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enterprising and public-spirited citizen and com-
mands the respect of his fellow townsmen.

C)n April 27, 1856, Capt. ^^lonson was married
to Sarah .\. Holcomb, of Torrington, Conn., born
Nov. 2, 1837, and to this union have come children
as follows: Alice Elizabeth, born March 13, 1859,
in Morris. Conn., married Homer L. Cooper, for-
merly of Westville. now of New Haven, and they
have had four children, Gertrude and Roland sur-
viving; Mary Eliza, born Nov. 18. i860, in Milords,
Conn., is a resident of Westville: William Holcomb,
who died in January, 1899. was born Dec. 10, 1862,
in^ Torrington, Conn., married Oct. 2^. 1889. Annie
W'right Page, and had three children, Marjone
Fuller, Ruth and Marv ; and Cliliford Benton, born
Nov. 13, 1875, in N'ew Haven, died Feb. 6. 1892.
Capt. and Mrs. Monson are members of the Con-
gregational Church.

When the town of Morris was set off from Litch-
field, Capt. Monson went to Hartford to represent
liis section of the town before the committee
for this purpose. His fraternal connections are
with the Masonic order, Olive Branch, Xo. 55,
havmg entered in i860, through Seneca Lodge,
in Torrington : American Mechanics ; and Ad-
miral Foote Past, G. A. R., of which he is
past commander. His connection with the Diamond
Match Co. ended when it went into a trust, in 1895.
In 1897 he was made postmaster of Westville, and
when this office was consolidated with the New
Haven office, he was made superintendent, and as

such has since efficiently served the Government.
His home on Central Avenue, Westville, Conn., was
erected by himself, and there he is passing his de-
clining years in peace and comfort, surrounded by
many friends.

concrete walks and floors, .A.nsonia, is a native of
Xew York State, born Jan. 22, 1838, at Sandlake,
Rensselaer county.

Tunis Houghtaling, his great-grandfather, a
farmer by occupation, was born in Holland, whence
he came to this country, settling near Sandlake, N.
v.. where he .died at the age of eighty years,' the
father of ten children. His son Christopher Hought-
aling, grandfather of William X., was born at Coey-
mans, X. Y., and passed his entire life on a farm
there, dying when seventy-eight years old. He mar-
ried Xancy Mixter. who died at the age of fifty-six,
the mother of a large familv.

William M. Houghtaling, the father of William
X'., was born at Sandlake in 1813, and received his
education at the common schools. After following
agricultural pursuits for some years at the place of
his birth he removed to Canaan', X. Y., then, after a-
couple of years, making his home in West Stock-
bridge, Mass., later, for six years, in Lenox, 3.1ass.
I-ollowing this he resided 'in Xorth Adams two
years; Colerain ten years; Windsor. Vt.. for a time;
finally in Holyoke, Mass., where he died at the age
of eighty-one years. He married Cynthia P. Gard-
ner, of Stephentown, X. Y. (one of ten children
born to her parents), and they had ten- children, six
of whom survive: William' X''., IMartha. Christo-
pher, Charles, George and David, all living in Holy-
oke except William X., in Ansonia, and Charle's,
in Seymour. The mother, bom April 13, 1813, is
yet living, at the patriarchal age of eighty-nine.

William X\ Houghtaling. our subject, received a
liberal education at the public schools, and remained
under the parental roof until he was twentv-two
years old, at which time he went to Goshen, :Mass.,
thence to Colerain. From there he proceeded to
Shelbume Falls, where he engaged as a mechanic,
in 1866 removing to Seymour, Conn., being there
employed as a bit and auger maker up to 1884, when
he commenced the business of making concrete
\v^alks,and floors. He remained in Seymour until'
Xovember. 1891, in that year coming to Ansonia,
where he has since remained, his house and office
being at X'o. 33 Pleasant street. He is the only one
in his special line in the city, and does a large
amount of work, employing a considerable number
of men. What he does is of the finest quality, and
he has achieved an enviable reputation, not only as
a thorough master of his business, but also as a citi-
zen of the communitv. in which he is highlv respect-
ed by all who know him. In politics he is independ-

