Another important Brooklyn resident was Daniel Tyler Jr.
(1699 or 1700-1800).
A man of considerable talents, Tyler was, like his friend and associate Israel Putnam, a first-generation leader of his community.
A carpenter and a farmer Tyler was the builder of the meeting house constructed in 1771.
Nine years later, at the age of eighty, he
is said to have walked the ridge pole to inspect his
By the time of his
had amassed a considerable fortune, including over 1,000 acres of land, which he
left to his
house still stands on Wauregan Road.
Several later Tylers were men of prominence.
One grandson, Daniel Tyler (1799-1882), was born in Brooklyn and attended West Point.
He served as a Brigadier General in the Civil War.
established large cotton factories and iron works in Alabama, promoted railroads, and founded the town of Anniston.
Daniel Putnam Tyler
(1798-1875) was a great grandson of Daniel Tyler Jr.
He became a prominent lawyer in Brooklyn and built the small law office now preserved by the Brooklyn Historical Society.
Reportedly a brilliant orator, he
was well known throughout the state as a stump speaker.
Tyler served as clerk of the Superior and County Courts of Windham for fifteen years.
Later, he was appointed judge of the County Court; and, finally, was named Secretary of State of Connecticut.