WALTER GOODMAN COWLES, of Hartford, on his father's side is in the seventh generation from John Cowles, the line of his descent being through Samuel, Caleb, Daniel, Daniel (2), Lemuel, Walter H. and Samuel W..
(I) John Cowles was in Farmington in 1652; at Hartford in 1664; made freeman 1666; was at Hadley, Massachusetts, and died in 1675. He was called John, the farmer, to distinguish him from John Cowles, the carpenter.
(II) Samuel Cowles, son of John, the farmer, a Farmington resident, married in 1661 Abigail, daughter of Timothy Stanley, and resided in Farmington. He died in 1691.
(III) Caleb Cowles, born in 1682, baptized in June, 1682, died in 1725.
(IV) Daniel Cowles, son of Caleb, born in 1717, died in the year 1798.
(V) Daniel Cowles (2), son of Daniel Daniel, born in 1741, married Esther Rhodes. He died in 1809.
(VI) Lemuel Cowles, son of Daniel (2), born in 1776, married Esther Gridley, daughter of Seth Gridley. Mr. Cowles died in 1815.
(VII) Walter H. Cowles, son of Lemuel, born in 1803, married Azuba, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Watts) Stedman. She was born in 1794, and died in 1872.
(VIII) Samuel W. Cowles, son of Walter H., was born Nov. 10, 1826, in Avon, Hartford County, and in 1859 took up his home in Hartford, where he passed the remainder of his active and useful life. He was identified with the business interests of the city in various ways, and was highly respected in commercial circles as a man of the strictest honor and integrity. Retiring from manufacturing in 1864, he became identified with life insurance interests, and as a member of the Board of Trade was also prominently connected with the material growth and prosperity of his adopted city. Mr. Cowles was a well-informed man, being especially interested in historical research, and he was a member of the Connecticut Historical Society from April, 1891, up to the time of his decease. He was the owner of the Peregrine White Bible. He was one of the founders of the Windsor Avenue Congregational Church of Hartford, and fraternally was affiliated with St. John's Lodge, F. & A.M.; the Connecticut Society, Sons of the American Revolution; and the Putnam Phalanx, of which he was an honorary member. He passed away Feb. 14, 1900, at his home on Windsor Avenue, Hartford, and was deeply mourned among a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. On December 31, 1851, Mr. Cowles married Harriet Goodman, who was born June 20, 1829, in West Hartford, and preceded him to the grave, dying April 24, 1896. They had two children: Walter G., our subject, who is mentioned more fully below; and Arthur J., born Oct. 31, 1861, who is senior partner of the firm of Cowles & Howard, grocers, of Hartford.
(IX) Walter Goodman Cowles, son of Samuel W., was born April 4, 1857, in Farmington, Connecticut. He received his early education in the public schools of Hartford, and the Connecticut Literary Institute, of Suffield, Connecticut, later attending Yale Law School, from which he was graduated in 1879, and was admitted to the Bar. In 1882 he took a position with the Travelers Insurance Company. In 1885 he was sent to Kansas, where he remained in charge of investments of the Travelers Insurance Company until 1895, in which year he returned and took his present position with that company, of attorney and adjuster for the liability department. . On June 9, 1886, Mr. Cowles was united in marriage with Miss Nellie Francis, the ceremony taking place at Cambridge, Illinois, where Mrs. Cowles was born April 10, 1862, daughter of Morrison and and Mary C. (Moor) Francis. Her father, who was a farmer, stock raiser and miller, is now deceased, Mrs. Francis living with her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Cowles, in Hartford. To our subject and wife have been born three children: Francis Walter, Oct. 28, 1888; Donald Buford, July 26, 1895; and another son, June 18, 1900, not christened at this writing.