In i860 William X^. Houehtaline married 'Mi-;s
Lucy L. Loomis, who was born Feb. 3, 1841, in-




Goshen, Mass., a daughter of Almon B. Loomis, a
native of Becket, iNlass., and a granddaughter of
Calvin Loomis, who was born in bpringtielcl, .\iass.,
Dec. 13, 1779. Her great-grandfather, Jonathan
Loomis, first saw the hght in Feeding Hills, Mass.,
where he followed farming during his early life,
then removed to Becket, Mass. ; he died at the age
of ninety years. He served in the war of the Revo-

Calvin Loomis left Becket when a young man,
and journeyed to what is now Painesville, Ohio, but
which was then a part of the great unknown West.
After seven years he returned to Becket, and on
July 10, 1810, he married Anna Freeland, daughter
of Joseph and .Mollie (Mann) Freeland, of Bland-
ford, ]\lass. -She died Jan. 7, 1876, at-the age of
ninety-five, after sixty-six years of happy wedded
life. Mr. Loomis survived until Dec. 14, 1878, when
he passed away at the advanced age of ninety-nine
years. He could well remember his great-grand-
mother, at the great age of 103 years, as she laid
her hands in blessings on his head. Six children
blessed the union of Calvin and Anna Loomis, of
whom Almon B. was the third son, and was of the
sixth generation in descent from Joseph Loomis,
who came from Braintree, England, in 1638, and
settled in Windsor, Conn., in 1639; he was born
about 1590, and died in 1658.

Almon B. Loomis, father of Mrs. William
Houghtaling, was born Dec. 11, 1816. and passed
his early years in Becket. Mass., later removing to
Washington, Mass., then living in Peru, Windsor
and Savoy, Mass., each for a short time, and finally
settling in Goshen, Mass. ; he purchased the old
homestead, conducting same, also quarrying the
finest flagstone in ^Lissachusetts, until retiring from
active life ; he has since made his home with our
subject. He married Hester Willcutt. a daughter of
Rev. William Willcutt, a minister of some renown,
who was born in 1796, and died at the age of sev-
enty-three years. Rev. William \\'illcutt was a son
of Zebulon and ^fercy (Litchfield) Willcutt, the
former a soldier of the Revolution, who received a
life pension ; he died at the age of ninety-six years.
Rev. William Willcutt's wife. Betsy (Daniels), was
bom in Plainfield. Mass., Mav i, 1796. and died
Nov. 3, 1875, aged seventy-nine years and six !
months. She was one of eic-ht children, and had a
family of eight children. Her mother died at the
age of eightv-nine. Mrs. Houghtaling's parents
reared a family of four children, two of whom are ,
yet living, viz. : Mrs. Houghtaling and Mrs. Addi-
son D. Blanchard. the latter residing in Goshen. ;
The mother died Dec. 14. 1803. 3t the aee of sev- 1
enty-four years, ^^r. Loomis is a Republican in pol-
itics, and a man of rare intelligence, now eighty-five
years of age.

To Mr. and ^fr^. Houghtaling: have been born
three children, a brief r'^':ord of whom follows: (i)
Lucy, born Mav J4- ^^'''2. died at the age of two
years. (2) Idella G., born Aug. 7, 1869, died April

27. 1899; she married Henry W. Phelps, a mason
by trade, at present working for Mr. Houghtaling.
(3) Lilhan L., born Feb. 3, 1872, was educated m
the Seymour schools, and later commenced the study
of medicine, I'.ut on account of in health naU 10
abandon it. ^Vhen the eldest daughter Lucy was
born she had living four grandparents and five great-
grandparents — a most unusual record.

