The CUTTS and DAMON Families of Wisconsin
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The CUTTS Family of Wisconsin and Connecticut

The trail of the Cutts family of Wisconsin stretches back to Connecticut and England. The family arrived in America about 1841 from Sheffield, Yorkshire, England.

William H. CUTTS was born Oct 02, 1805 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, and died 1874 in Oxford, New Haven, CT. He married Anna Lee ca. 1827 in England. She was born ca. 1810 in England, and died in Oxford, New Haven, CT, (or possibly Aug 9, 1888 in Dubuque, IA, where her son Henry Lee Cutts lived).

The family came to America between 1841 and 1842, as two or more records suggest. The England and Wales Census of 1841, shows Cutts household with three children, including William's mother (Ann Cutts), and an unrelated boarder. The family was living on Gilbert Street in a row house in the town of Sheffield, Yorkshire County, England. According to another genealogy compiler, William's father died in 1841 in England, which may have given cause for family to migrate to America in search of opportunity. Two records also show William and Anna's daughter Sarah Ellen Cutts was born Apr 7, 1842 in Belleville, Essex, New Jersey. William and Anna moved from New Jersey to New Haven county, Connecticut between 1842-1844 where their son William H. (junior) was born c. 1844.

The LDS indexes found on William H. and Anna Cutts show 9 children born between 1828 and 1852. However, there is some questionable information about their children including son Wilber F. Cutts, and another reference to son John W. Cutts. The Wm. H. Cutts family was found in the 1850 US Census taken Oct. 9 in Southbury, New Haven, CT. It is the only census showing a son named John W. Cutts, age 2, born about 1848. However, Wilber F. was born earlier within a year's time but is not listed. The 1860 US Census, taken July 10, does show misspelled name [Willbor H.] Cutts, but John W. Cutts in not shown. The 1860 census shows incorrect birth places for William H. and Ann and their children. It's easy to understand misspellings, but having totally wrong information is different.

So it is very likely that Wilber F. and John W. Cutts may be the same person. Accounting for 9 children born over a 24 year span, century and a half ago, is a challenging task.

Wilber F. CUTTS (son of William H. Cutts and Anna LEE) was born Aug 29, 1847 in Oxford, New Haven, CT, and died Mar 27, 1929 in Unity, Clark, WI. He married Lydia Emily TOWNER  Aug 12, 1867 in Fairfield, Fairfield, CT, daughter of Warner Towner and Lois Peet. She was born Sep 30, 1847 in Oxford, New Haven, CT, and died Aug 27, 1945 in Unity, Clark, Wisconsin. 

The 1870 US Census shows Wilber was employed as a "quarryman" in Oxford, at one of Connecticut's mining operations. Wilber, Lydia and their children all moved to Wisconsin between 1874-1875, which was about or just after his father William died.

Wilber became a successful dairy farmer with 80 acres of land near the village Unity in Clark County, WI. In 1902, Wilber ran for state office as a Progressive candidate for the Wisconsin State Assembly. He finished third with 167 of the 4,347 votes cast in Clark County, or 3.8%.

1. Ancestors of the William H. Cutts family from Sheffield, Yorkshire, England need further verification. FamilySearch (LDS) shows his parents to be William Cutt/Cutts (Mar 19, 1780) and Hannah Willmot (b. abt. 1780) and married Oct 17, 1802 in Hucknall Torkard, Nottinghamshire, England. I have not confirmed relationship which appears possible. Hucknall is located 20 miles directly southeast of Sheffield in the neighboring county. It also appears William's mother was "Elinor" (maiden name unknown) was born abt. 1760 in Nottinghamshire. She was wife of ____ Cutts (first name unknown). Still, these relationships need to be verified.
2. There is also an older Cutts family (also spelled "Cutt") which arrived in America in the 1640s and settled in Portsmouth, NH and Kittery, ME. However, they arrived 200 years before the William H. Cutts family, who emigrated about 1842. Both families came from different counties in England. It is possible they have a common ancestor at some point.
3. The Cutts family of Wisconsin and Southbury, New Haven, Connecticut is not mentioned in the 658 page book compiled by Cecil Hampden Cutts HOWARD.
Cutts Howard, C. H. (1892). Genealogy of the Cutts Family in America. Albany, NY: Joel Munsell’s Sons, Publishers.

