Biography of James G. Trafton
Bristol County, MA Biographies





Trafton, James G., was born in Dighton, April 15, 1852, a son of Benjamin and Marie (Smith) Trafton. His father represented his town in the Legislature one or more terms and was ever thoroughly interested in the growth and progress of his town and its educational and religious institutions; he died in 1877. James G. Trafton was educated in the public schools and in 1872 came to Attleborough and learned the jewelry business with Sturdy Bros., remaining with them fourteen years. In 1891 he purchased an interest in the firm of Wheaton, Richards & Co., manufacturing a line of fine gold goods, being the pioneers in the gold line. In March, 1898, he engaged in the jewelry business with J. G. Hutchinson (Hutchinson & Trafton), and in May following were burned out in the great Attleborough fire. Since then he has been engaged in the same line of business in Providence, R. I., in the firm of M. F. Winsor & Co. In 1879 Mr. Trafton married Annie F., daughter of Albert F. and Joanna (Bushee) Leonard, and they had two sons, Albert and Benjamin Everett (who died at three years). Mrs. Trafton died December 2, 1896. Mr. Trafton is one of the conservative men of his town, taking an intelligent interest in educational and religious institutions and has ever received the respect of his associates.

From:
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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