In January, lyoo, Mr. Houghtaling purchased
land at No. 10 Arcii street. West Ansonia. His
daughter Lillian at once designed and drew plans for
a fine residence, which was built accordingly, and in
November the place was ready for occupancy, and
is now the family home. The house is well elevated,
large and well lighted, and is furnished witli all
modern improvements, including gas and electric

CHARLES H. PULFORD, M. D., so widely
and favorably known in the town of Seymour, is a
man of sterling quality and broad, sound education,
which he has manifested most liberally in his life
and work. He was bom in Stafford Springs,
Conn., Dec. 18, 1859, and spent his early life under
the guidance of his father, obtaining his primary
education in the public schools of Connecticut. Later
he took the Collegiate Institute Course at Hacketts-
town, N. J., and then went to New York City to
enter the college at the corner of 23d Street and
Third Avenue, and in 1S88 he was graduated from
the Hahnemann ]\Iedical College of Chicago. He
practiced with his father until the latter's death,
after which he continued in general practice by him-
self, continuing to occupy the same office. Dr. Pul-
ford is the oldest practitioner in the town, and has
a large clientele both in this and surrounding

A glance into the ancestral life and history of
our subject may here be of interest. His grand-
father, William C. Pulford, was born in Leeds,
England, and there he spent his life. He married a
Aliss Bannister, who was also of English birth and
lived to the age of sixty years. Six children were
born to them ; one resides in Delaware, Ohio ; one
in Bradford, England ; Elizabeth and Charlotte,
both, married, reside in Worcester, Mass., and two
are deceased.

Frederick W. Pulford, the father of our subject,
and the oldest son of William C, was also born in
Leeds, England, where he lived until twelve years
of age, when he sailed for this country, taking up
his abode in Ohio. Flis early education was that
afforded by the public schools. He was engaged
in the woolen business until 1865, in which year
he began the study of medicine. He commenced
practicing in Royalston, Mass., continuing there
until 1876, when he removed to .Seymour, where he
resided until his demise in June, 1803, at the age
of sixty-six years. He was the oldest practitioner
in the town and had a larger practice than any other
physician there. In politics he was a Republican.



I'raternally he was a member of Morning Star
Lodge, F. & A. M., of Seymour, and professionally,
belonged to the State Aledical Society. He married
Sarah A., daughter of Chester Leonard, a lumber
ilealer of Dunkirk, who lost his life on Lake Erie.
Two daughters and seven sons were born to them
of whom the following are now living: (i) Rufus
A., superintendent of a department of the Scoville
Mfg. Co., resides in Waterbury; (2) Charles H.
is our subject; (3) W'illiam E. resides in Prospect,
Conn. ; (4) Arabella E. married Andrew J. Allies, ]
of the firm of Baldwin & Miles, meat dealers. Dr. j
and Mrs. Frederick W. Pulford were both members i
of the Methodist Episcopal Church. They possessed
considerable musical talent and ability, and were
active in all local musical entertainments. In addi-
tion to his vocal accomplishments Dr. Pulford was
a violinist and cornetist and played in a band and
orchestra at one time. IMrs. Pulford died in 1892,
aged sixty-three years.

Born and reared in an environment of culture
and refinement, the early inclinations of Dr. Charles
H. Pulford received that recognition and training
which developed the ability displayed in his daily
life. He has lived very largely ?mong the people,
and is deservedly popular. As a vocalist he is
active in all musical entertainments, and he also
plays the piano. His religious views are liberal. In
his fraternal relations, he is identified with Morning j
Star Lodge, No. 47, F. & A. M., of which he is the |
musical director ; and he also belongs to Evening J
Star Lodge, R. A. !\L Professionally, he is a '
member of the State }Jedical Society. In politics
he is a Republican. His office and residence is at 1
No. 26 ]Maple Street.

worthy and notable descendant of the McLean fam-
ily of Wallingford, one of the most respectable and
noted names in Xew England history. 1

