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Biography of Moses A. Cragin

Moses A. Cragin, of Lempster, a veteran of the Civil War and an ex-member of the New Hampshire legislature, was born in Rindge, N.H., December 13, 1823, son of Moses and Sarah (Chamberlain) Cragin. His father, who was born in Rindge in the year 1800, and spent the greater part of his life in his native town, was for some years engaged in peddling. He afterward removed from Rindge to Alstead, N.H., and later to Marlow, where he was engaged in the wooden-ware business. He died April 5, 1864. His first wife, Sarah Chamberlain Cragin, was a native of New Ipswich, N.H. After her death he successively married Eleanor Walton, of Temple, N.H., and Fanny Bidwell, of Langdon. By his first union there were six children, namely: Moses A., the subject of this sketch; a child who died in infancy; Newton B.; Elvira; Edward; and Lucius. Lucius died in 1853, aged eighteen years. Newton B. Cragin, who is a retired fruit-grower and resides in Worcester, Mass., married Sarah Monroe, of Marlow; and their daughter, Alice Estella, is now the wife of Fred Hathern, of Worcester. Elvira married John Q. Priest, now living in retirement at Westboro, Mass. Edward, who is a railroad engineer and lives in Ohio, wedded Martha Peither. Moses A. Cragin attended the district school until he was nine years old. On reaching his majority, he then located in Gardner, Mass. Some time after his marriage he moved to Marlow, where he followed the blacksmith’s trade for five years. Then he engaged in the wooden-ware business. On September 3, 1864, he enlisted as a private in Company...

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