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1829, and traces his ancestry to John Potter, the
first of the name to cross the Atlantic, a native of
England, who came to this county about 1640, and
located in Hamden. The father of our subject, who
also bore the name of John Potter, was born in Ham-
den in 1805, and was reared in that town. By trade
he was a chairmaker. He married Clarissa Parkiss,
<\-ho was born in Branford, New Haven county, a
daughter of Chandler Parkiss, and both died in
Burlington, this State, in 1894. Of their ten chil-
dren, only two are still living: William C, our sub-
j'ect : and Austin, of Waterbury.

William Chandler Potter acquired his literary
education in the schools of Hamden, and there grew
to manhood. When the Civil war broke out he en-
listed, at Hartford, Conn., in 1861. in Company E^
loth Conn. V, I., for three years. With the Army
of the Potomac he participated in the battles of
Roanoke Island. Newbern, Tarboro, Little Wash-
ington and Goldsboro, N. C, and he also took part
in the celebrated march to the sea. He was mus-
tered out of the United States service at Alexan-
dria, \''a., and honorably discharged at Hartford,
Conn., in 1865. On the maternal side he is of Revo-
lutionary stock, his great-grandfather having been
a soldier in the war for independence.

In 1855. at Burlington, Conn., ]\Ir. Potter mar-
ried jNIiss Emily Baldwin, a native of Watertovvn,
and a daughter of Joel Baldwin. Four children
have been born to them, namely : Frederick, who is
now in the West : Melissa, who died in her eight-
eenth year ; Louis, who was killed bv the cars ; and
Clara, Mrs. Arthur Smith, a resident of Birming-
ham, Connecticut.


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Since coming to Cheshire, in 1891, [Mr. Potter
has been engaged in market gardening. He is a
stanch supporter of the Repubhcan party, and an
earnest advocate of temperance. Socially he is a
member of Grand Army Test Xo. 8. at Meri-
■den, and religiously adheres to the faith of the
. Methodist Episcopal Church, of which his wife is a
member. Both are well known and highly respect-
ed for their sterling worth and many excellencies
of cliaracter.

ALVERD E. WIXCHELL. M. D., one of the
leading physicians and substantial men of New
Haven, whicli city has been his field of labor for
thirty-five years, is a representative of one of the
first families to settle in Connecticut.

Born June 21, 1831, in Egremont. Berkshire
Co., Mass., son of Ezra and Lucinda (Xewman)
Winchell, our subject is a descendant in the eighth
generation from Robert Winchell, the first Amer-
ican ancestor of this branch of the Winchell fam-
ily. From the genealogy of the family prepared in
1869, by Alexander Winchell. LL. D.. a professor
in the University of Michigan, it is learned that I
the name is probably of early Saxon or Jntish orig-
in, and was known in the time of Hengist and
Horsa, in 449.

Robert \\'inchell, born probably in Wales, was
at Dorchester, Mass., in 1634, and at Windsor,
Conn., as early as 1637, appearing to have emi-
grated from one of the lower Saxon shires in the
south of England. The line of Dr. WinchelFs de-
scent from Robert is through Jonathan. Benjamin,
Azariah. Azariah {2). and Ezra.

Jonathan Winchell, son of Robert, was born
probably in Dorchester, Mass., prior to 1635. On
May 16, 1666. he married Abigail Brusan, daugh-
ter of Richard Brusan. sometimes written Brown-
son. She was born about 1644, and died in Suf-
field March 27. 17 10.

Benjamin Winchell, son of Jcrathan. was born
at Windsor, Conn.. June 28, 1674, and married
Sarah Winchell July 18. 1700, in Suffield.

Azariah Winchell. son of Benjamin, and the
great-grandfather of our subject, was born in Suf-
field, Conn., April 5, 1710.

Azariah Winchell (2), son of Azariah, was
torn in Suffield.

