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a member of ^lajor Clark's staff: of the Old Guard
of New York ; of Putnam Phalan.x, Hartford ; of
the Pequot Association, New Haven : and of the
Connecticut Society, Sons of the American Revolu-

FRANK POTTER, a successful farmer and
market gardener of Waterbury, is a native of that
town, born on the old Potter homestead in what
is now Hopeville, Nov. 19, 1826.

Rev. Samuel Potter, his father, was born Sept.
23, 1778, a son of Leii uel and Rachel (Perkins)
Potter; he was a prominent Baptist minister of his
day, and was pastor of the Salem Church in the
town of Waterbury, and also ministered to tl;e
spiritual wants of the people at Woodbridge, Conn.,
but made his home near Pearl Lake, Waterbur}",
where our subject now resides, and there he died
Dec. 5, 1833, being laid to rest in Brockett cemetery.
In 1799 he married Leva Judd, daughter of Ros-
well Judd, and to them were born two children:
Samuel Darius, born Dec. 15, 1799, died in June,

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1803; and Leva Maria, born July 25, 1801, married
M. Baldwin. The mother of these died, and
for his second wife Rev. Samuel Potter mar-
ried Chloe Brockett, March 14, 1803. Our sub-
ject was the young^est child born of this union.
Tlie oldest, a son, was born in May, 1804. and died
same month; Roxana, born June 23, 1805, mar-
ried M. D. Root: Samuel, born April 25, 1807,
died March 7, 1894; Zenas, born Aug. 8. 1809.
wedded Mary Hotchkiss, and died Jan. 11, 1856;
Thomas Perkins, born Xov. 12, 181 1, died May
22, 1822; Miller, born July 27, 1813; Isaac Fuller,
born July 23, 1815; Wilson, born June 19, 1817;
Dr. Gano, born July 19, 1819; Chloe, born Sept.

13, 1821, married W. G. Chase; and Thomas Per-
kins, born June 2, 1824, died March 8, 1848.

On the maternal side Frank Potter is descended
from John Brockett, a native of England, who was
one of the early settlers of New England, and re-
moved from New Haven to \\"allin?ford in 1667
with John ]\Ioss. He was chosen by the people uf
New Haven as one of the committee to manage the
affairs of the settlement. He filled many public
positions in the village, and represented it in the
General Court after its incorporation. He died in
Wallingford, March 12, 1689, aged eighty years.
His children were John B., who was born in Eng-
land, and became a physician at Muddy River,
North Haven ; Benjamin, born in 1648, who mar-
ried Lydia Elcock, and died May 22, 1679; Abigail,
born March 10, 1649; Samuel, born Jan. 14, 1650;
Jabez, born Oct. 24, 1654, who was married Nov.
20, 1691, to Dorothy Lyman; Silence, wife of Jo-
seph Bradley; and Mary, wife of William Penning-
ton, of New Jersey.

Samuel Brockett, son of John, was married.
Nov. 21, 1680, to Sarah Bradley, and they had
seven children, whose names and dates of birth
were as follows: Samuel, Feb. 15, 1682; Daniel,
Sept. 30, 1684: John, Nov. 8, 1685; Joseph, Oct.

25, 1688; Josiah, July 25, 169 1 ; Alice, April 23,
1693; and Josiah, July 25, 1698. The last named
married Deborah Abbott, and John married Huldah

Samuel Brockett (2nd'), son of Samuel, was
married, April 15, 1699, to Rachel Brown, who died
Jan. 24, 1718, and on Aug. 5, 1718, he married
Elizabeth Howe. In his family were the following
children : Titus, who was born June 28, 1700,
and wedded Mary Turnhand ; Sarah, born Aug.

26, 1702; Isaac, who was born Sept. 3, 1705, and
was married, June 16, 1733, to ^larv Sedgwick;
Rachel, born March 20, 1708; Abigail, bom Feb.
II, 1711; and Samuel, born June 21, 1714.

