DAVID DAY & MISS LOUISA E. DAY
AS RECORDED IN:
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF
TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES CONNECTICUT.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT AND
REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS AND OF MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLED FAMILIES
PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903 P. 356
The Days, to whom Miss Louisa E. Day of Thompson, Windham county, belongs
is an old family of the town of Killingly. It
has been handed down by tradition that the family originally came from Wales,
which is undoubtedly correct. In a
book of Heraldry containing Arms of William Day, B.D. Provost of Eton College,
and Dean of Windsor, confirmed by William Flower, Norroy, on Oct. 21, 1582, in
the twenty-fourth year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth, he is said to be
descended from the Dees of Wales, being a younger son of Richard Day, who was a
son of Nicholas Day, son of John Dee (called in English Daye), son of Morgan
Dee, a Welshman. Dee signifies, it
is said, dark or dingy, and was the name of a small river in Wales, and was
applied to some ancestor living on its banks.
In time the name Dee came to be written as it sounded, Daye or Day.
Day, the emigrant of 1635, of Ipswich, England, born in 1605, came to America in
the ship “Hopewell,” and settled in Ipswich, Mass.
He was made a freeman in 1641, and he died in September, 1683.
By his wife, Hannah, he had five children:
John, born in 1641; Thomas,
born in 1643; Hannah, born in 1645,
married Robert Lord; Sarah, born in
1647, married David Fiske; and
James, born in 1649, married Susan Ayres, and died in 1690.
line of descent is through James Day, born in 1649; his son Robert, born Jan.
17, 1684 (married, first, April 4, 1706, Elizabeth Dresser, and second, in 1736,
Susan McKee), who moved to Killingly in 1717, and settled on the South Whetstone
brook; and James, who was drowned Dec. 25, 1782, when sixty-six years of age.
James Day, who owned some 3,300 acres of land in Killingly, and was the
founder of the village of Dayville, married Mary Parkhurst, of Plainfield,
Conn., who died July 28, 1818, at ninety-seven years of age.
He and his wife are buried in the old Day cemetery and a marble slab
marks the graves of both. To James
and Mary Day were born children as follows:
Nathan, born July 28, 1743, Granville, N.Y.;
Jonathan, born March 12, 1745, Killingly, Conn.;
Elias, born Sept. 25, 1750, Woodstock, Conn.;
Mary, born March 21, 1753, married Nathaniel Maize;
Thomas, born June 9, 1755, Thompson, Conn.;
John, born March 12, 1757, Killingly, Conn.;
James, born Aug. 23, 1758, Killingly, Conn.;
Asa, born July 23, 1760, Killingly, Conn.; and David, born July 20, 1762,
Killingly, Conn. James Day was a
soldier in the war of the Revolution, and the following is a copy of the
certified records of his services:
18, “Record of Connecticut Men in
the Revolution,” list of the men who marched from Connecticut towns “for the
Relief of Boston in the Lexington Alarm,” April, 1775.
From the town of New London, James Day, adjutant, Number of days service,
30. Page 72, same book, Adjutant
James Day, of New London, commissioned May 30, discharged Dec. 10, 1775;
re-entered service, 1776, on the staff of Col. Samuel Holden Parsons, Sixth
Regiment; raised on the first call for troops in April, May, 1775, recruited
from New London, Hartford and present Middlesex counties.
June 17, ordered by the Governor’s Council to Boston Camps.
There the regiment took part at Roxbury, in Gen. Spencer’s brigade, and
remained until expiration of term of service, Dec. 10, 1775; adopted as
Continental Regiment, re-organized under Col. Parsons for service in 1776.
Page 74, James Day, Second Lieutenant of the 4th Company, also
adjutant as above. Page 78, same
book, Adjutant James Day, New London, Col. Parson’s regiment, 1776 (10th
Continental). After the siege of
Boston it marched under Washington to New York (by way of New London and the
Sound in vessels), and continued in that vicinity from April to the close of the
year; assisted in fortifying the city; ordered Aug. 24, to the lines around
Brooklyn; engaged in battle of Long Island, Aug. 27; and in retreat from New
York, Sept. 15; present with the army at White Plains, Oct. 28; remained on the
Hudson in the vicinity of Peekskill under Gen. Heath until term of service
expired, Dec. 31, 1776.
