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Eunice, Alelicent, Benjamin, Xoah, Jonathan, Han-
nah, David, Eunice and ^lary. The father of
Lieut. Col. Baldwin, also named Jonathan, was
bom Jan. 31, 1679-80, and married Alary Tibballs,
who was born May 27, 1690. They had born to
them the following named children : Alary, Alar-
tha. Abigail, Rachel, Jonathan, Eunice, Hannah,
Esther and Eunice. The mother of this family
passed away Nov. 10, 1759, and the father died
Jan. 5, 1761.

THEODORE P. TERRY, a highly-esteemed

resident of Ansonia, is the oldest merchant in that

city, and during his long and successful business

career he has seen the population increase from

1,500 to 13,000. When he first located there Derby

and Birmingham were one town, and Shelton and

i other thriving- villages of to-dav were not in exist-

I ence, the section being devoted almost exclusively

I to farming.

I Mr. Terry was bom Feb. 2, 1835, 'n Bristol,

I Hartford county, where his family is w-ell-known.

; His grandfather, Samuel Terry, who lived to the

j age of 88 years, was a native and life-long resident

: of the town, and owned a large tract of land there,

I being engaged in farming throughout his. active

[ years. He was a wheelwright by trade, but became

a clock maker and made the first clock ever placed

i in a town hall in America. A brother made the

i first house clock completed in this country.

j Theodore Terry, our subject's father, was born

I and reared in Bristol, and learned the clock mak-

! ers' trade, which he followed for a number of years

[ in partnership with Franklyn Andrews. At one

I time he had all his brothers working for him, and

' later he had four factories in successful operation.

; Meeting Anson G. Phelps, he decided to engage in

business with him at Ansonia, where thev built a

I factory and carried on a large business for some

! vears under the name of the Ansonia Clock Co.

The building burned, and for a time Mr. Terry

made clock movements, while later, in comnany

with P. T. Barnum, he built a factory at East

Bridgeport: Air. Terry also built and conducted a

' factory at Terryville. and he built quite a number

of houses in Ansonia for his emplovees. He then

traveled extcnsivelv, giving- his attention to oil

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Haven where he died at the a,q;e of seventy-two. As
a man of sound judgment, his opinions were vakied
by his fellow-citizens, and while residing in Bristol
he served as selectman. In religious faith he was a
Congregationalist. His wife, Julietta Pierce, who
lived to be over seventy years old, was born in Bris-
tol, daughter of Philo Pierce, a farmer, who died
at the age of eighty-eight years. Her mother,
whose maiden name was Sally Norton, died aged
eighty-four years. Mr. and ^Irs. Terry had one
daughter and two sons, one of whom. Hubbell, is
cashier of the Hadley Falls Bank at Holyoke,
Mass. ; Ellen, the daughter, died in Pennsylvania
■when nineteen.

Theodore P. Terry spent his early years in Bris-
tol, but when fifteen years old went with his par-
ents to Ansonia, and his education v>'as gained
mainly in the common schools of these towns, al-
though he also attended a school at Troy, N. Y.,
and spent two years at a school at Sand Lake. X.
Y. As a boy he learned the details of clockmaking,
and after his marriage he worked for two years in a
clock shop at Terryville. On returning to .Ansonia
he purchased a small gristmill which he conducted
two years, and on disposing of the business he tried
to enlist in the army. He was three times rejected,
and finally he went to the front as a sutler with the
23d Conn. V. I., and carried on a large business.
During this time he accompanied Banks' Division
to Ship Island. Returning to Ansonia he bought a
small stove and tinware store, at the site of the pres-
ent fine establishment, where the business has now-
been continuously carried on for thirty-eight years.
In the year 1883 his son. Frank T. Terry, was taken
into the business, and in 1892. owing to ill-health,
j\Ir. Terrv turned the store over to his son. who
owns the present building, which was erected in
1896, and is one of the finest of its kind in New
England. The store is stocked with a full line of
hardware, plumbers' materials, crockery, chira.
silverware, house furnishing goods, paints and
oils, mill supplies and wooden ware, and the trade
is constantlv on the increase. Up>on completing his
handsome residence, Mr. Terry presented it to his
wife, who for twenty years has made all the im-
provements in the place. In politics he is a Re-
publican, o'f WHiig antecedents, but he has never
been willing to enter public life. He and his fam-
ily are members of tlie Congregational church at
Ansonia, and he is now deacon and chairman of
the committee of that society, of which he is one of
the oldest members ; he tirst united with the church
in Terrvville. Mr. Terrv is also a director in the
Y. M. C. A.

