Biographical and Genealogical History of Morris County New Jersey. Illustrated. Vol. II., Lewis Publishing Company, New York and Chicago, 1899.
In both a personal and ancestral way the record of this honored citizen of Morris county is of interesting character and he is clearly entitled to district representation in this compilation. Mr. Boisaubin is descended from one of the most prominent French families that settled in New Jersey at an early day. His father, Amédée Boisaubin, was a native of Morristown, and his death occurred in New York city, about 1843 or 1844. During his residence in Madison he was recognized as its leading citizen, being a man of high character and marked ability. He married a daughter of Edward Thebaud, and her death occurred in 1852. Amédée Boisaubin and wife became the parents of six sons, of whom one, Vincent, was born in the West Indies, where the parents were for some time located, the father having gone there to superintend his extensive plantations. He also had large landed interests in New Jersey. The other five sons were born in Morris county, and were as follows: Amédée and Mark, who where born in Morristown; Edward L., the subject of this review; Louis, who died in 1892; and Alfred, who is a resident of Brooklyn, New York.
Edward L. Boisaubin was born in Madison, Morris county, New Jersey, on the 12th of April, 1837. He passed his childhood days in his native city, and has always made his home in the immediate vicinity of that city. Early in life he assumed the duties that fall to the lot of the agriculturist and he has ever since applied his energies to the cultivation of the soil, being a very progressive, enterprising and practical farmer. At length he sold the old homestead to Mr. Tomley, a son-in-law of William K. Vanderbilt, and since that time he has devoted his attention to the raising of mushrooms and the cultivation of roses, for the New York market. In both lines he has been very successful, finding a ready sale for both the table delicacy and the "queen of flowers," his mushroom garden being one of the finest in this section of the state. For a period of twenty-two years he was engaged in the dairy business, and his capable management made that also a profitable source of income. His home is beautifully located on the Convent road, one of the most attractive and fashionable localities in Morris county.
In 1862 was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Boisaubin and Miss Sarah Blanchet, a daughter of Augustus Blanchet, of Madison. They became the parents of five children: Caroline; Augustine, deceased; Edward, who is married and has two children—Edward and John; and Helen and Emma, who are still at the parental home.
The family attend St. Vincent's Catholic church, which was established and built by Mr. Boisaubin's father at an early day. Our subject was educated in Mount St. Mary's College, being a student in that institution contemporaneously with Archbishop Corrigan, Bishop McClosky, Father McNulty, of Philadelphia, and many other noted men in the Catholic church. Mr. Boisaubin is a man of scholarly tastes and strong mentality, and there are few who are better informed on matters of general interest. In his political proclivities he is a stanch adherent of the Democratic party, and he wields a strong influence in local politics, as well as other affairs of a public nature, for his ability well fits him for leadership in the realms of thought and action.
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