is a Republican, and though a member of the politi-
cal minority in Derby, he enjoys a popularity and
esteem second to that of no man in the community.
He stands high in the councils of both the Masons
and the Odd l-'ellows. In the first named fraternity
he has atta ned the thirty-second degree, and is
affiliated with King Hiram Lodge, Xo. 12, Solomon
Chapter, No 3, L'nion Council, Xo. 6. Hamilton
Commandery. and Pyramid Temple. He is also a
member of Ousatonic Lodge. I. O. O. F., and of
;he Royal Arcanum. In the business world his
standing is high. He is a member of the local
l)oard of Trade, and "his word is equal to his
On .Aug. 28, 1886. Mr. .Allis married Miss Lottie
E. .Smith, a daughter of P.enjamin and Jane Smith,
of Derby, and two children have come to this union.
Clarence H. and May 1'..
.\RT11CR W. SAirill. a well-known citizen of
Xaugatuck, Xew Haven county, and several years
foreman of the fire department, was born in the
Millville District of that town. Jan.' 17, 1861. and
belongs to one of the old families of this county.
His paternal grandfather. Philemon Smith, made
, hiis home in the town of Oxford, and followed the
occu])ations of a farmer and butcher.
David Smith, father of .Arthur W., was born in
1824 in Oxforrl, where ne was reared and educated,
but s[)ent much of his life in Naugatuck ; he died
in .Millville, Dec. 15, 1898. He was a butcher and
v.'heelwright by trade. His wife, who died Jan. 9,
i8(j<>. bore the maiden name of Cracc P. Wheeler,
and was born in the town of Huntington, Fairfield
Co., Conn., a daughter of Ezra Wheeler. She spent
the greater part of her life in Xaugatuck. They had
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD.
only two children, the elilcr of whom, Sylvester,
died in infancy.
Arthur W. Smith, the younger son, born Jan.
ly, 1861, grew to manhood in Millville, and was
educated in Xaugatuck, graduating from the high
school of that place. During his entire business
career he has been in the employ of the Goodyear
India Rubber Glove Co. As a Democrat he takes
quite an active and intUiential part in local politics,
and in 1895 was elected selectman of Xaugatuck.
So acceptably did he fill the office that he has been
continuoush' re-elected, and is the present incum-
bent. He has also been a prominent member of the
Naugatuck fire department almost since its organi-
zation : has served as second assistant foreman, first
assistant foreman aiid foreman for five years, de-
clining further re-election. He is one of the lead-
ing members of Centennial Lodge, No. 100, I. O.
O. F., of Naugatuck, of which he is a past grand,
and also belongs to the Grand Lodge of the State,
and the Daughters of Rebekah, having been instru-
mental in organizing the branch of the latter in
Naugatuck. He is also a member of Gavel Lodge,
No. 18, K. P., and the Ratiibone Sisters, K. of T.
JOHN J. CARROLL, M. D., a prominent rep-
resentative of the medical fraternitv at Naugatuck,
New Haven county, was born in Torrington, this
State, March 2, i860.
Patrick and Ellen (O'Malley) Carroll, his par-
ents, were both natives of Ireland, the former born
in County Tipperary, the latter in County Kilkenny.
The paternal grandfather of our subject spent his
entire life as a farmer in the old country, in 1847
the father crossed the broad Atlantic and took up
his residence in the town of Winchester, Conn.,
where he followed farming for a time. Later he
became a scythe maker, and was engaged in that
business at W'instcd, Conn., for twenty-eight years,
since which time he has lived a retired life, enjoying
the fruits of former toil. The Doctor is the eldest
of his eight children, the others being Mary A., wife
of Joseph Grant, a mechanic of Winsted ; Richard
J., a Catholic priest at South Coventry, Conn.;
Patrick C, who conducts a store and bakery in
Winsted ; Edward, who died at the age of three
weeks ; Catherine, a bookkeeper for her brother
I'atrick: Joseph, a hardware merchant of \\'insted;
and Isaiah, a United States postal clerk.
Dr. Carroll was reared in Winsted, and acquired
his early education in the public and parochial
schools of that place. He subsequently attended St.
