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THE LI»«A«V mf 
Two Oo«a Rioeiva 

APR. in 1902 


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Kfttered according to Art of Coii-rcss, in tlip. J-.j<r f!» 
In the Oflicf of tlie Librarian "f Cnnurcss, 
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Those marked with a star are from Photographs taken and finished by Rev. H. A. Cainpl)ell. 

The Spinner and Wheel,* 

Rock Rimmon, 

Seymour from Castle Rock, 

The Falls from Broad Street. 

Birthplace of Gen. Humphreys,* 

The Home of Rev. Richard Manstield,* 

Front View of lleury Wooster Place.* 

Rear View of Henry Wooster Place,* 

View on South Main Street.* 

The Dr. Thomas Stoddard Pluce.* 

The Dayton Tavern,* 

The Sheldon Tucker Homestead.* 

Old Tavern Si^n.* 

The Old Blacksmith Shop,* 

The Bell School House,* 

The old Cougre.ij;ational Parsonage.* 

First Congregational Church, 

The Naugatuck above Kinneytown,* 

The Deacon Lum House,* 

View on Bladen's Brook, 

Home of Joel Chatfield and son Leman, 

D. Holbrook and Chatfield Homt-stead, 

The Jesse Johnson Place,* 

By Rimmon Pond, near the Wolf Pit.' 

Rock Rimmon and Rimmon Pond,* 

The Capt. Robbins House, 

The Gen. Humphreys Mill,* 

The DeForest-French Place.* 

Humphreysville in 1838, 

Birthplace of Mrs. Ann S. Stevens.* 

The Seymour House,* 

By the Falls.* 

Foot of Falls Hill.* 

George Hurlburt House,* 

Back Porch of Abel Bassett House,* 

Capt. Phili) Holbrook House.* 

Judge John Humphreys Place.* 

Old Canlield House,* 

The Walter French House * 

The Old Saw Mill,* 

View of Little River, 

Eugene Wyant's House,* 

The Wooster-Church House, 

The Washburn Homestead,* 

Indian Tree, 

The Clark-Hine Homestead,* 

Old Chestnut Tree on Rimmon Hill.* 

The Old Rimmon Cemetery,* 


Fireplace in Alex. Johnson's House.* 9.'> 

Rock on Bungay,* 96 

Old Miles Homestead,* 97 

The Samuel Botsford Homestead.* 

The Russell Tomlinson House,* 

The Capt. Abel Holbrook House,* 

Priest Abner Smith House.* 

Moses Fanton-Benham House.* 

Old Cong'l Communion Service.* 

Joseph Tomlinson House,* 

Christopher Smith Homesteatl.* 

The Holbrook-Russell Place,* 

The Capt. Nettleton Place, south view, 

The Capt. Nettleton Place, east view,* 

One of the Oldest Chestnut Trees,* 

The l{ocks at "The Falls," 

View on the Naugatuck River,* 

Rock Rimmon, 

Congregational Church and P.irsonage*r26 

Interior of theCo.igregational Church.* 1 2s 

Second Methodist Episcopal Church, VSl 

Present Methodist Epis. Church 1891, 133 

Interior Methodist Episcopal Church, 34 

Trinity Church, 

Interior of Trinity Church. 

View from Castle Rock, looking norJh, 

The Chur( h of St. Augustine, 

Interior of Church of St. Augustine, 

The German Lutheran Chun h. 

Great Hill Methodist Church 

The Falls and Vicinity in 1872, 

The Stone Bridge and Vicinity. 

The Old Woolen .Mill, built in 1806. 

The Kinneytown Dam,* 

F. H. Beecher's Works, 

Humphreysville, from an old print, 

Rimmon Falls and Rock Rimmon * 

The Mills and Falls in 180S. 

Facsimile of Gen. Humphreys Letter, 

Gen. Humphreys' Seal and Flag. 

An Old Broadaxe. 

The James Swan Manufg.Co 's Works, 

The Humphreys Building, 

The Fowler Nail Company's Works, 

Tlie Tingue Manuf z. Co.'s Works. 

Southerly View of Lower Falls, etc.. 

The H. A. Matthews Mfg Co. Works 


The New Haven Copper Co.'s Works, 179 

W. R. Brixey's Wor <s. 

Residence of VV. R. Brixey. 

The Seymour Manufg. Co.'s Works, 

Electric Light Compmy's Building, 

The S. Y Beach Paper Co 's Wons. 

The Falls in Time of Flood, 

The Rimmon Mnnufg. Go's Works, 

The Seymour Iron Foundry, 

Arethusa Spring Water Co.'s Works, 

Bank Street, looking toward Brid^^e. 

The New Depot,* 

Rear View of Depot and Freight Yard, 

View from Castle Rock, looking East, 

The Seymour High School, 

The Cednr Ridge School House,* 

Court House and Public Library, 

Valley National P.ank, 

The Steam Fire Engine, 

Tingue Opera House after tire in 188(), 

The Engine House, 

The Engine House Parlor, 

Looking West from the Park. 

Facsimile of Letter to Col. E Johnso i, 

Map of the Center, 1856, 

Map of the Town of Seymour. ISoC, 

Residence of James Swan. 

Residence of (Ion. Carlos French, 

Residence of A. B Dunham, 

Residence of Mrs. S. H. Canfield 

Residence of Dr F. A Benelict, 

Residence of A. Y. Beach, 

Residence of C. E. Fairchild, 

Residence of Edmund Day, 

View from Church Hill, looking east, 

View from Broad Street Bridge. 

View of Broad street and vicinity. 

The James Swan Co.'s lower falls. 

The Windsor Hotel, 

View on Little River, 


Rev. HoUis A. Campbell, frontispiect^ 

Rev. Richard Mansfield, 

Gen David Humphreys, 

John H DeForest, 

Walter French. 

Raymond French, 

Thomas James, 

Austin Goodyear Day, 

Sharon Y Beach. 

Dr. Joshua Kendall, 

A. G. De Wolfe, 


; Dr. Abiram Stoddard, 



George W. Divine, 



Samuel R. Dean, 



Lugrand Sharpe, 



Jason Bassett, 



Charles Swift, 



Oliver Stoddard Chat ield. 



Egbert R. Warner, M. D., 



Henry A Rider, 



Hon. Carlos French. 



James Swan, 



Thomas L. James, 


., 11)2 

William R. Brixey. 



Albert B. Dunham, 



Charles H. Lounsbury, 



Lewis A. Camp, 



Edward A. Klatt, 



Andrew Y. Beach, 



Capt. W. W. Smith, 



Edwin A. Lum, 



Frank G. Bassett, 



Rev. Edgar C. Tullar, 



Rev. W. A. Woodford. 



Rev M. F. Rigney. 



Rev. Paul E. T. Lempke. 



Rev. Henry Davenport N(ir hrop, 



Frank A. Benedict, M. D . 



Charles H. Pulford, M. !)., 



William L Ward, 



Frederick A. Rugg, 



Clayton S. Boies, 



Frederick B' echer. 



Theodore B. Beach, 



S. Hart Culver, 



Robert Healey, 



Thomas Sharpe. 



William B. Swan, 



Clifford J. Atwater, 



Geoige A Divine, 



Sharon D. Beach, 



James M. Smith, 



John Swan, 



Albert Swan, 



Charles H. French, 



Curtis W. Thrall, 



William C. Sharpe, 



Albert E. Clark, 



Julius H and Junius N. Benham, 



Upson Post, G A. R., May 30, 1891, 



Lieut. Hiram Upson, 



Group of Ladies, 



The lover of histor}- looks with interest upon the old homes and 
landmarks of a New England village. But if inquiry is made con- 
cerning many of these old places, there is disappointment in learn- 
ing their history, because of the indefinite answers given. Having 
had this e.xperience. the writer has been gathering, for seven years, 
items of interest relating to the old landmarks, homes and families 
located in Seymour. Of the old places remaining, the writer has 
taken many photographs, which led to further inquiry into their his- 
tory. The suggestion to combine the illustrations and history natur- 
ally followed. 

In May, igoo, I wrote an article upon the subject, "Old Land- 
marks of Seymour," for the Connecticut Magazine, but this was in- 
complete for the lack of space. 

The interest taken in this article led to the plan of putting in 
book form what information was gathered relating to the old homes. 
In so doing it is my aim to present the information in such a way as 
to revive the public mterest in our local history, that has clustered 
about the old homes and landmarks for two centuries and more. 

It has also been my aim to point out these places, and to briefly 
describe them, treating of their history in localities, if not altogether 
in the order of time. This method will, with the history of the fam- 
ilies, give greater variety, and add to the local and general interest. 

Any effort of this kind will, by necessity, be incomplete, be- 
cause many facts of history and the traditions have departed with 
the fathers. 

The most instructive and interesting history is that which re- 
lates to all sides of life, classes and conditions of men. The history 
of the people has been too brief. It has been too much confined to 
the civil community. Therefore it is hoped that the present meth- 
od of presentation will be a pleasant change, that is, by more fully 
considering the homes, families and life that make up the civil com- 
munity. The home and home life are nearest the hearts of men. 
The social, religious and political institutions have been closely re- 
lated to the old homes, to touch the inner life of the people. All 
these come into our brief history. 


I am indebted to many friends for the information that is given 
in these pages. I wish to express my thanks to all who have in any 
way contributed to this work; and for the generous public response 
in encouraging the work, by subscribing for the same. 

Mv constant aim has been to present an interesting book to read 
and also to make it of sufficient value to be useful for future refer- 

Among the books for reference were the following: "The His- 
tory of Seymour," 2 vols., by W. C. Sharpe; "History of Derby," 
by S. Orcutt; "The History of New Haven County." by J. L. 
Rockey; "Derby Records," manuscripts, deeds, etc. 

No sooner was this book begun than there appeared the need 
of enlarging it upon the original plan. It was therefore arranged 
that W. C. Sharpe should have the e.xclusive preparation of the bi- 

In preparing notes for the churches, manufacturing industries 
and fraternities, I found the time too short to do the subjects justice 
and consequently these were left to W. C. Sharpe, who prepared 
these articles. 

It was further arranged with F. G. Bassett for the preparation 
of the genealogies, which he has done with much labor, faithful- 
ness and success, thus greatly increasing the value of the book. 

Concerning the illustrations, more than sixty of these were from 
photographs taken and iinished by the writer (H. A. C. ) Others 
were from cuts made for "The Seymour Record," and furnished by 
W. C. Sharpe. Still others were from cuts generously loaned by 
the "Connecticut Magazine Co." of Hartford. The photographic 
work of Ralph S. Beach is illustrated in these pages, and also that 
of W. C. Bryant of New York. 

From the department of the U. S. Geological Survey, Wash- 
ington, D. C, there was secured a special edition of 500 copies of 
the map, "Derby Sheet," made for this book, and given by the 
writer. This is the topographical map of Seymour and surrounding 
towns, and is one of the best maps made. 

Special thanks are due to the Town of Seymour for having a 
map of the town made, and also for furnishing copies of said map 
for this book, "Seymour, Past and Present." This map was ordered 
after most of this book was written. 

Seymour, Conn., Jan. 23, 1902. 


Part I.— By Rev. H. A. Campbell. 


Division I. 
Important Events and Dates and Historical Sketch. 
Chapter I. — Important Events and Dates, page 9. 

Our Naugatuck, Poem, by M. S. Noyes, 15. 
Chapter II. — Historical Sketch, 17. 

Division II. 
Old Landmarks, Homes and Families. 
Chapter I. — Fishing Place, Indians, etc., 25. 
Additional Notes, see p. 211. 
To Rock Rimmon, Poem, by A. F. Rider, 124. 

Part II. 
Chapter I. — The Churches of Seymour, by W. C. Sharpe. 

The Congregational Church, 125. 

The Methodist Episcopal Church, 130. 

Trinity Church, 136. 

The Church of St. Augustine. 140. 

The German Lutheran Church, 143. 

The Great Hill Congregational Church, 144. 

Great Hill Methodist Episcopal Church, 147. 
Chapter II. — Manufacturing Industries, by W. C. Sharpe. 

Industries of the Past, 151. 

Present Manufacturing Industries, 172. 
Chapter III. — The Public Schools, Library and Bank, b}^ Rev. 
H. A. Campbell. 

The High School, Second Street, Bell, Cedar Ridge, Bungay 
and Great Hill Schools, 193. 

The Public Library, 199. 

Valley National Bank, 200. 


Chapter IV.— By W. C. Sharpe. 

The Seymour Fire Department. 201. 

The New Park, 210. 
Chapter V.— By Rev. H. A. Campbell. 

Old Homes, Families and Landmarks — Additional Notes, 211. 

Early Dealings with the Indians, 215. 
Chapter VI.— By W. C. Sharpe. 

Early Settlers, Indian Hill and Success Hill. 218. 
Chapter VII.— By Rev. H. A. Campbell. 

Dates of Houses, Factories and Public Buildings, 225. 
Chapter VIII.— By W. C. Sharpe. 

Biography, People of the Past, 233. 

Biography, People of Today. 277. 

Selectmen, from 1850 to 1902, 329. 

Town Clerks, Treasurers and School Visitors, 330. 

Members of the Board of Education, 332. 

Postmasters. 333. 

Representatives, 334. 
Chapter IX. — Patriotic Services in Time of War, by W. C. Sharpe. 

In the War of the Revolution, 335. 

In the French and Indian Wars, 339. 

Soldiers in the War of 181 2-1 8 14, 339. 

In the Mexican and Florida Wars, 340. 

In the War for the Preservation of the Union, 340. 
Chapter X. — Fraternal and Patriotic Societies, etc.. by W. C. 
Sharpe, 349. 

Part III. — By Frank G. Bassett. 
Genealogies, 361. 
Index, following Genealogies. 
Map of Seymour, presented by the Town, and Derby Sheet of 

U. S. Survey Map, inside back cover. 

Part 1. 


Division I. 




1614 Adriaen Block discovered Connecticut coast and river 

1630! The Council of Plymouth (or for New England) -ranted the 
tract including Connecticut to Earl of Warwick. 

163 1 The Earl of Warwick granted to Lord Say and Sele and 
others the tract from Narragansett River west 120 miles includ- 
ing all of Connecticut. 

1633. Theearhest date used relatmg to the Indians at the falls, 

1637-8, New Haven was first settled. 
1639, Apr, 25, New Haven Colony was founded. 
1639, Milford was settled. ^ 

164^ Mr Wakeman established a trading post at Deroy. 
1654', Edward Wooster was the first permanent settler in the Naug- 

atuck valley at Derby. 
i66s New Haven countv was named. 
,665', The union of the Connecticut and New Haven colonies was 

1670, Date of the Great Hill and Hawley purchase, 
1675, Derbv town was incorporated with 12 families. 
1677'. Waterbury was settled, and was incorporated in 16S6. 
1678 Apr 22, Ebenezer Johnson became the first owner of land m 

Seymour, purchased of the Indians, near Rock Rimmon. 

16-8 Apr -' The inhabitants of Derby bought of the Inaians the 

' land about the Falls, except the Falls and reservation eastward. 

1683, Samuel Riggs' cellar was located southeast of Rock Kimmon. 

168;, The tirst Milford purchase south of Bladens brook one mile 

"and 120 rods wide, along Nev Haven line. 


1687, Aug. 6, Quaker Farms and Rockhouse Hill region was bought 
of the Indians. 

1687, Aug. 6, mention made of Woodbury path or road over Rock- 
house Hill. 

1690. Before this date there were two or three settlers near Rock 

1692, David Wooster, son of Edward ist, bought of Indians land 
between Castle rock and the river. 

1693, Aug. 15, Land bought of the Indians, b}' Wm. Tomlinson, J. 
Hard, J. Lum and T. Wooster, etc., located between 4 and 5 
mile brook, now Rockhouse Hill, a part of the 1687 purchase. 

1700, Feb. 29, The 2nd Milford purchase, "two bit purchase." 
north of Bladens brook, along New Ha\en line. 

1702, Feb. 23, the 3d Milford purchase, "one bit purchase," north 
of Lebanon brook, now west part of Bethany. 

1702, The "Camp's mortgage purchase," a tract 3 miles square on 
Great Hill was divided. The Indians or the town of Derby had 
previously given this mortgage to Nicholas Camp of Milford. 

1707, There were settlers at Pinesbridge. 

1708, Division made of land at Rock Rimmon and Pinesbridge 
between Kb. Johnson and Sam. Riggs. 

1712, The first roads or paths were constructed in the north part of 

Derby town. 
1 73 1, There were settlers along Little River. 
1 73 1, The Indians sold their reservation except the Falls and plain 

1738, About this date Chief Chuse settled near the Falls. 
1740-2, There were about twenty families in this part of the town. 
1747, The date of sale of the Abbott's house and mills on Little 

river near Park and Oxford roads. 
1750, About this date the Woosters had a deer park of 100 acres 

west of corners of Park and Oxford roads. 

1759, New road was laid out at the foot of Indian Hill, south of the 
bridge, now South Main street. 

1760, The town granted to James Pritchard th^i site on Little river 
for a corn mill. 

1763, Oct. 4. The Indians sold the Falls and 2^2 acres of land to 
Keeney, Wooster and J. Hull, Jr. The first industries were soon 


1766, A school is mentioned on Great Hill. The first schools in 
town were in private houses. 

1775, Nov. 29, Great Hill ecclesiastical society organized, and in- 
corporated in May, 1779. 

1780, About this time Chief Chuse went to state reservation, Scat- 

1 78 1, The Great Hill Congregational church was built. The first 
meeting was held in March, 1782. 

1783, Plans begun, and road built soon after, from Woodbury along 
Housatonic river to Derby. 

17S3, The graveyard was established on Great Hill. 

1784, The town of Woodbridge was incorporated. 

1785, Capt. Bradford Steele built a shop with hammers at the 
Falls, run by water power. 

1787, Dec. 21, Rev. Abner Smith was called to the church on Great 
Hill, remaining until 1829 or 1830. 

1789, Now 3, Congregational church, Seymour, organized with 26 

1790, Congregational church was built on Pearl street. 
1793. The first physician. Dr. S. Sanford, came to town. 
1793, About the date of the first Methodist preaching. 

1795, The Oxford turnpike constructed by the second turnpike com- 
pany chartered in the state 

1797. Feb. 20, Trinity Episcopal church was organized. 
1797) Feb. 7, Methodist church was organized. 

1798, The town of Oxford was incorporated. 

1798, The New Haven turnpike was constructed, now Maple street, 

beginning at Pearl. 
I799» (1790.'') Titus Beach built fulling mill on Bladens brook, now 

the Beach paper mill. 
1802, Road was built from iron bridge. Broad street, up the hill to 

the old blacksmith shop. 

1802, Gen. David Humphreys imported 100 merino sheep from 
Spain to Derby. 

1803, Gen. D. Humphreys purchased the property at the Falls. 

1804, The name Humphreysville was given to this part of the town. 
1804, Dr. Abiram Stoddard, M. D., came to town. 

1804, Oct. 18, Morning Star Lodge, No. 47, F. & A. M., was organ- 
ized in Oxford with 20 members. Revived and moved to Sey- 
mour, May 14, 185 1. 


1805, Gen. D. Humphreys established the tirst paper mill in town. 
i80t, The road on the west side of the river was laid out, extending: 

to Derby Narrows. 

1806, June 5-6, Gen. D. Humphreys raised the frame of the woolen 

1806, The Humphreysville Mfg. Co. was established. 

1807, Thomas Gilyardand John Winterbotham came from England, 
1812-12, The last of the Indian lands were sold on and near Indian 

Hill, now Promised Land. 
18 10, Date of the birth of Mrs. Ann Stephens, daughter of John 

Winterbotham, born on West street, died at Newp(^rt, K. I.. 

Aug. 20, 1886. 
1810, About this date Walter French began to make twisted augers j 

and bits in a blacksmith shop on the corner of Pearl and Maple ' 

1818, Feb. 21, Gen. D. Humphreys died suddenly in New Haven, 

and was buried there. Born in Derby, 1752. 
1828, The first bell and stove used in Trinity church. 
1837, The first paper made of straw in Connecticut was at the 

Smith paper mill. 
1842, The Humphreysville Grave Yard Association was organized, 

that is, Union Cemetery; and the first burial was in October, 

Curtis Randall. 
1844, Raymond French built the dam at Kinneytown. 
1844, The town of Naugatuck was incorporated. 
1844, The road from Blue\ille ( Rubber mill ) was cut through to the 


1846, The Congregational church buihling was begun on Broad 
street, and was dedicated Av^ril 20, 1847. 

1847, The dam at Rimmon Falls was begun and was flooded Oct, 
27, 4867. Cost $65,000. 

1848, The New Haven Copper Co. was incorporated. Capital, 
$200, 000, 

1849, The first railroad locomotive ran into Seymour, May 10, and 
on May 14 the Naugatuck road was opened from Bridgeport to 

1850, Seymour was incorporated as a town, with a population of 

1850, The dam at the Falls was rebuilt with solid masonry by Ray- 
mond French. 


1851, The first town bank was incorporated. 

1853-4. The Great Hill M. E. church was built. 

1854, Austin G. Day be^an the manufacture <)f hard rubber g-oods, 

1856-7, The wooden bridtje across the Naujjatuck river, Bank street, 

was built. 
1857, The Hoadley bridge was built at west end of Bank street. 
1S66, The Fowler Nail Co. was incorporated. Capital $60,000. 
1867, Oct. 27. The Riinmon Falls dam, gates first closed. 

1869, Printing of^ce opened by William C. Sharpe. 

1870, The population of Seymour was 2,121. 

1 87 1, Beacon Falls was incorporated as a town, formed out of the 
adjoining towns. 

1871, The Seymour Record was first published by W. C. Sharpe. 

1880, The population of Se\'mour was 2,318. 

1880, The Tingue Mfg. Co. was incorporated. Capital $200,000. 

1880, The Seymour Mfg. Co. was organized May, 1880. Incorpor- 
ated January session, 1887. Capital $500,000. 

1880, The S. Y. Beach Paper Co. was incorporated. Capital 

1882, Fire on Bank street destroyed the furniture store of E. F. 
Bassett and store of S. Y. Beach. 

1882, Oct. 21, The Fire Companv was organized, and incorporated 
March 17, 1886. 

J 883, The iron bridge at Broad street was built. 

1.S84, The High School building was begun on Bank street and was 
occupied the fall of 1886. 

1886, Aug. 20, Mrs. Ann Stephens died in Newport. R. I., aged 76. 

1S88, July 15, The Church of St. Augustine cornerstone I lid. Ded- 
icated May 18, 1890. 

1889, .\nsonia was incorporated as a town, separating from Derby. 

18S9, The "Pines" was converted into a public i)ark. Purchased in 

1889, Jan. The Seymour Electric Co. was incorporated. Capital 

1890, The population of Seymour was 3,300. 

1890, The H. A. Matthews Mfg. Co. was organized. Capital $85,000. 
1892, The Arethusa Spring Water Co. of Seymour was organized by 

Hon. C. French. 
1892, The Seymour Free Public Librar\- was organized. 


1892, Nov. 2 1, The German E\angelical Church was organ izecL 

Church built 1894. 
1892, Jan. Dr. Frank A. Benedict, M. D., began practice in town. 
1892, Dr. E. W. Davis, M. D., began practice in town. 
1895, The James Swan Co. was incorporated. Capital $12^,000. J. 

Swan, Supt. and Manager 1865, full owner 1877. 
1898, The Seymour Water Co. was organized. Capital $60,000. 
1898, The Seymour Iron Foundr\' was established by E, A. Klalt, 
1898, May 3, The Board of Tracie was organized. 
1898, May 4, The E. C. Sharpe B. & L. Co. was incorporated. 

Capital, $5,000. 

1898, Oct. 15, The new Railway Station was opened. 

1899, Apr., Water Works completed of S. Water Co. 

1900, Population of Seymour, 3,541. 

1900, July 16, the charter of the Valley National Bank of Seymour 
was granted. The bank was opened Aug. i.^], with W. L. Ward 
as president and C. S. Boies cashier. 

1900, Jan., the Rimmon Mfg. Co. was incorporated. Capital, 

1900, Oct., the New Park, the gift of Hon. Carlos French, was 
accepted by the town. 

1901, Charter was granted for Electric road from Ansonia to Sey- 
mour. S. Hart Culver was Representative to Conn. Legislature. 


1756, including Oxford, 1080; 1774, population 1889; 1790, popu- 
lation 2994 ; 1800, Derby alone, pop. 1878; 1810, pop. 2,051. 


Jan. 13, 1835. Jan. 7, 1838. In 1847 there were three heavy 
freshets — Feb. 3d and 8th, and March 10. 

On Nov. 12, 1853, the water rose 18 ft. 11 in. The south part 
of the railroad bridge was carried away with the abutment. The 
bridges at Beacon Falls, Pinesbridge and Ansonia were carried away. 

Jan. 8th, 1854, the water again swept away the railroad bridge, 
and also the dam at the rubber mill. 

April 30, 1854, there was a rise of water 19 ft. 5 in., and Derby 
avenue was washed out to the depth of three feet or more, and 
boats were used in the avenue. 



Oct. 4, 1S69. 15 ft. 9 in. Two brid.Ljes on Bladens brook were 
swept away. Feb. 19, 1870, 14 ft. Jan., 1874, 17 ft. 6 in. Aui^-. 
T9, 1875, 13 ft. Dec. lO. 1878, 17 ft. I in. Feb. 12, 1880,9 ft. 5 in. 

Dec. 18, 1888. 13 ft. II in. Feb. 
1901, 16 ft. 6 in. 

1896, 16 ft. 5 in. March , 1 



Our Nau^atuck. 

Down through the shailowy valines grccu 

Where ferns and grasses grow, 
Winding the fragrant hanks between. 

Its water onward flow. 
Throu-h sunny dale ami shady nook, 

Tlnough forest, flild and g en, 
'Mid song of birds and babbling brooU, 

Afar fiom haunts ot men. 
Past towering rocks whose mossy 

In summer sunsets j;low. 
And vineclad hids in verdance drcst, 

Where pale, sweet violets grow 
Through quiet vale and busy town, 

Willi sciund of wheel and lo. m, 
'Mid morning sunbeams darning down. 

And evening's shade and gloom. cities 'mid whose grassy waves 

The sculptured marble keeps 
It's silent vigils o'er the graves 

Weere many a loved one sleei)s, 
It siently glides in tranquil mood, 

When .ikies are fair and bright 
And rushes on in storm and flood, 

With mad resistless flight. 

Onward ever through ages old 

or springs and summers past, 
Of autumn's crimson and its gold. 

And winter s chilling blast 
And oh .' what stories must it know, 

t:ouM it but speak and tell. 
Of those who in the long ago 

Knew all its windinj;s well. 
Tales of a loi'g forgotten race. 

Who lived and loved and died. 
That wandered once in careless grace 

The sunny stream beside. 
Full many a >hifiing scene and change 

Since this old world was new, 
And many a wonMrous sight and strange 

Has passed before its view. 
In years an(i ages yet to come 

Will still its waters gleam ? 
And other forms beside it roam 

And love its shining stream ? 
When we with n7any g >nc before 

Shall see and know it not, 
And gaze upon it nevermore 

Forgetting and forgot. 

M. S N. 

June 14, 1698. 






nnHE territory covered by the present town of Seymour was not 
rjl: included in the iirst New Haven plantation, which was "a tract 
•|^ of land north of the ba}' ten miles one way and thirteen the 

other, and was purchased for ten coats." This was in April 
163S. Many statements have appeared in print, that the town of 
Milford at one time included Derby, which meant also the territor}' 
covered by the present town of Seymour, but this is an error. 
Milford extended only to a mile below the Narrows. It was in 1675 
that the town of Derb\- was organized, and ten years later, 1685, 
the Milford purchase was made of land, north of the Derby road to 
New Haven, one mile and 120 rods wide, along the New Haven line 
to Bladen's Brook, and in 1700 another purchase was made one 
mile and 120 rods ^\■ide north of Bladen's Brook, and in 1702 
another section north called "the one bit purchase." 

The people in Derby known as " Paugassett Company" v^aid 
taxes for three years direct to the New Haven Company, and for 
thirteen years to Milford, for then they attended and supported the 
church in Milford, but all the doings of the plantation, with the 
above exceptions, were independent of Milford from the ver>' be- 
ginning, and Milford never pretended to claim any part of Derby. 
See Der. Hist. p. 446. 

Though Derby was organized in 1675, the south boundary was 
not established until 1680. 

To designate the locality- about the Falls, the name Naugatuck 
was given, by which it was known until the coming of the Indian 
Chief Chuse about 1738, and then name Chusetown was given. 

Owing to the new woolen industry established by Gen. David 
Humphreys at the Falls in 1 803, the name was again changed to 
Humphreysville in 1804 in honor of the General. 


Seymour was incorporated as a town b}- the May, 1850, session 
of the general assembly, upon the petition of Leman Chatiield and 
others. The first town election was held in the basement of the 
Methodist church June 24, 1850, and the following were elected : 
Selectmen, Leman Chattield, David L. Holbrook, Thos. Cochran ; 
Town Clerk, Charles B. Wooster; Town Treasurer, Sylvester 
Smith. On the 31st of March, 185 1, Bennett Wooster was elected 
the first representative of the town of Seymour to the general as- 
sembly. Its name was given out of compliment to Hon. T. H. 
Seymour, then the Governor of the State. 

Old Derby included not onh' Humphre3'sville, but also the 
region north, now covered by Beacon Falls and Oxford, lying be- 
tween the New Haven or Milford bounds and the Housatonic river. 
The country is broken and rough, yet the town contains many fine 
farms. The numerous streams and reservoirs make the vallies the 
natural centers for manufacturing industries. The topography 
will indicate better than anything else the general appearance of 
the town. 

The Naugatuck River flows from the north, winding through the 
village to the "Falls," which the author will refer to as the central 
point, around which is clustered the following history of the old 
landmarks and homes. The Little river flows from the north-west 
into the Naugatuck some distance above the Falls, and Bladen's 
brook, or river, flows from the east into the Naugatuck about an 
eight of a mile above the Falls. The Four-Mile brook flows along 
the western base of Great Hill into the Housatonic river. 

The hills are numerous the highest elevation being 640 feet 
above the level of the sea. The hill south of the Henry Wooster, 
Moss, now S. G. Warrin place is 280 feet high, and the hill half a 
mile east is 400 feet. The hill south of the residence of L. T. 
Wooster is 320 feet, and due east from it three-fourths of a mile is a 
hill 496 feet in height. The Promised Land rises to the height of 
220 feet, and the hill near a mile to the east is 460. Skokorat is an 
elevation of 423 feet. Rock Rimmon is the next highest point of 
570 feet, where the town line crosses. Rimmon Hill is 400 feet. 
Chestnut Hill from 500 to 631, and Castle Rock is an elevation of 
340 feet. Where Church and West streets meet, the elevation is 
160 feet ; the Bungay road at the highest point is 400 feet. The 
Mountain road on Great Hill is elevated 440 feet. The high-est 
point on Great Hill is 640 feet on the turnpike, or the Woodbury 


Stage road at the old Priest Smith house. Rockhouse Hill is 590 
feet, and Moose Hill is an elevation of 670. At the present time, 
these northern hills are within the bounds of Beacon Falls and 

There being no bridges in the early part of the town's history, 
the Naugatuck river was forded at the following places ; just below 
Kinneytown, there was one or more, at the South end of Derb}' 
Avenue where the Rimmon road crossed was another, the one above 
the bridge at Broad street was used until the first bridge was built, 
referred to in 1763. The ford above the Falls was about the middle 
of Rimmon pond leading to Rock Rimmon, east, and Rimmon Hill 
road west, and there was still another at Pines Bridge, at the foot 
of the hill going north towards the cemetery. The roads at the 
present iron bridge would indicate another near that point. 

These fords indicate where some of the roads of the early days 
were. There was one that followed the river, doubtless used when 
the river was low. The Rimmon road came over Rimmon Hill, 
crossed Little River to the present Church street, then along the 
side of Castle Rock to the ford at the south end of Derby Avenue, 
from thence extending to the Henry Wooster brook, on up the hill. 
This road can still be traced between the brook and railroad, and 
from the brook up the hill the road is frequently used. There was 
a road along the river to Kinneytown, and instead of the south 
Bungay road, there was one that came from the west near the Dea. 
Nehemiah Botsford place, that has long since been given up. An- 
other very old forsaken road is marked by a lane near the Keeney 
homestead, Kinneytown, winding up the hill westward, meeting 
the south Bungay road. Around the west and south side of Castle 
Rock, there was another road, that is not on the chart today. At 
an early date there was a path along the Oxford road, but the 
turnpike was not laid out until 1794. In addition to the Bunga>' 
road, there are two four corners before coming to the Woodl:)ury, 
or Stage road, the principal road on Great Hill, mentioned as early 
as 1683. 

On the east side of the Naugatuck river, at the east end of the 
Falls bridge, the old road ran directly to a point a little west of the 
engine house ; also there was a road south from the bridge leading 
to the Henry Wooster brook, a mile below, there meeting the 
Rimmon road. The road north of the Wooster — Warrin house ran 
east, a cross-road northeast to the Frank Steele farm and Walnut 


Street. From the old blacksmith shop at the Pearl street corners, 
another road extended to the Johns' corners and then south to 
Derby. A little east of Davis— Johns corners, a road ran north- 
ward to Joel and Leman Chatfield's place. The New Haven turn- 
pike was not completed until 1798. Still another important road 
led over Skokorat on to Waterbury. From the papermill on 
Bladen's brook, there was a road alonj; the north side of the brook, 
which is still to be seen east of the stone bridge, close to the brook. 

Still another road was laid out along the Naugatuck river to 
Rock Rimmon and northward. South of Rock Rimmon, there was 
a road running southwest to the ford referred to, and then meeting 
the Rimmon road on the southern slope of Rimmon Hill. Another 
old road followed Rimmon brook, then extended northeast, meet- 
ing other roads now in Beacon Falls. Again at some point on the 
southern slope of the Rimmon Hill road, another important road 
ran northeast along the eastern slope of Rimmon Hill, passing the 
deserted cemetery, now in the wilderness, crossing the river prob- 
ably at the Pines Bridge ford, then up the hill east of the present 
road, then northward to meet the stage road from Naugatuck town 
to New Haven. The connection between the Oxford and Rimmon 
roads was the present Beecher street. 

It is to be said to the credit of the white people of New Eng- 
land, during colonial times, that they purchased the lands from the 
Indians before they permanently settled upon it. Such was the 
case in this valley. It was only sixteen years after Edward Woos- 
ter came to Derby, that other white men began to buy up the ter- 
ritory around, beginning with the Great Hill purchase in 1670, by 
Alexander Bryan, of Milford, for seventeen pounds. This same 
territory was sold to John Brinsmade, Sr. , Henry Tomlinson. and 
Joseph Hawley, of Stratford, for the same compensation, and-then 
it was called the " Hawley purchase." This was upon the soiith- 
ern border of Great Hill, which in 17 16 became the estate of Robert 
Bassett, who gave it to his son Samuel. In Aug. 1693 the tract of 
land on Rockhouse Hill was bought, being included in the purchase 
lying between Four-mile and Five-mile brooks, the Housatonic 
river and the Woodbury road. William Tomlinson, Sr. and Jr., 
and Jonathan Lum were among the purchasers of this tract from 
the Indians, for twenty pounds. 

The Indians began to sell their land in the vicinity of the Falls 
as early as 1678, as indicated in the following deed : — 


"This indenture made the 22nd day of April, 1678, witnesseth 
that we do sell unto the inhabitants, a tract of land at Pagassett, 
bounded on the north with Bladen's brook, and northwest with 
Mill river, and south and southwest with the Englishmen's ground, 
and west and northwest with a hill on the west side of the Nauga- 
tuck river, part of the bounds and the Naugatuck river the other 
part, — all of which we do confirm unto the said inhabitants ; only, 
the said Indians do reserve the fishing place at Naugatuck, and the 
plain and the hill next the river at the fishing place. Further, the 
Indians do grant all the grass and feed and timber on the plain 
against Rock Rimmon, and do engage to sell it to them, if they sell 
it, — all which grants we do confirm for fort}- pounds, to be paid to 
them at Mr. Bryan's." 

Indian witnesses : 

Husks, his mark. 


Okenung, Sagamore, his mark. 

Ahuntaway, his mark. 

Jack, " " 

Cockapatana, " 


Toms Squaw, 

This tract included the land south of Bladen's brook to the 
Henry Wooster brook, where S. G. Warrin now lives, with the 
above exception. 

This reservation extended over the hill eastward to the New 
Haven line. Among the owners of the tract south of the reserva- 
tion was Edward Wooster, i. In the division of his lands Jan. 25, 
1693-4, the following is recorded in the Der. Rec. p. 173, "Also the 
land at blading brook is Reserved for Edward wooster & Silvester 
wooster & Jonas wooster & Ebenezer wooster in the Lue of live 
pounds apease." This tract doubtless included the old Henry 
Wooster homestead, now the estate of S. G. Warrin. Other lands 
on Great Hill and Moose Hill were also divided by lot among his 
12 children. 

"Dec. 30, 1678. The town granted to Ebenezer Johnson the 
upper plain land against Rock Rimmon." "Dec. 30. The town 
granted to Jeremiah Johnson twenty acres of land at the lower end 
of the plain against Rock Rimmon." And "at the same meeting the 


town "ranted to Daniel Collins, John Tibbals, and Philip Denman 
ten acres each. 

"At a town meeting: in Derb}', Feb. 14, 1678, the town hath 
.e^ranted liberty to Samuel RitfRS to take up twenty acres of land at 
or near Rock Rimmon on the west side of the river." 

During- the same year Ebenezer Johnson bought land of the 
Indians east' and southward from Rock Rimmon, and it appears 
that in some way Samuel Riggs shared in this purchase, because in 
1683 a division of land was made between Ebenezer Johnson, be- 
ginning at the cellar belonging to Samuel Riggs, located south-east 
of Rock Rimmon, the division line running northwest. The exact 
location of this cellar is not known, whether on the east side of 
Rimmon pond or as far east as the Skokorat road. Another men- 
tion is made of a cellar near Rimmon in 1685, to which reference 
may be made later. 

The settlers doubtless found the region about Rock Rimmon 
an inviting one, because of the open plain and the river, there being 
two or three settlers before 1690. In the year 1683. Abel Gunn 
received from the town a grant of ten acres north of the Falls and 
west of the river. On Aug. 6, 1687, a large tract was purchased 
including a tract along Little river, to Quaker Farms. David 
Wooster, ]n 1692, bought of the Indians the plain west of the Naug- 
atuck between^ the river and Castle Rock, extending as far north as 
the Falls, and probably as far as the present Rimmon pond. The 
same year he also bought of the Indians the tract south of Little 
river including Castle Rock and the land westward, to other rocks. 
In April 1700 Ebenezer Johnson and Samuel Riggs bought of the 
Indians the tract of land north of Little river, which extended east- 
ward to the land belonging to David Wooster, lying along the 
river, and also twenty acres of meadow and upland upward of 
Chestnut Tree Hill. 

Close on to this, in 1702, was the "Camp's Mortgage Purchase,' 
located west of the river and Falls, which included a tract of land 
three miles square, or the Great Hill region. 

Samuel Riggs again bought land on the west side of the river 
at Pines Bridge, which extended south, meeting the land belonging 
to David Wooster. In 1708 a division of land was made between 
Samuel Riggs and Ebenezer Johnson; Riggs chose that west of the 
river and south of the brook at Pines Bridge, and Johnson chose 
that east of the river, which in 1721, he divided equally between 


his two sons Charles and Timothy. Still later Benajah Johnson 
inherited part of the tract which formerly belonged to Ebenezer 
and Jeremiah Johnson, and settled on the Skokorat road. In i/OcS 
Samuel Riggs gave to his son Ebenezer Riggs 200 acres of land, 
located south of the Pines Bridge brook and west of the river. This 
land had houses upon it, which were among the five first dwellings 
in this region. Ebenezer lived there, but died when a young man 
in 17 1 2, about 30 years of age. 

These purchases referred to above included the territory now 
covered by Seymour, Pines Bridge and a part of Oxford. 

The Indian reservation of 1678 remained complete until 1731, 
when people of Derby bought of the Indians all the land known as 
Indian Hill, in Derby, situated upon east side of Naugatuck river 
near the place called the F'alls; all the land that lieth eastward, 
northward and southward, except the plain that lieth near the 
the Falls up to the foot of the hill." This deed was signed by 
John Cookson and John Howd and other Indians. 

Indian Hill included what is now known as the Promised Land, 
and east to the Woodbridge Line. 

On Oct. 4, 1763, the Indians sold the Falls and two and a half 
acres of land, to Ebenezer Keeney, John Wooster, and Joseph 
Hull, Jr. This deed was signed by the Indians Joseph Chuse and 
John Howd. 

The last of the Indian land was sold in 18 12, to Gen. David 
Humphreys and Mrs. Phebe Stiles. Thus during a period of 134 
years, the Indians had departed, the reservation sold; and the white 
man will continue in possession until the coming of a stronger race. 

For our purpose this brief history is sufficient. In the history 
concerning the old landmarks, old homes and families, many names 
will become familiar, some of which were on record from one to 
two centuries ago. In 1779 the following appear to have resided 
on the west of the river between Great Hill and the upper part of 
the Rimmon region: 

Bradford Steele, Edward Harger, John Botsford, Hezekiah 
Woodin, Ashbel Steele, Josiah Washburn, Reuben Perkins, Ran- 
ford Whiting, Abraham Wooster, Daniel Davis, Lewis Riggs, Benj. 
Davis, John Wooster, Ebenezer Kenney, James Pritchard, Jr., 
Wm. Kenney, Samuel Wooster, Wm. Gordon, Theodore Hiles, 
Jonathan Miles, Unis Pritchard. 

Part I. — Division II. 




The Fisliin-r Place— Indians— The Humphreys — Dr. R. Manstiehl — Henry 
Wooster and Dr. A. Stoddard Places— The Three Taverns- The Robbers -Indian Hill 
or Promised Laud Region — The Steele District— The First Cong'l Parsonage and 
Churches — Pearl Street —Bladen's Brook — Smith Street— Joel Chattield — Skokorat — 
Johnson aud French— North Street aud Rock Rimmou — The Gate House— Town 
Cenier— Falls Bridge aud Vicinity — Mrs. Ann Stephens — Broad Street, Cong'l Church 
and Vicinity- Kinneytown Region— Shrub Oak District -Church and West Streets 
The Humphreys. Steeles, Cantield, Upson, and Booths— The Pritchards— Old Mill 
and Little River -Oxford Road — The Woosters and Washburns — Rimmou Llill and 
the Clarks - Old Pimmon Cemetery— Pines Bridge— The Johnsons — The Bungay 
Pioad— Miles, Cantield and S. Botsford Homesteads— Botsfords and Marcus Davis — 
Davis Corners -Great Hill Region— Old Cong'l or Pres. Church Recollections — Abner Smith aud House — The Fanton and Benham House— M. E. Church 
and Great Hill School--Rockhouse Hill— The Tomlinsons and Liuus- Old Smith 
llomestea:!— 'I he John Ilolbrook Place -"Tile's Corners— <4unn and Nettleton 
Places -The Pearh Orchard and Wilderness -Tiie Old Man. 

iN studying the old homes and landmarks, many proofs are 
fomid. that men come, only to (jo, as if overwhelmed by the 

burdens of life, to be lost and forjjotten like the fallen leaves 

whirled away by the wind. 

Such is the feeling when approaching the Fishing Place of the 
Indians, the Naugatuck Falls, often called "The Little Niagara," 
the most remarkable work of nature in the whole vallev. A ledge 
of rocks extend across the river forming a natural fall of nearly 
twenty^ feet, making the place a favorite one for the Indians in the 
fishing season. A little distance from the Falls on the east side of 
the river, there was a grove of thrifty oaks, and here beneath their 


shade the petty sachem, Chuse, or Joseph Mauwehu, with a small 
company of braves, built their wig^wams, getting: their living by 
hunting and fishing. 

The name "Chuse" was probably a part of the name of an 
Indian ancestor of Mauwehu, and is said to have been first applied 
or given by Gideon Washband, who is said to have lived below the 
first brook south of the village. 


It was about 1740 when Chuse began his life at the Falls, the 
land being given to him by his father, one of the Derby Indians 
down the valley. Besides the flat by the river, his land extended 
over the hill towards the east, known for man}^ years as the Indian 
Hill. The old Indian burying ground was located on the flat back 
from the river, the graves being marked by heaps of stone. Some- 
time after 1790 this land was ploughed over, by the owner, Nathan 
Stiles, thus destroying even the mounds that marked the place of 
the dead Indians. When learning of this fact, it is said, that th^ 
Indians grieved and cursed those who did it. About half way u,> 
the north portion of the hill there were indications of still another 
Indian burying ground. Chuse had a family of eight or more chile]- 
ren, two sons and six dautrhters ; one of the sons served in the Rev- 


his \va\- to 


olutionar}' War at Boston, though he was poisoned on 
his native vilhig-e. 

At the time of the coniinic of Chuse to this vicinity, there were 
only two or three white faniihes, but soon after 1740 they began to 
settle on both sides of the valley. 

At the foot of Indian Hill toward the river, now marked by a 
well 12 feet deep, there was a spring- of sweet sparkling water, 
where Chuse was accustomed to recline, and wish there was 
another spring of rum by the side of it, from which he could drink ; 
then he would be perfectly happy. 

Desiring to be a neighbor of the white people, he early moved 
to the southwest part of the Indian Hill, on the corner of what is 
now South Main and Pearl Streets, known as the Dr. Stoddard 
place. After spending about forty years on his reservation, he 
returned to the Falls for a time before leaving the vicinit>-, little 
dreaming of the days that would bring the present civilization, when 
there would be no fishing, no large game in the forests, and no 
Indian ; all are gone and forgotten like the fallen leaves. 

As the name Chusetown originated from the chief, Chuse, so 
the name Humphreysville was given in honor of Gen. David Hum- 
phrcN's who established at the Falls one of the first woolen industries 
in the country. It is therefore fitting to recall the stately mansion, 
the birthplace of Gen. 1). Humphreys. 

This fine old homestead was about four miles below the Falls, 
on the east side of the river and opposite the old Episcopal ceme- 
tery, on Elm St., now in the 
south part of Ansonia. It is 
a large two story house, with 
a heavy roof, and ell on the 
southeast, facing the west. 
The frame is of oak and very 
heavy. The beam across 
the ceiling of the parlor is 12 
or more inches wide ; the 
parlor being nearly 17 feet 
square. There are five fire 
places. The front hall i^ 
TiiK Biunii-i.ACE OF cKN I'Aviii iiuMi-iiRi. Ys. yefy sliiiple, wlthout auy 
architectural beauty, the stairway being enclosed and beneath there 
u a small square open closet. Formerly ihe house was painted red. 


In front there are large elm trees, indicating that the place must 
have been very attractive in its better days. The architectural 
plans are worthy of study. This was the home of the Rev. Daniel 
Humphreys, who was ordained to preach in Derby, 1733, in the 
Congregational Church. After serving the people 54 years, he died 
on the Sabbath, July 29. His wife also died on the Sabbath, five 
weeks before him. Reference is made to the house in 1737, though 
it may have been standing many years previous. It is known by 
the later generations as the Capt. Vose place. The preacher mar- 
ried Sarah, Mrs. John Bowers, the daughter of Captain John Riggs, 
whose ancestors aided the regicides in their home in 1660. The 
marriage took place in 1739 and for 48 years she was known as 
Lady Humphreys. 

She was elegant in manners, rehned, and became celebrated 
for her knowledge of local history. Their distinguished son was 
born July 10, 1752, showing in his early years a love for books. At 
the age of 15 he entered Yale College where he became noted for 
his poetical gifts and graduated with honors. On entering the army 
in 1778, he took the rank of Captain, to be soon promoted to be aid 
to General Putnam; he was promoted again shortly after by the 
recommendation of Gen. William Hull,, one of his neighbors, to 
become aid-de-camp to Gen. Washington. Remaining with Wash- 
ington through the war, he was honored by being appointed to 
receive the colors surrendered by Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown, 
October 19, 1781, and afterward was granted the high honor of 
taking these colors to Congress and presenting them in the name 
of the Commander-in-Chief. General Humphreys spent much time 
with Washington at Mount Vernon at the close of the war. 

In 1790 he was appointed minister to Portugal ; and in 1797 he 
went as minister to Spain, remaining until 1802, when he returned 
with a hundred merino sheep, the first imported into this country. 
Arriving with his precious cargo, these sheep were pastured in the 
field near the old homestead and doubtless feasted in the clover 
above their eyes. Precious they were, for the value was from a 
few hundred dollars up to $3,000, — for a single ram or sheep. At 
once Gen. Humphreys began his woolen industry at the Falls, to 
be related elsewhere. 

As one now looks upon that old homestead, neglected, beaten 
by the storms of many decades, occupied by the transient and the 
foreigner, there is a feeling of sadness over the changes coming to 



life and the places so sacred to memory and association. We have 
lingered upon the name and work of Gen. Humphreys because in 
honor of him, the place was named Humphreysville. A more com- 
plete history belongs to the limits of Derby, but he conducted his 
business here until the time of his death in 18 18. His birthplace 
should be known and visited by all interested in the histor\' of our 
old homes. 

About a half mile north of the Humphreys' place on Jewett 
St., there stands another ancient dwelling of two stories in front 
and one on the back, on the west side of the road as one descends 
the hill. This was the home of Dr. Mansfield, the first pastor of 
Trinity church. This dwelling and land was transferred to the 


Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in 1747, which may have 
been the date of building. F"rom this time up to the Declaration 
of Independence, Dr. Mansfield received 40 pounds sterling from the 
S. P. G., England, to aid him in his work, besides Bibles and 
other books. 

A little time since there stood a massive elm tree in front ol 


this ancient dwelling;, overshadowing- it with its wide spreading- 
branches, adding: both beauty and dig-nit_y to the old manse of more 

than one hundred and fifty years 
standing. But like many other 
homesteads, in the period of 
decline and decay, this is given up 
to obscure and less worthy occu- 

In wandering- about the old 
homes, or roaming through de- 
serted rooms of the vine clad 
dwellings of earlier days, —some 
of which are now falling into de- 
cay and are overshadowed by aged 
and neglected trees, or partly hid- 
den b\- the ancient lilacs, — one 
may recall the period reaching 
back over tw(^ centuries, and tiie 
people living in them through 
many vicissitudes and glories. 
Sharing the experience of the past 
awakens a new thought, which is so well expressed by I. P. Warren. 
"Ah, it is sad to see those household shrines, consecrated b>- 
the joys, the tears, the loves, the aspirations, of successive gener- 
ations, falling into decay, and soon, like those who dwelt theie, to 
be known no more forever." 

Besides a new thought, there is also awakened a new feeling, 
in visiting some of the old homes with their unwritten histories ; and 
this feeling finds expression in many ways, through the sensiti\e 
spirit and strong imagination, like that of Thackeray's, concerning 
many of the ancient dwellings. This is the feeling ; some homes, 
though silent and deserted by man, they are still inhabited, for 
about them linger spirits, mysteries, some invisilde presence, 
impressing the visitor with their existence, though representing 
events, deeds, and actors of the distant past. And similar will ]>e 
the thought and feeling of any one who becomes interested in the 
old-home landmarks. 

The Henry Wooster place is located on the east side of the 
river, in vSeymour, about a mile below the falls and is the finest of 
our ancient mansions. The Woosters owned land in this region 


OLD LANDMARKS, lIOMliS, AND ]• AMI 1 .1 l.S. 3I 

previous to 1694, when a tract belon^nn^ to Edward Wooster was 
divided among four of his sons. They may have settled here more 
than 20D years ago, and the residence is supposed to have been 
built as early as 1700. Before this date the name of Henry Woos- 
ter appears in the records, and whenever there was difficulty with 
the Indians, he was one to be chosL^n to confer \\ith them to settle 
the matter. 

This representative of that famous famil\' selected a l)eautiful 
l)lace for his homestead to be handed down to the five Henrys who 
followe(f him in as main- s^enerations. 

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On the southwest corner of his Ki'ounds was a little brook, 
known throug-h these years as the Henry Wooster brook, and the 
old ford-road crosses the present highway at the bridge, clearly to 
be seen today. The place is now located on the south corner of the 
main road and one extending east, the house facing the west. 
Around this corner is a row of fine elms and maples lifteen in num- 
ber, contributing much to the beauty of the place. Just within the 
row of trees there is a terrace wall made of smooth stones, about 


four and a half feet high, giving the grounds the appearance of ex- 

A large iron gate guards the entrance of the roadway on the 
north side, and on the west another small iron gate and steps of 
stone lead to the front door. On either side rise noble poplars, 
and scattered about are a large variet}^ of trees including thorn, 
spruce, hemlock, black walnut and maples, all of which give a 
charm and beauty, most inviting. 


Standing within these spacious bounds is the house itself, two 
stories, covering a space nearly 40 feet square, including the lean-to, 
and on the southeast corner is an ell. The windows are small, 
having from twelve to twentyfour lights according to the location. 

The front door with the side windows were set back into the 
hallway two and a half feet. The house is lined with two inch 
V^lank and the lath of split boards. The material used for frame- 


work, floors, and coveriiifj was of oak, now seasoned throu,i4:h the 
centuries. As to the rooms they are small, about ei<iht feet in 
height ; the hallways laro;e in proportion. Two chimneys one of 
which is eight feet on one side, afford the luxury of eight hre 
places. After wandering through the labyrinth of rooms, one is 
surprised to find sixteen rooms besides the many closets and halls. 
In the attic there are four rooms, and above these is the upper-attic 
entered by a narrow stairway. 

Truly this house was built to endure, for the rafters are of 
hewn oak 5 b}' 6 inches, and 39 inches apart. 

Imagination would suggest man}- a secret corner beneath the 
roof and stairways. Many a choice relic has been found in secluded 
corners, and the attic of the kitchen recently plastered up, may 
conceal relics, to be discovered by another generation. 

There is much to interest in the surroundings, as in the little 
burial lot on the rising knoll northeast of the house, beneath thick 
overhanging trees, and evergreens that suggest teachings of the life 
that never dies. Here is the little iron fence about the monument 
raised in memory of Capt. Henry Wooster, who died Nov. uS, 1842; 
on the other side were the names of the five children ; Harriet, 
Henry, Olive, Cecilia, and Leslie B. This last Henry was lost at 
sea, being with Capt. Leslie Bryson, when he fell overboard, and 
before he could be rescued a large albatross flew down, lighting 
upon his head, and Henry was seen no more. 

The widow of Capt. Henry married Capt. Daniel Moss, and 
since that time the place has been known far and near as the Moss 
place by the large circle of distinguished friends. Capt. Moss went 
to Youngstown, N. Y., and died there. The last occupant of the 
Wooster family w^as Harriet, who died Feb., 1891, and was the 
only one among the children buried in the family lot on the place. 

Capt. Henry was a man of affairs, being engaged in trade 
between New Haven and the West Indies. His wife was Harriet, 
daughter of Joseph Riggs of Oxford and Lydia Allen. 

A little east of the burial lot, there is a cliff of rocks 15 feet in 
height, crowned by a thrifty oak, and over the smooth rocks there 
grows a luxuriant trumpet vine ; and in the crevices the cactus 
grows, the plants being three feet in length. At the foot of this 
ledge is the garden, and meadow of twenty acres. 

Towards the brook there stands an old stone buildmg with iron 
bars at the narrow windows in the ends, once used as a blacksmith 


shop, the eaves scarcely five feet from the ground. All about are 
trees and orchards, with a hundred fruit trees, completing the circle 
and surroundings, showing neglect and approaching ruin. On the 
terrace overlooking the brook south of the house is the ruin of a 
cellar wall, what is left of an old fashioned ice-house, near a clump 
of evergreens, and close at hand is a little building, once used as a 
hot house. Across the brook is the cranberr}- meadow and the 
little Spring-water lake, which furnished ice for Mr. Emery for the 
towns people. The present owner of this estate of 150 acres is 
Mr. S. G. Warrin, of New Jersey, who is to repair, improve and 
occupy for a summer residence, 1901. 

Well it is, for this place is beautiful in situation and surround- 
ings, once the pride of the valley and community, high above the 
river, overlooking the valley and broken hills in their natural beauty. 

Now one would hardly know this fine old family mansion of the 
olden time, and of the style of near two centuries ago, large and 
roomy, because of the improvements made by S. G. Warrin. A 
two story addition has been built on the north end. a spacious ver- 
anda ten feet wide has been added along the whole front and south 
sides, new doors and windows cased with cypress, and the fire- 
places with antique oak. The house has been piped for running 
water from the brook. The small pond will be stocked with fish, 
and supplied with boats. 

A little distance from the bridge over the Henry Wooster 
brook, up the old ford road, there can be seen on the crown of the 
hill the ruin of an old cellar, where was the home of a family by 
the name of Bryson, three generations. Maxwell, Leslie and Leslie 
J. Capt. Leslie of this family followed the sea. Mr. John Bassett 
tells the story of this seaman, transporting a company of China- 
men. Moved b}' some philanthropic spirit or desire to civilize these 
Orientals, he cut off their queues. Not counting what might fol- 
low, he was surprised and overtaken by the spirit of revenge, which 
appeared in mutiny, to meet with the loss of life. Thus Bryson 
was killed, and the Chinamen were heathen still. 

Because of Derby being the port of entry, nearly half a cen- 
tury before New Haven and Bridgeport were developed, there were 
many sea captains and seamen who brought wealth to many homes 
in this vicinity. For many miles around the trade centered at 
Derby port. 

Onlv a few rods from the Henr}' Wooster place across the 


road to the north, there stood near the sharp point of rocks the 
home of the noted Dr. Abirani Stoddard, who came to town in 
1804 as the second local physician. At first he lived on the west 
side of the river near the Episcopal church, but in this house he 
spent his last days. This old house was built in 1774 by Levi 

It was two stories, the second stor\- overhan.^inii- a few inches 
facin.u" the east. It had two chimneys, the north one bein.u" very 
larije. The timbers were lariie and squared with a broadaxe; the 
nails were hand made. The hall extended throutih the house east 
and west, containinii" two stairways meeting on the same landing. 
There were four good sized rooms on the first floor, with the ad- 
ditional summer rooms on the west side, a kitchen, pantry, milk- 
room, another room with a set-kettle and well. 

The large front door was on the east side, the smaller one on 
the south, which was the one mostly used. 

This house was burned in Oct., i<S94, revealing to the public 
for the first time the sub-cellar 12x15 ft., and 7 ft. deep. Many 
came to see the ruins and the sub-cellar which was used for house- 
hold puri)Oses, there being nothing superior for a cooler. If this 
had been connected with a public house, one might think of it being 
used as a hiding place, and a station of the "underground railway" 
when the fugitive slaves lied to the north. It may be stated here 
that runaway slaves w-ere aided in this valley by the good people in 
sympathy with them. 

Levi Tomlinson lived in this house as early us 1789 and became 
one of the first deacons of the Congregational church. He sold 
the house and farm to Dr. Stoddard who had a common rail fence 
in front of it. The more recent owners were Harvey Hotchkiss 
1857, Judge S. L. I-^ronson 1872 and L. G. Weaver the present 
owner since 1886. 

The location is one of remarkable beauty situated on the high 
bluff overlooking the river and valley ; the river winding in curves 
of beauty fringed by the rich growth of timber ; the valle_\- made 
narrow by the bluff on the east, and on the west guarded b}' the 
sharp rugged Castle Rock that rises more than 340 ft. in height 
standing like a sentinel watching over the march of progress u}) 
this narrow valley, the gateway to the "City of Brass," a way of 
more consequence than the entrance to the "Garden of the Gods." 

If this aged doctor loved the beauty of nature, there was no 


better place to study the changing shadows of the decHning day, 
the frescoes of the skies, the pictures of rocks and hills, at the same 
time listening for the faint music of the Falls. 

Dr. Stoddard was a representative to the General Assembly in 
1 8 14, besides holding offices of public trust in Derby for many 
3'ears. His practice was extensive and lucrative. 

His family has been noted for the man}- names that have won 
distinction in the legal profession. 

Dr. Stoddard was born in Watertown, January 27, 1777, came 
to this place in 1804 and died Dec. 23, 1855, aged 79 years. 

Full of eccentricities. Dr. Stoddard once was called to see a 
hysterical woman in Watertown, and ordered a jacket of raccoon 
skins to be made for the woman to wear and in the meantime to 
amuse her with the music of the fiddle, — no medicine. After two 
weeks the jacket became very unpleasant, and the disconsolate hus- 
band sent his boy to report. Meeting the doctor he said, "Mother 
is no better," "Did you make the jacket.''"" "Yes." "Has she worn 
it.^'" "Yes." "And is no better.'''" "None." "Did you cut the tails 
off.?'" "Yes." "There it is ; I didn't tell you to do that ; the whole 
curative virtue was in the tails."' 

About a quarter of a mile below the Falls on the east side of 
the river there are three houses of historical interest on the borders 
of Indian Hill, overlooking the valley westward. This was the 
center. As alread}^ said the Indian Chuse came from the Falls to 
be neighbor to the white people soon after 1740, building his home 
in the fork of the roads, known as the Dr. Thos. Stoddard place. His 
white neighbor must have lived across the road where Mr. M. R. 
Castle now lives, the house standing near the year 1740. Some 
years after Chuse left, Mr. Nathan Stiles had business at the Falls, 
and built his spacious house in 1795 on the spot where Chuse had 
so long lived. He married Phebe, the daughter of Capt. Ebenezer 
Dayton. He died in 1804. The Methodists had their meetings in 
this house as they also did in the Dayton house across the road to 
the south. In 1812 Phebe Stiles bought another portion of Indian 
Hill, and because of her holding it, the name of the hill was changed. 
The story is this : Newcomers desired to buy land of "Phebe," as 
she was called, and received a promise. These promises to sell 
land were so many times repeated, without selling, that the name 
"Promised Land" was given to the hill property, — a name which it 
still bears. 





In the course of years. Dr. Thomas Stoddard received the 
Stiles homestead as a .tiift from his father, to enjoy man}' years of 
happy hfe, his home bein.y- a .uatherinfi: place for the social people. 

The Stiles -Stoddard 
house was large and square 
with a lean-to and ell on the 
north. Standing in the fork 
of the roads, it faced the 
south, being overshadowed 
by large handsome elm trees. 
Its location was above the 
road, the spacious grounds 
on the west side being sup- 
ported by a terrace wall 
crowned with a low fence. 
i.Ks AM) Dn.T. sToDDARii pi.ACK. At thc frout (loor, thcrc was 


a square porch with side seats, the door itself having a large brass 
knocker. Besides the rooms in the attic, there was an upper attic 
with a small window. Close by the chimne\- there was a little 
room used for a smoke-house for hams, etc. There were several 
fireplaces, and the home was one of comfort amid beautiful sur- 
roundings. The west upper room was used for a ball room during 
its tavern days. But now the old brass knocker is gone to be heard 
no more ; the old look is swept away ; the name is also changed. 
The present owner, C. H. Lounsbury, raised and repaired the 
house is 1898 making it suitable for two families. 

This house and the other two referred to form a triangle, each 
standing on the opposite side of the three roads that meet at this 
point. These houses have an interesting history because of the 
exciting incident which occurred in the time of the Revolution dur- 
ing March 1780. Probably this house, known as the Dayton tavern, 
and later as the William Hull place, was standing before the war, 
located on the east side of the highway facing the west. In 1806 
Gen Humphreys had rooms here during the time of building the 
woolen mills at the Falls. When used as a tavern, Mrs. Dayton 
had a noted reputation for her skill in mixing drinks to the satisfac- 
tion of the "old appetites." 

The house was large having two stories, with an ell on the east 
side. The two great chimneys are very noticeable. The general 
surroundings together with the great weeping willow at the south 
corner gave the place a gloomy appearance. So are some of the 
rooms, one of which is cut diagonal, destroying all natural propor- 
tions. Even the neglect is of the nature of exclusiveness, and the 
once white is becoming brown. 

The third house standing on the west side of the main road on 
the high bluff above the river had a fine location, occupied since 
about 1740. Abraham Pierson sold this land south of the Falls on 
the east side of the river to Joseph Johnson and his wife Elizabeth, 
who again sold it to Turel Whittemore Dec. 4, 1778. The first 
name associated with this place is E. Turel Whittemore, who kept 
tavern for many years, probably the principal tavern for the region. 

The Turel Whittemore house was then a low one story house, 
very much like the red house directly east, next to L. T. Wooster's. 
In 1867 Mr. Castle made it into a two stor\' house, taking the stone 
from the old chimnev to make the terrace wall in front, caused bv the 


lowering of the road. The barroom where the robbery was planned 
was on the northwest corner. 

Other names associated with the place in later years are 
Castle, Roth and Lees, who kept the house in 1822 and John H. 
DeForest had rooms here while buildini; his house opposite the 
railroad station, later the home of Raymond French. 

The Whittemore ta\ern was the place where the 52:reat robbery 
was planned by a British ol^cer in March, i7<So. 

At that time two strani^ers came to remain over night, and 
soon they were in conversation with a company of yount; men who 
frequented the place durin^; the lont;: winter evening^s. The name 
of one stran.tfer was Alexander Graham, who had a commission from 
Gen. Howe to enlist soldiers for the British army. He was the 
leader in the robbery of the house of Capt. Ebenezer Dayton, a 
brave American patriot who had carried on privateering against the 
enem>- on Long Island Sound. At this time Dayton lived in Beth- 
any six miles away from the tavern mentioned. He had taken 
quarters in Bethanv to escape just such a robber}' as was then 
being planned. Capt. Dayton belonged so a good family in Brook- 
haven, L. I., where he carried on the mercantile business. Because 
of his zeal for the patriot cause, on one occasion in East Hampton, 
L. I., he was mobbed and carried out of town, at which time he was 
ill and gave the measles to nearly a hundred people some of whom 
died. Capt. Dayton lied with his family, money and goods to 
Bethany. Graham succeeded in snaring several young men into 
the plan to rob the captain, on the ground that it would be paying 
him in his own coin ; he robbed the British, and the British officer 
Graham was going to return the compliment. 

liut it was a sad beginning for all concerned as will be seen. 
The young men had relatives in Gunntown, a district west of Naug- 
atuck, who were also drawn into the scheme, making a compan}- 
of about eight. 

On a bright moonlight night they went to Bethany, and as it 
happened, Capt. Da>ton was in Boston, and other occupants of the 
house had moved out the day before, leaving only Mrs. Dayton, the 
children and servants, which made the task more simple and free 
from bloodshed. After ransacking the house, they carried off ;£,450 
in gold and silver, and large bundles of silk goods. 

Making all secure, and leaving the family and servants bound, 
thev hastened awa\- to their acquaintances in Gunntown, meeting 



on the way a young man about i6 years of age who had been home 
with a young lady, the night before, though the hour of meeting 
was 3 o'clock in the morning. This was Chauncey Judd, who knew 
the part}'. 

This meeting was another sad incident in the affair, and 
Graham sought several times to kill the innocent youth, that he 
might not betray them. But his friends each time succeeded in 
deferring the deed. After hiding, undergoing many vicissitudes and 
ha\dng many narrow escapes from the pursuing officers and vigilance 
committee, they hid in a barn in the meadow opposite the present 
Staples Washburn place, about a mile and a half from town, on the 


Oxford road, to wait for the passing of a severe snow storm. Almost 
famishing the}- failed to get provisions at Capt. John Wooster's, 
then keeping a large tavern where now lives Mr. David Riggs, they 
started through the deep snow in the night over Great Hill with 
the view to go to Derby, and from thence escaped in a boat to 
Long Island, Capt Bradford Steele pursued on horseback, but 
the robbers avoided the road and escaped in a whale boat a little in 
advance of them. 

Hoping to overtake them before they got into the Sound, they 
followed them, but failed in this on account of the width of the river 


near its mouth at Stratford. However, an old sea captain went 
into the belfry of the church in Stratford and watched their course to 
Brookhaven, where lived a noted tory. This being ascertained, a party 
of thirty patriots gathered at Derby in two whaleboats, and being 
well armed rowed down the river and across the Sound, captured 
all the robbers but one, all being found in deep sleep. Graham 
knew he would have no mercy. Being handed over to the army 
after returning to Derb3% he was tried, found guilty of treason, hav- 
ing deserted the American cause, and was executed in Morristown. 
Chauncey Judd, broken down and exhausted, was found in the 
company with the robbers, and was tenderly cared for by his 
brother. The other young men and their helpers were yet to suffer. 

Two were allowed to turn state's evidence ; the others suffered 
fines, or imprisonment, or both. Three were sentenced to four 
years' imprisonment in the Newgate state prison. Those persons 
who aided them also were fined. Besides, Capt. Dayton received 
large sums for damages amounting to several thousand pounds. 
Chauncey Judd received $4,000 for injuries, his hands being frozen 
and the young man made a cripple for life. However, when the 
war was over, there was some modification of the court's decision. 

Some time after this incident, Capt. Dayton came to Seymour, 
and occupied the house opposite where the plot was made to rob 
him, and there he kept tavern for some years ; in the meantime 
planned and made the Dug Road to Naugatuck along the river, 
that his house might have the benefit of the extra travel. 

This cluster of historic houses is at the extreme southwest of 
Indian Hill. 

On leaving the Dayton Tavern or William Hull place, the first 
house east is the old Sheldon Tucker homestead of long standing. 
Being painted dark red, the ancient look is well preserved. Being 
a low lying one stor}' house with long back roof, and, together with 
the ell on the southwest corner, it makes a fine illustration of that 
type of a house. Long ago the cellar contained a sub-cellar. 

Great are the contrasts between the ancient and the modern, 
between the comforts of the past and those of the present, the po- 
sessions of long ago and those now at hand, as are suggested by 
this little red house, under the shadow of the fine residence, the 
home of L. T. Wooster, 

Across the road towards the corner of Maple and Pearl streets. 


there stands the Httle Kinney house, which was once the home of 
Mrs. Lydia Kinney, who Hved there during years previous and fol- 
lowing 1800. From her estate, in 1802, she sold land sufficient to 
make the road from the blacksmith shop direct to the Falls bridge. 
During the time of her living alone in this house, she raised silk 


worms and spun and wove silk enough for a dress for herself. One 
of her 3-oung friends, now Mrs. E. A. Lum, often went there to see 
the silk worms feed upon the mulberry- leaves, and to see and hear 
her wonderful parrot. The mulberry trees grew eastward from her 
home. Lydia was the daughter of Abram Ronnaj' and the wife of 
Medad Kinney, (son of Ebenezer I. d. 1794, aged 35.) Mrs. 
Lydia Kinney was the grandmother of Mr. Medad Tucker, also of 
Miss Ann Tucker, who was Mr. Isaac Davis' first wife. 

Leaving the little house known as the Kinney place, we come 
to the four corners, the crossing of Pearl and Maple streets. Here 
was a store on the south-east corner, built in 1820, and occupied b> 
Mr. Sanford, "Pitchfork Sanford," so called for killing a man many 
years before with a pitchfork, when he was a blacksmith on the 


place between New Ha- 
ven and the towns north, 
the travel beinij over the 
Oxford turnpike. In the 
ball-room the Methodists 
held services. This old 
tavern was last occui)ie(l 
by a Mr. Harrison, and 
was moved in 1853 to th( 
land north of Frank Beech- 
er's house, leaving: the old 
cellar still surrounded 
with maples. 


Woodbridge road. He 
was tried by the court, 
branded and was to wear 
a cord about his neck the 
rest of his life. 

On the opposite cor- 
ner stood the tavern 
built by Seba Moulthrop 
in 18 1 2, continuin.i; the 
business about twenty 
years, followed b\- David 
B. Clark, who was tavern 
keeper as late as 1846. 
It was a noted stoppin.u" 

The special object of 
interest on the cross roads 
is the blacksmith shop, be- 
lon.uin.y to Edwin or Ed- 
mund Pa.i^e in 1798. It 
stands in the highway close 
to the roads and formerly 
\\as built on proprietors' 
land, or undivided land. In 
1798, to avoid disputes 
about the location, the 
north side was taken out 


and replaced by a stone wall making the old shop look quite 
ancient. During the late years the music of the hammers has been 
irregular, but formerly it was a busy place, where the making of 
augers was carried on early in the century by Walter French, and, 
perhaps for half a century previous, the blacksmith may have had 
his shop here. The road from the shop to the Falls bridge was 
laid out in 1802, and the turnpike to New Haven in 1798. 

Indian Hill or Promised Land, rises to the height of 220 feet, 
and there were no dwellings on it until long after the beginning of 
the present century. The first house was built by Daniel Banks 
Johnson for John Corey who worked in the cotton mill, the house 
still standing just north of the home of A. B. Dunham, on Wash- 
ington Ave. William Losee lived here for many years. 

The second house built was the home of the late Geo. Lester, on 
the bank just beyond the station. This was built by Isaac and 
William Losee in 1841, a pleasant little one story house looking 
west across the valley and the Falls, and upon the busy village 
where once the Indian had his wigwam. 

The Roman Catholic, St. Augustine's church, is located on 
Washington avenue on the east side of the valley. The first church 
was built in 1856. Under the leadership of the popular pastor. 
Rev. R. C. Gragan, a new church was built to meet the growing 
needs in 1888-9, with a seating capacity of about 600. The church 
is now presided over by the Rev. M. F. Rigney. 

After leaving the west side of the river about 1800, Deacon 
Bradford Steele, Jr., built a house more than a mile southeast of 
the Falls, on the New Haven turnpike, at the corners where now the 
Johns live. This house was small, one story, and now is ancient 
looking. Considerable of the interior was finished in wood. Its 
location was well chosen, facing the east, a wide tract of land slop- 
ing westward, making a fine farm. Deacon Bradford was a useful 
man, and raised a large family. His daughter married a Holcomb 
who built the large house adjoining the old one, facing the north. 
The more recent owners were Davis and Johns. In the triangle of 
the roads there is room for a fine park. 

This section might have been called Steele district because of 
families by that name. Edmund, son of Dea. Bradford, who married 
in 1809, built the house beyond the old blacksmith shop, at the 
west end of Union St., on the bank sustained by stone wall and ter- 
race, the entrance to the cellar being an underground tunnel from 


the street. The house is medium size, a story and a half, witl 

dition on south corner. A flisj^ht of steps lead to the walk and front 
door. The well is in the narrow space in front of the house. With 
the walls this place is most substantial in appearance as if to stand 
another century. John Burton Steele followed his father in living 
here until he built the place south known now as the Steele farm. 
Henry W'yant occupies the house described. Several other Steele 
families were within half a mile south, but now they are all gone. 
The little red house, known as the Squire's place was one, the 
Steele farm house another, now owned bv Charles French. 

The Bell schoolhouse was located in what was early known 
as the Chusetown district. It was built about 1814, the first stove 
was used in DS20. The two story building was cut down to one 
story in 1840. Many are the children who have graduated from 
this school to make their mark in the world, having taken a useful 
place among their fellow men. To them the Bell school is among 
the best remembered landmarks. 


The next place of interest is the First Congregational parson- 
age built in 1789 by Rev. Benjamin Beach, who occupied the 
house in March, 1790, coming from North Haven. 

THE OLD (;ox<;regati(»xal parsonage 

The parsonage stands on the corner of Pearl and Elm streets, 
the land being given to Rev. Beach by Isaac Johnson, who also 
later gave the land where stood the church. At first the house was 
one story, facing the north, having the appearance of comfort. It 
was well built and somewhat ornamented as is still to be seen about 
the front door. About 1830 the house was built over and made a 
two story house and the piazza was added later, about 1895. 

Rev. Beach served the Httle church faithfully for 15 years, 
after which he moved to Milton. 

The first parson of Seymour was the great grandfather of the 
respected citizens in town today bearing the name Beach. 

Besides being a preacher, Rev. Beach was a maker of brooms, 
and it was his custom to give a new broom to every couple who 
were married by him. The church, a one story building, was built 
in 1 79 1. It faced the west ; had no spire, and was never painted. 
As was the custom of the times, town meetings were held here, and 


other public gatheriniJrs. In iSiS it was made into a two story 
building. The Methodist bei>inninji-s date back to 1797 when the 
first class was formed, holdin.y; meetings in houses of members and 
friends. There were nine members. The first members of the 
Methodist church were Jesse Johnson, Isaac Baldwin, Esther 
Baldwin, Sarah Baldwin, and Eunice Baldwin. Four other comers 
were soon added, George Clark. Lucy Hitchcock, Silas Johnson, 
and Olive Johnson. 

The first church was organized and trustees elected in 1817, 
and the Congregational church was bought on September 22, i<Si8. 


The church was then opened for their services. The building was 
cold and unadorned. In 1.826-7 George Kirtland organized a 
Sunday school. In Jan. 18, 1848, the new church was dedicated 
by Bishop James, being of Gothic design. This was a pleas- 
ant church 40x60 feet in a fine location. But with the growing 
industries and town, ambitions also grew, and a new church was 
built 1891-2, the total cost being $18,000. The old part of the 
church is used for Sunday school and social meetings. The new 
part will seat about 400. It has a sloping floor, two large windows, 


and steel ceiling. The membership is about two hundred. L. T. 
Wooster is one of the leading members. Rev. E. C. Tullar is the 
present pastor. The parsonage is close by, built in 1875. 

The Dea. E. A. Lum house near the Beach parsonage, is a 
large, square two-story dwelling, painted white and facing the 
south. The front door wears an old iron knocker, the hall is small 
with winding stairs, the rooms large and pleasant, with ornamental 
woodwork. At the east end also there is a hall and a little porch. 


It is stately in appearance, high and looks as if it had been a tavern. 
The architecture represents that of more than a century ago or that 
of the Revolutionary period. The west part of the second story 
was used as a ball room, but no balls have been given in recent 
years. The chimney is large and several fireplaces add charm to 
the rooms, some being in use at present. This was the home of 


Mrs. E. A. Liim, the daug:hter of Jeremiah Durand, who Hved here 
many years. In the previous century the house was occupied by 
Hezekiah Johnson, who was married Dec. 12, 1784, and if he occu- 
pied the house at that time, it is probably that the date 1784 is 
about the time that the house was built. 

Mr. and Mrs. Lum with their daughter Lizzie make their home 
a center for the many social people who gather here. Dea. Lum 
is the senior deacon of the Congregational church, and has in prev- 
ious years held many positions of trust. 

One of the old French homesteads is located nearly opposite 
the White place on the west side of the road, a story and a half 
house, said to have been built and occupied by Charles French, 
who was married Feb. 23, 1784. For a time this was the home 
of Raymond French. This house is still owned by the French 

The White home is but a little distance toward Bladen's brook 
beneath the shadow of the great oak, a story and a half, with 
homelike surroundings. Fred Peck is the present occupant. This 


house was built by Isaac White in 1831. The old John White 
homestead stood a little north of the present house, the location 
being indicated b}' a well. John White was a soldier in the Revo- 
lution. The old house was small. Daniel and Isaac were sons of 
John White. 

Across the meadow directly east is one of the old Botsford 
homes, made conspicuous by its pleasant outlook and solitude, as 
well as the large spruce tree overshdowing it. This was the home 
of Samuel Botsford. The family of Charles Bay has lived here in 
recent years. At one time Watson, the stage man, lived here. 

The old M. E. parsonage is located on the corner of Grand and 
Pearl streets. This is mentioned as the first local M. E. parsonage. 
In 1 83 1 George Kirtland paid $ 1 10.00 for this land and gave it to 
the Methodist church for a parsonage lot, the house itself being 
built the next year, i<S32. The present owner is Mr. Thomas A. 

The old Johnson homestead is located at the first house north 
of the Arethusa Spring Water Co., where Samuel Hawkins now 
lives. The old house was built by Capt. Ebenezer Johnson, during 
the second century past. It was a large house of the old style, 
facing the west, two stories in front, with a long roof in the rear. 
It was a red house and before its removal, looked ver}^ old, having 
a tumbled down appearance. Some of the children were afraid to 
pass it becaused they believed it was haunted. The David Johnson 
place, between this and the rubber mill, was formerly a part of the 
old Capt. E. Johnson homestead. 

The first house on the right going east, on Smith street, was 
erected by Capt. Julius Bassett 1847. The stor}' and a half house 
next to the paper mill pond was the home of Timothy Hitchcock. 
This appears to be the oldest house in the street. The next across 
the road eastward was the house of Jared Bassett, built about 1832. 

The Crowther house, the last on north side of the street, was 
built by Capt. Wilbur W. Smith in 1849. The residence of Rev. 
Sylvester Smith, father of Capt. W. W., was located on the right 
at the east end of Smith street. This house was built by Bennet 
Hitchcock in 1838, and was bought by Sylvester Smith in 1840. 

This being a hilly country, with three rivers to make it more 
so, — Little River from the northwest and Bladens Brook from the 
east, flowing into the Naugatuck river above the Falls, it was nat- 
ural for the people to build their houses at the cross roads or oppo- 



site, making: two or three in the vicinity. And if there were about 
twenty houses in 1740 in the vicinit_\- of the Falls, there were ei^ht 
such localities. 

Bladens Brook was one of these favored localities, due in part 
to the water power. The Beach v)'ipen" mill marks the location of 
one of the first fullinj^- mills in the ret^ion. In 1799 Titus Beach 
bouo^ht the land and built a fulling mill. 

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Johnson, French, and Chattield were amonti" the first to settle 
along Bladen^ Brook and north on Skokorat. The homestead of 
the Chattields was on the south side of this brook, more than a mile 
eastward from the Falls, and one-fourth of a mile from the iMilford, 
or Woodbridge line. The land was purchased from the proprietors 
of the town of Derby March 24, 1762, by Elnathan Chattield and 



Hannah his wife. He built 
a saw mill and a corn mill 
very soon after the purchase. 
From Elnathan it passed to 
his oldest son, Joel Chat- 
field, 1778, who built a much 
larg:er mill on the west side, 
two stories in height, the first 
mill being: only one story and 
a half. There was a bridge 
from the flume leading to 
the second floor of the first 
mill, and two steps enabling 
one to pass to the second floor of the new mill. In the 
new mill there was machinery for grinding wheat and rye for flour. 
The stones were from France, and were among the earliest import- 
ed into this country. In 1782 he built the double house now stand- 
ing and married Ruth Stoddard of Woodbury, Conn., the next 
year. Among their seven children were Leman who lived on the 
old homestead, and Joel R. who lived on the Skokorat road to be 
mentioned later, and lived to be 90 years of age. 

The old Chatfield house was large and roomy, with a two story 
ell on the northeast corner, facing the south and highway. Its ap- 
pearance is very old looking, especially when shaded by a large 
spruce tree. Mrs. Chatfield was a .progressive woman, who wanted 
something better than pewter or heavy yellow dishes, so she made 
an engagement with a sea-captain to get her a set of genuine china- 
ware direct from China, paying for the same in advance with the 
product of the farm. After many months the coveted crockery 
came, to her satisfaction. Though doing good service for many 
years there are now but two or three pieces remaining, being in the 
possession of Miss Mary Chatfield. 

The original tract of land, or the first purchase made by 
Elnathan Chatfield, contained four and one half acres, located be- 
tween the brook and highway, beginning one eighth of a mile from 
the Milford or Woodbridge line. 

The old mill stood north of the house, but nothing now remains 
except the stone foundation and the embankments of the canals. 
After grinding was discontinued, the next industry was the making 
of plow beams and handles. The handles were turned, steamed 


and bent, and shipped to New York cit_v. This industry was con- 
ducted by Jason and Burrett Skeeles until 1832. The next indus- 
try was that of clock makin,u- conducted by Burrett Hitchcock until 
1836. The next was the making of tlje wooden heads for white- 
wash brushes, a business conducted by Rufus Hine 1837, which was 
the last work done in the old mill. 

Skokorat — where is Skokorat ? It is the large, broad hill 420 feet 
high, north of Bladens l^rook. The Indian name was Scucurra, or 
Snake Hill. A number of tine farms are now on this hill, it being 
the locality first occupied by the pioneers. 

This hill slopes gradually southward, and near the foot where 
now Howard Chatfield lives, there came one of the first settlers, 
Benajah Johnson, in 1728, who was married to widow Sarah (Brew- 
ster) Hawkins. Oct. 10, of the same year. He has been mentioned 
in history as building the first house in Seymour, but there was a 
Mr. Riggs near Pinesbridge, beside the Henr}' Wooster place, al- 
ready mentioned and Miles in 1724 on the Bungay road. In 1750 
Johnson built another house just north of the present Chatfield 
house, and directly opposite William Gilyard, which was torn down 
before 1880. Benajah was the first of the many Johnsons of this 
region, they having come from the prominent families in lower 
Derby. Stiles Johnson, so prominent in the Methodist church, 
lived here about one hundred years later. Isaac Johnson had for 
sons, Jesse and Stiles ist, the latter had a son Stiles who lived on 
the old homestead on Skokorat and was a leading Methodist. 

For situation scarcely a better one could be found, and here 
the lonely couple lived with only a path leading out of the wilder- 
ness to the civilization a few miles down the Naugatuck river. For 
12 years they were without neighbors, until 1740 when Israel 
French secured land and built a house where now stands the home 
of William Gilyard, across the path west of B. Johnson. Israel 
French married Sarah Loveland September 11, 1739. Portions of 
this first house of Israel French were doubtless used in the present 
dwelling of Mr. Gilyard, the Gilyard family coming from England 

The outlook over the country from this place is beautiful and 
charming. The land is productive. The moss covered orchards, 
further up the hill, with age resting upon them, bear witness to the 
past generations, that have gathered many harvests. To the pres- 
ent generation there is some wonder as to what use these great 



orchards served; the answer is given by the old brandy-mill that 
belonged to many of the old estates generations ago, and was one 
of the thriving New England industries, but very few of these mills 
remain to the present day. During- or at the close of the civil war, 
legal restrictions were placed upon all cider brandy mills. 

Near one of these old moss covered orchards in Skokorat there 
stands another old house of two stories facing- the west with the 
overhanging upper story. This house stands back from the road, 
having a number of large maple trees in front. It is shingled on 
the sides and very brown with age. As one approaches in dusk of 
the evening, one might think the grove a good place for the witches 
to frolic. 

This house was built by Col. Daniel Holbrook for his son Daniel 
who was married 178-. For many years it was the home of Joel 
R. Chatfield, until his death, having lived to be very aged, 90 3^ears. 
Died Feb. 4, 1894. The interior arrangement of rooms shows the 



lack of skill and plan, due in part to the threat chimney, as 
many of the oldest homes, yet the common room was convenient, 
and there were comforts in those days amid ^rreat trials. 

Other old houses on Skokorat have been replaced by modern 
houses, thus removinfi; many of the ancient land marks, if not the 
ancient bounds. The distance from the Falls is about a mile and 
three quarters. 

A tradition is sometimes referred to concernin,<j: a thou<,ditful 
youth who lon.ued to s^et awa\- from Scucnrra, or Skokorat, because 
it was such a lonesome place, and if he should die, he did not want 


to be buried there, because he feared when the trumpet was sounded 
for the resurrection, it could not be heard as far away as Scucurra, 
and he would be left behind. 

From IMadens brook the road runs north, called North street, 
and nearly opposite the west end of Gilyard street, there was for- 
merly an old house belon^int;: to the French family. One of the 
occupants was Israel French, who built the house on the old foun- 
dation, now the home of the Howis family. From the location, 
this old homestead appears to have been a part of the estate of the 
first Israel F'rench who settled on the west side of the Skokorat road. 


Still further north on the same street, on the corner of Nichols 
street, there is another of the Johnson homesteads. In recent 
years the place is known as that of the Ashbel Storrs place. Two 
generations before it belonged to Capt. Josiah Merrick ; still earlier 
it was probably built by Benajah, or Isaac Johnson, a large old 
style house with two stories in front and one in the rear, very 
similar to the Tomlinson house on Rockhouse Hill and also to the 
Samuel Botsford house on the Bungay road. This was the home 
of Isaac Johnson, who first owned the land upon which was built 
the Congregational parsonage and where now the Methodist church 
stands. In later years Isaac Johnson became a Methodist. 

Capt. Josiah Merrick came to Seymour from New Haven about 
1825-30, and in 1838 tore down the old house and used many of the 
timbers in constructing the new house, still standing beneath the 
peaceful shade of the maples. During the destruction of the old 
house some shackles were found with which the Rev. Jesse John- 
son, son of Isaac, was confined during periods of insanity, a meth- 
od which was used during the days before asylums were establish- 
ed. Besides this homestead Capt. Josiah Merrick bought of the 
Johnsons the tract of land extending to the river including the pres- 
ent Seymour Park. By inheritance this farm came from Capt. Jo- 
siah Merrick to his grandson, Geo. H. Merrick, the father of Mrs. 
H. D. Northrop, and by him was sold to Raymond French. The 
last occupant was Ashbel Storrs. 

Capt. Josiah Merrick was born in Harwich, Mass., in 1766, died 
in 1845, and was buried in Seymour. He was a communicant of 
Trinity church. He descended from William who whs born in 
Wales 1603, and emigrated to America in 1636, and for six years 
served under Miles Standish in the Colonial Militia, as ensign. In 
the "Merrick Lineage" the famil}^ is said to have descended from 
both the princes of Wales of the Welsh royal family, and of the 
English royal family from King Edward i. As early as the 6th cen- 
tury the hne was established in North Wales. At the coronation 
of Henry VIII, Apr. 25, 1509, Merrick was a Captain of the guard 
and by order of the King the name Merrick became one of the first 
surnames in Wales. On the coat of arms there was this motto of 
the Welsh Merricks; "Without God nothing; God and enough." 

Between the Rimmon and Mud brooks that flow into Rimmon 
pond on the east side, against the bank, there was an old log-house 
belonging, in early days, to the Davis family. Daniel was one who 


had sons named Daniel and Reuben. In that locaHty wolves and 
rattlesnakes were abundant, and by some means Reuben discover- 
ed a cure for rattlesnake bites, but he never would reveal the sec- 
ret, except to his son, who finally died without givin^^ it to the 


Just west of Rimmon brook, on the crown of the hill, a wolf-pit 
was dug- by the early settlers for the purpose of catching wolves. A 
large pit was dug in a bed of clay, a sheep placed in it, then cover- 
ed over lightly with brush. From five to seven wolves have been 
caught at one time in this pit. The place has been marked in re- 
cent years b}' a depression in the soil, in the center of which there 
was growing a butternut tree. 

A little distance up Rimmon brook there is still to be seen the 
foundation of a mill, that received its water supply from the region 
of the present icehouse of M. E. Wheeler. 

At the ver}- foot of Rock Rimmon on the south, where now lives 
A. E. Wheeler, there was found in 1S92 an old cellar of long dura- 


tion while men were digging for a new cellar. Though having long 
been covered with earth, the stones of the old cellar wall still stood 
upright from two to three feet on all sides e.xcept the north side 

OCIC lil.M.MtiN". 

towards the rock, there was a stone about twelve feet long and 
nearl}- the height of a man in its widest part, the cellar being about 
twelve by fifteen feet. Within this stone enclosure there were also 
found shells and rude pieces of crockery, so called. This may 
have been one of the cellars referred to in 1685, soon after the first 
division of the lands. The arrangement of stone upright recalls 
the old-time method of the use of stone in the building of the hum- 
blest dwellings. 

On the eastern slope of Rock Rimmon, many years ago, there 
lived a slave named Brister or Bristol, at one time belonging to 
Alexander Johnson, who remembered being stolen from the coast 
of Africa when a little boy, but lived to spend his last days beneath 
the shadow of Rock Rimmon. ( Rock Rimmon in the Holy Land 
is where six hundred Benjamites took refuge to escape slaughter. ) 
— Judges 20:45 : "And they turned and tied toward the wilder- 
ness unto the rock of Rimmon." 

The Record office on Main street, the second building south of 
the station, is one of the old landmarks still standing in the heart of 
the village. Probably a Mr. Mix built this house about 1790. The 
Benhams came here in 1817. While there have been many occu- 
pants, the most noted was the Benham family, that had twin boys, 
who in after years were among the most wealthy men of ]>ridge- 


BeiiiK masons by tr;ule, tlu'\- built up a lars^e business that 
In their (leclininii- years the\- ()ccui)iecl 


was exceedinjii\' profitable 

the house on Great Hill back of theschoo 

>use, spendinii' the sui 








Further reference w.ill 
now where there 

mer days with delitiht amid those solitud 
be made to the Benham home. 

"The Robbin's Nest" said a youiiK man, "I 
is a Robbins' nest with ten younii' Robbins in it." 

Capt. RobbiiLs followed the sea, and his family lived in the old- 
est house on Main street, known as Robbins' Nest, now occupied 
by The Record office, W. C. Sharpe, editor. There were nine 
dauirhters in the family, and some livin^^ at present remember the 
i,^ood times at the "Robbins' Nest." In the attic was a loom where 
Mrs. Robbins wove carpets. Previous to the extension of the rail- 
road, 1S49, the Robbins' ij^arden was famous for ;4'rowin,<i- the most 
beautiful flowers. At present none of the family reside here. 

Directly west near the river is the old Humphreys woolen mill, 
built in i8o5, and said to be the first in the country of its kind, which 
made the best broad cloth. The merino wool was used here. This 
old mill is a curiosity, having lived through the era of the develop- 
ment of manufacturinu-. The mid is lonii' and his^h, with long 



windows and many dormer windows. There were formerl\- a tower, 
and bell on the east end. Thomas Jefferson procured from this 
mill cloth for his inautjjural suit. 

The large house oppo- 
site the railroad station was 
built by John H. UeForest, 
first President of Humph- 
reysville Mfg. Co., in 1822 
for his own dwelling, a mod- 
el for its da}' in architecture, 
location, and comfort. The 
fancy woodwork compares 
well with the best of the 
present day. The rooms are 
high, large, cheerful, and 
THE DE FOHEST-FRENcii i'i,A< K fourtccn lu uumber. Every- 

thing about is substantial. Also the grounds testify to the taste of 
the occupant, there being numerous trees and a variety' including 
the musical pine and spruces. DeForest lived here until his death 
in 1839, the property then passmg into the hands of Raymond 


French who Hved here for man}- years. Mr. French did much 
toward building up Seymour industries. 

The old tannery is an object of interest because of its antique 
looking structure, located at the east end of the iron bridge, on the 
bank of the river, the south part of the block of houses composed 
of three. It is easily to be distinguished from the others by its age, 
the old chimneys, and the west side which is covered with wide 
boards. This is what is left of the old tannery, a two story build- 
ing having many names associated with it, as those of Benham, 
Judson English, George Kirtland, and Alfred Hull. The bark mill 
was located by the little brook a number of rods south. 

Southeast view of Humphrey sville, in Derby. 


Deacon Isaac Kinney had a tin shop close by the east end of 
the bridge, south side. Dea. Isaac was known as "the salt of the 
earth," because of his noble and useful life. He was an active 
member of the Episcopal church. 

On the north side of the road opposite the Kinney tin shop, 
(the place now being marked by cellar and river wall) there was a 
store, which was built by Ezekiel Gilbert. The "Turnpike Co." 
gave Gilbert the right to build there, because he built the stone 
wall ne.xt to the river. This store was burned. 

Leaving the east side of the river, one crosses the bridge below 
the Falls to a slight elevation which becomes a small island in high 


water, and during- floods is nearly covered. The first brid^je built 
here was before 1763. 

Another was built in 1783, the money being raised by lottery, 
etc. The Falls bridge ordered in 1782 and begun in 1783, cost 
about $725.00, the money being raised by lottery tickets. There 
were 88 tickets sold to 33 persons, most of whom were doubtless 
living in this part of the town. Names: 

Joel Chatfield, Levi Johnson, 

John Crawford, Joseph Johnson, Jr., 

James Baldwin, Gideon Johnson, Sr., 

Abiel Canfield, Ebenezer Keeney, 

Daniel Davis, William Keeney, 

Ebenezer Dayton, Ashbel Loveland, 

Enoch French, Peter Nostrand, 

Isaac Foot, Elisha Pritchard, 

Levi Hotchkiss, David Parsons. 

Moses Hotchkiss, Polycarp Smith, 

Joel Hine, Samuel Smith, 

Amos Hine, Benjamin Twitchell, 

Hiel Hine, Benjamin Tomlinson, 

Gideon Johnson, Jr., Ebenezer Warner, 

Asahel Johnson, Hezekiah Wooden, 

Hezekiah Johnson, John Wooster, 

Turel Whittemore. 
On this island there are two houses of note, the Seymour 
House on the south and the little dwelling on the north, a small 
house of one story with two windows in front. This was the house 
in which John Winterbottom and family lived only for a season, 
the summer of 18 17. The daughter Ann was about eight years of 
age. She became the distinguished writer known as Mrs. Ann 
Stephens. This house has been pointed out as the birth place of 
Mrs. Ann Stephens; but it is not. She leaves a letter that removes 
all doubt and corrects the error. She tells of living in this little 
house next to the "Pines," a beautiful grove of white pines with 
scattering oaks, where she spent many a happy day through the 
summer, while waiting for the completion of the new house with 
stone foundation on the corner south of the old blacksmith shop on 
the hill. 

Following events soon led them to move from town, and the 
little house was occupied by Richard Hine, who built before 1820 


the east part which is the same shape as the old, but about two feet 
higher, though not quite as long; the like of which is rarely seen in 
these days, though a hundred years ago more common, building 
on a little as the family increased. At present the house belongs 
to the Strapp family. 

The birthplace of Mrs. Stephens is on West St. more than half 
a mile from the Falls, in a house standing on the south side of the 
road, known in late years as the Swift house. Ann was born here in 


1 8 10. This house was built in the preceding century, a stor}' and a 
half, facing north, and the south roof somewhat longer than the 

To the writer the following description was given of its appear- 
ance seventy-iive years ago: "It was then an old red house, whose 
partitions inside were ceiled to the top and painted a deep red. It 
had the usual tire-places upon which Mrs. Stephens remembers 
'warm drink was kept in a tin cup" during sickness, the cup stand- 
ing on the hot stone hearth. After this there was a change of own- 
ers and the house was clapboarded and painted white. Besides 
many other improvements were made costing more than to build a 
new house. 


While livings here Ann attended school in a little red school 
house a little way up the road where also attended the children of 
Dr. Stoddard. In her "recollections," she refers both to her first 
home, the little red school house and those families living near. 
During the last visit of Mrs. Stephens to this home, she peeled some 
of the bark from the large maple trees, standing in front of the 
house, as a memento of her birthplace. They were little trees 
when she was a little girl living there. 

The Seymour House stands on the south side of Broad St. on 
the bank of the river close tothe bridge. It was built by John Moshier 


in 1824, the main part being of stone, cemented and painted, the 
other additions being of wood. In its early history it became the 
center of great activit}^ because of the stage route passing here, and 
this was one of the places for changing horses on the stage line 
between New Haven and Albany. Thus it continued for many 
years until the coming of the railway in 1849. During the period 
of travel by teams exclusively there were occasions when dozens of 
teams stopped here for the night, and like other prominent houses 
in those times, this was witness to exciting scenes, and strange it 
would be if there were no romances worthy of a longer stor}'. For 


many years this was the chief tavern and hotel for this vicinity. In 
1830 Ezekiel Gilbert kept tavern here for two years ; after which 
time, or in 1833, he occapied the house and store on the bank at 
the east end of the bridge. In 1835, Mar. 14, E. Gilbert bou^dit 
this place of William Humphreys, which included a house, store 
and barn. This appears to be the location of a cellar belongini; to 
Gen. I). Humphreys in 1812. (See Sey. Hist., p. 63.) A.uain John 

Moshier occupied the old tavern. At one time Horace Hurd owned 
and occupied this house. In recent years Henr}- A. Dunham has 
owned and kept the hotel, and the livery stables have been in the 
hands of A. B. Dunham, under whose skillful management, it has 
done good service. With the coming of the wheel and railroad, the 
hotel meets the new demands of modern days. 

The Glendenning Academy is still remembered by many of our 
prominent people as the place of their schooling. This Academy 



was established in 1849, and occupied the old Congregational 
church building, which formerly stood on South Main street next 
north of the cemeter}', later being moved to its present location, the 
first house down the river below the falls, now owned by John 

As the railroad had just come to town, May 14, 1849, it was 
thought that this locality would be a most favorable one for the 
establishment of an academy for the benefit of the youth in this 

region and neighboring towns. There were forty-seven pupils who 
were taught here, having the advantages of the English branches, 
the classics, Latin, Greek, also French and music. The academy 
passed through several changes into a public school, which con- 
tinued until the high school was built in 1884, at a cost of $45,000, 
which is one of the finest school buildings in the Naugatuck valley. 
Across the road, on the corner of Broad and Pine streets, there 
is a landmark more lasting than old houses, and that is the sidewalk 


made of useless pins from the pin factory. This walk extends 
around the corner of the residence of Mark Lounsbury for more 
than three hundred feet. Sevent3'-tive barrels en- more of waste 
pins have been used in the construction of this walk. Throuj^h the 
process of rustin.ti", the walk has become solid iron, and has remain- 
ed firm even a.i(ainst the force of the flood durini.-- hiiih water in the 
river, which, like a torrent, sweeps through with irreat fur\- to the 
depth of nearl}' six feet. 

The wide interest concernm.y- this walk is illustrated by the 
"Newspaper Cutting; Bureau," which offered to furnish four hundred 
and fifty clipping's concerning- this walk, published in different 
parts of the world. 

The old elm so lon^ admired was d>ing-, and was cut in 1900, 
and a 20th century tree, the gift of Hon. Carlos French, from his 
land east of Walnut street, was set in its place. 


On the corner of Derb}- avenue and Inroad street, in the trian- 
gle of the highways, there was plante(f April 30th, 1901, b\' the Rev. 
H. A. Campbell, aided by George W. Burroughs, a handsome hard 
maple tree four inches in diameter and twsnty-five feet high. The 
address : 

'T plant this tree in view of future \ears, with hopes of joy to 
childhood, youth or age. Wide may th\- branches spread, and 
every season wider still ! May thy beaut\' grow with years ; may 
thy charms dispel both signs and fears, until it be that ten thousand 
hearts shall say with me, 

" Fair tree I for thy deliglitful shade 
'Tis just that some return be made : 
Sure some relurn is due from me 
To thy cool shadows, and to thee. 
"When thou to birds dost shelter give 
Thou music dost from them receive : 
If travelers beneath thee stay 
Till storms have worn themselves away. 
That time in praising thee they spend. 
And thy protecling power commend " 

Thus, Fair Tree ! may th>- years be spent the centur\- through, 
into another centurv that shall be called new. 

H. A. C. 
Seymour, Conn., April 30, 19OL 



One of the old roads extended from the north over Rimmon 
HilJ, down across Little River up past the Episcopal church, divid- 
ing at the four comers, one leading down Falls Hill to the ford at 
Broad St., the other road led south along the side of the hill, now 
Cedar St, down under the shadow of Castle Rock to the ford near 
the Henry Wooster place. There were only two houses in all the 
region south of the corners and below the Falls. One of these 
houses is where Geo. Hurlburt now lives, a substantial looking 
place, said to have been built by Bradford Steele, a story and a 
half, with rooms in the basement, situated second below the 


old Shrub Oak schoolhouse, and the rocky ledge that extends down 
to the Falls. It stands on the upper road directh- west of the 
Congregational church, and the view from this high road is one of 
much beauty, looking down upon the Falls, the village, and across 
the valley to the Promised Land. Being on the road that led to 
the ford, this house has been witness of many events and changes 
that were not recorded, and is known to have stood about the time 
of the Revolution. Other occupants were H. Upson and W. Buf- 


ived here when his ( 


iau<^hter was married to 

funi. Hiram Upson 
Harpin Risg:s. 

The other old house is on Derby avenue, near Rose street, 
known as the Abel Bassett, Lum, or Holloway house, and formerly 
stood where the road now runs, havin,? been moved back about 
ten feet. The south part stands in the original form and is very 
old, the date [747 bein;^- found on the stairway which was replaced 
by a new one many years ago. Previous to the time of Mr. Bassett, 

this place was owned by 
a slave who acquired it 
from his master. This 
house served as a tavern, 
being the nearest to the 
ford, on the west side of the 
river, nearly a quarter of a 
mile above the ford. 
Dancing must have been 
common in those da3'S, 
and to aid the sweet and 
harsh sounds of music, 

KACK pnK( u OF nil 1 1 M iiui M.w \', >K. thcrc was a mysterious 

sounding apparatus placed in the ceiling. It can hardly be called 
a sounding board. A number of bottles were imbedded in the 
plaster of the ceiling with their necks down three inches, and when 
the fierceness of the dance and music reached their height, strange 
sounds came from the ceiling, being sent forth from the empty bottles. 
Little is known about this place through its long and eventful his- 
tory. Like the ancient homes in general, the passing public does 
not even give a thought concerning the history of their past. Now 
the thousands of wheels pass by where more than a century ago 
there was only a path for the Indians and pioneers. Under the 
shadow of Castle Rock this house stood on the land which David 
Wooster bought of the Indians in 1692. 

The old "Pound" for stray cattle, so well remembered by the 
school children of half a century ago, was located five rods south of 
the corner of Pine street and Derby avenue, close to the walk, with 
a high fence, beneath two great white pine trees. In the later 
period it was used as a chicken yard. Being shady and cool the 
cats found it good hunting ground. The chickens disappeared. 
One season, Philo Beecher, the owner, lost twelve chickens and 


shot thirteen cats for compensation. The pound was destroyed 
about 1896. 

Now and then in New England, the beginning of a home is 
similar to the one just north of the Union cemetery. This was 
begun by Gipson Lum, in 1837. He was a young man, being a sea 
captain, and having a young family. Before he finished the house, 
he received an urgent call to take charge of a ship about to leave 
port. At first he declined because of a very strong feeling coming 
over him that he ought not to go. But finally he consented, much 
against his own will. Soon after his departure, other ships brought 
news of a severe storm, and Captain Lum and his ship were never 
seen or heard from. The place is now owned and occupied by 
Albert F. Warner. 

Going south from the Falls the road follows the River, with 
hills on the right, the river on the left, and being overshadowed 
with trees, it is the favorite road in the region, traveled over by 
thousands of wheels. The first house below the woods is the early 
home of Jonathan Miles, 2nd, a tory ; it being on. the west side 
sheltered by the woods and hill, a two story house but of little 
interest at present, except as the stopping place for the wheelmen. 

Ebenezer Keene}' was born in Wales, in 1718 ; came to Derby 
when a young man, and resided a little way southeast from Old 
Town until he built his house at the Landing in 1754. It was the 
first house at Derby Narrows, and his son, Ithiel Keeney, was the 
first white child born at the Landing, March 17. 1755. Ebenezer 
Keeney married Betsey Davis, daughter of John Davis, Jr., Decem- 
ber 7, 1738. Ebenezer was a man of large influence in the town 
and possessed great business energy and ability, as indicated by his 
being elected tax collector most of the time during the Revolu- 
tionary war. He was also appointed war inspector. He was 
among the number who purchased of the Indians in 1763 two and a 
half acres of land near the Falls, together with the Falls, for eight 
pounds. He also owned the land where now stands the Congrega- 
tional church and parsonage. 

He lived in the old Canfield-Booth house on the hill, and also 
in a house that stood on the flat now covered by the buildings of 
the Copper Co. Ithiel his son was for thirty years treasurer of the 
town of Derby, and was said to be one of the most reliable men 
ever in town. 

William was the ninth child of Ebenezer Keeney, born July 


i6, 1757, and married Millie Steele. Their oldest son was Ebenezer, 
born Nov. 28, 1779, and married Betsy Burkingham ; their oldest 
child was Betsey, born Jan. 9, 1804, who married Jeremiah Durand, 
and their oldest child was Elizabeth, who married Edwin A. Lum. 

Keeney — Kinney. Keeney is the Welsh name. The Irish 
name is Kinney. The greater number of the Keeneys spell their 
name Kinney. The correct spelling of the Welsh name is Keeney, 
and the spelling of the Irish name is Kinney. It will be seen that 
the descendants of Ebenezer Keeney are in error when spelling 
the name Kinne}^ as the greater part of them do. Kinneytown is 
the locality near Kinneytown falls. 

The first Keeney who settled at Kinneytown, was William, who 
was married about 1778, becoming the father of Ebenezer, a car- 
penter and shipbuilder, William, a tinner, Medad, a blacksmith, 
Deacon Sheldon and Isaac Keeney. As the road then ran close to 
the side of the river, the first homestead was built facing the east, 
a small, one story, red house, the roof extending very low on the 
back side. The old cellar is still to be seen, a little northeast of 
the present dwelling, under the shadow of a cherry tree. 

The present Keeney homestead is located near the falls, known 
as Kinneytown falls. The house is a large, pleasant two story 
dwelling with the modern appearance, with shade trees of long 
standing, surrounded with orchards and many comforts. The barns 
are on the west side of the road. 

The house was probably built by Deacon Sheldon Keeney in the 
early part of the 19th century. Sheldon was a deacon of the Con- 
gregational church, and it was his generosity that provided a par- 
sonage by the side of the church. 

The Keeney families have had a large share in the interests and 
welfare of the town, notably Deacon Sheldon and Deacon Isaac, 
whose names are still familiar to many an household. 

Doubtless the fine river lands contributed much towards the 
prosperity of this, and the neighboring families below. 

Less than a quarter of a mile below the Keeney place, there 
stands a large two story house, some distance back from the high- 
way, with the back of the house toward the street. In this last 
respect the house is similar to the home of Mark Twain in Hart- 
ford, that has the kitchen facing the main street. However, this 
old home was not built according to the modern fashion. But 
more than a hundred vears ago, the house was built facing both 


the river, and road which then ran east of and in front of it. 
This old homestead is known as the Capt. Philo Holbrook place. 
Captain Philo was a man of affairs, and the old home itself would 
indicate no little prosperity in its best days. 

In 1852 a Mr. Canfield lived there, a tailor by trade, and to him 
many of the people brought their home-made cloth to ha\'e it cut 
for garments, and in man}- cases he finished the garments. Capt. 
Philo Holbrook occupied this old homestead in more recent years. 

One is impressed with the dignity of this old house, located on 
the east side of the highway, with its little lean-to and corner porch, 
and the well near at hand. The picture of the old time home 
would have been complete, if the well-sweep had been preserved 
and were still in service. 

Westward from the house near the Bungay road and little 
brook, there was formerly a cider mill, and its companion a brand}' 
mill, but both are now in ruins. 

On going south and and approaching the brook, at the foot of 
King's Hill, a row of large trees, maples and elms, will be seen. 


In the field nearly west, there once stood another old homestead of 
one of the Tomlinson families. One family by the name of Tucker 
and another by the name of Smith, also lived there. The trees 
are all that now remain, which would indicate the existence of this 
ancient landmark. Abel Church set out this row of maples and 
elms in the early part of the last century, and tried to sell them to 
the owner of the place. The house has lonj? since disappeared. 
Abel Church lived just back of this house on the Bungay road, in 
the same home that Rector Davis, or his widow, spent their decli- 
ning years. The next house above on the Bungay road was long 
ago the home of Enos Smith, and later the home of two genera- 
tions of the Williamson family. 

Another old building, fast becoming an old landmark, is the 
"Shrub Oak" schoolhouse, situated on the high rock west of the 
Congregational church, on Cedar street. The "Shrub Oak" dis- 
trict was laid out Dec. 27. 1779, and the first schoolhouse was built 
on north side of road back of James Swan's upper shops, near the 
corner of the Walter French garden, and the path leading to the 
shops. From this location the schoolhouse was moved to, and 
forms a part of the Beers house, nearly opposite of the Trinity 
cemetery. The third location for the Shrub Oak school was on the 
rock mentioned abo\e and was built about 1850. It has been used 
but little since the new high schoolhouse was built, 1884, and its 
present deserted condition makes the old "Shrub Oak" school- 
house a monument of the past. 

Shrub Oak was the name given at an early date to the region 
west of the river and Falls. Still earlier, 1702, it was known as 
Camp's Mortgage, a section three miles square. The origin of 
this last name was due to the selling of liquor to the Indians by 
Mr. Camp, who took a mortgage on this territory. 

The houses of interest in Shrub Oak are located at the crossing 
of the roads. Church and West streets. Formerly the Rimmon 
road came down by the Episcopal church, now a part of Church 
street. These corners might have been well called the doctors' 
corners, for doctors lived here for more than 100 years. 

The first physician was Samuel Sanford, coming to town 
about 1790, and died in 1803 at 38 years of age. He lived on the 
right hand corner going up the Bungay road, or West Church 
street. Across the road towards Castle Rock, there was a pest 
house for small-pox patients, in which the town took an interest. 



The house of Dr. Sanford has passed through many changes, 
the old part being now the west part, while the large square house 
in front facing the east is the work of Gen. HumphrcN', at least so 
stated by the best authority. The Hon. John Humphreys occupied 
it early in the century. He was a lawyer, being called Judge. 
Judge John and William were nephews to the General and had 
charge of the woolen mill, T. Vose & Co. 

Mrs. Anna Stephen says, that Judge John and his wife, called 
Lady Humphreys, an elegant, handsome lady, were great favorites 

with the General, and 
were generally looked up 
to in the neighborhood as 
superior persons. The 
whole Humphreys family- 
were remarkable for their 
personal beauty. Judge 
Joim had two daughters, 
Mrs. Caniield and Mrs. 
Pease, who were beautiful 
and elegant women. Judge 
Humphreys died in 1826. 
.11 [HiK .loiiv nrMPiTRKY's iM.AcK. aud between that time and 

between that time and 1830 the house was adorned by A. M. Bas- 
sett with the preent style of architecture. 

This large white house was the most conspicious on the west 
side of the ri\er, pleasantl\- located on the corner, having large, 
high rooms, a generous hall, a colonial window in the attic, fancy 
frieze, a veranda supported b\- six doric colunms. There were bal- 
ustrades on both the veranda and roof of the house. This place 
has lost but little of its former dignity. The more recent occu- 
pants were George F. DeForest, Henry Wheeler, E. E. Adams, 
W. A. Warner and C. S. Boies, cashier of the Valley National Bank. 
Across the road to the north and on the corner was the Doctor 
Johnson house built by him in i<S42. He married Hannah, the 
daughter of the old Dr. Stoddard, and began housekeeping in an 
old house that stood back of the new one where the barns now are. 
This was a very old house. Its early history cannot be found, but 
this has been ascertained, that it was the first home of Dr. Stod- 
dard, who came here in 1804, and probably lived there for a num- 
ber of years and sent his children to the same school with Mrs. 


Ann Stephens, in a little red schoolhouse on the road back of James 
Swan's upper shops, next above Walter French house. Mrs. 
Stephens writes later of the ^ood doctor makin<i- his visits t^oinji' 
horseback. This will answer many inquiries where Dr. Stoddard 

From this old house so near the corner and Episcopal church, 
the doctor moved to the Rinnnon road, a little way up Kimmon 
hill, on the west side, the barns beint; on the opposite side of the 
road. The house was small and one story, but the location was 
dry and the views most beautiful, as they are all alon.s: the southern 
slope of Rimmon. This house was burned in i<S94. This lartie 
farm was afterwards ^iven to his son Joseph, and the old Doctor 
moved to the east side as already described, a mile below the Falls. 
For many years after 1842, Dr. Johnson lived in the new house 
which he built in front of the old one, on the north corner of West 
and Church streets, and today it is one of the best locations for a 
fine residence in town. In May 1901 this property passe(f into the 
hands of W. L. Ward, the undertaker, who will make it his per- 
manent home. 

Dr. Kendall lived on the corner towards the cemeter\'. This 
house was formerl\- used as a store. The Rev. Dr. H. D. Northrop's 
famil\- li\e in the home on tiie opposite corner, the house havin.u" 
been built b\- Hiram Upson in 1S47, the work bein^ done by his 
two sons. And the rtrst physician. Dr. Sanford, lived on the other 
corner, so there has been a doctor livin<i" on each of the four corners. 

Abiel Cantield, son of 
Joseph, came from that 
part of Great Hill, known 
as the Bungay district, 
southward from the pres- 
ent Bun.ijay schoolhouse. 
Abiel married Mary Bar- 
low of Stratford Dec. 23, 
1779, and lived in the 
little house on West St., 
where now lives Geori^e 
F. Robinson, the fifth 
OLD cANKiKi.i) m.isK. housc from the corner, 

on the west side of the street. Capt. Bradford Steele li\ed here 
until he sold it t(T Abiel Canheld. This is a small one stor\- and a 


half house with a basement kitchen, thought to have been one of 
the houses built by Capt. Bradford Steele, who built several houses 
and lived in a number before he moved across the river to the pres- 
ent Johns place. There is a well, mentioned in a deed given by 
Theophilus Miles to Abiel Canfield, May i8, 1784; and this well is 
located among the invisible landmarks beneath the concrete walk 
in front of the hrst house south of the Canfield-Robinson house. 

As early as 1760 Ebenezer Keeney owned land at the Falls, and 
also the land and house which he lived in, or the place now known 
as the Canfield-Booth place on North Church street. In 1785 the 
name of Bradford Steele appears among the names of those who 
leased land at the Falls, who also became the owner of the house 
which Ebenezer Kinney previously occupied. Abiel Caniield be- 
comes the next owner of this old homestead, about 1800, which 
still remains in the family. Located on the east side near the road, 
with maple trees in front, this old red house was two stories, facing 
the west, the east roof sloping down to one story. Besides the 
front door, there was a small door on the south side near the front 
corner. The house was built on the old plan, with corner rooms in 
front, small hall in the center, back of which was the great chim- 
ney and fireplace of the largest pattern, opening into the kitchen, 
which was on the back side of the house. Standing beneath the 
maples and weeping willow, the well sweep pointing heavenward, 
this old homestead has been a lit subject for the work of artists. 

Abiel Canfield was followed by his son, Samuel, who was fol- 
lowed by Henry T. Booth, who married Harriet, the daughter of 
Samuel. These two families occupied the old house for nearly a 
century, or until a few years ago, when the new house was built, 
being located east of the old one, leaving the well, still to be seen, 
in the front lawn. 

The memory of Napoleon is associated with this well. A trav- 
eler visiting the tomb of Napoleon cut from the historic weeping 
willow some branches and brought them to this country. Trans- 
planting them they began to grow. From one of these a branch 
was taken and set out about two rods from this well. Growing rap- 
idly, it became in the course of years a large, beautiful and grace- 
ful tree. To the surprise of the family, one summer season, the 
well failed for the first time in its known history. On making inves- 
tigation, there was found at the bottom of the well a perfect wreath. 


as large around as the well, made of the tine rootlets from the wil- 
low tree; this wreath was taken out and the tree cut down. 

The large red house opposite the Canfield or Booth place, is 
the oldest looking landmark in the vicinity. Having two stories in 
front and one in the rear, it stands on the crown of the hill, great in 
contrast to the buildings of modern davs. It is like a monument, 
or memorial of the past. Formerly it was occupied by Hiram Up- 
son, but later Samuel Canfield became the owner of it. 

Like Capt. Bradford Steele, Hiram Upson occupied many 
houses making it difficult to trace him in his wanderings. 

In 1847 Upson built the house on the corner of Cedar and 
Church Sts., now the summer home of Dr. H. D. Northrop, and 
his two sons helped to build the house. Still later Upson moved 
to the old Miles homestead on the Bungay road a mile above, now 
the home of Clark Chatfield. 

In 1 79 1 Isaac Baldwin had a mill at the mouth of Little River, 
and a house on the fiat below the little iron bridge, and just south 
of the river at the foot of the Rimmon road. It was in this house 
that the Methodists held their meetings some year after 1790. At 
the time of one of their meetings, some of the young fellows got a 
ladder and covered the chimney, thereby smoking out the devoted 
worshipers. In after years, the good people thought that the 
judgment of God was upon those young men, because they all died 
in the prime of life. 

It appears that Hiram Upson began his local career at this 
place. Though the Baldwin house was burned dowm, Upson built 
another on the same foundation, which is still standing, the story 
and a half house, with a two story addition on the north of it. 

Returning to West street, next to the Dr. Johnson place, there 
stands on the bank above the road a long, low one story house, 
with little convenience in the arrangement of rooms, once occupied 
by one of the Humphreys, probably William or John, who was in 
the office of the T. Vose and Co. It has long been known as the 
Reynolds' place, but now owned by Hildebrand. Another old well 
used in early times is to be found north near the south line of Geo. 
E. Matthies' place. Up the hill from the well stood the large old 
house two stories in front and one in rear, where once lived Theo- 
philus Miles, 2nd. 

After crossing the little brook the road turns to the left and 
here stands the house known for many years as the Bell place. 


Smith Botsford sold this place to Horace Hurd, who built over the 
small one story house into a good size two story dwelling in 1847, 
making it very attractive in its best days. At one time this was 
used as the Episcopal parsonage. Directly opposite is the Warren 
French home, son to Walter, and the only house in the vicinit}' 
shingled on the sides. 

Passing the Swift place, already described, there stands nearly 
opposite the old Walter French house, called by Mrs. Stephens, 
the French Mansion. This was built after 18 12, Walter French 


being the first to engage in the auger business in town. "Star" 
and John Washburn occupied this house later. An old Samuel 
Bassett house stan-ds next, across the road, a large two story dwell- 
ing, facing the north, occupied by him 18 14 or 18 17, having the ap- 
pearance of age of more than a century, having small windows, is 
weather beaten, neglected and now the home of the transients. 
In this vicinity there was a little red school house long since remov- 
ed, but of note because Mrs. Ann Stephens and the children of Dr. 
Stoddard attended school here, and the good old spinster taught 
Ann how to sew, as well as to read and write. Scarceh- an^■ one 


remembers this school, but it stood midway between the French 
mansion and the saw-mill accordins^- to Ann's account. Also Ed- 
ward Pritchard says the red schoolhouse stood where the road or 
foot path commences that goes to Swan's shops, within a few rods 
from the corner of the Walter French garden. If this buildin.u; 
was moved, it now stands and is a part of the house where Mr. 
Beers lives opposite Trinity cemetery. 

The old Pritchard place has been known in recent years by the 
Betts place, located on the west side of the road, on West street, 
the south end of Swan's reservoir being opposite. The Pritchards 
had a land interest in this locality, buying it from Ebenezer John- 
son as early as 1740, the year that James Pritchard, Jr., was mar- 
ried, being the tirst of the several generations that lived here. In 
1 760 the town granted to James Pritchard the right of and use of Little 
River for mill purposes from the mouth up to the Fairchild place. 
It is not known when the Pritchard house was built. If not by 
Johnson, or at the time, in 1746, when James was married, it is 
probable that 1 760 is the date when the grant was given for the use of 
the river. The old house was a story and a half, facing the east 
and looking down upon the sawmill and river. 

Following James Pritchard was his son Jabez, who married 
Eunice Botsford Oct. 31, 1764, and his son Leverett was born Sept. 
16, 1765, who spent his whole life on or near the homestead ; his 
son Jabez E. was born there, and his son Edward Pritchard was 
also born there May 24, 1830. B. Steele, Jr., and Jabez enlisted 
for the war July, 1777, and were taken prisoners near Fort Inde- 
pendence while aiding a wounded companion. 

Falling into the hands of his inhuman captors, Jabez survived 
but a short time after being taken to the prison ship in North 
River. Before his death he -gave his money to aid others, and 
especially Bradford Steele, Jr., who used some of this for provis- 
ions which preserved his life until released ; then he was scarcely 
•strong enough to get home. However, he recovered, and lived a 
very useful life, and his name is reverenced even to this day. He 
was deacon of the Congregational church. He died at his old 
home on the New Haven road in 1841, aged 80, and was buried in 
the old Congregational yard. 

In 1847 Isaac Lindley built a new house a little south of the 
old Pritchard house, but the old Pritchard house remained standing 
until 1866, when Richard Aspden tore it down, and, using old lum- 



ber, built a house for himself, now standing, the tirst house west of 
the old Bell place. To the past generation, the new house on the 
Pritchard place has been known as the Betts place. In March, 
1901, this passed into the possession of V. A. Page of Derby. The 
property is situated between the Bungay road and West street 
and comprises about fifty acres of land, upon which is erected a 
dwelling house and a large barn. 

The location of the old Pritchard home is still indicated by the 
high hollow mound just a little north, which now remains as a mon- 

ument of the past, and which is crowned by a living memorial, in the 
shape of an ancient looking lilac bush, the silent sentinel, still 
guarding over the sacred memories of the old Pritchard homestead. 
The lilac bush is often the only living remnant which now 
marks the location and ruins of the habitations of some of the 
noted families of New England. The lilacs once planted by gentle 
hands are still growing by the foundation of the old homesteads, 
and sometimes are even overshadowed by the later growth of for- 
est trees, while the hands that planted them have long been at rest. 


The old Pritchard saw-mill and the Pritchard farm house were 
opposite each other, the mill being close by the river and lower 
than the main road. Josiah Washburn was an early owner of this 
mill, and conducted a large lumber business. At intervals for more 
than a century the old saw has furnished music for the neighbor- 
hood, the last work being done in 189S, which was the sawing of 
large wdiitewood logs by Mr. George Wakeley. The second year 
following, the mill was dismantled, leaving only the stone work. 
Standing by the side of the falls and beneath the large overhanging 
trees, and together with the surroundings, this mill made a tine pic- 
ture of a New England industr\', that is fast passing away. These 
monuments of ruins and dev)arted days speak the silent lessons of 
the story of life. 

This old sawmill was first owned by the Pritchards, second by 
Josiah Washburn, then by "Star" or Sterling Washburn, who gave 
it to his daughter, Mrs. Osborn, then bought by John Washburn 
about 1865. James Swan bought the property in i86s\ and in 1875 
it was built over and leased to E. L. Hoadley who occupied it for 
20 years, the last work being done there in 1898. It was torn down 
in 1899. 

The second house above the Hoadley bridge was formerly the 
residence of Gen. Clark Wooster, now the home of Frederick 
Beecher. An old landmark, to many of the people of two genera- 
tions ago, is still standing a little back in the lot in the appearance 
of a shop. This was used in its earlier days as a store, and the old 
fashioned "wet goods" were also kept and sold in such quantities, 
that the saying went abroad, that "more liciuor including cider 
brandy was sold there than there was water in Little River." 

In those days cider brandy was a common drink, sold at 3 cents 
a glass and some of the patrons ran up such bills at this store, their 
accounts being kept on the wall, "chalked down" so they could be 
seen by all. In recording those drinks, a large piece of chalk was 
so cut and so used, as make two marks — two drinks— instead of one. 

Little river winds among the hills, and where the valley is 
narrow there have been many mills, but the rich meadows invited 
the pioneers as early as 1731. Up this valley runs the Oxford turn- 
pike, which was chartered 1795, being one of the oldest turnpikes 
in the state, and a much traveled road. A number of old houses 
are still to be seen, and there is one still standing on the corner of 
the Oxford road and the lane leading to the S. W. Buckingham 



slaughter house, a medium size one story and a half dwelling-, 
rudel}^ furnished, but pleasant in location, and rural-like, because 
of the many large maple trees growing near. The house was 
built by Philo Holbrook, one of the Holbrooks who came from the 
old "hive," the son of Capt. John, Jr. Philo was married to Ann 
Wooster, June 3. 1779. She was long known as "Aunt Annis," 
It is probable the house was soon occupied after this marriage. 
Abijah, one of their sons, lived at the place on the Great Hill road, 
now the home of Mrs. John Church and sons. 


The home of Eugene W\'ant is in the open held. Its loca- 
tion is on the rise of ground across the Little river more than 20 
rods east of the highwa}' or turnpike, and, with the bridge, trees, 
buildings and their surroundings, this little home makes a picture 
more like some of the European dwellings among the hills of 


Switzerland. The low lyinij roof forms the coxeriiiK to the south 
veranda, while the veranda also extends around the west side, 
making the house appear broad and low. This is called the 
"Woodside dairy farm." The house was built by Ebenezer John- 
son, who was married 1814. Immediately following their marriage 
they lived in the Wooster place until the barn was finished ; then 
they lived in the barn until the house could be occupied, in 1815. 


This family has in its possession a relic of much interest handed 
down from the time of the Indians ; it is a large, heavy cane carried 
by one of the pioneer Johnsons. Ha\ing this cane in hand one 
evening while returning home, he discovered an Indian following 
him with noiseless step and tomahawk in hand. In the dim ligth 
the anxious man quickened his steps thinking what was best to do. 
The Indian followed with similar pace nearer and nearer to strike 
the fatal blow. Suddenly Johnson turned; there was the sound of 
a heavy blow and the Indian fell upon the autumn leaves and his 
spirit went to the unhappy hunting ground. This cane did the work 


of saving Johnson's life and now stands in the corner unconscious 
of its service in warhke days of the pioneer's life. 

