Bio's from Cornwall, CT


A Typical New England Town


Edward Everett Brewster

This youngest son of Jasper and Elizabeth (Allen) Brewster was born in Cornwall, 23 Mar. 1856. He Was prepared for College at Westfield, Mass., 1872 – 1875. Graduated at Yale from Sheffield Scientific School in 1878 as Ph.B. in the Chemistry course, taking the junior rear prise in mineralogy and chemistry. After two years or more at home in Cream Hill he took the position of chemist of the Menominee Mining Co. of Norway, Mich., in January 1881. Two years later he was transferred to their Chapin Mine at Irom Mountain, Mich. In 1891, he resigned and became the chemist of the Pewabic Company of that place, wheir he remained untill 1919. For twenty one years he was the trustee of the public schools of Iron Mountain, three years as president. He was a member of the American Chemical Society and of the American Ornithological Union. He had a high professional standing in the mining districts of Michigan, especially as an assayer. He married 19 Jan. 1888, at Stockbridge, Mass., Elizabeth Edwards, a decendent of President Edwards, of Governor Winthrop, and of John Eliot the “Apostle.” Mr. Brewster was himself a decendent from Elder William Brewster of the “Mayflower” company. They had four children who survive him and their mother, He died 1 July 1919, and was buried in the North Cornwall Cemetery,

Nelson Brewster

In 1797, he came as a child with widowed mother from Stratford : from Cornwall ha moved to Goshen where he married Lucretia Root and had two sons, of whome William was a Colonel in the Civil War. Mr. Brewster was admitted to the county bar from Cornwall in 1824, he lived two years in Litchfield, and was Bank Commissioneer for several terms. “He had a very limited peactice” and died in 1850.

Rev. Grove L. Brownell

Reared in North Canaan and Graduated from the Vermont State University, Mr. Brownell preached for “a year, more, or less” at North Cornwall at a time when the church was pastorless, between 1816 and 1819. After marled success there he was for some time with the North Church in Woodbury, and still later preached in Sharon from May 1840 to August 1848.

Mary Williams Chapin

Miss Chapin was the daughter of Oliver and Anna (Pierce) Chapin and has been claimed as a native of Cornwall, but was born at Somers, 30 June 1820. Her mother was a sister of Maj. Seth Pierce, and her father started the sawmill half way between Cornwall Village and the Bridge. She went to the Academy in Cornwall, and Abbott Academy, Andover, Mass.; entered the first class at Mt. Holyoke ; Stayes out two years from illness, graduated 1843 ; at once became a teacher there, remaining until 17 May 1865, when she married Claudius B. Pease. Though the chief reliance of the Seminary after Miss Lyon's death in 1849, she would not take the name of Principal untill 1852. She died 9 May 1889.

Oliver Chapin

Mr. Chapin, father ot the above, was a graduate if Yale, I believe, where he had the degree of Master of Arts and was a tutor in 1805. He is reported to have been a teacher in Cornwall, and to have built a sawmill on Furnace Brook. Hear he married, hence removed, and died, I think in 1857.

Rev. D. F. Chapman

In July 1871, a licentiate from New London, previously a fisherman, Mr. Chapman began his pastoriate in the Baptist Church in East Cornwall, and proceeded to “catch men”. His predecessor left about the same number if members in the church that he received into it, thirty-nine, He was ordained 4 Oct. 1871 and the church sorrowfully accepted his resignation at the end of his fourth year.

Rev. Henry Christie

Mr. Christie was the son of an english officer who, in the time of the French wars was stationed at Albany. Their he was born, and became a tailor. In 1790, he was taken on trial as a Methodist preacher and assigned to the Litchfield Circit. He soon married elizabeth W., daughter of Capt. Edward Rogers, and located his family, preaching more or less for over twenty years in Cornwall, at the Hollow, and also in Goshen in schoolhouses, residences and finally at the church, now Mr. George R. Hotchkiss' house for which he and his father-in-law gave the land, 4 Mmay 1818. The road ran West of the building and was legally given up about a century afterword upon my motion. Mr. Christie lived in the Henry Baldwin place (Mr. Geo. Erhardt's) untill in 1817, he removed to an Ohio town, via Philadelphia. Their also he is said to have given land for a church, wheir decendents still remain. He died in 1826, and, dying, tried to close his own wyws, but was unable, yet clapped his hands. He was untrained but ernist, faithful, and respected. In Cornwall, like other M. E. Preachers elsewhere in his day, he was arrested (in his bed) for marrying a cuuple, but it was soon decided by the courts that the Methodist ordination was viald.

Ernest Dwight Clark

The eldest son of Andrew M. and Mary (Brown) Clark, Ernest born on Cornwall, 14 May 1883. He studied at the Foster School in Cornwall, taught in the public school of the town, then went to Yale and in 1907 graduated with a degree of Ph.B. and in 19008 with that of M.F. He entered the United States Forest Service and was stationed for some ten tears at woodstock, VA. He married, in June 1911, Bertha Marion Branch, daughter of Mr. And Mrs. F. H. Greener. Ather the Forest service, he was employed by a tannery company in purchasing bark for their use, and them located in Harrisburg. He returned to Cornwall in 1924, having bought a farm in East Cornwall.

Loyal Brown Clark

A younger brother of Ernest D., Loyal was born in Cornwall 23 Sept. 1886, attended the Foster School and graduated from Yale in 1908. He at once went into bussiness in New York City, but resides in Stamford. He married 17 Apr. 1911, Miss Ada Coats of New Haven and has children.

Judge Alvin Nelson Hart

To Capt. *Elias and Philomela (Burnham) Hart, a younger son was born in Cornwall, A.D. 1804, whom they named Alvin Nelson. He like his kinsmen *John C., studied at Amherst College but did not graduate, leaving the class of 1829 in the middle of their course. Going to Michigan he became the first settler at Lapeer in 1831, and held the offices of shariff, supervisor, representitive, State Senator and judge of LaFayette Co. He was also a man of business activities in real estate, merchandise and railways. In 1860 he removed to Lansing wheir he died in 1874, His wife married in 1829 was Cherlotte F. Ball of Massachusetts.

Rev. John Clark Hart

Deacon Nathon and Sylvia (Clark) Hart gave the name of John Clark to the son born to them in Cornwell 10 Dec. 1804. He joined the Second Church in Cornwell at the age of fifteen, studied at Amherst College 1826 - `828 in the class of 1830, but graduated from Yale in 1831. He studied theology at Andover and was ordanied pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Springfield, N. J., and their he remained nine years ; then going to Ohio he became a paster of the Congregational Church at Hudson in the spring of 1844, and was one of the founders of the “Puritan Conference.” He also had pastorates at Ravenna and Kent, Ohio, and engaged in the editoral work. He died at Ravenna, 16 Sept. 1871, and the Conference minutes contain a long trivute to his memory. He married (1) Emily Irene, daughter of *”Squire” Burnham of Cornwall, and (2) 24 July 1844, Rebecca Kinsman Starr, a widow of Alaxander Moore , and left a son Albert Judson Hart. He wrote a series of historical articals in the Congregational Quartely, beginning July 1868. He had twelve children. After thirty years in the ministry he died in 1870, his last service being as supply for the pulpit of Western Reserv College, He published Michigan Pioneer Collections.

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