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. 759
DAVIS ROUND was born Nov. 25, 1831, in Foster, R.I., and is a son of Alvah
Round, who was born in the same place about 1800, and died in Scituate, R.I.
father was a thrifty farmer, and owned a place of sixty acres, which he
cultivated on advanced and progressive lines. In 1842 he was a Doorite. He was
always a deeply religious man, belonging to the Seven Day Baptist Church, where
he took a very active part. The elder Round was married March 8, 1829, to Miss
Mary Arnold, a daughter of Russell Arnold of Scituate, R.I. She died in 1894,
and was mother to the following children: William D.; Freelove, who married
George W. Hawkins, and died at the age of 50 years; Warren, a stone mason, who
died in Scituate, when about sixty years old; Cynthia, who died young; Joseph
B., a machinist in Scituate, where he is now living; Cornelia A., living in Kent
county, R.I., the wife of Elisha Watson; Richard B., who learned the tinner’s
trade, and is now a merchant in Scituate; Mary Josephine, who married Burrill
Moon, and lives in Washington, Rhode Island.
Round, the grandfather of William D., was born in Foster, R.I., and became a
thrifty farmer, and his land is now being cultivated by his great-grandchildren.
In politics he was a Whig, and was a good man and a useful citizen. Constant
Round married Mollie Davis, and both attained a great age. They were the parents
of thirteen children. Simeon Round, his father, and the great-grandfather of
William D., was probably born in England, whence he came to America at an early
age. In the American Revolution he was a bold advocate of the people’s rights,
and became a soldier in the Continental forces, and it is known that he was
present at the bombardment of Boston.
Davis Round accompanied his parents on their removal from Foster to Scituate,
R.I., when he was a mere child, and there had his schooling. At the age of
sixteen years, he took up his life work, and for a time worked at farming and
then learned the carpenter trade, which was his business for some thirty years.
In 1854 he established himself on a seven-acre farm near Coventry, where he
remained until 1868, when he removed to Holmanville, N.J., to work at
carpentering. For a few months he was at that point, and then spent a year in
Rockville. In 1869 he purchased the Smith farm in Tolland, a place then
consisting of thirty-three acres, to which he added an adjoining tract of
seventy-five acres. For twenty years he conducted farming on his fertile farm,
and at the end of that time sold it to his daughter, Mrs. J.M. Metcalf,
purchasing for himself the old Harry Cogswell homestead on Grant’s Hill, a
farm of sixty-five acres, where he still carries on general farming.
Round was an active member of the Tolland Grange for a year. A staunch Democrat,
he has served a assessor, and was elected justice of the peace, but refused to
Round was married July 23, 1854, to Susan Jane Whitman, born Nov. 8, 1835, at
North Coventry, a daughter of Rueben and Betsy (Eddy) Whitman, and a most worthy
and estimable lady. To this marriage were born: Alvah William, born July 19,
1855, in Vernon, Conn., a farmer at home; Mary Jane, born May 27, 1858, who
married Edwin J. Crandall, of Tolland; Frank Ella, born Jan. 5, 1861, who
married D.H. Benton, a farmer of Tolland; Anna Louisa, born Sept. 27, 1864, who
married Joseph M. Metcalf, of Tolland; John P., born Aug. 7, 1866, married to
Martha (Chamblin) Wright, widow of Elijah Wright, of Coventry; Enoch A., born
Aug. 13, 1871, married to Jennie Staples, of Tolland.
Mr. Round is, as they say, “getting along in years,” he still keeps up his
industrious habits, works every day, and takes delight in it. He is a successful
farmer, and is much esteemed by his neighbors.
Matthew Markert, grandson of Dorcas Smith and Leroy T. Markert of
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