Charles G. Andrews
Charles Green Andrews was born May 23, 1833 in Lovell, Maine, the son of Stephen Andrews and Elizabeth "Betsy" Coffin. He married Phebe B. Charles in Lovell in 1860, and they lived for a while in Oxford, Maine (1860 census), but spent the latter years of his life in South Paris, Maine where he was a part-time mineral dealer in the 1880's. On the 1880 census he is still living in Lovell and described himself as a "farmer and stone-mason." He had at least three sons: Orson (1863), Ellra (1865) and Irving (1873).
Charles Andrews is credited with having sold an important gem aquamarine crystal from Stoneham, Maine to Nathan Perry. Though Andrews has been credited with finding the crystal himself, he actually bought it from the East Stoneham postmaster, Sumner Evans (b. ~1821) who had bought it from an unrecorded finder. The aquamarine was cut into the current North American record gem and is at the Field Museum in Chicago.
Andrews was listed as a mineral dealer in Paris in the Maine State business register between 1901 to 1915, but it is unlikely that he had a separate place of business. He is not known to have been an active prospector for mineral specimens. Certainly in his later years he was a reseller of specimens only.
ANONYMOUS (1889) Historical Sketch of South Paris, Maine From Leading Business Men of Lewiston, Augusta and Vicinity. Boston Mercantile Publishing Company
ANDREWS, H.F. (1890) History of the Andrews family: a gen. of Robert Andrews. Audubon IA.
KING, Vandall (2006) personal communication.
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