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operates a cider and sawmill. He is a wide-awake,
energetic business man, of progressive ideas, and is
quite prominent in the community where he resides.
In fwlitics he is a Republican.

Dr. E^[ELIXE ROBERTS JOXES. of Xew
Haven, has the distinction of being the pioneer
woman dentist — the first woman to open independ-
ently an office and offer her services to the public
as a competent dentist.

Dr, Jones was born July 26, 1836, in \\"inches-
ter, Conn., daughter of John Eno and Deborah
Hungerford (Blakeslee) Roberts, and is descended
in both paternal and maternal lines from honorable
New England ancestry. Samuel Roberts, her ear-
liest ancestor of that name on American soil, came
from England about 1636 and settled in Xew Haven.
His son, (H) Samuel Roberts, married Catherine
. His son, (HI) Samuel Roberts, mar-
ried Sept. 22. 1691, Mary Blake. His son. (I\')
Samuel Roberts, married March 22. 1716-17, Ra-
chel Webb. His son, (V) Joel Roberts, married
Esther Loomis. His son, (\'I) Judala Roberts,
married Mercy Eno. His son, (X'H) John Eno
Roberts, married Deborah Hungerford Blakeslee,
and they were the parents of Dr. Emeline R. Jones.

(I) Samuel Blakeslee, Dr. Jones' first American
ancestor in the maternal line, came from England
in 1636. His son. (H) Samuel Blakeslee married.
Sarah Kimberly. His son. (HI) Samuel Blakeslee,
married' Eleanor Lane. His son. ( I\') Deacon Sam-
uel Blakeslee. married Ruth . His son,

(V) Deacon Samuel Blakeslee, married Lydia
Woodford. His son, (VI) Deacon Samuel' Blakes-
lee. married Silence Church. His daughter. (VII)
Deborah Himgerford, married John Eno Roberts,
and thev became the parents of Dr. Emeline R.
Jones. The Doctor is descended from William the
Conqueror through the Plaiitagenets, in the Drake
line. Five of her ancestors fought on the American
side in the Revolution, and a number were promi-
nent in the tning times dating from the landing
of the Pilgrim Fathers through the Colonial period,
loyal and patriotic to the core.

In 1854 Emeline Roberts was united in marriage
with Dr. Daniel Albion Jones, born March 2, 1833.
in Barkhamsted, Litchfield Co.. Conn,, son of Orville
and Rhoda (Woodruff) Jones. He was descended
from William Jones, a lawyer of London, England,
who came to X'ew England in 1660, in the same
ship with Goffe and Whalley. the regicides, arriving
in Boston July 27. It is said that his father, David
Jones, was one of the judges executed by King
Charles IT, and William Jones is reputed to have
secreted anfl fed the regicidirs a month in his house.
From Boston he came to X'ew Haven, where he was



an importr.nt man througlinnt tliL remainder nf ln>
life. He was magistrate of Xew Haven Colon}-
from i66j to 1664, and was re-elected annually
until 1692, when he was elected deputy governor,
in which incumbency he was retained until his death.
in 1706. His son. (II) Xathaniel Jones, born in
England, died in Xew Haven .Vug. 21, 1691. On
Oct. 7, 1684. he married Abigail Atwater. His son,
(III) Theophilus Jones, born .March 18, 1690, mar-
ried Dec. 26, 1711, Hannah Mix. His son, (I\ 1
X'athaniel Jones, bom March 3, 1717, married June
8, 1743, Sarah Merriam. His son. (V) Benjamin
Jones, bom Feb. 5, 1757, at Wallingford. married
Esther W(X)druff. His son, (VI) Orville Jones,
married Rhoda Woodruff, and they were the par-
ents of l\'II) Daniel Albion Jones, who married
Emeline Roberts. Dr. Daniel A. Jones was also
descended from William the Conqueror throu.gh the
Plantagenets, twice in the Drake line and once in
the Alsop line.

