Commemorative Record, Biographies and
Portraits, of Hartford County, CT, Chicago,
J. H. Beers & Go, 1901
EDWARD FENN GAYLORD the heaviest land owner in Bristol and Burlington, Connecticut owning over 800 acres and residing on a 1.9-acre tract on
Peaceable Street, Bristol, was born July 31; 1848 in Syracuse, New York. He is the son of WILLIAM LEWIS and NANCY (FENN) GAYLORD and a brother of Marvin Lewis Gay lord, in whose
biography may be found the lineage of the Gaylord family from England's first Pilgrim of the name to the present generation.
Edward F. Gaylord was eight years of age when the family removed from New York State to Kansas, where he was
first sent to school; but his privileges there were limited, as in 1861 his widowed mother and her two sons
returned to Connecticut, of which State she was a native, and settled in Burlington. Here Edward F. found better
opportunity for securing an education, and attended school until he was sixteen years old, when he apprenticed him
self for five years at wood-turning with Lewis M. Jones, of
Burlington. At the conclusion of his term of apprenticeship he went on the road to handle a patent broiler
for a York (Penn.) firm, and canvassed Ohio: Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Connecticut one year; during the follow
in g year he was employed at wood-turning in the Stanley Rule & Level Works at New Britain. He
then bought the farm of 129 acres on Peaceable Street, Bristol, on which
he now makes his home. He pays little attention to farming devoting his ample estate of over 800 acres to other
He has a large dairy and wholesales his milk to another party; he also deals in grain and feed of all kinds, and employs all the year round, a force of from 15 to 50 men 1n
his different lines of business. He has a contract for sprinkling the streets of Bristol, and formerly had a contract for keeping in repair 80 miles of road in the town. Besides his second business, which is a secondary consideration, he owns and operates a portable sawmill, which he runs the year round. He also deals in horses, buying and selling.
Mr. Gaylord was united in marriage Sept. 15 1869, with Miss Martha Caroline Tuttle, daughter of Luther L. and Martha (Lowery) Tuttle, of Bristol and a very interesting family. of three children has been
born to them: Luther Lewis, born March 7, 1873; married Feb. 15, 1890,
Miss Edna Lewis of Farminting, and is not living in Hartford, where he
is confidential clerk for the Capewell Horesenail Co.; Charles Edward,
born Oct 31, 1876, who has charge of his father's machinery,
married Miss May Lydia Stone of Burlington and has one child, Margerie May;
Jennie Martha, born March 9, 1884, is attending the Bristol High School,
class of 1901.
Although not strictly a farmer, Edward Fenn Gaylord takes deep interest in agricultural pursuits. For two years he was president of the Bristol Agricultural Society; has acted as chief marshal of the Bristol Fair Association, and has had the management of the horse exhibit at the Fair. He is a member of
Whigville Grange No. 48, of Burlington, also he has served several years as master; is a member of the Pomona Grange, of which he is a past overseer and
present master, and his wife is also a member of the P. of H. Mr. Gay lord and his family are devout members of the Prospect Methodist
Episcopal Church, and to politics he has always been an active Republican.