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ty, Conn., where he passed his life, and where he
died at an advanced age.

Elias T. Main, father of Walter A., was one of
a family of six children, onlv one of whom is yet
living, Abbie, wife of Elijah F. West, of Hartford,
whose son Fred A. is a member of the board of
aldermen of that city. Elias T. Alain was a man of
high personal character and great public spirit, and
was universally respected and beloved by his fellow
townsmen, who repeatedly evinced their admiration
for, and confidence in, him by electing him to of-
fices of grave responsibility and high trust. He
was born in New Haven in 1819. In early life he
was a carriage maker, and while yet a young man



took an active part in public affairs, being foreman
of a (hand) fire engine company and captain of
the military organization known as the Governor's
Foot Guards. In 1852 he disposed of his business
in New Haven and removed to Orange, where he
purchased a farm and engaged in agricultural pur-
suits. In 1858 he was elected town clerk, which
office he held, through successive re-elections, for
thirty years, or until his death, Sept. 20, 1888, at the
age of sixty-nine years. In 1873, the location of
the town offices being moved to the borough of
W'est Haven, he abandoned farming and devoted
himself wholly to his public duties. In addition
to the office of town clerk he held that of registrar
of vital statistics. His acquaintance was co-exten-
sive with the limits of the town, and his incor-
ruptible probity, joined to a keen business sagacity,
commanded universal respect. He was an ardent
Republican in politics, and was for many years
chairman of the town committee and a delegate to
numerous conventions. In 1872 he was elected a
member of the Lower House of the General Assem-
bly. He was of a genial disposition and fond of
social pleasure. A charter member of New Haven
City Lodge, I. O. O. F., he filled all the chairs in
that body, including that of past noble grand, and
was for forty years a member of the Grand En-
campment. He was an earnest and consistent mem-
ber of the Baptist Church of New -Haven, as was
also his wife, who preceded him to the grave, dying
at the age of forty-three. Her maiden name was^
Jane E. Smith, and she was the only child of Will-
iam A. Smith, a prosperous farmer of Orange, of
which town her family were early settlers, and
where she herself was born. Of the seven children
born to Mr. and i\Irs. Elias T. Main, five are yet
living, Walter A. being the fourth. Martha is the
wife of William M. Russell, of Tyler City, in the
town of Orange : William D. is a resident of Hart-
ford ; Mary E. resides in West Haven : Arthur L.
is manager of the Spring Lake Co., of West Haven.
Clifford L., who was in the employ of the Electric
railway, died during the summer of 1901, leaving a
wife and four children, who reside in West Haven.
Walter A. Main passed his boyhood upon his
father's farm in Orange, and his early education
was received at the common schools and academy cf
that town. After graduating from the latter insti-
tution he entered his father's office, as assistant.
Here under the care of a wise and loving father.
he received his first business training, readily mas-
tering all details and proving himself a capable and
efficient clerk. In fact, he continued to render more
or less aid to his father in the discharge of the
duties of the office until the latter's demise, when
he became his successor. Meanwhile he was made
the incumbent of various other important offices.
From 1874 until 1883 he was deputy postmaster at
West Haven, the actual supervision of the office de-
volving almost wholly upon him. In addition there-
to he was chosen tax collector for the town and






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lNir..n-li in i»77. aiul ^vas annually re-elected until
iSS; '"in i^"^"^; lie was elected first selectman, but
ri-.i-m'.l that office to accept the post of town
lii-rk which, as has been said, was offered him upon
his fathers death. In 1891, however, failing health
CMniiK-lled him to seek recuperation in the more
^.,Ii,l,rious climate of California, where he remamed
until June, 1893. During his sojourn on the coast
he was connected with various local companies for
irrigation, besides being interested in orange cul-
ture. The following year, upon his return to
( )raiige, he was again elected first selectman, and
has lieen annually re-elected, holding the office at
the present time. Like his father, Mr. Main is an
i-nrnest Republican, and a valued man in the coun-
cils of his party, having been for many years chair-
man of the town committee, and a frequent dele-
gate to county and state conventions. In 1900 he
was elected a member of the General Assembly to
represent the town of Orange, and has served as
clerk of the committee on Cities and Boroughs,
which was one of the important committees of the
session.

In 1883 Mr. Main embarked in the real estate
and insurance business, which he resumed on his
return from the West, and represents some of the
oldest and soundest companies in the country,
among them the tierman American, Aetna, London
.^\\|\ Commercial L'nion. He is treasurer of the
."Spring Lake Ice Co.. in which concern he is a large
>tiH.-kholder. Mr. ]\Iain"s business career has been
I xcept'.onally successful, having been molded upon
tlie principles of sound judgment and unwavering
integrity.

