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30 Sep 2012 – Road Trip Report: The Old Town Mill in New London September 30, 2012

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One of the first stops on my road trip was to visit the Old town Mill in New London, CT.  Located just a ways north of where the ferry gets in, the mill sits right underneath and between the North and South bound lanes of 95.  In the photo below you can see the Southbound land of 95 looming not to far in the distance and the shadow on the mill itself is from the Northbound lane. 

If you google “Mill Street, New London, CT” you can see it’s location easy enough.  Mill Street is very small.  Here is what you’ll see.   The mill is just above the red circle with the A.  If you look closely, you can see it’s roof.  (Click on the image to see it close up)

James Rogers (2 Feb 1615 to 16 Feb 1687, husband of Elizabeth Rowland) my 7th Great Grandfather came from Milford, CT to work the mill and so the Rogers family established itself in the are of New London, CT.

While researching this post, I came across an interesting article on the Mill from The New London Day from 2 Oct 1986.  Here it is:    (FYI, she says it’s easy to find because of good signage but don’t believe it.  I saw one sign off the main road but completely missed the turn I was supposed to take.  I only found it because I drove down roads that went under 95 and using that logic it was pretty easy to find.  Not much traffic there so I could drive slow till I spotted it.)

Here is the Mill and James Rogers mentioned in History of Montville:

History of Montville, Connecticut Formerly the North Parish of New London from 1640 to 1896, by Henry Augutus baker, 1896, Pager 176-178

JAMES ROGERS the first came to America in the ship Increase,” from London, in England, in 1685, at the age of twenty years. He is first known at Stratford, New Haven county, where lie married Elizabeth (1) daughter of Samuel Rowland. They afterwards removed to Milford, where his wife united with the Rev. Mr. Prudden’s church in 1645, and he in 1652.Their children were, baptized at Milford. Mr. Rogers had dealings in New London in 1656, and, liking it as a place of business, fixed himself permanently as an inhabitant of the plantation there, previous 1660. Here he soon achieved property and influence, and was much engaged, both in the civil and ecclesiastical affairs of the place. He was six times elected representative to the general court.

Governor Winthrop had encouraged his settling in New London, and accommodated him with portion of his own house lot next the mill, which afterwards leased to him.  On this lot Mr. Rogers built a dwelling house of stone. He was a baker,and carried on the business on a large scale, often furnishing biscuit for seamen and thee colonial troops, and between the years 1661 awl 1670 had a greater interest in the trade of that post then any other person in the place.

His landed possessions became very extensive, consisting of several hundred acres on the Great Neck, a tract of land at Mohegan at the place called Pamechog, now called Massapeag, several house lots in town, and twenty-four hundred acres on the east able of the river, which was held in partnership with Colonel Pyncheon of Springfield.

James Rogers, the ancestor of a great throng of descendants, was an upright and circumspect man. At his first settlement in New London, both himself and his wife united with Mr. Bradstreet’s church. They, however,after a few years, became dissenters in some sort from the established Congregational church and joined the Sabbatarians and were afterwards called Quakers.

There is no account of any dealings with him and his wife on account of their secession from the church. . Of his latter years, little a known.Mr. Rogers was born about 1615, and is supposed to be the son of Rev.John Rlogers of Dedham, in England, who died in 1636, and his descendants hold to a tradition that he was the grandson of the Rev. John Rogers of London, who was burned at the stake in Smithfield in 1555, during the reign of “Bloody” Queen Mary. . Recent genealogical researches have,however, thrown much doubt as to this lineal connection of this stock of Rogers with that of the martyr.

James Rogers died at New London in February, 1687-8, when the government of Sir Edmund Andros was paramount in New England. His will was therefore proved in Boston. The first settlement of the estate was entirely harmonious. The children, in accordance with his earnest request, made an amicable division of the estate, which was sanctioned by the general court, May 12, 1602.


