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ICHABOD LEE SCR.\NTOX, a retired sea
captain, is a member of one of the oldest and most :
prominent families of New Haven county, of which
he is a native, having been born March 12, 1829,
in the town of Madison. !

(I) John Scranton, the first of the name in
Guilford, was a native of England, whence he came
to America with a number of other families, and in
October, 1639, settled at Guilford, Conn., where he
passed the rest of his days, dying Aug. 27, 1671. j
He was twice married. His first wife, Joanna, ;
ivhom he married in England, died July 22, 1661,
and, for his second wife he wedded, in Guilford,
Mrs. Ada Hill, widow of Robert Hill ; she died in
April, 1685. Children: (i) John, sketch of whom
follows; (2) Thomas, born in 1643, married I\Irs.
Deborah Thompson, widow o: Ebenezer Thomp-
son, and daughter of William Dudley; (3) Sarah,
born May 16, 1645, married John Bushnell.

(H) Capt. John Scranton, born in 1641 in Guil- .
ford, removed in early manhood to the eastern part ;
of the town (now Madison). locating in the Ham-
monassett school district, where he spent the re-
mainder of his life engaged in farming. He died
in 1703, and was buried in ^Madison cemetery. Capt.
Scranton took the oath of freeman in 1670. and
was a member of the Congregational Church.
He was twice married, first time on March 12,
1673, to Mary Seward, born Feb. 28, 1652, daugh-
ter of William and Grace (Xorton) Seward. This
wife died in 1688, and for his second wife he mar-
ried Dec. 16, 1691, Elizabeth Clark, bom in 1660,
a daughter of John Bishop ; she died in August,
1727. Eight children were born to (H) Capt.
John Scranton, as follows: (i) John, sketch of
whom follows; (2) Mary, born in 1678. married
July 9, 1699, Joseph Stone, and died March 21,
1758; (3) Mercy, born 1680, married Dec. 27, 1717,
Samuel Cowles, of Cheshire; (4) Mehitabel, bom
1682; (5) Elizabeth, born Nov. 4, 1692, married
Dec. 27, 1717, William Rowlson; (6) Anne, born
Dec. 27, 1693, married Ebenezer Munger, and died
April 20, 1725; (7) Ebenezer, born iMarch 16,
1696, married Ann Rowlson, and died Oct. 6, 1774;
(8) Deborah, born Dec. 3, 1697, married July 5,
1721, Abel Chittenden, and died Nov. 6, 1749.
(HI) Capt. John Scranton was born in East

Guilford, in 1676, and passed all his life there, en-
gaged in farming, dying March 21. 1723. He was
three times married: (first) Dec. 12, 1699, to Mary
Norton, born in 1680: (second) to Mrs. Sarah Ev-
arts. widow of Ebenezer Evarts (she died Oct. 8,
1749) ; (third) to Mary Bushnell, of Saybrook,
daughter of Deacon Francis and Sarah (Scranton) i
Bushnell. Children born to (III) Capt. John i
Scranton: (i) Mary, born July 6, 1701, married'
Benjamin Bushnell; (2) John, born April 14, 1703,
was drowned in 1738 in the Hammonassett river,
Madison; (3) Josiah, born July 19, 1705, married
Mary Dickson, and died Sept. 8, 1751 ; (4) Sarah,
born Nov. 25, 1707; (5) Hannah, born March 3, j
1709; (6) Submit, born June 18, 1712, married i
Simeon Chittenden, and died April 15, 1796; (7) !
Noah, born June 20, 1715. married Esther Brad-
ley, and died Dec. 4, 1760; (8) Ichabod, sketch of
whom follows; (9) Hannah, born March 3, 1718,
married Nathaniel Allis, Nov. 20, 1739, and died
June 20, 1783; (10) Ann, born May 16, 1720, mar-
ried John Bushnell, of Saybrook, Conn.; (11) Re-
becca, born Sept. 12, 1722, married David Hoyt, of
Madison, and died May 5, 1798.

