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factory. He is one of the most extensive jobbers in
New Haven. For the past ten years he has also
engaged in the manufacture of boxes. He is noted
for his industry and activity, as well as for his high
sense of honor in business dealings. On Dec. 24,
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who was born Dec. 25, 1842, at TarifFville. Conn..
<laugliter of Thomas Crossley, of ^liddlctown,
Gmn. Mr. and Mrs. Brett have had children as
follows: Mary and Hattie, who died in infancy;
Lulu, who is a graduate of the Connecticut State
Normal School, at New Haven, and is a teacher in
that city ; Edna P., a graduate of Hillhouse High
School, at New Haven : Thomas C, a graduate of
Sheffield Scientific School, clas« of 1896, and now
secretary of the Yale Safe and Iron Co., of New
Haven ; and William \V., also of that city. Since
the spring of 1S81 the family home has been in Gil-
bert avenue. ]\Ir. Brett is a Mason, holding mem-
bership in Wooster Lodge No. 70, and is a member
of the L'nited Congregational Church, of New Hav-
en. In politics he is a Republican, and his first
Presidential vote was cast for Lincoln.

ELLSWORTH B. COOPER, the well-known
and popular town clerk and treasurer of Hamden,
is a native of that town, born in Centerville, Sept.
25, 1838.

Charles Cooper, his father, was born in the town
of Hamden, Jan. 29, 1798, a son of Ezra Cooper,
and during his youth learned the blacksmith's trade,
which he followed in New Haven for some time.
Going subsequently to Whitne^Tille he was em-
ployed in the gun factor}' there until about 1836
or '27, and, after leaving the gun factory, built
a blacksmith shop at Centerville, where he followed
his trade for twelve or fifteen years. He resided
at Centerville for many years before his death,
which occurred Feb. Ii, 1872. He married Laura
Cadwell, wlio was born Oct. 8. 1807, on the Pardee
homestead in Centerville, in the same house where
our subject's birth occurred. She was a daughter
of Elizur and Esther (Pardee) Cadwell (the latter
a daughter of Joseph and Esther Pardee), and died
Feb. 6, 1879, srid was buried in Centerville ceme-
tery, where her husband also rests. Elizur Cad-
well came from Durham, Conn., to Centerville,
where he followed his trade, that of blacksmith.
In the family of Charles and Laura Cooper were
five children of whom two grew to adult age.
Charles Whitney, the eldest, was born in 1836. and
served one year as a soldier in the Civil war, having
enlisted in 1861, in Company K, 6th Conn. V. T. :
he has never married and is now a resident of
Centerville. Charles Cooper was a Democrat in
political faith, and took a deep interest in his party's
success, but he was in no sense a politician. Mrs.
Cooper was a member of the Episcopal Church.

Ellsworth B. Cooper acquired his primary edu-
cation in the district schools of Hamden, which he
attended until 185 1, and then entered a select school
conducted by Miss Elizabeth H. Dickerman. where
he remained two years (this school was at the pres-
ent location of Mt. Carmel Children's Home).
Subsequently he was a student in the North Haven
Academy under Miss Eunice Linsley. and later at-
tended Stiles French's boarding school in Wall



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' street in New Haven. In 1858 he commenced tcach-
I ing, and successfully followed that profession for
■ several years, in the public schools of North Bran-
j ford, North Haven and Hamden. In 1867 he was
j assistant teacher in Rev. H. H. Noble's boarding
' school, of Brook-field, Litchfield Co., Conn., and the
following year taught at Mt. Carmel. In 1871 Mr.
'] Cooper commenced clerking in the store of E-neas
Warner, of Centerville, and remained with him until
; 1877. In 1876 he was elected town clerk and treas-
[ urer of Hamden, which offices he most creditably
I and satisfactorily filled until November, 1900, when
he resigned the position of treasurer, but he still
continues to serve as town clerk.
I iMr. Cooper was married Oct. 9, 1889, to Miss

Julia A. Culver, of North Haven, a daughter of
j Samuel Culver, and a successful teacher in North
I Haven and Wallingford, Conn. In December, 1874,
' our subject joined Day Spring Lodge, No. 30, F. &
i A. AI. Politically he is indeoendent. As a citizen he
! ever stands ready to discharge all duties devolving
i upon him, and the best years of his life have been
devoted to the interests of his town and county.
A most courteous, obliging official whose com-
petency and efficiency may be judged from the
length of his service in town office, few men are
better known throughout the community, or have
more warm friends than Ellsworth B. Cooper.

