tration this old-time company, organized in 1775,
has from forty-five members (when he was elected
to its command) reached its maximum strength of
118, with fifty applicants on the waiting list, its
membership being composed of old soldiers of the
War of the Rebellion and of the National Guard.
I Major lirown has served in former years two
terms as councilman and one term as alderman and
during the four years of service in the two bodies
was. on important committees and w-as largely in-
strumental in securing for the city the present iron
. bridge at the steamboat landing, known as Tomlin-
son Bridge, and replacing the former dilapidated
' wooden structure. In January, 1895, he was elected
' city auditor, holding office for two years, and was
re-elected for a second tenn by a large majority,
when by virtue of a change of charter he became
controller of the citv.
Major Brown was married to Irene E. Hall,
who was born in Guilford, a daughter of James H.
Hall. They have one child, Harriet B., who is now
living in New Haven. Major Brown was one of the
first members of the Admiral Foote Post, G. A. R.,
and is a prominent Mason, having risen to the
Knight Templar degree. The Major is also con-
nected with several other organizations, bemg a
member of the Odd Fellows, the A. O. U. W., and
the Heptasophs as well as tlie Young Men's League.
WASHINGTON MORTIMER ROWLAND,
who for many years has been prominently identified;
with the oyster growing industry in New Haven,
and who is one of the city's substantial and esteemed
citizens, was born at Patchogue, Lpng Island, Jan.
John Rowland, the father of Washington M.
Rowland, was also born in Patchogue, this having
been the family home for several generations. John
Rowland has been a sea-faring man, and is still
actively interested in the oyster business in his lo-
cality. He married Adeline Mott, a native of the
same i)lace, daughter of Martin ^Iott, who, at the
time of his death, was one of the largest wholesale
oyster dealers on Long Island. Both parents still
reside in the old Long Island home. Thev had a
family of five children, two of whom died in infancy,
the survivors being: Washington M., of this
sketch ; Retta. who married Fremont Hammond, of
Patchogue, L. I.; and Fannie, who is unmarried.
In politics, John Rowland has affiliated with the
Democratic party, and at one time he had charge of
one of the Government houses at Patchogue, now
known as Life Saving Stations. All of the maternal
ancestors of our subject's family have been con-
nected with the Methodist Church.
Washington M. Rowland remained in his native
place until twenty years of age, with the exception
of the time spent at Northville Seminary, Long Isl-
and, his instruction there succeeding his common
school course in Patchogue. Growing up sur-
rounded by sea-faring people, he naturally imbibed
a love for the water, and after leaving school, en-'
gaged for a time in the coasting trade, subsequent-
ly buying shares in a schooner, and managing it
for one year. Shortly after the close of the Civil
war, Mr. Rowland came to New Haven and became
interested in the oyster growing business. With the
exception of two years' resiaence in Norwalk. Conn.,
where he was also interested in the oyster trade,
Mr. Rowland engaged in the oyster planting and
growing business until Sept. 10, 1900, continuously
from his first location in this city. His knowledge
of the business, and his honest and upright meth-
ods of dealing with the public, combinctl to bring
him great success, and Mr. Rowland is now re-
garded as one of the substantial men of New Haven.
His ownership of city property is large, and his
efforts have been directed to the improvement of the
localities in which it is situated. He has just com-
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD.
pleted one of the most beautiful homes on Howard
avenue, which has been fitted with all modern im-
provements, making it a comfortable residence and
one of the most attractive structures in that vicinity.
In 1868 .Mr. Rowland was married to Arietta S.
Fordham, born on Long Island, daughter of Capt.
Samuel Fordham, a sea-faring man, and a family of
four children have come to our subject and wife:
Addie, who married Rolin Palmer, of New Haven :
Jessie ; Hazel, who died aged four years ; and
Charles, who died in infancy. In politics, Mr. Row-
land supports the Republican party, and is a mem-
ber of the Young Men's Republican Club, and the
Union League Club. He is well known and enjoys
a wide acquaintance with the trade as well as with
the general public. Since retiring from activity, he
has been engaged in looking after his property, and
in enjoying the ease won by long years of close at-
tention to business.
PATRICK HOLOHAX, well and favorably
known in real-estate circles in New Haven county,
is a native of County Kilkenny, Ireland, born June
I. 1837, 'i"f'' li^s been a resident of W'aterbury
about half a century.
Maurice Holohan, his father, passed all his life
in Ireland, where in his \ounger days he was clerk
in a bank, and later followed farming. His wife
also died in Ireland. They had a family of seven
children : Francis, Joseph, John, Bridget T., Ann,
Patrick and Elizabeth. The two last named reside
in W'aterbury, and are the only survivors.