Anthony's Seminary, Winsted, the University of
New York, and Dartmouth Medical College, from
which latter he was graduated in 1897, with the de-
gree of M. D. He immediately opened an office in
Naugatuck, and has already gained quite a reputa-
tion as a skilled practitioner. From the start he has
met with most excellent success, and now has an
excellent practice. He is an active member of the
Medical Society of Naugatuck, and socially belongs
to the Hibernians, the I'oresters of America and the
Salem Social Club. Religiously he is a member of
St. I'Vancis Catholic Church, and in political senti-
ment is a Democrat.
FRANK P. WELTON was born Aug. 25,
1865, in Northfield, Litchfield Co., Conn., son of
Herschel O. Welton, who was born in Wolcott,
New Haven Co., Conn., in 1841, and died Jan. 2,
1894, at the age of fifty-three years.
Herschel Welton, father of Herschel O., was
born in the same place, and died at the age of forty-
Iwo. He married Eunice Prindle, who was born in
Waterbury, Conn., and they became the parents of
six children, who were born on the farm at Chest-
nut Hill: (i) David T. went to Iowa, where he
located and engaged in farming. He is still living
and is more than eighty years old. (2) Sherman
S. was a brass caster in Waterbury. He went to
Cheshire with his brother Rensselaer N., remained
there a number of years, and returning to Water-
bury, entered the employ of the Benedict & Burn-
ham Mfg. Co. He died less than a year after, aged
fifty-four. (3) Rensselaer N. went to Cheshire,
where he w-as superintendent of the Cheshire Brass
Co. at the time of his death. (4) Hector was a
mechanic in Waterbury, where he died at the early
age of twenty-eight. (5) Hannah A. married Ed-
ward L. Frisbie, Sr., of Waterbury, whose sketch
appears elsewhere. (6) Herschel O. is mentioned
Herschel O. \\'elton grew up in Waterbury, and
at the age of eightecH entered the factory of Brown
Brothers' Manufacturing Co., where he learned the
casting trade. He followed same throughout life,
working for the Holmes, Booth & Hayden Manu-
facturing Co., and then for the Benedict & Burn-
ham Co., where he was employed, and stood at tiie
head of his trade, at the time of his death. He
married Julia Pritchard, a daughter of Leonard
Pritchard, of Waterbury. She died in 1874. Mr.
and Mrs. Welton were the parents of six children:
Frank P., Elizabeth E., Irving N., Mary F., Charles
E. and one that died in infancy. Mr. Welton was
a Democrat, and in religious connection belonged
to the Episcopal Church.
Frank P. Welton spent his boyhood at lUmker
Hill, near Waterbury, where he attended the dis-
trict school until he was thirteen years old, and was
a pupil at the Waterbury high school for the en-
suing three years. Fie worked on a farm two years,
and then entered the employ of the Benedict &
Burnham Manufacturing Co., where he learned the
trade of brass and German silver casting. In this
work he is still employed as foreman, and ranks
among the most efficient workers in his line.
On Oct. 23, 1889, Mr. Welton married Miss
Julia E. LJpson, of Winsted, Conn., who was horn
in Waterbury, daughter of Israel Lee Upson. They
have had four children: Leonard H., Myriel Lee
and Gertrude S., living; one daughter, Flelen M.,
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD.
died in infancy. Mr. Wclton is a Republican politi-
call\ ; lie bel<3iig;s to Harmony Lod^e, No. 42, F.
& A. -M., and is also a member of Nosahogan Lodge,
No. ji, 1. U. U. F. He and his family are members
of Trinity Episcopal Church, anil he is a member
of the vestry.
HKXRV W'EYAND, a well-known business
man of W'aterbury, is a native of Germany, born
March ij, 1865, in Staudernheim, near J3ingen, on
Charles W'eyand, father of our subject, was of
the same nativity, born in 1824, and died when his
son Henry was but one year old. Like his father
before him. Charles Weyand was a farmer. He
married Kate Dietz, also a native of Staudernheim,
and four children came to their union: Kate mar-
ried John ]3ick, and they make their home in New
York ; Charles is in the tin and sheet-iron business
in (iermany; Elizabeth is the wife of Peter Conrad,
a farmer of Staudernheim; Henry is our subject.
