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George W. Lamoreaux

One of the early merchants that continued in business for many years in Petaluma, making an honorable record, was George W. Lamoreaux, a native of Wayne county, N. Y., born May 17, 1828. His father, Thomas Lamoreaux, was born in France and was one of three brothers who fled from France on account of religious persecution at the time of the revocation of the edict of Nantes. Mr. Lamoreaux came to the United States, locating in Wayne county, N. Y., where he was a merchant in Arcadia, now Newark, on the Erie canal, on which he also ran a packet. Under these surroundings his son, George W., was reared, learning the mercantile business from the time he was tall enough to look over the counter, and following this vocation until he came to California.

In 1858 George W. Lamoreaux was married in East Newark, N. Y., to Miss Margaret H. French, a native of Rockingham county, N. H., daughter of Asa and Betsey (Bean) French. The former, who was born in New Hampshire, was a cooper by trade, and his demise occurred when Mrs. Lamoreaux was a babe. The mother subsequently married Thomas Dearborn and removed to East Newark, N. Y., where Margaret lived until she was twelve years of age, when she returned to New Hampshire, receiving her education there in the public schools until her marriage.

In 1859 Mr. Lamoreaux came to Petaluma, Cal., where he engaged in the grocery business for many years with an honorable record and a successful career until he retired. He died July 30, 1908, aged eighty years, mourned by a host of friends. He was a member of the Odd Fellows order, an active member of the Petaluma Fire Department for many years and was also affiliated with the Old Military Company. He and his wife were active members of the Episcopal Church, in which he was senior warden.

Since her husbandís death Mrs. Lamoreaux continues to resides at the old home on Fourth street, where she is surrounded by many friends, who love her for her amiable qualities and her charitable deeds.

History of Sonoma County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: Tom Gregory
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1911)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011