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THE LOCAL HISTORY
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The General History of the Town,
BY CHAllLES P. STICKNEY.
The Historij of the Baptist Cliuroh,
BY JOHN B. STEBBINS.
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THE LOCAL HISTORY
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The General Historic of the Town,
BY CEAELES P. STIGKNEY.
The History of the Baptist Churoh;
BY JOHN B. STEBBINS.
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A lepresentative of the Blandin Family; — Lamach Blandin,,lDeiiig the
first, or one of the first settlers in Brookline.
BY oniKm p. BTICKNEY
To The Treading Families of Brookliae,
"WHO GAVE AN ORDER FOE EACH INHABITED HOUSE IN TOWN.
"the grassy brook REGION."
The town of Brookline comprises a
valley six miles long, by two to three
"wide ; and originallj' formed jparts of
Putney, Athens and Newf ane, and con-
tains nearly 17 square miles. Nearly
three miles in length belonged to Athens
on the northern part ; the southern part,
to Putney, and the south-western part,
on West River to Newfane.
which has one source at LUy Pond and
one on Hedge-hog Hill in Athens, flows
through the length of the town and falls
into West Eiver. It derived its name
from the open meadows in the northern
part, producing a large growth of grass
where the pioneers of the region went
to cut their hay.
The town is geographically, a little to
the east and to the north of the centre of
Windham County and 7 miles west of
Connecticut River, about equal distance
from Bellows Falls, north and Brattle-
fooro, south, and the township seems to
have been seperated from others by nat-
ural divisional lines ; a range of hills,
east and west ; the highest pomt in the
eastern range 1100 feet from the valley,
below. It is a picturesque valley with
its fertUe meadows, verdant hillsides,
and primeval forsets, so alluring to the
early settlers ; and settlements were
made, it is supposed, prior to i777.
The record of the first births are as
Martha Whitcomb, April 29, 1777:
Jonas Negus, Dec. 12, 1777;
Cyrus Whitcomb the 3d. March 17,
It is a matter of conjecture who was
the first settler.
a few years before 1777, settled upon
the lands now owned bj^ John B. Steb-
bins, on the southern boundary, origi-
nally, of the town of Athens.
Other early settlers were : Ebenezer
Wellmari on land of Stebbins ; ApoUos
Austin upon land of Charles P. Stick-
ney, Ebenezer Harwood ujDon the farm
of Elbridge Mason, Jotham Stebbins
on the Eufus Stebbins' farm and John
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Blandm upon the farm now owned by
AUen 0. WeUman.
who came here from Attleboro, Mass.,
is thought by some to have been the
first settler. It is said he had his choice
of aU the land for 20 cents an acre, and
he made his selection upon the rise in
the ro£fd a little south of Daniel E.
Whitney's house. The wall of his cellar
is to be seen at the present time.
Others who located early in this vi-
cinity were : Timothy Welhnan upon
land now owned by Hiram Whitney ;
Jonathan Boynton and William Skin-
ner on land of Andrew S. Rist ; to the
south of this farm. Daniel Bixby and
Richard Whitney, and Rosebrook
Crawford, on what is called Whitney
hill ; Francis Drake on Bemis hiU.
Those who settled early in the south
part of the town were : Abijah Moore
on the farm of Wm. P. Stebbins ; Wm.
Robbins on land of Everett P. WeU-
man, Daniel Benson south of this farm ;
Peter Benson upon the farm of Jacob
Bush. Those who settled on the borders
of West River were : Benjamin Flint,
on the farm of Oscar C. Merrifleld, the
beautiful meadows in the forks of Gras-
sy Brook and West River; Ebenezer
Ober on the meadows of Timothy M.
AJbee ; Christopher Osgood on land of
Luther Osgood, north-east of his mead-
ow ; Luke B. Osgood on land of .George
E. Ware, and James Walden upon the
farm of Charles A. Cutler ; all whom
are supposed to have come to this val-
ley prior to 1780.
1780 to 1790, settlers came in fast.
The population during this decade was
larger than at any other period in the
history of the town. It is safe to say,
there was one family or more to every
50 acres. It may be a conjecture to the
young to-day how did these large fam-
ilies live ?
The wood was cut and burned in a
kiln and from the ashes salts of lye were
made, packed in wooden troughs taken
on their backs over the hill to Putney,
where there was a settlement on the
Connecticut River and exchanged for
the little necessaries of life.
MOVE TOWAED TOWN ORGANIZATION.
Prior to 1794, the settlers gi-ew dis-
satisfied with the lack of political rights;
as townsmen, inconvenient to the town
meetings in the neighboring towns and
none of their own; unnecessarily op-
pressed they sought relief through the
legislature, and through an act of the
session of Oct. 30, 1794, the south part
of Athens and aU that part of Putney,
lying west of an abrupt elevation of
land, gave to the inhabitants residing
therein, "all of the privUiges and im-
munities" which the inhabitants of
other towns have and enjoy, excepting
electing and sending a representative to
the legislature and conventions ; receiv-
ing to the freemen of said parts of Ath-
ens and Putney the light of meeting
with and voting with the freemen of the
towns from which they had been re-
spectively severed in all freemens meet-
ings for choosing a representative to the
General Assembly and other purposes.
THE FIEST TOWN MEETING.
Peter Benson was moderator ; John
Waters was chosen town clerk ; Peter
Benson, Lamah Blandin, Jotham Steb-
bins, selectmen; Abijah Moore, town
treasurer; Thomas Walker, constable
and collector ; Ebenezer Bugbee, Will-
iam HiUs, John Blandin, listers ; Ben-
jamin Farmer, leather-sealer; Ebene-
zer WeUman, grand-juror, Benjamin
Farmer, Ebenezer Bugbee, tithing-
men, Ebenezer Harwood, pound-keep-
er, Samuel Blandin, haj'ward; Jona-
than Ellenwood, Benjamin Farmer,
Cyrus Wbitcomb, Ebenezer Bugbee,
highway-siirveyors ; Delvis Briggs,
Jonathan Ellenwood, Joseph Root,
fence-viewers ; and William HUls, seal-
er of weights and measui'es.
SCaoOLS THE SABBATH.
To the organization of the town, 1794,
there were no school-houses, or public
place for' worship. Schools were kept
in dwelling-houses and such places as
would best convene. The Sabbath was
observed by groups gathered together
with due solemnity, when the one most
gifted would be appointed to conduct
From the organization 169 4, to about
1824, the land had become cleared, the
rich soil yielded bountiful crops, the
light loamy knolls and plateaus would
produce 70 bushels of com per acre
without the fertillizers. White clover
upon the hillside was in abundance. It
was a period of general prosperity.
Roads were laid out and more busi-
ness carried on than at any other period
of the town's history. At the junction
of the roads, leading through the vaUey
and over the hill to Putney, and west-
ward to Townshend, winch was the
seat of" her commercial business.
The road leading eastward and west-
ward was the thoroughfare for towns
westward to Putney, Westminster and
Within this period the town contain-
ed 3 stores, 2 hotels, 2 blacksmith shops,
3 saw-miUs, 2 gTist-miUs, 2 tamiery, 1
potashry, 1 doctor, and one councillor
THE PIEST STOEE.
Samuel Wheat, who lived in Putney,
is supposed to have put in the first store.
which was last occupied by Ephraim
H. Mason. Mr. Wheat did not move
here, but employed Daniel Sabin to do
his business here ; he also run a pot-
ashry, located just east of his store.
Anthony Jones followed Mr. Wheat
in the mercantile business, and Isaac
Palmer, Mr. Jones Palmer ; failed about ;
1817. He was ai-rested and put in jail,
but broke the jail, and never was seen
The house of Walter S. Bennett is
one of the oldest houses in town, it was
built for a hotel. At this place there
was a pubHc house from the earliest
date to about 1853. Isaac Taft is sup-
posed to have kept the first tavern,
and also a store, which was a little to
the east of his house.
Luke Atherton followed Mr. Taft,
and Samuel Churchill, Mr. Atherton,
and Oats Haven, Mr. ChurchUl.
In 1823, Mr. Haven's store was
burned together with the barn of Benj.
Ormsbee. Wm. C. Lee was arrested,
convicted of the larceny, and sentenced
to the state prison.
John Waters built a large house that
was burned in 1886, owned when burnt
by Elbridge G. Mason, being the sec-
ond and last occupied house, burned.
Mr. Waters had a push for business,
he kept a hotel and a store, but he be-
came involved and failed. Cyrus Whit-
comb, who was bound with him, also
failed. By this misfortune two of the
first settlers were lost to the town ; both
removed. And Lamah Blandin, also,
removed in 1815.
THE OLD TANNEEY
was between the houses of Rufus and
Samuel Stebbins. and managed by
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SAW AND GEIST MILLS.
A saw and grist-mill were early put
in below the bridge, by E. R. Bush's
house, and occupied by John Benson.
A grist-mill was buUt on the mead-
ows of Wm. P. Stebbins, owned by
A saw-mill was built upon the
Blandin brook, by Jotham Stebbins,
at an early date.
Elijah Davis of Athens built a saw-
mill and a grist-mill in the north part
of the town, who was followed in pos-
session by David Cotwell, Ben. Walker,
D. E. Whitnej'-, E. H. Mason, and
Winchester Smith. In 1868, Lorenzo
W. Bush, bought the mill and moved it
where it now stands. Tlu:ee times the
torrent of the freshet m G-rassy Brook
swept out his dam ; but being a man of
pluck and energy, he has rebuilt.
Those who followed Taft in the ho-
tel were : Samuel ChurchiU, Benjamin
Ormsbee, Edson Higgins, Franklin
Walker, Thomas Gordon, and Joe
Codding, who took down his sign
THE FIRST DOCTOE
in town was Dr. William Perrj^, who
came from Putney, and settled here a
few years before 1815. He first lived
where Loren Rannej^'s house stands,
but afterwards moved to the south part
of the town. He was a successful prac-
tioner and did much toward building up
the business and prosperity of the town,
and raised up a family of children, who
became useful citizens. He moved to
Newfane in 1839, but is represented in
to^Ti by his youngest daughter, the wife
of Leverett K. AYilliams.
HOLBROOK BENSON, ESQ.
practiced in town, to some extent. He
lived on the hill west of H. N. Wliit-
ney's. He was frozen to death, about
1828, his house became unoccupied
and was burned.
Sept. 20, 1819, a town meeting for
that purpose, was held :
"Voted to receive that part of the
town of Newfane, lying on the east side
of Wantastiquet, or West River, to be
annext to the town of Brooldine, as a
part of said town of Brookline."
This augmentation added much to the
wealth and prosperity of the town, and
the agitation which brought it on, was
on account of crossing the river for town
business. There was no bridge over
the river in this vicinity at this time,
and when the river was high it was im-
possible to pass over by fording. In
attending a town meeting in March,
the men passed over in the morning on
the ice ; before night the river broke
up, and there was no way of return,
and their wives and children were
doomed to a night of wretched fears.
On the 7th of October, it was :
"Voted to receive the following per-
sons now residing in Newfane, to be an-
nexed to and became a part of said
Brooldine, viz : Luke B. Osgood. Jona-
than Cutler, Lot Holland, Wm. Bently,
Elisha Flint, Harve_y Osgood, Anthony
Moron and Christopher Osgood."
THE GRASSHOPPER PLAGUE:
Not equal to the plague of Egypt,
quite, but it nearly destroj^ed all crops
of that 3'ear. A few fields of grain
were saved by drawing ropes acrost the
fields, two and three times a Aay. To
reiDresent what hay and grass was de-
stroyed in the town on the fertile mead-
ows of John B. Stebbins, only about 3
tons of haj^ could be gathered. Trees
and all green vegetation were stripped
of their foliage. Nor yet did adversity
in these j'ears come singly :
June 20, 1821, marte the day the most
memorable for adversity in Brooldine :
THE JUNE FRESHET.
In the morning the heavens were clear
and sunshmy, a little past noon, around
the summit of Lily Pond hill, the sky
became dark and heavj'', and soon ter-
rific peals of thunder vibrated the air,
and the rain came down in such torrents
as to cover tlie ground with a complete
sheet of water. To use the words of
BarziUai Sticlniey, who witnessed it : —
" It seemed as though the heavens met
the earth, and instantly, a mighty, bil-
lowy sea came rushing down, carrying
rocks, stones and trees to the vaUe}^ be-
low." About one half the deluge came
down through Grassy Brook, the other
north wai'd through Athens intoSaxtou's
River. Every bridge was swept away.
The Valley road in many places was
completely destroyed, and many acres
of the rich,, loamy meadows made beds
of stones and gravel . Hugh stones were
lifted up and carried like pebbles ; near-
ly all growing crops in the Valley were
The scholars in District No. 2, hear-
ing the tumult, came out on the bridge
just north of the school-house to see
how rapid the water came, not appre-
hending danger ; Dr. Wm. Peny living
near seeing the impending danger, rush-
ed out and drove the scholars back. As
he stepped from the bridge, a huge
swell of water carried it off and Mr.
Perry was seperated from his family for
the night ; but the lives of several of the
scholars were undoubtedly saved.
So destitute were several families
after his visitation that aid was sent to
them by the people of Putney.
So large and rapid was the torrent of
the water, at Saxton's River, a distance
of 9 miles, it was with gi-eat effort, that
the help in the factory there were res-
cued. Sarah Perham, the mother of the
writer, was carried on the shoulders of
men who waded waist-deep in water.
The brick had been left for the Round
school house, upon the north side, but
so powerful was the deluge they were*
taken up and carried to the south side,
upon a higher ground, where the house
now stands. To give a vivid conception
of the deluge, large logs floated past C.
P. Stickney's house in the road.
The people felt the ^Dressure of the
damage done : the thoroughfare acrost
the hills ceased, the stores were closed,
small farms were sold, and the hillsides
being deserted the population decreas-
ed. The building of roads up West
River, helped also to bring about this
The town had now been organized '
30 years without the right to elect a
representative. In 1823, this right was
granted; and in 1824, Benj. Ormsbee
was elected as the first representative.
At this freeman's meeting, the number
of votes for representatives to Con-
gTess, were Phineas White, 74; Wm.
C. Bradlej^ C, showing a poll of 80.
THE FIRST TOWN OFFICERS.
William Perry, moderator; Benj.
Ormsbee, town clerk; Thomas Crane,
Benj. Ormsbee, Lot Holland, select-
men ; Israel Whitney, to'vvn treasurer ;
Thomas Crane, Anthony Mason,
Daniel Bixbj^ listers ; Anthony Mason,
constable; Asa Flint, John Blandm,
grand jurors; John Blandin, Israel
Whitnej'. Elisha Flin; fence viewers;
Alvin Boyden, the pound-keeper, Isaac
Welhnan, Saml. Stebbius, Thos. Wells,
Christopher Osgood, Daniel Bixby,'
Isaac Whitney, Zephaniah Perry, high-
way surveyor, Rufus Stebbius, sealer
of leather, Samuel Stebbius, dealer of
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weights and measures ; Christ. Osgood,
Ehsha Fau-banks, tything men ; Eben.
Pool, Willard Philhps, Joel C. Lee,
Lewis Cady. Bradley Fan-banks, Ira
Cutler, hay wards; Eben. Whitnej',
Jacob Burditt, grand jurors to court;
.Elisha Flint, Asa Flint, Amos Haile,
Israel Whitney, John PhiUips, Samuel
Stebbins, petit jurors; Benj. Perry,
Amos Haile, sextons.
A UNION MEETING HOUSE.
r For a few yeai-s prior to 1836, the
subject of building a house for public
worship was discussed, but an endeavor
to unite did not succeed, On March
18, 1836, a meeting was held for that
purpose, Ephm. H. Mason was elected
chairman, Asaph Coy, clerk.
"Voted that it is the minds of this
meetiug to buUd a union meeting-house
in this town. '
"Voted to choose a committee to
confer with the Baptist Chosen:
Asaph Coy. Sam'l Adams, Sam'l Rist,
such committee. At a meeting, held
March 24, 1836 : "Voted to choose a
committe to draw a plan of a Union
meeting house, and a constitution and
by-laws to govern the same."
Chose: Barzillai Stickney, Rufus
Stebbins, Asaph Coy. Benj. Ormsbee,
Benj. Walker. Dan'l E. Whitney, to
compose said committee. Chose: —
Rufus Stebbins, Ephm. H, Mason, a
committe to try to form a union with
the Baptist society."
"At a meeting, held, April 12.
BarzUlai Stickney. Daniel E. Whitney,
Benj. Walker were chosen, buUding
At a meeting held April 25, Samuel
Rist, Rufus Stebbins, Barzillai Stickney,
Joel Harwood, Wm. B, Root, Eph. H.
Mason, Dr, Wm. Perry were chosen
At a meeting held June 6, voted to
add Wm. Perry, and Joel Harwood to
the building committee.
" Voted that the building committee
procure a deed for the building as soon
as may be.
Dm-iug the season the Union Church
was built by Methodists and Universal-
ists. The names of those who signed
the covenant of the society were:
Timothy WaUter, Israel Whitney,
Sam'l Rist, Rufus Stebbins, Eph'm
Mason, BarziUai Stickney, Hiram
Whitney. Asaph Coy, Benj, Walker,
Franklin Walker, Dan'l E. Whitney,
Joel Ranney, Luke Rist, David Walker,
Liberty Hai'wood, Sullivan Pollard.
Joel Barwood, Eben, Harwood, Colton
Evans, Charles Evans, Amos L. Rist,
Eben. Whitney, William East. Timothy
H. Whitney, David Skinner, William
Ranney, Jr., Benj. Ormsbee, David
Kidder, J. L. Blandin, Philip Bemis,
.Jr., J. S. Osgood, WUliam B. Root, Jr.,
Cliristopher Osgood, Wm. Perry, Wm.