KENDRICK HAR\'EY SIMONS, the well
known contractor and builder of Waterbury. Conn.,
was born in Sandisfield, Berkshire Co., Mass.,
March 11, 1838.

Sylvanus Simons, his grandfather, was a farmer
in Massachusetts, where several of the Simons
brothers had settled at a point then called "Simons
Pond,'' and there he reared a family of seven chil-
dren, of whom we have the following record : Solo-
mon was a farmer, and reared a large family, most
of whom went to Ohio, in which State he, too,
passed the latter years of his life; Harvey was the
father of our subject ; Hiram was a farmer ; Daniel
and Philip also followed the same calling; Mary
was the next in order of birth ; and Eunice was
the youngest.

Harvey Simons, his father, was a native of
Sandisfield, Mass. (just over the Connecticut line),
born June 13, 1795, and his death occurred
Dec. 4, 1877. He was reared a farmer. His wife,
who was Dianthy Bailey, a daughter of Andrew
Bailey, a Massachusetts farmer, died at the age of
fifty-two years, the mother of four children, viz. :
Darwin, who was a soldier of the Civil war. and is
now a mechanic in Waterbury: Juliaette, widow of
Hiram .Andrews, late of Norfolk. Conn. ; .\ndrew
B. and Kendrick H.. both mentioned below.

Andrew B. Simons was born in Goshen. Conn..
.\pril 2, 1833, and like his younger brother, Ken-
drick H., is a carpenter and builder., He lived on
his father's farm in ]\Iassachusetts until seventeen
vears of age, and then came to Connecticut, where



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under Joseph Bunnell at Winsted, Litchfield Co.,
he learned the carpenter's trade. He remained with
Mr. Bunnell two or three years, and then worked in
Torrington, Ansonia, Bridgeport, and other places
until 1852, when he came to W'aterbury, where he
has since been actively engaged as a contractor and
builder, with the exception of two years passed in
the Pennsylvania oil regions. During this period
of over half a century he erected, for three or four
years, 150 houses per year, many of them at a coft
of $15,000 each. In 1865 he moved to his present
place in the southern part of W'aterbury, which, in
his honor, is now called Simonsville, he having
been the principal factor in developing that part of
the city. In 1854, Andrew B. Simons married
Julia Ann Taylor, who was born in Willimantic,
Conn., a daughter of John Taylor. Two children
have blessed this union: Charles H., a carpenter;
and Ida, who is married to George E. Shay, of
Woodbury. In politics Mr. Simons was formerly a
Democrat, as was his father, but after the Civil war
he became an ardent Republican. Although he has
been foreman of Fire Company Xo.' i. and also first
assistant of the fire department, he has not escaped
the devastation of the tiery hend. and within two
months lost twenty tenements through its malevo-
lence. Mr. Simons is a member of Harmony Lodge,
No. 42, F. & A. M.. of Waterburv. With his fam-
ily he attends the Methodist Episcopal Church, by
the members of which they are all most highly es-
'teemed, as well as bv society at large. Mr. Simons
is a public-spirited man in the broad sense of the
word.

Kendrick H. Simons was reared on the Sandis-
field homestead until sixteen years of age, then
came to Connecticut and for two years worked in
a cutlery factory at Winsted. In 1857 he came to
Waterbury and learned the carpenter's trade with
his brother Andrew B. Simons. At this trade he
worked as a journeyman about fifteen years. He
spent the year 1865 in Titusville. Pa., at that time the
principal center of petroleum oil, and began then to
contract and build on his personal account. Being
artistic and skillful, he has met with unusual success,
and many of the more elegant, as well as the ordin-
ary, buildings that dot the streets of Waterbury
and its suburbs, attest his mastership of his trade.