On her mother's side Mrs. Cowles is in the six generation from John Moor (1683-1774) and his wife Janet (1687-1786) the line of descent being through Elder William Moor (1717-1784) and his wife Molly Jack; John Moor, Sr. (1746-1839), and his wife Betsy Miller; Captain John Moor (1790) and his wife Deborah Sherman, daughter of Reuben Sherman.
Mr. Cowles is a descendant maternally in the seventh generation from Deacon Richard Goodman, born in 1609; of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1632; an original proprietor of Hartford, Connectict, 1639, having "a lot on Main street north of the meeting house yard." In 1659 he married Mary Terry, born in 1635, daughter of Stephen Terry, of Windsor, Connecticut. Deacon Goodman became one of the first settlers of Hadley, Massachusetts, and was killed by the Indians in 1676. His widow died in 1692, in Deerfield. From this Richard Goodman, Walter Goodman Cowles' line of descent is through Richard (2), Timothy, Richard (3), Childs and Harriet (Goodman) Cowles.
(II) Richard Goodman (2), son of Deacon Richard, of Cambridge, Hartford and Hadley, born in 1663, married Abigail Pantry, who was born in 1679, daughter of John Pantry (2)(1650-1736) and his wife Abigail Mix, and granddaughter of John Pantry and his wife Hannah Tuttle (1632-1683). Abigail Mix was a daughter of Thomas and Rebecca (Turner) Mix and a granddaughter of John Pantry and his wife Hannah Tuttle (1632-1683). Abigail Mix was a daughter of Thoams and Rebecca (Turner) Mix. Some time after 1678 Richard Goodman (2) removed to Hartford, where he became a wealthy and prominent citizen. He died in 1730.
(III) Timothy Goodman, of West Hartford, son of Richard (2), born in 1706, married in 1735 Joanna, daughter of Joseph Wadsworth. She was born in 1715, and died in 1768, Mr. Goodman surviving until 1786. Joseph Wadsworth (1672-1778) was a son of Captain Joseph Wadsworth (1650-1729), of Connecticut Charter memory, and his wife Elizabeth Barnard, daughter of Bartholomew Barnard. Captain Wadsworth was a son of William Wadsworth (1632-1675) and his wife Eliza Stone. Joanna Hervey, wife of Joseph Wadsworth, and mother of Mrs. Timothy Goodman, was a daughter of Lieutenant Thomas Hervey (1648-1739) and his wife Sarah Cooke (1662), and a granddaughter of Daniel Hervey. Sarah Cooke was a daughter of Captain Avery Cooke (1640-1746) and his wife Sarah Westwood (1644-1730).
(IV) Richard Goodman (3), of West Hartford, son of Timothy, born in 1748, married in 1771 Nancy Seymour, was born in 1751, daughter of Timothy and Lydia (Kellogg) Seymour. Mrs. Goodman died in 1792, Mr. Goodman in 1834.
(V) Childs Goodman, son of Richard (3), born in 1791, was a miller in West Hartford. In 1822 he married Sarah Porter, who was born in 1796, daughter of Jesse Porter, and they had four children: Amelia S., born in 1824, is the widow of Noadiah F. Emmons, whom she married in 1843; Harriet (deceased) was the mother of our subject; Jennie L., born Oct. 8, 1831, was married June 28, 1860, to Henry C. Andrus, and still survives; Chester, born Nov. 16, 1826, is deceased.
Jesse Porter (1758-1823) married Sibyl Steele (1763-1814), daughter of Samuel and Martha Steele. He was a son of John (1730-1786) and grandson of William and Mary (Smith) Porter; his maternal grandparents were Solomon Whitman (1710-1803) and Suzanna Cole (1715-1772). Solomon Whitman was Stoddard son of Samuel Whitman (1676-1751) and Sarah Stoddard (1680-1755), she a daughter of Rev. Solomon and Esther (Warham) Stoddard. Samuel Whitman was a son of Zacharia and Sarah (Alvord) Whitman, he a son of John Whitman and she a daughter of Dr. Joseph Alvord.