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trial and business interests of Derby and Ansonia.
.\'cw Haven county, and was one of the most highly
'■^ti'emed citizens of his community. He was a na-
tive of New Haven, and a son of Stephen Osborne,
who was engaged in business in that citv for some
\f.nrs.

' 'iir subject, who was one of a large familv of

c u Mrcn, came to Derby with his parents during

elu!,!Ii,K,.I, and was there reared and educated.

\\ lu-n a young man in 1842, he formed a copartner-

^liip with his brother-in-law, George W. Cheese-
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man, and embarked in general merchandising, which
business they carried on until 1858, when they
turned their attention to the manufacture of hoop-
skirts. The following year they moved their plant
to Ansonia and were engaged in business there for
manv vears, meeting with marked success in their
undertakings and becoming quite well-to-do.

In 1864 ;\Ir. Osborne married Mrs. Eliza Hill
Baker, of- Redding, Conn. Our subject died March
6, 1895, at the age of eighty-four years. Politically
he was a Republican, and he gave his support to
everv enterprise which he believed would prove of
public lienefit, or would advance the moral or ma-
terial welfare of his town and county. He was one
of the founders of the Methodist Episcopal Church
of Derby, and took a very active and prominent part
in all church work, contributing liberally to its sup-
port. He commanded the respect and confidence of
all with whom he came in contact, either in business
or in social life, and in his death the community lost
one of its best citizens.

DEACON SAMUEL WILLIAM DUDLEY,
late of North Guilford, was a lineal descendant cf
i (III) Capt. William Dudlev (born Oct. 18. 1684,
! died Feb. 28, 1761). youngest son of (II) Joseph,
I who was the second son of (I) William, one of the
I original settlers of Guilford, as set forth in the Dud-
' ley genealogy.

j (III) Capt. William Dudley was a prominent

I man in North Guilford in his day. Early records-
show that in 1725 he was a justice of the peace,
captain of militia, and a deacon in the church i;ii
that place. The latter oflrice he held until his death,
in 1761. Fle married Ruth Strong, daughter of
; Thomas Strong, of Lyme. She died Sept. 18, 1743,
■ and he married (second) Rebecca Fisk, of New
Milford, daughter of Joseph Elliott. His children,
I all by the first wife, were: (i) Submit, born Oct.
' I, 1713, died April 16, 1733. (2) William, born
' Dec. 28, 1715, died Oct. 23, 1717. (3) William (2)
' was born Dec. 28, 1717. (4) Asahel. born June
1 17, 1719, died in 1809: he removed to Middletown ;
I he married Jan. 25, 1742, Betsey Hatch. (5) Lucy,
born !March 29, 1721, married Michael Baldwin,
son of Timothy Baldwin. (6) Lois, born Feb. 14,
1723, died Oct. 7, 1743. (7) Medad, born Feb. 23,
1726, is mentioned below. (8) Jared. born Nov.
17, 1727, died June 14, 181 1; he married Dec. 25,
1754, ^lary Chittenden, daughter of Daniel C. (9)
Sarah, born July 14. 1730, died Oct. 7, 1743. f io>
Mabel (twin of Sarah) married April 30, i754t
Ebenezer Russell. (11) Ruth, born June 9, 1733,
died Tune 20, 1 745-

(iV) Medad Dudley (son of (III) Capt. Will-
iam), born Fe'o. 23, 1726, died Feb. 10, 1804. (Jn
June 10. 1756, he married Mary Fowler, daughter
of Daniel Fowler. She died July 14, 1810, aged
eighty-one. They had nine children : ( i ) Am-
brose, sketch of whom follows. (2) Lucy, born
Jan. 18, 1759, died Dec. 23, 1834; she married