(IV) Ichabod Scranton, born Feb. 19, 1717, in
East Guilford (now Madison), Conn., was a life-
long agriculturist. He was a captain in the old
French war, and in that capacity went to Louis-
bourg, Cape Breton, Canada, also to Ticonderoga.
While returning home from the latter expedition
he was seized with smallpox at Albany, N. Y., of
which he died Dec. i, 1760, and he was buried pri-
vately, by night, on Clapboard Hill. Several sol-
diers of his company died during the campaign in
the north. Ichabod Scranton married Chloe Fow-
ler, born March 29, 1723, and died Dec. 10, 1791.
Children: (i) Chloe married Daniel Meigs, and
died May 26, 1788; (2) Elizabeth, born 1747, mar-
ried Edmund Wilcox, and died Aug. 26, 1813, in
Bergen. N. Y. ; (3) Theophilus, sketch of whom
follows; (4) Abraham, born Sept. 10, I7S4, mar-
ried Lucy Stone and he died Feb. 24, 1844; (5)
Ichabod, born Dec. 10. 1757, died May 24, 1792
(he was an officer of distinction, in a troop of cav-
j airy in the Revolutionary war).
: (V) Theophilus Scranton, born Dec. i, 1751,

I in ^Madison, a farmer bv occupation, died Feb. 16,
! 1827, and is buried in Madison cemetery. He mar-
ried Abigail Lee, bom July 11, 1754, daughter of
Jonathan and Mary Lee. of Madison ; she died Dec.
23, 1840, at the ripe old age of nearly eighty-six
years. Children: (i) Erastus, born -Aug. i,
1777, was a minister; he married Mary Prudon,
and died Oct. 5, 1861 ; (2) Parnel, born March 18,
1779, married William Whitsey, and died April,
T858; (3) Jonathan, born Oct. 10, 1781. marri.'J
Roxanna Crompton, and died July 27, 1847; (4)
Charlotte, born Jan. 21, 1783, married Nathan
Clark, and died March 5, 1823; (5) Chloe, bom
Oct. 2, 1784, married first Reuben Judson, and
' second, Jan. 18, 1823, Nathan Bushnell, of Madi-



v,iii, and died July 5. 1873: (6) Theophiliis, born
April 13, 1786. married Elizabeth \V'arner, and
<|ied May 14. 1859: (7) Hubbard, born ^[ay 4,
1788; (8) Leman, born 'Sla.y 10, 1790, died Aug.
JO, 1791 ; (9) Ichabod Lee, sketch of whom fol-
lows; (10) Henry, born Xov. i, 1794, married Ra-
chel Linsley, and died March 4. 1876; (11) Abi-
gail, born May 15. 1797. died May 10, 1810.

(VI) Ichabod Lee Scranton. father of the sub-
ject proper of this sketch, was born July 15. 1792,
in Madison, Conn., where he was reared and edu-
cated. In his youncrer days he taug^ht school, later
becoming engaged in mercantile business in ]\Iadi-
son, as coal dealer, grocery merchant, etc., from
there moving to New Haven, afterward to New
York, in both of which cities he was engaged in
business, in the latter conducting a produce busi-
ness some fifteen years. The later days of his life
he spent in Madison, dying there June 18, 1881,
and his remains were buried in the cemetery there.
He was a colonel in the militia, and at one time was
oflfered the position of brigadier general, but de-
clined the honor. In politics he was first a \\ hig,
later a Republican, while in religious faith he was
a member of the Congregational Church for over
fifty years. He built and owned over twenty ves-
sels, being captain of several engaged in the local
trade, and he was also a stockholder in the Shore
Line Railroad. A very quiet, unassuming man, he
was of a comparatively retiring disposition, and
was highly respected for his integrity and probitv.

Mr. Scranton was twice married, (first) Nov.
26, 1827, in Madison, to Artemisia Hand, born
Sept. 15. 1807, and died June 12, 1838; she was
a daughter of Daniel and Artemisia (]Meigs) Hand,
and a granddaughter of Capt. Daniel Hand. Chil-:
dren by this union: fi) Ichabod Lee. sketch of
whom follows; (2) Artemisia Meigs, born April
14, 1831, died Sept. to. 1832: (3) Artemisia Meigs
(2), bom Sept. 7, 1833, married William Skinner;
(4) Daniel Hand, born Jan. 15, 1838, died in in-
fancy. For his second wife Mr. Scranton wedded
Lucey Ann Easton, born March i, 1808, in New
York, died Alarch 6, 1880. and is buried in Madi-
son cemetery. By this union there was one child,
Mary Augusta, born June 8, 1848, died July 2,

