These two outstanding portraits were on loan from our neighbor, The First Church of Christ in Saybrook. One is a portrait of Amos Sheffield (1789-1868) a successful merchant who owned a store on Main Street with Elisha Hart, General Hart’s brother. The other portrait is of his wife, Amelia Hotchkiss Sheffield (1783-1869). Amelia was the daughter of General Hart’s youngest sister, Amelia, who was married to Rev. Frederick Hotchkiss, the popular minister of the Congregational Church for over 50 years.
On October 25, 2019 the Society was able to purchase these portraits through a donation from a direct descendant of Robert Chapman, one of the first settlers of Saybrook Colony.
Joseph Mattis, standing with portraits, restored both of them through a special donation to the Society.