The old Wooster saw and grist mill, recent owners Sheldon 
Church, his son William, Edward Pritchard and Mark Lounsbury. 
At one time plaster was ground at the grist mill. About 1830 
Washburn ("Wop") Wooster lived on the north corner of Oxford 
and Great Hill roads, about the date of the house. The Walter 
French house was occupied following him by Star Washburn and 
John, his son. The John Humphrey house was occupied by Dr. 
Kendall, Reynolds, etc. 

At an early date the Woosters owned land north of Chestnut 
Tree Hill, on Great Hill and Moose Hill which sloped eastward 
toward Little River. Some of these lands are mentioned in the di- 
vision of the estate of Edward Wooster, I, in 1694. The selection 
for a dwelling was one of the best in the Little River Valley, at the 
north end of the long meadow, which became the home of the 
Woosters, John and Thomas, and others. 

On Little River about two miles from the Falls there was a 
mill property sold in 1747. From the description and distance this 
is the locality near the dwelling of David C. Riggs, known in the 
time of the Revolution as the Capt. John Wooster tavern. The old 
Wooster house stood near the corner made by the main road and 
the Park road coming from the west. Capt. John probably came 
here near 1750 and for many years kept a tavern of considerable 
note long before the Oxford turnpike was laid out. There was a 
large deer park owned b}- the Woosters northwest of the house, 
covering the hilly section, and was protected by the early laws of 
the state. South of the tavern was a fine level meadow of many 
acres lying on both sides of the river. 

Located near and north of the well, and a little southwest from 
the present house, the old house is said to have been red at first but 
later was yellow, a large two story dwelling facing the east and 
highway, the back roof long and sloping to one story. The general 
plan of the house differed but little from others of that date. The 
chimney was very large, being made of stone, with the usual fire- 
places including one in the basement room, the corner of the house 
towards the corner of the roads. In later years this was used as a 
cider room, and one of the old tables is still preserved. The rooms 
were large and a good number of them adapted for the purposes of 
a tavern. In the attic there was a place built for smoking hams. 


This old tavern had a history, thou.yh not written. Capt. Jolni 
Wooster was one of the princi[)al men in town, bein.u" a justice of 
the peace. 

The old house became famous because of the visit of Graham, 
the traitor, with his band of robbers, in March, i7<So, on a cold 
stormy night. Here they sought food and rest, but before morning 
the officers disturbed them and they fled to a barn, where they re- 
mained through the day, cold and hungry, waiting for the storm to 
cease. Almost starving, they again sought food at the tavern as the 
dusk of evening came, but before getting it, the alarm of their pres- 
ence was given, causing them to flee over Great Hill as already 

Many can look back to this old house as their home, remaining 
in the Wooster name for several generations, other names being 
Smith, Stoddard, Randall and Riggs. The old ta\ern and home 
was dismantled and torn down in I.S72-3, and part of the material 
was used to build the second house above, and some of the stone 
from the massive chimney was taken to build the cellar wall of the 
Congregational church parsonage, 1S73. 


In the time of the Revolution, Thomas Wooster, a brother of 
Capt. John, Hved in the story and a half house across the road to 
the east, nearly opposite the Capt. John Wooster tavern, being 
located on the south corner made by the main road and the one 
leading to Rimmon Hill. This house stood a good distance back 
from the main road, facing the west, being pleasantly located on a 
natural rise of ground several feet high, and much larger than the 
usual story and a half house. Covering a large foundation, it was 
built on a generous plan, with high ceilings, with a large hall seven 
yards long, and wide in proportion, the stairs being enclosed. On 
each side of the front door, there was a large hall window. The 
south front room was the barroom, and later used as the parlor. 
Among the four rooms on the ground fioor, the largest was the sit- 
ting room, directly back of the hall, which was also seven yards 
long, containing the big fireplace and oven, which would indicate 
that this room was at first intended for the living room and kitchen 
as well as the dining room, and was extensively used in the busy 
tavern days. The growing demand led to the building of a large 
ell on the northeast corner, containing the dining room, kitchen, 
etc. In the angle of the back yard made by the ell and house, 
there stood a large sweet apple tree and the well, and all about the 
ground was paved with stones. Later occupants were Sheldon 
Church, followed b}' his son Henry and family. .'\t the time of 
the fire the house was rented. 

This was probabl}- at first a red house, but in its latest period 
when white, it had the look of man}' years service. Afterward it 
was burned in August, 1894, and with it a number of valuable 
pieces of antique furniture. The old chimney stood complete for 
a long time, and now crumbling, becomes the monument of former 
days and places, telling of a history, even though without inscrip- 

Along Little River southward extends a fine meadow for a 
quarter of a mile. About half way down this meadow on a rise of 
ground east of the highway there stands one of the stately homes 
of more than a century ago. Here lived the Washburns for many 
years, they being early comers into this fertile region. Just inside 
the fence there is an earth terrace, the house standing back several 
rods. The entrances are by two gates more than twenty rods 
apart, the driveway making a semicircle to the back of the house 
and to the barns. Scarcely could a better location be found. At 


rate there stands 


the north gate there stands a massive ehii tree with very larijje 
branches, and of great age, which served in colonial times and before 
as the boundary between the Indians of Chusetown and those of 
Woodbury. About the house are maples planted in the early part 
of the century, adding much to the beauty of the surroundings. At 
the present time the appearance is not only that of quiet but of lone- 
liness, as if commanding reserved solitude. Nevertheless, this place 
has a history dating back to the middle of the preceding century 

The Washburns were 
among the early comers, 
there having been at least 
four generations living on 
this place, Josiah, ist, 
Josiah, Jr., Staples, and 
his children still living 
there, Catherine, or Mrs. 
Rose, and Seth S. Wash- 

The first house was very 
small, with one story and 
attic, containing but one 
room below with pantry 
and cupboard, and one of these was under the stairs. The w^ay 
into the cellar was down stone steps, made from the stone gath- 
ered from the fields, very rough and uneven. When there was 
need of extra rooms, blankets were hung up for partitions. To 
this little house there were three outside doors. The second house 
is now standing, a story and a half, probably built before the Revo- 
lution, and many signs of age are to be seen in the architecture 
and hand-wrought iron hinges, latches and the like. The large fire- 
places have been bricked up. Differing from most houses, the cor- 
ner is toward the street, and the principal living room is on the 
south side, receiving the direct sunlight all day. In this respect 
there could be no improvement. 

About the time of opening the Oxford turnpike, 1794-5. New 
Haven was building the long wharf so as to make the city a port of 
entry, and soon after there was a large trade for man\- miles 
around, and much of it came over the Oxford turnpike, passing the 
Washburn place. The distance favored the establishment of a tav- 
ern, so a large addition was built, -in fact a separate house set at 



the same angle as the old one, the corners meeting. The new one 
was built on the southeast corner of the old. 

Josiah Washburn, Jr., was of age to be married, and on account 
of opposition, he "stepped out" (ran away) and was married on 
Long Island May 4, 1793, to Catharine Smith, then 20 years of age. 
This smart young woman figures largely in the success of the tavern 
during the years when so many travelers and teamsters put up at 


the tavern in going and returning from New Haven. As the house 
was large, now containing 17 rooms, nine below and eight above, 
many could be acommodated at one time.. 

In those days a tavern was not complete without a bar, nor 
was this large estate complete without a cider-brandy mill. Cider- 
brandy sold at this tavern at six cents a glass. For the most part 
the teamsters brought their lunch, and sitting at the table ordered 
tea, which was the only article of food furnished for the table ; so 
also the feed for the horses was carried by the drivers. The un- 
written history of this old tavern would furnish material for an in- 
teresting story, if the facts could be gathered. 


The large new house was built in the best style, with plank 
siding to make it warm and strong. The rooms were large, facing 
the south, one on each corner, the front door, hall, and stairs being 
between, ]n addition to the great chimney and fireplaces. These 
rooms have low ceilings, but are exceedingly pleasant, looking out 
upon the gentle slope of the lawn to the bridge and Little River, 
and off to the hills. 

Back of the front rooms w^as the bar room, extending the length 
of the house, making another pleasant room, the ; ar proper being 
at the east end and some\\'hat secluded by a little partition. The 
work on these rooms ^\•as of the best order. In the bar-room there 
was a long mantle above the great fireplace, and above the mantel 
it was finished in woodwork something like a large panel painted in 
a dark brown, and grained by the painter in a most artistic way, 
still remaining in its original form. In the east front room, there is 
a handsome corner closet decorated with fancy woodwork as is the 
rest of the room. Above the mantels also of these rooms it is fin- 
ished in wood. The entrance to the bar-room is principally through 
a large door on the west side, a door which is set in about four feet, 
having little windows at the sides. In its present state this room is 
very pleasant. 

The large ball room is above, where history has been made, 
but not written. In the height of the season, this room was fitted 
out with se\eral cord bedsteads to accommodate a goodly number. 
On one occasion the house was full and among those assigned to 
this room was a young man of large and po\\erful proportions, who 
purposed not to ha\-e the night pass without some fun. No one 
thought it a wise thing to lay hands on the young giant, so he had 
the first fun in his own way. When all was quiet, he placed himself 
beneath the cord bedstead where two were quietly sleeping and 
suddenly rising to his feet spilled out the astonished occupants, 
shaking the house in so doing. 

It might be mentioned here that several names were given to 
the lady of the house and one of them was "Tury," also called 
"Aunt Tury," the house being known as "Aunt Tury's Tavern." 

After this disturbance, Aunt Tury was on hand to learn the cause, 
and as no one ventured to punish the giant she gave emphatic 
warning that there should be no repetition of any such disturbance. 
Soon all was quiet and all heavy in sleep, when suddenly two other 
occupants found themselves rising in air to fall to the floor, and the 


house again resounded from the shock. Aunt Tury grasped a heavy- 
horse whip and ascended to the scene of action, driving the young 
giant about the room under the heavy blows of the whip, until she 
felt satisfied that he was justly punished. Then was the time for 
the others to have their fun, for they would certainly tell that Aunt 
Tury gave him a horsewhipping if he didn't "treat," a thing which 
he was glad to do to stop their mouths. Still taking advantage be- 
cause of the second episode, he must treat again or else they would 

Aunt Tury was equal to all emergencies during those rough 
times and among rough men. She prospered, and the bag of silver 
grew in weight, as also did the bag of gold, until a little fortune 
had been secreted away in the hiding place. But such things are 
too often disturbed. There was a young negro at the tavern, who 
served on many occasions, also acting as the colored coachman. 
During some busy time, he saw Aunt Tury hasten to change some 
money, and while unobserved himself, he learned the wa}' to the 
secret chamber of gold. 

Soon it was missing. This was an emergency requiring some 
judicious acting to find out the thief and catch him before he was 
gone. Knowing the fondness which the colored boy had for pie, 
she made a fine pie with a good dose of jalap in it, for she mistrust- 
ed him. Soon he was very sick. But still to keep him within her 
control, some strong tea was prepared with more jalap. This 
brought him to the condition requiring the presence of the doctor 
and soon Dr. Stoddard was present. "What have you been doing 
to get so sick as this ?" said the doctor, "You must have done some- 
thing very bad !" 

Having been informed of the case, he quickly ordered more 
tea — containing more jalap, for this was one of the favorite articles 
used by him. Becoming very sick, the colored boy began to get 
frightened. Seeing this the doctor said, "You are very sick — dan- 
gerous ! You haven't long to live ! You have done somethingi 
If you have anything to say, you must say it quick, for 3'ou can't 
live more than two hours ! " After a moments thought, out came 
the confession, "I took the money." "Money ! where did 3'ou hide 
it .''" "Under the sill in the horse barn," was the faint reply. Hast- 
ening to the hiding place, the large bag of gold was brought forth 
safely ; and from that hour the boy rapidly recovered. 

Rimmon Hill is an elevation of 400 feet nearly two miles long, be- 



the Nau^atuck and Little rivers. The land for the most part is well 
adapted for a<iTiculture. Near the northern portion there are three 
old homes which belonjjed to the first settlers. Back a little west 
of the highways is a house in the last stage of service, long used for 
storehouse and shed. More than 300 broad acres stretch out over 


this region sloping to the east and northwest, now one of the be=;t 
farms in the region of miles around. The house is a large two story 
dwelling, with long sloping roof to the north. The house was well 
finished, having a corner closet for the better household utensil-. 
The old stone chimney to the very top bears witness of its age. 

The earliest names now to be found are those of Clark and 
Edwin Hine. The family of William Clark is associated with this 
homestead. William was married about 1774 and his oldest dauLjh- 
ter Eunice became in 1 804 the wife of Dr. Stoddard. 

In later years Sheldon Sanford kept house here while buildin.:,- 
a new house on the corner a few rods east. He was the last to 
occupy the old dwelling. The property now belongs to Albert 


Carrington. Durin- the best days in a single year, 1870, $3,oco 
worth of cattle were sold from this estate. Nea/the corner stands 
a famous chestnut tree 26 feet in circumference, having increased 
three feet in 30 years. It is a fine specimen of a chesnut, with wide 
spreading branches, and still growing. 


About an eight of a mile on the eastward slope from this chest- 
nut tree in the open field, there is a barn which marks the location 
of an old homestead, occupied last by Philo Sanford, the father of 
Sheldon, the house being destroyed by fire. Philo Sanford bought 
this place of Levi Riggs ; the Riggs family w^as one of the first 
settlers in this region and towards Pinesbridge. 

From the Carrington place and the old chestnut tree, going 
south, the first house is another of the old houses referred to as stiH 
standing on Rimmon. and the other is nearly opposite towards the 

The one on the west side of the road was known a century a'-u 
as the Pangman place, the name Nathan Pangman appearing on 
the tax list of 1792. 



This was probably occupied a generation before. At a later 
day, one by the name of Booth lived there. The house stands on 
a little elevation near the road, facing south, two stories, the roof 
in the rear sloping down to one low story, and the sides are shin- 
gled. Rising above the roof is the stone chimney. Sloping west- 
ward is the farm land of many acres. 

On the other side of the road, there was at first an humble 
dwelling of small proportions, very rude in its structure, and evi- 
dently put together with unskilled hands. The living room speaks of 
many years ago. Scarcely is there anything at right angles ; the 


doors do not fit ; great cracks can be seen everywhere. Most of 
this room is finished in wood. Across one corner is a partition 
which makes a sleeping room. Through the many cracks the wind 
whistles and groans. 

This was the little house bought or built by Mr. Simeon 
Wheeler, by whose name it is still known, being owned at present 
by Burr Howard. Lyman Wheeler built a substantial addition, 


Tthrrjfr,"^°J T^'"'' "" "^'=""™' ^°"''- ^n^m M, side 

On ,1*" "?r ''■°'" ""' '""* ''""^ °f 4°" f'^'^' ^--^ fi"- an-^l varied. 
On he southeast part of th.s hill, there was durin, the last centurv 

tmetthe™N "h ^"^ ? '° ""^ '°^^ '^''"'^'"^ northeast until 
.t met the New Haven road on Beacon brook. This roa.l has not 
been used for more than ,00 years. However, bv the side of tfc 
deserted way there was a httle cemetery, first occupied ,76., and 
havm. been deserted for n,ore than ,c« years, no one ha^m, been 
buned there snice ,79;. It is located about a mile above the R R 
a .on on the bluff west of the track a few rods back in a pet ' 
e t «,iderness. Many of the stones were broken by boys and the 
alhngof the first growth of trees, and now overshadowed bv h 
haf-grown second growth. The "deserted village- of the poet 

ssaid"th?'''";';''"r,""'^'^=^--"='' "^^-^'-^ '^"^ another 
.s said that one of the Brewster family of the Mayflower has been 

dlrmg theVmle;™;!^::."'^ "^" ''°''' °" "°'^'^ ""' ^' P'^™-*^' 

In the deserted burying ground on Knnmon Hill, there were . 

from W. C. Sharpe s History of Seymour, the origmal descriptions I 

being no* almost indecipherable. cnptions | 

Susanna wife of Lieut. Thomas Clark, died .Apr 1 ,768 ' 
aged 29 years. • / ■ 

''''° o'f'heT t:' """" ■'°'"^°"' ^"^- '■ ' "-■■ '"''^ 47'^ •-- . 

In memory of Joseph Riggs, son of Mr. Joseph and Mistress 
Anna Riggs, who departed this life March 22, 1794. in the 
»th year of his age. 

Joseph Riggs died Mar. ,9. ,79,, in the 38th vear of his age 
who was a pattern of industry, a friend to ^■irt^e, and a 
pillar of society. 

In memory of David Johnson Riggs. son of Mr, Joseph and 
Mistress Anna Riggs, who departed this life March .4th 
1794, m the 15th year of his age ' 

In memory of Mrs Sarah, relict of Mr. Benajah Johnson, who 
departed this life May 7, .773, aged 72 years. 

1 homas Clark, died Oct. n, ,797, aged 33 vears 


Col. Ebenezer Johnson gave to his son Timothy land at Pines- 
bridge, located on the east side of the Naugatuck river, and upon 
it Timothy built a house about 1725, the house being located south- 
east of where Mr. Jones now lives on the old road, near the orchard. 
The other son of Ebenezer, Charles, received the land located on 
west side of the Naugatuck river just below the ford. Some of this 
land is still in the family. 

Pinesbridge was the locality two miles north of the Falls where 
the Johnsons bought land previous to 1700 of the Indians, and 
came here to settle about 1720. A little red house still stands on 
the hill above the road on the east side which was the home of 
Alexander Johnson, the son of Timothy and Abigail Brewster, a 
descendant of Elder Wm. Brewster of the Maytlower, who were 
married in 1725. Alexander was born 1730 and married Dec. 30, 
1755, which date represents nearly the date of the house. It is 
probable that Timothy did not live there, but rather south near the 
ford of the river, below the pines and cemetery. Alexander gave the 
ground for the cemetery near 1795, after which the old cemeterv on 
Rimmon road was deserted. The great white pines add beauty to 
this solemn place. The first burial was that of Timothy Johnson, 
July 23, 1794. Alexander Johnson was also buried here. He died 
Sept. 8, 18 17, aged 87 years. 

It is said that Alexander was very much troubled by the wild 
beasts coming down from Rock Rimmon to the injury of crops and 
flocks. In connection with the history of the Indian Chuse, there 
was mentioned as the most famous hunters among the whites the 
names of Alexander Johnson and Gideon Washburn. 

The little red house has 
but few rooms, including the 
small hall, facing the west. 
The south room contains a 
medium sized fireplace with 
a large flat stone in the back, 
— a stone as taken from the 
fields, giving the fireplace an 
artistic and primitive appear- 
ance. The view across the 
valley is a sightly one. and 
the house with the hill for a 
background reminds one of 



the pictures of a Swiss cottage. In the rear of the house is a little 
porch set back under the roof with stone floor. As every house 
has a spirit about it, so this one has, giving one the feeling that it 
is better to be absent than to be present. 

kuck: on i;ux(iAY. 

The great rock on Bungay is on the estate of Robert Healey, 
northwest of his house. This estate formed}' covered a large 
tract of land, more than a century ago, belonging to Abner Tibbals, 
who was a school teacher and farmer. In 1794 Abraham Bassett 
bought the estate, and three generations of Bassetts hved upon it. 
In 1 8 16, 59 acres located on West street were given to his son 
Samuel. In 1874 Robert Healey became owner. Glover Bassqtt 
raised the old house making two stories, three generations ago. 

On going up the Bungay road more than a mile westward from 
the Falls there is a rise of 400 ft., the views eastward being of the 
finest and most varied for a country road. This was the locality of 
several of the early families, the Cantields, Botsfords, and Miles. 
The region w^as a part of the Carnps Mortgage,' and when it was 
divided among the proprietors March 12, 1702, section No. 10 was 



set off to the Widow Miles, wife of Samuel, the land extendinji 
from the Bungay road to the Naugatuck river. Jonathan, son of 
Widow Miles, built a house on this land about 1724, and left two 
sons, Theophilus born Feb. 11, 1730, and Jonathan 2nd, born 1745. 
Theophilus had a son born Nov. 27, 1778, who married Freelove 
Nettleton and had six children, Mar}' Jennett, who married Isaac 
Botsford ; Clark ; Lucretia, who married Jabez Pritchard ; John ; 
Sarah, who married Judson Canfield, and Sheldon Miles, now living 
in an octagonal house which he built in 1855 on the southern slope 
of the ancestral lands. 

The Miles house now standing was built about 1768, a large, 
square, two story house, facing the west, with foundation 32x40 
feet. The square stone chimney 12x13 feet foundation rises above 
the roof ; the house is red. and homelike in its appearance. The 
fireplaces are of the generous size, and many have been the occa- 
sions when the family circle gathered about the flickering fire. 
Seven generations have come to the shelter of this old homestead 
and have gone forth again, and now the name Clark-Chatfield des- 


ignates the old place. The ancient surroun(lint::s invite one's atten- 
tion, as the great high stone posts for the gates to swing upon, the 
old stone walls covered with moss and age. The next house south 
was also an old Miles homestead, said to have been Jonathan Miles', 
2nd, a small red house. 

Some distance south, on the east of the road, on the crown of 
the hill, there stands a small red house known as the Isaac Bots- 
ford place, built by Clark Botsford 1816. with a little veranda set 
into the corner, covered by the main roof. Lovers of nature 
pause to take a view of the broad landscape from the crown of this 
hill, — a view that lingers in memory. 


Near by is the Bungay school where man}- generations of the 
boys and girls began their distinguished career. This was the local- 
it}^ deeded to Joseph Canheld in 1747, two houses near by have 
held families by the Canfield name. At the Caniield homestead. 
Sheldon Miles when a boy was thrown into the well by the break- 
ing of the well-sweep. The water was deep, and he was not 
injured. He is now living, 84 years of age, this year 1901. The 
old homestead stood second from the schoolhouse, on the east side 
of the road, a large house facing the south, two .stories in front, one 

OLD LANDMARKS, II()M1<:S, AND ]• AM 1 Lli:S. 99 

in rear, after the style of the earl>- houses and very siniihir to the 
Samuel liotsford house as illustrated in another place. This loca- 
has been chosen for a summer residence because of t^ood air and 
wonderful natural beauty. 

Judson Cantield built the new house a little north of the old one, 
a pleasant two story house. Joseph of a recent ireneration lived in 
the little old one story house on the corner south of the Buneay 
s^hoolhouse, now the home of T. Brennan. 


Because of the familiar name of Botsford, there will be much 
interest taken in a view of the old Samuel Botsford homestead, and 
its history. Located on the southern slope down the Bungay road 
from the old Cantield place, the first house on the west side, facing 
the east, two stories, and one on the west, the roof sloping ver\' 
low to the height of the door. A few rods below runs a little brook. 
All about there are marks of an old homestead, as the old well- 
sweep and the well-curb itself, the great maples and the stone 
walls, the old swing gate balanced on a post and the old tiags 
growing but a little distance back. On the first tioor there are six 
hnisherl rooms, around a \ery large stone chimney, all stone to the 



very top. Differing from many of the ancient homes, all the second 
and third stories are combined in one room, in appearance like a 
great barn loft like a scaffold, reached by a wide ladder. Here the 
chimney is very large with a single fire place on the south side. 
There was no attempt to finish ofi this upper story, that still 
remains in its primitive state with the plank lining, or siding, left 
rough and very irregular, a most realistic illustration of how the 
people lived in early times. A generation or so ago, one little 
room, including a single window, has been done off from the great 

A generation ago, the house was said to have been 1 50 years 
old, or at the present time about 175 years old, one of the oldest in 
the town. This would be about the date of the marriage of Samuel 
Botsford, which was in 1726. The same year that Samuel Bots- 
ford was married, he received from his father, Samuel, of Milford, 
80 acres of land in the Camp's Mortgage Purchase. Before this 
John Prindle owned land on Bunga}' and sold to Samuel Botsford, 
June 29, 1722. (John Prindle was in Derby as early as 1677.) This 
same tract Samuel Botsford ist sold to his son Samuel, 80 acres of 
land bounded south by the common land, east by the high wa}', nortli 
by Abiram Canfield, west with thehigh way. This sale took place 
Dec. 31, 1726. 

Evidently Samuel, son of Samuel, was the one who first occu- 
pied this estate. Nehemiah, son of Samuel, left this house to his 
wife for life then to his daughters. Asa Cooper, marrying one of 
the daughters, bought the rights of the others. Still later an 
Andrews entered the family, and at present the old homestead is 
occupied by George Andrews and his sister, Mrs. Adelaide William- 

Another house belonging to this Botsford family was occupied 
by Nehemiah Botsford, doubtless having been built on the original 
estate. This was a small one story house southward below the 
brook, once an old looking house, but in recent years the large 
chimney has been removed, a new one built, and the rooms have 
been changed, now belonging to the Water Co. The first Nehemiah 
Botsford was married in 1766. His son Nehemiah was a man sen- 
sitive to religious impressions, and one day while in the field he 
heard a clear voice speaking to him, saying, "It is high time to 
awake out of sleep !" As there was no one to be seen, he regarded 
this message as a divine warning. From that dav he was a different 


man. Becominij interested in relijiion, he was converted and lived 
a better life. He was chosen deacon in the Congregational church, 
serving well for many years, and to this date he is spoken of as 
Deacon Nehemiah Botsford, a true prophet in his Christian faith, 
died 1842, age 65. This was also the home of his daughter, Maria 
Botsford. Abram Collins married Sarah, the daughter of Nehemiah 
Botsford, and lived in this little house. That region seemed to be 
one where strange voices w^ere heard, for Abram Collins had a sim" 
ilar experience to that of Nehemiah Botsford, for while returning 
to his home one day, he also heard a voice above his head, "Abram ! 
Swear not at all!" It is said that he obeyed the summons, and 
ceased swearing from that day. 

On leaving the Bungay road, either at the old Miles place, or 
the Bungay schoolhouse, and going westward towards the Great 
Hill schoolhouse, there is an old homestead located on the second 
four corners, facing the west, a small story and a half house, with 
a large two story addition on the south. The old stone chimney 
stands in contrast with the new. Ezra Botsford built the small 
house about 100 years ago and raised a large family. This family 
of Botsfords were large people, more than six feet in height, and 
some of the men weighed 300 pounds. As a matter of fact, in the 
early history, there w^ere many large and strong men who were 
grown up on Great Hill. This was later the home of Timothy Sco- 
iield, who was a great singer ; and still later the home of Cyrus Bots- 
ford, who raised a large family of seventeen children. Cyrus was a 
music teacher and chorister, being thus engaged as early as 18 10. 

This little home was the place of large activities, and this little 
hive has swarmed again and again. For many years the interior 
of this house was not finished off, according to modern ideas, or 
the modern term, but remained in its rough and primitive appear- 
ance until within a half a century. In recent years, this has been 
know^n as the home of Marcus Davis, who had many sons and 
daughters to gladden the old homestead. Under his wise manage- 
ment, the place was improved, the new tw^o story addition was 
built, thus combining the ancient and modern home. The new part 
was built in 1873. A few rods just across the four corners, there 
is another old landmark of a well still in use. Marcus Davis still 
occupies this home in his old age, at the opening of the tw^entieth 
century. He was born in the old Davis homestead, located on the 
Davis corners towards the schoolhouse. 


But before describing that locality, it is well to point out two 
or three Botsford homes located on the road north of the Marcus 
Davis place. One of these was the home of Curtis Botsford, 
known as "Curt," built in 1787, now the home of Edward Shay. 
These houses are some distance apart, and one of them was occu- 
pied later by a Hawkins family. Another Hawkins family early 
occupied the place where now lives Hildebrand, and where many 
years ago there was found in an old deserted oven, an account book, 
that was used at Derby dock in 1760 ; this was a large book, now 
in possession of John Riggs. This Hawkins-Hildebrand place is 
north on the mountain road that joins the O.xford road at the S. 
W. Buckingham place. 

Great Hill was early the most important part of town. The 
section was purchased from the Indians in 1670, but in 1702 much 
of it was included in the Camps' mortgage, which was divided up 
soon after this date. There is a fragment of history, stating that 
"Jonas Tomlinson, emigrant, settled on Great Hill about 1680. 
He had two sons, Jonas and Agur." Samuel Bassett has generally 
been regarded as the first to settle on his land on the south side 
about 17 1 7. Previous to 1745 a road was laid out over Great Hill 
and Rockhouse Hill on to Woodbury. This road or path is men- 
tioned in deeds as early as 1693. The Great Hill region covers a 
territor}^ two miles east and west, and three miles north and south, 
the highest point being 640 feet, from which the widest views may 
be had of the country, hills, valleys, and the waters of the Sound. 

For a hundred years there has been but little change in the 
general appearance of this region, for it bears the marks of New 
England thrift and industry, in the wide fields, long standing homes, 
some of which are small, and others large and stately, indicating 
the stability of the period of prosperity. However, the great 
changes are marked by the generations that have gone, declining 
of the farming industry, and decreasing population. If anything, 
at present there is a reviving, by increasing activit}' on the farms, 
and especially the peach orchard of man}' thousand trees, under 
the management of M. L. Coleman. The old houses still show 
that much time and labor was required to build them, after the 
heavy timbers were prepared, and also the shingles, when the 
house was to be shingled on all sides. 

Some of the upper rooms have never been finished off, remain- 
ing very much the same as when built. The general plan of one 


will ser\'e for most of the larger houses. Two rooms in front with 
narrow hall and winding- stairs between, thc> lar.tie chinme\' in tiie 
center, fireplaces, and the lontj kitchen, or li\in<i- room at the rear, 
with a small room at one end. When the house is scjuare, there is 
often an ell ; but when a lons^^ sloping- back roof, there is space for 
the smaller rooms about the livinti" room. Some ha\'e stone chim- 
neys to the top, as brick was not then to be had, at least not 
preferred. Some are shingled all over, the shingles being shaved 
l)y hand, enduring the weather beating storms for a century and a 
half. Now and then a huge well-sweep is still to be seen with its 
ancient grace in dipping up the living waters. Some of these 
houses are on the old stage road to Waterbury and have served as 
ta\erns in their early days. 

The ancient furniture is set aside for the modern. The people 
themselves have been religious, loyal, patriots, contributing strength 
to the cause of freedom. The moss grown orchards are to be found 
here, sometimes in the \-ery edge of the forests, so long have they 
been neglected, and also with them came the cider brandy mills 
which have wrought the work of error. By the side of the brook, 
there is still to be seen the ruin of the last of these ; and another 
ruin caused by brandy and rum has touched some of the young 
men, who had not the endurance of their ancestors, the pioneers. 

The Tomlinson-Beardsley-Davis-Scranton place is located on 
what is knowai as the Davis' corners on the Great Hill and Wood- 
bur}' road. Being one of the best locations on Great Hill, it is 
doubtless one of the oldest. It may yet be learned that this was 
the homestead of Jonas Tomlinson who came to this region about 
1680. Some time following the Revolution, Russell Tomlinson 
built the old house over, making a large house, and the best in all 
the country round about. He was called Squire Russell, and his 
place became one of the taverns ( or stopping places ) in the da3's 
of overland transportation of merchandise from the Derby landing 
up country to Woodbury. Evidently Squire Russell was one of 
the leading men in this vicinity. 

About 1795 this estate v>assed into the hands of James Beards- 
ley who held it for 15 or 18 years. At the beginning of the War of 
18 1 2, Anson Davis, son of Col. John, came from Oxford, and the 
old homestead on Chestnut-tree Hill, and took possession. Anson 
had a family of ten children, among whom were Rev. Sheldon, the 
rector, Samuel P. and Marcus. During his time, improvements 

I04 SEY^r()^R, past and present. 

and additions were made. Anson was followed by his son Samuel 
P. who carried on the large estate until his sudden death near the 
close of 1 89 1, the place having remained in the family 80 or more 
years. A period of gloom overshadowed this fine homestead at the 
time of the death of Samuel P. and nearly all the household, sev- 
eral in number, including the help. The severity of the disease was 
intensified by typhoid fever, thought to have originated from the 
well. The contagion was terrible, judging from the results. How- 


ever, recovering from that period of gloom, there was begun 
another period of sunshine and prosperity, when about 1895 the 
estate passed into the possession of Abraham Scranton, whose 
promising family may keep it in their possession for a century yet 
to come. 

Located on the corner, this place is the most attractive of all in 
the region, the same as it was a century and more ago. In front there 
is a row of large maple trees, a neat fence, a large open yard and field 
to the south and east. The house faces the west and south, is very 
large, two stories, with a large ell on northeast corner, the well and 
entrance to the cellar being located in the middle on the north 
side. The north side looks the most ancient, but on the whole it 
is not an old looking house because of being so well built and well 


preserved. Ever\ thiiiL; about tlu' house is of the .uenerous order. 
For a great many years there were chambers that (hd not lia\e the 
modern finish, l)einK left nnlinished hke many other houses. I'vc- 
cjuent reference is made to the lar|2,e stone step at the south front 
door. Priest Abner Smith boarded here prexious to his departure, 
then an old man of more than 80 years, in 1829. 

As early as 1775 there was preaching in the schoolhouse at the 
foot of the hill towards the brook, and soon after petition was 
made for a separate society, which was granted, their first meeting 
being held on Sept. 20, 1779. This was "The Great Hill Society." 
The church was built in 17S1, mostly by Capt. John Holbrook, who 
was a noble and generous man, an earnest and strong patriot, hav- 
ing given three sons to the American army. Capt. John was a man 
of great wealth, haxing man}' hundred acres, woodland, and a saw- 
mill. From his large resources he gathered the material and built 
the Great Hill meeting house on his own land. In 1786 the Rev. 
Abner Smith was engaged to be the pastor of this "Great Hill 
Society." He was titled "Priest Smith," and remained as their 
faithful pastor and preacher until 1829. 

The old Congregational church, sometimes called the Presby- 
terian, was located a few rods from the Tomlinson-Davis place, 
across the road southward, near where the angle is to be seen in 
the stone wall. A part of the building stood where the road now 
runs. The church was a plain looking structure facing the south, 
shingled on all sides, without porch or spire, having three or four 
windows on each side, two windows on the south end, the door 
being in the center, with stone steps. The interior was plain and 
simple in its furnishings. Humble looking as this church was, for 
many years it was the center of interest and activity of the Great 
Hill and Rockhouse Hill people. Other denominations worshipped 
in it ; the town meetings were held there every third year, and from 
1830 to 1852 it was used for school purposes, at last being divided 
by a partition. It was dismantled and removed in 1852, much to the 
grief of some of the old members of the church. Some of the timbers 
of the church are still preserved in the barns on the Bassett place, 
nearest the parsonage and home of Priest Abner Smith. 

The recollection of Marcus Davis brings us nearer to the old 
times than those of any other man living, unless it be those of 
Sheldon Miles, both of whom are over 80 years of age. Marcus 
Davis speaks of the old times when Rev. Abner Smith boarded at 


his father's house, then an d.<^ed man of more than eighty years. 
Though a little boy himself, he remembers the seasons of devotion 
which seemed very long to him. He speaks also of the school days 
of seventy years ago, the big boys and the big men ; the time when 
the boys of twenty-five years went to school, but not having the am- 
bition to learn. A part of the schooling then consisted in the de- 
velopment of muscle and mischief, and who could handle the 
school master or put him out of the school house. 

The best teacher was the one who could keep on the inside of 
the schoolhouse, and the best pupil was the one who could put the 
teacher out. It may have been a case of a "little learning" being 
a dangerous thing. Yet we recognize the high attainments which 
some made in the line of education. One is reminded of the clans 
of an earlier date, while listening to the stories of the common 
meeting ground of the Great Hillers, Rockhouse Hillers, and the 
Hell Laners, with their particular traits and singular virtues. A 
school of sixty of these sturdy young men and girls demanded a 
master who was the master. It would be difficult to reproduce this 
" Ueestrict School." Other recollections cluster about the old 
school, the meeting house and the great family gatherings, all of 
which are matters of history to the present generation. The once 
familiar names now have no living representative, and the thought 
of this brought an expression of sadness upon the face of him \\ho 
has told us of these things. 

Sheldon Miles relates his experience, when but a small boy. 
From the old homestead on the Bungay road he would walk to 
Great Hill to attend evening meetings, and still remembers that 
-eventy years ago, 1830, there was a company of old men who were 
very active in the church, and especially in the prayer meetings, 
both earnest and spiritual to the profit of all. 

From the old Davis homestead — now Scranton — land was taken 
to make another homestead, known as the Capt. Abel Holbrook 
place, a little distance south. The house was built by a Mr. Whit- 
ney, there being two men by that name during the period of the 
Revolutionary war. It appears that Capt. Abel Holbrook was a 
soldier in the Revolution, and in due time occupied this place, 
which was pleasantly located facing the west, a large two story 
house bearing the marks of age. On the southeast corner, there 
was a large addition which made the house quite spacious, and, 
like many old homes on this road within a mile, this was used as a 


tavern. Its general appearance is statel}-, lart^e, and si)acious, be- 
in^ overshadowed by several lar<;e cherry trees. The j^eneral 
plan and rooms are ver_\- nnich like those described. Some distance 
from the road and north of the house, there is a well and a iine old 
well-sweep, which makes one of the finest pictures of its kind hav- 
ing the orchard for a back ground. The barns are across the high- 
way westward. This Holbrook family represented one of the 
swarms which came from the old Holbrook "hive," that will be 
mentioned later. 

Still going south, the first old red one story house on the right 
is worthy of mention because of its age, and being hidden among 
the low lying branches of the trees. About a hundred and fifty 
years ago this was a Bassett place. 

Our interest is now turned to the old parsonage built in ij.S.S, a 
little distance below, the home of Priest Abner Smith, the pastor of 
the Congregational church 1786- 1829. Beautiful for situation, it is 
located on the highest point of Great Hill, on the west side of the 
highway, facing east, a good sized gambrel roofed house in good 
repair, and well preserved, now the home of J. W. Tomlinson. In 


front stand the old cherry trees, and the bit? swing gate, balanced 

on a post, guarding the en- 
trance on the south. The 
north upper room was used 
for a study by the parson, 
and the book case is still in 
place under the gambrel roof. 
In the front north room, 
another reminder of former 
days may be seen, the old 
corner closet, where were 
kept the liquid refreshments, 
which was thought at that 
PKii:>T A15XER SMITH'S HOUSE. timctobe one of the social 

necessities. It is said that the parson suffered a little because of 
this custom, due to the social generosity of his people, especially 
on those days when he made a great many calls. These visits to 
his scattered congregation he made on horseback, and was always 
able to return in the same manner that he went. 


OLD LANDMARKS, ll()Ml-:s, AM) lA M I LI i:S. I CKJ 

l-'roin this place extensi\'e farms cover the southern sh)i)e eiu- 
braciiii^ homesteads of other famihes, that ha\e had a hir^e part 
in the affairs of Great Hill The wide landscai)e reaches out until 
it meets the Sound and the ships, seen from afar. 

From the l)a\is-Scranton corners, the road extends west and 
northward. Near this turn is another corner, where the latest 
and present schoolhouse is situated, bein^ finished about Jan. i, 
1878. This a neat and pleasant buildinij:, where few are tau.uht 
as compared to the most prosperous days of the people. 

One cannot fail to observe the picturesque and conspicuous 
house just west of the schoolhouse, on a rise of £i:round, as the hill 
betiins to slope westward and north. Pleasant beyond expectation, 
the house is large, two storie.^, facing the east and south, shingled 
on all sides, and well preserved. This is known as the Moses Fan- 
ton place, the house being built by him in 178L The present own- 
ers are twin brothers, Julius H. and Junius N. Benham, who are 
now old men. These are the brothers who lived where the RiccoRi) 
office now is. The Benham brothers have in their keeping the old 
communion service used bv the Episcopal people on Great Hill m 


the earh' history of that church, and also several chairs that formerly 
belonged to Rector Smith, some seventy years ago. 

From the present schoolhouse northward there is a long hill, 
near the foot of which there is another locality of much interest, 
because of the meeting of the four roads, the Great Hill road over 
which we have gone, the Hell Lane road from the north, the 
Rockhouse Hill road that extends west over the hill towards Wood- 
bury, and the Squantuck road from the Housatonic river and 
Squantuck section. Three interests have been centered here, 
namely, the Methodist church, the tavern, and school. 

Considering the youngest institution first, the Methodist church, 
we recall that this region was one of the first strongholds for Meth- 
odism in Connecticut, beginning soon after 1790. They had no 
church of their own until their present church was built and dedi- 
cated Oct. 25, 1854, being still in use. Besides the work given the 
cost was $880. 

The Tavern. — Somewhere near the corner of the meeting of 
the roads near the present M. E. church there was a house kept b}- 
Capt. Gillett, a tavern, road house, and hotel, all combined, where 
were entertained a great many people, and in the order of events 
the place became known as the "Hell House." Following events 
led to the name of one of the roads as Hell Lane, extending north- 
ward past the Holbrook, and west by the Gunn and Nettleton 
places. The exact location of this famous house has disappeared 
and is not known. 

The School. — The first and oldest schoolhouse stood about 
opposite the M. E. church, where the barn stands on the Treat 
place. Mention of this school is made as early as 1766. The 
Great Hill school had sixt}^ scholars, big fellows, in the early times, 
it being the custom then, of attending school winters until twenty- 
five years of age. Little learning was one quality in the school 
life, and the best scholar was the one who could put out the teacher 
and the best teacher was the one who would not be put out. This 
was the meeting place of the Great Hillers, six-footers, and the 
Hell Laners. who lived in the valleys where the brandy mills were, 
and the Rockhouse Hillers, who, like the historic Lot, pitched 
their tents towards the valley ; and the Squantuckites from the 
river. In 1830 there was an exciting discussion about schoolhouse 
privileges. As a result of this discussion the church for a time was 
used for school purposes. About the same time the schoolhouse 


)f the hill, neat 

AM) 1' AM I LIES. 

the M. K. church 

1 I 
now usee 

was built at the foot 
for a horse shed. 

There were numerous cider brand}' mills in the valley of this 
Four-Mile J^rook and the rei^ion about, one of the last beint? located 
near the brook west of the M. E. church, on the north side of the 
road. This continued in r)peration until iSSS, when it tiuished 
business and closed up ; the foundation is still to be seen. The 
one near che Gann-Nettleton place, on " Tite's Corners," was chjsed 
up about iS6o, and now there is nothing to mark its location. 

Notwithstandini; this old time brandy Imsiness there were many 
noted families and names connected with this local history, and 
some of these were on the Squantuck road and along the Housa- 
tonic river, besides an old mill, and a road house of considerable 
fame. But this region is now more closely related to Derby. 

Rockhouse Hill, sometnnes called Rocker's Hill, rises west- 
ward from the Four-Mile Brook to the height of 590 feet, and, to- 
gether with the encircling hills north and east, forms a great basnL 
or hopper, with here and there an old farm house adjoining an 


extensive farm. From these encircling hills the views are beauti- 
ful, even grand. On the very summit of Rockhouse Hill there 
stands an old house south from the road and some distance back, 
facing the north. 

The house is two stories in front, with roof sloping back to 
one, with a very large chimney. On the north and east there is a 
terrace, with the old time cherry trees to make the place more an- 
cient looking. The entrance to the cellar is on the east terrace. 

Like some other old houses, this one has a spirit peculiar to 
itself, impressing one while wandering through the unfinished rooms, 
for only one, the front room, has been finished, painted and paper- 
ed. This looks out upon the road and the wild scenery beyond, 
down into the valley and beyond in stretches of beauty. 

The other rooms appear in their rude, unfinished state, with 
no ceiling but the timbers and floor above. This house is without 
a hall. The cold of winter must have found free accesss through 
many thin places and cracks to the outer world. A feeling of prim- 
itive simplicity romes to one while looking into these rooms where 
a stove never stood, yet where man}' have lived and slept the sleep 
of the just. 

The kitchen occupies the center of the back part, with a fire- 
place about ten feet across and near four feet deep, having two 
huge ovens directly back, one each side of the fire, about four feet 
apart. The fireplace has been described to be large enough to 
roast an ox in it. Doubtless with this great chimne}- heated, the 
house would feel a little less like winter. 

One peculiar thing about the house differs from all others 
known is the way to the upper story; instead of stairs of wood 
there are stone steps made of long stone laid into and supported by 
the chimney. It is very uncommon to have stone steps to the 
attic. Among other attractive things a few years ago were several 
pieces of ancient furniture, not then discovered by the antique 
"hunter." This old home, known in more recent years as the 
Truman Tomlinson place, has sheltered one of the best families in 
New England, and doubtless some in the cities, who have spent 
their youth here, look back in fond recollection of those sacred 
memories that cluster about the old homestead that has braved the 
blasts of one and a half centuries. Glancing back there stands 
the long stone wall, supporting wooden posts, rails gone, holes 
gone, yet the sides stand moss covered with age. 


This was a Tomlinson place. The house was built 1).\- J()sei)h 
Tornlinson in 1775. foi' l^is half brother Isaac, who was married 
Dec. 19, 1775. There is a tradition that the house was standing 
about 1750, beiiiK one of the oldest in that re^non. As already in- 
dicated, Tomlinson was amon<; the tirst to settle on Great Hill. 
The name Isaac appears in several generations, and also the name 
Jonas. Sarah, the dau. to Jonas, married Andrew Smith May 21, 
1696. Jonas was the father to Joseph, and Isaac his half brother 
was son to John Tomlinson, who died Nov. 1756, aged 70. Joseph 
was appointed guardian of his half brother Isaac 1756. Some si.xty 
years ago this old home passed into the hands of the Lum family. 
These Lum families were prominent in the early affairs and history 
of the town. Two of their homesteads were located east of the 
Tomlinson place just described. The first house east is of a later 
date, where lived the widow Lum to the great age of 97 years, her 
death being caused by choking while eating. E. J. Leavenworth 
is now living here. The old original house has disappeared, but 
formerly stood a number of feet eastward from the present house. 

The other Lum homestead is now the Henry Treat place, the 
present house having been built about a hundred years ago. The 
old house stood back of the present one, and a little west there was 
a small room where the slave of the family lived. This room re- 
mained until recent years. In those days it was a mark of social 
distinction among some families to have a slave. Only two other 
slaves are mentioned as living among the farmers of this locality. 
The Holbrooks owned one, the Nettletons the other, Titus and old 
black "Sim." The Treat family came from Quaker Farms, next 
south of the stone house belonging to the Griffin family. The old 
home of their fathers has fallen into decay ; their present home is 
one very pleasantly located, beneath the great elm, a house of two 
stories, well built, facing the north, back from the road, with a fine 

The name Lum often appears in the records of the town in 
connection with school matters. Still another Lum family lived on 
the Squantuck road. 

Among the prominent names are those of the Russell families, 
who lived in the two houses east of the H. Treat place, the two 
sons of Timothy, Samuel, living in the one story house, and Joseph, 
who lived in the next two story house, near the highway. This 
last was used as an "inn '" in the time of the Revolution and since. 


Both of these houses were standing as early as the Revolution. 
The name Samuel Russell frequently appears in the records of the 
town as holding some oi!ice. This road was one of the most fre- 
quented because of being the direct route to Derby dock. 

On the left and north is another substantial looking old house, 
now owned by Mr. Francis, but formerly belonging to the Smith 
famih', — a name of long standing in the region, one of whom, 
Ephraim, bought the place of Mr. Waters, and conducted the 
brandy mill now in ruins by the brook below. This house stands 
back many rods from the road on the shelf-like portion of the hill, 
from which there are beautiful views of the valley and hills. When 
the sun is declining, the most conspicuous object is the little cem- 
etery a mile away eastward with the white marble stones marking 
the place of the dead. 


Returning from Rockhouse Hill to the little Methodist church 
and the little deserted schoolhouse by the corners, the first house 
north stands back from the old Hell Lane road, to the west and 
across the brook, a|)proached by a lane from the highwaj'. This is 


the old Christopher Smith homestead, one of the; most i)icturesque 
places within the Great Hill rej^-ion. IJeinj^- so located in the center 
of the valley and near the brook, and bein^^ surrounded by the en- 
circling- hills, this old home makes a picture rarely surpassed, as 
seen among New England hills. On going down the lane there are 
two gates some distance from the house and on the east side of the 
brook, one gate for teams, the other a narrow gate by its side, not 
a common arrangement in these days. These two gates remind 
one of the work of Sir Isaac Newton who cut two holes in his study 
door, one for the old cat, the other a small one for the kitten. The 
use of the small gate was a matter of convenience when on foot, or 
for cattle. Crossing the bridge, the driveway led to the south of 
the house, the house facing the east, a large two story red dwelling, 
with only one story on the west side, the house being shingled all 
over. The usual large stone chimney, and also the arrangement of 
rooms are after the old plan. The back door is low and very near 
the roof. 

This is one of the typical old New England homesteads, with 
surrounding trees, orchards, and a number of farm wagons, carts, 
old and new, to complete the surroundings. The stone walls about 
the sheds, yards, and barn, give more than usual appearance of 
thrift and security. A visit to this home will long linger in mem- 
ory. Christopher Smith is said to have built this house in 1774. 
Another house probably stood here a generation before, though 
this may have been the first one, and older than the date men- 
tioned. Among the five generations of Smiths living here are the 
names of Christopher, John, and Edgar, who was the last to in- 
herit and use the estate, but not long. While in a demented con- 
dition he shot himself, 1893. 

Not because he was poor did he take his life, for he had in his 
possession more than $25,000 in money besides the estate. Now 
deserted b}' the family' there is a depressing loneliness about this 
old homestead when one recalls its past history and the work 
of five generations ago. 

Some distance north from the old Smith homestead on the 
main road, there stands the old "hive," a large square two story 
red house shingled all over. Located on the east side of the road 
it faces the west looking toward the brook and Rockhouse Hill. 
Besides the front door, there is one near the corner on the 
south. This corner door is common in the homes of the period. 


With the ell on the east side, the house is roomy and well 
worthy of the name of "hive." It was built by John Holbrook 

for his son John in 1745. There may 
same foundation or near, occupied by 


have been a house on the 
John Holbrook as stated in 
connection with the 
boundary. John Holbrook 
raised a large family here, 
and many were the times 
of swarming during its 
history, hence the name 
of the old "hive." Six 
generations, John, John, 
Daniel, S. D. Russell and 
others have been sheltered 
beneath the broad roof 
and within the spacious 
rooms thro u g h passing 
joys and sorrows. 

Looking once more upon the old "hive" surrounded with 
fences, giving it a shut-in appearance, the great maple and the 
rock b}' the roadside, one beholds another picture where the 
swarming has ceased with the great family here, and a new but 
sad period of history has already- begun. 

It was John Holbrook who gave the land for the cemetery 
which was located on the corner of his farm not far eastward from 
his dwelling, a beautiful place on a low-lying hill of a dozen feet 
or so, and with the man}' white stones is the most conspicuous ob- 
ject from the encircling hills. More by far are buried here than 
there are living in the region round about. The first to be buried 
here was Joseph Canfield. The full inscription is as follows : 

"Here lies the body of Joseph Canfield, the first deacon of the 
church at the Great Hill in Derby, and the first person buried in 
this yard. Died July 14, A. D. 1784, in the Faith and Hope of the 
Gospel, aged 65 years. 
Also Sarah Canfield. 

"In memory of Sarah Canfield, relict of Deacon Joseph Can- 
field, who departed this life January 25th, 1793, in the 67th year of 
her age. Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord." — Sharpe's 
Hist., vol. 2, p. 91. 

Again going north on the old Hell Lane road for a considerable 


ii-:s. II 

have bcHMi calk'( 

distance, one will come to another corner, s lul t( 
in the olden time, "Tite's Corners." Titus was a slave belonuiiiK 
to John Holbrook, and desired to enter the Revolutionary war to 
light for the independence of the colonies. As all the sons of 
John were in the army, Titus was persuaded to remain and help 
his master until the war was over, and then receive his freedom and 
a tract of land. This he ditl. And in due time it is said that 
Titus built a little house eastward from the corners, which for a 
lonjj time v^-as known as " Tite's Corners," and the lane known as 
Titus' lane. This is in the north part of the valley. From these 
corners, what is now known as the Hell Lane road be.<iins and 
extends westward to Quaker Farms. Somewhere near the north 
corner of these roads, there stood the old brandy mill already re- 
ferred to. 

Many years ago an Episcopal clergyman frequently visited his 
parishioners, who were located in this Hell Lane region, and on 
one occasion when he returned after making parish calls, said that 
the region was rightly named. 

Northwest from "Tite's 

Corners," and also in the 
north part of the valley 
referred to, \ery near the 
Four Mile Brook and at 
the base of a great hill 
rising to the north, there 
stands the old red house 
known as the Capt. Net- 
tleton place. Though the 
builder was forgotten, his 
name was Capt. Abel Gunn 
who lived here as early as 
1740. His name is mentioned when the new society at O.xford was 
being planned, the south boundary being at the "brook and bridge 
between the dwelling houses of Abel Gunn and John Holbrook." 

Agnes Gunn. the daughter of Abel Gunn, married Josiah 
Nettleton in 1761. Among the seven children there was a son who 
became Capt. Josiah Nettleton, who lived on the old homestead 
tor more than eighty years. He was captain of the militia. Dur- 
ing the following years, John Riggs, and still later Abraham Scran- 
ton lived here, and several others. 


The house is located on a knoll west of "Tite's Corners" and 
the brook, facing the south. In all the region about, there is not 
a house like it in shape, or architectural design. The overreaching 
roofs give it the appearance, on the end, of the shape of an Indian 
arrow head or spear head, The extended roof, without any up- 
right supports, form a veranda on both sides of the house. 

It is a large one stor}' and a half house, there being room for 
two windows in the second story, and two smaller windows in the 


There are two large chimneys, eight fireplaces, a wide hal 
running through the house from south to north, with double 
"<iutch" doors, that is the upper and lower parts opening separate- 
ly. There is another such door in the house. At the east and 
front side of the basement there was a large, high kitchen, having 
a fireplace on the north side sufficiently large to receive an eight 
foot log in the back. The door to this kitchen is at the east end, 
near the front corner. 


On the west end of the house there is a lar^e ell which contains 
the kitchen and other rooms, also a smoke-house built in the chim- 
ney. Over the kitchen was a little room w^here for many years li\'C(l 
the slave known as old old "Black Sim."" Sim was a faithful slave, 
and when he received his freedom, hv had no desirt; to leave his old 
master, so he served well, reniainin<4- here as low^ as ht; lix'ed. Very 
few remember old "Black Sim." 

In the west room up stairs, there was an old loom where weav- 
inti' was an industry for many years, and to,u:ether with the other 
w heels about the house, there was little need of a shoppin*; day. 

As one now looks upon this strange red house shingled on its 
broad east end, and see the long window of the basement kitchen 
and the broad porch without the usual supports, and the well near 
the west front corner, there appears the very picture of one and a 
half centuries ago, but all who dwelt there are gone. 

On Hell Lane just west of the Nettleton place is a red house 
of two stories where lived, among others, Capt'n Jim Beardsley, 
who, like many others, had a local reputation and his home became 
the center for the gathering of the spiritualists of the mystical or- 
der. It is not stated as to their communication with the spirits of 
darkness, or with the spirits of light. If every old house has an 
occupant or more of the spirit nature, doubtless they are present 
on their old camping ground. Great Hill reminds one of Vermont, 
ha\ing representatives of all known religious sects. 

Beyond this place is still another, standing as a landmark of 
former activities ; and some distance beyond out on a cross road 
southward is another brandy mill, that belonged to the English broth- 
ers, which has left the trail of the serpent in that vicinity. Notwith- 
standing this extreme of life. Great Hill has been noted from its 
early history for men of patriotism and faith. 

So many noted places recorded in history were near, and so 
many noted battles have been fought upon the border of some 
peach orchard, that we will not leave these old landmarks without 
mentioning another noted peach orchard upon the very border of 
the region that has been described, — a region once noted for its 
prosperity and distinguished familes, a region rich in soil and beau- 
tiful for situation, a region which now causes the long absent son 
and daughter to shed a tear over the marks made by death and 
time upon those homes made sacred by early associations. 

From every point of the valley and encircling hills, looking 



northward, there rises gracefully that large, round hill, covered 
with a peach orchard of more than eighty acres and near 20,000 
trees. In springtime this was a hill of flowers, in summer a hill 
of the richest fruit. 

Close at hand, there is another chapter 
of history, known only to the oldest residents 
living, to the hunters and woodsmen. The 
region north and northeast of the peach 
orchards is now dotted over with cellar-holes, 
overgrown with trees and bushes, marking 
the former homes of many families, long 
since departed. The wilderness has claimed 
them, hiding those old landmarks so effect- 
ually, that neither path nor road can be found lending to them. 
The hunter alone disturbs those solitudes of the wilderness. 



While riding along the old turnpikes, there is now and then 
pointed out a gate-house, against which in olden times the road- 
gate swung. Many of the houses are now being forgotten. How- 
ever, there is one old gate-house still standing on the east side of 
Rimmon pond, the first north of the iron watering tank, between 
the pond and the road. 


Just below the wateriiifj^ tank, on the east side of the road, 
there stands a house conspicuous becausp of its architecture, a low 
lying, ancient looking structure. It was built by John Storrs on 
the sandbank southward, but as there was no water to be had there, 
it was moved to its present location and is now the home of the 
Hummell family. 

Our search after old landmarks now ends and we return to The 
Falls. The waters here rose on the first of March, 1900, to the 
height of near 17 feet until all the rocks were covered, the river 
banks more than full, dashing and foaming in the mad race to- 


wards the sea. But only a few hours passed, when the river re- 
turned to its natural and common place. So is the flight of time, 
the making of history, the experience of our lives, at the greatest 
height at one time, but mostly in the natural and common level. 

The old homes are but landmarks along the river of time, and 
while we have considered these as the humble and more spacious 
dwellings of men, our history is not complete without a look at one 
who has been a builder of home and church and state, — the "old 

The "old man" has more than passed the span of life, four 
score 3'ears, He still lives upon the southern slope of his ancestral 


lands, where in graceful curves the fields extend toward the river 
and woodlands. He looks eastward across the valle}- upon the 
real pictures of nature, growing more beautiful with his years. 

His dwelling is not of the ancient type, rather it is octagonal 
in shape, tw^o stories, always receiving the light from the morning 
to the evening. Encircling his grounds at his very door runs the 
swift brook, adding both music and a charm to his quiet home. 



The roadway winds from afar along the hillside, by the side of a 
great rock covered with a grapevine, and nearer still the long arbor 
shades the path to his quarters. To many, he would appear lone- 
some and alone ; but he is not alone. The enlarged house makes 
room for a son and children. Their happy faces drive away the 
care of years. Yet he is alone. The companion of many years 
has fallen asleep, now resting in the narrow home of waiting. 

In the bright March sunlight, the trees about his dwelling shine 
with a shimmering light, intensifying the natural beauty and giving 
a new warmth as often seen before the springing forth of life. 

Here lived the aged man, — a little man, who is the last of all 
his schoolmates and youthful companions. But he remains peace- 


fal amid all these chanties. His locks are white with a^e, his c>-cs 
a little dim, his heariiiii a little dull. 15ut his xoice is still sweet 
and clear, as he tells of his ancestral people and the da>s lono- 
since gone, of those events that ha\e made histor\- what it is. 
There is a nobleness about his countenance and a neatness about 
his appearance, his clothes well worn and well cared for. Like the 
strength of mind his spirit is strong, and thus the more willing to 
wait the coming of the reaping angel. 

His room of waiting is one of simple comfort, full of light and 
cheer. The old wood stove, the cushioned chairs, a i)lace to recline, 
add to the comfort of his surroundings. After his day's work is 
done, and while the sun is still high, he sits by the window, and 
draws near to him, not a table, nor a stand, but a little frame made 
strong to hold the great Book upright with its large clear letters 
that reveal the light and truth of the other world. He again lis- 
tens to the Sweet Singer of Israel ; he walks by the side of the 
Man of Galilee ; he waits by the sea shore ; he goes into the moun- 
tain to pray; he again hears the invitation "Follow me." In 
company with John he beholds visions of strange and beautiful 
things. Though in the evening of life, he does not look down into 
the valley of the shadow of death to fear, but rather, his look is 
upward, looking the way that angels and spirits go. He is not like 
the bud, nor the flower ; he is the ripened grain, clad in righteous- 
ness, ready and waiting for the breath from heaven, to drive the 
little chaff away, thereby freeing the spirit, that it may fly upward 
and awav. 





To thee Rock Rimmon \Yith thy rocky height, 

A sheer expanse of grey and in between 
The clump of bushes ; 'tis to thee I write ; 

Thy crown which towers above the valley green. 
Calmly the river iiows around thy base, 

Broadening below thy image to reflect ; 
But thou so silent stand, th}- scarred face 

Seems cold and harsh, all sunshine to reject. 
Erect thou standest, as if keeping guard 

And silent watch upon the vale below. 
All things around thee thou dost disregard. 

Above them all though winds around thee blow; 
Unchanged thou dost remain to mortal eye. 
Unchanged and silent as the years go by. 

Part U. 





HY \V. ('. SllAUl'K. 



9j^HE oldest existint; religious orijanization in Seymour is the 
'\J.) Con<;regational society, which was formed Nov. 3d, 1789, 
as appears by an old manuscript preserved in the records of 
the town of Derby, which reads as follows : 

Derby, November 3d, A. D., 1789. 
This may sertify all whom it may concern, that the subscribers 
have joined and paid towards the support of the Gospel at the 
Congregational Society, in Derby, near Bladen Brook, and mean 
for the future to support the Gospel there : 

Capt. Timothy Baldwin, 
Asahel Johnson, 
Gideon Johnson, 
Capt. Bradford Steel, 
Elisha Steel, 
Isaac Baldwin, 
Ebr. Turel Whitmore, 
Amos Hine, 
Bradford Steel, Jr., 
Medad Keney, 
Hezekiah Wodin, 
John Adye, 
Ashbel Loveland, 
Sertifyed by me, 

Truman Loveland, 
Ebenezer Warner, 
Leveret Pritchard, 
Levi Tomlinson, 
John Coe, 

Eben. Beacher Johnson, 
Nathan Wheeler, 
Bezalel Peck, 
Frances Forque. 
Joseph Loines, 
Moses Clark, 
Philo Hinman, 
Thomas Hotchkiss. 
Levi Tomlinson, 

Societv Clerk. 



Rev. Benjamin Beach was the first pastor and appears to have 
been here before the formation of the society, as he had the par- 
sonage built in 1789. The church, which is represented on page 
47, was built in 1791, on the ground where the M. E. church now 
stands. Rev. Mr. Beach was the pastor of the society for fifteen 
years. Capt. Timothy Baldwin and Levi Tomlinson were appointed 
deacons in 1789. Beyond this and a few sermons b}- Mr. Beach, 
which have been preserved, with the date of delivery, scarcely any 
record has been preserved of the first tvventyeight ^ears of the 
historv of the church. 


In 1S17 the church, or as it was then called, the meetinghouse, 
was sold to the Methodists and a new church was built on the 
plateau south of the Whittemore tavern. This church was begun 
in 1818 and was built in more modern church stNde than the original 
structure, the spire, however, not being added until 1829. 

THE CHl'RCHKS. 1 27 

The growth of the village in succeeding years was in such di- 
rection as to make the location of this second church seem alto- 
gether too much to one side of the center of population and in i<S46 
a third church was begun, the church now standing. This church 
was dedicated April 20, 1847. and has been in use fifty-four years. 
In 1890 the church was enlarged by an addition on the south end, 
with interior changes at a cost of about $5,000, and a new pipe 
organ was secured at a cost of $2,500. 

The pastors of the church, so far as appears on record, have 
been as follows • 

Rev. Benjamin Beach, 1789 1805. 

Rev Zephaniah Swift, 1817 — 1825. 

Rev. Ephraim G. Swift, 1825 — 1827. 

Rev. Charles Thompson, 1828 — 1833. 

Rev. Rollin S. Stone, June, 1833 — August, 1834. 

Rev. John E. Bray, 1834 — 1842. 

Rev. William B. Curtiss, 1843 — 1849. 

Re\. E. B. Chamberlain, 1850- -1852. 

Rev. J. E. Willard, 1852— 1855. 

Rex. Henr>' 1). Northrop, 1857 — 1858. 

Rev. Elijah C. Baldwin, 1859 — 1860. 

Rev. Sylvester Hine, i860 — 1861. 

Rev. John L. Mills, 1862 1864. 

Rev. George A. Dickennan, 1864 — 1865. 

Rev. Abram J. (Juick, 1865 — 1867. 

Rev. Allen G. Clark. 1868 — 1869. 

Rev. H. P. Collin. 1869-1870. 

Rev. J. W. Fitch, 1871-1872. 

Rev. W. J. Thompson, 1872 — 1874. 

Rev. S. C. Leonard, 1874 — 1879. 

Ivev. F. Stanley Root, 1879 — November 18, 1884. 

Rev. Francis J. Fairbanks, April 30, 1885 — March 4, 1886. 

Rev. Thomas E. Davies, October 24, 1886 — March 31, 1891. 

Rev. Hollis A. Campbell, January i, 1892, to date. 
The deacons of the church ha\e been as follows : 

Capt. Timothy Baldwin. 1789. 

Levi Tomlinson. 1789. 

r)radford Steele. 1817 to 1840. 

Nehemiah Botsford. 18 17 to 1840. 

Sheldon Kinney, Sept 6, 184010 1844. 


Alfred Hull, Sept. 6, 1840. 
Andrew W. DeForest, 1844. 
William Kinney, 1853. 
Miles Culver, 1853. 
James L. Spencer, 1853. 
Wallace M. Tuttle, 1858. 

Charles Bradley, to October, 1868. 

David Johnson, 1865. 

Levi Lounsbury, 1865. 

Joshua Kendall, October, 1868, to April, 1888. 

Wilfred I. Warren, April, 1880, to April, 1888. 

Edwin A. Lum, Apr. , 1 888, to Apr. , 1 889. Apr. , 1 890, to date. 

Thomas Thomas, April, 1888, to April, 1890. 

Robert Hungerford, April, 1888, to September, 1888. 

George E. O'Meara, April, 1888, to date. 

Edward R. Davis, Apr., 1889, to Apr., 189 1, and 1896, to 1900. 

Thomas Williams, April, 1890, to 1900. 

Wm. B. Nichols, April, 1891, to 1894. 

George W. French, 1899. 

Charles Maybury, 1901. 


Superintendents oi the Snndayschool. 

Joel White, 1828. George E. Lester. 

George F. DeForest. Sharon Y. Beach. 

Andrew W DeForest. Robert C. Bell. 

Wallace M. Tuttle. Andrew Y. Beach. 

Philo B. Buckingham. 

James Swan, November, 1872, to April, 1883, and April, 1885, 
to April, 1888. 

William H. H. Wooster. April, 1883, to April, 1885. 

Wilfred I. Warren, April, 1886, to April, 1888. 

Clifford J. Atwater, April, 1888, to date. 

Among those who have been most efficient in advancing the 
interests of the church in the earlier years was John H. De Forest, 
known as Squire DeForest, who was a member of the society's 
committee from 1825 to 1830; Hiram Upson, Andrew W. DeForest, 
Daniel White, Albert J. Steele and Lemuel Bliss. 

The parsonage was built in 1873-4, the expense being mostly 
defrayed by a gift from Deacon Sheldon Kinney. The church was 
incorporated in 1890 as the "Seymour Congregational Church." 

The church has an excellent parish library of several hundred 
volumes, which was donated by Hon. James Swan in 1883, for the 
use of adults, and to which he has since made large additions, be- 
side the Sundayschool library of several hundred volumes. 

The church is in a prosperous condition, with a membership of 
260. The present pastorate has already exceeded in length all ex- 
cept that of the first pastor of the society, Rev. Benjamin Beach. 
During the present pastorate 150 persons have been received into 
membership and the number of members has increased from 193 to 
260. The Sundayschool numbers 329. 



^ijjEV. Jesse Lee, the New Eiif^land apostle of Methodism, first 
jjjl came to Derby in 1791 and from a Methodist society formed 
'^^ there came those who constituted the first Methodist organi- 
zation in what is now Seymour. This, according to evidence 
recorded by one of the early veterans, was Feb. 7, 1797, with Daniel 
Rowe as leader. The original members were Jesse Johnson, Isaac 
Johnson, Ester Baldwin, Sarah Baldwin and Eunice Baldwin. 
George Clark, Lucy Hitchcock, Silas Johnson and Olive Johnson 
were soon added to the number. 

At first the meetings were held in private houses and in 
schoolhouses, and in the assembly rooms of the Dayton, Whitte- 
more and Moulthrop taverns, and it is recorded that as early as 
1803 they were allowed to hold meetings in the old Congregational 
meetinghouse, represented on page 47, and that in that year the 
first Methodist quarterly meeting held in this place was held there. 

In 18 17 the Methodists purchased this church and raised it a 
story, increasing the seating capacit}' by putting in side galleries. 
The trustees at this time were Stiles Johnson, Bezaleel Peck, Rob- 
ert Lees, Thomas Gilyard and Timothy Hitchcock, and Newel 
Johnson was the secretary. 

Stiles Johnson died Oct. 4, 18 18, aged 36 years, leaving by will 
to the Methodist Society the ground on which the church stands, 
with the green in front, and $334 in money. The building was 
soon after enlarged and galleries built on the sides, but no paint 
was used either within or without. In 1819 there were three 
classes of which the leaders were Robert Lee, Timothy Hitchcock 
and Orrin Peck, the latter living in Woodbridge and having his 
class there. The early ministers were circuit preachers, going the 
rounds over large districts, and it was not until the church was fa- 
vored with a resident pastor that any could be considered exclu- 
sively as pastor of the local church. The first parsonage, at the 
corner of Pearl and Grand streets, was built in 1830 and since then 
the church has had a resident pastor, the list of those during the 
term of the church second building being as follows : 

TH1-: ( 





Robert Travis. 



David Miller. 



Daniel Smith. 

I '"^39. 


J. 11 Beach. 



C. W. Turner. 



Thomas Sparks. 



Thos Bainbri(l<ie 

• ••842-3, 


Ezra Jaeger. 

1834, Rev. Humphrey Humphries. 1844, Rev. Moses Blydenburgh. 
1835-6, Rev. Josiah Bowen. 1845-6, Rev. George L. Fuller. 

The original church, pictured on page 47, had served its pur- 
pose for more than half a century. Its walls had echoed with the 
eloquence of men mighty in faith and zeal, its pews had been oc- 
cupied by men and women who had helped to lay deep and strong 
the foundations of our governmental and social institutions. But 
the feeling was growing that a better building should be erected and 
that the society was able to do it. Many precious memories clus- 
tered about fhe old building, with its antique arrangements. A 
central aisle ran between two rows of long seats reaching to the 
sides of the building. Galleries on the north and south sides and 
across the west end, supported by large wooden pillars, were reach- 
ed by a narrow stairway in the northwest corner. The building 
had never been painted or plastered. The swallows built their 
nests against the roof, and flew in and out of crevices under the 
eaves during the services. At the east end of the church was a 
platform raised one step, surrounded by a railing, and in front of 
this was an open space where for a few years had stood a "box" 
stove, though the foot stoves, or tin boxes filled with live coals, 
were still in use. In the center of the space within the railing was 
the quaint old pulpit, with a door or gateway about three feet in 
height. The pulpit was somewhat elevated, but not nearly so 
much as was common in those days. 

During the pastorate of Rev. George L. Fuller, in the fall of 
1846, a subscription was opened for a new church edifice and in the 
spring of 1847 Rev. Charles Stearns was appointed pastor and 
pushed along the new enterprise. The old meetinghouse was sold 
for a hundred dollars and was torn down, and the corner stone of 
the new church was laid June 19, 1847. The church was Gothic in 
design, 40 by 60 feet, with a basement mostly above ground, contain- 
ing a commodious lecture-rooms and two classrooms and had an 
excellent toned bell of 1,150 pounds weight. The slips, the ceiling, 
the altar and the galleries were grained and the walls were frescoed. 
The front windows were of stained glass. The cost of the build- 
ing, bell and furniture was $5,800. 



Thomas Gilyard, who died Nov. 12, 1853, lefc a will by which 
he save to the church about three acres of land on Skokorat. from 
which the church has since had an annual income. 


Mrs. Harriet Kirtland, who died Oct. 20, 1865, left a will by 
which, after giving to her husband the use of her property during 
his lifetime and providing for the payment of certain legacies, she 
gave the residue of her property "to the Methodist Episcopal church 
of Seymour, for the use and benefit of said church." The property 
was sold in 1876. 

The pastors of the church since 1847 have been as follows: 
1847-8, Rev. Charles Stearns. 1855-6, Rev. Wm. T. Hill. 
1849-50, Rev. Seneca Howland. 1857-8, Rev. Thomas Stevenson. 
1851-2, Rev. David Osborn. 1859-60, Rev. L. P. Perry. 

1853-4, Rev. RufusK. Reynolds. 1861, Rev. Albert Booth. 


1862-3, Rev. Geo. Lansing Taylor. 1880-S2, 
1864-5, Rev. A. B. Pulling. 1883-4, 

1866, Rev. Sylvester Smith. 1885-8, 
1867-8, Rev. Joseph Pullman. 1888, 
1869-70, Rev. BennettT. Abbott. 1889-90, 
1 87 1-3, Rev. Joseph Smith, 189 1-3, 

1874, Rev. Wm. R. Webster. 1894, 

1875, Rev. E. H. Dutcher. 1895-6, 
1876-7, Rev. A. B. Pulling. '897, 
1877-9, Rev. Joseph Vinton. 1898-190 

Rev. Charles W. Lyon. 
Rev. Horace Q. Judd. 
Rev. Arthur McNicholl. 
Rev. C. S. Williams. 
Rev. Geo. B. Dusinberre. 
Rev. James E. Holmes. 
Rev. Jas. A. MacMillan. 
Rev. C. Elmore Barto. 
Rev. J. T. Hamilton. 
I, Rev. E. C. Tullar. 



The present edifice was built in 1S91 at a cost exceeding,' 
$18,000, including- the rehttin-- of the older structure, which is used 
for a lecture room and for the Sundayschool. The subscription 
for the new church was headed by L. T. Wooster with $1,000, and 
all gave very liberally, then and since, so that the society is now 
clear from debt and in possession of one of the handsomest 
churches in the valley. The new church was dedicated June 19, 
1 89 1. The beautiful pipe organ, which was put in at a cost of 
$1,500, was also the gift of L. T. Wooster. 

The superintendents of the Sundayschools have been as 
follows : 

1 826-33, George Kirtland. 
1841-2, Samuel R. Hickox. 
1843-50, Lugrand Sharpe. 
185 1, Frederick Durand. 
1852-3, John Adams. 
1854, William A. Hughes. 

1868, Sheldon Miles. 

1869, William C. Sharpe. 
1872, William W. Dibble. 

^^73^ '75' '7!^. Samuel R. Butler. 
1874, Charles N. Blanchard. 
1876, Edward N. Botsford. 

1855 and 58, William S. Mallory. 1877, Henry C. Rogers. 

1879-80, George E. Stockwell. 
1881-87, Thomas Sharpe. 

1856-7, Albert W. Lounsbury. 

1859, Warren French. 

i860, '61. '66, "67, '70. 71. William 1888-92, A. C. Butler. 

N. Storrs. i*^93-7. C. H. Guild. 

1863, '64, '65, H. W. Benedict. 1897-01, E. T. Humphreys. 

The trustees are L. T. Wooster, A. E. Wheeler, W. W. Dibble, 
Thos. Sharpe, A. C. Peck, S. R. Butler, O. D. Sykes, E. A. Klatt, 
Charles H. Lounsbury. The stewards are Richard Alderson, E. T. 
Humphreys, David Tocher, E. T. Bice, C. H. Jorey, John J. 
Smith. George S. Miller, Albert Butler. C. H. Guild, J. B. Perrins. 


iN the I2th of Februar\', 1797, thirtynine persons living within 
the bounds of the proposed new parish, were notified to meet 
on the 20th of that month at the house of Dr. Samuel San- 
ford for the purpose of forming a Protestant Episcopal soci- 
ety. At the time named all were present and Benjamin Davis was 
elected moderator, Samuel Sanford clerk, and Joel Chatfield, Israel 
French and Jonathan Miles society's committee. 

The land upon which the church now stands was purchased of 
Leverett Pritchard March 23, 1797, for sixt}^ dollars. We copy 
from the original deed to show how much was included in the par- 
ish "lately formed in Derby and called by the name of The Union 

TH1-: ciniK(-iii-:s. i t^-j 

Episcopal Society, the same beiui; formed out of the First Society 
in said Derby, that is to say, out of a i)arr hereof; out of Great Hill 
Society; and out of the Societ\- in Oxford, all in said Derby. " 

The first load of stone for the foundation of the church was 
carted by Leverett Pritchard, and the first of the timber by John 
Riifgs. The committee worked so energetically that early in the 
sprin.q: of that year the corner-stone was laid by the Rev. Edward 
Blakeslee, an assistant of the Rev. Dr. Mansfield, and before win- 
ter the whole building was inclosed. Work on tlu; inside was 
delayed for a time for want of funds and slab benches were used 
for seats. 

The first rector of the church was Dr. Mansfield, whose parish 
consisted of the present towns of Derby, Orange, Woodbridge, 
Seymour, Oxford, Southbury, Naugatuck and Waterbury. He was 
rector of St. James's church, Derby, -Ji years without a break -a 
solitary instance, it is believed, in the Episcopal church of this 
country. He lived to the ripe old age of 96, and died in 1.S20. 


The Sundayschool dates from 1827 and in the same year a bell 
was obtained for the church at a cost of $257. The church was 
never warmed until 1827 when a stove was presented by Deacon 
Isaac Kinney. In 1829 the pews were first rented, immediate pay- 
ment being: made. The lirst or^jan was put in in 1831. 

The name of the parish and church was chaniied from Union 
to Trinity at Easter, 1856, and in the following: year the church 
was repaired and improved at a cost of about $6,ODa. The seating 
capacity of the church was doubled and the interior was refur- 
nished. The remodeled and renovated building- was dedicated by 
Bishop Williams, May 11, 1858. 

The longest rectorship has been that of Rev. O. Evans Shan- 
non, who remained thirteen years, during which time 105 were con- 

In 1 89 1 a new chancel was added to the building and the in- 
terior was tinelv decorated. A beautiful memorial window was 

thic (-HrKci[i:s. 139 

placed above the reredos, the <^\h of Hon. Carlos French, in mem- 
ory of his daughter Carlotta. A new chancel organ by Roosevelt 
was at that time built tosupplant the old Jardine organ, which had 
stood in the western gallery for many years. Two years later, a 
new oak pulpit was given, and in 1895 the society of the Daugh- 
ters of the King gave chancel furnishings, and the Brotherhood of 
St. Andrew placed a copper cross over the roof of the new chan- 
cel. This chancel was consecrated Feb. 26, 1897, the one hun- 
dredth anniversary of the organization of the parish. 

A beautiful, spreading maple tree, planted before the door 
around which the horses were hitched whilst their owners wor- 
shipped, and under whose branches the congregation gathered at 
noontime, between services, generations ago, still shades the old 
church, and almost hides it from view in the summer time. 

During this period of a hundred years, the parish has enjoyed 
the ministrations of twenty-three rectors, whose term of office has 
varied from one to thirteen years. The roll is as follows : 
1797-1802, Dr. Richard Mansfield. 1845-6, Rev. John Purvis. 

1803, Rev. Solomon Blakeslee. 1847, Rev. Abel Nichols. 

1804, Rev. Calvin White. 1848-50, Rev. Wm. F. Walker. 
1805-6, Rev. Ammi Rogers. 185 1-2, Rev. Charles G. Ackley. 
1807, Rev. Ambrose Todd. 1853-66, Rev. O. Evans Shannon. 

Xio, Rev. Solomon Blakeslee. 1867-75, Rev. George Seabury. 

1513, Rev. James Thompson. 1875-7, Rev. E. K. Lessell. 

1514, Rev. Calvin White. 1878-81, Rev. James H. VanBuren. 
1815-16, Rev Chauncey Prindle. 1881-88, Rev. J. D. S. Pardee. 
1817-19, Rev. James Thompson. 1889, Rev. E. H. Cleveland. 
1819-21, Rev. Aaron Humphreys. 1890-94, Rev Joseph B. Shepherd. 
1822-32, Rev. Stephen Jewett. 1895-9, Rev. Robert B. Kimber. 
1833, Rev. Charles W. Bradley. 1900-01, Rev. W. A. Woodford. 
1834-44, Rev. John D. Smith. 

The wardens of the church are L. A. Camp and L. W. Church. 
The vestrymen are Peter Ward, F. G. Bassett, R. W. Chattield, J. 
B. Honey. C. G. Smith, F. G. Hurd and W. S. Cooper. 


I OMAN Catholic services were first held in Seymour in ICS44 in 
the "Old Long House" on the site of the fire engine house. 
"^ b}' Rev. Father Smith of New Haven. There were then only 
six men of theRoman Catholic faith in the village then known 
as Humphreysville. They were Nicholas and Daniel Brockway, 
Nicholas Cass, Patrick and Thomas Gaffney and James Quinlan. The 
" Long House " referred to above, in which mass was celebrated 
in 1H44, was on the east side of what is now Raymond street. It 


was a two story building, intended for six families and was torn 
down some forty years as^o, and the tire ens^ine house now stands 
where the south end of the " Lonii' House " was. 

At first they usually went to New Haven to attend mass, and 
an occasional service was jiiven here. After a little the villai;e was 
made a mission station, included in the Waterbury parish, later in 
Naugatuck and Birmingham, the latter being in the time of Rev. John 
Lynch. In 185 1 he purchased the lot where the church now stands 
for $400. and in 1856 the first Catholic church of Seymour was built. 
This is still standing just south of the new church, having been 
fitted up for a rectory. 


The first resident pastor. Rev. John McMahon, was stationed 
here in October, 1885, and remained until May r, 1886, when Rev. 
R. C. Gragan was appointed pastor. There was then a floating debt 
of $1,000, which was soon paid. A larger church being greatly 
needed, in January, 1887, he commenced an effort to build anew 
one, by issuing subscription papers. These were generously filled 
up by the parishioners and friends of other denominations who 
aided \iberalh-. 


Ground was broken for the new church May 4th, 1888, and the 
corner stone was laid b}' Rt. Rev. Bishop McMahon July 15, 1888, 
and on that day a collection amounting to $1,100 was taken up. 
The church was occupied for the first time Dec. 25, 1889, and was 
dedicated May 18, 1890. 

The Church of St. Augustine is a handsome building, of wood, 
facing on Washington avenue, and overlooking the central part of 
the town. Its dimensions are 53x101 feet, with a spire 118 feet in 
height, and dials on the four sides, ready for a clock. A fine bell. 
has been put in. The interior of the church is finished in cherry 
and oak and the frescoing is in light shades, giving avery pleasing 
effect. The windows are of stained glass. The seating capacity 
of the church is6oo. The cost of the edifice was $13,000. 

The side windows are large and handsome, and were donated 
by the followfng: Matthias Bunyan, Sr., and family; John McCarthy, 
Sr., and family; James Howard; James Shay, Sr., and famil}-; Tim- 
othy O'Brien and family; John Kelleher and family; Patrick Crow- 
ly, Sr., and family; Michael Reagan and family; Michael McNer- 
ney and family; John Ryan memorial, Mrs. John Ryan, Sr. ; James 
Daniher, double window, memorial, Mrs. James Daniher; Mr. and 
Mrs. Owen Conroy, double memorial window by Michael, Eugene 
and Marj^ Conroy. The chancel window was the gift of William 
Molans, and the vestibule windows were the gift oj Mr. and Mrs. 
Thomas Molans. 

The three handsome altars finished in gold and white, were all 
donated, the large central altar by Rev. R. C. Gragan, then the 
pastor of the church; the altar of the Blessed Virgin by the Scapu- 
lar Society and the Society of the Children of Mary; and the altar 
of St. Joseph by Mrs. Ellen Fitzgibbons. The altar rail is of pol- 
ished cherry, with burnished brass pillars. The choir gallery at the 
rear of the church is large and wellfitted, jutting out in a half octa- 
gon bay at the front. A fine organ was placed in the choir gallery. 

Rev. M. F. Rigney became pastor of the church in April, 1894. 
There was then an indebtedness of $6,635, the larger part of which 
has since been paid and many improvements have been made, in- 
cluding the fitting up of the basement and building granite in place 
of the original wooden steps. Starting with six Catholics in 1844, 
St. Augustine's parish has today, about 700 members — 600 in Sey- 
mour proper, and the remainder in Beacon Falls and Oxford, which 
are in Father Rigney's jurisdiction. 


f'"^HlS church was ortianizcd in i<S93 under the direction of Rev. 
Jacobus Wittke. A site was selected on West street, near 
, Church street, and the buildinii" was erected in i.Scj,; and was 
dedicated on Thanksgivintj Day. Rev. Jacobus Wittke re- 
siirned in 1S94 and was succeeded by Rc\'. R. Lucas, who remained 

until 1897. Rev. Max 
Mueller was the pa.s- 
tor in 1897-8, and 
Rev. Paul E. T. 
Lempke since the lat- 
ter date. 

The officers of the 
church are : presi- 
dent, Fred. Rei- 
mann ; \ice- presi- 
(icnt, Christ Grele ; 
recordinir secretary, 
Louis Schuster ; fi- 
nancial secret ary- 
John Schuster; treas- 
urer, August Schwen- 
tor ; trustees, Her- 
man Wirth, Jacob 
Keller, Gustav Fisch- 
er, John Grele, Geo. 
Kuhlmann. There 
are in the Sunday- 
school twelve teach- 
ers and about one 
hundred children. Henry Rumetsch is the superintendent. 

The following soceties are connected with the church : Ladies' 
Aid society, founded in 1898 by Rev. M. Mueller, having thirtyfive 
members, Mrs. Charles Mannweiler president. Young Peoples 
society, organized in 1899, twenty five members, of which the pastor 
is president, meets twice a month. 



HE first formation of an Ecclesiastical society on Great Hill 
took place Nov. 29, 1775, when the inhabitants of Great Hill 
and Rockhouse Hill met in the Great Hill schoolhouse and 
elected the following officers : Benjamin Tomlinson, moder- 
ator ; Joseph Canfield, Joseph Tomlinson and Noah Tomlinson, 
committee ; Samuel Russell, clerk, and Lieut. John Bassett of 
Five Mile Hill, collector. The bounds of the society were, north 
by Five Mile Brook and Little River, west b}' the Housatonic or 
Great River, south by the road leading by the old Bassett place, 
east by the Naugatuck river. They held their first meetings in the 
schoolhouse at the foot of the hill, near the M. E. church and con- 
tinued to hold their meetings there for four years. 

In May, 1779, they petitioned the General Assembly to grant 
an act of incorporation into an ecclesiastical society to be known 
as the Great Hill Society, bounded as follow^s : beginning at the 
southerly corner of Benjamin Bassett's land by the Great river, 
running thence in a straight line to the mouth of Hasekey Meadow 
Brook where it empties into the Naugatuck river, thence up said 
river to the great new bridge, thence running northeasterly as the 
road runs, to the easterly corner of David Wooster's meadow, 
thence running to Abner Johnson's dwelling house, leaving the 
same on north side of said line, from thence to Five Mile Brook 
where it crosses the Woodbury road leading to Derby, thence down 
said brook to the Great river, thence down said river to the first 
mentioned boundary. This memorial was signed by Deacon John 
Holbrook and others. The following resolution was passed by the 
General Assembly : 

Resolved, That all the inhabitants dwelling in that part of the 
township of Derby, lying within the above described lines and 
boundaries be, and the same are hereby constituted and made an 
ecclesiastical society, by the name of the Great Hill Society, with 
all the privileges, immunities and advantages that all other eccle- 
siastical societies by law have and enjoy. 

John Holbrook was elected the first deacon, and it is said that 
Mr. Holbrook built the church at his own expense. It is stated in 

Till'. (•in'Kcm-:s. 14s 

the Derb}' History that he and his wife Abigail j^ave the land for 
tlie Episcopal church at Derby, but the John who was the first 
deacon and built the church at Great Hill was a grandson of John 
(who d. 1752) and Abigail (Gun) Holbrook of Derby. This John 
Holbrook married Huldah Fox and was a soldier in the Revolution- 
ary war. He lived w^here his son Benjamin afterward lived, near 
the burial ground at Great Hill. 

The organization of the society and the building of the church 
is said to have come about in this wise : John Holbrook was an ar- 
dent patriot, having given three sons to the cause of freedom, and 
he was greatly displeased with Rev. Mr. Mansfield's views regarding 
the Revolution and was so offended that he left the church at Derby, 
and having a sawmill and plenty of timber, built the meetinghouse 
on his own land in what was long known as meetinghouse meadow, 
and soon there was a prosperous church in the midst of a thrifty 
farming community. Deacons Bassett and Holbrook were the 
stewards. It was said that the singing could not then be excelled. 

The first society meeting held after the charter was received 
was held in the schoolhouse Sept. 20. 1779. The church was built 
in 17S1, and the first meeting in the church was held in March, 
1782. On November, 1783, they voted to hire preaching every 
other Sabbath until the first of May. 

Capt. John Holbrook, Benjamin Bassett, and Jonathan Lum, 
Jr., were appointed a committee by the society to select a place 
for a burying ground, and selected a place east of John Holbrook's 
land, on land belonging to his father. 

Dec. 3, 1782. they voted to hire a Mr. Birdsey to preach until 
the first of May. On Dec. 21, 1787, they voted to hire Mr. Abner 
Smith, with a salary of seventy pounds and fire wood, and a settle- 
ment of one hundred pounds. Rev. Mr. Smith accepted the call 
March 8, 1787, and preached there for many years. He married a 
daughter of Major Bull of Woodbury, whose grandson was the 
late Hon. Thomas Bull of that place. Her remains, with one child, 
rest in the Great Hill cemetery, where a plain marble memorial stone 
was erected to their memory. Mr. Smith continued in the pasto- 
rate until age and infirmity obliged him to retire. He then went 
with his son-in-law, the Rev. T. Babbit, to the West, where he 
died, having lived nearly a hundred years. 

The old parsonage is yet standing on the forty-acre farm on 
the top of the hill, in good condition. The old roinmunion service. 


with the parlor chairs of the old parsonage, are in possession of the 
Benham brothers whose summer home is the first house west of 
the location of the old church, and with other ancient relics, are 
highly prized for their antiquit}- and associations. The old road 
opposite the meetinghouse was then a wide public street where on 
training days the military used to parade. The town meetings 
were long held at Great Hill, Derby and Humphreysville, each in 
their turn every third year. 

The main road across the Hill was the principal thoroughfare 
for travel for teams transporting merchandise from Derby Landing 
to Woodbury and the northern country merchants. The stopping 
places or taverns were at Capt. Abel Holbrook's, and Squire Rus- 
sell Tomlinson's, where Mr. Scranton now lives. 

A romantic story is told of the early times of the old church. 
A young clergyman, James No3'es, of a distinguished family, came 
from New Haven to preach, and when Deacon Holbrook's hand- 
some daughter Anna came into church he fell in love with her. 
Espying her book in her vacated seat, he wrote in it, "Can there 
any good thing come out of Nazareth.?" She wrote in return, 
"Come and see." The acquaintance thus oddly begun led to a 
happy union. They settled in Wallingford and had two sons and 
daughters. The sons were Rev. James Noyes, Jr., and Joseph; 
the daughters, Anna, Esther and others. 

Rev. Abner Smith had no successor as pastor there. The old 
church has vanished, its records have mostly disappeared, but it is 
worthy of remembrance as having been one of the centers of re- 
ligious influence and patriotism in the formative period of the re- 
public. Though the church is no more its influence is perennial 
and ever widening, through the descendants of those who once 
formed its membership. Scattered far and wide, east and west, 
they help to make up the representatives of that sterling character 
and enlightened Christian principle which alone can maintain a 
free government. 


:pisc()fal church. 

HIS is one of the oldest Methodist societies in Connecticut and 
at one time ranked highest in strength and numbers in the 
Derby Circuit, which then inchided the towns of the Nauga- 
tuck Valley as far as Waterbury. Rev. Heman Bangs, who 
was presiding elder about eighty years ago, said Great Hill was his 
main stay, and Rev. Elijah Woolsey, circuit preacher in 1814, in 
his book called "The Lights and Shadows of the Itinerancy,'" 
gives space to incidents of his experience on Great Hill. Capt. 
Bassett heard Mr. Woolse}' preach in the schoolhouse and was so 
impressed with the sermon that he asked Mr. Woolsey on his next 
round to preach at his home. The invitation was accepted, with 
the result that he and his family became members of the society, 
and the end is yet, one of his descendants being now an able Meth- 
odist minister. 


From the time when Rev. Jesse Lee proclaimed the "Glad 
Tidings " through the valley of the Naugatuck, service was held 
here by his successors from time to time, and a prosperous church 
grew up. For a number of years, between 18 10 and 1820, Cyrus 
Botsford was chorister and was considered an excellent music 
teacher. The choirs in those days were large and some humorous 
anecdotes were told of corrections made b}- Mr. B. when discordant 
notes were heard. 

Anson Gillette, son of Capt. Jeremiah Gillette, of Revolution- 
ar}' times, was converted under the preaching of Rev. Jesse John- 
son. He was the first class leader and his wife and five of his sons 
became members of the church. Others of the early Methodists 
were Mrs. David Tomlinson, with one son and three daughters ; 
Capt. Isaac Bassett and wife with one son and six daughters, and 
James Tomlinson and wife. Eli Gillette, son of Anson Gillette, 
was from his youth a consistent and efficient member of the Great 
Hill church. He was one of the trustees for more than forty years 
and was for many years a member of the board of stewards. He 
died in 1899 aged eightynine years. Judson English was a zealous, 
old-fashioned Methodist and was closely identified with the Great 
Hill church for half a century. He was a class leader from 18^1 to 
1865, died Aug. 12, 1876, aged 81 years. He left to the church a 
legacy of $1,000 in bonds, which, however, before they came into 
the possession of the church had depreciated so much that only 
$400 was realized from their sale. 

In 1838 Rev. David Miller was pastor at Humphreysville and 
Great Hill, making his home at Great Hill. In 1842-3 Rev. Ezra 
Jagger, in 1844 Rev. Moses Blydenburgh, and in 1845-6 Rev. 
George L. Fuller, all pastors of both the Humphreysville and Great 
Hill churches, lived on Great Hill making the church at the center 
take a secondary position, the parsonage there being rented for 
what income it might bring. 

The eccentric Rev. George L. Fuller is still remembered by 
many. Fearless and untiring in his Master's service, he labored 
with great success and many were the anecdotes told of his labors 
A man, at whose house a praj^er-meeting was to be held one Sat- 
urday evening, sent an invitation to a neighbor, a staunch Presbyte- 
rian, to attend. He sent back word that he wished to be excused as he 
"kept Saturday night," but he soon began to attend the meetings 
and continued to be a regular attendant for more than thirty years. 


The old Congrep:ational church which stood near the top of the 
hill, and had long been given up to the Methodists, had never been 
finished, and in winter was so cold that meetings were held in the 
old red schoolhouse at the foot of the hill. 

Man}' colored people were accustomed to attend the meetings 
but they took the rear seats, next the wall, and always remained in 
their seats until the white people had passed out. 

The present church edifice was built by subscription in 1853-4. 
Almost the only preaching on the hill for the forty years preceding 
had been by the Methodists, to whom the old Congregational church 
had been given up. The church was dedicated on Wednesday, 
October 25th, 1854. The subscriptions that day were $580, leaving 
a debt of only $300, which was soon paid. Abel Holbrook deeded 
land Feb. 8, 1862, to Judson English, Eli Gillette and Josiah Has- 
sett, trustees, for the use of the church. 

The church has a fund of $400 given by Judson English, who 
left bonds to the value of $1,000 for the church, but before the 
church came into possession of them the}- had depreciated in value 
so that only $400 was realized. 

A legacy of $5,000 was left to the church by Mrs. Cynthia Treat 
Merrill, of New Haven, who died in 1887, the money to be paid 
over to the society at the end of ten years from her death. She 
also left $2,000 to the society on condition that an evening school 
be maintained several months every year, and $2,000 more for 
library purposes. The first payment of $5,000 has been made but 
the conditions of the other two legacies of $2,000 each have not yet 

Frederick M. Clemons was a liberal and efficient member of 
the board of trustees and was also one of the stewards. He was 
several times elected a member of the board of education of the 
town of Seymour. He was a member of New Haven Commandery, 
Knights Templar, whose emblem, the cross and crown, attested his 
faith in the christian rehgion. His death, which occurred July 25th, 
1886, was a great loss to the Great Hill church. 

J. W. Tomlinson has for many years been one of the most 
efficient members of the church, filling the office of trustee, stew- 
ard, class leader and Sunday school superintendent. He is a zeal- 
ous temperance man and is universally respected as a conscienscious 
and upright citizen. 



BY \V. C. SH.'\KPK. 

^jFVEN in the earh' years of the settlements here incipient mann- 
T^ facturing industries were carried on in the households of the 
y3 settlers, industries which were in later years to develop to 
great magnitude and become leading factors in the growth 
of the community. The settlers cultivated flax and their wives and 
daughters were dextrous with the spinning wheel and the hand 
loom. Flocks of sheep grazed upon the hillsides and in the valleys 
and their fleeces were utilized in the fabrication of clothing. The 
spinning wheel for flax and wool was considered a necessary article 
in a well ordered farm house, and it was often accompanied by the 
hand loom, reel, and cards, soon to be superceded by carding machines. 
Mothers and daughters were skilled in making stout and durable 
cloth, as well as in the preparation of woolen yarn for mittens and 
stockings. The first record of a mill in this vicinity was by a deed 
of transfer dated August, 1747, from George Abbott of Derby to 
Stephen Perkins of New Haven. The mill was located on Little 
River, it is said about two miles from where it empties into the 
Naugatuck. This deed transferred to Mr. Perkins " one half of a 
sawmill, the whole of a gristmill or corn mill, and a dwelling 
house." The consideration was "five hundred pounds money, 
old tennor." 

The next enterprise recorded was a corn mill built by James 
Pritchard in 1760 on Little river, near where the James Swan Com- 
pany's upper mills are located. It appears therefore that Little 
River was the first stream in this immediate vicinity to be used for 
mill purposes and has continued to be used from that time with 
constantly increasing efficiency, both as to the quantitv and value 
of the manfactured products and the number of people employed. 

In 1760 Joseph Chuse and John Howd. Sachems, sold to 
Thomas Perkins of Enfield and Ebenezer Keeney, Joseph Hull, 


Jr., and John Wooster of Derby, an acre of land on the east side 
of the river at the Falls, including the water privilege, for the pur- 
pose of putting up some iron works, but nothing was done until 
after Oct. 4, 1763, when Keeney, Hull and Wooster purchased from 
the Indians one and a half acres of land for a roadway through the 
Indian field. This deed was signed by Joseph Chuse and John 
Howd as the chief men of the tribe. The payment was "fifteen 
pounds lawful money." On this land was erected first a fulling 
mill, then a sawmill and a grist mill. 


In 1785 John Wooster and Bradford Steele leased for 999 years, 
for fifteen pounds, "a certain spot or privilege at a place called 
Rimmon Falls upon the east side of the Naugatuck River" for the 
purpose of building a blacksmith shop, and erecting a hammer to 
go by water. They manufactured scjj'thes and did other blacksmith 
work, setting up a grindstone and other machinery necessary for 
conducting the business. The deed states that the land had a front 
of fifty feet on the flume and was next to the river. 

About 1790 Nathan Stiles, a son of Benjamin, bought out John 
Wooster and Ebenezer Keeney, part owners of the property' at the 


Falls. This property consisted of two fulling; mills, a saw mill, 
grist mill and a clothier's shop. The company was reorganized 
with the following stockholders: Bradford Steele, Sr., George Steele, 
Bradford Steele, Jr., and Nathan Stiles. 

Bradford Steele had his fulling mill and dye shop at the month 
of Little River, and his finishing shop at the top of the hill east of 
the church. He lived in the old house on the hill until he sold it to 
Abiel Canfield. He made no cloth, the cloth dressed and finished 
by him being woven on hand looms in the homes of the people. 

A fulling mill and a saw mill were built about 1790, on Bladens 
Brook, about one mile east on the railroad station, by Mr. Thad- 
deus Hine of Derby. Mr. Hine sold the property in 1790 to Titus 
H. Beach, who afterward sold it to Charles Oatman, who carried 
on the business for a number of years. This property subsetpiently 
came into the possession of Sharon Yale Beach, whoin i8c;o built 
a paper mill there. 

Isaac Baldwin came from Litchfield about 1785 and bniU a 
gristmill in Little River near where the James Swan Co.'s middle 
shops now are. 

Gen. David Humphreys, who was to be so closely identified 
with the interests of the place, came and purchased the Falls prop- 
erty Dec, 13, 1803. The deed states that "Col. David Humph- 
reys, now of Boston, in the commonwealth of Massachusetts," pur- 
chased of Bradford Steele, Bradford Steele, Jr., and George Steele, 
for the sum of $2,647.92, "one certain piece of land l>ing in said 
Derby at a place called Rimmon Falls, it being the same tract of 
land formerly deeded by John Howd and Joseph Chuse, Indians, 
to John Wooster, Ebenezer Kinney and Joseph Hull, Jr., * ""' ' 
with all the privileges, together with the sawmill, two fulling mills, 
clothier's shop, and all the utensils, implements and apparatus be- 
longing to and used in, and appendant and appurtenant in and to 
the said mills and clothier's shop standing on said land, together 
with the buildings thereon standing, together with the whole mill 
dam across said Rimmon Falls." 

Gen. Humphreys had while minister to Spain in 1802 imported 

100 merino sheep and he chose this place for the headc^uarters 

of the sheep raising business as well as for the manufacture of 

j woolen cloth. The great superiority of the wool of the merino 

jj sheep being immediately manifest, farmers were everywhere glad 

to avail themselves of the opportunity to improve their stock. 


Gen. Humphreys did not encourage speculation but distributed his 
sheep judiciously among the farmers at $iOO each, a price said to 
be less than the oripcinal cost. When the price rose to $400 he re- 
fused to sell, saying that he believed such sales would lead to 
ruinous speculation. But soon the price of merino bucks went up 
to $1,500 and a few were even sold as high as $3,000, and ewes sold 
from $1,000 to $1,500. John Bassett was offered $1,000 by Philo 
Bassett for a full-blooded merino ewe lamb eight days old and 
refused to take less than $1,500. A few days after it was killed 
by a fox. Two young farmers united in buying a buck at $1,500 
and the same day it died by being choked with an apple. But 
such mishaps checked the speculation but little, and it rapidly ex- 
tended throughout New England, Vermont people in particular 
being quickly supplied with some of the merinos. 

Gen. Humphreys considered it of great importance to the in- 
terests of the country that manufactures, especially that of woolen 
cloths, should be introduced, and went to England, investigated the 
manufacture of woolen cloths there, and made the acquaintance of 
John Winterbotham, who was thoroughly informed in every branch 
of the business. Gen. Humphreys persuaded Mr. Winterbotham 
to sell his business there and come to this country to establish the 
business here. 

Gen. Humphreys associated with him in business also Captain 
Thomas Vose of Derby, the business being conducted under the 
name of T. Vose & Company. They brought over from England 
Thomas Gilyard, Robert Lees and others, skilled workmen in this 
line, and in 1806 built a mill for the purpose of manufacturing 
woolen cloth, the frame being raised on the 5th and 6th of June. 
This mill is still standing. The "mills and clothiers' shop" pur- 
chased as above mentioned, and the people who had acquired con- 
siderable skill in the manipulation of wool, formed a considerable 
nucleus for the new enterprise. 

"The name "Chusetown" appears on the Derby records as 
late as 1804, but was changed by the legislature in that year to 
Humphreysville in honor of Gen. Humphreys and this name was 
retained until 1850. 

That he might the better carry out his plans Gen. Humphreys 
made several other purchases of large tracts of lands in the vicinity. 
He employed a large number of boys in the factory whom he had 
brought from different parts of the country. For these he estab- 



lished evening and Sunday schools, with competent teachers to in- 
struct them. He also indulged his military taste by organizing 
them at no light expense as a military company, drilling them him- 
self and furnishing the uniforms. 

In 1 8 10 the company was reorganized and the name was 
changed from T. Vose & Co., to the Humphreysville Manufactur- 
ing Company. 


President Dwight, of Yale College, wrote an interesting sketch 
of Humphreysville, as he found it in the fall of 181 1, which is here 
given : "Within the limits of Derby, four miles and a half from the 
mouth of the Naugatuc, is a settlement named by the Legislature, 
Humphreysville, from the Hon. David Humphreys, formerly Minister 
Plenipotentiary at the Court of Madrid. At this place a ledge of 
rocks twenty feet in height crosses the river, and forms a perfect 
dam about two thirds of the distance. The remaining third is closed 
by an artificial dam. The stream is so large as to furnish an 
abundance of water at all times for any works which will jn-obably 
ever be erected on the spot. Those already existing are a grist- 
mill, a saw-mill, a paper-mill, woolen manufactory, and a cotton 
manufactory, with all their proper appendages, and a considerable 
number of other buildings, destined to be the residences of the 
manufacturers, and for various other purposes. 


A strong current of water in a channel, cut through the rock 
on the Eastern side, sets in motion all the machinery employed in 
these buildings. By this current are moved the grist-mill ; two 
newly invented shearing machines ; a breaker and finisher for card- 
ing sheep's wool ; a machine for making ravellings ; two jennies for 
spinning sheep's wool, under the roof of the grist-mill ; the works 
in a paper-mill ; a picker ; two more carding machines for sheep's 
wool ; and a billy with forty spindles in a third building ; a fulling- 
mill ; a saw-mill, employed to cut the square timber, boards, laths, 
&c., for the different edifices, and- to shape many of the wooden 
materials for the machinery ; two more fulling-mills on improved 
principles, immediately connected with the clothier's shop ; and 
the various machiner}' in a cotton manufactory, a building about 
one hundred feet long, thirty-six wide, and of four stories, capable 
of containing two thousand spindles with all their necessary 

"The houses can accommodate with a comfortable residence 
about one hundred and fift}^ persons. Ten others in the neighbor- 
hood will furnish comfortable residences for upwards of one hun- 
dred and fifty more. 

"In 1813; the Legislature, at the instance of Gen. Humphreys, 
passed a law, constituting the select-men and magistracy of the 
several towns in which manufactories had been or should be estab- 
lished, visitors of these institutions. This law required the pro- 
prietors to control in a manner specified, the morals of all their 
workmen, and to educate the children, as other children in plain 
families throughout the State are educated. The visitors were 
directed to enquire annually, into the manner in which the propri- 
etors conformed to this law. The reports of the visitors in Derby, 
concerning the establishment at Humphre3'sville, has been in a high 
degree honourable both to the proprietor and his people. 

"The manufacturers at Humphre3^sville are esteemed excellent. 
The best broadcloth made here is considered as inferior to none 
which is imported. Americans make all the machinery ; and have 
invented several kinds of machines, which are considered as super- 
ior to such as have been devised in Europe for the same purposes. 
Most of the weaving has been done in private families." 

Tanneries were among the early enterprises here and the busi- 
ness was carried on both at Great Hill and at Chusetown. The 
tannery at Great Hill was located at the northeast angle of the 


crossroads near the schoolhousc. On the 12th of March, 1S46, 
Daniel L. Holbrook sold to Philo Gillette for $12 thecorncr between 
the schoolhouse and the distillery, containing 54 rods of land, with 
one half the water of Broad Brook, The deed mentions that Gillette 
had built one half of the bnildinK 24x36 for a tanner>-, ojie half the 
building and waterpower to be retained by Holbrook for a cidermill 
and distillery. Holbrook, as assiijnee of Philo Gillette, sold the 
property Jan. 5, 1854, for $300, to William Gillette, Asa Hawkins, 
Judson English and Eli Gillette, who carried on the tanninj^ business 
for some years as a joint stock company, with Philo Gillette as 
superintendent. They sold out to Capt. James Baker and the 
business was soon after discontinued. 

There was a tannery on what is now South Main street, just 
south of the railroad crossini;, the power for s^rindinii" the bark being 
supplied by a dam on the east side of the road. 

In May, 1822, the company was again reorganized with John 
W. De Eorest, President, and J. F'ischer Leaming, Secretary. The 
capital stock was then 50,000. In 1845 the company sf)ld their 
cotton factory to William Buffum for $12,000. 

Eurniture making was one of the early industries here. One 
man, the ancestor of some of the present people of Seymour, built 
a dam and a little mill, fitted up with a saw and lathe, and some 
other labor saving machinery, made bureaus and bed.steads, tables, 
chairs, cradles and coffins, for his neighbors, and then, to fill in the 
spare time, made up stock for great numbers of chairs and sent them 
'* knockdown" to New York. They were drawn by an ox team to 
Derby and taken thence by a sailing vessel to New York. A young 
man who had been an assistant in the "cabinetmaker's" little shop 
Went to New York with the cargo, put the chairs together and sold 
them, and remained there as agent for this cabinetmaker and 
others, and became wealthy. This was George Tomlinson, now 
living in the first house north of the Great Hill church and nearly 
ninety years of age. 

In 1844. a company was formed under the firm name of Dwight, 
French & Co., and bought part of the property of the Humphreys- 
ville Manufacturing Co. The Humphreysville Copper Co. was 
organized in 1849, with John W. Dwight as president ; directors, 
Raymond Erench, Harrison Tomlinson, George Rice and Sheldon 
Keeney. In 1852 it was reorganized and the capital was increased 
from $100,000 to $200,000 by the addition of 4,000 shares of $25 


each. A large part of the stock was taken in Humphreysville, the 
bank taking 700 shares. The company in addition to their works 
in Seymour had a wharf and mill in East Haven, and were in 1853 
authorized by the General Assembly to build a breakwater for the 
protection of their vessels from the surf and winds while loading 
and unloading. 

The Eagle Manufacturing Co. was organized June 27th, 1850, 
with a stock of $50,000, for the manufacture of goods from silk, 
wool and cotton. The stock was increased in 1852 to $100,000. 
In 1855, Geo. P. Shelton was the president, and Harrison Tomlin- 
son secretary. 

The American Car Co. was organized in the spring of 1852, 
with a stock of $150,000, but was soon increased to $200,000. Five 
large shops were built on the "flat," with track laid to each, and 
a large business was done for a time, but in 1855 the business was 
removed to Chicago and Springfield, 111., and the shops utilized 
for other purposes. One was fitted up for a hotel, now the Wind- 
sor, one is now known as the beehive, and the power shop was 
afterward a mill for the manufacture of pins. 


For nearly a century this place has been noted for the manu- 
facture of augers and bits. Walter French came here from Mans- 
field, Conn., about 18 10 and commenced the manufacture of screw 
augers by hand. He built a shop near Little River, about half a 
mile from its mouth, on land now owned by the James Swan 

The first double twist screw augers ever offered for sale in New 
York City were made here by Walter French. He carried a few 
to the city, no more than he could conveniently carry in a bundle 
in his hand, and the merchant to whom he first showed them was 
so enthusiastic over them that he said to Mr. French, " You are an 
honor to your country." Mr. French was over eighty years of age 
when he told this to George Leavenworth, now one of the veterans 
of auger and bit manufacturing. Previous to that time only pod 
augers, without screws, had been used, and a gouge had been re- 
quired to start the hole before an auger could be made to work. 
" But," said the merchant, " here is something that does the whole 
work." Among old augermakers fift}^ years ago it was disputed 


whether Walter French or Jesse Hartsoii made the hrst screw 
: augers. Hartson was one of the early au<xermakers here. 
I Mr. French had also a shop opposite the corner of West and 

, Beecher streets, at the southeast corner of the place formerly 

owned by Warren French, son of Walter. 
I Gilbert & Wooster carried on the manufacture of augers and 

I bits in Bennett Wooster's blacksmith shop, which was located near 
where the rear of the copper mill now stands. Th(; bits were 
forged in this shop, while the filing room was in the south part of 
; Ezekiel Gilbert's building, at the corner of Main and Maple streets, 
1 and the machinery for polishing was fitted up in the sawmill at the 
I Falls. 

i Gen. Clark Wooster built an auger shop on the west bank of 

Little River, just below the sawmill formerly owned by E. L. 
I Hoadley, and employed Walter French to superintend it. This 
shop was closed in 1844 and Walter French returned to Westville 
to commence the manufacture of augers there. Wales French 
bought the shop by the sawmill, and with his brother Warren 
carried on the business about two years, when Wales also sold out 
and removed to Westville. 

The Globe Works were located on a little stream about half a 
mile south of the Falls. The dam for this factory was built by 
Glover Bassett. It was first used by Mr. Radford for a blacksmith 
shop. Mr. Radford sold the privilege and shop to Albert Steele 
who used it for the manufacture of furniture and later sold the 
property to Henry Wheeler and Andrew Hartson who manufac- 
tured augers and bits there for several years. The building was 
then made into a grist mill. 

Hiram Upson came from Waterbury to Humphreysville and 
began the manufacture of augers in a building that stood near 
where the James Swan Company's upper shop now stands. Mr. 
Upson was afterwards associated in business with Horace A. Rad- 
ford and Lucius Tuttle, under the firm name of the Upson Man- 
ufacturing Co. The business was carried on where the Novelty 
works now are at the mouth of Little River. The property was 
sold by H. A. Radford to Charles Douglass in 1859. The shop 
was originally built by Timothy Dwight, Sen., son of President 
Dwight, of Yale, about 1836, and by his heirs sold to H. A. Rad- 
ford. After a number of changes it became the property of James 
Swan in 1877. 



Raymond French & Co. commenced the manufacturing off 
augers and other edge tools at Blueville, on Bladen's Brook, July 25, , 
1832. The dam and shop were built by Newel Johnson in 1830 and I 
sold to D wight & French. This shop was destroyed by fire July 
15th, 1 84 1, but was soon rebuilt. 

The business soon ougrew this mill and the power furnished by 
the stream and Mr. French looked about for a better location and de- 
cided to build a dam across the Naugatuck at Kinneytown, about 
two miles below the Falls. This was a notable undertaking for 


those days but Mr. French first satisfied himself that beneath the 
water was a ledge of rock extending the whole width of the stream, 
making a good foundation for the dam, and then began the work. 
Anson G. Phelps had been looking over the location and made pur- 
chases of land on the east side, but Mr. French outgeneraled him 
by securing the site and the land on the west side, and built the 
dam so securely that there has never since been needed anv more 


than ordinary repairs to the woodwork. Mr. Phelps finally purchased 
the dam Dec. 5, 1844, and Mr. French's enterprise proved to be 
the initatory move which resulted in the present enterprisin.^- city 
of Ansonia. 

Mr. French immediately looked about for another location for 
a mill and with his associates purchased land and water rii^dits near 
the Falls owned by the Humphreysville Manufacturinsj: Company, 
and in 1845 built the lar^e brick mill and office buildinjj: opposite 
Davis Block, and fitted it up with machinery for the manufacture 
of augers and bits, plane irons, chisels and drawing knives. The 
brick used in the construction of the buildings were made on land 
of Bennett Wooster, a little east of the M. E. church. These 
works were run without a break, employing a large number of men, 
for nearly thirty years, Mr. French being the superintendent of the 
works. The business was later reorganized under the same name, 
with Norman Sperry, George H. Robinson, David R. Cook and 
Marcus Sperry as proprietors. Mr. Norman Sperry is now the sole 




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The firm of French, Swift & Company was organized April 5, 
1847, by Warren French, Charles Swift, John F. Marshall, Lemuel 
Bliss, Henry B. Beecher and Horace Radford, for the manufacture 


of augers and bits. This factory is situated on Little River 
about one third of a mile from its mouth. Mr. Beecher finally 
bought out the other partners and carried on the business for many 
years, until his death in 1880. The works are now owned by his 
son. F. H. Beecher. 

Warren French, one of the "Six Partners" in the auger works 
on Beecher street, told the writer many years ago that his father, 
Walter French, who was the first to make augers in this place, 
made them first in the old blacksmith shop at the corner of Maple 
and Pearl streets. At first he worked for Col. Ira Smith, and after- 
ward in company with him. 

Twist augers and auger bits and the screw point are admitted 
to be of American invention, as well as a large proportion of other 
improvements in the manufacture of these tools, and the probability 
is that more of these improvements have been originated here than 
in any other town in the world, evidence of which may be 
found in the large number of patents issued to James Swan and 
others engaged in the business here. Appleton's American Enc}'- 
clopedia, after describing twist and screw point boring implements, 
says (under date of 1883) — "All these twisted tools are of American 
invention and were hardly known in England thirty years ago." 

George Leavenworth, a veteran augermaker who still plies his 
trade from day to day, can probably recall the history of the auger 
and bit business in this place for a longer period than any other 
person living. He came to Humphreysville, now Seymour, Aug. 
17. 1846, to the Humphreysville Manufacturing Co's works, to learn 
the mysteries of auger making. The shop then stood higher than 
the road and opposite the shop was Spring Pond, fed by the Rock 
Spring, and the stream running from it ran on the surface and 
crossed the roadway from about in front of where Davis Block now 
stands. Beside the pond and close to the roadway were two large 
elm trees. There were then about 150 men working in the shop. 

Mr Leavenworth says that of the men working in the shop in 
1846 only four are now living, Thomas Cochran, Horace Hurd, 
William Losee and himself. The last two were carpenters, making 
boxes for packing and doing other carpenter work about the mill. 
There was then no railroad and the heavy freight was mostly 
hauled from New Haven b}' horse teams. The manufacture of 
augers and bits is still carried on there, the old company name 
having been retained. 



Paper making has been an important industry here for nearly a 
century. The first to estabHsh the manufacture of paper in this 
place was General Humphreys, who built the first paper mill in 
1805. The journal of the mill from October, 1805, to June, 1825. 
was long preserved. Five names appeared on the time account for 
October in that year, Thomas Hudson, Chester Jones, Elbridge G. 
Ware, John Cantield and Philo Smith. This list was soon largely 
increased, including Major A. A. Stone, Wm. Lewis, Wm. Ball, 
James Bowman, and many others. Four or five reams of paper a 
i day was the average for the first few years. 

j At this time the paper was made by hand. An engine for pre- 

I paring the pulp was in use, but from this it was dipped out into fine 

sieves of the size the sheet of paper was to be made, shaken about 

j to pack the fiber, a felt or flannel laid on, and the paper tipped out 

I on it. One hundred and twentytive sheets were so piled up, mak- 

i ing, with the felts, a pile about fifteen inches high. This was 

I pressed in a screw press, then taken out of the felts and hung on 

I poles to dry, then pressed in one and a t|uarrer ream bunches. The 

next day the sheets were "stripped" or separated and pressed- in 

the dry press. \\'riting paper was laid siieet b>- sheet betweerk 

press boards with occasional iron jilates and pressed agaiiu 


This papermill was sold to Worrull & Hudson, who in 18 161 
sold it to Ebenezer Fisher and Henry La Forge. The view given 1 
below is reduced from a wood engraving used in printing the 
wrappers for the paper made at this mill. 

In 1825 the mill was built up another story and paper was then 
first made altogether by machinery. In 1831 the mill was sold to 
the Humphre3^sville Manufacturing Company who made paper for 
the New Haven Palladium and other papers. Not only news but 
tissue and colored papers were produced. Five hundred pounds of 
paper was then considered a good days work. 

In 1833 Chester Jones was foreman and a bevy of lighthearted 
girls sorted the paper stock and made the old mill ring with their 
merriment. Among those employed there in the 'thirties were 
Laura Tomlinson, Sarah Broadwell, Julia Reynolds, CaroHne 
Smith, Jane Cochran, Eliza, Mary and Lucy Bowden, Mariette 
Scott, Sarah Canfield, Eliza Blackman, Mary Umberfield, and 
Harriet Beers. Wm. Barber was employed there in 1838-9-40 and 
won one of the girls of the 'Ville for his bride. She survived him and I 
after the lapse of nearly half a century made her home here again- 

In 1843 the mill was leased by George L. Hodge, Sharon Y. 
Beach and Samuel Roselle, under the firm name of Hodge & Co., 
this partnership continuing two years. In 1845 the Humphreysville 
Manufacturing Company, by their special agent, Timothy Dwight, 
sold the papermill with a five years' lease of the water to Ezekiel I 
Gilbert, Sharon Y. Beach and Samuel Roselle, who carried on the 
business five years under the firm name of Gilbert, Beach & Co. 
The water lease expired in 1850, and as the Humphreysville Manu- 
facturing Company declined all offers for a renewal, Mr. Beach 1 
bought out the other two partners, pulled down the mill, and put 
it up again on Bladens Brook, about a mile east of the old location, 
where the business has now been carried on for fifty-one years. 
The mill was burned June 14, 1885, but was immediately rebuilt 
with brick, and reservoirs were made on the hill near by to insure 
the full supply of pure water so much needed in the manufacture 
of paper. 

Lewis Bunce had a papermill at the mouth of Little River, 
where the H. A. Matthews Manufacturing Co.'s works now are. 
This was burned Dec. 23, 1848. The Rimmon Paper Company 
was then organized with the following stockholders : Andrew W. 
De Forest, Burritt Hitchcock, Eli Hayes, Horace Riley, James H. 


Bidwell and James Wallace, and rebuilt the mill. Burritt Hitchcock 
was elected president and A. W. DeForest secretary. Mr. Bunce 
continued in charge. 

The mill at Blueville was purchased by DeForest & Hodge 
Oct. 31, 1845, and changed to a papermill, making fine calendered 
book paper. They sold out to Smith & Bassett who continued the 
papermaking but added the grinding of rubber. In 1854 the mill 
was sold to A. G. Day and the papermaking was discontinued. 

The first papermill at the corner of Main and Day streets was 
built in 183 1 under the direction of John Riggs, for John S. Moshier. 
The machinery was designed and built by Cyrus Lee, millwright, 
in whose employ were Smith Botsford and Sheldon Hurd. The 
papermill was completed and commenced running in the spring of 
1832. William Bates was employed as superintendent and Samuel 
Bassett run the paper machine. John Bodge was also employed 
in the mill, and so continued until his death is 1868, a period of 
thirtynine years. 

In 1833 the papermill passed into the hands of John C. Wheeler 
and was leased to Daniel White for three years at an annual rent 
of $600. Mr. White was then in the paper business at the Falls 
and his lease there had one year longer to run. Sylvester Smith, 
who had been in Mr. White's employ one year in the old mill, was 
now transferred to the superintendency of the new mill. The most 
of the paper then made in the mill was of a fine quality, for books 
and periodicals. All paper was then sold on six and nine month's 
credit. For about four years this mill furnished the paper used by 
T. Foster of New York in reprinting Blackwood's Magazine and 
other foreign periodicals. 

Mr. White gave up the mill in the spring of 1834 and Mr. 
Wheeler gave Sylvester Smith a one quarter interest in the business, 
Wheeler furnishing the capital. Their partnership lasted three 
years. In April, 1837, the dam was carried away, but was rebuilt 
before July, and Wheeler then rented the mill to Smith and Bas- 
sett for fifty dollars a month, to be paid in wrapping paper. This 
was the commencement of a partnership which lasted nineteen 
years. In 1840 Smith & Bassett bought the mill for $4,220, pay- 
able in wrapping paper. 

Straw was first made into paper in this mill in 1837 and was 
the first paper made from straw in Connecticut. In January, 1856, 
Mr. Bassett sold his half of the mill to Mr. Smith. During the 


time of their partnership a lar^e proportion of the paper made in 
the mill was straw boards and button boards. In the last twelve 
years of their partnership the mill was much used in grinding and 
cleaning rubber, which added largel}- to the profits of the mill, but 
in i8s5 this branch of the business was closed. In 1866 W. W. 
Smith took charge of the mill and his father retired from the busi- 
ness, and in May. 1870, the mill was sold to W. W. Smith. 

The original dam at the Falls, or so much of it as was not 
formed by the ledge of rocks which reach two thirds of the way 
across the river, was built of timber and plank, but in 1850 this was 
rebuilt in solid masonry by Raymond French. 


In 1847 French & D wight began the erection of a dam across 
the river a quarter of a mile north of the Falls, Mr. French being 
in charge of the work. After building the abutments and a wall 
and embankment on the west side the work was suspended, but 
was resumed in 1866, again under the direction of Mr. French and 
the work was vigorousl}- pushed forward and the dam was com- 
pleted at a cost of $65,000. The gates were first closed Oct. 27, 
1867. The overflow is about 300 feet long and the fall is about 
nineteen feet. It floods about two hundred and fiftv acres and fur- 



nishes power for the works of the Fowler Nail Company, the Sey- 
mour Manufacturing Company and the Electric Lij^ht Company. 


The above illustration is a fac-simile of the prints used ninety- 
three years ago upon the packages of woolen cloth woven in the 
Humphreys mill. The woolen industrv in which water power was 
first made use of here in the fulling mills, and which had its greater 
development in the enterprise of General Humphreys in the early 
years of the last century, made the place widely known for the 

uperior fabrics produced as well as for its being the headquarters 
for the trade in merino sheep. Gen. Humphreys gave to Charles 
French, the grandfather of Hon. Carlos French, a power of attor- 
ney to act as agent in the management and sale of the stock, a fac 

imile of which (reduced in size, ) is given on another page. 


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General Humphreys also gave to Mr. French a letter of instruc- 
tions of which the followin<^ is a copy, with an engraving of General 
Humphreys' seal, the oritiinal beini,^ in the possession of Hon. 
Carlos French. 


You will proceed immediately on your way to Vermont, en- 
deavorinii' to collect in Waterbury, Hartford, at Bellows Falls and 
elsewhere the money, now due, for merinos sold by yourself. You 
ma}^ let on shares, at the Rates which have been stated to you in a 
separate Note, the use of Rams for one year, always requiring?, 
even of the most respectable & wealthy farmers, two responsible 
Bondsmen, for the fulfilment of each Contract. You know this 
precaution originates from a desire to guard against such fraudulent 
& illegal proceedings as have already been practiced in Vermont ; 
and particularly in the sale of some full-blooded merinos, now bc- 
longmg to me. This is likewise in conformity to the general System 
now adopted, as will appear from the third Circular letter of my 

You will next solicit Capt. Pettis & some other well-known & 
trustworthy Person, to attend with you as witnesses, in your appli- 
cation to Messrs. Lebbins & Jonathan Chace, of Cornish in New 
Hampshire, for the purpose of recovering the last mentioned 
merinos from them, without the trouble & expense of a Law Suit — 
which you are directed to commence, unless the affair can be amic- 
ably adjusted. To effect this, I am perfectly willing and ready to 
do everything which can be judged right & equitable, by any im- 
partial Referees — whose opinion shall be final and conclusive, and 
you are authorized to make any sacrifice in money, which they 
shall award as a fair compensation for the trouble, expense, disap- 
pointment or loss which the said Lebbins & Jonathan Chace may 
have so unmeritedly experienced or are likely to suffer, in conse- 
quence of the unlawful transaction of Elias Gallup in pretending to 
dispose of the Sheep in the way he has done, without any permis- 
sion, license or authorit}' for so doing. 

Thence you will go to get possession of the half blooded Ram 
near Hartland, which Col. Oliver Gallup engaged should be returned 
to me — also one mixed blooded Sheep in the possession of Walker 
of Hartland, which he has refused to deliver to Capt. Pettis, altho' 
Hotchkiss gave him an order for the delivery. 

You will then proceed to learn from Elias Gallup (at Wood- 
stock) the name & dwelling of the person above Dartmouth Col- 
lege, on the New Hampshire side of the River, who has m his 
keeping one of the high mixed Bloods of my flock, which went from 
this Place, at the same time when Gregory conducted those full- 
bloods to Vermont, which are now in the hands of the Chaces. I 
was assured, when at Woodstock, by Gallup, there would be no 
possible difficultv, in recovering cS: getting back, the said Sheep be- 



fore mentioned to be above Dartmouth College ; and that it should 
be effected long before this time. Should an}- difficulty occur you 
'will apply to Judge Niles, with my best respects and solicitations 
for his aid, in a particular transaction, with which he is well ac- 
quainted. And doubtless he will be the more disposed to render any 
services in his power, from his having been himself the primary 
cause of my sending Sheep into Vermont — and which he knows 
have unfortunately been so unproductive of advantage to me — tho' 
it is presumed, of great benefit to the State. 

After accomplishing these things you will return by the route 

Given under my hand & seal, at Humphreysville this 15th Day 
of Jan v- 1 8 10. 



P. S. Enquire at what price labourers, (say farmers) can be 
hired for next Season— Also the best & cheapest mode of obtaining 
Bovs or Women for the Factorv. 

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This flag was made b^- the wife of Gen. Humphreys and was 
used in the military drills to which he accustomed the young men 
employed in the factory-. 


