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Walter Goodrich Bishop attended the district
I school and later the high school. He remained on
i the farm with his father until he was fifteen years

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old, -and his first employment away from liome was
with Coles & Stephens, under wliom lie learned mon-
ument stonecuttinfj. While still in his "teens he en-
tered the Parker foundry and learned the molder's
trade thoroughl\-, working there sixteen years.
After some months' employment in Hartford he
returned to Meriden and worked two }ears for the
Isabel Curtis Co. From Meriden he went to the
town of Orange, where he bought a farm once
owned by Deacon Pardee, and cultivated same for
seven years, selling at the end of that time and com-
ing to Guilford, where he bought the Charles Fow-
ler farm. This place consisted of twenty-four acres,
and Mr. Bishop has since purchased two other
farms, aggregating in all 162 acres. He also bought
100 acres which he sold. He has made extensive
improvements on his place, and is engaged in gen-
eral and dairy farming, doing a very successful
business. He is president of the De.xter L. Bishop
Co., and by his energy and enterprise has won a
good position in commercial circles.

Walter G. Bishop was married in Meriden to
Dorcas J- Hungerford, by whom he had one child.
Sarah H., now deceased. His first wife dying, Mr.
Bishop married Xancy M. Leete, a daughter of the
late Rufus X. Leete, and a native of Leete Island.
and to this union came three children : Dexter L.
is an ice and lumber dealer in Meriden : he married
Esther Johnson. Burton W.. a farmer in Guilford,
married Lillian R. Remington. Grace S.. a gradu-
ate of the Guilford high school, was a bookkeeper
for her brother De.xter. but now resides at home.
Mrs. X'ancy M. Bishop died in 1886, and Mr.
Bishop married her sister Ellen AI.

In politics Mr. Bishop was originally a Demo-
crat, but is now a Republican. He belongs to the
Baptist Church at Meriden, but attends the First
Congregational Church of Guilford. Sociallv he
holds membership in Center Lodge. Xo. 68. I. O.
O. F., Meriden, of which he is past grand.

WILLIAM M. TYLER is one of the most suc-
cessful and progressive agriculturists on Bucks
Hill, Waterbury. Pie devotes considerable atten-
tion to fruit growing and dain- farming, and has
made his special field of industry an eminent suc-

A native of Xew Haven county, Mr. Tyler was
born in the town of Middlebury Jan. 30, 1837, and
is descended from one of its old and highly respected
families, founded here by three brothers, James, Jo-
siah and Daniel Tvler. who came from Branford,
Conn., and located in what is now known as Tylers-
town. Middlebury. There they married and reared
families. They were land owners and farmers.
Their remains were interred in the old cemetery of

Daniel Tyler, Jr., son of the Daniel previouslv
mentioned, was a large land owner and farmer in
Middlebury, as well as one of the leading citizens,
taking quite a prominent part in public affairs. He

was a Whig in politics, represented the town in the
State Legislature and held many local offices. He
was a member of the church. His death occurred
upon his fann in Middlebury, and his remains were
interred in the old cemetery there. He married
Miss Sally, daughter of Asahel Bronson, a soldier
of the Revolutionary war, and to them were born
eight children, namely: Asahel, father of our sub-
ject; Daniel; Lucius; Mary, wife of Samuel Bloss ;
James ; William O. ; Eli ; and Sally, who died at the
age of. three years.

Asahel Tyler was born on the old homestead at
Tylerstown, where he grew to manhood, and was
reared to agricultural pursuits. In 1843 he re-
moved to Woodbury, Litchfield Co.. Conn., where
he engaged in farming and stock dealing until 1864.
when he located in Oakville, same county. In 1 87 1
he came to Bucks Hill, Xew Haven county, later re-
moved to Plymouth, Conn., and from there to Leb-
anon, Mo., where he spent two years. At the end
of that time he returned to Waterbury. Conn., and
he passed the remaining years of his life on Bucks
Hill, where he died ; he was buried in Woodbury
cemetery. ^Ir. Tyler was a well-to-do farmer, own-
ing considerable property. He was liberal in his re-
ligious views, attended the Congregational Church,
and in politics was first a Democrat and later a Re-
publican. He married Amy Amalga Morris, of
Woodbury, by whom he had two children ; \\'ill-
iam M., our subject ; and Jennette, wife of Xathan
Burton. Airs. Tyler died in her native town and
was buried there. She was a consistent iuember of
the Congregational Church. For his second wife
Asahel Tyler married \"irginia Shea, who was of
French descent.