2. Samuel, b. at Stratford 12 Dir. 1640; m. 17 Nov., 1061, Mary Stanton,day of Thomas Stanton.

3. Joseph, b. at Stratford 14 May, 1646; m. about 1671, Sarah ______

4. John, b. at Stratford 1 Dec., 1648; m.17 Oct., 1670, Elizabeth Griswold, dau, of Mathew Griswold.

5. Bathsheba, b. at Stratford 30 Dec., 1650; m. 4 March 1669-70, 1stRichard Smith; 2d, Samuel Fox.

6. James, b. at Milford 15 Feb, 1652;.m. 5 Nov., 1674, Mary Jordan, dau,of Jeffrey Jordan.

7. Jonathan, b. probably at Milford 31 Dec., 1655; m. Naomi Burdick, dau.of Elder Burdick of Newport, R. I.

8. Elizabeth, b. probably at New London 15 April 1658; m. Samuel Beeby.


Here are some more photographs I took at the mill and a few old postcards that have older but similar views of the mill.

I also came across this paperwork from the National Register of Historic Places on the Mill.  Has some interesting onfo on it.  Natl Reg Historic Places – Old Mill in New London

Unfortunately the mill wasn’t open to go inside when I was there but it wasn’t locked up either.  I went on into the fenced area and walked around the exterior to take these pictures.   No one was there at all when I stopped by.


29 Sep 2012 – Road Trip Report: Comstock Cemetery in Uncasville September 29, 2012

So, one stop I really wanted to make on my trip was in Comstock Cemetery in Uncasville/Montville in New London County.  It wasn’t that I didn’t have photos of the stones but that the “person” who posted the pictures on findagrave.com is – how to I put this politely – an unrealistic fool.   I posted some of the pictures in conjunction with a post on the Newbury family there and he/she had wordpress yank them off my blog post because I didn’t have express  permission to use them.   I’m sorry folks, but if you upload a photo to the internet, don’t get upset when it makes its way across cyberspace uncontrollably.  That’s just how it is.  Whats funny is that it wasn’t that long after I posted that they got yanked so this person must be searching for other people posting them which leads me to believe that he/she obviously has issues to work out.  

While on my little rant, please feel free to use any of my photos to your heart’s content, really, I mean it.  I’m here to help you and share what I have.   So…. here are the photos I PERSONALLY TOOK A COUPLE OF WEEKS ago in Comstock Cemetery of the Newbury Family.

Captain Davis Newbury ( 4 Oct 1762 to 13 Aug 1822) my 4th Great Grandfather.  Davis is the son of Tyral or Trial Newbury (sometimes Newberry) and Anna Davis.

History of Montville,CT, by Henry A. Baker, page 472 …. Davis (17), b. 4 Oct., 1762, son of Trial Newbury and ____ Davis; married Lydia Williams. He was a resident of Montville. Several children died here of a contagious disease.

Lydia (Williams) Newbury (1763 to 19 Jan 1819) wife of Capt Davis Newbury and my 4th Great Grandmother.  I don’t know who Lydia’s parents are so if you know, boy do I want to hear from you.  While on the way to the cemetery, I passed Union Cemetery in Uncasville/Montville and stopped in to see my 3rd Great Grandmother, their daughter Sarah “Sally” Newbury who Married Daniel Rogers.  While parked at the back of Union Cemetery, I noticed another cemetery down the street, the Williams and Friends Cemetery.  I popped in and it didn’t have many surviving stones but it made me wonder if Lydia’s family was in there.  The Williams name did carry on in our family.  My Great Great Grandmother Martha Ann Rogers (Daughter of Sarah Newbury and Daniel Rogers mentioned above) Had a twin brother names Williams Newbury Rogers.  Williams for Lydia and Newbury for Davis, his grandparents on his mothers side.  Martha Ann Rogers married Jonathan Russell Wells and had a son (My Great Grandfather) Williams Rogers Wells.  Over time people just called him William and his gravestone says William (no “s”) but his name was Williams after his Great Grandmother and Uncle.  Confusing, No?

