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also spent some time in \'irginia, but tinally re-
turned to Seymour, where Jie now resides upon his
farm, and in addition to the management of the
place he is in business as an architect. He mar-
ried Josephine Hotchkiss, who was born in An-
sonia,- daughter of Willis and Mary (Kimberly)
Hotchkiss, "and died at the age of twenty-two, leav-
ing only one child, Lillie J., ^Irs. Steele. Mrs.
Chatfield was a most estimable woman, and a con-
sistent member of the Episcopal Church, with which
Iier family has long been identified. Willis Hotch-
kiss was a native "of Westville, now Xew Haven,
and spent his life chietiy in .\nsonia and Derbv,
where he was engaged in business as a builder and
lumber dealer. He lived to the good old age of
«ighty-two and was regarded as one of the leading
men of the localitv, his sterling qualities of char-
acter commanding the respect of all who kne-w him.
His widow, who died Feb. Q, 1900, aged nearly
€ighty-eight years, resided with Nirs. Steele. Of
their children only one. Mrs. Chattield, lived to

farmer and a dealer in agricultural implements on
the Guilford turnpike in Branford, was born in
Matawan, Monmouth Co.. X'. J.. July 13, 1855, son
of James and Mary Augusta Honce. The father
was a native of Xew Jersey, and was born in Sep-
tember, 1814, a son of David and Phebe (Peacock)
lb. nee. The mother was a native of Phillips. Ale.,
•md was born April 5. 1828, a daughter of Thomas
:ind .Anna ( Foster) Stevens. The maternal great-
grandfather of E. S. Honce. was Ephraim Stevens.
who !i ught in the Revolutionarv war. He lived
.at Phillips. Maine, and was married to Sybil Foster,
a daughter of David and Milliccm (Ilowe) Foster.

James Honce was twice married, and his first

wife. Jane, wa=
garet Schenck


Arthur ;

a daughter of John R. and Mar-
Tliey were married June 25, 1834,
and became the parents of two children : Alary E.,
the wife of Charles W. Palmer; and Eliza Jane, the
wife of Pascal Hoadley. Mr. Honce was married.
June 25, 1854, to Mary Augusta, the daughter of
Thomas and Anna (Foster) Stevens, of Phillips,
To this marriage have come five children :
S. ; Clara, wife of Henry Goldsmith ; J.
Charles A.; and Anna F., who married
Elmer G. Farnham. James Honce removed to
Branford in 1858, locating on the farm now occu-
pied by his son. Barlow S., and made his home there

I until his death, Aug. 16, 1873.

Barlow Stevens Honce was reared in Branford,

! wj)ere he spent his early life with the e.xception of
a brief period of one year which was spent in Wis-
consin. He received his education in the Branford
schools, and here his entire life has been spent as
a farmer. In 1S93 Mr. Flonce took an agency, for
the sale of the goods of the McCormick Harvester
Machine Co., and has developed a considerable trade
in agricultural implements.

Mr. Honce was married, Oct. 20, 1881. to Alice,
daughter of Martin and Lydia (Hill) Cook, of
Guilford, and thev have one son, Arthur L., born
March 12, 1884. Mr. Honce is a member of the X.
E. O. P. and the Woodmen of the World. In
Dolitics he is a Republican, and has served on the
Branford board of selectmen for thee years.

For fifteen years Mr. Honce was a member of
the Connecticut X'ational Guard, enlisting Aug. 12,
1883, in the first Platoon, Battery A. He was pro-

- moted to corporal Aug. i. 1884: became sergeant
May 17, 1886: second lieutenant. Feb. 27, 1888;
first lieutenant : and captain of Battery A, Conn.
X'at. Guard. June. 1804. When the Spanish-Amer-

, ican war broke out Capt. Honce obtained leave of

, absence from the Xational Guard of the State, and
on May 4. 1898. was appointed captain of Battery
A, 1st Conn. \'ol. Artillery, -serving until Oct. 25,
1898. when he was mustered out by both the State
and Xational authorities. Though ordered to Porto
Rico, the order was countermanded, and the battery

I never left the State. J. Arthur Honce, his brother.

