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years of age. He then accepted a position as cabin
boy on a coasting vessel, continuing thus for two
years, and on leaving the water, in 1850, came to
Connecticut. After spending two years in Bristol
and adjoining towns, he took up his residence in
\\ aterhury, where he has since made his home. He
w.-is successfully engaged in house painting until
18S.S, and also carried on farming to some extent,
having for half a century owned and operated a
farm on Town Plot, Washington avenue. Since
his retirement from the painting business he has de-
voted much of his time to dairying, and in that
undertaking has met with good success.

In 1855 Mr. Vail was united in marriage with
Miss Mary Adams, who was born in Watertown,
Litchfield Co., Conn., a daughter of Seymour
Adams. They have become the parents of four
children, namely : Ella Rossette, now the wife of
Charles Dikeman, of Torrington, Conn. ; Jessie
Rosalyn, wife of Dwight Robinson ; Charles, who
married Susie Wilson ; and George, who married
Miss Ada Hunter.

Mr. Vail was a member of the school commit-
tee of Town Plot during seven of its most progres-
sive years. He was one of the first in Waterbury
to join the Republican party, voted for Fremont in
1856, and has since been one of its stalwart support-
ers, but has never been a politician in the sense of
office seeking. He has always been found true to
every trust reposed in him, and receives and merits
the confidence and respect of his fellow citizens.

best-known citizens and successful general farmers
and dairymen of the town of Wallingford, was
born July 2, 1834, on the old homestead, near where
he now resides.

Jesse Clinton, the grandfather of our subject,
was a large land owner near Clintonville, where he
spent his life, and added to his income very consid-
erably by cattle raising. His son, Jesse, the father
of our subject, was born on the old homestead, and
was the youngest of the family. His early days
were spent in school, and he became interested in
farming, which he continued all his life. During
his management of the farm, consisting of' 130
acres, he made many improvements, and became
well known as a raiser of fine stock. He married,
in North Haven, Rosanna Bassett, a daughter of
Isaac Bassett, and six children were born of this
union : Merritt, George, John, Isaac, Edwin and
Elizur. Mr. Clinton's connection with the Congre-
gational Church of North Haven began in his
youth, and he lived an honest and upright life.

During his early youth our subject was a pupil
in the district school, and later attended the North
Haven Academy. He remained at home until he
was eighteen, at which time he entered the factory
at Clintonville, and later, with his brother, formed
the partnership of Clinton Bros, in the manufactur-
ing of carriage woodwork, prosecuting this suc-
cessfully for twenty-five years, at which time Mr.
Clinton's health failed and he gave it up. A life on
the farm seemed to promise a return to good health,
and he then went into the dairy and fruit growing
business on a tract of sixty acres of the original
homestead farm. That his hopes were realized his
present excellent health attests, the only medicine
he needed being fresh air, sunshine and contact
with Nature. Mr. Clinton has proved that the Bib-
lical assertion that man shall eat his bread in the
sweat of his face is sometimes the greatest of bless-
ings. _ .

On May 12, 1858, Mr. Clinton was married, in

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Wallingford, to Grace Ann Allen, who was born
in that town. Three children have been born to
Mr. and Mrs. Clinton : Evelyn B., born May 7,
1859, is a dairyman and peach c^rower : he was mar-
ried Feb. 14, 1888, to Florence A. Redfield, who
was born July 10, 1863, and they have one child,
Leroy W., born Xov. 25, i88q. Friend is a manu-
facturer of witch hazel at Hio-ganum, Conn.; lie
married Helen G. Clark, of that place. Elbert mar-
ried Clara G. Sanford, of Hamden, where they re-
side. Both Mr. Clinton and wife are members of
the Xorth Haven Grang-e, where their social quali-
ties are much appreciated ; they are connected with
the Xorth Haven Episcopal Church.

