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from e.xposure that he had to be carried out on a
stretcher. He well remembers the landing of
Dewey and his companions irom their ill-fated
ship after it had been fired by the forts along the
river. From days of marching and fighting, and
nights of exposure in rains and dews. Mr. Evans
has never recovered, tnough he was able to work
for many years, but for the last two years he has
been compelled to give up his employment.

Soon after returning from the South he moved
to New Haven and secured employment on the street
railway, running on the Fair Haven route for one
year, and for nearly three years on the West Haven
route. He was afterward employed by J. WoodrutT
(now deceased), revenue collector for this district,
from whom he has. a letter of praise for faithful
service. For the following twenty-six years he was
with the West Haven Ruckle Co., or until May.
1897, when he was forced to retire on account of
ill health, and rented property in Woodbridge,
where he is now living a (|uiet life, engaging in
market gardening in a small way. He has real es-
tate and two houses in West Haven which he rents.

In Middletiiwn Mr. Evans wa^ married, in i860,
to Su?an Hamptuii. wiio died ieavinc' three chil-
dren, namely: (jeorge, born July 21, 1801, is now



a wealthy and influential man of the State of Wash-
ington, where he is extensively engaged in the lum-
ber business; Clarence, born Dec. 25, 1865, is in
the theatrical business ; and Lilly, born Oct. 2/,
1867, is the wife of James Henry, of Xew Haven.
In 1882 Mr. Evans was again married, his second
union being with Martha Crosby, by whom he has
one daughter. Mabel, born Xov. 5, 1888. Mr.
Evans attends the Alethodist Episcopal Church, and
is an honored member of Admiral Foote Post, No.
17, G. A. R., of Xew Haven, with which he has
been connected since 1885. He affiliates with the
Republican party, and in the past took a somewhat
active part in politics, though he never aspired for
public favors. As a citizen, friend and neighbor
he is true to every duty and justly merits the es-
teem in which he is held.

LOTHAR ALEXAXDER MORTIMER, BA-
RON" vox GRA\'E, was born at Birresborn, near
Gerolstein, Prussia, Sept. i, 1858, son of Friedrich
Wilhelm ^Mortimer, Baron von Grave, who was
born Oct. 18, 1824. and died Oct. 9, 1896. The
latter married Friederica Rosalia Knaff, who was
born April 15, 1S33, and is still living, making her
home with her son Lothar. The father was a dis-
tingT-iished officer in his prime, and held the rank
of captain in the Prussian army. To him and his
wife were born: Lothar A. M., the subject proper
of these lines. Anna Louisa Cathinka, Baroness
von Grave, born Aug. 6, 1862, died Dec. 11, 1896;
she married Eugene Pezoldt, of Saxony, Germany.
Elsa Rosalie Alfredine. Baroness von Grave, born
Jime 4, 1875. married Alberto Jonas, the pianist
and director of the Michigan Conservatory of
Music, at Detroit, Mich. ; she is a giftetl musician,
has pursued her studies under the instruction of
the most eminent professors of music in Europe,
and has made several highly successful tours of
foreign countries, winning golden encomiums every-
where.

Carl Friederich Gustaph, Baron von Grave, the
grandfather of Lothar, was born F"eb. 22, 1792, and
died April 29. 1876. He was a well-known and
highly honored general in the Prussian Cavalry.
He married Maria Hyacintha Anna Rietz, born in
1806, who died May 10, 1872. The great-grandfa-
ther of Lothar was Johann Hieron\-mus, Baron
von Grave, who was born Aug. 18, 1734, and died
May 16, 1798. He was secretary of war under
the Prussian government. Frederica Louise Chris-
tiane, Baroness von Hoffstedt. his wife, was born
Oct. 14, 1766, and died April i, 1847. X. Baron
von Grave, his father, was counselor and supreme
judge of the Duchy of Bremen. He was born in
1680, and died in 1752. He married the Baroness
von Eberhorn.

