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We direct that this minute shall be entered upon our ■
records as a brief memorial of our sense of loss in the 1
death of Mr. Coupland ; and that a copy thereof be pub- i
lished in the newspapers and sent to his family. j

On July 14, 1890, Mr. Coupland was married to 1

Mrs. Ada M. Jewett, daughter of George and 1

Eunice (West) Gates, of Norwich, Conn., and :

widow of Dr. Thomas B. Jewett, of Derby. By her '

first marriage IVIrs. Coupland had one child, Thomas i

E. Mr. Coupland had one daughter, Isabelle M., |

now the wife of Dr. G. Wilinot, of New Haven, j

by a previous marriage. Mr. Coupland's greatest I

pleasuTe was in fine horses, of which he owned ,

several. i



DELOS HOTCHKISS (deceased), who dur-
ing life was one of the most prominent agriculturists
and highly respected citizens of Cheshire, was born
on a farm in tnat town in 1802, and was descended
I from one of the oldest and best families of New Ha-
I yen county.

Josephus Hotchkiss, his father, was a native of
the town of Prospect, and when a young man came
to Cheshire, where he engaged in farming through-
out the remainder of his life. His remains were in-
terred in Cheshire cemetery. He married Sarah
Benham, and to them were born the following chil-
dren : Benona, who died in Kentuckv; Lois, wife
of Alfred Blakeslee ; Sarah, wife of Uillis Larra-
bee; Delos, our subject; Alary, wife of William
Hotchkiss; and Emma, wife of Joseph Doolittle.
All are now deceased.

During his boyhood Delos Hotchkiss attended
the district schools and learned the trade of shoe-
making, which he followed for many years. Dur-
ing the winter season he would travel through the
South, making shoes, going with a number of others
employed by a Air. Hall, of Winsted. Subsequently
he purchased a farm of 100 acres in Cheshire, near
the Southington line, and devoted the remainder of
his life to agricultural pursuits. He made many use-
ful and vahiable improvements upon his place, in-
cluding the erection of a fine residence and good
barn and other outbuildings. Upon his place was
the largest apple tree in the state. It was very old,
and during a storm a few years ago was blown
down.

In September, 1827, Mr. Hotchkiss was married,
in Cheshire, to Miss Philocia AIoss, their wedding
taking place at the residence of the bride's parents.
She was born in Cheshire Dec. 24, 1807, a daughter
of Thomas Doolittle and Ruth (Hale) AIoss, and
belongs to old and honored families of this county,
including the AIoss, Doolittle and Hale families.
She is a very intelligent woman, and although the
second oldest lady in Cheshire still possesses all her
faculties, and is an interesting conversationalist.
She is very charitable and benevolent, giving liber-
ally of her means to the poor and needy; she has
also contributed largely to the children's home in
Mt. Carmel, to the high school in Cheshire, and to
similar enterprises. She is a good Christian, a mem-
ber of the Congregational Church, a kind neighbor
and a loving wife and mother. Alary Philocia, the
only child of our subject and his wife, makes her
home with her mother in Cheshire, and is caring for
her in her declining years.

Mr. Hotchkiss was an industrious, hard-working
man, upright and honorable in his dealings, and
temperate in his habits. The onlv society with which
he was ever connected was a temperance organiza-
tion. He was a God-fearing man, and an earnest
and faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal
Church in early life. Later he joined the Wesleyan
Alethodists, because of their Abolition sentiments.
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stanch Abolilionist, nuich opposed to slaverv, and I
supported first the Whii;^ and later the Republican
parties. He possessed all the requirements which
go to the making of a good citizen, and in his death
the community realized that it had lost one of its
best and most useful members. He died upon his
farm Oct. 16, 1890, honored and respected by all
who knew him, and was laid to rest in the Cheshire
cemetery.

WILLIAAI BRYAX, for many years owner
and manager of the "]\Iontowese House," a popular
summer resort at Indian Xeck, was born in Bran-
ford July 16, 1826, a son of William and Irene
(Bradley) Bryan.

