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Key:1.“+” preceding a child’s name indicates the child has their own paragraph in the next generation.
 2.“born xxxx” indicates the child is under 18 years of age and the birth date is known but withheld.
This family history features Ellen O. Boyens and 31 of her descendants down to the fourth generation.


First Generation
1. Ellen O. Boyens,1 born December 1839 in Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts, the daughter of Daniel Boyens and Mary Ann Frissell;1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 died 1936.1, 2 Ellen married, first, ca. 1855, _____ Chapman9 (born ____, parents not determined). Ellen married, second, ca. 1866, John H. Tefft4 (born November 1844 in Jewett City, New London County, Connecticut, the son of Stephen Tefft and Rebecca _____;4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 John died 2 June 1916 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut10, 14). Ellen married, third, ca. 1888, Ezra S. Bennett6, 7 (born May 1854 in Connecticut, parents not determined;1, 6, 7, 8, 9 Ezra died 19321, 15). Ellen is buried in Carey Cemetery, Canterbury, Windham County, Connecticut.1, 2 John is buried in Maplewood Cemetery, Norwich, New London County, Connecticut.10 Ezra is buried in Carey Cemetery, Canterbury, Windham County, Connecticut.15

John served in the Civil War. He is listed as John H. Tifft, of Norwich, and mustered on 4 August 1862 in Company A, 18th Regiment, Connecticut Volunteers. He mustered out on 27 June 1865 at Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia.16

His obituary published on 5 June 1916 provides a brief summary of his life:14


Obituary.

John H. Tefft.

The death of John H. Tefft occurred Friday morning at his home on West Town street, Norwich, after a weeks illness with bronchial pneumonia. He was the last of a family of 12 brothers and sisters and was born in Jewett City 72 years ago, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Tefft. The larger part of his life was passed in Jewett City, where he was a successful farmer.

There are two daughters and a son by his first marriage, Mrs. Annie Chapman of Norwich, Mrs. Luella Senay of New London and Elmer Tefft of Montville. His marriage with Janet Groves of Jewett City took place in 1888. Six years ago they moved to Norwich Town and became members of the First Methodist church.

He leaves a widow and a daughter, Miss Gertrude Tefft, by the second marriage.


An account of John’s funeral was published on 6 June:17


Funeral.

John H. Tefft.

There was a large attendance Monday afternoon at the funeral of John H. Tefft, held at 2 o’clock from his home on West Town street. Rev. E. P. Phreaner, pastor of the First Methodist church, was in charge of the service. The comforting words of our God shall never pass away, he said. I think I can hear our friend say as an old sildier [sic], I have fought the good fight, I have kept the faith. Happy the one who can say I have won. This battle of life has its suffering side. God has added the bitter with the sweet. We are made holier by the trying, testing times. Even more than a soldier of his country he was a soldier of the Lord. His clear and true witness accorded with his life. He has finished his course and has won in the last fight through the Captain of his salvation. He has answered the last roll call and is in the ranks of those before the throne. In closing was read “Father, in Thy gracious keeping leave we now Thy loved one sleeping.”

The Hymns Lead, Kindly Light, and There’s a Holy and Beautiful City were sung by Miss Hazel Miller. The choice of flowers included from the family three beautiful forms; clusters of carnations and roses, lilies, purple and write [sic] iris, and pansies from relatives and friends. Members of the G. A. R. were in attendance and acted as bearers. Mr. Tefft served in the Civil war from 1861 to 1865, a member of the 18th Conn. Regiment.

Burial was in the family lot in Maplewood cemetery, where a committal service was read at the grave. The bearers were Henry Hovey, F C. Geer, H. L. Muzzy and James McKee. Those present from out of town were Mrs. Luella Tefft of New London, Mrs. Annie Chapman of Norwich, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Tefft and Mr. and Mrs. Louis Tefft of Montville, David Groves of New Bedford, Mass., Mr. and Mrs. McLaughlin, Mrs. Sharkey and George Blake, all of Jewett City, Mrs. Hutchinson from Meriden.

Funeral Director C. A. Gager, jr., was in charge of arrangements.

Besides his wife and four children, Mr. Tefft leaves five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.



+2i. Elizabeth A. ‘Lizzie’ Chapman, born March 1862 in New Jersey; died 1948. Married Frank L. Weaver.
+3i. Elmer James Tefft, Sr., born 12 April 1867 in Canterbury, Windham County, Connecticut; died 27 April 1935 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut. Married Jessie Louise McClure.
+4ii. Annie D. Tefft, born August 1868 in Connecticut; died 10 December 1957 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut. Partnered with (1) (unidentified) Married (2) Horace C. Chapman.
 5iii. Orion L. Tefft, born ca. 1870;5, 18 died 16 March 1885.18, 19 Orion is buried in Carey Cemetery, Canterbury, Windham County, Connecticut.18
+6iv. Luella Mabel Tefft, born 15 September 1873 in Canterbury, Windham County, Connecticut; died 12 August 1960 in New London, New London County, Connecticut. Married Charles Timothy Senay.
 7v. Nellie M. Tefft, born June 1879;5 died before 1900.19

