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Jacob Amidon, born in Mendon, Mass., about 1753, came to Chesterfield in 1782. He was engaged in trade here, held many of the town offices, reared a family of five children, and died February 11, 1839, aged eighty-five years. His son Otis, born here March 6, 1825, became one of the leading men of the town, both in church and municipal affairs, and died July 22, 1866. His son Charles Jacob is a prominent manufacturer in Hinsdale.