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1 ("<>'^ middle 

manui-ac:turin(; industries. 

Axes were mannfactured for some \ears in 
of Little River, where are now the James 
shops, then owned by Clark Wooster. Both 
broad and narrow axes were made. The ac- 
companying cut represents an old broadaxe V 
which was found by Wm. B. Swan some 
years ago near where the old shop now 
stands. It is supposed to have been made 
by Walter French and is of an excellent de- 
sign, far better than most of the tools were thk old i-.roadaxk. 
made at that day and time, proving that Mr. French was a work- 
man of more than ordinary skill and originality. Another axmaker 
who was employed there and afterward continued in the same busi- 
ness in Ansonia was John A. Bland. After Mr. Wooster discontin- 
ued the ax business the building was changed to a gristmill and 
turning shop. 

The large brick factory at the Falls was built by the Eagle 
Manufacturing Company. This company also built the brick store 
opposite the railroad station. The company discontinued the busi- 
ness and leased the mill to James Leigh, who continued the manu- 
facture of silk goods for a time, after which the mill was closed for 
some years. The Zurcher brothers carried on the worsted business 
in this mill for several years, the works being then known as the 
Kalmia Mills. In the winter of 1869-70 the mill was closed and so 
remained until 1880. 

The United States Pin Company was incorporated in i860 and 
for thirtyseven years from that time the manufacture of i)ins was 
carried on in the factory southeast of the Humphreys mill. The 
pins were manufactured by processes and machinery invented by 
the late Thaddeus Fowler. For a number of years John W. Smith 
and Mark Lounsbury manufactured the pins on contract, and from 
1887 to 1867 the latter operated the works. There were in the fac- 
tory fortyseven machines, each capable of making 125 pins per 
minute. The officers of the company are -President, Henry L. 
Hotchkiss ; Secretary and Treasurer. Lewis H. Bristol of New 

Corrugated car springs, the invention of Hon. C. French, were 
manufactured for a number of years in the basement of the old cot- 
ton mill and were extensively used throughout the country. 


w. c. s. 

THE JAMi;S S\\ A\ i oMi' \\\ 

The James Swan Company is the leading: representative of one 
of the oldest manufacturing industries in the town, the manufacture 
of mechanics tools. The Douglas Manufacturing Co.'s au:^er and 
bit works at the mouth of the Little River were established in 1856. 
There were then two factories, one in Seymour for the manufacture 
of augers, auger bits, etc., the other at Arlington. Vt.. for the man- 
ufacture of edge tools. 

The works were purchased in i860 by Mr. F. L. Ames, of the 
firm of Oliver Ames & Sons, who also purchased the exclusive right 
to manufacture Cook's patent boring implements. Mr. Ames found 
the factory in Seymour insufficient for the purpose and built a sec- 
ond large factory above the old one, on the same stream. The 
property was controlled bv Mr. Ames until 1873, when it was sold 
to Thomas Douglass and Richard P. Bruff. Under their manage- 
ment still further enlargement was made, a third factory further up 
the stream being hired from Mr. James Swan who hjid been iden- 
tified with the business as superintendent and manager since June, 

In 1874 the property passed into the hands of Mr. James Flint 
and the Russell & Erwin Manufacturing Co. of New York, and was 
incorporated in that year. In 1876 the auger and bit business was 
concentrated in the upper shops, and the edge tool work at Arling- 
ton was brought to Seymour and carried on in the middle shops 

The works were purchased by Mr. Swan in 1877 and he has 
since had the entire control. From a small beginning the business 


has .s:rown steadily until more than a hundred different kind of tools 
are manufactured, includinji: all varieties of chisels, ^^onucs, draw- 
ing knives, screwdrivers, augers, bits, tiiinlcts, hollow augers, hunir 
borers. Cook's and Jennings' bits, borin;^- machines, etc. 

Mr. Swan has originated man.\- improvements in mechanics' tools 
of various kinds and in the mode of manufacture and has i)robably 
taken out more patents for improvements in bits than any other 
person. His improvements include a patent expansion bit, his 
" No. 7 Perfect " augers and bits, patented in l^^ngland and Amer- 
ica ; and his concave cut bits, which for certain lines of work are 
unequalled by any other bits made. This business has been en- 
larged under the management of Mr. Swan until it is one of the 
largest enterprises in the town. The business is now owned by 
The James Swan Company, incorporated in November, 1895, with 
a capital of $125,000, James Swan being president and treasurer, 
David Torrance is secretary, Wm. B. Swan is superintendent of 
the auger and bit works, and John Swan is superintendent of the 
chisel and edge tool works. 

About a hundred and twentyfive skilled mechanics are em- 
ployed and the class of goods manufactured haxe no superior in 
their line. Many of the workmen have been in the employ of this 
establishment from twenty to twenty years, and in that time ha\e 
built themselves nice homes. 

One important feature of the establishment is a reservoir cov- 
ering something over seventy acres, in the town of Oxford, in a 
valley adjacent to Moose Hill and Five Mile Hill, which keeps up 
the supply of water during a good share of the dry season. Should 
this run low they have steam engines in each factory, furnishing ample 
power whenever required. There are also powerful force pumps 
with some two thousand feet of hose, ready for instant use. The 
whole constitutes one of the most complete establishments in the 
country for the manufacture of mechanics' tools. 

A large export trade is done, the goods being favorably known 
in Europe, South America and Australia. They took premiums at 
the American Institute Fair in 1865, at the Paris Exposition in 1867, 
at the Centennial Exhibition at Philadelphia in 1876, and at the 
Paris Exposition in 1878. They took the first prize at the exposi- 
tion in Sydney, Austraha, m 1879, and at the New Orleans Ex- 
position in 1885. 




The Humphreysville Manufacturing Company has had an un- 
broken existence since 1806. The principal hne of manufacture by 
the compan}' for more than half a century has been augers and bits 
and the business is still carried on in the buildings erected for that 
purpose in 1845, though other buildings have been added. 

Mr. Norman Sperry is the present owner and has been the 
manager since 1875. The buildings are as follows: main building 
60x80, two stories ; office and shipping department, 20x30, two 
stories ; three forging rooms, 30x50, 20x35, and 20x30, respectively. 
The goods manufactured consist of the common auger, auger bits, 
car bits, boring machine augers and Jennings pattern bits, the goods 
being widely known for the excellence of their material and work- 


The Fowler Nail Company was organized and incorporated in 
1866 with a capital of $6o,OD3, for the manufacture of Vulcan horse- 

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shoe nails, the machinery and process being the invention of Thad- 
deus Fowler, from whom the company was named. These nails. 



which were the first satisfactory machine pointed horseshoe nails, 
have won a reputation for rcHabihty under the most difficuU tests, 
which has made a demand for them throuj^hont the United States 
and in foreign countries. The officers of the company are Carlos 
French president and treasurer, Louis H. Bristol secretary, and 
Raymond T. French assistant treasurer. 



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The business was first begun in the Humphreys mill but soon 
increased to such an extent that a larger building was necessary 
and the property now occupied was purchased. The main build- 
ing had been erected for the manufacture of wire, but had not 
been occupied for that purpose. Additional buildings have been 
erected and for thirtyfive years the company has given emplo}- 
ment to a large number of people and has paid them liberally, con- 
tributing largely to the prosperity of the community. 




The Ting:ue Manufacturino: Company was organized in 1880 by 
John H. Tintjue, who purchased the brick mill and other building:s 
at the Falls. The company' has a capital of $200,000 and be.ijan 
with John H. Tingue as president and treasurer and Charles Coup- 
land as general manager. On the death of the former W. J. 
Tingue succeeded to the presidency of the corporation. The prin- 
cipal product of the mill for many years was mohair plush, which 
was manufactured by machinery and processes made possible by 
the ingenuity of the late Charles Coupland, who in 1880 invented a 
new and very speedy way of weaving mohair pile goods by a pro- 
cess which was a radical departure from all previous methods. 
Until the business was established here this line of goods was manu- 
factured only in Europe. The mohair consists of the fleece of 
the Angora goat, whose home is in Asia Minor, but has since 
been imported and bred in this country. 




The officers of the company are Wm. G. Tingue, Greenwich, 
President ; David Torrance, Derb}', Secretary ; Howard Tingue, 
Greenwich, Treasurer. 


This hrm has been engaged in the manufacture of German pat- 
tern bits, electricians' and bellhangers' bits and gimlets, double 
cut gimlets, screwdriver bits, reamers, &c., for twentysix years, and 
the goods manufactured by them are admitted to be of the best made. 
Mr. Garritt is a native of Litchfield, a member of Morning Star 
Lodge, F. & A. M., and of Mechanics' Lodge, I. O. O. F., and is 
one of Seymour's most esteemed business men. Mr. Beach is a 
native of Cheshire and served in the War of the Rebellion as Ser- 
geant in Company B, 20th Connecticut Volunteers, and was a par- 
ticipant in the famous battle of Chancellorsville. In 1877 he rep- 
resented the town of Sevmour in the General Assemblv. 




The H. A. Matthews Manufacturinji^ Company, capital $85,000, 
was organized in 1893 for the manufacture of stove trimminofs and 
other hardware, and in 1895 added the of bicycle parts. 
Their works at the mouth of Little River have been enlarged and 
greatly improved, and now include the main building 36x125, an 
annex 24x89, an office and stock room, and a boiler house. The 
machinery is of the most improved patterns and includes mammoth 
presses the largest of which has a weight of nine tons. The works 
turn out numerous specialties in brass, steel and composition metal. 
The officers of the company are James Swan, president; Carlos 
French, vice-president; Geo. E. Matthies, secretary; and F. H. 
Beecher, treasurer and manager. 




The New Haven Copper Company, manufacturers of braziers 
and sheathing copper, was organized in 1848, and the large stone 
building now in use was then erected on land which a century be- 
fore was every spring planted with corn by Mauwehu, better known 
as Joe Chuse. For many years before the building of the mill 
Bennett Wooster's blacksmith shop stood where the flume now is. 
When the wheelpit was dug large springs were struck which so 
flooded the pit that it was with difficulty that the water could be 
lowered safficiently to permit laying the foundations for the walls. 

In i860 this became the property of W. W. Goddard of Bos- 
ton, who knowing that in order to make the business a success he 
must have a man to direct it who was master of the work in all 
its branches, employed for this responsible position Mr. Thomas 
James, who had learned the trade in Wales, where his ancestors 
for several generations had been engaged in the manufacture of 

In 1864 Mr. Goddard, who had other large interests which re- 
quired his attention, sold the business here to Hendricks & Liss- 


berger, and it was conducted by them until March 13, 1872, when 
it was reorganized with the following stockholders : Samuel 
Holmes, Thomas James, Franklin Farrell and Lazarus Lissberger. 
Mr. Lissberger was elected President, Samuel Holmes Secretary 
and Treasurer, and Thomas James Superintendent and Manager. 
From the commencement of Mr. James' management until his 
death it was a grand success in every way, giving employment to a 
good number of men who held him in high esteem and respect. 

The process adopted by the company for the finishing of their 
polished copper is the invention of Thomas James, patented Sept. 
12, 1876. By means of it the gloss on the polished copper remains 
permanent, whereas, by the old method of polishing, it was liable 
to become tarnished in a ver}' short time. It has proved highly 
satisfactory and has gained for this product of the company an 
enviable reputation. 

The buildings of the company are extensive. The dimensions 
of the principal ones are as follows : main rolling mill, 100x200 feet 
containing ten sets of rollers. The power used in this building is 
supplied by a steam engine and boilers of 250 horse power and four 
turbine water wheels aggregating 250 horse power, making alto- 
gether five hundred horse power for the rolling mill. The stamp- 
ing shop covers an area of 50x70 feet ; the polished copper depart- 
ment, 50x90 feet. 

This company is also largely engaged in the manufacture of 
augers and bits, turning out a very superior line of goods. The 
forging room, bit and auger shop are 60x125 feet. The latter building 
derives its power from a turbine waterwheel of seventy horse power. 
There are also two gasoline engines of twentyfive horse power each, 
for use in time of low water. 

The various departments necessitate the employment of from 
100 to 125 skilled workmen and their long familiarit}'^ with the work 
and intelligent use of the knowledge gained by experience, enables 
them to manufacture superior goods which sustain the well-earned 
reputation of the company. In their success the town has also 
prospered, as they are public-spirited and liberal men, and always 
ready to aid in the advancement of the best interests of the com- 

The capital stock is $200,000. The present officers are Thomas 
L. James, president ; Lewis A. Camp, secretary ; Frederick A. 
Rugg, treasurer ; and George A. James, superintendent. 

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Mr. W. R. Brixey, proprietor of the Kerite Insulated Wire and 
Gable Works, and manufacturer of Kerite Insulated wire and 
cables, has been connected with the works for more than twent}' 
years and in 1892 became the sole owner. The works were first 
established by Austin G. Day, who in 1854 purchased the property 
and fitted up machinery for the manufacture of hard rubber goods 
and insulated electric wires. Mr. Day was the inventor of man}^ 
improvements in the manufacture of rubber and in making sub- 
marine telegraph cable took the lead of all competitors. 

Mr. Brixey has largely increased the plant and has added to the 
facilities for the speedy execution of large orders. At the W^orld's 
Fair, his exhibit, which was located near the head of the main 
stairway of the Electrical Building, was one of the finest, and aftc;r 
the most thorough tests and trials, and upon thorough examina- 
tion the only medals and awards given to high grade insulated wires 
and cables were awarded to W'. R. Brixey, for excellence of material 
and construction, high insulation, and reliability and durability 
demonstrated by prolonged service under exacting conditions. 


Mr. Brixey has been the manufacturer of submarine, aerial, 
and underground electric cables for the Western Union Telegraphij 
Co., Postal Telegraph Co.. N. Y. Telephone Co., and other large! 
corporations, and for the United States government, furnishing.-j 
a number of cables for the Philippines and for Alaska. 

He constructed and placed in position for the New York Cen- 
tral railroad for their block signal system the longest aerial cable 
ever made in this country, extending from Albany to Buffalo, a dis- 
tance of three hundred miles. He also furnished the underground 
cable for the Havana Street Railway Co., this contract alone 
amounting to $200,000. 


The residence of Mr. Brixey is pleasantly located m the valley 
a little west of the Kerite works and is surrounded by shade trees 
and tastefully laid out grounds, and the house is one of the finest 
homes in the Naugatuck valley. 


The Seymour Manufacturing Company was or.ijanized in 1S78 
and incorporated in 1880. The capital is now $500,000. The 
officers are : president, Chas H. Pine ; secretary and treasurer, W. 
H. H. Wooster ; superintendent, L. T. Wooster ; assistant treas- 
urer, G. E. Matthies. The company manufactures sheet brass, 
wires, rods and tubing; for various uses, and copper wire for tele- 
phone and telegraph purposes, electric roads, etc. A specialty is 
made of German silver for table ware and many other purposes. 
The company employs about 250 men and does a large business. 


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The Seymour Electr'c i.igiit Company, nu^orporatcd in 1889. 
has a capital of $28,000. The company has the contract for the 
town lighting and furnishes arc or incandescent lights to factories, 
stores, public public buildings and residences. The premises occu- 
pied by the plant comprise a substantial brick building, 30x80 feet 

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in area, fully equipped with the latest improved electric appliances, 
including an arc dynamo of thirty lights and two incandescent 
d3'namos of 1,650 lights. 

The officers of the company are James Swan, President; O. L. 
Dibble, Secretary; and F. H. Beecher, Treasurer and Manager. 



This business is a continuation of that established at the Falls 
in 1805, S. Y. Beach having been identified with it from 1843 until 
his death in 1899. The S. Y. Beach Paper Company was organized 
in 1880 with a capital of $10,000, the stockholders being George 
W. Beach of Waterbury, and Andrew Y. Beach, Sharon D. Beach 
and Theodore B. Beach, of Seymour, all sons of the late S. Y. 
Beach. G. W. Beach is the President, T. B. Beach Secretary, 
and S. D. Beach Treasurer and manager. 




H. P. AND E. DAY. 

This firm manufactures vulcanized hard rubber ijoods, includ- 
ing fountain pens and propelling pencils and penholders. The 
rubber business has been carried on in the present location for 
fiftyfive years during which time have been made most of the in- 
ventions by the aid of which the goods and processes of manufacture 
now in use have been perfected. A large force of skilled workmen 
is employed in producing the great variety of hard rubber goods 
manufactured which in beauty of finish, in plain, chased and colored 
fountain pen holders and pencils cannot be excelled. 




The Rimmon Manufacturing Company was organized January 
lOth, 1900, with a capital of $30,000, paid in. The plant of the 
company covers over an acre of ground and is situated on Main and 
Day streets. It has a good location, being but a short distance 
from the depot, and has a good water power. The main building 
is 48x72 feet, with an addition 22x44 feet. The muifle building is 
36x36 feet and the Japan building 20x32 feet. This company manu- 
factures brass and other metal goods, eyelets for shoes, corsets and 
many other purposes, in large quantities, for domestic and foreign 
trade. Some of the eyelets are exported to Australia. G. E. Mat- 
thies is the president of the company, C. W. Michaels, formerly in 
business at Yalesville, Ct., is secretary and treasurer, and Thomas 
A. Perrins is the superintendent. The company is well organized 
and well equipped to do business and is well managed. 


The manufacture of horn buttons was established here in 1900 
by Geo. C. Lees, in the Humphreys mill. Very ingenious machinery 
has been fitted up for the work and a large business is done. The 
proprietor is assisted in the management of the business by his 
brother, John H. Lees. 

manui<"A(:turin<; industkii-.s. 


The Se3'mour Iron Foundry was established by Edward A. 
Klatt in 1898. The main building is 50 bv 100 feet, with an ell 20 
by 45 feet, an office building 20 by 30 feet, two stories, and several 
smaller buildings for storage and other purposes incidental to the 
business. All the water used in the foundry, for steam, etc., is 
supplied by a large spring on the premises. About thirty men are 
employed. Mr. Klatt superintends the work, participating in the 
liner mechanical part of the molding and castiag. and to his ability 
and versatility the success of the foundry is due. He is a native 
of Maine, but since May ist. 189S, has been a resident of Seymour. 


James M. Smith, manufacturer of lathes and tools for turning 
hard rubber, ivory and brass; patent drill chucks and patent boring 
tool holders, and special machinery, has carried on the business 
here for thirty years, in the Humphreys mill. Mr. Smith is the 
inventor of an improved drill chuck and patent boring tool htUder. 


;eymour. past and present. 

which, with the turning lathes manufactured by him, have had a 
large sale in the cities and manufacturing towns throughout the 
the United States. His son, Frank T. Smith, is now associated with 
him in the business. 


The Arethusa Spring Water Company of Seymour was or- 
ganized in 1892 by Hon. Carlos French, after having the water 
from the spring thoroughly tested and ascertaining that it is of ex- 
ceptional purity. The water contains but one and three fourths 
grains of mineral matter to the gallon, and in respect to chlorine it 
is shown to be almost of perfect purity. Large buildings were 
erected for bottling, storage, etc., the storage building alone being 
30 by 100 feet. The laboratories are provided with every needed 
facility that 'science or mechanical ingenuity could devise, and the 
water, both plain and sparkling, is shipped to great distances. The 
Arethusa Ginger Ale which is made and bottled at the spring, rivals 
the famous Belfast product. The office of the Company is in the 
Humphreys Building. 



The Seymour Water Company was organized May 9, 1898, and 
work was begun as soon as the necessary surveys and purchases of 
land could be made, and the works were completed in the spring of 
1899. The reservoir is about a half a mile northwest of Pinesbridge, 
in a secluded valley, removed from residences, and in an ideal 
location for absence of contamination. The reservoir is fed by a 
stream which winds among the hillsides of a rock\- sectitjn of coun- 
try, with cool springs which assure a good quality of water for 
household use. 

I There is a fall of about 230 feet to the level of the central part 
of Seymour, in the vicinity of the railway station, giving a jn-essure 

lof 1 10. pounds to the inch and therefore ample force for most effec- 
tive use in case of fires, for which nearly fifty hydrants have been 
placed where most likely to be needed. 


The capital is $60,000. The officers of the company are : W. H. 
Wooster President, and D. A. Blakesley Secretary and Treasurer. 
The directors are Hon. Carlos French, W. H. H. Wooster, James 
Swan, C. W. Blakeslee, D. A. Blakeslee, D. W. Blakeslee, and 
Clarence Blakeslee. 


An account of the industries of Seymour would not be complete 
without mention of the facilities for transportation upon which they 
all depend. The Naugatuck railroad, built a little more than half a 
century ago, now known as the Naugatuck Division of the New 
York, New Haven & Hartford R. R., is one of the most important 
and best paying branches of that system and affords every possible 
facility to local enterprises. This railroad has contributed largely 
to building up the industries of the valley, while they in turn have 
repaid by adding to the profits of the road both in freight and pas- 
senger traffic. 

The first locomotive over the road reached Seymour May lOth, 
1849, and the first passenger train May 14th. Sixteen passenger 
trains now arrive and depart daily and bring the town within easy 
reach of the chief cities of this state and of the metropolis. 



The present handsome passen^^er station was built in i.S<>S and 
is a worthy addition to the many tine edifices in the town. 



The Recori^ w^as estabhshed by W. C. Sharpc in nSji, pre- 
vious to which time there was no paper pubhshed in any of the 
towns between Derby and Waterbury. It was at tirst a small ei^ht 
page sheet, changing in September, 1S86, to a six column quarto. 

The Record has been conducted as a local family newspaper, 
giving the greater prominence to matters of interest to the people 
of Seymour and adjoining towns, and has from time to time con- 
tained engravings of public buildings, factories and prominent peo- 
ple of the place, with occasional historical sketches, both by the 
editor and by people of Seymour and neighboring towns who have 
contributed valuable articles on the early history of their several 
communities, so that the files of the Record are a mine of infor- 
mation both in regard to current events and earl\- history. 




The above view is an interesting one not only from the present 
objects of interest shown, but from the scene of a large share of 
the activities of the early years of the settlement. The hill upon 
the left, showing a broad area of meadow land, with the Church of 
St. Augustine on the extreme left, and clusters of houses above and 
below, was known in the early times as Indian Hill, but in later 
years was called the Promised Land. The hill at the right was 
known 130 years ago as Success Hill. 

The road seen leading up the hill to the right is a section of 
the old "Water berry roade," leading from Derby to Waterbury, 
mentioned as a boundarv a century and a half ago. At the foot of 
the hill, along the riverside, is a row of buildings which then made 
up a thriving settlement and an important point; the road branch- 
ing westward across the ford of the Naugatuck, below the Falls, 
toward Oxford and Woodbury. Half way up the hill was a tan- 
nery, and on the brow of the hill the famous Whittemore and Day- 
ton taverns, club rooms and resting places for man and beast. 





Contents: The High School— gecond Street— Bell School— (Vdnr Kidsrc — 
Bun£!:av— Great Hill. 

nnHE HIGH SCHOOL. The first opportunity for hi-her edu- 
S| cation was given by the opening of what is known as the 
1^ " Humphreysville Academy," in 1849, the same year that the 
railroad entered the village. The first principal was George 
B. Glendenning, who taught the English studies, Greek and Latin 
also French and Music. The first year there were 47 scholars. 
This academy was located on Broad street opposite Pine, and occu- 
pied the building that was formerly used as the Congregational 
church on South Main street. In 185 1 the Humphreysville High 
School Association was incorporated, and the shares were to be 
$2S each, and the management was invested in a board of five trus- 
tees, and the teachers were Prof. Gay and Frederick Durand. In 
accordance with the new state law, in October, 1864, the town au- 
thorized a new Union High School to be established by the follow- 
ing committee, who were also to superintend the same, independ- 
jent of the school society : Burton W. Smith, Harvey Hotchkiss, 
and George W. Divine. The old Glendenning building on Broad 
street was leased for the school, and the first teacher was Miss 
Hermance. Besides the high school, there were two intermediate 

The consolidated district was established by the town in October, 
186S, including all the schools in town, and the following school 
committee was elected, Eli Gillett. C. W. Storrs, J. W. Bassett, 
Joshua Kendall, C. W. James, Harpin Kiggs, Joel K. Chatfield, 
Peter Worth and Henry Davis. 

Feb, I, 1869, the town voted to purchase a lot on Pine street, 
known as the " Pines," on which to build a schoolhouse to accom- 
modate 160 scholars. This lot was secured for $700, but objections 



began to be raised which delayed building. In 1889 the "Pines" 
lot was converted into a public park. Many were not pleased with 
the location, because of the nearness to the river, the freshets, the 
mist from the Falls, not being central, and numerous other objec- 
tions. The other location preferred was where the schoolhouse 


now stands, the west side of the river, on the corner of Bank and 
Martha streets. This was a lot containing about two acres, belong- 
ing to Mrs. M. G. Divine, and was purchased for $3,000. The work 
for the new High School house began in June, 1884. The architect 
was L. W. Robinson of New Haven. 

Taking all things into consideration, the town was wise in its 


final decision as to the location, and much credit is (hie to Mr. 
James Swan and Thomas James, in bringing this about. The sum 
of $40,000 was appropriated for the land and buildings. The build- 
ing is of brick, with white stone trimmings, and a handsome tower 
adds grace and beaut_v to the building, which is 65x72 on the 
ground, and has nine commodious rooms with ample dressing 
rooms and seating accommodations, up to the present year, there 
being 63 scholars in one room. The heating and ventilating appa- 
ratus are of the most improved patterns. The general appearance 
of the High School is of the first order, having a fine terrace wall 
in front, concrete walks, a handsome lawn, an ample pla}' ground, 
and ornamented by a number of trees. In the summer the front 
lawn is beautified by a handsome bed of flowers. 

The building committee was composed of James Swan, \V. H. 
H. Wooster, Edmund Day, Carlos French, Thomas James, and 
Frank H. Beecher. who served as secretary and treasurer, and was 
very efficient in the prosecution of the work. 

The work on the building was of the first class, both on the 
exterior and interior. The interior is equally pleasant and attract- 
ive, there being much pride taken in keeping the rooms neat and 
fresh as new. On each floor there is drinking water, coming 
from a spring on the hill near by. This water suppl>- was furnishfd 
by James Swan, and gi\'en to the school. The building was occu- 
pied in the fall of 1886. There are 456 scholars in the nine rooms. 
there being 62 in the High School room, No. 9. The school library 
contains 250 volumes, all of which are select works adapted for the 
use of the schools. In addition to this, the town provides all the 
school books, The apparatus used in connection with the scien- 
tific studies is ample to illustrate the branches that are taught in 
the course, such as Natural Philosophy. Electricity, besides micro- 
scopes, botanical specimens, and aids in the study of Physiology. 
The apparatus is valued at about $300. The valuable collection of 
maps makes the apparatus complete for all departments. 

Besides the English and College Preparatory courses which 
are somewhat elective, aiming at practical education, thcne are the 
[departments of Music and Drawing. That of music has proven of 
much benefit to the scholars, and that of drawing develoi)s a long 
neglected talent. The principals since 1886 were W. H. Angleton. 
1 886- 1 890. E. C. Stiles. 1890-189S. E. C. Broome, 1898- 1900. and 
A. H. Kirtland. 1900. The Seymour High School is well known in 


educational circles as being one of the best equipped and most 
efficient schools of its size in the state. 

The members of the school board are, James Swan, Chairman; 
L. A. Camp, Secretar}- and Visitor; F. A. Rugg-, Treasurer; W. 
Schaeffer, Visitor; T. L. James, Visitor; Albert E. Clark, H. S 
Halligan, W. H. H. Wooster and John Earley, the three last con- 
stitute the Finance Committee. T. L. James is always a welcome 
visitor in all the schools. His tact and good cheer have made 
smooth the way for many teachers. 

In all the public schools there are 667 scholars. 

The Second Street School grew out of a select school which 
was held in 1847, in a building a little south of the pin shop, on the 
bank of the river and on the old road extending from the Broad 
street bridge to a point a little west of the engine house. This 
building was taken for the district school, and was moved to a lot 
about west of the engine house. At the time of the building of the 
car shops, the schoolhouse suffered other movings, until finally it 
was moved to its present location at the upper end of Second street. 

Bell School. As early as 1769, Joseph Johnson deeded a 
piece of land on the east side of Pearl street near the Smith Tyrrell 
place, or nearly opposite Grand street, for a school-house. This 
building was occupied for forty years, and was known as the sixth 
district. In 1799 this district was known as the Chusetown district. 
This same year, the teacher received $1 i.oo a month for six months 
school. This school seemed to be under the management of the 
"First School Society." In 18 10-18 1 1, or about this time the school 
was divided and one was held in a room belonging to Silas Baldwin. 
A Silas Baldwin lived in the first old house below the Congre- 
gational cemetery on the east side of the road. In 18 12 the town 
voted that there should be two schools held in this district, "One 
Man School and one Woman School, & the free money be equally 
divided according to the time the school is kept." 

About 1814-16 a school building was erected on the site of the 
present Bell schoolhouse, a building of two stories, also having a 
tower and bell. A joint stock company owned this school house, 
the shares being $25.03 each. The deed was given, June i, 1816. 
These shares were held by Newell Johnson. John Wheeler, Elias 
Gilbert, Bradford Steele, John Humphreys, Jr.. Gen. David Hum- 
phreys, Chester Jones, Seba Moulthrop, Stiles Johnson, Jesse 
Johnson, Edmund Steele, John Riggs, Silas Baldwin, Samuel 1). 
Hine, Joseph Johnson, Josiah Swift and David Thompson. 

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In 1820 the first stove was purchased for this school to take the 
place of a fireplace. In 1830 the School Society purchased the 

The district was divided in 1837, the north part being called the 
seventh district, which is known in recent years as Cedaf Ridge. 
Between 1840-43 the town made arrangements to cut down the 
Bell school-house to one stor\-, making a neat attractive building, 
located on the rocks on High street near Pearl. During these 
changes the bell was sold. 


Cedar Ridge. Cedar Ridge School became a district in 1837, 
then the seventh district. The location was selected by Joel White, 
Isaac White and Joel R. Chatfield, being located on Pearl street 
south of Bladen's Brook. The first house was built of stone, 18x25 
x7 Viz feet, with six windows. The building was plastered inside and 
out, the whole being completed for $175.00. Solomon Tyrrell was 
the builder. In 1868 the town voted to built a new school house, 
and Smith Botsford, Ashbel Storrs and Joel R. Chatfield w^ere ap- 
pointed as the building committee. The house was to be 34>^27 and 
one half feet, and to be completed and furnished for $1,700.00. 


Bungay School. There was a district formed on the west side 
of the river as early as Dec. 27th, 1779, called the Shrub Oak dis- 
trict. This school is referred to in the Old Landmarks. The school- 
house was located on West street by the path leading to Swan's 
upper shops, where Mrs. Ann Stephens spent the first of her school 
days. Later the building was moved to the lot in the fork of the 
roads opposite Trinity cemetery ; and still later a new building was 
erected on Cedar street, on the rocks west of the Congregational 
church. This district included a portion of Great Hill region at 
first, but in the course of time there was a demand for a school on 
the crown of the hill on the Bungay road, which was called the 
Bungay school, the center of a new district. 

Great Hill School. This school was the eighth district of 
the town of Derby, and the first district of the town of Seymour. 
The earliest records extend back only to 1766, but doubtless there 
were school privileges before this date. In 1767 Henry Tomlinson 
was the district committeeman and Samuel Bassett was the collec- 
tor of the school rates. The name of Henry Wooster was the 
first name of any teacher found in the records, 1770, and the fol- 
lowing families were in this district as patrons of the school ; Ben- 
jamin Tomlinson, Micah Poole, Jonathan Miles, Samuel Russell, 
Joseph Canfield, George Beard, Capt. John Lum, James Manville, 
Zachariah Fairchild and John Hawley. 

The devotion of the people to the Revolutionary war was so 
great that the school doubtless was suspended between 1781-1784, 
there being no records for those years. 

In 1784 measures were taken to build a house on the highwa\ 
near the home of John Hawley. In 1801 summer school was held 
in the Great Hill meeting house until cold weather, when it was 
continued in the school-house. In 18 10 it was "voted that wood 
per load should be 84 cents, and boarding the teacher 7 cents per 
meal, or 87^2 cents per week." A new house was erected in 1832, 
and the present schoolhouse was built on a new location, and was 
finished at the beginning of the year 1878. The school on Great 
Hill has been one of the prosperous schools of the town, as the 
history in the Old Landmarks has alreadv indicated. 

Till': SCHOOLS. 



The Seymour Free Public Lh^.rarv was established in [<S92. 
Since its oro-anization, it has become one of Seymour's poi)ular 

institutions, occupyin.u- the secoml floor of the town building on 
Second street. The reports of the hbrarian, Miss Minnie B. Cotter, 
show that there are more than 2,911 vohmies on its shelves, and 
that during the year 1900, the number of books <,dven out was 
9,493, there beinii" 560 names in the registration book. 

The library has received $300 from the town annually fo 

I rent expenses and new books, and this year the ai^propriatio 
been increased to $400. 

j There is also a reading room attached, supplied with the 

American magazines and illustrated weeklies, also a number of 
daily and weekly papers, altogether making an attractive place in 





which to spend an evening with the best in hterature, the books 
upon the shelves of the Hbrary being available to transient readers, 
as well as the periodicals upon the tables. 

The present officials are: President, James Swan; Vice-Presi- 
dent, Mrs. L. A. Camp, Treasurer, Mrs. H. A. Radford; Secretary, 
Rev. H. A. Campbell. The other directors are: Hon. Carlos 
French, Mrs. T. L. James, W. C. Sharpe, Miss Orilla E. Hurlburt 
and A. H. Kirtland. Miss Minnie Cotter is the librarian. 


Valley National Bank, Seymour, Capital $50,000. President, 
W. L. W^ard ; Vice President, F. A. Rugg ; Directors. W. L. Ward, 
T. B. Beach, F. A. Rugg. C. E. Fairchild, C. H. Lounsbury, 
Clayton S. Boies, D. T. Dunham, O. C. Osborn of Oxford, and J. 
H. Whittemore of Naugatuck. 

The charter was granted July 16, 1900, and the bank was 
opened for the transaction of business Aug. 14, 1900. The bank is 
located on the corner of Main and Bank streets, in the building 
erected for banking purposes nearly a half century ago. 

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On the 1 8th of April, 18.S2, E. F. Bassett's laroe three story 
furniture store on Bank street was destroyed by tire, together 
with two smaller stores owned by S. Y. Beach and a house owned 
by L. A. and S. P. Camp. The impossibilit}' of extinguishing the 
fire until four buildings had been burned, made the necessity of 
efficient fire apparatus quite too evident and a meeting of business 
men was at once called at the office of Hon. Carlos French to de- 
vise ways and means for protection against fire. It was decided to 
call a town meeting and accordingly one was held in Wooster hall 
May 4th. A committee was appointed to procure a fire engine, 
hose cart and hose, and a hook and ladder truck and other ap- 

1 paratus, and to provide a suitable building therefor. The first to 
enter earnestly into the work of organizing a fire department and 
securing apparatus for extinguishing fires was the late Horace B- 
Wooster, and to his efforts in this direction is due a large share of 

I the credit for the success of the original undertaking. 

The committee soon after purchased a secondhand engine, 
supposed to be first class in its hue, paying $600 for it. An engine 
house was built on leased ground at the corner of Factory and Ray- 
mond streets, and the engine, hose cart, hose, etc., were placed in 
it read}' for use. On the night of Oct. 4th, 1882, a fire broke out in 
the store occupied by H. W. Randall. The firemen placed the 
engine south of the office of the Humphreysville Mfg. Co., about two 
hundred feet from the fire, and manned the engine. It was an 
advance on the pail brigade and paid for itself many times over in 

; the property saved. It was however such an extremely hard 
working machine, requiring all the strength of all the men who 

I could find room at the lever rails, that it was promptly decided that 
something more effective must be secured. 

On Saturday evening, Oct. 21st. 1882, a meeting was held at 
the engine house for the purpose of forming a fire company. The 
name agreed upon was Ocean Fire C^.ompany and the following 



officers were elected : F. H. Beecher, Foreman, E. E. Adams, ist 
Assistant, G. A. James, 2nd Assistant, Thomas Wilson, Secretary, 
Morris Atwood, Treasurer, and H. A. Hurd, Steward. At a meet- 
ing heM Nov. 30th, the name was changed to Humphrey Engine & 
Hose Co. , No. i . 

On the night of Jul}' 4th, 1883, fire was discovered on th^ 
lower floor of Davis Block and with the use of the fire engine the 
fire was extinguished and the building saved. At the same time the 
insufficiency of the hand engine became so evident that public 
opinion was unanimous that a steam fire engine was needed and 
efforts were made to raise the money by subscription. James Swan 
and Thomas James gave each $400. Hon. Carlos French $iSO, F. 

H. Beecher, Thomas Sharpe, I. B. Davis and Frank Farrell each 
$100, scores of others also giving liberally, and a powerful steam 
fire engine was ordered and was built especially for Citizen Engine 
Company, at a cost of $3, 100, James Swan and F. H. Beecher, the 
purchasing committee, personall\- insi^ecting the work ciuriag its 


progress, and seeing that it was done with the best material and 

The fire company was reorganized Aug. 12, 1884, and the name 
was changed to Citizen Engine Company, No. 2. The need of a 
good fire bell soon became evident and a subscription paper was 
started by Wm. i3. Swan, E. E. Adams and others for the purpose 
of raising funds to procure a bell. Something over two hundred 
dollars was quickly raised and an appropriation was voted by the 
town to build a bell tower. 

On Thursday, Oct. 22d, 1885, Citizen Engine Co's first annual 
parade was given, having as guests the Crescent Hose Co. of Thom- 
aston, Hotchkiss Hose of Birmingham and Fountain Hose of 
Ansonia. The Tingue Band, the Ansonia Band, the Waterville 
Drum Corps and the R. M. Bassett Drum Corps of Birmingham 
also participated in the parade. After the parade a grand banquet 
was served by the ladies in the opera house. 

On the night of Feb. 4th, 1886, at about ten o'clock, with the 
thermometer 8 degrees below zero and the wind blowing a blizzard, 
the new fire bell rang out loud and clear an alarm of fire. The 
firemen hastened to the engine house to find that the Tingue Opera 
house was on fire and the flames well under way. People met in 
the street were heard to say, " It is the Tingue Opera house, the 
whole flat will go, they cannot stop it." The Button Steamer was 
soon at work and the fire was checked, but the contest of the water 
and the flames was a most singular one. 

Owing to the intense cold the water froze upon the building, 
forming a sheet of ice as it fell, completely covering the roof and 
sides, so that the flames could only be reached through the 
windows and doors. The fire, though quickly checked, worked 
its way up under the roof and into the attic, and at one time a com- 
plete sheet of ice formed over a dormer window, the flame showing 
through the thin ice. The freezing wind congealed the spray and 
it fell alongside the building until the accumulation of frozen drops 
formed Hke a snowbank, several feet in depth, the accompanying 
photo print teUing the story better than words. 

The firemen suffered greatly from the intense cold but on 
account of the occasional outbreaks of the flames and the difficulty 
of reaching them within the ice bound building, it was found neces- 
sary to keep the engine running and the water playing upon the 
building until morning. The firemen, working by relays, became 


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incased in ic.> and suffered much from the cold. In the inorniiiL,^ it 
was found that for some distance from the buildinjj: ice had formed 
over the hose to the depth of several feet and it had to be choi)i)ed 
away before the hose could be removed. 

The fire company was incorporated March 17th, I.S8.6, by act 
of the Legislature, as Citizen Engine and Hook and Ladder Co., 
No. 2. When the hook and ladder truck was purchased in 1886, 
Thomas James, Charles Coupland, The Seymour Manufacturing 
Co., Hon. C. French and James Swan each gave $100; and others 
brought the total up to $600. 

On Christmas eve in 1889 tire was discovered in F. Edelstein's 
clothing store in S. Y. Beach's new building at the corner of lUmk 
and First streets. When the fire was discovered the tiames were 
under so much Headway that it was impossible to save the building, 
but the firemen worked energetically to save the adjoining build- 
ing, owned by E. F. Bassett and occupied by W. L. Ward and oth- 
ers, and succeeded, even after the fiames had found their way in 
on the third tioor. 

Oct. 16, 1889, was a red letter day in the history of Citizen 
Engine Company. A grand parade was given and Citizen Engine- 
Co. had as guests seven visiting companies, the Mutual Fire Co. of 
Torrington, Hotchkiss Hose Co. of Middletown, the R. M. Bassett 
Hook '& Ladder Co. of Derby, the Eagle Hose Co. of Ansonia, 
Fountain Hose Co. of West Ansonia, Hotchkiss Hose Co. of Derb\-, 
and the Glove Hose Co. of Naugatuck. Upson Post, G. A. R., led 
the procession, followed by the Wheeler & Wilson's Band of Bridge- 
port, then came Citizen Engine Co. Each visiting Company had its 
band and altogether it made the finest parade ever seen in Seymour. 
After the parade all were invited to a sumptuous banquet in large 
tents on the Engine house grounds, provided by the ladies of Sey- 
mour. It was a notable event in the history of the town and one 
in which the committee of arrangements and all participants 
acquitted themselves admirably. 

Such a parade is not merely a brilliant and passing spectacle. 
It serves another and more lasting purpose. It keeps alive interest 
in a volunteer fire department, not only among the members there- 
of but enlists the interest of the people generally and enables them 
to show in a substantial manner their appreciation of the men who 
are enlisted to protect property at all times and to risk their lives if 
need be. There may have been larger tiremen's parades in the 


State, but none better conducted or of greater brilliancy and im- 
pressiveness. In this parade and in parades elsewhere where the 
firemen of Seymour have taken part, they have been most highly 
commended for their fine appearance and marching, and general 


At the annual town meeting held Oct. 4. 1891, it was voted 
that the town purchase the lot at the corner of Factory and Ray- 
mond streets and erect a suitable engine house, substantially fire 
proof. The sum of $5,000 was appropriated for the purchase of the 
lot and $8,000 for the building. James Swan, F. H. Beecher and 
T. L. James were appointed a building committee. This vote and 
the decision to move the old building and build a new and commo- 
dious structure was largely due to the efforts of Mr. James Swan, 
Chief Engineer, in calling attention to the need of the fire depart- 



ment, and in previously looking over the various locations proposed 
with the selectmen, accompanied by Assistant Chief Engineer C. 
W. James. James Swan, F. H. Beecher and T. L. James were 
appointed a building committee, and the present handsome engine 
house was the result. 


The new engine house is a handsome brick building of two' 
stories with a roomy basement. It is 24 feet 6 inches wide and 50' 
feet 2 inches long. The entrance, facing on Factory street, has 
two broad doors opening into the engine room where the engine, 
hose cart and hook and ladder company stand ready for use. The 
parlors are on the second floor and are handsomely finished in the 
grain, frescoed and liberally furnished. The engine house is heated 
by steam and lighted by electricity, and is one of the most hand-- 
somely furnished in the State. 

In March, 1893. the flremen thought the bare walls of the 
engine house should be made more attractive and a subscription 
paper was started for circulation among the active members only and 
it was placed in the hands of Geo. Smith, and when the book was 
closed the total receipts were $313 Of that amount W. R. Brixey,.. 
formerly a member of the company, gave $100. The remainder all 
came from the active members. This money was the first raised 


toward fitting up the new engine house parlors. The wails were 
handsomely frescoed by H. A. Hurd at a cost to the coni]mny of 
$165. The remainder went towards furniture. 

A fair was held April 28 and 29, 1886, by which $600 was cleared. 
On May 9 and 10, 1889, a fair was held to raise funds for the parade 
and the net proceeds were $573.70. In October, 1888, Chief James 
Swan and Hon. C. French gave $100 each for the purchase of a 
billiard table for the engine house. Eight hundred dollars was sub- 
scribed for a hook and ladder truck and one was obtained which 
was noteworthy for its fine appearance as well as for excellence of 
workmanship and utility. 

A third fair was held Oct. 23 and 24, 1894. This was held in 
the engine house by the ladies, Mrs. T. L. James being the chair- 
man of the committee of arrangements, and $600 was cleared. On 
the 9th, lOth and nth of February, 1899, a fourth fair was held, 
and $864.76 was cleared. 

On the i6th of March, 1899, at 3:30 a. m., the firemen were 
warned by the ringing of the fire bell that the fiames were again 
striving for the mastery. The boiler house of the H. A. Matthews 
Co.'s works and coal shed were completely wrapped in fiames and 
being in the center of an almost complete rectangle of buildings it 
seemed impossible to save any of them. Soon several streams of 
water, from the fire engine and from the force pump in the chisel 
shop, were being thrown upon the burning building, and upon those 
adjacent to prevent the spread of the flames. F. H. Beecher, the 
superintendent of> the works and an experienced firemen, greatly 
assisted Foreman Adams in directing the work, while Chief Engineer 
James Swan, being familiar with the premises and knowing the 
points of greatest danger, held one of the nozzles and directed the 
stream to the locality of greatest danger. 

The fire caught in several places on the main buildings but !)>■ 
hard work the flames were extinguished and the damage was mostl\- 
confined to the building where the fire first broke out. Experienced 
firemen said that under such circumstances gaining the control of 
the flames and saving of the main buildings was one of the best 
pieces of work the>' had ever seen. 

H. B. Wooster was chief of the fire department until his death 
in July, 1883. He was succeeded by James M. Smith as chief, with 
James Swan as assistant chief. In 1885 Mr. Swan was appointed 
chief and has since held that position. Dr. F. A. Benedict and 


! T. L. James are the Assistant Chiel's. Tlu: l-'ire Commissioners are 

I Geo. A. Divine, C:. W. Thrall and K. Fritehard. The foremen have 

been — 1882-9, Frank H. Beecher ; 1890, Thomas !.. James ; 1891, 

Frederick Harris; 1892, David J. Hill; 1893, William 11 Swan; 

1894-5, 'George Smith ; 1895-7-8, Stillman F. Wrii^ht ; 1899, Fow- 

jler W. Adams; 1900, Harold W. Pickett; 1901, Frank F. Cham- 

\ berlin. 

The Veterans Firemen's Association, consisting of those who 
had been active members for ten years, was form.ed Jul}- ist, 1900, 
and numbers thirty members. 

H. R. Atwater, Andrew J. Miles, 

T. D. Adams, Frederick O'Meara, 

Andrew Barr, Charles Mannweiler, 

E. C. Brown, Evans Richards, 

L. A. Camp, F. A. Rugg, 

John Early, H. C. Schneider, 

Hiram A. Hurd, Patrick H. Sheehan, 

E. H. Guild, George Smith, 

H. S. Halligan, James M. Smith, 

George Hurlburt, C. E. Spencer. 

G. A. James, R. J. Spencer, 

T. L. James, W'm. B. Swan, 

Geo. E. Lester, O. D. S\kes, 

A. x\. Lockwood, C. P. Woodbridge, 

U. McNerney, S. F. Wright. 

The company and the engine house and apparatus have all 
been kept up in first class shape, officers, firemen and citizens gen- 
eralh' having taken interest in working to this end. All the large 
factories and mills have powerful rotary force pumps and an 
ample supply of hose for use in case of fire, and with the new wat- 
er works there are now ample facilities for protection from fire. 
The additional facilities of extinguishing fires which are af- 
forded by the Seymour water works, with a large number of fire 
hydrants well scattered about the place, make property here as 
secure as it it possible to make it. It is also worthy of mention that 
the water works are also a success financially, the comi^iny having 
paid a dividend the first year, a very unusual thing with investments 
in water works. The company- has no outstanding bonds, the 
w^rks having been completed without exceeding in cost the capital 
stock of $60,000. 




The tract of nearly fourteen acres on the west of Garden City, 
which was presented to the town of Seymour by Hon. C. French 
for a pubHc park is an ideal place for the purpose. The larger part 
of the tract is either nearly level or gently rolling, and the easterly 
side has been know^n for some years as the "Athletic Grounds," 
the use of it having been given by Mr. French to the young 
people for ball games and other athletic sports. The westerly part 
is covered with a fine grove, which has been a popular picnic resort. 
This reaches to the brow of a cliff which affords a fine view of the 
river and the northerly part of the town, with Castle Rock in the 
distance, at the left, making one of the most picturesque land- 
scapes in the valley, as shown by the engraving herewith. 


From the north the Naugatuck River spreads out into a placid 
lake of about two hundred and fifty acres. Beyond is the' bold 
front of lofty Rock Rimmon, while to the right and left, and far in 
the distance are seen the wooded hills of one of the most attracti\e 
scenic regions of the Naugatuck Valley. 





In seeking: for further light relating to the old homes and land- 
marks, it is to be observed, that there are but few aged people 
living, who are able to relate the facts and traditions of the unwrit- 
ten history of the early fathers of the community. The town 
records reveal but a part of their history. Therefore many facts 
and dates connected with the old homes have passed from the 
knowledge of men. While many facts have been handed down to 
the present generation, the dates have not been preserved to indi- 
cate the period, which the readers of these pages desire to know. 

Since the writing of the first chapter on the "Old Homes;, 
Families and Landmarks," the following facts and traditions have 
come from many sources, as records, deeds, and from members of 
the old families. 

In presenting these statements, the localities will be considered 
in the same order as the previous article, beginning at the south part 
of the village, below the old Congregational cemetery. 

Previous to iSoo, there were two brothers living in this vicinity 
by the name of Swift, one of whom is said to have built the last 
house on the east side of South Main street below the cemetery, 
now belonging to Eben Wheeler, but for many years was known 
as the Cochran place. 

The old house to the north, having a stone foundation, now 
known as the Fitzgibbons place, was occupied by Silas Baldwin 
near the beginning of the century, i8o3. But previous to the com- 
ing of Silas Baldwin, Samuel Johnson lived there. And it is thought 
that he, or his father, Joseph Johnson, built the house. 

This was Joseph Johnson, ist, who purchased the estate, above 
the cemetery, of Abraham Pierson, and sold the same to Ebenezer 
Turil Whittemore, Dec. 4, 1778. 

The old Dayton Tavern, or Hull place is also mentioned as be- 
ing the home of Jeremiah Johnson as early as 1750, then a story 
and a half house. 


The old Tucker homestead, located east of the Da3'ton-Hull 
place, is said also to have been a Johnson homestead, bearing the 
name of Nathaniel Johnson, whose daughter Sarah married Zeph- 
aniah Tucker. 

The Sanford store referred to, occupied b}- "Pitchfork San- 
ford," is said to have been located on the southeast corner of Pearl 
and Maple streets. 

As previous^ stated, soon after 1800, the Steeles moved to the 
southeast part of the town, now the Johns place, and for many 
years occupied large tracts of land, which in time were owned by 
the several members of the family. At the \test . end of Union 
street, where Henry Wyant now lives, th^ve was the home of 
Edmund Steele, son of Deacon Bradford, This house is said to 
have been built b}' one of the Swift brothers, not far from the date 

In the early part of this century, the name of Chester Jones 
frequently appears upon the school district records, etc., and his 
home was located the second house north of the J. Burton Steele 
ferm, aad sometime following Jones, William Keene}' occupied the : It is stated that Chester Jones built this house. 

John Burton Steele, son of Edmund, built a. house in 185 1, 
which has been since known as the Steele farm, located on the 
west side of Maple street, near the end of Walnut street. John 
Burton Steele did not live many years to enjoy his new home. He 
died Aug. 22, 1854. 

William Steele son of Deacon Bradford Steele, built and occu- 
pied in 1824 the small red house located on the east side of the 
road near a quarter of a mile southeast of the old Steele farm. The 
deed shows that William bought this land of Deacon Bradford. 
From various sources it is learned that Deacon Bradford Steele was 
quite a land owner in this region. He owned and worked in an old 
mill on the brook at the southeast corner of the town, just below 
the new dam or near the second dam of the present Ansonia W^ater 
Co. This old mill is indicated on a map published in 1856, n,o>v in 
the State Library at Hartford, also on a map owned by the Misses 
Booth, Church street, from which a copy is taken for this bppk. 

In a deed dated June 17, 1816, Stiles Nettleton of Der'b}' sold n 
piece of land in Humphreysville to Bradford Steele. Bladens 
Brook ran through this land,, which had on it a clothiers shop, with 
other buildings adjoining, with privilege of using water to carry a 


fnllin;j: mill, cardintj mill, etc. T^rDm the reaciin.<>- of tiie deed the 
localit>' would cipi)ear to be the old fulliiiii' mill proi)erty established 
on Bladens Brook iti 1799, the site now occupied by the Beach 
papermill. ' / , 

In the region east of the old New Hdven tiii-npike, northward 
; from the Steele-Davis-Johns corners, ' th(ir(i is said to be one or 
j more old cellar holes, once the places of thrifty homes. Doubtless 
I bne or more of these were on the old road from the corners north- 
ward to the Leman Chattield place. 

The name of Peck appears in many of the deeds, and a tract 
of land is still called by that name, neai!- the Walnut street region. 

In reading the history and traditions relating to the Johnson 
families the reader would gain the' impression that there was a 
period when the Johnsons were the sole owners and occupants of 
this whole region, and it is to be regretted that the dates relating 
to these families and their homes are not more perfectly preserved. 

The study of the genealogy of the Johnson family will aid in 
discovering the multitude of names, and reveal the difficulty of 
locating their habitations. 

One Joseph Johnson, ist, occupied the Turil Whittimore place, 
another Joseph Johnson, 2nd, occupied the Durand-Lum home- 
stead. It is said that Joseph Johnson, 2nd, built the house for his 
own residence, which seems to have been occupied later by his son, 
Hezekiah Johnson, who appears to have sold it to Jeremiah Durand, 
the father of Mrs. E. A. Luni. 

The Hezekiah Johnson referred to at one time lived on the 
crown of the hill, High street, now the Hitchcock place, which may 
be said to have been the first house on Promised Land. 

The Rev. S. R. Hickcox place on the east side of Pearl street 
is also said to have been bailt by Joseph Johnson, 2nd, for one of 
his sons. 

: , Still another old Johnson homestead, already referred to in the 
Old Landmarks, the first place north of the Arethusa Spring Water 
Co,, occupied by several generations, among whom were Gideon i, 
Gideon 2, Ebenezer, and Gideon, father of Dr. S. C. Johnson. 

In the previous chapter the name of Charles French was asso- 
ciated with the French place located on Pearl Street, the second 
house south of Grand street. Also the name of Alfred is associated 
with the place, and within the memory of many an aged lady "Aunt 
Nancy" French made her home here. One by the name of Charles 


French lived in the long house near the Humphreys woolen mill. 

At the foot of Rock Rimmon there was a house of very early 
date, and during the time of the Revolutionary War it is said that 
Simeon Wheeler lived in this locality. The name M. Culver is also 
associated with this locality at a later date. It is also to be ob- 
served that a Simeon Wheeler is said to have settled on Rimmon 
Hill about 1760, the region a mile or more west and northwest of 
the Rock by the same name. It is possible that the Rock and Hill 
by the same name, Rimmon, have not always been clearly desig- 
nated in the early writings. 

Among the records and deeds the name of L3'man Wheeler is 
frequently mentioned in connection with Rimmon Hill. There are 
two deeds bearing the date 18 19, given to Lyman Wheeler, wherein 
are stated that said Wheeler purchases two pieces of land, one from 
Moses Riggs, and the other from Sherman Clark, "with dwelling 
house and barn thereon standing," but Clark "reserved the right of 
drawing and carrying away water from the well on said land for the 
benefit of my dwelling house on the opposite side of the highway." 
If this dwelling on the opposite side of the highway refers to the 
old Pangman place, the deed would indicate the same place to have 
been at that time the home of Sherman Clark ; or else some other 
locality is described in the deed. 

None of the old landmarks have undergone greater changes 
on the west side of the river than that of the old Dr. S. C. Johnson 
place, on the corner of Church and West streets. This house was 
built in 1842 to take the place of the old house that stood on the 
same lot a little northeast beyond the well, it being the old house 
which was occupied by the first Dr. Stoddard in 1804. 

During this summer, 1901, this estate was purchased by W. L. 
Ward, furniture dealer and undertaker, for his own future residence. 
So marked have been the changes, that the old landmarks have 
disappeared. The house was turned one quarter about, the north 
side facing the west, and made the front of the house. It was 
moved entirely from the old foundation northward, and fifty feet 
from both streets. On the exterior, wide verandas were built on 
the west and south sides, with circle on the corner. A large dor- 
mer window was added to the west roof, and on the northward side 
a two story bay window was added with a large chimney-. The 
plan of the interior was completed changed, and the modern con- 


veniences were added. The barn that st(x>tl on the Church street 
side near the road was moved to the north corner of the lot 
with additions on the east and south. The over-abundant trees 
were removed, includin.^- some evergreens, and the ground was 
graded, the old cellar tilled, the west terrace wall removed, and the 
whole surroundings now present a gracefully sloping lawn with a 
beautiful residence in the background, while the foreground is sur- 
rounded b}' a row of large handsome elm and maple trees. 



N reviewing the colonial history of New England, it will be ob- 
served that the Indians presented many problems difficult to 
solve. In the majority of cases great wisdom was shown in 
regarding the so called rights of the Indians as a precaution against 
their natural hostility. 

It is estimated that there were about a thousand Indians in the 
region covered by New Haven county when the first settlers landed 
at Quinnipiac, or New Haven. In December ii, 1638, the settlers 
drew up articles of agreement, which also included the purchase of 
a certain tract of land. This agreement was accepted by the 47 
47 Indians who claimed that immediate territory: — "They do cove- 
nant not to receive or admit any other Indians among them with- 
out leaf from the English, nor to harbor any that are enemies to 
the English, but to apprehend such and'deliver them up; also to in- 
form the English of any plots which they are aware are being 
formed against them b}' the Indians or others." 

During this same year a larger tract of land several miles in e.\- 
tent was purchased of the Indians. From this time also the Indi- 
ans began to move back into the country to their fortifications along 
the Housatonic river. For the purpose of hunting and fishing they 
were scattered, but it is not known that there were more than a 
hundred warriors belonging to a single tribe in this vicinit\-. On 
both sides of the river above Derby there were fortifications estab- 
lished by the Indians for their own protection, and it is thought to 
check the advance of the English. Without doubt there were little 
Indian settlements all along the Housatonic river, and after a com- 
pany of white people left Milford to establish the town of New Mil- 
ford, many miles up the river, they became acquainted with the well 
established Indian trail along the river. 


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When the people of Derby began to purchase land of the In- 
dians they showed the same wise precaution and paid for some of 
the land several times, and on record there are 25 or more Indian 
deeds coverin':^- the tract now inchidin.u- ancient Derby and Oxford 
CO the Woodbury line, and attached to these deeds are more than 
a hundred names of different Indians. 

I Amon<i- those who had with the Indians, Col. Ebenezer 
fohnsou was conspicuous. He bou,u:ht many tracts of land in Derb}' 
nd Seymour, and understood the ways of the Indians, knowing 
low to avoid and settle disputes. In the time of danger or disputes, 
here were Indian agents appointed to restrain the Indians from 
lostility and aid then in their rights. As an agent of early Derby, 
"lenry Wooster serve! in that offi:e, and we never hear of an}' dif- 
culty with the Indians in this vicinity. However, about the time 
)f King Philips war, 1675-6, the Milford Indians entered complaint 
f unjust treatment and at the sams time appealed to the court, but 
here was no hostility. Special care was taken not to awaken un- 
ind feelings, yet the fear was so great that many homes were for- 
ified against surprise and attack from the Indians, and special guards 
vere appointed by the town. It was a time of great anxiety among 
he people of the frontier settlements, as Waterbury, Litchlield and 
»Jew Mdford and others. 

Through the courtesy of Mr. George Leavenworth, who has in 
lis possession a letter relating to troubles with the Indians, a copy 
; reproduced for these pages. It bears the date May Lst, 1725, New 
lilford, from the justice of peace to Col. Ebenezer Johnson at 

A perusal of this letter will disclose threatening troubles of a 
erious nature to the people of New Milford, and to all on the fron- 
ier. It seems from the letter that Captain Stephen Noble, of New 
lilford, had appropriated the corn land of the Indians located on a 
ioint by the great river, and the Indians complained of the act, 
aying that they desired that land for their own use, and that they 
lad not sold it to the English, but had reserved it for themselves, 
deferring to the deed of sale, there was nothing to indicate the re- 
.erve, nevertheless the Indians had occupied and improved that 
land. This matter was referred to Col. Ebenezer Johnson who had 
^e management of the things in the beginning of New Milford, 
loping that he would assist the Indians in recovering their rights 
nd avoid "a disgust which may prove prejudicial to some if not to 


all in general." Col. Johnson was requested to ascertain the priv- 
ileg^es granted the Indians in their reservation and fishing at the 
F'alls in Seymour, and have the court give their judgment in the case. 

A portion of the town of Oxford was annexed to the town off 
Seymour by act of the General Assembly in 1854, as follows: 

Resolved by this Assembly, That all that part of the town of' 
Oxford lying southerly of a line drawn from the town bounds stand- 
ing between the towns of Seymour and Oxford in New Haven: 
county, near the dwelling house of Mrs. Sabra Lindley ; thencm 
running in an easterly direction about one hundred and thirtyfour 
rods to a pile of stones on Diamond Rock, so called ; thence run- 
ning easterly about one hundred and twenty rods from the Naug- 
atuck railroad ; thence running easterly to a pile of stones with a 
stake standing therein, on the town line between said Seymour and 
Oxford, easterly of the dwelling house of Miles Culver, and south- 
erly of the south end of Rock Rimmon, so called, be, and hereby 
is incorporated in and made part of the said town of Seymour, and! 
that the aforesaid lines and boundaries be the boundaries between 
said towns. 



HE hill bounded northerly by Bladens Brook, southerly by Pearl 
l^v) street, and westerly by Main street, was known two centuries 
i'fA ago as Indian Hill, and the next hill south, reaching from 
Pearl street nearly a mile southward, was known as Suc- 
cess Hill. Strange as it may seem these hills were included in the 
Quaker Farms Purchase, which extended from the Milford bound- 
ar}- line on the east, westward to the Housatonic vixev, and the 
grants of land on these hills were therefore made by the committee 
of the proprietors of the (Juaker Farms Purchase. A list of pro- 
prietors was made out in 1717 but some additions were made until 
1727, when the names and numbers were as follows: 

Samll Hassitt. 12 

Geortj^e Black, 10 

Samll Bowers. 32 

Samll Brinsmaici. :;7 

Abiram Caiifield, 25 

John Chattield. 6 

John Davis. 34 
Micah Denman. 19 & 64 

Mr. John Durand, 59 

Francis French. 22 

Abel Gunn, 36 

Capt. Samll Gunn. 28 

Ebenezer Har5J:er. 3<S 

Jabiz Hari,^er. 47 

Joseph Hawkins. 16 

Jonathan Hill. 46 

Deacon Holbrook, 61 

John Hull, 26 

Capt. Jos. Hull. 40 

Jeams Humphris, 15 

Colonal Johnson, 54 

Ebenezer Johnson, 21 

Jeremiah Johnscjn, 4.4 

John Johnson, 60 

Joseph Johnson, ^j 

Peter Johnson, 1 1 

Jonathan Lum. 41 

Mr. Moss. 58 

Samll Moss, 14 

Wm. Moss, 50 

John Munson, 52 

Ens Nikfjls, • 3^ 

The numbers were drawn by 
choice of location in the order 

i':s, .\x[) i.AxnMAKKS. 219 

Joseph Nikols, 5 

Abraham Peirson, 48 

Steaphen Peirson junr, 2 

Stephen Peirson snr, 56 

-Abraham Pinto, 18 

John Printi'le, 33 

John Prin^lejnnr, 39 

Ebin: Ri^j^s, 8 

Edward Rifj:jj:s, i 

John Ri<;£js, 42 

Ens Samll Rij^j^s, 49 

Andrew Smith, 30 

Ephraim Smith, 9 

John Smith junr, 27 

John Smith snr, 29 

Joseph Smith, 53 

Benjamin Stiles, 23 

John Tibbals, 7 

Abraham Tomlinson, 13 

Isaac Tomlinson. 43 

John Tomlinson. 31 

Samll Tomlinson, 63 

Wm. Tomlinson, 51 

John Towner, 17 

John Twitchel, 24 

Samll Washbon, 3 

Wm. Washbon, 45 

John Weede, 55 

Selvester Wooster, 4 

Timothy W^ooster, Snr, 62 

Thos. Wooster. 20 

lot and each proprietor made his 
indicated by the numbers, but to 

equalize the matter it was voted that when a second allotment 
should be made the choice should be in the reverse order. 

Following: are some of the layouts covering this part of the 
town of Seymour. 

To Abraham Pierson, on Indian Hill, bounded west on Nausj:a- 
tuck river 37 rods, south with common land and Waterbury road 55 
rods, running: northeast 9 rods, northward by highway 32 rods, 
westward 58 rods, to the ri\er. 

To John Tomlinson land bounded southward with Abraham 
Pierson's land 58 rods, by the Naugatuck river 38 rods, eastward 58 
rt^ds, southward by highway 38 rods to Pierson's corner. 


To Joseph Johnson, on Indian Hill, bounded Southward with 
land of John Tomlinson 58 rods, east by highway 25 rods, thence 
westward 58 rods to the river, and westerly 23 rods on the river. 

To John Twitchell, on Indian Hill, bounded south on Joseph 
Johnson's land 58 rods, westward with the Indians' land 44 rods, 
north with highway 58 rods, east with highway 40 rods. 

To Abraham Tomlinson on Indian Hill, bounded with the In- 
dians' land westward 55 rods from "the highway that runneth down 
to the Indian Land, and southward by said highway 50 rods, then 
running southward by a highway 10 rods, eastward 75 rods to the 
brook, and bounded by said brook on Gideon Johnson's land to the 
mouth of said brook, this line being on the whole on both the said 
brooks 120 rods. 

To Thomas Wooster, on Indian Hill, bounded northward on 
Abraham Tomlinson's land 25 rods to the brook, east with brook 
69 rods, westward 51 rods to highway, northward by highway 51 

To John Tibbals, on Indian Hill, "bounded northward b}- 
Thomas Wooster's land 51 rods to a hepe of stones by ye Swamps 
side, then running southwardly by Colonel Johnsons or Waterberry 
Roade 5 rods to a hepe of stones by a highway, then northwardly 
by said highway, 71 rods to Woosters' corner. 

On Success Hill lands were laid out to Rev. Joseph Moss, 
Micah Denman, Benjamin Stiles, Abiram Canfield, Ensign Samuel 
Riggs and George Black. 

In 1759 a new road was laid out on Indian Hill, recorded as 
follows : 

Whereas we the Subscribers being appointed as a Committee to 
exchange lands for highways and to lay out highways in the bounds 
of that tract of land in Darby, called Quakers Farm Purchase, pur- 
suant to said appointment, we said Committee have laid out a high- 
way on the land of Joseph Johnson, Jr., on ye eastward side of 
Naugatuck River, at a place called Indian Hill, on ye southwest side 
of said Johnson's land, beginning at a hepe of stones on the line of 
said Johnson's land northwestward of Geo. Indian's house, being ye 
east side of said highway and running northward, bounded with 
said Joseph Johnson's land sixteen rods to a hepe of stones, then 
twelve rods to a hepe of stones, then still the same course twelve 
rods to a hepe of stones, then still northward ten rods to a hepe of 
stones, then twentysix rods to a hepe of stones, westwardly in ye 


place designed for building a bridge over said Naugatuck River, 
at ye line of ye Indian Land, and said highway is bounded west- 
vvardly on said Naugatuck River. For recompense by way of ex- 
change for the above said highway laid out on ye land of ye said 
Joseph Johnson, Committee have laid out to said Joseph Johnson 
one piece of land lying south of George Indian's Mountain House 
on ye westward side of ye Roade. Bounded beginning at ye 
southward corner at ye line of Mr. Samuel Plumb's land at a hepe 
of stones, running northward bounded east on ye roade twenty- 
eight rods to ye said Roade to a hepe of stones, then seventeen rods 
to a hepe of stones, then nine rods to a hepe of stones, then five 
rods to a hepe of stones, all ye above lines run northward, and 
bounded southerly by said Samuel Plumb's land to Naugatuck River 
and westward by said river until it comes to the highway yt was laid 
out in said Johnson's land. And also we said Committee do make 
I over to said Johnson by way of exchange a highway of two rods 
wide that runs between the tears of lots from ye Cuntry Roade on 
ye Indian Hill bounded with said Joseph Johnson's land on each 
side excepting about forty rods eastward on land of Gideon John- 
son, and all ye above exchanged highway is bounded by said Joseph 
Johnson's land until it comes to ye Indian Land. The whole of 
said highway we make over to the said Joseph Johnson and his 
heirs for ever. In witness and for confirmation of the above ex- 
changes of land and highway, we said Committee and parte have 
interchangeably set hereunto our hands and seals this ninth day of 
April, A. D., 1759. 

Signed and sealed in presence of Joseph Johnson I p^^.^^ 
Giddiah Mills Samuel Bassit \ 

John Bassit Tr°^^^w ^T''^^ I Committee 

Moses Hawkms \ 

Entered bv Timothv Russell, Cl'k 

The following maps are taken from a county map published by 
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This spring liowed from a crevice in the rock a few rods north 
of Davis' Block, where now is the well owned by the New Ha\'en 
Copper Co., the surface of the ground being now eight or ten feet 
higher than it was in '48. 

In a neat little vlllag», my biith-place and home, 

Is seen the "Rock-spring," well named I am sure, 
For down from the rock in a torrent is thrown, 

From a spout in its fissure, cold water most pure. 

Old moss-covered rock, ah! oft in my childhood 
I've viewed thee and tasted thy cold ciystal stream; — 

Far better to visit thee, e'en 'midst thy wild-wood. 
Than the inn where the bowl or the wine cup is seen. 

Though wild grow the shrubs and the bushes about thee, 

Yet still thou ait precious because ot thy spring 
Of cold water fine, that still gushes from out thee, 

Far better than champaigne, or brandy, or gin. 

Old rock, with thy spout from thy fountiin projected. 
From which flows thy baverage, refreshing and prime. 

When viewing thee thus, ah! how oft X reflected. 
On the rock that was smitten in our forefathers' time. 

I thought of olJ Horeb when Israel was thirsting, 

And of Mosfs who smote it, when lo! from its side 
At the stroke of his rod the waters came buvstin,^ 

And flowed to reJresh them a plentiful tide. 

And greater than thou was that famous mountain, 

Old Horeb, that gushed furth its wateis amain. 
Yet still thou art precious, thou rock bordered fountain, ^ 

We'll taste of thy bev'rage again and again. 

May I never forget thee, resort ot my childhood. 

Old "Rock-spring," delicious, sparkling and fine. 
But visit thee oft, 'midst thy bushes and wild-wood. 

And partake of a beverage far better than wine. 


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Many of these dates were taken from a list of nearly 200 which 
was furnished through the courtesy of Thomas Sharpe, the local 
carpenter and builder for a period of about 80 years. Another list 
was given by E. C. Sharpe, contractor and builder. 

KHSIDI \( h O 

1790. Philo Uolbrook, house, Kinney- 
town. ( Was raised when Dea. Sheldon 
Keeiiey was nine years of age.) 

1824. Ola stone house, Qiiffin place. 

Quaker Farms, bill by bilas Sperry. 
1824. David Beach, Pearl st., op. M. E. 

parsonage, now Doll. 
1830, about. The two B:adley, 

Derby avenue, we t side and west of 

Pines, one now the home of W. H. 


1830. Storrs hou e corner of Derby ave. 

and Vine street, built by Capt. Lum ; 

rebuilt 1893 with lower. Once home of 

Lawyer Alfred Blackman. 
1830, Itefore. Tha. er house, built south 

of Pines. 
1832. First M. E. Parsonage, cornt r of 

Grand and Pearl. 

1837. House north of Union cemetery, 
built by Capt. Gipson Lum. 

1838. Housv at east end of Smith street, 
home of Rev. Sylvester Smith, 1840. 



Kb;6IUl!;^Ol!; uf hon. Carlos fkkjsch 
1840. Crowther house, on Smith street 

built by W. W. Smith. 

1845, Jan. 1. E. L. Hoadley house, built 
by his father, West street. 

1846 Congregational church building, 
on Broad street. 

1846. L. H. Ford house, 105 Maple street, 
corner Walnut 

1850, about. House of S. Y., later Then. 
B. Beach, enlarged 1899, Bank and First. 

1850, Mbout. The Emery house, Emery 
St., built by a Mr. Doolittle. 

1851. John Burton Steele farmhouse, on 
Maple street. 

1851. L. T. Wooster, Pearl s;reet, house 

built for Isaac B. Davis 
18,50. Smith Tyrrell house. Pearl street. 

1851. Icehouse and lake completed— 
S. Tyrrell. 

1852. Bassett shop, now Dr. F. A. Ben- 
edict's office. 

1852-3. Bank building erected. 

1853. Moulth-op tavern moved north of 

F. H. Beechers. 
1853. Frank H. Beecher's house, built 

by Harrison Tomlinson, Maple street. 
1857 Hoadley bridge, Bank street, built. 
1868. Cedar Ridge schoolhouse built. 
1873. Congregational church parsonage. 

1873. Hon. Carlos French, residence, 
Washington avenue. 

1874. Fowler Nail Co., factory improve- 

1874. Barn for Hon. Carlos French. 

1874. House DeWitt Hull, Maple street. 

1875. Kitchen and improvements on 
Congregational parsonage. 

1875. .Methodist parsonage next to 
church #2.630. 

1876. S. Hart Culver, residence, Culver st. 
1876. Cornelius Hard, Church St., house. 
1876, Sept. Joseph Ineson, DeWolf 

street— #2,176. 



1877. H. B. MuDson. house. Pearl and 

Day streets. 
1877. T. Sharpe, house improvements. 

1877. V. H. McEwen, Smith street, ve- 
randa and improvements. 

1878. House. F. Boeker. West St., |>1,620, 
now McEwen's. 

1878. H. B. Beecher, rebuild, Wash. ave. 
1878. Mrs. Maria Lines, house. Swan ave. 

1878. N. R. Riggs. Oxford road. 

1879. Sebastian Amble, house, Rimmon 

1879. Wm. B. Swan, residence, Swan ave. 

1879. Edward Peck, 3Iaple street, house. 

1880, Sept. S. H. Rankin, house. Maple st. 
1880, Apr. Sheldon Sanford. Washing- 
ton avenue. 

1880. E. B. Bradley, house, Maple street. 
1880. E. Lewellyn, house, improvements, 

now Perrins, Pearl street. 
1880. Eugene Wyant, Culver stteet. 
1880. Fred Harris, house. Swan avenue 
1«)*(>. E. B. Bradley, house, Derby nve. 

1880. W. H. H. Wooster, house, Frank- 
lin street. 

188'>. Chas. Manweiler, Music Hill. 

1881. James K. Adams, house. 
1881. William Barr, Church street. 
lf-81. Buckingham's store, Bank street. 
1881. Addition to T. L. James' house. 

James street. 
1S81. Repairs on Congrrej^ational church 

steps, etc. 
1881. Improvements, Chas. Faircbild's 

house, Washington avenue, $1,497. 
1881, July. James Swan, residence. Bank 

1881, Aug. Dr. Pulford, residence, now 

D. T. Dunham, Washington avenue. 
1881. G. B. Leavenworth, Grand street. 
1881. T. Sharpe, shop. Maple street. 

1881. Henry Schneider, house. Church st. 

1882. House, James Swan, Swan avenue. 

1883. H. P. Day, residence remodeled, 
Washington avenue. 

18S'3. The first engine honse. 



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New Buildings in Seymour in 1883. 

The following list shows the rapid 
growth of Seymour during the past year, 
in the increase in the number of homes, 
the growth of manufacturing enterprises, 
and buildings for mercantile pursuit? : 
George L. Bartlett, Rimmon street. 
Mrs. Sarah E. Bassett, North street. 
Charles Bey, Swan avenue. 
H. S. Chamberliu, Shelton Hill. 
J. D. Corson, Swan avenue. 
Frank Farrel, live cottages. 
Mrs. Fitzgibbons, South Main street. 
Patrick Hefferen, Martha street. 
William K. Holmes, Bank street. 
D. C. Hull, So. Main street, double house. 
John King, west side, near Derby line. 
Robert McKay, Grand street. 
I. B. Lake Bank street. 
W. B. Nichols, Meadow street. 
H. A. Rider, West street. 
H. A. Rider, North street. 

George P. Shelton, Shelton Hill. 
F. E. Steele, Walnut street 
Robert Weaver, Derby avenue. 

Total, 34 buildings for 35 families 19 



E. F. Bassett, store building. 

S. Y. Beach, two stores, hall and offices. 
Seymour Mfg. Co., casting shop and 

additions. ' 

The Tingue Mfg. Co., additions. 
James Swan, boiler house and brick barn. 
L. T. Wooster, barn rebuilt- 
T. L. James, addition. Record office. 
J. W. Meredith, Humphrey house, barn 
A. W. Lounsbury, addition to house. 

F. H. Beecher addition to mill. 
Charles Fairchild, barn, Wflshington ave. 
V. H. McEweu, addition to house 

T. Sharpe, carriage house and additions. 
The Fowler Nail Co., brick building for 

blueing and packing, and addition for 

engine house. 




H. A. Rider, additiou to Davi.s' blcck for 
barber shop. 

Oct. EdnuindDajs residence, North st. 
I April. IJouse, George Burroughs, coruer 

Grand, and Pearl streets. 
Rebuild and improve, Kev. H. D. Nor- 
j throp's bouse, Church street. 
I George Bartlett, Clifton. 
Charles Kelsey, Clifton. 
E. B. Bradley, Derby avenue. 
House, R. Pierson, Clifton. 
House, R. Evans, So. Main street. 

House, C. A. Wooster, Bank street. 
House, VVm. H. Whittemore, Church 

street, north of Booth house. 
Store building, Thos. James, Sykes' store. 
October. Chapel, "Woodbridge. 
October. House, John Bowen, Grand st. 
October, J. T. Forsey, Church st. 
High School building, occupied in fall of 

i C. W. Storrs, iiou.'-e, Franklin street. 
I Mill, o2xl4(), Seymour Mfy-. Co., Frank- 
i lin street. 
February, Foot Bridge, Bank stre<t, for 

W. C. Sharpe, house, coiner of Maple and 

Union streets, now A. Otto. 
Rebuild house for Wm. Pulfor.l. 
Tower on mill Tingue Mfg Co 

House, Richard Evans, South Main street. 
House, C. A. Wooster, Bank st. 
House, J. Kenworthy, North IMain st. 
House. C. L. Lockwood, West street. 
Residence of A. Y. Beach, Bank street. 
June. House, Daniel Clark, Derby ave. 
October. House, Mrs. Booth, Church st. 
Joseph Whiteley, Franklin street. 
Tingue Mfg. Co., rebuilding factory, 

83,200, Factory street. 
Ellen Fitzgibbons, house. So. Main st 
D. Williams, North .Main strett. 


;p:ymour, past and present. 


H. A. Radford, house. Pearl street. 

Residence of Sharon [). Beach. Washing- 
ton avenue. 

July. S. H. Cantield, postoffioe and 
store. Main street. 

George Smith, Bank street. 

George Smith, house, Bank street. 

Office building of New Haven Copper 
Co., Main street. 

F. Reiman, house, Music Hill. 
B Thaj^er, Derby avenue 

G. F. Robinson. West street, next west 
of his home. 

William C. Sharpe, Maple street. 
Andrew Barr, West street. 

F. Kempf, house, Third street. 
C. L. Lockwood, West street. 
Mrs. Alice Lanyon, South .Main street. 
Thomas Gilyard, house, Gilyard street. 
Davis block, addition. 

C. H. Storrs. house. Franklin street. 

T. L. James, improvements on house. 
January. G. A. James, residence, W 

Church street. 

February. Beach's block. Bank street, 

S. Y. Beach. 

W S. Cooper, rebuilt and addition. 
Church street 

C. L. Lockwood. house. West street. 

Mrs. M. L. Storrs, house. Franklin street. 

Thomas Williams. Culver street. 

C. C. Reynolds, house. Cedar street. 

R. Emery— Mrs. R. Evans house— Hum- 
phrey street. 

Otis Hawley, house, Skokorat. 

Electric Light building, A. G. Day. 
The number of new houses built during 

the year exceeds that of any previous 

3^ear, the largest number having been 25, 

in 1888. The list is as follows: 


Mrs. Julia A. Cantield, West Church st. 
Eugene Conroy, Meadow street. 
S. Hart Culver, Culver street. 











Tare! Derbv. Derby Hill. 
VV. W. Dibble, Culver street. 
Edward French, Grand street. 
3rant Hubbell, Clifton. 

D. C. Hull, near Maple street. 

Phomas Jones, corner Nichols and Garden 

John King, Norih street. 

Mrs. A. A. Lockwood, Humphrej- street. 

Frederick Losee, Maple street. 

Mark Lounsbury. Broad street. 

3. E. Ma;thies, West street. 

Jesse Maynard, Clifton. 

I'harles Nichols, Third avenue. 

Mrs. H. D. Northrop, West Church st. 

lohn O'Neil, Sanford street. 

.Vov. H. S. Parsons, house Elm st. 

Walter S. Peck, Pearl street. 

Edward Pritchard, West Church street 

E. C. Sharpe, Union street. 

St. Augustine's rectory, Washington ave. 

p. H. Storrs, Franklin street. 

B. B Thayer, Pine street. 

jotlob Theurer, Spruce street. 

A.. Trounson, Maple street, 

Geo. Wakelee, Bank street. 

Benjamin Williams, South Main st. —29 


M. E. Church. 

Humphreys block, corner Main and Bank. 

Brick hnrn, Mrs A. G. Da3% Day street. 

Barn, S. P Camp, First avenue. 

Bam, C. Fisher, Pine street. 

Barn, Otis D Hawley, Skokorat. 

Barn, H. A. Kider, Bungay. 

Car iage shop. Georjie Wakeley. 
' 1H93. 

William Blossauer, Garden st. 

W. H. Briggs, Kinney town. 
I Michael Collins, Meadow etreet. 

Thomas Curry. Third avenue 

Christopher Fischer, Pine st. 

R. T. French, Washington avenue, re-^- 
idence finished 1893. 

T. F. Gilyard, Gilyard St.. 2. 

Horace Higgins, Cedar st. 
i G. W. Homan, Meadow street. 

Thomas Jones, Meadow street. 
' T. W. Maloney, Second avenue. 
, Walter Beid, now Peter Ward, Clifton. 



W. C. Sharpe, Washington avenue. 

James Swan, Bank street. 

George Wakeley, Bank street. 

Engine house. 

L. T. Wooster, extension on residence. 

Thomas Gilyard, house. Music Hill and 
Farrel street. 

Mrs. C. P. Swan, house. Church street. 

C. H. Storrs, residence Derby avenue and 
Vine street, improvements and tower. 

Alex. Drogula, Third avenue. 

W. A. Baldwin, Maple st. 

T. C. Girard, Elm st. 
T. F. Gilyard, French st. 
William Harris, Union st. 
Charles Kempf, North st. 
Patrick Ryan, Cedar st., 2 houses. 
Fred Schultz, Third Avenue. 
Edwin Smith, near Elm. 
George Weislogel, Spruce st. 
Kossuth Wilbur. Gilyard st. 


Chas. Kempf, carpenter shop. Meadow st 
E. C. Sharpe, carpenter shop, Main st. 
James Swan, brick office, Bank st. 
The Tingue Mfg. Co., addition to mill. 

G. A. Becker, Grand street. 

Herman Grzywacz. 

Michael Doll. Pearl st., old Rugg house 

Harriet Canfield, house enlarged, Was! 

ington avenue. 
L. T. Wooster, verandas, roofs, etc 

Pearl street. 
C. H. Lounsbury, old Dr. Stoddard hous 

rebuilt, corner South Main and Pearl sti 
Tower of engine house rebuilt, struck b 


The Arethusa Spring Water Co., store 



The Arethusa Spring Water Co., first 
building; the storehouse, 1897. 

C. H. Lounsbury, verandas. Maple st. 

Mar. 23. A. H. Botsford. res. Church st. 

Mar. 12. Smith Holbrook, Skokorat. 

Windsor Hotel, rebuilt after fire, 2nd st. 

T. L. James, barn, James st. 

F. A. Rugg. residence, Washington ave. 

Evangelical Lutheran church. Falls hill. 

Dr. F. A. Benedict, residence, Washing- 
ton ave. 


A. Y. Beach, store enlarged. Main street. 

R. N. Smith, addition. Elm street. 

W. H. H. Wooster. ^-esidence, 13 large 
rooms and hall, corner of North and 
Gilyard streets. Work begun Aug 31. 

Oct. 15. Railway station opened. 
March 19. N. Twitchel, house, Grea 

Hill region. 
Sept. Joseph Riegel. remodel house. 

First St. 
Dec. 6. James Swan Co., addition. 

Jan. Allert Carrington, Rimmon Hill 

house burned in early winter. 
Mar. Matthews Mfg. Co., rebui duvj: id- 
ler fire. 
May. E. A. Klatt, foundry building, 

Bank st. 
Sept. E. A. Klatt. offlce building. 
Aug. B. Grinfelder, house. Garden st. 
Nov. 14. Rimmon Mfg. Co., repairing 
Smith paperaill. 

Yale-Beach block, erected by Beach Hros. 
G. W. Weaver, house. So. Main. 
John Scofield, Derby avenue. 2n(l. nortli 

of ce meter}'. 
Edward K. Ti mlinsoo, house. 35 Maple st. 
June. Mis. Elizabeth Taylor, house, 

Mu.sic hill. 
July. F. H. Beeche--, dam. at mill. 

James AV. Adams, house, Derby ave., op. 

U. cemetery 
Robert G. Cornforth, res , Elm st. 
Mrs. Ellen McCarthy, Maple Street. 



'.V W. C SHAKl'K. 


Born in Derby in July, 1752, he was educated at Yale college, 
nd entered the army at the beginninjj: of the Revolutionary War 
ind was commissioned captain Jan. i, 1777; was appointed brig- 
dier major to Gen. Parsons in March, accompanied Col. Meigs in 
he Sag Harbor expedition in May, was with Gen. Putnam on the 
iudson during the Burgoyne campaign, was with Washington's 
rmy at White Plains, was appointed aid-de-camp to Gen. Putnam 
)ec. 18, 1778 ; joined Gen. Greene's staff in May, 1780 ; was in the 
attle of Springfield, N. J., June 23, 1780, and the same day was 
ppointed aid-de-camp to Washington, continuing v.ith him to the 
nd of the war. 



He was present at the siege of Yorktovvn, and was assigned bl 
Washington to bear the captured standards to Congress, and on thi 
I2th Nov 1782, he received from Congress the staff rank of Liei 
tenant Colonel, to date from June 23, 1780. He was present at th 
evacuation of New York city, Nov. 25, .783, and accompanie 
Washington to Annapolis. 

He resided more than a year with Washington after his retire 
ment to Virginia, and again in 1778. He accompanied Jefferson t^ 
Europe as secretary of legation in 1784, and was elected to the leg. 
islature of Connecticut in 1786. He was soon after associated witl 
Lemuel Hopkins, John Trumbull and Joel Barlow in the composi 
tion of the Anarchiad," a a series of poems which appeared in th. 
New Haven Gazette" and the "Connecticut Magazine." 

Gen. Humphreys was minister to Lisbon from 1791 to 1797 
and afterwards minister to Spain till 1802, and on his return im 
ported from Spain 100 merino sheep, and engaged in the manufac 
ture of woolens in what is now Seymour, but was for nearly half i 
century called Humphreysville in honor of the poet, warrior states^ 
man and manufacturer. In establishing the manufacture of wooler, 
cloth he was eminently successful, making fine broadcloth of suchi! 
quality that he had the reputation of making the best in America, 
and in November, 1808, President Jefferson sent for some of the 
cloth from which to make a suit for his New Year's Dav appear- 
ance at the White House. 

He held command of two Connecticut regiments in the war of 
18 1 2. and was appointed Brigadier General of the State Militia 
June I, 1813, and he is therefore best known as Gen. Humphrevs' 
instead of Colonel, as before that date. ' ' 

His principal poems are an "Address to the Armies of the United 
States" ( 1782); a " Poem on the Happiness of America ; " a tra-. 
edy entitled 'The Widow of Malabar." translated from the FrencliJ 
w , wTf ' ^""^ ^ P°^"' "" agriculture. His " Miscellaneous j p, 
Works (New York. 1790 and 1804) contain besides his poems a. | i 
biography of Gen. Putnam and several orations and other prose 
compositions. Mrs. Ann S. Stephens writes of him near the close 
ot his life as follows : " I remember him in a blue coat with large 
gold buttons, a buff vest, and laced ruffles around his wrists and in 
his bosom. His comple.xion was soft and blooming like a child 
and his gray hair, swept back from his forehead, was gathered in a 
cue behind and tied with a black or red ribbon." He died in New 
Haven, Feb. 21. 1818. 




John H. DeForesi, one of the early inaniifacturers of the Nau^- 
atuck Valley, came of a Huguenot refugee family which left Eu- 
rope December 23, 1623, for Guina, in South America, and settled 
on New York island thirteen years later. Born in Hudtington, 
fConn., April 10, 1876, he married in Watertown, December 5th, 
181 1, Dotha Woodward of that place, and died in Seymour F'ebru- 
ary 12th, 1839. 

At the age of about 21, in company with his elder brother Da- 
vid, he began a mercantile business in Bridgeport, which soon end- 
ed disastrously in consequence of a hre and burglary. A little later 
he became chief clerk in a shipping house in New Haven, and with- 
in six yerrs accumulated capital of $2,700— no contemptible sum in 
those days. Now followed a mercantile partnership with his jun- 
!ior brother Benjamin, in Watertown, Conn. This interior town, 
[twenty-eight miles from salt water, became a sort of seaport. The 
pork and beef and cider of the neighboring farmers were shipped 
to New York bv wav of Derbv, the Housatonic river and Long 


Island sound. There were ventures across the ocean in whicl 
John H. DeForest acted as supercargo, Various New England pro 
ductions were transported to the West Indies, Guiana, France 
Spain, Portugal and Morocco. One trip was to Tarragona for me 
rino sheep, with an interlude of barilla bark to England. 

Eventualh' a vo3'age to Bordeaux was interrupted by an Eng 
lish cruiser acting under some newh' issued "orders in council,' 
which forbade neutrals to trade with the enemies of Great Britain 
The American was tired upon, the helsman killed, the vessel anc 
cargo confiscated, and the people confined in Dartmoor prison 
Mr. DeForest spent his abundant leisure in studying French unde 
the instructions of a French officer. A correspondence which h( 
held with the Admiralty ultimately resulted in the Hberation of th« 
personnel^ but without payment for the vessel and cargo. This mis 
adventure, and the war of 1812-14 between England and the Unitec 
States, put an end to his seafaring enterprises. 

In June, 18 18 (acting under the advice of his brother David, ^ 
John H. DeForest settled in New York city as a broker and com 
mission merchant. One of his chief correspondents was the houstj 
of Lynch, Zimmerman & Co., of Buenos Ayres, which had Ueer 
founded several years earlier by David DeForest, and still coaVitec 
him as partner. South American productions, such as cattle hides, 
horse hides, "horse oil" and "Patagonian ostrich feathers" were 
disposed of in New York or shipped to Europe or to the West In- 
dies. Money was loaned also, and sometimes more than was re- 
paid: At that time a disastrous depression of business affected Eu-i 
rope and all the civilized region of the American continent. In 
May, 1 82 1, weary of struggling against the widespread bankruptcy, 
Mr. DeForest gave up his New York experiment, glad to escape 
with a of one-tenth of his capital. 

But now came a still bolder adventure. Although he knew 
nothing of manufacturing, he decided to become a manufacturer o: 
cotton. In company with Wain and Leaming of Philadelphia he 
bought the water privilege and mills at "The Falls" in Derby, af- 
terwards called Humphreysville, and now Seymour. The paper-i 
mill, gristmill and sawmill were promptly set agoing, and the 
woolen mill was refurnished with a view to producing cotton sheet- 
ings. Here Mr. DeForest labored eighteen years, one of the minor 
founders of cotton manufacturing in the United States, and not 
without profit therein, although he suffered during the great "crin 


sis" of 1837. and seldom had the encouragement of a protective 
tariff. Though he cared Httle for poHtics, he was repeatedly elect- 
ed to the state legislature, and he was for years the principal try- 
ing justice of the district. 

His greatest pleasure was reading, especially in the English 
classics. His library contained many notable authors, including 
Shakespeare, Milton's Paradise Lost, Cowper, Young's Night 
Thoughts, Bunyan, Hume's England, Gibbons' Rome, Franklin's 
works, Hamilton's works, and Trumbull's Mr. Fingal, with transla- 
tions of Botta's "American War," Rollin, Plutarch, Xenophon, 
Pope's Iliad, Dryden's \'irgil, Don Quixote, "Scott's Bible" and Sale's 
Koran. Such were the guests who most frequently entertained him 
when the day's work was over and he might seat himself by the 
fireside, a lighted candle in one hand and a choice volume in the 
|other. The eyes were gray, the spectacles silver, the nose aqui- 
[line, the complexion swarthy. The coat was swallow-tailed and 
tdark blue in color, with gilt buttons. The silk vest opened to show 
la ruffled shirt bosom. The cane, when he walked out, was never 
missing. The gig. when he drove, was weighty, durable, and of a 
canar}' yellow. A gentleman of other days! The squire! 

His wif-e was the youngest daughter of Elijah Woodward of 
Watertown.who niarched with one of the earliest Connecticut com- 
panies to respond to the "Lexington Alarm." His children were 
George Frederick, Yale graduate, manufacturer in Seymour and 
jbanker in Freeport. Illinois; Henry Alfred, Yale graduate, physi- 
cian, missionary to Syria, deceased at forty; Andrew W., lumber 
merchant, vice prcsitlent of the Tradesmen's Bank, and i)resident 
of the New Haven Gas Light Company; John W.. captain and bre- 
vet major of volunteers during the ci\'il war. and author of various 
volumes in prose and verse. 


Capt. Ebenezer Dayton was one of the brave privateersmen of 
ithe Sound, who annoyed the transports and boats of the Tories 
land the British admiral offered a large bounty for his head and that 
jof Caleb Brewster, his cousin. Fearing to leave his family at their 
jhome in Brookhaven, L. I., he brought them across the Sound to 
Milford. After remaining there a while, as a further precaution, he 
removed them to Bethany. The robbery of the house occupied by 
iMrs. Dayton at that place by a British company and a band of 


Tories is well described at lentrth by Kc-v. Israel Warren in the hoo\ 
entitled "'Chauncey Judd. " 

Soon after the Revolution. Capt. Dayton removed to Chiise. 
town, now Seymour, and lived in the house at the southeast angU 
of the western terminus of Pearl street, where he kept an inn whicl 
was for a time the home of Gen. Humphreys. Capt Dayton was 
as eneriretic in peace as in war, and it was largrely due to his effort' 
that a road was opened direct to New Haven, and another to Water 
bury by way of the "Duii" Road." Some years later he removed tt 


Walter French, born Jan, 5, 
1 78 1, came to this place in i8o(' 
and was the pioneer in the man- 
ufacture of screw auijer bits. 
He was an artisan of great in- 
genuity and skill and by his own 
enterprise as well as by instruct- 
inij others, was largely instru-i 
mental in establishing what has 
for nearly a century been one 
of the leading industries of the 
place. He was a zealous mem- 
ber of the Methodist Episcopal 
church and in 1815 was licensed 
as a local preacher, officiating, 
on Sundays and applying him 
self to business on weekdays 
He had a good memory and aa 
ready utterance and often spoket 
with great power and success 
He died May 26. 1865. age 
eightvfour vears. 


d-i Es: 

Capt. Bradford Steele was a .soldier of the Revolution, serving 
< then as Lieut, i with those who marched for the relief of Boston in 
the alarm in April. 177; ; was Lieut, in the 3rd Com- 


pany, ist Regt., May 1 to Dec. i. 1775: and was aherward Captain 
in the S-z'r.i R^riiment. He was ~"r^rz] ':":e- zzzzir.*.^^ to var- 
lou- : the war, se ::pplies. 

Afte- e war he was : -:rial en- 

terprise; ■ ears. He died Apr 


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r ,: the ^i.r^-rr- - :.^r. ;-i - - - in Seymour 

::.::.; Ftt::: r. : :r :-.^r -^ widely 

-: active h.\ - rsofthe 

: - :. -.--.• z\ - .vas desc-:. ^-^ :: :.. . ...^ .. . rrnch of 

Er.g^and, who came to America in the ship Defence in 1635 
:!-' - ?" -nca, Mass.. one of whose sons came to Milford. 
_; : r of the Connecticut branch of the family. 

-— - -- ' "gh knowledge of 

• eai^ went to the 

~x .ear; ir.:i was a part of that 

government. Returning to this 

:.c oci^r.c .:.-z:z>it^ .:. :he manufacture of augers, bits. 


chisels, and other tools, and went to England to study the processes 
ot manufacture there. On his return he built a mill where the 
Kerite Cable works now are and gave his personal attention largely 
to the manufacture of mechanics' tools, though from time to time 
becommg largely interested in other manufacturing industries, and 
was long the leader m the majority of the local industrial enterprises 
as well asm organizing a bank, a high school association, and a 
library association. 

The Rimmon and Kinneytown dams were built, and the center 
dam rebuilt, under his direction, the power from the Kinneytown dam 
being the nucleus from which the city of Ansonia has grown He 
was also the superintendent and the principal stockholder of the 
Humphreysyille Manufacturing Company. He was never ambitious 
tor public office, but was ever ready to lend a helping hand to meri- 
torious enterprises. He died Feb. 19. 1886, aged 81 years. 


A soldier of the Revolution, was born April 6th, 1753 He en- 
listed Dec. 13th. 1776. for three years, in Capt. Wright's company 
5th Regiment. He married Mary Barlow, of Stratford Dec -3d' 
1779, and lived on West street. He had a shop in the rear, where 
he manufactured brass and pewter buttons, buckles, sleigh bells 
metal tags, etc. He employed an English engraver to cut the dies 
used in making the figures upon the buttons for military and other 
uses^ He afterward purchased of Bradford Steele the house east 
of the Episcopal church and built a shop near by. He died Dec 
6th, 18 12, aged 59 years and 7 months. 


Jabez Pritchard, whose home was on what is now called the 
Mountain Road, enlisted under the first call to arms in April, 1775 
at the time of the Lexington Alarm, and from May 7th until Dec' 
loth he served as sergeant in the 3d company of the ist Regiment. 
On Jan. 2d. 1777, he is recorded as Ensign, and on June i8th 1777 
as 2d Lieutenant. He was in command of the guard at Horseneck' 
and afterward under the command of Major Humphreys near Fort 
Independence. In the conflict which occurred there Lieut. Pritch- 
ard, with others, was taken prisoner and confined, first at King's 
Bridge, then in New York, and afterward on a prison ship in the 
North river. His commission was taken from him, and in conse- 
(luence he was not allowed the consideration accorded to other offi- 


cers, and was so ill treateil that, like most of the other prisoners on 
that infamous ship, he survived but a short time. 
I His generous character may be inferred from the fact that he 
might have escaped being taken prisoner but that he would not 
ibandon a wounded comrade, and that he afterward divided his 
"unds with a fellow prisoner, to which act of liberality Bradford 
Steel ascribed his own survival by means of the provisions which 
e was thus enabled to purchase. 


i|j Bradford Steele, son of Capt. Bradford Steele, enlisted about 
uly 10, 1777, in the regiment commanded by Col. Enos, being then 
bot quite sixteen years of age. He was taken prisoner at the battle 
pear Fort Independence, Aug. 22, 1777, and confined at first in the 
1" Sugar House" and later on a prison ship in New York harbor. 
He was exchanged Aug. i6th, 1778, and soon after reached home 
ind after some months recovered his health. He was in later years 
argely engaged in local manufacturing industries. On the reor- 
ganization of the Congregational church in 18 17 he was chosen a 
deacon and so continued until about a year before his death, which 
occurred in 1841. 


, Was born at Greenfield Hills, Fairfield, Feb. 8th, 1789. He 
pame to Hamphreysville when thirteen years of age to learn the 
■blothing business under General Humphreys. At the age of twenty- 
three he married the sister of the late General Clark Wooster, who 
died a few years later. Mr. Wire soon afterwards commenced the 
manufacture of satinet warps in a factory which he built on Little 

River, about two miles from its mouth, above the Oxford line. He 


represented that town at several sessions of the General Assembly 

;ind held other important offices of trust. He died May 3rd, 1874, 

^.ged 85 years. 


Was born in Leeds, England, Mar. 20, 1786, and came to 
America in 1807 to assist in the establishment of the woolen indus- 
,try here, was a man of great skill and industry in his chosen avoca- 
tion, independent in his opinions, and a zealour member of the 
Methodist church. He was one of the eight trustees of the M. E. 
church in 18 17, and continued to fill that office about thirty years. 
He died Nov. 12, 1853. In his wall he gave three acres of land near 
his home on Skokorat for the benefit of the M. E. church. 



A descendant of Thomas Upson, who was a resident of Hart- 
ford in 1638, was in 1852 associated with Horace A. Radford anc 
Lucius Tuttle in the manufacture of augers and bits, under the firm 
name of the Upson Manufacturing Company, whose works were at 
the mouth of Little River. He enhsted April 23, 1861, in Co. H. 
2d C. v., for three months. At the end of his term he re-enlisted 
in Co. F, 7th C. v., as sergeant. He was wounded at James Island 
June 16, 1862, and died June 18. Upson Post, G. A. R. , is named 
in honor of Sergt. Hiram Upson. 


The gifted writer, was the daughter of John Winterbottom, junior 
partner of T. Vose & Co., successors to Gen. Humphreys in the 
manufacture of broadcloth, in Humphreysville, now Seymour, 
where her childhood years were spent. She wrote her first com- 
position — an epigram upon a boy in her father's employ — at the 
age of seven. In 1832 she married Mr. Edward Stephens of Ply- 
mouth, Mass., and in 1834 published the "Polish Boy." Two years 
later she started a literary magazine in Portland, Maine, and in it 
wrote her first story and published "The Tradesman's Daughter." 
In 183S she became editress of the Ladies' Companion, in NevW 
York, and published "Mary Derwent," "The Deluded" and other 
serials. Later she was with George R. Graham and Edgar A. Poe 
on Graham's Magazine in Philadelphia, at the same time acting as 
co-editress with Charles J. Peterson of Peterson's Magazine. Mrs- 
Stephens and Mr. Peterson were associated in literary work for 
over thirt}'^ years. About 1859 Mrs. Stephens published the origi- 
nal of "Fashion and Famine" in Peterson's Magazine, which was 
afterwards printed in book form, being the first book she ever pub-i 
lished. Her published works now include about thirty novels, a 
"History of the War," in two volumes, and two humorous works.; 
The opening scenes of "Bertha's Engagement" and the story of 
"Malvina Gray" are laid in Seymour. Another volume of local in-i 
terest is "The Gold Brick," in which localities in Seymour are de- 
scribed and some characters of the book were chosen from among 
the people who had sometime lived within the borders of Hum- 
phreysville. Mrs. Stephens died Aug. 20, 18S6, in Newport, R. I., 
aged 76. 




Was the son of John Wheeler of Nyumphs. When twenty years 
of age he located in Huinphreysville and followed the vocation of 
merchant until within a few years of his death. 

His only child, a son, John C. Wheeler, at an early age en- 
tered into business with him; was a merchant and manufacturer of 
augers and paper for many years, until he removed to the city of 
New York, where his youngest son. John Wheeler, born in Hum- 
phreysville in 1823, removed to New York in 1843. and was in 1852 
elected to Congress and took an active part in the exciting times 
upon the question of the Repeal of the "Missouri Compromise," 
lotherwise called the "Kansas and Nebraska bill," in the 33d Con- 
jgress. Upon its being made a party question, admitting slavery 
inorth of Missouri, he, with a few other Democrats, took bold and 
[Open ground against it. and was the only member from the city of 
New York (of six Democrats) who voted against the bill. He was 
re-elected to the 34th Congress — was renominated by the Democra- 
cy in 1856 for the 35th Congress, but declined; was a War Demo- 
crat when it required nerve so to be; was a strong opponent of the 
Tweed Ring, going out of Tammany Hall and joining with the hon- 
est portion of the Democracy and other citizens for their over- 
throw. He was one of the most active of the famous Committee 
of Seventy which overthrew that infamous ring, was one of the 
leaders in the movement which elected William H. Havemeyer 
Mayor, and one of the men who obtained from the Legislature at 
Albany the charter of 1873. On the passage of that charter Mayor 
Havemeyer appointed him president of the department of taxes 
and assessments, one of the board of estimate and apportionment, 
land a commissioner of accounts, which positions he has held from 
I May, 1873, for over six 3'ears, doing his utmost for a reduction of 
|the expenses and taxes of the city. He was prominently named 
among the candidates by the regular Democracy and independent 
'citizens in 1878 for Mayor, but declined to enter the contest. 


I Was born in what is now Seymour in 1802. His father, grand- 
Ifather and great-grandfather were all named Henry and were all 
residents of this vicinity. Captain Wooster followed the sea, sail- 
ing between New Haven and the West Indies. He married Harriet, 
daughter of Joseph Riggs, of Oxford. Their children were : Har- 
riet, Henry, Olive, Cecilia and Leslie B. Henry was lost at sea 


and Leslie B. met his death at the hands of the Indians in Arizona. 
Captain Wooster died in 1842. 


Thomas James was born in Swansea, Wales, Aug. 2, 1817. Ht 
was instructed in all branches of copper smelting, his father and 
grandfather having been skilled in that business, the latter having 
been one of the first smelters at the "White Rock" smelting works, 
which were completed in 1744. He came to this country in 1838, 
and entered the employ of Phelps, Dodge & Co., and commenced 
work in their mill at Derby, where he remained until 1847, when 
he removed to Ansonia, where the company had built a new mill. 

After the Humphreysville Copper Co. was organized Raymond 
French persuaded Mr. James to come to Seymour in 1848 and take* 
charge of the mill. He remained in charge through all the changes" 
and when in 1874 the New Haven Copper Company was reorganized 
he was one of the principal stockholders and was elected president! 
of the company, and this position he continued to hold until he re-i 
signed it in favor of his son, Thomas L. James, and was elected 
treasurer, which office he held until his death. He was a man oil) 
energy and abilit3% and of sterling integrity. 

Mr. James was always earnest in advocating better schools and 
providing better opportunities for the children of the town to ob-- 
tain a more advanced education, and indeed he was at the front in 
every enterprise that tended to improve the town. 

He was one of the organizers of Christ Episcopal church of An^ 
sonia, and after removing to Seymour he united with Trinity Epis- 
copal church, of which he was a vestryman for a number of years: 
and gave liberally to its support. He died July 4, 1887, aged 70 years.- 


H. B. Wooster, the original architect of the Seymour Manu- 
facturing Company's works, was born in Naugatuck in 1827 and re- 
sided there until i860, when he removed; to Waterbury, where he^ 
was connected with the Waterbury Brass , Cojnipany for eighteera! 
years. While there he was one of the trustees of the M. E. churchi 
and a member of the city council. 

In the fall of 1879 he came to Se3-mour as one of the stock 
holders of the Seymour Manufacturing Company and superintended! 
the construction of the works which he had planned. | 



intluence was on 

side of teini)erance 

As a public man his intluence was on the 
and Rood order. He was elected a justice of the peace in 1882, a 
position for which he was eminently quahfied, by his knowledge of 
! law and general information, and by his sense of justice and the in- 
tegrity of his character. He was a trustee of the Methodist Epis- 
I copal church in Seymour for several years and was also highly 
f esteemed as a class leader. He died July 26, iSS^. 


The inventor of Kerite and other useful combinations of India 
rubber, was born in West Springfield, Mass., Nov. 24, 1834. De- 
scended from the primitive stock of the early New England settlers, 
his education was carefully looked after, and early showing a pe- 
culiar fondness for study and investigation, he was prepared in the 
district school for his academic studies, with the view to enter col- 
lege. But in 1840 his cousin, Charles Goodyear — who afterwards 
acquired fame and fortune in the India rubber business — made a 
visit to young Day's father and took him to Northampton, where he 
first saw the process of manufacturing rubber goods. 

This incident determined his pursuit for life. Through his love 
of study he returned to Westfield Academy purposing to acquire a 
classical education, but in 185 1 his cousin, Mr. Goodyear, prevailed 



upon him to come to his factory at Woburn, Mass., as correspon- m 
dent and bookkeeper, bat spent much of his time in the study of ( cha" 
India rubber— Its physicial and chemical qualities, and the processes 
of Its manufacture. Soon afterwards he went into a new factory 
at Springfield for the special purpose of perfecting the vulcanizing 
process. From this point dates the commercial success of the 
India rubber business. 

Mr. Day continued in the employment of Mr. Goodyear for 
several years, instructing the workmen in the various factories set 
up, and conducting a vast number of e.xperiments in the process of 
vulcanizing rubber. 

While at the Roxbury factory he made the acquaintance of 
Prof. Ha3^es, afterward state assayer for Massachusetts, which 
proved of great value to him. It was under the general directions, 
and often the close inspection of the Professor, that Mr. Day now 
prosecuted many of his experiments, with new ardor and this long 
and varied course of experiments were of the highest importance in 
their bearing upon his later discoveries. Visiting all the India rub- 
ber factories, he not only rendered most important service in im- 
proving the processes of manufacture, but he acquired a more 
thorough knowledge of the business than perhaps any other man. 

In 1854 Mr. Day bought a factory in Seymour, from Bassett & 
Hodge, removing his business he had begun in New Haven, and 
having invented a new compound, called Kerite. for the insulation 
of electric wires, he built up a plant for the manufacture of electric 
cables for telegraph and other purposes. This building was burned 
in March, 1864. The pencil work was moved to the brick shop 
southwest of the pin factory, now owned by the New Haven Cop- 
per Co., until the factory could be rebuilt. This was completed in 
March, 1865, and the lower floors used for the submarine telegraph 
works, while the upper part was retained for the manufacture of the 
hard rubber pencils and pen holders, which has been carried on by 
his brothers, H. P. and E. Day. Mr. A. G. Day continued in this 
business here until his death. Dec. 28, 1889. 


To whose enterprise Seymour owes the establishment of the exten- 
sive works of the Tingue Manfacturing Company, was born at Fort 
Plain, N. Y., in 1834. His early life was spent in New York City, 
in mercantile business. In 1880 he came to Seymour and estab- 
lished here the manufacture of plush, which had previously been 

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made only in Europe. Here he <(atherecl about him skillful me- 
chanics and developed various processes of manufacture which pro- 
duced the elegant plushes in new and ever-varying designs at great- 
ly reduced cost, and a highly prosperous business was the result. 

Mr. Tingue was widely known for his generosity and especially 
for his collection of buttons, at a cost of about $-i,ooo, which he 
presented to the state and which nia}' be seen at the capitol at Hart- 
ford. He died April 11, 1885. 


Sharon Y Beach was born m North Haven. May 21. 1S09, a son 
of Giles Beach and Mary, daughter of Captain Jonathan Dayton, 
an officer of the Revolutionary war. Four uncles of Sharon Beach, 
sons of Captain Dayton, served in the company of their father. 
Benjamin Beach, grandfather of the subject of these lines, was the 
first settled minister in Ssymour, then called Chusetown. Sharon V. 
Beach came to Seymour in 1830 and in 1843 went into the paper 
business. In 1850 he became the sole owner and so continued 
until a few years before his death, when he gave it up to his sons. 


He was elected justice of the peace while Seymour was a part 
of the town of Derby and after the incorporation of this town he 
was repeatedly elected to that office. He was at different times 
selectman, member of the board of relief and president of the board 
of education. He was for two years superintendent of the Congre- 
gational Sundayschool of Seymour and when the Baptist church 
was built in Ansonia he became the superintendent of the Sunday- 
school there, holding that position for six years. He was the first 
deacon of that church and a constant contributor to its funds. 

He left four sons : George W. Beach of Waterbury, superin- 
tendent of the Naugatuck R. R. ; Andrew Y. Beach, merchant, of 
Seymour ; Sharon D. Beach, superintendent of the Beach Paper 
Co.'s works ; and T. B. Beach, the Seymour agent of the Nauga- 
tuck R. R. He died March 27. 1899. 


Was for many years a paper manufacturer, his mill being loca- 
ted at the corner of Main and Day streets. He was one of the lead- 
ing official members of the M. E. Church and was widely known as 
a local preacher. At the opening of the war of 1 861-5 he was zeal- 
ous for the prosecution of the war and was elected president of the 
Union League. In his later years he was appointed to the pastor- 
ate of churches in the New York East Conference, at Roxbury '81 
and '88 to '91, at Lake Grove, L. L, '82 to '84, and at Bakerville '85 
to '87. He died in Seymour March 31, 1893. 


Long known as Father Hickox, was born in Torrington Jan. 
12, 1790, and married there in 1808. He was a miller by trade and 
ran a gristmill in Wolcottville and afterward in Waterbury, where 
he was one of the first and most efficient members of the First Meth- 
odist church. In 1821 he was licensed as a local preacher and is 
said to have preached to a large audience, in a ballroom, the first 
Methodist sermon ever heard in Waterbury. After this he frequently 
conducted services there. In 1825 he moved to Southbury, and in 
1826 was ordained a local deacon by Bishop Hedding, in the old 
John street church in New York, and was the first pastor of the 
Union Chapel at Southford. 

In 1828 he moved to Humphreysville, where he had charge of 
the gristmill near the Falls, where the plush mill now stands. He 
afterward engaged in clock making, bought a place on the south 


side of Pearl street, the third iiouse east of the Methodist parson- 
age, and built a shop for his clock work. He frequently went to 
Waterbury and preached there. 

He was greatly interested in the building of the Methodist 
church of 1847 and had a "town clock" put up in the tower. He 
was the Sundayschool superintendent in 1841-2 and for many years 
Iwas one of the trustees of the church. He was as a father to the 
i young converts, and his counsels to them and influence over them 
was of the most beneficial character. He died Mar. 14, 1861. 


In addition to mention on pages 238-9 it may be said of Capt. 
Steele, (b. Sept. 22, 1734; d. Apr. 10, 1804,) that after the closing 
of the port in Boston a town meeting was held November 29th, 
1774, to consider the Continental Congress which had been held in 
Philadelphia. They resolved to abide by the Congress and appoint- 
ed Lieutenant Bradford Steele one of the committee to carry it into 

He enlisted in the First regiment, the second company from 
Derby. He was made first Lieutenant and was probably in the 
battle of Bunker Hill. He served on various committees : of in- 
spection for Derby, Dec. nth, 1775; to enlist Continental soldiers 
and pay them their bounty ; to procure soldiers clothing, to inspect 
'provisions, etc. He took the oath of fidelity Sept. i6th, 1775. 
Dec. 25th, 1780, he was appointed to collect the rate and assess- 
ment to raise recruits for the army. He marched as Lieutenant in 
the Lexington alarm. He was commissioned ist Lieutenant in 
May, 1775, in General Wooster's first regiment and served at the 
siege of Boston, was discharged in Dec, 1775- 

' As Captain he marched his company against Gen. Tryon at the 
New Haven alarm on July 5th. 1779. He served as Captain in the 
second militia regiment and was an officer of a volunteer company 
that joined Washington at Boston, and afterwards was captain of 
minute men. He was appointed Captain of the i8th company or 
Itrainband in the Eight Connecticut regiment in October, 1779. 
i(Conn. Records, Vol. 2, p. 420.) He was in several conflicts de- 
fending New Haven and the coast along the Sound as far as New 
York. He commenced business in what is now Seymour in 1757, 
iafterwards removed to Hartford and from thence back to Little 
River, where he purchased lands and built shops and houses. He 


was noted for his shrewdness, enterprise and strength of mind. He 
was prominent in the business transactions of the town. 


Was a descendant of Edward Wooster. who was born in Eng- 
land in 1622, was among the settlers of Milford in 1642, and came 
to Derb}' in 16/^4. Capt. John was one of the three who purchased 
Rimmon Falls and the land adjacent from the Indians, JosephlM^ 
Chuse and John Houde in 1760. He kept an inn at the angle of that 
Oxford road and the Park road and inclosed several hundred acres^ 
on the hills west of his house for a deer park. 

That he was the owner of slaves, as was common in these 
times, is evident from the record of a town meeting held in Novem- 
ber, 1780, when it was "voted that the authority and selectmen be 
impowered and directed to give certificates to Capt. Daniel Hol- 
brook and Capt. John Wooster to free and emancipate their serv- •< 
ants, Negro men, on the condition that the said Negro men inlist l' 
into the State Regt. to be raised for the defence of this state, for : 
the town, one year." 


Born in what is now Seymour Uec. 9, 181 3 was a son of John 1 
H., and grandson of Capt. John Riggs, a captain in the Revolution- • 
ary war. John H. Riggs married Mary Beecher and settled on 1 
Bungay, his son Harpin following in the occupation of the old 
homestead. He held at various times the offices of selectmen, jus- 
tice of the peace and member of the board of education. He was 
a man of strong convictions and consistent beliefs, and was for 
nearly half a century a member of Trinity church. In 1840 he mar- 
ried Harriet Upson. They had seven children: John H.. of Sey- 
mour ; Royal, of Derby; Louise B., married Norman Sperry ; Sarah, 
married George A. James; Hattie I., married Joseph G. Redshaw ; 
and Mary, married Gilbert E. Osborne. He died Jan 26. 1900, aged 
eightysix years. 


A native of Woodbridge but a resident of Humphreysville from 
early youth, he learned the trade of shoemaker under his fath- 
er's instruction; He was appointed postmaster in the spring of 
1850. on the death of George Lum. who had first been appointed 


f by President Taylor. He held that position until the appointment 
of Mr. Betts under President Pierce in 1853. Soon after he started 
the Seymour Independent, which continued about two years. In 
i8s7 he removed to Birmingham and in 1858 he took editorial 
charge of the Derby Journal and was afterward connected with 
other papers. He was the author of a history of the Twentieth 
Connecticut Volunteers, which was said to be the best regimental 
history ever published in the state. He was well known as a poet 
of much ability. The following verses written by him show his be- 

"What shall you say of me ? This if you can — 
That he loved like a child and lived like a man ; 
That with head that was bended he reverent stood 
In the presence of all that he knew to be good ; 
That hi' strove as he might with pen and with tongue 
To cherish the right and to banish the wrong ; 
That the world was to him, as he went on his way. 
As the bud to the flower; as the dawn to the day 
That he knew was to come. E'en say, if you can, 
That he labored and prayed for the crowning of man 
As king of himself, th;it the God that he knew 
Was the God of the many as well as the few— 
The Father of all. Write, then, if you must. 
Of the errors that cume with the clay and the dust : 
But add — as you may, iterhaps— to the verse. 
For his having lived in it the world was no worse." 


Was the son of Lewis and Martha B. Beecher of Southbury, 
and was a descendant of Isaac Beecher, one of the early settlers of 

i New Haven, among whose descendants were inimbercd Rev. Henry 
Ward Beecher of Brooklyn. 

He was one of the "Six Partners" who in 1847 organizedunder 
the name of French, Swift and Co., all being skilled in the manu- 
facture of augers and bits. He became the sole owner in 1S66 and 

'. was the last survivor of the firm. 

] He was for years one of the trustees of the Methodist Episco- 

pal church and was a Hberal contributor to the various departments 

I of church work. As a trustee he was prudent and kindly in coun- 

\ sel, seeking only the best interests of the church, with the same 
■good judgment which had characterized him as a successful business 
man. He died Sept. 24-, 1880. 



Came to Seymour in 1832, as a }oung, 
physician. He was born in Tioga county, 
Pa., in 1806. He was a practicing physi- 
cian here for more than half a century. 
He was appointed postmaster in 1841 and 
in 1849 he was a member of the General 
Assembly as representative of the town 
of Derby, which then included what is> 
now Seymour. He w^as also county com- 
missioner for one year, in the forties. 
For about fifty years he was officially con- 
nected with the schools as acting school 

visitor, and after the consolidation of the districts in 1868 as a 

member of the board of education. 


Son of Walter French, who first introduced the manufacture of 
augers into this place, and was for many years a leader in this line 
of manufacture, was born in Ashford, Nov. 10, 1804. He, with his 
brother Wales, carried on the business for a time in a shop oppo- 
site the upper works of the James Swan Company, and was after- 
ward for many 3'ears one of the * ' Six Partners " in the same business. 

His parents were members of the Episcopal church, and his 
first recollections of attending Sundayschool w^ere in the Union 
Episcopal (now Trinity) church, where many of the children came 
barefoot and sat on slab benches. He was early confirmed a mem- 
ber of that church, but in 1837 he joined the Methodist church, of 
which he remained ever after a consistent and zealous member. 
For nearly forty years he was one of the trustees of the church, was 
president of the board in 1873-4, and was one of the building com- 
mittee appointed by the trustees to secure the erection of the pres- 
ent parsonage. His ability as exhorter induced the quarterly con- 
ference to license him as local preacher, an office which he tilled 
with honor, and without compensation, as long as his health per- 
mitted, preaching at Great Hill, Beacon Falls and other places 
where the churches were not sufficiently strong to support regular 
pastors. He was superintendent of the Sunda\'School in 1849, was 
a class leader, and was one of the most liberal contributors for 
church work. He died June 16, 1881. 


A. r.. DE WOLFE. 

Alva Goodrich DeWolfe was born in the town of Morris, in 
Litchfield county, Aug. 2Sth, i<Sio. He was the youngest of the 
five children of Levi and Hulda (Stanley) De Wolfe. The father 
of Hulda Stanley served in the Revolution, and being taken a pris- 
ner, died while confined in one of the New York prison ships. 

The boyhood of A. G. Ue Wolfe was spent in Morris, where in 
(his father's shop, he gave the hrst evidence of his strong perceptive 
Ifaculties and great mechanical skill. When but fourteen years of 
ige he built a lathe without having one to pattern after, and soon 
became very skillful in work on guns, watches and machinery, in 
che employ of A. Hart, clock manufacturer. He next went to 
Plymouth Hollow, where he was engaged by Eli and Henry Terry, 
It that time making wooden clocks, and for five years was their 
:oolmaker and general machinist. 

When twentyone years of age, in the fall of 1S31, he started to 
.^o to Havana, Cuba, to build and set up Jennings' camphene street 
amps. He sailed on a brig from New York, which e.xperienced 
leavy seas off Cape Hatteras, which damaged the vessel, but it 
iiially reached Charleston harbor in safety. Here his plans were 
•hanged, and went to Georgetown. S. C, where he worked in a 


gun shop. In the summer of 1832 he came to New York, where hi 
was employed in the manufacture of philosophical, mathematics 
and nautical instruments. 

In 1837 he was again at Thomaston, where he arranged thd 
machinery in the Terry shops for the manufacture of woolen goods 
He afterward built machinery for Seth Thomas, of the same place 
for making brass clocks and remained there several years. In 184^ 
he moved to Springfield, Mass., where he was associated with others 
in the Wasson Car Works. In 1850 he went to Harlem, where he^ 
established a machine shop, and began his work as a builder of'' 
machiner}' for working rubber, which led him into his later avocation, j 
in which he attained distingaished success. In 1853 he devised a.i 
method of pressing hard rubber goods into shape, which was suc-{ 
cessfully applied b}' the Novelty Rubber Company to the manu-i 
facture of rubber buttons, etc. This industry was established at 
Beacon Falls in 1855. with machinery arranged by Mr. De Wolfe. 
This compan}' soon moved to New Brunswick, N. J., where he alsO' 
went for a short time. 

In this work he had been associated with Mr. Goodyear and 
other inventors and experimenters on rubber and as an expert ini 
this work he went to Beacon Falls in 1856, but was soon after en- 
gaged by Mr. A. G. Day to take charge of his works in Seymour.' 
He was very successful in the difficult process of cleaning the rub-: 
ber, as well as m other departments of the business. 

About i860 he began experimenting upon the insulation of wire, 
to cover it by machine process. This work was well under way 
when the mill was burned in 1864. It was soon rebuilt and sup- 
plied with better machinery, much of it constructed by Mr. DeWolfe. 
Several patents were awarded him and his inventions have been of 
great benefit in rendering more safe and efficient the transmission 
of electric currents. He died Aug. 10, 1896. 

Mr. DeWolfe was married in I839, to Lucy Ann Hotchkiss, of 1 
Watertown, Conn., who died Sept. 4th, 1857. His family consists 
of five daughters, all living, Hulda, married W. Lea Roberts ; Eliz- 
abeth, married Charles Sears, of New York ; Maria, married James 
Barber, deceased ; Helen, married Joseph Ineson, deceased, and 
for her second husband, John Jackson, of Ansonia ; and Frances, 
who married W. R. Brixey. 




Was born in Watertown. Jan. 27, 1777, ^'laduated at Yale in 
1800. He afterward attended medical lectures at the medical de- 
partment of the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia, where 
he received the degree of M. D., riding from his home in Water- 
town to Philadelphia and back on horseback. He settled in Sey- 
mour in 1804 and had a large practice. He was a man of great 
energy, though very eccentric. He was active in politics and was 
twice elected to the General Assembly, from Oxford in 18 14, his 
home being then north of the O.xford line, and from Derby in 1826. 
He was a Democrat, the other party being then known as Federal. 
He was always ready to go when his services were needed and 
whether there was a prospect of getting his pay or not he would 
attend in the darkest night and the most inclement weather. He 
died Nov. 26. DS55. His son Jonathan graduated at Vale in 1S31, 


was a lawyer, living in New Haven, was appointed U. S. District 
Attorney for Connecticut by President Polk in 1846, and was ap- 
pointed attorney for New Haven county in 1853. Thomas Stod- 
dard, son of Abiram, graduated at Yale in 1836. William Stoddard, 
son of Abiram, studied law in New Haven and made his home there. 
He had the reputation of a thorough scholar and an able advocate. 


One who contributed largely and in a very practical wa}- to the 
success of some of the industries of Humphreysville and Seymour, 
was Smith Botsford,who had charge of the fitting up of most of the 
mills in town during a long series of years, including the rebuilding 
of Smith's papermill at least three times after it had been destroyed 
by fire; the mill of DeForest & Hodge, built more than half a cen- 
tury ago, Beach's paper mill, etc. He also built many mills in va- 
rious towns throughout this state and in New York and Pennsylva- 
nia. He was not particularly active in public affairs, but when called 
on to serve the public he did so efficiently and to the satisfaction of 
his constituents. In 1844-5 he was the school committee of the 
Cedar Ridge district, in 1862 was elected a Justice of the Peace, 
and in 1870 was elected to represent the town in the General As- 
sembl>-. In 1843 he built the house on North street which he occupied 
until his death, making fiftysix years that it had been his home. He 
was a noted fox hunter, and even after passing four score years was 
successful in the hunt for those wary creatures. He was married 
on Christmas eve, 1829. to Miss Mary Ann Sanford, a sister of the 
late Elihu Sanford of New Haven. They had six children, five of 
whom are living. John E. and Edward N. Botsford and Mrs. Mary 
A. Carroll, wife of Rev. James H. Carroll, live in New Haven. 
Charles N. Botsford in Yalesville and Howard S. Botsford in Ne- 
braska. The other daughter, Ellen E., who married Henry S. 
Johnson, died in 1861. 

He was for half a century a consistent member of the Metho- 
dist Episcopal church, and was repeatly elected trustee and 
steward. He was spoken of "as a quiet, unpretending Chris- 
tian man. a man of sound judgment, much originality and strong 
convictions, but one who nexer burdened others with his opinions, 
with charity for his fellow men, and in the decline of life waiting 
patiently for the muffled oar of the conqueror of all to bear him to 
the other shore." He died Aug. 4. 1899. aged 93 years and 6 mo. 


Born in Newburg, N. Y., in 1822, was the grandson of Samuel 
Divine who served in the Revolutionary War, and of Gen. Joseph 
Chilton, who was on the staff of General Washington. He enlisted in 
the 2nd U. S. Infantry in 1840, as musician, for five years. He was in 
the army school at Fort Wood, on Bedloe's Island, for a year, and was 
then assigned to Co. D, U. S. Infantry, under Capt. Samuel Heinzel- 
rnan, afterward Gen. Heinj^elman. and served two years in Horida, 
in the Seminole war. The regiment in which he served afterward 
furnished eighteen Union generals, among whom were Generals 
Casey, Heinzelman, Candee, (killed by the Modocs) Steele, McKins- 
try, Lyon, Davidson and Scammon. The regiment was ordered to 
Buffalo, N. Y., in 1845, and while there he was one of the band that 
played Bonaparte's March at the reception of Marshal Bertrand. 
who was with Napoleon at St. Helena when he died. 

