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his life engaged in general farming and the dairy

On July 13, 1851, Mr. Frost was united in mar-
riage with }tliss Mary Clissa Sperry, a native of
Cheshire, and a daughter of Luther and ]Mary Ve-
rona (Holt) Sperry. Her paternal grandparents
were Benjamin and ^lerah (Hall) Sperry, of
Cheshire, and her maternal grandparents were
Philemon and Abby (Barnes) Holt. To Mr. and
Mrs. Frost were born three children, one of whom
died in infancy, and the youngest, Ella A., at the
age of twelve years. The only survivor is Mary U.
They had an adopted daughter, Helen L., now the
wife of Warren B. Hitchcock.

Mr. Frost died in jMill Plain May 9, 1897, and
was laid to rest in Pine Grove cemetery, Waterbury.
He was an earnest member of the Episcopal
Church, and highly respected and esteemed by all
who knew him. Politically he was identified with
the Republican party. Fraternally he was a prom-

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inent member of Mad River Grange, of which he
was treasurer fox ten years, and of which his widow
is also a member. Airs. Frost is a most estimable

retired farmer of Branford, is a native of that town,
born Sept. 24. 1826, and is descended from a very
old New England family.

(I) William Fowler, a native of Birmingham,
England, lived in Xew Haven and Alilford, from
which latter town he moved to Guilford, and died
there Jan. 25, 1660. He and his wife Sarah had
four children, William. Sarah. Ambrose and John.

(H) Deacon John Fowler, son of William, mar-
ried j\Iary Hubbard, born in 1635. He died Sept.
14, 1676, she on April 13, 1713. Their children
were : Abigail, May, Abraham, John, Mehitable
and Elizabeth.

(HI) Abraham Fowler, son of Deacon John,
was born Aug. 29, 1652, and married Aug. 29, 1677,
Elizabeth Bartlett, born in Alarch, 1653. He died
Sept. 30, 1719, she on Oct. 4. 1742. Their children:
Abigail, Alary, Abraham. Ebenezer, Daniel, Josiah,
Caleb and Elizabeth.

(IV) Ebenezer Fowler, son of Abraham, was
born in Guilford in 1684. and followed farming, be-
ing a large land owner in North Guilford. On j\Iay
I, 1 718, he married Elizabeth Starr, who was born
in Guilford, Nov. 26. 1695. He died Nov. 28, 1768,
she on March 26. 1765. Their children: Ebenezer.
Nathaniel, Hulda, Caleb. Caleb (2). Elizabeth, Lucy
and William.

(V) Ebenezer Fowler, son of Ebenezer. was
bom in January, 1719, in Guilford, and died Feb.
9, 1800. He was a minute man in the Revolution.
and in response to the alarm call went to Boston.
On Oct. 19, 1743. he married Desire Bristol, wliio
was born Feb. 6. 1719. and died Oct. 13, 1800. Their
children were : Beulah. Ebenezer. W'illiam, Nathan.
Thomas, Ruth, Caleb. Isaac, James and Oliver.

(VI) Ebenezer Fowler, son of Ebenezer. and
grandfather of Henry Hobart. was born in North
Guilford April 17. 1747. and followed farming. He
was a lieutenant in the Revolutionarv war, and en-
joved a pension. On Nov. 18. 1778. he married
(first) Lois Rossiter, born Julv 13. 1759. who died
June 17, 1791. Thev had children as follows: Ben-
jamin R., Fannv (Mrs. Benton). Ruth (Mrs. Eras-
tus Dudley). James H. and Ebenezer. On Feb. 18,
1705. he married (second) Mercy Adkins. born in
1764. who died in 1825. She bore him two sons,
Ammi and Isaac. Ebenezer Fowler died Jin. i,

