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ducted in a systematic manner, aided by modem ap-
pliances. The products were readily transported to
many localities by the Shore Line railroad, running
through his lands, and by a fleet of vessels owned by
him and laden at his docks at Hoadley's Point. The
granite of these quarries is of several qualities ; blue,
pink and white — which are here cut. carved and pol-
ished into any desired forms ; and a coarse-grained
grav, having a carrying capacity of 18.000 pounds
to the square inch, which is much used for building
purposes. A large quantity was thus supplied for
the construction of the roadway of the New York
& Harlem railroad, from the river to the Grand Cen-
tral depot, in New York Citv. ^iluch of the stone
in the Brooklyn suspension bridge in New York was
furnished from these quarries.

Mr. Beattie had a thorough, practical knowledge
of everv department of work carried on by him,
and. being possessed of great industry, pluck and
executive ability, he prospered in his affairs and
; earned the distinction of being one of the foremost
■ business men in the eastern part of the country. Of
i a strong phvsique, and liberally endowed with many
j of the distinguished characteristics of the Scottish
j race, he was a typical son of the "land of the mount-
ain and the flood."
! John Beattie was three times married, first, in
i 1839, to Ann Kelly, a native of Longford, Ireland,
' who died in 1859, at Newport, R. I. By her he had'
i six children, viz.: Ann, born in 1840, deceased;
' John, Jr., a sketch of whom follows : Catherine,
1 wife of Robert Evans (both deceased) ; Francis,
a sketch of whom follows : George, deceased in
1887; and Isabella, wife of George Sanborn, of
j Leete Island. For his second wife our subject



married Mary Harrington, of Fall Ri\'er, Mass.,
and three children, yet living-, were born of this
union : Emma, David H. and Charles, David H.
being spoken of more ftilly elsewhere. For his
third wife Mr. Beattie wedded, in 1870, Alary Gay,
of Guilford, and three children were born of this
union : Elizabeth, who died in 1878 ; and Peter and
Thomas, residing at Hoadley's Point, Leete Island.

John Beattie, Jr., was born Aug. 29, 1841, at
Newport, R. I., and there received a liberal public-
school education. At the age of sixteen he became
an apprentice to the stonecutter's trade under his
father and uncle (William Beattie), and completed
his apprenticeship in i860. In the year 1865 he be-
came foreman of the firm. In the following year
he was received into partnership, the firm name be-
ing changed to John and William Beattie & Co., and
until 1867 he managed the business of the concern.
He then bought out the interest of his father, the
style of the firm becoming William & John (Jr.)
Beattie, which continued until 1869, in which year
the partnership was dissolved, the interests being
equally divided between William and John, Jr. The
latter then conducted his portion of the business
until the financial depression of 1873 caused him to
abandon it (not being able to realize on his assets')
and move to his farm in Westport, with the honor-
able resolution of paying his creditors "one hun-
dred cents on the dollar'' as soon as he was able.
At farming he engaged until 1887, during which
time he succeeded in accomplishing his desire with
his creditors, paying them in full, and also took up
the study of electricitv. He is the inventor of what
is known as "Beattie's batterv zinc." which is now
in general use, and used entirely on the Xew York,
New Haven & Hartford Railroad : he also manufac-
tured "X ray" machines, and invented other elec-
trical devices. In i8qo he was appointed by his
father to manage his business for him— both per-
sonal prooerty and real-estate — which position of
trust he filled with characteristic fidelit\' and preci-
sion, making his home in Fall River until the death
of his father, since when, as one of the executors, he
has been manaeing the estate.

In politics Mr. Beattie is a stanch Republican,
and has held various offices of honor and trust : in
1879, while a resident of Fall River. Mass., he filled
the position of alderman : in 1892 he was elected
president of the board of aldermen, and served three
years, during which incumbencv he had the honor
of being the originator and introducer of the Police
Commission Bill, and he is known as the "father" of
that popular ordinance. Sociallv he is a Knight
Templar, being a member of Godfr^v de Bouillon
Commandery, Fall River: is also affiliated with the
T. O. O. F.. at Fall River, and one of the first mem-
bers of the K. of P. in that city.