Dr. Daniel Albion Jones was a dentist of excep-
tional skill, and a man of ability in various lines.
He was-widelv known and beloved outside his pro-
fession, especially as a philanthropist, and his un-
timely death, in 1864, deprived the profession of a
worthy member, the community of a citizen who
from early manhood had, in his large-hearted be-
nevolence, the good of his fellow men at heart, and
his family of a kind and loving father. Mrs. Jones
had commenced the study of dentistry with her hus-
band in 1855, and for a time received instruction
from Dr, R. B. Curtis, of Winsted. Conn. Her
husband had built up a large practice in Danielscn-
ville (now Danielson), and, having assisted him
until his death, she continued the establishment
there successfully until 1876. in wdiich year she
moved to X'ew Haven in order to give her son. better
educational opportunities. She was no less success-
ful in her new field, and has taken high rank among
the ablest members of the dental profession in Con-
necticut; she is a member of the State Dental So-
ciety.

inheriting independence of thought and action,
together with the Xew England virtues '^f thrift,
executive ability and thoroughness, Dr. Jones has
been exceptionally successful in her business career.
The resolution she displayed in taking up the work
her husband began is a typical characteristic of this
noble woman, who has shown herself capable in
other fields besides that of her life work. As the
pioneer woman in her profession she enjoys a dis-
tinction not lightly reckoned in these days, when
women are receiving the recognition due them for
their achievements. Other women may have assist-
ed in dental offices prior to 1855, but so far as known
she is the first to open an office on her own account.
To her natural mental acquisitiveness is added clear
and quick perception, and a corresponding fullness
of the reasoning faculties. X'or is she deficient in
such social graces and qualities of aft'ection as are
needed to constitute her the best of mothers and the




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most serviceable of friends. ITer active ami widc-
reachiiig benevolence has been exercised qnietly, and
many and timely have been her benefactions. Dr.
Jones is an honored menilK-r of ^Iar\- Clap W'ooster
Chapter, D. A. R.

Two children were born to Daniel A. and Enie-
line (Roberts) Jones: Eveline. wIkj was six years
of age at the time of her father's death ; and Daniel
Albion, who was three and a half years old at that
tiine. The daughter is now the wife of Frederick
B. Street, a prominent l)u. - iness man of Xew Haven,
and has two daughters, Emeline A., now (^1901)
aged sixteen, who is attending \'assar; and Grace
H., aged eleven, who is a pupil in Mrs. Johnstone's
private school. Mrs. Sweet is a member of the
Daughters of the American Revolution, in the work
of which she has taken a very active part, and her
children l>elong to the Children of the American
Revolution, of which Emeline has served as regis-
trar. Like her mother. Mrs. Street is an energetic
woman, doing with a will whatever she undertakes, :
and she has a kind and lovable disposition which
endears her to a large circle of friends. Well read
on a very large variety of subjects, keen and observ-
ing, with the quick perceptive faculties characteris-
tic of the family, and endowed with a ready wit,
she is a most interesting conversationalist and a
pleasant companion. She is also a fine musician,
having taken a course in music at the New England
Conservatory of Music.

Daniel Albion Jones graduated at the Yale Aca-
demic School in 1884. and studied dentistrv three
years with his mother before entering the Harvard '
Dental School, from which he received the degree
of D. D. S. in 1889. In 1890 he received the de-
gree of M. D. from Yale Medical School. At Yale
he was a member of the Glee Club and for four
years was on the base-ball team. He has been sue -
cessfully engaged in the practice of dentistry- for
the past fourteen vears. and is a prominent member
of the State Dental Society, of which he has now
been treasurer for ten years. Fraternally Dr. Jones
unites with the Masons, the Yale University Club
and other organizations. He is welcomed in social
circles in the city for his many pleasing qualities,
notably his attainments as a musician ; he has re-
ceived fine musical training, and has a number of
pupils. Dr. Jones married Miss Emma Beadle,
daughter of Joseph Blakeslee Beadle, of Montclair,
New Jersey.

