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home some eight years, working in sliipyards two
years, afterward for the American Tract Society
some six years, and then came to Waterbury,
where he has ever since resided. Here he first,
for a short time, worked for the Scovill Mfg. Co.,
iaitr for Holmes, Booth & Haydens, after which he
returned to the Scovill Mfg. Co., for four years,
where he worked at Japanning, and then engaged
in the Japan business on North Main Street, in
which he remained until 1898, in that year em-
barking in his present coal and wood business.

On October 6, 188 1, Mr. ]vIcCormack was mar-
ried to Fannie Bridgeman, who was born in
Cheshire, New Haven county, a daughter of Sam-
uel Butler, an old settler in Connecticut. Three
children have graced this union : Fannie, Grace
and Samuel. ^Ir. and Mrs. ZvIcCormack are mem-
bers of the M. E. Church ; in politics he is a Re-

ELMER F. CUL\'ER. It is now more than a
hundred years since the family to which this well-
known citizen belongs became identified with New
Haven county, and its various members have won
for the name an enviable distinction by their in-
telligence and w-orth. This high reputation is in
no wavs diminished in this generation, and our
subject, who is counted among the leading agri-
culturists of East Haven, displays in a marked de-
gree the admirable characteristics wliich tlie nam.e

Mr. Culver was born on the farm w here he now

resides, Jan. u. 18'ir. and is a descendant of JdslnKi
Culver, one of the first planters of Wallingford.
His son, Samuel Culver, the grandfather of our
subject, was a native of that town. The father.
Isaac Culver, was born in North Haven, Jan. 2_v
1820, and continued his residence there until 1854.
when he moved to the farm in New Haven where
our subject now resides. Here he was engaged in
the manufacture of bricks until 1866, and then fol-
lowed farming and fruit growing, meeting with
excelle;it success in all his undertakings. He was
■An active member of the Congregational Church,
and a very strong Democrat in politics. He died
]\Iarch 26, 1889, honored and respected by all wln-
knew him. On Oct. 28, 1853, he was united in
marriage with Miss Sarah A. Forbes, who was
born in East Haven, in 1828, and they had two
children: Elmer F.. our subject.; and one who died
in infancy.

Elmer F. Culver acquired a good practical ed-
ucation in the Woolsey Graded School and Hill-
house High School of New Haven, and graduated
from Yale Business College in 1879, and also grad-
uated from Coggswell School of Phonography in
1882. He obtained a thorough knowledge of every
department of farm work, and has never left the
parental roof. Since reaching manhood he has suc-
cessfully engaged in the dairy, fruit growing and
nursery business on the old homestead. For the last
two years Mr. Culver has been erecting houses on
the old farm, and has sold one hou^e and two build-
ing lots therefrom. With the trolley cars, city water
and gas mains passing the place, this land has rap-
idly risen in value. At one time Mr. Culver was
connected with the firm known as the Demme, Cul-
ver & Co., manufacturers of saddlery hardware,
but eleven years ago they sold out to the Suffolk
Co., of Boston, Mass. Socially he is a member of
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. On Feb.
6. 1887, 'Sir. Culver was united in marriage with
;\Iiss Alice J. Clark, a daughter of Capt. John
Clark, of Milford, Conn., and to them have been
born five children, namely : Harold ; Albert F. ; Roy
J., deceased ; Olive J. ; and Paul Elmer. ,.

GEORGE A. EOUGHTON, retired factory su -
perintendent, and also a retired musician of the vol-
unteer and regular military service during the Civil
war, was born Nov. 7, 1835, in Waterbury, New
Haven county, and is still a resident of the town.

Jonas Boughton. his grandfather, came from
Norwalk. When a young man he was bound out
to a blacksmith, and learned the trade, which he
followed for a time, later in life changing his voca-
tion to that of a farmer. He married Lydia Hine.
from the town of Orange, New Haven county, and
the young couple at once settled on a farm where
Derby now stands, but later removed to one in the
western part of the town of Waterbury. To their
marriage were born nine children, two of whom
died young, the survivors being Charles, who was

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a farmer in .MidcUeburv: Jonas, who went to Oliio
and there died : Isaac, of whom furtlier mention
will be made ; George, who was also a farmer in
<3hio; John, who followed blacksmithing- in Wood-
bury, Conn. ; Lydia. who married Lewis Smith, of
Milford: and Louisa, who wedded William Orton,
of W'allingford. and later moved \\'est.