Dr. N^eil McLean, the first of the family in I
America, was born in the Island of Coll. in Scot- !
land, about 1702, and, according to tradition, came i
to this country in 1736, with the celebrated Dr.
Morrison, with whom he was associated in several
difficult cases. On Jan. 5, 1737, he settled in Hart-
ford, Conn., where he was highly esteemed
as a successful physician and as a man of much in-
telligence and of high charactef. He had a beau-
tiful country seat at Bloomfield. Conn., which was
approached through an avenue of white pine trees,
but these trees were cut down soon after his death
because "they shaded the soil." Dr. McLean died
in Hartford, Tan. 15, 1784, while on a visit to his
friend. Dr. X'ichols. He had been twice married.
His first wife, whom he wedded in Hartford, was
Mrs. Hannah (Stillman) Cad will, daughter of Geo.
Stillman, who came from London, England, about
1680, and married Rebecca, uaughter of Lieut.
Philip Smith, and granddaughter of X'athaniel
Foote, of Wethersfield, Conn. ;Mrs. McLean was

the great aunt of General Warren and James Otis,
of Revolutionary fame. She died April 22, 1755, at
the age of fifty-two years. In 1757 Dr. McLean
married Mrs. Knowles, who died in 17^56. By his
first marriage Dr. AIcLean became the father of the
following children: Allen, baptized Oct. 2, 1737,
died Sept. 19, 1741 ; Lachlan, born Xov. 4, 1739,
marrid Sarah Humphrey, and lived in White-
stone, N. Y., until his death Sept. 19, 1813; Allen
(2), born Dec. 13, 1741, graduated at Yale College
in 1762, became a physician, and died in March,
1829 (he married Marv Sloan, of New Haven);
John, baptized Jan. 29, 1744, is mentioned below;
X'eil, born Feb. 9, 1746, died in August, 1793; and
Catherine, baptized Sept. 23, 1748.

John McLean, fourth in the family of Dr. Mc-
Lean, became a farmer in Windsor, Conn.,, where
he spent his life, dying Sept. 2, 1822. Sarah
Goodwin, his wife, was a daughter of Daniel Good-
win, of one of the best-known families of Hartford,
and died May 5, 1817, at the age of seventy years.
She was a woman of good character, kind heart and
ardent piety. To John McLean and his wife Sarah
were born the following children: (i) Dolly Good-
win, born INIay 18, 1771, married William Willis-
ton, of Sufiield, and died May i, 1861. (2) John,
born in 1776, was a sailor, and died in 1805. (3)
James, born May 6, 1779, was a sea captain, and
was one of the impressed seamen that caused the
war with England in 1S12, and spent seventeen
years on board a British man of war ; he died Jan.
2« 1865, at Sailors Snug Harbor, Staten Island. (4)
Harry is mentioned farther on. ( ^) Sally, born in
1784, married Edward Vining, of Simsbury, and
died in 1815. (6) Betsy, born Aug. 9, 1787, died
Nov. 15, 1810.

Harry AIcLean, the father of Judge McLean,
was born in W'indsor, which is now the town of
Bloomfield, April 30, 1782, and died in 1844, and
his remains were buried in the old Bloomfield ceme-
tery. He was a farmer by occupation. :ind was one
of the best kmown men of Bloomfield. A stanch
Democrat, he worked hard for the party, and was
a man of influence in political matters, and served
as selectman many years. He attended the Epis-
copal Church, and was a good Christian man and
upright citizen. On Dec. 22. i8o7, Mr. McLean
married Miss Susanna Gillette, a daughter of Jona-
than Gillette, of Windsor. This union was blessed
with eight children: (i) Betsy, born April 25,
1810, married Eliezur Latimer, and removed to
Ohio, where she died Oct. 15, 1886. (2) Polly,
born April 30, 1812, died May 10, 1817. (3)
Henry, born April 17, 1814, died May 25, 1815.
(4) Henry (2), born May 26. 1816, married Jan.
9, 1846, Abigail Allyn, and died Oct. 26, 1863. (5)
John, born April 25, 18 18, married Elizabeth Allyn
in 1842, and died Feb. 16, 1897. (6) Daniel Good-
win, born Sept. 3, 1820, married Maria Dana, of
Wilkesbari-e. Penn., and removed to Enterprise,
Fla., where he died March 30, 1895. (7) Susanna

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married Watson Dewey, of Granby. and died in
1854. (8) Alexander Dana, born 2\iay 24, 1829.

