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thropic work. For years she has been one of the
active members of the Methodist Church of An-
sonia, having been in entire sympathy with her
husband in his religious work, and for some time
she was a teacher in the Sunday-school. She was
born in Oldham, England, a daughter of Joseph
Ball (2), and granddaughter of Joseph Ball (i), a
native of Manchester, England. Her father, 'who
was a mechanic, came to America in 1841, locating
in Pennsylvania, and he passed away in Pottsville,
that state, at the age of eighty years. Her mother,
Margaret (Hargreaves), a native of Manchester,
England, and a devout ^^lethodist, died at the age
of thirty-nine, when Mrs. Mills, who is the only-
survivor of eleven children, was but four weeks
old. She was reared in England, and came to
America at the age of twenty-five.

Thomas B. Mills, son of Thomas and Margaret
(Ball) Mills, was born June i8, 1861. After secur-
ing a common-school education he learned the trade
of machinist, and became one of the most valued
employes of the firm of Wallace & Sons. His
death, which occurred June 20, 1891, cut short a
promising career. His high character was recog-
nized in the community, and for so young a man
he held an influential place in social affairs, and in
the Republican organization. For a number of
years he served as an active fireman in Eagle Hose
Co.. X'o. 6, and on many occasions he showed
marked courage in the discharge of his duties. As
a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, he
took a prominent part in the Sunday-school work
and Young People's ^ileetings. Socially he was a
member of the Order of Red Men. in which he held
office, and of Xaugatuck Lodge, X'o. 63, I. O. O. F.
At the age of twenty-two he had passed all the
chairs in the latter organization, being then the
youngest noble grand ever elected to that office. On
April, 20, 1887, Mr. Mills married Miss Estella J.
Hartley, and they had two sons, Paul H. and Albert
E. Paul died at the age of seven years and nine
months ; he was a remarkably bright boy, as may be
judged from the fact that his favorite reading was
biographies of Garfield, Grant and Franklin.

Mrs. Estella J. Mills, who is widely known as
an author, was born May 5, 1864, in Westville, X'ew
Haven Co., Conn. She completed a course in the
Hillhouse high school, at Xew Haven, in the class
of 1883, with the intention of teaching. Her tastes
and abilities inclined to business life, however, and
she took a position aj bookkeeper with George W.



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Walker, on Main street, Ansonia, remaining tlirce
and one-half years, when she married Thomas D.
Mills, as above related. In 1892 she opened a store
next door to her residence, and here she carries a
supply of dry-goods, fancy goods, notions, school '
supplies and art materials. She is a gifted artist,
and has done notable work in oil and on china, but
her literary efforts have met with such success as to
indicate that the pen is her best medium for ex-
pression. At the close of her last year at high
school she wrote the class song, and was chosen
class poet. In all she has written over 150 poems.
A large volume, "Storm Swept," published by
James 11. Earle, of Boston, has been widely sold.
Her sympathy with reforms of all kinds has led
her into public life, and in 1893 she was elected
to the board of education, being the first woman in
the State to be chosen for that office. In 1896 she
was re-elected, for another term of three years, and
since March, 1894, she has served as school visitor.
Mrs. Mills is an active member of the W. C. T. U.,
the Daughters of Liberty, the Order of the Golden
Cross, the Woman's Relief Corps, and she and her
mother both belong to the Ells-Wood Rebekah
Lodge, Xo. 9, in which she has held different of-
fices, including that of secretary. In religious faith
she is a Methodist, and she formerly taught in
the Sunday-school. Her family has been identified
with Xew Haven for many years, and her father
(William Hartley) and grandfather (Henry Hart-
ley) were prominent in business circles in that citv.
Henry Hartley, who died in New Haven in 1S13,
aged forty-seven years, was born in !Manches-
ter, England, and after coming to America gained a
wide reputation for skill as an architect and build-
er, and carried on a large business in bridge-build-
ing and other branches of engineering. Many of the
large buildings and bridges of this section — includ-
ing some of the Yale College buildings — were con-
structed under his direction, and for building pur-
poses he ordered stone from Portland, Conn. William
Hartley was born and reared in New Haven, and
for three years attended Yale College. He taught
school in North Haven, and later became a civil en-
gineer of marked ability. In 1850 he published a
map of New Haven, and he served some years as
deputy surveyor general : he also made the survey
for the first sewer laid in the city of New Haven.
During the Civil war he enlisted in the 27th Conn.
V. I., which regiment was first assigned to the 2d
Army Corps under Gen. Hancock, and for six
months he served as topographical engineer of the
Engineer Corps. Mr. Hartley was in several
battles including Fredericksburg, and at Gettys-
burg he was surgeon's assistant in the ambulance
corps. He died in New Haven Aug. 16, 1877, at
the age of seventy-two, and was buried with Ma-
sonic honors, having been a member of the F. &
A. M. for years. His widow, who in her maiden-
hood was Jane E. Barnctt, now resides in Ansonia.
She is a native of New Hartford, was reared at



