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Published by the Town and 
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Burlington, Vermont 






It has been the aim of the compiler to give as much matter 
as possible in the space devoted to genealogical records, having 
due regard to clearness, and ease in tracing any one person's 
family. To this end such prepositions and conjimctions as 
could readily be supplied in thought have been omitted. The 
name of a state after a town or city has also been omitted when 
it was Vermont, or when it had just before been mentioned, and 
no mistake need occur. 

Abbreviations have also been freely used. The following 
only need explanation : res. for reside, resided, residence ; ch. for 
child or children; bur. for buried; Bar. for Barnard; Roy. for 
Royalton; Rand, for Randolph; Tunb. for Tunbridge. 

The Arabic figures before the name of a person, except the 
numeral 1, indicate that a further record will be given before 
the family history is closed. A star before the name of a woman 
indicates that her record will be found in the family of the man 
whom she married. 

The second generation is indicated by small Roman letters; 
the third, by small letters of the alphabet, enclosed in a paren- 
thesis ; the fourth, by small Roman letters in a parenthesis. Not 
much space could be allowed for further descendants, nor could 
much space be given to the ancestry of any one family. This 
properly belongs to extended family genealogies, and not to a 
town history. 

History of Royalton, Vermont 635 


Royalton is proud of the men and women who were born 
within her borders, or have made the town their home for a con- 
siderable period of time, who have become noted for business 
energy and acumen, for intellectual attainment, or for other suc- 
cess based on true and genuine w^orth and ability. A few, only, 
can be noted under the head of celebrities. A careful perusal of 
this volume will show that there are many others, whose lives 
of usefulness, and whose exceptional abilities retiect honor upon 
the town, and it may be pardoned for taking a natural delight 
in thinking, "They are mine." 

In Stockbridge, on Sep. 16, 1803, there was born a child, 
who was destined to have a checkered career, and to do as much 
as any other one man to promote Catholicism in America. This 
was Orestes Augustus Brownson. His parents were poor, and at 
the age of six years he came to Royalton to live in the family 
of William and Luther Hunting, who had a farm on Broad 
Brook. This farm was in 4 and 9 Large Allotment, and the 
boundaries seem to indicate that it was either the Carlos Miller 
or the Zenas Horton place. 

Here the young Brownson lived until he was well in his 
teens, and must have fingered his speller and learned the Rule 
of Three in the old Broad Brook schoolhouse. He drifted to 
New York State, and attended Ballston academy. He is thought 
to have been a cadet in Norwich University in 1823-24, and this 
university conferred on him the title of LL. D. in 1846. 

He became a Universalist minister in 1825, but joined the 
Unitarians in 1832, and founded an independent society in 1836. 
He was a prolific writer, and advanced his views in a " Quarterly 
Review" established in 1838 in Boston. His first theological 
work was published in 1836, entitled, "New Views of Christian- 
ity, Society, and the Church." By degrees his views changed, 
he joined the Catholic church in 1843, and became an able and 
enthusiastic expounder of its doctrines in " Brownson 's Quar- 
terly Review" established in 1844 in Boston. In 1857 appeared 
"The Convert or Leaves from My Experience." 

As his health declined, he gave up strenuous literary effort, 
and removed to Detroit, Mich., where he died April 17, 1876. A 
friend wrote of him, "I knew him well. He was a very able 
man, but the most obstinate one I ever knew ; he went all through 
the changes in theology, and at last found rest in the Mother 
Church." It is reported that a distinguished professor of Har- 
vard College, while traveling in England, came in contact with 
Lord Brougham. The professor spoke depreciatingly of Dr. 
Brownson. Said Lord Brougham, "Let me tell you, sir, he is 

636 History op Royalton, Vermont 

one of the first thinkers and writers not merely of America, but 
of the present age." 

Mrs. Jennie Bennett (Hagan) Brown was a unique charac- 
ter, who, for several years during her girlhood, was a resident 
of South Royalton, and frequently visited the town as long as 
she lived. 

She was born in Lowell, Mass., July 30, 1860, the daughter 
of John B. and Janette (Bennett) Hagan. Her father was born 
in Belfast, Ireland, and her mother in Tunbridge. Her father 
died when she was ten months old. When Jennie was five years 
old, she described her spirit father, his acts and words the few 
months he lived with her. At eight she began to read spirit 
writings. When she was ten months old, her mother removed 
to Tunbridge, and when she was two, they with an aunt, Mrs. 
Jane Hoyt, the widow of Dr. Moses Hoyt, bought a house in 
South Royalton, which stood in about the same place that the 
Abbott harness shop now occupies. 

Mrs. Brown got her education in part in the public schools 
of South Royalton, and in the academy at Plymouth, but chiefly 
from general reading and home study. She early showed her 
ability as an improvisatrice. Once when called upon to "speak 
a piece" at school, she asked to be excused from rehearsal, and 
when her turn came to go on the platform, she gave a beautiful 
extempore poem. She was then fourteen years of age, and was 
soon called upon at times to exhibit her talent as poetess in 
church socials. On one occasion she gave a lengthy poem of 
much beauty on "White River," a subject given her by the Rev. 
S. K. B. Perkins, who was then pastor of the Congregational 
church in South Royalton. 

She was puny, and not allowed to go before the public in 
any large gathering, until she went to Nebraska at about the age 
of sixteen. Her first and last public address was in Arlington, 
of the same state. She was at first patronized by the Spiritual- 
ists for public addresses and extempore poems, but later by all 
denominations. She was conscious of what she said after she 
was seventeen. She said of herself, "I open my mouth, and the 
words drop out." 

She was sent as a delegate to the International Spiritualist 
Convention in London, and, as a result, was four times called to 
Europe to address audiences. The London Daily Times thus ex- 
pressed its impression of her: "This American lady has been 
one of the most striking and interesting features of the Interna- 
tional Convention at St. James' Hall. Her inspirational powers 
are beyond question." The Pall Mall Gazette said, "Mrs. Hor- 
ace D. Brown of the state of Texas, U. S. A., is the marvel of the 
century in her impromptu literary productions. ' ' With her rare 

History of Royalton, Vermont 637 

gift she combined a sweet disposition, great charm of manner, 
and a winning grace. 

In the fall of 1905 she addressed the faculty and students 
of Colorado University, delivering a lecture, followed by impro- 
vised poems from subjects suggested at the moment by any one 
in the audience. She acquired a handsome property, and estab- 
lished a lovely home in El Campo, Texas, where she lived with 
her second husband, Horace D. Brown. Her first marriage with 
B. D. Jackson of Grand Rapids, Mich., proved unfortunate, and 
they separated. 

Mrs. Brown was called to Arlington, Neb., to deliver an 
oration at the funeral of Mrs. Onthank. She had bruised a limb 
slightly, before she left home. In going from a warm to a cold 
climate it is thought she took cold. Blood poisoning set in, and 
she died within a week. Her death occurred Jan., 1907. 

She was philanthropic in spirit, and ready to aid any needy 
person or organization, though her talents commanded high re- 
muneration. One short poem of hers is subjoined, which, per- 
haps, does not conform so strictly to poetic rules as some others, 
but possesses grace and sweetness, and will recall the young 
school girl, who always had a smile and a pleasant word for all, 
while residing in South Royalton. A cut of Mrs. Brown will 
be found in another place. 

"a song from the sea. 

Where the ocean sings with a joyless song, 

I have gathered this sea-weed brown, 

I have placed it here with a tender care. 

And gently sealed it down; 

For alas, alack, who of us can tell 

The sigh in the weed, or the song in the shell? 

I sometimes think in the weed so brown 

Is the gleam of the hair where a youth went down; 

I sometimes think in the shell so bright 

Is a blush from a cheek that the sea washed white, 

And this shell as white as a shining pearl 

Is the sphere of the breast of a sweet drowned girl. 

And I sometimes think that this long gray moss 

Is a part of the beard that old Neptune lost; 

Again it seems in a thought of mine, 

That the star-fish, strayed from its salt sea brine, 

A beautiful Star of Hope must be, 

That Aurora dropped from her ear to the sea. 

I have placed them here with their natural grace, 
To fill your heart and please your taste. 
And trust they will bring to you as to me 
The sacred song of the solemn sea." 

WiUiam Rollin Shipman, D. D., LL. D., was born in Gran- 
ville, May 4, 1836. When he was nearly three years old, he 

638 History of Royalton, Vermont 

came with his parents, Harvey and Betsey (Eaton) Shipman, to 
Royalton. His father bought the farm, which later was sold to 
John D. Fales, and is now owned by Horace White. 

He must early have outgrown the instruction to be obtained 
in the little schoolhouse in District Six, for in 1852 he is found 
in Royalton academy as assistant pupil, a tribute to his industry 
and proficiency. In 1854 he was one of the regular teachers in 
the academy, and again in 1856. He worked his way through 
his preparatory course and through Middlebury College, which 
he entered in 1855, graduating with high rank in 1859. He then 
became principal of the academy at South Woodstock, and held 
the position with marked success for four years. 

He was a Universalist in religious belief, and with others 
raised funds for the establishment of Goddard Seminary in 
Barre, with which institution he was closely connected as trustee 
and member of the executive committee for many years, holding 
the latter office until his death. He was ordained in Vermont 
as a Universalist clergyman in 1865. 

In 1864 he became Professor of Rhetoric, Logic, and Eng- 
lish Literature in Tufts College, and later was made Dean of the 
College of Letters. He received the degree of A. M. from his 
alma mater, of D, D. from St. Lawrence University, and of 
LL. D. from Tufts and Middlebury. In 1899 he had a year's 
leave of absence. He went west, and he made two trips to Eu- 
rope, once by special gifts of friends. In 1905 he was chosen 
Chaplain of the Vermont Association in Boston. He was a man 
of strong intellect and personality, respected and honored as a 
profound thinker and scholar. He died Jan. 15, 1908. 

The Hon. Frederick Billings, LL. D., is held in memory by 
Royalton, not only with a sense of pride, but of gratitude. He 
was a native of the town, born here Sep. 27, 1823, the son of 
Oel and Sophia (Wetherbe) Billings. His grandfather, John 
Billings, was one of the original grantees of the town, and his 
father was born in Royalton. Mr. Billings attended school in 
the "red schoolhouse" in District 9, and in Royalton academy, 
until twelve years of age, when his father removed to Woodstock. 
In an address delivered at the Centennial of the First Congrega- 
tional church, Mr. Billings humorously refers to that removal 
in these words: 

"I shall never forget the day, forty-two years ago last month, when 
my next older brother, Charles, and I started, with the cow and the 
pig, the others of the family and the household goods having gone 
before. As we climbed yonder hill the pig gave out and would go no 
further, and, to my unsophisticated heart, when that pig stopped, the 
whole world stopped. But good Franklin Joiner, who lived on the top 
of the hill and lives there still, and I trust is here today, came with 
his wagon to our aid and helped us start the pig and the world again. 
In all my fifty-four years of life, that seems to me about the greatest 
kindness I ever received." 

History of Royalton, Vermont 639 

Mr. Billings returned to Royalton in 1837 for a year's study 
in the academy, but finished his preparation for college in the 
academy at Meriden, N. H. At the age of seventeen he entered 
the University of Vermont, and graduated in 1844. 

He was a brilliant student. At first he was inclined to study 
for the ministry, but was diverted from his purpose, and began 
the study of law with 0. P. Chandler of Woodstock. In 1846 
he was appointed Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs by Gov. 
Eaton, and held this office for two years. In 1849 he went to 
California, and opened the first law office in San Francisco. He 
became a member of the firm of Halleck, Peachy, Billings & 
Park, Gen. Halleck being the senior member. The firm dissolved 
in 1861, and then Mr. Billings went to England with Gen. Fre- 
mont to look after some estate of the General's. 

He wielded an influence in political life, though he did not 
care to enter the arena as a contestant. He did accept the posi- 
tion of attorney general of California. His California friends 
urged Pres. Lincoln to give him a Cabinet position, which shows 
their estimate of his ability. His literary taste was exquisite, 
and he was at one time urged to take the presidency of the Uni- 
versity of California. He received the degree of LL. D. from 
the U. V. M. in 1890. 

He returned to Vermont, and in 1869 bought the Marsh 
estate in Woodstock, on which he spent large sums of money, 
and made it as beautiful as the large baronial estates of the Old 
Country. Here he spent his summers with his family, but in 
the winter their home was in New York City, where his widow 
still resides. He did much for the town of Woodstock, especi- 
ally in beautifying its churches. He was made president of the 
Woodstock National Bank, and director of the Woodstock Rail- 
way Company. He was a director of the Nicaragua Canal Co.. 
and an official in various banks, insurance, and railroad com- 

He could not wholly avoid politics, and in 1880 he was a 
delegate to the Republican National Convention, and presented 
the name of George F. Edmunds for President in one of the 
finest speeches of the convention. 

When Jay Cooke failed in 1873, Mr. Billings bought stock 
in the Northern Pacific Railroad, and became its president. It 
was his enterprise that pushed this road through to completion. 

His benefactions were numerous, among them the purchase 
of the Marsh library, and the gift of the same to his alma mater, 
together with a fine library building, now known as the Billings 
Library. Mr. Billings remembered the academy in Royalton at 
a time of need, by a generous gift, and also gave $1,000 to the 
church of his fathers, which donation has been mentioned in 

640 History op Rotalton, Vermont 

another place. The gift of his widow to aid in the publication 
of this volume shows the continued interest of the family in the 
town of Royalton. 

His energies were directed into several channels, and the 
strenuous life he was called upon to lead undermined his health 
at a comparatively young age. He succumbed to a stroke of 
paralysis, and died Sep. 30, 1890. At the time of his death it 
was said of him, that he was at his best in his social and religious 
character, that he was kind and affectionate, "a noble example 
of well-rounded Christian manliness." 

No town ever produced a more remarkable character than 
Trumayi Henry Safford, who was born in Eoyalton, Jan. 6. 1836. 
He was a very delicate, nervous child, and it is owing to the 
good sense and intelligence of his parents, especially his mother, 
that he was spared to the world. He was the son of Truman 
Hopson and Louisa (Parker) Safford. 

At the age of twenty-two months he learned his letters from 
blocks entirely by himself. Hopson Barker, who was living in 
Swanton in 1906, wrote that he was the only living person who 
was a member of the Safford family when Henry was a child, 
that the boy went to school but a few days because of frail health, 
and when he became stronger, he had outgrown the power of the 
teachers to instruct him. At the age of six he remarked to his 
mother that, if he knew how many rods it was around the farm 
he could give its circumference in barley-corns. "When given the 
distance, 1,040 rods, he thought a few minutes and then said 
617,760 barley-corns was the answer. At the age of nine he 
could equal the greatest feat of Zerah Colburn, which was to 
multiply five figures by five figures mentally. When nine and a 
half years old he prepared an almanac, which is said to have 
been correct. In this almanac appeared a sketch of young 
Safford 's life, written by Robert McK. Ormsby, a lawyer and 
author of some note living in Bradford. At this time Rev. 
George Denison, then a professor in Kenyon College, was visit- 
ing his father in Royalton, and he examined the young prodigy, 
and then wrote of him, "I believe him to surpass anything on 
record in the history of man, and to open a door by which we 
are permitted to see something of what our minds are, and what 
they can become when this natural body shall have been ex- 
changed for the spiritual." Before he was ten he was given 
examples in algebra, mensuration, and trigonometry, to which 
he would give answers mentally within two minutes. 

It seems strange that the boy's intellect was not ruined by 
the severe tests made of it by those who doubted his rare gift. 
He was but ten when the Rev. Henry W. Adams, agent of the 
American Bible Society, tortured him for three hours. He asked 

History of Royalton, Vermont 641 

him, finally, to give the result of multiplying 365,365,365,365,365 
by itself. His actions are thus described by Rev. A. Stevens, 
A. M., in the Ladies' Repository of April, 1849: "He flew 
around the room like a top, pulled his pantaloons over his boots, 
bit his hand, rolled his eyes in their sockets, and then seeming 
to be in agony, until, in not more than one minute, ' ' he gave the 
answer. ' ' The boy looked pale, and said he was tired. He said 
it was the largest sum he ever did." Fortunately, such unwise 
demands upon his powers were not allowed to continue, and he 
was spared to contribute to the world's learning, rather than to 
be sacrificed to the curiosity of unbelievers in his precocity. 

Though his special gift seemed to lie in the direction of 
mathematics, particularly astronomy, he mastered with equal 
ease other natural sciences. 

In 1847 Edward Everett, then President of Harvard, and 
Prof. Benjamin Pierce interested themselves in Henry, and his 
father sold his farm in Royalton to John L. Bowman, and re- 
moved to Cambridge, Mass. It must have been about this time 
that J. R. Lowell wrote a facetious letter to a friend about young 
Safford. The friend published the letter, and Lowell wrote a 
note of apology to the boy's father, saying he himself was the 
one most injured by the publication of the letter. 

In Cambridge, under wise instruction, Henry prepared for 
and entered Harvard, graduating in 1854 with high standing. 
He was then given a position in Harvard observatory, which he 
held for ten years. He next became director of the Dearborn 
observatory of the old Chicago University, which position he 
held for another ten years. In 1876 he went to Williams as 
Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy, and held this position 
until his death. From this college he received the degree of 
Ph. D. 

He was not only a teacher, but an author. Among his pub- 
lications are a catalogue of polar stars for Williams, one for the 
War Department, and a volume on mathematical teaching. He 
was a member of the Astronomische Gesellschaft, Leipsic, Ger- 
many, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 
and associate of the Royal Astronomical Society of England, and 
of other learned societies in Europe and America. 

The intellectual splendor of his early life suffered an eclipse, 
due, perhaps, to overstrain, but his powers were still wonderful. 
He had great quickness of vision. It is related of him, that, 
going into a library at one time, he stood back a few feet and 
took in the several hundred books on the shelves at one glance, 
and then said, "Here is the book." This was not an exceptional 
incident, but his custom in library work. 


642 History of Royalton, Vermont 

Several years before his death he had a stroke of paralysis, 
from which he never fully recovered. He died in Newark, N. J., 
June 13, 1901. Pres. Carter of Williams in his funeral address 
said of him, ' ' He came nearer to Goethe 's claim that ' by reading 
one page in a book he could tell all that there was in it, ' than any 
one I have ever known." His faith in religion was firm, and 
he had a horror of the subtle assaults made on it. He died in 
the good old faith of his fathers, proclaimed in the first church 
in Royalton. 

biographical sketch of the marcy family. 

John Sullivan Marcy was born in 1799 in Woodstock, Ver- 
mont, came to Royalton shortly prior to 1839, and continued his 
residence there during the greater part of his active life; and 
the honorable record that he made upon the Bench, in the Leg- 
islature, in a responsible station under the Federal Government, 
and in the practice of his chosen profession, is a notable part of 
the annals of the town. 

He was the son of Alvan Marcy, and was a descendant in 
the fifth generation from John Marcy, who came to this country 
and settled in Roxbury, Mass., where he was admitted to Eliot's 
Church in 1685. 

He was a lawyer of marked ability ; of a deliberate, but force- 
ful intellect, characterized by keen and accurate perceptions, 
clear reasoning, and sound judgment. Chief Justice Redfield of 
the Supreme Court of the state said of him, "There is no mem- 
ber of the Windsor County Bar whose opinion on legal ques- 
tions has more weight than his." He was appointed and served 
for many years as one of the Judges of the Windsor County 
Court, with credit to himself, and to the entire satisfaction of the 

He was a member of the State Legislature, and held the 
responsible position of Judge Advocate at the time of the Civil 
War. He studied law with the Hon. Roger Vose, of Walpole, 
N. H., whose daughter, Rebecca Hubbard Vose, became his wife. 

Roger Vose, himself, was one of the prominent citizens of 
New Hampshire, and was for many years Chief Justice of the 
Court of Common Pleas, and also Chief Justice of the Court of 
Sessions of Cheshire County, and served two terms as a member 
of Congress, and became an intimate friend of Daniel Webster, 
who was a member of Congress at the same time. 

From the union formed by Judge Marcy with the daughter 
of his preceptor, Roger Vose, the following children were born : 

Frederick Vose Marcy, who died in Quincy, 111., in 1884. 


William Kollin Sliipman. 
Frederick Billings. 

Trumau Henry Safford. 
Jacob Coliamer. 

Frederick Vose Marcy. 
Judg"e Robert E. DeForest. 

Judge John Sullivan Marcy. 
Henrv Sullivan Marcy. 

History of Royalton, Vermont 643 

Edward Augustus Marcy, who died in 1869, in Royalton, Vt. 

Henry S. Marcy, who died in 1897, in Belmont, Mass. 

Ellen Maria Marcy, who died in 1871, in Quincy, 111. 

Katherine Vose Marcy. 

Rebecca Bellows Marcy. 

Mary Sophia Marcy, who died in 1899, in Champaign, 111. 

Harriet Elizabeth Marcy, who died in Royalton, Vt., in 1865. 

Frederick Vose Marcy, after the completion of his college 
education, entered the legal profession, and took up his residence 
and practice at Quincy, 111. His comparatively early, and, as it 
seemed, most untimely decease, deprived the state of his adop- 
tion of one of its brightest ornaments. A college mate, and life- 
long acquaintance, himself a lawyer of distinction, thus writes of 

"Frederick Vose Marcy was educated in Royalton Academy and 
graduated at Dartmouth in 1852. After teaching in the South for sev- 
eral years, he studied law and was admitted to the Bar at Quincy, 
Illinois, in 1857. Of all the distinguished men who originated in Ver- 
mont, perhaps none were superior and few equalled Marcy in variety 
of talents and brilliancy of intellect. One who knew him well in his 
college and professional life writes, 'In college he was easily first in 
everything, and his brilliancy in all departments, scholarship, in debate, 
and as a writer, was a tradition in college circles for many years after 
his graduation. He was not merely a recitation scholar; his class 
standing never seemed to interest him, and his studies were quite as 
much outside the class work as in it. His acquaintance with litera- 
ture and the best books was probably not equalled by any college 
scholar of his time. By the common consent of his professional asso- 
ciates he was the ablest lawyer at the Quincy Bar, which had no 
superior in ability in the state, and possibly not in the country.' 

For many years he was counsel for the city, and won great dis- 
tinction in conducting their important litigations. At a meeting of the 
Quincy Bar to honor his memory, it was said of him, 'Mr. Marcy was 
possessed of a mind logical in analysis and comprehensive in its grasp, 
and we accord to him a just sense of his integrity, prudence and learn- 
ing, with power of argument in the discussion of intricate questions 
rarely shown by the ablest members of our profession. He was a great 
jurist, a profound thinker, with intellect of the highest order, and the 
most able member of the Quincy Bar.' 

In special pleading he had not a superior, if an equal, in the 
United States. He was a fine classical scholar. His favorite pastime 
was reading the classic authors in the original, and the time spent in 
his library with his books was his pleasure and recreation. Retiring 
and modest in manner, he shunned publicity and never courted praise. 

In private life he was a most agreeable companion and great favor- 
ite. As a conversationalist he was original, versatile, sparkling, a 
natural wit, and always said the right thing at the right time. All 
his acquaintances were his friends and he had no enemies." 

Henry Sullivan Marcy, another son of the subject of this 
sketch, was educated at Royalton Academy, graduated at Dart- 
mouth College, married Emeline Perham of Bethel, Vt., and rose 
to unusual prominence in the business world. The great prob- 
lems of railroad transportation became his study, and in that 

644 History of Royalton, Vermont 

pursuit he acquired such insight and proficiency, that his services 
were in constant demand. In the progress of his promotion, he 
filled with singular ability many important positions in the rail- 
road world, and finally, on Nov. 1st, 1899, was chosen president 
of the Fitchburg Railroad, and held that responsible place until 
his death. The following extract from resolutions adopted, two 
days after his decease, by the directors of that road, shows the 
high esteem in which he was held. 

"When eight years ago Mr. Marcy entered upon his duties as Presi- 
dent, he brought to us an invaluable experience, and a remarkable 
administrative ability. During this period difficult questions of ex- 
treme importance have arisen, as to which he has never acted without 
careful reflection, and the wisdom of his decisions has been proved by 
results. He was gifted with unusual self-control, so that he never 
spoke or acted hastily. While always ready to accept suggestions or 
advice, he was able to perform his duties with a quiet self-reliance, 
which was his distinguishing characteristic. His relation with other 
railroad companies was amicable, and his inclinations were always for 
peace. The prosperity of the Fitchburg Road in these years that have 
passed, is largely due to the unqualified integrity and wise administra- 
tion of its late President." 

A daughter, Rebecca B. Marcy, married Robert E. DeFor- 
est, of Bridgeport, Conn. Mr. DeForest, who was Principal of 
Royalton Academy for a time, is a prominent member of the 
Connecticut Bar, has been Corporation Counsel, three times 
Mayor of the city, a member of both branches of the State Leg- 
islature, Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Fairfield Coun- 
ty, and twice a member of Congress. 

Another daughter, Mary Sophia Marcy, married the Hon. 
Henry Trevett, of Champaign, 111., who was four times elected 
Mayor of that city, and is one of the leading business men of that 
part of that state. 


Contributed by Elder Junius F. Wells. 

The sojourn of the family of Joseph Smith, the Mormon 
prophet, in the state of Vermont, was between the years 1791 
and 1816. During this period of about twenty-five years they 
resided in the towns of Tunbridge, Randolph, Sharon, Royalton, 
and Norwich, and for about a year in Lebanon, N. H. 

The family came from Ipswich and Topsfield, Essex county, 
Mass., where its ancestors were original settlers. The prophet's 
ancestry is briefly given, back to the first American progenitor, 
as follows: 

He was the fourth child and third son of Joseph Smith, Sen., born 
July 12, 1771, Topsfield, Mass., and Lucy Mack; married January 24, 
1796, at Tunbridge, Vt. 



History of Royalton, Vermont 645 

Joseph, Sen., was the third child and second son of Asael Smith, 
born March 8, 1744, Topsfield, Mass., and Mary Duty; married Febru- 
ary 12, 1767. 

Asael was the fifth child and second son of Samuel Smith, Jr., 
born January 26, 1714, Topsfield, Mass., and Priscilla Gould; married 

Samuel, Jr., was the third child and first son of Samuel Smith, 
Sen., born January 26, 1666, and Rebecca Curtis; married January 25, 

Samuel, Sen., was the son of Robert and Mary Smith, who came 
from Essex Co., England, in 1635. 

In the maternal line Joseph Smith was descended from a Scotch 
family; the first known American was Ebenezer Mack, who resided at 
Lyme, Ct., and died 1777. His wife, Hannah Gates, died 1796. 

Their son, Solomon Mack, born Sep. 26, 1735, at Lyme, Ct., died 
Aug. 23, 1820; married, 1759, Lydia Gates, daughter of Nathan Gates, 
born Sep. 3, 1735. 

Lucy, their daughter, was born July 8, 1775; married Jan. 24, 1796, 
to Joseph Smith, Sen. The children of Joseph, Sen., and Lucy were: 

1. Alvin, born Feb. 11, 1798, Tunbridge; died Nov. 19, 1824. 

2. Hyrum, born Feb. 9, 1800, Tunbridge; killed June 27, 1844, 
Carthage, 111. 

3. Sophronia, born May 16, 1803, Tunbridge. 

4. Joseph, Jr., born Dec. 23, 1805, Sharon; killed June 27, 1844, 
Carthage, 111. 

5. Samuel H., born Mar. 13, 1808, Tunbridge; died July 30, 1844. 

6. Ephraim, born Mar. 13, 1810, Tunbridge; died Mar. 24, 1810. 

7. William, born Mar. 13, 1811, Royalton. 

8. Catherine, born July 28, 1812, Lebanon; died Feb. 1, 1900. 

9. Don Carlos, born Mar. 25, 1816, New York State; died Aug., 

10. Lucy, born July 18, 1821, New York State. 

Asael Smith with his family came up from Ipswich, Mass., 
in 1791, and settled in South Tunbridge, where he bought 
one of the gore farms, to which was later added two or three 
others. The site of this homestead, which Asael and his sons 
cleared, is the farm now owned, and for many years past has 
been owned and occupied by Mr. John F. Bennett. 

They appear to have been pioneers in this part of Tun- 
bridge, lying on the North Royalton boundary, and this locality 
was known as the Smith settlement. It was set off as school dis- 
trict No. 13, and Jesse Smith was appointed trustee. 

Asael Smith was a man of ability. He had served a full 
term as a soldier of the Revolution. He had held offices of trust 
in Ipswich and Topsfield, Mass., before emigrating to Vermont; 
he was chosen to almost every office, except town clerk, in the 
town of Tunbridge, while he lived there. He was selectman, 
grand juror, surveyor of highways, member of the building com- 
mittee, trustee and pew holder of the church, and moderator of 
the meeting that in 1798 formed one of the earliest, if not the 
first, Universalist Society in the state. 

In 1796 his son Joseph married Lucy Mack, daughter of 
Solomon Mack of Gilham, N. H. These were the parents of the 

646 History op Royalton, Vermont 

prophet. They occupied the first clearing of the farm, working 
it on shares, while the father and other sons broke up the re- 
mainder. They were successful farmers, and in 1802 they took 
their savings and some means that had been given Lucy as her 
marriage portion, and opened a little store at Randolph. The 
goods purchased in Boston appear to have been sold mostly for 
ginseng root, which was shipped to China and sold by a partner 
in the transaction, who proved to be dishonest, making no re- 
turns for the cargo. This disaster to their fortunes compelled 
a return to their farm life, and later Joseph rented the farm 
owned by his wife's father in Sharon, moving on to it in the fall 
of 1804 or the spring of 1805. 

This farm, which was mostly in the town of Sharon, also 
comprised a tract of several acres lying between the two lines 
of Sharon along Ebenezer Dewey's in Royalton, and here was 
located the homestead and part of the orchard reaching over the 
line into Royalton. This is where their fourth child, Joseph, 
was born, on December 23, 1805. 

They prospered while living on this farm, for about three 
years, when the family moved to Tunbridge for a short time, 
and thence to a farm in Royalton, which they occupied for three 

During this period, Joseph, Senior, worked on the farm sum- 
mers, and taught school part of the time winters. His son 
Joseph attended the school on Dewey Hill, and was taught his 
letters by Dea. Jonathan Kinney, the schoolmaster there. 

The family moved to Lebanon, N. H., in 1811, and remained 
until late the following year, when they rented a farm from 
Squire Murdock in the town of Norwich, about two miles north 
of the village on the old turnpike road. Here they remained 
three years, and in the spring of 1815 took their final leave of 
the state and moved to Palmyra, N. Y. On the way they stopped 
at Royalton, where the prophet's mother parted forever with her 
mother, Lydia Gates, widow of Solomon Mack. She remained 
at the home of her son, Daniel Mack, in Royalton, where she died 
in 1817. 

It was not until 1820, about five years after the family left 
the state of Vermont, that Joseph Smith came into the public 
notice, by announcing that he had seen a vision of the Father 
and the Son, and had been called by them to the labor that 
proved to be his life 's work, viz. : the establishment of the church 
and organization, which has come to be known over the whole 
world as the Mormon Church. It is not appropriate in these 
pages to trace the growth of this Church, but to mention it, as 
through it the old homestead of his parents and birthplace of the 
prophet has recently come into great prominence, and attracted 

History of Royalton, Vermont 647 

the attention of the world to the towns of Royalton and Sharon, 
whose history would not be complete without allusion to the cele- 
bration of the prophet's one hundredth anniversary at his birth- 
place, December 23, 1905. 

In May of that year Mr. Junius F. Wells of Salt Lake City, 
Utah, purchased the old farm, for the Church, of which he is a 
member and representative, and began the work of erecting a 
monument and memorial in honor of the Prophet who was its 
founder. This was completed so far as the raising of the monu- 
ment went, and the dedication occurred on Dec. 23, 1905. A 
company of leading officials of the Mormon people came from 
Utah for the purpose, there being over fifty present, and their 
President, Joseph F. Smith, son of Hyrum and nephew of the 
Prophet, offered the dedicatory prayer. There were six or seven 
hundred people present from all parts of the state. 

The work of completing the Memorial Cottage and beautify- 
ing the surrounding grounds was left with Mr. Wells, who con- 
tinues to spend a part of each year there, and under whose direc- 
tion a very beautiful place is being made, to which thousands of 
visitors are attracted annually. 

Within the Memorial Cottage are being assembled the por- 
traits of the Smith family, and those associated with them in 
their life-time, also pictures showing the places of residence from 
Essex, England, in 1635, to Carthage, 111., in 1844. Chief among 
these portraits is a group of three, comprising Joseph, the 
prophet, his mother, Lucy Mack Smith, and his brother Hyrum. 
These are beautifully painted in oil on wood panels, and adorn 
the mantelpiece, which has been built over the old hearthstone 
that has been preserved, and occupies in the new cottage the 
precise place that it did in the old home, where the prophet was 
born. We present a picture of this and of the monument, which 
is described as follows: 

description of the JOSEPH SMITH MONUMENT. 

The monument is of dark Barre granite. It rests upon a 
concrete foundation fourteen feet square and seven feet deep. 
The first base is twelve feet square, twenty inches thick, and 
v/eighs about nineteen tons. The second base is nine feet square, 
two feet thick, and weighs about thirteen tons. The inscription 
die is six feet square, six feet two inches high, and weighs about 
twenty tons. The capstone is seven feet four inches square, two 
and a half feet thick, and weighs about ten tons. The shaft is 
four feet square at the base, three feet at the top, is thirty-eight 
and a half feet long (a foot for each year of the Prophet's life) 
and weighs about forty tons. 

648 History of Royalton, Vermont 

The total height of the monument is about fifty-one feet, 
and weighs about one hundred tons, the whole being beautifully 


Around the capstone is the following verse from the New 
Testament. It was reading this verse that led Joseph Smith to 
seek the Lord in oral prayer. In response he received his first 

"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth unto all 
men liberally and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." James 

Upon the front of the inscription die: 

"Sacred to the memory of Joseph Smith, the Prophet. Born here 
23d December 1805. Martyred Carthage, Illinois, 27th June 1844." 

Upon the opposite side of the inscription die: 

"testimony of JOSEPH SMITH. 

In the Spring of the year of our Lord, 1820, The Father and The 
Son appeared to him in a glorious vision, called him by name and in- 
structed him. 

Thereafter heavenly angels visited him and revealed the principles 
of the Gospel, restored the authority of the Holy Priesthood, and the 
organization of the Church of Jesus Christ in its fulness and perfection. 

The engraved plates of the Book of Mormon were given him by 
the angel Moroni. These he translated by the gift and power of God. 

He organized the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, on 
the sixth day of April 1830 with six members. 

He devoted his life to the establishment of this Church, and sealed 
his testimony with his blood. 

In his ministry he was constantly supported by his brother Hyrum 
Smith, who suffered martyrdom with him. 

Over a million converts to this testimony have been made through- 
out the world; and this monument has been erected in his honor, to 
commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of his birth, by members 
of the Church which he organized. 

They love and revere him as a Prophet of God; and call his name 
blessed forever and ever, Amen." 


CASPAR PHILO ABBOTT, son of Collamer, who was the 
son of Daniel, who was the son of Jeremiah, was born Feb. 18, 
1858, in Pomfret ; married Mar. 6, 1883, Abbie Matilda, daugh- 
ter of Melvin and Abigail (Brockway) Hazen of Hartford, born 
June 9, 1861, died Dec. 10, 1909, Royalton. See "Present Busi- 
ness Men of South Royalton" for facts concerning Mr. Abbott 
and his brother, Arthur Ainsley. 

i. Maude Ethel, b. Jan. 24, 1885, Hartford. Grad. of S. Roy- 
alton high school; teacher in Barre. 

ii. Ralph Collamer, b. July 21, 1888, Royalton. 

iii. Georgia Sfa. b. Jan. 28, 1892, Royalton, 




History of Royalton, Vermont 649 

ARTHUR AINSLEY ABBOTT, brother of Caspar, was 
born Apr. 4, 1871, Chelsea; married July 18, 1909, Emma B., 
daughter of Moses D. and Belle (Turner) Rowell, b. May 9, 1880, 


1. ARUNAH [6] ADAMS (Lieut. Samuel [5], David [4], 
Henry [3], Ensign Edward [2], Henry [1]), b. Mar. 15, 1768, 
Canterbury, Conn. ; d. Apr. 13, 1850, Roy. ; m. Feb. 7, 1793, Pa- 
tience, dau. of Thomas and Eimice Rix of Griswold, Conn., b. 
Aug. 7, 1767, Preston, Conn.; d. Sep. 14, 1857, Roy. 

