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Sister of I^Iercy in Dublin ; Alatthew, a physician

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and surgeon in Dublin tlospital ; and Jam*:?, a theo-
logical student.

Michael D. Russell is the only one of the above
named familv to come to America. His boyhood
was passed on the hi:>me farm, and his preliminary
education was acquired at a National school, but
this was supplemented bv a course of study in a
classical school and also at an academy, the original
design being to prepare him for a profession ; but
when he had attained his eighteenth year he was
seized with a desire to cross the ocean, and accord-
ingly, in the spring of i8S_^. he sailed for America,
and shortly afterward reached Waterbury. Conn.,
where for a year and a half he worked in the fac-
tories and then engaged in business on Washington
street, which he continued with marked success un-
til 1899.

In 1889 Mr. Russell was united in marriage with
Miss Catherine Hayden, a daughter of James Hay-
den, of Waterbury, and this union has hten blessed
with four chiklren, John. William, James and Eliz-
abeth, of whom three are living, James having died
when he attained the age of three years. The family
are all adherents of Immaculate Conception Cath-
olic Church. In politics ^k. Russell is a Democrat,
is very popular with his party and influential in its
councils. He has served as alderman from the
Fourth ward one full term and part of another
(filling out an unexpired term), in all three years.
He was elected a delegate to the State convention
which nominated Daniel L. Morgan for governor,
and took a very active part in the succeeding can-
vass. In October, 1899, he was elected comptroller
of the city of Waterbury. and re-elected in October,
1901. In his fraternal relations he has been treas-
urer of the Foresters of America since their or-
ganization, and he is also a member of the Knights
of Columbus.

Mr. Russell is deserving of great credit for the
masterlv manner in which he has managed his busi-
ness affairs, and his great succe.-s is due solely to
his own shrewdness, and close attention to his af-
• fairs. He has invested largely in real estate, and
is one of the heaviest tax payers in his ward, and
he counts his friends by the hundreds, all of whom
have been attracted to him through his many per-
sonal merits.

EDWARD A. I\'ES, an enterprising and suc-
cessful agriculturist of North Branford, belongs
to an old Colonial family which was founded in
America by William Ives, who sailed from England
on the "True Love" in 1635. at the age of twenty-
eight years, and landed in Boston. Later he came
to New Haven with the Davenport Colony in 1637-
38, and joined in the Civil Compact in 1639. He
died in New Haven about 1648. and his, wife.
Hannah, afterward married a Mr. Bassett. By'the
first union, there were four children, namely: Jolm.
Joseph, I'lueiie and Daniel. (Jt these, J;ihn Ives
was baptized Dec. 29, 1O44, and moved to Walling-

ford, Conn., about 1670. He married Hannah Mer-
riman, and had one son, Joseph, from whom all
the Iveses in Wallingford have descended.

The Ives family in Hamden, Conn., trace their
ancestry back to Jonathan Ives, who was born
March 14, 171^1, a son of Samuel and Ruth Ives.
He was married, Feb. 19, 1737, to Thankful Coop-
er, and they had eight children: Jeremiah, Joel,
Jonathan, Ruth, Alary, Thankful, Allen and Phcebe.
Of these, Jonathan Ives was born March 26, 1751,
and made his home in Mt. Carmel, Conn. He mar-
ried Sarah Bassett and had several children.

Mark Ives, the grandfather of our subject, was

born and reared in Hamden, where he later engaged

in general farming throughout life. He married

Sarkta Dickerman, a native of the same town, who

diedi at the age of eighty years, and he died at

the age of eighty-two. Their children were George.

' a resident of Morris Cove, Conn.; Sarah, deceased

i wife of Charles Dickerman; Edgar, father of our

j subject; and Albert, who was killed by a team.

I Edgar Ives was a native of Hamden. where he

i passed his boyhood and youth, and after attaining

to man's estate he was employed in the shops of this

i countv. He entered the L'nion service during the

I Civil war and was killed at Baton Rouge, La., in

i 1863. In his native town he was married, in 1857.

to Miss Ellen Cook, who was born in Cheshire,

Conn., and is now living in New Haven. They

had two children: Edward A., our subject; and

j Franklin D., an employe in a rubber shop at Nev\-

: Haven.