B. Root, William Hulett, John B.
Turner, Jacob Burditt, Sam'l Butter-
field, Geo. Harvey, Norman C. Marsh.
Asa Flint, Otis Harwood, Joel A. Har-
wood, A. A. Flint. Rev. Wm. Hodges
preached the dedication sermon for the
Methodists, and Rev. Mr. HemphiU, for
the Universalists, and both were pastors
of the church for many years.
For the first 25 yeai-s the church was
Rev. O. R. Edwards, for the last 20
years, has occasionally supplied the pul-
pit for this church.
BUILDING OF A BAPTIST CHUECH.
A Baptist church was buUt the same
year ; Samuel Stebbins, Samuel Cutler,
and Ira Cutler contributed largely for
At the raising of the belfry, the wall
being brick, the west bent of the belfry
was raised and stayed and as the men
commenced to lift the second bent, the
supporters of the work gave way and
precipitated 40 men a distance of nearly
20 feet below among fallen timbers
and boards. The jar of the falling
timbers lessened the stay of the bent
that was raised and that started down-
wards, too ; but seemingly by the hand
of Providence it was stopped by a pro-
jecting brick : had this fallen u]D0n the
men below, many would have been
killed, Those who received injuries
were Delais Welhnan, Samuel Bennett,
leg broken ; Joseph Mvirdock, shoulder
dislocated ; Everett Wellman, struck in
the back by a spike, and Ira Cutler and
Benj. Deny, who received internal in-
juries. Although this accident seemed
like a fatal blow, at first, in one week
after, the belfry was successfully raised.
From the advent of the two new
churches to 1860, were years of general
thrift and prosperity. Good schools
and good society were sustained ; Sam'l
Stebbins and Francis Merrifleld, took
the lead in accumulating wealth.
When the Vermont and Massachu-
setts ' "Western Railroad was being
agitated, these men took an interest in
the big enterprise for then, and con-
tributed to its building.
At the survey of the Vermont Valley
Railroad, a rout was contemplated up
West River through the Valley of
Grassy Brook and on to Chester. Had
this been carried out as hoped, on this
easy grade and less cost of construction
more than equal fo that of the Con-
necticut Valley, Brookline would have
been the equal of her sister towns for
business, and a village wonld have
sprung up as a depot for the upjDcr
towns of the West River Valley.
IN THE LATE WAR
the patriotism of her sons was second to
none ; when the Union's call for volun-
teers was given, many young men of
promise were in her bo.iders, and they
promptly responded. So free and large
were the early enlistment that near the
close of the war, her quota was nearly
fiUed. and it lessened the trouble many
towns had to furnish men.
Of her noble sons, two were killed in
battle, Hemy Bush at Fredericksburg,
and Marshall Wellman at, or near- New
Two died in camp, Alvan Higgins at
New Orleans, Alonzo P. Bush at New
John Barrett died of disease con-
tracted while in the camp.
Hibbard Holden was so severly in-
jured by a minne ball at Fredericksburg,
which passed through his body, as to
remain infii'm for life.
William W. Perry was wounded in
the head by a missile from a shell and
disabled for life.
Of these brave and noble sons who
have honored themselves abroad, J. W.
Stebbins, is now a Methodist clergy-
man in Minnesota.
Albert Merrifield, is a successful
business man in Mendota, lU.
Hibbard Holden, is a raihoad agent
al Salem, N. Y.
W. B. Stickney, A. B., is a raikoad
agent at ^.nn Arbor, Mich.
E. A. Stebbins, is a successful dentist
at Shelbume Falls, Mass.
At the close of the war, the town, in-
stead of being impoverished, her
treasury empty, and a huge war debt
left for a future burden, had her treas-
ury full and the expenses of the war aU
paid. But few towns have managed
their financial business with greater
What had long been felt a necessity
to bring her farmers to an equal position
in the transaction of business was bet-
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ter communication to the outer world
and the advent of the Narrow Gauge
Railroad ujd West River and across her
borders has secured her this position,
Though hotly contested to give aid
through the capacity of the town, she
had refused by a small vote ; hut two
of her enterprising citizens, Luther
Osgood, and Oscar C. Merrifield, came
to the rescue and furnished the sum of
$1,000 more needed to complete the
subscription before the world could be
said — " Go."
BROOKLINE OP TO-DAY.
For the last half century, the inhab-
itants of the town have been gradually
going out and farms consolidated ; the
meadows retained for tillage and the
Other lands for pasturage, much of
which has grown to timber. The val-
ley of Grassy Brook inclines gently to
the south and is so protected by nature's
barriers that violent winds seldom oc-
cur; and the soil is quicli and warm
and yeilds good crops to the faithful
husbandman; the roads are pleasant,
drawing travelers ; the people are fru-
gal and industrious, und in the valley
of Grassy Brook are the homes of many
good farmers; and Brookline has its
upon the hillside in the south part of the
town, about a mile from the Valley
road. It has strong properties of iron,
and is much resorted to in the warm
weather of the summer, and if proper-
ly developed would, doubtless, become
a popular summer resort, as the scene-
ry around is fine ; just beyond from an
easy carriage-road to reach, is a point
of land unsurpassed by any in the state
for beautj' of scenery ; looking south, at
the west is the valley of the Wantasi-
quet, deep and narrow, and at the east,
the valley of the Connecticut with her
broad, fertile meadows ; at the west the
high lands of the Green Mountains
from Florida in Massachusetts, to Mt.
Holly, with towering peata at the north
in this state. From this spot we sur-
vey Shatterack, Manickmung, Hay-
stack and Saddle-back, At the east is
seen the Connecticut valley from Holj'-
oke to Ascutney and extending east-
ward over hill and valley, forest and
meadow until the majestic summit of
the Monadnock closes the view in that
direction ; thence to the north is seen
the line of the blue Highlands and on-
ward toward the White Mountains. —
The scenery to allure, the soil quick
and productive, the Vallej^ of Grassy
Brook is one of nature's secluded spots
wherein man can enjoy the fruits of his
own labor. [Rather of a farmer's little
Schools were taught here at dwel-
ling-houses in 1795. The first school-
teacher in town is said to have been
Lucy Skinner, daughter of Samuel
Skiimer, one of the first settlers.
Cyrus Whitcomb's house was as well
adapted for school purposes as anj^ in
the district or town, and its location de-
cided the selection of a school-room
there. It was a little north of John B.
Stebbins' house of to-day.
Timothy H. Whitney, an early settler
and a young man of good education,
was employed to teach.
The house not being verj^ well en-
closed, one day a weasel came in and
sought the pantry and while he was
nibbling for his meal one of Mr.
Whitcomb's boys saw the intruder and
asked leave to drive him out.
It appears that schools were taught
here for several years.
The first division of the town into
districts was April 21, 1796, at a legal
meeting warned and holden in Brook-
line, Peter Benson, moderator.
"Voted to divide the town into three
••Voted to choose a committee to
divide the same."
••Voted that Peter Benson, Richard
Whitney, John Waters, Jotham Steb-
bins and Benjamin Farmer, be a com-
mittee for that purpose.
"Voted to choose three trustees of
schools (Viz. I. Eben. Bugbee, Isaac
Welhnan, and Eben. Harwood.")
"Voted to adjourn the meeting to
the 25th day of August. At the ad-
joui-ned meeting voted to accept of the
transaction of the tr'ustess and the com-
mittee's division of the town into school
The school house built in No. 1,
was located very near the foot of
THE FIRST SCHOOL HOUSES:
In District No. 2, a little south of
the Round school-house. In District
No. 3. near the house of Samuel B.
The first record that appears of the
number of scholars between the years
of 4 and 18, is March 1808.
"In the north school district, 64
schools. Attest: Archelaus Bixby,
"In the Middle School district, 57,
Attest : Peter M. Benson, clerk."
THE BOUND SCHOOL-HOUSE.
The Round school-house was built in
1822. '• Old Thunderbolt "* or Dr.
Wilson, submitted the plan to the build-
ing committee. Dr. Wm. Perry and
Samuel Stebbins ; and it is the oldest
school-house now standing and is never
*See History of Brattlelsoro, page 63, sup-
posed to have been an accomplice of the rob-
ber Ligbtfoot, -vrbo was bung.
forgotten by those who live in or pass
through the town for its grotesqueness ;
yet many gifted sons and daughters
have passed from this to other places to
win distinction as moral and intellect-
A list of scholars and parents as re-
tained by district clerks in 1824:
District No. 1 : — Samuel Rist, 6
scholars ; Eliphalet Skinner 2 ; Samuel
Frost, 5 ; Abiah Fuller, 5 ; James
Johnson, 3; Tyler Derry, 3; Peter
Derry, 1; Zephaniah Derry, 3; Orrin
Simpson, 2; Simeon Perry, 2; Israel
Whitney, 1 ; Solomon Whitney, 2 ;
David Kidder, 2; Joel Harwood, 5;
Ebenezer Whitney, 4 ; John Gates, 3 ;
John Phillips, 5 ; Edmon Rhodes, 1 ;
John Cady, 1. Total 56 scholars.
Daniel Bixby, District clerk.
District No. 2 : — Cheney Flint, 2
scholars; Jacob Burditt, 2; Lemuel
Stebbins, 3; Rufus Stebbins, 3; Eben-
ezer Bugbee, 2; Isaac Wellman, 3;
Timothy Wellman, 2; Elisha Fair-
banks, 4 ; Daniel Cole, 1 ; Alvin Boy-
den, 3 ; Peter Benson, 1 ; Wm. Perry,
3 ; Ebenezer Wellman, 2 ; Lyman Lee,
2 ; Samuel Adams, 4 ; Benjamin Orms-
bee, 6 : Elder Isaac Wellman, 3 ; Eben-
ezer Pool, 3 ; John Blandin, 1 ; Jonas
Blandin, 1 ; total 51 scholars. — Jacob
Burditt, District clerk.
District No. 3: — Daniel Benson, 3
scholars; Rufus M. Benson, 2; Isaac
Wellman, 2 ; Hiram Wilder, 1 ; Josiah
Leonard, 2 ; John Benson, 1 ; Job Big-
elow, 4; EHsha Flmt, 5; PoUy Tarble,
1; Jesse Walker, 1; Asa Flint, 4;
Simeon Cole, 5 ; Amasa Haile, 6 ; Ben-
jamin Bigelow, 4; Thomas Wells, 3;
Daniel Benson, Jr., 2 ; Harry Carey. 1 ;
Thomas Crane, 4; total 51 scholars.—
Thomas Crane, District Clerk.
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District No. 4 : — Jonathan Cutler,
1 scholar ; Anthony Moron, 5 ; Lot"
Holland 5 ; Nathaniel Holland, 2 :
Luke B. Osgood, 5 ; Christopher Os-
good, 4; Joseph Joy, 2; Timothy
Fleming, 1; Charlotty Whitcomb, 1;
total 26 : Anthony Moran, District
In 1865, after a long contest, the
town was re-districted and redueed to
The sentiment for good schools has
been the ruling idea. No town watches
over her schools with greater vigilence.
From the first settlement to 1837,
there was no post-office in town, and
our people were troubled sometimes, to
find their mail at Athens, Putney, and
Barzillai Stickney and Alvin Boyden
became strongly impressed better facil-
ities might be had, and applied to Gen-
eral Martin Field of Newfane, then one
of the prominent men of Windham
county, in their behalf, and in 1837, the
following route was established : ' 'From
Bellows Falls, by Saxton's River,
Cambridgeport, Westminster, West
Brookline, Fayettville, Williams ville,
to Dover, Monday's, Wednesday's and
Friday's 8 a. m. and 5 p. m., going,
Thuesday's, Thursday's, and Satur-
days, 8 A. M., and 5 p. m., returning.
Otis Bardwell, contractor, and the
route started, Aug. 29, 1837.
Nov. 27th, 1841, is was ordered to
commence the route at Cambridgeport,
Athens, Brookline and Dover to Wil-
mington. This route continued till 1850
when it was discontinued, and Brook-
line given a side mail from Fayetteville.
for Brookline with date of appointment :
Solomon-Harvey, Aug. 9, 1837 : Eph-
raim H. Mason, Apr. 27, 1839 ; Joel
Codding, Dec. 24, 1840; Barzillai
Stickney, June 1846; Joel Codding,
Dec. 18, 1849 ; Barzillai Stickney, June
23, 1855; Walter S. Bennett, March 3,
1863 ;— Discontinued Sept. 14, 1868;
Virgil W. Ranney, Feb. 27, 1880.
A COMPANT OF MILITIA
was formed 'in 1801, — ii commission
at hand shows the appointment : by his
Excellency Isaac Skinner, Esq. of John
Blandin, Captain in the seventh compa-
ny, the third Regiment, First brigade,
and First division of the melitia of this
state." Mr. Blandin was discharged
This is the first company of which
there is any account and may have been
the one of which Francis Drake tells
the story : "where the officers had all
been chosen and himself the only pri-
In times earlier than t)iis it is said :-
"this was not a law and order abiding
community, that the collecting of dues
and the standard of justice were some-
times equivocated from."
In such instances the inhabitants re-
sorted to the arm of "Billy Black," a
strong arm that for a small consideration
dealt out such a one a good drubbing,
which, usually, brought him to easy
Our settlers that were soldiers in the
war of the Revolution were : — John
Stebbins, Timothy Wellman, Jonathan
Wooley, Richard Whitney, Daniel
Benson, Ebenezer Harwood and Sam-
uel Rist. Harwood and Rist witnessed
the surrender of Cornwallis at York-
SOLDIERS OP TAE WAR OF 1812.
Our Soldiers in the last war with
Great Britain were Maj. Timothy H.
Whitney, John Holden, Lemuel Tyler
SOLDIERS OF THE CIVIL WAR,
1861 — 1865,
FOTJETH EEGIMENT, CO. F.
Hibbard G. Holden, Henry J. Bush,
Samuel A. Fairbanks, Ira A. Higgins.
5th eeg., CO. E.
Joshua A. Shattuck.
8th. eeg., CO. H.
Warren B. Stickney, Alvin G. Higgins,
Alvin H. Merrifield, Charles A. Cutler,
Alonzo P. Bush, Mr-rshall W. Wellman,
William W. Perry.
8th. eeg. CO. I.
Albro V. B. Ford.
9th. eeg. CO. K.
Denny. E. Mason, Thomas S. Crane,
John S. Barrett, Orlin N. Whitney,
Lorenzo W. Bush, Everett G. Smith,
11th. eeg. CO. G.
Edwin A. Stebbins, Henry Cutler.
12ta. eeg. CO. G.
Albert Haywood, Lorenzo Rist,
Winchester Smith, Everett W. Smith.
11th. eeg., CO. I.
Herbert Mason, John Lamphear,
piEST battalion, v. s. a.
Samuel B. Higgins.
BLACKSMITHS AND SHOPS.
The first blacksmith in the town is
supposed to have been Delvis Wellman,
one of the first settlers. His shop was
a little north of where the school-house
in District No. 1, now stands.
A blacksmith's shop was, also, built
at an early day, west of the road a lit-
tle south of John B. Stebbins' house ;
by Ebenezer Wellman, and occupied tiU
washed away by the June freshet, 1821 ;
and his son, Isaac, was a blacksmith in
the north part of the town on the coun-
ty road; and Jonas Blandin, also, did
work in a shop near the house of Allen
In 1820, Jacob Burditt came from
Putney and built a shop, near the house
where Mrs. V. R. Ford lives ; and af-
terwards had his shop a little east of the
Union meeting-house. He became a
prominent citizen ; devoted a part of his
time to teaching singing-school ; was
well-liked, but moved to Newfane about
Norman C. March, from Greenfield,
Mass., in 1840 ; married Augusta Per-
ham of Athens in 1843, and devoted
the most of his time to blacksmithing,
and has proved a very useful citizen,
holding the prominent offices of the
town ; representing it in the legislature
in 1862 and '63.
The settlers of Brookline endured the
numerous hardships, and vicissitudes
of life that accompany the lot of those
who first penetrated these unbroken for-
ests ; though the Indian's stealthy steps
were no longer heard, there were the few
cattle and the little flock to protect from
the ravishing wolves, that on one of the
prominent knoUs in the south-western
part of the town, there favorite resort
— used to collect, "and make night
hideous with their howls,'" and the oc-
casional meeting with and dispatching
of bruin is related ; but no serious ren-
A black snake, about 8 feet long was
killed by Alvin Boy den, on his farm in
1829 ; and was preserved in the zoolo-
gy cabinet of General Martin Field, of
Nawfane, — the only one of his kind
ever seen in the parts.
It is held in tradition that near the
top of the hill east of the Baptist meet-
ing house, a little child was burned to
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ashes by following into a coalpit, and
those most superstitions, belived, that
they could see afterwards a bright light,
at times, at the location of the coal-pit.
About 1800, a boy by the name of
Erye, in the employ of Josiah Taft, in
attempting to ford TVest River horse-
back with bags of corn, was swardped
About 1823, Halbrook Benson, son
of Peter Benson, one of the first set-
tlers, was frozen to death on the Wind-
mill hill road ; about 2 miles from the
foot of the hill, he was found.
In 1856, Elmore Fairbanks, a young
lad, of rather weak mind, while returu-
ing home from one of the near neigh-
bors fell upon an open jack-knife that
he carried for self-defense ; the knife en-
tered his chest and ended his life.
In 1863, David Walker, a man of not
ordinary intillgence, started for a trip
to Dummerston; was frozen, and found
dead: as the song goes, "he took a
little brown jug under his arm."
In 1866, Andrew Blood, in employ,
at the time, of Timothy M. Albee in
building a barn, was drowned while
bathing in West River.
were little known to the early pioneer:
marked trees were his guide-posts. The
first passways, or roads lead acrost the
valley east and west; three of which
have long ceased to be. The earliest
business transactions took the people
to Putney, as merchandise could be
boated up and dovrn Connecticut River ;
therefore these roads were sought first
for. The first valley road that was
built followed close under the hill upon
the east side, and has been re-built at
different times, and makes the pleasant
passway which it now occupies.
