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and capable superintendent of the supply depart-
ment of the Southern New England Telephone Co..
with his principal office at New Haven, was born in
Branford July 12, 1S54. and is a son of Capt. Jo-
seph W. and Mary (Hall) Pond. The paternal
grandparents of George S. Pond were Harvey and
Betsy (Linsley) Pond, and his great-grandparents
w^ere Elias and Martha (Howd) Pond.

On the Linsley side Mr. Pond is a descendant of
Ebenezer Linsley, who was a native of Branford,
and who married Betsy Cohan, of Guilford. He
was a son of Ebenezer Linsley, and a grandson of
Ebenezer Linsley. who was born in England and
was one of the pioneer settlers of Branford. The
family Bible which he brought from England is
still in the possession of Capt. J. W. Pond, who is
living- at the time of this writing (1901) on the
old family homestead at Indian Neck, where he was
bom July 6, 1820. ■

Har\-ey Pond, noted above, was a boatman and
coaster, and followed the water all his life. His
children were Russell, JoHeph W., Harriet and Eliza
A. (who married Henry Nichols).

Capt. Joseph \V. Pond was reared in Branford,
where he has always resided. For sixty-six seasons
he had charge of a pleasure boat on Long Island
sound, and during th.e winter months was engaged
in the coasting trade. Capt. Pond was twice mar-
ried. In 1845 he wedded Elvira Averill, who died
in 1851. In 1852 he married ]\Iary E. Hall, of
the city of New York, who became the mother of
four children : George S. : Jarvis A. ; Elvira, who
married George Rice; and Mary E., who is Mrs.
Frank Mackay.

George Stillman Pond was reared at Branford,
which has always been his home. He obtained his
education in the local schools, and began his busi-


ness career Ijy assisting his father as a boatman.
For ten seasons he was captain of a pleasure boat
on Long Island Sound. On Sept. i, 1883, he re-
ceived his appointment to the position he now holds,
with the Southern New England Telephone Co.,
and is regarded as one of the most capable and
trustworthy men on the company's staff.

2vlr. Pond was married, Oct. 10, 1875, to Hattie
J., a daughter of James F. and Harriet (Plant)
Morris, of Branford. To this union have come
three children, Harry J., Walter G. and Olive H.
Mr. Pond is a member of Widows Sons Lodge,
No. 66, F. & A. M. He is also a member of
Montowese Lodge, No. 184, New England Order
of Protection, of which he is warden. In his po-
litical relations Mr. Pond is a Republican.

the machine department of the Scovill Alfg. Co.,
Waterburv, was born March 11, i8s6, in Vossjes,

Francis F. Wolff, father of our subject, was-
born in the same locality, in 18 17, and came to-
the United States in 1865, making his first New-
World home in Bridgeport, Conn., where he found
employment as a blacksmith on the Naugatuck rail-
road. From there he removed to Waterburv, and
here worked for the Farrell Foundry Co. up to
about the time of his death in 1870. In his native
land he had married Celestiiie Wolff, a first cousin,
and of the same nativity, and three children were
born to them : Lucian, Adrian, and Alfred J. Of
these, Lucian is a machinist with the Scovill Mfg..
Co. : and Adrian is foreman at the same works. The
mother passed from earth in 1898.

Alfred J. Wolff was ten years old when brought,
by his parents to this country from his native land,,
and received his education in part at Vosges, France,,
in part at Bridgeport. Conn., for a few months, then,
in 1866, coming to Waterbury, where he' finished his.
schooling. Air. Wolff' now entered life in earnest,
commencing an apprenticeship to the tool-making
trade with the Scovill Mfg. Co., after which he
worked in 'New York two years. Then returning
to Waterbury, he was in the employ of the Steele
& Johnson Mfg. Co. In 1881 he took his present
position with the Scovill Mfg. Co.

On Nov. 4, 1878, Mr. Wolff' was married to
Mary Thompson, of Waterbury, daughter of Rich-
ard Thompson, who came from Ireland, settling in
Waterbury. The chiklren of Mr. and Mrs. Wolff'
are: Alice, Alfred, Edward, Joseph, Sarah, Grace
and Armand, all of whom are living. The family
are members of the Roman Catholic Church, Sa-
cred Heart Parish.