During his boyhood William 'M. Tyler attended
the district schools of Woodbury and Roxbury, and
completed his education in the high schools of
Woodbury and Waterbury. He remained at home
until twenty-two years of age, when he settled on
Bunker Hill, Waterbury, and he was one of the first
men of that section to engage in the dairy business.
In i86g he removed to Bucks Hill, locating on the
Col. Welton farm, a tract of 140 acres, which he
has greatly improved. He is still extensively en-
gaged in the dairv business, and is one of the largest
peach growers in the Xaugatuck \'alley, having
over thirtv-five acres of land devoted to peaches.
He also buvs and sells produce, and in all his un-
dertakings has been remarkably successful. Be-
sides his property in this countv he owns land in
Missouri an<l other parts of the West.

On Tan. 4, 1871, in Plymouth, Conn., Mr. Tyler
v.'as united in marriage with ^liss Ida J. Painter,
a native of that place, daughter of Capt. Edward
and Clarinda (Palmer) Painter, and granddaughter
of Thoni.i.s Painter and John Palnier. She was
educated in the high school of East Hampton, Mass.
Mrs. Tyler has many noble traits of character, .'^he
has been an invalid for several vears. but bears her
sufiferings with patience and Christian fortitude.



Mr. aiiJ ^Irs. Tyler have two children: Bessie
( lariiula, who grackiatcd from the Waterbury high
vchool and has successfully engaged in teaching for
[,,iir _\ears ; and Robert William, who is engaged
in (icacli growing. He married Inza Gertrude
I'hillips. The father and daughter are members of
MpA River Grange, in which he has served as mas-
ter, antl she as organist. Mr. and Mrs. Tyler hold
membership in St. John's Episcopal Church of Wat-
crburN'. In politics he is an independent Democrat.
As a public-spirited, progressive citizen, he takes a
deep and commendable interest in all enterprises
calculated to prove of public benefit.

WILLIAM EDWIX WELD, one of the oldest
and most highly respected citizens of the town of
Guilford, is a native of that locality, born Aug. 30,
1815, and is descended from one of the earliest and
best families of Xew England.

Rev. Thomas Weld and his brother Joseph were
the first of the name in .\merica. The came
from England to these shores on the ship "William
Francis," landing -at Boston, June 5, 1632. his
lirotlier Joseph arriving a year later, and both re-
sided in Roxbury, ^lass., the former becoming min-
ister of a church there.

Daniel Weld, supposed to be a son or grandson
of one of the alx)ve brothers, was born in Roxbury.
and there grew to manhood, afterward removing
of Long Meadow. Mass.. thence to Durham. Conn.,
where he passed the rest of his days. He married
Mary Warren, a sister of Gen. Joseph Warren,
who fell at the battle of Bunker Hill, and two chil-
dren were born to them : Daniel, who married
Elizabeth Starr : and Joseph.

(II) Joseph Wekl. the first of the name in Guil-
ford, was born in Durham, Conn., in 1727; was
educated and served his apprenticeship in Boston,
Mass., and was a weaver by occupation. Remov-
ing to Guilford, he there carried on an extensive
business, and there died April 28, 1806, at a very
advanced age, his remains being interred in Guil-
ford cemetery. On Oct. 31. 1759, he married Lucy
Fowler, who was born in Guilford Feb. 19. 1735,
a daughter of Ebenezer and Elizabeth (Starr)
Fowler, and died Sept. 5, 1800. Their children
were as follows: .Lucy, born July 29. 1760, died
June 8, 1778; Beulah, born Sept. 6, 1762. died Sept.
12. 1847: .\nn. born July 12, 1764, died Oct. 4,
1848, married Xathaniel Wilcox; Joseph, born July
26, 1761'). married Sarah Pannelee; Edmund, a
sketch of whom follows: William, born Mav 27,
1771, niarried Clarissa Gillet, and removed to Paris,
X. Y. ; Sarah, born April 7, 1773, died Jan. 12,
1857: and Daniel, born Sept. 23, 1776. died July 30,
1825. married Submit Rossiter.