Mrs. Clinton is descended from an old and
prominent family. Roger Allen came to Xew Eng-
land in 1638. The parents of Mrs. Clinton were
Hiram and Xancy (Button) Allen, the former bom
in 1806, and the latter in 1805 : she died in 1885.
Children as follows came to ^Ir. and Mrs. Allen :
Franklin, born in 1832 : Frances Augusta, bom in
1836; Hiram: Grace Ann, born July 18, 1839; and
Elenora Melvina, born in 1842. The maternal
grandfather of Mrs. Clinton, X'ewberrv Button, was
a native of X'orth Haven ; he was a fifer during the
Revolutionary war. and was at Fort Griswold.
Later he became a seafaring man. He married a
daughter of James Pierpont, of Xorth Haven.

WILLIA:\I H. PERKIXS, an enterprising and
progressive gentleman farmer of Bucks Hill, has
spent his entire life in Waterburv, where he was
bom Xov. 3, 1848. He is a worthy descendant of
an old and highlv respected X^ew York family.

William Perkins, his father, was born in Butter-
nuts, now Gilbertsville, Otseeo Co.. X. Y., a son of
Benonia Perkins. When nine months old he was
brought by his parents to Bethany, X'ew Haven
Co., Conn., where his father engaged in farming
and died. William Perkins was educated in the
schools of Bethany, and was fifteen years of age
on coming to Waterburv, which town was then in
its infancy. Here and in Prospect he learned the
carf)enter's and joiner's trade, and in time became
the best-known contractor and builder in the X'au-
gatutk Valley. When he was twenty-one years of
age he formed a partnership with Archibald and
Elisha Rice. He erected several of the public build-
ings in Waterbury, including the "Scovill House."
the First Congregational church, and the Scovill fac-
tory. His work was done with great dispatch, and
he put up nine houses in ten davs in \\'aterbury.
For several years he also engaged in th? manufac-
ture of sash and blinds at his factory at City Mills.
He was a large land owner, having property at Lake
Wood, now known as Perkins avenue, and also at
Waterville. He was quite prominent in politics,
and was a recognized leader of the Democratic party
in Waterbury. taking a deep interest in all public
matters. He served thirteen years as selectman, to
which office he was nominated and elected bv both

the Democratic and Republican parties, and in the
discharge of his duties gave eminent satisfaction
to all concerned. He was first selectman five years.
He was public spirited and progressive, and gave
his support to all measures calculated to advance j
the educational, moral or material welfare of his j
town and county. He was a man of independent j
thought, and had the courage of his convictions, ;
doing ever what he deemed best for the general '
good. ]Mr. Perkins died at his home on X^'orth Main
street, Waterbury, in 1875, and was laid to rest in
Riverside cemetery. He attended the Episcopal
Church, and was a member of the Independent Or-
der of Odd Fellows. For his first wife Mr. Perkins
married Mary Tuttle, who was born on Xorth INIain
street, a daughter of John and Elizabeth (Judd)
Tuttle. and his second wife wns Almira Jerome, of
\\"aterbury ; she is buried in Riverside cemetery.
He had four children: (i) Elizabeth, who was edu-
cated at the Waterbury Academy and Miss Draper's
boarding-school, is now the widow of John H.
Smith, a son of Hon. X'athan Smith, a Congress-
man from Xew Haven, and makes her home in
Waterburv. She is a member of the Daughters of
the American Revolution. She had two cliildren —
Mary Elizabeth, who died in infancy : and William
Easton, a merchant of Waterbury. (2) 'William
H. is our subject. The other two children died in

During his boyhood and youth \\'illiam H. Per-
kins was given excellent educational advantages, at-
tending the public and select schools of Waterburv : 1
the Episcopal Academy at Cheshire: and the Xew '
Haven Military Institute, under Gen. Russell. In
early life he learned the carpenter's trade with D.
H. Meloy, a well-known architect and builder of
Waterbury, with much success, and followed that
occupation for several years. In 1887 he removed
to what is now known as Perkins avenue, on Bucks
Hill, and turned his attention to the operation of
the Holt farm, upon which he has made extensive
improvements, including the erection of a fine resi-
dence, beautifully located, and supplied with all
modern conveniences. He has built an artificial lake
which is well stocked with fine fish, and on which
he has a pleasure boat. He keeps about twenty
head of cattle, to supply the family wants. Fancv
dogs and game chickens are bred here with much
success, and Mr. Perkins' Great Dane "Gover" is
one of the best dogs in X'ew England. At the
present time Mr. Perkins is erecting, regardless of
expense, extensive chicken liarns, comoletely fur-
nished with numerous incubators and all the latest
appliances, with the intention of supplying Water-
bury with chickens. This business is managed by
his son Harry, who has familiarized himself with
the culture of chickens, and the enterprise is ex-
pected to prove a big success.

