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; her family has been identified with that church for
generations. Of her tour children onlv one is liv-
^ ing. Frederick E. Another son, Arthur, with- his
daughters Annette and Eda, the captain and one
sailor, were drowned by the U[)setting of his yacht in
Long Island Sound, on July 18, 1901 ; his watch
stopped at three minutes past four. His daughter
^kladaline and one sailor were saved by hanging on
to an overturned rowboat for two hours, and were
picked up by a passing tugboat.

Frederick E. Colburn was bom in Westville Sept.
6, 1832, and was educated in the district schools of
that section and in Xew Haven. For some years he
was interested in the manufacture of .guano and
phosphates, but since 1884 his attention has been
devoted to real-estate business. Politically he afttli-
ates with the Republican party, althou,gh he has re-
fused all offers of official positions, and he is one of
the prominent Masons of this section, having been a
member of George Washington Lodge, X'^o. 82, of
Ansonia, for thirty-one years, and also belonging to
Mt. Vernon Chapter. Ansonia. In 1859 he married
Miss Flora A. Smith, and they have had five chil-
dren, of whom four are living, d) Ruby \\'. mar-
ried Dr. Baldwin, now of Rome, Italy, and they
have six children, Frederick W., Henneth P. S.,
John P., Charles L., Cornelia F. and Margaret. (2 )
Fairchild S. married Miss Minnie Busher, and set-
tled on his .grandfather's farm in Ohio. (3) Eliza-
beth H. married Rev. E. T. Mathison. an Episcopal
clergyman, and has two children. Flora and Cather-
ine. (4) Sylvester G. married Miss Ruth Sperry,
and has two children, Elizabeth and Frederick S.

Mrs. Flora A. Smith Colburn, w-hose mental
gifts and culture make her a social leader, is a mem-
ber of the D. A. R., Sarah Humphrey Chapter, of
Derby, and is eligible to membership in the S'Kiety
of the Colonial Dames. . She was born in Lake
county, Ohio, and is of goo(] old Connecticut stock
in the paternal line. Her maternal great-grand-
father, Jn>cph White, came from France and servid
seven \ears in the Revolutionarv armv under Gen.

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L.nFa\"Ctto. Her j::rent-t:rL'a;-;,'r;iml father, (Vilcf
Smith, a native of South Xorwalk, settled in Derby
at an early date, and Abraham Smith, her great-
•jrandfather, passed his life tlierc as a farmer. Pros-
j)ect street now runs through the site of his old
liomestead. Abraham Sniith married Sarah French,
granddaughter of John Bowers, a graduate of
Harvard College and one of the preacii'ers at (iuil-
ford and Derby. James Snnth. the grandfather of
Mrs. Colburn, was a native of Derby, and followed
farming at the homestead for some years in connec-
tion with the cooper's trade. Later he moved to
W'aterbury, but his last years were spent in Derby,
his death occurring at the age of eightv years. He
married IMolIy Fairchild, daughter of Abial and
Zerviah Johnson, and they had three children. Mrs.
Smith died when her son, James F., was but three
weeks old.

James F. Smith, ?ilrs. Colburn's father, was
born in W'aterbury, and in 1819 went to Ohio, the
journey, which was made with an ox-team, occupy-
ing one month. For one year he worked by the
month, saving his wages carefully, and as time
passed he became one of the wealthiest farmers
and fruit growers of that section, his farm com-
prising 600 acres of land. He lived to. the advanced
age of ninety-three years. He married Caroline
White, who was born in Granville, N. Y., one of
the four children of John White, who died at the
age of one hundred and two, and his wife. Ruby
(Cleveland), who died aged sixty-seven. Mrs.
Caroline Smith died aged sixty-seven years, and of
her three children none are living except Mrs. Col-
burn, who was second in order of birth. James H.
died in 1896, and jNIary Z. died in 1870. aged nine-
teen vears. The Smith family has also been con-
nected with the Episcopal Church for many years,
and Mrs. Colburn is among the active workers of
the church in Ansonia.

SAMUEL E. FRLSBIE, a prominent agricult-
urist and business man of the town of Milford. was
horn in East Haven. Conn.. April 7, 1856, son of
William H. and grandson of Samuel Frisbie. The
family is of pioneer stock. Samuel Fri.-bie was born
in Branford, Conn., where he continued to reside,
and where he followed shoemaking all his life. His
wife, Sally Tyler, was born in Firanford. and passed
her entire life there. Of their seven children, the
eldest, Obed T. (deceased), was a shoemaker in
New Haven, Conn.; Rnxana (deceased) married
N'elson Linsley, of Xew Haven : Randolph R. was
a shoemaker and later a bookkeeper, but at present
is retired; William H.. our subject's father, is men-
tioned below; Mary E., a tailoress, died in Milford
unmarried; Lewis, who died in Fair Haven, Conn.,
was an iron and brass founder, and earlier in life
a shoemaker: and Sarah resides in Branford.

