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South Berwick, Me. ; Address, Rev. $. S. N. Greely of Newmarket; Prayer, Rev. James T. McCollom, Somersworth. The father of Mr. Hitchcock, whose name was also Roswell, was born in Hawley, Ms.; his father removed from Springfield, Ms. His mother's surname was, before marriage, Longfellow. She was of Machias. Mr. Hitchcock m. Elisabeth Anthony Brayton, her mother being of the Anthony family, which was ancient in Bristol Co., Ms.
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THE NAMES OF THE PROPRIETORS OF NEW HAVEN, CT., IN THE
YEAR 1685. [This article has been kindly furnished us by Charles William Bradley, Esq., the present Secretary of the State of Connecticut.]
James Bishop, Esqr.
Mr. John Goodyear,
Mr. John Harriman,
Mrs. Hope Herbert,
Mr. John Hodson,
John Johnson, Senr.
John Johnson, Junr.
Ralph Loines, Senr.
* The present orthography of such names as have materially changed their forms is here given: Alsop for Alsup; Blakeslee or Blakeley, Blackly; Bradley, Bradly; Bristol, Bristoll; Brackett, Brockett; Bunnel, Bunnill; Candee, Cande ; Dawson, Dauson : Gilbert, Gibberts; Eaton, Heaton ; Higgins ?, contraction of Higginbottom, Hingambottom; Hotchkiss, Hotchkis ; Humaston, Humerston ; Lines and Lynde, Loines; Mallory, Mallery ; Merriman, Marriman; Morse, Moss ; Molthrop, Mulirop; Monson, Munson; Osborn, Osbourn ; Payne, Pain ; Punderson, Ponderson ; Prindle, Pringle; Thompson, Thomson ; Turner, Turnor; Umberfield ?, Umphervile ; Woodin, Wooden.
Ralph Loines, Junr. Benjamin Peck,
John Thomson's heirs,
John Thomson, marriner, Thomas Luddington, Jonathan Perkins,
John Thomson, farmer,
John Thomson, Junr.
Mr. William Thomson,
John Thomas, Junr.
Christopher Todd, Capt. Moses Mansfield, William Pringle,
Mr. Thomas Trowbridge,
John Trowbridge, Thomas Mix,
Mr. Richd Rosewell, Mr. William Trowbridge. John Mix, John Roe,
William Trowbridge, Junr. Nathanael Mix,
John Sacket's heirs, Thomas Trowbridg, Junr. Daniell Mix,
John Sacket, Junr. James Trowbridge,
Richard Sperry, Junr. Samuell Whitehead,
Serje John Winston,
John Winston, Junr.
William Wooden's heirs,
Serjt Thos. Talmage, John Woolcott, George Pardee, Senr. Enos Talmage,
Mr. John Yale,
Mr. Nathanael Yale,
The Trustees of the
School Estate. This List of names Compared with the List of 1685, and is a true Coppy, attested by uss.
NATHAN ANDREWS, Select men
JONATHAN ATWATER, J of New Haven. This List of the Proprietors of the Lands in the Township of Newhaven, was Exhibited in the Generall Assembly on the Twentieth day of October, in the third year of her Majesties reigne, Annoq. Dom: 1704, at the same time when a release of all the Lands in said Township to the said proprietors was read and approved and ordered to be signed in the name of the Gouernor and Company of her Majesties Colony of Connecticutt.
Test. ELEAZER KIMBERLY, Secry. The aboue written, with what is Contained in the two next aforegoing pages, relating thereunto, is a true Coppie of the Origenall, being therewith Examin’d and Compared, and here recorded, May 20th, 1707. Pr me ELEAZER KIMBERLY, Secry.
[The foregoing is recorded in the Connecticut “ Colony Records of Deeds," Vol. III. fol. 397 — 399.)
STATE OF CONNECTICUT, ss., 2
Office OF SECRETARY OF State. ) I hereby certify, that the foregoing is a true copy of record in this Office.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the Seal of said State, at Hartford, this sixth day of March, A. D. 1847, and in the 71st year of the Independence of the United States of America. CHARLES WM. BRADLEY,
Secretary of State.