Ezra Winchell, father of our subject, son of
Azariah (2), was born in Hillsdale, Columbia Co.,
N. Y., Sept. S. i8qo. and married Lucinda Xew-
man, who was born in Egremont. June 3, 1804.

The subject of this sketch was reared in his
native town, and was prepared for college at the
academy in Great Barrington, Mass., entering Wes-
leyan College, at Middletown, in 185;. He was
graduated with honors in the class of 1857, receiv-
ing from that institution three years later the de-
gree of A. M. Following his grad.uation he was for
three years principal of the C)wos-o (Mich.) Union
Seminary, where his work was very successful and

satisfactory, so much so that those in charge were
loath to give him up and urged his remaining, but
desiring to enter another profession, he severed
his connection with this institution and for a period
studied law under the direction of a prominent at-
torney of Poughkeepsie. X'. Y., the well-kn(jwn
jurist. Judge John P. H. Tallman. His tastes,
however, were in still another direction, so return-
ing to Great Barrington, Mass., he there began the
study of medicine under Dr. Clarkson T. Collins,
a man of distinction in the profession and of ex-
tended acquaintance. As time passed the young
pupil, through the kindness of Dr. Collins, became
acquainted with the noted physicians Alfred C.
Post and Valentine Mott, of Xew York City, an
acquaintance that was greatly appreciated and
proved beneficial for the encouragement and in-
spiration it gave.

After attending a course of lectures at the Col-
lege of Physicians and Surgeons in New York
City, from which institution he was graduated in
1865, Dr. Winchell in that city had the benefit
of most valuable clinical observations in the various
hospitals, including Bellevue, the X'ew York Hos-
pital and others, and after finishing his course there
he located for practice in New Haven, where his
professional life has been spent. His career there,
both professional and as a citizen, has been one
of success and usefulness. Through unselfish de-
votion to his useful calling he has reached a posi-
tion of prominence in the profession, ranking
among the most able physicians in the State. His
preference in his earlier career was for surgery,
and in that line he has performed a number of
difficult and delicate operations, yet he has devoted
himself to the general practice of medicine. His
reputation as a superior obstetrician is well known.
A natural student, the Doctor has advanced in his
profession along with the progress made in the
science of medicine, and has kept pace with the gen-
eral great progix-ss and advancement during the
years of his practice.

Dr. Winchell is a member of the State Medical
Society, which he has served as fellow ; of the Xew
Haven County Medical Society ; and of the Xew
Haven City Medical Society, of which for years he
served as president. Also, he is connected by mem-
bership with the American Medical and American
Public Health Associations ; the American Academy
of Political and Social Science ; and the Masonic

Dr. Winchell has long been interested in the
subject of sanitatitm. Jnmiediately following the
Civil war he made a series of visits through dif-
ferent sections of the South, and his attention was
especially directed to this subject by observations.
Following with investigations and study of the sub-
ject, he was well fitted for the office he subse-
quently filled so efficiently and satisfactorily for
many years — that of member of the board of health,
of X''ew Haven, having been appointed such in 1879

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and rcpeatcdlv thereafter for fourteen year?. For
a HK-ccssion of terms lie was president of the board,
during' which time much progress was made in mi-
iir.iviiitr tlie sanitary condition of the city.

Dr. Winchell has been deeply interested in
«.1iri>tian and philanthropic work, and is actively
O'lK'crned in the progress of Xew Haven. In his
iiraclice he has been e.xceedingly charitable to the
iKkir and unfortunate, and he has the esteem and the
ri.ntidence both of his colleagues and of the public.
Tin- city is largely indebted to his energy, foresight
and pecuniary outlay for the erection of the Hy-
jH-riun Theatre, pronounced by artists and public
.-iH'akers to be almost unequalled for its acoustic
iiropcrties and general appointments.

