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Biography of Eli Pattridge
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Eli Pattridge moved here from Mendon, Mass., about 1776, and remain in this town until 1800, when he moved to the northern part of the state. He had born to him nine children, namely: Eli, Joseph, Amos, M Rachel,, Charles. Nathaniel, Abel and Adam. Joseph, born in 1753, married Sarah Warren, of Mendon, Mass. He was selectman in 1801, ’03, ’16, ’17 and died in 1817. His children were Caroline, Prussia, John W., Mehitable; Joseph, Simon, Winslow, Sally, Abel, Ora and Samuel J. The last mentioned born November 22, 1800, was the youngest of Joseph and Sarah (Warren Pattridge’s eleven children; while Lucretia, born November 9, 1801, who he married October 25, 1827, was the oldest of Ziba and Nancy (Babbit} Albee’s fourteen children). He settled on the paternal homestead, about two miles east of Factory Village; and was a successful farmer. His father died in 1817, at the age of sixty-four. His mother, and also the mother of Mrs. Pattridge, received their personal care in their last years, the former attaining to the ripe age of eighty-nine, and the latter eighty-two. She was known to say that during the years she had lived in the home of Samuel Partridge, she had no knowledge of an unpleasant word between him and her daughter. He served the town as selectman in 1868, was elected representative to the general court in 1846, and was re-elected in 1852. He was a commissioned officer of the Chesterfield Light Infantry, and during his service as captain, about the year 1830, when under the old state militia laws, the officers drew a stipulated sum for distilled drink, on their annual drill before muster, Samuel Partridge, making his strictly temperance principle practical, has the credit, by his influence, of securing the vote of the officers to use their yearly allowance for the purchase of equipments, or the general good of the company. Their children, Sarah W., born January 10, 1831, married, February 11, 1851, William R. Bullock, of Winchester, where, with their four children, they now reside. Winslow Albee was born October 25, 1838. He went to California in the spring of 1864, and engaged mostly in mining. January 19, 1869, he married Georgina J., daughter of Henry Woodfield, of Grass Valley, Nevada county, Cal. In the precinct where he lived, during elections, he was clerk and recorder six years. He was also deputized foreign tax collector. In the fall of 1873 he returned to Chesterfield with his family, and settled on the homestead with his father, where Mrs. Pattridge, his mother, still lives, venerated by his family. Their two oldest children were born in California, Hattie L., born January 1, 1871, and E. Maud, born December 15, 1872. The three born in Chesterfield are Fred W., born January 6, 1875, Ida Lucretia, born July 9, 1878, and Lyra G., born October 8, 1880. He was elected representative by his townsmen in the fall of 1884. He belongs to the masonic order, having attained to the 32d degree. Samuel Pattridge died suddenly on the morning of April 30, 1884. He was a kind neighbor, a hospitable host, a respected townsman; and his every-day home life, in his family, a blessing. The look of honest goodness, seen upon the face of the accompanying portrait, may account for his receiving the sobriquet of “Uncle Sam.”
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