ANCESTRY AND YOUTH
LIKE most American men of letters the author of "Opportunity" and "The Fool's Prayer" was a native of New England. He was born on April 29, 1841, in Windsor, affectionately called "Ancient Windsor," Connecticut, where his parents, his grandparents, and forbears, reaching back to the foundation of the colony, had lived before him, one of his ancestors being the first minister of the church there from 1630 to 1670. His ancestry included some of the best stocks of New England--Walcotts, Grants, Edwardses, Ellsworths, Rowlands, Allyns; and one who was curious in such matters might trace his descent to Sir Thomas Ware, Knight, of Yorkshire, member of Parliament in 1613, and auditorgeneral of Ireland, or, even farther back, to Sir Nicholas Pyncheon, of Wales, Sheriff of London in 1532.
There is an allusion to this Welsh strain in his ancestry, which had a sort of fascination