Documents are in existence which mention the
von Graves as knights fighting under Thassilo, of
Bavaria, in the ninth ceiUury, later during the
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country, and held high offices at court. Joachim

11, Nestor and his successor, in their fight against
the rebellious nobiljty in 1537, destroyed their
castles '"Weissenfels" and "Xinimcrsatt," but their
descendants were allowed b\' the King of Prussia
to return to their ancestral holdings in 1701.

On April 30. 1S90, Lothar von Grave married
Mrs. Gabrielle (_D'Alton) Sweet, who was born
July 4, 1863, and died July 13, 1893. They adopted
one son, Frederick Sweet, who was born June i.
1884, in New York, and had one daughter, Elsa
Rosalia Valeska Ethel, who was born Nov. 23,
1891, at Ballardvale. !Mass., where she died June

12, 1892. Mr. vun (3rave was married, Dec. 11,
1895, to Miss Deborah Waldo, at }>Iount Vernon,
N. Y., who was born in Hudson, N. Y., daughter
of Henry and Sarah (Heath) Waldo. Their home
is regarded as one of the most artistic, and as well
as one of the most highly cultured centers of re-
fined society in the State. It is situated in Academy
street, in Wallingford, and is the old home of Col.
A. H. Dutton, from whose daughter. Aliss Emily
Dutton, it was purchased. On this ground many
years ago stood the first school in Connecticut,
called the "Academy." In February, 1897, the place
was named "Ellguth." after the old estate of }vlr.
von Grave's family. "Gross Ellguth," in Prussian
Silesia, containing 1,624 acres, and now in the pos-
session of his cousin, Major Hugo von Grave. The
Wallingford property was in the possession of the
Dutton famih' from 1664 until its recent sale.

Mrs. von Grave is descended from Deacon Cor-
nelius Waldo, the emigrant ancestor of the Waldo
family, who came from England, and settled in
Ipswich, Mass. He removed in 1657 to Chelms-
ford. ?klrs. von Grave is also a direct descendant
of William Swain, who came to \\'atertown, Mass.,
in 1635, and was one of a commission sent to su-
perintend the rising colony of Connecticut. Mr.
von Grave is president of the Alderidge Art Com-
pany, of Wallingford. and holds the same position
in the Wallingford Camera Club. He is vice-presi-
dent of the Wallingford Golf Club, in which recrea-
tion he and his wife are enthusiasts.

Mr. von Grave has had an eventful and varied
history. Born in Germany, he was educated in the
Latin and Military schools. With the present Em-
peror, William li, he attended the university at
Bonn, taking a special course in the history of art.
archeology and history. In due time, entering the
Prussian army as a cadet, he was promoted to lieu-
tenant, and by permission of the Emperor, William
I, took part in the Turko-Austrian war. Coming
home wounded, he retired from the service, and
devoted his entire time to a systematic study of
the fine arts, devoting special attention to art, arche-
ology" and ' history. Graduating from the Royal
Academy of Fine Arts at Munich, where he had for
teachers Profs. Lindenschmidt. Piloty. and Kaul-
bach, Hans Makart. frrm \'ienna. and Piglheini,
from Paris, he studied the specimens of ancient and



medieval art thr. ugh Germany, Russia, Austria,
Hungary, Italy, Turkey. Greece, Asia Minor and
Egypt, where he engaged in the excavation of the
Sakkareh pyramid. Returning to Munich, he
opened a studio, and his first picture, "The Hunt-
ing Scene," purchased by Prince Regent Luitpold.
of Bavaria, now adorns the private Royal Gallery.
Coming to this country on a visit, I\Ir. von Grave
was so impressed with its possibilities that he de-
cided to remain here. Locating first in New York,
he opened a studio in the Knickerbocker building,
where his time was fully occupied in making orig-
inal drawings for the well-known firm of J. Ott-
man. in the Puck building. Later he turned his at-
tention to architecture, carrying off several prizes
for designs for public buildings. He soon found
himself wrapped up in industrial art, and was called
upon constantly for designs for silver, bronzes,
keramics and interior decorations. Becoming head
designer for the Craighead & Knitz Co., he went to
.Massachusetts to superintend work in that line.
When the head of that company retired Mr. von
Grave accepted the offer of his present position,
from H. L. Judd & Co., at their Wallingford fac-
torv, where he has charge of the art department,
an excellent force of modelers, chasers, pattern-
makers and casters, altogether about fifteen people
under his direction.

