Fred C. Sanborn, a popular railroad conductor, and one of the police commissioners of Laconia, was born in New Hampton, N.H., October 9, 1857, son of Moses and Sarah Jane (Kelley) Sanborn. In the early days several families of that name, all related to each other, owned adjoining farms in New Hampton. Walter Sanborn, grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was born February 23, 1770, in Brentwood, N.H., son of Zadock Sanborn. He settled in New Hampton, where he became prosperous as a farmer, and lived to be eighty-six years old. In 1802, he married Jennie Chase, who was born in Strafford, N.H., April 3, 1775, daughter of William Chase, and with her reared seven children ---- John, Eliphalet, Susan, William, Phebe, Jane, and Moses.
Moses Sanborn, Fred C. Sanborn's father, resided at the homestead in New Hampton until the house was burned. He then moved to the lower end of the town, where he lived thirteen years, and subsequently to Judge Simpson's place, where he was a resident for two years. After this he went to Lake Village, and was there employed for some years on the railroad. He voted for William H. Harrison in 1840, supported Benjamin Harrison in 1888, and he cast his last Presidential vote for the same candidate in 1892. While living in New Hampton he served as a Selectman. He was much interested in public affairs, and was a member of the Tippecanoe Club. His wife, Sarah Jane, daughter of Benjamin and Hannah (Avery) Kelley, became by him the mother of eight children; namely, Augusta L., Edwin F., Annie M., George E., Wesley C., Herman L., Fred C., and Oscar R. Augusta L. is the wife of John C. Fogg a foreman in the wood-working department of the railroad shops in Lake Village. Edwin F. married Elsie A. Glidden in 1861, and died January 29, 1873. Wesley C. was accidentally drowned when thirteen years old. Herman L. died when eight years old. Annie M. married Arthur Tucker of the grocery firm of Tucker & Clarke, and died May 20, 1873. George E. who died October 25, 1896, was twice married, on the second occasion to Fanny Lane, of Bridgeport, Conn. Oscar is a machinist, and works for the Crane Manufacturing Company. George E., who is 1891, received the appointment of foreman of an iron foundry in New York, where he had charge of two hundred and fifty men of various nationalities, and who was an expert in his calling and possessed the confidence of his employers, subsequently died after an illness of eight months.
Fred C. Sanborn came to Lake Village when very young, and was educated in the common schools. He was for some time employed in a machine shop in the village. In 1880 then entered the service of the Boston, Concord & Montreal Railroad Company as a brakeman. From this position he was soon advanced to that of freight conductor. For the past five years he has been a passenger conductor between Lakeport and Dover, and Alton Bay. On February 7,, 1878, Mr. Sanborn married Fostina E. Young, daughter of Moses and Ann Maria (Chase) Young, who resided in that part of Gilmanton, now called Belmont.
Eleazar Young, Mrs. Sanborn's great-grandfather, who was born in Loudon, N.H., September 2, 1755, became an early settler in Upper Gilmanton, which he reached on horse back by the Spotted Trail, accompanied by his wife and five children. Here he cleared a good farm, on which he resided until his death, which occurred November 21, 1845. He married Hannah Bailey, who was born September 11, 1759. Their children were: Polly, who died August 31, 1854; Joseph who died December 14, 1843; Lucy, who died June 19, 1864; Ruth who died July 9, 1879; Abigail, who died July 10, 1885; Bailey, who died February 16, 1863; Andrew, who died October 11, 1805; and Sarah, who died November 30, 1863. Excepting Andrew and Betsey, all reached the age of sixty years or over, Abigail living to that of ninety-five. Deacon Bailey Young, Mrs. Sanborn's grandfather, who succeeded to the homestead and was a prosperous farmer, lived to be seventy-one years old. He was a prominent resident of Gilmanton in his day, and for a number of years he acted as a Deacon of the Free Will Baptist church. He married, Molly, daughter of Jonah Randlett, and had a family of eleven children, six daughters and five sons, the births of the sons having severally alternated with those of the daughters. Louisa married Dr. Weymouth, of Andover, N.H.; Mary Jane married John Avery; Harriet did not marry; Emeline married Edwin Nutting; Adeline married Ezekiel Gilman; Charlotte married and lived in Vermont; John S. married Mehitable Cole; George B. married and moved to St. Louis, Mo.; Charles A. married Ellen Leavitt; and Ansel F. died in the army during the Civil War. Moses, the remaining son and Mrs. Sanborn's father, resided all his lifetime in Gilmanton, and lived to be sixty two years old. In early life he was a stone cutter, and later a farmer. He was a member of the Free Will Baptist church. His wife, Ann Mariea (Chase) Young, a daughter of John and a grand-daughter of Zachias Chase, became the mother of nine children; namely, Oscar T., Fostina E., Charles S., Sarah E., Hattie A., and Ansel C., all died young. Oscar T. is married and lives in North Andover, Mass.; Charles S. is married and resides in Northfield, N.H.; Abbie M. is the wife of Albert Head, and lives in Laconia; and Amy A. is now Mrs. Fred W. Chatfield. Mr. and Mrs. Sanborn have had four children, as follows: Julius E., Dora G., Eleanor M., and Ralph M. Dora G. died at the age of fifteen months.
Mr. Sanborn is a member of Mount Lebanon Lodge, No. 32, F. & A.M.; of Endicott Rock Lodge, No. 23, Knights of Pythias; and of Pillsbury Division, No. 3, Uniform Rank of Concord. He is quite active in local politics, and was appointed Police Commissioner by the Governor in August, 1896.