Chicago Beers (J.H.) & Co..

Commemorative biographical record of New Haven county, Connecticut, containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens and of many of the early settled families .. (Volume 1, pt.3) online

. (page 22 of 94)
Online LibraryChicago Beers (J.H.) & Co.Commemorative biographical record of New Haven county, Connecticut, containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens and of many of the early settled families .. (Volume 1, pt.3) → online text (page 22 of 94)
Font size
QR-code for this ebook

success of the old-line physician was based, but whatever
it may do for the physical man, it can never be to the
spiritual, to the moral, to the intellectual nature — in short
to the man himself — what the close and intimate relation of
the family physician made him. This was pre-eminently
the style of Dr. Piatt's practice. He knew his patients,
their lives, circumstances and surroundings, their parentage
and history, their constitutional predispositions and heredi-
tary tendencies, all these consciously or unconsciously went
to make up his diagnosis of a case and to indicate to his
mind the treatment it demanded. His patience was un-
wearied. Cairn and equable by temperament, he was still
more so by long training and culture, and by a noble self-
command that never deserted him. He brought into the
sick room an invigorating presence, a sense of rest, peace
and comfort. One of his patients says of him, "I felt, as a
child, -when sick, that as soon as I saw Dr. Piatt I should
be better. I can feel now his cool hand, with a touch that
always •^eemed to bring relief."

In figure he was tall, erect, striking and dignified,
but in measure so kindly sympathetic that he won his way
atonce to the confidence of his patients. He was not sat-
isfied with the diagnosis of the case and a prescription of
remedies, but he took into account all the merits of nursing
and the limitations of the situation, and, with much in-
genuity and no chemical skill, he would improvise means
from surrounding material, and buy comfort and con-
venience out of circumstances that were often unfavorable,
Wliile he kept up well with the progress of the profession.
he still retained a knowledge and liking for many of those



domestic remedies which were dear to the hearts of past
generations. His knowledge of Medical Botany was much
beyond what is considered necessary for the modern practi-
tioner. To relieve, and so far as possible, to prevent liunian
suffering, was his brief summing up of the phvsician's call-
ing, and he justly regarded it as a public one, requiring all
a man's devotion, and m which success brouglit its own
abundant reward .in the consciousness of well doing. His
moral standard was a very high one, but he was broad in
his sympathies and not severe in liis judgment of others.
His religious faith was well formed, calm and serene, and
shone forth as a ruling power of his life. His work
afforded a clear and steady delineation of the character
and purpose of a line of men like himself of Puritan life
and lineage. It may be said, without the slightest dis-
paragement to present or future practitioners of the art of
healing, that this honored and beloved physician was the
last example of the departing line tliat Waterbury will
know, for the time that made such a man and such a life
possible has gone forever. Probably since the death of
Rev. Dr. Clark no man in this community has passed away
whose loss will be keenly felt as a personal grief in so
many hearts and homes as that of Dr. Piatt.

JUDD. For upward of two hundred and sixty
years the Judds have been known to Xew England
— i. e., since the arrival at Cambridge, Alass., in
1634, of Thomas Judd, the emigrant ancestor of
the New Britain and Wallingford branch of the
family, of which it is the purpose of this article to
treat. For two hundred or more years the posterity
of Deacon Anthony Judd have figured in the his-
tory of Xew Britain, where through the first half
of the last century John Judd, and his sons and his
grandsons, in turn, have been prominent in mechani-
cal and manufacturing lines; and the son Morton,
and his sons, through the latter half of the century,
in New Haven and Wallingford, respectively. No-
table among the Judds thus engaged at these sev-
eral points have been John, the blacksmith ; his
sons, Morton and Oliver S., and Morton's sons,
Hubert L., All^ert D. and Edward M. Of these,
Hubert L. Judd was for one and a half decades
president of the extensive manufacturing plant of
H. L. Judd & Co., at Wallingford, where until his
death, on Dec. 11, 1899, he was one of the promi-
nent citizens and leading business men. President
Judd was a descendant in the sixth generation
from Deacon Anthony Judd, who was descended
from Thomas Judd, the emigrant ancestor, of
Farmington, Conn. Anthony Judd married Su-
sannah Woodford, and became the first deacon in
the Great Swamp Church. The line of descent of
President Judd is through John, John (2), John
(3) and Morton Judd.

(II) John Judd, son of Deacon Anthony, bom
in 1718, married Mary Burnham, daughter of Rev.
William Burnham, fist pastor of the Great Swamp
Church. ^Ir. Judd was one of the first settlers of
the central part of the town of New Britain, having
his home and farm on the north side of West Alain
street. Fie was a lieutenant in the- local militia, and
also held some civil offices. He was a member of
the Ecclesiastical Society in l^armington in 1752,
and was there mentioned by Dr.- Smiley as from

the church in Kensington. Flis death occurred Oct.
16, 1781.

