Eli’s son Samuel Edmund

samuel e footerevSamuel Edmund Foote, 1787-1858 married elizabeth bettsrevElizabeth Betts Elliott, 1807-1878. [portrait by Joseph Oriel Eaton, 1855]  In the volume Andrew Warde and his Descendants, the entry for Samuel reads as follows: Mr. Samuel Edmund Foote was a sea captain at eighteen years of age, having fitted himself by study and practice, and he continued to be until 1826. He was a man of wide interests and culture; “one of the best educated men of his time”; he spoke and wrote French, Spanish and Italian fluently, he had a wide knowledge of literature, made improvements in ship rigging and building. In Cincinnati he did much for the improvement and growth of the city. Director and secretary (without pay) to the water company until it was sold to the city; director of Louisville (Ohio River) Canal, etc., etc. In the financial crisis of 1837 lost much of his fortune and became secretary of Whitewater Canal Company and later of the Ohio Life Ins. & Trust Co., until he had gathered another fortune, and retired from business in New Haven in 1850. During the years Samuel lived in Cincinnati, he allowed his home to be the center of a small literary salon known as The Semi-Colon Club (his niece Harriet Beecher often attended this gathering). According to Wikipedia, “the Semi-Colon Club…was a literary club, made up of some of the best minds in Cincinnati, including future Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Salmon P. Chase; Judge James Hall, who was editor of Western Monthly Magazine; and the couple Calvin Ellis Stowe and Eliza Tyler Stowe.”Samuel’s wife Elizabeth was from a prominent Guilford family. She was a descendant of John Eliot, Apostle to the Indians and one of the editors of the Bay Psalm Book, and her father Andrew Elliott’s house still stands on the Guilford Green. Samuel and Elizabeth are buried in the General Andrew Ward Cemetery. They had four children.

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