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married Homer H. Welton, of Waterville, Conn. ;
Aaron S. is a resident of !Morristown, N. J. The
mother of these died in 1883, at the home of her
son, Jacob Henry ; she was a member of the Pres-
byterian Church.

Jacob Henry Garrigus. whose name introduces
these lines, received a liberal education in the
schools of his native township, and those at Green-
wich, R. I., also attending Providence Conference
Seminary, with the intention of studying for the
ministry. The breaking out of the Civil war, how-
ever, interrupted his plan, and, in September. 1861,
he enlisted in Company E (Capt. Martin B.
Smith), 8th Conn. V. I. ' On July i, 1862, he was
promoted to corporal, and later to sergeant. On
Feb. 9. 1864, he veteranized, and served until De-
cember, 1865, when he was mustered out. He par-
ticipated in several general engagements, besides
minor battles, and skirmishes, and was also on de-
tached service, recruiting and drafting. He was
Military Post Master of Lynchburg, Va.. for two
months, also teacher in Freedman Schools at the
same place for three months. Returning to the
pursuits of peace, he settled in the town of Wolcott,
where he has since resided, working at the joiner's
trade, and also in agricultural pursuits. His hom.e
Tiad previously been in Waterbury, and he has built
several dwellings there.

On Dec. 24, 1865. Sir. Garrigus married Soph-
ronia Elizabeth Upson, who was born in the town

of Wolcott, a daughter of Lucian and Lois A.
(Johnson) Upson, and children as follows have
been born to them: (i) Ella A. died in infancy.

(2) Walter H.,. 'talesman for the Waterbury Lumber
Co., married Miss Flora J. Sears, of Waterbury.

(3) Fanny Elizabeth married Edwin D. ]\Ianwar-
ring. (4) William Leroy, who lives in Waterbury,
married Fannie A. Hitchcock. (5) Harry L. mar-
ried Bertha Alay Patterson. (6) Bessie B. married
Arthur J. Pierpont. (7) Annie Belle and (8)
Minnie Belle (twins) are students in the State Ag-
ricultural College. (9) Jessie Adele is attending
high school in Waterbury. The mother of this
interesting family is a lady of refinement and edu-
cation, and prior to her marriage taught school sev-
eral terms. Mr. Garrigus is a Republican in poli-
tics. He has served in various offices of honor and
trust, in 1889 representing the town of Wolcott in
the State Legislature; has been justice of the peace,
health officer and registrar of voters. Socially he
is a member of Wadhams Post, Xo. 49, G. A. R., and
Mad River Grange, of which he was chaplain sev-
eral terms. In religious faith he is identified with

I the M. E. Church of Waterbury.
i The Upson family, of which Mrs. Garrigus is
i a worthy and highly esteemed member, was one of
{ the early settled families of X'ew Haven county.
Conn. Thomas Upson, the first of the name in
X^ew England, located for a time in Hartford,
thence removing to Farmington, becoming one of
the early settlers there. In 1646 he married Eliza-
beth Fuller, and their children were : Thomas, who
died at Saybrook ; Stephen ; Mary ; Hannah : and
Elizabeth, who died July 20, 1655. The father of
these passed away July 19, 1655, and his widow
married Edmund Scott. 0"f these children,
Stephen, deceased in 1735, married Dec. 27, 1682,
Mary, daughter of John Lee, of Farmington ; she
died Sept. 15, 1715, the mother of children as fol-
i lows: Mary, born in 1683, married Richard Wil-
1 ton; Stephen, born Sept. 30, 1686; Elizabeth, born
i Feb. 14, 1689, married Thomas Bronson ; Thomas,
I a sketch of whom follows ; Hannah, born March
j 16, 1695, married (first) Thomas Richards, and
j (second) John Bronson; Tabitha, born March 11,
1698, married John Scoville ; John, born Dec. 13,
I 1702: and Thankful, born March 14, 1706. mar-
ried Tames Blakeslee. The father of these removed
to Waterbury, Dec. 29, 1679 (prior to his mar-
riage), and it was there he reared his family. He
served as survevor, also on the school committee
and as grand juror; was deputy to the General
Court thiree times: May, 1710, October, 1712, and
October, 1729, and was sergeant from 1715 to 1729;
he had a seat among the veterans in the new meet-

