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of the first class graduated from Vassar. (9) Clara
L died unmarried Dec. 28, 1882.

Charles Carroll Blatchley, a son of Samuel
L.. and late of the firm of S. L. Blatchley & Sons,
was born July 28, 1841, in North Madison, Conn.
His parents having removed to New Haven when
he was but a lad, he there passed his boyhood, at-
tending the public schools, and was graduated from
the high scliool. Then he entered Yale College,
from which he was graduated in 1863, studied law
in New York, and was admitted to the Bar in that
city in December, 1864. In May. 1865, he opened
an office in New Haven, but after several years'



practice in that place he associated himself with his
father and brother, Samuel R., in the real estate
business, which engrossed his entire attention, and
in which he was most successful. Air. Blatchley
was a director and large owner in the State Street
Horse Railroad, and was a life member and sec-
retary of the East Rock Park commission, and a
director in the Young Men's Institute. About the
middle of January, 1887, Mr. Blatchley became
seriously ill with Bright"s disease, and died at
his home March 5, 1S87, in his forty-sixth year.

On Nov. 27, 1863, Air. Blatchley was married
to Susannah, daughter of Jacob Emery, of Hogans-
burg, N. Y., who survives him with five children.
Of their family Catherine E., a graduate of the
Alusical Department of Yale, is a music teacher and
musical supervisor of the \\'estville schools. Alary
Nancy graduated from high school, and is now an
eighth grade teacher in the Strong school. Susan
L. and Charles C. are deceased. Jacob Emery and
Samuel L. were twins, and the latter is deceased ;
the former is a member of the firm of Blatchley &
Shepard. Alice is deceased. William Joel is a
sophomore in the Sheffield Scientific School.
Charles Alexander is attending the Boardman
Training School for Boys. Henry died in infancy.
Charles C. Blatchley was a man of correct morals,
and of the highest integrity, possessed good judg-
ment, and was an excellent business man. He was
straightforward and true in his friendships.

S.\MUEL RoBixsoN Blatciiley was born at
North Aladison Nov. 15, 1839, and spent his school
days in New Haven and Cincinnati, attending the
high schools in both cities, passed through the Hop-
kins grammar school in New Haven, and graduated
at Yale in 1862. For five years he taught school in
Cincinnati, and then returned to New Haven. Air.
Blatchley was president of the old Horse Railroad
Company at the time of its sale to the syndicate,
and his brother Charles had previously served in
the same capacity. He now deals extensively in real
estate, laying out lots, etc., having a large interest
on Prospect street, where in company with Dr.
Phillips he owns thirty-two acres. On June 23,
1864. he was married, in Cincinnati, to Miss Nancy
AIcM. Evans, a daughter of Hugh Evans, of that
city.

JARED A. BASSETT (deceased), an energetic
and skillful agriculturist, who owned and operated
a fine farm of forty acres on Dixwell avenue. Ham-
den, was born Nov. i, 1832, a son of Jared and
Eliza (Bradley) Bassett, and grandson of Timothy
Bassett. His birth occurred in the same house i;i
which he lived all his life, and in which he died
Dec. 31, 1899.

Jared Bassett, the father, was also born upon
the same farm, and throughout life successfully
engaged in agricultural pursuits. He was a good
sized man, being five feet, eleven inches in height
and weighing 165 pounds. Being one of the lead-



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ing and influential citizens of his community, he
was called upon to serve his fellow citizens as se-
lectman of Hamden, and member of the Legislature.
In religious faith he was an Episcopalian and a
niember of the church of that denomination in Ham-
den. He died at the age of sixty-six years, and
his wife at the age of fifty-five. In their family
were three children, namely : Eunice, deceased
wife of James T. ]\Iix, of New Haven; Cornelia,
who died at about the age of sixty years ; and
Jared A., cur subject.

Upon the home farm Jared A. Bassett early be-
came familiar with all the duties which fall to the i
lot of the agriculturist, and his literary education
was obtained in the common schools of Hamderi
and Everest's private school of Centerville. He as-
sisted in the operation of the farm until his father's ;
death, and then took complete charge of the same, j
He engaged in general farming and the dairy busi- j
ness, and in his labors met with well-deserved j
success. I

Mr. Bassett was married, Feb. 26, 1862, to Aliss
Elizabeth A. Percy, of Watertown, Conn., and to
them was born a daughter, Annie E., who died at
the age of twenty-one years. The Democratic party
always found in !Mr. Bassett a stanch supporter of
its principles, and as a citizen he was ever ready
to discharge any duty that devolved upon him.

