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married Mercy Eno. His son, (\"in John Eno
Roberts, married Deborah Hungerford Blakeslee,
and they were the parents of Dr. Emelinc R. Jones.

(I) Samuel Blakeslee, Dr. Jones' first American
ancestor in the maternal line, came from England
in 1636. His son, (II) Samuel Blakeslee, married
Sarah Kimberly. His son, (III) Samuel Blakeslee,
married Eleanor Lane. His son, (IV) Deacon Sam-
uel Blakeslee, married Ruth . His son,

{V) Deacon Samuel P.lakeslee. married Lydia
Woodford. His son, (VI) Deacon Samuel Blakes-
lee, married Silence Church. His daughter. (VII)
Deborah Hungerford, married John Eno Roberts,
and they became the parents of Dr. Emeline R.
Jones. The Doctor is descended from U'illiam the
Conqueror through the Plantagenets, in the Drake
line. Five of her ancestors fought on the American
side in the Revolution, and a number were promi-
nent in the tn,ing times dating from the landing
of the Pilgrim Fathers through the Colonial period,
loyal and patriotic to the core.

In 1854 Emelinc Roberts was united in marriage
with Dr. Daniel Albion Jones, born March 2, 1833,
in Barkhamsted, Litchfield Co., Conn., son of Orvilic
and Rhoda (Woodruff) Jones. He was descended
from William Jones, a lawyer of London, England,
who came to New England in 1660, in the same
ship with Goflfe and Whalley. the regicides, arriving
in Boston July 27. It is said that his father, David
Jones, was one of the judges executed by King
Charles II, and William Jones is reputed to have
secreted and fed the regicides a month in his house.
From Boston he came to New Haven, where he was



an important man throughout the remainder of his
life. He was magistrate of New Haven Colony
from 1(362 to 1664, and was re-elected annually
until 1(392, when he was elected deputy governor,
in which incumbency he was retained until his death,
in 1706. His son, (II) Nathaniel Jones, born in
England, died in New Haven Aug. 21, 1(391. On
Oct. 7, 1684, he married Abigail Atwater. His son.
(Ill) Theophilus Jones, born March 18, 1(390, mar-
ried Dec. 26, 171 1, Hannah Mix. His son, (l\j
Nathaniel Jones, bom March 3, 1717, married June
8, 1743, Sarah Merriam. His son, (V) Benjamin
Jones, born F'eb. 5, 1757, at Wallingford, married
Esther WoodrutY. Ilis son, (VI) Orville Jones,
married Rhoda Woodrufif, and they were the par-
ents of (VII) Daniel Albion Jones, who married
Emeline Roberts. Dr. Daniel A. Jones was also
descended from W'illiam the Conqueror through tin
Plantagenets, twice in the Drake line and once in
the .\lsop line.

Dr. Daniel Albion Jones was a dentist of excej)-
tional skill, and a man of ability in various lines.
He was widely known and beloved outside his pro-
fession, especially as a philanthropist, and his un-
timely death, in 1864, deprived the profession of ;i
worthy member, the community of a citizen win-
from early manhood had, in his large-hearted be-
nevolence, the good of his fellow men at heart, and
his family of a kind and loving father. Mrs. Jones
had commenced the study of dentistry with her hus-
band in 1855, and for a time received instruction
from Dr. R. B. Curtis, of \\'insted. Conn. Her
husband had built up a large practice in Danielson-
ville (now Danielson), and. having assisted him
until his death, she continued the establishment
there successfully until 1876. in which year she
moved to New Haven in order to give her son better
educational opportunities. She was no less success-
ful in her new field, and has taken high rank among
the ablest members of the dental profession in Con-
necticut ; she is a member of the State Dental So-
ciety.

inheriting independence of thought and action,
together with the New England virtues of thrift,
executive ability and thoroughness, Dr. Jones has
been exceptionally successful in her business career.
The resolution she displayed in taking up the work
her husband began is a typical characteristic of this
noble woman, who has shown herself capable in
other fields besides that of her life work. As the
pi(ineer woman in her profession she enjoys a dis-
tinction not lightly reckoned in these days, when
women are receiving the recognition due them for
their achievements. Other women may have assist-
ed in dental offices prior to 1855, but so far as known
she is the first to open an office on her own account.
To her natural mental acquisitiveness is added clear
and quick perception, and a corresponding fullness
of the reasoning faculties. Nor is she deficient in
such social graces and qualities of affection as are
needed to constitute her the best of mothers and the




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most serviceable of friends. Her active and widc-
reaciiinsr benevolence has been exercised quietly, and
many and timely have been her benefactions. Dr.
Jones is an honored nienijicr of ]\Iarv Clap Wooster
Chapter, D. A. R.

