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Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens,
AND OF Many of the Early Settled Families.



J. H. Beers & Co.

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tlic leading business men of Chesiiire, New Haven
cuiuity, where he is engaged in house painting,
spraining, whitewasliing, ])aj)cr hanging and glazing,
and is a dealer in ]>aper. nK)uldings. paints and oils,
while at present he is alsC' giving some attention to
farming. A native of this county he was born in
Meriden Feb. 22, 1840, a son of Frederick A. and
Jeannette (Hall) Franci.-s

Cyrus Francis, his internal great-grandfather,
was a major in tlie Revolutionary war and in a
hand-to-hand conflict had to brain his opponent in
order to preserve his ovfn life. The grandfather,
Appleton I-'rancis, was (1 soldier of the Mexican
war. He was born in Heriden but was reared in
Kensington. Hartford C)., Conn., where he spent
the remainder of his lif' as an agriculturist. He
was the father of the fol )wing children : Herliert :
Charlotte ; Frederick A., father c f our subject ; and
Catliarine, wife of Almoii Ives, of Cheshire.

Frederick A. I-'rancis was born in Ticrlin. Hart-
forcj county, in 1801, anft was reared and educated
in Kensington. Throumout life he followed the

occupation of farming
ber of the State militi^.
county, he married Mis

U one time he was a niem-

In Wallingford, this

Jeannette Hall, a native

of that town, who died ii Meriden in 1844, and he
died in 1845. I" their 'amily were four children :
Harriet, who married William Powers, and died in
Meriden; Jeannette, wift of Amos Tuttle. of North
Haven, Conn. ; Frederic! , the inventor and origina-

has been well represented
he espoused the cause oi
bellion and enlisted in li

United States service a

tor of the system of bu
lived in New Britain bu
Purnum W.

During his Iroyhood
tended school in ^Ieri(k^ and New Britain, Conn.
Coming of a very patric:ic and loval familv which

ning coal in engines, who
died in New Haven ; and

and youth our subject at-

in the wars of this country,
the Union during the Re-
52 at Bristol, Conn., in Co.

K. i6th Conn. V. I., aid was mustered into the

that place Aug. 5, 1862.

He participated in the ba ties of .Vntietam and Fred-
ericksburg, the siege of Suffolk, and at Plymouth.
N. C, was taken prisone:, being confined in .\nder-
sonville for eight long rionths. He was finally ex-
changed at Charleston, 3. C, and taken to the pa-
role camp at Annapolis, Md. He remained in the
service until the war en( ed and was honoralilv dis-
charged at Hartford, O nn.. in 1865. Mr. Francis
then made his home in Bristol Conn., until com-
ing to Cheshire, in 18^.. since wliich time he has
successfully engaged in is preseiU business.

In Bristol, in 1865, 3 Fr. Fraijcis was married to
Miss Helen Blakeslee, Who died |jn Hartford county
in 1882. and in Chesliir he waf. again married, in
1S88, his second union being with Miss Harriet
Humiston, a native of t'hes ire, and' a daughter of
John and Rhoda (Nich. 's) tluniston. Her father
died in that town in 185'), i.^r mother in 1806. Po-
litically Mr. Francis is :. Republican and he is now

most creditably serving his sixth year as justice of
the peace in Cheshire. He was one of the charter
members of the Grand Army Post at Bristol, and in
days of peace, as in times of war, has shown him-
self to be a worthy and loyal citizen, true to the best
interests of his country.

CHARLES E. HART stands high among the
substantial business men and valuable citizens of
New Haven, where he is considered a representative
dealer in his line. His unassuming and pleasant
personality has made him as popular personally as
he 'is reliable commercially.

Mr. Hart was born April 2, 1843, in the town
I of Durham, Conn., and comes from one of the old
and honorable families of New England, and one
of the very oldest in Connecticut, he being a repre-
sentative in the seventh generation from Deacon
Stephen Hart, who was the progenitor of this fam-
ily in .America. His line is from Deacon Stephen
through Thomas, Hawkins, Samuel, Samuel (2),
and William Augustus.