Mr. Adams came to Royalton about 1791. In that year he 
bought a farm of Jonathan Wells. The farm which he tilled for 
nearly half a century is now owned by Charles Hinkley. For 
almost sixty years he made Royalton his home, and here all his 
children were born. He seems to have avoided town office, and 
little mention is made of him in connection with town business. 
He was an industrious farmer and worthy citizen. During the 
first years of his life in town he served as militiaman. 

2. i. Arunah [7], b. Oct. 10, 1793 or 1794. 

ii. Eunice [71, b. 1797; d. Apr. 15, 1866, unm. 

3. iii. Forest [7], b. Apr. 6, 1805. 

iv. Thomas Rix [7], b. 1808; d. Nov. 5, 1839, Hancock; m. 
Frances M., dau. John Bennett, b. Oct. 11, 1809, Hartford, Conn.; 
d. May 21, 1890, Roy. One child died young. Frances M. m. (2) 
Arunah Adams, Jr. 

2. ARUNAH [7] ADAMS, Jr., son of Arunah [6] Adams, 
b. Oct. 10, 1793-4; d. July 28, 1873, Roy.; m. (1) Betsey, dau. 
Nathan and Polly (Gilford) Kimball, b. Sep. 29, 1797, Roy.; 
d. Aug. 4, 1841, Roy.; m. (2) Apr. 26, 1842, Roy., Mrs. Frances 
M. (Bennett) Adams, wid. of Thos. Rix Adams. 

*i. Caroline [8], b. Oct. 20, 1820, Roy.; m. Marcus Holt, 
ii. Charlotte [8], b. Jan. 17, 1831, Roy.; m. Apr. 10, 1851, 
Henry J. Leonard of Gaysville, b. June 29, 1825; d. Mar. 21, 1882. 
Children: (a) Nellie [9]; (b) Kate [9], m. Wilber Boutwell; (c) 
Mary [9], b. 1861, m. Herbert Dean as his second wife; (d) Lottie [9], 
m. Fred Martin of Rochester. Kate has a daughter Helen [10], a 
nurse, and Lottie a son, Fay Martin [10]. 

iii. Susan Maria [8], b. July 27, 1832, Roy.; d. Feb. 28, 1896, 
Gaysville; m. May 1, 1856, Samuel Bean, b. Dec. 22, 1832; d. Sep., 1907, 
Stockbridge. Children: (a) Ella [9], m. Herbert Dean; d. Jan., 1898, 
Gaysville. They had (i) Daisy [10], who m. a Wheeler, and (ii) Her- 
bert [10]. 

3. FORREST [7] ADAMS, son of Arunah [6] and Patience 
(Rix) Adams, b. April 6, 1805, Roy.; d. July 18, 1880, Roy.; 
m. (1) Jan. 19, 1832, Susan, dau. Calvin and Sally (Billings) 
Skinner, b. June 6, 1806, Roy.; d. Jan. 9, 1847, Roy. ; m. (2) Dec. 
30, 1847, Maria Lucretia, sister of first wife, b. 1810, Roy.; d. 
July 15, 1867, Roy. 

650 History of Royalton, Vermont 

Mr. Adams spent his entire life in Royalton, He was a 
mechanic, but owned considerable real estate in town, and at 
one time had an interest in a store at Royalton village. He held 
various town offices, that of selectman for the usual term, and 
was town treasurer for twenty-two years. He was highly es- 
teemed as a citizen. At the time of his death he was living near 
the "Mills," then owned by his son, M, S. Adams. 

4. i. Martin Skinner [8], b. Mar. 2, 1835, Royalton. 

5. ii. Frederick Billings [8], b. Aug. 16, 1839, Roy. 

iii. Katharine Sarah [8], b. Aug. 31, 1850, Roy.; m. Aug. 11, 
1870, Frank David, son of John and Philena (Page) Williams, of 
Bethel, b. Oct. 21, 1845. Four children, one son, Ralph D. [9]. 

iv. Charles E. [8], b. Apr. 9, 1855, Roy.; m. Apr. 2, 1879, Hat- 
tie E., dau. Freeman and Jane (Preston) Ross of Tunbridge, b. July 6, 
1860. Children: (a) Eddie G. [9], b. Apr. 5, 1880, Roy.; married and 
resides in Sharon; (b) Charles Forest [9], b. Feb. 25, 1882; d. July 28, 
1882; (c) Raymond R., b. Mar. 6, 1885, Roy.; (d) Carroll G. [9], b. 
June 4, 1890, Roy.; (e) Lynn Henry [9], b. Feb. 15, 1895, Roy. 

4, MARTIN SKINNER [8] ADAMS, son of Forest and 
Susan (Skinner) Adams, b. Mar. 2, 1835, Roy.; m. June 2, 1858, 
Ellen, dau. Dea, Orcutt and Martha (Davis) Abbott of Williams- 
town, b. June 3, 1835 ; d. May 26, 1900, Roy. 

Mr, Adams was educated in Royalton academy. He began 
business at a very early age, about 1847, when a failure of a firm 
in Royalton village, where his father was living, gave him an 
opportunity to show his mettle. Having done some clerking 
before this, he was put into the defunct store to close out the 
stock of goods, which he did so successfully in eight months, that 
it opened the way for a position with a merchant, John P. Davis, 
of Northfield. He was apprenticed to Mr. Davis for three years. 
After his apprenticeship expired, he continued five and one-half 
years as clerk, then became a partner. At the end of four and 
a half years he sold out to his partner, on account of impaired 
health, and sought and secured the appointment of census taker 
for one-half of Washington county. This outdoor exercise was 
of great benefit to him. He came to So. Royalton, Nov, 28, 1860. 
His business record in this village is given in another place. 

Mr, Adams has been a prominent member of the South Roy- 
alton Congregational church ever since its organization, and has 
had a strong influence in shaping its policy. He has served as 
deacon during its whole history, was many years superintendent 
of the Sunday school, and served in other ways. He had a most 
estimable wife, who was a teacher in the Sunday school, and 
always ready in good works, a woman of gentle disposition and 
of rare refinement, 

Mr, Adams served in the various town offices, and was elected 
representative from Royalton to the legislature of 1878-79, He 
is still one of the most energetic and industrious business men 

History op Royalton, Vermont 651 

of South Royalton. His two daughters are invaluable aids in 
the work of the church, and have helped to give a character to 
the music not often found in a small village church. Their home 
is with their father. 

i. Lizzie Anna [9]. Educated at Tilden Seminary. Musician. 

ii. Willie [9]. 

iv. Nellie Josephine [9]. Musician. 

5. FREDERICK BILLINGS [8] ADAMS, son of Forest 
r?] and Susan (Skinner) Adams, b. Aug. 16, 1839, Roy.; d. Apr. 
27, 1878, W. Windsor; m. June 23, 1869, Pembroke, N. H., Mary 
F., dau. Maj. George W. and Martha (Ferguson) Doe of Pem- 
broke, b. May 19, 1839, Pembroke; d. Sep. 12, 1903, Boston, 

After his marriage Frederick Adams settled in So. Royalton, 
and joined with his brother Martin in the purchase of the Pierce 
mills. In 1875 he sold out to his brother, and removed to Pem- 
broke, N. H. Like his brother Martin, Frederick was active in 
the church, and organized the first Sunday school of the So. 
Royalton Congregational church. Mrs. Adams possessed a con- 
tralto voice of rare quality, and was often called upon to assist 
at musical entertainments. Their departure from the town was 
greatly lamented. 

i. Mary Ella [9], b. Nov, 18, 1870, S. Roy.; stenographer for 
White Mountain Freezer Co., Nashua, N. H. ; educated at Bryant & Strat- 
ton's Business Coll., Plymouth, N. H., Normal School. 

ii. Frederick Billings [9], b. May 12, 1872, S. Roy.; m. Aug. 

11, 1900, Anna Vera Sheehan of Lebanon, N. H. Ch.: (a) Lucile Doe 
[10], b. Apr. 20, 1902, Centralia, 111. 

iii. James Edward [9], b. Sep. 13, 1873, S. Roy.; m. Nov. 15. 
1896, in Manchester, N. H., Grace Belle Gibson. Ch.: (a) Mildred [10], 
b. July 21, 1899, Manchester, N. H.; (b) Marion Charlotte [10], b. June 

12, 1902, Manchester, N. H.; (c) James Doe [10], b. Aug. 14, 1903, Bos- 
ton, Mass. 

iv. John [9], b. Mar. 26, 1876, Pembroke, N. H.; m. Sep. 27, 
1904, at Portland, Conn., Catherine Louise Scranton of Rocky Hill, 
Conn. Ch.: (a) Dorothy Doe [10], b. Jan. 14, 1906, Burlington, 
v. Susan Blanche [9], b. Oct. 27, 1877, W. Windsor. 
James Edward is engaged in the shoe jobbing business under name 
of Adams, Mears & Co., No. 275 Congress St., Boston, also in the manu- 
facture of shoes with his brothers, Frederick Billings and John, under 
name of Adams Brothers, factory at Pittsfield, N. H. Susan B. has 
charge of office of Adams, Mears & Co., and lives with James E. at 
W. Roxbury, Mass. The children of Frederick Billings [8] all received 
a commercial education at Bryant & Stratton's College. 

1. DAVID [6] ADAMS (Lieut. Samuel [5], David [4], 
Henry [3], Ensign Edward [2], Henry [1]), b. Aug. 24, 1772, 
Canterbury, Conn. ; d. Nov. 12, 1854, Braintree ; m. Nov. 9, 1796 
or 1797, Clarissa Pendleton, who d. in Royalton, April, 1854. 

David Adams was first listed in Royalton in 1801, and took 
the freeman's oath in 1802. There is a tradition in the family 
that he came to town much earlier than this. He is said to have 

652 History op Royalton, Vermont 

built the old Vesper house near North Royalton, which was 
torn down in 1891. He was a farmer, carpenter, and shoemaker. 
Hopson Barker is authority for the statement that it was David 
Adams ' gun that failed to go off at the time of Lafayette 's visit. 
His account is that Isaac Pinney was in need of a gun, and 
David offered his. Mr. Pinney did not at first try it, and the re- 
sult was a fizzle, over which he was greatly chagrined. 

i. Abel Pendleton [7], b. May 26, 1797; d. Oct. 6, 1884, Nor- 
wich, Conn.; m. Oct. 6, 1824, Lucy Lathrop Pendleton of Preston, Conn. 

ii. Clarissa Harlow [7], b. Feb. 11, 1799; d. Apr. 9, 1837; m. 
Apr. 29, 1828, Ambrose Kibbee of Randolph. 
2. iii. David Austin [7], b. Apr. 15, 1801. 

iv. Charles Morris [7], b. Feb. 20, 1803. Said to have settled 
in Ashtabula, O., and to have had a son, Charles Wesley. 

V. Ruth Allen [7], b. Feb. 12, 1805, Roy.; d. June 23, 1869, 
Strafford; m. June 16, 1829, William Patterson of Vershire, who d. June 
17 1889 Strafford 

vi. Emeline [7], b. Apr. 15, 1807, Roy.; d. Aug. 30, 1860, Brook- 
lyn, N. Y.; m. Sep. 3, 1836, John M. Stearns. 

vii. Louisa Maria [7], b. Apr. 21, 1809, Roy.; d. Apr. 21, 1895; 
m. Michael C. Foster of E. Braintree. 

viii. George W. [7], b. Nov. 22, 1811, Roy.; d. Mar. 20, 1894; 
m. June 7, 1840, Roxana A. Horton of Pomfret, b. 1816; d. Jan. 29, 1882. 
He settled in Northfield. 

ix. Twins, b. Mar. 7, 1814; d. soon. 

X. William Clark [7], b. Oct. 28, 1816, Roy.; d. June 14, 1895; 
m. (1) Feb. 4, 1840, Julia M. Baldwin, b. Dec. 28, 1818; d. Oct. 12, 1860; 
m. (2) Mrs. Nelson, who d. 1888. He was a farmer, and settled in 
1868 in Northfield. 

xi. Cyrus Palmer [7], b. Feb. 17, 1818, Roy.; d. in N. J.; m. 
Nancy Gale, and had two daughters, Nellie [8] and Helen [8]; resi- 
dence, Lowell, Mass. 

xii. Dau., b. May 15, 1820, Roy.; d. soon. 

xiii. Henry Denison [7], b. Sep. 9, 1821, Roy.; m. June 14, 1847, 
Susan Tyler Andrews, sister of Bx-Gov. Harriman of Concord, N. H.; 
settled in Dubuque, la., 1861, later in Minneapolis, Minn. 

2. DAVID AUSTIN [7] ADAMS, son of David [6] and 
Clarissa Pendleton, b. Apr. 15, 1801, prob. Roy.; d. July 28, 
1880; m. Sep. 7, 1829, Hannah M., dau. Charles Parkhurst of 
Odeltown, L. C, b. Dec. 4, 1806; d. Aug. 24, 1875, Beloit, Wis. 
David Austin in 1825 went into partnership with Peter 
Wheelock on Broad Brook in the wool carding and picking busi- 
ness, and sold out his interest in 1835. The same year he sold 
to Jacob Fox the farm on which he had "lived for twenty years," 
and removed to Potsdam, N. Y. 

i. Frances Jane [8], b. Oct. 16, 1830, Roy.; m. Sep. 2, 1850, 
Potsdam, N. Y., William Clement Austin, b. Aug. 28, 1827, Tunbridge. 
Lived in Beloit, Wis., and Albion, Kan. 

ii. Martha P. [8], b. June 27, 1833, Roy.; d. June 22, 1893, 
Defiance, O.; m. Nov. 13, 1855, Lorrin G. Shedd, b. July 19, 1832, Rice- 
ville, N. Y. 

Three other children, two sons and a dau., were b. in Potsdam, N. Y. 

PHOEBE [6] ADAMS, sister of Arunah, Sen., and David, 

in 1832 bought what is known as the "Thacher" place near the 

History of Royalton, Vermont 653 

mouth of "Factory Brook." About twenty years later she con- 
tracted with Arunah, Jr., for her support. 

JOHN QUINCY [8] ADAMS (Issachar [7], Issachar [6], 
Nathan [5], Obadiah [4], John [3], Ensign Edward [2], 
Henry [1]), b. Mar. 17, 1831, Pomfret; d. May 15, 1906, Roy.; 
m. (1) Feb. 14, 1855, Philena M., dau. Reuben and Sally Rob- 
erts, b. June 20, 1831, Orford, N. H.; d. Apr. 19, 1888, Roy.; 
m. (2) Mrs. Ellen (Metcalf) Gibson, dau. Gardner Metealf of 
Pomfret, and widow of "Wallace Gibson. She d. before Mr. 
Adams, Apr. 6, 1905, at Swampscott, Mass. He died at the home 
oi' his dau., Mrs. Charles Hinkley. 

Mr. Adams lived in Pomfret, Gaysville, and Royalton. In 
1866 he bought the Selden Allen place on Broad Brook. He re- 
sided at one time below the Emmons Howard place, which he sold 
in 1898, and purchased a house and lot in Royalton village. He 
sold this in 1902. 

i. Fred H. [9], b. Jan. 19, 1856, Pomfret; m. Oct. 26, 1882, 
Anna L. Jacobs; three children; res. Sharon. 

ii. Hattie M. [9], b. Jan. 28, 1859; d. May 9, 1884; m. Dec. 28, 
1877, Charles B. Roberts; no children. 

iii. R. Scott [9], b. Jan. 6, 1861; m. June 18, 1887, Fannie L. 
Chadwick; one child. 

iv. John E. [9], b. Aug. 16, 186—; m. June 16, 1884, Nellie J. 
Burch; two children. 

V. Cyrus R. [9], b. Sep. 21, 1863; unm. 

vi. George H. [9], b. Sep. 11, 1865; m. Nov. 5, 1889, Mary E. 
Metcalf; no children. 

vii. Albert [9], b. Apr. 11, 1869; d. 1870. 

viii. Addie L. [9], b. Dec. 13, 1872; m. Nov. 7, 1891, Frank D. 
Gould of Gaysville. 

*ix. Leonora [9], b. Feb. 15, 1877; m. Charles Hinkley. 
MARVERICK BELLOWS [8] ADAMS, brother of John 
Quincy, b. Mar. 14, 1828, Croyden, N. H. ; d. Feb. 6, 1885, Roy. ; 
m. (1) May 21, 1848, Julia Boyd of Pomfret, who d. June 1, 
1851; m. (2) Oct. 24, 1852. Adeline, dau. Phineas and Arvilla 
(Grow) Churchill, b. June 28, 1817, Pomfret; d. May 7, 1901, 
Roy. No children. 

In early manhood Mr. Adams lived in Pomfret, later in 
Barnard, and still later in Royalton. In 1866 he bought the 
John Storrs farm. 

OTIS [8] ADAMS, brother of John Quincy [8], and son of 
Issachar [7], b. July 21, 1822, Croyden, N. H.; d. May 19, 1885, 
Roy.; m. (1) June 14, 1847, Oravelle Boutell of Stockbridge, 
who d. Dec. 12, 1847; m. (2) May 9, 1848, Susan Vaughan of 
Pomfret, who d. Feb. 28, I860; m. (3) Feb. 26, 1861, Fanny E. 
Bliss of Strafford, who d. 1877; m. (4) Nov. 11, 1879, Esther 
Rosetta Atwood, wid. of E. R. Bryant of Bethel, who, after the 
death of Mr. Adams, m. Hiram Dean. 

654 History of Koyalton, Vermont 

Mr. Adams resided in Pomfret, Barnard, and Royalton, In 
1880 he bought the Parkhurst Barrett place in Royalton village. 

i. Emma Oravelle [9], b. May 14, 1849, Pomfret; m. Sep. 28, 
1869, Amos Leavitt, Jr., of Barnard. 

ii. Ellen Minerva [9], b. Sep. 1, 1851, Pomfret; m. Apr. 1, 
1872, Edward Monroe Gambell. 

iii. Lucy Amelia [9], b. Aug. 27, 1854, Pomfret; m. Nov. 25, 
1880, Frank Rand of Barnard. 

iv. Julia P. [9], b. Nov. 14, 1855, Pomfret; d. Aug. 16, 1858. 

V. Henry Joseph [9], b. Apr. 3, 1857, Pomfret; m. Mar. 8, 1881, 
Evelyn M. Perry of Barnard, dau. of Asa and Ann (Spooner) Perry, 
b. 1861. He d. Nov. 10, 1893, Roy. She m. (2) May 11, 1896, Albert, 
son John and Harriet Elizabeth (Brown) Taylor, b. 1848, Canada. Mr. 
Taylor has been a resident of the town for some years. At present 
they are living on the Parkhurst Barrett farm above Royalton village. 
Children of Henry J. and Evelyn M.: (a) Grace Evelyn, b. Mar. 8, 1882, 
Barnard; m. Arthur Davis. (See.) (b) Ethel Marian, b. Dec. 1, 1886, 
Roy.; m. Will Harvey. (See.) 

vi. Otis Philo [9], b. Oct. 8, 1857, Pomfret; d. Oct. 1, 1860. 
IRA P. [8] ADAMS, son of Issaehar [7] and brother of 
John Quiney [8], b. July 5, 1820, Croyden, N. H.; d. Dec. 15, 
1894, Roy.; m. (1) Feb. 25, 1844, Susan S., dau. Simeon and 
Julia Bacon, b. Dec. 3, 1812, Vershire ; d. June 29, 1882, Roy. ; 
m. (2) Feb. 7, 1883, Mrs. Hannah P. (Hubbard) Chase, dau. 
Alfred and Lucinda P. Hubbard, b. 1832, in Sherburne. 

Mr. Adams lived in Strafford, Barnard, and Royalton. He 
first came to tovi^n in 1853. He had no children. 

AUSTIN VALORUS [9] ADAMS (Obed [8], Issaehar [7], 
Issaehar [6], etc.), b. May 26, 1837, Pomfret; d. Apr. 14, 1900, 
Barnard; m. (1) Apr. 4, 1871, Edna Prudence, dau. Joel and 
Elmira (Graves) Ellis, b. Aug. 19, 1849, Barnard; d. Jan. 24, 
1887, Roy.; m. (2) Sep. 1, 1889, Mrs. Anna Maria (Adams) 
Newcomb, dau. Justin M. and Laura Ann (Stevens) Adams, and 
wid. of Cornelius Newcomb of Barnard, b. July 4, 1861 ; d. Oct., 
1907, Randolph. 

Mr. Adams enlisted Aug. 31, 1861, Co. E, 4th Vt. Vols.; 
mustered Sep. 21, 1861; discharged for disability, Oct. 8, 1862. 
He resided in Royalton and Barnard. 

*i. Blanche Ellis [10], b. Dec. 23, 1878, Barnard; m. Dr. O. J. 

ii. Guy Austin, b. Oct. 28, 1881, Roy. 
MARTIN VAN NESS [9] ADAMS, son of Obed [8] and 
brother of Austin V. Adams, lb. Aug. 24, 1835. Lived unm. at 
Pierce's Mills. His mother, Arabella Elizabeth (Churchill), 
dau. of Phineas and Aurilla (Grow) Churchill, resided with him 
the last years of her life. She was burned to death by an acci- 
dent, Nov. 29, 1906, at the age of 91 yrs. 3 mo. 10 d. ; b. Pomfret, 
where her son Martin was born. 

David Clark Stearus. John P. Shepai-d. 

James Pike, Jr. 
Dea. Jolin B. Durkee. William Harrison Martin. 

History of Royalton, Vermont 655 


Dr. SILAS [6] ALLEN (Barnabas [5], Joseph [4], Sam. 
[3], Sam. [2], Sam. [1]), b. Mar. 9, 1754, Canterbury, Conn.; 
d. Sep. 7, 1825; bur. Royalton, 0.; m. May 16, 1776, Mary, dau. 
Sam. and Ruth (Darbe) Cleveland, b. Feb. 12, 1754, Canter- 
bury, Conn. ; d. Oct. 7, 1843, Royalton, 0. 

'a sketch of Dr. Allen is found under the head of "The 
Medical Profession." Mr. Jesse Allen of Lancaster, O., a great- 
great-grandson of Dr. Allen, names Jared, Rebecca, and Anna 
in addition to the children in the following list. His mother was 

Elizabeth Fuller. 

i. Lemuel, b. Mar. 11, 1777, Canterbury, Conn.; m. Mary, dau. 
John and Olive (Noble) Billings, b. Feb. 20, 1780, Roy.; d. Oct. 25, 
1840, Roy., O. 

ii. Whiting, b. Apr. 16, 1779'; m. Apr. 20, 1800, Mehitable, 
dau. Rev. John and Mehitable Searle. He with his brother Benjamin 
removed to Delaware Co., O. 

iii. Jedediah, b. Sep. 25, 1781; d. Sep. 5, 1856, Roy, O.; m., 
1803, Sarah Bull. 

iv. Ruth Darbe, b. Nov. 10, 1783, Roy. 

v. Elizabeth Fuller, twin of Ruth D., d. Dec. 21, 1784, Roy. 

vi. Elvira, b. July 5, 1785, Roy.; d. Nov. 18, 1788, Roy. 

vii. Dolly (?). 

viii. Benj. Franklin, b. Aug. 28, 1788, Roy. 
SELDEN MINER [7] ALLEN (Gilbert [6], Ehiathan [5], 
Ebenezer[4], Sam. [3], Nehemiah [2], Sam. [1]), b. Jan. 21, 
1817, Pomfret; d. June 13, 1868, E. Barnard; m. June 6, 1839, 
Eliza Miranda, dau. Daniel H. and Sarah (Densmore) Leonard, 
b. Feb. 5, 1818, Sharon ; d. Oct. 27, 1895, Randolph. 

Elnathan Allen, born 1752, Conn., was a Revolutionary sol- 
dier, who settled in Pomfret, and died there in 1827. His wife, 
Sarah Gibbs, died there the same year. Gilbert, their son, borji 
in Pomfret, 1786, married Lucy, dau. of Daniel and Lurania 
(Miner) Winchell. Both died in Pomfret. Selden M., son of 
Gilbert, bought in 1851 the Broad Brook farm in Royalton, after- 
wards owned by Zenas Horton. While living there he had a 
store in E. Barnard, and after some years he sold the farm and 
removed to that place. He was an uncompromising Democrat, 
but held the office of postmaster in E. Barnard three years in 
Civil War time, and held other offices of trust in a strongly Re- 
publican town. 

Mrs. Selden Allen was a woman characterized by courage, 
cheerfulness, and patience under the severest trials, one who un- 
selfishly devoted her life to her family and friends, and who con- 
tributed to the advancement of the cause of temperance and other 
organizations for the uplift of man. Her courage was shown at 
one time in crossing the Missisquoi river on the stringers of the 

656 History of Royalton, Vermont 

bridge, which a freshet had swept away. She was a lover of good 
literature, and possessed considerable literary ability. 

i. Selden Miner [8]. Died an infant, 1840. 

ii. Rosaltha S. [8], b. Jan. 14, 1841, Roy.; m. Apr. 17, 1860, 
Sam. W. Nevers of Claremont, N. H. Ch.: (a) Arthur F. [9], b. Mar. 
27, 1861; (b) Gertrude Blanche [9], b. Oct. 3, 1868; (c) Maud Augusta 
[9], b. June 2, 1871; (d) Fannie Evelyn [9], b. Sep. 30, 1876; d. June 
24, 1878. 

iii. Savillion Selden [8], b. Mar. 27, 1842, Roy.; d. Jan. 4, 1903; 
ni. Sep. 20, 1871, Addie L., dau. Theron Webster of St. Albans; one child, 
(i.) Carlos Webster [9], b. Sep. 5, 1873; d. Apr. 5, 1901, Oklahoma City. 
Savillion S. went to work in a store in Burlington at the age of 
sixteen. He was later employed as express agent between Burlington 
and Ogdensburg. He then engaged in business for himself. He went 
to Oklahoma and organized the Oklahoma City Savings Bank, of which 
he was president and his son cashier. After the death of his son he 
returned to St. Albans. The press said of him at his death, "Mr. Allen 
was an upright, honest man, of strong personality and firm loyalty to 
his principles, true to those who shared his friendship, and just to all 
with whom he came in contact. As a young man, he was a true type 
of the Vermont youth, and made his own way unaided to prosperity 
and the respect of his fellows." 

iv. Joseph Rix [8], b. Nov. 10, 1843; d. Apr. 1, 1883; m. Apr. 2, 
1867, Clara E., dau. Israel D. and Clara (Bush) Davis, b. Mar. 27, 1848, 
Sharon. Ch.: (a) Fred Savillion [9], b. Sep. 16, 1869; d. May 6, 1904; 
(b) Arthur Smith [9], b. July 22, 1882. 

V. Augusta Eliza [8], b. Aug. 28, 1845, Roy.; d. Mar. 13, 1894; 
m. Jan. 2, 1865, Chas. W., son Isaac and Louise Eliz. (Swift) Graves of 
Barnard; one child, Charles Frank [9], b. Nov. 21, 1865. 

vi. Ethan [8], b. 1847; d. 1849. 

vii. Keziah Leonard [8], b. Nov. 14, 1850, Roy.; m. Jan. 2, 1904, 
J. L. Stone. 

viii. Grace M. [8], b. Aug. 30, 1854, Roy.; d. Oct. 4, 1854. 

ix. Lucy Winchell [8], b. Dec. 18, 1855, Roy.; m. Dec. 18, 1881, 
Luke, son of Judge Jacob Kimball and Mary A. (Converse) Parish of 
Randolph; no children. Mrs. Parish is a graduate of the Normal school 
at Randolph. She inherits her mother's literary taste, and has taken 
a leading part in the social and intellectual life of Randolph Centre. 
Mr. Parish held the highest town oflBces. He died Mar. 6, 1911, in Tex- 
arkana, Texas. 

X. Cynthia Bugbee [8], b. May 5, 1858; d. Feb. 4, 1862. 
1. EDG-AR JOHN [8] ALLEN (John [7], Gilbert [6], 
Elnathan [5], etc.), b. Aug. 21, 1835, Pomfret; d. Oct. 7, 1905, 
Roy.; bur. E. Barnard; m. (1) Oct. 10, 1858, Rosina, dau. Cal- 
vin and Chloe (Boyden) Moore, b. Feb. 3, 1841, Barnard; d. Feb. 
20, 1883, Roy.; m. (2) Nov. 10, 1883, Alice C, dau. Ansel and 
Phoebe (French) Barrows, b. June 1, 1853, Bridgewater; living 
in E. Barnard. 

Mr. Allen came to town about 1877. For two or three years 
in Civil War time he had charge of the town farm in So. Wood- 
stock. His business and church relations were chiefly connected 
with E. Barnard, the village nearest him. 

i. Eliza Chloe [9], b. Aug. 15, 1859, Pomfret; d. Jan. 21, 1896; 
m. Feb. 12, 1878, Clark Gale, son of B. T. and Sarah E. Huson of Volo, 

History of Royalton, Vermont 657 

111. Grad. from Randolph Normal, 1875; taught in the West; lived in 
Kansas and Illinois; four children, two living, Lee [10], living in 111., 
and Rose Lorena [10], who m. Chauncey Jepson, res. N. Adams, Mass. 
ii. Rose Marion [9], b. Dec. 18, 1869, Barnard; m. June 30, 
1897, Clark G. Huson; attended Hamline University; taught in Minn, 
and 111.; one child, Marion Ailene [10]. 

2. iii. Fred Edgar [9], b. Apr. 14, 1878, Roy. 

iv. Truman James [9], b. May 12, 1888, Roy. Grad. Montpelier 

2. FRED EDGAR ALLEN [9], son of Edgar J. [8], b. 
Apr. 14, 1878, Roy. ; m. Mar. 21, 1906, Laura Eliza, dau. Willis 
R. and Mary (Luce) Paige, b. 1880, Barnard; one child, Rosina 
Marian [10], b. Apr. 14, 1909, Roy. 

Mr. Allen graduated from the Whitcomb high school, Bethel, 
1S96, and attended the U. V. M. for nearly two years. Taught 
several terms before marriage. Resides on the home farm. He 
was town school director for several years, and his wife was su- 
perintendent of schools, 1907-10. 

WILLIAM LYMAN [7] ALLEN (William [6], Elnathan 
[5], Ebenezer [4], etc.), b. Jan. 16, 1836, Richford; m. Nov. 2, 
1857, Franklin, Lucy Delight, dau. Royce B. and Annie L. 
(Parks) Tyler, b. Sep. 8, 1839, Wells; granddau. of Judge Parks 
of Rutland county. 

Mr. Allen moved from Richford to Barnard in 1874, to Roy- 
alton in 1884. In 1904 he bought the Elias P. Stevens place. 
Broad Brook, which he sold to his son Roy, and moved to the 
Zenas Horton place. Mrs. Allen began carrying the mail from 
E. Barnard to S. Royalton in 1898, and continued on the route 
for four years. She is local reporter for several newspapers. 

i. William Nathan [8], b. July 27, 1857, Richford; killed on 
the cars at Waltham, Mass., Nov. 29, 1881. 

ii. Ethan Lyman [8], b. Dec. 25, 1860, Potten, P. Q.; m. Lizzie 
Baldwin of Waltham, Mass., who d. June 25, 1907; one ch., Wilbur 
Ethan [9], b. June 19, 1885, Barnard. 

iii. Byron Azro [8], b. Nov. 22, 1862, Potten; m. (1) Nettie R. 
Wheat of Roy., who d. 1898, Sharon; four ch., (a) Willie Byron [9], b. 
May 30, 1886, Roy; (b) Bert Henry [9], b. May 19, 1888, Barnard; (c) 
Guy Fletcher [9], b. Mar. 24, 1890, Sharon; (d) Ruby Alsice [9], b. 
Mar. 19, 1894, Sharon; m. (2) Minnie (Eraser) Phelps of Pomfret. 

iv. Mary Effie [8], b. Mar. 26, 1867, Berkshire; m. Wash. L. 
Chamberlin of Pomfret. 

v. Velma Martha [8], b. Oct. 25, 1871, Richford; m. Homer F. 
Preston of Sharon; two ch., (a) Lucy A. [9], b. Aug. 23, 1895, Quechee; 
(b) Mary Louise [9], b. Dec. 15, 1904, Sharon. 

vi. George Robert [8], b. Apr. 15, 1874, Abercrombie, P. Q.; 
num.; clerk in C. E. Black's store, S. Roy. 

vli. Wesson Newcomb [8], b. Apr. 18, 1878, Bridgewater. 
viii. Leroy Willie [8], b. Feb. 7, 1880, Barnard; m. Caroline 
Shattuck of W. Acton, Mass.; two ch.: (a) Rachel Eliza [9] b June 
21, 1907; (b) Joseph Roy [9], b. Aug. 7, 1909, Roy. 


658 History of Royalton, Vermont 

WRIGHT S. [8] ALLEN (George [7], Roswell [6], Elna- 
than [5], etc.), b. May 8, 1854, Pomfret; m. 1875, Susie M., dau. 
Isaac and Susan Wilson, b. Dec. 28, 1858, Sharon. 

Mr. Allen removed from Sharon to Royalton in 1876, and 
bought the Elias P. Stevens farm, which he soon sold and pur- 
chased the A. J. B. Robinson place on Broad Brook, where he 

now lives. 

i. Willie Wright [9], b. Oct. 24, 1875, Sharon; m. Mar. 4, 1896, 
Bfirtha Sophia, dau. Myron and Anna Lydia (Parker) Morse of Bethel, 
ii. Perley Homer [9], b. May 15, 1882, Roy.; d. May 3, 1898. 

HORACE P. ALLEN, son of Jason and Lucy Ann (Park- 
hurst) Allen, b. Eastport, Me., Nov. 27, 1817; d. Sep. 2, 1894, 
Roy. ; m. June 7, 1842, Roy., Susan Waldo, dau. Phineas and 
Charlotte (Parkhurst) Pierce, b. Oct. 9, 1816, Roy.; d. Dec. 5. 
1900, Roy. 

In 1856 Mr. Allen settled in S. Royalton, in the M. S. Adams 
house. Later he bought the Milo Dewey farm, and finally pur- 
chased the John S. Marcy place in Royalton village, where he 
and his wife died. Mr. Allen's mother was a daughter of Dr. 
Phineas Parkhurst, the hero of the Indian raid. He was edu- 
cated in Norwich University and was three years in the military 
school at West Point, having to leave on account of his health. 
He bought wool on commission for many years. He served the 
town as clerk from 1875 until his death, and was for twenty- 
seven consecutive years a lister. He was also justice of the peace. 
He was a man of polished manners, and wielded considerable 
influence in a quiet way. 

i. Parkhurst Pierce, b. Apr. 22, 1843, Lebanon, N. H.; m. 
June 25, 1867, Boston, Eleanor Maria Geldort; one child, Horace Park- 
hurst, b. June 9, ; graduated from the Mass. Coll. of Osteopathy in 

1910, and is now practicing in Boston. Parkhurst P. was at one time 
connected with the "Youth's Companion" in Boston. 


1. DAVID AMES, said to be the son of David and Mary 
(Penniman) Ames, b. 1727, Braintree, Mass.; d. Apr. 16, 182i, 
Roy.; m. Irenoi, dau. Cornelius and Abigail (Walden) Waldo, 
b. Apr. 18, 1738, Scotland, Conn.; d. Aug. 18, 1811, Roy. 

Mr. Ames seems to have lived more of his life in Sharon 
than in Royalton, but died in Royalton, and he and his wife are 
buried in Branchview Cem. The name is written on the records 
as Eames. He was a Revolutionary soldier, and a member of 
the Baptist church in Royalton. 

i. Thaddeus, b. May 18, 1755, Norwich, Conn.; m. Judy Clark, 
ii. John Winchester, b. Sep. 11, 1756, Norwich, Conn.; grad. 
of Dartmouth, 1791; preacher of the Reformed Dutch Church in N. Y , 
Pa., and Toronto, Can. 