Samuel Brockett (3rd), son of Samuel (2nd),
married and by his wife, Ruth, became the father
of six children, namely: Eunice, born Jan. 15.
1744; Zuer, born March 24, 1746; Joel, born June

14, 1749, died in infancy; Joel, born July 28, 1750,
was a soldier of the Revolutionary war; Zenas,


born July 12, 1752; and Benjamin, born Oct. i,

Zenas Brockett, son of Samuel (3rd), was born
and reared in Wallingford, and when a young man
came to Waterbury, locating on what is now known
as Brockett Hill, near Pearl Lake, where he pur-
chased a large tract of land from the Indians for
a small consideration. He was a farmer by occu-
pation, and was well known and highly re-
spected as a man of sterlina: integrity, upright and
true in all his dealings, and he was beloved by ail
who knew him. He was one of the first members
of the Baptist Church in the town of Waterbury,
in which he served as deacon. Before the Baptist
Church in Waterbury was organized, there being
no church of that denomination nearer than Wal-
lingford, he would go sixteen miles to that town
to worship, in the absence of roads finding his way
through the thick forest by marked trees. He
would transact no business on Sunday. He gave
a small piece of land for the cemetery now known
as the Brockett cemetery, and the first bodies buried
there were those of his grandchildren of the Potter
family. He died on his farm on Brockett Hill, and
was also laid to rest there bv the side of his wife,
who in her maidenhood was Miss Abigail Johnson,
of Wallingford. They had eight children : Chloe,
born July 15, 1781, was the mother of our sub-
ject; Anna, born June 3, 1783, married Benjamin
Farrell; Peter, born Sept. 17, 17S4; Abigail, bom ■
Jan. 21, 1787, died Sept, 16, 1787; Abigail (2nd!,
born July i, 1788; Rebecca, born April 30, 1790,
married Loveland Judd in 1812; Rhoda. born Sept.
24, 1792, married Jesse Wooster ; and Zenas, born
April 28, 1794, died ^May 14, 1794.

Frank Potter, whose name introduces this re-
view, received a district school education, and at
the age of fifteen years began his business career as
a buttonmaker, working in the ivory button shops
of Union City, Waterbury and Bridgeport, Conn.,
for over a quarter of a century. Since then he has
given his entire time and attention to farming and
market gardening on the old homestead at Pearl
Lake, where he has made many useful and valuable

In Waterbury, Feb. 20, 1850, Mr. Potter was
united in marriage with Miss Lucy Chase, a native
of New Preston, and a daughter of Chauncey and
Clarissa (Clemens) Chase. She died of hear:
trouble Aug. 6, 1898, and was laid to rest in the
Brockett cemetery. To them were born three chil-
dren: (i) Edna C. married William Snagg, nf
W^aterbury, and they have four children, Gertrude,
a stenographer and typewriter ; Anna, a school
teacher; Burton; and Adella. (2) Adella married
John Buchanan, of Simonsville, and they have one
child, Frank, who is studying dentistry in Phila-
delphia. (3) Frank, the youngest child of our sub-
ject, died at the age of two years and a half. Mr.
Potter also had an adopted son, Frederick, now

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deceased, who married Fanny Lum ; for her sec-
ond husband she wedded Samuel Clark, and they
make their home with our subject. Their children
are Helen and Marion M.

In early life 'Mr. Potter affiliated with the Dem-
ocratic partv. but since the Civil war has been a
stanch Republican. He is a temperance man and
active member of the Second Baptist Church of
A\'aterburv, in which he has served as deacon for
the past five years. He has been a member of the
school committee, and has always given his support
to those enterprises calculated to advance the moral,
intellectual or material welfare of his town or coun-
ty. He is therefore numbered among the valued
and useful citizens of his community, and by all
who know him he is held in high regard.

