of Prospect, New Haven Co., Conn., was born in
Sag Harbor, Long Island, Nov. i. 1856. a son of
Emaiuiel and Emma Terry, both of whom died on
Long Islanil. During his Ixnhood our subject at-
tended the schools of New York City, and began
life for himself as a clerk -in a dry goods store
there. After following that occupation for two
years, he became a sailor in the coasting trade and
spent the following three years in that manner, after
which he learned the cigar-maker's trade in Brook-
lyn. N. Y., and clerked in a cigar store for some
time. He was next employed as clerk in a hotel
at New London, Conn., and from there removed
to New Haven, where he was employed in dye
works for two years. In 1881 he went to Water-
bury, where he worked in the w^atch factory until
coming to Prospect in 1892, when he took up his
residence on the John Swarlz farm, which is the
property of his wife. He is engaged through the
winter months at his trade in Watcrbury.
In 1880. in Philadelphia. Penn.. Mr. Terry mar-
ried Miss Emelie Adalinc Kvscr. a native of St.
Louis, Mo., and a daughter of the late Charles F.
Kyser, who was born in Germanv and was a well-
known translator of the German, French and Latin
languages. To Mr. and Mrs. Terry were born
five children, namely : Lotta. Vera. Emily and
Harold, all living; and Robert, who died in infancy.
Mr. Terry is a member of the K. of L., and m
identified with the Democratic party.
PERRY CHAUNCEY MORRIS, ex-first se-
lectman and ex-town treasurer of W'aterbury. w-as
born Aug. 12, 1847, in that part of the town now
known as Waterville. a son of Miles Morris, who
was bom in the town of Canaan. Litchfield Co.,
Conn., and is now living in Watcrbury.
Russell Morris, father of Miles, was of English
extraction, and was born in Danbury, C( nn. By
occupation he was a farmer. He married Harriet
Holcomb, and settled on his farm in Canaan, where
he reared a family of twelve children, named, in
the order of their birth. Miles, Theodore, Samuel,
Edmunrl, Sidney, Chauncey, David, Amanda, Julia,
Susan, Elizabeth and Mary. Of this family. Miles,
the eldest, is the father of our subject; Theodore
was an employe of the Housatonic Railway Co. at
Falls Village, and there met his death bv accident ;
Samuel, who was also a railroad man. died in Chi-
cago ; Edmund lives in the town of South Lee,
Mass., where he is employed on a railroad ; Sidney
is a farmer in Falls Village; Chauncey lives in re-
tirement in Bridgeport; David died at the age of
eighteen years ; Amanda is deceased : Julia, de-
ceased, was the wife of Roliert Ross; Susan, who
was a school teacher, has also entered into rest;
Elizabeth has been twice married, first to a Mr.
Reed, and later to Charles Phillips, a railroad con-
ductor ; Mary is the wife of John Sturgcs, of Bridgi^
Miles Morris came to Watcrbury in 1840, and
has since been in the employ of the Waterville Knife
Co., and Brown & Bros. He married Jane M. For-
rest, who was born in Watcrbury, a daughter of
Samuel Forrest, who came from Birmingham, Eng-
land. To this union were born two children: Perry
Chauncey and Frederick M., the latter born in
Bridgejxjrt, and now a machinist in W'aterbury.
The wife and mother j)assed away July 25, 1887, and
was buried in Waterville.
Perrv Chauncey Morris was educated in the lo-
cal schools of W'aterlniry and Waterville. after leav-
ing which he entered the brass works of Brown &
Bros., with whom he remained about twenty-five
years. He then engaged in the grocery business on
the Watertown road, which he continued with much
success until his removal to Watcrbury. Always
taking a keen interest in public affairs, he has been
active in the work of his chosen ])olitical party — the
Democratic — and was honored by election to the
office of town treasurer for the term of two years.
So satisfactorily did he fill the duties of the office
of treasurer that immediately after the expiration
of his term he was. in 1S94. electedfirst selectman,
which office ficcupied all his attention up to 1900.