Thomas Upson, son of Stephen, was born March
I, 1692, in Waterbury, whence he moved, in 1732,
to South Fannington, afterward to Southington
(now a part of Wolcott), and there died Sept. 29,
1761, his wife passing away July 13, 1750. He



married Rachel Judd, daughter of Thomas Judd,
.TM'I cliildren as follows came to them: Thomas,
iHini Dec. 20, 1719; John and Mary (twins), Jan.
_'i, 1721, (of whom John died in 1741, and Mary
married Josiah Newell, of Southingtonj ; Josiah,
Ian. 28, 1726; Asa, Nov. 30, 1728; Timothy, Oct.
^. ^7Z^'' Amos, March 17, 1734; Samuel, March
S, 172>7'< and Freeman, July 24, 1739 (died, 1750).

Capt. Samuel Upson, born IMarch 8, 1737, mar-
ried Ruth Cowles April 5, 1759, and settled in what
is now the town of Wolcott, where he was inter-
ested in the turnpike. He died Feb. 25, 1816, the
father of the following named children : Alay,
born Feb. — , 1760, married Joseph ]vIinor; Archi-
bald, born April 26, 1761, who died in 1782; Isaac,
born Dec. 22, 1763; Obed, born Jan. 2, 1767; Har-
vey, born Nov. 11, 1769; Samuel and Ruth (twins),
born Aug. 16, 1772 (Ruth married Joseph Bying-
ton) ; Jerusha, born June 27, 1775, who died in
1779; Manly, born. Marcli 12. 1777; and Betsey,
born Aug. 10, 1779, who married Lyman Higgins.

Deacon Harvey Upson, born Nov. 11, 1769,
married Nov. 28, 1796, Rachel Wheeler, who was
born Aug. 25, 1775. He was a deacon of the
church for twenty-five years, and was a good man,
faithful and sincere, in all the relations of life. He
held the rank of captain in the State militia. The
children born to him and his wife Rachel were:
Sannicl Wheeler, born Oct. 8, 1798; Herry, Nov.
16, 1800; Marshall, Feb. 22, 1803; Lois ^lelissa,
Aug. 27, 1805 (married Lucas Sutlifif) ; INIarcus,
Aug. 20, 1807; Harvey Woodward, Nov. 22, 1810;
and Lucian and Lucius (twins), Feb. 13, 1815.

Lucian Upson, the father of Mrs. Jacob H. Gar-
rigus, was engaged in farming all his life, on the
family homestead situated in the southern part of
the town of Wolcott. He served fourteen months
during the Civil war in Company E, 8th Conn. V.
L, and was discharged on account of disability. He
married Lois A. Johnson, who was born in Wolcott,
a daughter of Levi and Ruth (Judd) Johnson, the
former of whom was a soldier in the Revolutionary
war, although but a lad of fifteen summers at the
time he enlisted. Mr. Upson died in 1895, and his
widow died in August, igoo, at the age of eighty-
two years, at the home of IMr. Garrigus. She was
the only real "Daughter of the Revolution" in the
Naugatuck Valley, and was the recipient of many
handsome presents at the hands of the D. A. R.
Children born to Lucian and Lois A. Upson as fol-
lows: Leroy, Jan. 14, 1840; Sophronia E., Jan. 30.
1842 (married Jacob Henry Garrigus) ; and Lu-
cella, Nov. 13, 1853. The last named was married
Oct. 20, 1874, to James A. Todd, now of LaGrange,
III., and died in Kansas.