Edward A. Ives was born in Hamden Feb. 18.
i8(')0, and was given the advantages of a district-
school education. When still quite young he went
: to Southington, where during the summer months
he worked for neighboring farmers between the
{ ages of eleven and fourteen years, while he attended .
school through the winter. Subsequently he was
employed in a shoe shop for a short time. At
the age of twenty-two he removed to Wallingford,
j and while there he learned the machinist's trade in
the railroad shops at New Haven, which occupation
i he. continued to follow in that city and Bridgeport,
Conn., for about sixteen years. In 1896, owing to
ill health, he located upon his father-in-law's farm
of eighty acres in North Branford, and has since
devoted his energies to agricultural pursuits. He
also engages in the milk business and keeps for
that purpose ten cows, besides young stock. He
is progressive and public-spirited, and gives his
support to the men and measures of the Repub-
lican party. Religiously he is an Episcopalian, and
socially is a memlaer of the United Workmen Lodge,
No. 31, of New Haven.

In May, 1886, in Wallingford, Mr. Ives mar-
ried Miss Carrie Ives, and they have one child,
Mabel Saritta, born July 4, 1887. Mrs. Ives' great-
grandparent- were Ransom and Sarah Ives, the
former of whom died Sejjt. 22. 1S44. aged si.Kty-
one years, the latter Feb. 15, 1S44, aged sixty-two.

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Their sun, John Ives, the n;raiulfathei of our sub-
ject's wife, was born April t,, 1804, and died Dec.
20, 1886. He was married, Dec. 13, 1826, to Mari-
ette Austin, who was born (Dct. 30. 1803. and died
June 8, 1883. in their family were two children:
Sarah, born Nov. 18, iSjj. married Amos Dickin-
son, and died July 26, 1876; and Henderson, born
Jan. 2, 1S31, now makes his home wuh our sub-
ject. He is a painter by trade, but is now living a
retired life. On Jan. 6, 1859, he married Miss Cor-
nelia Williams, who was born in W'allingford Oct.
18, 1836, and four children were born to th-em,
namely: Carrie, born Aug. 10. i860, is the wife of
our subject; George, born Feb. 14. 186^, is a butch-
er of \\"alIihgford : Charles, bona P>b. 25. 1873, is a
resident of Xew Haven : and Sarah, born Xov. 3,
1875, is the wife of Arthur Mansfield, of Lynn,
Massachusetts. '

JAMES D. CARROLL is one of the leading

business citizens of Xew Haven, where, since 1887,

he has been connected with the browning depart-

' ment in the Winchester Arms Co., as contractor,

occupying a most responsible position.

^Ir. Carroll was born in Monterey, Berkshire
Co., Mass., Sept. 4, 1852. a son of Levi X'. Carroll,
a native of Herkimer county, Xew York.

Levi X. Carroll acquired his education in Mas-
sachusetts, and for some years he was a resident of
Beartown, in that State. He married INIary Breck-
enridge, who was born in ^lassachusetts, where she
died at the age of thirty-six years. His death oc-
curred in Middlefield. !NIass., at the age of sixty-
six years. Their children were: Frances, who
married William Ecker. and died in Missouri ; and
James Dwight. of this sketch.

