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Charles Q. Eldredge Biography

  Excerpts from "A Modern History of New London County, Connecticut" published 1922. 

  "Now seventy-six years of age, Mr. Eldredge resides at 'Riverview Cottage,' Old Mystic, Connecticut, the place of his
  birth, and on the ground where his parents, Christopher and Nancy Eldredge, passed their lives and left a record or
  love and helpfulness that will long endure. Mr. Eldredge has seen all sides of life, and had a great variety of experience
  during his three-quarters of a century. He early broke away from home environment, and in western lumber camps and
  on western rivers developed a strength of body, mind and character that well fitted him for the place in mercantile life
  that he was to fill."

  "Mr. Eldredge is a descendant of Samuel Eldred, born in England in 1620, died in Kingston, Rhode Island, in 1697. The
  line of descent to Charles Q. Eldredge, of Old Mystic, is through the founder's son, Captain Daniel Eldredge, of
  Kingston, Phode Island, and Stonington, Connectictu, captain of the militia and deputy to the General Court. He died at
  North Kingston, Rhode Island, August 18, 1726. He added a final 'ge' to the name. From him the line continues through
  his son, James Eldredge, born December 5, 1696, died 1738; his son, Christopher Eldredge, born January 22, 1722, a
  soldier of the Revolution, wounded during Arnold's attack on New London, September 6, 1781, died in Stonington,
  Connecticut, 1811; his son, Joshua Eldredge, born in Stonington, August 9, 1769, died there August 17, 1836; his son,
  Christopher Eldredge, born in Stonington, November 14, 1798, died in Old Mystic, Connecticut, July 26, 1884; his son,
  Charles Q. Eldredge, born in Old Mystic, New London county, Connecticut, July 15, 1845..."

  "For eight years the Mississippi river was his home, his business being to find markets for the lumber, subsistence for
  the raftsmen, and to pay off the men. It was at that time that the old time raftsmen and Mississippi river steamboat men
  were the roughest, toughest and all around meanest combination that ever existed. In 'The Story of a Connecticut Life,'
  Mr. Eldredge says: 'My experience would lead me to agree with the classification but I should insist on exceptions.'"

  He was a farmer for awhile, and "in July of 1872 he sold out and with the eight thousand and five hundred dollars that
  he received, he entered into a partnership in M.F. White & Company, in Hoosick Falls, New York."

  "In 1893, he returned to Old Mystic, to the house, 'Riverview,' which he had built in 1890."

  "Mr. Eldredge married Jennie Waitstill Leavens, in September, 1873, at Lansingburg, New York, and in 1895, his wife,
  her sister, and mother, all died of typhoid fever at Hoosick Falls, within a period of thirty days [this date is probably in
  error, as his return to Old Mystic and his remarriage do not agree with this date]. Three children were born to Mr. and
  Mrs. Charles Q. Eldgredge, as follows: 1. Charles Leavens, born at Hoosick Falles, New York, now a Baptist minister at
  West Bridgewater, Massachusetts; he married Mary Frink, of old Mystic, and they are the parents of three children:
  Reginald, deceased, Margarette, and Amethyst. 2. Jeannie White, born at Hoosick Falls, New York; she married
  Frederick Munich of Bridgeport, Connecticut, and they have two children: Frederick Eldredge and Margaret. 3.
  Clarence Quincy, born at Hoosick Falls, died at Old Mystic at eighteen years of age."

  "Mr. Eldredge married his present wife, Estelle Gilpatrick, at Groton, Massachusetts, January 1, 1891" [this date does
  not agree with the date of death of his first wife].


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Pat Sabin

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