CHARLES A. THOMPSON, for manv vears,
a leading and representative agriculturist of Wood-
bridge, belongs to quite an old and highly respected
family of New Haven county. His great-grand-
fatlier, Timothy Thompson, was probably a native

of East Haven. On Aug. i, 1750, he married Es-
ther Perkins, who died April 2t„ 1803, and he de-
parted this life Nov. 28, 1807. Their children were
Sarah, Samuel, Desire, Esther, John, Hulda, Tim-
othy and Abram. Of these, John Thompson, the
grandfather of our subject, was born April 25, 1753,
and became a successful farmer of East Haven,
where he spent his entire life. He was married, in
1783, to Dorcas Andrus.

George Thompson, our subject's father, was
born in East Haven, Feb. 15, 1786, and died Oct.
4, 1849. He was, for those early days, an extensive
farmer of East Haven, where he passed his entire
life. His political support was given the Whig
party and he took quite an active and influential
part in public affairs, serving as selectman, assessor
and in various minor offices. He married Susan
Bradley, a daughter of Leverett and Esther Brad-
ley, both natives of East Haven. She was born
Sept. 2, 1791, and died Dec. 12, 1862. Our subject
is the youngest child, and the only one now living
in a family of five children born of this union :
Horace, born ?\Iay 6, 1812, was a farmer and shoe-
maker, and died May 20, 1892; Grace Ann, born
June 15, 1814, died June 22, 1873; Edward B., born
Jan. 15, 1817, died Oct. 13, 1884: and Maria, born
March 10, 1820, died Jan. 23, 1884.

Charles A. Thompson, whose name introduces
this review, was born in East Haven, March 23,
1825, and was given good school privileges, attend-
ing the public schools and also the academy at Fair
Haven. In Woodbridge he was united in marriage
witk Miss Grace A. ]\Ianville, a daughter of Col.
Lyman and Hannah (Ball) IManville, the former
a native of ^liddlebury, the latter of Woodbridge.
She is one of a family of eight children, two sons
and six daughters, all of whom are still living. The
first members of the ]\[anville family of whom we
have record were born in France. Four brothers,
John, Frank, Adarean and Simeon Manville. emi-
grated to America at an early day and located in
Connecticut. Simeon, who was the grandfather of
Mrs. Thompson, came in his advanced years to
Westville, where he owned property, and where he
died in 1825. He was a soldier in the Revolution-
ary war. Mr. and ^Irs. Thompson have three chil-
dreni: (i") George IvL, born March 25, 1850, i? a far-
mer of New Haven : he married Emma L. Morris,
who died Sept. 6, 1886. and has three chil-
dren, Edward C, Louis W. and Emma. (2I Neva
Elwood and (3) Bertha H., twins, were born Oct.
18, 1861 ; the former is now the wife of A. H. Buck-
ingham, and has four children, Grace M., Dwight
M., ]\Iarion and Gladys. Bertha H. is the w-ifc of
Newton J. Peck, a prosperous young farmer of
Woodbridge, and has two children, Ralph AI., and
James B.

In his early life Mr. Thompson engaged in
farming in East Haven, and from there moved to
\\'oodbridge, locating on the old farm where his
wife was born and reared. His entire active life

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has been devoted to agricultural pursuits, and in
his labors he has met with well merited success.
' However, he has recently sold his farm, and now
makes his home at Morris Cove. Xew Haven. Mr.
Thompson attends the Congregational Church, of
which his wife is a member, and at one time was
a member of the Sons of Temperance, but has never
united with any secret order. In politics he was
originally a W big, and on the dissolution of that
party became a stanch Republican. While a resident
of East Haven he served as assessor and selectman,
but has never cared for the honors and emoluments
of public office, preferring to devote his entire time
to his business interests.