The Windmill hill road was survey-
ed in 1818, and the road that now leads
westward from this point to Townshend,
in 1819, and the county road, so called
was built in 1828.
MODERATORS AT MARCH MEETING.
Peter Benson, 1795, to 1801, inclusive.
3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17,
Thomas Walker, 1802 :
Daniel Bixby, 1801-16,-20,-23:
Thaddeus Chamberlain, 1814:
Benjamin Oi-msbee, 1819, 34, 36, 38:
William Perry, 1822, 24, 25, 26, 27,
28, 30,31, 37:
Thomas Crane, 1827, 35:
Alvin Boyden, 1832 :
Isaac Wellman. 1835, 46, 47, 49, 50:
Ephralm Park, 37, 40, 41, 43:
William, Adams, 1848, 51, 53 to 57:
Ephraim H. Mason, 1844, 45 :
Warren Bennet, 1857 :
Luther Osgood, 1858, to-72, 80, 84:
Oscar C. Merrifield, 1863, 64, 66 :
Chas. P. Stickney, 1865, 67, 68. 72,
Colmer W. Stebbins, 1875, to 80:
John Waters, first town clerk, 1795 96,
97, 99 to 1806, 09, 10, 11:
Delias Riggs, 1798:
Timothy H. Whitney, 1806, 7, 8:
Samuel Fairbanks, 1812, 13, 14:
Thomas Crane, 1815 to 20, 22 :
Benjamin Ormsbee, 1820, 21, 24 to 28 :
Alvin Boyden, 1828 :
Jacob Burdett, 1829, to 35, 38 to 41 :
Asaph Coy, 1835, 36, 37:
Abijah Moore, 1795 to 1806 :
Jotham Stebbins, 1806 to 1811 :
Samuel Stebbins, 1811, 17, 18, 19, 28 :
Daniel Bixby, 1812 to 17, 20, 21 :
Israel Whitney, 22 to 28^29, 30 :
Kdson Higgins, 1831, 32, 33 :s
Amos Hale, 1834 :
Isaac Walker, 1835 :
Ephraim Parks, 1836, 7, 8, 9, 40 :
Samuel Cutler, 1841, 42:
Hiram Whitney, 1843 to 49, 51 to 67
Isaac Wellman, 1850:
Everett P. Wellman, 1867 to 84.
Thomas Walker, 1795, 96 :
Timothy H. Whitney, 1797, 99 :
Micah French, 1798 :
JosiahTaff, 1800, 1, 2, 3:
Peter Benson, 1804 :
Asa Flint, 1805 :
Daniel Benson, 1806 :
Benjamin Ormsbee, 1807, 8 :
Samuel Fairbanks, 1809 :
Ebenezer Wellman, 1810, 14 :
Samuel W. Benson, 1811, 12:
John Blandin, 1813 :
Archelaus Bixby, 1814 :
Samuel Bobbins, 1816, 17:
Jonas Blandin, 1818, 19,
Samuel Frost, 1820,
Jonas Wellman, 1821, 30 to 33 :
Anthony Mason, 1822 to 29 :
Harry Gary, 1829 :
Ephraim H. Masou, 1833, to 39, and
44, 45-: ,
, Joel Ranney, 1835,
Daniel E. Whitney, 1839, 40 :
Willard Linsley, 1841, 42, 43 :
Harvey Morse, 1846, 47 .
Wm. B. Root, 1848, 49 :
Chas. W. Blandin, 1851 to 55 :
Norman C. Marsh, 1855 to 1863 :
Chas. P. Stickney, 1864, 65, 82, 83 : >
Luther Osgood, 1865 to 1874 ;
Samuel B. Higgins. 1975 to 1882 :
SUPERINTENDENTS OF, SCHOOLS.
John B. Stebbiiis, first superintendent,
1850 to 1857:
Ephraim H. Mason, 1857 :
Oscar C. Merriiield, 1858, 59, 60, 62,
63, 94, 65 :
Warren B. Stickney, 1861 :
Charles Farrar, 1866 to 71 :
Charles P. Stickney, 1871 to 86:
Peter Benson. 1995, 97, 1806, 1, 2, 3,
6, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21,
Lamah Blandin, 1795 :
Jotham Stebbias, 1795, 1805, 15:
Eiehard Whitney, 1796, 98, 99, 1800,
3, 6, 13, 15, 16:
Abijah Moove, 1796, 98 :
John Waters, 1796, 98, 99, 1800, 1,
2, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11 :
Micah French, 1797 :
Wm. Bobbins, 1797, 1807, 8, 9 :
Timothy H. Whitney, 1801, 8 ;
Samuel Ballard, 1804 :
Josiah Taft, 1802 :
John Blandin, 1804, 7, 8, 9 :
Daniel Bixby, 1809, 10, 11, 12, 14,
James Campbell, 1807 :
Thomas Craine, 1812, 15, 16, 17, 19,
20, 21, 23 to 33, 35 :
Thaddeus Chamberlain, 1813, 14 :
Jesse Walker, 1816, 17:
Ebenezer Whitney, 1817, 30, 31, 32,
Wm. Perry, 1818, 37, 38 :
Benjamin Ormsbee, 1818, 23 to 28 :
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Ora Flint, 1818 :
Samuel Stebb^ns, 1819, 20, 33, 34,
Elisha Flint, 1822 :
Lot Hammond, 1824, 25, 26 ;
JacobJBurditt, 1827, 28:
Antliony Mason, 1829, 36, 40, 43, 44,
Isra-el Whitney, 1828 :
Alvin Boyden, 1829, 30:
Edson Higgins, 1833, 34, 43 :
Samuel Adams, 1832 to 37, 38, 39 :
Isaac "Wellman, 35,'.36, 41, 42 :
Benjamin Walker, 1837:
Hiram Whitney, 1838 to 42, 50 :
Joel HarwoocJ, 1839 to 43, 44 :
Daniel E. Whitney, ,1842, 62 :
John S. Osgood, 1844:,
Wm. Adams, 1844 to 60, 61 to 57 :
William Lindsley, 1845 to 49 :
Wm. B. Boot, 4846 to 48 :
Luther Osgood, 1850^ to 53, 58 to 61,
70, 71, 72: '
Norman C. Marsh, 1849, 70 to 72 in :
Everett P. Wellman, 1849, 60, 73, 74 :
Ira Cutler, 1851, 57 to 60:
Erastus Whitney, 1853 to 66 :
Samuel Cutler, 1863, 44, 55, 66 :
Grout Holden, 1858 :
Hiram. M. Whitney, 1860, 70 to 84 :
Colmer W. Stebbins, 1861 to 70, and
73 to 84:
Andrew S. Rist, 1861,62 :
John B. Stebbins, 1863 to 70 :
Oscar C. Merrifleld, 1866, 67 :
Samuel B. Higgins, 1868, 69 :
Timothy M. Albee, 1875 to 69 :
Wm. W. Perry, 1879, 80, 81 :
George E. Ware, 1882, 83 :
Ebenezer Bugbee 1795, 1801 ;
Wm. H.lls, 1795, 96;
John, Blandin, 1795, 1812, 13 ;
Israel Whitney, 1796, 1811, 21 ;
Ebenezer Wellman, 1796, 1811 ;
Wm. Robbins, 1796. 1807 8, 9, 11 ;
Delais Briggs, 1797 ;
Jonathan Elenwood, 1797 ;
Daniel Bonson. 1797, 1800, 2, 5, 15 ;^
Lemich Blandin, 1798, 180^ ;
John Blandin, 1798, 1806 to 10 ;
Peter Benson, 1798,1803 ;
Josiah Taft, 1799 ;
Joshper Pool, 1799 ;
Timothy H. Whitney, 1799, 1802, 3.
Jotham Stebbins, 1800 ;
John Wellman, 1700;
John Waters, 1701, 3, 9, 10 ;
Amos Mansfield, 1802 ;
Samuel Ballou, 1804, 5 ; '
Timothy Wellman, 1804 ;
Abijah IJHorse, 1804?
Daniel Bixby, 1806, 10 ;
Phineas Alden, 1806;
Thomas Crane,' 1806, 13, 18 to 26 ;
James Campbell, ,1807, 8 ;
Jesse Walker, 1812, 36 ; '
Archelaus Bixby, 1812, 16, 18 ;
Joshua Fuller, 1816, 17 ;
Asa Flint, 1816, 20, 23, 26 to 30 ;
Samuel Stebbins, 1819 ;
James Johnson, 1812, 19, 20, 22, 23 ;
Samuel Robbins, 1817, 19 ;
Ebenezer Pool, 1818 :
Zephaniah Dyer, 1819 ;
Benjamin Orinsbee, 1820, 21 ;,
Samuel Adams, 1822, 29 ;
Lot Holland, 1821 ;
Anthony Mason, 1824, 25, 27, 33,35 ;
Da-^iel Bixby, 1824 ;
Jacob Burditt, 1826, 26 ;
Alvin Bbyden, 1825. 29, 27 ;
Wm. Perry, 1828 ;
Ebenezer Whitney, 1818, 29, 34, 38 ;
Edson Higgins, 1830, 32, 42 ;
Hiram Whitney, 1830, to 32, 37, 44,
50 to 53 ;
Harry Carey, 1830, 33. 34, 35 ;
Samuel Stebbins, 1831, 32, 35, 36, 47 ;
Isaac Wellman, 1831 to 35, 47 ;
Benjamin Walker, 1835 ;
Everett P. Welhnan, 36, 63, 64, 74,
Ephraim Parks, 1837 ;
Amos Haile, 1837 ;
WUliam Adams, 1838, 39, 65, 66, 78,
79, 80 to 84 ; ,
William Lindsley, 1838, 39 to 42, 44,
48, 49, 51, 52, 61, 62;
Erastus Whituey, 1839, 40 to 44, 81 ;
Ephraim H. Mason, 1840 ;
John S. Osgood. 1840, 45 ;
Samuel Bennett, 1841, 42;
Joel Codding, 1842, 46;
William B. Root, 1843 ;
Barzillai Stickney, 1843 ;
Asa Flint Jr., 1844 to 47, 50, 56 ;
Joel Harwood, 1845, 47, 58 ;
Daniel Whitney, 1846, 50, 53, 59, 60 ;
Grant Holden, 1848, 49. 50, 53, 65,
66, 67, 68;'
Francis Merrifield, 1848, 49 ;
Russell Mason, 1851, 53 ;
Ira Cutler, 1852, 62;
John B. Stebbins, 1854, 55, 56 ;
Andrew S. Rist, ,1854, 55 ;
Walters. Bennett,1854, 55 ;
Hiram M. Whitney, 1859, 57, 63, 64 ;
Warren Bennett, 1857 ;
Calmer W. Stebbins, 1857, 58 ;
Henry Kidder, 1756, 59 ;
Oscar C. Merrifield, 1859, 60. 63. 61 ;
William P. Stebbins, 1861, 62, 65, 66,
,67, 79, 83 ;
Allen O. Wellman, 1867 to 70, 73, to 77
Wm. W. Perry, 1868, 69, 70 to 73 ;
Charles A. Cutler, 1869, 70 to 73 ;
Warren E. Albee, 1872 ;
Timothy M, Allen, 1873, 74 ;
Ephraim P, Osgood, 1873, 80 to 84 ;
Benjamin Ormsbee, 1824, the first rep-
resentative and representative in 26,27 ;
William Perry, J 825, 28 ;
Jacob Burditt, 1829, 30 ;
Samuel Stebbins, 1831, 32, 54;
Edson Higgins, 1833 ;
Thomas Crane, 1834 ;
Ephraim H. Mason, 1835, 36 ;
William Adams, 37, 38, 40, 51 ;
Ephraim Park, 1839 ;
Hiram Whitney; 1841, 42 ;
Hubbard Eastman, 1843 ;
John H. Osgood, 1844 ;
Asa Flint, 18'47 ; 57, 58 ^
.Joel Codding, 1849 ;
Isaac Wellman, 1859 ;
Daniel E. Whitney, 1852, 53 ;,
Samuel Cutler, 1855, 56 ;,
John B. Ftebbins, 1859, 60 ;
Norman C. Marsh, 1861, -62 ;:
Colmer W. Stebbins, 1863-, 64;-.
Oscar C. Merrifield, 1865, 66 ;
Everett P. Wellman, 1867,68;
Erastus Whitney, 1869, 70^ 71', 80 81 ;.
.Hiram M. Whitney, 1872, 73 ;
William P. Stebbins, 1874, 75 ;
William W. Perry, 1876, 77 ;
Samuel B. Higgins, 1878, 79 ;
Charles P. Stickney, 1882, 83.
[Tbe manuscript of this history was sent to ■
us In tlie spring of 1S83, since whloh the town
of Brookline has added to her lists of officers : ;
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TOWN OFFICERS CONCLUDED.
TOWN CLERKS,. — 1837 to 1886. V
Jacob Burditt 1838 to 41 :
Calvin T. Barrett 1841 :
Joel Codding 1842 to 46, 47 to 60 :
Edson Higgins 1846 :
William Adams 1860 to 67 :
Charles Farrar 1867 :
William Adams 1868 to 1886 and in.,
MODEEATOES. — 1878 to 1886 :
C. W. Stebbins 1878te 80:
L. Osgood 1880 to 85 :
N. C. Marsh 1886 :
SELECTMEN. — 1883 to 86 : '•:
H. M. Whitney 1883 to 86 : '
C. W. Stebbins 1883 :
George E. Ware 1883 to 85 :
Wm. M. Ware 1885 to 86 :
T. M. Albee 1885 to and 86.
LiSTEEs. — 1883 to 86. ,
"William Adams 1883:
E. P. Osgood/1883 and 84:
William P. Stebbins 1883, 8^:
R, E. Marsh 1884 to and 86
L. K. Wellmanl885, 86:,.
E. W. Bush 1886 :
J. A. S. Shattuck 1886 :
CONSTABLES. — 1883 to 86.
C. p. Stickney 1883 to 85.
SUPEEINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS
C. P. Stickney 1883 to 85 :
Isabelle Shattuck 1886 ;
E. P. Wellman 1883:
N. W. Ranney 1884 to and 86.
BROO KLINE LONGEVITY.
1857, Nathaniel Hill died, aged 90 yrs.
1859, Joel Codding d., aged 74 years.
,, Anna Woolley d,, aged 77 ,,
1860, Wm. B. Root d., aged 75 ,,
,, Fanny Cutler d., aged 73 ,,
1861, Ephraim Park d., aged 80 ,,
,, Daniel Benson d., aged 98 ,,
,, Samuel Adams d., aged 80 ,,
1862 Calvin Barrett d., aged 92 ,,
1863 Eph'm H.Mason, aged 69 ,,
,, Rufus Stebbins d., aged 73 ,,
,, Wm. Ranney d., aged 89 .,
1864, Betsey Whitney d., aged 67 ,,
1868, Lydia FoUett d., aged 80 ,,
1871 , Anson Codding, aged 78 ,,
1872, Rebecca Crane, aged 92 ,,
1873, Sarah Stebbins, aged 76 ,,
,, Edith Root died, aged 91 ,,
,, Sarah B. Harwood, aged.85 ,,
1874, Edson Higgins d. aged 79 ,,
,, Elisaljeth Ranney, aged 86 ,,
1875, Wm. W. Perry aged 69 ,,
1877, Mary B. Higgins ag'd 78 ,,
1880, Mary Perry d., aged 83 ,,
1881, Daniel H olden, aged 82 ,,
,, Joel Rist died, aged 72 ,,
1882, Barzillai Stickney, aged 82 ,,
1883, John Turner d., aged 84 „
1865, Huldali Benson d., aged 77 ,,
1866 Samuel Stebbins d., aged 83 ,,
,, Dorcas Adams d., aged 84 ,,
,, Isaac Wellman d., aged 76 ,,
,, Sarah P. Stickney. aged 66 ,,
,, MaryBurrett d., aged 86 ,.
1867, Samuel Follettd., aged 89 ,,
,. Ira Cutler, died aged 68 ,,
,, Samuel Butterfield aged 80 ,,
,, Keziah Wellman d. aged 75, ,,
,, Patty Park, died aged 83 ,,
1883 John B. Turner, aged 84 ,,
1884 Sullivan Pollard, „ 87 „
1884, Deliverance B. Wellman, 77
,, Faany S. Whitney, aged 78
1885, Daniel Wellman, aged 88
,, Temperance Pierce, aged 87
,, Mary E. Stebbins aged 58
1886, Hiram Whitney, aged 82
,, Wm. P. Stebbins, aged 54:
■ " Vermont is a good state to be born
in ; but one should emigrant young," as
Stephen A. Douglass said, so it seems
to be with the sons of Brookline ; but
her morals are of the first rank, and the
home impressions that have been given
are safe guides to honorable positions a-
Many of those who felled the first
trees, and sowed the first seed have left
no other traces behind them. Among
those who added largely to the prosper-
ity of the early days were Daniel Bix-
by, Lemich Blandin, Rev. Isaac Well-
man, Cyrus, Whiteomb, Abijah Moore,
John Waters and Peter Benson.
was justice of the peace for many years
and moderator for town meetings and
selectman. His opinions were often
sought and his descisions were weighed
with equal justice.
JOHN WATERS ,
was au active business man, and un-
doubtedly the best educated of any of
the early settlers ; he taught school and
was very ready with the pen. He was
the first town clerk and held the office
many years ; was many years a justice
of the priace and selectman ; and was
identified with the business of the town
more than any other man.