In 1854 Mr. Terry married Miss Sophronia A.
Bartholomew, who was born in Plainville, daugh-
ter of J. H. Bartholomew, for many years a lead-
ing resident of .\nsonia. They have had four chil-
dren, of whom three are living: (i) Addie L.
married X. E. Barker, a native of Xew Haven, who
is now president of the First Xational Bank at



Birmingham, Ala. They Have had three sons,
; Terry E., Xelson and William C. {2) Frank, who
now has charge of the business, is a director in the
, Business Men's Assoc'ation, a member of the local
' Board of Trade and one of the Sinking Fund Com-
mission, a director of the Ansonia Water Co., and
is regarded as a leader among the younger business
men of the town. He married ?iiiss Jennie Mon-
tague, and has one son, Theodore M. (3) Another
son died at the age of about two years. (4) Caro-
line married W. A. Sadd, of Chattanooga, Tenn.,
and has one child, Margaret T. Mr. Sadd was
reared at Wapping, near Hartford, Conn., where
his father was an influential citizen. He graduated
from the civil engineering department of Yale
College, and is now secretary of the Chattanooga
Savings Bank.

Mrs. Terry is a member of the D. A. R., and
took a prominent part in the organization of the
chapter in Ansonia, of which she was first regent,
filling that office for two years. She is a member
of the Woman's Club of Ansonia and Derby, and
an earnest worker in the Congregational church,
of which she is a member — and of all of its difter-
ent societies. Mr, Terry has been quite an exten-
sive traveler, and has visited nearly every State in
the Union, and has made trips to Cuba and Alaska.

JEROME COAX (deceased), a twin brother
of Joseph Coan, was born in Xorth Guilford June
19, 1834, and during his lifetime was one of the
more prominent men of that section. He received
a common school education, and began life for him-
self very early as clerk in a store in Xorth Guilford.
He was employed in the same capacity at Branford
at the breaking out of the Civil war. He and his
brother Joseph enlisted in Company E, 15th Conn.
\'. I., and our subject participated in many battles
and skirmishes, discharging his duties with such in-
trepidity that he was made a corporal. During the
latter part of his military career he was detailed for
duty in the office of the provost marshal, and was
so engaged when the war ended.

Jerome Coan returned to Guilford, engaged in
farming for a time, eventually embarking in a mer-
cantile career, in which he was highly successful.
For more than thirty years he was one of the leading
business men of the community, and until he died.
Xov. 4, 1899, helcl the regard and confidence of the
public to a marked degree. He was buried in the
local cemetery. Mr. Coan was a leading and highly
respected member of the Masonic fraternity, and
affiliated with St. Alban's Lodge, of Guilford. He
also belongetl to Parmelee Post, G. A. R. As a
member of the Congregational Church his life re-
flected no discredit upon his faith. In his early life
he was a member of the Democratic party, but in
his later vears he became a Republican. For some
vears he served as justice of the peace.

Mr. Coan was twice marrierl, his first wife be-
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Griswold, and a native of North Guilford, where
she cHed. On Sept. 14, iS6y, he was married to
Mary Frances Judd. who was born in Bloomfield,
Conn., daughter of Henry- Green and Sarali Re-
becca (Raymond) Judd. Mr. Coan's son, Joseph
FrankHn, is now engaged in a store at Xortli Guil-
ford, and has already displayed marked aptitude
for a mercantile career. His youngest child and
only daughter, h^annie Louise, a teacher of music,
married Charles i). Uartlett, of Xorth Guilford, Jan.
I, 1901.

