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HOMER HEBER WELTON, one of Water-
ville's best-known citizens, is the possessor of a
handsome property, and is enabled to spend his de-
clining years in the pleasurable enjo)Tnent of his
accumulations. The record of his early life is that
of an active, enterprising, methodical and saga-
cious business man, who bent his energies to the
honorable acquirement of a comfortable compe-
tence for himself and family.

Mr. Welton was born at the old family home-
stead on Bunker Hill. Waterbury. Feb. 22. 1837.
The progenitor of this family in America was John
Welton. who came to this country from England or
Wales about 1667. and was married while crossing
the Atlantic to Miss Mary L'pson. a native of Eng-
land. They located first in Farmington. Hartford
Co., Conn., and about 1679 came to V\'aterbury.
New Haven county, where they spent the remainder
of their lives. Mr. Welton dving here June 18. 1726.
his wife Oct. 18. 1716. Their remains were in-
terred in Hartford. In their family were ten chil-
dren, namely: Abigail married Cornelius Bron-
son ; Mary married John Richards : Elizabeth mar-
ried Thomas Griffin, of Simsbuiy. Conn.: John
married a Miss Buck, of Wethersfield. Conn., a
daughter of Ezekiel Buck ; Stephen married Mary
I Gaylord. daughter of Joseph Gaylord : Richard,
I the next in order of birth, is mentioned below :
j Hannah, born April i. 1683, married Thomas
, Squires : Thomas, born Feb. 4, 1684. married Han-
nah Gaylord. a daughter of Joseph Gaylord : George,
born Feb. 3. 1686, married Elizabeth Mailory. of
Stratford : and Elsie, born Aug. 16. i6y8. married
a Mr. Griffin, of Simsbury. The first five were
born in Farmington, the others in Waterbury.




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Richard Welton, son of John, was born in
W'aterbury Sept. 27, 1679, the first male child of
European parentage born in W'aterbury, and there
spent his entire life, engaged in farming, dying in

1755. He married, Mary Upson, who was born
March 5, 1683, a daughter of Stephen and Mary
(Lee) Upson, and granddaughter of John Lee, of
Farmington. Xine children came to this union :
Richard, born Jan. 5, 1701 (married Anna, daugh-
ter of Jonathan Fenton ) ; John, born July 13, 1703;
Stephen, born March 12, 1706: Mary, born June
I, 1708 (married Ebenezer Warner) ; Thomas, born
Oct. 25, 1710; Keziah, born Dec. i, 1713 (married
A. Warner) ; Eliakim, born Jan 21, 1715 (men-
tioned below) : Tabitha, horn Feb. 17, 1721 (mar-
ried Edward Xeal) ; and Ede, born April 24, 1729
(married a Mr. Lewis).

Eliakim Welton, son of Riciiard, spent his entire
life in Waterbury, and owned and operated a large
tract of land on Bucks Hill, making farming his \
principal occupation. He died Xov. 20, I794> and i
was buried on Bucks Hill. He married Eunice, i
daughter of IVIoses and Jane (Wiah) Bronson, and i
to this union came the following children : Eliakim. j
born Sept. 22, 1736, married Amy Baldwin ; Eunice, |
born Oct. 19, 1738, married David Roberts: Avis, |
born Aug.. 13, 1740, married Thaddeus Barnes; i
Richard, born Oct. 10, 1743, is mentioned below; ;
Eli, born Oct. 10, 1746, married Ann Baldwin ; \
Moses was born June 25, 1749; Aaron, born Feb. |
19, 1752, married Zerah Bronson: Benoni died
unmarried; and Benjamin Lewis, born Feb. 18,

1756, died in infancy.

