PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903     P.  256

NOBLE E. LORD, one of the most extensive farmers of Tolland county, and the largest land holder in Hebron, resides in the northern portion of the town, and dates his ancestry back to colonial times.

The first American ancestor was Thomas Lord, who came from England and was one of the earliest settlers of Hartford.  Both he and his wife, Dorothy, whom he had married in England, died in Hartford, the wife in 1687 at the ripe age of eighty-seven.  All of their eight children were born in England, and came to America with their parents, while a later generation of the family located in Marlborough, Conn., where the Lord name is one of the oldest in the town.

George Lord, grandfather of our subject, was a farmer and large land holder in the town of Marlborough, Conn., his residence being in the southern part of the place.  There he lived his entire life, and died in 1852, at the age of seventy-five, in the faith of the Congregational Church.  His first wife, Caroline Crocker, bore him one child, Sherman C., who married Ophelia T. Buell, was a farmer and died in Marlborough.  The second wife of George Lord was Abigail Everett of Ware, Mass., who survived him until 1861.  Their children were: Noble E., father of our subject;  Hinman, who married Anna E. Hutchinson, and engaged in farming in Marlborough, but later moved to Hebron, where he died, and where his widow now resides.

Noble Everett Lord, the father of the subject of this sketch, was born in 1804, in Marlborough, Conn., where he resided on the home farm until his marriage, having been reared to farm work.  After his marriage, he removed to Hebron and rented the “Perk Mann” farm in the eastern part of the town, where he resided for a little over a year, and he then purchased a farm nearby, where he live the remainder of his life, dying Oct. 11, 1892.  Noble E. Lord was a quiet, hard-working man, who reared a large and creditable family and left to them the heritage of a good name.  As he was in moderate circumstances, the rearing of his large family was a heavy expense.  In politics he was a Republican, and held many of the minor offices of the town, while in religious matters, he adhered to the tenets of the Congregational faith, being a member of the church of that denomination at Hebron.  Noble E. Lord married Betsey F. Buckley, who was born in  1816, a native of Colchester, Conn., daughter of William Buckley, and she died Aug. 12, 1861.  To them were born:  Joshua B., who married Eunice Otis, was engaged in various kinds of business and was an undertaker of Hartford at the time of his death;  George R., who married Mary Boud, was a real estate dealer and resides at Asbury Park, N.J.;  Daniel B., who was a graduate of Amherst College, became a Congregational minister and died at West Hartford, Conn.;  Fedora E., widow of Edwin Perry, resides in New Haven, Conn.;  Sophia J. resides in East Hartford, Conn., unmarried;  Noble E.;  Prudence A. died young;  David died young, and his twin brother died at the age of three days;  Lucy died young;  Loren M., who married Anna Strong, resides in Hebron, engaged in farming;  Flora E. died young.

Noble E. Lord, the immediate subject of this biography, was born Nov. 14, 1844, in the northeastern part of Hebron, and attended the district school as well as one term at the select school kept by Henry T. Bowles in Andover.  He remained upon the farm until 1865, when he went to Marlborough, and there operated a farm for an uncle for a season.  His father needing him at home ( the other brothers having left), Noble returned to the homestead, where he remained until after his marriage, when he purchased the “Skinner farm,” in the vicinity.  After three years he sold this property, and in 1874 purchased another farm known as the “Gilbert place,” upon which he still resides.  It then consisted of 135 acres, but Mr. Lord has added largely to it until it now consists of 600 acres.  Although he was obliged to go heavily into debt for the property, it is now all cleared, and he has made very extensive improvements upon it, erecting all the farm buildings and remodeling the house.  In addition to his own house, he has several others upon the property, which are occupied by his tenants.  In addition to carrying on general farming, Mr. Lord is an extensive dealer in stock, and in the past cut down and sold lumber from land he purchased.  Mr. Lord also has a good meat route, at times running two wagons through the towns of Bolton, Andover, Hebron, and Marlborough.  From the lowest step of the ladder of fortune, Mr. Lord has become one of the town’s most thorough and progressive farmers and substantial citizens, and is well known through all of Tolland county.

On April 21, 1869, Noble E. Lord was married for the first time, to Miss Addie Griswold, a native of Rocky Hill, Conn., daughter of Albro Griswold, a farmer of that locality, and she died Oct. 11, 1891, aged forty-four.  To them were born:  Herbert J., a joiner residing in Springfield, Mass., was born Jan. 28, 1870, married Bessie E. Vining, and has one child, Noble E.;  Everett G., a farmer of Hebron, was born Oct. 25, 1871, married Grace Pendleton, and has two children, Eleanor P. and Mary A.;  Flora E., was born Oct. 17, 1876;  Clayton A. was born July 20, 1880;  Clarence H. was born May 23, 1884;  and Helen A., was born Sept. 24, 1891.  On March 7, 1893, Mr. Lord was married to Mary Fancher, of Granby, Conn., a charming lady, who presides over his pleasant home and aids him in dispensing a gracious hospitality.  Mrs. Lord, by a former marriage, had one daughter, Flora E. Fancher.  Mr. Lord has taken a very prominent part in the politics of Hebron, having held nearly all of the minor offices of the town, and represented it in the State Legislature in 1889, serving during that session upon the committee on Roads & Bridges, and he has ever ably supported the principles of the Republican party both in office and as a private citizen.  All of his family are members of the Congregational Church of Hebron, and Mr. Lord is now, and has been for several years, a deacon of that congregation, and he is the oldest deacon as to time of service.  His hand is always open, and he gives liberally towards the support of the church and all movements calculated to prove of benefit to Christianity and the general welfare of the town.  The pleasant manner of Mr. Lord, combined with his excellent business acumen and upright principles, has won for him highest esteem wherever his affairs have led him, and both he and his family are justly regarded with sincere respect.

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Linda D. Pingel


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