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and industrious man, he never gave up labor until :
within three days of his demise, which occurred
when he was eighty years old. He married Anna
Maria Grueber, a native of Westphalia, the daugh- i
ter of a learned man of that country, and the fam- ;
ily born to this union consisted of five children: 1
Helena married in Germany, and came to America,
her husband locating in Posey county, Ind. ; Theo-
dore, a scholarly man, speaking and writing six
languages, died in Germany from overrstudy ; ,
Elizabeth married and lives in Germany ; Frederick 1
W. is mentioned below : Moritz remained in Ger- |
many, where he is a -"killed mechanic and engraver. 1
Frederick W. Brocksieper was born July 25.1826, '
in Iserlohn, Westphalia. Germany, and was given
excellent educational advantages. At the age of i
eighteen years he was apprenticed to an engraver i
and modeler, where he was taught mechanical draw-
ing, remaining in the employ of the same engraver
for a number of years. However, he began to feel
a desire to see more of the world, and the land 1
across the Atlantic seemed to possess untold attrac-
tions, hence the year 1849 found him on a sailing- ;
vessel from Bremen, on his way to the United |
States. This vessel was a new one, requiring some |
■work upon it when the time set for starting ar- -
rived, but the passengers were not willing to wait |
longer and volunteered to make the finishing
touches themselves, in order to get under way. Our
subject so impressed his companions with his super- ■
ior knowledge of mechanics that he was unanimous-
ly elected leader, and the tedium of the long voyage \
I was relieved for him by painting the vessel as it
J ploughed the water. It required much stamina to



land in a strange country, with limited means and
the necessity of facing a new language and new
customs, but the courage that made him finish the
"Elbe," when already floated, finally brought him
employment, and he went to work making dies and
patterns in the iron foundry of James Beebe & Co.,
on the corner of Central and Reed streets, New
York City. This concern afterward became a very
wealthy one, and they were the first range makers
in the United States, the Beebe range being the
most successful attempt in that kind of modern
stoves. Going to New Britain, Mr. Brocksieper
there engaged as a contractor with Peck & Walter,
manufacturers of house and builders' hardware.
The establishment passed into the hands of T- B.
Sargent, still later to J. B. Sargent & Co., and at
present Sargent & Co., and is now one of the largest
manufactories in the country, the line of manufac-
ture now including locks, builders' and harness
hardware, in connection with former lines. When
the business was removed to New Haven Mr.
Brocksieper remained with them, and until Septem-
ber, 1899, he so continued in their factory, but at
that time he concluded that a faithful service of
fifty-one years entitled him to take the remainder
of his life at ease, and with regret parted with his
employers, who had also been personal friends.
He passed away at his home in Montowese, April
27, 1900.

When Mr. Brocksieper retired from the factory
he was the oldest employe, having been a witness
of its growth from infancy to sturdy maturity.
The first firm consisted of Mr. Sargent as president
and treasurer, and ;\Irs. Sargent as secretary, with
Mr. Brocksieper as superintendent. That the long
and faithful connection was appreciated by ]\Ir.
Sargent has been shown in many ways, perhaps in
none more happily than in the presentation of a
unique, valuable and beautiful work of art which
now adorns the late home of our subject. While
traveling in China, in 1887, ]\Ir. Sargent purchased
a beautiful painting, on rice paper, representing the
native insects and butterflies of China, a work of
art exquisite in design and workmanship. While
this gift was valued for its beauty, Mr. Brock-
sieper attached still more value to the inscription
which was placed upon it by Mr. Sargent, viz. :
"Canton, China, Oct. ist, 1887, Annual Moon-day.
To show that my long-time and true friend is in my
memory forever, I purchase these four pictures of
Chinese insect life for F. W. Brocksieper. J. B.
Sargent."

In 1869 Mr. Brocksieper came with his family
to Montowese, Conn., making their summer home
at that place, spending their winters in the city.
In the beautiful family lot is erected a monument in
memory of the wife and mother who made a home
wherever she was, but who passed away Dec. 10,
1898. In New York ]\Ir. Brocksieper married An-
toinette Hoelscher, a native of Elberfeld, Rhine-
land, Germany, born Nov. 2, 1828, and to her lie .



