Northrop Genealogy

George Elmore Northrop B. 1844 ~ 3/17/1906~ age 62

George Elmore Northrop                        Margaret "Maggie"
                                                        Hannagan /Hannigan Northrop

Date of burial from Oaklawn Cemetery March 20, 1905. I suspect the 1806 is the correct date since it matches the church record. ... According to the town clerk's office, George died on March 17, 1906.

I still have some of the notes written to Mrs George E.Northrop when he died. They all speak of him so warmly -- he was much loved and respected.


Looking closely at George's picture we can see he was a Mason with the pin he wears. It also appears he has ribbon around his neck, but we can't see what it holds. So far we don't know of any medals or awards he may have won.
Mom's notes say he was5 ft 9 3/4 " tall, light complexion, brown hair, blue eyes. I imagine this information was from his service record. He joined Company A 8th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers commanded by Capt Burpee Sept 25 1861 and honorably discharged Sept 245 1864 at the expiration of his enlistment. Mom's notes indicate the Rutiulis had letters from George to his brother William.

The 8th Regiment lost during service 8 Officers and 112 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 3 Officers and 141 Enlisted men by disease. Total 264.

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George Elmore Northrop and Margaret Ellen Hannigan/Hannegan/Hannegan were married 1/17/1865 in Port Chester NY by Valentine A. Lewis, minister.


George served with several "ususal suspect" names

Curley (Kerley?), Elmore, Ives (2 sons of

John KERLEY b 30 NOV 1827 in Kent, Litchfield, CT

(s/o Hosea Rowe KERLEY 1802 CT &Mariah (Mary) BEECHER JUN 1806 CT)

Marietta Sophia GRANT b: 6 JUL 1832 in Chautauqua, Chautauqua, NY m 31 DEC 1850 in Seymour
1880 New Haven John KERLEY 52 CT Grain Dealer VA CT, Marriett S. KERLEY 46 NY Keeps House CT CT, Mary A. GRANT SisterL S Female W 44 NY Artist, Portrait Painter CT CT, Chas B. MERRILL Nephew S Male W 24 CT Ck. Fruit & Butter CT CT

Harvey E. Elmore
b  22 FEB 1836 in New Hartford, Litchfield Co., CT
d 17 SEP 1862 in Antietam, MD

Harvey Bates Elmore b: 02 FEB 1806 Cambridge, VT 
Mother: Nancy Smith Holcombe b: 11 APR 1809 in probably New Hartford, CT
Harvey Bates Elmore b: 02 FEB 1806 in Cambridge, VT 
Mother: Nancy Smith Holcombe b: 11 APR 1809 in probably New Hartford, CT
Mr Harvey B. Elmore, who died at his home near Winsetd March 21, was born in Cambridge, Vermont in 1806. In 1824 he came to New Hartford, and in compnay with Mr. Tertius Wadsworth, built a store at Nepaug and carried on business there for two years, when they sold out the concern to Mr. James F. Henderson. Subsequently, at two different times, Mr. Elmore was engaged in mercantile business at North Village, as a member of the firms of Brown, Joens & Elmore, and Elmore & Priest & Co. In 1854 he formed a partnership with J. H. Welch in the drug business in Winsted, from which he retired in 1866.

In 1831 he married Nancy, daughter of Phinehas Jolcomb [Jr.] of New Hartford by whom he had three children - two daughters died in childhood, and a son, Edwinharvey, was killed at Antietam, aged 26. His first wife died in 1846, and in 1851 he married Mrs. Harriet Mallory Hubbard, by whom he had one son, Charles Mallory Elmore, who survives him and who was his devoted nurse. Mrs. Elmore died in 1858., Mr. Elmore's health had been declining for several months, but his last illness was about three months duration, during which his mental facilities became impaired, and he was a great sufferer

Harvey Edwin Elmore (sometimes known as Edwin Harvey) was killed at the battle of Antietam, Maryland; he was in Company C as was hi Uncle, Hubert F. Holcomb. I have been searching to ascertain for sure the place of his burial ever since 1973; in the May 26 edition of the New Hartford Tribune; "Graves of soldiers in the different cemetery in New Hartford: North Village Cemetery - First Sargeant Edwin Harvey Elmore, Co. C, 8th Conn. vols. Killed at Antietam, Sept 17, 1862." Does this statement prove beyond a doubt that the U.S. marker is a gravestone rather than a cenotaph? The Civil War memorial monument lists: 8th Conn. Infantry: Harvey E. Elmore and Hubert F. Holcomb.
Ives, Heber S

Heber SMITH IVES(Othniel IVES8, Othniel IVES7, John IVES IV6, John IVES III5, John IVES II4, John IVES3, William IVES2, John IVES1)
b 10 May 1845 in Meriden, CT d 22 May 1894

s/o Othniel IVES b: 26 Nov 1812 Meriden, NH & Mary A. HOWARD b: ABT 1817 mLucy Ellen BUELL b: ABT 1847 CT  5 Sep 1868 CT

Ives, Noah P (also as Noah B.) Noah POMEROY IVES

 (Eli IVES8, Othniel IVES7, John IVES IV6, John IVES III5, John IVES II4, John IVES3, William IVES2, John IVES1)
13 Feb 1833 New Haven, CT
d. 15 Jan 1896 New Haven, , CT
Bur. Meriden, , Connecticut

Jenings, James O    
Jennings, Albert ?  
Jennings, Alvin    
Jennings, James C    
Jennings, James O    
Jennings, Jay    
Jennings, Orris S    
Keeler, Silas P    
Lockwood, Edgar A.    
Millard, John C

 John Walker MILLARD b 18 FEB 1811 Cornwall, Litchfield, CT d AFT 1883 in Rockford, Winnebago Co, IL


Marriage 1 Martha Ann HARMON b: 27 MAY 1812 Suffield, CT m  24 MAY 1836 New Marlborough, MA Children

  1. Has No Children Sarah Jane MILLARD b: 1837 in Marlborough, Berkshire, MA
  2. Has No Children Maryette MILLARD b: 1844 in New Marlborough, MA
  3. Has No Children Ruth MILLARD b: 1851 in New Marlborough, MA
Prout, John G    
Sherman, John    
Sherman, Reuben A.    

Smith, Augustus S. or Augustus REGIMENT NAME:
8th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry Union

Smith, Bennett or Bennett C.REGIMENT NAME:
8th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry Union

Smith, Calvin A.REGIMENT NAME:
8th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry Union

Smith, Charles REGIMENT NAME:
8th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry Union

Smith, Charles K. REGIMENT NAME:
8th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry Union

Smith, Charles R. REGIMENT NAME:
8th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry Union ALTERNATE NAME:
Charles K./Smith

Smith, Charles S. REGIMENT NAME:
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Smith, Chauncey P. REGIMENT NAME:
8th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry Union

Smith, Elijah Y. REGIMENT NAME:
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Smith, Elmon E. REGIMENT NAME:
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Smith, Frank L. REGIMENT NAME:
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Smith, Frederick REGIMENT NAME:
8th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry Union ALTERNATE NAME:

Smith, Frederick E. REGIMENT NAME:
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8th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry Union

Smith, Henry A. REGIMENT NAME:
8th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry: Union

Smith, Henry C. REGIMENT NAME:
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Smith, Henry N. REGIMENT NAME:
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Smith, Henry W. REGIMENT NAME:
8th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry UnionALTERNATE NAME:
Henry N./Smith

Smith, Hiram E. REGIMENT NAME:
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Smith, James or James M. REGIMENT NAME:
8th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry Union

8th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry Union

8th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry Union

8th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry Union

8th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry Union

8th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry Union

8th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry Union

8th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry Union

8th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry: Union

Smith, Martin B. REGIMENT NAME:
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Smith, Michael REGIMENT NAME:
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8th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry Union

Smith, Samuel H. REGIMENT NAME:
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Smith, Theodore REGIMENT NAME:
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Smith, William REGIMENT NAME:
8th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry Union

Smith, William REGIMENT NAME:
8th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry Union

Smith, William A. or William REGIMENT NAME:
8th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry Union

Smith, William H. REGIMENT NAME:
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Smith, William H. REGIMENT NAME:
8th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry Union

Smith, William H. or William REGIMENT NAME:
8th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry Union


Strong, Edwin F.

