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of religion he was a member of the Congregational
Church, and in politics he was a stanch Whig and
Republican ; fraternally he was affiliated with the
]•■. & A. Al. lodge of Madison, and with the 1. O.
O. F.

On Sept. 22, 1847, Daniel H. Scranton was
imited in marriage with Phebe Ann Shelly, born in
Madison. Xov. 20, 1825, a daughter of Sylvanus
and Harriet (Loveland) Shelly, tlie latter of whom
was ^ granddaughter of John Loveland. Children :
(i) Rufus Henry, born Dec. 29, 1848, died Jan.
18, 1849; (2) Elbert X'ewton, born Sept. 16, 1850,
died Aug. I, 1866; (3) Sylvanus Arthur, sketch of
whom follows ; (4) Elizabeth Harriet, born Nov.
20, 1856, married William H. Golden, of ^leriden,
Conn.; (5) Austin Dowd, born Feb. 9, 1859; (6)
Xellie Rice, born Feb. 12, 1862, married William
H. Demorest, of New York.

Sylvanus Arthur Scranton, the subject proper
of these lines, attended the district schools of Mad-
ison, also Lee's Academy, and at the age of four-
teen years commenced clerking in a wholesale and
retail grocery store, which position he filled a
couple of years. This was in New Haven, Conn.,
and he then returned home and commenced in the
ice business, at first on a small scale, since when, a
period of over thirty years, he has been engaged
in that line of trade, both wholesale and retail, hav-
ing over 3.000 tons of ice stored each winter, and
supplying both Madison and East River. He is
also engaged in farming. In 1894 he purchased the
old S'cranton homestead, which was built over forty
years ago, and is one of the oldest in ^Madison.

On Oct. 7, 1879, S. A. Scranton married Rose
R. Williams, daughter of Charles Williams, late
of Madison, and one child was born to their union,
]\Iaude A., a student at Hand's Academy, Madison.
In politics ^Ir. Scranton is a Republican, and in
1 898 was elected first selectman of Madison, an
office he has filLd the past three years with credit
to himself and the satisfaction of the people. For
seven years he served as deputy sherifif, and for
eight years was constable of Madison. In religious
faith he and his family attend the services of the
Congregational Church.

CH-\RLES R.\XDELL LAMB, trustee of the
Valesvillc M. E. Church, and constaljlc for the
town of \\'aningford, is one of Yalesville's best



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known and highly respected citizens. Mr. Lanil)
traces his ancestry to England, and belongs to one
of the old and substantial families of Connecticut.

William Lamb was a native of Mvstic, and
throughout life was a seafaring man, following the
business of fishing, and he was one of the most
respected citizens of that old Connecticut town.

Sanford Lamb, son of William and father of
Charles R.. was born in ^lystic, Conn., where he
was educated in the branches then taught in the
district schools. He learned the trade of black-
smith and general iron worker. His life was an
exemplary one, honest and upright, and he enjoyed
the esteem of the comnuinity. He was liberal
minded in reJigious matters, and was noted for his
generosity and public spirit. In politics he was an
active member of the \\'hig party. Sanford Lamb
was married in Mystic, Conn., to Miss Julia Giant,
who died in ^ledtield, ^lass.. from heart failure,
and was buried at Norwich, Conn. A pious and
worthy woman, she was sincerely mourned not only
by her devoted family but by a large circle of
friends who valued her for her lovely traits of char-
acter. Six children were born of this union : Eme-
Hne died at the age of fourteen ; William .\., a min-
ister in the Congregational Church in Los Angeles,
Cal., married Mary Proctor, of Massachusetts ;
Charles Randell ; John H., a shoe dealer on Wash-
ington- street, in Boston, Mass., married Lillian
Mayel, of Massachusetts ; ^linnie married John H.
School, of Aledfield, JMass. ; and Hattie married
Dwight Sanford.

