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by whom he had three children : Sarah, born Sept.
8, 1765; Truman, born Jan. 12. 1770; and Orange,
born Dec. 28, 1780.

(VI) Truman Webster, son of Stephen, was
born in Litchfield, and settled there, engaging in
farming. He married Diadema San ford, daughter
of Stephen Sanford, of Xorthfield. Conn., their
marriage taking place Oct. 8, 1795. In 1799 they
went to Northfield on a visit, and there their two
boys were taken ill and died, and were buried in
Northfield, whither Mr. Webster then removed, and
where their other six children were born : David
Sanford, born May 30. 1800: Sophia, born May
10, 1802, married Titus Turner: Lyman, born Xov.
7, 1805, married Elizabeth Smith: Abigal, born
July 10, 1808, married Tertius Turner ; Annie, born
April 12, 181 1, married Abner G. Fox; and Sally,
born April 11, 1814. married Aaron W. Fox. The
father of these children died Sept. 17, 1844. aged
seventy-four years, and the mother on Aug. 10,
1839, when over seventy. They were devout mem-
bers of the Presbyterian Church.

(VII) David Sanford Webster, son of Truman,
was born in Litchfield, and followed farming until
within ten years of his death, which occurred in
Virginia in 1867. He married Clarissa Wattles,
daughter of Joseph and Lydia (Dean) Wattles, of

Bethlehem, Conn., the former a well-known bridge
builder of the town, who died aged eighty-two years.
Mrs. Lydia (Dean) Wattles, who was born in O.k-
ford, died at the age of seventy-seven. David
Webster and his wife settled in Bethlehem, where
two children were born that tiled in infancy. In
1837 Mr. Webster purchased a large farm in Pleas-
ant Valley, Conn., and there lived until 1850, when
he removed to Waterbury. Both he and his wife
were members of the Presbyterian Church, and
took a keen interest in all that pertainetl to the wel-
fare of the town. Mrs. Clarissa (Wattles ) Webster
was born in Hebron, Conn., May 11, 1800, and
died in Waterbury Jan. 15, 1873. Of their chil-
dren, four grew to maturity, as follows: (i) Hen-
rietta Louise, born June 11. 1830, was married,
Oct. 9, 1848, to Rev. Apollos Phe'lp Mets. and pre-
vious to locating in their present home in \\'ater-
bury they lived in Canton and Milfonl. Conn., and
Hancock, Mass., respectively. They have had six
children, namely: Elsworth Phelp. born Xov. 12,
1850, was drowned at Ansonia, Conn.. July 28,
1867; Wordsworth B.. born Xov. 18. 1854; John
C, born X'ov. 18, 1856; Mary Louise, born June
16. 1858. married \Villiam L. Horton. July 3. 1884;
Beulah Ruth, born June ir, 1861, died Sept. 22,
1861 ; and Henrietta C, born X'ov. 28. 1863. (2)
Truman Monroe, born March 13, 1833. learned the
trade of a mason, and located at Waterbury. Conn.
In 1866 he wounded his foot by stepping on a nail,
and his death occurred from lockjaw Xov. 23, 1866.
His marriage to Miss Sarah White, of Durham,
Conn., had occurred Oct. 15. 1855, and at his death
he left three children, as follows : Eugene .A... born
July 16, 1856, now a druggist of Springfield, Mass.,
married r^Iiss X'ora Alead, of Xew Haven, Conn.;
Arthur T., born Aug. 15. 1858, now a druggist of
Waterbury, married ]Miss Addie Talmadge, of ]Mid-
dletown, X. Y., Sept. 2, 1880, and has one daugh-
ter; Carrie B.. born March 14, i860, married E.
Darwin Ketcham, Jan. 10, 1882, and has three chil-
dren. (3) Erwin Wattles, mention of whom will
be made below. (4) Albert William, born Jan. 21,
1838, learned the machinist trade, and worked at
this in Waterbury and Xew York, until his loca-
tion in Ansonia in 1864. when he began the manu-
facture of metal goods, which he continued for four
years, and then sold out to enter the dry goods
trade. In 1873 he disposed of his dry goods store,
and entered into partnership with Plummer & Gal-
pin, dealers in clothing, dry goods, boots, shoes,
etc., which continued for three years, when Air.
Plummer withdrew\ and the business was continued
under the name of Galpin & Webster for the next
decade, when it was sold to W. A. Fellows & Co.
Two years later Mr. Webster moved to Xew Ha-
ven, Conn., where he started the Elm City Shoe
Store, which he still continues. He has been twice
married, first on June 13. 1865, to Eliza Marden-
brough Peck, daughter of Eleazer and Louise AT.
Peck, of Ansonia, who died Aug. 10, 1882. leaving