History of Royalton, Vermont 659 

iii. David, b. Oct. 11, 1758, Norwich; d. Jan. 30, 1843; m. (1) 
Nov. 28, 1786, Orange, N. H., Ruth Arvin, b. 1764; d. Sep. 21, 1820, Roy.; 
m. (2) May 24, 1821, Polly (Mary?) Austin, b. April, 1784; d. Dec. 1, 
1854, Roy.; one ch.. Arvin, b. Oct. 19, 1823, d. Oct. 28, 1823. There may 
have been other children. 

iv. Nathaniel, b. Apr. 25, 1761; d. Aug. 27, 1863, Oregon, Wis.; 
m. Sarah Hall, b. Jan. 27, 1761; d. Aug. 24, 1851, Oregon; had eleven 
ch., all dead. Enlisted in 1779 in the Continental army, and served till 
the fall of 1780; on a privateer two years, cruised on an English ship 
three years; farmer at Albany, N. Y.; at the age of thirty became a 
Methodist minister, and removed to Wis. 

v. Susannah, b. Oct. 8, 1763, Killingly, Conn.; m. Joseph Dan- 
iels. ^ 

vi. Abigail, b. Aug. 14, 1766, Killingly; m. May, 1783, at Or- 
ange, N. H., Benj. Briggs, and had nine children. 

vii. Anna, b. Mar. 28, 1769, Killingly; m. Peter Perkins. 
2. viii. Jesse, b. Feb. 12, 1772. 

ix. Ebenezer, b. Mar. 23, 1775, Orange, N. H.; d. Feb., 1862, 
Hamburg, N. Y.; m. Chloe Osborn. First listed in Royalton in 1806, 
assessed on a store in 1813, bought land with Jesse in 1805, sold in 1816, 
and is not listed afterwards. 

2. JESSE AMES, son of David and Irenoi, b. Feb. 12, 
1772, Orange, N. H.; d. Mar. 10, 1862, Mount Morris, N. Y.; 
m. Feb. 7, 1795, Sharon, Patty, dau. Thos. and Martha (Hoar) 
Howard, b. Apr. 23, 1774, Monson, Mass.; d. July 26, 1859, 
Mount Morris, N. Y. 

Jesse came to Royalton about 1806. Four of his children 
were born here. He was a well-to-do, respected farmer. In 
1850 he removed to Mount Morris, N. Y. 

i. Jason Howard, b. Dec. 16, 1796, Fairlee; d. June 11, 1886. 

ii. Polly, b. July 13, 1799. Fairlee; d. Dec. 17, 1889. 
*iii. Pamelia, b. Aug. 10, 1801, Fairlee; m. William Bingham. 

iv. Roxana Maria, b. Sep. 2, 1803, Fairlee; d. Jan. 15, 1883. 

V. Ruth, b. Dec. 31, 1805, Fairlee; d. Feb. 18, 1874; m. June 1, 
1831, Moses Morse of Roy.; lived for a time in S. Roy. 

vi. Cynthia, b. Jan. 10, 1808, Roy.; m. Sep. 2, 1829, in Roy., 
Ira S. Sanborn of Peru, N. Y. 

vii. Martha Louise, b. Mar. 10, 1810, Roy.; d. Mar. 16, 1862. 

viii. Rufus Lyman, b. Aug. 21, 1812, Roy.; d. Jan. 22, 1879, Ran- 
dolph. The name seems to have been changed to Lyman Daniel after 
the Royalton record was made. He was a Christian clergyman, and 
preached more or less in Royalton, though he lived long in Randolph. 

ix. Loren Jesse, b. July 12, 1815, Roy.; d. May 3, 1891, Mt. 
Morris, N. Y.; m. Sep. 26, 1848, Portageville, N. Y., Margaret, dau. 
Horatio and Frances (Whitney) Waldo, b. Oct. 28, 1824, Griswold, 
Conn.; d. Nov. 30, 1888, Mt. Morris. She grad. from Mt. Holyoke Sem. 
in 1845. Loren Jesse was educated in Royalton academy, studied medi- 
cine at Geneva Med. Coll., where he took his degree in 1843, and began 
practice in Mt. Morris. He joined the Royalton church in 1835, and 
took a letter to Rochester, N. Y., in 1838. The following quotation 
shows his high standing: "He was postmaster from 1873 to 1877. He 
was also a member of the board of education, and board of trade, and 
was medical examiner for the pension board. He was a trustee and 
ruling elder of the Presbyterian church. He was also a writer for the 
press. He was courteous, beloved by his patients, trusted by his 
friends, an affectionate husband and father." 

660 History of Royalton, Vermont 


DANIEL ASHCRAFT, son of William and Tamasin (Cady) 
Asheraft, b. Jan. 22, 1773, Brookline, Conn. ; d. between Sep. 26 
and Nov. 25, 1825, Roy. ; m. Rebecca . 

Daniel's first purchase was in 1801, when he bought of Sam. 
Bill 23 Dutch. "With his brother-in-law, Amasa Dutton, he later 
secured a part of the place now owned by Mrs. Sinclair, near 
' ' Stevens ' Bridge. ' ' He was first listed in 1800. He served the 
town as constable and collector from 1818 to Sep., 1825. He was 
then so ill that he asked for a meeting to be called to name his 
successor, and this was done. His estate was in probate court 
Nov. 25, 1825. The record of only two children has been found, 
i. Daniel, b. Apr. 27, 1802, Roy. 
ii. Adin, b. Nov. 23, 1812, Roy. 

From Asa Perrin's diary it is learned that the funeral of 
a child of Daniel Asheraft was attended Apr. 18, 1808. No head- 
stones bearing the name of Asheraft have been found in town. 
The S. Roy. Cem. would be the one nearest their residence. 


WILLIAM L. ASHLEY, son of William L. and Christa 
Ashley, b. Sep. 19, 1788, Hartland; d. Mar. 30, 1878; m. Lucinda 
Liscomb, b. Sep., 1792; d. June 20, 1882, bur. Sharon. In his 
old age Mr. Ashley lived in or near S. Royalton several years. 

i. William A., m. Arminda . Lived below Royalton vil- 
lage on the Rev. Martin Tullar place for a number of years. Ch.: Lil- 
lian, b. Nov. 11, 1868, Roy.; claimed to have married E. J. ("Lucky") 
Baldwin, the California millionaire, by whom she had a dau., Beatrice 
Anita Baldwin, b. 1893; m. a second time Dr. William B. Turnbull, a 
chiropodist of Brookline, Mass., who claims to be a lineal descendant of 
Geo. Washington, and is prosecuting a colonial land claim for $3,000,000; 
(b) Emma Arminda, b. Mar. 4, 1874, Roy.; figured sensationally in her 
sister's suit against "Lucky" Baldwin. 

ii. Clarissa A., b. Sep., 1816; d. Oct. 5, 1891; m. Benjamin 
Smith; resided for some years below S. Roy. 

JAMES GARDNER ASHLEY, son of James Madison and 
Hannah Jewett Ashley, and grandson of Lemuel Ashley, b. May 
17, 1852, Granville; d. June 4, 1910, Battle Creek, Mich.; m. 
June 5, 1878, Dora Susan, dau. Justin and Susan (Mcintosh) 
Lillie, b, June 19, 1855, Barnard. 

i.. Carlie Leroy, b. Aug. 19, 1879, Roy.; d. Aug. 17, 1880. 

ii. Edward Lester, b. May 1, 1883, Roy.; grad. of Dartmouth, 
1907; principal of Wilder graded schools, 1907-10; now in the mercan- 
tile business as clerk. 


MATTHEW ATHERTON, b. Oct. 20, 1760, Bolton, Mass. ; 
d. Feb. 3, 1846, Roy. ; m. Hanover, N. H,, Jemima Pelton, b, Apr. 

History of Royalton, Vermont 661 

21, 1776 ; d. May 6, 1861. Mr. Atherton came to Royalton about 
1835, and lived for a time on the Lewis Skinner place, then 
bought a lot of land and built a home above George Harvey's. 
He was a soap boiler by trade. He served in the Revolution 
under Anthony Wayne. Mrs. Atherton joined the church on 
profession of faith at the age of eighty. 

i. William, b. Dec. 7, 1789; d. Jan. 31, 1863; had five ch. 

ii. James, b. Jan. 11, 1891; d. young. 

lii. Hannah, b. Oct. 9, 1793; m. Page; three ch. 

iv. Betsey, b. Apr. 23, 1796; m. Childs; three ch. 

V. Pamelia, b. June 16, 1798; m. Tinkham; thirteen ch. 

vi. Sally, b. Jan. 23, 1801; m. Haynes; four ch. 

vii. Ruth, b. May 25, 1803; m. Brown; no ch. 

*viii. Phebe, b. Sep. 3, 1806; m. (1) Robert Merrill. 

ix. Mary, b. June 30, 1808, Pomfret; d. Jan. 9, 1879. 

X. Patience, b. Mar. 19, 1810; d. Mar. 29, 1897, Roy.; m. Mar. 
28, 1850, Jacob Slingerland; ch.: (a) Robert M., b. Feb. 12, 1851; d. 
Jan. 26, 1858; bore the name of Atherton. 

xi. Prudence P., b. June 25, 1812; d. Oct. 14, 1850. 

xii. Abigail, b. Oct. 21, 1814; d. Mar. 31, 1838, Roy. 


The following is the line of descent of the Atwood family: 
John [1], b. (?), d. 1643; Nathaniel [2], b. 1651, d. 1724; Na- 
thaniel [3], b. 1693, d. 1767; Joseph [4], b. 1742, d. (?) ; Eben- 
ezer [5], b. 1773, d. 1841. John's name was written At Wode 
1. EBENEZER [6] (Ebenezer [5], Joseph [4], Nathan- 
iel [3], Nathaniel [2], John [1]), b. Mar. 29, 1802, Barnard; d. 
Jan. 23, 1870, Malone, N. Y. ; m. Apr. 1, 1824, Elvira, dau. of 
Robert Tucker, b. June 12, 1805 ; d. Apr. 17, 1871, Malone, N. Y. 
Children all born in Barnard except Lucia Elvira, who was born 
in Royalton. There were thirteen, one dying in infancy. 

i. Joseph Foster [7], b. Apr. 22, 1825; d. May 19, 1895. 

ii. Thomas Hammond [7], b. Apr. 30, 1827; d. 1872. 

lii. George Alexander [7], b. Dec. 25, 1828; d. Nov. 2, 1856. 

Iv. Elizabeth Penn [7], b. Oct. 12, 1830; d. Dec. 12, 1861. 

v. Charles [7], b. Feb. 20, 1833; d. Aug. 24, 1880. 

vi. Joel Tucker [7], b. Mar. 4, 1835; d. 1854. 

vii. Nancy Ann [7], b. Sep. 3, 1837. 

viii. Oliver Augustine [7], b. Aug. 16, 1839. 

ix. Ebenezer [7], b. Mar. 30, 1842; d. May, 1864. 

X. Irving Herbert [7], b. July 11, 1844; d. Aug. 12, 1864. 

xi. Myron Winslow [7], b. Nov. 28, 1846; d. Apr. 19, 1904. 

xii. Lucia Elvira [7], b. May 24, 1849; d. Sep. 25, 1901. 
The military service of Oliver A., Ebenezer, and Irving H. 
will be found in the Civil War Record. The eldest son, Joseph 
Foster, m. Dec. 20, 1849, Sarah, dau. of Isaac Parker of Malone, 
N. Y. The further history of this family will be of more in- 
terest, if given directly from the pen of Mrs. Nancy Ann Sprague 
of Chicago, the only surviving daughter of this large family. 

662 History of Koyalton, Vermont 

"While my father and mother were born in Barnard, and did not 
go to Royalton until 1847, they were, from that time, so identified with 
Royalton as to be considered representative people of that town. 

They were typical specimens of the early, sturdy, intelligent man- 
hood and womanhood which developed in the land of the Puritans; and, 
probably, to their having been born and reared in the rugged hills and 
climate of Vermont, and to their early training in the Puritanism of 
New England, may be attributed their well balanced characters. 

The Atwoods were of English descent. On my father's maternal 
side we are direct descendants of William Hammond and Elizabeth 
Penn. Our record says, 'William Hammond died leaving his wife, one 
son and three daughters, Elizabeth with her son, Benjamin, and her 
three daughters, and many other Godly people, who had Mr. Lathrop 
for their minister, left England in troublesome times, and came to Bos- 
ton in 1634.' 

I well remember my stately, handsome grandmother Atwood, who 
prided herself upon her Hammond-Penn pedigree. I believe my father 
inherited directly from her his sterling qualities. Though distinctly Puri- 
tanical in character and habits, he was not austere. He was strict in 
the discipline of his family, yet he was always genial and friendly with 
his children. It was not unusual for both my father and mother to 
join us as we cracked our butternuts and jokes before the big open fire, 
or played our game of Blindman's Buff in the old kitchen. 

My father was always interested in public and political affairs. 
He was for a term of years a member of the Vermont Legislature, ahd 
held various responsible offices affecting the welfare of his town and 
state. He gave liberally of his time and strength; of his money he 
had none to give. 

My mother was left motherless when very young, and was adopted 
by her mother's brother. General Joseph Foster of Barnard. She had 
few advantages, never attending any but a district school, and marry- 
ing when very young. Her early life was one of toil and hardship; 
yet, with rare character and intellect far above the average, she kept 
abreast the times. She reared nine sons and three daughters, and her 
life was one of uninterrupted service. 

How well I remember the spirited discussions between my father 
and mother during my childhood! Perchance they disagreed upon 
some political or public question; perchance the subject introduced 
by the more scholastic members of our circle, George or Lizzie, was 
religious or philosophical. How my mother's black eyes would snap 
as she seized a chance interval during her bread kneading to dart in 
from her kitchen and defend her side of the argument. 

Before our family circle was completed by the birth of Lucia, 
Foster, the eldest, had left it to marry and establish himself in Malone, 
N. Y., where he lived and died a highly respected citizen. 

When my father became financially embarrassed and was in danger 
of losing his farm, it was my brother Thomas who came to the rescue, 
and saved the home, and looked after the little brothers and sisters. 

George, ever studious and thoughtful, prepared himself by hard- 
ships and eager effort for a legal career. He had just been admitted 
to the Bar when the New England scourge, vOnsumption, cut him off 
at the early age of twenty-six. 

My sister, Elizabeth, was endowed with great charm of person and 
manner. She attended Mt. Holyoke Seminary, and was a successful 
teacher for many years. She was married to Zerah Stetson in 1860, 
and died in 1861. Every one who remembers her will recall hor beau- 
tiful voice. No Jenny Lind or Melba ever thrilled her listeners as she, 

Oliver Augustine Atwood. 

1'liomas Ilauimond Atwood. 
Myron Winslow Atwood. 
Elizabeth Penn Atwood. 
Luoia Elvira Atwood. 

Charles Atwood. 

Xancy Ann Atwood. 

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my gifted sister, thrilled us as she sang, 'Oh, How Beautiful, How Beau- 
tiful upon the Mountain!' 

My brother Charles had a very brilliant mind. For years he was 
in journalistic work in Chicago. He died in Quincy, California, in 
1881, leaving a wife, three sons and three daughters. 

Nancy, the writer of these notes, married, Sep. 29, 1862, Albert 
Arnold Sprague of East Randolph, Vermont. They went directly to 
Chicago, which has since been their home. Mr. Sprague founded the 
wholesale grocery firm of Sprague, Warner & Company. They have but 
one living child, Elizabeth, wife of Dr. Frederic Shurtleff Coolidge. 

Three of my younger brothers went to the Civil War, — two never 
to return. Eben was killed in the battle of the Wilderness. Irving 
died in a Soldiers' Hospital in New Orleans. Oliver served to the end 
of the war. He married Nancy Clapp of Royalton. They have no 

Myron lived in Chicago from the age of seventeen to his death. 
In 1873 he married Emeline Rice Swazey, daughter of Rev. Arthur 
Swazey of Chicago. He was a business man, and his chief other inter- 
ests were his family and his church. He died in 1904, leaving a wife 
and two daughters. 

Lucia, the youngest of the twelve children, and the only one born 
in Royalton, was a gifted girl. In 1871 she married Otho Sylvester 
Arnold Sprague, brother and business partner of Albert Arnold Sprague. 
They, too, made Chicago their home until 1894, when Mr. Sprague's 
health made it necessary for them to live in California. Lucia lived 
until 1901, when, after prolonged illness, she came back to Chicago, 
and died Sep. 25, leaving her husband, one son and three daughters. 

The Atwoods will be remembered as a musical family. My father 
was for many years leader of the church choir in Barnard, and later 
in Royalton, and, I think, was a factor in elevating the standard of 
church music. Our home was never without music. It was our pas- 
time, and there never was a day without a concert. Whether quar- 
tettes, trios, or solos, we never lacked performers, for we all sang. 
Most of my brothers played stringed instruments, in a self-taught and 
probably faulty manner; but the spirit of music was in them all and 
pervaded the home. Our library consisted of singing books. No pleas- 
ure could be keener than ours, when, by hook or crook, we could pro- 
cure a new singing book, were it a collection of anthems, fugues or 
glees. The music of our home circle is one of my dearest memories, 
notable mainly in the fact that we all sang and there were many of us. 

I am sure my brother Thomas will be remembered as a Singing 
School Teacher. Scores of men and women all through Vermont owe 
their musical knowledge, directly or indirectly, to his training in the 
country singing school. Who in Royalton did not attend that singing 
school? Is there left any one who remembers my father's big box 
sleigh, with its merry crowd, gathered between our home and the vil- 
lage, on its way to the class? or who recalls my brother standing be- 
fore that class, violin in hand, as he trained us all in the rudiments of 

My father's family was of singular devotion to each other, and 
though I have now grown old, I cannot forget my happy life in that 
simple and unselfish circle. We had often to deny ourselves, and forego 
pleasures granted our companions; but we were early taught the joy 
of sacrifice. 

As my father advanced in years, he became feeble, and to be near 
his son, Foster, he and my mother moved to Malone, N. Y., where they 
both died and are buried. The Atwood farm long since passed into 

664 History of Royalton, Vermont 

strange hands, and not one of the once large Atwood family is left in 
Royalton, but I dare to hope their names are held in sweet remem- 


LYMAN BACK, b. Apr. 6, 1762; d. July 20, 1842, Roy.; 
m. Mar. 2, 1785, Eunice Bennett, b. Mar. 19, 1760; d. July 23, 
1843, Roy. 

Lyman Back was a Revolutionary soldier. His first deed in 

Royalton is dated Mar. 11, 1790, when he bought forty acres of 

Nathaniel Morse. In 1826 he took a bond of his son Gilbert for 

support of himself and wife. 

*i. Philena, b. Apr. 11, 1786; m. Calvin Wheeler. 

ii. Charlotte, b. Sep. 11, 1789; m. Aug. 20, 1810, Zebina Jones 
of Bethel. 

iii. Jasper, b. Jan. 12, 1791, Roy. 

Iv. Lyman, b. July 19, 1794, Roy.; d. Dec. 26, 1811. 

V. Gilbert, b. Aug. 6, 1796, Roy.; m. Eunice Waterman; ch.: 
(a) Lyman; (b) Harriet E., b. 1824; d. Aug. 14, 1852; (c) Jasper, b. 
Jan. 21, 1828; d. Sep. 26, 1908; m. Emma L. Scates, b. July 16, 1833; 
d. May 23, 1899; ch.: (i) Ida Florence, d. in infancy; (ii) Charles J., 
b. Dec. 1, 1854; d. May 29, 1898; (iii) Frank R., b. June 11, 1857; (iv) 
Minnie L., b. Oct. 20, 1867; (v) Fred A., b. Sep. 29, 1869. Jasper Back 
was a dentist of high repute in Claremont, N. H.; (d) Fanny M., b. 
1830; d. June 12, 1859; (e) Sarah, b. 1842; d. Mar. 24, 1861; (f) Eliza- 
beth, b. 1844; d. Sep. 3, 1858. 


1. STEPHEN BACKUS was born 1759; died Aug. 31, 
1845, Royalton; married Polly Shepard, born 1760; died Mar. 
11 or 12, 1843. She was a sister of Mrs. Benjamin Parkhurst. 

Stephen Backus was probably a descendant of William 
Backus of Norwich, Conn., who was one of the early settlers of 
Saybrook, Conn., in 1637. William married for a second wife 
Widow Anne Bingham, who had a son, Thomas Bingham, with 
whom she lived in Norwich after the death of Mr. Backus. Ste- 
phen came to Royalton from Connecticut, and bought of Brad- 
ford Kinney on Nov. 7, 1790, one hundred acres bordering John 
Billings. He was a blacksmith and farmer. He was a Revolu- 
tionary soldier, and served in the 8th Regt., Co. 2 of Conn. Con- 
tinental Line. He was pensioned Sep. 25, 1833. 

The order of his children's births is not known, 
i. Harriet, b. 1790; d. 1845; bur. N. Roy. Cem. 
ii. Brastus. Took freeman's oath, 1816. 
iii. Lucy, m. June 25, 1816, Dr. Robert Paddock of Barre; 
b. Barnard, 1768; d. Dec. 23, 1842, Barre; she d. about 1869, Volo, 111. 
Ch.: Lucy, d. Apr. 22, 1854; Ellen Jane, m. Chauncey Loomis; d. Aug. 
4, 1850, aged 29; Robert, farmer in Volo, 111. 

2. iv. Andrew, b, 1798, Roy. prob. 

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V. Eunice, d. May 28, 1864; bur. N. Roy. Cem. 

vi. Charles, m. Mary Mansfield, and had Elizabeth, Jane, Belle, 
and Mary.-'-In S. Barre in 1828, later in Brandon. He was a physician. 
While in S. Barre he engaged to teach the village school one winter, 
where several teachers had been turned out. On reaching the school- 
house, and while removing his overcoat, the pupils began drumming on 
the desks. One of the largest boys stopped for an instant, when quick 
as a flash down came the ruler on his fingers. "How dare you stop, 
sir? The time must be occupied." For three hours the exercise was 
continued, and woe to the unlucky fingers which ceased drumming. At 
noon they were told that as drummers they were perfectly satisfactory, 
and in the afternoon they might apply their energies to the usual les- 
sons, which they did. 

vii. Augustus. 
2. ANDREW BACKUS, son of Stephen and Polly Shep- 
ard, b. 1798 ; d. Sep. 23, 1857 ; m. Dee. 1, 1825, Diana C. Foster, 
b. 1805; d. Mar. 31, 1840. 

The Backus family were singers, and Andrew led the sing- 
ing in church at Royalton village many years. He was generally 
called "Captain," and was probably connected with the militia 
of the state. 

i. Jane Lyman, b. Nov. 26, 1826, Roy.; d. June 19, 1833. 

ii. Frances Augusta, b. Sep. 5, 1829; m. Sep. 9, 1852, William 
Brownson of Richmond. 

*iii. Ellen Maria, b. Mar. 17, 1832; m. Alonzo Fairbanks. 

iv. Charles Robert, b. Apr. 25, 1836. 

V. Mary J., b. July 15, 1838; d. Aug. 29, 1838. 

THOMAS BACON, b. June 27, 1747; m. Hepzibah 

who d. June, 1807, Roy. ; funeral the 29th according to Perrin 

Thomas Bacon appears to have been the first of that name 
in Royalton. He was here as early as 1782. On Dec. 26th of 
that year he bought 201 acres of John Hibbard in 29 and 38 
T. P., and sold 80 acres of it to Enoch Boutell. The next year 
he acted as administrator of Mr, Boutell's estate. July 23, 1807, 
he contracted with Jonathan Dyer for his support. He was 
last listed in 1805. 

*i. Betsey, b. Nov. 11, 1779; m. Jonathan Dyer, 
ii. Polly, b. Jan. 27, 1782. 

JAREB BACON, b. Mar. 27, 1749 ; m. Mary . 

Jareb Bacon was a Revolutionary soldier, and enlisted from 
Brookfield, Mass., May 2, 1775, as Corporal in Capt. John Pack- 
ard's Co., Col. David Brewer's Regt. He appears to have been 
in Royalton in 1783, when he bought of John Hibbard, Jr., a 
part of 37 T. P. He was again in Brookfield, when he bought part 
of Enoch Boutell's estate of Thomas Bacon in 1786, but had re- 
turned to Royalton the next year. In 1810 he took a bond from 
his son, John, for support of himself and Mary, which contract 

666 History op Royalton, Vermont 

was thrown up at the end of nine months, and a new one made 
with Joseph Bowman, which seems also to have been discarded, 
and the land sold outright to Mr. Bowman in 1814. This land, 
sixty-one acres, bordered Minot Wheeler's. He was last listed 

in 1813. 

i. John, b. Nov. 18, 1787, Royalton. 

ii. Hannah, b. May 25, 1790, Royalton; m. July 6, 1812, Silas 
Lillie of Bethel. 

ISAIAH BACON, m. Oct. 6, 1823, Diana Kingsbury of Tun- 
bridge. First listed in 1820 as a soldier, and the next year had 
one-half a mill. 

*SUKEY BACON, m. Mar. 16, 1802, Jotham Dyer. 
OLIVE BACON, m. Oct. 30, 1814, John Garvin of Bethel. 


1. EPHRAIM BAILEY, son of Israel and Mariam Bailey, 
b. Apr. 16, 1797, Craftsbury; d. Aug. 21, 1863, Roy.; m. (1) 
Feb. 22, 1818, Hannah, dau. Joseph and Jerusha Slack, b. 1792 ; 
d. Aug. 8, 1854; m. (2) Dec. 4, 1859, Elizabeth, dau. Jacob and 
Mary Folsom, b. Dec. 20, 1802, Tunbridge; d. Apr. 21, 1885. 

There is on record the marriage of Ephraim Bailey and 
Emily A. Pierce of Hartford, Apr. 23, 1857, but it is not known 
that Mr. Bailey married more than twice. He owned the farm 
now in the possession of George Taggart, but sold it and moved 
to Havensville, later to S. Royalton. 

*i. Mariam Maria, b. Mar. 4, 1821, Irasburg; m. Ira Russ. 
ii. Adeline G., b. Jan. 7, 1823; m. Apr. 15, 1848, D. A. Whit- 
ney. Ch.: (a) Ellen S., b. Apr. 4, 1851; (b) Clara M., b. Feb. 26, 1856; 
(c) Ada H., b. Feb. 24, 1860. 

iii. Ira, b. Aug. 20, 1824, Irasburg; m. 1846, Ruth C. Jordan. 
Ch.: (a) Charles A., b. Mar. 18, 1849; (b) George E., b. Jan. 4, 1851. 

Ira lived on the Taggart place with his brother Joseph W. He 
sold out to his brother in 1865, and went to Lowell, Mass. His son 
Charles married. He and his two sons are dead. 

2. iv. JOSEPH WILLARD BAILEY, b. July 19, 1828, 
Irasburg; d. Nov. 21, 1880, Roy.; m. Mary Maria, dau. Edwin 
and Susan H. (Kimball) Pierce, b. Aug. 14, 1830, Roy.; d. July 
29, 1897, Hartford. 

Mr. Bailey was a man of genuine worth, fully trusted by his 
fellow citizens. He was overseer of the poor for several years, 
and no one ever gave better satisfaction in that office. He was 
a soldier of the Civil War. He died on the Perrin-Taggart farm, 
i. Lula Edith, b. May 24, 1866, Roy.; d. Mar. 19, 1908, Tewks- 
bury, Mass.; m. (1), 1883, Horace G., son Horace F. and Rachel (Water- 
man) Hunter, b. 1852, Roy.; one child, (a) Mary Lucretia, b. July 30, 
1888; d. last of Sep., 1908; m. (2) Leslie Kilburn, son Danforth and 
Harriet A. (Parkhurst) Day. (See). 

History of Royalton, Vermont 667 


1. LOT BAKER, son of Lot and Hannah Baker, b. May 
17, 1780, Ellington, Conn. ; d. June 18, 1856, Roy. ; m. Dec. 31, 
1801, Sharon, Polly, dau. Moses and Lydia (Stevens) Shepard, 
b. Feb. 28, 1782 ; date of death not known. 

A Lot Baker and wife joined the church in Royalton, July 
10, 1796. They may have been the father and mother of Lot, Jr. 
A Lot was listed in 1796 and until 1799. The name does not 
appear on the list again until 1803. Polly probably died in 
Sharon. She was afflicted with a mental malady soon after her 
marriage, and was not competent to care for her children. Levi 
was brought up in the family of Harry Bingham. 

The Bakers were of English descent, and the mother of 
Lot, Jr., was a descendant of the Chase family. 

i. Chester; had a son, (a) Henry L. Baker, b. Aug. 21, 1840, 
Pomfret; m. Mar. 27, 1866, Ludlow, Phebe E., dau. James and Augusta 
(Dimick) Pollard, b. July 31. 1846, Bridgewater; d. July 11, 1906, 
Bridgewater. Ch.: (i) Flora M., b. Dec. 13, 1866, Plymouth; (ii) Clar- 
ence E., b. Apr. 29, 1869, Bridgewater. Henry L. left Royalton in 1861, 
when he enlisted in the 2nd Regt., Vt. Vols. 
2. ii. Levi, b. Oct. 1, 1806. 

2. LEVI BAKER, b. Oct. 1, 1806 ; d. June 23, 1889, New- 
port, Ore.; m. (1) Apr. 3, 1839, Fanny Louisa, dau. Ira and 
Betsey (Flint) Havens, b. Feb. 15, 1812, Roy.; d. June 25, 1862, 
Roy.; m. (2) Dec. 11, 1864, Aroline, dau. Timothy and Betsey 
Hutchinson of Tunbridge, b. 1805. 

i. William Henry Harrison, b. Aug. 25, 1840; d. July 15, 1842, 

*ii. Sarah Jane, b. Sep. 23, 1842, Roy.; m. Benj. Root, 
iii. Royal Flint, b. Nov. 7, 1844, Roy.; m. 1878, Nettie J. Gore, 
b. near Lebanon, Ore., dau. James and Henrietta Gore. Ch.: (a) 
Charles L., proprietor of hotel "Corvallis," in Corvallis, Ore.; (b) 
Royal Flint; (c) Henrietta Beatrice; (d) Wallace G. Royal Flint, 
Sen., was a soldier in the Civil War. In the battle of Gettysburg he 
and a companion went out in front and brought in a wounded Con- 
federate who could not get out of line of the bullets. He re-enlisted in 
the navy on board U. S. gunboat, Mahaska, in the East Gulf blockading 
squadron. In 1874 he went to Oregon, and engaged in the hotel and 
real estate business. He has been actively engaged in making known 
the resources of Benton and Lincoln counties, Ore., and has issued very 
neat and handsome prospectuses dealing with that section, and especi- 
ally Corvallis, the seat of the Agricultural college, 
iv. George B. In S. Roy., 1895. 
V. Charles H. ; res. Baker Co., Ore. 

vi. Ellen L., b. 1847, Roy.; m. Oct. 27, 1868, Ira P., son Alonzo 
R. and Harriet E. Honey, b. 1846; res. Bayard, la.; a son, (a) Amon 
Ira, b. Sep. 10, 1869. 

vii. Alice Louisa, b. Nov. 16, 1851; d. Jan. 21, 1852, Roy. 
viii. Horace W., b. Aug. 17, 1856; d. Sep. 11, 1872, Newport. 
N. H. 

LEVI BAKER, son of Levi and Alepha (Lovejoy) Baker, 
b. Apr. 18, 1826, Orford, N. H.; d. Feb. 8, 1879; m. (1) Nov. 

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19, 1863, Sharon, Mary Jane, dan. William and Jane H. Hop- 
kins, b. Aug., 1842, Bakersfield; d. Apr. 17, 1867; m. (2) Nancy 
Hackett, b. Apr. 1, 1828 ; d. Apr. 24, 1873 ; all bur. Sharon Broad 
Brook Cem. 

HUBBARD BAKER, brother of Levi, and son of Levi and 
Alepha, b. Mar. 3, 1811, Lancaster, N. H. ; d. Mar. 5, 1879 ; killed 
on the railroad in Royalton village. He and his brother Levi 
came to Royalton about 1858, and lived in town several years. 
Hubbard was unmarried. 


JOSEPH [5] BALLOU (William [4], Maturin [3], John 
[2], Maturin [1]), b. Nov. 18, 1783, Lincoln, R. I.; m. Harriet, 
dau. William and Sophia (Hyde) Hawes, b. Dec. 13, 1806, Brook- 
field; d. June 10, 1876, Roy. 

i. Sidney, b. Aug. 7, 1826. Chelsea; d. Mar. 2, 1862; manufac- 
turer of brimstone matches. 

ii. Maturin, b. Sep. 15, 1828; d. 1829. 

iii. Margaret, b. Aug. 7, 1829, Tunbridge; d. May 27, 1902, Roy. 

iv. Nelson, b. Nov. 2, 1831; d. Apr. 4, 1851. 

V. Ada, b. Sep. 18, 1833; d. Feb., 1835. 

vi. Horace, b. May 15, 1835; m. 1866, Mary E. Houston, dau. 
Aaron and Maria (Gilison) Houston, b. 1844 in Strafford; d. July 2, 
1873, Roy. Living in Roy. 

vii. Edmund, b. Oct. 22, 1837, Tunbridge; d. Oct. 23, 1888, Roy. 

viii. Harrison, b. Apr. 28, 1840; res. Roy., unm. 

ix. Church G., b. twin of Harrison; d. in the Union army, 1862. 
Horace and Edmund came from Randolph in 1859, and their wid- 
owed mother with them. They have always lived in Dist. Six. 


TIMOTHY BANISTER, d. prob. 1822 ; will made Aug. 10, 
1822, and estate in probate that year. He paid no poll tax in 
1819, making him born about 1759. He m. Prudence, dau. Wil- 
liam Stewart. In June, 1787, he bought a farm in S. W. 29 
L. A. He may have been the son of Benoni, who d. Nov. 17, 
1798, aged seventy-four, with Levi and Ormenda bur. Howe Cem. 

i. Lydia, b. Sep. 10, 1783; m. a Bowker. 

li. Achsah, b. Jan. 16, 1785; m. a Perkins. 

iii. Elkanah Stewart, b. May 22, 1786; m. Feb. 27, 1827, Bar- 
nard, Patience, dau. David and Betsey (Cushing) Bowen of Royalton; 
removed to Potsdam, N. Y. 

iv. Ruth, b. Oct. 11, 1787, Roy.; m. Feb. 5, 1809, Roswell Lil- 
lie of Potsdam, N. Y. 

V. Abigail, b. Mar. 13, 1791, Roy.; m. Jan. 21, 1812, Daniel 
Lillie of Potsdam, N. Y. 

vi. Levi, b. Feb. 13, 1793, Roy.; drowned Aug. 11, 1811. 

Vii. Annah, b. Dec. 9, 1794; m. Sep. 11, 1816, Jonathan Ban- 
ister; child b. Feb. 22, 1817. 

viii. Alvin, b. Nov. 6, 1797, Roy.; res. Roy. until 1830. 

ix. Zebina, b. Jan. 13, 1799, Roy. 

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X. Silas, b. Nov. 19, 1801, Roy. 

xi. Fanny, b. May 10, 1803, Roy. 

xii. Marietta, b. Feb. 3, 1805, Roy. 

xiii. Ormenda, b. May 12, 1808, Roy.; d. Feb. 11, 1813, Roy. 
ARTEMAS BANISTER, b. 1767; d. July 24, 1833; bur. 

Bethel; m. Rhoda . He rem. from Bethel to Royalton in 

1789, and settled on S. W. 39 L. A. He sold this in 1804, and 
ret. to Bethel between that date and 1806. On Nov. 18, 1830, 
an Artemas Banister of Randolph m. Hannah Corbin of the same 

i. Hannah, b. Feb. 11, 1789, Roy. (?) 

ii. Asa, b. Jan. 14, 1791, Roy. 

iii. Isaac, b. Apr. 19, 1795, Roy. 

iv. James, b. June 13, 1797, Roy. 

V. Chloe, b. Apr. 13. 1799, Roy. 


EPHRAIM BARNES, b. 1780, Westminster, Mass. ; d. July 
14, 1871, Randolph; m. Betsey Taylor, who d. 1865. 