William FL Frisbie was born in Branford ^fay
II, 1826, and became a shoemaker, hut afterward
for some time followed the iron molder's trade.


^n April, 1877, he settled up<jn a farm in Milfortl,
where he still resides. He married Eunice C. Dick-
inson, a native of Chester, Conn., and daughter of •
Ely Dickinson, and they became the parents of one
child, Samuel E.

Samuel E. Frisbie first attended school in East
Haven, and when eight years old went to Bran-
ford, where his studies were continued several years.
At thirteen he moved with his parents to New Ha-
ven, and after a short service in the finishing de-
partment of the Xew Haven Clock Co. became clerk
in a drug store to learn the business. During the
panic of 1877 he settled with his parents in Mil-
ford upon his present farm as a market gardener
and seed grower. For the last four years he has
been special agent for the Page Woven Wire Fence
Co., a most successful branch of his business, ne-
cessitating some traveling, and he also acts as .gen-
eral agent and traveler for the Rogers & Hubbard
Co.'s fertilizers. He is thoroughly alive to up-to-
date machinery, and has been local agent for vari-
ous improved farm tools, etc.. which he has in-
troduced. He has never married, but he and his-
father have built a beautiful residence on a part
of the old farm, which contains about eighty acres
— the original farm when taken comprising about
164 acres. While he votes independently so far
as local affairs are concerned, he is a Republican,
and owing to his clear understanding of parlia-
mentary law has often been chairman of that party's
caucuses, as also of the annual and special meetings
of the town. He has also served as grand juror.
He was a prominent candidate for the first judge
of the Milford Town Court upon its establishment
in 1901, being defeated in legislative caucus only
by a compromise candidate. While taking an active-
part in town affairs, he has sought to avoid and has
refused public preferment. Mr. Frisbie belongs to-
the Patrons of Husbandry, or Grange, and is a char-
ter member and organizer of the local Grange in his
town; he is also president for the fourth consecutive
time of the local council of the X'ational Provident
L'nion, and takes much interest in temperance af-
fairs. He is a member of Plymouth Congrega-
tional Church, and for three years was superin-
tendent of its Sunday-school. For two years he
was director of music in the First Congregational
Church, and he has taken much interest in musical
affairs generally, having been president and organ-
izer of the old Amphion ^lusic Society, and sec-
retary of the more recent Choral Musical Union.

CHARLES W. GRAXXISS, an -honored vet-
eran of the Civil war, and a representative citizen'
of the town of East Haven, X'ew Haven county,
was born Nov. 10. 1844, on the farm where he now
resides, and comes of good old Colonial stock.

The family was founded in the X'ew World by
Edward Granniss, a native of England, who came
to this country in 1644 and first located in Hartford.,
Conn., where he. followed farming about ten years.

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About 1670 lie removed to Hailley, Mass., and seven
years later came to North Haven. He married Eliz-
•abeth Andrews in 1654, and among their children
was Joseph Graiiniss, who was born in 1677. Isaac
(Iraimiss, son of Joseph, was born in 1716. and was
the first of the family to locate in East Haven, mak-
irig his home on the farm where our subject now
lives. He purchased this land from the Indian
chief Foxen. His son, Jared Granniss, the grand-
father of our subject, was born in 1756, and lived
to the advanced age of ninety-one years. He was
one of the Revolutionary heroes, and was with
Gen. Putnam in the battle of Bunker Hill.

Frederick Granniss, father of our subject, was
born Feb. 2, 18 13, and when sixteen years of age
was apprenticed to George Hoadley, of New Haven,
to learn the carriagemaker's trade, at which he con-
tinued to work for several years, spending part
of the time in .\lbany, N. Y. Returning to the old
homestead in East Haverr. he followed dairy farm-
ing throughout the remainder of his life, and died
there April 29, 1895. He was a consistent and
faithful member of the Baptist Church, and took
a very active part in its work. In early life he mar-
ried Miss Emily Bailey, a daughter of Thaddeus
Bailey, of Groton, Conn. She died Feb. 18, 1882.
In their family were three children, of whom our
subject is the youngest. George F., born Feb. 2,
1835, is a resident of Wallingford. this county;
and Andrew J., born Jan. 11, 1841, is a farmer of
East Haven.

