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I At the time of his death he was president of the
Ansonia Novelty Co. and the Ansonia Telephone
Co. He was an enterprising and public-spirited
citizen, and held at various times a number of the
town offices. In 1880 he was a representative in
the General Assembly from Derby.

Throughout life Air. Bartholomew was closely
identified with the Christian forces of the town.
For years he was deacon in the Congregation.il
Church and also church clerk. He was a Sabbath-
school worker and teacher of great popularity.
Like his father, too, he was for years one of the
foremost supporters of the Young Men's Christian
Association of the town, and whenever the general
Christian enterprises of the section were in need of
special help their appeals to him were not unheeded.
Mr. Bartholomew was twice married. On Sept.
17, 1867, he married Miss Lanette Wightman. of
Southin.gton, who died July 21, 1886, and on March
17, 1888. he married Aliss Isabel H. Warner, (if
Springfield, Mass.. a daughter of one of the old and
honored families of Enfield, Conn. To the fir^t
union were born four children, namelv : Ellen
E., Dana W., Jeremiah Hotchkiss, and \'alentine
(who died in infancy). To the second marriage
came Pauline, who died in infancy ; and Helen Ger-
trude, born Nov. 25, 1890. The family home on
South Clitf street is one where wealth has set its
adornments and one from which it; occupants have
dispensed a generous hospitality.

ALLING. The New Haven branch of the

Ailing family to which the late Truman Ailing and

i sons, Francis A. and John T. Ailing, belonged,

j were descended from the first settlers of the Colony

! of New Haven.

Roger Ailing, the first American ancestor of the
New Haven branch of the family under considera-
tion, was born in England, son of James, and
came to New England, about 1638: he settled in tlie
Colony of New Haven, then called Ouinnipiac.
About 1642 he married Mary, eldest daughter of
Thomas Nash, of Bendley, England.

From this first settler the late Francis A. and
John T. Ailing, of New Haven, were in the eighth
generation, their line being through John. Capt.
Jonathan, John (2), Ebenezer, Jonathan (2), and
Truman Ailing.

John Ailing, son of Roger, was born October
2, 1647, married at New Haven, in 1671, Susannah
Coe, born in 1653. Air. Allins: died in 1717, and
his widow in 1746.

Capt. Jonathan Ailing, son of John, was born in
1683, and married in 1713, Sarah, born in 1693,
daughter of John Sacket. Capt. Ailing died in
1755 and his widow in 1766. His life had been a
successful one, he became a prominent citizen, and
was captain of a militia company. For tv/enty-
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John Ailing; (2), son of Capt. Jonathan, was
lidfii in 1714. and married, in 17.^8, Abiah Hitch-
coct, horn in 1715. Thcv resided in Allingtown,
where he died in 1761, and his widow in 1783.

Ehenezer Allini;. son of John (2). was born in
1741 and married Lydia Punderson, born in 1745,
niul they resided in Allingtown, where he died in
iSix3, and she in 1832.

Jonathan Ailing; (2), son of Ebenezer, was
hiirn Jnly 15. 1775, and Nov. 20, 17Q8. married
Susannah Piatt, born Jan. 3, 1780. By trade he
was a carpenter, and his last days were spent in
\ew Haven, where he died in 1861. and his wife
passed away in 1854.

Truman Ailing, son of Jonathan (2). was born
on I"eb. 7, 1800, and was married Aug. 20, 1820,
to Clarissa Hendrick, born in 1801. He died June
15, 1892, and his wife Jan. 9, 1871. By trade
Truman Ailing was a carpenter, his principal work
being the making of boats and suitably fitting them
for the carriage of horses to the \\'est Indies. A
part of his time was occupied in farming. His
children were: Mary, who married M. Armstrong,
a. skilled carriage builder; William, deceased, left
two sons, Burton and Leonard, of Xew Haven;
Francis A. ; Robert ; Julia, who is Mrs. Pat-
rick, of Xorwalk, Conn. ; Amelia, who died at the
age of eleven years ; John Truman : and Harriet.

