Charles Henry Amidon was born on May 28, 1830 at Readsboro,
Vermont. His father, David Amidon, served as a captain in
local militia. In the Vermont Year Book for 1828 he
appears as a First Constable of Readsboro. He was married to Bertha Dunbar and Charles
was third of nine children in the family.
Apparently the family moved to Massachusetts
in early 1850s. Charles married being only 22 years old to Louisa M. Yeomans of
Ashfield, MA in 1852. The marriage didn't last long - Louisa
died in 1854 in Greenfield, MA.