Biography of Charles A. Langmaid
Charles A. Langmaid, a prominent dairy farmer of Chichester and a member of the Board of Selectmen, was born upon the farm he now owns and occupies, December 13, 1851, son of Edward and Mary J. (Blake) Langmaid. His grandfather, Edward Langmaid, who for a number of years kept a tavern at Hampton Falls, N.H., moved to a farm of fifty acres situated in Chichester, and was there engaged in agricultural pursuits for about two years. He died at the age of forty-two. The grandfather’s wife, whose maiden name was Mehitable Dodge, reared six children. Of these Samuel, the only survivor, who served as a Captain in the Civil War, married and had two daughters-Helen and Clara. Mrs. Mehitable Langmaid lived to the age of eighty-three years. She was a member of the Congregational church.
Edward Langmaid, father of Charles A., was born in Hampton Falls. The active portion of his life was devoted to tilling the soil; and he resided for the most of the time in Chichester until his death, which occurred when he was seventy years old. In politics he was a Democrat, and his connection with the public affairs of this town lasted through a long period. He was elected to all the important town offices, was a Representative to the legislature, and was serving as Town Treasurer at the time of his death. He was unusually successful as a farmer, and he acquired considerable property. He was a member of the Congregational church. His first marriage was with Mary J. Blake, a daughter of General James Blake, of Chichester. She died in 1856, aged about thirty-eight years, leaving three children-Edward, Sarah M., and Charles A. Edward married Jacintha M. Sanborn, of Chichester, and has one daughter, Elizabeth M. Sarah M. is the Elbridge G. W. Bartlett, of Yonkers, N.Y., and has no children. Charles A. Langmaid’s father wedded for his second wife Mrs. Eliza Ladd Mead, widow of T. J. Mead, late of Concord, N.H. By this union there was one son, Albert, who is no longer living.
Charles A. Langmaid acquired his education in the schools of his native town. When a young man he began to assist in managing the homestead farm, thereby receiving a knowledge of agriculture that has since been very useful to him. He now owns about two hundred and fifty acres of excellent land, of which the cultivated part is very fertile. He makes a specialty of dairy farming, and deals quite extensively in milk. On November 26, 1879, he was united in marriage with Ellen A. Sanborn, daughter of Jacob S. and Elvira R. L. Sanborn, of Chichester. Politically, Mr. Langmaid is a Democrat. He served as Town Clerk for four years, was Treasurer for three years, and in 1896 was elected a member of the Board of Selectmen. Mr. and Mrs. Langmaid are connected with Chichester Grange, and are members of the Congregational church.