I who was second lieutenant in the same battery, died

' May 21, 1901. Charles A., another brother, also
served in the same battery.

PAUL SCHOLZ is one of the worthy citi-
zens of Woodbridge that (jermany has furnished
to the X'ew World. He was born in Schleswig,
Prussia. Xov. 21. 1856, a son of Charles and Mary
(Werner) Scholz. natives of Schlesien; the former
died in 1851, and the latter at the age of about
fifty years. In early life the father engaged in
farming, but being a man of considerable fore-
;. thought he decided to take up the manufacture of
starch, and in his native town he built a factory,
but just as his success was assured he dieil. He
was a cavalryman in the German army during the



war of 1S4S-50, was a man of ,2;rcat popularity in
his neighborhood, and was credited with good busi-
ness abiUty and sound judgment. Both he and his
wife were members of the German Lutheran
Church. In their family were three childdren. of
whom our subject is the second in order of birth.
Annie, the eldest, married in Germany, where her
husband died, and later she came to the United
States, and died in New Haven, Conn., in 1896.
Robert, the youngest, was always a wanderer, trav-
eling throughout the West and South, and wiien
last heard from was in the Carolinas.

Paul Scholz received thorough instruction in the
German schools, and during his youth learned the
clock making trade, at which he worked four or
five years. From 1876 to 1879 he served in the
German army, being stationed at Berlin as one of
Emperor William's Light Guards. For the follow-
ing four years he was employed as a clockmaker in
his native town. In 1883 he emigrated to Amer-
ica, and sailing on the same ship was his future
wife. On landing in New York. Paul and Eliza-
beth Scholz were married, and at once proceeded
to Boston, Mass., where Mr. Scholz secured employ-
ment in rubber boot and shoe factories. Later he
spent five years in New Haven as an employe in the
sewing machine shops, and also in the shops at
Westville, Conn. In October, 1893, he purchased
a farm of thirty-six acres in Woodbridge, to which
he added twenty-three acres, in i8q8. and is now
successfully engaged in agricultural pursuits, rais-
ing principally fruit and vegetables for the market.
He is also quite extensivelv engaged in the manu-
facture of butter, and keeps for that purpose a herd
of eight cows. Politically lie is not identified with
any party, but votes for the man he believes will
help him most in his business. He once held mem-
bership with the Foresters, but at present is not
connected with any secret society. His success has
been worthily achieved as it is due entirely to his
own unaided elTorts and good management. In his
family are four children. Annie, Willie, Paul and
Gustaf, all attending school.

CHARLES H. BARNES, for several vears pro-
prietor of a well-known and popular livery and
boarding stable in Waterbury, which he sold in
1901, is a native of Connecticut, born May 13, 1857.
in Woodbury, Litchfield county, of a stalwart loyal
New England family.

Reuben Barnes, his father, was born in Rox-
bury, Conn., removing thence to Woodbury, where
he has ever since been engaged as a farmer. He
married Neoma Callender. who was bom in Hud-
son, N. Y, and died in 1900. the mother of chil-
dren as follows: Charles H. is the subject of these
lines ; Seraphena is the wife of Charles Barto, a
farmer of Hartford county; Carlton is a farmer in
the town of Woodbury. Litchfield countv: Lottie
and Nellie are decea-cd : William i^ a larnier in
the town of Woodbury, Litchfield cuunty.

