Maltby Genealogy

American Lineage

Northford Church, April 4, 1836.

     Children of Isaac Maltby and Evelyn Atwood:
VII.1861.  Elizabeth Maltby, died young.
VII.1862.  Bertie       "    b. 1864.

VI.873. Caleb Smith Maltby, b. Aug. 10, 1811, Pittsburgh, Pa., (DeGrasse 5, Benj.4, Benj.3, Dan.2, Wm.1).

He mar. at Pittsburgh, Pa., Mary Foster of Wheeling, Va. He was a very wealthy man, and said to be worth twenty million, having made his money in the Oyster business.

He owned the old Maltby Place, 10 Howe Street, New Haven; a summer residence on the shore of Long Island Sound at West Haven; later purchased for a family seaside Club, "the Ansantawae," of which my people were members. He also owned a county estate "Althea Lodge" at Greenwich, Conn., and a town house in New York, and I should add, a hotel in Baltimore.

Once while the compiler was spending some days in that city, an old "darkie" was driving us about--and naturally did not know our name. We came to an old hotel, which he pointed out, explaining that it was the "old Maltby Hotel." A gentleman arrived one evening ask- ing for a room, and was told there was not a room to be had. The reply was: "How much do you want for this hotel?" The manager named a price, and the gentleman said "Very well, I'll buy it and I'll sleep here tonight." True or not, the story is quite in keeping with his character.

The New Haven and West Haven residences I am able to describe as my father rented No. 10 Howe Street. The frontage occupied three- quarters of a long block, between George and Oak Streets, in depth it was a full block, extending back to Dwight Street. The house was brown stucco, and on either side of the front walk were four brown- stone pedestals, two on each side, surmounted by life-size marble figures of Greek Goddesses. At the left side of the house, a fair distance away, was an exceedingly large conservatory, entirely of glass, some 35 feet long and very high, filled with roses and choice flowers. Still to the left of this was the rustic summer house with built in table and seats circling the entire walls. Paths, bordered by unusual shrubs and trees, led in and out. At the right of the house, an oyster shell drive led in from the carriage entrance, centered by a large round grass plot, in the middle of which was a large fountain--with double basins. Keeping on, behind the house, we come to the Ice-house. This was formerly supplied by ice from Maltby Lake. The crypt for the ice was covered and a delightfully cool place in summer. It had a floor for garden furniture, stands for plants, and the super-structure was a pyramid in lattice work, all shaded by ancient and huge weeping willow trees. Nearly opposite was a very large pond--almost a small lake, filled with large gold and silver fish, and in the center a tall fountain. A rustic bridge spanned the large pond from the small pond. The path led back to the stable, where at the right was a grove of evergreen trees, so planted that the center formed a cool room; at the left was the Graperey--another large glass conservatory--but some feet smaller than the one for flowers. This contained numerous varieties of rare grapes--with a small house for the gardener, adjoining. Toward Dwight street was the fruit orchard and a section for berries,