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Biographical Sketch of Aaron A. Farnsworth

Farnsworth, Aaron A., New Haven, was born in New Haven, Addison county, Vt., on March 15, 1818; is a farmer, and the farm which he now occupies was settled on in 1785 by his paternal grandfather, Aaron Haskins, and which Mr. Aaron Farnsworth has occupied since 1828. He is an extensive breeder of the Atwood Merino sheep, having a registered flock of 170 sheep. He was married in 1851 to Harriet Sprague, who was a daughter of Horace and Zursiah (Eldridge) Sprague, of New Haven, and by whom he had seven children — Zursiah, Frank A., Helen A. (deceased), Harriet (now Mrs. Benjamin F. Ostrander), Mary, Addie (now Mrs. Frank Taylor), Jennie (now Mrs. William H. Sheldon), and Grace. Mrs. Farnsworth’s paternal grandfather was a native of Lanesborough, Mass., and her maternal grandfather, Lemuel Eldridge, was a native of Mansfield, Conn., and both were early pioneers of New Haven, Vt. Aaron Farnsworth was a son of Silas and Amelia (Haskins) Farnsworth. His father was a native of New Hampshire and a carpenter by trade, who settled in New Haven, Vt., about 1800. He was twice married: the first time in 1805, to Amelia Haskins, a daughter of Aaron Haskins, of New Haven, Vt., and by whom he had five children — Almon H., Electa, Sophia, Betsey A., and Aaron A. His second wife was Sophia Parmelee (Eldridge), to whom he was married in 1819.

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