Isaac Boughton was torn in \\'aterbury in 1808,
and died in 1891. He was reared to famiino- but for
years was employed in the Benedict & Burham but-
ton factory, and also for others ; however, the failure
of his health induced him to resume farming to
some extent. He married Caroline L'pson. a daugh-
ter of Obed and Sibyl (Howe) L^pson, of Water-
buri,-. and this union was blessed with five children,
•of whom' George A., the subject of this sketch, is
the eldest; Susan A. is the widow of Roberr Pryor.
Henry I. is foreman on the road at Waterhury,
T.mder tlie selectmen ; Isabelle is the wife of H. S.
Peck, of Waterbury: Caroline E. is unmarried.

George A. Boughton was educated in the local
schools of Waterbury. after which he worked in
various factories with his father, commanding good
wages when seventeen years of age. He continued
thus until the breaking out of the Civil war. when
lie enlisted, in the ist Conn. \'. I., and went to the
front, taking part in the battle of Bull Run. He
was next detailed as musician, and at the expiration
of his first short term of service enlisted as musi-
cian in the 14th L'nited States Regular Infantry,
was appointed sergeant of the band, and as such
served all through the war. and also after its termi-
nation, for about two and a half years on the Pa-
cific coast. Returning home, he served as chief of
police for six months, and next became superintend-
ent for Barnard. Son & Co., a position his executive
ability retained for him twelve years, since when he
has been living in retirement, looking after his real

In politics Mr. Boughton is a Republican, and is
now serving his sixth term as selectman, and he has
T)een-a member of the board of public works. He
is a member of Wadhams Post, G. A. R., and the
Knights of Pythias. Religiously he was reared a
Congregationalist. Socially, as a genial, charitable
gentleman, he is held in the highest esteem wherever
known. Pie is unmarried.

WILLIAM B. HALL was born May 13. 1854.
in the same house in which he is now living, in |
^^'allingford, son of Horace Hall, who was born
May 25. 1804. in Wallingford. and was a jeweler
"by trade.

For a number of years Horace Hall conducted
a store in that city, and the latter part of his life
was spent in farming. A Democrat, he never took
a particularly active interest in politics, though he
served as tax collector a number of years. He was
an Episcopalian in roligiiai. A zealous Freen'.ason.
and an energetic man. lie was one ui those who
"vvere instrumental in reviving the Masonic fratern-

ity in Wallingford after it had been abandoned a
number of .years. On Sept. 29, 1825. he married
Miss Euretta Johnson, and on July 2, 1848. he mar-
ried for his second wife Miss Ann L. Buell. A
daughter of Luther Buell, she was born July 31,
1816, and died Jan. 20, 1898. Horace Hall died June
18, 1877. To the first unioii were born the follow-
ing children: Horatio G. died March 14, 1874,
having been shot by an insane man. Emily J. mar-
ried Henry M. Jones, of Meriden. Lana O. mar-
ried O. B. Warner, of ^Nleriden. ]Mary V. married
George H. Xewton, and died Aug. 17. 1877. Ab-
bey E. married W. W. Pinks, of New Britain. Two
children died in infancy. To the second marriage
was born one child. William B., whose career forms
the subject of this writing.

Horatio Gates Hall, the grandfather of William
B., was born Jan. 17, 1778. in Wallingford. and was
married to Miss Pollv Bvington. of Branford. in
1798. Mrs. Hall died April '^12, 1852, Mr. Hall on
Oct. 30, 1819. Their children were : Augustus,
Lyman, Horace, Mary, Josiah H. and Abigail.