Two children were born to Daniel A. and Emt-
line (Roberts) Jones: F.veline. who was six years
of age at the time of her father's death ; and Daniel
Albion, who was three and a half years old at that
time. The daughter is now the wife of Frederick
]'.. Street, a prominent business man of New Haven,
and has two daughters, Hmeline A., now (1901)
aged sixteen, who is attending \'assar; and Grace
11., aged eleven, who is a pupil in Mrs. Johnstone's
private school. Mrs. Sweet is a member of the
Daughters of the American Revolution, in the work
of which she has taken a very active part, and her
children Ix'long to the Children of the American
I'tevolution, of which Emeline has served as regis-
trar. Like her mother, Mrs. Street is an energetic
woman, doing with a will whatever she undertakes,
and she has a kind and lovable disposition which
endears her to a large circle of friends. Well read
on a very large variety of subjects, keen and observ-
ing, with the quick perceptive faculties characteris-
tic of the family, and endowed with a ready wit,
she is a most interesting conversationalist antl a
I)leasant companion. .She is also a fine musician,
having taken a course in nnisic at the New Kngland '
Conservatory of Music.

Daniel Albion Jones graduated at the Yale Aca-
demic School in 1884, and studied dentistry three
.\ears with his mother before entering the Harvard
Dental School, from which he received the degree
of D. D. S. in 1889. In 1890 he received the de-
gree of M. D. from Yale Medical School. At Yale
he was a member of the Glee Club and for four
years was on the base-ball team. He has been suc-
cessfully engaged in the practice of dentistry for
the past fourteen years, and is a promin it member
of the State Dental Society, of which he has now
been treasurer for ten years. Fraternally Dr. Jones
unites with the Masons, the Yale University Club
and other organizations. He is welcomed in social
circles in the city for his nianv pleasing finalities,
notably his attainments as a nnisician : he has re-
ceived fine nnisical training, and has a number of
impils. Dr. Jones married Miss Emma Beadle,
daughter of Joseph Blakeslee Beadle, of Montclair,
New Jersey.

CHARLES A. D.WTS, one of the active,
prominent and enterprising citizens of the town
of Oxford, New Llaven county, has, through-
out his entire business career, been identified
with the agricultural interests of that town. He
was born at Quaker Farms, this county,
I June 13, 1858, a son of Anson R. and Mary
( A. (Ailing) Davis. The father, who followed
' farming throughout his life, was born in Sei.nnour,
this countv, and died in Oxford, Mav 5, 1885. at

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the age of sixty-sc\cu \>.cii>. Ihe mother, how-
ever, is still living, at the age of eighty-one years.
In their family were seven children, as follows:
Mary E., wife of W. T. Andrews, of Orange,
Cinn.; I^llcn L., wife of W. F. Osborne, of An-
sonia ; Laura B., wife of John ^L Hubbard, of West
H'aven ; Emma E. ; Cliarles A. ; Stella L., wife of
F. A. Bailey, of Springfield, Mass. ; and Eveline A.

Charles A. Davis was reared in much the usual
manner of farmer boys of his day, and early ac-
quired an excellent knowledge of all the duties
which fall to the lot of the agriculturist. He as-
sisted in the operation of the home farm until his
father's death. Mr. Davis now owns and resides
upon a place of 260 acres, known as the old Mallett
homestead, which he purchased in the spring of
1899, and is quite extensively engaged in the dairy
business and general farming.