Charles R. Lamb was Ixjrn in Mystic, Conn.,
Sept. 28, 1847, and was given good school ad-
vantages, attending the higher grades in the schools
at Norwich, Conn., where he graduated when only
fourteen years old. One year later he removed to
Meriden, and immediately found employment in E.
Miller's brass works, where he remained for one
year. In 1866 he came to Yalesville and entered
the spoon factory of G. J. Mix & Co., and in the
employ of this firm he continued for twenty-six
years, receiving promotions until he became fore-
man of his department.

On account of health, Mr. Lamb decided to
make a change in his business, and with this end
in view, removed to Medfield, ^lass., where he
opened up a provision and meat store, which he
conducted but a short time, and then came back
among his old friends in Yalesville and entered
the shipping room of the piano stool depart-
ment of the Charles Parker Co., and remained here
for eight years, resigning this position to engage in
the shoe business as a silent partner with his sons
at Leominster, Mass.. which business was con-
ducted under the firm name of Lamb Eros.

Charles R. Lamb was married in Yalesville,
Conn., to Miss Alice M. Jeralds, who was born in
Prospect. Conn., a datigliter of Bennett Jeralds. one
of the best-known citizens of \'alcsville. Eight
children have been born of this union : Eva J., who



married Wallace A. Shiptun, of Newton, Mass. ;
Wilbur R., who married Annie Farrell, of Hart-
ford, and has one child, Wilbur Raymond, Jr.;
Charles S.. of the shoe firm of Lamb Bros., of Leo-
minster, Mass. : Clifton Jeralds, engaged in the
piano stool department of the Charles Parker Cu. ;
Roscoe Edward, a bookkeeper ; Uexter, in the
Parker factory in Yalesville; Mary, who attends
high school in }ileriden ; and Alice. Both the young
ladies are at home, and with their estimable mother
are among the most cultivated and intellectual mem-
bers of social life in Yalesville.

Mr. Lamb has long been one of the most active
members of the Yalesville Methodist Church, and
lOr a number of years has been a trustee and one
of the faithful stewards. He was a member of the
building committee of the new church, erected in
1899. Not only is Mr. Lamb prominent in churuh
matters, but he has been conspicuous in public af-
fairs, and has been selectman, grand juror, and for
twelve years has been the efficient and reliable con-
stable of Wallingford. In 1884 his popularity in
the Republican party was attested by his selection
as its candidate for the State Legislature. Soci-
ally he is connected with the Pilgrim's Harbor
^-.ouncil. No. 543, Royal Arcanum, of ^leriden.
]\Ir. Lamb has succeeded in many lines of work,
and his ability as a mechanic has been developed in
his son, Charles, in the line of invention. An in-
genious invention of the latter, which has been
patented and has come into general use, is the auto-
matic self-closing window grip, and this is but one
of this talented young man's ideas.

The Jeralds family, of which Mrs. Lamb is a
member, is one well known through this part of.
Connecticut. Bennett Jeralds. the father of Mrs.
Lamb .was born in \Vatertown. Conn.. Oct. 10.
1818, a son of Ransom Jeralds. a native of Cheshire.
Conn., whose father, a seafaring man, lost his life
on the water.

Ransom Jeralds grew up in Cheshire, and
throughout his life was a very successful farmer,
operating in Wallingford, but the last years of his
life were spent in Yalesville, where he owngd an
estate. His death, at the age of seventy-six years,
occurred in 1870, in Yalesville, where he was re-
spected by the community. Mr. Jeralds, also, was
a man who held to his convictions of right ; earlv
in life he embraced the principles of the Democratic
party, but was a free-soil man, and possessed anti-
slavery views, and later became a stanch Republi-
can. Temperate in all things, honest and upright
in life, he was one of the most consistent members
of the M. E. Church. He served as a soldier in the
war of 1812. Ransom Jeralds married Alma Judd,
of Bethany (then Woodbridge), a daughter of
Isaac Judd. and to this union ten children were
born, all of whom have passed away with the ex-
ception of four: Bennett: Patience Juliet, widow
of Lewis W. Turner, of Yales\ ille ; ( )rrin, of New
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The beloved mother died in WalHiic^tord, at tlie age
of eighty-two years, after a life tilled with good
deeds of charity and neighborly kindness. She was
formerly connected with the Episcopal Church, later
with the M. E. Church.