Fr.vxcis a. Allixg, son of Truman, was born
Sept. 8, 1825, and married Dec. 29, 1853, Mary J.
Briggs, born Dec. 13, 1829. Their children were:
Charles F. Ailing, born Dec. 29. 1854, married Oct.
31, 1888, Carlie A. Sweet, born Oct. 9, 1S67, and the
tenth generation came in with th.e birth of Gladys
H., born Jan. 17. 1892; Truman F., born March
8, 1894; Hazel Z., born Xov. 14, 1896; and Olive
A., born Dec. 2j. 1897.

Francis A. Ailing spent his early school days in
New Haven, attending the public schools. His
first important work in building was on the rail-
road on the first bridge across the meadows on the
N. Y., N. H. & H. R. R., and he was foreman at
the time the second track and bridge were put in.
Early in his business career, he went into partner-
ship with Charles W'aterhouse, as bridge builders,
pile drivers, joiners, etc., later continued in the busi-
ness alone, and then the partnership of Case it
Ailing was formed about 1866. but this business
^vas dissolved by the death of Mr. Case. A partner-
ship was then formed between F. A. and D. R.
Ailing, cousins, this association still continuing.

John r. Ailing, son of Truman, was born July
23- ^^i3- in Xew Haven, and in December, 1857,
married Fditha E. Baldwin, who died April 16,
1895. One daughter, Eva E.. was born of this
union, Xov. 23, 1863.

The eady school days of John T. Ailing w^re
spent in Xew Haven, and he also worked on his
jfather's farm, which was located where Spring
street and vicinity make a thoroughfare through
ithe city. \\ hen he began to learn the trade of



builder, he was under the instruction of M. Weaver,
and continued in active life until his retirement, in
1893. Mr. Ailing was well known in the building
and contracting business where he possessed the es-
teem of his associates. His residence is at Xo. 203
Spring street. Mr. Ailing has always been opposed
to secret societies and also to insurance.

David Ailing, son of Jonathan (2), was born in
X''ew Haven Alay 26, 1802, and died May 4, 1883.
His education was obtained in Xew Haven and
later he engaged in farming in this city, in Orange
and in Westville. As a matter of interest, it is
related that ^Ir. Ailing was a winner in a plowing
contest, which was held on the New Haven Green,
many years ago, and he was considered one of the
best judges of cattle in Xew Haven county. For
many years he had been a member of Trinity
Church. David Ailing married Anna, daughter of
Philo Beers, of Trumbull, Conn., and their children
w'ere: Jane, deceased; Phebe Ann, who married
Eli Page, and has a daughter, Mrs. B. G. Skilton ;
Emily, deceased ; Eliza, who married D. O. Camp ;
Jonathan B., deceased ; David Royal and Augusta
Jane, twins, of whom the latter married C. G.
Smith, and has one daughter, Lillian J.

D.wiD Royal Alling was born Sept. 15, 1845, in
Xew Haven, where his youth has been spent. Af-
ter leaving the public school, he entered the Charles
Fabrique school, later the Stevens & Wells Busi-
ness College in Xew Haven. Then he became
clerk, and later bookkeeper for Case & Ailing, and
in 1873 bought the interest of F. A. Alling. In
1876, upon the death of IMr. Case, F. A. Alling pur-
chased his interest, and the firm became F. A. & D.
R. Ailing, and this house is now one of the leading
business firms of Xew Haven.

