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litically Mr. Hull is a Republican, although all the
other members of his family are Democrats. So-
cially he is connected with Hiram Lodge, No. 36,
I. d. O. P., and Franklin Chapter, No. 2, R. A.
M., all of New Haven.

Henry Adelbert Hull was born Nov. 16, 1844,
and attended the district schools, returning to agri-
cultural work after his school days were ended, part
of the time on the home farm, the remainder on
farms in the vicinity. L'ntil he purchased his pres-
ent farm of sixty-five acres he remained on the
home place, and is now engaged in the successful
operation of his own estate. As an active member
of the Democratic party he has been called upon to
hold many of the local offices, and is socially con-
nected with the New Haven Grange, and Quinnipiac
Lodge, No. 62, O. U. A. M. He is a member of
North Haven Co-operative Feed Co.. an organiza-
tion of the substantial men of this locality. Both
the Hull brothers are among the representative citi-
zens of North Haven.

JAMES M. EMERSON, who for the past quar-
ter of a century, has been editor and proprietor of
the Ansonia Sentinel, the first newspaper of that
place, is a native of Maryland. His birth occurred
in December, 1843, '" Denton, the county seat of
Caroline county, that State. His earlv education
was received at the public schools of that town, and
at the age of fourteen he became a student in the
preparatory department of Washington College,
Chestertown, Md., from which he was graduated
four years later, taking the second honors of his
class.

Mr. Emerson's active career as a newspaper man
began not long after he attained his majority, when
he succeeded his father, John H. Emerson (now
deceased), in the publication of the American
Union, the Republican organ of Caroline countv.
He remained in charge of this paper as editor un-
til July, 1871, when he accepted a call to the ed-
itorial staff of the Wilmington (Del.) Daily Com-
mercial. He sustained this relation until his re-
moval to Ansonia, in August, 1876. In July of
that year he and W. H. Cramer (who came from
Wilmington) purchased the Sentinel from Rev. Ed-
ward SI. Jerome, the senior member of the firm of
Jerome & Carpenter, by whom the journal was
founded in November, 1871. When Mr. Carpenter
withdrew Mr. Jerome engaged as foreman F. M.
Rider, until recently business manager of the New
Haven Leader. After a couple of years Mr. Cramer
sold out to Mr. Emerson and returned to Wilming-
ton, and the latter has since been sole proprietor.

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from Ininible beginnings. The first office was on
the main floor of the Gardner block (opposite the
post-office), where a space 16x40 feet in dimensions
was fenced otT for its use. W'lien Mr. Emerson
took charge there were but 935 subscribers, and the
outlook at first was none too encouraging, for,
while he lost no ground, he apparently gained none.
But when the growth set in it proved strong and
steady. The job department had considerable busi-
ness, and in 1879, when Mr. Gardner built a large
addition to his factory, the Sentinel sought better
accommodations in the new portion of the build-
ing. From this time the business of the paper be-
gan to increase. Xew machinery was introduced,
and the second storv of a small frame building
which stood on tiie present site of the Y. M. C. A.
building, was used for a composition room. In
1881 Mr. Emerson, feeling himself justified in se-
curing a permanent location, bought the present
site of the Sentinel building, of the W. & L. Hotch-
kiss Co. He erected a three-story building, the
presses being established on the lower floor, and the
composing room, etc., on the upper story. The sec-
ond story was for a time rented out for offices, but
one after another was found necessary as the Sen-
tinel continued to grow, until the entire building
was needed to carry on the business of the paper.
Another story was finally added, where, to the pres-
ent, the composition and job work have been car-
ried on. When the linotype machines were put in
and new floor space was required, the top floor of
the building next door was leased, for editorial pur-
poses. Then the sidewalk at the north end of the
building was dug out to give storage room for the
paper, which is received by the car-load, and thus
every foot of available space has been utilized.
Further extension will require a new site, which
would have been selected long ago, had any suitable
location been found.

On Jan. i, 1884, appeared the first issue of the
Evening Sentinel, and the paper has been published
daily ever since. But 600 copies of the daily were
sold at first, and the subscription list remained sta-
tionary for some time, but various local circum-
stances combined to demonstrate its importance to
the public, and, as before, the progress made has
been sure and substantial. The patronage has in-
creased until the present ratio is one subscription
for every six inhabitants in the field it covers — a
record unequalled by any paper in the State. There
is no doubt that this happy condition of aftairs is
due for the most part to Mr. Emerson's public spirit,
which he lias shown in numerous ways since his set-
tlement in Ansonia. It is an undisputed fact that
the Sentinel as a business enterprise ranks as ot
first importance in Ansonia, the mere statement that
$20,000 is paid annually, all in the locality, for work
on the paper and in the job printing department,
carrying some idea of its commercial value. The
business has not lacked rivals, but they have come
and gone without appreciable eft'ect on its popu-