Connecticut Deaths & Burials, 1772 – 1934 (From Family History Center Records www.familysearch.org) … Name: Lydia Newbury … Birth Date: 1763 .. Age: 56 … Death Date: 19 Jan 1819 … Death Place: Montville, Connecticut … Marital Status: Married … Spouse’s Name: Davis Newbury … Indexing Batch #: B03523-4, System Origin: Connecticut-EASy, Source Film #: 3174 (B03743-3/Connecticut-EASy/3347/#29)

Betsey Newbury (12 Oct 1787 to 11 Aug 1822) daughter of Davis and Lydia Newbury, my 3rd Great Grand Aunt

Eunice Newbury (7 Mar 1802 to 9 Aug 1822) daughter of Davis and Lydia Newbury, my 3rd Great Grand Aunt.

Here is a newspaper mention of the deaths of the two daughters from the Connecticut Gazette from 14 Aug 1822:

Connecticut Gazette – 14 Aug 1822 – Eunice and Betsy Newbury Obits

And here are all four stones together:


28 Sept 2012 – Road Trip Report: Findings in the New London Hist Soc September 28, 2012

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While on my road trip, one of my favorite stops was at the New London, CT Historical Society to visit their library.  I found many wonderful items on the Rogers Family that I will be sharing in upcoming posts.  Todays entry is dedicated to an interesting handwritten family history written by Wolcott B. Manwaring on the Rogers and Harris Families.  I photographed the loose pages when i was there and when I tried to print them out and make a PDF of them to post, well, lets just say that didn’t work out so well so here are the photographs.

This first page has the card catalog info on the item.  It’s not a book but in their loose papers collection.

The page below starts with James Rogers, son of James Rogers and Elizabeth Rowland born 15 Feb 1652 and lists his children with Mary Jordan.

This page gives info on james Rogers, son of James Rogers and Mary Jordan and his children by Elizabeth and also by Freelove Hulburt (great name, no?)

This page has info on Capt James Rogers, son of James Rogers and Elizabeth born 20 Aug 1704 and his children with Mary Harris

This page has info on Capt William Rogers, son of James Rogers and Mary Jordan born 1693 and his children with Elizabeth Harris

This page has info on Peter Rogers, son of William Rogers and Elizabeth Harris and his children with Lucy Tinker widow of Daniel Harris.

The rest of the pages are a letter written to Mr. Manwaring in 1907 by a Anna B Williams and seems to concern the Harris family more but I include it here as it was part of the same lot of papers and I’m sure would prove useful if you wanted to trace the Harris line.

Here is a photo I took of the front of the New London Historical Society.  NOTE IF YOU GO…. You can park right in front of this building even though the curb appears to be painted yellow.


27 Sep 2012 – Road Trip Report: More from the Westerly Library September 27, 2012

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So while in the Westerly Library, I spent time going through the microfilm of the Westerly Sun and Narragansett Weekly for any tidbits on the family.  Here are some items I came across:

From the front page of the Narragansett Weekly 19 May 1859.   It reads: Wells Carriage Factory.  The above is a ver correct view of the Carriage Factory of Messrs. A.L. Wells & Co., at Hopkinton CIty, R.I.  The main building is 112 by 23 feet, two stories high.  The wing is 35 by 19 feet, also two stories.  The sales rooms in the upper story of the main building is 86 by 23 feet and is kept stocked with every kind of wheel vehicle from a democrat wagon to a Prince Albert Rockaway.  The present proprietors have carried on their business in this place since 1850.  They employ generally about a dozen hands.  Their carriages are mostly sold in the vicinity, where a ready market is found.

Here is a death notice from my grandfather Elliot Ellsworth Wells from the Westerly Sun 24 Sep 1951.  It reads: Wells – In Hope Valley, RI September 24, 1951.  Elliot Ellsworth Wells, husband of Florence J. Weber Wells, aged 51.  Funeral service will be held at the Harvey W. Buckler Funeral Home 121 Main Street, Wednesday Sept. 26, at 2:00pm.  Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery, Ashaway.  Relatives and friends invited.  Friends may call at the Funeral Home at their convenience.

