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cially is a member of the Independent Order of
Odd Fellows: Ancient Order of United Workmen;
Knights of the Maccabees : Motlern Woodmen of
America; L^nited Order of the Golden Cross: and
Independent Order Foresters. In nearly all these
societies he holds some responsible position of
trust. He is a prominent member of the Congre-
gational Church of Xaugatuck, and is an active
worker in the Christian Endeavor Society, in which
he has held all the offices. He was president of
tne Watertown Union for some time, and was in-
strumental in organizing the society at that place.
He was also one of the founders of the Young
Men's Christian Association at that place : was a
member of its board of directors: and has alwavs
taken an active interest in all church work. He
is a busy man, yet he is ever ready to pause in the
midst of his duties to listen to appeals and relieve
the needy. He is wholly worthy the respect which
is ever\'where tendered him. for his name is a syno-
nym with honorable dealing and with all that is
elevating to the individual and beneficial to the

HARRY S. HOTCHKISS, late of Xaugatuck,
was one of the wealthiest and most popular citizens
of that town. He was born in Xew Haven in Xo-
vember, 1845.

Mark Hotchkiss. his grandfather, was a pros-
perous farmer of Xew Haven county and a suc-
cessful teacher. He married Polly Hotchkis? ( no
relative), and five children were born to them:
George, Lucius E., Mary A., Grace and Rosette.
Lucius E., the second son. was the father of Harry
S. Hotchkiss, and was born m Prospect, Conn. He
was a mason and contractor by occupation, con-
ducting business first in Xew Haven and afterward
in Xaugatuck, where he died Jan. 6, 1877. He mar-
ried Harriet Cooper, and they had two children :
Mary, who died when four years old : and Harry S.

Harry S. Hotchkiss received his early educa-
tion in the schools of his native town and at
Hackettstown, X. J. He learned the trade of a
mason from his father, and followed same, in con-
nection with contracting, until his death, which
occurred Feb. i, 1899. He was successful beyond
expectation, being naturallv endowed with brains,
pluck and perseverance, to which were joined stead-
fast industry and close attention. He was a man
of kindly disposition and generous impulses, and
noted for his probity. In his political creed Mr.
Hotchkiss was a Republican. He served as town
assessor, and also four years as selectman. He

was a thirtv-second-degree Freemajon and a mem-
ber of the I. O. R. m!

Mr. Hotchkiss married. Feb. 16, 1872, Mrs.
?\Iaria R. (Beach) Seymour, who by her first hus-
band had a daughter, Cora, now the wife of Harry
A. P.ennett, of Xew York, who- is connected witli
the Title & Trust Guaranty Co. of that city. Airs.
Hotchkiss was born in Winchester, Conn., of which
town her paternal grandfather, Caleb Beach, was
an early settler, having removed there from Goshen,
this State. He erected a log cabin there about 1740,
and some time during the decade 1760-70 built the
first frame house ever put up in the town. It is
still standing, and one of its most notable features
is its huge stone chimney, 12x7 feet at the base.
Hezekiah Beach, son of Caleb, was the father of
Mrs. Hotchkiss. He. too. was born in Winchester.
where he married Caroline Clark, a daughter of
Jude Clark, a fanner of Burlington, Conn. Mrs.
Maria R. Hotchkiss was the fourth in the family
of ten children born to Hezekiah and Caroline
Beach, of whom three — Julius. Sarah J. and Charles
— died in infancy or early childhood. Of those who-
reached mature years. George, Frank and Harry
are farmers, the two first named in Winchester, and
the latter in Xaugatuck. Ellen married John Baker,
a sash and door manufacturer of Pleasant \'alley,
Conn., and is now deceased. Samuel is a mechanic,
and resides in Beacon Falls. Hezekiah Beach died
in September. 1872. and his wife passed avi-ay in
1854. He was a man of influence and was sin-
cerely beloved for his manly character and many
virtues. In early manhood he was a member of
the Methodist Episcopal Church, but in later years
was a Second Adventist. In politics he was a Re-

HORACE G. FOSDICK, a well-known and
successful wholesale baker in Ansonia, was born in
Sandisfield, Berkshire Co., Mass., March 24, 1859,
son of Robbins Fosdick, who was born in the
same place. George Fosdick, his father, was born
in Wethersfield, Conn., and was a son of ^\'illianl
Fosdick, a sea captain, who was also born in Weth-

The Fosdicks settled early in Xew England, and
an ancestor of the family purchased land in Charles-
town as early as 1635. From tliat point he went to.
Xew London. Horace G. Fosdick is in the ninth
generation of his family in this country. His
grandfather served in the war of 1812. He was a
saddler, and spent his life in Sandisfield. where he
died at the age of eighty-four years. He married
Rachel Parrot, who was born in Canaan, and her
father was a Quaker from Pennsylvania, though
she attended the Congregational Church with her
husband. They had a large family. Mrs. Fosdick
died at the age of eighty-two.