Alexander Dana ^IcLean was still young when
he lost his father. He had his education at the pub-
lic schools, the Connecticut Institute at Suffield. and
at a private school in Bloomficld. Growing up on
the farm, he took up the study of surveying and
civil engineering, and engaged in the practice of
that calling in his native town, and was also a car-
penter. He remained in the town of Bloomfield
until 1869, when he went to Edgerton, Wis., and en-
gaged in tobacco culture and general farming for
nine years. He took up the study and practice of
law, becoming quite successful, and was judge of
the city court of Edgerton four terms, and justice
of the peace, filling other offices as well. In 187S
he removed to Chester, Virginia, where he carried
on extensive building operations, the Presbyterian
church of that place being one of his principal
constructions. He was one of the organizers of
this church, and became an elder. After spending
four years in that country he returned to ^Valling-
ford, Conn., settling at North Farms, and engaging
in tobacco and general farming for six years ; and
while he has been in the tobacco business for twen-
ty-five years, he never uses the article in any form.
In 1887 he removed to Wallingford, where he
settled in the city, and followed his profession as
surveyor, for four years being surveyor for the
borough of Wallingford. For a number of years
his wife was engaged in the florist business, and
this business has grown so much that it now talres
the most of Mr. McLean's time rs well. He is a
man well-known and highly respected. He was
elected Borough Judge of Wallingford in 1895. and
has. served two years, filling the position with dig-
nity and honor. The Judge is a life-long Demo-
crat, and has held many positions of trust. In 1863
he was elected to the State Legislature from Wall-
ingford, and served on the committee on civil en-
gineering. He was selectman, tax collector and as-
sessor. All his life he has been known as a thor-
oughly honorable and upright man. of the most un-
swerving integrity, and wherever he has lived has
had a host of friends. He is a prominent and active
member of the Wallingford Agricultural Society,
and is deeply interested in everything that touches '
the local welfare. He belongs to the Congrega-
tional Church, and is a devoted worker in the Sun-
day School, having been a superintenilent of differ- |
ent Sunday-schools for ten years. j

Judge McLean has been twice married. On '
March 30, 185 1, Ellen A. Dana, daughter of Francis
Dana, and a sister of the wife of Daniel Goodwin
McLean, became his wife; she died in July, 1863,
leaving two children: (i) Harry Francis, who
married Nancy Stewart, and settled in Michigan
City, Ind., where he is a railroad engineer. (2)
Nellie Edith, who married Pitman Angel, of Man-
chester, Va. Judge McLean, for his second wife,
married Mrs. ^lary J. Churchill. She was born in

Wethersfield. and is the mother of one child,
Charles Levi, who is in the express business be-
tween Wallingford and Meriden ; he married Emma
Tooth, and has two children, Harry E. and RussoU
J. Mrs. Mary J. McLean was the widow of Levi
Churchill, and a daughter of Elisha Blinn, of Weth-

i CALMN MINER LEETE, late of the town
: of Guilford, was one of the best known and most
highly respected citizens of New Haven county,
j and his industry, thrift and intelligent application
1 to agricultural pursuits won him a marked degree
j of success in that vocation.

I Mr. Leete was born Oct. 18, 1816, on the old
Leete homestead in the town of Guilford, the
j youngest son of Miner and Lucinda (Norton)
Leete, and received his education at the common
schools of the neighborhood. He worked on his
father's farm up to the age of nineteen years, at
which time, impaired health demanding a change
of residence, he removed to Aleriden and made his
home there for several years. Returning to (niil-
ford greatly improved in health, he began his life
vocation on Leete's Island, and there engaged in
agricultural pursuits until his retirement from active
life. Air. Leete died Feb. 17, 1899. His estimable
virtues made him one of the foremost citizens of
the community, and his many sterling qualities won
tor him the high regard and respect of all. Thougk
averse to holding office he was elected a representa-
. tive of Guilford in the State Legislature in 1836.
again in 1862. and, for a third time, in 1878. He
also served the town in various other capacities,
and was always deeply interested in the local wel-
fare and progress. Early in life he espoused the
cause of abolition, and he cast his presidential vote
for Birney and Hale. He voted for Van Buren in
the Free-Soil movement, and after the formation
of the Republican party supported its principles and
candidates. In 1849 -^Ir. Leete became a member
of the Congregational Church in Meriden. from
which he transferred his membership to the Third
Church at Guilford, of which, for a long time, he
was a leading member and for many years a deacon.
Deacon Leete married, Feb. 7, 1866, Lucy AL.
daughter of Morris A. and Clarinda (Graves)
Leete. Of this union there is one son. C.\l\"in"
Morris Leete. borti Jan. 11, 1867, and now living
at the ancestral home.