JOHN JUSTUS WARNER, a well-known
farmer and highl3 - esteemed citizen of Cheshire,
New Haven county, was born in the town of
Hamden, this county. Sept. 8. 1840, son of Alonzo
and Ruth Ann (Chatfield) Warner, and grandson
of Simeon T. and Cynthia T. (Tuttle) Warner.
The grandfather was also a native of Hamden and
a farmer by occupation. His children were Alonzo ;
Emma; James, a sea captain; Truxon ; Vina; and

Alonzo Warner, father of our subject, was born
in 1812 in Hamden. and there passed his boyhood
and youth. He was married in Bethany, this coun-
ty, but continued to make his home throughout life
in Hamden, where he died in 1892. His widow is
still living, and resides in Birmingham, Conn. In
their family were seven children, namely : Charles,
who was a member of the loth Conn. V. I. during
the Civil war, and now resides on the old home
farm in Hamden: John Justus, our subject; Sarah,
wife of Wales Chatfield, of Oxford ; George Will-
iam, of New Haven, now deceased; Emma, Mrs.
Daniel Holbrook. of Ansonia ; Frank, a resident
of Florida ; and Birdsey. a resident of Ansonia.

In the town of his nativity John Justus Warner
grew to manhood and attended school. Later he
engaged in farming there until after the Civil war
broke out, when he enlisted, in September, i86r,
in Company K, 6th Conn. V. I., for three years,
as a teamster. He was appointed wagonmaster un-
der Gen. Sherman's command at Port Royal, S. C. ;
rwas at City Point, Ya.. ; and later was under Gen.
Grant at Bermuda Hundred. Fort Fisher and Ral-
'eigh, N. C. On the expiration of his three years
•term of enlistment he was honorably discharged iti
A^irginia, in September, 1864, and later served hi
the government employ as a civilian wagonmaster
until the close of the war, looking after teams,
having wagons painted, and keeping everything in
order. When hostilities ceased and his services
were no longer needed he returned to Hamden
and resumed farming. For some time he made his
home in Bethany, where he still owns a good farm,
but in 1896 he came to Cheshire and purchased the

Daniel Humiston farm, upon which he has since
successfully engaged in agriculture.

In 1866, in Hamden, Mr. Warner was united
in marriage with Mrs. Mary E. Smith (widow of
Edgar Smith), who was born in Bethany, a daugh-
ter of Kneeland and Ann (Andrews) Downs, na-
tives of Wolcott and Bethany, respectively. Mr.
Warner and his wife have four children : John,
who is married and lives in New Haven ; Minnie,
now Mrs. Harry Alunson, of Cheshire ; Burton ; and
Marshall. Socially -Mr. Warner is a member of
Admiral Foote Post, No. i, G. A. R., of New
Haven, and politically he is identified with the Re-
publican party. He served as assessor in the town
of Bethany, and his duties of citizenshi]) have al-
ways been most faithfully and conscientiously dis-

31. 1835, in South Main street, Wallingford. a son
of John Parsons Hall, whose birth occurred Nov.
18. 1808, in Wallingford, where he died June 4.

The father of our subject was a farmer, and at
one time in his life manufactured razor strops and
combs. A Whig in early life, he became a Re-
publican on the formation of the party, and served
on the school committee. A member of the Con-
gregational Church, he stood well in the community.
A home man in every sense of the word, the do-
mestic virtues stronglv prevailed in his character,
and to his family he was all a husband and a fa-
ther should be. Mr. Hall and Miss Eunice Hotch-
kiss were married Oct. 20. 1833. Mrs. Hall was
born July 9, 1812, a daughter of Timothy Hotcti-
kiss, of Wolcott. To Mr. and Mrs. Hall were
born the following children : ( i ) Henry Bever'y
is mentioned below. (2) John Randolph, born in
1S37, died in Chicago June 4. 1893, while in at-
tendance upon the World's Fair, representing the
William Rogers Mfg. Co. For many years he was
a wholesale dealer in notions and hosiery in New
York. (3) Frederick Hotchkiss, born July 28.
1849, lives in New York City, where he is con-
nected with the wdiolesale house of Porter Broth-
ers. He married Miss Agnes Hall, daughter of
Joel Hall. (4) Charles S. is mentioned below.