In October, 1803, Mr. Barnes bought one-half of W. 31 
L. A. He was a very eccentric man, of whom many anecdotes 
are related. In his old age he went to Randolph to live with a 
son Edward. When asked how he liked living in Randolph, he 
replied, "I'd rather be hung in Royalton, than die a natural 
death in Randolph." The children of Ephraim were all singers. 

i. Lydia, b. Dec. 29, 1804, Roy.; said to have died unm., but 
the marriage of a Lydia, Sep. 9, 1824, to Ezekiel Bement (?) is recorded. 

ii. Annis, b. June 17, 1808, Roy.; d. Apr. 27, 1844. 

iii. Alonzo, b. July 16, 1811; d. 1892, bur. Woodstock; m. and 
had a dau. Louise E., who m. Frank E. McGorie of New York City. 
Alonzo went to Woodstock in 1825 to learn the tailor business, later 
was a shoemaker in Sharon, then returned to Woodstock, where most 
of his life was spent. He was called "Captain," and played the snare 

iv. Calista, b. Aug. 28, 1816, Roy.; m. Joel K. Clark, a pedlar, 
who was killed on a railroad crossing. 

V. Orin, b. Nov. 7, 1818, Roy. 

vi. Edward, b. Dec. 7, 1820, Roy.; m. 1845, Margiam P., dau. 
Joel and Susan Thayer of Braintree, b. June 20, 1821; d. Nov. 6, 1890, 
Braintree; he died Oct. 31, 1882, Randolph. Ch.: (a) Edward Prentiss, 
b. Aug. 14, 1845; d. Apr. 24, 1904, Brattleboro; m. Jan. 1, 1868, Sarah 
E. Sulloway of Randolph, b. May 29, 1846, Stoughton, Mass.; d. Apr. 6, 
1903, Brattleboro; ch.: (i) Willis F.. b. Jan. 25, 1869, Randolph; res., 
S. Lawrence, Mass.; (ii) Louis S., b. Jan. 19, 1876, Brattleboro; res., 
Claremont, N. H.; (iii) Leon E., b. Apr. 13, 1884, Brattleboro; res., 
Dorchester, Mass. 

vii. Granville, b. Sep. 3, 1826, Roy.; d. Apr. 1, 1910, Randolph; 
m. (1) Nov. 27, 1849, Susan P., dau. Joel and Susan Thayer of Brain- 
tree, b. Jan. 18, 1828; d. Nov. 21, 1852; m. (2) Lucinda S., sister of 
his first wife, b. Dec. 3, 1830; d. Mar. 25, 1901. Granville was a soldier 
of the Civil War. After the war he worked for the C. V. R. R. as 
brakeman, then went to Randolph, and opened a candy and tobacco 
store, which he conducted until 1908. He was collector for Randolph 

670 History op Royalton, Vermont 

for thirty-three consecutive years. He had one child, Frederick Mel- 
vin, b. Aug. 3, 1853. When Frederick was ten years old he was killed 
by jumping on to a moving freight train, Mar. 16, 1863. 

ELIJAH BARNES, b. 1768-69; d. Oct. 20, 1855, Roy.; m. 
1794, Olive Evans, b. Jan. 11, 1770, Sethington (Litchfield?), 
Conn.; d. Jan. 19, 1872, Roy. 

In 1801 Mr. Barnes, then of Harrington, Conn., bought a 
farm in District Sixteen, to which he afterwards added more 
land, and established a home, where his son George later lived, 
and still later, George Russ. Here they raised their ten chil- 
dren, of whom there is only a partial record. Mrs. Barnes sur- 
vived her husband sixteen years. She was cared for in her ex- 
treme age by her son George and daughter Hannah. Her 100th 
anniversary was observed Jan. 11, 1870. At that time seven of 
her children were living, sixteen grandchildren, and twenty-four 
great-grandchildren. She retained her mental and physical fac- 
ulties to a remarkable degree up to the time of her death, which 
was sudden. She joined the Methodist church in 1804. She is 
buried with her husband and Hannah at N. Royalton Cemetery. 

i. James. Enlisted in U. S. army, and was shot in the battle 
of Plattsburg, War of 1812. 

ii. George, b. Apr. 10, 1804, Roy.; d. Oct. 23, 1876; unm. 

iii. Nancy, m. Apr. 13, 1824, Joseph Johnson of Roy.; child 
born Jan. 22, 1825; five other children. 

iv. Hannah, b. 1809, Roy.; d. Jan. 22, 1894, unm. 

V. Lewis. Went west and settled in Portland, Ore. Ran a 
packing train between Portland and San Francisco. It is supposed he 
was killed by Indians on one of his trips. 

vi. James. Took freeman's oath in 1837. Dr. Denison has a 
charge against Elijah at birth of child, June 10, 1816. Married and 
settled in Conn. 

There were three other daughters; the third married Bliphalet 
Pierce and removed to Wis. The youngest daughter married Alphonso 
Dow, a blacksmith. 


PARKHURST BARRETT, son of Thomas and Abigail, b. 
May 9, 1791, Tunbridge; d. Nov. 17, 1875; m. Betsey, dau. Solo- 
mon and Hannah Wheeler, b. Sep. 10, 1793, Hollis, N. H.; d. 
Mar. 15, 1869, Roy. 

Thomas Barrett owned property in Royalton village in 1827. 
The next year he made an indenture with Parkhurst for support 
of himself and wife. Parkhurst was a cabinet maker. 

i. Norman, b. May 27, 1829, Roy.; d. Apr. 19, 1848; bur. N. 
Roy. Gem. 

li. Abigail M. P., b. June 18, 1831, Roy.; d. Nov. 8, 1854; m. 
June 2, 1851, Joseph Watson of Boston. 

iii. Ira P., b. Jan. 9, 1833, Roy. 

iv. Nancy Elizabeth, b. Dec. 11, 1834, Roy.; m. Dec. 17, 1854, 
George W. Foggett. 

History of Royalton, Vermont 671 


ELISHA [6] BARTHOLEMEW (John [5], Enos [4], 
John [3], William [2], William [1]), b. Oct. 17, 1772, Wood- 
stock, Conn. ; d. 1843, Hiram, 0. ; m. Nov. 23, 1795, Louisa Hall. 
Mr. Bartholemew was first listed in 1796, and probably came 
here soon after marriage. He is said to have kept a hotel. He 
did not invest in real estate, so far as the records show. He 
took a prominent part in the business of the town until 1802. 
He removed to Barnston, Can., became a farmer and had potash 
works. He was crippled in middle life by a log rolling over him. 
He removed to Hiram, 0. Lived for a time in Irasburg. 

i. George, [7], b. Aug., 1796, Roy. prob.; d. Nov. 1, 1855. 
George became Professor in Collegiate Institute, N. Y. 

ii. Betsey, [7], b. Aug. 1, 1798, Roy.; d. Feb. 2, 1866, unm. 

iii. (Frank, [7], b. July 13, 1800, Roy.; killed by a horse in 
Coventry, 1812. 

iv. Chary, [7], b. June 15, 1802; d. Apr. 24, 1875; m. Feb. 7, 
1830, Jacob Rowell; two ch. 

V. Franklin, [7], d. an infant. 

vi. John, [7], b. July 9, 1809, Barnston. 


Bartlett, b. Mar. 18, 1833, Bridgewater; d. Apr. 8, 1903, Hart- 
ford; m. Sep. 21, 1852, Melvina Elizabeth Hudson, b. Dec. 16, 
1830; d. Apr. 13, 1904. 

i. Lovira A., b. Aug. 5, 1855; m. C. O. Blessington; res. Que- 

*ii. Eva A., b. Dec. 9, 1860; d. Mar. 16, 1905; m. John Willie 

ORANGE NORTON BARTLETT, son of Orange and Ach- 
sah Bartlett, b. July 5, 1819, Rochester, N. Y. ; d. Aug. 20, 1890, 
Roy.; m. Dec. 24, 1874, Mary Jane, dau. Isaac T. and Jemima 
W. Leighton of Hartford, b. 1838-39. No children. 

REUBEN BARTLETT in 1803 came from Ellington, Conn., 
and bought 34 Town Plot, where he lived for seven years. From 
Dr. Denison's books it is learned that he had a wife, who had a 
dau. named Mary Moxley. 


STEPHEN S. [6] BEAN (David [5], David [4], [3], 

[2], John [1]), b. Dec. 21, 1804; d. June 25, 1851; m. Dec. 

6, 1838, Caroline, dau. Rufus M. and Thedoria (Wilder) Benson, 
b. Mar. 13, 1818; d. Sep. 18, 1901; she m. (2) Samuel McMaster, 
by whom she had one child, Irving B., b. Oct. 3, 1854; res., 
Detroit, Mich. 

672 History of Royalton, Vermont 

i. Rufus Elmore, [7], b. Aug. 28, 1839; m. (1) Harriet Thomp- 
son, who d. Sept. 18, 1890; m. (2) Mary J. Clark; ch.: Kenrick Clark, 
[8], b. May 1, 1898. 

11. William H., [7], b. May 6, 1843; d., 1904, Kansas City; m. 
Lilla Smith, who died; ch.: Heber Francis, [8]. Res. of William, Los 

'ill. Sarah Addle, [7], b. Aug. 21, 1845, Sharon; d. June 16, 
1900, Roy., unm. Dressmaker in S. Roy., and sister Harriet a milliner, 
iv. Harriet H., [7], b. May 26, 1850; m. Jan. 23, 1889, Leroy 
P., son William and Lydia (Durgin) Smith, b. 1853, Lebanon, N. H. 

DAVID BEAN, d. before June 14, 1834, when estate was 
in probate; m. Mar. 6, 1813, Strafford, Sally (?) Bachelder. 
Came from Strafford in 1827 and settled in the western part 

of the town. 

i. John, b. Sept. 21, 1814; m. Caroline , and went to Wis. 

ii. Lucinda, b. Aug. 18, 1816; m. Jan. 7, 1836, Harrison Fiske 
of Bethel. 

ill. Sarah Louisa, b. May 22, 1818; m. Joseph Kingsbury; res., 
St. Albans, 1864. 

iv. Daniel Hazen, b. Mar. 17, 1820, prob. d. before his father. 

V. Sarah Ann, b. Apr. 20, 1822; m. Carlos Clough, Dec. 24, 

vi. Hannah, b. Aug. 29, 1824, m. Orren Simmons; res. Oak- 
land, Cal., 1862. 

vii. David Ames, b. Sep. 2, 1826; in DeSoto, Wis., 1863. 

viii. Henry Marshall; went to DeSoto, Wis. Prob. b. in Roy. 

ix. Samuel, b. Dec. 22, 1832, Roy.; m. Susan M. dau. Arunah 
and Betsey (Kimball) Adams, b. July 27, 1832, Roy.; ch.: Ella Maria, 
b. Dec. 22, 1859, Roy. 


1. THOMAS J. BEEDLE, son of Thomas and Hannah 
Beedle, b. Jan. 19, 1807, Cornish, N. H.; d. Sep. 27, 1862, Ha- 
gerstown, Md. ; m. Paulina Amanda Cady, b. 1808, Weathers- 
field; d. Jan. 5, 1889, bur. N. Koy. Cem. ; she m. (2) Aurin Luce. 
Mr. Beedle was a soldier in the Civil War. 

i. Hiram T., b. 1842, Weathersfield ; d. 1845, Roy. 

2. ii. Elisha T., b. June 20, 1843, Barnard. 

iii. Nellie H., b. 1845, Roy.; m. (1) a Bennett, (2) a Kempton, 
(3) name not known; one child, which died. 

iv. Eugene T., b. 1848, Roy.; d. in Civil War, Feb. 7, 1865. 

3. V. Joseph R., b. Aug. 9, 1854, Bethel. 

vi. Lizzie S., b. 1857, Roy. (?) ; m. Mar. 21, 1877, Knight T., son 
James and Lydia GifEord, b. 1856, White River Junction, 
vii. Hattie J., b. 1858, Randolph, 
viii. Emma Henrietta, b. Apr. 24, 1861, Roy. (?). 

2. ELISHA T. BEEDLE, son of Thomas and Paulina A. 
Beedle, b. June 20, 1843, Barnard; m. (1) May 20, 1863, Bethel, 
Eliza Jane, dau. Thomas Morse, b. 1846, Royalton; d. Sep. 16, 
1867, S. Roy.; m. (2) July 14, 1874, W. Lebanon, N. H., Eliza 
P. Estes Adams. 

Mr. Beedle was a soldier of the Civil War, and is still a 
resident of Royalton. 

History of Royalton, Vermont 673 

i. Wilber E., b. Mar. 2, 1864, Roy. 

ii. William T., b. Mar. 7, 1867, Northfield; d. Feb. 16, 1906; m. 
(1) Oct. 26, 1885, Mary, dau. M. V. B. and Sarah Eastman, b. in Nor- 
wich; m. (2), 1890, Nettie Wade of Woonsocket, R. I. 

3. JOSEPH R. BEEDLB, son of Thomas and brother of 
Elisha T., b. Aug. 9, 1854, Bethel; d. Mar. 30, 1910, Roy.; m. 
(1) Nov. 4, 1875, Minnie E., dau. Alanson and Martha L. Ful- 
ler, b. Aug. 3, 1859, Richmond; d. Nov. 26, 1879; m. (2) May 
17, 1884, Alice, dau. Nelson and Maria (Rogers) Luce, b. 1866, 

Most of Mr. Beedle's life was spent in Royalton. He prac- 
ticed successfully as a veterinary. He was a respected citizen. 

i. Mattie, b. Jan. 29, 1878, Roy.; d. Apr. 24, 1878. 

ii. Blanche Amanda, b. Mar. 31, 1886, Roy.; m. Aug. 8, 1904, 
Charlie John, son Clarence W. and Luella (Simonds) Banister of E. 
Brookfield, b. 1881, Roy. 

iii. Knight Gifford, b. Jan. 5, 1892, Roy. 

iv. Louisa Josephine, b. Jan. 27, 1898, Roy. 

V. Joseph Elisha, b. Nov. 27, 1905, Roy. 
HIRAM BEEDLE, son of Thomas and Hannah, and brother 
of Thomas J. Beedle, b. June 14, 1812, Cornish, N. H. ; d. Sep. 
7, 1875, S. Roy.; m. Mar. 7, 1837, Eunice, dau. Roswell and 
Tenty (Tiffany) Ainsworth, b. Dec. 28, 1812; d. Aug. 28, 1898, 

Mr. Beedle was reckoned among the best citizens of Royalton. 

1. Laura C, b. Mar. 28, 1838, Barnard; m. Levi Mason of Bos- 
ton; one child, Alfred Henry. 

ii. Sarah A., b. 1839, Barnard; d. Dec. 5, 1881. 

iii. Henry A., b. July 22, 1844, Barnard; d. July 21, 186—, in 
Andersonville Prison. 

iv. Maria L., b. Sep. 6, 1846, Barnard; res. Randolph. 

V. Edwin R., b. Aug. 28, 1850, Randolph; m. July 10, 1878, 
Julia A., dau. Israel and Abigail (Scribner) Clifford, b. Apr. 10, 1849, 
Washington; d. July 17, 1888; no. ch. 

ALBERT HARLER BEEDLE, son of Moses and Lucina 
(Case) Beedle, b. June 24, 1838, Barnard; m. Oct. 28, 1860, 
Lavinia, dau. Lovell and Asenath (Martin) Lathrop, b. Mar. 
16, 1833, Bethel. They celebrated their fiftieth anniversary at 
their home in Randolph last year. 

i. Fred Pearson, b. Oct. 8, 1862, Roy.; res. Keene, N. H. 

ii. Harry Lathrop, b. Mar. 21, 1870, Randolph; d. May 26, 1900. 


IRA BELDING, son of James and Dolly Belding, b. Aug. 
12, 1797, Barnard ; d. Oct. 22, 1859, Roy. ; m. Dec. 4, 1822, Lois 
H., dau. Jesse and Elizabeth Dunham, b. Mar. 3, 1805, Roy.; 
d. Feb. 5, 1872, Roy. 

i. Francis, b. July, 1830; d. Sep. 19, 1830. 

ii. Norman D., married Annie O. Res. Brookfield, Mass., 1858. 

iii. Julius Chauncey, b. 1838, Roy.; d. Jan. 9, 1887, Roy.; m. 
Feb. 9, 1864, Adeline M., dau. Levi and Olive Gove, b. July 18, 1841, 


674 History of Royalton, Vermont 

Hartland; d. May 7, 1882, Roy. (?). Children: (a) George L., b. Dec. 
4, 1864, Roy.; (b) Francis Wills, b. July 18, 1866, Roy.; (c) son, b. July 
4, 1868, Roy.; (d) Louisa A., b. Jan. 31, 1873, Roy.; (e) son, b. May 24, 
1874, Roy.'; (f) child, b. Nov. 13, 1875, Roy.; (g) Hattie Elizabeth, b. 
Apr. 29, 1877, Roy.; (h) Julius Chauncey, b. Jan. 26, 1881, Roy. 


1. CHESTER [7] BELKNAP (Moses [6], Simeon [5], 
Sam. [4], Eben. [3], Sam. [2], Abraham [1]), b. Feb. 20, 1794, 
Randolph ; d. June 29, 1871, Roy. ; m. about 1820, Hannah, dau. 
Joseph and Louisa (Arnold) Cole, b. Mar. 14, 1801, Randolph; 
d. Feb. 21, 1894. 

Chester Belknap was the son of Moses, b. Sep. 7, 1754; d. 
Sep. 21, 1836; his mother, Sarah Kibbe, b. Apr. 2, 1775; d. 
June 27, 1822 ; m. Mar. 9, 1775. 

2. i. Craton, [8], b. Apr. 14, 1822. 

*ii. Laura, [8], b. Jan. 29, 1823; m. Julius P. Smith. 

iii. Charles, [8], b. Mar. 29, 1825, Roy.; died Apr. 28, 1907, 
Bridgeport, Conn.; m. [7], Marcia Goddard; ch.: (a) Kate, [9]; (b) 
Minnie, [9]; (c) George D., [9], b. 1852, Springfield, Mass.; m. Aug. 
22, 1876, Mary L., dau. David S. and Roxana M. (Cloud) Lyman, b. 
1858; (d) Charles J., [9]; (e) William L., [9]. Charles [8], was a 
large manufacturer of brass and iron goods. 

iv. Dana, [8], b. July 17, 1728; d. Dec. 13, 1844. 

V. Jackson, [8], b. Apr. 2, 1830; m. Elizabeth Gouger; ch.: 

(a) William, [9]; (b) John, [9]; (c) Ida, [9]; m. (2) Eliza ; 

no ch. 

vi. Julius Converse, [8], b. Aug. 4, 1834, Roy.; d. Sep. 11, 
1854; m. Sarah Bidwell; ch.: (a) Charles, [9]. 

vii. Moses Henry, [8], b. Aug. 25, 1836, Roy.; d. Jan. 10, 1905; 
m. Dec. 1, 1859, Fostina, dau. Avery and Palace (Trask) Fitts, b. May 
17, 1834; ch.: (a) Alice L., [9], b. Sep. 1, 1864; (b) Gertrude M., [9], 
dead; (c) Carrie M., [9], b. Nov. 29, 1872. 

viii. John Chester, [8], b. Dec. 11, 1838, Roy.; d. Oct. 13, 1856. 

ix. Hannah Melissa, [8], b. Oct. 11, 1842, Roy.; m. Feb. 13, 
1866, William D., son Oren D. and Jane C. (Crane) Keyes, b. Feb. 25, 
1837; d. Sep. 29, 1906; ch.: (a) John D., [9], b. June 6, 1869. 

2. CRATON BELKNAP [8], son of Chester [7], b. Apr. 
14, 1822, Randolph; d. Feb. 18, 1902, Bridgeport, Conn.; m. 
May 5, 1842, Ley den, Mass., Sophronia, dau. Asahel and Sarah 
Newton, b. 1820. 

Craton moved to Royalton about 1845, and remained here 
until about 1885. He occupied for some years the old ''Fox" 

i. Craton Jerome, [9], b. Feb. 7, 1843. 

ii. Edwin A., [9], b. Mar. 25, 1847; d. Feb. 28, 1869. 

iii. Charles Henry, [9], b. Jan. 28, 1851, Woodbury, Md.; m. 
1874, Abbie Lois Parmer; ch.: (a) Edwin A., [10], b. Dec. 7, 1875, 
Lancaster, N. H. 

iv. Herbert, [9], b. Aug. 20, 1863, Roy. 
JULIUS ORLANDO [8] BELKNAP (Seymour [7], Sime- 
on [6], Simeon [5], Sara. [4], Eben. [3], Sam. [2], Abraham 

History op Royalton, Vermont 675 

[1]), b. Apr. 16, 1840, E. Barnard; d. Oct. 6, 1910, Roy.; m. 
Feb. 5, 1865, E. Barnard, Mary E., dau. Charles and Persis 
(Randall) Black, b. Jan. 1, 1842, Westminster. 

Simeon Belknap, the grandfather of Julius Orlando, was 
one of the pioneers of Randolph, removing from Ellington, 
Conn., in 1780. On his way back to Conn, he stopped at Roy- 
alton, and was captured by the Indians on that fateful 16th of 
October, 1780. After his return from that captivity he mar- 
ried (1) Mary Gibbs, by whom he had ten children. He married 
(2) Miriam Edson, the fruit of this marriage being six children. 
Seymour was the eighth child of Mary Gibbs Belknap. He was 
born Apr. 6, 1800, Randolph, married June 6, 1832, Lydia, dau. 
of Sylvanus and Mary Campbell of Barnard, b. Apr. 6, 1811, in 
Barnard. They had four children, two sons dying young, and 
two, Simeon and Julius Orlando, living to a good age, both of 
whom resided for a time in Royalton. Simeon became a physi- 
cian. A sketch of him will be found in the chapter on the 
"Medical Profession." 

Julius Orlando was employed as clerk in his father's store 
at E. Barnard, and after that was sold, he was placed in charge 
of the Union store in the same place, being then but sixteen. 
He later bought this store. He removed to S. Royalton in 1875, 
and with him came his widowed mother, who was tenderly cared 
for by her son and his estimable wife, until her death, Apr. 23, 
1884. Mr. and Mrs. Belknap were among the most respected 
citizens of E. Barnard. Julius Orlando Belknap inherited the 
sterling qualities of his parents. He was a man of unsullied 
character, open-handed, a kind neighbor and trusted friend. His 
sudden death came with a sense of shock and keen loss to the 
community, which had ever held him in high esteem. A sketch 
of his life is given in the chapter on "The Present Business 
Men of South Royalton." 

i. William Orlando [9], b. May 30, 1868, B. Barnard; m. (1) 
Jan. 1, 1894, Mignonnette B., dau. Edwin F. and Jeannette (Cushman) 
Smith, b. Jan. 21, 1872, Burlington; d. May 31, 1899, Roy.; m. (2) Aug. 
1, 1905, Barre, Myra Lutica, dau. Albert Alonzo and Mina M. (Brown) 
Morse, b. Aug. 1, 1874, Waterbury; ch.: (a) Mignon [10], b. May 16, 
1899, S. Roy.; d. May 17, 1899; (b) Mignonnette [10], twin of Mignon, 
d. July 23, 1899; (c) Mary Morse [10], b. July 6, 1906, S. Roy.; (d) 
Helen Lucile [10], b. Jan. 22, 1908, S. Roy.; (e) Albert Orlando [10], 
b. June 21, 1909, S. Roy.; (f) William, b. Mar. 26, 1911, Roy. 

ii. Perley Seymour [9], b. Apr. 23, 1870, E. Barnard; m. Apr. 9, 
1892, Sharon, Katherine Elfrida, dau. James Monroe and Minnie E. 
Shepard, b. June 16, 1872, Lawrenceville, N. Y.; ch.: (a) Philip Or- 
lando [10], b. Dec. 28, 1892; (b) Charles Monroe [10], b. Nov. 17, 1894; 
(c) Clifford Burton [10], b. Oct. 1, 1897; (d) Rosamond [10], b. Mar. 
19, 1907; (e) Julius Orlando [10], b. Apr. 25, 1909. 

Abraham Belknap, the first emigrant to America, came from Eng- 
land, and settled in Lynn, Mass., 1637. He died in Salem, Mass., 1645. 

676 History of Royalton, Vermont 

The name, Belknap, is supposed to be of Austrian origin, and came 
over to England with William the Conqueror. The Belknap coat-of- 
arms is a blue shield crossed by a band containing three spread eagles, 
the shield surmounted by a gryphon crest, one of the principal bearings 
in heraldry. Below the shield is the motto: "Prudentia et animo." 


JOB BENNETT, son of Elisha Bennett, b. Washington, 
May 15, 1798 ; d. June 13, 1876, Roy. ; m. Mar. 25, 1829, Jane, 
dan. Josiah and Abigail (Bartlett) Green, b. May 14, 1809, Chel- 
sea; d. Aug. 8, 1877, Roy. 

Mr. Bennett came to Royalton in 1829, and bought the 
farm on Broad Brook, where he and his son. Josiah, lived and 
died. He was one of the oldest members of Rising Sun Masonic 
Lodge, and held all its offices of honor. He also held the vari- 
ous town offices with great competency. 

i. Warren F., b. Apr. 12, 1830,' Roy.; d. Feb. 25, 1901; m. 
Sarah E. Hatch of Chelsea; res., Springfield, Mass.; no ch. 

ii. Jennett L., b. Aug. 13, 1832, Roy.; d. Jan. 23, 1882; m. (1) 
Thos. R. Gibson of Braintree; ch.: (a) Cora L., who m. Rev. W. E. 
Douglass of Richford; five ch.; (b) Ogden E., who was drowned; m. 
(2) Lewis Barnes of Chelsea; one ch., Eldred L. M. Barnes, now pastor 
of M. E. Church, S. Roy. 

*iii. Alma H., b. Mar. 29, 1834; m. Philip Sewall. 

iv. Josiah Green, b. Apr. 20, 1839, Roy.; d. June 20, 1895, Roy.; 
m. Mar. 28, 1863, Mina C, dau. Philip and Eunice M. (Howe) Sewall, 
b. July 2, 1842, Randolph; d. May 18, 1893, Roy. Mr. Bennett was a 
successful teacher and farmer. Ch.: (a) Carrie F., b. Feb. 21, 1864, 
Roy.; d. Sep. 19, 1893; m. Aug. 19, 1884, Solon A. Buck of Vergennes, 
and had two ch.; (i) Glenn Murray, b. May 24, 1886, Roy.; (ii) Carrie 
Bennett, b. June 16, 1893, Roy. 

V. Helen E., b. Sep. 4, 1840, Roy.; d. July 4, 1897, unm. 

vi. Charles W., b. Nov. 17, 1842, Roy.; m. Nellie M. Roper of 
Brimfield, Mass.; no ch. ; res., Palmer, Mass. 

* vii. Frances Jane, b. Oct. 11, 1849; m. Norman W. Sewall. 


1. LYMAN [5] BENSON (Peter [4], Moses [3], Deacon 
Joseph [2], Benoni [1]), b. Mar. 30, 1783, Sturbridge (?), 

Mass. ; d. Mar. 29, 1860, Roy. ; m. Emillia, dau. Benj. and 

(Cheney) Flint, b. Feb. 13, 1787; d. Mar. 30, 1865. 

Mr. Benson came to Royalton from Sharon in the early 
1840 's. He was a prominent factor in building up S. Royalton, 
and in establishing the M. E. church in that village. A consid- 
erable part of S. Royalton is built on the farm once owned by 
him. He was a man of strong character, possessed of such quali- 
ties of mind and heart as secured the good-will and confidence 
of his fellow citizens. 

i. Sally [6], b. May 5, 1805, Strafford; m. Edmund Preston; 
four ch.; (a) Melissa [7], (b) John [7], (c) William [7], (d) Howard 


History of Koyalton, Vermont 677 

ii. Laura [6], b. Apr. 4, 1807, Strafford; d. Oct. 8, 1896, bur. 
Sharon; m. Sam. Shuttleworth, b. 1802; d. Feb. 19, 1859; ch.: (a) 
Deborah Ames [7], b. Feb. 22, 1827; m. Ira Maxham; (See) (b) Ellen 
[7], b. Apr. 28, 1829; d. Mar. 20, (?) 1831; (c) George [7], b. Jan. 2, 
1831; (d) Richard Watson [7], b. July 4, 1840; d. Sep. 10, 1855. 

ill. Arba [6], b. July 25, 1809. 

iv. Eliza [6], b. Feb. 14, 1811, Strafford; d. Aug. 16, 1854; m. 
Caleb Kinsman, son John and Sarah (Holton) Kinsman, b. Apr. 2, 1804, 
Orford, N. H.; d. July 12, 1860; two ch.: (a) Henry Edwin [7]; (b) 
Oscar f71. 

V. Azubah [6], b. Apr. 5, 1813; d. Apr. 1, 1847; m. Samuel 
Gordon; ch.: (a) Ellen [7], b. Mar. 29, 1838; d. Apr. 13, 1842; (b) 
Jeannette [7], b. Sep. 24, 1840; d. May 10, 1908; m. Charles Chickering, 
and had (i) Edith Azubah [8], who m. Benj. Dexter May; (ii) Emma 
Louise [8], (ill) Arthur Gordon [8]; (iv) Charles Benson [8], who m. 
Harriet Palmer Tufts; (v) Horace Milton [8]; (c) Emily Azubah [7], 
b. Mar. 26, 1847, a teacher in Mass. 

vi. Betsey [6], b. Mar. 14, 1815; d. Apr. 6, 1818. 

vii. Hannah [6], b. Jan. 14, 1817; d. Nov. 22, 1897; m. Richard 
Wallace, b. Apr. 5, 1812; d. Aug. 25, 1842. Hannah lived on the old 
place in S. Roy., a woman of rare worth. No ch. 

viii. Lyman Martin [6], b. Jan. 13, 1819; d. Sep. 15, 1898; m. 
Mar. 20, 1849, Sharon, Angeline, dau. Frederick and Anna (Chandler) 
Ladd, who d. Feb. 20, 1902. Res., Sharon and Royalton. 
2. ix. William [6], b. Jan. 2. 1821, Strafford. 

X. Hiram [6], b. Mar. 6, 1823; d. Dec. 10, 1849. 
2. WILLIAM [6] BENSON, son of Lyman [5], b. Jan. 2, 
1821, Strafford; d. Nov. 25, 1895, Eoy.; m. Feb. 13, 1841, Han- 
nah, dau. Ira and Hannah (Lovejoy) Curtiss, b, Oct. 1, 1823, 
Sharon; living with dau. Jessie in S. Roy. 

i. Curtiss W. [7], b. June 16, 1842, Roy. Res., S. Roy. 

ii. Hamden Wallace [7], b. Oct. 11, 1843; d. Dec. 6, 1864, Point 
of Rocks, Va. ; in Civil War. 

iii. Ellen Zipporah [7], b. May 13, 1845, Roy.; m. Oct. 1, 1878, 
Nashua, N. H., Sam. Coe, son Loren and Abigail Coe, b. 1832, Sutton; 
d., leaving no ch. 

iv. Elliot Trussell [7], b. Jan. 6, 1849, Roy.; m. June 5, 1874, 
Silenda, dau. Reuben and Hannah (Manning) Spaulding, b. Apr. 18, 
1855, Bethel; ch.: (a) William Wallace [8], b. Roy.; m. Oct. 4, 1900, 
Springfield, Mass., Florence, dau. William Alex, and Catherine Agnes 
Connor, b. Jan. 1, 1876; ch.: (i) William Wallace [9], b. July 31, 
1901, Springfield, Mass.; (ii) Eleanor Curtiss [9], b. Nov. 25, 1904, 

V. Abby Leora [7], b. Sep. 29, 1851, Roy.; m. Feb. 8, 1883, 
George Warren Walton of Nashua, N. H.; no ch. 

vi. Jessie Fremont [7], b. Feb. 15, 1861, Roy.; grad. of Ran- 
dolph Normal; teacher; res. where the heroine, Mrs. Handy, was sup- 
posed to live. 

HIRAM CARLTON [7] BENSON (Lyman Martin [6], 
Lyman [5], Peter [4], etc.), b. Dee. 23, 1849, Roy.; m. Feb. 19, 
1883, Mary 0., dau. Daniel and Elizabeth (Healy) Boyce, b. 
Feb. 19, 1865, Woodstock. 

Mr. Benson came to Royalton from Woodstock in 1884, and 
bought the Alonzo Fowler place. He has held offices of trust, 
being selectman, 1904-07. 

678 History of Royalton, Vermont 

i. Arthur Elliot [8], b. Dec. 25, 1883, Woodstock. 

ii. Harold Ashley [81, b. Dec. 6, 1886, Woodstock. 

iii. Ray Everett [8], b. July 22, 1888, Roy. 

iv. Howard Martin [8], b. Nov. 25, 1898, Roy. 
RUFUS MARSH [5] BENSON (Peter [4], Moses [3], 
etc.), b. May 4, 1795; d. Mar. 2, 1868, Norwich; m. (1) Cyn- 
thia, dau. Levi and Thedoria Wilder, b. Dec. 15, 1797, West- 
minster; m. (2) Mrs. Sylvia Snow, who d. in Hartford; m. (3) 
Ann Hayden. Res., Hartford, Norwich, Royalton. 

*i. Caroline, b. Mar. 13, 1818; d. Sep. 18, 1901; m. Stephen 

ii. Harriet, b. Aug. 29, 1819. 

iii. Millicent. 
Benoni Benson, the first emigrant to America, with his wife, Sarah, 
came from the vicinity of Oxford, England, and settled at Blackstone, 
Mass. Peter, the father of Lyman, married Azubah Marsh and had 
eleven children, of whom Lyman was the oldest. 


MEDAD [6] BENTON (Jona. [5], Sam. [4], Sam. [3], 
Andrew [2], John [1]), b. 1732; d. Sep. 10, 1810, Roy., bur. 

S. Roy. Gem. ; m. Abigail , b. 1735 ; d. Feb. 9, 1820, Roy., 

bur. Havens Gem. 

Lieut. Medad Benton came from Tolland, Gonn., and first 
settled in Norwich, removing to Royalton between 1774 and 1779. 
He lived below the large Kent farm. He was a soldier in the 
Revolution, a man entrusted with important town business, and 
active in the affairs of the church. He seems to have lived in 
Gooperstown, N. Y., for a while, but returned, 1800, and prob- 
ably died with his daughter, Mrs. Nathaniel Morse. 

i. Martha [7], b. Feb., 1756; d. May, 1759. 
* ii. Mary [7], b. Nov. 22, 1758; m. Nathaniel Morse. 

iii. Jerusha [7], b. Dec. 25, 1760. 

Iv. Jonathan [7], b. Mar. 9, 1763; seems to have left town 
about 1793; served in the militia. 

v. Martha [7], b. Mar. 29, 1765; d. Aug., 1778, bur. S. Roy. 

vi. Sarah [7], b. July 23, 1767; published to Daniel Lyman, 
July 2, 1786. 

vii. Savina [7], b. Oct. 15, 1774; m. Aug. 9, 1792, Rufus Luce; 
seven ch., among them, Zabad, Zebina, Horace, Willard, Wilfred, Nancy; 
m. (2) Eliphalet Sweeting of Paris Hill, N. Y.; ch.: Rufus, Henry, 
Louisa, Lavina. Her name is written in other records Lavina. 

The name, Medad, seems to have come through Medad Pomeroy 
of Northampton, Mass., whose daughter, Mary, married Samuel in 1680. 
Samuel married (2) Anna Cole, who is said to have been bewitched, so 
that "her tongue improved to express what was never in her mind." 
This couple suffered death for their witchcraft. Medad's mother was 
Martha Skinner, and he was their first child. 

History of Royalton, Vermont 679 


DANA [8] BIGELOW, JR. (Dana [7], Eliphaz [6], Isaac 
[5], Isaac [4], Sergt. Isaac [3], Sam. [2], John [1]), b. Jan. 3, 
1822, Barnard; d. Nov. 16, 1903, Roy.; m. Mar. 25, 1846, Jen- 
nette S., dau. Elias and Pattie (Farnham) Lyman, b. June 17, 
1825, Roy.; living with son. Edwin. 

*i. Annette, b. Nov. 25, 1848; m. George K. Taggart. 
ii. Edwin R., b. June 22, 1854; m. May 1, 1894, Mrs. Jennie 
Aden Bailey, dau. Ralph and Pamelia (Wheat) Waldo, and widow of 
Frank Bailey, b. Dec. 13, 1855; no. ch. Lives on the home farm, 
iii. Jennie M., b. May 17, 1860; d. Jan. 9, 1878. 