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March 3, 1790, Oliver Fowler, son of Ebenezer and
Desire (Bristol) Fowler. (3) William, born Feb.
19, 1761, lived at Litchfield, Conn.; he married
May 18, 1785, Abigail Baldwin. (4) Rebecca, born
Dec. 8, 1762, died Feb. 10, 1846, inimarried. (5)
jMedad, born Dec. 16, 1764, died Jan. 13, 1854; in
1797 he married Phcbe Conklin, of East Hampton,
L: I. (6) Charles, bom Dec. 6, 1766, lived at Litch-
field ; he married Ruth Hart and (second) Rhoda
Baldwin. (7) Submit, born Nov. 26, 1768, mar-
ried Jan. 2, 1797, Jonathan Bishop. (8) Paul, born
Oct. 19, 1771, died Oct. 10, 1847; he married Annf
Moulthrop, of East Haven, Conn. (9) Molly,
born Feb. 20, 1774, died Aus^. 11, 1810, unmarried.

(V) Ambrose Dudley, the eldest son of (IV)
Medad and Mary (Fowler) Dudley, was born April
I, 1757, was a farmer of North Guilford, and died
Jan. 10, 1826. He married April 29, 1783, Eliza-
beth Russell, born Nov. 23, 1758, died July 15, 1834,
daughter of Samuel Russell. Ambrose Dudley
served in the Revolutionary war, being in 1776 a
private in Capt. Hand's Company, Col. Talcott'.s
Hegiment. He had three children: (i) Russell,
l)orn Jan. 19, 1784, died at sea Dec. i, 1806, unmar-
a-ied. (2) Abigail, born Oct. 21, 1788, died Nov.
39, 1872; on Oct. 27, 1816, she married Daniel
Fowler; and she subsequently married (second)
Benjamin Rossiter. (3) Samuel William, sketch
of whom follows.

(VI) Deacon Samuel William Dudley, son of
(V) Ambrose and Elizabeth (Russell) Dudley, of
North Guilford, was born July 16, 1800, and died
Dec. II, 1881. He was a farmer, and lived all his
days on the homestead. He was a prominent and
influential member of the Congregational Church of
North Guilford, which he served in various ca-
pacities. He was chosen a deacon in the same in
May, 1856, and held that office until his death, or
over twenty-five years. He was a justice of the
peace as early as 1832 ; a representative to the Gen-
eral Assembly in 1844, 1853, 1857. 1863 and 1865;
and state senator in 1869. Physically, he was a
man of large proportions and commanding per-
sonal appearance. His manner was courteous and
cordial, his integrity unswerving. A faithful friend
and a wise counselor, he was universally respected
and loved. He received a liberal education at 'he
district schools, also North Guilford Academy, and
for several years taught school in the town of
Guilford. He was a large land owner in both
North Guilford and North Branford, and in addi-
tion to general farming, stock raising, etc., he
shipped away considerable quantities of timber.

On Jan. 2, 1833, Deacon Samuel W. Dudley
married Lucy Ann Chittenden, daughter of David
and Lucy (Fowler) Chittenden, and they had si.K
children; (i) Charles Samuel, born May 24, 1834.
is an insurance agent at New Haven, Conn. He
married, in 187 1, Mary Austin, of Westville. Conn.,
a teacher. He was a soldier in the Civil war, serv-
ing as a private in the 14th Conn. V. I. (2) Henrv



Chittenden, born May 9, 1836, died while in the
army, Jan. 17, 1863; he was sergeant in the 14th
Regiment, Conn. V. I.; he married Oct. 16, 1861,
Anna E. Parmelee, daughter of Deacon Eli Parm-
elee, of Guilford. She subsequently married (sec-
ond) Lieut. Edward Griswold. (3) Elizabeth
Russell, born June 25, 1838, married Jan. 3, 1876,
Deacon John W. Norton, of Guilford. (4) James
Ambrose, born Aug. 21, 1840, married Oct. 13,
1870, Emelyn M. Griswold, of Guilford. He is de-
ceased. (5) George Chittenden, a sketch of whom
follows. (6) William Russell, born March i, 1849,
was a professor at Cornell University, Ithaca, N. Y.,
afterwards professor at Leiand Stanford Uni-
versity, San Francisco, California.

