& THE MARVIN 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. 410 - 412
PARKER ROOT was born in Berlin,
Conn., Dec. 27, 1831, son of Joshua Root, who was born in Marlboro, Conn., July
Root, Sr., the grandfather of Joseph P., was born in 1753, probably in Marlboro,
where he followed farming. His death
occurred in Hebron, and he was buried in Gilead cemetery.
In 1777 he was married to Sarah Chapman, of Hebron, and their children
were: Elizabeth, Sarah, Lucy, Polly,
Rhoda (who died in childhood), Joshua, Rhoda (2), Benjamin, Ira, Solomon and
Root, son of Joshua, Sr., and father of Joseph P., was a farmer, and was
extensively engaged in teaming. About
1829 he came to Berlin, and followed farming until 1832, when he returned to
Hebron to take charge of his fatherís place, where he remained until his death
in 1871. Joshua Root was a Democrat
until 1856, when the Republican party was formed, and he at once united with it.
He held several minor offices in the town, but he was not a man to seek
political preferment. In the work of
the Methodist Church, to which he belonged, he was very active.
In the war of 1812 he had enlisted, but was excused from service on
account of serious sickness at home. On
Nov. 8, 1810, Joshua Root was married to Esther Ingraham, who was born June 8,
1792, in Marlboro, Conn., and who died Oct. 13, 1852, in Hebron.
Mr. Root was married to his second wife, Dolly Hough, April 3, 1853.
She was born in Middletown, Nov. 12, 1815.
To the first marriage were born: (1)
Stephen, born in Marlboro, March 12, 1812, died in Colchester, March, 1875.
In his early years he was employed in various factories, but in his
maturer life was a farmer, and operated a saw mill and grist mill.
On Nov. 9, 1835, he was married to Lucinda B. Clark, a daughter of Dr.
Clark, of Ledyard, Conn., and their children were Dwight, who died in early
manhood; Clarissa, who married J. H.
Butler, and is now living in Catskill, N.Y.; and Mary, who is the wife of Edward
W. Bull, of Hartford. (2) Eliza,
born Sept. 7, 1813, in Marlboro, married Samuel Finley, June 10, 1839, and died
in Tolland, Nov. 27, 1893. She was
mother to Ransom J., of Missouri; Annis
J., wife of M.V.B. Pierson, of Norwich; and Esther, the wife of George P. Lewis,
of Norwich. (3) Austin, born Jan. 3,
1816, in Marlboro, Conn., was a farmer and a wood dealer in early life.
In 1869 he purchased the store of Reuben Allen, and conducted it for ten
years, at Tolland. After disposing
of it to Charles Young, he removed to Rockville, where he died June 11, 1884.
On Dec. 9, 1839, he was married to Betsy M. Post; in 1880 he wedded Mrs.
Frances (Metcalf) Edgerton. The
first wife was the mother of Esther A., a widow living in Stafford;
Ellen E., widow of Rev. F.W. Colver, of North Manchester;
Henry A., a lumber merchant of Michigan City, Ind.; and Emma M., the wife
of Rev. W.F. Latham, of Michigan, now deceased.
(4) Esther, born Aug. 5, 1818, in Hartford, Conn., died Sept. 30, 1824.
(5) John, born Dec. 30, 1820, was a machinist in Hartford, and died Oct.
22, 1846, in Hebron. (6) Jerusha A.,
born March 31, 1824, in Hartford, married Peter S. Smith, of Montville, and died
Sept. 27, 1889. (7) Joseph P. is
mentioned below. (8) Benjamin S.,
born July 6, 1838, in Hebron, was a carpenter by trade, and died in Tolland,
July 26, 1893. On May 18, 1862, he
married Emily E. Brooks, and two children were born to them:
Arthur E., a merchant of Boston; Edward
I., a broker and patentee in Denver, Colorado.
To the second marriage of Joshua Root came one child, Samuel M., born
Nov. 19, 1854, in Hebron, Conn., and now living in Moodus, where he follows the
work of a mason and brick-layer.
Parker Root was taken by his parents when but a few months old to Hebron, where
he received his education in the public school, and for three winters under Rev.
Charles Nichols in a private school. After
leaving the school room he worked in a sawmill with his brother, Stephen, for
three winters, devoting the summer season to farm work.
When he was twenty-one he secured a position in the Colchester Rubber
Works, but a few days after beginning in the factory the works burned down.
The young man was somewhat versed in the carpenter trade, and was
employed in the rebuilding of the plant, and when that was completed so enjoyed
the carpenter life that he continued to follow it.
He remained in Colchester a year, and then removed to Montville, where he
presently began to do contract work, having in charge the erection of a number
of buildings in that town. Mr. Root
was also connected with the Uncasville Manufacturing Co. as a carpenter for nine
years. In 1872 Mr. Root removed to
the city of New London, where he worked for Russell Burrows, a contractor and
builder, and in 1874 he came to Tolland to take a place in his brotherís
store, which he held for several months. When
it was sold to Charles Young he remained with that gentleman for about six
months, and then bought the general store of Daniel E. Benton.
For the whole period since 1888, this establishment has been the only
general store in Tolland. One other
store ran for a time only. It has
proved a remunerative enterprise to Mr. Root, who has become one of the
substantial men of the town. Mr.
Root is a director in the Savings Bank of Tolland, and president and director of
the Aqueduct Company of Tolland. Strongly
attached to the basic principles of the Republican party, he has served as
selectman and as treasurer of the school deposit fund, and was appointed
postmaster during Gen. Grantís first term, continuing until the advent of
President Cleveland when he was removed for the installation of a Democrat.