veteran of the Civil war, and a leading farmer of
Prospect, was born in Canandaigua, N. Y., C)ct. 15,
1830. His father, John W. Chandler, was a native
of Connecticut, but after his marriage removed to
Canandaigua, N. Y.. where he engaged in farm-
ing until 1832, and then came to New Haven county,
Conn., locating in the town of Cheshire, where he
followed the same pursuit for some time. Later he
came to Prospect and purchased a small farm, upon
which he spent the remainder of his life. During
the Civil war, although past the age of those subject
to military service, he enlisted in Company E, 6th
Conn. \'. I., and participated in several battles.
While in South Carolina, he was taken with small-
pox and confined in a hospital there for some time,
after which he returned to his home in Prospect.
In politics he was first a Whig and later a Republi-
can, but was never an office seeker. In Cheshire,
he married ]\Iiss Laura S. Doolittle. a native of that
town and a daughter of Obed Doolittle, a carpen-
ter and joiner by trade, and to them were born six
children : ]Moses, a farmer of Prospect ; Sidney,
who died in Yalesville; Almcn Edwin, our subject;
Marcus, deceased ; Betsey, wife of Frank Matthews ;
and one who died in infancy. The parents both
died in Prospect and were buried in the cemetery

The district schools of Cheshire afforded Almon
E. Chandler his only opportunity for obtaining an
education, and his knowledge of farm work was ob-
tained on the home place. On leaving the parental
roof at the age of twenty years, he went to Yales-
ville, where he worked in the spoon factory for one
year, and during the following five years he was em-
ployed in a similar establishment in Prospect, after
which he worked in a ferrule shop for five years,
At the end of that period he went to Geneva, Ohio,
where he worked at ferrule making for six months,
and then returned to Prospect, locating on the farm
which has since been his home, and to the cultiva-
tion and improvement of which he has since de-
voted his energies.

During the dark days of the Civil war, Mr.
Chandler offered his services to his country, enlist-
ing at Cheshire, Aug. 8, 1862, in Co. A, 20th Conn.

V. I., under Capt. Gilford and Col. Ross. While
at Pleasant Valle\-, he was sent with others to get
timber with whicJi to Iniild huts for camp, and he
was severely injured in his spine, so that afterward
he was unfit for duty. After months in the hospi-
tal, he returned home, but has ever since been an

Mr. Chandler has been twice married, his first
wife being Miss Julia Ann Matthews, of Prospect,
where she died and was buried. She left one child,
William, now a farmer of Prospect. In 1856, at
Newtown, Conn., Mr. Chandler married Alartha
Morse, a native of Prospect, a daughter of Lent
Morse and granddaughter of Lent Morse, Sr.
Mortimer, the only child born of this union, is now
deceased. Mr. Chandler has always afiiliated with
the Republican party, and both he and his wife are
consistent and faithful members ot the Congrega-
tional Church, and are highly respected and es-
teemed by all who know them.

JOHN B. POPE has the distinction of having
won the proud American title of a self-made man.
JNIany of the leading enterprises and business inter-
ests of Oxford bear the impress of his individuality,
and in all his undertakings he has been remarka-
bly successful. His great determination and energy
have enabled him to overcome all the difficulties
and obstacles in his path, and to work his way stead-
ily upward to prosperity. He is known among his
fellow townsmen for his reliability in all trade trans-
actions, and he justly merits their confidence and

!Mr. Pope was born in the town of Roxbury,
Litchfield Co., Conn., Julv 13, 1842, and is a great-
grandson of Thomas Pope, who came from England
and settled near Stratford, Conn. His son, John
Pope, married a Loveland. He was a farmer by
occupation, and he served as a soldier in the war
of 1812. John Pope died when his son, Nehemiah,
our subject's father, was but three years old. and
the latter afterward lived with an uncle.