  1. Windham County, Connecticut, Cemetery Records, Volume 1. Available at Ancestry.com.
  2. Headstone, Carey Cemetery, Canterbury, Connecticut, Ellen O. Boyens His Wife 1839-1936
  3. U.S. Federal Census, 1850, Connecticut, Windham County, Killingly, family of Daniel Boyns.
  4. U.S. Federal Census, 1870, Connecticut, Windham County, Canterbury, Page No. 39.
  5. U.S. Federal Census, 1880, Connecticut, Windham County, Town of Scotland, Enumeration District 146, Page 5.
  6. U.S. Federal Census, 1900, Connecticut, New London County, Norwich, Enumeration District 474, Sheet 28A, Ezra S. and Ellen O. Bennett. Their ages and birth years conflict with several other records and are probably inaccurate here.
  7. U.S. Federal Census, 1910, Connecticut, New London County, Norwich, Enumeration District 541, Sheet 5A, Ezra S. and Ellen O. Bennett. Their ages conflict with several other records and are probably inaccurate here.
  8. U.S. Federal Census, 1920, Connecticut, New London County, Norwich, Enumeration District 289, Sheet 5B, Ezra S. and Ellen O. Bennett. Their ages conflict with several other records and are probably inaccurate here.
  9. U.S. Federal Census, 1930, Connecticut, New London County, Norwich, Enumeration District 6-53, Sheet 12B, Ezra S. and Ellen O. Bennett. Their ages conflict with several other records and are probably inaccurate here. This census shows that Ellen was 16 at first marriage.
  10. Find a Grave (website). Maplewood Cemetery, Norwich, New London County, Connecticut, John H. Tifft, born: 1844; died: 1916 [from record, which indicates there is a Civil War marker, and that the information came the Hale Collection of Cemetery Inscriptions, recorded 11 December 1934 by H. C. Lester, Maplewood Cemetery, p 1.].
  11. U.S. Federal Census, 1850, Connecticut, New London County, Town of Griswold, family of Stephen Tift (57, Connecticut, carpenter); Rebecca Tift (43, Connecticut); John L. Tift (6, Connecticut); George C. Tift (5, Connecticut); Neland P. Tift (11/12, Connecticut).
  12. U.S. Federal Census, 1900, Connecticut, New London County, Griswold Town, Jewett City Borough, Enumeration District 448, Sheet 6B.
  13. U.S. Federal Census, 1910, Connecticut, New London County, Norwich, Enumeration District 526, Sheet 4A
  14. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, John H. Tefft, 5 January 1916.
  15. Headstone, Carey Cemetery, Canterbury, Connecticut, Ezra S. Bennett 1854-1932
  16. History of the Eighteenth Regiment Conn. Volunteers in the War for the Union, by Chaplain Wm. C. Walker. Norwich, Conn.: Published by the Committee, 1885 (available at archive.org).
  17. Funeral Notice, Norwich Bulletin, Norwich, Connecticut, 6 June 1916, John H. Tefft funeral.
  18. Find a Grave (website). Carey Cemetery, Canterbury, Windham County, Connecticut, Orion L. Tift [sic], died 16 March 1885, age 15 years [from record].
  19. U.S. Federal Census, 1900, Connecticut, New London County, Norwich, Enumeration District 474, Sheet 28A, Ezra S. and Ellen O. Bennett. This census record indicates that Ellen had six children, of which four were living. It is believed that Ellen’s son Orion and daughter Nellie were the two who were no longer living by 1900; her other four children are mentioned in various records as late as 1935.
Second Generation
2. Elizabeth A. ‘Lizzie’ Chapman2 (Ellen1), born March 1862 in New Jersey;1, 2, 3 died 1948.1 Lizzie married, ca. 1881, Frank L. Weaver3 (born July 1852, parents not determined;1, 3 Frank died 19041, 4). Lizzie and Frank are buried in New Scotland Cemetery (South), Scotland, Windham County, Connecticut.1

+8i. Florence D. Weaver, born 21 April 1887 in Scotland, Windham County, Connecticut; died 2 March 1952 in Waterford, New London County, Connecticut. Married Frank E. Fitch.
+9ii. Edna M. Weaver, born August 1889 in Connecticut; died 29 January 1968 in Waterford, New London County, Connecticut. Married Alphonse Louis ‘Alfred’ Barberet.