Henry Weyand received his education in his na-
tive land, passing his boyhood on a farm at Staud-
ernheim, near Bingen. He learned the tin and
sheet-iron business in Neustadt-on-der-Hard, serv-
ing a three-years apprenticeship. .Vt the age of sev-
enteen he sailed for the United States, landing at
New York, March 10, 1882, and there followed his
trade about three years, thence removing to Bridge-
port, Conn., where he was in the same line of busi-
ness until 1889, the year of his removal to Water-
bury. Here he formed a partnership with William
T. Disley, under the firm name of Disley & Wey-
and, which continued until March, 1899, since
when Mr. W'eyand has continued the business
alone. In 1895 he built his handsome double brick
block, three stories high, at Nos. 16 to 24 Jefferson
street, which is embellished with a beautiful me-
tallic front, making it one of the most imposing and
attractive buildings in the business part of the city.
Among the specialties which he manufactures may
l)e luentioned metal cornices, skylights, ventilators,
corrugated galvanized iron or copper conductor
pipe, eave troughs, metal clapboards, stove and fur-
nace pipe elbows, etc. ; in fact, anything of that de-
scription that can be made of sheet metal. He also
In October, 1892, Mr. Weyand married Fannie
W'yant, of Seymour, this county, a daughter of
Leonard W'yant, a native of Germany. Three chil-
dren have graced this union : Carl, Flarold and
Leonard. Sociallv Mr. W'eyand is a member of the
Turnverein, the Concordia Singing Society and the
' Home Circle. Politically he is a Republican. He
â€¢ has made his own way in the world imaided, and
, justly merits the success accorded him.
: THOMAS FRANCIS FENN, a general mer-
' chant and druggist in Yalesville, where he has made
: lor himself an enviable place in the business and
social world, was born July 9, 1864. on Staten
Island, N. Y., son of James Fenn, who was born
in New York. George Fenn, the grandfather of
Thoiuas F., was born in New York, where he died,
lliough he lived for a time in Rhode Island. He
v.'as extensively interested in the boating trade of
James Fenn was in his younger days interested
in the cab business, as was his father before him.
Afterward he was engaged as second officer on the
line of boats plying between New York and the city
of New Orleans, and thus sjx'ut more than fifteen
years. He died in Sharon, Conn., in 1897, and was
buried there. In early life he was a Democrat in
political sentiment, but he voted for (]en. Cirant,
and continued to support the Republican ticket
thereafter. He married Ellen James, who was born
in New York, daughter of Edward James, and five
children came to this union : Richard, of Middle-
town, N. Y. ; Edward, of Pittsfield, ^lass. : Thomas
I'rancis ; Frank, a farmer of Sharon, Conn. ; and
Ella M., who married William H. Brem, of Corn-
Thomas Francis Fenn attended the public
schools of Sharon and Cornwall, Conn., and secured
a business education. The work to which he ad-
dressed himself was one suited to his nature and
gifts, and by it the whole bent of his life was de-
termined. He obtained a position as clerk in a
grocery store, and when he went to Cornwall,
it was to take a place in a grocery, which he held
for eighteen years. Mr. Fenn came to Yalesville
in 1889 and opened a store for himself, and in this
enterprise has met with rich reward. He has re-
ceived a good patronage, and is well liked and
highly respected. A thorough business man, and
progressive, he stands in the front rank of the
mercantile world of Yalesville and Wallingford.
Mr. Fenn was married in 1886, in Cornwall,
Conn., to Miss Carrie L. Vollmiller, who was born
in West Cornwall, daughter of George and Mar-
garet A'ollmiller, both of whom were natives of
Germany; her father was a shear manufacturer in
West Cornwall. Conn. Mr. and Mrs. Fenn were
the parents of one child, Violet Winifred, who is
attending school at Bridgeport. Mrs. Fenn died in
Yalesville, March 10, 1897, and was buried in
Cornwall ceipetery. She was a member of the Con-
gregational Church, and a woman of fine character
and spirit. Mr. P"enn belongs to the I. O. O. F..
to Friendship Encampment, No. 11, of Walling-
ford. and to Anchor Lodge, D. of R., at South
Meriden. In politics he is a Republican.