David R. Ailing is a member of Quinnipiac
Lodge, Xo. I, I. O. O. F., Past Xoble Grand; Sas-
sacus Encampment, No. i, I. O. O. F., Past Chief
Patriarch; Grand Grand Canton Sassacus, Xo. i,
Patriarchs Militant, Past Commandant ; Grand
Lodge I. O. O. F., Past Grand Master and Past
Grand Representative to Sovereign Grand Lodge ;
Xaomi Rebekah Lodge, Xo. i, I. O. O. F. In Ala-
sonic circles he is also prominent. Raised in Hiram
Lodge, X'o. I, A. F. & A. M. ; affiliated with
Wooster Lodge, No. 79, Past Master; Franklin
Chapter. Xo. 2, R. A. M. ; Harmony Council, Xo.
8, R. & S. M., Past Thrice Illustrious Master ; Xew
Haven Commandery, Xo. 2, K. T., Past Eminent
Commander ; E. G. Storer Lodge of Perfection, A.
& A. S. R., \'alorous Junior Grand Warden; Elm
City Council, P. of J., A. & A. S. R., Most Excellent
Senior Grand Warden ; Xew Haven Chapter Rose
Croix, A. & A. S. R., Most Wise and Perfect Mas-
ter ; Lafayette Consistory of Sublime Princes of the
Royal Secret, A. & A. S. R., Second Lieutenant
Commander ; Supreme Council of Sovereign Grand
Inspectors — General of the thirty-third and last de-
gree of A. & A. S. R. For some time he has been
auditor in the Grand Lodge of Masons of Connecti-



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cut, and' is one of the managers of the Masonic and
Odd Fellows Home. In hi? religious belief he is
an Episcopalian, and is now serving as a vestryman
in Trinity Church.

ALOXZO GRAXXISS was born March 27,
1820, in W'aterbury, where he still resides, at his
home on Prospect street, honored and respected by
all who know him. and hale and hearty at the ad-
vanced age of eighty-two years.

Simeon Granniss. grandfather of Alonzo, was a
native of Xew Haven county. Conn., and on marry-
ing settled in Xaugatuck. Xew Haven county,
where he reared a family of five children, who were
born in the following order: Emerilla married
Leverett Benham ; F'olly married Lemuel Austin ;
Estella became the wife of Friend Sanford; Caleb
was the father of Alonzo, our subject; Simeon set-
tled in Xew York State, and was a farmer by oc-
cupation.

Caleb Granniss was doubtless born in Xauga-
tuck, and was reared to blacksmithing and shoe-
making. He married Miss Ruth Arnst, a native
•of Xaugatuck, and a daughter of John Arnst, who
came from France as captain's mate, and was the
first professional tailor to settle at Salem Bridge,
in that town. To Caleb Granniss and his wife were
born children as follows : Edward was a carpenter
and joiner in Xew York State, where his death
took place (he served gallantly throughout the Civil
war) ; Marshall was a mechanic in W'aterbury,
Comi., where he passed his life ; James AI. was
a mechanic in W'aterbury ; Sarah became the wife
of Frank Curtiss. and later n.arried a ^Mr. Bas-
ford, and is still living; Alonzo is our subject.
After the death of Caleb Granniss, the father of
this family, his widow was united in marriage with
Joseph Cook, to whom she bore two children: An
infant that died unnamed and Sarah. She passed
the remainder of her life in W'aterbury.

Alonzo Granniss migrated back and forth with
his parents between W'aterbury and Salem Bridge
(Xaugatuck), and was a child when they last re-
moved to the latter town. There he had his home
for four years, when with his mother he returned
to Waterbury, his father having died in the mean-
time. Here he has since resided. Mr. Granniss
did not enjov to any great extent the advantages
of early education. At the early age of twelve
years, or in 1832, he went to work in the factory
of Benedict & Burnham. was shrewd and showed
marked ability, and when sixteen years of age was
made foreman of the roiling department, which po-
sition he held until 1803, making a continuous
service of fifl_\'-nine years — an unprecedented length
of time in one emplo\- in W'aterbury.

In 1837 Mr. Granniss was married to Miss
Esther D. Payne, who lived in the village of Pros-
pect, Xew Haven Co.. Coim.. but was born in Ohio,
a daughter of Silas Payne. This marriage was
crowned with four children, viz.: Margaret, who



dieil at the age of nine years: I'rederick A., who
survives ; and two that died in infancy. Mr. and
Mrs. Alonzo Granniss have been united in mat-
rimony for sixty-live years, and together have at-
tended the Episcopal Church that long period of
time. In politics he was a Democrat in his earlv
days, but of late he has affiliated with the Repub-
lican party. He has served his fellow townsmen
six or seven years as a member of the council and
as a member of the board of relief, as street com-
j missioner, and was one of the organizers of the
Mattatuck Engine Company, in 1839. He has never-
belonged to any of the fraternities. He has always
relied on his own sterliup- integrity, and no man in
Waterbury has ever been more respected for this
than himself.