3. Elmer James Tefft, Sr.2 (Ellen1), born 12 April 1867 in Canterbury, Windham County, Connecticut;2, 5, 6, 7 died 27 April 1935 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut.7, 8 Elmer married, 19 July 1887 in Griswold, New London County, Connecticut, Jessie Louise McClure6, 7 (born August 1866 in Scotland, Windham County, Connecticut, the daughter of Robert McClure and Janet _____;6, 9, 10 Jessie died 28 November 1950 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut11). Elmer is buried in Carey Cemetery, Canterbury, Windham County, Connecticut.7

Elmer served as selectman of Montville for four years. He was a charter member and past grand of Thames lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and a member of the Montville Center, Congregational Church. In politics his preference was the Republican party. Elmer possessed a quiet disposition, was a pleasing conversationalist, and was well liked and respected by all with whom he came in contact.7


+10i. Elmer James Tefft, Jr., born 2 July 1888 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut; died 29 April 1960 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut. Married Mary Adeline Strickland.
+11ii. Luther Clinton Tefft, born 28 August 1891 in Griswold, New London County, Connecticut; died 28 July 1949 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut. Married Mabel LaFlamme.
+12iii. Robert A. Tefft, born 30 August 1894 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut; died 22 January 1982 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut. Married Ethel C. Firth.

4. Annie D. Tefft2 (Ellen1), born August 1868 in Connecticut;2, 5, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 died 10 December 1957 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut.17 Annie partnered with, first, (unidentified) (born ____, parents not determined). Annie married, second, ca. 1895, Horace C. Chapman12 (born April 1870 in North Stonington, New London County, Connecticut, the son of George T. Chapman and Sophia A. Main;12, 18 Horace died 14 January 1908 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut18).

Horace worked a good part of his life as a clerk in Norwich. He was employed by J. C. Worth, Harwood, Bishop, and Bidwell, and Robert W. Otis. For some time he was a motorman on the trolley road. He was capable and proved trustworthy in every position he filled. He was of good habits and possessed a jovial and kind disposition and had many warm friends. Horace was married twice, and is survived by his second wife and two step children, his father, a brother, Stiles Chapman, who is employed in Taftville, and a sister, Mrs. Isaac Main of North Stonington.18


+13i. Myrtle E. Chapman (born _____), born April 1888 in Connecticut; died 7 January 1969 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut. Married Jeremiah H. Brown.
+14ii. Chester Arthur Chapman (born _____), born 13 August 1891 in Griswold, New London County, Connecticut; died 25 March 1958 in Rocky Hill, Hartford County, Connecticut. Married Ella F. Corey.

6. Luella Mabel Tefft2 (Ellen1), born 15 September 1873 in Canterbury, Windham County, Connecticut;2, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 died 12 August 1960 in New London, New London County, Connecticut.23 Luella married, ca. 1892, Charles Timothy Senay (born February 1871, the son of Timothy Senay and Emily _____24, 25). Their marriage ended in divorce before 1900.25 Luella is buried in Carey Cemetery, Canterbury, Windham County, Connecticut.23

+15i. Charles Timothy Senay, Jr., born 5 February 1892 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut; died 2 August 1969 in Newington, Hartford County, Connecticut. Married Ellen Brent Pearson Myatt.

