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illustration of her kind heart, it is related that
it was her custom throughout the winter
months to scatter a large amount of bread
crusts from the bakery, in the back yard for
the birds, every morning, and large flocks of
the little creatures used to visit the yard each
morning for their accustomed meal. After
the death of her husband she conducted the
business successfully for five years, and then
transferred it to her son. The family attends
the Congregational church. Children: 1. Will-
iam, born January 8. 1875, succeeded to his
father's business and is a successful business
man ; married Lena Genzer and resides in
Jamaica Plain; children: i. Helena, born April

25, 1906: ii. Katherine, February 1, 1909. 2.
Bertha F.. November 26, 1879, has been for
some years a teacher in the high school of
Beverly, Massachusetts. 3. Marie R., June
18. 1881, married Rev. Warren Archibald,
assistant pastor with Dr. George A. Gordon
of the Old South Church. Boston. 4. Lorenz
Theodore. June 4. 1884. educated in the public
schools and Bussey Institute, a branch of Har-

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vard College ; resides in Colorado ; married
Lillian Williams, of Jamestown, Massachu-
setts. 5. Charles F., September 8, 1887, attend-
ed Harvard College for three years, and be-
came interested in settlement work in the
South Bay section of Boston, where his de-
voted work contributes largely to the happiness
of many poor people of that section. 6. George
A., September 16, 1889, is attending Harvard
College as a member of the class of 191 1.

Carl Emil Julius Weiss-
WEISSBROD brod was born at Coburg,

Germany, in April, 1843.
His father was a landscape gardener on one
of the estates of King Leopold of Belgium.
He attended the common schools until he was
twelve years of age, and was chosen with
two others to be promoted to the college pre-
paratory school. These picked scholars were
allowed free tuition. His tastes, however,
were for a mercantile life, and he left school
and entered the large manufacturing house and
banking establishment of Bartels & Mohart,
of Coburg, as apprentice, intending to remain
four years. The failure of the firm changed
his plans, and he entered an insurance office,
and then worked for a man who bought goods
on commission for the English market. Learn-
ing of a position in New York, he left Ant-
werp, and after a voyage of fifty-nine days,
reached New York only to find that owing
to his late arrival, the position had been filled.
His money was soon gone, and he found it
very difficult to get work. At last he found
employment making pocket books in Union
Hill, New Jersey, and as he was a beginner
his pay was but twenty-five cents a week.
By this time he was so weak from hunger that
he was glad to take even that small pay. It
was soon increased to fifty cents, and he soon
went with his employer to New York to work,
there receiving six dollars a week, and walk-
ing to and from the ferry each day. The next
year his pay was advanced to seven dollars a
week, and the following year eight. Then the
summer came and work was dull. His em-
ployer, John Mehl, was very kind to him and
kept him until he could find work. For a
short time he worked in an office on Broad-
way which published a musical paper, and his
pay barely covered his board bill. About this
time he met George Palmer, who was looking
for a pocketbook maker to go to Montague,
Massachusetts, and the pay was ten dollars a
week. Mr. Weissbrod eagerly accepted the
position, and borrowed the money for his car

fare there. He went to South Deerfield by
train, and thence by carriage to Montague.
There was no other German in the small coun-
try town, and he was very homesick, thinking
he would stay but a week. He stayed over
twenty years. He boarded with Otis Caswell,
and the people were kind to him. Soon he
sent for a friend in Germany who worked at
the same trade. His pay was raised from time
to time, and from then on he was a success-
ful business man. As soon as his capital was
sufficient he started in business for himself,
taking his work to the large cities to sell it.
The business increased and he was obliged
to hire help. In 1887 he removed to Green-
field, purchasing the property on Hope street,
where the business is still located. He died
after a short illness, October 5, 1905, at his
home on Highland avenue. He married, Sep-
tember 14, 1869, Mary Eliza Newcomb, born
at North Adams, Massachusetts, July 1, 1842,
daughter of Ezra P. and Mary (Hamilton)
Newcomb. Children: 1. Carl Julius, born at
Bernardston, February 16. 1871, was educated
in public schools, then worked in his father's
factory, and when they reorganized was made
president of the company; member of Second
Congregational Church, Greenfield Business
Men's Club, and Country Club ; married Flor-
ence H.. daughter of Frank Leslie, of New
York City. 2. Willis Hamilton, March 20,
1873, mentioned below. 3. Luther Bernard,
May 22, 1875, mentioned below. 4. May, April
30, 1878, died November 23, 1885. 5. Bertha
J., May 4. 1880, married Henry H. Kellogg, of
Springfield. 6. Elsie Theresa, Montague, De-
cember 28, 1883. 7. Frederick Wilhelm, Green-
field. November 22, 1887.

