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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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AMBROSE CUDWORTH, a prominent citizen of Chesterfield, who owns and conducts a farm in that town, was born there July 16, 1832, son of Charles and Roxy (Witherell) Cudworth, both natives of Chesterfield.

Charles Cudworth’s chief occupation was general farming, but he sometimes worked on the roads. He conducted a farm in Savoy for a while, subsequently entering the one of which his son is now proprietor. This he sold later, and removed to another. His last days were spent in Chesterfield, where he died May 2, 1883. His wife survived him something over eight years, passing away October 20, 1891. They were the parents of three children, namely: Ambrose, the subject of this sketch; Arabella, who passed away some time since; and Electa, who married Alvin M. Burt, and lives in South Hadley.

Ambrose Cudworth received a good common-school education, remaining with his parents until twenty-one years of age. He then hired out as a farm hand, working for different employers until he was twenty-seven, when he bought an interest in his father’s farm. Since that time he has resided on the homestead, which under his wise and capable management improves yearly. He carries on general farming in an intelligent and progressive way, and has attained prosperity through his own unaided efforts.

On November 13, 1859, Mr. Cudworth was married to Elvira Dwight Damon, a native of Chesterfield, born April 29, 1841. Mrs. Cudworth is the daughter of Reuben and Dimis (Dwight) Damon, the former a native of Chesterfield, the latter of Williamsburg. Mr. Damon was engaged in farming in Chesterfield up to the time of his death. Mr. and Mrs. Cudworth are the parents of two children, namely: Ada M., wife of Albert Damon, who resides near her parents and has two children, Viola Elvira and Raymond Calvin; and Nellie E., wife of U. F. LeDuc, who resides with her parents and has two children, Ashley C. and Lester Charles. Mr. Cudworth gave his children a good education, having sent them to the best schools in the county.

In politics Mr. Cudworth is a Democrat. He has served as road surveyor and in other offices, but has never been anxious to hold a public position. Mrs. Cudworth is a member of the Congregational church. The family have a pleasant home in Chesterfield, and are esteemed among the old residents of the town.

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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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