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Below is a family biography included in the book,  Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company.  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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FRANCIS CALVIN, who is connected with the firm of W. S. Robbins & Bro., at Raubsville, is a native of Northampton County, born on the 11th of December, 1847. He is the son of Anderson and Sarah M. (Unangst) Calvin, the former born in New Jersey, and died in Pennsylvania, in 1889, and the latter a native of this state, spending her entire life within its bounds. Francis was reared to manhood in Raubsville, and in the common schools of the place gained the rudiments of his education, which has since been supplemented by practical contact with the world. For a number of years he was in the employ of his father, who was a stone contractor, wood merchant
and canal-boat owner.

After the death of the senior Mr. Calvin, the business was conducted under the name of the Calvin Estate & John S. Kugler, the title prior to that time having been Calvin & Kugler. In this manner the enterprise was continued until 1892, when the partnership was dissolved. In the fall of the same year our subject entered the employ of W. S. Robbins & Bro., of Raubsville, to assume charge of the stone quarry and lime manufacturing department at Carpenterville, N. J., which position he has since filled with efficiency. As a business man he is keen, sagacious and persevering, and richly merits the recognition he has obtained among the substantial citizens of the place.

As a helpmate on life’s journey, Mr. Calvin chose Miss Sue Edinger, who prior to her marriage lived in Carpenterville, N. J., of which place her father, Abram Edinger, was also a resident. The political affiliations of Mr. Calvin are with the Democratic party, and his ballot may always be relied upon to be in favor of its candidates and measures. In religious belief he is a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Raubsville, to the support of which, as well as to all benevolent projects, he is a liberal contributor. He has been selected by his fellow-citizens to represent them in a number of positions of trust, among which may be mentioned that of Tax Collector of Williams Township, which he filled with efficiency.

Socially Mr. Calvin is connected with a number of local fraternities, including the Masonic lodge at Riegelsville, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at the same place, and the Knights of Humanity at Raubsville. In these various organizations he is a leading and popular member, as he is also in the social circles of his town. In addition to his position with the firm of W. S. Robbins & Bro., he is also a member of the well known firm of Calvin & Bros., dealers in lumber at Raubsville. In whatever enterprise he has engaged, he has brought to its management considerable native ability, which, in conjunction with his thorough training in business, has brought him distinct success in his undertakings.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the book, Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company. 

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