  1. Find a Grave (website). New Scotland Cemetery (South), Scotland, Windham County, Connecticut, Frank L. and Lizzie A. Chapman Weaver: Frank L. Weaver / 1852-1904 / Lizzie A. Chapman / His Wife / 1862-1948 [from grave marker].
  2. U.S. Federal Census, 1880, Connecticut, Windham County, Town of Scotland, Enumeration District 146, Page 5.
  3. U.S. Federal Census, 1900, Connecticut, Windham County, Enumeration District 512, Sheet 2A.
  4. U.S. Federal Census, 1910, Connecticut, Windham County, Enumeration District 586, Sheet 1B. The census entry shows Lizzie Weaver as a widow.
  5. U.S. Federal Census, 1870, Connecticut, Windham County, Canterbury, Page No. 39.
  6. U.S. Federal Census, 1900, Connecticut, New London County, Montville, Enumeration District 456, Sheet No. 22B, family of Elma J. Teft [sic, Elmer J. Tefft] (34, Connecticut, April 1866, farm laborer); wife of 13 years Jessie L Teft (33, Scotland, Aug 1866, 3 children, 3 living); son Elma J. Teft (11, Connecticut, July 1888); son Luther Teft (9, Connecticut, Aug 1890); son Robert A. Teft (6, Connecticut, Aug 1893).
  7. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Elmer J. Tefft, 29 April 1935.
  8. Index to marriage, death, and land records, Montville, Connecticut, Town Hall Website, file number 1935-00000141, death of Elmer J. Tefft
  9. U.S. Federal Census, 1880, Connecticut, New London County, Norwich, Enumeration District 97, Page 3
  10. U.S. Federal Census, 1940, Connecticut, New London County, Montville, Uncasville, Enumeration District 6-34, Sheet No. 2B, family of Elmer J. Tefft (52, Connecticut, mechanic, construction building); wife Mary S. Tefft (44, Connecticut); son James Elmer Tefft (16, Connecticut); daughter Jean V. Tefft (15, Connecticut); daughter Lulu J. Tefft (13, Connecticut); son Henry S. Tefft (8, Connecticut); son Allen Tefft (7, Connecticut); living next door is the family of Jessie Tefft (72, Scotland, widow); grandson Luther E. Tefft, Jr. (19, Connecticut, stock flying, paper box mfg., lived in Hartford, Connecticut on 1 April 1935); grand-daughter Shirley May Tefft (18, Connecticut, lived in Hartford, Connecticut on 1 April 1935).
  11. Index to marriage, death, and land records, Montville, Connecticut, Town Hall Website, file number 1950-00000202, death of Jessie Louise Tefft
  12. U.S. Federal Census, 1900, Connecticut, New London County, Norwich, Enumeration District 479, Sheet 5A, family of Horace C. and Annie D. Chapman.
  13. U.S. Federal Census, 1910, Connecticut, New London County, Norwich, Enumeration District 538, Sheet 22A, family of Annie D. Chapman and children.
  14. U.S. Federal Census, 1920, Connecticut, New London County, Norwich, Enumeration District 294, Sheet 7B, family of Jerry H. and Myrtle E. Brown with mother-in-law Annie D. Chapman.
  15. U.S. Federal Census, 1930, Connecticut, New London County, Norwich, Enumeration District 6-49, Sheet 11B, family Jeremiah and Myrtle Brown and mother-in-law Annie D. Chapman.
  16. U.S. Federal Census, 1940, Connecticut, New London County, Norwich, Enumeration District 6-72, Sheet No. 3A, family of Chester A. Chapman (47, Connecticut, driver, street dept.); mother Annie D. Chapman (72, Connecticut, widow); son Earl P. Chapman (20, Connecticut, office work, motor co.).
  17. Connecticut Death Index, 1949-2001, available at Ancestry.com. Annie D. Chapman, 10 December 1957
  18. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Horace C. Chapman, 16 January 1908.
  19. U.S. Federal Census, 1910, Connecticut, New London County, New London, Enumeration District 515, Sheet 2B.
  20. U.S. Federal Census, 1920, Connecticut, New London County, New London, Enumeration District 261, Sheet No. 18B, family of Luella M. Senay (46, Connecticut, widow); border Frank Morris (44, Connecticut, brakeman, railroad).
  21. U.S. Federal Census, 1930, Connecticut, New London County, New London, Enumeration District 6-26, Sheet No. 17A, family of Luella M. Senay (56, Connecticut, widow); roomer Frank R. Morris (54, Connecticut, brakeman, railroad); roomer Wesley J. Bourne (46, Canadian, machinist, lube co.); roomer Roy Barston (42, Connecticut, chef, lunch cart).
  22. U.S. Federal Census, 1940, Connecticut, New London County, New London, Enumeration District 6-44, Sheet No. 14B, family of Luella M. Sinay (67, Connecticut, widow, prop. rooming house); lodger Wesley Bruce (62, Canada, divorced, chauffeur, private service).
  23. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Luella Senay, 12 August 1960.
  24. U.S. Federal Census, 1880, Connecticut, New London County, Norwich, Enumeration District 95, Sheet 2B
  25. U.S. Federal Census, 1900, Connecticut, New London County, Norwich, Enumeration District 475, Sheet 3A. Charles is shown as divorced, and living with his mother Emily Senay and sister Lida E. Senay.
Third and Fourth Generations
8. Florence D. Weaver3 (Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’,2 Ellen1), born 21 April 1887 in Scotland, Windham County, Connecticut;1, 2, 3, 4 died 2 March 1952 in Waterford, New London County, Connecticut.1, 4 Florence married, 10 October 1907 in Preston, New London County, Connecticut, Frank E. Fitch4 (born 1886 in Connecticut, parents not determined;3, 5 Frank died April 19444). Florence and Frank are buried in Preston City Cemetery, Preston, New London County, Connecticut.1, 4, 5

9. Edna M. Weaver3 (Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’,2 Ellen1), born August 1889 in Connecticut;2, 6 died 29 January 1968 in Waterford, New London County, Connecticut.7 Edna married Alphonse Louis ‘Alfred’ Barberet (born 26 March 1887 in Belfort, France, parents not determined;6, 8 Alfred died 12 July 1962 in Waterford, New London County, Connecticut9). Edna and Alfred are buried in Head of River Cemetery, East Lyme, Connecticut., 10

10. Elmer James Tefft, Jr.3 (Elmer,2 Ellen1), born 2 July 1888 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut;11, 12, 13, 14 died 29 April 1960 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut.14, 15 Elmer married, 13 March 1922 in Canterbury, Windham County, Connecticut, Mary Adeline Strickland14, 20 (born 29 January 1896 in East Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, the daughter of Moses Allen Strickland and Victoria E. Hespe;12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 Mary died 12 March 1976 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut16, 20, 21).