Hon. Frederick A. Granniss. onlv surviving
child of Alonzo Granniss, was born Oct. 18. 1851,
attended school in Xew Haven, in Litchticld, the
Gunn School of Washington, Conn., the Episcopal
Academy in Cheshire (Military Academy), and
j also a commercial college in Hartford, being better
j prepared in this respect, for the activities of busi-
! ness, than his father had been. He was educated
I practically in politics, and early became an adherent
I of the Republican party. In 1884 he was the Re-
! publican representative of the town of Cheshire in
! the State Legislature, but since then he has been
! attending to his father's and his own real-estate
matters, being the owner of considerable real es-
tate. Fraternally Hon. Frederick A. Granniss is a
member of Temple Lodge. Xo. 16, F. & A. M., of
Cheshire, and also of the W^aterbury Club.

On ]\Iay 3. 1873, occurred the marriage of Fred-
erick A. (jranniss and Fannie Charlotte Mclntire,
of Ottawa, Canada, a daughter of Thomas Mc-
lntire. and of Scottish descent. This union has
been blessed with one child, Margaret IMcIntire,
who is a musician of marked ability. She has been
presented bv her grandfather, Alonzo Granniss,
with a Steiner violin over 200 years old, which was
selected bv Prof. Hermann, of Xew York City,
from the collection of Dr. \'on Derhor, of Europe.
The summer home of Hon. Frederick A. Granniss
is at Pine Orchard, Connecticut.

W'ALTER H. ZIXK, M. D. (deceased), one
of the oldest and most prominent physicians of
Branford, Xew Haven county, was a man whose
intellectual acquirements, professional character and
enthusiasm, and open, candid countenance won the
confidence and retained the respect of the publiv;.
His was a genial spirit, and he was very companion-
able, mingling freely in society, and taking an active
and helpful interest in local affairs.

Dr. Zink was born in Xuremberg, Germany,
March 21, 1841, son of Charles Frederick and Anna
Maria ( Ernst j Zink, the father a government for-
est master in the Province of Xuremberg. He was
a son of Philip Zink, also a government forest mas-
ter. Walter Zink was thoroughlv educated in his



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native country, passing through the preparatory
schools with credit, and in 1858 entering the Uni-
versity at Wnrzburg, from the Medical Department
of wiiich he was graduated in 1862, with honor.
In the fall of 1863 young Zink came to America,
locating in Xew York, where he took a post-grad-
uate course in Columbia College and practiced un-
til interested in the Civil war. The cause of the
Union aroused his enthusiasm for liberty and prog-
ress, and he was almost immediately given the post
of surgeon and attached to the 5th Army Corps,
then under the command of Gen. Warner, of \'ir-
ginia. He continued to discharge the trying duties
of that position for some two years, gaining a val-
uable knowledge of surgery and the practical appli-
cation of medicine. During one of the fierce fights,
while he was caring for a wounded soldier, a spent
bullet struck him in the eye. Dr. Zink did not
stop, but continued his work on the patient before
him until the leg was properly set. and then dis-
covered that for the rest of his life he would be
deprived of the sight of one eye. The Doctor was
very popular with the soldiers, as miglit be expected
on account of his self-forgetfulness and devotion to
his work. When the war was ended Dr. Zink re-
turned to peaceful life and settled in Xew York,
where he niarrietl. in the fall of 1865. and made his
home in Xewtown, L. I. After eleven years and
seven montlis he went to Trenton, where he lived
one year, and then moved to Branford. For over
eleven years of his residence in Xewtown he acted
as the local health officer. Upon the death of Dr.
Hall he came to Branford, in 1878, and until his
death, .\ng. 26, 1900. at the age of fifty-nine years,
was a familiar and beloved presence in the homes
of the people, and by the bedside of the sick. A
kindly heart and a sympathetic spirit animated all
his work, and he brought to the healing of the sick
all the resources of his great profession. He en-
joyed a patronage highly complimentary to his med-
ical skill.

