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i Justus Johnson Chittenden, born June 12, 1782.
j in Guilford, was a lifelong farmer of that town, antl
died there Aug. 8, 1865. He married Lucretia
Cruttenden, who was born July 2, 1784, in East
Guilford, daughter of Joseph and Lucretia ( Ev-
erts) Cruttenden, and died May 24, 1857. Chil-
dren: Amelia, born July 4, 1805, married William
Starr: Clarissa was born June 5, 1808; Denison,
I sketch of whom follows ; Xancy Lucretia, born
! ^larch. 19, 1813, married Bildad Bishop: Sarah,

born May 26, 1817, married Stephen Spencer,
i Denison Chittenden, born Sept. 16, 1810, en-
gaged in farming all his life, making his home in
Guilford, where he died Dec. 29, 1899. On Sept.
29, 183 1, he married Annette A. Coan, who was
born Dec. 25, 181 1. daughter of Davis and Cath-
erine (Fowler) Coan, and died Jan. 11, 1897.
rhey had children : Catherine Fowler, born Dec.
2, 1833, died Aug. 10, 1837; Henry Denison, sketch
of ivhom follows; and Sarah Lucretia, born July
23, 1839, died June 18, i860.

Henry D. Chittenden, father of the gentleman
whose name introdiices this article, was born Dec.
2S, 1835, on the Chittenden homestead, where he
has passed his entire life, successfully engaged in
agricultural pursuits. He is one of the reliable citi-
zens of his town, where he is well known, and as
a prosperous farmer has considerable influence for
good in his locality, though he has never taken any
particular part in the public life of the community.
i He is a Republican in political faith. On July i,
1856, Mr. Chittenden married Miss Mary jane
j Dowd. who was born Oct. 22, 1838, daughter of
Alfred G. an<l Harriet (Scranton) Dowd, and two
children have blessed their union: Edward John-
I son, sketch of whom follows; and John Scranton,



Ixjrn July 15, iS'''io, who dicil Marc':i 30, 1S62. Mr.
and Mrs. Chittenden are good Christian people, and
liitjhly esteemed by their neighbors and many

Edward Jolmson Chittenden attended the
schools near his home in Guilford, and later the
high school. From boyhood he has been actively
engaged in farm work, and he and his father now
carry on the old homestead in partnership, giving
considerable attention to stock raising in addition
10 general farming. (Jur subject has kept up the
reputation of his family for industry and sobriety,
anil he is regarded as one of the intelligent, pro-
gressive farmers of his town. On- Feb. 4, 1891, Mr.
Chittenden married Airs. Emily Louise (Wilcox)
Landon, a native of Guilford, widow of Samuel
W'ilmot Landon. One child has come to them,
Harry D., born Sept. 2, 1892. Fraternally ^l:.
Chittenden holds membership in St. Alban's Lodge,
Xo. 38, F. & A. AL, Guilford, of which he is now
serving as secretar\-. In religion he is a member
of the First Congregational Church. Like his fa-
ther, he is a Republican in political sentiment, but
not active in party affairs.

W'lLCO.x. This family, to which Mrs. Edward
J. Chittenden belongs, is one of the oldest in Con-
necticut. William Wilcox, the first of whom we
have record, was a resident of Stratford, Conn.
His son Obadiah had a son Joseph, who was born
in 1694 in East Guilford (now the town of Madi-
son), and spent his life there, dying July 15. 1770.
He married Hannah Goodale. by whom he had
children: Timothy, born May 7, 1724, married
Emma Pierson, and died Dec. 28, 1781 : Joseph,
sketch of whom follows ; Elizabeth, born Sept. 17,

1728. married Jedediah Case; Jeniel. was born Jan.
12, 1731 ; Hannah, born Sept. 15, 1733, married
Eh Graves,- and died June 8, 1805.