(III) Edmund Weld, grandfather of William
E., was born Dec. 11, 1768. in Guilford, where he
passed his entire life, dving there X'ov. 3. 1838,
highly respected hv all. He had considerable talent
as a singer, and for many years, from the age of

seventeen, led the chior in the church at Guilford.
On Dec. i, 1790, in Guilford, he married Charlotte
Stone, who was born in 1770, a daughter of Benja-
min Stone, and died Jan. 20, 1810. For his secuiul
wife Edmund Weld wedded, June i, 1812, Mercy
Xettleton, born Dec. 3, 17S1, who died July 8, 1864.
Children by first wife: George, sketch of whom
follows; Ciiarlotte, born Jan. 22, 1793, died Alay

28, 1886, married Robert Fowler; Lucy Ann, born
Xov. 15, 1794, died Aug. 16, 1797: ^lary Adcock,
born Sept. 20, 1795; James William, born June
17, 1798, married Eleanor B. Coates : Rich-
ard, born June 30, 1800, died Aug. 8, 1852,
married Sarah Walker ; Henry, born July 9, 1802,
married Elizabeth Ward ; Harvey Stone, born. July

29, 1804, diedi March 20. 1883, married Elizabeth
Greenleaf ; Lucy Ann, born Aug. 23, 1806, died in
June, 1852, married John Coats; Mary, born March
23, 1809, died Oct. 14, 1828. Children by second
wife: John, born Sept. 25, 1813, died June 6, 1887;
Betsey, born May 8, 181 5, married Charles R.
Wheden ; Edmund, born Aug. 5, 1817, died Dec.
8, 1881, married Betsey Isabell ; Samuel, 'born Sept.

30, 1818, died in 1850, in California; Lydia Maria,
born Dec. 23, 1819, married Jared Buell ; Alfred
Washington, born March 3, 1823, married Sarah
Morgan; and Daniel, born April 12, 1825, died
Xov. 8, 1859, married Melinda C. Connor.

(IV^) George Weld, father of William E., was
born June 8, 1291, in Xorth Guilford, where he re-
ceived a district school education, and learned the
trade of carpenter and joiner. Later in life he re-
moved with his family to Sag Harbor, L. I., there
continuing his trade several years, then returning
to Guilford, where he passed his later years. d\ing
I in March, 1876; his remains were interred in Guil-
i ford western cemetery. He was a member of the
1 Episcopal Church, and of the choir, being a singer
1 of no mean reputation. In politics he was a Demo-
j crat, though no office seeker. He was a temperate
man, an industrious, loyal citizen, a kind husbantl
and loving parent, and lived an industrious, upright

In Guilford, in 1813, George Weld married

; Mabel Fowler, who was born in that town May 9,

j 1791! a daughter of William and Olive (Cran)

Fowler, and died Dec. 21, 1821. For his second

wife he wedded Mabel Loper, born Sept. 5, 1788.

who died X'^ov. 4, 1869. His children: George Le-

ander, born March 12, 1814: W'illiam Edwin, a

J sketch of whom follows ; Clarissa Olive, horn

June 5, 1818. died Dec. i. 1S86; and Frederick

i Alonzo, born Feb. i, 1820. William E. is the only

] survivor.

