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early settlers at Alilford. Conn.; Francis Xorton, of '
Wethersfield. Conn. : William Hoadley, of Bran-
ford, Conn. Josiah Terrell, the grandfather of
Jerusha Terrell, was a cajnain in the Revolutionary
army. Five children were born to Socrates Bryant :
Clark B., now of X'ew Haven; Alfred T., deceased:
Ellen B., wife of Thomas Wallace, formerly of
Ansonia ; Jane A,, widow of Hiram Holabird ; and
Edson L., the subject of this sketch. The parents
were devout members of the Congregational Church
and brought up their children in the same faith.

Edson L. Bryant was educated in the public
schools of Ansonia and Shefiield. and in the private
school of Prof. Phillips at Sheffield. At the age of
sixteen he came to Ansonia, making his home for
a time with his sister. Mrs. Wallace, He left the
high school at Ansonia to enter the employ of
Wallace & Sons, a large manufacturing concern.
In 1862 he enlisted in Company F, 23d Conn. V. I.»
for service in the Civil war, and was made first
sergeant of that company. The military operations
of this regiment were mainly in the far Southwest,
forming part of the army under Gen. Banks. Mr.
Bryant was at Ship Island, Xew Orleans, and
Brashear City, now known as Morgan City. After
a year of service he returned home, being dischartr ■'•
on account of the expiration of his term, and re-

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sumed work with Wallace & Sons. He became su-
perintendent of the novcky department of the
works, and continued with this concern until the
sale of its plant to tlie Coe Brass Co. While so
engaged he secured several patents for new devices
and improvements. After leaving Wallace & Sons
Mr. Bryant spent several years in the insurance
business, and in June, i8y8, he was appointed to his
present position, that of deputy collector of internal
revenue, with headquarters at Xew Haven. Mr.
Bryant is a Republican in politics, and has always
been an active worker in the interests of his party.
He served as a member of the board of burgesses,
under the old borough government of Ansonia;
also on the board of education. He is known as a
wide-awake, progressive citizen, and his influence
and co-operarion are always expected for everv for-
ward movement. He is a member of the local post
of the Grand Army of the Republic, and is junior
warden of Christ Church parish, where for thirty
years he has been a vestryman.

On June 14, 1866, Mr. Bryant married Miss
Mary Elizabeth Clark, daughter of Merritt and
Mary (Hodge) Clark. The Clark history will be
found elsewhere, under the name of George B.
Clark. Mr. and Mrs. Bryant have had three chil-
dren, of whom two are now living: (i I Annie E.
married Theodore W. Bassett, of Derby, secretary
of the Birmingham Iron Foundry. (2) George
Clark graduated at Yale College in i&;5. and at
the Yale Law School in 181^7. He was admitted
to the Bar in June, 1897, and from Julv of that
year until Oct. i, 1901, was associated with the
firm of Williams & Gager, in Derby. He is now
judge of the City Court in Ansonia. which office he
has held since July. 1890. In December. 1898 he
was married to Plorence Adele Parrel, daughter
of Franklin I-'arrel, a sketch of whose life will be
found elsewhere.

oldest and best-known citizens of Wallingford,
where he is engaged in farming, and has filled the
office of selectman for several years with credit to
^ himself and satisfaction to the community, is a de-
scendant of one of the earliest and most prominent
families of Xew Haven countw

The first of the name and familv in America
was Henry Cooke, a native of Kent, England, who
was at Plymouth, Mass.. before 1640, and there
spent the remainder of his life. He was the father
of four sons : Isaac, who remained at Plymouth ;
J[ohn, who settled in Middletown: and Henry and
Samuel, both of whom made their home in Xew
Haven county.

