A One-Name Study
for the BARNUM/BARNHAM Surname
Notes for Louisa ROGERS
Louisa (Rogers) Barnum was born in 1792 in New Fairfield, the daughter of Medad and Rachel Rogers. In 1860, after the death of her husband, she bought from Enoch Knapp a house and land 40 rods east of the Meeting House, for $212.00. An article in the Danbury newspaper, dated 13 Mar 1886, reported a party given in honor of her 94th birthday. The article stated that a large number of her relatives, friends and neighbors gathered to help her celebrate. At the time, she was the oldest inhabitant of the town - honored and respected all her life. Louisa (or "Mother Barnum," as she was called) was described as having queenly dignity, tempered by matronly goodness. At the party she made a quiet, sentimental speech thanking everyone for coming, and closed with the blessing "My little children, love one another." She died 14 Oct 1888, at the age of 96 years, of an ulcer of the limb.
Calculated from information on her gravestone.
In the New Fairfield or Town Center Cemetery, the oldest existing cemetery in the town of New Fairfield. It is located on the east side of Brush Hill Road (Route 39) across from the Town Hall and the former location of the Congregational Church. Her gravestone reads: "Louisa Rogers, wife of Dea. Seelye Barnum, Oct. 14, 1888, aged 96 yrs. & 7 mos."
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