+16i. James Elmer ‘Jim’ Tefft, born 10 June 1923 in New London, New London County, Connecticut; died 9 October 1974 in New London, New London County, Connecticut. Married Marion Arlene (née Lee) Zevoteck.
+17ii. Jean Victoria Tefft, born 23 February 1925 in New London, New London County, Connecticut; died 19 August 1980 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut. Married Alexander Anthony Krupowski.
+18iii. Lulu Jane Tefft, born 18 February 1927 in New London, New London County, Connecticut; died 28 July 1990 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut. Married (1) John Henry Allen Partnered with (2) Donald William Clark.
+19iv. Henry Strickland ‘Hank’ Tefft, born 10 August 1931 in Connecticut. Married (1) Helen L. Rispoli Married (2) Elizabeth D. ‘Betty’ (née Lamon) Exley Married (3) Susan Carol Moore.
+20v. Allen Tefft, born 12 November 1932 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut; died 12 September 1988 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut. Married Janice Ellen Malinowsky.

11. Luther Clinton Tefft3 (Elmer,2 Ellen1), born 28 August 1891 in Griswold, New London County, Connecticut;11, 22, 23, 24 died 28 July 1949 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut.22, 24 Luther married, 25 November 1912 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut, Mabel LaFlamme27 (born 11 February 1892 in Yantic, Connecticut, the daughter of James LaFlamme and Mabel Grace Windsor;25, 26 Mabel died 7 September 1958 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut25). Luther is buried in Carey Cemetery, Canterbury, Windham County, Connecticut.22, 24 Mabel is buried in Colonel Ledyard Cemetery, Groton, New London County, Connecticut.25

A Modern History of New London County, Connecticut, provides an interesting biographical sketch of his life, written in 1922:26

LUTHER CLINTON TEFFT - The first position Luther C. Tefft ever held in a mill was with the Palmer Brothers Quilt Mills, and since that time he has filled many positions, now being assistant superintendent of the Bank Paper Mills in Montville, Connecticut. He is a son of Elmer Tefft, a farmer of the town of Griswold, New London county, Connecticut, but later moved to a farm in Oakdale, Connecticut, where he is now living, aged fifty-four years. He married Jessie McClure, born in Griswold, Connecticut.

Luther Clinton Tefft was born at the home farm in the town of Griswold, Connecticut, August 28, 1891. He attended public schools until fifteen years of age, then secured employment with the Palmer Brothers Quilt Mills in Montville, his parents having previously moved there. He remained three years with Palmer Brothers, going thence to what is now the Keyes Products Company Mill, where he remained until 1915. In that year he came to his present position, assistant superintendent of the Bank Paper Mills in Montville. Mr. Tefft is a member of Oxoboxo Blue Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, in Montville, Connecticut, and in politics is extremely independent.

Mr. Tefft married Mabel La Flame, born in Yantic, Connecticut, February 11, 1892, daughter of James and Grace (Windsor) La Flame. Mr. and Mrs. Tefft are the parents of four children: Dorothy T., born February 7, 1912; Ruth, born January 26, 1914; Elsie, born February 16, 1917; Luther, born May 5, 1920. Mr. and Mrs. Tefft are members of the Episcopal church of Norwich, Connecticut.

From his obituary: Luther was a farmer all his life, operating a farm in Oakdale after having moved there from East Hartford around 1939. He was a member of the Montville Center Congregational Church. Luther died from accidental drowning while swimming at the Oxoboxo Lake Dam in Montville.24


+21i. Dorothy Tefft, born 7 February 1912 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut; died 15 July 1997 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut. Married Gilbert Manuel Costello.
+22ii. Ruth A. Tefft, born 26 January 1914; died 28 January 1957 in New London, New London County, Connecticut. Married Chester S. Kernozek.
+23iii. Elsie Tefft, born 16 February 1917 in New London, New London County, Connecticut; died 27 October 1985 in New Britain, Connecticut. Married Santo J. Longo.
+24iv. Luther Elmer ‘Bud’ Tefft, born 5 May 1920 in Connecticut; died 8 June 1997 in Palmyra, Pennsylvania. Married Jean Grace Hitz.
+25v. Shirley Mae Tefft, born 31 December 1926 in Connecticut. Married Lawrence Everett Tyler.

