Arthur H. Lamprey, a successful farmer and prominent resident of Belmont, was born where he now resides, November 15, 1841, son of Asa and Deborah (Sanborn) Lamprey. The farm which Mr. Lamprey owns and occupies was purchased by his father in 1828. Asa Lamprey, who was an upright, conscientious man and a useful citizen, gained the sincere esteem of his fellow-townsmen by his personal virtues and his valuable public services, and died July 31, 1850. He was a member of the Board of Selectmen for a number of years, represented this town in the legislature, and in politics supported the Democratic party.
His wife, Deborah, who he married November 25, 1830, was a daughter of Jonathan Sanborn, a prosperous farmer of Gilmanton. Ancestors of the Sanborn family were among the first settlers in this section. Mr. and Mrs. Asa Lamprey were the parents of ten children; namely, Alfred A., Emily A., Frances M., George H., Laura O., Arthur H., Sarah A., Mary E., Clara M., and Juliet A.
Alfred A. Lamprey who was for a number of years in the grocery business in Lawrence, Mass., is now Manager and Treasurer of the Lawrence Lumber Company. He wedded Matilda A. Gamble, of Linneus, ME., and has had five children ---- Francis Kate, Alfred Edwin, Lelia Matilda, Alice Ella, and Clara May. Clara May died young. Emily A. Lamprey is the wife of J.W. Rice, the President of the United States Gutta-percha Paint company of Providence, R.I., and has two young children.
Frances M. Lamprey married Samuel N. Weston, a reed manufacturer of Fitchburg, Mass. George H. Lamprey served in Company K, Fourteenth Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteers, during the Civil War, reaching the rank of Captain. He was in the grocery business in Litchfield, Mass., for several years, and died in Laconia, N.H., in 1881. By his wife Adeline L. (Farrar) Lamprey, a native of Belmont, he became the father of five children ---- Clarence R., Howard A., Christina, Lillian A., and E. Gertrude.
Laura O. Lamprey in 1871 married A.W. Kimball, of Lawrence, Mass., and died in 1874. Sarah A. died in Providence in 1874. Mary E. is a book-keeper for the United States Gutta-percha Paint Company, Providence, R.I. Clara M., after teaching school for some years in Laconia and Belmont, became the wife of Benjamin W. Gallup, who is in brokerage and insurance business in Providence, and has six children. Juliet A. Lamprey is employed as a book-keeper in Providence, R.I. Mrs. Asa Lamprey died October 29, 1880.
Arthur H. Lamprey acquired a good practical education. Owing to the death of his father, he was compelled to take charge of the farm at an early age. After his majority he bought the interests of the other heirs, and by making additions to the property now owns two hundred and twenty-five acres of excellent land. He had made various improvements in the buildings, considerable enhancing the value of his farm. He raises the usual crops, while making a specialty of the milk business.
On November 15, 1866, Mr. Lamprey was united in marriage with Emma James, daughter of Annis C. James, of Gilford, N.H. she has had six children, as follows: Nellie Bird, who died aged one year; Eva Emma; Carlton A.; Laura B.; Leonard A.; and Sarah E. Eva Emma, who graduated from Laconia High School, having stood high in her class, taught school until August, 1896, when she resigned. Carlton A. was educated at the New Hampshire Literary Institute, and is now in the milk business with his father. Mrs. Lamprey died December 5, 1895. Mr. Lamprey is a member of the Second Free Baptist Church, and is at present acting as clerk,. Always temperate in his own habits, he is a strong advocate of prohibition. His activity in religious and other matters related to the general good of the community places him among the leading citizens of Belmont.