On February 9, i860. Dr. Winchell was mar-
ri(?tl to Helen E., daughter of Capt. Charles E.
Hinnian, of Southbury. She died in February,
1863, and in October, 1865. he married ]Mary,
daughter of Elizur Mitchell, of South Britain,
Conn. She died in 1874. leaving one daughter,
Mary Helen, who is now the wife of Dr. William
A. Brooks, of Boston, Mass., a prominent young
physician and surgeon, who has performed some re-
markable operations, and is well known throughout
the State. On Oct. 14, 1876, Dr. Winchell was
married to his present wife, formerly Catherine
W'orthington Shepard, daughter of Rev. Samuel X.
Shepard, who for thirty years was pastor of the
Congregational Church in Madison, Conn., and
granddaughter of Rev. Samuel Shepard, D. D.,
who for fifty years was a preacher in Lenox, Mass.,
and a niece of the distinguished John Todd, D. D.

TERRELL. The Terrells of X'ew Haven coun-
ty, with the earlier families to which they are allied
Ijy marriage, were among the earliest settlers of this

Roger Terrell, from whom most of the names
•of Terrell, Terrel, Tyrrel, etc.. of Xew Haven coun-
ty are descended, was among the first settlers of
Milford, Conn. His name appears among the first
two lists of inhabitants of the town living there in
the spring of 1640. Most of the pioneer settlers
■of Milford came from the counties of Essex. Here-
ford and \ork. England, and rendezvoused in Xew
Haven in 1638 and 1639. Roger Terrell married a
daughter of Thomas X'eftord, and his -death oc-
curred in 1682. From this Roger Terrell, the emi-
grant settler, Wales Terrell, of Ansonia. is a de-
scendant in the eighth generation, his line being

through , Samuel. Phineas. Phineas (2),

Eliakim and Truman. One branch of the Tyrrell
familv spells the name Tvrrell.

(HI) Samuel Terrell, probably a grandson of
Roger Terrell, lived in Milford, and by his will,
made in 1751, left his estate, which was distributed
in that same year, to his widow ^larv and chililren
Samuel, Abraham. Jesse, Phineas, Mary 1 Tibbalsj
and Rebecca (Mrs. Jacob Baldwin).

(I\') Phineas Terrell, son of Samuel, born about

1725. died Oct. 13, 1791, when aged sixty-six years.
His wife, Pliebe. survived him, married Andrew
Baldwin, and died Jan. 15, 1803, when aged seventy-
six. In his will the children of Phineas named
were : Phineas, Eliakim, John, ^\nne, Phebe and

(V) Phineas Terrell (2), son of Phineas, mar-
ried and had a number of children, among them Eli
! and Sarah, the latter marn-ing Russel Chatfield. A
number of the children of Phineas are buried in the
Sperrv burving-ground, in Bethany, Connecticut.
i (VI) Capt. Eliakim Terrell, son of Phineas (2),

i bom about Feb. 10, 1760, married Elizabeth, also
\ born Feb. 10, 1760, daughter of Joseph and Eliza-
i beth (Tomlinson) Twitchell, and the children who
' survived the father were Philo, Josiah, Truman,
' Elizabeth. Xehemiah, Anne, Eliakim, Phineas, Sol-
omon, Isaac, Andrew and Julia. All settled in Con-
! necticut. Capt. Terrell was a soldier in the Revolu-
j tion, and was kmown by that title. He served as
I selectman of Woodbridge in 1800, and died March
15, 1807, when aged forty-seven years.

(VII) Truman Terrell, son of Cant. Eliakim,
baptized in the town of Derby (probablv in that part
now Oxford) Feb. 29. 1784, married Hannah Lines,
daughter of Eber Lines, of Bethany. Eber Lines
married Hannah, daughter of Lieut. Dan Welton.
of Waterbury, she being a lineal descendant of Elder
William Brewster, of the "Mavflower." Truman
Terrell died May 20, 1852, aged sixty-eight years.
His widow married Ansel Peck, and died X'ov. 19,
1 866. aged seventy-six years. The children of Tru-
man and his wife were: Louisa. Almira, Grace,
Lauren, Elizabeth, Smith. Wales. Calvin and Henry ;
the two last named died young. Two of the chil-
dren are now living. Almira and Wales.

