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TALCOTT, Maneel, merchant, born in Rome, New York, 12 October, 1817; died in Chicago, Ii1., 4 June, 1878. He attended the common schools till he was seventeen years old, when he set out for the west, travelling on foot from Detroit to Chicago and thence to Park Ridge, Illinois, where he worked at farming till 1850. The discovery of gold took him to California, where he remained till he had accumulated enough to establish himself in business, when he returned and formed a life-long partnership with Horace M. Singer, of Chicago, in the stone business. Mr. Talcott contributed freely toward public charities and the relief of humanity.--His wife, Mary H. (Owls), born in Watertown, New York, about 1820; died in Chicago, Illinois, 17 April, 1888, married Mr. Talcott, 25 October, 1841. She was in full sympathy with her husband, and after his decease carried on his charitable work. Neither of them desired to make known what they had done in the way of charity, anti were careful never to allude to favors they had bestowed on those in need. During the last ten years of her life she distributed at least $300,000 in charity and for the support of the Universalist society, of which she and her husband were members. During the last two years of her life she founded and supported two homes or day-nurseries where poor laboring women could leave their children in careful hands while they were at work. In making her will Mrs. Talcott, after bequeathing a liberal part of her estate of $450,000 to her relatives, directed that the residue be equally divided into three parts and placed in trust with her three nieces to distribute as each might think best for religious, educational, or charitable purposes.
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