(Ill) Pelatiah Leete (1681-1768), the great-
great-grandfather of Deacon Calvin AI. Leete, was
the great-great-great-grandfather of his wife. Lucy
^[. She is of the eighth generation from William
Leete, the founder of the family in Connecticut.
From Pelatiah (III) the line of descent to Airs.
Leete is as follows :

• (IV) Pelatiah Leete, born Alarch 7, 1713, mar-
ried, March 26, 1740, Lydia Crittenden, who was
born in Guilford Alarch 14, 1719, daughter of
Deacon Samuel and Mindwell (Meigs) Crittenden.






SIic died Aug. 13. 1/7^. and he survived until Alay
"s i"Hl. He was a deacon of the Fourth Congre-
r.alionaV Church. The children of Pelatiah and
Lvdia Lcete were: i'eiatiah. born March 4, 1741.
du-d April April 20, 1741 ; Pelatiah, sketch of whom
follows; Lydia and Xoah (twins) were born Oct.
-'4. '749 (W*^li^ married John Leete) ; Eber, born
March 25) 1752, died Oct. 22, 1769; Simeon, born
A|)ril 14, 1753. niarried Zerviah Norton; Amos,
lK)ni April 25, 1758, married Hannah Ward;
Xatlian, born in 1762, died Nov. i, ijOq.

(V)' Pelatiah Leete, son of Deacon Pelatiah.
was born Aug. 22, 1744. He married, June 17, ;
1766, Bethiah Norton, daughter of Thomas and .
liclhiah Norton, of Guilford. She died June 30.
1793. agi'd fifty-six years. For his second wife
Pelatiah Leete married, Nov. 10, 1794, ^Mary Fris- I
bic, of North Branford, who died Jan. 14, 1852.
He died March 2, 1806, at Leete's Island. His
children were : Joel, sketch of whom follows ;
Noah, born Feb. 22, 1770, married Hulda Ward;
Pelatiah, born July 3, 1773, married Betsy Ramy ;
Mary, born Feb. 15, 1798, married Jude Ludington.
(VI) Joel Leete, born April 15, 17GS, married.
May 27, 1790, Molly Crittenden, who was born Aug.
25, IJ<'>S. daughter of Noah and Naomi (.\twell)
Crittemlen. They lived at Leete's Island, where he
died Jan. 28, 1842, his wife surviving to Nov. 24,
1S43. Their four children were: Alvan, born Aug.
24, I7<ji, niarried Rebecca Butler; Polly ^laria,
Ixirn March 7, 1794, died Jan. 3, 1795; ^lorris At-
v.ell, sketch of whom follows ; Frederick William,
born July 6, 1803, niarried Sarah Jane Fowler.

(\TI) Morris Atwell Leete. son of Joel, was
born at Leete's Island Nov. 10, 1795. He niarried,
( )ct. 25, 1820, Clarinda Graves, who was born Aug.
27, 1795, daughter of ^Milton and Lucy (Buel)
Graves. They had children as follows : Joel Mor-
ris, born Dec. 25, 1821, died Oct. 7, 1858; George
Augustus, born May 4, 1824, died Nov. 27, 1825 ;
Lucy Maria, Ijorn June 2, 1827, became the wife
of Calvin M. Leete, our subject : George Cornelius,
Ixirn Sept. 17, 1829, married Harriet Stebbins ;
Henry Walter, born Nov. 9, 1832, died Feb. 26,
'853; Harvey Ward, born Nov. 9, 1832. married
Miss Christiana Faulkner: Joseph Alvan, born Aug.
'<J. 1836, married Orphana" Hill. .

JOHN W. OSBORNE (deceased) was for
niaiiy years prominently identified with the indus-

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