Samuel Cooke, the youngest of the above named
four sons, was liorn in Plymouth, Mass., and in 1663
came to X'ew Haven, where he married Hope Par-
ker, daughter oi Edward Parker. May 2. ir)66. In
1670 they came to Wallingford. and were among
the first settlers of the town, locating in what is

I now called Cooke Hill. He became the owner of
I considerable land, and followed the trade of shoe-
! maker and tanner. Filling many public offices, he
I left a name for honor and ability. He was active
' in church atTairs, and one of the organizers of the
First Church in Wallingford. He died in 1702, and
Mary (Roberts), his second wife, married Jeremiah

Howe April 9, i


Mr. Cooke was father to

the following children: Samuel, born March 3,
1667: John. Dec. 3, i66<); Hannah, March 3, 1671 ;
Isaac. March 10, 1673 ''''^-'fl April 7, 1673) ; Mary,
April 2^. 1675 (rnarried Xathanicl Ives) : Eliza-
beth, Aug. 22, 1677 (died young) ; Judith, Feb. 29,
1679 (married Jeremiah Howe, April 20, 1704, and
died the same day ) ; Isaac, Jan. 10, 1681 ; Joseph,


25, 1683; Hope. Sept. 27, 1686 (married Jo-

i seph Benham, Dec. 18, 170^). and died Jan. 30,

I 1731). These were born to the first marriage. By

I his second wife ^Ir. Cooke was the father to the

following: Israel, born Mav 8, 1692: Mabel, June

i 30. 1694: Benjamin, April 8. ifigj (died in 1717) ;

Ephraim, April 19, ibgg: Elizabeth, Sept. 10, 1701

(married Adam Mott Aug. 28. 1717).

Samuel Cooke (2), the eldest son of Samuel,
was born in X'ew Haven, and moved with his par-
I ents while still a child to Wallingford, where he
followed farming all his life. He died on his farm
Sept. 18. 1725, at the age of fifty-eight, and was
I buried in Wallingford. Mr. Cooke was twice mar-
ried, first on March 3, 1692, by 'Squire John
! Moss, to Hannah Ives, daughter of William
I Ives, Mrs. Cooke died May 29. 1714. Eliza-
■ beth Bedel, of Stratford, became his second wife,
and after his death she married Capt. Daniel Har-
ris, of Middletown, Conn. Mr. Cooke was a farmer
; in the western part of the township, near the line
i which now divides Cheshire from Wallingford, and
• some of his descendants still occupy that land.
I Samuel Cooke ( 2 ) was father to the following chil-
I dren : By the first marriage — (i) Hannah, born
i May 28, 1693, married Jeremiah Hull, and died Xov.
^ 22, 1735; (2) Samuel was born March 5, 1695;
(3) Aaron was born Dec. 28. i6(>6: (4) Lydia, born
Jan. 13, 1699, married Oct. 12, 17.38, Daniel Dutton ;

(5) I\Ioses, bom Jan. 4, 1700, died Dec. 25, 171 1;

(6) Miriam, born Xov. 4, 1703. married Benjamin
i Curtis Dec. 12, 1727: (7) Thankful, born Dec. 24,

1705, died Aug. 19. 17 14: (8) Esther, born March
8. 1707, married Abel Yale July 22. 1730: (9) Eu-
nice was born Feb. 25, 1709: (10") Susannah, bom
i Sept. 5. 1711. married Joseph Cole Dec. i, 1735.
Bv the second marriage — (11) Moses was born
Xov. 6, 1716: (12) Thankful, born X'ov. 14, 1718,
married Stephen Hotchkiss Dec. 31, 1742: (13)
Asaph was born June 25. 1720; (14) Hannah, born
Xov. 4, 1721, married Zephaniah Hull, of Cheshire;
(15) Hope died Sept. 18. 1728.

Aaron Cooke, noted in the foregoing paragraph,
was born on the Cocjke Hill farm. He was a pros-
perous and highly respected farmer, and a land
holder in the southeastern part of Wallingford,