FRANK EL^IER BRAINERD, a prominent
and successful merchant of Stony Creek, is a native
of Connecticut, born July 4, 1861, at Iladdam, Mid-
Daniel Brainerd. the founder of the family in
Connecticut, was brought from England, when
eight years of age, to Hartford. Conn., and here
made liis home with the Wvllvs familv until reach-
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COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD.
ing manhooil. In ir)62 he became a proprietor an<.l
settler of Hadclam, and was. a prosperous and influ-
ential citizen, a justice of the peace, deacon of the
church, and held various other offices.
Sylvester Llrainerd, great-grandfather of Frank
Elmer, married Hannah 1 hibhard, daughter of Job
Hubbard. He was a son of (Miver antl Sally (.Ar-
nold) Brainerd, the former of whom was burn .\ug.
21. 1757. a son of Eliakim and Lucy (Smith) lli-aiu-
erd; he a son of Gideon and Sarah (Selders)
Brainerd; he a son of Deacon James and Hannah
(Spencer) Brainerd, the latter of whom was a
daughter of Jerrod Spencer, of Lynn, Massachu-
Urantiieum II. Brainerd, grandfather of I'rank
Elmer, was born at 1 laddam. Conn., became a ship
carpenter, and built several large vessels and reve-
nue cutters for the Uniteil States Government. He
married, Sept. 30, 1829, Maria Dickinson, daughter
of Darius Dickinson, and their children who grew
to maturity were as follows: Wilson, Ann (Mrs.
George Wallace), John W., Sylvester, Clorinda
(Mrs. Edward \\'allace), Rosabel (Mrs. William
Page), Marvin X. and Charles. Of these.
John Whittlesey Brainerd, father of our sub-
ject, was born in Haddam, Conn., and was a ship
carpenter by trade. In 1866 he settled in Stony
Creek, where he has since successfully conducted
the "Brainerd House," a well-known and jxipular
hostelry. He married Esther L. Bailey, daughter
of Smith and Elizabeth liailey, of Middlesex coun-
ty. Conn., and three children were born to them,
viz. : Frank Elmer, Harvey B. and Alvin S.
Frank E. Brainerd, whose name appears at the
opening of this sketch, was eight years old when
taken by his ])arents to Xew Haven, and there, at
the common and graded schools, he received his ed-
ucation. In 1884 he commenced his business career
in a small way as a grocer, gradually expanding
his trade from year to year, until he now has one
of the largest department stores in the cotmty.
In December. 1883, Mr. Brainerd married Anna
A., daughter of Morris and Mary E. (Jackson)
Brown, of South Orange. X. J., and they liave had
two children: Morence A., born March 2ij, 1885;
and John Elmer, born July 8, 1901. The family at-
tend the Stony Creek Congregational Church, of
which Mr. Brainerd is a trustee; socially he is a
member of Seaside Lodge, No. 4, I. O. O. F., and
(jeorge l'>. Shaw Lodge, Xo. 57, Knights of Pytii-
ias. In politics he is a Republican.
FREDERICK L. TIBBALS, one of Milford'^
leading citizens, a man esteemed by all his towns-
men, regardless of ])olitical affiliations, is a worthy
successor of honored ancestry. He fills a jjromi-
nent place in the public eye, owing to his official
position and to his long connection with the George
H. I-brd Co., of .\'ew Haven, imixirters and jewel-
ers, one of the leading houses of the kind in Xew
England. He is one of the most pnpular men of his
town, despite the fact that he is one of the mo-i
aggressive in measures of importance to its growth,
welfare and prosperity, firm and outspoken in his
convictions on public matters, and fearless of ojv
|)osition in any cause he considers essential to the
jniblic weal. He is recognized by all as genial and
loval to his friends, thoroughly i)ublic-s|)irited. in-
dei)endent in thought and action, and a reliable pub-
lic leader, ever abreast of the times.