{ili) John Judd (2), son of John, born in 1746,
married, in 1769, Lydia Mather, and resided on
West Main street, in New Britain, west of his
father. He died Jan. 6, 1796.

( I\') John Jucld (3), son of John (2), was born
May 8, 1772, and married in 1792 L'rsula Stanley.
He resided on West Alain street, New Britain, on
the site where his sou Morton later built. Mr.
Judd was a blacksmith by occupation, having
learned the trade with his uncle, James North. His
shop was opposite his house, and on the site where
' his sons afterward engaged in the manufacturing
business. Air. Judd died July 18, 1822. His chil-
dren were: Nancy, born Sept. 17, 1793, married
in 1813 Austin Woodfoi"d, and died in Verinont ;
: Aurora was born Alarch 20, 1795; John B., born
I March 25, 1796, married in 1822 Betsey Hart;
' Polly, born Sept. 14, 1797, married in 1S16
Pliny Slater; Alarilla, born Alay 7, 1799,
married in 1820 Rollin Dickinson, and (sec-
ond) in 1852 Gilman Hinsdale; Alinerva,
born in 1801, died in infancy; Alarintla,
' born in 1802, died young; Harry, born Nov. 2,
1804, married in 1828 Julia A. Lewis; Anna, born
Nov. 4, 1807, married in 1826 Lawrence Richards,
and (second) in 1840 Gilman Hinsdale; Alorton,
born Nov. 5, 1808, married in 1828 Lucina Dun-
ham, and (second) in 1855 Ji-ilia A. Blinn ; Lydia
was born Feb. 9, 1810; Oliver S.. born Nov. 30,
i 1816, married in 1838 Emily A. Lewis, and (sec-
ond) in i860 Eveline Atkins.

(V) Deacon Alorton Judd, son of John (3), and
the father of the late President Hubert L. Judd, of
Wallingford, was born Nov. 5, 1808, in New Brit-
ain, where he attended the neighborhood school
until his thirteenth year. His boyhood was accom-
panied with no special advantages. It was a time
when the originators of the industrial prosperity of
New Britain were struggling to lay the foundation
of its greatness, and young Judd felt the influence
of the life about him, and at thirteen years of age
went into a brass foundry to learn the trade of cast-
ing brass. Later, after working for i iinc in South-
ington, and in the shops of Seth J. North and Ira
Stanley, in New Britain, he engaged in business for
himself on West Alain street, adjoining his father's
shop on the east. In about 1833 he went into part-
nership with his brother Oliver S. Judd, the style
of the firm being AI. & O. S. Judd. They soon
afterward established their business at another
point in the town, and the product of their shops
was plated harness hames. In 1846 this part of
their business was sold to Henry North, and they
commenced the manufacture of other goods. By
1847 Alorton Judd had succeeded in gaining a firm
foothold in the manufacturing world. He invented
a sash fastener (the first ever made in .America),
patented Sept. 4, 1S47, which, together with window
springs, etc., the brothers manufactured extensively.

^' ,1;

— J25i¥"j^'r^^~A^' ',: -"■?..". T'^^^^^'^T ^lgJ^'J







• e-




























>H b





Ill 1853 Albert D. Jiidd became a partner under
the firm name of M. Judd & Co. They continued to
ilo business until 1863, when Albert D. Judd pur-
chased the establishment from his father and uncle.
( )liver S. However, he conducted the same but
a few weeks, when he resold it to his uncle, Oliver
S. ludd, of late years the manufacturer of builders'
and saddlers' hardware in the old original factory on
West Main street, Xew Britain.