(VII) Ichabod Lee Scranton, whose name opens
this memoir, received his education in part at the
district schools of Aladison. in part at Lee's Acad-
emy, and at an early age commenced "a life on the
ocean wave," first on his father's vessel. At the
age of eighteen he was part owner and master of
the sloop "Falcon" in the produce trade to New
York and other ports on the Atlantic coast. For
over thirty years he was engaged in the coasting
trade, freighting, etc., after which he took up agri-
cultural pursuits on the Leete farm at East River,
where he is now living retired. Mr. Scranton is a
man of education, well read, well known and highly
respected, a member of the Congregational Church,

I and a member of the I. O. O. F. He is a Republi-
i can in politics,- and in 1880 was elected on that
ticket to the State Legislature, and served on the
I committee on Sales of Land.

I Capt. Scranton has been twice married, (first)
i May 18, 1853, in Madison, to Deborah Ward
Scranton, born Feb. 9, 1834, and died June 22,
1877; she was a daughter of Ichabod Benjamin and
[ Fanny Antha (Wilcox) Scranton, and grand-
, daughter of Abraham and Lucy (Stone) Scran-
j ton, the former of whom was a soldier in the war
j of the Revolution from the time he was sixteen years
I old up to the close of the conflict. Children born
I to this marriage: (i) Wallace Lee, born June 24,
\ 1854, is a mechanical engineer of Madison; he mar-
I ried Harriet ("Hattie") Crompton, daughter of
George Crompton ; one child, Catherine Deborah,
: born in 1886, graces their home. (2) Benjamhi
' Hand, born Nov. 7, 1856, resides in Detroit, Mich.,
j and is president of thfe American Electrical Heater
I Co.; he married Nancy Andrews. (3) Daniel Hand,
bom May 22, 1859, married Oct. 11, 1888, Alida
! Josephine Scranton ; he resides in Trenton, N. J.,
! and represents R. G, Dun & Co.'s Mercantile
I agency. (4) Lizzie Ward, born Dec. 17, 1863,
married Edwin W. Munger. (5) George Edward,
born Aug. i, 1865, lives in Chicago; he married
Julia Jerome, of Detroit, Mich. (6) William
Skinner, bom Feb. 22. 1873, is in the building and
loan business, and running a Pan-American hotel
at Buffalo. On June 20, 1900, in Buft'alo, he mar-
ried Ethel Blackstone. For his second wife Capt.
. Scranton married, in 1879, in New Haven, Mrs.
I Emily (Isbell) Lee, of Killingworth, Conn., widow
of Newton Lee. She died in 1884, and is buried in
! ]\Iadison cemetery. There were no children by
, this marriage.

j MICHAEL DONOHUE, retired merchant,
i Waterbury, of which city he has been a resident
' since 1836, is a native of Ireland, born June 18,
I 1817, in County Cavan.

Bryan Donohue, father of cur subject, and who
! never left his native land, Erin, was a farmer there
all his days. He married Ellen Lynch, also of
I County Cavan, and a family of eight children were
! born to them, named as follows : Thomas, Pat-
rick, James, Bryan, Michael, Ann. Bridget and
Mary. Of these, Mary is yet living in Ireland: and
Patrick came to America, lived in Waterbury for
a time, and then went to Wisconsin, where he died.
: All the rest, except our subject, are also deceased.
I Michael Donohue, whose name introduces these
j lines, attended school in his native land, also helped
' on his father's farm, and at the age of nineteen,
came to the United States, landing at New York
after a voyage of over seven weeks in a sailing ves-
sel, there being no steamships in those days. From
New York he came direct to Waterbury, in 1836,
and has been here ever since, except for a short
, time spent in Wisconsin, where he bought 100 acres




of land. He is now the oldest living Irishman in
the city, all those that were here when he came be-
ingf dead. For a time he worked in Benedict &
Burnham's factory, before the days of steam power,
when bells were rung to call the people to work,
and he well remembers the hard times of 1837,
when everything was at a standstill, and during that
long-to-be remembered financial crisis not a bell
was heard from the si.x factories in W'aterbury.