Mr. von Grave is a member of Compass Lodge,
F. & A. AI., and of Ivy Lodge, K. P., where he is
aide-de-camp on the brigadier general's staiT, with
the rank of major in the uniformed rank of the K.
P. His splendid education, extensive travels and
high social connections on both sides of the Atlantic
render Mr. von Grave one of the most cosmopolitan
of men, while his liberal ideas and generous disposi-
tion win for him the steadfast iriendship and de-
votion of those who have tasted the hospitality of
his cosy and artistic home.

BERKELEY S. HOTCHKISS, a retired gro-
cery merchant of Waterbury, was born in Pros-
pect, New Haven county, Sept. 21, 1826, and de-
scends from one of New England's very old Co-
lonial families, which may be traced to England,
as follows :

David ^ililes Hotchkiss, father of Berkeley S..
was also born in Prospect; Esquire Frederick, fa-
ther of David, was born in Waterbury ( now Pros-
pect), and was a son of David, the elder, who
was born in Waterbury, a son of Deacon Gideon,
who served in the Revolutionary war ; Deacon Ste-
phen, father of Gideon, was an early settler of
Cheshire. Conn., and was a son of Ensign Joshua,
whose father, Samuel Hotchkiss, came from Eng-
land, and founded the family in New Haven in
1641.

Esquire Frederick Hotchkiss, grandfather of
Berkeley S.. was a farmer by vocation. He mar-
ried ivhi"!a llupkins. daughter of Esquire Jc)hn
Hopkins, and tlie_\- reared a family of four chil- i



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drcn, viz.: Marilla, wlio married Libeus Sanford,
a farmer of Broome county. X. Y. ; Julia, who mar-
ried Jonaii Woodruff, of W'aterbury, and went
to Broome county, X. Y.. where she passed the
remainder of her days ; David rallies, father of
Berkeley S. ; and Clarissa, who married EUsha Hall,
a fanner ofP<roome county, X. Y. Esquire Fred-
erick Hotchkiss was the first initiated member of
Harmony Lodge, F. & A. M.

Hon. David Miles Hotclikiss was reared to
manhood in Prospect, where he engaged in farm-
ing and became an influentia! citizen. He married
Zeruah Stevens, of Xaugatuck, daughter of Mar-
tin Stevens, a blacksmith, and they became the
parents of eight children: (i) Emily (deceased)
married B. B. Brown, of Broome county, X. Y.,
and had two sons, of whom Frederick Hotchkiss
is now a prominent merchant of Xew Haven,
Conn. ; and Clarence H. is with Hall, Simpson &
Co., of Wallingford. (2) Laura married A. Sid-
ney Plumb, a farmer of Prospect, son of Major
Orrin Plumb, of Wolcott ; both Mr. and Mrs.
Plumb are now deceased. (3) Hervey Dwight was
a prominent manufacturer, and lived and died in
■ Meriden, where his son Frederick is now a pros-
perous wholesale merchant. (4) Henry K., known
as Major Hotchkiss, lived in Bristol, and died in
Ansonia ; his son. William H.. is a member of the
firm of J. X. Adam & Co., prominent merchants
of Buffalo, X. Y. (5) Frederick died when a
young man, in \'irginia. (6) Berkeley S., sixth in
the order of birth, is the subject of this sketch.
(7) Edward is an insurance agent in Binghamton,
N. Y. (8) Richard was a merchant in Atlantic
City, X'. J., where he died, .\fter the death of his
first wife David M. Hotchkiss married }ilrs. Han-
nah (Doolittle) Bristol, of Cheshire, and by this
union had two children : Julia E., who married
Frederick A. Sanford, formerly of Windsor, X.
Y., bu-t now of Westfield. Mass. ; and David B .
who .resides on the old homestead in' Prospect.
Hon. David Miles Hotchkiss was first a ^^ hig in
politics, and then became an avowed Abolitionist.
He filled a number of local offices, had the tow-n
set off and named Prospect in 1827, represented it
many times in the State Legislature, and was rec-
ognized as the most progressive and prominent resi-
dent of the place. He passed away in the faith
of the Congregational Church, at the ripe old age of
eighty-one years.

