BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES FOR BROOKLYN, CT
HISTORY OF WINDHAM COUNTY, CONNECTICUT
EDITED BY RICHARD M. BAYLES
W. W. PRESTON & CO., NEW YORK 1889
WILLIAM H. PUTNAM. - Mr. Putnam is a lineal descendant of that brave general and distinguished patriot, Israel
Putnam, whose son, Daniel Putnam, was the grandfather of 'the subject of this biography. William, one of his sons,
married Mary Spalding, whose children were: Caroline M., Harriet W., William H., Elizabeth, Asa S., Jane, Anne,
and three who died in early life. William H. Putnam was born February 2d, 1812, in Holland, Massachusetts, and
in childhood removed to Brooklyn, where the residue of his life was passed. The best schools obtainable at that
early day afforded him a knowledge of the elementary branches, and the work connected with his father's farm occupied
his time until after his marriage.
GEORGE SCARBOROUGH was born in Brooklyn, Conn., July 28th, 1806. His parents were Samuel and Molly Cieaveland Scarborough. worthy representatives of respected ancestors. For twenty. three years George Scarborough lived the farmer's life, early entering on its arduous labors and working from April to December fifteen hours a day. His educational privileges were such as four winter months each year in a country school could afford. This school he attended until he was sixteen years of age, when he became an instructor instead of pupil, working hard through spring, summer and autumn, and teaching during the winter. In his twenty-fourth year, while still teaching and doing his farm work, be began his study of Latin and Greek. In 1832 be went to the distinguished scientific school in Troy, N. Y.-the "Rensselaer Institute "-in which he passed nearly two years. In 1834 he entered the Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass., to prepare for the Christian ministry, but at the end of a year of diligent study in the Hebrew and other departments, impaired health compelled him to leave New England and seek a milder climate.
In November of 1835 he started for New Orleans, but when the steamboat, on which he had taken passage at Pittsburgh, Penn., reached the mouth.of the Ohio, the Mississippi was so blocked with ice from its more northern tributaries that the captain felt obliged to retrace his way as far as Cincinnati. On this return trip Mr. Scarborough left the boat at Owensboro', Ky. On convers ing with some of the most intelligent citizens he found that the town offered an opportunity for an earnest and persistent teacher. He immediately opened a school for girls and boys, in which he gave. instruction in English literature, the classics, mathematics and in natural science and natural history. The school was of high order, the instruction very thorough, the discipline firm and kind, entirely without corporal punishment, and the whole mental and moral influence such as to win the gratitude and command the respect not only of the pupils but of the whole community. For twenty years Mr. Scarborough continued this admirable school. In 1857 and 1858 be made a long tour abroad, traveling through most of the central and southern countries of Europe, visiting Egypt, Palestine and Syria, and returning through Greece. After reaching home Mr. Scarborough was chosen "Professor of Chemistry" in the "Eclectic Medical School" at Memphis, Tenn., but on account of the troubled state of our country at the time he did not accept the position. In 1860 he removed from Owensboro', Ky., to Atchison, Kansas, where he lived eight years, and then went to Vineland, N. J., where he resided from 1868 to 1881, when be went to Brooklyn, N. Y., whence he removed in 1887 to his native town, which he had never ceased to regard with affection, and which is no less dear to him now, 1889, in his eighty-third year, than it was in. early days.
All through his life Mr. Scarborough has been a close observer and loving student of nature, and gradually had formed a fine herbarium and valuable mineralogical and geological cabinet, which, during his residence in Brooklyn, N. Y., be gave to the Long Island Historical Society, of which he was a member, and by which his most generous gift-the "Scarborough Collection "-is highly appreciated.
Wherever he has lived, Mr. Scarborough has taken a deep interest in all that pertained to the mental, moral and spiritual welfare of society. A thorough-going temperance man- a "Total Abstinence" man-from early manhood, always a firm, unshrinking friend and advocate of freedom, to no good cause has he been indifferent. During his many years in Owensboro' and Vineland he superintended a Sunday school, and never was away from his post, except because of sickness or absence from the country. Few "public" lives have been richer in deep and abiding influence-and influence of the best kind, most helpful to noble manhood and womanhood, to true citizenship - than the modest, unostentatious life of this faith. ful, accomplished educator, this loyal son of Windham.
The genealogy of the Scarborough family (in part):
1. John Scarborough of Roxbury, Mass., married May 13th, 1640, Mary, sister of Robert Smith of Boston, Mass., formerly of London, Eng.
2. Samuel, son of John, born January 20th, 1646.
3. Samuel, born 12th October, 1680; married Theoda Williams February 5th, 1706.
4. Jeremiah, son of Samuel 3, born 12th November, 1713; married Miss Holbrook of Abington.
5. Samuel, son of Jeremiah, born August 3d, 1740; married Mary Amidon of Mendon, Mass., October 23d, 1770.
6. Samuel, son of Samuel 5, born 13th March, 1773; married Molly. Cleaveland Gilbert October 7th, 1803. He served his native town of Brooklyn faithfully for many years as one of the selectmen, town clerk and justice of the peace.
7. His children were David, born 13th December, 1803; George, born 28th July, 1806; Perrin, born September, 1808, and Edwin, born 21st February, 1811.
EDWIN SCARBOROUGH.-" On Wednesday afternoon, October 10th, 1877, Brooklyn and Windham county lost one of the truest and best of men in the death of Mr. Edwin Scarborough. For several years increasing feebleness of body had warned our esteemed friend that he was walking very near that mysterious line which divides the here from the hereafter, but the marching orders to cross came to him suddenly at last. Mr. S. was a public-spirited citizen; a largehearted, generous neighbor; a loving parent; a man of culture- one who had the courage, of his convictions upon political or religious matters, and yet liberal and courteous to all who differed from him. The world was made better because Edwin' Scarborough lived in it-and one cannot help thinking that true hearts would not be so willing to leave their earthly home if they here met only such trusty and charitable souls. Every cause that had for its aim the elevation and happiness of men found in him a firm supporter. He was the friend of temperance, anti-slavery and education through all his active career. He was intellectually superior, with a strong endowment of common sense. But his superiority lay in his heart culture. He was an ornament and pillar to our county. With many of our fellow-citizens we feel the death of Mr. S. as a personal loss, and we indite this brief tribute with no ordinary feeling of regret, for his loss seems to us almost irreparable."
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