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. 703
MADISON LORD, whose life has been a part of his native community, was born in
Stafford, Tolland Co., Conn., June 18, 1837, and is a son of John Knight Lord,
who was born in Limington, Me., Nov. 8, 1809, and died there March 23, 1891.
Knight Lord was married Nov. 29, 1832, to Sarah Spellman, a daughter of Apollos
and Myra (Clark) Spellman, who was born May 10, 1811, and died in Stafford, July
20, 1896. To them were born the
following children that lived to grow up: Myra
Clark, born April 13, 1835, who married Julius Converse;
James Madison, whose name appears at the beginning of this article;
Jane Adaline, born Oct. 6, 1839, who married Henry C. McLoughlin,
Gloucester, Mass., where she is still living;
Lewis Kossuth, born Dec. 31, 1851, who married a daughter of Orrin
Knight Lord was a contractor and builder, perhaps the most prominent of his day.
The old Congregational Church which was carried away by the flood was
built by him, as were also several of the mills and old school houses.
In politics he took strong Republican ground and was active in local
affairs. In religion he was a
pronounced Spiritualist, and was deeply interested in all the phenomena of the
Lord, the grandfather of James Madison, was born in 1774, and died Dec. 3, 1848.
Hannah Durrell, his wife, was born Sept. 29, 1780, and was a daughter of
David and Mary Durrell. To them were
born: George S., born Nov. 21, 1800,
who died Dec. 19, 1869; David B.,
born Nov. 24, 1802, who died July
26, 1884; Olive K., born Nov. 21,
1806, who died July 30, 1857; John
K., born Nov. 8, 1809, who died March 23, 1891;
James F., born Jan. 12, 1816, who died March 7, 1888;
Isaac M., born Oct. 28, 1818, who died Dec. 28, 1858;
Friend D., a successful physician, born March 3, 1822, died Dec. 8, 1883;
Simon L., also a successful physician, born March 8, 1826, who died Feb.
17, 1893. James Lord was the son of
James Lord, and the grandson of Adam Lord. The
history of the Lord family is lacking in details of residence and occupation of
the earlier generations of the family.
Madison Lord was born in Stafford, and there he began his education, which was
continued in the Academy at Wilbraham, Mass., for three terms.
When he was seventeen, young Lord went into the freight office of the
Hartford, Fishkill and Providence Street Railway, where he remained but a short
time, taking a place in the finishing room of the Mineral Springs Manufacturing
Company, where after a year of faithful work he displayed such readiness that he
was made foreman of the finishing department, serving in that capacity two
years. After this Mr. Lord went west
to Lane’s Station, Now Rochelle, Ill., and was engaged in a wholesale grain
business, running a large warehouse, as a member of the firm of C.P. Spaulding
& Co. For four years he was in
this business at Rochelle, and there the outbreak of the Civil war found him,
and in response to the need of the Republic he enlisted Sept. 3, 1862, for three
years in Co. A, 2d Ill. Vol. Cavalry, serving in the commissary and ordnance
department. His command was ordered
into Tennessee, and from there to Vicksburg, and Port Hudson.
Mr. Lord was in much hard service, and saw the brunt of the fighting in
the West, being mustered out June 11, 1865.
the expiration of hostilities Mr. Warren (**see footnote) carried on business as
a member of the firm of Ellis, Warren & Co. for ten years at Stafford
Springs, and then in company with Col. Warren bought out Mr. Ellis, and still
later Mr. Lord bought out Col. Warren, when he formed a partnership with A.C.
Eaton, with whom he continued in business for three years. At the end of that
time Mr. Eaton bought out Mr. Lord, who felt obliged to retire on account of
ill-health, and who has not since that time been actively engaged in any
Lord was one of the active incorporators of the Stafford Agricultural Society,
serving as one of its directors for many years.
He is a Republican, and has served as assessor several years, having also
been on the board of relief and one of the burgesses of the borough.
Mr. Lord attends the Methodist Church, of which his wife is a member and
a worker in the Ladies’ Aid Society. He
belongs to Ionic Lodge, No. 110, A.F.&A.M., and Orient Chapter, No. 42,
Lord was married Oct. 22, 1866, in Norwich, N.Y., to Imogene Sibley, a daughter
of John Sibley. She died Jan. 19,
1869, leaving no children. Mr. Lord
was again married Oct. 19, 1871, in Norwich, Conn., to Hannah Whiton, a daughter
of Lucius H. Whiton and Almeda Converse. To
this marriage was born one child, Kate Imogene, a graduate of Wellesley College,
class of 1903. Mr. Lord belongs to
the Business Men’s Club, of Stafford, and is one of the leading citizens of
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