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. 191
STOUGHTON MEACHAM was born Aug. 21,
1872, in Tolland, Conn., on the old homestead, where his father, Charles Meacham,
lived and died.
Meacham was born Aug. 31, 1837, and died Jan. 11, 1896.
He was at one time engaged in the manufacture of spools on the old
homestead on a very extensive scale. His
life business, however, was farming and he was a successful and prosperous man.
In politics he was a Republican, and at different times filled many minor
offices. In church affairs he was
very active, being chorister, and Sunday-school superintendent for many years.
He is remembered as a man of domestic habits and traits, much devoted to
his family, a kind friend and a good neighbor.
Mr. Meacham was a charter member of the Tolland Grange.
He was the general agent for the American
Agriculturist in several counties in New York as well as in Connecticut, and
was engaged with the Phelps Publishing Company, which is now the Orange Judd
Company of Springfield, Mass. Mr.
Meacham gained his early education in the Ellington high school.
Meacham was first united in marriage to Miss Emily Clark, a daughter of William
Clark, of Tolland, who died Aug. 9, 1864. His
second wife, Anna, was a sister of his first wife.
She died Feb. 9, 1866, and he was married, a third time to Mary
Stoughton, who was born April 30, 1838, and married Mr. Meacham, Dec. 22, 1866.
Her parents were Cicero and Lavina Stoughton, of New Preston township,
Washington, Conn. To this marriage
were born the following children: Emily
Clark, born Dec. 14, 1867, who married Albert Parsons, a farmer of Ellington,
and became the mother of Ruby Marian, born April 18, 1894;
Anna Louise, born July 2, 1869, living at home;
Frederick Stoughton; Charles
Edwin, born April 19, 1875, a poultry fancier and largely interested in poultry
raising, who married Edith Lathrop, and has two children, Florence, born June 3,
1900, and Charles Preston, born Jan. 21, 1902.
Giles Meacham, the grandfather of Frederick S., was born in Tolland, Feb. 13,
1812, received his education in the Tolland schools and devoted his mature years
to farming and milling, for some years carrying on a butcher business as well.
In his later years he took much satisfaction in his connection with the
church, of which he became a deacon when a young man.
He died May 2, 1895. Anna C.
Ladd, his wife, was the daughter of Stephen Ladd, of Tolland, and they were
married in 1836. She was born in
1818, and died Nov. 7, 1891. Stephen
Ladd was a grandson of Jonathan Ladd, who came to Tolland about 1720.
Their children were: Charles,
who was the father of Frederick S.; Caroline;
William G.; Sarah, wife of
Dr. S.P. Ladd of Moosup, Conn.; Wilbur,
who died at the age of five years.
Meacham, great-grandfather of Frederick S., was born in Woodstock, Conn., and
came from that point to Tolland in 1797, settling on the farm where his
descendants are now found. He died
Aug. 29, 1839, at the age of seventy-one. His
wife, Peggy, died March 15, 1837, at the age of sixty-four years.
S. Meacham was educated in the home district, and in the Rockville high school.
In 1892, 1895, 1896, 1897, 1900 and 1901 he taught school in the towns of
South Windsor, Vernon and Tolland; during these years he has continued on the
old Deacon Meacham farm. The house
in which he lived until March 12, 1903, when it was destroyed by fire, was built
by his great-grandfather in 1811 and was called the best in the town at the time
of its erection. This farm of 250
acres was known as the "banner farm" of the town, because of the
excellent manner in which it was kept up and cultivated.
Mr. Meacham owned 196 acres, with a saw, grist and shingle mill, long
since established by his grandfather on the Hockanum river, which runs through
his farm. The mill power was greatly
improved by the addition of a 38-horse power water wheel.
Feb. 8, 1902, the place was sold to the Rockville Water and Aqueduct
Company. For two years Mr. Meacham
has been Past Master of the Tolland Grange.
In his politics he is a staunch Republican, is a member of the school
board, and was acting school visitor in 1898 and 1899; he has also served on the
board of relief. An active man in
the Congregational Church, he has been president of the local society of
Meacham family is one of the old and honored families of the town, and has had
among its various representatives some of the best citizens of the place.
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