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X . T VOL. L—NO. 3. THE T O L L ID COUNTY RECORE EVERT 18 POBLISHED WEDNESDAY MORNING, li^ rie aiMk, (Ippofite tbe B«ekvfll« Home JAMES GILFILLAN, E D IX O S l - ----- :o:----- e> isb l o l d skrtfjs!, v o l . THE msToiT or T0L14ND coum. BT HOK. I.OKEV P. 'TTAI.DO. SCBSCRIPTIONS—$ 1 ^ per annuin, strictly in adrance. A o v e r tk em e n ts—One square, (14 lines) three insertiong. ^1,00; 20 cent* a square for each subsequent insertion. A liberal discount from these rates to those who advertise largely. rnuisient advertisements must in all cases be ■mM for in advance, and advertising bills with M r raealar castomers will be m.nde payabte X0ntbly,.«xci3pt when'a special contract cslsts to tbe contrary. ----- ^:o:----- THE JOB DEPARTMENT Is woU stocked with « large variety of NEW AND FANCY TYPE, SrlT.»HLE FOR nsZERS, H&HD BH.L8, dBCUlABS, CABDS, TAGS, LABELS, etc. All orilers ate exociiteJ with neatness and dispatch at tiie lowest priro. t y riiiiee wliii arc indebted to the Bepub-licaM Office will oblige us by rciuittiug Business Cards. A V M . B U T L K R , IX St o v e s , llollow W«re, iron Sinks, Sheet Lead, Lead l*i]»e. Zinc, Japan Ware, Bird Caaes, &.C, also, MaqK^iicturer of Tin, Copjx^r and Sheet Iron Ware, lloofiu;; di>n<« anil Kave trougli« put up a t short notice. St<ivo-bn:islies ami a first-rate article of Stuve rolieli ciiiisttiiitly on hand. COA£! GOALl Th e subRcriher is now jireparoii to furnish all liiniU Ilf Coal, in a:iy tuiantity, at tlie short-tes notice, aiul at the loweist market pncet--. A. COKEY. U<ickville, Aug. 14. leci. S57 f.ni B&. E. F. WZKSOK Would return iiiR thanks to his friends and the iuhabitan s of Tnllauil County for tht-ir patron- «ge the past yfar. He will as usual be in readiness to attend to the sick at their homes. «r at his Office, where a <!iiodiiss»irtmeut of d u i ; g s a m > m e d i c i x e s Also a good as«irtini-nt uf I’ATENT MEDICINES may be fiiund ut as low prices aK can be desired, of the best quality. The very best assonnieiit of Ferfnmery and Fancy Articles. SALVE fi.r tlie Eyes, COrOH MIXTURE, Diarrhoea Mixture, un<i Ointment lor diseaseti • f tlie skin, prepared by hiia,«uid of a aupcrior Tiftue. ~ Trusscs,"SUpj)ofUrs, Slii'ulSer traces, and other articles usiially kept in Druggist’s Shops. E. V. WILSON, M. D. Dr. Wilson is also Town Agent for the ■ale ol liquor for medical and uie. hanieal purposes ; the best liquors iu the market always on land W . T K ^ 4 . C Y , I.Ml*OllTi:U AM> DEALICR IX Dye-stuffs, Oil, Soaps, HANUFA ini j AND IRING ARTICLES. AT WHOLES.\LE AND RETAIL, I N OBGUTT'S N EW BUILDING, BOCKVILLE CT. June l:Uh. IHKll.____________________^ W IL L IAM E V A N S , Dealer iu Foreign and Domestic WINES, LIQUORS, CIGARS, &c.. At Wholesale and Uetail, Bebert Smith's FhU. Pale, Hunmer’s Champagne, and JTone’s Pale ALES, canstaiiay on diaught No. 9G MAIN STREET, Second door North of Charter Oak Street, Iy240 HARTFORD, CONN. AMERICAN HOTEL, TERMS $1.50 PEE DAY. S S A S a BOVSB 8QVASLB, A. S. PLIMPTON, Proprietor. ir240 Agxicnltnral Implements of all descriptions, and f e r t i l i z e r s of every variety, FOR SALE C H E A P ! AT M l J B B A l i . l> T U C K E R ’S , VenioD, May 8,1861. tf243 COME SEE THE BEST MOWING MACHINES! Tbe best 2-horse Machine. The best l-horse Machine. The bust Machine fitted for one or two hones —strong and cheap. Tiie best Mower a_n_d_ _R_e_alipeerr combined. Tbe best Wheel Horse-rake. £vei7 part of tbe Machines constantly on hand, and repairing done at short notice, at N. E. CHAFFEE’S ■OWUIG-]IUiCaiJV£ DEPOT, E l l t a s tO B , C l. J«MS0tk.l861. trsso ABA WILLLET, the thirf chief judge of the county conrt, ivas bom in Bast Haddsm, Conn., Feb* riiaiy 22d, 1774. His early advantages for learning were reiy indifferent and were principally limited to the common district school. He was dis|M>8ed to make and did make the most of these advantages, and by his personal efforts' WAS able to acquire a veiy respectable education. He read Saw in the olficu of the Hon. Sylvester Giltert, of Hebron, and was admitted to tiKt bs^, in TaUand Comity ai the Februa^ term of the cuunty court, in the year 1801. His Ie> gal attainments a t this time were very rcspcctablc, and he was prepared to take a prominent place among his associates and cotemporaries. He opened an office in the Vnwii of E lingt<m aliunt the year 1803, and was for a long time tlie only practicing lawyer in that placc. He gave unrcmitted attention tu his profession and soon succcedcd to a very lucrative practice. He rather excelled as an t'ffice lawyer, was always willing to listen patiently to his clients’ stories, and alter hearing the facts, would advise them jndicionsly and honestly. He was often employed in the trial of causes and acquitted himself crcditably. He would readily apprehend the strong points in his own case, and discover the weak points of his adversary, and seldom failed to present the matter in qnestioa clearly and forcibly. He was not an eloquent speaker, but had the faculty to secure attention, and was logical and frequently very impressive. He seldom failed to take a reasonable view of his subject and alwaj's left a favorable impression upon his hearers. Some thirty j'cars ago most of the litigation was had in the county courts, and it was deemed of very great importance to have a good lawyer as chief iustice «f that court. The county of Tolland had been highly favored in this respect, particularly in the services of the Hon. Sylvester Gilbert, who bad so long and so acceptably held the office of t..rcsi«J4ng <f,f <!iis c»ui-t »-Upon Judge Gilbert’s retiring from this office by reason of the provision of the constitution which renders a person ineligible after he shall have arrived a t the age of seventy years, and the refusal ol Jonathan Buriics, Esq., to accept the place, the attention of tlie public was universally turned upon Mr. Willey as eminently qualified tor that position. Mr. Willey at first hesitated, and entertained doubts v.'hcthcr he ought to relin-iuisli his profession for a place upon the court, with the meagre compensation then allowed the> presiding judge, liis salary being then established by law at three dollars and a half a day fur each day the court was in actual session, with a small allowance f»r traveling expenses. But upon an arrangement being made by which the towns of Ellington, Vernon, and Somers, were constituted a probate district by the name of the probate district of Ellington and Mr. Willey made judge of the new district, he yielded to the importunities of his friends and accepted the office of chief judge of the county court, which was conierrod upon him in May, 1826. The salaries of the judges of the county court were by the act of 1784, established a t two dollars a day for the chief judge and one dollar and fifty cents a day for the justices of thequorum, which did not include the “dining e ^en tes o f the court.” I t was, in those days, the cust3m of the judges of the court, the sheriff of the county u d invited guests, to dine together daring the sessions of the court, the expenses of which were paid from the county treasury. Some of the bills of the persons who furnished these dinners are still in existence, and furnish unmistakable evidence that the principle of total abstinence was not universally practiced a t th at time. I am net able to say that any particnUr evil came from these pnblic dbnen, biit the legislatnre |iaw fit at the May sm - sion, in the year 1808, to ratse the pay of the presiding judge of each conq^' ooart to thi«e 4oUsts. fif^centa a, day, and that of each of the jutises' the qnarom to three dollars « da>y; provided that^ thin srini ahidld "be full for their sf)rvioM,ij^M^ tng and all other expenses.” It ia ncceasaiy to add tbat the pnUie dinners in Tolland County ceaBe^," the passage of this act. T le pay of the judges of the (.•ipart of t^ 'c f^ ty of Windham, I'^pril, 18S1, at which plaoe he re-bantil tlie daj ctf liia'deatb, which I Jafy 8tb, 1845. i was connected with the ini- 1 , e^ly life, and was a colonel ol ’ Of artiUeiy. Ha aerved capacity dorii:^ tbe war of 1818, court A ? of 180a until 18«8. *lieii , i “ ■ aiy was aubatitated fnir the par dicnl lowance, aad the aalary of tbe ji tbe court in tollsnd Gonhty at one hundred and seventj^ve a year, and so remained ttntiltiie: court was finally aboli§lH>d; •* Mr; chief judge of the county court until the year 1835, and consequently held the iffice nine successive years. He a most .