Charles H. Barnes passed his boyhood da\'s on
the farm, and received a good common-school edu-
cation. In 1872, at the age of fifteen, he moved
to Waterbury, and for some five years worked on
the Benedict farm, after which he engaged in vari-
ous kinds of business, such as working in the dif-
ferent shops, until 1891, in which year he embarked
in the livery business, conducting a livery and
boarding stable at No. 46 Spring street. On Aug.
I, 1901, he sold out, returning to his birthplace,
Woodbury, where he is now carrying on a liotel — •
"The Barnes House" — and livery business on IMain

On May 30. 1882, Mr. Barnes married Anna
Kelly, who was born in Waterbury, a daughter of
James and Anastasia Kelly, and one child, Elsie,
born Dee. 14, 1885. graces this union. In politics
Mr. Barnes is independent, casting his vote for the
candidate he considers best fitted for the office. So-
cially he is a member of the Independent Order of
Foresters, the Heptasophs, the Red Men and the
Haymakers. . ,

FERDINAND DEMING, a citizen of Water-
bury, whose reputation as a mechanical expert is
far more than local, was born in Litchfield, Brad-
ford Co., Pa._, Dec. 5, 1845. ^o" of Abner Deming.
who was born in Woodburv, Litchfield Co.. Conn.,
Dec. 16, 1812. Abner Deming was a son of Abner
and Philinda (Stoddard) Deming, the latter a
daughter of Eli Stoddard, the first preacher in
Woodbury. This family was among the first to
settle in Litchfield.

John Deming, the emigrant, came from Eng-
land about 1630, as the records show that he was
in Wethersfield in 1635. and that he took part in
the Pequot war. John Deming, his son, lived and
died in Wethersfield, where his son, Hezekiah Dem-
ing, also lived and died. It was in this generation
that Hartford became established. Hezekiah Dem-
ing, son of Hezekiah, lived and died in Canaan,
Conn. His son, Phineas Deming. was in W^oodbury
in 1775, and took part in the siege of Ticonderoga.
Abner Deming, his son, and the grandfather of
Ferdinand, lived and died in Woodburv. He" and
his wife had six children, all now deceased: Maria,
who married Solomon Bishop, a farmer in Wood-
hiny ; Henry, a farmer, who died in Collinsville;
Conn. ; Horace, who worked in the Springfield
armory, later in the South, went West overland, and
died while en route, being buried in Illinois ; Sarah,
who never married; George, who died young; and

Abner Deming married Miss Aviary Wheaton,
who was born in Washington. Conn., daughter of
Calvin and Jessie (Phillips) Wheaton. This family-
was of Welsh origin, and came to this country long
ago. Shortly after their marriage Abner Deming
and his wife went to Litchfield, where he was en-
gaged as a Iilacksniith, and some vears later they
returned to Woodbury, where he died in 18S3, Mrs.



Dciiiincr in 1857. They - re -Methodists, and in
politics he was a Democrat.

Ferdinand Deniing, whose name introduces this
article, spent his boyhood days in Woodbury, and
carne to W'aterbury in 1856, spending practicallv his
entire life in that city/thcush he has for short
periods worked in other cities. When a bov he at-
tended public school in Woodbury, Waterburv and
Aliddlebury. Leaving the farm while still young,
he came to A\'aterbury and entered the shop of
Charles W. Johnson, to learn the machinist's trade,
which proved in every way so congenial that it has
been his business to the present time. lie has devel-
opedengineeringgifts of a high order and is regard-
ed as an expert on difficult and abstruse mechanical
problems. He is not associated with the work of
any one establishment, and it is his intention to go
, abroad during the year 1901 and devote consider-
able time to mechanical research.

Mr. Deming and Miss Althea Minor were mar-
ried June 16. 1869. :\Irs. Deming was born in
Stonington. Conn., daughter of James and Eliza
(Bennett) Minor, both natives of Stonington. The
Minor family comes of old English stock. Thomas
Minor, the first of the name to come to America,
was born in Somersetshire, England, and arrived
in 163 1 in the ship "Arabella." ^Irs. Althea
(Minor) Deming died in 1892. She was the mother
of nine children, five of whom grew to maturity,
Ferdinand. Jr., Eliza, James C, Grace P. and Her-
bert (who died Dec. 28, 1899), all at home but
the last named, INIr. Deming is a strong Repub-
lican. He and his family attend the First Congre-
gational Church.