Berkeley S. Hotchkiss grew to manhood on the
farm in Prospect, and began life for himself by
teaching school in Cheshire in the winters several
years, and he also for a year and a half taught its
center public school winter and summer. He then
formed a partnership with Howard C. Ives and en-
gaged in the grocery business, in which they pros-
pered, continuing thus for two years. In 1861
M^r. Hotchkiss sought the broader field of Water-
bury, and opened up in the same line of trade, which
he most successfully followed for twentv-three

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years, when he retirerl on a competence — the fruit
of his careful consideration of the needs of the
public and of his strict integrity in all transactions.

On April 12, 185 1, Mr. Hutchkiss was happily
joined in marriage, by Rev. Henry Ward Beecher,
with Miss Catherine A. Harj^er. of Binghamton,
who was born in Windsor. Broome Co.. X. Y.,
daughter of George and Sally (Butler) Ilarjjer.
Three children have blessed this union: Lillian
May, born Xov. 16, 1854, graduated from \'assar
College in the class of 1877. and died Oct. 2.
1898; she united with the Second Congregational
Church May 3, 1868. Sara Catherine, born March
I, i860, married F. A. Dre.xel. of Detroit. Mich.
William Berkeley, born Feb. 9. 1867, is a member
of the firm of Hotchkiss & Templeton, hardware
merchants in Waterbury. In politics Mr. Hotchkiss
is a stanch Republican. In religious belief he and
his family are Congregationalists, and in social cir-
cles none stand higher in Waterbury.

George Harper, father of Mrs. Hotchkiss, was
born March i. 1793. in Windsor, X. Y., a son of
Judge George Harper, and died Xov. 8, 1859. By
occupation he was a farmer. (3n June 18, 1818. he
married Sally Butler, who was born Dec. 10, 1802,
in Deposit, Delaware Co.. X'. Y., daughter of Sam-
uel Butler, a representative of the Butlers of Brain-
tree, England, one of whom settled in Cambridge.
Mass.. in 1632. Several male members of the
Butler family located in Michigan and attained con-
siderable prominence. Mrs. Sallv (Butler) Har-
per died June 14, 1878. In the family of Mr.
and ^Irs. George Harper were the following chil-
dren : Ruth, Butler, Catherine A., Edgar. Will-
iam. Henry, John L. (a prominent banker cf De-
troit, Mich.) and Alary (who married G. D. Crane,
a prominent resident of Cheshire, Connecticut).

MARIOX A. MORRIS holds a position as a
high-class mechanic that at once reflects honor upon
his character, and shows the worth of the man.
In the full prime of his manly powers, he commands
the confidence of those whose interests he so well
conserves, and has long held the respect and good
will of the community.

Mr. Morris was born in the town, of Waterbury,
Conn., June 3, 1852. a son of William F. Morris,
a native of Litchfield. Conn., where he first saw
the light Feb. 22. 1828. The grandfather of Ma-
rion A. was John X. Morris, who was a son of
Sheldon, and Polly (Chatfield) Alorris. John X'.
was a cooper by trade, and died in Bridgeport.
William F. Morris grew up in Litchfield, and mar-
ried Miss Elizabeth A. Scott, a native of Water-
town, Conn. The }Oung couple settled in Oakville.
Conn., where he was a foreman in the American
Mills. They were the parents of three children:
Marion A., Etta L. and Addie .F. Etta L. mar-
ried William E. Crane, who is the mechanical en-
gineer of the X^ew England Engineering Co.. oi
Waterbury. Addie F. is unmarried, and is book-



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k<.'L;r(.T f.ir the Benedict &: Burnhani Manufactur-
ing Co. William F. Morris died June 8, 1872, and,
his widow is still livins;'. They were bath Epis-
copalians. Politically he was a Republican.