(VIII) Wales Terrell at the age of seventeen
(1843) ^^'^5 apprenticed to one Burr Xash. of Xew
Haven, to learn the blacksmith's trade, and in the
vear i84<) located at Derbv, where in co-partnership
with Silas Baldwin, and later with Hobart "^nerrv,
he pursued the business, in a general line, of black-
smithing and carriage building. On Oct. 25, 185 1,
he married Julia Irene Barbour, daughter of Luke
Barbour, of Simsbury, Conn. Five children were
born to this union : May Elizabeth ( who died in
infancy). Arthur Wales. Florence Elizabeth, Lu-
cius Barbour and Alton Truman.

On Aug. 6, 1862, Wales Terrell enlisted in Com-
panv B, 20th Conn. \'. I., and on the 8th of the
same month was mustered into the United States
service as private and promoted to corporal. The
20th was a three vears" regiment, recruited under
the call of June. 1S62, of the President for 300.000
m.en. and went out under Col. Ross. Lieut. William
B. Wooster and Major Buckingham. They soon
formed a part of the 12th Corps. Army of the Poto-
mac, and were under Gen. Hooker and later under
Gen. Meade. The reeiment participated in the bat-
tles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, the 12th
Corps in the latter engagement occupying the ex-



treme right of the Federal line at Gulp's Hill, Gen.
Williams in command. The Gorps held Ewell's
Corps at bay for seven hours, finally driving- them
back with heavy loss. In the fall of 1863 the 12th
Corps joined the Amiy of the Guniberland. at Chat-
tanooga, and that winter was mainly in Tennessee.
A year later, in the fall of 1864, the nth and 12th
Corps were formed into the 20th Gorps, and in it
the 20th Regiment remained until the close of the
war, forming a part of Gen. Sherman's army. It
is not the intention to give in detail the history of
the regiment, but only to mention some features
in general and refer to others especially. The 20th
distinguished itself at the battle of Peach Tree
Creek, and was at the siege of Atlanta. It later
moved through Atlanta. Ga.. to Savannah and South
Carolina, and to and from there to Xorth Carolina.
finally participating in the grand review at \\'ash-
ington, and was mustered out of the service June
13, 1865, at Fort Lincoln, on the Bladensburg road.
The engagements in which the 20th participated
were: Chancellorsville, Va., May 3, 1863; Gettys-
burg, Pa., July 3, 1863; Tracy City, Tenn., May 9,
1864; Peach Tree Greek, Ga., July 20, 1864; siege
of Atlanta, Ga., July 21 to Aug. 7, 1864; Silver
Run, N. C, Marches, 1865: Bentonville, X. C.
March 19, 1865; and Raleigh, X. G., April 13. 1865.
Young Terrell bore an honorable part from start to
finish with his company, and returned home at the
close of the war with an honorable record. On May
4, 1864, he was promoted to sergeant, and was mus-
tered out with his company and regiment June 13,

■ 1865. Since his return from the service he has made
his home in the town of Derby, and more recently
in Ansonia, where he has had an honorable business
career and been a useful citizen.

On returning to civil life ^Ir. Terrell entered
into co-partnership with Darius Wilcox, engaging in
the carriage hardware and file business for several
years, under the firm name of Terrell & Wilco.x. and
later as Wales Terrell. Later he was associated
with E. Frank Sperry. under the name of Terrell &
Sperry, they continuing some years together, when
Mr. Terrell withdrew and engaged with his son.
Lucius B. Terrell, in the insurance and real-estate
business, under the firm name of Wales Terrell &
Son, handling all kinds of insurance and real-estate