CUTTS Genealogy Reports and Trees

PDF files for viewing and downloading
Cutts Family of England

Relationship of Mrs. Elinor Cutt and son William Cutt (Hannah Willmot) to
William H. Cutts needs to be verified and are included as possible ancestors.

Elinor CUTT, b. 1760 Nottinghamshire, ENG - Descendants Report (Outline)
Elinor CUTT, b. 1760 Nottinghamshire, ENG - Descendants Report (NGS)
Elinor CUTT, b. 1760 Nottinghamshire, ENG - Descendants Tree
William H. Cutts Family of Connecticut

William H. Cutts and Anna Lee emigrated from England to USA abt. 1842.

William H. CUTTS, b. 1805 Sheffield, ENG - Descendants Report (NGS)
William H. CUTTS, b. 1805 Sheffield, ENG - Descendants Tree
Wilber F. Cutts Family of Wisconsin

Wilber F. Cutts and Lydia E. Towner relocated from Oxford, CT to Unity, WI in 1874.

Wilber F. CUTTS, b. 1847 Oxford, CT - Descendants Report (Outline)
Wilber F. CUTTS, b. 1847 Oxford, CT - Descendants Tree
Wilber F. CUTTS, b. 1847 Oxford, CT - Descendants Report (NGS)
Wilber F. CUTTS, b. 1847 Oxford, CT - Descendants Report (NGS) all notes
All of CUTTS and DAMON Ancestors (1615 - 2017) - Ancestors Tree

Photo Albums

1. Caryol and Richard CUTTS Family
2. Lydia and Wilber F. CUTTS Family

(Feature photos below will open in separate window)

L-R: William Arthur "Art" Cutts with mother Lydia Cutts (nee Towner) on her 80th birthday, grandson Richard "Dick" Cutts and Art's son Eldred Cutts, ca. Sept. 30, 1937 in Unity, WI.
Perschke & Cutts Hardware store in Unity, Marathon, WI.
Wm. "Art" Cutts partner. Rebuilt after 1909 fire that destroyed several buildings on Front Street (eastern side of Hwy 13).
eldred + helen
Helen HEDERER and Eldred George CUTTS wedding photo.
Married in the Green Grove parsonage of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Clark County, Wisconsin on August 14, 1935
Other Items
A Brief History of Unity, Wisconsin (PDF)


Others in Cutts Family Tree

The HEDERER Family of Austria-Hungary
Wentzl HEDERER, b. 1833 Austria - Descendants (Tree Chart)
The HEINTZ Family of Luxembourg
Peter HEINTZ, b. 1844 Luxembourg - Descendants Report (NGS)
Peter HEINTZ, b. 1844 Luxembourg - Descendants (Tree Chart)


The DAMON Family

John DAMON and his sister Hannah arrived in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts from England in care of their uncle, William Gilson, between 1628-33. John was born in County Kent, England, Nov 11, 1621, son of John and ____ (nee Gilson) Damon. Hannah was born ca. 1623. Their father was born about 1595 and their mother around 1599. They were one of the first land owners in Scituate located midway between Boston and Plymouth. A 1633 map denotes a land parcel with name William Gilson. He willed everything to wife Frances, nephew John Damon and niece Hannah. On a historical note, the Pilgrims arrived a few years earlier on the Mayflower in 1620 and established the Plymouth Colony just 20 miles south of Scituate.

