& THE SANDERSON FAMILY
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. 945-946
J. KING, of Moosup, Windham county,
a notable horse breeder and popular hotel proprietor, has won his place in life
entirely through his own efforts. Born
in Sterling, Conn., March 21, 1845, he procured much of his early education in
the State of Rhode Island, where his grandfather, Rhodes King, and his father,
George Green King, had lived before him.
King, a resident of Scituate, R.I., married Ann Young, a daughter of Annie and
Jedediah (Foster) Young, whose people were residents of Rhode Island.
Mrs. King died at the age of sixty-three, and is buried in Scituate, R.I.
By this marriage there were four children:
(1) Rhodes, who never married, died about 1859;
(2) George G., mentioned below; (3)
Elihu, a merchant, married Lavina Johnson, of Vermont, and moved to that State,
where it is presumed he died. They
had two children: Albert, who died
in his second year, and Mary Eliza. (4)
Lucinda (deceased) married John Edwards, of West Greenwich, R.I., and they had
nine children: Rhodes, Turner, John,
Solomon, Abbie (deceased), Amy (deceased), George, Amanda, and Mercy.
Green King, born in Scituate, July 11, 1815, was reared from the age of two by
an uncle of that place, Squire Elihu Fish, who was born Aug. 9, 1756.
In 1783 Mr. Fish married Catherine Green, who was born March 2, 1758.
After her death he married Amy Aldrich, the widow of Angell Aldrich, and
later Fanny Whitten. Mr. Fish died
Sept. 5, 1840. At an early age,
after careful nurture in the Fish home, Mr. King married, March 8, 1835, Abbie
Love, who was born Jan. 20, 1817, daughter of Leonard and Sarah (Johnson) Love.
Mrs. King survived her husband, and in Aug. 1886, married Gideon
Reynolds, of Coventry, R.I., (he died March 18, 1895).
She was extremely bright and active and had a remarkable memory.
She spent her last days at the Love homestead in Coventry, dying in
February, 1902. Mr. And Mrs. King
had seven children, two of whom lived in Butte, Montana:
(1) George A., Dec. 16, 1836 - Nov. 26, 1897, who married Laura Waide and
had two children: Rosell and George
W.; (2) Silas F., born July 26,
1838. (3) Alva D., Nov. 4, 1840 -
Sept. 17, 1867, married Lucy Gibson; (4)
Lyman T.A., a resident of Coventry, R.I., born May 5, 1843, never married.
(5) Samuel J. is mentioned below. (6)
Leonard, born Sept. 13, 1850, died Jan. 24, 1864.
(7) Sarah A., born June 25, 1854, married Feb. 4, 1873, Lafayette
Blanchard and they had one child, Tully King, who was born Aug. 19, 1873.
He married, Aug. 13, 1896, Maud Isabelle Shepard, and they have one
child, Gladys, who was born Aug. 12, 1897.
his mother, Samuel J. is descended from Gabriel Love, a native of Scotland, who
married Elizabeth Gould and settled at Coventry, R.I.
They had six children: Comfort
and James both lived to maturity and married; the latter in Coventry.
The other children were: Thomas;
Leonard, who is mentioned below; Lydia,
who married David Elliot, of Brooklyn, Conn.; and Nabby, who lived to maturity
Love, the grandfather of Samuel J., born in Coventry, R.I., died Feb. 14, 1849,
in his eighty-third year, and his wife passed away at the age of fifty-two.
They were buried in Oneco, Conn. To
Mr. And Mrs. Love were born eight children:
(1) William, born Jan. 24, 1797, married Roxanna Youngs and lived on the
Love place in Coventry. He died Nov.
23, 1825, at the age of twenty-nine. (2)
Samuel, married Hulda Vaughn and they lived in Sterling, Conn.
He died at the Love homestead, Aug. 21, 1874, at the age of seventy-six.
Of this union there were two children, who now reside at Solon, Iowa;
Cynthia, who married Henry Palmer and has one child, Charley; and Anis,
who married Lyman Randall of Foster, R.I., and had one son, David Randall.
(3) Josiah, born in 1800, married Martha Dorrence, after her death,
Tabatha Tillinghast, and later the widow of Thomas James.
Mr. Love resided in Coventry and died at the age of ninety-four.
He had one daughter, Sarah, who married Isaac Tillinghast and lived in
Killingly, Conn. They had three
children: Ida, now a resident of
Auburn, R.I., and Joseph and Aden A., of Killingly.
(4) Leonard married Mahala Knox and lived on the Providence Pike, in
Coventry. He died at the age of
eighty-seven. Of this union there
were seven children: Jane, who
married John Congdon, lived in Norwood, R.I., and William in Bunkerhill, Ill.
Henry (deceased), married Susan Babcock and lived in Sterling, Conn.
Two married residents of Coventry, R.I.:
Ellen, Albert Love; and Sarah, Darius Allen.
Leonard married Jane Townsend, and resides in Coventry.
John married Phoebe Reed, and they live on the Coventry homestead.
(5) Johnson, born in 1807, married Esther Potter.
He died Jan. 10, 1863, and is buried at Oneco, R.I.
(6) Comfort, married Cynthia Case and lived in Coventry, R.I.
He, too, is buried at Oneco. His
son, Albert, married Ellen Love, daughter of Leonard Love.
(7) Abbie is mentioned above. (8)
Thomas G., born Dec. 6, 1818, married Sarah Case and resided in Coventry.