. Edwin Miner Strong (David Strong9, Asahel Strong8, Jacob Strong7, John Strong , Jr.6, John Strong5, John Strong4, George Strong3, John Strong2, Robert Strong1) b 25 JUL 1795 Winchester, CT. m  Deidamia A. Grant Deidamia A Grant (Roswell Grant9, Elijah Grant8, Josiah Grant7, John Grant6, Matthew Grant5, John Grant4, George Grant3, John Grant2, William Grant1) was born MAY 1794 in Norfolk,Ct, and died 15 MAY 1835 in Winchester,Ct 18 SEP 1816. ( b MAY 1794 Norfolk, CT d. 15 MAY 1835) kids b winchester


Walden, Winthrop



Another of mom's notes mentions Stratford relatives "Uncle Geo" and below Alvin's mother buried Fairfield East below that Alvins Father buried Fairfield East and Grandmother's stone broken Fairfield East

Oak lawn (on way to Greenfield) Cemetery George Ives, W. Blaine Northrop and Grandmother Margaret Hannagan Northrop

Nephew Frederick-" In 1898 he bought out his uncle's share in the business and became a partner with his father (William Fenn Northrop), under the same firm name (Northrop Brothers).




George Elmore was born in Cornwall or Warren, Connecticut in 1844. (mom's Nat'l archives request has cornwall scratched out & replaced with warren date of birth was changed from Jan 17, 1844 to feb 17, 1844)

By 1850 (so at least by the time he was 6) the family had moved to Westport Connecticut on the Southport line in Long Lots.

So far, we don't know whether he had close Northrop relatives nearby since the Northrop connections have not been nailed down. We do know that he had Alvord and Jennings relatives (his mother's family) also in Westport.


They probably lived in the Long Lots section right on the line between Westport and Southport. The Westport map dated 1867 shows his parent's house by the red arrow -- I believe the road was once known as Bulkley Avenue, but is now Sturges Highway (above the intersection with Long Lots Road where it now changes to Hulls Farm Road. )

A school (his local school?) was apparently just down the road. Mrs Hannegan's home (George Elmore's mother-in-law) is further down Bulkley Avenue, North (it still retains the Bulkley name). The cross road just north of her place may be the current Old Road.

In 1860 George is listed in the Westport census as a "Farm Laborer". At the age of 17 in 1861 he volunteers to serve in the "Civil the 8th Connecticut Infantry( George volunteered in the Civil War serving in the Connecticut 8th Sept 25, 1861-Sept 25, 1864) (click for more information) . When he returns he marries Margaret (Martha) Hannegan. and at some point settles in Southport.

Margaret's father, John Hannagan / Hannigan also served in the Civil War and was wounded at Frederiksburg.

When George returns he may have worked for Jelliff and Northrop (Brother William Fenn Northrop was in business with Jeliff (probably Francis)as Jeliff and Northrop from about 1854 to about 1874. By 1880, and perhaps earlier, the business was known as Northrop Brothers.) before joining his brother as a partner in Northrop Brothers, but so far there is no evidence to support the supposition.

George was later the First Chief of The Southport Fire Department (more information) (organized October 2, 1895). The original Fire house was on Railroad Place (Station Street) The building to the right is the Northrop Brothers (builders) headquarters.

George's Cousins
children of Gerrit
* (George E Cousin) Charles Alvin b. July 6, 1836- not heard from since ~ 1880 lost at sea.
* (George E Cousin)James Edward Northrop b. Jan. 26, 1839, Warren, Conn. m (or daughter?)Lelia Beach 1880 maybe danbury hat sizer born ct, booth parents b ct.

* (George E Cousin) Eliza Ann, b. Dec. 7, 1847 ; m. William Hall, and living at Milton, Litchfield Co., Conn. ; 2 children.

Children of Alvords




George Elmore Cousins

Jennings cousins Has No Children Cousin Anna Burr Jennings b: 1799 died YOUNG ~age 3 28 SEP 1802

???Cousin Walter Jennings, born February 24, 1807 1Fairfield (Greens Farms); died 1885; m. Deborah Sherwood (b.1813 d/oDavid SHERWOOD  Mother: Abigail MEEKER  > Elizabeth Roosevelt Jennings~1854 CT); died Unknown.

Has No Children ???Cousin William J. Jennings b: Fairfield (Greens Farms), CT perhaps a farmer esp corn?

???Cousin Anna Burr Jennings, born 18041; died 1890; married John Morehouse Jennings.

???Cousin Eliza Jennings, died Unknown More About Eliza Jennings:
Fact 1: m. a Roosevelt of the Presidential family 1


  1. Cousin George Bulkeley Alvord (John kids) b: 8 SEP 1797 Fairfield (Greenfield), CT m Amelia Bulkley
  2. Has No Children Cousin Delia Alvord (John kids) b: FEB 1800 1m. Martin Mead
  3. Has No Children Cousin Alonzo Alwyn Alvord (John kids)b: 4 JUL 1802 1Fairfield (Greenfield), CT m. Susan Grenzebach
  4. Has No Children Cousin Edward Alvord (John kids) b: OCT 18091 d 1844 at sea no m. listed
  5. Has No Children Cousin Eliza Alvord (John kids) b: 8 OCT 1811 1Rye, NY1 M. John Ware
  6. Has No Children Cousin Mary Alvord (John kids)b: 12 FEB 18141 n Rye, NY1 d.20 JAN 1879 in NY, NY no m listed

  7. Has No Children Cousin Charles Frederick Alvord (John kids) b: 2 JUL 1819 1Rye, NY 1m. Mary Huggins
  8. Has No Children Cousin kids of Joseph Alvord1780
  9. Has No Children Cousin (kids of Sarah W. Alvord1782 & Ebenezer Huggins , Jr.1781)
  10. Has No Children Cousin Edward Eaton Huggins(kids of Sarah W. Alvord1782 & Ebenezer Huggins , Jr.1781) b 29 OCT 18091 d. 2 JUL 1895 in Cleveland, OH spouse unknown
  11. Has No Children Cousin Ebenezer John Huggins (kids of Sarah W. Alvord1782 & Ebenezer Huggins , Jr.1781) no m listed b. 8 JUL 18111 d.1876 in New York 1
  12. Has No Children Cousin Howard Huggins (kids of Sarah W. Alvord1782 & Ebenezer Huggins , Jr.1781) no marriage listed b. 20 APR 18191 d.1898 California
  13. Has No Children Cousin Mary Alvord Huggins b: 18151 (kids of Sarah W. Alvord1782 & Ebenezer Huggins , Jr.1781) b.1815 New Haven, CT1 d.30 DEC 1875 in New Haven, OR NY, NY m. Charles Frederick Alvord (s/o Uncle John Alvord1774 & Aunt Elizabeth Bulkeley1777)

