|Record Created: 17 February 2010; Last Edited: 11 April 2015|| |
|Name||John H. Tefft|
|Born|| November 1844 in Jewett City, New London County, Connecticut1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7|
|Married|| ca. 1866 to Ellen O. Boyens3|
|Married|| ca. 1888 to Jeanette Groves5, 6, 7|
|Died|| 2 June 1916 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut1, 7|
|Buried|| in Maplewood Cemetery, Norwich, New London County, Connecticut1|
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.8
His obituary published on 5 June 1916 provides a brief summary of his life:7
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:9
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.