CHARLES A. D.\MS, one of the active,
prominent and enterprising citizens of the town j
of Oxford. New Haven county, has, through- 1
out bis entire business career, been identified
with the agricultural interests of that town. He
was born at Quaker Farms, this county,
June i,^. 1858, a son of Anson R. and Mary
A. (Ailing) Davis. The father, who followed j
farming throughout lii:^ life. \vas born in Seymour.
this county, and died in Oxford, Mav 5, 1885. at

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the age oi sixlv-.-,e\en \ear;



The .nother, how-



ever, is still livii.g, at the age of eighty-one years.
In their family were seven children, as follows :
Mary E., wife of \V. T. Andrews, of Orange,
Conn. : Ellen L., wife of \V. F. Osborne, of .\n-
sonia ; Laura B., wife of John ]\L Hubbard, of \\"est
Haven; Emma E. ; Charles A.; Stella L., wife of
I". A. Bailey, of Springfield, Mass.; and Eveline A.

Charles A. Davis was reared in much the usual
manner of farmer boys of his day, and early ac-
quired an excellent knowledge of all the duties
which fall to the lot of the agriculturist. He as-
sisted in the operation of the home farm until his
father's death. Mr. Davis now owns and resides
upon a place of j6o acres, known as the old. Mallett
homestead, which he purchased in the spring of
1899, and is quite extensively engaged in the dairy
business and general farming.

On Oct. 20, 1886, Mr. Davis was united in
marriage with Mrs. Mary Lum, widow of H. A.
Lum, and daughter of ^L D. Northrop. To them
has. been born one child, Ralph E. Politically Mr.
Davis is identified with the Republican party, and
religiously he is a member of the Episcopal Church.
He is orre of the most enterprising and successful
dairymen and farmers of Oxford, and as a citizen
stands deservedly high in the esteem of his fellow
men. His strict integrity and honorable dealing in
business commend him to the confidence of all : his
pleasant manner wins him friends, and he is one of
the popular and honored citizens of his community.

CHARLES O'CONNOR, prominent as a con-
tractor and builder in Waterbury, Conn., was born
in Ireland, Dec. 25. 1848, one of the two children rf
Timothy and Mary (Lynch) O'Connor, the other
being Johanna, who died when a little girl in the old
country. The mother also died in Ireland. On
coming to .\merica the father married for his sec-
ond wife Johanna Kelleher, to which union were
born six children, viz. Thomas, who is a laborer
in Manchester, Conn. ; Daniel, a fireman on a rail-
road in Pittsburg, Penn. ; Michael, assistant pastor
of St. Mar\'s Church in New Britain, Conn. ; Timo-
thy, eniployed in a mill in Manchester, ConrK ;
Mary and Ellen, unmarried and residing in }vlan-
chester. Timothy, the father of this family, was
educated for the priestliood in Ireland, but did not
follow the profession and came to -America and
here passed the remainder of his days.

Charles O'Connor was but a child when brought
to -America. His father located in Providence. R.
I., and there our subject attended school until
twelve years of age. He then worked on a farrn
for one dollar per. month and board and night
schooling for about three years, then returned t.>
Providence, where he began to learn the carpenter's
trade under George Brown. He worked for three
years for $90. or $30 per year, and had a hard
time of it. -\fter finishing his apprenticeship he
worked as a journeyman for two years in Provi-



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dence, and then went to Boston, worked one year
then for nine months aj^ain in Providence, then one
vear in Fall River, }ilais., again two years in
Providence, and next for six months in Savannah,
Ga., in which city he shipped for six months as
car[>enter on board the side wheel steamer "General
Barnes," running South. He then returned to the
North, and for two and a half years worked for
Cheney Bros., in Hartford.

In 1875 Mr. O'Connor began business for him-
self at contracting and building in Manchester,
Conn., where he remained about four and a half
years, and then went to Denver and other places in
Colorado, following his trade about fourteen
months. Upon his return to Connecticut he settled
in Waterbury, and has since been one of the most
extensive and successful contractors and builders of
the city. Among some of the more conspicuous
buildings erected by him are the new almshouse at

.a cost of $i®o,ooo, the new high school, $80,000, |
Notre Dame 835,000, St. Marv's school. St. Mary's

<onvent, St. Patrick's Hall, St. Patrick's rectory, ;
.St. Thomas' Church, and many imposing stores and j
elegant dwellings. During all this time i\Ir. O'Con-
ner has been so straightforward and upright in h-'s
transactions that he has never yet been sued, nor has
he had occasion to sue any man.