  14. Has No Children Cousin Louisa Huggins (kids of Sarah W. Alvord1782 & Ebenezer Huggins , Jr.1781) Louisa, Mrs. Yeaman [(18171-a.1902 ? no marriage or death listed
  15. Has No Children Cousin Stephen Dickerman Huggins (kids of Sarah W. Alvord1782 & Ebenezer Huggins , Jr.1781) b.1824 d. 25 JUN 1837 died YOUNG~ age 13
  16. Has No Children Cousin Frederick Huggins (kids of Sarah W. Alvord1782 & Ebenezer Huggins , Jr.1781)
  17. Has No Children Cousin Unknown Huggins (kids of Sarah W. Alvord1782 & Ebenezer Huggins , Jr.1781)
  18. Has Children Cousin Sarah Maria Huggins (kids of Sarah W. Alvord1782 & Ebenezer Huggins , Jr.1781)b: 1 AUG 1826 in 106 State Street, New Haven, CT1., youngest child of nine link
  19. Has No Children Cousin Mary Banks Alvord (Dr Elisha & Betsey Bradley Easton1) b: 4 NOV 18071 m. Aaron Sherwood Went to Boarding School
    Baptised Southport Cong Church
    Mary Howard Sherwood, daughter of
    Aaron Sherwood and Mary Banks (Alvord) Sherwood; born Aug. 28, 1841; baptized July 6, 1845
  20. Has Children Cousin Sarah Wakeman Alvord (Dr Elisha & Betsey Bradley Easton1) b: 9 NOV 18121 m. John Gorham went to boarding school
    Baptism Southport Cong Church
    Sarah Louisa Gorham, daughter of John
    Henry Gorham and Sarah Wakeman (Alvord)
    Gorham; born Feb. 6, 1850; baptized Nov. i,

  21. Has No Children Cousin Martha Alvord (Nehemiah Banks & Rana Sherwood Ffld) b: 25 FEB 1821 Easton m. Henry Baldwin
    Baptism Southport Cong Church
    Mary Frances Hopkins Baldwin, daugh-
    ter of Henry Baldwin and Martha (Alvord)
    Baldwin; born Jan. 21, 1849; baptized Oct. 30,

  22. Has No Children Cousin John Abel Alvord (Nehemiah Banks & Rana Sherwood Ffld) b: 24 SEP 1826 Easton1 m. Mary Wilcox
    Baptism Southport Cong Church
    John Abel Alvord, son of John Abel Alvord and Mary Elvira (Wilcox) Alvord; born Feb. 23, 1864; baptized Feb. 17, 1869Mary Banks Alvord, daughter of John
    Abel Alvord and Mary Elvira (Wilcox) Alvord; born Feb. 24, 1865; baptized Feb. 17, 1869.
    104. Sarah Wakeman Alvord, daughter of
    John Abel Alvord and Mary Elvira (Wilcox) Al vord; born July 30, 1866; baptized Feb. 17, 1869.
    Edith Alvord, daughter of John Abel Alvord and Mary Elvira (Wilcox) Alvord; born Aug. 25, 1868; baptized Feb. 17, 1869.

  23. Has No Children Cousin kids of Jesup Alvord1789 Fairfield m. Sarah Bulkley
  24. Has No Children Cousin kids of Talcott Alvord1792 Fairfield Died Young - no kids
  25. Has No Children Cousin Elizabeth Burr Alvord (kids of Morris Alvord& Elizabeth Burr Ffld) b: 15 NOV 1818 1m. Gilbert Knudson
    Baptism Southport Cong Church
    Harriet Sophia Knudson, daughter of
    Gilbert Adolphus Knudson and Elizabeth Burr (Alvord) Knudson; born July 16, 1850; baptized Nov. I, 1850.
    Howard Augustus Knudson, son of Gil-
    bert Adolphus Knudson and Elizabeth Burr
    (Alvord) Knudson; born Feb. 3, 1855; baptized July I, 1855
    Mary Elizabeth Knudson, daughter of
    Gilbert Adolphus Knudson and Elizabeth Burr (Alvord) Knudson; born Aug. 5, 1861; baptized May 18, 1862
    Adolphus Alvord Knudson, son of Gilbert
    Adolphus Knudson and Elizabeth Burr (Alvord) Knudson; born Dec. ii, 1845; baptized May 16, 1847.
    Morris Fitch Knudson, son of Gilbert
    Adolphus Knudson and Elizabeth Burr (Alvord) Knudson; born July 6, 1848; baptized Sept. 3, 1848.



  26. Has No Children Cousin Martha Alvord (kids of Morris Alvord& Elizabeth Burr Ffld) b: 23 NOV 18201 m Henry Hine
  27. Has No Children Cousin Mary A. Alvord (kids of Morris Alvord& Elizabeth Burr Ffld) b: 29 DEC 1825 m. John Knapp
  28. Has No Children Cousin Harriet Alvord (kids of Morris Alvord& Elizabeth Burr Ffld) b: 27 MAY 1826
  29. Has No Children Cousin Urania S. Alvord (kids of Morris Alvord& Elizabeth Burr Ffld) b: 12 JAN 1829 m. Edward Bulkley
  30. Has No Children Cousin Louisa Alvord (kids of Morris Alvord& Elizabeth Burr Ffld) b: 5 OCT 1832 m. Burr Osborn
    Baptised Southport Cong Church Jeremiah Burr Osborn, son of Burr Osborn and Louisa (Alvord) Osborn; born July 9, 1856; baptized Nov. 2, 1856.

    Henry Morton Osborn, son of Burr Os
    born and Louisa (Alvord) Osborn; born Nov. 7, 1858; baptized May i, 1859.

    Frederick Alvord Osborn, son of Burr Osborn and Louisa (Alvord) Osborn; born July 8, 1861; baptized May 18, 1862
    Mary Louisa Osborn, daughter of Burr
    Osborn and Louisa (Alvord) Osborn; born March II, 1864; baptized Oct. 9, 1864
    Daniel Godwin Osborn, son of Burr Osborn and Louisa (Alvord) Osborn; born Nov. 7,
    1866; baptized July 7, 1867
    Clinton Alvord Osborn, son of Burr
    Osborn and Louisa (Alvord) Osborn; born July 31, 1869; baptized June 5, 1870.
    109. Clara Alvord Osborn, daughter of Burr
    Osborn and Louisa (Alvord) Osborn; born July 31, 1869; baptized June 5, 1870.






Margaret's sister, Sarah m. George Hale in Greens Farms. My father Alvin J Northrop remembered his Uncle George Hale. Mom started a lettrer in 1980 to Marjorie Rutili asking if she remembered him as well. Mom found a George Hale on South Compo Road who died about 1980 -- perhaps a relative.


Margaret's father, John Hannagan / Hannigan also served in the Civil War and was wounded at Frederiksburg.


Still to come(Click to view the page with all of George's Letters from Civil War Service.)

This is one of the walking canes that George brought back from the Civil War. It is intricately carved with information on the Battle on Antietam incuding the dates and numbers of soldiers killed and wounded. Note the shell used on the bottom of the cane.

More Detail on the Canes

Here is another cane brought back from his service.  This one comemmorates the Battles of Little Round Top and Big Round Top.

Perhaps the wood markings are burnt into the wood since it's not a wood anyone has recognized. The maker took advantage of the shape to place Round Top and another rounded hill on the higher points of the shape.

Lantern is to hold the shade is not original.

Shade is etched "George E. Northrop, Chief S.F.D.

George Served as the First Chief of the Southport Volunteer Fire Department from 1895-1896.  This was one of two Fire Departments in Southport.



from the Southport Volunteer Fire Department website

"The Southport Fire Department was organized October 2, 1895 following an arson fire that claimed $10,000 in damages to the warehouses of C.O. Jelliff and the lives of 4 horses trapped in a neighboring barn which also burned. It took nearly three hours for the villagers and the Fairfield Volunteer Hook & Ladder Co. to extinguish the blaze. Within two weeks there were already 23 members in newly formed department and they began the process of purchasing a Gleason & Bailey pump, 200 feet of hose, and a Hook & Ladder truck equipped with various length extension ladders.

In November of 1895, the Pequot Fire Company was formed by a number of men who were displeased with the way the Southport Fire Department was being run. The two departments co-existed in the village for five years and during that time developed a strong rivalry. In 1900 the Pequot Fire Company decided that it would be in the best interest of all concerned to consolidate the two departments. In April 1900 all assets of the Pequot Fire Company #1 were transferred to the Southport Fire Department and the Pequots slipped into non-existence.