Joseph Wilco.x, born in East Guilford, !May 27,
1726, died there April 7, 1786. On Sept. 17, 1754,
he married Sarah Munger. who was born Feb. 10,

1729, and died in 17S2. In 1784 he married Pru-
dence Dudley, who died April 14, 1804. Children,
all by first marriage: Mabel, bom ]\Iay i^,, 1755.
married Christopher Foster; Abel, born in 1760,
died while serving in the Revolutionary war ; Jo-
seph, sketch of whom follows ; Sarah, born June
14, 1773, died Xov. 27, 1863.

Joseph Wilcox, born in 1763 in East Guilford,
died there Xov! 2, 1826. He married Olive Dowd,
born Jan. 3, 1757, died X'ov. 9, 1835, and they had
children: Alvia married Abraham Cadwell. and
died in 1864; Anna married William Scranton. anil
died in 1869; Prudence, born in 1783, married John
F. Mays, and died Feb. 23, 1872 ; Abel, sketch of
^vhom follows; Zenas was born in October, 179 1 ;
Roxanna married Joel Post.

Abel Wilcox, born Feb. 12, 1788, in the town
<^f Madison, died there Dec. 26, 1841. On X'ov.
-[. 1814.. he married Anna Field, born April 6,
^787, died Sept. 15, 1861. Children: Joseph Een-

jamin. born Sept. 19, 1815, married Ruth Eliza-
, beth Scranton ; Timothy F'ield, born ]March 27,
j 1817, married L. Almira F'oster; Hiram Selden,
I born Feb. 12, 1819, married F. Marilla Dowd;
Henry Beal, born Feb. i, 1821, married Lucretia
j Woodrutt; Alfred Nelson, sketch of whom fol-
I lows; John Elliot, born June 29, 1825, died Dec. 13,
i 1886; Ann Elizabeth was born Feb. 28, 1828; Man-
i ford August, born May 15, 1830, married Xancy S.
; Smith; Sarah Matilda, born June 5, 1832, married
Alphonso Snow and died April 25, 1871.

Alfred Xelson Wilcox, father of Mrs. Chitten-
, den, was born May 14, 1823, and is one of the hon-
[ ored old residents of Guilford. He followed the
trade of carpenter and builder in X'ew Haven, Fair
Haven and Guilford during his active years, and
besides making a good living for himself and fam-
ily established a high reputation as an industrious,
honest man, gaining the respect of all who knew
him. He is now living retired, and in feeble health.
On X'ov. 5, 1845, ^^r. Wilcox married Caroline A.
Munger, who was born April 25, 1826, and they
had children as follows : Caroline 2^1., born Feb.
24, 1847, is the wife of Eli T. Dudley; Alice Eliza-
beth, born Aug. '26. 1853, married (leorge W. Car-
ter; Emily Louise, born June 25, 1859, is the wife
of Edward J. Chittenden, whose name opens this

S-\.MUEL WiLMOT L - \XDOX belonged to an old
family of Long Island, and was a descendant of
X'athaniel Landon, one of the first settlers in the
vicinity of Southold. Judge Samuel Landon, son
of X'athaniel, born in 1699 in Southold. died there
June II, 1782. David Landon, son of Samuel, was
born Oct. 30, 1743, in Southold, and finally settled
in Guilford, Conn., where he ended his days Sept.
14, 1796. On Oct. 18, 1763, he married Rebecca
Ruggles, born Aug. 30, 1743, who died in June,
1823, and they had children: Jonathan was born
Oct. 19, 1764; Samuel, born Oct. 17, 1765, died
Aug. 23, 1793; David, born July 31, 176 — , died
Oct. 27, 1788; John, sketch of whom follows; Re-
becca, born Oct. 11, 1773, died Oct. 27, 1773; Will-
iam, born Dec. 9, 1774, died Jan. 18, 1830; X'a-
thaniel Ruggles. born Alarch 16, 1781. died in Sep-
tember, 17S1 ; X'athaniel Ruggles (2), born June
28, 1784, died in December, 1857; George, born
Aug. 10, 1787, died Oct. 8, 1866 (married Ruth
Hart) ; four other sons died young.

John Landon, born Aug. 16. 1771. in Guilford,
died March zy. 1826. He married Mrs. Sally At-
water. who died July 15, 185 1, and they had two
children: Samuel W., sketch of whom follows;
and Sally, born April 9, 1798, who married W.
Xelson Wheeler, and died July 16, 1850.