In 1864, at Somerset. Mass., John Beattie, Jr.,
married Ellen X. Powers, a native of Bedford coun-
ty, Va., and a daughter of Thomas and Delia Pow-
ers. To this union have come three children : John,

a gold and silver plater at Fall River, Mass., who
married Lucinda Courtney ; Grace, wife of John D.
Monroe, of Fall River; and Ernest J., mechanical
engineer, married to Elizabeth Tripp.

Fr.\ncis Be.vttie ("Frank"), superintendent of
the Beattie Quarry Co., Leete Island, was born June |
2f>, 1845, in Newport, R. I., and there received his I
education. At the age of sixteen he commenced to '
learn the trade of machinist in Providence, R. I.,
where after three years he enlisted, in 1863, becom-
ing a member of Company E, 2d R. I. V. I. He
served until the end of the war, receiving an honor-
able discharge in 1865. Mr. Beattie took part in
several engagements, serving under Gen. Sheridan
at Winchester, Cedar Creek, Hatcher's Run and i
Five Forks, and at the battle of Sailor's Creek, on '
Lee's retreat from Petersburg, he was wounded by
a minie ball. He was present at Lee's surrender at
Appomattox Cotirt House, Va., and from there went
on the pursuit after Johnston, making a march of 1 10
miles in forty-four hours on short rations.

In Xiantic Air. Beattie learned the trade of a
stonecutter and mason. In 1870 he came to Leete
Island, Guilford, and for thirty years was superin-
tendent of his father's business there, giving the
trust reposed in him the best of care and attention.

In Providence, R. I., in 1868, Francis Beattie
was united in marriage with Merriam Caroline Mc- '
Call, born at Fall River, Mass., daughter of John
and Jane AlcCall, and seven children have graced
their union: Annie C, who was educated at the
Notre Dame Convent, W'aterburv, and is now the
wife of Thomas T. Xoel. telegraph operator, Leete
Island; Carrie Isabelle, educated in the Guilford
high school, who was assistant postmaster at Leete
Island ; Rosie Frances, Alarv Elizabeth and Tohn
Richard, all of whom were ed^icated in the Guilford 1
high school; and Frank Kellev and Rov Hamilton.

Mr. Beattie is a member of Parmelee Post, No.
42, G. A. R.. Guilford, in which he has held all the
offices, including that of commander ; is affiliated
with the F. & A. AL. St. Alban's Lodge, Guilford;
also with Hallock Chapter, and the Order of the
Eastern Star, of which latter his wife and daughter
Carrie are also members. In politics he is a Repub-
lican, and under Harrison's administration served as
postmaster at Leete Island. His wife and daugh-
ters are members of the Episcopal Church.


and successful fruit farmer, dairyman and general j

farmer of \\"allingford, was born in the Pond Hill |

District of that town Oct. 12, 1838. He is a grand- j

son of Herman Williams, who was a brother of I

Willoughby Williams, grandfather of Street Will- \

iams, of Wallingford. The family history and im- i

portant data of the Williams ancestry are given in '

the biography of that gentleman, elsewhere. {

Herman Williams was a farmer and land owner ;
of Pond Hill, where he died ; he was buried in Cen-
ter Street cemetery. He married a Miss Hoadley,




and their children were Samuel, Hoadley, William,
1 Elizabeth, Edwin, Isaac, Mary ( who married a Mr.
; Maltby, of Jsorlhford), Caroline (who married
Harry Fowler, of Guilford), Julia (who married
John Bassett, of North Haven), and Elijah. All
are now deceased.