Robbins Fosdick. noted above as the father ot"
Hi'race G.. \vas reared in Sanrlisfield, where he
received his education in the public schools. He

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learned the trade of harnessmakinij, remained at
home, and followed farming in connection with his
trade. He resided in Sandistield up to 18S4, when
he removed to Ansonia, Coim., ancl has since lived
with his son Horace G. ^Mr. Fosdick took an active
part in the "Know-Xothing"' movement, and since
that curious uprising in politics has been a Repub-
lican, reading widely and being well posted on all
questions at issue. He married Lucinda Collins,
who was born in Tyringham, Mass., a daughter of
Chester Collins, a farmer at that place. They had
five children, three of whom are still living:
Amisinda married Alphonso Merrell. of Westtield,
Mass.; Horace G. is the subject proper of these
lines; George, who lives in Derby, is foreman of the
rolling stock of the electric railway. The mother
died in 1894, at the age of sixtv-five years. She
was a member of the Baptist Church, and is re-
membered as a good wife and mother. James Fos-
dick, a brother of Robbins, served in the Civil war.
Horace G. Fosdick spent his earlier years under
the parental roof and was educated in the public
schools. At the age of fourteen years he went to
Derby, and drove team for a business man of that
place; he attended school during the winter for
five seasons. After this he spent one year in a
grocery and meat market, and another year as clerk
in a confectionery establishment. In 1880 he came
to Ansonia and began business as a confectioner,
continuing in this line for eighteen months, and
selling out to Charles Blair. Mr. Fosdick was not
long idle, and bought his present establisliment from
a Mr. Trumpbour. who had done both a wholesale
and retail business in a small way. Under the en-
ergetic management of Mr. Fosdick the business has
steadily increased until now five wagons are in use,
and as many bakers are employed. Mr. Fosdick
undoubtedly commands the most extensive patron-
age of any man in his line in the city, and is known
as one of the oldest business men there, having been
engaged in his present place for more than twentv
years. His customers, both wholesale and retail,
are found in Seymour, Shelton and Derby, as well
as Ansonia, and as he turns out the best of goods
they are more than satisfied. Mr. Fo,-dick gives
close personal attention to all the details of his
business. In 1889 he purchased his present prop-
erly, on which he has made many and expensive
improvements. He also owns a small farm, where
he keeps cows to provide the milk for his baking
business. There are ten horses in his stables, and
they receive the best of care ; he has not lost a
horse for sixteen years, and their fine appearance
shows the touch of a kindly hand.

Mr. Fosdick was married, in 1887, to Miss Katy
Vandercook. a daughter of William \'andercook,
of Albany. N. Y., where she was born. Mrs. Fos-
dick is one of a family of four children. To her
union with our subject have come five children :
Horace G., W'illard, Annie. Lrttie and Ciiarles H.

In political sentiment Air. Fosdick is a Repub-

lican. He iji regarded as one of the leading citi-
zens of his community. He is a member of Xauga-
tuck Lodge, I. O. O. F., with which he has been
connected since he was twenty-one, was secretary
of the lodge three terms, and for several years was
an active worker in the Temple of Honor. In re-
ligious connection he unites with the Baptist
Church, where he has served as trustee and secre-
tary for three years.

EDWARD -M. STANLEY, one of the many
renable ancl capable workmen of which the city of
Waterbury boasts, was born Feb. 24, 1859, ^^
Hopeville, town of Waterbury.

William Stanley, his father, was born in Bir-
mingham. England, son of William Stanley, who
came from Birmingham in 1829. The latter was
the grandfather of William J., J. L. and Frederick
E. Stanley, whose sketches appear elsewhere.
William Stanley, father of Edward M., was brought
to Waterbury by his parents when a lad of seven
3-ears, and died there Sept. 30, 1875. When a boy-
he entered the button shop of Air. Benedict, and
wiien old enough he learned the trade of brass roll-
ing. Failing health drove him from the factory,
and in 1848 he engaged in the carriage trimming
business, catering to the trade. For some years he
was engaged in business in New York City and
Newark, N. J. In 1863 he came back to Water-
bury and helped to form the Carrington Manufac-
turing Co., of which he was treasurer for some
time. Then, disposing of his interest in that firm,,
he helped form the Matthews & Stanley Manufac-
turing Co., of which he was treasurer until his
death. He was a devoted friend, and earnest in his
advocacy of every good cause. He was well known
in Alasonic circles, and was recognized as a faith-
ful worker in the First Alethodist Church. For his
first wife William Stanley marrieu Phoebe For-
rest, who died early in life. Betsey Miller, his sec-
ond wife, was born in Ancram, Columbia Co.,
N. Y., daughter of Silas Miller, a farmer of that
region,, who spent his later life at Salisbury, Conn.,
wnere he died at the age of ninety years. Willjam
Stanley and his wife Betsey were the parents' of
three children: William, Perry and Edward M.
William died April 11, 1857, at the a^e of three
years, and Perry died Nov. 16, 1862, at the age of
five years.

