Biography of Elisha W. Buffinton
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Buffinton, Elisha Wilbur, electrical engineer, son of Bradford and Frances Freelove (Forbes) Buffinton, was born at Somerset, Mass., March 12, 1844. He attended the district schools and then worked on his father's farm for several years. In July, 1864, he enlisted in Company D, 60th Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry in the 100 day service. The regiment, under command of Col. Ansell D. Wass, was first sent to Maryland to guard the line of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and the balance of the term of enlistment at Indianapolis, Ind., guarding the Confederate prisoners at Camp Morton in that city. The regiment returned to Boston, November 30, 1864, at the expiration of the term of service. Mr. Buffinton then learned the carpenters trade, which he followed for several years at Somerset, and then moved to Fall River, where in 1882 he entered the employ of the Edison Company for isolated lighting. When the Edison Electrical Illuminating Company began business in Fall River he became the superintendent and filled that position for eleven years. At the expiration of this time he associated himself with William B. Edgar under the firm name of Edgar & Buffinton in the sale of all kinds of electrical supplies, phonographs, etc. They also follow the business of electricians. Mr. Mr. Buffinton is a member and quartermaster of Post 46, G. A. R., and was a member of the Common Council in 1896. In December, 1869, he married Maria F. Braley of Freetown, and they have three children: Fred W., Viola F. and Henry C.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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