On June 11, 1876. Mr. Wolff enlisted in Com-
pany G, 2nd Regiment, Connecticut National
Guard, in which he rose through the grades of
Corporal and Sergeant to Second Lieutenant, re-
ceiving his commission in July, 1884. On June -T,
1S86, he was commissioned as Captain. At the hrcpk-

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iiiij '-lut of the war with Spain, Captain \\'olt¥, in
accordance with orders from headquarters, made
all preparations for service with his comtnand, hav-
ing recruited his company to io6 men. and, liesides,
having a nucleus of forty-five enlisted men in case
it became necessary to form an additional company.
In January. 1899, Captain Wolff was, at his request,
placed on the retired list of the Conn. X. G. In
politics he is a Democrat, and served with much ac-
ceptability on the board of finance of the Center
School District, being chairman thereof for five
years. Socially he is affiliated with the Foresters
of America, the Royal Arcanum, the Woodmen of
the World, and the Knights of Columbus.

JOHN H. GUERNSEY, postmaster of Water-
bury, was 'born in Watertown, Litchfield Co.,
Conn., January 26, 1848, and traces his ancestry
in America back anterior to the Revolution. The
first Guernsey, having come from the Isle of
Guernsey, England, settled in Old Milford, Conn.,
in Colonial days. Many of the early Guernseys
were farmers, but all were men of brains, pro-
found thinkers, and of deep resources ; they were
patriotic to the core, and took part in all the early
struggles of the Colonists in preserving the in-
tegrity of the rights of the British crown, but when
the time came were especially conspicuous in the
struggle for the independence of the States.

John J. Guernsey, father of John H., was bom
Dec. 30, 1814, in the same house in Watertown in
which his son was born. William Guernsey, fa-
ther of John J., was born in the same town, Jan.
25, 1784, a son of Abijah Guernsey, a native of
the same place. Joseph, the father of Abijah, was
born in Milford.

William Guernsey, grandfather of Jolm H., sub-
ject of this sketch, grew to manhood in Water-
town. His mother, who bore the maiden name of
Lucy Bellamy, was a daughter of Rev. Joseph
Bellamy, who graduated from Yale College in 1735,
■was famous as an instructor and was the leading
divine of his day. William Guernsey married Han-
nah Parker, of W^allingford, settled in Watertown,
and there reared a family of five ciiildren, viz.:
John J., father of subject; Philena, wdio was mar-
ried to S. A. Clock, of Litchfield, Conn. ; Xancy,
who was married to Chester Russell, of Waterbury ;
Sherman, who was a veneer sawyer, was a resident
of Terrvville ; and a daughter, Rebecca, who died
at the age of twenty, unmarried. This family, with
the exception of John J., have all been called away,
the father having lived to be eighty-one.

John J. Guernsey was reared a farmer and grew
to manhood in Watertown. He marrieii Mary J.
Schofield, of Stamford, Conn., a daughter of \\'ill-
iam Schofield, one of the oldest residents of Fair-
field county. After marriage Mr. and Mrs. Guern-
sey continued to reside in Watertown for many
vears, but finallv reniMvcd tn Ch'-^hire. They be-
came the parents of eight children, as follows :

Sherman was a farmer and died in Xew Haven;
i Lyman was a butcher and died in Cheshire ; Re-
becca is the widow of R. C. r>enjamin, of Xew
Haven ; Truman was a civil engineer and dry goods
merchant, and clierl in Crawfordsville, Ind., where
1 he was engaged in business; John H. is mentioned
{ below; Almira, deceased, married Henry Hubbell,
I of Cheshire ; Lotta married John Phillips ; and an
1 infant died unnamed. Of the above named chil-
dren, Sherman, Lyman and Truman were soldiers
j during the Civil war, and two of them were taken
prisoners, but were subsequently exchanged, having
I fully maintained the ancient reputation of the fam-
ily for military valor. In jxjlitics the father was
first a Whig, but is now a Republican ; in religious
faith he is a ]VIethodist. He and his wife are still
living at this writing, January, 1902. They cele-
brated their golden wedding June 27, 1887.

