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Daniel Bontecou
Daniel Bontecou
1779 - 1859
Biography: Daniel Bontecou was born in 1779 in New Haven, Connecticut, the son of Dr. Daniel Bontecou (1739-1787) of Wethersfield and Rebecca Starr (1733-1802) of Middletown. He married Sybil Potter (d. 1810), the daughter of Reverend Elam and Sybil (Pease) Potter of Enfield in 1798. They had five children, Catherine Rhodes (1798-1832), Daniel (1804-1852), Martha Potter (1806-1855), Sybil Pease (1808-1851) and Mary (1810-1846). He married second in 1816, Harriet Bliss (1782-1853), daughter of the Honorable Moses and Abigail (Metcalf) Bliss of Springfield, Massachusetts. They had three children, William (died young), Harriet (1818-1872), and William Ely (1823-after 1885). Daniel was a merchant in Enfield, Connecticut. He held the rank of Sergeant in the 31st Regiment of the Connecticut militia. He moved to Springfield, Massachusetts in 1806, and was a partner in a dry goods and general merchandise business with Colonel Solomon Warriner from 1806 to 1817. After the Warriner & Bontecou partnership dissolved, Daniel continued in business alone. He later established a business partnership with Jonathan W. Hunt. Bontecou & Hunt continued until 1835 when Daniel sold his interest and retired. Daniel was elected deacon in the First Congregational Church on 5 March 1833, and continued in office until 2 May 1845 when he went to South Church, also in Springfield. Daniel was an incorporator and trustee of The Springfield Institution for Savings in 1827 and an incorporator of The Springfield Five-cent Savings Bank in 1854. He died in 1857.