Patrick Holohan, at the age of twelve years,
came to America, first making his home in Pater-
son, N. J., from there coming to W'aterbury about
fifty years ago. For a time he worked as a laborer,
but in 1865 he engaged in the grocery business, and
carried on same some twenty-six years, amassing
a comfortable competence by care and diligence, in
conjunction with strict temperance in his habits.
After retiring from the grocery, he put t:p some
business blocks on South Main street, and he now
occupies his time chiefly in looking after his rents,
and conducting a real-estate business.
In 1867 Mr. Holohan married Catherine Galvin,
who was born in W'aterbury, Conn., a daughter of
John Galvin, a native of County Kerry, Ireland,
and six children were born to this union, as follows :
John F., Mary A., Thomas J., Elizabeth G., Theresa
L. and Joseph. Of these, Mary A. married C. A.
Jackson, of W'aterbury ; Thomas J. died when
twenty-two years of age; Elizabeth and Theresa
are single ; and Joseph died in infancy.
John F. Holohan, the eldest son, graduated from
the W'aterbury high school, class of 1885, and then
entered the law office of Gillette & Webster, where
he reinained four years, at the end of which time
he was ap(X)inted court messenger, an incumbency
he held three years, resigning to enter Yale Law
School in 1889, where he graduated with the class
of 1892. After graduation he found clerical work
in the office of D. F. Webster; but this lasted for
one year only, as in July, 1893, he was appointed
prosecuting agent, which office he held until Octo-
ber. 1895, when he formed a partnership with H. J.
Durant, for the practice of law. At the end of a
year Mr. Durant retired, and Mr. Holohan has
since conducted the busiress alone, his office being
on South Main street. In politics he is a Demo-
crat. Socially he is a member of the 1!. P. O. Elks.
Patrick Holohan. our subject, is also a Demo-
crat, has served as councilman many terms, and
during the year 1898-99 was an alderman. In 1898
he was appointed, by the Republican party, a mem-
ber of the board of public safety, which is a fair
indication of his popularity, irrespective of party
lines. In' religious faith he is a Roman Catholic,
belonging to Immaculate Conception Parish, of
JAMES RUSSELL SLOANE. bookkeeper and
confidential clerk for the Charles Parker Co., Meri-
den, is one of that city's most respected residents.
He was born in Thompsonville, Hartford Co., Conn.,
Jan. I. 1847.
John Sloane, grandfather of James R., was a
native of Scotland, born in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire,
which is noted for its carpet and woolen manufac-
turers. Here he grew to manhood and learned the
trade of carpet weaver, which he followed in his
native home. He there married Mary Lamie. and
they had five children, viz : William, who for many
years was the head of the well known firm of W.
& J. Sloane, carpet dealers, New York; John, who
was the junior member of W. & J. Sloane, and
whose sons now conduct the business in New York;
James, who was a rug manufacturer in West Farms,
N. Y. ; Andrew, father of James R. ; and Margaret,
who married Thomas Watson, and died in Oak-
land. Cal. After his sons came to America. John
Sloane. with his wife and the remainder of his fam-
ily, came to the New World, locating at Thompjon-
ville, where he found employment in the Thomp-
sonville Carpet W^orks. He spent the remainder of
his life in that town, and died at a ripe age ; his re-
mains were interred in Thompsonville cemetery,
as were also those of his loving and devoted wife.
They were both faithful members of the Presbyter-
ian Church, and good Christian people, honest and
upright in all their dealings.
Andrew Sloane was born in Kilmarnock, the
home of his father, and there obtained a plain but
useful education. He began life by working in a
factory at an early age, learning the carpet business,
as did also his brothers. After his older brothers
came to America and met with some success, he.
too. wishing to better his condition and to gain a
wider experience, resolved to try his fortune in the
W^estern World. He landed in New York after a
voyage of seven weeks in a sailing vessel, and after
remaining but a short time in that city came to
Thompsonville, where he found employment at his
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD.
trade as a weaver in tlie employ of Orrin Thomp-
son & Co., now the Hartford Carpet Co., working
at Brussels carpet making. He also worked for a
short time in Kahwav, \. J., but returned to Thonip-
ville. Through his strict attention to business, and
his painstaking efforts, he was soon promoted to the
position of foreman of the ingrain department,
which he held to within ten years of his death, when
he resigned. He passed the remaining years of his
life in retirement, dying at the ripe old age of eighty-
two years, and his remains were buried in the family
lot in Thomp^onville cemetery. He was a consist-
ent member of the Presbyterian Church, a good
Christian man, devoted to his wife and family, and
temperate in all his habits. In politics he was a
Republican, but never sought office or honors.
