Hutchinson is an old and numerous family in Norwich, as well as in other parts of the country. They were among the early settlers of Massachusetts and were in Lynn and Salem in that colony as early as 1628, or 1629. A descendant of these early colonists, named Abijah, who was a tailor, removed from Salem to Windham early in the eighteenth century. His son Samuel, born about 1719, in company with his son, John, came to Norwich in 1765. They cleared an island in the Connecticut River, opposite the present residency of John W. Loveland, and planted it with
Location: Ashford Connecticut
Having glanced thus briefly at the action of the Norwich proprietors in opening a way to reach their new township in the wilderness, and in dividing up a portion of its surface into lots suitable to become the homesteads of future settlers, let us pause a moment and see what had meantime been done in the work of actual settlement. I am indebted to Rev. Edmund F. Slafter of Boston for an interesting account of what was unquestionably the first attempt at settlement made within the limits of the town. I quote from the Slafter Memorial: “Samuel Slafter [of Mansfield,
Farm is at the junction of the Westford Hill Willington Road and an old road leading to the Samuel Walker farm. Near the road is a small cemetery, not easily seen, with several graves in it. The only reference I have found with names states the following: Resting Place of Orin Hughes and Family The Barbour Collection of Ashford Vital Records gives the birth of Orrene Hughes d. Jonathan and Eunice on 14 Nov 1778. This was probably a mistake in the gender and instead of a daughter was a son, Orrin who married Mehitable and had the following children:
Allen Allen, Sarah, d. 21 May 1832, @1 yr 8 mo. [dau. of James and Lucy]. Palmer Palmer, Martha, d. 28 May 1837, @77 [husband of Benjamin]. Palmer, Chauncey, d. 30 Mar 1839, @47. Palmer, Friend B., d. 22 Sept. 1839, @2 yrs, 1 mo. [son of Chauncey and Hannah]. Whipple Whipple, Caroline, d. 2 Sep 1809, @2yrs, 2 mo. [dau. of Samuel and Hannah D.]. Whipple, Reuben Chaffee, d. 21 Jan 1828, @18 [son of Samuel and Mary]. Whipple, Mary, d. 12 Mar 1828, @49 [wife of Samuel]. Whipple, Samuel, d. 9 Nov 1813, @70? [stone fallen, footstone says
Small cemetery located near the Eastford town line. Lewis Lewis, Israel, d. 17 Mar 1840. Lewis, Mary, d.22 Apr 1844, @50. Owen Owen, Emily Maria, d. 20 Aug 1845, @27 [wife of David K. Owen, and dau. of Israel and Mary Lewis] Palmer Palmer, Mrs. Mary, d. 20 Oct. 1846, @77 [wife of Nathan Palmer]. Palmer, Nathan, d. 6 Mar 1852, @85.
Across the Bigelow River in Ashford. Arnold Arnold, D. Jr. Bartlett Bartlett, William, d. 6 Mar 1831 @57. Bartlett, Betsey, d. 12 Apr 1848 @66 [wife of William]. Boutell Boutell, Jacob, d. 15 Jan 1886 @94. Boutell, Sibyl, d. 10 Apr 1876 @ 80. Brown Brown, James, d. 31 May 1812 @ 28. Brown, Mrs. Mary, d. 6 Jun 1822, @77 [relict of Mr. Cyril Brown]. Dean Dean, Leonard, Esq. d. 12 Aug 1848, @69. Dean, Hannah, d. 16 Oct. 1843, @64. Marcy Marcy, Joseph W., d. 2 May 1862 @84. Marcy, Polly, d. Nov 1831 @33 [wife of Joseph
Keith Wood White, a retired farmer now residing in Grangeville, is a native of the far-off state of Connecticut, his birth having occurred in the town of Ashford, Windham County, on the 15th of May 1838. His ancestors came from old England and settled in New England at an early epoch in the history of this country, and there the family remained for several generations. Keith W. White, the father of our subject, was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, and married Catharine Farnum, a native of Connecticut. They became the parents of two children, and the father provided for their support