farmer of the town of Branford, was born March
13, 1846, a descendant of John Wilford, a native
of England, who was among the first settlers of
Branford, where the family have been representative
citizens ever since. Edwin L. Wilford is a son of
Samuel and Susan (Cook) Wilford, and his pa-
ternal grandparents were John A. and Betsey ( Fris-
bie) W'ilford, all residents of the same town, and
his birth occurred in that part of the town which
is known as Indian Xeck. He received a common-
school education, and began life as a farmer, which
vocation he has never forsaken, with the exception
of one year when he worked as a sailor along the
coast. On Aug. 22. 1862, he enlisted as a private
in Company B, 27th Conn. \'. I., and was wounded
at the battle of Fredericksburg on Dec. 13. 1862,
and was taken to the College Hospital at George-
town, D. C. From that hospital he was transferred
to the hospital at Xew Haven, where after nine
months' service he received an honorable discharge
from the government. He is an active member of
Mason Rogers Post. G. A. R., of Branford, and
has held the offices of adjutant and junior vice-com-
mander, and v.-as delegate to tjie Xatioiial Encamp-
ment of the G. A. R. held in St. Paul, Minn., in

1S96. He has traversed the I'nit-cd' States from
ocean to ocean, having visited the World's Fair in
Chicago in 1893 and the Midwinter Fair in San
Francisco the following year. In politics he is a

ALMOX I. DEAXE. the well-known and pop-
ular postmaster of Mt. Carmel Centre, and agent
for the Xew York, Xew Haven & Hartford Rail-
way Co., at that place, was born in Lyme, Conn.,
June 7, 1857. His father, Daniel Deane, was also
a native of this State, and in early life followed the
occupation of fanning for several vears. During
the Civil war he enlisted in the 26th Conn. \'. I.,
and participated in several engagements. After re-
ceiving his discharge he returned home and later
went to Long Island, where he engaged in fishing.
\\\i\\t following that pursuit he was accidentallv
drowned in Long Island Sound, in 1865, but his
body was recovered and brought back to L\me,
Conn., for interment. He married Sarah Eggles-
ton. a native of Xew London county, who dieil in
1866, and was buried in Xiantic cemetery. In their
family were five children, of whom the eldest died
in infancy: Richard is now a steamboat eijgineer ;
Arthur is deceased : Alnion I. is the next in order
of birth ; and Henry is residing on the Pacific coast.

Almon I. Deane was but eight years old when he
lost his parents, and was thrown upon the world to
make his own way at an early age. He first worked '
on a farm for two years for his board and clothes
and the privilege of attending school through the
winter season in Lyme, Conn., this being tlie onlv
way he could obtain the education which'he wished
so much to secure. On giving up farm work he
found employment in a silver pfating shop at L>-me,
where he spent one year, and during that time man-
aged to save enough money out of his small wages
to enable him to study telegraphy with Mrs. Stan-
nard, of that town. After mastering the art he ob-
tained a position with the Xew York, Xew Haven
& Hartford Railway Co., as operator and agent at
Cobalt, Conn., where he spent two years. In 1883
he was appointed station agent at Mt. Carmel
Centre in the town of Hamdcn, Xew Haven coun-
ty, and lor the past nineteen years he has faithfullv
filled that position of trust and responsibility, giv-
ing general satisfaction to the public and the com-
pany. He is courteous and obliging, and his genial
disposition gains him many friends. His politica/
support is given to the men and measures of the
Republican party, and he takes quite an active inter-
est in educational affairs. In February, i8c)8, dur-
ing President McKinley's administration, he took
charge of the postoffice of Mt. Carmel Centre, which
office he is now filling with credit to himself and to
the entire satisfaction of all concerned.

On June 7, 1881, in Xew London, Mr. Deane
wedded Miss Mary Dodge, a daughter of Capt.
Daniel Dodge. The two children born of this union
died in infancy, and the wife and mother, who was a

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iaia to rest m hamdeii cemeterv. For hi^ second
-.fe Mr. Dearie n.arried Miss Hatfe Suain a na

t. e o Hamdcn, and a dau-luer of Willialn'^^niu
They have tuo children : Inez Gertrude ad S
lam Hudson Mrs. Deane is a member of i:e Co
S:regat,onal Church, and active in its vo k Tlu^-
make the.r lionte in the con.fortable esTdenJ a^
iMt. Carmel, erected by Mr. Deane in 1900.