About the year 1840 Mr. Donohue embarked in
the grocery business at the 'corner of Bridge and
Baldwin streets, and successfully conducted same
for several years, or until 1842, when he retired,
having amassed a comfortable competence.

In 1840 -Mr. Donohue married Bridget Coyle, a
native of County Longford, Ireland, and seven chil-
dren were born to tliis union, a brief record of
them being as follows: Thomas (deceased) was
a lawyer in W'aterbury; Michael (deceased) was a
painter; James died in infancy; Helen is the widow
of Maurice Grelle ; Mary A. is a school teacher in
Waterbury ; Kate is the deceased wife of Albert
Beach, of W'aterbury ; and the youngest died in
infancy. The mother of these passed from earth
Jan. 16, 1892. In religious faith Mr. Donohue is a
member of Immaculate Conception parish, Roman
Catholic Church. When he came to Waterbur}-
there was no Catholic priest nearer than New Ha-
ven. A Democrat in politics, his first presidential
vote was cast for ]\[artin \"an Buren ; in municipal
matters he has served his adopted city as council-
man and as a member of the board of education.
He owns considerable property in W'aterbury, which
he rents, and he is one of the most popular men
in the city and vicinity, all his fellow countrymen
looking up to him as to a patriarch.

SUMXER WESLEY BRAY, a highly es-
teemed resident of Milford. in which town he ranks
among the most thrifty farmers, was born in Dover,
Maine, March 21, 1838. son of Sumner and Sarah
(Shipley) Bray. The family is of English origin,
and his great-grandfather was born m England.

Daniel Bray, the grandfather of our subject,
was born probably in Maine, where he spent his
manhood, engaged in farming. He married, and
had the following children : Daniel is a farmer near
Houlton, Aroostook Co., Maine; Asa was a farmer
in that State; Lebbtus is a Methodist minister;
Comings was also an M. E. preacher; Cyrus is a
farmer in Maine : Sumner is mentioned more fully
below ; Betsey ( deceased ) was a school teacher ;
Jane married Moses \\'ashburn ; Phoebe, a school
teacher, died unmarried.

Sumner Bray, our subject's father, was born in
181 1, in Minot. Maine, and followed farming for
many years, dying in 1885. His wife, Sarah (Ship-
ley), was born in Maine, and her father was a
native of the same State. They had four children :
Mary died unmarried, aged twenty-one ; Sumner
W., our subject, was next in the order of birth;

Sarah married Elijah }ilarrell (now deceased), a
native of Maine, and a farmer and carpenter by
occupation ; W'illard is a farmer in Milford, Con-

Our subject assisted his father on the homestead
until he reached the age of twenty-three, and,
though his advantages were inferior to those en-
joyed by the youth of the present day, he secured
a practical education in the neighboring district
school, attending until eighteen years old. While
under the parental roof he gave his earnings to his
father, and his own start in life was accordingly
humble, his only capital being a full stock of en-
ergy and ambition. Hard work and persevering in-
dustry, however, supplied the financial lack, and
before many years had elapsed he was on the high
road to prosperity. Shortly after his marriage he
located in W'est Cpton, Mass., where he was em-
ployed for seven years in a straw factory. Here
his native ability for getting the best results in
whatever he undertakes soon asserted itself. He
began very modestly, but his faithful services and
steady habits were noted by his employer, W.
Knowlton, who rewarded them with advancement,
so that at the end of the period mentioned he had
charge of the large farm of that gentleman, who
owned 3,000 acres of land, and kept much stock.
Mr. Bray also filled numerous positions of respon-
sibility in and about the factory, being general su-
perintendent of the outside work and having charge
of the shipping. In 1870 he left, of his own ac-
cord, and came to I\Iilford, New Haven Co., Conn.,
taking a similar position in the factory there, and
so continued for about fifteen years. At the end
of that time he purchased his present farm, but
instead of taking possession at once he went to
Scarsdale, N. Y., to manage a farm for W'illiam
Adams, of No. 33 Wall street. New York City.
The position came unsolicited, Mr. Bray having
the reputation of being a first-class farmer.

