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ing more and more into fruit culture. Since pur-
chasing his place he has made many substantial and
attractive improvements, building a house, barns
and other structures necessary to the economical
and profitable transaction of his business.

Mr. Beaumont was a soldier in the Civil war,

and donned the Union blue in 1862, when he en-
listed as a member of Conipanv B. 27th Conn. \'. I.,
and spent nine months in the service. He par-
ticipated in the battles of Fredericksburg and Chan-
cellorsville, and was honorably discliarged and
mustered out at Xew Haven.

Mr. Beaumont has been twice married, Melissa
Foster becoming his wife in 188 1. Born at East
River, Madison, Conn., she was a daughter of Alan-
sen Foster, and died Dec. 10, 18S2. Julia (Alix)
Bailey, his second wife, was born in Wallingford,
and was a daughter of Elihu and Polly (Hull)
Mix, and the widow of Henry Bailey, of Durham.
One child, Edmund Mix, born in June, 1890, has
blessed this union. Mr. Beaumont is a Republican,
but has never been an aspirant for ofiice. A pio-
neer in the culture of tobacco, he has been very suc-
cessful in that line. Domestic in his habits and
quiet in his tastes, he is liberal in his church views
and upright in all his business dealings.

and counselor at law, is one of the prominent and
worthy citizens of Seymour. We will confine our-
selves to a brief sketch of his life, leaving it to the
readers individually to supply the spirit of court-
eousness, integrity and uprightness which has ever
characterized his dealings with his tellow men.

Clifford J. Atwater was born in Collinsville,
Conn., Nov. 8, 1858. He is of English descent,
and his ancestors were among the earlv settlers of
New Haven, in 1635. James Atwater, his father,
was also born in Collinsville. and his grandfather,
Stephen H. Atwater, was born in Russell, Mass.,
a son of Benjamin Atwater, of that town. Stephen
H. Atwater was a farmer, and pursued that voca-
tion in Collinsville, to which town he removed
when a young man, there residing until his death,
at the age of seventy-eight years. He married
Azubah Barber, who was born in Canton, and lived
to be eighty years of age. Two children were bom
of this marriage. James, the father of our sub-
ject, being the only son. Air. and Mrs. Stephen H.
Atwater were members of the Congregational
Church in Collinsville.

James Atwater was reared on a farm, and re-
ceived his education in the Connecticut schools.
He took charge of the farm in Collinsville. and. at
the age of seventy-seven years, still resides in that
town. He married Alary G. Stewart, one of the
eight children of James Stewart, a farmer of Bland-
ford, Alass., who resided in that town until his
death. Two children were born of this union,
namely: Clifford J., our subject; and Clavton W.,
a prosperous nurseryman, residing in Collinsville.
Mr. and Mrs. James Atwater are members of the
Congregational Church, and beloved by their
friends and neighbors.

Clifford J. .Atwater spent his early )ears on the

farm, was educater! in tb.e Connecticut schools, and

1 is a graduate of the Collinsville high school. At

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twent) years of ago he began teacliing. and later
entered Bates College, at Lewiston, Maine, where
he remained until he graduated from the academic
course, in 1883. He then studied law with \\ . W .
Bidwell, of Collinsville. satisfactorily passed his
examination, and was admitted to the Bar in Hart-
ford in 1885, after which he took a short trip to
South Dakota. Returning to the East, he opened
an office in Xovembcr, 1885, in Seymour, where
he has since followed his profession. He is the
only lawyer tliere. and commands a fine general
practice, coming in contact with all the older prac-
titioners in the lower end of the valley, and practic-
ing in all the courts.

In politic? Mr. Atwater is a Republican, and he
has been a member of the Republican conmiittee
for several years. He has satisfactorily served the
people in various capacities for a number of years.
In 1886 he was elected tax collector, and was re-
elected to succeed himself each year from 1888
to 1900, inclusive, his services covering a period of
fourteen years ; he has also been juitice of the peace
since 1887, the same length of time. In 1898 he
was nominated and elected to the Legislature, to
serve two years. Mr. Atwater is a member of
Morning Star Lodge, F. & A. ^L, in which he has
passed all the chairs, and now is a past master of
the lodge ; he is also a member of the Order of
the Eastern Star ; the Redmen ; and of Mechanics
Lodge, I. O. O. F.