In February 1896, the Southport Fire Department became the first in the state to own a steam pumper when the American Fire Engine Company in Seneca Falls, NY delivered a new Silsby Steamer to the village. The steamer held 25 gallons of water, 1500 feet of hose and when fully loaded weighed more than 5200 pounds. Sufficient energy could be generated to run the pump within 6 to 8 minutes of lighting the coal. It was housed at the original Fire House, situated on Railroad Avenue and when the present station house was dedicated in 1915, it was moved to it's new home."

* brother William Northrop was in business with Jeliff as Jeliff and Northrop from about 1854 to about 1874. By 1880, and perhaps earlier, the business was known as Northrop Brothers.

Fire House, Station St :Southport, Connecticut July 1899

"The original Southport Fire House. Situated on Railroad Place [Station St] in a building belonging to F E Northrop." (Frederick Elmore Northrop was George E Northrop's nephew -- his brother William Fenn Northrop's son.

The Southport Fire Dept was formed in 1895 and started to use this building in 1896. In the fall of 1896 the NY NH & H Railroad donated a locomotive tire iron for use as a fire alarm. This is visible on the rooftop; the iron was struck with a heavy hammer. According to Southport Chronicle of 20 July 1899, "Clinton Hall took pictures of the Southport Fire Dept truck house Monday morning." From Fairfield Record 24 March 1898 in re the signs on the engine house of the Sthport Fire Dept: "The letters were sawed out of pine by Thomas Kelley & stand out an inch from the board to which they are nailed. Gold leaf was put on the letters by Rufus P Sherwood. Two smaller signs, 'Steamer' and 'Hook & Ladder' have been placed over the doors. These also were sawed out and gold leafed."

The bldg to the right is the Northrop Bros headquarters, builders.

Photo courtesy the Pequot Library collection Pequot Library Association




Northrop, George E. Union Infantry 8th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry

George E. Northrop (First_Last)
Regiment Name 8 Connecticut Infantry.
Side Union
Company A
Soldier's Rank_In
Soldier's Rank_Out
Alternate Name George E./Northrup
Film Number M535 roll 12

from national park service site


8th Regiment, Connecticut Infantry
Organized at Hartford September 21, 1861. Left State for Annapolis, Md., October 17. Attached to Parke's Tnird Brigade, Burnside's Expedltionary Corps, to April, 1862. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, Dept. of North Carolina, to July, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 9th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to April, 1863. 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 7th Army Corps, Department of Virginia, to July, 1863. 2nd Brigade, Getty's Division, United States forces, Portsmouth, Va., Dept. Virginia and North Carolina to January, 1864. Sub-District Albemarle, N.C., Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina, to April, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 18th Army Corps, Dept. of Virginia and North Carolina, to August, 1864. Provost Guard, 18th Army Corps to December, 1864. Provost Guard, 24th Army Corps, Dept. of Virginia to February, 1865. 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 24th Army Corps, to July, 1865. 2nd Provisional Brigade, 24th Army Corps, to August, 1865. Dept. of Virginia to December, 1865.

SERVICE.-Duty at Annapolis, Md., till January 6, 1862. Burnside's expedition to Hatteras Inlet and Roanoke Island, N.C., January 7-February 8, 1862. Battle of Roanoke Island February 8. At Roanoke Island till March 11. Moved to New Berne, N.C., March 11-13. Battle of Newberne March 14. Operations against Fort Macon March 23-April 26. Skirmish Fort Macon April 12. Capture of Fort Macon April 26. Duty at New Berne till July. Moved to Morehead City July 2, thence to Newport News, Va., July 3-5 and duty there till August 1. Moved to Fredericksburg, Va., August 1-5 and duty there till August 31. Moved to Brooks' Station, thence to Washington, D.C., August 31-September 3. Maryland Campaign September-October Frederick, Md., September 12. Turner's Gap, South Mountain, September 14. Battle of Antietam September 16-17. Duty in Pleasant Valley till October 27. Movement to Falmouth, Va., October 27-November 19. Battle of Fredericksburg, Va., December 12-15. Burnside's 2nd Campaign, "Mud March," January 20-24, 1863. Moved to Newport News February 6-9, thence to Suffolk March 13. Siege of Suffolk April 12-May 4. Fort Huger, April 19. Edenton Road April 24. Nansemond River May 3. Siege of Suffolk raised May 4. Dix's Peninsula Campaign June 24-July 7. Expedition from White House to South Anna River July 1-7. Moved to Portsmouth, Va., and duty there till March, 1864. Expedition to South Mills October 12-14, 1863. Outpost duty at Deep Creek March 13 to April 18, 1864. Moved to Yorktown April 18-21. Butler's operations on south side of the James and against Petersburg and Richmond May 4-28. Occupation of City Point and Bermuda Hundred May 5. Port Walthal Junction, Chester Station, May 7. Swift Creek, or Arrowfield Church, May 9-10. Operations against Fort Darling May 12-16. Battle of Drewry's Bluff May 14-16. On Bermuda Hundred front May 17-27. Moved to White House Landing, thence to Cold Harbor, May 27-June 1. Battles about Cold Harbor June 1-12. Assaults on Petersburg June 15-18. Siege operations against Petersburg and Richmond June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865. Mine explosion Petersburg, July 30, 1864 (Reserve). On Bermuda Hundred front August 25-September 27. Fort Harrison, New Market Heights , September 28-29. Chaffin's Farm, September 29-30. Duty in trenches before Richmond till April, 1865. Battle of Fair Oaks October 27-28, 1864. Occupation of Richmond April 3 and duty there and at Lynchburg, Va., till December. Mustered out December, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 8 Officers and 112 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 3 Officers and 141 Enlisted men by disease. Total 264.




George returned to Antietam in October 0f 1894 for the dedication of Connecticut monuments.


from "Souvenir of excursion to Antietam and dedication of monuments of the 8th, 11th, 14th and 16th regiments of Connecticut volunteers"

It was decided to have a joint excursion for the dedication, to start Monday, October 8, 1894.

The date set for starting from Jersey City was Monday, October 8th, at i o'clock p. m. The route over the Baltimore& Ohio Railroad was selected via Allentown, Reading, Harrisburg, Gettysburg, Pen Mar, Hagerstown to Sharpsburg, thence to Harper's Ferry, Washington, and return via Baltimore and Philadelphia.

After the dedication of each monument the photograph of it, and in most instances the survivors of the regiment present and grouped about it, was taken. W. H. Tipton, Esq., the noted battlefield photographer of Gettysburg, was present, and not only made views of the monuments but also took a number of the most important views of various localities on the battlefield. The cuts of the Fourteenth and Sixteenth's monuments used in this book were made from his views. Those of the Eighth and Eleventh are from
negatives taken by the publisher of this Souvenir, who was present with camera as special press correspondent.

The monuments of the Eighth, Eleventh and Sixteenth regiments are over a mile distant from, and on an entirely different part of the field from that of the Fourteenth, but are not far from each other. These three regiments were brigaded together in Burnside's corps. That of the Eighth is farthest in advance on the crest of the hill. Each one marks the most advanced position held by the regiment. Those of the Sixteenth and Eleventh are near together in the ten acre lot purchased by Colonel F. W. Cheney for the purpose, and which will probably be conveyed to the Antietam National Cetnetery Association as soon as its organization is completed and Congress makes the appropriations necessary to complete the work of the society.

As the most active service of the Eleventh was near Burnside Bridge, the regiment naturally desires to have a memorial near that place, as well as the monument already erected. A movement to provide such has been started, and a fund is being raised.


No re-union would be complete if this feature was omitted. In the evening, the Reformed Church, which had been offered for the service, was completely filled. Colonel J. W. Knowlton, of the Fourteenth, made an admirable presiding officer. Chaplain Dixon offered prayer. Short speeches were made by Captain H. R. Jones, Chaplain H. S. Stevens, Hon. Charles Lyman and Rev. P. V. Finch. Recitations by L. B. Everts, James M. Bacon and Norman L, Hope, with patriotic songs, made a programme of interest to all.


