Commemorative Biographical Record of Hartford County, Connecticut
J.H. Beers & Co., 1901, Chicago pages 583 and 584
"MANNA ALDERMAN, an honored and representative citizen of Burlington, was born there Jan. 12, 1824, and belongs to one of the oldest and most highly-respected families of Hartford county.
The ancestors of our subject were from England, and were among the first settlers of the New England States. His grandfather, Eli ALDERMAN, was the first of the name to locate in the town of Burlington. He was born in Granby, then a part of the town of Simsbury, Hartford county, and there grew to manhood, and engaged in farming for some years. He married Eunice LAIRD, and later in life they removed to Burlington, where he became a farmer and land owner. Here they spent the remainder of their lives, and their remains were interred in what is known as the Case cemetery. Their children were Eli, Eunice, John, Esther, Truman, Caroline and Chestine (twins), Polly, Manna and Sally, all now deceased.
Truman ALDERMAN, father of our subject, was born in Simsbury, and was twelve years of age when he came with his parents to Burlington, where he attended school and later engaged in farming throughout life, becoming one of the prosperous and successful citizens of his community. He was a large land owner, and operated the farm now owned by our subject. He was noted for his industry and honesty, and was well known and highly respected. In politics he was independent, and in religion was a consistent and faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. During the war of 1812 he aided in the defense of the country as a soldier of the United States army. In the town of Avon, then Farmington, he married Julia HADSELL, a native of that place, and to them were born eleven children: Chestine, deceased wife of Theodore LEVENSWORTH; Manna; Eunice, who died young; Julia Antoinette, who died unmarried; Ellen Jeanette; Rhoda Maria, wife of Ozias MUNGER; Truman Andrew, who married Ellen LEWIS; Berditt, who married Augusta LEWIS; and Joseph, who died in infancy. The father died at the age of fifty-three years, and was buried in the Case cemetery.
The subject of this sketch is indebted to the public schools of Burlington for his educational privileges, and early in life he became familiar with the duties which fall to the lot of the agriculturist. After his fatherâ€™s death he took charge of the old homestead, and has since successfully engaged in general farming, stock raising, dairying, lumbering, and also in the distilling of cider brandy. An upright and reliable business man, he has met with well-deserved success in his undertakings, and is now quite well-to-do.
At Plainville, Conn., in 1847, Mr. ALDERMAN married Miss Maria HOWE, a native of Farmington, and a daughter of Ira and Maria Marilla (ATKINS) HOWE. The father was a native of Plymouth, Conn., nad a prosperous citizen of Farmington. Mrs. Aldermanâ€™s maternal grandfather, David ATKINS, was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. The children born to our subject and his wife are as follows: (1) Joseph Chauncey is now a farmer of Montana. (2) Marilla Beatrice is the wife of Huron HENRY, of New Haven, Conn., and they have three children, Fred, Myron E., and Beatrice May. (3) Truman A., a resident of Ohio, married Frances WOODRUFF, and has two children, Edith May and Bernice. (4) Sereno, who is engaged in farming near the homestead, married Rosa SANSELL. (5) Clarence, a farmer, married Alice BUNNELL. (6) Elliott, who is engaged in farming on the homestead, married Corinna LAGERSTROM, and has three children, Ernest, Arthur and Gladys. (7) Lena Belle married Philip HODGE, and has four children, Martin Ray, Ethel, Clayton and Vera Belle. For over fifty years Mr. and Mrs. Alderman have traveled lifeâ€™s journey together, sharing its joys and sorrows, and in 1897 they celebrated their Golden Wedding. They are now well advanced in years, but are still in the possession of all their faculties, and have reason to feel that their lives have not been spent in vain. They are widely known and respected, and Mrs. Alderman is a consistent member of the Congregational Church. Mr. Alderman is liberal in his religious views, and independent in politics."