Of those who settled here about 1780
and left descendants still living in town
represented by his son, Joel Harwood,
and grand-son; Otis Harwood, a wor-
thy and respected citizen now 66 years
of age, without children :
represented by his son, Daniel Wellman
who is now living at the age of 80 and
and grandsons, Leverett K. and Allen
O. Wellman, and great-grand-sons by
Leverett : Arthur C. and George Well-
man, and great-grand-daughter by Al-
len, Helen B. Wellman.
represented by his son Daniel and grand
daughters, Hannah Adams and Lucin-
da Flint, and great-gr.and-sons, by Han-
nah, Ozro Adams ; by Lucinda, John
represented by his son, Asa Flint aiid
giand-son, Anson Flint and great-grand
son, John Flint.
represented by his son, Isaac Wellman,
who was a deacon of the Baptist church
many years and a prominent business
man in town ; and his grandson, Ever-
ett P. Wellman, also a prominent man,
and his great-grand-daughters, Abbie
C. and Martha Wellman ; the former
was a very successful school-teacher,
and married Judge Andrew A. Wyman
represented by his three sons, Israel,
Ebenezer and Timothy H. Whitney ;,
and grandson by Israel, who has held
the principal offices in town ; and by a
great-grand-daughter, Bertha Whitney,
and grand-son by Ebenezer ; Erastus
Whitney, a bachelor, 68 years of age :
chairman of the board of selectmen who
cared for the interests of the town, as-
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before said : there was not any debt on
the tpwn at the close of the war.
THREE OLD HOMESTEADS.
There are three farms in town that
with enlargements remain in the hands
of the descendants of the original own-
ers : the Rist farm ; —
THOMAS RIST ,
came from Sutton, Mass. in 1788, and
bought of Jonathan Boyden th,e now, so
called, Rist farm.
a few years after the close of the war,
came and took possession of his broth-
«r's farm. He raised up a large fam^
ily of children. His sou, Anbrew S.
Rist is a bachelor who is now 66 years
•of age, and as his only brother, Will-
iam, also living in town is a bachelor the
prpspect is that the Rist farm will soon
pass out of the family.
came from Fitzwilliams, Mass. ju 1799
and bought of James Walden the now
Cutler farm. He was represented by
his son, Ira Cutler, who married a
daughter of lasiah Rounds, one of the
early settlers. Ira in his prime was a
strong, resolute man and spent much of
, his time in winter in hunting. [See far-
ther the geneology in sketch prepared
by the family ] The Cutler family were
prominent members of the Baptist per-
suasion, and added strength and wealth
to the town.
settled on land now owned by his son
Luther, about 1790. Ltither married
a daughter of Ephraim Park, who lived
where Luther now resides. Luther
then moved to the western part of N.
Y. with the intention of making it his
home ; but the declining years of Mr.'
Parks brought him back to Vermont,
when he took possession of the Parks
farm, and of his father's farm and bent
his energies to build up a farm second to
none in the valley of ' "West River, and
his broad fields of grass and well-filled
ganery indicate a successful farmer. He
has taken an intei^est in the politics and
prosperity of the town, and has held the
.ihief offices of trust in the gift of the
town. His sons are Ephraim P. and
Fred L., and grandsons, Hermon and
THOMAS" CEANE ESQ.
moved into Brookline, from Richmona,
N. H. about 1806, as the first genera-
tion of the settlers were passing away.
He entered largely into the interests of
the town ; spent his winters in teaching,
was town clerk 6 years ; represented the
town in the legislature ; was selectman
18 years : died in his 57th year, 1836.
from 1802 to 1830 held a leading position
in the town : town clerk, selectman,
the first representative to the legislature
and at home a very obliging hotel keep-
er, and was a man cordially liked.
was. born in Dummerston, this county,
in 1810. His father removed to Brook-
line in 1719. At an early age, William
Adams entered into the politics of the
town, and for the past fifty years, has
been closely connected with its history.
He has been justice of the peace many
years and qualified to draft legal papers
which he has done for the people of the
town. He has represented the town at
the Capitol of the State and has now
been town clerk, many years. .
was born in JafFrey, N. H , Nov. 12,
1772. He passed his early life in New
Hampshire, Northern Vermont and
Western New York. He moved to
Brookline in 1827, married Sarah Per-
ham, the oldest daughter of Joiathan
Perham of Athens, one of the first set-
tlers of Athens. He was a carpenter
and mechanic and located here with the
view of improving the waters of Grassy
Brook, to prosecute his business ; but
the volume of water did not meet his
expectation during the summer season,
and he turned his attention to farming.
He interested himself in supporting the
best of schools, and held those who
hold office, strictly accountable, in ren-
dering their accounts. He died in 1882
a* the age of 89.
came to Brookline from Newfanein 1841
and bought the original Flint farm, and
at the time of his purchase he could
have bought a farm, comprising a part
of the meadows at the mouth of West
River for the same price ; but Brattle-
boro was then, a growing village, and
he remarked that near a village was no
place to bring up a family of children ;
and he raised up a large family, and
was a hard working man.
CHAS. p. STICKNEY
was bom Oct. ,10, 184.0. His parents
though in limited circumstances, gave
him time to attend school. He worked
on his father's farm ; taught school and
by industry fitted for college in 1861 ;
but the war then in progress and other
causes arrested him in his purpose. In
1866, he went West and was establish-
ing himself in business when he was
called to return to Vermont to care for
those who had cared for him. In 1879,
he married Frances A. Hastings ; a son
was born to them in 1882, Carrol W.
Mr. Stickney has held the office of con-
stable 4 years(1883) and town superin-
tendent of schools 13 years, and repre-
sented the town in the legislature, 1882
and 83. He is in the full vigor of life
and enters with earnestness into what-
ever he undertakes.
TIMOTHY H. WHITNEY
was born in Waltham N. H. in 1777.
His father, Eichard Whitney, moved to
Brookline soon after and settled upon
the farm now owned by Otis Harwood.
He made the first clearing upon the farm
and built the house now standing. —
Timothy was an active boy and gained
an education through the limited sources
of those days, so that, at eighteen, he
taught school, (page 12.) At twenty he
was elected constable and served sever-
al years, and has been town clerk and
lister; in 1798, married Abigail Blan-
chard of Waltham, N. H. and settled
upon the farm now owned by his son,
Hiram Whitney. He was prominent in
the business of the town, and rose from
a private to a major in the militia, and
enlisted in the war of 1812 ; was pro-
moted colonel- In 1815, he moved to
Athens where he represented the town
in the legislature several years ; was in
the legislature at the time Brookline was
granted the right to elect a representa-
tive. He was a judge of the county'
court. He died at the age of 82 years.
He is now represented in town by his
son, Capt. Hiram, a man of few words
but to the point, and a much esteemed
citizen. He was born in 1804, marrried
to Fanny Perham in 1828, has repre-
sented the town at Montpelier, and held
his share of its honorable offices wij;h
fidelity and honor.
HIRAM M. WHITNEY,
son of Capt. Hiram and grand-son of
Col. Timothy, was born in 1829 ; has
represented the town, and been one of
the selectmen 14 years. His daughter,
Fanny brings up the honors of the fam-
ily : few women are more capable in the
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performance of the duties of a household
or deft in cunning- work that graces the
wall of the hall of a county fair, or a-
adorns more pleasantly the rooms of
AETHUE B. STEBBINS.
son of John B. Stebbins, Esq. was born
in Brookline", Aug. 16, 1858. His mi-
nority was passed on the farm, gaining
from his father the apt of farming, and
from his mother the culture for a noble
manhood. He acquired a thorough aca-
demical education. In the spring of 1878
he was a clerk in the store of his bro-
ther-in-law in Rochester, Minn., and
. on account of the severe and prolonged
sickness of his father and his family ,
he being the eldest son was called home.
-He at once returned and took charge ol
his father's business and in the spring
remoddled and constructed a new set
of barns and gave his father's business
a new .impetus. In the fall of 1880, he
returned to Minnesota as senior clerk
of the same firm. While here^ he as-
sisted one of the partners, unused to
farming, in selecting stock for a farm
he had bought, out of the city. Arthur
was often consTilted about this farm. ,It
gave him excellent opportunities for de-
veloping his genius in the Eden occupa-*
tion. He made the herd books a study ;
was sent to New England in the winter
of 1882, by some prominent herdsmen
of Minnesota to make a selection and
purchase of thorough breeds. His se-
lections met with such hearty success,
he decided to resign his pbsiton in the
store and devote himself to agriculture.
He married Hattie Bell, daughter of
Daniel Lyon, then of New York, Sept.
23. 1883. His father urged him to re-
main on the old farm, but ambitious to
gain an independence by his own efforts
he and his wife left Vermont, Oct. 11,
1883, and upon the aired, fertile plateau
of the Cumberland Mountains, Tenn.,
he bought a tract of land, known in the
early hi.story of the country as a favor-
ite retreat of the red man, and in this
delightful climate he had commenced to
build up and beautify a home, and gain
for himself a laudable notoriety in the
agricultural world ; but in the bud of his
ambition was in an instant cut down. —
Jan. 19, 1886, he and his brother-in-
law, James Lyon, were at work in a,
wood near the house, when a tall, oak
shrub, standing some 30 feet distant feU
and struck Mr. Stebbins to the ground,,
breaking the spinal column at tne neck.
.So quick and sharp, yet light the bios?-,
the deadly deed was done without even
rupturing the skin. This sudden death, ■
seemed strange to all who knew him,
he was a man of such moral and relig-
ious excfeUance, and the world has so
much need of such men.
His remains were brought home tO'
Brookline for interment. He rests in the
famijy^lot beside his mother and brother.
BY CHAS. W. BLANDIN, EDTLAND, ILL.,
An early settler of the territory later
known as, the town of Brookline, was
John Blandin,born at Attleboro, Mass.
in 1764, of French descent. He early
identified himself with the general weal
of the new settlement in all of its vari-
ous efforts at advancement. Education-
al and religious interests received his es-
pecial' fostering care. He early became
a clerk of the Baptist church, and in
1802, was, with his brother, Lemick,
ordained as deacon, at the time Amos
Beckwith was ordained for the pastor,
which office he held as long as he lived,
until his death in 1835. In 1784, he
was married to Sarah Gray, at Brook^
line and moved on to an unbroken for-
est tract of land that afterward became.
the "Blandin farm' on which he spent
the remainder of his life. There were
11 chiklren by this marriage, ten of
whom settled in life with families, all
leading and useful members of society.
Mr. Blandin huried his first wife in 1821
and in 1823 married Mrs. Sally Hub-
' bell, nee Holden of West Westminster,
by whom he had three children, two of
whom are living and take active part in
life's duties. This wife, the widow of
Mr. Blandin, died in Winona, 111., in
Probably, bmt few families have ex-
erted a broader or more salutary influ-
ence in moulding the general welfare of
•of this community than that of John
CHAELES W. BLANDIN,
the subject of the pbrtrait-frontis-plate
of thisliistory, was the twelfth issue of
John Blandin, and the first child by
his second marriage, born in Brookline,
Feb. 18, 1824. His mother's maiden
name was Sally Holden, of Scotch En-
glish parentage. He has resided for the
vlast thirty years in Rutland, 111. He is
engaged in the retail drug and book
trade and is regarded as a reliable busi-
He was married to Miss D. A. John-
son of Elmira N. Y. in 1850. They
have one child, a son, Fremont C.
Blandin who has received a liberal
education, and is a prominent lawyer
and editor at Streator, Illinois.
Rev. Denzel Mansfield Crane,
by mes. b. h. ceane.
Denzel Crane was born in Brookline,
Feb. 29, 1812, and died at his son-in-
law's, Rev. I. R. Haskins in West Ac-
ton, Mass., Sept. 4, 1879, age 67. He
was the third son of Thomas Crane Esq.
His parents though not Christian prof-
fessors, were remarkable for integrity.
and close observers of the Sabbath, and
their lessons of wisdom and teachings,
enforced by example did much to shape
his character as a man and Christian.
He early attended the district school, of
ten weeks in summer, and winter ; but
when old enough to labor was limited to
the winter term. Under the instruction
of his' father, an experienced teacher,
he acquired the elementary branphes of
an English education. Away from the
populous town and village, there was
little to break the monotony of life ; but
when his task was finished on the farm
he fished in the brook that came in its
silvery windings between high, mossy
banks through meadows, deep with the
greenest grass and shady woods, or he
strayed into the hollows and dells where
the birds sang, and built their nests in
the trees and hedges and enjoyed that
heart-strengthening, elevating beauty,
God has displayed in His works, giving,
him. a strong constitution, firm health,
and virtuous habits. His evenings were
spent at home in the family circle. Thus
was the period of his boyhood and ear-
ly youth passed. When fifteen, Brook-
line was visited by a remarkable religi-
ous awakening, and he became the sub-
ject of renewing grace. Rev. J. M.
Graves, so widely known, administered
the ordinauce of baptism and he united
with the Baptist church. At the age of
18, he was impressed with the impor-
tance of the gospel ministry. He com-
menced study with Rev. Phineas Howe,
a neighboring pastor, and subsequently ^
studied at Franklin and Pierce acade-
mies and Brown University, preaching
and teaching to meet his expences.
He married Balhsheba H. Phillips of
Newfane, Mar. 1,1837, and was or-
dained in his native, town the following
June. He was pastor, successively, in
Brookline, Grafton and North Spring-
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field,, Vt., Northampton, Boston and
Dorchester, Dorchester, North Spring-
field, Vt. again, Winthrop, and Nor-
thampton. In nearly all of these, pas-
torates revivals were enjpyed, resulting
in the encouragement and rebuilding of
the churches. The most extensive re^
vivals in connection with his labors
were during his firSt pastorate of three
years at North Springfield, when 54
were baptized into the church, and at
Boston in 6 years 189. His longest pas-
torate was 12 years, — it was his first in
Northampton — during which he was
elected ten times a member of the school
"committee and for 6 years he was su-
perintendent of the public schools, and
while thus engaged, the honorary de-'
gree of A. M. was conferied upon him
by Amherst college. There his remains
were tenderly laid away, with his three
sons, and only grand-son, awaiting his
coming to, share their bed of clay.
Mr. Crane was a self-made, self-reli-
ant man whose struggle with circum-
stances in acquiring an education, might
be a useful lesson to faint-hearted stu-
dents at the present day. Study, study
and work, work, work is the unveiled
secret of success.
As a preacher, he had a remarkably
clear, full, 'effective voice, was sound in
doctrine, gifted in oratory, and scholar-
ly in presentation ; as a pastor, emi-
nently judicious, abundant in labor, and
exemplary in walk, and as a citizen, in
whatever was good : as friend, belove^
and trusted : as a Christian hiS' genial,
social nature matured by holy living
produced rich, mellow, ripeftuit. ''AH,"
says one, " left the hallowed spot at his
burial feeling that Heaven had been
made richer and earth poorer by the
loss of so good a man.
We heard lilm in our girlhood, preach a ser-
mon the impression ot whose eloquence has
never died. —Ed.
BAi»TIST CHURCH HISTORY,
By John B. Stebbins, Esq.
the baptist church in brookline
was constituted in 1795, and belonged
to the Leyden Association of the Wind-
ham County, in 1835 and hat never
failed to make its annual report. For
several years the church had no ordain-
ed pastor. From time to time some bro-
ther was appointed to conduct public
worship and thus improve his gifts,
among these appointments, we notice
the names of Dea. William Thomas,
Isaac Wellman and Jotham Rtebbins.
was ordained pastor, June 2, 1802, and
Bros. Lamach and John Blandin, dea-
cons. The church having no house of
worship, these ordaining services were
held in Josiah Taft's new barn ; and
the record says with decency, order and
great solemnity. There were present
and participating in these services Dea.
Jesse Manly, Samuel Wakefield Luke
Taylor, Turner and Wilson from Dum-
merston ; Rev. Edward Littlefield from
Coleraine, N. H. ; Rev- Eben Bemis,
Bros. J. Sinith, Wm. Hews and Wood '
fro^l Halifax : Bro. Dyer from Jamai-
ca, Rev. Jeremiah Packer and Bros.
John Noyes and Matthew Bennett from
Guilford : Bros. Jona. Huntly, Gatjes,
Allen, Fisher and Blandin from Put-
ney. Bro. Beckwith's pastorate contin-
ued a year and a half when again the
church was destitute until Nov. 3, 1808,
BEV. ISAAC WELLMAN
was ordained pastor and Daniel Bixby,
deacon : Present, Rev. J. Huntly, Bros.
Luke Taylor, and James from Dum-
merston ; Rev. Thos. Purrington, Bros.
Simeon Blandin, and A. Pond, from
Colerain, N. H., Rev. J. Packer from
Guilford, Rev. George Witherell from
Heath, N. H. Elder Wellman was pas-
rt,or 12 years. His salary ranged from
$ 40 to $ 75, per annum. His other
.source of income was an 80-acre farm
which he owned and cultivated.
In 1810, tlie church enjoyed a revi-
■val in which 40 members were added
by baptism, and in 1817, there was an-
other revival of about the same magni-
■•tude. The church flourished under the
■care of Elder Wellman until 1821, when
he embraced open communion, which
greatly aggrieved the church and they
-called an ecclesiastical council on this
.account, the result of which ■« as the
withdrawal of their fellowship from
Bro. Wellman as a Baptist minister,
.and the church withdrew their fellow-
ship as a member. This shows how
strong was the devotion of the church
to the teachings and ordinances of the
gospel, for they loved this pastor very
much. Three years later, Bro. Wellman
renounced his open communion senti-
ments, confessed his error, and was ful-
ly restored by the church. After the
•dismissal of Elder Wellman in 1821,
Elder Hibbard supplied the church 8
ELDER BELA WILCOX
-was invited, Jan. 2, 1823, to improve
his gift as a preacher, , which he did with
great satisfaction to the church for 3
years. Mar. 17, 1826, the church voted
to settle Bro. Wilcox with us for 5
years. April 26, the church gave him a
call to be ordained, but he declined and
the church gave him a very cordial let-
ter of reccommendation. Aug., 25, 1826
the church called
BRO. DAVID CUTLER
to the gospel ministry and just one year
after ordained him as pastor, being
present : Eev. Joseph Eliot. Dea. Sam'l
Mason, Daniel Everett and Sam'l Tut-
hill from Rockingham, — Eev. Samuel
Kingsbury, Dea. Isaac Fisher, Samuel
Farwell and Sem Pierce from Wind-
ham, — Deacons : E. Eansom and Clm-
piu Howard from West Townshend, —
Rev. Phineas Howe, Bros. John Phil-
lips and Geo. Phillips from Marlboro
aad Newfane, — Rev. I. Wellman of
Bookline. During the next year the
churches in East and North Townshend
were organized, and to them about 70
members were dismissed from Brook-
line, by letter, reducing the Brookline
church about one half.