I (V) William Edwin Weld, whose name intro-

duces these lines, received in the vicinitx' of his place
of birth a common-school education, which was of
necessity somewhat limited, as at the early age of
ten years he had to commence supporting himself.
I'ntil he was fifteen years old he worked on a farm
, for his board and clothes, and then removed with his




father and rest of the family to Sag Harbor, where
he learned the trade of carpenter and joiner. Dur-
ing this time he made a whaling voyage to the
South Atlantic and return ; but not caring for a
seafaring life he continued at his trade in Sag Har-
bor till once more making his home in Guilford,
his birthplace. There he commenced business as a
carpenter and joiner, and for over liftv years was
engaged in building and dealing in lumber, becom-
ing one of Guilford's self-made successful men.
For the past few years he has, for the benefit of his
health, been living on and cultivating a small farm.
He still, however, makes his home in Guilford,
where he built and owns a fine residence, equipped
with all modern improvements. A lifelong Demo-
crat, Mr. Weld cast his first vote for Andrew Jack-
son ; for several years was selectman of Guilford,
also burgess of the borough ; in religious faith he
is a member and vestryman of the Episcopal
Church. Mr. Weld is noted far and near for his
honest and honorable dealing in both public and
private life, and is justly classified among Guil-
ford's best citizens.

On Sept. 23, 1838, in the town of Guilford, Will-
iam E. Weld was married to Myrta 'SI. Holcomb,
born Dec. 29, 1S20, a daughter of Medad Holcomb,
and children as follows came to them : ( i ) Jane
Clarissa ("Jennie"), born Aug. 21. 1841, married
Charles W. Shelton, of Windsor, Conn., and later
became the wife of Henry Alerriam. who died in
1897. One child was born to the first marriage,
LiUian Jennie, who married Frederick T. Dudley,
and has two children, Shelton Weld and IMildred
F. (2) William Edwin, born Aug. 23, 1843, is su-
perintendent of the Boston Buckboard Carriage Co.,
New Haven ; he married Imogene Dorman ; thev
have no children. ("3) Julia Augusta, born Sept.
19, i860, died Oct. 28, i860.

The Holcomb F.kmily, of which Mrs. Weld
is a member, is one of the oldest in America.
Thomas Holcomb, the founder of the Xew Eng-
land branch, came from England with the early set-
tlers, and located first in Dorchester, 3.1ass.. later
in Windsor, Conn., where he died. Nathaniel Hol-
comb, grandfather of Mrs. Weld, was a native of
Granville, Mass.. and there married Jennie AcTkins ;
they had two children : Medad. sketch of whom
follows : and Geneva, who married Walter Stevens,
and died in. August. 1862.

Medad Holcomb, father of Mrs. Weld, was
born July 27, 1781, in Granville, Mass.. whence
he came to North Guilford, and here on Dec. 31,
1800, he married Betsey Stevens, who was born
in 1777 and died Dec. q. 1803. For his second wife
he married, Dec. 10. 1804, Betsey Benton, born Oct.
25, 1781, died March 12. 1815. For his third wife
he married, Aug. 10. 1815, Myrta M. Fowler, born
June 26. 1798, who died Aug. 3, 1821. For his
fourth wife he married. Dec. 6. 1821. Nancv Parnel
Dudley, born April 29, 1707. who died Sept. 26,
1845. His fifth wife was Harriet Leete. Children

I born to Medad Holcomb: Betsey, born May 9, 1802,
i married Asa Montgomery ; Polly, born Nov. 29,
1803, married Larius Bartholomew; Elledini, born
I Sept. 18, 1805, married Thomas Evans ; Frederick,
born Jan. 31, 1807, married INIary Rogers, and died
June II, 1886; Louise, born Oct. 19, 1809, married
Jesse Crane, and died June 3, 1843 • Henr}-, born
Oct. 18, 181 1, died Feb. 25, 1842; Appollas, bom
in July, 1S13, died July 22, 1813; Sophia, born Feb.
4, 1817, married William C. Dudley; William Ward,
born Oct. 18, 1818, married Julia A. Wheadon ;
Myrta M., born Dec. 29, 1820, married William
E. Weld; Lorenzo Dow, born Nov. 5, 1S23, died
Feb. 26, 1826; Mary Ann, born April 29, 1826, died
Dec. 22, 1826; Medad, born Sept. 29, 1828, mar-
ried Lavina Sherwood ; Mary Barker, born Oct.
II, 1831, died Dec. 11, 1831 ; Helen, born Sept. 19,
1834, died March 13, 1836; Helen AL, born July
18, 1838, married Samuel H. Cruttenden ; and Ce-
celia, born May 12, 1842, married William Cornell,
There were no children by the fifth marriage.