As a hunter and fisherman ?ilr. Perkins has few
equals in Connecticut. All his life he has been a
sportsman, and in his younger days was a noted ath-



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lete. He was one of the originators of the Monitor
Base Ball Club, which was organized in the Ckjthic
Hall building. Waterbury, and of which he was
catcher. Later he held the same position in the
Waterbury Base Ball Club, and it was largely due to
his remarkable ability that each club held the State
championshii-) during his association therewith. His
active participation in the great National game is a
thing of the past, but his interest in it is undimin-
ished, and he is held as an authority on the game
by many of the noted players of to-day.

^Ir. Perkins was married, in Waterbury, to Miss
Ella L. Grilley, a native of that town, and a daugh-
ter of Albert Grilley. They have three children :
Alice M., now the wife of William R. Johnson, of
Wolcott : Harry W. ; and Mary E., who is attending
a boarding-school in Lyme, Connecticut.

Religiously Mr. Perkins is a member of St.
John's Episcopal Church of Waterbury ; fraternally
he belongs to [Mad River Grange. He casts his
ballot for the men and measures of the Democratic
party, but has never cared for the honor or emolu-
ments of political office, preferring to devote his
entire time and attention to his business interests.
He is a thorough and systematic fanner, and car-
ries forward to successful completion whatever he
undertakes. He is widelv and favorably known, and
stands deservedly high in the esteem of his fellow

was a worthy member of an honored old Connecti-
cut family, one of the best in the State.

William Chittenden, the first of the name in
Connecticut, was a native of England, and was one
of a companv of seventy-five — gathered chiefly
from the Counties of Kent, Surrey and Sussex, in
the South of England — who determined to leave
the mother countrv and seek a new home in the
wilderness of the Western World. This company
sailed from England for America about Mav 20,
1639, in a ship of 350 tons burden, and arrived in
New Haven July 10, after a passage of seven
weeks. William Chittenden came from the parish
of Cranbrook, in Kent, some thirty-five miles south-
east of London. He was prominent among the
original settlers of Guilford, and as a man of abil-
ity and influence held many important offices in the
Plantation during his active life. He was one of
the six persons selected to purchase the land in
Guilford from the native owners, and was also one
of four — Robert Kitchell, William Chittenden,
John Bishop and William Leete — who received, ac-
cording to the record, full power and authoritv to
act, order and dispatch all matters respecting' the
public weal and civil government of the Plantation
"until a church is gathered among us." It is sup-
posed that he was a soldier in the English armv.
and served in the Netherlands in the Thirtv Years
war, as he was the principal military man of the
'Plantation, and bore the title of lieutenant. He was

a magistrate of the Plantation, and deputv to the
General Court until his death, in February, 1660,
at the age of sixty-seven years. William Chitten-
den was married in England to Joanna Sheafte.
daughter of Dr. Edmund and Joanna Sheafife, of
Cranbrook, Kent. Her sister Dorothy was the wife
of Rev. Henry M'hitfield, who was the first minister
of the Guilford Colony, and one of its leading men.
Ten children were born to William and Joanna
Chittenden, viz. : Thomas, who married Joanna
Jordan; Elizabeth, who married Thomas Wright;
Nathaniel ; John, mentioned below ; ]Marv, who
married John Leete; Hannah, born Nov. 15,' 1649,
who died in 1650; Joseph and Hannah (twins),
born April 14, 1652, the former of whom died June
22, 1652, the latter Sept. 13, 1674; Deborah, bom
Dec. 12, 1653, who died Sept. 16, 1674; and Joanna.
The mother of these remarried, her second husband
being Abraham Cruttenden, of Guilford, who had
also been previously married. She died in Guil-
ford Aug. 16, 1668. Her mother, widow of Dr.
Edmund Sheaflfe. came with the family from Eng-
land, and died in Guilford Aug. i, r659.

