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Henry Pearl Talmadge was my great-grandfather. I grew up with some of the furniture from the Talmadge house, which for the most part was too large to be of practical use. (His desk was our dining table.) I don't know very much about Henry Pearl that isn't already online, but I do remember my father was upset over that fire for the rest of his life. What a loss.
My father shared HPT's love of books and libraries, though I don't know whether he ever owned any that had been in that house. He and my mother started a bookstore named for Duncan Dunbar -- Dunbar Old Books, in Miami, Florida -- that she runs to this day.
I lived in Plainfield from 63 through 66. We lived on Denmark road not far from the mansion. WE moved to Florida in 67 after my father passed away. I remember old man hatchets and have talked about it for years. What an awesome place to have near you as a kid. The whole neighborhood and area we lived in were so cool as a kid. I had three older brothers and we used to romp in the mansions property when presented a chance. I seem to remember tunnels in the back yard of the mansion as well. One Halloween we had the nerve to walk up and trick or treat. We were invited in and given a glass of warm cider. An older man gave it to use, but not sure who it was. That was so cool as an 8 year old. The story I heard was that he killed his wife with a hatchet in the tower! Talk about scary as a little kid. I am thrilled to be able to show my family the house I have talked about for years. Great site. So sad to see that the mansion is gone, but the memories last forever.
On page 56 of Generation Five, of the Talmadge, Tallmadge and Talmage Genealogy published in 1909 by Arthur White Talmadge, there is a note stating that Daniel Talmadge, 1711-1791, . . . "He was captured by the British when they took New Haven on July 5, 1779, and taken prisoner on Long Island." However, in my ancestry search in becoming a SAR member, the Head of the Research Ctr of the Connecticut Historical Society affirms that 12 men were taken prisoner but no one with the name of Tallmadge (The British Burning of New Haven , by Charles Hervey Townshend, published in 1879.) Can you confirm who is correct?? Please advise. Thank you.
I have a postcard dated back since 1907 from a Mrs. Arthur Talmadge from East Orange, NJ any relation?
I walked passed the house on my way to Maxson School. I remember there used to be an old black car parked in front.To a fifteen year old, the place seemed kind of creepy.Now, I look at pictures and feel what a shame that beautiful structure had such an unhappy ending.
We lived in the 'tiny' victorian across the street from the Mansion for 14 years (1987-2001). We lamented the home we never saw and the cheap and ugly 70s bi-levels that defile its resting place!
Fascinating! I lived on 7th St. and could see the Talmadge house from our front steps. My grandfather Edwin Fancher knew the Talmadge family. He, like many others, lost his fortune in the 1929 crash of the stock market. Clark Gesner and I used to play in the woods on the Talmadge property, sometimes using an arched pit under the carriage house as a "hide-out". Mr. Talmadge was understandably gruff, chasing us away, but eventually was very nice to us. I delivered prescriptions from Belvidere Pharmacy, Sam Swerdloff's, to the house, always on my way home and Mr. Talmadge would give me a tip of $0.25, good money when minimum wage was $0.50/hr. There is so much more.
Thank you for have this web site.
Just got a few seconds to look at the site after a long time. Elizabeth, you have really done some work, and a very nice job at that. It was also nice to read the notes from the wills.
I really appreciate the picture of Mr. Talmadge and Ms. Marks. What a wonderful image.
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