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Aug. 25, 1844, died Feb. 4, 1845; Almira F., born
Jan. I, 1846: Anna Eliza, born Sept. 17. 1847; and
Charles E., born March 27, 1852. (3) Ebenezer
C, born Feb. 21. 1817, removed in 1846 to 2^Iacon.
Ga., and died there Feb. 25, 1890. He married
Huldah E. Ludington, and they had five children
— Charlotte A., born July 22, 1838, died Sept. 5,
1838; Horace M., born July 16, 1839, is living in
Orlando. Fla. ; Edward J., born Jan. 9, 1841, died
July 4. 1863 (lie joined the Confederate army, in
which he held tlie rank of lieutenant, and was killed
while doing his duty) : Emma A., born Nov. 22,
• 1849, died ^Larch 2, 1863 : and Harriet L., born July
12, 1851, died Sept. 17, 1874. (4) Sylvester'^L,
born Jan. 4. 1820, died May 4, 1882, in Hamden,
Conn. On Oct. 6, 1847, ''^ ^^"^s united in marriage
with Lois R. Curtis, and they had one child, Lois



A., bom April 14. 1854, who died in infancy. Mrs.
Granniss died April 29, 1854, and en Sept. 25, 1854.
he married Lyda L. Bradley, by whom he also had
one child, Joseph \V.. born July 14, 1857. The
mother died Sept. 24, 1875, her death being caused
by the explosion of a lamp. For his third wife Mr.
Granniss married Ellen H. Blatchley, on Sept. i ,
1881. They had no children. (5) Daniel H.. our
subject, is next in the order of birth. (6) Willard,
born March 2, 1823, died May 28, 1850, in Galves-
ton, Texas. He never married. (7) Henry L..
born April 10. 1825, died Dec. 17, 1845, unmarried.
(8) Harriet was born March 4, 1827. (9) Heze-
kiah, born Dec. 16, 1828, died Oct. 4, 1850, un-
married. (10) CoUis B., born Nov. 13, 1830, is a
prominent and successful dairy farmer of New Ha-
ven ; he is mentioned elsewhere. (11) Harriet L.,
born Feb. 10, 1834, died Oct. 4, 1850. (12) Ly-

; man and (13) Louie, twins, were born March 3.
1837. The former is now a prominent dairy farmer
and ice dealer, residing on the old homestead in
East Haven. On April 23, 1862, he married An-
toinette 'SI. Thompson, of East Haven, and they had
two children — Henry H., born Nov. 5, 1863, died

( .\Iarch 30, 1865 ; and Lou Elizabeth; born Nov. 14.

1 1868, died May 23, 1874. Louie married Dwiglit
Kellogg, and died in Baltimore. Md.. April 21.

' 1889. Hezekiah and Plarriet left home Sept. 28,
1850, with the intention of journeying to Macon,
Ga., to spend the winter with their brother, Ebe-
nezer. Going to New York they took passage on

i the barge "Isaac IMeade," but when fourteen hours

I out from harbor they encountered a storm, and the
ship was lost Oct. 4, 1850. both being drowned.
The father died Feb. 29, 1876, the mother Aug. 12,

I 1859-

I At the age of eight Daniel H. Granniss was
bound out to Daniel Hinman, of Harwinton, Conn.,

; for about two years. He then returned home,
where he remained until seventeen years of age,
and next learned the joiner's trade with Elbert L.
Alunsel. serving a four years' apprenticeship. He
continued to follow that trade until he entered the
service of his country during the dark days of the
Rebellion. On Aug. 12, 1862, he enlisted in Com-
pany D, isth C. v.; was mustered into the United
States service at New Haven ; and from there was
ordered to Washington. D. C, where the regiment
was stationed in defence of the city for some time.
He participated in the battles of Fredericksburg,

! Suffolk and Yorktown, and after eighteen months

' of active service was transferred to the War Depart-

; ment at Washington, where he remained until hon-

. orably discharged. June 29. 1865.

yir. Granniss married Aliss Abigail W. Brough-

'. ton, who was born in East Haven April 30, 1822,
and died Aug. 30, 1876. Thev had five children,

' as follows: (i) George H., born Nov. 8, 1846.

