Churchill was born on Jul 29 1764 in Newington, CT.
NOTE:Born in Newington, July 29, 1764, and spent his life there. He was a farmer, a man of excellent character and standing in the community. Though he did not make profession of religion until late in life, he was of undoubted piety and especially strict in his regard for the Sabbath. It is said that he forbade even "the cracking of nuts" on the Lord's day, and a grove of butternut trees near his house gives a touch of probability to the tradition. With him in regular attendance on divine worship was one of the chief concerns of life, and he would face the fiercest snow storms of the winter, which blocked in even good Parson Belden, who, on one occasion, discovered mr. Churchill in front of the parsonage on horseback, floundering in the snow-drifts, and shouted the question, "Where are you going, Mr. Churchill?" "To meeting," replied the sturdy parishioner. "Well, come in here, then," answered the parson, "as I am not going out in this storm." His grandson Leonard Churchill Hubbard, in 1903, describes him thus, as he appeared about 1820; "He was of medium height, a rather stocky-looking man, round face, kind-spoken, and jovial for one of his years." He died June 16, 1842. Married 1st, Oct 28, 1789, Lucretia Marsh, daughter of Job, of New Hartford. She died Nov. 2, 1811, aged forty-eight years, and he married 2d, Chloe Deming, a maiden lady of fifty years.
He was married
to Lucretia Marsh on Oct 28 1789. Lucretia
Marsh was born about 1763. She died on Nov 2 1811 in Newington Parish, CT.
NOTE:Of New Hartford. Solomon Churchill and Lucretia Marsh had the following children:
448 i. Julia Churchill was born on May 31 1792 in Newington Parish, CT. She died on Sep 16 1822.
NOTE:This woman deserves more than the notice of birth and death. In the family she was long ago canonized as its saint. Every family tradition testifies to her pure piety and her fortitude in affliction, as she was a life-long invalid. Her voluminous journal, running through many years, records her gentle and pious character. It holds little except her account of the sermons, heard from Sunday to Sunday, and her own religious experiences. Some valuable references occur here and there, like her statement as to the beginning of the Newington Sunday School, on June 20, 1819, at which time she writes; "Attended church in the daytime and in the evening. This day hath been solemn. A Sabbath-school was established in this place. Four little children were committed to my care to instruct on the Sabbath. O Lord, help me to do my duty toward them, and wilt thou touch their young and tender minds by the influences of thy Spirit!" In August, the same year, she writes that her class has increased to seven, and notes in her prayer that they are only four and five years old. Nov. 4, 1819, she writes; "The Sunday-school is now out, and this day the scholars received their premiums. I commit my little class to thee, O Lord. Bless them, I pray thee, O Lord; prepare them for Heaven."
These brief extracts, Mr. Seymour says, are a fair sample of the journal of this devout and devoted woman and illustrate the spirit which animated her, and probably the other founders of the Sunday-school. She has been described as "fervently prayerful." She also wrote verses addressed to different members of the family, and elegies lamenting the death of local worthies. The making of verses, indeed, seems to have been characteristic of the Newington Churchills of this generation, and, apparently, was one of the few diversions allowed by tthe stern Calvinism of the times. A pamphlet of the semi-centennial celebration of the Wethersfield and Berlin Sunday-school Union states that, "The Sunday-school in Newington, in its beginning, was the voluntary enterprise of some young ladies of the church."
+449 ii. Nancy Churchill.
+450 iii. Chester Churchill.
+451 iv. Cynthia Churchill.
452 v. Jemima Churchill was born on Nov 19 1805 in Newington Parish, CT. She died on Jun 9 1899 in New Britain, CT.
NOTE:Born in New Britian, Conn., Nov. 19, 1805, and died unmarried June 9, 1899, while on a visit to her niece, Mrs. Francis. She was born in the "Great House" built by her grandfather, Capt. Charles Churchill, and had many stories of the old days. She lived a useful life spent mostly in the families of her sisters. Mr. Seymour remembers her as "a very smart" old lady, erect in carriage, prim without severity, scrupulous as to the details of her old-fashioned dress, and pleasant-spoken. Like her father, she set great store on divine worship, and rarely failed to go to meeting to the end of her days.