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1902 edition. Excerpt: ...of the West parish. No reliable record is
found to inform us who was the pioneer of the town, and the present
generation of inhabitants have no traditions on this subject.
Still, it is known that some time about the year 1750 a number of
families came to the locality, purchased lands and made
settlements. Of this number there is handed down to us the name of
Jabez Rogers, a worthy man and the progenitor of a large family of
ten sons and two daughters. These children were Leonard, Jabez,
Samuel, Nathaniel, Asa, Percy, Russell. Martin, Dwyer, John, Lucy
and Sarah, from whom, by their marriages in subsequent years, has
sprung a considerable proportion of the town's population. Thomas
Twining was another of the first settlers, and was the pioneer of
that well known family of the town in all later years, who have
been such prominent factors in local history. The sons of Thomas
were William and Stephen, and he also had three daughters. One of
the latter married Joseph Wolcott, of Sandisfield; another married
Chauncey Fowler and lived and died in Tolland; and the third
married a Mr. Gorham and settled in the west. Elijah Twining,
brother of Thomas, also was an early settler, if not one of the
first colony. His eight children were William, Eleazer, Ruth,
Lewis, Judah, Timothy, Susan and Lois, from whom have descended
some of the best families of Tolland, although not all of them
spent their lives here. Titus Fowler was one of the first settlers
and also was one of the foremost men in the original colony. In his
family were six children, John, Chauncey, Titus, Eliza, Catharine
and Hannah, a portion of whom always lived in the town, but others,
and some of the descendants of nearly all of them, settled in other
parts of the country. Ebenezer Harding, also...
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