Capt. henry R. JONES.

Comrades and Friends :

We stand on hallowed ground. The story of this spot, written in blood in 1862, has passed into the history of the Republic, and each loyal commonwealth, whose sons here did battle for the Union, has a share in the gallant record. The survivors of four Connecticut regiments are here to-day to dedicate perpetual
memorials of their several organizations. On one pilgrimage, and with a common aim, they are come, and each brings a tribute of loving remembrance for the comrade who here won a victor's laurels and a victor's grave.

This hour, with its reminiscent story, belongs in a special manner to the Eight Connecticut Volunteers, and it is of them, for them, and to them that I shall briefly speak. In complying with the request to prepare an address for this occasion two difficulties have been encountered. First, there was a hesitation in withdrawing the service of my own regiment from that vast record of heroic deeds of which it forms a page, lest I might seem to be overmuch praising the survivors, for whom I speak. But there came to me these words of Dr. Bushnell's grand commemoration address : " It is the ammunition spent that gains the battle, not the ammunition brought off the field. These dead are the spent ammunition of the war, and theirs above all is the victory." The other difficulty was, that the mention of single deeds of valor, must necessarily be omitted ; where every man was a hero a choice of names seemed impossible, and where leader and rank and file together threw themselves into the breach, they should have a common eulogy in their common death.

When, in the dark days of the summer of 1861, President Lincoln issued the call for volunteers for three years, Connecticut promptly responded. Regiments were organized and sent to the front with all possible speed. The Fourth, Fifth and Sixth were soon filled, and volunteers for the Seventh came forward in such
numbers that the overplus — the New Hartford Company — formed the nucleus of the Eighth, and were ordered into camp in Hartford early in September. By the 15th the regiment was full, and the gallant Edward Harland, who won his spurs in the three months' service, commissioned as Colonel.

The regiment was well officered, and the rank and file represented the best blood and sinew of six counties. Hartford sent two officers and nine men ; Bridgeport one officer and eight men ; Norwich the officer and thirty-three men of Company D. The rest were country boys; Meriden, which sent a company under Captain Upham, and Norwalk, which sent a detachment under Captain Fowler, being then but thrifty villages. The regiment, as it left Hartford for Annapolis, October 17th, 1861, halting at Jamaica, L.
I., where it encamped two weeks, mustered over one thousand strong. Some were scholars ; some were farmers ; some were artisans or laborers— plain men who had never heard of Thermopyl^ or Sempach, but m whose breasts burned the fire of Leonidas at the pass ; of Winkelried, as he gathered to his bosom
the Austrian spears and " made way for liberty." The inspiration of an exalted patriotism made heroes of them all.

They were men that day who would stand alone
On the bridge Horatius kept;
They were men who would fight at Marathon,
Who would battle with Stark at Bennington.
When flashing from sabre and flint-lock gun,
The fires of freedom leapt.

Such was the heart and fibre of the men who embarked at Annapolis, November 6, to take part in that famous Burnside expedition. We can but briefly follow the stormy and tedious voyage, the
engagements at Roanoke Island and at Newbern, where the Eighth
were'among the first over the ramparts, and where two men of the
regiment were killed and four wounded.

At Fort Macon, worn with the long siege, with ranks depleted
by sickness, and forty dying of typhoid fever, the Eighth did most
arduous service. Ordered forward to pick off the rebel gunners,
eight men were killed and twenty wounded before the fort capitulated.
Colonel Harland was ill, Major Appleman wounded, and no
field officer of the regiment was present to receive the surrendered
flag, which trophy the Eighth had fairly won.

Tediously the early summer of 1862 wore away to the soldiers
encamped on the banks of the Neuse and at Newport News, with
fever making inroads on constitutions worn by a laborious siege.
August found them at Fredericksburg, near which city they were
for a month on picket duty.

But Washington was menaced, and August 31st saw the Eighth,
with the Ninth Army Corps, on line of march for the Capital, from
which city they moved September 8 to join McClellan's army in
pursuit of Lee, arriving at Frederick just in time to see Jackson's
cavalry driven out of its streets.

On the 14th was won the furious and bloody fight of South
Mountain, where the Eighth was under fire, but held in reserve,
with the bullets cutting the branches of the trees ov rhead.

At noon on the 15th of September the Ninth Corps took up
the march from South Mountain to Sharpsburg, and morning found
Harland's Brigade near Antietam Creek, where they remained all
day within range of the rebel batteries on the heights beyond. At
dark the brigade moved to position on the extreme Union left, and
lay all night in line of battle. The Union line stretched for four
miles along the Antietam, the enemy holding a position on the west
side of the stream, protecting Sharpsburg, the bridges and the
fords. General Burnside was in command of the Ninth Corps,
which formed the left wing, Brigadier-General Rodman, of the
Third Division, and Colonel Harland, of the Second Brigade ; the
Eighth, Eleventh and Sixteenth Connecticut, and the Fourth Rhode
Island. At sunrise a ball from a rebel battery crashed through the
Eighth, killing three men, and frightfully wounding four. The
Connecticut Brigade was early in the day advanced on the left to
support a battery near the creek, and came again under a sharp fire.

But how shall tongue recount the stubborn fighting all through-
out the day, the awful carnage all along the line, as four times the
field was lost and won ? How shall we picture the desperate con-
flicts in the cornfield and in the "bloody lane," or tell how Burn-
side held the hill, or the Eleventh stormed the bridge, or Harland's
Brigade forded the stream in the face of furious cannonading and
raking musket fire ?

At four o'clock Rodman's division was ordered forward. At
the command from Colonel Harland the Eighth on the brigade
right started, the Eleventh had not come up, the Sixteenth and the
Fourth Rhode Island were delayed by some confusion of orders, but
the Eighth, under Colonel Appleman, now on the extreme Union left,
charged steadily up the hill, and as they reached the crest the rebel
troops were but a few yards in front.

Halting and firing as they can, the Eighth pass on until alone
they gain the crest of the hill, with three batteries turned upon
them and a storm of shot and shell sweeping through the ranks.
The color guard falls ! Another siezes the standard, he too falls !
A third ! A fourth ! and with him the standard goes down. But
Private Charles H. Walker, of Company D, siezes the staff and
waves the riddled banner in the very face of the foe. The ofiicers
stand like targets. Colonel Appleman falls ! . Nine others are
wounded, staggering, dying. Men fall by scores, as thick and fast
pours the leaden hail. Major Ward rallies the thinning ranks, and
looks for re-inforcements. " We must fall back." And down the
hill, in stern, unwilling column, march a hundred men where four
times that number charged bravely up the slope. In the words of
Chaplain Morris :

" No regiment of the Ninth Corps has advanced so far, or held
out so long, or retired in formation so good. By their stubborn fight
they have saved many others from death or capture, and by their
orderly retreat they saved themselves."

And here, on this spot, marking the advanced position of the
regiment on that " bloodiest day that America ever saw," the Eighth
has chosen its monumental site. Is it not indeed hallowed ground,
its precincts baptised with the blood of one hundred and ninety-
four men of the regiment here killed or wounded? In no battle of
the war did Connecticut troops suffer so heavily. Harland's Brigade
loss was six hundred and eighteen in killed and wounded, one of
the heaviest brigade losses in the entire army. Here General Rod-
man fell, mortally wounded, in the charge which cost Connecticut
so dear.

Night closed the contest, but Oh ! the appalling scenes after
the battle, the agonies of the wounded and the dying, the unspeak-
ably mournful tasks of the surgeons and the survivors who all that
night and the next day buried their dead. Near the point where
they made their gallant charge, side by side, were laid the dead of
the Eighth, with rude pine headboards marking the graves.

Continuing on duty with the Army of the Potomac, it was not
until December that the Eighth saw fighting again, this time at
Fredericksburg. At Fort Huger, Walthall Junction, Drury's Bluff,
Cold Harbor, Fort Darling, Petersburg and Fort Harrison, the
Eighth was engaged with more or less loss.

