& THE BABCOCK 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. 1166 - 1167
ERNEST REMINGTON, one of the
foremost and representative merchants of Willimantic, Windham county, is
secretary, treasurer and manager of the corporation of the H.E. Remington Co.,
one of the most substantial retail houses of the city.
Mr. Remington has risen from most modest and humble beginnings to his
present enviable standing by the sole force of his personality.
Though devoted to business, he has yielded to his friends and has filled
positions of honor and trust, with credit to himself and satisfaction to his
constituents, who are not confined to any one party or organization.
Mr. Remington descends from old and honorable New England stock, through
both maternal and paternal ancestry.
E. Remington was born Feb. 7, 1853, in Waterbury, Vt., son of Joel and Armina
(Hall) Remington. His father was a
son of Jonathan Remington, and his mother a daughter of Lyman Hall.
Both families have been long established there, the Halls coming from
Wallingford, Conn., to Vermont in an early day, and making their home at
Waterbury. Jonathan Remington, who
is mentioned above, was a farmer, and all his family have now passed away.
Joel Remington, the father of Homer E., was born at Huntington, Vt.,
where he was reared to farming life, in which he was successful.
He died at the age of seventy-two, and was buried at Waterbury, where the
greater part of his life was spent. He
married Mrs. Armina (Hall) Bowen, who died at the age of fifty-four, and was
buried at Waterbury. Homer Ernest
Remington was the only child of his parents.
He had a half brother, Azariah, born to his mother's first marriage, who
took the name of Remington, but who is now deceased.
Joel Remington and his wife were excellent Christian people, of the
highest character and the strictest integrity.
Ernest Remington spent his boyhood on the farm, and was raised to a full
knowledge of hard work. His
education was obtained in the public schools, and a seminary at Montpelier, Vt.
His schooling was over at the age of sixteen years, when he took a
position as a clerk in a general store at Waterbury, Vt.
After spending some three years there, the young clerk went to St. Albans
to take a place in a wholesale flour and feed store, where he was mainly
employed in bookkeeping. In the
course of a few months he was induced to give up this work and take a clerkship
at Norwich, Conn., in a clothing store, owned by John R. Foster and F.A. Wells,
Mr. Foster having established a chain of stores under the name of the Foster
Syndicate. Mr. Wells was a
brother-in-law of Mr. Foster, and lived at one time at Waterbury, and where both
had known Mr. Remington. After about
a year in Norwich Mr. Remington came to Willimantic to clerk for W.L. Harrington
& Co., Mr. Wells being associated with Mr. Harrington.
In 1875 Mr. Remington became the manager of their Willimantic store, and
in 1876 the firm of H.E. Remington & Co. was formed, Mr. Remington being the
practical head of the establishment. This
firm was succeeded by the incorporated company known as the H.E. Remington Co.,
of which Mr. Remington is secretary, treasurer and manager, which responsible
position he fills with satisfaction to the other members of the corporation, and
to the material prosperity of the business.
Remington was married Aug. 20, 1878, to Miss S. Gertrude Babcock, of Coventry,
Conn., daughter of Norman L. and Sarah (Spencer) Babcock, and a descendant of
Jonathan Babcock, who was the common ancestor of both the Coventry and Mansfield
Babcocks, and is supposed to have been the second permanent settler in that part
of Windham, now included in Willimantic. He
bought land in that part of the town in 1709.
He is supposed to have been a descendant of Robert Babcock, of
Dorchester, Mass. Mary, the first
wife of Jonathan Babcock, died in 1719, and he was married in the same year to
Mary Hebard. Mr. Babcock died in
1731, in Coventry, where several of his children had settled.
Babcock, son of the foregoing Jonathan, was born about 1699, and married Mary
Burgess, of Yarmouth, for his first wife. She
died in Windham about 1723, and he was married in 1725 to Mehitable Burt.
His last years were passed in Coventry, where he died in 1773, leaving
Babcock, son of Ebenezer, was born in 1732, was married in 1753 to Jedidah
Turner, and lived in Coventry, where their son,
Babcock, who was born in 1754, married Tryphena, daughter of Elisha Babcock.
They made their home in Coventry.
Babcock, son of Gideon, was born Dec. 14, 1798, and was married March 26, 1822,
to Mary Ann Strong. They resided in
Coventry. Their children were:
(1) Norman Leander, born April 27, 1823, died March 29, 1890.
He was twice married, first to Sarah Spencer, of Mansfield, Conn., and
second to Maria Bliven, of Willimantic, Conn.
(2) Charles, born March 13, 1826, married Eliza Lathrop, and went to
Pikes Peak. (3) Julia, born Feb. 10,
1828, died April 1, 1899. She
married Henrie Crandall and lived in Providence, R.I.
(4) Austania, born Oct. 13, 1833, was a teacher in Providence, R.I., and
died in August, 1865. (5) Alonzo,
born Feb. 20, 1838, died Jan. 31, 1903. He
went to Pikes Peak when quite young and married.
(6) Francis Leroy, born July 29, 1845, was a soldier in the 21st
Leander Babcock, son of Elijah, was born in Coventry.
He was twice married, as stated above.
His children by his first wife were:
(1) Walter Spencer, born May 28, 1853, died Oct. 11, 1888.
He married in the West. (2)
S. Gertrude, born Dec. 6, 1855, married Homer E. Remington, and resides in
Willimantic, Conn. By the second
wife was born, Fannie Maria, born July 8, 1860, who married John L. Leonard, and
resides in Willimantic, Connecticut.
the marriage of Mr. And Mrs. Remington have been born the following family:
Ada, a graduate of the Willimantic high school;
Maud, a graduate of the Willimantic high school, 1901, and now a student
at the Normal School; and Gertrude, who died at the age of six years.
Remington first voted in Willimantic, and is a stanch Republican.
In 1893 he represented Willimantic in the General Assembly, where he
served on the committee on Insurance. For
several years he was treasurer of the Water Fund of Willimantic.
He has been admitted to the various Masonic bodies of Willimantic, and
has taken the Templar's degree, belonging to St. John's Commandery.
He was a charter member of Obwebetuck Lodge, No. 16, I.O.O.F., at
Willimantic. As one of the safe and
careful business men of Willimantic, Mr. Remington has a most enviable standing,
and his family is as prominent in the social as he is in the commercial circles
of the place.
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