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Frank E. Dimond, a well-known business man of West Concord, was born on the estate he now occupies about thirty-six years ago, son of Elbridge and Jennett (Hoit) Dimond. His immigrant ancestor came from England, and was among the first settlers of this section of the State. Nearly all the descendants of the immigrant are still living in this region. His son, Ezekiel Dimond, was great-great-grandfather of Frank E. Ezekiel had seven sons. Reuben, the great-grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was born in Concord, N.H., on what is now known as Dimond’s Hill. He was a farmer, and passed the greater part of his life in Concord, dying at the age of seventy years. His wife was Mary Currier Dimond, who reared eleven children. The youngest of these died at the age of fifty, while the others lived to be from seventy to ninety years of age.

Jacob, the third son of Ezekiel, was a wheelwright; and he owned at first a small farm. He gradually acquired more land until at the time of his death he was proprietor of a goodly number of acres. Jacob married Rose Abbott, daughter of Ezra Abbott. Her only child, Elbridge, received a public-school training, and then worked at his father’s trade. Elbridge also did considerable farming, and built some substantial farm buildings. He was one of the Board of Aldermen for two years. His wife, Jenett, was a daughter of Enoch and Mary (French) Hoit, of Concord. Besides Frank E. she had another son, Gilman H. Dimond, who was in the Sixteenth New Hampshire Regiment for nine months during the Civil War, and later in the heavy artillery until the close of the war. Gilman Dimond married Mary E. Colby, and has three children-Irving G., Stella May, and Etta B. Elbridge was a Republican in politics, and twice represented the town in the State legislature. His first Presidential vote was cast for W. H. Harrison. He was a member of the Congregational church. His farm is a part of the original land, and the old residence was one of the first houses built in this section.

After attending the district schools for the usual period, Frank E. Dimond became a student at Penacook Academy. He has always resided on the farm, of which he is now the proprietor. It contains about two hundred acres, thirty of which are under cultivation. Mr. Dimond was Selectman of his ward for two years, served for two years in the Common Council, and at this writing is Alderman-elect

On June 14, 1883, Mr. Dimond married Mattie E. Carter, daughter of Augustine and Sarah E. Restieaux Carter. Her father is a son of Abiel and Patty (Farnum) Carter, of Concord. Abiel’s father was Timothy, born in Concord in 1767, and his mother’s maiden name was Judith Chandler. The next in line was Ezra, born in South Hampton, who came to Concord with his father about 1750, and married Phoebe Whittemore. Ezra was son of Daniel and Hannah Fowler Carter. Daniel was son of Ephraim Carter, who came to Concord about 1740, being the first Carter to settle there. The tradition is that, when he and his family left South Hampton, the neighbors were grieved that they were going so far into the wilderness, and wept when bidding them farewell. Reaching Sugar Ball Hill, they chained the wheels of the cart containing the goods to get it down safely. They crossed the Merrimack in a canoe, carrying their goods along with them, and causing the oxen to swim while the cart was dragged across by means of bed-cords fastened to the tongues.

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