In 1890 Mr. Atwater was united in marriage
with Miss Jennie C. Taylor, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Henry M. Taylor, of Seymour, who were
born in England, as were also their children. Mr.
and Mrs. Taylor had removed to Seymour a num-
ber of years previous, and Mr. Taylor (now de-
ceased) successfully conducted a store which is now
owned by his widow. Their son, Ernest H., is a
draughtsman with the Coe Brass Co., of Ansonia.
He and Jennie C, Mrs. Atwater, were the only
children of Mr. and ^Irs. Taylor.

Mr. and Mrs. Clifford J. Atwater are devout
and active members of the Seymour Congregational
Church, and for the past twelve years he has been
treasurer of that church and society. He has been
superintendent of the Sunday-school for a number
of years, and renders valuable service to both church
and Sunday-school.

prominent manufacturer and citizen of Derby,
wliere he was born June 10, 1835. He comes of
en old Connecticut family. His first American
progenitor, William Bradley, came to this coun-
try from England about i'>37. and settled in Say-
brook. Some of William's descendants settled in
West Haven, where they became owners of a large
tract of land.

Tracing down the fam!!y lineage to more recent
times, the genealogist reaches the name of Enos
Bradley, the great-grandfather of Frederick X.,

a fanner, who lived and died in Derby. His son.
Abijah Bradley, was also born there. He was
a blacksmith by trade, and a citizen of prominence,
being commissioned a captain in the State militia.
as is shown by documentary evidence in the pos-
session of his grandion. He married Polly Bas-
sett, and they became the parents of eight chil-
dren: David (father of Frederick X.), Ira, Henry,
Abijah, Charles, George, Edward and Maria. Ira
and Henry were woolen manufacturers in South
Britain ; Ira died Sept. 10, 1900. Abijah was a
grocer in X'ew Haven. Charles was a farmer in
Seymour. George was at first an augermaker, and
later a woodworker. Edward was a carpenter and
builder in Derby. Maria married Dan Finn, a
prosperous farmer of Milford.

David Bradley was born and reared in Derby.
He learned the trade of a joiner, and was esteemed
one of the most skillful workmen of his time.
He formed a partnership with Agur Gilbert, in
connection with whom he established a sash and
blind factory, on the stream — Two Mile brook —
which forms the boundary line between the towns
of Orange and Derby. They began in a modest
way, their first structure covering an area of but
20 by 30 feet, and being only two stories high.
Theirs, however, was the only factory of its kind
outside of X'ew Haven, and the second to be erected
in the county. It is no cause for surprise, there-
fore, that their business prospered and grew. Grad-
ually the plant was eidarged as the development of
business demanded, until it reached its present ex-
tensive proportions. In politics David Bradley was
originally an "Old-line" Whig, and later a Re-
publican. He married Susan C, daughter of Elias
Clark, a farmer of Oxford, and they had two chil-
dren, Frederick X., our subject, and Sarah Fran-
sania. Mr. Bradley died May 29, 1885 ; his widow
survived until June i, 1899, reaching the
venerable age of ninety years.- She traced her de-
scent back to Thomas Hooker.