Caleb Hall, father of Horatio G., was born Aug.
29, 1731, and died Sept. 21. 1783. He married
Prudence Holt, and was the father of the following
children: Caleb, Jr., Augustus, Abigail, Eunice,
Benjamin H.. Damaris, Horatio G. and George;

Caleb Hall. Sr., the father of Caleb Hall. Jr.,
was born Sept. 14, 1697, and died July 27. 1749.
He married Damaris Atwater, and their children
were: Damaris. Stephen, Timothy, Ruth, Caleb,
Jeremiah and Lydia.

John Hall, father of Caleb. Sr.. was born Dec.
23, 1670, and died .April 29, 1730. He married
Mary Lyman, and their children were: John. Sam-
uel, Caleb, Eunice, Xancy, Benjamin, Sarah,
Eliakim and Elihu.

Samuel Hall, father of John, was born May
21, 1648. and died March 5, 1725. He married
Hannah Walker, and was the father of the follow-
ing children: John, Hannah, Sarah. Samuel,
Theophilus and Elizabeth. John Hall, his father,
was the emigrant ancestor of the family.

William B. Hall was born in Wallingford. and
grew up in his native village, securing his education
from the public schools, and at the Yale Business
College, Xew Haven. Leaving school at the age of
seventeen, he clerked for Philip J. Talcott, in his
dry-goods store, for a year or more, and was then
a clerk in the postofifice for several years. As
assistant postmaster, under L. M. Hubbard, he had
an extensive experience in the administration of pos-
tal affairs, which was put to good account when he
was appointed postmaster under the first administra-
tion of Grover Cleveland. Mr. Hall was postmaster
five vears. and then went to Xorthampton. Mass.,
where he was engaged for a time as a representa-
tive of the Ouinnipiac Fertilizer Co. Coming back
to Wallingford. he secured a position with the R.
Wallace & Sor:S Manufacturing Co.. where he was
bookkeeper for five years, in 1895 becoming their



purchasiiij^ ac;ciU, wliirli iHsr.ion he is hukling at
the present time.

William B. Hall is a Democrat, and has served
on the Democratic town committee for several
years, and was chairman for one year. He has
served as borough and town treasurer some three
years. A member of the Masonic fraternity, he
has taken much interest in the workings of that
society, and has been master of Compass Lodge,
No. 9, at Wallingford, for five years, holding that
office at present ; he is also one of the trustees of
the lodge. As a member of the board cf managers
of the Masonic home since its establishment, in
1894, he has rendered that institution vast service.
In religioU he is associated with St. Paul's Episcopal

Mr. Hall was married, Sept. i", 1878, to Miss
Arabella Bates, who was born in New Haven, a
daughter of William Bates. On July 29, 1896,
Mr. Hall married for his second wife Miss Ella
M. Lacore, of Northampton, Mass.. daughter of
Solomon Lacore. To the first marriage came three
children: Annie Bates, born June 25. 1879; Clara
.Elizabeth, born Sept. 27, 1882; and Horace W.,
born April 29, 1885. Mina Ella, born July 8, 1897,
is the only child of the second marriage.

WILLIAM L. WARD, prominent in the busi-
ness circles of Seymour, was born in the town of
Naugatuck, Xew Haven county, (Dct. 31, 1858, and
comes of good old English ancestry.

The Arms of the \\'ards, Gorleston, County of
Suffolk, England, granted. in 1593, were: Az.,
a cross between four eagles, displayed Ar. Crest :
On a mount vert a hind couchant, Ar. Andrew
Ward, fifth son of Richard Ward, of Gorleston.
County of Suffolk, England, came to America about
1632. He was appointed by the General Court of
Massachusetts, with Roger Ludlow and six others,
to govern the Colony of Connecticut for one year.
He was one of the first judges in the first legisla-
tive body in Connecticut, which met at Hartford
April 26, 1636. soon after removing to Xew Haven.
and for several years was a member of the General
Court. He afterward settled in Fairfield, and was
one of the most influential men of that place. He
died in 1663, Esther Ward, his widow, in 1665.
Their children were: Edmund lived in West-
chester, N. Y. ; William (Dr.). born 1645. was
killed in the Xarragansett war ; ^lary married John
Burr, of Fairfield: Andrew, born in 1647. died in
KilHngworth in 1691 ; Samuel, born in 1649. died
before 1693; Abigail; Anna married Caleb Xichols ;
John; Sarah married Xathaniel Burr.

