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of the name are now living in Germany. It is a
Saxon name meaning "place," and is written in-
differently with or witliout the final "e," more com-
monly with it.

About the year 1500 there was dwelling in St.
Michael's parish, London, Thomas Stowe, who is
the first known ancestor. His will is recorded
among the births in the London Register. His son,
Thomas Stowe, Jr., was the historian and annalist,
well known in history ; he was Duke of Devonshire
and Buckingham. From the Heralds' College it
appears that there is a coat of arms, with the title
of Duke, belonging to Thomas, Jr. Previous to
their emigration to America a number of Stowes
•had lived in London, England, during several cen-
turies. Their principal residence was in Leadenhall
street, and they owned the beautiful place now oc-
cupied by the Duke of Buckingham, and known as
"Stow Park." The name is also very common in

John Stowe, Jr., the first Stowe to arrive in
America, was born in England about 1595, and
landed at Boston April 12, 1635, coming over in
the ship "Elizabeth," Capt. Stagg, master. From
there he moved to Roxbury, 2vlass., and he gave
three acres of land for the grammar school of Rox-
bury. He died ui September, 1663. From him
Charles H. Stowe traces his ancestry through
Thomas, Sr., Thomas. Jr., Samuel, Stephen, Jede-
diah, Sr., Jedediah, Jr., and Alvin.

Stephen Stowe. the tenth child of Deacon Sam-
uel, was born May 22, 1726. He married Free-
love Baldwin, of Milford, and the local Daughters
of the American Revolution have honored her mem-
ory by naming their chapter for her. During the
Revolutionary war a British ship had on board a
large number of .\merican prisoners afflicted with a
contagious disease, whom they landed one cold win-
ter's night near the Stowe home. He kept them
during the night, and as no one could be found to
care for them he volunteered to do so. Feeling
that it meant to sacrifice his life, he made his will
the next morning. In two weeks time he contracted
the disease and died. He is termed a martvr to his

The Stowe family has been represented in the
State from pioneer times, and Jedediah Stowe. the
grandfather of Charles H., was born in New Ha-
ven county. For many years his occupation was
farming, and his death occurred in Milford. He

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married Martha Camp, and they had eight children,
two of whom died in childhood. Jerry, a carpenter
by trade, resided in ^Milford many years, but died
in Bridgeport. Alvin is mentioned more fully be-
low. ^Iary married Charles Baldwin, a grocer of
Milford. Caroline married Samuel B. Guiin. Har-
riet married Hezekiah Baldwin. Martha married
Isaac Woodrut?, of iNIilford.

Alvin Stowe. our subject's father, was born in
Milford May S, 1S02. and died ^^larch 21, 1889. He
was a farmer by occupation, owning a farm of one
hundred acres. He was prominent in local affairs,
being one of the organizers of the Democratic party
<in the town, served several .times as assessor, and
three years as. selectman. As a member of the Con-
gregational Church he was active in religious work.
He married Sarah Peck, of Milford, and had four
children, namely: Urban C. born Nov. 2, 1838;
Treat P., born April 22. 1841, died April 22, 1842;
John X., bom March 9, 1846, died Jan. 17, 1892;
Charles H., born Xov. 22, 1848.

Charles H. Stowe. the subject proper of this
sketch, a highly respected citizen of Milford, was
born Nov. 22, 1848. After securing a district and
high school education he learned the machinist's
trade. Later he entered the employ of Baldwin,'
Rice & Read, as machinist, having charge of all
the machines, used bv them in the manufacture of
straw hats. Although the personnel of the firm has
changed several times, he occupies the same posi-
tion. He owns a small farm, but does not give his
personal attention to its cultivation. As a promi-
nent and influential member of the Democratic
party he has held several public otTices, having
served two terms as assessor and four years as se-
lectman. He is a member of the Royal Arcanum
and of the Masonic fraternity. He and his family
are identified with the First Congregational Church
in Milford.

