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Re: Hendric/Hendricus Dow
Posted by: D Rechel Date: November 28, 2001 at 15:09:48
In Reply to: Hendric/Hendricus Dow by Michael Owens of 2066

The Hendricus may be a popular affectation or the time of Latinizing your name. He was born a Hendric(k)in 1761 and died one as well. Both in Ashford CT. His parents' Daniel and Elizabeth Marsh were married in 1751.

According to Larned in the History of Windham County, (p 298) a Mr. Pond of Ashford fitted two brothers, Daniel and Hendrick Dow for the ministry. They were each called gifted however the "latter, no less versatile than brilliant, left the pulpit for the bar."

Reverend Daniel went on to lead a "long and useful life in Thompson" as an eminant church leader. Reverend Hendric Dow was a "scholar who bid fair to reach eminence, but died in early manhood." (Larned p1023)

Hendric studied (Yale) and married in New Haven. His wife, Hannah Gilbert shared three sons with him, Virgil, James, and Lucius. Hendric returned to serve Ashford and is buried in the family plot 1/4 miles north of where he was born.

Hendrick was not the first born son and therefore did not inherit the family farm. That was left to his older brother Abel. Hendrick did attempt to find a permanent preaching position, but that luck fell to his younger brother Daniel.

Hendrick did own property in Ashford and presumable a house. He married in 1792 and had three sons: Virgil, James Gilbert, and Lucius Kalapon. A list of his personal property is inventoried in the probate records held in Pomfret, CT and provide an interesting picture of the man who aimed high and died at the age of 53 in his home town.

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