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eighteenth century Deodate Beaumont left the fam-
ily homestead in East Hartford and established
himself in Wallingford, where he became the owner
of 200 acres of land. A mechanic in early life, he
was an active and energetic man, and amassed a
comfortable fortune. A member of the Congrega-
tional Church, a veteran of the Revolutionar}- strug-
gle, he was a man well known and highly esteemed.
Six children were born to him: E=tlier. Si.phina.
Edmund. John, Elijah and Elizabeth.

John Beaumont, sun of Deodate and father of



George, was born m Wallingford, where he re-
ceived a common-school education. At a very early
age he went to sea as a cabin boy, and was a sailor
the greater part of his life, becoming mate of a
sealing vessel in the service of John Jacob Astor,
the great fur trader. In his later years he settled
en the farm owned by his son, consisting at that
time of 120 acres. Here he spent the remaintler of
his life, a good and true man, who followed closely
the Golden Rule, and here he died in 1879, and was
buried in Center Street Cemetery. A Whig in early
life, he became a Republican on the formation of
that party. Mr. Beaumont married Ann Tyler,
who was born in Branford, Conn., a daughter of
John Tyler, a soldier of the Revolution, a sketch of
whom appears in the biography of his grandson,
Henry W, Tyler. To this union came ten children :
Elizabeth ; Ednumd. who died in California in 1852;
Julius, now residing in New Haven; Lucina, wh^
died in 1890; Harvey; Francis, of North Haven:
Lewellyn ; Albert ; George ; Cynthia, who married
Palmer Townsend. Mrs. John Beaumont died at the
home of her son George, and was buried in the
Center street cemetery.

George Beaumont attended the district schools
of \\'allingford and grew up on the old homestead,
which has now become his property. He remaine'I
with his father as long as he lived, and, in com-
pany with his brother Albert, bought out the other
heirs in 1 88 1. The\" farmed together a number of
years, engaging in general farming, fruit growing
and wine making until 1898, when George Beau-
mont bought out liis brother, and is now the sole
proprietor of the place. Here he has a fine home,
an elegant dwelling house, ample barns and every-
improvement necessarv to conduct the place profit-
ably- jNIr. Beaumont has good judgment and is
well read, being thoroughly posted on all current
topics. He is a strong Republican in his political
convictions.

On Sept. I, 1892, Mr. Beaumont married Miss
Nettie M. Edell, who was born in Wallingford, a
aaug'hter of John Edell. They are the parents of
three children : Esther, born July 30, 1893 ; George,
bor'n June 29, 1897; and John, born Jan. 26. 1901.
The Beaumonts are good people, highlv respected
by all.

WILLIAM H. BORCHARDT, one of Water-
bury-'s well-known and prosperous citizens, is a na-
tive of that city, bom Oct. 10, 1858. He is a sorr
of William Borchardt. and a grandson of Gustav
Borcliardt. who followed the trade of baker in Ber-
lin. German}-.

William Borchardt. father of William H., was
bom in 1824. in Berlin. Germany, whence when a
young man he came to the I'nited States, settling irt
Waterbury. Here, in 1857, he married Charlotte
Giertz. a!?') a native of Germany, born at Rostock,
and children as follows were born to them: Will-
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bury; and Jennie, wife of Walter Frencli, of
Bridgeport, Conn. For some twenty years Mr.
Borchartlt was a toolniaker in the employ of the
Steele & Johnson Co.. Waterbury.

William H. Piorchardt, whose name introduces
these lines, received a liberal education at the local
schools of Waterbury, and at the age of si.xteen
years entered the employ of the Plume & Atwood
Co., remaining with that firm about twelve years,
serving his time as toolmaker, and afterward mak-
ing good wages as journeyman. In 1S84 he pur-
chased his present bottling business, of which the
Hellmann Brewing Co. are the proprietors, and
he has met with well-merited success in the under-
taking.