John H. Guernsey lived on the home farm at
Waterbury until fifteen years of age, and for a
short time resided in the town of Prospect. His
education was acquired at the old district school,
j and he was an ardent student, prolonging his stud-
j ies far into the night. In 1871 he settled in Water-
i bury, where he first entered a contractor's office,
and for four years kept books, drew plans, and
acted as time-keeper ; he next became a hardware
clerk for D. B. Wilson, with whom he remained
ten years. For the following eight years he con-
ducted a most prosperous hardware business on
his own account. He then sold out and devoted
his attention to life insurance until Feb. 14, 1899,
when he was appointed postmaster of W'aterbury,
a position he fills in the most satisfactory manner
to the public and to the government.
I In 1870 Mr. Guernsey was united in matrimony
! with Miss Alice E. Wooding, of Prospect, and a
] daughter of \\'ales L. ^^'ooding, who is a descend-
ant of one of the oldest families of the East. No
children have blessed this union. In politics Mr.
Guernsey is a sound Republican, and in religion he
is liberal. Fraternally he is a Freemason and an
j Odd Fellow and a member of the Union League
I of Connecticut. Socially, he is of a jovial, h^ppy
] disposition, with a kind word for everybodv, and is
i by everybody held in the highest possible esteem.

uel Hotchkiss, probably of Essex, England (the
traditional brother of John of Guilford, Conn.),
whose name was written, respectively, Hodgke,
Hodgkin, Hotchkiss, was at New Haven as earlv
as 1641. In Augiist, 1642. he married Elizabeth
Cleverly, and he died Dec. 28. 1663, leaving six
children : Jolm, Samuel, James, Joshua, Thomas
and Daniel. Of these.

Ensign Joshua Hotchkiss. the fourth son. bom

: Sept. 16, 1651, was a leading man at Xew Haven.

He was twice ("at least) married, and had children

as follows: Marw Stephen. Martha, Priscilla,

Abraham, Desire, Isaac and Jacob.

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Deacon Steplien Hotchki.-s, second in Josliua's
family, married, at Xe\v Haven, Dec. 12, 1704. Eliz-
iil)eth, daughter of John Sperry. and their children
were: Joshua, Elizabeth, Mary, Hannah. Eliza-
beth (2), Gideon, Stephen, Silas, Hannah. Dath-
shua, Benjamin and >s'oah. Of these.

Deacon (.iideon Hotchkiss. born Dec. 5. 1716.
married (first) June 18, 1737. .\nna Crocket, who
died, and he inarried ( second ) Mabel, daughter of
Isaac Stiles, of Southbury. He settled in the south-
. eastern part of the town of \\'aterbury about 1736,
and when the Society of Salem was organized he
\vas made a deacon of the church : was one of the
founders and active supporters of the church and
Society of Columbia (now Prospect) ; was a lead-
ing man of the town : and served in both the French
and Revolutionary- wars. He died Sept. 3, 1807,
having lived to see 105 grandcliildren, 155 great-
grandchildren, and four of the fifth generation. His
children, nineteen in number, were as follows:
Jesse, David, Abraham, Abraham (2). Gideon. Hul-
dah, Anna, Amos, Submit. Titus. Eben. Asahel.
Benoni, Mabel, Phebe. Stiles, Olive, Mellicent and
-Vmzi. Of these.

Asahel Hotchkiss. born Feb. 15, 1760. married,
March 22, 1781. Sarah Williams, who died in 1794.
<^^n June 7, 1794, he married Phebe Merriman. of
Cheshire. His children were as follows : Sally,
Curtis, Dyer, Esther, Temperance, Asahel, Mar-
cus and Phebe Maria. Of these.