Since that time he has been obliged to devote his
time to his personal affairs, his property interests
demanding considerable attention. He is popular
with all parties, and as People's candidate received
the sup]X)rt of both Democrats and Rei^ublicans, the
entire po]>ulation having the most implicit confi-
dence in his unflinching honesty.
On. Aug. 4, 1870, Mr. ^lorris married Miss Ma-
tilda E. Slade, of Waterljury. daughter of George
and Matilda (Stevens) Slade, natives of England.
To this marriage has been born one child, Frances
E. Fraternally Mr. Morris is a member of Har-
mony Lodge. No. 42, F. & A. M., at Watcrbury,
of the Knights Temj)lars, and is also a Mystic Shrin-
er. In religious connection he belongs to Trinity
Episcopal Church, lie is one of the most progres-
sive men of W'aterbury, and is identified with every
project designed to promote the public interest,
J.\MES W. CONE, one of tne leading druggists
of W'aterbury. has a fine establishment and caters
to the best people of the city.
Mr. Cone was born May 30. 1848. in Winstcd,
Conn., son of John Cone, who was born in Norfolk,
this State, in 18 17. Deacon Samuel Cone, the
grandfather of James W., was born in W'inchester,
Conn., a son of Daniel H. Cone, who was a soldier
in the Revolutior.ary war. Samuel was a scythe
maker, who followed that business in Norfolk ;
there he married Clarissa Munger, of Norfolk,
Conn., and they reared a family of thirteen children,
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COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD.
all of whom are dcceasctl but John, the father of
John Cone grew to manhood in Norfolk, where
ho married Harriet A. Watson, a daiiglUer of
Abijah and Margaret Watson, farming people of
Norfolk. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Cone
settled in the village of Winsted, Conn., where he
carried on his business, and where he is now living
retired. Mrs. Cone died May 20, 1880. Three
children were born to them : James, who died at
the age of five years ; James \\'. ; and Maria E.,
who (lied April 13, 1901.
James W. Cone grew up in Winsted, where he
attended the public school, and later was a student
in the Eastman Business College, at Poughkeepsie,
N. Y. As an apprentice to the druggist's business,
he spent four years with David Fuller, at Water-
bury, and for six years after leaving Mr. Fuller
was engaged in various places. During four years
of this time he was in business for himself at
Winsted. In 1884 he came back to Waterbury,
and purchased the drug store of Dr. J. J. Jacques,
at No. II West Main street, and continued for ten
years at the old location, moving in 1896 to his pres-
ent quarters, corner of West Main and Dank .Streets.
Here he carries a fine stock, and appeals to thj
most fastidious as well as to the great public, offer-
ing the best of goods at a modest price, and treating
all who come with equal courtesy and fairness.
Mr. Cone and Aliss Caroline Woodward were
married Nov. 24. 1873. Mrs. Cone was a daughter
of Andrew Woodward, and a native of Thomaston,
Conn., where her father has been engaged in the
tannery business many years. She died Dec. 17,
1888, leaving three children : Emma L., who is the
wife of Dr. C. FL Rust, of Cleveland, Ohio; John
S., who died July 26, 1899, at the age of twenty
years ; and Harriet A., a student in the Waterbur)^
schools. On Sept. 24, 1890, Mr. Cone married
Miss Minnie Manwaring, who was born in Water-
ford, Conn., daughter of Ansel ^lanwaring, for
many years town treasurer. She is a capable and
well educated lady, and was a school teacher be-
fore her marriage. Mr. Cone is a Republican and
a prominent Mason, having reached the Shrine.
The family attend the Second Congregational
C hurch, of which they are all members.
RICHARD CHRISTOPHER WILCOX, se-
nior member of the widely known firm of R. C.
W^ilcox & Sons, dairy farmers and stock raisers,
Guilford, is a native of Connecticut, born June 22,
1846, in the town of Guilford, New Haven county.
The Wilcox family are old settlers of the New
England States .and the name has been spelled in
various ways — Wilcox, Wilcocks, Wilcoxson and
Willcox. (i) William W^ilcox (or W'ilcoxson), the
first of the name in Connecticut, was born in i6or
at St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England, whence in
1635 he came to America in the ship "Planter,"
having a certificate from the minister of his native
city. Landing at Boston, he there became a freeman
in 1636; three years later (1639) he came to Con-
necticut, locating at Stratford, h'airfield county,
where he ])assed the rest of his days, d)ing in 1652.