William Williams, the father of George Isaac,
was born on the farm where he grew to manhood.
Farming was his business all his life, and he was
a stock dealer as well, his judgment as to the fine
} points of cattle being regarded as that of an ex-
pert. A fine tract of land in Pond Hill passed into
his possession, and there he settled, devoting his
life to its improvement, and prospering in an ac-
tive and honorable career. The land where the
Wallingford race track is now laid out belonged to
him at one time. Mr. Williams died in the home
of his son William H., and was buried in the Main
Street cemeterv. He was a Whig, and later a Re-
publican, and in religion an Episcopalian. He mar-
ried Abigail Preston, a native of W'allingford, and
a daughter of Almon Preston. She died in North-
ford in 1897, and was buried in the Main Street
cemetery. To this union were born the following
children : Cornelia Anna, who married Henderson
Ives, of North Branford ; George Isaac ; and Will-
iam H.

George Isaac Williams was a student in the
Pond Hill District school, and grew to manhood on
the family homestead. Soon after his marriage
he bought the "Munson Farm," which then con-
sisted of 153 acres. It has been enlarged by sub-
sequent purchases until it now comprises 400 acres,
in a high state of cultivation, showing the touch of
a practical farmer at every point. Mr. Williams car-
ries on both general and stock farming, and oper-
ates quite a large dairy : there is also a feed and
saw mill on his fann. He is a man awake to every
turn, and anxious to keep abreast with the times.
I Mr. Williams was married at Northford, to

i Miss Eveline ]\Iunson, whose father, Julius Mun-
! son, was crushed to death by a stampede of cattle.
I To this marriage came three children: Arthur M.,
a dairy farmer, who married Emma Harrison :
George and Fannie, both at home. Mr. Williams
is a Republican, and belongs to the Wallingford
•■ Grange and the Agricultural Societv. He is a
I member of the Episcopal Church, which he has
served as a vestrvman. A good all-round business
man, an honorable and upright citizen, he has many
friends, and is resrarded as one of the leading -far-
mers in Wallingford.

THOMAS A. NELSON, one of the wealthy
citizens of New Haven countv. who died Jan. 16,
1901, was a native of Scotland, born June i, 1834,
at Perth, on the banks of the Tay.

James Nelson, his father, was a linen manufac-
turer in Scotland, later carrying on the business
more extensively in Belfast, Ireland, where he
passed the rest of his days, dying in 1810. He and

his wife Susan had a family of eight children —
three sons and five daughters — named respectively :
Margaret J., Thomas A., Mary A., George, Will-
iam, Letitia, Ellen E., and Jennie. Of these,
George, who was a soldier in the Uuited States
regular army before the Civil war, is now living
retired in Chicago, 111. ; William is in the real es-
tate business in the same city; the daughters also

Thomas A. Nelson, the subject of proper of these
lines, was seven years old when he moved to the
North of Ireland with his parents, and there re-
ceived his earlier education. At the age of fifteen
years (1849) he came to the United States, locat-
ing at Georgetown, Fairfield Co., Conn., where he
attended school for some time ; thence removed,
in 185 1, to Birmingham, where he commenced to
learn the trade of tool-making, though he did not
follow it. From Birmingham he proceeded to Char-
lotteville, Schoharie Co., N. Y., and there prepared
for college, but did not enter any college. Return-
ing to Birmingham, he engaged with the Downs
& Bassett Mfg. Co., manufacturers of corsets and
importers of kid gloves, and continued with that
firm for a period of over a quarter of a century,
from 1859 to 1884, after which he did not engage
in any active business.