‘xcellent judge. His rulings 6d interlocutory questions were prompt, concise, and intelligent. He seemed to keep the legal principle that governed the question in mind, and by it the facts in the particular case and seldom came to a wrong result. His charges to the jury were clear and well calculated to aid them in their investigations, and his decisions were characterized for fairness nnd honesty. His services in this department were very acceptable to the public, and secured for him the reputation of an upright and honest judge. Mr. Willey was quite popular with the masses, and for more than a quarter of a century exercised an influence in the town of Ellington almost without control. He was very-early appointed a justice of the peace, which office he held until he was disqualified by age, and was first elected to the General Assembly in the year 1810. He was a member of the General Assembly twenty- one sessions, the last of which was in the year 1843 when he wss-ir. entietii year, and was twelve years judge of the court of probate for the district of Ellington. He was twice married. His first wife was Rebecca Wass. She was born in February, 1717, and died January 25tli, 1799. By her he had one child, a daugh- ItAgt tha«oipa of artilleiy for some ^ I f s after tka war hiMt ended. Soon btr n ^ v a l to kttafield he became ^ project of annexing tbe county of Tollsnd, au< Veiar a ^ r e and influential in effecf ^ Ha va s elected to die tff^ttMTirt'ateHH tbe year 189S. and rc-elect^ in 1829. The state senate a t this time consisted of but twelve members, chosen by general ticket. The constitution of the state was altered in the year 1829, the number of the senators was increased to twenty-one members, and a provision inserted that they should be chosen by districts, which was first carried into execution in April, 1830. sincc which the districts have remained as then constituted. Colonel Fitch rendered very essential aid iu procuring the charter of the Tolland County Bank, and the charter of the Tolland County Mutual Fire Insnr* ance Company, both of which were granted in the year 1828, when he was a member of tbe senate. He was the first president of the Tolland County Mutual Fire Insurance Company, and continued in the office for five years, and was one of the first directors of the Tolland Count/ Bank and remained in the direction as long as he w m able to attend to its duties. He was appointed attorney for the state in Tolland County, December term, 1829, which office he held until he was appointed chief judge 'COOrfc He was appointed judge a t tbe May session of the General Assembly, in the year 1835, and held the office by annual appoiutments three years and until his health would not permit him to discharge the duties of the office. He was also, four years, judge of the court of probate for the district of now the wife of Mr. •Lncitia'Chapman, lately a merchant in the town of Ellington, but now a resident of the state ol Illinois. Mr. AVilley married Roxelana Thompson, of Ellington, for his second wife, May 10th, 1807. By her ho had two children, one of whom died in infancy, and the other is tbe Kev. Junius Marshall Willey, of the Episcopal Church. Mr. Willey retired from public Colonel Fitch was married three times but never had any children. His first wife was Sarah Cleft, a daughter of Ma' Jor Waterman Cleft, to whom he was snarried August 13th, 1806. She died 6n the 7th day of July, 1807. His seo-' and wife was Huldah Dyer, daughter of Doctor Benjamin Dyer, of Windham, tu whom he was married October 7th, 1811. She deceased tbe 26th day of April, 1812. business after the year 1843, and dicdJln May, 1814, be was united in marriage a t Ellington on tbe 9th day of December,'with Harriot E. Viall, daughter of Na- 1851, in the seventy-eighth year of his age. His second wife, Mrs. Roxelana Willey, died February 3d, 1851. JOHN irrcH, the fourth