EDWARD FENN GAYLORD the heaviest land owner in Bristol and Burlington,
Connecticut owning over 800 acres and residing on a 199-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 Gaylord, in whose biography may be found the lineage of the
Gaylord family from England's first Pilgrim of the name to the present
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 himself 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
following 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 purposes.
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 in 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 (Lowrey) Tuttle, of Bristol and a very interesting family of
three children has been born to them: Luther Lewis, born March 7,
18?3, married Feb. 15, 1890, Miss Edna Lewis, of Farmington, and is now
living in Hartford where he is confidential clerk for the Capewell
Horsenail Co.; Charles Edward, born Oct. 31, 18?6, who has charge
of all his father's machinery, married Miss May Lydia Stone of
Burlington, Jan. 26, 1899, and has one child, Margerie May; Jennie
Martha, born March 9, 1884, is attending the Bristol high school, class
of 1901; Jennie Martha, ... .
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 Whlgville
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. Gaylord and his family
are devout members of the Prospect Methodist Episcopal Church, and to
politics he has always been an active Republican.