In 1864 Morton Judd's sons, Hubert L., Albert
D. and Edward M., entered into partnership in
New Haven for the manufacture of upholstery
liardware. Two years later Morton Judd moved
to New Haven and entered into partnership with
his son Albert D., for the manufacture of builders'
hardware, and out of this investment grew the Judd
Manufacturing Co. Albert D. Judd became presi-
dent, and the business of the company was greatly
enlarged. It was continued in New Haven until
1877, and then removed to Wallingford, where the
company erected a large plant on the west side of
the railroad, and began the manufacture, on a large
scale, of stationers' and druggists' hardware. The
jirincipal stockholders were r^iorton Judd and his
sons, Albert D., Hubert L. and Edward AI.. Hubert
L. acting as the company's agent for the sale of
their goods in New York. In 1S86 H. L. Judd &
Co., who had been engaged in the manufacture of
upholsterers' hardware in Brooklyn, bought out
the business and plant of the Judd ^tlanufacturing
Co. in Wallingford. In 1S87 they moved a part of
their Brooklyn plant to the Wallingford factories,
and the remainder in 1897. In 1890 a large build-
ing was added to the Wallingford factories for the
making of brass bedsteads and a line of artistic brass
goods. In 1892 another building was added to meet
the demand for a general enlargement of their
business, and especially the manufacture of iron
bedsteads. In 1896 a still larger 'ouilding was
erected to accommodate the rest of the Brooklyn
plant, which was now moved to Wallingford. At
this time the company ordinarily employs about
five hundred and fifty hands. They have a store
in New York and offices in Boston, Philadelphia
and Chicago. The capital stock is $350,000, and
there is considerable surplus. The company have
also in Chattanooga, Tenn.. a large factory, built
in 1890, for the manufacture of wooden curtain
poles and trimmings. The principal products of the
concern are fancy art goods, upholsterers', station-
ers', and druggists' hardware, brass and iron bed-
steads, and bright wire goods.

For many years before his demise. Zvlorton Judd's
business connections were ornamental and without
labor, rather than active. His name and association
Rave character to the enterprises, rather than de-
manded of him personal attention. He lived at
ease in the town, on its main street, and in the
course of years his children gathered about him and
built magnificent residences, highly ornamental to
the town. Among the many enterprises fostered in

their infancy by Mr. Judd was the Dime Savings
Bank, of which he was one of the original incorpor-
ators, and of which he served as vice-president until
his resignation on account of advancing years.

Mr. Judd lived to the eve of his ninety-third
birthday, passing away Nov. 4, 1901, and retained to
a remarkable degree a good physique and the full
possession of all his faculties. He was erect in
stature, his eye bright and manner animated, and
full of sunshine for those about him. His visits
among his children and neighbors spread the light
of a happy, humorous nature wherever he went.
He was a Christian gentleman, who hesitated not
to declare his reverence for things sacred and his
faith in God. In New Britain and in the
Center Congregational Church, which enrolls so
much of his family history, he was known as
"Deacon." and so in general called "Deacon Mor-
ton Judd." He was most highly esteemed and
greatly appreciated in the communities in which he
lived during his long life. His charitable etYorts re-
lieved the poor in many a struggle, and the un-
fortunate have risen again by reason of this "Good
Samaritan's'' hand. He bore a willing part in the
social activities for good ends, which contribute in
every live community to the general welfare, and
by example and precept he was a distinct builder of
social and religious worth in society. Air. Judd
was one of the very few who remembered Gen.
Lal'^ayette when he visited Hartford in 1823, and
was always a hearty admirer of the noble French-
man, to whom we owe so much. When Deacon
Morton Judd was but fourteen years of age he
planted the large elm tree that stands in front of
his late home in New Britain, and now bears a
plate giving his name and the date of planting. In
politics Mr. Judd was rather retiring, yet under
pressure he held some of the highest town offices,
serving two terms in the General Assembly of the
State of Connecticut.

On Jan. 26, 1828, Mr. Judd was married to Miss
Lucina Dunham, of Southington, Conn., daughter
of Samuel Dunham. She was a Christian that
might serve as the impersonation of Solomon's de-
scription of the good wife and mother, who looked
well to the training of her children until her death,
March 21, 1853. In 1855 Mr. Judd married (sec-
ond) Miss Julia A. Blinn, daughter of Horace
Blinn, of Wethersfield, Conn. She died Nov. 19,
1887. To the first marriage were born four chil-
dren, namely: Hubert L., Albert D., Edward AI.
and Martha L. To the second marriage was born
one daughter, ^Nlary Burnham, who now makes her
home in Wallingford. So fully did the second 'Sirs.
Judd succeed to the mother's place in the family
that her step-children learned to regard her with
filial love and strong afiction.

HuBF.RT Li.i:\\ELLVX JuDD. eldest son of Deacon
Morton Judd, was born April i, 1829. In the
midst of his busv life he found time to look after
the interests .and the comfort of those he loved. Of



kindly nature, he was wont to relieve the unfortun-
ate, and with the true charity that works in silence
and in the nic;ht. Many stories are told of his
good deeds, but his dearest friends and confidants
cannot recall a single instance when his charity
"vaunted itself.'' He was a liberal supporter of
the First' Congregational Church, and faithfully
and consistently followed the tenets of that faith.
In politics he was a Republican, but his active life
did not allow him time for oflice-seeking, even had
he so desired. A deep thinker and a student of
human nature, he associated with himself in busi-
ness only such men as he could rely upon for ability
and integrity, and those who proved eminently
worthy were rapidly promoted. The beautiful home
he built on South Alain street is one of the most
delightful residences of the town, and will stand
a monument to his good taste and judgment.