Edward M. Stanley spent his boyhood davs in
Hopeville, where he attended the local school. ' His
higher education was obtained in the Waterbury
high school and a private school at Riverside.
where he spent three years. The young man be-
gan his life work in the shops of the Matthews &
Willard Alanufacturing Co., where he became a
skilled burnisher and toolmaker, and where he
worked for seven years. In 18S9 he entered the
factory of the Scovill Alanufacturing Co., as a tool-
maker, and has remained with that well-known firm
to the present time.

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On Nov. I, 1S93, Mr. Stanley married 3.1iss
Helen M. Aloshier, who was born in Waterbury,
March 15, 1870, a daughter of Augustus and
Georgiana (Darling) Moshier. Her grandfather,
Charles Mosier, changed his name to Aloshier. He
was of German extraction. In early life he was or-
dained an Episcopal minister, but in later years he
followed the trade of a wheel-wright. He died
Nov. 24, 1855. Augustus Aloshier was born in the
city of New York, Feb. 7, 1841, and died Jan. 27,
1900. He was a carpenter by trade, and carried on
the business of contractor and builder. His wife
was born in New York City, Dec. 25, 1850, and is
still living. They had six children: Helen M.
(Mrs. Stanley); Charles .\., Sarah A., Georgiana,
Susan A. and' Edith AI. . Charles A. is a machinist
with the Scovill Manufacturing Co. Sarah A. mar-
ried George \V. Morse, of Cheshire. Conn. Georgi-
ana married Edwin A. Jessell, of Waterbury.

-.Susan and Edith are still in school.

IMr. and Mrs. Stanley are the parents of two

■children : Margaret AI., born Sept. 26, 1899, died
Oct. 3, 1S99; William A. was born June 24, 1901.
Mr. Stanley is a Republican politically. He be-
longs to Townsend Lodge, No. 8q. I. O. O. F.,
Comstock Lodge, No. 13, K. of P., and to Mizpah
Colony, No. 163, United Order of Pilgrim
Fathers. He attends St. John's Episcopal Church.

perintendent of the Braiiford Lock Works, Bran-
ford, is a native of Connecticut, born June 30, 1856,
in New Haven.

John P. Callahan, son of John Callaghan (for
so he spelled his name), was born in County Cork,
Ireland, and about the year 1845 '^ame to this coun-
try, landing at New York, where for a time he was
master workman at the carriage-spring making
trade. He made carriage springs that were ex-
hibited at the "Great E.xhibition" ( World's Ex-
position) held in London, England, at the "Crystal
Palace,'' in 1851. He married Ellen Collins in New-
York City, then removed from there to Newark,
N. J., and thence, about the year 1S50, to New-
Haven, where he spent tlie remainder of his days,
dying in 1868. His children who grew to maturity
w-ere: Ellen. Mother Basilia, of St. Patrick's
Academy, Chicago, 111. ; Alary, Mother Philomena,
of St. Bernard's Convent, Nashville, Tenn. ; John
Patrick ; and William J.

John P. Callahan, our subject, was reared in his
native city. New Haven, and received his education
in part at the public and parochial schools ; after
■ commencing work he attended night school. In
1868, when but twelve years old, he began work
in the lock works of Mallory, Wheeler & Co., New
Haven, and in course of time learned the trade of
lock fitter, remaining in their employ ten years. In
1879 li'^ removed to Branforfi, where he has since
been engaged with the I'miu" rd L^x-k Works.

On Jan. 7, 1880, Air. Callahan was united in

marriage with Alice T. Carne\-, daughter of James
and Alargaret (Cusick) Carney, of Branford, form-
erly of Ireland, and six children, all yet living,
have been born to them : Alargaret, B. T., John
L., James P., \\'illiam Vincent and Gerald. The
j entire family are members of the Catholic Church.
j Socially Air. Callahan is a member of the Knights
I of Columbus, and one of the organizers of Eldred
, Council, No. 10, of Branford, of which he is
i financial secretary : is also a member of the N. E. O.
j of P., and of the Y. & T. Alutual Benefit Society;
j and a member of the Branford Agriculture and Hor-
i ticultural Society, of which he is secretary. He has
I held various public positions, having served as grand
j juror, auditor and tax collector, and at present he
i represents Branford in the State Legislature; he is
clerk of the committee on Alanual and Roll.

