Charles Avery Aldrich (Gideon, Joseph, David Jr, David, Jacob, George)
Charles A. Aldrich was born in Barnstable, Mass., Nov. 9, 1816.When he was two years old his parents, Gideon and Sophia (Coates) Aldrich, moved to Londonderry, Vt., where they lived until 1833, moving from there to Genesee County, N.Y.Later they settled in Cattaraugus County, where the father died many years ago.Our subject was brought up a farmer, his father following that avocation.In 1842 he married in Leon, Cattaraugus County, to Isabell Presler, by whom he had seven children – Mrs. Hannah J. Farrell, of Hamilton County, Iowa; Lewis G., of York County, Neb.; Mrs. Lucinda Parker, Mrs. Mary Waterbury and Mrs. Amelia Swensen, all of Kendall County, this State; William M., residing in this township, and George L., the youngest, living at home and working the father’s farm.He had been previous married to Polly M. Nichols, who died, leaving one daughter, now Mrs. Polly M. Kilburn, of Sandwich, Ill.In 1846, Mr. Aldrich moved from Cattaraugus County to Kendall County, this State, where he worked rented land until 1868.He then came to Meriden Township and in 1874 bought his present home of 100 acres on section 16.Mr. Aldrich is a Greenbacker.
History of LaSalle County, Illinois, Vol. II, Interstate Publishing Co, Chicago, 1886, Meriden Twp, pp398-399.