\Vestville. this countv, and v/as married, first, in
1842, to William L. Bliss, son of the Hon. Abel
Bliss, of W'ilbraham, Mass. By this marriage she
had one child, now deceased. By her marriage
with William Hartley she had five children, two
sons and one daughter dying in infancy. Estella
J. is the widow of Thomas B. Mills. Lillian C,
who was two years her senior, married Henry O.
Coon, and died June 5, 1900; she is survived by
her husband and three children. Glen H., Jeanette
E. and William O. William Hartley first married
Rebecca Thorpe, of North Haven, and their son,.
William H., Jr., made the first survey of Pike's
Peak, and the first survey and map of Denver,
Colo. He accompanied John Brown in his first
encounter with the border ruffians, and fired the first
shot in the first engagement. Brown saying "Let
Hartley fire first, for he's the best shot among us."
A daughter bv the first marriage, ]Mrs. Adelaide
(Hartley) Merz, resides in North Haven.

In her mother's line INIrs. Estella J. Mills is de-
scended from Jabez Barnett, an Englishman, who
was among the first settlers in New Haven. His
son, Jeremiah, great-grandfather of Mrs. Mills,
kept a tavern on what is now Armstrong's Wharf,
in New Haven, and also followed the cooper's trade,
being extensively engaged in manufacturing barrels
for "the West Indies. Rev. Eli Barnett, grand-
father of Mrs. Mills, was, at the age of fifteen
vears, apprenticed to the shoemaker's trade, but
feeling a strong call to the ministry, he educated
himself by privlite study in his evenings and early
mornings. During his years of active service he
preached the Gospel from Canada to Long Island
Sound, the earliest portion of his work being done
on the IMiddletown circuit. He died in New Haven
in 1878, at the age of eighty-six. On Jan. 6, 1822^
he married for his second wife, Betsey Tabor, of
Shelburne Point, \'t., and they had three children,
two of whom are living: Mrs. Jane E. Hartley, of
Ansonia: and Airs. Betsey A. Cowap, of Danville.
111. The third daughter,' r^Iiss Ellen C. Barnett.
a writer of note, died in 1886. The Tabors are a
well-known family in New England, and Mt.
Tabor in \'ermont was named for them. Betsey
Tabor was a daughter of ^.lajor John and Jemima
(Trowbridge) Tabor, the former of whom was
born- in 1766, at Princeton, R. I., and became a
pioneer settler at Shelburne, Vt., where he died in
1813. His title of Major was gained by his service
in the militia.

AUGUSTUS HALL BARTHOLOMEW, de-
ceased. The Bartholomew family, of which Au-
gustus Hall Bartholomew, of Wallingford, was a
descendant, has a record which is a credit to New
England. The first of the name to come to these
shores was William Bartholomew, son of William,
of Burford, England, who was educated in Bur-
ford, was chaplain to King Charles, became sub-
dean of Westminster, and upon his marriage with



COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD.