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three children : Louise Mardcnbroiigh, born March
5, 1866, married John Di.-osway. of Staten Island,
and has one dausfhter : William \\"attles and Susie
(twins), born March 16. i8(x). the former of whom
died in Brooklyn. X. Y.. April 10. 1896. and the
latter in infancy. For his second wife Mr. Webster
married on Xov. 14. 1887, Miss Jennie P. Hor-
ton, daughter of Joseph S. and Annie Eliza Horton.
of Port Ewen, X. Y.. and they have two children:
Albert Raymond, born Sept. 29, 1889; and Annie
Clarissa, born Feb. 21. 1894.

(A'lII) Erwi.v W.vttles W'edster. son of
David Sanford \\'ebster, was born in Bethlehem,
Conn., April 9, 1836, and his common school course
was supplemented by one term at the select school
in Watertown. Conn. In 1853. when seventeen
years old. he left home to make his way in the
world, taking a place in the ticket office of the
Xaugatuck Railway Company, at AX'aterbury. and
in 1857 he removed to .Ansonia. to assume the duties
of his present position as general freight agent of
the Xaugatuck division of the X. Y.. X. H. & H.
R. R. He has cliarge of all the freight and pas-
senger traffic and of the telegraph office, the entire
working force being under his direction. When
he took charge he had but one man as assistant, but
at present the station has seven clerks. Ijeing the
second largest of the twenty-seven stations on the
line of sixty-five miles of railway, all manufactur-
ing towns. He has now been connected with this
company for forty-eight years, and, with the ex-
ception of the superintendent, has been in their serv-
ice longer than any other man. In 1863 he formed
a partnership with his brother, Albert \\'., and for
four years they operated a factory at .\nsonia. mak-
ing fancy metal goods. Politically Mr. Webster
" has been a Democrat all his life, but his breadth of
view and liberality of opinion have won him friends
in both parties. His public spirit has been shown
in manv ways, notably in official life, to which he
has frequently been called by his fellow citizens.
He has served many years on the town committee
and as delegate to State and county conventions
and as selectman and town agent of Derby and An-
sonia he gained the approval of the best element in
both parties. He was first elected in the old town
of Derby in 1877, and in the following year was
made town agent. This position he held seven
years, and when Ansonia was organized he became
the first town agent there. In 1893. when a candi-
date for the State Legislature, he had a handsome
majority, and his re-election in 1895 was a well-
deserved tribute to his faithfulness and efficiency
as a member of that body. When nominated for
mayor of Ansonia. in 1895. he defeated one of the
strongest candidates in the Republican party, and
in 1896 he was again chosen for the position. He
has been actively interested in educational affairs,
and served as a member of the school board for a
number of years, part of the time as chairman. He
has also been burgess of the borough, register of

I vital statistics, and grand juror, and has filled other

positions of a public nature, giving to the duties of

I each the sound judgment and executive ability

i which have characterized his business career. So-

I cially he is identified with Cieorge Washington

I Lodge, Xo. 82. F. & .\. M.: Mount \'ernon Chap-

I ter. R. A. M., and the. Council, and his thirty years'

memliership make him one of the oldest Masons in

the locality. He and his wife are members of the

Episcopal Church, of which for three years he was

junior warden.