Frederick X. Bradley received his early educa-
tion at the Derby common schools and the Bir-
mingham high school. At the age of eighteen he
entered his father's sash and blind factory, with
a view of becoming thoroughly familiar with all
the details of the business, mechanical as, well as
commercial. He has succeeded his father in its
management and control, and under his judicious
conduct of affairs the business has suffered no im-
pairment. Mr. Bradley, however, has a natural
fondness for the soil, and besides being a manu-
facture is a successful farmer. Originally he
cultivated fifteen acres, but his holdings have since
been enlarged to twenty-five acres. In one respect
his life may be said to present somewhat of an
anomaly: he has been an active politician and a
consistent Christian. He is an ardent Republican
and a zealous worker in the cause of his party,
having organized various clu])s and in other ways
promoted Republican success. He is held in high

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esteem in Der'iv, and 15 now i'jv the fourth time
representing the Third ward of the city in the city
board of aldermen, his present term commencing^
Oct. I, 1901. He has also held a high place in the
counsels of the Congregational Church, and has
served on the committee of the Society of the First
Church for fourteen years.

In May, 1873, Mr. Bradley married j\Iiss Louise
G. Hooper, a daughter of Henry A. and Caroline
Hooper, of Ansonia. Xo children have been born
to them.

It is of interest to note, incidentally, that Mr.
Bradley was a schoolmate and boyhood "chum"
■of Gen. Wheeler, the dashing Confederate cavalry
leader and at present distinguished major general
in the United States army.

agriculturist of the town of Milford, was born Sept.
3, 1847, ^t his present homestead, son of Charles
J. Baldwin.

The Baldwins are of pioneer stock, members
of the family having settled in Hadley, Alass., at
an early day, and our subject is a descendant of
Joseph Baldwin, who was born in Milford in 1640.-
Joshua Baldwin, our subject's great-grandfather,
was a resident of Milford, and among the inscrip-
tions in an old Bible is the following: "Joshua
Baldwin, His Bible, God give him grace therein to
look: Bought November the 3, 1756. on Wednes-
day. I was bom December 14th, in the year 1726,
■on Wednesday morning. My honored mother,
Elizabeth Baldwin, departed this life November the
20 day about 6 o'clock in the afternoon, and in
the year 1753 : which was the fifty second year of
Tier age." A pair of Joshua's shoes, used in his in-
fancy, are now in the possession of George E. Bald-
win, of Milford.

Hezekiah Baldwin, our subject's grandfather,
married Mary Ann Hine, and settled on the present
homestead. He had ten children, as follows: Heze-
kiah, who was a farmer all his life; Charles J.,
our subject's father ;' Elijah, a farmer in Alilford:
Mary, who married Joseph Beard, a farmer of \Mil-
ford : Betsey, who married William Stowe. a farm-
er of Milford : Abby, who married Lewis Smith, a
fanner in Milford: Martha, who married Rogers
Beard, a carpenter in Milford; Sally, who married
Charles Beardsley, a farmer in Stratford : Anna,
who married Addison Beard, a farmer; and Cath-
erine, who married Nathan C. Tomlinson, of Mil-

Charles J. Baldwin, the father of our subject,
was born in Milford Sept. 30. 1812, and passed his
life in the town, locating at the pre.^ent homestead
after his marriage. He died March 21, i8<)i. He
iTiarried Eunice Baldwin, who was born Mav 22,
1814, daughter of Elnathan Baldwin, a farmer in
Milford, and died Feb. 25, 1S76. Thev had four
chilvlren : Charles Watson, born April Q. 1840.
resides in Milford; William H., born April 7, 1846,

died March nj, 1851 ; Henr\' Elsworth is mentioned
below; George Edwin, born Sept. 16, 1851, is em-
ployed by the New York, New Haven & Hart-
ford Railway Co.

Henry Elsworth Baldwin was eduucated in the
district schools near his home, and in a private
school in Milford village, and has been engaged in
general farming since early manhood. His farm
presents a most attractive appearance, the buildings
being tasteful and commodious, and everything
about the place suggesting business-like manage-
ment. In politics he is a Republican, and socially
he is identified with the I. O. O. F. at Milford.