Isaac Judd worked in summer as a stone mason
and was a teacher during many winter terms, num-
bering his o\yn children and grandchildren among
his pupils. In early lite he held a lieutenant's com-
mission in the King's militia, and at the opening
of the Revolution organized a company of minute
men at what is now Xaugatuck. He was almost
constantly in the service of the Calonies during that
struggle, although he was not enrolled in the regu-
lar service. He was also active in civil life, and
served manv years as a magistrate, both before and
after the Revolution.

• Bennett Jeralds received his schooling in Beth-
anv and Prospect, Conn., but it was limited, as
at the age of thirteen he was hired out to work
during the summer months, and could only attend
school during the short winter sessions. Until he
was eighteen he worked at different places, and then
entered the employ of William Alix. at Prospect,
Conn., who was the first spoon manufacturer in the
United States, and with him he remained three
years. During these years of toil the fertile brain
of Mr. Jeraids was at work, and when he reached
his majority he began the manufacture of Britan-
nia spoons on his own account, in Yalesville, and
continued in this business until 1845, when he
formed a partnership with Eli Ives, of ^leriden,
and the business was successfully continued until
1853. During that year Mr. Jeralds bought out
the interest of ^Ir. Ives and managed alone until
he sold the business to Charles Parker, of Meriden,
and immediately became the capable superintend-
ent of the factory, which was removed to W'alling-
ford in 1854. retaining the position until 1876, when
the contract svstem was inaugurated. .\t this time
Mr. Jeralds became a contractor in the establish-
ment, which position he filled until 1886, when he
retired from activity. Through the application of
sound business principles and individual enterprise,
he has accumulated large means, and is personally
one of the most esteemed citizens of this locality.

Bennett Jeralds was married first in 1840, to
Lucy Mix, a daughter of William Mix. and to this
union three children were born: Laura, deceased,
who married Henry C. \\'ooding : Lucy, wife of
George S. Allen: and Cornelia, who married Ed-
win P. Smith. For his second wife' Mr. Jeralds
wedded Arvilla Raymond, a daughter of Lincoln
Raymond, and four children were the result of this
union: .\lice M., who married Charles R. Lamb:
Ellen, wife of Frederick Wilcox: Frank, who died
at the age of four; and Fanny, who married Will-
iam Kingford. By his third wife, Mary M. Ad-
ams, ^[r. Jeralds has a son, Arthur, wh^i resides in
Wallingfurd. The fourth marriage uf ?^Ir. Jer-
alds was to Lucy Wilcox, widow of Oliver Wil-



cox, and his fifth wife was Mary B. Wilco.x, widow
of Charles Sherman.

In politics Mr. Jeralds identified himself with
the Free Soil party, and was defeated as a candi-
date for the Legislature, in 185 1, by a very small
majority, although this party was greatly in the
minority : in fact, one vote decided the contest
against him. Since the organization of the Re-
publican party he has been an active member. For
j'ears he was justice of the peace, and has always
been interested in educational matters, and has hchl
many offices of public trust. For thirty-three years
he has been a warden in the Episcopal Church, at
Yalesville, and is fraternally connected with Com-
pass Lodge, A. F. & A. M., in Wallingford.