On Nov. 3. 1875, ■^^■'- Stowe married Susan E.
Smith, of Orrington, ]^Iaine, and four children have
blessed their union: Mabel W., born Oct. 31,
1876, wife of Arthur W'hitcomb, of Paterson, N.
/ J. ; Walter P., born Oct. 18, 1878, a graduate of the
New York College of Pharmacy, now located in
Brooklyn as a pharmacist; Stella L. C, born May
2, 1883; and Albert P., born Aug. 16, 1892.

DEACON SA:MUEL HULL, one of the well-
known and much respected citizens of Wallingford,
is a deacon of the Baptist Church, and a leading
agriculturist of that town. Born Feb. 5, 1824. on
the Hull homestead in the North Farms District
of the town, he is a descendant of two of the oldest
and most prominent families in this part of the
State. He has led a long and useful life, acting
from high principles and seeking a noble ideal.

The Hull family came from Derbyshire. Eng-
land, and George Hull, its first representative in
America, settled at Windsor. Conn., in 1636. He
was a surveyor. He married Elizabeth Loomis.

Richard and Andrew Hull, whose relationship to-
George is not known, were at New Haven the year
that gentleman was married, 1639.

Dr. John Hull, an ancestor of Deacon Hull,
was admitted a planter in 1661. Seven years later
he removed to Derby, where he remained until 1O87,
in that year coming to Wallingford to spend the
rest of his life. He died in 171 1. Dr. Hull was the
first of the name in the town. He exchanged the
Hull homestead at Stratford for the Benjamin
Lewis property at \\'allingford. On Oct. 17, 1671,.
he married, for his second wife, ]Mary Jones, and
after her death Rebecca Turner became his \\'ife,
Sept. 20, 1699. To him were born the following
children : John, born March 14, 1661 ; Samuel,
born Feb, 4, 1663; Mary, born Oct. 31, 1666: Jo-
seph, born in 1668 (married Marv Nichols, of Der-
by) ; Benjamin, ^[. D., born Oct. 7, 1672 (married
Elizabeth Andrews) ; Ebenezer, born in 1673 (^ 'tar-
ried Lydia Mix) : Richard, born in 1674; Dr. Jere-
miah, born in 1679; and Asher.

Dr. Jeremiah Hull was a physician of more
than ordinary skill and reputation, and was the pro-
prietor of a considerable tract of land in Walling-
ford, where he died May 14, 1736. On May 24,
171 1, he married Hannah Cook, daughter of Sam-
uel and Hope Cook. She died Dec. 11, 1741. To
this union came the following children: John, born
Nov. 13, 1712, who married Mar\- Andrews; Closes,
born Dec. 21, 1714, who died June 3, 1736; Tabi-
tha, born March 3. 1717; Hannah, born ]\Iarch 18,
1720; Anna; Jeremiah. Ijorn Jan. 5, 1729. mentioned
below; Joseph, born March 24. 1733, who married
Hannah Corbitt ; Patience, born Oct. 20, 1735; and

Jeremiah Hull, noted above, was a prominent
farmer and land owner in Wallingford, where his !
life was spent. He died Aug. 24, 1790, and was
buried in Wallingford. On Jan. 18, 1753, he mar-
ried Mary Merriman, who died Aug. 22. 1774. They
had the following children: Caleb, born Dec. I,
1753; Jeremiah; Samuel; and Ann, who married
Jacob Rice. To his second marriage were bom :
Benjamin ; Levi ; Hannah, who married a Mr.
Heath, of Wallingford ; and Eunice, who married
a Mr. Pratt, of Essex, Connecticut.

Samuel Hull, son of Jeremiah, and grandfather
of Deacon Hull, served as a soldier throughout the
Revolutionary war. He was born in Wallingford,
married Lois Peck, and settled on the Hull home-
stead, on which he made extensive improvements,
being one of the most enterprising famiers of his
day in that section. He was a lifelong agriculturist,
and he and his wife died on the farm. Mrs. Hull
was a woman of much character and cultivation.
Her father's home was in Deerfield, and when that
town was burned by the Indians, in 1704, Mrs.
Hull's mother or .grandmother (with the lapse of
years some uncertainty has arisen), then a girl,
secreted herself, with the town records and Bible,
in the cellar of the only house left standing. The

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Bible is now in the possession of Deacon Samuel
Hull, our subject. Samuel and Lois (Peck) Hull
had three chiklren : William : Sylvester, who mar-
ried Delilah, daughter of ISenajah ^ilorse ; and
Lois, who married Aliles Ives.