Returning to Milford four years later our sub-
ject engaged in farming at his homestead, an at-
tractive place of fifty-six acres, where he now makes
a specialty of raising garden stutt and dairying.
;\Ir. Bray has erected all the buildings on this
place, which under his systematic management has
been brought to a high state of cultivation. He
has succeeded, by constant thrift, in acquiring a very
comfortable competence, and has succeeded equally
well in maintaining the high standards of integrity
and honor which were early set before him. Reared
under Christian influences, and impressed with the
value of a good name, he has never swerved from
the paths laid out for him in his youth, all his
trarLsactions bearing the stamp of honesty and
straightforwardness. To-day he stands high in the
esteem of his fellow men, a credit to his parentage
and to the community which has so long claimed
him. Air. Bray is very unassuming in his manners
and habits. He takes an intelligent interest in pub-
lic affairs, is a stanch Republican in politics, and is

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conscientious in the discliart;"e of what he believes
to bo bis duty as a citizen.

In Tuly. 1861, Mr. Rray was united in marriasfe
w'itli Miss Hattie Field, of Garland. Maine, who
was born Julv 16, 1838. a daughter of Capt. Will-
iam Field, a well-known sea captain. All Mr.
r.ray"s children were bv this union, viz.: Edgar,
born May 27, 1863, died in infancy. Ervin J-, born
Aup;. I, 1864, is married and has three children,
r.essie M., James S. and Helen ; he is employed
in a straw factory in Brooklyn. Scyston \'., born
March 3, 1869, is a conductor in the North Haven
frciiijht yard; he is married and has one child, El-
liott. Lillian, born Julv 11, 1870, died in infancy.
Howard E., born March 9. 1874, died in infancy.
William S., born Sept. 2^. 1880. died May i, 1901 :
be was a most promisine young man, superior in
every way, and of great help to his father, having
always lived at home. The mother of these passed
away Xov. 28, 1881. On June 17, 1883, in Alil-
ford, !Mr. Bray married, for his second wife, Mrs.
Martha Ellen ( Dickey 1 Clements, who was born in
1838 in Cornwallis, Xova Scotia, daughter of
George and Sarah Jane ( Bennett ) Dickey, who had
a family of nine children. Mr. Dickey was a farmer
by occupation. Mrs. Dickev now makes her home
with her daughter. ]\Irs. Bray, in Milford, and,
tliough almost ninety-one vears old, is well pre-
served and enjoys good health. Mrs. Bray is a
thorough business woman, and has proved an effi-
cient helpmate to her energetic husband, who at-
tributes much of his success to her careful manage-
ment and industry. She is a Baptist in religious
connection, and our subject is identified with the
C'orgregational Church.

tative farmer and one of the most influential and
tx'pular citizens of Beacon Falls, is a native of New
Haven county, born in the town of O.xford Sept.
3. 1840, son of Lucian' Baldwin.

' )ur subject's father was born Feb. 6. 1800, in
what is now Naugatuck. but was then known as
Watcrbury. The grandfather, Alathew Baldwin,
spent his life as a farmer in Xaugatuck. In his
family were seven children, namely: Alanson, who
engaged in farming in Xaugatuck until his death;
Marshall, also a farmer of that town: Lucian, the
father of our subject: :\Iiles, who died voung:
Lockey, who married a Mr. Wooster, a farmer of
Xaugatuck; Emcline, who married a Mr. Sperrv, a
farmer of Milford; and Harriette.

By occupation Lucian Baldwin was a farmer and
school teacher. In politics he was a Whig. He
died Sept. 20, 1855. honored and respected by all
who knew him. He first married Laura Johnson,
and they had one child. The mother died voung,
and Mr. Baldwin married .-\urelia Tolles, who was
born in Bethanv. this countv, Aug. 12. 1803, and
died Sept. 21, 1880. Her father, Daniel Tolled, was
a farmer of Bethany. Our subject is the fifth in

i the order of birth in a family of seven children, the

I others being as follows: Mary T., born Julv 8,

; 1833, died Jan. i, 1837; Ellen A.', born Dec. 5, 1834,

; died April 5, 1836; Milo L., born March 12. 1836,

died May 23, 1864; Henry D.. born Aug. 15, 1837,

'■ was a stone mason by trade, and died Xov. 15. 1882:

i Edward W.. born May 29, 1843, is a hotel-keeper

in Boston, Mass. : and Ellen A., born March 20,

1846, is the wife of William D. Gilbert, a carpenter

; of Derby.