Our subject's father was born in 1796, on board
an English man-o'-war the "Diana," and was a
son of James Bryan, who was an officer in the
English navy, and was at the battle of Trafalgar;
he was a lieutenant under Lord Beresford. For
bravery in that engagement he was made a captain,
and he was subsequently appointed governor of
Santa Cruz, West Indies. William Bryan, Sr., at
the age of twelve years came to Bath, ]\Iaine. Serv-
ing in the War of 1812, he took part in the battle
of Lundy's Lane, and was under Perry when he
won the remarkable victory on Lake Erie. At the
close of the war he settled in Xew Haven, where
he was later an officer on the first steamboat plying
between that city and Xew York. He was pilot
for a number of years, and in 1819 settled in Bran-
ford. From that point IMr. Bryan engaged in
coastwise trading along the Atlantic shore. He
married Irene Bradley, a daughter of Timothy and
Irene (Gordon) Bradley, and a granddaughter of
Timothy and Sarah (Goodsell) Bradley. Her
mother's parents were Capt. Alexander and Irene
Gordon. The children of William and Irene (Brad-
ley) Bryan were: X'ancy, who was twice mar-
ried, first to John Alorton, second to Malachi Lin-
sley ; James ; William ; Harriet, who married
Charles Barker; Bradley; Alden P.; and William.
William Bryan, Sr., died in 1887.

William Bryan, whose name introduces this arti-
cle, was born in Bran ford, where he has always re-
sided. In 1 85 1 he went to California, where he was
engaged in mining for two years. Returning to
Connecticut he bought a vessel and engaged in the
coast trade between X'ew York and Branford from
1854 to i860. In 1863 he became proprietor of the
"Totoket House," in Branford, where he continued
for three years. In 1866 ]Mr. Bryan put up the
"Montowese House," at Indian X''eck, one of the
most pleasantly situated summer hotels on the
Connecticut coast, and one of the best patronized
along the coast. In the management of this he has
been very successful, and has built up a name for
himself as a landlord that does him credit.

Mr. Bryan was married in 1848 to Miss Lydia
A., daughter of Timothy Wells Palmer, of X'orth
Branford, and they have three children, Scott M.,



Xancy E. and William A. William A. Bryan is. the
manager of the "Kenihvorth Inn," at Biltniore,
Aslieville, X^ C, and of his father's hotel, "The
>.lontowese," at Indian Neck.

Air. Bryan belongs to the Masonic Fraternity,
being a charter member of Widows Sons Lodge, F.
& A. M., at Branford. In religion he is a member
of the Episcopal Church. In politics he is a Demo-
crat, but holds strongly to the gold standard. With
a wide experience in the world, he has made a multi-
tude of friends, all over the country, who have
pleasant memories of the hospitality he has so cor-
dially extended to them.

DWIGHT L. SMITH, for over thirty years
superintendent of the factory of the Waterbury
Buckle Co., is one of the most respected residents
of Waterbury, where he has been especially active
in religious and benevolent enterprises.

Air. Smith was born in Waterbury Alarch 4,
1839, son of Lyman P. Smith, who was born in the
town of Prospect, and died in 1846, at the age of
thirty-five. When a young man Lyman P. Smith
worked in Waterbury, and later in the cotton mill
at Ouassebaug Lake, in Aliddlebury. Alarilla San-
ford, his wife, was born in Wolcott, Conn., daugh-
ter of Truman and Anna (Curtis) Sanford, also of
Wolcott. the former of whom was a cooper by
trade. Airs. Smith died in W'aterbury. where she
and her husband reared their family of three chil-
dren : Dwight L., our subject; Rhoda A., who mar-
ried Wallace E. Peck, and lives in Waterbury ; and
Sarah J., who married Franklin H. Wheeler, of
Aliddleburv.

Dwight L. Smith was reared in Waterbury,
where he attended the district school on East Alain
street. For three years subsequently he studied at
Middlebury, and he finished his literary training at
the academy at Waterbury Center, when he was six-
teen years old. The first work he did for himself
was in the factory of the Hotchkiss & Alerriman
Alanufacturing Co., where he was engaged at mak-
ing suspender buckles. Upon the formation of the
Waterbury Buckle Co., in 1855, he entered the em-
ploy of the new firm, and has practically never left
them. For more than thirty years he has been
, superintendent of the factory. During his con-
1 nection with the Buckle Co. he has seen it grow
from a small industry, giving employment to less
; than fifty hands, to one of the leading concerns in
! this line in the country, employing over five hundred
I people. He has taken out numerous patents, most of
them in connection with his line of business, and his
I inventions have had an important part in the success
I which has been attained by the Buckle Co., under
1 the wise and conservative management of Earl
Smith, who has been for so many years genera)
: manager of the concern.