Mr. O'Connor wedded Joanna O'Reiley, who

' was born in Ireland, but reared in the United
States, and this marriage has been blessed with live
children, namely : Minnie, who is a teacher in the
Clay street school ; Julia, deceased ; Alice, who is
a teacher in Washington school; Charles S., attend-
ing the high school ; and Margaret, also in high
school. In politics Mr. O'Connor is independent,
as, being unusuallv intelligent, he is fuUy capable of
judging for himself. Fraternally he is a member of
the Knights of Columbus and of the Independent
Order of Foresters. He and family are devout
members of the Church of the Immaculate Con-
ception, to the support of which they are among
the most liberal contributors.

GEORGE HENRY FURAIAN, superintend-
ent of the straw hat factory at Milford, was born
in that town Dec. 14, 1847, son of Henry Furman
and grandson of William Furman.

The family is of English origin, and cur sub-
ject's great-grandfather was one of three brothers —
■ George, James and William — who came to America
at an early day. William Furman, our subject's
grandfather, may have been born in England. Fie
became a farmer in Morris. Otsego Co., N. Y.,
where he died. His wife Rhoda (Thorp) was a
native of North Haven, Conn., and their family
comprised nine children: Henry, our subject's
father, is mentioned below : James, a painter by
trade, died in ]Milford; Charles, formerly a fanner,
is now a resident of Millincjton. Mich. ; Chaurcey
(deceased) was a farmer in Micliigan; Lucinda
married John Soden ; Loui;a married a Mr. Wan-



zcr. of West Laurens, X. Y. : Mary became the sec-
ond wife, of John Soden; Emeline married Erie
Tucker, of West Laurens, N. Y. ; and Maria mar-
ried Harvey Wing, of Morris, New York.

Henry Furman, our subject's father, was born in
Morris, N. Y., Jan. 12, 1823, and removed to Mil-
ford when twenty-three years old. He married
Charlotte Glenney, of Milford, who was born there
June 14, 1822, and is a descendant of one of the
oldest pioneer families in the State, her ancestors
coming originally from England. Her grandfather,
William Glenney, fought in the war of the Revolu-
tion. The homestead of her grandfather, Abraham
Clark, in the western part of the town, now known
as the "Wilson Home," though over two hundr^'d
years old, is habitable and in a good state of
preservation. The Glenneys were sea-faring men
for generations. William Glenney, her grand-
father, was a sea-captain and died at sea. His
sons were all sea captains, some of them in the
West India trade. Captain William Glenney, Mrs,
Furman's father, married Amy Clark, of Milford,
and they had the follow;ing children: William, a
I shoemaker in ]\Iilford ; Isaac D., employed in the
j straw hat factory in ]Milford ; Daniel S., who died
! in New Haven, where he was engaged in mer-
cantile business for many years ; Maria, wife of
Ralph Augur, of Pittstieid, ^Mass. ; Charlotte, our
subject's mother: Sarah, who married George
Beard, of St. Louis, Mo.; and Susan, who married
Henry Tibballs, of ^vlilford. To Mr. and Mrs.
Furman were bom four children ; George Henry,
our subject; ]\Iary F., wife of Samuel N. Oviatt,
of r^Iilford; Susan G. (deceased), who married
Frank H. Woodruff, of Milford ; and Sarah, wife
of George W. Smith, of Milford. The father died
Jan. I, 1885, and the mother is still living.

