From History of Reedsburg and the Upper Baraboo Valley, by Merton Edwin Krug, Publ. February 1929 by the author. Printed by Democrat Printing Company, Madison, Wis., Page 478-479
Mr. and Mrs. Henry A. Darrow. Pioneer days in Winfield. Of the families now residing within that township, more can claim descent from the honored settlers whose name heads this page, than from any other pioneer couple who came into Winfield when her hilly reaches were wrapped in virgin wilderness. Mr. and Mrs. Darrow were among the very earliest of the permanent pioneer families of the town of Winfield and came early in the spring of 1852.
Henry Ammiras Darrow, son of Ammiras and Sarah (Fisher) Darrow, was born in the city of New London, Conn., Sept. 19, 1791. The immigrant ancestor, George Darrow, a native of Scotland, whence he moved with his people to Lancashire, England, was pressed on board a British man-o-war, which, on its way to New England, sailed by way of Cuba. In Cuba, George Darrow, then a young man, escaped and got aboard an American vessel, where he sequestered himself for three days. When the Americans discovered him, they allowed him to work his way to the mainland. He landed in New London, Conn., 1675, and the following year, 1676, married Mary Sharswood, a young widow. They resided in New London where he died in 1704. His eldest son, Christopher, was ever a man of influence in the then thriving port of New London, and when the city received its Charter from King James I, of England, Christopher Darrow's name was one of the few mentioned thereon. Christopher Darrow's will shows that his wife was Elizabeth Marshall. He was a distinguished soldier of his state. He was born Dec. 1, 1778, but the date of his death is unknown. Jedediah Darrow, next in line of descent, was born Aug. 10, 1721, and married Prudence Bailey. The date of his death is also unknown. Ammiras Darrow, the fourth generation, was born March 20, 1761. While still very young this man went to New York, and is said to have taken part in the Boston Tea Party. After serving throughout the Revolutionary War in the Continental Army, he returned to New London, Conn., where he married, Jan. 6, 1786, Sarah Fisher.
She was born in New London, in 1764. Her father was a native of Ireland and, like George Darrow, was pressed on board a British man-o-war, which he jumped, and came to New London, where he built and operated a tannery. In 1881, when Benedict Arnold burned the town, his establishment was burned to the ground.
Ammiras Darrow and his wife lived for some time in New London, but, in 1795, they moved to Booneville, Oneida Co., N.Y., where he had a tannery. There, in the Black River Valley he died, Aug. 8, 1824. (See index. Darrow, Mrs. Ammiras.) Henry A. Darrow left his father's farm in Booneville in 1823, and went into western New York, into the Genesee Valley, where he married, May 10, 1832, Luceba Dann.
This lady was born in Genesee Co., N.Y., Sept. 14, 1808, daughter of Nathaniel and Elizabeth (Rall) Dann. Her father was a son of Nathaniel and Mary (Underhill) Dann. The Underhill family is an old family of Oyster Bay, N.Y., and its founder was Capt. John Underhill, celebrated her of the Pequot War. Capt. Underhill came to America from England, with Capt. John Mason in 1630. His wife, whom he married in London, was Elizabeth Feake, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth (Winthrop) Feake. Elizabeth Winthrop was a sister of Gov. Winthrop. Elizabeth Rall was a daughter of Col. Johannes Rall, Hessian leader, who commanded the Hessian troops at the Battle of Trenton. He was born in Hesse-Cassel, Germany, 1721, and was shot Christmas night, 1776, when Washington crossed the Delaware to attack him and his troops. After their marriage Nathaniel and Elizabeth (Rall) Dann resided in the Genesee Valley where the mother died in 1857. Nathaniel Dann was a descendant of the House of Sellick, a branch of the Dutch nobility, the first representative of which to come to America was Robert Sellick, was settled in Connecticut about 1635, and intermarried with the Underhill family, probably one Mary Underhill, daughter of the captain. Nathaniel Dann was a captain during the War of 1812.
Upon their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Darrow located in Mecca, Trumbull Co., Ohio, where they lived until 1839. A daughter, Adelia, born there, related an incident that happened to her and her sister Clara, while living there, to relatives this summer. She said that once when her father was away from home, her mother had occasion to go to Mecca for provisions, leaving the two little girls at home. Darkness fell before the mother returned and, being afraid to stay alone in the house, she, Adelia, taking baby Clara in her arms, started toward the city. They met the mother half way home. In 1839, Mr. and Mrs. Darrow moved to Walworth Co., Wis., being among the earliest pioneers of the state, where they resided (in Sharon township) until the fall of 1851, when they set out, with two ox drawn wagons, for Sauk County. Arriving at their destination that fall, they put up for the winter in a very rude cabin in the town of Dellona, and the following spring moved onto a farm, in the eastern part of the town of Winfield, where they spent the rest of their lives. He died Nov. 30, 1886; she, March 4, 1882.
Their ten children were: Elizabeth, who married Heman Miller; Adelia, who married Elias Fish; Clara, who died in Ohio; Phoebe, who married Lucius Lewis Fish; Albert, who married a Miss McCray, and went south; George, who married Ida Powell; Caroline, who married Louis Sherman; and John, who married Elizabeth Senogles. Mention of each member of this family will be found in the chapter on Winfield.
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