Richard Welton, son of Eliakim, was a life-
long resident of Waterbury. where he died Feb.
26, 1820. He was married April 27, 1766, to
Margaret Warner, and they had two children :
Noah, born Feb. 15, 1767; and Richard Warner,
born Oct. 10, 1768, who died Dec. 14, 1768. The
wife and mother died Oct. 19, 1768, and subse-
quently Richard Welton married Hannah Davis,
who died Dec. 11, 1839, aged ninety-four years.
By the second union there were seven children, i
whose names and dates of birth were as follows : j
Richard, May 10, 1770 (married Sarah Sunn) : Mar- I
garet, July 2, 1772 (wife of Daniel Steel) ; Thomas, i
Dec. 8, 1774: Lydia, April i, 1777 (married David i
Roberts and died Aug. 31, 1828) ; Hannah. Oct.
10, 1779 (wife of David Warner) ; Joseph Davis, j
April 15. 1783; Bela, Sept. 9, 1787. j

Joseph Davis Welton, the grandfather of our |
subject, was born in Waterbury, was ordained a
deacon Dec. 18, 1802, and priest of the Episcopal
Church Dec. 23. 1810. He had charge of churches
in^ Woodbury and Easton, but in 1819, on account
of ill health, was obliged to give up the work of
the ministry. He then returned to Waterbury and
located upon his father-in-law's farm, which was
formerly the Zara Warden place, where he spent |
the remainder of his life, conducting a private i
school, where he fitted many young men for college. |



He died Jan. 16, 1825, and in St. John's Episcopal
church, Waterbury, there has' been erected to his
memory a baptismal font of carved marble, pre-
sented by Hobert V. Welton. He married Eunice
Tomlinson, a daughter of Victory Tomlinson. She
was born April 27, 1788, and died Feb. 20, 1832.

Joseph W'elton, father of our subject, was born
May 15, 1814, and was the third in order of birth
in a family of four children. He received an excel-
lent education, and at the age of fourteen years,
while still in school, made a careful survey and pre-
pared an outline map of the Green, in Waterbury
Center, which is still preserved, and has furniihcd
useful information for the history of Waterbury.
He spent his entire life in that town, where he
owned a large tract of land. After residing at his
birthplace on the Wolcott road until 1836. he re-
moved to the west side of the Xaugatuck River, to
Bunker Hill, where he made his home throughout
the remainder of his life, devoting his time to agri-
cultural pursuits. As a business venture he and
Leonard Piatt imported a large number of Xorway
spruce trees, some of which are still growing upon
his farm. Politically he was first a W'hig and later
a Republican, and religiously he was a member of
the Episcopal Church. He died May i, 1894, hon-
ored and respected by all who knew him, and was
laid to rest in Riverside cemetery. He was mar-
ried Jan. 20, 1836, to Miss !Mary S. Pierpont, a
daughter of Seabury Pierpont, a well-known and
highly-respected citizen of Waterbury. Of the
three children born of this union our subject is the
eldest; Eunice C, born Oct. 7, 1839, married Orrin
Scott, and for her second husband, Lewis Garrigus ;
Lucy A., born Xov. 14, 1841, married A. B. Pier-
pont.

Homer Heber Welton, the subject proper of this
review, was educated in the district schools of Wa-
terbury, and also attended the Waterbury Academy
and high school. W'hile very young be was in the
field with his father one day. When he started for
home he lost his way in the woods, and kept travel-
ing all night. W'hen his parents discovered the loss
the church bells of Waterbury were rung as an
alarm, and many searching parties were sent out.
He was finally found, early the next morning, near
Oakville, by Charles D. Kingsbury, father of Fred-
erick J. Kingsbury, of W^aterbury. He was at that
time only four years old. and although he never saw
his rescuer again for thirty-two years he remem-
bered him at once as the man who had found him
in the woods, Mr. Kingsbury being very tall. Dur-
ing his minority Mr. Welton aided his father in
the work of the farm, and also taught school dur-
ing the W'-inter months at Bunker Hill, and Elast
Side, Watertown. He worked in Wheeler & Wil-
son's sewing machine factory one and a half years.
At the age of twenty-four he went to Hartford,
where he worked in the Sharps rifle factory during
the Civil war, and later was employed in the pin
factory at Oakville for one year. He then came to



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Watcrville, where he embarked in the cutlery busi-
ness in partnership with Messrs. Sprague and Boy-
den, continuiiio; thus for ten years, and when he re-
tired from the hrm, in 1876. he became a contractor
for a portion of their work an<l was so engaged
for sixteen years. He is now practically living a re-
tired life, though managing his father's estate on
Bunker Hill and other property. Mr. W'elton
learned no trade, but worked as a machinist, tool-
maker, and clock and watch repairer from boy-
hood. He spent his evenings at taxidermy (being
the "only one in the town engaged in that work),
though he has never seen anyone else stufT a bird or
other animal. In his collection are three scarlet
tanagers that he shot on Lincoln's fast day ; a night
heron shot in front of the residence of Harriet
Beecher Stowe, in Hartford, while it was in process
of erection ; a pair of the first pine grosbeaks seen
in Waterbury ; and the first mealy redpole on rec-
ord in the State. He has made his greatest success
doing his work in an original way, accomplishing
more and better work with less outlay.

