Selleck, Charles Melbourne. Norwalk

(Norwalk, Conn. :  The author,  1896.)

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this couple was born, Dec. 27, 1792, their daughter Lucretia.' The father built the present
H. M. Prowitt place and occupied it until its sale by himself to Samuel Hanford,' after
whose ownership it passed into the hands of the Prowitts. Josiah H. Fitch, upon giving up
his own house, went to live with his mother and step-father in what is now the Mrs. Theo-
docia F. Bradley home, -where died his mother, wife and self His daughter, Lucretia
married the well-known Capt. Samuel Daskam, of Norwalk, and from their wedding hour,
on to the old age of both, the two enjoyed a happy life-day. The bride for several years
survived her husband and spent a serene age-evening. Her cottage, the home-sites of
settlers Richard Seymour, and subsequently, Jai-nes Rogers, and now the possession of her
daughter, Theodocia F., was a comfort-seat. Capt. Daskam was a Long Island Sound
mariner in the days of packet passenger traffic. His children were Samuel, born Jan. 31,
1823 and Theodocia F.

Samuel married, Oct. 4, 1847, Arietta ]\I., daughter of Henry and Eunice (Wilcox)
Rogers, and had Ida A., died in infanc)-; Jennie ]Ma)-, who married July 6, 1887, James
Lawrence, son of Lawrence M. and Catherine (St. John) Stevens, and had liunice, born
August 21, 1889.

Theodocia F. married, Oct. 7, 1840, George Hayes Bradley,3 of New Haven, and
had Helen S., married Minot E. Osborn ;  George T. ;   Henr)- K. ;   Samuel J.
 

son of Joseph,'St. son of John.'st. Her father was
Hon. Joseph and her grandfather "ye worshipful"
Joseph Piatt. Her sisters were Mrs. Samuel Fitch,
Mrs. Timothy Fitch, Mrs. Stephen Thatcher, Mrs.
Daniel Hanford ;ind Mrs. .\yery.

'llesides Lucretia the children of Josiah II. and
Ann P. Fitch were Jonathan, born Sept. lo, 1795;
Theodocia, born October 9, 1799, ^^ied at the age of
eighteen; Nancy, born July 17, 1801; Lewis, born
Sept. 22, 1802; Hanford born March 16, 1804; Wil¬
liam, born Nov. 22, 1806; Mary P., born Dec. 25,
1.S08; George, born August 27, iSoy; Horace, born
Sept. 14, 1811.

Of the foregoing children .Nancy married, April
12, 1S19, Francis, son of Asa Hoyt, nephew of Mrs.
Moses Gregory and brother-in-law ol Ex-mayor
Coiiklin Brush of Brooklyn. Lewis married Lonisa
Smith, and lived in Neu Haven. He was a promi¬
nent Congregationalist of that city and the father of
Rev. Wm. T. Fitch of the P. E. Church.

George married in Guilford.

Horace married, Aug. 19, 1837, Harriet, daughter
of Eseck and Maria (Osborn) Kellogg, and had:
Emtna;  Anna;  Carrie;  Charles.

Of Lucretia, ( Mi-s. Samuel Daskam) the oldest
of the children, it may be said that she was a genuine
Norwtilk mother. Kindness was her nature She
was of excellent spirit, was capital company and
walked as e,-ectlv and vigorously at eighty as peidiaps,
ed at least a mile froiu her Chui-ch,
 

at forty.     She Hn
 

(St. Paul's) but she frequented its services and wa.s
almost sure to be seen after worship on Sunday after¬
noon, wending her way homeward, accompanied hy,
until she parted with them at their gate entrances,
her choice friends, Mrs. Stephen Buckingham St.
John and Mrs. Charles Thomas. In and out the
church she was beloved.

^Stimuel Hanford was a son of Hezekiah Han¬
ford,^d-son of Hezekiah,'st. who was son of Saniuel'st-
(son of Rev. Thomas Hanford). His mother (Mi-s.
Ilezekiah^d.) ^as Sarah, daughter of James and Ann
(Hanford) Fitch and grand-niece of Gov. Thomas
Fitch. He was married but had no children. His
brother Elnathan married a sister of Daniel Naslb^J-
of Westport, and aunt of the pi-esent Edward H. Nash
of that town. .After Elnathan's decease his widow
married the Van Hoosear grandfather of the present
D. H. Van Hoosear, the Wilton genealogist. David,
another brother of Samuel, has a son, David, living
in South Norwalk to-day.

3The wedding of George H. and Theodocia F.
Bradley was a .Norwalk event. The ceremony was
performed in the old St. Paul's Church, after it had
been removed (to admit of the building of the pt-esent
edifice) to the Jarvis lot on the opposite side of the
street, and while it stood upon the mover's "blocks."
The dash of carriages to the church, and the drive
away that autumn day of the contracting parties,
after the ceremony, to New Haven, created a stir in
those more primitive times.
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