The Bigelow ancestry is traced in England to 1243, to Richard de 
Baguley, Lord of Baguley. The Warin (Warren) ancestry runs back 
through the Capetian and Carlovingian lines to Cimmerian kings on 
the shore of the Black Sea. 

John settled in Watertown, Mass., and married there in 1642, Mary 
Warin. Isaac [4] and Isaac [5] resided in Colchester, Conn. Eliphaz 
[6] was born June 7, 1767, in Putney. He came from there to Royalton 
in 1795-6, and bought a farm in S. E. 39 L. A. He paid poll tax for 
ten years. He removed to Barnard, where he died, Apr. 11, 1844. He 
had eleven children. Dana, Sen., married Mary Carver. 


SAMUEL BILL, m. Mary . He bought in Sep., 1792, 

of Isaac Pinney, 23 Dutch, and was to pay in salts of lye. His 
estate was in probate Mar. 16, 1797. A son, Samuel, was pub- 
lished Sep. 7, 1800, and took the home farm after his father's 
death, but sold it in 1801, and disappears from the records. Six 
children were baptized on Sep. 6, 1795: Samuel, Eunice, Silas, 
Elias, Charlotte, Lavina. Another child, William, was baptized 
June 25, 1797. 


1. JOHN [5] BILLINGS (Sam. [4], Joseph [3], William 
[2], William [1]), b. Nov. 10, 1751, Montville, Conn.; d. Aug. 
22, 1832, Roy. ; m. Oct. 10, 1772, New London, Conn., Olive, dau. 
James and Ann (Leffingwell) Noble, b. Jan. 4, 1754; d. May 14, 
1843, E. Bethel. 

A sketch of Mr. Billings is given in Chapter VII. He was 
one of the original grantees of the town, and settled north of the 
river in the west part of Royalton. 

i. John [6], b. Apr. 11, 1773; d. in Troy, N. Y.; m. Jan. 31, 
1804, Mrs. Hannah (Brown) Randall, dau. of Jonathan Brown of Pitts- 
town, N. Y., widow of Douglass Randall (?); thirteen ch. 
2. ii. Asa [6], b. Feb. 28, 1775. 

*iii. Rhoda [6], b. Feb. 6, 1778; m. Samuel Hibbard. 
* iv. Mary [6], b. Feb. 20, 1780, Roy.; m. Lemuel Allen, hotel- 
keeper, Roy., O. 

*v. Sarah [6], b. Jan. 1, 1782, Roy.; m. Calvin Skinner. 

680 History of Royalton, Vermont 

vi. Olive [6], b. Feb. 29, 1784, Roy.; d. Oct. 4, 1814, Randolph; 
m. Dec. 1, 1808, Roy., Eleazer Walbridge of Randolph, who m. (2) Oct. 
25, 1815, Huldah Lillie, and d. Aug. 13, 1849; Olive's ch.: (a) Phil- 
ander [7], b. Aug. 4, 1809; (b) George [7], b. July 23, 1811; (c) Harriet 
A. [7], b. Dec. 25, 1812; (d) Olive L. [7], b. Sep. 26, 1814. 

vii. Lucy [6], b. Apr. 7, 1786, Roy.; d. Aug. 14, 1871, Bethel; 
Hi. Feb. 17, 1811, Leonard Fiske, who d. Mar. 16, 1868, aged 81 years; 
seven ch. 

3. viii. Oel [6], b. Apr. 18, 1788, Roy. 

ix. Marcia (Mercy) [6], b. Oct. 10 or 11, 1792, Roy.; m. Rev. 
Orin Tracy, a Baptist minister of Greenfield, Mass.; three ch. 

X. Sabra [6], b. June 22, 1794, Roy.; d. May 25, 1841, New- 
port, N. H.; m. Nov. 6, 1834, Roy., Col. Jessiel Perry, a farmer; no ch. 

xi. Levi Mower [6], b. Oct. 19, 1798, Roy.; m. Oct. 14, 1830, 
Louisa, dau. Shubal and Martha Bliss of Randolph, b. Feb. 4, 1806; 
five ch. Levi M. was a farmer in Oshkosh, Wis. 

2. ASA [6] BILLINGS, son of John [5], b. Feb. 28, 1775; 
d. July 1, 1836 ; bur. N. Roy. Cem. ; m. Dec. 2, 1802, Nancy, dau. 
Gov. Jonas Galusha and granddaughter of Gov. Thos. Chitten- 
den, b. Dec. 28, 1784; d. Oct. 16, 1848. 

In the spring of 1835 Mr. Billings sold his home in 34 T. P., 
and soon after removed to Rochester, N. Y. He was a deacon 
in the Baptist church of B. Bethel. He was an energetic, force- 
ful man. He went to his new home by way of the Erie Canal. 
He remained in Rochester a few years, then removed to Perry, 
N. Y. He reared a family remarkable for longevity. No death 
occurred among the ten children until the youngest was over 
fifty-five, and the average of the children at death was over 
eighty, all reaching seventy or more. The men were character- 
ized by business ability and integrity, and the women by refine- 
ment and love of home, and all by an innate courtesy of the old 
time type. All of them retained their mental powers to the last. 

i. Truman [7], b. Dec. 14, 1803, Roy.; d. July 13, 1880, 
Bethel; m. Jan. 12, 1832, Fanny Flynn of Bethel. 

* ii. Mary Ann [7], b. Nov. 17, 1805, Roy.; m. Reuben Bloss, 
*iii. Olive [7], b. Aug. 29, 1807, Roy.; m. Carlos Dutton. 

iv. Jonas G. [7], b. Oct. 25, 1810; d. Oct. 18, 1896; m. Aug. 
20, 1840, Rochester, N. Y., Jane Padden. 

V. Asa H. [7], b. Mar. 9, 1813, Roy.; d. Aug. 23, 1895; m. Aug. 
9, 1837, Mary H. Stanley. 

vi. Elon G. [7], b. June 28, 1815; d. July 23, 1897; m. July 20, 
1852, Mrs. Helen (Mallett) Beach of Rochester. 

vii. Nancy M. [7], b. May 26, 1818; d. Nov. 20, 1892; m. Nov. 
17, 1842, Perry, N. Y., Johnathan Russell Griswold. 

viii. Levi M. [7], b. Feb. 19, 1820; d. Oct. 18, 1897; m. Sep. 19, 
1850, Perry, N. Y., Maria L. Rathbone. 

ix. Clarissa E. [7], b. July 29, 1822, Roy.; d. June 28, 1910, 
Perry, N. Y.; m. Nov. 12, 1846, Castile, N. Y., Columbus P. Andrus, who 
d. June, 1907. They celebrated both their fiftieth and sixtieth anni- 
versaries. They spent their last days with their daughter, Gracia, who 
married Mortimer N. Cole of Castile, N. Y. Mr. Andrus was a mer- 
chant. Mrs. Andrus was spoken of at the time of her death as a 

History of Royalton, Vermont 681 

woman of rare culture, fearlessly loyal to what she believed to be right. 
She had also another daughter, Mrs. J. W. Graves of Detroit, Mich. 

X. Norman H. [7], b. Feb. 5, 1825, Roy.; d. Oct. 6, 1898; m. 
(1) Oct. 16, 1855, Perry, Adeline Calkins; m. (2) Jan. 6, 1876, Eva 

3. OEL [6] BILLINGS, son of John [5], b. Apr. 18, 1788, 
Eoy.; d. Nov. 29, 1871, Woodstock; m. Mar. 13, 1817, Sophia, 
dau. Jason and Sophia (Farwell) Wetherbe, b. Mar. 25, 1796; 
d- May 1, 1870, on her way to Washington. She was a grand- 
daughter of Capt. Isaac Farwell, a soldier of the Revolution. 

Oel Billings held the highest offices in the gift of the town, 
representing it in the legislature in 1825. He was a farmer and 
merchant in Royalton until 1835, when he removed to Wood- 
stock. He was prominently identified with the social, educa- 
tional, and religious interests of the town. 

i. Edward Horatio [7], b. Apr. 6, 1818, Charlestown, N. H.; 
d. May 8, 1844, Baltimore, Md., while attending a Nat. Convention; 
unm.; grad. of the U. V. M., 1837; studied law with 0. P. Chandler of 
Woodstock, and admitted to the bar 1837; formed partnership with Mr. 

ii. Laura [7], b. Mar. 9, 1820, Roy.; d. Apr. 24, 1849; while 
on the way to San Francisco contracted fever, and was attacked with 
it on reaching Oregon; m. March 16, 1845, Capt. Bezer Simmons, who 
d. Sep. 25, 1850; no ch. 

iii. Charles Jason [7], b. Apr. 23, 1822, Roy.; m. Sep. 19, 1844, 
Sarah, dau. Abial Towne, b. Apr. 27, 1827; two ch.: (a) Frederick 
Towne [8], b. Jan. 17, 1858, Fitchburg, Mass.; (b) Charles Towne [8], 
b. Feb. 27, 1863, Fitchburg, Mass.; grad. at Harvard, 1884. 

iv. Frederick [7], b. Sep. 27, 1823, Roy.; d. Sep. 30, 1890; m. 
Mar. 30, 1862, New York City, Julia, dau. Dr. Eleazer Parmley of New 

A sketch of the Hon. Frederick Billings is found in the chapter on 

Children: (a) Parmley [8], b. Feb. 6, 1863. San Francisco, Cal.; 
d. May 7, 1888; grad. at Amherst, 1884; (b) Laura [8], b. Aug. 20, 
1864, Woodstock; (c) Frederick, [8], Jr., b. Dec. 23, 1866, Woodstock; 
d. Sep. 30, 1890; (d) Mary Montagu [8], b. Mar. 5, 1869, Woodstock; 
(e) Elizabeth [8], b. Jan. 3, 1871, Woodstock; (f) Ehrick [8], b. Oct. 
17, 1872, Woodstock; (g) Richard [8], b. Jan. 31, 1875, Woodstock. 

V. Sophia Farwell [7], b. Nov. 1, 1826, Roy.; m. Dec. 21, 1853, 
Roy., Goldsmith Bailey Fox, Fitchburg, Mass., b. July 17, 1823; d. May 8, 
1862; representative to Congress at time of death; she m. (2) Dec. 28, 
1876, Rodney Wallace, Esq., of Fitchburg. One ch. by Mr. Bailey, Ed- 
ward Goldsmith [8], b. Dec. 19, 1857; grad. at Dartmouth, 1879. 

vi. Franklin Noble [7J, b. Mar. 8, 1829, Roy.; d. Dec. 11, 1894; 
m. Mar. 8, 1859, Nancy Hitch, dau. Jireh Swift of New Bedford, Mass.; 
ch.: (a) Franklin Swift [8], b. May 11, 1862, New Bedford; grad. at 
Harvard, 1885. Franklin, Sen., was a merchant in Woodstock. 

vii. Richard Oel [7], b. Jan. 6, 1831, Roy.; d. Oct. 27, 1854, 
from injuries received by being run over by a construction train on the 
Illinois Central Railroad; unm. 

viii. Elizabeth Sprague [7], b. Sep. 13, 1833, Roy.; d. Aug. 8, 
1905; m. Sep. 14, 1853, George W. Allen, a merchant, who d. May 11, 
1864, Woodstock; one ch., (a) Charles Billings [8], b. Oct. 7, 1862- d. 
Mar. 18, 1863. 

682 History of Royalton, Vermont 

ix. Oliver Phelps Chandler [7], b. Sep. 21, 1836, Woodstock; 
d. Jan. 9, 1894, New York; m. Nov. 24, 1868, Charlotte Lane, b. Paris, 
France, Dec. 6, 1842. He was a grad. from the U. V. M., 1857, ad- 
mitted to the bar 1860; received the degrees of A. M. and LL. B. from 
Harvard, 1860; practiced in Boston; alderman-at-large. New York, 1873- 

The Billings family dates back to the time of Henry HI, and one 
of its distinguished members was a Lord Chief Justice of England. 
William [1] is said to have been one of the original proprietors of Lan- 
caster, Mass., but removed to Stonington, Conn. 


1. THOMAS BINGHAM [4] (Gideon [3], Joseph [2], 
Thomas [1]), b. July 14, 1742, Plainfield, Conn.; d. Sep. 23, 
1823, Royalton; m. 1766, Marcy, dau. John House, Lebanon, 
N. H., b. Oct. 10, 1747, Hebron, Conn.; d. Sep. 10, 1812, Royal- 

The Bingham family is of English descent. Thomas of 
Sheffield, England, was one of the Saybrook colony, 1660. Thomas 
emigrated from Conn, to Lebanon, N. H. In 1778 he was one 
of the signers to a petition dated at Hanover, N. H., asking for 
a grant of Bethel, and was probably then a resident of Lebanon. 
He left his family in Lebanon in 1784, and came to Royalton to 
take possession of Dutch 13, which he had bought of Tilly Park- 
hurst March 22. He returned to Lebanon for his family the 
next spring, and brought them back on horseback. This new 
home has remained in the family until the present time, being 
now owned by his grandson, Harry Bingham. 

Mr. Bingham was no land speculator, but in a few years he 
had acquired a handsome competence by downright hard work, 
energy, and good calculation. In 1812 his grand list was ex- 
ceeded by only one other taxpayer in town, and he led all in the 
number of improved acres of land, then having sixty-five. 

He was a Lieutenant during the Revolutionary War, serv- 
ing in the battles of Brandywine, Princeton, Monmouth, and 
wintering at Valley Forge in 1777-78. Lafayette in a visit to 
Royalton said of him in a public address, "I see before me two 
of my much respected officers, Lieut. Bosworth and Lieut. Bing- 

During the war he was often employed as recruiting officer, 
because of his power to attract men by his fine singing. He was 
of small stature, but his family inherited their large statures 
from the mother's side, the House family. 

Gideon, the father of Thomas, is said to have owned the land 
on which the city of Philadelphia is built. 

*i. Cynthia [5], b. Oct. 10, 1767; m. Joseph Rix. 
ii. Polly [5], b. Dec. 22, 1768; m. Nov., 1785, Samuel Tilden 
of Lebanon, N. H., and settled in New York. Their son, William, 
founded Tilden Seminary at Lebanon. 

History of Royalton, Vermont 683 

* iii. Lucy [5], b. July IS, 1770, Lebanon, Conn.; m. Jonathan 

iv. Thomas [5], b. Mar. 18, 1792. Went to New York State 
and m. a Miss Galusha, by whom he had two children, Calista and 
Daniel G. The son became a lawyer, practicing in Ellicottsville, N. Y., 
and served as Colonel in the Civil War. 

V. Cary [5], b. Dec. 31, 1774; m. Dec. 31, 1805, Anna Ladd of 
Sharon; d. Mar. 26, 1815, Royalton, without issue. He was the first 
person buried in the Havens cemetery. His widow married a Curtis 
in Tunbridge, probably Elias, Jr., as his second wife. 

vl. Eleazer [5], b. Jan. 31, 1777. He was a physician, and 
settled in Batavia, N. Y. 

2. vii. William [5], b. Apr. 18, 1779. 

viii. Sally [5], b. May 13, 1781; d. Apr. 13, 1847, unm. Sally 
remained at home caring for her parents, of whom her father said in 
his will, that she had been unremitting in rendering the evening of 
his life comfortable. After the death of her parents, she kept house 
for her brother, Harry, until her decease. 

ix. Simon [5], b. Feb. 15, 1784, Lebanon, N. H., (?); m. Feb. 

17, 1812, Royalton, Dolly, dau. Capt. Joseph and Miriam Parkhurst, b. 
Aug. 26, 1785, Royalton; a dau., Marcy House, b. May 22, 1813. Simon 
was a carpenter and joiner. He was not listed after 1814. 

3. X. Harry [5], b. Aug. 6, 1786, Royalton. 

xi. Betsey [5], b. Feb. 10, 1789, Royalton; m. Janes; ch.: 

Thomas, Timothy, Henry, Edwin, Lucy, Adeline. The only grandchild 
is a son of Edwin, Dr. George Janes of Springfield, Mass. All are dead 
but Lucy. Betsey used to boast in her old age that never a Bingham 
was round-shouldered. 

4. xii. Gideon [5], b. Feb. 10, 1789, Royalton. 

2. WILLIAM BINGHAM [5], son of Thomas [4], b. Apr. 

18, 1779; d. July 12, 1857, Royalton; m. (1) May 28, 1801, Roy- 
alton, Olive, dau. Daniel and Ann (Readington) Havens, b. Sep. 
27, 1781, Royalton; d. Aug. 29, 1819, Royalton; m. (2) Pamelia, 
dau. Jesse and Patty (Howard) Ames, b. Aug. 10, 1801, Fair- 
lee; d. Apr., 1873, Randolph. She m. (2) Dec. 21, 1864, Joel 
B. Thayer of Randolph, b. 1796. 

Capt. William Bingham served in the militia of the state 
for several years as a young man, and in the War of 1812 he vt^as 
commissioned as Captain of the 2nd Co., 3d Regt. He vs^as a 
carpenter by trade. He first lived in a brick house at "Pierce's 
Mill," but sold, and bought the Austin Adams house, where he 
lived and died. He was one of the prominent men of the town, 
i. Daniel Havens [6], b. Feb. 20, 1802, Royalton; d. 1867, 
Ala. No record of his first marriage; at the time of the Civil War he 
had three living children; a dau., Mrs. Miller, living In Tuscaloosa, 
Ala., Alden, who was a Lieutenant in the Southern army, and so dis- 
owned by his father, and Celia, who m. an ofiicer of the Regular Army, 
and went to Cal. He m. a few years previous to the war Sallie Cren- 
shaw, a Southern sympathizer. 

He was one of the first year students of Norwich Military School. 
After his graduation he went to Baltimore, Md., and organized a similar 
school there, which he taught for some years. Later he went to Ala., 
and became editor of the Athens Herald. He was living in Athens at 
the outbreak of the war, and being a strong Union man, he suffered 

684 History of Royalton, Vermont 

persecution, a price was set upon his head, and he was forced to come 
North because he would not take the oath of allegiance to the Con- 
federacy. He was given some position at West Point. He was a man 
of strong will, and it is said that in his last sickness, he vowed he 
would not die. 

* ii. Mary Ann [6], b. Sept. 10, 1804, Royalton; d. Mar. 25, 1890, 
Hinckley, 111.; m. Oct. 30, 1822, Royalton, Colt Parkhurst. 

iii. William Readington [6], b. Aug. 10, 1809, Royalton; d. 
Aug. 12, 1843. Lived in New York. 

iv. Henry [6], b. Royalton; d. May 7, 1825, aged 17 mos. 

V. George Ames [6], b. Royalton; d. 1872, Braintree; m. Jan. 
27, 1861, Abbie, dau. Ira and Abigail (Knight) Mudgett of Tunbridge. 
One son, Willie Burnside [7], b. Dec. 23, 1861; d. in Braintree. 

vi. Olive A. [6], b. 1831, Royalton; d. Apr. 26, 1846. 
3. HARRY BINGHAM [5], son of Thomas [4], b. Aug. 
6, 1786; d. Feb. 23, 1862, Royalton; m. Jan. 27, 1850, Marcia 
Louisa, dau. Reuben and Betsey (Smith) Dodge, b. Mar. 26, 
1824, Tunbridge ; d. Nov. 18, 1904, Royalton. 

Captain Harry, so-called because he was Captain of the 
Home Guards, was a Sergeant in the militia company of which 
his brother William was Captain, which marched from Royalton 
to Burlington in the War of 1812. He began service as a militia- 
man in early youth. He remained on the old homestead, and 
became one of the most successful farmers which the town has 
ever produced. He was active in all matters pertaining to the 
welfare of the town, and held nearly all the ofiBces of the town. 
He was an ardent Whig, and he was elected by that party in 
1844 to a seat in the Legislature. His son has the notification 

of his nomination: 

"Royalton, Aug. 28, 1844. 
Capt. Harry Bingham 

Sir, The whigs of this town have this day unanimously nomi- 
nated you as their candidate for town Representative in the Vermont 
Legislature for 1844. 

In behalf of the whigs of this town I give you this information. 
I remain, sir, with much respect. 

Your Obt. Ser't 

D. C. Denison, Secretary." 
Twice before he had represented the town, 1828-29. He was 
sixty-three years old when he married a woman thirty-seven 
years his junior. Five children were born from this marriage, 
the youngest being born a few months after his death. 

He was a noted singing master, and for years was choir 
leader in the Congregational church at Royalton village, sing- 
ing and playing the violin. He was popular as a peace-maker 
and referee in disputes. He was accustomed to make trips to 
Boston every winter with a sled load of dressed meat and other 
farm produce, bringing back groceries and provisions. He was 
one of the original stock owners of the Vermont Central R. R., 
and lost many thousands of dollars in the failure of the first 

History of Royalton, Vermont 685 

enterprise. He was a fine representative of Vermont's best 
farmers. He was pensioned Apr. 4, 1846, at the rate of $4.00 a 
month, being then sixty-nine years old. 

i. Lucy Ann [6], b. Feb. 18, 1851, Royalton; d. Feb. 2, 1899, 
Royalton; m. Jan. 4, 1870, John P., son Sylvester and Caroline (Pres- 
ton) Howe, b. Mar. 16, 1839, Tunbridge; d. Dec. 10, 1871, Roy. Children: 
Ida May [7], b. May 25, 1871, Tunbridge; m. Aug. 9, 1892, Amos J. 
Eaton. (See Eaton). 

Lucy Ann was educated in Royalton Academy, and taught school 
until her marriage. Her home then was in Tunbridge on the farm 
later owned by her brother-in-law, Charles Howe, and still later, by 
Walter K. Howe. After her husband's death she removed to the Harry 
Bingham homestead, where she lived until her death. 

ii. Alma Jane [6] b. Dec. 15, 1852, Royalton; m. Oct. 16, 1889, 
John Asaph, son Asaph and Roxana (Wight) Button, b. July 28, 1844, 
Royalton; d. Mar. 25, 1906, Roy.; bur. E. Bethel. 

iii. Harry Augustus [6], b. Apr. 15, 1856; m. Sep. 30, 1890, 
May Susan, dau. William and Emogene Irene (Bryant) Lovejoy, b. Nov. 
10, 1868, Granville. He is a successful farmer on the old Bingham 
homestead. Children: (a) Harry Earl [7], b. July 5, 1891; grad. from 
the South Royalton High School, 1909; (b) Mildred Lovejoy [7], b. Feb. 
14, 1898; d. Apr. 20, 1898; (c) Ruth Alma [7], b. July 26, 1899; (d) 
Raymond Thomas [7], b. Oct. 20, 1902. 

iv. William Albert [6], b. Mar. 30, 1859, Royalton; m. Dec. 8, 
1891, Leona Estella, dau. Danforth and Harriet A. (Parkhurst) Day, 
b. Aug. 11, 1867, Barre. Res. So. Royalton. Ch.: (a) Vera May [7], b. 
Oct. 11, 1894, Lowell, Mass.; (b) Annie Lucile [7], b. Feb. 27, 1904. 

V. George Leslie [6], b. July 25, 1862, Roy.; m. Oct. 21, 1884, 
Strafford, Ozema Almeda, dau. Joseph and Delia (Farnham) Ross, b. 
Feb. 14, 1863, Strafford. Res. So. Royalton. No. ch. 

4. GIDEON BINGHAM [5], son of Thomas [4], b. Mar. 
30, 1791, Royalton; d. June 27, 1865, Roy.; m. Nov. 17, 1822, 
Castleton, Almeda, dau. James and Katherine (Clifford) Strong, 
b. Dee. 20, 1799, Hartford; d. Sep. 10, 1862, Royalton. 

Gideon was educated in Royalton academy and Randolph 
Grammar school, and taught school many years, both before and 
after his marriage. He taught much in his own district. No. 2, 
and it is told of him that he used to carry his little daughter to 
school on his back. He was a fine penman, and taught writing 
school in this town and in other places. 

In 1844 he bought the original Nathaniel Morse homestead, 
which was settled before the Indians burned the town. In Octo- 
ber, 1851, the house was struck by lightning. The family and 
some relatives were visiting in the kitchen, and the son, James 
Gideon, ten years old, weary with work, was lying behind the 
stove with his head on a pillow. The lightning passing through 
the house threw Gideon, the father, from his chair and broke his 
leg, leaving the chair in splinters; the dents made by the chair 
can still be seen on the floor. The bricks of the chimney were 
thrown off, every glass in the windows of the kitchen broken, 

686 History of Royalton, Vermont 

boards piled up in a shed tossed rods away, and the building set 
on fire. No one was injured except the two mentioned, Gideon, 
and his son James. The clothing of the little boy was torn off, 
and the flesh on one side of his chest literally burned off, leav- 
ing the ribs bare, but he still breathed, though there was no hope 
of his recovery. As he told the story, the return to consciousness 
was like nightmare, in which he tried to speak, but for a long 
time was unable to do so. He was moved on a sheet for three 
months, but finally he recovered his usual health. Scientists 
from a long distance came to see the damage done, as the course 
of the lightning seemed to be upward, instead of downward, as 
indicated by the wreckage. 

i. Sally Jane [6], b. Jan. 31, 1824, Royalton; d. Oct. 25, 1841. 

ii. Marcia Annette [6], b. Feb. 3, 1839, Roy.; m. Hiram Gilbert 
of Clarksville, la., by whom she had four ch.; after his death she mar- 
ried again; no issue; she d. Mar., 1897. 

iii. Gideon [6], b. Aug. 20, 1840, Roy.; d. the next day. 

iv. James Gideon [6], b. Oct. 2, 1841, Roy.; d. May 16, 1910, 
Roy.; m. Dec. 1, 1863, Betsey Ann, dau. David Wickham and Clarissa 
(Tarbell) Cowdery, b. Oct. 16, 1841, Tunbridge; d. Aug. 13, 1910, Roy. 
He settled on the old homestead, where his first child was born. After 
his father's death, he rem. to Clarksville, la.; at the end of five years 
ret. and bought the Thomas Broughton farm, where his second child 
was born. Some years later he removed to the Cowdery homestead in 
So. Royalton, which he owned with his daughter Clarissa. He was a 
farmer and milk dealer. Ch.: (a) Clarissa Almeda [7], b. Sep. 23, 
1864, Roy.; grad. in 1885 from the Salem, Mass., State Normal, and has 
been teaching in Salem ever since; (b) Mollie Augusta [7], b. May 26, 
1878, Roy.; m. Nov. 25, 1908, Ned Kimball, son Caleb and Adnah (Colby) 
Loverin, b. May 3, 1878, Croyden, N. H., where they reside on the old 
Loverin homestead. She grad. from Salem, Mass., High School, and 
trained as a nurse in the Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, Hanover, 
N. H., from which she grad. 1906. She was eminently successful as 
nurse until her marriage. 

(The larger part of the Bingham family record was obtained 
through the painstaking labor of Mrs. Ida May (Howe) Eaton). 


CHARLES EPHRAIM BLACK, son of Charles AVright 
and Persis (Randall) Black, and grandson of Zenas and Beulah 
(Wright) Black, b. Oct. 7, 1847, Saxtons River; m. Apr. 5, 1870, 
E. Barnard, Delia Louisa, dau. Isaac and Louisa Elizabeth 
(Swift) Graves, b. Aug. 29, 1844, E. Barnard; no ch. 

A sketch of Mr. Black is given in Chapter XLI. When he 
came to S. Royalton in 1891, his father came with him, and re- 
mained here until his death, June 25, 1905. Charles, Sen., was 
born in Augusta, Me., Jan. 5, 1814. He lived in Westminster, 
Saxtons River, and E. Barnard. In E. Barnard he had a black- 
smith shop for many years. Besides his son Charles, he had two 
daughters, Mary, who married J. 0. Belknap, and Jennie, b. 

History of Royalton, Vermont 68T 

June 12, 1855, E. Barnard, who married Munroe, son of Levi 
Belknap, a brother of Seymour. Her daughter, Lottie, served 
as clerk in Belknap's store in S. Royalton several years, and is 
at present residing here. 


HORATIO K. BLAKE, son of Greenleaf and Charlotte 
Blake, b. Sep. 3, 1808, Hill, N. H.; d. Mar. 20, 1864, Roy.; m. 
(1) July 14, 1833, Jane Seavey, who d. May 16, 1837; m. (2) 

Sep. 16, 1838, Sanbornton, N. H., Rebecca, dau. Cyrus and 

(Woodbury) Berkley of Franklin, N. H., b. Feb. 5, 1816, Pier- 
mont, N. H. ; d. May 30, 1896, Roy. 

Mr. Blake was the first station agent and postmaster in S. 
Royalton, and held the positions until failing health compelled 
him to resign. This record is a good indication of his worth and 
standing in the community. 

i. William Francis, 'b. Sep. 28, 1834, Hill, N. H.; d. Mar. 27, 
r876, Minneapolis, Minn.; m. Julia Lyman, b. May 18, 1840; d. June 7, 
1892; ch.: (a) Gertrude. 

il. Henry Seavey, b. May 6, 1837, Hill; d. May 21, 1883, Minn.; 
m. Harriet Roberts; ch.: (a) Fred A., b. June 24, 1859. 

iii. Horatio Gate, b. May 6, 1837, Hill, N. H.; d. Feb. 23, 1895, 
Roy.; m. May 2, 1865, Rosaline M. Slack of Norwich; ch.: (a) Agnes 
Maria, b. Aug. 11, 1866, Roy.; (b) Albert G., b. Sep. 16, 1868; m. June 18, 
1893, Lena J. Abbott of Barnard, dau. Albert and Mary (Gibbs) Ab- 
bott; ch.: (i) Bert Lester, b. May 28, 1894, Barnard. Albert G. has 
resided in town twenty-five years of his life, and with his mother is a 
present resident. Horatio G. was in the Givil War. 

iv. Cyrus Oscar, b. June 24, 1839; m. Luella Ellsworth; one 
son; res. Garthage, Mo. In the Givil War In the Navy. 

V. Gharles Greenleaf, b. Sep. 21, 1841; d. Apr. 12, 1876, Rio 
Janeiro, Brazil; m. Feb. 7, 1867, Roy., Mary, dau. David W. and Glarissa 
(Tarbell) Gowdery, b. in Tunbridge; no ch. Res. at time of marriage 
in Manchester, N. H. In the Givil War he enlisted in Go. F, 34th Mass. 
Went as a private, and came out 1st Lieut. He was offered a captain's 
commission to go into the Regular Army. Only three of the original 
members of the 34th Regt. came out at end of service. He was tele- 
graph operator at Manchester, N. H., and manager for Gamewell & Go., 
N. Y., introducing a system of fire alarm, then considered the best. 
Took the agency for Brazil, but after a residence there of a year, was 
attacked with yellow fever and died. He possessed unusual business 
ability, and force of character. 

vi. Launcelot Kelly, b. Sep. 10, 1843, Hill, N. H.; killed Apr. 
2, 1870, on the railroad, Woodstock station; unm.; in the Givil War in 
the cavalry. 

vii. Eugene Berkley, b. Dec. 5, 1845; m. (1) Glara Hay ward 
of Greenfield, Mass.; ch.: (a) Edith, (b) Mabel, (c) Eugene; m. (2) 
Mina Mason of Hartwellsville, by whom he has four ch., one son, Ralph. 
He is a coal dealer in Greenfield, Mass., entrusted with important town 
offices, chairman of Franklin Gounty Mass., Gommissloners. In Givil 
War, as sutler, with uncle, Gapt. Rundlett. 

vlii. Dom Woodbury, b. Mar. 28, 1848, Hill, N. H.; m. Jan. 2, 
1871, Edna, dau. George W. and Sarah (Mosher) Ghillson, b. Feb. 17, 

688 History of Royalton, Vermont 

1855; ch.: (a) Glenn M., b. June 5, 1874, Lebanon, N. H.; m. Nov. 5, 
1895, Lizzie, dau. Daniel Parkhurst of Sharon; ch. : (i) Dom Daniel, 
b. Mar. 25, 1901, St. Albans. Mr. D. Blake resides on the place where 
Daniel Rix lived in 1780. In Civil War, in Navy. 

ix. Edric Tarbell, b. June 16, 1851, Roy. (?); d. Feb. 28, 1852. 

X. Edric Augustus, b. Feb. 15, 1853, S. Roy.; m. Bffie Niles 
of Charlemont, Mass.; no ch.; res., Shenandoah, Va. 

xi. Alice Belle, b. June 20, 1855, S. Roy.; m. Feb. 25, 1891, 
Charles, son Arthur and Abbie (Lord) Daggett, b. June 24, 1869, Mor- 
gan; d. Jan. 13, 1910, S. Roy.; no ch. Mr. Daggett was a member of 
Rising Sun Masonic Lodge, Modern Woodmen, and White River Grange. 
He ran a fish cart and had a small store in S. Roy. He was character- 
ized by kindliness of heart and a cheerful disposition. Mrs. Daggett 
has long been a member of the M. E. church choir. 

xii. Mattie Grace, b. July 14, 1857; m. June 13, 1878, Frank 
W., son George W. and Charlotte S. (Pierce) Bradstreet; no ch. 

xiii. Jed Gilman, b. Feb. 6, 1860, Roy.; m. Jan. 11, 1882, Isabel 

Leland; four ch.: (a) Norman; (b) Garnet; (c) Robert; (d) ; 

res., Ohio. 

Mr. and Mrs. Horatio K. Blake gave six sons to the service of their 
country, all of whom returned. 


1. JOHN BLISS, son of Nathan and Rebecca Bliss, b. Sep. 
17, 1773, Rehoboth, Mass.; d. Aug. 29, 1859, Roy.; m. Nov. 11, 
1802, Rebecca, dau. John and Hannah (Parkhurst) Hutchinson, 
b. Aug. 14, 1780, Tunbridge; d. June 16, 1850, Roy. 

John Bliss came to Royalton from Rehoboth in 1798 and 
bought land in the southwest corner of the town. He sold this 
to Sylvanus Bliss in 1810, and bought fifty acres of "Webster Wal- 
bridge, which, with additions, is the farm now owned by Daniel 

i. Emily, b. Oct. 21, 1803, Roy.; d. in Hancock, Dec. 30, 1878; 
m. Sep. 12, 1853, Othniel Dunham of Bethel; no ch. 

ii. Calvin Parkhurst, b. Dec. 10, 1805, Roy.; d. Mar. 8, 1881; 
m. Maria Nichols of Randolph, who d. Apr. 11, 1881; one ch. 

iii. Nathan, b. Jan. 16, 1808, Roy.; d. Feb. 22, 1824, Roy. 

iv. Charles, b. July 26, 1810; d. Oct. 22, 1813, Roy. 

V. Sarah Anne, b. Sep. 15, 1812, Roy.; d. Feb. 3, 1897; m. Oct. 
21, 1838, Isaac Brown; three ch.; res.. Bethel. 

2. vi. Charles William, b. Sep. 16, 1814. 

vii. Mary Lazette, b. Feb. 6, 1816, Roy.; d. Jan. 10, 1887; m. 
Apr. 17, 1845, Nathan Parker of Bethel; two girls. 

3. viii. John Hutchinson, b. July 24, 1819, Roy. 

ix. Rebecca Jane, b. Mar. 9, 1822, Roy.; d. Jan. 19, 1887; m. 
May 24, 1841, Ira Holt of Pittsfield; two ch. 

2. CHARLES WILLIAM, b. Sep. 16, 1814, Roy. ; d. Jan. 
1, 1898, Roy.; m. June 24, 1844, Henrietta, dau. Aaron and Bet- 
sey Whitney of Tunbridge, b. Dec. 11, 1823 (?), Tunbridge; d. 
Jan. 28, 1900. 

Charles William Bliss was born, lived and died on the farm 
owned by his father, John Bliss. He held important town offices, 
a man of more than ordinary intelligence. 

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i. Willis Whitney, b. July or Aug. 28, 1845, Roy.; d. Mar. 22, 

ii. William Henry, b. Oct. 5, 1847, Roy.; d. Nov. 11, 1909, 
Middlebury; m. (1) Maria Mitchell of Providence, R. I., who d. 1900; 
n:. (2) Mabel A. Kingsley of Middlebury; no ch. Grad. of U. V. M. in 
1871; studied law, admitted to the bar in R. I. in 1873; practiced in 
Rochester, 1877-86; state's attorney for Addison county, 1890-92; judge 
of probate, Middlebury, 1899 till death; admitted to practice in U. S. 
supreme court in 1895. He was a poet of much ability. 

iii. Daniel Webster, b. 1853, Roy.; m. June 17, 1891, Jessie 
B., dau. Ira and Lizzie (Diamond) Mudgett of Tunbridge; grad. of 
Roy. Academy, and a teacher. Mr. Bliss is a progressive farmer, and 
has owned fine, speedy horses. Resides on the home farm. They have 
one child. Max Daniel, b. Aug. 19, 1899, Roy. 