In 1865 Thomas A. Nelson married Clara M.,
youngest daughter of Abram Hubbell, of Ansonia.
Mr. Hubbell was born in Fairfield county. Conn.,
and followed farming as well as carpentry : came
to Ansonia in 1855, and associated himself with
Anson G. Phelps in the Ansonia Land & Water Co.,
of which he was general manager up to his death in
1884. Three children were born to Mr. and Airs.
Thomas A. Nelson: Clara H., Susan L. and Will-
iam A., the last named being secretary and treas-
urer of the Derby Paper Mill, with which he has
t been connected some ten years, and of which his
j father was president three vears.
' In politics our subject was a stanch Republican.
i though not active in the workings of the party. So-
1 ciallv he was a member of the F. & A. M., King
Hiram Lodge. No. 12, of Derby; was president of
' the Y. ]M. C. A. for years ; and with his family at-
I tended the services of the Congregational Church.
I They have a beautiful home in Ansonia, called
' "Forestdale," the residence being one of the most
i elegant in this section, surrounded as it is with spa-
cious grounds, lawns and winding paths.

i SHERMAN B. CHIPMAN, in his lifetime a
I well-known merchant of Waterbury, was born on
j the west side of what is now known as the city,
i Tune 13, 1806. a son of Samuel Chipman, and a de-
I scendant of one of the oldest of New Ensriand fam-
I dies. The emigrant ancestor. John Chipman. came
' from England in 1630. and settled in Afassachusetts,
i where he married a Aliss Howland. who was a
I granddaughter of Gov. Carver.
I Samuel Chipman. father of Sherman B.. married

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Nancy Potter, to which union were born eleven chil-
dren, as follows : Saniuel D., Sherman B., Lyman,
William, George E., Joseph, Timothy T.. Ransom,
Daniel L. (whose biography is given in full on an-
other page),- Elizabeth X. and Alartha.

Sherman B. Chipman remained on the home farm
at Waterbury until old enough to be apprenticed to
the cooper's trade, at which he served his full time,
and then followed that trade as a journeyman for
a number of years. He first married Amv Todd,
of Wolcott, Conn., who died leaving- no children.
For his second wife IMr. Chipman, in 1833, wedded
Mary A. Granniss, who was born in Meriden, Conn..
Sept. 6, 18 16, but who was reared in South Glas-
tonbury. The marriage took place in New Haven,
when the fair young bride was but seventeen vears
of age. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Chip-
man settled in Waterbun,-. where he conducted a
successful grocery business until his death, which
occurred Jan. 16, i860. Their only child. Harriet
E., was born April 28. 1838, and died Feb. 16. 1840.

In politics Mr. Chiphian was a Democrat, but
was not a man to fritter away his time and energies
in party affairs. He preferred to devote his atten-
tion to his business, and to the comfort of his home,
and at his death he left his wife in well-to-do cir-
cumstances. She continues to reside in W'aterburv.
where she holds a high social position, honored and
esteemed bv all who know her.

Enos Granniss. father of Airs. Mary A. Chip-
man, was born in Xew Haven county, near the city
of that name, a son of Lieut. Enos Granniss, a sol-
dier of the Revolutionary war, whose three children
were named Enos, Horace and Palmer. The eldest
of these Enos,. married Elizabeth Chipman, who was
a sister of Samuel Chipman, the father of Sherman
B. Chipman. To Enos Granniss and his wife were
"born six children, in the following ord'er: Enos,
who was a clothier in ]\Ieriden, in Middletown and
later in Wethersfield, but who died in Waterbury:
Elizabeth, who was married to David Scranton, of
Glastonbury, and died in New Haven : Anna C, de-
ceased wife of Edward Kilbourn ; William E., who
was an engineer for the New Haven Machine Co.,
in Xew Haven, but is now deceased : Mary A., the
present Mrs. Chipman; and Eunice M., deceased;
wife of Rev. Joseph T. Benton.