chief judge of the county court for Tolland County, was born in Windham iu the county of Windham on the 14th day of September, 1783, He was the sou of John and Clarissa Fitch, who were residents and inhabit ants of Windham. He graduated at Yale College on the 14th day of September, 1803, the day he was twenty years of age. He read law with Judge Jabez Clark, of Windham, and attended the lectures of Judge Gould in Litchfield, and was admitted to the bar in Wind-h an ^o u n ty a t the August term of the county court, 1805. He commenced practice in the town of Windham and remained tiiere until the year 1820, when the town of Windham ceased to be the county seat for Wmdham County, and Mr. Fitch concluded to remove to Ohio with a view of enterprises of tbe day. making that state the place of his future residence, h e went to Ohio in the year 1820, and was admitted to practice in the courts of that state. He was there but a short time before he returned to W in^am for the purpose of disposing of his property, preparatory to his final rcm jval from Connecticut. But meeting witbWme difficulties in these arnuige-ments, and listening to the importunities o f his friends who were opposed to hi* removal from the state, he 'abMdba^ the idea of removing to Ohio,, and t b ^ ophisrasideaoe ia ^ ip w a o f thaniel Viall, Esq., of Newport, Rhode Island, with whom he lived until his death. She afterwards married Jonathan A. Welsh, Esq., f4 Brooklyn, Conn., and is now his widow. In stature Judge Fitch was of medium height, stout built, and iucliurid to corpulency. He enjoyed good health until about the year 1833, when he exhibited symptums of a spinal complaint of which he was never relieved, but which continued upon him with increasing severity until its fatal termination in July, 1845. He possessed an unusual share of resolution, was indefatigable in bus iness, judicious in the management of causes, and honest and upright in all his dealings. He was a sound lawyer, successful in practice, a fair orator, a reasoner rather than a decla'mer, and he enjoy^ the confideuce of the entire community. He acquired a handsome estate by his practice, and always performed his shatib in all the charitable As a judge h4 was very popular. He was unwearied and discriminating in his linveatigations, and fair and impartial in ihis 'decisions. He never hesitated to retract an opinion when he was convinced of his error, and seemed rather to desire to be right, than to appear to be so. One incident will illustrate his character in thia respect. On one occa-sion. tbeiuiy nturaad a verdict of guilty agaiaat a mail'who was prosecuted for sellingipiiiltubnf liquors without license, by wiiicb ^I^Cii^nt became liable to pay • fias ^ <k«llata. lli« defrad-ant’s counsel filed a motion in an e s t of jodgment for the insufficiency of the information. He prepared himself with an elaborate brief, and made nhat he supposed was a eoneliisive argument favor of his motion. The attorney for die atate replied briefly, and. without piarticularly iwtiting the ar^^men^ or tin autboritiea e i t ^ by tbe eouimi for tbe d t f e o ^ ^ cbnduded Iqr aaying that tbe informatioii must be a good one, for it was a literal copy of one filed by tbe honorable chief judge againat another person for a similar offense, when be was the prosecuting, officer for the county. This argument which may well be termed an argument ad tominem, was mi>re f^mHlttitile to tbe mind'of^tbe eouar sel for the defendant than any thing his opponent had said; and be replied with such a subdued air as betokened his fears that his learned argument in opening would not be justly appreciatet The court took time for consideration and arrested the judgment. The chief [udge iu announcing the opinion took occasion to remark, th at it bad been said in argument, that the information nnder consideration had been copied from one filed by himself for a similar iffense, nn<l lie- f <und upon examination that thia was true. But he said it gave him great pleasure to have it in his power to correct an error into which he had inadvertently fallen, and to destroy as far as he could the imperfect work