! On Dec. 24, 1862, Mr. Smith married Aliss

Helen AI. Latta, who was born in Thompsonville,

I Conn., daughter of James and Jane (Kenyon)



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Latta ; her father was from Scotland. To Mr. and
Mrs. Smith have been born three children : Howard,
Albert D. and Idella M., of whom Howard died
when only two years old. Albert D. is secretary of
the Springlield Knitting Co., at Springfield, }vlass. ;
he married ^linnie J. Baker, daughter of Augustus
and Susan Baker. Idella M. is single.

Mr. Smith is a Republican politically. In church
affairs he is a pronounced Baptist, and for many
years has acted as superintendent of the Sunday-
school and as a deacon of that church. Albert D.
Smith is superintendent of a Sunday-school in
Springfield. Dwight L. Smith is actively associated
with the Y. M. C. A., and has been since its es-
tablishment in Waterbury ; he was its president for
three years. Mr. Smith organized a mission at
Hopeville, and was superintendent of its Sunday-
school for many years. Through his zeal and wis-
' dom many country missions have been founded.
He is vice-president of the Boys' Club of Water-
bury.

SA:\IUEL root, of Waterbury, although born
in Susquehanna county. Pa., April ii, 1833, de-
scends from one of the oldest of Connecticut's Puri-
tan families, and traces his pedigree in the State to
1640, when John Root came from England and
made Farmington his place of settlement. He mar-
ried Frances Kilbourne, and died in 1684, while his
wife survived until 1697. Their children were
named as follows: John, Samuel, Thomas. Mary,
Stephen, Susannah, Joseph and Caleb. Thomas
Root, a brother of John, had come to America in
1637, and settled at Hartford : another Thomas Root
settled in Salem. ]Mass., about the same time, but
the relationship between them is not known.

Caleb Root, son of John, married Elizabeth Salo-
mon for his first wife, and a Aliss Gillette for his
second, and died in 171 2. His children were 'Mary,
Caleb, Thomas, ElizalDeth and Samuel.

Samuel Root, son of Caleb, married Elizabeth
Prindle, and came to Waterbury, where he died in
1778. His children were named Mercy, Samuel,
Enos. Joseph, Elijah and Solomon.

Enos Roo\ son of Samuel, was born in Water-
bury March 26. 1753. He married Martha Roberts,
lived in Waterburv. then in Bristol, but returned to
Waterbury, where he died in August, 1820, and his
wife on Oct. 24. 1824. Their children were Moses,
Samuel. Levia. Chaunre^- Elias and Enos P.

Enos P. Root, son of Enos, was bom in Water-
bury Nov. 30. 1792. In 1816 he married Maria
Downs, a daughter of John Downs, of Waterbury,
and they became the parents of seven children, viz.:
Charlotte. Albert A., .Anson A., ^Mary M., Samuel.
Willard E. and Jane. Of this, the immediate family,
Charlotte (now deceased) became the wife of The-
ron Beech, and for her second husband married Rev.
Mr. Baldwin : Albert A. went to Pennsylvania, fol-
lowed his trade of carpenter and joiner, and there
passed the remainder of his life; Anson A. is a re-



tired merchant of Woodbury; Mary AI. is the de-
ceased wife of Rev. W. P. Gibson, of the Congre-
gational Church ;• Samuel is mentioned below; \\ il-
lard E., a mechanic, died young; and Jane (de-
ceased) was married to Rev. Richard Crittenden, a.
Congregational clergyman. Enos P. Root, tlie la-
ther of this family, who was a contractor and build-
er, passed many years in the Keystone State, closnig
his days in Springville, Susquehanna Co., Pa., dving
Xov. 7, 1852. In politics he was first a Whig, and
on the disintegration of that party became a Repub-
lican.