In liranford Dr. Zink was actively interested m
public aft'airs and filled many positions of honor
and trust, liaving been at different times justice
of the peace (ten years in all), member of the
school board, acting school visitor and health of-
ficer. The Doctor belonged to numerous social or-
ders in the city, and his funeral was conducted by
Widows' Sons" Lodge. F. & A. 'SI. He was an hon-
ored member of the I. O. O. F. : of Woodland
L<')dge, Xo. 39. K. P., in which he was first com-
mander of the castle ; and of Mason Rogers
''['St. G. A. R.. in which he held the office
01 post surgeon from the time of organization ; he
was post surgeon of the State for twelve years
I>ri<ir to his decease. Professionallv the Doctor
lield mcnihership with the Xew Haven Medical So-
ciey and the Connecticut State Medical Society. In
religiun he imited with the Lutheran Church.' The
Doctor's death was caused by a cancer of the
stomach, with which he had been afflicted some two



years. The indomitable strength and courage of
the man is manifest in the fact that lie continued
his active practice until about six weeks before hi$
death.

Dr. Zink was married, Sept. 25, 1864, to Caro-
line A. Milling, daughter of Philip and Katherine
(daughter of Lord Sminke) Milling, natives of
Hessen-Cassel, Germany, and residents of the city
of X'ew York. To this union were born five chil-
dren, three of whom survive: (i) Charles E., who
graduated from the University of \'ermont, and
from the Medical Department of Baltimore Uni-
versity, in 1900; (2) Louisa A., who married Ben-
jamin F. Hoslev, warden of the borough; and 1^3)
Walter R. '

HAR\'EY G. DEXXISTOX. The family of
Denniston is of Scotch-Irish descent. The pro-
genitors of the American branch emigrated from
Scotland and from County Longford, Ireland.

Abraham Denniston. the grandfather of Harvev
G.. was a farmer in Orange county, X"^ew York,
where he was born, as was also his wife, Bathsheba
Goldsmith. There they died, and there, too, they
reared their three children, Harvey, Lydia and
Goldsmith. The eldest son, Harvey, was a farmer,
like his father, and passed his life in the county
where he was born. Lydia married Aaron P.
Johnes, an importer of, and wdiolesale dealer in,
dry goods in Xew York City.

Goldsmith Denniston, the father of Harvey G.,
was born at Blooming Grove, Orange Co.. X.
Y., in 1801. He was educated at L'nion and Prince-
ton Colleges. After a short time spent at farm-
ing, he removed to Xewburgh. X'. Y., and later to
Steuben county, tJiat State. He passed away in
1878. while on a visit to his son, Harvey G. Dennis-
ton. He was a man of prominence, and served
many years as county judge of Orange count}'. A
stanch \Miig, he was active in the aft'airs of his
party, was for a long time chairman of the Xew
York State Central Committee, and was a persona!
friend of Henry Clay, with whom he was in fre-
quent correspondence, as well as with Webster. Cal-
houn and other leading statesmen and politicians
of the day. About 1825 he married a second cousiTi.
Fannv Denniston. of Orange county, who died in
1865. To their marriage were born three sons, of
whom Abraham, the eldest, was a soldier in the
Union army, during the war of the Rel)ellion.
and lost his life in the service, in 1863. Aaron,
born in X'ewburgh. X. Y.. in 1840. is a farmer
and justice of the peace in Steuben countv, Xew
York.

