Emily Seymour Goodwin1

b. 2 April 1852, d. 28 March 1923
     Emily Seymour Goodwin was born on 2 April 1852 at Bristol, Hartford Co., CT.2,3,4 She was the daughter of Edwin Olmsted Goodwin and Hannah Harriet Brown. Emily Seymour Goodwin married John Marshall Holcombe, son of James Huggins Holcombe and Emily Merrill Johnson, on 28 January 1873 at 187 Cumberland St., Brooklyn, NY; at the bride's home.4 Emily Seymour Goodwin died on 28 March 1923 at 79 Spring St., Hartford, Hartford Co., CT, at age 70.2,4 She was buried at Ancient Burying Ground, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT.

Emily's ability has been well demonstrated in her long career of leadership and service in civic undertakings, State and National in scope, which required considerable financing.


She delivered the address for the Connecticut DAR in accepting as a museum and shrine the Ellsworth ancestral home of Oliver Ellsworth, first Chief Justice of the United States.

From the Courant 29 March 1923:

Mrs. John M. Holcombe, wife of the president of the Phoenix Mutual Life Insurance Company, and long one of the leading women of the city in patriotic enterprises died suddenly at her home at No. 79 Spring street yesterday, after returning from a short automobile ride. For several months she had been suffering from heart trouble and although relatives were aware that her condition was dangerous, Mrs. Holcombe and others were not acquainted with its gravity and her death is a grievous shock.

Mr. and Mrs. Holcombe celebrated January 29 their golden wedding at their home and Mrs. Holcombe was then apparently in good health and withstood the strain of the reception.

The funeral will be held at the home No. 79 Spring street, at 2 o’clock tomorrow afternoon. Services will be conducted by Rev. Dr. Rockwell Harmon Potter of the Center Church. Burial will be in the Ancient Burying Ground with whose restoration in 1899 Mrs. Holcombe was intimately identified. A resolution passed by the court of common council I 1913 provided that space should be reserved for such purpose.

Mrs. Holcombe was of early Colonial ancestry, a descendant in the eighth generation of Ozias Goodwin, one of the first settlers of Hartford, who came across the western ocean from Essex, England, to Cambridge in Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1632 and to Hartford in 1636. Her line is Ozias, Nathaniel, Deacon John, Deacon John 2nd, Joseph, Hezekiah, Edwin Olmsted Goodwin.

Her father was born in East Hartford November 24, 1819, and married Mrs. Harriet (Brown) Pomeroy, September 13, 1848. He was a lawyer and one of the incorporators of the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company in 1846.

Mrs. Holcombe was born, April 2, 1852 in Bristol, and was accordingly within five days of seventy one years. In her early childhood her parents removed to Brooklyn, N.Y., where she was a pupil in the Brooklyn Heights Seminary, from which she was graduated in 1870 with high honors and as president of her class.

January 29, 1873 she married Mr. Holcombe and the couple made their home in Hartford, in the house built in 1815.

Three children were born of the union, Harold Goodwin Holcombe, Emily Marguerite Holcombe and John Marshall Holcombe, Jr.

By heredity and by an innate bent of mind Mrs. Holcombe was intensely a lover of her flag and her country and her patriotism was one of her guiding, impelling and compelling factors of her life. When Ruth Wyllys Chapter of the daughters of the American Revolution was formed she was its organizer. This was in 1892 and for the next eleven years she was its regent. The term limit was removed that she might remain at its head as long as she would consent to preside. She resigned October 31, 1903. She attended nearly every convention of the national order in Washington in that period.

In the movement of the chapter to save the Ancient Burying Ground in the rear of the Center Church she was a leader. She originated the plan, for widening Gold street and removing the line of old tenement houses of unsightly appearance on the north side of the street. In the project the support of the patriotic public was desired and generous response was made, but delays and unforeseen obstacles were encountered, only to be overcome by the unfaltering faith and tenacity of Mrs. Holcombe, who at one time seemed to be acting almost alone. Her labor was eventually crowned with entire success and to her, most of all, the city is indebted for the restoration of the cemetery and the improvement of its approaches. June 17, 1899, the celebration of the completion of the work took place. As regent of the chapter and originator of the project, Mrs. Holcombe made the address and she delivered to the mayor the deeds of certain parcels of land involved.

In securing the old home of Chief Justice Oliver Ellsworth of Palisado avenue, Windsor, for patriotic purposes, Mrs. Holcombe had a prominent part. By appointment by Mrs. Sara T. Kinney, state regent, of the Daughters of the American Revolution, she was chairman of the committee on supervision of repairing and furnishing of the homestead prior to the formal opening in October, 1903. Through her effort the entire building was equipped with antique furniture, mainly gifts from various chapters. She had a thorough technical knowledge of the articles desired.

She was a charter member of the Connecticut Society of Colonial Dames of America. She was a member of the first board of managers and was re-elected as often as the by-laws would allow, consecutive terms being forbidden. From 1908 to 1912 she was president. She had also been vice-president and historian.

Frequently she was a delegate to the council of the national society at Washington.

As a member of the Board of Lady managers of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904, she was active in obtaining for Connecticut, a suitable site for its official state building and also adequate representation, and as a result of her co-operation with the state commission the Connecticut building was one of the most artistic in the exposition. Later she was appointed special commissioner of and antiques and historical articles.

The prestige which the success of her work brought led the authorities of the state to urge her to take charge of the Connecticut building at the Jamestown exposition in 1907 which followed the classic model of a Litchfield home.

In her patriotic work Mrs. Holcombe advocated that Connecticut should be parted from its nickname of the Nutmeg State and should be styled the Constitution State, as the Constitution of the United States was modeled after Connecticut’s first constitution, known as the Fundamental Orders of 1639.

In 1909, when the old State House was about to be sacrificed for a proposed erection of a business block, she appealed to the Connecticut Colonial Dames and a fund of $10,000 was raised for the restoration. This sum with accrued interest and many subsequent gifts is available for the care of the building.

While devoted to her country and patriotic in all her impulses and judgments, Mrs. Holcombe was even more a devoted wife and mother and in conversation at the time of the golden wedding over the purposes of her life she dwelt on her home as her chief aim and happiness. Besides her three children, she leaves four grandchildren. These are Harold Goodwin Holcombe, Jr., Seth Pomeroy Holcombe and Shepard Monson Holcombe, children of Mr. and Mrs. Harold G. Holcombe; and Marguerite Emily Holcombe, daughter of Captain and Mrs. John M. Holcombe, Jr.

Children of Emily Seymour Goodwin and John Marshall Holcombe

Citations

  1. [S104] DAR DAR Lineage book, Vol. 29:Pg. 134/Item 28362.
  2. [S118] Sr. William Hosley and Shepherd M. Holcombe, By Their markers Ye Shall Know Them: A Chronicle of the History and Restorations of Hartford's Ancient Burying Ground, Page 137/Item 525.
  3. [S267] James Junius Goodwin, Goodwins, Page 608, Item 1074.
  4. [S435] Seth P. Holcombe, Phinehas Holcombe Addendum, Page 4.