Nehemiah Pope was born in the town of O.xford.
At an early age he went to Danbury. Conn., where
he worked at the tailor's trade until sixteen, and
j from there went to Orange, this State, where he
was employed on the farm of Benjamin Clark for
five years. He next worked on a farm in ^^'ashing-
ton. Conn., and while there he married ]\Iiss Eliza
A. Parker, a native of that place. He continued his
residence in Washington, engaged in farming, until
1863, when he removed to Michigan, locating near
Kalamazoo, where he purchased a tract of wild land.
At the end of a year and a half, however, he re-
turned to Washington, having met with business
reverses and suft'ering from ill health. There he
worked on a farm by the month, to secure the monev
necessary to bring his wife and six children back
to Connecticut. Soon after their return he came to
O.xford. where he died in 1883. aged seventy-nine
years, his wife in 1885, aged eighty-two. In their

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family were the following- children : Elizabeth, wife
of William T. Bassett, of Hartford: Frederick B.,
a wagon manufacturer of Birmingham : Julius J.,
deceased ; Clara, who married Stephen Gunn, of
Milford, Conn., and died in 1898; George S.. a
fanner of Middlebury, Conn. : Benjamin C, a car-
penter of Oxford; and Job.n B.. our subject.

John B. Pope was brought to O.xford the year
of his birth, and on the home farm passed his boy-
hood and youth, and was provided with a g^ocid com-
mon-school education. He remained with his par-
ents until his marriage, although at the age of nine-
teen years he commenced work as a farm hand. On
Aug. 7, 1865, he married Jane M. Xichols, and
to them have been born eleven children, all living,
namely: Libbie, now the wife of Arthur D. Hub-
bell; John H.. a farmer in ^^'oodbury, who married
Edith Tucker, and has four children, Russell, Al-
bert, Elton and Ethel : \\'illiam B. : Albert : Jennie
L., wife of Charles H. \\'heeler. who has had three
children, John D., Florence and one that died in in-
fancy; Alice May, who married Benwell Wilmont.
clerk in the National Bank at Xaufjr.tuck, and lins
one child, Dayton : Lewis : Sadie ; Edith : Charlie :
and Abbie.

After his marriage Mr. Pope located on a farm
\vhich he had previously purchased, and resided
there for two years. He then bought the Sheldon
Bristol Farm, which he sold two years later, and
next operated a farm on shares for ten years.
At the end of that period he went to Xaugatuck.
Conn., where he was extensively engaged in the
dair\' business for two years, and then purchased
what is known as the Robert Wheeler farm, a tract
of 175 acres in the town of Oxford, upon which he
has since made his home. In 1893 he also purchased
another farm of 125 acres in the same town, and in
1897 bought a farm of 150 acres in the towns of
Watertown and Woodbury. A few years after lo-
cating at his present home IMr. Pope again em-
barked in the dairy business, which he has since
carried on in connection with his other husiness.
He has always been interested in buying and selling
horses and cattle, and there are few men in that
business better known than he. For the past thirty
years he has also engaged in the lumber business.
and for six years has operated a steam sawmill
and engaged in manufacturing charcoal. He is one
of the most active and progressive business m.en of
the town, and generally carries forward to success-
ful completion whatever he undertakes.

The Democratic partv finds in Mr. Pope a stanch
supDorter of its principles, though he is not strictly
oartisan, giving his support to the man he considers
best qualified to advance the interests of the town,
county or State. He has been honored with Dublic
office, havinsr served as a member of the State Legis-
lature in 1881 and 1882: selectman of Oxford — sec-
ond selectman in 1879, 1S87 and 1SS8: and in 1884,
and again in 1889, was elected first selectman, in
■which office he is still retained, having been re-

elected in 1901. He has also been a member of the
board of relief. Fraternallv he holds membership
in the A. O. U. W.

I ^nCHAEL DWVER was one of Ansonia's
I leading business men, and the best known Irish-
American resident of that city. He located there
; m the fall of 1853, and at the time of his death had
' been in active business there longer than any other
: man with one exception. From a village of a few-
frame houses he saw the place grow to a city of
13,000 inhabitants, and he could recall the time
when a one-horse team supplied the families with
coal. In the material development of the city his
own enterprise and sagacity have been recognized
factors, he having erected a number of houses for
sale or rent, and as a men-iber of the board of bur-
gesses he did much toward shaping municipal poli-
cies for several years.