Dyer Hotchkiss, born June 24, 1783. died Xov.
14, 1862. He married, June 12. 1809, Orra Pritch-
ard, born Oct. 26, 17S3, who died Xov. 19, 1872.
Their children were: Charles, born Feb. 23, 181 1 :
Henry, in September. 1812; Mary, Sept. 4, 1814;
Amos H., April 18, 1816; Sarah E., in June, 1820.
Of these,

Charles Hotchkiss married Electa Brace Jan. 3,
1833, and had children : Edward, Lucia, Henry,
Albert,- Fidelia and Eugene, all married and resid-
ing in Torrington, Conn., except Lucia, who is de-
ceased, and Albert, in X'ew York City. The father
died Xov. 14, 1897, the mother in September, 1884.
He was a deacon in the Congregational Church. ■

Henry Hotchkiss, second son of Dyer, married,
May 22,; 1835, Rosetta Beacher, and died May 8,
1893 ; she passed away May 14. 1897, the mother
of children as follows: Franklin A., a farmer in
Cheshire; Julius, who died in the army during the
Civil war; Ella, who married Charles Russell, and
lived in Plainville: Hattie ; Jennie, ]\Irs. Todd, of
East Farms; Libbie, wife of Hooker Hotchkiss. of
X'antucket ; and William, who married Julia Fen-
ton, and is living in Xew Haven.

Mary Hotchkiss, third child of Dyer, married,
Oct. 2~, 1832, Zenas Potter, who died in 1856.
She now lives with her first child, Ellen, wife of
Fred Candee, in Baldwin avenue. Waterbury. She
liad two other children — Samuel, who died young;
and .Vmclia, married to Lutlier Wilmot. antl resid-

ing in BaliKvin avenue, Waterbury (they have a
family ) .

Amos H. Hotchkiss, fourth child of Dyer, and
the father of our subject, is mentioned below.

Sarah E. Hotchkiss, fifth child of Dyer, married
Harmon Payne June 11. 1843, and they reside at
Bristol, Conn. They had three children: Martha
married Charles E. Russell, and lives in Bristol ;
Maria married William Cook, and lives in Walling-
ford (she has one child) ; Orra died young.

Amos H. Hotchkiss, born April 18, 1816, mar-
ried Sally IMaria Scott Aug. 29, 1837, and they had
children as follows: (i) Martha Ann, born' June

10, 1838. died Jan. 13. 1839; (2) Mary Maria, born
April 18, 1841 : (3) Orra Jane, born Sept. 22, 1843;
(4) James Dyer, a sketch of whom follows; (5)
Alice Ruth, born in September, 1846; (6) Ann
Eliza, born Feb. 16, 1848; (7) Sarah Rosette, born
July 7, 1849. died Aug. 2, 1890; (8) Marcie Eliza-
beth, born Alay 30, 1851; (9) Esther Ellen, born
Oct. 21, 1852; and (lOj Edward Amos, born June

11, 1854. Of these,

(2) Mary ^L was married, April 7, 1861. to
David !Morse. who died leaving two children. Jane
and George B. Mrs. Morse lives with her daugh-
ter Jane, w^ho is married to Thomas Williams, and
resides at Buck's Hill, north of Waterbury. (3)
Orra Jane married James Magin, a farmer of the
town of Bethany, and has two children — Lucia
married and living in Rhode Island : and William,
at home. (5) Alice Ruth married Frank Wedge,
of X'augatuck, where they reside. They have had
cliildren — Alhe. wife of Leander A\'heeler ( they
have three children, and reside in Waterburv ) ;
Josie; Julia: Elmore; and Chester, who resides at
home. (6) Ann E. married Henry Dudley, and
they reside in Ansonia. They have had children as
follows — Amy, who married Russell Wheeler and
has one child (they live in Washington) ; Cora,
who married Charles Chad%vick and has one child
(they live in Ansonia) ; Stephen, living in Brook-
Ivm ; Edward, who married Alice Seymour, and lives
in Derby; and Charles, residing at home. (7)
Sarah R. married Stephen Johns, and died Aug.
2, 1890. (8j Marcie E. is unmarried, and lives in
Xaugatuck. (9) Esther E. married Edmon Hoyt,
of Middlebury, where they have their home : they
have one son. Jay, ( 10) Edward A. married Jane
Schofield, and they live at the old home in X'auga-
tuck ; their children, all yet living at home, are:
Walter, George. Ida, Tracey and Saraii. Edward A.
is a past X'. G. of Centennial Lodge, Xo. 100, I. O.
O. F., of Xaugatuck, and at the head of Beacon Val-
ley Grange, in which he is an active worker. .Xmos
H. Hotclikiss. the father of the above enumerated
family of ten children, was a member of the ti. .\.
R. He served as wagoner in the 23d C. \'. I. during
the Civil war, in which conflict the family was well
represented, his brother Henry Hotchkiss, now
Lit Torrington, having iieen a member ot the baiuL