Edwin Olmsted Goodwin

b. 24 November 1819, d. 25 November 1882
     Edwin Olmsted Goodwin was born on 24 November 1819 at East Hartford, Hartford Co., CT.1 He was the son of Hezekiah Goodwin and Emily Pratt. Edwin Olmsted Goodwin married Hannah Harriet Brown, daughter of Jonathan Clark Brown and Sophia Bingham, on 13 September 1848. Edwin Olmsted Goodwin died on 25 November 1882 at age 63.2

Child of Edwin Olmsted Goodwin and Hannah Harriet Brown

Citations

  1. [S267] James Junius Goodwin, Goodwins, Page 606, Item 1072.
  2. [S267] James Junius Goodwin, Goodwins.

Hannah Harriet Brown1

b. circa 1817, d. 12 November 1904
     Hannah Harriet Brown was born circa 1817. She was the daughter of Jonathan Clark Brown and Sophia Bingham. Hannah Harriet Brown married Chauncey Pomeroy. Hannah Harriet Brown married Edwin Olmsted Goodwin, son of Hezekiah Goodwin and Emily Pratt, on 13 September 1848. Hannah Harriet Brown died on 12 November 1904 at Hartford, Hartford Co., CT. She was buried at Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY.

From the Courant 14 November 1904:

Mrs. Harriet B. Goodwin, widow of Edwin Olmsted Goodwin, died early Saturday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John M. Holcombe, No. 79 Spring street. She was in her eighty-seventh year and for some years the infirmities of age had confined her to the house, and more recently to her room, but her general health was excellent and the trials and burdens of great age were borne with a sweet spirit of Christian patience and cheerfulness. Her death was due only to the gradual decay of vitality, and with no attending disease.

Her husband, Edwin Olmsted Goodwin of Brooklyn, N.Y., who died in 1882, was a representative ofmany of the old families of Hartford and in this city, which always claimed his loyal devotion, he lived when a young man, a member of the old First Church and friend of Dr. Hawes. Here he studied law and was admitted to the bar about 1844. He was one of the founders of the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company, bestowing upon the infant corporation the name it has so long and honorably borne.

Mrs. Goodwin was a woman of very attractive personality and retiring and gentle disposition, but of the nost sterling qualities, a devout Christian, devoted to her church adn her home and a true product of long lines of Puritan ancestry, whose members were among the founders ofr Massachusetts and Connecticut. All were English and Puritans--among them Governor roger Conant of Massachusetts, John Therndike, who returned to his native land, died and was buried in Westminster Abbey, his son, captain Paul thorndike, Elder John Whipple and his daughter Sarah, who married Deacon Josehp Goodhue, and who just before her death wrote the famous "Farewell" to her husband and ten children, whichpoem was reprinted as late as 1830. Among the Connecticut founders were Thomas Bingham of Norwich and Mary Rudd, "the heroine of Bride's Brook," Hon. Richart Treat fo Wethersfield, one of the "patentees," Lieutenant John Hollister and Ensign William Goodrich, also, of Wethersfield, Robert Day and Edith Stebbins, his wife, of Hartford, and Matthew Marvin, both "original proprietors."

Mrs. Goodwin was a member of the First Church, having within a few years transferred her membership from the Clinton Avenue Church of Brooklyn, N.Y. Besides her daughter, she leaves a son, Edwin P. Godwin of New York. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock at the house, and the services will be conducted by Rev. Rockwell Harmon Potter. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Child of Hannah Harriet Brown and Edwin Olmsted Goodwin

Citations

  1. [S104] DAR DAR Lineage book, Vol. 29:Pg. 134/Item 28362.

Harold Goodwin Holcombe1,2

b. 23 November 1873, d. 7 January 1960
     Harold Goodwin Holcombe was born on 23 November 1873 at Bristol, Hartford Co., CT.3 He was the son of John Marshall Holcombe and Emily Seymour Goodwin. Harold Goodwin Holcombe married Ethel Percy Monson, daughter of Charles Clayton Monson and Stella Elizabeth Shepherd, on 17 June 1913 at Westover School Chapel, Middlebury, CT.3 Harold Goodwin Holcombe died on 7 January 1960 at West Hartford, Hartford Co., CT, at age 86.3 He was buried on 9 January 1960 at Spring Grove Cemetery, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT.3

After attending the West Middle School and Hartford Public High School, Harold graduated from Yale in 1897 where he was coxwain of the crew team of his class and winner of the Norfolk Tennis Tournament. He worked for the Fidelity Trust Co. before he started his own insurance agency, whose address was 49 Pearl Street, Hartford at which address four consecutive generations of Holcombes collected their paychecks. The Holcombe agency represented the Travelers Insurance Co., London and Lancashire Indemnity Co. of America, and the Charter Oak Fire Insurance Co. Harold became chairman of the board and continued as treasurer of the firm in 1949 when his son, Harold G. Holcombe, Jr., succeeded him as president.


He was a former deacon of Center Church, former governor of the Society of the Descendants of the Founders of Hartford, and a member of the Sons fo the American Revolution; General society of Colonial Wars, the Friends of Hartford, Battenmill Fish and Game Club, Coventry Fish and Game Club, Civitan Club, Antiquarian Landmarks Society, the Conecticut Historical society and The Valley Forge Historical Society.


He was a charter member of the Hartford Golf Club and a founder of the Insurance Board of Hartford.


He liked hunting and fishing as well as playing tennis. Summers were at the Stone House, Marlborough, Connecticut. He pursued his hobby of acquiring information on George Washington and the American revolution in all its facets. For his essays (among others) on the "Personality of George Washngton", see the "Descendants of James Huggins" complied by Seth P. Holcombe.


Ethel taught at Miss Johnston's School in Stratford, CT; then in Memphis, TN; and finally Westover School, Middlebury, CT. 4


Harold and Ethel were enumerated in the 1920 Hartford, Hartford Co., CT, federal census, district 74 at 61 Spring Street. He was 47, she was 35. Children in the household were Harold 4, and Seth 1 year 11 months.


Harold moved into the house at 79 Spring Street following the death of his father.


Harold and Ethel were enumerated in the 1930 Hartford, Hartford Co., CT, federal census, district 41. He was an insurance agent, 56, she was 45. Children in the houehold were Harold Jr. 14, Seth P. (who became the noted genealogist) 12, and Shepherd 8.

Children of Harold Goodwin Holcombe and Ethel Percy Monson

Citations

  1. [S75] Holcombe. Seth P., Phineas Holcomb, Page 50/Item 29.
  2. [S25] Hannah McPherson, Holcombe Genealogy, Page 124.1/Item A-8-1-2-6-4-1-1-2-1.
  3. [S435] Seth P. Holcombe, Phinehas Holcombe Addendum, Page 5.
  4. [S435] Seth P. Holcombe, Phinehas Holcombe Addendum.