Mr. Webster has been twice married, first to
Miss Jane Miller, of Avon, Conn., who died Aug.
15. 1858. On Jan. i, 1861, he married Miss Sarah
Rogers, who was ])orn in Millerton, X. Y.. daugh-
ter of Orlando and Thirza (I'uUer) Rogers. One
child was born of this union — .\lcine \irginia. who
married Frank G. Hotchkiss. .\pril 25. 1887, and
died at the age of twentv-five. Xov. 7, 1889, leaving
one daughter, -\lcine Webster, born Jan. 4, 1889,
who resides with her grandparents. Mrs. Webs-
ter's ancestors were early settlers on Long Island,
and her great-grandfather. Isaac Rogers, and his
wife, Annie Wilcox, removed from there to Fisli-
kill-on-the-Hudson, and in 1773 to Millerton, then
called Xortheast. Joel Rogers, son of Isaac Rogers,
was born at Fishkill-on-the-Hudson, and later made
his home, with his wife, .\nnie Hedger. on a farm
near "Boston Corners," where he died at the age
of eighty years, leaving a large family. His wife
died at the age of eighty-one. (Jrlando Rogers,
father of Mrs. Webster, was a son of Joel, and was
born and reared on the old homestead, following
farming in that vicinity for many years, and dying
at the age of si.xty-one. Both he and his wife,
Thirza Fuller, were devout members of the Meth-
odist Church, in which faith she died at the age of
sixty-three. Thirza (Fuller) Rogers was a daugh-
ter of Xathaniel Fuller, a farmer of Xorth East,
and his wife, Dorcas, and his father, also Xathaniel
bv name, was a soldier in the Revolutionary army.
Orlando Rogers and wife had eight children, of
whom two sons and three daughters are living:
Hilan, station agent at Torrington, and a promi-
nent man there; Henry; Harriet Ellen, who mar-
ried the late Xathaniel Lewis: Sarah, Mrs. Webs-
ter: ]\larv, widow of Walter Gilbert. Mrs. Webs-
ter is a member of the Daughters of the American
Revolution, through her great-grandfather, Isaac
Rogers, mentioned above.

EDMUXD GOODRICH, one of the active,
prominent and enterprising citizens of East Haven,
is now devoting his time and attention to dairy
farming and the wood ])usiness. He owns and ope-
rates a well-improved and valuable farm of 125
acres, and, being a man of keen discrimination,
sound judgment and good business ability, he is
meeting with most gratifying success in his under-

A native of Xew Haven county, Mr. Goodrich

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was born' Aug. 7, 1828, on the old homestead in the
town of Branford, son of William and Mary A.
(Whiting) Goodrich, and grandson of Bartholomew
Goodrich, a lifelong farmer, who died at the ripe
old age of eighty-six years. I'he father was born
on the same farm as our subject, and died at the
age of fifty-three. In his family were eight chil-
dren, namely: John, who died at the age of nine-
teen years: Edmund, our subject; Sarah, now the
widow of X. S. Hallcnbeck : Jennette, widow of
George Baldwin: Miles and Grace, both deceased:
Horace, who lives on the old homestead in Bran-
ford ; and one who died in infancy.

The subject of this review remained on the home
farm in his native town until fifteen j-ears of age,
and then went to New Haven, where he served a
five years' apprenticeship to the carriagemaker's
trade with David Wilcoxon, receiving S25 per year
and his board. He continued to work at his trade
until 1861, when he removed to Seymour and en-
gaged in farming for three years, after which he
again followed carriagemaking in New Haven for
two years. In 1865 he located upon the farm in
East Haven where he still makes his home, and to
its cultivation and improvement has since devoted
his energies with marked success.

On Oct. 6, 1852, Mr. Goodrich married Miss
Mary A. Chandler, who was born Julv 7, 1829, in
Elizabeth. X. J., and when a child was brought to
New Haven. She died Dec. 30, 1900. Edmund C..
the only child of this union, born May 18. 1857, is
engaged in farming with his father. He married
Miss Mary A. Hall, who was born in North Bran-
ford, daughter of Samuel L. and Anna (Leete)
Hall, the former of whom served as a private in the
Civil war, was wounded, and received an honorable
discharge. Six children have been bom to Mr. and
Mrs. Edmund C. Goodrich, viz. : Emma E., Dec.
21, 1880; Lyman H.. March 15. 1884: ^Merton A.,
Aug. 26, 1887; Grace C. April 10. 1892: Carrie M.,
July 17, 1896; William E.. May 23. 1898.