Day, son of James, was born June 9, 1755. He
married, April 13, 1783, Susannah Buck, daughter of Samuel and Hannah Buck, of
one of the old families of Killingly, who was born June 7, 1763.
Thomas Day was a deacon in the Brandy Hill Baptist Church, of Thompson,
and “a much esteemed deacon,” and he and his wife were very worthy people.
During the war of the Revolution Thomas Day served under Capt. Crosby.
His death occurred July 15, 1830, and he was buried in West Thompson
cemetery, West Thompson. The
following children were born to Thomas Day and his wife:
Waity, born April 19, 1784, married Obadiah Stone, Sept 23, 1810, and
died in Thompson, Sept. 14, 1854; James,
born Aug. 3, 1785, married Nancy Ballard, Oct. 21, 1810, and died in Thompson,
Sept. 17, 1824; William, born Dec.
29, 1786, married Esther Davis, of Thompson, Feb. 24, 1811, and died in Mohawk,
N.Y., July 14, 1885; Thomas
Jefferson, born June 14, 1790, married Lydia Clemons, April 15, 1825, and died
at Buffalo, N.Y., June 15, 1873; David,
born June 12, 1792, is mentioned below; Susan,
born April 18, 1794, married Ransom Seamans, March 16, 1816, and died in Schroon
Lake, N.Y., Nov. 19, 1876; Joseph,
born May 19, 1796, married Mary Blaisdell, Aug. 3, 1837, and died in Upper
Chippewa, Canada, Aug. 27, 1872; and George Washington, born March 10, 1801,
married Sarah H. Morse, March 20, 1823, and died June 14, 1885.
DAY, father of Miss Louisa E. Day,
attended school in Thompson, where his life was spent as a farmer and stockman.
He purchased the Charles Crosby farm, a tract of 100 acres, on which
property he carried on general farming and made many improvements, making it one
of the finest farms in that section of the country.
It is now owned by J.E. Doane. David
Day died Dec. 2, 1873, and was buried in the West Thompson cemetery.
On Dec. 13, 1814, he married, for his first wife, Betsey Cady, daughter
of Nedabiah Cady, of Reading, Vt., born Dec. 21, 1791, died Jan. 16, 1833; she
was buried in the West Thompson cemetery. One
child came to this union, Caroline Elizabeth, born in October, 1825, who died
Aug. 3, 1826. Mr. Day married for
his second wife Miss Louisa Cady, daughter of James and Rosanna (Cutler) Cady,
of Killingly, and a granddaughter of Joseph Cady, of Killingly, the Cadys being
one of the old families. She was
born in Killingly, Feb. 9, 1801, and died June 10, 1893, at the ripe age of
ninety-two years. Two children came
to Mr. and Mrs. Day: Louisa
Elizabeth, born May 11, 1836, and David Elmer, born Dec. 21, 1838.
The latter, who died Nov. 21, 1900, is buried in the same cemetery as his
father, and at the time of his death was engaged in farming the old homestead,
being a hard-working man, highly respected.
In his politics he was a Republican, and in all the relations of life he
endeavored to live up to the teaching of the Golden Rule.
David Day, the father, participated in the war of 1812, and was at New
London. In his political faith he
was a Whig, and upon the formation of the party became a stanch Republican.
He was a consistent member of the Congregational Church, and carried out
in his life the doctrines of the faith in which he died, being a loving husband,
a kind father, a true and loyal friend, an exemplary citizen and a man whose
life was a benefaction to the community in which he lived.
Mr. Day inherited from his father a small sum only, but in his lifetime
accumulated a large property. He was
a man of superior judgement in business matters, and wholly self-made.
He was not a public man in any sense, but was universally esteemed for
his genuine worth.
LOUIS E. DAY, the last of her
family, is a lady highly respected by all who know her.
While she still retains her home in Thompson, having a life interest in
the old home, in which she has spent her life, she spends her summers at
different pleasant resorts on the coast. Miss
Day understands thoroughly the management of her large wealth, and, having made
safe and wise investments, she can rest secure in the enjoyment of her ample
income. A kind-hearted lady, her
charities are many, but she is one of those who prefer to give in secret and not
to sound her benefactions to the world, and her friends are many, for she
possesses the virtues which attract people to her and inspire affection.
D. Pingel – great-great granddaughter of Cyrus White of Rockville, Ct.
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