Samuel W. Lantlon. born Dec. 4, 1795, in Guil-
ford, died there Dec. 17, 1886. His tirst wife was
Eliza Stone, his second Eeulah Huston, and he had
children : Charles Wilmot, sketch of whom fol-
lows; Mary, liorn May i, 1823, married John
Graves, and died Dec. 8, 1861 ; John Elisha, born



Nov. 15, 18J7, married Alice Cnhill ; Samuel, born
April 17, 1831, died Xov. 18, 1854; Hugh, boiri
Dec. 14, 1834, married Charlotte Tucker, and died
in December, 1884.

Charles W'ilmot Landon, born July 17, 1819,
died July 19, 1877. On Xov. 5, 1844, he married
Mary E. Benton, born Aug. 31, 1819, and they had
children: Irene Elizabeth, born Sept. 6, 1845, '''«'
May 15, 1867; Franklin H., born Aug. 27, 1848,
married Florence Isabel Whitmore ; Charles Ben-
ton, born Feb. 21, 1851, married Helen Brockett;
John Stone, born Oct. 6, 1853, married Edwin A.
Clark; Ann Hilary, born June 3, 1856, died JNIay 15,
1857; Samuel W'ilmot, born June 19, 1859, is men-
tioned below.

Samuel Wilmot Landon received his education
in the district schools and high school of Guilford,
and commenced active life as clerk in the store of
Edward Griswold, in Guilford, remaining with him
until 1883. He then embarked in the grocery and
provision business in partnership with George S.
Davis, the firm name being Landon Sc, Davis, con-
tinuing same until his death, Oct. 13, 1890. His
remains lie in the West cemetery. Socially he was
a member of St. Alban's Lodge, F. & A. M., Giiil-
ford> and the Order of the Eastern Star; relig-
iouslv he was a member of the First Congregational
Church, and his political affiliation was with the
Democratic party.

On Oct. 5, i88r, Air. Landon married ^Nliss
Emily Louise Wilcox, a native of New Haven
county, and a daughter of Alfred N'. Wilcox. Two
children were bom to this union. Pearl Wilcox and
Burton Hill, the former of whom is attending
school ; the latter is at home.

JOHN FR.\NCIS HAYES, M. D.. son of
Michael and Mary Ryan Hayes, was bern in Water-
bury, Conn., Jan. 17, 1857, ^"d comes of good Irish
ancestry, of which he has always been proud.

His father was born in Stonepark, Glen of Ahcr-
low. County Tipperary, and his mother in Galbaly,
County Limerick. They were among the early Irish
settlers coming to Waterbury in 1846-48, and were
noted for their honesty and industry, and for -their
frugal and temperate habits. The Doctor spent his
boyhood days in Waterbury, where he was educated
in the grammar and high schools, and also in what
was known as the Waterbury English and Classical
School, where many of the leading men of the city
of W^aterbury at the present time, obtained their
education. His father had destined him to be a gro-
cer, but the young man's ideas did not run in that
direction, and he entered the Aledical Department
of the University of New York, in September, 1877,
from which he graduated two years later (1879),
receiving the degree of M. D., cum laiide, when
twenty-two years of age. Soon after graduating he
successfully passed a competitive examination which
gave him a choice of service and a position as resi-
dent physician and surgeon of the Alt. Sinai Hos-