Marion A. Morris spent his boyhood and youth
in Waterbury, and received his education in the
local schools. When the time came for the young
man to make his own way he entered the Water-
bury Suspender Co., and was at work in their fac-
tory some two years. The period of his employ-
ment with ]\Ialtby, Hopson & Brooks, manufact-
urers, covered six years. For three months ]Mr.
Morris worked in flarrison's machine shop, at New
Haven, and fourteen months with the Excelsior
Xeedle Co. At the expiration of this time he came
back to Waterbury, and was with the American
Mills Co. one year; with the Oakville Pin Co. eight
months ; and was then employed seven years by
the Plume & Atwood Co. Mr. 2^Iorris then entered
the employ of the Scovill ^^lanufacturing Co., and
"for the past nifieteen years he has been in their
iactory, now holding a position as foreman, and
lie- is one of their most trusted employes.

Mr. Morris was married, Oct. 20, 1881, to Miss
Sarah J. Dodds. a native of Waterbury, and a
daughter of William and Harriet Dodds. both na-
tives of Scotland. William Dodds came to Water-
bury when about twenty-five years old. and married
here : he was engineer for the Holmes. Booth &
Haydens Co.. and for the Plume & Atwood Co.
about forty-five years. !Mr. and Mrs. Dodds are
the parents of two cliildren : Harriet E.. who mar-
ried Edgar S. Buckingham, of Shelton, Conn., and
died Jan. 4, 1897; and Sarah J. Mrs. Dodds died
Feb. 3. 1899. and at present ilr. Dodds is retired
from active business labors. Mr. Morris and his
wife have two children: William D.. who died in
infancy; and Harriet D. Politically Mr. Morris is
a Republican; and fraternally is a ]\Iason. having
his membership in Federal Lodge. Xo. 17. A. F.
& A. M. He also belongs to various protective or-
ders, such as the A. O. U. W., the R. A., and the
Woodmen of the World. The Jilorris family are all
affiliated with the Episcopal Church, with which our
subject and his wife are closely associated.

FREDERICK K. PERRY, who is now success-
fully engaged in the job printing business in Xauga-
tuck, was born in Sandisfield, ^.lass., in 1847. a son
of E. G. and Alartha (White) Perry, the former
born in Oneida county, X'. Y., the latter near Win-
sted, Litchfield Co., Conn., and both are now de-
ceased. The father was engaged in business both
in Xew York and this State as a contractor and
builder, which pursuit his father also followed.
They were active members of the Congregational
Church, and were highly respected bv all who knew
them. Their children were Jennett, now deceased ;
Edwin R., who became a farmer in lov.-a, and served
as a soldier in the Civil war. but is now ^k•ceaseJ :
Philo B., who engaged in mercantile business in



Texas, and on the outbreak of the Civil war es-
poused the Confederate cause, and died in 1S65,
from disease contracted in the army ; Frederick K. ;
Lavinia W.. who married George W. Ball, of
Chicopee, Mass., and died in We;tfield. Mass. (Mr.
Ball has since married and now lives in Chicago,
111.) ; and Philinda M., who is now Mrs. Edwin
B. Alfred, of Ilarwinton, Connecticut.

Frederick K. Perry attended school in Winches-
ter, Conn., until sixteen years of age-, and then en-
tered the Winsted Herald office as an apprentice
to the printer's trade, remaining there about three
years. Going to Hartford, he worked on various
papers in that city for four years, and was later for
seven years a compositor on the Springfield Re-
publican at Springfield, ^lass. At the end of that
time he went to Waterburv, Conn., where after
working on different newspapers he spent two years
in a job office. He continued to work at his trade
for others until 1891, when he purchased the busi-
ness of which he has since had control, and is now
doing a large job and general printing business.
He also conducted a paper called the Advocate for
some time, its object being to advocate the prin-
ciples of single tax. For years he has made a
thorough and careful study of that subject, and has
written many able articles and also lectured on the
same. His arguments are logical and convincing,
and he has become a recognized leader among the
advocates of the single tax in his section of the
State. In politics he is independent, and in his fra-
ternal relations is a member of the Grange and
the Knights of Pythias.