The church experienced a precious
revival while under Elder Cutler's care,
his labors being very useful. At length
however, a grievous trial came, grow-
ing out of the sale of a horse by a bro.
Jesse Gray to Elder Cutler, and for a
time it threatened the destruction of the
church. Feb. 3, 1829, an ecclesiastical
council was called ou this account ; but,
the disaffected parties became reconciled
and peace and harmony were restored.
DEA. CALVIN BARRETT
was received from Windham church,
July 7,1827. His letter says : " that he
has served as deacon of that church ov-
er 20 years, and his useful life and em-
inent services, under God, has rendered
him one of her main pillars." He was
constituted deacon of this church also,
which place he filled with great accept-
ance until his death in 1862, making
more than 55 years of service as deacon.
Feb. 25, 1828. The church voted
to organize a Sunday school in town.
Rev. David Cutler, Thos. Crane and
Alvin Boy den, superintending com-
mittee. This school has continued to
the present time, with but short vaca-
BRO. aKvao was invited to improve
his gift as preacher, Dec. 24, 1830, —
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who commenced at ouce to study and to
preach. There was a goodreligous in-
terest at that time.
A Bro. Perry, from the Wardsboro
and Newfane church, was called and
preached about one year, and was suc-
ceeded by Bro. Geo. Phillips from the
same church, who preached here until
1834. During the latter part of his
labors, an important revival com-
menced ; 14 were baptized before he left.
; BEO. DANY BEOWN
succeeded Bro. Phillips, and the revival
continued for several months, and
numerous additions were made to the
church. This pastor's wife was a very
useful woman, and liighly esteemed in
the church. Bro. Brown's pastorate
continued' to 1836, about two and a
BRO. DENCIL M. CRANE
was then called and was ordained by
this church, June 1, 1837. It being
the same day, the present house of
worship was dedicated. There were
present on this interesting occasion :
Rev. Zeba Howard, and Dea. O.
' Carpenter, from Dummerston ; Rev.
P. Howe, Dea. J. Ingraham, J. Good-
now, and Geo. Phillips from Marlboro
and Newfane church; Deacons I^aniel
Mason, and Samuel Mason from
Rockingham; Rev. M. Ely, Dea. O.
Howard, Wm. Fisher, J. Blandin, and
Samuel Gray, from Townshend; Dea.
Allen and J. Cudworth, from Putney;
Rev. Mansfield Bruce, from Wilming^
ton; Rev. Nathan Ames, from Jamaica.
Elder Crane, continued his labors
here till Sept. 23, 1838, in the midst
of a revival, he accepted a call from
the Baptist church in Grafton, and
Rev. John Baldwin, from Jamaica,
succeeded him here, till the spring of
1841, when '
BRO. SAMDEL KINGt-BUEY, JR.,
from Windham, was called to the
pastoral care of the church, and or-
dained on the 18th of November, fol-
lowing, present on this occasion : Rev.
M. Bruce, and Dea. Wm. Stearnea,';
from Wilmington, Eev. P, Howe, Dea.
J. Ingraham, L. Sherman, and N,
Hills, from Marlboro and Newfane^
Rev. M. Field, and Bro. P. Liscomb,
from Brattleboro, N. C. Joy, from
Putney: Rev. D. IJpliam, Samuel
Gray, and J. Blandin, from Towns-
hend, Rev. M. D. Miller, S. Barrett,
and J. Barton, from Windham, and"'
Deacons J. Wellman, and J. Cutler of
A revival followed in which Rev. ,
M. D. Miller, assisted the pastc^- and
31 members were added by baptism. ;
The church prospered under Elder
Kingsbury's care till 1849. In the
autumn of this year, a fatal epidemi?
passed through this town, and this
devoted servant of God, his wife, and
tlii-ee children, the entire family, de-
ceased within the short space of two,
weeks, and the wife's father and
mother about the same time.
REV. EUFUS SMITH
accepted the. pastorate m the winter^
of 1849-50, and was dismissed by
letter March 28, 1852. During this
time, 15 were added to tlie church.
The church had no pastor for the
next two years. Sept. 21, 1851, .Bros.
Calvin, I. Barrett', Francis Merrifield,
and C. W. Stebbins, were elected'
deacons. Dea. Merrifield has been'
dismissed to Denver church, the other'
two are still with us. Bros. Isaac
Wellman, Jonathan Cutler, and Brown
Osgood, served as deacons of this,
church, and were such at the time ot
BEO. C. B. SMITH,
then Principal of Leland and Graj'
seminary, Townshend, this ecmnty,
was called to supply the desk in April
1854. and February 1855, he was or-
dained pastor and remained such t^iH
August 7, 1859, when he was dismissed
to Brandon chiirch, during his pas-
torate, 19 were added to the church,
ai^d the Sunday School was particular-
From 1859 to 1862, the desk was
supplied hj- Bros. Chas. Frost, "Wliite-
comb, TSTieeler, Burrows, and others.
In 1862, Rev. J. P. Huntington was
pastor 9 months, succeeded bj- Rev.
Sem - Pierce. Failing health obliged
the latter to retire in the spring of
1885 ; he was succeeded bj"
EEV. CHAS. FAKHAE
July 1, same j^ear, whose pastorate
continued to 1871, when he was dis-
missed to Warwick, Mass. During
this time, 22 were received to member-
ship, and the house of worship greatly
improved, largely through the effl-
ciencj' of the pastor's wife, Elizabeth
EEV. WM. A. A. MILLAED
was pastor from 1871 to 1873, and 10
members were added by baptism, and
6 by letter.
EEV. J. D. DOXAVON
was next pastor from 1873 to 1876.
Oct. 15, 1875, Miss, Fannie E. Towns-
ley, the evangelist, held meetings here
ten days. A very general awakning
upon the subject was experienced
through the town, and 12 to 15 hope-
ful conversions vere reported.
During Mr. Donavon's pastorate 8
were added ty baptism, and 10. by
May 1, 1881, Rev. Chas. Farrar
was recalled as pastor, and served as
such till June 1, 1884, when he retired
and moved to California with his
family, aged 85 years.
Siiice June 15, 1884,
EEV. J. D. BUKWELL
of Saxtons River, has supplied the
desk half the time, and been actuig
Thus fat with few exceptions, we
have spoken only of the additions to
the church, but there has been a con-
stant drain upon our membership bj*
deaths, discipline and removals, mostly
by the latter cause, having always dis-
- missed far more than received b}'
letter. About 540 members have be-
longed to this church. It has or-
damed six ministers and licensed sever-
al others, among whom are Eliot P.
and Avistin A. Merrifield, who have
been ordained elsewhere.
This church has had two meeting-
houses. The first a temporary build-
ing, without flour or other finish, ex-
cept a small desk, attached to the
frame on one side. Slabs from the
saw-mill were used for seats. This
could only be occupied in warm
In 1836-7, by a great deal of per-
sonal effort, zeal, and self sacrifice the
present, substantial, brick edifice was
In raising the frame for the roof,
and belfry of this house, a fearful
accident occurred, in which about 30
men were precipitated, with a large
mass of timber and boards, from the
top of the walls, to the sleepers and
ground beneath, a highth of 20 feet,
16 men received very severe injurous,
but nothing daunted, the next morn-
mg, the forest swarmed with men,
cutting timber to supply the places of
those broken by the fall, and in just a
week, they completed the raising.
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The house was oompleted at the
nominal expense of $1,690.76, much
labor and material having been con-
tributed free. It was dedicated June,
1, 1837, and was subsequently slated
and painted, outside, by agency, of
Bro. Samuel Cutler, at an expense of
$167. -The first horse sheds, were
moved here from Newfane, by Dea.
F. Merrifield. The blinds were pro-
cured by the Ladies Industrial Society,
at an expense of $50 ; and a bell was
procured through the special efforts of
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Stebbins, at a cost
The house was remoddled inside and
painted inside and outside, in the year
1868, at an expense of about $600.00;
$215; by subscription, the balance,
raised by the Ladies Industria;l Society,
led by Mrs, C. Fa,rrar.
The Eeed Organ was procured by
the efforts of Mrs. J. B. Stebbins, and
Mrs. "iVm. Adams, at an exiDense of
Dming the early history of the
church, a remarkable degree of devo-
tion, zeal, and christian love prevailed,
and it is interesting to see, with what
child-like simplicity the members asked
and received forgiveness of each other.
And the severity of the wound, when
any member stepped aside, from the
straight path, prpves how much they
loved each other, and the cause of
Though, often without a pastor, the
church has always sustained decipline,
and the Christian ordinances. It has
dismissed many members, who have
become piUars of strength, to some of
the churches in the large cities, and in
the gi'owing West, and whose record
it is a joy to review.
We cannot close this sketch without
offering a tribute of love, and respect
for the faithful dead and absent, whose
names and doings are here recorded:
, - deacons:
WUhelm Thomas,, Lamach Blandin,.
John Blandin, Daniel Bixby, Isaac-
Wellman, Hariy Cary, Calvin Barret,
Jonathan .Cutler, Luke B. Osgood, 5
C. S. Boutwell, Francis MeiTifieldy
Calvin T. Bai-rett, and Chalmer W.,
CLEEKS OF THE CHURCHES.
Daniel Bixby, Archalas Bixby, Johm
Blandin, Thomas Crane, Anthony
Mason, C. W. Stebbins, and John
From the National Baptist Register,
Hanover N. H., Apr. 20, 1796, '
[We are indebted for this to one in
bis graivfe.; — The Rev. Bernice; D.
Ames, historian of Charlotte, who
showed to us the original "Minutes,"'
then in his possession, and let us 'take
a copy. "What," said he, "would I
uot give for as early, complete and
certain account of the Methodist,
churches in Vermont." — Ed.]
State of Vermont, Orange county : Bradforil
and Lanctoff (N. H.) Baptist clmrch, I'Ol tjaem-
bers, Joslah Stone, pastor.
Corinth anct Vershire Baptist ohuroli, 84 mem-
bers, Thomas West, pastor. (Very old and
decrepit, not able to preach.) Samuel Webster, .
Danville Baptist church, Isaac Roots,, pastor,
41 members : Total members in that associa-
Chittenden county, Alburgh Baptist chui-ch,
Tacant. 18 members.
Cambridge Baptist church, Eoswell Hears,
administrator, 4S members-
Fairfax Baptist church, .Joseph Call, admin-
istrator, 54 members.
County of Orange : Thetfortt Baptist chui'Oh,
vacant, 3 menabers..
BAPTIST CHUKCHES IN VERMONT 1796.
County of Winaham, Jamaica Baptist church,
John Dyar, candidate, 39 memhers.
VVardshoi-o Baptist chuvoh, Simeon Comhs,
pastor, 29 members.
Westminster Baptist church, 32 members,
Olivei' Guarnsey, candidate.
Rockingham Baptist church, Artemas
County of Windsor, Chester Baptist church,
Aai-on Leiand, pastor, 67 members.
Cavendish Baptist church, Jolm Lathrop,
Hartford and Lebanon ^N. Y.) Baptist clmrch,
John Drew, administrator, 44 members, Laban
Norwich Baptist church, Robert Law, ad-
ministrator, 43 members. Bernard Perkins,
in Lebanon and Thomas Wliipple, candidates.
Reading Baptist church, vacant, 34 members.
Royalton Baptist chirch, John Hibbard,
administrator, 5 members. Joseph Wheat,
Sharon Baptist church, Ariel Kendrick,
living in Woodstock, administrator, 16
Windsor Baptist clmrch, Roswell Smith, ad-
ministi'ator, 57 members.
Woodstock Baptist church, Ellsha Ransom,
pastor, 144 members. Joseph Patterson; in
Coneiy, (Province, jUe.) and preacher to a
society, Jabez Cottle, John Cutter and Dodge,
Woodstock and Bridgewater Baptist clmrch,
Windham county, Dummerston Baptist
church, Rufus Freeman, administrator, 140
members, Nathan Worden, living in Chester-
field, N. H., and Samuel Wakefield, candidates.
West Guilford Baptist church. Whitman
Jacobs, pastor„33 members. Beriah Willis and
Benjamin Cole, candidates.
Whitingham and Guilford Baptist church,
106 members, Nathaniel and David Bennett,
members of Sutton church, residing in Whit-
ingham and present statedly, candidates.
Putney Baptist church, Asa Hibbard, pastoi-,
Halifax Baptist church, Abner Bemis, (mem-
ber of Buokland church, Mass., but resident
and regularly present hei-e,) administrator, 17
Somerset Baptist church, Joh^i Howton,
lives and preaches at Adams, Mass., candidate,
RHODE ISLAND GENERAL MEETING.
Bennington county, Shaftsbury Baptist,
church, vacant, 20 members.
Addison county, Brandon Baptist church,
Calvin Chamberlain, administrator, 63 mem-
Orwell Baptist church, Nathaniel Culver,
candidate, 92 members.
Shoreham Baptist church, Amos Woods,
pastor, 32 members.
Bennington county, Manchester Baptist
church, Beriah Kelley, a member of Stillwater
cluu'Ch, N. Y., itnerant, 30 members, Benjamin
Vaughn, candidate, living near Lake Cham-
Georgia Baptist church, vacant, 12 members.
Rutland county, Clarendon Baptist church,
Isaac Beal, pastor, 44 members.
Hubbardton Baptist church, vacant, 23
Ira Baptist church, McClure, candidate, 44
Middletown' Baptist Church, Sylvanus
Haynes, 47 members.
Pawlet Baptist church, vacant, 22 members,
Pitsford Baptist church, Elisha Rich, pastor
45 members;' Ebenzer Call, candidate.
Walliugford Baptist church, Henry Green,
■pastor, 89 members.
Nineteen churches in New York state, in
sevien counties; eleven churches in Massa-
chusetts, in Berkshire and Hampshire
counties, and Vermont churches :
Pownal First Baptist church, 165 members,
Francis Bennett, candidate.
.Shaftsbui-y First Baptist church, Cyprien
Downer, candidate, -24 members.
Shaftsbui-y Second Baptist church, vacant,
Shaftsbuiy FourLl) Baptist church, Caleb
Blood, pastor, 160 members.
Total in the association, 3071 members :
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CALVIN-IST CLOSE COMMUXIOX FIRST DAY
SABBATH BAPTIST,— NOS ASSOCIATED
Addison oonnty, Bristol Baptist olira-cli,
vacant, 15 members. *
CqrnwaU Baptist cliuroh, tephram Sawyer,
candidate, 35 members.
Leicester Baptist church, vacant, 15 mem-
Monkton Baptist church, Thomas Tuttle,
candidate, 25 members.
Panton Baptist church, vacant, 15 members.
Salisbury Baptist church, vacant, 20 meni-
Bennington county, Pownal Second Baptist
church, vacant, 33 members.
Chittenden county, Bolton Baptist church,
vacant, 15 members.
Richmond Baptist church, WUworth,
[Wilmarthy,] administrator, 25 members.
Orange county, Chelsea Baptist chureh,
Bzeklel Hunt, candidate, 15 members.
"Windhaui county, Atl^ens Baptist chureh,
vacant, 52 members.
Marlborough Baptist church, Joslah Packard,
candidate, 50 members.
Guilford Baptist church, Peleg Hlx, pastor,
75 members, Jos. Carpenter and Samuel Allen,
Guilford Baptist church, Benjamin Ballou,
candidate, 50 members.
Windsor couAty, Hartland Baptist church,
vacant, 50 members.
Addison Cotjnty: Bristol Corn-wall and
, Panton Baptist churches were constituted in
Alburgh Baptist church was constituted in
177i, and Bolton and Georgia Baptist churches
in 1775. Chelsea and Hardwick xhurches in
1775, Marlborough in 1774, and GuOford Baptist
church, and the T&ird Baptist cliuroh in
Windsor, In 1775.
THE INDIANS. ,
BY JOHN B. STEBBINS.
Soon after the settlement of this
town, the mhabitants of the northern
part of the town, which lies in A deep
and narrow valley, were startled' one
day, by the report, that the Indian
war-whoop, had been heard in the
southern part of the town, and along
the hill sides. They all rush out aird
Yes, those horrid shouts could be
distinctly heard, as they pealed along
the thickly wooded slope on the east,
and repeated from the hills on the
west. The most incredulous are satis-
fled, that it is real. What shall be
done ? If we remain here, we are an
easy pray, to the red warrior. There
rises abruptly on the easterly side, of
this town, Athens and Newfane, 15
miles one unbroken line of hill, about
2,000 feet high above the main valley,
and a range nearly as high on the
west. They at once decide to do their
best to escape across the mountain, to
the settlement in Putney.
But one man is sick, and cannot
walk, shaU they leave him ?