In 1868, in New York, Mr. W'elton was united
in marriage with Miss Ellen Jennette Garrigus, a
native of !Morristown, X. J., and a daughter of
Isaac and Sarah (Sheppard) Garrigus. To this
union have been born three children : ( i ) Julia A.
is now the wife of Walter \\'arner, a minister of
the Adventist Church of Portland, Oregon, and
they have three children, Ethel M., Harold and
Miilard. (2) Joseph Dennison is a resident of Wa-
terville, and a member of Goodwill Lodge, K. of
P. He married Martha Leapean. and they have
two children. Clifford and Edith. (3) Edith J., the
youngest child of our subject, died at the age of
eight years.

Mr. W'elton is a member of Mad River Grange,
the Sons of Temperance, and St. John's Episcopal

' Church. His estimable wife holds membership in
the Methodist: Episcopal Church of Waterbury.
Thev are people of prominence in the community
where they reside, and are held in high regard by-
all who know them. In political sentiment Mr.

, Welton is a Republican.

I ELLIS BEXJAMIX BAKER, general super-
intendent of the Southern Xew England Telephone
Co., now residing in Xew Haven, has taken promi-
nent place among the l)usiness men of that citv.
He is a representative man of Connecticut, des-
cended from two of the most respected families in
the State, and was born Sept. 24, 1854, at Winsted,
son of John F. and Clarissa ( Benjamin ) Baker.

(I) Anthony Baker, the first of his paternal an-
cestors of whom we have record, was born about
1740. He was a Tory, and he and three of his sons
— Jesse, Simon and Anthony, Jr. — fought in the
Revolution on the British side. After tlie close of
the war many Tories were given grants of land in
jthe British possessions, and it is said that Anthonv
I and his family, with the exception of Scott, who



ran away and .settled in Bridgeport, left the States
and went to Xova Scotia. Anthony Baker had
eight children : Jesse, Simeon, Anthony, Jr., Scott,
Samuel, Lizzie, Sarah and Hannah.

(II) Scott Baker, born in 1768, died Sept. 19,
1852. He was a tanner and shoemaker bv occupa-
tion. In 1790 he married Sarah Loveland, who
was born in Glastonbury, Conn., and they had two
children: Asa, born in 1791 : and Jesse, born Sept.
18, 1794. Mrs. Baker's father, also a native of
Glastonbury, was a soldier in the Revolutionary-
war, and died while in the army, at Roxbury, Mass.,
Oct. 24, 1775. For his second wife ^Ir. Baker mar-
ried Mary Beush (or Beach). About 1810 Scott
Baker and his family moved to Bakersville, Conn.,
where he died.

(III) Asa Baker followed farming. He was
married, at South Salem, X. Y., Oct. 14. 1813, to
Deborah Keeler, who was born in December, 1789.
and died in Xew Hartford, Conn.. Dec. 24, 187 1.
He died in Granville. Mass.. Sept. 30. 1833. Their
children w-ere ; W'illiam Swayze. born Xov. 28,
1814; Sarah, in September, 1816; John Fletcher, in
October, 1817; Scott, March 2, 1819: Charles Linus.
July 4, 1824 ; and Emily.

(IV) John F. Baker, born in Hartford, passcl
the greater part of his life in Winsted. He was
married, in Salisbury, Conn., April 18. 1847, to
Clarissa Benjamin, who was born in Sheffield,
Mass., July 29, 1824. She died at X'ew Haven.
Conn., Oct. 16, 1890, and he died at Bristol, Conn..
March 11, 1895. Three children blessed their
union: Emerson John, born Feb. 18. 1848, who
died Oct. 8, 1849; Emma Clarissa, born Sept. 25,
1850, who died Sept. 8, 185 1 ; and Ellis Benjamin,
born Sept. 24, 1854.