LYMAN A. GRANNISS, a well-known and
reliable contractor and builder at No. 116 Franklin
street, New Haven, was born in the house where
he now lives in East Haven. !March 3, 1837, a son
of Joseph Granniss, who was also born in East
Haven, as was also his father, Samuel. The latter
was probably a farmer, and died at a great age.

Joseph Granniss was one of a number of chil-
dren, and was reared on a farm. His life was de-
voted to the cultivation of the soil, though for a
number of years he was largely engaged in the
oyster business, carrying oysters from New Haven
to Albany, N. Y., by team, and later from Bridge-
port to the same destination bv boat. He lived in
East Haven all his life, and died there at the ad-
vanced age of eighty-five years. His wife, Louisa j
Luddington, was born in East Haven, a daughter \
of one of the old families of that section. She be- |
came the mother of thirteen children, of whom three i
only are living: Daniel H., ColLs B. and Lyman 1
A., all of whom are now residing in New Haven.
Mrs. Granniss died at the age of sixty-five years.
Both she and her husband belonged to the Con- |
ffregational Church. Politically he was a Repub- !
lican. ' j

Lyman A. Granniss spent his early years at :
home, where he had his education in the local
schools. After the demise of his father, he bought !
out the other heirs, and still owns the old home-
stead. Under his energetic management the farm is
w^ell cultivated, and produces fine crops. About
1880 Mr. Granniss began a contract business, very i



largely in street work, laying macadam, setting^
telegraph poles, and doing similar work, in company
with E. J. Upson. In i8go he took up the ice busi-
ness, and for ten years did both a large wholesale
and retail business. He has been a director of the
Hygienic Ice Co. since its organization, and he is
also interested in the Swift Beef Co., of New Haven
and Chicago.

Mr. Granniss was married, in April, 1862, to
Antoinette Thompson, a native of East Haven, and
a daughter of Elizer Thompson, for years the keeper
of the New Haven Light House, and previous to
that a groceryman. Mrs. Granniss was one of a
family of nine children, and is herself the mother
of two children, both of whom are dead. Mr.
Granniss is a Republican, and was elected first se-
lectman in 1868, a position he held until 1875, hav-
ing been chosen to this on several subsequent oc-
casions. In the General Assembly of 1871 he held
a seat with credit. Mr. and Mrs. Granniss attend
the Old Street Congregational Church of East
Haven.



JOHN PINNEY PHELPS, until the spring of
1901, was one of Hamden's worthy citizens and
prominent dairy farmers. He was born in the town
of Winchester. Conn.. Dec. 24, 1834, and is de-
scended from one of the old and honored families
of New England. His father, Ralzemon Phelps,
was a native of West Granville, INIass., and a son
of John and Betsey (Bingham) Phelps, both of
whom were born in Enfield, Conn., and at an early
day removed from West Granville, !\Iass.. to Ohio,
locating in Granville, Licking county, where they
spent their remaining days. The father of our sub-
ject was but two years old on the removal of the
family to Ohio, and in Granville he grew- to man-
hood and learned the carpenter's and joiner's trade.
On attaining his majority he returned East and
toak up his residence in Golebrook, Litchfield Co.,
Conn., and after his marriage he located in the
towm of W'inchester, Conn., where he continued to
make his home throughout life. There he followed
his trade and also conducted a hotel and store with
marked success, and became the owner of prop-
erty in that town. In his religious views he was a
Universalist, and in political sentiment was a Dem-
ocrat. He married Miss Emma Pinnev. daughter
of Asaph Pinney, and to them were born two chil-
dren : Emeret E., who died at the age of twelve
years; and John P., our subject. Both parents died
in Winchester, and were laid to rest in the cemetery
at Golebrook, Connecticut.

John P. Phelps received his education in the
district schools of his native town, and began his
business career as an employe in the factory nf the
Winsted Auger Co., of Winsted. Conn., where he
remained until 1861. After the death of his father
he located on the home farm, and engaged in its
cultivation until 18S5. when he came to the town of
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1901, he was extensively ensjaged in general farm-
ing, dairying and stock raising, owning and operat-
ing a fine farm of eighty-seven acres, which he
placed under a high state of cultivation. When he
left the farm in 1901 he moved to Centerville, and
is now living retired.