(II) Willis Hamilton, son of Carl Emil
Julius Weissbrod, was born at Montague,
Massachusetts, March 20, 1873. He attended
the public schools of his native town and grad-
uated at Childs's Business College in Springfield,
He entered his father's office as bookkeeper
and has been associated with the business since,
except for two years spent in Boston. He is a
member of the Greenfield Club, the Country
Club of Greenfield, the Greenfield Coaching
Club. He is a director of the Greenfield Co-
operative Bank, and treasurer of Emil Weiss-
brod & Sons, Incorporated. He married,
March 18, 1896, Elizabeth Marion Devlin,
daughter of John Sylvester and Flora (War-
ner ) Devlin, of New York City. Child, Mar-
ian Elizabeth, born at Greenfield, April 17,

(II) Luther Bernard, son of Carl Emil



Julius Weissbrod, was born in Montague, May
22, 1875. He attended the public schools and
Williston College, and then entered his father's
manufactory. In 1902 he assumed the charge
of the factory. In 1906 it was incorporated
as Emil Weissbrod & Sons, Incorporated, and
he was elected vice-president and secretary.
He is a member of Republican Lodge of Free
Masons, Franklin Royal Arch Chapter, Titus
Strong Council and Connecticut Valley Com-
mandery. He belongs to the Greenfield Busi-
ness Men's Club, and is a member of the Sec-
ond Congregational Church. He married,
September 7, 1899, L. Ruth Thompson, born
in Colerain, daughter of Gurden and Cornelia
(Carpenter) Thompson. Child, Kenneth Ber-
nard, born at Greenfield, September 4, 1900.

Christian Seyter was born in
SEYTER Vaihingen, Wurtemburg, Ger-
many, of an old German family
of that place. He was a farmer, and lived to
be over eighty years old. He had a son,
George C, mentioned below.

(II) George C, son of Christian Seyter,
was born September 21, 1819, in Wurtemburg,
Germany, and died there in 1883. He was a
blacksmith and veterinary surgeon, known as a
skillful workman and master of his trade. In
later life he was chief engineer of the water
works in his native city, Wurtemburg. He
married there Wilhelmina Vier, born in Heil-
berau. Wurtemburg, Germany, in May, 1824,
died about 1880. They had fourteen children,
of whom six sons and two daughters are liv-
ing. Among them are the following: Herman,
came to the United States and was for more
than thirty years head machinist of the Wal-
worth Manufacturing Company, Boston; re-
tired and resides in South Boston ; two chil-
dren, Paul (married) and Anna. Amelia,
came to the United States in 1872, died in
Boston : married Fritz Wultz who survives
her. William G., mentioned below. Albert,
the youngest son, came to the United States
and settled in Roxbury, where he died from
a paralytic shock, August I, 1903, leaving a
widow who has since died.