On Jan. 3, 1866, Kendrick H. Simons married
Maria Antoinette Xeal.a native of Burlington, Hart-
ford county. Conn., and a daughter of Ira T. Xeal,
of 'VVinsted, Conn. Two children were born of this
union: Herbert A., who died at the age of four
years; and Irving X., who passed away at the age
of twenty-six, when he had nearly completed his
studies in the medical department of the University
of Pennsylvania. The latter had married Aug. 15,
1895, Miss Emma Michaux. who with one child,
Mildred X., survives him. In politics Mr. Simons
is a Republican, and in religious belief both he and
his wife are members of the Advent Church.

Ira T. N^eal was of Scotch extraction, and his oc-



cupation was that of a mechanic. He married
Rachel M. Bradley, who bore him three children:
(jeorge W'., deceased: Jane M.. wife of Charles C.
Lathrop, of Bridgeport; and Maria Antoinette, wife
of Kendrick H. Simons. Mr. Xeal passed away
June 14, 1880, and his wife survived until June-
17, 1893, when she, too, entered into rest.

EDWIX SOMERS PARMELEE, one of the
progressive business men of Wallingford, Xew Ha-
ven Co., Conn., and Thomasville. X. C, was born
April 16, 1834, in Southbury, Xew Haven county.

Walter Parmelee, his father, was born X'ov. 12,
1808, in Xewtown, Conn., and died Dec. 7, 1886,
in the city of Wallingford. He was a wagonmaker,
and followed that occupation throughout life. In
1881 he retired from active life and came to Wall-
ingford, to spend his remaining years with his sons.
Previous to his coming to this city lie had a little
wagon shop in Southbury, and always had been a
very active and industrious man. In 1828 Mr.
Parmelee married Miss Harriet Dikeman, of Xew-
town. Both were members of the Episcopal Church,
and in later years attended the Methodist Chapel
at Southville. A Democrat, and very well informed
in current questions, Mr. Parmelee was, howevei,
too much pressed with businesss cares to take much,
interest in the machinery of the party organization.
Mr. and Mrs. Parmelee were the parents of two
children, Edwin S. and Bruce Leavenworth, the-
latter at present living in Wallingford.

Amos Parmelee, the father of Walter Parmelee_
was a wagonmaker ; he married Mary Somers, and
lived in 'Xewtown, Conn. Xoah Parmelee. father
of Amos, came from England, and was a manufact-
urer of saddle trees. He married a Scotch woman.
The Parmelees have always been woodworkers.

Edwin Somers Parmelee acquired his education
in the common schools of his native town, and on-
leaving school went into his father's shop to learn
wagonmaking. When he was twenty-three he left
home, and went to Xaugatuck to take the position-
of foreman in the factory of the Xaugatuck Wheel
Co. There he remained until i860, when he pur-
chased a piece of timber land in Southbury, and
began to make heavy wagons and carts. In 1864^
he bought a wheel factory, and a farm in Wood-
bury, where he was busily employed until 1872, in
which year the factory was destroyed by fire. Short-
ly after this catastrophe Mr. Parmelee, in company
with his brother-in-law, Bryant A. Treat, purchased
the Xaugatuck Wheel Co., and became president
thereof. Thev conducted the plant very successfully
until 187S. when it was removed to Wallingford in-
connection with the Wallingford Wheel Co., which
they had purchased some two years before. On
Mav 30, 1888. the Wallingford factory was struck
bv lightning, and entirely destroyed by fire. Mr.
Parmelee sold his interest to the American Wheel
Co., and retired from the business before it was
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ville (N. C. ) Spoke Works, and the next vear the !
Xeu-ton (N. C.) Spoke & Handle Works. He I
i-ondiicted both until 1S98. when they were consoli-
dated at Thomasville. where he is still engagjed in j
business. About seventy-tive men are employed i
in the works at Thomasville. Mr. Pannelee is also
largelv interested in native lumber, and in this line
"■ives emplovment to quite a number.