Andrew Ward (2), son of Andrew and Esther
Ward, settled in Killingworth in 1668. He mar-
ried Trial Meigs, daughter of John Meigs, of Guil-
ford, and their children were: i^ndrew (3). born
in 1669 (died in August. 1756) ; John. March 16,
167 1 ; Abigail. Sept. 15. 11172; Sarah. Xov. 15.
1674; Peter, Oct. 14, uqh; William, Oct. 18, 1678

I died Dec. 14. \j(*)\ : Sriuuiel Sc])t.'24. 1680 (died
in 1681); Esther, -May 2. 1(384 (died the next
month) ; and Mary Ann (the youngest in the fam-
ily), who was an ancestor of Henry Ward Beecher.

William Ward, son of Andrew (2) and Trial
Ward, married Lettis, daughter of John Beach, of
Wallingford. and resided in Wallingford. Their
children were: Mecock, born July 17, 1702; Will-
iam. Jan. 7, 1705: Mary (date unknown); Amy,
1707 ; Ambrose, ^Lirch 6, 1709; Lettis, July 7. 171 1 ;
John, 1714; Royal. June 20, 1716; Archibald, July
5, 1718; Zenas, Sept. 17, 1720 (settled in Wood-
bury) ; Titus, April 2/, 1723.

John Ward, son of William and Lettis Ward,
married Elizabeth Abernathy May 11. 1736. He
was a druggist, and lived in Wallingford. Their
children were: Thilus, born April 24, 1737, en-
listed Xov. 14, 1781, in Capt. Vial's Company of
Guards, stationed at Guilford for the defense of the
sea coast; Abel, born July i, 1740, lived in Wood-
bridge, and died Xov. 20. 1759; Titus was born
March 18, 1742; ^vlartha was born July 17. 174'');
John, born !May 24, 1748. died in infancy; and
John (2) was born Xov. 19, 1751.

Titus Ward, son of John and Elizabeth Ward,
married Amy Smith Jan. 7, 1763. He died near
New York City, and his property was on a Vessel
which was captured by the British in the Revolu-
tionary war. His children were: Silva, born Aug.
8, 1764, married Isaac Plumb, of Milford ; Abel
was born ^lay 24, 1766; Titus, born March 30,
1768, married Sarah Smith, of Milford: Betsey,
born March 22, 1770, married Samuel Beach, of
^lilford; Nancy was born June 10, 1773; John,
born May 13, 1774. died young; Sarah, born Ma\-
26, 1776, married Elijah Prindle ; William, born
Jan. 5, 1780, died young; and Statica, born July
16, 1782. married Billions Wright.

Abel Ward, son of Titus and Amy Ward, mar-
ried Rachel Hotchkiss, of Woodbridge, in what is
now Bethany. She died in 1787, and for his seconcf
wife he married Anna Wheeler. He had two chil-
dren : Richard, born Sept. 21, 1787, died in Nau-
gatuck, March 2, 185 1 ; Rachel, born Jan. 23. 1792.
married Jervis Sommers, and two of their children.
Jervis and ]Mary, are now living in Southford.

Richard Ward, son of Abel and Rachel Ward,
married Dec. 15, 181 1, Roxanna, daughter of Cul-
pepper Hoadly (a soldier of the Revolution) and
his wife Molly Lewis, of Salem Bridge (now Nau-
gatuck). Mrs. Ward died Feb. 6, 1865. Their
children were: Lewis, born Sept. 27, 1812:
Lavvren, born Dec. 27, 1814: Maria, born Feb. 11.
1819, who married Ralph Smith, of Bridgeport:
Mary, bom Feb. 17, 1823, who married Ganan Pot-
ter, and died Aug. 2, 1842: and William, borr>
March 7, 1825, who married Elizabeth A. Hine, and
resided in Naugatuck.