of the 1st C. 11. A.; Franklin A., son of Henry,
was a wagoner in Company A, 20th C \ . I. ;
Julius, son of Henry, was a private in Company
A, 20th C. V. 1.; Charles Russell, who married
Ella, eldest daughter of Henry, was in Company
A, 20th C. V. I. ; Charles E. Russell, who married
Martha . Payne, daughter of Mrs. Sarah E.
(Hotchkiss) Payne, was in Company A, 20th C.
V. I. ; James D., whose name introduces these lines,
served in Company H, 8th C. \'. I. ; James IMagin,
his brother-in-law, also served in the 20th C. V. I. ;
and Henry Dudley, another brother-in-law, served
in the 59th 111. V. I.

James Dyer Hotclil-ciss, fourth in the order of
birth of the ten children of Amos H. and Sally M.
(Scott) Hotclikiss, and the subject proper of this
sketch, was born. Feb. 24, 1845, in Naugatuck, and
received a liberal education in the schools of the
district. On Sept. 8, 1872, he married Martha E.
Dougal, and afterward removed to Ansonia, in
1875. They had three children : William D. mar-
ried Agnes Mathews, of Waterbury, and has one
child, Reba May ; they live in Ansonia. Albert E.
died at the age of five years. Amos L. lives at

James D. Hotchkiss is a member of the F. &
A. M., Shepherd's Lodge, Xo. 78, of Naugatuck ;
a P. C. of Ansonia Lodge, No. 24, K. of P. ; a P.
C. of Thomas ^L Redshaw Post, No. 75; and past
captain of William B. Wooster Camp, Xo. 25, Sons
of Veterans, located in Ansonia.

ERWIN J. CRAWFORD, an influential citi-
zen of West Haven, long prominently identified
with the real estate and insurance interests of the
town, was born Jan. 22, 1843, '" Johnson, Lamoille
Co., Vt., a son of Artemus and Ap'hia (Hadley)

Artemus Crawford was a native of Franklin,
N. H., and was reared upon a farm in that State,
thence removing to \'ermont, where in later years
he became a silk merchant, driving to country
stores, carrying his goods with him. In 1849 he
was smitten with the "gold fever," and set out for
California, and, as he was never heard of after-
ward, it is believed he perished en route. On Jan
15, 1841, he married .\phia Hadlev, daughter of
Joseph and Achsah (Wells) Hadle}-. The latter,
a native of \'ermont, lived to the extraordinary
age of ninety years. Mr. Hadley was a member of
a family known among the early pioneers of Mor-
ristown, ^'t., and passed his life there and in the
adjoining towns, following farming. Mr. and Mrs.
Hadley had three children : Volney, Orson and
Aphia (our subject's mother). To Artemus and
Aphia Crawford were born two children: Ellen,
who married Henry Whiting, at present a judge
of the city court in Cripple Creek, Colo. ; and Er-
win J. The mother died Oct. 16, 1900.

Erwin J. Crawford came from \"ermont to
Middlefield, Conn., when a voulii of eighteen vears.

There he worked for the ^ilelrofiolitan Wringing
IMachine Co. for a few years, and later engaged
in the wood-turning business on his own account
in Middlefield, \vhcre for eight years he also en-
gaged in farming and small fruit raising. In 1S96
he engaged in business as a real estate and in-
surance agent, in which line he has met with pro-
nounced success, representing various prominent
companies. He has erected several houses in West
Haven. On ]May 11, 1864, he was married to
Fanny S. Coe, only child of Alvin B. and Harriet
j (Coe) Coe, of iMiddleficld. Mr. Coe was one of
; the prominent citizens of that place, being a manu-
: facturer of buttons, a director in three banks and
I a stock dealer. Both he and his wife are deceased.
j he dying in 1S86, at the age of seventy-five, and
I she in 1888, in her seventy-first year. To Mr. and
! Mrs. Crawford two children have been born : Maud.
who died when six years old; and Daisy, who is
j at home.