(III) William G, son of George C. Seyter,
was born March 7, 1847, m Vaihingen, Wur-
temburg. Germany, on the old homestead, and
received his education in his native town. He
came to the United States when a young man,
landing in Boston, January 22, 1868. He
found employment after he arrived at the
trade of blacksmith, which he had learned
from his father in his native country. By

thrift and diligence he accumulated enough
money with which to start in business. In
1879 he went to Jamaica Plain and established
himself as an agent for brewery supplies, and
dealer in wines. His success was soon appar-
ent, and business steadily prospered. At pres-
ent he conducts a store at 98 and 100 Boylston
street, which extends to 178 and iSoLamartine
street also. His genial good nature and upright
character has won him a host of friends, and
a reputation as a good citizen in his adopted
country. He married (first) in Boston, Han-
nah Grant, of Rockport, Maine, who died in
1881 at the age of forty-seven years. He mar-
ried (second), in Jamaica Plain, May 1, 1884,
Katy Schroeder, born in the west, educated in
Plymouth, Massachusetts. She died in 1885,
eighteen months after her marriage. He mar-
ried (third) December 3, 1893, Mrs. Kath-
erine (Herbold) Rube, born in Karlsruhe,
Baden, Germany, widow of Julius Rube, who
died in February, 1893. She came to America
when a young woman. Mr. Seyter has for
many years been prominent in the social and
fraternal history of the German people of
Boston, and he and his wife take an active
interest in local affairs, especially among Ger-
man speaking citizens. Mr. Seyter is a mem-
ber of several German societies ; the German
Rifle Club, of which he is treasurer; the Ger-
man Aid Society, of which he is financial secre-
tary : the Boylston School Verein ; the Boston
Turners and German Workman's Society; the
Schwaben Verein of Roxbury ; the Germania
Verein of Roslindale ; the Fedilia Verein of
De'lham. He is a member of Germania Lodge
of Free Masons; St. Paul's Royal Arch Chap-
ter ; Boston Council of Royal and Select Mas-
ters ; Joseph Warren Commandery of Knights
Templar; of Boston-Lafayette Lodge of Per-
fection : of Giles F. Yates Council, Princes of
Jerusalem; of Mt. Olivet Chapter, Rose Croix ;
of Massachusetts Consistory, and of Aleppo
Temple, Order of the Mystic Shrine.

Hugo Oberempt was born
OBEREMPT in Germany, September 24,
1832; died in 1896. He was
educated in his native place and was especially
proficient in mathematics. He came of a poor
family and without a dollar of reserve sought
his fortune in America. He found employ-
ment soon afterward in the dye works of the
Xashawannick Manufacturing Company, at
Easthampton. Massachusetts. His handwrit-
ing was as beautiful as copperplate script, and
when he signed the pay-roll the attention of

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the countingroom was directed to him. He
was immediately made a shipping clerk and
soon afterward a clerk in the office. From
time to time he won promotions until he be-
came the head paymaster of this large corpora-
tion, and he held this position for thirty years,
in fact until blindness and his last illness com-
pelled him to resign. Altogether, he was in
the employ of the company for forty-nine
years. He was one of the most expert, and
accurate bookkeepers in the corporation to
which he gave nearly all his active years. For
many years he was deemed an expert in the
keeping of accounts and was often called by
other companies to put their books in order.
The professional and official auditors, who
had to do with books in his charge, always
commended their accuracy, cleanliness and
elegibility. He was extremely methodical and
punctual in his habits of work. He reached
his desk at exactly the same time daily, and it
has been said that, knowing the time when he
was due at a certain place, one might safely
regulate his watch by Mr. Oberempt's move-
ments. He was a charter member of Ionic
Lodge. Free Masons, of Easthampton ; a mem-
ber of Royal Arch Masons, exalted July 19,
1871 ; and a member of the Deutsche Order
Harugari. His sister Charlotte died in Ger-
many, in 1905. He was shrewd in making
investments, and at his death left a modest
fortune as the fruit of his long, industrious
and well-ordered life. He was a Congrega-
tionalist in religion and Republican in politics.
He married, in Easthampton, July 12, 1857,
Margaretta Kretz. She lives with her son at
Easthampton. Children : Christina, Fred,
William. Herman, mentioned below.

