BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES FROM WINDHAM, CT

FROM
HISTORY OF WINDHAM COUNTY, CONNECTICUT

EDITED BY RICHARD M. BAYLES

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



Jonathan Hatch -- George S. Moulton -- Guilford Smith

JONATHAN HATCH. - Samuel Hatch, the grandfather of the subject of this biography, married Naomi Phelps. Their son Jonathan, a resident of Lebanon. Connecticut,.was married to Betsey Payne of the same town. The children of this union were; Samuel 0., Eliza, Chester P., Jonathan, and James C., of whom Chester P. and Jonathan are the only survivors. The latter was born in Lebanon, October 21st, 1817, and until the age of sixteen resided on the homestead farm. He received a rudimentary ed.ucation, and on deciding to encourage his taste for mechanics, entered the shops of Phelps & Spafford at South Windham as an apprentice. Here his services were speedily made valuable as a journeyman, until an interest in the business was acquired under the firm name of Smith, Winchester & Co.

Mr. Hatch retained his connection with the business for thirty years. retiring from the firm in 1877. Meanwhile this attractive field of labor furnished aid for the development of his inventive genius. He secured various patents on machinery, the right to some being transferred to the firm while others were reserved by him. His attention is still given to inventions, the most important being the construction of a machine for the manufacture of paper by a new process, the patent for which was obtained in August, 1889. This is but one of several patents obtained by him on inventions of more or less importance. Mr. Hatch has, aside from his business interests, given more or less attention to matters of a public and political nature. He has been for four years selectman of his town and represented his constituents in the state legislature. He was in 1845 married to Alma, daughter of John and Lucinda Armstrong, of Franklin, Connecticut. They have had. eight children, three of whom are living.




GEORGE S. MOULTON. - The subject of this sketch, George S. Moulton, was the son of Harvey Moulton and Anna M. Turner, who were married October 29th, 1828. He was born in the town of Mansfield, Tolland county, Conn., on the 13th of September, 1829, and was the eldest of six children. He received a thorough elementary education, and in youth spent several years on a farm. Being, however, ambitious for a wider field of activity than was open to him in the country, he went to Willimantic and entered the Windham Company's stores, of which (after a few years of service) he became proprietor. In 1853 he married Caroline F., daughter of John S. Hazen of Worthington, Mass. Their three children are: Corn L., now the wife of A. L. Hatheway, Georgianna and Everett Huntington. In the infancy of the Willimantic Linen Company he removed to New York as agent for the sale of their thread. In conjunction with this' business he dealt largely in commercial paper and was also interested in other enterprises in that city which, aided by his superior judgment and executive ability, were eminently successful.

In 1869 he was compelled by failing health to abandon active business and retire to his country' home at Windham, near the scene of his birth and his earliest experiences in commercial life. A Republican in politics, he was above subterfuges and in all things honest and honorable. He represented the town of Windham in the Connecticut house of representatives in 1871 and again in 1877, and in 1878 was elected to the senate from the 13th Senatorial district, filling both positions with ability. In 1876 be was the nominee of his party for presidential elector.

Mr. Moulton was for several years a director of the Willimantic Linen Company, and a prominent factor in its development and growth. He was also a director of the National Shoe and Leather Bank of New York, of the New York & New England and the Boston & New York Air Line railroads 'and the Willimantic Savings Institute, and at one time president of the Willimantic Trust Company. He enjoyed the reputation of being an able financier, whose superior tact enabled him to avoid or easily overcome reverses of fortune. Mr. Moulton was held in high esteem, not only by his personal friends but by a large circle of acquaintances. The affectionate regard he inspired in the hearts of all who knew-him can best be indicated by a quotation from the editorial columns of a leading journal on the occasion of his death (which occurred on the 8th of June, 1882):

"The man. whose life has been a constant bloom, imparting its fragrance to the sense of all, suddenly blighted from earth leaves a vacancy which cannot be. filled; but there remains that sweet perfume of a life well spent. It is with sorrow we are called upon to record the end of a life so honored and honorable as that of George S. Moulton. Few men live whose obituary when truthfully written' will contain little else but praise, but the pages of this man's history are radiant - with noble deeds and marred with blemishes few indeed."




GUILFORD SMITH. - Joshua Smith, the grandfather of Guilford Smith, and a native of Lebanon, New London county, subsequently moved to Windham county, Connecticut, where he was both a weaver and a farmer, and in connection with his trade wove cloth for the soldiers during the war of 1812. His children were three sons, Chandler, Charles and Marvin, and five daughters, Myra, Lydia, Laura, Emily and Mary. Charles, of this number, was born in Windham, and early learned the trade of a millwright. In 1828 he began the manufacture of machinery at Stafford Hollow, in Tolland county, and two years later, having built a foundry at South. Windham, removed to that point, where be is still interested as the senior member of the firm of Smith, Winchester & Co., conducting a successful business under his judicious management. He married Mary, daughter of Moses and Tabatha Abbe. Their children are a son, Guilford, and a daughter, Mary, wife of P. H. Woodward, of Hartford.

Guilford Smith was born May 12th, 1889, in the town of Windham, where he pursued his preliminary studies, and completed his education at a school of higher grade in Ellingtonn, Tolland county. Returning to Windham, he entered the office of Smith, Winchester & Co. as bookkeeper and draftsman, and early became so thoroughly identified with the business as to warrant his admission as a partner. Under his able supervision it greatly increased in proportions, and a demand for the products of the establishment was created in various parts of Europe, in Australia, Japan, Canada, Mexico, and nearly all parts of the United States. Machinery adapted to the manufacture of paper is here produãed, Mr. Smith being exclusively at. the head of this large industry. The subject of this biography, though not in any sense a politician, nor aggressive in his identification with local affairs, is nevertheless a strong factor in the republican ranks, and wields in his unostentatious way no little influence in the county. In 1883 he was the representative of his town in the state house of representatives. He is presideni of the Windham Bank of Willimantic, and director of other banks and business enterprises. In. religion he adheres to the Congregational church, to which his generous aid is given. Mr. Smith was. married December 16th, 1863, to Mary, daughter of Thomas' Ramsdeli, of Mansfield, Connecticut.

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