Direct descendants of John Damon (of Kent Co., England) remained in Massachusetts. His 2nd-great grandson, Abiel Damon, moved about 1807 to Charlotte, Washington Co., Maine. Abiel's son, Joseph Damon (sr.), moved before 1841 to Palmyra, Somerset Co., ME. Joe's son, Joseph S. Damon (jr.), moved in 1869 from Lubec, Washington Co., ME to Strongs Prairie, Adams Co., WI, and again in 1874 to Spencer, Marathon Co., WI. Some ancestors of the Damon family remain in Marathon Co. as of 2018.



All photos of Damon and Dreger Families
Charlotte M. Dreger, age 18
Merrill, Wisconsin 1933
Forrest E.  "Frosty" Damon and Charlotte (nee Dreger)
with infant daughter Caryol Ann, ca. 1937-38
damon girls
Sandra K. and Caryol A. Damon
Stratford, Wisconsin ca. 1947

Genealogy Reports and Tree Charts

Kentish Men
The DAMON Family from Kent County, England
Scituate, Massachusetts  •  Lubec, Maine •  Spencer, Wisconsin
DAMON Family of Kent Co., England - Direct Descendants (Tree Chart)
DAMON Family of Kent Co., England - Descendants Report (NGS)
DAMON Family of Kent Co., England - Descendants Report (Outline)

Damon Family of Maine and Wisconsin

Joseph S. DAMON, Jr. (Joseph, Abiel (Abiah), Joseph, Daniel, Zachariah, John, John, Damon) was born Apr 21, 1827 in Charlotte, Washington, Maine, and died Dec 20, 1899 in Spencer, Marathon, Wisconsin. He married (1) Susannah B. Cushing Mar 25, 1850 in Charlotte, Washington, Maine. She was born Dec 13, 1831 in Pembroke, Washington, Maine, and died Dec 16, 1853 in Pembroke, Washington, Maine. He married (2) Susan Swett Clarke Aug 19, 1856 in Lubec, Washington, Maine, daughter of Joseph Clark and Susanna Swett. She was born Apr 26, 1836 in Maine, and died Jul 18, 1922 in Unity, Clark, Wisconsin. 

Genealogy Reports and Tree Charts 
J.S. Damon family left Maine for Wisconsin in 1869.
Joseph S. DAMON, Jr. b. 1827 in Charlotte, Maine - Descendants (Tree Chart)
Joseph S. DAMON, Jr. b. 1827 in Charlotte, Maine - Descendants Report (NGS)
Caryol A. DAMON b. 1937 in Tomahawk, WI - All Ancestors (Tree Chart)
Caryol A. DAMON b. 1937 in Tomahawk, WI - Direct Ancestors (Tree Chart)

More about Joseph S. Damon, Jr.

First married to Susannah B. Cushing in 1850. She died leaving one child, Paulina S. Damon, now Mrs. McLoughlin. He married again, in 1853, Miss S.S. Clark, of Maine. They had  five children — Fred F., Gustus A., Florence A., Jabas P., and Maudie S. He enlisted in 1862 in 28th Maine Volunteers, Co. C, and was mustered out in 1863. He was a Mason, a member of the Temple of Honor and the Free Will Baptist Church.

Joseph S. and Susan (nee Clark) Damon migrated from Lubec, Maine, to Strongs Prairie, Adams County, in 1869. When James Robinson was back in Lubec on a visit, he told Mr. Damon and other men that there was plenty of work in Wisconsin. A party of them returned with the Robinsons, including Mr. Damon, who bought 80 acres of land and built a house for his family. The family arrived at Strongs Prairie on Thanksgiving Day after having traveled one week on crowded trains. It is said Joseph was also a Constable in Adams County, WI.

In 1874, Joseph went to Spencer, Marathon County to work for James Robinson who had erected a mill there. The rest of family joined him in 1875, and they permanently settled there. Joseph bought three village lots and a 40-acre farm with $1,400 and started up his own lumbering business, J. S. Damon & Sons. They operated up to two logging camps and a mill with a small attached store. The family harvested 1,200,000 logs in the Winter of 1880-81.