Mr. Root is an active and devoted member of the Methodist Church, which
he has served as steward and treasurer for a number of years.
He has also been superintendent of the Sunday-school many years.
Mr. Root has been very successful in business.
He is a careful conservative man, still progressive enough to be always
interested in public matters.
Nov. 21, 1853, Mr. Root was married to his first wife, Elizabeth Goff, who was
born in Easthampton, Oct. 22, 1834, and who died May 23, 1877, the mother of the
following children: (1) John
Herbert, born Feb. 1, 1855, in Montville, is a painter and a decorator in New
London, and deals in supplies for the trade; he married in October, 1878,
Lucretia Hobron, of New London. Of
their two children the daughter died in infancy; the son Herbert Jackson, born
July 14, 1884, is living. (2) Ira
Wesley, born Nov. 11, 1860, died June 18, 1861.
(3) Annie Elizabeth, born Jan. 21, 1862, in Montville, died Jan. 6, 1870.
(4) Hattie Eliza, born Jan. 26, 1864, in Montville, died April 9, 1864.
May 29, 1879, Mr. Root was married to his second wife, Lucy Catherine Marvin, a
daughter of Ira K. and Julia (Young) Marvin.
MARVIN FAMILY was first represented
in Connecticut by Reinhold Marvin, who came to Hartford among the earliest
settlers, and was given a share of the farming ground, but he, however,
established himself in the town of Lyme, where he died in 1662, and where his
descendants flourished for more than two centuries.
K. Marvin was born in Hebron Sept. 6, 1796, son of Elihu and Clarissa (Kilbourn)
Marvin. When he was about four and a
half years old his parents removed to Pennsylvania with their three children,
all sons, and established themselves on what was then the frontier line of
civilization. For several years they
did well, when misfortunes attended the family thick and fast.
The father was killed in an accident in his mill, when he was only
thirty-four years old; a young
daughter was burned to death; young
Ira broke his leg. The afflicted
widow took Ira and his younger brother to Hebron, Conn., where they were taken
into the home of their grandparents, and she returned to Pennsylvania, there
only to lose the remnant of her little property.
She was soon after married to Daniel Lamb, of Mansfield, Pa., a very
estimable gentleman, and her married life with him, though happy, was cut short
by her untimely death, at the age of thirty-two, leaving him with an infant
daughter. All her children by her
first marriage are now dead.
K. Marvin, though somewhat advanced in years, was sadly behind in his education.
Schools had been wanting, and in Hebron his natural diffidence prevented
him from making that progress he desired. His
lack of an education made him willing in after years to spare no pains to give
every opportunity to his children. In
Hebron he early learned the carriage-makerís trade.
When he was eighteen years of age he went to Pennsylvania and brought
back with him his younger brother Harvey, and his sister Lucinda.
In 1820 he came to Tolland and went into business for himself, and as he
began upon a platform of honest work without regard to price he soon commanded a
fine trade. In 1842 he had a severe
illness, from which his recovery was so slow that he gave up his business and
purchased a farm in Tolland. This
was a great disappointment to him at the time, but his health gradually
recovered its tone, and from the time he was sixty years of age until after
seventy he could do as much out of door work as those accustomed to it from
boyhood. Some time before his death
he became totally blind. His
earnings were not so great on the farm as in the shop, but he could support his
family, and care for those he loved.
Oct. 21, 1824, Mr. Marvin was married to Miss Julia Young, only daughter of
Eliphalet and Sybil (Lathrop) Young, and the great-granddaughter of William
Young, who, with three brothers, came to America from Scotland, by way of
Londonderry, Ireland, in 1720, and they all settled on the Willimantic river, in
Windham county. To this union were
born: (1) Maria, the wife of William
Butler, of Rockville; (2) Julia Ann,
the wife of G.W. Bartholomew, of Bristol, Conn.;
(3) Sybil Lathrop, the wife of E.B. Cole, of Cromwell;
(4) Harriet, who died at the age of four months;
(5) Edwin Eliphalet, who married Cynthia P., the daughter of Hon. Loren
P. Waldo; (6) Lucy Catherine, the
wife of Joseph P. Root; (7) Clara
Kilbourn, wife of Chas. Hawkins; and (8) Samuel Harvey, an insurance agent,
living in Columbus, Ohio. The
integrity and upright character of Mr. Marvin commanded the respect and
confidence of his fellow townsmen, and he was called by them to local positions
of trust and responsibility, and in 1851 was sent to represent the town in the
General Assembly. A sincere and
devoted Christian gentleman, his religious life began very early, but it was not
until the Nettleton revival of 1822, that he united with the Congregational
Church. In 1829 he transferred
himself to the Baptist Church of Tolland, then a weak and feeble band, and when,
in 1831, it was determined to build a house of worship, none were more ready to
give and sacrifice than Mr. Marvin and his wife.
Mr. Marvin early espoused his temperance cause, and through his long life
was always a ready worker in any undertaking to reclaim the lost.
It is doubtful if there was ever another man who did as much for
religion, temperance and liberty in Tolland as Deacon Marvin.
In 1851 he was chosen a deacon of the Baptist church.
and Mrs. Marvin lived to celebrate their golden wedding, and her unexpected
sickness, alone, prevented the reunion of all the children with their venerated
parents to celebrate a beautiful half century.
She survived a little over four months after that interesting
anniversary, closing her useful and noble life, Feb. 24, 1875.
By his death Tolland lost one of its most beloved and useful citizens.
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