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Francis H. was born in 1S27. He has always followed the
profession of his father, grandfather and quite likely his more
distant ancestors. In 1855 he married Elizabeth Gill and has
reared a family of fine sons. Although he has managed his
farm and dairy business with the most scrupulous attention, he
has found time and oi^portunity to serve his townsmen in many
ways. With a single exception (Andrew F. Austin) he can count
more years of public service than any other citizen. He was
elected Grand Juror in 1S64, and has filled that delicate respon-
sibility continuously since with honor to himself and credit to the
peace of the commimity. Also, since 1S75, he has served as Town
Treasurer. The duties of a selectman are perfectly familiar to
him, and in 1S83 he was made a member of the General Assembly.
Patriotism, temperance and religion have always found in him an
ardent supporter.


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(See Portrait, page 334)

So frequent reference is made to the subject of this sketch in
this volume that more than a brief notice here seems unnecessary.
Whitney Elliott was born in Guilford, Conn. He came to North
Haven in 1S56, and by his training in his native place and m
North Branford at once identified himself with the interests of the
town; indeed, it may be added, that at no time since becoming a
resident here has he failed of being sought as an official leader in
one direction or another. In educational, political and religious
matters he has had wide experience and i;niformly been found a
good iidviser. In his early life he was considered one of the most
successful district school teachers in the state. As a justice of the



peace and administrator of estates, his rulings have been equit-

On his removal hither he purchased the Planning Bassett farm,
and at considerable outlay has made it a fine country seat. By
prudent management he has acquired a competence and is now
en joying the rewards of a successful career. In 1S46 he married
Emma, daughter of Joseph William Benton of Guilford, Conn.
Two sons and a daughter comprise his family; of the former. Dr.
Gustavus Eliot has an extensive patronage in New Haven, Conn.,
and Dr. Henry W. Eliot is a veterinary surgeon practicing in
Ansonia, Conn. ; the daughter. IMary W3-llys Eliot, is a graduate
of a distinguished ladies' seminary. The family includes among
its ancestors the famous John Eliot, "Apostle to the Indians."


(See Portrait, page 316.)

Like the Hon. Ezra Stiles, the above-named gentleman is a
descendant of the ancient Stiles family of Windsor, Conn. His
great-grandfather was the Rev. Isaac Stiles. [See Chap. III.]
Mr. Stiles was brought up in brick making rather than theologv,
and has mastered his profession. From a few thousands made in
1S20 he has witnessed the manufacture rise to many millions at
the present time.

He has been twice married: first to Sophronia Blakeslee, who
died 1SS6, and to Mrs. Ellen Rich Dickerman. He has always
been a devoted churchman and supporter of St. John's Parish.
For years he, with his brother, Henry H., was a valuable member
of his church choir,, and has been Senior Warden since 1PS3. In
politics he is a pronounced republican and represented the town
in the General Assembly 1S54, 1SS4, 1SS5. In 1S90 he receiver the
nomination for Senator in the Seventh District but was defea. d
by local issues in the Naugatuck Valley.


(See Portrait, paire 300.)

Among the settlers of New Haven Colony none were more
respected than the Eaton family. Messrs. Theophilus and Robert
O. Eaton (see next page), subjects of this sketch, claim descent
from that illustrious hiiusc^ As early as 1729 the name of The-
ophilus Eaton appears in connection with the records of the First



Ecclesiastical Society of the "North Village" (North Haven),
where he was a leading official at that time. He lived at what
was then called "Muddy River." This locality appears to have
found favor not only with him but thf)se of his name before and
since. A part of Gov. Eaton's possessions, a thousand acres and
more, lay in that vicinity-, and a portion of this area has never
passed from the family name but is occupied to-day by the gentle-
men named above.

Theophilus and Robert O. are the sons of Jesse O. and Mary
A. Eaton. The former was born in 1849. He married Bertha M.
Robinson. Mr. Eaton is active in politics and widelj- identified
with the Republican party. He has repeatedly served upon the
Board of Education — at present a member — has been selectman,
registrar of voters, justice, and represented the town in the Gen-
eral Assembly 1SSQ-90 and 1S91-2.


(See Portrait, page 236.)

Robert O. Eaton was born in 1S57. He married Carrie A.
Granniss of East Haven. Like his brother, he has acquired
political distinction as a good organizer and faithful worker. He
holds at present the position of Assistant Dain' Commissioner of
Connecticut, to which he was appointed in May, i>9i. He served
two years as president of The Young Republican Club of the
village, and was chosen chairman of the Republican Town Com-
mittee in iSSS.

Both gentlemen mentioned above, with their wives, are mem-
bers of the North Haven Grange, Robert O. laaving served two
terms as its "master." 'Besides this they~" belong to Adelphi
Lodge, F. & A. M., and to Ouinnipiac Council, O. U. A. M. They,
occupy a large, old-fashioned country residence, surrounded by an
extensive fruit and market garden, in the village of Montowese.


Page 6 — For "Western." read " Eastern *"
** 76— For " 1762," read " 1750."
" 138— For " 1760," read " 1759."
'* 143— For " 1760," read " 1759."
" 150 -For ";^4,54S,- read "S4.548."
" 164 — For " 1759," read " 1S59."

" 227— For " Mary Yale," read " Mary Seebry Brooks."
" 251— For " First brick, &c.," read " Second brick, &c.
" 254— For "XIII." read " VIII."

388 — For " 195," read " 210."
" 388— For " 140," read " 15S."


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