I died July ir, 1891. He married Henrietta White,
who was Ix)rn in Bridgeport. Conn., April 17.

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I, 1868. (2) Willard A., bom March 16. 1849,
niarried Parthciiia Lavere, and they have one son,
Willard A. (3) Lilhan A., born May 13, 1854,
died April i, 1861. (4) Xettie I., born March 11,
1859, is the wife of Robert C. ?Iart. of Fair Haven.
(5) Harriet A., born April 11, 1862, died April
14, 1864. Each year the Granniss family has a
reunion, which on Aug. 20, 1901, was held at the
home of our subject, some si.xty being present on
this occasion, the thirty-fifth reunion at which he
presided.

Soon after his return from the war Mr. Granniss
opened a meat market and grocery store in Fair
Haven, which he conducted for about ten years,
and then embarked in the wholesale and retail ovs-
ter business, which he has since carried on with
marked success. His son, George H., was engaged
in business with him until his death. He was also
a soldier in the Civil war, enlisting on the same dav
as his father, and in the same companv and regi-
ment, being one of the youngest soldiers from Con-
necticut to bear arms in that struggle. He partici-
pated in all the battles in which his father took part
and was made color-bearer of the regiment. At the
battle of Kinston he was captured with his com-
mand. For many years he was a prominent member
of Admiral Foote Post. G. A. R., of Xew Haven,
and also of Polar Star Lodge, I. O. O. F. In poli-
tics he was a Republican. Our subject is also one
of the leading members of both of these orders,
having united with the Odd Fellows Society in 1854
and filled all the chairs in the local lodge, at present
serving as treasurer, which office he has filled for
fourteen years. PoHticallv he is a strong Republi-
can, and he never withholds his support from any
enterprise for the public good.

NOYES S. WILMOT was born Sept. 16,
1830, in that portion of the town of Xaugatuck
which was then a part of Waterbury. He is a
grandson of Valentine Wilmot. who was born in
what is now Bethany ("then Milford). where both
he and Jiis wife died, and was a farmer by occupa-
tion. He was the father of two children, John and
Finnette. The daughter married Eliphalet Tvrrell,
a farmer of Hartland, Connecticut.

John Wilmot. the father of Xoyes S.. was born
in Bethany in 1779. and spent the greater portion
of his life there, engaged in farming. He married
Asenath Clark, who was bom April 29, 17S9, in
Old Milford, a daughter of Andrew and Annie
Qark. They were also born in Old ^lilford, the
father about 17.^1. He was a farmer by occupation.
and died in IMiddlebury, Conn., about 1835. aged
eighty-four years. His wife also died at the age
of eightv-four. She was a granddaughter, on. the
maternal side, of Gov. Treat, of Connecticut. An-
drew Clark and his wife were the parents of nine
children. Xancy, X'athan. Asenath, Andrew, Sam-
uel, Julia, Edmund, Susan and !\Iarv. X^athan was
a farmer as well as carpenter, and lived in ^liddle-



bury. Asenath, as has been said, was the wife ot
John Wilmot, and the mother of Xoyes S. Nancy
married Caleb Xettleton, also a farmer, who was
the father of George X''ettIeton, of Xaugatuck ; after
her death he married her sister Mary, who passed
away in 1896, aged ninety-four years. Andrew was
a tailor by trade, and made his home in the South.
Samuel married, and was a farmer in Middldnirv.
Julia became the wife of Almond Clark, of Water-
bury. Edmund, who was a tailor in Troy, X. Y.,
died in Bridgeport aged ninety-two years ; he was
twice married, each time to a Miss Fry, his wives
being sisters ; he went to California in 1849. Susan
died in infancy.

