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his pocket a bottle of whiskey, and began pouring
the contents over the congregation. Mr. Osborne
qualified to prosecute this man. When quite a
young man Mr. Osborne was confirmed in the Epis-
copal Church, but soon thereafter became a mem-
ber of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and ever
afterward remained a consistent and active Chris-
tian. His life was an example to all men — one ever
upright and honest, free from malice and always
full of kindness for everyone. His life was a tower
of strength and a blessing to many who, upon turn-
ing from sin, found the new life seemingly hard
and the cross heavy to bear. His disposition was
such that care rested upon him lightly, and from the
time he became a member of the church to the day
of his death he gathered strength and courage from
all vicissitudes. He was one of the leaders of the
church, ever high in its councils. He at one time
led the choir and for many years directed the music,
was almost continually steward and a member of
the ofiicial body, and for a long period was super-
intendent of the Sunday-school. He often dis-
coursed to the congregation and his talks were full
of light. All through his long life in the church
he was the comforter and adviser of all — the one
sought and the one turned to in time of need. The
effect of his life in the church was the same on the
outside upon all with whom he came in contact. He
was a man among men. He had his opinions in tem-
poral as well as in spiritual afifairs. and when they
differed from the opinions of others it had not the
sting of malice and spite. His opinions were al-
ways respected. He died with friends innumerable
and without an enemy. Always full of energy and
life he was active to the end, his more than four
score years falling lightly upon him. His death oc-
curred March 6, 1895.

Mr. Osborne was married three times, first to
Susan H. Durand, of Derby ; second to Mary
Douglas, of New York ; and third to Miss Eliza
Hill, of Reading, Penn. His children, all born of
the first marriage, were Wilbur F. ; Fannie W^,
born in 1836, married Isaac D. Drew, and died
April II, 1884; Harriet J., born in 1844, died in
1860: and Helen \'., born Jan. 15, 1848, married E.
H. Krehbiel. and died May 10, 1894.

Mrs. Susan H. (Durand) Osborne, the mother



of these children, born in 1816, and died in 1859,
was the daughter of the late Samuel Durand, and a
descendant in the fifth generation from Dr. John
Durand, who was early at Stratford, Conn., marry-
ing there Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Bryan,
and granddaughter of Alexander Bryan. Dr.
Durand settled in Derby about 1685. F"rom this
ancestor Mrs. Susan H. (Durand) Osborne's line of
descent was through Joseph, Noah and Samuel
Durand.

(II) Joseph Durand, son of Dr. John, born
Dec. 20, 1709, married .April 25, 1734, Ann Tomlin-
son. She died Feb. 14, 1778, and he passed away
Aug. 6, 1792.

(III) Xoah Durand, son of Joseph, born May

12, 1740, married Abigail, daughter of Caleb Tom-
linson, and lived on Great Xeck, and there died
April 12. 1818. His widow died Xov. 2. 1831.

(IV) Samuel Durand, son of X'oah, born Julv

13, 1783, married (first) Susan Hawkins, (second)
her sister Sally Hawkins, and (third) Xancv Beers,
of Trumbull, Conn., and (fourth) Xancy Brown,
of Xew Bedford. Mr. Durand was a farmer on
Bare Plains. He died in February, 1852. His chil-
dren were: Charles, Sarah, Susan H. (Mrs. Os-
borne) and Samuel.