On Aug. 14, 185 1, Hubert Llewellyn Judd was
united in marriage with Miss Julia Ellis, daughter
of William Ellis, of Xew Britain. She died Oct.
10, 1885. Their children, seven in number, were
as follows: (i) Julia Ellis, deceased in infancy:
(2) Morton, Jr., deceased in infancy; (3) Flor-
ence B., who died at the age of forty
years ; (4) Edward Henry, deceased in in-
fancy ; (5) Emma Julia; (6) Alorton El-
lis, born March 10, 1864, in New Britain.
who married, Dec. 23, 1885, Lenna Gertrude
Clark, of Brownville. X. Y., daughter of George
Alexander Clark, and has one child — Morton Hu-
bert, born Oct. 14, 1886: and (7) Hubert Dexter,
deceased in infancy. The father of these children,
beloved and respected by old and young, entered
into his last rest Dec. 11, 1899.

Albert Duxh.v.m Judd, second son of Deacon
Morton Judd, was born Dec. 4. 1830, in Xew Brit-
ain, Conn. He took advantage of such opportun-
ities for an education as were offered him, and
after some attendance at the common schools was
for some time a student in the Easthampton (Mass.)
school. It was not an age of luxury and ease —
such a life does not make men strong enough to
found such enterprises, such nations, as the sons
of Xew England have given to America. On leav-
ing the school room Albert D. Judd went at once to
work, assisting his father and uncle, M. & O. S.
Judd, on harness hames. He remained with them
until the firm sold out to Henry Xorth, when he
turned his attention to the manufacture of the sash
fastener invented by his father. At the end of four
or five years he was admitted into partnership, and
twelve years later purchased the business, retaining
it, however, but a few weeks, when he resold it to
his uncle, Oliver S. Judd. Idleness was not at-
tractive to him, and in 1864 Albert D. Judd re-
moved to Xew Haven, purchasing the buildings of
Beech Burwell, a contractor and builder, and the
firm of M. & .\. D. Judd, manufacturers of uphol-
sterv hardware, was launched. Two years later
. E. M. Judd & Co. consolidated with the' Turner &

Clark Manufacturing Co., and the Seymour Ataiui-
facturing Co., both of Torrington. The factory
was removed to the western part of town, and the
manufacture of builders' hardware was added. In
1870 the firm became the Judd Manufacturing Co.,
and all of the Judds held interests in it. They con-
tinued to run the factory in Xew Haven until 1S77,
when it was removed to Wallingford. Albert D.
Judd became president of the company and so con-
tinu.ed until 1 888, \»hen he sold his interest to H.
L. Judd & Co. He is still a large stockholder in
the company, which on the death of its president,
H. L. Judd, in 1899, was sold to his Xew York
partner, and at present he (Albert D.) is the only
stockholder bearing the name of Judd. He was
one of the original incorporators of the Wallingford
Xational Bank, and has since served as director.
He is also a director in the Dime Savings Bank,
and one of the appraisers of the Savings Bank, and
he also served a short time as vice-president of the
First X^'ational Bank, but was obliged to resign on
account of ill health. In all the large enterprises
of the community Albert D. Judd has left his im-
press — in nearly all he has taken an active part, but
it has left him little time for himself. In his politi-
cal affiliations he has been a strong Republican, and
has served on the board of burgesses and held other
offices, giving to the affairs of the people the same
care and consideration ever given to his private
afifairs, and throughout his entire life, public and
private, he has kept his honored name free from
blemish. Mr. Judd has also been a faithful worker
in the religious world. He is a member of the
First Congregational Church of Wallingford. of
j which he has served as deacon since his residence
there. Fie held the same office in the Center Congre-
gational Church in Xew Britain, and while in Xew
Haven he was instrumental in the building of the
I Dwight Place Congregational Church, being one
of a committee of three who selected the site, and
was also one of the building committee during the
construction of the church edifice. Later he became
a member of the Society's committee, and of the
church committee, and also served the church as
: deacon.