Samuel Root, whose pedigree has been given in.
the foregoing, lived in Springville, Pa., until six-
teen years of age, and there received his education.
He then came to Waterville, a suburb of Water-
bury, and worked in a cutlery factory until 1853,
when he went to California, via the Isthmus, with
$600 in his pocket. After one year he returned with
$1, and felt himself fortunate in securing work in a
cutlery factory in Xaugatuck, where he remained
two years. He was next employed for three years
by the Wheeler & Wilson Manufacturing Co., at
Bridgeport; and then, after six months in a woolen
factory in Norfolk, Conn., he went to work on his
own account, selling cutlery and plated ware on the
road for eight years. He then purchased a cutlery
shop on the outskirts of Middleburv', and manufac-
tured cutlery, including pocket ware, for twenty-one
years, but has now practically retired, employing his
time in looking after his real-estate interests.

Mr. Root has been twice married. On Dec. 2,
1863, he wedded H. Vienna Fenn, a daughter of
Harris and Jane E. Fenn. One son blessed this
union, Linford F., born Xov. 22, 1868, who is now
a lawyer of considerable prominence, and the pres-
ent clerk of the district court. The wife and mother
passed away Xov. 7, 1887. On Jan. 8, 1889, Mr.
Root married 'Sirs. Mary Root, widow of Frank
Root, a son of Anson A. Root, brother of our sub-
ject. Bv her first marriage Mrs. Root is the mother
of one son, Clifford Anson, born Jan. 19, 1884, and
now a student in the Military Academy a^ Peekskill.
N. Y. By his second marriaee Samuel Root has
become the father of three children, viz. : Herbert
S., born Oct. 17. 1889; Barbara S., born Sept. 19,
1890: and James H., born April i, 1893, all of whom
are in school.

Mrs. Mary Root is a daughter of James and
Caroline (Capewell) Stone, the former a native of
Woodburv. Conn., and the latter of X^'ew York City.
Sheldon Stone, father of James, was a carpenter, and
of English extraction, and George Capewell, father
of Mrs. Caroline Stone, was one of three brothers —
Mark. Georsfe and Joseph — who came from Birm-
ingham, England.

In politics Samuel Root is a Republican, and has
served one vear as a member of the common council,
and for some time on the board of compensation.
Fraternallv he is a Freemason, affiliatincr with Har-
mony Lodge, X'o. 44, Waterbury, and he is also a:



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member of the W'aterbury Club. Mrs. Root is a
member of the Episcopal Church, which Mr. Root
also attends. No family in W'aterbury is more
highly esteemed for personal merits.

JOSEPH E. AND ELI T. DUDLEY, of Guil-
ford, are lineal descendants of (V) Xathaniel Dud-
ley, a farmer of Clapboard Hill District, Guilford,
who was the fourth son of (I\') Caleb Duelled-
((HI) Caleb, (H) Josenh, ( i )'\Villiam ) and Han-
nah (Stone), as set forth in tiie genealogy of the
Dudley family, given elsewhere.

(V) Nathaniel Dudley was born Oct. 3, 1745,
and died Feb. 21, 1826. He married, March 12,
1777, Mary Hart, born Aug. 17, 1751, and died Feb.
6, 1841, aged eighty-nine, the daughter of Thomas
Hart (Rev. John, Thomas, Stephen) and Concur-
rence Bartlett (Ebenezer, Daniel, George). He
lived with his father in a house built by his grand-
father, Caleb Dudley, probably about 1700. He had
four children: (i) Xathaniel, born Xov. 15, 1777,
died Sept. 7, 1795, unmarried. (2) Lois, born July
II, 1779, died Sept. 9. i860, unmarried. (3) John,
a sketch of whom follows. (4) Eunice, born Feb.
26, 1784, married May 25, 1807, George Bushnell,
of Saybrook, and died Dec. 15, 1825.

(VI) John Dudley, a farmer of Clapboard Hill
District, son of Xathaniel and Mary (Hart) Dud-
ley, lived in the house with his father. He was born
Jan. 25, 1782, married Jan. 24, 1805, Sarah Lee,
born Dec. 30, 1780, died Dec. 27, 1849. daughter of
Elon and Deborah ( Johnson ) Lee. They had five
children: (i) Hooker, born Oct. i, 1806, died Aug.
21, 1879; on Oct. 16, 1831, he married Mary Evarts,
who was bom May 22, 1806, daughter of Xathaniel
Evarts and Julia (Parmelee), of X'utplains Dis-
trict, and died Feb. 20, 1895. (2) Elon, bom Alay
I, 1808. died April 8, 1883, at Angelica, Xew York;
married Dec. 21, 1831, Fanny S. Latham, born June
I, 1812. (3) John (father of Joseph E. and Eli
T.), sketch of whom appears later. (4) Horace,
born ]\Iarch 16, 1812, died June 12, 1885; married
April 30, 1837. Hannah Amanda Dudley, bom April
10, 1816, died Oct. 4, 1899. daughter of Timothy
Dudley and Hannah (Bartlett). (5) Ruth, bom
June 4, 1814. died May 5, 1895 : married Xov. 28,
1838. John Xorton, bom Sept. 19, 1802, died Oct.
17, 1839, son of Eber X'orton and Mabel (Evarts).
Thev had one son, Deacon John William, born Oct.
19, 1839.