In politics Mr. Crawford is a stanch Republi-

I can, and has always taken an active interest in the

; work of the party. While living in Middlefield he

was chairman of the town committee, and in 1886

I was elected a representative of the Legislature.

! In 1888 he removed to West Haven, where he soon

attained the prominence to which he is entitled,

alike through native ability and experience in pub-

! lie life. In 1890 he was elected a member of the

board of wardens and burgesses, and in 1891 was

chosen warden. He was re-elected to the latter

office, annually, fo.r five years, and since 1896 has

< served the town as tax collector for a year. He

I still retains his interest in his party organization,

I having served on his town committee. Socially

; Mr. Crawford is a member of the Royal Arcanum.

' He and his family are members of the M. E.

! Church, of which he is a trustee; he formerly

served as steward.

EDWIN HOBSON, a typical representative of
the industrial interests of Wallingford, where he
has long been known as an industrious and trust-
worthy workman, has followed the trade of ^ie-
sinkirig and mold-making manv years in this com-
munity, and' is highly respected both as a mechanic
and a citizen. He was born Oct. 28, 1821, in Shef-
field, England, where his father, John Hobson, wa> '
also born.

John Hobson was also a diesinker. He spent

the greater part of his life in Birmingham, where

he died, and he is remembered as an upright and

honorable man. He was a worthy member of the

] Episcopal Church. Mr. Hobson married Mary

' WTialey, also a native of Shefifield, England, who

I came to this country after the death of her hus-

; band, locating with her familv in ^leriden. There

i she died, and was buried in W^allingford. She was

the mother of six children: Edwin; Emma, who

died yonng ; Selina, who married John Hollicr. < f

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ti>rd ; Sarah Ann, \vlu> iiiarrifl Thomas Morton,
ami is now dead ; and Persella, who married Andrew
Bailey, and is now deceased.

Edwin Hobson received his education in the
schools of his native country, and it was mostly
acquired before he reached the a^^e of ten years, at
^\■hich time his parents removed to Birmingham,
where young Edwin was set to learn diesinking,
modeling and designing with his father. He worked
with him until he was of age, when he struck out
for himself, earning at that tinjc about three pounds
a week. In 1866 he came to this country with
liis wife and family, embarking June 10. at Liver-
pool, in the steamship "Royal Standard." He se-
cured a position at his trade in Newark. X. J., and
the following year came to W'allingford to take a
position with Simpson. Hall & Miller, in whose es-
tablishment he worked for more than a third of a
century as a diesinker. designer and moldmaker.
Through his unusual ability in his work, he won
for himself the respect of his associates and the con-
fidence of the firm, as well as the respect of the
community, and before he left he was superintend-
•ent of his department. Mr. Hobson possesses much
more than the ordinary taste and sensibility, and
lias artistic refinement to a marked degree. By his
friends he is termed a born genius. In his leisure
licurs he has made several violins which are noted
for their sweetness of tone and are highly prized
ty their fortunate possessors. He has also made
several pianos, one of his make adorning the home
of Clarence C. Brown, of Wallingford. Mr. Hob-
son has always been a careful and painstaking man,
and. although past his eightieth year, still preserves
his lifelong habits of industry and activity. When
not engaged in diesinking, he may be found in his
factory, engaged in either violin or piano making,
and in these labors his whole soul is inwrapped.
Mr. Hobson is a good violinist and plays with much
skill and expression. Affable in his manners, and
a good conversationalist, all who meet him are
charmed with his courtly and old-fashioned hos-

2\Ir. Hobson was married. July 12, 1846, at Birm-
ingham. England, to ^Miss Sarah James, daughter
of Thomas and Mary (Mountford) James; her
father was a maker of silver candlesticks. To this
iinion were born six children : ( i ) Sarah married
William J. Hodgetts. a box manufacturer of Wall-

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