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atfritiuted much of his success in hfe, and her de-
voted faniilv will ever feel the value of her life of
kindness, sympathy and encouragement. The fol-
lowinjj named children were born to this union :
Antoinette, who married Francis T. Busse, is now
deceased; Adrienne. born in 1851, died in the same
vcar; Frederick W. married Adella J. ?kIoulthrop,
and now lives in. Los Angeles. Cal., engaged in the
fruit-"^rowing business ; John H. married Lucy Cor-
coran, and is a farmer in North Branford ; Theodore
died voung; Carl Moritz, who married Mrs. Jennie
Buckley, is now lessee and manager of the Lyric
IL^I1, New London, and was assistant secretary of
the Y. M. C. A. ; Anna ^Nla-ia ; Emma L. ; Adele ;
Charles died when seven months old ; Joseph Brad-
ford, who graduated at Yale Aledical School in
1897, is a leading physician of New Britain.

■ In 1895 Mr. Brocksieper erected a home which
is the largest and most complete and attractive in
North Haven. For many years he had been a col-
lector of butterflies, minerals and semi-precious
stones, and had a large collection, gathered from
all parts of the globe, some specimens of great
rarity. He was the owner of considerable real es-
tate, some of which he rented for farming purposes,

• and also the property which is occupied by the
Montowese Brick Co., from which he received
royalties for the fine quality of clay used in the
manufacture of its brick. Orrginally Mr. Brock-
sieper was a Democrat, but later became a Repub-
lican, and fraternally he had attained the 32d de-
gree of Freemasonrv, affiliating with Hiram Lodge,
A. F. & A. M., and'Franklin Chaoter. R. A. M. The
was also a member of the Improved Order of Red
Men and Order of Chosen Friends. Brought up
in the Lutheran Church, he was always an attendant
of the same, although he gave liberally to every

-Religious denomination.

GEORGE W. NETTLETON, a representative
and prominent citizen of Naugatuck, is a native of
New Haven county, born Sept. 5, 1828. in what was
then called Osborne Hollow, as there were many
Osbornes living in that locality at the time. His
father, Caleb Xettleton, was born in Old Milford,
and was a son of Caleb and Anna (Stone) Xettle-
ton, farming people, who lived and died in Old Mil-
ford, They had three children: Tehiel, a fanner of
Goshen, Litchfield Co., Conn. : Elijah, a Baptist
minister, who lived and died in Goshen : and Caleb,
our subject's father. The grandfather was twice
married, and by 'his second wife. Louise Clark, who
was likewise a native of Old Milford, also had three
children, Alfred, David and Amy.

Caleb Nettleton was a young man when he re-
moved to INIiddlebury. and there he was united in
marriage with Aliss Nancy A. Clark, a native of
that town, and a daughter of Andrew Clark, v.-ho
was born in Old Milford. After their marriage they
located on a farm in Middlebury, where they reared
their family. They were consistent and faithful



members of the Congregational Church, and the
father was a Whig in politics. Their children were :
Clark, a farmer, who is now deceased : Sarah A.,
who married E. G. Stone, a farmer of Middlebury,
both now deceased ; Julia A., who married Ches-
ter C. Hitchcock, a wheelmaker of New Haven, both
also deceased : Mariette, who married Charles C.
Woodrutt, a farmer of Watertown, Conn., both de-
ceased : Emmerett L., wife of Henry W. Sperry,
a carpenter of New Haven ; Alma C, who married
Walter Lake, a farmer of Bethany, both deceased ;
Royal O., who married Louise Sperry, of Bethany,
and has been a carpenter of New Haven for half a
century; and George W., our subject.

George W. Nettleton is indebted to the district
schools near his boyhood home for his educational
advantages. On leaving the parental roof, at the
age of sixteen years, he v.'ent to New Haven to
learn the carpenter's trade with his brother Royal O.,
and remained there until twenty-five. During the
following six months he worked at his trade in
Cheshire, this county, and then followed thit occu- !
pation in Waterbury for some time. While there
Mr. Nettleton was married, April 8. 1855, to Miss
Eunice ]\Iorris, who was born in that town Aug. 26,
1832, and died Sept. 2, 1896. Her father, Amos
Morris, a cooper by trade, was also born in \\'ater-
bury, in 1790. Our subject and his wife had two
children : Mary, now the wife of Charles A. Smith,
a laborer of Naugatuck; and Charles L.. a carpenter
of Middlebury.

Shortly after his marriage Mr. Nettleton re-
moved to the farm in the town of Naueatuck,
which has since been his home. It consists of sixty-
two acres of well-improved and highly-cultivated
land, pleasantly located two and a half miles from
Naugatuck borough. Mr. Nettleton has devoted
his time and attention principally to his trade, leav-
ing his farm to be operated by hired help. He is
an earnest member of the Congregational Church
and is highlv respected and esteemed by all who
know him. In politics he is a Republican.

JOHN SMITH TYLER, a popular and influ-
ential citizen of East Haven, was born in the house
where he now resides, on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 1834.
His father, William Tyler, was born June 26, 1799,
in the same dwelling.