of his own hands before it had done any greater mischief III social life Judge Fitch commanded universal respect. Being naturally endowed with patience and forbearance, and possessing a kind disposition and heart that sympathized with humanity, he was ever ready to aid the unfortunate and d istressed. He took a deep interest in the rising generation, and many a rouAg person is indebted to him for aid and encouragement when they most needed judicious counsel and advice. As a husband he was mast affectionate, confiding, and ten de r; as a friend he was discreet, faithful, and ardent. He was a good citizcu, an exemplary mem-lier of society, and a pattern that many would do well to copy._ ^ He perfornml is part in the tlrama of life with cicdit to himself and died as he had lived, ax HOKEST lUX. KU3IIA STEARVES, the fifth presiding Judge of the county court, was a son of Doctor John Steai-nes, and a descendant of John Steames, one of the first settlers of the town of Tolland. Doctor Steames married a Miss Wells, of Tolland, and shortly afterwards removed to Wilbraham, Mass., where his son Elisha was bom, July 12th, 1776. Doctor Steames having sympathized with Shay in his rebellion, found it necessary to leave a large and lucrative practice in Massachusetts, and return with his family to his native town, when his son Elisha was twelve years of age. The Doctor pursued his profession in Tolland successfully, until his death, which took place iu tbe year 1788, a t the age of fifty-two years. Elisha Steames was favored with the advanUges of an early education, common to that day, and exliibiting uncommon aptness to learn, his elder brother, himself lieing a graduate, strongly insisted that Elisha, teo, should receive a collegiate education. e was accordingly placed under the care of the Rev. Moses C. Welch, of North Mansfield, with whom he pursued his studies, preparatory to entering college. He was prepared for, and entered Yale College at the age of sixteen years, and graduated, with credit to himself, in the y e« 1796, a t the age of enty years. In college he was more particularly distinguished for his attainments in the language and his readiness and skill in compositions. He had the reputation of being industrious and moral, and bis diligence and faithfulness secured for him general respect. He read law i.». the office of the late Hon. David Daggett, of New Haven, afterwards chief judge of the supreme court of errors, and one of the most profound jurists of this or any age, for whom Mr. Steames ever entertained a very high regard, and which was reciprocated by Judga Daggett. Mr. Steames wiw admitted to the bar in the county of Tolland, in the month o f September, 1798, immediately opened an offiee in the town of Tolland, and waa soon in Ae enjoyment of a lucrative practice. He was never distinguished for his rhetorical powers, and his success before juries was never marked. But be -was a ^ g ^ technical lawyer, well versed in the principle* of the science, a aafe counaellor, a cautious practitioner, u d remarkable for bis skill in draw-ing legal instruments and special plead-mgs. His leg^I opmions were highly iesteemed by Ms brethiin, and never failed to be proper^ appreciated by tbe wart.. Mr. Ephrann Griin^ w j ^ t gf the courts in the county, became unable, by sickness, to discharge the duties of that office,and Mr. Steames was appointed in his place and stead. He received the appointment of clerk of the county conrt a t the April adjourned term in 1814, and of the superior court a t th« September term thereof in the same year. He held the office of clerk of the county court until June, 1821, and tiie the office of clerk of the superior conrt until 1833, when, by an ^ c t of the General Assembly, the clerks of the councourts were made ex-officio, clerks of the superior court. This act removed Mr. Steames from the office of clerk of the superior c o u r t; but the act was repealed in 1834, and Mr. Stearnea was restored to his former place. But in 183.