•  Spencer Centennial Booklet (Spencer, Marathon County, Wis.) 1874 – 1974, page 7
•  The History of Northern Wisconsin (Marathon County, Wis.) 1881, page 573


First Families in Spencer, Wisconsin

Excerpts from 1874-1974 Centennial Book - Spencer, Wisconsin

There was money in the lumber business and now with a railroad on which to transport the products of the forest, enterprising mill owners came in, set up their mills and built boarding houses and small stores. Mill hands, homesteaders and businessmen followed. The women and children joined them, coming on the train, and their household goods were transported on ox-carts. The Damon, Heath, Crowell, and Richardson families from Adams County all came in on the same train in 1874.

pioneer house
The Pioneer House was Spencer's first hotel, built in 1874. It once stood at W. Clark and N. LaSalle Streets. The hotel was destroyed by fire in 1884. It also served as the general stage office for Loyal, Neillsville, Black River Fails, and connections with the Wisconsin Central Railroad.
(From 1874-1974 Centennial Book - Spencer, Wisconsin)
Spencer settlement and boarding houses in 1883. Large white building (center) is the Pioneer House, blt. 1874. In foreground are dozens of tree stumps (cut-over land) from harvesting lumber. The appearance resembled a Civil War battlefield. On Aug 8, 1886, nearly half of Spencer was destroyed by a great fire that claimed 60 buildings.
L to R:  J. S. Damon standing on log, Jabez Damon with canthook, A. A. "Gus" Damon with scale rule over his shoulder. Note water barrels placed on roof in case of fire. Photo taken in 1885.
Partial township map of Spencer, Marathon Co., Wis. 1881. The Damon sawmill was said to be south of town and west of tracks, where 40-acre parcel (blue) owned by A.A. Damon, son of J.S. Damon who owned the yellow parcels.
 A. A. Damon family off for a picnic in their horse-drawn farm wagon at Spencer, WI, in 1909.

Joseph S. Damon arrived in Spencer, Marathon County in 1874, to work for James Robinson who had previously erected a mill. The rest of his family joined him in 1875, where Damon permanently settled. He bought three village lots and a 40-acre farm with $1,400, and he started a lumbering business, J. S. Damon & Sons.

Damon built a mill south of Spencer which he operated for three years with his sons. Joseph engaged in logging for ten winters and operated up to two camps one winter, and they harvested some 1,200,000 logs in the Winter of 1880-81. They also had a small store attached to their mill at some time.

The J. S. Damon and Sons' sawmill in 1885. Located west of railroad tracks, south of Spencer on site of former William Kommer farm.



Early Roads

In connection with the lumber mills, logging camps were initially located adjacent to the mills, progressively moving further away as nearby woodlands were stripped of timber and cleared for farming. For many years, however, farmers would, in the wintertime, leave home, sometimes with their teams, to work in a logging camp to make money for their taxes or payments on their land.

Joseph Damon & Sons (Fred F. and Andrew A. "Gus") had a camp two miles south on Highway 13. The railroad ran through his land, his mill being located on the west side of the track and his logging camp on the east side. Mr. Damon operated logging camps for ten years with two camps in operation one winter.

A two mile road directly north of Spencer was laid out by J. S. Damon and Sons in 1880 for a logging road to their camps at the two mile corner. The road south of Spencer extended about a mile to the Driscoll farm and a tote road wandered through the woods to the Damon camps in 1882. Fred Damon extended the road south to reach the hardwood ridge where he was logging.



The DREGER Family

Kroczyn-Kamien, Lublin, Poland

Gottleib DREGER was born Mar 18, 1889 in Kroczyn-Kamien, Lublin, Poland, and died Jul 27, 1979 in Scott, Lincoln, Wisconsin. He married Helga Marie HELMERSEN Oct 22, 1910 in St. Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, daughter of Helmer REVLING and Marianna NILSDATTER. She was born Mar 10, 1887 in Storfiplingdal, Vefsen, Norway, and died Oct 15, 1976 in Lincoln Co., Wisconsin. Together they owned a farm in Merrill, Lincoln, WI.