3. JOHN HUTCHINSON BLISS, b. July 24, 1819, Roy. ; 
d. Oct. 18, 1903 ; m. Apr. 10, 1853, Harriet Cornelia, dau. Orsa- 
mus and Hannah (Robinson) Blodgett, b. Aug. 1, 1824, Ran- 
dolph; d. Apr. 29, 1885. 

John Bliss resided on the farm east of his brother, Charles 

i. Mary Frances, b. Apr. 4, 1854, Roy.; m. Oct. 31, 1888, Ed- 
ward O., son Sam. Spencer and Charlotte (Winn) Doton, b. Mar. 3, 
1844, Pomfret; ch.: Edward Bliss, b. Oct. 30, 1894; res. Springfield, Mass. 

ii. George Nathan, b. Dec. 5, 1857, Roy.; m. Nov. 16, 1887, 
Josephine Eva, dau. Anson and Mary (Mansfield) Brigham, b. Dec. 23, 
1866, Stowe; ch.: (a) Clayton Edward, b. June 6, 1890; res. Springfield, 

iii. John Blodgett, b. Sep. 12, 1864, Roy.; unm.; res. Nelson, 
B C 

THOMAS BLISS, perhaps the brother of John Bliss, son 
of Nathan, d. 1856 (?) ; m. Olive Horton. 

Thomas Bliss came to Royalton in 1799. He lived on the 
farm recently owned by Mr. Stiles. 

i. Polly, b. Dec. 6, 1801, Roy.; m. Mar. 7, 1825, Moses Belden. 
ii. Ira, b. Aug. 26, 1806, Roy.; d. Dec. 26, 1871, unm. When 
he was twenty-one he was given a new suit of blue homespun clothes. 
It was all wool, and trimmed with brass buttons. He wore it all his 
life for a best suit, and was laid out in it at death. He lived with his 
brother Abial and his widowed sister on the home farm, 
iii. Abial, b. Nov. 27, 1808, Roy. 

iv. Chloe Ann, b. Nov. 10, 1815, Roy.; d. Oct. 9, 1874, Roy.; 
m. Loren W. Clark. 

SYLVANUS BLISS came to Royalton in 1808, and bought 
a farm of John Bliss in 41 L. A. He kept this until 1824. He 

had a wnfe, F- , and a daughter, Joanna, who married Russell 



SAMUEL BLODGETT, m. Hannah Converse. Bought the 
hotel in the village in 1831. Sold out in 1844 and went to Bran- 

i. Jane Porter, b. Mar. 21, 1818, E. Randolph; d. May 2, 1893, 
Malone, N. Y.; m. Sep. 24, 1842, Dr. Calvin Skinner. 


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ELIJAH D. BLODGETT, son of Eli and Irene, d. June, 
1904, St. Johnsbury ; m. Augusta A. M. , b. 1822 ; d. Feb. 2, 

1855, Roy. 

i. Heman M., b. Jan. 24, 1847, Roy. (?) ; d. Nov. 1, 1852, Roy. 

ii. Ann L., b. Mar. 12, 1852, Roy. prob. 

iii. Infant son, d. and bur. N. Roy. Cem. 
PEARL DAVIS BLODGETT, brother of Elijah D., b. Apr. 
7, 1828, Randolph; d. May 15, 1903, Burlington; m. June 16, 
1853, Laura A., dau. John and Matilda (Morse) Freeman, who 
d. Apr. 17, 1908, Minneapolis, Minn. 

Pearl D. and Elijah D. were merchants in Royalton village. 
Pearl removed to Salem, Mass. In the Civil War he enlisted 
from Randolph. Both brothers resided for many years in St. 
Johnsbury, where they held the offices of town clerk and treas- 
urer for about thirty years. 

i. Pearl Freeman, b. Nov. 27, 1858; m. Clara C. Bralnard; 
res. Montpelier. 

li. Harriet Elizabeth, m. Simeon E. Belknap. 

iii. Ernest Andrew, m. Inez Huntington. 

iv. William Winthrop, m. Agnes Holden. 

V. Eliza Wood, m. James J. Traill. 


1. RICHARD [5] BLOSS (Richard [4], Richard [3], 
Richard [2] (?), Edmund [1]), b. Apr. 19, 1738, Woodstock, 
Conn. ; d. in Roy. before Dec. 9, 1827 ; m. June 29, 1758, Sarah, 
dau. Benj. Barrett, b. Nov. 23, 1740; d. in Roy. before Dee. 9, 

Richard Bloss came to Royalton about 1791, in which year 
he bought one acre in the village. Later he purchased 24 T. P. 
He and his wife were cared for on the farm by his son Benjamin, 
i. Juda [6] (Judith), b. Mar. 15 or 19, 1759. 
li. Martha [6], b. Mar. 24, 1761. 
*iii. Zeruiah [6], b. May 22, 1763; m. Asa Perrin. 

2. iv. Reuben [6], b. July 22, 1765. 
V. Simeon [6], b. Jan. 11, 1768. 

vi. Benjamin [6], b. July 10, 1770; prob. d. young, 
vii. Selah [6], b. Nov. 25, 1773. 

3. viii. Perley [6] (?), b. Mar. 6, 1776. 

ix. Sally [6], b. July 4, 1778; m. Dec. 9, 1802, Ashbel Tucker 
of Randolph. Lived to be about eighty-six; ch.: Royal, Ashbel, Lydia, 

X. (?) Polly [6], m. Dec. 3, 1801, Ira Tucker of Randolph. 
Lived to be almost one hundred; ch.: Mary, James, Phebe, Ira, Han- 
nah, Richard, Saphronia, Sally, Reuben, Benjamin. 

xi. Mabel [6], b. Aug. 21, 1782. 

xii. Hannah [6], twin of Mabel. 

4. xiii. Benjamin [6], b. Nov. 19, 1784. 

2. REUBEN [6] BLOSS, b. July 22, 1765, Killingly, 
Conn.; d. Sep. 2, or 22, 1822; bur. E. Bethel; m. Phebe Dutton, 
b. 1769; d. Sep. 6, 1842. 

Benjamin Bloss, 

Ridiaid Dana Bloss, M. D., 

Itichard Bloss, M. 

.labez Parkluu-st Bloss. M. D., 

Storrs Lee Howe, 

Norman Francis Howe, 

]\Irs. Mniv Jacobs (Lyman) Howe, 

Lvman Howe, 

History of Royalton, Vermont 691 

Reuben was probably the first of the Bloss family to remove 
to Royalton. On Mar. 11, 1789, he bought 23 T. P. His brother- 
in-law, Asa Perrin, was already a resident of the town. Mr. 
Perrin recorded the funeral of a child of Reuben's on May 5, 


5. i. Richard [7], b. Apr. 13, 1789. 

ii. Dolly [7], b. 1791 (?). 

iii. Simeon [7], b. 1794; d. Mar. 7, 1821, unm.; bur. E. Bethel. 

iv. Judith [7]. 

V. Polly [7], b. Feb. 2, 1802; m. Hatsel Brewer. 

vi. Reuben [7], b. Apr. 12, 1804. 

vii. Phebe [7], b. May 4, 1806. 

viii. Betsey Phebe [7], b. Jan. 10, 1810; d. Nov. 3, 1857; m. 
Jan. 21, 1830, Joel B. Fox. 

3. PERLEY [6] BLOSS, b. Mar. 6, 1776; m. July 7, 1803, 

Roy., Anna Caroline Bates (?). 

Perley Bloss was a lieutenant in the militia of 1809. 
i. Hannah [7], b. Apr. 16, 1804, Roy. 
ii. Caroline [7], b. Feb. 20, 1805, Roy. 
iii. Adin [7], b. Mar. 25, 1806, Roy. 
iv. William [7], b. Jan. 28, 1809, Roy. 

4. BENJAMIN [6] BLOSS, b. Nov. 19, 1784; d. Sep. 23, 
1862, New Haven; bur. Bristol; m. in Stockbridge, Mary, dau. 
John Durkee, b. Mar. 29, 1791 ; d. May 28, 1873. 

Benjamin came to Royalton in 1807, removing from Stock- 
bridge. He bought of Richard and Perley land in 24 and 25 
T. P., and assumed the care of his parents. After their death, 
he removed, about 1831, to Hancock, from there to Bristol, and 
later went to Michigan to live with his daughter Eliza. The 
climate did not agree with him, and he and his wife returned to 

i. Eliza D. [7], b. Jan. 19, 1811, Roy.; d. Dec. 30, 1899; m. 
1835, Theodore Hoyt of New Haven; res.. Silver Creek, Mich. 

ii. Sally H. [7], b. Feb. 13, 1813, Roy.; d. May 28, 1851; m. 
Lewis L. Doten of Monkton; rem. to 111. 

iii. John F. [7], b. Feb. 7, 1815, Roy.; d. May 13, 1905; m. June, 
1837, Julia Arnold of Bristol, where they lived till her death; rem. 
with son to Mich. 

iv. Mary Ann [7], b. Feb. 28, 1817, Roy.; d. Nov., 1899; m. 
Dr. George Barrett of Hartland; after death of husband, rem. to Chi- 
cago to live with a son; died in Monteith, Mich. 

V. Justin [7], b. June 28, 1819, Roy.; m. Lorinda Palmer of 
Lincoln; res. Bristol and New Haven, where Lucinda d., then he rem. 
to York state. 

vi. Ebenezer H. [7], b. Mar. 30, 1821, Roy.; m. Laura Down- 
ing; living in Northfield, 1908. 

vii. Lucretia [7], b. Jan. 16, 1823, Roy.; d. fall of 1901; m. 
Artemas Beals of New York. 

viii. Luthera [7], twin of Lucretia; d. May 4, 1836. 

ix. Emily [7], b. Dec. 30, 1824; d. Apr., 1893; m. fall of 1848, 
Nathan L. Collins of Westford. Both d. in Waterbury. 

X. Harvey D. [7], b. Dec. 9, 1827, Roy.; d. Oct. 23, 1835. 

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xi. Harriet G. [7], twin of Harvey; m. May 30, 1847, Henry N. 
Lee of Lincoln; m. (2) Oliver Ware; m. (3) Harvey Collins; res. Bur- 

xii. Jemima [7], called by the family Lamira, b. Jan. 21, 1832, 
Hancock, prob.; d. Nov. 24, 1855, unm. 

5. RICHARD [7] BLOSS, son of Reuben [6], b. Apr. 13, 
1789, Roy.; d. Sep. 13, 1863, Troy, N. Y.; m. Jan. 23, 1824, 
Gratia, dau. Jabez and Lucy (Waldo) Parkhurst, b, Nov, 2, 
1796, Roy. ; d. Nov. 19, 1890, Troy, N. Y. 

For sketch of Richard Bloss, M. D., see "Medical Profes- 
sion. ' ' 

i. Jabez Parkhurst [8], b. Jan. 15, 1827, Bethel, N. Y.; d. Aug. 
26, 1909, Troy, N. Y.; m. Jan. 6, 1856, Mrs. Katherine (Van Schaik) 
Fry, widow of Hanford Fry. She d. 1884. Ch.: (a) Frederick Sel- 
den [9], b. Nov. 17, 1857, Burlington, la.; m. Feb. 11, 1903, Helen Louise 
Murbagh; no ch.; physician; res., Troy, N. Y.; (b) Richard Park- 
hurst [9], b. Oct. 11, 1859, Burlington, la.; m. Aug. 30, 1882, Elizabeth 
Peard; ch.: (i) Richard [10]; (c) Gratia Lucy [9], b. June 17, 1870, 
Troy; m. June 9, 1894, Frank Harrison; ch.: (i) George Shaw [10]; 
(ii) Richard Bloss [10]; (iii) Katherine Gratia [10]; res., Toledo, O. 
Jabez Bloss was a homeopath physician; prepared for a civil 
engineer, traveled extensively, and was in Japan when Commodore 
Perry opened up two ports of that nation to the world in 1854; grad. 
from Med. Dept. of Columbia Univ. Had patients throughout this coun- 
try and in Europe. He was a man of high social and professional 
standing. His son Richard is a civil engineer. Both sons are promi- 
nent men in the city of Troy. 

ii. Richard Dana, b. Mar. 25, 1832, Roy.; d. Nov. 17, 1907; 
m. Apr. 20, 1881, Ida Wylie; ch.: (a) Richard Hamlin, living at Burden 
Lake, N. Y., where his mother resides. Richard Dana was also a 
homeopath physician of repute in Troy, N. Y. 

iii. Reuben, b. June 4, 1835, Roy.; d. Aug. 20, 1872, unm.; 
settled in Rochester, N. Y. 

In the S. Roy. Cem. is a broken stone recording the death of Han- 
nah, daughter of Richard and Lucy Bloss, Mar. 2, 1797, aged thirteen. 


Capt. Nath. [5], Stephen [4], Sam. [3], Isaac [2], Sam. [1]), 
b. Sep. 1, 1793, Norwich; d. 1852, Kenosha, Wis.; m. July 12, 
1817, Elizabeth Durkee, b. in Burlington, and d. soon after her 
husband. She was a sister of the Hon. Charles Durkee, U. S. 
senator from Wis. 

Jabez H. Boardman opened a hatter's shop in Royalton vil- 
lage about 1816, and remained until 1837, when he went to 
Kenosha, Wis. His father was a doctor and a deacon in the 
church at Norwich. His grandfather was a captain, serving in 
the French and Indian War, and with his son. Dr. Boardman, 
was active in the Revolution, Jabez was brother of the Rev. 
Eliakim Boardman, who graduated from Dartmouth in 1815. 
His death was caused by a fall from a loaded team. He was a 
man of much energy and determination. 

History of Royalton, Vermont 693 

Samuel [1] was born at Banbury, Oxfordshire, England. 
At the age of twenty-three he emigrated to America and settled 
at Ipswich, Mass., removing to Weathersfield, Conn. He was for 
thirty-two sessions a member of the General Court of Conn. 

i. Mary Ann [8], m. 1855, John Monnhan; one dau., Mrs. 
L. W. Lycon; res. Grand Forks, N. D. Mary Ann lived on Mackinac 

ii. George Washington [8], now dead; printer, editor, pub- 
lisher, and clerk in land office. Wash., D. C. 

iii. Charles S. [8], b. Aug. 20, 1827. Roy. prob.; m. May 4, 
1855, Imogene Winters. 

iv. Jackson [8], drowned at Kenosha, at the age of fourteen. 

V. Henry C. [8]. Kept a summer hotel at Mackinaw, Mich., 
in company with his brother Charles; later lived in Louisville, Ky. 


1. BENJAMIN [6] BOSWORTH (Amos [5], Jona. [4], 
Jona. [3], Jona. [2], Edward [1]), b. Feb. 23, 1757, Rehoboth, 
Mass. ; d. Sep. 15, 1848, Roy. ; m. Jan. 11, 1784, Rehoboth, Bar- 
bara, dau. Isaiah and Anna (Channing) Lindley, b. Nov. 26, 
1760, Rehoboth; d. Feb. 17, 1830 (?), Roy. 

i. Benjamin [7], b. Sep. 13, 1784, Rehoboth; d. Aug. 25, 1807. 
His father advertised him Mar. 23, 1808. Seems to have left home and 
died without the knowledge of his parents. 
2. ii. Jarvis [7], b. Mar. 20, 1786. 

iii. Amos [7], d. before Jan. 16, 1841, when his estate was in 
probate; m. Jan. 17, 1815, Sukey, dau. Peter and Sarah (Graves) 
Wheelock, b. Feb. 4, 1796, Roy.; d. Nov. 6, 1886, Grand de Tour, HI. 
Ch.: (a) Child, b. June 22, 1817, Roy.; (b) Child, b. June 27, 1818, 
Roy.; (c) Cliild, b. Apr. 9, 1822, Roy. Names of these not given. Amos 
was a hotel keeper in Royalton village; rem. to Grand de Tour about 
1840, where he soon died. 

iv. David [7], b. Feb. 1, 1797, Roy. prob.; d. Jan. 8, 1845, 
Bethel; m. Jerusha, dau. Cyril Wilson, b. Feb. 24, 1801, Compton, Can.; 
d. Sep. 17, 1884, Roy.; ch.: Benjamin Franklin, b. Nov. 16, 1826, Roy. 
(Dr. Denison's record); d. Nov. 30, 1908, Roy. (See "The Pound.") 

2. JARVIS [7] BOSWORTH, b. Mar. 20, 1786, Reho- 
both, prob.; d. Dec. 10, 1857, Roy.; m. (1) Barsheba Crowell of 
Barnard, b. 1794; d. Feb. 4, 1852; m. (2) Betsey Newton of 
Gaysville, who m. (2) Jan. 4, 1860, William S. Lamphere of 
Brookfield, and d. Jan. 6, 1873, Brookfield. He d. Oct. 3, 1880, 
aged 76 yrs. 11 mo. 

Jarvis and Amos had farms near their father, bordering on 
Bethel and Barnard. Jarvis lived with and cared for his parents 
in their old age. 

Dates of birth of his children have been lacking, and the 
order as given may not be correct. 

i. Benjamin [8], b. 1808; d. Aug. 7, 1811, Roy. 
ii. Elvira [8], b. Feb. 15, 1810, Roy.; d. Oct. 6, 1843, Barnard; 
m. Mar. 9, 1831, Albert Danforth of Barnard; ch.: (a) Isaac N., b. 1835, 
now a physician in Chicago, HI.; (b) Charles B., b. 1839, living in 
Dedham, Mass. 

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iii. Charles. Lost in the steamer Lexington, about Dec. 25, 

iv. Stephen, b. 1814, Roy.; d. June 2, 1854, Roy.; m. Aug. 30, 
1839, Tunbridge, Elizabeth L. Foster of Tunbridge, b. 1820; d. Nov. 19, 
1889. She m. (2) Dr. Albigence Pierce (See); m. (3) Caleb Wilson. 
Ch.: (a) David Greeley Poster, b. Aug. 24, 1842; d. Jan. 10, 1884; m. 
Jan. 6, 1868, Clara A., dau. David and Clarissa (Tarbell) Cowdery, b. 
Nov. 19, 1848, Tunbridge; d. Nov. 29, 1901; ch.: (i) Lottie B., b. July 
2, 1871, S. Roy.; m. June 1, 1897, Edward, son William Thomas and 
Sarah (Jefford) Martin, and has son, William Bosworth, b. Apr. 13, 
1898, Lowell, Mass.; (ii) Thomas, b. July 2, 1879, Holbrook, Mass.; 
grad. Harvard, 1901; teaching in Chicago Latin School; (b) Charles B., 
b. Aug., 1847; d. Feb. 8, 1852; (c) Charles. 

Stephen had a general merchandise store at N. Royalton in the 
brick store. Sold out and left town, ret. after a few years, and lived 
with his father at Havensville. After his mother died moved to S. 
Roy., where he d. of small pox. 

V. Benjamin, d. Mar. 6, 1815, aged six weeks. 

vi. Hazard, b. Nov. 6, 1817, Roy.; d. Nov. 25, 1886, Lunenburg, 
Mass.; m. Apr. 31, 1846, Brookline, N. H., Mary Jane, dau. Alpheus and 
Clorinda Shattuck, b. June 9, 1823, Brookline; ch.: Bersha Clorinda, 
b. Jan. 5, 1857, Bethel; d. Sep. 16, 1870, Roy.; (b) Percy Alpheus, b. 
July 6, 1858, Bethel; d. Oct. 1, 1906, Lunenburg. Hazard lived in Roy- 
alton village some years, and was by trade a merchant. 

vii. Esther, b. Nov. 6, 1819; d. June 23, 1904, Claremont, N. H.; 
m. Hon. William Clark of Claremont, N. H.; no ch. 

viii. Deborah, m. (1) Josiah Dudley; m. (2) A. M. Hitchcock; 
three daus. ; bur. Barnard village cem. 

ix. Nathaniel; went to New Orleans during an epidemic of 
yellow fever about 1850, and never heard of afterwards. 

X. George; same history as Nathaniel. Neither married so 
far as is known. 


1. JONATHAN BOWEN, son of Nathan and grandson of 
Jabez, b. Aug. 13, 1769, Rehoboth, Mass., prob. ; d. Jan. 7, 1838, 
Roy.; m. (1) Mar. 6, 1790, Patience Pierce, b. Mar. 31, 1768; 
d. 1805; m. (2) Feb. 2, 1806, Esther Stewart, b. May 27, 1785; 
d. Sep. 8, 1812, Roy.; m. (3) Mrs. Rebecca Foster of Barnard, 
b. 1774; d. Dec. 13, 1825, Roy.; m. (4) May 23, 1826, Bolton, 
N. Y., Nancy Perkins, who m. (2) Jan. 26, 1840, Benj. Stewart, 
and d. at or near Boston, Sep. 15, 1867 ; then a widow. She was 
b. Whitehall, N. Y. 

Jonathan Bowen, according to tradition, was the first of the 
name to remove from Rehoboth to Royalton. He does not ap- 
pear in the census of 1790, nor is he listed until 1792. In that 
year his ear mark and his first deed are recorded. He bought a 
part of the farm which David had, M. 40 L. A. It is said that 
he used to sleep in the loft of his log house, and pull the ladder 
up after him, as a safeguard from the wolves. He cleared his 
farm, sometimes known as the "Whipple" farm. He planted 
corn between the stumps, and ground it between two stones. He 

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and his son Mark set out the maple grove, some trees of which 
are still standing. 

i. Betsey, d. Aug. 7, 1796, aged 2 yrs. 10 mo.; bur. Howe Cem. 

ii. Nathan, b. Apr. 13, 1795, Roy.; d. Sep. 13, 1846; m. Dec. 
10, 1815, Aurora Foster, dau. of the third wife of Jonathan; he and wife 
and dau. all died of malaria in Mich. Aurora d. Aug. 3, 1846. 

iii. Lorena, b. Mar. 13, 1797, Roy.; m. June 26, 1815, Samuel 
Wood of Bethel, and went West. 

2. iv. Thomas, b. Nov. 25, 1798, Roy. 

V. William Bradford, d. Apr. 2, 1802, Roy., aged 1 yr. 1 mo. 
15 d. 

vi. William Bradford, b. Mar. 17, 1803, Roy.; m. Mar., 1830, 
Lucy Chamberlin of Chelsea; ch.: (a) Dexter B., d. May 18, 1881, Roy., 
aged 48 yrs. 9 mo.; (b) perhaps William B., who July 18, 1868, quit- 
claimed to grandfather Jonathan's estate; then in Marianna, Ark. 
Seems also to have had a son, David P. 

vii. Martha, b. Sep. 14, 1806, Roy.; m. Oct. 26, 1826, Warren, 
son of Calvin and Lydia (Chamberlin) Fairbanks of Barnard; res., 
Wayne, Pa., in 1878. 

*viii. Esther, b. May 14, 1808, Roy.; m. Lorenzo Fairbanks. 

3. ix. Mark, b. May 23, 1810, Roy. 

X. Luke, b. June 7, 1812, Roy.; d. Aug. 13, 1837, Montpelier; 
ch.: (a) Sophia, b. Sep. 15, 1837, Montpelier. 

xi. Jonathan J., b. Apr. 10, 1827, Roy.; d. ; m. (1) Lucy 

Crosby Cooledge, b. Oct., 1823; d. Dec. 3, 1860; m. (2) Addele P , 

who d. Feb. 24, 1898, aged 55 yrs. 2 mo.; ch.: (a) Blisha Cooledge, b. 
July, 1850, Roy.; d. Jan. 11, 1874; (b) Lucy Helen, b. Oct. 31, 1860, 
Bethel; m. June 13, 1878, Frank P., son Nath. M. and Harriet D. 
Houston; res., Northfield. 

2. THOMAS BOWEN, son of Jonathan, b. Nov. 25, 1798, 
Rov.; d. Apr. 30, I860; m. Sep. 20, 1826, Mary MeCormiek of 
Barnard, b. Oct. 15, 1806; d. Nov. 20, 1891, Barnard. 

i. Augusta, b. Apr. 7, 1828, Roy. 

ii. Samantha J., b. Aug. 1, 1829, Roy. 

iii. Amasa Edgar, b. May 1, 1832, Roy.; d. Oct. 19, 1897; m. 
(1) widow of Augustus; divorced; no ch.; m. (2) Belle Seaver of Wood- 
stock, who d. about 1890. 

iv. Augustus T., b. Feb. 15, 1834, Roy.; d. June 28, 1869; m. 
Angelia, adopted dau. of Loren Winslow of Barnard; ch.: (a) Mary J., 
d. Dec. 9, 1862, aged 3 (?) yrs. 

V. Thomas H., b. Oct., 1835, Roy.; d. June 12, 1838, Roy. 

vi. Edward, b. Mar., 1838; d. Aug. 19, Roy. 

vii. Mary P., b. Dec. 15, 1839, Barnard; d. May 23, 1909, Ran- 
dolph; m. July 23, 1859, Woodstock, Daniel, son Robert and Rachel 
Chamberlin of Barnard; ch.: (a) Ned Robert, b. Jan. 13, 1861; m. May 
2, 1883, Lizzie Wright; no ch.; (b) Minnie Augusta, b. Nov. 17, 1862, 
Bar.; m. Sep. 5, 1883, Arthur G. Putnam; ch.: (i) Lyla Gladys, b. June 
13, 1889, Bar.; (ii) Maude Inez, b. Sep. 12, 1889, Loyalton, S. D.; (iii) 
Mollie Chamberlin, b. Aug. 21, 1893, Bar.; (iv) Solon Daniel, b. May 6, 
1900, Randolph. 

viii. Julia Ann, b. Jan. 4, 1842, Roy.; d. Dec. 14, 1908, Barnard; 
m. June 29, 1858, Alexander, son Joshua and Rosamond Crowell of 
Bar., b. Oct. 27, 1832, Bar.; ch.: (a) Ida May, b. Aug. 8, 1859; m. twice; 
no ch.; (b) Edgar Dorson, b. Jan. 13, 1863; m. Addie, dau. Zebedee 
Churchill; six ch. ; (c) Louise E., b. June 27, 1866; m. Herbert Brownell 
(See); (d) Grant A., b. June 22, 1868; d. June 1, 1892, unm.; (e) Hat- 

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tie J., b. May 9, 1873; d. Sep. 5, 1894, unm.; (f) Rollie Browning, b. 
May 27, 1877; m. Emma Miner of Barnard; four ch., two living; (g) 
Guy Henry, b. Oct. 15, 1880; m. Dec. 30, 1903, Crystal, dau. Dana and 
ZeflBe ( Rowland) Walker of Barnard; ch.: (i) Ramona Hattie, b. Feb. 
14, 1905. 

ix. Albert, b. Apr. 18, 1848, Barnard; d. May 18, 1848. 
3. MARK BOWEN, son of Jonathan, b. May 23, 1810, 
Roy.; d. Aug. 31, 1859, Roy.; m. (1) June 15, 1836, Fanny, dau. 
David Cummings of Montpelier, b. 1817 ; d. Jan. 14, 1840, Roy. ; 
m. (2) Feb. 2, 1841, Sarah Louisa, dau. Richard and Hannah 
(Goodenough) Harris, b. Sep. 25, 1811, Brandon; d. 1899. 

i. Solon C, b. May 25, 1837, Roy.; d. Mar. 29, 1839, Roy. 
*ii. Fanny Maria, b. Nov. 14, 1841, Roy.; m. Charles F. "Waldo. 
*iii. Caroline Frances, b. Jan. 16, 1843, Roy.; m. Capt. Luke B. 

iv. Sarah Louisa, b. Nov. 13, 1848, Roy.; m. Dec. 25, 1865, 
David Ellenwood Ballard, b. Mar. 20, 1836, Franklin. Mr. Ballard was 
a pioneer in Leavenworth, Kan. Settled in Little Blue township, after- 
wards named for him, Ballard's Falls. Res., Washington, Kan. Ch.: 
(a) Ernest Freddie, b. Dec. 23, 1866; (b) Mark, b. June, 1868; (c) 
Frank Crosby, b. July 14, 1869; (d) Mabel, b. Sep. 9, 1872; (e) Miriam, 
b. Sep. 12, 1874; (f) David Chauncey, b. Nov. 7, 1875; (g) Winniford, 
b. Nov. 27, 1877; (h) Mark Appleton, b. Dec. 29, 1880; (1) Alice Anna, 
b. July 21, 1884; (j) Stella Louisa, b. June 20, 1888. 

V. Ella Theresa, b. June 3, 1850, Roy.; d. Apr. 27, 1852, Roy. 
vi. Ella Harris, b. June 16, 1852, Roy.; m. Mar. 28, 1874, Wil- 
liam McFarland of Windome, Minn.; farmer there twenty-eight years; 
rem. to Austin, Minn.; ch.: (a) Mark Bowen, b. Dec. 18, 1874; d. Sep. 
22, 1886; (b) Albert John, b. Jan. 18, 1878, Nevada, Minn.; (c) Nellie 
Cora, b. May 26, 1883, Nevada; (d) Sarah Anna, b. Oct. 16, 1889. 

vii. Eugene Stewart, b. Mar. 20, 1854, Morristown; d. Aug. 11, 
1872, Brandon. 

viii. Anna Cora, b. Apr. 7, 1857, Roy.; d. Dec. 6, 1880. 
DAVID BOWEN, son of Nathan and grandson of Jabez, 
d. 1833, in Bethel; m. Betsey Gushing of Putney, sister of Wil- 
lard Gushing of Bethel. 

David was probably the first of the Bowen family to come 
to Royalton, being here as early as 1789. He and Jabez and 
Jonathan were near each other on what was called "Robinson 
Hill. ' ' David was fond of his cups, and he is said to have once 
ridden his horse into the schoolhouse and jumped it through the 
window. Though lacking proper self-control, he certainly pos- 
sessed a sense of honor, for he is found complaining of himself 
on May 18, 1796, for breach of the peace, and paid his fine like 
a man, 

*i. Patience, b. Rehoboth; m. Stewart Banister, 
ii. Lettice, b. Oct. 26, 1791, in the Bowen homestead, Roy.; 
d. Nov. 8, 1891, Gaysville. She became an expert tailoress, and was 
employed for miles around in the different homes. The people of 
Gaysville gave her a reception on her 100th birthday, when her big 
shears and "goose" were on exhibition. She never married. 
*iii. Olive, b. Dec, 1793, Roy.; m. Timothy Robinson. 

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iv. Russell, b. June 5, 1796, Roy.; d. Oct. 31, 1881, Bethel; 

m. Joanna, dau. Sylvanus and F Bliss, b. Mar. 11, 1800, Royalston, 

Mass.; d. Jan. 12, 1873, Bethel; ch.: (a) Jonathan, b. Aug. 26, 1822; 
m. Lovetta Goff; ch.: (i) Ida M.; m. (2) Jane Granger; ch.: (11) Lora; 
(b) Francis Hague, b. June 11, 1826; m. Sabra Granger; ch.: (i) 
Frank; (c) William Carlos, b. Dec. 26, 1829; m. (1) Harriet Beckley; 
m. (2) Sophia Muriam (?); ch.: (i) Florence, (ii) Archie; m. (3) 
Jane Barrett; ch.: (iii) Guy; (iv) Geo. Russell; (d) Elizabeth Free- 
love, b. Dec. 25, 1832; d. Jan. 21, 1906, Bethel; m. Feb. 2, 1852, Elyria, 
0., Myron Burnett, who was killed in Bethel at the burning of the 
Congregational church, Apr. 14, 1892; ch.: (i) Edwin Averill, b. Dec. 
31, 1852; (ii) Kate Josephine, b. Oct. 17, 1854; d. Apr. 24, 1908; (iii) 
Frank Russell, b. May 2, 1857; (iv) John Myron, b. Sep. 11, 1863; (v) 
Laura May, b. Apr. 23, 1865; (vi) Mary Elizabeth, b. Aug. 2, 1868; all 
born in Bethel; (e) Charles, b. Mar. 7, 1839; (f) Laura Jane, b. Oct. 
1, 1841; d. Jan. 6, 1865. Russell's ch., except Elizabeth F., all lived and 
died West. 

V. Cromwell, b. 1798; m. Delana Sessions; settled in Roy.; 
rem, to Mich.; four ch. 

*vi. Adeline, b. 1805; m. Israel Waller. 
*vii. Lucy, b. 1807 (?); m. James Riggs. 

viii. Orville, b. Mar. 23, 1810; d. May, 1903, Bethel; m. Dec. 25, 
1833, Sarah Ann, dau. Stephen and Esther Fisk of Bethel. Orville was 
a carpenter and joiner in Bethel over fifty years. Ch. : (a) Roselle, 
b. Oct. 23, 1834; d. Mar. 10, 1885; (b) Orson O., b. May 13, 1837, Stock- 
bridge; m. (1) Mary Spencer; m. (2) July 30, 1874, Marian P., dau. 
William F. and Rachel Williams, b. 1845, Providence, R. I.; ch.: (i) 
Eva, (ii) Howard C; (c) Solon, b. 1840 (?); d. Apr. 3, 1846; (d) 
Zenas C, b. Apr. 23, 1843; m. May 26, 1874, Harriet L., dau. Addison 
and Eliz. Clark of Roy., b. 1842; ch.: (i) Ella L., b. May 10, 1875, 
Bethel; (e) Mariette, b. Apr. 16, 1844; m. June 14, 1869, Lieut. Edmund 
Cushman of Windsor; (f) Julia A., b. May 16, 1845; m. Edwin A. 
Henry (See); (g) Albert, b. Nov. 17, 1847; m. Jan. 1, 1878, Annie J., 
dau. Michael and Jane Moriarty, b. 1858, Waitsfield; carpenter in 

JABEZ BOWEN, son of Nathan and grandson of Jabez, 
b. in Rehoboth probably; m. Hannah, dau. Isaiah and Anna 
(Channing) Lindley, b. Nov. 7, 1767, Rehoboth. 

Jabez Bowen was first listed in 1795. His first deed was 
dated Oct. 12, 1899, when he bought W. 35 L. A. of Laban Gates. 
He seems to have sold out about 1818 and gone to Bethel. In 
1833 he was in Lewis, N. Y., where several of his children went. 
No trace of them there has been found. The road is thrown up 
where his buildings used to be. It ran from the Clark farm over 
the hills to the Solon Lewis farm. 

i. Hannah; m. in Essex, N. Y.; rem. to Dundee, 111. 

ii. Jabez; took freeman's oath 1816; d. Lewis, N. Y., abt. 1865. 
*iii. Martha, b. 1796; m. Benj. Miles of Roy. 

iv. Dustin; took freeman's oath in 1826. Said to have lived 
a hermit life in his last years. Perhaps the same Dustin who was born 
Jan. 26, 1802; d. Mar. 12, 1886, Roy.; m. Mary Ann (?), who d. in 
Gaysville. Ch.: (a) Epaphroditus, b. Feb. 14, 1828; d. at age of twenty- 
one; (b) Happy Melissa, b. Sep. 13, 1829; m. Timothy Tisdall; (c) 
Vashti Miranda, b. Dec. 7, 1831; m. Mr. Tisdall after her sister's death; 
(d) Jane Tullar, b. Mar. 26, 1834; m. Mr. Pike of Barnard; settled in 

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Gaysville; two ch.; (e) Dustin; in Civil War; enlisted from Stock- 
bridge, 8th Regt., Co. E, Aug. 5, 1864; d. Dec. 9, 1864, of disease; (f) 
Jane, d. young; she and Epaphroditus and another dau. bur. in the 
orchard of the Frank McCullough farm; (g) James, d. Oct. 10, 1863; 
in Civil War. 

V. Avis, d. New Haven, abt. 1830. 

vi. Benjamin; took freeman's oath in 1832. 

vii. Harriet; res. Ohio. 

viii. Simeon, d. Lewis, N. Y. 

ix. Lydia; res., Girard, Pa. 