Mr. Dwyer was born in 1837 in the parish of
Glenroe, County Limerick, Ireland, son of Patrick
and Hanora (Lenihan) Dwyer. His father, w-ho
was a farmer by occupation, died in Ireland at an
advanced age, and the mother died in August,
1877. This worthy couple had a large family of
children, as follows, six surviving: Catherine,
Mrs. David Lenihan ; ]\Iary, Mrs. Houlihan, who
made her home with our subject since the death of
her husband in 1880: Michael, our subject: John,
a resident of New Haven, where he is engaged in
business : Patrick, in the emplov of J. B. Gardner's
Sons: Thomas, who lived with our subject: and
i Hanora, widow of Edward INIaum. All of these
children came to America in 1853.

Michael Dwyer's education was begim in the
X'ational Schools of Ireland. After coming to this
country he made his home in Ansonia, with the ex-
ception of one year, which he passed in Westport,
working in a cotton mill. After one year's employ-
ment in the cotton mill, in the shop now occupied by
the Phelps & Bartholomew Clock Co.. he appren-
ticed himself to learn the brass molding trade in
the Carter foundry, which is now the shop of F.
I L. Gavlord Co. Being ambitious and thrifty he
' saved his money, and at the end of thirteen years'
hard work there, he purchased, in 1862. a lot at the
corner of Main and Central streets, where he took
up his residence and established the liquor business
which he carried on up to the time of his death. He
1 was a model of integrity in all his dealings. From
j 1862 he bought and sold real estate extensively, and
at his demise he owned six houses on the '"Square"
! (four of which he built), besides prooertv in other
Darts of the city. He also owned a business block
■ at the corner of Main and Railroad streets, with
stores below and offices above, and was one of the
largest individual tax payers of the city. He was
a charter member of the Board of Trade, and one
of its directors, and was re-elected at the annual
meeting in December, 1900, for a term of three
i vears.

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In politics Air. Dwyer was a Democrat, but he
voted for the best man in local politics. He was
honored repeatedly by his fellow citizens with elec-
tion to office. In 1893, when Ansonia became a
city, he was appointed a member of the board of
assessors, in which he served until his death. For
years he was one of the jurymen selected from the
city, being first chosen in 1S81. Under the old bor-
ough government he was for several years a mem-
ber of the board of burgesses. He was much inter-
ested in educational matters, and was always pres-
ent at the graduation exercises of the high school.
In religious faith he was a Catholic, and his fam-
ily is prominently identified with the Church in
Ansonia. In his death, which occurred April 4,
1901, the city lost a man widely known and re-
spected for his sterling qualities, and one to whom a
needy man never went in vain. He was much be-
loved by people of all classes, being a man of good
judgment, whose opinions always carried much

In 1872 Air. Dwyer married Aliss Alary Splann,
a native of Ireland, and daughter of Cornelius
Splann. Of eleven children born to them, seven are
living, as follows : Patrick J., AI. D., is a physician
in W'aterbury ; John C., AI. D., is now house sur-
geon at the Alaternity Hospital at Baltimore :
Michael Francis attended school at Fordham, X.
Y., South Orange, X. J., and later at Xew Haven,
and is now in Brown University, Providence ; Alar-
garet and Elsie are attending the high school in
Ansonia ; Edward Thomas is in grammar school ;
and Josephine in the primary public school.

Michael Francis Dwyer. mentioned above,
served during the Spanish-American war as a pri-
vate in "Yale Battery" A. This battery was so
called because of its being made up almost entirely
of Yale graduates ; a few outsiders were admitted
at the last in order to recruit its full strength. This
was a mounted light battery, armed with si.x 12-
pounders ; six horses to a gun. The following
speaks for itself:

Michael F. Dwyer, private of Battery A. First Regi-
ment of Connecticut Volunteers, was enrolled on the
eighteenth day of May, 189S (May 18, 1898) to serve two
years (2 years) or during the war. Was discharged by
reason of muster out of organization at Xew Haven.

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