DANIEL L. CHIPMAN, now living in quiet re-
tirement in Waterbury, was born in that town Nov.
10, 1821. Samuel Chipman, father of our subject,
was born July 16, 1780, in Wallingford, this county,
where his father was engaged as a tailor. The latter
reared a family of four children, viz. : Samuel ;
John, who was a farmer and harness-maker in
Cornwall, Conn., and lived to the advanced age of
ninety-one years ; Joseph, who lived in Fairhaven :
and Elizabeth, Airs. Grannis.

I Samuel Chipman was reared to manhood on a
farm in Wallingford. On Dec. 27, 1802, he mar-

! ried Nancy Potter, who was born in Hamden, New
Haven Co., Conn., September 14, 1784. To this
union came eleven children, in the following order:
Samuel D., born Dec. 29, 1803, became a farmer
and died in Waterbury, April 29, 1881 ; Sherman

i B., born June 13, 1806, died Jan. 16, i860; Lyman,

] born Nov. 9, 1808, was a hatter in Newtown, and
died June 27, 1874; William, born Aug. 13, 181 1,

I was a farmer of Cheshire, where he died : George
E.. born Feb. 9, 1813, was a cabinetmaker, and died
in New York State in February. 1898 ; Joseph, born
July 6, 1815, was first a tailor, and later became a

I farmer, and died in Waterbury, Sept. 25, 1884:
Timothy T., born April 3, 1818, died in South
America; Ransom, born Nov. 13, 1819, was a tailor
and mechanic in Waterbury, and died Oct. 31, 1884:
Daniel L. (the subject of this sketch! ; Elizabeth

' M., born April 2, 1824, married John Whitney, and

; died in New Haven June 12, 1892; and Martha A.,
born Feb. q, 1826, died March 4, 1831.

Daniel L. Chipman grew to maturity on a farm.
In his earlier manhood, however, he for many years
drove an omnibus through Waterbury, and on re-
tiring from that calling, about twelve years ago,
took up his home about half a mile from his birth-
place, the place comprising about seventy acres just
outside the citv limits of Waterburv.




On Oct. I, 1876, Daniel L. Chipman wedded
Laura A. Morehouse, who was born in Washing-
ton, Conn., and who died, after a pleasant com-
panionship of nearly twenty years, June 24, 1895.
On Oct. 12, 1896, Air. Chipman chose for his second
wife Sarah V'. W'orrall, who was born in Litchfield,
this State, a daughter of John and Elizabeth (Chip-
man) Worrall, the former a native of England,
who became farmer of Litchfield ; the latter was a
native of Cornwall, Conn., and a daughter of John
Chipman, uncle of the subject of this sketch.

Daniel L. Chipman, like his father before him,
has been a life-long Democrat. In religious belief
lie was reared a Alethodist. He is now passing the
remaining years of his life in the companionship
of his estimable wife, surrounded by friends in-
numerable, enjoying the fruits of his early labors,
and at peace with all the world.

OSBORNE. Through all, saving the first dec-
ade and a half, of the century just closed, the name
introducing this sketch has been one of prominence
in mercantile and industrial life in the town of Derby
and of Ansonia, as well as in the social and relig-
ious life of those communities. Here have figured
a number of the immediate descendants of Capt.
Stephen Osborne, among them his son, the late John
White Osborne, and in turn his son, ]\Iajor Wilbur
F. Osborne, the latter for years the president of the
Osborne & Cheeseman Co., and at this time presi-
dent and assistant treasurer of the L'nion Fabric
Co., both of Ansonia, as well as being interested in
various enterprises.

Capt. Stephen Osborne, of New Haven, with
his wife and family, the wife formerly being
Apama Gorham, a granddaughter of Capt. George
Gorham, came to Derby to live in 1817. Both Capt.
Osborne and Capt. Gorham were patriots and saw
active service in the war of the Revolution. A Capt.
Stephen Osborne is referred to in the records of
Connecticut men in the Revolution as being of
Wallingford, and was commissioned a lieutenant
on July 26, 1777, promoted captain May i, 1778;
while Capt. George Gorham is given as being, in
1779, in the company commanded by Abner Rob-
inson, and in Samuel McCIellan's regiment. Capt.
Gorham was one of the men who assisted in stretch-
ing the famous iron chain across the Hudson to ob-
struct the British from going up the river.

