Willimantic Journal
Willimantic Journal
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Description: History of Ancient Windham: Genealogy of the Elderkin Line

Date: February 8 1866

Newspaper published in: Willimantic, CT

Page/Column: 23

History of Ancient Windham: Genealogy of the Elderkin Line

12. Alfred Elderkin, Esq., youngest son of Colonel Jedediah Elderkin was born January 4, 1759. He partially fitted for college, intending to enter Yale, but a long illness which lamed him for life prevented, and he remained at home aiding his father in superintending his farm and factories. He was the executor of his father's will, and was engaged in various kinds of business in the latter part of his life. We are told that he was for a time in the jewelry business with his neighbor, Mr. Stamford (Staniford?). He was a tall and rather large man and of course is well remembered by many people in Windham. He married Sarah Brown, daughter of Samuel and Sarah (Bishop) Brown, on January 27, 1779. She died March 4, 1833. He died October 9, 1833. They lived in the red gambrel roofed house west of the Staniford Tavern now owned by Mr. George Lathrop. Their children were:

a. Sally, born August 8, 1779; married James S. Campbell of Cherry Valley where they have passed a married life of sixty-five years. At last accounts they were enjoying comfortable health. Mr. Campbell at the age of 92 and Mrs. Campbell at the age of 86. On the first of December last they celebrated the 65th anniversary of their marriage when six sons of the venerable couple were present. The children of James S. and Sally Campbell, all born in Cherry Valley, are: Alfred E., D.D., residence New York; Mary Ann, Cherry Valley; William W., L.L.D., Cherry Valley; George W., Cherry Valley; Samuel B., Castleton, NY; James Henry, New York; John Cannon, New York; Augustus, M.D., Gloversville, N.Y. All were living, as we understand, in 1860. The family is a highly respected and talented one and Judge William W. Campbell has been on the Bench many years and has received the honorary degree of L.L.D.

b. Fanny, born November 21, 1781, married first a Cuthbert; married second a Baker; lived as we are informed in West Hartford, Ct., where she died many years since, leaving no children.

c. Bishop, born February 16, 1784, died October 16, 1791.

d. Lora, born February 20, 1786, died January 1863 at Cherry Valley, aged about 77, unmarried.

e. Judith, born August 2, 1788, died January 1, 1811, aged 21, unmarried.

13. Joshua Booth Elderkin, lived down town, while he remained in Windham, and built the brick house which stand where the road turns toward the burying ground, now owned by Captain Adam Larabee. It is said he kept tavern there during the Revolution and that the French officers boarded with him at the time some of them were stopping in Windham and Lebanon, about 1780. At what time he left Windham, we know not, but presume it was not far from the close of the last century. One account says he went to Chelsea, Vermont, where he died, and another says he went to Middlebury, Vermont. Joshua Booth Elderkin married Lydia Denison, daughter of Nathan, October 16, 1759. Their children were:

a. Mary, born July 16, 1769, married Daniel Perkins, lived in Chelsea, Vermont.

b. Lydia, baptized October 17, 1773, married first Jabez Fitch who lived in Willimantic and Lebanon. She was the mother of Eleazer D. Fitch of Willimantic, of the late Mrs. Laban Chase of Willimantic, and of Colonel E(dward) S(ullivan) Fitch of Mansfield. She married second Azariah Balcam of Mansfield, who afterwards lived in Willimantic where they both died.

c. Rachel Ann, baptized October 14, 1774.

d. Sarah Wales, baptized February 25, 1776.

e. Joshua Booth, baptized January 3, 1779, married and lived at Middlebury thinks a descendant.

f. Louisa Rachel, baptized February 13, 1781.

g. Alathea, baptized May 30, 1784, married Jairus (Jarius?) Littlefield, late of Willimantic, deceased, had family, died in Willimantic.

h. Nancy, married a Shurtliff, it is said, and lived in Montreal.

i. Lucretia, married, it is said, a Phelps and lived in New York City.

j. Lucius and Lucia were twins, the former it is said lived in Middlebury, Vermont. The above record is imperfect and may not be strictly reliable as it is derived partly from tradition.

14. Bela Elderkin, son of Vine, born in Windham, February 3, 1770, married Susan Bates, who was born March 19, 1782; she died 1826; he died 1853. Our correspondent, his son, Dr. Vine Elderkin, does no state where he lived. But as he says, he was born in Gennesee (Genesee?), N. Y., we presume his father lived there. The children of Bela and Susan Elderkin were:

a. Vine, born January 5, 1797.

b. Julia Saniford, born June 17, 1805, married Hiram Kellogg, has family.

c. Zuba, born October 10, 1807, married first John Flemming; married second Charles Herrington; married third, David Campbell.

d. Clarisira (Clarissa?) M., born February 5, 1810, married Philip Siverly and has family.

e. Phineas B., born February 22, 1812, married Maria Noble; children are Lorena, Andrew, Edwin, and Maria.

f. John Bella, born October 13, 1814, married Mary Williston; children James, Samuel, Jane, Phebe, OIiver, John, Elizabeth, Garrot, Alzina, and George.

g. Dyer White, born April 9, 1817, married first Cornelia Walker, married second Lois King; children Mary Jane, Sarah Francis, Emily, Caroline, Ellen, Amelia, Walker, White, and by this second wife, Ward King, Ida Lois, Rhoda Cornelia, and Flora Balinda.

h. Ira, born March 22, 1822, married Phebe Ann Rockwell, and has a son Alfred and four daughters.

i. Stephen White, born February 6, 1826.

Submitted: 11/21/13

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