Emily Marguerite Holcombe1

b. 24 October 1877, d. 6 February 1926
     Emily Marguerite Holcombe was born on 24 October 1877 at 79 Spring St., Hartford, Hartford Co., CT. She was the daughter of John Marshall Holcombe and Emily Seymour Goodwin. Emily Marguerite Holcombe died on 6 February 1926 at 79 Spring St., Hartford, Hartford Co., CT, at age 48.2 She was buried at Ancient Burying Ground, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT.

Emily liked to read, one of her favorite authors being Tennyson, and play the piano, at which she excelled.

Seth says she was born on the 24th, Shepherd says she was born on the 14th.

In the family bible in her father's handwriting, her birthdate is the 24th. The date in the cemetery marker's book is therefore in error: Whether a typographical or on stone now is moot.

From the Courant 7 February 1926:

Miss Emily Marguerite Holcombe, daughter of the late John M. and Emily Seymour Goodwin Holcombe died yesterday afternoon at her home No. 79 Spring street, after several years of ill health. She was born October 24, 1877, was graduated from the Hartford Public High School in 1896 and from Miss Porter's School in Farmington. She was a lifelong member of the Center Church and an active member of the Musical Club of Hartford and of the Colonial Dames of America. She leaves two brothers, Harold Goodwin Holcombe of Hartford and John Marshall Holcombe of Farmington. Plans for the funeral had not been completed last night.

Citations

  1. [S118] Sr. William Hosley and Shepherd M. Holcombe, By Their markers Ye Shall Know Them: A Chronicle of the History and Restorations of Hartford's Ancient Burying Ground, Page 137/Item 525.
  2. [S284] Courant, 7 February 1926.

John Marshall Holcombe Jr.1,2

b. 4 May 1889, d. 15 May 1951
John Marshall Holcombe Jr.
1889-1951
     John Marshall Holcombe Jr. was born on 4 May 1889 at 79 Spring St., Hartford, Hartford Co., CT.3,4 He was the son of John Marshall Holcombe and Emily Seymour Goodwin. John Marshall Holcombe Jr. was graduated in 1911 at Yale, New Haven, New Haven Co., CT. He was graduated in 1914 at Law; Harvard, Boston, Suffolk Co., MA. He married Marguerite Chase, daughter of Waldo Ketchum Chase and Ada Ferris Wood, on 10 May 1920 at Byde-A-Whyle, Farmington, Hartford Co., CT. John Marshall Holcombe Jr. died on 15 May 1951 at Farmington, Hartford Co., CT, at age 62. He was buried at Farmington, Hartford Co., CT.

After graduating from Harvard, John soon became the Director of the newly-established Life Insurance Sales Research Bureau, which was started in Pittsburgh, soon moved to New York and then in 1924 to Hartford at 2 Myrtle Street. "As the founder and continuous director of the Bureau, he has been a trail blazer in the field of studying human relations in the life insurance sales force and applying them to the knowledge which American industry has developed in recent years. Over the years he has brought to common acceptance the idea of adapting research techniques to sales problems on an institutional basis, until today the life insurance business is unique in having central organization devoted to this task. His leadership has been of inestimable value in strengthening and improving the American Agency system."


He was in the Army Air Corps in World War I, secretary and then president of his college class for 41 years and president of the Antiquarian and Landmarks Society of Connecticut. His large collection of presidential autographs gave him the opportunity of sharing them through his interesting talks on both the letters and their respective authors.


John and Marguerite were enumerated in the 1930 Farmington, Hartford Co., CT, federal census, district 136. He was 42, she was 43. Children in the household were step-sons Allan 18, Robert, 16, and Herbert, 13, and children Emily 9, John 6, and Ada 5. 5

John registered for the WWII draft while living at Farmington, CT, and worked for the Life Insurance Sales Research Bureau.

Children of John Marshall Holcombe Jr. and Marguerite Chase

Citations

  1. [S75] Holcombe. Seth P., Phineas Holcomb, Page 50/Item 30.
  2. [S25] Hannah McPherson, Holcombe Genealogy, Page 124.1/Item A-8-1-2-6-4-1-1-2-3.
  3. [S435] Seth P. Holcombe, Phinehas Holcombe Addendum, Page 11.
  4. [S596] Ancestry.com.
  5. [S75] Holcombe. Seth P., Phineas Holcomb.

Ethel Percy Monson

b. 7 August 1884, d. 16 July 1976
     Ethel Percy Monson was born on 7 August 1884 at 145 Elm Street, New Haven, CT. She was the daughter of Charles Clayton Monson and Stella Elizabeth Shepherd. Ethel Percy Monson married Harold Goodwin Holcombe, son of John Marshall Holcombe and Emily Seymour Goodwin, on 17 June 1913 at Westover School Chapel, Middlebury, CT.1 Ethel Percy Monson died on 16 July 1976 at Hartford, Hartford Co., CT, at age 91. She was buried at Spring Grove Cemetery, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT.

Children of Ethel Percy Monson and Harold Goodwin Holcombe

Citations

  1. [S435] Seth P. Holcombe, Phinehas Holcombe Addendum, Page 5.

Charles Clayton Monson

     Charles Clayton Monson married Stella Elizabeth Shepherd circa 1871.1

Child of Charles Clayton Monson and Stella Elizabeth Shepherd

Citations

  1. [S35] 1900 Federal Census, unknown repository address.

Stella Elizabeth Shepherd

b. February 1845, d. 8 August 1929
     Stella Elizabeth Shepherd was born in February 1845 at WI.1 She married Charles Clayton Monson circa 1871.1 Stella Elizabeth Shepherd died on 8 August 1929 at New Haven, New Haven Co., CT, at age 84.2

Mrs. Stella (Shepherd) Monson, widow of Charles Clayton Monson, of New Haven, died late Thursday evening at her home, 9 Willard Street, after a long illness. She was 86 years old. the funeral will be held Monday at 1:30 p.m., at her home, and at the Beecher, Bennett & Lincoln funeral chapel in New Haven, at 4 p.m. Burial will be in Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven.

Mrs. Monson, who before her marriage was Stella Elizabeth Shepherd, was a descendant of Levi Shepherd, one of the first settlers of Northampton, Mass. She was the great-granddaugher of Brigadier-General Seth Pomeroy, who fought at the battle of Bunker Hill and died during the campaign of 1777 at Peekskill, N. Y., where a monument to his memory has been erected by the Sons of the American Revolution.

She married Charles Clayton Monson, of New Haven, a great-grandson of Dr. Aeneas Monson, a surgeon in the Revolutionary Army. Dr. Monson was founder of the Connecticut Medical Society and for many years president of the New Haven Bank.