Mr. Divine came to Seymour (then Humphreysville) soon after 
he completed his term of service m the army and was for a number 
of years the Captain of the Humphreysville Greys, who had their 
armory in the second story of what is now the south wing of Mrs. 
M. M. Randall's store building. He was elected to various offices, 
including those of selectman and justice of the peace, filling the 
latter office for twelve years, and in 1879 was elected to represent 


the to\Vn in the legislature. He became a member of Mornint^ Starr 
Lodge in 1852 and was Master of the Lodge in 1862, He died 
April 18, 1889, aged 65 years. '' 


This enterprising and 'successful manufacturer was born in Hud- 
dersfield, in Yorkshire, England, April iith, 1840, His parents 
were Robert and Mary Coupland, and he was the second of a family 
of nine children. His father was a woolen manufacturer on a small 
scale, but thoroughly skilled in his occupation, and was considered 
an ingenious man. Charles Coupland learned the business with his 
father, getting in an apprenticeship of twelve years a thorough 
knowledge of it which was of immense value to him in later years. 

He came to America in iS6d and was in charge of departments 
of the Baltic mills, Philadelphia, and afterward owned and oper- 
ated mills at Burrville, Ct., and later was in charge at Templeton, 
Mass., and Woodville, R, L In i.Sji he became manager and part 
owner of a mill at Thomaston and in 187^1 he became superintendent 
of A. T. Stewart's thirteen woolen mills in four states. 

In r88o while still in the employ of A, T. Stewart, Mr. Coup- 
land invented a new and verv speedy way to wea\'e mohair 
pile goods, which he determined 'to utilize in a factory for himself, 
with the aid of interested capital. At this time he was introduced 
to John H. Tingue, a wealthy dry goods merchant, of New York, who 
consented to embark with him in this new enterprise, Mr. Coup- 
land agreeing to devise, construct and place in operation all the 
necessary machinery, Mr. Tingue to see that there was no lack of 
capital. Looking about for a suitable site for the factory they 
came to Seymour in 1880, and bought the Kalmia mills, and the 
Work of building the machinery was began by Mr. Coupland, and 
from that time until his death in April, igoi, he continued in charge 
of the works. 

Mr. Coupland was a public spirited citizen and responded gen- 
erously to appeals for contributions for the advancement of local 
enterprises, especially for the public library, 


Son of Edmund B. and Eunice L. Storrs, was born in Humphreys- 
ville in 1822. He was a builder, making a specialty of bridge work. 
He rebuilt the Smith papermill twice after it had been burned, 
and built two papermills in Westville. He went later to Cuba to 

Dec. 2 


superintend the erection of su<,rar mills for the Farrel Foundry & 
Machine Co. 

He was a justice of the peace for many years and until he 
reached the age limit of seventy years. He became a member of 
Morning Star Lodge, F. cSr A. M.. in 1852, and in 1857 was Master 
]of the Lodge. He was also a member of Solomon Chapter, R. A. 
;M., of Union Council, R. & S. M,, of New Haven Commandery, 
Knights Templar, and of Nonnawauk Tribe, I. O. R. M, He died 
Dec, 29, 1894, aged 73 years. 


Was born in Caroline, Tompkins county, N. Y., Feb. 13th, 1832. 
He spent a few years in Ithaca, N. Y., and from there he went to 
Dwego, where for five years he was in a large dry goods store and 
became thoroughly famihar with the business, laying the founda- 
:ion for his future success, but his health not being good he re- 
moved in 1858 to Minnesota, where he remained for a year and a 
half, during which time his health was restored and he returned to 
Owego and his former occupation. 


In 1862 he was married to Miss Anna Curtis Fairchild, the wed 
ding taking place at the Congregational church in Oxford. The> 
returned to Owego where they remained until 1868, when the} 
came to Seymour and Mr. Dean became associated in business wit! 
V. H. McEwen, under the firm name of Dean & McEwen, in £ 
store which stood where the Beach building now stands, at the cor 
ner of Bank and Second streets. 

In 1868 this partnership was dissolved, Mr. McEwen remaining 
at the old stand and Mr. Dean entering into a partnership with C 
B. Wooster and Virgil Buckingham, under the firm name of Woos 
ter, Dean & Buckingham, in the brick store opposite the depot, ir 
which he continued in business for thirtyone years. In 1882 he be- 
came the sole proprietor. He was a member of the board of reliel 
for a number of years, and was twice elected to represent the town 
in the General Assembly, in 1885 and 1886. 

He was a member of Morning Star Lodge and of New Haven 
Commandery, Knights Templar, and intermediate orders. He was 
a Baptist but since his residence in Seymour was a regular attendant 
of the Congregational church and for thirty years was treasurer of 
the Sundayschool. He died March 25, 1900, aged 68 years. 


Son of Anson and Sally (Prudden) Davis, graduated at Washington! 
College, now Trinity, in 1837, and received the degree of M. A. ini 
1840. His first pastorate was at Patterson, Putnam co., N. Y., 
afterward at Pleasant Valley and Hobart. For many years he la- 
bored as a missionary among the Indians of New York state, and:) 
was the author of a historical volume on the Indians and the worksj 
of the Moravians among them. 

From '63 to '66 he was warden of the Episcopal church chari-- 
ties foundation, living in Brooklyn, N. Y., and from '66 to '72 was 
rector of St. Andrew's church of Northford. After that date he' 
made his home in Seymour, officiating in different parishes. He? 
was very liberal in aiding parishes of limited means and in West I 
Ansonia built the Immmanuel church entirelv at his own expense 
and gave it to the parish which was then organized. 

He was a member of the Pennsylvania Historical Society, of the 
Moravian Historical Society of Nazareth, Pa., of the New Haven 
County Historical Society, and was a corresponding member of the 
NewYork Historical Society. He died April 7, 1891, aged 78 years. 



!' Was born in Halifax, Yorkshire county, Enj^land, June 2Sth, 1819. 
His father was an officer in the British army and was in India sev- 
enteen years, being at the taking of Seringapatam May 4th, 1799. 
He was then a lieutenant. He was also in active service in France 
two years, and was at the battle of Waterloo, being then Sergeant 
Major. Mr. Kershawhad two cousins in the service at the siege of 
Sebastopol and two brothers and a cousin served in the War of 
the liebellion. He came to this country in 1849 and to Seymour in 
1 85 1, and was for about forty years engineer at the works of the 
New Haven Copper Co. He was one of the vestrymen of Trinity 
church, and was for thirtyeight years a member of Morning Star 
Lodge. He died suddenly in church March 2S, 1894, aged 74 years. 


Son of Samuel and Mary Canheld, and grandson of Abiel Cantield, 
a soldier of the Revolution, was postmaster for twentytwo years, 
from June i, 1861, to Sept. i, 1867, and from June i, 1869, ro April 
I, 1887. He was town clerk from 1868 and town treasurer from 
1869, holding both offices until sickness in 1889 and 90 prevented 
him from longer service. He was elected a member of the school 
board in 1875 and held that position until 1890, being also school 
treasurer. He was a member of Morning Star Lodge, F. & A. M., 
and was a charter member of Nonnawauk Tribe, I. O. R. M. .He 
was also one of the original members of Humphrey Lodge, K. of P. 
He died March 2, 1898, aged sixtyone years. 


Son of Beers and Harriet A. Radford, of Middlebury born in 181 1, 
raine to Humphreysville in 1832. He was an auger and bit maker 
and in 1847 became a member of the firm of French. Swift & Co., 
and was for several years the traveling salesman for the firm. In 
1S52 he became a member of the Upson Manufacturing Co., man- 
ufacturers of augers, bits, etc., and in 1878 he was elected first 
selectman. He was a member of the Methodist church and a 
charter member of Mechanics Lodge, I. O. O. F.. and at his 
death. May 3, 1895, he left legacies to both of these organizations. 


Was a descendant of ZadocSanford, ist. who settled nearly two hun- 
dred years ago at Lopus, in the west part of what is now the town of 
Beacon Falls. His house stood where Andrew Culver's house now 


SH:v^r()t'R, past akd preskn^t. 

stands. His son Zadoc, 2nd, ser\ed in the Revolutionary War, 
The third son of Zador, 2nd, was Philo Sanford, who married 
Charity Wheeler, daughter of Moses Wheeler. Their eldest son 
was Sheldon Sanford, born April 7. 1S79. He was the oldest mem- 
ber of the Con,s:i'egational church, of which he became a member 
Jan. 8. 1H54, He lived for inany years on Rimmon Hill where he 
had a large farm which he sold some thirty years ago to A. D. Car- 
rington. since when he had lived in Sevmour, 


Son of Thomas and Mary Sharpe, was born in Ridgefield, June ist, 
1797. He was a great-grandson of Thomas Sharpe of Newtown,, 

who was one of the original 
thirtysix proprietors and a sur- 
\e\or of the town of Newtown. 
His father served in the Revo- 
uionary War, in the regiment 
commanded by Col. Philip 
Hurr Bradley, of Ividgetield„ 
and at the close of the war he 
settled in Ridgeheld, purchas- 
ing a gristmill and house, which, 
later he sold and purchased a. 
farm in Oxford, but died soon 
after. Lugrand Sharpe lived 
in Southford until 1842 and was 
an earnest and efficient laborer 
in the Methodist society formed 
there, of which Rev. Samuel 
Hickox of Se\mour was the 
first pastor. It was to a great 
extent due to his efforts that a union meetinghouse was built there. 
In 1823 he married Olive M., daughter of Ebenezer Booth, cabinet 
maker, who built a house, dam and factory half a mile west of South- 
ford. In 1842 he removed to Humphreysville and became one of the 
most efficient members of the M. E, church. He was superintendent 
of the Sundayschool from 1843 to 1850. and later for many years 
held various offices in the church. He contributed liberally to such 
religious and benevolent causes as received his approval, giving over 
$i,5(X> to the missionary cause during the last nine years of his life 
He died May ist, 1876, aged 78 }'ears. 

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Kij (;ii.i.F/rTK, 
Of Great Hill, carried on business for many years as n tanner in a 
building at the corner |iorth ot the rhnrcli. He was active in main- 
taining a good school at Cvrdt Hill, and after the districts were 
consolidated he was elected a member of the tow n board of echica- 
tion. He was a member of the Great Hill Methodist churcli and 
■for more than forty years was one of the trustees of the churcli. 
I He died Aug. 22, 1^99, aged ei:.;htynine years. 

KDWAI^) ;•. B.ASSl-'.T r 

AVas born Sept. 17, 1824, in \\'(jodliury, where his father, Xerah Iia.s- 
sett, was in the carriage business. While he was yet a bos- his 
father sold out his business and moved down t<» the south part of 
Oxford, near the Wire mill. In 1.S47 Mr. Bassett, in company with 
Uavid Johnson, bought out the furniture business then carried on 
by Albert J. Steele in the building in the south angle of Maple and 
Main streets, Air. Johnson selling out to Mr. Bassett about a year 
later. Mr. Bassett soon after purchased a tract of land in the an- 
gle between Maple street and Washington avenue and built a house 
on the north end of it, on the avenue front, and a workshoj) and 
salesroom on the Maple street front. Scune twenty >ears later he 
purchased a lot on Bank street and built a large store which he oc- 
cupied until he sold the business to Mr. Ward in 1SS9. 

Mr. Bassett avoided politics and office seeking, but m i.S:;i he 
was one of those who were named in the act of incorporation of the 
.High School Association for the purpose of helping in the estab- 
lishment of a school of a higher grade, and in 1866 he was elected 
town clerk, but it was only by nominating him without his knowl-^ 
edge or consent, and he only learned of his name being on the tick- 
et when he went to the polls to cast his vote. He consented to fill 
the office that year but positively declined a renomination. In this 
election as town clerk he is said to have been the first Republican 
'elected to any office in Seymcnir. He died June 26, iQoO. 
! Stephen Hopkins Cr i.vhk, son of Stephen Culver of Naugatuck, 
was for about fifty years a resident of this place. He was named 
!from Stephen Hopkins, one of the signers of the Declaration of Inde- 
pendence, from whom his mother was descended. Mr. Culver was 
a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. In 1868 he was elect- 
ed first selectman, and again in 1869. He had two sons and two 
daughters. B. F. Culver, who died in Derb\ . S. Hart Culver of Sey- 


mour, Mrs. Chas. N. Hinman of Ansonia, and Mrs. L. Whitlock oi 
Springfield. Mass. He died Oct. 7, 1887, aged nearly seventynine 

Bennett Wooster was a son of Nathaniel Wooster of Quaker! 
Farms, who lived to the age of 94 years. He was a descendant of 
Edward Wooster of Derby, who was born in England in 1622, came 
to Milford in 1661, and to Derby in 1664, and was the grandfather of 
Gen. David Wooster who won fame in the French War and in the 
War of the Revolution. Bennett Wooster carried on the business 
of blacksmithing for many years where the copper mill now stands, 
and afterward carried on brick making near his residence on Pearl 
street. He was prominent in town and school affairs fifty to sixty 
years ago, and in 185 1 was elected the first representative from thej 
town of Seymour to the General Assembly. He died Oct. i, 1883, 1 
aged eightysi.x years, leaving one son, Charles B. Wooster, who was 
town clerk of the town of Seymour from 1850 to 1863, and repre- 
sented the town in the Legislature in 1851. He afterward removed! 
to New Haven, where for many years he was engaged in the manu- 
facture of carriages. 

Nathan R. Wooster, son of Nathaniel Wooster of Quaker 
Farms, was born Nov. 18,1809. In his earlier years he worked at 
his trade, that of mason, in the southern states during the winter 
time. In the winter of 1832-33 and, 33-4 he worked on the fort at 
Mobile Point, Ala., and in the city of Mobile, and the two follow- 
ing winters in Georgia. Ransom Lum, brother of Dea. E. A. Lum, 
worked on the fort at the same time as Mr. Wooster, who returned I 
in the spring of 1834 by a vessel which went to Havana for a part 
of her cargo, thence to Charleston. Mass. The vessel was blown 
'out of her route by adverse winds to such a distance that thirteen 
days was lost by the divergence and return, so that it was not until 
thirty days after leaving Havana that the vessel reached Charles- 
ton. The ship's crew were not sufficient to handle the boat all 
through the storm and at the same time kesp the pumps manned, 
and the passengers took their turns at the work, and in return had 
their passage money refunded. On arrival at Charleston, Mass.» 
Mr. Wooster came home by stage by way of Providence, Putnam, 
Pomfret and Hartford, his home being then at Quaker Farms. 

He moved to Seymour in 1852, and since then has filled the 
offices of justice of the peace, grand juror, assessor, member of the 
board of relief, town treasurer and first selectman and town agent. 


He was known as one of Seymour's most reliable and trustworthy 
citizens. He died Oct. 5, iSqS. aj>:ed eijjhtynine years. 

Jason Bassett, son of Abel 
Bassett, was a builder in Huni- 
phreysville from i<S29 to 1833, 
but while his home was here he 
took large contracts elsewhere. 
He built Episcopal churches in 
Huntington, Naugatuck. Water- 
bury and Hartford. In 1833 he 
removed to New York City and 
four years later to Rochester, 
where he built the courthouse 
and other large buildings. 
About 1850 he removed to Buf- 
falo, where he was also a very 
successful builder and where 
he died. 

EzEKiEL Giij!i:kt was one of the leading business men of 
Humphreysville and Seymour for a period of over thirty years. He 
at first kept a store a little below Squantuck, then the principal 
travelled road from a large section of country up the river, to the 
Derby Landing, long a shipping point of considerable importance. 
In 1824 he came to the "V^ille and leased the hotel on Broad street 
where he remained until 1830 when he bought the house on Main 
street, at the foot of Maple street, now owned by his daughter, Mrs. 
M. M. Randall, and built the store on the opposite side of the 
road, which was burned some years ago, and carried on business 
there for several years, finally selling out to Humphrey & Wooster. 
Mr. Gilbert was in company with Bennett Wooster in the manu- 
facture of augers and bits, the forging being done in Mr. Wooster's 
blacksmith shop on the lower flat, and the finishing under the sawmill 
near the Falls. In 184; Mr. Gilbert was associated with S. Y. 
Beach and Samuel Roselle in the purchase of the papermill at the 
Falls, the firm name bein,^ Gilbert. Be:ich & Co., and was actively 
engaged in that bu.siness when, in the midst of a busy life, he was 
called away, July 4, 1848, aged 55 years, leaving a son. Lucius Gil- 
bert, who died in 1852, and si.\ daughters, who afterward became 
Mrs. Thomas Stoddard. Mrs. John J. Osborn, Mrs. Capt. Leslie 
Bryson, Mrs. Minot Osborn, Mrs. H. W. Randall and Mrs. H. P. Day. 


Charles Swift was born in Mansfield, Ct., April 29, 1810. He 
was left an orphan at an early age, and learned his trade, auger and 

bit making, of his uncle, Alfred 
Lilly, of Mansfield. Mr. Lilly 
boarded his young men and re- 
quired them to be called early 
in the morning, except Charles 
Swift, whom he would not al- 
low to be called, for he said 
Charles was so energetic that 
when he did get up he did more 
work than any of the rest. He 
came to Humphreysvillein 1835, 
and in 1847 was one of the "six 
partners" who purchased the 
property on Little River and I 
established an auger and bit: 
factory there. He was a manij 
of great executive ability, un--i 
impeachable integrity, resolute '\ 
in business, kind and sympa--; 
thetic to the poor, especially so to his employees and their families, 
and interested in education and the suppression of intemperance, 
and aided b}- his membership and influence the two temperance • 
societies in the place, the Total Abstinence Society and the Sons of 
Temperance. He was a public spirited man, taking a deep interest 
in any mo\ement that tended towards the improvement of the town. 

He married Frances Utley, daughter of Nathan Utlev, of Ash- ■ 
ford. May i, 1836, and died Sept. 28, 1855, aged fortyfive years, 
leaving two sons and three daughters; Theodore M. Swift, who 
served in the war of 1861-5, in the 27th Regt., N. Y. V.; Charles 
W. Swift, of Ansonia, who served in Co. H, 20th C. V.; Mrs. Fran- 
ces M. Eaton, of South Orange, N. J.; Mrs. Sarah S. Merrick, of 
Chicago, 111.; and Miss Hortense V. Swift, of Seymour. 

Joel ChatfiEld, son of Elnathan and Hannah Chatfield, built 
a house on a plateau south of Bladens Brook, about a mile east of 
the Naugatuck river, and a few hundred feet west of his father's j 
house. He was one of the first society's committee of the Episco- i 
pal church, now Trinity church, in 1797. There was in his time a j 
gristmill a few rods northeast of the house, with two run of stone. | 











One pair were French burr stones for which he sent to France, 
nothing of the kind having at that time been found in this country. 
iHe ground wheat extensive!}', hirge quantities of it being then grown 
|in this vicinity, and for years he suppHed Yale college with all the 
Jwheat flour used there. He died June 14, 1836, aged 79 years. 

Leman Chatfied, son of Joel and Ruth Chatfield, lived in the 
house built by his father. He was a selectman of the town of Der- 
iby in 1838 and 1840, and in 1841 he represented the town of Derby 
in the legislature. He was one of the most active in the movement 
I for the incorporation of the town of Seymour in 1850, his name was 
the first on the petition presented to the legislature, and in the act 
of incorporation he is named as the moderator of the first town 
meeting. At this meeting he was elected first selectman and he 
I was re-elected to that office in 1853. In 1852 he was elected justice 
of the peace and in 1854 he was re-elected for two years. He is 
mentioned in the Histor}- of King Hiram Lodge as one of its mem- 
bers and as one who had the courage to affix his name to the mem- 
orable Masonic declaration of principles in 1832. He died Nov. 14, 
1873. aged 84 years. 

Jared Bassett, son of Abram and Deborah Bassett, was a ma- 
son. The stone work of the Second Methodist church was laid by 
him and was remarkably fine work, and when it was torn down in 1892 
it was remarked that the tenacity of the mortar was more like that 
of the ancient Roman walls than of ordinary modern work. He was 
a zealous and efficient member of the Methodist Episcopal church. 
He died May 16, 1869, aged 77 years. His oldest son, Julius Bas- 
sett, enlisted at the first call for volunteers in April, 1861, in Co. B, 
3d Regt., for three months, and at the close of his enlistment he re- 
enlisted as Captain of Co. A, 15th, C. V., and was killed in action 
at Kinston, N. C, March 8, 1865. 

Samuel Roselle, son of Samuel and Sarah Roselle, of Cortland, 
N. Y.. came to Humphreysville in 18 17 and was for many years 
identified with the paper industry. In 1843 he was in company 
with George L. Hodge and Sharon Y. Beach in the manufacture of 
paper in the papermill at the Falls, and in 184S he was associated 
with Ezekiel Gilbert and Mr. Beach in the purchase of the mill. 
They continued in business there until 1850, when Mr. Gilbert with- 
drew and Mr. Roselle with Mr. Beach pulled down the mill and 
rebuilt at Blueville, on Bladens Brook. Mr. Roselle sold out his 
share to Mr Beach a few vears later. Mr. Roselle never took much 


interest m political affairs but was justice of the peace for some 
years and was also a member of the board of relief. He died April 
4, 1887. aged nearly eighty years, leaving a son. Charles Roselle 
and a daughter. Mrs. Samuel A. Beach, both of Seymour. 

Harris B. Munson was born in Middleburv in 1821 came to 
Humphreysville about 1835 and worked at his trade of carpenter 
teachmg the Cedar Ridge school in the winters of 1843-4 and 44-;' 
He studied law and was admitted to practice in 1846 and in the spnng 
of 1852 he was elected justice of the peace, which office he held for 
eighteen years. From ,852 to 1854 he was a judge of the county 
court. In 1853 he was elected representative, was re-elected in 
1854. and in 1863-4-5-6-7. representing the town in the General As- 
sembly for seven years. He managed successfully many important 
legal cases and was widely known throughout the state He died 
in Seymour Feb. 2. i88s. 

Frederick M. Clemons served m the War of 1861-5 in Co 

^u ^i ^' ^ u ^""^ ^^*^' ^^"^ ^^' ""'^^ ^°' ^'^^^^ the superintendent of 
the Birmingham Iron Foundry Co.'s works, but made his home in 
Seymour. In 1875 he was elected selectman and was re-elected in 
1876. He also served several years as a member of the board of 
education of the town of Seymour. He was one of the trustees of 
he Great Hill M. E. church and was a liberal contributor to it. 
tunds. He was a man of untiring energy and was intrusted with 
great responsibilities in which he always acquitted himself well. 
He was a member of Upson Post, G. A. R.. of Seymour- of 

F TaT. ^°?f ' ^- ^- ^- ^- °^ ^''^^ = °^ M-"^"^ Star Lodge. 
t & A M., of Seymour; Clark Commandery. Knights Templar, of 
Waterbury; and intermediate orders. He died Julv 25 188; a-ed 
tortyseven years. ' "^ 

Capt. Philo Holbrook was for nine years the master of a ship 
engaged in the West India trade. His home was in the south part 
of the town, in the section known as Kinneytown. He was one of 
the selectmen of the town in 1855 and 1865, and in 1869 represented 
the town in the General Assembly. He was for thirtynine years a 
member of Morning Star Lodge, F. & A. M. He died Nov. 18, 
1878, aged seventyseven years. 

David Betts, originally from Woodbury, was a resident of 
Seymour for nearly forty years. After a short residence in Derby 
he came to Seymour in February 1853. and kept a drug store in 

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French's buildins,'". iu)\\ Canrttild's. r^oin May i.S5^, to April 1S61, 
le was postmaster. In 1S61 he was elected town treasurer, and 
j.vas re-elected in '62 and '63. 

He afterward kept a store in l)a\is" block, and later took in 
Vlorris Atwood as a partner. Mr. lU'tts sold his interest to Charles 
French who was associated with Atwood under the tirni name of 
\twood & French. Mr. Betts sonietiiiie later repurchased Mr. 
French's interest and the grocery business was jj^iven up and a 
lothing business was opened and continued for some years, but for 
leveral years before his death he had been retired from business. 
:ie was highly esteemed by all who knew him and will be remem- 
>ered as an upright and conscientious citizen. 

Captain Wilson Wvant, Son of John and Charlotte Wyant 

f New Milford, was born Mar. i.S, 18 18. He came to Hum- 

il^hreysville in 1839 and worked in Smith's papermill and later ni 

ip wight & French's auger works. On June 13th, 1846, he was com- 

j^iissioned a lieutenant of the Humphreysville Greys, 5th Light Infan- 

ry, 2nd regiment, of the militia of Connecticut, his commission being 

ssued and signed by Gov. Isaac Toucey of New Haven. Upon the 

)utbreak of the rebellion in 1861 he enlisted, April 22d, serving 

s a private in Company E, 5th Connecticut Volunteers, until June 

ist, when he was commissioned ist lieutenant of the company by 

^Villiam B. Buckingham, Connecticut's famous War Governor, and 

loon after was commissioned captain of Co. E, 5th C. \ . 1. He 

tvas inactive service until Jan. 31st, 1863, when he resigned his 

:ommand on account of ill health. 

In 1840 he married Violet Northrop of Sherman, Conn. They 

lad five children, Charlotte, Minnie, Jennie, Wilson D. and Charles, 

nly two of whom survive him, Wilson D. Wyant and Mrs. John 

Morris. Capt. Wyant was a member of the M. E. church, and 

[vhen the second church was built, in 1847-8, he was one of the 

rustees. He died March 29. 1890. 

Cornelius W. James, son of Thomas James, was educated in 
he common schools of Seymour and in the Glendenning Acad- 
emy. He was engaged in the copper business, in w^hich his 
incestors had been skilled for generations, and was for five years 
ecretary and treasurer of the New Haven Copper Co. He 
vas elected Selectman of the town of Seymour in 1874 and again 


in 1875, and was for a number of years a member of the School 
Board and one of the Acting School Visitors. He was also for 
twelve years a member of the Board of Relief, and discharged the 
duties of the several offices to which he had been elected to the en- 
tire satisfaction of his constituents. 

He was for a number of years Assistant Chief of the Fire De- 
partment, and was a member of Mechanics' Lodge. I. O. O. F. ; off 
Humphrey Lodge, K. of P.; of Morning Star Lodge, F. & A. M., 
New Haven Commandery, Knights Templar; Pyramid Temple, of 
Bridgeport, and intermediate orders. He died Sept. 21, 1892, aged 1 
50 years. 

Nathan Holbroox of Great Hill was a man of strong temper- 
ance principles and unquestioned integrity and was greatly respect- 
ed by all who knew him. He was twice elected selectman and four 
times for terms of three years each as member of the board of 
education, which office he held at the time of his death. He died 
May 9th. 1887, aged 57 years. 

Charles A. Wooster, son of Clark and Grace Wooster, was ; 
at one time engaged in the manufacture of a.xes in a shop on Little 
River. He was afterward associated with S. R. Dean and Virgil 
Buckingham in mercantile business. He was for nearly forty years 
a msmber of Morning Star Lodge, F. & A. M. He died Nov. 10, 
1 89 1, aged seventy years. 

John N. Popp, son of Conrad and Catherina Popp, was born in 
Stambach, Germany, in 1842. and came to America in 1865, and 
established a merchant tailoring store in Seymour, employing from 
twelve to fifteen men in his custom work for this and neighboring 
cities and towns. He was a leading member of the famous Con- 
cordia Singing Society, and was also a member of several fraternal 
orders, including the Freemasons, the Odd Fellows, and the United 
Workmen. He died Oct. 2, 1897, aged fifty live years. 

Horatio N. Eggleston, from Berkshire,- Mass., was for manly 
years engaged in railroad building. Hehadcharge'of the work on the 
Naugatuck Railroad from Seymour to Winsted, and had contracts 
on railroads in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Ohio and Vir- 
ginia. At the time the war broke out he was engaged on a rail- 
road in Virginia and was living at Leesburg, from whence he came 
northward before the lines were so closely drawn as to prevent. 
He was in the employ of Hon. C. French for twentyseven 


years, during the first part of that time as traveHing agent for the 
car spring works. He was for many years a member of the school 
board and a vestryman of Trinitv chnrcli. In 1S73 he represented 
ithe town in the General Assembly. He died ;\i)ril i, 1893, aged 65 

Oliver Stoddard Chatfield, son of Joel and Ruth, in his 
earlier years, tried life on the sea but after some experience in the 
shipping trade between New Ha\en and the West Indies was con- 
tent to remain on the land. He was for some years captain of a 
military company in Bethany and ran his father's sawmill, furnish- 
ing the timber for the older Yale College buildings, for the first M. 
E. church that formerly stood on the corner of the New Haven 
jGreen, and for other prominent buildings of that period. 

He married in 1822 Abigail Tuttle, daughter of Amasa ami 
Sybil (Wooster) Tuttle, who lived near Quassapaug Lake, in Mid- 
dlebury. She was born March 28, 1802; was for sixtyseven years 
a member of the Seymour M. E. church, and died April 14, 1887. 
They made their home in the fine old family mansion which stands 


on the New Haven road exactly on the Woodbridge town Hne, bui 
after the incorporation of the town of Seymour Mr. Chatfield wa 
accounted a resident thereof. This place is now owned by hi^: 
daughter, Mrs, Mary .1, Ford. 

He was a member of Morning Star Lodge, F. & A. M,, of Sey- 
mour, and a Royal Arch Mason, and at his death was one of the 
oldest in the state. He was one of the most liberal contributors foi 
the building of the second Methodist church in 1847. He owned 
five farms, in Seymour, Woodbridge and Bethany. 

Of his children, Howard G. Chatfield lives in Seymour and 
Henry G. Chatfield in Woodbridge. Another son, Charles C. Chat- 
field, graduated at Yale in '66. In his senior year he began tht 
publication of the Yale Courant, the first college paper in the 
country. He was the class poet and was a leading member of the 
West Chapel street church, now merged into Trinity, having with 
his brother George been in it since his college days, when they with 
others started the Sundayschool which was the nucleus of the 
church. He published Barker's Chemistry, Bogg's Four Years at 
Yale, Day's Logical Tracts, Half Hours with Modern Scientists, 
Sermons b>- President Woolsey, etc. He also kept the College 
Bookstore. He afterward became the editor of the New England 
School Journal, which position he filled ably until his death. He 
died Aug. 22, itS76, aged thirtyfive years. 

Uk. Thomas Stoddard, son of Dr. Abiram Stoddard, gradu- 
ated at Yale in 1836 and practiced medicine in his native town 
for some years, but later preferred not to practice except in occa- 
sional special cases. He married Esther Ann Gilbert, daughter ofi 
Ezekiel Gilbert, July 31, 18 19. His home was in the fine old man- 
sion at the foot of Pearl street, facing centrally on South Main 
street ; the grand old elms and maples which line the wide street 
making in summer time a leafy arch over the avenue. Dr. Stod- 
dard died Sept. 29, 1887, aged seventyfour years, leaving two 
daughters and one son — Frances E., wife of Judge Samuel L. Bron- 
son of New Haven, Miss Sarah G. Stoddard, and Ezekiel Stoddard! 
of" New Haven, wholesale merchant, president of the New Haven 
County National Bank, and a director of the Union Trust Company. 

Robert McKay was a native of Helensburgh, on the river Clyde, 
near Glasgow, Scotland. He served in the English navy as a marine, 
for many years, and in the Crimean War went ashore with the 


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hteavy artillery and took part in the battles of Ahna, Sebastopol 
and Balaklava. He was an accomplished artillerist and at the close 
of the war he was detailed in charge of certain work at the Wool- 
wich Arsenal, where he remained several years. For his service in 
the Crimean War he received two niodals, one of which bore the 
jhead of the Queen with the inscription "Victoria Regina, 1855," on 
ithe obverse ; and on the reverse a fi^iiire of Victory placing a crown 
'[of laurels upon the head of a soldier, with the word Crimea. The 
'medal is pendant from bars bearing the names "Sebastopol, Bal- 
aklava." The other medal was presented by the Sultan of Turkey. 
'Mr. McKay came to America in 1869, coming direct to Seymour, 
where he made his home until his death, July i, 1898. He was 
^jone of the official members of the M. E. church. He left two sons 
and three daughters, James G., Robert B., Rose and Jennie McKay, 
all of Seymour, and Mrs. Carrie Kelsey of Waverly, N. Y. 
I Harrison Tomlixsox, son of Truman and Nancy (Perry) Tom- 
I'inson, was born Apr. 23, 1814, at Castleton, Vermont, where the 
family moved from O.'^ford and lived a few years, returning to the 
old Tomlinson homestead on Rockhouse Hill. He came to Hum- 
iphreysville in 1839 and became prominent in business and was iden- 
ititied with the growing industries of the place. He was a merchant, 
doing a large business, at the southeast corner of Maple and Pearl 
streets, until 1852, when with Henry S. Mygatt, he opened the store 

tpposite the railroad station, then called the Eagle store. 
He was one of the directors of the Humphreysville Copper 
Compan^s of the Bank of North America, and of the Eagle Manufac- 
Ituring Company, and one of the incorporators of the Humphreys- 
iville High School Association, and was for man\- years a vestryman 
of Trinity church. On Aug. 24, 18.40, he was commissioned Ensign 
iof the 7th Company. 2d Regiment, by General Rose. He bought 
ithe Moulthrop property on Maple street and in 1853 built the brick 
house which was occupied by his family until after the death of his 
widow, when it was purchased in 1882 by Frank H. Beecher. He 
married Emeret Davis, daughter of Capt. Truman Davis of Nauga- 
jtuck. He died Nov. 28, 1855, leaving three daughters, Mary, Emma 
Is., and Harriet, wife of Horace J. Chatileld of Waterbury. 

Charles Washburn Storrs was a descendant of thesi.xth gen- 
eration from Samuel Storrs, one of the Puritans, who came to Barn- 
stable, Mass., in 1663. He was a great-grandson of Rev. Mr. Wood- 


bridyje, after whom the town of \Voodbrid<re was named. The pa- 
ternal Hne was- -John Rou:er, Roger, Lemuel., Samuel, Jr. , 
and Samuel, Sr., the immi'^rant. 

Mr. Storrs was for many years a successful merchant of Sey- 
mour. He was in 1847 Lieutenant of the Humphreysville Greys 
and was a member of the board of education from 1867 to 1871. He 
died Jan. 26, 1889, aged sixty years. 

Hp:nry Bradley came from Oxford to Seymour in 1852 and 
was in the mercantile business in the place over forty years, first in 
the stove and tinware business and afterward in general merchan- 
dise in company with F. M. Lum. He was selectman for twelve 
years, and for several years was assessor, registrar of electors and 
registrar of vital statistics. He has been a member of Morning Star 
Lodge, F. & A. M., since 1854, and is a member of New Haven 
Commandery, K. T., Lafayette Consistory, S. P. R. S., of Bridge- 
port, and intermediate orders ; of Mechanics Lodge, I. O. O. F. 
and of Nonnawauk Tribe, L O. R. M. Mr. Bradley has one daugh- 
ter, Mrs. D. G. Webster, of Springfield. Mass. He remo\'ed to 
that city in 1899. 1 

Dr. Sheldon C. Johnson settled in Seymour in 1825 and prac-ij| 
ticed here about sixty years. He died in 1887, aged nearly ninety 
years. He left three sons, Henry C. and Harold St. Clair Johnson, 
merchants, of New Haven, and Oscar E. Johnson, of San Francisco;j,l 
and three daughters, Mrs. G. R. Elliot and Mrs. J. T. Forsey off 
Seymour, and Mrs. Harry Leigh of New Haven. 

Dr. Samuel Saneord, from Bethany, who died in 1803, afterjr 
practising here ten years or more. Dr. S. C. Johnson, and Dr. Ken- ^ 
dall, covered a period of nearly a century, though others had in the 
meantime came and gone. 

Dr. J. D. A. Yale, a botanic physician, practised here in 1847-^ 
and was active in social and literary circles, especially in the Hum- ■ 
phreysville Lyceum, which met in the basement of the Congrega. 4 
tional church in the winter 1847-8, and later in what is now Grand j 
Army hall. In 1849 he joined a large party going to California to 
search for gold, as physician for the party, and died there. 

Dr. Augustus R. Vail, a homeopath physician, v>ractised here^. 
for a few years, dying Feb. 24, 1872, aged thirtysix vears. Dr. N., 
B. Bailey was here a few years in the seventies, removing to Bridge-I" 


Frederick W. Pvlford, M. 1)., born in Leeds, Yorkshire, Kn^^, 
Aug. 21, 1826, came to America in 1S3.S and settled in Rid^'eville, 
Ohio. He was educated at the Pulte Medical Collef,^e oi" Cincinnati, 
Ohio, receiving his diploma in 1865. He practiced for a short time 
in Ohio, then located in Massachusetts, where he practiced for sev- 
eral years, coming to Seymour in 1876. He had a large practice 
in Seymour and adjoining towns. He died June 3, 1893, aged 
sixtysi.x years, leaving four children, Charles H. Pulford, M. D., 
and Mrs. .\. J. Miles, of Seymour; Wm. E. Pulford of Prospect, 
and Rufus A. Pulford of Waterburv. 

Egi'.krt R. Warner, M. D., son of Randall A. and Elizabeth S. 
Warner, was born in Thomaston Dec. 25, 1855. He studied at the 
Thomaston Academy and with Dr. Goodwin of that place, and af- 
terward at Yale where he graduated in 1876. He located in Sey- 
mour as i)racticing physician the following October and soon had a 
large practice. He was highly esteemed, both as a skilful pliysician 
and for the highest qualities of imnd and heart. He was married 
to Miss Delia E. Stout Jan. 24, 1SS3. He died Dec. 3i>_'''^97. aged 
36 years, leaving two children, Charles R. and Helen T. Warner, 


Wm. H. Williams was born in Bethany in 1850 and with but 
hmited school advantages came in 1870 to stud}' law with the late 
Judge Harris B. Munson. He was examined for admission to the 
bar in 1873 and was approved, and in January, 1874, at the openin.u 
of the Superior Court in New Haven, he was admitted to practice 
in any court in the state. Mr. Williams practiced law in Seymour 
until 1882, when he removed to Birmingham, where he has since 
made his home. Mr. Williams is now State's Attorney for New 
Haven County and is one of the ablest and most respected lawyers 
in the state. He was a charter member of Humphrey Lodge of 
Seymour, in which he still retains his membership, and has been 
Grand Chancellor of the order in the state. 




Henr}' A. Rider, born m Danburv, Conn., in 1832. is a son o 
Ralph and Harriet (Chapman) Rider, and a descendant of Capt 
Phineas Chapman, who served in the Revolutionary War. H( 
came to Seymour in 1853 and in 1855 engaged in the livery business, 
N\ hich he carried on for many years, and was also extensively en- 





sag:ed in stockraisin|>: on his Castle Rock Stock Farm. He has also 
done a lar^'e real estate business. During the war of 1S61-5 he was 
an enlistinf,^ oil cer and provost marshal. He was treasurer of 
the town of Seymour for many years, and has tilled other town 
offices. He has been a member of Morning Star Lod^e, F. & 
A. M., of Seymour, since 1865, and of Solomon Chapter, K. A. 
M., of Derby. 

He married Miss Sophia J. Carter, a f^reat-K^randdauf^jhter of 
Capt. Ichabod Tuttle, who served in the Revolutionary War, en- 
listing from Herkimer county, N. Y. They have three children, 
Geo. A. Rider of Buffalo, N. Y , and Mrs. "c. H. Storrs and Miss 
jAddieE. Rider of Ansonia. Mr. Rider remo\ed to Ansonia in 1900. 

Carlos Hotchkiss Storrs, son of Chas. W. and Mary L. 

Storrs of Seymour, graduated at the Derby high school and then 

went to the Wesleyan University at Middletown where he completed 

the classical course in 1887, and graduated with the degree of B. A. 

In i8qo that institution conferred upon him the degree of M. A. 

) In the meantime he had entered Yale Law School where he gradu- 

j ated in 1889. He was later in the office oi Wooster, Williams & 

j Gager, and afterward practiced in Seymour and Ansonia. He 

[1 has since remo\ed to Ansonia. 


Seymour is genuinely representative of the cosmopolitan char- 
acter of the people of the United States, its population being 
largely composed of the descendants of the best communities of 
Europe. While Great Britain is most largely represented, by people 
from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, and their descendants, 
there are also numerous representatives of the countries of the con- 
tinent, Germany, Holland, and Sweden, descendants of the Hugue- 
nots and the Palatines, of the Normans and of the Saxons, of those 
who came over in the Mayri(nver and of those who have since crossed 
the seas to help build the great repu'olic of the new world, people 
originally of many nationalities, but now all devoted citizens of the 
"best countr\- in the world." 

sEVMoiK, PAST AND pi<>:sc:.vr. 


Hon. Carlos French, son of Raymond and Olive French, was 
born in Humphreysville (now Seymour), August 6, 1835, and was 
educated in the schools of Seymour and at General Russell's school. 
New Haven. He was an energetic young man with an inventive 
mind. In riding upon the cars he noticed the excessive joltin,:^: and 
began studying for some means of improvement in this respect, his 
study resulting in the invention of a steel car spring which soon 
came into general use- The springs were for some years manufac- 
tured in Seymour under his v^t^rsonal supervision, 

Mr. I'^rench represented the tou n of Seymour in the legislature 
in i860 and 186S, and in 1888 he was elected to the Fiftieth Con-J| r? 
gross, receiving 18,730 votes against 17,402 votes for Lewis, Ref)nb- 
lican ; 1,649 votes for Mansfield, Labor candidate, and 1,336 Mites 
ior Augur, Prohibitionist. He represented his disirict niAy and 
effectively, and ^\■as a member of the Democratic national commit- 
tee, but declined a renoniination. 

He is a director of the Second National Bank and of the New 
York, New Haven cS: Hartford R. R. Co., is the president and 


treasurer of tlie Fowler Xail Co., uiid was the or.^au'izor of the 
.Arethusa Sprin<i- Water Co. of Seynionr. 'J"he eini)h)y(!es of tlie 
Avorks under his supervision have always heoii well paid and in none 
of his manufacturing enterprises Ins th;M\! hcL'n s udi a thiu-- as a 
strike the workmen, and soinL>:inu-s when l)nsiness has been 
dull the works have been run without j)rolit in order to continue to 
sjive the employees the benetit of their earnings. He has ever been 
g-uided by a spirit of fairness and liberality toward his employes and 
in his dealings with them this sense of fairness, justice and love of 
humanity has been inxariably manifested- Respecting the right of 
every man to liberty and the i)ursuit of hai)piness, as set forth in the 
Declaration of Independence, his own acts and deeds ha\e i)romoti'd 
those principles upon w hich our forefathers builded the republic. 
His record is without blemish and he is honored by all w ho know 
him. Mr. French has been a liberal contributor for the; Se_\in<n r 
Public Library, and it is to him that the people of Se>niour are in- 
debted for the gift of the Se.\ niour park, of fourteen acres, mentioutd 


James Swan, son of William and Mary ' Beck > Swan, was born 
in Dumfries, Scotland, Dec. i8, 1833. He is a Hrst cousin of Hon. 
James B. Beck, of Kentucky, who was a Representative in the For- 
tieth, Forty-first, Forty-second and Forty-third Congresses, and was 
twice elected U. S. Senator for six years, and was the only member 
of Congress from the south who remained true to the Union during 
the War of the Rebellion. Mr. Swan's mother was sister to Mr. 
Beck's father, and in their boyhood the two youths were school- 
mates in Dumfrieshire. In them all were embodied the many ex- 
cellent traits of the sturdy Scotch race, a race of brave, honest and 
noble men and women, who in the olden times were a bulwark 
against tyranny and persecution for conscience sake. They endured 
hardship manfully and braved every danger in maintaining the 
right to worship God according to the dictates of their own con- 
sciences. They were hunted in the mountains and in the valleys, 
and many died rather than prove recreant to their faith, bearing 
all with a firm reHance on a higher power, and their descend- 
ants may well point with pride to the heroic (k-vA\< of their an- 
cestors. A single instance ma\ be gi\en : 

In the town of Dalswinton, Scotland, there lived in the time 
of the persecution of the Co\'enanters a man In the nam.' (-t W il- 


Ham Swan, who was devoted to the cause of the Covenanters and 
always ready to give aid and shelter to those who were suffering 
for righteousness sake. His house was on a hill from which he 
could see for a long distance in every direction. 

It happened one day that a party of the Covenanters were 
hidden in his barn, and a spy informed the soldiers of the fact, 
and they started for the place, but Mrs. Swan, who was ever on the 
alert, discovered their approach in time and Mr. Swan quickly de- 
vised and put in execution a plan which proved successful in accom- 
plishing the deliverance of the Covenanters. When the dragoons ap- 
proached William Swan was heard having a vehement controversy 
with his wife over some wool, at the barn. He drove his wife from 
the barn, and in an angr}- manner threw her a bundle of wool, tell- 
ing her to make what use she pleased of it, at the same time notifying 
her that he would not allow her or any other person in his barn, 
and locking the door in the face of the soldiers, exclaimed, "Let 
me see the person who dares to enter this barn without my permis- 
sion." The scheme was a success and the dragoons marched away 
believing that the information respecting Mr. Swan was false. For 
centuries the family has lived in the same valley, as the inscriptions 
in the ancient cemetery attest, keeping alive -and active the spirit of 
liberty and religious freedom. 

James Swan, reared in such an atmosphere of religion and of 
patriotism, was given a good common school education and was 
early apprenticed to learn the trade of millwrighting, his master be- 
ing one of the most skillful workmen in the craft, his trade embrac- 
ing work in both wood and iron. In 1853 he came to this country 
and for several years was in the employ of the Farrel Foundry & 
Machine Co. of Ansonia, the last five years as superintendent. In 
US65 the Oliver Ames Company engaged him to come to Seymour 
as superintendent of their augur and bit works, which position he 
held until 1876, when he bought the company's business and real 
estate and enlarged the business to include an extensive line of 
(^dge tools, and now manufactures more than a hundred varieties 
of mechanics' tools. He has made careful and continuous study of 
the tools and the processes of manufacture, with the result that he 
has taken out more than seventy patents for various improvements 
which have not only improved the goods in many respects, but 
have decreased the cost of manufacture. 


Mr. Swan has always been an earnest supporter of measures 
conducive to the welfare of the community and he was one of the 
most efficient advocates of the erection of the present handsome and 
commodious high school building and has for many years been an 
active member of the Seymour Board of Education. 

He has been a member of Morning Star Lodge, F. & A. M., 
I since 1866, and is a charter member of Nonnawauk Tribe, Improved 
I Order of Red Men. 

He has been one of the staunchest supporters of the Seymour 
Public Library, giving liberally to increase its efficiency, and in the 
matter of good roads, waterworks, electric lights and other public 
j improvements, he has always been at the front. He aided largely 
in securing the erection of the present handsome and convenient 
engine house and in the organization and subsequent development 
of the tire department, of which tor sixteen years he has been the 
Chief. He is a member of the Congregational church, and was for 
a number of j^ears superintendent of its Sundayschool. 

In 1872 he had the honor of being elected the first Republican 
representative from Seymour, his high personal qualities, integrity 
and public spirit helping him to overcome a previously large Dem- 
ocratic majority. 

He was long a member of the board of directors of the Ansonia 
National Bank and is now a stockholder of the new Valley National 
Bank of Seymour. He is president of The James Swan Co., and of 
the H. A. Matthews Manufacturing Co. 

Mr: Swan married Miss Agnes Bell in 1857 and has one daugh- 
ter, Miss M. Jessie Swan, and three sons, William B. Swan, super- 
intendent of the auger and bit works, John Swan, superintendent of 
the edge tool works, and Albert Swan, bookkeeper for the company. 

NoRM.\N Sperry, son of Albert and Phebe A. (Tuttle) Sperry 
of Cheshire, and grandson of Job Sperry of Bethany, was born in 
Cheshire Feb. 12. 1842. He was educated in the common schools 
of Cheshire, in the Cheshire Episcopal Academy, and at the Lewis 
Academy at Southington. He came to Seymour in 1862 and worked 
for H. B. Beecher, the Douglass Manufacturing Co., and the Hum- 
phreysville Manufacturing Co., until March, 1875, when he became 
the president of the Humphreysville Manufacturing Company, and 
in 1895 he became the sole proprietor. 

He is a member of Trinity Church and a vestryman, and has 
been identified with the best interests of the community. He is a 


prominent member of the Masonic order and is a Knight Templar. 
In 1884 he was elected first selectman and served the town most ef- 
ficiently, especially in the matter of road improvements, and to the 
entire satisfaction of his constituents. He was twice called to rep- 
resent the town in the General Assembly, in 1883 and in 1893, and 
in 1894 was unanimously nominated for state senator in the demo- 
cratic convention for the seventh district. 


Edmund Day came to Seymour in 1855 from West Springfield, 
Mass., and engaged, with his brothers, Austin G. and Henry P. 
Day, in cleaning and preparing East Indian and Central American 
varieties of india rubber, by a patented process, for use by other 
manufacturers, also in the manufacture of hard rubber stationery 
goods and fountain pens. 

Mr. Day was one of the most prominent in local endeavor on 
the side of the Union in the early years of the War of the Rebel- 
lion, and in the first year of the war, when local sympathizers with 
the South threatened to burn the property of Union men, he ob- 
tained a grant of arms from the state, and had them brought here 

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so quietly that the first his opponents knew of the move was when 
the weapons were seen in the hands of men who were patrolhn^r 
the streets at night. The leader of the pro-slavery paity \ a-; 
notified that if any buildings were burned he woul l be held 
personally responsible. The result was as intended and theie was 
no further talk of destroying the property of the upholders of the 
Union. Mr. Day was for si.x years a member of the school board, andm 
1S74 he was elected to represent the town in the legislature. In i<SS; 
and 1886 he was state senator for the seventh district, and was the 
chairman of the joint committee on manufactures. He married in 
1863 Annie E. Melcher, and has a son, William M. Day, of Sey- 
mour, and two daughters, Mrs. F. G. Hotchkiss of Ansonia, and 
Miss Edith Dav, of Sevmour. 


Thomas L. James was born in Birmingham, Conn., May 7, 
1846. The family moved to Seymour in 1850. His education was 
mostly obtained in the public and private schools of his own village, 
including the Glendenning Academy, in which he was the youngest 


in attendance ; then in Brown's school in West Haven, and after- 
wards in General Russell's Military Institute in New Haven. 

He entered the New Haven Copper Co., his father being the( 
head of the compan}- for many years, and in 1879 he was elected 
president of the company, which position he has held ever since. 
In politics he has always been a Republican, and as such he was 
elected a member of the legislature of 1884, was several times elect- 
ed one of the selectmen of the town, and was influential in securing, 
various public improvements. 

He has for many years been a member of the school board and 
acting school visitor, and has taken great interest in the schools, ini 
which he is always a most welcome visitor to both teachers and pus 
pils. He has also been repeatedly appointed assistant chief of thet 
fire department. 

He is a member of the Episcopal church, and has been a ves- 
tryman for many years. He is also a member of New Haven Com-i 
mandery, Knights Templar, and of other fraternal orders. In iSqoc 
he made an extensive tour over the European continent for the ben-: 
efit of his health. 

Mr. James' mother, Mrs. Minerva Rowe James, is a descendant! 
of Elder Brewster of the Mayflower. Mr. James married in July, , 
1870, Miss Julia A. DuBois, at St. Mary's Hall, Burlington, N. J.,, 
where Miss DuBois was then a teacher. They had four children, , 
Ida L., May D. B., Agnes and Julia, of whom only Ida L. and; 
Agnes are now living. 

Thomas S. Perrins was born in Philadelphia and was educated 
in the schools of that cit3% graduating in the high school. He 
learned the machinist trade in the Bush Hill iron works and in 1877 
came to Ansonia. In 1878 he began a series of experiments in the 
manufacture of eyelets, with the Schneller, Osborn & Cheeseman 
Co., and later became a stockholder in the company and one of the 
directors. In 1897 he came to Seymour and established an eyelet 
factory in the Humphreys factory, where he carried on business for 
three years. He became a stockholder in and a director of the 
Rimmon Manufacturing Company and on the opening of the works 
in the spring of 1991 he removed his machinery to the new works, 
of which he is the superintendent. Mr. Perrins is a member of the 
Methodist Episcopal church and one of the trustees. 




William R. Brixe}', son of Richard and Elizabeth Brixey, was 
born in Southampton, England, in 185 1 ; came to America in the 
year 1879, and located in Seymour, where he married Frances Nan- 
cy, daughter of Alva G. and Lucy Ann DeWolfe. He is the owner 
of the Kerite insulated wire and cable works at Seymour. He has 
three sons, Richard DeWolfe, Reginald Waldo and Austin Day 
Brixey, his only daughter, Daisy Rosina Brixey, having died in 1890, 
in her infancy. 

He is a member of the following societies and clubs : Chancel- 
lor Walworth Lodge, No. 271, F. & A. M., New York city; Triune 
Chapter, No. 241, R. A. M., New York city; Columbian Command- 
ery, No. i, K. T., New York city; Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite 
32°, life member. New York city; Mecca Temple, A. A. O. M. S.. 
New York citv ; New York Athletic Club, New York city ; Brooklyn, 


N. Y. ; Captain and Inspector Rifle Practice, Old Guard, New YorH 
citv ; New York Society Electrical En.u^ineers, New York city. 


Albert B. Dunham, the present high sheriff of New Haveiii 
county, was born in Oxford Sept. 27th, 1839. His father, Henry 
Dunham, was a native of Southington, but made his home in Ox- 
ford, where he married Henrietta Tucker, daughter of Daniel and 
Laura Candee Tucker, of Oxford, and the granddaughter of Capt. 
Job Candee, of Oxford, who served in the War of the Revolution. 
Mr. Dunham, after attending the school at Oxford centre, continued 
his studies at the Waterbury Academy, which was conducted by the 
late Charles Fabrique. On his return to Oxford he entered the 
store of S. P. Sanford, and in 1861 was appointed postmaster by 
President Lincoln. A few years later he came to Seymour and 
engaged in the livery business. He was appointed deputy sheriff 
under Charles Scott, and in 1878 was chosen to represent Seymour 
in the state legislature. In 1883 he was chosen county commis- 


iioner, to which position he was re-elected for fourteen years, and in 
[8q8 he was elected sheriff of New Haven county. Mr. Dunham has 
ilways been a consistent Republican, never having voted any other 
icket. He has been a member of Humphrey Lodge, Knights of Pyth- 
as, nearly twentyfive years. His manner and dealings have been 
luch that through forty years of the turmoil and strife of a political 
ife he remains popular with the electors of New Haven county. 


Charles Henry Lounsbury, one of the leading merchants and 

libusiness men of Sevmour, was born in the western part of Bethany, 

Uw Beacon Falls, Sept. i8th, 1848, and is the only son of Ransom 

uKl Mary Joyce Lounsbury, of Beacon Falls. The other members 

j{ their familv were two sisters; Eliza Jane, married Herbert Beers 

i New Haven, deceased in the spring of 1890, and Ella B., married 

o Fred Colvin, deceased. His father is a son of Josiah Lounsbury. 

■ho married Sallv Lines, whose father held a commission from 

Governor Jonathan Trumbull in the Revolutionary War. Linus 

Lounsbury, the father of Josiah Lounsbury, and great-grandfather 

bf Charles H. Lounsbury, one of the first settlers in the western 

'part of Bethany, was also a soldier in the Revolution. The Louns- 


bury paternal home is still owned by the family, being one of tn| 
oldest improved places in the eastern part of the town of Beacc; 
Falls. When the town of Beacon Falls was organized, in 1871, I: 
was one of the first officers chosen, and in 1877 he was elected t i 
represent the town in the legislature. 

He removed to Seymour in 1877 and was at first employed ij 
the store of H. R. Randall. In March, 1881, he began business fc 
himself at the corner of Maple and Pearl streets, where he has sincii 
remained. He was first selectman and town agent from Octobe: 
1885, until October, 1890, and from 1892 to 1895, and a number ( 
important public improvements in the town were made under h 
direction, and have reflected credit upon his judgment and executivv 
ability. He has since served the town in the capacity of a membei 
of the board of assessors, a position which he still holds. 

He is a trustee of the M. E. church, past patron of Olive Chan 
ter, O. E. S., a member of the Board of Trade, a member of thi 
Masonic order, of the Odd Fellows, and of the A. O. U" W- 

Frank H. Beecher, son of Henry B. Beecher, of Seymouii 
succeeded his father as proprietor of the augur and bit works establ 
lished by the "six partners" in 1847, which he greatlv improvect' 
Mr. Beecher was foreman of Citizen Engine Company for ninni 
years and was active in raising money by subscription to pay fod 
the new steam fire engine in 1884. He was secretary and treasure' 
of the building committee for the present engine house and for thI 
high school building, 

He is a member of Mechanics Lodge, I. O. O. F., a chartee 
member of Nonnawauk Tribe, I. O. R. M., and a charter member 
and Past Chancellor of Humphrey Lodge, K. of P. He is now thd 
superintendent and treasurer of the H. A. Matthews Manufacturing 
Co., is manager and treasurer of the Sej'mour Electric Light Comiil 
pany, and a director of the Valley National Bank. 

He married, March 22, 1876, Nellie A. Thompson, daughter ool 
John M. and Maria A. (Noble) Thompson, of Bridgeport. Mrs; 
Thompson is the granddaughter of an officer of the Revolution. 

Henry P. Day, born in West Springfield, Mass., came to Seyi 
mour in 1855, from California, where he had spent three or foui 
years. He has since then been associated in business with hi.' 
brother, Edmund Day, in the manufacture of fountain pens and 
other vulcanized hard rubber goods. In 1876 he represented the 
town of Seymour in the legislature. 

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He married in 186^ Fanuic (lilhert, daiiKhter of Ezekiel aiul 
Sarah Gilbert. The}' have two sons, JuHns G. Day, of Shelton, 
secretary and treasurer of the Whitlock Printinj,^ Press Manufactur- 
ing Co., and Harry G. Day, attorney, of the law firm of Watrous 
& Day, New Haven, and instructor in the Vale Law School. 


Lewis A. Camp, son of Phineas W. and Louisa McNeil Camp, 
was born in Morris. Conn., April 15, 1835, and came to Seymour in 
1870, and has been m the mercantile business since that time, 
though at present only as a member of the Camp & Rugg Company. 

He was first selectman of the town of Seymour for five years, 
from 1873 to 1878, represented the town in the legislature in 1875, 
and was for many years a justice of the peace and a member of the 
school board, He is secretary of the New Haven Copper Company, 
a vestryman of Trinity church, and a member of Morning Star 
Lodge, F. & A. M., of New Haven Coinmandery, Knights Templar, 
and other Masonic orders. He married Elizabeth E. James, 
daughter of Thomas and Minerva James, Oct. 2, 1877. They have 


two daughters, Minerva J. and Elizabeth L. Camp, and one son 
Thomas James Camp. 




Edward A. Klatt, son of Frederick and CaroHne ( Birlum) Klatt,!" 
was born in Bangor, Maine, in i860. He Hved there until twenty-lS 
one years of age and after his school years learned the trade of 
moulder in the Hinkley ik Egery Iron Works, of Bangor. He was 
for five years at the Knowles Steam Pump Works, at Warren, , 
Mass., and from there came to Brid eport, where for a year hat 
had charge of the Springfield Manufacturing Co.'s foundry. He( 
then became foundry superintendent of the R. E. Parsons Co. 
works and after six months became one of the stockholders- 
He remained with this company five years and only resigned his; 
position there to come to Seymour and establish the Seymour Iron 
Foundry, of which he is sole proprietor. 

Mr. Klatt is a member of Quaboag Lodge, F. & A. M.. of War- 
ren, Mass., of the Sam Harris Lodge, I. O. O. F., of Bridgeport, 
and of Kabosa Encampment, of Norwalk. He is also a member of 
the Seymour Methodist Episcopal church, and one of the trustees. 




Andrew Y. Beach, son of S. Y. and Adaline Beach, was born 
in Humphreysville in 1836, and after attendinij the schools of his 
native town was for a few terms a student at the West Rock Sem- 
inar}' at New Ha\en. In 1856 he went to Sprin.ijfield to take a clerk- 
ship in the Hartford and New Haven Railroad Company's freight 
office. In 1858 he resigned his position to become station agent at 
Naugatuck, on the Naugatuck railroad. He remained there but a 
short time, howe\er, resigning to accept a place with his father in 
the papermill. He remained there three years and then accepted 
the position of station agent at Seymour, where he remained seven 
years, when he was made general ticket agent of the road, with 
headquarters at Bridgeport. He held this position five years, after 
which he resigned, in 1872, and went to Springfield, Mass., to be- 
come agent of the New York, New Haven & Hartford railroad, 
having entire charge of the affairs of the company there, except the 
ticket selling, remaining in that position fourteen years. He was a 
member of the board of aldermen of Springfield in 1884, 1885 and 
1886, and the third year was president of the board. 

In 1886 he resigned his position in Springfield and returned 
to Seymour to go into business for himself. He has been a mem- 
ber of the board of education, is president of the Humphreysville 


Graveyard Association, and has for many years been a justice ofj 
the peace. j 

Charles W. Michaels was educated in New York City audi 
spent two years in travelling in the west. He was afterward in ; 
mercantile business in Meriden two years and later in Yalesvillei 
twentyfive years. He came to Seymour in 1899 and is secretary ; 
and treasurer of the Rimmon Manufacturing Company. ! 

He married in 1876 Miss Carrie L. Pickhardt, daughter of 
Henry and Matilda Pickhardt, formerly of Seymour. They have 
two daughters, Alice and Lillia Michaels. 

Mr. Michaels is a member of Compass Lodge, F. & A. M., and 
St. Elmo Commandery, Knights Templar, of Meriden, and otheri 
Masonic orders. 

George P. Shelton was born in Southbury and was the son' 
of Roswell and Mary (Hicock) Shelton. In 1844, when twentyfour 
years of age he was appointed major general by the legislature. He 
had served the state in nearl}' every military rank from sergeant 
major to brigadier general. He studied law and was admitted to 
the bar in Litchfield. In 1848 he represented his native town in thed 
legislature, and was appointed adjutant general. He is the author 
of the present state military system, having drawn the bill and se- 
cured its passage in 1848. He was senator of the Fifth District ini 

General Shelton came to Seymour in 1850 and practiced lawv 
here for five years. He then commenced the manufacture of bro- 
catelle, and held over $30,000 in the leading joint stock companies 
of Seymour. He built the embankment of the Rimmon Pond and 
the road on the east side of the pond, and owned one tenth of the^ 
stock of the Rimmon Water Companv. He surveyed and laid out 
the road from Third street to the Hoadley bridge, and was its princi-J 
pal advocate. He was one of the incorporators of the Seymour r 
Savings Bank in 1852 and in 1855 he was president of the Eagle. 
Manufacturing Co of Seymour. He began the settlement of Clif-- 
ton, where he has resided for many years. 

In 1862 he married Mary Lambert Webster. They had live 
children, Georgiana, William L., Marietta, Isabel and George H. 
William L., Isabel and George H. are still living. George H. Shel- 
ton is a graduate of West Point and captain in the 25th Infantry, 
U. S. A. 

\V. W. SMITH. 


Capt. W. W. Smith, son of Rev. Sylvester Smith, was born in 
iWestville, his parents moving here while he was in infancy. He 
went out with the first company raised in Seymour at the beginning" 
of the Civil War, was mustered in as ist Lieutenant of Co. H, 20th 
C. v., Aug. 15. 1862; was taken prisoner at the battle of Chancel- 
lorsville May 3, 1863, and taken to Libby prison, but was soon 
exchanged and returned to his regiment. He was promoted to 

! Captain of Co. C, in the same regiment, Jan, 28, 1863, and served 
until the close of the war, being in all the battles in which his regi- 
ment was engaged except Bentonville, and was in Sherman's 
famous march to the sea. 

At the close of the war he returned to Seymour and from 1870 



to 1890 was 111 business as a paper manufacturer. In 1891 he wa;i i 
appointed postmaster under President Harrison and held that offia J 
for four years. In 1895 he was elected first selectman and wan 
re-elected to that office in '96, '97 and '98, and in 1899 was reap 
pointed postmaster. 


Edwin A. Lum, son of Austin Lum, was born in Southbury, 
Conn., in 18 18. In early life he was engaged in the carriage busi-i 
ness in Bridgeport, and later was in business in Brooklield and 
Newtown, until failing health obliged him to have a change of 
occupation. He then taught for a few years in the schools of New- 
town, Oxford, Humphreysville and Birmingham. 

In 1847 he accepted the position of bookkeeper for Hotchkiss, 
Clark & Co. of Birmingham, marrying in the following year Eliza- 
beth Durand. daughter of Jeremiah Durand of Humphreysville. 

Having been offered the secretaryship of the Waterbury Lum- 
ber and Coal Co. he removed to that city in 185 1 and held that 



position for six years. For many years he was secretary of the 
Waterbury Clock Co., and durinj^ his thirty years residence in that 
city was identified with many of the pubHc enterprises there. When 
the Second Congregational church of Waterbury was organized he 
iwas one of the fifty original members and was actively interested 
in its growth, holding the office of Deacon there for fourteen years. 
In 1 88 1 he removed his family to Seymour where they now reside 
in the Durand homestead where he was married in 1848. 


Frank G. Bassett was born Sept. 28th. 1847, and was educated 
in the public schools of this town and in the Glendenning Academy 
at Stamford. He was employed in a store at New Haven for three 
|i years, and m 1864 he went into the employ of C. Russell & Co. of 
{Bridgeport, and remained with them until 1870 when he accepted a 
j position with the American Oil Comi)any of New York. In 1872. 


owing to illness of his mother, he returned to Seymour, where H 
has since resided. 

He is a thirtysecond degree mason ; Past Master of Mornin 
Star Lodge, F. & A. M.; Past M. E. H. P. of Mt. Vernon Chapter 
R. A. M. of Ansonia ; Past T. I. M. of Union Council, R. & S. MJ 
of Derby; Past M. P. G. M. of the Grand Council, R. & S. M., o 
Connecticut; Past. W. P. of Olive Chapter, O. E. S.. Past G. Vi' 
of the Grand Chapter, O. E. S. of Connecticut ; Past R. P. of Eliz 
A. Macoy Court of the Amaranth, of Ansonia ; Past S. R. P.. of th 
Supreme Council of the Rite of Adoption ; Past N. G. of Mechanics 
Lodge, I. O. O. P.; Past C. P. of Wildey Encampment, I. O. O 
P., and Secretary and Historian of the Bassett Family Association; 
and is writing the history of the family. He is also the author o 
the genealogical portion of this book. His is a work of most carefu 
and thorough research and one which will increase in value as th 
years go by. 

George C. Lees, son of John H. and Mary A. Lees, of Nev 
Haven, was educated in the Giles school. New Haven, was for fivt. 
years superintendent and manager of the James E. Griffin Co 
works in Shelton, and in 1900 established the horn button works in 
Seymour, of which his brother, John H Lees, is supeiintendeni 
and manager. 

Charles E. Fairchild, born in Oxford in 1831, is a son o 
Ebenezer, born July 30th, 1803, and grandson of Nathan Fairchild, 
The children of Nathan Fairchild were : Nathan, Ebenezer anc 
Hanford. Ebenezer Fairchild was a carriage maker who came tc 
Seymour about 185 1 and carried on business there many years. He 
was married in 1827 to Sarah, daughter of Captain Job Candee, 
who was in the Revolutionary War, and a descendant of Zacheus 
Candee, born in New Haven in 1640. The family were French 
Huguenots, and fled from France to Scotland early in the sixteenth; 
century. One of the family afterward emigrated to America and 
settled in Connecticut. The children of Ebenezer and Sarah Fair- 
child were: Charles E., Mary J., and Henry L. (deceased). Mary 
J. married Henry Beecher. Charles E. Fairchild has been twice 
married : in 1861 to Martha Davidson, and to Mrs. Ida Coffin in 1887. 
He has been bookkeeper for H. P. & E. Day since 1876. He has 
served as a director of the Seymour Public Library and in other of- 
fices in the gift of his townsmen. 




Rev. Edgar C. Tullar was born in Bolton, Feb. 3, 1864. His 
father was a soldier in the war for the Union and received perma- 
nent injuries from the bursting of a shell at the battle of Antietain. 
Mr. Tullar prepared for college at the Centennial Collegiate Insti- 
tute, Hackettstown, N. J., and the Vermont Methodist Seminary, 
at Montpelier. He was licensed to preach at East Glastonbury 
in August, 1887, and in 1890 joined the New York East Conference. 
He was pastor of St. Paul's church, Waterbury, in 1890. went from 
there to Durham, and after a successful ministry of two years in 
that place decided to enter college and complete his studies. 

He studied four years at Albion College, Albion, Mich., and in 
his second year there began mission work in the city of Jackson. 


Beginning with a few in a hall, the numbers increased and the work 
prospered, and a brick church was built with a seating capacity of twc 
thousand and a membership of nearly three hundred. Mr Tullan 
was then engaged in evangelistic work until the following spring, in 
1898, when he was appointed to the pastorate of the Seymour M.f 
E. church. It was due to his energy and tact that the debt of $8,c 
was paid off and the handsome edifice is clear of debt. 

On April 21, 1891, Mr. Tullar married Elizabeth V., daughter 
of I3ixon R. Cornell, of Waterbury. They have a son, Irving Mere- 
dith, and a daughter, May Varian. 


Rev. W. A. Woodford, rector of Trinity church, was born in 
New Haven, Oct. 22nd, [868, and took the regular course of study 
in the grammar and high schools of the city, and then went into 
business with his father. A few years later he decided to enter 

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the ministry, studied under Bishop Wilhams and took a four years' 
course at the Berkeley Divinity school at Middletovvn, was ordained 
to the Diaconate, in 1899, and was ordained to the priesthood May 
17, 1900. During his course of study he had charge of the parish 
in Yalesville three years, and one year at Oxford. After ordination he 
was appointed by the bishop, minister in charge at Oxford and 
Quaker Farms, where he remained for a year, coming to Seymour 
in Julv, 1900, to take charge of Trinity parish. 


The present rector of the Church of St. Augustine, was born in 
j South Norwalk, Conn., studied at St. Charles College. Elicott City, 
Md., and was ordained at St. Mary's Seminary, Baltimore, in 1883. 
His first pastorate was at Cornwall Bridge and he was afterward in 
'charge of the Church of St. Bernard in Sharon. 

He succeed to the pastorate of the Church of St. Augustme April 
1. 1894. and his success attests the energy with which he works for 



the interest of the parish. During his pastorate the wooden steps 
in front of the north and south entrances have been removed and iri 
their place, steps of granite have been built, the basement has been 
finished, making a commodious hall, a church bell has been secured,! 
and the cemeter}' has been improved. The parish now numbers 
about 500. The church, which has cost $13,000, has a seating 
capacity of 600 Father Rigney attends also the Oxford and Beacom 
Falls stations. 


Rev. Mr. Lempke, pastor of the German Lutheran church, 
was born in Pommern, Germany, and studied theology in Berlin, 
came to the United States in 1896, and located in Hartford as pastor 
of the German Evangelical Lutheran congregation, was pastor of 
congregations in Derb}^ and Shelton, and from there came to Sey- 
mour to take charge of the German Lutheran church, where he has 
been very successful in pastoral work. 




Rev. Henry Da^'enport Northrop, whose snmnier home is in 
Seymour, was born in Poultney, Steuben Co., New York, March 10, 
1836, graduated from Amherst College, Mass., in 1857 was pastor of 
the Congregational church in Seymour until the fall of 1858, then 
attended theological lectures at Yale College and preached in the 
Howe Street Congregational church of that city. He went to Lon- 
don in 1862 and founded the Victoria Park Congregational churcii. 
In 1864 he returned to this country and until 1874 was pastor of the 
West 23rd St. Presbyterian church. New York city. He was then 
pastor of the Fourth Congregational church in Hartford, until 1880, 
when he removed to Philadelphia, where he was pastor of the 
Tenth Street Presbyterian church until [886. 

He then connected himself as author and editor with the Na- 
tional Publishing Co. His best known works are "Earth, Sea and 
Sky," "Bible Stories for the Young," "History of America for 
Young People," "Crown Jewels." and " Peerless Reciter." He is 
also the author of the American story entitled "John Winslow." 


Mr. Northrop's elder son, Dr. Herbert L. Northrop, is Professor 
of Anatomy in the Hahnnemann Medical College. Philadelphia, and 
senior surgeon in the hospital of the same name. 

The younger son is Dr. Edward R. Northrop of Grand Forks, 
British Columbia, who is doctor and surgeon to a branch of the 
Northern Pacific railroad and the Granby Mining and Smelting Co. 


Rev. H. A. Campbell, son of Charles L. and Eliza Kelsey 
Campbell, was born at Agawam, Mass., Dec. 17, 1858 ; pursued his 
preparatory studies at Connecticut Literary Institute at Suffield, 
Conn., graduated at Williams college in 1883, attended Hartford 
Theological seminary in 1886, was pastor of the Congregational 
church of Monowa, Iowa, and later of the Congregational church of 
Montague, Mass. In 1891 he became pastor of the Congregational 
church in Seymour, which position he has since filled. He was 
chosen a director of the Seymour Public Library in 1897, and sec- 



retary of the board in iqod. In 1901 he was chosen one of the ex- 
aminers of Hartford Theological seminary. He is the author of 
Part I of this book, having devoted much time to investi- 
gating the history of the early residences of the town, and other 
historical topics. He married Delana L. Alden, April 11, 1887, and 
has a son, Colin Alden Campbell, born in Seymour, Sept. 14, 1898. 


Dr. Frank A. Benedict was born in Bethel, Conn., August 12. 
1 861. He attended the public schools of his native town, and Dan- 
bury High School ; afterward attended Willi.ston Academy, East 
Hampton,, where he graduated in the class of '81. He then 
took a course of study at Sheffield Scientific School, Yale Univer- 
sity, graduating in the class of "84, following with a course at the 
College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York city, where he grad- 
uated in 1887. He spent two months at the Chambers Street Hos- 
pital, New York, and a year at the Jersey City Charity Hospital. 


He practiced at Bethel a little more than three years and in 
1892 came to Seymour. In that year he married Miss Jennie L. 
Bassett, daughter of the late Edward F. Bassett, who died Aug 23,; 
19CXD. Dr. Benedict is the health officer of the town and is a mem-i 
ber of the 2d Company of the Governor's Horse Guards of Connec- 
ticut. He is also a member of Citizen Engine Co. and of the orders- 
of Red Men, Foresters and N. E. O. P. He has won the confidence^ 
of the people of Seymour and vicinity by his unvarying courtesy and 
strict attention to his practice. 


Charles Henry Pulford was born in Stafford Springs, Conn., 
Dec. i8th, 1859, the son of F. W. Pulford, M. D. Dr. Pulford was 
first educated in the public schools of Sevmour and the Collegiate 
Institute of Hackettstown, N. J., and then received his medical ed- 
ucation at the Homeopathic College of New York city, and at the 
Hahnemann College of Chicago, where he graduated in 1888. 

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It, He has practiced medicine in Seymour since f^radnation, first 
JA'ith his father, and since his death, in 1893, as his successor, and is 
\\i member of the State Homeopathic Society. He is also a member 
ijaf Morning: Star Lodge, No. 47, F. & A. M., of Seymour, is a fine 
inger, a careful and painstakino- physician, and has a large practice. 

Edward Wyman Davis, M. D., was born in Paxton, Mass., m 
■^855. Dr. Davis was educated in the public schools of Paxton, and 
tlso at the Leicester Academy, Leicester, Mass., and at the Wor- 
|:ester Academy. Worcester, Mass. The following year he entered 
ijfale University, and i)ursued a full four years' course, graduating in 
1:880, but on account of ill health was obliged to give up his studies 
[or a number of years, although later he returned and pursued a 
;ourse of study at the Yale Medical College, graduating in 1892. He 
;ame to Seymour the same year, and has practiced his profession 
lere ever since. He is known as a thorough student of medical 
icience and a careful practitioner. He married Miss Eliza Dodd of 
pxton, Mass., and has had four children, of whom two are now liv- 
ing. He is a member of the local lodges of the Masons, Odd Fel- 
bws and Ancient Order of United Workmen. 

P. F. Strapp, M. D., was born in CoUinsville, Conn., but came 
o Seymour with his parents at an early age. He attended the 
chools of Seymour, studied four years at the Holy Cross College, 
JA^orcester, Mass., two years at Yale University, and three at Belle- 
fue. New York city, where he graduated in 1892. He then located 
n Seymour, where he has had a large and successful practice, and 
lis services are especially in demand in surgical cases. He was for 
line years a member of the Seymour School Board and is a member 
}i Aurora Council, Knights of Columbus, and of Valley Lodge, 
i. E. O. P. 

! William L. Ward, born in Naugatuck Oct. 31, 1858, isasonof 
ames B. and Jane E. (Hotchkiss) Ward, grandson of Lewis, and 
reat-grandson of Richard Ward, also a direct descendent of Cul- 
epper Hoadley, a soldier in the Revolution. The children of James 
and Jane E. Ward are William L. and Elmer J. Ward. 
Until 1889 William L. was a resident of Naugatuck, when he 
emoved to Seymour ami purchased the furniture and undertakmg 
usiness which for forty two years had been carried on by E. F. 
assett. During the twelve years of Mr. Ward's management the 

[Usiness has greatlv increased, so that he has found it necessary to 



add to the floor space several times, until now he occupies the enr 
tire Bassett block. In 1899 the building was greatly improved hj 
the addition of a new front, in which large plate glass windows wen 
placed, making it one of the most attractive furniture stores in thi 
section of the country. 


To the persevering efforts of Mr. Ward is due the fact that Sey 
mour is enjoying the benefits of a national bank. The town waii 
without a bank from i860 until the organization of the Valley Na 
tional Bank, June 4, 1900, at which time W. L. Ward was electee 
president, and a call was issued for the first payment of fifty per cem 
of the capital stock payable July i, 1900. The certificate to comi 
mence business was received from the comptroller of the currencj 
July 16, 1900, and the bank opened its doors for business Aug. 14- 


annual meeting; 

I 1900. Mr. Ward was re-elected president at the 

j Jan. 8, 1901. 

I In politics Mr. Ward has always been a staunch Republican. 

He was elected town treasurer in 1900, which office he holds at the 
present time. He is a member of New Haven Commandery, Knights 
Templar, and other orders. He was married in 1889 to Lulu J., 
daughter of Isaac B. Tolles, of Naugatuck. 


1 1 Frederick A. Rugg, son of Harvey and Jane M. (Terrell) 

fifRugg. was born in Hamden, Sept. 10, 1854. When he was six 
I I years of age his parents moved to Ossining, N. Y., where his 
1 j father was foreman of the auger and bit works. He attended the 
f I schools of Ossining. graduating at the High School there, and 
when his parents removed to Seymour in 1870 he became the book- 


keeper for the F. L. Ames auger and bit works, remaining in that 
position during the ownership by the Douglass Manufacturing Co., 
and after the purchase of the works by James Swan. In 1879 he 
entered the employ of the New Haven Copper Co. and in 1895 he 
was elected treasurer of the company. 

In 1892 he was elected a member of the school board, and school 
treasurer, which offices he has held since that date. He is treasurer 
of the Camp & Rugg Company, and in 1900 he was elected vice- 
president of the Valley National Bank. He was for several years 
a vestryman of Trinity church, is a veteran fireman, and is a 
Knight Templar, a 32° Mason, and a member of other fraternal 
orders. He married Louisa E. James, daughter of Thomas and 
Minerva Rowe James, Oct. 25, 1876. They have one daughter, 
Mrs. Clarence G. Smith, of Sevmour. 

( LA\TnN' S. BOIKS. 

son of Harper and Susan 

Clayton S. Boies, son of Harper and Susan E. (Browne 
Boies, was born in East Haddam. July i, 1872, was educated in his 
native town, where he was employed in a store for five and a half 
years, and was teller in the National Bank at East Haddam five i 



years, coming to Se^'mour in July, 1900, to take chari^e of the Val- 
ley' National Bank as cashier. He is a member of Columbia Lodjxe 
F. & A. M., of East Haddam, of which he was Master two years. 
He married Louisa H. Goodsi)ee<l, of East Haddam, daughter of 
William R. and Hattie Smith (loodspeed. 


Frederick Beecher, son of John and Jane Hawkins Beecher, 
was born in Oxford in 1835. He was the grandson of Capt. Philo 
Beecher, who died Dec. 7th, 1815, and the great-grandson of Isaac 
Beecher, who during the Revolutionary War had the charge of the 
furnishing of clothing for the soldiers who went from the town of 
Derby. Mr. Beecher learned the trade of carpenter and joiner in 
New Have n and studied draughting and civil engineering at Char- 

;llottesville, Schoharie county, N. Y. In 1857 he went to Georgia, 

i [where he followed the business of builder until the breaking out of 
the civil w^ar, returning in July, 1861. During the war he was on 

■Iduty at the U. S. Arsenal at Springfield, Mass. In the fall of 1865 
he again went south and remained until 1869. since when he has 

^imade his home in Sevmour and has been in business as a builder. 


He was married Jan 


to Alice Church, 

5, I 

daughter of 

Sheldon and Laura Church, of Oxford. They had two daughters, 
Etta Alice, a graduate of the Seymour High School, and Annie 
Laura, also a graduate of the Seymour High School, who died Mar. 
30. 1899- 

Mr. Beecher is a member of Morning Star Lodge, F. & A. M., 
and one of the trustees of the lodge. He is also a charter memberj- 
of Cit}' Lodge. No. 36, I. O. O. H., of New Haven, and a past mas- 
ter and trustee of Castle Rock Lodge, No. 6, A. O. U. W., of Sey- 
mour. He has served the town of Sejmiour as assessor, member of 
the board of relief, and justice of the peace, filling each of these of- 
fices for several years and to the entire satisfaction of his con- 


Theodore B. Beach, son of Sharon Y. and Adaline Beach, was 
born in Seymour, in 1855, and was educated in the schools of Sey- 
mour and Bridgeport. He has been agent of the New York, New 
Haven & Hartford railroad since 1875, and secretary of the S. Y. 
Beach Paper company since 1880. He is treasurer of the Citizen 
Engine company, treasurer of Morning Star Lodge, F. & A. M., 
treasurer of Nonnawauk Tribe, I. O. R. M., and a member of New 
Haven Commandery, K. of T., and other orders. He was a mem- 
ber of the board of education several years, and in 1895 a"c^ 1897 



represented the town of Seymoui in the legislature. He is secre- 
tary and treasurer of the Beach Trading Co. and a director of the 
Valley National Bank. 

S. Hart Culver, son of Stephen H. and Sarah J. Culver, of Sey- 
mour, was employed in S. H. Canheld's drug store nearly thirty 
years. For about twentythree years of that time Mr. Cantield was 
postmaster and Mr. Culver assistant. They also had charge of the 
Western Union Telegraph Co.'s business. Mi. Culver was also for 
many years assistant town clerk and in i88g was himself elected to 
that office, which he has since held. In 1900 he was elected to rep- 
resent the town in the legisla<-ure. Mr. Culver is a notary public 
and an insurance and real estate agent, and in 1900 was elected aud 
itor for New Haven county. 

Sheldon Miles was for many years a manufacturer of clock 
cords, having built for that purpose on the southerly slope of Bun- 
gay, where waterpower was available, both his house and conl 
works being on land which had been handed down for several gen- 
erations. Mr. Miles has been a prominent member of the Metho- 



dist Episcopal church, of which he has been a trustee for many 
years, was for a number of years the church treasurer, and in 1868-!' 
was the superintendent of the Sundayschool. Mr. Miles has one 
son, David S. Miles, and one daughter, Mrs. John Schoiield, both 
of Seymour. 

Clark Chatfield, son of Joel R. and Lucinda Hitchcock Chat- 
field, was with the W. & L. Hotchkiss Company of Derby from 1843 
to 1862, and in 1844, as their representative, was employed on the 
building of the Congregational church in Southbury, and two years 
later he had charge of the building of the Methodist church in South- 
bury. Mr. Chatlield has represented eastern enterprise in the west, 
was at Suffolk, Va., from 1874 to 1878, and since 1878 has lived in 
Seymour. He has been a member of Solomon Chapter and Union 
Council of Derby since 1861, and is a member of New Haven Com- 
mandery, K. T. He is also a past warden of Trinity church, 








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Robert Healey was born in London, England, in 1842. He 
line to Seymour when a mere lad and attended school here. He 
A.ts living in the South when the war broke out. but passed 
liiough the southern lines and joined the 22d Regiment, In- 
liaiia Volunteers, at Jefferson City, Mo., Aug. 15, 1861. He 
>rr\ ed through the campaign in the southwest, and received four 
gunshot wounds at Perry ville, Ky., Oct. 8, 1H62. He was dis- 
ibled nine months, and on rejoining his regiment was pro- 
noted color bearer, which rank he held until the end of the war. 
He was with Sherman in his march to the sea and was with 
his regiment in twenty battles, in Arkansas, Kentucky, Ten- 
nessee, Georgia and North Carolina. He was mustered out at 
Louisville, Ky., July 24, 1865, and soon after returned to Seymour. 
He is a member of Morning Star Lodge, F. & A. M., and is past 
commander of Upson Post, G. A. R. He has served the town as 
first selectman and assessor and has twice represented the town in 
the legislature. 


;EYNr()rR, past and preskxt. 

S W. Buckingham is the son of the late Ebenezer and Betse}' 
(Sperry) Buckingham of Oxford, and great-grandson of Capti 
Ebenezer Buckingham, who in Revolutionary times was one of the 
most active of the Derby committee for assisting in carrying out the 
plans of the Continental Congress for establishing the independence 
of the United States. Mr. Buckingham is a descendant of Thomas 
Buckingham who was one of the first settlers of Milford in 1639. 
He may well be counted one of the business men of Seymour^ 
although his home is just over the Oxford line, as he has beeni 
engaged in the meat business here for twentysix years, and is thei 
owner of considerable real estate in the central portion of the town.i 
In 1896 he was elected to represent the town of Oxford in the Gen-i 
eral Assembh-. He is a member of the Seymour Congregational 
church and of the Seymour Board of Trade. Possessed of excellent 
business ability, energ\'. and a determination to meet every demand 
of the public, he has built up a business of which he may feel justi- 
fiably proud, and is one of the representative business men of the town.i 


Thomas Sharpe, son of Lugrand' 
and Olive M. ( Booth ) Sharpe, was 
born in Southbury, his parents re- 
moving to Humphreysville, now' 
Seymour, when he was sevenii 
_\ears of age. He was educated in 
the Bell and Center schools and! 
Giendenning Academy, Seymour, 
and studied architectural drafting 
and kindred branches in Water- 
^^^^^^^^^^^^ bury. He learned the trade ofl 

jrjw^^^^^^^^^^^m^i carpenter in Waterbury and was 
^^."^HL ^^^^^^^t' ^or fi^'*^ years in business as con-^ 
'^^^ .^^^^IBUHV '• t-i-^cdor and builder in Forsyth, 
Ga.. coming north on the break- 
ing out of the war in the spring of 
1861. He has most of the time 
since then been in the same busi- 
'~' ness in Seymour. 

He has for some twentyfive years been one of the trustees of 
the M. E. church, and for a number of years was president of the 


board of trustees. He was for seven years superintendent of the 
Sundayschool. He was a justice of the peace for several years and 
■served three years as assessor. He is a member of Nonnawauk 
Tribe, I. O. R. M., of New Haven Commandery, K. T., and other 
fi^asonic orders. 


WiUiam B. Swan is the eldest son of James and As^iies Bell 
Swan. He recei\ed his education in the public schools of the town 
'and at the Cheshire Military Academy. He was foreman of Citizen 
'Engine company in 1893, ^"d i'^ a member of Mechanics Lod^e 
and Wildey Encampment. I. O. O. P., and of Castle Rock Lodge, 
?A. O. U. W. He became superintendent of the auger and bit fac- 
'tory owned by his father, and on the organization of the James 
'Swan Company, manufacturers of mechanics' tools, he became a 
jstockholder and assistant treasurer. 

] He married A. Augusta Smith, daughter of John W. Smith, of 
'Seymour, April 7, 1880, and has one son, James W. Swan. 

Wm. N. Storks, son of Edmund and Eunice (Loveland) Storrs. 
has been for many years one of the most prominent members of the 
Methodist church, having been one of the trustees for some forty 
years, for many years one of the stewards, and for five years super- 


intendent of the Sundayschool. He was also for some years onei* 
of the acting grand jurors. He married in 1852 Lavina E. Chad-| i^Jose 
wick, and has one daughter, Mrs. Frank G. Bassett, of Seymour. Mr. 
Storrs is a member of New Haven Commandery, Knights Templar, 
and other orders. 

William A. Baldwin, son of George and Cynthia M. (Johnson) 
Baldwin, of Derby, came to Seymour in 1863 and was in the employ 
of Henry E. Clinton, in his store at the corner of Maple and Bank 
streets, for eight years, was with Storrs & Davis a year, and re- 
turned to Naugatuck, where he was with Andrews & Smith nine 
years. He was in business in Waterbury for a time and in 1885 re- 
turned to Seymour and was in the market business where the store 
of the Camp & Rugg Co. now is about fifteen years, until the store 
was burned out Dec. 23d, 1890, when he opened a market on the 
other side of the street, where he has for the last six years been in 
partnership with Andrew J. Miles. 

Mr Baldwin married in 1872 Ida E. Lewis, of Woodbridge, and 
has one daughter, Miss Edith L. Baldwin. He is a member of 
Morning Star Lodge, F. & A. M., and of Evening Star Chapter, 
R. A. M. 

Andrew J. Miles, son of Benjamin F. and Sarah (Stevens) 
Miles of Cheshire, came to Seymour in 1878 and was a clerk in W 
H. McEwen's store for two years, returned to Cheshire for two 
years, was with S. R. Dean seven 3^ears, and in 1892 went into bus- 
iness for himself, and for six years has been associated in business 
with W. A. Baldwin. Mr. Miles is a member of Morning Star Lodge. 
F. & A. M., Olive Chapter, O. E. S., and Mechanics Lodge, L O 
O. F., and is a veteran fireman. He has served the town as select- ' "~ 
man and assessor. He married Dec. 31, 1885, Arabella E. Leaven- 1 m 
worth, and has two children, Frank B. and Ruth Olive. 

Matthew C. Keir, born in Glasgow, Scotland, learned the 
dry goods business in Glasgow, came to America, in 1880, was first 
in New London, in 1884 went to Buffalo, in 1887 to Tennessee, and ,L,r] 
in May 1891, came to Seymour and was manager of W. A. Fel- 
lows & Co.'s store for seven years, and in 1898 went into the cloth- 
ing business on his own account. 

He married in New London in 1884 Fannie McFarland, and has 
four children, Robert Malcolm, Margaret, Jean and John. He is a 
member of Mechanics Lodge, L O. O. F., of Castle Rock Lodge, 
A. O. U. W., and of Citizen Engine Co. 


Owen D. Sykes, born in Woodstock, Conn., in 1846, is a son 
>f Joseph and Phillis (Kcnyon) Sykes. Joseph came from York- 
hire. England, about 1844. and settled in Woodstock, Conn. He 
lad two children: Ruth, who died in 1848, and Owen D., who was 
n Ansoniafrom 1864 to 1874. and then in Winsted until 1882, when 
le came to Seymour and engaged in the stove and plumbing busi- 
less. He married in 1867 Nellie E. Moore. Mr. Sykes is a mem- 
ler of the Methodist Episcopal church and one of the trustees. He 
3 also a member of Morning Star Lodge, F. & A. M.. Mechanics 
^odge. I. O. O. F., and other orders. 


Clifford J. Atwater was born 
in CoUinsville, Conn., Novem- 
ber 8th, 1858, graduated at Bates 
College, Lewiston, Maine, in the 
class of '83, studied law with Wil- 
liam W. Bidwell at CoUinsville, 
and was admitted to the bar at 
Hartford in 1885, locating in Sey- 
mour in November, 1885. He 
married Jennie C. Taylor of Sey- 
mour in March, 1890. He has 
been superintendent of the Con- 
gregational Sundayschool nearly 
t\\ elve years, and a justice of the 
l)eace for a number of years. 
He is the attorney for the town of 
r\ inour and is known as a well read and thoroughly informed law- 
i r. He has been tax collector for fifteen years, and in 1899 he 
■pifsented the town in the legislature. 

John Davis, son of Capt. Truman Davis, of Naugatuck. and 
randson of Col. John Davis, of Oxford, learned the trade of car- 
rutcr and builder, in New Haven, with John Lindley and Treat 
)hiison. He came to Humphreysvilit; in 1846 and built numerous 
)nses there and in adjoining towns. He has served the town of 
(■\ inour as selectman eight years, having been elected to that of- 
re in 186 1. '62. '79, '80. '81, '82. '83 and '91. 

He has been a member of the order of Odd Fellows for nearly 
ttysix years, having joined Ousatonic Lodge of Derby in 1846, and 



was a charter member of Mechanics Lodge, of which he is a pasfe 
grand, and was the treasurer for nearly thirty years. He has also been^ '^^ 
a member of Morning Star Lodge, F. & A. M.. for thirtysix yearsis] ^'^' 

He married Janette Allen Oct. 1 1, 1847, and has two daughters,- 
Mrs. E. M. North, of New Britain, and Miss Ella G. Davis, of Seymour 


George A. Divine, first selectman 

and town agent, is the son of Capt. 

George W. Divine, who served in 

the Seminole War, a grandson oi 

Abel Bassett, who served in the 

War of 18 1 2, and a great-grandson 

of Abram Bassett, who served in the 

Revolutionar}' War. He was electee 

second selectman in 1898, and ii 

-^ 1899 was elected first selectman anc 

.^feilt:-3S' ^^ town agent, and was re-elected tc 

^^B\., .^^^^^k. ^^^* office in 1900 and 1,901. He is 

i^^^B ^^ ^^^^^KIlL ^ member of Morning Star Lodge, 

Hh r-'^^^^^^^l F. & A. M., of Gitizen Engine H. & 

^^mH^^gjI^IJmHJIHIJI L. Go., of Humphre} 

Lodge, K. of P., is a charter mem- 
ber of Nonnawauk Tribe, I. O. R. M.. is a member of the Goncor- 
dia Singing Society, and is the leader of the Seymour Band. 

Edward Pritchard, born in Humphreysville in 1830, is a sonijlffiti 
of Jabez E. Pritchard, who was a graadson of Lieutenant Jabez,i 
Pritchard, a soldier of the Revolutionary War. Mr. Pritchard] h.\ 
resides on property which was first owned by one of his ancestors"'! n 
nearly two centuries ago. He is a member of Trinity church andd fe 
of Morning Star Lodge, F. & A. M., has been master of the Seymourir 
Grange, and is now one of the selectmen of the town of Seymour.i|[i,; 

John W. Smith, son of Thomas and Hannah (Tattle) Smith.t 
of Northford, came to Seymour in July. i860, and was with the 
United States Pin Go., the latter part of the time as superinten-i-^ 
dent, until in 1885 failing health made a change necessary. He 
represented the town of Seymour in the Legislature in 1881. He 
has been a member of the board of relief eight years and has beenn! 
repeatedly elected to various offices in the gift of his townsmen. 


He is a past <,n-and of Mechanics Lod^e. I. (). (). F., a 
hai-ter member of Wildey Encampment, and a charter member 
nd past master of Castle Ro-k Lods^-e, A. O. U. W. 

Sharon D. Beach. 

f Sharon D. Beach, son of S. Y. and Adahne Beach, is the 
(■easurer and manager of the S. Y. Beach Paper Co., is treasurer of 
fastle Rock Lodge, A. O. U. W., past patron of Ohve Chapter, O. 
L S., and grand patron of the Grand Chapter. O. E. S., of Con- 

I He married Mary Ehzabeth Rider, daughter of Stephen R. and 
fary S. Rider, Nov. 21, 1870, and has two sons and one daughter, 
:haron M. Beach of Ansonia. Ralph S. Beach of Seymour, and 
liss Mabel J. Beach of Seymour. 

\ Edward L. Hoadlkv. son of Lewis and Eunice < Pritchard) 
loadley, was born in Naugatuck, but has lived in Seymour since 
ight years of age. His mother was the daughter of Sergt. Lever- 
tt Pritchard, and a granddaughter of Lieut. Jabez Pritchard, a 
3ldier of the Revolution. Mr. Hoadley was educated in the schools 
f Seymour and Ansonia and has for many years been engaged in 
fie lumber business. He has served the town of Seymour as select- 
lan four years, having been elected to that office in 1877-8-9 and 
1 188S, and is one of Sevmour's most respected citizens. 


Samuel P. Camp, son of Phineas W. and Louisa McNeil Camp; 
was born in Litchfield South Farms, Sept. i8, 1839. He was foi 
twelve years in the mercantile business in Morris, Litchfield, Thom-r; 
aston and Waterbury, but left it for some ten years on account oj: 
ill health. In 1876 he came to Seymour and since then has been is 
business with his brother, Lewis A. Camp. He married Mary E. 
Kenney in 1874, and has one daughter, Mrs. William B. Stevens, 0I 
Deep River, Conn. Mr. Camp is a member of Mechanics Lodgei* 
I. O. O. F., and of Castle Rock Lodge, A. O. U. W., and is one d 
Sevmour's conservative and most respected citizens. j 


James M. Smith, born ic 
Scotland in 1838, came tc 
America in 1848. and after a 
residence of several years ini 
Syracuse and Utica, N. Y., 
settled in Seymour in i862- 
and for several years had 
charge of the bayonet depart-^ 
ment of the Humphreysvilldi 
Manufacturing Company. In 
1873 he engaged in the ma-H 
chine jobbing business and 
the manufacture of lathes- 
which he has conducted to 
the present time. 

He was married in 1864 tc 
Maltha J. Skcels, daughter of Burrit L. and Sarah (Bradley") Skeels, 
and great-granddaughter of Truman Skeels, a soldier of the Revolu- 
tion. Their children are Frank T. Smith of Seymour, Augustus, oi) 
Brookhn, N. Y., and Agnes M. and Mabel S. Smith, both of Seymour/, 
Virgil H. McEwen, son of David J. and Frances J. McEwen.i 
of Oxford, has for thirty years been a merchant in Naugatuck andi, 
Seymour, and in 1870 represented Seymour in the legislature. He 
was one of the school visitors from 1874 to 1877, is a member of the! 
Congregational societ3\ and a charter member and past chancelloni 
of Humphrey Lodge, K. of P. ' 

George Smith, son of Garry and Julia A. (French) Smith, of' 
Watertown, came to Seymour in the spring of 1870 and was withi 


:he tirin of Bradle>- & Luiii until January, i.S/i, when h 
)Ut the dru^ store in Davis' block, then owned by Dr. Davis, who 
■emoved to Wallingford, and Mr. Smith has since then been in busi- 
less there. He married Julia M. W'eller, of Watertown, Ian. 29, 1868, 
ind has one son. Clarence G. Smith, who is associated in business 
,vith his father. Mr. Smith was for fifteen years registrar of vital 
statistics, is a veteran fireman and has served as foreman of Citizen 
liniiine Co., is a trustee of Nonnawauk Tribe, I. O. R. M., a mem- 
ber of Humphrey Lodye, K. of P., of Seymour, and of Federal 
Lodge, F. Hi. A. M., of Watertown. 

John Swan, son ot 
Seymour, commenced 
the Militar\- Acadenis 


James and Aiiues Bell Swan, was born in 
US education in Seymour, and then attended 
in Che-;hire, where he was graduated with 
bonors in 1SS7. After a post-graduate course of a year he was em- 
ployed for four years in his father's factories, getting an insight in 
;the business, also learning the machinist trade, after which he took 
charge of the office for three years. Since that time he has been 
ithe superintendent of The James Swan Co.'s edge tool factory. He 
lis a member of the orders of Masons, Odd Fellows and Knights of 




Albert Swan, the young^est son of James and Agnes Bell Swan, 
was born in the town of Seymour and was educated in the schools 
of the town. He was graduated from the Seymour High School 
with honors as well as being valedictorian of his class. He was pre- 
pared for the academical department of Yale College by Mr. Edgar 
C. Stiles, superintendent of the Seymour schools, but on account of 
ill health was obliged to spend most of the two following^ winters 
in the south. Regaining his health he assumed charge of his fath- 
er's office, which is now the office of The James Swan Co., which 
position he now holds. He is a member of the Congregational 
church, Union Council, No. 27, R. A. & S. M., of Ansonia. Me- 
chanics Lodge. No. 73, andWildey Encampment, No. 13, I. O. O.F. 



Charles H. French, son of Hi- 
ram and Julia A. (Fenn) French, 
of Seymour, and grandson of Wil- 
liam], and Betsey (Hine) French, 
of Derby, has always resided in 
this town. He was educated in 
the Bell school, and at the Hi<?h 
school, where he was a pupil of 
Professor Kilijore. He lives qui- 
etly on his farm in the south part 
of the town, seeking no public- 
ity, but is well known as one of 
Seymour's conservative and reli- 
able men, and his fellow citizens 
have found him to be worth}- 
and have eight times elected him 
to the office of selectman. 


Curtis W. Thrall, son of 
harles F. and Caroline E. 
sThrall, was born in Milford, Pa., 
jin 1857. In 1870 his parents re- 
moved to New Haven, and three 
l^ears later to Oxford. Mr. Thrall 
came to Seymour in lS8o and in 

J1883 married Alice M. Hubbell of 
Oxford. He was elected select- 
man in 1899 and has twice since 
been re-elected to that office. 
He is a member of the orders of 
Freemasons, Odd Fellows and 
[nights of Pythias. 

WiLLL'Wi L. Smith was born in Norwalk. Ct., learned the jew- 
ilry business there, and was tor three years in Taunton, Mass., 
:oming to Seymour in 1889, and since that date has been in business 
lere. He married in 1887 Myra Brown, daughter of Harvey R. 


and Phebe A. (Hoyt) Brown, of Norwalk, and has four childreni 
Willie E., Walter H., Oscar R. and Georg:e Oliver. Mr. Smith i 
a member of Citizen Engine Co., of Morning Star and Valle\: 
lodges. Evening Star Chapter, Nonnavvauk Tribe and Towcomi) 

Mark Lounsbury, son of Crownage and Eliza S. (Hotchkiss 
Lounsbury, was born in Humphreysville in 1835. His father livec 
near the foot of Rock Rimmon. and owned a large farm which m 
eluded the whole of Rock Rimmon ridge, and he supplied greai 
quantities of timber for the ship business which was then carried 01 
at Derby Narrows. Mr. Lounsbury attended the Cedar Ridgt 
school, the schoolhouse being then known as the stone schoolhouse 
it being the only stone building in town which was used for schoo 
purposes. He also studied two years at the Gleiidenning Academy 

He was of a mechanical turn of mind and early made effectivt 
use of his talent in this direction. In 1867 he leased the Glob( 
Works, which were then west of Cedar street and south of Castl( 
Rock. These shops had formerly been the scene of an auger ano 
bit business. More than a half century ago several partneni 
carried on business there and employed more than forty mer 
in the manufacture of augers and bits. There were two dam5i 
and two shops, one of the shops being used as a forge shop anoi 
the other for finishing. 

Mr. Lounsbury was then associated in business with Peter 
Gabriel. Soon after they had their machinery in place a peculiaii 
job was sent them from New York City. A lot of button hooks hadi 
been imported from Germany, but were not tinished to meet the 
demands of American purchasers. They were therefore sent tc 
Lounsbury & Gabriel to be finished in better style. This was done 
and the goods returned, but the work led to the adoption of a dif-t 
ferent line of business. Machinery was soon fitted up for the man- 
ufacture of these goods and button hooks of their make, the first 
ever manufactured in the United States, were furnished to the 
wholesale dealers, and were so well received that in a short time 
the imported hooks were no longer in demand. 

Their works were burned to the ground Oct. i, '67, and HJ 
P. & E. Day gave Mr. Lounsbury room and power in the rubber 
mill. He soon after fitted up with steam power and machinery on 
First street, and continued the manufacture of button hooks for two 

l'.l()(,l<Al'l!\ . 325 

Dr three years, until others went into the business and the price was 
ut to such an extent that the work was no lonj^^er profitable. 

Mr. L()unsbur\ afterward i)urchaseda mill on Little River, neai- 
the house of 1). C". Ri;j;tis, in Oxford, but later returned to Sey- 
|rnour to enter the employ of the United States Pin Co., where he 
remained thirtxone \ears, ha\in^- for the last sixteen years been 
|be superintendent and mana<^er of the factory. 

j He has been a member of Mornin<i^ Star Lodfje, F. & A. M., 
since 1867, and in 1S90-91 he serxed tlie tt)\\ n as selectman. He 
married, June 14, 1857, Ann Webster, dau<.jhter of Jonathan and 
Jemima Lambert Web.ster, of Thompsonville, and had three child- 
ren, Annetta E., who died Feb. 14, 1865, Mrs. Wm. F. Dean, 
bf Montreal, Canada, and Norman Lounsburw of Seymour. 

I W. C. SH.ARPl-:. 

■ \\\ C. Sharpe was educated in 

the Bell school and Cilendennin^'s 
Academy, Seymour, and Wesley- 
an Academy, Wilbraham, Mass. 
He taught school about ten years, 
in Wilbraham, Mass., in Connec- 
ticut, at F"redon Academy, N. J., 
and in Pennsylvania, closin<j his 
experience in this line with two 
years as principal of rhe graded 
school at East Derby. In 1869 he 
opened a printing office in Sey- 
mour and in 1871 began the pub- 
lication of the Record, which he 
has since continued. He is the 
author of the History of Seymour, 
published in 1879, the Vital Sta- 
tistics of Seymour, (284 pages,) 
the local histories of Oxford and 
South Britain, the Annals of the 
•>evmour ^L E. Church, and several genealogical works. 

He married in 1865 Vini-' A. Lewis, daughter of Harry and 
\nianda (Sherman) Lewis, of Monroe, Ct., and has one son, Ernest 
.;. Sharpe, president of the E. C. Sharpe Building & Lumber Co., 
ind one daughter, Mrs. John A. Parker, both of Seymour. 



John E. Morris, son of Frederick and Caroline Stevens Mori 0^ 
ris, of Danbury, came to Seymour in 1867 and was for eighteeej «ti' 
years associated with his brother, WiUiam Morris, in the harnesi 
business. Since then he has carried on the business alone. H(i 
married Margaret Shields, of New Haven, who died July 20, 1891 
He has three sons and one daughter, Amos W. Morris of Wood 
bridge, and Fred E. and John H. Morris and Mrs. Alice Snedeke) 
of Seymour. 

WiLMOT D. Ingersoll, son of James W. and Mary A. (Terrilll 
Ingersoll, of Watertown, N. Y., was in the clothing business in Es- 
sex, Conn., fifteen years, coming in 1888 to Seymour, where he hasi 
since carried on business. He married Elizabeth A. Hall, of Middle 
town, Conn., and has one son, Charles W. Ingersoll, educated in the 
schools of Seymour and at Wesleyan Academy, Wilbraham, Mass. 
Mr. Ingersoll is a member of Ark Lodge, F. & A. M., of Geneva 
N. Y., of Evening Star Chapter, R. A. M., of Seymour, of Castlf 
Rock Lodge, A. O. U. W., and of Valley Lodge, N. E. O. P. 

William C. Bryant of New York City is an artistic photon 
grapher and during his summer vacations has photographed a great 
number of views in Seymour and vicinity, and the writer is indebtec 
to him for the photographs from which were made the plates or 
pages 26, 59, 141, 152. 166, 312, 329, 331 and 333. 

Mr. Bryant is the son of William C. Bryant and Mary Ann Bry^ 
ant, the latter having been the daughter of Stephen Botsford and 
granddaughter of Deacon Nehemiah Botsford of Seymour. He was 
born in New York City, where with the exception of two years' res 
idence in Flushing, N. Y., he has always lived. He was educated 
at the Flushing Institute, and later took a four years' course at the 
old established Columbia Grammar School in New York. After 
graduating at Columbia he became an assistant general bookkeeper 
in the National Bank of the Commonwealth, New York City, where*' 
he remained four years. He then served four years in the Grand* 
Central Bank. After the dissolution of the Grand Central Bank,, 
he was assistant cashier in the Murray Hill Bank until its close, six-; 
teen years later. 

For upward of fourteen years his chief pleasure has been pho- ; 
tography and music, Provided with the highest grade camera that 
money could procure, he has taken upward of three thousand views, 
over five hundred being photographed in the charming valley of that 


augatuck. many of which he has utilized in making shdes for illus- 
jation m his stereopticon. In October, 1888, he married Ella J 
Ikughter of Alexander Brandon of New York. His latchstring is 

ways on the outside of his door to his friends, who always promptly 
,'spond when invited to his regular "Saturday Evening Lantern 
purneys," which prove a pleasure to all participating. Motto, "As 
^e journey through life, let us live by the way." 


Albert E. Clark was born in Marlboro, Ct., came to Seymour in 
868, and m. Mary M. Riggs, dau. of Henry and Mary A. (Bradley) 
^iggs. He has been manager of the Seymour electric light works 
welve years, has been elected to various town offices, and is now 
member of the Board of Education, and enjoys the confidence 
nd goodwill of the community. He is a past master of Morning 
)tar Lodge, F. & A. M., was secretary of the lodge six years, is a 
•ast sachem of Nonnawauk Tribe, I. O. R. M., and in 1893 was 
jreat Prophet of the Great Council of Connecticut. He is past 
ecorder of Castle Rock Lodge, No. 6, A. O. U. W., a member of 
/lechanics Lodge, No. 73, I. O. O. P., and a member of Citizen 
Lngine Co. 


George E. Matthies is one of Seymour's most efficient and 
successful young business men. He is president of the Rimrnor> 
Manufacturing Company, the organization of which was principalK 
due to him. He is also assistant treasurer of the Seymour Manu- 
facturing Company, and secretary of the H. A. Matthews Manufac- 
turing Company. He married Annie Wooster, daughter of W. H. 
H. Wooster, who is the secretary and treasurer of the Seymour 
Manufacturing Company, and represents the town of Seymour in 
the Connecticut Constitutional Convention. 

rin-: i;]:NHANr iirothers. 

Julius H. and Junius N. 
Benham, sons of Trumar 
and Annie Scoville Ben- 
ham, were born in Middle-' 
bury, Ct., July 8, i 817., 
Their parents came tc 
what is now SeynK)ur ir 
1824 and lived in the 
building in which is now 
the office of the Seymoui 
Record. The boys went 
to the Bell School, then a 
two story building. Their 
teachers were Isaac Sper-i 
ry. Aaron Pearson, and 
Harlow Sage. The twc 
l)rothers went to Bridget 
[jort, learned the masons 
trade, were for man>' yearsr 
leading builders of thei 
city, built four of the city 
churches and many othet 
large buildings, invested* 
well in real estate, and 
became wealthy. Their 
-iiimmer residence is io 
Se\inour, in the house 
in which their sister, Mrs. 

k HolbrocA', li\ed from her marriage in Humphreys- 

until her death in 1885. 

\ille, in 



Town ()Fl■■I(■|•:K^ 





1850-51, Leman Chattield, Daniel L. Holbrook, Thomas Cochr;] 

1852, Isaac B. Davis, Sharon Y. Beach, Harpin Ri^gs. 

1853, Leman Chatfield. Harpin Riggs, Jabez E. Pritchard. 

1854, Harpin Riggs, Jabez E. Pritchard, Henry Bradley. 

1855, Jabez E. Pritchard, Henry Bradley, Philo Holbrook. 

1856, Sheldon Church, Miles Culver, Daniel L. Holbrook. 
1857-8, Henry Bradley, Edwin Smith, Abel Holbrook. 
1859-60, Henry Bradley, Edwin Smith, Stephen D. Russell. 
1861-2, Henry Bradley, John Davis, Stephen I). Russell. 
1863, Harvev Hotchkiss, Stephen R. Rider, Nathan Holbrook. 

Stephen R. Rider, Charles A. Wooster, Nathan Holbrook. 
Henry Bradley, Philo Holbrook, Stephen I). Russell. 
\\'m. A. Fairchild, Samuel P. Davis, Charles A. Wooster. 
Henry G. Hurd, Stephen R. Rider, Adonijah French. 
1868-9, Stephen H. Culver, Samuel P. Davis, George \V. Divine. 

1870, Sharon Y. Beach. Nathan R. Wooster, Samuel P. Davis. 

1871, Edsvm Smith. Frank C. Gerard, Edwin r>uckin,uham. 


330 SEV^^()UR, past and present. 

872, Edwin Smith, Frank C. Gerard, Roswell N. Kinney. 

873, Lewis A. Camp, Frank C. Gerard, Roswell N. Kinney. 

874, Lewis A. Camp, Cornelius W. James, Samuel P. Davis. 

875, Lewis A. Camp, Cornelius W. James, Frederick M. Clemons. 

876, Lewis A. Camp, Frank E. Steele, Frederick M. Clemons. 

877, Lewis A. Camp, Frank E, Steele, Edward L. Hoadley. 
S/S, Horace A. Radford, Frank E. Steele, Edward L. Hoadley. 

879, Frank E. Steele, Horace A. Radford, John Davis. 

880, Edwin Smith, Robert Healey, John Davis. 
881-3, Robert Heale\',- Joseph Ineson, John Davis. 

884, Norman Sperry, E. L. Hoadley, Joseph Ineson. 

885, C. H. Lounsbury, Robert Healey, Charles Coupland. 
886-7, C. H. Lounsbury, T. L. James, Henry Bradley. 

888, C. H. Lounsbury, T. L. James, E. L. Hoadley. 

889, C. H. Lounsbury, T. L. James, Henry Bradley. 

890, Robert Healey, Mark Lounsbury, C. H. Storrs. 

891, E. G. Wheeler, T. L. James, John Davis. 

892, C. H. Lounsbury, T. L. James, A. J. Miles. 
893-4, C H. Lounsbury, T. L. James, C. H. French. 

895, W. W. Smith, Eben G. Wheeler, C. H. French. 

896, W. W. Smith, Eben G. Wheeler, Edward Pritchard. 

897, W. W. Smith. Eben G. Wheeler, Charles French. 

898, W. W. Smith, Geo. A. Divme, C. H. French. 
899-1900, G. A. Divme, C. W. Thrall, C. H. French. 
901, G. A. Divine. C. W. Thrall, Edward Pritchard. 


850-1862. Charles B. Wooster. 1867. William F. Betts. 

863-5, Burton W. Smith. 1 868-1 889, Samuel H. Canfield. 

866, Edward F. Bassett. 1890-1902, S. Hart Culver. 


850. Sylvester Smith. 1864-5, Cornelius W. James. 

851-5. Burton W. Smith. 1866, Nathan R. Wooster. 

856, Hiram W. Randall. 1867-8, Henry Davis. 

857-8, Burton W. Smith. 1 869-1 889. Samuel H. Canfield. 

859-60, Henry S. Johnson. 1890-1900, Henry A. Rider. 

861-3, David Betts. 1900-1902, W. L. Ward. 

850 to 1855, Joshua Kendall. 
855-6, Sylvester Smith. 










1! 1 V K H . 

I, I^nzi 

1>. M( 

-7. George P". DeForest, Fhili) B. Buckii!: 

-8, Joshua Kendall, Sharon ^'. Beach. 

•61. Joshua Kendall. Sharon V. Beach. Plnlo l'>. Ihickm-hani. 

2, Joshua Kendall. Sharon Y. Beach, Charles B. W'ooster. 

3, Joshua Kendall, CdiarlesB. W'ooster, RewO. E\ans Shannon. 

6, Re\'. (). E\ans Shannon, Frederick Durand, Jno.Chattield. 

7, Rev. O. Evans Shannon, Frederick Durand, C. W. James. 
•70, Joshua Kendall, Cornelius W. James, Henry I)a\is. 

1, Joshua Kendall. 

2, Joshua Kendall, Edmund l)a\-, Harpin Ri.girs. 

3, Joshua Kendall, Samuel P. I)a\is. 

4, Joshua Kendall, Norman Sperrw 

5, Joshua Kendall. Virsfil H. McEwen. Norman Sperry. 

7, Joshua Kendall, Virgil H. McEwen, William C. Sharpe. 

81, Joshua Kendall, William C. Shari)e. 

Joshua Kendall, I)a\-id l^icker. 

W. C. Sharpe, L. A. Camp. Daxid Tucker. 

E. A. Camp, \N'- C Sharpe, R. K. Warner. 

L. A. Camp, R E. Warner. 


1886-8, L. A. Camp. 

1899-90, L. A. Camp, C. J. Atwater. 

1891-5, L. A. Camp, T. B. Beach. 

1896, T. L. James, L. A. Camp. 

1897, T. L. James, Wolfgang Schaeffer. 

1898-1901, T. L. James, L. A. Camp, Wolfgang Shaeffer. 



1868, for one year — C. W. James, Henry Davis, Eli Gillette. 

For two years — Harpin Riggs, J. W Bassett, John R. Chatfield. 
For three years — Joshua Kendall, Peter Worth, C. W. Storrs. 

1869, Elliott R. Bassett, Samuel A. Beach, Henrv Davis. 
1 8/0. Harpin Riggs. Wilbur W. Smith, John W. Bassett. 

1871, Joshua Kendall, Edmund Day, Thomas James. 

1872, Carlos French, A. Y. Beach, Samuel P. Davis. 

1873, Sharon Y. Beach, Norman Sperry, Horatio N. Eggleston. 

1874, V. H. McEwen, Joshua Kendall, Edmund Day. 

1875, S. H. Canfield, Carlos French, Wm. C. Sharpe. 

1876, Sharon Y. Beach, Frederick M. demons, Nathan Holbrook- 

1877, Edmund Day. Joshua Kendall, Norman Sperry. 

1878, S. H. Canfield, W. C. Sharpe, David Tucker. 

1879, L. A. Camp, Wm. R. Tomlinson, Nathan Holbrook. 

1880, Joshua Kendall, Henry P. Day, Carlos French. 

1881, S. H. Canfield, Robert Healey, H N. Eggleston. 

1882, L. A. Camp, S. A. Beach, David Tucker. 

1883, W. C. Sharpe. R. E. Warner, T. B. Beach. 

1884, F. M. demons, S. H. Canfield, H. N. Eg-leston. 

1885, L. A. Camp, S. A. Beach, Nathan Holbrook. 

1886, R. E. Warner, T. B. Beach, David Tucker. 

1887, T. L. James, S. H. Canfield, H. N. Eggleston. 

1888, L. A. Camp, H. S. Halligan, C. J Atwater. 

1889, James Swan, T. B. Beach, David Tucker. 

1890, T. L. James, F. A. Rugg, H. N. Eggleston. 

1891, L. A. Camp, H. S. Halligan, John Early. 

1892, James Swan, T. B. Beach, P. F. Strapp. 

1893, T. L. James, F. A. Rugg, E. C. Brown. 

1894, L. A. Camp, H. S. Halligan, John Earley. 

1895, James Swan, T. B. Beach, P. F. Strapp. 

1896, T. L. James. F. A. Rugg, Wolfgang Schaeffer. 



897, W. H. H. Wooster, H. S. Halli-an, John Earley. 
}|898, James Swan, L. A. Camp, P. F. Strapp. 
I899, T. L. James, F. A. Rugi,'-, Wolfgang Schaeffer. 

900, W. H. H. Wooster, H. S. Halligan, John Earley. 

901, James Swan, L. A. Camp, A. E. Clark. 


795 to 1834. John T. Wheeler. 
"834 to February, 1841, John C. Wheeler, 
i^ebruary, 1841, to April, 1841, Rev. John D. Smith. 
I^pril, 1 84 1, to November, 1841, Joshua Kendall 
November, 1841, to 1849, Rev. John D. Smith. 

849 to April, 1850, George Lum. 
iVpril, 1850, to May, 1853, John W. Storrs. 
ay, 1853, to April, 1861, David Betts. 

une I, 1861, to September, 1867, Samuel H. Canfield. 
September, 1867, to June i. 1869, Burton W. Smith, 
iune I, 1869, to April i. 1887. Samuel H. Canlield. 
\pril I, 1887, to April i, 1891, David Tucker. 
\pril I, 1891, to April i. 1895, Capt. W. W. Smith. 


April I, 1895, to April i, 1899, John Early. 
April I, 1899, Wilbur W. Smith. 

REPRESENTATIVES. elected previous to 185 1 were elected by the whole town 
of Derb}-, then including what is now Seymour. .All the following: 
named were at the time of their election residin.<; within the present 
limits of Seymour. 
1733 to 1741, 1743 to 1745, 1747, and 17^5 to 1763. Capt Samuel 

1 767-1 770, Capt. John Holbrook. 
1778, Bradford Steele. 

1780-1784, 1791, and 1794 to 1796, Daniel Holbrook. 
1786 and 1812 to 1 8 14, Gen. David Humphrey. 
181 5 to 1819, 1822, 1824, 1826, John Humphreys, Jr. 

1827, John H. DeForest. 
1830, Ezekiel Gilbert. 
1841, Leman Chattield. 
1845, Albert J. Steele. 

1849, Joshua Kendall. 

1850, Sylvester Smith. 

185 1, Bennett Wooster. 

1852, Sylvester Smith. 
1853 to 1855, Harris B. Munson. 
1855 to 1857, Luzon B. Morris. 

1857, Henry C. Johnson. 

1858, Charles B. Wooster. 

1859, Samuel L. Bronson. 
i860, Carlos French. 

1 86 1, Clark Wooster. 

1862, Abel Holbrook. 
1863 to 1867, Harris B. Munson. 

1868, Carlos French. 

1869, Philo Holbrook. 

1870, Virgil H. McEwen. 

1900, S. 

1 87 1, Smith Botsford. 

1872, James Swan. 

1873, Horatio N. Eggleston. 

1874, Edmund Day. 

1875, Lewis A. Camp. 

1876, (April,) Henry P. Day. 

1876, (Nov.,) Samuel A. Bead 

1877, Albert B. Dunham. 

1878, George W. Divine. 

1879, Rev. H. D. Northrop. 

1880, John W. Smith. 

1881, John W. Rogers. 

1882, Norman Sperry. 

1883, Thomas L.James. 

1884, Horace (J. Judd 
1885-6, Samuel R. Dean. 
1888-90, Robert Healey. 
1892, Norman Sperry. 
1894-6, Theodore B. Beach. 
1898, Clifford J. At water. 

Hart Culver. 

chaptp:r IX, 




"Ou Fame's eternal camping ground 

Their silent tents are spread, 
And Glorjr guards with solemn round 

The bivouac of the dead." 

As Connecticut points with especial pride to the record of her 
ions in the Revolution and in the war for the preservation of the 
Jnion, so may Se3^mour to the record of those who went from within 
er boundaries to peril their lives in defense of their homes, their 
berty and rights. The number has been large in proportion to the 
'opulation, but in the earlier wars the records are not complete, 
nd a perfect list is impracticable. It is not alone to the soldiers at 
he front, during the War of the Revolution, that honor is due, but 
those also who, while detained at home by reason of age or 
ther sufficient cause, were active in supplying the wants of the 
oldiers and their families, and in such measures as were impera- 
iively necessary to be carried out to insure the success of the patri- 
k cause, of which the faded records of I775-I783 k^ive evidence, 
he names found upon the records and gleaned from various relia- 
ble sources, are here given. 

In the War of the Revolution. 

At a legal town meeting held in the town of Derby Nov. 29, 
774, for the purpose of considering the action of the Continental 
iongress, which action was approved, a committee was appointed 
b see that the order of Congress be carried into execution. The 
bllowing members of the committee were from Chusetown, now 
ieymour : Capt. John Holbrook, Lieut. Bradford Steel. 

The following members of the Committee of Inspection were 
fesidents here: Capt. John Holbrojk, Lieut. Bradford Steel, 
jharles French, Daniel Holbrook, Capt. Nathaniel Johnson. Capt. 
ijimothy Baldwin. 

The following were men who lived in this vicinity who marched 
) the relief of Boston in the Lexington alarm in 1775: Capt. Na- 


thaniel Johnson, Abraham Murry, Bowers Washburn, Hezekifi 
Johnson, Asael Johnson, David Johnson, Lieut. Bradforci Steel' 
Jabes Pritchard, Benjamin Tomlinson, (Great Hill), Nathji 
Mansfield, Gideon Tomlinson. 

The men in Capt. Nathaniel Johnson's Company who lived wit' 
in the present limits of Seymour and were in the battles of Lor 
Island, New York, and White Plains, were Doct. Silas Baldwin; 
James Bassett, Abraham Bassett, Samuel Johnson, Ashbel Steel 
Israel French, Gideon Johnson, Hezekiah Johnson, Abraham MurrV 

The following first enlisted in the second regiment: Da 
Humphreys; Marchant Wooster enlisted Jan. 2, 1780; Henn 
Wooster, was at West Point in 1781; John Humphreys; Jesse ar, 
James Baldwin, sons of James and Deborah (Porter) Baldwin, ( 
Waterbury; Ezra Butler, Isaac Johnson, Abiel Canfield, enliste 
Ma}' 8, 1777; Moses Riggs, Phineas and Timothy Johnson, sons 
Phineas Johnson of Pinesbridge. Joel Johnson, son of Asahel Joh 
son, died at Kings Bridge, N. Y., Aug. 23, 1777, aged2(. Job 
Bassett, son of Samuel and Sarah (Botsford) Bassett, died i 
Stamford on his way home from the battle of Long Island. 

On the 8th of December. 1777, John Coe, David DeForest ani' 
Capt. Thomas Clark were appointed a committee to provide sup 
plies for the soldiers. 

In 1778 a committee was appointed to provide clothing for th 
soldiers, and others were afterward added to the committee. Th 
following members of the committee lived within the limits of wha 
is now Seymour: Capt. Timothy Baldwin, Abraham Bassett, Amo 
Bassett, Samuel Bassett, Daniel Holbrook, Jr., Capt. John Ho< 
brook, Capt. Daniel Holbrook, Capt. Nathaniel Johnson, Jonatha. 
Lum, Jr., James Pritchard, Capt. Bradford Steele. 

In Nov., 1780, "Jonathan Hitchcock, Capt. Thos. Clark, Johl 
Howd, Capt. John Tomlinson, Mr. Jonathan Lum, Jr., and Lieul: 
John Basit were appointed a committee to class the people agrees 
ble to a late act of Assembl}' for filling up and completing th! 
state's quotas of the Continental Army." and measures were take) 
to provide clothing for those already in the field. 

Of the committee on provisions for the soldiers the followin; 
were from Seymour: 

Capt. Daniel Holbrook, Reuben Baldwin, Capt. Bradfon 
Steel, Ebenezer Turel Whitemore, Gideon Johnson, Samuel Bassett 

At a town meeting held Dec. i ith. 1780, the following commit 


tjp was appointed to take care of the soldiers' families; Peter Jolin- 
sn, Joseph Russell, Thadeus Baldwin. Daniel Holbrook. Isaac 
hiith, Benj. Basit, Jabez Thompson, Christopher Smith. Andrew 
^nith. Jonathan Lum, Jr.. John Basit, Josiah Strong, Rohcrt 
Vheeler. Isaac Beecher. Ebenezer Johnson, Ahiel I'airchild, Jr., 
jhI Noah Tomlinson. 

I On Jan. 15. 1781. it was "voted that the authority and selectmen 
l|j empowered and directed to j^ive certificates to Capt. Daniel Hol- 
tpok and Capt. John Wooster, to free and emancipate their ser- 
\snts, negro men, on condition that the said negro men enlist into 
tje state regiment to be raised for the defence of the state, for the 
tfm of one year." 

[ Gen. David Humphreys, Aide-de-camp to Washington, see bi- 
Q'raphical sketch, page 233. 

ij Capt. Bradford Steel, see page 238. 

I Bradford Steel, Jr., see page 241. 

Abraham Bassett, at the siege of Boston in 1775. in W'ad.s- 
Nprth's Brigade in 1776. 

i Ezra Butler, served several years, was a pensioner, passed his 
[pr years in a house on the east side side of Walnut street. 

Col. Daniel Holbrook of Skokorat was at New Haven and 
v|s active in resisting the enemy July 5, 1779. He was captain of 
^company in the 2d Regt. of Militia and was promoted to be col- 
qel in 17S2. He was at Horse Neck with Gen. Putnam. 

■ Abel Holbrook enlisted Sept. i, 1782, and ser\ed until Dec. i 
that year. 

I Lieut. John Holbrook was in the Eleventh Coinpan\, Samuel 
(Jiandler, captain, in 1776. 