James Dwight Carroll spent his early school
days at Beartown. Mass., being obliged- to walk
a distance of four miles each wav. At the age of
eleven years he found himself obliged to look after
himself, and went to work in Monterey for John D.
Bidwell, also having the privilege of going to school.
Then he went to live with his uncle. James Breck-
enridge, and worked in Jerusalem, Mass., for two
years for $65 and board, going to school during
the winters, and then went back to his father and
attended the old Stockbridge Academy. Mr. Car-
roll's next work was under Lucien IMoore, who
drove the stage from Tyringham to Lee. but after
eight months our subject went to Strickland, 111.,
where his sister lived, and accompanied them soon
after to the W^est in order to look up some govern-
ment land. James stopped at Walnut Creek, Iowa,
and went to work in a saw and grisi mill, where
he remained for one year, going then to Kenvon
Grove in the same State, and carried on a butcher-
ing business there for the succeeding year. Mr.
Carroll decided then to see something more of the
country, and with a team he made hi- wav to the
Cherokee Xation, in Indian Territorv! going from
there, with his team, to Arkansas, where he worked

on the railroad. In the following spring he started
East, stopping in Page countv, Iowa, where he
bought a forty-acre farm, which property he still

After his return to Sruth Lee, Mass., he was
united in marriage to Miss Augusta Cordonnicr,
of Chatham. X. Y., who was born in Parii. France.
After this event Mr. Carroll went to Ilion, X. Y..
where he entered into the emplov of E. Remington
& Sons Co., and continued with them until March,
1875, when he moved to Frankfort, X. Y.. buying
there four lots and building houses upon them.
Until 1886 he continued with the Remingtons as a
contractor. In 1887 Mr. Carroll came to Xew Ha-
ven, Conn., as a contractor in the browning depart-
ment of the Winchester Repeating Arms Co.. em-
ploying frcm ten to fifteen men. Mr. Carroll has
a secret process of browning that requires but four
men to do what it formerly needed ten to accom-
plish. Every time the weather changes ^Ir. Carroll
changes his chemicals, and thus his work is con-
stantly an experiment. Ever since he has been in
X'ew Haven Mr. Carroll has resided on Henry
street. Fraternally he is connected with a number
of orders. \\'hile living at Frankfort he became a
member of the order of Knights of Pythias, joining
Mohawk Lodge, X'o. 226. He atso belongs' to CMive
Branch Lodge, X'o. 84. F. & A. M., and Franklin
Chapter, Royal Arch Masons. One son has blessed
the home of Mr. and ^Irs. Carroll, James Levi,
born Feb. 11, 1888. Mr. Carroll is a thorough busi-
ness man and possesses a knowhdee of his special
line quite different from others who engage in it.
His secret process has proved successful and may
lead to future improvements.

CAPT. EDGAR J. HARDY, of the steamship
'"Chester W. Chapin," was born in Fair Haven. X'ew
Haven county, Aug. 23, 1864. His father, John
A. Hardy, was born on Staten Island, and was a
son of John Hard}', also of Staten Island, where
the founder of the family located when he came
from England to America. The grandfather died
in Jersey City at the age of ninetv-eight years, and
of the numerous children born him four are still
living, all residents of X'ew Jersey with the excep-
tion of the father of our subject, who is living re-
tired in X'ew Haven. The grandmother died when
comparatively a young woman. Both she and hus-
band were faithful members of the Episcopal

John A. Hardy, the father of our subject, was
reared on Staten Island, and while still a lad be-
gan making trips on an oyster sIood, gradually ris-
ing until he became captain of a vessel that sailed
from Xew York to the West Indies, in the fruit
business. This was his occupation for fortv-five
years, and he became well known in many ports and
was highly regarded in shipping circles. His life
is now one of ease, as he lives retired in Xew 11a-
v.n. Mr. Hardy married Georgiana Hayden, who



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was born in ^\'e.^th^ook, Ciir... dauj^Iitcr of Tolin
Hayden, a bcat-biiilder there. She was one of five
children, viz. : Georgiana ; Edgar, deceased ; Nellie,
deceased: Myrtie, who married Charles Hill, and
died in Clinton : and Theodore, who died in Florida.
■ Four children were born to the parents of our sub-
ject, namely : Addie, who married John Brand, in
New Bedford; Aaron, who resides "in New York;
Edgar ]., our subject: and Georgia, who married
T. Sherman Foote, of Providence" R. I. The par-
ents are members of the Congregational Church.