Mr. Tibbals' family is of I'uritan stock, and lie
traces his descent from Capt. Thomas Tibbals, wii)
was born in England in 161 5. and came to America
in the shij) "True Love" in 1635. landing at Ply-
mouth. Mass. Cai)t. Thomas Tibbals served in the
Pequot war under Ca])t. John Mason, and while
engaged in pursuing the Indians to i-"airfield Swamp,
in 1638, discovered the Wepawaug river. The fol-
lowing year he led the forty-two settlers from Xew
Haven to Milford, where they settled in 1630.
Reference to Thomas Tibbals is matle in Atwatei'^
"History of Xew Haven Colony," and on the east
end of the Memorial I'ridge at Milford there is a
finishing stone with inscrijjtion taken from Milford
Land Records, the original records being in the
town clerk's office in Milford. The line of descent
to our subject is through Capt. Thomas Tibbals,
born in 161 5, died in 1682 ; Josiah ( i ) , son of Capt.
Thomas: Josiah (2). son of Josiah (i), born in
1682; Josiah (3), son of Josiah (2). born in 1708:
Lemuel, son of Josiah (3). born in 1740; Lemuel
(2), son of Lemuel, who died in 1849.
Lemuel Tibbals (2), son of Lemuel, was a
farmer in Milford. He married Sally Baldwin,
who was born in 1783. and died in 1864. Of their
four children, George L. was our subject's father;
Sarah married Rev. C. B. Ford, a Methodist min-
ister, now located in Watertown, Comi. : Harriet S..
married Merrill I-'ord, (jf Milford, father of Gen.
George H. Ford: and Mary (now deceased) be-
came the wife of Rogers Clark, of Milford.
George L. Tibbals, son of Lemuel (2), was born
Jan. II, 1818, and died in Milford, Dec. 6, 1882.
He was reared in Milford, but when a young man
located in Xew Britain, Conn., engaging as a con-
tractor and builder. Soon after his marriage he re-'
turned to Milford, where he erected many of the
most important buildings in the town, including the
town hall, iniblic school building and various fac-
tories. He also remodeled and enlarged Plymouth
church. In ixilitics he was a Rei)ublican. and in re-
ligion a Congregationalist. His wife. Mary Ann
(IlurlburtI, who died in 1882, was born in Wetli-
ersfield. Conn., daughter of Wealthy Hurlburt.
r'our children were born of this marriage, of whom
Frederick L. is the youngest ; James H. is a car-
penter and builder in Milford: Kate S. resides in
Milford; Fannie is the wife of Prof. Henry D.
Simonds, principal of the Bridgei^ort (Conn.)
Frederick L. Tibbals received his early educa-
tion in the public schools of Milford. and in Vale
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD.
business Colleg-e. Ejraduating; from the latter insti-
Uitiun at tlie aj;e of nineteen years. Two years later
he spent a short time in Waterhurv as clerk in the
clothing- store of Upson & Sing;leton. In 1883 he
accepted a position as bookkeeper with Gen. George
11. Ford, the leading jeweler of New Haven. In
isgi these gentlemen formed a joint-stock com-
pany, known as the George H. h'ord Co., of which
.Mr. 'ril)l)als became secretary and treasurer, hold-
ing the latter office at the present time. He is also
interested in various other business enterprises, and
Ins advice and co-operation are ])rized among his
associates in tlie commercial world. He is a mem-
ber of the Chamber of Commerce of New Haven,
and a director of the Milford Savings liank. He
was one of the incorporators of the Milford Street
Railroad Co., aiul it was largely through his energy
and discretion that the charter iov the company was
obtained in the Legislature.