Dr. Rice Hall, the grandfather of the above
named children, was born in Wallingford May 8.
i 1784, and followed farming. He was also exten-
i sively engaged in teaming, before the era of rail-
I roads, running an express between between Wal-
i lingford and New Haven. A man of strong con-
i victions. he was a stanch Whig, and a devout mem-
I her of the Congregational Church. It is said that
' he only missed one service in fifty years, and that
I was caused by an accident which compelled him to
I stay at home.

Henry Beverly Hall was born in Wallingford,
I where he received his education in the common
■ school. For one vear he was a student in Rus-

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-eil's Military School. Xcw flaven. Leaving- school
when nineteen years of ajje. he helped his father on
the farm for about two years, when he went to the
citv of New York to take a position as entry clerk
with the jobbing house of John I. llinchnian & Co.,
later on becoming a partner in the concern. In
1874 he returned to Wallingford to clerk for Leon-
ard D. Bishop, the proprietor of an agricultural im-
plement store in New Haven, Conn. After a year
with that gentleman Mr. Hall secured a position as
traveling saleman for the R. Wallace & Sons Manu-
facturing Co., being the first representative of that
company to go on the road. For ten years he re-
mained with them, covering the territory from
Maine to Kansas City, and from Canada to Ken-
tucky. Mr. Hall's next engagement was with Simp-
son, Hall, Miller & Co., and he was their representa-
tive in New York, Philadelphia. \\'ashington and
Baltimore. After one year spent with that house,
^Ir. Hall went on the road in the interest of the
Bristol Brass & Clock Co., continuing with them for
four years. At the present time he is devoting all
his thought and care to his extensive real estate in-
terests. In 1S93 ^Ir. Hall was one of the origina-
tors of the Biggins-Rodgers Co.. manufacturers
of all kinds of hollow ware, and employing about
fifty hands. Mr. Hall is secretary of that corpora-
tion. Our subject is a strong Republican, and ac-
tive in political attairs. He was elected warden in
1896, again in 1897, and a third time in 1899. An
, attendant of the First Congregational Church, he
takes a deep interest in the welfare of the church,
and is a liberal supporter of its principles.

Mr. Hall and ^liss Susan Parker were married
Oct. 17, i8f>6. They had no children. Mrs. Hall
was born May 25, 1835, daughter of Dr. Lyman
Parker, who practiced medicine in Wallingford.
She died July 19, 1892.

Ch.\rles Storrs Hall was born Xov. 13, 1852,
in Wallingford, obtained his early education in the
public schools of that city, and supplemented same
by a year in Hopkins Preparatory School, and
another year in French's Private School. At the
age of nineteen he left school and secured a clerk-
ship in Xew York with the firm of Tooker, Waring
& Co., dealers and jobbers in Yankee notions and
hosiery, in which concern his brother Henry B. was
a partner. He remained there about seven years,
and for the last year and a half that he was in Xew
York clerked for Hall cS: Co., dealers and jobbers
in the same line. About 1880 he came to Walling-
ford, and took a place in the postoffice under Judge
Hubbard, which position he held for a year and a
half. For the next three years he was connected with
Simpson. Hall. Miller & Co. as orrler filling and stock
clerk. Mr. Hall was then connected with the Do-
mestic Manufacturing Co. for alxiut three years, as
order filling clerk, and had charge of the stock de-
partment. In iSyo he entered the postoffice as as-
sistant to Postmaster W. Burr Hall. When Mr.

