Genealogy of the Descendants of John Deming of Wethersfield, Connecticut: With Historical Notes

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Judson Keith Deming
Press of Mathis-Mets Company, 1904 - Connecticut - 694 pages
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This book is one of the best sources for Deming family genealogists and it predates many other biographical studies of the early Connecticut settlers. Are there some errors? Yes, there are a few, but author Judson Keith Deming had to rely on the memories of hundreds of people, and perhaps the illegible notes in someone's battered family bible were all some descendants had to furnish for the book. It's doubtful if Deming had at his fingertips the census information we have so easily today.
Thanks to Deming's hard work, I've seen a unique side of American history, about the psychology and customs of past decades, and that my ancestors were completely amazing. Getting to know these strong, interesting people has been illuminating. I think Deming would be thrilled to find that thanks to the internet, his book is completely searchable by name or keyword for easy researching, and that thousands of descendants now have access to this valuable genealogy tool to carry on his project. Judson was a moderately wealthy man. Writing this book was clearly not to try to make money but to explore a fascinating section of history and share it with his family. There were many books of this nature produced in about the same time time period, but this is one of the best family trees I've found.
 

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Early genealogy of Deming in America--no reference to origin in England

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Page 62 - Me, let the tender office long engage, To rock the cradle of reposing age, With lenient arts extend a mother's breath, Make languor smile, and smooth the bed of death, Explore the thought, explain the asking eye, And keep a while one parent from the sky...
Page 87 - He bore the rank of major at the close of the war. He was promoted to the rank of colonel in 1832, and rendered most effective service in the Black Ha'wk war, which broke out at that date.
Page 422 - He is a member of the Congregational Church, and a republican in politics. He has been Town Auditor and a member of the School board.
Page 221 - He was frequently a member of the State Legislature and was a delegate to the Convention in 1818 to form the State Constitution.
Page 188 - Captain and served in this capacity until the close of the war. He was mustered out at Detroit and received an honorable discharge.
Page 273 - As his father died when he was very young, he was brought up by his grandfather Lieut.
Page 5 - I, John Deming Sen'r, of Wethersfield, being of Good understanding & sound Memory, doe see it my duty to set my house in order, & to setle my estate so that peace may be continued in my famaly, when I shall be gathered to my fathers; & I doe therefore Make & declare this to be my last will & Testament, hereby...
Page 6 - Hatt. l give to my daughter Morgan my daughter Beckly my daughter Hurlbut my daughter Wright five pownds apeice to be payd by my executor with in five yeares after my deceasse. I give to my couzen Unis Standidg & to my cousin Sarah wyer wife of John Wyer Twenty pownds apeice to be payd by my executor within Two yeares after my deceas-e I give to my daughter Moody as a token of my love to her Ten shillings, I haveing allready given her a Good portion. I give to my Grand Child Ann Beckley five pownds...
Page 512 - He was a member of the Methodist Church, and sang in the choir for a number of years.
Page 198 - In politics, he was first a Whig, and later, a Republican. He was not an officeseeker, and yet he was frequently appointed as deputy, in various countv offices.

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