*i the law of 1834 was repealed, and tlie law of 1833 was re-enacted, and ever after remained until the bbol’ition of the county courts in 1855. Mr. Steames was not clerk of the supe* rior conit after 1835. In May, 1838, he was appointed sole Judge of the county court, which office he held by successive re-appointments for three years. Before 1838 the county court was compuscd of a chief Judge and two associate Judges. The legislature of that year passed an act, that the county courts in the several coun> ties should thereafter be holden by one Judge, to be appointed by the legislature. This law remained iu force three years, when it was repealed and a circuit court organized, consisting of three judicial circuits in the state. The law of 1841, constituting this circuit court, was repealed in 1842, and the law of 1838 was thereby revived, and it remained in force until 1855. The courts in Tolland County were held by Jfaseph Eaton, Esq., of Plainfield, daring the continuance of the law of 1841, as one of the circuit judges created by that law. Mr. Steames was a very intelligent and acceptable Judge of the county court. His reputation for integrity and honesty was above reproach, and none were found to doubt his learning ro his capacity. Having the confideucc of the public, his rulings and decisions were niversally well received. He gave up his practice when he went upon the court, and, although he was upon the conrt bu t three years, he could never afterwards revive his professsional business, and was but occasionally a fterward employed in the trial of cases. He was Judge of the court of probate lor the district of Tolland four years.— H«< represented the town of Tolland in the General Assembly nine sessions, six of which were before the adoption of the present constitution, and three were sincc. He represented the Twentieth Senatorial District in the senate of this state. He was very instrumental in procuring the charter of the Tolland County Bank, and was its first president, which office be held a period nineteen years, and until October 847. He was first appointed a justice of the peace in 1806, and held the commission in all thirty-one years. Mr. Steames married Celinda Baker,a descendant of one of the first settlers in Tolland, November, 4, 1800. He had ten children, only five of whom survived their infauLy, three of whom, one son and two daughters, now survire. Mr. Steames departed this life October 26, 1850, in the seventy-fifth year of hia «ge. Tbo aatval ooastitutioa of Mr
|Title||Tolland County record, 1861-11-06|
|Subject||Rockville (Conn.) -- Newspapers; Vernon (Conn.) -- Newspapers; Tolland County (Conn.) -- Newspapers|
|Description||Frequency: Weekly; Publication dates: Vol.1, no.1 (October 23, 1861) - = old ser., v. 6-Notes: "Independent of party or sect."|
|Collection||Newspapers of Connecticut|
|Source - Location||Connecticut State Library microfilm, AN104.T6 H67|
|Relation-Is Part Of||Series title: Miscellaneous Tolland County newspapers|
|Publisher||James Gilfillan, ed.|
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VOL. L—NO. 3.
T O L L ID COUNTY RECORE
li^ rie aiMk, (Ippofite tbe B«ekvfll« Home
E D IX O S l -
e> isb l o l d skrtfjs!, v o l .
msToiT or T0L14ND coum.
BT HOK. I.OKEV P. 'TTAI.DO.
SCBSCRIPTIONS—$ 1 ^ per annuin, strictly
A o v e r tk em e n ts—One square, (14 lines)
three insertiong. ^1,00; 20 cent* a square for
each subsequent insertion. A liberal discount
from these rates to those who advertise largely.
rnuisient advertisements must in all cases be
■mM for in advance, and advertising bills with
M r raealar castomers will be m.nde payabte
X0ntbly,.«xci3pt when'a special contract cslsts
to tbe contrary.
THE JOB DEPARTMENT
Is woU stocked with « large variety of
NEW AND FANCY TYPE,
nsZERS, H&HD BH.L8, dBCUlABS, CABDS,
TAGS, LABELS, etc.
All orilers ate exociiteJ with neatness and
dispatch at tiie lowest priro.
t y riiiiee wliii arc indebted to the Bepub-licaM
Office will oblige us by rciuittiug
A V M . B U T L K R ,
St o v e s , llollow W«re, iron Sinks, Sheet
Lead, Lead l*i]»e. Zinc, Japan Ware, Bird
Caaes, &.C, also,
MaqK^iicturer of Tin, Copjx^r and Sheet Iron
Ware, lloofiu;; di>n<« anil Kave trougli« put up
a t short notice. St
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