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Below is a family biography included in the Biographical Review Volume of Biographical Sketches of The Leading Citizens of Hampshire County, Massachusetts published by Biographical Review Publishing Company in 1896.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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ARTHUR L. KINGSBURY, the gentleman whose portrait* is seen on the adjoining page, is extensively engaged in the paper-box industry at Northampton, Mass. He was born in Tolland County, Connecticut, January 2, 1861. His father, Addison Kingsbury, was born in 1836 at South Coventry, Conn., and was a son of Alvin Kingsbury, a woollen manufacturer of that town. Grandfather Kingsbury married a cousin of the same name, and reared three sons and two daughters, of whom Addison and his two sisters are the only survivors, two sons having died in their youth. Alvin Kingsbury reached an age somewhat in advance of middle life, and his wife attained seventy years. Addison Kingsbury married Elizabeth Libbie, a native of Scotland, Conn., and their three children were: Arthur L.; Charlotte, who died at the age of three years; and Louis Addison, who is now in charge of the box-manufacturing business which his father established in 1868 at Coventry. The mother died in 1880, at the age of forty-three years; and Addison Kingsbury married for his second wife Sarah M. Scott, of Coventry.

Arthur L. Kingsbury acquired his education in his native town; and, although he was obliged to leave school before completing his course, for the purpose of attending to his father’s business, he continued to pursue his studies while thus engaged, and was graduated with his class in 1880. In the following year he came to Northampton, and assumed charge of the paper-box manufactory founded by his father. The business under his energetic management rapidly grew in proportions, and in 1893 the company was incorporated of which he is now General Manager and Treasurer. They occupy a large three-story brick block, one hundred feet by fifty feet, situated at 38 and 40 North Street, and employ from sixty to seventy-five workmen, their product for the year 1894 amounting to two million, seven hundred thousand boxes.

In 1884 Mr. Kingsbury married Alice Palmer, of Willimantic, Conn., daughter of Louis and Ellen (Davidson) Palmer, her parents being natives of Scotland, Conn. Miss Palmer was graduated in 1878 from the same school which Mr. Kingsbury attended, and she taught there from that year until her marriage. Mr. and Mrs. Kingsbury are members of the Edwards Congregational Church, and reside at 88 North Street, where Mr. Kingsbury erected a very pleasant and comfortable residence in 1889. They have one son, named Harold, now eight years of age.

*Editor's note: Portrait was included in the original printed book.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the Biographical Review Volume of Biographical Sketches of The Leading Citizens of Hampshire County, Massachusetts published in 1896. 

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