Philo Holbrook, who died April i, 1813, aged 56 years. 
Wilson Hurd. was at Horse Neck with Gen. Putnam, died at 
<|-eat Hill Mar. 8. 1853, aged 90 years. 

I William Kinney, died at Quaker Farms Jan. 8, 1845. aged 87 

. Lieut. Jabez Pritchard. See biographical sketch, page 240. 

Jairus Lounsbury enlisted in the Fifth Battalion, Wadsworth's 
Jrigade, raised in June, 1776, to reinforce Washington's army at 
lew York. The term expired Dec. 25, 1776. He was a pensioner 
i 1832. His home was in the house which stood near the Falls, 
<pse by where the northeast corner of the Plush mill ncnv is. 

John White, died Feb. 19. 1830, aged J^. 


Samuel A. Beach, Sergeant Co. H, 20th C. V., enlisted Aufi 
8, 1862; disc, for disability Sept. 9, 1863. 

Henry B. Beers, Co. K, lOth C. V., enlisted Sept. 21, '61; disq 
for disability Feb. 22, '63. 

Bennett Benham, Co. H, 20th C. V., enlisted Aug 9. '62; muji|B;t 
tered out June 13, '65. 

William Blake, enlisted in Co. B, 25th C. V., Oct. 14, '62, mue 
tered out Aug. 26 '63; re-enlisted in Co. L, ist C. V., Cavalry, Dec 
16, '63; mustered out Aug. 2, '65. 

Howard Bliss, Sergeant Co. H, 20th C. V., enlisted Aug. 
'62; mustered out June 13, '65. 

Andrew Bodge, Co. F, First Heavy Artillery, enlisted May 23 
'61; wounded at battle of Malvern Hill, disc. May 22, '64.. 

George E. Bodge, Co. F, 6th C. V., enlisted Sept. 7, '61 
killed at the charge on Fort Wagner, Morris Island, S. C, July i^ 


Henry T. Booth. Co. H, 20th C. V., enlisted Aug. 6, '62. dieij 
in Washington, D. C, Jan. 4, '63. 

Edward Botsford, Third Ind. Battery, enlisted Sept. 19. '6^\ 
mustered out June 23, '65. 

Edward Botsford, Co. E, 5th C. V., enlisted July 22, '61, disGi 
for dis. Dec. 17, '62. 

Harvey L. Botsford, Co. H, 20th C. V., enlisted Aug. 5, '62 
disc, for dis. Feb. 21, '63, at Stafford Court House. 

Henry T. Bradley, Co. B, 12th C. V., enlisted Dec. 19, '61; re 
enlisted Jan. i, '64; mustered out Aug. 12, '65. 

Matthew Brassil, Third Ind. Battery, enlisted Sept. 16, '6.:| 
mustered out June 22, '65. 

Wm. H. Bray, Sergeant Co. G. nth C. V., enlisted Dec. 
'61, disc, for dis. Nov. 29, '62. 

Royal L. Bronson, Co. H, 20th C. V., enlisted Aug 25, '62'. 
killed at Chancellorsville, Va., May 3, '63. 

Rodney O. Bronson, Co. D, First Conn. Cavalry, enlisted Nov* 
27, '63, mustered out Aug. 2, '65. 

Charles Brown, Third Ind. Battery, enlisted Sept. 19, 
mustered out June 23, '65. 

Philo B. Buckingham, enlisted as Major 20th C. V., Aug. 29 
'62; taken prisoner at Chancellorsville and sent to Libby Prison:' 
exchanged and returned to service; promoted Lieut. Col. April gi 
"64, made Brevet-Colonel by the president, by and with the advice 



;.f the senate, to date from March 13, '65, for fjallant and meritori- 
.us services during the campaign in Georgia and the Carohnas, 
austered out June 13, '65. 

James E. Buckley, Corporal Co. B, 20th C. V., enlisted Aug. 

fjl, '62, wounded Mar. 19, '65, mustered out June 13, '65. 

II Owen Bulkley, Third Ind. Battery, enlisted Sept. 19, '64. 

I Geo. W. Burroughs, Co. I). 15th W.Va. Vols, enlisted Sept. 8, 

jp2. wounded at Winchester and Laurel Hill, mustered out May 

i|i2. '65. 

■ Geo. B. Candee, Third C. V. Light Battery, enlisted Sept. 23, 

54, mustered out June 23, '65. 

Carl Carlson, Co. A, 3rd Vt., enlisted Aug. 23, '64, discharged 
uly 1 1, '65. 

I Wm. Carroll. First Vol. Battery, enlisted Sept 15, '64, mus- 
jered out June 23, '65. 

Nicholas Cass, Co. C, First C. V. Heavy Artillery, enlisted 
ec. 8, '63, mustered out Sept. 5, '65. 

Henry R. Chamberlain, Co. F, 7th C. V., enlisted from Red- 
ing, Nov. 4. '63; mustered out July 20, '65, at Goldsboro, N. C. 

Horatio S. Chamberlin. Co. A. 150th N. Y. Vols, enlisted 
apt. 6, '62; mustered out June 8, '65, at Washington. 

Thomas Chadwick. Co. F, 12th C. V., enlisted Nov. 25. '61, 
e-enlisted Jan. i, '64; mustered out Aug. 12, '65. 

Eli Clement, Co. B, First C. V. Heavy Artillery, enlisted May 
2, '61; disc. May 21, '64. 

F. M. demons, corporal. Co. I). 23d C. V.. enlisted Aug. 30. 
62; disc. Aug. 31, '63. 

Abraham Collins, Co. A, lOth C. V., enlisted Oct. 29, '61; disc, 
is. Feb. 22, '63. 
. Richard Condon, Co. E, ist C. V.. enlisted July 22. '6\; re-en- 
listed Dec. 21, '63; wounded; mustered out July 19, '65. 
j William S. Cooper, ^'O. E, 2d ^\ V. Artillery, enlisted July 31. 
'62; promoted corporal Oct. 4. '62; promoted sergeant Mar. 22, '63; 
^promoted first sergeant Jan. 13, '64; wounded at the battle of Win- 
Ichester, Va., Sept. 19, '64; promoted second lieutenant Feb. 4, '64; 
land assigned to Co. D; disc. Sept. 

j Richard Conway, Co. B, First <'. V. Heavy Artillery, enlisted 
May 22, '61; disc. May 21, '64, term expired. 

I Reuben Cox, Co. C, First C. V. Heavy Artillery, enlisted Dec. 
3d, '63, served one year and eight months. 



Thomas Gilyard, 

Wilham Kinney, 

Jesse Hartson, 

Calvin Leavenworth, 

Brewster Hine, 

Isaac Leavenworth, 

Jehiel Hine, 

Isaac Losee, 

Sergt. Thomas C. H 


Enos Lum. 

Daniel Holbrook. 2d, 

Theophilus Miles, Jr 

John Humphreys, 

John Moshier, 

Wilham Humphrey, 

Ebenezer Northrop, 

Austin Hurd, 

David Sanford, 

Chauncey Johnson, 

Jesse Smith, 

Jeremiah Johnson, 

Lyman Smith, 

Asahel Johnson, 

Ransom Tomlinson, 

Hezekiah Johnson, 

Sheldon Tucker, 

Timothy Johnson, 

Isaac White, 



In the Mexican War. 
Clark Ford, enlisted April lO, 1847, in Co. A, 9th Infanti 
discharged Aug. 24, 1848. 

In the Florida War. 

Capt. George W. Divine. 

In the War for the Preservation of the Union. 

James K. Adams, enlisted Aug. 5, '62, in Co. K, 15th C. \i 
mustered out June 27, '65. 

Ichabod E. Ailing, Corporal Co. H, 20th Conn. Vols., enlistt 
Aug. 20th, 1862; mustered out June 13th, 1865. 

John Baldwin, Third Ind. Battery, enlisted Sept. 24th, 186 
mustered out June 23rd, 1865. 

Julius Bassett, enhsted as Capt. Co. A, Fifteenth Conn. Voll 
July lOth, 1862 ; killed in action March 8th, 1865, near Kinston, S. 

Lorenzo M. Bassett, Co. A, First Artillery, enlisted Nov. 231; 
1863 ; discharged for disability June 17th, 1865. 

Noyes E. Bassett, Co. I, 20th C. V., enlisted Mar. 7, '64, trai 
ferred to 5th C. V.; mustered out July 19, '65. 

Samuel Bassett, enlisted Dec. 17, '63, in Co. H, 20th C. ^ 
transferred to Co. I, 5th C. V., June 13, '65; mustered out Ji 
19, '65. 

Sheldon Bassett, Co. B, 15th C. V., enlisted Mar. 13, i8( 
transferred to 7th C. V.; mustered out July 14, 1865. 


Men from here or afterwards residents here who served in thee '^• 
navy during the Revolution were — 

Capt. Ebenezer Dayton, see page 237. 

Truman Loveland, enhsted April 2, 1777, on the frigate Trum- 

Samuel Johnson, captain's mate, enlisted March 22, 1777. 
Daniel Wheeler, enlisted Dec. 20. 1775, died in 1776. 
The memorandum of Lieut. Jabez Pritchard, who was taken 
prisoner with Bradford Steel and others, and died on board the 
prison ship, was brought home by Steel, and contains the list of 
guards detailedat Horse Neck from Sept. 15th to 21st. Most of the 
company were probably from this immediate vicinity. The names 

Ebenezer Durand, 

Isaac Durand, 

Vespatian Eastman, 

Corp. Foot, 

Amos Fox, 

Joseph Hulse, 

Jonathan Lyman, 

James Leech, 

James Lines, 

Nathan Mallory, 

Major Morriss, 

Abraham Murray, 

Asahel Ne»vel, 

Ensign Osborn, 

Lieut. Pierson. 

Noah Peck, 

John Prindle, 

Jabez Pritchard, 

John Priestly, 

Oliver Root, 

That those who had sacrified so much for freedom were prompt 
in more peaceful times to frame aright the new government maybe 
seen from the following resolution, adopted Oct. 8th, 1787: 

"Resolved that this Town will instruct, and that it does hereby 
instruct its representatives in the General Assembly to use their in- 
fluence to have a Convention called as speedil}- as possible for the 
purpose of taking into consideration the Constitution proposed by 

Gideon Ailing, 
Samuel Andress, 
Abraham Barns, 
Nathaniel Black, 
Edward Bassett, 
David Blakesley, 
Corp. Bristol, 
Corp. Candee, 
Oliver Chatfield, 
Caleb Chatfield. 
Reuben Canfteld, 
Martin Clark, 
George Clark, 
Chauncey Clark, 
.\mos Collins, 
Jonathan Cartright, 
Jairus Congdon, 
Joseph Deremore. 
George Dachester, 
Samuel Durand, 

Joseph Sanford. 
Philo Sparry, 
Jabin Sperry, 
Job Sperry, 
Alexander Sperry, 
Jonathan Sperry, 
Corp. Smith, 
Wm. Smith. 
Lieut. Bradford Steel, 
John Swift, 
Wm. Tomlinson, 
Thomas Torrance, 
Adam Vose, 
David Whittemore, 
Samuel Wood, 
Hezekiah Wooding, 
Eli Wash band, 
Aaron Webster. 
Bowers Washburn, 
James Yatman. 

IN THK WARS. 33<^ 

the Federal Convention, agreeable to the recommendation (jf Con- 
gress; in hopes that the business may be entered upon at an early 
period by the Legislature. Voted and passed unanimously." 
: Capt. Daniel Holbrook and Capt. John Holbrook, who were 
appointed the delegates to the state convention, were both from 
what is now Seymour. 

I The following were Revolutionary [)cnsioners in iHiH : Jere- 
,^iah Gillette of Great Hill, Phineas Johnson of Pinesbridge, Mo- 
ses Riggs of Pinesbridge, Jesse Smith, who kept a store on West 
street, ••enjamin Tomlinson of Great Hill, Nathaniel Holbrook of 
Squantuck, Truman Lovelaiid. who lived northeast of Rimmon 
|Pond, William Steele and Abner Tibbals of I'ungay. 
I Pensioners in 1S32: James l»a?sett, Abraham Hassett, Wilson 
Hurd, Capt. Nathaniel Johnson, Linus Lounsbury, '^'radford Steele, 
Samael •>otsford, Abel Holbrook, Gideon Johnson, William Keen- 
jiey, Nathan Mansheld. 

1! Of those drawing pensions in i(S40 as soldiers of the l\e\oluri(jn 
the following lived in this vicinity : Lieut, ''radford Steele a ed <S4, 
Capt. Nathaniel Johnson 82. William Keeney 83, Abel Holbrook "j"], 
[James ''assett 83, Wilson Hurd ']']. 

In the French .\ni) Indian Wars. 
Silas Baldwin, John Holbrook, 

James Baldwin, Col. Ebenezer Johnson. 

Reuben Baldwin, Joseph Johnson, 

Jesse Baldwin, Linus Lounsbury. 

Moses Clark. Jonathan Lum, 

iiCol. Daniel Holbrook, Samuel Russell. 

[ S Jl.DIEKS OF 1812-18(4. 

Anson Baldwin, Jason Bassett, 

Jesse Baldwin, William Bassett, 

Simeon Baldwin, Cyrus Botsford, 

James Baldwin, Samuel Botsford, 

Lewis Baldwin, Lewis I'roadwell, 

.Timothy Baldwin, Josiah Canfield. 

iSilas Baldwin, Joel Chatfield, 

lAeneas Bassett, Capt. Amadeus Dibble, 

iGlover Bassett. Samuel Durand, 

;John Bassett, Eliphalet Easton. 

,Abel Bassett, Charles French, 

Ebenezer Bassett, Luther Fowler, 


Frederick Cross, Third Ind. Batter}, enlisted Sept. 24, '64; 
mustered out June 23, '65. 

Dennis Crummey, Co. I, 27th C. V., enlisted Sept. 9, '62; lost 
an arm in front of Mary's Heights, Dec. 13, '62; disc. Feb. 12, '63. 

Wm. E. Curtiss, Third Ind. Battery, enlisted Sept. 15, '64; mus- 
tered out June 23, '65. 

Charles H. Davis, Co. C, First Heavy Artillery, enlisted Dec. 
4, '63, mustered out Sept. 25, '65. 

Harry W. Davis, Rifle Co. C, 3rd C. V., enlisted May 14, '61. 
honorably discharged Aug. 12, '61. 

Zerah B. Davis, Co. H, 20th C. V., enlisted Aug. 6, '62, mus- 
tered out June 13, '65. 

Charles Domingo, colored, Co. H, 29th C. V., enlisted Mar. 2, 
'64, killed at Petersburg, Va., Sept. 3, '64. 

Patrick Donahue, Third Ind. Battery, enlisted Sept. 15, '64. 
mustered out June 23, '65. 

Loren J. Farrell, Co. E, First Heavy Artillery, enlisted April 8, 
'62. died Aug. 8, '62, at Harrison's Landing, Va. 

Hugh Fitzpatrick, enlisted in Co. H, 20th C. V., Aug. 13, '62, 
disc, for dis. Feb. 8, '63; re-enlisted in Co. B, 7th C. V., Dec. 21, '63, 
died at David's Island, N. Y., Aug, 5, '64. 

Clark E. Ford, Co. I, ist C. V. Heavy Artillery, enlisted Feb. 
10, '64, mustered out Sept. 25, '65. 

De Grasse Fowler, Second Lieut., Co. E, 5th C. V., enlisted 
July 22, '61, resigned Sept. 23, '64. 

Charles French, Sergeant, Co. H, 20th C. V., enlisted Aug. 5, 
'62, wounded Jul}' 20, '64, at Peach Tree Creek, Ga., mustered out 
June 13, '65. 

Harpin R. French, Co. K, lOth C. V., enlisted Oct. 14. '61, 
discharged Oct. 7, '64. 

Herman B. French, Corporal, Co. F, First Heavy Artillery, 
enlisted May 23, '61, disc, for dis. Nov. 18, '61. 

Hobart French, Co. A, lOth C. V., enlisted Sept. 21, '61, disc, 
for dis. Dec, 21, '61. 

John W. French, Musician, Co. H, 20th C. V , enlisted Aug. 
20, '62, mustered out June 13, '65. 

Robert H. Geissler, Sergeant, Co. C, nth C. V., enlisted Oct. 
25, '61, disc, for dis. June 25, '62. 

F. C. Gerard, Corporal, Co. H, 23rd C. V., enlisted Sept. 2, 
'62, discharged Aug. 31, '63. 


Hyatt Gregory, Third Ind. Battery, enlisted Sept. 21, '64, iniis- 
ered out June 23, '65. 

Win. Hawley. Third Ind. Battery, enhsted Sept. 24, '64, disc, 
lis. Oct. 22, '64. 

Richard E. Hayden, Co. B, First Heavy Artillery, enlisted May 
:2, '61, disc. May 21, '64. 

Robert Healey, corporal, Co. K, 22d Ind. V., enlisted Sept. 15, 
61, wounded at Perry ville, Ky., Oct. <S, '62, re-enlisted Dec, '64, 
iisc. July 24. '65. 

I James W. Hendryx, Co. H, 20th C. V., enlisted Aug. 6, '62, 
piled at the battle of Chancellorsville May 3, '63. 
I Joseph Hitchcock, corporal, Co. I), 22d C. V., enlisted Aug. 23, 

52, disc. July 7, '63. 
Andrew Holbrook enlisted Dec. 2, '61, in the ist C. V. Light 

battery, discharged Dec. 2, "64. 

John W. Holconib enlisted July 22, '61, in Co. I{, 5th C. V., 
e-enlisted Dec. 21, '63, was mustered out July 19, "65. 

Charles B. Holland enlisted Aug. 5, '62, in Co. H. 20th C. V., 
^as wounded and captured May 3, '63, at Chancellorsville, Va., was 
aroled May 15, '63, transferred to 2d Battalion V. R. C. Aug. 17, 

53, discharged Aug. 4, '65. 
James Holoren enlisted June 21, '61, in Co. F, 5th C. V., was 

/ounded at Winchester, Va., May 25, '62; re-enlisted Dec. 31, '63. 

Geo. W. Homan, Orderly Sergeant, Co. H, 20th C. V., en- 
sted Aug. 6, '62; was taken prisoner at Chancellorsville and con- 
ned in Richmond prison, was exchanged and returned to service, 
nd was mustered out June 13, '65. 

Calvin A. Hubbard enlisted July 22, '61, in Co. E, 5th C. V., 
/as promoted Corporal Dec. 23, "62, was captured at Gettysburg, 
^ly 2, "63, paroled Aug. 29, '63; re-enlisted Dec. 21, '63; was 
I'ounded June 22, '64, at Gulp's Farm, Ga., was promoted Sergeant 
jept. I, '64, and ist Sergeant May i, '6s, mustered out July 19, '65. 

Thomas E. Hurlbnt enlisted Oct. 7. '61, in Co. B, ist C. V. 
lavalry, re-enlisted Jan. i, '64; was captured June 10, '64, at Old 
thurch, Va., was in Libby prison three weeks, at Andersonville 
|ve months, same at Milan; was exchanged, promoted Quarter- 
aster Sergeant Nov. 26, '64; promoted 1st Sergeant May i, 05, 
mstered out Aug. 2, '65. 

Joseph Ineson, Co. B, 20th C. V., enlisted Aug. 2, '62. wound- 
d July 20, '64, disc. dis. Feb. 20, '65. 


Charles lies, Third Ind. Battery, enlisted Sept. 19, '64, mus- 
tered out June 23, '65. 

Andrew Jackson, Third Ind. Battery, enlisted Sept. 17, '64j| 
mustered out June 23, "65. ' ■*■ 

Wm. B. Johnson, Co. B, 15th C. V., enlisted July 21, '62, pro-. 
moted sergeant Sept. i, '64, mustered out June 27, '65. 

Marcus O. Judson, Co. D, 27th C. V., enlisted Sept. 8, '62, 
killed at the battle of Gettysburg July 2, '63. 

Simon Lathrop, Co. A, lOth C. V., enlisted Oct. 2, '61, killed^ 
at Kinston, N. C, Dec. 14, '62. 

William Lee, Co. C, First Heavy Artillery, enlisted Dec. 3, '63, 
mustered out Sept. 25, '65. 

Lewis E. Leigh, Co. B, ist C. V. H. A., enlisted May 22. '61, 
re-enlisted Jan. i, '64. 

Albert W. Lounsburv, Co. H, 20th C. V., enlisted Aug. 9, '62, 
taken prisoner at the battle of Chancellorsville and sent to Libby 
prison, exchanged and returned to service, mustered out June 13, '65. 

Henry W. Lounsbury, Co. A, lOth C. V., enlisted Oct 2, '61, 
died Aug. 14, "62, at Newbern, N. C. 

Duane M, Lynde, Co. D, ist Conn. Cav., enlisted Nov. 28, '63, 
mustered out June 28, '6^. 

Charles B. Lyons, Co. C, ist C V. H. A., enlisted Dec. 3. '63, 
mustered out Sept. 25, '65. 

William Morris, Co. F, 12th C. V., enlisted Nov. 23. '61; re- 
enlisted Jan. I, '64; promoted corporal Oct. 14, 1864, mustered out 
Aug. 12, '65. 

Byron W. Munson, Co. G, ist C. V., enlisted Dec. 3, '63, mus- 
tered out Aug. 2, '65. 

Marcus E. Munson, Co. K, ist C. V.. enlisted Dec. 21, '63, died 
in Baltimore. Md., Mar. 11, '64. 

Julius H. Newton, Co. H, 20th C. \'., enlisted Aug. 15. '62, 
mustered out June 13, '65, at Washington, D. C. 

Wm. B. Nichols enlisted July 18, '63, in Co. I. ist C. V. H. A., 
was mustered out Sept. 25, "65 

Richard Pearson, Co. K, 6th U. S. C, enlisted Sept. i, '61, 
transferred to 3rd Md. in October 1862, mustered out Sept. 3, '64. 

Martin Perry. 3rd Ind. Battery, enlisted Sept. 24, '64, mustered 
out June 22, '65. 

Edward D. Phelps, corporal, 7th C. V., enlisted Aug. 29, '61, 
re-enlisted Dec. 22. '63, mustered out July 20, "65. 


Charles Prince, Co. B, ist C. V. H. A., enlisted May 22. '61, 
lischargred May 21, '64. 

John Y. Reynolds, Co. B, ist H. A., enlisted May 22, '61, disc. 
May 21. '64. "^ 

John H. Rig:gs, Co. F, 7th C. V., enlisted Aug. 29, '61, re- 
;nlistedjan. 2,64, promoted corporal Oct. 14, '64, rn. o. July 20, '65. 

Henry C. Rogers, Co. I, 2d Artillery, enlisted Aug. 13, '62, se- 
verely wounded in the hand at Petersburg Mar. 25, '62, mustered 
)ut July 7, 6' 5. 

Henry Rose, Co. H, 20th C. V., enlisted Aug. 8, '62, wounded 
vlarch 19, '65, at Bentonville, N. C, disc. June 23, 65. 

John "yan, Co. H, 20th C. \'., enlisted Aug. 20, '62, wounded 
ind captured May 3, '63, at Chancellorsville, disc. dis. Jan. 31, '65. 

Patrick Ryan enlisted Oct. 9, '62, in Co. I, 27th C. V.; was cap- 
ured at Chancellorsville May 3. '63; paroled May 14, mustered out 
fuly 27, '63. Re-enlisted Sept. 19, '64, in 3d C. V. Light Battery, 
nustered out June 23, '65. 

William E. Ryan, Co. H, 20th C. V., enlisted Aug. 20. '62. 

David W. Sharpe, Co. B, First C. V. Heavy Artillery, enlisted 
jVlay 22. "61, re-enlisted Jan. i, "64, recommended for promotion, 
nustered out Sept. 25. '65. 

Cornelius Shehan. Third Ind. Battery, enlisted Sept. 23. '64. 
nustered out June 23. '65. 

Francis Sheldon, enlisted May 22, '61, in Co. B, ist C. \'. 
•rieavy Artillery, discharged Sept. 22, '61; re-enlisted Sept. 17, 64, 
n the Third C. V. Light Battery, pro. Corporal Oct. 27, '64, pro. 
Quartermaster Sergeant May 20, '65, mustered out June 23, '65. 

Sylvester Short, Co. F, 23d C. V., enlisted Aug. 8, "62, mus- 
.ered out Aug. 31, '63. 

Anson Smith, Co. E, 1st C. \'.. enlisted July 9. '61, pro. corp. 
Dec. 14, '61. 

Geo. A. Smith, Co. E, ist C. V., enlisted July 9, '61. cap- 
;ured Aug. 9, '62, at Cedar Mountain, Va., paroled Sept. 15, "02. 
oromoted Corporal Dec. i, '62. disc. July 22, '64. 

Wilbur W. Smith, Co. H, 20th C. V.. mustered in as First 
Lieut. Aug. 15, '62, taken prisoner at Chancellorsville and contined 
n Libby prison, paroled and exchanged; promoted Capt. Feb. 24, 
63. Co. C, mustered out June 13, 6;. 

Charles W.Swift, Co. H, 20th C. V.. enlisted May 22. 61, re- 
enlisted Aug. 20, '62, mustered out June 13, '65. 


Jacob L. Still, Co. H, 20th C. V., enlisted Aug. 20, 62, woundel 
at Gettysburg, Va., Jul}- 3; '63, transferred to Veteran Relief Cori 
Jan. II, "64. disc, for dis. April i, '64. 

Benjamin B. Thayer enlisted Aug. 6, '62, in Co. E, 2d C. V. h 
A', promoted corporal July 6, '64, mustered out July 7, '65. 

Reuben W. Thayer, Co. E, 5th C. V., enlisted July 22, '61; ni 
enlisted Dec. 21, '63, wounded, mustered out July 19, '65. 

Wm. Thayer, Co. A, lOth C. V., enlisted Oct. 2, '61, trans 
ferred to Signal Corps Sept. 26, '63, disc. Oct. 5, '64. 

R. Perry Tomlinson, Co. B, ist H. A., enlisted May 22, "61, dd 
serted July 28, '61, re-enlisted in Co. B, First Cav., Oct. 7, '61, ws 
taken prisoner at the battle of the Wilderness, confined at LibbI 
and Andersonville, exchanged and promoted First Sergeant, re-er 
listed Jan. 4, '64, mustered out Aug. 2, "65. 

Lucius B. Truesdell, Co. D, ist H. A., enlisted Nov. 27, 'd'-i 
killed in action Sept. 12, '64, near Petersburg, aged 19. 

Byron Tucker, Co. B, ist H. A., enlisted Sept. 13, '64, died a 
Broadvva}- Landing, Va., Nov. 27, '64. 

Frederick Tucker, 3d Ind. Batterv, enlisted Sept. 17, '64, muy 
tered out June 23, "65. 

Hiram Upson, Jr., Sergeant, enlisted Aug. 29, '61, in Co. Fi 
7th C. v., was wounded at James Island, S. C, June 16, '62, die* 
June 18, '62. 

Wm. Uminger, Co. C, iith C. V., enlisted Nov. i, '61 
wounded Sept. 17, '62, at Antietam, disc, for dis. April 3, '63. 

Aaron Walker, Co. H, 29th C. V., enlisted Dec. 28, '63) 
wounded Oct. 27, '64, died July 5. '65. 

Wm. S. Ward. Musician, Co. H, 60th C. V., enlisted Aug. 15 
'62, mustered out June 13, '65. 

Augustus White, Musician, Co. B, First Heavy Artillery, en 
listed May 22, "61, re-enlisted Jan. i, '64. 

James White, Co. H, 20th C. V., enlisted Aug. 6, '62, killed a 
Peach Tree Creek, Ga., July 20th, '64 

Leslie B. Wooster, Co. C, ist C. V., enlisted Nov. 21, "61, disc 
for dis. June 23, '62. 

George S. Wyant, Sergeant, Co. H, 20th C. V., enlisted Aug 
7, '62, died Dec. 15, '62. 

Wilson Wyant, Captain, Co. E, 5th C. V., enlisted April 22, 
'61, resigned on account of disability, Jan. 31, '63. 

frati:rnal ordkks. 




Morning Star Lodge, No. 47, F. & A. M., the oldest fraternal 
organization in town, was instituted in Oxford Oct. 18, 1804, and 
under the direction of the worthy brethren named in the charter and 
their successors in office, the lodge prospered and steadily increased 
in numbers. In 1832 fifty members of Morning Star Lodge mani- 
fested their courage and their love of the Masonic order by signing 
the famous "Declaration" of Masonic principles and purposes, 
which was widely published, and helped greatly to allay the preju- 
and opposition of the anti-Masonic tide then at its height. 

In the forties the manufacturing industry which had made Ox- 
ford center a busy place for many years, began to wane and many 
of the members of the lodge removed from the place, so that in 1848 
the charter was revoked by the Grand Lodge, but on the 14th of 
May, 1851, the charter was restored, the lodge to be removed to 
Seymour. For a short time the lodge met in the hall over the store 
at the west end of the lower bridge, but. in 1853 it was removed to 
the hall in Davis' Block, where it remained for rtftyeight years, the 


hall having been especially fitted up for the use of the lodge by itst 
owner, Isaac B. Davis, who was an entusiastic member of the order. 

On March i, 1901, the lodge was removed to the new Masonia 
hall in the Yale-Beach building, which had been handsomely fitted 
up and furnished for the purpose. The lodge now numbers 178 
and is in a flourishing condition. The Past Masters of the lodge are 
Abel Wheeler, Levi Candee, William Morris, David McEwen, 
Chauncey M. Hatch, Merritt Bradley, Samuel Wire, David M. 
Clark, Cyrus Humphreys, Jesse Joy, John M. Hart, Henry C. At- 
wood, William Hinman, Garry Riggs, Charles Ransom, George B. 
Glendenning, David J. McEwen, Harris B. Munson, Joseph Chip- 
man, Srephen D. Russell, Elisha D. Foote, Israel French, Philo B. 
Buckingham, George W. Divine, Ashbel Storrs, Samued P. Davis, 
Stephen R. Rider, Henry A. Rider, William S. Cooper, William K. 
Holmes, William Halligan, Frederick Harris, Frank G. Bassett, 
Albert E. Clark, Theodore S. Ladd, Gabriel Stewart, Harvey S. 
HaUigan, Clifford J. Atwater, Olin L. Dibble, Abbott C. Peck, 
Emery E. Adams, Jay C. Holden, John Early, James Maybury, 
Norman W. Lounsbury, Harry C. Carpenter, Charles H. Guild. 

Olive Chapter, No. 26, Order of the Eastern Star, was organ- 
ized Nov. 19th, 1886, and met in Masonic hall, in Davis' Block, un- 
til 1901, when with Morning Star Lodge it removed to the new Ma- 
sonic hall in the Yale-Beach building. 

The chapter numbers 105 members and is in a prosperous con- 
dition. Its membership comprises several who have been electedi 
to office in the Grand Chapter of the state, including F. G. Bassetttj 
and J. C. Holden, who have served as Grand Patron ; Julia A.\ 
Thayer, Grand Warder ; Iva E. Parker, Grand Marshall, and Sharom 

D. Beach, now Grand Patron. The resident Past Worthy Matrons^ 
and Past Worthy Patrons of Olive Chapter are: Julia A. Thayer.i 
Allida L. Booth, Eliza L. Castle, Hattie L. Bassett, Annie E 
Pickett, Julia M. Smith, Bessie A. T. Emery, Iva S. Parker, M.I 
Elizabeth Beach, Nellie A. Buckley, Addie L. Wooster, Julia A.V 
Mitchell, Frank G. Bassett, W. S. Cooper, J. C. Holden, James 

E. Buckley, Robert Healey, W. C. Sharpe, C. J. Atwater, Sharom 
D. Beach, John Early, C. H. Lounsbury, Henry L. Edwards. 

Evening Star Chapter, No. 47, Royal Arch Masons, was insti-l 
tuted June 28, 1901, with the following officers: H. P., F. G. Bas 
sett; K., T. B. Beach; S.. Norman Sperry; R. A. C, A. C. Peck 
P. C, H. W. Pickett; Treasurer, W. L. Ward; Secretary, Thomasii 

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Vilson; Chaplain, Rev. E. C. Tiilhir; M. 3d V., Miles Hirkbeck; 
;I. 2nd v.. S. D. Beach; M. ist V. J., C. Holden; Tyler, James F. 
bhnstone; Trustees, W. C. Shari)e, W. I). Injiersoll, V. A. Knui^. 

Mechanics Lodge. No. 73, IndependentOrder of Odd Fellows, 
ias instituted May 21, i8si, with thirteen charter members, the 
heetings being held in a hall on the second floor of the building at 
[he west end of the lower bridge. There the lodge met until 1857, 
hen the hall in Davis' Block was fitted up, and was occupied until 
892, when the lodge room in the Humphreys building was leased, 
rnished and dedicated as Odd Fellows hall. 

The lodge library was established in 1877 and has steadil\- in- 
teased until now it numbers about 700 volumes. The lodge has re- 
{ently purchased a building and land on Main street and will build 
nd fit up handsomely for an Odd Fellows hall and other purposes. 

The good done by the lodge in caring for the sick and in bene- 
ts for the widows and the fatherless cannot be estimated. For 
lany years it was the onl\' order in town which made such help a 
rominent feature of its work. The Past Noble Grands are: Julius 
iassett, Daniel J. Putnam, Martin Kelly, \V. J. Merrick, John A. 
iartson. Harpin Davis, W. W. White, Win. A. Hughes, George 
i. Lester, Henry Bra<]ley, John Davis, 2nd, R. W. Scott, A. G. 
Vhite, David Tucker, H. T. Booth, Mitchell \'incent, Charles 
i^ewton, George Upson, John Hilton, H. A. Radford, A. J. Beers, 
Vilson E. Hendryx, Peter Ward, F. H. Beecber, Wm. D. Bi.ssell. 
ohn W. Woodruff, W. S. Cooper, John Whiting, Sylvester Smith, 
V. D. Dibble. Edward I). Phelps, James K. Adams, Harvey Rugg, 
Ldward C. Brown, John W. Smith, Samuel R. Butler, Robert 
kealey, Samuel A. Beach, James E. Buckley. Charles Edwards, 
Wm. H. Williams, Charles P. White. 

WiLDEY En-cam PMEXT, No. 73. I. O. O. F.. was instituted Nov. 
6, 1882, and has been a popular and successful organization, num- 
>ering at present 89 members. 

Sylvan Lodc.e, No. 5, Degree of Rebekah, was instituted Dec. 
, 1890, the membership consisting principally of the wives, daugh- 
ers, mothers and sisters of Odd Fellows, though not limited 
trictly to them. 

The three Odd Fellow organizations. Mechanics Lodge. Wildey 
encampment, and Sylvan Lodge, have a total membership of over 
ix hundred. 


Humphrey Lodge, No. 26, Knights of Pythias, was instituted 
Feb. 8, 1 87 1. Of those who were admitted as charter memben 
and are yet members of the lodge there remain M. R. Castle, F. H.I 
Beecher, George Smith and W. C. Sharpe. The lodge has been a 
great success as a beneficial order, in caring for the sick and in aid- 
ing the bereaved families of deceased members. There are now 
about I2S members. A fund of about $3,000 has been accumulated.! 
The Past Chancellors of the lodge who yet maintain their members 
ship are Wm. H.Williams, (Past Grand Chancellor, ) F. H. Beech-i 
er, Virgil H. McEwen, H. S. ChamberHn, Anthony Otto, Martin 
R. Castle, Thomas Thomas, W. C. Sharpe, Wm. B. Nichols, John H.i 
Benham, Valentine Buechele, Fred C. Peck, R. H. Smith, J. F. Otto, 
John W. DeForest, David J. Hill, Fred O'Meara, F. B. Chamber- 
lin, F. S. Zwick, George H. Simmonds, Thomas Chadwick, Ed- 
ward E. Holbrook, John Myers, Charles Maybury, George E- 
O'Meara, Fred Beck, James Stevens. 

Evergreen Temple No. 10, Rathbone Sisters, auxiliary to 
Humphrey Lodge, and consisting of Knights of Pythias and mem 
bers of their families, was instituted June 14, 1899. Its object is tol 
promote the great principles of Purity, Love, Equality and Fidelity, 
to afford social entertainment, to be to sisters in trial a guide and 
hope, a refuge, shelter and defense. 

Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. — This society was organized 
Nov. 2, 1872, in Strapp's Hall. The following persons petitioned 
the General Assembly of Connecticut at the May Session in 1873 for 
an act of incorporation: William Hayes, Dennis O'Callaghan, 
Matthias Bunyan, Francis McMorrovv, Charles McCarthy, Michael 
Regan, Patrick Mahoney, Daniel Mahoney, William Mahoney, Jer- 
emiah Driscoll, John Coleman, John Bradley, Timothy O'Brien, 
Peter Sullivan, Edward Strapp, William Colbert. They were 
duly incorporated as an association known as the Friendly Sons of 
St. Patrick of Seymour, with such other persons as should after- 
ward become members of said corporation. The act was approved 
June 25, 1873. 

This association is composed of members of Irish birth and 
their descendants, of good moral character, admission being limited 
to those not less than eighteen nor over fortyfive 3'ears of age. The 
object of the association is to promote the principles of Unity and 
Charit}', so that in unity the members may gain strength to bestow 
charity on each other. The sick are allowed five dollars benefits- 


per week, thirteen weeks in succession, in one year, and ni^ht 
watchers are furnished during sickness if needed. A death benefit 
3f fifty dollars is paid for funeral expenses. The society in the past 
nas endeavored by its prompt and ef^cient solicitude to alleviate and 
,to promote the principles of its formation. "With malice toward 
none, and charity to all." 

Augusta Lodge, No. n, D. O. H., was instituted in January, 
1892. The officers are— O. B., Kathe Yucker; N. B., Bertha 
Demsky; Secretary, Lizzie Kiehl; S. of F., Augusta Menf^edick; 
^Teasurer, Kathe Stapf. 

Aurora Council, No. 53, Knights of Columbus, was organized 
June 25, 1889. with nineteen members. The first officers were M. 
McNerney, grand knight; Thomas Wrell, deputy grand knight; 
Thomas Malloy, financial secretary; William Ryan, recording sec- 
retary; William O'Donnell, treasurer; Patrick Mahoney. chan. ; 
Rev. R. C. Gragan, chaplain. This is a benefit and insurance 
odge, its purpose being to help its members in time of sickness, and 
,:o provide for their families in the event of death. The council now 
numbers fiftyfive members, having lost only four members from 
the time it was instituted until the present time. 
I Castle Rock Lodge, No. 6, Ancient Order of United Work- 
imen, instituted August 6, 1881. This order issues certificates to its 
members for $1,000 or $2,000, as they may elect, payable in case of 
death to the families of deceased members. The officers are M. A. 
Bishop, P. M. W.; Eugene B. Hull, M. W. ; W. I. Warren, F. ; 
John J. O'Donnell, O. ; Gabriel Stewart, recorder; W. D. Inger- 
5oll, financier; Charles P. White. G. ; Albert A. Lockwood. J. W. ; 
J. Henry Bishop, O. W. 

Chuse Lodge, No. 300. N. E. O. P , was instituted Nov. 27, 
1897, and has a membership of 38. Its manner of organization and 
its purposes are the same as those of Valley Lodge. 

Concordia Singing Society was organized Nov. 7, 1880, is 
composed of German citizens and is devoted to the culture of vocal 
music by continuous practice under the direction of an eminent in- 
structor and by competitive concerts with other singing societies 
of the state. The officers are John Bach, president; David Hum- 
mel, vice president; Jacob Yucker, secretary; F. Hummel. F. S. ; 
Wolfgang Schaeffer, treasurer; Fred Hageman, archivar. 
I Court Rimmon Rock, No. 41. Foresters of America, was insti- 
tuted Februarv 28. 1888. M. McNernev. Chief Ranger. 


Granite Temple. No. io, was instituted April 2, 1890. Tb 
first officers ot the Temple were — W. C. Sharpe, W. C. T. ; W. T! 
Johns, W. V. T,, M. E. Williams, W. R. ; T. J. Thomas, \V. A. R. 
James Maybury, treasurer; Thomas Sharpe, W. F. R. ; James Barr 
W. U.; D. F. Tocher, D. U.; Adam Latham, \V. G. ; D. Johns 
W. S. , John C. Barton, chaplain. The other charter member; 
were E. T. Humphreys, Charles Maybury, F. E. Houghtaling, Thorn 
as Owens, A C. Butler, H. H. Parsons, C. D. Houghtaling, L. E 
Cooper, George O'Meara, C. D. Rosha. 

The Past Worthy Templars have been A. C. Butler, Edwarc 
T. Humphrey, Harry H. Parsons, Charles Maybury, David H 
Tocher, Albert H. Maybury, Clyde Dickinson, Edward S. Butleri 
W. C. Sharpe, (Past Grand Templar and a member of the SmI 
preme Council,) and Oliver M. Williams, (Grand Vice Templar.' 
The Temple has several arranged for series of gospel temperancrj 
meetings, in the churches and the opera house, for which gooc; 
speakers have been secured, and large and appreciative audiences^ 
have attended. Since the Temple was instituted 120 membersi 
have been initiated, many of whom have since left town. The 
present membership consists principally of young men, but in-n 
eludes two prominent clergymen who have joined in order to helji 
along a meritorious cause, to assist in practical temperance workjN 
and to uplift humanity. 

Lessing Lodge, No. 5, Order of Sons of Hermann, was or-i 
ganized in 1886. John Stapf is the president; Fred Stephanoski, 
E. P.; Henry Flach, vice president; Theodore Flach, C. S. ; Henry 
Rumetch, F. S., Jacob Yucker, treasurer; Henry Mannweiler, 
Theodore Koehler, Frederick Stoll, trustees; David Hummel, W. 
John Grele, I. G. ; Frederick Ehmann, O. G. ; John Bach, deputy.^i 

NoNNAWAUK Tribe, No. 9, of the Improved Order of Red: 
Men, was instituted May 13, 1887. The Improved Order of Rec 
Men is a social, secret, fraternal and benevolent association. It?' 
origin is purely American, and was originated in its present form in 
1835. The order is founded upon the customs, usages, traditions 
and history of the aboriginees of this continent, and its primary ob-l 
jects are to promote among men the exercise and practice of the 
true principles of benevolence and charity and the cultivation oi 
friendly relations among mankind. The motto. "Freedom, Friend- 
ship and Charity," indicates clearly the objects and aims of this 



^reat brotherhood. The forms, ceremonies and lectures used in 
the adoption of members and in conferrinjjf the decrees are interest- 
in^^ and instructive. The conditions of membership are that a can- 
didate shall be twentyone years of age, white, of good moral char- 
acter and sound bodily health, a believer in a Great Spirit in whom 
ill power exists, and shall have some reputable means of support. 
Nonnawauk Tribe has accumulated a large fund to be used for the 
relief of members in time of sickness and now has a handsome hall 
in Davis' Block, which has recently been fitted up at a cost of 
about a thousand dollars. 

j Raymond French Conclave, No. 732, Order of Heptasophs. 
was organized Jan. 24, 1900. This is a purely fraternal assessment 
insurance order, and meets in Concordia hall. 

Roland Lodge, No. 536, Order of Harugari, was instituted in 
October, 1886. The officers are— O. B., Fred Hummel; U. B., 
August Schultz; secretary, John Stapf; S. of F., August Patskow- 
sky; treasurer, Geo. Weislogel. 

5 Sarah Ludlow Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolu- 
tion, was organized May 2, 1894, with twenty charter members, 
lineal descendants of those Revolutionary heroes who with unfail- 
loyalty rendered material aid to the cause of Independence. The 
.first officers of the society were; Regent, Mrs Elizabeth James 
Camp; vice regent, Mrs. Julia H. French; secretary, Miss Allida 
L. Booth; treasurer, Mrs. H. Maria Barber; registrar, Mrs. Louise 
'Riggs Sperry; historians, Miss Sara Winthrop Smith and Mrs. Julia 
DuBois James; board of management, Mrs. Martha M. Randall, 
|Mrs. Fannie Day and Mrs. Cornelia McEwen. 

J The objects of the society are "to perpetuate the memory and 
the spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independ- 
ence, by the acquisition and protection of historical localities, and 
sthe erection of monuments, by the encouragement of historical re- 
isearch in relation to the Revolution and the publication of its re- 
"sults, by the preservation of documents and relics and of the records 
jof individual Revolutionary soldiers and patriots, and by the pro- 
Imotion of celebrations of all patriotic anniversaries, to cherish, 
'maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, to foster 
true patriotism and love of country, and to aid in securing for man- 
kind all the blessings of liberty." The Chapter on Memorial Day 
sends a committee to decorate the graves of Revolutionary sol- 
diers in the different cemeteries of the town. 

356 St-YMOLR, PASr AM) FKKSKX 1". '; 

There have been two true daughters, members of the society, 
Mrs. Augusta Lum of Rock House Hill, and Mrs. Sarah Candee 
Fairchild, whose fathers served in the War of the Revolution. ij 
These members received the gold souvenir spoon given to all real 
daughters by the National Societ}'. 

Considerable money has been given b}" the Chapter to xaniuis 
patriotic causes, for the preservation of the Nathan Hale schoul 
house, for the Lafayette monument in Paris, and the Washiiiiiton 
equestrian statue presented by American uomen to France. .-^ 
goodly sum was contributed for the Connecticut war fund during 
the Spanish-American War. and mone}' was also sent to the Cuban 
sufferers. The Chapter has also contributed towards the purchase' 
of historical places and Revolutionary relics and the erection of 

There are at present 51 members. Tht; meetings avc held the 
first Wednesday afternoon in the month from October to June, 
when the annual meeting is held. The present officers are -rti^\iit, 
Mrs. H. Maria Barber; vice regent. Mrs. Julia Dubois James; re- 
cording secretary, Mrs. Lulu J. Ward; corresponding secretary, 
Mrs. Josephine E. Guild; treasurer, Mrs. Hattie S. Bassett; i(l;is- 
trar, Mrs. Julia H. French; historians, Mrs. Catharine C. Rad.ti.rd 
and Miss Allida L. Booth; board of management, Mrs. Anna L. 
Dean, Mrs. Fannie G. Day and Mrs. Elizabeth J. C^mp. 

Seymour, No. 8,978, Modern Woodmen of America, was 
organized Dec. i8th, 1900, with twelve charter members. The ob- 
ject cf the order is to furnish pecuniary benefits in case of .!■ ci- 
dent or permanent disability, or death. 

The Sevmouk Bo.ard of Tr.\de, was organized in Ma\ \ 

with Mr. James Swan as its first president, and having on its j 1 

membership most of the acti\e business men of the town, all ....... 

ing with one object in view, the betterment^of Seymour. Since its 
organization much has been accomplished in promoting the growth 
and welfare of the town. The present officers are W. L. Ward, 
President; M. C. Keir, Secretar.\-, and F. A. Rugg, Treasurer. 

St.\r of Rimmo.x Rock Circle. Xo. 33^, Conipamons of 
of the Forest, was organized June 12, 1895. with thirty cdiarter 
members. The purpose of the order is to care for the sick and in 
case of the death of a member to pa}- a funeral benefit of fift\ dol- 
lars. The present number of members is about fift\'. 


TowcoMis CorNCii., No. lo. was instituteil April 28, iSg.v It 
composed of members ot the I. (). R. M. and their famihes and 
a purel}- social order. Present number of members 127. 

Valley Lodge, Xo. 100, Xew ^:n.^■land Order of Protection, was 
stituted June 20, 1889. This order was ors^anized in Massachusetts 
id received its charter under the laws of that commonwealth Xo\ 
!. 1887. The main object of the ordcM", is the insurance of its mem- 
srs. Its business is confined e.\clusi\el\- to the Xew Kni^land 
tates, none but residents of Xew Eniiiand bein<j: admitted to 
lembership. The order has for its motto. "Ecjuity, Benevolence 
id Charity," and the local lodijes are or.uanized on a social basis, 
ach lodge has a relief committee whose (iuty it is to look after the 
ck and distressed, but the specialty of the order is the assessment 
isuranct.'. The history of \'alle>- Lodge has shown the utility of 
16 order, thousands of dollars ha\"ing been paid to the families 
f deceased members. The lodge has about I'.o members. 

\'icTOKL\ Lodge, Xo. S. (). L). H. S., was instituted June 18, 
^90. The officers arc Mrs. Kate Reimann, i)resident; N!rs. M. 
rolich, vice i)residerit; Mrs. Kate Yuckcr. E. P.; Mrs. Kate Bach, 
. S. ; Mrs. Anna Koehler, F. S. ; .Mrs. \'alentine Buechele. treas- 
rer; Mrs. Miller, Mrs. Anna Rumetch and Mrs. Blossauer, trus- 
ses; j. Yucker, dei)uty; Mrs. Kralischek, 1. G. ; F. l:5eyersdorff, O. G. 
i The Woman's Llub— The initiative step towards the formation 
f a Woman's Cdub m Seymour was taken at a meeting held in the 
arlors of the Congregational church on Tuesday evening, .NLiy 
3th, 1892. as the result cf a call issued by Miss Sara W. Smith, 
nd it was decided to meet at Mrs. Esther Stoddard's on the next 
vening for organization. At this- second meeting the association 
l-as organized, to be called The Woman's Club of Seymour, 
> be a member of the General Federation of Woman's clubs. The 
jllowing officers were elected— President, Miss Sara Wmthrop 
mith; Vice Presidents, Mrs. H. >Liria Barber, Mrs. Kate Peck. 
liss Mary C. Holbrook and Mrs. ^^arla S. Xoyes; Treasurer, Mrs. 
uha DuBois James ; Corresponding Secretary, Mrs. Elizabeth 
ames Camp ; Recording Secretary, Miss Sarah Gilbert Stoddard ; 
Auditor, Miss Allida Louise Booth. 

The club has since beenconstantly increasing in size and interest, 
ts object has been three-fold Est, mutual improvement; 2nd. the 
dvancement of women in all laudable pursuits; 3rd. to impress 


upon women a deep sense of the duties and responsibilities arisin 
from a wider field of influence. 

The Woman's Club has accomplished much which has been fil 
the good of the community and the members feel that the organii 
ation of the club has been a benefit not only to themselves but ali 
to the town. It has been an inspiration to increase their knowledjl 
and an influence for good. The work of the Woman's Club h: 
excited their interest and led the way toward decided reforms 
local government. The club meets every Monday evening of eacl 
month from October until May, the annual meeting being held in Ma.) 
The club now numbers thirtyone members. The meetings a;| 
usually held in the reading room of the public library, but occasioi' 
ally the club meets at the home of a member for a social evenintj 
The officers for the year 1901-1902 are — President, Miss Allida I 
Booth; First Vice President. Mrs. Elizabeth]. Camp; Second Vid 
President, Mrs. Julia H. French; Secretary, Mrs. Harriette Ij 
Kirtland ; Treasurer, Miss Minnie B. Cotter. 

Upson Post, No. 40, G. A. R., was named after Lieut. Hiral 

Up on of Co. F, 7th C. V. I., wl 
was mortally wounded at the ba; 
tie of James Island, S. C, and diel 
the ne.\t day. The charter for thl 
Post was granted Jan. i6th, iS/ij 
There were twentythree charttl 
members. Ninetyfive have joinei 
the Post since its organization, (j 
which number twentyseven hanj 
(lied and thirtythree have bee 
dropped for cause, leaving a prej 
ent membership of thirtyfiv\ 
The object of the Post is to ui 
hold the Constitution and tb 
Flag, and assist any deservin 
soldier or sailor, or their familie 
and the families of those di 
LIEUT. HIRAM UPSON. ceascd. Of the purpose fin 

specified it has been well said — 

"There is but one perfect method that a grateful people ca 
adopt who seek to do honor to the dead; it is to reincarnate : 
some living organization the spirit by which the dead man worker 
and the faith or achievement that made him great." 



This purpose is realized in the maintenance of Upson Post, of 

jlie Grand Army of the RepubHc 
|!nce its organization have been — 

The members of the Post 

kmes K. Adams. 
I^osmo F. AIHng. 
'!dwin J. AIHng. 
Tank P. Aylesworth. 
liram Austin, 
lerbert C. Baldwin, 
reorge L. Bartlett. 
'loves E. Bassett. 
-harles G. Bay. 
reorge A. Benedict, 
ohn Benjamin, 
lilton G. Bishop, 
larvey L. Botsford. 
ohn C. Bower, 
fernando Bradley, 
bhn H. Bradley, 
ienry T. Bradley, 
^.ambert J. Bristol. 
Louis Burkhart. 
'ames E. Buckley, 
lieo. W. Burroughs, 
'harles H. Butler, 
jeorge Butter worth, 
i^arl Carlson, 
i'hos. W. Chad wick. 

Wm. H. Davidson. 
Moses L. Dean. 
John W. DeForest. 
Curtis H. Dodge. 
Edward S. Downs. 
Henry Duester. 
Henry A. Dunham. 
Charles H. Griffith. 
Dennis K. Griswold. 
Henry S. Hall. 
William Halligan. 
Leonards. Harris. 
John N. Hawkins. 
Robert Healey. 
George H. Hill. 
Joseph Hitchcock. 
Alonzo Hitt. 
George W. Homan. 
C. D. Houghtaling. 
Fred'k W. Hubbell. 
WiUiam Hubbell. 
William Hughes. 
Thomas E. Hurlburt. 
Charles lies. 
William B. Johnson. 

lenrv R. Chamberlin. Charles D. Kelsey 

i. S. Chamberlin. 
sewell Clark. 
^>ed'k M. demons. 
ohn J. Coleman. 
kVilliam S. Cooper, 
jeorge H. Crook. 
.Villiam H. Cutts. 
^erah B. Davis. 

Walter S. Kenney. 

Theodore S. Ladd. 

Thomas Law. 

Wolcott Little. 

Robert Lyons. 

James F. McCann. 

Wooster B. McEwen. 

Louis Miller. 

Upson Woman's Relief Corps, No. 40, was organized April 
o, 1890. One of its purposes is to assist such Union Veterans as 
eed help and protection, and to extend needful aid to their widows 

Josep)h W. Moody. 
William Morris. 
Augustus J. Myers. 
Horace A. Nettleton. 
F'ranklin Nichols. 
William B. Nichols. 
Noyes O'Meara. 
Thomas S. Osborn. 
Anthony Otto. 
John Owens. 
Wm. L. Parmelee. 
Robert Payne. 
Richard Pearson. 
Abbott C. Peck. 
John H. Riggs. 
Henry C. Rogers. 
Patrick Ryan. 
Charles Schenker. 
William Silex. 
George A. Smith. 
Rufus J. Spencer. 
Wilbur W. Smith. 
John F. Stoll. 
Benjamin B. Thayer. 
Reuben W. Thayer. 
Andrew I. Tuite. 
Geo. F. Umberfield. 
George W. Vanhorn. 
Theodore F. Warner. 
Noah J. Welton. 
James Whalen. 
W. H. H. Wooster. 
Wilson Wvant. 


and orphans. It has assisted greatly in caring for the Soldier Home 
at Noroton and in other work for similar purposes. The ReHef: 
Corps is also working to raise money for a soldiers' memorial and 
has already accomplished much in this direction. The present! 
membership is twentysix. 



1 4^ 

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The photograph from which the above engraving was mad 
was taken June 15, 1898, at the residence of C. E. Fairchild, on th 
occasion of the 91st birthday anniversary of Mrs. Sarah C. Fair 

child, widow of Ebenezer Fairchild, and daughter of Job Candee 
a soldier of the Revolution. Eight other elderly ladies were invij 
ed, the average age of the nine being 85 years, and all, with tl 
hostess, Mrs. C. E. Fairchild, were photographed as above. Nea^ 
ly all the ladies were representatives of families which for more th; 
two centuries and a half had been landed proprietors in this ii 
mediate vicinity, families which had shared in the perils and privi 
tions of the War of the Revolution, and had borne well their pa| 
in shaping the destinies of the Republic. 

Part III. 



In writing the genealoyios of the faniiliL's wIid live or iiuvc lived williin 
the limits of the town of Seynionr. it has been the intent and pnrpose of the 
writer to reseue from utter decay the names of tliose men and women wlio lo- 
cated in this beautiful valley and from whom many of ns have descended. 

I trust the public will appreciate my labors, for it has been the purpose ol 
the writer to have this part of the work as nearly complete as possible; but 
for the want of time and si)ace he has been o])liged to omit many dales for 
some future writer to find and ;idd. ( )ne iiljjecl sought in writing the genea- 
logy of the families of this town was to ]>lace the names of those early settlers 
on record, that they may be known to future generations, as the old records 
which have been handed down to us are fast decaying and soon will be lost; 
the names of those, from whom we ilescend. and in wdiom we should be in- 

The Rev. Samuel Orcutt. the historian. si)eaks of those who have no in- 
terest in their ancestors, or the i)ast. as follows: "The person who is indiffer- 
ent to the past is too selfish to be of much benefit to the world in the present 
and too heedless of wisdom to accomplish much lor human good in the lu- 

I would be very remiss in my duty if I did not at this time acknowledge 
the assistance rendered in this work b}- many of the citizens of the town, as 
well as those who have removed from here to other towns, and especially do 
1 extend my thanks to ^Irs. X. G. Pond, of Milford, and Miss Katherine A. 
Prichard and Emma S. Tondinson. of Waterbury. for the very vahudde in- 
formation which they have given, and which has very much aided me in my 

Very respectfully. 

Author of the Genealogical History of Seymour. 




I. David Adams, at Southeast Cromwell, New York, born Feb. 15, 1784, 
married Sally Stevens. David died Feb. 7. Sally died Feb. 9, i860; born 
1787. Resided in the town of Cromwell, N. Y. 

Abraham, born - 

Isaac, born 

Jacob, born 

Joseph, born 

John, born 

Charles, born 

Sarah Ann, born 
Augustus, iDorn - 
Edward, born — 
David, born 


- — m. Susan Wood. 

- m. Angeline Richards. 

- m. Betsey Dickinson. 

— m. Mary Jane Sarles. 

- m. Celesta Furp-enson. 

— m. Phebe E. Dickinson. 

m. Horatio Reynolds. 

m. Emiley Reed. 

m. Sarah Jane Mead. 

- m. Mary Elizabeth Mead. • 

10. Edward, son of David and Sally (Stevens) Adams, married Sarah 
Jane Mead, of Southeast, N. Y. Resided at Croton Falls, N. Y. Edward 
Adams died December 15. 1885, aged 60 years, 8 months and 26 days. Sarah 
J. Mead, wife of Edward Adams, died April 13, 1878, aged 50 years. 

12. Emery E., born April 29, 1850, 

13. Theodore D., born 1852. 

14. William A. 

15. Sarah Ann. 

16. Joseph F., born 1864: died April 2, 1876. 

17. Edward. 

18. Lillie M. S., born 1869: died Oct. 26, 1884 

19. Isaac, died Feb., 1888, 

20. Mason G. 

12. Emery E., son of Edward and Sarah Jane (Mead) Adams, came to 
Seymour from Croton Falls, New York. He married Ella J. Emerv, Feb. 9, 


21. Luella Emery, born Feb. 6, 1877; m. Albert L. Warner, June >■] , 1900. 

22. Beulah Agnes, born Aug. 12, 1882, 

13- Theodore D., son of Edward and Sarah Jane (Mead) Adams, came 
from Croton Falls, N. Y., to Seymour. Ct., in January, 1882, and entered the 
employ of the Humphreysville Mfg. Co., where he has remained up to the 
present time. Mr. Adams married in Croton Falls, N. Y., Sarah F. Austin, 
June 9, 1872, She was born Jan. 7, 1856. Resides in Seymour, Ct. 

23. Fowler W., born Aug. 2, 1873. 

24. Susie E., born Sept. 19, 1875": died Oct. 10, 1886. 

25. Clarence V., born Dec. 14, 1880; m. Olive D. Thrall, Nov. 6, 1901. ■ 

26. Oliver T., born March 10, 1888. 

2^. Fowler W., son of Theodore D. and Sarah F. (Austin) Adams, mar- 
ried Caroline M. Holbrook, dan. of Royal Holbrook, of Ansonia, Ct., Oct. 10, 
1900. Resides in Ansonia, Ct. 


27. Sarah F., born Sept. 11, 1901. 

I. Matthew Adams, of Boston, Mass., married Catherine Brigdon, Nov. 
17. 1715- He had two brothers, viz: Rev. Hugh Adams, of Durham, New 
Jersey, and Hon. John, of Nova Scotia. Matthew was one of the leading 


merchants in Boston, Mass., as well ,-is ;i man ol Uilcrs, for liis day and lime. 
iBenjamin Franklin states in ;i letter to .a t'riend that M.atlliew AiLanis was the 
possessor of one of the finest libraries in I'.ostoii. Ai.atlliew died, 1753. lie 
jhad four sons, of which were: 

2. Nathaniel, who married ]'".lizal)elli Parker, and was a merchant in 
jPortsmouth, New Hampshire. 

3. He had a son Nathaniel, born in I73(), and .uraduated ;it D.artmonth 
college in 1775.' 

3. Hon. Nathaniel, son of Nath.-miel and bdizabeth (I'arker) Adams, was 
a lawyer by profession. He held the otiice of elerk of the Sni)eri()r Conrt 
for Rockingham Co., New Hampshire, for about fifty years, and he resided 
in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He married, first, Eunice Woodward, May 
30, 1784. She was probably from Philadelphia, Penn. He married, second, 
Martha Church, of Hatfield, Mass., Oct. i, 1705. Hon. Natham'el died Aug. 

5, 1829, aged 7^,. Eunice died Sept. 29, 1794, aged 30. Martha died 

Children by Eunice Woodward. 

4. Nathaniel, born April 9. 1785. 

5. John Woodward, born Aug. 27. 1786. 

6. Benjamin West, born March 31, 1788. 

Children by Martha Church. 

7. Martha Church, born Jan. 22. 1799. 

8. Eunice Woodward, born Dec. 27. i8or. 

9. Charles William, born March 2,}. 1804. 

10. Samuel Church, born Dec. 22, 1806. 

11. Mary Eliza, born Aug. 17. 1808. 

6. BenjamiH West, son of Hon. Nathaniel and Eunice (Woodward) 
Adams, married Sarah Sabra, dan. of Edward and Elizabeth Hart, of Ports- 
mouth, New Hampshire, July 7, 1818. He married, second, Catherine Fran- 
cis Sedgewick, of West Hartford, Conn., .April 16, 1833, at East Windsor, 
Conn. Benjamin W,, died June i, 1838, in Springfield, Mass. Sarah S., died 
Nov. 12, 1829, in Portsmouth, N. H. Catherine F., born March 21. 1810. 
Children by Sarah S. Hart. 

12. Gideon Olney, born I\Iay 15, 1819, in Gardner, Me. 

13. ' Anne Payson, born April 25, 1821. 

Child by Catherine F. Sedgewick. 

14. Sarah Catherine, born June 4, 1834: m. Daniel F. Sevnn)ur. of Hart- 

ford, Ct. 
12. Gideon Olney. son of Benjamin West and Sarah Sabra (Hart) .Vdanis. 
married Mary Martha Ellswell, of Hardwick, Mass.. March 21, 1839. (hdeon 
O. died Dec. 16, 1857, in West Cheshire, Ct. Mary M. died April 1, i8(')2. n; 
Wallingford, Ct. His widow married Burrett Jerrils. 

15. Elizabeth Payson, born Dec. 2^. 1840: died 1871, in E. Windsor, Ct. 

16. William Henry, born May 5. [843. in Glastonltury, Ct. 

17. James Knox, born Jnlv 5. 1846, in Glastonbury, Ct. 

18. Mary Ella, born Oct. 2^. 1848, in Glastonbury, Ct. 

19. Charles Francis, born Nov. 2(>. 1833. in Wallingford, Ct.; died May 

15. i860. 

20. Cornelia Maria, born March tS. 1837. m Walhngford. Ct. 

17. James Knox, son of Gideon Olney and Mary M. (Elkswell) Adams, 
married Martha Ahnira. dan. of L. and Rlioda (Blackman) l-.iller, Nov. 19. 


21. Alfred William, horn [une 11, 1870; m. Henrietta Mary, dan. ot 

Albert B. and Annie (Tucker) Dunham. Oct. 17, 1893. «>f Seymour, 




1. William Andrew was at Cambridge, Mass., as early as 1634. He was 
a mariner, but served as constable (then a very important office) in 1635 and 
1640; was selectman 1635. Mary, his wife, died Jan. 19, 1639-40. He then 
married the widow Reana James, of Watertown, Mass.. about Aug. 1640. 
William died 1652. 

Child by Mary. 

2. Samuel, born about 1621, in England. 

2. Samuel, son of William and Mary Andrew, inherited his father's home- 
stead, which he sold in 1680 and purchased an estate on the corner of Duster 
and Mt. Auburn Sts.. Cambridge. He married Elizabeth White, Sept. 22, 
1652. Samuel died in June, 1701. 


3. Samuel, born Jan. 29, 1655-6. 

4. William, born June 7, 1658. 

5. John, born March 2, 1660; died May 30. 1693. 

6. Elizabeth, born April 5, 1663; m. William Gedney. 

7. Thomas, born May 13, 1665; died Feb. 24, 1666-7. 

8. Mary, born Dec. 28, 1666; died June 20, 1667. 

9. Thomas, born March 2t,. 1667; had been missing for four years and 

did not return. 

10. Mary, born Feb. 22, 1671; died Feb. 29, 1671. 

11. Jonathan, born 1698; died May 9. 1700; mentioned in will. 

3. Samuel, son of Samuel and Elizabeth (White) Andrew, was a graduate 
at Harvard college, 1675, and was a fellow of the college for several years. 
He removed from Cambridge, Mass., to Miltord, Conn., where he was admit- 
ted a member of the first Parish church, Sept. 18, 1685. and was given a call 
as its pastor Oct. 25, 1685. and ordained Nov. 10, 1685. He united with Revs. 
Pierpoint and others in formulating a plan for the founding of Yale college 
and was a member of the first board of trustees. 1700. and served in that ca- 
pacity during his life. After the death of Abraham Pierson, the first pres- 
ident, he was elected or appointed rector pro tempore, and was treated as 
standing rector. He filled the office as president from 1707 to 1719, moderated 
at commencement, instructed the senior class for several years. He contin 
ued to be a member of the corporation until his death. 

In a discourse preached in Milford, Ct.. on Thanksgiving day, Nov. 25 
1852, by the Rev. Jonathan Brace, the pastor of the First Congregational 
church, he used the following language, viz: "There is no doubt but that we 
are much indebted to the Rev. Samuel, the third pastor of this church, for thei 
establishment of Yale college, which has been such a rich source of blessing 
to the church and the commonwealth." 

He was fifty-two years in the pastoral office. He married Abigail, dau.i| 
of Governor Robert and Jane (Tapp) Treat, of Milford, Conn. Rev. Samuel 
died Jan. 24. 1738. 


12. Abigail, bapt. Jan. 1687; m. Jonathan Law. Aug. i, 1706. 

13. Samuel, bapt. Oct. 14. 1688; died April 26, 1728. 

14. Elizabeth, bapt. June, 1690; m. Timothy Cutler. 

15. William, bapt. May 8, 1692: died May 2, 1712. 

16. John. bapt. July 22, 1694; A\cd Dec. 25, 1714. 

17. Jane, \ . ■ bapt. Jan. 7, 1696; died Feb. i, 1696. 

18. Mary, '( ^''■'"^- bapt. Jan. 7, 1696. 

19. Jane, bapt. April, 1699; m. Andrew Durand. 

20. Jonathan, bapt. Aug. 24, 1701; died 1740. 

21. Hannah, bapt. Nov. 19, 1704. 
20. Jonathan, son of Rev. Samuel and Al)igail (Treat) Andrew, mart 

Elizabeth, dau. of Walter Smith, of Milford, Conn., Jan. 5, 1727. 

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34. Mary, born 1792; m. Clark Hitchct) 

35. William, born Aug. 3, 1794. 
:>,6. Job, born Aug. 19. 1796. 

,^7. Samuel, born 1800; m. Salma Smitl 

38. Esther, born 1803; m. Amos Hine. 

39. Nehemiah. born June 5. 1805: m. Ph 

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William, son of William and Marv Ai 
Hotchkiss. of Bethany. Ct. Willi; 
reniperance died Oct. 2S. 188':). aged 89. 
Mary, born Sept. 15. 1813: 
Hiram, m. Grace Tyrrell. 
Susan, m. Stiles Russell. 
William Wooster. 

Harriet, born 1818: m. Joseph G. Reynolds. 
Ann. m. Jackson Johnson. 
Theodore Read. m. Mary Sperry. 

35- Job. son of William and Mary Andrew, married Lois Prince. 
815. \)f Bethany. Ct. Lois was born Jan. 15. 1797. He resided in B 
He represented the town in the legislature one term. Job die 
)8, aged 71. Lois died May 7. 1874. aged 77. 
Maria, born April 3. 1817; m. Sheldon Allen. 
Jeremiah, born Feb. 16, 1819. 
Azariah. born June 29. 1821. 
Nathan, born Aug. 26. 1828. 
52. Eliza Ann, born Sept, 19, 1833: m. Will 

49. Jeremiah, son of Job and Lois (Prince) 
dau. of Asa and Hannah (Botsford) Cooper, about 1841. 
sided on Bungav, in the third house south of the scIiooUk 
March 12, 1888.' Hannah died April 12, 1888. 

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William Leroy Willianison,i: 

55. Grace Adalaide, born Nov. 20, 1842; 
Mar. 17, 1866. 

54. Hannah Cooper,, born Dec. 8, 1851; m. Edward Childs. 

55. George Washington, born May 31, 1855. 

50. Azariah, son of Job and Lois (Prince) Andrew, married Sarah A. 
Pardee. June 29, 1856. Resided in Bethany. Ct. x\zariah died Feb. 2.^, 1898, 
aged "/"/. Sarah A. died Jan. 10, 1901, aged "JJ. 


56. Noyes. born April 7, 1857. 

57. Fannie P., born May 17, 1858; m. John Early; died June 19, 1894. 

58. Mary E., born Jan. 21, i860; m. Munson S. Burgess. 

59. John Dwight, born June 9, 1861. 

51. Nathan, son of Job and Lois (Prince) Andrew, married Elizabeth' 
Nettleton, of Bethany, Ct.. Sept. 28, 1845. Nathan died Dec. 13, 1872. 
Elizabeth died Dec. 26, 1870. 


60. Celia E., born Oct. i, 1846. 

61. Jerome, born Feb. 18, 1848. 

62. Lewellyn, born Nov. 18, 1850; m. Tresia Washburn. No issue. 

63. Jerry, born Oct. 5, 1852. 

64. Charles H., born May 16, 1854. 

65. Eliza Ann, born died 1871. 

66. Nelson, born March, 1861. 

61. Jerome, son of Nathan and Elizabeth (Nettleton) Andrew, married 
Martha E., dau. of Lucius and Almira (Hotchkiss) Osborn, March 26, 1873. 
Martha E. was born Feb. i, 1846. Resides in Beacon Falls, Ct. 

67. Fred Lucius, born June 8, 1877; m. Mabel Kate Lacey, April 9, 1901. 

63. Jerry, son of Nathan and Elizabeth (Nettleton) Andrew, married Hat- 
tie E., dau. of William W. and Minerva (Driver) Sackett, Dec. 9, 1874. Re- 
sides on Skokorat. 


68. Walter J., born June 6, 1878. 

69. Jennie E., born Dec. 10, 1884. 


I. David Atwater was one of the first planters of New Haven, probably; 

coming with the Eaton party, in 1638-9. He settled, lived and died at a place( 

now known as Cedar Hill. David married Damaris, dau. of Thomas Sayre,' 

of Southampton, L. L David died Oct. 5, 1692. Damaris died April 7, 1691. 


2. Mercy, born Feb. 29, 1647; m. John Austin. 

3. Damaris, born Nov. 12, 1648; m. John Punderson. 

4. David, born July 13, 1650. 

5. Joshua, born Jan. 11. 1652. 

6. John, born Nov. i, 1654. 

7. Jonathan, born July 12, 1656. 
Abigail, born March 3, 1660; m. Nathaniel Jones. 
Mary, born March 31, 1662; m. first, Ichabod Stow; second, David" 

Samuel, born Sept. 17, 1664. 
Ebenezer, born Jan. 13, 1666. 

6. John, son of David and Damaris (Sayre) Atwater, married Abi 

r, F.NRAI.OCV. 367 

Mansfield, Sept. 13, 1682. and located in Wallini;l(>rd, ft. Slie was \'\-h. 
7, 1664. He married, second. Alary I'.cacli. \ov. 27. 171S. John died, 1748. 
Abigail died Sept. 24. 1717. 


12. John, born Ang. 17. 1(183. 

13. Abigail, born Oct. 17. 1(185; ni. Hall. 

14. Mercy, born Feb. 6, 1(187. 

15. Hannah, born Dec. 17. 1(190: ni. Beach. 
lb. Joshua, born Sept. 18, 1C93. 

17. Moses, born July 17, 1696. 

18. Phineas, born Sept. 23, 1699. 

19. Caleb, born Oct. 9, J705. 

20. Benjamin, born Dec. 8, 1706. 

21. Ebenezer, born Feb. (>, 1709. 

12. John, son of J(din and .\bigail (Mansfield) .\t\vater. married f'dizabeth 
Mix, Aug. 4, 1713. Resided in Cheshire, Ct. J.din died March 11. 1765. 
Elizabeth died Feb. 20. 1758. 


22. Stephen, born Sept. 8, 1714. 

23. Enos, born Dec. 3, 1716. 

24. John, born June 27, 1718. 

25. Stephen, born Feb. 2, 1720. 

26. Elizabeth, born Nov. 17. 1721; m. l'4ihraini Ives. 

27. Hannah, born Dec. 28. 1722: m. Bela Hitchcock. 

28. Sarah, m. Bela Hitchcock. 

29. 'iitus, born 1724. 

30. Ainos, died without issue. 

31. Ebenezer. born 1723: m. Hannah Gaylord. 

23. Enos. son of John and Elizabeth (Mix) Atwater. married Hannah 
Moss, July 9, 1741. He was commissioned Captain of militia. 1776. Resided 
in Cheshire. Ct. He owned the mills at Southington known as the Atwater 
Mills. Enos died May 24. 17^4- Hannah died Feb. 27. 1787. aged 65. 

32. Heman, born March 4, 1743: died Sept. 27. 1752. 

33. Asaph, born Aug. i, 1745. 

34. Mehitable. born Jan. 23. 1747: m. Eli Brownson. 

35. Enos, born (3ct. 25, 1748. 

36. Eunice, born Sept. — 1750. 

37. Heman, born Aug. 29. 1752. 

38. Keziah, born Oct. 10. 1754- "i- Amos Rice. 

39. Anne, born Nov. 17. i75''t: ni. Nathan (laylord. 

40. Titus, born Jan. 6, 1761. 

37. Heman, son of Enos and Hannah (Moss) .Vtwater. married Patience 
Humiston. He lived in Southington. Ct. He inherited froiu his father 
one-fifth part of the Atwater Mills. He bought out the rights of the other 
heirs. He was in the Revolutionarv war, innn 1777 to 1778. Heman died 
Atig. I. 1831. 


41. Arnold, born Marcli i. 1778. 

42. Urania, born 1782; m. Ebenezer T^ewis. 

41. Arnold, son of Heman and Patience (Humiston) .Vtwater. married 
Mary (Gridley) Lewis. He resided at the Atwater Mills, in Southington. 
Arnold died Nov. 26, 1826. Mary died Dec. 11. 1845, aged 65. 

43. Alfred, born Dec. 30, 1801; died Jan. 13, 181 1. 

44. Orrin. born April 6, 1803. 


45. Laura, born Nov. 2, 1804; died Jan. 23, 1827. 

46. Charles, born July 6, 1807; died July 30, 1829. 

47. Emeline, born April 24, 1808; died Dec. 28, 1826. 

48. Belinda, born July 17, 1810; died Dec. 16, 1826. 

49. John A., born Sept. 24, 1813. 

50. Maria, born May 19, 1814; m. Francis Root. 

51. Heman L.. born March 26, 1817; died June 16, 1844. 

49. John A., son of Arnold and Mary Gridley (Lewis) Atwater, married 
Cornelia, dau. of Anson Matthews, Feb. 3, 1834. Resided in Southington, Ct. 
John A. died Jan. 10, 1899. Cornelia died Dec. 14, 1874. 

52. Charles N., born Feb. 3, 1835. 

53. William M., born Nov. 9, 1836. 

54. Heman R., born Sept. 12, 1846; m. Mary E. Sherman. 

55. John F., born July 30, 1848. 

Jonathan, son of David and Damaris (Sayre) Atwater. married Ruth, 

dau. of Rev. Jeremiah and Joanna (Ketchel) Peck, June i, 

merchant in New Haven, Ct. Ruth died June 3, 1726. 

56. Joshua, born Feb. 29, 1682; died March 16, 1682. 

57. David, born Aug. 5, 1683. 

58. Jeremiah, born Jan. 31. 1685. 

59. Mary, born Dec. 31, 1686; m. Isaac Dickerman. 

60. Ruth, born Dec. 31, 1688; m. Samuel Ives. 

61. Jonathan, born Nov. 4, 1690. 

62. Lydia, born April 28, 1693; died Aug. 2, 1694. 

63. Joseph, born Dec. 9, 1694. 

64. Stephen, born Dec. 4, 1696; died Oct. 23, 1704. 

65. Damaris, born Oct. 9, 1698; m. Caleb Hall. 

66. Lydia, born July 31, 1701; died March 30, 1708. 



oseph, son of Jonathan and Ruth (Peck) Atwater, married Hannah 
Sept. 10, 1722. Located in Wallingford, Ct. Joseph died Jan. 9, 

Sarah, born Aug. 12, 1723. 
Hannah, born July 15, 1725. 
Benjamin, born April 7, 1727. 
Joseph, born Aug. 29. 1729. 

Thankful, born May 14, 1733; m. Capt. Elisha Hall. 
Jeremiah, born April 24, 1736. 

63. J 



69. Benjamin, son of Joseph and Hannah (Doolittle) Atwater, married 
Phebe Moss, June 19, 1755. He resided in Cheshire, Ct. Benjamin died 
Feb. 6, 1799. Phebe died March i, 1799, aged 64. 
j^. Sarah, born April 26, 1756; m. Daniel Hughes. 

74. Benjamin, born Sept. 26,. 1757. 

75. Titus, born Aug. 29, 1759. 

76. Aaron, born Sept. 25, 1762; died Nov. 10, 1776. 

77. Moses, born May 12, 1765. 

78. Joel, born April 22, 1769. 

79. Jeremiah, born Aug. 21, 1771. 

80. Phebe. born April 2, 1774; m. John Bassett, May i, 1796. 

81. Anna, born Aug. 23, 1777; died Aug. 29, 1777. 

82. Mary Ann, born July 14, 1779; m. Stephen Jarvis. 


74. Henianiin, son n\ Hcniaiiiin and I'lu'hc (Moss) Atwaler, married Mary 
Harris. He resided m Russell. Mass. P.en.ianiin died l'\d). 1, 1K40. 

83. Marv, born Ai)ril 7. 1787: died Sept. H). 1801. 

84. Stephen Harris, born Nov. 15, 1788. 

83. Roxanna. l)orn Dec. (1. 1790; ni. Riley Loomis. 

86. Sarah, born Jan. 1,^. 179.^: ni. I'orter b'owler. 

S./. Sylvia, born Sept. 18, 1794: ni. Orrin liates. 

88. Titus, born July i, jSoi. 

90. Noah, born May 5, 1804. 

91. Mary, born June. 1807: ni. first. Alnion Lloyd; second. Rev. Charles 


92. Panthia. born Sept. 25. 1811; died Aug. 6, 1870. 

84. Stephen Harris, son of Benjamin and Mary (Harris) .\t\valer. mar- 
ried, first Keziah. dau. of Theophilus Humphrey: married, second. Azubah, 
dau. of Michael and Azubah (Brown) Barber, born, 1785. Stephen resided in 
Canton, Ct. Stephen died Nov. 15. 186s. Keziah died 1832. Azul^ah died 
March. 1866. 

■ 93. James, born May 8. 1824. 

94. Elizabeth, born Aug.. 1826: died Feb. 6, 1879: mimarried. 

93. James, son of Stephen Harris and Keziah (Humphrey) At water, mar- 
ried Mary Grace, dau. of James and Anna (J,athropj Stewart, Oct. 3- 1853. in 
Blanford, Mass. 


95. Clifford James, born Nov. 8, 1858. Married Jennie, dau. of Henry 

and Elizabeth Taylor. May 26. 1890. Mr. Atwater graduated from 
Bates college, Maine, in the class of 1883. and was admitted to the 
bar of Hartford County in 1885. and in the fall of the same year, 
he located in Seymour. He has represented the town of Sey- 
mour in the legislature, and has been honored with the ofifice of 
tax collector for a number of years, and is also the attorney for 
the town of his adoption. Is a man of strict integrity. 

96. Clayton W.. born Jan. 28. 1864. 


I. Captain James Baker, oj New Bedford, Mass., was a sea captain, hav- 
ing stopped at nearly all of the principal ports of the world. He married 
Charlotte A., dau. of Luther and Mercy (Hawkins) Fowler, of Great Hill, 
(Seymour.) Nov. 9. 1850. In the latter part of his life he lived on the old 
Fowler farm, where he died. Dec. 13. 1868. Charlotte A. died in New Haven, 


2. Eugene E.. born June 15, 1856. 

^. Nellie Elinor, born Nov. 3. 1858. 

4. Mary Buraguard, born June 5, 1861. 

5. William James, born Aug. 6, 1865; died Sept. 29, 1866. 

I. John came to Milford. Ct., 1639, with his wife Mary. She died, and 
he married, second. Mary Bruen, of Stapleford, Cheshire, England. John 
died and was buried Jan. 21. 1681. Mary died Sept. 2, 1670. 
Children by First Wife. Mary. 

2. John. bapt. 1640. 

3. Josiah, bapt. 1642. 




Samuel, bapt. 1645. 
Nathaniel, bapt. 1648. 
Elizabeth, bapt. 1649. 
Joseph, bapt. 1651. 

Children by Mary Bruen. 
Mary, bapt. Sept. 17, 1654. 
Sarah, bapt. Dec. 25, 1655. 
Abigail, bapt. Nov. 15. 1658. 
Obadiah, bapt. Oct., 1660. 
George, bapt. 1662. 
Hannah, bapt. Nov. 20, 1663. 

2. John, son of John and Mary Baldwin, married Hannah, dau. of Obe 
diah Bruen, Ott. 3, 1663, who was one of the patentees under the Charter of 
Connecticut, He was also a brother of Mary Bruen, who married John Bald 
win, Sr,, for his second wife. John married, second, Ruth, dau. of Henry 
and Elizabeth Botsford, 1686. Hannah died 1685. Resided in Milford, Conn. 
Children by Hannah Bruen. 

14. Sarah, bapt. 1664. 

15. Hannah, bapt, 1668. 

16. Elizabeth, bapt. 1673. 

17. John. bapt. 1680, 
t8. Samuel, bapt. 1684. 

Children by Ruth Botsford. 
Ruth, bapt. 1687. 
Joseph, bapt. 1689. 
Elnathan, bapt. 1690. 
Timothy, bapt. 1693. 
Daniel, bapt. 1695. 
Nathaniel, bapt. 1697. 
Jonathan, bapt. 1699. 
18. Samuel, son of John and Hannah (Bruen) Baldwin, removed to New- 
ark, New Jersey; married. Samuel died Nov. 24, 1734. Resided in Newark, 
N. J. 


26. James, born March 6, 1703. 

27. "Samuel, born 1706. 

28. Stephen, born 1707. 

29. Jeremiah, born 1709. • 

30. Caleb born 171 1. 

31. Nehemiah, born 1714. 

32. Esther, born 1716: m. Samuel Parkoust. 
2^. Mary, born 1718; m. Noah Crane. 

26. James, son of Samuel and Baldwin, learned the carpenter 

trade and removed to Waterbury, Ct., wdiere he married Deborah, dau. of Dr.' 
Daniel and Deborah (Holcomb) Porter, 1726. 

Phebe, born Dec. 25, 1727; m. Stephen Warner. 

Silas, born April 4, 1729. 

Esther, born Oct. 14. 1731. 

James, born Dec. 4, 1733; died in the Revolutionary 

Prudence, born April 27, 1736. 

Reubin, born 1740. 

Jesse, born 1742; died in Revolutionar}- war. 

35. Dr. Silas, son of James and Deborah (Porter) Baldwin, marriec 
Mary, dau. of Samuel and Mary Plumb, of Derby, Ct., Feb. 2, 1755. In 1757 


CKNEAI.OC, \-. 371 

he removed to l\iili;ehelcl, Ct., wliere he resided uiilil ijCm-j. wlieii lie removed 
to Derby, Ct. lie was a physician and surgeon of some note for that day 
and time. His military record can be fonnd in a book issued by the state of 
Connecticut, on pages 406 and 407. lie eidisted in C;ii)t. Njithaniel Johnson's 
Co., June, 1/76, (in the Revolutionary \v;ir.) Dr. .Silas died Nov. i<). 1S13. 

41. Zervel, born Jan. 6, 1758; probably died young'. 

42. Mary, born June TO, 1759; m. Abraham Bassett. 

43. James, born May, 1761. 

44. Hannah, born March 10, 17'Xi; m. Amos Dormaii. 

45. Eunice, born Nov. 12. I7<i8; m. Reuben P>lrd<e. 

46. Jesse, born Feb. 15, 1771. 

47. Silas, born Aug. 2^. 1774. 

48. Sarah, born Jan. 1, 177(): m. Joseph Tomliiison. 

49. Deborah, born Aug. 22. 1782; m. Ranford Riggs. 

43. James, son of Dr. Silas and Mary (Plumb) Baldwin, married Sarah 
Perkins, 1782. He resided on the Great Hill road. James died, i8or. His 
widow married William Mitchell. Sar.ah died Nov. _'o, 1847. 

50. Elias, born 1783; went west. 

51. Anson, born 1785. 

52. Charlotte, born 1787. 
S.^. Lorane, born 1790. 

54. Jesse, born 1792; died July 14, 1842. 

55. Stephen, born May i, 1797. 

51. Anson, son of James and Sarah (Perkins) Baldwin, married Martha 
Stark about i8to. Anson was killed bv an Indian by the name oi Jack Sharp, 
about 1838. Martha died 1862. 


56. William, born Sept. 11. 181 1. 

57. Louise, born m. Harry English, iVIarch 14.1834. 

58. Jennette, born m. Augustus Felch. Nov. 29, 1837. 

59. George, born April 23, 1821. 

56. William, son of Anson and Martha (Stark) Baldwin, married Sarah 
M. Hotchkiss, Nov. 22. 1835, at Derby, Ct. She was born Feb. 17, 1814. Re- 
sided in Ansonia, Ct. William died June 2, 1887, in Ansonia. Sarah M. died 
April 14, 1895. 


60. Stephen H., born July 2^. 1836; m. Elizabeth A. Ellis. 

61. Helen M., born Jan. '19, 1838: died Feb. 14, 1839. 

62. Frank, born Feb. 20, 1840; m. Fannie Thompson. 

63. Alice in., born July 28, 1843; m. George S. Bronson. 

64. Ella H., born Nov. 16, 1846: m. Charles M. Smith. 

65. Jane M., born Jan. 9, 1849; died Feb. 28, 1850. 

66. Emma G., born July 7, 1853; m. Nathaniel Sleeman. 

67. Charles W.. born July 14, 1858; died April 20, 1862. 

59. George, son of Anson and Martha (Stark) Baldwin, married Cynthia, 
dau.'of Hiram and Martha (Treat) Johnson, Nov. 15, 1845. George died May 
I, 1854, at Ansonia, Ct. 


68. Wilfred A., born July 15, 1847. 

69. Ida, born July 21, 1849: m. John L. Ashton. 

68. Wilfred A., son of George and Cynthia (Johnson) Baldwin, married 
Ida E. daughter of Preston Lewis, of Woodbridge. Ct., April 2i<. 1872. Mr. 
Baldwin is a member of the firm of Baldwin & Miles, Butchers. 


-o. Edith L.. l)()i-n April 15. 1876. 

55. Stc'idien. son of James and Sarah (Perkins) Baldwin, married Betsey 
Ann Hubbell, Dec. 16, 1820. Resided on the old homestead on the Great Hill| 
road. Stephen died Sept. 10. 1873. Betsey Ann died. 
71. tieorge Riley, born March 16, 1822. 
■^i. Eliza Ann, born Oct. 25, 1824; married, first, Reuben L. Williams; 

second, Jabez E. Prichard; third. Nathaniel Proctor. 
"72^. Eucy Jane, born May 24, 1829; m. Hobert Churchill. 

74. Sarah Maria, born July 20, 1834; m. first, Robert Twitchell; second, 

Capt. Hutchins; third, John Parker. 

75. Freaerick Lewis, born June 10, 1845. 

71. George Riley, son of Stephen and Betsey Ann (Hubbell) Baldwin, 
married Emily G. Sperry, April 28, 1844. lunily G. was born Nov. 11, 1822. 
Resides on the Great Hill road. 


76. Bernard S.. born Jan. 10. 1847; died Sept. 15, 1864. 
'7~. Alice E., born Nov. 12, 1859; died June 4, 1863. 

78. Hannah, born Sept. 4, 1866; died Oct. 25, 1886. 

75. Frederick Lewis, son of Stephen and Betsey Ann (Hubbell) Baldwin, 
married Addie Way, of Huntington, Ct., Oct. 16, 1865. Resides at the old 
Baldwin homestead on the Great Hill road. 

79. Adella Way, born March 16, 1869. 

46. Jesse, son of Dr. Silas and Mary (Plumb) Baldwin, married Ainor 
Harger, of Derby, Conn., 1794. Resided in Oxford, Cl. Jesse was a shoe- 
maker by trade. Jesse died 1816. Ainor died 1820. 


80. Lorinda, born 1795; m. Louis Baldwin. 

81. Sally, born Oct. 14, 1799; m. first, Charles E. Hochkins. 1819; sec- 

ond, Willard Moore, 1832; third, Charles Baldwin, 18,34. 

82. Jabez, born 1805. 

83. Lucy, born Nov. 25, 1807; m. first. Hiram Durand, 1826; second, 

Nehemiah H. Hoyt, 1831. 

82. Jabez, son of Jesse and Ainor (Harger) Baldwin, married Jane, dau. 
of Capt. Isaac and Mary (Miles) Botsford, Sept. 19, 1830. Resided in Sey- 
mour, Ct. Jabez died Sept. 10, 1875. Jane died May 25, 1888. 

84. Amanda G., born 1834; died Jan. i, 1852. 

85. Martha C, born 1836; died Feb. 29. 1853. 

86. Noyes Clark, born Oct. 1843; died Jan. 17, 1848. 

47. Silas, son of Dr. Silas and Mary (Plumb) Baldwin, married Tabithia 
Perry, Aug. 25, 1800, at Derby, Ct. He lived on South Main street, .in the; 
house with a stone basement now owned by the Fitzgibbons family. Silas; 
was a shoemaker. Silas died Feb. 27, 1855. Tabithia died March 4, 1861. 


87. Merrit Plumb, born Dec. 2, 1802. 

88. Riley, born Aug. 22. 1804. 

89. Nathan, born April 16, 1805; died April 20, 1805. \ 

90. Orrin, born April 30, 1806. 

91. Jennette, born March 11, 1808; m. James G. Green. 

92. Maria, born Dec. 31, 181 1; m. John W. Bassett. 

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<).^ Kosodc. hnvn March 27. 1814: 111. I'clcr W. Post. 
Q4. iMr.rv IMunil). horn Jmu' S, iSii,; unmarried. Resides in New lia- 
VtMl. Ct. 

95. Wales, l-)()rn .\i)ril 4. iSjo. 

87. Men-it P.. son of Silas and 'i'abilhia (Perry) l!alduin. married, first. 
Eliza, dau. of Ephraini and Elizabeth Peck, of Middlehury, Ct.. A])ril 18. i8.?o; 
married, second, Caroline Brown, of New Haven. Cl. Merrit P.. died June 
18. 1854. Eliza died June 2r. 1833. Caroline died Sept. 5. 1855. 

Cliihl l)y Eliza Peck. 

96. Frederick, born June 5. 18,^3: died Pel). 2. 1834. 

Children by Caroline Brown. 

97. Rosella PL, born Nov. 12, 1838. Lives in New Haven, Ct. Un- 


98. John Frederick, born Au.i;-. 15. [840: died April 22, 1843. 

99. Edward Crocker, born May 20, 1842: died Feb. 10, [843. 
TOO. Mary Ann, born March 11. 1844. 

loi. Stiles Smith, born Feb. 25, 1846; died Sept. 8. 1849. 
]02. Josiah Frederick, born Feb. 5, 1848. 

88. Riley, son of Silas and Tabithia (Perry) Baldwin, married, first. Olive, 
dau. of Smith and Electa (Eason) Benham, of Middlebury. Ct., May 4, 1825 : 
married, second. Alma, dau. of James and Alma (Daniels) Tuttle, of Water- 
bury, Ct., Sept. 14. 1849. Resided in Watertown, Ct. Riley died April 24, 
1882, at Watertown, Ct. Olive died Aug. 13. 1848, at Watertown, Ct., aged 
53. Alma died May 16, 1883, at Watertown, Ct.. aged JS- 

Children by Olive Benham. 

10^. Charles Smith, born April i. 1827. 

104. Henry S.. born Oct. 4. 1828. 

105. Mary Ann, born Feb. 3. ]832; died Dec. 4, i860. Unmarried. 

106. Maria, born May 11, 1833: died Jan. 31. i8bo. Unmarried. 

107. Electa M., born Oct. 24. 1835; died Jan. 7. 18.^,6. 

108. George, born May 14. 1840; died March 20, 1844. 

Child by Alma Tuttle. 
I0(). Alma, born July 14, 1850; died July 5, 1856. 
go. Orriii, son of Silas and Tabithia (Perry) Baldwin, married Betsey E.. 
dau. of Joel and Mary Ford, of Catskill. New York, 1831. Betsev E.. was 
born Aug. 11, 1812. Resided at Shandakin, ULler Co., N. Y. Orrin died 
Aug. 29. 1886. Betsey E.. died July, 1887. 
no. Silas, born March 16, 1834; resides at Pine Hill. N. V. 
III. Elijah, born Sept. 17. 1835; resides at Tonica. PI. 
T12. Jonathan, born March 5, 1840; resides at Storm Lake. Fowa. 

113. Riley, born March 3, 1842; resides at Phoenicia, N. ^'. 

114. Marv C, born March i, 1844; m. John Housen. 

115. Rosette, born Jnne 5, 184:6; died March 25, [854. 

116. Lucinda, born Oct. 3, 1849; m. George W. .\ngle. 

117. William E., born 1851: died young. 

118. Pardy, born April 2, 1854. 

95. Wales, son of Silas and Tabithia (Perry) Baldwin, married Rebecca, 
dau. of Stephen Dickerman, of New Haven, Conn. Wales died in .New Ha- 
ven, Dec. 2S. 1849. Rebecca died in New Haven. Jan. 13. 1899. 'I'liey are 
buried in the Union cemetery. Seymour, Ct. 

119. Ellen T.. born ALiy 19, 1844: ni. John I'risbee. [8()7. 

120. Charles E., born Sept. 184(1; died' March lO, kjoi, and was buried 
in L^nion cemetery, Seymour. Ct. Leaves a laniily. 



I. Ricliard Baldwin, son of Sylvester, came to New England from Eng- 
land in the ship "Martin," in 1638. He located in Milford, Ct., and married 
Elizabeth AIsop, Feb. 5. 1642. He was a man of ability and influence and 
was one of the commissioners at the union of New Haven and the Connecti- 
cut Colonies. He died in 1665 and his widow married William Fowler. 

2. Elizabeth, bapt. Sept. 1644: m. Zachariah Burwell. 

3. Sylvanus, bapt. Nov. 20, 1646. 

4. Sarah, bant. April i, 1649; "i- Samuel Riggs. 

5. Temperance, bapt. June 29. 1651; m. Nathan Burwell. 

6. Marv, bapt, Nov. 6, 1653; "'H- Daniel Comstock. 

7. Theopholus, bapt. April 26. 1658. 

8. Zachariah, bapt. Sept. 22, 1660. 

9. Martha, bapt. April i, 1663; m. Samuel Nettleton. 

10. Barnabus, b.ipt. July, 1665. 

ID. Barnabus, soji of Richard and Elizabeth (Alsup) Baldwin, married 
Sarah, daughter of Samuel and Sarah (Baldwin) Buckingham, of Milford, Ct. 

She was born Jan. 8. 1664. He married, second, Mary . He was 

given as his share of his father's estate land in Orange known as "Hog's 
Meadow\" Barnabus died, Aug. 22. 1741. Sarah died, 1692. 

Children by Sarah. 

11. Thomas, bapt. Jan. i, 1698. 

12. Barnabus, bapt. Jan. i, 1698: m. Mehitable Tuttle. 

13. Timothy, bapt. Jan. i, 1698. 

14. Mary, bapt. Jan. i, 1698. 

Children by Mary. 

15. 1 heopholus, bapt. Oct. 22, 1699. 

16. Henry, bapt. June 14, 1702. 

17. Sylvanus, bapt. Nov. 15, 1706; ni. Mary French. 

13. Timothy, son of Barnabus and Sarah (Buckingham) Baldwin, mar- 
ried, first. Zurinah Johnson, of Derby. July 22. 17 19. He married, second, 

Mabel . hie was one of the original members of the church at 

Amity, now Woodbridge, Conn. He lived in the southern part of Wood- 
bridge. He died Nov. 25, 1766. 


18. Timothy, born Dec. 13, 1722. 

19. Andrew, born March i, 1724. 

20. Mary, born Feb. 10, 1726. 

21. Elizabeth, born 1730; m. Jedediah Andrew. 

22. Abiah, born Dec. 28, 1733; m. Joel Atwater, of New Haven. 
2^. Hannah, born 1734: m. Thomas Mix. 

24. Enoch, born Oct. 6, 1736. 

25. Elijah, born Sept. 11, 1740. 

18. Capt. Timothy, son of Timothy and Sarali (Buckingham) Baldwin, 
married Sarah Beecher, Jan. 15. 1745. He lived at the foot of Rock Rimmon, 
near where Mr. Andrew Wheeler now lives. He was a member of the com- 
mittee of inspection appointed Dec. 11, 1775. He was also a member of the 
committee, appointed by the town of Derby, to care for the soldiers' clothing 
during the War of the Revolution and to procure clothing for the soldiers. 
His name appears under date of Nov. 3, 1789. among a number of others who 
had joined and paid towards the support of the Gospel, as the Coneregational 
Society at Chusetown, or near Bladen Brook. He was commissioned Cap- 
tain in 1768. Capt. Timothy died Dec. 22. 1800. Sarah died 1794, aged 74. 

f.KNKAI.OdV. 375 

26. Sarali. born April 11, i74(): 111. firsl Sinu'on Wheolor; second, 

27. Timothy, l)orn 1749; in. first. Sarali l.fstrr; second, Charily Som- 


28. Thaddens. l)orn Jmie 22, 1751. 

. 29. Anne, born Fel). 24, 1757; m. l-Ldnunid Clark. 

15. Theophilns. son of Barnabas and Mary Baldwin, married Dorothy 
. He was deacon of the society at Amity, for a nnmber of years. 

Theophilns died Aus". i. 1748. Dorothy died Oct. 10, 1790, aged So. 

30. Henry, born in 17,^4. 

31. Theophilns, born Noy. 27, 1735; m. Sarah Strong, April 24, 1776. 
^2. Ennice, born April 26, 1738; m. Jonathan Andrew. 

1 T^,^. Isaac, born April 18, 1740; m. 

34. Alsop, born Feb. i, 1741-2; m. Bathshebe Smith, Sept. 16. 1778. 

35. Mary, born Dec. 2S. 1743: m. Joseph Strong, of Sonthbnry. 

36. Richaru bapt. Dec. r, 1745. 

[ X^. Isaac, son of Theophilns and Dorothy Baldwin, married Philine Par- 

dee, of Derby, Conn.. Dec. 24, 1766. He liyed in Woodbridge, Bethlehem 
and Chusetown (now Seymonr. ) He came to Chnsetown and built a grain 
mill on Little river, near where the H. A. Matthews factory now stands. The 
farm which Mrs. Martha G. Diyine now owns was the property of Mr. Bald- 
win. He was a man devoted to the Christian religion and kept the Holy 
i Bible constantly by his side that he might employ his leisure moments in read- 
I ing its sacred pages. Mr. Baldwin was killed at his mill by the unexpected 
!' starting of the water wheel. The wheel had frozen during the night and, in 
i order to start it. it was necessary to cut away the ice, which Mr. Baldwin was 
doing when the wheel started and killed him. It happened Jan. 4, 1799. 
Philine, his wife, died July, 1826. 

It was at Mr. Baldwin's house that the first Methodist meeting was held 
within the limits of what is now the tdwii of Seymour, and while these meet- 
ings were being held the boys would climb to the top of the house and place 
boards over the top of the chimney and smoke the occupants of the house out. 
And there is no record to show that the boys were ever i)unished for their 

^7. Rachel, born Sept. 30. i7(:>7: died 1780. 

38. Sarah, born March 2. 1769: m. Amos Dorman. 

39. Isaac, born Nov. 24. 1770; m. Louina Rowe. Removed to Litch- 

field, Ct. 

40. Elias, born Jan. 16, 1773; died Dec. 4, 1830. 

41. Eluzer, born Feb. 1775. 

42. Eunice, born Dec. 1778; m. Philo Terrell. 

43. Lewis, born Nov. 17, 1780. 

44. Eliphelet, born Sept. 1784-5. 

45. Lyman, born Aug. i, 1786; m. Nancy Candee. 

43. Lewis, son of Isaac and Philena (Perkins) Baldwin, married, first, 
Ann, Maria Somers, of Sonthbnry, Ct., Sept. 7. 1806; married, second, Lorinda. 
dan. of Jesse and Ainor (Harger) Baldwin, in 1815. Lewis died Jan. 2^. 1846. 
Ann Maria died in 181 2. Lorinda died May 22, 1878. 
Child by Ann Maria Somers. 

46. Aleta, born in 1808; m. Smith Clark. 

Children by Lorinda Baldwin. 

47. Albert L.. born Sept. 22, 1816: m. Cordelia Young in 1838. 


48. George W., born 1818; m. Abbie Price. 

49. Ann Maria, born March 29. 1824; m. Edgar I. Hyde. 

50. Mary Jane, born 1827: m. Thomas Sypher. 

51. Charles, born 1828; died Sept. 14, 1848. 

52. Edatha E., born '1837; m. John T. Allnig. 

53. Theodore, born 1841 ; unmarried. 

45. Lyman, son of Isaac and Philena (Perkins) Bahlwin, married, Nancy, 
dan. of Moses and Sarah (Woodruff) Candee, of Oxford. Conn.. .-Vpril 5, iSi_>. 
(Sharpe's riistory.) 


54. Dr. Edwin C. resides in Baltimore, Md. 

55. Julius, resides in Beach Pond, Pa. 

56. Alvin. 

57. Amanda, m. Cushman. 

58. Mary, m. Huntington. 

59. Emily JM., m. Olmstead. Eives at Vcjung^villc. Sullivan 

Co., Ohio. 


1. William Bassett, the pilgrim, came from Leyden, Holland, to New 
England, in the ship Fortune, in 1621, a ship of fifty-five tons, arriving at Ply- 
mouth, Mass., Nov. 19, 1621. The following record of him was found at Ley- 
den, by the Rev. H. H. Dexter, viz: "He is recorded as coming from Sand- 
wich, England, to Leyden, in 1608." It is also stated that he married, first, 
Celilea Leght, of England. Married, second, Margaret Oldham, in 1611. 
Married, third, Elizabeth Tilden. He lived for a time in Plymouth and from 
there he removed to Duxbury, where he was elected deputy to the general 
court in the years 1640, 1643, 1644, 1645, and 1648. From there he removed to 
Bridgewater and was one of the original proprietors and first settlers of that 
town. Some of his descendants still reside on the land owned by him. \\'il- 
liam died 1667. His will was dated June i. 1667. 

Children by Elizabeth Tilden. 

2. William, born 1624. 

3. Elizabeth, born 1626; m. Thomas Burgess, Nov. 8, 1648. 

4. Nathaniel, born 1628; m. first, Mary Joyce: second. Hannah . 

5. Joseph, born 1629; m. first. ; second, Martha 

Hobert, 1677. 

6. Sarah, born 1631: m. Perigrine White. 

7. Ruth, born 1632-3: m. John Sprague, 1655. 

8. Jane, born 1634. 

2. William, son of William ;ind Elizabeth (Tilden) Bassett. married Mary, 
dau. of Hugh Burt, of Lynn, Mass.. and settled in Sandwich, where he was 
elected to the general court, 1662. William died 1670. 


9. , Mary, born Nov. 21. 1654: m. John Redding. 
ID. William, born 1656-7. 

10. William, son of William, Esq., and Mary (Burt) Bassett, married Ra- 
chel Willison, of Taunton, Mass.. 1665. He was known as Col. William. . 
He was marshal of Plymouth colony at the time of the union with Massachu- 
setts colony, and was a deputy from the town of Sandwich to the general 
court from 1690 to 1716. From 1710 to 1715 he was one of the judges of the 
superior court, and from 171 5 until his death was register of probate. Col. 
William died Sept. 29, 1721. 

II. Mary, born Oct. 20, 1666; m. Nathan Bourne, 1698. 

geneal()(;y. 377 

T2. Nathan, hnvu. i(>()7; ni. Mary lltickins, \(v)n. 

13. Rachel, l)<)ni Ocl. _'5, i()()i); 111. Josc])!! l-'osler, i6(/). 

14. WilHam, liorn idji ; m. Abigail Bonnie, J708. 

15. Jonathan, horn Dec, 31, 1673; m, Mary Gale, 1708, 

16. Thankfnl, horn i()77; m. Matthia.s Ellis, 171 r. 
14. William, son of Col, William and Rachel (Willison) Bassett. married 

Abigail Bourne. Feb. 3, 1708-9, of Sandwich, Mass. She was born July 22, 
1684. Resided in Sandwich, Mass, William died Feb. 3, 1744, Abigail died 
Feb. 15, 1764. 


17. Mary, born Dec. 24, J 700; m. Eliakim Tupper. 1734. 

18. William, born Nov. 2_^. 1711; m. Lydia Smith. 1734. 

19. Elisha, born Feb. 15. 1713; m. Ruhannah Jennings, 1734. 

20. John, born April 11. 171C); m. Mercy Newcomb, 1742. 

21. Thomas, born Jan. 4. 1717; m. Patience Toby, 1746. 

22. Nathaniel, born Oct. 15. 1719; m. Hannah Hall. 1746. 

23. Jonathan, born May 6, 1721; m. Mary Freeman. 1740. 

24. Abigail, born March 9, 1722; m. Eleazer Toby. April 17, 1740. 

25. Elizabeth, born Feb. 15. 1724: m. Timothy Chapman. 1752. 

26. Nathan, born Dec. 17. 1727: died 1728. 

27. Hannah, born Dec. 18, 1730; m. Isaac Smith, Jan. J,^,. 1752. 

20. John, son of William and Abigail (Bourne) Bassett, married Mercy 
Newcomb, Oct, 24, 1742. of Sandwich, Mass. She was born Feb. 24, 1723. 
In 1749 he removed from Sandwich to Rochester, Mass., where he died May 
17, 1781. 


28. Aurelia, born April 22. 1743; died June 7, 1745. 

29. Bathsheba, born Dec. 14. 1744; died April 22. 1777. 

30. Benjamin, born Aug. 6. 1746; died June 17. I7()y. 

31. Mary, born March 27. 1748; died June 22. 1770. 
,^2. Emma, born Nov. i, 1749. 

33. Peter, born March 18. 1752: died March 25. 1780. 

34. Desire, born March 22. 1754: died Sept. 25. 1778. 

35. Sarah, born Feb. 2. 1756; died Feb. 24. 1785. 

36. Newcomb. born Sept. 2. 1757; died Nov. 25. 1777. 
^7. Thomas, born June 19. 1759. 

38. Meletiah. born June 19, 1761; died July 18. 1789. 

39. Abigail, born Feb. 25, 1763: died Nov. 28. 1789. 

,'i,7. Thomas, son of John and Mercy (Newcomb) Bassett. married Lydia 
Mendall. of Rochester. Mass.. Jan. 7. 1781. She was born March 9. 1760. 
Thomas resided in Rochester. Mass. Thomas died Feb. 24. 1833. 

40. Newcomb. born Nov. 7, 1781. 

41. Anselm. born April 30. 1784; m. first. Rosalinda Holmes, second, 

Lucy Smith. 

42. Samuel, born June J. 1786: died at sea. Oct. 12. r8o6. 

43. Abner. born A\)v\\ 10. 1788; m. Harriet B. Spaulding. 

44. Thomas. 1 • born March 20. 1790: m. Abigail M. Trijjp. 

45. Lydia, l' t^^'"^- h,,i-n March 20, 1890; died, unmarried, Sept. 23. 


46. John, born ^Llrch 15, 1793: '"• T.aura Wmg. 

47. Dr. Stephen, horn March ly. 1798; lived in Newark. N. J. 

48. Ezra, born April 19. t8oo: m. Keziah Russell. 

40. Newcomb. son of 1'honias and Lydia (Mendall) Bassett. marrieil 
Esther Smith, of Norwalk. Conn. He settled in Broadalbin. New Ynvk. 
Newcomb died June 27. 1823, in Bn.adalbni, X. Y, Esther died Aug. 12. 1847, 
in Broadalbin. N. Y. 



r. Ct. 



Anne W. Hubbard. 

Anson, born March 13, 1806. 
Joseph C, born Sept. 20. 1807; 
Samuel, born Sept. 4, 1809. 
Celinda. born Jan. 27, 181 1; ni. Caleb Case, 
Hannah, born Feb. 14, 1813; died 1855. 
Newcomb, born April 10, 1815; died April 8, 1825. 
Lydia, born March 21. 1817; died Oct. 1850; unmarried. 
William S. C, born May 21, 1819; m. Jane S. Bodwell. 
Ezra, born Jan. i, 1821; m. Sarah A. Carpenter. 
Lorenzo N., K • born Oct. 12, 1823. 
,. Alonzo M., \ ^wms. ^^^j.,^ q^^ j^, 1823; died Nov. 25,, 1844. 
51. Samuel, son of Newcomb and Esther (Smith) Bassett, married Mary, 
dau. of William and Temperance (Hotchkiss) Andrew, of Bethany, Ct., Sept. 
30, 1832. Mr. Bassett came to Humphreysville about 1830. He was a paper- 
maker by trade. In 1837 he formed a partnership with the Rev. Sylvester 
Smith and engaged in the manufacture of paper. Their mill was on the cor- 
ner of North Main and Day streets. They continued this business for nine- 
teen years, when Mr. Bassett sold his interest to Mr. Smith. Resided in Sey- 
Samuel died March 28, 1892. Mary died May 28, 1854. 
Samuel Andrew, born Sept. i, 1833. 

Mary Ellen, born Nov. 13, 1835; m. Charles A. Wooster. 
Charles Henry, born Sept. 11, 1837; died Jan. 7, 1842. 
Newcomb Mendall, born Jan. 25, 1840. 
Kj^. Annie Loring, born Aug. 25, 1850; m. Joseph B. Morse. 
58. Samuel A., son of Samuel and Mary (Andrew) Bassett, married, first, 
Hattie R. Knevals, Oct. 17, i860. Married, second, Sophia Phillips, of New^ 
Haven, Jan. 24, 1865. Mr. Bassett is a shoe merchant in New Haven, Ct. 
Hattie R., died, 1862, without issue. 


63. Mary Elizabeth, born Nov. 28, 1867; m. Dr. M. A. Lewis. 

64. Thomas Andrew, born Oct. 17, 1869; m. Natalie Wilson. 
61. Newcomb Mendall, son of Samuel and Mary (Andrew) Bassett, mar-- 

ried Jennie Elizabeth Hill, Dec. 8, 1868, of New Haven, Conn. Mr. BassettI 
is clerk of the board of public works of New Haven, Ct. 

65. Samuel Edward, born Oct. i, 1869; m. Helen Elizabeth Whitney. 

66. Charles Ferris, born 1871. 

56. Lorenzo N., son of Newcomb and Esther (Smith) Bassett, marriedj 
Sarah Scott, of Southbury, Conn., May 17, 1848. He resided on North street! 
where Mr. John Early now lives. Lorenzo N. died Oct. 14, 1870. Sarahi 
died Mav 17, 1886. 


67. Mary Jane, born Feb. 8, 1849; ni. Charles P. White. 

68. Ann Eliza, born Sept. 12, 1853; died young. 

69. Henry M.. born Oct. 27. 1854; died young. 

70. James H., born Dec. 19. i860; died young. 

71. William F., born July 25. 1863. 


I. John Bassett, with his wife Margery, located in New Haven, Conn., 
1642-3. He was sometimes called "Old Bassett" in the records. He, with 
his son Robert, was a committee to repair the fence and gate towards the 
farms, Aug. 18, 1645. "Old Bassett" and Henry Peck were appointed by the 


Itown to set the great guns. John Bassclt and Robert, his son, were appoint- 
ed a committee to repair tlio meeting house. John died in New Haven, Ct.. 
:Feb. 15, 1652. Margery died in Stamford, Ct., 1654. 


2. Robert, born . 

j 3. Sarah, born ; m. John Webb. 

4. Maria, born ; m. John Euumv. 

I 2. Robert, son of John and Margery Bassclt, married Mary , 

probably in England. He was known as "Robert the Drnmmer." Ho re- 
moved from New Haven to Stamford, about 1650, and from ihert' he weni to 
Hempstead, Long Island, after 1654, where he died, 1670. 


5. Robert, born 1640. 

6. Elizabeth, born 1642; m. Isaac Finch. 

7. Mary, born March 8. 1649; died March i/, 1641). 

8. John, born 1651-2; unmarried; died in Milford, March 3, 1684. 

5. Robert, son of Robert and Mary Bassett, located in Stratford, Conn. 
I He purchased his iirst land in Stratford, Nov. 16, 1681. In Feb., 1682, he pur- 
chased a house lot from John Wells and in 1683 he built a house upon this lot, 
placing a stone in the ceiling with the following letters and figures cut into the 
stone: "R. B., 1623." Robert married Elizabeth, dau. of Ensign Samuel and 
Sarah (Baldwin) Riggs, in 1687. Robert died .\ug. 5, 1710, in Stratt(n-d. Ct. 
Elizabeth died March, 1744, in Stratford, Ct. 


9. John, born June 2_^. 1689; died young. 

10. Samuel, born Nov. 2S. 1692. 

11. Jonadab, born July 20, 1695. 

12. Robert, born July 11, 1699. 

13. Elizabeth, born Dec. 15. 1701; m. Francis Whitcniore. 

14. Ebenezer, born Jan. 31. 1707; ni. Sarah Tomlinson. 

10. Capt. Samuel, son of Robert and Elizabeth (Riggs) Bassett. married 
i Deborah, dau. of Thomas and Mary (Clark) Bennett, Jan. i, 1719, at New- 
town, Ct. Deborah was born Feb. 15, 1695-6. Samuel was commissioned 
Ensign in 1722, Lieutenant in 1732, and Captain in 1735. He was justice of 
the peace from 1739 to 1761. He represented the town of Derby in the gen- 
eral court from 1733 to 1764. He built a house on land given hini by his 
father in 1727, in Derby, Ct., which is now standing. Samuel died Sept. 15, 
1764. Deborah died Julv. 1773. 


15. Samuel, born Nov. 29. 17 19. 

16. John, born Feb. 15, 1721: m. first, Naomi Wooster; second, Sarah 


17. Joseph, born Aug. 31, 1722; ni. Sarah Hawkins. 
iS. Abraham, born Feb. 27, 1725. 

19. Deborah, born March 22. 172O: m. Capt. John 'i'onilinson. 

20. Elizabeth, born March 15, 1728: m. Capt. Abraham Hawkins. 

21. Ebenezer, born June 19, 173T: m. Hannah Smith. 

22. Amos, born Jan. 7, T734: m- Olive Glover. 

23. Mary, born Nov. 21, 1734; m. first. Dr. Samuel Canticld; second. 

Samuel Bassett. 

24. Ephraim, born Feb. 7. 1738: died young. 

25. Benjamin, born Nov. 20. 1740; m. Molly Hinman. 

15. Samuel, son of Capt. Samuel and Deborah (Bennett) Bassett. married 
Sarah, dau. of Samuel and Hannah (Priudlc) P,otsford. Oct. 26. 1748. in Derby. 
Ct. He lived on Great Hill; was a merchant and farmer. Samuel died. 1802. 
Sarah died. 1802. 



26. David, born Nov. 25, 1749; m. Nabby Tonilinson. 

27. John, born Nov. 14, 1751; died in Revolutionary war. 

28. Abraham, born March 21, 1753; m. Mary Baldwin. 

29. Hannah, born June 30, 1755; m. Adam Lum. 

30. Eunice, born Jan. 9, 1759; m. Amos Hine. 

31. Sarah, born Feb. 14, 1761; died unmarried. 

32. Molly Camp, born July 28, 1764; m. Noah Tonilinson. 

33. Isaac, born Dec. 16, 1767; m. Betsey Tonilinson. 

28. Abraham, son of Samuel and Sarah (Botsford) Bassett, married 
Mary, dan. of Dr. Silas and Mary (Plumb) Baldwin, of Derby, 1780. Abra- 
ham was in the Revolutionary war, in the battles of Long Island, New York, 
and White Plains. Enlisted, first. May 15, 1775; discharged Oct. 31, 1775; 
enlisted, second, June, 1776; discharged Dec. 25, 1776. Was a pensioner in 
1832. Abraham died Nov. 17, 1833. Mary died Dec. 25, 1849. 


34. Abijah, born 1782; m. Mary P. Durand. 

35. Samuel, born 1784: m. first, Mary Lyman; second, Laura Fanton. 

36. Lucinda, born 1788; died Oct. 8, 1878; unmarried. 

37. Abel, born 1789; 111. Martha Peck. 

38. Jared. born Dec. 16, 1791; m. Sally B. Johnson. 

39. Glover, born Oct. 14, 1793; m. first. Elizabeth Baldwin; second, 

Nancy N. Gilyard. 

40. Grace, born Nov. 15. 1798; m. Bronson Wheeler. 

41. Marcus, born Feb. 6, 1802; m. Mary L. Rogers. 

42. Harvey, born 1808; went to New Orleans, La. 

35. Samuel, son of Abraham and Mary (Baldwin) Bassett, married, first, 
Mary, dau. of Jonathan and Sarah (Davis) Lyman, of Oxford, Ct., April, 1809; 
married, second, Laura, dau. of Moses Fanton, Sept. 21, 1845. Samuel lived; 
in the house just north of the Swift place on West street, and owned what is; 
now known as the Betts farm. Samuel died Sept. 28, 1851. Mary died Oct. 
26, 1835. Laura died A])ri! 19, 1866. 

Children by Mary Lyman. 

43. John, born iSii; m. Catherine Gilbert. 

44. Mary, born Dec. 17, 1820; m. Dr. Ambrose Beardsley. 

Z7. Abel, son of Abraham and Mary (Baldwin) Bassett, marrietl Martha; 
Peck, of Milford, Ct., 1809. He resided on Derby avenue, Seymour, in the* 
first house south of Mr. Charles Houghtaling. Abel died March 2},. 1863.1 
Martha died Sept. 6, 1850. 


45. Jason, born June 1^. 1810: m. Mary Bassett. 

46. Truman, born May 25, 1813: was drowned June 14, 1826. 

47. David P., born Dec. 14, 1816: died March 10, 1855; unmarried. 

48. Charles, born June 8, 1819. 

49. Julia Ann, born Dec. 2, 1824; ni. first, Rockwell Dan, 18.14; second, 

Elisha Clark, 1852. 
so. John L., born Dec. 17, 1826; died Nov. 26, 1845. 
5[. Martha Grace, born May 23, 1831; m. George W. Divine. 
48. Charles, son of Abel and Martha (Peck) Bassett, married Jane E., 
dan. of Edmund and Eunice (Loveland) Storrs, of Seymour, Ct., Oct. 22. 1843. 
in Derby, Ct. Charles died June 17, 1873. Jane E., died Feb. 11, 1864. 


52. John L., born 1847; died June 30, 1848. 51 

53. Noyce E., born Jan. 11, 1849. 1 

54. Emma E., born Aug. 3, 1851; died Sept. 2, 1856. | 

C. KN'KAI.OCV 381 

55. Katie lAlay. horn Alav m, 1S5:;; dird Srpt. 1, \^^(). 

56. Samuel Le (irand, li.'.rn jan.ViX.vS, al I x- Craiui, Minn. 

53. Noyce E., son ,.l Charles and jane !•;. (SLmts) l',a.>etl, niarned Ida 
L.. dau. of Noble and l':ii/al)elli (Im-osI) lendl. n\ Waterhury. Conn.. Julv 2. 
1877. Noyce ¥... <,ied Dec. 11, iS,,o, ni Cana<la; huried in Seymour, Ct. 


57. Rayuiond, born Dec. 11, 1S78. 

58. Leon Nove.s. / . bom Feb. 24, i88[. 

59. Louis, \ ^^'■'"^- born Feb. 24. 1881. 

56. Samuel Le Grand, son of Charles and Jane ]•".. (Storrs) Bas.sett. mar- 
ried Emma Jennie, dau. of IuiL;ene ().. and Laura (Wheeler) Cooi)er. of 
Brazer, St. Lawrence Co.. New York. May 30. iS()o. in Slielton. Conn. Fie- 
sides in Sevmour. Ct. 


60. Harold Eugene, born. June 7. i8q_'. 

61. Laura Elizalx'th. born May 5. i8()8. 

62. Martha Grace, liorn Dec. 17. n)oo. 

38. Jared. son of Abraham and Mary (l!aldwm_) Bassett. married Sallie 
B., dau. of Rev. Jesse and Hepsibah (French) Johnson. March 28, 1817. Sal- 
lie B. was born Sept. 6, 1797. Jared was a stone-mason by trade, and a very 
active member of the M. E. church. Jared died May 16. 1869, in Seymour. 
Ct. Sallie B.. died Jime 12, 1878. in Seymour. Ct. Jared resided on Smith 
street, in the house where Henry Mannweiller now lives. 


63. Julius, born Feb. 20, 1818. 
04. George, born Sept. 21, 1819. 

65. Sheldon, born Dec. 19. 1821. 

66. Henry, born April 26, 1824. 

67. Sarah B.. born Dec. 8. 1826: ni. Sylvester Smith. 

68. Thomas G.. born Ian. 11. 1831; m. Catherine Ann Lake. 

63. Capt. Julius, son of Jared and Sallie B. (Johnson) Bassett. married, 
first. Augusta Ann, dau. of Walter and Ann Lake, of Oxford, Ct.. Sept. 2^^. 
1841; married, second, Henrietta, dau. of Denzil and Betsey (Carrington) 
Hitchcock, of Seymour, Conn., April 19, 1852. They were divorced. He 
married, third, Sarah, dau. of Capt. John and Augusta (Wooster) Lum, Aug. 
4. 1856. of Oxford, Conn. He enlisted at the breaking out of the Civil war. 
and was commissioned Captain. He was shot at Kingston, North Carolina. 
March 8, i86s. The shot passed through his hips. Augusta Ann died Ai)rii 
3. 1851, aged'38. Sarah die<l Oct. 22, 1868, aged 36. 

Children by Augusta A. Lake. 

69. Frederic Burton, born Aug. 1842. 

70. Sarah Elizabeth, born . 

71. Heber Lockwood, born . 

72. Ann Augusta, born March 19, 1851. 

Child by Sarah Lum. 

73. Flora E.. born July 6, 1840; died July 11, 1884. 

69. Frederic B.. son of Capt. Julius and Augusta .\nn (Lake) Bassett, 
married Fannie A. Th<nnas. Dec. 13. 1S65. Resides in Elizabeth, New Jersey. 


74. Julius W.. born Oct. 6, 1866; died Aug. 19, 1892. 

75. Frederic Brewster, born Jan. 4. 1869. He graduated at Annaiiolis 

Naval college. Md. He was Lieut, on the gmdioat Marietta, that 
came around with the battleshij) Oregon c'uring the war with 


64. George, son of Jared and Sallic B. (Johnson) Bassett, married, first.l 
Laura, dau. of Truman and Nancy (Perry) Tomlinson, Dec. 24, 1846, of Ox-v 
ford, Ct.. (by the Rev. John D. Smith;) married, second, Elizabeth WilHamji 
Whipple, of Meriden, Ct., Aug., 1856. His business was mason builder. Hi 
built the State Reform school at Meriden. Ct. He removed from Meridenj 
Ct., to Owego, New York, where he died March 12, 1894. Laura died March| 
21, 1855, in Meriden, Ct. Elizabeth W. died June 25, 1896, in Owego, N. Y. 

Children by Laura Tomlinson. 
76. Bernard G., born Sept. 27, 1845; died Aug. 16, 1870, in Indianapolis. 

7/. Minerva M., born Sept. 24, 1847; m. John Willeston Page. 

78. Laura Elizabeth, born July i, i8so; died Sept. 12, 1867, in Meriden^ 


65. Sheldon, son of Jared and Sallie B. (Johnson) Bassett, married Eliza- 
beth Sperry, of Bethany, Ct., April 27, 1848. He was a blacksmith by trade- 
Sheldon died in Westville, Jan. 9, 1888. Elizabeth died in Westville, Jan. 6' 


79. Ida A., born Feb. 2, 1850; m. Marshel E. Terrill. 

80. Hattie, born July 12, i860; died April 23, 1894; unmarried. 

39. Glover, son of Abraham and Mary (Baldwin) Bassett, married, first 
Elizabeth, dau. of Thomas and Hannah (Hine) Baldwin, of Woodbridge, Ct. 
married, second, Nancy N., dau. of Thomas and Lois (French) Gilyard, o\ 
Humphreysville, Ct., Oct. 21, 1839, (by the Rev. Samuel R. Hicox.) He re-t 
sided at the old Bassett homestead, on Bungay. Glover died FelD. 10, 1847: 
Elizabeth died Oct. 26, 1835, aged 46 years. Nancy N. died Jan. 19, 1892, agec 
biolA years. 

Children by Elizabeth Baldwin. 

81. Amos, born Oct. 5, 1820. 

82. Jane, born 1823; m. Willis Baldwin. 

83. Louise, born July 6, 1825; died Feb. 20, 1826. 

84. Hannah Elizabeth, born April 4, 1829; died May 17, 1853. 

85. James Harvey, born Oct. 25, 1835; died Nov. 22, 1872. 

Child by Nancy Gilyard. 

86. William G., born May 8, 1841; died Dec. 2, 1862. 
81. Amos, son of Glover and Elizabeth (Baldwin) Bassett, married Hull 

dah Keziali, dau. of Isaac and Huldah (Moulthrop) Rowe, of Humphreysville 
Ct., Sept. 10, 1845. (By the Rev. John D. Smith.) Resided at the old Ba& 
sett homestead, on Bungay, (Seymour, Ct.) Amos died Aug. 31, 1862. Hull 
dah K. died Oct. 26, 1873. 


87. Frank G., born Sept. 28, 1847. 

88. Homer I., born April 30, 1849. 

89. Alice J., born April 30, 1851; m. Robert Healey. 
90 Mary E., born April 14, 1854; died Sept. 2, 1874. 

91. George A., born Dec. 30, 1857; died Sept. 15, 1858. 

92. Hattie K., born Oct. 10, i860; died Dec. 24, 1882. 

87. Frank G., son of Amos and Huldah K. (Rowe) Bassett, married Hj 
tie L,, dau. of William N. and Lavinia E. (Chadwick) Storrs, of Seymour, C| 
Jan. 9, 1878. (By the Rev. Joseph Vinton.) Resides in Seymour, Ct. 


93. Louis Storrs, born Oct. 11, 1880; died Sept. 9, 1881. 

94. Clara Belle Storrs, born Oct. 19, 1882. 

88. Homer I., son of Amos and Huldah K. (Rowe) Bassett, married Sa.i 


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Watcrhury. C/t. Saral 

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ah San ford, of W'a 

mason hy trade. Kesidcs 111 W atcrhury, C't. .Sarah chcd .March _'(>, i8(>i 

aged 41- 

95. Mary Ke/iah, hdrii 

96. William A., h.,ni Ji 

97. George S.. born ()i , -- 

98. Daisy V., born March 2. 1874; died .April ,^ 1879. 

99. Homer E., born Ang. 5, 187(1. 
TOO. Harris A., born Feb. 14. 1878. 

loi. Frank J., born Feb. d. 1871); died Aii.l;-. 9, 1880. 