On Sept. 14, 1859, Mr. Parmelee was married
to Miss ^Iarv A. Treat, of Oxford, a daughter of
Atwater Treat, and a direct descendant of Gov.
Treat. Their children are as follows: (i) Jennie
M., born Aug. 4, 1862. was married Oct. 6, 1880,
to Seymour G. Baldwin, a wholesale lumber dealer
of Wallingford, son of the late Dr. \"incent Bald-
win, of Wallingford. They have had the following
children — Mary E., born Sept. 30, 1884; Walter P.,
born June 13, 1889: Elizabeth G., born Aug. 26,
1892 : and Edwin Seymour, born July 21. 1881 (died
Oct. 28, 1881). (2) Hattie Elizabeth, born June
2, 1865, married Aug. 30, 1893, Robert C. Canby,
3l native of Philadelphia. Mr. Canby is a metallui-
gist, and has charge of a smelter in San-Luis-Potosi,
^Mexico, the largest in that country. (3) Mary Re-
"becca, born June 22, 1868. is now bookkeeper in
the office of her father's spoke works at Thomas-
ville. (4) Eva Treat, born Xov. 11, 1874, is, at
"home. (5) Sarah Edwina. born Aug. 30, 1881. is
at present taking a finishing course in German and
French in Coburg, Germany. Mr. Parmelee was
"born and bred a Democrat, but he is unalterably op-
posed to the ratio of 16 to i. The entire family
are members of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

JUDGE JAMES R. CAMPBELL is one of the
most favorably known citizens of the town of Wall-
ingford, where he holds the position of Deputy
Judge of Wallingford Police Court. He was born
in Windham, X. H.. Xov. 14, 1829, and belongs to
the celebrated Scotch Campbells. For hundreds of
Tears the various generations of this family have
l>een conspicuous in Scotland. Among the stoutest
followers of Oliver Cromwell, they were given a
tract of land in Derry, Ireland, which they aban-
doned after the restoration of Charles H, and came
to Xew Hampshire, where many of their descend-
ants may still be found. Some have penetrated into
other parts of the United States, and wherever they
have gone, their upright, honorable and industrious
lives have done credit to the Xew Hampshire Camp-
tells.

Henry Campbell, born in Ireland, located in the
Derry colony in Xew Hampshire, and took an
active part in the French and Indian war. He be-
<ame the father of five children : ( i ) Daniel, born
in Windham, X. H.. in 1737. became a land owner.
and there died. (2) John, born 1747. served in
the Revolution, and died in 1823. He married
^loUy Campliell. (3) Jane Hvlands. (4) Sophia
L. (5) David.

David Campbell, born in Windham, X'. H., in



1757, died March 11, 1830. He was a farmer and
mill owner, and erected the first carding mill in that
part of the State. .\ soldier in the Continental
army, he served at the battles of Bunker Hill. Long
Island and Bennington, being twice wounded at
Bunger Hill, and also in the Cherry \"alley cam-
paign. Elizabeth Dickey, his wife, became the
mother of the following children : ( i ) Rachel,
who died single; (2) Mar)-; (3) Martha, who mar-
ried and lived in Francestown, X. H. : (4) David,
who was twice married, first to Mary Marden, and,
second to Mehitable Marden: (5) James: (6) Han-
nah, who married James Clark Cloyd ; (7) John.
John Campbell was born July 17, 1803, was edu-
cated in the common schools, and was reared a
farmer boy. Much success attended his labors and
he spent his last years in Xashua. An active and
devoted Methodist, he was a trustee of the church
and a faithfuul worker for its advancement. Mr.
Campbell was also deeply interested in school mat-
ters, and was a strong advocate of public education.
In politics he was a \\ big. (Jn May 29, 1828, John
Campbell was married to Hannah Pierson, who
was born in Xashua, a daughter of Captain Joshua
Pierson. To this imion were born four children :
James R., born Xov. 14, 1829; Charles; Caroline;
John.