12. Robert A. Tefft3 (Elmer,2 Ellen1), born 30 August 1894 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut;11, 28, 29, 30 died 22 January 1982 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut.28, 30 Robert married, 6 June 1923 in Baltic, Connecticut, Ethel C. Firth30, 33, 34, 35 (born 25 February 1901 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, the daughter of Fremont Firth and Edith Crumbie;31, 32, 33 Ethel died 22 October 1978 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut31, 33). Robert and Ethel are buried in Maplewood Cemetery, Norwich, New London County, Connecticut.30, 33

Robert served in the Merchant Marines in 1918, worked in Civil Service, ran a grocery store in New Hampshire, was a carpenter at Electric Boat for 15 years, and last worked for the city of Norwich Parks Department. He was a member of the General Assembly and former first selectman of Montville, where he was a resident for more than 50 years. He moved to Norwich in 1957. Robert was a member of the Oxoboxo Lodge of Masons for 44 years, and a member of Oweneco Chapter, Order of Eastern Star for 35 years. He was also a member of Lee Methodist Church in Norwich.30

Ethel was employed for many years at the former Baltic Mills. She was a member and past matron of the Oweneco Chapter, Order of Eastern Star in Montville, and a past matron of the New London County, Order of Eastern Star. She was a member of Bethany Shrine, White Shrine of Jerusalem of New London, Jessimine Court, Order of Amaranth, Lee Memorial Church and the Montville Center Social Center.33


+26i. Carolyn E. Tefft, born 30 December 1924 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut; died 9 March 2007 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut. Married Joseph Maoli.
 27ii. Robert A. Tefft, Jr., born ca. 1926;32 died before 1935.36
+28iii. Muriel Edith Tefft, born 3 August 1930 in Oakdale, New London County, Connecticut; died 5 September 2015 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut. Married Milford Ernest Newbury, Jr..

13. Myrtle E. Chapman (born _____)3 (Annie,2 Ellen1), born April 1888 in Connecticut;37, 38, 39, 40, 41 died 7 January 1969 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut.42 Myrtle married, ca. 1918, Jeremiah H. Brown39, 40 (born ca. 1876 in Connecticut, parents not determined;39, 40, 41 Jeremiah died 2 March 1960 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut43).

14. Chester Arthur Chapman (born _____)3 (Annie,2 Ellen1), born 13 August 1891 in Griswold, New London County, Connecticut;37, 38, 44, 45, 46, 47 died 25 March 1958 in Rocky Hill, Hartford County, Connecticut.48 Chester married, ca. 1919, Ella F. Corey45, 46 (born May 1896 in Connecticut, the daughter of Emanuel R. Corey and Ella F. _____45, 49, 50).

+29i. Earle P. Chapman, born 27 December 1919 in Connecticut; died 22 August 1998 in East Lyme, New London County, Connecticut. Married Harriet B. _____.
+30ii. Chester Arthur Chapman, Jr., born 29 September 1923. Married Marjorie G. _____.

15. Charles Timothy Senay, Jr.3 (Luella,2 Ellen1), born 5 February 1892 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut;51, 52, 53, 54, 55 died 2 August 1969 in Newington, Hartford County, Connecticut.51, 52, 56 Charles married, 25 June 1921 in Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, Ellen Brent Pearson Myatt59 (born 25 March 1903, the daughter of John Walter Myatt and Martha Fowle;55, 57 Ellen died 13 January 1985 in Fulton County, Georgia57, 58). Charles is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia.56

Charles was born in Norwich and lived there during his early life. He graduated from Trinity College in 1915, having previously attended the University of Connecticut. In 1915, earned his masters degree in biology from the University of Illinois. He taught school in Massachusetts until he joined the army in November 1916 as a second lieutenant. During his 31 years in the Army, he attained the rank of colonel and earned numerous American and foreign decorations, including the Distinguished Service Cross, Bronze Star, Silver Star, Purple Heart, World War I Victory Medal with four battle clasps and the Defensive Sector clasp. Among his assignments during World War II, he organized the 2694th Technical Supervision Regiment which was in charge of guarding all Italian prisoners of war in North Africa. He retired in 1947 due to a physical disability. His survivors included his wife, Ellen Brent Senay, a daughter, Ellen B. Jones, a son, Lt. Col. David C. Senay, five grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. He was interred in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.56


+31i. Ellen Brent Senay, born 7 February 1927 in Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina; died 19 September 2000 in Naples, Collier County, Florida. Married (1) John M. Jones Married (2) Robert Graeme Smith.
 32ii. David Charles Senay, born ca. January 1930 in Kansas.55