(VII) George Chittendex Dudley, son of
(VI) Deacon Samuel W., was born Sept. i, 1842,
on the homestead, and has always lived there,
having operated same since the death of his father.
His education he obtained in part at the district
schools of the neighborhood of his home, in part at
North Guilford Academy, and he is otherwise a
well-read and well-informed man. In politics he is
a Republican, but has never aspired to political
preferment, though he has served as tax collector
and in some minor town offices. In religious faith
he is a member of and deacon in the Congrega-
tional Church, and is a member of the choir. Social-
ly he is affiliated with the Good Templars and with
the Grange. Mr. Dudley's industry, integrity and
sound common sense have secured for him, in an
unusual degree, the uniform respect of the com-
munity in which he lives.

JAMES H. BARTLETT, a well-known and
highly-esteemed citizen of Oxford, New Haven
county, who is now successfully engaged in general
farming and tobacco growing, was born on a farm
near Ivlillbrook, Dutcliess county, N. Y., Oct. 7,
1829, son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Swift) Bartlett,
and grandson of Littlefield Bartlett," all natives of
Dutchess county. Our subject is the eldest in a fam-
ily of nine children, the others being as follows:
Deborah, wife of Lucius Osbourne, a farmer of
Dutchess county ; Susan, wife of Dewitt Benson,
of Clinton, Iowa ; Sarah E., wife of Edwin Chapin,
of Alinneapolis, Minn. ; Phebe J., wife of Davis
White, of Dutchess county, N. Y. ; George L., a
carpenter of Ansonia, Conn. ; Maria J., wife of
Clarence Vail, of Poughkeepsie, N. Y. ; Charles T.,
a farmer of Jackson county, Iowa ; and Annie, wife
of Edwin Dunham, of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In the county of his nativity James H. Bartlett
grew to manhoo(^, and in its public schools he ac-
quired his literary education. On leaving the par-
ental roof, at the age of twenty years, he went to
New York City, where he clerked in the wholesale
grocery house of Meads & Co. for a year and a
half, and was then with Skeel, Van Valkenberg
& Co., as receiving and delivering clerk, for eight
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'rniiiiaii E. Herd, of Southbury, Conn., he went to
Freeport, III., where he was engaged in general
merchandising from 1855 to 1863. During the lat-
ter year he secured a position as clerk in the quar-
termaster's department at Corinth, Miss., and held
same for a little over a year, at the end of which
time he returned to Freeport, 111; He soon after-
ward purchased a farm in Adams county, that staic,
and operated the same for one year, during which
time his wife died. With his three little children
he then returned to Xew York, taking them to their
maternal grandmother, in Chester, Orange Co., N.
Y. He next went to the oil regions of Pennsyl-
vania, and in Pit Hole City he purchased an inter-
est in what was known as the Ball farm, and
also served as superintendent of the Fisher oil wells
for six months. Subsequently he. engaged in the
manufacture of paper at Southford, Conn., until
1867, when he purchased the place in Oxford, New |
Haven Co., Conn., where he now resides. It is
one of the finest farms of its size in the Quaker !
Valley, and in its cultivation he has met with well-
deserved success.

Mr. Bartlett has been three times married, his
first wife being Phoebe Beach, of Orange county, N.
Y., by whom he had three children : Ella E., who
was for many years a teacher in the schools of
Oxford and Seymour, Conn., and for the last four
years in the Emma Willard Seminary, at Troy, N.
Y., but is at present travelinf^ in Europe ; Eva J.,
wife of Horace H. Oatman, of New Haven, Conn. :
and Joseph L., who died in infancy. The mother
of these children died in 1865, and in 1866 he mar-
ried her sister, Kate C. Beach, by whom he had
two children, twins: Kate, wife of Arthur J. Ben-
son, of Dover Plains, N. Y. ; and Joseph, a machin-
ist of Clinton, Iowa. Our subject's present wife
was in her maidenhood Miss Josephine Flagg.
There is one child by this union, Annie, who is at
home.