William Hull, the father of Deacon Hull, for the
most part educated himself, and was one of the
Tjest-known citizens of the town. He owned and
operated a tract of loo acres in the Xorth Farms
District of Wallingford. en which he made many
substantial improvements, and gave much attention
to stock raising. He did considerable business in
getting out staves and other timber, and was a
prosperous and fore-handed man. In politics he
■was a Democrat, and in religion a member of the
Baptist Church. He died on his farm in 1849,
and was- buried in the Center Street cemetery.
William Hull married Alma Hall, who was bom on
the Wallingford farm now occupied by her son,
•Col. Henry Hull. Her father, Reuben Hall, was
one of the large land owners and farriiers of Wall-
ingford. Her mother was a Miller, and thus our
subject is descended on the maternal side from
Benjamin Miller, of Middlefield, one of the first
settlers there. Benjamin Miller had several sons,
and our subject's wife, Mrs. Susan A. (Miller)
Hull, is descended from one of these on her father's
side, and from another on her mother's side.
Through a third son the line descends to our sub-
ject. The families were first united in the marriage
of Mr. and ^Irs. William Hull, and with the union
of Samuel Hull and Susan A. Miller they are now
doubly united. To Mr. and Mrs. William Hull
came four children : ( i ") Col. Henry married El-
nora Humiston. (2) Elizabeth first married Dr.
O. Doolittle, and later Horace Smith. (3) Samuel
is the subject proper of this article. (4) William
Dexter died at the ag-e of seventeen vears.

Deacon Sanuiel. Hull attended the Xorth Farms
schools, and also a select school at Meriden. He
remained at home with his parents until he reached
the age of twenty years, when he went West to
Illinois, then very largely a wilderness. After
spendino- two years in the West he then came back
to his Connecticut home, but soon returned to Illi-
nois, where he engaged in farming. The poor health
of his father very soon called him home again to
cultivate the familv farm, which passed into his
possession after the death of his parents, and for
the past fifty years he has been engaged in cultivat-
ing this very desirable tract, which has been the
home of his father, grandfather and great-grand-
iather. He n'as one of the first farmers to engage
in tobacco culture. Mr. Hull is now enjoying the
I'ruits of a long and useful life.

Mr. Hull was married Jan. 31. 1855. at Middle-
field, Conn., to Miss Susan A. Miller, who was born
there, daughter of Ira Miller, an old resident of
tbat community. Mrs. Hull was educated in the
I'ublic school of Middlefield and in a select school,
and was a very capable and successful teacher before

her marriage. To this union have come two chil-
dren : (i) Alida was educated in the district school,
a select school in Meriden. and the State Normal
at Xew Britain, and taught school in Wallingford
three terms; she married Horace H. Williams, a
dairy farmer, of East Wallingford. (2> Anna, who
was educated at the district school and in the Gram-
mar School at Boston, married Julius Williams, a

Deacon Hull is a Republican, but has no thirst
for office. He and his wife belong to the Baptist
Church, where for eight years he has officiated as
deacon. They are both highly respected people,
and have many warm friends throughout the com-