John Tyler, the paternal grandfather, was a
native of Branford — near a well-known sea-side re-
sort, Short Beach — and by occupation a shoemaker.
He was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. After
residing in East Haven a short time he married
Mabel Bradley, who was also born on the farm now
owned and occupied by the subject of this notice.
Simeon Bradley, her father, built the house about
one hundred and fifty years ago. and it is still in
excellent repair. He died July 22, 1802, aged sev-
enty-one years : his wife, Abigail, passed away May
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(Bradley) Tyler came six children: Amnii, lx)rn
Feb. 20, 1789: John, June 29, 1792; twins, June,
1796; William, June 26, 1799; Jerusha Louisa. May
2, 1805.

Upon the farm mentioned, the ownership of
which has descended down throusjh many genera-
tions, and a portion of which is in the center of the
town and very valuable, William Tyler spent his
entire life. He was a shoemaker by trade, an ac-
tive worker in and a prominent member of the Con-
gregational Church, and widely known as a useful
and respected citizen. He married Julia A. Thomp-
son, who was born in 1799. a daughter of Abraham
Thompson, and they had two children : Harriet A.,
born Feb. 6, 1838, who died at the early age of
fourteen years ; and John Smith, the only son. The
father died at the age of sixty-four years, and the
mother was fifty-six years old when she entered into
rest, both of them honored and esteemed.

John Smith Tyler passed his youth upon the an-
cestral farm, and acquired a good practical educa-
tion in the public schools and in the select or acad-
emic institute at the town hall, Messrs. Potter and
Wolcott, instructors and principals. Although he
was born within a few miles of the third largest
city of Xew England he never at any time left the
parental roof, and has always devoted his energies
and time — except when called to -official positions
of trust and responsibility — to the management of
his farm. He is a thorough agriculturist and skilled
in all the details of general farming.

On June 3, 1866, Mr. Tyler married ^liss Jane
Elizabeth, daughter of Joseph and Sarah Lovisa
Thompson. Two children were born to them : Will-
iam Joseph and John Alexis Dibble. The first named
was born May 12, 1867. and died Xov. 18, 1873,
zged six years, six months and six days. The sec-
ond, who was born Xov. 11, 1875, died July 16.
1879, when three years and eight months old.

Mr. Tyler is a stanch supporter of the Republi-
can party and its principles, but the usual narrow
confines of partisanship have not prevented him in
his official life from acting for the good of all con-
cerned. His manners are most gracious and pleas-
ing, and marked by an afifabilitv not possessed by
every person. In the Eastern States the office of
selectman — like that of the town clerk — ranks as
first in importance and one of the most difficult to
administer in a satisfactory manner. Xotwithstand-
ing this, Mr. Tvler has held the office continuously
— elected annually — since 1886. Xo official in this
■town (nor probably in any other) has such an en-
viable and remarkable record. The laying out of the
suburban electric road, the erection of a new town
hall, a magnificent new school house, and the build-
ing of a new State highway, with new roads. on the
north shore of Long Island Sound, also an engine
house for a recently organized fire department, have
all taken place during his term of office. ^Ir. Ty-
ler ranks deservedly among the most prominent and



public-spirited citizens of his town. He and his wife
are members of the Grange, Xo. 106, and are ac-
tive officials in this fraternal association.

DAVID BOUGHTOX HAMILTOX (de-
ceased) was Ixirn in Danbury, Conn., Oct. 19, 1824.
He was in the sixth generation from Sir William
Hamilton, who was born in Scotland in 1643. ^"<^
died in Danbury in 1746, aged one hundred three
years.

(I) Sir William Hamilton was the son of Gal-
latin Hamilton, of Glasgow, Scotland, and he set-
tled with his family first on Cape Cod, where he
was so fortunate as to capture a whale, which had
been driven on the beach during a storm, and for
this he was accused of witchcraft and of being in
league with the Devil. In consequence he fled to
Rhode Island, and later moved to Danbury, Conn.
There, on the verge of civilization, he established
his home at "Bear Mountain." where remains of
the old house could be found as late as 1835. Will-
iam had six children, all of whom lived to remark-
able ages, and died in Danbury: Joseph, aged
eighty-six: David, aged seventy-nine: Benjamin,
aged ninety ; Ezra, aged ninety-three ; Thankful
(spinster), aged one hundred two; Mercy, aged
fifty-two.

'(II) Joseph Hamilton, son of Sir William, had
three sons, all of whom were born at Bear Moun-
tain, and died in Danbury: Silas, Benjamin and
Joseph, Jr.