larity or influence, except, perhaps, the healthv
stimulus of opposition. The Xew Haven papers
at one time enjoyed a large circulation in the vallcv.
and it was the need of a local daily thus plainly
demonstrated that Mr. Emerson attempted t(j fill
when he made the important change in 1884, thus
bringing to Ansonia a revenue and an industrv that
were rapidly being monopolized by outsiders. The
name was changed to the Ansonia Sentinel when
the borough was made a town by action of the
Legislature in Mav, 1888.

The mechanical outfit of the Sentinel is worthy
of special mention. .\ Potter drum cylinder press,
a small Gordon jobber and type enough for im-
mediate needs were all the office boasted when the
business was started. At the present dav there is
hardly a city of the size of Ansonia which has a
newspaper etiuipment so uj) to date and complete.
The setting of type by hand was discontinued sev-
eral years ago, and three Mergenthaler linotype
machines installed. These have since been increased
to five. Xew presses have been purchased from
time to time, each an improvement on its predeces-
sor, and the Hoe two-deck Straight-Line Rotary
now in use has a capacity of 20,000 4 or 8-page pa-
pers, or 10,000 10, 12 or 16-page papers per hour.
The facilities for obtaining news are on a par with
the equipment. The Sentinel is served by the As-
sociated Press, and receives the news direct in the
editorial rooms by private wire.

AXDREW EOOTE AUSTIX is one of the best
known and most influential citizens of Xorth Ha-
ven, his public life having covered many years.
His family ranked among the oldest settlers in the
State. John Austin married Prudence Roys, and
testified to the birth of their son, Joshua, in Walling-
ford. Conn., in 1708. Joshua Austin married
Mercy Hall, and tlieir son, Abner, was born in
W'allingford Xov. 17, 1734. Abner Austin married
Ann Beers, and their son, Joseph, became the grand-
father of the subject of this review.

Joseph Austin followed agricultural pursuits in
W'allingford, where he married Bethia Page. They
had three sons. Abner, Caleb and Joseph. He died
in Xorth Haven.

Joseph Austin was born April 23, 1803, and in
1825 came to Xorth Haven, locating on the land
now owned and occupied by his son, following the
occupation of farming and butchering until his-
death, which occurred Oct. 14, 1854. He married
Celia, daughter of Rufus and Elizabeth (Harrison)
Foote ; the three children born to this union were :
Andrew Foote; Abner E., who married Ruth i^'.
Coe, and after her death wedded Mary Gilbert ;
Charles R., who died in August, 1851.

Andrew F. Austin was born March 26, 1834, on
the farm he now owns. His primary education was
received in the district schools, and was supple-
mented in the State Xormal School, his natural abil-
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eighteen years old. For fifteen years he was en-
gaged in teaching in the winters and farming in the
summers. W'iien he reached his twcnt\-fifth year
he was appointed a justice of tlie peace, which po-
sition he lias held for fortv-three years, being a
trial justice, and still holds the office. His decisions
are of such an impartial character, and show so
much wisdom, that his fellow citizens have been
justified in reposing their confidence in him for so
long a period. ]Mr. Austin has heUI for many years
the office of school' visitor, the duties of which lie
i has faithfull\- performed. In 1880 he was made
' census enumerator, in the taking of the tenth cen-
sus of the I02d district, which then included his
■ native town. In 1882 he had the honor of repre-
senting his town in the Legislature, serving on the
committee on Claims. In 1862 he was made a se-
lectman, and served for fourteen years in that ca-
[ pacity as town agent. For many years he was a
' trusted and valued employe of the Marvin Safe
'Co., of Xew York, and traveled in the sale of
Ijurglar proof safes, severing this connection when
the company entered the combine : he was similarly
■engaged with the firm of Bradlev & Co.. of Syra-
cuse, N. Y., leaving them onlv when the firm went
out of business.

Although the owner of a fine farm. Mr. Austin
•does little farming himself, his time being occupied
with his business in the community, and with that
of the Mutual Life Insurance Co., of Xew York,
of which he is the agent. 'Sir. Austin settles up
estates where the intricacies of the law make dif-
ficult and long continued litigation, anil his methoils
of honest and fearless justice have caused his ad-
vice to be sought and acted upon. Had Mr. Austin
entered the legal profession, it is the opinion of
his acquaintances that he would have made his
mark; his judgments are almost always sustained
by the higher courts.