Charles \V. Granniss passed his boyhood and
youth on the old homestead where he continues
to reside, and was pursuing his studies in the local
schools when the Civil war broke out. Going to
New Haven, he enlisted Aug. 21, 1861. in Company
A, loth Conn. V. I., but his father, learning of his
enlistment through the school teacher, succeeded in
getting his release on account of his youth. Our
subject returned home, but after talking the matter
over- with his father for a few days he Vvas given a
written consent to his enlistment, and together they
returned to New Haven, where he re-enlisted in the
same company and regiment, joining his command
at that city. They were encamped at Hartford,
and thence went to Annapolis, Md., later joining
Burnside in his Roanoke expedition. Mr. Granniss'
first engagement, at Roanc>ke Island. N. C, was
followed by the battles of Newbern. Kinston and
Goldsboro, under the command of Gen. Burnside.
loth Arm\^ Corps. Later the regiment was assigned
to the i8th Army Corps, under Gens. Gilmore and
Butler, and was sent .to Cliarleston. S. C, where they
helped dig the entrenchments and remained until the
surrender of P'ort \\'agner, after a siege of three
months. Going to St. Augustine, Fla.. they did
garrison duty until Dec. 31, 1863, and then re-
turned home on a thirty days' furlough. Mr. Gran-
niss re-enlisted and rejoined his regiment at Hart-
ford, where they were encamped on Trinity College
grounds. Later they proceeded to Alexandria, \'a.

They spent five weeks at Arlington Heights, near
Washington, D. C. and then joined the army op-
posite York-town, under Gen. Butler. Later thev
participated in the engagements at Bermuda Hun-
dred. Drury's lUuff and the siege of Petersburg,
and then crossed the James river and took part in
the battle of Strawberry Plains, where Mr. Gran-
niss was wounded by a minie ball in the left shoul-
der, Aug. 16, 1864. He was first taken to the field
hospital and later to the hospital at Newmarket
Heights. On his recovery he participated in the
engagements at Laurel Hill, Newmarket, Derby-
town, Johnston's plantation, Hatchie's Run and Fort
Gregg. While storming the fort our subject was
again wounded by a revolver in the hands of a
Confederate officer not one hundred feet from him,
the bullet striking the first joint of the first finger
on the left hand and passing through all the finger
joints. He spent a few days in the hospital at
Point of Rocks, and a month at the hospital at
Hampton, Va., and then was discharged at New
Haven, Aug. 30, 1865, with the rank of sergeant.
Soon after his return home Mr. Granniss, in
company with his brother Andrew, went to Nor-
folk, \'a., where he was employed in lumber and
wood yards for one year. At the end of that time
he came back to Connecticut, and has since suc-
cessfully engaged in market gardening and the dairy
business on the old homestead in East Haven. On
Feb. 24, 1874, he was united in marriage with Miss
Annie Irwin, of Baltimore, Md., and to them were
born three children: Irwin, a practicing physician
of New Haven, who was graduated from the Med-
ical Department of Yale College at the age of twen-
ty-one years; Lincoln, who is now a member of
the Freshman class at Yale ; and Charles A., who
died in infancy.

Fraternally Mr. Granniss is an honored member
of Delphi Lodge. No. 63, F. & A. M., of New
Haven : Admiral Foote Post, No. 63, G. A. R. ; and
Foxen Grange. No. 89. East Haven, of which he is
now master. In politics he is an ardent Republican.
He was a member of the State Legislature in 1895
and again in 1899. and was chairman of the com-
mittee on Temperance during the last term; he
has been county auditor for two years. As a citi-
zen he has always been true and faithful to every

! trust reposed in him, so that his loyalty is above
question, being manifest in days of peace as when

i he followed the old flag to victory on Southern

' battlefields.


! fame as a lawyer and orator extended far beyond

j the confines of his native State, was born upon a

; farm known as Pond Hill, in the town of Nauga-

1 tuck, Sept. 15. 1842.

j Lucius Baldwin, his father, who was a Meth-

! odist minister, was born in Woodbridge. He mar-
ried a Mi?3 Willanl, of ?^Iassachusetts, and f' ir

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tiuirtee!! chi'ilrtii A\i.'"e born. He uicd in April,
iS<>9. Of his family Henry C. was the ninth in or-
der of birth, the others bein<j Jeruslia Maria, Lucius
Monroe, Edwin Soule, Hervey Watson, Amelia
Anne, Louis Sherwood, Esther Sophia, Frances
Adelaide, Celia Josephine, Alatilda Augusta. Albert
Warren, Charles Willard and Florence Eleanor.
Lucius Monroe is a farmer in Xaug-atuck'. Louis
Sherwood and Albert Warren died in early man-
hood. Charles Willard is a practicing' lawyer in
Florida. Five of the seven daughters are married,
lerusha Maria to F. K. Small, of Cape Cod, Mass. ;
Esther Sophia to J. F. Brown, of Lynn, that State;
Frances Adelaide to Judge Bingham; of Naugatuck ;
Celia Josephine to E. J. \Miitehead, of Xew York ;
and Amelia Anne to George F. Walker, of Cdou-
cester, England. Florence Eleanor has remained
unmarried. Matilda Augusta died before reaching

