ALANSON DUNHAM, deceased, for many years an extensive farmer in Lebanon, was born in the town of Franklin, Delaware County, N.Y. His father, Elijah Dunham, was a native of New England, but removed from there to New York when young, and resided for a time in the town of Franklin, going thence to Lebanon. A few years later he moved to Pennsylvania, and settled in Bradford County, where he spent the remaining years of his life. The subject of this brief biographical sketch was educated in the public schools, and during the early part of his life worked with his father at the carpenter's trade, making that his chief occupation for several years. He was always interested in agriculture, and, having a fine opportunity, purchased the farm which is now the home of his family, thenceforward being engaged in farming until his death, Feb. 8, 1887, at Lebanon, N.Y. Mr. Dunham was an energetic, industrious man, possessing sound judgment, and managed his business in such a manner that during his life he acquired a handsome competency. Very domestic in his tastes, he found pleasure in making a happy home for his wife and children, and lived honored and respected throughout the community. In politics he was a Democrat, though not aggressive in his opinions.
Mr. Dunham was united in marriage September 20, 1849, with Delia A. Ballard, who was born in the town of Lebanon, April
10, 1828. She is of New England ancestry, her paternal grandfather, Dane Ballard, having been a native of Massachusetts. Emigrating from there to New York, he became a pioneer of Madison, Madison County, largely assisting its industrial development A few years later he removed to Lebanon, where he purchased land and erected a saw-mill, the first in the locality, remaining there until his death. The maiden name of his wife was Anna Millin. Their son, Elmer Ballard, father of Mrs. Dunham, was born in the town of Madison, November 12,
1802, and was a young lad when his parents moved to Lebanon, where he was reared to
manhood. Marrying in the twenty-second year of his age, he bought a tract of land near the village of Lebanon, a few acres only of which were cleared, and on which had been erected a barn and a plank house. By dint of industry and steady perseverance he improved the remainder of the land and bought adjacent property, until at the time of his death he had a fine farm of more than three hundred acres, all under excellent cultivation and well supplied with good buildings. The maiden name of his wife was Lydia Utter, who was born in the town of Eaton, Madison County, August 20, 1806.
Elijah Utter, Mrs. Dunham's maternal grandfather, it is thought, was born in the eastern part of the State of New York, of Welsh ancestry. He became a pioneer of Madison County, coming here at an early date with his wife and three children. His first stopping-place was Hamilton, where he pitched a tent in which he left his family while he went prospecting for lime rock, as he was a lime-burner by trade, and was looking for a place to locate himself where he could easily find materials to supply him with work. Finding a large body of the rock near Eaton, he settled in that place with his family, and followed his occupation there for a number of years. Later he removed to Georgetown, where he and his wife spent their last years. He married Annie Carhart, a native of Long Island; and to them were born ten children. The parents of Mrs. Dunham reared five children, namely: Chandler Ballard, Delia A., Ladurna, Amelia, and Ophelia.
The union of Mr. and Mrs. Dunham was blessed by the birth of two children, one of whom, the only daughter, Elma, passed on to the new and better life when only eighteen years of age. Their son, Carleton, married Miss Lena Upham, and resides on the home farm, faithfully carrying on the work begun by his father. Mrs. Dunham is a woman of much ability, highly esteemed by her friends and neighbors, and a valued member of the Congregational church.
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