On Xov. 26. 1857, yiv. Austin married Char-
lotte P. Stilei, a native of Xorth Haven, and a
daughter of Horace and Lois P. Stiles, the former a
brick manufacturer ef Xorth Haven. Mr. Stiles
was a son of Isaac Clark Stiles, and a grandson of
Isaac Stiles, who was a brother of Ezra Stiles,
president of Yale College. Isaac Stiles was born in
Windsor. His father, Isaac Stiles, came to Xorth
Haven in 1724. and was a Congregational minister
there until 17(10. Isaac was a son of John Stiles,
who was born in Windsor, in 1697. a son of Francis
Stiles, who came with seven others of the name to
America on the ship "Christian" in 1634, landing in
Boston, and going to Windsor with the Rev. War-
ham expedition.

To Mr. and Mrs. Austin were given two sons.
The younger. Gardener -E.. died in February, 1895.
The elder, Frederick W., married Juline Rebecca
Barnes, and two children have been born to them,
■Clarence A. and Esther Louise. He resides in Xew
Haven, where he is emjjloyed in the office of the
^Merwin Provision Co. In politics our subject has



always been a stanch Republican and has been a
useful and active worker for his party. All the fam-
ily are identified with the Xorth Haven Congre-
gational Church, and they enjoy the esteem of the
community.

BEXJAMIX HALL, dairy farmer of East Wal-
lingford, warden of the Episcopal Church, and one
of the leading spirits of his conmiunity, was born
on the farm which is now his home Oct. 30, 1830.
.\ descendant of one of the old families of Xew
Haven county, he has worthily sustained the family
honor by a clean and upright life.

John Hall was the first of this family to settle
in Xew Haven county. Coming from England to
Boston prior to 1650. with his family, he located
in this region. In. 1660 his three sons, with others,
came to Wallingford. and were signers of the Plan-
tation Covenant. On this interesting document
John Hall's name appears in 1672. In 1675 he
was chosen selectman of the town, as was also his
son John, and here the remainder of his life was
spent; he died in 1676, at the age of seventy-one
vears. He and his wife, Jane ( Woolen), had seven
children: (i) John, baptized Aug. 9, 1646, died
Sept. 2, 1721 ; (2) Richard was born July 11, 1645;
(3) Samuel, born May 21. 1646, died March 5,
1725; (4) Sarah was baptized Aug. 9, 1646; (5)
Thomas was born 2^Iarch 25, 1649; (6) Jonathan
was born April 5. 165 1 ; (7) David, born March
18, 1652, died July 17, 1727.

John Hall (2), the eldest in the family of John,
was one of the first settlers of Wallingford, where
he was postmaster and a man of influence, and
where he died. On Dec. 6, 1666, he was married
to Mary, daughter of Edward Parker, and she died
Sept. 22, 1725, the mother of the following chil-
dren: (i) Elizabeth, born Aug. 11. 1670; (2)
Daniel, born July 26. 1672, who married Thankful
Lyman; (3) Mary, born June 23, 1675; (4) Xa-
thaniel, born Feb. 8. 1677, who married Elizabeth
Curtiss; (5) John, born March 14, 1681 ; (6) Lydia,
born Jan. 21, 1683 ; (7) Samuel, born Dec. 24, 1686,
who died Xov. i, 1689; (8) Esther, born Aug. 30,
1693; (9) Caleb, born Sept. 14, 1697.

John Hall (3), whose name appears in the fore-
going list, was born in Wallingford, and was mar-
ried June 28, 1707, to Elizabeth Royce, who died
Sept. 2, 1755. at the age of sixty-six years. He
lived to be eighty-five years old. passing away April
2~. 1766. A land owner and a practical and suc-
cessful farmer, he spent his entire life in Walling-
ford. He' had a numerous family, whose names
and dates of birth are as follows : ( i ) Isaac and
(2) Peter, twins, July 22, 1709; (3) John, Dec.
28, 1712; (4) Asahel, Jan. 19. 1717; (5) Royce,
Dec. 26, 1718 (graduated from Yale, 1737, and died
Mav 29, 1752)'; (6) Abigail, March 7, 1723; (7)
Elizabeth, Julv 0. 1725; (S) Benjamin. April 4,
1728 ( married' Phebe Hall, and died Dec. 11, 1806) ;
(9) Elisha, Sept. 15, 1730; (lo) Sarah, Aug. 25,



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1J52; and (11) Abel, tlie date of whose birth is now
unknown.