On Nov. 18, 1875, Mr. Baldwin married Miss
Georgiana Lewis, who was born in Bridgeport Oct.
I, 1851, daughter of Edwin Lewis, and grand-
daughter of Everett and Julia A. (Knapp) Lewis.
The line of descent in the Knapp family has been
traced through several generations. ]Mrs. Julia A.
( Knapp) Lewis, who was born March 30, 1806, and
died Dec. 3, 1867, was a daughter of Ephraim
Knapp, born Nov. 25, 1779, and his wife, Sarah E.,
born April 17, 1782, died Sept. 29, 1847. Edwin


who was a tailor and cutter bv trade, was

born in Stratford, Conn., in 1830, and died July 4,
1857. His wife, Emily Stow, was born in Mil-
ford Aug. 6, 1830, daughter of Capt. Elisha Hop-
kins Stow, and died Oct. 25, 1878. Capt. Stow,
born Jan. 9, 1798, son of Capt. Samuel Stow, fol-
lowed the sea, as did his father, and died July 12,
1879. He married Susan Davidson, who was born
Sept. 29, 1802, and died Jan. 20, 1879; she was the
daughter of Richard Treat and Mary Stow David-

dealer, etc.. of Branford, one of the most popular
citizens of that locality, is native there, having-
been born at the Bradlev homestead on Cherry
Hill April 3, 1858.

Timothy and Sarah (Goodsell) Bradley, his pa-
ternal great-grandparents, lived in the house in
Branford now occupied by Seth Thomas Bradley.
Their son, Timothy Bradley, grandfather of Charles
S., was a farmer, sailor and vessel owner, for many
years coasting along the Atlantic shores. He made
his home in Branford. He married Irene Gordon,
daughter of Alexander and Irene Gordon, of Bran-
ford, and children as follows were born to them :
James; Irene, Mrs. William Bryan; Nancv, who
; was thrice married, her husbands being, respect-
I ively, Sylvester Harrison, Henry Linsley and Will-
I iam Bryan; Lydia, who was twice married, first
i to .Alden Pardee, and second to Benjamin Linsley;
i Sally. Mrs. James Waddell ; Mary, Mrs. Elias Lins-
i ley; Major Seth; and Gurdon.

I Gurdon Bradley, father of Charles S., was born

j in Branford Sept. 27, 1819, and as will be seen was

the voungest of the familv. He began life as a

farmer, also owned a ve?.-el and followed the coast

I fur three winters, in addition to which for many

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years he conducted a saw and grist mill, and took
contracts for the building of cellars, removing of
buildings, etc., while for upward ot twenty years he
was engaged in the ice business. On July 29, 1843,
he married Anna Maria, daughter of Samuel and •
Esther (Tyler) Spinks, of Branford, and to this
union were born fourteen children, as follows :
Ebenezer T., deceased ; a son that died in infancy ,
Esther 'M., Mrs. Sherman Holcomb ; Betsy, ]\Irs.
Charles N. Holcomb; Willis; Richard; Eliza A.,
Mrs. Charles E. Bunnell; Albert C, deceased; A.
Gurdon, deceased ; F. Cline ; Charles S. ; John H. ;
Lee A., deceased: and Robert L., deceased.

Charles S. Bradley, .our subject, was educated
in the public schools of Branford, and commenced
his bi:siness career as a farmer. Since 1882 he
has, in connection with his agricultural pursuits,
been extensively engaged in the ice business. He
has met with the prosperity his care and attention
deserve, and is looked upon as one of the county's
substantial citizens.

On Oct. 6, 1888, :\rr. Bradley married Sarah
.Kerr, daughter of Richard and Oiristiana (Kerr)
Kerr, of Branford, and they have two children.
Fern and Gurdon. The family attend the services
of the Episcopal Church. Socially our subject is
affiliated with the K. of P., Woodland Lodge, No.
39, and the Woodmen of the World, Sycamore
Camp, Xo. 5. In politics he is a Democrat. In
1896 he was elected a representative to the State
Legislature, and was honored with re-election in
1898. In 1899 he was elected selectman of Bran-

CHARLES J. PIERPONT, city water in-
spector' of W^aterbury, was born Feb. 9, 1847, '-'^
the town of \\'aterbury, on a farm, son of Charles
J. Pierpont. Sr., who is mentioned elsewhere.