James R. Campbell attended the public schools
of Xashua, and for two and a half years was a
student in the engineering department of the West
Point Military Academy, but was compelled by his
ill health to give up the course. In 1852 Mr.
Campbell removed to Yonkers, X. Y., where he en-
gaged in the contracting business :n company with
Deboise & Hendrick, dock and bridge builders, re-
maining with them until 1865. That year, again
consulting his health, which had failed him, he came
to Wallingford, and bought the farm on which his
home is now- made. For a number of years he was
engaged in manufacturing, and in 1878 became in-
terested in a brown-stone quarrv, to which he gave
his attention for sixteen )-ears, when he retired from
everv kind of business interests except his farm.

Judge Campbell is a man well known in Wall-
ingford for his upright character and genial man-
mer. He is much respected in the community, and
has been a leader in every kind of forward move-
ment. To the schools especially does he give a
willing service, serving on the Central District Com-
mittee, and on the building committees of the
Colony Street School and the High School.

Judge Campbell was married Xov. 28, 1852, to

Jane Barnes, who was born in Litchfield, X. H.,

a daughter of Reuben and Rebecca (Martin)

Barnes, and a granddaughter of Joseph Barnes

( who was a physician and surgeon in the war of the

Revolution), and of Dr. .Amos Martin (who served

in the war of 1812). To this union were born the

I following children : ( i ) Charles, born in March,

j 1855, died .April 3, 1879. (2) Ida E., born July 20,

I 1857, married Dec. 27, 1877, Rev. L. E. Rockwell,



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a Methodist minister, of Portland, Oregon, and has
one son, Foster, born in September, 1880. (3)
Jennie, born jNIay 29, 1869, was educated in the
Wallingford schools and at Smith College, grad-
uating from the latter in June. i8g^ ;she also studied
one year in the graduate school at Yale College,
giving special attention to the classics. At tlie
present time she is teaching Greek and Latin in the
Wallingford High School, and her work there is
highly appreciated. Mrs. Rockwell was also a
teacher before her marriage.

Mrs. Campbell taught school wlien a young
woman, and is a lady of education and refinement.
Much devoted to her husband and family, she is
a consistent Christian woman. ^Ir. Campbell is a
Republican, and a stanch party man, but has never
had a hungsr for political position. He was elected
Deputy Judge in 1897. For twenty years he has
been a trustee of the Yalesville ^Methodist Church,
.to which his wife and daughters also belong. Since
185 1 Judge Campbell has been a member of the Odd
Fellows.

HOX. GRO\'E J. TUTTLE, who. for a quarter
of a century and more, has been a member of
the New Haven County Bar. and a useful citizen
in his community, has descended from one of the
Colony who settled Xew Haven, in 1639.

William Tuttle, the emigrant ancestor of Grove
J. Tuttle, with his wife Elizabeth and three chil-
dren, sailed in the ship "Planter" from London,
England, to Xew Erigland, in 1630. landing at Bos-
ton, and later were of the colony which settled Xew
■ Haven, in 1639. From this William Tuttle, our
subject, is a descendant in the seventh generation,
his line being through Jonathan, Xathaniel, Xathan-
iel (2), Jesse and Jesse Tuttle (2).

Jonathan Tuttle, son of William, the emigrant,
baptized in Charlestown, Mass., in 1637. married
Rebecca, a daughter of Lieut. Francis Bell, of Stam-
ford. Mr. Tuttle began a settlement near the Quin-
nipiac river in what is now the southern part of the
town of X'orth Haven, in about 1670, and built a
bridge over the river which was long known as
Tuttle's bridge. He died in 1705.

X'athaniel Tuttle, son of Jonathan, born in 1676,
married Esther Blakeslee, and died in 1728. Xa-
thaniel Tuttle (2), son of Xathaniel, born in 1714,
married first in 1737, ^lary, a daughter of Josiah
Todd, who died in 1742; and second he married
Abigail Ingham.