The Miller F.vmily, of Middlefield, is traced
to Thomas Miller, of Birmingham. England, who
came to Rowley, Mass., was made a freeman in
1639, ^"d was a carpenter there in 165 1, according
to the records. Thence he moved to r^Iiddletown,
Conn., where lands were recorded in his name in
1654, and where he was admitted to the church
through letter, from Rowley. He built the first
gristmill in that town, and it stood on Miller's
brook, where one of the factories of the Russell
Manufacturing Co. now stands, at the "Farms."
By his first wife, Isabel, he was the father of one
child. Arm, who married in 1653 Xathaniel Bacon.
His second marriage, at the age of fifty-six years,
was to Sarah X'ettleton, daughter of Samuel Xettle-
ton, of Branford. To this union came eight chil-
dren, viz. : Thomas, born May 6, 1666, married
Elizabeth Turner, for his first wife, and for his sec-
ond spouse chose Mary Rowell ; Samuel, born April
I, 1668, married ^lary Eggleston ; Joseph, born
Aug. 21,. 1670, married Rebecca Johnson, in 1701 ;
Benjamin, borr> July 20, 1672, married Mary John-
son, and (second) Mercy Bassett : John, born March
10, 1674, married Mary Bevin in 1700: ^largaret
married Isaac Johnson; Sarah; ^Iehitabel, born
March 28, 1681, was married to George Hubbard.
'Thomas Miller, the emigrant, father of this family,
died Aug. 14, 1680, and his widow passed away
March 20, 1727.

Benjamin ^liller, the fourth of the above family,
was one of the first three settlers of Middlefield
town. He located in the southern part, on the east
side of the Coginchaug or West river, not far from
the Durham line. Tradition has it that the title of
"governor" was conferred upon him, partly because
of his influence with the Indians, partly on account
of his being a large land owner, and partly on ac-
count of his dominant disposition. He was not,
however, exempt from the action of the law. as will
be seen. He was greatly annoyed at the frequent
loss of his pigs, and suspected that they were de-
voured by bears ; he accordingly kept watch, and
one Sunday morning caught Bruin in the act, and
shot and killed the animal. For this he was arrested
on the charge of desecrating the Sabbath.

Benjamin Miller first married, Sept. 18, 1696,


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Mary Johnson, who was born in 1676, a daughter
of Nathaniel and Marv (Smith) Johnson. They
had eight children, namely: Rebecca married David
Robinson, of Durham: ^lary married a Spencer, ot
Haddani; Benjamin, born Oct. 2, 1700, married
Hannah, daughter of David Robinson ; Sarah, born
Oct. 5, 1702, became the wife of Joseph Hicko.x,
of Durham: Hannah, bnrn June i, 1704, was mar-
ried to Ephraim Coe : Isaac, born May 2, 1706, died
unmarried: Mehitabel. born Feb. 5. 1707, was mar-
ried to A. Barnes : and Ichabod, born Dec. 15, 1709,
married Elizabeth Cromwell, daughter of Capt. Jo-
seph Cromwell. ^Irs. ^[ary Z^Iiller, mother of the
above named children, died Dec. 15, 1709, and Ben-
jamin Miller, for his second wife, married Mercy
Bassett, who was born in New Haven in 1677. To
this union came seven children, namely : Lydia
married Eliakim Snow; Amos, born June i, 1713,
married Abigail Cromwell : Ebenezer, born Aug.
20, 1714, died unmarried: Martha, born Dec. 8,
1715, married Thomas Atkins: Rhoda, born March
8, 1717. was married to Benjamin Bacon: David,
born Oct. 3, 1718, married Elizabeth Brainerd;
Thankful died unmarried. Benjamin Aliller, the
father, who was a man of fine physique, and very
powerful, died Nov. 22, 1747, and Mercy, his widow,
died Feb. 9, 1756. The remains of both were in-
terred in the old cemetery at ]\Hddlefield.

Amos Miller, the second child born to the sec-
ond marriage of "Governor" Miller, was a farmer
in the East District of Middlefield. He married
Abigail, daughter of Joseph Cromwell, to which
union were born six children, namely: Ebenezei,
Amos, Abigail. Daniel, Elisha and Joseph.

Elisha Miller, fffth child of Amos, was largely
engaged in farming and fruit growing in the East
District of Middlefield. and sold much of his fruit
in Middletown ; but, being a liberal, kind-hearted
man, he gave a great deal of his fruit away, and
in fruit season was always followed about the
streets of Middletown by a crowd of small boys,,
whom he supplied liberally with his luscious prod-
ucts. He married Elizabeth Miller, and to them
were born eleven children, viz. : Abel settled in Ohio,
^ where he married and passed the remainder of his
life ; x^bigail also went to Ohio, where she was mar-
ried and where she died ; Elizabeth died unmarried,
in Middlefield : Jerusha and Mary also died unmar-
ried, in Middlefield: Esther went to Ohio, was mar-
ried to a ^^r. Bingham, and died there : Elisha mar-
ried Rhoda Parsons, of Durham: Eunice died
young; Ira became the father of Mrs. Hull: George
R., a farmer, married Martina Rice ; Amos first mar-
ried Miranda Miller, and afterward Arabella Miller,
of Granville, Mass. (he was a colonel in the Staddle
Hill militia).

