WalkcT. Through Yale associations the firm has a
very large western trade, and for the last twenty
Walker has made extended trips through
the West in the interest of his business. Since
1878 he has been a member of Calvary Baptist
Church. In the associations of the Masonic fra-
ternity he is a conspicuous figure, as he belongs to
Hirani Lodge, Harmony Council and h'ranklin
Chapter, and he is one of the charter members of
the Union League Club. With four others he
founded the Young Men's Republican Club. He is
a member of the Chamber of Commerce and of the
Business Men's Association of New Haven. From
J 870 to 1877 he belonged to the New Haven Grays.
Cii.vRLES PiTTM.vN W.ALKER was born in Pon-
tiac. Mich., and was married in New Haven, Oct.
19, 1898, to Carolyn Minerva, a daughter of Ben-
jamin Andrew and Lizzie Thomas (Noble) Booth.
Mrs. Walker was born July 8, 1877, and is the
mother of one child. Richard Booth, born Aug. 16,
1899. Benjamin Booth, her father, was born in
1854, and was married in 1876, at Westficld, Mass.,
to Lizzie Thomas, a daughter of Jacob A. Noble,
by whom he had the following family: (i) Caro-
lyn M. ; (2) Julia Noble; (3) Elizabeth Isabelle;
and (4) Benjamin Noble.
Benjamin Booth, the grandfather of Mrs.
Walker, was born in 1822, and died March 28,
1899. His marriage occurred in 1848, when Caro-
line Ann, a daughter of Samuel and Salina (Smith)
Andrew, became his wife. To them were born:
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD.
(ij Benjamin Andrew; (2) Esther Amelia; (3)
William Lincoln ; (4) Clifford Herman; (5) Car-
rie; (6) Frank I.; and (7) Harry Colfax. Ben-
jamin Booth was the son of Noah, and a grandson
of Elijah Booth.
Caroline Ann Andrew was a daughter of Sam-
uel Andrew; Samuel was the son of William, the
grandson of William, and the great-grandson of
Jonathan, who was a son of Samuel, a grandson of
Samuel, and a great-grandson of William .Andrew.
Charles Pittman Walker was horn in Bontiac,
Mich., Nov. 25, 1872. He attended the New Haven
public schools, and was graduated at Hillhouse high
school in the class of 1892. The same year he be-
came associated with F. R. Bliss & Co., and later
became a member of the firm as already noted. He
belongs to Hiram Lodge, No. i, A. F. & A. M.,
the Chamber of Commerce and is also a mciiiber of
the New Haven Grays.
Mrs. Mary (Bliss) W'alker, the mother of Dr.
E. J. and Frank Walker, of New Haven, descends
from Thomas Bliss, w'ho was born in Belstone, Eng-
land, in 1550, and on account of his Puritan faith
suffered much persecution in his native land. His
son, Jonathan Bliss, who was born at Belstone in
1575, was bitterly persecuted as a Puritan, and died
from fever contracted from long imprisonment.
Thomas Bliss, also born at Belstone, emigrated
in 1636 to America, and made his home at Boston,
Braintree, Weymouth and Rchobotli, Mass., and at
Hartford, Conn. He died in June, 1644.
Jonathan Bliss, born in England in 1635, is re-
corded as a freeman in Pl}Tnouth in 1655, and was
one of eighty who made the Rehoboth North Pur-
chase in 1666, building a house there the same year.
By trade he was a blacksmith. He married Mir-
iam Harmon, and his death occurred in 1687.
Jonathan Bliss, who was born Sept. 17, 1666,
was a man of standing in the town, and was mar-
ried first, June 23, 1691, to Miriam Carpenter, born
Oct. 26, 1674, died May 21, 1706. In 171 1 he mar-
ried, second, Mary French. Mr. Bliss died in 1719.
Lieut. Ephraim Bliss was born Aug. 15, 1699,
and was married Dec. 5, 1723, to Rachel Carpenter.
Ephraim Bliss, Jr., was born June 3, 1726, and
was married Jan. 17, 1751, to Mar\^ Moulton, who
died Nov. 14, 1759. He w-as an "eight minute man"
in the company of Capt. Bliss. He died in July,
Ephraim Bliss, born in 1753, was married in
177'), to Hannah Carpenter, of Rehoboth, who was
born March 6, 1757, died .\ug. 18, 1798. His sec-
ond wife was Rebecca Smith. He died May, 8,
Ivphraim Bliss, Jr., born in Rehoboth, Aug. 17,
1782. was married Jan. 9, 1806, to Olive Ingram,
born Oct. 29. 1785, died Jan. i, 1849. Mr. Bliss
removed to Savoy, Mass., where he engaged in
farming. His death occurred in North Adams,
Mass., in 1832.
Marv Bliss was born March 20. 181 1, and was
married Aug. 27, 1834, to Dr. Amos Walker. She
died Feb. 2, 18(56.
I'^anklin Remington Bliss was born Oct. 24,
1826, at Savoy, Mass., and was married June 14,
1854, to Evelyn, a daug'hter of William Goodnow,
of Lanesboro, Mass., by whom he had the follow-
ing children : (i) Grace Evelyn, born in 1856, mar-
ried Rev. T. M. Snyder, D. D., pastor of the Second
Congregational Church, of Rockford, 111., and their
children were: Evelyn, who died in infancy; Frank-
lin B. ; .\lice Dorothy ; and Edward D. (2) Charles
I'"ranklin, born June 7, 1858, is the treasurer of the
Farrell I'oundry Company at .Vnsonia, Conn. ; he
has two children, Eleanor and Margaret. (3) Ar-
thur Goodnow died in 1862. (4) Anna Louise,
born Sept. 13, 1864, married Dr. Bliss Perry, of
Cambridge, Mass., and known to fame as the editor
of the Atlantic Monthly. (5) Helen Rockwell,
bornijan. 11, 1869, married John li. Gray, of North-
western University, Evanston, 111., where he is pro-
fessor of economics; they have two children, James
Bliss and Evelyn.