Here is my Great Great Grandfather Charles August Erbig’s Death notice from the Westerly Sun on 4 Nov 1951.  It reads: Erbig – In Ashaway, RI, November 3, 1951.  Charles A. Erbig, husband of the late Catherine (Green) Erbig.  Funeral services will be held at the Harvey W. Buckler Funeral Home, 121 Main Street, Tuesday, November 6, at 2pm.  Internment in Oak Grove Cemetery.  Relatives and friends invited.  Friends may calla t their convenience.

Here is the  death notice from Charles’ wife Catherine Green Erbig, my Great Great Grandmother from the Westerly Sun 2 August 1936.  It reads: ERBIG – In Westerly, RI at 178 Hugh Street, August 1, Mrs Catherine (Green) Erbig, wife of Charles A. Erbig.  Funeral from Buckler Funeral Home, 2 Friendship Street, Tuesday August 4, at 2pm.  internment at Oak Grove Cemetery.  Relatives and friends invited.

Here are two articles from the Westerly Sun about Charles A Erbig, son of William Edward Erbig and grandson of Charles August Erbig and Catherine Green mentioned above.  I always knew that he was buried in the American Cemetery in Manilla in the Philippines and that he died in WWII but these articles say that he died in a Japanese POW camp of Malaria.   Very sad.  The first article is from when he went missing and was published 26 Oct 1942 and the second article is from when the family got the news from the war department that he had died and is dated 19 Sept 1945

Here is a death notice from the Westerly Sun for my Great Grandmother Julia (Erbig) Weber Handy dated 3 Jan 1954.  It reads: Handy – In Westerly, IR, Dec. 31, 1953.  Julia R (Erbig) Handy, wife of Amos E. Handy of West Street, Ashaway.  Funeral Services were held today at 2pm at the Harvey W. Buckler Funeral Home, 121 Main Street.  Internment was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Ashaway.

Here is a Death notice from my Great Grandfather Philip Weber, husband of Julia Erbig Weber Handy above, from the Westerly Sun dated 14 May 1942.  It Reads: Weber – In Ashaway, RI, at West Street, May 14, 1942, Philipp Weber, husband of Julia R. (Erbig) Weber, aged 76 years.  Funeral Services at the Harvey W. Buckler FUneral Home, 121 Main Street, Saturday May 16, at 2pm.  internment in Oak Grove Cemetery, Ashaway.  Relatives and friends invited.

Searching the microfilm is pretty easy to do.  They have a card catalog that is cross referenced and pretty easy to navigate.   For those who aren’t familiar with using microfilm, it’s a pretty easy affair.   Anyway, here is a picture I took of the Westerly Library on the day I was there.  Not a cloud in the sky!! A beautiful day in sunny Rhode Island.


26 Sept 2012 – Road Trip Findings: Orsemus Morgan Stillman September 26, 2012

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One of the stops on my road trip was the Westerly, RI Library.  I knew that they had a portrait of my Second Cousin Five Times Removed Orsemus Morgan Stillman ( 4 Nov 1801 to 5 Jan 1879) and the library was kind enough to haul it out of the basement for me to see in person.  Here is what Orsemus looks like:

I laugh when I look at the pictures because I remember saying to the gal who brought it out for me “Wow, he’s really good looking.  They usually aren’t so cute!” and I still think so, he’s a nice looking guy!