M.\joR WiLBL-R F. O.snoRXE. son of John W., is
a native of Derby, and has thus far in life made that
town his home ; his business life, however, since the
formation of Ansonia, has been in the latter town.
He has grown up in the business enterprises estab-
lished by his father, and from boyhood taken an
active and prominent part in planning and devel-
oping the business out of which since have come a
number of branches, as well as having engaged in
various other enterprises. A few years subsequent
to his father's retirement from the presidency of
the Osborne & Cheeseman Co. he became the exec-
utive head of the concern. In 1882, as an ofif shoot
of the above named company, there was incorpor-
ated the S. O. & C. Co., which has since been en-
gaged in manufacturing eyelets and eyeleting ma-
chinery, and also metal goods. Some years later,
in 1887, the Union Fabric Company was incorpor-
ated, to cover steel and other wires for use in skirts,
bustles, etc. Of this company, ^Nlajor Osborne was
made president, a position he still holds. He is also
president of the Schneller Stay Works, of Ansonia,
and treasurer of the Connecticut Clasp Co., of
Bridgeport. The Major was one of the original
incorporators of the S. O. & C. Co., of Ansonia,
and of the Derby Silver Co., of Shelton, now a
branch of the International Silver Co. He is one
of the prominent manufacturers of the X'augatuck
Vallev. and is recognized as an enterprising and
public-spirited citizen, both in .Ansonia and in
Derbv. He is president of the Derby Xeck Free
Library.

Major Osborne served three years and seven
months in the Civil war, having enlisted in .\pnl.
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three months service, and later in the first regiment
that was sworn into the United States service for
the entire Civil war. He received promotion to
sergeant, second and first lieutenant, and captain
of artillery : was artillery instructor of the 2d Con-
necticut Artillery : insijcctor general of defences at
Washington. South of the Potomac ; ordnance offi-
cer ; acting quarter master, etc.

AUGUSTUS I. GOODRICH, who is now liv-
ing in W'aterbury, comes of an old and honored
American family of English extraction.

Luther Goodrich, grandfather of our subject,
born July 16, 1776, in East Haddam. Conn., v^as
a sea captain. He was a member of Columbia
Lodge, No. 26, F. & A. M.. of East Haddam. He
married Sarah Danforth (who died in 1861), and
by her had a family of four children : Sarah and
Miranda both died at the age of twenty-five years :
George was the father of our subject ; Hepsey P.
married William Dorrance. lived in Andover, Conn.,
and died at the age of sixty-two years.

George Goodrich was born in East Haddam,
Sept. 8, 1805, and died Dec. 29, 1879. He received
his education in Rocky Hill. Conn. He learned the
trade of cabinetmaker in Hartford, from there pro-
I: ceeding to Ilristol, where he worked in a clock-case
factory until 1878, at that time moving to Water-
bury, where he passed the rest of his days. He
married Charlotte L. Ives, who was born in Bris-
tol, a daughter of Ira and Cynthia (Shaler) Ives;
lier father was a Captain in the Revolutionary war.
Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. George
Goodrich, viz. : Miss Almira M., living in Water-
bury; Augustus I., our subject; and George L. and
Samuel R., mechanics, who reside in Bristol. The
mother died in 1848. The father was a lifelong
\\'hig and Republican, and in religious faith both
he and his wife were Congregationalists.

Augustus I. Goodrich was born Sept. 16. 1833,
in Bristol, and there attended the common school
and academy. At the age of twenty-three, in the
year 1856, he came to W'aterbury, where he has
resided ever since, having been continuously in the
employ of the W'aterbury Clock Co. until ]\Iav,
1899, since when he has lived retired. For many
years he was superintendent of the works, and dur-
ing his long service of over forty years he proved
himself honest, capable and industrious, leaving with
a record second to none in the company's emplov.

On Jan. 22, 1861, Mr. Goodrich married Helen I.
Corbett, who was born in Rome, X. Y., daughter of
Samuel and Rachel Corbett. the former a repre-
sentative of an old Boston (Mass.) family, and the
latter of an old Maine family. Two children have
been born to this union: Frederic S. and Charles
G., both very talented young men.