(I) Deacon Stephen Hart, born about 1605,
at Braintree, County of Essex, England, came
thence to Massachusetts Bay Colony about 1632,
and is supposed to have belonged to the company
that settled Braintree, Mass. He located for a time
at Newtown (now Cambridge), where he married
and where his first wife died. For his second wife
he married Margaret Smith, widow of Arthur
Smith. Mr. Hart was one of the fifty- four settlers
at Cambridge, Mass., later went to Hartford with
the comi)any of Rev. Thomas Hooker, in 1635, and
was one of the original proprietors in 1639. At
Cambridge he had been a member of Mr. Hooker's
church and continued a member at Hartford. In
1672 he became one of the eighty-four proprietors
of Farmington, Conn. In 1647 he was a deputy to
the General Court of Connecticut, and continued to
serve as such during most of the succeeding years
up to 1660, from the town of Famiington. At the
latter place he was one of the seven pillars of the
church, and was chosen the first deacon. An ex-
tensive farmer, he became a man of influence, and
was one of the leaders in the town. His death oc-
curred in 1683. his widow dying in 1693.

(II) Thomas Hart, son of Deacon Stephen,
was born in 1^144, and married Ruth Hawkins, who
was born in 1649, in Windsor. Conn., a daughter of
.'\nthony Hawkins, a man of distinction in Farming-
ton, whose wife was the daughter of Gov. Welles,
of Connecticut. Mr. Hart served as ensign, lieuten-
ant and captain of the trainband. ^Ir. Hart and
John Hooker were the two most prominent men of
the town, and conspicuous in the Colony, being men
of wealth, activity and usefulness. From 1690 to
171 1 lie represented the town in the General Court,
for twenty-nine sessions, and he was several times
clerk and speaker. Capt. Hart died in 1726.

(III) Hawkins Hart, son of Capt. Tliomas, was
born in 1677, in l-'armington, and was a farmer. He



married, in 1701, Sarah Latlirop, who was born in
1683, (JauglUer of Xalhanicl ant! Sarah Lathrop, of
Wallingford. Tliev lived for a time in Farmington,
and then removed to W'alhngford, where Mrs. Hart
died in 1733. -Mr. Hart then married Mary Street,
daughter ol Rev. Josepli l-llliott, and his second wife
Mar)- (^WiUvsj, of Ciuilford, the latter a daughter
of Hon. Sainuel Willys, of Hartford. Mr. Hart
held the rank of lieutenant, and represented Wall-
ingford in the General Court nine sessions, between
1714 and 1732. He died in 1735.

t.l\') Samuiel Hart, son of Lieut. Hawkins, born
in 1735. in Wallingford, married, in 1759, at Dur-
ham, Conn., Abridget I'owler, and settled on a farm
in that town ; this farm was part of a tract of land
which had been given to Rev. Joseph Eliot by the
Colonial Legislature, for preaching the election ser-
mon. Both he and his wife were taken into full
church communion in 1771. Mr. Hart held the rank
of lieutenant in the Continental .\nny during the
Revolutionary war, and was wounded at the battle
of Saratoga, after which he drew a pension. His
death took place Jan. ij, 1805, and his widow passed
away Nov. 26, 1827.

(V) Samuel Hart (2), son of Lieut. Samuel,
was born July 12, 1770, and was baptized in Dur-
ham, Conn. On March 3 , 1803, he married Patience
Hubbard, who was born in August, 1772, a daugh-
ter of Ebcr and Patience (Chittenden) Hulibard.
Mr. Hart was a farmer, living on his father's home-
stead, and was an industrious man. He died Dec.

25, 1857, 'his widow surviving until March 15.

