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Biographical Sketch of Gilman Caldwell

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Caldwell, Gilman, Bristol, was born in the town of Ware, N. H., on August 26, 1812. He was a son of Isaac J. and Sarah (Richards) Caldwell. His father was one of the prominent men of the town of Ware, N. H., and was a son of James Caldwell, who was a Revolutionary patriot, participating in the battles of Bunker Hill and Bennington, and was a resident of New Boston, N. H. Gilman’s parents settled in Lincoln, Vt., about 1839. He has been engaged in the manufacture of shingles, and also in the lumber business in general. He made the first clapboards and shingles which were ever manufactured in Lincoln, Vt. He settled in Bristol, Vt., in 1871. He was married on January 17, 1841, to Harriet Goodnow, a daughter of Levi and Clarissa (Wheeler) Goodnow, who were natives of Salisbury, Mass. Harriet was born in Peacham, Washington county, Vt., on March 28, 1819. Their children were Alma J. (born on September 6, 1842, now Mrs. Jesse Ridley, of Bristol, Vt.; she has a family of four children), Josephine (born on June 3, 1845, now Mrs. Milo Varney), and Mary B. (born on May 18, 1848, now at home with her parents).


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