Research on Christopher & Amelia's possible Stonington, New London,
CT roots turned up a wonderful posting on a
North Stonington, CT genealogy website.
Days and Recollections of North Stonington By Cyrus Henry Brown
Paper read before the Westerly, Rhode Island Historical Society, November 9, 1916
Full text was available at http://www.rootsquest.com/~amhisnet/state/nstonect.html.....emphasis added
My earliest recollection begins April 1, 1833, this being the day my father took up farm work on the Rouse Babcock farm two miles west of Hopkinton City.
The great value of farm land at that time is worthy of note, as the rents then paid were enormous. The land in North Stonington in the early part of 1800 was under a high state of cultivation. When North Stonington was set off from Stonington in 1807, it had 2700 inhabitants, while in 1910 less than 1000. The young people in 1790 and for the next fifty years began emigrating to York State, which was called Out West.
Elder Simeon Brown Jr. went horseback to Albany, N.Y., in 1790 and bought land in the township of Brookfield. He then went to the land. made a clearing, and built a log house. He came back in the fall of that year, and in the spring following took his family and his belongings in an ox cart and went to this new western home where his children. grandchildren and great grandchildren spread out, and the Browns are numerous there at the present time.
Elder Brown's oldest married daughter went to Brookfield about six years later in company with twelve families from North Stonington, all these families going in ox carts As the news came hack to their friends of the wonderful country and the products of the soil, catching the inspiration, especially the newly married people ventured to Madison and Chenango Counties in New York State. All newcomers were accorded a warm hospitality and met with open arms and given a most cordial welcome. You say. what has this to do with North Stonington? I will remind you that my theme is "Days and Recollections." They heard the constant talk of the people who had gone west, and of that wonderful country and its productiveness. Later on the more venturesome heard of Iowa and Wisconsin and the song was ringing among the young people:Away to Wisconsin a journey to go,
And double your fortune as other folks do.
Refrain from older people:
Oh, stay on your farm and suffer no loss,
The stone that keeps rolling will gather no moss.
Farm lands sold for great prices, but only rarely was a farm for sale and it would bring three times as much as any farm did in 1900, with quick sales for cash.
Big deletion of the vast majority of his presentation. In conclusion he wrote and spoke:
The first express company was Haruden's Express, established between Boston and New York in 1839. He is buried in Mount Auburn. The inscription on his tombstone, "The King's Business Demands Haste." I find I must close this paper, but not without mentioning a few things that impressed me in my early days. I will return to the village of Milltown, as it was called. until the electrics passed through the town when, and thereafter it was called North Stonington.
There were many leading families in North Stonington worthy of mention in my early days, viz: Dudley R. Wheeler, Maj. Russell Wheeler, William R. Wheeler, Latham Hull, Dr. Thomas P. Wattles, Dea. Allen Wheeler, Jabish Maine family, Aaron Thompson family, Luther Palmer family, Andrew Chapman family, Nathan Pendleton family, Russell Bentley. Daniel Bentley, Ailsel Coats family, Rev. Levi Walker's family, Dea. Josiah Brown, Dea. Cyrus W.Brown, Dea. Ezra Miner, Stephen Main's family, Benjamin Peabody's family, Ephraim Maine's family.
I speak especially of these that I knew as the leading citizens of the town.