  1. Find a Grave (website). Preston City Cemetery, Preston, New London County, Connecticut, Florence D. Weaver Fitch, born: 1887; died: 1962 [sic, actually died in 1952] [from record, which indicates wife of Frank E. Fitch].
  2. U.S. Federal Census, 1900, Connecticut, Windham County, Enumeration District 512, Sheet 2A.
  3. U.S. Federal Census, 1940, Connecticut, New London County, Norwich, Enumeration District 6-86, Sheet No. 5A, family of Frank E. Fitch (53, Connecticut, painter, own shop); wife Florence Fitch (52, Connecticut); mother in law Lizzie Weaver (78, New Jersey, widow).
  4. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, 2 March 1952, Florence Weaver Fitch, died 2 March 1952 in Waterford. The article provides brief biographical and vital details and the names of her late husband, parents, and sister, and place of burial.
  5. Find a Grave (website). Preston City Cemetery, Preston, New London County, Connecticut, Frank E. Fitch, born: 1886; died: 1944 [from record].
  6. U.S. Federal Census, 1940, Connecticut, New London County, Waterford, Enumeration District 6-117, Sheet No. 32A, family of Alfred L. Barberet (52, Connecticut, manager, ice company); wife Edna W. Barberet (50, Connecticut).
  7. Connecticut Death Index, 1949-2001, available at Ancestry.com. Edna Barberet, died: 29 January 1968 in Waterford, New London [County], Connecticut; age 78; widow; spouse: Alfr[ed].
  8. Draft Registration Card, World War II, Alphonse Louis Barberet, Serial Number: U2454; born: 26 March 1887 in Belfort, France; residence: Oswegotchie, Waterford, N.L., Conn.; Name and address of person who will always know your address: Edna Barberet, Oswegotchie, Waterford, Ct.
  9. Connecticut Death Index, 1949-2001, available at Ancestry.com. Alfre [sic] L. Barberet, died: 12 July 1962 in Waterford, New London [County], Connecticut; age 74; spouse: Edna.
  10. BillionGraves (website). Head of River Cemetery, East Lyme, Connecticut, Barbaret, Edna W., 1889 - 1968; Alfred L., 1888 - 1962 [from gravestone].
  11. U.S. Federal Census, 1900, Connecticut, New London County, Montville, Enumeration District 456, Sheet No. 22B, family of Elma J. Teft [sic, Elmer J. Tefft] (34, Connecticut, April 1866, farm laborer); wife of 13 years Jessie L Teft (33, Scotland, Aug 1866, 3 children, 3 living); son Elma J. Teft (11, Connecticut, July 1888); son Luther Teft (9, Connecticut, Aug 1890); son Robert A. Teft (6, Connecticut, Aug 1893).
  12. U.S. Federal Census, 1930, Connecticut, New London County, Montville, Enumeration District 6-21, Sheet No. 10B, family of Elmer J. Tefft Jr. (40, Connecticut, chauffeur, private family, first married age 32); wife Mary A. Tefft (33, Connecticut, first married age 25); son James E. Tefft (6, Connecticut); daughter Jean V. Tefft (5, Connecticut); daughter Lulu J. Tefft (3 2/12, Connecticut).
  13. U.S. Federal Census, 1940, Connecticut, New London County, Montville, Uncasville, Enumeration District 6-34, Sheet No. 2B, family of Elmer J. Tefft (52, Connecticut, mechanic, construction building); wife Mary S. Tefft (44, Connecticut); son James Elmer Tefft (16, Connecticut); daughter Jean V. Tefft (15, Connecticut); daughter Lulu J. Tefft (13, Connecticut); son Henry S. Tefft (8, Connecticut); son Allen Tefft (7, Connecticut); living next door is the family of Jessie Tefft (72, Scotland, widow); grandson Luther E. Tefft, Jr. (19, Connecticut, stock flying, paper box mfg., lived in Hartford, Connecticut on 1 April 1935); grand-daughter Shirley May Tefft (18, Connecticut, lived in Hartford, Connecticut on 1 April 1935).
  14. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Elmer Tefft, 3 April 1960.
  15. Index to marriage, death, and land records, Montville, Connecticut, Town Hall Website, file number 1960-00000344, death of Elmer James Tefft, Jr.
  16. Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Rootsweb (website). Mary Tefft, no. 057-40-1122
  17. U.S. Federal Census, 1900, Connecticut, Hartford County, East Hartford Town, Enumeration District 128, Sheet 17B, family of Allen Strickland.
  18. U.S. Federal Census, 1910, Connecticut, New London County, New London, Enumeration District 524, Sheet 3B, family of Anson and Lulu J. Beckwith with niece Mary A. Strickland.
  19. U.S. Federal Census, 1920, Connecticut, New London County, New London, Enumeration District 267, Sheet 2B and 3A, family of Anson and Lulu J. Beckwith with niece Mary Strickland.
  20. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Mary Tefft, 3 March 1976.
  21. Index to marriage, death, and land records, Montville, Connecticut, Town Hall Website, file number 1976-00000019, death of Mary (Strickland) Tefft
  22. Headstone, Carey Cemetery, Canterbury, Connecticut, Luther C. Tefft 1891-1949
  23. U.S. Federal Census, 1900, Connecticut, New London County, Oakdale, Enumeration District 456, Sheet 22B. The census record shows his birth as Aug 1890, which is believed to be in error by one year.
  24. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Luther C. Tefft, 29 July 1949
  25. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Mabel LaFlamme Tefft, 9 September 1958.