Ira Miller, the ninth of the above family, was
born July 21, 1792, on the farm now occupied by
Frank A. Coe, in Middlefield: He received a plain
district-school education, but was a very bright
scholar, and for seventeen winters was a successful

school teacher in Middlefield and vicinity ; in the
summer he worked for his father on the farm, which
he inherited. He went to Ohio, but remained a
j short time only, and then returned home, and for a
I time engaged in peddling Yankee notions through-
out Long Island and in the South. On his final
return home he followed fruit growing besides
farming, was the principal grower to mtroduce new
fruit varieties, and was quite successful in grafting.
I In early life he was a Democrat, as was his father,
; but later voted with the Republican party, and was
I the only one of his family to do so. He never held
an office. Mr. Aliller was a quiet, self-contained
; man. He died Aug. i, 1867, respected by all who
knew him.

To the marriage of Ira Miller and Lecta Miller,
who was born July 3, 1796, daughter of Ichabod
and Sarah (Birdsey) Miller, were born seven chil-
dren, namely: (i) Emma married Joseph Congdoii,
lived for a time in Michigan, then in New York
State, and finally in Westfield. Conn., where she
' died. (2) George \V. (3) ^Marietta, the widow
of Rufus B. Sage, died in Cromwell March 23,
1900. (4) Margaret E. is the widow of Joseph E.
Tryon, of South Farms, and resides with her brother
j George W. (5) Charles Ira married Delia Clark,.
! for his second wife Lydia F. Moulton, of Great
; Falls, N. H.. and for his third wife Mrs. Lucv Jane
j (Miller) Hall, widow of Walter P. Hall. (6) Su-
! san A. is the wife of Samuel Hull. (7) Amos H.
married Louisa Cooper, and for his second wife
Rose Parks, of Prince Edward Island. He is a
! wool waste manufacturer in Boston, ^lass., and re-
' sides in Brookline, an aristocratic suburb of the city.
Mrs. Lecta Miller, mother of the above family,
' died Jan. 16, 1890, at the venerable age of ninety-


i ICHABOD E. ALLIXG. a -well-known livery-
man and prominent citizen of Derby. Conn., who is
j now representing the first ward in the city council.
I was born in the town of Hamden, Oct. 17, 1826, a
' son of Michael Ailing, a native of the same place.
; There the grandfather, Ichabod Ailing, spent his
; entire life as a farmer. In his family were six
1 children, namely: Lyman, who was a farmer and
' butcher of W'estville, and a man of prominence in
that locality; Russell and Timothv, who were con-
tractors and builders in Xew Haven ; Michael, fa-
ther of our subject ; Elizabeth, who died unmar-
ried; and Ezra, who engaged in farming on the old
homestead throughout life.

Michael Ailing became a boss mason in Xew

i Haven and continued to follow that occupation until

j his death, which occurred in Seymour. He married

j Miss Wealthy Sperry, of Bethany, a daughter of

Ezra Sperry, a farmer by occupation. She is also

: deceased. To the parents of our subject were bom

four children : Eliza, who married Henn.- Pomerov,

of Seymour. Conn., and moved West: Ichabod E.,

1 who was next in order of birth ; Henry, who in

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early life followed the machinist's trade, but later
conducted a store in Bath, X. Y., where he died
in 1898; and Fannie, widow of Capt. John Xeil, of
Chicago, Illinois.