X. Marcus; res., Lewis, N. Y. 

xi. Ezra, d. abt. 1840, Lewis, N. Y. 

xii. Lovisa, m. and res. in Ohio. 

xiii. Truman; took freeman's oath, 1838; cook in hotel in Bos- 


1. JOSEPH [6] BOWMAN (Jonas [5], John [4], Fran- 
cis [3], Francis [2]. Nath. [1]). b. Sep. 19, 1752, Bedford, 
Mass.; d. Aug. 17, 1815, Roy.; m. (1) Rebekah Freeman, b. Oct. 
2, 1755, Hardwick, Mass.; death and burial not known; m. (2) 
June 29, 1799, Anna, dau. Isaiah and Anna (Channing) Lindley, 
b. Feb. 22, 1759, Rehoboth, Mass.; d. Jan. 22, 1844, Roy. Jo- 
seph, Anna, and dau. Lucretia bur. N. Roy. Gem. 

On March 16, 1789, Joseph bought 102 acres in 25 L. A. of 
Isaac Bowman, who had purchased this in 1788, whose wife was 
Thankful, and who had a daughter born in Royalton, Dec. 21, 
1783, and a son, Feb. 7, 1785. Later Joseph bought other land. 
He began with a small list, which he increased until in 1812 he 
had the largest grand list in town, $420. The marriages of the 
Lindley girls drew into the same neighborhood the Bowen, Hicks, 
Bosworth, Emerson, and Bowman families. 

2. i. Joseph [7], b. Dec. 18, 1780, Barnard. 

ii. Calvin [7], b. Dec. 20, 1782, Barnard; m. Oct. 6, 1808, Roy., 
Betsey, dau. Jabez and Lucy (Waldo) Parkhurst; rem. about 1810 to 
Troy, N. Y.; ch. (a) Louisa; (b) Josephine; (c) Frances; (d) Sarah; 
(e) Jabez; (f) Lewis; (g) Lorenzo. All dead but Frances. 

iii. Luther [7], b. Oct. 26, 1784, Bar.; m. Nov. 14, 1821, Roy., 
Betsey, dau. Paul and Elizabeth (Wright) Clark, b. Apr. 2, 1799, Hart- 
ford; rem. to Moretown abt. 1825; took freeman's oath, his first deed, 
and was first listed in 1820; this Luther may have died young, and 
another of the same name born about 1799 may have been the one who 
married and went to Moretown; ch.: (a) Charlotte; (b) Rebecca; (c) 

iv. Lydia [7], twin of Luther; m. Alpheus Noble of Sharon, 
and rem. to Moretown. 

V. Russell [7], b. Dec. 13, 1786, Bar.; d. Sep. 26, 1824, Charles- 
ton, S. C. 

vi. Stephen [7], b. Mar. 24, 1789, Roy. (?); m. Charlotte 
Grenell of Charlestown, N. H. Lived on the old homestead until about 
1829, when he rem. to Troy, N. Y. Ch.: (a) Fidelia, b. Dec. 16, 1816, 
Roy.; (b) Franklin, b. Dec. 28, 1818, Roy.; (c) Edwin, b. Oct. 8, 1820, 
Roy.; d. Oct. 14, 1822, Roy.; (d) Edwin, b. Dec. 7, 1822, Roy.; (e) 

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Stephen Freeman, b. Mar. 5, 1S26, Roy.; (f) Elizabeth, b. Troy, N. Y., 
prob.; (g) Calvin, b. Troy (?) 

* vii. Rebecca [7], b. Dec. 17, 1793, Roy.; m. Zabad Mosher. 
viii. Elisha [7], b. abt. 1795, Roy.; d. 1871, Medora, 111.; m. 
Eunice Congdon; ch.: (a) Joseph C, b. July 12, 1819; d. Nov. 4, 
1819; (b) Elisha James, b. Sep. 14, 1820; (c) Charles Henry, b. Mar. 
12, 1822; d. Jan. 6, 1872; (d) Frances Antoinette, b. Mar. 19, 1825; d. 
May 20, 1834; (e) Stephen Russell, b. Oct. 20, 1826; lives in Oklahoma; 
(f) Caroline C, b. Dec. 1, 1830; d. Sep. 20, 18—. Ch. all born in Troy, 
N. Y. 

3. ix. John Lindley [7], b. June 20, 1800. 

X. Lucretia [7], b. abt. 1805; d. Nov. 7, 1855, Roy. 
2. JOSEPH [7] BOWMAN, son of Joseph [6], b. Dec. 
18, 1780, Barnard; d. Aug. 30, 1835, Troy, N. Y. ; m. Sep. 6, 
1801, Roy., Betsey, dau. Jona. and Lueinda (Belding) Wooley, 
b. July 29, 1781, Brookline, Mass. ; d. Troy, N. Y. Sold out in 

i. Freeman [8], b. May 6, 1802, Roy. 

ii. Betsey [8], b. Jan. 3, 1806, Roy.; m. Feb. 29, 1827, J. Wood- 
worth of Randolph. 

iii. Charles [8], b. Feb. 8, 1810, Roy.; d. July 25, 1859, Troy, 
N. Y.; m. Apr. 4, 1837, Troy, Emilia Strong Beebe, b. Nov. 29, 1818, 
Randolph; ch.: (a) Mary Louisa [9], b. Aug. 9, 1843; (b) Sarah Emilia 
[9], b. Mar. 5, 1848; (c) Charles Calvin [9], b. Nov. 24, 1852; m. July 
20, 1880, Elizabeth Law, and has five ch.: (i) William Law [10]; (ii) 
Elizabeth [10]; (iii) Charles Harkness, adopted, [10]; (iv) (Charles 
Calvin [10]; (v) Law Warburton [10]; Charles Calvin grad. from 
Union Coll., Schenectady, N. Y., 1875, as civil engineer; mayor of Pitts- 
ton, Pa., 1886, supt. of coal mine there, 1883-84; now pres. of the Avoca 
Coal Co.; holds high positions in numerous organizations. 

iv. Joseph [8], b. Apr. 30, 1815, Roy.; d. Sep. 10, 1896; m. (1) 
Sarah Van Arnam of Lansingburgh, N. Y. ; m. (2) Sarah G. Mosely, 
Troy, N. Y.; m. (3) Mrs. Cynthia Everett of Troy. He was one of the 
first to manufacture collars and cuffs in Troy, N. Y., under the firm 
name of Bowman & Mosely, in 1853. His sons continue under the name 
of Joseph Bowman & Sons. He was the oldest fireman in Troy, having 
been appointed in 1843. He left two sons and a daughter, one son, 
Joseph, who kindly furnished a considerable part of the Bowman 
genealogy, as did also Charles Calvin, his cousin. Joseph [9], b. Sep. 
9, 1852; m. (1) Nettie Wilson; m. (2) Emma A. Ford; ch.: (a) Vinnie 
G. [10], b. May 16, 1877; (b) Albert M. [10], b. June 2, 1883; (c) Clar- 
ence F. [10], b. Sep. 7, 1885; (d) Florence B. [10], b. June 30, 1887; 
all b. in Troy. 

V. Samantha [8], b. Roy. (?); m. Galen Richmond; three ch. 

vi. Rebecca [8] ; m. Pittock. 

3. JOHN LINDLEY [7] BOWMAN, son of Joseph [6], 
b. June 20, 1800, Roy. ; d. Oct. 24, 1885, Roy. ; m. Nov. 7, 1822, 
Tunbridge, Susan, dau. Elisha Putnam, b. Mar. 30, 1799, Charles- 
town, N. H.; d. Jan. 30, 1884, Roy. 

In 1806 the father of John L. Bowman bought the Dr. Allen 
farm of fifty acres, and on this farm John L. lived, and there 
^11 his children were born. James Davis later owned this place 
in 20 T. P. Mr. Bowman was a man whom the voters of the 
town sought for advice and service. He was overseer of the 
poor a number of years, and was sent to the legislature in 1845 

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to represent the town. In his later years he bought the Jacob 
Smith residence in Royalton village, where he and his worthy 
wife were held in high regard. 

i. Laura J. [8], b. May 11, 1823; d. May 13, 1907, Cuttings- 
ville; m. May 11, 1852, David S. Holden of Burlington; no ch. 

ii. John A. [8], b. July 27, 1824; d. March, 1900; bur. De- 
troit, Minn., where first wife is buried; m. (1) Mattie Cooney, by whom 
he had one child, John A. [9], who married and has six ch. in Joplin, 
Mo.; m. (2) Mrs. Mary A. Bachellor of Boston, who is dead. Mr. Bow- 
man was an extensive land dealer. He founded Detroit, Minn., and was 
the chief promoter in settling Loyalton, S. Dakota. He also founded 
another city in Minn. Detroit was founded before the Northern Pacific 
had reached the Pacific coast. He died in Joplin, Mo. 

iii. Albert H. [8], b. June 20, 1828; d. Oct. 21, 1910, Los 
Angeles, Cal.; m. Caroline, dau. Jonas Bowman of Barnard; had a son 
and two daughters, both of whom are dead. He was a soldier in the 
Civil War. 

iv. George W. [8], b. Oct. 15, 1832; m. in Chicago, Almira 
Allen of Burlington, and had Eva, Nellie, Fanny, Lemuel J., and infant 
son, b. and d. in Roy.; res. Los Angeles. 

V. Lydia (Lizzie) E. [8], b. Mar. 15, 1837; m. Sep. 23, 1862, 
Edwin B. Stillman of Des Moines, la.; ch.: (a) Frank J. [9], b. 1863, 
d. 1885; (b) Paul E. [9], b. 1868; (c) Lucretia [9], b. 1873; res. Jeffer- 
son, la. 

vi. Amos B. [8], b. Aug. 25, 1838; d. Sept., 1898-99, Baker City, 
Idaho; m. Annette Bowman, dau. Jonas Bowman of Barnard; ch.: (a) 
Daisy [9], unm.; (b) Roy [9], m. and res. in Montana. 

vii. Susan A. [8], b. Mar. 4, 1842; m. Dec. 13, 1865, Alonzo W. 
Rollins, b. May 20, 1832, who died; no ch.; res. Washington, D. C, and 
Chicago. Mr. Collins founded the Collins College in Palatka, Fla. 

viii. Benjamin Franklin [8], b. May 3, 1843; m. Feb. 2, 1874, 
Brooklyn, N. Y., Catherine Lloyd, dau. Dr. Bateman and Henrietta 
Lloyd, b. Feb. 2, 1852, Louisville, Ky.; ch.: (a) Laura Franklin [9], b. 
May 31, 1875, Philadelphia, Pa.; m. Feb. 5, 1896, Marvin S. Cochran; 
no ch.; res. Ipswich, S. D.; (b) Henrietta Lloyd [9], b. Nov. 24, 1877, 
Boston; m. June 18, 1903, William F. Kirkby; ch.: (i) Ruth B. [10], 
b. June 16, 1905; (ii) Benj. Franklin [10], b. Mar. 27, 1910; res. Ips- 
wich; (c) Frank Lindley [9], b. Mar. 31, 1879, Boston; m. Aug. 30, 
1905, Florence Deison; ch.: (i) Ruth Louise [10], b. Feb. 5, 1907, Berlin, 
N. D.; (ii) Marjorie [10], b. July 22, 1910, Berlin; station agent at La 
Moure, N. D.; (d) Hattie Ferris [9], b. Dec. 8, 1880, W. Medford, Mass.; 
d. Aug. 7, 1881, same place, bur. Pleasant Hill Cem., Roy.; (e) Paul 
Revere [9], b. Dec. 11, 1881, W. Medford, Mass.; m. Sep., 1907, Ellen 
Gibson; ch.: (i) Gladys Eliz. [10], b. Oct. 22, 1908, Ipswich, S. D.; (f) 
Anna Louisa [9], b. May 7, 1883, W. Medford, Mass.; m. Mar. 3, 1909, 
Oscar B. Nelson, a traveling salesman; res. Minneapolis, Minn.; (g) 
John Adams [9], b. Feb. 19, 1885, Roy.; unm.; (h) Bateman Lloyd [9], 
b. Aug. 1, 1887, Vermont Township, Dakota Territory, P. 0. Loyalton, 
S. D.; unm.; (i) Ruth Rollins [9], b. Feb. 22, 1890, Vermont Township, 
S. D.; d. May 28, 1893, same place and bur. there. 

See Civil War Roll for B. F. Bowman's military record. He, with 
135 others of the 8th Regt, was captured by Gen. Taylor, who proposed 
to shoot ten in retaliation for the destruction of his property. Mr. 
Bowman was obliged to draw lots to see who should be shot. The lots 
in the Eighth fell on Edwin Spear of Randolph and Charles B. Wills 
of Bethel. Prompt action on the part of Gen. Butler prevented the 

History of Royalton, Vermont 701 

carrying into execution of Gen. Taylor's design. He was Sen. Vice 
Dept. Commander, Dept. of S. D., 1898, Asst. Adjt.-Gen., Dept. of Vt., 
1904, and member of National Council of Administration, G. A. R., 1908. 
He is commonly called "Captain." 


PIERCE BOYD, son of Robert Boyd, b. Dec. 1, 1798, Conn. ; 
(1. Aug. 15, 1878, Roy. ; bur. Pomfret ; m. Oct. 1, 1829, Lucy, dau. 
Charles Whitman, b. June 30, 1798, Pomfret; d. Oct. 5, 1877, 

Pierce Boyd came to Royalton from Pomfret in 1846, and 
settled where his son Darwin now resides. He made several ad- 
ditions to his original purchase. His children were all born in 

i. Henry Alanson, b. Jan. 10, 1830; m. Mar. 23, 1868, 

Rice of Granville; ch.: (a) Burton; (b) Carl; settled in Hancock. 

ii. Oscar, b. May 14, 1831; d. Nov. 7, 1839, Pomfret. 

iii. Loring Pierce, b. June 12, 1835; d. in Omaha, Neb.; m. but 
had no ch.; grad. from Dart., 1860; lavs^yer and journalist. 

iv. Darwin Pierce, b. Nov. 6, 1837; m. Apr. 29, 1861, Wood- 
stock, Pamelia Ann, dau. Caleb H. and Sarah (Sewall) Ray, b. Sep. 
15, 1840, N. H.; d. Feb. 11, 1899, Roy.; bur. N. Roy.; ch.: (a) Flora 
Ella, b. Jan. 28, 1862, Roy.; m. Jan. 28, 1879, Elmer Hewitt, son J. 
Ellis and A. L. (Bartholemew) Davis, b. in Barnard; ch.: (i) J Ellis, 
b. Jan. 26, 1880; (ii) Pearl E., b. Jan. 26, 1886; now in Cal.; (iii) 
Bernice L., b. Dec. 15, 1888; (iv) Ona Belle, b. July 30, 1891; (v) Dar- 
win Boyd, b. May 12, 1899; all b. in Roy. 

Darwin Pierce Boyd has enlarged his original farm, and now has 
one of the best hill farms in town. He has been afflicted for several 
years with rheumatism, but is yet able to bring down his deer in the 
hunting season with the best of them. 


GEORGE W. [6] BRADSTREET (William [5], Henry 
[4], Simon [3], John [2], Simon [1]), b. May 15, 1809, Box- 
ford, Mass.; d. Jan. 21, 1892, Roy.; bur. S. Roy. Cem. ; m. Jan. 
11, 1848, Charlotte S., dau. Phineas and Charlotte (Parkhurst) 
Pierce, b. Oct. 7, 1814, Roy.; d. Feb. 16, 1873. Roy.; m. (2) Jan. 
11, 1875, Mrs. Frances Boardman Sisson of Hartford, Conn. 

George W. Bradstreet came with his father 's family to Hart- 
land, when he was about ten years of age. He learned the har- 
ness maker's trade in Windsor, where he worked at his trade 
until he removed to Royalton village, about 1835. He opened a 
shop for himself, and continued the harness business until he 
sold to Dea. Asahel Clark in 1843. While he was starting in his 
business career, he was fortunate in having as a friend Dr. Jo 
A. Denison, who often aided him in his early financial ventures, 
and he never ceased to remember and express his gratitude for 
this assistance. He used to say that at this time he paid $1.25 
for board, and slept in his shop with a roll of leather for a pil- 

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After his marriage he settled on the Capt. Ebenezer Park- 
hurst farm. Here he built the present house and other build- 
ings, and here he lived until his death. He dealt largely in live 
stock and real estate, both in Royalton and adjoining towns. 
He held various town offices, and was for several years one of 
the directors of the Royalton bank. He was a member of the 
Congregational church and a staunch Republican. 

i. George Pierce [7], b. Dec. 23, 1848, Roy.; m. July 5, 1894, 
Cora E., dau. Joseph L. Lucas, Saratoga Springs, N. Y.; grad. U. V. M., 
1871; lawyer; res. New York City. 

ii. Jenny E. [7], b. Feb. 3, 1851, Roy.; d. Nov. 1, 1851. 

iii. Francis Willard [7], b. July 26, 1852, Roy.; d. Aug. 17, 
1907; bur. Greenridge Cem., Saratoga Springs. 

iv. Susan Ellen [7], b. May 15, 1854; d. Sep. 21, 1854. 
The emigrant ancestor of the Bradstreets, Simon, was born at 
Hobling, county Lincoln, England, March, 1603. He was secretary of 
the Mass. Colony, 1630-43; assistant to the governor, 1630-78; deputy 
governor, 1678-79; governor, 1679-92; died at Salem, Mar. 27, 1697. He 
married Anne, dau. of Gov. Thomas Dudley, who was celebrated as the 
first female poet in New England. 


JOSEPH WARREN [7] BRIGHT (Joseph [6], Joseph [5], 
Capt. Joseph [4], Josiah [3], Nath. [2], Dea. Henry [1]), b. 
Mar. 14, 1841, Lowell, Mass. ; m. Aug. 18, 1862, Lizzie M., dau. 
Nathan and Sarah Sleeper, b. Oct. 15, 1843; d. Mar. 12, 1868; 
m. (2) June 5, 1872, Ruth M., dau. Ira and Alice Tucker, b. 
Sep. 23, 1847, Randolph. 

i. Infant dau. b. and d. Apr. 1, 1866. 

ii. Florence L. [8], b. Jan. 12, 1868, Pelham, N. H.; m. Apr. 
18, 1889, John P. Wright; ch.r (a) Frances E. [9], b. Oct. 9, 1900; (b) 
Alice P. [9], b. Dec. 23, 1902. 

iii. Josephine L. [8], b. Oct. 16, 1881, Lowell, Mass.; m. Sep. 
14, 1908, Rev. Frank Milton, son Freeman and Hattie (Cole) Baker, 
b. Providence, R. L, 1880; ch.: (a) Warren M. [9], b. Jan. 28, 1909; 
(b) Ruth L. [9], b. Aug. 20, 1910. 

Joseph Warren Bright enlisted Aug. 18, 1862, and was discharged 
June 21, 1865, as Sergt. in Co. I, 13th N. H. Vols. Dea. Henry Bright, 
the emigrant ancestor, came from Bury St., Edmunds, England, and 
settled in Watertown, Mass., in 1630. The Bright family traces its 
ancestry back to John Bright, who was living in the time of Henry 
Vn. Joseph Warren's mother was Caroline A. Marvell. 


1. JOHN DRURY [6] BROOKS (Dea. Simon [5], Eben- 
ezer [4], Noah [3], Dea. Joshua [2], Thomas [1]), b. Aug. 11, 
1757, Grafton, Mass.; d. Apr. 2, 1832, Langdon, N. H.; m. 
Martha Prentice of Alstead, N. H., dau. Nathaniel Sartell Pren- 
tice, b. Nov. 24, 1761; d. 1842, Bethel. 

In 1835 Mr. Brooks bought a part of 34 T. P., but does not 
seem to have lived in town more than a few years. He was a 

History of Royalton, Vermont 703 

great walker. It is said that he walked seventy-five miles in a 
day and a night, on a journey to his father's in N. H. He was 
a Eevolutionary soldier, and was in the battle of Bunker Hill. 

i. Polly [7], b. Sep. 19, 1779; d. 1840, in Ohio; m. 1801, Buck- 
munster Wood. 

ii. John [7], b. Feb. 13, 1782, Alstead, N. H.; d. Jan. 25, 1852, 
Roy.; bur. E. Bethel; m. (1) Jan. 16, 1810, Parmelia Andrus Reed, who 
d. Oct. 24, 1834, Langdon, N. H.; m. (2) Mar., 1836, Abigail Clark. 
John Brooks came to Roy. about 1836, and bought a part of "Wright's 
mills, in company with Josiah P., then of Randolph. Children: (a) 
Joshua Arnold [8], b. Jan. 16, 1812; d. Mar. 12, 1802; (b) Nathaniel 
Prentice [8], b. May 12, 1813, Langdon, N. H.; d. Oct. 9, 1884, Mont- 
pelier; m. (1) May 17, 1841, Lucy Sophia Fish of Bethel, who d. July 
11, 1846; m. (2) June 8, 1848, Mary Bliz. Vail of Montpelier; a son, 
John V. [9], is a merchant in Montpelier; (c) Howard Wales [8], b. 
June 3, 1816; d. at Boston; m., 1851, Olive Ann Sawyer; (d) Nelson 
Walker [8], b. Aug. 1, 1818; d. Jan. 28, 1820; (e) Alden Walker [8], b. 
May 4, 1821; m. Mar. 16, 1847, Ruth E. Moulton. 

iii. Oliver Howard [7], b. July 11, 1784; d. Aug. 22, 1870, Bos- 
ton; m. Sarah Rice, who d. Mar. 6, 1882, aged 90 yrs. 6 mo. 24d.; both 
bur. E. Bethel. 

iv. Sophia [7], b. Mar. 29, 1787; d. Mar. 31, 1865; m. 


V. Joshua [7], b. Feb. 29, 1790; merchant in Avon, 0. 

vi. Austin [7], b. Feb. 7, 1793; lived 11 days. 

vii. Susan [7], b. June 26, 1794; d. in Manchester, N. H.; m. 
John Glidden; had son. Prentice [8]. 

viii. Josiah Prentice [7], b. Apr. 4, 1797; d. June 10, 1883; res., 
Randolph and Northfield; son. Prentice [8], res., Northfield. 
2. ix. Austin [7], b. Aug. 4, 1799, Alstead, N. H. 

X. Martha [7], b. July 2, 1802; drowned in crossing a bridge 
at E. Bethel, Oct. 3, 1811. 

xi. Olive [7], b. May 10, 1805; d. Jan. 13, 1807. 
2. AUSTIN [7] BROOKS, son of John Drury [6], b. 
Aug. 4, 1799, Alstead, N. H. ; d. July 17, 1880, Roy.; m. (1) 
Mar. 11, 1824, Huldah, dau. Luther and Huldah Anderson, b. 
Oct. 23, 1796; d. Dec. 25, 1844-45, Roy.; m. (2) Jan. 25, 1846, 
Susan W., dau. William and Sarah (Parkhurst) Smith, b. Mar. 
3, 1824, Randolph; d. Sep. 27, 1900, Roy. 

Austin Brooks settled in Royalton about 1834, and pur- 
chased the farm, which with additions he owned when he died, 
in 36 and 37 T. P. He had no political ambition, but was a man 
of good sense and business ability, and of unsullied character. 

i. Infant son, b. Feb. 24, 1825. 

ii. Oliver Howard [8], b. July 12, 1826, Hancock, N. H.; d. 
Nov. 27, 1894, Boston; m. Jan. 1, 1854-55, Roy., Sarah M., dau. William 
and Sarah (Parkhurst) Smith, b. Jan. 4, 1828; d. May 18, 1908. 

iii. Hiram Anderson [8], b. Feb. 16, 1828, Hancock; killed at 
Hartford Station, Wis., on Milwaukee & La Crosse R. R., Oct. 7, 1859; 
m. Nov. 20, 1858, Julia Lamont; no ch. 

iv. Martha Surviah [8], b. Aug. 30, 1830, Hancock; d. Jan., 
1895; m. (1) Nov. 23, 1866, Cleveland, O., Derwin F. Chandler; m. (2) 
at Portage, Wis., Theodore Reed; four ch. 

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V. Sumner Austin [8], b. Mar. 11, 1833, Hancock; went West; 
last heard of in Texas; government detective; supposed to have been 
murdered; unm. 

vi. Infant by second wife. 

vii. Selden Smith [8], b. Nov. 20, 1846, Roy.; m. Mar. 11, 1874, 
Bethel, Lorene M., dau. Harvey and Mary Corbin, b. 1849, Bethel; res., 
S. Roy. Selden S. has held the different town offices, including that 
of selectman. He was a farmer in District Nine until 1903, when he 
rem. to S. Roy. Ch.: (a) Mabel Etta [9], b. June 3, 1878, Roy.; m. 
Jan. 19, 1909, Roy., Mansfield A., son John and Levina (Turney) 
Daniels, b. 1859; U. S. Commissioner at Poplar, Mont.; ch.: (i) Mar- 
jorie Addie [10], b. Mar. 2, 1910; (b) Sarah Shepard [9], b. June 8, 
1880, Roy.; m. July 18, 1906, Fred Clifton Flanders, b. 1883, Tunbridge; 
ch.: (i) Malcolm Brooks [10], b. Feb. 17, 1907; (ii) Martha Beatrice 
[10], b. Sept. 10, 1910. 

viii. Francis D. [8], b. June 10, 1850, Roy.; m. (1) Dec. 18, 
1877, Eva J., dau. Horace and Emeline (Wood) Marsh of Sharon, b. 
1855; divorced; m. (2) Feb. 12, 1896, Mrs. Eleanor Goodyear Chamber- 
lain; ch.: (a) Lewis Francis [9], b. Nov. 30, 1878, Roy.; (b) Lora May 
[9], b. May 7, 1884, Roy.; m. (1) Apr. 29, 1901, Frank W. Huntington 
of Rochester, who d. Apr. 16, 1906; m. (2) July 10, 1906, Pliny Kins- 
man of Rochester. 

Francis D. Brooks resides on a farm near the homestead of his 
father, the old farm being now owned by Lewis F. Edmunds. 

CHARLES BROOKS, son of Antoine and Harriet (Nich- 
ols) Brooks, b. Jan. 21, 1857, Montgomery; m. Jan. 27, 1877, 
Lizzie Belle, dau. Francis and Sophronia Martin, b. July, 1858, 
Newport, N. Y. 

Mr. Brooks settled in Royalton about the time of his mar- 
riage, and lives at the "Mills." His children were born in Roy- 

i. Mary, b. Dec. 7, 1879; m. Jan. 1, 1895, Homer, son Antoine 
and Louise (Riley) Brooks, b. 1869, Montgomery; res., N. H. 

ii. Martin Charles, b. Aug. 23, 1886; d. Aug. 27, 1886. 

iii. Lula T., twin of Martin Charles, m. Aug. 10, 1903, Clar- 
ence W., son John and Mary H. (Stevens) Smith, b. 1882, Fort Ann, 
N. v.; res. Bethel; ch.: (a) Sterling, b. May 29, 1906; (b) Lawrence. 

iv. Martin Charles, b. Mar. 14, 1891. 

V. Joseph, b. Mar. 11, 1897. 
HARVEY BROOKS, son of Antoine, and brother of Charles, 
b. Apr. 28, 1857, Montgomery; d. Feb., 1911, Roy.; m. Feb. 24, 
1880, Caroline May, dau. Hiram and Caroline (Percival) Ten- 
ney, b. Aug. 14, 1858, Roy. ; d. Aug. 11, 1902, Roy. 

Harvey Brooks came to Royalton in 1878, and lived at the 
"Mills." He was a job workman, a capable and reliable man 
to employ. He was afflicted with asthma, from which he died. 

i. Infant dau., b. Jan. 13, 1881; lived five days. 

ii. Eva May, b. Nov. 10, 1884, Roy.; d. Aug. 19, 1886. 

iii. Bessie Aimee, b. Jan. 29, 1887, Roy. 


ARTEMAS BROWN, b. Dec. 31, 1789, Guilford; d. Dec. 
4, 1877, Waitsfield; m. (1) Oct. 21, 1819, Eunice, dau. William 

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Dewey of Hanover, N. H., b. Apr. 7, 1784; d. Sep. 27, 1851; m. 
(2) Apr. 10, 1853, Mary, dau. Thos. Prentiss and wid. of Mat- 
thias S. Jones, b. Dec. 31, 1791 ; d. July 13, 1884. 

Artemas Brown joined the church in Royalton, Mar. 24, 
1822. Just two years before he, with Ezra Hough, bought a 
farm in what is known as the Russ neighborhood. District Seven. 
He sold out in 1825, and some time after returned to Hanover, 
N. H., and later removed to Waitsfield. 

i. Lydia Dewey, b. Dec. 23, 1821, Roy.; d. Nov. 2, 1903; m. Jan. 
31, 1845, Elijah Wyatt, son John Bisbee, b. Aug. 17, 1816, Weathersfield ; 
d. Feb. 24, 1897, Moretown; ch.: (a) Edward Wyatt, b. and d. 1847; 
(b) Lucy Jane, b. 1849; d. Feb. 14, 1854; (c) Burton Dewey, b. Sep. 
10, 1852; m. Jan. 28, 1883, Lucia R. Joslin; (d) Edward Wyatt, b. Feb. 
27, 1856; m. Jan. 20, 1886, Julia Snow; lawyer in Barre; (e) Arthur 
Brown, b. Mar. 22, 1858; m. June 23, 1886, Alice M., dau. Dr. Sumner 
and Diana (King) Putnam of Montpelier; physician in Montpelier; 
(see "Medical Profession"); (f) John C, b. May 17, 1863; m. Alice 
Turner; (g) Daniel Ralph, b. Sep. 22, 1865; m. Sep. 24, 1895, Etta A. 
Drew of Barre. 

ii. Lucy, b. May 27, 1824, Roy.; m. Feb. 2, 1852, Charles Dar- 
win Smith. 

iii. Harriet Pinneo, b. Dec. 13, 1826; m. Jan. 20, 1848, Charles 
Darwin Smith. 

ALEXANDER BROWN, m. Anna Horton. Not much is 
known of him. He was in a law suit Jan. 23, 1789. The next 
November he bought 30 Dutch, and was to pay in part in shin- 
gles. This lot had much pine timber, which he sold. In 1791 
he was living in 36 Dutch, on lots purchased of Dr. Searle, east 
of the First Branch. He was listed until 1799. 

i. Permelia, b. Mar. 25, 1779, Somers, Conn.; m. Sep. 17, 1798, 
in Sharon, Aaron, son Thos. and Martha (Hoar) Howard, b. July 10, 
1772, Munson, Mass.; d. Apr. 6, 1818, Hamburgh, N. Y. Ch.: (a) Patty 
M., (b) David Horton, (c) Betsey Maria, (d) Leonard, (e) Lucy, (f) 
Laura Ann, (g) Lorrin Tullar, (h) Maria Ann. 

AARON BROWN, m. Azuba . He and his wife joined 

the church before 1793. His first purchase of real estate was 
in Mar., 1789. when he bought 34 T. P. He probably built the 
mill there. He was listed until 1805. In 1808 he was in Water- 
town, N. Y. 

ISAAC BROWN, b. Apr. 16, 1798, Putney; d. Apr. 27, 
1829, Bethel; m. (1) 1824, Mary, dau. Joab Newton, who d. Dec, 
1835; m. (2) Oct. 21, 1838, Sarah Ann, dau. John and Rebecca 
(Hutchinson) Bliss, b. Sep. 15, 1812, Roy.; d. Feb. 3, 1897; res., 


i. Coolige B., b. Feb. 13, 1827; address, 355 Webster Ave., 
Chicago, 111. 

ii. Charles, b. Mar. 3, 1844, Bethel. 

iii. Leister, b. Sep. 6, 1848, Bethel. 

iv. Mary, b. Apr. 21, 1851, Bethel. 
Mr. Brown came to Royalton from Windsor about 1837, and formed 
a partnership with David Wells. They had a store at Foxville, but 
dissolved partnership in 1840, when Mr. Brown removed to Bethel. 

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EPHRAIM BROWNELL, b. Syracuse, N. Y. ; d. Royalton, 
bur. Pomfret; m. Mary, dau. Aurin Salter, b. England; d. E. 
Barnard, at Orison Boyden's. Removed from Sharon to Roy- 
alton in 1853. Lived in the "Tontine" house, Broad Brook, 
and died there. 

i. Avaline, m. Walter Parkhurst; res., Barnard; five ch. 
2. ii. Ephraim Solon, b. Sep. 25, 1821, Pomfret. 

ill. Mary Jane, m. James Turner; res., Barnard; five ch. 

iv. Sarah, m. Hiram Hinkley; went West; four ch. 

V. Nathan, m. Clarissa Eaton of Granville; teacher, later, 
homeopathic physician at Cape Cod, Mass.; two girls. 

vi. Annette, m. Henry Tinker; res., Lowell, Mass.; no ch. 

vii. Henrietta, twin of Annette, m. Albert Little; res., En- 
field, N. H.; two sons. 

viii. Edgar; married twice; res., N. H.; one son. 

ix. Sophronia, m. Orison Boyden of Barnard; one son, Evard. 
2. EPHRAIM SOLON BROWNELL, son of Ephraim and 
Mary Brownell, b. Sep. 25, 1821, Pomfret ; d. Feb. 15, 1896, Roy. ; 
m. Mar. 3, 1846, Abigail Elvira, dau. Amasa and Alice (Spal- 
ding) Royce, b. July 22, 1826, Sharon; d. Nov. 17, 1909, S. Roy.; 
both bur. S. Roy. Gem. 

Ephraim Solon Brownell removed from Sharon to Royal- 
ton in 1845. He bought a farm of Edward Hawley in 1853, but 
sold and purchased the Hartwell farm on Broad Brook, where 
he spent the rest of his days. Mr. Brownell was an unassuming 
man, a kind neighbor, a true husband and father. 

i. Herman, b. June 8, 1847; d. Nov. 25, 1898, Roy.; m. Sep. 
15, 1875, Estelle M. White of Enfield, N. H.; b. 1857, Reading, Mass.; 
d. Nov. 3, 1880; ch.: (a) Cora Elvira, b. Nov. 4, 1876, Roy.; d. July 9, 
1895, Roy.; (b) Florence E., b. Sep. 4, 1880; d. 1881. 

ii. Alice, b. Dec. 14, 1850; teacher. 

iii. Ida, b. Mar. 17, 1853, Roy.; res., S. Roy. 

iv. Herbert, b. May, 1857, Roy.; m. Mar. 18, 1885, Louise, dau. 
Alexander and Julia (Bowen) Crowell, b. Barnard; ch.: Pearl, Ernest, 
and Elwin, b. in Barnard. Settled in Barnard; rem. to Royalton on 
the old Amasa Royce place in 1908. 

V. Horace, twin of Herbert, d. May 11, 1858. 

vl. Fred, b. Mar. 3, 1860, Roy.; m. Mar. 3, 1884, Jennie Chad- 
wick of Pomfret; ch.: Ella, b. 1890, Pomfret; res., Pomfret; farmer 
and carpenter. 

vii. Alba M., b. Mar. 16, 1862, Roy.; m. June 3, 1903; May 
Victoria Alson of Worcester, Mass.; one son, Paul Marshall, b. Aug. 
3, 1907; traveling salesman; res., Worcester, Mass. 

viii. Elmer E., b. Dec. 23, 1863, Roy.; m. Aug. 18, 1902, Lizzie 
M. Hunt of Worcester, Mass.; res., Worcester. 

ix. Eva L., b. Dec. 21, 1869, Roy.; res. with sister, Ida. 

X. Gertrude, b. Oct. 19, 1871, Roy.; res., Chelsea. 


ISAAC BUCK, d. before Feb. 5, 1805, when his estate was 
in probate ; m. Sally , who after the death of Isaac m. James 

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Riggs, who says on Aug. 2, 1808, that he is to marry widow- 
Buck, and renounces all claim to all property she was then pos- 
sessed of, "being desirous that her property shall remain at the 
disposal of her and her present heirs." She is not listed in 
1809, so the marriage probably took place soon after the deed 
referred to. Isaac Buck had the north half of 5 T. P. 

i. Asahel, in Randolph in 1817; in Stockholm, N. Y., 1841. 

ii. Oel, b. 1793; d. Aug. 23, 1819, Roy.; m. Betsey, dau. Gen. 
Elias and Sarah (Rude) Stevens, b. Feb. 17, 1797, Roy.; d. Feb. 10, 
1876; she m. (2) May 19, 1830, Sheldon Tenney of Hanover, N. H. Ch.: 

(a) Oel, grad. Nor. Univ., 1842; professor in Capt. Partridge's school, 
Raleigh, N. C; in government employ. Wash., D. C, 1848-54; d. in 
Wash., 1855; son, Henry C, grad. of Tufts, 1875; d. in Chicago, HI., 
Feb. 25, 1908. 

iii. Horace; d. before Feb. 22, 1822. 

iv. Isaac; m. Sally ; in Randolph, 1837. 