102. Frank G.. born Dec. n. 1881. 

10,^. Charles, born Oct. 31, 1883. 

104. Walter I., born Dec. 8. i88v 

105. Lonis, born Feb. 27. 1887; died March 1. 1888. 

41. Marcus, son of Abr.ahain and Mary ( P.aldwin I llasseit. iiiarrit'd Mary 
Louise Rogers, of Milford, Ct.. 1833, in Xew \'ork city. She was born Dec. 
19, 1809, in Milford, Ct. He was a niacin builder. " Me built the Custom 
House, in New Haven. Ct., and other large builihngs. Me was ;l very jiroiii' 
inent member of Hiram Lodge, Xo. 1. !•. cK: A. M. Was a Past 'M.aster. 
Marcus died Oct. 13, i8()7. in New ILiven. Mary L. died Dec. 19, 184(1, in 
New Haven. 


106. Roger Marcus, born April 17, 1849; lu. Francis Lewis, at Memphis, 
Temi., Feb. to, 18(19. Resides in Chicago, 111. 


107. Lewis Gorham, born June 10, 1870. in New A'ork city. 

108. Julian Marcus, born Dec. 4, 1874, in New \'iirk city. 

109. Roger Francis, born Dec. 7, 1876. in New A'ork city, 
no. Ida, born Aug. 21. 1878. in Bath, L. I. 

III. Mary Louise, born June 4, 1881, in New York city. 

^3. Isaac, son of Samuel and Sarah (Ptotsford) Bassett, married Betsev 
Tomlinson, 1788. Resided <in Great Hill, on the old homestead. Isaac died 
June 8, 1850. Betsey died Ajiril 14, 1839. 


1 1 J. Samuel, born Jan. 31, 1789: m. Fanny Johnson. 

113. Hepsibah, born June 14, 1790; m. Walker Lake. 

114. Ira, born Oct. 24, 1792; m. Sally B. Smith. 

115. Sally, born Aug. 24. 1794: m. David Gillette. 

116. Betsey, born Aug. 4, 1796; m. Josiah Bassett. 

117. Eunice, born July 10, 1798; m. William F. Moulthrop. 

118. Isaac, born Dec. 7, 1800: m. Pamelia French. 

119. Amos, born March 9, 1803; died Aug., 1804. 

120. Susan, born Aug. 22. 1805; died July 21, 1879; unmarried. 

121. Caroline, born Feb. 11, 1808; m. Daniel Wooster. 

122. Amos Glover, born May 25, 1810; m. Eliza Hull. 

112. Rev. Samuel, son of Isaac and Betsey (Tomlinson) Bassett, married 
Fannie Jonnson, Oct. 5, 1828. Occupation, Methodist minister. Resided in 
West Haven, Ct. Rev. Samuel died Jan. 9, 1871, in West Haven. Fannie 
died in West Haven, Ct., April i. 18(13. Lived on Great Hill in the early part 
of his life 


123. Marshel Lindsey, born July 28, 1830, on Great Hill. 

124. Jane Eliza, born Feb. 4, 1833; m. Moulthrop. 

125. Julia Pelton, born Aug. 16, 1835; ni. Elliot Bassett, (third wife.) 


123. Marshel Lindsey, son of Rev. Samuel and Fannie (Johnson) Bassett, 
married Ann Amanda Bunnell, of Great Hill. Sept. 18, 1855. Ann Amanda: 
was born Jan. 3, 1836. He removed from Great Hill to West Haven, where 
he now lives. 


126. Fannie, born Aug. i, 1858; died Aug. 26, 1858. 

127. Hattie Jane, born Feb. 4, i860. 

128. Eddie Marshel, born Sept. 5, 1862; died Oct. 11, 1882. 

129. Mary Julia, born Dec. 14, 1864; m. Isaih Lyman, 1884. 

130. William, born Oct. 26, 1866; died Nov. 15, 1866. 

J 14. Ira, son of Isaac and Betsey (Tomlinson) Bassett, married Sally, 
Betts, dan. of Fitch Smith, of Derby, Ct., April. 1818. He removed to Eliza- 
bethtown, Hardin Co., 111., where he died Feb. 2, 1845. 


131. Isaac Fitch, born Nov. 30, 1819. 

118. Isaac, son of Isaac and Betsey (Tomlinson) Bassett, 

Pamelia, dau. of Enoch and Comfort ( ) French, Sept. 8, 182 

resided on Great Hill. Was a stone mason by trade. Isaac die( 
1879. Pamelia died Dec. i, 1885, aged 87 years. 


132. William, born Oct. 16, 1823. 

133. Mary Jane, born 1825; m. Edward C. Lum. 

132. William, son of Isaac and Pamelia (French) Bassett, married, first, 

Caroline Norton; married, second, . He enlisted and 

served through the Civil w^ar. After the war he obtained a position in the 
Pension Oflice at Washington, D. C, where he remained imtil his death. 
William died in Washington, D. C, 1898. 


July 24, 


Child by Caroline Norton. 
Frederick Norton, born Jan. 22, 1853. 

122. Amos Glover, son of Isaac and Betsey (Tomlinson) Bassett, mar- 
ried Eliza, dau. of Alfred and Sarah (Lum) Hull. Resided on Great Hill. 
Eliza died Sept. 10, 1857. Amos Glover went away and never returned. 


135. Fannie H., born ; m. Judge James G. Haswell of Ken- 

136. Child, born ; died in infancy. 

137. Flarriett, born 1833; died Feb. 16, 1839. 

16. Lieut. John, son of Capt. Samuel and Deborah (Bennett) Bassett, 
married Naomi, dau. of Edward and Elizabeth (Watkins) Wooster, Dec. 15, 
1746. She was born Jan., 1725; married, second, Sarah Gunn, widow of JabezJ 
Thompson. John marched to Boston at the time of the Lexington alarm. 
He was commissioned Lieutenant of Militia. Lieut. John died May 8, 1804. 
Naomi died May i, 1772. Sarah died May 3, 1804, aged 72. 


Elizabeth, born March 3, 1750; m. Dan 
Esther, born 1752; m. Ebenezer Plant. 
Hannah, born June 17, 1753; 


Maria, born 1755; m. Joseph Durand. 
Abigail, born 1756; m. Capt. John Poole. 
John, born June 11, 1758; m. Keziah Judson. 
Ebenezer, born Dec. 12, 1760; died unmarried. 

-Edward, born 1762; m. first, Hannah Lum; second, Alice Curtissf 
third, Damaras Curtiss. 



i7()4: 111. Ai 
.S: ,lu-,l Ai 




17. Joseph, son ..I 
lied Sarah Hawkins. Nov. 1 
just north of where Mr. Willanl T 
in the Great Hill cemetery, hut thi 

ih (\U 


t Hill. 11 

the house 

lie < 

le.l and 

\\a> huricd 

to 111 

ark his 

ast resting 



Josenh. hori 


m. M.dly 


Samuel, bor 

1 June 

-5- 1751 : 


Taphene. Im 

ni lau 

ij. i7(>_'; 


Deborah, bo 

rii J'el 

. 1-'. i7<)4; 


Saran, born 


11. Beers ' 


Anna, born 


(This l"aii 




lily went west.) 

18. Abraham, son of Capt. Samuel and Deborah (Bennett) Basselt, mar- 
ried Phebe, dau. of Jonathan and Zereriah (Wooster) Aides of Derby, Ct., 
1752; married, second, Mary Bryan, widow of Caleb Tomlinson. i775-(). Re- 
sided on Chestnut Tree Hill, Oxford, Ct. He was seleetman ut the town 
of Derby, Ct., in the following years: 1779-81-82-83-84. Was eommissioned 
Captain of the Militia company. 1776. Abraham died Sept. 13. 1805. I'hebe 
died April 30, 1774. aged 45. Mary died, 1820, aged 96. 

154. Abraham, born March 22, 1753. Was with Cien. Trycm. Died at 

Danbury with cani]) fever. 
ItS- Abijah. born Dec. 2S. I7s4. Was with (^ien. Trvon. W;is shot 
at Fairfield. Ct. 

Hannah, born Feb. 17, 1757; m. David Hitchcock. 
Samuel, born April 5, 1759. 

Sarah, born April 21, 1761; m. Sherman Hatch. 
Zerviah. born July 24. 1762; m. Nathan Tomlinson. 
Jonathan Miles, born March 14. 1764; m. Mariam Ward. 
Anne, born Aug. 27. 1767; m. Rev. Jonathan Hitchcock. 

157. Samuel, son of Abraham and Phebe (Aliles.) Bassett. married, first. 
Mary McNiel, dau. of John McNiel, of New Haven. Ct.. 1782. Mary was 
born Feb. 6, 1766; married, second, Abigail, or Nabby, dau. of Samuel and 
Esther (Rowland) Patterson, of Stratford. Ct.. Aug. 7. 1814. She was the 
widow of John Fairchild, of Stratford, Ct. Resided on the 
Edward Hoadley's sawmill. Samuel died July 1(1 
14. 1813. Abigail died 18(12. at (jalesburg, 111. 

Children by Mary McNiel. 
Russell, born Jan. 23, 1784; died at Charleston, S. 
Keziah. born Aug. 20. 1785; ni. Reuben Tucker. 
William, born Jan. 13. 1788. 

Hannah P., born Aug. 9, 1790: died in New Haven. July 

Ebenezer. liorn Sept. 15. 1792: died at Orangeburgh. So 
olina. Oct. 5. 1819. 

Eneas, born Aug. 16. 1794; m. Jane Lees, May 13. 1821. 
Samuel McNiel, born Dec. 17, 1796: m. Hannah Lees, Oct. 15 
Polly Minerva, born Jan. 5. i8oo; died in New Haven. April j 

Marcus, born May to. 1802; died in Farmington. Ct.. 1824. 
Grace, born June 1. 1804: died in New Haven. Feb. 7. 187 









Oxford road. 
1854. Mary 

C. 1814. 




II. 1871 
ith Car- 


[72. Abraham, born July 4. 1808; m. Harriet Stiles. 1831 


Child by Abigail Patterson. 
17.^. Jcilin Russell, born April 30, 1815; m. Mary Ann Thomas. 1837. 

164. William, son of Samuel and Mary (McNiel) Bassett. married Nancy, 

dan. of Enoch and Comfort ( ) French, Jan. 29, 181 1. Mr. Bassett was 

a shoemaker by trade. He bought and spent the last days of his life in the 
house now occupied by Wilbur Bassett, on Maple street. Nancy was born 
Dec. 22, 1785. William died March 17, 1871. Nancy died Feb. 23, 1870. 


174. John William, born Oct. 10, 181 2. 

174. John William, son of William and Nancy (French) Bassett, married 
Maria, dau. of Silas and Tabitha (Perry) Baldwin, of Humphrevsville, Ct., 
March 3, 1836. Mr. Bassett held the office of county commissioner of New 
Haven county, was a member of the board of education, and vestryman of 
Trinity Episcopal church, for a number of years. He lived where his son 
Wilbur now lives, on Maple street. John W. died July i, 1898, in Seymour. 
Maria died Feb. 6, 1892, in Seymour, aged 81. 


175. Francis M., born Dec. 25, 1836; m. first, John B. Gibbs; second,! 
Levi Stewart. 

176. Mary M., born 1839; died Sept. 10, 1842. 

177. Wilber F., born Feb. 6, 1841; m. Margaret McCambridge. 

178. William Marcus, born March 28, 1847; died Aug. 14, 1851. 

179. Charles H., born Aug. i, 1851; m. Jennette Johnson. 

21. Ebenezer, son of Capt. Samuel and Deborah (Bennett) Bassett, mar 
ried Hannah Smith, of Milford, Ct., March 17, 1756. Resided on Great Hill.l 
Ebenezer died May 30, 1760, and was buried in the old Colonial burying- 
ground at Derby, Ct. His widow married Josiah Coe. Hannah died Feb, 
25, 1803, aged 75, and was buried in the Great Hill cemetery. 


180. James, born Sept. 16, 1757. 

180. James, son of Ebenezer and Hannah (Smith) Bassett, married Bet- [ 
sey, dau. of Thomas Canfield, of Derby, Ct. Resided on Great Hill. Mr. 
Bassett was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. James died Oct. 24, 
Betsey died May 10, 1826, aged 70. 

William, born Jan. 18, 1781. 

Marvin, born Sept. 10, 1782; m. Lucy . 

Ebenezer, born Dec. 21, 1783. 

Aurelia, born April 19, 1785; m. Bradley Couch. 
James J., born June 6, 1788; m. first, Irene Smith, 1818; second,! 
Emily Hull, 1820. 

186. Josiah, born Jan. 12, 1793. 

181. William, son of James and Betsey (Canfield) Bassett, married Lucy,/ 
dau. of Josiah and Esther Smith, of Derby, 1804. He was a merchant and( 
farmer. He lived in the house now occupied by Mr. Hotchkiss, the Florist.l 
at Kinneytown. Lucy was born June 15, 1787. William died Nov. 25, 1863.' 
Lucv died Oct. 10 1869. 


187. Sheldon, born 1805. 

187. Sheldon, son of William and Lucy (Smith) Bassett, married Harriet 
S., dau. of Lieut. Samuel and Charlotte L. (Phelps) Hull, of Derby, Ct., Jan. 
21, 1827. Harriet S. was born t8oo. Sheldon was the business manager of 
the Birmingham Iron Foundry at his death. His son, Royal M., became the 


lent, and l\is son. TIumx 
.Slu'ldon (lied Jnnc _'() 


lore S.. flic sec 
. 1804. i larrii 

188. William Hull. h<n 
i88'/. Royal M.. born 

189. Lncy M., born M 
lyo. FJk-n Soi)hia. bor 

n ( )ct. _'i. i8j7 
Oct. _'_'. i8_'8: 1 
ly _'o. i8^:;o: dic< 
n Jan. _'4. i8,U': 

J()i. l.avinia Hull. Ixir 
igj. Lucv D.. born .M 
)()3. Thcodcre Shel.loi 

1 Aprd 17. 18.^4 
IV 10. 1837: ni. 
1. born Aprd J 


■rctarv anrl treasurer of the coni- 
■I S. died July jj. i87_>. 

; ni. Alary !■'.. .St rat Ion. 
n. Frances J. Slration. 
i\ Au-. 28. 1831. 
in. (Icorge H. Norton. 
; in. 'idioma.s Dc Forest, 
diaries F. Colt. 
.. i8,:!o; ni. Caroline Wells. 

183. Ebenezer, son ol" James and Betsey (Cantielil) Bassctl. married 
Sarah, dau. of Jesse Smith, of Humphreysvillc, 1808. He lived in a house 
which he built in 1810, on Great Hill. Ebenezer died Jan. 21, 1866. Sarah 
died Oct.. 184Q. 


194. Jennette, Ixn-n i8oij: m. hrst. riionias Spencc; second, Vinus 


195. Laura, born 1814; m. William Smith. 

186. Josiah, son of James and Betsey (Canfield) Bassett, married Bet- 
sey, dau. of Capt. Isaac and Betsey (Tomlinson) Bassett, of Derby, Oct. 19, 
1815. Resided on Great Hill. Josiah died March 2, 1877. Betsey died 
Sept. 12, 1864. 


196. Elliot R., born Oct. 15, 1818. 

197. Elizabeth S., born Oct. 24, 1824; m. Ransom Smith. 

198. Maria A., born Jan. 20, 1826; m. Charles Howland. 

199. Minerva E., born July 27, 1829; died Oct. 21. 1901. 

196. Elliot R.. son of Josiah and Betsey Bassett, married, first. Julia Ann 
Miner, May 27, 1848; married, second, Ann Alida Andrews, April 15, 1852; 
married, third, Julia Pelton, dau. of Rev. Samuel and Fannie (Johnson) Bas- 
sett, of West Haven. Ct., Dec. 29. 1870. Resided on Great Hill. Elliot R. 
died June i, 1881. Julia Ann died Aug. 30. 1848; born Jan. 8, 1824; Ann Alida 
died Nov. 16, 1869; born April 13, 1827. 

Children by Ann Alida Andrews. 

200. Mary Eliza, born Jan. 24, 1853; died Aug. 24. 1884. 

201. ivev. Edward Dally, born Sept. 22, 1855; m. first. Hattie (Curtis) 
Howes; second, Kate (Adams) Bassett. 

202. Emily Andrews, born April 21. i8s8; m. Thomas S. Perrins, Aug. 
23, 1882. 

203. James Josiah, born Aug. 11, i860; burned to death March 27, 1882. 

204. Elliot Ross, born May 31, 1863; burned to death March 27. 1882. 

205. Rev. Charles Howland, born Dec. 10, 1864; m. Kate Adams, June 
26. 1890. 

206. Ann Alida. born Feb. 27. 1869; died Oct. 3, 1876. 

22. Dea. Amos, son of Capt. Samuel and Deborah (Bennett) Bassett, 
married Olive Glover, of Newtown, Conn.. 1759-60. Resided at Westquan- 
tock, (Seymour.) in a house on the Housatonic river road, at the corner of 
the road that runs to the top of Great Hill. Mr. Bassett took a very active 
nart raising and clothing of the soldiers during the Revolutionary war. He 
was one of the first deacons of the Congregational church on Great Hill. 
He was considered one of Derby's best citizens. Deacon Amos died July 
I, 1802. Olive died Nov. 25, 1822. 


207. Olive Glover, born 1762; died 1762. 


208. Amos, born June 17. 1764. 

209. John Glover. Ijorn Nov. 5. 1765; died Sept. 30, 179,3. unmarried. 

210. Pliilo. hnru ; died unmarried. 

208. Rev. Amos. D.D., son of Deacon Amos and Olive (Glover) Bassett, 
married, first. Sally Tinker, of Hebron. Conn., March 30, 1796, at Hebron, Ct.; 
married, second. Sophia Bull, of Farmington, Ct., May 21, 1801; married, 
third, Eunice Pomeroy, Jan. 18, 1807. Sally Tinker was born, 1774. Sophia. 
Bull was born Oct. 24. 1769. Rev. Amos, D.D., graduated from Yale col- 
lege in 1784. was licensed to preach by the New Haven West Association, in 
1792. In 1794 he was called to preach at Hebron, Conn., where he remained s 
until 1824. In 1824 he succeeded the Rev. Mr. Daggett as principal of the 
Cornwall Mission school. He was a member of the Yale college corpora- 
tion from 1810 to 1824. He is said to have been an excellent scholar, and 
an upright and Godly man. Rev. Amos died April 3, 1828. Sally died Feb. 
26. 1798. Sophia died, 1805. 

Child by Sophia Bull. 
212. Martin Bull, born May 8. 1802, at Hebron. Ct. 
Child by Eunice Pomeroy. 

212. John Glover, born Aug. 17, 1808. 

211. Martin Bull, M. D., son of the Rev. Amos. D.D.. and Sophia 
(Bull) Bassett. married Caroline, dau. of Curtis and Lucy (Atwood) Tom- 
linson. July 30, 1831, of Huntington, Conn.- The doctor graduated from 
Yale college in 1823. studied medicine with Dr. Isaac Jennings, of Derby, 
Ct. He also attended the Yale Medical college. After receiving his 
diploma he went west where he practiced medicine for a few years, but! 
owing to ill health he returned east. He inherited the old Bassett home- 
stead, on the River road, where he lived. He was a man well read and Ij 
was considered by his townsmen authority on most every subject. Mar-- 
tin Bull. M. D., died May 14, 1879. in Derbv. Ct. Caroline died Sept. 23, 
1887. in Derby. Ct. 


213. Elizabeth, born Feb. 14. 1833; m. Daniel A. Baldwin, 1857. 

214. Sarah Jane, born — . 

215. Fannie, born — ; ni. Judge Pardee. 

216. Frederick H., born, 1837. 

217. Emily Augusta, born — . 

218. Caroline T., born April 16. 1841 ; ni. Samuel Canfield. 

219. Philo, born, 1847; died, 1849. 

220. Martha, born Jan. 4, 1850. 

212. John Glover, son of Rev. Amos. D.D., and Eunice (Pomeroy) I 

Bassett, married, first, ; married, second, Jane Aikin, , 

of Louisville, Kentucky. Jane was born March 17. 1820; died, 1875. John 1 
Glover died. 1845. in New York city. 

Child by First Wife. 

221. Mary Ann, born — . 

Child by Jane Aikin. 

222. George Pomeroy, born Jan. t8, 1843, in Louisville, Ky. Lives ; 
in Cincinnati, (Dhio. 


I. William Bassett arrived in Boston, Mass., 1635, in the ship True- 
love, from London, England, in company with Rev. Peter Hobert, John 1 
Cooper, Sr.. John Cooper. Jr., William Ives, Abraham Dickerman, and I 
others. He first appears in the New Haven colony in 1642-3. William 1 
married Hannah, the widow of William Ives, Nov. 7, 1648. He resided I 


in what is n.nv Norlli Mavni. William i)r()bal)lv died, Auti'., 1684. In his 
will he calN Al.raliani Diekerman and John C'ooper his brothers. 


2. Hannah, horn Sept. n, \U-^i): m. |,,hn I'arker. 

3. John. h.M-n Dee. J4, i(.3.>: ni. Alerey Todd. 

4. Samuel, born hTd). 15. 1654. 

5. Abiah. bain. Feb. 7. 1(158 ;' m. Ralph Lines. 

4. Samuel, son of William and Hannah Ives P.assett. married Mary, 
dau. of Abraham Diekerman. June 21, \U-jj. Resided in North Haven, Ct. 
Mary died Nov. 28. 1728. 


i 6. Mary, born Feb. 14, 1678; m. Daniel Sherman, Jan. 2]. 1702. 

i 7. Phebe, born Oet. 9. 1681; m. . 

I 8. Abiah. born Dee. i, 1684: m. John Hitchcock. May 2g. 1711. 

j 9. Samuel, born March 16. 1687; m. Mary Hitchcock, Auj^'. i, 1710. 

I 10. John, born Mareli 3. 1690; m. Fvdia Holt, Feb. 4, 1724: died 

I July II. 1726. 

11. Abram. born Nov. 9. 1692. 

12. Martha, born Sept. 8. 1695. 

13. Amos, born Feb. 19. 1698: m. Mary Gilbert. Feb. 24. 1725. 

14. Ebenezer. born May 12. 1700; died April 28, 1722. 

15. Thankful, born Oct. 10, 1701; m. first, Nathaniel Yale, June 15, 

1728: second, Nathaniel Heaton. 

II. Ensign Abram. son of Samuel and Mary (Diekerman) Bassetl, 
married Mehitable. dau. of Lieut. Samuel and Hannah (Glover) Street, 
Feb. 22. 1720. His will was proved May. 1755. He was commissioned 
Ensign of the trained liand. .Abram died .\y>\-\\ 10. 175;. Mehitable died 
ALarch =;, 178^, 

i(). Sarah, bcnm Dee. 13. 172[: m. James Lleaton. 

17. Ebenezer, born Nov. 14, 1723; m. Mrs. Susanna While. 

18. Daniel, born Feb. 16. 172O; m. Eunice Turner. 

19. ]\Iehitable. born April i, 1728: m. Samuel Bishop. 

20. Abraham, born Aug. 12. 1733. 

21. Susannah, born May 18. 1737: m. Ephraim Humiston. 

22. Hannah, born Dec. 26, 1739: m. Jeremiah Ives. 

20. Abraham, son of Ensign Abram and Mehitable (.Street) Bassett. 
married Lydia Smith. Feb. 12. 1761. Abraham died on the prison ship in 
New York, Sept. 9. 1776. where a number of the soldiers were imprisoned 
during the Revolutionarv war. Lvdia died Aug.. 1829. in North Haven. 


23. Isaac, born. 1762. 

24. Abraham, born. 1764; m. Lucy . 

25. Molly, born, 176(1; m. Levi Tuttle. 

26. Jesse, born, i7()9; m. .\bi Blakeslee. 

27. Charles, born. 1771; m. Lydia Barrett. 

28. Eli. born. 1773: m. Abigail Blakeslee. 

29. Sarah, born. 1775; m. Daniel Tuttle. 

23. Isaac, son of Abraham and Lydia (Smith) Bassett, married Ro.x- 
anna Pardee. Feb. 12. 1787. He is said to have been a Revolutionary sol- 
dier. Resided in North Haven. Ct. Isaac died Aug. 11. 1834. Roxanna 
died Dec. 21. 1842. 

30. Isaac. 1 , ^ 

31. Timothy, born, 1791; m. Amelia Ja 

^o. Isaac, born. 1789; ui. Lua Bradley. Oct. 20. 1843. 


32. John. born. 1793; m. Julia Williams. Sept. 17. 1817. 

S^. Zerah, born Oct. 11. 1795. 

34. Eunettra. born, 1798; m. Eri Bradley. Nov. 14. 1821. 

35. Rosanna. born Oct. 30, 1803; m. Jesse Clinton. 

j^j^. Zerah. son of Isaac and Roxanna (Pardee) Bassett. married Ma- 
rinda Doolittle. Zerah died and his widow married Timothy Hitchcock, 
of Seymour, Ct. Resided in Woodbury. Ct. Was a carriagemaker by 
trade. Marinda died Jan. 21, 1867. 


36. Sarah L.. born Feb. 26, 1819; died. 1819. 

37. Maria L.. born April 28, 1821; m. Isaac H. Davis. 

38. Edward F.. born Sept. 16, 1823. 

39. George B., born Feb. 11. 1829; died, 1830. 

38. Edward F., son of Zerah and Marinda (Doolittle) Bassett, mar- 
ried Laura Linsley. of Woodbury, Conn.. Oct. 3. 1849. Mr. Bassett was 
in the furniture business in Seymour for a number of years. He was a 
man very much respected by all who knew him. He was upright and hon- 
orable in all of his dealings. Edward F. died June 26. 1900. Laura died 
Feb. 6, 1902. 


40. Jennie L.. born ]\Iarch 29. 1866; married Dr. Frank A. Benedict. 

of Bethel. Conn., Oct. 5. 1892; died Aug. 3, 1900. 

I. William, son of Kenneth Bell, of Dumfrieshire. Scotland, married 
Margaret Caird. Came to America in 1851. Resided in Torthowald, 
Dumfrieshire, Scotland. He came to America and located in Seymour, 
Ct.. in 1866. William died Tulv 22,. 1885. aged 74. Margaret died Feb. 6, 
1875, aged 68. 


2. Agnes, born — ; m. James Swan. 

3. Margaret, born — : m. Samuel Pollock. 

4. Jessie, born 1830: died Sept. 30. 1868. 

5. Catherine, born — . 

6. Robert, born — ; m. first. Francis Freeman; second. Har- 

riet B. Stowe. 

7. Wilhelmina, born — ; m. Wilber F. McEwen. at New 


8. Jemima, born — . 

9. William, born — . 


I. Thomas Beach had a home lot in Milford, 1648. He married 
Sarah, dan. of Dea. Richard Piatt, of Milford, 1652 or 1653, and located 
first in New Haven. Conn., as the birth of his first child is found there. 
He died 1662 and his widow married Miles Merwin, of Milford. She died, 


2. Sarah, born March i. 1754. in New Haven. 

3. John, born Oct. 19. 1655, in Milford; settled in Wallingftn-d. Ct. 

4. Mary, born Dec. 27. 1657. in Milford. 

5. Samuel, born June 5. 1660. in Milford. 
■ 6. Zopher. born May 27. 1662, in Milford. 

5. Samuel, son of Thomas and Sarah (Piatt) Beach. The only rec- 
ord that I have been able to find is in the Derby history which is that he 
had one son (7,) Thomas. 


•1 I'.cacli. 

married Sarah Sanford, 


.. 1703 

(1 tlic 

widow l.v 

IS his children arc reec 
ha L'oller, July 31, ^7^(>. 



mas a 




r s sec 



uly 3r 



1 15. I 


. I73U 


d young. 


•n Feb 



■n Feb 



c;knkai,o(;v. 391 

7. Thomas, son of 
and probably resided i 
Sarah died and he marri 


8. Benjamin, born Jan. 2(), 1 

9. Ephraim, born June, 1707 
10. Sarah, born Sept.. 1708. 

If II. John, born Dec, 1713. 

12. JIary, born June, 1716. 

13. Ephraim, born May, 1719. 

(14. Thomas, born July, 1721. 
15. Samuel, born Aug,, 1724. 
8. Benjamin, son of Thomas and Sarah (Sanford) Be 
-|,Lvdia Potter, dan. of his fath( 
fNorth Haven, Cl. 

16. Benjamin, born Apr 

17. Ephraim, born Jan. 

18. Lydia, born Aug. i, 

19. Nathaniel, K ■ bo 

20. Ehas, r^^'"^-b. 

21. Alartha, born — . 

22. Patience, born — . 

23. Susan, born — . 

23' J. Chloe, born — . 

2:1,3/4. Mabel, born . 

1(1. Rev. Benjamin, son of Benjamin and Lydia (Potter) Beach, mar 
ried Mercy Blatchley. She was born Nov., 1737; died 1812, aged 75. 
He was the first settled minister to locate in what is now the town of Sey- 
mour, removing there in March. 1789. In November of the same year 
Mr. Isaac Johnson gave him one acre of land on which to build a house. 
The house which he built is now occui)ied by Mr. Charles Hyde. He 
bought land at Success Hill, in 1799, of Amos Hine, which he sold to John 
Swift, in 1810, he being then in Cornwall, where he died, July 12, i8i(). 
Mercy, his wife, died in 181 2. 


24. Job, born — ; died young. 

25. Giles, born Jan. 13, 17(15; died July 22, 1847. 

26. Benjamin, born — ; died young. 

27. Lydia, born — ; m. Keeney. 

28. Temperance, born — . 

29. Mercy, born — ; m. I^evi Blakeslee. 

30. David, born — . 

31. Titus, born ALay 4, 1776; m. first, Sabra Hollirook; second. Ellen 

Haynor. 1803. 

32. Simeon, born Sept. 6. 1780. 

,^3- Joel, born 1782: lived and died in North Haven. 

25. Giles, son of Rev. Benjamin and Mercy (Blatchley) Beach, mar- 
ried Mary, dan. of Jonathan and Mary (Yale) Dayton, May 3, 1789. She 
was born Sept. 4, 1765, bapt. Jan. 12, 1766. She was a granddaughter of 
Nathaniel and Thankful (Bassett) ^'ale. He resided in North Haven, 


34- Beda, born .\pril 1, 1790: m. Samuel Heminwav; died June 30. 

35. Amy, born March 5, 1792; died young. 


36. Joseph Dayton, born Jan. 8. 1794. 

37. Ormelia, born Oct. 6, 1795; died Oct. 6. 1795. 

38. Benjamin H.. Sept. 24, 1796, died Oct. 17, 1855. 

39. Giles. \ . born Feb. 11, 1799. 

40. Jonathan, ) '^^^''"^- born Feb. 11, 1799. 

41. Mary, born Jan. i, 1800; died April. 1809. 

42. Abraham, born Dec. 24, 1801. 

43. Amy, born June i, 1805: m. George A. Miner; died Oct., 1894. 

44. Sharon Yale, born May 21, 1809. 

4d. Sharon Yale, son of Giles and Mary (Dayton) Beach, came t( 
Hnmphreysville and commenced work in the Cotton Factory and later ii 
the Paper Mill. Later he formed a partnership with Ezekiel Gilbert and 
vSamuel Roselle. They commenced the manufacture of paner in the mill 
at the falls in Hnmphreysville in the summer of 1849. Mr. Beach re- 
moved the business about a mile east of the village, on Bladins Brook, 
where the business is still continued by the Beach family (1901.) Mr. 
Beach married, first, Adeline, dau. of Asa Sperry. of Orange, Ct., Oct. 4, 
1832. He married, second, Julia L. Hine, of Orange, Aoril 21, 1872. She 
was a daughter of Andrew P. Hine. Sharon Y.. died March 27, 1899, aged 
89 years, 9 months and 24 days. Adeline died Feb. 11, 1871. aged 59 years, 
6 months and 14 days. Julia L.. died Feb. 15, 1898, aged 76 years, 4 months 
and 20 days. 


45. George Wells, born Aug. 18, 1833. 

46. Andrew Yale, born Oct. 27, 1836. 

47. Emeline Eliza, born Feb. 9, 1842; died Sept. i, 1899. 

48. Stiles Dayton, born March 3, 1847; died Sept. 23, 1848. 

49. Sharon Dayton, born Nov. 23, 1849. 

50. Theodore Benjamin, born June 23, 1855. 

45. George Wells, son of Sharon Y. and Adeline (Sperry) Beach,i 
commenced his life's labor with the Naugatuck Railroad and through his 
industry and ability, was promoted to the position of Superintendent of 
the road, which position he has held for a number of years. He married 
for his first wife Sarah, dau. of Hiram and Sarah (Harrison) Upson; mar- 
ried, second, Mrs. Sarah A. (Steele) Blackall, dau. of Albert J. and Julia 
M. Steele. Sarah Upson died Jan. 24, 1882. 

Children by Sarah Upson. 

51. Henry Dayton, born Dec. 29, 1858, in Seymour. 

52. Edward Wells, born Oct. 10, 1873, in Waterbury. 

51. Henrv Davton Beach married Alice Durphv, (born Oct. 9, i8s6,) 
May 29, 1883.' Children (53) Sarah, born Nov. 22, '1884; (54.) Philip Dur-' 
phy, born Dec. 19, 1888. 

52. Edward Wells married Marcia Burton Spencer, of Waterbury, Ct.,. 
June 5, 1901. 

46. Andrew Yale, son of Sharon Y. and Adaline (Sperry) Beach. He 
married Nov. 24, 1857, Mary, dau. of B. B. Woodford, of Springfield, Mass.. 
who died Dec. 17. i88s. He married, second, Alice Maria (Spencer) dau. of 
John and Maria B. (Lewis) Hilton. March 17, 1888. 

55. Addie W.. born April 2, i8()(): m. Gustav J. Faber. 

1. Frederick W., born March 24, 1891. 

2. Mary Alice, born May 11, 1892. 

3. Mayone, born Aug. 14, 1896. 

49- Sharon Dayton, 
married Mary Elizabeth 
Nov. 23, 1870. 

Mary Elizahetli (Rider) 

^■. and Adalinc (Sperry) 
and Mary (Nugent) Loc'k- 


Sharon \'. and AdaUne (Sperrv) Reach. 
I Stephen 1). and Mary (Meeker) Rider. 

|: Chddren. 

I 56. Sharon' Meeker. l)()rn Oct. 28. 1872. 

57. Ralph Sperry, born Aug. 28, 1874. 

58. Jennie Mabel, born Jnne 2H. 1877. 

56. Sharon Meeker, son of Sharon Dayt(' 
Beach, married Ida Evelyn (iray, July tO. 181)5. 


59. Albert Gray, born Jnly 16, i8<jS. 

50. Theodore Benjamin, son of Shan 
I Beach, married Elizabeth ()., dan. of Charles 
1 wood, Oct. 9. 1879. 


60. Harold K.. born Jnne 18. 188^ 

61. Ethel Olive, born July 16. 1887. 


I. John Beecher with his wife and son Isaac, came from Kent, Eng- 
land, to New England, arriving in Boston June 26, 1637. Mr. Beecher in 
company with Theophilus Eaton and others left Boston Sept. i. 1637, in 
.search of a place to locate. ddiey walked from Boston to Quinnipiac. 
' now New Haven. When Mr. Eaton returned to Boston for the Rev. John 
Davenport and his party, he left seven of his party at Quinnipiac. Mr. 
Beecher was one of the seven. Mr. Beecher died during the winter and was 
buried at the corner of George and Meadow streets. While excavating for a 
building in 1750. his bones were found. Mrs. Beecher was a doctress and 
midwife. In the spring of 1638 Mr. Eaton and his party embarked from Bos- 
ton for Quinnipiac, where they arrived April, 1638. Mrs. Beecher and her son 
Isaac, who was then fifteen years of age. were of the party. Isaac took the 
oath of fidelity. 1644, at Quinnipiac. 

2. Isaac, son of John Beecher. ni. hrsl. Hannah : second. 

Sarah : third. Marv : Isaac died. Sept. 

24. 1689. 

Iron bv Hannah. 

John. born. 1645. 
Joseph, born. 1O47. 
Isaac, born Aug. 8, 
Samuel, born Oct. 

[7. 1652. 

Eleazer. born Aug. 8. 1655. 

c. son of Isaai 
married, second 

and Hannah Bet 



Isaac, born Oct. 20. 1680; died. 170S. 

Ebenezer. born Feb. 14. 1082. 

Samuel, born. 1684. 

John. bapt. Oct. 6. 1689. 

Abigail. / ....;„, born Sept. 24, 

:her. marr 
-: Isaac dii 






Jemimia. j ^^j,^^ 

Joannah. \ b 

born Sept. 

born Dec. 



69^; died Sept. 27. 



10. Samuel, son of 
. Samuel died. 


[ 760. 



i6. Samuel, born Aug. 30, 1714. 

17. Rebecca, born Dec. 15. 1715. 

18. Isaac, born, 1717. 

19. Jonathan, born . 

20. Amee, born — ; m. Jonathan Ailing. 

21. Abigail, born — ; m. Hitchcock. 

22. Hannah, born — ; m. Enos Pardee, 1752. 

18. Isaac, son of Samuel and Hannah ( ) Beecher, married Ma- 
bel Hotchkiss, April 6, :7-^8- 


23. Jesse, born April 20, 1741. 

24. David, born Aug. 16, 1743. 

25. Abraham, born Sept. 17, 1745. 

26. Isaac, born Dec. 13, 1748. 

27. Thomas, born. 1749. 

28. Amee. born, 1751. 

29. Mabel, born March 9, 1753. 

30. Hezekiah, born July 29, 1755. 

31. Hannah, born, 1757. 

26. Isaac, son of Isaac and Mabel Hotchkiss, married Hannah Ball, 
1772. She was born Dec. 13, 1773. Located in Oxford. Ct. 


32. Phiio, born May i, 1773. 
^^. Mary, born Nov. 20, 1775; m. John Riggs. 

34. David, bapt. July 12, 1778; went to Vermont. 

35. Patty, born — ; ni. first, Davis; second, Ben- 

jamin Beach. 

36. Thirza, born — . 

;i2. Philo, dau. of Isaac and Hannah (Ball) Beecher, married Mary, 
dau. of John and Elizabeth (Hawkins) Riggs, of Oxford, Aug. i, 1793. 
Philo died Nov. 7, 1815. Resided in Oxford, Ct. 


,^7. Laura, born April 16, 1794; m. Aurelus Buckingham. 

38. Harriet, born Sept. 16, 1796; m. Jason Curtiss. 

39. Ira, born Sept. 10, 1801; m. Clara Twitchell. 

40. Burr, born Oct. 10, 1807; m. Jane Hawkins. 

41. John, born July 15, 1809. 

42. Philo, born Nov. 17, 181 1. 

41. John, son of Philo and Mary (Riggs) Beecher, married Jane, dau. 
of Lewis Hawkins, of Derby, Ct. She was the widow of his brother Burr. 
Resided in Oxford, Ct. John died July 13, 1871. Jane died Jan. 9, 1887. 


43. Charles, born, 1832; died July 14, 1843. 

44. Frederick, born Oct. 8, 1835. 

45. Mary, born Feb., 1843; "^ied April 8, 1843. 

46. Burr Jay, born — ; died unmarried. ^ 

47. Sarah J., born Jan. 4. 1847; m. Horace B. Perry, July 15, 1868. 

44. Frederick, son of John and Jane (Hawkins) Beecher, married 
Alice, dau. of Sheldon and Laura (Lines) Church, Jan. 5, 1869, at Seymour, 
Ct. Resides in Seymour. 

48. Etta Alice, born Nov. 18, 1871. 
JO. Annie Laura, born March 26, 1874; died March 30, 1900. 


42. Philo, son of Philo and Mary (Riggs) 
!viaria, dau. of John and Mary (Riggs) Moshier, 
7. 1840. Resided in Seymour. Philo died Oct. 


Beecher, married Sally 
of Humphreysvillc. Jan. 
31, 1894- 

50. Burr P., born July 7, 

51. Virgil M., born Oct. 

Nellie Bunnell: died 
50. Burr P.. son of Philo 
•led Hannah, dau. of Charles ai 
rt., May 25. 1865. Reside? 

1 840. 
.S. 184.S 
Oct. 8, 

ni. tirsl. Lucy J. Johnson: second, 

V M; 

ia (M. 

■) Beecher. ma 

) llvde. 



-) Beecher, married I 
Haven, Ct. They rcside< 
West Haven. Eleaze 

) and Sa 
antl Har 
n Seymour. 

52. Hattie Maria, born Se])!. 1. i8f)(); m. Robert Haniilt< 

53. Marian Hyde, born Feb. 0, 1872: died March 11, 187.2 
i 54. Edith Hyde, born Nov. 4. 1885. 

7. Eleazer, son of Isaac and Hannah ( 

iau. of William Prindle. Nov. 5, 1677, of West 
lear the corner of Second avenue and Main street 
lied March 2, 1726. Phebe was born March. 1657. 

: Children. 

Hannah, born June 23, 167c). 
Nathaniel, born Jan. 24, i68r. 
Ebenezer. born Dec. 2^. [682. 
Eleazer, born April 21. i68h. 
Thankful, born March 18, 1(189. 
Child, born Dec. 31, 1690. 
Obedience, born, 1692. 
Stephen, born March 18. 1695. 
Isaac, born April 7, 1698. 

63. Isaac, son of Eleazer and Phebe (Prindle) Beecher, married, first, 
Elizabeth, dau. of Dea. Thomas Beardsley, March 17, 1726. She was born 
Anril 23, 1705. Married, second. Thankful Blakeslee, Jan. 11, 1738. 
Thankful was born, 1705. Resided in West Haven. Isaac died, 1770. 
Enzabeth died, 1732. Thankful died Jan. 14, 1786. 

Children by Elizabeth Beardsley. 

Isaac, born Jan. 8. 1727. 

Elizabeth, born Sept. 18, 1729: m. Clinton. 

Eleazer, born Feb. 17, 1731: died July 27, 1846. 

Thankful, born Nov. ti. 17,^8: m. Reed. 

Desire, born 1740: m. Benham. 

John, I . born Sept. 26. 1744- 

Phebe, f "^''"•''- born Sept. 2(), 1744: i"- Northr^.p. 

69. John, son of Isaac and Thanklul (Blakeslee) Beecher, 
Mary Trowbridge, 17(16. She was born. i74.=;- John died N( 
Mary died, 1827. Resided in 


Nathaniel, born. 17(17. 

Ezra, born, 1768: died Dec. 20, 1820. 

Mary, born, 1770; died Oct. i, 1800. 

John, born, 1772. 

Alanson, born 1775: died May 3. i860. 

Thankful, born. 1778; died April 15. 1871. 

David, born, 1782; died Mav 3- 184'^ 

Isaac, born Feb. 8, 1787: died May 8. 179 

■ was born. 174; 
West Haven, Ct 

3. 1786. 


Dinah S 
iel died 


Nathaniel, son of John and Mary (Trowbridge) Beecher, 
niitli. of West Haven. 1786. Resided in Southbury, Ct. 
March 27, 1827. Dinah died Nov. 23. 1839. 

Lewis, born Sept. 7. 1787. in West Haven. 

Sibilla. born. 1789, in West Haven. 

Lyman, born Dec. 18. 1791, in West Haven. 

Nathaniel, born. 1792. in Southbury. Ct. 

Ransom, born May 15. 1794. in Southbury, Ct. 

Gratia, born April 24. 1797. in Southbury. 

Sherman, born June 12, 1799, in Southbury. 

William, born Jan. 24. 1805. in Southbury. 

Smith, born 1808. in Southburv. 

married I 
Nathan- • 


Lewis L., born Feb. 27. 1812; m. Polly M. Fairchild. 
Sarah M., born Oct. 2, 1814; m. Horace Bartholomew. 
Henry Beers, born Sept. 15. 1816. 
Ann Eliza, born Oct. 13, 1819; died Nov. 19, 1820. 
Eliza Ann, born Jan. 18. 1822; m. Russell N. Norton. 
Mary Elizabeth, "born Oct. 9. 1824: died Jan. 24, 1826. 
Mary Jane, born May 30, 1827: m. Geo. N. Fowler. 

90. Henry Beers, son of Lewis and Martha (Peck) Beecher, married, , 
first, Betsey Ann, dau. of Lsaac and Ann (Gilbert) White, Sept. 27, 1840,, 
(by Rev. John D. Smith;) married, second, Mary Jane, dau. of Ebenezer • 
and Sarah (Candee) Fairchild. Feb. 3, 1856. She was born Feb. i. 1835. 
Mr. Beecher was engaged in the manufacture of augers and bits. Henry 
B. died Sept. 24. 1880. Betsey Ann died Feb. 23. 1852. Mary Jane died I 
Oct. 29, 1900, aged 66 years, 8 months. 

Children by Betsey A. White. 

95. Ann A., born Sept. 25, 1843: m. William W. Joy, Oct. 3, 1865. 

96. Frank Henry, born Jan. 22. 184s: m. Nellie A. Thompson, Mar., 

22. 1876. 

97. Mary E.. born Jan. 3, 1849; m. Sheldon Tucker. Mav 17. 1871. 

Child by Mary Jane Fairchild. 

98. Henry Beers, born April 24, 1867: died Aug. 4, 1869. 

82. Nathaniel, son of Nathaniel and Dinah (Smith) Beecher, married 
Hannah Peck, May 22. 1824. Resided in Southbury, Ct. Nathaniel died 
Dec. 30, 1857. Hannah died March 29. 1874. 

99- Lucy Elizabeth, born Jan. 31, 1825. 
100. William Curtiss, born" May 28, 1828. 

100. William Curtiss, son of Nathaniel and Hannah (Peck) Beecher, 
married Mary Emily Strong, of Woodbury. Ct.. April 4. 1856. Resided 
in Southbury, Ct. William C, died Jan.. 1898. Mary E., died July 28. , 

loi. William Strong born Tunc ig. i8s6: ni. Harriet L. Beers, Dec. 

22. 1880. 
102. Mary Elizabeth, born Dec. 28, i860: m. Alfred N. Piatt. Dec. 16,, 




Henry Ward, born Inlv i. 1862 

Harriet L., born, i8()(). 


Seth Nathaniel, Ixn-n Nov. _'S. iS 


Horace Baldwin, born Mav 7, 1 


Bl^Xl'DICT I'AMIl.N'. 

I. Thomas Benedict was born ni Nottinohanishirc, ICnuland. about 
1617. His mother died when he was Ijul a child. His lather married lor 
his second^ wife a widow Bridgum. She had a daughter Mary by her first 
union. Thomas and Mary came to New England on the same vessel, in 
1638, and were married soon after landing. They lived for a few years in 
Massachusetts, and from there they removed to Long Island, where they 
snent a number of years of their life in Southhold, Huntington and Jamai- 
ca. Later, they removed to Norwalk, Conn., where he became very ])rom- 
inent in the affairs of the town and colony, tilling many offices of trust and 
responsibility with satisfaction to his fellow townsmen. He died, lOSS-yo. 
His wife lived to be one hundred years of age. 


_'. Thomas, born 1O4-: m. Mary Messenger, of Jamaica, L. 1. 

3. John, born, 164- : m. Phel^e Gregory, of Norwalk. 

4. Samuel, born. 164- ; m. Rebecca Andrews, of Norwalk. 

5. James, born, 1O4-: m. Sarah Gregory, of Norwalk. 

6. Daniel, born. 104-: m. Mary Marvin, of Norwalk. 

7. Elizabeth, born. 1(1 — ; ni. John Slauson, of Stamford, Ct. 

<S. Mary. born. 1(1 — : m. Lieut. John Olmsted, of Norwalk, Ct. 
9. Sarah, born, Ut — : m. James Beebe, of Stratford. 

10. Rebecca, born, l(^ — : m. Dr. Samuel Wood, of Danbury, Ct. 

5. James, son of idiomas and ALiry (Brid"'um) Benedict, married Sar- 
ah, dan. of John and Sarah Gregory, May 10, ibjb. of Norwalk, Ct. She 
was born Dec. 3, 1652. He was one of the ei.ght who purchased the land 
where the city of Danbury now stands from the Indians, and settled there. 
He sold his property in Norwalk March 26, 1691. He married, second, 
Sarah, dan. of Robert Porter, prior to March, 1707-S. She was the widow 
of Abraham Andrus. She was born Dec. 20. 1657. James was living Aug., 
1717, for in that year he deeded some property. 


11. Sarah, born June ib. 1O77. 

12. Rebecca, born 1O79: ni. Samuel Keeler, Jr. 

13. Phebe. born 1(182; m. i)r(dK-il)ly Thomas Tavhu': (first 

white child born in Danlniry. ) 

14. James, born 1685: m. Mary Andrus. 

15. John, born 1689. 

16. Thomas, born Nov. 9, 1694; in. Abigail Hoyt. 

17. Elizalieth, l)orn July, 169(1; m. probably Samuel Taylor. 

15. Capt. John, son of James and Sarah (Gregory) Benedict, married 

Rachel . She was born 1690, died 1795. Married, second, Ruth 

. He was a member of the Colonial Court in 1739. [747- 1749. 

1750. 1755. 1764 and 1765. Cai)t. John died Feb., 1771. 


18. John, born 1717. 

19. Josiah, born — ; m. Sarah . 

20. James, born — ; m. first, Mercy Nobles; second, Polly 


21. Jachin, born 1727; m. first. Sarah ; second. Wid- 

ow Ann Starr, 1770. 

22. Joseph, born 1728; m. Elizabeth Hall. 


23. Sarah, born — ; m. Crofut. 

24. Rebecca, born — ; in. Matthew Crofut. 

25. Phebe. born — ; ni. Samuel Benedict. 

26. Rachel, born ; m. Ebenezer Benedict. 

18. Lieut. John, son of Capt. John and Rachel Benedict married L.' 

dia . She was born, 1719. He was selectman, 1778-177I 

Lieut. John died March 17, 1792. Lydia died March 18, 1703. 


27. Benajah, born, 1747; m. Hannah Seeley. 

28. William, born — ; m. Anna Andrews, 1778. 

29. John, born 1764; m. Lydia Peck, 1786. 

30. Rachel, born Oct. 28, 1772; m. John Matthews. 

31. Lydia, born ; m. Ezra Dibble, of Brookfield. 

32. Moses, born — ; m. Lucy Peck. 

S^. Rebecca, born — ; m. Eben Stowe, of Watertown. 

34. Phebe, born — ; m. John Hall, of Lanesboro, Mass. 

29. John, son of Lieut. John and Lvdia Benedict, married L'"dia, da 
of Dr. Charles Peck, Sept. 18, 1786. She was born July 30, 1763. Residr 
in Bethel, Ct. John died Feb. 28, 1835. Lydia died Nov. 2, 1841. 


35. Eli, born Sept. 18, 1787; died Dec. 18, 1788. 

36. Eli, born Feb. 7, 1789; m. Rebecca Dunning. 
;i7. John, born June 10, 1790. 

38. Heman, born Feb. 18, 1792; m. Fannie Serine. 

39. Samuel Baldwin, born Sept. 22, 1794; m. Lois Gillette. 

40. Orilla, born April 7, 1797; died Sept. 8, 1807. 

41. Elizur, born Jan. i, 1799; m. Fannie Merwin. 

42. Abel, born Dec. 14. 1800; m. Eunice Strong. 

43. Edwin, born Feb. 7, 1803; m. Polly S. Carter. 

44. Deborah Maria, born July 3, 1807; died Feb. 26, 1808. 

37. John, son of John and Lydia (Peck) Benedict, married Betsey, da; 
of Andrew Leavenworth. Feb. 17, 1819. He was justice of the peace, 184 
45 and 47. John died July 28, 1858. 


45. Eliza, born April 11, 1820; resides in Bethel, Ct. 

46. Andrew L., born Aug. 13, 1822. 

47. George, born Dec. 26, 1824; m. Susan G. Callbreath. He was; 

graduate of Yale Medical school, Jan. 16, 1851. 

45. Andrew Leavenworth, son of John and Betsey (Leavenwortl 
Benedict, married Ruth H., dau. of Jared and Ruth (Mitchell) Allen, Sep 
22, 1847. She was born Aug. 23, 1826, at Bethlehem, Ct. He was electe 
Deacon of the Congregational church of Bethel, Ct., Nov. 10, 18=;^; justiii 
of the peace, 1852-54-56-57-60-61 and 1864; asessor, 1863. Was a membc 
of the board of education, 1854 to 1863. Resided in Bethel, Ct. Andre 
L., died May, 1900. 


48. Arthur Jared, born March 12, 1849; Class '72 Amherst college. 

49. John Mithchell, born Feb. 3, 1852. 

50. Ursula Eliza, born June 28, 1858. 

51. Frank Allen, born Aug. J 2, 1861. 

51. Dr. Frank Allen, son of Andrew Leavenworth and Ruth N. (Allei 
Benedict, married Jennie L., dau. of Edward F. and Laura (Linsley) Bai 
sett, of Seymour. Conn., Oct. 5, 1892. Dr. Benedict was educated in tt 
following schools and colleges: Bethel Common school, Danbury Hig 
school, Willston Seminary, of Easthampton, Mass., class of '81; Yale Sciei 

(;knkai,o<;v. 399 

tific, class of '84: Clk'-c Ml I'liysinans and Sur-cons. of Now York. 1S87; 
House Surgeon ol Jersey City ll(isi)ital. I5e.-an llie practice of niediciue 
at Bethel. Ct.. where lie remained ihrcc years. Removed to Seymour. Ct.. 
in Jan., 1892. wliere he has nu-t wnh success in his profession. He is very 
much respected by ail wliu kiKiw hini. both as ;i i)hysician and citizen. Re- 
sides in Seymour. Ct. Jennie I., died Aug. 23. lyoo. 


52. Edward Linslev, born Aug. 21. 181)^; died Nov. 26, 1900. 

53. Paul Andrew, born Oct. 18. 1894. 

54. Marguerite, born Dec. 2. 1895. 


I. Thomas Betts was born iu Smithtield, England, 1618. He came to 
New England before 1639. His name is found among the planters at Guil- 
ford, Ct.. 1639, where he lived twenty-one years. He removed from Guil- 
ford to Milford where he remained one year, and from there he removed 
to Norwalk, 1661-2. In 1672 his name a----ears with others on a petition to 
I the town asking for a grant of land situated in the north part of Norwalk. 


now the town of Wilton. 

3. Thomas, born. 1644. 

4. Mary, born, 1646. 

5. John, born, 1650. 

6. Hannah, born, 1652. 

7. Stephen, born, 1655. 

8. Daniel, born, 1659. 

9. Samuel, born April 4. 1660. 

10. James, born, 1663. 

11. Sarah, born, 1665. 

9. Samuel, son of Thomas and Mary Betts. married Judith Reynolds, 
Dec. 10. 1692. Resided in Norwalk. 


12. Mary, born, 1693. 

13. Samuel, born, 1695. 

14. Stephen, born, 1698. 

15. Nathan, born. 1700. 

16. Hepsibah, born, 1702. 

17. Judith, born, 1705. 

13. Samuel, son of Samuel and Judith (Reynolds) Betts. married Dor- 
othy " . Resided in Norwalk. 


18. Stephen, born — . 

19. Thaddeus, born — . 

20. Samuel, born — . 

21. Rebecca, born — . 

22. David, born — . 

22. David, son of Samuel and Dorothy Betts. married Betty Cole. 
Resided in Norwalk. 


23. Jared. born March 2^. i755- 

24. Nathan, born Jan. 15. ^75^- 

25. Josiah, born April 5, 1761. 

26. Abner. born Aug. 21, 1763. 

26. Abner. son of David and Betty (Cole) Betts. married Huldah, dau. 
of John Northrop, of Newtown. Resided in Newtown. Abner died Nov. 
6, 1802. Huldah died Oct. 15. 1804. 




27. David, born Feb. 15, 1786. 

28. Nathaniel, born Feb. 2, 1788; died Sept. 15, 1857. 

29. Bet.sey. born Jan. 12, 1789. 
,?o. Polly, born Dec. 28, 1792. 
31. John, born Dec. 12, 1794. 

2-]. David and his brother Nathaniel were taken by their uncle. Deacon- ^'jf 
Elijah Sherman, of Woodbury, Ct., after the death of their parents, where they 
learned the trade of currier and tanner. David, son of Abner and Huldah 
(Northrop) Betts, married Anna Maria, dau. of John and Abigail (Walker) 
DeForest. Abigail was born June 24, 1788. Resided in Newtown and 
Woodbury. David died Jan. 6, 1877. Abigail died Oct. 26, 1870. 


10; m. . 

812: m. John Fairchild, April 8, 

Charles, born May 29, 18 

Cornelia, born Dec. 27, i 

George, born May i, 1815. 

David, born July 20, 1818. 

Mary Ann, born Feb. 20, 1822; m. Wni. C. Bristol. 

Marcus, born March 14, 1824. 

Henry, born Oct. 15, 1826. 

Sarah, born July 24. 1832. 

John, born May 29, 1835, 


35. David, son of David and Abigail (DeForest) Betts, married Car 
oline E. Judd. of Woodbury. Ct., April 26, 1843. Mr. Betts located in Sey 
mour and opened a drug store, which business he conducted for a number! 
of years. He was town treasurer for a number of years. He also held 
other ofifices of trust and responsibility. He was a man much respected by 
the people of the town of his adoption. David died Jan. 12, 1894. 

41. Margaret E., born Jan. 8, i8<': m. Morris Atwood, of Woodbury, 
Ct., in Trinity Episcopal church, Nov. 2},. 1862. 


I. Lemuel Bliss came to Humphreysville from Springfield, Mass., and 
became a member of the firm of French, Swift & Co., in the manufacture of 
augers and bits. He was a son of Hosea and Malah (Rogers) Bliss. He 
married Emeline, dau. of Walter and Laura (Storrs) French. June 9, 1835. 
Lemuel died Jan. 10, 1851; born Sept. 4, 1810, in W. Springfield, Mass. 
Emeline died May 11, 1881. 


2. Howard, born July 17, 1836; m. Fanny Barker, Nov. 29, 1861; 

died Aug. 6. 1865. 

3. Levi Gilbert, born Jan. 9, 1839: m. Mary C. Wheeler, April 9, 


4. George, born Aug. 8, 1844; m. Mary Smith. 

5. Charles H., born Sept. 15, 1850: m. Sarah L. Blodcrett. 

6. Eliza F., born July i, 1851; m. Matthew Pope; died May 28, 1875. 

4. George, son of Lemuel and Emeline (French) Bliss, married Mary 
E., dau. of Edward A. and Hannah Maria (Tucker) Smith, of Branford. Ct., 
Oct. 23. 1872. Resides in Branford, Ct. 


7. Clarence A. T., born Nov. 7, 1880. 

5. Charles H., son of Lemuel and Emeline (French") Bliss, married 
Sarah L., dau. of Alden Willard and Lucinda (Hawkins) Blod^ett, of West 
Greenwich, R. I. Resided in Seymour, Ct. Charles H. died May 6, 1884. 



8. Alice, born Sept. 12. 187,^; die<l June 24, 1876. 

9. I.evi F!.. horn July 2g, 1882. 


1. Henry Botsford located in Milford ahoul 1639-40. with his wife 
Elizabeth. Henry united with the churcli. June 2^. 1644. Henry died, 
1685-6. Elizabeth died, 1690- r. Henry owned land in Cani'^ Moro^ajje as 
early as 1680, which subse([ucntly became the property of his son IClnathan. 


2. Elnathan, bapt. Aug. 14. i()4i. 

3. Elizabeth, Impt., 1643; m. Benj. Fenn, 1665. 

4. Mary, bapt. 1644: ni. Andrew Sanford. 1668. 

5. Hannah, bapt. Dec, 1645: m. Nathaniel Baldwin, 1670. 

6. Hester, bapt. July 11, 1647; m. Nathaniel Wheeler. 1665. 

7. Ruth, bapt. July 6, 1647; m. John Baldwin, 1685. 

2. Elnathan, son of Henry and Elizabeth Botsford. married, first, Eliza- 
beth Fletcher, Dec. 12, 1655; married, second, Hannah, dau. of Timothy 
Baldwin, Oct. 14, 1667. Elnathan united with the church, Dec. 17, 1669. 
Elnathan died Sept. 10, 1691. Elizabeth died, 1660. 

Children by Elizabeth Fletcher. 

8. Elizabeth, born. 1656. 

9. Esther, born, 1658. 

10. John, born Jan. 8, 1660; went to Newtown, Ct. 

Children by Hannah Baldwin. 

11. Samuel, born July 30, io6(). 

12. Mary, born Jan. 11, 1671. 

13. Hannah, / . born April, 1673; m. John Prindle. 

14. Joannah, \ "^^^''"S- born April, 1673; died. 1674. 

15. Henry, born, 1675. 

16. Timothy, born Nov. 10, 1678; m. Mary Peck. 1704. 

17. Sarah, born Aug. 10. 1683: m. Daniel Merwin. 1708. 

18. Joseph, born Sept. 30. 1688. 

II. Samuel, son of Elnathan and Hannah (Baldwin) Botsford. of Mil- 
ford, married Hannah . Samuel resided in Milford, Ct. Han- 
nah died Oct. 29, 17^2. 

ig. Samuel, born. 1702. 

20. Elnathan, born Sept. 19. 1704. 

21. Sarah, born Feb. 11, 1706-7. 

22. Ebenezer, born April 6, 1709. 

23. Mary, born, 1710: m. Eleazer Camp. April 30, 1728. 

24. David, born Aug., 1713. 

25. Mehitable, born Oct. 17. 1715; m. Benjamin Smith, Jan. 16, 1747. 

•19. Samuel, son of Samuel and Hannah ( ) Botsford. married 

Hannah, dau. of John and Hannah (Botsford) Prindle, of Derby, July 27, 
1726. She was the widow of Nathan Smith. Samuel lived in what is 
known as the Jerry Andrew place, on Bungay, south of the school-house. 
Samuel died, 1783. 


^ 26. Nehemiah, born March 2, 1727. 

27. Sarah, born July 7, 1728; m. Samuel Bassett. 

2S: Mary, born Jan. 11, 1729; m. Abiel Camp, of Saulsbury. 

29. Hannah, born April 19, 17.^1 : "i- ^-li Hawkins. 

30. Samuel, born Jan. 2. 1733. 

31. John, born April 23, 1734. 



32. Gamaliel, born Ma 

33. Esther, born Jan. 

34. lumicc, born Ai)ril, i/'ii 

Elisha Steele. 

35. Rnth, born May 16, 174 

^. 17,36; died unmarried 
7J,S; died unmarried, 
'o; m. first, Lieut. Tab^ 


Priehard; second* 
Eleazer Hawkins, 1762. 


26. Nehemiah, son of Samuel and Hannah (Prindle) Botsford, mar< 
Mercy Johnson, dan. of Samuel and Mary (Durand) Johnson. Hii 
was dated Jan. 12. 1802. Nehemiah died Jan., 1802. Mercy died Dec. 









Eunice, bapt. Jan. 15, 1769; m. Wm. Fanton. 
Isaac, bapt. Sept. 2, 1770; born 1769. 
Lucy, bapt. Aug. 30, 1772; m. Hawkins Fanton. 
Hannah, born, 1774; m. Asa Cooper. 

Margaret, bapt. April 28, 1776; m. Griffin. 

Nehemiah, bapt. May 10, 1778. 

Nathan, bapt. — ; went to York state; m. 

Josiah, bapt. ; went to Illinois. 


37. Isaac, son of Nehemiah and Mercy (Johnson) Botsford, marriec 
Mary, dau. of Theophalus and Mary (Meeker) Miles. Capt. Isaac live( 
on Bungay, in the house where Mr. John Shay now lives, (1901.) Isaac 
died April 19, 1843. Mary died Feb. 14, 1849, aged 74. 

Mary, born, 1797; m. Curtis Botsford. 
Clark, born, 1799. 
Sabra, born, 1801; m. first, 

Grace, born July 13, 1804; m. Isaac N. Ailing. 
Giles, born Nov. 20. 1805; died May 20, 1828. 
Smith, born March 2, 1806. 

Jane, born March 21, 1808; m. Jabez Baldwin. 
John W., born : located in Michigan. 

Pope; second John Rose 

45. Clark, son of Capt. Isaac and Mary (Miles) Botsford, married^ 
first, Cynthia, dau. of Jonathan and Lucy (Smith) Miles. Married, second 
Mrs. Malinda Hine, of Oxford, Ct. Clark resided in Oxford. Clark diec; 

May 5, 1873. Cynthia died Oct. 24, 1827, aged 34. 

Feb. 7, i! 

aged 72. 

Children by Cynthia Miles. 
Henry T. C. born, 1819; died Jan. 9, 1844. 
George F., born, 1820; died Nov. 29, 1843. 

Children by Betsey Melinda Hine. 

Hiel Hine, born . 

Nelson J., born — . 

Minerva J., born ; m. Chauncey M. Hatch. 

ietsey Malinda dieoj 

49. Smith, son of Capt. Isaac and Mary (Miles) Botsford, marriec 
Mary A., dau. of Tubal and Polly Sanford, of Woodbridge, Ct., Dec. 24 
1829, (by Rev. Joseph T. Clark.) Mr. Botsford was a master millwright 
having built for DeForest and Hodge, Beach Paper mill. Smith Papei 
mill and others located in various places throughout this state, and New YorJ 
and Pennsylvania. He represented the town in the legislature of 1870 
He held the office of justice of the peace. In 1843 he built his house ot 
North street, which he occupied for fifty-six years. Mr. and Mrs. Bots-- 
ford celebrated their golden wedding on Christmas eve, 1879. Smith diec 
Aug. 4, 1899, aged 93 years, 6 months. Mary Ann died Sept. 25, 1899, age( 
89 years, 10 months. 







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oil. " 

Howard Smith, 


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62. Edward Newlon, Ixini March 2^'. 1840. 

57. Charles N., son of Smith and Mary .'\nn (Sanford) Botsford, married 
Antoinette Taylor, of Westville, Ct.. Jnne 3. 1855. (hy the Rev. T. B. Chandler.) 
Resides in Yalesville, Ct. She was horn Oct. 20, 1835. Antoinette died Oct. 
9, 1898. 


63. Charles Scott, horn Eeh. n. 1856. 

64. Henry H.. born April 17, 1872. ' 

65. Edith L., born Ang. 9. 1877. 

60. Howard Smith, son of Smith and Mary Ann (Sanford) Botsford, mar- 
ried Laura H. Tenney, Dec. 25, i860. She was born Oct. 29. 1843. Resides 
in Tilden, Madison Co., Nebraska. 


66. Charles S., born March 12, 1863. 

67. Mary A., born March 6, 1865. 

68. Ellen E., born Feb. 12. 1867; ni. George W. Shinnee. 

69. Arthur E., born Nov. 9, 1868. 

70. John W., born March 2, 1870. 

71. Anna E.. born July 13, 1872. 

y2. Samuel H., born Sept. 2, 1875; m. Hattie M. Ashburn. 

73. Cora M., ( ^^^^^^ born May 25, 1879. 

74. Carrie M., \ ' born May 25, 1879. 

75. Grace L., born Aug. 9, 1881; m. !>. E. Cursciellen. 

76. Agnes B.. born May 3, 1885. 

66. Charles S., son of Howard S. and I^aura H. (Tennis) Botsford. mar- 
ried Minnie Kerchiefer, March, 1889. in Tilden, Nebraska. 


77. Emma L., born Aug. 9, 1892. 

78. Laura H., born Nov. 9. 1894. 

79. Anna P., born Oct. i, 1896. 

80. Howard W., born May 20, 1899. 

69. Arthur E., son of Howard S. and Laura H. (Tennis) Botsford, mar- 
ried Lina M. Bassett, July 3, 1896. Resides in Tilden, Nebraska. 


81. Dorris L, born Jan. 28. 1897. 
S2. Thelma L., born Sept. 2, 1899. 

83. Gennett, born Aug. 25, 1901. 

62. Edward Newton, son of Smith and Mary Ann (Sanford) Botsford. 
married Lillie L. dau. of William W. and Sarah (Hawkins) Dibble. May 24, 
1876. Resides in New Haven. Conn. 


84. Child, born ; died in infancy. 

41. Deacon Nehemiah, son of Nehemiah and Mercy (Johnson) Botsford, 
married Lucy, dau. of Abel and Ruth (Curtis) Waters, of Oxford. Ct. Dea. 
Nehemiah built his house iust south of his father's, on the Bun"av road, where 
he lived. Dea. Nehemiah died Oct. 13. 1842. Lucy died Feb. i r. 1856, aged 



born abont 1799. 

1 801. 

born, 1803; died April 30, 1815. 
1807: died Sept. 26. 1838. 

85. Abel Water? 

86. Isaac, born, 

87. Lucius, ( . 

88. Lucy, \ " 

89. Lucy, born, 

90. Treat, born, 1809. 

91. Stephen, born, 181 1. 

92. ]\Liria, born March 27. 1813: died Jan. 6, 1888, unmarried. 

93. Sarah, born, 1819; m. Abraham Collins. 

85. Abel Waters, son of Deacon Nehemiah and Lucy (Waters) Botsford,^ 
married Margaret Cooper. Resided in New Jersey. Abel W. died Nov. 13, 


94. Lucy, born . 

95. Maria, born. 1827: died Nov. 30, 1901, in Brooklyn, N. Y. 

96. Sarah, born . 

86. Lsaac. son of Nehemiah and Lucy (Waters) Botsford, married Mary 
Jennette, dau. of Theopholus and Freelove (Nettleton) Miles, Dec. 21, 1828. 
Resided on Bungay, near the school-house. Isaac died Oct. 22. 1847, aged 
43. Mary J. died Aug. 12, 1871, ap-ed 67. 

Mary, born Dec. 19, 1830; unmarried. 
Horace, born Sept. 20, 1832; m. first, Eliza Smith, of Woodbridge,' 

Ct.; no issue; m. second, Lizzie Smith. 
Sheldon, born Oct. i, 1834. 

John, born Nov. 8, 1836; m. Mrs. Louise Pier son; no issue. 

Martha, born June 6, 1839; m. Henry Beardsley. 

Charles, born Nov. 8, 1841 ; m. Sarah Beardsley; no issue. 

Grace, born Nov. 10, 1843; m. Henry Beardsley. 

Isaac Henry, born Nov. i, 1841;: unmarried. 

99. Sheldon, son of Isaac and Mary Jennette (Miles) Botsford, married' 
Henrietta Judson, of Huntington, Conn. Sheldon died July 15, 1871. 
105. Sarah, born : resides in Huntington. 





106. Frederick, born 

resides in Huntinorton. 

87. Lucius, son of Nehemiah and Lucy (Waters) Botsford, married Bet 
sey M., dau. of Samuel and Diantha (Cady) Botsford. He was a mason byV 
trade. Lucius died Oct. 4, 1880. Betsey died Feb. 23. 1873, ao-ed 65. 
Martha, born ; m. William Johnson. 


Lucy, born 

m. Joseph Bailey. 
— ; m. Elizabeth Johnson. 

Edward, born — 

109. Edward, son of Lucius and Betsey Botsford, married Elizabeth, dau.i 
of Andrew and Elizabeth A. (Davis) Johnson, Dec. 13, 1873. 

no. Bessie M., born Oct. 12, 1875. 
III. Maude, born June 22, 1878; m. Percival E. King, Feb. 8, 1899. 

90. Treat, son of Nehemiah and Lucy (Waters) Botsford, married Car- 
oline, dau. of Daniel and Anna (Hurd) Canfield, of Humphreysville, Jan. S, 
1835. She was born Sept. 26, 1806. Treat died, 1855. Caroline died, 1854. 

112 Minot, born, 1836; died March 25, 1857. 



V): ilicd Dec. 8, 
lo, 184(1. 


seluMiiiah and 1 
New \'()rk city. 

ucy (Waters) 
Stei)lien die 

d Nov. . 

d, mar- 
is. 1870 

1 1 ^. I'Vancis C. born, i^ 

114. Jlelena S., h.ini Jan 

91. Stephen, son of Dea. N 
ried Ann Goadby. Resided in New \ 
Ann died April 14. 1891. aged 82. 


115. Mary xA.nn. born, t8,?i; ni. Willi;nn C. Bryant. 

116. Stephen, born, 1833; died Xov. 4, t8i)_'. 

117. William Henry, born ; died in chddhood. 

30. Samuel, son of Samuel and Hannah ( I'rindle) Botsford, married 

Elizabeth Watkins. She was probably the dau.nhler of Rev. Mr. Watkins. 


118. Ezra, born Oct. 20, 1762. 
ii8>^. Ebenezer. born July 30, 1764. 
iig. Ruth, born July 22. 1766. 

120. Samuel, born Oct. 30, 1768. 

121. William, born Aug. 4, 1770: died June 11, 1812. 

122. Zibe. born July 4, 1772. 

123. Charity, born Nov. 13, 1774. 

118. Ezra, son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Watkins) Botsford, married, 
I probabh', E.xperience Curtiss. Ezra died, i8ig. 


124. Cyrus, born, 1782. 

125. IVuman, born, 1785. 

126. Esther, born, 1787; m. James H. Stevens. 

127. Lucinda. born, 1789; m. Eeverett Scoville. 

128. Curtiss. born. 1790. 

129. Samuel, born. 1793. 

130. Nyphenia, born, 1795; m. Levi Blancott. 

131. Mary, born, 1796. 

1132. Peter, born, 1798. 
133. Eunice, born, 1800. 
124. Cyrus, son of Ezra and Experience (Curtiss) Botsford, married, 

': first, Aurene ; married, second, Jennette, dau. of Martin Beebe, 1825; 

li married, third, Hannah Betts (Joyce) Short. Sept. 20. 1857. widow of Josiah 
Short. Cyrus died. 1864. Aurene died Oct. 29. 1824. as^ed 39. Hannah died 
Jan. 2. 1870. aged 74. 

Children by Aurene. 

134. Eliza, born Jan., 1812: died March 22. 1815. 

135. Catherine, born, 181.' • died April 1(1, 182'. 

136. Caroline, born ; m. Mallory. 

(And three others.) 

Children by Jennette Beebe. 

137. James, born. 1828. 

138. Elizabeth, born Feb. 22. 1830: m. William Thayer. 

139. Catherine, born : m. Thomas Morgan. 

140. Mary Ann. born Sept. 22. 1833: m. George Alfred. 

141. Emily, born : m. David Sweeten. 

142. Frederick, born . 

14^. Benjamin, born . 

144. Samuel Wales, born 1842: drowned. May 10, 1852. 

128. Curtiss. son of Ezra and Experience (Curti>s) Botsford. married 
Mary. dau. of Capt. Isaac and Mary (Miles) Botsford. Curtis> died I'eb. j8. 
1845, aged 54- Mary died Nov. 2. 1857. aged 60. 



Eliza, born 

Sarah, born 

Caroline, born — 

Mary, born 

Ann M.. born — 
Francis, born — 
Ferdinand, born 
by his people. 

-; m. Lampson I shell. 
— : m. Joel B. Foot. 

; m. Alvin Willoughby. 

-: m. Charles Munson. 

; m. Jeremiah Wolcot. 

— ; m. Hulse. 

-: went awav and was never heard from 

I20. Samuel, son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Watkins)? Botsford. married 
Diantha. dau. of Jesse and Eunice (Ward) Cady. esided in Middlebury and 
Seymour. Ct. Samuel died. 1821. Diantha died July 7, 1838, aged 59. 


IS2. William, born ; m. Julia A. Terril 

Oct. II, 1822. 

Susan, born Jan. 27. 1803; 

of Woodbury, Conn. 



Lyman, born Feb. 6. 1806. 

Betsey M.. born 1808; 

Charles, born . 

Alfred, born . 

Abbie Minerva, born Jan. 14, 

m. Lucius Botsford. 

[819; m. Perry Cadwel 

Lyman, son of Samuel and Diantha fCady) Botsford, married Mary 

Ann Clark, of Milford, Ct., May 20. 1832. Resided in Seymour, Ct. 
Botsford was an auger filer by trade. Lyman died Aug 7, 1881. Mary 



died Jan 31 



Lsaac Beach, born May 10. 1832. 

Susan, born Oct. 11. 1835; m. Mitchell Vinton. Feb. 10, 1854. 
Alfred Montgomery, born April 6, 1837. 
George Edward, born Dec. 2, 18"-^ 
Harvey Leander, born Sept. 24. 1842. 

Caroline Maria, born Sept. 9. i8j.i • m. first, Fred J. Munger; 
ond, George G. Hunt. 
Charles Lyman, born June 25, 1856; died Sept. 29. 1856. 

159. Isaac Beach, son of Lyman and Mary Ann (Clark) Botsford. mar- 
ried Josephine, dau. of DeForest and Sarah Canfield, Oct. 8, 18- " at Seymour, 
Conn. Resides in Hartford. Ct. 

166. Arthur, born June 6. 1873; died Jan. 11. 1800. 

161. Alfred Montgomery, son of Lyman and Mary Ann (Clark) Bots- 
ford, married, first. Mary L. Devine, March 25, i860; married, second, Cather- 
ine E. Devine, March 13, 1870; married, third, Margaret A. Mumford, Nov. 

3. 1878. Resir 


n Bridgeport, Conn. 

Children by Mary L. Devine. 
born March 12, 1861. 
born Oct. 19, 1864. 
born Nov. 6, 1866. 
Child bv Catherine E. Devine. 
born March 8, 1872. 
Children by Margaret A. Mumford 
Estella L., born March 29. 1881. 
Marion A., born Sept. 5. 1887. 

Nellie L., 
Alletta A, 
Lewis M. 

[70. Alfred M. 


162. (ie()rge Edward, son of Lyman and ALiry Ann (Clark) Botsford, 
married, first, Emma Cordelia Dunn, July 7, 1859; married, second, Irene L. 

:.athrop, Sept. i_>, iS;.'. Resides in liriduc'port. C 
!, 1868. 

Children I)}- J-:nini;i C. Dun 


Eugenic A., born May 7, i8()o; ni. Will 


Georg'c Herman, born July 11. iS()7: ni 

second, Lillie Jagoe. 

Child by Irene L. l.alh 


Mabel Irene, born Feb. 16, 1877; ni. \\ 


HI. Emma C. (bed Aug. 

m v.. Voorhecs. Aug. 18, 
lirsl, P.essie M. Wheeler; 

1 I'ercv Allen, Jan. ^ 

174. George Herman, son of George Edward and Emma C. (Dunn) Bots- 
I'ord, married, first, Bessie M. Wheeler, June 4, 1790; married, second, Lillie 
fagoe, June 5, 1896. Resides in Bridgeport, Ct. Bessie M. died Aug. 2, 

i Children by Lillie Jagoe. 

[ 176. Emma Adelle. born Feb. 25, 1808. 

[I 177. Mary Lillian, born March 15. 1899. 

1 163. Harvey Leander, son of Lyman and Mary Ann (Clark) Bolsford, 

married Mary Rebecca, dan of and Lucy (Knapp) Greeley, April 

5, 1866, of Derby, Conn. Resides on the Bungay road, in his father's old 


178. George Edward, born Feb. 5, i8b-- died Feb. 22, 18(17. 

179. Albert Harrison, born Oct. 28, 186S. 

180. Frank Melvin, born Oct. 25, 1870. 

181. Myra Edith, born Oct. 10, 1872; m. Herbert A. Mav, Oct. 25, 1893. 

182. Clark Marsh, born July 2. 1877- 

183. George Harvey, liorn Sept. 12, 1878. 

184. Alice Mabel, born N<n-. 26, 1882. 

179. Albert Harrison, son of Harvey L. and Mary R. (Greeley) Bots- 
ford, married Emma Sherman, dan. of William S. and Carrie (Smith) Ward, 
of Southington, Conn., Oct. 18, 1893. She was born Dec. - 1872. Resides 
on the Bungay road, near his father's home. 


185. Mabel Altheia, born June 18, 1805. 

31. John, son of Samuel and Hannah (Prindle) Botsford. married, first. 
Dorcas , 1758; married, second, Rachel, dau. of Abraham and Eliza- 
beth Murry. 1774. John removed from Chusetown to Oxford, 1702; removed 
from Oxford to Salisbury. Ct., 1796. Dorcas died June, 1773. 

Children by Dorcas. 

186. Sarah, bapt. Feb. 3, 1760. 

187. Hannah, bapt. July 12, 1761; died, 1761. 

188. Simeon, bapt. Aug. 21, 1763. 

189. Hannah, bapt. June 9, 1765; m. Reuben ChaiJinan, 1780. 

190. Damaris, bapt. May 24, 1767; m. Abel Smith, 1788. 

191. Dorcas, bapt. April i, 1770. 

192. Esther, bapt. May 24. 1772. 

Children by Rachel Murry. 

193. Rachel, bapt. Aug. 20, 1775. 

194. Mary, bapt. Sept. 7, 1777. 

195. John, bapt. July 11, 1779- 

196. Levi, bapt. Aug. 5, 1781. 

197. Lemuel, bapt. Oct. 5, 1788, in Oxford, Ct. 




It is stated that the Booths of America descended from Richard Booth 
of Cheshire, England, the fifth son of Sir William Booth, Kni'^ht, who died| 
and was buried at Bowden. Cheshire, England, Sept., 1578. Richard Booth 1 
had three sons who came to New England prior to 1640, as follows: 

2. Richard, wdio located in Stratford, Conn. 

,^. John, who located 'in Southhold, L. I. 

4. Robert, who located in Exeter, New Hampshire. 

2. Richard Booth came from En^rland to New England and located injilive 
Stratford, Conn., about 1640. He married Elizabeth, a sister of the first Jos- ied 
eph Hawley, in 1640. Richard was born in 1607. (Volume i, Stratford rec- 


5. Elizabeth, born Sept. 10, 1641: m. John Minor, in 1058. 

6. Ann, born Feb. 14, 1643. 

7. Ephraim, born Aug. i, 1648. 

8. Ebenezer, born Nov. 19, 1651. 

9. John, born Nov. 5, 1653. 

10. Joseph, born March 8 1656. 

11. Bethia, born Aug. 18, 1658. 

12. Joannah, born March 21, 1661. 

8. Ebenezer, son of Richard and Elizabeth (Hawley) Booth, married. 

first, Sarah ; married, second, Elizabeth, dau. of Richard Jones, of 

Haddam, Conn. 

Children by Sarah. 

13. Aliiah, born Oct. 25, 1674; m. Joseph Beach. 

14. Richard, born May g, 1670. 

15. John, born 1681; died young. 

Children by Elizabeth Jones. 

16. Ebenezer, born, 1687; m. Mary Clark, Sept. 8, 1709. 

17. Deborah, born, 1689; m. John Prindle. 

18. Edward, born, 1691. 

19. Elizabeth, born, 1694; ,m. Caleb Beardsley. 

20. Abigail, born. 1696; m. David Lake. 

21. Benjamin, born, 1698. 

16. Ebenezer. son of Ebenezer and Elizabeth (Jones) Booth, married 
Mary, dau. of James and Deborah (Peacock) Clarke, Sept. 8, 1709. She was 
born Jan. 10, 1686-7. Ebenezer removed to Newtown, Ct. Ebenezer died.: 


22. Nehemiah, born July 6, 17 10, in Stratford. 

23. Ebenezer, born, 171 1, in Newtown. 

24. Deborah, born April, 1713. 

25. Ann, born, 1715. 

26. Mary, born, 1717. 

27. Eunice, born, 1720. 

28. Abia, born, 1722. 

29. Abner, born, 1725. 

2'^. Ebenezer, son of Ebenezer and Mary (Clarke) Booth, married Rachel; 
Sanford, Dec. 6, 1739., Ebenezer resided in Newtown. Conn. Ebenezer dieo 
June 4. 1740. 


30. Ann. born Dec. 4, 1740: died, 1741. 

31. Ebenezer, born Aug. 27. 1743. 

32. Elijah, born Oct. 30, 1745. 

<;knkaia)<;v. 409 

3S. Ashbel, born Oct. ig. 1747. 

34. David, born Oct. 4. 1740; died, 1753. 

35. Nathan, died Jnly 19, 1751. 

36. Amos, born Aug. 17. ly^j; died young. 
;^7. David, born Oct. 8, 1754. 

38. Amos, born Dec. 18, 1758. 

39. Amy, born March 8, [760. 

40. Mary. l)orn March 17, i~()2. 

31. Ebenezer, son of Ebenezer and Rachel (Sanford) P.ooili, married 
dive Sanford, Nov. 20, 1766. He was a cabinet-maker by trade. l':i)enezer 
ied June 4, 1798. Ohve died June 16, 1805: btn-n Marcli 27, 174J. Resided 

a Newtown, Ct. 


41. Amy, born Aug. u, 17(17; m. Sherman. 

42. Joel born June 17, 1769. 

43. Ohve, born Nov. 7, 1771; m. Glover. 

44. Rachel, born Oct. 16. 1774; died Jan. 31. 1777. 

45. Rachel, born Oct. b. 1777. 

46. Elienezer. born Dec. 24. 1780. 

46. Ebenezer. son of ElxMiczer and Olive (Sanford) Booth, married .\nna. 
lau. of Michael and Ruth (S(|uire) li.-in. <if Southbury. Conn., Jan. 11. 1802. 


47. Charles, born ()ct. 21. 1802. 

48. Olive M., born July 31. 1804: m. Le Grand Sharpe. 

49. Rossetta, born July 3, 1807; m. Wilson E. Hendryx. 

50. Harry, born Oct. 2,^815; died Oct. 2, 1825. 

51. Mary Ann. born Nov. 2^. 1815: m. David Sackett. 

j 47. Charles, son of Ebenezer and .\nna (Han) Bootji. married Mari.a. 
dau. of Treat and Eunice (Lines) Booth, of Wooflbridge, Ct.. i8iu. Charles 
died in Sevniour, Ct.. Dec. 12, 1848. Maria died in Sevmour, Ct.. |ulv 22. 


52. Henry Treat, born May 12, 1820. 
^3. George, liorn . 

54. Louise, born . 

32. Henry Treat, son of Charles and Man;i Booth, married ILarriet, dau. 
of Samuel ancl Marv (.\llvn) Cantield, Jan. (). 1851. Idenry was in the Civil 
war and died in Washington. D. C. Jan. 4, 18(13. Harriet died Nov. 2j . 1882. 


55. Allida L.. born May 30, 18^2. 

56. Hattie A., born Oct. 24. 1853: m. h^-ank .\. Colter. 

57. Charlotte, born Sept. ^o, 18^5; m. William LI. Whitimore. 

58. Mary E.. born ALirch "15. I'^V/- 

I. Wdliam Bradlev landed at Savbrook, 1(137. a young man. lie mar- 
ried Alice, dau. of Roger Prichard. i(i45- He- took the freeman's oath m 
New Haven. Conn.. 1(344. 


2. Isaac, born, 1648-9. 

3. Abraham, born Oct. 24. i()50. 

4. Mary, born April 30. 1653. 

5. Benjamin, born April 8, 1657. 

6. Esther, born Sept. 9. 1659. 

7. Nathaniel, born Feb. 26, 1660. 

8. Sarah, born June 21. 1665. 


2. Isaac, son of William and Alice (Prichard) Bradley, was in Branford 
Ct., 1674, where he probably married. He located in East Haven. 1683, anc 
was given a home lot of two acres at Canoe Brook. 


y. Sanuicl. horn. 1O82. 

10. Sarah, born, 1686; m. George Pardee. i/O.^ 

11. Elizabeth, born, i6yo; m. John Augur. 1710. 

12. Daniel, born Dec. 20, 1696. 

13. William, born. 1698; m. . 

14. Isaac, born. 1700. 

9. Samuel, son of Isaac and Bradley, married Sarah Robinson { 

Jan. 7, 1715. 


15. Zebulon. born Oct. 6. 1715. 

16. Isaac, born Nov. 30. 1717. 

17. Daniel, born. 1719. 

18. i^evi, born, 1722. 

19. Sarah, born, 1728; m. Isaac Chidsey, 1752. 

20. Simeon, born 17,^1. 

21. Azariah. born. 1734. 

22. Gurdon. born. 1738. 

17. Daniel, son of Samuel and Sarah ('Robinson'^ Bradley, married Saral 
Judd, 1751; married, second, Mehitable Heminway, Feb. 12, 1767. Lived ir 

Children by Sarah Judd. 
2T,. Benjamin, born Feb. 18, 1753. 

24. Uriel, born Sept. 9. 1755. 

25. Edmund, born Sept. 24, 1757. 

26. Sarah, born Nov. 27. 1759: m. John Hungerford. 

27. Nehemiah. born April 13, 1762. 

28. Ichabod, born Nov. 10. 1764. 

Children by Meliitable Heminway. 

29. Major, born, 1769. 

30. Hezekiah. born, 1770. 

31. Samuel, born, 1772. 

32. Elihu, born. 1775. 
2,?,. Polly, born, 1777. 

34. Reuel. born. 1779. 

2^. Benjamin, son of Daniel and Sarah (Judd) iSradley. married Eunice 
Downs, of Oxford. Ct.. April 30. 1783. Residefl in Oxford, Ct. Benjamir 
died July. 1819. 


35. Andrew, born May 17. 1786. 

36. Seymour, born July i. 178S. 
2,7. Merrit. born April 12. 1790. 

38. Treat, born March 15. 1792. 

39. Noyes, born May 17. 1794. 

40. Eunice, born Sept. 13. 1797. 

41. Charles, born May 15. 1800. 

38. Treat, son of Benjamin and Eimice (Downs) Bradley, married Sally) 
dan. of William and Dema (Bates) Lum. Nov. 25. 1819. in Oxford. Ct. Treat 
died Sept. 9. 1837. Sally died Oct. 30. 1870. 


42. Mary Ann, born Sept. 21, 1819: m. Henry Ri'T"s. 

43. Henry, born July i, 1821. 

44. Burr, born Feb. 9, 1831: died Jan. i. 1854. 


(;knkai,()(;v 411 

43. ITonry, son of Treat and Sallv (l.unD I'.radk'v. marriod Marv l"... dan. 
nfof Ehc'iK'ZLT and Annie (Riytis) UndHTlirld. Mary K. died Oct. 27.' iH<)(). 

45- llattie T... Ix.rn Srpl. 1, iS^j; ni. Daniel VV. VVchster. 


I. James Morris Bulkloy resided in Broome Co., New \'ork. Mis an- 
cestors removed from Fairfield. Conn. Tie was a descendant from the Rev. 
Peter Bnlklcy. He retnrned to Connecticnt with his s(Mi .\aron al'ler the 
death of his wife. 


2. Aaron, born — . 

3. Joel, born . 

4. Zalmon, born 

Charlotte, 1)orn 

2. Aaron, son of James M. Bnlkley, married Lncinda I'.lakeman. of 1^'air- 
field, Conn. 


6. Sarah Jane, born April 20, 1832: m. George W. lUmnell. 

7. Jnlia Ann, born Oct. 5, 1834: m. John Mnnson. 

8. Francis Amanda, born Feb. g, 1837; m. John A. Bnnnell. 
g. James E., born July i ^, 1840. in Huntington, Ct, 

10. Clarissa Elizabeth, born June 17. 1847: m. Joseph W. Hammond. 

11. Charlotte Matilda, born Alay 14, 1857: m. Charles E. Jackson. 

g. James E., son of Aaron and Lucinda (Blakeman) Buckley, married, 
first, Elizabeth Miller, Oct. 2. 1830; married, second, Ella M. Weaver, Dec. 
25, 1866; married, third, Ella A., dau. of Alden Willard and Lucinda (Haw- 
kins) Biodgett, of West Greenwich, R. I., Feb. 27. 1870. Mr. Buckley en- 
listed in Co. B, 2nd Regt., C. V.. (mi the 4th day of Aug. 1862, and went into 
camp at Oyster Point, New Haven. Ct., Aug. 27th. Se])t. ir. the regiment 
was ordered to Washington, where they united with the .\rniy of the Poto- 
mac. The regiment was in the second brigade of the first division of the 
I2th army corps. AjM-il 27, i8'x^, marched to Chancellorsville and took ])art 
in the battle on May 1-2-3. In Jnly. 2-3-4, the regiment was in the -Treat 1)at- 
tle of Gettysburg, Pa, In Sept., 1863, the army was transferred to the Army 
of the Cumberland; was engaged in the battle at Tracy City, Tcnn., Jan, 2g, 
1864: was in various battles as follows until the end of the war: Boyd's Trail, 
May g, 1864; Resaca, Ga.. May 15, 1864; Cassville, Ga., May 19, 1864, On July 
20th, 1864. was in the hard fought battle of Peach Tree Creek, Ga., and from 
July 2ist to Aug, 7th, was in skirmishes in front of Atlanta. Sent. 2nd. 1864, 
captured Atlanta; was in the skirmish line and one of the first in the city on 
the nth of Nov., 1864. Started with the regiment on the great Sherman's 
march to the sea, skirmishing nearly every day. and arrived in front of Savan- 
nah on the loth of Dec, and on the 21st entered the city. On Jan. 4th. i8C)3. 
crossed the river and camped on Hardee's plantation, and on the 15th of the 
same month marched to Hardeesville and camped until the 2glh, On the 13th 
of March had an engagement with the enemy at Silver Run, and on the igtli 
of the same month had another fight at Bentonville, where Mr. Buckley was 
wounded in the right ankle, being with the regiment all of the time until he 
was wounded. Was mustered out of service with the regiment near Wa>h- 
ington on June nth, 1865. 

Child by Elizabetli Miller. 

12. lames A., born Mav 11, 1861; died April 22. i8f)4. 

Child bv Ella M. Weaver, 
i^ Marv E., born Julv 14. 1868; died Tuly 14, i8()8. 

Child l)v Ella A. Biodgett. 
14. Xellie Mav. born Sept. 18, 1872; m. Louis F. Buechele, Sent. 12, i8g3. 



I. Thomas Caiiipficid or (Canfield) was early in Alilford. liut probably 
not one of tlie first settlers. He was there in 1647 and he removed from New 
Haven to Milford and received a grant of three acres of land for a home lot. 
and subseqnently bonght other land in the town, as he was a large land holder. 
He was appointed sergeant of the trained band. He reoresented the town o-t 
Milford in the Colonial conrt in 1674-1676. He was admitted to the chnrch 
in 1657. He married Phebe Crane. His will was dated Feb. 23, 1687. 


2. Sarah, born. 1652; ni. Josiah Platl. 

3. Thomas, born Oct. 14. 1654. 

4. Mary, born Jan. i, 1655-6. 

5. Elizabeth, born Feb. 14, 1659-60. 

6. Phebe. born April, 1661. 

7. Jeremiah, born 1663; located in New Milford. 

8. Abigail, born, 1665. 

9. Hannah, born Nov. 20, 1667. 

10. Mehitable, born July 2, 1671. 
3. Thomas, son of Thomas and Phebe Canfield. removed to Durham, 

Conn., before 1734. He married Rebecca . 


11. Rebecca, born Jan. 28, 1682. 

12. Israel, born March 24, 1684: settled in New Jersey. 

13. Abiram. born, 1688. 

14. Thomas, born about 1690. 
13. Abiram. son of Thomas and Rebecca Canfield, located in Derby, 

Conn., and married Ruth, dau. of Hope and Mary (Stiles) Washburn, Sept. 
12, 1717. He was admitted an inhabitant of Derby, Conn., 1711. His will 
was admitted to probate June. 1772. Abiram died, 1772. Ruth died Sept. j 
24, 1784, aged 88 years. He lived on Bungay, near the schoolhouse. 


15. Joseph, born Oct. i. 1719. 

16. John, born March, 1721; m. first, Elizabeth Johnson; second, Mrs. 

Martha Judd, 1753. 

17. Abiel. born May 30, 1723; died March 13. 1741. 

18. William, born Oct. 29, 1725; m. Hannah Lum. 

19. Dr. Samuel, born Dec. 26, 1729; m. Mary Bassett. 

20. Josiah, born Dec. 22. 1729: died Jan. i, i~i6. 

21. David, born Feb. 5. 1734: died Nov. 2t,. 1741. 

22. Dr. Josiah. born Dec. 31, 1739. 
15. Joseph, son of Abiram and Ruth (Washburn) Canfield, married Sar- 
ah, dau. of Moses Stillson, of Great Hill. Sept. 3. 1746. Resided on Bungay. 
Joseph died July 14, 1784. Sarah died Jan. 25. 179'. aeed 69. 


23. Ruth, born Feb. 6. 1748: died Oct. 31. 1749. 

24. Ruth, born Feb. 20. 1750. 

25. Anne, born Oct. 17, 1751. 

26. Abiel, born April 6, 1753. 

27. Sarah, born May 9, 1755. 

28. Charity, born Feb. i. 1758; died Feb. 2. 1758. 

29. Abraham, born June 20. 1759: m. Mabel Johnson. 

30. Daniel, born May i. 1761. 

26. Abiel. son of Joseph and Sarah (Stillson) Canfield. married Mary, 
dau. of David Barlow, of Stratford, Dec. 2^^. 1779. She was born Dec, 1754. 
He resided in Hum])hreysville. Abiel died Dec. 6, t8i2. Mary died Nov. 27, 
1840, aged 82. 


liwni, i-Sj; <1u'(1 l-rl). iS. iSo^ 


:^2. Al)ic'l, liuni, 1784; 111. I'.uiiuH' Sleek'; ri'iiKived lo Oliio. 

3,?. Clark, born, ijSO. 

34. Lewis, born. 1788. 

35. Betsey, born, ijgi; m. Lewis\vell, i8ji. 

36. Samuel, born, ij^J. 

36. Samuel, son of Abiel ami .Marv (I'.arlow) Cantield, married Marv AL 

lyn. Feb. 7. 1826; married, second. . Resided in 

I back of Trinity church. Sevnicmr. Samuel died .Xpril 8 1870 Marv died 
'I Oct. 5. 1841. aged 38- 

:,7. Ann, born June 7. 1827; died j.aii. i(). i8vS. 

38. John M., born Sept. 7, 1828: died .\pril 14. 1858. 

39. Elsie, born Sept. 8, 1830; died Sept. 10, 1848. 

40. Harriet, born Aug. 4, 1832: m. Henry 'iVeat Booth. 

41. George, born Feb. i, 1S35: died May 2^. 1853. 

42. Samuel H.. born Dec. J, 1837; m. Harriet h'rench : nc. issue. 

43. Edwin U., born Aiinl _'(), 1830: lives 111 Denver, Col. 

29. Abraham, son of Joseph and Sarah (Stillson) Canfield, married .M<i- 
bel, dau. of Isaac and Lois (Hojikinsi Johnson. Oct. (>. 1784. .M.abel was born 
March u. 1766. 


44. Ethelinda, born Feb. 12. I78h. 

45. L^rania, born March h. 1788. 

30. Daniel, son of Joseph and Sar.ili (Stillson) Canfield, married Aima, 
dau. of Zadoc and Eunice (Hinman) Hurd, of Woodbury, Conn.. Jan. 11. 1789. 
He resided at the old Canfield homestead on Bungay. Daniel died Dec. 2^, 
1818. Anna was born Aug. 13. 1765; died Jan. 21, 1827. 


4h. Esther, born March 5. 1790; m. Sheldon Keeney. 

47. Charity, born Oct. 24, 1792: died Oct. 1, 1793. 

48. WilHam, born Sept. 18, 1794: died June 16, 1853. 

49. Joseph, born Sept. 29, 1796; m. Francis Eaton. 

50. Julia Ann, born April 10, 1799: died unmarried. Dec. 8. 1856. 
5r. Almira, born Dec. 5, 1801 ; m. Charles Bradley. 

s2. Sarah, born Jan. 5, 1804: died unmarried, Aug. 18. i8ji. 

53. Caroline, born Sept. 29. 1806: m. Treat Bots'ford. 

54. Judson. born .Vpril 8, 1808; m. Sarah Miles. 

49. Joseph, son of Daniel and Anna (Hurd) Canfield. married Francis, 
flau. of Theopholus and Francis (Davton) Eaton. Resided on Bun<^ay where 
Mr. Thomas Brennan now lives, (rgoi.) Mrs. Canfield was bedridden for 
thirty-five years. At the end of said time she was induced to get up. and .af- 
ter a' little practice was able to walk. Joseph died Sept. 21, 1862. 


56. Daniel Smith, born Jan. 2(1. 1827. 

56. Daniel Smith, son of Joseph and Francis (Eaton) Canfield, married. 

first,' : married, second. . Smith 

was in the Civil war. He was a mason by trade. 
Child by iMrst Wil'e. 

57. Charles, born . 

Children by Second Wife. 

58. Joseph. b(jrn . 

59. Sarah or Francis, born . 


57. Charles, son of Daniel Smith and Canfield, married Nelliei 

(irant. Resides in Minneapolis. Minn. ; 


60. Willie G.. born . 

61. Francis E., born . 

62. Frederick W., born . 

63. Nellie, born ; died in West Virpini 

64. Carrie L., born . 

65. Helena M.. born . 

66. Charlotte A., born . 

67. George, born 

68. Ethel M., born . 

69. Ruth E., born . 

54. Judson, son of Daniel and Anna (Hurd) Canfield, married Sarah, daa 
of Theopilus and Freelove (Nettleton) Miles, Nov. 28, 1836, at Humphreys 
ville, Conn. He was a merchant in New Haven, Conn. Sarah died Oct. i 


70. Edward M., born, 1843. 

71. George, born . 

70. Edward M., son of Judson and Sarah (Miles) Canfield. marriec 

. Edward M. died March 6, 1891, in Sevmour, Ct. 

"jz. Daughter. 

20. Dr. Josiah, son of Abiram and Ruth (Washburn) Canfield, married 
first, Anne Nichols, Jan. i, 1767, who died and he married Naomi, dan. of Dar| 
and Ruth (Wooster) Davis, Feb. 28, 1768. Resided on Great Hill. Dr. Jo 
siah died Feb. 11, 1778. Anne died, 1767. 

Children by Naomi. 
TZ- Abijah, born Sept. 9, 1769. 

74. Sheldon, born, 1771; died Jan. 31, 1774. 

75. William, born, 1772; died Nov. 25, 1777. 

76. Huldah, born, 1774; died Oct. u 1774. 

TZ. Abijah, son of Dr. Josiah and Naomi (Davis) Canfield, married Char- 
ity, dau. of Isaac and Lucy (Clark) Smith. Abijah died Aug. 14, 1830. Char-r 
ity died Feb. 17, 1839, aged 68. She was born Dec. 22. 1757. Resided all 

"jT. Grace, born May, 1799; m. Gen. Clark Wooster. 

78. Jennette, born, 1804; m. Clark Lum. 

79. William, born, 1807; m. Minerva Nettleton; she died Feb. it^, 1832. 

80. Josiah, born, 1810; m. Jane ; he died March 28, 1834 

child (81) Mary Jane, born, 1831; died April 2, 1832. 


1. DeForest Canfield came to Sevmour from Higganum, Conn. He 
married Hannah, dau. of Heman and Sarah (White) Childs. They resided 
where Mrs. Charles W. Storrs now lives. DeForest died Dec, 1886. Han 
nah died June 18. 1901. 


2. Josephine, born Dec. 21, 1837; m. I. Beach Botsford. 

3. Adelaide, born Nov. . 22, 1839; m. David B. Beach, i860; lives in 

Newington, Conn. 

4. Preston J., born May 27, 1842; m. Mary A. Heath, 1866. 

5. Charles, born May 20, 1844; lives at Rocky Hill, Ct. 

Sarah H., horn Ma 
Eha J., horn March 
Mary R.. 1)orn Ma; 
Frank K.. horn Sc; 
Hattie, liorn hm. ii. i,S 
Frederick, horn .\,.nl 


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L. .\. Ilitclicc 
Sept. 5, 1864. 
lulward C. Br 
.\L;nes Smith 



tJ; 111. 


arles X'anDiisi 



C.VMl' l'.\Mil.\-. 

I. Nichokis Camp came from iMi.uhmd with S 
ty. He was horn in Essex, luig. lie tirst lo, 

ir Richard Sah<ni>tair> par 
■■ate.l m Watertoun. Mass. 
and in \<>^^) lu' removed to 
1 an<l hecanu' the possessor 
mes. I lis hrst wife 

From there he removed to Wethersfiehl, Co 

Guilford. A few years later he settled m .M 

of a large amount of prooerty. He was marrieil th 

was Sarah, who died Sept. 4. 1045. Married, second. Catherine Thompson, 

widow of Anthony l"homi)son, of Xew Haven. Nicholas died. 170C1. Sarah 

died Sept. 4. 1645. 


2. Nicholas?, horn, i(».^i : died June to, 1707. 

3. h^^dward. horn, ii)^^?; (and possibly others by first wife.) 
ChiUlren by Catherine. 

4. Josenh, born Aug. 11. i()53; died young. 

5. Samuel, born Sept. 15, 1655. 

6 Joseph, born, 1658: m. Hannah . 

7. Mary, born, 1660. 

S. John, } . born, i«)]-j; died Aug. 2, 1731. 

9. Sarah, \ ^'""^- born, i6()i-j. 

10. Abigail, horn. \()b2. 

3. Edward, son of Nii 
He removed from Aiiiiord 

Mercy, born - 

Samuel, born 

ford, 1695. 

lias and Sarah Camp, married Mary — 
New Haven, Ct. lulward died, i67Q. 

— ; m. losiah Baldwin, June 2^. \()t)-. 

- Pettel: second M; 

— ; m. first. 

Iha U 

[3. Edward, born July 8. i()50: m. Mehitahle Smith. 

[4. Mary, born April 21, 1652; m. Nathaniel Brisco, Nov. 9, 1672. 

[5. Sarah, born Nov. 25. 1655. 

Camp, married Mehita- 

13. Edward, son of Edward and Mary 

hie Smith. Jan. i(). 1(174; married, second, hdizabei 

Id. John, born, 1(175: m. Phehe Canheld, July 5, 1709. 

17. Samuel, born, 1677. 

18. Sarah, born, 1678-9: m. Richard Bronson, 1721. 

17. Samuel, son of Edward and Mehitahle (Smith) Camp, married Dor- 
othy, dan. of Thomas Oviatt and widow of Josiah Whitimore, of Middletown, 
Ct., July 17. 1712. at Milford. She was baptized .\pril. 1(160. Samuel died 
April 22. 1741. Dorotliy died Sept. 2. 1749. 


19. Mehitahle, born .\ug.. 171.V 

20. Joel, born May. 1715: lived in W'aterhury. 

21. Abel, born Dec. 17 17. 

22. Stephen, born Feb., 1720. 

21. Abel, son of Samuel and Dtn-othy (()viatt) Whitimore Camp, mar- 
ried Rachel, dan. of John and Sarah (Buck) Welton. of Waterbury. .\])ril 14. 
1741. Abel resided in Waterbury. C^t. He was :i millwright by trade. 




23. Anie. born Dec. 5. 1742: ni. Samuel Warner. 

24. Sarah, born Oct. 17, 1744: died Sept. 26. 1749. 

25. Samuel, born Oct. 16, 1746. 

26. Abel, born July 11, 1748; died May 8, 1825. 

27 Sarah, born Aug. 28, 1750; m. -. Gibbs. 

2h. i,unice. born Sept. 26, 1752; died Sept. 12, 177-7 

29. Rachel, born Sept. 20, 1754; died Sept. 26 1757 

30. Rachel, born Feb. 21, 1758. ' 

31. Eldad. born June 25, 1760. 
?,2. Bethel, born Feb. 25, 1763. 

26. Abel, son of Abel and Rachel (Welton) Camp 
bhe was born Feb. 2. 1749. 

narried Sabra Marsl 

Rebecca, born March 24, 1769: died Aug. 23, 


34- Sabra, born June 6, 1771; died May 19, i 

35- John, born March 19, 1773; died Oct. 18, 1828. 
30. Funice. born Jan. 30, 1775: died Oct. 13, 1813. 
37- Phmeas, born June 11, 1777; died Nov. 18, 1794 
38. Lydia, born June 9, 1780; died May 18, i860 
39- Susan, born May 8, 1782; died July 16, 18^6 

40. Abel, born Dec. 28, 1787. 

41. Infant, born Sept. 14, 1791; died Sept. 23. 1791. 

P.l ^'':. ^'^J'q' '°i^ °^ ^^^' ^?'' ^^^'^ (Marsh) Camp, married Deziah Pease 
t^eb. 22. iho8. Deziah was born Oct. 10, 1789. 


42. Phineas W., born June 9, 1809. 

43- Harriet Maria, born April 15, 181 1; died April 23 1843 

44- Augustus P., born March 31, 1818; died Jan. 28, 1890. ' 
42. Phineas W., son of Abel and Deziah (Pease) Camp, married Louisa 

1835. She was born Jan. 14, 1812. Resided at Soutl 
Phineas W. died May 25, 1881, in Morris, Ct. Louist 

B. McNiel, March il 
Farms, Morris, Ct. 
B. died May 9, 1895. 

45- Lewis A., born April 15, 1836. 
46. Samuel P., born Sept. 18, 1839. 

47- Cornelia L., born Feb. 14, 1841; ni. Virgil H. McEwen. 
. 45. Lewis A. son of Phineas VV. and Louise B. (McNiel) Camp, of Mor 
ris. Conn married Elizabeth E., dau. of Thomas and Minerva H. (Rowe' 
James, of Seymour. Ct., Sept. 28, 1877. Mr. Camp is one of Seymour's bes^ 
ci izens. He has several times been elected to offices of trust and responsi 
bihty by his fellow townsmen, which offices he has filled with marked ability 
He has held the office of Senior Warden of Trinity church parish for a num 
ber of years. He is treasurer of the New Haven Copper Co., a large man- 
ufacturing industry of the town. 


48. Minerva J., born Oct. 17, 1878. 

49. Kittie, born Sept. 21, 1882. 

50. Thomas James, born Nov. 10, 1886. 

46. Samuel P son of Phineas W. and Louise B. (McNiel) Camp, of Mor- 
ris, Conn., married Mary E., dau. of George and Caroline Kenney, Feb ^6 
1874: Ml"- Camp located in Seymour and engaged in the mercantile business! 
J-ie IS one of the leading merchants of the town. 


51. Clerra. born March 12, 1875; m. W. B. Stevens, of Deep River Ct 

Jan. 30, 1895. '■ ' •> 

52. Kenney, born Feb. 2, 1879; died Sept. 17, 1882. 

David Ca 
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^ David 




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<1 M 


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/SS. Slir w; 



1 h; 

_'. Betsey, born Aug. 

.^ Sarah, born May ,^0. 1793. 

4. Daniel, born Dec. 7. 1796, 

5. Eliza, born July 21. 180J. 


4. Daniel, son of David ai 
1 A. Dornian, June ^o. hSjo. 
1854. Rachel died An- i_>, 


David, born July 14. 1821 : in. l'"Ji 
Eliza A., born April 17. 1824: ir 
Albert D., born May 14. i82(). 
Abram E., born May 2ji, 1829. 
Sarah Ann, born Oct. 31, 1832; 
Emily G., born Feb. 17, 1838; m 

Albert D., son of Daniel and Rac 

Tulles) Ca 
I Skokorat. 

■Ih Rob 
iihh Tv 

ed Ra- 

1. H. 

■ard Chattk-Id. 
-d Chatheld. 

hel A. (Dorman) Carrinoton, mar- 

Edwin Buckingham. Di 
M. Wheeler. 


Lucretia (Wheeler) Carr 
Resides in Beacon Falls. 


Ansonia, Ct. 

ried Lucretia M.. dau. of Lyman and Sarah (.Lounsbury) Wheeler. Dec. 24. 
185 1. Married, second. Sarah F., dau. of Edwin Buckingham. Dec. 3, 1872. 
Lucretia M. died July 2;^. 1872, aged 40. 

Children by Lucreti 
[2. Daniel, born Sept. 2S. i8s2. 

13. Wheeler, born April 6. 1865. 

Children by Sarah 

14. Lulu, born Oct. 12. 1873. 

15. Jessie, born Sept. 8, 1876. 
i('). Milton, born Nov. 10, 1879. 

12. Daniel, son of Albert D. and Luc: 
Cornelia T. Hubbell, Oct. 19, 1S71 


17. Mattie, born Dec. 2. 1876: m. Bi 

9. Abram, .son of Daniel and Rachel A. (Dorman) Carrington, married, 
hrst, Sarah P., dau. of Jabez E. and Lucretia (Miles) Prichard. April 8, 1857; 
married, second. Mary J., dan. of Henry and Malenia (Potter) Patterson, of 
Naugatuck, Ct., !\Lay 19. 1875. Sarah died Dec. 19. 1874. 

Children by Sarah Prichard. 

18. Mary E.. born Aug. 30, 1859; died Jan. 28. 1864. 

19. Willie E.. born July 28, 1862: died Jan. 23, 1864. 
Ida M.. born Feb. 6. i86s; m. William Lowell. 1896. 
Charles P.. born Dec. 12. 1867. 
Ella S.. born Jan. 16. 1870; m. Burton W. Holl)rook. 1890. 

Children by Mary J. Patterson. 

23. Otis E., born Feb. 29. 1876; m. Charlotte .'\. Clark. June 20. 1901. 

24. Burton A., born June 12, 1877. 
Henry P., born July 30, 1880. 
Rachel M., born April 9, 1882. 
Hiram D., born Jan. 3, 1886. 

2k Ralph W.. born April 8, 1888. 
29. Ruth E.,, born Sept. 27, 1891. 



1. George, in company with his brothers, Francis and Thomas Chatfiekl, 
came to New England and located in Guilford, Conn., about 1640. Francis 
died, 1647, and Thomas removed to East Hampton, L. I., where he died with- 
out issue, as is supposed. George married, first, Sarah, dau. of John Bishop, 
of Guilford, Ct., (no issue.) He married, second, Isabelle, dau. of Samuel 
Nettleton. of Guilford, March 29. 1659. George died June 9, 1671. Sarah 
died Sept. 20, 1657. George removed from Guilford to Killingworth, Ct., 
where he died. 


2. John, born April 8, 1661. 

3. George, born Aug. 18, 1668. 

4. Mercy, born April 26, 1671. 

2. John, son of George and Isabelle (Nettleton) Chatfiekl, came to Der- 
by a young man. The first grant of land to him was dated Oct. 10, 1684. He 
was admitted an inhabitant in 1687. John was a very influential man in Der- 
by. John married Anna, dau. of Jabez and Margaret (Tomlinson) Harger, 
Feb. 5, 1684. She was born Feb. 2t„ 1668. 


5. Sarah, born Dec. 5, 1686. 

6. Mary, born April 29, 1689. 

7. Abigail, born Sept. 16, 1693. 

8. John, born 1694; died young. 

9. Hannah, born 1696; m. John Coe. 

10. John, born Feb. 21, 1697. 

11. Samuel, born Aug. 28, 1699. 

12. Ebenezer, born July 4, 1703. 

13. Solomon, born Aug. 13, 1708. 

8. Lieut. John, son of John and Anna (Harger) Chatfiekl, married, first, 
Elizabeth Johnson, Dec. 12, 1721, and located at Quaker Farms. Married, 

second. Obedience . Lieut. John died Oct. 30, 1793. Elizabeth 

died June 8, 1751. 

Children by Elizabeth Johnson. 

14. Sarah, born Nov. 4, 1822. 

15. John, born June 5, 1724. 

16. Elizabeth, born March 9, 1728. 

17. Oliver, born July 23, 1730. 

18. Anna, born April 10, 1732. 

19. Esther, born Aug. 21, 1738. 

20. Hannah, bapt. Nov. 10. 1748. 

21. Gideon, bapt., 1750. 

21. Gideon, son of Lieut. John and Elizabeth (Johnson) Chatfield, mar- 
ried Elizabeth Jones. Sept. 28, 1779. of Oxford. Ct. Gideon died April 23, 
181 7. Elizabeth died March 2, 1827, aged 64. 


22. William, born, 1789. 

2:^. Bennett, born, I797; died Sept. 27, 1801. 

24. Lucinda, born, 1800; m. Silas Sperry. 

25. Betsey, born, 1804; m. Wooster. 

26. Isaiah, born July 14, 1810. 

22. William, son of Gideon and Elizabeth (Jones) Chatfield. married, 
first, Sarah, dau. of Joseph and Sarah Hawkins, of Great Hill, 180^ William 
died March 8, 1864. Sarah died March 6, 1827. 


27. Jane, born Eel). 8, 1805; m. Charles Hawkins. 



Sheldon. l)oni 


2(\ 18 I 2: 

in. .Sa 






Botsey, born Ji 

1817: di,. 

d unni 




Slieldon. son of 


am and 





) Ch; 


S.irah Rnnncll, of Oxford 







)ril ,^0 





George, born - 



T^'tpH f^ri r*1-' Kr^rf 

John, born 


Royal, born Jnne 30 



Kbenezer. son of 


and Ann 

I (Har 




ield, 1 


dau. of 

ohn and Irlanna' 

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. Nc 





l)orn Oct 

. 17. 1704. 




Ebenezer, born 


8, 1720: 

m. Sn^ 







Abigail, born J 

an.. 1 



Elnathan, born 



Mindwell, born 


9. 1735- 


Levi, born Jan. 

6. 17 



Lenuiel, born. 



Abigail was 

■h 2.?, 1768. 

37. Elnathan. son of Ebenezer arid Aliigail (Prindle) Chattield. marrii^d 
Hannah, dan. of Capt. Joel Northrop, of Woodbridge, Sept. 12, 1754. He re- 
sided just east of what is now the Seymour town line. The site is now in 
the town of Bethany. It was originally the town of Milford. 


41. Rebekah, born July 28, 1755. 

42. Joel, born Feb. 21, 1757. 

43. Isaac, born Sept. i, 1762. 

44. Sarah, born Jan. 22, 1771. 

42. Joel, son of Elnathan and Abigail (Northrop) Chatfield. married Ruth, 
dau. of Gideon Stoddard, of Woodbury. Conn., Nov. 13. 1785. He resided 
on a farm on Skokorat which he bought of Daniel Holbrook. Joel died 
June 14. 183(1. Ruth died Nov. 3. 1831. aged 62;^ years. 


45. Isaac, born Jan. 7, 1787; m. Lucy Tomlinson. 
4(3. Lemon, born Eeb. 18, 1789. 

47. Alniira. born Jan. 23, 1791; m. John T. Wheeler. 

48. Oliver Stoddard, born Nov. 19. 1793. 

49. Charlotte, born Oct. zy, 1795: "i- John C. Wheeler. 

50. Fharza, born Feb. 8, 1797; died Dec. 2^,. 1872. 

51. Joel Raymond, born Feb. 16. 1804. 

45. Isaac, son of Joel and Ruth (Stoddard) Chatt'ield. married Lucy. dau. 
of Levi and Amelia (Beard) Tomlinson, 1806, and removed to Ohio. 


52. Lucius N.. born April 18. 1807, in the west. 

53. Lucy Almira, born Jan. 4. 1809, in the west. 

54. Albert -Alonzo, born Sept. 2, 1811. in the west. 

55. Levi Tomlinson, born Aug. 28, 1813, in the west. 

56. Nathan Stoddard, born Oct. 3, 1815, in the west. 

57. Ruth Ann, born Aug. 10, 1817, in the w^est. 

58. Charles Henry, born Sept. 15. 1819, in Connecticut. 

59. Charlotte, born April 3, 1822, in Connecticut. 

60. Maryetta. born April 6. 1824. in Connecticut. 

61. Lafayette, born April 4, 1826, in Cojinecticut. 

62. Georganna, born Jan. 14, 1829, in Connecticut. 


46. Lemon, son of Joel and Rnth (Stoddard) Chatfield. married, first, 
Mary H. Swectland, of Hartford. Married, second, Sarah Sellock, vvidowi 
of Amom Dibble. He was selectman of Derby. 1838-40-41; represented the* 
town in the legislature. He was very active in the promotion of the move-j 
ment to have the town of Seymour incorporated as a town m 1850. He hadii 
no children. Lemon lived near the town line between Seymour and Wood-I^ 
bridge. Lemon died Nov. 14. 187.3. Mary H. died Feb. 7, 1849. aged 56. 

48. Oliver Stoddard, son of Joel and Ruth (Stoddard) Chatfield, married 
Abigail, dan. of Amasa and Sybil (Wooster) Tuttle, Feb. 2, 1826, of Middle- 
bury. Conn. She was born March 28, 1804. Oliver S. lived east of his 
brother Lemon, on the Woodbridge road. _ Oliver S. died March 16, 1877. 
aged 83. Abigail died Feb. 24, 


; road. 






, aged 84 



1828: m. 







I 831: m 




63. Mary Jane, born Jan. 

64. George W., born Oct 
6s. Martha A., born July ?t, 18^1; m. first, Samuel Kissani; second, 

Wm. L. Tidball. 

66. Howard G., born July 11, 1833. 

67. Henry W., born Oct. 2. 1835. 

68. Ruth Abigail, born March 12, 1840; m. J. J. Young. Dec. 13. 1870. 

69. Charles C, born April 21. 1841. 

70. John J., born Jan., 1833; died March 30, 1833. 

T,2. George W., son of Oliver S. and Abigail (Tuttle) Chatfield, married 
. Resides in New Haven. 

66. Howard G., son of Oliver S. and Abigail (Tuttle) Chatfield, married, 
first. Emily, dau. of Daniel Carrington. Aug. 30, 1857; born Feb. 17, 1838. 
Married, second. Sarah M., dau. of Daniel Carrington. Feb. 23, 1899. Mr. 
Chatfield resides on a farm which was owned by Benajah Johnson, and his 
house stands near where Mr. Johnson built his house in 1727. Emily died 
Nov. 12, 1896, aged 58 years, 8 months. 

71. Alice Josephine, born Sept. 3. 1859; m. Harley D. Hotchkiss, Dec. 
17. 1881. She died Oct. 23, 1883, leaving a son Howard Edward, 
born Oct. 7. 188^. who was adopted by his grandfatlier. Howard 
G. Chatfield. 

67. Henry W., son of Oliver S. and Abigail (Tuttle) Chatfield. married I 
Addie. dau. of Lsaac and Betsey (Morgan) Blackman, Oct. 30. 1865. Mr 
Chatfield resides east of his father's old homestead on the Woodbridge road 
in a new house which he built some years ago. 

~2. Rollin. born Feb. 9. 1870. 
T},. Oliver, born April 28, 1876. 

"/i. Dr. Rollin, son of Henry and Addie (Blackman) Chatfield, married' 
Mabel, dau. of Nathan and Ellen Tomlinson Holbrook, Sept. 26, 1893. 


74. Marian, born Sept. 27. 1900. 

69. Charles C. son of Oliver S. and Abigail (Tuttle) Chatfield, married: 
Miss Francis Coralin Watson, Dec. 24. 1867, at Middleburgh. New York. 
Mr. Chatfield was a graduate of Yale university. He resided in New Haven 
and conducted the "College Courant." of which he was both editor and pro- 
prietor for a number of years. Later he became the editor of the "New 
England School Journal." which position he held until his death. Charles C. 
died Aug. 22, 1876, aged 35. 


75. Arthur Woolsey, born Dec. 18. 1868. 




a Car 
; Coin 


l)orn hnic. 1S71 
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. S 

lod and 1 




51. Iccl Ravmnnd. >,)ii ,,l |(,rl and Ruth (Stoddard) Chatfudd. inarru'd, 
irst. Lucinda. dau. ol Tiinciliv and Ravncr ( rwilrludl) llilclicuck. of Bethany. 
Ct.. May 7. 1^26. Married, second. M.iry, d.iu. ol I' an<l Nancy (Perry) 
Tonilinson. Jan. 25. 18,^7. |oe1 l\. lived m his I'alher's honie>tead on Skoko- 
rat. Joel R. died ¥eh. 4. iSt)4. I.ncinchi (hed Xov. 13. i8.^(). at;ed ,:;i. Mary 
flicd May 7. 1804. aged 84. 

I Chihlren hy l.ncmda hlilchcock. 

I /<». Lhirk. l)orn xXov. 1. i8_'(>. 

80. Liiciiuhi. 1)orn Xov. :,. |8;,(); ni. S Tnllle. 

Children hv Marv Toinlinson. 

John, horn April 4. 1838. 
Edwin, l)orn April ig. 1840. 
Ransom, born June 9, 184. 

83. Ransom, born June 9. 1842. 

84. Hiram, born Sept. 9. 1844. 

85. Mary T.. born Sept. 14. 1846 

86. Joel, born June 17, 1849. 

87. Charlotte, born Oct. 24, i8si: m. Jerod Kim 

88. Hattie M.. born Nov. 27. 1854: died Nov. 23, 

^- • ■ Joel R 


79. Clark, son of Joel R. and l,ncin<la (Hitchcock) Chatheld. marrie-I 
Josephine .\ugusta. dau. of Willis and Mary (Kimberly) Motchkiss. of An- 
sonia. Ct.. Nov. 22, 1852; married, second. Susan Maria, dau. of Abram and 
Francis Eliza (Treadwell) Smith. Dec. 25, 1856. at Rondout. New York; mar- 
ried, third. Margarette Wilson, dau. of Richard and Eliza Margarette (Wilson) 
Dihl'ie, Jan. 23. 1873, at Kuigston. New ^'ork. 

Chdd by josephme A. llotchkiss. 
89. Ldlian Josephme. born Nov. 12, 1853; m. Frank E. Steele. 
Children l)v Susan M. Smith. 






Ldlian J 

Edward Smith, born Oct. 8. 1857. 

Francis, born Oct. 31. 1859. 

Mary Caroline, born Aug. 8, 18^)1 : die 

Edith, born Jan. 23. 1863; died 

Edith Almv, born April 9. 1866. 
Walter C. born Sept. 6. 1868. 
Chi" • "^ 


oepi. u. 1000. 

_ -en by Margarette W. Dibble. 

.v.^hard. born Nov. 13. 1873: died . 

Robert Wilson, born Aug. 19. 1875. 
Eliza Margarette. born Nov 

90. Edward Smith 
Hattie Smith. March 5, 


son of Clark an.. 
1881. at Pittsburg. Pa. 
99. Ursula, born Feb. 4. 1882. 

95. Walter Clark, son of Clark and Susan M. (Si 
rgaret O. Burne. Nov. 15. 1893. in New York city. 

(Smith) Ch 

lith) Chat 

field. marruMi 
in New ^■ork 


22. 1895. 

100. Walter Joseph, boiu . 

loi. Edith, born Nov.. 189, 

102. Eliza, born July 7. 1899. 

103. Margaret Eliza, born I'Ydi. 5. 1901. 

81. John, son of Joel R. and Mary (Tomlin 
Anna J., dau. of Lewis and Lsabelle (Valintine) 

Chat field 


le was born. 1845. 


Married, secoml, Adelia E. ICdwards. of Boston. Mass. John died in New- 
York city. 

Children l)y Anna Leigh. 

104. Adelaide Isabelle, born Dec. 19. 1865. 

105. Mary Almira. born Nov. 17, 1867. 

106. Annie Leigh, born March 6. 1870: died March 0, 1870. 

Child by Adelia E. Edwards. 

107. John Edwards, born Feb. 25. 1873. 

8j. Edwin, son of Joel R. and Mary (Tomlinson) Chatfiekl, married 
Catherine Thompson, of Bridgewater, Conn., March 16, 1862, at Seymonr. 
Eiiwin resides in Bridgeport. Ct. 


108. Edwin, born March 20, 1863. 

109. Ralph, born . 

no. Tohn F., born . 

83. Ransom, son of Joel R. and Mary (Tomlinson) Chatfiekl, married 
Sarah L., dau. of Wdliam and Wealthy Ann (Hotchkiss) Gilyard, Feb. 26. 
1866. He represented the town of Bethany in the legislature. Ransom died 
Sept. 13, 1899. 


111. Benjamin, born July 12. 1867. 

112. Bernice, born Jan. 27, 1873. 

86. Joel, son of Joel R. and Mary (Tomlinson) Chatfield, married ^hu•ia 
Keast. Sept. 10, 1877. Mr. Chatfield'lives on the Chatfield homestead. 


113. Paul, born Sept. 8, 1878. 
T14. Alfred, born Sept. 26, 1880. 

115. Elizabeth Keast, born Dec. 8, 1882. 

116. Thomas, born April i" , 1889; died Nov. 5, 1889. 


1. John Chadwick was born in Lyme, Conn., in 1784. He married Mercy 
Lay and settled in Clinton, Conn. He was a ship-carpenter by trade. John 
died Oct. 29, 1849, in Clinton, Ct. Mercy died March 25, 1864, aged 78 years. 