Daughter was Charlotte Dreger who married Forrest E. "Frosty" Damon in 1934.

Gottlieb DREGER, b. 1889 in Lublin, Poland - Descendants report (NGS)



Fåvang, Oppland, Norway to Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin
(Helga M. Helmersen mother of Charlotte Dreger)

Helga Marie HELMERSEN was born Mar 10, 1887 in Storfiplingdal, Vefsen, Norway, and died Oct 15, 1976 in Lincoln Co., Wisconsin. She was the daughter of Helmer Julius Hansen REVLING and Marianna NILSDATTER. She married Gottleib DREGER Oct 22, 1910 in St. Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota. He was born Mar 18, 1889 in Kroczyn-Kamien, Lublin, Poland, and died Jul 27, 1979 in Scott, Lincoln, Wisconsin. Together they owned a farm in Merrill, Lincoln Co., Wisconsin.

She emigrated in 1907 from Norway to be with her grandparents and a brother already living in the United States. They emigrated in 1890 and lived in Wilkins Co., MN before settling in Estherville, IA. Helga's brother, Hans Nikolai Helmersen (b. 1885), emigrated abt. 1903 and was living in Minneapolis, MN, about the time of her arrival.

Daughter of Helga and Gottlieb Dreger was Charlotte Dreger (Forrest Damon). Granddaughters included Caryol Ann Damon and Sandra Damon.

Reports and Tree Charts
Caryol Ann DAMON b. 1937 - Norwegian Ancestors (Tree Chart)
Granddaughter of Helga Helmersen.
Helga Marie HELMERSEN (1887-1976) - Ancestors Report (Ahnentafel)
Mother of Charlotte Dreger.
Helmer Julius Hansen REVLING (1855-1946) - Descendants Report (NGS)
Father of Helga Helmersen. Includes all notes and facts on ancestors only.
Hans E. REVLINGEN (1834-1930) - Descendants Report (NGS)
Grandfather of Helga Helmersen who emigrated to U.S. in 1890, 17 years before her.
Hans E. REVLINGEN (1834-1930) - Descendants Report (Outline)
Grandfather of Helga Helmersen.
Nils Larsen GAUKSTAD b. 1661 ca. in Norway - Descendants (Tree Chart)
Direct descendants of Helga and Gottlieb Dreger, include daughter Charlotte Dreger
and granddaughter Caryol Ann Damon.
Haldor Haldorsen BAKKE (1676-1730) - Descendants Report (Outline)
Outline report is a condensed version of standard report.
Haldor Haldorsen BAKKE (1676-1730) - Descendants Report (Registered)
Registered report includes individual notes and facts on ancestors.
Erick SPANGRUD b. 1706 in Norway - Descendants Report (NGS)
Paternal descendants from Erick Spangrud to Helga Helmersen.


The TOWNER Family

Sussex County, England to
New Haven Co., Connecticut

Lydia Emily TOWNER, born Sep 30, 1847 in Oxford, New Haven, CT; died Aug 27, 1945 in Unity, Clark, Wisconsin. She was the daughter of  Warner Towner and Lois Manville Peet. She married Wilber F. Cutts Aug 12, 1867 in Fairfield, Fairfield, CT. He was born Aug 29, 1847 in Oxford, New Haven, CT, and died Mar 27, 1929 in Unity, Clark, WI. He was the son of William H. Cutts and Anna Lee.

TOWNER is one of Connecticut's old families dating back to the 1680s, when Richard Towner arrived in America from Sussex, England. He was the son of Thomas Towner born ca. 1636 in Paling, Sussex, England.

Lydia E. Cutts was the 5th great-granddaughter of Thomas Towner and Mary Page.

