Gazlay Family History
 

FamilyLuther Clinton Tefft

Parents

FatherElmer James Tefft, Sr. (12 April 1867 - 27 April 1935)
MotherJessie Louise McClure (August 1866 - 28 November 1950)

Personal Information

Record Created: 16 April 2010; Last Edited: 22 March 2015 
NameLuther Clinton Tefft
GenderMale
Born 28 August 1891 in Griswold, New London County, Connecticut1, 2, 3, 4
Married 25 November 1912 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut to Mabel LaFlamme5
Died 28 July 1949 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut1, 4
Buried in Carey Cemetery, Canterbury, Windham County, Connecticut1, 4
PhotosGravestone of Luther C. Tefft 

Biography

A Modern History of New London County, Connecticut, provides an interesting biographical sketch of his life, written in 1922:6

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.4

Family

Spouse 1FamilyMabel LaFlamme (daughter of James LaFlamme and Mabel Grace Windsor)
Born 11 February 1892 in Yantic, Connecticut
Married 25 November 1912 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut to Luther Clinton Tefft
Died 7 September 1958 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut
  
Children of Luther Clinton Tefft and Mabel LaFlamme:
  
+1.FamilyDorothy Tefft
Born 7 February 1912 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut
Married 27 July 1931 in New London, New London County, Connecticut to Gilbert Manuel Costello
Died 15 July 1997 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut
  
2.FamilyRuth A. Tefft
Born 26 January 1914
Married to Chester S. Kernozek
Died 28 January 1957 in New London, New London County, Connecticut
  
+3.FamilyElsie Tefft
Born 16 February 1917 in New London, New London County, Connecticut
Married September 1939 in Pennsylvania to Santo J. Longo
Died 27 October 1985 in New Britain, Connecticut
  
+4.FamilyLuther Elmer ‘Bud’ Tefft
Born 5 May 1920 in Connecticut
Married to Jean Grace Hitz
Died 8 June 1997 in Palmyra, Pennsylvania
  
+5.FamilyShirley Mae Tefft
Born 31 December 1926 in Connecticut
Married 28 October 1944 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut to Lawrence Everett Tyler
  

Sources

  1. Headstone, Carey Cemetery, Canterbury, Connecticut, Luther C. Tefft 1891-1949
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Luther C. Tefft, 29 July 1949
  5. Wedding Announcement, The Day, New London, Connecticut, Luther F. Teft and Mabel La Flamme, 26 November 1912. His middle initial is incorrect here.
  6. 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.