Charles J. Pierpont passed his youth on the
home farm, attending the district school in winter
until sixteen years of age ; he subsequently attended
school in Cheshire, and later the Waterbury high
school, and taught three years prior to reaching his
majority. At the age of twenty he managed a
farm in the town of Watertown for one season, and
then went to live on the farm with his grandpar-
ents, in the town of Waterbury, for four years.
For the next fourteen years he had charge of the
outside department of Holmes, Booth & Hayden's
extensive concern, and then became bookkeeper and
timekeeper for Flovd B. Smith, contractor and
builder, with whom he remained four years. Since
then, for the past ten years, he has filled the office
of city water inspector.

On Feb. 23, 1873, ]\Ir. Pierpont married !Miss
Juliet yi. Bolster, a native of Waterbury, and a
daughter of Col. Levi and Mercia (Warner) Bol-
ster. She v/as a public-school teacher at the time
of her marriage. Col. Levi Bolster wa=; born in
South Paris, Maine, and his v/ife in Waterbury,
Conn. She was a direct descendant of Rev. John

Southmayd, of \\"aterlniry. The Bolsters \\xre of
i Welsh extraction, and many of the family were
deacons in the Presbyterian Church. Isaac Bolster,
, father of Col. Levi, married Hannah Cushman.
The Cushmans were among the earliest of the Puri-
tans to arrive at Plymouth settlement.

In politics JMr. Pierpont is a Democrat, and
does his full share in promoting the interests of
his party. Fraternally he is a member of the
Ancient Order of United Workmen. Mr. and
j\lrs. Pierpont and their child, Anna, are members
of the Episcopal Church, in the affairs of which
they are all active and deeply interested.

ERNST HERRMANN, keeper of the light-
house on Faulkner's Island, is a native of Germany,
born Dec. 31,. 1853, in Nieder Seifersdorf.

Aaron Chrenfried Herrmann, his father, is also
a native of that place, where he still resides, en-
gaged in farming. He married Alary Bartel, of the
same town, and five children were born to them :
Ernst, our subject; Louisa, widow of Ernest Ha-
mann; Carl, living at the old home; Paulina, Mrs.
Schmidt; and William, residing at the old home.
who is a game-keeper. The family are all mem-
bers of the Lutheran Church.

Ernst Herrmann acquired a good education in
the schools of his native land, meanwhile assisting
his father on the farm until fourteen years of age.
For the next three years he was engaged as ap-
prentice at blacksmithing, following with one year's
apprenticeship to the machinist's trade. In 1872,
believing that his ambition and enterprise would
find wider scope in America, he came to this coun-
try, going first to Liverpool, where he embarked on
the steamer "England," bound for New York. He
found employment at blacksmithing and locksmith-
ing, receiving $S per week for his services, and was
thus engaged until 1875, when he returned to Ger-
many on a short visit to his parents. On his re-
turn to New York he embarked in the flry-goods
business, in partnership with a Mr. ^Mirschel, and
continued in that line, in New York and on Long
Island, until 1878, when he removed to Northport,
L.I. There he engaged in blacksmithing on his
own account for one year, and the following year
worked for Stehling & Co., at Lloyd's Neck. L. I.,
thence returning to Northport, where for about ten
vears he was employed at his trade by a Mr. Dela-
mater. In 18S9, under President Harrison, he re-
ceived the appointment of assistant keeper of the
lighthouse at Eton's Neck, a position he held for
fifteen months, at the end of that time receiving ap-
pointment to his present position, in which he has
since been continuously retained. He succeeded
Capt. Jones. Mr. Herrmann has given general
satisfaction in the discharge of his duties, and per-
sonally he has, by his genial disposition and obliging
manner, won the friendship and good-will of all
with whom he has come in contact. Msitors to the
island are always cordially received.