2. Benjamin, born, i8oc). 

3. Frederick W., born Sept. 5. 181 1. 

4. Polly, born, 1816; m. Henry Stannard. 

5. Eliza Jane, born May 15. 1822: m. Capt. Rodney Parker. 

6. Joseph L., born Nov. 23, 1823; m. Lois Cutler, of Stonington, Ct. ; 

no issue. 

2. Benjamin, son of John and Mercy (Lay) Chadwick. married Adeline 
Denslow. of New Haven. Ct. Resided in New Haven. Ct. 


7. Emily. 

8. George. 

3. Frederick W.. son of John and Mercy (Lay) Chadwick. married, first. 
Mary E.. dau. of Chandler and Polly Rogers (Frisbee) Parkis: married .sec- 
ond, Mrs. Martha E. (Johnson) Rhoades; married, third, Mrs. Mary Ann 
(Clark) Petterson. Frederick W. died Sept. 10, 1852, in Seymour, aged 35. 
Mary E. died Oct. 16. 1846, in New Haven, Ct.. aged 2}, vears. Martha E. died 
Sept. 25, 1850, in Seymour, Ct. 

Children by Mary E. Parkis. 

9. John Henry, born, 1831; drowned July 4, 1838. 

(;knkai.ogy. 423 

10. William V.. bnni \)vc. '). iS.:;_'. 

11. Lavinia I'-., born linn-d. 18^4; m. William N. Slorrs. 
i_>. Harriet. Ixini. iS^(); killed bv wa-nii. 1842. 

13. Jolm II.. born. 18.38; died yomi-. 

14. Son, born, 1839; died 3'()un,<>-. 

15. 'i'homas W.. 1)orn Sept. 16, 1841. 

16. John H., born June (1, 1S44: kdled at b.iille oi Cedar Creek, W. \ a., 
Oct. 19, 1864. 

Child by Martha K. (Johnson) Khoades. 

17. Charle.s A., born March 2.^. 1849; died in Sail Lake City. Utah. 18S5. 

10. William F., son of Frederick W. and Mary (Parki.s) Chadwick, mar- 
ried, first, Mary Jane, dan. of Hezekiah Hubbell. of White Hills, Huntington, 
Ct. Married, second. Mrs. Phebe (Hawkins) Hulibell, July .30, 1876. Wil- 
liam F. died Sept. 21. 1897. Mary Jane died Oct. 23, 1874. ^iSt'l 39- 
Child by Phebe (Hawkins) Hub1)ell. 

18. Noyce A., born Jan. 26. 1879: died Jan. i, 1880. 

15. Thomas W.. son of Frederick W. and Mary F. (I'arkis) Chadwick. 
married, first. Fmily F.. dan. of Lsaac Buckingham: divorced i8()(); married, 
sect)nd, Sarah A. Palmer. Nov. U). 1895, Widow Stevens. 
Children by Fmily E. Buckingham. 

19. George Ftlward. born Oct. 6, 1865; m. Cora Adelaide, dan. of Sol- 

omon S. Palmer, of Torrington. Ct., May 4, 1898. 

20. Charles William, born March ,3. 1868; m. Cora R. Dudlev. (d" (Ireal 

Hill, July 3. 1891. 

21. George William, l)orn Feb. 12. 1892: died Feb. 12. 1892. 

22. Anna Fmily, born Aiarch 18. 1893. 


1. Jolm Church located i 
Rachel, dan. of Capt. Josepli ; 

1 Derbv. Ct.. 
nd Mary ( Wh 

I /DQ ^ nitirncd, scc^md. ■ — ~- ■ ~~ 
chel died March 10, 1788. 


Ireii by Rache 

2. William, born Nov. 

3. Abel, born Feb. 10, 

4. Abigail, born May 

I. 1770. 
17. 1776. 

ibout 1767-8. He married, first, 

■eler) Davis, of Oxford. Nov. 30, 

John died Sept. 24, 1803. Ra- 


5. Pollv, born Sept. 20. 1778. 

6. Bethelda. born Mav ib, 1785. 

7. Rachel, born Feb. 6. 1788. 

Child by Second Wife. 

8. John, born ALiy 2, 1798; died unmarried. 

2. William, son of John and Rachel (Davis) Church, married L 
Pitcher, widow of Ebenezer Johnson. William died March 24, 1830. 1. 
died Oct. 16, 1819, aged 54. 


9. William, born June 13, 1795. 

10. Sheldon, born Jan. 30. 1798. 

11. David, born Oct. 20, 1800. 

12. Rosetta, born July 29. 1803: died July 17, 1845. 

13. Zalmon, born Feb. 21, 1806. 

14. Mary, born Oct. 11, 1812; m. Dr. Jolm Lounslniry. 

10. Sheldon, son of William and Lois (Pitcher) Church, married l-ai 
dau. of Abel Lines, of Woodbridge. Sheldon died Nov. 8. 1873. Faiira d 
Feb. 10, 1871. 





1 1 I'll ry, l)()rn Jan. ii, 1827. 
William, born Ang. 29, 182S. 
Charles, born April ,3, 18,^2. 

18. Noyes, born Sept. 30, 1834: died unmarried. 

19. John, born June 30, 1836. 

20. Alice, born March i, 1839: m. Frederick Beecher. 

15. Henry, son of Sheldon and Laura (.Lines) Church, married Li 
dau. of Ebenezer and Julia M. (Davis) Riggs. 


21. Julia M., born Sept. jt,. 1852; m. Amos Culver. 

22. Sheldon, born Dec. 19, 1856. 

23. Harriet E., born June 5, 1859; m. David C. Riggs. 

24. Eben R.. born Feb. 5, i86t. 

25. Homer R., born Oct. 5, 1863. 

26. Francis L., born Dec. 3, 1867; ni. Henry Dunham. 

9. William, son of Sheldon and Laura (Lines) Church, married 
Ann, dau. of Daniel Lum and Lucy (Nichols) Holbrook, Fel). 2, 1851. 
Ham died Jan. 24, 1888, in West Haven. 


27. George Lucian, born Jan. 11, 1853, in Oxford, Ct.; m. first 

rietta P., dau. of Charles and Amy (Packard) Stiles, Aug. 5, 1874. 
She died April 6, 1900; m. second, Nellie, dau. of Frederick and 
Eunice (White) Smith, of Woodbury, Ct. 

28. Daniel L., born Oct. 30. 1858. in Cincinnati, Ohio; ni. Nov. 17, 1887, 

Anna B., dau. of Augustus and Nellie (Miller) Hall. She died 
March 31, 1894. Child: (30) William Augustus, born March 28, 
1890; died July 19, 1890. 

29. Addie Louise, born Mav 8, 1862; m. Daniel E., son of John and 

Helen (Nesbitt) Currie, Nov. 17, 1883. 

19. John, son of Sheldon and Laura (Lines) Church, married Sarah M., 
dau. of William S. and Amelia (Sherman) Whiting, Au: 
church. New Haven, Ct. 


31. Lewis W., born June 21. 1862. 

32. Stephen B., born Aug. 15, 1866. 

3. Abel, son of John and Rachel (Davis) Church, married Anna . 

Abel was a rope-maker. He lived in the first house on the left side on the: 
Bungay road coming from the south, in the south part of the town, near the. 
Ansonia line. Abel died June 10, 1857. Anna died Sept. 16, 1825. 


33. Lucy Maria, born June 13. 1801; m. Garnsey Beach. 

34. Anna, born Sept. 20, 1803; m. Isaac Keeney. 

35. Sherman, born . 

36. Nathan, born . 

Sy. Charles, born, 1810; died Julv 10, 1880. 

38. Marietta E., born Dec. 13, 1813: m. Rev. Shi 

27. 1861, in Ch 



r. Edmund Clark resided in Colchester, Conn. He was a 
farmer, and married Alice Chapman. Edmund was born March 26 
Feb. II, 1841. Alice was born Aug. 26. 1776: died July 13, 1864. 

2. Ralph B., born Jan. i, 1809. 

76; died 


3. Laura E., horn Marcli li. iSii. 

4. Hiram M., l)orn iMarcli id. 1X14. 

5. Elijah u., bom Sept. 15, 1815. 

6. Ira M., born July 24, 18 IQ. 

7. Daniel W., born Oct. 24, 1824. 

5. Elijah O., son of Ednnnul and Alice (C"hai)nian) Clark, married Ahhie 
Ann Harling. 


8. Albert E.. l)orn April 4. 1842. 

9. Daniel W., liorn May i,?, 184,?. 

10. Ralph B., born April 6, 1845. 

11. Charles A., born Jan. 28, 1847. 

8. Albert E.. son of Elijah O. and Abbie Ann (Harlin;;) Clark, located in 
Seymour, Conn., and married Mary M.. dau. of Henry and Mary Ann (Brad- 
ley) Kiggs, of Seymour, Ct., Aug. 30, 1870. Resides on Derby avenue. Sey- 


j Child. 

[ 12. Ercd A., born May 13. 1875; died Aug. 15, 1875. 

I 9. Daniel W., son of Elijah O. and Abbie Ann (Harling) Clark, came to 
Seymour, Conn., and married Georgeanna Martha, dau. of Jesse and Martha 
(Andrews) Perkins, in East Haven, Ct.. Sept. 20, 1869. Resides on Derby 

j avenue. Seyniour. Daniel W. died Jan. 29. 1901. 

i Children. 

I 1.^ Harley D., born Dec. 15. 1873: died. 187.^ 

14. Myron D.. born Jan. 11, 1876. 

14. Myron D., son of Daniel W. and Georgeanna Martha (Perkins) Clark, 
'married Anna Eouise. dau. of Charles H. and Kate (Fowler) Butler, of O.x- 
ford, Ct.. July 30, 1898. Resides in Seymour. Ct. 

I 15. Eloise Georgeanna, born April 30, 1899. 


I. Samuel Peet Clemons, of Stratford. Conn., married Susan Mitchell, of 
: Stratford. Thev had a son. Andrew Burton Clemons. who married Amy Jane 
Bristol, of Milford, Conn. 


2. Andrew B., born July i, 1824. 

3. Lewis W., born April 2-]. 1826. 

4. Mary M., born June 27, 1822. 

5. Lucy A., born Sept. 11. 1832. 

6. Betsey J., born Aug. 18. 1833. 

7. Frederick M., born Feb. 9. 1838. 

8. Emma J., born Aiiril 17, 1840. 

7. Frederick M. Clemons came to Seymour and married Emily, dau. of 
Eli and Eliza (Bassett) Gillette, of Great Hill. He resided at Wesquantuck 
in the west part of the town, in the house north of the cemetery. Married 
April 10. 1856. Frederick M. died July 25, 1885. 


9. Bertha J., born Dec. i. 1857: ni. Walter W. Radcliffe of Shelton. 

Ct., April 20, 1870. 

10. Arthur F., born Aug. 26. i8()4. 

n. Edwin G.. born April (1. 1870: died l<eb. 18. 1894. 


10. Arthur F.. son of Frederick M. and Emily (Gillette) demons, mar- 
ried, first. Lena Nora Hoadley, Aug. 25. 1885; married, second, Annie Lynch, 
June 25, 1894. 

. Children by Lena Nora Hoadley. 

12. Frederick Percy, born Jan. 18, 1886.. 

13. Mildred H., born Dec. 25, 1889. 

Child by Annie Lynch. 

14. Child, born Oct. 29, 1895. 


1. John Cooper, of New Haven, 1639. \vas one of the useful men of the 
colony, filling various town offices with honesty and ability, settling disputes 
between individuals as well as between towns, and using all his talents for 
the good of his fellowmen. He was early connected with the iron works 
at East Haven, and died Nov. 23. 1689. 

2. John Cooper, his only son, bapt. May 28, 1642, married, Dec. 27, 1666, 
Mary, dan. of John and Ellen (.Harrisori) Thompson. She was born April 
24, 1652. 


3. A daughter, born Nov. 19, 1668. 

4. Mary, born Nov. 15, 1669; died, 1670. 

5. John, born Feb. 23, 1670. 

Sarah, born April 26, 1673. 
Samuel, born June 20, 1675. 
Mary, born Sept. 4,- 1677. 
Abigail, born Oct. 3, 1679. 
Hannah, born Aug. 10, 1681 
Joseph, born Sept. it, 1683. 
Rebecca, born — 1689. 

John, son of John and Ellei 

(Thompson) Cooper, married beforetj 
rker) '1 homas. 

i()94, Ann, dan. of John and Lydia (I 


13. Elizabeth, born Feb. 18, 1694. 

14. John, born July 10, 1699. 

15. Mary, born Jan. 20, 1701. 

16. Thomas, born Feb. 18, 1703. 

17. Caleb, born 1708. 

18. Jude. born Aug. 18. 17 14. 

17. Caleb Cooper, son of Joh 
March 13, i7.^4-5- Desire, dan. nj Jo 
Desire married Lieut. William Scov 


19. Caleb, born Aug. 16. 1736. 

20. Jason, born April iS, 1739. 

21. Sarah, born Jan. 26, 1742: m. Samuel Frost. 

22. Olive, born April 19, 1744. 

23. Desire, born April 27, 1746; m. Peter Welton. 
19. Caleb Cooper, son of Caleb and Desire (Sanford) Cooper, married, 

Nov. 4. 1762, Eunice Barnes, dan. of Daniel and Abigail (Heaton) Barnes 
24, Asa Cooper, son of Caleb and Eunice (Barnes) Cooper, bori 
North Haven in 1773, came to Seymour and married Hannah Botsford, dau, 
of Nehemiah. Nehemiah Botsford had left the house which came to hi 
from his father Samuel to his daughters after the death of their mother. Ai 
Cooper bought their rights, between 1805 and 1813, and lived in the place un 
his death, Aug. 21, 1855. 

and Ann (Thomas) Cooper, mai 
1 Sanford. He died Oct. 30, 1746, anc 
and Deacon Jonathan Garnsey, both ofil 

G KNK A !,()(; V 


J5. tiilcs, married l.oniula I'owler. of Mil lord, and had I'rcde 

Giles (27), Elizabeth (28), and Henry (29J 
.^o. Betsey Janette. born Oct. 21. 1805, married, March ti, 18. 

Edwin Prichard. of Waterbury, and had lCliza1)etli A.. 

Katherine A., and Florence C. 
,?i. Lucy, married John Brush and Eeveret Allen. Ixiih of W'a 

32. Jane, married'- Clark, of Orange. 

7,7,. Hannah, married Jeremiah Andrew, and had .Adelaide (ma 

roy WilHamson.) Hannah (married CI 

.U. Henry, died, a lad of fifteen. 


1. Charles Cooper, liorn in England in 1800, came to .\meric; 
.-ith his family. He was a brass roller by trade and was one of 
rst brass rollers in the country. After landing he came to Derby, 
L'as employed by Phelps, Dodge & Co. Mr. Cooper married Eliza 
|i England. 

t Children. 

'' 2. \\'illiam, born Sept. 

,?. Charles, born 

4. Alfred, born 

I S- Henrv. born 


(l)av) C 

2. William, son of Charles and l-',li/al 
\.my Todd, of Wolcott, Ct., May 7. 1848. He \v;i 
rorrington, Ct. William died April 20, i8g4. 1 


6. Charles H.. born March 4. 1849, in Wat 

7. ALarv Alice, born Feb. ^. t8^s: ni. Albert V. 

8. Frederick W., born Aug., T855; m. Ida Wait 



IS b 

rick (2f)), 

'.7. IChzur 
Sarah J.. 

•ried Le 
ild, anc 

I in 18.U 
he three 
where he 
beth Day 

^■(1 .Mar.N 
li\ed in 
Dec. 18. 


V. Ct. 
, 1887. 

X 1873. 

6. Charles H., son of William and Mary A. 
jL, dan. of Charles Buckingham, of Ansonia. Ct. 
|S a brass roller and resides in Seymour. Ct. 

(). Arthur B>., born Jan. 30. 1876. 
10. iM-ank Henry, born Jan. 20, 1878. 


1. Amos Culver located at Salem Bridge, (now Naugatuck) aiu 
iSarah. dau. of John and Sarah (Johnson) Hopkins, of Waterbury. C< 
!5he was born Oct. i, 1750. He married, second, Sally, widow ot J 
;dns. Sally died in 1845^ Sarah died Xov. 24. 1789. 
Children by Sarah Hopkins. 
Stephen, born, I77.^ 
Sarah, born, 1775; m. John Hoion. 

Laura, born ; m. Samuel J. Hickox. 1800. 

Anna, born . 

Marshall, born . 

Clara, born 1791: died, 1808. 

Children by Sally Atkins. 

8. Susanna, born 1794: ui. .\rgus Beeclier. 

9. Ransom, born . 

10. Josiah. born . 

.Mr. Coope 

nn.. 1770. 
)siah At- 


2. Stcplion, son of Anios and (Hopkins) Culver married Anner, daui 
of Daniel Francis, of Killins'worth, Ct., Nov. 7, 179,?. Stephen died Sept. 7: 
1849. Anner died, 1844. 


11. Curtis, born Oct. 2"], 1797. 

12. Martin, born Oct. 14, 1801. 

13. Hannah W., born March 8, 1805. 

14. Stephen Hopkins, born Dec. 20, 1810. 

15. Miles, born Sept. 19, 1816. 

16. William, born Aug. 3, 1819. 

14. Stephen Hopkins, son of Stephen and Anner (Francis) Culver, mar 
ried, first. Emeline Smith; married, second, Sarah Jane Edye, March 7, 1848 
married, third, Mrs. Amira (Terrell) Clark. Sept. 21, 1862. Resided in Sey 
mour, Ct. Stephen H. died Oct. 7, 1889. Emeline died July 12, 1847, agec 
2,"]. Sarah Jane died March 7, 1862. 

Children by Emeline Smith. 

17. B. Frank, born Sept. 3, — . 

18. Grace, born Sept. i, — ; m. Charles Hinman. 

Children by Sarah Jane Edye. 

19. Elsie F., born March 28, 1849; m. Lemon Whitlock. 

20. S. Hart, born Feb. 3, 1853. 

20. S. Hart, son of Stephen Hopkins and Sarah Jane (Edye) Culver 
married Helen A., dau. of Albert Z. and Sarah (Prichard) Downs, Aug. ic 
1873. Mr. Culver has held the office of town clerk for a number of years 
He represented the town in the legislature in 1901. 


21. Helena A., born Mav 18, 187s: ni. Oliver M. Williams Sept. 26 


15. Miles, son of Stephen and Anner (h'rancis) Culver, married Laur. 
Wheeler, dau. of Daniel. Mr. Culver resided in the first house north 
Rimmon Pond, on the Beacon Prills road. Miles died July 28. 18O7. Laur 
died March 4, 1877, aged 66. 


22. Mary Francis, born May 28, 1842: died May 27, 1856. 

23. Andrew, born ; m. Hubbell. 

24. Elizabeth, born . 


I. Dolar Davis, the first of the name to settle in Massachusetts, was i 
Cambridge, Mass., 1634, ^'1*^1 o"^ of the twenty of the Plymouth colony wh 
had lands granted them in Concord, Mass. He was a petitioner for the ni 
corporation of the town of Groton, 1658. Dolar died, 1673, in Barnstablt 
Mass. Dolar married Margaret Willard, from Kent, England. She 
a sister of Major Simeon Willard. 


2. Ruth, born ; m. Stephen Hall, 1663. 

3. Simeon, born ; m. Mary Blood. 

4. Samuel, born ; m. Mary Mead, Jan. 11, 1665. 

4. Simeon, son of Dolar and Margaret (Willard) Davis, married Mar 
Blood and settled in Concord, Mass. Was commissioned a lieutenant an 
was a deputy to the General court. 


5. Mary, born Sept. i"]. 1666. 

6. Samuel, born June 21, 1669: m. Mary Hubbard, 1692. 



Daniel. 1 

)orn A 








Simeon. s( 


)U ni 

:li 2(). i() 

.\l)ioail Re; 



d M; 



I) 1); 

Simeon. l)orn, 171, 
Israel born. 1717; 
Joseph, born. 1720 
college; was first past 

Eleazer, born 

Martha, born 

Oliver, born . 

Mary, born . 

Azubuh, born . 

Alass., u- 


e 1 

e (He 


1. Hannali 
Mary Hni 



tor settled 





II. Simeon, son of Si 
Simeon died, 1754, in Hoh 


di Gale: 


m. Jonathan Knight. 

Jabez Fairbanks. 

first. Abigail Brown; 

Hannah, born. ijj,() 
Maria, born. 17,^8: r 
David, born. 1740; 1 

Elizabeth, born, 1742; died in infancy, 
Simeon, born. 1744; died. 1745. 
Elizabeth, born. 1745: m. John Reed. 
Mary, born. 1746; m. Ezekiel Bellow. 
Simeon, born, 1747; died young. 
Isaac, born Feb. 27. 1749; m. Anna Brigham. 
Samuel, born. 1751: m. Patty Smith. 
John, born, 1752; ni. Phebe Stearns, 

;coond, Lucy P)Uc 

f Si 




David. ! 
Brown. 1769: marrie 
David died Feb. 11. 

Simeon. Iwrn 

Phebe. born 


Martha, born 

Samuel, born 

Barnabas, born — 

Abigail, born 

Elias. born 

David, born Sept. 

David, son of Da' 

Nov. 17. 1795. She 

David died Aug. 5, 

.-md llannali (.Gates) Da 
■cond, f.ucy Ruekerson. 
Lucy died June 1 1, ijq 
— : m. Persis Newton. 
-; ni. first. Samuel P)rig 

Resided in I'axl 

nd. h 

.f Pa 

-; m. Samuel Huntingtc 
-; died young. 

; m. Mary Ballowe. 

— : n\. Robert Cunningham. 

m. Mary Bigelow. 

1773; m. Patty Howe. 1795. 

md Abigail (Brown) Davis, mai 
born March 16. 1776. Resided 
Patty died Aug. 15. 1867. 

Alice H., born Jan. 21. 1797: m. Horace Ware. 1819. 
Abigail B., born April 24. 1799; m. Rev. \V. Eastbrook. 
Lucy B.. born July 27. 1801; m. Joseph Turston. 1823. 
Sarah N.. born May 29, 1804; died Dec. 2,1, 1806. 
Patty N.. born Nov. i. 1807: died May 25, 1809. 
Phebe T.. born Nov. 25. 181 r: m. Lewis Bigelow. 1834. 
David Gates, born Feb, 21. 1815: m. Sarah Earle. 

in P; 




44. David Gates, son of David and Patty (Howe) Davis, married Sara 
Earle, June 11. 1839. Lived on the old homestead in Paxton, Mass. Ri 
moved from tliere to Worcester, Mass. 


45. William P., born ; physician in Reading?, Mass. Snrgeo 

in the navy 1864-5. 

46. Eliza A., born ; m. I. D. Hudson. 

47. David, born ; resides in Wilkesbarre, Pa. 

48. Elias W., born ; physician in Seymour, Ct. 

49. Gilbert G., born ; lives in Worcester, Mass. 

48. Dr. Elias W., son of David Gates and Sarah Gilbert (Earle) Davis, 
married Eliza ¥L. Dodd, of Paxton. Mass.. Nov. 5, 1883. Dr. Davis is a 
graduate of Yale University, in the class of 1880. He located in Seymour 
June, 1892, and since 1893 he has been the medical examiner for the town, 
In 1900 he was appointed one of the medical directors for the Masonic Homi 
of Connecticut. He enjoys a very extensive practice in his profession 


50. Lester G.. born Feb. 24, 1886; died Feb. 24, 1886. 

51. Hannah E.. born Jan. 10, 1887; died Jan. 7, 1889. 

52. Florence Marion, born Oct. i, 1893. 

53. Gertrude Elizabeth, born Nov. 12, 1895. 


I. John Davis located in Derby, Ct., between 1685 and 1690, and became 
quite prominent as a citizen, taking an active part in all of the business of 
the town. He was a large land holder. His w'ill was probated in 1712. 
His first wife died and he married, second, the widow Mary Gunn, May 12, 

1691. She died. Married, third, Abigail . John Davis is referred ,| 

to as the Welshman in the records at Derby, Ct. ijl 

Children by First Wife. 'I 

2. Sarah, born . 

3. John, born ; m. Sarah Chatfield. 

4. Samuel, born ; m. Mercy Bennett. 

5. Samuel, born . 

Children by Third Wife, Abigail. 

6. Mary, born Aug. 2, 1693; m. Timothy Taylor. 

7. Nathaniel, born Feb. 26, 1698. 

8. Jabez, born July 24, 1703. 

9. Elizabeth, born July 21, 1707. 

10. Abigail, born April 28, 1709. 

3. John, son of John Davis, of Derby, married Sarah, daughter of Johni 
and Anna (Harger) Chatfield, July 15, 1706. Sarah was born Dec. 5, 1686J 
Sarah died Jan. 20, 1721. 


11. Joseph, born June 30, 1708; m. Mary Wheeler. 

12. Dan, born Jan. 17, 1710; m. Ruth Wooster. 

13. Mindwell, born Feb. 4, 1712; died Jan. 5, 1715. 

14. Abigail, born Nov. 20, 1713. 

15. Rachel, born July 5, 1716; m. Capt. Francis Hawley. 

16. Betty, born Oct. 11, 1719; m. Ebenezer Keeney. 

II. Capt. Joseph, son of John and Sarah (Chatfield) Davis, married 
Mary, dau. of Samuel and Lois Wheeler, of Stratford, Conn.. April 2^. I7^4-'! 
Mary was born May .^o, 1714; died Jan. 18, 1764. 


17. Sarah, born Nov. 26, 1735; m. Isaac Nichols. 



April I. 

24. Co 


Abigail, Doni .xpni 12, ij^^j 

Mary, born (Xl. 15, 1740; ni. 

Joseph, born Jnl_v 10. 174,^: reniovc( 
Hannah, born, 1744; ni. Richard W 
John, born h\'b. 2, 1748: (HlmI youns. 
Rachel born Jnly 4. 1732; ni. Jolui 
Jolm, Ixapt. Sept. 2i^. 

ol. lolm, son ol Capt. 
dau. of Capl. Ren1)e 

\l)el (in 




Mars (Whee 
.1 New Have 
al)le died Dec 

) 1); 


Sarah, born March 3] 
Anson, born Sept. 5, 




84S. M 

, 1783: ni. Addison Bischo; < 

1785; 111. Sally Prudden. 
fruman, born March 13, 1787; m. Mary Allen. 
John, born Sept. 8, 1788; m. Lanra Riggs. 
Lucretia, born Sept. 22, 1790; m. Sanuiel Mallory 
Mary, born May 28, 1792; m. Abijah Hyde. 
Charity, born Feb. 8, 1794; m. Peter Prudden. 
Nabbv, born Dec. 21, 1795; m. Harvey Osborn. 
Nancy, born Dec, 1796; m. Cyrus Humphreys. 
Joseph Wheeler, born Aug. 13, 1798; m. Henriett; 
Sheldon, born Sept. 3, 1800; died May 30, 1813. 
Lewis, born Jan. 26, 1803; ni. Lucinda Perkins. 
Burritt, born July 12, 1806; m. Electa Osborn. 
Julia Maria, born July 4, 1810; m. Ebenezer Riggs. 

Col. J.din and Mehitablc (Thomas) Davis 
(1, Ct. An^on lived at the top of Great Hi 
)n homestead. Sally was born Jan. 4, 1792. 
,- died March 30, 1865, aged JJ,. 

Rev. Sheldon, born Tan. i, 1813; m. Marietta Church: d 
7. 189 1. 

Sarali Ann, born March 10, 1815; m. Lvman Chapman. 

Anson Riley, born March 30, 1818; m. Alary N. Ailing. 

Marcus, born Oct. 9, 1820. 

Delia Maria, born Oct. 25, 1822; m. John F. Coxhead. 

Harpin, born Feb. 24. 1825; m. Mary Chatfield. 

Homer, born Oct. 15, 1827: lived in Nevada; died, 1899. 

Samuel Prudden, born Sept. i, 1831; died Dec. 14, 1891. 

Martha Ellen, born July 11, 1834; m. James Edward Prudden 

Victoria Sophia, born Sept. 21, 1837; m. John F. Coxhead. 


26. Anson, son o 
Sally Prudden, of Milf. 
bought the old Tomlin 
died Jan. 1 1, 1808. Sa 


1 April 

42. Marcus, son of Anson and Sally (Prudden) Davis, married Sarah M., 
. of James' and Jennetta (Baldwin) Green, March 31, 1850, in Seymour, 
Sarah M. was born Dec. 22. 1831. 


49. Virginia J., born Feb. 28, 1853; m. Henry Smith. 

50. Lilhan I., born April 15, 1855; m. Charles Hull. 

51. Leonard A., born Sept. 28, 1856; m. first. Laura DeLafayette; sec- 

ond, Florence Holmes. 

52. Edward J., born Sept. 7, 1859: m. Lillian M. Gillette. 

53. Henrv B., born Sept. 16. 1861 ; m. Lillian Rider. 

54. Bernard M., born Aug. 31. 1865; died April 15. 189^. 

55. Carrie Augusta, born June 10, 1868: m. M. Lyon Colnian. 
Jessie Anna, born Aug. 22, 1872. 

i2. Edward J,, son of Marcus and Sarah M. (Green) Davis, m; 

lian "M., dau. of Eli and Eliza (Bassett) Gillette, Oct, 9. 1879, in Seymour, Cl. 




57. Walter Eli, born Oct. 28, 1880; died April 8. 1883. 

58. Grustia V., born Oct. 9, 1881. 

59. Clarence M., born Feb. 24, 1885. 

60. Merial I., born April 9, 1890. 

61. Morris E.. born Aug. 11, 1892. 

53. Henry B., son of Marcus and Sarah M. (Green) Davis, married Lil- 
lian, dau. of Cornelius Rider, of Oxford, Conn., Aug. 16, 1883. Resides on 
Bungay. He is a mason by trade. 


62. Mary Olive, born March 30, 1888. 

63. Elsie Post, born May 14, 1892. 

64. Harold B., born July 21, 1895. 

44. Harpin, son of Anson and Sally (Prudden) Davis, married Mary 
Chatfield. March 31, 1850. 


65. Charles H., born Jan. i, 1851. 

66. Martha Ella, born Nov. 19, 1852. 

67. Harriet C, born June 26, 1857. 

68. William C, born Aug. 3, 1859. 

69. Arthur L., born May 27, 1868. 

27. Truman, son of Col. John and Mehitable (Thomas) Davis, married, 
first, Mary, dau. of Roger and Lydia (Perkins) Allen, Dec. 6, 1808, of Wood- 
bridge, Ct.; married, second, Statira Ball, of Bethany, Ct.; married, third, 
Mrs. Sophia Mallory. of Milford, Oct. 24, 1854. Capt. Truman resided in 
Naugatuck. Capt. Truman died May 19, 1868. Mary died Feb. 13, 1832. 
Statira died April 24, 1854. 


Emily, born Aug. 19, 1810; m. C. Lockwood Adams. 
David A., born July 29, 1812; died Mar. 20, 1847. 
Clark, born March 31, 1815; m. Mary A. Toffey. 
Mariette, born Aug. 22, 1817; m. Nathan W. Morgan. 
An infant, born Sept. 25, 1819; died Dec. 20, 1819. 
Emeret, born Jan. 24, 1821; m. Harrison Tomlinson. 
John, born Oct. 7, 1823. 

Lydia P., born Feb. 15, 1826; m. John R. Tomlinson. 
Burr, born Jan. 7, 1828; m. Mary J. Mallett. 
Lucy, born Feb. 19, 1830; m. Hart C. Hubbell. 

76. John, son of Capt. Truman and Mary (Allen) Davis, married Jen-i 
nette G., dau. of Isaac N. and Grace (Botsford) Ailing, Oct. 11. 1847. She 
was born Oct. 2, 1826. Jennette G. died Oct. 22, 1900. 


80. Ella, born Aug. 21, 1850; m. Edward M. North, Oct. 8, 1873. 

81. Nettie A., born March 25. 1852. 

82. Mary H., born July 15, 1854; died Nov. 21, 1856. 

28. John, son of Col. John and Mehitable (Thomas) Davis, married 
Laura, dau. of John and Mary (Beecher) Riggs. John died Aug. 8, 1844.; 
Laura died Nov. 13, 1854, aged 59 years, 6 months. 

S3. John R.. born Dec. 20, 1814: m. Jennetta WHieeler. 

84. Isaac B.. born April 15, 1817: m. Ann Tucker. 

85. Otis, born Feb. 8, '1825; died April 12, 1842. 

86. William Hart, born March 10. 1829: m. Francis Mallett; born June 

18. 1837; died May 15. 1872. 


83. Jolin K.. son of Jolin and l.aiira (Iviggs) Davis, married Sara 

1 Jen^ 

nettc. dau. of Lyman and Sarali ( 1 .ounsl)nrv ) \\'iu'olcr. Slu' was l)or 

1 Oct. 

29, 1819. J<din R. died On. 17. \Xjj. Sarah j. died Jnly (). i88n. 


87. Laura; m. John ILiwley, of Oxford, Ct. 

84. Lsaac B., son of Jolm and Lanra ( ki.^-.ns) Davis, married i\Liri; 


dan. of Sheldon and Nancy (Ken-nvy) Tucker. June k). iS4_'. Ke>i( 

led m 

Hartford, Conn. 

88. John Otis, horn Oct. 

89. Daughter, liorn 


'6. 1854. 

hn and Laura ( Ri.ut^s) Davis, 



married, second. Catherine M., 

dau. of i 


d, Ian. _>8. 1874. Resides ii 



June 18, 1837. 

86. William Hart, son of L,li 
Francis Mallett, March 18, 1853: 
and Julia Ann (Hatch) I-'airch 
Francis died May 15, lii^jj; born Ji 

Children by Francis Mallett. 

90. Lucy A., born July 5. 1856; died June 18, 1875. 

91. William O., born Oct. 22. 1857. 

92. George M., born July 19, 1862: m. Fannie Lenox. .\ug., 188,?. 

93. Isaac B., born May 22. 1864: died May 22. 1870. 

91. William O., son of William Hart and Francis (Mallett) Davis, mar- 
ried Hattie A. Benham, March 26, 1879. Mr. Davis has represented his 
town in the legislature and is the deleyate to the Constitutional Convention 
from Oxford, Ct. 


94. Francis Mallett. born Oct. i, 1880. 

34. Joseph W., son of Col. John and Mchitable (Thomas) Davis, mar- 
ried Henrietta Newton, of Woodbridge Conn.. Nov. 11, 1824. 


95. Jonah N.. bapt. Aug. 3, 1828; m. Bassctt. Went west. . 

96. DeWitt; lawyer in Milwaukee. 

97. Joseph Burritt. bapt. Sept. 9, 1839; died Nov. 4, 1854. 

36. Lewis, son of Col. John and Mehitable (Thomas) Davis, married Lu- 
cinda Perkins, of Oxford, Ct. Lewis died Feb. 11. [871. Lucinda died lulv 
18, 1882. aged 75. 


98. Henry. Iiorn Oct. 10, 1830; m. Amelia Beecher. 

99. Mary, born Oct. 31, 1840; m. Charles W. Storrs. 
100. Frank, born June 19. 1847; m. Mary Lane. 

^7. Burritt, son of Col. John and Mehitable (Thomas) Davis, married 
Sarah Electa, dau. of Hiram Osborn, of Oxford, Ct. Burritt died May 24. 
1893. Sarah, born May 6, 1808, died Jan. 4. 1880. 

loi. Jay, m. Anna Fairchild. 

102. Sarah, m. Frederic Cal)le. 

103. Bernard, m. first. ; second, . 

12. Dan, son of John and Sarah (Chatfield) Davis, married Ruth, dau. 

of Thomas and Sarah (Hawkins) Wooster, 1740. Dan died March 20. 1822. 


104. Naomi, b(n-n Jan. i, 1741; '". Benjannn Davis, second wife. 
103. Daniel. ) . ■ born Sept. 17, 1743; m- Hannah Wooster. 
106. Reuben, f """^•born Sept. 17, i743; '"• Anne . 


107. Sarah born Nov. i, 1747; m. Henry Tomlinson. 

!^. "^ '■••,'?'" ^'Lb- 20, 1753- m. Nathaniel HoIbVook. 

109. Kthiel, born Feb. 15, 1756. 

105. Daniel son of Dan and Rnth (Wooster) Davis, married Hannahr 
dan. of Capt. John and Ennice (Hull) Wooster, of Oxfo d, Q. abont 177s ' 
Resided m Derby. Daniel died March 12, 1837. Hannah died Sept 6, 179?: 

no. Abigail, bapt. Nov. 20, 1774. 

111. Daniel, bapt. May 2, 1779. 

112. Cyrus, bapt. Aug. 8, 1784. 

11,^. Eunice, born 1790; died, 1791. 

T ineV'and°Pn?i/°" ?l ^.tl^'r ^"^ Hannah Davis, married Amelia, dan of 
Marchi" T^i a' Scott) Lounsbury, of Bethany, Conn. Daniel died 
March 12, 1837. Amelia died Jan. 31, 1868, aged 67. 


114- Charles, died; found with his neck broken, 1872 

115- John, born June 10, 1817. 

116. Jennetta, born 1820; m. George Merrick. 

ta dau' of H'.'nf°"/^ Daniel and Amelia (Lounsburv) Davis, married Augus- 
ta, dau. of Hanford and Delia Elvira Fairchild, of Oxford, Ct. Residecf on . 

7 i89Vage1V3.''"""' ^°'" '"' ^'''' ''' '^^'- ^"^"^^^ ^- d'"^' Sept j 


117. Jennetta E., born May 13, 1856; m. Franklin G. Hurd. 

106. Reuben, son of Daniel and Ruth (Wooster) Davis, married Annie 
—-—-—. Reuben bought the land where Mr. Frederic Morris now lives 

. Children. 

iio. Daniel, born, 1790. 

119. Ezra, born, 1792; died in New Haven, 181 1 

120. Samuel, born, 1794; died young. 

121. Alva, born, 1795. 

122. Ruth, born, 1798; m. John Doolittle. 

123. Philo, born Nov. 22, 1800; m. Harriet Sutton 

124. Chary, born, 1803; m. Enos Doolittle, May ^0 18^? 

125. Levi, born Dec. 26, 1805; m. Abigail 

126. Nancy, born, 1807; m. first. Harry Holbrook; 'second, Eli Terrill, 
June 7, 1832. 

PittsVIdd M^ss'' '°" ""^ ^''"''''" """"^ ^""'"^ °''''''' '"'-^"'^^l- Removed to ' 


127. Lucius. 

128. Millissa. 

129. Edward. 

121. Alva, son of Reuben and Annie Davis, married, first, Eunice Snen- 
cer; married second, Polly, dau. of Capt. Daniel and Elizabeth A (Rii<.s) 
Holbrook Nov. 10 1832; married, third, Sally, dau. of Toseoh and Hannah 
(Banks) Johnson, Nov. 10, 1834, widow of Medad Keenev Alvn rb.Ml D,^,- 
25, i860. Eunice died, 1831. Polly died Jan. 28, 1833, aged 35. ' 
Children by Eunice Spencer. 

130. Lsaac Harvey, born March 11, 1818. 

131. Llenry, born, 1823; died. 

132. Ann, born May 26, 1826: died May 28. 1826. 



LMi l)v Sallv lul 




Jolin, born. 
Mary, / , 
Harry, O'' 
Harriet, bor 
Hubert, bor 

1)11, Dec. 16 


835; (lied. 

born Oct. 24. 1837. 
■-' l)orn Oct. _'4, 1837; lives in New Haven. 
, i83<); ni. lulward Parrell. 
Ani^-.. 1840: drowned June 21. 1843. 
130. Isaac Harvey, son of Alva and lumicc (S]KMicer) Davis, married 
Maria L., dan. of Zera and Marinda (Doolittle) Bassett. March 26. 1842. She 
was born April 28. 1821. Isaac H. died Oct. 17, 1882. Maria died Oct. 4. 

Irwin, born. 184^; died Jnly 24. 1844. 
Zera B.. born Dec. 2^. 1844: ni. Alice Wa 
Erwin J., born Dec. 1 ^. i8=;o. 

Jane E.. born April 8. 1852: ni. Charles W. Cook 
Llewellyn, born Ajiril 1, 1854; ni. Clara Morris. 
Edward R., bt)rn Oct. 17. 1857; ni. Mary Morris. 
Martha A., born Jan. 9, i85i ; ni. Frank E. Morris. ApvW 9. 18S4. 
Lucy S.. born Aug. 8, 1862: ni. H. R. Baker, March 28, 1894. 
1^9. Zera B.. son of Isaac H. and Maria L. (Bassett) Davis, niarrit'd 
Alice" A., dan. of William B. and Rebecca (Terrill) Watson, Dec. 16. 1872. 


146. Otto W., born Dec. 2^,. 1875. 

140. Erwin J., son of Isaac H. and Maria L. (Bassett) Davis, married. 
first. Jennie Rose; married, second. Marv Stowmall. Erwin J. died April 19, 

Child by Jennie Rose. 

147. Child, died. 

142. Llewellyn, son of Isaac H. and Maria L. (Bassett) Davis, married 
Clara B. Morris, of Danbury, Conn., Sept. 14. 1S80. Llewellyn disai)])eared 
Jnly. 1884; supposed to have been drowned. 


148. Harvey. 

149. Carrie F.. born Aug. 7. 1881; died in infancy. 

143. Edward R.. son of Isaac H. and Maria L. (Bassett) Davis, married 
Mary E. Morris, of Danbury. Conn. Resides in Seymour, Ct. No issue. 

123. Philo. son of Reuben and Annie Davis, married Llarriet' dau. of 
John and Polly Sutton. 1827. He resided in the house where Mr. Frederick 
Morris now lives. Philo died Nov. 15. 1875. Harriet was b<n-n May 13, 
1807; died Jan. 18. 1891. 


150. Homer A., born Oct. 17. 1827: died March 4. 18^.1. 
1^1. John L.. born Feb. 20. 1831. 

152. Clark H.. born Dec. 22, 1833- 

153. Charles E.. born June 5, 1837- 

154. George W., born Aug. 8. 1840. 

155. Burr M.. born April 12, 1842. 

156. Hannah M.. born June 11. 1845: m. Rodney Robinson. 

157. Julia R.. born Oct. 27. 1847: m. William Morris. . 

158. Nathan F.. born Nov. 11, 1852; died Dec. 22, 1856. 

15 r. John L.. son of Philo and Harriet (Sutton) Davis, married Alberta 
D. Loveland. of Plainville. Ct. He unlisted in Co. K, 23rd Iowa \'ols.. Died 
at Milliken Bend, julv 10. 1863. Alberta D. died .\pril 30. 1898. 

Ella, born : m. Joseph Se: 


[60. Edward P... be 

New Haven, Ct. 


15J. Clark H., son of Philo and Harriet (Sutton) Davis, married Julia 
E.. dau. of Perr\' and Abliie (Botsford) Cadwell. Julia E. was born June 
II, 1841. Clark enlisted in an Iowa regiment. Resides in Ansonia, Ct. 


161. Charles E.. born May 19, 1868; died Oct. 17. 1868. 

162. Perry C. born June 26, 1872. 

153. Charles E., son of Philo and Harriet (Sutton) Davis, married Mary 
Jane, dau. of William B. Watson and Rebecca (Terrill) Watson, March ]6, 
1862. Resides in Yalesville, Ct. 


163. Harriet, born Sept. 18, 1865. 

164. Clara, born Oct. 3, 1876. 

165. Alice J., born June 12, 1881. 

154. George W., son of Philo and Harriet (Sutton) Davis, married 
Martha G. Hitchcock. Resides in North ford, Ct. 


166. Ethel. 

155. Burr M., son of Philo and Harriet (Sutton) Davis, married Jane, 
dau. of Harvev and Caroline (Moulthrop) Downs, Nov. 7, 1862. I'urr M. 
died Jan. 5. 1871- 


167. Carrie, born Sept. 7, 1869; m. Oliver Doolittle. 

125. Levi, son of Reuben and Annie Davis, married Abigail A. Bronson, 
of Wallingford, Conn. Levi removed from Seymour to Westville, where he 
died Dec. 8, 1899, aged 93 years, 11 months, 3 days. Abigail died Oct. 3, 1891. 


168. Luther Anson, born . 

169. Bronson T., born . 

170. Loreno D., born : m. Josie E. Wedge, Jan. 11. 1879. at 

Meriden, Ct. Resides at Westville, Ct. No issue. 

4. Samuel, son of John Davis, of Derby, Ct., married Mercy Bennett. 
Resided in Derby, Ct. 


171. Elias, born. 1708; m. Abigail Tomlinson. 

172. John, born ; m. Esther . 

173. Enoch, born 

174. Nathan, born 

175. Samuel, born 

[76. Betty or Elizabeth, born ; m. Thomas Leavenworth. 

177. Hannah, born ; m. first, John Hawley; second, Obadiah 


178. Sarah, born ; m. Zachariah Hawkins. 

174. Nathan, son of Samuel and Mercy (Bennett) Davis, married Eunice, 
lu. of Samuel and Hannah Tomlinson. Resided on Bungay and at the Neck. 

179. Rachel, born April, 1738; ni. Adam Vose. 

i8o. Eunice, born June 20, 1740; m. Azariah Prichard. 
i8r. Benjamin, born March i, 1743. Was mderator of the first meet- 
ing of Trinity church parish at the house of Dr. Sanford. 

182. Daniel, \ • born March 20, 1746; m. Susanna Wooster. 

183. Joseph. / ^'^'"''■born March 20, 1746; m. Amy Foot. 

184. Sarah, born Oct. 6, 1756; m. . 

i8r. Benjamin, son of Nathan and Eunice (Tomlinson) Davis, married, 
"St, Betty, dau. of Joseph and Sarah (Beers) Tomlinson. She was born 




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ford's honse for llie pnrp( 
1797. Benjamin died Nov., 1817 
Naomi died March, 1818. 


[85. Beniamin, liorn . 

186. Betsey, born ; m. I'liilo Miles. 


1. James Davis. M. D., came to Seymonr with his sons (j) Henry V. 
and (,^) Peter, and a danghter. He was born May 18, 1789, at Smitlitown, 
Montgomery Co.. New York. Died Sept. 30, 1867. 

2. Henry P., son of Dr. James and Catherine Davis, married, first, Cath- 
erine Crandail, at Colioes. N. Y., April 16, 1840. Married, sicund, Almira, 
dan. of Dea. Bradford and Ruth (Wheeler) Steele, of Sevnnnir, Sc])!. 2, 1849. 
She was the widow of J. dm W. llolcomb. Henry P. died March 31. 1885. 
Catherine was born Dec. i(), iSif); died Feb. 27. 1841. Almira died March, 

Children by Catherine Crandail. 

4. Amanda M., born An<;-. 14. 1S41, in Trenton, N. 1.; died Fel). 20, 


5. Sarah J.. Ixn-n Mav 8. 184^: m. lirst, llenrv Carrinuton. Ian. (;, i8f)2; 

second, Andrew V.. Wheeler. July 8, 1880. 
(i. Anna C, born Sept. 1 t, 184^. 

7. Charles H., born Jan. 7, 1848. m Seymour. 

Children by Almira Steele. 

8. CieorL;e Smith, 1)orn May 24, i8so. 
I). Burr Steele, born Dec, 22 18:^1. 

10. Alice Almira. born Feb. 2. 1854: m. Joseph 'V. P>eard, May 27. 1872. 

7. Charles H., son of Henry P. and Catherine (Crandail) Davis, enlisted 
in Co. C, 1st Conn. Heavy Artillery. Dec. 4. 18O3, and served through tiie Civil 
war and was honorably discharged Sept. 15, 1865. He married Mrs. Mary 
Jane Finch. March 21, 1868. He first located at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in 1883. 
lie removed with his family to Wittenburg, Wisconsin. 


11. Zella. 1)orn Fel). 20, 1869. 

12. Nellie, born . 

8. George Smith, son of Henry P. and Almira (Steele) Davis, married, 
first, Martha M. Cushen, of Ansonia, Ct., (Jet. 2. 1872; married, second, Mary 

i;v Charles Henry, born Aug. 10, 1873. 

14. George, l)orn Jan. 8, 1876. 

15. Willie Cushen, born March 3, 1879; died April 26, 1879, 

H- Charles H., son of George S. and Martha M. (Cushen) Davis, mar- 
ried Mary F.. dan. of William F. and Martha (Hme) Cooper, of Seymour. 
Conn., July 16. 1894. 


16. Chester Cooper, born Dec. i. 1894. 

17. Leonard, born July 25, 1896. 

18. Urlie, born Feb. 15. 1898. 

19. George Elliott, born July 24. 1900. 

9. Burr Steele, son of Henry P. and Almira (Steele) Davis, married, first, 
Francis E. Waterman, of Orange, Conn., Nov. 17, 1880. She was born Sept. 
6, i860. Florence E. died April 22, 189-'. Resides in Chicago, 111. 


Children by Florence E. Waterman. 

20. Morence Orie. born Oct. i, 1882; died Mav 2. 1888. 

21. Henry Burr, born Oct. ig. 1886; died Feb. 5. 1887. 


1. Robert Day came from England to New England in the bark Eliza- 
beth. He came from Ipswich, in h'.ngland, and landed in Boston. 1634. He 
was born. 1604; was, therefore, thirty years of age. He was acconT^anied by 
his wife Mary, who was twenty-eight years of age. He first located in New- 
ton (now Cambridge.) His wife Mary probably died soon after their arrival. 
He was made a freeman May 6. 16.?:;. which is an indication that he was a 
member of the established church of the colony. He was a resident of Hart- 
ford in 1639. and undoubtedly was one of the company who acconT^^nied the 
Rev. Mr. Hooker, who walked from Cambridge to Hartford in 1636. His 
name is found upon the monument erected to their memory in that city. He 
married for his second wife Editha, sister of Edward Stibbins (or Stebbing.) 
of Hartford, and had four children, as follows: 


2. Thomas, born ; the ancestor of the Springfield branch. 

3. John, born ; the ancestor of the Hartford branch. 

4. Sarah, born , who married, first. Nathaniel Gunn. of Han- 

ford, Sept., 1658; married, second. Samuel Kellogg, of Hatfield, 
Nov. 24. 1664. She was slain with her son Joseph, by the 
Indians, Sept. 19. 1677. 

5. Mary. Married, first. Samuel Ely. of Springfield, Mass., Oct. 20, 

1659; married, second, Thomas Stebbins, April 12, 1664; married, 
third, Dea. John Coleman, of Hatfield, Dec. 11, 1696. She died at 
Hatfield. 1725. 

2. Thcmias. son of Robert and Editha (Stebbins) Day, married Sarah, 
dau. of Eieut. Thomas Cooper. 1'homas located in Springfield. Thomas 
died Dec. 2-], 171 1. Sarah died Nov. 21, IT26. 


6. I'homas, born March 2},, 1662; m. Elizabeth Merrick, Jan. 28, 1085. 

7. Sarah, born June 14, 1664; m. John Burt, Feb. 21. 1683. 

8. Mary, born Dec. 15, 1666; m. John Merrick, Feb. 11, 1687. 

9. John, born Feb. 20, 1669; died Aug. 6, 1670. 

10. Samuel, born May 20, 1671; m. Mary Dumbleton, July 22, 1697. 

11. John, born Sept. 20, 1673; m. Mary Smith, March 10, 1697. 

12. Ebenezer, born Feb. 18, 1676; died June 12, 1676. 

13. Ebenezer, born Sept. 5, 1677: m. Mercy Hitchcock, April 18, 1700. 

14. Jonathan, born Aug. 8. 1680; m. Mercy Burt, Dec. 2. 1709. 

15. Abigail. Married, first, Samuel Warriner, Feb. 18, i7or married, 

second, Thomas Miller, 1726; died Oct 6, 1747. 

13. Ebenezer. son of Thomas and Sarah (Cooper) Day. married Mercy 
Hitchcock, April 18, 1700. Resided at West Sprinefield, Mass. Elienezer 
died Sept. i, 1763. Mercy died Sept. 29, 1761, ao^ed 80. 


16. Ebenezer, born Oct. it^, 1701: m. Mary Smith. April 2},. 1724. 

17. Mercy, born Nov. 4, 1703; m. James Ashlev. Dec. 30, 17-25. 

18. Luke, born July 2, 1706: m. Jerusha Skinner. Nov. 9, i7?4. 

19. Sarah, born Nov. 3, 1709; m. Josiah Leonard. Feb. 25. 1730. 

20. 'J'hankful, born Dec. 24, 171 1. 

21. Timothy, born June 15, 1714: died June 24, 1714. 

22. Editha, born Aug. 20. 1715; ni. Caleb Bliss. 

23. Mariam. born March 4, 1718; ni. Reuben Leonard. 

24. Timothy, born Sept. 5, 1720. 

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24. 'riniolliy, son ol and Wwcv ( I lilclicock) Day, niarrird 
u-ah Mnn. of Deerfiold. Feb. 6. 1747. Rc-Mdcd al West Sprin-tu-Id. Mass. 
pimothy died Sept. 29. 1797. Sarah died ( )ct. 4. iSoo, aged 76. ' 

27. Sarah, l)iirn June 24. 174S; 111. (liles Day, Se])!. 25, 17-'. 

28. Timothy, born March 13, 1750: in. lumice Male, Jan. 29. 1778. 

29. Roswell, born Sept. 2. 1752; m. I.ncy Atchinson, July 2. 1776. 

30. Lewis, born July 19. 1754; m. Selira Ward, Nov. 28, 1778. 

,^1. 'I'hankful, liorn Aug. 10, 1756; m. EHslia Farman, June 2? 178,^. 
.^2. Asa, liorii Nov. 19, 1759; slain by the Indians Oct. 19, 1780. 
,^.^. Rebecca, born Aug. 20. 1761: m. Henry Rogers. June 12, 1788. 
.^4. Ktlmund, born Jan. 17, 17617. 

34. iMlnuind, son of Tiniolhy and Sarah (Mun) Da-- married ileile llitcli- 
ock, Jan. 16, 1794. Resided at West Springfield, Mass. Edmund died Sept. 
2, 183I. 

] Children. 

I 35. Adah. l.K)rn Nov. 10, 1794; m. Orrin Loomis Jan. i. 1817. 

36. Bede, born ; m. Cyrus Leonard, Dec. 4. 1817. 

:^7. Julius, born May 10. 1797. 

38. Harriet, born March 23, 1799: m. Leonard Parmelee, .'»• ril, 1818. 

39. Sarah Mun. born Dec. 17. 1800; in. Justus Ba"-- June, 1826. 

40. Edmund, born Oct. 27, 1802: m. Maria Drake, April (>, 1829. 

41. Maria, born June 28, 1804; died Aug. 25. 1828. 

42. Diadema, born March 22. 1806; m. Daniel Ashley, Jan., J830. 

43. Ralph, born Feb. 21, 1808; m. Sophronia Veomans. 

44. Julia Ann, born Fel). 24, i8ri; died Jan. 1;. 1830. 

45. Lucy, born, 1812; died Aug. 28, 1814. 

46. Henry Lewis, born Dec. 2S, 1814: m. Winnifred G. Coffm, Mav 1, 


I 37. Julius, son of Edmund and Rede (Hitchcock) Dav, married Lois 

iGoodyear, Jan. 15. 1824. Resided in West Siiringheld, Mass. Lois was born 
lAue. 17, 1794: ilied Anril 30, 1882. 


47. Austin Goodyear, born Nov. 24. 1824. 

48. Henry Perdy, born March 12, 1829. 

49. Edmund, born Dec. 12, 1831. 

50. Lois Ann, born March 7, 1834. 

47. Austin Goodvear, son of Julius and Lois ((loodyear) Day, married 
Sarah Ann Brixey. Austin D. died Dec. 28, 1889. Sarah Ann died July 29. 
1892, aged 67; no issue. 

48. Henrv Perdv, son of Julius and Lois (Croodyear) Day. married 1-^aii- 
nie G., dan. of Ezekiel and Sarah (Hurd.) 6rilbert, Aug. 17, i8f)^. of Seymour. 


51. Julius G., born July 11, 1866. 

52. Harry, born March 13, 1870. A lawyer; graduate of Vale Lniver- 

SI. Jullu^ (;., son of Henrv P. and Eaiinie G. ((iilbert) Day. married 
Elizal)etli Wanning, of Slielton. Conn., Jan. 9. 1896. (By the Rev. E, C. Fel- 


53. Dorothy Wanning, born March i, 1899. 

54. Elizabeth Wanning, born May 17, 1900. 



4<). Kdnuind. son ci 
. of William and Sn.- 

Jnlins and l.ois (Goodvcar) Dav, married Annie ^ 
1 (Brown) Melcher, Jnne 18, 186,^. Sprin-tield, Ma 

55. William M., born May 13. 1867. 

56. Annie E., born April 14. 1871; m. tirst. Engene W. Collier 

Frank Hotchkiss. 
^7. Edith F., born Jan. 15, 1874. 

46. Henry L.. son of Edmnnd and Bede (Hitchcock) Day, married W 
nifred Gclston Cofifin, of Nantncket. Mass.. May i, 18,38, and removed lo ^ 
Ravenna. Ohio. 


58. Henrietta Gelslon, born July 8. 1839. 

59. Henry Coffin, born May 6, 1841. 

60. Roland Gelston, born May 7, 1843. 

61. Florana Maria, born Jan. 24, 1850. 

62. Mary Winnie, born April 14. 1853. 

63. George B.. born Feb. 11. 1857. 

64. Winston W., l^orn April 21. 1863. 

I. Captain Ebenezer came from Brookhaven, Long Island. N. Y., dur- 
ing the Revolutionary war and located in Bethany, Ct.. where he lived when 
he was robbed. He afterwards removed to Chusetown and keut a tavern 
where Mr. William Hull now lives. It is stated that the Methodists held 
their meetings in the bar-room of this tavern by their son Smith Dayton. 
Capt. Ebenezer married Phebe Smith, at Brookhaven. Capt. Ebenezer died ! 
in New Orleans. La. Phebe. his wife, died March 18, 1827, aged 77. 


2. Phebe. born. 1776; m. Nathan Stiles. 

3. h^rancis. born ; m. Theophilus Eason. 

4. Rev. Smith, born ; 111. . 1818. 

1. Samuel Dean was born in Ireland about 1792. in Belfast. He tookv! 
an active part in the rebellion and w^as obliged to leave Ireland for America^ 
about 1812. He was captured on the passage and taken to Halifax. Novai 
Scotia, where he was confined for about six months, when he made his escapee 
and walked through the Maine woods, and after a toilsome, drearv march for aa, 
number of days, he arrived in New York city. He located at first in Dela- 
ware Co., New York. Later he settled in Caroline. Tompkins Co.. N. Y. 
He married Jane Douglass. Samuel died Dec. 1836. 




bapt. 1816; died young. 
John. ^ '"'"■'^' bapt. 1816; died young. 

John Calvin, born 1816; m. Sarah Smith. 

James Alexander, born, 1818. 

William Douglass, born . 

Mary, born ; m. William R. Robinson. 

Sarah, born ; m. Lucius Hunt. 

Maria, born ; m. Benjaniin h'reeinan. 

Jane Ann. born, 1830; died, 1856. 
Samuel R., born Oct. 29, 1833. 

Cornelius C. born . 

Nancy, born ; died young. 

12. Samuel R.. son of Samuel and Jane (Douglass) Dean, married Annai 
Curtiss. dau. of Nathan Beecher and Augusta (Sherman) Fairchild. of Ox-- 
ford, Ct., Jan. 15, 1863. She was born Jan. 25, 1835. Mr. Dean was one; 


'of the leading merchants of the town. lie was elected to the lct>-islaturc by 
his fellow townsmen. He was a man very much respected by all who knew 
him. Samuel R. died March 25. 1900, ancl was buried with K. T. honors by 

'New Haven Commanderv, No. _>. 

II " Chil.h-en. 

14. Ellen Cornelia, born .Sept. 5, i8()S, at ( )\vcl;-o. New York; died Feb. 

27. 1870. 

15. William Faircliild, Ixirn An-. 0, 1867; m. iMta i.ouns1)urv. 

16. Beniamin S., born Nov. 4. 1X70; died April 25, 1877. 

17. Robert K., liorn Ai)ril 8. 187;,. 

18. Clara Augusta, biirn July 15, i87(), m .Scynidur. Ct. 


1. The DeForrest family first appears in .\vernes, b'rance. but were 
driven from their home on account of their religious belief, having end)raced 
the reform doctrines. A part of them removed to Leydcn, where lour <ii 
the brothers, viz.: Jean (John), Jesse. Michael, and Gerard, lived in i()oO. 
jjesse DeForrest married M.arie (In Cloux, probably at Eeyden. He joined 
ian expedition for the contpiesl of I'.ra/il. where he dit'd in i()J4. 


2. Jean, in I^adan. France. 

3. Henrv. born : m. (ierti-nde liorslra. 

4. Rachel: m. Dr. Johannes Mousnir de Monla-ue. 

5. Jesse. 

(). Isaac, born, ](n(>. 

7. Israel; died vounu. 

8. Phillippe; died young. 

6. Isaac, son of Jesse and Marie du (Cloux) DeForrol. married Sarah 
du Trieux, dau. of Philip and Susaimali de (Chiney) Trieux. June (j, i()Ji. al 
■'New Amsterdam." (New \'ork City.) Isaac came to America with hi> 

brother Henry, (who died the following year) \u the yacht Reusselaerwych. 
Capt. Jean Trebkins, Oct. t. \()T,h. 

g. Jesseu, bapt. Nov. (> i()4_': died young. 

10. Susannali. baiit. Jan. 22. 1(14-- in. I'eler de Rieiner. 

11. (ierrit, 1)a])t. M:iy _M . ir)4(>; ]>robably died young. 

12. (ierrit. l)apt. June 10. 1(147. 

13. .Marie, t ■ l)ant. Jan. 10. i()4o. 

14. Michael, 1 ^^^ '"'^'bapt. Jan. 10, i()40. 

15. Jan, bapt. March 27, 1650; m. Susannah A'erlelh. 
Ux Philip, bapt. July 28, 1652: m. Trywtje Kin. 

17. Isaac, bapt. April 25, 1655: m. Lysbeth Vaude .Si)i(.'L'e!. 

t8. Hendrick, bapt. Sept. 9. 1657: m. Femmetja Van Flaesbiich. 

19. David, bapt. Aug. r. 1660: died in infancv. 

20. David, bapt. Dec. 19. t66^; died in infancy. 

21. Marie, bapt. July 7. 1(166: m. Cai)t. T.ernard Darly. 

22. David, bapt. Sept.. 1(169. 

22. David, son of Isaac and Sarah du (Trieux) l)el''orre>l. m;irried Mar- 
tha, dau. of Samuel and Mary Blagge. They came to Stratford and coven- 
anted with the church Aug. 7. i()07. Hi^ widow m.arried Dea. J. Thompson. 
David died April 20, 17-M. Martha dieil I'eb. 7. i7-'n. 

2,^. Mary, born Jan. 27. i()()6-7: m. Stephen Hawley. 

24. Sarah, born Nov. 9. i<)g8: m. Benjamin Lewis. Jr. 

25. Martha, born April n. 1700: in. Elnath,-iii Wheeler. 

26. David, born April 24. 1702. 

27. Samuel, born April 4, 1704: "i. .Abigail Peet. 


28. Lsaac. born April 14, 1706. 

29. Edward, born July 25, 1708; m. Eunice Ufford. 

30. Henry, born July 4, 1710; m. Martha 

31. Elizabeth, born June 4, 1714; m. Josiah Merwin. 

32. Benjamin, born May 8. 1716; m. Esther Beardsle". 

32. Benjamin, son of David and Martha (Blagge) DcForcst, married 

Esther Bearuslev, April, 174A: married, second. Sarah . Benjamin 

died, 1780. Sarah died, 1780, aged 65. 

3.^. Hezekiah. born Dec. 14. 1745: m. Marv Adams. 

34. Nehemiah, born April 1, 1748; m. Rebecca Blakeman. 

35. Benjamin, born Dec. 28, i~'o. 

36. Catherine, born March 18, 1753; m. Samuel Mallctt. 

37. Esther, born May 29, 1755; m. Samuel Thompson. 

38. Isaac, born Dec. 16, 1758; m. Mary Gregory. 

39. Othniel, born April 10, 1761- m. Hannah Tomlinson. 

35. Benjamin, son of Benjamin and I^sther (Beardsley) DeForest, mar- 
ried Mehitable Curtisss, of Stratford Ct.. 1773. Benjamin died Aug. i, 1784. 
Mehitable died May 7. 1830. aged 79 -ears. 


40. David Curtiss, born March 6, 1774; m. Julia Wooster. 

41. John Hancock, born June 2. 1776. 

42. William, born July 20, 1778: died. 1802. 

43. Benjamin, born July 2, 1780. 

44. Ezra, born Aug. 25, 1782; m. Eaura Wooster. 

45. Mehitable, born posthumus, 1796; died June 21, 1809. 

41. John Hancock, son of Benjamin and Mehitable (Curtiss) DeForest, 
was a man of great energy and business ability. He v^^as first employed in 
a shipping house in New Haven, Conn., in the early part of his life, where 1 
in six years he had accumulated twenty-seven hundred dollars. In 1803 he 
formed a partnershin with his brother Benjamin and engaged in mercantile< 
business in Watertown, Conn. In 1818, by advice of his brother David, he 
settled in New York city, and engaged in the brokerage and commission busi- 
ness, which was very successful. In 1821 he associated himself with a Phila-i 
delphia company of gentlemen and bought the water privilege and woolen 
mill at Humphreysville, Conn., which had been left unoccupied for three years 
through the death of Gen. David Humphreys. They at once set the paper 
mill, grist mill and saw mill at work. They then commenced the alteration! 
of the woolen into a cotton mill, for the purpose of manufacturing cotton 
sheetings. Mr. John H. DeForest was the business head of the above com-i 
pany, and while he was at Humphreysville he was several times elected to rep 1 
resent the town in the legislature. He also held the office of justice of the' 
peace. John H. married Dotha Woodward, of Waterbury, Ct.. Dec. 5, 1811.1 
She was a daughter of Elijah Woodward. John H. died Feb. 12, 1839, ati 


46. George F., born Sept. 14, 1812. 

47. Henrv A., born May 15, 1814. 

48. Andrew, born Feb. 23. 1817. 
49- John W. born March 31, 1826. 


I. Robert Dibble came to New England about 1634, from Weymouth.i 
He was a native of Summerset, England. He first located at Dorchester.r 
Mass., where he received an allotment of land, Dec. 17, 1635. Very little isi 
known of him. He undoubtedly died before 1640. 

2. Francis, born, i^i i. 

3. Thomas, born, 1613. 





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died M 

3. Thomas, son of Robert I)il)I)K\ caiiu- lu New Knt^land from W 
iEngland. He sailed March jo, i()35. ;ind landed ;it 15( 
'land at Dorchester, Dec. 17. 1O35. lie i-eimived from 
Conn., where he resided the remainder of his life. 
1681. Thomas died Oct. 17, 1700. 


4. Israel, born Aug. 29, 1637: m. Fdizaheth llnll. 

5. Ebenezer, bapt. Se])t. 2(), i()4i. 

6. Hepsibah, bapt. Dee. _>5. i()42. 

7. Samuel, bapt. May _'4. i')43; m. lle|)sil);ili liarllett. 

8. Mariam, bapt. Dec. 17. 1645. 

I 9. Thomas, bapt. Sept. 3. 1647; m. M. Tucker. 

' 10. Joanna, bapt. Feb. i. 1650. 

5. Ebenezer, son of Thomas Dibble, married M.-iry Wakefield. Oel. 27. 
1663, at Windsor, Ct. He was in the re(|ut)t war and was killed in the 
swamp fight, Dec. 19, 1(17=,. 

It. Mary, born Dec. 24, iO()4. 

12. Wakefield, born Sept. 15, lOf)/. 

13. Martha, born March 10. i()()9-7o. 

14. Ebenezer. born Aug. 8, 1071. 

15. John, born Feb. 9. 1(173. 

T2. W^akefield, son of Ebenezer and Mary (Waketield) Dd)l)le. married, 
first, Sarah Eoomis. Dec. 27. 1692; married, second, Jane Inler, Sept. 20, 1694. 
Children by Jane hder. 

16. Ezra, born June \2. 1(11)5: died June 20. 1(103. 

17. Ezra, born Oct. 7. 1(197. 

18. Mary, born March 5. i()gS-9. 

19. Sarah, born Feb. 9, 1701-2. 

20. Abigail, born Oct. i. 1703. 

21. John, born 1708, in Danbury, Ct. 

22. Xehemiah. born in Danbury, Ct. 

23. Joseph, born in Danbury, Ct. 

24. Philo, born in Danbury, Ct. 

2^. Wakefield, born in Danbury. Ct. 

26. Elisha, born in Danbury, Ca. 

27. Daniel, born in Danbury, Ct. 

28. Ebenezer, born in Danbury. Ct. 

21. Lieut. John, son of Wakefield and Jane (Filer) Dibble, m;irrie<l Sarah 

. Lieut. John died March 11. 1790. 


29. Nathan, born Aug. ii, I7.^(). 
,^0. Eleazer. liorn . 

31. Ezra, born, 1740. 

T,2. Samuel, born, 174,?. 

33. John, born . 

34. Jane, born . 

T,^. Sarah, born 

T,6. Hannah, born 
:^7. Mary, born 

^T. Captain Ezra, son of Lieut. lohn and Sarah ( "l Dibble, in; 

Lydia Benedict, of Bethel. Capt. I'zra died Dec. (>, 1809. 



38. Ezra, born, 1763. 

39. Lucina, born Aug. 17, 1765. 

40. Levi, born July 6, 1770. 

41. Lydia, born . 

40. Levi, son of Capt. Ezra and Lydia (Benedict) Dibble, married Char- 
ilv Wheeler, Oct. 2g, 1789. Levi died March ?, i8so. Charity died Jan. 26. 


42. Isaac Wheeler, born Aug. 4, 1792; died Sept. 3, 1794. 

43. Anion, born June 14, 1796. 

44. Eliza Lora, born May 13, 1798; died young. 

45. Eliza Wheeler, born Aug. 27, 1804. 

46. Lora Benedict, born Aug. 25, 1806. 

47. Lydia Annis, born July 25, 1808. 

43. Anion, son of Levi and Charity (Wheelerj Dibble, married Sarah 
Sellock. Nov. 17, 1818. Sarah was born. 1800. Anion died Dec. 18, 1846. His 
widow married Lemon Chatfield. 


48. Phebe, born, 1820. 

49. Electa Lora, born . 

50. William Wallace, born Nov. i, 1828. 

50. William W., son of Anion and Sarah (Sellock) Dibble, married Sa- 
rah Grace, dau. of Isaac and Irene (Durand) Hawdvins, of Derby, Ct., Dec. 
24, 1848. Resides in Seymour, Ct. 


51. Charles Edward, born June 25, 1850; died Oct. 4, 1870. 

52. Lillian Isabelle. Ixjrn Aug. 11, 1852; m. Edward N. Botsford. 

53. Sarah Elizabeth, born July 2, 1854. 

54. William Anion, born March 23, 1857. 

55. Mary Francis, born July 21, i860. Married. 

56. Olin Levi, born Sept. 22, 1863; ni. Cora Reed Philips, Oct. 15, 1890.. 

57. Clara May, } . ■ born March 23, 1867. 

58. Cora May, f ^"^'"^ born March 23, 1867. 

59. Frederic Wallace, born Jan. 17, 1869. 

60. Florence Eliza, born Oct. 6, 1872. 

I. Alfred Doolittle, of Bethlehem, Conn., married Elizabeth, dau. ofi 
Richard and Sarah Brown, when he was twenty-three years of age. He first- 
located in the town of Warren. He removed from there to Catskill, wdiere^ 
he died, 1834. Elizabeth, his widow, married, first, Andrew French. He- 
died and she married Silas Smith. She went to live with her daughter in; 
Bridgeport, Conn., where she died in 1892, aged 86 years. 


2. Ephraim, born ; died, aged 16. 

3. Mary, born ; died, aged 21. 

4. Oliver P., born . 

4. Oliver P., son of Alfred and Elizabeth (Brown) Doolittle, married 
Sarah E. Way, at Dover, New York, 1850. Sarah E. was born in 1828, ini 
Goshen, Ct. Mr. Doolittle commenced to care for himself when only six^ 
years of age. He has lived in the following towns: Catskill, New York; New^ 
Milford. Washington, Huntington, Derby, and Seymour, Conn. Sarah E. 
died March 15, 1899. 


5. Ephraim, born, 1851; m. Emily Joyce, 1874. 

6. Mary, born, 1853; m. William Roberts, 1872. 










7- George, born. 1835: in. i'.lla l.add. iSSo. 

8. Charles, born, 1857: in. llarnei l.atlirop. 1882. 

y. W'ilber, born, 1860: ni. .\^nes Cnrne, i88(). 

10. Edgar, born, 1862: m. Angn.sta l.anil)rrt, 18S7. 

12. Oliver S.. born. 1866; in. Carrie Davis. 1XS7. 

13. S. Libbie, 1)()rn. 1868: died Jnne. \H<)\. 

14. Lillian 1.. iK.rn, 1872. 


Amos Dornian came to Oxinrd and m.arried I l;inn;ih. d;in ( 
md Mary (Plumb) llalduni. of Derby, C't.. .about I7()2-.^ Ii is slated by 
lis descendants that he came iroiu Long Island, .\e\v \nvk. I U- married 
second, Sarah Baldwin. Amos died. 18.^7. ILannali died, 1807. 


2. Sheldon, born, i7')4-5: went away and has never been heard from. 

3. Sarah B.. born May 17. 1797; m. Sheldon 'rucker, i8i8. 

4. Mary P., born Feb.. 179c): m. Ranford Davis. 1821. 

5. Tharza, born April 20, 1801 ; m. Darius Baldwin, 1829. 
(). Nathan, born Oct. 3. 1803. 
7. Julia, born Nov. 17, 1806; ni. Asa Seeley, 1824. 

6. Nathan, son of Amos and Hannah (Baldwin) D(n-inan, m.arrit-d Min- 
c,, of Oxford, Conn. Resided in Oxford, Ct. N.athan ched .\ov. 

Hannah E., born Feb. 15, 1826; m. Walter Ives. 
David C, born March 19, 1828. 
ro. Charles Amos, born May 9, 1830. 

11. Mary Jane, born March 0. 1835; m. George A. Bunnell. 

12. Sarah E., born A])ril i 1, i8:;s; m. first, Hornwell: second, 


13. Henriette, born June 3, i83(): died June 10. 1841. 

14. Francis M., born Feb. 10. 1843: m. tirst, Ivhwird lies, i860; second, 

James McCarthy. 
10. Charles Amos, son of Nathan and .Minerva (Clark) D(H-inan, mar- 
ried, hrst, Irene Elizabetli Avis; married, second, Jennie Pilgrim, of Hamilton, 

Children l)y Irene F. .\vis. 
Is. Walter E., born, i8s^ 
1(1. Walter W., born Dec. 15. 1855- 

17. Mary E., born. 1857. 

18. Ellor Louise, born, 1859. 

19. Joseph H., born April 5, 1863. 

16. Walter W., son of Charles Amos and Irene F,. (Avis) Dorman. mar- 
ried Martha, dan. of Noah A. and Marv Ann (Washburn) Osborn, Oct. 12. 


20. Charles Noah, born Sept. 8, 1881. 

21. Mary Irene, born March 31, 1883. 

22. Jennie Louise, born Aug. 3, 1891 ; died Aug. 19, 1891. 

23. Walter Osborn, born July 16, 1893. 

I. Dr. John Durand married Elizabeth, clan, of Richard IJryan. She 
was granddaughter of Alexander Bryan, of Milford. He came to Derby, 
Conn., about "1685. He resided near F,dw:ird Woosler's residence. lie 
was the possessor of a considerable property, and his wife inherited (luite .an 
estate from her father and grandfather. 



2. John, born Nov. 10, 1700. 

3. Eh'zabeth, born July 19, — ; died young. 

4. Noah, born Aug. zj, 1707; m. Abigail Riggs. 

5. Joseph, born Dec. 20, 1709; m. Ann Tomlinson. 

6. Samuel, born July 7, 1713; m. Mary . 

7. Abigail, born June 2, 1716; m. Abner Johnson. 

8. Elizabeth, born Feb. 6, 1719; m. Joseph Johnson. 

9. Ebenezer, born Dec. 7, 1724; m. Hannah White. 

2. John, son of Dr. John and Elizabeth (Bryan) Durand, married Sarah 
dau. of Jonathan and Sarah (Riggs) Lum, Nov. 5, 1730; married, seconc 
Sarah, dau. of Lieut. John and Elizabeth (Johnson) Chatfield, June 2, 174; 
John died March 8, 1773. 

Children by Sarah Lum. 

10. Elijah, born March 17, 1731; m. Anna DeLavan. 

11. Sarah, born June 3, 1733. 

12. Hannah, born Jan. 8, 1738: m. Zachanah Fairchild. 

Children by Sarah Chatfield. 

13. Jeremiah, born Aug. 8, 1749; m. Hannah Trowbridge. 

14. Elizabeth, born Feb. 17, 1751. 

15. Nehemiah, born Dec. 7, 1753. 

16. Zerviah, born Nov. 5, 1756. 

17. John, born Feb. 2, 1758. 

18. Susanna, born Nov. 13, 1760; m. Peter Hawkins, 1781. 

19. Joseph, born May 21, 1764. 

15. Nehemiah, son of John and Sarah (Chatfield) Durand, married Rutl 
Jones, Aug. 7, 1785, of Oxford, Conn. Ruth was born Dec. 9, 1758. Nehei 
miah died Aug. 10, 1824. Ruth died, 1816, aged 57. 


20. Hannah, bapt. May 31, 1789; born May 12, 1789. 

21. John, bapt. Aug. 7, 1791. 

22. Susanna, bapt. Dec. 30, 1792. 

23. Polly, bapt. July 19, 1796. 

24. Jeremiah, born July 9, 1801 ; born March 22, 1800. 

24. Jeremiah, son of Nehemiah and Ruth (Jones) Durand, married Beti 
sey, dau. of Ebenezer and Betsey (Buckingham) Keeney, of Derby, Conn.i 
Dec. 25, 1827. Resided in Seymour, Ct. Jeremiah died May 11, 1885. Bett 
sey M. died March 13, 1882. Betsey M. was born April 19. 1783. 


25. Mary Elizabeth, born Nov. 2, 1828; m. Edwin A. Lum. 

26. Maria Ann, born Feb. 22, 1831; died Aug. 29, 1848. 

27. Charles William, born Oct. 2, 1834; died July 16, 1880. 

27. Charles William, son of Jeremiah and Betsey M. (Buckingham) Dui 
rand, married Maria Hill. Charles W. died July 16, 1880. 


28. Charles William, born June 27, 1861. 

29. Hamilton H. M., born May 20, 1867. 

30. Katherine, born July i, 1870. 

31. Mabel, born April 10, 1875. 


I. Charles Edwards was born in Witney, near Oxford, England, May gt 

1827. He learned the moulders trade. He came to the United States abouii 

1848 and found employment at his trade at Peekskill, New York. He ree 

moved from Peekskill to Gaylordsville, Conn., where he bought a farm whict 



he sold after Wdrkini;- it I'dr a few years 
He married Julia K. ll,,ield<i>s, (.i'flicsl 
born Jan. :,\. ]8,^h. Charles du-d lulv 21 


In iXd.:? he loe.-ited in Sevnnnn-. Ct. 
.■. Cunn., March 14. 1.S54. She was 
1SS4. Julia !•:. <lied Jnlv 17. 1901. 

_'. I<la Jane. 

She died 

T,. lienrv L., 

.rii X( 

1S53: in. J.i.ei.h llitclK 
lS()4, ill SeviiKiiir, C't. 

?o. 1S75. 


I. Thomas Fairehild niarriec 
Seabrook, in England, ahcmt ih,:; 
London, England, about i()()i-j, at St 
1640. Thoma.s died Dec. 14, 1670, 
Joannah died, 1660; Katherine died Ma\ 
Children 1 
2. Samuel, born Aug. ,^i, i(i4( 
.^ Sarah, born Feb. i(>, 1(14 

4. John, born March 1, 1O44; diet 

5. Thomas, born Fel). 21. i()45. 
b. Dinah, born July 14, 1648. 

7. Zechariah, born Dec. 14, 165 1. 

8. Emma, born Oct., 165.S; m. H 

Children by Katl 

9. Joseph, born April 18. i(i()4. 
to. John, born June 8. lOOf). 

II. Priscilla. bm-n April 20. lOhg. 

7. Zachariah. sdii of Thomas and 

FAIRCI 111.1) 1 


irst. (so said) 

Joannah. dan. 

of Robert 

Married, seci 

)iid. Katheriiu 

■ C'raig, of 

t rat ford. lie 1 

ocated in Stra 

ford .about 

\ni\ his widow 1 

Harried Jereiii 

ah Judsoii. 

May, i7o(). 

oannali Seabnx 


0; m. Alarv \Vh 


m. Jeluie I'resl 


ried Hannah, dan. 
Dec, i(ib5. Hann 
died June 23. 1703. 

nd Joannah (Seabrook) Fairchil 
Stratford. Nov. 3. 1681. She w 
1, John Burrett, May 5, 1708. Z; 

1 20. 168. 

12. Mehitable. born March 29. 1682; died Sept., 1684. 

13. Hannah, born Aug. 1. 1683: m. Daniel Searles. Dec, 1706. 

14. David, born May 16. 1688: m. Deborah Hawley. April 20, 171 1. 

15. Agur, born Oct. i, 1691.: m. Mary Booth. 1712. 
ih. Caleb, born Sept. 10, 1693. 

17. James, born Feb. 12, 1695; m. Abigail Beardslee. 

18. Mary, born May 7, 1698; m. Samuel Adams. 

19. Zachariah, born Nov. 12. 1701. 

20. Abiel, born Jan. 15. 1703-4- 

20. Abiel, son of Zachariah and Hannah (Beach) Fairehild. came to 
Derby and bought land of David Wooster on the east side of Little River, 
where Mr. James Swan's house now stands. (1901.) He was living u])on this 
land in 1752. Abiel married Lois, dau. of Ebenezer and Lois Riggs, May 8, 
1728, of Derby. She died in 1756 and he married, second, Mrs. Mary Peck, 
May 10, 1757. Abiel dierl Aug. 

[4. 1785. Mary died Dec. 22, 1791. 



Abiel, born. 1730. 
Nathan, born, 1734. 
Joseph, born, 17,^(). 
Nehemiah, born, 1741; did 
Ebenezer, born March to. 
David, born July 14. 1750. 
Lois, born Dec. 9. i75.^- 
Agur, born Nov. 26, 175.V 
John, born 1/5^^; '1'' 


d Sept. 12. 1776 


22. Nathan, son of Abiel and Lois (Riggs) Fairchild, married, first, Ruth! 
dan. of Capt. James and Sarah (Johnson) Wheeler, July 23, 1761; married^ 
second. Lois Beecher, April 24, 1765. Ruth died Sept. 5, 1764. 
Child by Ruth Wheeler. 

30. Rutli. born Sept. i, 1764; died June 3, 1765. 

Children by Lois Beecher. 

31. Nathan, born July 15, 1766; died Aug. 12, 1777. 

32. Ebenezer, born, 1768. 

3^. Nabby, born, 1770; died Aug. 13, 1777. 

34. Lois, born, 1772; died Aug. 17, 1777. 

35. Lois, bapt. Sept. 2, 1787. 
Ebenezer, son of Nathan and Lois 


Resided in Oxford, Ct. 

(Beecher) Fairchild. 
Ebenezer died May i, 


36. Julia, born Feb. 19, 179.S. 

37. Nathan Beecher, born Oct. 12, 1796. 

38. Hanford, born March 7, 1799. 

39. Ebenezer, born Oct. 19, 1803. 

37. Nathan Beecher, son of Ebenezer and Eunice Fairchild, married 
Augusta Sherman, May 6, 1832. Nathan B. died March 15, 1858. 


40. Ellen Jane,^ born May 24, 1833; m. B. Jay Davis, Dec. 9, 1857. 

41. Anna Curtiss, born Jan. 25, 1835; m. Samuel R. Dean, Jan. 15, 1863. 

42. Julia Augusta, born Aug. 10, 1836: m. S. Pierpoint Sanford, April 

10, 1863. 

43. Sarah D., born July 14, 1838; m. John Harger, Sept. 15, 1864. 

44. Fannie Eunice, born March 22,, 1854. 

38. Hanford, son of Ebenezer and Eunice Fairchild, married Delia El-I 
vira Twichel. She was born Oct. 7, 1800. He was ptistman from Oxford' 
to New Haven for a number of years. Hanford died Nov. 27, 1871. Elvira; 
died June 14, 1870. 


45. William A., born Nov. 6, 1823; m. Julia Peck and Myra Tyrrell. 

46. Augusta E., born Nov. 18, 1824; m. John Davis. 

47. Sterne Delos, born Feb. 17, 1828; m. Julia Sperry. 

45. William A., son of Hanford and Elvira Fairchild, married Julia Peck, 
of Woodbridge, Ct., March 27, 1853. She was born Dec. 28, 1819. Married,! 
second, Almira, Nov. 28, 1861, in New Haven, Ct. She was born 
Jan. 20, 1828. William A. died Oct. 10, 1893. Julia P. died July 18, 1857. 


48. Mary A., born March 22. 1855; m. James W. Frost, Sept. 22^ 1881. 

49. Julia, born Feb. 17, 1857; m. Frank Harrison, of Prospect, Conn., 

47. Sterne D., son of Hanford and Elvira Fairchild, married Jul 
Sperry, May 16, 1852. She was born Oct. i, 1832. Resides in New H 


Rebecca L., born Oct. 26, 1856; m. George H. Sugden, Oct. 31, 

Kate A., born June 14, i860; m. Robert H. Nesbit. 

L. Etta, born Nov. 3, 1862; m. Clarence H. Butricks, Oct. 8, 

Jennie L., born July 10, 1864; died Feb. 29. 1880. 

Frank W., born March 29, 1869. 

Lucia L., born Sept. 3, 1871; died Oct. i, 1871. 

Lucia H., born Sept. 8, 1874. 


ia B. 




39. Ebenezer, son of Ebenczcr and luinicc Fairchild, married, Sarah C, 
dau. of Job and Sarah Candoo, 1827. Mr. I'airchiUl conducted a carriage 
id wagon' manufacturing and rei)air ^hop where Cliarles H. Lounsbury's 
store now stands. Ebenezer died l'"eb. ji. 1S80. Sarah (bed Aug. jo, \H()<). 


57. Charles E., born ; m. first, Martlia i:)avidson, 1861: sec- 

ond, Mrs. Ida Coffin. 1887. 

58. Mary J., born, 1835; ni. Henry B. Becclier; ched Oct. 29, lyoo. 
50. Henry L., ])()rn. 1845; (bed Aug. 2(), 1877. 


I. William came lu .\ew h^ngland in the ship Defence de London. Thom- 
as Bostacke, master, from London. lingl;ind, Jidy 10, i()35. According to 

1 the records shown by the custom house, William was born at Essex, Eng- 

j land, in 1605. He located at Billerica. Mass. He is said to have been the 

; author of the famous tract entitled. "Strength Out of Weakness." He was 
a man who was very much respected by the peo])le of the town in which he 

I lived, having been elected to the most im])ortant offices uilhm llieir gift. 

1 William died, 1683. Elisa or Elizu died, 1075, aged 78 years. 

I Children Born in England. 

I 2. Erancis. born, 1(125. 

3. Elizabeth, born, 1629; undoubtedly married Edward Woosler. 

4. Maria, born Jan.. 1632. 

5. John, born Feb.. 1635. He had ten other children born in America. 

I 2. Francis, son of William and Eliza French, removed to Milford, Ct.. 

' about 1650. in ct)in]Kiny with his brother-in-law, Edward Woosler. He settled 

in Derby in 1654, with Edward Wooster. He located on "Sentinel Hill" and 
I the farm which he cleared up continued in the family until a few years ago. 

Francis married Lydia Bunnell, of Milford, Ct., April 10, 1661. Francis died 

Feb. 14, 1691. Lydia died April r, 1708. 


6. Lydia, born Aug. 21, 1662. 

7. Elizabeth, born June 20, 1664. 

8. Ann, born Aug. 10, 1666. 

9. Mary, born Sept. 7, 1668; died Jan., 1688. 

10. Lydia, born Sept. 28. 1670; m. Samuel Bowers, May 4, iC)9i. 

11. Samuel, born Jan. 6, 1672; died Oct. 26, 1677. 

12. Susan, born June 6, 1675. 

13. Francis, born Feb. 11, 1677. 

14. Hannah, born Nov. 18. 1679. 

13. Francis, son of Francis and Lydia (Bunnell) French, married Anna, 
dau. of Rev. John and Bridget (Thompson) Bowers. Sept. 2. 1703. She was 
born, 1670. He resided on his father's old homestead. He was a man of 
positive character. He was High Priest of Solomon Chapter for twenty 
years. Francis died April 11, 1751. Anna died Jan. ti. 1744. 


15. Samuel, born July 2;^, 1704. 

16. Charles, born Feb. 14, 1707; died Nov. 9. i7'Vv 

17. Israel, born Oct. 8, 1709. 

18. Francis, born, 1710. 

19. Mary, born Feb. 6. 1712. 

20. Hannah, born, 1716; m. Abel (^unn, third. 

21. Nathaniel, born Oct. 28. 1717; died Nov. 13. i7<'^o-8i. 

17. Israel, son of Francis J. and Anna (Bowers) French, married Sarah, 
dau. of Thomas and Eunice (House) Loveland, of Glastonbury, Ct., Sept. ix. 


1739. She was born, 1721. He was among the early settlers of Seymoui 
Israel died Sept. 27. 1788, in Bethany. Sarah died March 27, 1794. 



Lois, born June 11, 1740. 
David, born Jan. 30, 1742 
Israel, born, 1744. 
Dorcas, born Oct. 2 
Sarah, born Jan. 25, 
Anna, born June 21, 
Bowers, born July 5, 
Enoch, born May 19 

1746; died May ? 
748; died May 6, 


Charles, born Dec. 19, 1765. 

23. David, son of Israel and Sarah (Loveland) French, married Hannah, 
dau. of John and Deborah (Hotchkiss) Lines, of Bethany, Ct., 1765. He first 
located on Nyumphs Hill, and from there he moved to Bethany. He was 
a man of great ability and influence. He was the legal adviser for all of his 

neighbors. Hannah was born April 
Hannah died Aug. 19, 1823. 


1748. David died Aug. 29, 

Sarah, born Aug. 5, 1766. 

Dorcas, born Nov. 3, 1767. 

Hannah, born Jan., 1770; m. Timothy Lounsbury. 

David, born July 2, 1771. 

Adonijah, born Feb. 7, 1773. 

Luther, born Feb. 7, 1775. 

Lois, born March 11, 1777; m. Thomas Gilyard. 

Hepsibah, born June 16, 1779; m. Rev. Jesse Johnson. 

Lydia, born March 19, 1782; m. — Hawley. 

Asaph, born March 25, 1785. 
Eunice, born Dec. 25, 1787. 
Harry, born Dec. 25, 1791. 

34. David, son of David and Hannah (Lines) French, married Anna, dau. 
of Isaac and Lois (.Hopkins) Johnson. 1797. Resided in Bethany, Ct. David 
died Oct. 19, 1833. Anna died Feb. 8, 1864. 

Anna, born, 1798; m. Sheldon Clark. 
Stiles, born, 1801; m. first, Martha Buckingham; second, Mayette 

Eliza, born, 1804; m. John Sanford, 1827. 
John Jay, born, 1806; went to Texas. 
Hannah, born, 1808; m. Samuel Doolittle. 
Emma, born, 18 — ; m. Joel White. 
Charles, born, 1810; died Oct. 13, 1833. 

Truman, born Oct. 29, 1812; m. Susan Lee, April 15, 1840. 
Isaac, born May, 1815; died Aug. 12, 1816. 




Adonijah, son of David and Hannah (Lines) French, married Polly 
Feb. 24J 1803. Adonijah died Oct. 22, 1850. Polly died March 23, 



52. Lois, born Dec. 10, 1803; m. John Camp. 

53. Miles, born Nov. 21, 1805; m. Elizabeth Sperry, Oct. 25, 1826. 

54. Harriet, born Aug. 2, 1809; m. Jared Ford, Oct. 25, 1826. 

55. Cook, born May 15 181 1; died Dec. 6, 1840. 

?. Miles, son of Adonijah and Polly (Cook) French, married Elizabeth, 
if Erastus and Elizabeth Hotchkiss, of Bethany, Ct., Oct. 26, 1826. She 


was born Aug. g. 1803. Miles died Fvh. 1, i8sr.. F,liz;il)elli died Mareh f) 


56. Adonijah, born Aug. 9, 1828. 

57. John, born Feb. 21, 1832. 

58. David M., born Sept. jy, 1836. 

59. Fannie Elizabeth, born Jan. 21, 1840; ni. lir^t. Tlu-ddore 1",. C'lark. 

Nov. 22, i860. Theodore IC. ilied Jan. 28, i8()i. Married, second, 
George E. Soniers. of W'aierhury. Dec. (>, i8()5. Kesides in 
Bridgeport, Ct. 

56. Adonijah, son of Miles and I^lizabeih (.Spi^rry) l'"rencli, married 
riet, dau. of Hiram and Martha (Treat) Johnson. .\donijah died in I'.ridge- 
port, Ct., Aug. 17, 1885. 


60. Lillie May, born April 19, 1855; ni. Taylor. 

61. Fannie, born Jan. 4, 1859: ni. Walter Ilronson. 

62. Miles Adonijah, born A])ril 8, 1802; ni. Helen Lncus. 

63. Daisy Esther, born May 2, 1875. 

57. John, son of Miles and Elizabeth (Siierry) French, married Marette. 
dan. of .Spencer Hotchkiss, of Bethany, A])ril, 1855. |o]m died Jan [897 in 


64. Josephine, born Aug. 9, 1855; m. Richard Warner, of Hamden, Ct. 

65. Gertrude, born, 1859; ni. Frank G. Gunn. 
6(1. Grace, born, 1861; died, 1866. 

58. David M.. son of Miles and Elizabeth (Sperry) French, married Sa- 
rah, dau. of Garry and Sally (Clark) Riggs, Dec. 31, 1855. She was the 

widow of Fuller. David died Nov. 17, 1897. Sarah died Jan. 20, 



67. Hattie Elizabeth, born Dec. 28, i8s7; m. Thomas F. Gilvard, Aug. 

3, 1880. 

68. Sadie, born Feb., 1859. • ■ 

69. Rebecca, born Ju4y, 1863. 

70. Harry D., born, 1865. 

S5. Cook, son of Adonijah and Polly (Cook) French, married Lucetta 
Hull Cook died Dec. 6, 1840. 


71. Harriet. 

36. Luther, son of David and Hannah (Lines) French, married S;illv. 
dau. of Jonathan and Lucy (Smith) Miles. Luther died Jan. 13, 1826. Sally 
died Jan. 9. 1826, aged 50. 

71^. Marvin, born, 1800. 

■y2. Smith Miles, born, 1803; died Jan. 13. 1808. 
'^ 7:^. Sarah Ann, born. 1807; died July 10. 1857. 

73y2- Smith, born . 

7^:^3/1. George, born, 1813; died Sept. i8, 1819. 

40. Aseph, son of David and Hannah (Lines) French, married Xancy 


74. Abigail, born ; m. John LTmberfield. 

75. Henry, born ; ni. ALiry W^jodin. 

76. Samuel, born ; m. Charity Bradley. 


■/J. Amy, born ; m. first, Jared Hotchkiss; second, Stephen 


78. Hannah, born ; m. Henry Judd. 

42. Harrv. son of David and Hannah (Lines) French, married Harriev 
Peck, Oct. \2, 1811. Harry died May 17. 1866. Harriet died Aug. 26, 1853: 
aged 62. 


79. Jane, born June 2, 1814; m. Justice Peck, of Bethany, Conn. 

29. Enoch, son of Israel and Sarah (Loveland) French, married Comfort 
. Resided in Humphreysville. Enoch died May 25, 1824. Com- 
fort died Sept. 29, 1852. 


80. William W., born Sept. 29, 1783. 

81. Nancy, born Dec. 22, 1785; m. William Bassett, Jan. 29, 1811. 

82. Bird, born Oct., 1797; lives in Saulsbury. 

83. Pamelia, born Sept. 16, 1799; m. Isaac Bassett, Sept. 8, 1822. 

84. Enoch, born Jan. 8, 1803; died May 12, 1824. 

85. Israel, born Jan. 29, 1805. 

80. William J., son of Enoch and Comfort French, married Betsey Peeti 
March 11, 1811. Betsey was born Aug. 9, 1794. William J. died Oct. 16, 1823,1 
in Ohio. 


86. William M., born Oct. 21, 181 1. 

87. James, born Oct. 16, 1813. 

88. Maria, born Aug. 25, 1815; died Jan. 25, 1823. 

89. Hiram, born Nov. 4, 1817. 

90. Betsey B., born Jan. 20, 1820. 

91. Edgar, born Aug. 28, 1821. 

92. Lester, born June 16, 1824; died June 17, 1862. 

93. Harriet, born April 14, 1826; died Feb. 3, 1854. 

94. Adelaide, born Dec. 18, 1828; died Nov. 16, 1846. 

95. Mary Ann, born Nov. 21, 1830. 

96. Emily, born Jan. 13, 1833. 

89. Hiram, son of William and Betsey (Peet) French, married Julia Ann,i 
dan. of Walter S. and Betsey (Hine) Fenn, of Milford. Ct., March 18, 1853.J 
Julia Ann was born April 20, 1820. Hiram died Dec. 5, 1884. Julia Ann (lied( 
Jan. 25, 1870. 


97. Ellen Augusta, born Dec. 3, 1847; m. Sylvester Short. 

98. Charles H., born Aug. 18, 1857. 

99. Mary Elizabeth, born Feb. 21, 1859; m. Wilfrid E. Warren. 

85. Israel, son of Enoch and Comfort French, married Caroline, dau.i 
of Nehemiah and Mary Tolles, Feb. 8, 1829. Resided on North street, Sey- 
mour. Israel died May 4, 1872. Caroline died Aug. 28, 1888, aged 83 years,! 
7 months. 


TOO. Wales, born Feb. 4, 1831. 

loi. Edwin, \ twins '^°"'' J^"- ^^•^■^' '"• Black. 

102. Mary, S ' b. Jan., 1833; m. Myron Henry White, Jan. i, 1854. 

103. Daniel Tolles, born, 1834; died June 3, 1861. 

104. Ellen, born Feb., 1837; m. James Gladding, Jan. i, i860. 

105. Charles, born April 18, 1840. 

106. Hobert, born Feb., 1844. 

100. Wales, son of Israel and Caroline (Tolles) French, married Delia 
Hilton. Wales died, 1890. 


Kalic. I)urii Oct. 3. iS(),^; in. (u-(.rL;c !•; 


105. Charles, son i>l" Israel and Carohne (.Tulles.) h'rench. married Mary. 
1(1 dau. oi h'.dwin and Sarah (Marsh) Trdwhridiie. May ly, i(S6(). Resides in 
;i[ Ansonia, Ct. 

108. (ieorgc E.. horn April (>, iSd;; ni. Alida IJiekernian. Jnne iS, iSfji. 
log. Nellie R., horn Nov. 1. iSlx,. 
no. Horace M.. Iiorn An.n. j_>. 1877. 

io(). Hohert, son of Israel and Caroline ('I"!'*-'-"') I'^rench. niarrie<l Alice 
llradlev, ^larch 20, 1878. 


111. Mahel. horn June 29, 1879. 

112. Earle. horn May 30, 1881. 

.',0. Charles, son of Israel and Sarah (Loveland) French, married .\mia 
; Woodcock, of Milford. Ct., Feh. 25, 1784. Resided in Derby and New Haven. 
j Charles was invested with the power of attorney by Gen. David Humphreys 
I to go to Vermont and collect the rents due on the merino sheep. Charles 

died April 14, 1814. Anna died Dec. 24, 1859. 
I Children. 

11,^. Sally, born Nov. 14, 1784; m. Erastns Sperry. 

114. Polly, born Oct. 26. 1786; died Nov. 11, 1794. 

115. Wales, born Oct. 12, 1788: m. Betsey Hitchcock. 

116. Grant, born ( )ct. rj. 1790: died Sept. 29. 1794. 

117. Raymond, horn July 29. 1792; died Sept. 27. 1794. 

118. Alfred, born Aug. J2. 1794: m. Eydia Hotchkiss. 

119. Grant, born July 28, 1796; died in Pittsburg. 

120. Polly, born Aug. 28, 1798; m. Joseph Russell. 

121. Susan, born July 28, 1800; died in Pittsburg. 

122. Harriet, born March 20. 1803; died May 5, 1804. 

123. Raymond, born Jan. 7, 1805: died Feb. 19, 1886. 

124. Charles, born Oct. i. 1807; m. Julia Sperry. 

118. Alfred, son of Charles and Anna (Woodcock) French, married, tirst. 
l.ydia Hotchkiss, Aug. 22. 1794, She was bt)rn Nov., 18 — . Married, sec- 
ond. Sarah Almira Sperry. July 14, 1843. Alfred resided across the way from 
the old White place on Pearl street. Alfred died June 23. 1859. Lydia died 
Jan. 31, 1840. Sarah A. died, 1891. in Oxford. Ct. 


125. Alfred, born July 20. 1823; died Feb. 2. 1826. 
12^). Daniel Coe, born Sept. 15, 1825. 

127. Alfred Lee, born Aug. 20, 1827; m. May B. Dane. 1831. 

128. Wales, born April 19, 18,30: m. Jane L. Perkins. 1833. 

129. Lydia, born Sept. 5, 1832; died Sept. 18. 1832. 

130. Mary Jane, born Feb. 21. 1835; m. first, Dennis P.eecher; second. 
Hohert Sperry. 

131. Lydia Ann. born Sept. 18. 1837; died May 13. 1843- 

123. Raymond, son of Charles and Anna (W^oodcock) French, married. 
tirst, Olive, "dan. of Sherman and Sarah (Burnham) Curtiss, Dec. 11. 1833; 
married, second, Maria A. Neddie, 
widow of John N. Thompson, of 
1886. Olive died Oct. 11, 1835. 

132. Carlos, born Aug. 6. 

133. Harriet, born March 

March. 1857, dau. of Ezra and 
New Milford. Ct. Raymonc 
Maria died Oct. 13. 1863. 


1 died 

a Noble. 
Feb. 19. 



I, 1838; m. Samuel Cantield. 


i.?4- Sarali, I)()rn Doc. i, 1841; m. Judge Wm. B. Stoddard. 
1,^5. Ann, born Jan. 20, 184.3; i"- Cornelius W. James. 

1,32. Hon. Carlos, son of Raymond and Olive (Curtiss) French, mar- 
ried Julia H.. dau. of John M. Thompson, of New Milford, Ct.. April 29,1 
1863. Mr. French represented the Second Congressional district of Con- 
necticut in Congress for two years. He also represented his town and dis- 
trict in the legislature. Resides in Seymour. 

1,36. Raymond T., born Feb. 23, 1864. 

137. Charlotte, born April 6, 1868; died July 16, 1890. 

I3(). Raymond T., son of Carlos and Julia H. (Thompson) French, nuir- 
ricd Alice R., dau. of William B. Hayden. He is a graduate of Yale llniver- 


138. Carlos Hayden, born July 25, 1892. 

139. Raymond Langdon, born Aug. 11, 1898. 

140. William Gordon, born May 29, 1900. 


1. Walter French was born in Mansfield, Conn., 1781, where he resided 
until 1806 or 1807, when he removed to Humphreysville and commenced the 
manufacture of augers. He was the first man to put a screw on an auger. 
He was a local Methodist preacher. Mr. French married Laura, dau. of' 
Cordial and Lettie (Cummings) Storrs, of Mansfield, Ct., about 1800. She 
was born Jan. 13, 1784. Walter died May 26, 1865. 


2. William, born Nov. 14, 1802, in Mansfield. Ct. 

3. Warren, born Nov. 10, 1804, in Mansfield, Ct. 

4. Eliza, born, 1806; 111. Levi Gilbert, of New Haven. 

5. Watson, born, 1809; died unmarried. 

6. John Wesley, born, 181 1. 

7. Emily, born, 1813; m. Henry McCoy, of Brantord. 

8. Washington, born, 1814: died March 5, 1814. 

9. Emmaline, born Jan. 6, 1816; m. Lemuel Bliss, of Springfield. 

10. Wales, born . 

2. William W., son of Walter and Laura (Storrs) French, married, first, 
Nancy Gilbert, Feb. 2j,. 1823. of New Haven, Ct.; married, second, Millinnai 
Martin, of Woodbury. Dec. 24, 1823. William W. died Aug. 20. 1850. Nancyr 
died July 31. 1823, aged 19. Millinna died Jan. 28, 1849. 


11. Dr. Samuel M., born Nov. 7, 1826; lives in Chicago, 111. 

12. Ellen B.. born July 14, 1828; m. William B. Ames. 

13. Eliza G., born Oct. 6, 1830; m. Orlando E. Redfield. 

14. Isabelle, born June 29, 1835; m. Samuel C. Ford. 

3. Warren, son of Walter and Laura (Storrs) French, married, first, Lu- 
cinda, dau. of John and Mary (Beecher) Riggs, Nov. 18, 1823. Mr. French) 
was associated with the French, Swift & Co. in the manufacture of augers? 
and bits. Married, second, Cynthia (Scott) Terrell, Jan. 17, 1878. Resided! 
in Seymour, Ct. Warren died June i(i, 1881. Lucinda <lied March 2f). 1876., 
Cynthia died Aug. 4, 1897, aged 88. 


15. Laura, born Aug. 20, 1825; died Sept. 20, 1828. 

16. Harpin Riggs, born July, 1829. 

17. Henry Riggs, born March 21, 1831; died Feb. 2.^. 1863. 

18. Bliss, born . 

C.K.NEAI.OC.Y. 455 

K). l.aiira M.. 1)()i-n : ni. Six^mtv Sheldon. Oct. 12, 1868. 

JO. Walter J.. 1S43: in. .Snsan Mills; died Sept. 27. njoo. 

10. llarpin Riggs. son of Warren and Lneiiida (Riugs) French, married 
^j Sarah E. Brockett. Enlisted Oct. 14. iShi. in loili C. \'. and >er\ed three 
'1 years. Resided in \\'est Haven. Ct. llarpni R. died and was hnried bv 
■^^. Admiral Foote Post, ol Xew Haven. Cl.. at West Haven. 


21. William. 

22. Robert. 
2,?. Alice. 

24. Charles. 

25. Catherine. 

26. Albert. 

27. Laura. 

j 6. John Wesley, son of Walter and Lanra (Slorr>) ImhmicIi. married. Iir>t. 

! Harriet, dan. of Rev. Sanuiel Hickox. of Seymour. Ct.: married, second. Mary 
; Boughton. John W'esley was in the 20th Regiment. C. \'. ; enlisted in Co 
i H, 1862; discharged June 13. 1865. J. Wesley died Aug. 10. 1SS7. Harriet 
'■ died Oct. 16. 1837. Mary died Jan. 20, 1870. aged 51. 
Children Iw Harriet Hickox. 

28. Jane, liorn Jan. 20. 1833; ni. Allen Northrop. 

21). JmIiii. born Sept. 22. 1834; 111. Mary Brown; died .Aug. 18. 1899; no 

30. Harriet, born Jinie 20. 1837: m. James M. Bnber. 


31. Lncy M.. Iiorn h'eb. 8. 1840; m. Angnslns Brown. 
T,2. Emily ].. born April 0. 1841; m. Ethan C. Miller. 
:!,i,. W\alter. born July 13. 1X41); died Sept. 21, 1849. 
34- 5'^lla B.. born Jan. (). 1S53; ni. Charles H. Reynolds. 

10. Wales, son of Walter and Laura (.Storrs) h'rench. marrie 
of Capt. R(d)bins. Wales died at Oil City. Pa.. 1899. 

1 Polly 


33- J ulia. bi )i 11 . lu. ■ ■ 

■•^1 ^^'in i fi-iwl liririi 

^y K \ \ 1 1 1 1 1 1 L ( I. O' > I 1 1 . 

37* V tc r t r U( 1 e , 1 )( > rn — \ m. L^liarles ijliss. 


I. Fowler married ^lariam. <lau. of Stephen Trea 

and Middletowii. about iJJh-J. She was the widow of .\brah 
Resided in Chusetown. F(^wler was sui)posed to have been l(_)st 

. ol .M 
im Ra 
It sea. 


2. Luther, born July 30. 1778. 

3. Catherine, born 1780; m. Sebe Moulthrop. 

2. Luther, son of Fowler and Mariam (Treat) Fowler, mar- 
ried Mercv, dau. of Freegift and Hannah (Tomlinson) Hawkins. Sej)!. 7. 181 1. 
She was the widow of David Short. Resided on Great Hill. Luther died 
April 5, 1859. Mercy died March 29. 1863. aged 80. 


4. Hannah Jane, born Aug. 20, 1813; died Aug. lo. 1838. 

5. Abraham, born Oct. 4, 1814; m. Eliza A. Mansfield. 

6. Mary Catherine, born Oct. 13. 1816; died April 4. 1836. 

7. Maria Louise, born July 13. 1819. 

8. Luther, born Jan. 31, 1822. 

9. Charlotte Augusta, born Jan. 10, 1825; m. Capt. James Baker. 


S. Luther, son of T.iither and Mercy (Hawkins) Fowler, married Abisaii 
Aim. dan. of Austin and Eloise (Glover) Hurd, June z-j, 1847. Luther died, 


10. Kate E., born Aug. 4. 1848; m. Charles H. Butler; died June 7. 1895. 

11. Frank H., born Nov. 15, 1849. 

12. Charles Wilson, born Dec. 15, 1854; died Nov. 16, 1877. 

II. Frank H., son of Luther and Abigail Ann (Hurd) Fowler, married 
Isabelle Piatt. Resided in West Haven. Frank H. died Dec. 2. 1901. 


13. Florence L., born Sept. 29, 1874. 


I. Captain Azel, son of William Gerard, of Long Island, born Jan. 12, 
1793. He learned the blacksmith's trade with his father, but bought his time 
and went to sea and was master of a vessel for sixteen years. He married 
Rhoda S. Morehouse, of Wilton, Conn., Dec. 20, 1814, at Brookhaven, Long 
Island, N. Y. She was born Jan. 9, 1798. He removed to Derby and located 
on Great Hill in 1847. Capt. Azel died April 18, 1868. Rhoda S. died Aug. 
II, 1878. 


2. Charles M., born Oct. 5. 1816; died April 10, 1839. 

,3. Azel, born Nov. 16, 1818; died Aug. 6, 1819. 

4. Rhoda, born Aug. 11, 1820; m. Charles R. Chatfield. 

5. Azel H., born April 19, 1823; m. Elsie Osborn. 

6. Marthana, born Dec. 7, 1825; m. Isaah Sperry. 

7. Catherine, born Sept. 17, 1827; m. Andrew Clemons. 

8. Mary Augusta, born April 23, 1829: m. first, Edgar A. Peck; sec- 

ond, Andrew Burke. 

9. Jane Maria, born April 16, 1831; in. Franklin L. Potter. 

10. Frank C, born May 13, 1834. 

10. Frank C, son of Capt. Azel and Rhoda S. (Morehouse) Gerard, mar- 
ried Mary E. Northrop, of Derby, Conn.. March 5. 1857. at White Hills, Hunt- 
ington. Ct. Resides in Seymour. Ct. 


11. Dora E., born April 10. 1861. in Naugatuck, Cl.; m. Edward E. Hol- 

brook, April 10. 1880. 

12. Rhoda H., born July i, 1872, in Seymour, Ct.; m. William S. Healey, 

April 8. 1890. 

13. Beulah A., born April 7. 1874, in Seymour, Cl.; m. Harry Albert 

Hammond, April 24, 1894. 


I. Thomas Gilyarcl. b(n-n in Leeds, England, March 20, 1786, came to 
America with John Winterbottom, arriving in New York Aug. 5, 1807. He 
took the freeman's oath March 26, 1819. His brother Joseph came to Amer- 
ica in April, 1818, and Sept. 3, 1819, his mother Anne, and his brother William 
and wife, landed in America. April 3, 1820, his brother William and his wife 
returned to England. Anne, the mother of Thomas Gilyard, was born in 
High Town, Yorkshire, England, 1760, and died in H'umphreysville, Jan. ir, 
1821. Mr. Gilyard was the first broadcloth finisher in this country, and the 
first piece that he finished was made into a suit of clothes for Gen. David Hum- 
phreys. Mr. Gilyard married Lois, dau. of David and Hannah (Lines) 
French. July 25. 1810, of Bethany, Ct. Resided on Skokorat. Thomas died 
Nov. 12, 1853. Lois died Feb. 7, 1859, aged 82. 

OKNKAT.or.Y. 457 

2. Nancy N.. hovu Jnly _'5. 1811: ni. first. (Jlovcr Ba.sscU; second, 

Gcori^c l\( 1(1(1. 
^. Tlinnias. Ixirn lunc(). iSi :;; died Sept. _>8. icS_>S. 

4. William ]•.. Ixirn Ian. jS", iSi(,. 

5. J.isciih \'.. l.nrii March ,?(), \X\<): died Scpl. 6. i8jS. 

4. William 1'.. son mI TlnrnKas an<l 1 .nis ( I- rcnch ) Cilvard. marric.l 
Weallhv Ann llnichkiss. .,| lU-thanv. ('{.. Ocl. 11. 1840. dan. (.1 llarlcv and 
Harriet Hotchkiss. William I', dird Dec. ;. 1884. Wealthy .\nn <lied" May 
g, 1891, aged 75 years, d ni()nih>. 


6. Marv Ann. b.ini I;in. 10. i84_'; m. llenrv Unckin-ham. 

7. Thomas I'rencli. lH,ni Mav jj. 1844. 

8. Sarah Lois, horn Dec. 15. "i84(); ni. Ransom Chalheld. 

7. Thomas F., son of William F. ;iiid Wealthy Ann (IIotchki>s) (, 
[married Hattie E..^dan. of Da.vid M. and Sarah (Kiygs) French, Aug. j, 1879, 
I in Seymonr, Ct. She was burn Dec. j8. 1857. 

(). Arthm- ddiomas, horn June U). i88(). 
10. Raymond I',.. Ixirn March 7. 1801. 


1. I'liph.alel C.illelte. of Millord. Coim.. married Marv. dan. of Fidiraim 
and Mary ( llf.ll)ro,d< ) Wheeler, of .Milfor.l. Ct. 

2. Ephr.aim. PrcdKihly ..iher children. 

2. Ephraim, S(.)n of Eliph.alet and .Marv (Wheeler) (hllelle. m.arried I'er- 
sis, dau. of David and Mary (Lcilxlell) Woofer, of Derby. Cl.. .\i)nl 2. 1724. 


.V F4)hraim. born Ian. 8, 172^. 

4. David Wooster, born .March 21. 1727. 

5. Freelove, born Aug. 10, 1729. 

6. Mary, born March 11, 1732. 

7. Jeremiah, born — . 

8. Jonathan, born . 

9. Shadrack, born . 

10. Joseph, ' , .• , '""■" •^"•^- -■ '"-l-l- 

ri. Benjamin. \ t^^''"'^- l„,rn .\ng. 2. 1744. 

7. Jeremiah, son of h'i)hraiin and i'ersis (Wooster) Ciillette. married 
twice; unable to ascertain the n.ame^. Resided on (Ireat Hill .and kept a 
tavern. He was known a< Captain. 


12. Anson, bapt. Sc])!. 19. 177,^ 

13. Jcheil, bapt. Oct. 23. 1774. 

14. Hannah, bapt. June f), 1770- 

15. Jeremiah, bapt. F\di. jy. 1782. 

12. Anson, son of Capt. [eremiah (hlletle, married, tir^t. Sar.ah Hull. Oct. 

II. 179s; married, second, i'.el'sev. d;in. of^held. .March 10. 1801. 

She was born Nov. ^o, 1777. Redded on H1II. Anson <lied June 12. 
1846, a,ged 72. Sarah die<l Aug. 28. 1800. I'.elsey die-l Jan. 31. i8()3. 
Children by Sarah Hull. 

16. David, born Dec. K). i?/': m. i'.avselt. 

17. William, born Aug. i(). 179!^: died Sept. n. 1803. 


Children by Betsey Mansfield. 

18. Sally, born Dec. 2},, 1801 ; m. Judson English. 

19. William, born July 31, 1804; m. Amy Johnson. 

20. Isaac, born Dec. 7, 1805; m. Harriet Hnrd. 

21. Eli, born June i, 1810; m. Eliza Bassett. 

22. Lucius, born June 11, 1812; died unmarried, Nov., 1878. 

23. Philo, born Sept. 30, 1814; m. Mary Bassett. 

24. Mary, born Dec. 23, 1816; died March 26, 1817. 

25. Charles, born May 15, 1818; died March 13, 1819. 

26. Mary, born Sept. 8, 1820; m. Albert Downs. 

27. Betsey, born April 8, 1823; m. Abner White. 

16. David, son of Anson and Sarali. (Hull) Gillette, married Sally, ilau'.; 
of Capt. Isaac and Betsey (Tomlinson) Bassett, of Great Hill, Aug. 11, 1818.' 
Resided in Elizabethtown, III. David died Oct. 14, 1822, at Elizabethtown.l 
Sally died June 2, 1865, in Seymour, Ct. 


28. Caroline, born ; m. Frederick Gorham. She died in New 

Haven, Ct., July 9, 1842. 

19. William, son of Anson and Betsey (Mansfield) Gillette, married Amy,! 
dau. of Timothy and Amy (Terrill) Johnson, of Pinesbridge, Ct., April 25, 
1829. Resided in house north of Pinesbridge cemetery. William died Aug. 
10, 1884. Amy died Jan. 5. 1902. aged 97 years, 6 months. 


29. Charles W., born April 2, 1831. 

30. George L., born Oct. 21, 1835. 

31. Mary Augusta, born Sept. 20, 1840. 

29. Judge Charles W., son of William and Amy (Johnson) Gillette, mar- 
ried Colvin Vaughn, of Stockbridge, Mass., July 4. 1859. Mr. Gillette is a, 
lawyer by profession. He was judge of the probate court for the Waterbury 
district for a number of years. Resides in Waterliury, Ct. 


32. Alexander Vaughn, born March 20, 18O0. 
ZZ- Edwin Johnson, born March 18, 1864. 

34. William Mansfield, born Feb. 19, 1869. 
21. Eli, son of Anson and Betsey (Mansfield) Gillette, married Eliza,i 

dau. of Ezra L. and Susan (Riggs) Bassett, Sept. 18, 1834. Mr. Gillette was 
a shoemaker and farmer. Resided on Great Hill. Eli died Aug. 22, 1899^ 
Eliza died Sept. 18, 1894. 


35. Emily, born Oct. 11, 1835; m. Frederick M. demons, April 10, i856f 

36. Wilber F., born Feb. 9, 1837. 

Z"]. Augusta, born Aug. i, 1838; died Feb. 26, 1841. 

38. Sarah A., born March i, 1846; m. Wilber F. Clark, Nov. 14, 1866. 

39. Mary Lillie, born Oct. 11, 1859; m. Edgar J. Davis, Oct. 9, 1879. 

36. Wilber F.. sou of Eli and Eliza (Bassett) Gillette, married Amelia 
Rice, of New Haven, Ct. Resides in New Haven, Ct. Occupation, mason-i 


40. Catlierine, born Oct.. 1867; m. Charles Iv. Osboru, June 6, 1894. 

41. George, born Dec. 25. 1873. 
41. George, son of Wilber and Amelia (Rice) Gillette, married Berthai 

King Curtiss. of New Haven, Ct., June 5, 1897. Resides in New Haven, Ct, 


42. George Curtiss, born Fel:). 22>, 1898. 


, J,?. Philo. son of .\n-,,m and Bolsey (Mansfield) Gillette, married Mary, 
f lau. of Ezra L. and Susan ( RigRs) Basselt, of Rarvenna. Ohio, Ang. 28, 1844. 
"I^esuled m Oxford, ("t. IMiilo died Aug-. 28, 1877, in Oxford, Ct. 

4.^ Martha V.. born June 10, 1S4;; ui. David llawlev, Dec. 25, 187^ 
44. Dexter R., horn Sejit. .^s. 1850. 

44 Dexter R., sou of V\u\n and Marv ( P.asselt ) (iilletle. married I'.m- 
lierettc, dan. of Albert Sperrv, of Chesliire, Cl.. Dee. 11, 187^ Resided in 
Oxford, Ct. Dexter R. died May 12. i88r. 

4v WaUer. born July 22, 1874. 
46. Rul)y. born Feb. 28, 1881; died Mareli 21. 1882. 


1. Tliomas Gilbert was in Windsor. Ct., as early as 1650. He probably 
:ame from Dorchester, Mass. Thomas married Katherine Chapin, of S]>rinR-- 
aeld, Mass., July 31, 1656. He probably lived for a time in Spriu,L;tield. Mass. 
'Mr. Gilbert died June ^ 1662. 


2. John, born, 1(157. Were probably other children. 

2. John, son of Thomas and Katherine (Chapin) Gilbert, removed from 
Springfield, Mass., to Stratford. Ct., where he bought land from Ebenezer 
IWooster. at Oronoque, May 2. 1713. He conducted a ferry across the Tlousa- 
Itonic at that place. He married for his second wife Hannah Canfield. (or 
JRanfiekt) July 2, 1695. He married, third. Patience Catlin, Nov.. 1714. 

Child by First Wife. 

3. .\nna. l)orn June. 1(188. 

Children by Hannah Cantield. 

4. Thomas, born April i(>. i(;Q(): m. Jemima Silliman. 

5. Josiah. born March 24, i(i(jy; m. Sarah . 

b. John, born March 13. 1701. 

7. Francis born, 1703; m. first. John Keyes; second, lulmund Lewis. 

8. Sarah, born Nov. 10, 1705. 

[ 6. John, son of John and Hannah (Canfield) (iilbert, married Sarah, dan. 
of John Marchant. Jan. ig. 1747. Resided in Stratford, Ct. John died. 1777- 
[Sarah died, 1808. 

I Children. 

! 9. Josiah, born June (>. 17.50; m. Huldali Judson. 

10. Eli, born Aug. 9, 1751: m. F'lizabeth Wheeler. 

11. John, born Jet. 21, 1752: m. Hnldah Mallorv. 

12. Lemnel, born Ma 9. 1754. 

13. Thomas, born Dec. to, i755- 

14. Joel, born ^>xay 2Q, 1758. 

15. Anna, born May 2, 1762. 

16. Sarah Ann, born Nov. to, 17(13. 

17. Agur, born Feb. 22, T7(')7. 

j 18. Marchant. born May 0. 1774- 

I 13. Thomas, son of lohn and Sarah (Marchant) (hlberl, married .Mary 

Loriiig. Thomas died Jan. 28, 1847. 

T9. Lucius, born . 

20. Truman, born — . 

21. Phebe, born ; m. (.)!)a(liah Olmslead. 

22. Orilla, born . 


2,5. Irlepsey, 

24. Ezekiel, born May 29, 1792. 

24. Ezekiel. son of Thomas and Mary (Loring) Gil]jert, came lo Hum 
iilireysville about 1822. Leased the hotel at the west end of the lower bridg 
of Mr. John Moshier. After a few years he sold out the hotel business an' 
cn.Liased in the manufacture of augers in company with Mr. Bennett Woostei 
He also conducted a general country store on Main street. In the latte 
part of his life he was associated with Sharon Y. Beach and Samuel Roselle i; 
the manufacture of paper at the mill on the Falls. He bought the propert; 
where Mrs. M. M. Randall now lives, on Main street. Ezekiel married Sa 
rah Hurd, Dec. 24, 1815. of Derby. Ct. Ezekiel died July 6. 1848. Sarai 
died Nov. 16. 1870, aged 76. 


2^. Lucius, born Nov. 24, 1816; m. Rebecca, dau. of Luther and Nanc 
M. Bradley. Sept. 12. 1840. He died Oct. 10. 1867. 

26. Esther, born Nov., 1818; m. Dr. Thomas Stoddard. 

27. Katherine, born Nov., 1820; m. first, John Bassett; second, Minot 

A. Osborn. 

28. Sarah, born Nov., 1822; m. first, Lesley Bryson; second, Norris G' 


29. Mary Ann, born 1824; died young. 

30. Charlotte, born Jan.. 1826; m. John J. Osborn. 

31. Martha M.. born March 28. 1833; m. Hiram Randall. 

32. Francis G., born Aug., 1835; m. Henry I*. Day. 


I. John Guild, supjiosed to have been born in iMigland about 1616, cami 
to New England in 1636. He united with the church at Dedham, Mass., Juli) 
17, 1640, and bought, in. this year, twelve acres of upland on which he built 
house which was occupied by himself and descendants for more than two hum 
dred years. He became the possessor of a large amount of landed propert; 
through purchases and grants in Dedham, Wrentham. Medfield. and Natick 
He married Elizabeth Cook, of Roxbury. Mass.. June 24. 1645. John die" 
(3ct. 4. 1682. Elizabeth died Aug. 31. 1669. 


2. John, born Aug. 22. 1646; died young. 

3. Samuel, born Nov. 7, 1647; m. Mary Woodcock. 

4. John, born Nov. 29, 1649; m. Sarah Fisher. 

5. Eleazur. born Nov. 30. 1653; died June 30. 1655. 

6. Ebenezer. born Dec. 21. 1657; died April 21, 1661. 

7. Elizabeth, born Jan. 18, 1660. 

8. Benjamin, born May 25, 1664; probably died youni!-. 

3. Samuel, son of John and Elizabeth (Cook) Guild, married Mary, dau 
of Samuel and Ann (Herring) Woodcock. Nov. 29. 1676. She was bori 
March 9. 163 1-2. He was a member of Capt. Moseley's comoanv in Kinj 
Philip's war, in 1675. Resided at Dedham, Mass. He was selectman 
Dedham from 1693 to 1713, and a delegate to the General court in 1719. 


9. Samuel, born Oct. 12, 1677; m. Sarah Hartshorn. 

10. Nathaniel, born Jan. 12. 1678; m. Mehitable FarrinL;ton. 

11. Mary, born May 9. 1681; m. John Fuller. 

12. John, born June 18, 1683; died Oct. 29. 1684. 

13. Deborah, born Sept. 16, 1685. 

14. John, born Oct. 2, 1687; m. Abigail Robinson. 

15. Israel, born June 11, 1690; m. Sarah. 

16. Ebenezer, born July 23, 1692; m. Abigail Daggett. 


17. Joseph, born Sc])!. 13. \h()4: m. first. Ahisail ImsIum-; second, lT;in- 
nah Curtis: third, l>cu!;di Peck. 

18. Elizabeth, born April 1^, ]()i)j. 

18. Kbenezer. S(mi of SaniULd and M.arv ( Wocdcork ) Cnild. married Ahi- 
bil. dan. of Dea. Jcdm l);i,Li-t;ett, of Attlehdrontili, Oct. 1 _>. 1714. lie resided 
n Attleboroug-h, Mass. I^benezrr died June 8. 1774. Abi^ad dird .\ov. _'0, 
798, aged 97. 

i Children. 

I 19. Joseph, born JniU' 21. I7i(.; ni. ll;inn;di Whitf. 

I 20. Benjamin, bdrn June. 171S; m. Ji'inima .Morse. 

21. Naphtali, born July 5. \y\i). 

22. Ebenezer, born Ant;-. 22. 1722: m. I'hebi- Day. 

21. Naphthali, son of h'.bene/er ;nid Abi.Li.ail ( l);is;-.<;ett ) Guild, m.arried 

Toanna . Jo.anna died Sept. 22. i7Sf). a.ned 05. 


2,^ Xaphthali, born, 1655; m. . 

24. Harriet, born . 

2^. John, born July 28, 176.^: m. Margaret Daggett. 

26. Eunice, born : m. first. Hidden; second. 


2~. Lucv. born — . 

28. Abigail, born ; m. Ira Barnes, 1788. 

; 25. John, son of Naphthali and Joanna (Daggett) Guild, married Marga- 
*ret Daggett, May. 1788: married, second, Martha Cook, Nov. 16, 1831. He 
Iwas a Revolutionary soldier. He removed to Pawlet. Vermont, 1S02, and 
jerected the first cotton factory in the state of X'erniont ;ind had the managc- 
Jinent of it. Jidm died Sept. 20. J850. 
j Children. 