Andrew Clark served with gallantry and dis-
tinction in the patriot army during the Revolution.
His first experience as a soldier covered a period of
eighteen days under Lieut. Col. Thomas Sevmour,
at the time of the "Lexington Alarm." From July
10, 1776, until Aug. 5, following, he served in Ma-
jor Skinner's troop of light horse, and frorn Sept.
7 to X^ov. 10, of that year, he was with the 21st
Regiment of militia in Xew York. Later, from
March 12, 1782, to Jan. 12, 1783, he was a member
of a company commanded by Capt. Jabez Fitch. He
was a Revolutionary pensioner in Xew Haven
county, where he died. The following \\'ilmots
served in the Revolutionary war: John, Daniel,
Amos. David, Elisha, Francis, Joel. John A., Jos-
eph. Samuel, Thomas, Timothy. Walter (brother
of the grandfather of our subject) and Zophar.

After their marriage our subject's parents set-
tled upon a farm in I3ethany, and in April. 1830,
removed to X'augatuck. He died in 1837. and his
widow Feb. i. 1887. aged nearly ninety-eight years.
Noyes S. Wilmot was the youngest and is the onlv
surviving member of a family of five children.
Lewis, a carpenter in X^ew Haven, died about 1891.
Lucius died at the age of nineteen. Julanty died
when two years old. Edmund A., who was a farmer,
died April 6. 1887. The male members of the
family were Whigs, and all of the adults became
members of the Congregational Church.

Noyes S. WMmot passed the first seventeen
years of his life in X^augatuck, but when his school
days were over he went to X^'ew Haven to learn
the trade of an iron molder. He remained there
six years, when he returned to his native place and
found work in the Xaugatuck Iron Foundry. For
thirty years he remained with that concern, mani-
festing such mechanical skill, fidelity, industry and
executive capacity that during twentv-one years he
filled the post of superintendent. At the age of
fifty-eight he retired, having accumulated a hand-
some competence, which through judicious invest-
ment and wise management he has since materially
increased. His home is at L'nion Citv, where he
owns farms comprising 220 acres. During the Civil
war he served one vear in Company H., 23d Cimu.
V. I.

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•deservedly popular, while his high moral worth
■commands respect. Besides being a member of the
■G. A. R., he belongs to the ^lasonic traternitv. the
I. O. O. F. and the I. O. R. M. As a Mason he
has attained high rank, being a member of Shep-
.ard's Lodge, No. 78, A. F. & A. M.. Allerton Chap-
ter and W'aterbury Council. He is also an officer
in the I. O. O. I". Politically he is a Republican,
■and in religious faith a Congregationalist.

On Xov. 24, 1859, Mr. W'ilmot married ]\Iiss
Mary A. Brcneiser, a daughter of Benneville and
1 I^avina (Drinkle) Breneiser. She was born in
I Reading. Pa., her parents being also natives of that
State, although of German extraction. Mr. W'il-
inot's marriage has been blessed with seven chil-
•dren: Edmund B., Louisa R.. Frank H., Charles
E., Lewis H., Benneville X. and Marv T. Louisa
rand Charles are deceased, the former dying in 1895.
and the latter in i8q;^. Edmund and Mary live at
"home. Frank was formerly superintendent of the
Malleable Iron Co.. of Bridgeport. Lewis H. is a
practicing physician in Ansonia. Benneville N. is
a clerk in tlie Xausratuck Xational Bank.



HEXRY W1LLL\M HUBBARD, well and fa-
vorably known as a leading manufacturer of car-
riages in Branford, was born in Hartford. Conn.,
June 27. 1833. son of Richard and Rhoda (An-
drews) Hubb.ard. The father is supposed to have
"been a native of Durham, Conn., but he lived a
good part of his life in Hartford and Middletown,
where he followed the trade of a shoemaker. He
■died at the home of liis son. Henrv William, in
Branford. Jan. 2~. i860, at the age of Sever.ty-eight
years. Richard Hubbard was twice married. By
Tiis first wife he had five children, William, Edwin,
Hiram, Frederick and Sara A. He married for his
second wife Rhoda (Andrews) Graham, of Wal-
lingford. Xew Haven Co.. Conn., and they had
four children: Sara A., who married Harvey Bar-
"ker; Susan, wife of Edward Spencer: and Henry
W. and H. Cornelia, twins, the latter of whom mar-
ried Harvey Beach.