Lewis Ward, son of Richard and Roxanna
Ward, was married April 9. 1835, to Mary Ann
Curtis, of Huntington, who was born April 15,

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i8iJ. and died Dec. u. 1895. ag<-'*l ci.!^ht\ -three
vears and seven months. Their son, James B., was
born Oct. 8, 1836, in Naugatuck, and was the
father of the subject proper of this sketch.

Tames B. Ward was a carpenter by trade. He
married Jane E. Hotchkiss, a daughter of Eber and
Tiuirza Hotchkiss, of Bethany, and had two chil-
dren, both sons : W'ilHam L., our subject ; and
Elmer J., born Feb. 21, 1863, who is with the G.
I. R. Glove Co., at Xaugatuck. The father of these
died in December, 1862, when a young man. He
was a Republican in politics. He attended the
Congregational Church.

William L. Ward, whose name introduces this
sketch, received his education at t-he winter schools
of Xaugatuck, and early in life commenced earn-
ing a livelihood, as he was but four years old when
his father died. His first employment was with
the G. I. R. Glove Co., with which he remained
twelve years ; then- for nine years he was Iti the
employ of F. W. Tolles, furniture dealer and un-
dertaker, also in Xaugatuck. On Aug. i, i8y8, he
removed to Seymour and bought out E. F. Bassett,
who had been in the furniture and undertaking busi-
ness there some forty-two years. JMr. Ward was
the prime mover in the establishment of the \'alley
Xational Bank, of Seymour, which was organized
June 14, 1900, and of- which he has since been
president. Our subject is now serving as treasurer
of the town of Seymour.

On July 10, 1898, William L. Ward was united
in marriage with Lulu L. Tolles, daughter of Isaac
B. and Maria W. Tolles. the former of whom was
born in Bethany, the latter in Middlebury, Conn.
Mr. and Mrs. Ward attend the services of the Con-
gregational Church. Socially he is a member of the
F. & A. M., belonging to Morning Star Lodge, Xo.
47, Allerton Chapter, of Xaugatuck, and the Xew
Haven Commandery. He is also affiliated with the
I. O. O. F., Mechanics Lodge, Seymour. Mr.
Ward's political support is given to the Republican

JOHX J. McL.\RXEY. Among the self-made
business men whose intelligence and enterprise have
helped to develop the thriving little city of An-
sonia, the subject of this sketch holds a prominent
place, and the following brief account of his career
will be of interest. He was born in that city. May
17, 1851, and is descended in both paternal and
maternal lines from the Irish race which has
furnished so many valued citizens to America.

John McLarney, his grandfather, passed his life
in Ireland as a farmer, dying at the age of eighty-
seven years, and his wife. Catherine Cook, also a
native of Ireland, attained the age of ninety-six
years. In religion they were devout Catholics, and
their descendants adhere to the same faith. They
had a large family of children, of whom 1)Ut few
are now living.

Patrick McLarney, our subject's father, was

burn anl rearc(l in .\cklcinore Parish, (/mihU)-
Cavan, Ireland, and learned the shoemaker's trade
in his youth. ( )n coming to America he entereil
the employ of Mr. McWilliams, a railroad con-
tractor for whom he made shoes and harness, and
in 1848 he went to Ansonia to work for Harvey
Reamer, for wliom he made the first pair of
"pegged" boots ever finished in the town. Later
he was employed by Wallace & Sons, and the A. B.
C. Co., but for a few years before his death, which
occurred at the age of seventy-six, he lived in re-
tirement. His wife, ^lary ^Iclntyre, also lived to
the age of seventy-six, was a native of Scotland,
and one of the two daughters of Thomas Mclntyre,
a farmer, who died aged seventy-six. Her mother,
whose maiden name was Alice Gillis, died agefl
seventy-cne. Our subject was one of a family of
seven children and is the oldest of the three now
living; Hugh resides in Xew Haven, and James
in Ansonia.