pital, New York. He remained there fiiurteen
months, and then went abroad and entered the Ro-
tunda Lying-in-Hospital, Dublin, Ireland, one of the
largest institutions of the kind in the world. He
completed the course of study prescribed there in
eight months and received the degree of Licentiate in
Alidwifery. At Dublin he also took a special course
at St. Alark's Hospital in diseases of the Eye and
Ear. The year Dr. Hayes spent in Ireland is one
of thel "red letter" years in his life, as he had
longed to visit the birth places of his parents and
ancestors, and was gratified with the genial courtesy
and the kindly reception he met, wherever he turned
in that country. From Dublin he went to Edin-
burgh, and entered the Royal Infirmary where he
further devoted his time to general medicine and
surgery, and diseases of the Eye and Ear under
Prof. Bell and Drs. Robinson and Walker. After
three months in the old Scotch capital, Dr. Hayes
went to London and entered St. Bartholomew's Hos-
pital, where he had special opportunities for clinical
study; and he was also a student at the Royal Lon-
don Ophthalmic Hospital, where over 25,000 patients
are received annually, and here the doctor spent
about three months. Returning to Waterbury he
began his medical career in July, 188 1, when he
opened an office in the Brown block, No. 22 East
Alain street, and from the beginning',*his success
has been pronounced. To-day he enjoys a large
general practice, and has by far the largest practice
in midwifery of any physician in the city, and no
physician has a higher or more honorable standing
in the city of his birth.

On Jan. 29, 1885, Dr. Hayes married Alary A.
Conran, a daughter of Patrick Conran, of Xauga-
tuck. Conn, Six children were born to them, all
but one of whom are now living: Alichael Conran,
Julia Purcell, John Ryan, Louis Vincent, Joseph
(who died when three days old) , and Francis Irving.
Michael and Julia are in the Waterbury high school
taking the college course ; John in the eighth grade,
Crosby Grammar ; Louis in the fourth, and Franci-s
in the first primary. In politics, Dr. Hayes has
always been a stanch Democrat, and is noted for
being frank, positive, ardent and outspoken in his
views, and loyal to his friends, and is generally re-
garded as one of the ablest leaders of his party. He
has taken more than ordinary interest in educational
matters, and with a desire to raise the standard of
education in our schools, but more especially in the
high school, that it might take a place second to
none among the high schools of Connecticut, he
sought a place on the Board of Education, and was
elected in 1889, and has served the public in this
capacity with but a single break, up to the present
time. He has served as chairman of all the com-
mittees, and on Jan. 2, 1900, was elected chairman
of the Board by a unanimous vote. As a member of
the hoard his report for the year 1804 regarding
die condition of the schools is a model document,
and an intelligent and strong plea for a more thor-

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ough study of English in the high schooL As a re-
sult of his labors the course in English to-day is
four years instead of two, which prevailed at that
time. It is a document which does credit to his
pen, and produced a profound impression at the
time it was issued. He has been untiring in his
efforts to promote the public good, and i? the father
of the free text book system in Waterbury, which
■was introduced in this city in 1894. He also strongly
advocated and succeeded in establishing a training
school for teachers in this city, which to-day is
being successfullly conducted. Dr. Hayes has re-
peatedly been ottered other political honors, but has
always declined. He belongs to a number of fra-
ternal societies of which he is examining physician,
such as the United Workmen, New England Order
of Protection, Knights of Columbus, and Foresters
•of America. As might be expected from a gentle-
man of his high professional standing, Dr. Hayes
"belongs to the city, county, and State medical so-
<;ieties, and the American Medical Association, and
is regarded as a gentleman in every way, a credit
to the noble calling in which he is engaged. At a
meeting of the American-Irish Historical Society
Tield in New York in January, 1899, Dr. Hayes
was elected one of the vice-presidents for Connecti-
■cut. Dr. Hayes has made many public addresses,
and is regarded as one of the most prominent rep-
resentatives of the Irish race in Waterbury. He
and his familv are members of the Roman Catholic
■Church, parish of the Immaculate Conception.

successfully engaged in dressmaking business in
New Haven, belongs to an old and nonored family
of New Haven county. Her paternal grandfather,
Reuben Doolittle. was a life-long resident of the
town of Ha'mden and lived to an advanced age. but
"his wife, who bore the maiden name of Rhoda
Wooding, died when comparativelv voung. Their
•children were Alfred, deceased ; Alma, deceased
wife of Enos Perkins : Isaac, deceased ; Amy, who
died unmarried: Willis, who died Jan. 24, 1901, in
his ninety-first year : Seymour, deceased ; Wealthy,
deceased wife of Alfred Cooper: Lucius and Ben-
nett, both deceased: Hulda. deceased wife of Beech-
er Johnson : and Lauren, father of our subject.