Hall retired and Mr. Jones assumed the duties of
the office Mr. Hall was still continued as assistant
; postmaster. On Feb. i, 1898, he was appointed
I ix)stmaster, entering upon the duties of the position
; the 1st of the following month. Mr. Hall was in-
strumental in securing free delivery in Wallingford
while assistant to Postmaster George T. Jones. As
^ postmaster Mr. Hall is very efficient. In Septem-
j ber, n>oo. he succeeded in introducing free deliv-
ery throughout the town of Wallingford. Charles
: S. Hall is a stanch Republican, and has never hesi-
: tated at any labor in behalf of the party organiza-
j tion. From 1880 to 1S94 he was on the Republican
: town committee, and for nine years served as its
j chairman. In religion ]Mr. Hall is a Congregation-
j alist, while his wife attends the Baptist Church.
1 On June 14, 1894, Mr. Hall married Aliss Flora
A. Fordham. of Essex, Conn., a daughter of Theo-
dore I'. l-~ordham. a prominent surveyor and far-
mer. Mr. and Mrs. Hall are the parents of two
children: Randolph Fordham, born Xov. 7, 1896,
and Theodore Parsons, born Dec. 18, 1898. Mr'
Hall belongs to the X. E. O. P., the :\Iasonic fra-
ternity and the Pilgrim Fathers. He was a char-
ter member of the local lodge of the last named
order, as he was of Robert Wallace Court, Xo. 123.

JAMES CALLAX, the efficient superintendent
of the tube department of the Holmes, Booth & Hay-
den Manufacturing Co.'s extensive works in Water-
bury, was born April 12, 1841, in Douglas. Lanark-
shire, Scotland, son of John and Jane (Fleming)
Callan. who were born in the same place.

John Callan, the son of a farmer, was a weaver
by trade. He and his wife had eleven children, of
whom all save two reached mature years, and of the

\ other nine three — Adam. William and James — cam.e

I to Connecticut. Adam is now a machinist in Water-
bury. William died in Xew Haven.

! James Callan attended school in his native town
until ten years old, at which age he lost his father.
His mother having a large family to care for, he
was obliged to exercise his best activities in provid-

; ing for himself and in aiding in the support of his
mother and the little ones at home. He labored on

: the farm until twenty years of age, when he went

! to Glasgow, where he found employment in a store
for some time, and then, in 1871, came to America
and to Waterbury, where he has ever since been
emplo\ed by the Holmes. Booth & Hayden Co..
with the exception of two and a half years passed
with the Randolph & Clows Co.

\ In 1866 'Sir. Callan married Elizabeth Harriott.

I who was born near Edinburgh, Scotland, a daugh-
ter of \\'illiam and Alice Stratton, and to this union
six children have been born, viz. : John. William
H., Adam, James A.. Alice H. and George S., all
still living. John and William H. are married.

In p(jlirics Mr. Callan was a Liberal in the old
countrx'. and since coming to America has l)een a



Republican. He is very popular with his party, and
has represented the Third ward of W'aterbury in
the common council two terms, while a member of
this body serv-ing- on the committee on Lights and
Lamps at the time the first electric lights were
placed in tiie city. He has just concluded a term
of two years in the board of aldermen, has been re-
elected for a similar term, and is now vice-president
of the board.

As a Freemason Mr. Callan stands very high.
He was "made" a Mason in Scotland in 1S59, and
has attained to the Mystic Shrine. He affiliates
with Harmony Lodge, Xo. 42, F. & A. AL, of Water-
bury, of which he was three years master : with
Eureka Chapter, of which he has been high priest
three years, and at the present time is grand high
priest of the Grand Chapter, Royal Arch ^Masons,
of Connecticut : he also holds membership in Clark
Commandery. He is a charter member of the Third
Congregational Church, which his family also at-
tend. Socially they all are held in the highest
estimation by their neighbors and acquaintances.
and they have made hosts of friends during their
residence in W'aterbury.

ceased, who was for many years a leading physi-
cian of Cheshire, was born Aug. 21, 1828, in
Roxbury, Conn., the eldest son of William Chauncey
Williams, 'SI. D.. and his wife, Julia White Cook.
Through his father he was descended from Rob-
• ert Williams, who settled in Roxbury, ]vlass., in
1637, and on his mother's side from Major Aaron
Cook, who located at Dorchester, ^ilass., in 1630.