Edgar J. Hardy spent his earlv years in Fair
Haven and attended the \\'oolsev school. His nat-
ural inclination was toward a life on the water, and
he began his career on a sailing vessel, the "C. T.
Vanname," of Xew Haven. In this position he
continued but a short time, being rapidly promoted
and soon became mate, and he coasted with his ves-
sel to the West Indies. In 1883 he entered the em-
ploy of the Xew Haven Steamboat Co., as watch-
man on the boats, and filled all the positions up
to captain, to which he was promoted Dec. i, 1803.
His first vessel was the steamer "C. H. Xortham,"
and later he took charge of tlie steamer "Richard
Peck," and subsequently of the steamer "Chester
AV. Chapin," which is one of the finest boats on
Long Island Souijd. Capt. Hardy bscame very
popular among travelers, his skill, care and seaman-
ship being such as to inspire perfect confidence.

In 1897 Capt. Hardy was married to Miss Anna
Pearsall, \\ho was born in Xew York City, a daugh-
ter of Charles Pearsall, a successtul dealer in fruit,
and a granddaughter of John Pearsall, who was the
first dealer to obtain a load of fruit by sailing ves-
sel to Xew York. Mrs. Hardy's maternal grand-
father was the first hatter on Broadway, Xew York
City; his store was located at the corner of Broad-
way and Canal street. One child has been born
to Capt. and ^Mrs. Hardy. Capt. Hardy is a mem-
ber of the Union League Club ; the Pequot Club
and the Kings County (X. Y.) Club; the American
Brotherhood of Pilots Association ; and Hiram
Lodge, A. F. & A. :M. • , .

family of English origin, the first of whom to emi-
grate to this country was Ebenezer Hunter, from
■whom the line of descent runs through Xathaniel,
William, Solomon and Jethro D. to the gentleman
whose name appears above.

Solomon Hunter, the gr.andfather of \\'illiam
E., a native of Sharon, Conn., married Anna Fow-
ler, and four children were born to them, of whom
Jethro D. was the second ; Sarah married L. D.
Benson ; Rubv became Mrs. Horace Reynolds; and
!Mary married John McDonald.

Jethro D. Hunter was born in Sharon. Conn..
and passed his life in farming. In 1873 he removed
to Amenia Union. Dutchc^^ Co.. X. Y., where he
<lied in 1880. T'oliiically he was a Denii:crat, and
in- religion a communicant of the Episcopal Church.

He married Cynthia A., daugiUer of Lyman Chap-
man, a farmer of Sharon, and thev became the par-
ents of eight children : ^Villiam E., Sarah A.,
, Charles H., Ida A., Minnie, Horace R., Lorin B.
1 and Ira. Charles, Minnie and Ira are deceased.
! Sarah married I'rederick Morehouse, a liveryman
of Sharon. Horace married Carrie Ramsey, and
; lives in Xaugatuck. Lorin married Grace M. Odell,
and lives in Amenia Union, X. Y. Ida is unmar-
ried and lives at home.

William E. Hunter was born in Sharon, Conn.,
July 26, 1853. His boyhood was passed in hard
work upon the farm, alternated with attendance at
the district scliool winters, and he also had a private
tutor. He accompanied his father to the new home
in Dutchess county, and was for a time engaged in
farming there, after which he conducted a grocery
store in Winsted for a time, but in January, 1886,
I he returned to Connecticut, and took up his resi-
dence in Xaugatuck. There he has ever since made
I agriculture his vocaticn. and he has met with signal
and well-merited success. Possessed of a fine
physique, his mental powers are also of no mean
I order, and have been well trained, he having been
; a teacher in both Connecticut and Xew York States.
i Mr. Hunter owns a farm of 340 acres, and rents
: 225 additional acres. Both farms show the result
of his intelligent, constant supervision. On his
renteil farm he cultivates hay, grain and other
crops. Mr. Hunter always brings to the manage-
! ment of his afi'airs keen intelligence, quick percep-
tion, sound judgment and tireless industry. Old,
I dilapidated buildings have been remodeled, and
; new ones constructed after modern ideas, and Mr.
Hunter himself is abundantly qualified to prepare
the plans, estimate the cost and supervise the con-
struction. It is this happy union of brains and
brawn — a combination as valuable as rare — that
has made him the man of substance he is to-day.
He has made a specialty of dairy farming, and
his daily sales of milk at retail average about seven
I hundred quarts. He owns a large number of horses
I and cows. His home farm is situated at the sum-
j mit of what is known as "Hunter's Hill," an emi-
I nence some five hundred feet above the level of
\ surrounding country. From this point of vantage
the view is one of surpassing loveliness. For miles
in every direction may be seen highly cultivated,
well improved farms, with the charming borough
of Xaugatuck in the foreground, and the hustling
city of Waterbury only five miles distant. The
' smoke of many factories rises lazily and floats away,
j while the narrow stream of the river winds in and
! out, a silver thread among green pastures and