On Nov. 21, 1854, in Hamden. Mr. Phelps was
united in marriage with 3iliss Xancy Gorham, a
native of that town and a daughter of William and
Lucretia ( Dorman ) Gorham. For the past thirtv
years she has been an invalid, having lost the use
of her limbs by locomotor ataxia, but she bears
her suffering with great patience. Mr. and Mr.s.
Phelps had two children: (i) Cora E., born Dec.
21, 1857, was married on Jan. 6, 1876, to Luther
C. Phelps, and they have one child, Emma Pinnev,
born June 3, 1888. Luther C. Phelps died Jan. 23,
1890, and his widow now lives at home with her
parents. (2) Charles J., the younger child of our
subject, was born Xov. 5, 1875, and died the same
month.

Mr. Phelps is a supporter of the Democratic
party, and has served as a member of the board of
relief and as justice of the peace. He is a. broad-
minded man and liberal in his religious views, and
he attends the Episcopal Church. Fraternally he
is a member of Hamden Grange, and he gives an
earnest support to every enterprise which he be-
lieves calculated to advance the moral, intellectual
or material welfare of his town and county. He is
therefore numbered among the useful and valued
citizens, and is well and favorably known.

THEODORE BRISTOL, a well-known busi-
ness man of Milford, Xew Haven county, was born
in that town Feb. 18, 1837, son of Johnson and
Elizabeth (Davidson) Bristol. His familv has been
identified with Aldford from an early date, his
grandfather, Jehial Bristol, who attained the ad-
vanced age of ninety-four years, having been a
farmer and shoemaker there. This worthy pioneer
married Miss Martha Beecher, a native of Orange,
New Haven Co., Conn., for his first wife, and they
had children as follows : Miranda, who married
John Welch, of Milford: Clarinda, who died in
childhood ; Willis, who conducted a wholesale and
retail shoe business in Xew Haven until his death,
and was a prominent man in local politics as a
member of the \^ hig and Republican parties ; John-
son, our subject's father; and Martha C, who mar-
ried William Thomas, of Fair Haven, an oyster
dealer. By his second wife, Flavid. daughter of
Dr. Austin, also of Milford. Jehial Bristol had two
children : Hiram, a shoemaker by trade, who died
in New Haven : and Lucia, who married Samuel
Sanford, son of Capt. William Sanford, of Milford.

Johnson Bristol, our subject's father, was born
in Milford Xov. 19, 1807, and died Dec. 16, 1891.
For thirty years he conducted a grocery business
in Milford, but his last yea'-s were spent in retire-
ment. Politically he was a Democrat, and as a citi-



zen was held in high esteem by his fellow towns-
men, flis wife, Elizabeth (Davidson), who died in
Milford July 10, 1893, was a native of Milford. and
daughter of Richard T. Davidson, a carpenter, wiio
lived to the age of ninety-four years. Of their nine
children, the eldest, Henry, is a grocer in Milford;
the second and third died in infancy; Jane married
Monson Hinman, of Bridgeport, Conn.; Theodore,
our subject, is mentioned more fully below; Har-
riet died at the age of sixteen years; Charles is
in the employ of our subject; Elizabeth married
Edward Burleigh, of Milford; and Edson is a
farmer in Milford.

Theodore Bristol was reared in Milford. and for
twenty-three years was employed by X\ A. Bald-
win, a straw hat manufacturer in that town, but in
1872 he purchased his present livery business, in
which he has met with decided success. He attends
Plymouth Congregational Church, and is an active
member of the Masonic fraternity, while politicallv
he affiliates with the Democratic party. ]Mr. Bristol
married for his first wife Caroline A. Merwin.
daughter of Mark Merwin, of Milford ; at her death
she left one child, Julia E., now the wife of Walter
M. Irving, contractor and builder, of Milford. By
his second wife, Rachel C. Wright, of Clinton,
Conn., Mr. Bristol has had two children : Grace
L., who married George R. Clarke, a meat dealer
in Milford; and Royal M., who died at the age of
six years.

FRANK BRAZOS has carried on a thriving
business as a contractor in Xew Haven for the
past six years, and his success has been commen-
surate to that enjoyed by the other members of this
well known family.

Antoine Brazos, his father, the senior member
and founder of the firm of Brazos & Sons, Aliddle-
town, is probably one of the best examples of a
self-made man that Middletown can present at the
present time. When all the circumstances of his
history are considered, his early life and lack of ed-
ucational advantages, and his beginning life afresh
in a new country, it is doubtful if a parallel case
can be found in all Connecticut. A man's success
in life ought not to be determined by the heights
to which he has climbed, but by the depths from
which he arose.