The Callaghans (for such is the usual spelling
I of the name) are prominent people in Ireland. Pat-
I rick Callaghan, an uncle of our subject, is a large
1 land owner in County Cork, and enjoys the dis-
tinction of never having had trouble with his ten-
ants, something unusual on the "ould sod." One of
his sons is a bishop in the Catholic Church in Ire-
i land, and altogether the family enjoy high standing.

i _ AUSTIN B. PIERPONT. proprietor of a thriv-
I ing meat market, milk depot, etc., in the city of
I Waterbury, was born in that town Feb. 11, 1849,
j on the same farm on which his father, Charles J.
Pierpont, was born.

Ezra Pierpont, great-grandfather of our sub-
ject, was also in all probability born in the town
of Waterbury. He was a farmer, served in the
war of the Revolution, and was quite prominent in
town affairs, serving long as a selectman, and also
filling several other offices. He reared several chil-
dren, among whom were Seabury, Luther. Austin
(grandfather of our subject). Stiles and Joseph.
All the sons became farmers and lived in the town
of Waterbury. Luther and Austin served in the
war of 18 1 2.

Austin Pierpont. grandfather of Austin B., was
a prosperous farmer. He married Sally Beecher,
of Waterbury. Of the children born to them seven
reached maturity, viz.: Enos A., Ezra A., Alinerva,
Charles J. (father of our subject), Jennette, Will-
iam S. and Ellen. Enos A. was a farmer and
1 butcher in Waterbury. where he died. Ezra A.
I was also a farmer and oyster peddler in the same
j town, and there ended his days. Alinerva married
i Amos Mo;s, a farmer, carpenter and sawmill and
j cidermill proprietor of Cheshire. Jennette became
j the wife of Amos J. Beers, a wholesale fruit dealer
1 in New Haven. William S. was a carpenter in
I Waterbury. Ellen married Lorenzo Peck, a mer-
i chant of New Haven. The father of this family
j met an untimely fate bv a stroke of lightning, but
! not until he had rounded out a useful and bene-
I ficent career.
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a fanner and butcher in Waterbury, where he
jjasse'l his entire hfe. He married Mary A. Warn-
er, a native of the town, and a daugliter of Jared
Warner, a farmer; he was a foldier of the war of
1812. Justis Warner,, father of Jared, was also a
farmer, and descended from one of the oldest
families in the county. After their marriage. Mr.
and Mrs. Charles J. Pierpont settled on the home
farm, where they reared their six children, viz. :
Oiarles J. is water inspector of Waterbury (he is
■ mentioned eliewherej ; Austin B. is the subject
proper of this sketch ; Ellen C. married George W .
Conner, proprietor of an express line from Water-
bury to New Haven ; \Mlion L. is a farmer and
milkdealer in Waterbury : Merritt E. is a grocer in
the city ; JNIary Ann married Charles S. Aliller, a
mechanic of Waterbury. In politics the father of
this family was a Democrat, and in their church
relationship the family are Episcopalians.

Austin B. Pierpont passed his boyhood on the
home farm, and was educated in the district school.
He then taught one season, and later attended the
Waterbury high school, after leaving which he
hired out to his uncle, Enos Pierpont, and worked
■for him seventeen years in the meat business. At
the end of that time he bought him out, and has
ever since conducted a most prosperous trade in
meats, dairy products, etc.

In 1872 Mr. Pierpont married Lucy A. Welton,
a daughter of Joseph Welton, of Waterville, and to
this union have been born three children : Arthur
J., born in 1876, is still on the farm; Herbert, born
in 1883, died at the age of five months; Morton E.,
born in 1885, is now attending Storrs' Agricultural

Mr. Pierpont is a Republican in politics, and has
twice represented New Haven county on the State
Board of Agriculture. He has been master of Mad
River Grange, Excelsior Pomona Grange, and has
always 'been actively interested in the promotion
of agricultural affairs, having served as vice-presi-
dent of the Wolcott Agricultural Society, a position
he still fills ; he is also active in other afi'airs, and
lends a helpful hand in all. He is president of the
East Farms Cemetery Association, and a trustee-of
Mill Plain Chapel Society, which he helped to estab-
lish. His influence is felt in many undertakings.
He is of a genial, benevolent and fraternal disposi-
tion, and is. a prominent member of Xosahogan
Lodge, I. O. O. F., Waterbury, in which he has
passed all the chairs, and of Ansantawae Encamp-
ment. Mr. Pierpont is a vestryman in Trinity
Episcopal Church. Socially he is very highly es-
teemed, and his family share with him the regard
<'f their neighbors and friends generally.