Frederic S. Goodrich, M. A., professor of Greek
in Albion (Mich.) College, was born in Waterburv
Sept. 9. 1865, and there received his early education,
later attending Wcslevan Academv, W'ilbraham,



Mass., from which he graduated in the class of 1885,
taking the commencement oratorical prize. For a
year he was engaged in newspaper work, after
which he continued his studies at Wesleyan Univer-
sity, ?vIiddletown, Conn., and was graduated in the
class of 1890. During his course he took prizes in
Latin, Greek and English literature, and led the
class in general scholarship. He is a member of
the Phi Beta Kappa and Psi Upsilon fraternities.
After graduation he spent a year abroad, studying
i in the University of Berlin, and in the American
I School of Classical Studies at Athens. He visited
points of interest in Egypt, Palestine and Asia
Alinor, and on his return he taught Greek for a
year in Wesleyan University, and in 1892 was ap-
, pointed to the professorship of Greek in Albion Col-
! lege, where he has since remained. Prof. Goodrich
j is regarded as an authority in his chosen field, and
is also well-known as a lecturer on various topics.
; In 1894, under his management, the students of
'. the Greek department at Albion College gave a
i highly successful production of Sophocles" "C)edi-
j pus "Tyrannus," and in 1900 "Iphigenia among the
! Taurians," both in the original Greek. Prof. Good-
rich received the degree of M. A. from the Uni-
versity of Michigan in 1898. The Professor is an
ordained minister of the M. E. Church, and is a
member of the Detroit Conference. On Jan. 3,
1893, he married Hilary M. Harrison, of Waterburv,
an accomplished art student, and they have tw'o
children, Frederic H. and Helen R. ylr. Goodrich
I is a Freemason and Odd Fellow. In 1900 he was
the nominee for governor of Michigan on the Pro-
; hibition ticket.

: Charles G. Goodrich, Ph.B., was born Sept. 19.

I 1869, in Waterbury, received his early education in

that city, and after attending the Waterburv high

I school went to Wesleyan Academy, Wilb'rahani,

I Mass., where he entered the College Preparatorv

I and 'Slusic departments. Even thus early his merit

I was recognized by his appointment as organist of

I the Alemorial M. E. Church, taking the place of- the

I musical instructor of the Academy. He was grad-

j uated with honors in the class of 1889, of which

I class he was elected permanent president. In the

\ fall of 1889 he entered Wesleyan Universitv ( Mid-

dletown. Conn.) and prepared himself for teaching

: modern languages, taking special honors in this de-

i partment. He also won the Seney scholarship

i prize, given for general excellence of work. He

' was a member of Psi Upsilon fraternity, and was

graduated in 1893 among the first in his class, being

chosen to membership in Phi Beta Kappa in spite

of the fact that much of his time had been devoted

to the music of the First AI. E. Church of ]\lid-

dletown, where he was organist and director of a

; large chorus choir. He was also organist of the

University chapel. At the end of his course he was

appointed assistant librarian of tlie University, and

took a post-graduate course in his specialties. In

; the summer of 1894 he went to Germany and stud-



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ied langT.iages and music in Berlin. He returned to
take charge of the Department of Modern Lan-
guages at Albion College (Albion, Mich.), during
the year's leave of absence of the head of the depart-
ment. At the end of this year he returned to Eur-
ope for further study at the celebrated University
of Bonn, studying and traveling in France and
Italy. On his return to America he was elected
head of the ^lodern Language Department of
Harry Hillman Academy, Wilkesbarre, Pa., a
large college preparatory school with an enviable
reputation for its high standard of scholarship.
This position he held, as well as that of organist
and choir leader of the First ^L E. Church of the
city, one of the most important musical appoint-
ments in the State, until Sept. lo, 1901. when he
resigned to take the Professorship of Romance
Languages at ^Marietta College. ^Marietta, Ohio,
where he now resides. He is also a member of
Harmony Lodge, No. 42, F. & A. ]NL. of Water-
bury, Conn. On Aug. 25, 1897, he was married
to Annie Y. Shortle, B. A., of Provincetown, IMass.,
a graduate of Wesleyan Academy (Wilbraham,
Mass.) and of W'ellesley College (Wellesley,
Mass.), class of 1897, where she not only com-
pleted with high honor the course in Liberal Arts,
but also the course in the Art of Painting.