Politically our subject is identified with the Re-
publican party, and religiously he is a member of
the Congregational Church. As a public-spirited
citizen he has manifested a deep interest in the prog-
ress of his town and county, and has ever taken
his part in support of those measures calculated to
prove of public good.

JAMES McDERMOTT. a retired stone mason
and highly esteemed citizen of Union City, Conn.,
was born in County Kildare. Ireland, in 1827. His
father, John McDermott, was also a stone mason
by trade, and spent his entire life on the Emerald
Isle. He married Ellen Dunn, a native of Kings
County, Ireland, and to them were born eleven chil-
dren, all of whom lived and died in Ireland with
the exception of our subject. He grew to manhood
in his native land, was educated in the national
schools, and there learned. the stone mason's trade.

Mr. McDermott was married in Ireland to Miss

Margaret Brennan. a sister of Andrew and P. J.
Brennan, of Xaugatuck, Conn., and they became the
parents of the following children: James, who has
now retired from business and is living on the in-
come derived from his property ; William, a Catholic
priest now located at Danville. Ohio; John, a farm-
er of Naugatuck ; Andrew, a grocer of Union City,
Conn. ; Mary A., wife of Joseph Le Roy, of Nauga-
tuck ; Patrick, foreman for E. E. Stevens, a lum-
ber dealer of Xaugatuck ; Julia, wife of James
Hagerty, of Brooklyn, X. Y. ; Margaret, wife of
Joseph Doran, of X'augatuck ; and Thomas and
Xellie, who died in infancy.

In 1871 Air. McDermott. with his family, emi-
grated to America, and took up his residence in.
Xaugatuck, Xew Haven Co., Conn., where lie
; worked at his trade for many }-ears. but is now
living a retired life in Union City, enjoying a well-
earned rest. He is a faithful member of St. Francis
Catholic Church, and is a Democrat in politics.


and influential citizen of Cheshire, was born in the

town of Prospect, Xov. 23, 1833. a son of Spencer

! and Sally (Ferrell) Tyler, also natives of Prospect,

where they spent their entire lives. The father,

who was a son of Ichabod and Elizabeth ( Stearns )

Tyler, natives of Cheshire, died in 1856, the mother

in 1857. Our subject is the fourth in order of

birth in a family of six children, the others being

as follows : Mary, who first wedded Stephen Beec'n-

; er, and second a Mr. Day. and died in Forestville,

Conn. ; Luke, a merchant of Short Beach ; Charlotte,

wife of Henry Mix, of Bristol; Sarah, who mar-

; ried Henry Russell, and died in Wallingford in

I 1894: and Fannie, wife of William Berkley, of

i Waterbury, Connecticut.

i The early life of George F. Tyler was passed
j in his native town, where he attended school and
1 learned the matchmaker's trade, which he followed
i for some time. Later he worked at brazing in a
I hoe and fork factory before and after the Civil war.
I During that conflict he laid aside all personal in-
i terests and offered his services to the government,
enlisting at Prospect, in July, 1862, in Company A,
20th Conn. V. I., for three years. The regiment
was mustered in at Xew Haven and assigned to the
Army of the Potomac. While stationed at Arling-
ton Heights, Mr. Tyler was taken ill and was hon-
orably discharged Dec. 4, 1862. He continued to
make his home in Prospect until 1803, when he
removed to Cheshire, where he now lives.

In his native town Mr. Tyler was married, in
1853, to Miss Emily A. Mi.x. who was born in
Wallingford, a daughter of Elias and Maria ( Judd^
Mix, also natives of Xew Haven county. The fa-
ther was a spoonmaker at Wallingford, and from
there moved to Wolcott, thence to Cheshire; he
died in Prospect April 11, 1861, aged fifty-si.x
years, and his wife died in the same town July 28,
1894, at the age of eighty-three years. To our



subject and his wife was born one daughter, Emma
G., who married Edgar B. Jeralds, and died in
Prospect in February, 1876.