At Drury's Bluff they were commended for special gallantry ;
at Fort Harrison the regiment suffered a loss of eight killed and
sixty-five wounded. On the 3rd of April, 1865, they were with the
advance of the Union army at Richmond. After the close of the
war the Eighth did military duty for several months at Lynchburg,
and was mustered out December 12th, 1865, after a service of four
years and two months, a longer time than was served by any Con-
necticut regiment, except the First Artillery and the Thirteenth

Meager as has been the foregoing outlme of a four years'
record of heroic sacrifice, it calls for an answer to the question :
*' For what cause did these men do battle ? " A candid look at the
question compels the answer : "They and all the loyal men who
fought from 1861 to 1865 were battling for Union and liberty
against disunion and treason." Those good people who counsel that
the issues of the late war should be spoken of only in whispers, who
say, apprehensively, *' the war is over, we are all brethren again,
don't mention the sectional differences of 1861," are demeaning the
services of every man who fought in the late war for the Union. If
the men who left home and all that was dear to peril life at their
country's call had no high motive, no inspiration that is worth the
mention, where was the heroism ? Take away the righteousness of
a cause, and war is but stupendous butchery.

I tell you, comrades, in such a place as this we must speak of
the issues at stake in that dreadful war, or our hearts would burst
as we contemplate the fearful cost at which this Union was saved,
the Union for which these our brothers fought and bled and starved
and died. The Union threatened with dismemberment, assailed by
those who had sworn to support and defend it ! The Union, not
only of Lincoln and the Republic of t86i, but the Union of Wash-
ington and the men who fought in 1776, and cemented their rights
of government in a ratification of the constitution of 1787. Wash-
ington himself, who presided over the convention which framed
our national constitution, said : "In all our deliberations we kept
steadily in view that which appears to us the greatest interest of
every true American — the consolidation of our Union — in which is
involved our prosperity, felicity, safety, and, perhaps, our national
existence." The Union, complete and indissoluble, was the first
great principle of Washington's policy. In that immortal address
at the close of his Presidential service, the father of his country
summed up his farewell to his countrymen in these words :

" It is of infinite moment that you should properly estimate the
immense value of your National Union to your collective and in-



dividual happiness ; that you should cherish a cordial, habitual,
immovable attachment to it ; accustoming yourselves to think and
speak of it as the palladium of our political safety and prosperity ;
watching for its preservation with jealous anxiety ; discount-
nancing whatever may suggest even a suspicion that it can, in any
event, be abandoned ; and indignantly frowning upon the first
dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country
from the rest, or to enfeeble the sacred ties which now link to-
gether the various parts."

Shade of Washington, son of Virginia, noblest type of Southern
chivalry ! Didst thou forsee that it would be a Virginian, one
allied to thine own house, one nurtured and educated by the nation,
who would turn traitor to his oath of fealty, and lead an army to
destroy the structure thou didst rear, and dying, bequeath to this
Republic ?

The Union, the legacy of Washington and the fathers to suc-
ceeding generations, the Union which had stood before the world
for seventy years as the home of peace, of prosperity, of constitu-
tional liberty ; whose emblem, the stars and stripes, was hailed as
the banner of the free in every clime ; it was to preserve this from
dismemberment, to snatch its banner from disgrace at home and
from obloquy among the nations, it was for this that two millions
of loyal men periled life in that four years' struggle, it was for this
that blood ran as rivers on this ghastly field in 1862.

And, thank God ! the Union was preserved. To-day it stands,
forty four stars studding its blue ensign, seventy millions of people
within its borders, with a prosperity and a future opening before it
such as the world has never seen.

Standing on the verge of the twentieth century, we look back
thirty-two years, and say of those who fell here, and on every
bloody field of that long conflict, " Theirs v/as a glorious death,
and for a glorious cause, and its meaning grows more luminous



with the lapse of years. We were too near them to fully under-
stand. They who fell never knew that Time, the great transmuter,
would make heroes of them all. We saw their imperfections, we
knew them as 7nen, future generations will know them as martyrs
whose blood was the seed of a reunited nation.

" So take them, Heroes of the songful Past !
Open your ranks, let every shining troop
Its phantom banners droop,
To hail Earth's noblest martyrs and her last.
Take them, O Fatherland,
Who dying, conquered in thy name :
And, with a grateful hand.
Inscribe their deeds who took away thy blame.
Give, for their grandest all, thine insufficient fame !
Take them, O God, our brave.
The glad fulfillers of Thy dread decree ;
Who grasped the sword for Peace, and smote to save.
And dying here for Freedom, died for Thee."

And now, comrades in arms, tried friends in peace, we who
came from this field in our young manhood, scathed, it may be,
proud to carry through life an empty sleeve, a shattered breast, a
halting step, an aching wound as our offering, where the supreme
sacrifice was not required ; we who, on other fields, carried the
musket or unsheathed the sword ; we who languished in prison pen
or noxious swamp ; now, a handful, representing the two hundred
survivors of the two thousand men who fought under the banner of
the Eighth, we have come again. All things are changed ; these
hills give back no echo of the battle's din ; no rushing charge
tramples the grassy fields ; no gory tide flows down the quiet
stream. The graves are leveled, their rough headboards gone.

In yonder cemetery, watched by a nation's care, sleep those of
our comrades who were left upon the field. Along the Carolina

coast and on Virginian hills lie many more, while mouldering with
kindred dust in the cemeteries of our own state, or in lonely graves
'' by mount and stream and sea" the scattered remnant rest. For
some the hand of affection has raised a memorial stone, and the
names of many are graven on the soldier's monuments in the old
home towns. Some lie in nameless graves, and of some the only
record is the sad word "missing."

But here is a monument for all. The State of Connecticut
commissions us to-day to dedicate to the memory of every soldier
of her Eighth Volunteer Infantry this monument, that henceforth
none who served in that organization shall fail of a fitting me-
morial. Here, cut in enduring granite, is their record of valor ;
here the knapsack and the bayonet, symbols of the march and the
intrepid charge.

O, comrades ! who, weary with the march and the onset, have
heard the tattoo call, drawn the curtains of your tents and fallen
asleep — to you, we who remain, in the name of our grateful com-
monwealth, dedicate this perpetual memorial. Be it ours to tend it,
and ours to accept the legacy which you have left us — devotion
until death, to a Union saved and reunited.