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XorihfurJ suivey, where he settled; he died there
<_)ct. 14, 1756, aged sixty years, and is buried in
W'allingford. Three times married, Aaron Cooke
was father to a numerous progeny. On Nov. 14,
1723, he married Sarah Benham, daughter of James
I'.enham. Sarah Hitchcock, his second wife, died
Aug. II. 1735. Ruth Burrage, of Stratford, became
liis third wife, on Feb. 7, 1736. By his first mar-
riage Mr. Cooke w^as father to the following chil-
<lren: Samuel, born Sept. 25, 1725; Stephen, Dec.
2S, 1727; Titus. Feb. 25, 1730; Abel, Feb. 23, 1732.
To the second marriage came one child, Sarah, born
June 2, 1735. By his third marriage Air. Cooke
was father to. the following children : Lydia, bom
in 1736, married Uriah Collins, and died Jan. 9,
1793; Ruth, l>orn Sept. 7, 1738, married William
Collins, and died June 9, 1790; Esther was born
Zvlay 14, 1740; Elizabeth, born ]\Iarch 16, 1741, died
when ten years old; Aaron was born June 5, 1744;
Miriam, bom June 30, 1746. died Dec. i, 1750;
Lucy, born Sept. 20, 1748, died April 29, 1760;
Elizabeth, born June 7, 1751, died Oct. 19, 1762.

Abel Cooke, whose name appears fourth in the
above named list of children, was born on the Cooke
homestead in the southeastern part of \\'allingford,
where he grew to manhood. He was a farmer all
liis life, and died on his farm Aug. 10, 1776. This
homestead is still owned by a direct descendant,
Levi M. Cooke. On Xov. 16, 1757, Al>el Cooke
married Mary Atwater. who was born in \VaIling-
ford Dec. 30. 1735, and died Jan. 13, 1774; her
parents were Benjamin and Elizabeth P. Atwater.
^Ir. Cooke was a soldier, a patriot of the tirst
water, and served with distinction in the war of
the Revolution. His children were : Atwater. bom
Xov. 3, 1758: Porter. July 2j, 1760; Elizabeth,
■ INIarch 13, 1763; Abel, March 27. 1765; Chester,
Aug. 13, 1767 (died young) ; David ^f.. Feb, 16,
1770; Mary. April 2, 1773 (married Col. Eliakim
Hull, and died Dec. i, 1839); Chester (2), Oct.

^ 1775-

Chester Cooke, the grandfather of Marcus E.
Cooke, was born in W'allingford, on the Aaron
Cooke homestead, and grew to manhood in that lo-
cality. In 1792 he purchased the homestead wh.ere
Marcus E. Cooke now resides. He was a lifelong
farmer, and also a shoemaker. A leading Demo-
crat, he represented the town in the State Legisla-
ture, and was a highly respected and upright citizen.
He died Aug. 13, 1864. He was twice married,
first to Thankful Hall, daughter of Hezekiah and
Elizabeth (Merriman) Hall. Polly Xorton was his
second wife. ]^Ir. Cooke was the father of three
children: Caroline, born Sept. 5, 1801, married
Orrin Andrews; Marilda, born X'ov. 17, 1803, mar-
ried Sherlock Avery, of \Vallingfc:>rd ; Hiram was
horn April 23, 1805.

Hiram Cooke, the father of ^[arcus E., was l)orn
on the farm now owned by that gentlcma'i. and
made farming his life work. Hl- was a man nf
affairs, highly respected, and filled many public

ofticos, representing his town in the State Legisla-
ture, and was the tirst judge of the borough court
of W'allingford. An ardent Democrat, he was active
in the party organization. He was twice married.
His first wife. Anna M. Marks, was bom June 27,
1808, and died September 30, 1855. She was a
daughter of Col. William Marks, a prominent citi-
zen, who was appointed delegate from Wallingford
to the State Constitutional Convention in 1818. He
was one of the first manufacturers of woolen cloth
in this country. On March 18, 1856, Mr. Cooke
married Margaret A. Todd, who was born Jan. i,
1833, and died Dec. 30, 1891. Mr. Cooke died
Xov. 7. 1873, an*^' 's buried in the Center Street cem-
etery. To the first marriage came the following
children: (i) Chester William, born Dec. 14, 1830,

married Marv :\Ierwin Mav 29, li

155- In 1859

they moved from Hardenburg, X. Y., to Momence,
111., later to Manteno, 111., and thence to Frankfort,
S. Dak., their present residence. They have six
children. Julia Anna, Marcus Eber, Crimen Hiram,
Xelson Samuel, Harriet and Maude. (2) Hiram
D. was born Oct. 18. 1832. (3) Aurelius Ba.xter,
born Oct. 21, 1834, died May 6, 1842. (4) Martin
\'an Buren was born June 20, 1839. (5) Jane Anna
was born X'ov. 4. 1843. (6) ^larcus E. was born
X'ov. 2, 1849. The children of Hiram Cooke"s sec-
ond marriage were: (7) Thankful Estella, born
Mav 10, 1857; and (8) Waldo D., born Dec. 31,