The early years of John J. McLarney were spent
within sight of Ansonia, and his education was se-
cured in the public schools of that city. Together
with his brothers he learned the trade of clock-
maker, which he followed for a number of years,
and he then learned the horseshoers' trade and
worked for a time as a journeyman in that busi-
ness. Later he joined in the firm of Terry & Mc-
Larney, and engaged in the manufacture of carts
and business wagons at the corner of Canal and
Bridge streets, making a specialty of heavy business
wagons. On retiring from this business in 1896,
our subject spent some time in repairing his houses,
of which he owns several, and then took a position
as a journevman horseshoer. The death of his
brother, Thomas F., on Mav 22, 1898, led to his
taking charge of the undertaking establishment left
by the deceased, and in this venture he has met with
success, his knowledge of the business having been
first gained while working as a journeyman. He
gradtiated from the Zvlassachusetts College of Em-
balming in September, i8<;»9. He also conducts a
livery stable at Xo. 30 Green Street, keeping a num-
ber of horses and a fine line of hacks, coaches and
carriages ready for any call. In politics he is a
Democrat, and he served as constable and grand
juror when the town included Derby. He is an
active member of the Young Men's Temperance
.\ssociation. having served as its vice-president,
treasurer and secretary, and he is also connected
with the Catholic Legion, in which he is now trus-
tee, the Mutual Reserve of X'ew York City, an in-
surance association, and the Hartford Life Insur-
ance Co., of Hartford, and the Royal .\rcanum.

On April 25, 1888. he married Miss Ellen E.
Coleman, and four children have blessed this union,
of whom two are living: John J. and Alice E.
Mrs. McLarney is a native of Ansonia, and a
daughter of James and T.ridget f Mulligan^ C'nle-
man. Her father, nuw deceased. wa.s a well kin.wn
agriculturist anil pruininent citizen, whose infiuence

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was rocogiiizt'd in church and township affairs. Mrs.
McLarney was ediicated in the public schools of
Derby, and is a graduate of the Derby High School.
On leaving the high school she began teaching, con-
tinuing fourteen years, and in this work she was
very successful ; for three years previous to her
marriage she was principal of the Factory street
school in Ansonia. Both Mr. and Mrs. ^iIcLamey
are highly esteemed socially, and are leading mem-
bers of the Catholic Church of Ansonia.

family in Connecticut was established here more
than two hundred and fiftv years ago bv Gov. Leete.
an old-time worthy and an important figaire in early
Colonial affairs, who came to America with the
Henry Whitfield expedition.

Gov. William Leete was born in 1612 in Dod-
dington, England. Thomas Leete. his grandfather.
married Maria Slade, and their son John Leete mar-
ried Ann Shute ; William Leete. who afterward.
played such a prominent part in the Colonies, was
their son. William Leete was bred a lawyer, and
was clerk of the Bishops" Court at Cambridge,
where the oppression of the Puritans turned him
to a study of their tenets and finallv led him to the
adoption of their faith. He arrived in Connecticut
July 10, 1639, and he was one of six selected to pur-
chase from the Indians the land wanted for a new
settlement. A tract of 250 acres, three miles from
Guilford, now known as Leete"s Island, came to him.
He took a leading part in the development of the
rising Colony and was one of its most trusted merri-
bers. In 1658 he was made deputy governor of
New Haven Colony, and in 1661 was made gov-
ernor, holding this office until its union with the
Colony of Connecticut. He was deputy governor
of Connecticut from 1669 to 1676. when he was
chosen governor, and served in that capacity until
his death, in i''i83, in Hartford. Gov. Leete was
married in England, in 1638. to Anna Paine, who
died Sept. i, 1668. On April 7, 1670. he married
Mrs. Sarah Rutherford, who died Feb. 10. 1673.
His third wife, Mary, had also been marrierl twice
before, to Gov. Francis Xewinan and Rev. Nicholas
Street, respectively. She died in iri83. Gov. Leete
was the father of nine children.

John Leete. eldest son of the Governor, was boni
in 1639, in Guilford, and is said to have been the
first white chikl liorn in that town. In 1670 he mar-
ried Mary, daughter of William and Joanna
(Sheafe) Chittenden. To this union were bom
eight children. Mrs. Leete was born in 1647, and

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