AARON D. DUNBAR, an honored resident of Hamilton, where he is living retired from a long and successful business career, was born in Charlton, Worcester County, Mass., November 24, 1813. His grandfather, David Dunbar, was, judging from the best information at hand, born in Needham, Mass., of Scotch parentage. He married Hannah Hammond, also a native of Massachusetts, and, removing to Charlton in that State, purchased a farm, where they spent the remainder of their lives.
John Dunbar, son of David and Hannah, was born in Charlton, Mass.; and there he grew to manhood, and married. Soon after the latter event the young couple migrated to Madison County, New York, where they remained two years, and then returned to Charlton to take charge of the old farm. Succeeding his father in its ownership, he lived on the old homestead until 1837. In that year, accompanied by his family, he again bent his steps westward, travelling with team across the country to Oneida County. He bought a
tract of land in the town of Marshall, where he engaged in farming till 1852, with most excellent results. The last years of his life he spent retired in Hubbardsville, dying there at the ripe old age of eighty-four years. The maiden name of his wife was Eunice Fitts. She was also a native of the old Bay State, born in Charlton, being a daughter of John and Rebecca (Dresser) Fitts. She survived her husband, and, spending the last years of her life with her children, died at the advanced age of fourscore years. To her and her husband were born five children--Adeline, Pascal, Aaron D.,
Lovisa, and Hannah. Adeline and Aaron D. are the only ones now living.
The subject of this biography was reared to man's estate in his native town, obtaining the rudiments of his education in the excellent public schools of Massachusetts. On the home farm he received a practical training in agriculture; and, when his parents came to Madison County, he accompanied them, and assisted his father in clearing the land, felling trees, uprooting stumps, and breaking the sod, and remained on the old homestead till 1852. That year his marriage with Eveline Sheldon, a native of Lebanon, was solemnized. Removing to Hubbardsville, he bought a grist and saw mill, and the following six years carried on an extensive milling business in that place. Disposing of the mill, Mr. Dunbar came to Hamilton, where he saw a fine opening for a man of enterprise and activity. At that time there were no railroads traversing this section of the country, the Chenango Canal being the great highway of commerce. So, purchasing a warehouse and a number of boats, he carried on a thriving business in forwarding goods, continuing thus employed until the completion of the railway. Then, selling out his property in Hamilton, he established a bank in Clinton, which he managed profitably until 1876. Subsequently, becoming interested in the subject of mines and mining, he went to Colorado to make a personal investigation of their operations; and, investing money in different localities in that State, he settled in Denver, and continued to reside there until 1888.
Though pleased with the beautiful "City of the Plains," Mr. Dunbar longed once more for the familiar home scenes, and accordingly returned to Hamilton, where he is now living, surrounded by all the comforts of life, enjoying the fruits of the labor of earlier years, the society of old friends, and the respect of the entire community. In politics Mr. Dunbar is an active supporter of the Republican party, ever exerting his influence in upholding its principles.
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