In 1883 Mr. Borchardt married Agnes M. Kun-
kel. of Waterbury, daughter of Joseph Kunkel, a
native of Gemiauy, and formerly proprietor of the
"Germania Hotel," \\'aterburv. Six children, all
yet living, have blessed this union : Joseph, Will-
iam, John, Louisa. Louis and Margaret. In his po-
litical preferences Mr. Borchardt has always been a
Democrat : for two terms he served as councilman
of the Third ward, and for one year was on the
committee of Public Lands and Buildings. He is a
meinber of several societies, among which may be
mentioned the following: P'rederick Wilhelm
Lodge. Xo. 47. K. of P., of which he was treasurer
ten years, and is now past chancellor ; Stephen J.
Meany Lodge, Xo. t^j. I'oresters of America; the
Xew England Order of Protection ; the Improved
Order of Heptasnphs, Silas Bronsoii Conclave; the
Hannony Benevolent Association ; Steuben Lodge.
Xo. 301, D. O. H. : the Concordia Singing Society,
of which he is a prominent meinber; the Waterbury
Turnverein ; and the Schull-\'erein. He is also a
member of the German Lutheran Church of Water-
bury, having been one of the prime movers in start-
ing a Gemian Lutheran Church in the city.

JAMES E. SWEEXEY, a well-known real-
estate and insurance agent of Xaugatuck, is pre-
eminently a self-made man. Depending upon his
own resources, looking for no outside aid Or sup-
port, he has risen to a place of prominence in the
business world, and his career illustrates in no un-
certain manner what it is possiljle to accomplish
when perseverance and determination form the key-
note of a man's life.

Mr. Sweeney was born in X'augatuck. X'ov. 6,
1856, a son of Edward and Ann ( McKeon)
Sweeney, both natives of Ireland, the father born
in County Cavan. .When a young man he came to
the i'nited States, and shortly after his marriage,
which was celebrated in TarrvTown, X. Y., he came
to Xaugatuck, Conn., where he has since made his
home, and for forty years has been employed as
watchman by the Goodyear Glove Co. In his fam-
ilv were eight children, namely: John M., a lawyer
of Xaugatuck: James E.. our suljject: Mary, wife
of Daniel McCarty, of Xaugatuck; Eliza A., prin-



cipal of the High street school of Xaugatuck; Pat-
rick, who died in infancy; Teressa M., principal of
the Rubber street school; Winnifred, stenographer
for our subject; and l-'rank J., who is clerking m
Xew Haven.

James E. Sweeney grew to manhood in Xauga-
tuck and there acquired the greater part of his edu-
cation, graduating from the high school at that
place. Subsequently he attended Cargill Commer-
cial Institute, Xew Haven, from which he was grad-
uated in April, 1878, and he engaged in school
teaching for two years thereafter in Xaugatuck, and
also one year in Litchfield, Conn. He was next em-
ployed as bookkeeper in a dry-goods store in Xaug-
atuck, and later clerked in the ofiice of Baldwin &
Sweeney, attorneys and insurance agents, of that
place. He had charge of their insurance business
until the firm dissolved jiartnership, P'eb. I, 1887,
when he purchased that branch of their business,
and, has since carried it on in connection with the
real-estate business. He represents the leading in-
surance companies of America, England and Ger-
many, and also furnishes bonds, etc. He has set-
tled more estates than any other man ofhis age in
this section of the county, and is now doing a large
and profitable business. He occupies quite a fine
suite of offices.

In February, 1884, iMr. Sweeney was united in
marriage with Miss Frank E. P'latt, a native of
Xaugatuck, and the only child of Samuel Piatt,
who was bom in the town of Orange, this county,
of English extraction. Our subject and his wife
I have three children : James Piatt, Arthur Lewis
and Emily Frances.