(III) Silas Hamilton, son of Joseph, had five
sons: Silas, Jr., Paul, James. John, and Orpha.

(IV) Paul Hamilton, son of Silas, was born
X'ov. 19, 1752, and died May 31, 1830. He mar-
ried Anna Stevens (born 1757, died 1829), who
was the daughter of Lieut. Ezra Stevens, an of-
ficer in the American Revolution. Lieut. Stevens'
mother, Abigail Barnum. was a daughter of Thom-
as Barnum. and the first white child born in Dan-
bury. Paul had six sons and four daughters, all
born at Bullet Hill, Pembroke District. Danbury :
Anna, born 1775, married Jesse Hoyt, and died in
Danburv in 1848: Hannah, born 1776, married
Elias Boughton, and died in Danbury, in 1843;

i Betsv, born 1779 (spinster), died in Danburs- in
1859: Elizabeth, born 1781, married John Knapp,
and died in Danburv in 1862: James, born 1783.
married Waity Budlong, and died in Danbury in
1865: Daniel, born 1785. married Miss Aiken, and
died in Xew Haven in 1823; Paul S., born 1789.
married Reiney Wood, and died in Hartford in
1841 : David, born 1701. married Deborah Knapp
Boughton, and died in Hartford in 1834: Silas, born
1793, married Isabel Williken, and died in Albany
in 1861 : and Ezra, born 1801, married Sybil Prich-
ard, of Waterbury. and died in Hartford in 1879.

'( V) David Hamilton, son of Paul, born 1791,
died 1834. He married Deborah Knapp Boughton,
born in 1790. and died in 1864. They reared the
following children: Julia Ann, born 1812, mar-



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rial William G. Ellis, died in Hartford in 1850.
C'larissa ^[ariette, born in 1815. married Hiram
Wildinaii, died in Hartford in i88q: Lorenzo, born
ill i8i8, married Lavinia Delliber, died in Cali-
foriiia in 1869: Orville. born in 1821, married Eliz-
abetli Lyon, died in Texas in 1888: David Iloush-
tdii, bom in 1824 ; Elizabeth, born 1827, married
Henry Champlin, and is still living, a widow, in
Hartford.

David Boughton Hamilton spent his boyhood
days in Danbury, and received his education in his
native town, and at a select school in Hartford.
In early youth he had a desire for the ministry, and
began preparation for a life work in the pulpit,
but the bent of his mind was neither in that direc-
tion nor in the legal profession, to which he turned
his attention for a time. His was a distinctively
business nature, and, by a process of natural se-
lection, he became a business man of high stand-
ing. In early youth he taught school for two years,
and in 185 1 became a clerk in the postofifice at
Hartford. Two years later when the Rogers'
Brothers organized for the manufacture of silver-
plated ware, he became a salesman for the new
firm. In 1858 he joined the firm of Rogers &
Bros., and his connection with the silver plating in-
dustry was interrupted during forty-two years only
on two dccasions, once when he visited Californi;i
in 1856 for the benefit of his health, and again dur-
ing iiis service in the L'nion army in the Civil war.

Mr. Hamilton entered the service in 1861, al-
most immediately on the breaking out of the Re-
bellion. On that memorable April 19, 1861, he was
in Baltimore, just after the attack upon the L'ninn
soldiers. The next day he was in Washington, ami
joined a company of volunteers raised by Col.
Cassius M. Clay for the defense of the capitol. In
a few days he returned to Connecticut, and en-
listed for regular service in the 5th Conn. V. I.,
where he received a commission as first lieutenant.
He was promoted to be captain in 1862, and was
honorably discharged for serious disabilities Jan. 10,
1863. Capt. Hamilton made a fine record as a
soldier, and was highly esteemed by all his old
comrades.

Mr. Hamilton was secretary of Rogers & Bros.
from the incorporation of the firm until 1868, when
he was elected treasurer. In 1878 he became presi-
dent also, filling both positions to the eminent sat-
isfaction of all interested in the enterprise. Capt.
Hamilton was president of the Manufacturers' Na-
tional Bank from its incorporation in 1881, of the
Waterbury Lumber and Coal Co. from its reorgan-
ization in 1883, and of the Connecticut Steam Boiler
Inspection and Insurance Co. from i8gi to 1894.
He was also extensively interested in various im-
portant business enterprises throughout the State,
more especially in the William Rogers Manufactur-
ing Co. of Hartford, the Meriden Britannia Co.
and the Bridgeport Brass Co., being a director in
each.