Mr. Main is a member of the Royal Arcanum
and a Mason of high rank, having passed through
all the degrees of the fraternity up to the 32d. and
affiliates with Annawan Lodge, Xo. 115, A. F. &
.•\. M,. of West Haven ; Franklin Chapter, R. A.
M., and Harmony Council, of New Haven : New-
Haven Commandery, K. T. ; La Fayette Consistory;
and Pyramid Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.
lie is also a member of the Second Companv of
Governor's Foot Guards, of New Haven.

In November, 1879, Mr. [Main was married to
Carrie E., daughter of Sidney Smith, a shoe dealer
mWest Haven, and his wife, Sarah (Goodell), of
\\cstville. Mrs. Main is one of a family of four
children, of whom only she and a brother, Edward

survive ; her parents are also deceased. To



■ Jr. and Mrs. Main have been born three children,
M'ldrcd L.. Florence S. and W. Raymond. In re-
h;;i"Ms faith Mr Main Is a Congregationalist, and
JHcu.ls the services of that denomination.

. V/''\'^*'^- AUGUSTUS WILCOX was born
in .Madi.on. Xew Haven countv, Sept. 30, 1830,
and makes his summer home iri his native town.
Me o.incs of one of the oldest families of Xew
l-.ngland and is seventh in line of direct de-
scent from Juhn Wilco.x, the first of the familv

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in America, who settled in Hartford prior to
1*^39. was one of the original proprietors and
held several responsible offices ; he had his home
on the present site of the Park, near the State
House, and had a good estate. He died in
165 1 and left one son, John, who came with him
from England, and two daughters.

George Augustus Wilcox is a son of the late
Jonathan S. Wilcox and Chloe (Hand), a sister of
Daniel Hand. He was graduated from Yale College
in 1852, and after spending a year at the South, went
to Detroit, Mich., where he entered the law office of
his uncle. Judge George E. Hand, and was admitted
to the Michigan Bar in 1854. Mr. Wilcox began
the practice of his chosen profession, and continued
it until 1880, when he returned East, and has since
spent his summers in Madison, and his winters in
the city of Xew York. Mr. Wilcox is a gentleman
of genial character and much culture. He has trav-
eled quite extensively both in this country and
abroad, and has occasionally contributed literarv ar-
ticles for publication. Independent in politics and
religion, he holds his own views and does not hesi-
tate to express them on occasion clearly and posi-
tively.

^Ir. Wilcox was married, in Brooklyn. X. Y.,
to Alary H. Crenelle, a daughter of William H.
Crenelle, and has one child, Constance.

AIARTIX KELLOGG XORTHAM, a progress-
ive and prominent farmer of the town of Branford,
was born in Chatham, Middlesex Co., Conn., Oct.
16, 1818, son of John Cone and Rachel (Kellogg)
Xortham.

Jonathan X'ortham, the paternal grandfather of
Martin K., was a soldier in the war of the Revolu-
tion, and received a pension on account of his
service in the Continental army. Fie was a farmer,
and died at Alarlboro at the advanced age of eightv-
seven years.

John Cone Xortham was born in Marlboro.
Conn. He was reared to farming, but became a
quarryman, and was employed for many years in
the quarries at Haddam Xeck. He died at the age
of sixty-four years. Mr. Xortham first married
Rachel Kellogg, a native of Chatham, and daughter
of Martin and Rachel (Hosford) Kellogg, the for-
mer of whom was a farmer in the town of Chatham.
To this union were born children as follows : John
M., Martin K., Lucy A. (wife of Hubbard Fuller).
Joel K. and William B., of whom Martin and Lucy
survive. By his second wife, Anna Brainerd,
daughter of Frederick Brainerd, Mr. Xortham be-
came the father of two children: Laura B., who
married William Bishop ; and Frederick B., a far-
mer, who married Ellen Lee.

Martin Kellogg Xortham was reared in his na-
tive town, where he received a common school
education, and at the age of sixteen years started out
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which employment lie acquitted himself creditably,
and won the good opinion of his employers. When
he had become somewhat older he worked at stone
cutting, beginning at this trade in 1836, and con-
tinuing in same until 1867. In 1859 Mr. Xortham
located in Branford, and there followed the stone
cutter's trade up to 1867. when he turned his atten-
tion to farming, which has been his occupation ever
since. He owns and cultivates a fine tract of eighty
acres. Our subject is active m local affairs, es-
pecially in the advancement of educational interests,
liaving- been a member of the school board for twelve
consecutive years, during which period he has given
his time and influence with such good effect that
three new school houses have been erected in Bran-
iord and Stony Creek. He has also acted as select-
man of the town, and in his public service, as in his
private life, his duties are ably and promptly per-
formed. His political allegiance is given to the Re-
publican party.