John Hall (4). son of John (3), born Dec. 28,
1712, was a lifeior.jj farmer in his native town of
\Vallingford. where he died Mav 13, 1795; he was
buried in Guilford. Abigail Rusfell became his
wife June 11, 1739, and they had the following
cliildren: .(i) Elias, born March 10, 1740; (2)
Jared, July 19, 1741; (3) Abigail. Oct. 16, 1743;
(4) John, Dec. G, 1744: (5) Elizabeth. Sept. 28,
1745; (6) William, June 15, 1747; (7) Mary, Jan.
23, 1749; (8) Eunice. July 6. 175 1 ; (9) Anna C,
Aug. 15, 1755: ( 10) Benjamin. July 2. 1757.

Benjamin Hall, the grandfather of our subject
proper, was born as noted above in the town of
\\'allingford, and like his father was an extensive
land owner and farmer. He owned and cultivated
the farm wljere his grandson now lives, and the
handsome house which is the home of the Hall fam-
ily was built by him. In politics he was a Whig.
and in religion a member of the Congregational
Church, ^ir. Hall married Lydia Cook, and they
had four children : ( i ) Lyman was born March
20, 1798: (2] Marv, born June 12. i/CX). married
Joel Curtis; (3) Enieline married Miner Harrison;
(4 )Orrin was born ]\Iarch 2, 1803.

Orrin Hall, father of Benjamin, lost his father
by death while he was still very young, and ob-
tained only a district-school education. From an
early age he was engaged in farm labor. When he
was twenty-eight years old he settled on the old
homestead, where he became engaged in fanning
and stock raising, and he remained on the farm all
his life, dying there at the ripe age of seventy-two
years. His remains rest in the Center street cem-
etery at Wallingford. In religion he was a mem-
ber of the Congregational Church, and in politics
-a Whig in early life, and in later years a Demo-
crat. Abstemious and temperate in his habits, and
a hard-working man, he was a good citizen and a
"kind father. Orrin Hall and Mary Todd were mar-
ried in Wallingford, where she was bom, in. the
Society of Xorthford. daughter of Thelas Todd.
Four children came to this union: (i) Benjamin
is mentioned below; (2) Gloson is living retired in
New Haven: (3) Marv is the widow of Ransom
Baldwin; (4) Elbert resides in western Missouri.
The mother died in Meriden, at the home of her
daughter, and was buried in the Center street cem-
etery, Wallingford. A member of the Episcopal
Church, she was a good Christian woman, and was
highly respected in every relation of life.

Benjamin Hall began life as a poor boy, and had
only the advantages of a common-school educa-
tion. He worked at farm lalxir from a very early
age, and continued thus imtil his marriage, when
he settled down to farming on his own account,
anct has ever since been engaged in general agri-
culture and stock raising. To-day he is one of
the most extensive dairymen of Wallingford, keep-
ing a herd of sixty cows. ^lany improvements have



! been wrought on the farm since it passed into his
I hands, and he is one of the largest land owners
in the town of Wallingford, accumulating this ex-
tensive property very largely through his own ef-
I forts. A genial and affable man, he is pronounced
a good neighbor, and a kindly-hearted and upright
' member of the communitv by all that know him.
I He resides on the old homestead where five gcnera-
: tions of Halls have lived. Twice appointeil post-
master at East Wallingford during the McKinley
1 administration, he filled that position until the of-
i fice was abandoned for the rural delivery.
j Benjamin Hall was married, in 1857, in East

! Haven, to Aliss Martha Todd, daughter of Jonah
H. Todd. She died in 1862 in East Wallingford,
and was buried in the Center street cemetery. A
member of the Episcopal Church, she was an ex-
emplary woman in every respect. For his second
wife Mr. Hall married, on April 11, 1866, Clarissa
C. Porter, who was born in Farmington, Conn., a
daughter of William S. Porter. Two children were
born to the first marriage : ( i ) Jane Elizabeth,
who married Alson B. Bartholomew, of Walling-
ford, and died April zt,, 1892: and (2) Martha
Todd, who married Hon. Henry C. Wooding, of
YalesviUe. a dairy farmer. Air. Hall is now serving
his sixth year as senior warden of the Episcopal
Church, of which he has been a vestryman for many
years. He is also a member of the Wallingford
Grange, and is highly respected in, the community.
Domestic in his habits, he has led a clean and
wholesome life, and believes that the noblest ideals
may be largely carried out in our dailv acts. He is
singularly free from the petty vices that mar social
life, has never used tobacco, and has never been
under the influence of intoxicants ; he has never
taken a drink at a bar.