Socially Mr. Bartlett is a member of King Solo-
mon Lodge, No. 7, F. & A. M., of Woodbury, while
politically he is not identified with any particular
party, but votes independent of party lines. He
was a member of the State Legislature in 1879 and
again in 1882, and served as selectman for fifteen
consecutive years, with credit to himself and to the
entire satisfaction of all concerned.

EDWARD GRISWOLD has in the thirty-five
years of his mercantile career in Guilford become
one of the best-known figures in the commercial
and public life of that town and vicinity, where he
is widely and favorably known ini many" con-
nections.

Mr. Griswold was born June 30, 1839, in Guil-
ford, son of Joel and Polly Griswold, and received
his early education in the district schools in the
neighborhood of his home, later attending the Guil-
ford Institute. From early boyhood he was trained
to farm work, assisting his father on the home



place, where he remained until the breaking out of
the Civil war. On Oct. 26, 1861, he enlisted in
the L'nion service, becoming a member of the ist
Light Battery, C. V., which formed a part of the
loth Army Corps, and serving a full three years,
being mustered out Oct. 26, 1864. He took an
active part in all the battles, etc., in which his
command was engaged. After his return from the
army Mr. Griswold rented the homestead, and also
embarked in merchandising in partnership with
his brother Charles, as general merchants and
produce dealers, our subject taking charge of the
produce business and his brother of the other
branch. They continued thus three years, when
our subject bought his brother's interest, and he
has since engaged in general merchandising on his
own account. Though he has always commanded
a wide patronage Mr, Griswold has met with re-
verses, and at one time lost his all, but he has
continued in the face of discouragements, and does
a thriving business at present. His store, however,
has not occupied all his time and attention. For a
few years he was interested in the canning business,
being one of the first in that line in Guilford.
In the organization of the Savings Bank he was
prominent as one of the prime movers and pro-
moters, and he served several years as trustee,
being one of the first to hold that office. He was
the organizer of the Guilford Light Battery, in
whose welfare he has always taken the deepest in-
terest, and served as commander of same for six
years. It was through his efi:'orts that this battery
was accepted as the battery called for from Con-
necticut by the L'nited States Government in the
Spanish-American war, in 1898.

Mr. Griswold is a lifelong Republican and an
ardent supporter of the principles of that party,
though he is independent in giving his support to
candidates, especially in local attairs. He is a loyal
friend of Gen. Hawley, the Connecticut senator, and
was a stanch IMcKinley man. Though not an of-
fice-seeker he has never shirked public service, and
his ability and trustworthiness have been recognized
by his fellow townsmen, whom he has not disap-
pointed in his discharge of the duties of the various
offices to which he has been chosen. In 1882 he
was elected to the State Legislature, on his own
party ticket, and was re-elected to that incumbency
the following year as the candidate of both Re-
publican and Democratic parties. During his first
term he served on the committee on Fishery, the
second term as chairman of committee on Military
Affairs, and he proved his efficiency in many ways
gratifying to his constituents. However, no more
flattering approval of his services could be desired
than his return to the House as noted. On Nov.
5, 1901, Mr, Griswold was elected by the citizens,
of his town as delegate to the Constitutional Con-
vention, held Jan. i, 1902, at Hartford, for the
purpose of revising the State Constitution. He is
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it is claimed by his fellow townsmen that he is
more widely and favorably known throughout the
state than any other citizen of Guilford.

Mr. Griswold has ever been active in the G. A.
R., and has served as delegate to the Xational En-
campment. He was a charter member of Parmelee
Post, of Guilford, in which he filled many offices,
and now belongs to Foote Post, Xo. 17, Xew
Haven. At present he is serving on the staff of the
Department Commander of Connecticut as chief
mustering officer, and in his visits to the different
posts is heartily welcomed bv the comrades. Being
an interesting and ready speaker, he seldom escapes
being called upon for remarks or addresses.