Mrs. Monson leaves a son, Charles Shepherd Monson, of Detroit; three daughters, Miss Stella E. Monson of New Haven, Miss Edith D. Monson and Mrs. Harold G. Holcombe of Hartford; and three grandchildren, Harold G. Holcombe Jr., Seth Pomeroy Holcombe, and Shepherd Monson Holcombe.

Child of Stella Elizabeth Shepherd and Charles Clayton Monson

Citations

  1. [S35] 1900 Federal Census, unknown repository address.
  2. [S284] Courant, 10 August 1929.

Harold Goodwin Holcombe Jr.1

b. 3 November 1915, d. 13 February 1998
     Harold Goodwin Holcombe Jr. was born on 3 November 1915 at 61 Spring St., Hartford, Hartford Co., CT.2,3 He was the son of Harold Goodwin Holcombe and Ethel Percy Monson.3 Harold Goodwin Holcombe Jr. was graduated in 1936 at Yale. He married Helene Jeanne Guyen, daughter of Henri N. Guyen and Victoire Aime Louis, on 5 September 1944 at Noumea, New Caledonia.3 Harold Goodwin Holcombe Jr. died on 13 February 1998 at Naples, Collier Co., FL, at age 82.3,2 He was buried on 18 February 1998 at Marlborough Cemetery, Marlborough, CT.3

from The Courant Feb. 16, 1998:

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific, later becoming a colonel in the U.S. Army Intellignece Reserve Corps. For over 40 years, he was the president and owner of Harold G. Holcombe, Inc., an independent insurance agency in Hartford.


Harold took over his father's insurance agency, for many years located at 49 Pearl Street, Hartford, 5th floor, NW corner. In this building four consecutive generations of Holcombes earned their pay check: J.M. Holcombe; H.G. Holcombe; H.G. Holcombe Jr., and his daughter, Joan. Harold subsequently moved the office to 903 Asylum Avenue, Hartford. Harold was an avid bird hunter and trout fisherman. In 1946 when his military obligations in Washington ended, the family of three moved into 79 Spring Street. Then they moved to 780 Prospect Avenue, Hartford; then to 37 Harvest Lane, West Hartford so that the children could attend Bugbee School. At just the right time the house at 26 Northmoor Drive, West Hartford, owned by Dr. Isaac W. Kingsbury, (he attended as physician three generations of the Holcombe family as well as Grandma Monson) became available. Subsequently the move to 24810 Pennyroyal Drive, Bonita Springs, Florida.

Harold was living in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands at the time of this death.

Citations

  1. [S75] Holcombe. Seth P., Phineas Holcomb, Page 63/Item 46.
  2. [S182] Social Security Death Index (on-line), Ancestry.com, SSDI, Ancestry.com, SSAN 046-16-7584.
  3. [S435] Seth P. Holcombe, Phinehas Holcombe Addendum, Page 5.

Seth Pomeroy Holcombe1

b. 15 February 1918, d. 9 July 2009
Seth Pomeroy Holcombe
1918 - 2009
     Seth Pomeroy Holcombe was born on 15 February 1918 at 61 Spring St., Hartford, Hartford Co., CT. He was the son of Harold Goodwin Holcombe and Ethel Percy Monson.2 Seth Pomeroy Holcombe died on 9 July 2009 at Granby, Hartford Co., CT, at age 91.

Granby lost a dedicated citizen and fascinating individual with the passing of Seth P. Holcombe in July. As a lifelong student of history, Seth would want the telling of his story to begin at the beginning.3

In 1918, with Woodrow Wilson our President, the devastation of World War I was nearly complete and the worldwide influenza Pandemic struck -- but there was good news as well: 1918 saw gasoline at only eight cents a gallon, the Red Sox and the Babe winning the World Series and the birth of two of baseball's most devoted fans: Ted Williams and Seth Holcombe! Exterminator won the Kentucky Derby in an upset. The first commercial refrigerator for home use, (the Kelvinator) was introduced and so was the world's first air mail postal service -- between New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Even the "immutable" passage of time adjusted to mark Seth's arrival as Congress established time zones and enacted Daylight Saving Time. 3

Seth grew up with his two brothers, Harold and Shepherd. He attended the Kingswood-Oxford School and the Loomis School before graduating from the Gunnery in Washington, CT. Seth's father was a horseman and introduced Seth to what was to become a lifelong love. He presented Seth with his first horse, Hightop, and rode with Seth out of a stable in Bishops Corner. Their family enjoyed a vacation home in Marlborough to which Seth and his father would ride their horsed from Hartford. His description of crossing the Bulkley Bridge on horseback was typically clear and brief: "scary!" 3

The English language was important to Seth. He graduated from Trinity College with his degree in Latin and felt that the proper use of language was an issue of individual integrity. Seth was a person who spoke clearly what was on his mind; one could always be sure that he meant what he said. He had little patience for the casual and careless use --and misuse -- of rhetoric in politics and the media. 3

After college, Seth went to work at the Hartford National Bank and in 1959 married Lucy Eaton, his partner for the next 50 years. Herself an accomplished horse-woman, Lucy brought her gelding Echo to join Seth's Viganita, both registered Morgan horses. In the years to follow, Seth and Lucy would train and compete their horses to ride and to drive in harness. Their bay gelding, Allen Ash, high stepping through the snow as he pulled their sleigh, transformed their Silver Street pasture into a Currier and Ives image. For 15 years, Seth served as the secretary and registrar of the Morgan Horse Club (now the American Morgan Horse Association), leading the Morgan horse industry with fairness, transparency and integrity. 3

The very same level of stewardship that Seth devoted to his animals he gave to his land. Their homestead on Silver Street is a virtual refuge for all wildlife that lives there or that may be just passing through. Seth's love of the nature surrounding him was not that of a casual observer from within the comfort of the house. He walked his land, becoming familiar with its many different faces and inhabitants. The preservation of their North Granby property in its natural state was a great source of satisfaction to Seth. The Granby Land Trust recognized Seth and Lucy's foresight and gift with their prestigious Mary Edwards Friend of the Land Trust award in 2005. 3 Twice elected to the Granby Zoning Board of Appeals, the second time the highest vote-getter in town; on the Board of Directors of the Salmon Brook Historical Society; obviously interested in genealogy. 4

Beside having as two of his favorite poets Emily Dickinson and Alfred E. Housman, Seth is interested in history, especially his family history. While Seth completed seven family genealogies, Lucy has compiled quite an extensive compendium of her Brace Family. She has been Registrar for Associates States for the Connecticut Colonial Dames for numerous years. Lucy's family moved from 165 West Horter Street, Philadelphia to Four Mile Road, West Hartford; then to 284 North Oxford Street, Hartford; then to 58 Terry road, Hartford, which dwelling was built by Lucy's grandmother. Lucy and Seth have lived at 90 Silver Street, North Granby, Connecticut since 1974, when they moved from 57 East Weatogue Street, Simsbury, into which they moved after matrimony. 5