Lauren Doolittle was born in Hamden, Conn.,
June 19, 1820, grew to manhood in his native town,
and on starting out in life for himself chose the oc-
cupation of farming. He died in Woodbridge,
Nov. I, 1895. His life was such as to gain him
the confidence and high regard of all with whom
he came in contact in business or social circles, and
in his death the communitv realized that it had lost
a valued and useful citizen.

On May 18, 1848, in Woodbridge, Mr, Doo-
little married Miss Ann Eliza Parker, the cere-
mony being performed b_\' I\>-v. Samuel H. Elliott,
a Congresational nmiister. Her father, Ebenezer
Philo Parker, was born in Bethany, Conn., Oct. 3,

1796, and was left an orphan at the age of six

years. Owing to ill treatment by his step-father, he

ran away from home when only eight years old,

and, as will readily be seen, his advantages for se-

: curing an education vi-ere extremelv limited, but

nevertheless lie became a man of considerable

knowledge, on-ing to his practice of observation and

reading in mature years. He was a fanner and car-

I penter by occupation, was captain of a company of

I militia, and a man of considerable prominence in his

I community. His political support was given the

: men and measures of the Democratic party. He

i was married in Woodbridge, in 1821, to Hulda

Sperry, a daughter of Jared and Esther (Sanford)

Sperry, and a descendant of Richard Sperry, who

housed and fed the Regicides. She was born in

Woodbridge, July 21, 1794, and died Feb. 16, 1867,

while her husband died Aug. 12, 1867. In their

family were only two children : Esther, born April

24. 1822. married Lucius Doolittle, of Woodbridge,

a brother of our subject's father, and died Nov. 13,

1882. Ann Eliza, born Sept. 20, 1827, married

Lauren Doolittle. and died Jan. 30, 1901, a most

estimable lady and possessed of a remarkable


Mrs. Gorham, born in Woodbridge, Oct. 30,
1850, married Francis L. Gorham, and is the oldest
in a family of six children, the others being as
follows : Frank Lauren, born Nov. 2, 1852, mar-
ried Harriet Beecher, and they have one daughter,
Eva Anna, born Feb. 6, 1883 ; Grace Darling, born
I Aug. 31, 185;, is a resident of Hamden: Herbert
I Edson, born Feb. 2, 1859, married Kate Hotchkiss,
of Bethany: George Reuben, born July 28, i860,
married Ida Hotchkiss: and Willard Philo. born
Aug. 12, 1867, married Alta Rilla Austin, of Wood-
bridge, and they have one daughter, Mabel Edna,
' born May 11, 1897. The members of this family
are quite prominent in the communities where they
reside, and their circle of friends and acquaintances
is extensive.

BYRON LUTHER AIORSE is entitled to dis-
tinction as one of the most progressive and enter-
prising business men of Prospect, New Haven
county. Upon the business activity of a community

: depends its prosperity, and the men who are now
recognized as leading citizens are those who are at

i the head of important and extensive business enter-
prises. Mr. Morse is a man of broad capabilities,
who carries forward to successful completion what-
ever he undertakes.

Mr. Morse was born June 9, 1859, in the town
where he still makes his home, and is a worthy

. representative of one of the old and prominent

; families of Connecticut. His father, Harry Morse,
was born in Prospect Centre in 1815. a son of Lent
Morse, a well-known citizen of that town. The
father received a district-school education, and
tliroughuut his active business life engaged in agri-
cultural pursuits. After his marriage he located on



the Thomas farm, and there successfully engaged in
general farming and stock raising until 1859. when
he suffered a stroke of paralysis from the effect of
which he never recovered, though he li\ed twenty
years afterward. He died June 13, 1879, and his
remains v.ere interred in Prospect cemetery. He
was a supporter first of the Wliig and later of the
Republican party, and was liberal in his religious
■ views. Wherever known he was held in high re-
gard. He married Miss Sarah Ann Gillette, who
was born in Prospect in 1824. a daughter of Ciarrett
and Xancy (Piatt) Gillette, and granddaughter of
Benjamin Gillette and Benjamin Piatt, a soldier in
the Revolutionan," war. ]\Irs. ^lorse is still living
with cur subject upon the old homestead. She is
a sincere Christian woman. Byron L. Morse is
fifth in order of birth in a family of seven children,
the others being as follows : Gfeorge, deceased ;
John, a blacksmith, who married Gertrude Clark ;
Harriet, wife of Friend Sanford ; Walter, a resident
of Waterbury, who married Jane Boden; Mary,
wife of Edward Ford, of Xew London: and Alice,
wife of William Boden. of Waterbury.

