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Daniel Smith family of Pomfet, Windham Co.
Posted by: Bob Marvin Date: March 07, 2002 at 04:32:34
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I am wondering if anyone knows the ancestry of Daniel Smith, 1803 or 1804-1861, of Pomfret, son of Rockwell Smith. Daniel was a blacksmith and died of burns received in a fire in his smithy. I also do not have a date of marriage for him and Hannah, whose family had lived for some time in Woodstock, and whose genealogy I have been able to find in Bowen's 8 volume History of Woodstock. Below is the information I know about their children and later descendants. His father, Rockwell Smith, was at some time a sailor.

Daniel Smith, died March 10, 1861, aged 57, buried in the New Abbington Cemetery and Hannah Esterbrooks, who died in the early 1870s, had seven children grow up and three others died under 2 years old and buried in the New Abbington Cemetery, as is Daniel. Hannah and the youngest child who lived to maturity, Lewis, born July 2 1851 died Oct 4 1874, unm., both died in Brookfield, Mass. not too far from Pomfret. Somewhere my mother has the brasses from their coffins.
The other nine children I know of were:

Wallace born Feb. 10 1835 killed June 15 1863 at Winchester Plains, VA in the Civil War. He married Sarah Goodell and had at least one daughter, Lula, who married an Ide and was living a childless widow in the 1930s when she corresponded with my grandmother, they were first cousins.

George born Nov. 20, 1836. He settled out west somewhere. My greatuncle, Nathan Milo Fiske, 1881-1968, recovered from TB on his ranch in the early 1900s. George never married. He served the Union in the Civil War as did brothers Wallace and Albert.

Ellen born Nov. 1 1838, married Samuel Allen and had Mary, Prescott, Clifton and a son who's name I can't make out (Nevil?? Newel?) in a letter of my grandmother's (undated, mid1930s) . Ellen died in 1887 and buried New Abbington Cem. Samuel also there, 1832-1906. They have children buried there: G. Clifton, 1867-1894, Newell 1870-1881, Pearl 1872-1878, I don't see Prescott and Mary and the letter says Mary and possibly a brother were still living.

Sarah born Oct. 13, 1840, married Amos Dennis, a widower with several children. They had a son Byron dead when the letter was written.. Cemetery list has Amos, 1822-1915 and Sarah, wife, 1840-1915. Also Adaline J., his first wife 1827-1865.

Hannah buried in the New Abbington Cemetery died Apr. 3, 1843 aged 3 weeks 4 days

Albert born May 6, 1843 by my grandmother's list, but the New Abbington Cemetery has "Smith, Albert, Company G., 26th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, died May 21, 1919,age 74 yrs, G.A.R." which would make his birth in 1845, which would fit better between Hannah and my great-grandmother. Albert married Della Swift and had one daughter, Marian, born in the early 1890s, who married Milton Stone, and had no children.

Mary, my great-grandmother, born Aug. 15 1848.

Charles died Apr. 23 1850, 3 wks. and 6 days buried in the New Abbington Cemetery.

Lewis, above

and Orrin died Oct.1, 1857 aged 2 years.

I don't know anything more of descendants of my great-grandmother's siblings.

Mary Smith married Nathan Milo Fiske at Brookfield in 1870. They had eight children and he died 1885 in Marshall, MN where they had settled not long before. My great-grandfather had been a foreman in a shoe factory in Mass. and I think farmed in Minnesota, where they moved for Mary's health. Their children:

Kate, 1871-1932, never married, taught school in Minnesota.

Edna, 1873-1948, married Frank Wasson, a widower, 1852-1914, in 1908. They had no children; there were grown children from his first marriage. Edna later worked in Davis, California; her mother lived with her.

Danny, 1875-1894, died unm. of meningitis.

A son died infancy.

Nathan Milo, 1881-1968, a minister in California.. He married Lide Hood, 1884 o4 5 to 1972. They had three children all now dead, John, Ruth, and Katherine Shier, they had four granddaughters, of whom I know little.

Lucy, my grandmother, 1883-1957, married 1911, Arthur Medlar, 1876-1939. They met when both were teaching in an academy at Neligh, Nebraska. They lived most of their married life in Lincoln, NB where grandfather taught agricultural economics at the NU Ag school. Their daughters, Margaret Marvin and Faith Logan, are both living, widowed, in Lawrence, Ks. and Baltimore, MD. Between them they have 7 children, 13 grandchildren, and Faith has a great-grandson.

Lewis, her twin, died at 6 mos.

Walter, born posthumously in 1885 died in 1907 of tuberculosis, unm.. He was a pharmacist.


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