Biography of William E. Chadbourne
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William E. Chadbourne, a prominent resident of Cornish, was born here, July 31, 1823. His grandfather, William Chadbourne, who was born in Maine, had six children-Humphrey, Jabez, William, Thomas, Benjamin, and Electa. Humphrey married Abbie Peck, and had three children. Jabez went to Canada, where he married and died. William, who was an extensive farmer in Canada, had a large family. Thomas was a butcher in Salem, Mass., and died there. Electa, now deceased, married Mr. Cross, of Canada.
Benjamin Chadbourne, the father of William E., was born at Moultonboro, N.H., January 28, 1792. He was prominent in town affairs, and was Tax Collector and Deputy Sheriff for a number of years. His wife, whose maiden name was Sarah Cady, of Cornish, bore him seven children-Curtis, Miranda, William E., Hannah, Gratia, Ruth, and Alfred. Curtis, born September 12, 1819, was educated in the town schools, and afterward became a tailor in Charlestown, N.H. He married Adeline Fogget, and had five children. His death occurred in 1890, on November 26. Miranda, born May 23, 1820, married Alamanda Powers, of Charlestown, this State, a shoe manufacturer, and died January 4, 1889. Hannah, born June 6, 1826, is now Mrs. John Ferguson, and lives in Canada. Ruth, born September 18, 1829, who lives in Somerville, Mass., married Lafayette Smith, of Cornish, a drover, and had four children. Alfred, born February 21, 1832, married Elizabeth Demming, of Cornish, had six children, and died June 26, 1891.
After receiving his education in the public schools, William E. Chadbourne engaged in farming, which has since been his principal occupation. He has never aspired to public office, while he has always taken a prominent part in town affairs and has served as Highway Surveyor. In politics he is a Republican. He married on June 15, 1858, Rosella Stone, of Plainfield, N.H., daughter of Solomon and Betsy (Reed) Stone.
Mr. Chadbourne’s children are: Angie L., William Lucius, Gratia S., Emma E., Luther E., and James B. Angie, born October 19, 1862, is now Mrs. Earl Westgate, of Cornish. William L., born February 24, 1865, was married April 21, 1887, to Minnie Wood, and has one child-Daphna W., born July 9, 1888. Gratia, born May 27, 1867, was educated at Windsor, Vt., and is a teacher of fine ability, well known and very popular in Claremont, Cornish, and other places. Emma, born December 1, 1869, was educated at Windsor, and is employed in one of the large mercantile establishments of that town. Luther, born April 8, 1872, who was a pupil of Kimball Academy at Plainfield, joined his father on the farm. James, who was educated at Windsor High School, also assists his father.