On Oct. 20, 1886, Mr. Davis was united in
marriage with Mrs. Mary Lum, widow of H. A.
Lum, and daughter of ^L D. Northrop. To them
has been born one child, Ralph E. Politically Mr.
Davis is identified with the Republican party, and
religiously he is a member of the Episcopal Church.
He is one of the most enterprising and successful
dair\Tnen and farmers of Oxford, and as a citizen
stands deservedly high in the esteem of his fellow
men. His strict integrity and honorable dealing in
business commend him to the confidence of all ; his
pleasant manner wins him friends, and he is one of
the popular and honored citizens of his community.

CHARLES O'CONNOR, prominent as a con-
tractor and builder in Waterbury, Conn., was born
in Ireland, Dec. 25, 1848, one of the two children of
Timothy and Mary (Lynch) O'Connor, the other
being Johanna, who died when a little girl in the old
country. The mother also died in Ireland. On.
coming to America the father married for his sec-
ond wife Johanna Kellcher, to which union were
born six children, viz. Thomas, who is a laborer
in Manchester, Conn. ; Daniel, a fireman on a rail-
road in Pittsburg, Penn. : Michael, assistant ])astor
of .St. Alary's Church in New Britain, Conn.; Timo-
thy, employed in a mill in Manchester, Conn. ;
Mary and Ellen, unmarried and residing in Man-
chester. Timothy, the father of this family, was
educated for the priesthood in Ireland, but did not
follow the profession and came to America and
here passed the remainder of his days.

Charles O'Connor was but a child when brought
to. America. His father located in Providence, R.
I., and there our subject attended school until
twelve years of age. He then worked on a farm
for one dollar per month and board and night
schooling for about three years, then returned to
Providence, where he began to learn the carpenter's
trade under George Brown. He worked for three
years for $90, or $30 per year, and had a hard
time of it. After finishing his apprenticeship he
worked as a journeyman for two years in Provi-



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fknce, and then went to Boston, worked one year
ilu'n for nine months again in I'rovidcnce, then one
vear in Fall River, Mass., again two years in
Providence, and next for six months in Savannah,
(ia.. in which city he shipped for six months as
carpenter on board the side wheel steamer •"General
P.arnes," rnnning South. He then returned to the
North, and for two and a half years worked for
Cheney I'.ros., in Hartford.

In 1875 Mr. O'Connor began business for him-
self at contracting and building in Manchester,
Conn., where he remained about four and a half
years, and then went to Denver and other places in
Colorado, following his trade about fourteen
months. Upon his return to Connecticut he settled
in Waterbury. and has since been one of the most
extensive and successful contractors and builders of
the city. Among some of the more conspicuous
buildings erected by him are the new almshouse at
a cost of $100,000, the new high school, ?8o,ooo,
Notre Dame $35,000, St. Mary's school, St. Mary's
convent, St. Patrick's Hall, St. Patrick's rectory,
St. Thomas' Church, and many imposing stores and
elegant dwellings. During all this time Mr. O'Con-
ner has been so straightforward and upright in h's
transactions that he has never yet been sued, nor has
Jie had occasion to sue any man.

• Mr. O'Connor wedded Joanna O'Reiley, who
was born in Ireland, but reared in the United
. States, and this marriage has been blessed with five
children, namely: Minnie, who is a teacher in the
Clay street school; Julia, deceased; .-Mice, who is
a teacher in Washington school ; Charles S., attend-
ing the high school ; and Margaret, also in high
school. In politics Mr. O'Connor is independent,
as. being unusually intelligent, he is fully capable of
judging for himself. I-'raternally he is a member of
the Knights of Columbus and of the Independent
< )rder of Foresters. He and family are devout
members of the Church of the Immaculate Con-
cei)tion, to the support of which they are among
the most liberal contributors.

GEORGE HENRY FURMAN. superintend-
ent of the straw hat factory at Milford, was born
in that town Dec. 14, 1847, son of Henry Inirman
and grandson of William Furman.

The family is of English origin, and cur sub-
ject's great-.grandfather was one of three brothers —
(jeorge, James and William — who came to America
at an early day. William h'urman, our subject's
grandfather, may have been born in England. He
became a farmer in Morris, ( )tsego Co., N. Y.,
where he died. His wife Rhoda (Thorp) was a
native of North Haven, Conn., and their family
cnmprised nine children: Henry, our subject's
father, is mentioned below; James, a painter by
trade, died in Milford; Charles, formerly a farmer,
is now a resident of Millington, Midi.: Chauncey
(deceased) was a farmer in Michigan; Lucinda
married John Soden ; Louisa married a Mr. Wan-



zer, of West Laurens, .\. V. ; Mary became the sec-
ond wife of John Soden ; luneline married iCrie
Tucker, of West Laurens, N. Y. ; and Maria mar-
ried Harvey \\'ing, of Morris, New York.