Sergt. John Chittenden, son of William, was
married Dec. 12, 1665, to Hannah Fletcher, of Mil-
ford. He died in Guilford in Aoril, 1716. aged
seventy-three >-ears. Children : John, born Oct.
17, 1666, married Sarah Clay; Elizabeth, bom Jan.
26, 1670, married Thomas Cruttenden ; Joseph is re-
ferredto below; Gideon, bora Sept. 23. 1678, died
in 1679; Abel, born May 14, 1681, married Deborah
Scranton ; Lvdia, born March 30, 1684, married
William Hall.

Joseph Chittenden, born ]March 26, 1672, in
Guilford, spent his entire life there, and died Sept.
ij, 1727- On Aug. 26, 1692, he married Mary
Kimberly, born in April, 1671, daughter of Nathan-
iel and Mary Kimberly, of New Haven. She died
Jan. 14, 1742. Children: Deborah, born Jan. 28,
1693, married John Spinning; Patience, born Jan.
,19, 1696, married Tohn Hubbard; Gideon, sketch of
whom follows; Daniel, born March 15, 1700, mar-
ried Abigail Downes ; Joseph, born Jan, 25, 1702,
married Patience Stone ; Thankful, born Jan. 27,
1704, married Timothy Bartlett.

Gideon Chittenden, son of Joseph, born Feb. 3,
1698, in Guilford, passed the greater part of his life
in his native town, and in 1762 removed to New
IMilford, Conn., where he and his wife both ended
their days. On March 21, 1721, he married Abi-
g-ail Bishop, born April 10, 1701, daughter of
Samuel and Abigail (Wetmore) Bishop, of
Guilford, and they had children: Abraham,
sketch of whom follows ; Millicent, born April
5, 1725, married John Hooson ; Abigail, born
?i[arch 17, 1727, married Samuel Stone; Pru-
dence, born Oct. 14, 1729, married Nathaniel
Johnson; Giles, born Dec. 8, 1731, married
Temperance Bishop; Miles, bom June 15, 1734,
died Dec. 15, 1755; Ruth, born May 15, 1737, mar-
ried Ebenezer Evarts ; Stephen, bom May 9, 1739,



married Lucy Bardsley ; Catherine, born May 9,
1747, married Ebenezer Gaylord.

Abraham Chittenden, born Feb. 16, 1723,
•passed his entire Hfe in Guilford, engaged in agri-
cultural pursuits, and died there July 19, 1810. On
March 15, 1749, he married ^lercy Burgis, who was
bom Sept. 26, 1719, daughter of Thomas and
Mercy (Wright) Burgis, and died Feb. 24, 1801.
Children; Abraham, sketch of whom follows;
Eliab, born March 26, 1754, died Aug. 29, 1756;
Mercy, born April 17, 1756, married Nathaniel
Parmelee; Sarah, born 3ilay 13, 1760, died Aug. 30,

Abraham Chittenden, born Aug. 10, 175 1, lived
to the ripe age of over ninety-six years, passing
away March 4, 1848, and his remains rest in Guil-
ford cemetery. He became deacon of the First
Church in Guilford in 1799. On Xov. 17, 1774, he
married Diana Ward, born Sept. 24, 1752, daughter
of Gen. Andrew and Diana (Hubbard) Ward, of
Guilford. She died April 24, 1784, and on May 25,
1785, he married Lydia Baldwin, daughter of Israel
Baldwin, of North Bran ford, and widow of Simeon
Rose. She passed away Oct. 17, 1819. By his first
marriage Abraham Chittenden had three children:
Sarah, born Oct. 13. 1775, married Dr. Tared Red-
field; Betsey, born July 2^, 1777. married Benjamin
Baldwin; Abraham I., born Xov. 17, 1781, married
Deborah Fowler. By the second marriage there
were four: Diana, born April 13, 1786, married
David Parmelee; John Baldwin, born Jan. 16, 1790,
married Eliza Robinson ; Henry Ward, sketch of
whom follows ; Lydia, twin of Henry W., married
Samuel Robinson.