On F«b. 22, 1883, l\Ir. Herrmann married, at
Eton's Neck, L. I., Miss Tillie J. Mason, who was
born at that place, onl}^ child of Richard and INIary
(Wilson) Mason, natives of Ireland, who are still
livingf at Eaton's Xeck. They are members of the
Episcopal Church. Two children have been born
to Mr. and Mrs. Herrmann: Frederick Mason,
Aug. II, 1886; and Herbert William, July 26, 1889.
Both are attending school in Guilford. In political
sentiment our subject is a Republican. His relig-
ious connection is with the Lutheran Church, ]\Irs.
Herrmann holding membership in the Third Con-
gregational Church of Guilford. She is an intelli-
gent woman, and has proved an able helpmeet to
her husband, whose progressiveness and public
spirit entitle him to rank among the substantial,
valuable citizens of his adopted place.

leading citizens of Cheshire, whose time and at-
tention are devoted to market gardening and fruit
growing, was born in that town, Aug. 26, 1846, a
son of Orrin and Sally (Bristol) Curtiss, both of
English descent, and natives of New Haven county.

John C. Curtiss. father of Orrin Curtiss, was
born in Meriden, this county, a son of John C. Cur-
tiss, Sr., a native of England, and an early settler
of Meriden, where he followed fanning through-
out life. In early manhood young John went to
Yalesville, and later removed to Wallingford. where
he died in 1846. By occupation he was a farmer.
His children were as follows: John C. (3) ; Mary,
wife of John Hitchcock; Orrin, mentioned below;
William ; and Harvey.

Orrin Curtiss, son of John C, was born in
Wallingford in 1800, and was reared and educated
in his native town. Throughout his active life he
engaged in farming in Cheshire, where he owned
a good farm, and where he died Sept. 24, iSSi. He
married Sally Bristol, who was born in Cheshire in
1803, and died Feb. 23, 1879. She was -a daughter
of Thomas and Sarah (Parker) Bristol, who were
both born in Wallingford, but who spent the greater
part of their lives as farming people in Cheshire;
the father died Feb. 13, 1814, and the mother in
October, 1847. To Orrin Curtiss and his wife were
born the following children : Jerusha, now Mrs.
William Parker, of Wallingford : Elizabeth, w'ho
died in Cheshire in May, 1S49; Cornelia, wife of
Edwin Parker, who died in Wallingford ; Julia, de-
ceased wife of James T. Harry, of Cheshire : James
J., a resident of Meriden ; William O., of Walling-
ford ; Henry B. ; Edgar A., who died in ^liddle-
town, Conn. ; and Jane, wife of James Johnson, of

Henry B. Curtiss is indebted to the schools of
Cheshire for his educational privileges, and since
starting out in life for himself has engaged in farm-
ing and gardening in that town, now owning what
is known as the Jinney Hiil farm. At one time ho
also worked in shops at 3.1eriuen, but now gives his

entire lime lu agricultural pursuits, making a spec'-
aliy of fruit growing aiid market gardening. He is
a wide-awake, energetic business man and thor-
oughly understands the occupation he has chosen as
a life work.

In 1887, in Cheshire, Air. Curtiss was united in
' marriage with iliss Louisa Birkley, who died in
j March, 1899, and in June, 1899, he was again mar-
ried, his second miion being with Miss Katie Eliza
Williams, a native of Cheshire, and a daughter of
Thomas Williams, was born in Relubbus, Corn-
wall, England, and had been in America only three
years when he died, Sept. 16, 1869, aged thirty-one
years. Airs. Curtiss was born in the home where
she now lives, and where her father died. Lucy
; A. (Rice) Williams, mother of Mrs. Curtiss, is
I now the wife of "\Villiam King, and resides in
I Cheshire; she is a native of the town, daughter of
! Amos and Lucy (Beach) Rice, natives of \'erniont
and Connecticut respectively.

RICHARD TENNANT, than whom Scotland
i has not contributed to this country a more reliable
i and upright man, was born in West Linton, Scot-

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