Amos Dudley, bom X^'ov. 3. 17.17, was the
youngest son of Caleb and Hannah (Stone) Dud-
ley. He was a farmer, and lived at Clanboard H'll
in a house which stood just east of the home of
Joseph E. Dudley. He married Feb. 27. 1771, ]Mary
Evarts, daughter of Eleazcr Evarts (Samuel. Ju-
dah, John) and Hannah (Scranton). She died Aug.
23. 1797- They had six children. He married (sec-
ond) July 15, 1799. Deborah (Johnson), widow of
Elon Lee. They had one child.

Children of Amos and Marv (Evarts) Dudley:
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(t) Amos, sketch of whom follows. (2) Timothy,
sketch of whom follows, i,;^) Mary, born Oct. 16,
1778, died Oct. I, 1840, unmarried. (4j William,
born Sept. 17, 1780, died July 16, 1845; niarried
Feb. 8, 1808, Deborah Lee, daughter of Elon Lee
and Deborah (Johnson). (5 ) Russell, born Oct. 24,
1787, died in 1854; he went to Richmond, Va. ; max- i
ried Jan. 18, 1813, Mary Baldwin. (6) Daniel, born ;
in 1792, died Dec. 31, 1846, unmarried. By his sec-
ond wife, Deborah, Amos Dudley had one child, (7)
Betsey, bom in December, 1800, who married Jan.
I, 1821, William Chittenden, born May 5, 1797, died
Aug. I, 1880, son of Amos Chittenden and Jerusha
(Graves). They had five children — Betsey Eliza,
bom March 2, 1822, married Sidney A. Dowd.
Amos, bom Aug. 4, 1824, married Harriet Case.
Mary, born July 9, 1827, married David D. Carter.
Lydia, bom Jan. 30, 1831, died Dec. 7, 1854. unmar-
ried. Catherine, born Aug. I, 1835, married Joseph
L. Scranton.

(VI) Amos Dudley, bom Dec. 31, 1771, son of
Amos and Alary (Evarts) Dudley, married (first)
April 18, 1798, Anna Shelley, who died July 16,
1 801, aged thirty-one. They had two children: (i)
Henry, sketch of whom follows. (2) Jonathan,
born Nov. 8, 1800, died Jan. 27, i860; married Feb.
13, 1823, Eliza Holmes, who died Feb. 18, 1856.

(VII) Henry Dudley, bom March 9. 1799, died
X^ov. 12, 1862. He was the eldest son of Amos Dud-
ley (Amos, Caleb, Caleb, Joseph, William) and his
first wife, Anna (Shelley). He built and lived in
the house east of Charles A. Dudley's, now the home
of Joseph Grosvencmr. He married May 14, 1823,
\'esta Bradley, who died Jan. 18, 1882. They had
four children: (i) Anna M.. born April 15, 1824,
married George Shelley, who was killed by light-
ning Sept. 20, 1856. (2) Deborah, bom Sept. i,
1831, died April 7, 1840. (3) Henry Bradley, bom
March 9, 1834, married June 29, 1864, Clarissa
Evarts. (4) Louisa Deborah, born June 6, 1843,
died Nov. 22, 1879; she married April 9, 1862, Ed-
mund J. Field, born Jan. 9, 1840, who fell at An-
tietam, Sept. 18, 1862.