Mr. Tyler was for two vears commander of
Edward A. Doolittle Post, No. 5, G. A. R., of
Cheshire, and is an active and prominent member
of the Congregational Church, of which he is one
of the deacons. His political support is alwavs
given to the men and measures of the Republican
party, and he has been honored by his fellow citi-
zens with several important official positions. He
was a member of the State Legislature from Pros-
pect in 1870 and in 1882 : was doorkeeper of the
House in 1887, 1889 and 1894; and doorkeeper of
the Senate in 1897. He also served as selectman,
justice of the peace, and in various other local
offices in Prospect, and since coming to Cheshire
was elected justice of the peace, but resigned. His
public and private life are alike above reproach,
and wherever known he is held in high regard.

FRANK HAR\'EY THOMAS, a representa-
tive and prominent citizen of Woodbridge, traces
his ancestry back to more than one honored old
family of that town. On the paternal side his great-
great-grandfather was Amos Thomas, and the
great-grandfather, John Thomas. The grandfather,
who also bore the name of Amos Thomas, was prob-
ably a native of Woodbridge, where he grew to
manhood and married Lucretia Baldwin, a native
of that town and a granddaughter of Thomas Bald-
win,, who was born there. Her great-grandfather,
Bamabus Baldwin, the first of the family in this
locality of whom we have an)- definite knowledge,
was a farmer of Woodbridge and Milford, and was
probably born in the latter place. Our subject's
grandfather, Amos Thomas, v^'as a carriagemaker
by trade, and engaged in that business in New Ha-
ven, where he also conducted a grocery store for a
time. He owned property on Whalley avenue. A
man of fine physical appearance, he was commis-
sioned general in the State Alilitia, was captain of
the police force of New Haven, a member of the
fire department of that city, and foreman of No. 2
for a time. In politics he was a stanch Democrat.

John Thomas, the father of our subject, was
born in Woodbridge in 1819, and was educated in
the schools of that town. He lived in New Haven,
Conn., and Newark, N. J., in both of which cities
he engaged in carriage building — a trade he had
learned from his father — and for many years was a
resident of Derby, where he engaged in the gro-
cery business. His political support was also given
the Democratic party. In O.xford he married Miss
Eunice Johnson, a daughter of Harvey and Nancy
(Riggs) Johnson. She was born Sept. 28, 1822,
and died April 27, 1897, while he died Jan. 8,
1865. Their children were Charles (i), Charles
(2), John, Adelia and Lottie, all deceased; Frank
Harvey, our subject; and Charles, a piano tuner
of Derby, Connecticut.

Frank H. Thomas was born in New Haven Sept.
17, 1844, and was five years of age at the time
of the removal of the family to Derby, where he at-
tended school. At the age of eighteen he begnn
life for himself as a mechanic in the Colt rifle shops
at Hartford, Conn., and also clerked in his father's
store. For three years he was engaged in the livery
business in Derby, and embarked in the manu-
facture of corsets there, but later the plant was
moved to New Haven, where business was carried
on under the firm name of I. Newman & Co., and
where employment was furnished 400 hands. Mr.
Thomas owned a third interest in this business, but
owing to poor health sold out at the end of eight
years. In March, 1880, he returned to Woodbridge,
where he purchased a farm of fifty acres, and has
since successfully engaged in farming, making a
specialty of vegetables and fruits.