^lrs. Coan is a lady of marked character and re-
finement, a devoted mother and a notable housewife.
The family is one of the most respected in the com-
munity, and it is a comfort to the bereaved widow
to feel that her children are beginning life on so
high a plane of character and ambition.

JOHN BRADLEY YALE, who is drawing
near his seventy-first birthday, is one of the best-
known and most highly valued citizens of Xauga-
tuck. Three generations of the family have been
born in Litchfield countv, his grandfather, Eber,
his father, Charles, and himself, and both of his
nearest lineal progenitors were farmers.

Thomas Yale, son of David and Ann (Morton)
Yale, born in England or Wales about ifiiG. came
to America in 1637 with his step-father. Gov. The-
ophilus Eaton, and others. After the death of
David Yale, his widow. Ann, married Theophilus
Eaton, then an opulent merchant of London. Air.
Eaton settled as a merchant in Xew Haven in 1638,
with an estate of £,300. Gov. Eaton died at Xew
Haven in 1657, and in 1658 Thomas Yale accom-
panied his mother and Hannah Eaton, his half-
sister, son Elihu and brother David, to England,
from which countrv Mrs. Ann (Morton) Eaton
never returned. In the following year, 1659,
Thomas Yale returned to X^'ew Haven, and pur-
chased lands in part of the town which is now
X'orth Haven, settling on them as early as 1660.
He had married, in 1645, ^fary. daughter of Capt.
Xathaniel Turner, of X'ew Haven. Mr. Yale was
one of the principal men in the colony, a signer of
the Plantation Covenant of Xew Haven, and filled
with honor many offices of trust with credit to him-
self and to the satisfaction of his friends and fellow
colonists. He died in 1683. leaving an estate of
£479. His wife Mary died in 1704.

(II) Thomas Yale (2), son of Thomas the set-
tler, bom in X'ew Haven about 1647, married
(first) Dec. 11, 1667, Rebecca Gibbards. born Feb.
26. 1650, daughter of William Gibbards, of X'ew
Haven. Mr. Yale became one of the first settlers of
\\"al!ingford, removing thither in 1670. with a small
band of other adventurers. By the records of that
town it appears that he was one of the most active
and energetic men among them. He assisted in the
formation of the church, and in the call of the first
and second ministers. Rev. Samuel Street and Rev.
Samuel Whittelsey. Mr. Yale was a justice of the



peace, captain of the train-band and moderator of
their meetings. He died in Wallingford, Jan. 26,
1736, and Rebecca, his first wife, and the mother
of all his children, died in Wallingford.

(Ill) Theophilus Yale, son of Thomas 12),
born Xov. 13, 1675, married Sarah, daughter of
Rev. Sanmel and Alma Street, of the same town
(Wallingford). Mr. Yale was a magistrate from
about 1724 to the date of his <leath. Sept. 13,
1760. He also filled manv other offices, both civil
and military. His widow, Sarah, passed away aged
ninety- four years.

(I\') Elihu Yale, son of Theophilus, bom May
25, 1703, married (second) Jan. 19, 1732, Judith
Howe, and died at Cape Breton, Dec. 31, 1745. hav-
ing gone there in the expedition against the French.
He was a farmer of Wallingford.

(V) Elisha Yale, son of Elihu, born Aug. 29,
1742, married in 1771 Rebecca Xorth. of Farming-
ton. Mr. Yale was a farmer of Wallingford. and
afterward in Canaan, Conn. He died April i,
1825.