Robert Williams was born in England about the
year 1593, perhaps in Norwich, County of Nor-
folk, and was married before coming to America to
Elizabeth Stratton. He disembarked at Boston,
with his wife and several children, in the year 16^7.
Before the close of that year he had joined the
neighboring settlement at Roxbury. and, this early,
his name and that of his wife are found upon the
records of Roxburv Church, to which the Rev. John
Eliot then ministered. He was there made a free-
man. May 2 of the following year. That he was a
stanch and typical Puritan, whose scruples for-
bade his conformitv with the tenets of the Estab-
lished Church in England, during the intolerant
reign of the first Charles, and encouraged his de-
parture thence for Massachusetts Bay, where he
could the more freely exercise his individual rights
of conscience, may readily be believed from the
single glimpse had of him, as signer of the petition ,
to the governor of the Colony, in 1672, in censure
of Harvard College. He was one of the five towns-
men or selectmen in 1647 and 1653, and was inter-
ested in the early founding of schools in Roxbury.
Ellis speaks of him as "one of the most influential
men in the town atTairs," and Farmer calls him "the
common ancestor of the divines, civilians and war-
riors of the name who have honored the country ,

of their birth." His wife, Elizabeth, died July 28,
1674, aged eighty years. He married Xov. 3, 1673,
for his second wife, Margaret, witlow of John
Fearing, and upon her death he married, according
to tradition, a ■Martha Strong, who tlied Dec. 22,
1707, aged ninety-two. His last will and teitament
is dated Nov. 26, 1685, and was probated Sept. 29,
1693. He died at Ro.xbury, Sept. i, 1693, aged
one hundred years.

Capt. Isaac Williams, born Sept. i, 1638, bap-
tized in September, 1638, in Roxbury, Mass., mar-
ried in 1660, for his first wife, Martha Park, born
^larch 2, baptized ^klarch 13, 1643, the third daugh-
ter of Deacon William and Alartha ( Holgrave 1
Park, of Roxbury. In 1661 he settled in Cambridge
village, now Newton, MasS;, and was there made
freeman in 1685. He and his wife were among the
earliest members of the first church instituted at
Cambridge village, and he was afterward deacon
therein. He served as captain of a military com-
pany and was selectman, 1691-93. and deputy to the
General Court, 1692, 1695, 1697, 1699, 1701 and
1705. In 1706 he was chosen with two others on the
first school committee. His wife died Oct. 24. about
the year 1676, aged thirty-four. He married, Nov.
13' ^^77' for his second wife, Judith Cooper, of
Taunton, Mass., who died in 1724, aged seventy-
six. He died Feb. 11, 1707, aged sixty-eight, and
was buried under arms by the Company of Foot, at
Newton, Feb. 14, 1707. His last will and testament
bears date Jan. 31. 1704, but was set aside by the
court for undue influence, July 27, 1708, on petition
of disaffected heirs.

Isaac Williams, born Dec. 11. 1661, baptized
March 11, 1662, in Cambridge village, Mass., mar-
ried, about 1685, for his first wife, Elizabeth Hyde,
born Sept. 4, 1659, the eldest daughter of Jonathan
and Mary (French) Hyde, of Cambridge village.
They were both early members of the church in
Cambridge village, in which settlement he continued
to reside until within a few years of his decease.
He was captain of the military company at Newton
and selectman for that town, 1734. His wife,
Elizabeth, died June 26, 1699, aged thirty-nine
years. He married, in 1709, for his second wife,
Mary, widow of Nathaniel Hammond, Jr,, and.
upon her death, a third wife, Hannah. He soon
afterward removed to Roxbury, where he died June
-7' 1739. aged seventy-seven. His last will and
testament is dated Dec. 12, 1738.

Ebenezer Williams was born Oct. 16, 1691, in
N^ewton, whence he early removed to settle in Leb-
anon, Conn., soon after its organization as a towm.
The deed for his first purchase of land is dated Nov.
17, 1718. He was married there on July 27, 1721, to
Mary, eldest daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth
\'each, of Lebanon. His name is found on the rec-
ords of Lebanon (Goshen) Church as a member
thereof, April 2, 1732, and upon the records of
the town as a lieutenant and selectman, 1736 and
1738. His last will and testament is dated March

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