(VII) Benjamin Rossiter Fowler, son of Ebe.-:-
ezer and Lois (Rossiter 1 Fowler, and father of
Henry Hobart Fowler, was born in North Guilford
Sept. 14, 1779. In early manhood he was for six
years ( 1812-1818) keeper of the County House and
Jail. New Haven, which was located where the city
hall now stands. In 1818 he removed to Branford,

where he engaged in agricultural pursuits during
the rest of his days, dying Dec. 23, 1839. He tran-
sacted much public business, holding the office of
justice of the peace, and various minor positions,
and served as pension agent, securing pensions for
Revolutionary soldiers. At one time he was deputy
sherifif. His political allegiance was given to the
Federalist party. Benjamin R. Fowler was inice
married, first time, Nov. 28, 1805, to Rachel Fow-
ler, daughter of Stephen and Temperance (Stevens)
Fowler. To this union were born two children that
grew to maturity, George R. and Randolph. Air.
Fowler married (second) June 6. 1816. Peggy
daiighter of Mason and Hannah (Harrison) Ho-
bart, of Branford, and two children. James H. and
Henry IL, came of this marriage. The mother of
these was born Dec. 12, 1781, and died March 24,

(VIII) James H. Fowler, retired carriage mak-
er, was born in Branford, Conn., May 3, 1820 and
attended the common schools and academy of the
place. At the age of sixteen he commenced an ap-
prenticeship at the carriage making business in Xew
Haven, serving five years, and then for ten years
conducted a w'agon shop of his own in Bianford.
Later, also for ten years, he ran a sloop between
Branford and Long Island, since when jie has been
living retired. He has been twice mamed, first
time, in 1842, to Sophia, daughter of Wdliani and
Esther Church, of Aliddletown, Conn., an,! four
children were bom to them: Louisa (Mrs. X.
Xewell), William H., Herbert and Charles. He
married (second) Emily, daughter of George W.
and Alarie (Cook) Johnson, of Wallingiord.Conn.
His cldldren are all now deceased except William
H.. who lives in Denver Colo. William H. mar-
ried Ellen Smith, and has five children: Alary S..
Clara, William H., Jr.. Fred and Charles. James
H. Fowler and his wife are members of the Bap-
tist Church. In politics he is a Republican.

(VIII) Henry H. Fowler, the subject proper of
this memoir, received a liberal education at the com-
mon schools of Branford. He made farming his
life work up to 1895, when he retired from that
occupation. An active Republican politically, he has
held various municipal offices, all of which he has
filled, or is filling, with his well-known ability and
judgment. He has in his possession a family heir-
loom in the shape of a writing desk or escritoire,
which is said to have been made some time in the
fourteenth century, and which has been handed
down from generation to generation.

Mason Hobart, maternal grandfather of our
subject, was bom Nov. i, 1752, at Stonington,
Conn., a son of Abijah (of Xew London) and Alary
(Bartholomew) Hobart, the former of whom was
born in Stonington, Conn., in 1703, and died in
1791 ; the latter, who was born in Branford, died at
the age of eighty-eight years. Alason Hobart, a
Revolutionary pensioner, was a merchant, shipbuild-
er and owner of vessels, and possessed a large tract



of land in Bran ford. He served in the Revolution,
and received a pension for his services. On Nov.
28, 1776, he married Hannah Harrison, who was
born in 1757, a daughter of Isaac and Rebecca Har- 1
rison, of Branford. ^lason Hobart died March 27, j
1841, and his wife passed away in 1794.

ALFRED HUGHES. Xew Haven county has I
been the home and scene of labor of many men who
have not only led lives that should serve as an ex-
ample to those who come after them, but who have
also been of important service to their town and
county through various avenues of usefulness.
Among them may he named Alfred Hughes, who
passed away Oct. 18, 1899, after a life of industry,
:and rich in those rare possessions which only a high
character can give.