GEORGE SMITH DAVIS, member of .the
firm of Landon & Davis, general merchants. Guil-
f'Td, 1=; a native of the tov.-n of Guilford, born Dec.
-•'. 1834. of 'Welsh ancestry.

Joel Davis, his grandfather, was born in Kiil-


ingworth, .Middlesex Co.. Conn., whence after his
marriage he moved to Guilford, where he pur-
chased a farm, and where he passed the rest of his
days, dying in i860. He was a member of the
Episcopal Church, a Whig in politics, and was
progressive and prosperous. In Killingworth,
Conn., he married Achsah Davis, of that town, and
seven children were born to them: Henrv, Sarah,
George W. (deceased), George W. (2) (sketch of
whom follows). Harriet, Leonard and James. The
parents both died at the f.Trm, and are buried in
the West Side cemetery.

George W. Davis, father of George S.. was
born in 1822 in Guilford, and there passed his
entire life in agricultural pursuits, dying in iSqo.
He attended the Episcopal Church, was a Demo-
crat in politics, arid was a highly honored man.
In 1850, in Guilford, he married Cornelia Smith,
who was born in 1827, daughter of Tabor and
Myra (Hoadley) Smith, and three children were
born to them: Cornelia, deceased in infancy;
George S., sketch of whom follows: and Charles
W., who is engaged in business with his brother.

George S. Davis, the subject proper of this
sketch, attended the district school of Guilford,
also the high school, and at the a,ge of sixteen
years went to Hartford, Conn., where he secured
emplo\Tnent as clerk in a dry-goods store. He
remained there ei.ght years, in 1878 returning to
Guilford and becoming clerk in the postoffice.
Then, at the end of five years, in 1883. being pos-
sessed of a small capital, he and S. W. Landon
embarked in the grocery business in Guilford, un-
der the firm name of Landon & Davis. Mr. Lan-
don died in 1890, and Mr. Davis has since con-
tinued the business under the same name, and,
through courtesy, genial manners, and close atten-
tion to business, has built up an extensive trade.

iMr. Davis is a Republican. In 1885 he was
elected town treasurer, and has since filled the
office with credit to himself and to the satisfaction
of the public ; has also for the past ten years filled
the office of borough and town treasurer with equal
acceptance. In 1889 he was elected to the State
Legislature, and served one term at Hartford, dur-
ing which time he was on the committee on New
Towns and Probate Districts. In 1891 he was re-
elected. He filled the office of burgess of the
borough one term, and in 1881 was appointed a
notary public by the governor. Socially he is a
member of the F. & A. AL. affiliating with St.
Alban's Lodge. No. 38. of which he is past master
and treasurer ; he is a Knight Templar,' connected
with New Haven Commandery, No. 2, and with
Halleck Chapter, also with the Eastern Star : is
also a member of the New England Order of Pro-
tection and the Royal Arcanum. In religious
faith he is a member of the Episcopal Church, of
v.'hich he has been warden for the past twelve years,
also treasurer.

On Dec. i6, 1885, in Guilford, George S.



Davis was married to Annie G. Fowler, daus^hter
of Henry Fowler, and three children have been
bom to them: Henrv Fowler died in infancv ;
Elizabeth G. and Annie C. are both attending

22, 1841, in Xorthampton, Mass.. where his father,
Spencer Phelps, was born in September. 1797, and
died in 1873. Spencer Phelps was a farmer, and
was also engaged in the butchering business. Fie
was a Whig in political faith, and became a Re-
publican on the formation of the party. He at-
tended the First Congregational Church. In 1823
he married Miss Annie Harris, of Xorthampton,
who was born Dec. 21, 1801, in X^orwich, and died
in 1873 in Xorthampton. INIass., where Mr. and Mrs.
Phelps were buried. Their family comprised the
following children: (i) George S. has a carriage
'business at X'orthampton. Mass. (2) Anna Maria
married Enos Wright, of X'orthampton. (3) Ed-
ward died in infancy. (4) Edward H. is a re-
tired tinsmith of Xorthampton. (5) Martha mar-
ried Henry Cobb, of Saxton's River, \'t. ( 6)
Henry S. was a soldier in the L'nion army during
the Civil war, serving as a member of Company C,
nth L^nited States Regulars, was taken prisoner,

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