MEMOIR OF ENOCH PARSONS, ESQ., OF HARTFORD, CT.
The name of Parsons is found among the earliest emigrants to New England, and it designated a family of high respectability in the parent country. As early as 1481, John Parsons was Mayor of Hereford in the county of Herefordshire, and Sir Thomas Parsons of Great Milton, frorn one branch of the family, received the honor of knighthood from Charles I., about the year 1634, and his descendants are still found at Great Milton and in the city of Lon. don. The Coat of Arms granted to Sir Thomas is thus described : “He beareth gules, two chevrons ermine, between three eagles displayed, or;” Crest: “ an eagle's leg erased at the thigh, or, standing on a leopard's head, gules.
These armorial bearings are retained in the Parsons Family in the United States, and by the descerdants of Sir Thomas in London, among whom were Sir John and Sir Humphrey Parsons, the former Lord Mayor of London in 1704, and the latter in 1731 and 1740; also by the branch of the family that settled in Barbadoes, of which Rev. John Parsons, M. A., of Beybrook House in the county of Gloucester, Vicar of Marden, county of Wilts, is a de. scendant, being the son of Daniel Parsons, M. D., of Barbadoes.
Enoch Parsons, Esq., of Hartford, Ct., the particular subject of this memoir, was born at Lyme, Ct., Nov. 5, 1769. He was the third son of Samuel Holden Parsons, an Aid to General Washington, a Major-General in the Revolutionary army, and subsequently, Chief-Justice of the North Western Territory. Mr. Parsons was also grandson of the Rev. Jonathan Parsons, a distinguished clergyman first of Lyme, Ct., and secondly of Newburyport, Ms. His mother, who was a daughter of Richard Mather of Lyme, was lineally descended from the Rev. Richard Mather, the first clergyman of Dorchester, Ms., ancestor of the Rev. Messrs. Increase and Cotion Mather of Boston. His grandmother was sister to the Hon. Matthew Griswold of Lyme, formerly Governor of the State, and was lineally descended from Henry Wolcott, 1st, of Windsor, the progenitor of all who bear that name in Connecticut.*
Mr. Parsons was distinguished in youth for mental vigor and accurate discrimination, and for his devotedness 10 the more abstruse and severe sciences, particularly the mathematics. This laid the foundation of his future eminence as a financier. He did not receive a collegiate education, but his academical course pursued at the Institutions at Pomfret and Plainfield, was extensive and thorough. His favorite studies naturally inclined him to commercial pursuits ; and to qualify himself for these, he engaged in the year 1785 and 1786, in the service of Messrs. Broome and Platt, who, at that time, owned a great commercial house in New Haven, where he acquired a complete mercantile education. His proficiency and accuracy as
* A more extended genealogical account of the Parsons Family may be expected in some future No. of ibe Register.
an accountant soon brought him into notice, and in the year 1787 he was employed by the late Gov. Oliver Wolcott, Jun., who was at that time State Auditor of accounts, to arrange and prepare for adjustment the Revolutionary claims of Connecticut upon the United States. This was an arduous task for a young man, requiring great methodical accuracy and precision, and it was performed with ability and acceptance.
But Mr. Parsons was not confined to his favorite pursuits; he had a thirst for knowledge generally, and improved every opportunity for research in the various departments of science and the arts with a proportionate zeal and accuracy. Evidences of this are furnished in a Journal* which be, at the age of only nineteen, kept while on a tour to the Norih Western Territory during the spring and summer of 1788, in company with his father, who was about that time appointed by President Washington Chief-Judge in and over the Territory, which included the States of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan. The geology of the country, the customs, manners, and language of the native sons of the forest, are described and commented upon with a minuteness and vivacity interesting alike to the geologist, the antiquary, and the philosopher.
He was, we believe, one of the original investigators of the tumuli at Marietta, the first and at that time the only settlement of importance in that region of country. A description of one of these remarkable mounds, excavated and explored by him, he com
* In his Journal, Mr. Parsons gives the following statistics of the Aborigines, at that time inhabiting the Territory, which may not be uninteresting to compare with their present condition. We present the extract entire :
* The Delawares live at Sandusky, in a N. W.course and about 180 miles from this place, (Marietta.) Their number is 400.
