Charles Ufford

Charles Ufford

Glover, Orleans County, Vermont, USA
Death 4 Jul 1919 (aged 82)
Barton, Orleans County, Vermont, USA
Burial West Glover, Orleans County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID 6756045 · View Source
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Bio courtesy of Cindy Walcott

Charles J. Ufford, one of the oldest and most widely known residents of Barton, died on the morning of July 4th, aged 82 years. Mr. Ufford was born in Glover in April, 1837 and was the son of Thomas Jefferson and Sophia [Cutler] Ufford, who in their turn were children of original settlers of Glover, Michael Ufford and Nathan Cutler. Michael Ufford was a descendent of Thomas Ufford, the first of the family, who came to this country from England presumably from the township of Ufford in the county of Suffolk and landed at Boston in the year 1632. The Uffords were originally Earls of Suffolk, and one of the family, Thomas de Ufford, was governor general of Ireland in the 12th century.

Charles J. Ufford was a self-made man. He left home at the age of 17 years, with only such education as the local school at West Glover afforded, and went to Charleston, where he lived for a time in the family of Daniel Parlin, who ran a blacksmith and carriage shop there. It was at Charleston with Mr. Parlin that he learned his trade and laid the foundations of his business career. At the outbreak of the Civil war he enlisted with his brother, Edward, in Company D of the 6th regiment of Vermont Volunteers and saw active service with the Union army for three years. After the war Mr. Ufford married Mary L. Wiggin, a daughter of Parker Wiggin, and located in the town of Barton, where he founded the carriage manufacturing business by which he was most widely known. He was a pioneer in this field and from small beginnings built up and maintained for 30 years the largest business of the kind in the state. It was always his pride to make his work the best that sound materials and intelligent and conscientious labor could produce. As conditions changed and the cheaper products of the western factories came into the field, Mr. Ufford closed up his carriage business and in partnership with Robert Ritchie, went into the lumber business at Greensboro. The mill having burned, Mr. Ufford sold his interest to Mr. Ritchie and went west to join his son, W.C. Ufford, who was engaged in the same business on a large scale in Spokane, Washington. During the next few years Mr. Ufford made several trips back and forth to and from the west, but finally returned to Barton and spent his last years here. Blindness and deafness came upon him as he approached four score but he maintained his pristine vigor and cheerful spirit to a remarkable degree to the end.

Mr. Ufford was a man of rare natural gifts; of small stature but extraordinary strength, tireless energy and indomitable will. His high ambition led him to undertake great things and his capacity for unremitting labor, together with his excellent mental and mechanical powers, insured his success. His own early hardship led him to sympathize with the efforts of others and many a struggling young man knew the value of his help. He was conscientious in his work, considerate of his employees, honorable in his dealings, a good neighbor and a loyal friend.
"He was a man, take him for all in all, we shall not look upon his like again."
Mr. Ufford is the last of his generation of four brothers, the others being Nathan, Edward and Sanford, and a sister, Marcia [Ufford] Hovey. He is survived by his two sons, William Cutler of Spokane, Wash., and Frank Parker of New York City. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at his late residence with Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Nye on Elm Street in Barton. Reverend F.W. Lewis of St.Albans, formerly a Methodist pastor here, officiated, assisted by Reverend M.A. Turner. Interment was in the family lot in the West Glover cemetery.
[Orleans County Monitor, 9 July 1919]

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  • Created by: Jack Parry
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  • Find a Grave Memorial 6756045
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Ufford (13 Apr 1837–4 Jul 1919), Find a Grave Memorial no. 6756045, citing West Glover Cemetery, West Glover, Orleans County, Vermont, USA ; Maintained by Jack Parry (contributor 48086999) .