He died Feb. 20, 1889, and is buried in Oneco, where his wife also is
J. King early evinced a self-reliant, forceful spirit which characterized him
through life. In the summer of his
thirteenth year he started out as a farm hand, receiving the encouraging salary
of five dollars a month. After this
he seldom asked odds of anyone. For
two years he worked on the farm of Deacon Edgar Bissell in South Windsor, Conn.;
then going to Moosup, he hired out in the large manufacturing establishment of
Sampson Almy, remaining there another two years.
He had made good use of his experience and was now enabled to engage as
farm manager. In this capacity he
worked one year for Mr. Allen Gibson, and another for George Sanderson.
But Mr. King was a born horse trader, and with Mr. E.A. Card, of Oneco,
Conn., he soon secured a position for which he was eminently fitted - the
management of that gentleman's horse business.
The buying and selling was entirely entrusted to Mr. King, and such keen
judgement and shrewdness did he exercise that immense profits accrued to the
owner. As a result he continued in
this position for eight years. In
1874 he married Helen M. Sanderson, daughter of George and Maria (Gates)
Sanderson, who are mentioned below. Mr.
and Mrs. King have had four children: Alva
G., born Feb. 20, 1875, senior partner of King Bros. Livery business, in Moosup,
graduated from the Toronto Veterinary College in Canada and practiced his
profession in his vicinity. Henry,
born Sept. 22, 1876, well known as a horseman throughout southern New England,
is in partnership with his father. Harry,
born April 26, 1879, died Aug. 23, 1898. Samuel
L., born Dec. 1, 1882, is a member of the King Bros. livery firm.
1877, deciding to go into business by himself, Mr. King went to Central Village,
and on April 9, opened a hotel and sale stable.
In working for himself he was even more successful than he had been for
others. He purchased large numbers
of horses in southern Canada and western New York, and always kept in his stable
from fifteen to twenty. These he
readily sold to local purchasers. For
twelve prosperous years he continued his business in Central Village.
Then he came to Moosup and rented the hotel near the station in
connection with which he opened a livery stable.
In this business, in July, 1892, he unfortunately incurred the loss of
$4,000 by a fire, which destroyed the entire premises.
Undismayed, however, he immediately rebuilt, and on Christmas day of the
same year moved into his new home. Early
in 1893 he opened to the public one of the biggest hotels in that vicinity.
It is a three story modern building, with heat, light, and water supply,
on the most highly improved plans. Indeed
its metropolitan air would do credit to many a New England city, and the
structure strikes an outsider as being a little too large for the small village
of Moosup. Due, however, to Mr.
King's wide popularity, it is extremely well patronized.
After the fire Mr. King continued his horse business on even a larger
scale than before. He opened a
livery stable which he conducted with success till the fall of 1901, when he
turned the business over to his two energetic sons, Alva G. and Samuel L. At
present, with his son Henry, he has a private stable in which are kept about
seven excellent race horses, which are yearly entered in the New England
circuit. Besides speculating in
horses Mr. King has throughout his career made a great success of breeding,
training, and driving horses. He has
owned some of the best bred horses in the State, and he has a reputation as a
horse fancier throughout New England. Personally
he impresses a stranger as being curt and independent, but to an acquaintance
his manner assumes a genial air, which has won for him his wide and lasting
Sanderson, grandfather of Mrs. King, born in Lancashire, England, married Ann
Mills, and they came to America. After
living for a while in Mexico and Canada they finally settled in the United
States. Four children were born to
this union, all of whom grew to maturity and married:
Charles, who had three sons (he died in Canada);
Ann; George, who is mentioned
below; and James, at first a resident of New York State, later a sea voyager.
He died in Philadelphia.
Sanderson, father of Mrs. King, now a resident of the town of Plainfield, was at
one time an extensive manufacturer. Born
in England, Nov. 27, 1823, he received his early education in that country.
At the age of sixteen he came to America, and after a varied career
finally settled at North Adams, Mass. Here
he married Maria L. Gates, who died in July, 1847, at the age of twenty-nine.
Later, in Windsorville, Conn., he married Elizabeth Attwood, who was born
in Mansfield, Conn.; she died June 3, 1891.
By the first marriage there was one daughter, the present Mrs. Samuel J.
King. By the second marriage there
were two children: (1) George Henry,
born Aug. 3, 1851, married, in 1875, Hattie H. Mills, and resided in Moosup,
Conn. (He died there).
They had one child, Gertrude E., who married Arthur M. Brown and lives in
Jewett city, Conn. (2) Charles A.,
born April 13, 1855, married Freelove Hill, and they have two children, Ruth E.,
and George Henry. (The Hill family
have a sketch elsewhere in this volume).
living at North Adams Mr. Sanderson began working in a woolen mill.
He later engaged in the same line in the old Frank Mill at Rockville,
Conn., then for two and a half years in a factory at Worcester, Mass.; and
finally from July, 1857 to 1862 in a mill at Uxbridge, Mass.
He had now become thoroughly acquainted with the business, and on May 1,
1862, began as manager of a mill at Otter River, in the town of Templeton, Mass.
After two years of successful management, on May 7, 1864, he came to
Almyville, in the town of Plainfield, Conn., and engaged as superintendent of
the Sampson Almy Co.'s Woolen Factory. Later
this company failed; then Mr. Sanderson, in partnership with Messrs. Mitchell
Crow and Luther Laraway, purchased the business, which they continued for three
years. Mr. Crow then withdrew and
Messrs. Sanderson and Laraway carried on the industry alone for three years
longer. Though the business proved
successful, Mr. Sanderson finally felt forced to discontinue it.
He now lives in retirement with his son Charles, near Moosup.
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