Religiously Mr. Sweeney is a member of St.
Francis Catholic Church, and politically he is a
Democrat, but not an aggressive partisan. On June
I, 1884. he was appointed deputy sheriit, which
office he has filled ever since; has served as assist-
ant town clerk ; was tax collector of the Union Cen-
ter school district, of XaugatucK, and also of the
town taxes, from 1882 to 1888, and again in 1891.
By strict attention to busine.-^s, ana by the conscien-
tious discharge of all duties imposed upon him, he
has been successful in life, and has won the respect
and esteem of all.

EDWIX P. PITMAX, M. D. Among the dis-
ciples of Escuiapius in Xew Haven, Conn., one of
the leaders is Dr. Edwin P. Pitman, who, although
still a young man, has gained an enviable position
for himself in the profession.

Dr. Pitman was l^orn in Boston. -Mass.. Sept.

I 26. 1863. a son of John W. and Anna R. ( Kelley 1
Pitman. The familv is of English e.xtraction. the

i grandfather. Stephen Pitman, having come from

! that country to America and married Olive 1!.

1 French, a native of Xew Hampshire. To them
were born four children: William H., O^rar \'..
Charles J., and John W. William H. and O^rar \'.

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ClinrKs J. was a carpenter and contractor; and the
younjjest. John W'., the father of our snhject, was
a noted Baptist clers^yinan. The latter removed to
Boston, Mass.. prior to the birth of our suliject, bin
later located in Concord, X. H. His wife was Ixjrn
at St. lohns, X. B., and our subject was their onlv
child. "

Dr. Pitman was taken by his parents, when but
three years of age, to Concord, X. H.. where he ac-
quired his elementary education, graduatinsj with
distinction from the Concord High School. He
then went to Dartmouth, and was graduated from
that institution in the class of 1S86. The next step
in his upward progress was the acceptance of a
professorship in a Soldiers' Orphans School, at
Chester Springs, I'a.. wliere he remained one year,
and then entered Martlia Washington College at
Edington, \'a.. as professor of French and Ger-
man and teacher of vocal music. Although very
successful. Dr. Pitman felt that his calling was that
of a physician, and he therefore began the study of
medicine. With this idea in view, he entered the
^Medical Department of Dartmouth College, grad-
uating in the class of 1S91 : thence to the Xew Vork
Polyclinic for a post-graduate course.. After thi->
labored preparation for his life work. Dr. Pitman
settled in Colchester. Conn., where he remained six
months, and in Septemher, 1891, located in Xew
Haven, and has since built up one of the finest prac-
tices in this locality.

On Aug. 30, 1887, Dr. Pitman married Miss
Catherine Crowley, who was born in Maine, a
daughter of James and Mary Crowley, natives of
Ireland. Mr. Crowley was a railroad contractor
and a man of consiflerable prominence. In {xjlitics
Dr. Pitman is a Republican, and takes an active
part in the fraternal organizations of Xew Haven,
being a member of the I. O. O. F. ; Xew England
Order of Protection ; Woodmen of the World, and
also the Heptasophs of Xew Haven. In medical
circles Dr. Pitman has always borne a prominent
part, and is a member of the city, county and State
medical societies. Both he and Mrs. Pitman are
consistent members of the Baptist Church, and are
highly respected not only among its congregation
but throughout the community.

MARK WALLACE HOBSOX, a die sinker
and molder of Wallingford, was born in Birming-
ham, England, April 3, 1856. a son of Edwin Hob-
son, one of the respected citizens of Wallingford,

Mr. Hobson was only ten years old when he
came to this country with his parents. His school-
ing, which began in his native town, was continued
in Xewark, X. J. Coming to Wallingford with his
father, he mastered the art of die sinking under the
instruction of that gentleman in the faaory of
Simpson, Hall & Miller. Here he began when only
fourteen vears of age. and for more than thirt\-
vears he has remained in tlse employ of that famous
firm. His close application, thorough knowledge of



his work, and his ali.-olute trustworthiness have
commanded the resjjcct and confidence of his em-
ployers to a marked degree.

