Israel G. Mardin, one of Allenstown’s most able and successful farmers, was born in this town, January 9, 1826. His parents, Israel and Rachel (Ham) Mardin, were natives respectively of Allenstown and Epsom, N.H. The paternal grandfather, Israel Mardin (first), a native of Portsmouth, N.H., settled in Allenstown, and here carried on a good farm until his death, which occurred when he was forty years old. In politics he was a Democrat. He married Sally Doust, a native of Deerfield, and reared a family of five children, none of whom are living. His wife, who was a member of the Congregational church, reached the age of eighty-two years.
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Israel Mardin (second), the father of the subject of this sketch, was reared to farm life at the homestead. On succeeding to the farm, he cultivated it successfully during the active period of his life. He took an active part in political affairs, and was elected a Representative to the legislature for two terms by the Rachel, a daughter of George Ham, of Epsom, made him the father of seven children, five of whom are living; namely, Harrison B., William D., Israel G., John, and James C. Harrison B. married Ann Gove, of Wentworth, N.H., and has one son, Charles; William D. married Caroline Monahan, of Francestown, N.H., and has five children-Frank, George, Emma, Nellie, and Carrie; John married Ellen L. Flint, of Allenstown, and his children are: John, Mabel, and Hattie A.; James C. married Sarah Wiggins, of Deerfield; and she is the mother of two children-Burt and Rachel. Mrs. Rachel Mardin lived to be eighty-one years old. She and her husband were attendants of the Congregational church.
Israel G. Mardin was reared and educated in Allenstown. After leaving school he was employed in a brickyard for a time. Subsequently he took up farming, which has since been his principal occupation. In 1881 he purchased his present farm of one hundred and thirty acres. The tillage portion of it is devoted chiefly to the raising of hay and grain.
On March 31, 1853, Mr. Mardin wedded Hannah J. Giles, daughter of Paul S. Giles, of Northwood, N.H. They have no children. In politics Mr. Mardin is a Democrat. He has served as Supervisor of the Check List and as Highway Surveyor. One of the leading farmers of Allenstown, and possessing many admirable qualities, he has the esteem and confidence of his fellow-townsmen.