Harvey G. Denniston was born at Blooming
Grove, Aug. 23, 1829. He passed his youth in
X'ewburgh. X'. Y.. and received a collegiate educa-
tion, graduating from L^nion College in 1846. The
eight years following his graduation he passed in,
the employ of the wholesale dry-goods house of
Johnes, Otis & Co., of Xew York City, the head of



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which firm was his uncle. His preference, how-
ever, was for a professional life, and in 1854 he
commenced the study of law in Hammondspori.
Steuben Co., N. Y. He was admitted to the Bar
in Poughkeepsie, and began practice at Branch-
port, Yates Co., N. Y. The outbreak of the Re-
bellion stirred his patriotism to its depths, and his
impassioned oratory was constantly brought to bear
in scathing and effective denunciation of slavery
and secession. In the spring of 1862 he enlisted in
Co. H, 107th X. Y. V. I., and was mustered into the
service in August following. While serving with
this regiment he took part in the battles of South
Mountain. Antietam. Fredericksburg. Chancellors-
ville, Gettysburg, Falling Waters and Lookout
Mountain. In 1864 he resigned his lieutenancy in the
107th, having received a captain's commission in
the 188th, which regiment he joined on October 7 of
that year. After the first battle, at Hatcher's Run,
he was made assistant adjutant general of the Sec-
ond Brigade, First Division, 5th Army Corps. Later
he was appointed to the same position for the Fifth
Corps, and was successively brevetted lieutenant
colonel, colonel and brigadier general. He partici-
pated in the second engagement at Hatcher's Run
and in the raid on the Weldon Railroad ; was under
fire at Lewis Farm. Boydton Plank Road, Gravelly
Run and Five Forks ; and was present at the sur-
render of Lee at Appomattox.

General Denniston was a soldier of magnificent
qualities. Naturally impulsive and of doubtless
courage, in action he was cool, determined, resolute
and always ready to lead where his command was
threatened with danger. In a work published in
Hartford, and entitled "The Battle Flag," the fol-
lowing description of his conduct in battle is given :
"Major H. G. Denniston has a gold badge which
was presented to him on the field of battle. At
the close of the fight at Five Forks. Va., a short
time before the end of the war. Major General
Charles Griffin commanded. It was supposed that
the contest was over, when the enemy opened a
sharp musketry fire on the right. General Griffin
turned to Major Denniston, who was then assistant
adjutant general of the Second Brigade, and said,
'Stop that little firing.' A detail from the First
and Second Brigades was assigned for the duty.
and Major Denniston and his command advanced
upon the Confederate forces. The conflict was
short, but exceedinglv sharp. About four hundred
Federal soldiers fell. In the end. however, the
enemy was driven back and four guns and a num-
ber of prisoners fell into Major denniston's hands.
On his return he simply reported, with characteris-
tic modesty, 'General, we have stopped that little
firing.' Instantly the commanding officer unpinned
from his breast the red and gold badge of the First
Division, and presented it to the brave officer in
recognition of In's intrepid sen-ice. The badge
bears the niscninion: 'Capt. H. G. Denniston, A.
A. General: presented by xMajor General Charles



Griffin, at Five Forks.' " General Denniston also
enjoys the distinction of being one of the fifty of-
ficers to whom the New York Legislature awarded
richly-painted diplomas, in testimonial of gallant,
devoted service.

At the end of the war General Denniston re-
turned to New York and resumed the practice of
law, settling in Steuben coimty. In 1872 he mar-
ried ikliss Emogene A. Tuttle. a daughter of Phile-
mon Tuttle. of Naugatuck. Thereupon he removed
to that town. and. abandoning the law. for some
time devoted his time to civil and electrical engin-
eering. He has. however, retired from active pur-
suits, and in a serene old age is enjoying a well-
earned rest. He is an independent in politics, while
his religious affiliation is with the Congregational
Church. He is an influential member of the G. A.
R., but is connected with no other fraternal organ-
ization. Flimself intelligent and well educated, he
takes a lively interest in educational matters, ami
has been prominently identified therewith. In pri-
vate life he is genial and warm-hearted, courteous
and affable.

General and ^Irs. Denniston have one son,
Franklin T., who was born in 1882.



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