BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES FROM CANTERBURY, CT

FROM
HISTORY OF WINDHAM COUNTY, CONNECTICUT

EDITED BY RICHARD M. BAYLES

W. W. PRESTON & CO., NEW YORK 1889



MARVIN H. SANGER - DARIUS WOOD

MARVIN H. SANGER, of Canterbury, the second son of Ebenezer and Eunice (Hutchins) Sanger, was born in the town of Brooklyn, Conn.. April 12th, 1827. In the year 1828 his parents removed to Canterbury, which has since been his residence. His paternal grandfather was James Sanger, of Windsor, Hartford county, Connecticut, and his grandmother, Olive (Chaffee) Sanger. Mr. James Sanger died in Windsor. Some years after Mrs. Sanger returned to Canterbury, where she resided until her death at an advanced age. The children of this marriage were three sons, James, Ebenezer and Ira, and one daughter, Sally. Immediately after the death of his father, Ebenezer removed from his native town (Windsor) to Canterbury, and remained a resident thereof until his decease in 1863, with the exception of a brief time in Brooklyn. He was twice married, his first wife being Olive Chaffee, a consin bearing the maiden name of his mother. His second wife was Eunice, daughter of Amasa Hutchins, of Plainfield, tà whom were born five children: George, Marvin Hutchins, Hannah, Olive Chaffee and Sarah Wright.

The subject of this sketch at the conclusion of his educational period, which was passed in the common schools of the vicinity and at Bacon Academy in Colchester, Conn., devoted three years to business as a mercantile clerk in Plainfield and Providence, R. I. In 1849 he returned to Canterbury and engaged in business for himself as a merchant, continuing with success for a period of twenty years. During this time he was also interested in the cultivation of a farm, which still continues to occupy a part of his time and attention. He had meanwhile not been idle in another field of action, and for a number of years was honored by the suifrages of his townsmen when a candidate for many local offices. In the years 18ö7 and 1860 he was elected to represent the town at the general assembly. Affiliating, as he always had, with the democratic party, in 1873 he was elected by that party to the office of secretary of state, and re.elected in 1874, 1875 and 1876, holding the office four terms or four successive years. In the years 1882, 1887 and 1889 he was again honored by the citizens, as representative in the legislature of the state, serving as a member of the committees on banks, insurance, temperance and capitol furniture and grounds. In 1864 he was elected judge of probate for the district of Canterbury and is the present incumbent of that office. For more than a quarter of a century he has been town treasurer, and for nearly that time town clerk.

He is president of Brooklyn Savings Bank and a member of Moriah Lodge of F. and A. M., of Danielsonville. He was a member of both legislative committees as a representative of the state at the celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of the settlement of the city of Columbus, Ohio, in September, 1888, as also at the centennial celebration of the inauguration of George Washington as president of the United States, in New York city in May, 1889. Mr. Sanger has often been called to fill important positions of trust, among which hate been the settlement of several estates of considerable magnitude outside of his judicial district.

On the 14th of November, 1855, Mr. Sanger married Miss Mary J., daughter of Benjamin Bacon, Esq., of Plainfield, and has two daughters, Olive Douglas and Hattie Bacon Sanger, who reside with their parents at Canterbury.




DARIUS WOOD. -- Levi Wood, the grandfather of Darius Wood, removed from Swansea, Massachusetts, to Foster, Rhode Island, where for years he followed his trade of stone mason. By his union with a Miss Mason were born children: Nathan, Levi, Jr., Wheaton., Ira, Olney, Albert, Hiram, Polly, Delight, Huldah, Louisa, and one who died in youth. Levi, Jr., was born in 1795 in Foster, and during the early period of his active life, combined the trade of a mason with the employments of a farmer. On his removal at a later day to Canterbury, he was for years the landlord of the Canterbury Hotel. He married Sarah Randall, whose children were: Darius, Mason, Sarah Ann, wife of Harvey R. Dyer, and Victoria, who died in childhood.

Darius Wood was born February 3d, 1818, in Foster, Rhode Island, where his youth, until the age of sixteen, was spent at school. He then accepted a clerkship in Providence, remained two years thus employed, and at the expiration of that time removed with his father to Canterbury. The two succeeding years were spent on a farm leased by him, after which, on his permanent settlement in Canterbury, he embarked in the business of storekeeping. From thence Mr. Wood removed to Central Village and conducted the Central Company’s store for a period of ten years. In 1864 he made Webster, Massachusetts, his home, and in company with a partner engaged in the dry goods and grocery business. The firm at a later date purchased a fiouring mill at Greenfield, Indiana, which for ten years they operated successfully, when Mr. Wood having disposed of his interest in this property, continued in the grocery, flour and grain business in Webster. He fills the office of vice-president of the Webster Five Cent Savings Bank, and is largely identified with the busi.. ness interests of the place. He has represented the districts of both Plainfield and Canterbury in the state legislature, but declined all municipal offices. He is a supporter of the Congregational church, of which Mrs. Wood is a member.

Mr. Wood was on the 19th of March, 1838, married to Clarinda E., daughter of Samuel Burlingame, of Killingly. Their children are: Irving, who is married to Mary M. Sherwood, of New York; Courtlandt, now a resident of Dakota, and a daughter, Alice Victoria, who died in childhood

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