Henry Furman, our subject's father, was born in
Morris. N. Y., Jan. 12, 1823. and removed to Mil-
ford when twenty-three years old. He married
Charlotte Glenney, of Milford, who was born there
June 14, 1822, and is a descendant of one of tlu-
oldest pioneer families in the State, her ancestoi>
coming originally from luigland. Her grandfather,
William Glenney. fought in the war of the Revolu-
tion. The homestead of her grandfather, Abraham
Clark, in the western ])art of the town, now known
as the "Wilson Home," though over two hundr,"d
years old. is habitable and in a good state of
preservation. The (ilenneys were sea-faring men
for generations. William Glenney. her grand-
father, was a sea-captain and died at sea. His
sons were all sea captains, some of them in the
West India trade. Captain William Glenney. Mrs.
I'urman's father, married Amy Clark, of Milford,
and they had the following children: William, a
shoemaker in Milford; Isaac D., employed in the
straw hat factory in Milford; Daniel S.. who died
in New Haven, where he was engaged in mer-
cantile business for many years; Maria, wife of
Ralph Augur, of Pittsfield. Mass. ; Charlotte, our
subject's mother ; Sarah, who married George
Heard, of St. Louis, Mo.; and Susan, who married
Henry Tibballs, of ^lilford. To Mr. and Mrs.
Furman were born four children : George Henry,
our subject; Mary I"., wife of Samuel N. Oviatt,
of Milford: Susan G. (deceased), who married
Frank H. Woodruff, of Milford; and Sarah, wife
of George W. Smith, of Milford. The father died
Jan. I, 1885. and the mother is still living.

George H. I'urman was reared in his native
town, acquiring a connnon-school education, and at
the age of sixteen entered the straw hat factory
then known as the N. A. lialdwin & Co.'s works.
His ability soon won him promotion, and for many
years he has held the position of superintendent.
On May 21, 1868, he married Elizabeth Mitchell,
and two children have blessed the union; (i)
Henry M., born March 5. 1872. married Oct. 26,
1892, Jessie S. Smith, who died July 15. 1805. In
November, i8y8, he married Hannah \N'oodbury. of
Round Pond. Me. He is now a clerk with S. N.
Oviatt. of Milford. (2) Charlotte E.. born June
24. 1879. '* ^' home. The family are much es-
teemed socially. They are identified with the Ply-
mouth Congregational Church, and Mr. I'urman is
also a member of the Order of L'nited Workmen.
Golden Hill Lodge. No. 35, A. O. LL w., of P.ridgc-
port, and the Royal Arcamun, Volunteer Coimcil,
No. 819. of Milford. In jiolitics he is a Democrat.

Mrs. Elizabeth I'urman was born Feb. 19. 1845,
in Glasglow. Scotland, daughter of Robert and El-
len (Vance) Mitchell, both natives and lifelong resi-
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children, of whom Mrs. I'urmaii was the youngest;
John died in Soiithhury. Mass.; Robert is a baker
in Dublin, Ireland : and Majjgie. who was married
in Scotland, died there in 181)3.

.\LriIOKSE GENDROX was born .March 28,
1846, in N'ergcrcs, Canada, .-\ntoinc (icndron. his
father, was a farmer in Canada for a number of
Acars, and married Eliza Savaria, who bore him a
family of five boys and five girls, of whom .\l])honse
is the only one now living-.

.Alphonse Gendron worked on the Canadian
farm until he was .-eventeen years of age, when lie
came to W'oonsocket, R. I., and secured a ]5osition
in a woolen mill, whore he presentlv became fore-
man, remaining there altogether for about five years.



Online LibraryJ.H. Beers & CoCommemorative biographical record of New Haven county, Connecticut, containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens and of many of the early settled families .. → online text (page 74 of 204)