Mr. Hughes was born Xov. 14, 1822, in what
is now the town of New Haven, but at that time
formed a part of East Haven. The Hughes family
■of East Haven is descended from Henry Freeman
Hughes, whose posterity have been substantial
men and women and useful citizens in this and other
communities in which their lots have been cast. He
had a brother, Bodwell Hughes, who, however, has
no descendants in East Haven : his only son died in
1815. Our subject was in the fourth generation
from Henry Freeman Hughes, who was born in
1723 in Wales, and was impressed as a seaman in
the English navy. On account of his dislike for the
service he deserted his ship, and about 1748 ap-
peared in East Haven, Conn., under the name of
Henry Freeman ; he was reported to have come
from Newburyport. His name was Henry Hughes,
but to avoid detection and capture he assumed that
of Freeman in remembrance of his escape, and Free-
man has ever since been a common name in the
family. On July 19, 1749, Mr. Hughes married
Lydia Tuttle, who was born in 1722, daughter of
Noah and Rachel (Hoadley) Tuttle, and a member
■of one of the oldest and most influential families in
Connecticut. Mr. Tuttle was a large land owner in
East Haven, and Mr. Hughes by his marriage came
into possession of considerable property. He was
industrious and prosperous, but finally was over-
■come with misfortune. He was a farmer and ferry-
man, and though his house was not a tavern he al-
ways afforded entertainment for those who desired
accommodations. He also kept staple groceries and
provisions on hand for his own use and for those
who did not want to go to New Haven for 'them.
He was a strict Episcooalian. very firm and settled
in his belief. At that time, iust preceding and dur-
ing the Revolution, when the ground which sepa-
rated Puritan and Churchman was contested inch
bv inch, it took courage and decision to be a Church-
man. His wife was a Puritan, but she united with
his church, and their children were all brousrht up
in th^t faith. ATr. Hughe? died in 1791, and Mrs.
Huphes in T704.

(H) Daniel Hughes, son of Henry Freeman, the

settler, was born June 17, 1759, in East Haven, and
married (first) Lucy Grannis, born in 1761, in New
Haven. She died June 25, 1791, and on Dec. 25,
1795, he married (second) Sarah Atwater, who
was born April 26, 1756, in Cheshire, Conn., and
died Jan. 14, 1817. On April 5, 1818, he married
(third), in East Haven, Rachel Shailor, bom in
Bristol, Conn., in 1773, who died March 20. 1844.
Daniel Hughes received a practical education in the
common schools, and took up farming, in which he
met with marked success : occasionally he engaged
in other lines of business. He was a remarkable
man in many respects, and a type of the primitive
New Englander. Throughout life he continued to
reside in the neighborhood of his birth. He pos-
sessed good common sense and was a strong prac-
tical reasoner, and ckmg to his belief with firmness.
He was an acute observer and a man of quick per-
ception. Simple in his tastes and habits, he was
verv active in both bodv and mind, and until his
death kept up the habit of risin? between three and
four o'clock in the morning and retiring at sunset.
He never would ride and never would have a horse
on his farm, believing in walking. He never used
spectacles, and read without them with perfect ease.
Mr. Hughes was dignified in his personal appear-
p.nce. Always kind, generous and hospitable, his
home was ooen to all. and those who came were
welcome. Blessed with abundance, he cheerfully
gave to the deserving who had less than he. and he
was widelv known and beloved. In politics he was
a Whig, but had not much taste for party affairs.
He earlv united with the Episcopal Church, and
was strongly attached to its teachings, being a very
prominent member to the dav of his death, Nov.
8, 1842.

(Ill) Aaron Atwater Hughes, son of Daniel,
born Jan. 20, 1797, in East Haven, was a lifelong
resident of that town, where he died Julv 14, 18.^3.
On Tan. 20, 1822. he married Lydia Caroline Tuttle,
who" was born Oct. 25, 1798, and died May 30, 1892.
She was a daughter of Josiah Tuttle, and grand-
daughter of Joseph Tuttle, who was a volunteer
minute-man in the Revolutionary war, and did coast
patrol duty at old Black Rock Fort, now Fort Hale.
He and his son Josiah, who joined the Revolution-
arv armv at the age of sixteen, were both taken
prisoners by the English at that place, July 5, 1779.
The British otficers took possession of his house,
which they destroyed with considerable other prop-
ertv. Aaron A. Hughes inherited the prominent
family traits of character to a marked degree, hav-
ing been warm hearted and open handed, genial,
kind and hospitalile to all. He was gifted with a
high order of abilitv. Mrs. Hughes was a woman
educated in advance of her time, and her mental
store was constantlv enriched bv continual reading,
with keen perception, clear and strong reasoning.
Hers were those sterling qualities of mind and heart
which enabled her to guide her children in all the
essentials of usefulness and integrity, a duty which