(VI) Eber Yale, son of Elisha, and grandfather
of John B., was born Aug. i, 1776, and settled in
.South Canaan, where he married Phebe Pendleton.!
He died there X'ov. 25, 1816. He was the father of]

two daughters — Julia and Caroline — and four sons'
— Frederick. Roderick. Charles and Eber. Julia
married Constant Southwick, a mechanic of Great
Barrin.gton, ]Mass., and Caroline became the wife
of L. B. Miller, of the same place. Frederick ( de-
ceased) lived in South Canaan, and was the father
of two sons — Henry, a joiner in that tcwn. and
John, who resides in Hartford. Roderick was a
farmer in Canaan. Conn., and reared a family of
five children. Grove Edward, Dexter, George, EHz-
abeth and Maria. Eber. the yovmgest child of
Eber ( i ) , was likewise a farmer in South Canaan ;
his children were three in number. Wells, Albert
and Eliza.

(VH) Charles Yale, the father of John B.. was
the fifth of the family in order of birth. He was
born April 2^. 1800. grew to manhood upon his
father's farm, and died in Litchfield county about
185 1. In 1820 he married Laura Phelps, daughter
of Samuel Phelps, also a South Canaan farmer.
She survived her husband some twentv-eight years,
dying about 1879. Charles Yale and his wife were
the parents of six sons and three daughters. John
B. being the fourth son and fifth child. The others
were as follows: Caroline, born X'ov. 30, 1822, died
Dec. 7, 1847. William, born Xov. 16. 1824, married
X'ov. 7, 1848, Lucy Roberts, of Colebrook, and is
now deceased : in conwanv with his brother Pitkin
he operated a tannery, having learned the trade, and
he was also a farmer, conducred a hotel, and in
later life practiced surgery. Pitkin, born Oct. i,
1826, is deceased. Frederick, born Dec. 10. 1828,
is a farmer living in East Hartford. Albert, born
X'ov. 15, 1832, died in 1897; he was a farmer.
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Charles Meigs, and died in California. Qiarles,
born Nov. 20, 1837, is the proprietor of a niarket in
East Haven. Nettie Cebelia, born Sept. 27, 1840,
is the wife of Philo B. Norton, a well-known livery-
man of Waterbury. Charles Yale, the elder, was
a Democrat in politics, and he and his family at-
tended the services of the 2iIethodist Episcopal
Church.

The boyhood of John B. Yale was spent after
much the same fashion as that of the sons of other
Connecticut farmers of his day and generation. He
was born Nov. 8, 1830, and the first twenty-four
years of his life were passed upon his father's farm.
In 1854 he came to Naugatuck, to enter the employ
of the Goodyear Rubber Shoe Co., with which cor-
poration he w.is connected for forty years, retiring
to private life in 1894, with a handsome fortune,
accumulated through persistent perseverance, in-
domitable industry, sound judgment and quick fore-
sight. His home is one of the most beautiful in
Naugatuck, and there he dispenses generous hospi-
tality to his friends. He is fond of horses, and in
his stable may be found some of the finest speci-
mens in New Haven county. Generous and genial
in private life, he is never derelict to his obligations
as a citizen, nor unmindful of other and more seri-
ous duties which have devolved upon him as a
churchman. He is one of the town's most public-
spirited residents, and an earnest and consistent
member of the Episcopal Church in Naugatuck,
which he was largely instrumental in founding, sub-
scribing liberally to its establishment, and going
about personally to solicit contributions for the
cause. In personal appearance I\Ir. Yale is of fine
physique, bearing his threescore and ten years with
the same ease with which men of less vigor carry
the weight of half a century. He is a Republican
in politics, and a member of the Masonic Fraternity.

In i860 !Mr. Yale married Miss Frances E. Is-
bell, whose father, John Isbell, was an old and
highly esteemed resident of Naugatuck. Her only
brother, John, was a gallant soldier during the Civil
war, and died from a fever contracted while in the
service. Mr. and ^Irs. Yale have but one child,
a daughter Laura Yale, who became the wife of
Charles H. Ensign, of Hartford. They had one
ichild, Howard Yale Ensign.