List of Participants

Edwin Andrews, Deep River.
P. W. Ambler and wife, Danbury.
A, Allen, Thomaston.
Charles Avery, Hartford.
Clarence E, Atkins, MIiddletown.
F. M. Alford, Avon.
Horace M. Andrews, Hartford.
William H. Allen, Avon.
J. W. Anderson and wife, Springfield, Mass.
H. M. Adams and wife, Canaan.
Edward A. Atwater, wife and daughter, Cheshire.
J. H. Bilson, South Manchester.
H. C. Baldwin and wife. Beacon Falls.
G. H. Blakeslee, Bristol.
Henry Bristol, Westville.
Major J. C. Broatch and wife. Middletown.
J. D. Beecher, Bristol.
J. N. Brown, New Hartford.
Henry Bullard, Middletown.
A. E. Bartram, Bridgeport.
Mrs. Wm. H. Bevin, East Hampton.
Robert W. Burke, Middletown.
Oliver T. Bishop, Avon.
C. F. Brown Springfield, Mass.
Mrs. F. M. Barber, Glastonbury,
John J. Brown, Riverhead.
Geo. N, Brigham and wife, Rockville.
Mrs, Emily \V. Brown, Manchester Green.
R. J, Barber and wife, Rockville.
Mrs. A. T. Bradley, Hartford,
Mrs. C. H. Beaton, New Britain,
H, C. Baldwin, Beaver Falls.
Henry E. Bradley, Hartford.
George F. Buxton, Norwalk.
C. H. Bradford, New Haven,
Frank Bragg, Hartford.
Harry G. Bragg, Hartford.
James M, Bacon, Groton,
O. W. Bradley, Meriden.
Mrs. Wm. H. Brown, E. Hampton.
Charles E. Baker, West Stafford.
Edwin L. Barnum, Danbury.
Joseph Bishop, New Haven.
Miss M. Brennan, Montville,
Joseph A. Close, Stamford.
Col. F. W, Cheney and wife. South Manchester.
John E. Case, Avon,
J. C. Calvert, New London.
Mrs. Lucy W. Clark, Middletown.
W, A, Coley, South Norwalk.
T. W. Charter and wife, E. Haddam.
W. H. Clark and wife. New Haven.
John S. Cheney, So, Manchester,
Seth L, Cheney, So, Manchester,
F, A, Cummings, Hartford.
Alice T. Cummings, Hartford.
Charles H. Case, Hartford,
S, A, Cooper, Colebrook.
C. H. Culver and wife, Ashwillett,
Gen, John B. Clapp, Hartford,
Fred A. Crane, Bristol,
George Crippen, Stonington.
James Curley, Franklin, Mass.
John B. Cone, Haitford.
Abe Cope, Thompsonville.
George S. Collins, Hartford.
C. G. Cummings, Spring Hill.
Harlon Draper, Mystic.
L. Swift and wife. Mystic.
H. B. Cook, Bristol.
A. R. Crittendon, Middletown.
E. J. Couch, Ridgefield.
S. G. Clary and wife, New Britain.
H. Cady and wife, Worcester, Mass.
L. G. Clark, Hartford.
Wm. Copp, Groton.
C. L. Crane, Manchester.
Miss Cora M. Crane, Manchester.
Geo. A. Dennison and wife, Hartford.
Miss M. J. Dart, Hartford.
Seth Durfee, Rockville.
Mrs. T. M. Durfee, Middletown.
Mrs. Emily A. Dugan, Agawam, Mass.
Wm. Dugan, Agawam, Mass.
E. Dart, Rockville.
L. A. Dickinson, Hartford.
E. E. Dunbar, Derby.
Miss Ella Dunbar, Derby.
J. H. Emerson, Thompsonville.
L. B. Evarts, New London.
Mrs. M. J. Eastman, Hartford.
James W. Eldredge, Hartford.
Andrew Flood, East Hampton.
Fred L. Flood, Stamford.
A. H. Funk, Bristol.
Chaplain P. V. Finch, Greenfield.
Thomas W. Gardner, New London.
Wm. W. Gowdy and wife, Springfield, Mass.
O. M. Gilman, Burnside.
S. H. Goodrich, East Hartford.
C. H. Gaylord, Kent.
Mrs. Ida C. Gadsby, Hartford.
Mrs. L. J. Gilbert, New Britain.
Captain H. B. Goddard, Baltimore, Md.
C. Gray, New York, N. Y.
G. S. Goodrich, Middlefield.
Waterman Griggs, Chaplin.
Ira L. Gardner and wife, Middletown.
James Goodwill, Bristol.
Frederick Gallup and wife, Groton.
John Grinnill and daughter, Hartford.
S. B. Home, Winsted.
Miss Belle Home, Winsted.
Charles H. Hills, Hartford.
P. H. Heroy and W. W. Heroy, New York, N. Y.
M. W. Hatch, New Haven.
George Hotchkiss, New Hartford.
Thomas J. Hubbard, Torrington.
F. W. Hopper and wife. West Haven.
Henry A. Hull, New Brunswick, N, J.
H. C. Holmes, Middletown.
M. T. Hollister, Noroton.
W. Huntington, Hartford.
A. Park Hammond and wife, Rockville.
E. L. Heath and wife, Rockville.
Norman L. Hope, Hartford.
Miss Bessie M. Hope, Hartford.
Mrs. A. C. Hills, Hartford.
Miss Alice M. Hills, Hartford.
Miss Mary G. Huntington, Hartford.
J. C. Hills, Harttord.
B. Hotchkiss, Cheshire.
G. A. Huntington and wife, Mansfield Depot.
John C. Ives, Meriden.
John IngHs, Middletown.
Miss Jennie Inglis, Middletown.
Dr. L. Jewett and wife, Cobalt.
Arthur Jewett, Cobalt.
Horace K. Jones and wife, Hartford.
W. B. Johnson, Seymour.
Henry R. Jones, New Hartford.
Howard K. James, New York, N. Y.
William B. Jones, Portland, Me.
Mrs. O. H. Jones, Hartford.
Colonel J. W. Knowlton, Bridgeport.
S. C. Kingman, Washington.
O. P. Keith, Brooklyn, N. Y.
George W. Keith, Sonth Manchester.
Wm. H. Loomis and wife, Rockville.
O. J. Logan, Washington Depot.
Wm. H. Lockwood and wife, Hartford.
George E. Lover, Greenfield Hill.
Patrick Lennox, Ridgefield.
W. H. Lamphere, Mystic.
J. S. Lane and wife, Meriden.
Mrs. J. Leroy, New York, N. Y.
J. W. Langdon, Hartford.
Mrs. G. P. Lines, New Haven.
G. C. Morris, Sag Harbor.
Henry Merriman, Norwich.
Dr. Nathan Mayer, Hartford.
Stephen Mahlin, wife and daughter, Hartford.
John McPherson, Rockville.
Jeff. D. Miller, Hartford.
John McCready, Thompsonville.
Frank B. Maine, Springfield, Mass.
Samuel J. Nettleton, Washington De pot.
Clarence B. Nettleton, Washington Depot.
S. T. Noble and wife. Rockville.
W. H. Nelson, Waterbury.
D. Ward Northrop, Middletown.
F. B. Norton, Bristol.
George E. Northrop, Southport.
George Norton, New Haven.
George P. North, Thomaston.
B. B. Owen, East Hampton.
E. H. Preston and wife, Rockville.
D. W. C. Pond, Hartford.
Julian Pomeroy, Springfield, Mass.
Henry L. Porter.
H. A. Peck, Bristol.
F. C. Palmer and wife, Montville.
B. A. Peck, Naugatuck.
Miss N. Peck, Naugatuck.
Charles A. Pelton, Middletown.
H. N. Parker, Deep River.
Henry A. Page.
Mrs. Emily J. Prior.
Capt. C. Quien and wife, Danbury.
Miss Lena Quien, Danbury.
T. B. Robinson, Bristol.
S. W. Rubinson, Buffalo, N. Y.
W. H. Robinson, Manchester Green.
Palmer A. Richards, Chaplin.
T. F. Rose, Ivoryton.
Ralph R. Reed, South Windsor.
Mrs. Fred Richards, Hartford.
Jos. Stafford, Rockville.
John H. Sullivan, Worcester, Mass.
B. M. Sears, Spring Hill.
T. C. Swan, Hartford.
T. P. Strong, Durham.
H. E. Savage, East Berlin.
John Simpson, New Haven.
Charles S. Spalding, Cheshire.
Leonard Smith, Mansfield.
J. A. Spencer, wife and daughter, Waterbury.
James F. Simpson and wife, Waterbury.
J. E. Starnard, Springfield, Mass.
H. B. Smith, New London.
D. A. Spear, Hartford.
F. Adelaide Sackett, Hartford.
Chas. Smith, So. Norwalk.
G. A. Spencer, E. Windsor.
Hubert Teare, Bethel.
Dr. Chas. Tomlinson. Hartford.
D. Wallace Tracey, Hartford.
W. L. Thomas, New Haven.
Charles L. Upham, Meriden.
Rev. Henry Upson, New Preston.
Harrison Woodford and wife, Avon.
F. W. White, Hartford.
George Q. Whitney and wife, Hartford.
A. S. Warner, Wethersfield.
Frederick K. Waldo, So. Manchester.
E. H. Williams, Hartford.
Wallace Williams, Providence, R. L
Jared Warner, Westville.
J. B. Whalen, Hartford.
A. A. Walker, Norwich.
George R. Warner, Hartford.
George R. Wilson, Thompsonville.
Edward Ward, Falls Village.
T. B. Williams, Meriden.
John A. Waterman, Ivoryton.
S. L. Williams, Ivoryton.
T. T. Wilsdon, Bristol.
Geo, S. Wilcox and wife, Yalesville.
F. E. Weed, New Canaan.
F. W. White, Hartford.
John D. Worthington, Hartford.
Rev. Walter J. Yates, New London.
Hiram Buckingham.
Eugene Hart, Hampton, Va.
Charles Lyman, Washington, D. C.
Henry P. Goddard, Baltimore, N. Y.
George B. Rose.
Robert H. Kellogg.
Mrs. S. M. Spafford, Washington, D. C.
Miss Spafford, Washington, D. C.
F. B. Hawley, Bridgeport.
Charles G. Blatchley and wife, Philadelphia, Pa.
H. S. Stevens, Washington, D. C.