1.  Thomas Towner was born Abt. 1636 in Paling, Sussex, England, and died 1665 in New Boston, Sandisfield, Berkshire, MA. He married Mary Page  May 08 1664 in Streat, Sussex, England. Mary Page was born Nov. 1640 in Alderley, Cheshire, England; died 1689 in Paling, Sussex, England. She was the daughter of John Page and Mary Johnson.

2.  Richard Towner was born Bet. 1650 - 1655 in Sussex, England, and died Aug 22, 1727 in Branford, New Haven, CT. He married (1) Mary Duly Bet. 1670 - 1671 in Savannah, GA or Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut. She was born Abt. 1654 in England. He married (2) Deborah Crane Mar 06, 1716/17 in Haddam, CT. Richard was the son of Thomas Towner and Mary Page of  England.

Reports and Tree Charts

Thomas TOWNER, b. 1636 in Sussex, ENG - Descendants tree
Thomas TOWNER, b. 1636 in Sussex, ENG - Descendants report (NGS)
Lydia E. TOWNER, b. 1847 in Oxford, Conn. - Ancestors tree
Lydia E. TOWNER, b. 1847 in Oxford, Conn. - Ancestors report
A.D. 1686-1910.

Richard Towner settled in the town of Guilford, Connecticut, on or about Feb. 17, 1686. There is a grant of land of that date on the record of the town meetings at page 105, though the grant was not put on the land records till May 2, 1712, when the town ordered it to be recorded as ten acres "formerly granted to Richard Towner, now living in Branford," marked at the corners by stones graven with the letters "R. T." He lived in Guilford some three years and then removed to Branford, where there is a record of him in 1689. From whence he emigrated to this country has not been ascertained with certainty, but probably from Sussex Co., England. The family has been there for generations, and nowhere else. Some others of the name have come from that locality during the period from 1830 to 1850 to N.Y. City, and others are yet in Sussex.

In the southeast part of Branford there is a swamp, and at the beach a cave in the rocks, which have long been known as ''Towner's Swamp" and "Towner's Cave." The grant made to him in Guilford apparently includes this swamp, and it is conjectured that for some reason he lived for awhile in this cave, but he first settled on "Towner's Hill," and the following year built a house at a place three miles east known as "Short Rocks" and put down a well; and traces of the cellar wall of the house and of the well are still to be seen there, and are identified by descendants of his living in Branford.

A tradition related in the towns of Oxford, Haddam and Killingworth, Conn., by descendants of Richard, is that he was impressed into the British navy from the Isle of Man, and that after some years' service on the American coast, he was put ashore at Savannah, Ga., to die of yellow fever; but recovered and married his nurse, and with her went to Charleston, S. C, and engaged in the grocery business; that afterwards to escape a threatened bombardment by a Spanish man-of-war, he and others, provisioning a small vessel from his store, sailed for the North and landed on the shore of Connecticut, settling at Branford.

The date of Richard's birth is unknown. However, in his will, made in 1725, he speaks of himself as "aged and weak in body," and his birth was probably 1650-55 or earlier. Neither is the name of his first wife certainly known, but there is a Mary Towner on the church record who likely was his wife ; in the will, his wife is called Deborah, but she was a second wife, Deborah Crane, whom he married in Haddam Mar. 6, 1716-17, 0. S.

Towner, J. W. (1910). A Genealogy of the Towner Family; the Descendants of Richard Towner, who Came From Sussex County, Eng., to Guilford, Conn., Before 1685. Los Angeles, CA: Times-Mirror Printing and Binding House. Pages 9-11.



Warner &  Lois Towner house 742 Oxford Rd., Oxford, CT. Lydia Cutts (nee Towner) was raised here. The home was built in 1730, long before it was occupied by the family.
Map of New Haven Co., CT from 1852 showing dwellings owned by Towner family. William H. Cutts lived about a mile west of Eight Mile Brook in Southbury township.