They cannot; a litter is hastily pre-
paired ; the sick man laid upon it, and
placed upon the shoulders of the-most
athletic, and the mixed party of men,
women, and children move off) hastUj'
at first. The hill is steep, and the waj"^
rough, but short were the pauses they
made to recuperate failing strength, —
a delay of one mmute might bring the
horrible tomahawk over the head of
anj- one of them. Closely the mother
clasped the hand of her trembling child
at her side, she thought of the Dustan
family, the massacre at bloody Brook —
scenes fresh in their minds — horror
thrilled the nerves of the weaker, as
they were startled by the crackling of
dead linibs, or the creaking and groan-
mg of some half fallen tree, in the
wild forest. On and up, — the sick man
is abandoned, — the summit is at last
reached. The frightful foe has not
j-et closed in upon them. Two miles
of gpadual descent, favored between
them, and the residence of Captain
Jewett; this distance soon accomplish-
ed, the partj- hauled up before the
Captain's door. They quite took the
Captain and his family by surprise ; but
their story being heard, they were told,
their alarm must have been occasioned
by the shouts of a party of surveyors
that had passed over the mountain that
day. This explanation little by little,
allayed at length their fright, and as it
was near the night, the Captain's fami-
ly treated the whole company to mush
and milk for supper and stored them
away as best they could for the night.
The next day, the party returned to
Brookline, and found their homes just
as they left them ; but these mothers
felt almost as though their dear ones
had been reclaimed from a terrible fate.
[And what became of the sick man
who was abandoned in the woods. Ed.]
or THE BAPTIST CHDUCH IX BEOOKLINE.*
Choiristers from 1800 to 1885 :
Brown Osgood, Jacob Burditt, C. T.
Barrett, Van E. Ford, Wm. Stebbins.
Singing Books used from 1827 to
Bridgewater Collection, Handel and
Hayden, Boston Academy, Carmina
Sacra, American Vocalist, Rule of
Zion, Cythara, Jubelee by Bradbury,
Harp of Judah, Palm, by Wyman.
Coronation, by Wyman, Herald, by
Singing School Teachers from 1827
George Morse, Newfane ; Jacob Bur-
ditt, Brookline ; G-ale ; King ;
Abraham Marshal, Newfane; Van R.
Ford, Brookline ; Adelbert Gray,
*Copiea ft-oni a ms. prepaired by Dea. Calyln.
T Barrett, for tlie Centenial Services at BiooK-
line, Oct. 25, 1883.
Townshend : Tenney ; Lake,
Saxton's Rver; "\Vm. P. Stebbins,
Hymn Books: "Watts," Watts
and Suplement, Winchels and Watts,
(presented by Rufus Smith for the
desk, and choir, 1851, who used them
till 1873.) The Baptist Praise Book,
used till 1885 ; Gospel Hymn Book, by
Moody Sankey, 1885.
Sunday School Mnsic :
Sabbath School Music, by Bradby ;
Oriola ; Pure Gold ; The Trio ; The
Golden Rule ; used from 1873 to 1882;
Songs for Little Folks, (introduced by
Mrs. C. W. Stebbins, supt.)
Sunday School Superintendents :
Rev. David Cutler, ( Superintending
Thomas Crane, < Committee in
Alvin Boy den, ( 1828.
Dea. C. T. Barrett; C. W. Stebbins;
J. B. Stebbins; 0. C. Merrifield ; L.
W. Bush, Mrs. C. W. Stebbins.
Prior to 1827, the Osgood, Blandin,
Bixby Pool, Wellman, Lee and Flint
families, comprised the musical class.
The tunes most used were, North-
field ; China ; Russia ; Mear ; Green-
field : Dehght ; Windham, etc.
Bt Mrs. E. C. Booth,
c. t. baeeett.
As an eccentric person few are so
generally known and remarked as our
Deacon and townsman, Calvin S.
Barrett. A part of his life has been
briUiant, and note-worthy, as a godly,
upiight man, acquainted almost to a
line with the constructions of the bible
and other religious doctri::.es, also, as a
lover and instructor of music. The
practice as a teacher of singing-schools,
having brought him to an almost intim-
ate acquintance with a large part of the
people in Windham county. His facul-
ty in this sphere was wholjy original,
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and many relate with mirth, incidents
when they attended Barrett's singing
Succeptable himself to nearly all the
intuitions of human nature, and an
adaptability to different people, he had
wonderful ability for teaching others,
who had within them a root of musical
Some parts of his life have been a
bewilderment from insanity, at which
periods he wanders about, chart-draw-
ing, or giving concerts and other enter-
tainments, quite aimlessly, and very
unlike the man he is when the lamp of
reason burns. -
ETHAN AIXEN S RELATIVE.
Mrs. Edith Root, wife of Wm-
Brisco Root, who moved to this town
in the year 1827, claimed a relation-ship
to Ethan Allen, and as she had many
peculiar characteristics like him, we
have no reason to doubt it. She was
a large, resolute looking woman, pos-
sessing a decided and unyielding mind,
and would to almost the time of her
death carry a large kettle of soap, pota-
toes, etc., through the yard, or where
she wished to transport them, with a
firm and unstayed step. She died in
1873, at the age of 91 years.
E. C. B.
^HE CUTLER FAMILY.
EEOM MRS. JANE BENNETT CtTTLEE.
SAMUEL CUTLER was bom in Fitzwill-
iam N. H., Aug. 13, 1796.
In early life, he came with his father
to Brookline. He learned the trade of
carpenter and builder, which he contin-
ued more or less during his life.
Feb, 17, 1817, he married Ruth
Phillips, daughter of John Phillips,
Esq., of Marlboro, this county, a very
estimable woman. She died Jan. 1833,
leaving three sons and one daughter.
• June 5, 1834, he married for his
second wife, Sally Phillips, a second
daughter of John Phillips, and had by
this union one son, John H. Cutler.
In 1828, he purchased a farm near
the centre of the town, owned by Dr.
William Perry, where he resided until
the last two years of his life. In
1836-37, he built for himself a good
His boys, early in life, were very
useful on the farm, taking responsibili-
ties which few of their age were able to
do, a necessity caused by their father,
being absent from home, building
houses and barns for others.
In 1855-56, he was sent by his
townspef)ple to the Legislature, being
called the third time to an extra session
caused by the burning , of the State
He was an active, consistent member
of the Baptist Church, and from his
youth, a generous hearted, and liberal
giver, both to the church, and those he
found in need.
in 1864, he sold his farm, and
moved to Brattleboro, to spend the re-
mainder of his days. He died Aug. 3,.
1866, aged 70 years.
Luther, his first son, died in infancy.
Jonathan, the second son, was a good
scholar, attending several terms at
Townshend academy, and teaching two
winter terms of school. At the age of
twenty, he went to Boston, where he
was successful in business.
In 1848, he married Loretta E.
Abbott, from Windham, daughter of
Dea. Hart B. Abbott. After some
years, he thought best to leave the sea-
coast for the benefit of his health, and
returned to Vermont and settled in
Brattleboro, 1851. Continuing in bu-
siness there, he was enabled to give
liberally, which he did, mostly to the
Baptist Home Mission Society.
He died in Brattleboro in 1867, at
the age of 45 years, leaving a son and
daiighter. The son, Fred A. for sever-
al years has been in the office of A. I.
& L. E. KeUy, real estate agents in
Samuel, the third son, left Brookline
at the age of twenty, for Boston, where
he has been engaged in business till the
present time, residing in Boston the
first 10 years, since then, at Somerville,
In 1851, he married Sarah Jane
Bennett, of Brookline.
They have four children, the oldest,
Samuel Newton, a graduate of Harvard
College, class of 1877.
Albert, the 4th son, in early life
went to Minnesota, spending the most
of his time in farming. He died Feb-
John H. Cutler, the youngest son, an
energetic, wide awake citizen, married
Martha A. Fisher, daughter of George
Fisher, Esq., and has since gone to
Trasy, Minn., where he is engaged in
extensive farming. He has one daugh-
ter, Laura J. born in Brookline, who
lives with him in his Western home.
THE STEBBINS FAMILY.
son of Benjamin and Jarucia Stebbins,
born at Brimfield, Mass., Apr. 21,
1761, married Phebe Ellenwood, who
left children : Samuel, Rufus and Phebe.
He was a soldier of the revolutionay
war. He moved into Brookline in
1787, and settled on a farm where he
Uved till his death in 1850, aged 89
years. He was of Puritan stock and
very tenacious of his religious prin-
oldest son of Jotham, was 4 years old
when his parents moved to Vermont.
He married Sarah, the oldest daughter
of Dea. John Blandin, and settled on a
farm adjacent to his father's where he
lived to his death in 1866, aged 83.
He was an enterprising farmer and pro-
minent citizen of his town ; patriotic
and public spirited ; kept a close run of
the state and national politics ; thrice
elected to the Legislature, and holding
many of, the positions of trust. He had
four sons and one daughter, who lived
Eli M., the eldest son, died at Brown
University, at the close of his second
year, 1839, aged 25 ;
Elvira, the only daughter, a young
lady, very highly esteemed by an exten-
sive circle of acquaintance, also died in
1845, aged 25 years. '
JOHN B. STEBBINS.
Third son of Samuel, born in 1824,
received a fair academic education at
Leland and Gray seminary, and is now
(1885) living on a farm near the centre
of the town, which he has reclaimed
from the rock of time and made it a
part on a new set of buildings and
made a very pleasant home. He has
ever been prominent among his towns-
men, as a reference to the list of town
•officers will show, one of the corpor-
ators of Windham Co. Savings Bank,
and for several years one of its direc-
In 1847, he married Mary E. Bar-
ber, eldest daughter of Dr. Geo. W.
Barber, formerly of Wardsboro, this
county. She died this year, 1885,
leaving two sons and one daughter.
[Mrs. Mary (Barber) Stebbins. wife
of John B. Stebbins, died June 21,
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Arthur, eldest son of John B. Steb-
bins, was accidently and instantly killed
at Skene, Tenn., Jan. 19, 1886. — See
previous notice by Mr. Stickney.
SAMUEL E. STEBBINS,
son of Samuel, born 1830, is now a
section farmer in Dakota, and a mem-
ber of the Territorial Legislature. He
was a Union soldier in the war of the
rebellion, and since the close of the war,
has spent several years at land survey-
ing in the North-west, for the U. S.
Government, and the Northern Pacific
R. R. Co.
Charles Q, the youngest son of Sam-
uel, resides in Townsheud, this county.
second son of Jotham, resided on the
farm with his father- He was a
Methodist class-leader, and married
Clarrissa, daughter of Dea. John
Blandin, and raised a family of 11
children : Thomas, Clarissa, Chalmer,
Adin, Sarah, Jonas, Christana, Vashti,
William*, Edwin, Jotham. All of
good habits, highly respectable and use-
Thomas is a retired carpenter and
farmer, Adin is an artist, Edwin .a
dentist, Jotham a Methodist clergyman,
and Chalmer and William are well to
do farmers in town ; they have both re-
presented the town in the Legislature,
and held many other honorable positions
ClaiTissa and Vashti are also settled
in town ; Edwin at Shelburn Falls,
Mass., all the others are in Minnesota,
except Sarah and Christana, who are
Phebe, only daughter of Jotham,
married Joab Holland, of Townshend,
and raised a large and respectable
*Willlam P. Stebbins, of Brookline, died
March 12, 1886, aged 56 years.
EDWIN ALONZO STEBBINS,
son of Rufus and Clarrissa (Blandin)
Stebbins, born in Brooldine, July 10,
1837, passed his boyhood days on the
farm, attending public school in the
Round school-house, and the academies
in Townshend, Springfield and Brandon.
He studied dentistry with Dr. E. M.
Bissell, and began practice in the win-
ter of 1860-61, in So. Londonderry.
He enlisted in Co. G. 11 Reg. Vt
Vols., and was appointed corporal on
being mustered into U. S. service,
Sept. 1, 1862, and was promoted to
Sergeant, 27, 1863; Company Quarter
Master Sergeant, Dec. 28, 1863 ; First
Sergeant, Jan. 28, 1864: ist Lieuten-
ant, June 2, 1865.
The regiment was stationed in the
defences of Washington, D C, tiU
May 1864, when it was ordered to the
front and joined the 2d Brigade, (old
first Vt. Brigade,) 2d Div. 6th Army
Corps at Spottsylvania, Va., with
which it served till the end of the war.
When the regiment was discharged, a
few hundred of its recruits were kept
in service, to do garrison duty, with a
sufficient number of officers for com-
mand. This Batallion was stationed at
forts on the Potomac River, a few
miles below Washington. Lieutenant
Stebbins was Past Quarter Master at
Fort Foot, and Quarter Master of the
BattaUiob, till they were ordered to be
discharged Aug. 2i3, 1865.
On account ot ague contracted at
Fort Foot, he was unable to resume
active practice of dentistry for about
a year, but located at West Townshend
in the spring of 1866, where he re-
mained till 1870, when he succeeded
Dr. E. M. Bissell, dentist at Shelburne,
1 1 fh ^ i^'.
Dr. Stebbins -vvas elected President
of the "Connecticut Valley Dental
Society" Nov. 5, 1885.
He was one of the organizers of the
"Franklin County Sunday School
Teacher's Association'' (union) in 1876,
being elected its president in 1877, and
its secretary, eight successive years,
He was a delegate from Massachu-
setts to the International Sunday School
Convention at Atlanta, Ga.. in 1878.
He married Jane P. Xutting, of
G-roton, Mass., May 12, 1861, who
died at Shelburne Falls, Mass., Sept.
He married A. Adella Smith, of
Holyoke, Mass., Nov. 28, 1878, to
whom was born, Qeorge Edwin, Jan.
27, 1882, and Lucy A., June 8, 1883.
The Doctor is also a treasurer of the
board of trustees of Shelburne Falls
Academy, and a trustee of Arms Aca-
demiy, completed" and dedicated in 1880,
a new and flourishing institution.
THE FRANCIS MERKIFIELD FAMILY.
FKANCIS E. MEEEIPIELD bought a
farm on West River in Brookline, and
moved on to it with his wife and 10
children in 1840. One son was born to
him in Brookline, making 11 children
in his family. At the time he came
to Brookline no member of the family
professed religion, but subsequently the
parents . and all the children, except
Leonard, became active members of the
Baptist church in Brookline, and Leon-
ard joined the church of the same de-
nomination in Dover. The father was
for a long time deacon of the church in
Brookline. They were all very regular
and constant in their places in the choir
(they all sang) in the Sunday school,
and wherever duty called. Mr. and
Mrs. M. brought up their family to
strict, orderly, moral and religious hab-
its, and most rigid industry and econ-
omy. Yet, they were, very generous
towards all religious purposes.
The children are all still living ; all
have married and have families. Two,
Sophia and 0. C, have buried their
companions, and 0. C. has a second
wife. They are all in good circum-
stances, and staunch members of socie-
ty wherever they are.
The father divided his estate among
them, which gave each one nearly
S2,000, and made some legacies to
The children all received a good com-
mon school and academic education.
ELLIOT p., took fuU collegiate and
theological courses, and is a Baptist
ATJSTiN s., took a theological course.
I do not know whether he went through
college or not. He is a very successful
Baptist clergyman and has been for
several years a state missionary in
EiiEKY E., studied medicine. I can
not say as to his college course. He
was an army surgeon for some time in
a rebel prison, his health broke down
and he is now farming in Illinois.
EDWIN s. SHEKMAN, was a Very in-
telligent, well, educated farmer, an ac-
tive church member. He had a son,
who is a Baptist minister.
H. I. TURNER, is a well to do farmer,
and Baptist deacon in Dover.
s. J. GREENE, is a retired farmer.
CHAS. s. WHITE, is a very enterpriz-
ing farmer in Grafton.
LEONARD B. WHITE, WCnt tO Mcudota,
where he engaged in a drug and book-
store, and traded in real estate for sev-
eral years, and is now in an organ
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o. c. WHITE, i-emained on the home-
stead in Brookline till 1880, when he
joined his brothers, in the organ busi-
ness at Mendota, 111. He was a very-
active generous and useful citizen and
a Baptist deacon.
CHAS. BROOKS, is a wcU educated
ALBERT H, served in the Union Army
nearly ttoough the war. He carried
on a drug store at Amboy, 111., for sev-
eral years, but finally joined his
brothers in the organ business at
A printed Eegister of this family
was got up about six years since.
THE ADAMS FAMILY.
born at Lancaster, Mass., July 10,
1781, came to Dummerston, Vt., when
a young man and learned the Slater's
business with Peter Willard, of that
town, and they two continued the busi-
ness together for many years.
Nov. 27, 1805, he married Dorcas
Hale, who was born at Oakham, Mass.
Jan. 13, 1782. She was a woman of
great physical endurance, and devoted
her life most assiduously to the cares
and interests of her family. She died
at Brookline, July 15, 1866, aged 8^
Children : three sons, born at Dum-
Samuel N., July 6. 1807; William,
July 15, 1810; Chauncy Nov. 9, 1814.
Feb. 1819, the family came to Brook-
line, and settled on a farm near the
centre of the town.
Samuel N., married Laura Ormsbee,
of Newfane, where he owned and kept
the principal hotel for several years,
after which he kept a provision store
at Boston, Mass. He died at New-
fane, Sept. 1, 1851; aged 44 years,
and his wife, Nov. 2, 1885. They
had a daughter, Mary, who married
F. W. Cobb, of Glencove, N. Y.
son of Samuel, married Sarah E., a
daughter of Brown Osgood, of this
town, Oct. 2, 1834, and has resided
on his father's homestead in Brookline,
to the present time.
They had one daughter, Mary El-
vira, born Oct. 19, 1835, who still
lives with her parents, and three sons :
James Henry, born Aug. 8, 1837,
died Jan. 13, 1840; Charles H., born
Nov. 23, 1838, died Jan. 12, 1840; of
diptheria, and both buried in the same
John C, born Nov. 25, 1842, died
Nov. 25, 1844, from a scald by falling
into a small kettle of hot water.
Naturally very fond of children it
was a severe affliction to these parents,
to bury all three of then- boys, thus
early in infancy.