Through his mother Ellis B. Baker is de-
scended from the ancient family of Benjamin, whose
pedigree is traced back to the time of W^illiam the
Conqueror. ( i ) John Benjamin, the first of the
name in America, born in 1598, came over from
England to Boston in the ship "Lion,'' Capt. Mason,
on Sept. 16, 1632, with his wife, Abigail Eddy.
two children and his brother Richard. Richard,
in 1663, moved to Southold, Long Island, with
his w-ife and daughter Ann. who was born Sept. i.
1643. He was made a Connecticut freeman in
1664, and his descendants are influential in Queens
county (X. Y. ) politics at the present time. Joh;i
and his wife, Abigail, and their children, John and
Abigail, soon moved to Cambridge, where they
owned considerable real estate. John was made a
freeman X'ov. 6, 1632, and was appointed constable
by the General Court on May- 20. 1633. Of him
the history of Stratford, Conn., says: ""John Ben-
jamin, Esquire, Gentleman, was the first of that
name who came to America. His ancestors w-ere
Welsh, and w-ere among the first of the landed
gentry of England. He came in company with
Gov. Winthrop to the Massachusetts Colony and
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bridge, where he died in 1645. His house, acci-
dentally destroyed by tire, was unsurpassed in ele-
gance and comfort by any in the vicinity. It was
a mansion of intelligence, refinement, religion and
hospitality, visited by the clergy of all denomina-
tions from far and near." In 1637 he removed to
Watertown, where he died Jur.e 14, 1645. it is sup-
posed at an advanced age, as he was excused from
military duty eleven years before. His will is ab-
stracted in the Geneal. Register III, 177. Abigail,
his wife, died J\Iay 20, 1687. at the age of eighty-
seven. Children: John, born about 1620, died
Dec. 22, 1706; Abigail was born about 1624; Sam-
uel, born about 1628, died in i66g; Mary disd
April 10, 1646; Joseph was born Sept. 16, 1633;
Joshua, born alx)Ut 1642, died in 1684; Abel.

(II) Joseph Benjamin, son of John and Abigail
Benjamin, born at Cambridge, Mats., Sept. 16,
1633, married, at Barnstable, Mass., June 10, 1661,
Jemima Lambert, daughter of Thomas Lambert
She died there, and he removed to Yarmouth,
where, previous to Dec. 7, 1668, he married (sec-
ond) Sarah Clark. He removed to Xew London,
Conn., where he died in 1704. Children: Abi-
gail ; Hannah, born in February, 1668 : Mary, born
in April, 1670; Joseph, born in 1673; Mercy, born
March 12, 1674; Elizabeth, born Jan. 14, 1680;
John, born in 1682, who died Aug. 2, 1716; Jemima;
Sarah ; Kezia.

(III) Joseph Benjamin, son of Joseph and
Sarah Benjamin, born at Yarmouth, Mass.. or Xew
London, Conn., alx)ut 1673. married, Aug. 25,
1698, Elizabeth Cook. Children: Obed, born Aug.
15, 1701 ; Elizabeth, November, 1703 : Joseph, 1705 :
Sarah, Jan. 17, 1707; Grace, Jan. 10. 1709; Jede-
diali. July 15, 1711; Daniel, Sept. 7, 1714: John;
Abiel, Dec. 17, 1716.

(IV) Joseph Benjamin, son of Joseph and Eliz-
abeth Benjamin, born at Preston, Conn., in 1705,
was married, at Preston, Conn., April 3, 1722. to
Deborah Clark. He died about 1803. She died
at Mount Washington, or Egremont, Mass.. at the
home of her son X^athan. Children : Joseph, born
Dec. 17, 1723 ; Elizabeth, June 8. 1725 : James. April
3, 1727; Barzillai, March 28, 1730: Deborah. March
26. 1732; Josiah, March 13, 1734: Xathan. April
'9' 1737; ^lary, June 22, 1739; Isaac. April 15,
1742. ' ■

(V) Joseph Benjamin, .^^on of Joseph and De-
borah Benjamin, born at Preston. Conn.. Dec. 17,
1723, married, at Preston, Abigail Dibble. He set-
tled at Hampton, Conn. Some of his children re-
moved to Mount Washington, Mass. Children:
William, born June 18. 1748; Samuel, in December,
1749; Peleg, March 5, 1752; Judah, July 8. 1755:
Mary, about 1757. The last four were baptized at
Hampton, Conn., Sept. 3, 1758.