The most important thing in Seth's life was Lucy, but primary among his other interests were history, genealogy, and the Salmon Brook Historical Society. It was Seth who convinced Mark Williams to write the definitive history of Granby, Tempest in a Small Town. The new Preservation Barn would not have been built without the initiative, encouragement and support of Seth. The research library has been named in his honor. 6

Seth was one of the Thursday morning volunteers for decades. He helped pull the Hayes glass-sided hearse down Salmon Brook Street from the Allison barn to the Society barn. He sanded rust from metal artifacts, raked leaves and cleaned leather, as well as doing specialized archival work. He was part of the group who created our unique tobacco barn museum. 6

He was a valuable member of our Board of Directors for multiple terms. Seth had an exquisite command of the English language and his erudite pronouncements were legendry. He had a keen intelligence coupled with a fey sense of humor. He enlivened our coffee breaks with jokes and when we teased him about wearing not one, but two holey sweaters, he solemnly informed us that the holes were in different places. 6

Besides his wife, Lucy of 50 years, he is survived by a brother, Shepherd Holcombe of West Hartford and his nieces and nephews. His family would like to thank all the staff at the Farmington Valley VNA for the care that was given to Mr. Holcombe. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, July 14, 2 p.m., at the First Congregational Church, Granby, 219 North Granby Rd., Granby. Burial will be in Spring Grove Cemetery, Hartford at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Salmon Brook Historical Society, P.O. Box 840, Granby, CT 06035. 7

Citations

  1. [S75] Holcombe. Seth P., Phineas Holcomb, Page 63/Item 47.
  2. [S435] Seth P. Holcombe, Phinehas Holcombe Addendum, Page 5.
  3. [S701] Drummer, September, 2009.
  4. [S75] Holcombe. Seth P., Phineas Holcomb.
  5. [S435] Seth P. Holcombe, Phinehas Holcombe Addendum.
  6. [S702] Carol Laun, "Seth Holcombe."
  7. [S284] Courant.

Shepherd Monson Holcombe

b. 12 June 1921, d. 28 November 2012
     Shepherd Monson Holcombe was born on 12 June 1921 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton, MA.1 He was the son of Harold Goodwin Holcombe and Ethel Percy Monson.2 Shepherd Monson Holcombe married Catherine Capel Smith on 24 August 1945 at Upper King St., Port Chester, NY.1 Shepherd Monson Holcombe married Elizabeth Wiese, daughter of Chester A. Wiese, on 23 November 1979 at Old State House, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT.1 Shepherd Monson Holcombe died on 28 November 2012 at age 91.

In correspondence with Shepherd, he gives his McPherson number as:
A-8-1-1-2-6-4-1-1-2-1-3.


"Katie" graduated from Bryn Mawr and served as meteorologist in the WAVES during WWII. She maintained a lifelong interest in weather forecasting and natural history in general.


Shepherd was born in Northampton inasmuch as his mother was attending her 15th reunion at Smith College. He was Yale class of 1943; became a meteorologist in the Army Air Force for three years, being discharged as Captain after one and a half years in Italy. After being an Actuary at the Connecticut General Life Insurance Co. he ran the actuarial firm of Hooker & Holcombe on LaSalle Road, West Hartford, Connecticut. He is interested in antiques. Their first home was at 2 Atwood Street, Hartford on the second floor of the duplex house; happily the first floor was occupied by Shepherd's Aunts, Stella Emmeline & Edith ("Tante'E") Dale Monson. In a while, the next home (1951) was 7 Fairlee Road, West Hartford; then (1962) to 38 Sunset Farm Road, West Hartford. Shepherd now lives at 42 Pilgrim Road, West Hartford, Connecticut. 3


Betty was a strong swimmer, captain of the swimming team at Miss Porter's School. She won the National Senior Doubles at Forest Hills. She was a long time member of the Garden Club of Hartford. 3

From the Hartford Courant, 2 December 2012:

Shepherd Monson Holcombe, Sr. died on November 28, 2012. He was born in Northampton, MA on June 12, 1921, and grew up in the house in which his family had lived since 1840 on Spring Street in Hartford, a city he loved and in which he raised his family and lived his exemplary life. Following graduation from Yale in 1943, he completed the meteorology course at New York University and became the weather officer for the 459th Bomb Group, serving as Captain in Southern Italy and receiving the Bronze Star. From 1945 until 1968 he worked for Connecticut General Life Insurance Co. as an actuary and head of the Actuarial Consulting Department in Group Pensions. In 1969 he left to found the actuarial consulting firm of Hooker & Holcombe, from which he retired in 1989. His involvements in Hartford reflect his devotion to the city and its history and cultural institutions. He served as a member on the boards of the Wadsworth Atheneum, Connecticut Historical Society, Old State House, Bushnell Memorial, Spring Grove Cemetery, and Warburton Chapel Trustees. His generosity is reflected in the Shepherd M. Holcombe Archives, created at the Bushnell Memorial in 2000, the purchase of the sideboard for the Mark Twain House, and the Emily Seymour Goodwin Holcombe Education Center at the Old State House to honor his grandmother's work. He served as governor of the Society of the Descendants of the Founders of Hartford and Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Connecticut, President of the Mental Health Association of Hartford, and Moderator of Weekapaug, Rhode Island, the beach community which he dearly loved. During retirement, he was President and then Chairman of Hartford's Ancient Burying Ground Association, working tirelessly for restoration and preservation and continuing work begun by his grandmother. Shep's positive, cheerful attitude and his unwavering enthusiasm in all aspects of life kept him vital and productive through nine decades. He is survived by his children Shepherd and wife Betsy, Anne, and Emily, and granddaughter Tally, sisters-in¬-law Jeanne Holcombe and Lucy Holcombe, as well as stepdaughters Claire Porter, Anne and husband Tim Hemingway, and Jane and husband Bill Berry, and five step-grandchildren. He was predeceased by first wife Catherine Smith and second wife Betty Wiese (McIlwaine), and brothers Harold and Seth.

A memorial service will be held at the First Church of Christ (Center Church), 675 Main Street, Hartford at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, December 8, to be followed by a reception at the Hartford Golf Club, 134 Norwood Rd., West Hartford. Donations may be made to the Ancient Burying Ground Association (ABGA), P.O. Box 231257, Hartford CT 06123-1257.

Citations

  1. [S435] Seth P. Holcombe, Phinehas Holcombe Addendum, Page 8.
  2. [S435] Seth P. Holcombe, Phinehas Holcombe Addendum, Page 5.
  3. [S435] Seth P. Holcombe, Phinehas Holcombe Addendum.