In New York City Andrew Sloane married Han-
nah Robinson, who was a member of an old and re-
spected family of Danbury, Conn., and eleven chil-
dren blessed this union : William, who is post-
master at Conway, N. H. ; George, who is a me-
chanic, residing at Auburn, N. Y. ; John, a book-
keeper, in Hartford ; Miss Mary ; James Russell ;
Frederick D., with the H. Wales Lines Co., Meri-
den ; Edgar C, foreman with the Charles Parker
Co., in Meriden ; Joseph H., who resides in Hart-
ford ; Ellen (better known as Nellie), who married
Frederick Parsons, and resides in Thompsonville ;
Hattie ; and Annie, who died in infancy.
James Russell Sloanc received but a district-
school education, attending in the town of Enfield.
Being imbued with that noble trait for which the
Scotch are noted, self-reliance, he started out to
make his own way at a very early age, and when
but twelve years old was working as a farmer boy
in Enfield. This work was not congenial to him,
and he soon gave it up for something more ad-
vantageous. He started in the early sixties, as a
newsboy on the New York, New^ Haven & Hartford
Railroad, at which work he spent a year, w^hen he
left home and came to Yalesville to enter the employ
of Garry I. Mix, working one year in the press de-
partment. From there he went to Edward Miller
& Co.. engaging at the same kind of work, and com-
manding at the age of fifteen years twelve dollars
per week. He spent one year with the latter firm,
and then accepted a position in the spectacle works
of Charles Parker, where he spent nine months.
Fired with the patriotic desire to defend his
country, Mr. Sloane enlisted in 1863 in Company
C, 1st Conn. Heavy Artillery, under Col. Flenry L.
Abbott, and Capt. Henry H. Pierce, of Hartford,
and remained in the service until the close of the
war. He participated in all of Grant's last cam-
paign. He wasi mustered out and discharged from
the service Sept. 25, 1865, at Hartford. Desiring to
improve his education, he attended a business col-
lege for six months, and soon fitted himself for
bookkeeping. For two and a half years he was
bookkeeper in a grocery store in Hartford, after
which he accepted a position with Smith, Northam
& Robinson, grain dealers of Hartford, as entry
clerk, where he worked eighteen months. He next
entered the employ of J. D. Burnham & Co., whole-
sale tobacco dealers, in Hartford, as bookkeeper,
and faithfully performed the duties of that position
for twelve years. Having saved some money he
returned to the home of his birth, and embarked in
the grocery business, conducting same for some
years, but as it did not prove a financial success he
gave it up in 1881, and came to Meriden, where he
accepted a position as bookkeeper with the Meriden
Malleable Iron Co., where he spent three years. In
i8yo he secured his present position, that of head
bookkeeper and confidential clerk with the Charles
Parker Co., filling same with credit to himself, and
meriting the high esteem of his employers. He is a
modest man, genial in his manner, and honest and
exact in his dealings.
In 1869 Mr. Sloanc was married, in Hartford,
to Sarah Hills, daughter of David and Salome
(Strickland) Hills; the former is now deceased,
while the latter makes her home with Mr. Sloane,
who is caring for her during old age. Airs. Sloane
died March 11, 1899, at her home on Main street,
Meriden, and was laid to rest in Walnut Grove
Cemetery. She attended the Universalist Church.
Six children were born to them: (i) Eva H., born
in Hartford, was educated in the Thompsonville
and Meriden schools, graduating from the latter,
and is now engaged in teaching in the Franklin
street school, Meriden. (2) Lillian E. married B.
E. Carpenter, and has two children, Bessie and Rus-
sell. (3) .Amy B., married to and divorced from
Samuel 13. Maguire, is residing at home with her
daughter, Edith Maguire. (4) Charles IL, who is
with the Charles Parker Co., married Bessie Kerr,
and has one child, Muriel. (5) Mabel married
James Noble, and has one child, Dorothy. (6) Edna
H. is a student at the High school. Mr. Sloane is a
Republican, and represented the Fourth Ward in
the city council for four years ; has been an alder-
man two years ; and was chairman of the Police
committee of the board of aldermen. He is no
politician, but is a stanch supporter of his party. In
religious views he is broad minded and liberal. Fra-
ternally he belongs to Meriden Post, No. 8, G. A. R.,
of Meriden ; he was one of the organizers and is
past commander of Nathaniel Lyon Post, Hartford.
He also belongs to Charter Oak Lodge, I. O. O. F.,
Hartford, is a past noble grand and a member of
the Grand Lodge ; and he is a member of Silver City
Lodge, No. 3, A. O. U. W., Meriden, in which he
has passed all the chairs, and is now grand receiver
of the State. Mr. Sloane is deservedly popular, and
few men can point to records as stainless as his.