devolved upon her by her early widowhood. She
always kept abreast ol the times, in all current
events, and retained her faculties in a remarkable de-
o-ree to the last. Her birthday Scriptural proverb
was truly fulfilled: "Strength and nonor are her
clothing. She shall rejoice m time to come." Al-
fred Hughes, our subject, was the older in a fam-
ily of two children, the other being Sarah Eva.

Miss Sarah E. Hughes was educated in the
schools of New Haven and the Academy at West-
field, Mass., and in 1853 commenced teaching in a
school which she attended. Later she taught in
private boarding schools for a few years, and then
became connected with the public schools of Xew
Haven, being principal's assistant at the W'ooster
school two years, and principal of the Dixwell ave-
nue school for nineteen consecutive years, making
twenty-one years of continued service in Xew Ha-
ven. Miss Hughes was a very popular and thor-
ough educator, and met with most excellent suc-
cess. She is now living with our subject's widow on
the old home farm. One writer speaks thus of her
life and work: "Miss Hughes has not only main-
tained herself by a successful prosecution of a busi-
ness to which she has devoted her energies, but has
surrounded herself with the comforts of a home
which it is her delight also to make, in her gener-
ous and hospitable way, the home of those whom
she loves and respects. Her childhood was charac-
terized by the early development of a bright and
inquiring intellect which instinctively thirsted for
knowledge. This literary turn of mind, together
with an ardent love of study, ultimatelv led her to
resolve to qualify herself for the honorable position
of a teacher. With this view, after spending several
years in the best schools in Xew Haven, she entered
the academy at Westfield, Mass., imder the charge
of William C. Goldwaite, where she spent two years
in the study of the higher branches of education.
Upon her graduation from this institution, she com-
menced her career as a teacher in the same, and re-
mained as pupil and teacher three years and a half.
At the expiration of this period a flattering offer
was extended to her to become a teacher in a board-
ing school in Louisa Court House. Va., which after
mature consideration she concluded to accept. This
position she continued to fill, with the entire accept-
ance of her employers, from September, 1854. until
July, 1857, when, upon the failure of her health, she
was compelled to resign and return to he friends
in Connecticut. Here, in consequence of ill health,
she remained until 1S60, when an offer was made
her of another position in a boarding school in Sara-
toga, N. Y... where she remained for one year, when,
finding- that the climate did not agree with her. she
was obliged to relinquish the engagement and return
to her home. After an interval of rest, she next ac-
cented the Position of principal's afsista-^t in the
^^'ooster public Fchcol in X'ew Haven, which she re-
tained for the period of two rears. Her next field
of labor was the Dixwell school — another of the

public schools of New Haven — which she entered,
ni 1SO4. Alter tne lauaiul and energetic disciiarge
of tlie duties ol tne suboruinate pasit.ons in tnis,
institution slie was ultuiiately promotetl to become
tlie principal, whicn position she heicl, to her credit,
as well as to tlie entire satisfaction of the board of
education, until 18S3.

"in 1851 the attention of Miss Hughes was
drawn to the subject of religion, and at a subse-
quent period, in the rite of confirmation, she made
a profession of her faith in Christ, and was admitted
to the Holy Conmiunion in St. James Church, Fair
Haven, of which parish she has continued to be a
faithful and exemplary member ever since, in man-
ners and address Miss Hughes is courteous and
agreeable ; and as a teacher she has been eminently