Mr. Wm. Adams, although a vigilent
farmer all his life, has by his diligent
habits and early rising been a man of
extensive readmg; and being of a
legal turn of mind, has devoted much
of his attention to legal and political
subjects. This together with his great
force of character and unflinching
fidelity to what he believed to be right,
has made him a natural leader in poli-
tics, and a vigilent defender of his
adopted town. In short, he has been
Brookline's free lawyer ; and for many
years, he has drawn up most of the
legal papers for the town and its in-
habitants, has settled several estates, etc.
His official record will appear with his
townsmen. [See notice also of Will-
iam Adams, hy Mr. Stickney.
Chauncy, studied law; married
Catharine Bro^ATi, of Jamaica; settled
in' Indiana, where he carried on mer-
cantile business for a time. He got an
appointment under President Polk, in
the patent office at Washington, where
he died Sept. 28, 1862, and his wife,
Feb. 19, 1886.
Children: Geo. W., and John Q.
George, was for some time a news-
paper correspondent and reporter. Has
now for several j^ears been a journalist
of considerable note, and is president
of "The Star" Association at Washing-
ton, D. c;
GEORGE WILLIAM ADAMS,
son of Chauncy Adams, was born in
Lima, Indiana, in 1839 ; was educated
at the University of Michigan for the
law, but entered journalism in Wash-
ington, D. C, in 1860, which profes-
sion he has foUowed ever since. He
was the representative of The New
York World in Washington for 19-^
years; of the Chicago Times 13 years;
the Boston Herald 14 years; the St.
Louis Kepublican 5 years, and at
briefer periods of the Kew York
Evening Post, Cincinnati Commercial,
Louisville Courier, Journal N. 0.
Piceyune, and Charleston News and
Courier, and St. Louis Globe, — Demo-
crat. He is one third owner of The
Evening Star newspaper in Washing-
ton, one of the largest properties of
its kind in the United States, and Pre-
sident of the company, which jjublishes
it. He served thi'ough the enthe war
as a correspondent, and was the wit-
ness of many eventful scenes in the
nation's history, being present in the
lobby of the theatre, when Booth
assassinated Lincoln, and in the room
at B. & P. station, when Giteau shot
Garfield. He has a ^nfe and three
daughters, and a fine residence in the
most deshable portion of Washington.
He holds from President Arthur a
commission as President of the Board
of Trustees of the Reform School of
the District of Columbia, — a United
States institution. Mr. Adams is the
last one of the male line of the Brook-
THE LUKE B. OSGOOD FAMILY.
LUKE B. OSGOOD,
born in Newfane, May 18, 1772, was
one of a family of seven children, left
orphans during the Revolutionary war,
and through the privations and hard
ships attending that early period, ar-
rived at the age of manhood. He
married Sally Thompson, of Hubbards-
ton Mass., who proved the efficient
helpmeet and wise, judicious com-
panion. They settled in the north-east
part of Newfane, which was subse-
quently annexed to the town of Brook-
Ime, where they reared then- family :
Wm. H. Osgood, married Artelissa
M. Rice, Mar. 1836. They both died
in the spring of 1853, leaving three
Moses R., now a raih-oad engineer
Caroline M. wife of I. R. Warner, of
Gertrude P. wife of Rev. C. A.
Piddock, of Middletown, Conn.
Sarah E., wife of Wm. Adams, for
account of whom, see Adams family of
Brooldine, an inestimable woman, and
friend of the poor.
WILLAKD E. OSGOOD,
married Hannah Park, and moved to
Minnesota in 1864. He was a carpen-
ter by trade, but engaged in lumber
business and land speculation ; he died
suddenly at Minneapolis, Jan. 8, 1880.
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His widow and daughter, Frances H..
now reside in Worcester, Mass., near
the eldest daughters, Marion, wife of
Geo., Fisher, and Martha E., wife of
Edwin R. Morse.
Mary Jane Osgood, wife of John A.
Earns worth, of Saxtons River, adopted
the two orphap daughters of Wm. H.,
with whom they lived until their mar-
LUKE B. OSGOOD, JB.
■married Cyntha Jones. He moved to
Beloit, Wis. in 1846, and afterwards to
Minnesota. He traded in land, and
once made a journey to Pikes Peak,
on a trading excursion. He was an
extensive farmer, and had the reputa-
tion of being a kind neighbour, ready
to help the unfortunate. He died at
Garden City, Minn. Jan. 1, 1884.
HARRIET L. OSGOOD,
wife of Alonzo Damon, of Hubbards-
ton, Mass., was married Oct. 3, 1884.
She and her youngest child, (a boy 4
years old) were suddenly killed at a
raUroad crossing at Winehendon, Mass.,
Feb. 5, 1858. They with Mr. D.,
were crossing the traek when an engine
came upon them. When the train had
passed, and Mr. D, had recovered his
consciousness, he found the head of
his little boy lying at his feet. Its
body was picked up in nine parts.
The lifeless form of his wife was car-
ried farther on by the engine. She
left a son, Eugene A, who died in early
manhood, 1875, and one daughter,
Mary Jane, who resides at Hubbards-
ton, with her father.
ELISABETH L., wife J. E. Ells, waS
married Jan. 1, 1846, moved to Roch-
ester, Minn., where they lived 20
years ; thence to Kansas City, Mo., in
the vicinity of which place they stUl
reside near their daughter, Alice, wife
of J. Templer, grain-deaJer. Their
son, James E. Ells, a farmer, resides
at Lake City, Minn.
Mrs. Wm. Adams, and Mrs. J. A.
Farnsworth, having always resided in
Lhis vicinity, have been valuable mem-
bers of society, and special friends to
Luke B. Osgood, senior, spent his-
days in Newfane and Brookline, and
died at the age of 74, his wife having
died 8 years previous; they became
firmly convinced of the truths of the
Christian religion in their early married
life, and were, with other believers
baptized in West River, by his brother,
Rev. Emory Osgood. (One of the
early Baptist ministers of Vermontj
and father of the late Rev. Sewell
M. Osgood, who labored 8 years in
Burmah, under the direction of Rev.
Adoniram Judson, and died at Chicago,
111., after several years service as dis-
trict secretary of the Western States
for foreign missions.) Mr. Osgood
was an industrious, successful farmer,
and a kind obliging neighbor. He
and his wife were exemplary Chris-
tians. Their house was a resort for
ministers, and the poor were never
turned from their door empty-handed.
He was chorister in the" church
choir, for more than a quarter of a
The writer remembers with pleasure
the long winter evenings of more than
60 years ago, when unexpected, but
welcome neighbors, from miles away,
would gather there for an old fashion-
ed visit. When the chickens were
surprised, stripped hastely and made
ready for a stew, or the spare-rib was
hung before the blazing fire, for a sub-
stantial supper, while the house wag
made vocal with the songs of Zion,
without the aid of a musical instru-
ment of any kind.
BY DR. LEMON BENNETT.
The ancestors of the Bennett family
came early from England, and settled
in Rhode Island, and for several gen-
erations were mainly seafaring men.
Samuel Bennett, the grandfather of
the writer, with three of his brothers,
served as soldiers during the Revolu-
tionary war. He held the office of
Soon after the close of the war, he
with his wife, whose maiden name was
Rebecca Shaw, and several of his con-
nections came to Putney, Vt., and he
was one of the first settlers on Putney
West HiU. Here, he raised a family
of 5 sons and 7 daughters. His son,
my father, married Sarah Read, daugh-
ter of J|)hn Read, of West Putney, a
woman of most excellent mind and
character. They lived on the home-
place, and took care of grandfather
and gi'andmother. He was a man of
great industrj^ and economy, and accu-
mulated considerable property.
He was one of the worst sufferers in
the accident that occurred at the rais-
ing of the Baptist church, at Brook-
line. The bones of his legs were very
badly broken and crushed, and ever
after, he was very lame,
About' 1S39, he bought the Dr.
Perry place in Brookline, to which he
moved his family, and where he lived
till his death in 1849.
He had a family of 4 sons and 5
daughters, one son died in infancy.
He and his wife were staunch Bap-
tists, and three of his daughters, Maria,
Louisa and Ellen, married Baptist min-
MAEIA BENNETT, the oldest, married
Rev. Nathaniel Cudworth, who was
educated mainly at Hamilton, N. Y.,
and was a very successful pastor, and
eminently a good man. He died some
years since, and his widow, son, and
daughter, now live in Boston, Mass.
LOUISA BENNET, married Rev. Sam'l.
Kingsbmy, who was the pastor of the
Brookline Baptist Church at the time
of his death.
In the fall of 1849, a terrible ca-
lamity came upon the Bemiett family,
a most malignant type of typhus
dysentery (ship-fever) was brought
into the neighborhood from the sea-
board, and my father and mother and
brother and sister Kingsbury, and their
three beautiful children, the entire
family, seven in all, took it, and died
in the short space of six weeks. Other
members of my fathers family had it,
but recovered, though with broken
constitutions, and Mary only survived
a few years.
JANE BENNETT, married Sam'l. Cutler,
of Brookline, then a merchant of
Boston, Mass., where they have since
hved. He is a deacon in the Baptist
church, and a man of some wealth.
They have 2 sons and 2 daughters.
ELLEN BENNET, my youugest sister,
married Rev. Luman Keimey, who is
now pastor of the Baptist church, at
East Dover, Vt. They have no
Of the three sons :
WALTER married Vashti E. Stebbins,
daughter of Rufus Stebbins, and he
still lives in this town.
WARREN BENNETT and family live in
The writer of this, fitted for college,
at the Lealand & Gray Seminary, at
Townshend ; was at WaterviUe College,
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Me., now Colby University, three
years; graduated at Dartmouth, in
1848, and went to Tennesee, in 1849,
where he was engaged in teaching till
the Slavery War broke out, when his
teaching South ended. In 1861, he re-
moved to Iowa.
[_Continued bg Mrs. Jane B. Cutler.]
Samuel Bennett, died with his son,
Samuel Jr., Sept. 23, 1841, aged 83
SAMUEL BENNETT, JR., born in Put"
ney, Aug. 30, 1791, married Dec. 14'
1819, Sarah Reed, born in Putneyi
Nov. 23, 1794. Their children, al
bom in Putney, were :
Maria, born Oct. 9, 1820; married
Sept. 1, 1841.
Lemon, born Apr. 8, 1822; married
July 20, 1851.
"Walter S., born June 5, 1824.
Louisa, born Mar. 13, 1826, married
Dec. 13, 1843.
"Warren, born Apr. 11, 1828 ; married
May 13, 1851.
Simeon, born Mar. 2, 1830; died
May 8, 1831 ; aged 1 y. 5 mos.
Sarah, Jane, born May 6, 1832 ; mar"
ried Dec. 25, 1855.
Mary E., born Jan. 29, 1834; died
Oct. 27, 1854, aged 20 years.
Ellen C, born Oct. 14, 1836"; mar-
ried Dec. 17, 1856.
Samuel Bennett, Jr. ; died Sept. 25,
1849, aged 58 years.
Sarah Eeed Bennett; died Oct. 17,
1849, aged 55 years.
DE. LEMON BENNETT,
graduated at Dartmouth college, and
took a iDartial medical course. He was
an excellent scholar and a successful
teacher. He carried on an academy in
Eastern Tennesee for several years.
He was also for a few years in the
drug business in Chatanooga.
Being a thorough going abolitionist,
when the war of the Rebellion broke
out, he was compelled to flee to the
free states, and settled on 400 acres
of land he had previously bought, in
the town of Murray, la. He is now a
well-to-do farmer at that place. He
maiTied Elenor "Wright, and has three
sons and three daughters.
"Walter S. Bennett, who still lives in
Brookline, has four daughters.
Warren Bennett, married Frances
E. Morse. He resided on a farm in
Brattleboro 15 years, and then pur-
chased the "Winslow stock-farm in Put-
ney, where he now resides. He has
two sons and one daughter.
[This intelligent family, of a high
moral and religious character, were a
good acquisitioil to the society of
Brookline. Mi's. Maria, Benm^tt, Cud-
worth, whose husband was pastor of
the BaiDtist church in Ludlow, in our
school days, is one of the woman, whom
we have always remembered precious-
ly. Of whom we shall speak more in
the history of Ludlow.J
Jane, Mary and Ellen Bennet, in-
mates of Mrs. Cudworth's family, and
students at the old Black River Semi-
nary some years, were class-mates and
friends. Mary Bennett was a good
scholar, so esteemed at the old AcMe-
my, and we had excellent teachers
there in those days. Never has that
old school come up to so high a mark
before or since as then. Mary Bennett
was an estimable young lady. Even
to-day, we regret her death in the
fresh flower of young womanhood, —
and she stands in memory before us
as we write — as once, one exhibition
eve, — a young court-maid in the
play, in her pretty dress, crowned with
flowers, so modest and so sweet, the
flowers slie wore so prettily, were
scarce as sweet.
And, a marriage date in this family
record above, attracts our eye, the last,
a pretty wedding in Mrs. Cudworth's
parlor. We were there, — sweet Nellie
Bennett, the bride, petite, golden
haired, delicate, — pinked cheeked that
night trembling just enough for pretty
effect. We are happy to day to open
the leaves of our history for these
friends, and put them in there to live
was born in Putney, Dec. 31, 1831.
His parents removed to Brookline the
next year, and he passed his boyhood in
that town. In 1851 he began his collegi-
ate studies with Prof. Ward at Saxtons
River, and continued them at Westmin-
ster until 1854, when he entered the
University of ^'ermont and graduated
in 1858. He subsequently received the
degree of Master of Arts in course from
his Alma Mater. During his vacations
of study and subsequently most of his
time, he was engaged in teaching until
In 1862, he was married to Josephine
N. BufFum in Oxford Mass. and the fol-
lowing year removed to Washington D.
C. where he has since resided.
From 1863 to 1868, he was in Gov-
ernment employ in the office of the Pay
Master General of the Army.
In 1868, he graduated from the Law
Department of Columbia College and
was admitted to the Bar of the District.
He has successfully engaged in the prac-
tice of law and in real estate business.
In 1869, he srrved on the School
Board of Washington City ; to which
position he was elected by the City
Geo. Mason was a son of Ephr'm H.
Mason, who was a prominent man here
for more than thirty years, representing
the town in the legislature of 1835 and
1836 ; and grandson of Anthony Mason
who moved into town in 1796, and was
one of the most stirring business men
of the town.
BRIEF OF MEERIFIELD FAMILY EECOED-
Francis E. Merrifield, born in New-
fane, Dec. 4, 1793, married Sarah C.
Kimball, at Newfane, Apr. 2, 1823,
who was born there, Apr. 22, 1800.
He died in Grafton, aged nearly 90;
she died in Brookline, June 27, 1847.
Children, all but the youngest, born in
Elliott P., b. Feb. 8, 1824,!m., Newfane,
May 1856, Judith S. Huntington, of
Chester, b. Dec. 24, 1830; children:
Betsey F.,b. Oct. 28, 1859; d. Feb. 18,
1864. Flora L.
SophiaR.,b. Mar. 30, 1825; m., Brook-
line, Apr. 1849, Edwin F. Sherman, of
Dover, b.Mar. 1821; d. 1872 ; children :
C3^rus S. , Lillie E. , b. Ai)r. 1854, d. June
1873; Gertie S., b. Aug. 24, 1857.
Emery A., b. ,1826 ; m. 1855, IM.irtha E.
aiorgan, one child, Frankie.
Mary Jane, b. 1828,m., 1851, Henry I.
Turner, b.. Putney, 1824, chil : Eva J.
b.May, 1853, d. Sept. 1856 ; Emma S.,
Sarah K, b. 1829, m. 1855, S. Jefferson
Greene, b. Mass., chil : Willie A. Nellie .
Carrie R.b., 1851, m., 1860, to Chas. S.
White, Chil: Minnie C, Mattie, S., Al-
bert C. , Arthur F.
Leonard B., b., 1834, m. ,WLlmington,
1812, Mary Cushman, Chil: Albert,
Louisa W- ) Lilla.
Oscar C, b. 1835, m. Marcia M. Cud-
worth, chihHattie, J. Fred. 0., Annie
S., Frank, IdaM., Grace, d. an infant.
Austin S.,b. Apr. 1, 1837, m., Dover,
Aug. 1866, Lizzie Hills, b. in Brook-
line, 1843, chil: Irving, Alton, Cyrus,
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Christina E., born June 20, 182&;
married in Dover, Sept. 10, 1812, to
Clias. Brooks, born in Holden, Mass.,
Feb. 8, 1830; children: IdeUa, born
Nov. 10, 1863 ; Albert L. born Oct.
22, 1867; Alice C, born Aug. 10,
1869; Mabel A, bom July 10, 1875.
Albert H., born in Brooldine, June
1, 1842; married in Amboy, 111., Aug.
25, 1867, to Lucia D. Tooker, born
there, Nov. 17, 1850; children : Albert
W. born Oct. 7, 1869; Carrie M. born
Jan. 9, 1872; Simeon A. bom Jan. 18,
1874; Clara, E. born July 18, 1876.
[jlTr. Stickney's papers resumed.^
WAEKEN B. STICKNBY,
was born in Brookline, Dec. 3, 1837;
fitted for college at Power's Institute,
Bernardston, Mass.; entered Amherst
College, 1859; enlisted in 8 Reg. Vt.
Vols. Nov. 19, 1861 ; promoted to a
lieutenancy in 99 Reg. U. S., C. I. ; or-
ganized and was superintendent of
First Public Colored Schools in New
Orleans, 1863, 64, and of Freedman's
Bureau, in North Westem Louisiana,
in 1865 ; Principal of Greenfield and
Chicopee Mass. High Schools, 1867,
68, and 69; received the degi-ee of A.
M. from Amherst College in 1868;
elected Superintendent of City Schools
and Member of State Board of Educa-
tion, New Orleans, La., 1869 ; was
over 4 years in the army, participating
in the sieges of Port Hudson, and
Mobile; while organizing and superin-.
tending the colored schools in New
Orleans, maturerl a plan which resulted
in giving the freedmen of Louisiana,
the best system of public schools or-
ganized for them in an3' state ; and in
60 days after, appointed as Supt. of
Fi-eedman's Bureau, of N. W. Louis-
iana, he put 32,000 colored laborers
under contract, receiving for every
one of the recently emanicipated slaves
some compensation for his or her labor.