In 1877, in Wallingford, Mr. Hobson and Eliza-
beth I'olsom \'a'entine were united in marriage.
Mrs. Hobson wa^ born in Albany, X. Y., a daughter
of Edward Valentine, but was living with her par-
ents in Wallingford at the tinit of her marriage.
To this union were Ixsm two children: ( ij Rich-
ard Thurston, now a student in the high school:
{3) Russell X'alentinc, also in school. Mr. and
3ilrs. Hobson belong to the Bai>tist Church. He is
affiliated with n<j lodges of any kind, and is re-
garded in the community where he is so well
known, as a man far above the average both in in-
telligence and character.

ZERAH PIERPOXT BEACH, one of the
leading agriculturists and fruit growers of Wall-
ingford. was born on what is known locally as
Parkers Farm, in West Wallingford, X"ov. 7, 1845.
Mr. Beach is a descendant of one of the oldest and
best families of Xew Haven county.

Stephen Beach, the great-grandfather of our
subject, was born in 175 1 in this locality, where he
engaged in farming all his life, leaving his plow
to become a drummer in Capt. Stanley's company
during the Revolutionary war. His death occurred
on Parkers Farm in 1821. In 1774 he married
Miriam Parker, who was born in 1753; the children
of their family were: Jason. Eleanor, Miriam.
Silvia. Chancev, Whiting, Stephen, Lvman and
Polly.

Jason Beach, the grandfather, was born on the
homestead, and was a farmer all his life, well
known and respected, being remembered especially
on account of his musical talent. In the church
he led the choir and played the bass viol, and was
a man of exceeding intelligence. He married
Susanna Hotchkiss. and the children of these
worthy people were: One that died in infancy.
William. Roger, Xorman, Susan. Lucy, Xatlian
and Eliza.

Xathan Beach, the father of our subject, was
born in 181 1, on the old homestead, where he grew
to manhood, receiving a common-school education,
and he lived near the old home all his life, engaged
in general farming, being one of the pioneers in
tobacco growing. In 1882 this worthy man was
prostrated, and many mourned his decease, as he
liad been a good neighbor, and one whose example
was for the benefit of the community. On May i,
1834, he married Lucy Pierpont, who was born in
Xorth Haven in 1814, a member of one of the old-
est and most distinguished families of Xew Haven,
being a daughter of Joel and Abigail (Cooper)
Pierpont, and granddaughter of Giles Pierpont.
This intelligent and lovely old lady is a member of
the familv on the homestead, possessing a bright
mind and wonderful memory, but for several years
has nut had the use of her limbs. Mr, and Mrs.



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r.eacli liail children as fnUow.- : Joel, bom in iS.v^:
Stephen E., born in 1837: Zerah P., our subject;
and Esther, born in 1850.

Zerah P. Beach was given the advantages of
the best schools of the localit}-, and was also sent
to the United States Business College, in Xew
Haven. Returning to the farm he took up the
"business as a profession, and has been one of the
pioneers in the peach-growing business, having
now an orchard covering twenty-five acres, his trees
all in prosperous condition.

Mr. Beach was married. June 5, 1S75, to Sarah
M. P>eard, of Bethany, daughter of Allen and
Abigail (Smith) Pieard. Slie was a woman of rare
Oiristian character, and a consistent member of
the Congregational Church, in which faith she died
Xov. 28, 1896; her remains rest in the Centre Street
•cemetery, in Wallingford. The children bereft of
a devoted mother are: Lorenzo A., born in 1876;
Flora C, born in 1880: and Zerah X., born in 1885.
]Mr. Beach has taken a prominent part in town and
county affairs, has served in the Xational Guards,
being corporal five \ears. sergeant twenty-three
years, and company treasurer for twenty years ;
has been a justice of the peace whose judgments
liave been upheld by the higher courts : and was
assessor. Fraternally he is connected with the I.
O. O. F. at Wallingforrl, and in 1885 he was the
first lecturer of the Grange of this place, was in
1900 its master, and with some of his children still
takes an active interest in that organization. His
associations with his fellow citizens are pleasant,
and he possesses the esteem and confidence of the
community, and is regarded as one of the sub-
stantial residents of \\'allingford.