Mr. Northam was married July 2, 1863, to El-
len L. Palmer, who was born May 24, 1843, only
child of Hezekiah and Mary (Beach) Palmer, of
Branford. Both her parents died in 1892, within
two weeks. Air. Palmer was a sailor, as was also
his father. James Palmer, who was drowned off the
coast of Xew Jersey. ]\Ir. and Mrs. Xortham have
had two children, John H. and Calvin K. John H.
X'ortham was born Feb. 15, 1865, married Cora
Bishop, who was born June 19, 1868, and has four
children — Robert H., born Xov. 22. 1889; Adeline
E., born May 12, 1891 : Frederick R.. born July 25,
1892; and Martin P., born Sept. 22. 1896. John H.
Northam is an engineer in the Xorcross Quarry,
Stony Creek. Calvin K. X'ortham was born June
17, 1866, married Jennie Botsford, X'ov. 16, 1897,
and has one child, Eva May. He is a farmer by
occupation. Mr. and Mrs. X'ortham both belong
to the Stony Creek Congregational Church, and
their long career of honorable industry and fine
character are known and recognized in the com-
munity.

CHARLES THEROX HOTCHKISS. a prom-
inent and influential citizen of Cheshire, was born
in the town of Bethany. July 9. 1834. and traces
his ancestry back to Samuel and Elizabeth (Clev-
erly) Hotchkiss. natives of Essex. England, who
came to X'ew Haven, Conn., in 1641, and were mar-
ried there the following year. Samuel Hotchkiss
was a tiller of the soil, and was the founder of the
settlement in Wallingford. where he died. His chil-
dren were John, who was born in 1643, and died in
1682; Samuel, born in 1645; James, born in 1647;
Joshua, born in 165 1 ; Thomas, born in 1654: and
David, born in 1657. Of this family. Joshua Hotch-
Tciss was born in Wallingford. and wedded Mary
Hotchkiss. of X'ew Haven, by whom he had twelve
children, namely: Mary. Stephen, Martha, Pris-
cilla, Abraham, Desire, Isaac. Jacob, John. Eliza-
beth, Mary (2), and Mary (3). Jabez Hotchkiss,



a son of one of these, was born in Bethany, Xew
Haven county, and there spent his entire life. His
children were Stephen, the granilfather of Charles
T. ; Mary, bom June 3. 1763: Timothy, born Jan.
22. 17^)6: Lydia. born April i, 17C8. died in 1773;
Eleazer. born June 4. 1770: Lvdia (2), born Juae I

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Stephen Hotchkiss was also a life-long resident

of Bethany, where he was born Oct. 31, 1761, and
he died in 1847, 3t the ripe old age of eighty-seven
years. His wife, who bore the maiden name of
Hannah Brown, passed away at the age of eighty.
In their family were the following children: Har-
ley. father of Charles T. : Rebecca, wife of Minott
Collins ; Wealthy, who died young ; Eber, who mar-
ried Thurza Driver; Stephen, who married Abi-
gail Hotchkiss; Haimah. wife of John Russell;
Jared, who mari-fed Am\- French, still a resident of
Bethany ; Jesse, who married Caroline Lounsbury ;
and George, who married Laura Sperry, who died
in Xew Haven. All lived in Bethany and are now
deceased.

Harley Hotchkiss was born Sept. 12. 1791, and
reared in Bethany, where he married Harriet Col-
lins, also a native of that town and a daughter of
Benjamin Collins. (Her mother's maiden name
was Ford.) They -ontinued to make their home
there throughout life, the father devoting his time
and attention to agriculture. He died March 29,
i860, and his wife was burned to death by the
destruction of a house two years later, when she
was aged seventy years. To them were born four
children : ( i ) Wealthy Ann married William Gil-
yard, of Seymour, and died in 1892. leaving three
children, ]\Iary, Thomas F. and Sarah L. (2) An-
drew T. married Belinda Buckingham, and died
in Bethany in 1877. leaving four children: Ernest
Z., Isa A., Harley D.. and Andrew T.. now of
Xew Haven. (3) Harris died young. (4) Charles
T. completes the family.