On May 12, 1868, ^Ir. Griswold was married,
in Guilford, to Airs. Anne E. (Parmelee) Dudley.
who was born March 22, 1834, daughter of Eli
Parmelee, and first married Henry D. Dudlev ; he
was killed while serving in the Civil war. Three
children blessed this union, born as follows : Eliza-
beth Hart, July 23, 1869: Edward Parmelee, July
6, 1870; and Xelson Hotchkiss, Jan. 12, 1872. The
mother passed away Xov. i, 1899, and was laid to
rest in the cemetery at Guilford. She was a de-
vout Christian, a woman of charitable impulses and
kindly deeds, and was sincerely mourned by her
many friends in the town. Air. Griswold holds
membership with the Congregational Church, of
which his wife was also a member. Though always
an active man, his tastes are domestic, and he takes
his greatest pleasure in his home and family. In
his long and honorable life he has gained many
warm friends, and though his independence of spirit
and action have sometimes roused aggression it
has always been in the support of what he believed
to be right, and he is universally respected for his
sincerity and integrity.

CLARK W. STOWE, one of the venerable resi-
dents of the town of Milford, senior member of the
firm of C. W. Stowe & Son, well-known seed grow-
ers and farmers, was born in that town Alarch 17,
1838, son of William and Elizabeth (Baldwin)
Stowe. Our subject bears an honored name, the
Stowe family having been prominentlv identified
with the town from an early day, and Jedediah
Stowe, his grandfather, was probably born there.
This worthy citizen was a farmer by occupation,
and for some time he also conducted a store in Mil-
ford. He and his wife had the following children:
Isaac, a seafaring man, who died in Milford ; David,
a shoemaker and farmer ; Jeremiah, a farmer ; Will-
j iam, our subject's father; Sally, who married El-
j nathan Baldwin, a farmer; Sybil, who married
; Clark Piatt, a farmer ; and Xancy, who married
I William Piatt, a farmer.

I' William Stowe, who was also a farmer, was
born in Alilford in 1794. and died in 1844. His
wife, Elizal)cth ( Baldwin), was a daughter of Heze-
kiah Baldwin, a prominent farmer of Milford. She
was born Aug. 16, 1809, and died Dec. 30, 1885.



They had two children : Clark W., our subject ;
and Mary Elizabeth, who was born in 1842, and
died at the age of three years.

Clark W. Stowe was reared upon the old home-
stead in Milford, and obtained a common-school
education in his district. When a young man he
commenced in farming, and at present he has the
able assistance of his son, the farm of 100 acres
aft'ording scope for various branches of their work.
.Air. Stowe lived on the old homestead until 1865,
when he moved to what is now known as Walnut
Beach, he being one of the first to settle there.
Politically he and his son are Republicans, and the
family is active in religious and philanthropic work.
Air. Stowe having given the lot for the chapel at
Walnut Beach.

Air. Stowe married Aliss Alary Catherine Hand,
who was born Jan. 22, 1841. in Litchfield county.
Conn., daughter of Guy S. Hand, a farmer of that
section. She died Xov. 3, 1898, leaving two chil-
dren: (I) Allies W., born July 12, 1857, married
Aliss Alercy Blakeman, born in 1862, in Fairfield
county. Conn., daughter of Ezra and Urania (Hub-
bell) Blakeman. They have had two sons — Clark
W., born X'ov. 25, 1895, and Cornelius Ard, born
Jan. 15, 1897. (2) Edith E., born Feb. 24, 1865,
married Edward W. Beers, of Stratford.

Our subject has won success far beyond the
ordinary, by methods that have retained for him
the profound respect of all. He is a plain going
man, and has so lived as to leave to his posterity
a name that may be referred to with pride.

JOHX GILBERT CUTLER, who has been in
the harnessmaking business in Waterbury for the
long period of thirty-seven years, is a native of Ben-
nington, Vt., and of English extraction.

David Cutler, grandfather of our subject, was
bom in Killingly, Windham Co., Conn., married
there, and followed farming. He and his wife
both died in Killingly, the latter at the age of
about one hundred and six years. Thev were the
parents of two children : David H. and Asa S. ;
the latter was a farmer in Killingly, and died in Put-
num, Connecticut.