FREDERICK HEMINGWAY WALDRON
has become wndely known in New- Haven in various
connections, and his activity in Masonic circles has
brought hini into prominence all over the State.
Mr. Waldron traces his ancestrv back to about
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD
iioo, to Baron Rudolph Von Waldron, who won his I
coat of arms fighting against the Turks on the plains !
of Palestine, and in 1156 Richard, son of Rudolph,
won his coat of amis for valiant services in the
field under Henry II, who was the first Plantagenet
on the throne of England, and who united the Nor-
man and Saxon races. Copies of these coats of arms
have been handed down through the several genera-
tions to the present time, and copies are in Air.
Mr. Waldron comes from sturdy Dutch stock,
and in this country traces his ancestry back to about
1646. The first of whom we have record, Baron
Resolve Waldron, son of Count Johannas \'on Wal-
dron, was born in 1610, in Amsterdam, Holland.
He was well educated in Latin, French and Eng-
lish, and was an e.xtensive traveler in Europe and
South America, spending some time in Brazil. He
returned to his native land in 1645, became ac-
quainted with Lady Tanka Neigle, daughter of
Baron \'on Neigle, whom he married March 10,
1646. Baron Resolve Waldron joined the staff of
Governor Peter Stuyvesant in May, 1647, and he
continued to serve the Dutch Government during
Stuyvesant's administration until James, Duke of
York, sent four ships of war here during a time of
peace, 1664, and robbed the Dutch of all their pos-
sessions in America. The Baron acted as ambassa-
dor to all the petty English Courts in N'.w Eng-
land, X'irginia and Baltimore. He obtained the
first grant from Gov. Stuyvesant for New Harlem
in 1645, and established the first ferry and erected
the first Dutch Church in that town. He also built
for himself a stone mansion on East River (called
by the Dutch "Helengat," or Roaring Water, and by
the Indians "Sevandican," or Mad Water, while the
Indian name for the land, or Bowery, was called
"Rrhawainus," or Crooked Land). This Bowery
or Plantation was about a mile along the water, and
here the Baron lived a number of years, or until his
sons grew up and married, and then as chief magis-
trate he removed to near King's bridge. The old
stone mansion at Horn Hook was erected in 1660,
and was kept in good repair until 1870 â€” two hun-
dred and ten years. The old Baron departed this
life about 1706, when he was ninety-si.x years of
age, and he was buried in "God's acre" beside the
little church on the banks of the Harlem river.
William Waldron, the eldest son of the Baron,
was born in old Amsterdam, Holland, Feb. i, 1647,
and was brought to New Amsterdam (now New
York City) in his nurse's arms when three months
old. This William married Engelse Stautenburgh,
Feb. 10, 1671, daughter of Peter Stautenburgh, Bur-
gomaster of New Amsterdam. They had seven chil-
dren, among whom was Peter, the next in line of
Peter Waldron, son of William, was born June
25, 1675, in Harlem, New York. He married
Frynty Vandenburgh, Sept. 9, 1696, and they had
ten children, among whom was Cornelias Waldron.
Cornelias Waldron, son of Peter, was born Nov.
18, 1705. He married Jennette Van Ness, Sept. 26,
1732, and was kÂ»!ed by a Hessian, May 11, 1756,
leaving six children.
Garret Waldron, son of Cornelias, was born
June 4, 1738. He married Catherine N'andenburg,
Nov. 2, 1761. They had four children, among
whom was Gilbert Waldron, grandfather of the
gentleman whose name introduces these lines.
Gilbert Waldron, son of Garret, was born Feb.
II, 1778, and died May 6, 1830, at Honesdale, Pa.,
where he had large contracts on the Delaware and
Hudson canal, then in process of construction. He
married, in 1802, Margaret Grawberger, who was
born May 6, 1782, and died in the autumn of 1848.
They moved in 181 1 to Jonesburg, N. Y., and about
1820 to Fort Edward, thence to Milford, Pa., and
finally to Honesdale. They left ten children, among
whom was Abram G., father of Frederick H.
Abram G. Waldron, son of Gilbert, was bom
Jan. 8, 1803, in Batavia, N. Y. He was an account-
ant by profession. He resided in Buffalo, N. Y.,
from 1838 to 1848, when he came to Connecticut,
locating in Bridgeport, but in a short time removed
to New Haven, where he passed the remainder of
his life, dying in 1872, at the age of seventy. He
was actively engaged in his chosen line up to the
time of his death, keeping books for the N. Y., N.