Susan Roxanna Green

b. 8 August 1872, d. 10 June 1956
     Susan Roxanna Green was born on 8 August 1872 at Warren, CT. She was the daughter of Lewis Green and Sarah (?). Susan Roxanna Green married Edgar Bronson Holcombe, son of Herman Avery Holcombe and Josephine Elvira Dutton, on 29 December 1889. Susan Roxanna Green died on 10 June 1956 at 49 Sigourney St., Bristol, Hartford Co., CT, at age 83. She was buried at West Cemetery; Sec 1, Lot 201 North Part, Bristol, Hartford Co., CT.

Children of Susan Roxanna Green and Edgar Bronson Holcombe

Ruby Belle Holcombe1

b. 9 October 1892, d. 23 August 1985
     Ruby Belle Holcombe was born on 9 October 1892 at Torrington, Litchfield Co., CT. She was the daughter of Edgar Bronson Holcombe and Susan Roxanna Green. Ruby Belle Holcombe married Harry Charles White, son of Charles Turner White and Lottie A. Chapman, on 3 September 1911 at Millerton, NY. Ruby Belle Holcombe married Henry Hotchkiss, son of George L. Hotchkiss and Mabel Sherry, on 12 November 1958 at Bristol, Hartford Co., CT. Ruby Belle Holcombe died on 23 August 1985 at Hollywood, FL, at age 92. She was buried at West Cemetery, Bristol, Hartford Co., CT.

Child of Ruby Belle Holcombe and Harry Charles White

Citations

  1. [S75] Holcombe. Seth P., Phineas Holcomb, Page 53/Item 32.

Ethel Grace Holcombe

b. 21 May 1897
     Ethel Grace Holcombe was born on 21 May 1897 at New Preston, CT. She was the daughter of Edgar Bronson Holcombe and Susan Roxanna Green.

Jessie Susie Holcombe1

b. 1 June 1894, d. 18 July 1991
     Jessie Susie Holcombe was born on 1 June 1894 at New Preston, CT. She was the daughter of Edgar Bronson Holcombe and Susan Roxanna Green. Jessie Susie Holcombe married Elmer Barnes Blackman, son of Cyrus Minor Blackman and Bertha Barnes, on 12 November 1914 at Methodist Church, Pleasant Valley, CT. Jessie Susie Holcombe died on 18 July 1991 at Wallingford, New Haven Co., CT, at age 97.

Children of Jessie Susie Holcombe and Elmer Barnes Blackman

Citations

  1. [S75] Holcombe. Seth P., Phineas Holcomb, Page 54.

Lewis Dutton Holcombe1,2

b. 21 April 1901, d. 6 March 1999
     Lewis Dutton Holcombe was born on 21 April 1901 at New Preston, CT.3 He was the son of Edgar Bronson Holcombe and Susan Roxanna Green. Lewis Dutton Holcombe married Pauline Isabelle Church, daughter of Frederick Ogden Church and Emily Johnson, on 21 June 1923 at Bride's home, Main St., New Hartford, Litchfield Co., CT. Lewis Dutton Holcombe died on 6 March 1999 at Cherry Brook Health Care Center, Canton, Hartford Co., CT, at age 97.3

Lewis and Pauline were enumerated in the 1930 Simsbury, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT, federal census, district 208. He was a carpenter, age 29, she was 27. Frederick was 3.

Lewis lived in Bristol and Simsbury, where he worked with Frederick Mortimer Holcomb; he was manager for Orrin Kilbourn on the farm in West Simsbury. They lived in DeBary, Florida.

From the Hartford Courant, March 8,1999: "...he lived in Florida for 27 years and East Hartland for 30 years. From 1935-1943, he was manager of Orkil Farm in West Simsbury, and spent the rest of his working life as a carpenter. Lewis was a former member of both the East hartland Board of Finance and the East Hartland Volunteer Fire Department, as well as a 50-year member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows."

Child of Lewis Dutton Holcombe and Pauline Isabelle Church

Citations

  1. [S75] Holcombe. Seth P., Phineas Holcomb, Page 55/Item 34.
  2. [S25] Hannah McPherson, Holcombe Genealogy, Page 125.1/Item A-8-1-2-6-4-8-3-1.
  3. [S182] Social Security Death Index (on-line), Ancestry.com, SSDI, Ancestry.com, SSAN 048-20-6412.

Carlton Green Holcombe

b. 13 December 1908, d. 22 July 1990
     Carlton Green Holcombe was born on 13 December 1908 at New Hartford, Litchfield Co., CT.1 He was the son of Edgar Bronson Holcombe and Susan Roxanna Green. Carlton Green Holcombe married Arline Louise Rechenberg, daughter of Otto Rechenberg and Matilda Gerber, on 30 September 1930 at Millertown, NY. Carlton Green Holcombe died on 22 July 1990 at Silver Springs, Marion Co., FL, at age 81.1

The Connecticut Death Index indicated that Arline was employed by Phoenix Mutual Insurance as an Estimator.

Citations

  1. [S182] Social Security Death Index (on-line), Ancestry.com, SSDI, Ancestry.com, SSAN 025-01-8462.

Rose Wedin

b. 23 October 1871, d. 2 December 1964
     Rose Wedin was born on 23 October 1871 at NY. She married Charles Frederick Holcombe, son of Robert Lloyd Holcombe and Lucretia Hull, on 12 December 1900. Rose Wedin died on 2 December 1964 at Bridgeport, CT, at age 93. She was buried at St. Michael's Cemetery, Stratford, CT.

Child of Rose Wedin and Charles Frederick Holcombe

Robert Lloyd Holcombe1,2

b. 10 December 1904, d. 15 February 1983
     Robert Lloyd Holcombe was born on 10 December 1904 at Bridgeport, CT.3 He was the son of Charles Frederick Holcombe and Rose Wedin. Robert Lloyd Holcombe was graduated at University of Virginia. He married Sally Wren O'Byrne, daughter of Michael A. O'Byrne and Sarah Wren, on 21 October 1933 at Fairfield, CT. Robert Lloyd Holcombe died on 15 February 1983 at Carolton Convalescent Hospital, Fairfield, CT, at age 78.3 He was buried on 17 February 1983 at St. Michael's Cemetery, Stratford, CT.

from the Fairfield Citizen News, February 18, 1983:

Robert L. Holcomb, 78, of 111 Lookout Drive South, retired president and owner of the former Canfield Rubber company in Bridgeport, died Tuesday in the Carolton Convalescent Hospital.

Holcomb was born in Bridgeport and had been a life long area resident. He attended Gunnery Preparatory School in Washington, Conn., Peekskill Military Academy in New York and graduated from the Univeristy of Virginia.

Holcomb succeeded his father as president and owner of Canfield Rubber Company, and was insturmental in founding AGI Rubber Company, formerly known as Associated Gaskets, where he served as secretary and treasurer.

He served on the board of directors of the Accurate Metal Products Co., North Haven, the visiting Nurse Association of Bridgeport and Unquowa School in Fairfield. Holcomb was a former corporator and trustee of the Mechanics and Farmers Savings Bank and served on the advisory board of the City Trust company.