(VT) Judah Benjamin, son of Joseph and Abi-
gail Benjamin, born at Hampton, Conn., July 8,
^755' removed to Mount Washington, Mass., about
1760, with his brothers William, Samuel and Peleg,



and his sister Mary. He served as a private in the
Connecticut militia in the Revolutionary war, from
July 10, 1778, to July 14, 1779. He was married,
alx)ut 1782, and had at least two children. In
1819 he resided in Hamilton. Madison Co., X. Y.
He died Aug. 16, 1834, in Pike township, Bradford
Co., Pa., leaving a widow, Susan, who might have
been his second wife. Children : Orange, born
Jan. 26, 1784: and Lavinia. who married a Wooden.
The following letters explain themselves:

i State of Connecticut.

I Adjutant General's Office.

' Hartford, Feb. 16, 1898.

Mr. E. B. Baker.

New Haven, Conn.

Sir — This is to certify that Judah Benjamin served
in the Revolutionary war, and the following is said service,,
according to the records of this office.

On page 378. Conn. Men in the Revolution :

Judah Benjamin, a private, enlisted July 10. 177S.
Term of service, one year; from town of Milford; occupa-
tion, shoemaker; stature, 5 feet, seven in.; complexion,
dark; eyes, grey; hair, dark; discharged in 5th Troop, Col.
Elisha Sheldon's Light Dragoons, 177. — 83.

Its field of service during war generally the East side
of the Hudson, along the Westchester front. Occasion-
.ally its companies served at dift'erent points. In the
spring of 1777 Major Tallmadge joined Washington in
New Jersey with two troops and fought at Germantown,
October 4th. At the same time. Captain Seymour with hij
troop was serving under Gates against Burgoyne. The
other troops were under Putnam's command at Peek.ikill.

In the spring of 1778, the regiment was on the Hud-
son, and in the fall formed part of Gen. Charles Scott's
Light Corps, on the hues in Winchester.

On page 535. same book, appears the following:

Judah Benjamin; a private in Captain Caleb Mix's
Company. Arrived in camp July 17, 1778, in Colonel
Moseley's Regiment.

Two militia regiments were ordered to the Hudson
soon after tlie battle of Monmouth. June 28, 1778, and were
stationed at different points, such as Fort Clinton, West
Point. They were commanded by Colonel Moseley and
Colonel Enos.

On page 641, same book, the name of Judah Benjamin
appears as a Connecticut pensioner. Act of 1818, and as
residing in New York,

In testimony whereof, we have affixed hereto the seal
of this office. [Signed]

Wm. E. F. Landers.
I Col. and Asst. Adjutant Genera!.

Record and Pension Office.
I ■ War Department,

[ Washington, April 4, 1898.

Mr. E. B. Baker,
■ New Haven, Conn.

Sir — The records of this office show that one Judah

Benjamin served as a private in Captain Caleb Mix's de-
tachment of Connecticut militia, commanded by Colonel
I Increase Moseley, Revolutionary war. He enlisted July

10, 1778, to serve two months; re-enlisted July 17, 1778.

in Captain John Shethar's troop, 2d "Regiment of Liglit
' Dragoons, Continental troops, commanded by Colonel

Elisha Sheldon, to serve one year, and he was discharged

July 14, 1779.
I The following remarks appear on the records: "State

of Connecticut;" 'Town of Milford;" "trade, shoemaker;"
I "stature, 5 ft. 7 in.:" "complex., dark; eyes, grey: hair.

dark." No further information relative to his service has

been found on record.
; In view of the statement that the soldier was a pen-

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formation may be obtained from the Commissioner of Pen-
sions, Washington. D. C. who is the custodian of the
pension records of all wars, and whose office is separate
and distinct from the Record and Pension Office of the
War Department.

By authority of the Secretary of War,
[Signed] F. C. Ainsworth,

Colonel U. S. Army, Chief of OfUce.

