Hi, Kent.I guess we're distant cousins.I'm Robert Lockwood Mills; my great-great grandmother on my maternal side was Mary Lyman Lord, born in 1830 and raised in Litchfield (she later married Gorham Boardman of Boston and moved to Brooklyn).I now live in Monroe, CT., but that's coincidental to the Litchfield connection. Mary Lyman Lord's great-grandfather, Lynde Lord, Sr. was sheriff (justice of the peace)in Litchfield circa 1780-90.The Lords' next door neighbor was Rev. Lyman Beecher, whose daughter Harriet B. Stowe wrote a pretty important book, and whose son Henry Ward Beecher was a famous preacher in his own right. Anyway, Lynde Lord's last slave (freed in 1801), named Candace, moved next door after being freed and went to work for the Beechers as a paid domestic. She helped raise Harriet and Henry,whose mother had died young.