Henry C. Baldwin passed his boyhood upon the
paternal farm, receiving his early education at the
schools of Naugatuck and Xew Britain. In Au-
gust, 1862, before he had reached the age of twenty,
he enlisted with a number of other young men of
Xaugatuck, in Company H, 15th C. V. His ex-
perience as a soldier was eventful, an4 his record
one of distinction. He was once wounded and
was for two months a prisoner, and was mustered
out of service June 28, 1865. On his return to
X'augatuck he taught school for a time, and was
for two years connected with a concern engaged in
the manufacture of pocket cutlery, window fixtures,
etc. That pursuit, however, he did not find con-
genial, and in 1869 he matriculated in the Yale Law
School, from which he was graduated three years
later. He at once began practice at Xaugatuck,
where his natural ability, sound learning and fidelit}-
to his clients soon won for him a large clientage.
In 1889 he opened an office in X'ew York, spending
three days of each week in that city, and in 1895
he established a branch office in Waterbury, Conn.,
the better to meet the demands of his constantly
growing practice. He died Jan. 15, 1897, at his
home in Carroll Court, the immediate cause of his
death being heart failure, the sequence to an ill-
ness extending over several weeks. His passing
away cast a gloom over the community in which lie
had lived so long, and where he had many friends
and where he was universally honored, even by
those who criticised what they sometimes desig-
nated his "erratic" course in politics. As a man
he was trusted implicitly by all who knew him ;
as a friend he was sincere, charitable, faithful : as
a husband and father, loyal and devoted ; as a citi-
zen, progressive, public-spirited and liberal. En-
dowed with a singularly retentive memory and
sparkling wit, he was a brilliant conversationalist.
As a lawyer, his sympathies were always with the
cnuse which he believed to be ricfht and just, and
his generosity toward those in distress was limited

oidy by his pecuniary ability, although ever guided
by a sound judgment.

Reference has been made in the preceding para-
graph to Mr. Baldwin's career as a politician. His
first vote was cast as a Democrat, and in 1872 he
took the stump for Horace Greeley. He was a con-
stant reader on tlicories and principles of govern-
ment and finance, and lie early became imbued with
the creed, of the Greenback-Labor party, in 1875
delivering the first speech ever made in its ad-
vocacy in Hartford. In 1880 he was a delegate
to the convention which nominated Gen. Weaver
for the presidency, and in one campaign he was the
Greenback candidate for Connecticut's chief ex-
ecutive chair. In 1886 he was elected town clerk
on that ticket In 1896 he was an ardent supporter
of William J. Bryan, and made speeches in his be-
half in Connecticut and Xew Jersey. The follow-
ing is extracted from a paragraph which appeared
in the Ncia York Siiii at the time of his death:
"Mr. Baldwin had been identified with public af-
fairs for a long time. He had been a Greenbacker,
and was the Greenback candidate for governor of
his State at one time. He followed Blaine through
Maine the time the State elected a Greenback gov-
ernor, and to him more than to any other man was
due the victory of the party in that State. He was
an ardent Populist of late years, and took an active
part in the St. Louis convention. It was he who
got on his feet and asked the gathering to use their
brains instead of their mouths." As an orator ^Ir.
Baldwin was eloquent and fearless, and even his
opponents always heard him with interest and re-
spect. He was a frequent contributor to the press,
his writings always showing deep research and men-
tal qualities of a high order. At one time he was
connected with a Xaugatuck weekly called the Agi-
tator, devoted to the interests of the working men,
and many leading papers throughout the land wel-
comed articles from his pen.

On May 29, 1875, Mr. Baldwin married Aliss
Millicent, a daughter of Elijah W. Bingham, of
Middletown. She and their three children, May
E., Florence J. and Seth W., survive him.

known merchant at Stony Creek, has won more
than a local reputation for honest goods and fair
treatment, and by his plain and upright methods
of doing business has drawn to himself a very de-
sirable custom. Mr. Jackson was born in Durham,
Conn., March 2, i860, and is a son of Alfred and
Deborah Ar.n (Davis) Jackson, both natives of
Connecticut, the former of Guilford, and the latter
of Durham.