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Ann Lord came to America in the ship "GritTin,"
arriving in lioston in 1634. In 1654 he with
others was granted the privilege of trading witli
visiting vessels. He died at Charlestown in 1683.

William Bartholomew (2). son of the emigrant,
born in 1646 in Ipswich, married Mary Johnson, a
daughter of the Capt. Johnson who had the title of
surveyor to the King's armies in America. William
was a carpenter, and followed his trade in Rox-
bury, later moving to Branford, Conn., where he
built a mill. He died in Woodstock.

Andrew Bartholomew, son of AVilliam, was born
in Roxbury in 1670, and married Hannah Frisbie.
of Branford, who died in 1741. As manager of
his father's mill in Branford he continued until the
death of his father, when, in association with his
brother Benjamin, he engaged in farming very ex-
tensively, removing in 1727 to \\'aIlingford, where
he spent the remainder of his life, dying about

1754-

Joseph Bartholomew, the ninth in the family of
Andrew, was born in Branford in 1721, and married
Marj- Sexton in Wallingford. At the time of his
death he owned large tracts of land in the south-
eastern part of Wallingford. near the Branford line,
and was a lieutenant of militia.

Isaac Bartholomew, son of Joseph, born in 1748
in Wallingford, first married Martha Morse, his
second marriage being to Demaris Hall. His death
occurred in 1821. Isaac was a large farmer, own-
ing the land which now constitutes the homesteid
in Wallingford. In 1793 there was made a record
telling that Harvey and Ruth Stephens, of Walling-
ford, deeded to Demaris. wife of Isaac Barthol-
omew, for love and affection, a farm in Walling-
ford. Their children numbered nine, the sixth cf
the family being Ira, the father of our subject.

Ira Bartholomew was born on the homestead in
1788, and Oct. i, 1816. married Eunice Hall, who
was born in 1794, a daughter of x\ugustus and
Parmelia Hall. Their children were: (i) Au-
gustus Hall was born Sept. 20. 1817. (2) Fred-
erick. (3) Sarah E. married Samuel M. Cook,
and became the mother of three children — John A.
Cook, of Wallingford; Frank, deceased; and Abba,
Mrs. Samuel E. Hopkins, of Xaugatuck, Conn. (4)
Abby Ann in 185 1 married Elisha M. Pomeroy.
Mr. Bartholomew received a liberal education, and
followed farming all his life on the homestead at
East Farms, where he built the house in 1850.
Well known and highly respected, he was also noted
for his industry, working unceasingly all his life.
He owned at the time of his death 125 acres of
valuable land. First a Whig, then a Republican,
he served in many of the town offices, was a select-
man, and a correct and estimable member of the
Congregational Church. He passed away at the
age of sixty-three years.

Our immediate subject was born on the old
homestead Sept. 20. 18 17, attended the district
school, and was also sent to the best select schools



in Fairhaven and Meriden. Later he engaged lu
teaching in Durham, Meriden and Wallingford, bu:
returned to the farm and remained the comfort cf
his parents' declining years. Upon their decease
he took charge of the farm, continuing there until
1882, and making many desirable improvements.
He became known as a successful farmer and
stock raiser, and also was one of the first in the
section to make a success of raising tobacco. For
the last eighteen years of his life he resided ia
Wallingford, where he erected a fine, modern brick
residence, at a cost of $8,000.