At Derby, Dec. 25, 1866. Mr. Thomas was mar-
ried by Rev. Stephen L. Mershon to Miss Jane
Miller, a daughter of Samuel and Barbara (Smith)
Miller and granddaughter of Samuel Miller. The
father was born, reared and married in -England,
where he worked at carriage painting for some
years, and then emigrated to America, locating in
New Haven, Conn., where he died at a compar-
atively early age. After his death the family moved
to Derby, where the mother died at the age of
seventy-five years. She, too. was born in England,
and was a daughter of Arthur Smith. Henry Grat-
ton. a relative of the .Smith family, and a man of
some literary note, is buried in Westminster. Mrs.
Thomas was born Feb. 13, 1848, and is one of a
large family of children, the others being as fol-
lows : David, deceased, who was in the carriage
business in New Haven ; Eleanor, wife of George
Smith, of Shelton, Conn., upon whose land the
home for working girls now stands ; Elizabeth, de-
ceased wife of James Buckley, of Derby; Arthur,
an officer of the British army in active service, who
first enlisted as one of the Queen's Own Guard,
and when last heard from was about to embark for
India; Mary, wife of William Tyther, of Shelton,
Conn. ; Samuel, also a resident of Shelton, who
was a soldier in the Union army during the war of
the Rebellion, and was severely wounded and taken
prisoner while in the service; ^Martha, deceased;
Martha (2), deceased; Jane and Sarah, twins, the
former the wife of our subject, the latter de-
ceased ; and Richard, deceased.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas have five children :
Martha Eva, born June 14, 1868, is a milliner of
New Haven. John Amos, born Jan. 30, 1870, mar-
ried Lillian Truclla, of Derby, by whom he has one
daughter; he is a carpenter of Shelton. Dwight
Samuel, born Sept. 6. 1871, is a mason of Hart-
ford. Arthur Frank, born March 21, 1876, married
Carrie Hills, and has one child, Franklin Arthur;
he is a machinist of Shelton, Conn. Lillian Bar-
bara, born Jan. 4, 1885, is at home. Both our sub-
ject and his wife are consistent members of the



Congregational Church, and while in business Mr.
Thomas also affiliated with the Knights of Pythias.
He is a stanch Republican, but has never been an
office seeker. He is a man of recognized abilitv,
and, with his estimable wife, stands high in the coni-
niunity where they make their home. Those who
know them best are numbered among their warmest

WILLIAM SMITH, a highly esteemed citizen
of East Haven, who for many years has been identi-
fied with its agricultural interests, was born in that
town on the farm where John Thompson now lives,
Dec. 28, 1822. It was also the birthplace of his
grandfather, Samuel Smith, a son of Daniel Smitii.
Our subject's father, Asahel Smith, was born there
Dec. 10, 1787. He married Eunice ^liner, and to
them were born eight children, namely : Mary,
Lester, Henry, \\'illiam, Harriett, Lucius, Harvey
and Elizabeth. He died at the advanced age of
ninety-one years, and his wife at the age of sev-
enty-six. He was a soldier of the war of 18 12, and
his father was a member of the Continental army
in the Revolutionary war.

William Smith remained upon the old home-
stead, aiding his father in its operation until the
spring of 1849, when a company of seventy-five men
purchased the bark, "J. \\'alls," and made prepara-
tions to go to the gold fields of California. They
sailed from New Haven on June 4, rounded Cape
Horn, and after a voyage of seven months and five
days landed in San Francisco. Air. Smith went to
Sutters Mills and was engaged in prospecting and
mining on the south fork of the American river for
some time, starting back east in November, 1850.
On his return to East Haven he resided on the old
homestead until his marriage.

On April 25, 1852, Mr. Smith married Aliss
Sarah J. Thompson, who was born June 19, 1827,
a daughter of John and Julia A. (Foote) Thomp-
son, the latter born Dec. 19, 1802. Her father was
born Aug. 12, 1802, and was a son of John Thomp-
son, Sr., a soldier of the Revolutionary war. The
latter was a son of Timothy Thompson, a resident
of the town of East Haven, where many of his
descendants still make their home. Mrs. Smith is
the third in order of birth in a family of six chil-
dren, the others being Elizabeth A., John H., Will-
iam S., Jerah F. and Isaac B. Jerah F. Thomp-
son was a soldier in the war of the Rebellion, en-
listing first at Trenton, N. J., in August, 1S62, for
nine months, in Company B. 21st Regiment, and

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