■ tbe^M^T^^,^'- L'^^^^^'ELL has a position amonc
the skdled workers of this busv citv of \\-aterbu v
that could only be won and held bv genuine .net
He knows h,s work, is honest and reliable, and pos-
sessmg hose qualities of directness and force ?hat
are much m demand by those who would secure the
greatest results from their efforts, has risen to a
creditable and responsible place. Mr. Lowell was
born m Aew Bedford. Mass.. Julv 22, iS,. a son
of Harrison G. Lowell. The famil.^' — - ^ """■' \
England and settled in Massachusetts years ago.
and the city of Lowell. Mass.. bears its name from
some one of the early members of- the family.

Jacob Lowell, the grandfather of Walter X.. was \
■born in ]Massachusett;. and married Eliza Nichols, \
also a native of that State, and thev settled at Xew
Bedford, where they lived and died. This family
was numerously represented in the Revokitionary
■war. I

Harrison G. Lowell, son of Jacob and father of
Walter X., was born in Xew Bedford Aug. 23,
1827, and died there Aug. 9, 1865. He grew to
manhood in his native town, and became teller in
the old Marine Bank, in the service of which cor-
poration he passed hi; entire business life. Sarah \
E. Blake, his wife, was the daughter of James H.
and Sarah (Pitts) Blake, and was born in Dighton.
Mass. After their marriage ^[r. and Mrs. Harrison
Lowell settled in Xew Bedford, where they reared
a familv of three children, of whom the eldest was
Walter X., whose name introduces this article; the
others were X'ellie. who married Clinton E. Stark, ;
AL D., of X'orwich. Conn. : and James Harrison, |
the youngest son, is a sheep raiser at Roswell, Idaho.
The mother of the children died Xov. 23, 1865.
Harrison Lowell was a Republican in politics, and
a strong Cniversalist in religious belief. j

Walter X. Lowell spent his boyhood days in
New Bedford, and was a pupil in the public schools
until he was seventeen years of age. At that age
he left school and went to Hartford. Conn., where
he began an apprenticeship to tlie machinist trade
that has proved the open door for an honorable and
useful life in which Mr. Lowell has achieved a very '
conspicuous success. For ten years he followed his
trade in various shops in Connecticut, and in 1868
came to Waterbury. working for the Peter's Lock
Co. for some time. \'ery soon, however, after com-
ing here he entered the employ of the Waterbury
Brass Co.. and has been with them c\ cr since,
with the exception of a short time when he was

■ so, ,^ .'''".' ' '"-■' ^'^ P*^'''^^ °f s'^rvice covering
some seveiueen years. Mr. Lowell began as an as
s s a„t in t ,e ntanu acturing departmein, and is noW
^^^\^\^^^-^^^^' ^^'-^ the place

Oc lo' \^? ' r''°/"'' ^'^"' ■" -'^'^^^- ^'ork Citv
( Welton /w ' I T''^"" °' ^^"^^"-^ ^"^' Fannie
born ir\\ r }" '^'W'^'on Uvo chMrcn ^yere
born^ Sarah F.. born March ^ 188^ died Tulv
-'9, 1893; and Walter W,. born Aug ^s i8r Mr^
Lowell is a Republican, and sodallv bebnc^s to
Xosahogan Lodge,' L O. O. F.. and the Improved
Order „t Red Men. With his familv he ," attat
tendant upon the services nf th^' v ■ ,

Church st^rvices ot the Episcopalian

vakiaW^'P ^- ;^"«EELER owns and operates a
I6li able farm of 114 acres in Oxford. Xew Haven
well indicates m=-^ thritn- annearance of which
improvements, well tilled helds, and' an n.^ — . ■'_
sories and conveniences of a model farm are there
to be found. The residence, which is one of the
modern homes in the town, was erected by cur
subject in 1897.