George H. Furman was reared in his native
town, acquiring a common-school education, and at
the age of sixteen entered the straw hat factory
then known as the N. A. Baldwin & Co.'s works.
His ability soon won him promotion, and for many
years he has held the position of superintendent.
On Alay 21, 1868, he married Elizabeth Alitchell,
and two children have blessed the union: (i)
Henry M., born March 5, 1872, married Oct. 26,
1892, Jessie S. Smith, who died July 15, 1895. In
November, 1898, he married Hannah Woodburv, of
Round Pond, Me. He is now a clerk with S. N.
Oviatt. of Milford. (2) Charlotte E.. born June
24, 1879, is at home. The family are much es- '
teemed socially. They are identified with the Plv-
mouth Congregational Church, and ^Ir. Furman is
also a member of the Order of United Workmen,
Golden Hill Lodge, No. 35, A. O. U. W., of Bridge-
port, and the Royal Arcanum, Volunteer Council,
No. 819, of Milford. In politics he is a Democrat.
]\Irs. Elizabeth Furman was born Feb. 19, 1845,
in Glasglow, Scotland, daughter of Robert and El-
leu ( \'ance ) Mitchell, both natives and lifelong resi-
dents of Scotland. The family consisted of four



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<iiiUIroi!, of whom Mrs. Furnmn was the youngcjt;
li'hn died in Southbury. ^[a^s. : Robert is a baker
in Dublin, Ireland; and Mas^gie. who was married
in Scotland, died there in 1893.

ALPIIOXSE GEXDROX was born March 28,
1S46, in \'ergeres. Canada. .Vntoine Gendron, his
father, was a farmer in Canada for a number of
rears, and married Eliza Savaria, who bore him a
family of five boys and five girls, of whom Alphonse
is' the only one now living.

Alphonse Gendron worked on the Canadian
farm until he was seventeen years of age, when he
came to Woonsocket. R. I., and secured a position
in a woolen mill, where he presently became fore-
man, remaining there altogether for about five years.
Quitting his place in Woonsocket he went to Xew
Bedford, Mass., and for the sake of an out-of-door
life, became a carpenter, working at the trade for
about three years. For about a year and a half, at
X'ew Britain, Conn., he was in the employ of John
Pinches. At Meriden he was a grocer for thir-
teen years, and then, selling his store, he resumed
his trade, working for wages two years, and then
doing a contracting and building business for three
years. At the expiration of this time. Mr. Gendron
came to Wallingford, where, since October, 1896,
lie has been extensively engaged in contracting and
building, and is well known as a man of industry
and integrity. Among his construction operations
axe several fine residences, and it was his business
push and enterprise that opened up Randolph
Avenue, and Orchard Street south of Ward Street,
as well as Kellev Street.

Mr. Gendron is a member of Holy Trinity
Church in Wallingford. Independent in politics,
he seeks to bring the best men and the most de-
sirable measures together. Doing his own think-
ing, and well informed as to the political issues of
the day, he decides for himself as reason and good
sense may seem to dictate.

On July 29, 1872, Mr. Gendron was married
to Miss Louisa Pager, of Canada, and to them
were born the following children : Alicia Marie,
born June 15, 1880. in Xew Britain; Alveric, borji
Sept. 4, 1886, in Meriden; Cora, born Jan. i, 1889,
in Meriden; and .Umalda. born July 8, 1891, in
Meriden. Seven other children died when young.
Mr. Gendron built a fine home for his family on
South Orchard Street in 1898.

CHARLES BROOKSBY SAXDERSOX, pro-
prietor of the up-to-date meat and provision store
at the corner of X'orth Main and Grove Streets,
Waterburv, Was born in Ephratah, Fulton county,
X. Y., April 26, 1855.

John Sanderson, grandfather of Charles B.,
was an Episcopal clergyman in England. By his
marriage he became tlie father of nine children, all
"I whom were conspicuous in various professions.