NELSON JAMES WELTON, who was born
Feb. 15, 1829, in Waterbury, at Buck's Hill, three
miles north of the Center, is a descendant in direct
line from John Welton. The latter was born in
Wales, and came to America, settling in Saybrook,
living for a time in Farmington, and finally, in 1679,
moving to Waterbury, where he died June 18, 1726.
Seven consecutive generations of the Weltons have
lived in Waterbury, and six have died there.

Richard Welton, the first male child of European
parentage born in Waterbury, was a son of John,
he emigrant, and was born Sept. 27, 1679: he died
n 1755. He was a builder, and erected the home



at Buck's Hill. There was a fort at Waterbury
where the settlers would gather to sleep at night
under protection from hostile Indians. Eliakim
Welton, son of Richard, was born Jan. 21, 1715,
and died Nov. 20, 1794.

Richard Welton, son of Eliakim, was born on
the old home Oct. 10, 1743, and died Feb. 26, 1820.

Thomas Welton, son of Richard, was born Dec.
8, 1774- \vas baptized Jan. 5, 1775, and died April
18. 1856. He married Sybil Cook, of Wallingford,
and had a family of six children, of whom the eldest
was Lyman, the father of Nelson J. ; Eveline, born
Jan. 2T„ 1800 ; ]\Iinerva, born March 19, 1802 ; Sally
D., deceased in infancy; Sally D. (2) was born
June 14, 1810; and Nancy, born April 12, 1812.
Eveline married Anson Downs, of Waterbury.
iNIinerva married Burton Payne, of Bristol. Sallv
D. married Henry Bronson, of Middlebury, anil
Nancy became Mrs. Frederick A. Bradley, of
Bridgeport.

Lyman Welton was born June 15. 1798, and died
Nov. 18, 1882. He was a farmer ail his life, resid-
ing on the old place at Buck's Hill. He married
I\Iinerva Judd, who was born in Watertown June
29, 1800, a daughter of Benjamin H. and Anna
(Prindle) Judd, the latter of whom was a daughter
of the Rev. Chauncey Prindle. Three children
came to Lyman Welton and his wife: Henry A.,
born Dec. 2, 1823, is a retired mechanic, now living
in Hartford. Franklin L., born Dec. 11, 1827, died
Nov. I, 1886: he was engaged in the fire insurance
business in Waterbury, where he held the office of
town clerk and selectman. Nelson J. is mentioned
below.