board fields of nodding, golden grain.
'• Mr. Hunter is a member of the Second Advent
Church, and socially he is a member of the Grange
and of the Order of Heptasophs. He is independ-
ent in politics. He has been twice married, having
chosen a wife ^ach time from among the maidens
, of Dutchess county, X'. Y., where he passed the

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vc'irs 'of his early manhuod. His first bride was
Adelia Thompson, to whom h.e was .joined May 15,
1877. They had three cliildren: Cora D., who
married George P. Young, of Xaugatuck ; Herbert
E. ; and Katie W'., deceased. On October 2, 1SS9,
Mr. Hunter married Miss Alice E. Sincerbox,
whose portrait accompanies his. Tliis union has
been blessed with four cliildren: Ethel A., Ray-
mond W., Hazel K. and Roy W. (deceased).

farmer of Centerville, Hamden, -was born in Sharon,
this State, Jan. 12. 1857. His father, Watson
Cartwright, a son of Anion and ^lary (Smith)
Cartwright, was also a native of Sharon, where he
grew to manhcod and engaged in farmmg for some
years. There he married Miss Ammarillis Peck, a
native of that town and a daugliter of George W.
Peck. In 1864 they removed to Cheshire, Xew Ha-
ven county, where the father engaged in farming
for a year and a half, and in 1S66 came to Hamden,
where he purchased the Joseph A. Rogers farm
of seventy acres near Centerville, and upon that
place he successfully engaged in general farming
, and stock raising until his death. In politics he was
a stanch Democrat, but was never an office seeker.
He died March 25, 1891, and his wife departed this
life Feb. 28, 1S99, the remains of both- being in-
terred, in the W'hitneyville cemeterv.

Elbert W. Cartwright, the only child of this
worthy couple, pursued his studies in the schools of
Sharon and Hamden, and when his education was
completed devoted his entire time and attention to
the operation of the home farm, which he now
owns. It is a valuable tract of seventy-five acres,
under excellent cultivation and well improved. He
is a thorough and systematic farmer, and has met
with well-deserved success in his labors. He holds
membership in the Mount Carmel Congregational
Church, and in politics supports the men and meas-
ures of the Democratic party.

On Oct. 22, 1890, Mr. Cartwright was united in
marriage with ^liss Hattie B. Leek, a native of
Hamden, and a daughter of Jeremiah E. and Cath-
erine (Sanford) Leek. Three children blessed this
union: Florence Peck, Ralph E. and Reba San-
ford. The wife and mother entered into rest March
27, 1901, aged forty-two years and six months, and
her remains were interred in the family lot in the
Whitneyville cemetery. She. too, held membership
in the Mount Carmel Congregational Church.

