93. SAMUEL5 SEYMOUR (Richard4, Ebenezer3, Richard2, Richard1), born at Watertown, Conn., 5 June 1748, died at Watertown, 28 Aug. 1836 aged 88; married at Watertown, 18 May 1780, MEHITABEL6 DAYTON,born at Waterbury, 11 Sept. 1756, died at Watertown, 5 Oct. 1842 aged 86, daughter of Capt. Michael5 (Isaac4, Samuel3, Isaac2, Ralph1) and Mehitabel (Doolittle).
Will of Samuel Seymour of Watertown, dated 29 Apr. 1828, proved 22 Sept. 1836, names wife Mehitable, three sons (sic) and two daughters, and grandson; viz. – Isaac, Samuel, James Harvey and Sheldon, Sally and Mehitable, and my grandson George Truman.
|i.||SAMUEL6, b. 25 Mar. 1781; d. 22 June 1785.|
|ii.||CHILD, d. 2 Feb. 1784.|
|iii.||ISAAC, b. 7 July 1784; d. at Mt. Morris, N.Y., 27 Apr. 1836; m. in 1811, SILENCE BALDWIN, b. 27 Feb. 1789, d. 26 Feb. 1882. Nine children.|
|iv.||SARAH, b. 24 May 1786; d. unm. 3 Oct. 1828 ae. 43.|
|v.||SAMUEL, b. 24 May 1788; d. at Watertown, Conn., 3 Aug. 1864; m. in 1812, LURA6 TAYLOR, b. 1792, dau. of Joseph5 (Ebenezer4, Ebenezer3, John2, Stephen1) and Ann (Wilson). Five children; see below.|
|vi.||MEHITABEL, b. 20 May 1790; d. at Brooklyn, N.Y., 5 Dec. 1869; m. EDWARD DAVIS.|
|vii.||TRUMAN, b. 2 Feb. 1792; d. at Wolcottville, Conn., 28 Sept. 1821; m. CLARISSA BANCROFT, b. at Torrington, Conn., 1793, d. 25 Apr. 1875, dau. of Noadiah and Jerusha (Loomis). One child.|
|viii.||RACHEL, b. 19 Mar. 1794; d. at Wolcottville, Conn., 26 Aug. 1826; m. WILLIAM LEACH.|
|ix.||JAMES HARVEY, b. 11 May 1798; d. at Wolcottville, Conn .. 5 Nov. 1872; m. 2 Nov. 1835, FLORA HOLLISTER6 HUDSON, b. at Torrington, Conn., 6 May 1811, dau. of Daniel Coe5 (Daniel4, Daniel3, Daniel2, Daniel1) and Rhoda (Fowler). Two children.|
|x.||SHELDON, b. 12 July 1800; d. at Watertown, Conn., 25 Oct. 1874; m. 7 Nov. 1822, HULDAH BARNES, b. abt, 1800, d. at Watertown, 19 Feb. 1870. Three children, and adopted a fourth.|
SAMUEL6 SEYMOUR (1788-1864) was a carriage maker of Wolcottville, Conn.; his widow was living when Rev. Samuel Orcutt was compiling his “History of Torrington” (1878), and he acknowledged his indebtedness to her for many items of information. They had four daughters and one son. The youngest daughter, Eliza7 Seymour, born 25 May 1820, married 3 Nov. 1841, Hon. Lyman Wetmore Coe, founder of the Coe Brass Manufacturing Co., who served in both houses of the Connecticut Legislature.
Sarah Maria7 Seymour (1815-1876), second daughter of Samuel6, married 1 May 1838, Martin Brooker (1816-1874), and had six children, of whom the third was:
CHARLES F.8 BROOKER, born at Torrington, Conn., 4 Mar. 1847, started work in the brass business when a lad less than ten years of age, under the paternal tutelage of his aunt's husband, Mr. Coe. He rose to be head of the business, and was its president after its amalgamation with other concerns as the American Brass Company. When the latter was merged with the Anaconda Copper Company, Mr. Brooker remained as an official. In 1925 it was written that as an executive he had directly or indirectly handled 6,000,000,000 pounds of fabricated output having a gross value of probably $1,400,000,000. He organized the American Brass Company, and lived to sell it for $45,000,000. What a chapter in American industrial history!
Mr. Brooker took a great interest in his mother's family, the Seymours. He was very kind and attentive to the author of the present book during his long illness following an automobile accident in 1925, and at that time spontaneously offered a large sum towards getting out the long projected history of the Seymour family, but the author did not then feel able to accept and prosecute the undertaking. In respect to his memory, we have paused here to show his Seymour lineage, and we append the tribute rendered him at the time the honorary degree of M.A. was conferred upon him by Yale University:
Professor Bernadette Perrin, the Public Orator of the occasion, presented Mr. Brooker for the honorary degree of M.A. in the following language:
CHARLES FREDERICK BROOKER
Litchfield and Torrington, in Connecticut, saw the birth, education, and early business training of Mr. Brooker, and to one of the pioneers in the manufacturing industry which now dominates the Naugatuck valley, Lyman Wetmore Coe, who took the place of a father to him, he owes the schooling in large enterprise which has made him what he is. And he is, without question, the leading business man of our Commonwealth, at the head of our largest industry, in which employer and employed have no quarrels, while manufacturer and consumer keep on the best of terms. This certainly proves in Mr. Brooker's utterances a large supply of that Christian grace without which, as St. Paul assures us, a speaker is “sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.”
It is needless to enumerate the many great offices and responsibilities of Mr. Brooker, or to apologize for the fact that he is a national figure in politics. He is such at the urgent solicitation of men who wished to raise the moral standards of their party, and he remains such against his own preferences, and with no desire for personal advantage. His character, personality, and honorable achievements ensure him the heartiest welcome into what the revered ex-President Dwight is so fond of calling “the Yale brotherhood.”