Henry William Hubbard was' reared from the
age of five years in Middletown, where he re-
ceived a limited education in the common schools,
and at the age of sixteen he was apprenticed to
the carriagemaker's trade in Middletown, at which
"he served six years, becoming a master workman,
and developing an unusual business capacity. In
1854 Mr. Hublxird located in East Haddam and
•engaged in business in partnership with Edward
H. Cheney. This partnership was terminated the
following year. In 1855 Mr. Hubbard came to
Branford, and in ( )ctober of that year began busi-
ness with his half-brother, William E. Graham, un-
<ler the firm name of Graham & Hubbard. This
association continued for many years, and when it
was terminated the business was divided, Mr.
Hubbard taking into his own hands the blacksmith
and painting departments. Mr. Graham died in 1889



and Mr. Hubbard has since continued the business
in all its branches. Our subject was one of the
incorporators of the P.ranford Savings Bank, and
of the James lilackstone Memorial Library.

During the Civil war Mr. Hubbard was a mem-
ber of Company B, 27th Conn. C. \'., Capt. C. L.
Elv. enlisting Aug. 22. 1862. for nine months, and
being nnistered into service on t)ct. 3, of the same
year. He participated in the desperate battle of
Fredericksburg, and was taken prisoner at Chan-
I cellor5ville. being confined in Castle Thunder about
two weeks, after which he was paroled, on May 3,
\ 1863. and for a time was at the parole camp at
! Annapolis, subsequently at the convalescent camp
I at Alexandria. \'a. From this point he was hon-
orably discharged July 2~, 1863, with the rank of
corporal, to which he was promoted before the bat-
tle of Chancellorsville, On his return from the war
he joined Company K, 2d Conn. X. G., and served
i five years. He entered that command as orderly
j sergeant, was promoted to second lieutenant, and
later to first lieutenant, being discharged with the
latter rank.

Air. Hubbard was married. June 6. 1858, to
Miss Emma P. Linsley. a daughter of James and
Henrietta (Monger) Linslev. of Branford. the for-
mer a native of that place: Mr. Linsley was a car-
penter by trade. Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard have three
daughters : ( i ) Ida married Frank W. Jerrold,
and has three children. C)live M.. Gladys L. and
Emma H. ( 2 ) Henrietta W. ( 3 ) Luella L. is
the wife of Wilfred L. Moore, and has one child.
Ethel. Mr. Hubbard and his wife are members of
the First Baptist Church of Branford. in which he
is deacon. In politics he is a Republican. Though
no politician, he has been delegate to the county
convention, and once was nominated for the Legis-
lature, but was defeated, the town being Demo-
cratic. In May, 1901, he was elected burgess. Air.
Hubbard belongs to Mason Rogers Post, Xo. 7, G.
A. R., and his wife is a member of Mason Rogers
Relief Corps. Xo. 46, which is associated with the
Branford post. They are good people and have a
host of friends.

JOHX LAMBERT FOOTE. Fortunate is he
who has back of him an ancestry honorable and
distinguished, and happy is he if his lines of life
are cast ir> harmony therewith.

Olir subject, one of the prominent citizens and
retired business men of Cheshire, is blessed in this
respect, for he sj^rings from one of the oldest and
most prominent families of Connecticut. The first
to locate here was Xathaniel Foote, who was a
pioneer of Wethersfield. Hartford county. His son.
Robert Foote, removed from that town to Xew
Haven county, and took up his residence in Walling-
ford, where lie remained until 1678. He then went
to Branford, Conn., where he died suddenly, in
1681, at the age of fifty-two years, and was buried
there. He was married in 1659, and after his death




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liis \\ itlow. Sarali, married Aaron Blachley, of Bran-

f.inl, in i^'S^-

Idlui Foote, the sixth child of Robert and Sarah
I-"ixi'te, was born July 24, 1670, and spent his entire
life ill liranford, dying in 1713. Seven children
were born to him and liis wife Mary.