During his boyhood and youth Herbert C. Bald-
' win attended the local schools and assisted in the
i labors of the home farm. He was fifteen years of
' age at the time of his father's death, when more of
the farm work fell to his share, and for three years
thereafter he also worked for neighboring farmers.
In September, 1861, he laid aside all personal inter-
ests and joined the boys in blue, being mustered in
j at Xew Haven, Xov. 7th. as a member of Company
K, 13th Conn. V. I., which was first assigned to
! the Department of the Gulf. He participated in the
j engagements at Georgia Landing, Irish Bend, Cane
^ River, Mansuary Plains, and the siege of Port Hud-
! son; was also through the Red River campaign,
; and in 1864 was transferred with his command to
Mrginia, having re-enlisted for three years' more
I service. There under Cien. Sheridan, he took part
I in the battles of Berryville. \\'inchester, Fisher Hill
j and Cedar Creek, where he was wounded. He was
' made corporal Dec. 12. 1862; sergeant, Aug. 27,
1863 ; first sergeant, Xov. i. 1864; second lieutenant.
Jan. I, 1865; and was brevetted first lieutenant to
date from ^^larch 13, 1865, for gallant and meri-
torious service at Port Hudson. He was mustered
out April 25, 1866, and returned to Oxford. In the
fall of that year he bought his present farm of
eighty-eight acres, in Oxford, and now included in
the town of Beacon Falls, which was incorporated
as a town in 1871. He has since devoted his ener-
gies, with the most gratifying: results, to the culti-
vation and improvement of this tract.

On Dec. 25, 1866, Mr. Baldwin was united in
marriage with Miss Josephine H. Jones, a native of
Scott. Cortland Co., X. Y. Her parents. Van
Rensselaer and Helen (Clute) Jones, were natives
of Onondaga and Saratoga counties, X'. Y.. re-
spectively, and the father was a farmer and coun-
tr}' merchant. He died in 1888, but the mother is
still living. Thev were faithful members of the
Baptist Church, and in politics he was a Democrat.
To them were born eight children : One that died
in infancy; Elizabeth; Harriet; Mary: Josephine
H. ; another who died in infancv; George; and
William. Mr. and Mrs. Baldwin had seven chil-
dren, whose names and dates of birth are as fol-
lows : Edward D.. June 11, 1868; Lucian E.. Jan.
20, 1870; Alfred C," Dec. 5. 1872; Hattie M., May
2. 1874; Herbert C, Tr., .Vug. 8. 1876; William .\.,
Jan. 21, 1884; and Harold T., Dec. 24. 1886. Ed-
ward D. died Feb. 18, 1869, and William A. died
July 7, 1885, but the others are still living. Lucian

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E. is now a traveling' salesman, residiii"; in Rye,
N. Y., and Alfred C. is an attorney of Derby, Con-

Mr. Baldwin is a member of Upson Post, No.
40, G. A. R., of Seymour, and also of the Grange.
Politically he is a stanch supporter of the Republi-
can party, and his fellow citizens, recognizing his
worth and ability, have often called him to public
office. He has served as assessor ; member of the
board of relief; justice of the peace: first selectman
many years; selectman from 1873 to 1890, inclusive,
being chairman of the board during that time with
the exception of two years ; and represented his
town in the State Legislature in 1876, 1880, 1883,
1884, 1891, 1899 and 1901. His public and private
records are above reproach, for his career has ever
been characterized by the utmost fidelity to duty.
He is public-spirited and progressive, and gives
his support to all measures for the general good.

RICHARD TALBOT was born in the parish
of Dagnal, near London, England, Feb. 28, 1838,
<i son of George Talbot, who was born in London
Oct. 16, 1818. The father was a straw hat and
bonnet manufacturer, and was quite successful in
his business. He took an active part in London

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