CHARLES ROBERTS, a well-known horse
dealer and the popular proprietor of the "'Roberts
House," of Hamden, is a native of Xew Haven
county, born in the town of Wailingford. June 13,
1842. His father, Ephraim Roberts, was born
and reared in Meriden, Conn., and when a
voiuig man removeti to Wallingford, where he
engaged in the butcher business for many years,
selling his meat in the towns of Cheshire and Wall-
ingford- His political support was given the men
and measures of the Democratic party. He . died
suddenly in Southington, in 1872, at the age of
seventv-two vears. For his first wife he married
Susan Ellis, a sister of William Ellis, of Xew
Haven, and to them were born nine children,
namely: Amanda, wife of Zadock Morgan; Ho-
ratio, deceased : Harriet, deceased wife of James
Bell: Louise, deceased wife of Charles Pardee;
Emily, deceased wife of F. ¥. Bailey ; Ralph, a resi-
dent of Forestville, Conn. ; X'ancy, deceased wife of
Frederick INIinott : Charles, our subject: and Susan,
widow of R. L. Lake. The mother died in Wall-
ingford, and the father subsequently married Polly
Dunham, by whom he had two children : James,
deceased : and John, a resident of Meriden.

Charles Roberts acquired a limited education in
the district schools of Wallingford, and at the age
of nine years started out to make his own wav in
the world by working as a farm hand, being thus
employed until he attained his fifteenth year, when
he learned the blacksmith's trade with John R.
Henshaw, of Aliddletown, with whom he spent two
vears. .The following year he worked at his trade
in Meriden. He was one of the first to offer his
services to his country at the opening of the Civil
war. enlisting in iSfn. at Meriden, for three
months, in Companv F. ist Conn. \'. I., under Cul.
R. Tyler and Capt. Byxbee. He participated in
the first battle of Bull Run. and was then detailed
for horse shoeing.

On the expiration of his term of enlistment, ^Mr.
Roberts returned home and followed his trade un-
til Februarv, i8''iJ. when he went to Xew York
Citv and entered the employ of the Sixth Avenue
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years. In 1864 he went to Cali't'ornia, intending to
stop at Nicaragua, but on account of the hostility
.of the natives proceeded to San Francisco, where
he remained only a short time, and then went south
"to Santa Barbara and San Bernardino, where he
filled the position of station agent. He was also
•connected with the mail service between Los An-
geles and San Diego for a time, but on account of
ill health he returned to San Francisco, where he
xemained several months, and then came East. He
was conductor on the street railroad in New York
City until 1869, when he again came to Now Haven
-county. Conn., and purchased a farm in Cheshire,
which he operated for two years. On selling out,
in 1871, he enibjirked in the livery business in Ham-
den, and has since devoted much of his time to
dealing in horses, buying his stock principally in
the West and selling the same in Hamden and east-
■ern markets. In i88q he opened the "Roberts
House," which he has since conducted with marked
success, as under his able management it has be-
•come one of the leading hotels of the locality. His
genial, pleasant manner makes him quite popular
with his guests, and wherever known he is held in
high regard. Socially he is a member of Day
Spring Lodge, No. 30. F. & A. M.. of Hamden,
and politically he is identified with the Republican
party. The success that he has achieved in life
is due to his own well-directed and energetic eft'orts,
and he may well be classed among the self-made
men of the county.

SAMUEL GRIFFING COOKE, a prominent
farmer and fruit grower of Branford, was bom in
Honey Creek township. Adams Co., 111., Aug. 31,
1835, son of Increase \V. and Harriet D. (Griffing)
■Cooke, natives of North Guilford and Branford,
respectively. He is descended from Henry Cooke,
who came from the west of England, and was in
Plymouth, Mass.. before 1640. His son. Samuel
Cooke, married Hope Parker. Their son, Samuel
Cooke, married Hannah Ives. Their son. Aaron
Cooke, married Ruth Burrage. Their son. Aaron
Cooke, the great-grandfather of our subject, mar-
ried Lucretia Dudley. Kilburn Cooke, grandfather
of Samuel G., was a native of Guilford, was reared
to farming and followed that occupation all his
days. He married Eunice Williams.

