Charles E. Small, a thrifty farmer and a highly esteemed resident of Belmont, was born in Canterbury, N.H., June 23, 1860, son of Darius and Susan (Heath) Small. His grandfather, Jeremiah Small, who was reared in Canterbury, married Hannah Young, of Upper Gilmanton (now Belmont), and was the father of nine children ---- William P., Eliza K., Darius, Jane, John, Andrew J., Gideon, Winthrop, and Caroline.
William P., who is living in Canterbury, has four children, namely: Ella, the wife of Frank Merrill; Emma, a book-keeper; Walter, who married a Miss Langehy: and Almon, who married Florence Bagley. Eliza K. married Nathan F. Foster, of Belmont, and has one son, Frank A. Foster, M.D., of Waltham, Mass.Jane, now Mrs. Burbeck, of Concord; Frances, who married Charles Osgood, son of Edward Osgood, a prominent citizen of Canterbury; Louise, who married Hugh Tallent; Ellen, who married a Mr. Dearborn, of Concord, and is now a widow: Grace, who married Harry Ray; and Warren, who married Alice Shaw of Concord. John Small married Sarah Dennis, of Providence, R.I., and has two children, namely: Ann, who wedded Fred Cole of Concord; and Linius, now a widower, who wedded Ida Lovering. Andrew J. Small married Calista Howe, who died leaving three children ---- Eva G., Alfaretta, and Charles H. Charles H. is an engineer. Gideon died at the age of twenty-three. Winthrop died leaving one child. Caroline married Sylvanus Moore, of Canterbury.
Darius Small, Charles E. Small's father, born in Canterbury, was reared to agricultural pursuits. He moved to Belmont in 1860, and settled upon a farm of eighty acres, which he cultivated industriously, and died April 5, 1894. His wife, Susan, died May 3, 1884. Her father was Abraham Heath, of Northfield, N.H., who reared three other children; namely, Rachel, Joseph, and Josiah. Rachel, now deceased, was the wife of Samuel Wyatt, of Northfield; Joseph married Caroline Grant, and has four children; and Josiah married Judith Hubbard, and has two children. Mr. and Mrs. Darius Small had three children, namely: Jeremiah, who died at the age of four years; John A., who married Sarah E. Maxfield, and resides in Lakeport, N.H.; and Charles E., the subject of this sketch.
When he went with his parents to Belmont, Charles E. Small was eight months old. He acquired his education in the public schools. Since completing his studies he has been engaged in carrying on the homestead farm, in company with his father. As a result of their thrift and good judgment the property now comprises two hundred acres. Mr. Small wedded Mary Jane Garmon, daughter of Nicholas and Sarah S. (Bean) Garmon, respectively of Gilmanton and Belmont. Nicholas Garmon served as Selectman, Town Clerk, and County Commissioner. In politics Mr. Small is a Republican. He served as a member of the Board of Selectmen for four years, during two of which he acted as Chairman.