John Foote, son of John and ^Iary, was born
in Bran ford in 1700, and when a yonng man lo-
catctl in North Branford, where he died Jan. 26,
1777. He was twice married, first Dec. 25. 1733,
to Elizabeth Frisbee. who died Feb. 3, 1737, aged
Iwi'ntv-two years. On. Aug. 16, 1738, he married
Abigail Frisbee, who died May 17, 1779. By the
first union there was one son, Jonathan, who was
bom Jan. 23, 1737. and died in North Branford in
1 801. The only child by the second marriage was
John, mentioned below.

John I-"oote, grandfather of our subject, was
born in North Branford April 2, 1742. and was
graduated at Vale College in 1765. He had studied
in the divinity school and was ordained a minister
of the Congregational Church, succeeding Rev. Mr.
Hall at Cheshire, where he ministered to the spirit-
ual needs of the people until his death, which oc-
curred .Vug. 31, 18 13, when he w'as aged seventy- I
one years. His remains were interred in Cheshire i
cemetery. He was beloved and respected by the I
i-iuire community. He was twice married, his first i
wife being Abigail Hall, of Cheshire, a daughter of i
Kev. Samuel Hall, and granddaughter of Gov. Jona- i
than Law. of Connecticut. She died Nov. 19, 1788, j
at the age of thirty-nine years, and for his second \
wife lie married Eunice Hall, a daughter of Joliii i
Hall. Her death occurred Jan. 31, 1817. All of his j
children were by the first marriage, namely: Abi- {
gail Sarah Hall, born Jan. 2, 1769. died Jan. 20,
1775; Mar\- Ann, born Sept. 21, 1770, died Sept.
25. 1775; Lucinda, born ^lay 19, 1772, married Dr.
Thomas T. Cornwall, of Cheshire : John Alfred,
bom Jan. 2, 1774, died Aug. 25, 1794; Abigail M.
A., born Sept. 16, 1776, died Aug. 9, 1778; \Villiam
Lambert, father of our subject, was next in the or-
der of birth; Samuel Augustus, born Nov. 8, 1780,
died Sept. 16, 1846: Roderick, born Dec. 15, 1782,
died May 16, 1791 ; and Matilda, born Mav 6, 1785, i
died Oct. 9, 1787. ' i

William Lambert Foote, father of our subject. [
was born in Cheshire Oct. 10, 1778, and attended
the schools of his native town. Subsequently he
was graduated from the Medical Department of
Yale College, and throughout the remainder of his j
life successfully followed his chosen profession in i
Clieshire and adjoining towns, having built up an •
extensive practice. He was quite prominent in pub- '
he affairs, and was one of the first to hold the of- I
"ce of judge of probate in his town: also served I
as town clerk, and represented Cheshire in the State I
Legislature. He was one of the leading and influen- !
tial residents of the town, end one of the most high- I
ly respected, and always faithfully performed his ;
duties of citizenship. In politics he was a lifelong I



Democrat. Religiously he was a member of the Con-
gregational Church. He died Aug. 9, 1849, aii<l w-as
laid to rest in the family cemetery in Cheshire. In
March, i8or, he wedded Mary Scoville, a native
of Berlin, Hartford Co., Conn., and daughter of
Capt. Dar.iel Scoville, later of Saybrook, Conn. She,
too, was an earnest member of the Congregational
Church, and died in that faith Jan. i, 1861 : she
was buried in Cheshire cemetery. In their family
were si.x children, of whom John L. is the youngest,
and the others were as follows: (i) William Sid-
ney, born Nov. 21, 1802, graduated from Yale Col-
lege, and became a physician of Ohio. He was mar-
ried in. 1827 to Mary Butler. (2) Mary A., born
May 23, 1806, died unmarried April 20, 1888. She
possessed a remarkably sweet voice, and sang for
a number of years in the Congregational Church
of Cheshire. (3) .\bigail, Ijorn .April 28, iSoS. was
also a singer, and was connected with the choir
of the same church. She married Edward Doo-
little. who died March 4, 1837, and she dietl March
29. 1892. (4) Scoville D., born April 10. i8io>
married Martha Whiting, of Milford, Conn., and
was engaged in merchandising in New York, where
he died March 28, 1883. (5) Eliza S., born June
29, 1812, died unmarried ^larch 19, 1892.