Jesse Tuttle, son of X'athaniel (2), born in 1750,
married first Lucy, daughter of Samuel and Mary
(Ailing) Dickerman, of Hamden, and second,
Eunice Gilbert. Mr. Tuttle was chosen tything-
man of Hamden for the year 1794; grand juror m
1798; one of the surveyors of highways, in 1803:
and a selectman, in 1805, i8o(5, 1807 and 1808; and
as representative in General Assembly for several
terms. He died in Hamden, in 1849.
i . Jesse Tuttle (2), son of Jesse, of Hamden, and



the father of Hon. Grove J. Tuttle, of X^ew Haven,
was born Aug. 18, 1802, and first married Dec, 29,
1825, Dencey R., daughter of John B. Johnson, of
Wallingford. She died in 1840, and his second
marriage took place ^lay i, 1842, to Lucinda,
daughter of Willoughby Williams, of Wallingford.
To the first marriage were born John, Lucy and
Charles R., and to the second marriage, Dwight W .
and Grove J.

Grove J. Tuttle was born in the town of Wall-
ingford, Conn., April 2, 1851. His early educa-
tion was acquired in the public schools of X^ew
Haven, and in the High school of that city and
then he entered upon the study of law, under the
direction of Charles H. Fowler, and was admitted
to the bar in Xew Haven, in 1874, and has since
been actively engaged in the practice of his pro-
fession in that city, meeting with deserved success.

Mr. Tuttle has held various local offices in a
manner creditable to himself, and satisfactory to his
fellow-citizens. A number of times ( 1879, 1886
and 1893) he has ably represented his town in the
General Assembly of the State. For twenty-five
years, Mr. Tuttle has been an efficient member of
the school board of which he has been president for
ten years ; for twenty-five years also has been jus-
tice of the peace : three terms he nas served as grand
juror; and was appointed county auditor for 1893-

1894. He held the office of prosecuting agent for
X'ew Haven County for two years, from 1893 until

1895. In 1898 he was the Democratic candidate for
State Senator from the Seventh district, ?.nd though
defeated reduced the Republican majority from
2621 in 1896, to 880 in 1898.

On June 8, 1887, Mr. Tuttle was married to
Miss Emma J., daughter of Eber and Almira
Downs, of Xew Haven, the former of whom was
formerly a farmer of Woodbridge, and died at the
age of fifty years; the mother died in 1901, aged
eighty years. Mrs. Tuttle has one sister, now the
wife of L. W. Hotchkiss. of Shelton. Socially he is
popular in Adelphi Lodge, F. & A. M., and is
considered one of the leading men in Xew Haven.

CAPT. OLIVER X. BROOKS, one of the old-
est and most respected citizens of the town of Guil-
ford, and a member of the Legislature, was born in
West Brook, Conn., Feb. 7, 1822, a son of Xathan
Brooks. Simeon Brooks, an uncle of the Captain,
was a prominent manufacturer in the town of
Chester.

Xathan Brooks was a stone-cutter by trade. He
married Xancy A. Clark, a daughter of Joseph
j Clark, a farmer in Chester, who was a soldier irr
j the Revolutionary war, and a man of much char-
acter and ability. After marriage X'athan Brooks
I was located for a time at Westbrook, but after-
I ward removed to Killingworth, where he followed
j his trade for many years. In 1839 he located at
I Guilford, where he made his home until his death
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buried in the Guilford cemetery. He was a Demo-
crat in early life, but in his last years was a Re-
publican. ^I^3. Nathan Brooks also died in Guil-
ford and was buried in the same cemetery. The
few who are alive to remember her speak well of
her as a woman of high character and religious
faith. She was the mother of thirteen children,
three of whom died in infancy. Those who lived
to maturity are the following: (i) Julius died in
1849. (2) Zera C. resides in Derby, Conn., at the
age of eighty-one years. (3) Roxanna M., the
widow of George H. Chapman, of Saybrook. for
many years a merchant in Boston, is living in Win-
chester, ]Mass. (4) Capt. Oliver N. (5) Eliza F.



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