John Daniell, Jr., 1685-1765
John Daniell, the second son of John and Dorothy Daniel, was born in 1685 in Milton, Massachusetts. He married Elliner Verin in Milton in 1707. Elliner was a relative of Captain Lemuel Gulliver who returned to Ireland in 1723 and described America to his neighbor Jonathan Swift in such an exaggerated way that Swift used his name three years later in his famous Gulliver’s Travels. Lemuel said the “frogs in America reached up to his knees and had musical voices like the twang of a guitar and the mosquitoes had bills as large as darning needles.” (The Daniels-Daniells Family Vol. 2).
John was actively involved in the affairs of Milton, serving as constable, sealer of weights, “servaur” of highways, and fence viewer (surveyer). He was a selectman and on the committee to build the meeting house. In 1728, the property on Milton Hill which John Grenaway had given to William Daniel, John’s grandfather, 76 years earlier was desired by the Secretary of the Colony. John sold the property at a good price and a few years later moved his family to Pomfret, Connecticut.
In Pomfret he bought Howes Mill on the Quinebaug River for 2400 pounds, a big sum of money then. He became a captain in the militia during the French and Indian War. At age 75 he sold the mill property to Benjamin Cargill and returned to Milton where he died at age 80.