I Politicallv Capt. Hamilton was a Republican,

and in his time filled many important official posi-
tions, which were chiefly municipal and business in
their character. In 1881 he was elected to fill the
j State Senatorial vacancy created by the death of
I Senator Brown. He served the city as councilman
and alderman, and was a member of the Board of
i Water Commissioners from 1885 to 1803. He had
j been selectman of the town, and chairman of the
j Board of School 'Visitors. As a member of a com-
; mittee of three, appointed by the Wadhams post,
j G. A. R., to raise money for a soldiers' monument,
j he rendered material assistance to that commend-
i able enterprise. Capt. Hamilton belonged to the
I New York Commanderv of the Loyal Legion, the
' I. O. O. P., and the Masonic fraternity, where he
was also a Knight Templar. Capt. Hamilton was
a man of much ambition and business energy, and.
in his business character, had visited every State
: of the Union. He was an indenendent thinker,
: much interested in philosophical and social prob-
lems, and deeply devoted to the progress of the
j world.

I On May 6, 1847, Capt. Hamilton married Mary
Rogers, daughter of S. Rogers, of Hartford, and
she died M^y 22, 1859. leaving one son, Charles
Alfred, born May 3, 1849. On June 9, 1863, Capt.
Hamilton was united in marriage with Mary Eliza-
beth, daughter of William Birely. of Frederick,
{ Md. He became acquainted with Nliss Birely while
', doing detached duty under Gen. Banks. She died
i Aug. 27, 1870, leaving two children, Lewis Birely
i and Katherine, of whom the former, born in 1864,
is a graduate of Yale, class of 1886, and is a civil
engineer by profession. Capt. Hamilton was mar-
ried, Sept. I, 1871, to Isabel L., daughter of John
I Griswold Ely, of Lyme. This union was blessed
j by the birth of one child, Paul, who was born Sept.
1 I, 1873, ^'""^l is a graduate of the Sheffield Scientific
j School at Yale, class of 1894. Capt. Hamilton's
! last illness resulted from the lodging of a small
fish-bone in the larynx, where it caused ulceration,
and ultimately resulted in death. Eminent special-
ists were employed, but without avail, and Capt.
Hamilton died Sunday morning, Aug. 14, i8c)S.
Mrs. Hamilton, the widow of this gallant sol-
dier, distinguished leader in the business world, and
old-school gentleman, still survives. She is eighth
in line from Richard, "the settler." This Richard
Elv, first of the Ely family in America, came from
Plymouth, England, in 1660, and settled in Bos-
ton. His grandfather, Leonard Ely, Elder of
Wouston, who died in 161 5, was the grandson of
John Ely, born about 1492, and who was Warden
of the palace of the Bishops of Winchester in

1540-

When Richard Ely came to this country he was
a widower with two sons, William and Richard. .\
carved oak chest which he brought with him is in
a state of perfect preservation to-dav. in the family
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Widow Cullick. sister of Col. Fenwick, and settled
at Lyme, on the Connecticut river, where he and
his sons, in a few years, owned 4,000 acres of land.
He died in 1690, and a few years later a stone was
erected to his memory, in the Ely burying ground
at Lyme, on which is recorded the following: "'His
descendants besides peopling these mansions of the
dead, are greatly multiplied in the land."

(II) William Ely, son of Richard, born 1647,
died 1717. He married Elizabeth Smith, daughter
of Simon Smith, who with twenty-eight others took
up all the land between Haddam and Saybrook,
except Six-r^Iile Island ; the latter was the home
of W'illiam. To William and Elizabeth were born
the following children: Ann. Elizabeth, Richard,
Mary, Daniel (had fc)ur wives), W'illiam, Jr., De-
borah and Johanna.

(III) William Ely, Jr., son of William, mar-
ried, first, in 1715, Hannah Thompson, of Ipswich,
IMass., and, second, Mary Xoyes. He had ten chil-
dren, seven of whom were born of his first mar-
riage, namely : Jacob, James, Martha, Deborah,
Mary Ann, Samuel and Ammi : by his second mar-
riage : Hannah, ' Alary and Ann. The first si.s:
were baptized by the first minister of Lyme.

(IV) James Ely. son of William, Jr.. born 1718,
died 1766. He married Dorcas Andrew;, of Ips-
wich, in 1742. They had ten children : Elizabeth,
James, Ruhama, Jacob, Dorcas. Tabitha, Aaron,
Andrew, John and Gad. Of these, all six of the
sons served in the Revolution, and Aaron was killed
at the battle of Kings Bridge in 1776.

(V) James Ely, son of James Ely and Dorcas
Andrews, born in 1743, married Catherine Hays, .in
1768, and afterward Prudence Hewitt. P.y his first
wife he had nine children: Richard, James, Dor-



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