Harlow Chapin was born in 1842 at Granby, Conn. He at-   tended the public schools and academy. When the war broke out   he was learning the carriage maker's business. At the firing on   Sumpter, he, with nine others, formed a company of home guards.   In August, 1861, he enlisted in Company C of the Eighth Connecticut Volunteers, being unable before then to obtain consent of his   parents. He followed the fortunes of the regiment on the Burnside  expedition to North Carolina, with Pope in the Army of the Potomac, and on the march in pursuit of Lee in his raid into Maryland.   At the battle of Antietam fifty-five men answered the roll-call one morning, but only nine responded the next morning. The rest were dead, wounded or prisoners. Sickness, exposure brought to him   a surgical operation and the hospital. Somewhat recovered, he received appointment as hospital steward, and served both at New Haven, Conn., and in the department of the South. He was mustered out in 1866.     

Dedication of Monuments
OF THE 8th, 9th, 14th and 16th
Regiments of Connecticut Volunteers.
OCTOBER. 1894.


O God, our Heavenly Father, creator of heaven and earth, we  thank Thee for this nation, for our independence which was secured  by the toils, sacrifices, sufferings, and blood of our revolutionary fathers. We thank Thee for its wonderful and unparalleled history,  for its signal prosperity, in the past, so that it rose to a proud eminence amongst the nations of the earth. We thank Thee that when  smitten by the mad hand of rebellion, the glorious old flag, the stars  and stripes of our Union was fired upon by the men who had been  protected beneath its folds, and shared in its benefits and blessings.  We thank Thee that when the war was proclaimed, there was social  and political virtue enough to save the nation. There were noble  men whose hearts glowed and burned with patriotic fire. Who left friends and home and went to the field of carnage and death, followed by the prayers, the tears and benedictions of loving hearts.  Men that were worthy of the noble cause of liberty for which they  fought.

We thank Thee for this day's privileges of visiting the historic battlefield of Antietam, and dedicating four monuments to perpetuate the names and deeds of the heroes dead and living. We thank  Thee for the striking and pleasant contrast between to-day and  thirty-two years ago. We thank Thee that a remnant of the  mighty host that were here then are permitted to meet once more  together. We pray that if it be Thy will they may be spared for  many years to come, that when they come to meet the last enemy,  they may be able to send up the shout of triumph, " I have fought  a good fight, finished my course, kept the faith, henceforth there  is laid up for me a crown of life, which the Lord, the righteous  judge, shall give unto me at that day. To God be all the glory."  Amen.  

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References to 8th Connecticut Volunteer

Monument Text:
8th CONN.
2d Brig.
3d Div.
9th Corps.
Advanced position
8th Conn. V.I.
No. Engaged - 400
Killed and Wounded - 194

Killed in action,    72   Died of disease,            132
Died of wounds,      40   Disch. prior to muster out, 610
Total,    854

Rather ironic that one of the enlisted men who lost his life was named Elmore -- the same as George's middle name.

With the first of September came the evacuation of Fredericksburg by the Union troops, which were ordered to Washington, where the Eighth arrived on the 3d. The regiment rested in bivouac on Capitol Hill until the 8th, when commenced the march which led to the battle of Antietam (September 17th), by which brought to the Eighth a severer loss than was occasioned by any other action during the war. Its total loss in that engagement was one hundred and ninety-four killed, wounded, and missing. Its death roll included Lieutenant Marvin Wait of Norwich, son of Connecticut's honored citizen, John T. Wait. Enlisting as a private soldier when but eighteen, the story of his heroic fortitude amid the carnage of battle will be preserved upon Connecticut's historic page along with that of Nathan Hale, the youthful martyr spy. Though severly wounded in his right arm, Lieutenant Wait refused to go to the rear, and seizing his sword with his left hand, encouraged his men to press on, until he fell riddled by bullets.

Of the officers wounded at Antietam were Lieutenant-Colonel Appelman, Captain McCall, 1st Lieutenants Henry F. Morgan and Russell, Lieutenant Eaton, Captains Ripley, Main, Jones, and Nelson Bronson. Conspicous among the enlisted men killed were the brave and broad-shouldered Whiting Wilcoox, George H. Marsh (killed by a cannon ball early in the day), George F. Booth, Harvey E. Elmore, David Lake, Oscar W. Hewitt, Robert Ferris, Elijah White, and Charles E. and William G. Lewis. - most if not all of these last named the color-guard, who fell in the line of battle, while defending their trust.



1907 letter to Mama Northrop from Josephines Downes Redding Ridge might be from Charlotte Josephine when she was ~ 13. She mentions a Miss Sanford. a school or sanitarium? She mentions getting better and gaining weight.
. Eva Mae Jennings (Edwin Burr Jennings8, Edward Burr Jennings7, Peter Burr Jennings6, Joshua Jennings5, Joshua Jennings4, Joshua Jennings3, Joshua Jennings2, John Jennings1) was born 18 Nov 1869 in Greens Farms Westport Fairfield Connecticut. She married Alexis L. Downes 23 Apr 1890.

Child of Eva Mae Jennings and Alexis L. Downes(Director and Superintendent of the Westport & Saugatuck Horse Railroad, son of Elija Downes of Westport) is:

  2   i.

Charlotte Josephine Downes was born 31 Jul 1894 in Greens Farms Westport Fairfield Connecticut. She married LIVING.

Perhaps the letter and cards "Anna Josephine"letter are from this young woman.

Julia Holme Holms or Holmes writes from Warwick NY sister to Mrs. Margaret (George E.) Northrop on his death 1906. Julia was Margaret's younger sister. b~ 1859 13 years younger than margaret - both born westport.
1906 patterson, ny Abbie to mrs george e
"cousin Maggie" Maria is in pokeepsie at eastmans business college. Paul is still at home. Florence is so tall






the name winthrop have not found any in the family -- perhaps it comes from someone who served with George E. in the civil war.


here is a possibility

Winthrop, Theodore (1828-1861) New Haven
Seventh New York Militia, Company I       1978 September 24
1 Item

Photocopy of Section B, Page 5, of the New Haven Register, which contains six articles (vignettes and photographs) about Winthrop collected by Bernard Heinz. Winthrop was mustered-in on 26 April 1861 and was mustered-out on 3 June 1861. He was appointed Major and Aide-de-Camp to General Benjamin Butler in June 1861 and was killed 10 June 1861 at Big Bethel, VA. Winthrop wrote the account "March to Washington" for the June 1861 edition of Atlantic Monthly. Winthrop was a writer of some renown and much promise. Some claim that Winthrop was the first Union officer killed in battle in the Civil War though it is unclear whether Winthrop’s rank of Major was anything other than a courtesy title. Winthrop is buried in the Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven.
Location: MS 82809


This home on Pequot Avenue, Southport, Connecticut is a recently restored example of the Northrop Brothers fine carpentry and building in the Southport-Greeens Farms area.


Image Courtesy of David Parker Associates