John Jackfon, his paternal grandfather, was born
in Guilford, where he lived and died, having fol-
lowed the vocation of farming all his life. Levi
Davis, the maternal grandfather of Frederick L.
Jackson, was also a farmer in Durham, and in his

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later life lie removed to a location in Susquehanna
county, Penn., where he spent the rest of his hfe,
dying in that community.

Alfred Jackson, the fatlier of Frederick L.. is a
farmer, anil has his home in Durham, Conn. There
are si.x children in his family: Lillia V. (who
married iienry Davis), Andrew, Frederick L.,
Edith, Mary and John.

Frederick LeGrand Jackson spent his boyhood
days in Durham, and received his education in Dur-
ham Academy. Leavinc^ home at the age of twenty
years, he liecame an employe in the general store
of his brother-in-law, Henry Davis, and remained
with him nine and a half vears. Mr. Jackson began
business for himself in 1891, at Stony Creek, after
having managed the establishment of Strong,
Barnes & Hart, for about a year and a half. Pur-
chasing the stock and good will of his employers,
he solicited the patronage of the public in his own
behalf, and from the first made a decided success
in his business.

On June 8, 1892, Mr. Jackson was married to
Mary F., a daughter of Joseph A. and Adeline W.
(Webster) Terry, of Hartford. Mr. Jackson is a
member of the two fraternal societies the Knights
of Honor and the Knights of Pythias. In politics
he is a Democrat.

LYNDE ROWLAND, a prominent citizen of
Branford. was born in Old Lyme, New London
Co., Corn.. July 17, 1827, son of Lynde and Susan
Y. (Greenfield) Rowland, and grandson of Evi
and Caroline (Chadwick) Rowland. He comes of
good old Puritan stock, and is a worthy representa-
tive of the best ideals and principles of New Eng-
land. The maternal grandfather of Air. Rowland,
James Greenfield, who was a shoe-maker of Old
LvTne, came of English and GeiTnan extraction. He
was a soldier in the war of 1812. Our subject's
father was a sea captain, and in the course of his
professional career visited all the great seap<:)rts of
the world. He died Jan. 20, 1841, aged fifty-five
years, in the village of Old Lyme, shortly after the
death of his wife, who passed away Nov. 15, 1840.
aged forty-six years. Their family consisted of
four children, of whom the eldest, Edward, who
died several years ago, was a farmer and school
teacher bv riccupation ; he married Abigail Lay, and
had six children. Mary Ann died Dec. 20, 1832,
aged two vears, six months. Abigail G. became the
wife of Andrew L're, a farmer and merchant, and
had five children ; she died in 1809.

Lynde Rowland, whose name introduces this
sketch, was reared in the village of Old Lyme,
where he spent the first thirteen and a half years
of his life, at the end of which time he was bound
crut to the carriagemaker's trade for seven years to
William F. Cables, of New London. He finished
his trade in Salem, and in 1846 removed to Leyden.
Lewis Co., N. Y., where he embarked in the maiuj-
facture of horse rakes, butter tubs, cheese boxes and

presses, wagoi-.s. turnings for builders, and other
wooden goods. For si.x years he continued in busi-
ness in that city, and in 1851 he came to Branford.
where he went into the wagon and carriage busi-
ness, in which with some intermissions he con-
tinued for nearly fifty years. In 1862 he became
the proprietor of a grocery store in Branford, v/hich
remained on his hands for nearly a year, and later
he had another for about the same length of time.
For a time he was also interested in a carriage fac-
.tory in the city of New York, where he had a feed
store and also a shoe shop. Mr. Rowland at the
present time is extensively interested in Branford
real estate, owning a number of tenements and busi-
ness buildings, nineteen in all. He has been an
active and progressive business man, and a consider-
able fortune attests his industry and thrifty manage-

Mr. Rowland was married, in 1862, to Amelia
]M., daughter of William Allport, of Bratiford, and
is the father of two sons, Lynde W. and Wallace
A. Lynde W. was born July 13, 1863, was mar'ried
May 2, 1888, to ]Minnie Harrison, and resides in
Naugatuck. Wallace A., born Feb. 20, 1870, was
married Aug. 21, 1899, to Mattie Parker, and has
two sons — Chester R., born Nov. 13, 1900; and
Lynde Parker, born Sept. 6, 1901. They make their
home in Branford. Politically j\Ir. Rowland was
a Whig in early life, but became a Republican on
the formation of that party. In his younger man-
hood he was a member of the Odd Fellows in New

Mrs. Rowland's father, \\'illiam Allport, was
born in Birmingham. England, and came to Amer-
ica at the age of twenty-two. In Middletown he
married Julia Hudson, and they had six children.

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