(VI) William Augustus Hart, son of Samuel
(2), was born April 26, 1806, at Durham, Conn.,
and was well known to the residents of New Haven,
Middletown and Durham, as he carried on a butch-
ering business in these towns, and also kept a coun-
try store on the old homestead. He married Sally
Maria Jones, daughter of John Jones, of North Mad-
ison, and the children of this union were as fol-
lows: Elizabeth H., born May 17, 1831. married
Charles II. Camp, of Middlefield, Conn.; hranklin
H. was born April 29, 1834 (he is mentioned else-
where) ;, Mary E., born July 10, 1836, is deceased ;
\\illiam Lewis, born Dec. 28, 1838, is residing in
Brighton, Ohio (he ser^'ed as private in the First
Connecticut Heavy Artillery in the Rebellion); El-
len M., born March 1 1, 1841, married Isaac Hall, of
Wallingford. and both are deceased ; Charles E., our
subject, was l)orn April 2, 1843; F- J> bom Feb.

26, 1845, n school days in Durham,
and at the age of seventin came to New Haven to
work as a clerk in the ciablishnient of Horace H.
Strong, which stood on te site of Mr. Hart's pres-
ent place of business, onState street. On Aug. 2,
1862, Mr. Hart enlisted i Company I, 15th Conn.
V. L In 1864 he was pnnoted to the rank of first
lieutenant, in the 109th 'nited States Colored In-
fantry, and just before to surrender of Gen. Lee
he was promoted, in Mach. 1865. to the rank of
captain. In March of t'c following year he was
mustered out of the servic at Louisville, Ky. Mr.
Hart was in service for line months in Texas, at
the time Maximilian madihis raid along the border.

On his return from tb army Mr. Hart engaged
in the market business Mih his brother. \\'illiam
Lewis, at Wellington. Ol.i, for about four months.
Coming back to New H; en. he became a member
of the firm of Strong, Hat & Co., and later became
a memljer of Frisbie & art, of New Haven, the
members being John Fri.iie and C. E. Hart. This
partnership lasted until I'oG, when Charles E. Hart
engaged in business aloni for a year. Then he be-
came a member of C. E. art & Co., which organi-
zation consisted of our ,0)ject. R. H. Nesbit and
W. E. Judd, and continuil until 1894, when the C.
E. Hart Co., a corporatioi was formed. C. E. Hart
became president and trc surer, and W. A. Hart,
his son, became secretary. 'Sir. Hart has Ijcen at his
present location since 1881

Mr. Hart is a membe of Admiral Footc Post,
G. A. R., and is an enthi iastic Grand Army man;
is a inember of the New ork Commandery of the
Loyal Legion ; the Sons 1 f the American Revolu-
tion ; the Sons of Tempcance, with which he be-
came connected in 1861 ; .nd Hiram Lodge, A. F.
& A. M. He is a membe of the official board of
the Davenport Congregational Church. Genial and
hearty in disposition, he ^ welcomed wherever he

Mr. Hart was married in New Haven, Feb. 12,
1870, to Belle F. Bums, )f New Haven, and two
children have been born tothis union, Edith M. and
William A. William A. is ui attomey in New York,
having graduated from \ilo in 1897. after which
he studied law in Harvard and the New York Law
School. Miss Edith M. li c^ at home. The family
residence is at No^ ,19 Wtrrtii street. New Haven.


the people of Meridi'
served them for fifteen
and registrar of vital <
parentage, and was b' "

Frederick Hess, i ■■


Grand Duchv


1 1 esse

■•■ name is familiar to

.if a man who has

city and town clerk

comes of German

iden April 4, 1861.

was born in tlie

l.)ain)stadt, Germany,.



where he spent his early life, coming to the United
States, however, before he had reached his majority.
Ife located in Meriden and was among the first of
hi? nationality to settle in this section of the State.
Finding employment as a burnisher in the works of
the Meriden Britannia Co., he was there actively en-
gaged all his life. Noted for his industry and in-
tegrity, he had many friends, and was held in general
respect. In political affairs he was a Democrat, but
he never was an office-seeker. In August, 1861, he
enlisted in Companv H, 6th Conn., V. I., Col. John
L. Chatfield and Capt. Henry Bibel being his com-
manding officers. The following March he was
discharged from the service on account of disabili-
ties. The death of this worthy gentleman occurred
in May, 189S, and his remains were interred in the
East cemetery. In religious connec-tion he was a
member of the Lutheran Church. Fraternally he
prized his membership in Merriam Post, No. 8, G.
A. R., Meriden.