He was also a member of the Brooklawn country club, the Fairfield Beach Club, the Black Rock Yacht Club, the Export Club of Bridgeport the Exchange Club of our Lady of the Assumption church and University Club.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Sally O'Byrne Holcomb of Fairfield; and a daughter Mrs. Sara Dorman of Boxford, Massachusetts and Quechee, Vermont.

Services and burial took place yesterday.

Citations

  1. [S75] Holcombe. Seth P., Phineas Holcomb, Page 52/Item 31.
  2. [S25] Hannah McPherson, Holcombe Genealogy, Page 125.1/Item A-8-1-2-6-4-7-8-3-1.
  3. [S182] Social Security Death Index (on-line), Ancestry.com, SSDI, Ancestry.com, SSAN 048-01-6717.

Edna Edith Fuller

b. 21 May 1871, d. 27 August 1962
     Edna Edith Fuller was born on 21 May 1871 at Willimantic, CT. She was the daughter of George D. Fuller and Josephine Northrop. Edna Edith Fuller married Burton Beckwith Holcombe, son of James R. Holcombe and Augusta C. Beckwith, circa 1896.1 Edna Edith Fuller died on 27 August 1962 at Middlesex Memorial Hospital, Middletown, CT, at age 91. She was buried at Spring Grove Cemetery, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT.

Citations

  1. [S35] 1900 Federal Census, unknown repository address.

George D. Fuller

b. December 1827
     George D. Fuller married Josephine Northrop. George D. Fuller was born in December 1827.1

Child of George D. Fuller and Josephine Northrop

Citations

  1. [S35] 1900 Federal Census, unknown repository address.

Josephine Northrop

b. March 1833
     Josephine Northrop married George D. Fuller. Josephine Northrop was born in March 1833.1

Child of Josephine Northrop and George D. Fuller

Citations

  1. [S35] 1900 Federal Census, unknown repository address.

Rhetta Mae Pratt

b. 17 March 1876, d. 3 January 1940
     Rhetta Mae Pratt was born on 17 March 1876 at Dutton Homstead, New Hartford, Litchfield Co., CT. She was the daughter of Edward Judson Pratt and Ella Dutton. Rhetta Mae Pratt married Worthington Eugene Holcombe, son of Herman Avery Holcombe and Josephine Elvira Dutton, on 18 October 1893 at Dutton Homestead, West Hill, New Hartford, Litchfield Co., CT. Rhetta Mae Pratt died on 3 January 1940 at Grass Valley, Nevada Co., CA, at age 63. She was buried on 7 January 1940 at San Jacinto Cemetery, Hemet, CA.

Children of Rhetta Mae Pratt and Worthington Eugene Holcombe

Clifford Eugene Holcombe

b. 23 January 1895, d. 13 March 1910
     Clifford Eugene Holcombe was born on 23 January 1895 at West Hill, New Hartford, Litchfield Co., CT. He was the son of Worthington Eugene Holcombe and Rhetta Mae Pratt. Clifford Eugene Holcombe died on 13 March 1910 at West Hill, New Hartford, Litchfield Co., CT, at age 15. He was buried on 15 March 1910 at Village Cemetery, New Hartford, Litchfield Co., CT.

Ellis Herman Holcombe1

b. 17 November 1898, d. 30 April 1985
     Ellis Herman Holcombe was born on 17 November 1898 at New Hartford, Litchfield Co., CT. He was the son of Worthington Eugene Holcombe and Rhetta Mae Pratt. Ellis Herman Holcombe married Vivian Stoutzenberger, daughter of Ezra Stoutzenberger and Mary eliza Belknap, on 31 January 1932 at brother's house, Idyllwild, CA. Ellis Herman Holcombe died on 30 April 1985 at Sepulveda, CA, at age 86. He was buried at Carson City Cemetery, Carson City, Ormsby Co., NV.

Citations

  1. [S75] Holcombe. Seth P., Phineas Holcomb, Page 56/Item 36.

Howell Dutton Holcombe1

b. 8 September 1902, d. 11 December 1991
     Howell Dutton Holcombe was born on 8 September 1902 at Winsted Hospital, Winsted, Litchfield Co., CT. He was the son of Worthington Eugene Holcombe and Rhetta Mae Pratt. Howell Dutton Holcombe married Pauline Erma Poates, daughter of Albert Ellsworth Poates and Anna Taylor Whiston, on 25 May 1924 at Claremont, CA. Howell Dutton Holcombe died on 11 December 1991 at Bethel, NM, at age 89. He was buried at San Jaciinto Valley Cemetery, Hemet, CA.

Connecticut Death Index shows death in New Mexico but residence at time of death to be 129 Skinner Rd., Winchester, Litchfield, Ct., and that he was a construction contractor.

Children of Howell Dutton Holcombe and Pauline Erma Poates

Citations

  1. [S75] Holcombe. Seth P., Phineas Holcomb, Page 56/Item 37.

Grace King Jennings

b. 5 April 1881, d. 22 November 1932
     Grace King Jennings was born on 5 April 1881 at Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT. She was the daughter of David Jennings and Hannah Dutton. Grace King Jennings married Louis Herman Holcombe, son of Herman Avery Holcombe and Josephine Elvira Dutton, on 28 May 1904 at Torrington, Litchfield Co., CT. Grace King Jennings died on 22 November 1932 at Granby, Hartford Co., CT, at age 51. She was buried at Copper Hill Cemetery, East Granby, Hartford Co., CT; no stone.1

Children of Grace King Jennings and Louis Herman Holcombe

Citations

  1. [S419] Carol Laun, Beneath These Stones, Page 157.

Burton Avery Holcombe1,2

b. 7 November 1905, d. 25 February 1947
     Burton Avery Holcombe was born on 7 November 1905 at Bridgeport, CT. He was the son of Louis Herman Holcombe and Grace King Jennings. Burton Avery Holcombe married Jennie Almira Bradley, daughter of Leighton Bradley and Jennie Benson, on 25 November 1930 at Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT. Burton Avery Holcombe died on 25 February 1947 at North Canaan, CT, at age 41.3 He was buried at Center Cemetery, Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT.

from the Farmington Valley Herald, Feb. 27, 1947:

Burton Holcomb, 41, of Mill River, Mass., a former resident of Granby, was killed Tuesday when he slipped and fell against a power saw while working at a portable lumber mill near the lime quarries at East Canaan. Mr. Holcomb is survived by his wife and seven children.

Children of Burton Avery Holcombe and Jennie Almira Bradley

Citations

  1. [S75] Holcombe. Seth P., Phineas Holcomb, Page 57/Item 38.
  2. [S242] Seth P. Holcombe, Douglass Williams, Page 69.
  3. [S720] Jean E. Perreault, Granby 1930 Census.