The first marriage of our subject took place Jan.
ir, 1846, to Mary K. Cook, a daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. George Cook ; the latter first married Ralph
Pomeroy. One child was born to this union, Ed-
ward, who passed away in infancy. Mrs. Bar-
tholomew died in 1848. In 1850 Mr. Bartholomew
was married to Mary E.. daughter of Enos Camp,
I the cliildren of this union being: Elizabeth M..
born in 1851. married Hiram X. Childs, of Hanover.
1 X. H., by whom she had two children. Bertha and
I Lena : her second marriage was to Alexander Ham-
ilton. Emma Jane died young. James D. married
i Anna Chandler, and had two children, Harry and
j Ethel. William H., born in 1857, married Lillian
! Andrews, and lives on the homestead. Charles F.,
I born in 1859, married Carrie Crook, and has three
j children. Augustus, Dale and Delius.
j Air. Bartholomew was formerlv an Old-line

; Whig, but later became an ardent Republican, and
he held many offices of the town; was selectman;
served some years on the board of relief; for eight
years was the efficient assessor ; and was a member
of the school board. A kind and generous man,
he was one of the most highly esteemed men of
j Wallingford, where his death, on Aug. 25, 1900,
I was sincerely mourned. A member of the Congre-
i gational Church, he ever lived according to its
1 teachings, and was a cheerful and liberal supporter
of all benevolent and charitable enterprises. Liv-
ing up to the Golden Rule, kind to the poor and
generous to the unfortunate, setting an example
through life of industry and sobriety, Air. Bar-
; tholomew lived up to what must be considered
j the height of good citizenship.

i AIILES BLACKSTOXE (deceased) was in his
lifetime a prominent representative of the agricul-
tural interests of the town of Branford, where he-
1 was born April i, 1806, and where he made art
i eminent success of his career. Industry, economy
i and unswerving integrity marked all his life, and
as the years passed his sterling worth and genuine
manhood were more and more appreciated.
j Miles Blackstone was a son of Timothy and

Margaret (Goodrich) Blackstone, and his paternal
grandfather was John Blackstone, who was a s^n
of John Blackstone, and a grandson of that John
Blackstone who settled in Branford about 1717, and
was a son of Rev. Williain Blackstone. That



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COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD.



eminent worthy of tlie early days was a graduate
of Emanuel CoUeije, at Canihridjje, England, and
was among the first settlers of Boston, where he
was made a freeman in iCiji.

Timothy Blackstor.e. father of Miles, was a
leading farmer in Uranford, where he died at the
advanced age of eight\-eight. To him and his wife
were born the following children : Eunice, who
married Charles Harrison; James, who married
Sarah Beach ; Grace, who married Andrew Hcipson ;
Willis, who married Lucinda Hoadley ; Samuel ;
Nancy ; and ^liles.

Miles Blackstone was reared in Branford, and
as he grew to manhood became deeply interested
in farming, which was his life occupation. He was
a hard-working and industrious man, and alive to
all new and progressive methods of agriculture. He
married Lois Robinson, daughter of Linus and Re-
becca (Hobart) Robinson, and a granddaugh.ter of
Mason Hobart. one of the pioneers in the settle-
ment of firanford. The Roljinsons were also a well-
Icnown family there. To this union were born five
children : Elizur, who died when two years old ;
Betsey J. ; Edwin E., a farmer, who died at the age
of 58, unmarried : Grace R., who married William
H. Warner; and Miss Sarah, who died aged thirty-
one. Mr. Blackstone was a most unassuming and
modest gentleman of the Old School, with a kindly
heart, and was greatly honored and respected in
the community in which he lived.

In his religious relations he was strongly at-
tached to the Episcopal Church, where he habitual-
ly attended and to which he contributed liberally.
In politics he was an intelligent and broad-minded
Republican, much devoted to the good of the com-
munity, and an.xious to jtromote bv his vote the
prosperity of his country. He died March 29, 1875.

GEORGE HOADLEY, who is now living re-
tired in Branford, belongs to an old and distin-
guished family of Connecticut, whose members in
dififerent generations have been conspicuous in the
various fields of action in which they have been
engaged.