Marcus E. Cooke was born in Hardenburg, N.
Y., and in December, 1857, removed to the Cooke
homestead, in which he now resides. He received
his literary training in the district school, but his
education is very largely self-acquired, and to a
.great extent he has made his own way in the world.
On the farm which has come into his possession
he has made many substantial improvements, and he
carries on a system of general farming, making a
specialty of dairy interests and peach growing. He
is a representative of one of the largest farm imple-
ment manufacturers in the county, and keeps on
hand a full line of implements. In 1879 he was
appointed overseer and builder of the town roads,
and held that position for several years. He has
invented and patented several valuable pieces of
road machinery. A public-spirited and progressive
man, he is always willing to lend a helping hand
to every worthy cause. He is president of the
Wallingford Agricultural Society, and was one of
the organizers of the Wallingford Grange, of which
he was master for two years. A leading Democrat,
he represented the town in the State Legislature in
1883. and has been selectman several terms. Mr.
Cooke is a director of the Dime Savings Bank of
Wallingford, one of the growing financial institu-
tions of the town, and is president of the Walling-
ford Creamery Co. Our subject served nine years —
from 1 87 1 to 1880 — in the Connecticut Xational
I Ir.ard. as a member of Company K, 2d Regiment,
C. X. G., of Wallingford.



Mr. Cooke and Miss Clara E. Potts, of South
EgremoiU. Berkshire Co., Mass., were married
Feb. 12, 1S84. She is a lady of culture and refine-
ment, and has made a crood wife and mother. They
have had four children: Lillian A., born May 19,
1886, who died Oct. 6. 1888; Chester Herman, 'born
April 19, 1888; Mabel Anna, born March 30, 1S92;
and Florence ^^larks, born Sept. 6, 1894.

HENRY BEADLE, a well-known and promi-
nent citizen of Cheshire, was for many years one
of the active and progressive business men of the
town, as well as one of its most reliable and hon-
ored citizens, and now, in his declining years, he is
enjoying a well-earned rest, free from the cares
and responsibilities of business life. Throughout
the county he is widely and favorably known.

The Beadle family is of French descent, and the
first to come to America settled in Salem. Mass.,
but on account of religious persecution and the
burning of the witches they afterward came to
Connecticut, and their descendants are now ntim-
bered among its best citizens. (I) Nathaniel
Beadle, the first of the name in New Haven county.
removed to \\'alIingford early in the eighteenth
century and located on a farm on the west side of
the river near the Cheshire line, where he spent the
remainder of his life in agricultural pursuits, and
where his death occurred about 1764. His wife,
Elizabeth, also died in Wallingford. Their children
were Nathaniel, born Dec. 15, 1703; Mary, born
Sept. 18, 1708; Josiah, born Aug. 3, 1711; and
Samuel Sharp, who was graduated from Yale in
1757, and died Jan. 5, 1762.

(H) Nathaniel Beadle, son of Nathaniel, Sr.,
was reared on the home farm, and throughout life
engaged in farming in ^^'allingford. of which town
he w^as a well-known and honored citizen. He was
also captain in the militia. He died Feb. 10, 1762,
two years before his father, and was buried in the
old cemetery. On Nov. 10, 1726, he' married Eliz-
abeth Hitchcock, and to them were born eight chil-
dren, namely : Elizabeth and Susanna, twins, born
Sept. 17. 1727: John; Hannah; Sarah; Lois, wife
of John Hull: Mehitable; and Nathaniel, who died
March 4. 1763.

