|Birth: ||Jun. 24, 1756|
|Death: ||Oct. 9, 1837|
Seth Storrs (Yale 1778), the third son and seventh child of Thomas Storrs, of Mansfield, Connecticut, and grandson of Thomas and Mehitabel Storrs, of Mansfield, was born in Mansfield on June 24, 1756, and was baptized on July 25. His mother was Eunice, daughter of Robert Paddock, of Mansfield. He did not enter College at the opening of the course.
For three or four years after graduation he assisted the Rev. Timothy Dwight (Yale 1769) in conducting his Academy in Northampton, Massachusetts. Later he seems to have gone to New York City, and early in 1786 he began the study of law in Bennington, Vermont, in the office of his classmate Smith.
Having received a license to practice law, he established himself in 1787 in Addison, then the most important settlement in the newly incorporated Addison County. He was appointed the first State's Attorney for the County in 1787, and continued to hold the office by annual appointment for the next ten years. He found board in the family of General John Strong, the Judge of the County Court, whose second daughter, Electa, he married on November 26, 1789.
In 1791 the courts of the county were removed by direction of the Legislature from Addison to Middlebury, and thither Mr. Storrs removed his residence in 1794. Here he not only enjoyed a successful practice, but was among the most efficient agents in counselling and contributing to measures for advancing the prosperity of the town. He was the first to hold the office of State Auditor of Accounts, from 1797 to 1801.
He had made a profession of religion in early life, and was prominent in promoting its interests. From December, 1798, until his death he served as a deacon in the Congregational Church of Middlebury.
He was a member of the corporation of the County Grammar School which was located in Middlebury in 1797, and a year or two later he conceived the idea of having a college in the town. As a result of his suggestions Middlebury College was chartered in November, 1800, and Colonel Storrs (as he was called) was made one of the trustees. In this capacity he was one of the most active friends of the institution, and the commanding site now occupied by the College buildings was one of his valuable benefactions.
In the later years of his life he was more generally employed in various offices of trust than in the labors of his profession. He was town-clerk for twenty-three years between 1801 and 1831.
He was a dignified gentleman of the old school, of great sweetness of character.
He died in Vergennes, Vermont, while on a visit to friends, on October 5, 1837, in his 82d year.
His widow died in Middlebury, on March 15, 1842, in her 72d year. Their children were five daughters and three sons, all of whom grew to maturity. Two of the sons were graduates of Middlebury College, in 1819 and 1832 respectively. One daughter married Professor Edward Turner (Yale 1818), and another married the Rev. Wheelock S. Stone (Middlebury 1828). (From "Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College, with Annals of the College History: Vol. IV, July 1778-June 1792" by Franklin Bowditch Dexter; pub. by Henry Holt & Co., New York, 1907)
Thomas Storrs (1717 - 1802)
Eunice Paddock Storrs (1719 - 1795)
Electa Strong Storrs (1770 - 1842)
Delia Storrs Byington (1790 - 1848)*
Electa Strong Storrs (1794 - 1817)*
Seth Paddock Storrs (1798 - 1854)*
Dan Storrs (1748 - 1831)*
Eunice Storrs Conant (1750 - 1790)*
Seth Storrs (1756 - 1837)
Heman Storrs (1761 - 1846)*
Seth Storrs & Electa Strong were married Nov. 26th, 1789 and removed to Middlebury in 1794. For nearly half a century they were united on Earth. Are they not now together for a blissful Eternity?
Created by: Jen Snoots
Record added: Apr 15, 2009
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