(VI) Timothy Dudlev, born Dec. 16, 1775, died
Aug. 27, 1819. He married April 24, 1809. Han-
nah Bartlett, daughter of Joseph Bartlett (Joseph,
Abraham, George) and Sarah (Cruttenden). They
had four children: (i) Justin, bom .A.pril 2, 1810,
(lied .\pril 3, 1888. unmnrried. (2) Alary Ann, born
Feb. 7, 1813, died April i, 1900, unmarried. (3)
Hannah Amanda, born .\pril to, 1816, died Oct. 4,
1800: married .\pril 30, 1837, Horace Dudley
( Tolm. X'athanien. (4) Sarah, born April 17,
1819, married Dec. 9, 1840. John Dudley (John,
X'athaniel).

(Vin John Dudlev. son of (VI) John and Sa-
rah (Lee) Dudlev, born Dec. 20, i8oq, received a
liberal education, .and was a nrosperous agriculturist
following general farming all his life on the home-
stead. In politics he was first a Whir, later a Re-
publican, and served in several local offices, such as-



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selectman, assessor, etc. In religious faith he was a
member of the Congregational Church of Guilford.
He died July i, 1893, and was interred in Alder-
brook cemetery, Guilford.

On Dec. 9, 1840, in Guilford, John Dudley mar-
ried Sarah Dudley, born April 17, 1819, daughter
of Timothy Dudley and Hannah (Bartlett). "Mrs.
Dudley is yet living, at the advanced age of eighty-
two years, and is much respected and beloved for
her many Christian virtues. She is the mother of
children as follows: Eunice Amelia, born June 6,
1842, who died Oct. 20, 1842; Joseph Edward and
Eli Timothy, sketches of whom follow ; Fanny
Amelia, born Nov. 26, 1848, living at home : Lewis
Richard, born Xov. 19, 1854, who married Aug. 24,
1880, Xora Serviss, and lives in West Salem, La-
Crosse Co., Wisconsin.

(VIII) Joseph E. Dudley was born Dec.
30, 1843, at Dudleytown. Guilford, received a liberal
district-school education, and since his father's'
death has been operating the homestead. In poli-
tics he is a Republican, and in religious faith a Con-
^egationalist. He is unmarried, filially caring for
his mother in her old age.

(VHI) Eli Timothy Dudley, bom on
the old homestead April 17, 1846. received a good
common school education, and took up the occupa-
tion of his forefathers. At the age of twentv-three j
years he commenced farming on the L. Dudley |
place, at Guilford, near the homestead, where he '
made many improvements, remaining there twenty-
five years. In 1804 he repioved to the Georee Dud-
ley place, on Clapboard Hill, and has since been en-
gaged in farming there. He still owns the property
at Guilford. Like all the Dudley family he is a pro-
nounced Republican. In religious connection he is a |
member of the First Congregational Church. '

On May 5, 1869. in Guilford. Eli T. Dudley mar-
ried Caroline AI. Wilcox, who was born Feb. 27,
1847, daughter of Alfred Xelson and Caroline A. ',
(Munger) W^ilcox, the former of whom was a car-
penter and builder by occuDation : during the Civil
war he served as sergeant of Company G. 14th Conn.
V. I. A brief record of the two chilrlren of Eli T. 1
and Caroline M. (Wilcox) Dudley is as follows: j
(i) William Alfred, born Sept. 13. 1874, is farming
near his father's homestead. He married Louva
Redfield. of Madison, and has one child. Carrie Red-
field. (2) Amy Louisa, born Jan. 23, 1878. resides
at home. The entire Dudley family rank among the j
most prominent and progressive of Xew Haven
county, and well merit the esteem and respect of the
community. |

TOHX' R. PLATT, a prominent and successful
agriculturist of Prospect, is a veteran of the Civil
•war, and bears an honorable record for brave ser-
vice in the c-iuse of freedom and unjon. In the paths
of peace he has also won an enviable reputation be-
cause of the sterling qualities which go to the mak-
ing of a good citizen.



Mr. Piatt was born, .March 13, 1824, in the
town where he still lives, and belongs to one of the
best-known and oldest families of Xew Haven
county. Richard Piatt, the first of the name to
come to the Xew World, was born in Hertfordshire
England, and was a son of Joseph Piatt, who spent
his entire life in that country. On his emigration to
America, in 1639, Richard Piatt located in Milford,
Conn., where he spent the remainder of his life'
dying there in 1684. His son, Josiah Piatt, was
born and baptized in .Milford, Xov. 15, 1645, and on
reaching manhood engaged in farming there until
his death, which occurred Jan. i, 1724. On Dec



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