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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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GEORGE PITMAN MOULTON, a prosperous farmer of Pelham, son of Levi H. and Abbie (Pitman) Moulton, was born in that town, July 25, 1865. The Moulton family are of English descent; and the original ancestor, who emigrated to America, settled in Monson, Mass., residing in the locality known as Moulton Hill. Mr. Moulton’s great-grandfather, Daniel Moulton, who was a son of the original settler, was born in Monson. He was reared to agricultural pursuits, and became the owner of a large farm situated upon Moulton Hill, which he cultivated successfully. He lived to be over eighty years of age, having raised a family of nine children. His son, Levi Moulton, Mr. Moulton’s grandfather, was a native of Monson, and passed his youth upon his father’s farm. He followed the occupation of a mechanic during his earlier years, and then devoted his attention to conducting boarding-houses in different localities. He reached the age of seventy-two, and his declining years were passed with his son in Pelham. He married Nancy Farnham, a native of Oxford, Mass., and the union was blessed with six children, three of whom are still living, namely: Levi H.; Cyrus, who was born in Providence, R.I.; and Mary, who married Franklin Smith, and resides in Providence. The mother lived to the age of eighty-seven years.

Levi H. Moulton, Mr. Moulton’s father, was born in Charlton, May 7, 1822. When a young man, he adopted agriculture as an occupation, and has perseveringly followed it with satisfactory results. He has lived on three farms in Pelham at different periods, exhibiting in each the energy and industry for which he has always been remarkable. He now resides with his son, George P. Moulton, and is a Methodist in his religious views and a Republican in politics. His wife, Abbie Pitman, whom he married on June 20, 1850, was born in South Kingston, R.I., November 22, 1824. She was daughter of George and Abbie (Nichols) Pitman, both of whom were natives of Rhode Island. George Pitman settled upon a farm in Pelham, where he followed agriculture successfully, and passed the remainder of his life. He raised a family of four children, one son and three daughters, of whom the only survivor is John Pitman, a resident of Pelham. Levi H. Moulton’s children were: Abbie, who married Marcus Pease, and resides in East Douglass; George Pitman, the subject of this sketch; Martha A., wife of George Bowles, of Amherst; John B., who resides in Pelham: Levi H., Jr., a resident of Amherst; and Walter N., who died at the age of fourteen years and three months. The mother’s decease occurred March 12, 1879.

George Pitman Moulton was reared to agricultural life, and has always resided at the homestead. At an early age he became proficient in the various farm duties, and is now chiefly engaged in the cultivation of hay and grain. He displays an unusual amount of thrift and energy, which is productive of excellent results.

On June 27, 1885, Mr. Moulton was united in marriage to Mrs. Jennie Cleveland, of Pelham, daughter of William and Martha (Allen) Montgomery. They have one son, George William, who was born August 14, 1888. Mr. Moulton is a Republican in politics and liberal in his religious views.

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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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