SMITH A. ABBOTT comes of ancestors who
were for many years engaged in mechanical manu-
facture of various sorts, and he himself has not been
without experience in the same general line. At
present he is a prosperous hardware merchant in the
<'itv of Derby, where he deservedly enjoys the con-
fidence and respect of his fellow citizens. He was
'torn in Middleburv, this countv, .-\.ug. 6, 183 1, the
sixth child of Daniel and Sally' (Sherman) .Abbott.
His mother was a daughter of Elijah Sherman, of
Wooflbur}-, who belonged to the same branch of the
Sherman family as did Gen. William Tecumseh

Daniel Abbott, who was also born in Aliddle-
bury, cultivated a farm, and in addition to agricult-
ural pursuits manufactured pumps and pipes, as well
as edge-tools and hammers. In later life he also
engaged in the manufacture of paper at Southbury
and Southford. His brain was as tireless as his
energy, and he achieved a fair success through per-
tinacity and courage which would not admit the
possibility of failure. He was a Whig in politics,
and died in the comnuinion of the Methodist
Church. He was the father of a family of eight
children, only two of whom were daughters. IMar-
garet S., the elder, was twice married, first to E. T.
Abbott (he was not a member of the same branch
of the family as herself) ; after his death she mar-
j ried S. Smith, who is also deceased. Nancy M.,
1 the younger daughter and fifth child, became the
wife of Charles Warner, of Shelton. The sons of
Daniel Abbott were Daniel S., Samuel P., Elijah
i E., Smith A., Charles K. and John B. Of these
i Daniel, Samuel and Charles are deceased, the latter
having met death through accident when ten years
old. Daniel was the successful proprietor of an
iron foundry and machine shop at Gananoque. Can-
ada. Elijah and John, who were associated with
him in business, still reside there. Sanuiel P. was
an expert rubber manufacturer, and as such was
called to England, where he took charge of an ex-
tensive plant. Subsequently he went to Scotland,
where he died, meeting with an accident in the
shop where he was employed.

Smith A. Abbott was a boy of six years when
his parents took up their residence in Southford.
His school days over, he assisted his father for a
time, and then entered the employ of the Wheeler
& Wilson ^Manufacturing Co., before that concern
removed its works to Bridgeport. He next formed
a partnership with Louis Downs, under the firm
name of Downs & Abbott, and engaged in the manu-
facture of buttons and buckles. After a few years
this co-partnership was dissolved, and Mr. Abbott,
going to Beacon Falls, secured work as a machinist.
Returning to Southford, he filled the same position
in his father's employ, and about two years after
the latter's death took charge of his business, in-
cluding the management of the paper-mill, which
was then turning out straw paper. In 1866 he dis-
posed of the plant and removed to Derby, in which
city he has since resided. To employ his own
ivords, he "took life easy" for a time, but in 1870
bought the hardware and tinware business of
Gould Curtis, forming a co-partnership with David
Curtis, the brother of Gould. Their relation as
partners extended over a period of seventeen years,
when Mr. Curtis disposed of his interest in the busi-
ness and Mr. Abbott admitted his son, Frank D., as
a partner, the stvle of the firm being changed to
Abbott & Co. '

Mr. Abbott was married in 185-^ to Julia B.
Downs, who died April 21, 1884. Four children
were born to them — Marv C, Frank D., Fannie L.


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and Jessie M. The son, as has been said, is his fa-
ther's partner ; he married Lilly Ogden, of Ansonia,
Sept. i6, 1884. Mary, the eldest daughter, now de-
ceased, married Alfred Anderson, of Derby. Fan-
nie married George S. Curtis, of the same city, and
is deceased. Jessie M. became Mrs. Burton Wood-
bridge, of the same place. After the death of his
first wife ^Ir. Abbott married Miss Sarah L.
Downs, her first cousin ; to this union were born no
children. He is a Republican in politics, and both
himself and his family are members of the IMetho-
dist Church.

CHARLES FROST (deceased) was a leading
citizen of Mill Plain, Waterbury, and a worthy rep-
resentative of an old Connecticut family.