Mr. Wheeler was born March 13, 1844, in the
town of Bridgewater. Litchfield Co., Conn., son
of Joel B. and Mary ( Warner ) Wheeler. The
father was a native of Roxbury, Conn., and a son
of Xirom Wheeler, who was born in X'ewtown.
Our subject is third in the order of birth in a fam-
ily of seven children, the others being Mary A..
Laura J., Ellen A., Flora J., Sarah E. and Martha I.

When quite young Mr. Wheeler accompanied
his parents on their removal to Roxbury, where
he grew to manhood and acquired his education in
the common schools. In 1865 he came, with the
family to C~)xford. and he remained under the pa-
rental roof until twenty-five years of age. On
Xov. 18, 1869, he. was married to Miss Sarah J.
Tyrrell, and to them have been born six children,
namely: Charles H.. Jane 'SI.. Frank B., Frederick
L., Morris and Leslie. Charles H. married Jennie
Pope, daughter of John B. Pope, and they have
had three children. John D.. Florence and one that
died in infancy. Frank B. married Etta Lockwood,
and has three children. Ernest W., Bessie and
Sadie B.

After his marriage Mr. Wheeler located on a
farm adjoining his father's, and has since success-
fullv engaged in its operation. In connection with
general farming he also works at the niason's and
carpenter's trades as a contractor. As a business
man he is enterprising, energetic and always abreast
of the times, and has been rewarded by a comfort-
able competence. In his p<ilitical affiliations Mr.
Wheeler is a stanch Democrat. Though not a
member of any religious organization he contributes
t'Hvard the sii|ipurt .cf clnirches. He is pubiic-
spiriteJ and enterprising, and thoroughly inter-

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esteil in whatever tends to pri.Mnpte the moral, in-
tellectual or material welfare of his town and coun-
ty. Fraternally he is a member of the United

WILLIAM E. QUIGLEY was bom Sept. 29,
1847, in the town of Orange, not far from Water-
bury, and is a son of Patrick Ouigley, who was
bom in King's County, Ireland, and whose father
never came to America, but lived and died a farmer
in Ireland.

Patrick Quigley came to the United States early
in life, and settled in the town of Orange, where he
worked for John D. Davis, a farmer in that region.
Later in life he became a farmer and butcher. His
wife, Catherine Delaney, was born in Queen's
County, Ireland. He was killed in Orange while
lifting a telegraph pole, helping in the construction
of a line from Derby to New Haven, for which he
had furnished all the poles. This was about forty-
six years ago, and twenty-six years later his wife
died. They were the parents of six children w-ho
lived to attain maturity : James, Patrick J., Will-
iam E. (whose name appears above), Catherine,
Alice and Edward. James learned the pattern-
maker's trade in Derby, and when the Civil war
broke out enlisted, Aug. 9, 1862, in the 20th Conn.
V. I., came home in 1863. and died as a result of
his amiy experience. Patrick J., a fanner, enlisted
in the 15th Conn. \'. I., serving until the close of
the war; he is living in Meriden, Conn. Catherine
married Owen Flannegan, and has her home in Mer-
iden, Conn. x\lice married John B. Gardner, and
lives in New Britain. Edward lived in Waterbury;
he was sun-struck in Bridgeport.

William E. Quigley left the parental home when
twelve years of age and worked for A. H. & C.
B. Ailing,- in their yarn factory. When this exten-
sive concern was moved to Derby, Conn., the young
man went with it, spending altogether five and a
half years with the Allings. and he thoroughly mas-
tered the art of making stockings by machinery.
From there Mr. Quigley went to Ansonia, where
he was engaged in learning the blacksmith trade at
the beginning of the war of the Rebellion. Mr.
Quigley desired to enlist, and made several efforts,
but was rejected each time on account of his ex-
treme youth. On Aug. 9, 1862, he enlisted in the
20th Conn. v. I., but was turned back. On Sept.
8, 1862, he enlisted in the 25th Conn. V. I., after
an ineffectual application to the 15th Conn., and

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