Politically Mr. Tibbals gives his allegiance to
the Keinihlican party, and to his work is due much
of the change in the ]X)litical aspect of the town.
l*"or several years he was an active worker on the
town committee, and for two vearswas president
of the local Republican League. In 1893 he rep-
resented his town in the General .\sscmblv, and he
was largely instrumental in securing the ])assage of
the law known as the "(lold and Silver Bill,"' which
]>rohibits the manufacturers and dealers in those
metals from selling or having in possession for sale
any article upon which the grade of purity is not
stamped. The law is recognized as of great im-
portance to the trade and meets a long-felt want,
placing Connecticut in line with New York and
other States in this respect. In 1899 Mr. Tibbals
was apjiointed postmaster at .Milford. which posi-
tion he still holds and tills to the satisfaction of the
In 1897 ^Ir. Tibbals was imited in marriage with
Airs. Grace A. Dillon, of Yonkers, X. Y., daughter
of Gideon Coggswell and Mary Elizabeth (Rey-
nolds) Lawrence, of Fordham, that State. Mrs.
Tibbals traces her descent on her mother's side
tlirough Benjamin Underbill, of Westchester coun-
ty, X. Y., to the original Holland-Uutch, the first
settlers of New York, about 1620. [History of
Westchester county.] Socially Mr. Tibbalsl is a
member of the Society of Colonial Wars of the
State of Connecticut.
WILLI.\M P. BACOX, a well-known and
pn])ular traveling salesman for the firm of Rad-
cliffe Birothers, manufacturers of knit goods, has
made his home in Derby for the past fifteen years.
I le is a native of Connecticut, born in Woodbury,
-March 19, i8rx), and belongs to (juite a prominent
and distinguished family, tracing his ancestrv back
to Jabez Bacon, a shrewd, enter|)rising aufl success-
ful business man, who became very wealthy, at one
time owning 10,000 acres of land in the Adirondack
-Mountains, X. Y. He was also extensively en-
gaged in the provision business in Xew York City.
Daniel Bacon, son of Jabez, sjjent his entire life
as a farmer in Woodbury. Conn. He married Re-
becca Thom])son, a native of the same [)lace, and to
them were born eight children : Lydia, who mar-
ried Charles C. Thomjison : Rebecca and h'annie,
who died unmarried; Maria, who married Gen,
Chaunoey Crafts; Julia, who married John .Moore;
John, a cripple, who married .Augusta Walker and
s])ent his life in \\'oodbury : William T., grand-
lather of our subject; and Daniel, who married
Jane (]reen, of Woodbury, and lived in Xew Haven.
William T. Bacon, grandfather of our subject,
was also born in Woodbury and was educated at
Yale, from which institution he was graduated \n
1837. He attended the Divinity School, and for a
few years engaged in preaching in Trumbull, h'air-
field Co., Conn., but the greater part of his life was
devoted to the [printing business. I le marrietl ICIiza-
beth Ann Knight, a daughter of Dr. Jonathan
Knight, of Xew Haven, and after his marriage lo-
cated in Xew Haven, but later returned to \\ ood-
bury. In 1866 he came to Derby, where he died in
1880, his wife in 1887. Of their nine children,
J(jnathan K. was a ])hysician of Xew Milford,
Conn., where he died in 1898: William Thompson
was the father of our subject: b'rederick .A. is a
mechanic, living in the West ; Walter C. is a jiromi-
nent real-estate dealer of Kansas City, Mo. ; Daniel
H. is engaged in the jjrinting business in Derby;
James F. died young; Rebecca T. is unmarried;
-Annie F. is the wife of Hanford L. Shaw, of .Mid-
dletown, X. Y. ; Bessie died in infancy.
William Thompson Bacon, father of our sub-
ject, was born in New Haven, but was reared in
Woodbury, where he engaged in mercantile busi-
ness when a young man. There he married Miss
> Elizabeth T. Parker, of Woodbury, and to thein
were born three children : William P., our subject ;
Harriet, wife of Dr. William B. Bis.sell, of Lake-
vilie, Litchfield Co., Conn., a graduate of Yale; and
-Annie. I'"or some years the father was engaged in
the newspaper business with his brother, Daniel IL,
m Derby, where he died June i, 1885. In jwlitics
he was a Republican.
The first sixteen years of his life our subject
passed in Woodbury, and then came to Derby, ob-
taining his education in the schools of both places.
(Jn leaving school he entered the emjilov of A. H.
it C. B. Ailing, manufacturers of knit underwear
and hosiery, as a traveling salesman, and in 1894
accepted his present ])osition. that of traveling sales-