Charles Purrington was born June 13, 1838 in Colerain, Franklin County, Massachusetts, the son of Mary Whiting Davenport (1810-1880) and Cyrus Purinton (1807-1873). In 1848 his family moved to the town of Heath. He was educated in the public schools, attended two terms of “select school” in Heath, and then studied at the Franklin Academy at Shelburne Falls, Franklin County, Massachusetts. He was brought up on a farm among the rocks of the Green Mountains, where his only real recreation was collecting mineral specimens long before he knew they had names, or that there was a science called mineralogy.
In 1870 he entered the employ of the Andrew Terry Company, a malleable iron foundry in Terryville village, Plymouth Township, Connecticut. A year later he married Lydia Newhall Clark; they settled in nearby Pequabuck, Connecticut, and had three children: Charles (1873-1877), Herbert (1879) and Edith (1882). Purrington remained with the Terry Company for over 40 years, became a stockholder and director of the corporation, and for many years was the general superintendent. He was also an expert amateur mineralogist and possessed a fine collection of minerals, gems and a few fossils.
In his last years, after the death of his wife, he ran a boarding house in Plymouth Township and died some time in the 1920's.
Genealogical and Family History of the State of Connecticut: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation. Volume III (1911).
U.S. Federal Census, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920
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