Hugo Oberempt served in the armies of
two nations. He was for three years in the
Guard dc Cours (King's body-guard) in Ger-
many. He enlisted in the civil war early and
was mustered in July 22, 1861, at Hartford,
Connecticut, in Company D, Fifth Connecti-
cut Volunteers, Colonel Loomis ; and was mus-
tered again July 6, 1864, taking part in the
grand review at Washington, May 24, 1865.
He took part in the battle of Winchester, Vir-
ginia, March 25, 1862 ; in the battle of Cedar
Mountain. August 9, 1862, when he was taken
prisoner ; in the battle of Chantilly, Virginia,
September 1, 1863; and at Chancellorsville,
May 1, 2, 3, 1864; at Resaca, Georgia, May 13,
14. 15, 1864; at Casville, Georgia, May 19,
1864; at Lost Mountain, June 17, 1864; at
Culps Farms, June 22, Peach-tree Creek, July
20, 1864; at the siege of Atlanta in August; in

the battle at Montieth Station, December 15,
1864; and at the siege of Savannah in De-
cember. He was in the engagement at Chester-
field Court House, South Carolina, February
4, 1865; at Avery sborough, North Carolina,
Marcli 16, 1865, and at Bentonville, March 19,

( II ) Herman, son of Hugo Oberempt, was
born at Easthampton, Massachusetts, October
17, 1861. He was educated in the public
schools and at Williston Seminary, Easthamp-
ton, graduating there in the class of 1879. He
studied chemistry for two years and a half at
Crefeld, Germany. Upon his return he was
employed in silk-dyeing in various mills in
this country for twenty-five years. During
the greater part of this time he was in Pater-
son, New Jersey. He worked a short time in
early life in the Nashawannick Mills as a ship-
ping clerk. He is at present treasurer of the
Harnett Drop Forge Works, of Easthampton,
and secretary of the Flexible Tire Company,
both new concerns in Easthampton, manufac-
turing principally for the automobile com-
panies. He is a Congregationalist in religion,
an independent in politics. He is a member of
the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.
He married, September 2, 1886, in Germany,
Eveline Lienarz, born December 25, 1862,
(laughter of William and Wilhelmina ( Bleuss)
Lienarz. Her father was a soldier in the
( lerman army. Children: Margaret, a student
in Smith College, class of 191 1 ; William, Cath-
erine, Elsie, Dorothy, Gertrude.

The sons of the Kings of
DAUPHIXEE France have been called
dauphins from time im-
memorial. The surnames Dauphin and Dau-
phine ( Dauphinee ) take their origin from the
locality or province of Dauphine. The pro-
vince is named for the fish, doubtless, and
some of the family bear the dauphin on their
coats-of-arms. The Dauphins of Dauphine
bear : D'argent a deux fasces d'azur. Another
Dauphin coat-of-arms is: D'or a deux dau-
phins adossees d'azur ace. d'une etoile du
meme en chief.

Daniel Dauphinee. born 1703, came to Can-
ada, and married Marie Jeanne Bessiere. Fran-
cois, son of Daniel Dauphinee, married Marie
Madeleine Guaudron. Jean Baptiste, son of
Peter and Marie Catherine Dauphinee, came
from Maqui de Noailles, diocese of Limoges,
France, and married, in Canada, Marie Antoi-
nette, born 1737; married. February 10, 1759,
at Baie du Febvre.



( I ) Frederick Dauphinee, immigrant ances-
tor, was born in France. He and his brother
were French cavaliers under Napoleon, and
served in his campaigns. Their father was a
fine cabinet-maker, and a man of considerable
property, owning a large estate. When the
brothers entered the army they took with them
gold, sewing it in belts around their waists,
and, taking their horses, went to fight for their
country. In one of the battles, when defeat
became certain, and they saw the white flag of
surrender, they turned their horses and escaped
to a river, which they swam. They travelled
until they came to the nearest seaport, and
embarked with their horses on a vessel bound
for America. After three months they reach-
ed Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. His brother went
east to the Bay of St. George, where he settled,
married, and had a large family of children.
Many of his descendants are still living in that
vicinity. Frederick Dauphinee settled in Lun-
enburg, and married Hannah Cornish.

