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,
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.
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.