On April 25, 1855, Albert D. Judd wedded Aliss
; Lucelia Wells, who was born Oct. 27, 1828, a
daughter of Horace and Pamela (Sedgwick)
Wells, the former a native of Xew Britain and the
latter of West Hartford. Mrs. Judd died Aug.
5, 1900. They had the following named children :
(i) Katherine Wells, at home. (2) George Mor-
ton has, since 1885, been connected with H. L.
i Judd & Co. He married Miss Xellie Alartin.
i daughter of Henry Martin, and they have three
children — Alice, Katherine and Philip Sedgwick.
(3) Alice May died at the age of two years. (4)
Albert Lemuel, bookkeeper for H. L. Judd & Co..
married Ethel Gardiner, of Green Bay, Wis., and
their children were Gardiner Wells, who died aged
three years, and Howard Stanley. Albert L. Judd


•i;\jt. ! tc II



has been a deacon in the Congregational Church
since 1898.

IvDWAKD MoRTo.v JuDD, third son of Deacon
Morton Jndd, was born Nov. 11, 1837, in New Brit-
ain, Conn., and has proved himself a worthy member
of tiie honorable family to which he belongs. He at-
tended the schools of Xew Britain and spent three
years in the high school there. At the age of
eighteen he, too, entered the manufacturing world.
In 1856 he began the manufacture of the first metal
curtain fi.xturcs (of which he was also the patentee),
and in 1S61 removed to Xew Haven, the firm becom-
ing E. JNI. Judd & Co. Upon his location in New
Haven he added a general line of upholstery hard-
ware. Later the firm was consolidated with the
Turner & Clark Manufacturing Co. and the Sey-
mour Manufacturing Co., of Torrington, and Ed-
ward ]\[. Judd became the general manager of the
Torrington plants. The firm was known as the Tur-
ner, Seymour & Judd Co. In 1870 he sold out his
interest in the company and assisted in the forma-
tion of the Judd Manufacturing Co. at New Haven.
The new company engaged in the manufacture of
general hardware, as well as upholstery hardware.
Under his management these various companies
prospered beyond all expectations, and in 1874 Mr.
Judd went to Brooklyn, and. while still retaining
his interest in the Judd Manufacturing Co., started
the firm of H. L. Jmdd & Co. After three years he
located in Wallingford, where the Judd interests
have since been centered. For thirty years Mr. Judd
was actively engaged in the large manufacturing
interests of the family, and in 1887 '""? retired to
pass the latter half of his life in the rest and enjoy-
ment his early labors would warrant. He is the
inventor of a number of curtain fi.xtures. and his
last venture was a stamp cancelling machine, which
he considers his best work. This machine, which
completely destroys the stamp, has been patented in
this country, and it is the intention of the patentee
to have his rights protected in foreign countries as
well. _ During his busy life Mr. Judd did not fail to
find time to attend to his civic duties. In politics
he is a stanch Republican, and cast his first vote
for Abraham Lincoln. \MiiIe he is not an ofifice-
seeker, he has not sought to evade the responsi-
bilities of citizenship. He has served on the board
of burgesses and on the school committee, while in
1897 he was elected judge of the borough court,
and is now serving his second term. In everv way
that he can he has worked for the welfare of his
town and State, and gives his aid, financial and
moral, to the support of any enterprise that will in
any way benefit the communitv. He was one of the
original incorporators of the First National Bank.
in his religious faith he is a Congregationalist, and
a member of the First Church," in which he has
served as superintendent of the Sunday-school, and
as chairman of the Society's committee. Of gener-
ous disposition, he gives largely to charity, but car-

ries on the custom of his family in that he does his
good deeds quietly.

On March 27, i860, occurred the marriage of
Edward Morton Judd and Jane A. Peck, daughter
of Joel and Charlotte ( Scoville) Peck, and to this
union have come cliildren as follows : William
Theodore, born March i, 1866, died Feb. 24. 1867.
Jennie Susan, born ]\Iarch 8, 1872, married on Oct.
I, 1895, Charles G. Phelps, of Wallingford, secre-
tary to Orville H. Piatt, senator from Connecticut,
and clerk to the connnittee on Cuban Affairs. Ed-
ward Peck, born Aug. 3, 1877, is at home; for three
years he was a student in Yale Law School.

^NL'^RTHA Louise Judd, bom July 9, 1847, was
married Oct. 14, 1880, to Henry Hall Martin, of
Wallingford. who died Feb. 26, 1896. Their chil-
dren were Louise Ariel and Oliver Wadsworth.

M.\RY BuRXH.\M Judd. born April 8, 1857, is
unmarried, and kept house for her father. .

the brave defenders of the Union during the dark
days of the Rebellion, and is now an honored and
highly respected citizen of Cheshire, New Haven
county, where he has made his home since 1891.

Mr. Potter was born in New Haven Sept. 25,

Online LibraryChicago Beers (J.H.) & Co.Commemorative biographical record of New Haven county, Connecticut, containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens and of many of the early settled families .. (Volume 1, pt.3) → online text (page 22 of 94)