George A. Sanderson, the lather of subject,



was born at Darfield, England, Oct. 9, 1809, and was
the only member of his family to come to America.
He had a good college education and was possessed
of considerable cash. He first located in Albany,
X. Y., where he conducted a hotel five years, and
then removed to Ephratah, where he operated a tan-
nery twenty years. He married Margaret Brooks-
by, who was born in Scotland, Xov. 5, 1S25, and was
about ten years of age when brought to America
by her parents. Her father, James Brooksby, was
a nurseryman, and was associated with a Mr. Wil-
son, who introduced the famous Wilson strawberry
to the epicurean world. Of the nine children born
to Mr. and Mrs. Sanderson, eight reached, or nearly
reached, maturity, as follows : Jane married to D.
W. Duesler, of Ephratah ; William died when six-
teen years old ; Aymour R. is a merchant in Provi-
dence, R. I. ; Charles B. is the subject of this
sketch ; Wilson A. is a contractor in Ephratah ;
Luella M. married to Peter I. Saltsman. of Water-
bury, Conn. ; Carrie W. is the wife of Charles L.
Rogers, also of Waterbury ; and Henry B. is the
proprietor of the \'alley \'iew Meat Market, Water-
bury.

Charles B. Sanderson attended school in Ephra-
tah until fifteen years of age, and then pajsed three
years with hi? grandmother in Hudson, X, Y. ; he
then returned to Ephratah, and remained until
twenty-one years old. when he went thence to
Woonsocket, R. I., and clerked in a gents' furnish-
ing store. In 1876 he came to Waterbury, Conn.,
but in 1878 returned to Woonsocket, where in con-
nection with his brother, A. R., he bought the store
in which he had formerly clerked. Returning to
Waterbury, Mr. Sanderson opened his present meat
and provision store in 1881, and he is enjoying a
most lucrative trade in his line of business.

On Sept. 29, 1882, Mr. Sanderson was married
to Miss Xettie L. Bronson, a daughter of O. H.
Bronson, of Waterbury, and this marriage was
graced with two children, Harry B. and Xettie B.
^Ir. Sanderson was bereft of his wife July 27, 1885.
On Xov. 23, 1893, he married Miss Rachel Bush
Wright, daughter of George A. and Xancy (Bush)
Wright, the former a native of Winsted, Conn.,
where his ancestors have lived for several genera-
tions (the family is of English origin, and early
settled in Connecticut). Mrs. Xancy (Bush)
Wright traces her ancestry through her mother,
Cornelia (Depewj Bush (who was born in Falls-
burg. Sullivan Co., X. Y.) in a direct line to Gen.
Hardenburg, who was the owner of thousands of
acres of land, known as the Hardenbur.g Patent,
in Sullivan county, X. Y. This land was granted
him by Queen Anne for distinguished service in
her armv. Gen. Hardenburg took possession of
this land in the early part of the eighteenth cen-
tury, and his descendants still live there.

Mr. Sanderson is thoroughly Republican in his
political senii'iients, but takes nn part in party af-
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a inenibi-T of the I. O. O. F., the Reil !\[en. the
Good Fellows, the Heptasophs and other fraterni-
ties, he does not attend their meetings. In business
he is a "'hustler,'" and his interest in this, coupled
with his devotion to his family, constitutes the
chief joy of his life.

ROBERT McCOR-MACK, proprietor of a coal
and wood yard, Waterbury, is a native of Ireland,
born March 15, 1840, in County Longford.

James McCorniack, father of our subject, was a
farmer in Ireland, where he passed his entire life,
dying in 1835 ; his wife Ann (Cook) also died there,
in 1892. They had a familv of nine children : John
is a farmer in the town of Wolcott, Xew Haven
countv ; William, deceased, was a farmer in Ire-
land ; Bessie is tlie widow of Thomas Elliot, a farm-
er in Ireland: James, deceased, was a farmer in
Ireland ; Ann is the widow of John Hall, who was
a fanner in Ireland ; Robert is the subject of this
sketch; Jane is the deceased wife of John Gibson,
a minister in Minnesota: Samuel is living retired
•in Waterbury ; Mary married William Scott, and
they make their home in Ireland.

Robert McCormack received his education in
Ireland, at the same time assisting his parents on
the farm. At the age of eighteen years he emi-
grated from his native Erin to the United States,
landing at Xew York, in which city he made his



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