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Moses Weld Terrill


Moses Weld Terrill was born in Morristown, Vt., October 2, 1826, and is son of the late Moses Terrill and Matilda (Weld) Terrill. His paternal great-grandfather was born in East Canaan, Conn., and is believed to have descended from Roger Terrill, who was one of the first settlers of Milford, Conn., in 1639, and who later joined the colony from that town which settled New Milford. His mother was a descendant of Joseph Weld, who came from Wales and settled in Roxbury, Mass., in 1638. Mr. Terrillís education was obtained for the most part in the common schools of his native town. This was supplemented by one term in the academy in Johnson, Vt., and two terms in a private school taught in his own town. He finished his studies just at the completion of his eighteenth year, and taught school the following winter. In the spring of 1845 he entered a country general store as clerk, in which occupation he spent three years. In March, 1848, in company with another, he embarked in mercantile business in Wolcott, Vt. At the end of one year the business was sold, and Mr. Terrill removed to his native town and engaged in the same line. This business was continued until 1861, when he removed to Middlefield, and with the late David Lyman, Esq., joined in establishing under the joint stock law of Connecticut, the Metropolitan Washing Machine Company (now the Metropolitan Manufacturing Company), for the manufacture and sale of washing and wringing machines, and other laundry utensils. Mr. Terrill was president of the company until Mr. Lymanís death, in 1871, when, upon the re-organization of the company, he was elected treasurer, which office he still holds.

Raised on a farm, Mr. Terrillís inclinations toward agricultural pursuits were so strong that he bought land in Middlefield, and erected a full set of buildings thereon. Since 1864 he has continued to conduct this farm on the lines of general agriculture and the breeding of thoroughbred cattle (Short-horn and Jersey breeds). At present he has a large and valuable herd of Jersey cattle. He has also given attention to fruit culture, especially to the culture of the peach, and at this time he has a young orchard of one thousand trees. In his native town he held the office of constable and collector of taxes, and assessor, and twice represented the town in the state legislature. 

In the home of his adoption he has served several years as selectman, assessor, member of the board of relief, since 1865 as school visitor, and for many years as justice of the peace and notary public. He also occupied a seat in the Connecticut legislature in the years 1866 and 1867, also in 1883. In his legislative experience he has served on committees of claims, state prison, and agriculture, three times as chairman.

In July, 1848, Mr. Terrill was married to Miss Almira O. Ferrin, also of Morristown, Vt., sister of Hon. W. G. Ferrin of Montpelier, Vt. Their children are three sons and two daughters, all of whom are living at the present time. By temperament, mental structure, and inheritance, Mr. Terrill is a republican. His father supported James G. Birney and successive candidates of the liberty party until it grew into the republican party in 1856. Mr. Terrillís first national vote was cast for Van Buren and Adams in 1848; also for J. P. Hale in 1852. In religious conviction and association he is a Methodist. He has occupied various responsible positions in this church, and at present is a trustee. He is also a supporter of the principle of prohibition of the liquor traffic.

SourceIllustrated Popular Biography of Connecticut - 1891 Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding Hartford Conn.  Press of the Case, Lockwood and Brainard Company 1891

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