Alma Josephine Holcombe1

b. 20 August 1907, d. December 1988
     Alma Josephine Holcombe was born on 20 August 1907 at New Hartford, Litchfield Co., CT.2 She was the daughter of Louis Herman Holcombe and Grace King Jennings. Alma Josephine Holcombe married Alvin Dennis Brown, son of Charles Brown and Hattie (?), on 8 December 1925 at Meriden, CT. Alma Josephine Holcombe lived on 15 January 1956 at Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT. She died in December 1988 at Plant City, Hillsborough Co., FL, at age 81.2

Children of Alma Josephine Holcombe and Alvin Dennis Brown

Citations

  1. [S75] Holcombe. Seth P., Phineas Holcomb, Page 44.
  2. [S182] Social Security Death Index (on-line), Ancestry.com, SSDI, Ancestry.com, SSAN 045-30-0462.
  3. [S720] Jean E. Perreault, Granby 1930 Census.

Cornelia Isabell Holcombe

b. 1 July 1908, d. 19 July 2004
     Cornelia Isabell Holcombe was born on 1 July 1908 at New Hartford, Litchfield Co., CT. She was the daughter of Louis Herman Holcombe and Grace King Jennings. Cornelia Isabell Holcombe married Horace Stephen Van De Bogart, son of Horace Van De Bogart and Jennie Robinson, on 1 April 1930 at Ancram, Columbia Co., NY. Cornelia Isabell Holcombe lived on 13 December 2002 at Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT. She died on 19 July 2004 at Hartford Hospital, Hartford, Hartford Co., CT, at age 96.

from the Hartford Courant, 21 Jul 2004, page B11:

Cornelia Isabell "Grannie" (Holcomb) VanDeBogart, 95, of Granby, beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend, died Monday, (July 19, 2004) at Hartford Hospital. She was born July 1, 1909 in New Hartford, daughter of the late Louis Herman and Grace (Jennings) Holcomb and had lived in the Simsbury and Granby area for the past 60 years. She is survived by two daughters and sons- in-law, Edith E. and Joseph Kane of East Hartland and Carole A. and Glenn Vincent of West Granby; four sons and daughters-in-law, Lewis and Janice of East Granby, Thomas and Jude of Albany, NY, Richard and Linda of Canton, and Michael and Betty of Winsted; a brother and sister-in-law, John and Janet Holcomb of Windsor Locks; 22 grandchildren; 38 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a daughter, Ruth Stenhouse; a son James; a granddaughter, Christine; four sisters and four brothers. Her life was focused around her extensive family. She loved being surrounded by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren at family functions and holiday gatherings. She was very proud of every accomplishment and supportive of any event that touched any member of her family. "Grannie" loved to cook and was a natural at preparing delicious meals for her extended family. She will be fondly remembered for her exceptional apple pies, baked beans and her wonderful Christmas cookies. A memorial service will celebrated, Friday, July 23, 12 noon at the Vincent Funeral Home, 880 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury with the Rev. Robert D. Sorozan officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 11-12 noon prior to the service. Private burial will be in Granby Cemetery.

Children of Cornelia Isabell Holcombe and Horace Stephen Van De Bogart

Orvis Gray Holcombe1

b. 13 August 1911, d. 13 December 2002
     Orvis Gray Holcombe was born on 13 August 1911 at East Granby, Hartford Co., CT. He was the son of Louis Herman Holcombe and Grace King Jennings. Orvis Gray Holcombe married Laviran Manning, daughter of Eugene Manning and Nina Clark, on 4 June 1933 at Congregational Church, Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT. Orvis Gray Holcombe died on 13 December 2002 at Meadowbrook, Granby, Hartford Co., CT, at age 91.2 He was buried on 17 December 2002 at Simsbury Cemetery, Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT.2

Orvis was enumerated in the 1930 Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT, federal census, district 208, in the household of his brother-in-law.

Orvis was employed as a truck driver for the State of Connecticut for 20 years prior to his retirement in 1973. 3

Children of Orvis Gray Holcombe and Laviran Manning

Citations

  1. [S75] Holcombe. Seth P., Phineas Holcomb, Page 58/Item 39.
  2. [S284] Courant, 15 Dec 2002.
  3. [S284] Courant.

Amy Grace Holcombe

b. 13 July 1913, d. 27 December 1995
     Amy Grace Holcombe was born on 13 July 1913 at East Granby, Hartford Co., CT.1 She was the daughter of Louis Herman Holcombe and Grace King Jennings. Amy Grace Holcombe married Stanley Webster Swartz circa 1928 at Pine Plains, NY. Amy Grace Holcombe lived on 15 January 1956 at Granby, Hartford Co., CT. She died on 27 December 1995 at Wiscasset, Lincoln Co., ME, at age 82.1

Citations

  1. [S182] Social Security Death Index (on-line), Ancestry.com, SSDI, Ancestry.com, SSAN 042-26-0106.

Mortimer Louis Holcombe1

b. 23 December 1915, d. 2 April 1979
     Mortimer Louis Holcombe was born on 23 December 1915 at East Granby, Hartford Co., CT.2 He was the son of Louis Herman Holcombe and Grace King Jennings. Mortimer Louis Holcombe married Helen Dean Hetu, daughter of Joseph L. Hetu and Marjorie L. Dean, on 28 October 1939 at West Granby, Granby, Hartford Co., CT. Mortimer Louis Holcombe died on 2 April 1979 at Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT, at age 63.2 He was buried at Center Cemetery, Granby, Hartford Co., CT.

Child of Mortimer Louis Holcombe and Helen Dean Hetu

Citations

  1. [S75] Holcombe. Seth P., Phineas Holcomb, Page 59/Item 40.
  2. [S182] Social Security Death Index (on-line), Ancestry.com, SSDI, Ancestry.com, SSAN 048-14-8438.

Katherine Maurie Holcombe

b. 2 October 1916, d. 2 October 1916
     Katherine Maurie Holcombe died on 2 October 1916 at Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT. She was born on 2 October 1916 at Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT. She was the daughter of Louis Herman Holcombe and Grace King Jennings. Katherine Maurie Holcombe was buried on 4 October 1916 at Copper Hill Cemetery, East Granby, Hartford Co., CT.1

Citations

  1. [S419] Carol Laun, Beneath These Stones, Page 158.

Frederick Herman Holcombe1

b. 2 February 1919, d. 20 March 1977
     Frederick Herman Holcombe was born on 2 February 1919 at Simsbury, Hartford Co., CT.2 He was the son of Louis Herman Holcombe and Grace King Jennings. Frederick Herman Holcombe died on 20 March 1977 at Hartford, Hartford Co., CT, at age 58.2 He was buried at St. Bernard's Cemetery, Tariffville, Hartford Co., CT.

Citations

  1. [S75] Holcombe. Seth P., Phineas Holcomb, Page 60/Item 41.
  2. [S182] Social Security Death Index (on-line), Ancestry.com, SSDI, Ancestry.com, SSAN 048-16-9872.