In 1647 he was a representative at Hartford. He
and his wife, Margaret, had six children, as fol-
lows: (i) John, bom in 1633; (2) Joseph, who
died in 1703; (3) Samuel, deceased March 12,
■7131 (4) Sarah, Mrs. John Meigs, who died Nov.
24, 1691; (5) Obadiah, sketch of whom follows;
and (0) Timothy, deceased June 13, 1713.
I II) Obadiah Wilcox, son of (Ij William, was
born in 1641 in the town of Stratford, Conn.,
whence in early manhood he came to Guilford, set-
tling in the eastern part of the town, now known
as Madison, and following farming. In 1672 he
was made a freeman. He died in 1713, and was
buried in Madison. Mr. Wilcox was twice mar-
ried, and by his first wife, Mary, had thirteen chil-
dren, as follows: (i) Mary, born Dec. 11, 1676,
married Thomas Munson, of New Haven; (2)
Lydia, born Oct. 14, 1678, died Nov. 4, 1698; (3)
Obadiah was born Dec. 14, 1679; (4) Ebenezer was
born Sept. 20, 1682; (5) Ephraim : (6) Mindwell
was married April 20, 1714, to Daniel Hill, and
died Feb. -3, 1770; (7) Timothy was born Nov. 15,
1690; (8) Silence; (9) John, sketch of whom fol-
lows; (10) Joseph, born in 1694, married Hannah
Goodale, and died July 15, 1770; (11) Isaac settled
in Middletown ; (12) Jemima was born Oct. 30,
1699; (13) E.xperience. By his second wife,
Silence, Mr. \\ilcox had one child, (14) Thankful,
born April 4, 1702, who was married Sept. 6, 1722,
to Samuel Norton.
(III) John Wilcox, son of (II) Obadiah, was
born Nov. 9, 1692, in East Guilford, where he
passed all his days in agricultural pursuits, dying
May I, 1753. On Jan. 11, 1719. he married De-
borah Parmelee, born in 1699, who died in 1792.
Their children: (i) Obadiah, born April 15. 1720,
married Lydia Wilcox, and died in 1771 ; (2)
.Sarah was born Nov. 10, 1723 ; (3) John, born .'\ug.
17, 1726, married Martha Coe; (4) Ezra, sketch of
whom follows; (5) Mary, born Dec. i, 1731, mar-
ried in November, 1753, Enos French, and died
Sept. 28, 1777; (6) Asabel was born Dec. 9, i7'?5.
(IV) Ezra Wilcox, son of (III) John, boVn
Oct. 20, 1728, passed all his days in East Guilford,
dying there March 14, 1805. He married Nov. 9,
1757. Esther Meigs, who was born March 19, 1734,
a daughter of Janna and Elizabeth (Dudlej-) Meigs,
and died Sept. 8, 1809. Children as follows were
born to them: (i) Lavinia, born July 17, 1758,
married Bela Dudley; (2) Ezra, born in 1762, mar-
ried Rebecca Brown, and died ^lay i, 1836; (3)
Esther, married John Williams; (4) Elzah, boVn
March 8, 1765, married Lois Field, and died Feb.
24, 1828; (5) Julius; (6) Elizabeth, married John
Spencer; (7) Return, sketch of whom follows.
(V) Return Wilco.x, son of (IV) Ezra, and the
grandfather of Richard C. Wilcox, was born in
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD.
1 77 1, in what is now the town of Madison, Xew
liaven county, and died there Nov. 28. 1846. He
was a lifelong farmer. By his wife, A1)ip;ail, born
May 23, 1780, died May 31, 1845, 'i*^ '^^^ seven
children, as follows: (1) Alva Orrin. horn Aug.
22, 1799. died July 10, 1887; (2) Polly Maria, born
Aug. 2, 1801. married Ehenczer Merrill, of Clinton,
Conn.: (3) Elizabeth, born Sept. 8, 1803. marrie