I 29. Chauncey. born July ;,. 1779: m. Celinda Bourn. 

■ .^0. Plyne. born June 10, 1792; died June 19, 1836; unmarried. 

,\\. Milton, born Jan. i, 1795; married; no children. 

T,2. Eunice, born Oct. 24, 1799; m. Milton Brown. 

33. Lucy, born March 7, 1804; m. Charles Welgus. 

34. Abigail, born Dec. 12, 1806; m. Dr. David Barrus. 

29. Chauncey, son of John and Margaret (Daggett) Guild, married Ce- 
linda, dan. of Nehemiah and Sarah (Barrows) Bourne, May 9, 1819. She 
was born at Pawlet, \'l.. May 9, 1802. Married, second, Maria Chapin, June 
1,. 184V He was a tinsmith bv trade. Chauncev died Oct. 14, 1879. Ce- 
linda died Jan. 17. 1839. 

Children by Celind.a Boin-ne. 
y^. Eunice, born Ai)ril 19. 1820; died Feb. 2b. 1824. 
36. Lucv, born March 12. 1822. 
^3,7. Abigail, born Dec. 31, 1823: m. L. M. Ford. 

38. John Milton, born May 22. 1825; m. Juliette Crandall. 

39. John Henry, born Sept. 18, 1829; m. first. Jane ^L Bouton; sec(Hid. 

Aha L. Nelson. 

40. Margaret Ann, born Sept. 8. 1830; m. first. James Br.anch; second. 

Henry F. Parker. 

41. George E., born June 14. i!~^,vv m- Sarah J. Phillips. 

42. James Warren, born Oct. 18. 1835; ni. Mary Botsworth. 

43. Sarah Ann, born Dec. 7, 1837; m. George Robinson. 

Child by Maria Ch.apin. 

44. Wallace D.. born March 27. 1844. 


41. George Edward, son of Chauncey and Celinda (Bourne) Guild, mar-i 
ried Sarah Jane Phillips. Feb. 5, 1850. She was born at Pawlet, Vt., Jan. 30^ 
1837. Mr. Guild is a machinist. He removed to Seymour, Ct., in 18—! 
Mr. Guild is a member of the Methodist church. Sarah Jane, born Jan. 30; 
1837; died Dec. 22, 1897. 


45. Charles H., born Jan. 29, 1851. 

46. Edgar Hamilton, born Sept. 15, 1859. 

47. Frank, born July 30. 1862; died March i, 1863. 

48. Katie M., born April 21, 1866; m. George E.. son of George and 

Mary C. (Rowe) Wyant, Oct. i, 1891. 

49. Nettie, born July 31, 1872; died Dec. 11. 1873. 

45. Charles Henry, son of George Edward and Sarah Jane (Phillips) 
Guild, married Josephine E., dau. of Theodore and Sarah J. Ladd May 3, 
1883. at Seymour, Ct. She was born Feb. 3, 1S59. Mr. Guild is foreman of 
the machine department of the Seymour Mfg. Co; an upright and honorable 


50. Theodore Phillips, born June 24, 1897. 

51. Doris Huntley, born July 3, 1899. 

46. Edgar Hamilton, son of George Edward and Sarah Jane (Phillips) 
Guild, married Henrietta Trolliet, of New Haven, Conn., March 24, i887.i 
Henrietta was born March 19. 1864; died March 31, 1899. 


52. Mildred, born June 4, 1890; died July 31, 1894. 

53. George Edward, born Nov. 3, 1893. 

54. Kenneth Elliot, born July 16, 1895. 

55. Dorothy Henrietta, born Feb. 18, 1898; died Oct. 3, 1899. 


William Halligan was born near Leeds. England. Oct. 13, 1830. Camei 
to the LTnited States with his parents at the age of thirteen and located at 
Greenfield, Mass. At eighteen he removed to Shelburne Falls, Mass., and en-i 
tered the employ of John Kellett, woolen manufacturer. On Nov. 27th, 1851, 
was married to Mary L. Kellett, the eldest daughter of his employer. When- 
the Civil war broke out in 1861, he enlisted as a private in Co. E, 52nd Massa-Ji 
chusetts Volunteers, and served with that regiment in Gen. Bank's campaign; 
in Louisiana. At the expiration of service he returned home broken down; 
in health. Upon regaining it he entered the employ of the Lamson andr 
Goodnow Mfg. Co. as a forger of Cook's patent auger bits, and followed thafcl 
occupation for 40 years. He removed to Seymour, Conn., in March, i866,<! 
where he entered the employ of the Douglas Mfg. Co. In 1883 he entered-! 
the employ of The New Haven Copper Co., in its auger bit department. andi| 
has been continuously employed there. In politics he has always been a 
staunch Republican, voting for the first nominees of that party in the fifties. 
He is a Past Master of Morning Star Lodge, F. & A. M., also a member of 
Upson Post, G. A. R. On the 27th of November, 1891, Mr. and Mrs. Halli- 
gan celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at their home on Rimnion) 
street. Only two children have been born to them, Harvey S. and Frank W.i 

Harvey S. Halligan was born Sept. 16, 1854, in Shelburne Falls, Mass. 
Came to Seymour with his parents in 1866. Attended the public schools of 
Seymour. At the age of 17 he entered the employ of the Douglass Mfg. Co. 
in 1876 was placed in charge of the packing and shipping department. In 
1879 was married to Emma Berry, of Jefifersonville, N. Y. In 1882 he entered' 
the employ of the New Haven Copper Co., as foreman. In 1889 he wasi 
made superintendent of the auger bit department. He is a Past Grand of 


Mechanics Lodge. I. f\ (). F., and sc'rvod iheni as financial secretary for 17 

I years. Is a P. C. P. of W ddiy encampment, an active member of Sylvan Re- 

bekah lodge, a member ol Castle Rock lodge, A. O. U. W.: an officer of the 

Veteran Fireman's association, and a I'ast Master of Morning Star Lodge. F. 

& A. M. In politics he is a stalwart Republican, having served his party as 

chairman of the town committee lor more than fifteen years, refusing many 

honors from his party which his business would not allow him to accept. lie 

i has served as town auditor for the past ten years; also a member (jf the i)()ar<l 

I of education, holding the office of chairman of the finance connnittee. lie 

j has two children. William H., bom Sei)t. s. iScSi. and Mabel V... born Nov. 29. 

• 1884. 

Shclbnrne Falls on April 9th. 1865. Was 


I. Jabez Harger. a Huguenot, was in Stratford. Conn., before 1662. He 
married Margaret, dau. of Henry and Alice Tomlinson. of Stratford. Nov. 5. 
1662. He was given a home lot which was recorded June t,. 1669. He pur- 
chased land in Derby. Ct.. where he settled a few years later. It was located 
f east of Edward Riggs's residence, on "Sentinel Hill." Jabez died. 167S. 
I Margaret died March 17. 1698. 


2. Samuel, born Sept. 29, 1663; m. I^annah Stiles. May 9. 1693. 

3. Sarah, born Feb. 3. 1666. 

4. Anna, born Feb. 23. 1668: m. John Chatfield. 

5. Mary, born Feb. 17. 1670: died Sept. 17, 167;,. 

6. Abigail, born March 2. id/i. 

7. Mary, born March. 1673. 
S. Ebenezer. born Dec. 2^. ](i74- 

Sept. 15. 1698. 
9. Abraham, born April 10. 1(17(1; r 

10. Jabez. born (postlninious ) 1(178; 

10. Jabez, son of Jabe/ and ALn-g::U-ei 
.A.nn, dan. n\ John and Hannah ( Ranfiek 
She was born June. ib88. Married, secon 

Child by Ann Gilbert. 

11. Ann. born Scjit. 15. 1708. 

Children by Aima Tibbals. 

12. Beniamin. born Ajiril 24. 1713- 

n. Johoadan. born March 11. 1718; m. lienjamin Tondmson. 

14. Comfort, born Sept. jo. 17^0; m. ICliphalet Hotchkiss. 

15. Samuel, born March 11. i7-.i 

16. Margaret, born April 23. i7-^5: m- probably Nathaniel Wooster. 

17. Elizabeth, born Dec. 30, 1729. 

18. Jabez. born Feb. 24. 17.^1-. ni. Sarah Durand. Jan. 24. 1758. 

15. Samuel, son of Jabez an<l Anna Ciibbals) Harger. married, first. Phe 
be. dau. of Thomas and Sarah (Hawkins) W..oster. Dec. 9. UA7- Married 
second, Rebecca • 

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Children by Phebe Wooster. 
ig. Ebenezer. born March 2, 174H. 

20. Edward, born Feb. 26, 1750. 

21. Patience, liorn May 20, 1754. 

Chikh-en by Reliecca. 

22. Anna, born May 30, 1760. 

23. Naomi, born June 13, 1767. 

24. Philo, born Sept. 16, 1769. 

20. F.dward. son of Samuel and Phel)e (Wooster) IT 
sann.ah Dickinson, of Stratford, Ct., Aut;-. id. 1770. Edwan 


25. Hannah, born Dec. 29, 1771; died Sept. ii, 1842. 

26. Charlotte, born Nov. 17, 177?: m. Eeverett Pric 


27. Anor, born Oct. 12. 1775; m. Jesse Baldwin; di( 

28. Eber, born Aug. 31, 17S1: died, 1800. 

29. Lucy, born April 19, 1784. 

30. Aurelia, born Dec. 6, 1787; m. 

31. Nancy, born Sept. 11, 1789. 
2,2. Sally, born Jan. 18, 1792; m. Banks Johnson. 
2:^. Edward, born Sept. 6, 1795. 


1. Robert Hawkins came from England to New England in the good shipi 
Elizabeth and Ann, 1635, and located in Milford about 1639-40. 

2. He had a son Joseph, born in Milford, probably 1642-3, who boughti 
land on Birmingham Point, June 5, 1665, of Alexander Byran. Fie also re 
ceived a grant from the town lying north of his purchase, where he conducted 
a store near where the dam is located on the Housatonic river. Joseph mar 
ried, probably, for his first wrfe, Abigail, dau. of Richard Flolbrook, of Mil 
ford, Ct., April 8, 1668; and for his second wife he married Mercy, dau. of Pe 
ter Johnson, of Fairfield, Ct. (In a deed. Col. Ebenezer Johnson calls Josephh 
Hawkins his brother.) Joseph died, 1682. 


3. Joseph, born Feb. 14, 1669; m. Elizabeth Gunn. 

4. Eleazer, born Dec. 12, 1670. 

5. Abigail, born Feb. 2, 1672. 

4. Robert, born July 4, 1675; died July, 1675. 

5. Mary, born June 10, 1677; m. David Wooster. 

6. John, born Sept. 28, 1679; died Dec. 9, 1691. 

7. Lois, born Nov. 6, 168(1); probably married Ebenezer Rigg 

8. Agnes, born Nov. 6, 1681? m. Abel Gunn, May 24, 1704. 

3. Joseph, son of Joseph and Mercy (Johnson) Flawkins. married Eliza-; 
beth, probably dau. of Samuel Gunn, of Milford, Conn., Aug. 9, 1693, and re-' 
sided on his father's homestead, at Derby Neck. His will was dated Aprili™ 
21, 1732. In it he mentions his warehouse, which he gave to his grandson,i,| 
Joseph, son of Joseph and Sarah (Brewster) Hawkins. 


9. Elizabeth, born April 11, 1694; ni. Munson. 

10. Sarah, born May 23, 1695; m. Thomas Wooster. 

11. Joseph, born Jan. i, i"697. 

12. Abigail, born July 31, 1698; m. Thomas Smith. 

13. Mary. 1)orn April i, 1700; m. Moses Wooster. 

14. Eleazer, born May 30, 1701; died June 7, 1702. 

C.KNEAl.OGV. 465 

15. Moses, born Aug. 2. 1703; 111. Ann. 

i(). Daniel, born Marcli 9. 17 — ; ni. Amir Wooster. 

17. Eleazer, born Nov. l~. 1706; \\\. Danuiris W'oosler. 

18. Jolin, born July 5. 1710; ni. llauuali l)avi>. 
Kj. Mariani. born Dec. 5. 1712. 

20. Zachariah. Ix.rn I'\-f). S, 1717: ui. hrst. Sarah Davis. Julv 6. 1737; 

second. M.arv 'I'dnilinsou. huu- ?o. 174^; third. .Marv '—. 

Aug. iS. 177,^; inurth. Mrs. Rachel Perry. I'eh. _'(>. 17S6. 

21. Hannah, horn alxiut 1720. 

I' II. Joseph, son of Jusei)h and Fdi/abeth ((iunn) Hawkins, lived tor a 

Itime at Brookhaven. Long Ulaiid, where he married Sarah P.rewster. Xov. 
17, 1720. She was a granddaughter ol the Rev. Xathaniel and Sarah (Pud- 
low) Brewster. losepli died an.l his widow married I'.eiiaiah lohiisoii. i72r.-27. 
loseph died. i7->5- 


22. Mary, born Sei)t. 5. 1721: m. I'.beiie/er judd. 1742. 
^?\- Joseph, born April 30, 1724. 

2,5. Joseph. s(Mi of Jose])h ;ind Sarah P. (P.rewster) IPawkins, was given 

by his grandfather the store (U' warehouse at Derby Neck. He built the 

I house that stood on the conicr of h'.lizabeth and Main streets, Birniinghani, 

Ct., where the Bank now stands. Joseph married Mercy, dau. of .Samuel and 

;, Abigail (Gunn) Kiggs. 3. 1750. She w;is born Dec. 6, 1730. Jose|)h 

died Mav .u. 17(17- 

24. Mercy, born Aug. 21. 1730: died .Sejit. 20 1750. 
2^. Freegift, born. 173-': adopted. 
2(3. Joseph, born, 1734. 
2-. Truth, born, 1736. 

28. Ruth, born, 1758. 

29. Moses, born, 1760. 

30. Amos, born, 1763; dietl March 14. 17(19. 

31. Sarah, born, 1767. 

23. Freegift. son of Joseph and Mercy (Riggs) Hawkins, married Han- 
nah, clan, of Agur and Sarah (Bowers) Tmnlinson. In the distribution it 
states that Freegift was adopted. Owned land on Great Hill. Freegift died. 



2^2. Lucy, b(n-n Aug. 16, 1773: in. Moody. 

T,},. PLinnah. born Jan. 17, 1773: died July 9, 1820. 
34. Abraham, born March 11. 177S: went west. 

33. Mercy, born Nov. 23. 1781: m. first, David Short; second, Puther 
26. Joseph, son of Joseph and Mercy (^Riggs) PLawkins, married Sarah 
(Gunn) Thompson, dau. of Jabez and Sarah; married, second, P:iizabcth 
Wooster, June 10, 1829, widow of John Wooster. Joseph lived on the corner 
of Elizabeth and I\Pain streets, Birmingham, Ct., where his children were 
born. Later in life he removed to Bungay, about a mile west of the school- 
house, where he died. Joseph died Oct. 2t,. 1832. aged 78. Sarah died March 
3. T827. aged 7t. Elizabeth died March 10. 1830, aged 71. 

^6. Joseph, born Aug, 18, I775- 
V- Sarah, born, 1780; m. William Chatheld. 
38. Betsey, born, 1786; m. John Riggs, Marcli 8. 1829. 
"to- Irene, born, 1789: died April 2-]. i82(). 

40 Julia Ann. born, 1793; m. first. Willis Hine, heb. 11. 1.S34: second. 
Abel Peck, Oct. 5. 1858. 


36. Joseph, son of Joseph and Sarah Hawkins, married Rebecca, dau. oi 
Eli Yale. Sept. g, 1779. Lived on Bungay. Joseph died Aug,. 27. 1828, agcc 
53. Rebecca died July 20. 1837, aged 65. 


41. Julia, born July 12, 1802; m. David Scranton. 

42. Joseph, born Nov. 27, 1805; m. . 

43. Charles, born May i, 1808; m. Jane Chatfield. Sept. 24. 1829. 

44. Truman, born June 19, 181 1; m. Betsey Holbrook, June 5, 1837. 

45. Sarah Elizabeth, born July 27, 1814; m. Charles Reynolds. 

41. Joseph, son of Joseph and Rebecca (Yale) Hawkins, married Grace! 
dau. of Richard and Grace (Hawkins) Holbrook, Nov. 27. 1828, of Great Hilll 
Joseph died May 18, 1885. Grace died April 28, 1880, aged 69. 


46. Sarah Grace, born Feb. 13, 1830: m. John Edwards, Nov. 24. 1847. 

47. Mary Ann, born Oct. 20. 1837; m. first, Charles Weeks, July 26 

1848; second, Charles Lehman. 

48. Joseph Wales, born Sept. 18, 1835; died Oct. 20, 1837. 

49. Betsey Maria, born June 29, 1837; m. Leander Garry, Oct. 6, 1852. 

50. Henrietta Jane, born Nov. 28, 1839; died Feb., 1841. 

tI. Minerva Elizabeth, born Feb. 2=;. 1841 ; m. John S. Washburn, Marcl 

8, 1861. 
52. Eunice Cornelia, born Feb. 10, 1843: m. Caleb E. Garry. June 7, 1865' 
S^. Caroline Augusta, born April 28, 184^: m. Wilber J. Richardson 

Nov. 4, 1868. 
54. Martha Ellen, born March 18, 1847; m. Olin C. Smith, Oct. 9, 1871 


1. Robert Healey came from London, England, in the ship Queen Vic-c 
tory in 1846. He landed in New York city, 1846, where he lived until 1851, 
when he removed to Seymour, Ct. In 1856 he left Seymour and enlisted in 
the U. S. navy, where he remained until i860. In the fall of i860 he returnee 
to Seymour, and took his son Robert and went to New Orleans, La., wherffj 
he obtained a position on the police force. In April, 1861, he left New Oi 
leans, accompanied by his son Robert, for the north, and after many days 
travel arrived in Louisville, Kentucky. He enlisted in the Kentucky infantry^ 
was taken prisoner and was among the first to be paroled in the Civil war« 
He again enlisted in a cavalry regiment, wdiere he remained until he was dis-s 
charged. After the war he then enlisted in the U. S. navy, where he remaitm 
ed until his death. Robert married, first, in London, England, Mary Humii 
phreys, about 1836 or 1837; married, second, in Seymour, Ct., Nancy Terrelll 
Jan. 9, 1853. She was the widow of George Gillette. Robert died on the 
recruiting ship Baltimore, at the Norfolk navy yard, Norfolk, Virginia, 1867'; 
Mary died in New York city, 1847. 

Children by Mary Humphreys. 

2. Humphrey, born, 1838, in London, England. 

3. Annie, born, 1840, in London, England. 

4. Robert, born Feb. 24, 1842, in London, England. 

2. Humphrey, son of Robert and Mary (Humphrey) Healey. enlisted 
from New York in the loth U. S. regular regiment, 1855, as bugler. H^ 
was stationed at Fort Snelling, Minnesota; in 1857 he crossed the plains with 
General Harney for the purpose of subduing the Mormon uprising. He was 
appointed postmaster of Salt Lake City, Utah, by President Buchanan. 

4. Robert, son of Robert and Mary (Humphrey) Healey, came with 
father to Seymour in 1851. He first went to live with Mr. Jabez Baldwin,(i 
Later he lived with Mr. George Rood, where he remained most of the time 
until i860, when he went with his father to New Orleans. La., where he waa 


employed until April. 1861. TJic Civil war had then commenced. He. with his 
father, made their way north as fast a^ ilicv could. Me went as far north as 
Indiana, where he enlisted in iIr- jjud Indiana regiment, Co. K. Sept. i, 1861. 
On Aug. 6, 1865. he returned to Seymour, Ct., and found employment with 
the Douglass Manufacturing Co. lie remained in their employ until the hard 
times of 1873. He then commenced the milk business, which business he con- 
tinued mini iSoo, when he sold .ml to Joel Chatfield. He was elected select- 
man in (SSi-,S_'-8.v84-cS5. IK- represented the town .)l Seymour in the legis- 
lature, 1889-90-01 and i89_'. He held the office of assessor for a numl)er of 
years. Robert married Alice Jane, dan. of Amos and Kesiah (Rowe) Bas- 
sett, Sept. 13, 1866, in Woodbridge, Cl. ( P.y the Rev. Mr. Marvin.) lie re- 
sides in the old Bassett homestead, on P>tmg;iy. 


5. William S., born Nov. 23, iH()-. 

(1. Harry A., born Oct. 11, i86y. 

7. Walter R.. born May 26, 1872: died Jan. 13. 1873. 

8. Robert, born March 15, 1874. 

9. Frank B., born Jan. 17, 1876. 
10. George B., born Dec. 7, 1877. 

ir. Alice' Rowe, born Sept, 26, 1881; died .April 18, 1883. 

12. Raymond Rowe, born March 5, 1885. 

5. William S., son of Robert and Alice J. (Bassett) Healey, married 
Rhoda, dan. of Fraid< Gerard, of Seymour, Ct., April 8, 1890. Resides in Shel- 
ton, Ct. 


13. Child, born March 28. 1900; died April 2, 1900. 


From the Newtown town records Samuel and Phebe Hendryx's children 

Nathaniel, born. Feb. 4, 1704, in Stratfield. 

Roger, born April 14, 1705, in Strattield. 

Samuel, born March 15, 1707, in Stratfield. 

Frances, (son) born April i, 1709, in Stratfield. 

Bonony, (son) born last day of January. 171 1, in Stratfield. 

Obed, (son) born at Chestnut Ridge, in ye county of Fairfield, .\pril 2i^. 

David, their 7th son, born at Chestnut Ridge, Jan. r, 1710. 
Aaron, their 8th son, born in Newtown, May 2^. 1720. 

Samuel Hendryx, of Weston, married Priscilla . 


Catherine, born in 1777: died in Weston, May 22. 1840, aged 63, 

Obadiah, born July 7, 1784; died in Easton, Jan. 8, 1855. 

Asahel, died at Butternuts, N. Y., March 3, 1855, aged 8[. 

Alson, born in Weston, Jan. 31, 1792; died Aug. 23, 1854, aged 63. 

Priscilla, born Jan. 31, 1792; m. Wheeler. 

Deborah; m. Robertson. 

Sarah; m. Sherwood I^yon. of Weston. 


Esther; m. Gilbert. 

Alson Hendryx. son of Sergt. Samuel Hendryx, came to Quaker Farms 
and marr,. Cvnthia, daughter of William and Sarah liuimell. Jan. h. 1810. 


Wilson E., born May 22, 181 1; died March 2h. 1886, aged 74. 

Augusta; m. Erastus Wheeler, of Oxford. 

Sarah Maria; m. Matthew Donnelly, of Derby. 


Caroline; ni. Simeon Patterson, of Quaker Farms. 
Mary E.. born March, 1831. 

Wilson E. Hendryx. son of Alson and Cynthia (Bunnell) Hendryx, mar- 
ried. Oct. 14. 1830, Rosetta Booth, dau. of Ebenezcr and .'\nna Booth, of 

Harry Erastus, born in Southbury, Sept. 30, 1831; m. in Seymour, April 

4, 1852, Mary E. Nichols. 
Andrew B., born in Southbury, April 7, 1834; m. in Seymour, Oct. ig, 

1857, Mary A. Hotchkiss. 
James M.. born in Seymour, Feb. 5, 1844; enlisted Aug. 6, 1862, in Co. 
H., 20th C. v.: was killed May\^, 1863. at the battle of Chancellors- 
Wilbur A., M. D., born in Seymour, Feb. 12, 1850. 


I. Thomas Hine, the first of the name in America, located in Milford. 
Ct., and was granted a home lot Jan. 28, 1646. His wife's name was Elizabeth. 
Thomas died about 1696, in Milford, Ct. His will was dated May 9. 1694. 


2. Thomas, born Oct,, 1653. 

3. John, born March 17, 1656. 

4. Sonne, born Dec. 3, 1657. 

5. Samuel, born Jan. 26, 1659-60. 

6. George, born June 22. 1662; buried Jan. 7, 1663. 

7. Stephen, born Oct. 25, 1663. 

8. Ealos, (Alice) born Oct. 5, 1666: probably died soon. 

9. Ealis, (Alice) born Dec. 16, 1667; m. Canfield. 

10. William, born Aug. (or June) 15, 1670. 

11. George, born June 29, 1673. 

12. Elizabeth, born Nov. 21, 1669; m. Simkins. 

5. Samuel, son of Thomas and Elizabeth Hine, married Abigail . 

Resided in Milford, Ct. 


13. Samuel, born Jan. 9, 1703-4; m. Elizabeth Tibbals. 

14. Abigail, bapt. Jan. 9, 1703-4. 

15. Mehitable, bapt. Jan. 9, 1703-4. 

16. James, born Oct. 16, 1696; m. Margaret Noble. 

17. Rebecca, bapt. Jan. 9, 1703-4. 

18. William, bapt. Jan. 9, 1703-4. 

19. George, born March 17, 1703-4. 

20. Daniel, born Dec. 31. 1707; m. Mary Bronson. 

21. Ann, born Feb. 19, 1710-11: m. John Down, 1733. 

18. William, son of Samuel and Abigail Hine. married, first. Hol- 

lingworth, April 20, 1727. Married, second, . Removed 

to Derby, Ct. 

Child by First Wife. 

22. Abigail; m. Benjamin Bates. 

Children by Second Wife. 

23. Hezekiah, born, 1733. 


rhaddeus. born, 1739; lived in Naugatuck. 

5. Richard, born — ; m. .\my Hurd, 1770. 

26. William, born ; m. Hannah Sherman. 

2T,. Hezekiah, son of William and Hine, married, first, Lois 

Bristol, of Milford, Ct. Married, second, Eunice . Hezekiah re- 

niuvcil t(; 

SaK'iii i'.rid-c (NauLialnck 
I. 181. ^ 

Cliildrc-n hy 
Hczckiah. l)<)ni Aug. 23. i 

Reuben. l)(ini 1759 

Jchcil, l)()ni 1761'. 

Amy, born . 

Esther, born I7(>5; 

Eunice, born . 

Anne, born Nov. 16. 17(19. 

Betsey, born i//^; 

Samuel B.. Ijorn 17 

Asa, born 17/6. 


iK-k.) lle/ekiali died Sep 
by L,,is l5risl..L 


,^. 1S07. 


Sept. 2,]. 1770. 
liilu llu.adley. 

27. Hezekiah. son of Hezekiah auc 
nah Terrell, March ii, 1781. Resided 
Hannah died Nov. 9, 1801. Roliert C. 

ried Elizabeth , for his secoi 

ford, Ct. 


l.uis (P.nsl,)]) 1 
1 Oxford. Ct. I 
Hiue stales that 



<1 Man 
d. i8?o. 


Nancy, born May 17, 1782. 

Sally, born Oct. 16, 1783. 

Amelia, born May 22, 1785. 

Lorain, born Nov. 7, 1786. 

Harriet, born March 5. 1788. 

Clarissa, born March i,?. 1790. 

William Harlow, born Jan. 27. 179J. 

Reuben Milo, born Feb. i^>. i7(>4; lu. I'hebe A. 

'Ihirza, born July 25. 1796. 

Spencer, born June ,^0. 1798; m. Sally Ciimn. 

Aner Fowler, born, 1800: died, 1812. 

(Record taken from liine Gene; 


29. Capt. Jeheil. son of Hezekiah and Lois (Bristol) J-line. married Ehza^ 
beth, dan. of JoscdIi and Elizabeth (Duraud) J(dinson, March 5. 1781. She 
was burn March 14. 175,?. He built the house and tannery where Mr. Alfred 
Hull lived, now owned by Dewitt C. Mull, on Maple street, where he con- 
ducted the tanning of leather and the mauid'acture of boots and shoes for a 
number of years. Capt. Jeheil died Dec. 10, 1822, in Seymour, Ct. Elizabeth 
died Feb. 8, 1819, in Seymour, Ct. He was commissioned captain of the 
10th company of 2nd regiment. State Militia, Oct. 20, 1790. 


48. Willis, born, 1795: m. Julia Ann Hawkins; no issue. 

49. Betsey Melvina. born. 1797: m. Clark Rotsford. 

50. Reuben, born Jan. 30, 1798. 

51. Jeheil M.. born Jan. 2. 1800: m. hrst, Mary Pease; second. Mary L. 

Baleman; lived in Ohio. 
t2. Lam-a. horn ; m. Thomas lloadley. 

53. Edwin, born. 1805; m. Maria Wheeler. March 11. 1829. 

54. Joseph, born, 1808; m. Elizalieth Wellon. 

50. Reuben, son of Jeheil and Elizabeth (Johnson) I 
Sally Shelton. She was born April 4, 179''^. Married. -, 
son. Resided in Oxford, Ct. Sally died June 14. i8()i. 
20, 1870, aged 75. 


55. Child, born Oct. 12, 1819; died in infancy. 

56. Child, born March 10, 1821; died young. 

57. Alvira, born Jan. 22, 1822; m. Daniel Tyler. 1850. 

arned. hrst. 
Annie John- 
ie died Oct. 


58. George, born Jan. 2, 1824: ni. first, Lonise Brown; second. J'^li 

5g. Burr, born March i.^ 1827: m. Mary Rigg.s. 
60. Henry, born Aug. 24, 1836; m. Pamelia Van D Bogart. 

51. Jelieil M.. son of Capt. Jehcil and Elizabeth (Johnson) Hine, local 
in Hndson, Ohio. Married, first, Mary Pease; married, second, Marv 
Batenian. Jeheil M. died Oct. 11, 1894, in Twinsbnrgh, Ohio. 

61. Charles, born 

62. Henry, born - 

63. Harriet, born 

64. George, born 

65. Jeheil, born — 

66. Horace, born 

Children by Mary Pease. 

dj. Mary, born ; m. Edgerly . 

52. Edwin, son of Capt. Jchiel and Elizabeth (Johnson) Hine, married 
Maria, dau. of Moses Wheeler, of Litchfield, Ct., March 11, 1829. He lived 
on Church street, Seymour, Ct. Edwin died Jan. 5, 185 1. Maria died Aug. 
6, 1878, aged 74. 


68. Charles, born, 18.30; died Jan. 22.. 1832. 

69. Mary, born, 1832; died March 7, 1847. 

54. Joseph, son of Capt. Jehiel and Elizabeth (Johnson) Hine, marncd 
Elizabeth, dau. of Erastus and Abigail (Church) Welton, of Waterbnry, Conn., 
July, 1836. He removed to Hudson, Ohio. 


70. Mary, born ; m. William H. Anderson, of Lowell, Mass. 

(Copied from Samuel's Bible.) 

35. Samuel B., son of Hezekiah and Lois (Bristol) Hine, married Char- 
ity, dau. of Daniel and Katurah (Philips) Smith, of Smithtown, (Brookhaven), 
Long Island, March 8, 1795. He resided in Humphreysville, Ct.; owned and 
lived in the house where Mrs. M. M. Randall now lives, on Main street. 
Samuel died Oct., 1835, aged 61. Charity died June 27, 1863, aged 90. 


71. Henry, born Dec. 29. 1795; m. Harriet Stephens. March 14, 1817. 

Henry died Oct., 1852. Harriet died April, 1853. Resided in 

72. Richard, born Feb. 18, 1798; m. Jerusha Lum, Sept., 1821. Richard 

died Nov. 9, 1864, in Waterbnry, Ct. Jerusha died Nov. 18, 1885, 
aged 84. 
"/:},• Thomas, born April i"]. 1801; m. Harriet Cole. .April 14, 1824. 
Thomas died Sept. 15, 1882, in Martha's Vineyard. Harriet died 
1876. in New Haven, Ct. Resided in Newark, N. J. 

74. George D., born June 26, 1803; m. Eliza A. Clark, of Woodbridge, 

Conn., Nov. 27, 1822, George D. died April, 1849. Resided in 
Akron, Ohio. Children: Henry Hall, born Feb. 10, 1825. 
Francis Eliza, born Feb. 13, 1829. Mary, born Feb., 1831. 

75. Robert, born Feb. 22. 1806; m. Mrs. Anna Lewis, June, 1829; died 

in Lafayette, Ind., Feb. 16. 1886. 

76. John, born Aug. 9, 1808; m. Julia M. Groom. July 22, 1862. He 

died July 24, 1885, Lafayette, Ind. 
■]-7. Daniel S., born Jan. 6, 181 1; died Oct. 14, 1863. 
78. Mary, born .Xpril 2-]. 1814; m. Samuel Roselle. Jan. 16. 1832; died 

in Seymour, April 22. 1872, aged 58 years. 


<1 1.. \\- 

V ICuKlaiul an 

1 located 


cr> of I 

U' |)lantali()n 


V as 

!()?(). 1 

c was one ol 

llie i)ur- 


His est 

lie invcnloricc 

£ 500. 

(IKNK.Al.OGY. 47 t 

[1 iii-rfiiC()(;K I'AMii.v. 

I. Matthias llhclu-oek eanie Ironi I' 
in New Haven, C\.. and was one of the 
in 1644. He was in .\ew Haven as earl 
bhasers of Sonlhend Xeek. now h'.asl lla\ 


2. Eliakini, bcuMi. i()44: ni. Sarah Merrick. Urf)/. 

3. Nathaniel. l)orn. i()4(); ni. Rebecca Morse, 1O70. 

4. John, born, 1(148. 

5. Elizabeth, bt)rn Jnne 14, 1651. 

3. Nathaniel, son of Matthias Hitchcock, married Kli/.abelh Moss, Jan. 
3, 1670. Resided in East Haven, Ct. 


(). Elizabeth, born March 17. 1672. 
7. Nathaniel, born Jnly 28, 1678. 
Il 8. Abiah, born Oct. 26. 1680; m. Saninel I'eck. 1703. 

g. Ebenezer, born April 9, 1689. 
" 10. Mary, born Jnly 20. 1692: m. Samnel Clark, 1718. 

9. Ebenezer. son of Nathaniel and Elizabeth (Moss) Ililchcock. mar- 
ried Anna Perkins, in 1711. Removed to Woodbridge, Conn. Will was 
probated in 1740. 


11. Timothy, born. 1713. 

12. Ebenezer. born, 171 5. 

13. Anna, born . 

14. Jonathan, born, 1724. 

15. Joseph, born . 

ih. Jesse, born — . 

12. Ebenezer, son of Ebenezer and Amia (Perkins) Hitchcock, married 
Rebecca Thomas, of Woodbridge, (now I'.etliany.) March 24, 1748. He re- 
sided in that part of Woodbridge which is now the town of Bethany. Ct. 
His will was probated, 1764. 


17. Timothy, born Nov. 8, 1747-8. 

18. Ebenezer. born Jnly 2;^. 1750. 

19. Rebecca, born . 

20. Elizabeth, born . 

21. Jesse, born . 

22. Hannah, born . 

23. Joseph, born . 

17. Timothy, son of Ebenezer and Rebecca (TlKnnas) Hitchcock, mar- 
ried Abigail '- . Timothy died Ang. 5. 1820. 


24. 'J'imothy. born Aug., 1781. 
2> Denzel H.. born Dec. 7, i78(.. 

26. Clark, born : m. Abigail Perkins. 

27. Abigail, born . 

28. Anna, born : m. Delavan Wooster. 

29. Elizabeth, born : m. Darius Driver. 

30. Thyra. born : m. Arlon Hine. 

31. Eydia. born : m. Samuel Driver. 

24. Timothy, son of Timothy and Abigail Hitchcock, married, rtrsl, Ray- 
ner Twitchell; married, second. Marinda Doolitlle. of North Haven. Conn. 
She was the widow of Zera Bassett. Timothy died Dec. 5, 1878. Kayner 


died Jan. i, \^4j,. aged 64. IMclinda died Jan. 27. i.SO;. aged /[. IJe lived 
in the honse at the to]) of the hill on Sniitli street. 


32. Sheldon, born ; ni. Anger: lived in New Ha\en. 


,S3. Bnrrett, Ijorn ; m. Marv konnsburv: lived in New lia\eu. 


,y. Sarah, born : ni. Clark Webester, 1833. 

.^5. Lneinda, born : ni. Joel R. Chattield. 18?-. 

25. Denzel, son of Timothy and Abigail Hitchcock, married Betsey, dau. 
of Elias and Content (Baldwin) Carrington, of Milford. Conn., June 20. 1818. 
Resided in Seymour, Conn. She was born Aug. 2. 1797. Denzel died Jan. 
24, 1850. Betsey died June 2S. 1892, aged 94 years, 10 months. 

36. Henry N., born Sept. 23. 1822: died March 25, 1825. 
:^7. Henrietta K., born May 25, 1826: m. Capt. Julius Bassetl. 

38. Sarah C, born Sept. 28, 1829; m. first. Barnard Humphreys, Oct. 24,, 

1847; second, George D. Robinson, Dec. 4, 1854. 

39. Maria C, born Aug. 15, 1838; died Dec. i, 1864. 


I. William, son of William Hoadley, of Branford, Ct.. born about 1707, 
married Sarah, dau. of Eben Frisbee. He died before 1785. 


2. Sarah, born ; m. Isaac Calkins, 1752. 

3. Eunice, born ; m. Josiah Terrell, 1756. 

4. William, born ; m. Esther Porter, 1761. 

5. Elemuel. born ; m. Urane Mallory, 1767. 

6. Ebenezer, born, 1738. 

7. Ithiel, born . 

8. Jude, born, 1743: m. Naomi . 

6. Ebenezer. son of William and Sarah (Frisbee) Hoadley, married Sa- 
rah, dau. of John Lewis, Jan. 6, 1763. I-iesided at Salem Bridge (Naugatuck.) 
Ebenezer cued Sept. 2^^. 1814. Sarah died June 22. 1809. 


9. Philo. born Oct. 12. 1763; m. Esther Hine. 

10. Chester, born Sept. 2;^. 1771; m. Betsey Hine. 

10. Chester, son of Ebenezer and Sarah (Eewis) Hoadley, married l>el- 
sey, dau. of Hezekiah and Lois (Bristol) Hine. 


11. Lewis M.. born, 1797. Probably others. 

II. Lewis M., son of Chester and Betsey (.Hine) Hoadley, mariied, 
first, Emily Norton, Dec. 5, 1821. Mr. Hoadley removed to Seymour. Ct., 
and engaged in the lumber business. Married, second. Sally, dau. o 
erett and Charlotte (Harger) Prichard, widow of Hiram Randall. Lewisi 
died March 11, 1865. Emily died . Sally died Feb. 7. uS5-^ 

Child by Emily llorton. 

12. Harriet E.. born Jan. 23. 1831; m. John Lindley. 

Child by Sally Prichard. 

13. lidward L., born March 4, 183(1: m. Martha J. dau. of Lyman and 

Sarah ( Lounsbury ) Wheeler. April 19, 1857; no issue. 

1. Richard Holbrook came from Long Island to Milford. Ct. He 
probably the son of John, of Oyster Bay, Long Island. New York. 

John, born 

3. Daniel, born - 

4. Abigail, born - 

5. Israel, born — 
0. Mary, born — 

Hannah, born 




-; ni. jus^ 



; ni. I'",i)lir; 


1 Wheeler. 


8. Abel, born, 165.3. 
g. Patience, born Dec. ic;. t65(S. 
10. Pelitiah, born April 5, i()()\. 

8. Dea. Abel, son of Richard and liolhrook, was the tirNt 

male child born at Oyster Bay, Long Island. lie came to Milford, Conn., 
where he married Anne Merwin (?.) Her n;inu- is written Ilainiah. He 
kept for a nnmber of years a tavern, in Derby. He received a grant of land 
before 1676. He was a very prominent man in Derby and was (\u\\v a hind 
holder. Abel died May 30, 1747, aged 94 years. .\nne, or Hannah, his wife, 
died Oct. 20, 1740, aged 72. 


IT. Abel, born : m. Tahitha Wooster. 

ij. David, born ; m. 

i,^ Richard, born Dec. 24. 1(184: ni. I'.slher Holbrnuk. June <;, 1708. 

14. Israel, born March 11, idg^. 

15. Abigail, born Nov. 25, 1694; died May 5, 1709. 

16. John, born Oct. 19, 1699. 

17. Daniel, born, 1704: m. Elizabeth Riggs. 

II. Abel, son of Dea. Abel an<l Hannah (Merwin) Ilulbrock. m.arned 
Tabitha, probably dau. of I'imothy and Anna (Perry) Wooster, Jan. 29, 1723. 


18. Abel, born Jnly 28, 1723. 

19. Richartl, born Feb. 16, 1726. 

20. Nathaniel, born Ang. 15. 1729. 

21. Daniel, born April 8. 17,^,^ 

16. John, son of Dea. Abel and Hannah (Merwin) Ilolbrook. married 
Abigail, dan. of Sergt. Abel and Agnes (Hawkins) Gunn, of Derby. Ang. 27. 
1723. His residence was adjoining the old l'4iisco])al grave yard. Ui)to\vn 
Derby. He and his wife gave the site lor the l-lpiscopal clufch in Derby. 
John died Jnne =;, 17S2. 

21^2. John, born Ang. T2. r72(). 
21^:4. Abigail, born Jnly 27. 1729: died June 20. 17.^8. 

2iJ/'- Capt. John, son of John and .\bigail ((iunn) Ilolbrook, married 
Esther Nichols, of Newtown. Ct.. Nov. 4. 17S0. Resided on his father's 
homestead, Derby, Ct. Capt. John died Jan. 2S. 1801. Esther died l-eb. 5, 



22. John, born Oct. 2. ly-^i: .lied Ang. 7. 17.^2. 

23. John, born March i,^ 1753: died May 1.?, 1820. 

24. .\bigail, born Dec. 19. I754: d'^^'tl Sept. i.?, 1757. 

25. Phiio, born Nov. 23, 1756; died April 1,3. 181.3. 

26. Abigail, born Sept. 13, 1757: died yonng. 

27. Nathaniel, born Oct. i, 17.S8; died May 28, 1828. 

28. Esther, born Sept. 18. 17()0: m. Zalmon Curtiss. of Newtown. 

29. Abel, born Dec. 4, 17(^2; died Jnly 15, 1842. 

30. Abigail, born Dec. 0. 17' '4: '"• Wilson Hnrd. 

31. Anstin, born Nov. 17, 17(1(1; went south and had family. 

32. Ann, born Jan. 22, 17O9; "i- I^^"v. James Noycs. 


,^^. Kicliard, Ijoin Oct. 29. 1771; died Oct. 30, 1771. 

34. Sarah, born March ,^0, 1773; died Marcla 21, 1786. 

35. Richard, l)orii Aug. i. 1775. 

22. John, son of Capt. John and Esther (Nichols) Holbrook, niarrici 
Huldah, dan. of Benjamin Fox, of Oxford, Ct., July 17, 1774. He located 
on Great Hill, (Seymour.) Was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. Capt.* 
John died May 13, 1820. Huldah died April i, 1796. (Sharpe's history.) 


36. Hannah,' born Jan. 6, 1775. 

37. John, born April 29, 1777; died May 22. 1825. 

38. Benjamin, born Oct. 26, 1780; sea captain. 

39. David, born Dec. 27, 1782; seaman. 

40. Nabby, born Jan. 24, 1785. > 

41. Sally.' born June 9, 1787; died May 27, 1788. 

38. Benjamin F., son of Capt. John and Huldah (Fox) Holbrook, mar- 
ried Lucinda Harger. Benjamin died ■ . Lucinda died . 


42. David B., born . 

43. Jane M ..born ; m. William P. Beers; died Jan. 6, 1900. 

44. John, born : m. -. 

45. Burton, born Oct. 9. 1831. 

42. David B., son of Benjamin and Lucinda (Harger) Holbrook, married, 
first, Henrietta, dau. of Daniel and Sarah (Thorpe) White; married, second, 
Addie S. Cable; married, third, Clara McBride; married, fourth, Fannie A. 

Child by Addie S. Cable. 

46. Henry; died a young man. 

Child by Clara McBride. 

47. Alfred. 

44. John, son of Benjamin and Lucinda (FLirger) Holbrook, married and' 
had two children, viz: 

48. Edith. 

49. Laura. 

45. Burton, son of Benjamin and Lucinda (Harger) Holbrook, marriedy 
first, Philema Williams; married, second, E. Augusta Welton, Feb. 28, 1888. 

Children by Philema Williams. 

50. George W., born Aug. 2, 1861 ; died Nov. 14, 1901. 

51. Louis L., born Jan. 23, 1865; died June 10, 1892. 

25. Philo, son of Capt. John and Esther (Nichols) Holbrook, married- 
Anna, dau. of Capt. John and Eunice (Hull) Wooster, June 3, 1779. Residedt 
where Mr. Stephen B. Church now resides. Philo died April i, 1813. Anne 
died Aug. 9. 1831. aged 74. 


52. Sarah, born Aug. 11. 1780; m. first. Ebenezer Riggs, April 8, 1802;.' 

second, Curtiss Lindley. 

53. Eunice, born Jan. 15, 1782; died Sept. 2, 1848. 

54. Sabra, born May 2, 1784; m. Titus Beach. 

55. Abijah. born May 2, 1786; died Oct. 11, 1836. 

55. Abijah, son of Philo and Anna (Wooster) Holbrook, married Sarahl 
Webster. Resided at the old Holbrook homestead, on the Great Hill road.l 
Abijah died Oct. 10, 1836. Sarah died Nov. 10, 1832. 


56. Thomas W., born . 

57. Sarah A., born, 1817; died Jan. 24, 1861. 


I. an<l 


llur (Nichols) Tlolbrook, inar- 
aiul Kmli (Wooster) Davis. Mr 
ill \\\'>(juantuck (Seymour, Cl. ) 
Marcli 25. 1847. ao-c.l Sq. 

27. Nathaniel, son of Cajjl. Joliii J. ai 
ied Alice Davis, Dec. 20, 1778, dan. ni Da 
ivas in the Revoliitionarv war. Reside 
Mathaniel died May 2H. i8_'8. Alice die.! 


58. Daniel, born March 2S. 1780; 111. Mary Russell: died l'"eh. 7. 1827. 

59. Cyrus, born Jan. i. 1782: died Sept. 21. 1850. 

60. Esther, born Sept. 7. 1783: ni. I'eler iomlinson; died Feb. 26, 1802. 

61. Ruth, born Jan. 29. 1786; m. James lieiidsley. Dec. 10. 1803. 

59. Cyrus, son of Nathaniel and Alice (Davis) llolbrook, married Sally 
|Vlansfield. She was born, 1781. Cyrus died Sept. 21, 1859, aged 78. Sally 
died April 4, 18=; s. as,ied 74. 

), 1802: died June y, iSio. 
813; m. Burrett Chatfield, Sept. 28. 1831. 
n I. and Esther (Nichols) llolhrooh, married 
He was a Revolutionary soldier. Resided on 
died July 15, 1842. Hannah died Oct. 19, 1857. 

62. Lucius, born June 

63. Mary, born Feb. 8, 
I 29. Abel, son of Capt. Jo 
jHannah Clark, Sept. 2, 1787. 
iGreat Hill, (Seymour.) Abel 
'aged 91. 


64. Thomas Clark, born Nov. i. 1787. 

65. Patty, born Aug. 25. 1789; m. Joseph Piatt, Dec. 19. 1820. 

66. William, born Aug. 22, 1791; died July 4. 179,^. 

67. Hannah, born Mav, 1794: died Sept. 7, i8s2. 

68. Abel L., born Jan! 15. I797: died May 3, 1868. 

69. Esther A., born. 1801 : died Jan. 20, 1824. 

j 64. Thomas Clark, son of Abel and Hannah (Clark) llolbrook. married 
iMaria, dau. of Truman and (Curtiss) Benham. Resided on Creat Hill. Thom- 
as C. died Tan. 9, 1881. Maria died May 6. 1885. 
■ " Children. 

70. William Elliott, burn Dec. 29, 1S2O; m. Esther A. Bunnell; died 

Sept. 26, 1881. 

71. Charles F.. born Aug. 17. 1821: went west. 

72. Noyes B.. born March 29. i8,?o; went west. 

68. Abel L., son of Abel and Esther (Nichols) Holbrook. married Olive 
Pierce, of South Britain, Conn.. April 11, 1827. Resided on Great Hill. 
Abel L. died May 3, 1868. Olive died Nov. 20. 1891. aged 86 years. 9 months, 
2 days. 

7^^. Nathan P.. born July 25, 1S29. 

74. Esther, born March i, 1802; m. Lawrence Mitchell, Jan. 24. 1855. 

7,^. Nathan P.. .son of Abel L. and Olive (Pierce;) Holbrook, married l':i- 
len, (iau. of William and Hannah (P.assett) Tomlinson. 


75. Abel, born Oct. 31. 1871. 

76. Mabel E.. born July 30. 1873. 

77. Nathan F.. born Sept. 28. 1875. 

78. Henrietta, born Sept. i. 1878. 

79. Olive E., born March 4, 1881. 

^5. Richard, son of Capt. J. and Esther (Nichols) Holbrook. married. 
first, Sarah Lum. Sept. 13. I707- Sarah was born Oct. 26, 1776. Married, 
second. Grace Hawkins. Oct. 6. I7C:9. Married, third. Sabra Sherman, widow 
of Stephen Bunnell. Aug, 12. 1813. (irace was born Nov. 11. 1774. Resided 
on Great Hill. Richard H. died March 6. 1823. Sarah died Nov. 21. 1798. 
Grace died Feb. 26, 181 2. 



Child by Sarah Lum. 

80. Daniel L.. born Nov. 21, 1795; died Jan. 8, 1857. 

Children by Grace Hawkins. 

81. Sarah, born July 30, 1800; died May 20, 1880. 

82. Philo. born March 12. 1802; died Nov. 17, 1878. 

83. Austin, born Jan. 21, 1804; died Jan. 21, 1875. 

84. Richard, born Nov. 19, 1805; died Dec. 15, 1806. 

85. Richard, born March 4, 1808. 

86. Grace, born May 9, 1810; m. Joseph Hawkins. 

87. Esther, born Feb. 26, 1812; m. Ephraim Smith; died Nov. 6, 1891. 

80. Daniel Luni, son of Richard and Sarah (Lum) Holbrook, marrit 
Lucy Nichols, Jan. 2S. 1821. She was born May 23, 1802. Daniel L. dit 
Jan. 8, 1857. Lucy died June 18, 1880, aged 78. 


88. Sarah, born Nov. 4, 1821 ; m. Stephen D. Russell. 

89. Martha Grace, born March 10, 1827: m. Thomas M. Downs, 

90. John, born Jan. 7, 1831; died Jan. 9, 1831. 

91. Mary Ann, born Nov. 7, 1833; "i- William Church. 
82. Capt. Philo. son of Richard and Grace (Hawkins) Holbrook, ma 

ried, first. Julia Umberfield. Married, second, Emily, dau. of Truman ar 
Nancy (Perry) Tomlinson, July 31. 1831. She was born Jan. 24, 1812. I: 
was a sea captain. He resided at Kinneytown, (Seymour.) Capt. Phi 
died Nov. 17, 1878. Julia died Aug. 24, 1830. Emily died Nov. 24, 185*! 
Married, third, Harriet Amanda Baldwin, dau. of Edwin and Harriet I 
(Hough) Baldwin. 

Children by Emily Tomlinson. 

92. Frederick, born Aug. 14, 1833. 

93. Andrews, born, 1836. 

94. Julia, born, 1838; m. Howard Moshier, Dec. 30. i8ss; d 

Philo, ) ^..■. born July 25, 1840. 


Emily, ^ ^^^'"^- born July 25, 1840; died Aug. 


Lillian Williams, March il 

Jan. . 

Royal, born, 1843; died Sept. 30, 1843 
Royal, born July 18, 1844. 
Daniel T., born Jan. 15, 1847. 
Herman, born Feb. 17, 1851. 

Charles Nebraska, born ; 


Child by Harr 
born April, 1863. 

son of Capt. Philo and Eniilv (Ton 
imberly. May 18. 1856. Frederick die 
Julia E., born Aug. 9. 1857: m. John L. Benton, Oct 
Mary I>., born Nov. 19, 1863. 
Emily J., born Dec. 22. 1865: died May 5, 1871. 
Frederick A., born Aug. i, 1869; died Dec. 27. 1873. 
H. Jennetta, born Oct. 15, 1872; m. W. A. Baldwin, Sept. 27. 1 
Royal E., born July 4, 1874: m. Barbara Ross, June 12, 1900. 

9 3- Andrew, son of Capt. Philo and Emily (Tomlinson) Holbrook, r 
ried Clarrissa A. (Baldwin) Castle, Oct. 18, 1868. She was a dau. of Ed^ 
and Harriet M. (Hough) Baldwin. She was born Nov. 11, 1844. And: 
died May 18, 1882. 


109. Andrew Rodman, born Aug. 5, 1869; m. Carrie M. Birdscll, N 
25, 1891. 



102. George, 

92. Frederick, 

irried Dorothy Ki 


Baldwin Hamlin. 

2, 1890. 




no. Augustus H.. lidni Ant;. 5, 1S71. 

III. I^'rederick, Ixini l'\'l). 2~. iSj^. 

ii_'. Frank M.. born Dec. 27, iS;;)! ni. Mary Dowlino-. Feb. 27, i»>S. 

II,?. Mariani Emily, born l'\'b. i(). iS7(). 

Q5. Philo, son of Capt. Plnln and I'.nnlv (Tunilinson) llolbrook. married 
Hannah Wilson (Pratt) SciU., 1S72. kcsi<les m Portland. ()re^n)n. 

114. Philo. born Nov. 8, 1873. 

115. Millard C. born Sept. i, 1876. 
\\i^. Emily H.. born Sept. 13, 1878. 

117. Samuel C, 1)orn Tune 12. 1880. 

118. Nellie J., born Nov. 18, ]88f). 

y8. Royal, son of Capt. Phil.. ;ind l^niily ('romlinson) ITolbrook. mar- 
■ied Augusta Hull, Julv. 187?. 

j 1 19. Caroline AT., born ATay 10, 1875: ni. Fowler Ad;ims, Oct. 10. igoo. 

f- 99. Daniel T.. son of Capt. I'hilo and h:niily (Tondinson) Holl)rook, 
iiiarried Emma Warner, Nov. 30, 1871. 
! Chd.l. 

I 120. Daniel F., bcu-n Dec. 4, 1894. 

r 17. Daniel, son of Dea. Abel and Hannah (Merwin) Holbrook. married 
^Elizabeth, dan. of Capt. John and Elizabeth Crondinson) Riggs. Jan. 22. 1729. 
iHe resided on Skokorat, Seymour, Ct. 


121. Samuel, born Feb. 6, 173,1; died Dec. 29, 17.=;2. 

122. Elizabeth, born Aug. 3, 1735. 

123. Ruth, born Oct. 19. 1737. 

124. Ann, born Feb. 16, 1739. * 

125. Daniel, born Sept. 21, 1749. 

\ 125. Col. Daniel, son of Daniel and Elizabeth (Riggs) Holbrook. mar- 
ried Anne Hitchcock, Oct. 8, 1766. He was colonel of the militia and took 
a very active part in the Revolutionary war in its support. Daniel died April 
24, 1813. Anne died April 19, 1813, aged 65. He resided in the house built for 
him by his father, now occupied by Mr. Joel Chatfield. 


126. Melissa, born June 28. \']^'i~\ m. first, Osborn; second, 

Edward Crofts. 

127. Daniel, born April 30. 1769. 

128. Samuel, bapt. March 24, 1771; m. Betsey . 

129. Betty, bapt. Dec. 6, 1772; m. Josiah Smith. 

130. Nabby, bapt. May 4. 1777; ni. Amos Wheeler. 

131. Josiah. bapt., 1778; m. Lucy Swift. 

132. Ruth, bapt. March, 1779: m. Levi Smith. 

133. David, bapt. March 18, 1781; m. Mary Howe. 

134. Mabel, bapt. April 20. 1783: died unmarried. 

135. Abel, bapt., 1792; died April 14, 1813. 

1,^6. Irene, bapt. ; m. Abiel Pierson. 

137. Ann, bapt. : m. Truman Coe. 

T27. Captain Daniel, son of Col. Daniel and Anne (Hitchcock) Holbrook, 
married Elizabeth A., dan. of Joseph and Rachel (Chatfield) Riggs; married. 

second, Lois . Elizabeth A. born April 23. 1769. Capt. Daniel 

died Sept. 28, 1828. Elizabeth A. died Eel). 9. i^oi. Lois died March 10. 
1827, aged 63. He was a man of influence in the town, holdmg many town 
offices of importance. 



1,38. Betsey, born, 1788; m. Moses Riggs, Jr. 

139. Willis, born, 1790; died Dec. 29, 1840. 

140. Ann Maria, born, 1792; m. Philo Riggs. 

141. Daniel, born, 1794; m. M. Harriet Riggs. 

142. Harry, born, 1796; m. Nancy Davis. 
14,3. Polly, born, 1798; m. Alva Davis. 

127. Daniel, son of Capt. Daniel and Elizabeth Ann (Riggs) Holbrook, 
married Harriet, dau. of Moses and Susannah (Tucker) Riggs, 1817. She 
was born Sept. 8, 1795. Li\e(l at the old Holbrook homestead on Skokorat. 
Daniel died July i, 1872. Harriet died Dec. 11, 1893. He was in Capt. Ab- 
raham Hubbard's militia company in the war of 1812. 


144. Willis, born Aug. 19, 1818. 

145. Horace, born Jan. 18, 1821. 

146. David, born June 24, 1826. 

147. Eliza, born May 16, 1829. 

144. Willis, son of Daniel and Harriet (Riggs) Holbrook, married Mary 
Maria, dau. of Judson and Mary Eliza (Bailey) Smith, April 7, 1864. He 
was a farmer and lived on the old Holbrook homestead on Skokorat. Willis 
died Dec. i, 1894. 


148. Smith H., born May 29, 1865. 

149. Ellena B., born Feb. 27, 1868. 

145. Horace, son of Daniel and Harriet (Riggs) Holbrook, married 
Mary A., dau. of Stiles Tucker, of Oxford, Ct. Horace died Dec. 22. 1900. 


150. Harriet E., born July 20, 1853; died May 10, 1855. 

151. iHenry Elwin, born Jan. 7, 1855: died Sept. 23, 1855. 

152. Hattie Isabelle, born May 25, 1856; m. Joseph Fudge. 

153. Edward E., born Feb. 6, 1859; m. Dora Gerard. 

154. Burton W., born Jan. 19, 1863; m. Ella Carrington. 

155. Marion, born May 20, 1865. 

156. Jennie V., { . ^. born March 24, 1873. 

157. Jessie, "i ^''"•''- born March 24, 1873; died March 21, 1874. 

146. David, son of Daniel and Harriet (Riggs) Holbrook, married Cyn- 
thia, dau. of Russell Smith, Nov. 25, 1847. Removed to Ohio. Died in 
Dyersville, Iowa. 


158. Hiram, born . 

159. Mary, born . 

160. George, born . 

161. Arthur, born . 

142. Harry, son of Capt. Daniel and Elizabeth Ann (Riggs) Holbrook. 
married Nancy, dau. of Reuben and Anne Davis, Jan. 17, 1819. Harry died 
Sept. 29. 1828. 


162. Mary, born, 1821; died Sept. 24, 1828. 

163. Nancy Millisia, born, 1823; m. Asahel Williams, of Wallingford. 

164. Harriet Emily, born, 1825; died Aug. 29, 1828. 

I. Alfred Hull, of Great Hill, married Sarah, dau. of Dr. John and Sally 
(Nettleton) Luni. Oct. 21, 1806. Alfred died .Xpril 4, 1873; born Oct. 25, 1785. 
Sarah died June 14, 1868, aged 77 years. 



2. John Cl;irk, h(ini Jan. _'3. iSoS. 

3. Eliza, born I'd). _'-. 1S14: \n. .\ni(i> CAnvw P.assoU. 

4. Sarali, 1)orn ( )cl. _'i. iSjo; m Jolm J. RhUt. 

5. William, born July 7, iSj;. 

2. John Clark, son ol Alfred and Sarah (hum) Hull, married Sarah, dan. 
jof David and Sally Tomlin.son, 1830. Resided on Great Hill. \\'a> a shoe 
maker. John C. died Aug.. 1884. Sarah died Nov. 12, 1891. 


6. Mary Eliza, born Oct. _>. iS^i: ni. I^gbert Co.s?g.s\vell. 

7. Lsaac, born — : died young. 

8. Charles, born June 5. 1835. 
g. Isaac, born ; died young. 

10. Dewitt C. born July 4. 1844. 

8. Charles, son of John Clark and Sarah ( Tomlinson) Mull, married, 
first, Isora Taylor, of Portland, Oregon, Dec. 18, i8()4, at Portland, Oregon: 
married, second, Pillie L, dan. of Marcus and Sarah (Green) Davis. Oct. 2, 
1873, of Seymour, Ct. Isora, born Sept. 3, 1846, died Jan. 27, 1868. 
Children by Isora Taylor. 

11. Dewett Clinton, born May 22, 1866, in Portland. 

12. Charles, born Jan. 10, 1868; died Feb. 29, 1868. 

Children by Lillie I. Davis. 

13. Alfred James, born June 10, 1875. 

14. Mary Agnes, born April 12, 1878. 

15. John Clark, born March 9. 1883. 

II. Dewitt Clinton, son of Charles and Isora (Taylor) Hull, married 
Florence, dau. of B. Albert Treat, Aug. 3, 1895. 


16. Alfred Taylor, born Aug. 21, 190 1. 

10. Dewitt Clinton, son of John Clark and S.arah (Tomlinson) Hull, mar- 
ried Juliette Brown, of Harwinton, Ct. 


17. Ernest Dewitt, born Aug. 14, 1S66. 

18. Child, born Aug. 15, 1867: died. 

19. Child, born Aug. 6. 1873; died. 

20. Child, born Jan. 11. 1876: died. 

5. William, son of .\lfred and Sarali (Lum) Hull, married Sar.ah V.\\y.:x. 
dau. of Amos and Mary (Baldwin) Smith. X..v. 12, 1849. Sarah K. died Jan. 
8, 1899. 


21. Lindora M., born June 24. 1850; died June 3. 1868. 

22. George A., born March 23, 1873. 


I. Michael Ilumphrevs was in Windsor, Ct.. as early as 1640. Prol)ably 
came with the first colony that located at Windsor. He married Priscilla 
Grant. Oct. 14. 1^)47. She w;is a daughter of Matlhew and Susannah (Rock- 
well) Grant. 


2. John, born June 7, 1650. 

3. Mary, born Oct. 24, 1653. 

4. Samuel, born May 15, 1656. 

5. Sarah, born March 6, 1658. 


6. Martha, born Oct. 5, 166.^. 

7. Abigail, born March 23, 1665. 

8. Hannah, born Oct. 21, 1669. 

2. Deacon John, son of Michael and Priscilla (Grant) Humphreys, mar- 
ried the widow of John Mills, Sr., of Windsor. Ct. Prolmbly second mar- 


John, born, 1695. 
Hannah, born, 1698. 
Benajah, born, 1701. 
Michael, born, 1703. 
Daniel, born, 1705. 

13. Rev. Daniel, son of Deacon John Humphreys, came from Simsbury 
to Derby, Ct., in 1733. He was ordained March, 1734. He married Sarah, 
dau. of Capt. John and Elizabeth (Tomlinson) Riggs, April t8, 1739. She 
was the widow of John Bowers. Rev. Daniel died Sept. 2. 1787. Sarah died 

July 29, 1787. 



14. Daniel, born May 18, 1740; graduate of Yale college, 1757; lawyer, 

lived in Portsmouth, N. H. 

15. John, born Jan. 3, 1744. 

16. Elijah, born April 27. 1746. 

17. Sarah, born July 29, 1748; m. Rev. S. Mills. 

t8. Gen. David, born July 10, 1752; died unmarried in New Haven, Ct., 
Feb. 20, 1818. 

15. John, son of Rev. Daniel and Sarah (Riggs) Humphreys, married 
Rachel Durand, Feb. 11, 1773. and resided near his father's residence. He 
was a farmer. John, Esq., died Feb. 18, 1832. Rachel died Dec. 11, 1832, 
aged 85. 


19. John, born Feb. 11, 1774; lawyer; died June 29, 1826. in Humphreys- 


20. Sally, born April 19, 1775; died May 12, 1812. 

21. Polly, born Feb. i, 1777. 

22. Daniel, born May 4, 1779; died April 2, 1807. 

23. Anne, born Dec. 9, 1781. 

24. Susie, born Dec. 24, 1783. 

25. David, born Jan. 28, 1786; died March 12, 1814. 

26. William, born May 16, 1788. 

26. William, son of John and Rachel (Durand) Humphreys, married 

Maria . Resided in Seymour, Ct. Was a merchant and owned 

the property where Mrs. M. M. Randall now lives. Removed to Ashtabula, 
Ohio, where he died, 1877. 


27. George, born, 1816; drowned July 8, 1828. 

28. Theodore, born — . 

29. Sarah M., born June 5, 1830. 


I. John Hurd, brother of Adam. He first located in Windsor, Ct., and 
from there he removed to Stratford, and was among the first settlers, 
(Stratford history states he was probably twice married) probably 1639. He 
married, in Stratford, Sarah, dau. of John and Mirable Thompson, Dec. 15, 
1662. John was probably born, 1616-17. John died March 9, 1681-2. His 
widow married Thomas Barnum, of Danbury. 



Probable Childi 



In- I'irsl Wife 
ininel P.issell. 
m llennetl. 

li •riiunii)s(,n. 

Jolm. born Dec. 16, i()64. 

Sarah, born Feb., 1665: ni. first. John Sherwocxh K)S5; set 

nel Beecher, 1691. 
Hannah, born Sept., 1667; ni. Samuel Titherton. 
Isaac, born June 2, i66g; m. Jlannah Dunning. March 11 
Jacob, born Nov. 16, lO/i; i)robal)ly ched youn.u;. 
Esther, born Aug. 20. 1676. 
Abigail, born Feb. 12, 1679; died, i68,v 
Mary, born Aug. 15. 1683: m. Richard P)arnuni. 

1, Sai 


4. John, son of John and Sarah (Thdui 
lis, June 5, 1692. He resided in .Straltie 
:i73i. Abigail died Aug. 28, 1728. His w 
proved March 16, 1731-2. 



d \' 


married .\bigail Wal- 

Jolm died Marcli 7. 


March 4. 1731--'. and 





Jonathan, liorn April i"/ , 1694. 

Hester, born May 9, 1696; m. David Curtiss. 

David, born March 24, 1699; m. Susannah 

John, born Feb. 14, 1700-1; m. Sarah . 

Ebenezer, born April 7, 1703: m. Abigail Hubbell, 

Nathan, born Oct. u, 1705. 

Jabez, born March 12. 1707-8; m. first, Phebe Bun 

Abigail, born Feb. 8, 1710-n. 

Enos, born March 12. 1713: m. Elizabeth 

Ephraim. born Sept. 20, 171 5; m. Anne . 

Jonathan, son of John and .Abigail (Wallis) Hurd 
<, Jan. 28, 1719. Resided in Stratford, Ct. 

. Benjamin, born Nov. 8, 1720. 

. Samuel, born June 10, 1722; m. Tamar Leavenwor; 
. Hezekiah, born April 12, 1724. 
. Nehemiah, born Dec. 12, 1726; m. Sarah Mead. 
. Wallis, born, 1728-9. 

. Abraham, born Aug., 1731; i"- Ruth . 

. Eunice, born March, 1735; died young. 

. Abigail, bapt. Sept. 11, 1737- '" Trumbull, Ct. 

. Eunice, bapt. May 13. I74.^- 

n. 26, 1 73 1 

A big: 

23. Samuel, son of Jonathan and Abigail (Bostwick) Hurd, 1 
Tamar. dau. of Dea. James Leavenworth. May, 1745. Resided in Ne 
Ct. Samuel died March 5, 1782. Tamar died May 9, ij/i- 


31. Dorothy, born April 24, i74'^'. 

32. Elijah, born Aug. 10. 1747. 

TyT,. Joseph, born May 2, 1750: went west. 

34. Eunice, born Aug. 29, 1752. 

35. Mary, born Sept. 6, 1754- 

36. Sarah, born Aug. 9, 1756- 

yj. Williston, born Sept. 22, 1738. 
38. Enoch, born March 8, 1760. 



39. Samuel Leavenworth, born Feb. 20. 1762. 

40. Clarissa, born June 6. 1764. 

41. Ruth, born Maj- 26. 1766. 

42. Ezra, born Oct. 11, 1770. 
39. Samuel Leavenworth, son of Samuel and Tamar (Leavenworth) Hurd,f 

married, first. Elizabeth Ruth Clark. 1787; married, second. Lucy Clark Strat- 
ton. Dec, 1819. Samuel L. died May. 1862, aged 100 years. Elizabeth R.(| 
died July 5. 1816. Lucy died April i. 1854. aged 94. 


43. Julia, born Aug. 9, 1788: m. Agur Cable. 

44. Grandison, born Nov. 19, 1791. 

45. Arnold, born July 17, 1796. 

46. Samuel A., born Dec. 9. 1801; died. 1804. 

44. Grandison, son of Samuel Leavenworth and Elizabeth R. (Clark) 
Hurd, married Nancy, dau. of Abner and Ann (Scott) Cable. Xancy was 
born Aug. 2. 1792. Grandison died March 29. 1871. Xancy died ^larch 
15. 18 — . Resided in Monroe, Ct. 


47. Elizabeth, born June 28, 1810. 

48. Ezra, born Feb. 11, 1814. 

49. Julia M.. born Aug. 24, 1821. 

50. Henry E.. born July 13, 1828. 

51. Charles G.. born Aug. 30, 1830. 

51. Charles G., son of Grandison and X'ancy (Cable) Hurd. married' 
Mary, dau. of Philip and Sally (Shelton) Beach. Oct. 18. 1855. 


52. Ezra C. born April 17, 1857. 

53. Frank G.. born Sept. 19, 1858. 

54. Samuel A., born Jan. 22. 1862. 

55. George A., born Sept. 25. 1863. 

56. Mar}- L.. born July 26. 1865. 

^T. Nancv M., born Sept. 29, 1867: m. John Wilkinson. 

58. Eliza A., born March 5, 1870: died. 1886. 

53. Frank G., son of Charles G. and Mary (Beach) Hurd. married Jen- 
netta E.. dau. of John and Augusta (Fairchild) Davis. Jan. 7. 188^. Jennettari 
E. died Nov. 12. 1886. 


59. Florence A., born Jan. 31, 1884. 

60. Louise, born Aug. 8. 1885. 

I. Wilson Hurd was born in Monroe. Ct., Feb. 8. 1763. He was a sol- 
dier in the Revolutionary war. After the war he came to Derby and marriedc 
Abigail, a dau. of Capt. John and Esther (Nichols) Holbrook. Oct. 25. 1789.) 
and located on Great Hill. She was born Dec. 9. 1764. Wilson was a; 
mason by trade. He represented the town of Derby. Ct., in the legislature* 
and held other important offices. Wilson died March 2. 1853; born Feb. 3,) 
1763. Abigail died Oct. 30. 1849. 


2. Jabish. born, 1790: died May 5, 1803. 

3. Austin, born April 17. 1792. 

4. Sarah, born Aug. 13. 1794. 

5. Charlotte, born March 4. 1796: m. Dr. Clark X'ettleton. 

6. Esther, born Jan. 8. 1798: died Feb. 13, 1803. 

7. Anna, born June 8. 1802. 

8. Jabez. born June 26, 1805; m. Elizabeth Goddard, about 1840. 


3. Austin, son of Wilson and Abigail (Holbrook) Ilurd. married Eloisa, 
jdau. of Henry and Keziah Glover, of Newtown. Coim.. Dec. 3. 1824, in New- 
:town, Ct. Austin died Feb. 5, 1876. Eloisa died Oct. 5. 1846. aged 4.^ 

9. Henry T.. born Sept. 26. 1826: ni. Mary Martin, of Bristol. Ct ; no 

10. IMary E., born Sept. 21. 1827: ni. Monroe Scranton, Dec. 20, 1844. 

11. Abigail Ann, born Sept. ji). i8vj: ni. Luther Fowler. 

12. Sarah H.. born March 31, 1841. 

While none of the heads of the several families of this name were born in 
Seymour, they are all more or less identified with its interests, having located 
here in 1851. about the time the town was set apart from Derby. The follow- 
ing is compiled from the "Hurlburt Genealogy" and "Historv of Cornwall, 
Conn." The emigrant ancestor. Thomas Hurlburt. is supuosed to have come 

: across the Atlantic in 1635, for he was a soldier under Lion Gardiner, who 
built and had command of the fort at Saybrook, Conn. Mr. Hurlburt, while 
at Saybrook, in an encounter with the Pequot Indians, in 1637, was wounded 

' by an arrow, as described by Capt. Gardiner in a letter written by him many 
years later, and stating that a certain written document was a great help to 
his memory. This document laid in manuscript until 1833 (173 years.) when 
it was printed in Vol. 3. 3rd series of Mass. Historical Society Ccdleclion. 
Mr. Hurlburt was a blacksmith by trade, and after the war with the Pequots 
located and established himself in business in Wethersfield, Conn. A single 
extract from the Colonial records would seem to indicate that he was a good 
workman and charged a good price for his wares. March 2nd, 16-12, Thomas 
Hurlburt (spelled Hallibut) was fined fortv shillings for encouraging others 
in taking excessive rates for work and wares." He seems to have been a 
man in good standing in the place. He was clerk of the "Train Band" in 
1640, deputy to the General court, grand juror, and also constable in 1644. 
For his services in the Indian wars the assembly voted him a grant of 120 
acres of land, Oct. 12, 1671. It is supposed that he died soon after, and it 
was not until 1694 that it was set ofif on petition of John Hurlburt. Jr.. of Mid- 
dletown, a grandson of the settler and soldier. 

2. Samuel Hurlburt born in Wethersfield. about 1644. 

3. Jonathan Hurlburt. born in Wethersfield. March 2nd, 1677. The fol- 
lowing is taken from the Records: "6 Dec, 1716. the Great Swan^-^ (Ken- 
sington Society) voted to Jonathan Hurlburt 19 shillings for a journey to New 
Haven to "Cort" and to Hartford and other expenses." "Dec. 4th. 1721. Jon- 
athan Hurlburt was released with all his taxable estate from paying parisii 

4. Jonathan Hurlburt. Jr.. born in Kensington Society (Farmington), 
Anrii 4th. 1702; married and emigrated to Cornwall Hollow, Conn., in 1748. 
He practiced medicine, and entries were made by him in an old account book 
in possession of one of his descendants, describing the constituents of several 
kinds of medicine, which indicate considerable knowledge of chemistry ior 
those times. 

5. Joab Hurlburt. born Jan. 6th. 1755. in Cornwall Hollow. Conn.; mar- 
ried Submit Goodwin, who bore him 13 children. He was a shop jomer by 
trade and reputed to be a finished workman. He died in Cornwall Hollow, 
March 23rd, 1839. 

6. Alfred Hurlburt, born in Cornwall Hollow, Miiy 23rd, 1777: married 
Betsey Merrill, and resided in South Canaan, Conn. He was a carpenter by 
trade and was killed by falling from a building in 1829. 

7. Charles R. Hurlburt was born March 12th, 1810; married Mary .\nii 
Day. of Saulsbury, Conn., July 4th, 1837. He was by trade a worker in iron 


and was employed many years in iron works at Salisbury and Falls Village, 
Conn. Mr. Hurlburt came to Seymour in 1851 and was engaged some years 
in the manufacture of car axles in a forge located near the Falls, the site 
of which is now owned and covered by a portion of the plant of the Tingue 
Mfg. Co. Mr. Hurlburt will be remembered by the older portion of the com- 
munity as eccentric in many respects, but he always stood firmly for what he 
believed to be just and right. He was conspicuous for his loyalty during the 
War of the Rebellion. Disability prevented service in the army, but by word 
and deed he did all in his power to uphold the cause, and to the day of his 
death would not vote for any man for office whom he believed to have been 
in any sense disloyal to his country. He died very suddenly Dec. 26th, 1878. 
Mr. Hurlburt had five children: Marcus A., Thomas E., Orrilla E., Jane E., 
George, all of wdiom, except Marcus A. are residents of this town. 

I. Thomas Hurlburt; m. Sarah . 

2. Thomas, Jr. 
,3. John, born March 8, 1642. 

4. Samuel. 

5. Joseph. 

6. Stephen. 

7. Cornelius. 

4. Samuel Hurlburt, born in W'ethersfield, Conn., in or near 1644; mar- 
ried Mary . 


8. Stephen, born Wetherstield, Dec. 27, 1668. 

9. Nathan, born Wethersfield, Oct. 4, 1670. 

10. Mary, born Wethersfield, Oct. 16, 1672. 

11. Sarah, born Wethersfield, Dec. 25, 1674. 

12. Jonathan, born Wethersfield, March 2, 1677. 

13. David, born July 7, 1679. 

14. Titus, born Dec. 18, 1681. 

15. Miriam, born April i, 1683. 

16. Samuel, Jr., born Jan. 17, 1686 or 168". 

17. Elizabeth, born Jan. 4, 1690 or 1691. 

18. Lemmon, born Aug. 1,^1695. 

12. Jonathan Hurlburt, married, first, Sarah Webb, July 2-]. 1699; second, 

Abiah ; died April, 1730. 

Children by First Marriage. 

19. Stephen, born in Kensington Society, Farmington, Ct., March 16, 


20. Jonathan, Jr., born in Kensington Society, Farmington, Ct., April 

4, 1702. 

Children by Second Marriage. 

21. Josiah, born in Kensington Society, Farmington, Ct., Oct. 10, 1704. 

22. Abiah, born in Kensington Society, Farmington, Ct., June 18, 1707. 

23. Sarah, born in Kensington Society, Farmington, Ct., May 2^, 17 10. 

24. Mary, born in Kensington Society, Farmington, Ct., . 

25. Isaac, born in Kensington Society, Farmington, Ct., 1715. 

26. James, born in Kensington Society, Farmington, Ct., 1717. 

27. Martha, born in Kensington Society, Farmington, Ct., . 

20. Jonathan Hurlburt, Jr., married, first, Sabra Orton, July 6, 1727; sec- 
ond, Merrill or Merritt; died in Cornwall, 1779. 

Children by First Marriage. 

28. Hart, born July 13, 1728. 

29. Hannah, born Jan. 18, 1731. 


>). Anna, licirn Drc. iS. ij^j. 

;,i. Jonathan .^rd.. I)orn Jnnc 17. 17^5. 

,?_'. Sarah, horn Sc])!. _'4. i7,:;(): died' I'rli., 1744. 

.^3. Osias, horn April _-(), 1741. 

CluldixMi hy Second .Marria-c. 

,U. Sarah _'nd., horn h\d). _'S, 174::,. 

35. J'>al>. horn Jan. (.. ^jy:,. 

33. Joal) Hnrlhnrt married Snl)nnl (ioochvni; (hcd May 2, 1840. Died 
in Cornwall March 2^, iS^i;. 

,^6. .\ll'i-ed, horn in Ctirnwall, May 23. 1777. 

37. Cynthia, horn in Cornwall. A])rii 7, i77(;. 
,^8. Melin<la. horn in Cornwall. March 20. 1781. 
.^(). Rowena. horn in Cornwall, Ang. 24, 178.?. 

40. Ralpli. horn in Cornwall, Jnly 2, 1785. 

41. Alvin. horn in Cornwall. Jnly 10. 1787. 

42. Jonathan, horn in Cornwall. Feb. 8. 178(>. 

43. Sally, born in Cornwall. March 12. 1791. 

44. Nestor, born in Cornwall. Aue. 2. 179,^. 

45. Marilla. horn in Cornwall. Doc. 2$. 1795. 
4f>. Betsey. l)orn in Cornwall. March 28. 1798. 

47. Frederick, horn in Cornwall. March 31. 1800. 

48. l\<idney. horn in Cornwall. Aug. 2, 1802. 

3(). Alfred Hnrlhnrt, married Retsey Merrill. He died in 1829. 

49. Marcus. 

50. Minerva. 

51. Charles Rollin. born M.nrch 12. 1810. 

52. Willis, born April 17, 1814. 

53. Mehnda, born . 

54. Olive M., born . 

51. Charles Rollin Hurlhurt marrie.l, July 4. 1837. in Northeast. X. ^■.. 
Marv Ann Day. horn in Saulshurv, Ct., Oct. 3. 1818. dau. ol' Thomas and (.)rril- 
la (Phelps) Day. 


55. Marcus Alfred, horn in Norfolk. Conn.. Feb. 13. 1840. 
39. Thomas l'2dward. horn in Canaan. Conn.. Feb. 23. 1842. 
57. Orriila Elizabeth, horn in Cornwall. Conn., .\pril 7. 1844. 

38. Jane Eugenia, horn in Cornwall, Conn., Feb. 20. 1849. 

39. George, born in C(n-nwall, Conn., April 22. 1850. 

36. Thomas E.. son of Charles R. and Mary Ann (Day) Hurlhurt. mar- 
ried, first, Hattie E. Weaver. April 4. 1870. She was 1>orn July 1. 1833: mar- 
ried, second. Susan Trewhella. July 2, 1882. She was born .Aug. 8. 1838. Mr. 
Flurlhurt enlisted a.s private Oct. 7. 1861. in Company B, (Capt. Charles 
Farnsworth.) ist Conn. Cavalry. Was promoted to corporal cm March i. 
1863. Re-enlisted Jan. i. i864.'and was nromoted to (piartermaster-sergeanl 
May I, 1865. He was engaged in the following battles: Port Republic. V"a.. 
June 9. 1862: Cedar Mountain. Va.. Aug. 9. 1862; Bull Run, Va.. Aug. .?o, 1862: 
Chantillv. Va.. Sept. i. 1862: Wilderness. Va.. May 5-7- 1S64: Spottsylvania. 
A'a., May 8, 1864. Was with Sheridan in his raid on Richmond. Was taken 
prisoner at Old Church. Va.. Tnne 10. 1864. and was confined in Eibby Prison. 
\'a.. Andersonville and Millan. Ga. Released Nov. 19. 1864. and mustered out 
of service Aug. 2. 1865. at New Haven. Ct. Hattie E. Weaver died April 8. 


Children hy Hattie 1'.. Weaver. 

60. Charles, born Jan. 11. 1871; died April 6, 1872. 


6i. Mai-y VAlcu. born March u, 1872. 

62. luigene Porter, born Oct. 9, 1873; i"- Nellie Simpson. Au.u'. j.S, iS)7. 

63. 'i'homas Richard, born July 25. 1875. 

Child by Susan Trewella. 

64. Kdward Nelson, bt)rn Sept. 22. 1891. 

63. Thomas Richard, son of Thomas E. and Hattie E. (Weaver) llurl- 
burt, was in the Spanish-American war. Enlisted in Company B, 9th Regi- 
ment New York Volunteers, May 2, 1898, and was honorably discharged Oct. 
31, 1898. Remark: Good soldier: character, good; service, faithful. Janics Mc- 
Donnell, Captain, Co. B. 

59. George, son of Charles R. and Mary Ann (Day) llurlburt. married 
Josephine Cree. Dec. 30. 1873. She was born Oct. 8, 1858. Resides in Sey- 


65. Rollin. born Feb. 18. 1875. 

66. Cornelia S., born Dec. 28, 1877. 

67. Willie Henry, born Dec. 24, 1879. 

68. Mary, born May 24, 1882. 

69. Orrilla Elizabeth, born Dec. 5, 1885. 

70. George Raymond, born Jan. 6, 1888. 

71. Alice Eugenie, born Sept. 12, 1889. 

72. Marcus Teslie. born April 21, 1891. 
7J,. Ruth Gladdys. born Sept. 25, 1892. 


r. Capt. Abijah Hyde married Mary Holbrook, of Soulhbury. Conn., 
Jan. 31. 1759. Resided in Oxford. Ct. Capt. Abijah died July 23. 1801. 
Mary died Oct. 15, 1822, aged 84. 


2. David, bapt. Sept. 6, 1761; m. ■ . 

3. Abijah; died Nov. 6, 1789. 

4. Asahel. 

5. Daniel; m. Eunice Beard. 

6. Nathan, bapt. ; m. Sally . 

7. John S.. bapt. Nov. 2, 1775: m. Betsey Twitchell. 

8. Sarah: m. Asa Osborn. 1789. 

9. Aurelius. 

4. Capt. Asahel, son of Abijah and Mary (Holbrook) Hyde, married I 

Mary . Resided in Oxford. Ct. Capt. Asahel died, '1831. Mary 

died, 1823, aged 54. 


10. Lucy. bapt. March 13, 1789. 

11. Marcus, born Oct. 30. 1791. 

12. Cyrus, born Ajjril 6, 1794. 

13. Calvin, born March 17, 1796. 

14. Cynthia, born July 11. 1797. 

15. Ira. born Nov. 17, 1799. 

12. Cvrus. son of Capt. Asahel and Marv Hvde, married llannali i.uni. 
Cvrus (lie<l. 1827. 


16. Charles L., born Jan. 2, 182T. 

16. Charles I... son of Cyrus and Hannah (Lum) Hyde, married Harriet 
E.. dau. of Daniel and Sally (Thorp) White, Feb. i, 1841. She was born 
March 19, 1821. Harriet Eliza died Feb. 18, 1849. 

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11. Ancel. born Dec. 15. 1804; died Sept. 14, 1834. 

12. Morgan Lewis, born Sept. 9, 1806: died Dt 
i.^. Roxey, born Nov. 30. 1808: died April 28. 1852. 

14. Cynthia, born Dec. 14. 1810; died Dec. 6. 1844. 

15. Ira M.. born Nov. 19. 1812: died April 13, 181 

16. James Wilson, born April 27. 1814. 

17. Herman Gaylord, born April 27. 1816. 

18. Samanthia. born Ang. 18. 1818. 

19. Heiman Weybnrn. born Jan. i. 1821. 

20. Olive Perry, born Dec. 11. 1822. 

21. Samuel Weybnrn, born Jan. 23. 1825. 

22. Henry Motimore. born Nov. 8. 1827. 

16. James Wilson, son of Samnel and Elizabeth (Weybnrn) Ligersoll. 
married Mary Amanda Terrell. March 7. 1837. She was born Ang. 18. 1814. 
James W. died Nov. 26. 1891. Mary A. died Nov. 12. 1896. Resided in End- 
field. N. Y. 


23. Douglass Elbert, born Jan. 9. 1838: died March 21. 1841. 

24. Emma Elizabeth, born March 2, 1841 


Warren Ancel, born Feb. 8. 1843; ( 
Wilmot D.. born Oct. 11. 1848. 

26. Wilmot D., son of James Wilson ;ii 
-ried Elizabeth, dan. of Selh Hall, of Mich 


; A. (Terrell) 
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ishing goods 

27. Charles W.. born Nov. 25, 1876. in Essex. Ct. 
I. Thomas James. Sr., came from Swansea, Wales, lo the Ciiil 
in 1849, and located in Seymour with his son, Thomas James, Jr. The 

■d States 
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was born March i6. 1794. He married Elizabeth Reese, who was born Sept): 
27. 1792. Thomas died Dec. 30. 1873. Elizabeth died Aug. 10, 1873. 

Children Born in Wales. i 

2. Thomas, born Aug. 2, 1817. 

,^. Catherine, born ; m. Daniel Williams. 

4. David, born ; was a lawyer in Kansas. 

5. Mariam. born ; m. Evans Llewellyn. 

6. Moses, born ; died in Australia. 

7. Aaron, born ; m. Hattie Palmer. 

8. Elias, born ; died in Kansas. 

2. Thomas, son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Reese) James. lie came to 
this country, landing in New York, 1838. He first entered the employ oi 
Phelps, Dodge & Co., and commenced work in their copper mill at Derby, 
Ct. In 1847 he removed to Ansonia, Ct. In 1849 he accepted a position^ 
with the Humphreysville Copper Co., at Humphreysville, (now Seymour) Ct.i 
where he removed. By his great skill in the art of copper working and his 
mental ability and integrity he was enabled to obtain the position of presi- 
dent of the company, which position he held until his death. Mr. James took 
a very active part in advancing the best interests of the town. He married, 
first, Emily H. Abbott; married, second, Minerva H., dan. of Frederick and 
Plepsibah (Johnson) Rowe, June 19, 1843, at Derby, Ct. Thomas died July 
4, 1887. Emily H. died June 2, 1841. 

Child by Emily H. Abbott. 

9. Cornelius W., born April 14, 1841, in Derby; m. Ann B.. dau. of 

Raymond and Olive (Curtis) French, Nov. 21, 1864; no issue;. 
Cornelius W. died Sept. 21, 1892. Ann B. died Oct. 31, 1888. 

Children by Minerva H. Rowe. 

10. Thomas Frederick, born April 24, 1844; died May 12, 1844. 

11. Thomas L., born May 27, 1846. 

12. Elizabeth E., born March 16, 1848; m. Lewis A. Camp. 

13. George A., born Aug. 15, 1850. 

14. Ida L., born Feb. 8, 1853; fl'ed Sept. 13, 1855. 

15. Louise E., born Dec. 18, 1854; m. Fred A. Rugg. 

16. Charles H., born March 8, 1858; died Sept. 11, 1858. 

10. Thomas L., son of Thomas and Minerva H. (Rowe) James, married' 
Julia x\nn, dau. of Lewis Matthew and Deborah Mitchell (Fuller) DeBois,-, 
July 21, 1870, at Burlington, New Jersey. Julia Ann DeBois was born inij 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mr. James is president of the New Haven Copper:] 
Co., of Seymour. 


17. Ida Louise, born Dec. 12, 1871. 

18. Mary DeBois, born June 2, 1874; died Jan. 29, 1892. 
ig. Julia DeBois, born Aug. 22, 1877; died Sept. 29. 1878. 

20. Agnes DePyester, born Jan. 17, 1878. 

13. George A., son of Thomas and Minerva H. (Rowe) James, married' 
Sarali M.. dau. of Harpin and Harriet (Upson) Riggs, May 25, 1875. '» 'I'l'in- 
ily Episcopal church. George A. died Jan. i, 1902. 


21. Florence 11.. Oct. 8. 1876. 

22. George Waller, born April 7. 1881. 





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I. Peter JohiiMMi located in l'"airtield. Conn., about 1630. ;4"''n^- then 
rom New Jlaven, Ct. 

2. Moses, bon 

3. Ebenezei 

4. Abigail, born about 1648. 

5. John, born about 1650. 

0. Mercy or Mary, born about ifi^i; i)robal)ly 111. Joseph liawkiiis. 

7. Eunice, born about 1656. 

.^ Ebenezer, son of Peter Johnson, removed to Derby, Conn., and be- 
•anie a very extensive land holder. lie was commander of the Connecticut 
nilitia at Albany and New York city. New York, in 1689. He was the most 
mportant in business affairs of Derby for a number of years, holding all of 
he most important ofhces within the gift of his townsmen. ?Ie married, first. 
Elizabeth, dau. of Edward and Elizabeth (French) Wooster. Nov. 16. 1671. 
He married, second. Hannah, dau. of Jonas and Hannah 'ronilinson. Nov. J^. 
1676. Col. Ebenezer died Sept. 18. 1726. Elizabeth died. if)7_'. Hannah 

died, , aged 8q. 

Child by Elizabeth Wooster. 

8. Elizabeth, born Dec. 20. 1672: m. Jeremiah Johnson. 

Children by Hannah Tomlinson. 

9. Eunice, born Aug. 22. 1678. 
TO. Hannah, born Dec. 6. 1680. 

11. Peter, born Oct. 9. 1684. 

12. Ebenezer. born Feb. 22. 1686. 

13. Israel, born April 13, 1689; died Jan. 31. 1712. 

14. Timothy, born Dec. 27,. 1693. 

15. Charles, born Dec. 29. 1696. 

II. Peter, son of Ebenezer and Hannah ('ronilinson) Johnson, married. 

first. Martha ; married, second. Mary . His father gave 

him 150 acres of land at Quaker Farms. Oxford. Ct. His father also gave 
him land on the Milford road. 

Children by Martha. 

16. Joannah, born Alay 17, 1710. 

17. Israel, born Jan. 12. 1714. 

Children l)y Mary. 

18. Martha, born May (). 1717- 

19. Peter, born Oct. 13. 1721. 

20. Mary, born Dec. 3, 1724. 

21. Eunice, born June 29. 1727. 

22. Abigail, born Dec. 21. 1732. 
2,^. Lois, bapt. May 9. 17.^6. 

17. Israel, son of Peter and Martha Johnson, married Elizabeth Wake- 
lee, Mav 24, 1740. Resided in Derby. Ct. 


24. Charles, born June 27. 1741: 'l'"-''! <,'^"t- -''"^^ i/^'-^- 

25. Eliiah. born March t. 1745; died -Nov. 11. 17^).^ 

26. Daniel, born April 13. '747: ni. I'.li/abeth llotchkiss: removed to 

Plymouth. Ct. 

27. Hannah, born Oct. 26. 17.S0. 

28. Elizabeth, born June, I7(>i: died Nov.. 1 7CM- 

12. Lieut. Ebenezer. son of Col. El)eiiezer and Hannah (Tomlinson) 

Johnson, married Elizabeth, dau. of Hiiie. Feb. ly. i/KJ- Ho had 

his father's old homestead in Derbv. Ct.. where he lived and died. He was 


comniissiunod lieutenant l)y the General Court in 1722. Lieut. Ebenezer dierc 
Sept. 10, 1 75 1. Elizabeth died Jan. 18. 1760. aged 67. 

29. Hannah, born Nov. 17. 1719: ni. John Riggs. 

30. Sarah, born July 14, 1721. 

31. Ebenezer, born July 7, 1723. 

32. David, born Jan. 7. 1725. 

33. Ann, born June 26, 1727; m. Samuel Hitehct)ek. 

34. Alexander, born Sept., 1729; died Sept.. 1729. 

31. Ebenezer, son of Lieut. Ebenezer and Elizabeth (Hine) Johnson! 
married, first, in Waterbury. Ct., Lucy Barnes. March 19, 1754. She was 
dau. of John and Mary (Porter) Barnes. Married, second, Thankful Upsoti' 
Dec. 15. 1756. Lucy died May 22. 1755: born Feb. i. 1728-9. Thankful dieo 
March 10, 1804, in Cornwall. Ct.; born Sept. 29, 1727. Thankful was a dau; 
of Thomas and Rachel (Judd) Upson, of Waterbury, Conn. 
Child by Lucy Barnes. 

35. Asa, born May 19, 1755: died Dec. 24. 1776, on the prison ship in 

New York. 

Children by 1 hankful Upson. 

36. Lucy, born April 2. 1757; m. French. 

37. .H.zra, born. 1759. 
.^8. Ebenezer, born Oct. 4, 1761. 
,^9. Bella, born Feb. 5, 1768; m. Riggs. 

37. Ezra, son of Ebenezer and Thaid<ful (Upson) Johnson, marrieti Bet 
sey Curtiss, of Oxford, Conn., Jime 29, 1793. Resided in Oxford, Ct. Betsex 
died Nov. 11, 1841. 


40. Curtiss, born Feb. 27. 1794. 

41. Betsey, born, 1795. 

42. Ralph, born Aug. 2, 1797. 

38. Ebenezer. son of Ebenezer and 'i'hankful (Uuson) Johnson. niarrie((^ 
Lois Pitcher. Jan. 31, 1788. Resided in Oxford, Ct. Ebenezer died Septi 
28, 1792, and his widow married William Church. Lois died Oct. 16. i8iy 
aged 54. 


43. Russell, born Oct. 4. 1789. 

44. Ebenezer, born Feb. 19. 1792. 

43. Russell, son of Ebenezer and Lois (Pitcher) Johnson, married Ham 
nail Peck. Russell died Nov. 15, 1830. Hannah, born June 4, 1785, die« 
Sept. I, 1879. Russell was in the war of 1812. 


45. Eliza H., born Aug. i, 1817: died Oct. 28, 1839. 

46. David Treat, born March 27. 1819; m. Sarah Lindley. 

47. Maria, born Aug. 14, 1821; died Dec. 14, 1821. 

48. John R., born .^pril 11, 1823. 

49. Lewis E., born July 15, 1825; died June 28, 1850, in Marysville, Cah 


50. Eben P., born June 17, 1829; died Dec. 17, 1867. 

44. Ebenezer. son of Ebenezer and Lois (Pitcher) Johnson, marrie« 
Eleanor Allen, of Milford, Conn.. Nov. 10, 1814, (by the Rev. Erastus ScraiW 
ton.) Eleanor was born June 23, 1792; died July 3, 1870. Ebenezer die^ 
Feb. II, 1830, and his widow married Noyes Ailing, March i, 1832. '* 

Children. ! 

51. Mary Ann, born Feb. 18, 1817; died Sept. 19, 1828. ^ 


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52. Ebenezer, born Sept. 27. i8iy: died Sc])!. 2(). 1828. 
ST,. Gideon Allen, liorn Jan. 28, 1821. 

54. George Warren. Ix.rn July q. 1S22: ni. Marv h'arrin^ton, 1844. 

55. Sarah EHzahedi. b<ini Aiiril 28, 1823; died Sei)(. 28. 1828. 

56. Mary Elizabeth, b.nn Oct. 28. i82(>;" ni. I, oil Fenn, Ai)rii 16. 1S40. 
53. Gideon Allen, son of l':benezer and Eleanor (Allen) John.son. mar 

ried Sarah Isbelle. of Nautialuek, Ct.. Dec. n, 1845. Mr. Johnson mannfae 
lured buttons in Seymour for a number of years. He lived just over the towi 
line in Oxford, Ct. Gideon Allen died June 14. 1878. 

57. Eleanor Amy. bt)rn Jan. 22, 1841): ni. 

March 30. 1900. 

58. Hatlie Elizabeth, born Feb. 8. 18(11: di 

59. Allen Warren, born April 2. 1864. 

34. Gcorg-e Warren, son of Ebenezer and l''Je:i 
, ried Mary Farrington, 1844. George W'arrc 
I Children. 

' 60. George W., 1)orn Nov. 13. 1831. 

61. Ebenezer, born . 

.^2. David, son of Lieut. Ebenezer and h'.lizabeth (Mine) Johnson, mar- 
ried Esther, dau. of Ebenezer, Jr., and Rachel (Peck) Riggs, Aug. 18, 1733. 
Married, second, Sarah Thompson, March 18, 1778. Resided in ()xfor(l. Ct. 
j David died Dec. 28. 1778. Esther died May 22. 1766, aged .^o. 
Child by l-sther Riggs. 

62. David, born Jan. 7. 175'': ni. Ehzabelh llotchkiss, June 2.^ 1776. 

l! 14. Timothy, son of Col. FJienezer and llannali (Tomliiisc.n) Johnson. 

I married Abigail (Brewster), Vcb. 2\. 1723. She was born in I'.rookhaven. I ,. 
!| I., and was the granddaughter of the Rev. Nathaniel and Sarah (Ludlow) 
i- Brewster. Timothy died Aue. 29, 1796. Abigail died Dec. 13. 177.^ They 
: resided at Pinesbridge. near the burying ground. 

I 63. Nathaniel, born March (\ \72U: m. 

(14. Hannah, born Dec. 4. 1727. 

63. Alexander, born June 20. 1730. 

66. Timothy, born Dec. 6, 17.V: 'lied 2, 17.5.?. 

67. Timothy, born Jan. 8, i/.u: died, 17,^3. 

68. Ruth, born April 28. 1736. 

69. Charles, born A])ril 19, i7.^(). 

70. Timothy, born Dec. 3, 1741. 

63. Alexander, son of Timothy and .\bigail (P.rewster) Johnson, married 
Hannah, dau. of Lieut. Joseph and Mabel (Johnson) Riggs, Dec. .?o. 1733. m 
Oxford, Ct. She was born Dec. 21. T740. They resided at Pmesbndge. 
Alexander died Sept. 8. 1817. Hannah died June ri. 1813. 


71. Nathaniel, l^irn, 1738. 

72. Ruth, born Nov. 2T. 1760; died young. 

73. Sarah, bapt. April 6. 1761; died young. 

74. Abigail, born, 1764; m. Moses Clark. 

75. Timothy, born Jan. 21. 1766. 

76. Ruth, born, 1770: m. Thomas Leavenworth. 

77. Elijah, born. 177.V, m. Eunice ;she died .\u.g. 7. 18.?.^: he 

died May 23, 1847: no issue. 

78. Charles, born . 

79. David, born. 1777; "i- Clarissa Riggs; died Oct. 31, 1810. 



"I. Nathaniel, son of Alexander and Hannah (Riggs) Johnson, married 
Rebecca Parsons, Nov. ii, 1779. Resided on the east side of the Nangatiick 
river, just over the Ansonia town line. Nathaniel was in the Revolutionary 
war. Nathaniel died Sept. 30. 1845. Rebecca died Dec. 30, 1846, aged 87. 


80. Nathan, born, 1780; m. Patty Peck. 

81. Rebecca, born, 1783; m. William Davis. 

82. Irene, born, 1786; m. Asa French. 

83. Henry, born, 1790; m. Twitchell. 

84. Clark, born, 1795. 

85. Sally, born, 1799; m. first, Joseph Clark; second, William Davis. 

86. Hiram, born, 1802. 

84. Clark, son of Nathaniel and Rebecca (Parsons) Johnson. m;rried 
Rebecca Treat, of Oxford, Ct. Clark died Aug. 25, 1848. 


87. Nathan, born, 1821: m. Martha Jane Losee; no issue; he died March 

21, 1853; she died Aug. 12, 1890. 

88. David T., born ; resides in Detroit. Mich. 




Hiram, son of Nathan; 
Treat, of Oxford, Conn 

md Rebecca (Pa 
Martha died. 185; 

Sarah, born March 16. 1825; m. William Porter. 

Cynthia, born Dec. 4, 1827; m. George Baldwin. 

Clarissa, born Dec, 1831; m. Stephen Crane. 

Treat, born May, 1834; died young. 

Harriet E., born Nov. 10, 1837; m. Adonijah Frer 

ons) Johnson, married 

75. Timothy, son of Alexander and Hannah (Riggs) Johnson, married, 
first, Hannah Sanford, of Bethany, Ct;, Jan. 3. 1788; married, second. Mrs. 
Amy (Terrell) Prichard. Feb. 17, 1790. (She was the widow of Eliphalet 
Prichard.) He resided in the red house on top of the hill, just north of the 



Hannah died 

July 22. 1794; first to be buried 

Pinesbridge burying ground. Timothy died Jan. 2 
July 22, 1788. Amy died March 24, 1830. 

Almon, born Nov. 13, 1791. 
Timothy, born March 16, 1794: d 

in the Pinesbridge grounds. 
Lyman, born Sept. 16, 1795. 
Levi, born April 13, 1798. 

98. Hannah, born July 15, 1800; died July 12. 1801. 

99. Timothy H., born July 7. 1802; died Nov. 12. 1804. 
100. Amy R., born June 12, 1804; m. William Gillette. 

loi. Patty D., born Sept. 15, 1806; died unmarried, Dec. 9, 1844. 

94. Almon, son of 'i'imothy and Amy ('I'errill) Johnson, married Lucetta 
Gordon. 1812. Almon died May 29, 1828. 


102. Emily, born Aug. 13, 1813; m. William Lamb. 

103. Mary, born Aug. 30. 181 5; m. George Lamb. 

104. Horace C, born Feb.. 1818. 

105. Charles W. 

106. Franklin. 

104. Horace C. son (if Almon and Lucetta (Gordon) Johnson, married 
Ellen Welton, of Waterburv, Ct. 


107. Cora Welton, born . 


105. Charles W.. sdii of Ahiion an<l l.iuH-tt 

a ((■.< 


•"rancis Austin. 


ToR P'llpn Hnrn 

109. Francis, born . 

96. Lyman, son of I'iniDlIiy and Amy (Tor 

ill) J. 


soerry, of Bethany. Ct. Slie was hapt. Jan. 17 



;^t. Lyman died Dec. 7. iK^(). 



97. Levi, son of 'I'imotliy and Amy (Tn 



3au. of Moses Riggs. Ixeninved lo ()hi(). 1 .e 

vi die 

1 Aug 


III. Marietta. 

112. EHza Ann. 

' 113. WilHam. 

114. Henry. 

78. Charles, son of Alexander an<l llann; 

h ( K 


Rhoda Sperry. He removed to Cornwall. Con 


115. Alanson. 

11(3. Erastus. 

117. Charles. 

118. Eunice. 

119. Rhoda. 

79. David, son of Alexander and llanna 

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Clarissa, dan. of Moses Riggs. David died Oe 

t. 31. 



120. Laura, horn ; m. Lucian B; 


121. Lucinda. born : m. Charles 


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lohnsiin. married 

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24, 1825. 

15. Sergt. Charles, son of Col. Ebenezer and Hannah ('I'omlinson) John- 
son, was given land by his father at Pinesbridge, and also at Towantic. His 
house stood just north of the burying ground, in the woods, on the west side 
of the river. Married Sarah, dan. of Abraham and ALary (Walker) Wooster. 
Aug. 16, 172b. Sergt. Charles dietl Oct. 30. 1738. 


122. Abigail, born : m. Joseph Coe. 

T. Stephen Johnson, of New Haven. His will was dated June JJ. 1786. 
To wife, to sons, Phineas, Jabez, Ebenezer of \V(dcotl, to daughters, lumice 
Bradley, Anna Beecher. Lydia Pain, Mercy Baldwin, Lois Wright and Sarah 
Ball. 'Will probated. 1797. Died. 1797. 

Children. (.Vital Statistics, \'ol. i, New Haven. J 

2. Jonathan, born Sept. 13. 1725. 

3. Stephen, born July 28, 1727. 

4. Phineas, born Jan. 10, 1729-30. 

5. Eunice, born March 7, 1732: m. Bradley. 

6. Jabez, born June 2, 1734. 

7. Ann, born May 5, 1736; m. Beecher. 

8. Ebenezer, born March 26, 1738. of Wolcott. 

9. Lydia. born Feb. 11, 1740; ni. Pain. 

10. Mercy, born June 24. 1741; m. Baldwin. 

11. Sarah, born Dec. 30. 174-^; m- Ball. 

12. Lois, born May 15. I745; m. Wright. 


4. Phineas was probably a son of Stephen Johnson, of New Haven, Ct. 

He married, first, Mary , of Amity; married, second, Sarah Terrill, 

of Salem Bridge, May 9, 1791. Phineas was with Col. Ethan Allen at the 
taking of Fort Ticonderoga, going to Vermont with Gen. David Wooster. 
Phineas resided at various times in Woodbridge, Pinesbridge, Quaker Farms, 
and Huntington, Ct. He died Sept.. 1819, aged 90 years, and was buried in 
Jack's Hill cemetery. Oxford, Ct. Mary died April 11, 1788. 
Children by Mary. 

13. Dorcas, born Sept. 28, 1749. 

14. Jonathan, bapt., 1752; died Jan. 16. 1775. 

15. Chauncey, bapt., 1756; died Feb. 16, 1792. 

16. Timothy, bapt., 1758; died . 

17. Phineas, bapt. . 

Child by Sarah Terrill. 

18. Susannah, born June 25, 1794. 

16. Timothy, son of Phineas and Mary Johnson, married Olive Adams, 
of Salem Bridge, (now Naugatuck), Sept. 8. 1784. Timothy died Aug. 26. 
1844. Olive died May 9, 1844, aged 82. They were buried at Zoar Bridge. 
Timothy was in the Revolutionary war. 


19. Hannah, bapt. April 8. 1787. 

20. Leva, bapt. Feb. 7, 1788. 

21. Polly, bapt. Aug. 15, 1790. 

22. Jerusha, bapt. Nov. 18, 1792; born Sept. 27, 1792. 

23. Esther, bapt. Dec. 14, 1794. 

24. Anne, bapt. July 23, 1797; born May 4, 1797. 

25. Alvin, bapt. Oct. 27, 1799; born Sept. 20, 1799. 

26. Peelus, born Sept. 5, 1802. 

27. Patty, born Jan. 26, 1805; died Jan. 27, 1805. 

28. Timothy, born Aug. 4, 1806. 

17. Phineas, son of Phineas and Mary Johnson, married E(ms Skeels. of I 
Southbury, Conn., Oct. 12, 1784. He was in the Revolutionary war. Phin- 
eas and his wife are buried at Jack's Hill, cemetery, Oxford, Ct. 


29. A. I., born ; lived in Middlctown, Ct. 

30. Adam, born — . 

31. Ozum, born . 

T,2. Ardan, born July 31, 1797. 
T,T,. Erwin, born Oct. 15, 1799. 

34. Larnjan, born ; m. Anna Mix, March 13, 1826; lived in 

Waterbury, Ct. 

35. Eunice, born . 

36. Adney, born . 

27. Emma, born . 

38. Melinda, born . 

39. Lucinda, born ; m. . 

33. Erwin, son of Phineas and Lois (Skeels) Johnson, married Mary Ann 
Johnson, of Southbury, Conn.; married, second, Sarah Jacobs. Erwin died, 


40. Roxey, born Oct. 27. 1824; lives in Seymour, unmarried. 

41. .Sarah, born . 

42. Jane, born ; m. James Peck; lives in Westville, Ct. 

43. Ruth, born ; m. Charles Jacobs. 

44. (leorge. born Jan. 21, 1827; lives in Providence, R. L 

I. Jeremiah Jcluison c; 
veil, Conn., and was aeee] 
ntinel Hill." His wile, 

llotchkiss,) of New II a\ 


came In I'a 


.;assell (now Dcrljv, Cl,,) from New 
>te(l an inhabitant March 2. lO/J, lie resicK^l on 
.Sarah, was probably a sister of Joshua Ho.okiss 
en. It. Jeremiah died about 171 i-u. 

Jeremiah, born April j^- i(»('4. in New Haven. 

William, born Sept. 15, iWis, 

Child, born. 1666; died 1666.^ 

John, born July 30, 1666; m. Mary Wasldiurn. 

Samuel, born March 25, 1671. 

Moses, born April 10, 1674; m. S.irali Adams: removed to Newtown. 

Ebenezer, born Se]n. 12. 1670; m. Hannah . 

Elizabeth, born May 2. 1(184. 

, 2. Jeremiah, son of Jeremiah and Sarah (Holchkiss) Johnson, married 

Elizabeth, dan. of Col. Ebenezer and l^lizabeth (Wooster) Johnson, 1692. 

He was granted four acres at Scraping Hole plain for a home lot. and ten 

acres south of Bladen's Brook, Dec. 30, 1684, and 30 acres 

Brook on the plain. Pearl street now runs thr.moji the a' 

imiah died Dec. 11, 1720. 

I ^ Children. 

10. Gideon, born, 1694. 

11. Joseph, born. 1696. 

12. Benajah, born July 24, 1704. 

13. Abner. born Ai)ril 10. i70<,). 

Ij 10. Gideon, son of Jeremiah ami Elizabeth Johnson, married .\bigaii. dan. 

|iof John and Anne (Harger) Chattield. Nov. b. 1718. He resided in a Ik, use 
[which stood near where the Arethusa water works now stand, 
iiAbigail died Oct. 14, 1805. 

null of Bladen's 
I. lere- 


Mabel, born Aug. 24 
Elizabeth, born Aug. _^,, 
Gideon, born Jan. 3, 172 
Ichabod, born March 3, 
Peter, born. 1730. 
Abigail, born, 17.^ 


16. Gideon, son of Gideon 
dia Beecher, of Woodbridgc, C 
homestead, on Pearl street. 


11(1 Abi 

11. Lieut. Joseph Riggs. 
2; 111. Daniel Tucker. 

•; undoubtedly died youi 

dens Rahlwin. 

ail (Chattield) lohnso 
24. i74M. Resided m ■ 

Anna, born Jan. 28. 1749. 
Gideon, born Feb. 4, 1750. 
Hannah, born Sept. 3, 1752. 

23. Lydia. born May 3, 1754. 

24. Mabel, born Sept. 22. 1756; 111. Edward Mallory 

25. Ebenezer Beecher, born Nov. 24. i7()3. 

21. Gideon, son of Gideon and Lydia (Beecher) Joh 
Crittenden, of New Haven, Ct.. 1793. Lie liv^ 
the schoolhouse (Cedar Ridge.) on Pearl street. 


26. Hopie, born. 1794; m. Henry L. Noble; died in Ohio, in iSfxi. 

27. Sheldon Crittenden, born Nov. 9. 1797- 
Dr. Sheldon Crittenden, son ()f Gideon :ind Sarah (Crittenden) John- 

LS. 1781. 

^. , _, married San 

in a house that stood ne 
Gideon died Dec. 24. 183.S. 

son, m 

arried Susan Hannah, dan. of Dr. .Abiram and Eunice (Clark) Stod- 



dard, of Humphrey svil 
fifty years in Seymour, 
died July 30, 1888, agec 





e. May 19. 1828. He was the leading physician toi 
Ct. Dr. Sheldon C. died Nov. 13. 1887. Susan H 
78 years, 1 1 months, 25 days. 
Charles N., born March 4, 1829; was a lawyer. 
Henry, born Nov. 10, 1830. 
Oscar, born Jan. 10. 1833; died Oct. 17, 1833. 
Oscar F., born March 13. 1834; died Nov. 29, 1836. 
Oscar E., born Nov. 28. 1836; lives in California. 
Josephine W., born Oct. 10, 1838; m. Gustavus Rlliot, 1863. 
Haroid StC, born Jan. 29, 1841; died. 
Louis LeG., born Feb. 18, 1843: died May 14, 1843. 
Susan S. C, born Sept. 15. 1844; m. Harry Leigh. 
Sarah Crittenden, born Sept. 20, 1S57; m. John T. Forcey, 1876; 
died Dec. 29, 1901. 

29. Henry, son of Dr. Sheldon C. and Susan H. (Stoddard) Johnson, 
married, first, Ellen E., dau. of Smith and Mary (Sanford) Botsford, of Sey- 
mour, Ct., Oct. 10, 1853; married, second, Amelia C, dau. of Benjamin and 
Polly Jennette (Perkins) Bronson, of New Haven, Ct., Oct. 9, 1867. Mr. 
Johnson conducted a store at the corner of Pearl and Maple streets for a 
number of years. In 1861 he removed to New Haven, Ct., and formed a 
partnership with his brother Harold. They conducted a store at the corner 
of State and Court streets. Henry died Oct. 9, 1901. Ellen E. died July 
21, 1861. 

Children by Amelia C. Bronson. 

38. Charles Stoddard, born Feb. 10, 1872. 

39. Henry Bronson, born Feb. 17, 1879; m. Adelia Victoria Guerin, of 

Northampton, Mass., June 19, 1901. 

38. Charles S.. son of Henry S. and Amelia C. (Bronson) Johnson, mar- 
ried Lucy Leonora Palmer, of Cleveland, Ohio. June 15, 1898. 

38K'- Henry Stoddard, born April 13, 1899. 
38^. Edward Palmer, born Jan. 27, 1901. 
25. Ebenezer Beecher, son of Gideon and Lydia (Beecher) Johnson, 
married Hannah P. Clark, May 25, 1785. He resided at his father's old home- 
stead on Pearl street. Ebenezer B. died Jidy 24, 1840. Hannah P. died 
Feb. 19, 1846. 


40. Garry, born Nov. 5. 1792. 

41. Chary, born Jan. 27, 1795: m. James Downs, of Monroe, Oct. 14, 


42. Hannah B., born March 23, 1802; m. David Beach. 

40. Garry, son of Ebenezer Beecher and Hannah (Clark) Johnson, mar- 
ried Harriet Hotchkiss, of Bethany, Ct., May i, 1817. Resided at the old 
Johnson homestead, on Pearl street. Harriet was born March 29, 1798. 
Garry died Feb. 10, 1857. Harriet died May 9, 1846. 


43. Garry B., born April 9, 1818; m. Huldah Doolittle. 

44. David, born March 11, 1819. 

45. Mary Ann, born Nov. 7, 1821; m. Robert T. Hodge. 

46. Andrew, born Oct. 5, 1823; m. Elizabeth Davis. 

47. Betsey, born Oct. 21, 1825; m. John Scott. 

48. Harvey, born Dec. 17, 1827; died Oct. 18, 1851. 

49. Clark, born May 4, 1830. 

50. Albert, born Oct. 3, 1833; ni. 

51. Noyes, born, 1836; m. 


32. Harriet K.. Ixirn Oct., i8^g; 111. (Ifdrgc Ci. T.cwis. 

53. Martha .\., ; m. lMx-<lcrick Xcusi-lilrr. 

43. Garry B., son of (iarrv and Harriet (1 loteIii<iss ) loluison. married 
Huldah Doolittle. 1841. of P.etliany, Cl . 


54. Francis B., horn April 13, 1S42: died Mav 31. 1847. 

55. Dwight L., l)orn .March 4. 1847. 

56. Francis .\.. l)orn Jnly 14. 1849: died Oct. 14. 1851. 
S/. Frank B., horn Nov. 11, i8s?: died h'el). j(), i8f)i." 

58. Frank B., horn Dec. 8. i8()0. 

44. David, son of Garry and Harriet (ilotchkiss) Jolm.son. married Ruth 
Ann Scott, of Oxford, Ct., 1839. She was a dan. of l,yman and Matilchi Scott. 
Slie \va.s horn March 29, 1819. He was in i)artnership with Mr. l-".dward V. 
Bassett for a niimher of years, in the furniture hu>iiies^. David died Dec. 
19, 1898. Ruth .\nn died March 7. 181)4. 


59. Vvilliam B., horn March 17. 1841. 

60. Mary, horn ; m. hdhert Beck. 

61. Ehner, horn ; died. 

59. William B., son of David and Ruth .\nn (Scott) Johnson, ni.arried 
Mary M. Talmage, Aug. 21, 1862. Mary M. was horn July 14. 1840. Re- 
sides in Wilkesbarre, Pa. 


62. Charles D., born Dec. 28, 1870; died Dec. 28, 1870. 

63. Charles S., born July 4, 1872; m. 

64. Edgar H.. born Jan. 27, 1874. 

62. Charles Stanley, son of William B. and Mary M. cTalmage) John- 
son, married Hester Ailing, of Ansonia, Ct., Dec. 15, 1898. Resides in Wilkes- 
barre. Pa. 


65. Marjorie, born April 10, lyoi. 

54. Edgar Howard, son of William B. and Mary M. ('I"almage) Johnson, 
married Maude Davidson, of Derby, Ct.. March 21, i8g8. Resides m Wilkes- 
barre, Pa. 


66. Maybelle, born Jan. 23, 1899. 

46. Andrew, son of Garry and Harriet (Hotchkiss) Johnson, married 
Elizabeth A. Davis. 


67. Dennis A., born : m. .\lvira Bailey. 

68. Robert, born . 

69. Elizabeth M., horn . 

70. Frank B., born ^; m. Mary Stone. 

71. Julia R., 1)orn : died. 

72. Alice A., born : died. 

y;^. Charles H., born . 

67. Dennis A., son of Andrew and Elizabeth A. (Davis) Joimson, mar- 
ried Alvira Bailey. 


74. Harriet, l)orn : ni. John Gorham. 

75. Jessie, born 

76. ClitYord, born 

77. Etta, born — 


78. Edgar, born — — . 

79. Grace, born . 

80. Daisy, born . 

73. Charles H.. son of Andrew and Elizabeth A. (Davis) Johnson, mar 
ried Lizzie Smith. 


81. Harold, born ; died. 

82. Alice, born ■. 

83. Charles, born : died. 

84. Walter, born : m. Sadie . 

19. Clark, son of Garry and Harriet (Hotchkiss) Johnson, marrie< 
Eliza M. Hall. July 10. 1853, dau. of Josephus Hall, widow of Joseph M. SnelL 
Resided on the old Gideon Johnson homestead, on Pearl street. Clark wai 
drowned Nov. 3. 1872. in Day's pond. 


85. Bertha E.. born Nov. 15. 1857: died Dec. 24. 1878. 

86. Lillian W., born Sept. 24. i860: died Dec. 17. 1867. 

87. Nettie M.. born Sept. 8. 1862; m. Charles H. Bassett. 

88. Lulu, born ; m. Wilson D. Wyant. July 10. . 

50. Albert, son of Garry and Harriet (Hotchkiss) Johnson, marrie 
Eliza Tuttle, of Beacon Falls. Ct.. Oct. 16. 1862. She was born in Prospect 
Ct., April 16, 1837. Was a dau. of Zopher and Xancy (Sherman) Tuttl 
Resided in Ansonia. Ct. Albert died Oct. 3. 1900. 


89. Charles Hawley. born Aug. 21. 1863; died Aug.. 1863. 

90. Niles Sherman, born June, 1864: died Jan.. 1866. 

91. Edwin Hine, born Nov. 11. 1867. 

92. Alice Tuttle. born Feb. 28. 1872. 

81. Edwin H.. son of Albert and Eliza (Tuttle) Johnson, graduated from 
the L'niversity of Vermont in 1888. and is now practicing medicine in Nauga- 
tuck. Ct.. (1901.) Married Cora. dau. of David and Mary (Wilkins) Collins, 
of Hillsboro. New Hampshire. Dec. 2. 1890. 


93. Harold Albert, born Sept. 5. 1891. in Morrisville. Vt. 

94. Kenneth Edwin, born May 31. 1894. in Naugatuck. Ct. 

95. Ruth Eliza, born April 13, 1898. in Naugatuck. Ct. 

96. Marion Elizabeth, born June 17. 1901. in Naugatuck, Ct. 

51. Noyes. son of Garry and Harriet (Hotchkiss) Johnson, married. 
first, Julia Andrew, of Bethany. Ct.; married, second, Mary McLaughlin. 1870. 
Julia A. died March 28, 1870. aged 29. Man^ McLaughlin died. 1900. 

Children by Julia Andrew. 

97. Martha, born Aug. 29. 1868; m. Joseph Little. 

98. Marie, born ; m. Gilbert Hotchkiss. 

Children by Mary McLaughlin. 

99. Ann E., born Aug. 22, 1871. 

100. Edward N., born Nov. 5, 1874; died Jan. 9. 1878. 

loi. Charles B.. born April 30. 1876. 

102. William, born March 14. 1877. 

103. Oscar, born Nov. 16. 1879. 

104. Isabelle, born July 6, 1883. 

105. Harold, born Feb. 10, 1886. 

II. Joseph, son of Jeremiah and Elizabeth Johnson, married, first, Mar- 
garet, dau. of Samuel and Hannah (Stiles) Harger, Jan. 24, 1717. She was 




rn Dec. 6. 1695. Married, second. Elizabeth, dan. of William and iiannaii 
lark, of Derby. Cl.. Oct. 14. 1776. She was the widow of Capt. Joseph Hnll. 
he was born Sept. 24. 1732. Joseph bonght from Abraham Pierson. in 1720, 
le house where Mr. xMartin R. Castle now lives, on South Main street, where 
;;e resided and was one of the four first families to live in the town, which 
.lace his son Joseph sold Rbenezer Terrell Whittemore. 1776. Joseph died 
tine. 1785. Margaret died. 1774. Elizabeth died Jan. 26. 1S26, aged 95. 
Children l)y Margaret Harger. 

106. Joseph, born Nov. g. 1717. 

107. Samuel, born Dec. 2.v 17 19. 

108. Jeremiah, born April 1. 1722. 

109. Eliphalet. born April, 1725; died. 1741. 

111. Hannah, born Feb. 16, 1730. 

112. Nathaniel, born Feb. 11. 1732. 

! 106. Joseph, son of Joseph and Margaret (Harger) Johnson, married 

[Elizabeth, dan. of Dr. John Durand. Aug.. 1738. She was born Feb. (\ 1719. 

le resided in th,; house where Dea. Edwin Lum now lives, on I'earl street. 

(>-(].li died March 10. 1792. Elizabeth died July 5, 17X6. 


113. Asahel. born Aug. 15. 1739. 

114. Elisha, born April 10. 1741. 

115. Eliphalet. born Aug. 22, 1743. 

1 16. Jeremiah, born Dec. 29. 1745. 

117. Hezekiah, born Nov. 6, 1749. 

j 118. Margaret, born Dec. 7, 1750; died Feb. 10. 1751. 

119. Joseph, born Sept. 6, 1752. 

120. Elizabeth, born March 14, 1753; m. Jehiel Hine. 

121. Margaret, born June 16. 1756. 

I 113. Asahel. son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Durand) Johnson, married, 
first. Lois Williams, of Fairfield, Ct.. May 9. 1756; married, second. Mariam. 
dau. of Stephen and Mariam (Clark) Treat, of Middletown. Ct. Mariam was 
three times married — first, to Abraham Ranney; second, to Fow- 
ler; third, to Asahel Johnson, April 6, 1783. She was born Oct. 30. 174S. 
Asahel removed to West Haven, Ct. Lois died Jan. 28. 1783. 
Children by Lois Williams. 

122. Esther, born May 3. 1757. 

123. Joel, born May i. 1759; clied Aug. 23, 1777. 

124. Philemi, born Oct. 5. 1761. 

125. Lucy, born Aug. 25, 1763. 

126. Lois, born March 11, 1766. 

127. Elisha. born Oct.. 1767. 

128. Millie, born Oct. 5, 1769- 

129. Briant. born Sept. 5. 1772. 

Child by Mariam Treat. 

130. Polly, born ; m. Capt. Ebenezer Thompson. 

117. Hezekiah. son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Durand) Johnson, married 
Rebecca, dau. of Abraham and Lydia Tuttle. Dec. 12, 1784. She was born 
Feb. 14, 1756. He resided in the house where Henrietta Hitchcock lives. 
Hezekiah died Nov. 15, 1826. Rebecca died May i, 1830. 


131. Daniel, born Dec. 6, 1785: <^ied Dec. 6, 1785. 

132. Elizabeth, born Nov. 26. 1786; m. Bela Northrop, Nov. 2. 1805. 

133. Newell, born May 22. 1789. 

133. Newell, son of Hezekiah and Rebecca (Tuttle) Johnson, married, 
first. Betsey, dau. of Benjamin and Martha Moulthrop; married, second, Es- 


ther, dau. of Elias and Content Carrington, of Milford. Ct.. Sept. 2, 1810. 1 
Newell removed to Westville, Ct., in 1833. Newell died June 11, 1879. Bet- 
sey died Feb. 7. 1810. Esther died May 9, 1866. 

Children by Esther Carrington. 

134. Sheldon N., born May 11', 181 1; m. Eliza Patchen. 

135. Betsey Julia, born May i, 1813; m. Leroy Peck. 

136. Richard Miles, born Nov. 8, 1814; m. Eliza Pulford. 

137. Esther N., born April 7. 1817; m. Edward Hardill. 

138. Almira Minerva, born June 6, 1822; m. Henry Norton. 

139. Eliza Augusta, born Sept. 10, 1836. 

T34. Sheldon N., son of Newell and Esther (Carrington) Johnson, mar- 
ried Eliza Patchen, Sept. i. 18^3. Sheldon N. died Jan. z-j, 1853. Eliza 
<lied April II. 1875. 


140. Henry N.. born Jan. 12, 1836: m. Sylvia Northrop, April 17, 1853. 

141. Francis A., born Jan. 13, 1839: m. Uri D. Manville, April 20, 1856. 

142. George W., born Oct. 10, 1841; died July 31, 1843. 

143. Charles C, born Nov. 2, 1849; m. Lillie E. Munson, Oct. 18. 1871. 

119. Joseph, son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Durand) Johnson, married 
Hannah Banks, of Greenfield Hill, Ct. Joseph died June 25, 1818. Hannah i, 
died April 21, 1851, aged 81. \ 


144. Banks, born ; ni. Sally Harger. 

145. Betsey, born : m. David Warner. 

146. Sally, born ; m. first, Spencer; second, Medad I 

Keeney; third, Alva Davis. 

147. Joel, born ; m. Samira Frisbee. 

144. Banks, son of Joseph and Hannah (Banks) Johnson, married Sally, 
dau. of Edward and Susannah (Dickinson) Harger. She was born Jan. 18, 
1792. He was a carpenter by trade. He built the Corey place, on Wash- • 
ington avenue. He removed from Humphreysville to Hamden, Ct.. where ■ 
he died. 


148. Daughter, born ; m. Allen. 

149. Mary, born ; died unmarried in Hamden, Ct. 

(Waterbury History.) 

147. Joel, son of Joseph and Hannah Johnson, married Samira. dau. of 
David and Leva (Hall) Frisbee, of Wolcott. Ct., .^pril 11. 1827. She was 
born Aug. 10, 1806. Located first in Waterbury. Ct., and later removed to 
California, where they died. 


150. David Franklin, born Feb. 10, 1828. 

151. Henry Carlos, born Nov. 8, 1