(IX) Alton T. Terrell, secretary and general
manager of the Ansonia O. & C. Co.. of Ansonia, was
born in Ansonia Oct. 3, 1872. He was educated in
the common and high schools of his native town,
and when a boy entered the office of the Osborne
& Cheesman Co., which concern was in 1891 suc-
ceeded by the Ansonia O. & C. Co. He rose to the
position of order clerk, which he held for some years,
and was then promoted to purchasing agent, which
position he held up to the time of Mr. Schneller's
(the head of the institution") death, when he was
promoted to his present position. They manufacture

• suspender webbing, and employ some three hundred

hands. The building is 50 feet wide, 250 feet long,
and three stories high. [For a further account ot
this business, from its origin, see sketch of Airs.
Schneller, elsewhere.) L'nder the management ot
Mr. Terrell the business has steadily increased, and
they send goods all over the L'nited States and
\ Europe. They have recently had completed a niag-
! nificent oftice, planned bv -Mr. Terrell, which is 40
i feet square, two stories high, and is beautifully fin-
ished in quarter-sawed oak and brown ash, and
j furnished with oak furniture. It is one of the finest

otifice buildings in the Xaugatuck \'alley.

1 Although a young man, Air. Terrell has seen

many changes during the years that he has been

; with the company, and with two exceptions is the

oldest in point of service now here. The number

of men has been increased from two' hundred to

three hundred and fifty, and the output of the goods

has more than doubled ; much of the machinery has

been changed to the latest improved in their line.

Throughout the building many improvements have

■ been made for the benefit of the help, all of whom

i hold Mr. Terrell in high esteem, and since he has

: taken his present position no dissatisfaction has

been expressed by the employes, each and all of

whom are at liberty to personally lay before him any

grievance which they may have, with the positive

assurance that they will be listened to and treated

wisely. By the introduction of the latest improved

machinerv this concern can at present manufacture

goods which place them in successful competition

i with any other concern in the business.

Mr. Terrell married. Xov. 30, 1898, Lillian Whit-

i lock, a daughter of Senator Sturges Whitlock, of

\ Shelton, a prominent manufacturer of the celebrated

i Whitlock printing presses. Sturges Whitlock is one

of the most prominent men in this section of the

State and is widely known. His wife was' Mary O.

Singer, a daughter of Isaac Singer, the inventor of

the Singer sewinsr machine.

Alton Terrell is a member of the Board of Trade
of Ansonia. director of the A. O. & C. Co., and
member of the Ansonia Club.

EDWIX DOOLITTLE, one of the prominent,
well-known citizens of Branford, is a native. of
Connecticut, born Dec. 3. 1838, in Wallingford, Xew

\ Haven countv.

The founder of the Doolittle family in the Xew

' England States came from England, and is said to
have been the first settler north of Watenbrook. in
what is now the town of Wallingford. Jonathan

- Doolittle, grandfather of Edwin, w^as born in ^^'all-
ingford. was a farmer by occupation, and served in
the war of the Revolution. He had four sons : Enos,
the father of our subject: John, who cast his lot
with the Alormons. and became an apostle and elder
in that church ; Roswell. a farmer of Wallingford ;
and Johnson, who was a farmer and grain dealer.
One daughter. Betsy, married Samuel Morse, and
after her death he married her sister Delight.


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Enos Doolittle was born Feb. 2, 1796, in Wall-
iiiL^ford, where he was a lifelono- agriculturist, and
(lied March 30, 1869. He married Charritta Davis,
and by her had five children, viz. : ( i ) Andrew, born
Kov. 8, 1826, married Lucy Hall, and had two
sons, Charles D. and Frederick. Andrew was a
contractor in Simpson, Hall, Miller & Co.'s factory.
He was accidentally shot while out hunting, Nov.
8, 1854. (2) Albert, born Nov. 10, 1S27, married
Mary Bassett. He died Aug. 22, 1877, leaving no
chiiclren. (3) Julius, born July 3, 1830, never mar-
ried, and died Dec. 18, 1886. (4) Clarissa, born
Nov. II, 1835, died Sept. 9, 1842. (5J Edwin is
our subject. The father of this family was a Demo-
crat politically.