Mrs. Augustus L Goodrich, a graduate of the
State Normal School at Framingham. !Mass., and
later a student at Allen's English and Classical
School, at West Newton, Mass., was in 1859 and
i860 a teacher in the public schools of Waterbury.
She has always been closely identified with church
work, and for several years has been president of
the King's Daughters of Waterbury. It may be
truly added here that it was mainly through her
efforts and teachings that her sons took up study
so assiduously, and have thereby reached the en-
viable literary positions they now hold.

Augustus I. Goodrich is a Republican in his po-
litical proclivities, and for a number of years he
servfed in the common council : represented the
First Ward of the city in the aldermanic board six
years ; was police commissioner ten years ; and was
one of the commissioners when the police station
was erected. In 1863 he joined the State militia,
was elected lieutenant, later captain of Company
A, 2d Regiment Conn. N. G., in which capacity he
served seven years, when he was succeeded by
Major F. A. Spencer. He was also elected lieuten-
ant colonel, but declined the honor. For a num-
ber of years he was connected with the Center
school district, was chairman of its committee in
1890, and re-elected to the office for two years in
1898. Socially he is affiliated with Harmony Lodge,
No. 42, F. & A. M., at Waterbury, and is a past
master and trustee. In religious faith he is a mem-
ber of the M. E. Church. He is a man of high
character, one whose well-spent life is worthy of
emulation, is very popular, and wields considerable
influence in his locality.



CHARLES JOSEPH PIERPONT (deceased)
! was a prominent and influential citizen of East
' Farms, Waterbury, and a worthy representative of
an honored old family of New Haven county. Of
French descent, he traced his ancestry back to Rob-
ert Ale Pierpont, or Robert of the Stone Bridge,
: who accompanied William the Conqueror to Eng-
■ land. One of his descendants, who also bore the
name of Robert, was created Earl of Kingstone in
1 1628. He had two brothers, one of whom was Will-
iam, the father of James Pierpont, who was the first
of the family to come to America, and who had
two sons, John and Robert. The former located
j in Roxbury, ^lass., and married Thankful Stowe,
; and among their children was James Pierpont, bom
Jan. 4, 1659, who was graduated at Harvard College
I in 1681, and on July 2. 1684, was ordained pastor
of the Center Church of New Haven. On Oct. 27,
j 1691, James Pierpont married Abigail, daughter of
] Rev. John Davenport. She died Feb. 3, 1O92, and
I on May 30, 1694, he was again married, his second
; union being with Sarah, granddaughter of Gov.
Haynes. Her death occurred Oct. 27, 1696. and he
; married for his third wife, on July 6, 1698, Mary
i Hooker, granddaughter of Rev. Thomas Hooker,
j of Hartford.

j Ezra Pierpont, grandfather of our subject, was
I the first of the family to locate in this section. He
j wedded Mary Blakeslee, a native of North Haven,
j and a daughter of Isaac Blakeslee. She died Sept.
28. 1827, and he departed this life Jan. 7, 1842.
They had five children, whose names and dates of
: birth were as follows: Chloe, Aug. 15, 1783;
I Luther, Feb. 8. 1785; Seabury, March 13, 1787;
I Austin, ]\Iay 19, 1791 ; and Lucy, July 26, 1793.

Austin Pierpont, our subject's father, was a land

! owner and farmer at East Farms, Waterbury. where

I he spent the greater part of his life, and is buried

j in the East Farms cemetery. He was killed by

I lightning. On Feb. 20, 1812, he married Sally

Beecher, daughter of Enos Beecher, and to them

I came nine children: Enos Austin, born March 24,

1813. died Jan. 9, 1814; Enos Augustus was born

Tan. 8, 1815; Ezra Alonzo was born Dec. i, 1817;

' Sarah Minerva, born ]\Iarch 2, 1820, died Sept. 24,

i 1840; Nancy Jennette, bom March 24, 1822, died

' Dec. 28, 1825 ; Charles Joseph, our subject, is next

! in order of birth: Emily Jennette, born June 15,

! 1830, married A. J. Beers : William Seabury was

born June 23, 1833; Ellen Alaria was bom June 10,

1840.