Anyway, he’s the son of Ethan Stillman and Polly Lewis and the husband of Frances Hazzard-Brown and also of Martha Hazzard.  Orsemus is also buried in River Bend Cemetery in Westerly, RI.  Here’s his stone:

Here’s a few other notes I’ve collected on him:

Some notes upon the introduction of the woolen manufacture into the United States, by Royal Chapin Taft, Publisher S. S. Rider, 1882, Page 19

During the year 1806, John Scholfield bought a water privilege and Oil mill in Stonington, Conn., near Pawcatuck Bridge. This mill he filled with woolen machinery, and also built near by a factory building 30 by 40 feet, two stories high, which continued in his charge until 1812, when he returned to Montville, placing his son Joseph in charge, who operated the factory until 1834 when he sold the property to Orsemus M. Stillman. It is now standing and form a portion of the Stillmanville Mills.


The Bankers’ magazine, and statistical register, Volume 16, Part 2, Volume 588; Volumes 1648-1659 of American periodical series, 1800-1850, Publisher Wm. Crosby and H.P. Nicholes, 1862, Page 983

Name of Bank: Pawcatuck Bank … Location of Bank: Stonington, CT

President: Orsemus M. Stillman … Cashier: John A. Morgan … Capital:$75,000


1869 Commissioner of Patents annual report,  By United States. Patent Office, Page 603,

74,443.- Orsemus M. Stillman, westerly, R.I. – Gig for Cloth. – February 11, 1868.- The cloth is brought in contact with the cloth-raising cylinder in four distinct places. Two of the rollers are journaled in rack plates, which are raised simultaneously to hold the cloth clear of the cylinder with desired. The course of the cloth may then be reversed.

Claim. – 1. The combination and arrangement of the cross hands o o’. reverse driving pulleys p p3, counter p2 p3, adjusting board 10, shaft q, tubular shaft s, bevel wheels t t1 r, as herein described, for the purpose specified.

2. The arrangement of the cylinder A, rollers c, racks 1, pinions 3, shaft z, worm wheels x, rollers m n n1, reversible cloth beans b b1 and gear wheels d d1 d2 d3, as herein described for the purpose specified.


25 Sep 2012 – Headstone of Samuel Hubbard September 25, 2012

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On my road trip last week, I visited the Paradise School, a one room school-house built in 1875 that is maintained by the Middletown, RI Historical Society.  The society is in the possession of my 8th Great Grandfather, Samuel Hubbard’s headstone.  They are storing the headstone in the basement of the school because the stone was found in a rock wall that was being repaired at the White Hall Farm which is the location of the cemetery that Sam was buried in along with the rest of his family.    The nice ladies of the historical society opened up the school house for me so I could go take a look at the stone for myself.   Samuel was born in the year 1610 in England the son of James Hubbard and Naomi Cooke and died 10 May 1689 in Newport, RI and was married in 1636 to Tacy Cooper.  Here is a photo of me and his head stone which is the stone right in front of me.

Here is a large picture of Samuel’s stone.

When we finished in the basement, the ladies drove me a couple of miles up the road to the farm where the stones were found.  Here’s some pictures of the house and rock walls that the stone was found in.

It wasn’t until I started to go through the pictures for this post that I realized that the other stone in the wheelbarrow was a Langworthy stone. It says something like   Here was M…..  Langworthy… Aged 25 Days of … Aged 16 Y ….  Months …. 1626.   Now Samuel’s daughter Rachel Hubbard married Andrew Langworthy and Rachel is supposed to be buried in the same cemetery as her father was so this is probably the same Langworthy family that Rachel married into but who died in 1676???? Any one out there have any ideas???  To the best of my knowledge it wasn’t Rachel who was supposed to have died in 1699.  If this person died in 1676 and was 16 years old, that would mean they were born about 1660 which would put them at about the right age to be the child of Rachel Hubbard and husband Andrew Langworthy but our into on their children is sketchy at best.  Here’s a picture of that stone:

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24 Sep 2012 – Road Trip Findings: Albert Rogers Crandall September 24, 2012

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While in the DAR Library in Washington DC, I came across a book on the history of Rock County, WI.  In it I found a biography of Albert Rogers Crandall (16 Sep 1840 to 12 Jan 1926) who is my Second Cousin Three Times removed and the son of Deacon Jarius Crandall and Julia Ann Wells.    Jarius is the son of Rogers Crandall and Lucy (Potter) Barber and Julia Ann is the daughter of Captain Harris Wells and Sally Fish.