(II) George Lewis, son of Frederick Dau-
phinee, was born at Lunenburg, Nova Scotia,
December 25, 1802, and was baptized in the
Episcopal church there. He attended the par-
ish school until he was sixteen, and acquired a
good education, being also a fine penman. He
was brought up on a farm, and early learned
the trade of ship carpenter. After his mar-
riage he settled in Chester, Nova Scotia. He
followed the sea, owned a vessel, and was en-
gaged in coastwise service from Chester to
Halifax. In 1847 ne removed to Blanford,
Nova Scotia, where he carried on a farm which
he had leased, and also worked at the mason's
trade. Later he removed to Aspologan, Nova
Scotia, where he lived until 1 861, following
his trade. In 186 1 he went to Bridgewater,
Nova Scotia, and worked at the mason's trade
for a number of years. Later he was janitor
of the Episcopal church, up to within a short
time of his death in 1882. He was a man of
serious bearing and good Christian principles.
He was well educated, and had a good knowl-
edge of the German language, which he had
learned from his wife. In politics he was con-
servative. He married, at Lunenburg, July
4, 1824, Catherine YYenzel, born there Sep-
tember 25. 1802, died at Bridgewater. Nova
Scotia, May 13, 1879, daughter of Nicholas
and Catherine Wenzel. She was a very cap-
able woman, by profession a nurse and physi-
cian. She was a member of the Episcopal
church. Children, born at Chester, Nova
Scotia: 1. Mary Ann, May 8, 1825; married
Peter Morash ; had George, Sophia. Ellen, Ada

and Alice Morash. 2. John Lewis, October
22, 1826; married Elizabeth Corcomb ; had
Emma, married Simeon Ernst. 3. Stephen,
May 25, 1828; married Ellen Publicobee ; had
Rufus, Adolphus, LTriah, Jessie and Margaret.
4. Catherine, February 20, 1831 ; died May,
1848. 5. Isaiah. April 19, 1832; married Mary
E. Munrose ; had George Allen, Edward, Ros-
Iinda and Mary. 6. Anna, October 25, 1834;
married William Boehman. 7. Rachel, born
April 1, 1836; married Isaiah Cook; had
Collin, Dauphinee, Harris, Lois and Lillian
Cook. 8. George Caleb, September 17. 1837;
mentioned below. 9. Elkanah, June 15, 1839;
married Elizabeth Bullard ; had Catherine,
Ida, George, Clarence and Everett. 10. George
Justin, July 18, 1841 ; died same year. 11.
Sophia Elizabeth, December 24, 1843 '• married,
May 28, 1861, Josiah Hebb; children: i. Ira
Scott Hebb, born March 24, 1865, married
Susan McFettridge, and had Ira Cecil Hebb ;
ii. Edgar Hebb, born February 28, 1868; iii.
Lydia Maria Hebb. born December 21, 1870;
iv. Percival Hebb. born June, 1872, died aged
eleven : v. Ethel Maud Hebb, born April 23,
1873, married, November 29, 1905, Frank E.
Robbins, and had George Elliott Robbins, born
September 6, 1907, and Florence Ethel Rob-
bins, born March 4, 1908; vi. Bertha May
Hebb, born July 3, 1876, married (first) Sep-
tember 26, 1889, John E. Young, and had
John Edward Young, born October 16, 1900,
married (second) April 2T„ 1905, Ernest H.
Atkinson, and had Mary E. Atkinson, born
April 2^. 1906, and Edgar Oliver Atkinson,
June 24, 1907.