Edwin Doolittle received his education in the
common schools of Wallingford, and began his
business life in the old "Farmers Exchange Variety
Store," New Haven. There he remained some six
years, and in 1862 he commenced in the butcher
business at Wallingford, which he continued three
years, after which for seven years he was engaged
in farming in Wallingford. For one year thereafter
he was located at Windsor Locks, Hartford county,
engaged in the maufacture of manilla paper, and in
the fall of 1874 he came to Branford, where for
eighteen years he conducted the popular summer
resort known as the '"Weybossett House.'' Selling
out in 1893, he managed the hotel for another until
May, 1894, since when he has been living retired.
Mr. Doolittle is independent in politics, and at pres-
ent is serving in Branford as chairman of the Citi-
zens party.

On Oct. 10, 1865, Mr. Doolittle was married to
Miss Matilda L Todd, daughter of Thelus and An-
toinette (Harrison) Todd, of Northford, New Ha-
ven county. The father was born Sept. 19, 1802,
and died Aug. 29, 1875. The mother, born Alay 9,
1809, died March 9. 1848. They were married June
I, 1828, and had seven children, Apollos E., ^ililo
A., Venelia H., Matilda L (Mrs. Doolittle), Miran-
da J., Delia A. and Bertha S. By his second wife,
Correlia Auger, Air. Todd had one daughter, Maria
A. Mr. Todd was a butcher, drover and farmer by
occupation. He took an active part in the affairs of
his day, and served two- terms in the State Legisla-
ture, having been elected on the Democratic ticket.

Mr. and Mrs; Doolittle had two cliildren : An-
toinette Todd, bom Alay 9, 1867, died March 2,
1868 ; the other died in infancy. They are members
of the Episcopal Church.

JAMES PE^rBERTON. a highly esteemed
resident of Ansonia, is now living in retirement at
his pleasant home, at No. 286 Wakelee avenue, but
his interest in all that concerns the welfare of the
conimunitv remains as keen as during his years of
active work in the business world.

iVrr. Pemberton was born Nov. 18. 1828. in
Birmingham. England, son of Maj. William Pem-
berton and his wife, Marv Hall, both natives of and both born in 1800. Maj. Pember-
ton came to America in 1821), with his family, and
after two years' residence at Bloomfield, N. J., lo-
cated in \'\'aterbury. Conn., entering the employ of
the Scovill Manufacturing Co. While there he in-
troduced a process for plating with gold and silver,
which he had learned and worked at before leaving
England, and this proved very successful, giving
him an important place in the firm. They made a
specialty of plate for photographing, and gold plate
for officers' buttons for the army and navy. In 1852
Mr. Pemberton went to Newark, N. J., and engaged
in business for himself, and his death occurred
there in 1880. lie was a man of strong character,
an expert in his line of work, and was active in
politics as an old-line Whig. At one time he served
as major on the staff of Gen. Collins, of Newark,
and his saddle and other articles of equipment are
now preserved as a relic by a brother of our subject.
In religious faith he was an Episcopalian, and he
gave $500 toward the new stone edifice, erected in
1846, in Waterbury. His estimable wife died in
1886, and of their eight children only three are
living: Amelia is deceased; James is mentioned
more fully below ; William is deceased ; Thomas
was killed while serving with the 14th Kansas Vol-
unteer Cavalry; Alfred is deceased; Samuel H..
who served in the Army of the Potomac throughout
the Civil war, married IMiss Jennie A. Root, of
Waterbury, and resides in Newark, N. J., where he
held office as city clerk for a number of years ;
Catherine is deceased ; and Frederick, now a resi-
dent of Newark, N. J., served in both army and
navy during the Civil war.

James Pemberton spent much of his boyhood at
Vv^aterbury, and was educated in the common schools
of that town and at Cheshire Academy. He learned
his father's business in the shops of the Scovill Man-
ufacturing Co., and later was employed by Holmes,
Booth & Hayden, to establish it for them. For a
number of years he had charge of the department,

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