  26. A Modern History of New London County, Connecticut, Volume 3. Benjamin Tinkham Marshall, A.M., D.D., Editor-in-Chief. Lewis Historical Publishing Co., New York City, 1922. Page 284.
  27. Wedding Announcement, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Luther F. Teft and Mabel La Flamme, 26 November 1912. His middle initial is incorrect here.
  28. Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Rootsweb (website). Robert Tefft, no. 043-14-3414
  29. U.S. Federal Census, 1900, Connecticut, New London County, Oakdale, Enumeration District 456, Sheet 22B. The census record shows his birth as Aug 1893, which is believed to be in error by one year.
  30. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Robert Tefft, 23 January 1982
  31. Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Rootsweb (website). Ethel Tefft, no. 045-42-8841. The SSDI shows her birth date as 5 February 1901 but this is believed to be incorrect based on information from her family.
  32. U.S. Federal Census, 1930, Connecticut, New London County, Montville, Enumeration District 6-21, Sheet No. 13B
  33. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Ethel Tefft, 23 October 1978
  34. Index to marriage, death, and land records, Montville, Connecticut, Town Hall Website, file number 1923-00000087, marriage of Robert A. Tefft and Ethel Firth
  35. U.S. Federal Census, 1880, Connecticut,
  36. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Elmer J. Tefft, 29 April 1935. Robert apparently died before 1935; he is not listed among the survivors of his grandfather Elmer J. Tefft, although his sisters and all other known descendants of Elmer are named.
  37. U.S. Federal Census, 1900, Connecticut, New London County, Norwich, Enumeration District 479, Sheet 5A, family of Horace C. and Annie D. Chapman.
  38. U.S. Federal Census, 1910, Connecticut, New London County, Norwich, Enumeration District 538, Sheet 22A, family of Annie D. Chapman and children.
  39. U.S. Federal Census, 1920, Connecticut, New London County, Norwich, Enumeration District 294, Sheet 7B, family of Jerry H. and Myrtle E. Brown with mother-in-law Annie D. Chapman.
  40. U.S. Federal Census, 1930, Connecticut, New London County, Norwich, Enumeration District 6-49, Sheet 11B, family Jeremiah and Myrtle Brown and mother-in-law Annie D. Chapman.
  41. U.S. Federal Census, 1940, Connecticut, New London County, Norwich, Enumeration District 6-73, Sheet No. 9B, family of Jeremiah Brown (65, Connecticut, watchman, card mfg co); wife Myrtle Brown (50, Connecticut).
  42. Connecticut Death Index, 1949-2001, available at Ancestry.com. Myrtle E. Brown, 7 January 1969
  43. Connecticut Death Index, 1949-2001, available at Ancestry.com. Jeremiah H. Brown, 2 March 1960
  44. Draft Registration Card, World War I, Chester A. Chapman, Card No. 289.
  45. U.S. Federal Census, 1920, Connecticut, New London County, Norwich, Enumeration District 283, Sheet 7A, family of Chester and Ella Chapman.
  46. U.S. Federal Census, 1930, Connecticut, New London County, Norwich, Enumeration District 6-49, Sheet 11A, family of Chester A. and Ella F. Chapman.
  47. U.S. Federal Census, 1940, Connecticut, New London County, Norwich, Enumeration District 6-72, Sheet No. 3A, family of Chester A. Chapman (47, Connecticut, driver, street dept.); mother Annie D. Chapman (72, Connecticut, widow); son Earl P. Chapman (20, Connecticut, office work, motor co.).
  48. Connecticut Death Index, 1949-2001, available at Ancestry.com. Chester A. Chapman, 25 March 1958
  49. U.S. Federal Census, 1900, Connecticut, New London County, Norwich, Enumeration District 481, Sheet 21B, family of Emanuel R. and Ella F. Corey.
  50. U.S. Federal Census, 1910, Connecticut, New London County, Norwich, Enumeration District 537, Sheet 16A, family of Emanuel R. and Ella F. Corey.
  51. Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Rootsweb (website). Charles Senay, no. 042-30-9409
  52. Connecticut Death Index, 1949-2001, available at Ancestry.com. Charles T. Senay, 2 August 1969
  53. U.S. Federal Census, 1900, Connecticut, Windham County, Enumeration District 512, Sheet 2A. Charles is living with Elizabeth (Chapman) Weaver, the step-sister of his mother Luella (Tefft) Senay.
  54. U.S. Federal Census, 1910, Connecticut, New London County, New London, Enumeration District 515, Sheet 2B.
  55. U.S. Federal Census, 1930, Kansas, Leavenworth County, Fort Leavenworth Military Reservation, Enumeration District 52-13, Sheet 95B, family of Charles and Ellen Senay.
  56. Obituary, Hartford Courant, Hartford, Connecticut, Charles T. Senay, 3 August 1969
  57. Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Rootsweb (website). Ellen Brent Senay, no. 258-72-9349
  58. Georgia Deaths 1919-98, Ellen B. Senay, 13 Jan 1985.
  59. The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia, Engagements, 15 May 1921, available at Ancestry.com; Myatt-Senay. Mrs. Martha Fowle Myatt announces the engagement of her daughter, Ellen Brent Pearson, to Captain Charles T. Senay, United States infantry, The wedding to take place June 25, at Christ church, Raleigh, N. C.