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William P. Egglestone
William P. Egglestone, one of the leading agriculturists of Plainfield,
Sullivan County, was born in this town, November 5, 1826, son of Colonel
Charles and Betsey (Fullum) Egglestone. His maternal great-grandfather,
Samuel Williams, moved with his family, in 1759, from Connecticut to New
Hampshire, where, having cleared a farm, he cultivated it for the rest of
his active period. Samuel married Sarah Lawrence, who was a descendant of
John Lawrence, one of the "Mayflower" Pilgrims.
Samuel Egglestone, the paternal grandfather of William P., and a native of
Connecticut, Plainfield. He was twice married. His first wife, whose
maiden name is unknown, bore him one son, Samuel (second). When he
returned home from the war, his wife was dead, and his boy had disappeared
without leaving any trace. Many years afterward an account, published by
the local newspapers, of how one Samuel Egglestone, an aged farmer, had
mowed half an acre of land before breakfast, was extensively copied
throughout New England. It was seen by his son, then forty years old, who,
thinking that it might be his father, came to Plainfield and met him.
Samuel Egglestone (second) married, and had nine children. His father
wedded for his second wife Phœbe Williams, daughter of Samuel Williams, of
Plainfield. By this union there were four children-Simon, Sibyl, Charles,
and Zeruah. Simon resided in Vermont, and reared a family. Sibyl became
the wife of Charles Livermore, of Hartland, Vt.; and Judge Livermore of
that State was one of her sons. Zeruah, who became Mrs. Keyes, resided in
the West, and had one son.
||Colonel Charles Egglestone,
William P. Egglestone's father, was born and reared in Plainfield.
After leaving school, he learned the carpenter's trade, and later
became a well-known contractor and builder. He erected several
school-houses, academies, and other public buildings in New
Hampshire and Vermont, besides many private residences. The house
and farm buildings which are now owned by his son, William P., were
erected by him in 1842. He served in the War of 1812, and was later
commissioned Colonel of the Fifteenth Regiment, New Hampshire
Volunteer Militia. Though not active in political affairs, he served
with ability as a member of the Board of Selectmen and in other town
offices. In his religious views he was a Congregationalist. Colonel
Charles Egglestone died June 25, 1858. His wife, Betsey, whom he
married in 1812, was born in Fitzwilliam, N.H.
She became the mother of nine children, born as follows: Lorenzo,
October 30, 1812; Lucinda, August 11, 1815; Francis F., August 6, 1817;
Mary Ann, June 27, 1820; Sarah, April 23, 1822; William P., the subject of
this sketch; Ai, November 16, 1829; Henry, March 4, 1832; and Helen M.,
October 23, 1835. Lorenzo, who is no longer living, was a machinist and
followed that calling in Cambridge and Boston, Mass. He married Elizabeth Lamarau, of Rochester, N. Y., and had a
family of six children. Lucinda married Raymond Page, of Springfield, Vt.,
and had two children. Francis F. went to Chicago, and engaged in
manufacturing furniture. He married Fanny Laughton, and had a family of
nine children, of whom the survivors are two sons, now carrying on the
business established by their father. Mary Ann married S. F. Redfield, a
tailor of Claremont, N.H., and had seven children. Sarah married Daniel
Kenyon, a farmer of Claremont, and had four children, two of whom are
living. Al served in the Civil War as a member of the Sixth Regiment,
Massachusetts Volunteers, and afterward settled in Bloomington, Ill.,
where he died. He married Speedy B. Farrington, of Claremont, N.H., and
was the father of three children, one of whom is living. Henry was engaged
in the furniture business in Chicago. He married Isabella Laughton, who
bore him four children, three of whom are living. Helen M. became the wife
of George T. Avery, a prosperous farmer of Plainfield, and had one son,
who is still living. Mrs. Charles Egglestone died May 1, 1868.
William P. Egglestone began his education in the common schools of
Plainfield, and completed Hartland, Vt. When a young man he learned the
cabinet-maker's trade in Boston. From Boston he went to Iowa, and later
settled in Chicago, where he followed his trade for a number of years.
When paying a visit to his parents, his father died. He was then prevailed
upon by his mother to take charge of the farm, and he has since remained
at the homestead. He has a large and productive farm, which affords him
ample opportunity for the raising of superior crops. He also has a dairy.
For twenty years he was engaged in the manufacture of caskets; and he was
an undertaker until 1890, when he gave up the business on account of
failing health. Mr. Egglestone has acceptably served the community in some
of the town offices. He attends the Congregational church.
|Mr. Egglestone married Caroline V. Seaver, who
was born in Gardiner, Me., April 20, 1830. Mrs. Egglestone's
parents, John and Catherine (Dill) Seaver, died when she was very
young. She is the mother of four children, namely: Charles, born
August 25, 1860; Leonora K., born March 20, 1863; Addie L., born
December 30, 1865; and Florida F., born September 16, 1868.
Charles has always resided with his parents, and assists in
carrying on the farm. He married Elizabeth Davis, who was born in
England, July 14, 1871, daughter of Evan Davis; and she is the
mother of one son, William Edward, born April 4, 1896. Leonora K.
married Lindsley L. Walker, a native of Reading, Vt., and now a
blacksmith of Hanover, N.H. Addie L. is the wife of Fred A. Cowen,
a merchant in Lebanon, N.H. Florida F. married George W. Hodges, a
maker of fine tools for the Waltham Watch Company, and resides in
Waltham, Mass. She has one son, Forrest E., born May 30, 1895.
Source: "Biographical Review, Vol. 22, containing life
sketches of leading citizens of Merrimack and Sullivan Counties, New
Hampshire". B. R. Pub. Co., 1897.
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