Mr. Perry has been twice married, his first wife
being Sarah M. Lane, of Winsted, who died leav-
ing two children: Leslie E.. a telegraph operator;
and Philo B.. who is with his father in business.
For his second wife ]\Ir. Perry married Jessie Davis,
by whom he has a son, Harold R.

JARED P. KIX^'G, an energetic and enterprising
contractor and builder of Waterbury. is one of the
workers of that busy city who stands out con-
spicuously by reason of his thorough work and §ub-
stanfial construction. What he does, stays ; and he
is in every sense a straightforward and reliable
man.

Air. King was born Sept. 13. 1848, in Spring-
field. Bradford Co., Pa., in which locality Edward
King, his father, was a farmer. Edward King mar-
ried Anna Phillips, whose parents came from Eng-
land, and who died Sept. 24, 1853. Five children
came to them: \'ioletta, born Aug. 23, 1844;
Loiza, born Oct. 15, 1846: Jared P., born Sept.
13, 1848; one child, bom in 1850, who died in in-
fancy; and Lewis E.. born March 26, 1853. Both
the daughters reached maturity. One married, but
did not live many years afterward. The other died
when a young lady. Lewis was working at his trade
— printing — in X'ew York when his health gave
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Tie an'I his wife lived in New Jersey with her par-
ents, and they all preceded him to the grave. Ed-
ward King, the father, married again, and had
several children hy his second wife. He went
^\'est a number of years ago.

Jared P. King was bound out to an aunt when
lie was about five years old, and was taken from his
home to Staniford, Conn., where he lived until ht
was ten years of age. In 1858 his aunt, who had
married, moved to Waterbury, and here Tared P.
finished his education, and began his life work. He
learned the trade of carpenter under the instruction
of A. C. Peck, and went to work for the Waterbury
Coal & Limiber Co., in their sash and blind fac-
tor.-, remaining with them some nine years. Mr.
King found employment on leaving that firm with
the People's Coal & Ice Co., where he remained
about one year. For three years he was with the
Mathew & W'illard Manufacturing Co., and then
began business for himself as a contractor and
builder. Mr. King is still working on a modest
scale, but what he has done is of the very best
character, and the general public is coming to
know that no better work can be secured in the city
than what Mr. King has to offer.

On May 10, 1870, Mr. King married ^liss Sarah
J. Piatt, daughter of Alfred LeGrand Piatt. A his-
tory of the Piatt family appears elsewhere. Air.
and Mrs. King are the parents of two children:
Lilian A., who was born June 10, 1872, and died
the same year; and Rupert A'., who was bom Oct.
17, 1882. and is still living.

Mr. King is a Republican on general political
issues, but in local affairs seeks the best men for
the various positions. He is a Knight Templar,
and his connection with the Masonic fraternity dates
from 1876. Two years before that date he united
with the Odd Fellows, and is a member of Town-
send Lodge. He is also associated with several of
the smaller societies.- With his family he attends
the Baptist Church.

HAR\"EY BEAUMOXT, one of the old and
popular residents of the town of Wallingford, is a
man whose high character merits the esteem in
which he is held. A son of John and Ann (Tyler)
Beaumont, he was born on the Beaumont home-
stead, }vlav 5, 1840, and acquired his education in
the neighboring district school. Harvey Beaumont
remained on the family homestead, assisting his
father in his farming operations, until he reached
the age of forty vears. In 1S80 he bought a farm
of seventy acres of Elijah Hungerford. and since
that time has been engaged in its cultivation.
A\'hile he is classed as a general farmer, he is work-



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