Gazlay Family History

FamilyJohn H. Tefft


FatherStephen Tefft (ca. 1793 - 4 January 1866)
MotherRebecca _____ (ca. 1806 - )

Personal Information

Record Created: 17 February 2010; Last Edited: 11 April 2015 
NameJohn 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



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:9



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.



Spouse 1FamilyEllen O. Boyens (daughter of Daniel Boyens and Mary Ann Frissell)
Born December 1839 in Grafton, Worcester County, Massachusetts
Married ca. 1855 to _____ Chapman
Married ca. 1866 to John H. Tefft
Married ca. 1888 to Ezra S. Bennett
Died 1936
Children of John H. Tefft and Ellen O. Boyens:
+1.FamilyElmer James Tefft, Sr.
Born 12 April 1867 in Canterbury, Windham County, Connecticut
Married 19 July 1887 in Griswold, New London County, Connecticut to Jessie Louise McClure
Died 27 April 1935 in Montville, New London County, Connecticut
+2.FamilyAnnie D. Tefft
Born August 1868 in Connecticut
Partnered with (unidentified)
Married ca. 1895 to Horace C. Chapman
Died 10 December 1957 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut
3.FamilyOrion L. Tefft
Born ca. 1870
Died 16 March 1885
+4.FamilyLuella Mabel Tefft
Born 15 September 1873 in Canterbury, Windham County, Connecticut
Married ca. 1892 to Charles Timothy Senay
Died 12 August 1960 in New London, New London County, Connecticut
5.FamilyNellie M. Tefft
Born June 1879
Died before 1900
Spouse 2FamilyJeanette Groves
Born August 1857 in Massachusetts
Married ca. 1888 to John H. Tefft
Died 1924 in Connecticut
Children of John H. Tefft and Jeanette Groves:
1.FamilyGertrude E. Tefft
Born August 1889 in Connecticut
Died after 1935


  1. 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.].
  2. 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).
  3. U.S. Federal Census, 1870, Connecticut, Windham County, Canterbury, Page No. 39.
  4. U.S. Federal Census, 1880, Connecticut, Windham County, Town of Scotland, Enumeration District 146, Page 5.
  5. U.S. Federal Census, 1900, Connecticut, New London County, Griswold Town, Jewett City Borough, Enumeration District 448, Sheet 6B.
  6. U.S. Federal Census, 1910, Connecticut, New London County, Norwich, Enumeration District 526, Sheet 4A
  7. Obituary, The Day, New London, Connecticut, John H. Tefft, 5 January 1916.
  8. 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
  9. Funeral Notice, Norwich Bulletin, Norwich, Connecticut, 6 June 1916, John H. Tefft funeral.