The maternal great-grandparents of Samuel
Griffing Cooke were Aaron and Elizabeth (Palmer)
Griffing. Aaron Griffing was a son of Samuel and
Martha (\"ail) Griffing. grandson of Robert and
Susanna Gritfing. and a great-grandson of Jasper
■and Hannah Gritfing.

Increase W. Cooke, whose name appears above
as the father of Samuel G., was bom in North
Guilford in December. 1807, and was married in
Branford in May. 1832. to Harriet D., daughter of
Capt. Samuel and .Statira (Frisbie") Griffing. They
had three children wlu' ;i\cd to maturity; \i)
. Harriet A., who married Samuel Beach; {2) Sam-



uel G. ; and (3') Sara E.. who became Mrs. John
A. Leggett, and died in 1870. Mr. Cooke died in
1847. His widow, who subsequently married
Jehiel Norton, died in 1849.

Samuel Griffing Cooke was reared in Illinois
until he reached the age of twelve years, when the
mother and children returned to Brantord, in 1848.
He received his education from the teachers of the
public schools, and early in life began his career as
an apprentice to the carpenter's trade in New
Haven. In the spring of 1855 he went West and
located in Adams county. 111., where he was engaged
in farming in the township of Honey Creek for six
years. On Oct. 13, 1861, Mr. Cooke enlisted in
the United States service as a member of Company
A, 50th 111. V. I., soon became corporal, and in
February, 1862. was made sergeant. On Oct. 4,
1862. he and another sergeant took nine prisoners,
seven privates, one first and one second lieutenant
of the 1st Arkansas Infantrv. He participated in
the battles of Fort Henry, Fort Donelson (where
he was slightly wounded), Shiloh. Corinth (Oct.
3-4, 1862), sieges of Corinth and \'icksburg, and
was on the Atlanta campaign under Gen. Sherman
in 1864. He was on detached duty three months.
On June 7, 1864, he was discharged that he might
be commissioned second lieutenant. In August of
the same year he was promoted to first lieutenant,
and transferred from the Department of the Ten-
nessee to the Department of the Cumberland, by
I order of Gen. O. O. Howard, and given command
! of Company I, 44th L'. S. C. T. Lieut. Cooke was
captured by Gen. Hood Oct. 13. 1864, and was re-
leased on- parole. This parole was not recognized
by the government, and he at once reported for
duty at Chattanooga, Tenn. He was in the battle
of Nashville, in December, 1864, and was honorably
discharged at Chattanooga, Mav 25, 1865, though
he was not relieved from duty until well into
the following month. From the time of his en-
listment, Oct. 13, i86t, Mr. Cooke was active and
faithful in all the duties of a soldier, and made a
record admirably clean and good.

After the war Mr. Cooke was engaged in the
oil business for two years at Indian Neck, and has
since devoted himself to agricultural pursuits in
i Branford. He bought his present place in 1872,
I after leasing it for two years. The farm com-
prises 148 acres of fine land, highly cultivated, and
improved with substantial buildings.

The marriage of Mr. Cooke and Cornelia A.
Palmer occurred ( >ct. 20. 1868. Mrs. Cooke is a
daughter of Wilman and Susan C. (Bradley)
Palmer. They have become the parents of five chil-
dren : Charles W.. Lizzie L.. Susie B., Harr\- G.
and Addison T.

From 1856 to i86(') Mr. Cooke was a member
of the Congregational Church of Mendon. 111.
Since 1866 Mr. Cooke has been a member of the
Congregatirnal Church at Branford. to^ which his
family also belong. Our subject has been superin-



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tendcnt of the Sunday-school four years, and his
son, Charles \V., is a deacon in the church. Mr.
Cooke is regarded as one of the upright and honor-
able men of the community. He belongs to Mason
Rogers Post, No. 7, G. A. R., of which he was
commander for two years, and is now senior vice-
commander. In politics he is a Republican.