“ The Wyandots, living partly in the same region and parily at Detroit, 300 miles from Marietta, are about 260 in number.
"The Munsees live on the Alleghany river, about 310 miles N. E. from M. and number 100.
“The Cherokees, or Chickewagas, live on Paint Creek, s. s. W. 250 miles, and are about 100 in number.
" The Wiahtanoes live on the Wabash river, W. S. W. 500 miles, and number 600.
In his Journal we have also a specimen of the fertility of the soil, and the rapidity of the vegetation of the Territory, in the following extracts:
“June 7. Rode out with my father to his three-acre lot, which was sowed with rye in December last. About twenty days ago, it was four inches high. Ten days since, when we visited it, it was three and a half feet high ; and 10-day we found it seven and a half feet in height.
“ June 13. Measured a spear of flax growing on my city lot, and find that in six days it has grown seven inches. Mr Converse informs me that about three weeks ago, he planted corn, which is at the present time four feet high.”
On subsequent pages of the Journal, Mr. P. has extended remarks on the philosophy of vegetation.
We have further space only for the following curious extract: “ June 15. Last night the dogs made a most hideous clamor, and seemed 10 be exceedingly excited. Mr. —, who lives about forty rods N. of the Stockade, was about getting up to see what disturbed them, but did not; and in the morning, on opening the outer door to let in his dog, he found in his mouth a purse filled with Brooches and Rings."
municated in 1739 to President Stiles of Yale College, and is preserved among his manuscripts in the College Library.
May 14, 1789, Mr. Parsons was appointed by Gov. Arthur St. Clair, Register and Clerk of the first Probate Record Office, established in the county of Washington, which was the first county erected north-west of the river Ohio. He there remained, faithfully discharging the duties of this appointment, until April, 1790, when he resigned and returned to Middletown, Ct., his family residence, and was appointed by the General Assembly of the Siate at their ensuing session, in May, High Sheriff of Middlesex County. This office he accepted, being then only twenty-one years of age; and he continued to perform its duties with fidelity and public acceptance, till he attained the age of 49, a period of twenty-eight years; when he was compelled by ill health and various imperative avocations, to relinquish its fatigues and solicitude.
During the period of his official duties as Sheriff, Mr. Parsons was also actively engaged in various other public avocations, and in mercantile business. He was called to preside over different local institutions and organizations in the place where he resided; acted a while as Secretary to an Insurance Company, and was repeatedly elected an Alderman of the city of Middletown, and Representative in the General Assembly of the State. He was also presented by his Congressional friends as a rival candidate of the late President Harrison in the year 1791 for the office of Secretary and ex-officio Lieut. Governor of the N. W. Territory, but he declined the nomination. He likewise declined the honor, though repeatedly solicited, to represent his fellow-citizens in the councils of the nation. His own private affairs too much required his attention to permit him to engage in this high trust.
In the year 1816, when the late Bank of the United States was incorporated, Mr. Parsons, believing that the establishment of a Branch in Connecticut, (by many deemed impracticable,) would materially promote the commercial interests of its citizens, visited Philadelphia in company with other gentlemen, with a view 10 this object. By the most persevering efforts, and through his active and efficient influence and exertion, a Branch was located in Connecticut at Middletown. He was chosen a Director of the institution immediately upon its organization, and continued in the direction during the existence of the Charter.
In 1818 he was elected President of the Connecticut Branch, on the resignation of the Hon. Samuel W. Dana, then a Senator in Congress; and was annually elected, until it was transferred from Middletown 10 Hartford, in ihe spring of 1824. Having removed thither himself about the same time, he was re-elected, and continued to preside over the institution with acknowledged impartiality, ability, and firmness, and the most unflinching integrity, during the operations of the Branch in Connecticut, and until the expiration of the Charter.
Though educated a merchant and eminent as a financier, Mr.