Mr. Brazos was born at Pico, Azore Islands,
Aug. 15, 1826. His parents, Joseph and Rosa
Brazos, were both natives of the Islands, and his
father was a farmer. It was in that far awav cor-
ner of the earth that Antoine spent the first nine-
teen years of his life. Instead of common schools
for all the people, as is the rule in this country, he
had never seen an institution of that character until
he came to the United States. His education has
been gained entirely in the great school of experi-
ence. When nineteen years of age Mr. Brazos came
to the L'nited States, where his brother had already
preceded him, and had attained a good position as



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niate of the schooner "Smith D. Bellows," plying
between the Connecticut river and the coast points.
Antoine made the voyage across the ocean on the
bark "Azorc," bound for Boston. He landed in that
city, expecting to find his brother Manuel. A ship-
wreck delayed his arrival, and Antoine was a strang-
er in the city, not able to speak one work of English.
His predicament was anything but pleasant. He se-
cured work, however, on a vessel, and began a ca-
reer as a sailor which lasted some seven or eight
years, and was an eventful period in his history. He
had many narrow escapes, and more than once
was saved with but a few of the crew. One ship
on which he was a sailor was wrecked on the ex-
treme lower coast of Florida, and lie with two com-
panions were all that escaped death out of a crew
of twelve men. At another time his ship was blown
far out to sea, and badly damaged, and for seven
weeks the crew were without food, and suffered
greatly from lack of water.

Commtmication with his brother Manuel hacl
long been established, and that gentleman finallv
persuaded his brother to give up a sea-faring life
and come to Middletown. Manuel Brazos was one
■of the founders of the Hartford and Xew York
Transportation Co., and was its general manager
for a number of years. He died in Hartford.
Frank Brazos, another older brother of Antoine, also
came to the United States, and died in Hartford
when about foi"ty years old.

Mr. Brazos began business in Middletown in
1854, and his beginning was a verv modest one.
He bought out Philo Clark in a stevedore business,
and had three horses as his principal working force.
In 1872 his business had so increased that he re-
solved to make still farther extension and took all
l<inds of contracting, such as raising simken ves-
sels, general trucking, railroad building and sewer
construction, not only in Middletown, but anywhere
in the United States. He gave up the stevedore
business a number of vears ago, and as his sons
"became old enough he took them into business. At
the present time the firm of Brazos & Sons is com-
posed of the father and five sons, Joseph, Manuel
A., Louis, John and George. Brazos & Sons have
a department in their business devoted to ice in
Middletown, which reqtiires six wagons in season.
In Middletown they have constructed twenty-seven
bouses from start to finish, a magnificent record for
the firm. Many thousands of dollars have passed
through their hands as wages for their employes.
At the present time their pay roll is about $3,000
a month. The senior member of the firm has been
particularly fortunate in the ability possessed by all
"his sons, and their devotion to the business.

Antoine Brazos was married, in 1855. to Miss
A.nn Neale, a native of Coimty Carlow, Ireland, and
a daughter of James Xeale. They are the parents
•of a numerous famil\ : Eunice J. married W. \\".
Hulse, a real estate man of Amityville, Long Isl-
-■and. Julia A. graduated from Wesleyan Uni-



versity, and is now a teacher in the Middletown
high school. Joseph is a member of the firm men-
tioned above. Mary is a teacher in Middletown,
where she was educated in the high school. Frank
is our subject. Manuel A. is a member of the firm.
Annie E. is a trained nurse at Hartford. Alice R.
graduated from the Middletown high school in 1889.
Louis belongs to the firm as do also John and
George. Mr. Brazos has a beautiful home at the
corner of High and Loveland streets, which was
built in 1890. He is a Republican politically, and
lie attends the Episcopal Cliurcli.

Frank Brazos was born in Middletown April 8,
1864, and spent his early years in his native tov^'n,
where be received his education. At the age of
eleven years he began working for his father. For
five years he was with the Chichester estate, in the
real estate business in Xew York City. He then
became a member of the firm of Brazos & Sonf,
and so continued until May, 1895. since which time
he has engaged in general contracting business, in-
dependently. He enjoys a large patronage, employ-
ing an average force of one hundred men. He has
resided in Xew Haven for seventeen years. Mr.
Brazos is a Republican politically, and a member of
the Union League and the Young Men's Republican
Clubs. He was married, in Xew Haven, to Miss
Ida Englehart. of that city, and they reside at Xo.
I 808 Elm street, where he built a home in 1894.