Frederick Hess was married in the city of New
York to Miss Johanna Yobke, a native of Germany.
She died in 1872, and was buried in the East ceme-
tery. A good wife and mother, she was a good
Christian woman' and a devout member of the
Lutheran Church. To Mr. and Mrs. Hess were
born three children: Herman, Frank and Frances,
the last named now the wife of James Story, of
New Haven.

Herman Hess was afforded somewhat meager
advantages for education in his youth. He attended
the district school until he was eleven years of age,
when he became a cash boy in the mercantile estab-
lishment of \V. H. Babb, in Meriden, beginning at
a salary of $2.50 a week. There he was employed
five years, meantime devoting much time to study
at home nights, bringing his education up to a
more practical standard. In 1877 he obtained a
situation with the New York. New Haven & Hart-
ford Railway Co., with which he spent five years as
a clerk, being one year in the ticket department and
fnur years in the freight office at Meriden and New
] [aven. In 1882 he secured a position as bookkeeper
with the Meriden Malleable Iron Co., and held same
five years. Since September, 1900, he has been a
director of the Aleridcn National Bank.

In 1883 Mr. Hess was elected city auditor to
fill a vacancy. In October, 1886, he was elected
town clerk and registrar of vital statistics, and in the
same year was made city clerk. For fifteen years he
has continued to fill these offices with credit to him-
self and satisfaction to the public. His first elec-
tion was as a Democrat, but since 1892 he has been
the nominee of both parties. Hfe is a genial and
IX)pular gentleman, thoroughly efficient, and in
every way an honorable and upright man.

Air. Hess is well versed in Masonic lore, be-
longing to St. Elmo Commandery, No. 9, K. T.,
and to Pyramid Temple, A. A. O.' N. M. S. : he is
also a member of Meriden Center Lodge, No. 68,
I. O. O. F. ; the K. of P. ; the R. A. ; the B. P. O. E. ;

and the -American Order of Foresters. He and his
family are members of the Universalist Church.

Mr. Hess was married May 28, 1883, to Eugenia
De Crosby Pomeroy, who was born in Meriden, a
daughter of Norman \V. and Ruth Ann (Norwood)
Pomeroy, and a granddaughter of the late Noaii
Pomeroy. They have had two children, Raymond
Pomeroy and Ruth Imogene, the latter deceased.
Mr. and Mrs. Hess are people of much refinement
and evident culture, and the latter belongs to one
of the oldest families in this part of Connecticut.

intendent of the public schools of Meriden, where
for a third of a century he has been prominent in
educational matters and a useful citizen, is one of
the leading educators of the State.

Prof. Mather was born July 13, 1845, ^t Fair-
field, N. Y., a son of Jairus and Eliza (Jones)
Mather, and is a descendant in the eighth generation
from Rev. Richard Mather, who came to New-
England in 163s, stopping for a time in Boston, and
going thence to Dorchester, Mass. Rev. Mr. Mather
was a native of England, born in 1596 in Lowton,
W'inwick Parish, of Toxeth Park, son of Thomas
and grandson of John Mather, both of Lowton.
Rev. Richard Mather married (first) in 1624 Cath-
erine, daughter of Edmund Holt, of Bury, who died
in 1655, and he married (second) in 1656 Sarah
Story, widow of Rev. John Cotton. He died at
Dorchester in 1669, and his wife, Sarah, in 1676.

From Rev. Richard Mather Prof. Mather's line-
age is through Timothy, Atherton, William, Will-
iam (2), i\loses and Jairus Mather.