The early boyhood of Ichabod E. Ailing was
passed on the home farm, and from there he re-
moved with the family to the city of New Haven,
where he attended school, and later to Seymour,
this county. During his youth he learned the auger-
maker's trade, which he followed for about thirty
years in Seymour, Deep River, Troy, N. Y., and
otlier places, but has always considered Derby his

Mr. Ailing was united in marriage with Miss
Laura Smith, of Seymour, a daughter of Russell
Smith, a jobber and speculator of that place. By
this union was born a daughter, Emma, now the
wndmv of Charles Tracey, and a resident of Meri-
den, Conn. The wife and mother died in 1881, and
Mr. Ailing was again married, in 1882, his second
union being with !Miss Sarah Jane Jacques, of
Providence, R. I., her family being an old one of
that State.

Mr. Alling's father and other relatives were sol-
diers of the war of 1812, and he manifested his
patriotism during the Civil war by enlisting in 1862
in Company H, 20th Conn. \'. I. At the close of
the war, in 1865, he was honorably discharged and
returned to Derby, where he lias since successfully
engaged in the livery business. FratcrnalK- he is
a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, and
politically is a Democrat, but at local elections en-
deavors, to vote for the man best qualified to fill the
office, regardless of party affiliations. For a num-
ber of years he was a member of the police force
.of Derby, and in December, 1898. was elected alder-
man from the first ward, which position he is now
filling in an able and satisfactory manner.

ELIZUR ZERAH CLIXTOX is one of the suc-
cessful and prominent fruit growers and dairy
farmers of Clintonville, near the line of Xorth Ha-
ven, in the town of W'allingford. Mr. Clinton was.
born on the old Clinton homestead Sept. 18, 1847,
^a son of Jesse (Jr.) and Rosanna (BassettI Clin-
ton. [For genealogy of the Clinton family see
sketch of Edwin Jesse Clinton elsewhere.]

Elizur Z. Clinton was educated in the district
schools of Clintonville, and also attended Xorth
Haven Academy, after which he engaged in work
for David Clinton «& Son, in the Agricultural Man-
ufacturing Co., and when he had mastered the busi-
ness in all its branches he returned to the farm.
The homestead consisted of seventy-five acres, well
suited for general farming, dairying and fruit
growing, and, as he has so very successfully pur-
sued it, Mr. Clinton seems to have made a wise
choice when he resumed agricultural lines. His
peach orchards have been exceedingly productive
and profitable, and, as a side line, he has engaged
in the manufacture of a superior article of cider.

In 1869 Mr. Clinton was married, in Xorth
Haven, to Miss Julia A. liishop, a native of Xorth
Haven, born May i, 1850, a daughter of Erus and
Charlotte (Thorpe) Bishop. She died of con-
sumption soon after marriage. On Dec. 3, 1873.
Mr. Clinton wedded Ella J. Palmer, a daughter of
Timothy and Sybil (Barnes) Palmer, and five chil-
dren have been born of this union : Robert ].,
Bessie E., Lovell E., Dora P. and Jennie F.

For a number of years our subject was a mem-
ber of the State militia; he was a justice of the
peace for several terms. He is past master of
Xorth Haven Grange, and belongs to Corinthian
Lodge, Xo. 103, F. & A. M.. of X'orthford, in.
which he has been secretary and treasurer and
steward. In his political views he is a Democrat.
;Mr. Clinton is one of the most esteemed and re-
spected citizens of his part of Xew Haven county.

EDSOX L. BRYAXT. deputy collector of in-
ternal revenue, was born Feb. 7, 1842, at Sheffield,
Mass. His father, Socrates Bryant, was a native
of Sheffield, where he spent the active life of ;i
farmer, taking also a prominent part in public af-
fairs. Air. Bryant's ancestors were among the
earliest settlers at Plymouth, and at Plympton,
Mass., and of them are mentioned Lieut. John
Bryant, Stephen Bryant (the lineal ancestor of
William CuUen Bryant), John Shaw, and Augus-
tine Pearce ; the last named came to this country
in the ship "Confidence" in the year 1G38.

On Xov. 9, 1826, Socrates Bryant married
Jerusha Terrell, of Xaugatuck. Conn. She was a
descendant of Roger Terrell and Joseph Xorthrup.

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