Henry Ward Chittenden, whose name introduc-
es this sketch, was born Dec. 7. 1794. He received
a good practical education, and in his younger years
engaged in mercantile business in Guilford, later in
life taking up farming, in which connection he also
managed the Grififing farm, known as the "Stone
House farm." His entire life was spent in Guil-
ford, where he died Oct. 30. 1867, and his remains
rest in Guilford cemetery. Being a man of social,
genial temperament, and of unblemished integrity,
Mr. Chittenden was a well-known and highly re-
spected citizen, and quite popular. In political
faith he was a Whig, and later a Republican, and
he held various local offices, including that of town
clerk. He held membership in the First Congrega-
tional Church, and was a good Christian man. On
May 17, 1820, ^Tr. Chittenden was married, in
Guilford, to Charlotte Grififing, born Jan. 28, 1800,
daughter of Joel and Sarah (Fairchild) Griffing;
she died Mav 5, 1822, and was buried in Guilford
cemetery. Oin March 10, 1824. Mr. Chittenden
married, for his second wife, in Guilford. Mary
Grififine, born in Guilford Feb. Ci. 1801, daua^hter of
Hon. Nathaniel and Sarah (Brown) Griffing. and
a cousin of his first wife: she died March 21. 1876,
and is buried in Guilford cemeterv. ^Irs. Chitten-

den was a lady of means, and gave liberally to the
poor and to the church, and was quite active in
every good cause. She was a member of the First
Church, to which she gave an excellent organ and
a fund for the salary of the organist. To Henry W.
and Mary (Griffing) Chittenden came one child,
Sarah Brown, born June 18, 1835, who was married
Sept. 14, 1859, to Edward H. Owen, of Stock-
bridge, Alass. He died May 28, 1864, and on
JNlarch 20, 1867, she married Henry D. Cone, a
paper manufacturer in Housatonic, ^vlass., who died
Nov. 16, 1896. Mr. Chittenden adopted the daugh-
ter of his sister, Mrs. Parmelee, Lydia D., who is a
lady of culture and refinement. She. makes her
home in Guilford, where she is well known and
highly respected.

The Parmelee Family, of which Aliss Lydia
D. Chittenden, the adopted daughter of Henry W.
Chittenden, is a descendant, is one of the oldest
families in Guilford. The first of that name in New-
Haven Colony was John Parmelee, who came from
England and was one of the first settlers of New
Haven, where he spent the balance of his life, dying
there in November, 1659. He is buried there. He
married Elizabeth Bradley, a widow, and three chil-
dren were born to them : John, sketch of whom fol-
lows ; Hannah, who married John Johnson ; and
Marv, who married Denis Carpenter, and died
March 16, 1668.

John Parmelee spent his life in the New Haven
Colony, and died in January, 1689. His first wife.
Rebecca, died Sept. 29, 165 1, and in 1652
he married Ann Plane, a widow, who died
March 30, 1658. In 1659 he again married,
his third wife being named
dren : Nathaniel, born in 1645,
French ; John, born Nov. 25,
Mary Mason, and died Jan. 3, 1749;
of whom follows ; Hannah, born Nov.

Hannah. Chil-

married Sarah

1659, married

Isaac, sketch

1667, mar-

ried T. Hill; Stephen, born Dec. 6, 1669, married
Elizabeth Baldwin, and died Jan. 3, 1749; Job, born
July 31, 1673, married Betsey Edwards, and died
Nov. 16, 1765; Caleb married Abigail Johnson;
Priscilla, born May 8, 1678, died Dec. 10, 1692:
Joel, born in 1679, rnarried Abigail Andrews, and
died in July, 1748.

Isaac Parmelee, born Nov. 21, 1665, made his
home in Guilford, where he died Jan. 3. 1749. On
Dec. 30, 1689, he married Elizabeth Hillard, born
June 18, 1666, died June 3, 1746, and they had chil-
dren : Ebenezer, born Nov. 22, 1690, died Sept.
-7- ^777' married Ann Cruttenden ; Abraham, bom
May 28, 1692, died Sept. 29. 1752, married Mary
Bishop ; Joseph, sketch of whom follows : Eliza-
beth, born Jan. 30. 1697, died Alarch 14, 1780, mar-
ried Nathaniel Baldwin; Sarah, bom Aug. 11,
1699. died May 4, 1730, married ?*[ichael Hill;
Isaac, born Mav 20, 1702, died Tuly n, 1752,, mar-
ried Elizabeth Evarts ; Andrew, born June 20, 1704,
died Aug. I, 1795; Rachel, born Nov. 18, 1707, died



Nov. 9, 1793. married Samuel Evarts ; Josiah, born
in December, 1709, died Aug. 10, 1739, married
Sarah Evarts.