(HI) John Beadle, son of Nathaniel, Jr., was
born and reared on the old homestead in Walling-
ford, and spent his entire life in that town. He was
a member of the militia, and was captain of a com.-
pany which he recruited, in the 5th Conn. Light
Horse, in the Continental army, during the Revolu-
tionary war. He married Miss Baker, daughter
of John Baker, of \\'alIingford, and in their family
were John, Henry. Joseph, Alfred and others, many
of whom removed to New York.

(IV) Alfred Beadle, son of John and grandfa-
ther of our subject, was bom in Wallingford, where
he grew to manhoorl and learned wagon making
and general repairing. When a young man he came
to the town of Cheshire and established himself in

Inisines^, being one of the first wagonmakers of this
l(H;ality. Many of his wagons were used by the
}>eddlers in traveling and selling their wares through
the South. He bought a house on the site of our
subject's present home, and made many improve-
ments upon the place. He died in Cheshire at the
ripe old age of eighty-six years, and was buried in
the old cemetery. In politics he was a Democrat,
and in religious faith a Congregationalist. He mar-
ried Polly (or ^lary) Donscomb, who died in
Cheshire and was buried in the same cemetery.
They had five children : Philander, Henry, Ben-
ajah, James and a daughter who died young.

(V) Benajah Beadle, father of our subject, was
born in Cheshire, and educated in its district school
and the Cheshire Episcopal Academy. With his
father he learned the wagonmaker's trade and made
that business his life occupation, being in partner-
ship with his brother Philander for several years,
but finally the brother removed to Syracuse, N. Y.,
and spent the remainder of his life in that city.
After that Benajah Beadle was alone in business,
and was very successful. He was one of the highly
respected and worthy citizens of Cheshire, where he
died Oct. 4. 1890. aged seventy-five years, and was
buried in Cheshire cemetery. He was a member
of the Episcopal Church, in politics was first ;i
Whig and later a Republican, and served as select-
man of the town and held other local offices. He
married Julia Hitchcock, who was also born in
Cheshire of good old Revolutionary stock, and died
April 18, 1890, aged seventy-five years. She, too,
was a faithful member of the Episcopal Church.
In their family were three children ; William, who
was a soldier of Company A, 20th Conn. \'. I., dur-
ing the Civil war, and died from the effects of his
army life; Henry, our subject; and Edgar, also a
resident of Cheshire.

(YI) Henry Beadle was born on the present
site of the high school, at Cheshire Center, Jan.
22, 1844, and pursued his studies in the district
school and the Cheshire Episcopal Academy. In
earlv life he learned the wagonmaker's trade with
his father and remained with him until i86g, when
he went to Wallingford as foreman of the works
of the Carriage \\'heel Manufacturing Co.. with
which he was connected for five years. After his
return to Cheshire he was engaged in the painting
and paper hanging business until 1890. when ap-
pointed postmaster of Cheshire under President
Harrison's administration, and held that office until
the Democrats came into power in 1893. Since then
he has practicallv lived a retired life, spending his
winters in Florida, where he has an orange orchard
in which he takes a great interest. He has a beauti-
ful home, supplied with all modern conveniences,
which has been built upon the foundation of his
grandfather's old home. He has quite an interest-
ing cnllectif^i nf relics, which ho has gathered dur-
ir.g his travels, and is. himself, somewhat of an
artist in the carving of animals from wood.



III 1875, in Xew Haven, Mr. BeaJle was married
to Miss Ella Hawes, a native of W'allingford and
a daughter of Alonzo and Laura (Merriman)
Hawes. She is a lady of culture and retineinent,
and is an active member of the Congregational
Giurch, and of Crescent Chapter, O. E. S. Julia
L., the only child born to our subject and his wife,
died in 1886, at the age of seven years. Socially
Mr. Beadle is a member of Temple Lodge, A. F.
& A. M., of Cheshire. For a quarter of a century
he has been prominently identified with public af-
fairs, and in 1884 represented Cheshire in the State
Legislature, where he served as clerk of the com-
mittee on claims. He was constable of the town
for over twenty years : deputy sheriff seven years ;
postmaster three years ; justice of the peace several
vears ; and chairman of the town committee of the
Republican partv for twenty-tive years. His public
and private life are alike above reproach, and he is
held in high regard by all who know him.