Both long before and after the Revolution Derby
was the scene of much shipbuilding which was the
greatest industry of the town. One Thomas
Wheeler, of Stratford, who settled on Birmingham
Point in 1657, was probably the first engaged there
in such industry. After some six years he was suc-
ceeded by Alexander Brs'an, a nierchant, and the
latter later by the Hawkenses, and from 1712 to
1720 it was a prominent trading point. Another
busy shipyard was, in early days, at the Cove where
were built vessels called Boston Coasters. Some
distance below figured the Leavenvvorths, who built

the old bridge in 1798. At what was styled the Red

House were built by Capt. Edmund & Sons, Gideon

and Edmund Leavenworth, many vessels, schooners

and sloops. Gideon Leavenworth was another of

the patriots of the Revolution. He was in command

of a company of infantry in 1777, and was himself

wounded in the battle of White Plains. Packets

were built up the Naugatuck river earlier than 1797,

opposite the "old Parsons place." Soon after that

date Capt. George Gorham built and launched a

; schooner from near the present Naugatuck and

; Derby stations. Capt. Gorham built many vessels

below the Point of Rocks now known as Hallock's

old ship-yard. Sea-captains and sea-faring men,

I to©, were numerous about Derby, some of whom

i sailed to all points of the world. One George Gor-

: ham was a sea captain.

I Capt. Stephen Osborne, at his death, left an es-
I tate which in those days was considered quite valua-
i ble, but the trustee of the estate invested the money
! :n the Derby Bank which failed, and the family
: v/ere left without means. The son, John White Os-
I borne, who was born June 26, 1810, in New
Haven, came with the family to Derby in 1817, and
early learned the shoemaker's trade, receiving for
I his services his board and S25 per year. On the
completion of his trade he accepted a position with
! George W. Blakeman, then a grocer and dry goods
I merchant on the east side of the river. He re-
mained with Mr. Blakeman for a number of years
when at the latter's suggestion and with his assist-
ance young Osborne, in 1843, opened a grocerv
store, on the west side of the river in Birminghani.
and at a point where now stand the buildings of
the Ousatonic Water Co. (comer :\Iain and Water
streets). In about 1845 he formed a partnership
n-ith George W. Cheeseman and they moved into
the "stone store," built by Daniel Ju'dson in 1836.
These gentlemen transacted a large business, operat-
ing two stores (the other in Waterbury) until 1859.
In 1858 the firm also engaged in the manufacture of
hoop skirts, and in the following year removed the
business of this industry to Ansonia. still retaining
for a time the Birmingham store. The formation
of the business firm in the middle forties, of Os-
borne & Cheeseman, was the beginning of a busi-
ness connection, which for so many years was a
great factor in the manufacturing interests of An-
sonia and Shelton.

In 1866 the Osborne & Cheeseman Co. was or-
ganized as a joint stock corporation, with a capital
of $120,000. Before its organization and under the
original firm, in 1861, was built the main factory,
on the site of the burned Ansonia Clock Works.
Subsequently the building was enlarged, and the
line of manufacture largely increased to include
web goods, suspenders and wire woven tape for
skirts. A shop for metallic goods was also run. On
the organization of the company John W. Osborne
was made president ; Charles Durand, secretary.
and George W. Cheeseman, treasurer. Mr. Osborne



remained the executive head of the company until
his retirement from active business in the early sev-
enties. He had led an active, busy and successful
business life.

In his early life, prior to merchandising, Mr.
Osborne had engaged to some extent in school-
teaching in Derby Xeck, which [xoint later for many
years was the home of the family, and where the
son, Major Wilbur F. Osborne, continues his resi-
dence. Mr. Osborne had no taste for public life,
and held but one political oi^ce in his life time. He
was once elected a grand juror but refused to
qualify until on a Sunday during divine services
at Church, a man more or less intoxicated took from

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