Ansonia Electrical Co. He married Miss Carrie
Nettleion, and has one son, Franklin Xewton. Airs.
I'hut is a communicant of the Episcopal Church,
anil one of the active workers in the vicinity.
SEREXO BARTHOLOMEW, one of the
prominent citizens of Wallingford and an active and
useful member of the Congregational Church, is the
subject of this biography. Mr. Bartholomew was
born in the old family homestead on Oct. 27, 1818, a
son of Samuel and Sylvia (Howd) Bartholomew.
Samuel Bartholomew had but a primitive education
and followed agricultural pursuits all his days. Own-
ing a farm of fifty acres, he continued to improve it,
and he was noted for his industry and energ}', and
as an example of temperate Christian living was
worthy of emulation.
Deacon Sereno Bartholomew attended school in
East Farms and North Durham, worked on his
father's farm, and also assisted on other farms, until
he was eighteen years old, at which time he took
charge of the homestead, where he has remained,
with the exception of two years, which were spent
in the factory of Hall & Elton, learning the trade
of silver plating. 'Sir. Bartholomew was one of the
first in this section to experiment successfully in to-
bacco raising, but now he devotes a small part of
his 200 acres to the growing of fine peaches.
Perhaps Mr. Bartholomew is better known with-
in the Congregational Church than in any other
place in the comnumity, as. for thirty-one years, he
has held the office of deacon in that body, with dig-
nity and efficiency. At the age of twenty-two, when
in the strength of young manhood, he joined the
church to which he has been devoted during a long
^nd useful life.
On Sept. 27. 1847, in Middlebury, Conn..
Sereno P.artholomew was united in marriage
with Sarah A. Benham. who died in t886.
The chiUlren born of this union were: Cath-
erine, born in 1848, died in 1865: and Franklyn
M., born in 1855. married Harriet E. Tibbals (who
was lx)rn in Durham, dautrhtcr of David and Nancv
(Strong) Tibbal.>), and died in i8