( III ) George Caleb, son of George Lewis
Dauphinee, was born at Chester, Nova Scotia,
September 17, 1837, and died at Franklin,
Massachusetts, April 5, 1906. He received
his education in the parish school of his native
town, and then worked on his uncle's farm
at Mahone Bay for two years. For three sea-
sons he drove logs on the Eastern river, work-
ing on the farm at other times. At the age of
eighteen he went into the shipyard at the basin
of La Have river, where he learned the trade
of ship-carpenter, serving an apprenticeship of
three years. He worked at this trade until
1864, when at the age of twenty-six he shipped
as a seaman. After his first voyage he was
promoted to first mate, and in 1867 became
captain and half owner of a vessel. Three
years later his ship was wrecked, all on board,
however, being saved. Later he became an
owner of the "Eureka," which was also wreck-
ed. His next ship was the "Martin." His



voyages were coastwise from Newfoundland
to Boston, up to 1879. At this time he settled
in Boston. Massachusetts. He obtained em-
ployment in the furniture shop of Philip Dono-
hue, 83 Everett street, where he worked for
three years as a furniture repairer. He was
afterward employed by the Boston & Maine
Railroad Company, having charge of the re-
pair and woodwork of bridges and railroad
stations. He built the buildings of the Dowell
Rope Works, at East Boston, and engaged in
general carpenter work until he removed to
Norfolk, Massachusetts (City Mills), where
he settled, and followed his trade for five
years. In 1892 he removed to Franklin, Mass-
achusetts, and established a business as general
contractor, which he followed until his death,
April 5, 1906. Among the many contracts
which he had were the Crafts residence, Wait's
Mill, the Bush Mill. Baltimore Mill, the resi-
dence of Edwin Trowbridge, and many other
residences in Franklin and Milford. He was
a member of the Improved Order of Red Men
and of the Golden Cross. In religion he was
an Episcopalian, and in politics a Republican.
He married ( first ) Adelaide Ernst, born at
Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, November 24, 1844,
died at Franklin, Massachusetts, of cancer,
August 25, 1 901, daughter of Gasper and
Delia (Greenough) Ernst, of Bridgewater,
Nova Scotia. He married (second) Septem-
ber 11, 1903, Mrs. Delia (Collins) (Kennedy)
Everett, daughter of Charles and Isabel (Tier-
ney ) Collins. There were ten children, all
by the first wife. /\mong them were: 1.
Delia. 2. George Melville, mentioned below.
3. James Titus, mentioned below. 4. Albert.
5. Arthur, burned to death. 6. Olive Maud,
born February 13, 1888; died October 11,

1895. .

( I\ ) George Melville, son of George Caleb
Dauphinee, was born at Bridgewater, Nova
Scotia, January 15, 1867. At the age of five
he removed with his parents to Port Midwed,
where he attended the public schools until the
age of seventeen. For a short time he worked
on the Oakes farm, at Bridgewater, Nova
Scotia, and for four years in the brick yard
there, and subsequently in the lumber yard of
Henry Davison of that place. He then re-
mained with a contractor, Mr. Smith, of
Bridgewater. for three years, learning the car-
penter's trade. He went to Boston and thence
to Franklin, Massachusetts, and found employ-
ment with Mr. Willet, a contractor, of Wrent-
ham. Subsequently he entered the employ of
his father, who was then a contractor in Frank-

lin. About 1896 he starteel in business for
himself, doing general contract work, and
since 1905 has added the business of plumb-
ing to his other work. His place of business
is at 19 Depot street, succeeding J. F. Hussey.
He has a large and profitable business. Among
the many fine residences which he has built
are those of E. Waters, at Franklin ; of Will-
iam Luscomb, Robert Munroe and Walter
Slade, at Plainville. He has also remodeled
the paper mills at City Mills, and is the builder
of the Kingsbury residence, at Norfolk. He is
an enterprising, hard-working man, and has
accumulated a comfortable fortune. He built
a home for himself on Fales street, which was
burned April 3, 1909, but he immediately re-
built it. He owns considerable real estate. In
religion he is an Episcopalian, although he and
his family attend the Congregational church.
He is a member of the Society of Pilgrim
Fathers. He married, April 30. 1897, at Bos-
ton, Eliza Agnes Fisher, born at Montreal,
Canada, February 18, 1875, daughter of David
and Emma ( Fryer ) Fisher. Her father was
an iron moulder by trade. Children: 1. Will-
iam John, born October 17, 1882. 2. George

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