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. 1159
FOGIL, one of the successful farmers
of Gilead, town of Hebron, Tolland county, was born Dec. 15, 1847, in Germany,
but has made his home in the United States since infancy, having been brought to
this country when but a few years old by his family.
Fogil, father of John, was a native of Germany, and came to America about 1850.
A poor farmer in his native land, and hearing of the advantages offered
across the ocean, Andrew Fogil decided to try his fortune in the new world.
Being a widower he left his motherless children in the care of the good
woman who had promised to marry him as soon as a home could be made for her and
the little ones, and came to New York. Upon
landing he started out to find employment, as he had little money and no
particular destination. His earnest
endeavor was rewarded with a position at driving a one-horse wagon, and although
the pay was small he kept at the work until other offered in a marble shop where
he was engaged as a polisher. Working
hard and saving every penny he soon had enough to bring over his children and
the lady in whose charge they were, who became his wife upon arrival in this
this time Andrew Fogil decided to leave New York and was employed in a marble
shop in Hartford by a Mr. Adams, but after seven months went to work for a Mr.
Sickle in Bloomfield, Conn. After a
year he had saved enough to make a payment on a small farm in Buckingham in the
town of Glastonbury. Still working
hard and carefully saving his money he soon cleared off the debt upon his farm
and at the time of his death was in comfortable circumstances.
He died at the Hartford hospital, of a complication of diseases, in 1885,
when he was sixty-eight, having been a very hard worker all his life.
Fogil was married three times; by his first wife he had one child, Polly, who
married and now resides in Ohio. By
his second marriage, which also occurred in Germany, he had:
Andrew, place of residence unknown; Louisa,
who resides in Germany; Martha, who
was married and died in Hartford; Susan,
who married and resides in Hartford; John;
George, who married and resides in Hartford.
His third wife was the lady who accompanied his children to America and
reared them as her own.
Fogil attended the district school of Buckingham until he was fifteen, the
summer months being spent upon the farm and in burning charcoal for his father
and the neighbors. When he reached
the age of twenty-one he was employed by A.Roswell Strickland, of Gilead, who
owned the farm now occupied by Mr. Fogil. In
1872 Mr. Fogil purchased this farm from Mr. Strickland, going heavily in debt
for it, but this he soon cleared off by his hard labor, and he now owns property
of 130 acres, upon which he successfully carries on general farming and charcoal
burning. So successful has he become
in this latter line that he now buys and sells a large amount of this commodity
annually. Before engaging in farming
for himself Mr. Fogil at times sold tinware for Smith & Mayo of Springfield,
Mass., travelling through parts of Tolland and Windham counties with a team, and
meeting with much success.
Fogil was married in Gilead to Mrs. Cornelia (Lockwood) Moulton, born in Gilead,
daughter of Timothy Lockwood, a farmer of Gilead, and widow of Lyman Moulton,
who died in Hebron Sept. 7, 1864. Mrs.
Fogil died Aug. 27, 1899, after a painful illness of three years.
By her first marriage Mrs. Fogil had three children:
William F., born Feb. 15, 1856, died Nov. 14, 1875, unmarried;
Mary Frances, born May 7, 1858, wife of Frederick Goss of East Hartford;
Newton H., born Aug. 20, 1861, now residing in East Hartford.
By her marriage with Mr. Fogil she had three children:
Georgia, born Dec. 14, 1869, wife of James Coughlin, of Hartford, who has
three children - Florus Mary, born in 1887;
Tamdest, 1889; Vernon, 1891.
Clarence J., born Jan. 29, 1872, married Minnie Parks, of Hebron, and
they now reside in Hartford; they have two children, Leon, born in 1889 and
Florence in 1890. Florence, born
July 15, 1874, died June 10, 1877.
Fogil is a Republican in politics, and supports the candidates of his party,
although his private affairs are so numerous as to prevent his taking a very
active part in civic matters. During
a life of endeavor he has worked hard to support his family and has built
himself up entirely by his own efforts.
D. Pingel – great-great granddaughter of Cyrus White of Rockville, Ct.
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