AXDREW JAMES COYLE, the leading ton-
5orial artist of liranford, was born in Xew Haven
Sept. 23, 1859, a son of John and Rose (Gallagan)
Coyle. The parents, who were natives of County
Cavan, Ireland, came to this country in 1850, locat-
ing in Xew Haven, wdiere the father was employed
as a section boss on the Xew York, Xew Haven &
Hartford railroad until 1871, when he was made
track-walker, which position he filled until his
death, in 1875. ^^^ ^^'^s the father of ten children,
«ight of whom lived to reach adult age: Mary A.,
Mrs. Xicholas H. C)'P>rien ; Andrew J., whose name
appears at the beginning of this article; Charles
H. : Rose, wife of Michael Fitzgerald: Maggie;
John: Lena. Mrs. John H. Toby ; and Xicholas.

Andrew James Coyle spent his early life in X'ew
Haven and Branford. receiving his education in
the pul)lic schools, and early applying himself to
work, for his own support. In 1871 he catne to
Branford, and when he was a little over eleven
years of age entered the Branford Lock Works,
Avhere he was steadily employed until 1897. Dur-
ing these years he had learnefl the barber's trade
with his brother, assisting him evenings., and in
January, 1898, he set up in the barber- business for



tumself, and to-day owns one of the best equipped
shops in Branford. He is capable and energetic,
and is much liked and esteemed for his many good
qualities.

Mr. Coyle was married, April 19, 1889, to
PVances Evelyn, a daughter of James and Eliza
(Regan) Clancy, of Branford. Mr. and Mrs. Coyle
are the happv parents of a bright and attractive
tamily of three children : Helena, William and
Francis. Mr. Coyle and his wife belong to St.
' Marv's Catholic Church, and he is a meinber of the
; T. A. B., the Foresters, the K. of C. the X. E.
' O. P., the Emerald Social Club, and the Bran-
\ ford Fire Department. In politics he is a Demo-
crat.

GEORGE C. SUMMERS, a well-known busi-
ness man of Derby, Xew Haven county, was born
in that town July 12, 1854, son of Stephen X. Sum-
mers, who .was for almost half a century promi-
nently identified with the business interests of this
county.

Stephen X'. Summers was a native of the town

' of Trumbull, Fairfield Co.. Conn. At the early age
of thirteen he began his business career, working
as a farm hand at $6 per month for one year. Hav-

, ing saved $100, he went to Xew Haven, and there
learned the cabinetmaker's trade, whicji he subse-

' quently followed in Stratford and Bridgeport,
Conn., for some time. At the age of twenty-three

1 vears he came to Derby and opened a small furni-
ture store in East Derby. While there he was mar-
ried, in 1835, to Miss Mary E. Phillips, who wa?
born in Fairfield. Conn., and he afterward located
in Birmingham, where he was engaged in the furni-
ture business on a limited scale for about a year.
He then erected a building on Minerva street,
Derby, which he occupied for many years, doing an
extensive retail furniture business under the name

; the BinTiingham Furniture Co. He was in partner-
ship first with a Mr. Coe and later with a Mr. Lewis
and continued his connection with the furniture
trade for forty-nine }'ears. He was also a director

' in the Birmingham Xational Bank, and president
of the Birmingham Water Co. He belonged to that
class of men whom the world terms self-made, for,
starting out in life for himself empty-handed, he
conquered all obstacles in the path to success, and
not only secured for himself a handsome compe-
tence, but by his eftorts materially advanced the in-
terests of the community with which he was asso-
ciated. In political sentiment he was a Republican,
and in religious belief both he and his wife were
Methodists.^ He died Dec. 2^, 1884. and she has
also passed away. To them were born seven chil-
dren, namely : Jennie M., Carrie. Sarah. Sadie.