At the age of seventeen years Alfred Hughes
began life for himself, taking charge of the farm
where his widow now resides— the homestead of his
father, located about a half mile east of Tomlin-
son's bridge. To its cultivation and improvement
he devoted his time and energies throughout life,
and was numbered among the best and most suc-
cessful agriculturists of the community, at the time
of his death owning quite a large and valuable
estate. He was a man of decided preferences and
strong prejudices, but full of forbearance and con-
siderate charity for those who held opposite views.
Although tenacious of his opinions and firm in his
purposes, he was a "'man of strict integrity, sound
judgment and good business capacity. He was a
man of tender sympathies, which were easily
• aroused, and led him to the performance of kindly
acts to neighbors, friends and strangers. Plain and:
unpretending in his habits and address, he com-
mended himself to all as the friend of the unfortu-
nate and helpless, but was the enemy of idleness,
and vagrancy. A faithful advocate and liberal pa-
tron of all practical improvements for the moral
and intellectual benefit of the community, he en-
joyed in a high degree the confidence of his neigh-
bors and townsmen, among whom his sound judg-
ment and faithful execution of all projects which
commended themselves to his favor is proverbial.
'. An industrious, honest and substantial man, as ai
i son. brother, husband and father, he was faithful,
I considerate, aft'ectionate, indulgent and tender."

Alfred Hughes was married in X'^ew Haven.
X'ov. 4, 1861, to Miss ^lary Ann Rowe, who was
\ born in East Haven, Dec. 20, 1839, ^ daughter of
. Robert and Abbie Rowe : her father was a native
I of Falmouth. England ; her mother was born in
j X'orwich. Conn,, a descendant of a Story who was
I one of the very early settlers of Massachusetts, and
i soon after moved to X^orwich, Conn. To Mr. and
; Mrs. Huerhcs were born three children, namely:
I Carolina Tuttle graduated from the X'ew Haven
i high scliool and the S''ate X'ormal, and for a num-
I ber of years taught in the X''ew Haven public
1 schools ; she is at present teaching in a young la-



dies' seminary at Springfield. Mass. Xormand At-
water married Clara L. Pierce, and has one child,
Marion. Alfred Burdette is a graduate of Yale Col-
lege, class of 1895, and Yale Law School, 1897,
and is a practicing lawyer of New Haven.

Socially Air. Hughes was a member of Harmony
Lodge, L O. O. F., of Xew Haven, for forty-three
^ears. He always took an active and commendable
interest in public affairs ; served as selectman of
East Haven in 1857 and other years; and in various
other offices. After his section of the town was set
aside and added to Xew ilaven he was elected
selectman of the latter, in 1888. He was public-
spirited and enterprising, and was also verv char-
itable, the poor and the needy always finding in him
a friend. During the winter he would load his
wagon with vegetables and produce of all kinds,
which he would distribute among the poor of his
vicinity. Throughout his career of continued and
far-reaching usefulness his duties were performed
with the greatest care, and during a long life his
personal honor and integrity were without blemish.

Hitchcock family of which the gentleman, whose
name here appears, is an honored member, is an
old settled one in Xew IMilford.

In the spring of 1635, when twenty-five years
old, Mathias Hitchcock came from England to Bos-
ton on the bark "Susan and Ellen," and from there
removed to Watertown, Conn., where in July, 1636,
he secured twenty-three acres of land in the Great
dividends, which he afterward sold to D. Patrick.
In 1639 his name appears on the records of Xew
Haven as one of the signers of the fundamental
agreement made on the fourth day of the fourth
month (then called June), 1639. According to :
"Hitchcock Genealog}'" he had a brother, Edward,
who also was one of the five purchasers of "South '■
End N^eck" (now East Haven), where they dwelt ;
after 1651. He (Mathias) died in the X'ew Haven
Colony X^ov. 14. 1669, his widow in 1676. Their
children were: Eliakim married March 4. 1666.
Sarah Merrick, daughter of Thomas ]\Ierrick ; Xa-
thaniel married Jan. 18, 1670. Elizabeth Morse, a
daughter of John r Johri: a sketch of whom follows;
Elizabeth, bom June 4, 165 1, in X'ew Haven, mar-
ried January, 1672, Anthony Howel, of Branford,
Conn, (for her second husband she wedded John