Joseph Parmelee, born in Guilford Sept. 14,
1694. died April 21, 1751. On Sept. 19, 1716, he
married Abigail Kimberly, born July 22, 1696, died
Xov. 28, 1763. Children: Abigail, born Jan. 31,
1719, died Feb. 8, 1780, married Caleb Bishop; Jo-
seph, sketch of whom follows ; William, born in
1724, died ]March 13, 1799; Elizabeth, born Nov.
21, 1728, married Ebenezer Chittenden; Beulah,
born Aug. 30, 1732, died Sept. 16, 181S, married
Nathaniel Elliot; Samuel, born July 27, 1737, died
June 2, 1807, married Sarah Bishop.

Joseph Parmelee, born Aug. 3, 1721, in Guil-
ford, died July 3. 1804. On Nov. 30, 1742, he mar-
ried Obedience Spencer, born Sept. 6, 1725, died
June 9, 1750. On April 12, 1752, he married Abi-
gail Cruttenden, born Aug. 20, 1727, died June 23,
1788. On Oct. 12, 1788, he married Mary Den-
ning, died Oct. 2, 1795. Children: Obedience,
born Aug. 13, 1743. married Jesse Evarts; Cather-
ine, born Aug. 23, 1744; Luther, born Jan. 25,
1750, died Aug. 7, 1750; Joseph, born March 19,
J755. died Feb. 19, 1785; David, sketch of whom

David Parmelee. born Sept. 6, 1759, died Aug.
26. 1814. On Oct. 17, 1781, he married Asentha
Kirkham, who died Nov. 2, 1782, and on Oct. 2,
1783. he married Parnel Handy, who survived him,
dying March 21, 1839; she married for her second
husband Seth Cruttenden. Children : David,
sketch of whom follows: Benjamin, born March 11,
1786, died in 1805: Parnel. born July i. 1788, died
in 816, married Sylvester Camp: Jonathan Handy,
born July I, 1790, died at sea in 1806; Clarissa,
born Sept. 19, 1795, died Jan. 25, 1875, married
George Hart.

David Parmelee. father of Miss Lydia D. Chit-
tenden, born in Guilford Oct. 3. 1784, died' Aug. 6,
1870. By occupation he was a blacksmith, and he
spent all his life in his native town, where he was
highly respected. Originally a Whig in politics, he
eventually joined the Democratic party, and he
held several local offices. He was a soldier in the
war of 1812. On March 2, 1807, I\Ir. Parmelee
married Arta Leete, who was born Aug. 27, 1787,
daughter of Amos Leete, and died Oct. 19. 1816.
On Dec. 13, 1818, he married Diana Chittenden.
who was born April 13, 1786, daughter of Abraham
and Lydia (Baldwin) Chittenden, and died Feb. 7.
1826.^ On April 11. 1827, Mr. Parmelee married
for his third wife Clarissa P.. Parmelee. born Feb.
' ^: '795- died Nov. 8. 1831. There were three
ciiildren by the first marriage: Benjamin, born
Aug. to. 1808, was drowned; Samuel, born Aug.
22. t8io. died Mav 15, 1877. married Catherine
Rooke; David Kirkiand, born Sept. 4, 1812, is still
living in Guilford. Two children came to the sec-
ond union: Henrv Baldwin, born in June, 1821,
died Oct. 3, 1822; Lydia Diana, born Oct. 3, 1824,

is the adopted daughter of Henry Ward Chitten-
den. One child was born to the third union, Clar-
issa E., born in 1836, who married Horace Red-
ford, of Meriden.

AUGUSTUS STREET, deceased. There is
particular satisfaction in reverting to the life his -
tory of this honored gentleman, from the fact that
he attained a position of distinction in his native
town of East Haven, where he retained his residence
until his death.

Mr. Street was born in East Haven May 30,
1819, on the place now occupied by the widow of

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