30, 1862: Mr. Willard Popple, of this village, a private in the Conn. Cavalry, was recently discharged on account of ill health, and has arrived home.
606. TWJ Fri May 30, 1862: Perris Carpenter, about 75 years of age, hung himself in Eastford on the 19th.
607. TWJ Fri May 30, 1862: The new mill at the Attawaugan village in Putnam has ceased operations. It is one of the finest mills in New England.
608. TWJ Fri May 30, 1862: A new cotton mill, 63 by 170 feet, three stories high, with a basement and attic, is soon to be erected at Masonville.
609. TWJ Fri May 30, 1862: Warren Lillie, a teamster employed by Joseph Allen, of Scotland, fell from his team, in Greeneville, on Monday, and was run over, breaking his shoulder blade, and otherwise bruising him considerably.
610. TWJ Fri May 30, 1862: Mr. Wm. Holt freight agent of the Northern R.R. Co., was instantly killed at New London, Tuesday, while adjusting a car shackle. He leaves a family.
611. TWJ Fri May 30, 1862: Rev. Elihu Chesebro of Stonington, now in his 94th year, preached a funeral sermon of about forty minutes in length on Sunday afternoon, May 11th. The sermon showed considerable vigor for so old a man.
612. TWJ Fri May 30, 1862: Another Connecticut minister's son in the army ought to be mentioned, in addition to the list already given. Charles M. Robins, son of the Rev. Gurdon Robins, of Hartford, is Quartermaster of the first Connecticut Artillery, now in McClellan's division.
613. TWJ Fri May 30, 1862: The Fifth Regiment are now at Hagerstown, Md. Col. Chapman telegraphed to his wife the 26th; that "we are all safe." Mrs. Chapman has left to join her husband at Hagerstown.
614. TWJ Fri May 30, 1862: The 1st Conn. Artillery, Col. Tyler, are now in Gen. Sykes' Brigade, of the Regular Army, in the reserve of McClellan's army near Richmond.
615. TWJ Fri May 30, 1862: In the Adjutant General a Report just published, we learn that our County has one thousand privates and thirty-five officers in the army from this State now serving for the war. Besides this we have somewhere in the vicinity of two or three hundred with the Rhode Island and Massachusetts troops.
616. TWJ Fri May 30, 1862: George Dowley, a volunteer in the 11th C.V., recently died at Newbern, of typhoid fever, and his body has been brought home to Eastford. He was the only volunteer from that town who has died.
617. TWJ Fri May 30, 1862: A regiment of a thousand blacks has been made up at Hilton Head.
618. TWJ Fri May 30, 1862: Three hundred and sixteen free blacks of both sexes, were advertised to be sold at Norfolk on Monday, May 12th, for failing to pay taxes. Gen. Woo's arrival a few days before, interfered with the sale.
619. TWJ Fri May 30, 1862: The New Orleans correspondent of the Boston Journal, under date of May 7th, writes as follows: Recently General Phelps with the Ninth and Twelfth Connecticut regiments proceeded to Carrollton and took possession of the battery destroyed by the squadron on the day they reached the city. Gen. Phelps has probably advanced beyond Manchack and out the New Orleans, Jackson and Great Northern Railroad thirty-seven miles from the city.
620. TWJ Fri May 30, 1862: At a meeting of the Eastern Star Lodge, No. 44, F. and A.M., held on the 20th of May, 1862, the following resolutions were passed: Whereas it has pleased the Supreme Architect of the Universe to remove from the earthly Brotherhood of Masons Brother David W. French; Resolved, That in the death of Brother French, the fraternity of Masons have lost a worthy and valuable Mason; and that in performing the rite of burial according to Masonic usage and in compliance with the request of our deceased brother, we not only perform a high Masonic duty, but express our deep sympathy for the parents of the deceased. Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be presented to the parents of our late Brother French, and also that a like copy be furnished the Willimantic Journal and the Windham County Spy for publication. Attest, Van. N. Austin, Sec.
621. TWJ Fri May 30, 1862: Marriages.
In Chaplin, May 20, by Rev. Mr. Williams, of Chaplin, Mr. George C. Topliff, of Willimantic, and Miss Celia A. Shumway, of Mansfield.
622. TWJ Fri May 30, 1862: Deaths.
In Windham, May 22, Mrs. Thankful [looks like Barber], aged 66.
In South Coventry, May 26, Samuel Whaley, aged 60.
In Coventry, May 27, Martha T., wife of Hon. _.B. Chamberlin, aged 51.
623. TWJ Fri May 30, 1862: Notice. The Annual Meeting of the members of the Windham County Mutual Fire Insurance Company will be held at their office, in the Windham County Bank, on Monday, the 9th day of June next, at 2 o'clock P.M. John Palmer, Sec. Brooklyn, May 26, 1862.
624. TWJ Fri May 30, 1862: At a Court of Probate holden at Windham within and for the District of Windham, on the 24th day of May , A.D. 1862. Present Justin Swift, Esq., Judge. On motion of Mrs. Milla Ackley, Executrix of the last will and testament of Chauncy Ackley, late of Windham, within said district, deceased; This Court doth decree that six months be allowed and limited for the creditors of said estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the Executrix, and directs that public notice be given of this order by advertising in a newspaper published in Windham, and by posting a copy thereof on the public sign post in said town of Windham nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from Record, Wm. Swift, Clerk.
625. TWJ Fri May 30, 1862: At a Court of Probate holden at Coventry, within and for the District of Coventry, on the 22d day of May, A.D. 1862 - Present, Andrew K. Brown, Esq., Judge. On motion of John D. Wilson, Administrator on the Estate of Leotus E. Smith, late of Coventry within said district, deceased - This Court doth decree that six months be allowed and limited for the creditors of said estate to exhibit their claims against the same to the said Administrator; and direct that public notice be given of this order by advertising in a newspaper published in Willimantic, and by posting a copy thereof on the public signpost in said town of Coventry nearest the place where the deceased last dwelt. Certified from record. A.K. Brown, Judge.
626. TWJ Fri May 30, 1862: Extracts from Orpheus C. Kerr's Letter in the Mercury. My arm has been strengthened in this war, my boy, by the inspiration of woman's courage, and aided by her almost miraculous foresight. Only yesterday a fair girl, of forty-three summers, thoughtfully sent me a box containing two gross of assorted fish-hooks, three cook books, one dozen of Tube's best spool-cotton, three doorplates, a package of patent geranium roots, two yards of Brussels carpet, Rumford's illustrated work on Perpetual Intoxication, ten bottles furniture-polish and some wall paper. Accompanying these articles, so valuable to a soldier on the march, was a note, in which the kind-hearted girl said that the things were intended for our sick and wounded troops, and were voluntary tributes of a loyal and dreamy-souled woman. I tried a dose of the furniture-polish, my boy, on a chap that had the measles, and he has felt so much like a sofa ever since that a coroner's jury will sit on him to-morrow.
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