I PORTER GAY .vxd HEXRY ADELBERT
! HULL, worthy representatives of an old and hon-
! orable Xew England faniilw are great-grandsons
! of Benjamin Hull.

i Benjamin Hull was born about 1725. was a

i farmer by occupation, and resided on the old Hull
I homestead, which lies about one-eighth of a mile
! southwest of the present home. It is related that the
said Benjamin and a son were one day at work in
t the fields, during the Revolutionary war. when three
British soldiers came by on horseback, and that
they captured both Benjamin and his son, who were
never seen or heard of again. Benjamin Hull mar-
ried Amy Hill, who was born July 6. 1726, and
died Dec. i, 1826. The fourth son in their family
of seven children was Benjamin, who married Han-
nah Humiston. the records telling of her baptism
in St. John's Church in 1781. and of her death in
1845. Benjamin Hull was a farmer, and passed
his life on the homestead. He left a family of nine
children, the seventh being Jarvis. father of the
gentleman whose name opens this article.

Jarvis Hull was born June 15, 1800, on the
home farm, and had only the limited educational
advantages obtained in the primitive schools of the
locality. Selecting the trade of shoemaker, he soon
became an e.xpert, and, as the custom was in those
days, would go with his bag of tools from house
to house, remaining until the whole family had been
shod. Later he established a shop on his own farm,
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mers and in the winter time attendinof to his shoe-
making. One of his specialties was the making of
wedding gear, and he successfully manufactured
neat and dressy boots and shoes from leather, gain-
ing considerable reputation in the vicinity. Mr.
Hull died June 25, 1872, and was buried in North
Haven. In politics he had always been a standi
Democrat. He reared his whole family in the faith
of the Epi.scopal Church. Mr. Hull married Eliza
Gay, who was born in 1809, in Meredith, Delaware
Co., N. Y., daughter of Lucian Gay, a farmer there.
She died April 8, 1874, a member of the Episcopal
Church. The children born to this union were :
Julia A. is the widow of Charles Hine, and now re-
sides in Northford; Porter Gay is mentioned be-
low ; Jane E. married Smith Tyler ; Celia E. mar-
ried Jasper E. Higbie, of Meriden. and both are
deceased; Henry Adelbert is mentioned below; and
Harriet A. resides in North Haven.

Porter Gay Hull was born Sept. 5, 1832, and
enjoyed the educational advantages of the district
schools. While still a young man he engaged in
business with his uncle, Orrin Hull, at City Point,
at which time City Point had but three houses from
the Bridge down to the Sound. Ten years later he
returned to North Haven and was employed by
Sharon Bassett. who had a shop on the farm now
owned by George Alorgan, where he engaged in the
making of wagon bolts, by horse power. After
two years at this place Mr. Hull removed to Bir-
mingham, Mr. Bassett changing his location to that
place, and continued with him in the same business.
An opportunity ottering, he left Mr. Bassett to enter
upon the trade of machinist with the Hamden Iron
Co., one year later going to Waterbury, Conn.
There he engaged in the manufacture of cotton gins,
but his career here was interrupted, the company
going out of business, and he was then employed by
Blake Bros., of Westville. manufacturers of hard-
ware, with whom he remained eight years. He was
thus employed wlien Fort Sumter was fired upon,
the works closing down on that day. By this time
Mr. Hull was a skilled mechanic, and easily secured
employment with Eli Whitney, of Whitneyville,
with whom he remained some four years, in the
manufacture of guns, pistols and other fire arms
for which there was great demand on account of
the progress of the Civil war. While engaged in
these' works he was called upon to assist in guard-
ing the factory, as fears were entertained that at-
tempt might be made to burn or loot it. Leaving
this factory, 'Sir. Hull went to New Haven, where
he accepted a position in the restaurant and ice
cream parlors of C. F. Lockland (who was lo-
cated where Hemblein & Co. now are), remaining
there until 1864, when he became head clerk for
the "Tontine Hotel." This situation he held effici-
ently for the following twenty-seven years, retiring
in May. 1897.

In 1897 Sir. Hull came to his present home,
the people of the "Tontine" regretting his de-



parture, as he had been a very popular adjunct of
the house. The traveling public have many pleasant
recollections of Mr. Hull, whose genial personality
made him admirably qualified for the position he
filled. His present residence is a comfortable one,
his busy life having earned him a competency. Po-



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