Franklin R. Bliss was educated at North Ad-
ams, Mass., and for a time worked at the tailoring
business. For four years he was a cutter at Pitts-
field, Mass., and later was employed by William T.
Jennings & Co. in the same capacity, and also by
Alilton St. John, both of New York. Coming to
New Haven, to cut for Knevals & Hull, he became
a partner with the firm. In 1858 he set up a busi-
ness for himself, which he sold in 1899 to F. B.
Walker & Company. He has been a member of the
Calvary Baptist Church since its organization. _In
this church he is still very active, and is regarded
as one of its most active members, taking an especial
interest in its musical service. When this church
was erected Mr. Bliss was treasurer of the Asso-
ciation, and so well was it financiered that at its
dedication its entire cost, $110,000, had been paid,
with balance of $16.38 in the treasury, which the
association ordered the treasurer to hand over to a
mission Sabbath-school, which later became the
nucleus of the present Sabbath-school of 800 mem-
bers. Of the first twenty-nine names placed on his
report, Mr. Bliss' is the only name of a man who is
still alive. Mr. Bliss belongs to the Hiram Lodge,
No. I, A. F. & A. M., and the Chamber of Com-
PAULUS JULIUS MEFFERT, proprietor of
the Terrace Gardens at Meriden, was iDorn at Suhl,
Thuringen, Prussia, Germany, July 7, 1843, ^^n of
Frederick and Wilhelmina (Ilabermann) Meffert,
the father a gun manufacturer and engraver. Both
our subject's parents are now deceased. They were
members of the Lutheran Church. Of their six
children, Robert, Amanda and Bcata reside in Suhl,
Germany; Paulus Julius is our subject; Gustav is
a gun manufacturer at Suhl, Gennany ; Ernest died
while serving in the Franco-German war. The fa-
ther married for his second wife Anna Cornelia
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD.
Krech, who died in 1900, the mother of three chil-
dren : Hedwig, Lydia and Maria, all living.
I'aiilus J. Alettert received a good education in
his home country, and found emljloynient in the
engraving dcpariment of his father's factory, where
he was engaged iiv working ciui the ideas for a
new kind oJ gun. Mr. Melfcrt came to this coun-
try in 1866, and was engaged at silver plating for
some time with the Wilcox Silver Plate Co., w'here
he had a gooil situation. In 1868 he took a place
with the Aleriden Britannia Co., and held same
until July of Che following year, when he went to
Springfield, Mass., to be a gun engraver. Mr.
Aleffert remained in Springfield until 1870, when
he removed to Xew York City, to become an en-
graver for John Ward, in Maiden Lane. Tliere
he was engaged eleven years, when he came again
to Meriden, entering the employ of the Meriden
Silver Plate Co., whidi he served from 1881 to 1897.
In the latter year Mr. Meft'ert took possession of
his present place, which had been conducted as a
sunnner resort under the same name — the Terrace
Gardens. Here he has made many and e-xtensive
improvements, and conducts the Gardens in such
a manner as to win the good opinion and patronage
of the people of Meriden, with wliom he is very
In 1899 ^Ir. Meflfert was married in Meriden
to Mrs. Christine Messner, widow of Jacob Mess-
ner. They are members of the Lutheran Church,
and are kind-hearted and warm-souled people. He
is independent in politics, is a member of the
Saengerbund, the B. P. O. E. and other societies,
and was among the founders of the German-Amer-
ican School Association and fihe Turnverein, as
well as of the Saengerbund.
MARSHALL JEWELL ADAMS. .M. D., who
enjoys a large and lucrative practice in West Ha-
ven and vicinity, is an able representative of the
medical fraternity. No profession offers better op-
portunities for bringing success than the one with
which he is connected ; yet this measure of success
must come as a reward of thorough preparation
and earnest effort. That Dr. Adams is recognized
as a leading physician and surgeon is due to his un-
tiring labor and deep researches along the various
lines of medical knowledge.
The Doctor is a native of Connecticut, born
Nov. 6, 1864, in Suffielfl, a son of Chester and Cath-
erine (Woodworth) Adams, the latter of whom was
born in Suftield, a dauglUer of Dyer Woodworth,
who for many years kept the old tavern at Enfield
Bridge, and died there at the age of eighty years.
Chester Adams was born in Becket, Mass.. and
when t^venty years old moved to Suffield, Hart-
ford Co., Conn., where he followed agricultural pur-
suits, in course of time purchasing a farm in that
town, which he conducted till 1865. In that year
he removed to W'indsor Locks, same county, and
cmliarkfd in tlu' commission Imsini'ss, hut he diedi in
the following year, aged fifty-one. He and his wile
had a family of five children, three of whom reached
maturity and two survive, viz.: .Adella, wife of E.
\y. Bull', of Tariffville, Conn. ; and Marshall Jewell.
The mother died in 1898, at the age of scveiily-fivc
years, a member of the Baptist Church, as was al^rn