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Elijah Carlton


ELIJAH B. CARLTON , one of the native-born citizens of Conway, Carroll County, is a prosperous merchant and extensive landholder. His paternal grandfather, James A. Carlton, born in Bow, NH , was a farmer and influential citizen, who server his town for a number of years as Selectman. Jamesís wife was in maidenhood Mary E. Heath, of Barnet, VT.

Andrew M. Carlton, son of James and father of Elijah B., settled in Conway, where he was successfully engaged in agricultural pursuits for many years, owning a farm of one hundred and seventy-five acres. By his marriage with Nancy M. West, of Lyme, NH., five children were born, namely : James A. , now of Kansas; Mrs. Lena W. Hammond, a resident of Lawrence, Mass. ; Elijah B., whose name begins this sketch; Lilly, now deceased, who married a Mr. Bragdon, of Lowell, Mass.; and Sadie, who is the wife of Horace M. Thompson, of Conway.

Elijah B. Carleton, after acquiring a practical education in the public schools of Conway, was employed for seven years at the Crawford House. Then, leaving the hotel, he carried on general farming and lumbering for five years; and he is now the owner of more than one thousand acres of farm and timber land. Embarking in the mercantile business in 1881, he carried it on alone till 1896, when he took into partnership his son-in-law, Frederick Thoms, the firm name being Carleton & Thoms.

 An energetic, enterprising citizen, Mr. Carleton is identified with the best interests of his town, which he has served as Selectman for five successive years, having been chairman of the board four years in succession. Fraternally, he is a member of Mount Washington Lodge, F. & A. M.; of Swift River Lodge, I. O.O.F., in which he has filled all the chairs; and of Chataque Tribe, I. O. R. M. He attends and is a valued member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Mr. Carleton married July 4, 1872, Lorena L. Sanborn, daughter of Benjamin Sanborn, of Conway. Mr. and Mrs. Carleton have four children, namely: Nannie W., who resides in West Ossipee; Andrew N., who is living at home with his parents; Minerva, wife of Frederick Thoms; and Sadie, who lives with her parents and assists in the store.













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