< Charles T. Pierpont was born at East Farms

i ^March 11. 1825, and was reared on the home farm,

I acquiring his education in the schools of W'aterbury.

j On reaching manhood he engaged in farming on his

I own account, and also became a successful butcher

and stock dealer. Upright and honorable in all

! things, he was widely and favorablv known, and had

the confidence and respect of all with whom he

i came in contact, either in business or in social life.

I He held membership in the Episcopal Church, and



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was identified with the Democratic party, but never
sought pohtical prelemient. He died on his farm
March 2j, 1884, and was buried in the East Farms
cemetery, a part of wliich land he had given to the
town for burial purj>oses.

In the town of Waterbury Mr. Pierpont was
married, April 20, 1846, to ^Miss Mary A. Warner,
and to them were born six children, namely: (i)
Charles J. and (2) Austin B. are both represented
elsewhere. (3) Ellen C. is the wife of George W.
Conner, of Westside Hill. (4) Wilson L. is a dairy
farmer of East Farms. He is a Republican in poli-
tics, and a member of the Independent Order of
Odd Fellows. He married Annie E. Merrill, a
daughter of Xathan Merrill, and she died in 1898,
the mother of eight children, George, Edith, Albert,
Richard (deceased), Joseph, Charles, Xathan and
Flarold. On April 9, 1901, he married Mrs. Anna
E. Hall. (5) Elmer M. is a grocer of Waterbury.
(6) Mary A. is the wife of Charles S. Miller, of
Waterbury.

Like her husband, ]\Irs. Pierpont is held in high
regard by all who know her. Her father, Jared
Warner, a farmer by occupation, was born Oct. 16,
1785, son of Alark \\'arner, a Revolutionary soldier.
In August, 1803, he wedded Mary Bronson, who
was born May 3, 1785, a daughter of Levi Bronson.
They had four children : Amanda, born Nov. 19,
1804, married Wesley Bronson : Levinus Bronson
was born Aug. 12, 1808; Olive Caroline, born Nov.
I, 1810, married James Converse; and Mary Ann,
born Dec. 8, 1828, married Charles J. Pierpont, our
subject.

GEORGE LINSLEY, a retired carpenter and
cabinet maker, is spending his last days in Bran-
ford in the peace and quiet to which his long and
useful life well entitles him. Mr. Linsley was born
in that borough May 29, 1829, son of Elias and
Mary (Bradley) Linsley. Elias Linsley was born
Aug. 28, 1803, in North Branford, a son of Daniel
and Polly P. (Jones) Linsley, and became a cabinet
maker and undertaker. For si.xty years he was in
business in Branford, where he left a good com-
petence and the legacy of a good name. There
were three children in his family : George, Henry
David, and J. At wood.

Daniel Linsley died Dec. 30, 1813, at the age
of forty-eight. His wife died in September. 1847,
at the age of seventy-four. To them were born the
following children: Betsy, v,-ho mr.rried Samuel
Page; Benjamin D., who married Elvira Wliitney ;
Abigail ; Harvey J., who first married Laura Clark
and later Mary .Somers ; Jeremy, who married
Phebe Page, and (second) Sarah Beach; Sylvia;
Elias ; Polly Parnell ; Charles : Hezekiah. who mar-
ried Mariam Gillette, and after her death, wedded
Maria Doolittle ; and Daniel. Israel Linsley. Jr.,
the father of Daniel, married Hannah Winthrop.
He was a son of Israel and Priscilla (Wheaton)
Linslev, and grandson of Jonathan and Dorcas

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I (Phipper or Phipenny) Linsley, and great grandson
of John Linsley, who came from England and set-
• tied in Brantord in 1646.

: Mr. Linsley"s maternal grandfather, Timothy
I Bradley, of Branford, married Irene Gordon, a.
j daughter of Alexander Gordon, who was a sailor
i and came of a Scottish family. His great-grand-
! parents were Timothy and Sarah (Goodsell) Brad-
ley. He lived in Branford where Seth Thomas
: Bradley now has his home.