David H. Cutler, father of our subject, was born
in Killingly, was educated there, and in early man-
hood went to Bennington, where he followed the
trade of shoemaker. He married Harriet A. Gil-
bert, who was born in Alansfield, Conn., a daugh-
ter of John Gilbert, a farmer and country mer-
chant. Two children were born to David H. Cutler
and his wife : Harriet A. and John Gilbert. The
father died in 1879, in the Shaker settlement, Mass.
He was a lifelong Whig in politics. The mother
passed away Alarch 4, 1882, in Waterbury.

John G. Cutler, whose name introduces these
lines, at the age of six years was taken from his
native place, Bennington, Vt., to Tolland county,
Conn., and there remained on a farm for some
time, receiving his education in the district schools.



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At the time of the breaking out of the Civil war
he was learning the harnessmaker's trade, and after
coming to W'aterbury, in 1862. he followed same
as a journeyman until March 22, 1865, at which
time he commenced in that business in Exchange
place, W'aterbury, on iiis own account, and has con-
tinued it ever since. He is now located in Piatt's
block, at No. 39 East Main street. There is only
one man in business now in the city who was in
business at the time our subject commenced. Mr.
Cutler deals in harness, leather, saddlery hardware,
horse clothing, trunks, and everything to be found
in a shop of tliat nature.

In 1863 our subject was married in Waterbury
to Mary Karrmann. who was born in Middletown,
Conn., Nov. 10, 1843, 3- daughter of Sebastian
Xarrmann, a German by birth. They have no chil-
dren. Mr. and Mrs. Cutler attend the services of
the M. E. Church; in politics he is a Republican;
socially he is a Knight Templar Mason and a mem-
ber of the Royal Arcanum.

MRS. ESTELLA J. (HARTLEY) AHLLS.
The Mills and Hartley families are well known in
this section, the former having been identified with
Ansonia, and the latter with Xew Haven, since
their first settlement, and the names of both are as-
sociated with a high order of citizenship.

The late Thomas Mills, who was for many' years
a leading resident of Ansonia, was born at Hud-
dersfield, England, Aug. 24, 1801. a son of James
iMills, and came to this country about 1828, locating
.at Little Falls, X. J. From there he removed to
Newark, N. J., where he followed the blacksmith's
trade for several vears, and in 1843 he removed- to
Derbv, Conn., being there employed at his trade, by
Phelps, Dodge & Co.. in their new plant. In their
employ he remained forty-five years, removing with
them to Birmingham, Conn., afterward to Ansonia,
and he was regarded as an excellent workman in
his line. On going to Birmingham he moved into
the second house built there, and in Ansonia he was
also one of the first settlers. During his residence
there he witnessed the development of Derby, Shel-
ton and Ansonia, the location having been meta-
morphosed from a farming community to a thriving
business and manufacturing center, with a popula-
tion of more than 20,000 people. He took an active
part in town affairs, being an ardent Republican in
politics, and he was prominent in fraternal society
work as a member of the L O. O. F. He united
with the Order before coming to this countrv, and
continued active in its work throughout his life,
holding every office in the local branch. In re-
ligious faith he was a ^lethodist. and he served
on the committee for locating and building the new
church at Ansonia. Hi.- death occurred in .\n-
'^onia Feb. 3, 1883. Mr. Mills was first married, in
England, Dec. 4, 1825, to Miss Grace Eastwood,
who was born Anril 2. 1805, and who died at An-
sonia in 1857, By this marriage he had ten chil-



dren, two of whom are still living: Mary J-. who
married J. M. Burrall, of W'aterbury; and George
E., a resident of W'allingford. On July i, i860,
Mr. Mills married Miss Margaret Ball, who sur-
vives him, and by this union lie had two children:
Thomas P>.. mentioned below ; and Albert E., who
died in childhood.

Mrs. Margaret (Ball) Mills still resides at the
family homestead, Xo. 185 Xorth Main street, and
is highly respected in the community for her philan-



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