• FREDERIC A. FIXCH, the popular publisher
of The Braiiford Opinion, is a native of Connecti-
cut, born in Southingtcn Jan. 23, 1S68. a son of
Dennis Porter and Sarah (Lamkin) Finch. In
September, 1877. his parents moved to Xew Haven,
and in the public schools of that city he obtained
his education, graduating in 1884. When he
started out in life f t liini-elf l:o l'vg.-i;i t.' learn
the printer's trade in May, 1884, w

til Iloggson

it Rnhin.son. The work p:-oved congenial to hiui,

I and he rapidly mastered all the details. From 188S

I until October, 1S91, he was employed as pressman

! with O. A. Dorman. and then went to Lyme, Conn..

where he was similarly employed on The SoiiiiJ

Breeze. On Jan. 18, 1892, he came to Bran ford

and purchasecl The Branford Opinion on the 5th

of the following April. Fie has met with much

success in his chosen calling, and his paper has

steadily improveel in general makeup, as well as in

its subscription lists.

On June 27, 1894, ^.Ir. Finch was united in
marriage with Edith A. Knapp, and one son, Donald
I Porter, born Aug. 8, 1899, has blessed this union.
! Politically I\Ir. Finch is a Republican, and has
served as registrar of voters in Branford, 1890 to
1902. Socially he is a member of Woodland Lodge,
X'o. 39, K. of P., and ]\Iontowcse Lodge, X'. E. O. P.

physician of X^ew Haven, was born April 26, 1868,
in Xew Bedford, Mass., but acquired his educa- j
tion in the public schools at Oberlin, Ohio, anel the j
Grand River Institute of Austinburg, Ohio. He
was graduated from Oberlin College in 1891, re- I
ceiving the degree of A. B., and from the Yale j
Medical School in 1894, when the degree of A. M. \
was conferred upon him by Oberlin. After hospital I
service in X'ew York and' travel in California and I
South America, he located at Xo. 221 York street. !
Xew Haven. J

Dr. Moulton's father. Rev. Tyler Calvin ^loul-
ton, was born in .Ascott, Canada, Jan. 26, 1826, a
son of Calvin Aloulton, Jr., and Adaline Hudson,
the latter a daughter of Elisha Hudson, a soldier
in the Revolution. Calvin IMoulton, Jr., was a son
of Calvin Moulton, Sr., and Ruth Blodgett, whose
father was a Revolutionary soldier, and was born
in Rutland, \'t., Xov. 11, 1797. Calvin Moulton,
Sr., was born in Z\Ionson, Alass., in 1774. Dr.
^Moulton's paternal ancestors came to Massachusetts,
previous to 1650.

Rev. Tyler Calvin Moulton was a Unitarian
clergyman, his pastorates having been at A^ustin-
burg and Franklin, Ohio, and Xew Bedford, Mass.
He served in the war of the Rebellion as chaplain
of the 3d Mass. Vol. Cav., and later became chap-
lain of the William Logan Rodman Post, Xo. i,
G. A. R., of X'ew Bedford, Mass. He was known
as an able speaker and writer-. His death occurred
Aug. 5, 1870. He married Susan A. Seymour, who
was born in Otsego count}-, X'. Y., in 1834, a daugh-
ter of Deacon Hart Seymour, and his wife. Mercy
Xorth, who was a daughter of Deacon Stephen
X'orth, and descendant of John X'orth, one of thf-
original proprietors of Farmington. Hart Sev-
mour was the son of Deacon Jonathan Se\inour and
Abigail Hart, who were both born in Xew Britain.
Conn. Jonathan Se}Tnour was a soldier of the Rev-
nlutioii and a lieut;nant in the Connecticut State i
Militia. Lieut. Elisha Savage, of Berlin, Conn.,

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another preat-g-ranilfatlicr "f Dr.- Moulton, was a
Revolutionary soldier. The maternal ancestors of
Dr. Moulton were among the earliest settlers of
Connecticut, coming from Massachusetts to Hart-
ford in 1635, settling there and in Farmington ; the
names of eight of these ancestors. Richard Sey-
mour, Stephen Hart, Thomas Judd, John Steele,
Governor Thomas Welles. Elder John ^^'hite, John
Wilcox and William Wadsworth. are recorded on
the "Founders' Monument of Flartford."

Dr. Moulton was assistant in the medical clinic
in Yale Medical School from 1895 to 189". and in
Gynaecology from 1897 to 1809. He helongs to

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