(II) Timothy Mather, son of Rev. Richard, the
emigrant settler, born in 1628, in Liverpool, Eng-
land, married (first) Catherine, daughter of Major
Gen. Humphrey Atherton, and (second) March 20,
1678-79, Elizabeth, daughter of Amiel \\'eeks. As
a farmer he settled in Dorchester, Mass., and died
in 1684.

(III) Atherton Mather, son of Timothy, born in
1663, married (first) in 1694 Rebecca Stoughton,
daughter of Thomas, and (second) in 1705 Mary
Lamb, of Roxbury. When a young man Mr.
Mather settled at Windsor, Conn. He removed in
1712 to Suffield, Mass., which in 1752 became a
part of Connecticut, and was there a prominent
and useful man and citizen. For four years he was
a deputy from the town to the General Court at
Boston. He died in 1734.

(IV) William Mather, son of Atherton. born
in 1698 in Windsor, Conn., married in 1821 Silence
Butolph, daughter of Daniel Butolph, of Simsbury,
Conn., and lived in Suffield.

(V) William Mather (2), son of William, was
born April 25, 1735, in Suffield, and later was of
Marlboro, Vt.. and Fairfield, N., Y. He married
(first) April 10, 1760, Helen AIKti Talcott, daugh-
ter of Peletiah Allyn ; she died in 1770, and he mar-
ried (second) Martha Dickinson, who died May 29,




.Mr. Mallicr died in l-'airlield, N. Y., -May 22,

(VI) Moses Mather, son of William (2), bom
Feb. I, 1774, in Suffield, Conn., was later of Marl-
boro, Vt., and Fairfield, X. Y. He married June
19, 1799, Sarah Dresser, who died Nov. 15, 1863.
Mr. Mather died Dec. 20, 1832. Their children,
all Iwrn between :8o2 and 1819, inclusive, were:
William. lairus, Jacob D. and Martha.

(VII)' Jairus Mather, son of Moses, born Aug.
23. 1819, at Fairfield, N. Y., married July 30. 1844,
Eliza Jones, and to the marriage came children as
follows: Albert Barnes, born July 13, 1845;
Charles Jairus, born Oct. 22, 1847, who married
Dec. 21. 1S75, Marv B. Getman, and died March
28. 1884: Laura ^iaria, born Feb. 7, 1850; and
Frederick Dresser, born June 20, i860.

Albert Barnes Mather, whose name introduces
this sketch, received his primary education and was
prepared for college in the schools of his native
town. He was graduated with honors from Am-
herst College in 1868, and in the fall of the same
year located in Meriden, Conn., having been placed
in charge of the Meriden High School for one term.
Following this he was given charge of the schools
of the Corner District of the same city, and from
that time to this has been identified with its schools.
Prof. Mather is an intelligent and enthusiastic edu-
cator, and is well and favorably known in this line
of work throughout the State and beyond State
]ines. Since 1898 he has been the superintend-
ent of the Meriden schools. He has been presi-
dent of the Slate Teachers' Association, and of
the State Council of Education, and is a member of
Phi Beta Kappa. He has been a prominent mem-
ber of the Scientific Association, of which he has
served as an officer for a decade or more, and is a
Knight Templar Mason, and for a dozen years or
more was recorder of St. Elmo Commandcry, of
Meriden. He is also a member of the Home Club,
and has served as its president, and is clerk of St.
Andrew's Episcopal Parish. He is a popular and
genial gentleman.

On Feb. 27, 1887, Mr. Mather was married to
Anne W'ylie, daughter of Dr. Wylie, late of Mer-

years prominently identified with the printing in-
dustry of New Haven county, and made for himself
an honorable record in business. He was pro-
gressive, reliable and energetic, and won the con-
fidence and respect of all with whom he came in
contact, in either business or social life. He now
makes his home in Northford.

The first of the Stevens family of whom we
have any authentic record was Rev. Timothv Stev-
en";, a native of Bristol, Wales, who came to Hert-
ford, Conn., when a young man. and was the first
Congregational minister at Glastonbury, being or-
dained in October, 1693. He died .'\pril 16, 1725.