HORATIO NELSO'X CLARKE, a leading
citizen and one of the most energetic, enterprising
and successful agriculturists of Prospect, New
Haven county, was born in that town. Nov. 14,
1841, and belongs to a family of English origin,
which was early founded in Xew England, and one
.of the first established in this county.

Amos Clarke, his grandfather, was born in Mil-
ford, now the town of Orange, about 1758, and
spent his entire life in that section, his time and
attention being devoted to farming. His wife,
Eunice, a woman of strong character, died Aug.

30, 1838, and he departed this life Nov. 14, 1841,
the remains of both being interred m Orange ceme-
tery. They had four children: Amos, born May

31, 1791, died in August, 1828; Ira Miles, born
June 15, 1793, died in September, 1850; Selah, fa-
ther of our subject, was next in order of birth; and
Lanson, born Sept. 4, 1797. died in May, 1876.

Selah Clarke, our subject's father, was born in
the town of Milford, now Orange, Feb. 14, 1795,
and there grew to manhood, remaining upon his
father's farm until 1823, when he came to Prospect
and located upon the Piatt farm — a tract of 115
acres in the southern part of the town — where he
spent the remainder of his life engaged in agri-
cultural pursuits. He was a man noted for his in-
uustry, honor and honorable dealings, and though
he received only a limited education, he kept
abreast of the times and was well posted on all
leading events. He took a deep interest in town
affairs, and was a stanch supporter of the Demo-
cratic party, but never sought political honors. He
was an earnest Christian and a consistent member
of the Congregational Church. He died at his home
m Prospect, Aug. 29, 1880. and was laid to rest in
the Prospect cemeten.-.

In North ^lilford, April 25, 1821, Selah Clarke
married Miss Hannah Stone Smith, who was born
in Milford, Aug. '26, 1800, and died on the home
farm in Prospect, Sept. 30, 1877, her remains being
interred by the side of those of her husband in
Prospect cemetery. She was a good Christian wo-
man and a faithful wife and mother. She too, be-
longed to an old and honored family of New Eng-
land, being a descendant of Rev. Samuel Stone, the
first of the name in America, and from him she
traced her ancestry through the following: John
and Mary Stone; John and Susana (Newton)
Stone; EzeKiel and Hannah (Merriman) Stoiie;
and Samuel and Damaris (Beach) Stone. She
was a daughter of Miles and Lucretia (Downs)
Smith, and a granddaughter of John and Hannah



(Stone) Downs. Horatio N. Clarke is the young-
est in a family of eight children, the others being
as follows : ( i ) Smith Selah, born in Milford,
Feb. 14, 1822, died Feb. 7, 1900. (2) Miles, born
in Prospect, June 8, 1825, resides in Naugatuck,
Conn. (3) Plarriette Eliza, born Sept. 25, 1828, is
the wife of Lucius Russell, a son of Ransom Rus-
sell, and resides in New Haven. (4) Spencer
Amos, born Feb. 20, 1833, is a "contractor and
builder of New Haven. (5) Chanotte Emily, born
iept. 20, 1835, married Julius Smith, deceased, who
was a needle manufacturer of New Haven. {G)
Lillian Adella, born April 14, 1837, is the wife of
u-eorge De Forest Bissell, a retired citizen of Naug-
atuck. (7) Sarah De Ette, born July 7, 1839, ^^'"i-^
educated in a normal school and became a noted
teacher of languages and music ; sne married Al-
phonse Charpiot, a master car builder for the
ueorgia Central railroad, and died in iNIacon,
Georgia.

During his boyhood and youth Horatio N.
Clarke attended the district schools of Prospect
]Mills, a preparatory school of New Haven, and the
Naugatuck high school, where he acquired a good
practical education. He grew to manhood on the
homestead and early acquired an excellent knowl-
edge of every department of farm work. At the
age of eighteen years he took charge of his father's
business and cared for his parents during their de-
clining years.

On Dec. 24, 1864, in Bethany, Conn., Mr. Clarke
was united in marriage with iliss Laura De Ette



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