The record of this branch of the Hoadley fam-
ily begins with William Hoadley, who was born in
England about 1630, and was a resident of Say-
brook, Corn., as early as 1663. In 1666 he bought
property in Branford. and engaged in mercantile
business. His name first apjiear; in the Branford
Covenant in 1667, and he was made a freeman of
the Colonv in 1669. He was one of tlie deputies
from Branford at nine sessions of the Assembly
between 1678 and 1685: was one of the patentees
of the town in 1685; between ifiJT, and 1690 was
one of the Felectmen for the town; in i''i83 was ap-
pointed to keep the ordinary in Branford : was one
of the grand jurors at the court held in Xew Ha-
ven in June, 1688; and was one of a committee ap-
pointed in 1686 to make application to the General
Court at Hartford for liberty for the town to form
itself into a church estate. He was a slaveholder.



and owned at his death a mulatto maid and an In-
dian boy. His estate was valued at more than five
thousand dollars. William Hoadley died in 1709.

Abraham Hoadley, son of William, died in
Branford July 14, 174S. at an advanced age. He
was made a freeman of Branford in 1702, and was
a farmer. Elizaljeth (Maltby), his wife, was the
daughter of Capt. William Maltby.

Abel Hoadley. son of Abraham and Elizabeth
t Maltby) HoatUey. was born in Branford, Dec. 24,
1705, and tiled in iVugust. 1734. His wife's name
was Martha. He was a farmer in the Damascus
District.

Isaac Hoadley, son of Abel and Martha Hoadley,
was born in Branford in Decemijer, 172S, and died
Jan. 21, 1812. Elizabeth (Blackstone), his wife,
daughter of Capt. John and Elizabeth (Foote)
Blackstone, was noted among the women of her
time for her domestic skill. Isaac Hoadley was a
carpenter by trade, inherited his father's farm, and
became a very prosperous resident of the Damascus
District. He was a prominent member of Trinity
Episcopal Cluirch.

Abel Hoadley. son of Isaac and Elizabeth Hoad-
ley. was born in Branford Oct. i, 1764, and died
March 29, 1845. He married Lucinda Bradley,
daughter of Timothy and Sarah ( Goodsell) Brad-
le} . of Branford. and they had children: Martha,
who married Deming Hoadley ; Isaac ; Samuel ;
Ralph ; Sally S.. who married James Harrison ; Lu-
cinda. who married Wyllys Blackstone; Harvey;
Harriet, who married John Gordon ; and Ammi.
Abel Hoadley was a farmer in the Damascus Dis-
trict, and was selectman and constable for many
years.

Isaac Hoadley, father of our subject, married
Laura' Tyler, daughter of Solomon and Dorcas
(Fisk) Tyler, the former a farmer of Branford.
Isaac Hoadley was a sailor in early life, and then
engaged in farming. He died on the farm now
occupied by his son George, Oct. 10, 1825, at the
earh age of thirty-five years. His children were
George, Anna Tyler and Charles E. The last
named married Elizabeth Gunn. a native of Georgia,
and a daughter of James and Elizabeth Gunn. and
thev had four children: Laura, who is the wife of
R. T. Humphrey; Susan D.. who married J. Edwin
Towner, and died in }*Iarch. 1897 (she had three
children, Anna P.. who died July 2J. iSqc). :Merle
E. and Laura E. ) : .M. Georgia, who died Jan. 21,
1884; and Edna J. Charles E. Hoadley was a
merchant in Fredonia, Ala., where his children were
all born. He returned East in 1866, and his wife
died Oct. 11, 1867. He died Oct. 22, 1878.

George Hoadley, whose name introduces this
article, was born Feb. 14, 1814, in the house he now
occupies, and was reared on the old homestead —
where he vet resides. The house in which he lives
is over one hundred years old. In the sitting-room
is one of the old "grandfather's" clocks, made in
England, ])robably more than two hundred years
old, and which still keeps good time. Mr. Hoadley



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COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD.



