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THE ESTABROOK FAMILY IN BRECKENRIDGE TOWNSHIP 1867

Edward Wilson Estabrook and his wife Mary E. Wagner came into Caldwell County 1867 and settled on a farm near Breckenridge now owned and operated by a son Wilson and a grand son Edward. E.W. was born 1827 in Massachusetts and was a cabinet maker by trade. First he tried his work in Wisconsin but moved from there to Caldwell County in the land and building boom of 1867-8. The father died in 1885 and the mother 1900. The sons Elery and Wilson went to Wolf Grove school near their home and Elery afterwards was a school director there.

The house occupied by the Estabrook family was built 1884. The sons by the instruction of their carpenter father cut, sawed, and planed native oak for the frame work and burnt rock to use in the plaster of the house. It is still in fine condition and shows what people can make out of materials already on their place.

The Estabrooks now own a stock farm of 540 acres near Breckenridge and are breeders of Ramboulette sheep of which they usually have 600 head. This pioneer Estabrook family has made a name for themselves far beyond the limits of Caldwell County. When a family sees its fourth generation in one community like the Estabrooks one can call it a well established family.

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