His son, Joseph, born in Hartford, in 1705, was
the father of Elisha Stevens, who was born in
Glastonbury, in 1752, and married Agnes Kimbcrly.
Their son, Milton Stevens, the grandfather of our
subject, was a native of Hartford county, and died
in Prospect, New Haven county, when our sub-
ject's father was quite small. He had three chil-
dren : Henry ; Mary, wife of Timothy Fowler, of
New Haven ; and David S.

David Stearn Stevens, Sr., our subject's father,
was born July 14, 1823, in Prospect, and there mar-
ried Eliza Benjamin, who died at the age of thirty-
six years, leaving the following children : Albert
died at the age of thirty-six years ; Alice, born
Aug. 17, 1849, married Jared Bassett, of North
Haven, and is now deceased ; Eliza Seneca, born
March 3, 1851, is the wife of H. Maltby, of North-
ford ; Henry, born May 7, 1855, married Ella
Augur, a sister of Watson D. Augur, and lives in
Wallingford; David S., our subject, is the next in
order of birth ; and Agnes G., born Oct. 4, 1859, is
the wife of Watson D. Augur, of North Branford.
For his second wife the father married FVances
Ilart, of Quinnipiac, town of North Haven, and to
them were born two children: Fannie, wife of Lea
Revere, and) Peter, both residents of I^Iillenheck,
Va. When a young man the father moved to
Quinnipiac, where he engaged in the manufacture
of spoons, silverware, etc., until 1869, when he
sold his business there and came to Northford,
town of North Branford, where he continued to
manufacture silverware for some years. In 1881
he removed to Lancaster county, Va., where he pur-
chased property and lived in retirement for some
time, and died in 1895, at the age of seventy-two

On the maternal side our subject traces his an-
cestry back to Samuel Benjamin, who was married,
in 1731, to Elizabeth P.oswick, and in 1754 removed
from Stratford to Hartland, Conn. His children
were John, Patty, Asher and Samuel. The last
named was a soldier of the Revolutionary war, en-
listing from Hartland, in June, 1776, for one year,
under Capt. Woodbridge. He married Rachel Hol-
comb, of Granby, and to them were born three chil-
dren : David, who married Rachel Moore, and
lived in Soulhwick, Mass. ; Eleazer, father of Eliza ;
and Samuel, who married Asenath Holcomb, and
lived in Granby, Conn. Eleazer Benjamin married
Polly Case, of Simsbury, Conn., and to them were
born the following children : Rachel, born .\ug.
18, 181 1, married Dr. Russell H. Tiffany, of Can-
ton, Conn., and died April 23, 1863: Abigail, born
Feb. I, 1813, married Anson Holcomb, of Simsbury,
and died Jan. 18, 1890; Polly, born Feb. 10, 1815,
married Charles P. Clark, of East Granby, Conn.,
and died Dec. 16, 1892; Mariette, Ixirn Nov. 28,
1817, died Sept. 13, 1819; Mariette, Ixsrn May 2r,
1821, died unmarried Sept. 14, 1853; Eliza, (lie
motber of < ur subject, was born Jan. i, 1824, and
died Sept. 8, i860; DeWitt Clinton, born June 4,



1826. went to California as a gold seeker in 1849,
anrl is still a resident of Georgetown, that State;
Eleazer, bom Jan. 6, 1828, died Dec. 25, 1850; and
Scott, born Oct. 26, 1830, died October, 1853.

David S. Stevens, Jr., was born in Ouinnipiac,
iDwii of Xorth Haven, April 4, 1857, and for three
years was a student at Gen. Russell's Institute,
in New Haven, and two years at Durham Academy.
Soon after the completion of his education he con-
ceived the idea of the card printing industry — a
business that was soon afterward taken up by scores
of firms throughout Coimecticut, depending for
sales upon newspaper advertising and the mail order
system of delivery. He was the first to engage in
this business extensively. Beginning as he did in
a corner of his father's silverware factory, with a

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