In the district schools of his native town Byron
L. Morse obtained a good practical eriucation. and
upon the home farm he early gained an excellent
knowledge of agricultural pursuits. On account
of his father's illness he took charge of the farm
at an early age, and in its operation has met with
marked success. It comprises 150 acres of valuable
land, much of which is devoted to. fruit, and in con-
nection with general farming, stock raismg and
dairying he is extensively engaged in fruit culture;
he buys and ships large quantities of apples annu-
ally and is also interested in the wood business.
As a business man he is energetic, progressive and
notably reliable, and the success that he has achieved
in life is due entirely to his own well-directed ef-
forts. Since attaining his majority he has been a
stanch advocate of Republican principles, and in
1889 represented his town in the State Legislatitre.
He is a prominent member of Prospect Grange,
and served as treasurer thereof for three years.

eer and surveyor of ^^'allingford. for some years
a popular and efficient member of the board of se-
lectmen, was born in Yalesville, X'ew Haven Co.,
Conn., Oct. 15. 1855, and comes of sturdy Scottish
ancestry. William McKenzie. the father of John
M., was born in Murravshire. son of William and
Margaret (.Squire) McKenzie. who had three chil-
dren : Margaret, who died unmarried ; Alexander.
a railroad contractor ; and William, the father of
John M. The father of these, a stonemason by
trade, spent his life in his native country, where he
died at a good old age. He was a member qf the
Presbyterian Church.

William McKenzie. I'ur subject's father, learned
the stone mason's trade under his father's instruc-
tion. Wishing a wider field for his work, when

nineteen _\cars of age he left his native country on
a sailing vessel bound for X'ew York. He first
found employment on government fortification work
at X'^ewport and Boston harbors, and later, in com-
pany with his brother Alexander, he engaged in the
business of railroad contracting. . In 1840 he cam.e
to Yalesville, where he located, and many of the
large railroad structures on the Hartford Division
of the Xew York, Xew Haven & Hartford rail-
road, notably the Skew arch bridge over the Xew
Haven & Hartford turnpike, about one-half mile
above the village of Yalesville, are monuments of
his thoroughness and skill. He also erected St.
Paul's Episcopal church, in Wallingford. The re-
mainder of his life was spent in Yalesville, where
he died in 1872. He was a member of the Baptist
Church, and a Republican in politics. William Mc-
Kenzie was twice married, his first wife being a
daughter of Andrus Hall, of Wallingford, and the
mother of the following children : \\'illiam. a
storekeeper, who lives at Tracy ; Mary, who married
Andrew J. Brown ; James, who resides in Yales-
ville; and Margaret, who died at the age of sixteen
years. Mr. McKenzie married for his second wife
Temperance Hall, a daughter of Adnah and Eliz-
abeth (Scott) Hall. To this union were born
four children : Theodore, a civil engineer of South-
ington ; Homer, deceased ; John Maxwell ; and
George C, of Yalesville. Mrs. AIcKenzie was a
school teacher before her marriage, is a ladv of
culture and refinement, and has a strong poetic
faculty. She is an earnest advocate and worker
for the cause of temperance.

John Maxwell McKenzie attended the public
schools of Yalesville, Mr. French's select school at
X'ew Haven, and also studied at Amenia, X. Y.,
where he took up civil engineering and surveying.
He has been engaged on many public works through-
out the State, among them the Southington. X'auga-
tuck and Wallingford water works, Meriden sewage
disposal, and the State highways in the towns of
Wallingford, Southington and Rocky Hill, as well

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