Charles T. Hotchkiss was reared in his native
town and obtained a good practical education, which
enabled him to successfully engage in teaching for
a period of thirty-six winters. As a teacher he
came to Cheshire in early life, and here he pur-
chased a farm in April. 1861. While following his
profession during the winter season until recentlv
he has engaged in farming, with marked success,
through the summer months. He also gives con-
siderable time to work at the mason's trade.

In 186 1 Mr. Hotchkiss was married, in South
Canaan, to Miss Emma \'ictoria Watson, a native
of Torrington, Conn., and a daughter of George
and Jane (Belden) Watson, the former of whom
died in Roseville, Illinois, the latter in Xorfolk.
Conn. By this union were born three children,
namely: Mary Claribel. Mrs. Warren Andrews,
of Cheshire ; Clarence H., who died at the age vi
six and one-half years ; and Harriet I., wife of
Everett Pardee, of X'ew Haven. Both of the
daughters have been teachers. Fraternally Mr.
Hotchkiss is a member of the Patrons of Hus-



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liaiulrv, and' politically is a stanch Democrat. He is
it.iw scrvingf as justice of the peace, and is the
pri'sont chairman of the board of education. He is
alM> .secretary and treasurer of the Hotchkiss re-
iiiiiiin.*. which held their twentietli annual meeting
ill 1900, when 175 representatives of the family
were ])resent. He is regarded as one of the lead-
ing and most highly respected citizens of Cheshire,
and it is, therefore, consistent that he be repre-
sented in a work whose province is the portrayal
(.f the lives of the prominent men of Xew Haven
county.

ALP.ERT PHELPS is the president of the
1 'helps & Bartholomew Co., .well known as manu-
facturers of clocks of all grades, and is prominent
aiiuMig the business men whose enterprise and en-
ergy liave created the thriving city of Ansonia.
The product of their factory is in demand in all
parts of the United States, and the reputation of
the firm for excellent workmanship is constantly
increasing their trade. The business, which was
established nineteen years ago under the firm name
of Phelps & Bartholomew, was reorganized in 1886
as a stock company, with a capital of Si 5.000, and
(Uir subject has been at its head ever since. At
present the other officers are A. H. Bartholomew,
treasurer, and Howard D. Phelps, secretary. They
started with twelve hands and a small shop, the
(iardner building, and now employ over a hundred
b.Tiuis, and have a factory 125 feet long, 45 feet
wide and four stories high, with a wing 30x25
feet in size. The firm has had some difficulties to
overcome on account of persecution by larger firms
on the question of patent rights, but they have for-
tunately been free from labor troubles and in the
regular receipt of good orders.

Albert Phelps was born July 13. 1839, in Marl-
boro, Conn., where his ancestors were early set-
tlers. Oliver Phelps, his grandfather, was a lead-
ing farmer of that locality and an active supporter
of the work of the Methodist Church. He died at
the age of sixty-seven, and his wife, Mary (Hills),
who was born in that vicinity, died at the age of
seventy-four. Their family consisted of six chil-
dren, all of whom are deceased. David Phelps, our
subject's father, was born in 1810, and reared at
Marlboro, and learned the trade of stonemason.
Later he went to Bristol and ■ worked in a clock
factory for a time, and for twenty years he was
similarly employed in Hartford, but he retired a
few years previous to his death, which occurred
July ID, 1873. Politically he was a Republican, and
he took an active interest in local affairs, serving
"u the board of relief and as justice of the peace.
He was prominent in religious work as a member
ot the Methodist Church and for a number of
years he led the choir, his voice being unusually
hne. He married Hannah Freeman, a native of
Hebron, Conn., who is now living in Bristol. Of
their five children four are living, viz. : Jane, wife



of William Garlick, of Bristol; Albert, our subject;
Mary, wife of George Lewis, of Bristol ; and
George, who is employed in cur subject's factory at
Ansonia.

At the age of fourteen Albert Phelps accom-
panied the family to Bristol, and his education was
secured in the common schools. At eighteen he be-
gan work in the Bristol clock shop, where he re-
mained a number of years, and in 1871 he located
in Ansonia, taking the contract to make movements
for the Ansonia Clock Co. After a time he was
made superintendent of the movement department,
but on the removal of the company to Brooklyn he
engaged in business for himself, in partnership witli
Arthur H. Bartholomew, as stated above. In pol-
itics Mr. Phelps is a Democrat, and he has served
on the board of relief. Socially the family is promi-
nent, and he is a member of Franklin Lodge, F.
& A. ]\L, of Bristol. He is identified with the
Episcopal Church, his family being active workers
in that organization.