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worked at the carpenter's trade from the time he
was seventeen years old until he was forty-one.
when he engajii^ed in farming^. At the present time
liis health is practicallv as p-ood as it was twenty
vcars ago. For his age. eighty-seven, he is one
of the most vigorous and satisfactory specimens of
niaiihood to be found anywhere, hale and hearty.
and able to "hustle" in a fashion which many
vounger men might envy. Mr. Hoadley attends the
Congregational Church, and politically is a Demo- '■
crat. He has never married. j

MRS. HENRY T. (NICHOLS) WIRTH, for
many years one of Ansonia's social leaders, was a
member of an old and honored family of that sec-
tion, her ancestors having been pioneers of Oxford,
l-'rancis Nichols, her great-great-grandfather, pur-
chased land there in 1743. the title passing to him
from a Quaker who had bought it from the Indians,
and his remaining years were spent there.

Sergt. Isaac Nichols, the next in the line of de-
scent, was born and reared on the old homestead in
■Oxford, and became a farmer by occupation. His
military title was gained by service in the militia
and his sword was prized by Mrs. Wirth as a relic
of the early times. In 1769 he married Abigail
Lyman, daughter of Rev. Jonathan Lyman, the
first Congregational minister at Oxford, and their
family consisted of four children. Sergt. Isaac
<lied March 5, 1805, aged fifty-seven years, while
liis wife lived to the age of eighty-four, i

Russell I". Nichols, Mrs. Wirth's grandfather.
was born in 1772 at the homestead, where he spent
his life engaged in farming, and his death occurred
there in 1849. h'or many years he was a prominent
worker in the Episcopal Church. He married
Nabby Riggs, a native of Oxford, and a daughter
•of John Riggs, and they had four children, among
whom was a son r.enjamin. ;

Benjamin Nichols, father of ^Irs. Wirth. was
born in Oxford, and grew to manhood on the old
farm, receiving a common-school education, which
he supplemented by a generous course of reading
in later years. For a time he conducted the home-
stead, which contained 280 acres, but in 1882 he
removed to Ansonia and built a home near ]Mrs.
^\ irth's late residence. Subsequently he purchased
'he site of her home, but he did little active busi-
ness in his later years except probate work, his
SI unci judgment, uprightness and ripe experience
vansmg him to be frequently called upon to settle
folates. For some time he was a director in the
r.irmingham National Bank. He enjoyed in a
marked degree the confidence of the people, and
was pmminent in political life as a member of the
Democratic party. He was first selectman of Ox-
f(ird during the Civil war. and had control of the
funds for hiring substitutes. In 186 — . 1872 and
1875 lie served as representative, and in 1876 he
was chosen State senator, being one of very few
men wlio were elected to that oififice from the town



of Oxford. In 1864 he united with ^vlorning Star
Lodge, F. & A. M., at Seymour, and later he be-
came a charter member of L'nion Chapter, R. A. M.,
at Ansonia. He held $2,000 insurance in the Ma-
sonic Benefit Association, and in his will left $i.ooo|
to the Masons' Home at Wallingford. He also lefti
$3,000 to the Episcopal Church at Quaker I''arms,j
the interest to be used for the proper care of the
two cemeteries, for the insurance of the church, and,
if any remained, for other purposes of the church.
Mr. Nichols married ^linerva Tomlinson, who was
born at \'olney. near Castleton, Vt., and was one
of a family of eight children. Her father. Trum.ui
Tomlinson. was a native of Oxford, and gassed
many years in that locality as a farmer and black-
smith, dying there. Her mother. Nancy Perry,
was the daughter of Telverton and Patience Perry,
and died aged seventy-eight years.

Mrs. Wirth. who was the only child of Benjamin
and Minerva Nichols, was born in Oxford, and re-
mained at the homestead until she reached the age
of nineteen. In October. 1862. she married George
A. Tomlinson. a native of Oxford, son of George
Tomlinson, who was born at Quaker Farms. His
grandfather. David Tomlinson, a native of Wood-
bury, was a farmer and merchant of Quaker Farms,
where he died in 1822. In 1818 he was elected
State senator. George Tomlinson. the father of
George A., passed his entire life in Oxford, and
died in 1859. aged fifty-nine. He married Eliza



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