Here is a scan from the book: Rock Co WI Histoyr 1908 Albert Rogers Crandall and below is a transcription of what it says about Albert.  Sounds like he was a really interesting fellow!!

Rock County, Wisconsin: A New History of Its Cities, Villages, Towns, Citizens and Varied Interests, from the Earliest Times, Up to Date, by William Fiske Brown, M.A., D.D. Beloit, Wisconsin, 1908, Pages 864-866

Albert Rogers Crandall, M. A., Ph. D., who ranks among the leading educators of Wisconsin, is a native of Little Genesee, New York, and was born September 16, 1840, son of Jarius and Julia A. (Wells) Crandall, natives of Rhode Island.  They settled in Allegany county, New York, in 1832 and spent the remainder of their lives there.  The genealogy of the family runs back to early colonial days, its first representatives in this country having come from England to this country as early as 1635, settling finally in Rhode Island.

     Our subject developed a fondness for study in early life and after closing his preliminary studies in 1858, entered the academic department of Alfred university, at Alfred, NY.  In response to President Lincoln’s first call for volunteers, young Crandall enlisted and entered the Civil War, and at the expiration of his term reenlisted, service two and a half years, reaching the rank of first lieutenant by promotion.  Resuming his studies he spent three years as a student of Milton college, receiving the degree of B.A. and later the degree of M.A.  After leaving college, he was one year principal of Big Foot academy, at Walworth, Wis., after which he spent five years at Harvard university as a student in the Museum of Comparative Zoology.  At the same time he mad a special study of botany in the Botanical garden, and during one year was an art student in the Boston Lowell institute evening school, and during all these years spent his summer vacations in field studies and as a collector for the Museum of Comparative Zoology his journeyings extending over parts of Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Maine to Ottawa region in Canada, western New York and along the Appalachian belt from the Catskills to northern Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi.

In 1873, Mr. Crandall was appointed assistant to Prof. N.S. Shaler of Harvard university in the work of the Kentucky geological survey.  In 1873 he was instructor and three years later became professor in the department of natural history of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky, at Lexington.  In 1875 he was instructor in the summer school of geology organized by Prof. Shaler at Cumberland Gap, Kentucky.  In addition to his other duties, Prof. Crandall continued work on the geological survey until 1892.

During the ears 1896 and 1903 he was professor of natural history at Alfred university, and since the latter date has filled the same chair at Milton college, Milton, Wis., his chosen place of residence.  Prof. Crandall has written many papers and delivered various addresses on his specialties and is widely known in educational and scientific circles for his published works on the geology and botany of eastern Kentucky.

On February 16, 1874, Professor Crandall married Miss Ellen A., daughter of Truman and Phebe (Wilcox) Saunders, the former a native of New York and the latter of New England ancestry.  Of three children born to them, Alberta has since 1903 been principal of the piano and organ department of Milton college, where she was a student in the school of music from 1893 until 1898.  From 1898 to 1901 she studied and taught the piano at Alfred university.  During 1891-3 studied under Dr. W.S. Matthews, and in the New England Conservatory of Music at Boston; Ellen, who since 1904 has been instructor of the violin, viola and violoncello at Milton college, and an orchestra leader, was a student in the school of music there from 1893 to 1898, taking violin lessons of Prof. Hardige, of Watertown, Wis., one season, studied and taught the violin at Alfred university, 1898-1901: studied the violin at the Conservatory of Music, Corning, NY, under Prof. Bastleman, 1900-01, and from 1902 to 1904 was a student of the violin and of orchestration at the New England Conservatory of Music at Boston, and William T., graduate of Milton college, is at the University of Wisconsin, pursuing post graduate studies, and a member of the university orchestra.