Department of the Interior, '
Bureau of Pensions,
Washington, April 15, 1898.
Mr. E. B. B.vker,

New Haven. Conn.
Sir — Replying to your recent communication, you are
advised that Judah Benjamin made an application for pen-
sion on Oct. II. 1819. at which time he was sixty-five years
of age. and residing at Hamilton. N. Y., and his pension
was allowed for one year's actual service as a private in
the Connecticut troops. Revolutionary War : a part of the
time he served under Col. Sheldon. He_enlisted at Clare-
mont, N. H.

Very respectfully.
[Signed] H. Clay Evans,

Commissioner.

Treasury Department.
Office of the Auditor for the Interior Department.
Washington, May 5, 1898.
Mr. E. B. Baker,

New Haven. Conn.
Sir — In reply to your letter of May 3rd, in case of
Judah Benjamin. Certificate 15762. New York and Penna.
Agencies, Revolutionary roll, you are informed that the
records of this office show payment to have been made j
at $8.00 per month in September, 1834, to August 16, 1834, j
date of death.

The pensioner died on the above date at Pike town-
ship, Bradford County. Pennsylvania, leaving a widow
Susan Benjamin, to whom the accrued pension was paid
as above stated.

In July. 1820. pensioner resided at Hamilton, Madison
County, New York.

Respectfully, yours,
[Signed] Wm. Youngblood,

, Auditor.

(VII) Orange Benjamin, son of Judah Benja-
min, born at Mount Washington, Mass., Jan. 26,
1784. married, at Sheffield, Mass., March 10, 181 1,
Clarissa Thorp. He died at Dover, N. Y., Oct.
5, 1846. She died at Brooklyn, X. Y., Aug. i,
1852. Children : Joseph Seymour, born Dec. 3,
1811, died June 20, 1870, Hiram, born July 26,
1813, died Xov. 11, 1850; Mary, born July 15,
1815; Laura, born June 4, 1817, died June 20,
1859; Harriet Whipple, born July 8, 1819, died
May 20, 1834: Jane, born July 20. 1822; Clarissa,
born July 29. 1824. died Oct. 16, 1890 (the mother
of Ellis B. Baker) ; Orange, born March 8, 1828;
John Peck, born Oct. 10, 1830; Richard Graham,
born Dec. 14, 1833.

The following in regard to Ellis B. Baker ap-
peared in "Telegraphers of To-day" : "Like most
boys who have achievetl success in business, he left
home at an early age. His first employment was in
the job room of the Winsted Herald, where he ac-
quired a thorough knowledge of the trade. At the
age of fifteen years he entered the employ of
Beardsley & Alvord, a firm engaged in general



business in West Winsted, where he served three
years as a clerk. In 1872 he entered the employ of
Edward Miller & Co., of ^Meriden, holding the posi-
tion of paymaster, and also acting as telegraph op-
erator on the firm's New York wire.

"In the early part of 1878 Mr. Baker intro-
duced the first set of telephones into Meriden. He
soon saw the possibilities of the telephone, and on
January 31st of that year he opened the Meriden
District Telephone Exchange, which is said to be
the second exchange opened in the world.

"Upon the consolidation of the Western L'nion
and the Bell Telephone interests, in 1881, he was
offered the position of general superintendent of
the Connecticut Telephone Co., with headquarters
at Xew Haven, which position he has held for the
past seventeen years, during which time the cor-
poration became the Southern New England Tele-
phone Company, with the State of Connecticut as
its territory.

"Mr. Baker is also the superintendent of the
Connecticut Telegraph Company, a corjx)ration op-
erating several hundred miles of telegraph wires
throughout the State of Connecticut. He was, for
several years before his removal to New Haven, the
superintendent of the Fire Alarm Telegraph, at
Meriden."

On Sept. 21, 1876, Mr. Baker was united in mar-
riage with Mary Gorham Frost, who was born at
Bristol, Conn., Nov. 11, 1856. and two children
have been born to them : Ellis Benjamin, July 24,
1877 ; and Carroll Frost, Jan. 2, 1880. The former
is at Meriden, Conn., the latter at Springffield,
Mass. Mr. Baker is a thirty-second-degree Ma-
son, belonging to Hiram Lodge, No. i, F. & A.
M., Franklin Chapter, Harmony Council, New
Haven Commandery, and E. G. Storer Lodge of
Perfection, A. & A. S. R. He is a member of the
Second Company, Governor's Foot Guards, being



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