In 1864 Mr. Phelps married ^liss Nellie Oakley,
a native of New York City, and they have two chil-
dren : (i) Howard D., who is connected with our
subject's factory, married ]\Iiss Annie Tuttle, and
has two children, Helen and Albert. (2) Miss
Maud is at home.

HON. DANA BARTHOLOMEW, whose ac-
tive, busy and useful life closed Sept. i, 1900, while
he was' staying temporarily with his family at
Saratoga, N. Y., was for many years one of the
leading citizens and business men of Ansonia, and
a representative of one of the State's early families.

The branch of the Bartholomew family to which
our subject belonged traces its ancestry into the
sixteenth century to John Bartholomew, of War-
borough, England, who was .married there in 1551.
William Bartholomew, a great-grandson of this
John, grandson of John, and son of William, :ill
of England, born there in 1602-03, married Anna
Lord, and came to Boston in the ship "Griffin" in
1634. In 1635 he was chosen a deputy to the Gen-
eral Court of Ispwich, Mass. From this first Amer-
ican ancestor the subject of this sketch was a de-
scendant in the eighth eeneration, his line being
through William (2), Isaac, Abraham, Abraham
(2). Jonathan and Jeremiah H. Bartholomew.

Hon. Jeremiah Hotchkiss Bartholomew, the fa-
ther of our subject, was born April 18, 1814, in
that part of Farmington, Conn., now Plainville.
He received a limited education only, attending the
district school until fifteen years of age, and then
learned the tanner's trade. Subsequently he clerked
for a time for Adna Whiting, of Plainville, and fol-
lowed various occupations, always with application,
intelligence and perseverance, characteristics which
afterward brought him power and influence. He
was employed in the Wolcottville Brass Kettle Fac-
torv, became superintendent and ultimately general
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Ansonia, for which Anson G. Phelps, of New York
furnished the capital. Here Mr. Bartholomew's
business capacity was given a field, and the Battery
Mills, Brass & Copper, and Brass, Copper &; Iron
Wire Mills, with their numerous branches — which
were built, started and operated most successfully
for some twenty-five and more years by him as
agent, superintendent, etc., of the very extensive
manufacturing firm of Phelps, Dodge & Co. — are
evidences of his ability. Mr. Bartholomew held
such position until ill health, in 1876, compelled
him to retire.

By the personal efforts of IMr. Bartholomew the
N€w Haven & Derby railroad was built to Bir-
mingham and Ansonia. He became its president in
1874, and continued as such until the time of his
death, in 1884. In all matters of public interest Mr.
Bartholomew was foremost in action, liberal in aid,
and completed all his undertakings successfully.
He represented his town and district in the House
and Senate. His political affiliations were with the
Republican party. He was a member of the Congre-
gational Church from 1843 until his death.

On Sept. 15. 1834. Mr. Bartholomew was mar-
ried to Polly H., daughter of Truman Root, of
Bristol, Conn., and to the union were born chil-
dren as follows: Sophronia. Adele (who died
when ten years old), Dana, Frances, Arthur H.
and Emma.

Dana Bartholomew, our subject proper, was
born April 8. 1847, i" what was fonnerly Wolcott-
ville, now Torrington, Conn., where he attended the
district school until he was sixteen years old, ancl
he was also a student at the Eastman Business
College. Then, in keeping with his father's opinion
that the best school for a business life is the bu'^i-
ness life itself, he entered the employ of the An-
sonia Brass & Copper Co. For fourteen years
he familiarized himself with all the process of brass
manufacture, and became a stockholder of the com-
pany. In 1877 he severed his managerial connec-
tion with the company and entered into partner-
ship with A. B. Hendryx for the manufacture of
wire bird-cages. This business venture was very
prosperous, and when the business was moved i-O
New Haven, Mr. Bartholomew's many interests at
home requiring his attention, he severed his con-
nection with this company and formed another for
the manufacture, under patent, of bits, augers,
screw-drivers and braces: but in 1884 the floods
swept the entire plant away by the breaking of the
dam of the Ansonia Water Co., in which he was a
large owner. From that time until his death Mr.
Bartholomew was occupied in caring for his many
invested interests. He served as secretary, man-
ager, then as president of the Ansonia Water Co. ,
also as presiilcnt, treasurer and agent of the An-
sonia Hall Co., owning the principal building in tlie
town for offices and hall. He was a director of the
Ansonia Savings Bank, the Ansonia Ice Co. and the
Naugatuck \'alley Ice Co., of Bridgeport, a di-



I rector and treasurer of the Meriden Ice Co.. and
I vice-president of the Mallett Cattle Co. of Texas.



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