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. 980
M. GOWDY (deceased) was one of the
prominent men of Somers, Tolland county, and in his lifetime exerted a wholesome
influence in that town, where he died March 7, 1893, after a lingering illness
of several months duration. He was a
son of Robert and Anna (Henry) Gowdy, and a grandson of Robert and Content
the parents of Theodore M. Gowdy were born the following children:
Leonora; John C.;
Theodore M.; Anna Maria;
M. Gowdy was born Feb. 19, 1832, in Enfield, Conn., and was taken by his parents
to Somerville when he was seven years old, where he attended the public schools
for a somewhat brief period, and then became an apprentice in a woolen mill.
There he remained until he was nineteen years old, when he was engaged in
farming and carpenter work for the eight years ensuing.
At a later period he became a manufacturer of Shaker hoods, and at one
time had as many as 160 men and women working for him in this industry.
Meanwhile he had purchased and improved a farm in Somerville, which in
1852 became his permanent home. A
few years later he owned and operated the grist mill in Somerville, doing
milling work for two years. When his
health began to fail, Mr. Gowdy gave up the active work of the farm, and sought
to preserve such measure of health as he enjoyed.
Gowdy was married Oct. 25, 1854, to Jane F. Billings, a daughter of Alpheus
Billings, who is still living at Somerville, where she commands the respect and
esteem of the community to a marked degree.
Gowdy was a Republican and in 1872 was sent to the General Assembly from
Somerville, where he was chairman of the committee on Fisheries.
Out of the sixteen years in which he was a member of the board of
selectmen he was chairman eleven years. In
the management of town affairs he displayed much ability, and everything with
which he had to do was handled with admirable business skill.
For eight years he was deputy sheriff.
In his religious convictions he was a liberal supporter of the
Congregational Church at Somerville, of which his wife is a member, and where he
Gowdy was a man of popular traits, upright and honest in his dealings, of a kind
and jovial spirit, and was known as a friend to all.
D. Pingel – great-great granddaughter of Cyrus White of Rockville, Ct.
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