March 4, 1841. in Burlington, Mass., a son of
Obadiah and Harriet (Cutler) Badger. Of the
seven children in this family, five are yet living.

Frank O. Badger was but seven years old when
his father died, and he was taken to the home of a
paternal aunt in Plymouth, IMass., where he lived
until he was twelve years old, receiving the school
privileges of that town. At that age he entered a
store in Lowell as a clerk, with the agreement thit
he was to attend school a part of each year. He
remained in the store until he was seventeen years
of age, when he went to California, where he had
a claim on the American river. Mr. Badger trav-
eled through California and r^Iexico quite exten-
sively, and after a residence of two years on the
Pacific coast returned to Boston, and was a clerk
in a store in that city for a few months. Return-
ing to Lowell he entered the Lowell Locomotive
works, and was engaged as a machinist for thirteen
months, and then transferred himself to the Spring-
field Armory, where he was put on government
work. For six years he was in the armory, and at
the expiration of this time went to Xew Britain
to do contract work, making bank locks with Fred-
erick North, in which he emploved about twenty-
five men. For four years he worked in connection
with Mr. North, and was then proprietor and man-
ager of the L'nion Hall Hotel at Hartford for a
year, after which he went to Kansas City, !Mo.,
where he was engaged in selling farming imple-
ments and in buying farm produce. The state of
his wife's health, however, compelled a quick re-
turn to the East, and he started a plant at Green-
port, Long Island, for the manufacture of wnre
goods, in which he was quite successful. After the
lapse of four vears he sold out. and coming to New
Britain, was made general maraq-er of the National
^^'ire Mattress Co.. a position he held for four year';,
when he gave it up and went to New York City,

where he spent a year as general manager of the
mattress and spring bed departments for the Hall
& Stevens Co. Following this he was proprietor
and manager of a spring bed factor}', in which he
employed some twenty men. After three quite suc-
cessful years of this work he sold out to the Brook-
lyn Spring Bed Co. For seven months ^Ir. Badger
was with the R. Hoe Printing Press Co., and then
he engaged with H. L. Judd & Co. as a contractor
in their brass bed department, and when the plant
was removed to W'allingford Mr. Badger came with
it, April 30, 1891. He still holds his contract with
the company, and is employing about fifteen hands.

Mr. Badger is a Mason, and is connected with
Keystone Chapter at Meriden. He is a Republican
in politics, but he has always been too busy to give
much attention to political affairs. With his familv
he attends the First Congregational Church, where
they are members.

In 1872 Mr. Badger was married to Miss Emma
A. Bailey, of Hartford, a daughter of Solomon
Bailey. To ^Ir. and Mrs. Badger were born the
following children: Ella May, born May 8, 1873,
married ^Valter Hill, superintendent of the New
York Insulated \\'ire Co.. of Wallingford, and has
two children, ^lay Elizabeth and Esther B. ; Robert
E., born June 27. 1874. married Miss Maude Miller,
of Mount Carmel, and is engaged in the stationery-
and laundry business in Wallingford; Emma. Eliza-
beth is at home ; Grace Alma is at home ; and Frank
died when seven years old.

ALBERT BEAU:M0NT was born in the Beau-
mont homestead June 19, 1844, a son of the late
John and Ann (Tyler) Beaumont. His education
was obtained in the district schools, and growing
up on the homestead, he was thoroughly trained in
the best agricultural methods of the time. When
his father died. }oung Albert and his brother
George operated the home farm until 1898. in which
year he sold out his interest in the home place, and
ix)ught the Wooding Farm on East ^lain Street.
Here he made his home for about two years, but
he lately sold it, buying instead the Thread\^-ay
Farm, a place of thirty acres, but large enough for
market gardening, which he intends making his
business. Mr. Beaumont is a hard worker, and as
he carefully plans his labor, and seeks to accom-
plish something practical and timely, he is bound
to succeed. .\n honest and straightforward man,

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