John Hitchcock, son of ]Mathias, was born in
the New Haven Colony, there grew to manhood,
and removed thence to what is now Wallingford,
Conn., where he was one of the original proprietors,
and owned a large tract of land. He died there
July 6, 1716. He was twice married, first on Jan.
18, 1670, to Abigail Merriman, who was born April
18, 1654, a daughter of Capt. Nathaniel Merriman ;
for his second wife he married Anril 18. 1677. a
daughter of Samuel Cook. John Hitchcock's chil-
dren were as follows : A daughter, born Oct. i, 1672,

died young; Abigail, born April 10, 1694, married
Jacob Johnson; Mary, born Dec. 10, 1676, married
Benjamin Beach; Xathaniel, born April 18, 1679,
married Sarah Jennings; Alargery, born Sept. 9!
1681, married Joseph Alunson ;' Elizabeth, born
April 18, 1684, supposed to have married Daniel
Lines; John, born Oct. 18, 1685, married Marlow
Alunson; -Mathias, born May 26, 1688, married
Thankful Andrews; Hannah, Jan. 9, 1690, is sup-
posed to have married John Lines ; Damaris, born
July II, 1693, married Sylvanus Clark; Benjamin,
a sketch of whom follows.

Capt. Benjamin Hitchcock, son of John, was
born -March 24, i6q6, in Wallingford. When in
manhood he moved to what is now Cheshire, Conn.,
and there owned land and fanned; he also owned
land in the parish of Southington. He died in
Cheshire, Feb. 12, 1767. By '^his wife, Elizabeth
Ives, who was born Sept. 6. 1700. and died Aug. S,
1762, a daughter of Joseph and Esther Ives, he
had children as follows: Bela, born Oct. 27, 1719,
married Sarah Atwater; Hannah, born Sept. 12,
1721, married May 26, 1740, Elnathan Andrews;
I Benjamin, a sketch of whom follows; Elizabeth,
I born Feb. 23, 1726; Abigail, born May 10, 1728.
married Dec. 9, 1747, Daniel Bradley, of New
Haven; Samuel, born April, 1730; Nathaniel, born
June 30, 1732, died March 12, 1734; Enos, bap-
tized April, 1734; Joseph, born July 12, 1737, died
Nov. I, 1760; Nathaniel, born Sept. 20, 1739, mar-
ried May 4, 1763, Lydia Dutton, and died -May 30,
1770; David, born June 29, 1742, married Hannah
Doolittle; Damaris, born Sept. 3, 1745, died Nov.
25. 1756.

Benjamin Hitchcock, son of Capt. Benjamin,
was born in the town of Wallingford Feb. 23, 1724,
passed the most of his life in Cheshire, and died there
Oct. 4, 1792. He married Feb. 27, 1745, Rhoda
Cook, born Oct. 22, 172.1., in Cheshire, and died
May 16, 1808. Their children: Thaddeus, born
Dec. 13, 1745, died Aug. 8, 1752; Hannah, born
March 9, 1748, married a Mr. Ward; Benjamin,
sketch of whom follows ; Rhoda, born Nov. 24,
1752, married April 5, 1755, Obed Doolittle; Lucy,
born March 24, 1755; Damaris, born Dec. 5, 1756;
Thaddeus, born Alarch 10, 1760, married Abigail

Benjamin Hitchcock, a son of Benjamin above,
was born Nov. 24, 1752, in Cheshire, then a part of
Wallingford, whence he removed to Waterbury,
where he became a land owner and farmer, a highlv
respected and prominent citizen. He died there
in 1809. By his wife, Eunice (Hotchkiss), who
was born Jan. 8, 1755, and died in 1799, a daughter
of Daniel Hotchkiss, he had children as follows:
Anna, born -A.pril 19, 1775 ; Saly, born in 1778, mar-
ried J. G. Tyrrell ; Reuben married Leda Plant,
daughter of James Plant: Jared married Dec. i,
1808, Lillie Bunnell; Manly, born Dec. 23, 1783:
Samuel, born March 3, 1787, married -Amelia Os-
bom; George, born June 27, 1789, lived in Water-

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