: Henrv. George C. and Oiarles. All are deceased
with the exception of Jennie (a resident of Water-
bury) and our subject.

The early educaiion of George C. Summers was
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supplemcntLcl by a cjur - .- .nt \\'ilhraliaiii, ^.Tass. On
returning- lionic lie wurk^d iov iiis father for a time,
and then went to New Haven, Conn,, where he at-
tended the National College of Business. He then
acted as bookkeeper, collector and general manager
in his father's furniture establishment, where an ex-
tensive wholesale and retail business was carried on,
employment being given to as many as seventy-five
men. Mr. Summers remained with his father until
the latter's death, and became thoroughly familiar
with every department of the business, including the
cabinetmaking. For the past two years he has en-
gaged in the manufacture of extracts and essences,
for which he finds a ready sale, and has built up a
good trade in that line. A portion of his time is
also devoted to his property interests, as he owns
and rents many houses in Derby.

In 1892 Mr. Summers married Miss Jennette
Clapper, a native of Albany, N. Y., and a daughter
of Williani Clapper, who was also bornin that city.
To this union have been born four children : Les-
ter E.; Grace E., Alillicent L. and Alton B. Mr.
Summers and his family attend the ^lethodist
Episcopal Church, and are quite prominent socially.
Politically he is a stanch supporter of the Republi-
can party.

GEORGE \V. LIVINGSTON, a brass caster
in Ansonia, was born in Canada, Sept. 2, 1843, ^
son of Samuel Livingston, also a native-born
Canadian, who was a farmer anci spent his entire
life in Ontario, where he cleared a farm of 200
acres, and died at the age of sixty years. Anna
Gale, wife of Samuel, was born in Philadelphia,
but early made her home in Canada, and she died
at the age of eighty-nine. Both she and her hus-
band were faithful adherents and members of the
Baptist Church.

George Livingston spent his early life in Can-
ada, where he grew to manhood on the paternal
acres, and acquired his education in the public
schools. When he was twenty years old he left
home, and engaged in farming in Illinois, but after
a year he returned to his native country where he
was at work for three years. He spent five months
in Pennsylvania, and then came to Connecticut,
locating in Ansonia in 1866, where he took a place
with \Vallace & Sons as a helper for a brass caster.
WTien he learned the trade, he became a brass
caster himself, working for eighteen years in the
same factory in which he began. He was connected
with Osborne, Cheescman & Co., and later entered
the employe of the Birmingham Brass Co. With
the latter house he has been engaged fourteen
years, and he is the oldest caster in the factory, and
among the oldest in the neighborhood.

On Aug. 26, 186S, Mr. Livingston was married
to Martha Woodin, who was born in Waterbury,
a daughter of Aner F. Woodin, who was horn in
Pines Bridge, Beacon Falls, a son of John \\'oodin.
also a native of Pines Bridge, where he spent his



life. Aner F. Wotidin was a carpenter, and worked
at that trade many years in Waterbury. The latter
I part of his life was spent in Michigan, where he
died at the age of seventy-five. His second wife.
Delight Bronson, daughter of Polly (Hotchkiss)
; Bronson, was the mother of Mrs. Livingston, and
' to that marriage three children were born : Ella
J., who married Theodore Manville ; Martha; and
Charles Woodin, in Texas. Mrs. Delight ( Bron-
son j Woodin was born at Prospect, and died at the
age of forty-three years, and with her husband be-
longed to the Methodist Qiurch.

.Mr. Livingston is a member of Washington

■ Lodge, A. F. & A. 'SI., and the Naugatuck Lodge,
I. O. O. F. Both he and his wife belong to the

, Methodist Church, where they are active and in-
terested workers in every department of the church
and the Sunday-school. He is a trustee of the



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