RICHARD MANSFIELD EVERIT, a retired
merchant, fcrmerlv of the old firm of Hotchkiss
Jiros. & Co., of New Haven, but more recently of
the firm of Burdett & Everit, of New York, who
were extensivelv engaged in foreign trade with
Europe, the West Indies and South America, has
long been one of New Haven's leading citizens.

Born April 9. 1824, in the old Mansfield home-
stead — the home of his maternal ancestors, which
stood in Grand avenue, a little east of the Mill river
bridge and which was purchased by his father —
Mr. Everit is the son of the late Capt. Richard and
Sarah (Mansfield) Everit. The former was a son
of William Everit, a soldier of the Revolution and
a descendant of one of the earliest settlers of Long
Island, while the latter was descended from one
of New Haven's early planters.

William Everit, seeing the British land on Long
Island, immediately went with two others to the
house of the commanding officer. Capt. Woodhull,
to notify him of the landing. While they were in
the house it was surroundetl l^y British troojis, and
the captain of the British demanded the surrender



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of Capt. Woodhull ; the latter gave up his sword to
the British officer, who thereupon ran him through
with it. During the excitement William Everit
and his companions escaped through the window
and hid under the floor of the barn. Thev were
located by the British and made prisoners of war,
being confined where the old post-office was in
Nassau street. Xew York. Mr. Everit made his
escape from the prison through the aid of his wife,
who was in the habit of bringing him provisions
each week. The day of his escape she brought him
a suit of clothes instead of provisions, and after
donning them he mingled with the visitors, and
so escaped, rejoining the Colonists.

Capt. Richard Everit was born in New York
City Dec. 23, 1772. He became a ship master, com-
manding packet ships trading between New York
and Holland, London and Bristol. England, and
also made voyages to other European ports, the
West Indies and South America. The second
American vessel which visited Rio Grande do Sul,
Brazil, now a great hide exporting place, was com-
manded by him. Capt. Everit's life in some respects
was remarkable. He began going to sea at the age
of eleven years, and followed a sea-faring life until
he was fifty, when he retired to New Haven and
lived there for fortv years. During his whole life
he never drank a glass of rum, gin or brandy, a
remarkable circumstance considering his occupation
and the habits and customs of his class and the
times. Being of a kindly and genial disposition, he
had many friends, and few, if any, enemies. He
died March 4, 1863, in New Haven.

On March 31, 181 1. Capt. Everit was married
to Elizabeth Alansfield, who was born Jan. 27, 1780,
daughter of William Alansfield, of New Haven.
She died' ^larch 28, 1818, and Capt. Everit mar-
ried, Feb. 6, 1820, her sister Sarah, who was born
April 4, 1791. 'Sirs. Sarah Everit died July 23,
1875. One son came to the first marriage. Phineas,
bom Dec. 7, 1812. who died unmarried Sept. 18,
1854, in New York. The children of the second
marriage were: Elizabeth, born Jan. 15, 1822, died
July 7, 1822: Richard Mansfield is mentioned be-
low; William Lyon, born Oct. 21, 1826, married
July 28, 1853, Adelaide Prescott Frink ; INIary INIer-
cein, born Felx 7, 1829, married, Aug. 4, 185T,
John H. Coley, who for many years was a leading
dry-goods merchant in New Haven.

Richard Mansfield Everit was educated in the
schools of New Haven and vicinity, attending the
John E. Lovell Lancasterian School, the school
kept by S. A. Thomas, and the old Fair Haven
Academy, an excellent institutiorf, then kept by
Joshua Pearl. Young Everit prepared for college,
but sickness at the time prevented him from com-
mencing a college course, and he entered upon his
business career, beginning Feb. i, 1841, as a clerk
under the late Charles H. Oaks. After remaining
with Mr. Oaks a little less than five years, and going,
during the latter part of his stay, on business for



the first time to the West Indies, he became the
agent of the Peck Bros. — Xathan, Wyllys and
Henry E. — of New Haven, for three years. After
this experience he associated with J. A. Bishop, and
entered upon his first business venture on his own
account. For seven years he spent a large part of
his time in the West Indies, where nearlv all the
New Haven trade was then concentrated. In 185 1
he became associated with Russel, Henry O. and
Edward Hotchkiss, who were the successors of
their father on Long Wharf. Early in that year he
embarked for Brazil on a business inspecting tour,
to ascertain what might be done in a business line.
At Para, on the Amazon, a place then but little
known to Americans, he remained some eighteen
months, and there established a good trade. This
enterprise was the means of introducing into that
region many articles of American growth and pro-
duction, which were before wliollv unknown. On
returning from Brazil, Mr. Everit became a part-
ner in the house of Hotchkiss Bros. & Co., whicli
relations he continued until i860. Desiring a larger



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