! George Linsley was reared in Branford, where
I he obtained a common-school education. Early in
; life he learned the cabinet maker's trade, under his
! father's instruction, and followed same for nine
years. Desiring to see more of the world he went
to sea as a common sailor, and for a year was en-
gaged in visiting American and West Indian ports>
On his return he worked at the carpenter's trade,
in New Haven, and presently began contracting
. and building. For forty years he was one of the
I most reliable and aggressive business men of Bran-
! ford, having the construction of the principal build-
I ings, churches, private houses and store buildings
j as well. Time has tried his work, and his honest
I construction and the sound material employed are
i demonstrated in the passing of the years. Our sub-
j ject was one of the incorporators of the Branford
I Savings Bank. He is actively interested in every-
I thing aftecting the welfare of the town, and for
eighteen months had charge of the Blackstone Li-
brary.

Air. Linsley was married .\pril 30, 1855, to Aliss-
Ellen F., a daughter of Henry N. and Almira ( Tilt-
tle) DeWolf, of New Britain, and a granddaughter
of John and Desire (Noyes) De\\'olf, and a great-
granddaughter of that Paul Noyes who furnished
S6o,ooo of leather equipments for the Revolutionarv
war, for which it is said he was never paid. The
maternal grandfather of Mrs. Linsley was Planning-
Tuttle, of North Flaven, who married Beda Barnes.
Mr. and Airs. Linsley have one daughter, Isadora
A. Mr. Linsley belongs to Widows Sons Lodge,.
No. 66, F. & A. M., and to Harmony Lodge, No.
5, I. O. O. F. In politics he is a Republican.

JACOB HENRY GARRIGUS, one of the pros-
perous and respected farmers and worthy citizens
of the town of Wolcott, is a native of the State of
New Jersey, born Alarch 25, 1838, in Morristown,.
Morris county. He comes of an old Pennsylvania
and New Jersey branch of the family, which is of
French Huguenot origin.

The first of the family in this country was Da-
vid Garrigus, who came to America as an exile
from France during the religious persecutions in
that country. He settled in Philadelphia, Pa., and
died leaving a large family, most of whom had
adopted the Quaker faith. Jacob Garrigus, son
of David, settled in Hanover township, Morris Co.,.
N. J., where he became a land owner and farmer.
He had a family of nine children, four of whom —



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David, Isaac, Jacob and John — participated in the
Revolutionary war, John being present with Wash-
ington at the surrender of CornwaUis.

John Garrigus, son of Jacob, above mentioned,
was born in Hanover township, Morris Co., X. J.,
and followed farming- there. He married Elizabeth
Shipman, of the same locality, and had children:
John, Isaac, Samuel, Alary, Ruth and Lydia.

Isaac Garrigus, son of John and father of
Jacob H., was born in 1798, in Hanover township,
Morris Co., N. J., and was tliere reared and edu-
cated. His occupation was that of a smelter and
charcoal burner, and he became a well-to-do man,
dying in comparatively good circumstances. He
passed away in August, 1865, in his native town-
ship, a member of the Presbyterian Church. He
was a Whig in politics. In 1822 'Sir. Garrigus mar-
ried Sarah Sheppard, daughter of John Sheppard,
and they had a family of fourteen children, as fol-
lows : Mary Ann (deceased) married George
Griswold ; David, of Waterville, Conn., married Ar-
minda L. Birch ; Euphemia K. married John !Mes-
ler ; Harriet died young : Phebe married John Tot-
ton; Isaac Newton (deceased) married Caroline
M. Twiss ; Lewis, of Waterbury, Conn., married
(first) Lizzie Parsons, and (second) Eunice Wel-
ton; Cyrus (deceased) married Harriet SI. Doug-
lass; Jacob Henry is the subject of these lines;
Elizabeth Sarah married Jacob \^anslike ; Char-
lotte married James Johnson ; Horace, of Water-
ville, Conn., married Maria Dailey ; Ellen Janette