Benjamin H. Judd, father of ]\Irs. Lyman Wel-
ton, was born Sept. 30, 1770, a son of Joel Judd, and
died May 26, i860. Fie was a mechanic and cabi-
netmaker of Watertown. The Judd family is de-
scended from one Deacon Thomas Judd, who emi-
grated from England about 1633, and settled in
Cambridge, jMass. In 1636 he moved to Hartford,
and in 1644 to Farmington. He was one of the
deputies to the General Court in 1647. His death
occurred in 168S. Lieut. Thomas Judd, the rcji-
resentative of the second generation of the family
in America, came to Waterbury, where he was one
of the first planters, and represented the town in
the General Sessions for eleven years. He died in
1703, aged about sixt3'-five. John Judd, son of
Lieut. Thomas, was born in Farmington, married,
and became the father of Benjamin Judd. He died
in 1717. Benjamin Judd was born Aug. 28, 1710,
became a physician of considerable ability, and mar-
ried Abigail Adams, who bore him several children.
Among them was Joel Judd, who was born in Wat-
erbury, July 15, 1748, and became a soldier in the
Revolutionary war, in which he was wounded by a
bullet which he carried the remainder of his life.
Toel Tudd married Alercy Hickox, and became the
father of Benjamin H., mentioned above as the
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Xelson T- Welton spent his boyhood days on the
farm at Buck's Hill. He was educated in the ths-
trict school and the Waterbury Academy, where
he studied surveying and civil engineering under
Charles Fabrique. At the age of eighteen he began
teaching a district school, and for five years taught
school in the winters in W'olcott and Xaugatuck,
and spent his sunnners in surveying. In 1850, at
the age of twenty-one, he was appointed county
surveyor for New Haven county. For more than
fifty years Mr. Welton has been a civil engineer and
surveyor, and for many years was the only surveyor
in this part of the county. He still has his office
and is a consulting civil and hydraulic engineer.
The building in which his office is located was built
in 1856, and on its completion A[r. Welton took up
his quarters there. In politics Mr. Welton is a
Democrat, and has held many important offices in
the gift of his party, although his personal popular-
ity has gained him many votes outside of the strict
party vote. From 1853 to 1885 he was city en-
gineer; for five years from 1853 he was city clerk;
from 1852 to 1856, grand juror; from. 1856 to 1863.
town clerk ; for twenty-eight years justice of the
peace; in 1859, judge of probate for the district of
Waterbury; in 1861, representative from Water-
bury to the General Assemblv ; in 1863 and 1864,
recorder of the city court of Waterbury : in 1867,
president of the board of water commissioners, a
position he held until 1896. with the exception of a
break of two years. He built the water works, and
for more than thirty years was the general mana-
ger. He was engineer in charge of the construction
of the city's system of sewerage, and in 1878 was
appointed one of the State Board of Engineers for
the inspection of reservoirs and dams, which posi-
tion he still holds. From the formation of the Riv-
erside Cemetery 'Association in 1853 Mr. Welton
has been its secretary and superintendent, and since
1865 has served also as its treasurer He has
served several terms as alderman of the city, was
acting mayor fin the absence of !\Iayor Spencer)
and rendered valuable service in securing the be-
quest under the will of the late Silas Bronson, and
in the establishment of the Bronson library in 1870.
Mr. Welton has been identified with many of the
progressi\e institutions of Waterburv, being one
of the incorporators of the Waterbury Savings
Bank, of which he is at present a director, and he
is also a director in the Waterbury National Bank.
He is greatly interested in the cause of education,
and is a member of the corporation and the present
treasurer of St. Margaret's School for Girls in
Waterbury.

In religious connection Mr. Welton is a com-
municant of the Episcopal Church, where his kin-
dred on both sides have been found. He is a
member and senior warden of St. John's Church,
is agent of the parish and vestry, and is active in
all Church work. For fifty-two years he was con-
nected with the Sunday-school as pupil and



teacher, and for thirty-two years was a vestryman.
From 1877 to 18S9 he was parish clerk. In the
>.Iasonic fraternity he has taken high rank. He
took his first degree of Masonry in Harmony
Lodge, No. 42, F. & A. M., Waterbury, Feb. 14,
1856, and was made a Master ^lason March 20,
same year. As Master of the lodge he did good
work from 1S65 to 1866, and on the formation of
Continental Lodge, No. 76, he became one of its
charter members. Air. Welton was made a Royal
Arch Mason in Eureka Chapter, No. 22, R. A. M.,
March 10, 1858, and w^as High Priest of the chap-
ter in 1863 and 1864. On October 13, 1865, he was
knighted in New Haven Commandery, No. 2, and
became a charter member of Clark Commandery,
No. 7, K. T., of which' he was Eminent Com-
mander in 1873 and 1874. In 1881 he received the
Scottish Rite degrees in E. G. Storer Lodge of Per-
fection, in Elm City Council, P. of J., and New
Haven Chapter, Rose Croix. The next year he be-
came a 32d degree Mason, receiving the consistory
grade in Lafayette Consistory, Bridgeport, Conn.
He also belongs to Pyramid Temple, Ancient
Arabic Order, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine,
Bridgeport, and is an honorary member of Mecca
Temple, New York City. In the Grand Masonic
bodies of Connecticut Sir Nelson J. Welton served
as Grand Commander of the Grand Commandery
of Connecticut in 188 1 and 1882.

On Jan. 20, 1869, Mr. Welton was married to
Mrs. Frances R. P. Lyon, who was born in Smyrna,
N. Y., Oct. 17, 1832, and died Aug. 9, 1900. She
was the daughter of John and Abbie (Chapin)



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