Samuel Frost, the first of the name in America,
was born in England about 1704, and on coming to
this country located in the town of Wallingford,
New Haven Co., Conn. He served as a soldier in
the French and Indian war. He lived to the ad-
vanced age of ninety-six years, dying at the home of
his son David, on \Volcott ^Mountain, Nov. 14, 1800.
He was an active member of the Episcopal Church,
and at his funeral four ministers of different de-
nominations — Congregational, Baptist, ^Methodist
and Episcopal — participated in the services. On
March 21, 1733, in Wallingford, he married Naomi
Fenn, who was born May 10. 1714, a daughter of
Edward and Mary (Thorp) Fenn. They had three
children: Moses, born Jan. 6, 1734; Naomi, born
March 31, 1735, wife of David Coggswell ; and
David, born Sept. 15, 1743.

David Frost, son of Samuel, was a farmer and
land owner on Wolcott Mountain, where he spent
his entire life. In religious faith he was a Baptist.
He was married Nov. 5, 1762, to Mary Beach, who
was bom in Wallingford Dec. 20, 1740, a daughter
of Joseph and Experience Beach. ^Ir. Frost died
Dec. 15, 1812, his wife on Feb. 5, 1819. In their
family were the following children : Jesse, born
Oct. 18, 1763, is mentioned below: Enoch, born
Jan. 8, 1765, married Anna Culver; David, born
March i. 1767, married Mary Ann Hitchcock; Na-
omi was born born July i, 1770; ^lary, born March
24, 1775, died Sept. 14. 1778: Mary (2), born
March 11, 1780, married Ezekiel Smith: Elizabeth
married Nathan Barnes.

Jesse Frost, son of David, was drafted at the
age of sixteen years for service in the Revolutionary
war, and was in the service two years and nine
months, being under the immediate command of
Gen. Washington for nine months as one of the
teamsters carrying the baggage of the general and
his staff. After the war he was converted, and be-
came an active and prominent member of the Bap-
tist Church of Waterbury. Feeling himself called
upon to preach, he studied for the ministry, and
was ordained in 1815. He served as joint pastor of
the Baptist Church at Waterbury with Rev. Samuel
Porter for many years, and died at that place Oct.

12, 1827. For a time he preached in Southington.
Conn., but he never located there. He was married
in 1783 to Abigail Culver, daughter of Lieut.
Stephen Culver. She died March 7, 1842. They
had ten children, namely: James was born ]March
21, 1784; Esther, born Aug. 29, 1786, married John
Smith; Leva, born April 14, 1789. married Benja-
min Farrell ; Alpheus, born Oct. 3, 1791, was the
father of our subject; Jesse Beecher was born
Alarch 3, 1794: Electa, born Nov. 16, 1796, died
Oct. 16, 1803; Van Julius was born March 3, 1798;
Sylvester, born Nov. 19, 1801, died in September,
1803 ; Electa, born Jan. 9, 1805, married Edmond
Tompkins ; Abigail, born March 9, 1808, married
John jSIitchell.

Alpheus Frost, father of our subject, was a far-
mer and land owner at Alill Plain, and was one of
the highly respected and esteemed citizens of that
locality. On June 17, 1816, he married Jerusha
Williams, daughter of Timothy Williams, and to
them were born seven children, whose names and
dates of birth were as follows : Alark Augustus,
April 16, 1818; Lydia Maria (wife of Hiram Will-
iams), Feb. I, 1820; Melissa (wife of T. H. Pat-
ton), Jan. 6, 1822; Electa Ann, Feb. 28, 1824;
Charles. June 16, 1826; George, June 10. 1829: and
Styles. Nov. 7, 183 1. The father died in 1834, and
was buried in the East Farms cemetery. Four
years later his widow married Alartin Cook, of
Southington, Connecticut.

Charles Frost, our subject, attended the district
schools near his boyhood home. He was only
eight or nine years of age when his father died, and
he started out to make his own way in the world
at that early age. working as a farm hand. Sub-
sequently he learned the machinist's trade, which
he followed for a number of years, and later en-
gaged in the novelty business as a member of the
firm of Frost & Gaylord until their property was de-
stroyed by fire, after which he settled down to farm-
ing at Mill Plain, where he spent the remainder of

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