John Lambert Foote, whose name introduces
this sketch, was born Sept. 14, 1817, and pursued
his studies in the district and. select schools of
Cheshire. While still quite young he worked in
a store at New Haven for two years. After his
return to Cheshire he was employed at farm labor
for a time, and from his wages managed to save
$16. with which he embarked in merchandising on a
small scale, although only fourteen years of age.
By close application to business his trade steadily
increased, and from time to time he en.larged his
stock until he had a good general store. For over
forty-eight years he was successfully engaged in
business along that line, and on his retirement, in
1885, had accumulated a handsome fortune, having
become one of the wealthiest men. of the town. His
career seems almost phenomenal, yet his success
has by no means been the result of fortunate cir-
cumstances. It has come to him through energy,
labor and perseverance, directed by an evenly bal-
anced mind and by honorable business principles.
From early life he made it his plan to spend less thati
his income. Although economical, he is liberal. In
his religious views and in politics he is independent,
and during President Van Buren's administration
served as postmaster at Cheshire for four years.
Although he is now over eighty-four years of age,
he is still quite active in both mind and body. His
life has been well spent, and he is now enjoying a
well-earned rest, surrounded by a large circle of
friends and acquaintances who esteem him highly
for his sterling worth.

Gov. Samuel Augustus Foote, an uncle of our
subject, was born in Cheshire Nov. 8, 1780. a son
of Rev. John and Abigail (Hall) Foote. He was-



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graduated at Yale in 1797, and after studying law
engaged in practice in liis native village. He mar-
ried Eudocia Hull, a daughter of Gen. Andrew and
Elizabeth ]Mary Ann Hull, of Cheshire, and later
became a partner of Gen. Hull in commercial busi-
ness at New Haven, thoujrh he continued to make
his home in Cheshire, where his mansion is still
standing. He was a member of Congress in 1819:
was re-elected in 1823 and 1834; was Speaker of
the House of Representatives in the Connecticut
Legislature in 1825-26; and was chosen United
States senator in 1827. In- 1834 he was elected gov-
ernor of Connecticut, and while in that office re-
ceived the degree of LL. D. from Yale. He died
Sept. 16, 1846. and was buried in Cheshire. His
wife died at the home of her son. in Cleveland,
Ohio, but her remains were brought back and in-
terred by the side of her husband. In their family
were five children, two of whom died in infancy,
and the others were : Hon. John A. Foote. a promi-
nent lawyer of Cleveland ; Rear Admiral Andrew
H. Foote, of the United States navy, who died in
New Haven ; and Augustus E. Foote, of Cleveland.

CAPT. FREDERICK ALOXZO WELD (de-
ceased) was, in his day, one of the best-known
whaling captains along this part of the Atlantic
coast, and in his long life on the water met with
many an adventure. He was born Feb. i, 1820,
in the town of Guilford, and attended the public
schools there and on Long Island, whither he re-
moved with his parents while still vourg. A por-
tion of his boyhood was spent upon a farm, and
at the age of twelve he became an apprentice to the
jeweler's trade with Zebulon Elliot, of Sag Harbor,
who was also a watchmaker, gunsmith and repairer
of chronometers. He acquired a thorough knowl-
edge of all these branches, remaining with Mr.
Elliot three years, after which for a time he was
engaged with his father in carpenter and- joiner
work. Having a strong desire to go sea. when
fifteen years of age he shipped as cabin boy on a
whaling vessel, and in time worked himself up from

- that humble position until he commanded a vessel.
He was prom.oted from second m.ate on the old
whaling ship "James Hamilton," under Capt. Isaac
Ludlow, to captain. The first ship he commande<l
was the whaler "Italy," of Greenport, Long Island.
Later he was master of the "Marengo," of New
Bedford, and his last voyage was made in the "Odd
Fellow," of Sag Harbor, returning in 1868. Capt.
Weld met with gratifying success in his chosen call- i
ing, and during his career as a sailor went farther
north than any of the explorers had yet penetrated, i



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