He married Sept. 28, 1865, Olive B.,
daughter of U. S. Darling, of Leyden,
Mass., who graduated under Hiram
Orcutt, A. M., at Glenwood Ladies'
Seminary at West Brattleboro, class of
1864, to whom one son, Clement R.
Stickney, was bom Oct. 14, 1866. At
present, (1881) J Mr. Sticlmey, is pub-
lisher of Johnson's Natural History, in
2 large royal octavo volumes of over
1500 pages, and 1500 engravings, with
residence at Ann Arbor, Mich.
The following is a continuation of
page 13, a list of families with the
number of scholars of 1841 :
District No. 1 : — "David Skinner, 6
scholars ; Samuel Rist, 1 ; Hiram Whit
ney, 2 ; Charles Evans, 3.; David Bemis,
3 ; Wm. Ranney, 1 ; Joel Howard, 2.
Total 18 scholars. Daniel E. Whitney,
District No. 2 : — Wm. and Samuel
Adams, 2 scholars ; Jacob Burditt, 1 ;
Sally Blandin, 3; John Blandin, 2;
Joel Codding, 1 ; Samuel Cutler, 4 ;
Grant Holden, 1 ; Ephram H. Mason,
Samuel Stebbins, 3 ; Ruf us Stebbins, 5 ;
Delvis Wellman, 6 ; Daniel WeUman 3 ;
James Ray, 1. Total 35. Ephram H.
Mason, District clerk.
District No. 3 : — • Asa Flint, 1
scholar ; Jonathan Woolley, 1 ; Sarnuel
Butterfleld, 1; Francis Merrifield, 8
Ora Osgood, 3; Walty Walker, 3
Edson Higgins 5; Jonathan Man, 1
Charles Haile, 1 ; Daniel Benson, Jr.
3; Hosea B. Crane, 1. Total 28
scholars. Everett P. Wellman, Dis-
District No. 4 : — Lyman Lindsley, 2
scholars ; Willard Lindsley 2 ; Jonathan
Cutler, 2; Jon. S. Osgood, 1; Samuel
Bennett, 6. Total 13. Ephi-aim Park,
District No. 1 : 1858 — Thomas Evans,
1 scholar ; Win. W. Periy , 4 ; Erastus
Whitney, none ; Joel A. Howard, 1 ;
John Lamphear, 2 ; Daniel Whitney,
1 ; Delais Welhnan, 4 ; Hiram Whit-
ney, none ; Hu-am M. Whitney, none ;
Liberty Howard. 7 ; Andrew S. Eist
none ; John B. Turner, none : Win-
chester Smith, 3. Total 23 scholars.
Erastus Whitney, District clerk.
District No. 2 :^Samuel Stebbms, no
scholars ; E. Pierce, 1 ; Rufus Stebbins,
1 ; Walter S. Bennett, 1 ; Elbridge G.
Mason, 5 ; Van E. Ford, 7 ; Barzilla,
Stickney, 2 ; Samuel Cutler, 1 ; John
B. Stebbins, 2 ; Wm. Adams, none ;
Ephraim H. Mason, 2 ; Joel Codding
none ; Wm. P. Stebbins, none ; Nor-
man C. Marsh, 2 ; Frederick Morgan,
1 ; Calvin T. Barrett, 3 , Willard
Lindsley, 5 ; Henry Kidder, none ;
Total 33. John B. Stebbins, District
district No. 3 : — Jacob Bush, 4 schol-
ars ; Everett P. WeUman, 2 ; Hannah
Hills, 1 ; Francis Merrifield, 1 ; Calmer
W. Stebbins, 1 ; Daniel Wellman, 4 ;
Asa Flint, 3 ; Edwin Higgins, none.
Total 16 scholars. Everett P. Well-
man, District clerk.
District No. 4 : — Ira Cutler, 4 schol-
ars ; Warren Bennett, 1 ; Silas Fau--
banks, 1 ; Russel Mason, 4 ; Luther
Osgood 2. Total 12 scholars. Luther
Osgood, District clerk.
VOTERS OF 1882.
Adams, Watkins. Adams, Ozro.
Albee, Timothy M. Adams, Wm.
Bemis, James. Barrett, Calvin T.
Bush, Jacob. Bush, Wright E. Bush,
Lorenzo' W. Bennett, Walter S.
Cutler, Charles A. Crane, Hosea B.
Ford, Wallace W. Ford, Albro V. B.
Harwood, Oats. Higgins, S. B.
Lawrence, Marshall, W. Lamphear,
Henry. Lamson, Leland.
Mason, Elbridge, G. Marsh, Norman
C. Marsh, Eoyal E. Marsh, Al-
Osgood, Luther. Osgood, Ephraim
P. Osgood, Fred L.
Penfleld, John W. Perry, Wm. W.
Potuine, Frank. Pratt, Daniel.
Rist, Andrew. Rist, William. Rau-
ney, Virgil W. Eanney, Loren L.
Stebbins, John B. Stebbms, Calmer
W. Stebbins, Leaton C. Stebbins,
Wm. P. Stebbins, Joel C. Shattuck,
Joshua. Stickney, Chas. P. Smith,
Turner, John B.
Whitney, Erastus. Whitney, Hiram.
Whitney, Hiram M. Whitney, Dan'l
E. Wellman, Allen O. Wellman,
Daniel. WeUman, LeverettK. Well-
man, Everett P. WooUey, Jonathan,
Wares, George E. Wares, Walter
M. Wares, Wm. M.
Bkookline in the fire -wave.
May 25, 1868, 67 pages of the Wind-
ham County Vol. v., including 16 pp.
of Brookline with the type, stock paper
etc. were utterly consumed, and no insu-
rance ; to refurnish, begin and reset 67
pages once paid for the second time, all
new help, good, but to get acquainted
with the hardest of typographical work,
a local, and geneological history, stuff-
ed with names, not all plainly written,
and in order to preserve the histories of
Brookline and Wardsboro as best now
we might to the volume in hand, unable
in the distance, and Brookline having
but a semi-weekly mail to await return
proofs, with what, in the adverse cur-
rent must be done rapidly or not at all,
we have worked at disadvantage, but,
beleive, us, Vermont, hard for you this
time, so in the midst of otherwise de-
served criticism remember mercy. We
will give an errata for these towns in the
County and State volumes.
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Adams, Chauneey, Geo. W., James
Henry, John C, John J., Ozro,
Sam'l. Wm., Mrs. Wm., 852, 55,
60, 61, 62, 80, 81, 82.
Albee, Timothy M., "Warren C, 860,
Alden, Phineas, 860.
Aldrich, Artemas, 873.
Allen, Sam'l and fam., Timothy M.,
Wai-ren, 857, 61, 74.
Ames, Rev., B. D., 870, 72.
Austin, ApoUos, 847.
Baldwin, Eev. John, 870.
Ballard, Saml., 869.
Ballon, Benj., Sam'l. 863, 74.
Bardwell, Otis, 856.
Barrett, Calvin, Calvin J. John, John
S., 853, 57, 62, 69, 70 72.
Barton, J. 870.
Beal, Eev. Isaac, 873.
Beckwith, Eld. Amos, 866, 68.
Bemis, Abner, Rev., Edwin, Philip
852, 68, 70.
Bennett, David, Francis, Dr. Lemon
Matthew, Sam'l., Sam'l. Jr., Simeon,
Walter, Warren, 856, 58, 61, 83
Bentley, Wm., 850.
Benson, Dan'L, Holbrook, John, Peter,
Peter M., Eufus, 849, 50, 51, 56,
58, 62, 63,
Bigelow, Benj. Job, 855.
Bixby, Archelaus, Dan'L John, 848, 49,
51, 55, 58, 63, 68, 72.
Blandin, Chas. W., FreemontC, John,
Jonas, Lamach, Lamah, Lemich
(found all these ways in the rec-
ords and family papers.) 845, 48,
49, 52, 55, 56, 57, 59 60, 63, 66. 67,
68, 70, 72, 86.
Blood, Caleb, 870.
Boyden, Alvin Jonathan, 851 to 58,
61,64,— Simeon, 868.
Boynton, Jona, 855,.
Boutwell, C. S., 872.
Briggs, D., Delais, 849, 860.
Brown, Eld., Dany, 870.
Bruce, Eld. Mansfield, 870.
Brush, Alonzo P., Lorenzo, Henry L,
Bugbee, Ebnz., 847, 48, 55, 60.
Burditt, Jacob, 852,55, 57, 58, 60, 61,
BurweU, Rev., J. D. 870. ,
Burwood, Joel, 852. ^
Bush, Alonzo, E. R., E. W., Henry,
Jacob, Lorenzo, 850, 53.
Burrows, Eld., 890.
Butterfield, Sam'l., 862.
Cady, John, 855.
CaU, Eld., Joseph, 872.
Campbell, James, 859, 60.
Carey, Harry, 855, 59, 60, 72.
Carpenter, Dea. O., Joseph, 870, 74.
Chamberlain, Calvin, Thaddeus, 858,
Churchm, Sam'l., 849, 50.
Coddington, Anson,''Joe, Joel, 855,
Cole, Ben., Dan'L, Simeon, 855, 73.
Combs, Eld., Simeon, 873.
Cotwell, David, 850.
Cottle, Jabez, 873.
Loy, Asaph, 852, 58.
Crane, Mrs. B. H., Rev. D. M., Thad-
deus, Thomas, Thomas S., 857, 58,
60, 64, 67, 69, 70, 72.
Cudworth, Allen, J., 870.
Cutler, Albert, Chas, A., Rev. David,
Henry, Ira, John, Samuel, 848, 50,
52, 57, 59, to 64, 72, 73, 76, 77.
Davis, Elijah, 850.
Derry, Benj., Peter, Samuel, Tyler,
Zephamah, 857, 60, 68.
Dodge, 873, Drew, John, 873.
Donovon, Eld. J. D., 871.
Dyer, John, Zephaniah, 860, 68, 73.
Eastman, Htibbard, 852.
Edwards, Rev., 0. R. 852.
Eliot, Rey., Joseph, 869.
Ely, Rev. M., 870.
EUenwood, Jona, 849.
Evans, Chas., Colton, 852.
Everett, Dan'l., 869.
Fairbanks, Asa, Bradley, Elisha, Saml.
851, 52, 55, 59.
Farmer, Benj. 849,' 56.
Farrar. Chas., Rev. C, 859, 62, 70,72,
Farwell, Sam'l., 860.
Field, Rev. M., Gen. Martin, 852, 70
Fisher, Israel, Wm., 869, 70.
Eleming, Timothy, 855.
Flint, Aaron, Anson, Asa, Cheney,
Elijah, EUsha, Ora, Sam'l., 849, 51, 52
57, 60, 61.
FoUett, Samuel, 859.
Ford, Arbro, V. R., 857.
Freeman, Eld., Joseph., 862.
French, Mieah, 859.
Frost, Rev. Chas., Samuel, 855, 59,
Fuller, Abiah, Joseph, Joshua, 840,
Gates, John, 855.
Goodnow, J., 870.
Gordon, Thos. 850.
Graves, Rev., J. M., 869.
Gray, Jesse Sam'l., 869, 70.
Greene, Chas. S., Henry, Leonard, 873,
Guamsey, Oliver, 873.
Haile, Amos, 861.
Hall, Laban, 873.
Harwood, Ebenz., Joel, Otis, 860, 63.
Haynes, Eld,, Sylvanus, 873.
Hews, Wm., 868.
Habbard, Asa, Elder, John, 869, 73.
Higgins, Edson, Samuel, 861, 62.
HiU, Nathaniel, N., 862. 870.
Hix, Peleg, 874.
Holden, Daniel, Grant, 862.
Houghton, John, 873.
Howard, Dea., O., Rev. Zeba, 870.
Howe, Rev. Phineas, 869, 70.
Hunt, Ezekiel, 874.
Huntington, Rev. J., 870.
Hvmtly, Jona, Rev. J., 868.
IngTaham, Dea. John, 870, 73.
Jacobs, Whitman, 873.
Johnson, James, 855.
Joy, Joseph, N. C, 855. 70.
Kidder, David, 852.
Kingsbury, Rev. Samuel, 869.
Lamphear, John, 857.
Lathrop, Eld. John, 873.
Law, Robert, 873.
Leland, Eld. Aaron, 873.
Leland, Eld., Aaron. 873.
Lindsley, Willard, Wm., 859, 60, 61.
Liscomb, Bro. P., 859.
Littlefield, Rev. Edward, 868.
Lyon, Daniel, 866.
Lanly, Dea. Jesse, 868.
Mansfield, Amos, 860.
Marsh, E. E., Norman C, Thomas
852, 57, 59, 60, 62, 65.
Mason, Anthony, Daniel, Denney, E.,
Elbridge, Ephraim H., Herbert E.,
Russell, Dea. Samuel, 847, 50, 51, 59,
60,61, 62, 70, 71.
Mears, Eld., Roswell, 872.
Merrifield, Albert. Alviu H., Austin
S., Edwin S., Elliot P., Emery E.
Francis, Oscar C, J. Turner, 848,
53, 54, 57 to 62, 70, 71, 72, 76, 79.
MiUer, Rev. M. D., 870.
Millard, Rev. Wm. A. A., 871.
Moore, Abijah, Wm., 848, 50.
Morse, Abijah, Harvey, 851, 60, 63.
Ober, Ebenezer, 848.
Ormsbee, Benjamin, 849, to 52, 55,
58, 59 60.
Osgood, Brown, Christopher, Eph-
raim P., Fred. L., George, Harry,
Hermon, John S., LukeB., Luther,
VERMONT HISTORICAL MAGAZINE.
851, 52, 54, 55, 58, 59, 60, 61,
64, 70, 81, 82.
Packard, Elder Jonah, 874.
Packer, Rev. Jeremiah, 868.
Palmer, Israel, 849.
Park, Ephraim, 859, 61, 62, 64.
Patterson, Joseph, 873.
Perham, Augusta, Jona., 859.
Perldns, Bernard, 873.
Perry, Benj., Dr. Wm., Rev. Simeon,
Zephaniah, Wm., Wm. W., 849, 51,
52, 53, 55, 58, 59, 60,61, 62, 70.
PhMps, Elder, George, John, 852, 55,'
Pierce, Sem, 869.
Pollard, SiiUivan, 855.
Pond, A., 868.
Pool, Eleazer, John, 855, 60.
Purrington, Thomas, 868.
Ranney, Joel, Loren, N. W., Samuel,
Virgil W., Wm., 840, 52, 55, 56,
Ransom, E., 869.
Rhodes, Emmon, 855.
Rich, Elisha, 873.
Riggs, Delias, 858,
Rist, Andrew, Amos L. . Joel, Lorenzo,
Luke, Samuel, Thomas, Wm., 848,
52, 60, 61, 63, 64.
Robbins, Wm., 848, 59.
Root, Joseph, Wm. B., 849, 52, 59,
60, 61, 62.
Rounds, lasiah, 861, 64.
Sabin, Daniel, 849.
Sawyer, Elder, Ephraim, 874.
Shattuck, Isabella, Joshua A., J. A.
S., 857, 62.
Sherman, L. 870.
Simpson, Orrin, 855.
Skinner, David, Eliphalet, Gov. Isaac,
Samuel, Wm., 848, 52,
Smith, Rev. C. B., Everett W., J. C,
Roswell, Winchester, 850,57, 68, 71.
Stebbin, Arthur B., Calmer W., E. A.,
Dr. John B. Jotham, Rufus, Samuel,
Wm., Wm. P., 847, 48, 49, 50 to 59,
61 to 63, 67, 69, 70, 72, 73, 75,
Stickney, Barzillai, Carrol W., Chas.
P., C. W., Warren B., Wm. Wm.
W., 851, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 64, 65,
Stone, Rev. Josiah, 872.
Taft,. Israel, Josiah, 848, 58, 59, 68 :
Taylor, Luke, 868.
Thomas, Whilhem, Dea. Wm, 868, 72:
Turner, A. I. Jolm, John B., 852, 62,
68, 79 :
Tuthill, Samuel, Thomas, 869, 74.
Upham, Rev. D., 870 :
Walker, Benj. David, Delais, Franklin,
Isaac, Jesse, Thomas, 848, 50, 52,
55, 58, 59, 60, 61.
Walden, James, 848, 64.
Ware, Eev. E., Geo. E. , James, Wm.
M., 848, 60:
Wakefield family, 868, 73 :
Waters, John, 840, 42, 60, 62, 63 :
Wellman, AUen, 0..A. P., Arthur,
Daniel, Delvis, Ebenezer, Erastus,
Everett K., Everett P., Isaac, Rev.
Isaac, Dea. J., John, Jonas, L. H.,
Marshall W., Timothy, 48, 53, 55,
to 63,'68, 67, 70 :
Webster, Elder, Samuel, 872 :
West, Elder, Thomas, 873.
Wheat, Jo-seph, 873. ■
Wheeler, Elder, 870 :
Whipple, Thomas, 873 :
White, Allen H., Chas. B., O. C, 880:
Whitney, Allen O., Daniel E., Delvis,
Eben'z., Erastus, Hiram, Hiram M^,
Israel, Isaac, Orlan N., Solomon,
Richard, Solomon, Timothy, Timothy
H., 50, 52 to 64, 65, 66:
Wilcox, Elder, Bela, 869 :
Wilder, Hiram, 850 :
Williams, Everett K., 843.
Willis, Beriah, 873.
WUson, Dr., 855 : »
Witherell, Rev. George, 868 :
Wood, 866, Wooley, 856, 68 :
Worden, Nathan, 873.
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