H.. & H. R. R. Co. Mr. Waldron was an Odd Fel-
low and a Mason, holding membership in the Lodge,
Chapter and Council, and was buried with Masonic
honors. On April 11, 1836, Abram G. Waldron
married Jennette Remer, who was born in Derby,
Conn., June 11, 1815. and who died in New Haven
in 1853. Four children blessed this union, of whom
our subject is the eldest; Henn,- and Samuel are
residents of Providence, R. I.; and Frances is a
widow, living in Kansas. The mother attended St.
Thomas Church, of which Mr. \\'aldron was a
member at one time, but had previously united with
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, and finally became a
member of the Third Methodist Episcopal Church,
retaining his membership at the time of his death.
Through his mother Frederick H. Waldron is
descended from several families long held in the
highest esteem in this State. Henry Whitney was
born in England in 1620, came to .^inerica and was
associated with others in buying lands in Southold,
L. I., in 1649. He afterward settled in Hunting-
ton, L. I., where he was selectman, and about 1665
he came to Norwalk, Conn., where he died about
John Whitney, son of Henry, was probably
born before his father had gone to Southold,
as he was full age before Jan. 20, 1665-66. He
settled with his father in Norwalk, following his
business of millwright and miller, and succeeding
him in the possession of the mill and homestead.
He there married March 17, 1674-75, Elizabeth
Smith, daughter of Richard Smith.
Josiah Whitney, son of John, born at Norwalk,
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD.
Conn, (date unknown), married Oct. 20, 1729, at
Norwalk, Eunice Ilanford, daughter of Elezur Han-
ford and his wife Hannah, fhey lived in Nor-
walk, where he died early in 1750.
Henry Whitney, son of Josiah, was married in
17O1, at Derby, to Eunice Clark, daughter of Will-
iam and Hannah Clark, of Derby, where she was
born April 15, 1746. They settled in Derby. An
obituary notice of him quaintly says : '"He was the
founder of King Hiram Lodge, No. 12, in Derby
(was its first treasurer, 1783). He squared his life
by the rules of Masonry, and, directed by the in-
variable compass of rectitude, he entered the harbor
of rest. His Masonic brethren honored his inter-
ment with the sprig of evergreen, emblem of that
eternal life, the donation of the Grand Architect who
will iiail with the voice of brotherly love every free
and well accepted Mason unto the Grand Lodge
above.'" He was for many years an active and use-
ful inhabitant of the town, and he died much la-
mented and respected by his relations and acquaint-
ances. He was a member and a communicant of the !
Episcopal Church, and was buried according to the \
rites and ceremonies of that church. He was a sol- ,
dier of the Revolution, and held the rank of captain.
William Clark, father of Eunice (Clark) \\'hit-
nc\ , is said (see Clark's Descendants of R. Hull, p.
5.) to have gone from Lyme to Derby in 1733. and
to have beâ‚¬n a descendant of Thomas Clark, who is
thought to have been mate of the "Mayflower" in
1620. Hannah, wife of William Clark, died in 1801,
aged ninety-one, leaving descendants to the number
of 333. Eliza, daughter of William and Hannah,
married Joseph Hull, of Derby, in 1749, and became
the mother of Gen. William Hull, and grandmother
of Commodore Isaac Hull.
Josiah Whitney, son of Henry, was born in
Derby, in 1764, and became a master mariner. In
1784 he married, in Derby, Hannah Riggs. daugh-
ter of Capt. Joseph and Rachel (Chatfield) Riggs,
of Derby, where she was born March 6, 1767. He
dwelt in Derby, and was a member of the Congre-
gational Church in that place. He was commander
of a vessel in the South American trade and was cast
away in 1794, dying in Demerara in August of that
year, in consequence of his sufferings and exposure
in the shipwreck. His widow joined the Congre-
gational Church in Derby, Nov. 13, 1808.
Hannah (Whitney) Remer, daughter of Josiah
Whitney, was born at Derby, Conn.. June 20, 1785.
On Aug. 20, 1805, she was married at Derby to
Abram Remer, who was born at Carlisle, Pa., June
7. 1783, son of Lewis Remer (a Revolutionary sol-
dier, who served in Capt. Jacob Ten Eyck's Com-
pany, First Battalion, Somerset Countyj New Jer-
sey, Militia) and Rebecca (Runion) Remer. They
dwelt in Derby, where he carried on a large business,
employing many men in the manufacture of shoes,
till May, 1827, when he removed to Seneca Falls,
N. Y., and after ten years to Montezuma, N. Y..
where he kept a tavern and grocery for more than
twenty years. They then dwelt with their son, Sam-