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Biographical Sketch of Daniel C. West

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West, Daniel C., Middlebury, was born in New Haven, Addison county, Vt., on April 27, 1807. His parents were Joseph and Phoebe (Griswold) West. Joseph West was born in Danby, Vt., in 1777, and came to Addison county with his father, Israel West, about 1780. The family first settled in Vergennes, where Israel West followed his trade of blacksmithing for many years. He moved to Waltham in 1798 and purchased a large farm, and engaged in farming as well as blacksmithing. He sold out here and removed to the town of New Haven, and purchased the farm now owned by his grandson. His son Joseph also inherited the same after the death of Israel, and resided on it during his life. He had a family of two sons and three daughters. Only one son is now living. He died in 1830. Daniel C. was educated in the common schools and engaged in farming. Upon the death of his father he inherited the homestead and cared for his mother and the balance of the family. He was married on September 29, 1831, to Jane Ann Gage, who lived sixteen years after her marriage, and died in 1843. He was married the second time on January 9, 1849, to Clara F. Farrar, a daughter of Caleb Farrar, a former and well-known resident of Middlebury. He devoted his time to farming and the raising of sheep, and owns one hundred and sixty acres. He always declined public office. He retired from his farm and active life in the year 1881, and came to Middlebury, where they have since resided.


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