V. Sally, b. 1799 (?); d. Dec. 12, 1826, Roy.; bur. in Branch- 
view Cem. 

vi. Harriet; in Lowell, Mass., 1837. 

vii. Marilla; d. before Nov. 1, 1837. 
JAMES HAYES [6] BUCK (Thomas Matson [5], James 
[4], Sam. [3], [2], Thos. [1]), b. May 22, 1831, Tun- 
bridge; d. Jan. 11, 1909, Roy.; m. (1) Dec. 30, 1856, Martha M., 
dau. Peter Lougee, b. Sep. 18, 1832, Chelsea; d. Feb. 21, 1858, 
Tunbridge; m. (2) Apr. 8, 1860, Mary J., dau. Chauncey and 
Martha (Brewer) Tenney, b. Oct. 20, 1840; d. Dec. 9, 1907, Roy. 
James H. Buck removed from Tunbridge to the Isaac Mor- 
gan farm in Dec 1862. He sold his farm and moved to Royal- 
ton village in Feb., 1902. He was a prominent and devoted 
member of the M. E. church at S. Royalton, and a man every 
way worthy of respect. He died suddenly of heart disease. His 
mother was Polly Brewer. 

i. Martha M. [7], b. Feb. 18, 1858; d. Apr. 23, 1858. 

ii. Lilla M. [7], b. May 24, 1862, Roy.; m. Nov. 22, 1887, Fred 
Marshall Hudson; ch.: (a) Philip Orville [8], b. Aug. 22, 1888; (b) 
Warren James [8], b. July 31, 1889; (c) Harry Horace [8], b. Nov. 7, 
1892; d. Aug. 20, 1894; (d) Bertha Louise [8], b. June 18, 1900. 

iii. William B. [7], b. Jan. 28, 1864, Roy.; d. July 11, 1864. 

iv. Philander E. [7], b. Dec. 20, 1865, Roy.; d. Feb. 16, 1901, 

V. James E. [7], b. Sep. 12, 1870; d. Nov. 12, 1870, Roy. 

vi. Alice G. [7], b. Apr. 1, 1872, Roy.; m. July 18, 1900, 
William Thomas Norton; ch.: (a) Marian Jean [8], b. Apr. 28, 1901; 

(b) James Hayes [8], b. May 14, 1904; (c) Alice Wright [8], b. Nov. 
20, 1905. 

vii. Mattie F. [7], b. Dec. 13, 1873, Roy.; lived with and cared 
for her parents until their death. 

JUSTUS H. [7] BUCK (David Brewer [6], Thos. Matson 
[5], James [4], etc.), b. Sep. 10, 1860, E. Bethel; m. Nov. 4, 
1884, Alice Narcissa, dau. Sam. H. and Narcissus (Newell) Hib- 
bard, b. Aug. 23, 1862. 

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Justus H. Buck bought the John Fowler farm in 1886, on 
"which he has lived some of the time since, but his home has been 
chiefly in E. Bethel, where he has a store. 

i. Myron Justus [8], b. July 28, 1887, Roy.; grad. S. Roy. 
high school; now in college. 

ii. Elida Alice [8], b. Dec. 30, 1888, Roy. 
iii. Ethel Maria [8], b. Oct. 5, 1893, Roy. 
iv. Florence Hazel [8], b. Aug. 14, 1900, Roy. 

1. ABIJAH [4] BURBANK (Abijah [3], Abijah [2], 
Caleb [1]), b. Mar. 26, 1736, Sutton, Mass.; d. in Sutton, Mass., 
prob. ; m. Sep. 4, 1760, Mary Spring of "Weston, Mass. 

Mr. Burbank came to Royalton from Sutton, Mass. He was 
here as early as Mar. 17, 1787. When he bought land the next 
year in Bethel he was a "gentleman of Royalton." He was last 
listed in 1805, and in a deed in 1808, he is said to be in Sutton, 
where he was when he sold his pew in 1810. In 1783, while still 
in Sutton, he bought the whole of 36 L. A. He was a man of 
ample means. 

i. Caleb [5], b. July 18, 1761; m. (1) May 25, 1785, Mary 
Waters, who d. 1823; m. (2) Hannah, dau. David Smith of Rutland. 
He was made a major general in 1813. 

ii. Elijah [5], b. Dec. 18, 1762. 

iii. Henry [5], b. July 30, 1764; m. Mary Johnson (?). Was 
in Roy., 1787. Owned E. 36 L. A. and other land. Last listed in 1808. 
In 1814 he was in Pomfret. 

2. iv. Abijah [5], b. Mar. 3, 1766. 
V. Mary [5], b. Dec. 3, 1767. 

vi. Silas [5], b. Sep. 19, 1769; listed from 1795 to 1805; had 
a part of 36 L. A. 

vii. John [5], b. June 11, 1771; d. before Sep. 22, 1774. 

viii. John [5], b. Sep. 22, 1774. 

ix. Anne [5], b. Sept. 22, 1774. 
*x. Judith [5], b. Mar. 11, 1777; m. Jacob Cady. 

xi. Isaac [5], b. Apr. 17, 1784. 

xii. Nahum [5], prob. older than Isaac; took freeman's oath, 
1802; Abijah, Sen., bought a farm in 1804 of Silas Burbank, and gave 
it to his "son" Nahum. Last listed, 1806. 

2. ABIJAH [5] BURBANK (Abijah [4], Abijah [3], 
etc.), b. Mar. 3, 1766, Sutton, Mass.; d. Mar. 11, 1842, Sharon; 
bur. Sharon ; m. Betsey Foster, b. Dec. 3, 1769 ; d. Mar. 9, 1848 ; 
bur. Sharon, She d. with son Lyman in Roy. 

Abijah seems to have come to Royalton after his father. In 
1800 he bought a saw mill in Sharon on the river, and some time 
after that removed to Sharon, where he had a paper mill. After 
the mill had ceased to be much used as such, it was proposed to 
utilize it as a workhouse for idle and disorderly ones, and to 
make Abijah overseer. This may have been done. The dam to 
his paper mill went out three times and ruined him. Eight of 
his children were baptized in Sharon, Sep. 18, 1808. 

History op Royalton, Vermont 709 

i. Philena [6], b. Apr. 13. 1790; d. Mar. 31, 1868; m. (1) 
George B. Dyer; m. (2) Timothy Marsh of Sharon; one ch. by (1), 
three by (2). 

ii. Johnathan [6], b. Jan. 19, 1792; d. Dec. 17, 1792. 

iii. Tyler [6], b. Oct. 1, 1793; went West. 

iv. Dana [6], b. Jan. 18, 1796; went West. 

V. Betsey [6], b. Jan. 22, 1798; d. Jan. 8, 1876; m. Oct. 4, 
1822, Roderick Lathrop; for a wedding present her father gave her a 
Bible made from paper from his mill. She willed this to Mrs. Lyman 
A. Burbank of Chelsea. 

vi. Zebina [6], b. Aug. 6, 1800, Sharon, prob.; went West. 

vii. John [6], b. July 24, 1802; d. Jan. 1, 1852, Evansville, Ind. 

2. viii. Lyman [6], b. Jan. 14, 1805. 

ix. Oren Abijah [6], b. Sep. 4, 1806; d. Mar. 23, 1842; went 
South to teach; d. at Iberville, La.; m. and had one dau. who went 
into a convent South. 

X. Julia E. [6], b. Nov. 15, 1808; d. May 25, 1855, Evansville, 

2. LYMAN [6] BURBANK (Abijah [5], Abijah [4], 
etc.), b. Jan. 14, 1805, Sharon; d. May 15, 1866, Roy.; m. Apr. 
2, 1832, Emily Cloud, b. Dec. 17, 1809; d. Mar. 30, 1887. 

In 1850 Mr. Burbank bought 19 T. P. That was his home 
until the tragedy of May 15, 1866. He was burned to death in 
his house, together with an adopted daughter, named Luce, and 
a Miss Dickerman of Tunbridge, who was staying there. Miss 
D. first discovered the fire in the night, and called the hired man, 
Mr. Ballou, and Mr. Burbank. The stairway was then on fire, 
preventing escape. Ballou leaped from the window, got a lad- 
der, and tried to save others, but could not find the two girls, 
and Mr. Burbank was already suffocated with the smoke, but 
his body was saved. The outbuildings and stock were all con- 
sumed. Mrs. Burbank and her son, Norman, were staying over 
night with her son, Lyman, Jr., and did not know of the catas- 
trophe until she reached her home in ashes the next day. It 
was the most appalling disaster ever known in town, except the 
Indian raid in 1780. The fire was supposed to have caught from 
a defective chimney. Mr. Burbank was a drover and well known. 

3. i. Oren Abijah [7], b. May 14, 1833. 

ii. Norman Cloud [7], b. Mar. 12, 1836, Hardwick; d. Feb. 2, 
1874; bur. S. Roy. Cem.; m. May 5, 1870, Roy., Annie Maria, dau. 
Roland and Feddie Emerson, b. 1845, Norwich; ch.: (a) Elizabeth 
[8], b. June 23, 1873, Roy. Merchant in S. Roy. 

4. iii. Lyman Austin [7], b. Dec. 20, 1839, Hardwick. 

3. OREN ABIJAH [7] BURBANK, son of Lyman [6], 
b. May 14, 1833, Hardwick; d. Oct. 8, 1908; m. Dec. 16, 1857, 
Mary, dau. Rodolphus and Hannah M. (Park) Dewey, b. May 
16, 1846, Roy. ; d. Sep. 22, 1904. 

Mr. Burbank bought the old Dewey farm on "Dairy Hill," 
and was one of the best farmers in the town. He was deacon 
in the Congregational church at S. Royalton, of which he and 

710 History of Royalton, Vermont 

his noble wife were devoted members. He spent his last days 
with his two daughters, Emily and Lena. 

i. Charles Dewey [8], b. Oct. 17, 1858, Roy.; m. (1) Feb. 15, 
1887, Jessie Stimson of Montpelier, b. Nov. 21, 1855; d. Apr. 11, 1900, 
Providence, R. I.; m. (2) Lucy Hope, b. Sep. 10, 1868; ch.: (a) Mar- 
jorie Emily [9], b. Nov. 21, 1892; m. Oct., 1909, Daniel Dombrouski of 
Barre; (b) Clifford Hope [9] b, July 2, 1901; d. Mar. 12, 1902. 

ii. Julia Emily [8], b. Dec. 1, 1864, Roy.; m. Feb. 14, 1884, 
Lisle Dutton, son John and Eliza (Dutton) Mcintosh, b. Jan. 24, 1855, 
Tunbridge. John Mcintosh, the emigrant ancestor of Lisle, was born 
in Scotland, pressed into the English service at the age of nineteen, 
sent to Canada, and served in the French and Indian War. He was 
the only son of his widowed mother, and was never again able to com- 
municate with her. Mr. and Mrs. Mcintosh possess unusual business 
ability, and can large quantities of jelly for the N. E. markets. She 
was educated in Royalton Academy. Ch.: (a) Roland Burbank [9], 
b. Aug. 2, 1893, Roy. 

iii. Lena May [8], b. Feb. 12, 1869, Roy.; m. Mar. 6, 1895, 
Frank Remington, son Albert A. and Wealthy L. (Whitney) Northrop, 
b. June 29, 1871, Randolph; ch.: Oren Albert [9], b. Jan. 11, 1897; d. 
Oct. 3, 1899. Lena May was a graduate of Montpelier Sem., and taught 
in Barre before marriage; res., Barre. 

iv. Helen Louise [8], b. Dec. 30, 1878; teacher in Barre. A 
graduate of Spaulding high school, Barre. 

4. LYMAN AUSTIN [7], son of Lyman and Emily Bur- 
bank, b. Dec. 20, 1839, Hardwick; d. Mar. 13, 1910, Chelsea; 
m. July 12, 1864, Betsey Ann, dau. Parker and Phyrilla (Dur- 
kee) Whitney, b. July 18, 1847, Tunbridge; living in Chelsea. 

In 1866 Mr. Burbank bought the Kimball farm in Dist. 
Seven. He removed to Chelsea about 1881, and located on West 
Hill. He was a breeder of fine horses and cattle. He died sud- 
denly of apoplexy. 

i. Oren Abijah [8], b. May 14, 1865, Roy.; m. June 1, 1893, 
Miriam Kimball, b. May 22, 1868, Lebanon, N. H.; d. July 4, 1902, 
Somerville, Mass.; m. (2) Apr. 19, 1905, Tryphena Poss, b. Dec. 12, 
1864; ch. b. in Somerville: (a) Howard Kimball [9], b. Oct. 12, 1894; 
(b) Royden Lyman [9], b. Oct. 27, 1896; (c) Tryphena Ida [9], b. Apr. 
19, 1906. Worked fourteen years for C. R. Corwin & Co., Quincy Mar- 
ket, Boston; became a member of the firm, and is now traveling sales- 
man for the firm. 

ii. Mary Anna [8], b. Oct. 27, 1866, Roy.; m. Oct. 1, 1901, Dr. 
Hermon K., son Rev. Joseph and Miranda (Barrows) Sherburne, b. 
July 12, 1855, Wilmington; ch.: (a) Hermon Kirk [9], b. June 20. 
1904, Rutland. When Mary Anna was fourteen, she assumed the care 
of the household, as her mother and grandmother were ill. Mr. Bur- 
bank had a large dairy, which she managed so successfully, that the 
Boston market never knew that a girl was at the head of it. She 
graduated from the Randolph Normal in 1893, after which she taught 
several years. Becoming a convert to osteopathy, she studied medicine 
in the Osteopathic College in Kirksville, Mo., and was there in the 
cyclone of 1899. After receiving her doctor's diploma, she opened an 
office in 1900 in Littleton, N. H., being one of the pioneers of osteopathy 
in N. H. She entered into partnership with Dr. Sherburne, whom she 
later married, and they removed to Rutland in 1903. She is a promi- 
nent worker in the M. E. Church in Rutland, and in temperance organ- 

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izations, and is a good type of the Vermont girl who conquers diffi- 
culties, and maintains the standard of noble womanhood. 

iii. Bessie [8], b. Mar. 21, 1868, Roy.; d. Sep. 8, 1868. 

iv. Norman Cloud [8], b. Aug. 14, 1869, Roy.; m. Nov. 24, 
1908, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth (Cavanaugh) Borthwick, b. Oct. 5, 1871. 
He remained with his father, devoting himself to his parents and 
younger brothers and sister until 1902, when he removed to Corona, 

V. Cyrus Drake [8], b. Feb. 8, 1871, Roy.; m. Mar. 24, 1897, 
Maud Sherwood Boyce, b. Mar. 24, 1872; ch.: (a) Norman Sherwood 
[9], b. Dec. 26, 1898, Riverside, R. I.; (b) Waldo Harrington [9], b. 
Apr. 23, 1903, Riverside; (c) Arline [9], b. Apr. 23, 1906, Providence, 
R. I.; (d) Carlton Lyman [9], b. Dec. 7, 1907, Providence; res. Provi- 

vi. Abbie Louisa [8], b. June 19, 1872, Roy.; res. with her 

vii. Fred Lyman [8], b. June 18, 1874, Roy.; d. May 6, 1875. 

viii. John Wright [8], b. Nov. 12, 1875, Roy.; m. Nov. 7, 1899, 
Nellie Diantha, dau. Azariah and Mary Barnes, b. Oct. 28, 1878, Chelsea; 
ch.: (a) Lyman Azariah [9], b. Feb. 7, 1906, Chelsea; (b) Mary Anna 
[9], twin of Lyman A. John W. bought the old farm on West Hill, 
Chelsea, and his father moved to the main road in 1904. 

ix. Parker Whitney [8], b. July 21, 1877. 

X. Henry West [8], b. Jan. 27, 1879, Roy.; m. Oct. 11, 1902, 
Hattie Hinkley, dau. Dea. Franklin and Sylvia Dearborn, b. Jan. 14, 
1874, Chelsea; ch.: (a) Franklin Dearborn [9], b. Jan. 13, 1904; (b) 
Oren Abijah [9], b. June 7, 1905; (c) Richard Henry [9], b. Jan. 1, 
1907; (d) Miriam Hattie [9], b. May 11, 1909. Ch. all b. Chelsea. 
Henry W. graduated from Chelsea Academy, and taught a while, but 
is now farming on East Hill, Chelsea. 

xi. William Ernest [8], b. June 22, 1882, Chelsea; grad. from 
Rutland Business Coll., 1904; since carried on his father's farm. 

xii. Phyrilla Emily [8], b. Aug. 11, 1884, Chelsea; m. Sept. 5, 
1904, Clarence Ethan, son Ethan Blanchard, b. Aug. 15, 1882, Vershire; 
ch.: (a) Lyle Miriam [9], b. Sep. 11, 1905, Vershire; (b) Clarence 
Clifton [9], b. Aug. 23, 1906, Vershire. Phyrilla E. was a teacher. 

xiii. Edward Herrick [8], b. Jan. 11, 1888, Chelsea; works for 
his brother, Henry. 

CARLOS BURBANK, d. July 21. 1805. Roy., in 26th year ; 
bur. N. Roy. Cem. ; Elias Burbank, admr. of estate ; owned land 
in Burke. 


1. ROBERT BUTTON, b. Mar. 28. 1782, Conn.; d. Mar. 
2, 1822, Rov. ; bur. Havens Cem. ; m. Betsey Goodale, b. Sep. 7, 
1783; she m. (2) Dec. 16, 1830, Jona. Whitney of Tunbridge. 

Robert Button was first listed in 1809, but seems to have 
bought land with Cornelius Goodale before. He lived at Havens- 
ville, and had a shoemaker's shop. 

i. Charles S., b. June 4, 1805; d. Aug. 17, 1885, Randolph; m. 
Oct. 20, 1829, Philena F., dau. Ira and Betsey (Flint) Havens, b. Apr. 
24, 1808; d. Jan. 31, 1882, Randolph; ch.: (a) Norman L., b. May 13, 
1833; (b) Olive J., b. May 30. 1835; (c) George H., b. Feb. 26, 1837, 
Roy.; (d) Maria A., b. Oct. 26, 1838; (e) Charles S., b. Dec. 2, 1841, 
Roy.; an infant, b. June 30, 1830, d. July 4, 1831. Charles S. helped 

712 History of Royalton, Vermont 

make a home for his mother, brothers and sister, and gave a home to 
the two children of William after the death of their parents. 
2. ii. Jesse, b. Nov. 18, 1806. 

iii. William, b. Nov. 28, 1809, Roy.; d. Apr. 8, 1814. 

iv. Asaph, b. Dec. 2, 1810, Roy.; d. Nov. 13, 1880, Roy.; bur. 
Bethel; m. Apr. 3, 1839, Roxana, dau. William and Esther Wight of 
Tunbridge, b. July 27, 1802; d. July 4 or 7, 1879; ch.: (a) John A., b. 
July 28, 1844, Roy.; d. Mar. 25, 1906, Roy.; m. (1) Jan. 13, 1866, 
Martha, dau. Sanders and Wealthy (Brown) Spear, b. Nov. 10, 1845, 
Parishville, N. Y.; d. Nov. 12, 1881, Roy.; m. (2) Oct. 16, 1889, Alma 
Jane, dau. Harry and Marcia (Dodge) Bingham, b. Dec. 15, 1852, Roy.; 
ch.: (i) John Albert, b. July 16, 1871, Roy.; res., E. Bethel. John 
Asaph was one of the trusted officers of the town, a highly respected 

V. Abigail, b. Dec. 23, 1812; m. Jan. 1, 1839, William Wight 
of Tunbridge. 

vi. William, b. Mar. 14, 1815, Roy.; d. Sep. 28, 1855, Roy.; m. 
Nancy Gifford, b. 1818, Roy.; d. Sep. 12, 1855, Roy.; ch.: (a) Emma 
Frances, b. Sep. 29, 1848; m. Marshall Cornwall of Milton Junction, 
Wis.; no ch.; (b) William, b. June 26, 1855; d. Sep. 25, 1862, Randolph. 

vii. Nancy Goodale, b. Sept. 7, 1817, Roy.; m. Aug. 15, 1834, 
John Rogers. 

2. JESSE BUTTON, son of Robert and Betsey (Goodale) 
Button, b. Nov. 18, 1806; d. May 19, 1885, Roy.; m. Oct. 14, 
1834, Roy., Ann R., dau. Ira and Betsey (Flint) Havens, b. Oct. 
2, 1810, Roy. ; d. Dec. 12, 1867, Roy. 

Jesse Button lived at Havensville, and all his children ex- 
cept one were born in the house now occupied by Mr. Henry 


i. Ira James, b. Mar. 29, 1838, Roy.; d. Apr. 8, 1890, Roy.; m. 
Jan. 1, 1879, Mrs. Jennie M. (Foster) Taylor, dau. Jackson and Martha 
(Moses) Foster; ch.: (a) Mabel Alice, b. Oct. 1, 1880, Roy.; d. Aug. 
20, 1890. 

ii. Betsey Hackett, b. June 9, 1840; d. Sep. 12, 1855. 
* iii. Mary Flynn, b. Jan. 29, 1842; m. John F. Shepard. 

iv. Lucy Ann, b. Feb. 6, 1844; m. Feb. 20, 1864, Jehiel, son 
Ira Coburn; went to Worcester, Mass., then to Pasedena, Cal. They 
adopted Carl, son of Carl and Ruth Tenney. 

*v. Alice Ruth, b. Aug. 18, 1846; m. Carl Tenney. 

vi. Franklin Augustus, b. Nov. 18, 1848; d. Apr. 2, 1889. 

vii. Abbie Jane, b. Jan. 12, 1850; d. Nov. 13, 1868. 

viii. George Washington, b. Feb. 22, 1853; m. Hattie , of 

St. Albans; ch.: (a) Arthur, (b) Guy, (c) Jesse; res., Greenfield, Mass. 
JACOB [6] CADY (Isaac [5], Phineas [4], Daniel [3], 
Daniel [2], Nicholas [1]), b. Feb. 5, 1767, Alstead, N. H.; date 
of death unknown; m. (1) Dec. 10, 1795, Judith, dau. Abijah, 
Sen., and Mary (Spring) Burbank, b. Mar. 11, 1777; d. Oct. 23, 
1812, Roy.; m. (2) Jan. 13, 1814, Mrs. Patty (Martha?), dau. 
Justin Morgan of Randolph, and wid. of Barzillai (?) Thacher 
of Tunbridge (?). She m. (3) Nov. 21, 1826, Capt. Amasa Ed- 
son of Brookfield, and d. there Jan. 6, 1837. 

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Jacob Cady was first listed in 179-4. In September of that 
year he bought of Zebulon Lyon thirty-six acres, near Royalton 
village, probably where he afterwards lived, the place now owned 
by Mrs. Evelyn Taylor. A History of Alstead, N. H., relates 
that when Jacob was three years old, he thought he would go 
and meet his father, who was chopping in the woods. He said 
nothing to his mother about it. His father came home without 
him, and a search of the entire neighborhood was kept up for 
three days. All then abandoned it but Col. Bellows, and he was 
rewarded by finding the adventurous Jacob in a tree fast asleep. 
He is said to have been the first child born in Alstead. His 
children were all born in Royalton. 

i. Caleb Burbank [7], b. Jan. 4, 1797; d. Feb. 27, 1884, North- 
field; m. Sep. 30, 1819, Roy., Lucina, dau. Comfort Clement Carpenter, 
b. Aug. 15, 1800, Bethel; d. Oct. 26, 1868, Northfield; ch.: (a) Lucius 
Hubbard [8], d. Oswego, N. Y.; (b) Elijah Burbank [8], b. Sep. 3, 1824, 
Bethel; d. Sep., 1862, Northfield; (c) James Willard [8], b. Mar. 26, 
1830, Bethel; (d) Mary Augusta [8], b. Oct. 31, 1834, Bethel; m. Mr. 
Knox and res. in Portland, Ore. Mrs. Knox was the first president of 
the corporation, "Patton Home for the Friendless." She is still active 
as second vice-president, and her daughter, Mrs. Eva Cline Smith, is 
an honorary member. Nearly all the occupants of the "Home" are 
women over fifty years of age. Mrs. Knox, in her life of good works, 
reflects honor upon the names of Cady and Burbank, and upon the town, 
where her father was born over a century ago; (e) Letitia Moore [8], 
res., Potsdam, N. Y.; (f) Joseph Clarkson [8], d. Nov. 9 (?), 1909, 
Everett, Mass., bur. Northfield. 

ii. Elijah [7], b. Mar. 6, 1799; d. Montreal. 

iii. Morris [7], b. Feb. 1, 1802; d. Aug. 2, 1803; bur. in pasture, 
Roy. village, where there was a family burial lot. 

iv. Morris Howard Hendrick [7], b. May 29, 1804; d. Aug. 12, 
1892, Stowe; m. (1) May 25, 1829, Martha Augusta, dau. Nathan Mills, 
b. Nov. 25, 1807, Windsor; d. Dec. 13, 1863, Stowe; m. (2) June 25, 
1865, Laura Ann, dau. Wingate and Laura (Goodell) Webster, of New- 
port, N. H., b. June 20, 1832, Morristown; living in Walton, Fla.; ch.: 
(a) Nathan Mills [8], b. Apr. 26, 1831, Stowe; d. Aug. 25, 1867, Jack- 
son, Wis.; (b) Leonard Frederick [8], b. July 6, 1833, Stowe; d. Nov. 
21, 1879, St. Johnsbury; m. Elizabeth Miles of E. Randolph; ch.: (i) 
Jason Mills [9]; (ii) Edward Lewis [9], of St. Johnsbury; (c) Lewis 
Cass [8], b. Oct. 21, 1835; d.; (d) Edward Livingston [8], b. Aug. 8, 
1837; d. June 22, 1839, Stowe. Morris H. H. was a carriage and sleigh 

v. Leonard [7], b. July 6, 1807; d. Feb. 19, 1811, Roy. 
Mrs. Patty (Martha) Thacher Cady had by her first husband: Bliss, 
Martha, Mary, Emily, and Justin Morgan. Martha m. Stephen Skinner 
of Royalton; Mary m. Harris Edson, son of Capt. Amasa Edson, b. 
Aug. 21, 1791; after her death, Emily m. her widowed brother-in-law. 
A granddaughter of Emily, Mrs. Martha E. Crafts of E. Whately, Mass., 
furnished data for the Thacher family. Emily made her home as a 
girl with her uncle, Asa Egerton of Royalton. Capt. Amasa Edson was 
the son of Jonathan and Mehitable (Lilly) Edson, b. Apr. 13, 1763, 
Whately, Mass.; d. Feb. 9, 1853, Brookfield. He had eight ch. by his 
first wife: Jerah, Harris, Mary (Polly), Oliver, Lura, Emily, Sophila, 
and Hannah. He was a Revolutionary soldier. He settled in Brook- 

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field, and all his eight children within three miles of him, and for over 
forty years they attended the same church. 


THOMAS CARVER, son of Rodolphus and Abigail Carver 
of Barnard, removed to Royalton about 1791. His brother Seth 
lived on the farm occupied by Prank Rand, and he lived on the 
place beyond. He was twice married, the second wife being 
Sarah Benjamin. The first six children were by the first wife, 

i. Alice; m. George Townsend; res., Barnard. 

ii. Mary; m. Dana Bigelow, Sen.; res., Barnard. 

iii. Nabbie; m. Nathaniel Clark; res.. Ware, Mass. 

iv. Rebecca; m. Peck; res., Mich. 

V. Philena, unm. 

vi. Girl two years old was killed by being run over by an ox 

vii. Mary Ann; m. Heath; res.. Ware, Mass., and Bethel. 

viii. Susan; m. Alfred Townsend; res., Stockbridge and Roy. 

ix. Elizabeth; m. Nelson Gerry; res.. Ware, Mass. 

X. Son. 


BENJAMIN CHAMBERLAIN, b. 1786; d. Sep. 18, 1818, 
Roy. ; bur. Branchview Cem. ; m. Dec. 18, 1808, Sharon, Sally, 
dau. Timothy and Lydia (Dennet) Woodworth, who d. Aug. 23, 
1865. After the death of Mr. Chamberlain she m. (2) John 
Heath. Mr. Chamberlain died suddenly from being overheated 

ill getting in hay. 

i. Benjamin, b. Nov., 1809, Sharon; d. Jan. 11, 1847; m. Mar. 
9, 1837, Mary Childs Chamberlain, dau. Capt. Morse Chamberlain of 
Bradford, b. Aug. 8, 1813; d. Feb. 6, 1906; ch.: (a) Ellen Amelia, b. 
Sep. 8, 1838; m. Sep. 26, 1860, Nelson R. Doe; eh.: (i) Fred Everett, b. 
Sep. 29, 1863; m. Apr. 25, 1888, Sarah L. Hawkins, and has two ch., 
Nelson Luther and Franklin William; (ii) Lorrison Wesley, b. July 10, 
1865; m. June 1, 1887, Euphemia A. Wright; (b) Martha Alice, b. Dec. 
29, 1840; d. Feb. 24, 1882; m. Nov. 21, 1866, Benj. F. Pillsbury, who d. 
Dec. 11, 1905; ch.: (i) Alice Zelinda, b. Jan. 13, 1868; d. Nov. 28, 1894; 
m. Sep. 17, 1890, Dr. C. B. Wilson, and has Emma Chamberlain and 
Alice Beryl; (ii) Mary Eliz., b. Aug. 12, 1871; m. Jan. 24, 1895, Warren 
W. Goodwin, and has Martha Alice; (c) Geo. Franklin, b. Feb. 28, 1843; 
d. Apr. 1, 1844; (d) Benj. Franklin, b. July 30, 1845; m. Mar. 14, 1887, 
Mrs. Mary E. Kimball. 

ii. Lucius, b. 1811; d. Aug. 21, 1841; m. Aug. 6, 1838, Mary 
Dimick; d. Sep. 12, 1843; ch.: (a) George Jerome, b. Nov. 21, 1839; d. 
1865; (b) John, b. July, 1841, d. 1842. 

iii. George W., b. May 30, 1813, Sharon; a dau., Mrs. W. P. 
Derry; res., Troy, N. Y. 

iv. William, b. July 4, 1815, Roy.; two daughters in Bradford, 
Mrs. C. H. Curtis and Mrs. William Noyes. 

v. Philo, b. Feb. 24, 1818, Roy.; he and wife d.; m. Selina 
Dexter, Troy, N. Y.; went to Fon-du-lac, Wis.; six boys. 

HENRY CHAMBERLIN, son of Samuel of Dudley, 
]\Iass., b. 1796, Unity, N. H. ; d. 1851, Roy. ; m. 1821, Mary, dau. 

History of Royalton, Vermont 715 

Richard and Lydia Bailey, b. 1799, Plymouth, N. H. ; d. 1876, 
Boston ; bur. Montpelier. 

i. Henry, b. Jan. 6, 1823, Strafford; d. 1839. 

ii. Samuel Newell, b. July 7, 1826, Strafford; d. May, 1890, 

iii. Edward Bingham, b. Jan. 18, 1826, Strafford; m. Dec. 21, 
1856, M. J. Moore of Lancaster, N. H. 

Rev. E. B. Chamberlin was educated in Royalton and Montpelier 
academies, graduated from the U. V. M., 1848, and from Andover Theo. 
Sem., 1854. He taught some years, and was invited by Pres. Wheeler 
of the U. V. M. to go to Oregon and start a college there. He was 
ordained as a minister, 1856; preached in Lee and Lancaster, N. H., 
Ann Arbor, Mich., Green Bay, Wis., and other places, but was longest 
in his native town, Sharon, his pastorate there being sixteen years. He 
has been blind since 1895. He has a summer home in Sharon. He has 
five living children; two sons, Edward and Charles live in Manchester, 
N. H. Two daughters, Grace and Lottie married ministers. Lottie 
graduated from Oberlin in 1891. A daughter, Carrie, has taught twenty- 
two years in Talladega College and Fisk University. Mr. and Mrs. 
Chamberlin were greatly beloved by their parishioners. 

iv. Mary Annette, b. June 15, 1827, Strafford; res., Cambridge, 
Mass., unm. 

V. Lydia Maria, b. Oct. 10, 1828, Sharon; m. George Hinkley, 
who died. Mrs. Hinkley has for several years resided in S. Royalton 
and Royalton village. She is a woman of great vitality, and keen 
intellect, upon whom age has little effect. She has a married daughter. 

vi. Julia Louisa, b. Feb. 15, 1830; d. 1833. 

vii. George White, b. Apr. 25, 1832, Sharon; m. Carrie Wells 
of Galesburg, 111., who died, leaving four daughters; res., Berkeley, Cal. 
He graduated from the U. V. M., 1854, studied law with Judge Scudder, 
Boston; licentiate in Tenn. ; in the artillery in the Civil War; U. S. 
Attorney General of Colorado under Pres. Johnson; lawyer in Berkeley, 
Cal., with office in San Francisco. His wife was a great-granddaughter 
of Gen. Artemas Ward. Her death was caused by the earthquake. 

viii. William Hutchins, b. Sep., 1833, Sharon; d. Dec, 1833. 

ix. Horace Everett, b. Dec. 21, 1834, Sharon; m. and res. New 
York City; no ch. 

X. Charles Curtis, b. May 7, 1836, Sharon; d. Mar., 1856, Ber- 
lin (?). 

xi. David Dean, b. Mar. 7, 1838, Sharon; shot in Montana, 1865. 

xii. James Linnaeus, b. Dec. 18, 1839, Roy.; d. June, 1860, 

xiii. Cornelia Eliza, b. Feb. 26, 1843, Berlin; m. Averill; 

no ch.; res. Phila. 

ELISHA CHAMBERLAIN, son of Joseph of Barnard, who 
married Rosamond Gates, widow of Robert; d. May 2, 1859, 
Barnard; m. (1) Edna Gates, dau. Robert and Rosamond Gates 
( ?) ; m. (2) Jan. 16, 1831, Roy., Elizabeth, dau. Jedediah and 
Elizabeth (Curtis) Cleveland, b. May 18, 1789, Roy.; m. (3) 
Susan Cutting. 

i. Harteroe, m. Apr. 19, 1829, Roy., Orrin Cox of Barnard. 

ii. Emmalissa, m. Celin French of Barnard. 

iii. Joseph Parker, b. Dec. 5, 1812, Barnard; d. Nov. 1, 1860, 
Bar.; m. Jan. 1, 1838, Mary Jane, dau. Elias and Pattie (Farnham) 
Lyman, b. Oct. 5, 1819, Roy.; d. Feb. 14, 1896, Bar.; ch.: (a) Joseph 

716 History of Royalton, Vermont 

E., b. Apr. 7, 1839, Roy.; d. Nov., 1906, Bar.; m. Aug. 25, 1861, Mary 
Eliz., dau. Warren and Lydia ( Rowland) Aikens, b. June 27, 1837; m. 

(2) Nov. 24, 1892, Ellen F., dau. Lyman and (Gray) Townsend, 

b. July 10, 1840; ch.: (i) Andrew Joseph, b. Oct. 16, 1862; m. Aug. 11, 
1885, Jessie A. Bicknell; (ii) Mabel, b. Mar. 20, 1864; m. Apr. 7, 1897, 
Charles H. Stone; (ill) Mary Jane, b. May 9, 1866; m. Dec. 24, 1903, 
Irving C. White; (iv) Hattie Irene, b. Nov. 16, 1868; (v) Emma Gates, 
b. Oct. 20, 1870; (vi) Edward R., b. Apr. 14, 1879; m. Aug. 11, 1902, 
Lena King. Joseph E. and his brother, Clarke, both enlisted in the 
16th Vt. Vols., Co. G, and again in the 3d Vt. Light Battery for three 
years, mustered Jan. 1, 1864. (b) Martha Jane, b. July 27, 1841; m. 
Mar. 7, 1857, Albert R. Aikens; (c) infant dau., b. Jan. 23, 1844, Roy.; 
d. Mar. 9, 1844; (d) James Clarke, b. May 1, 1846, Roy.; m. Nellie Ford 
of Granville; (e) Albert Eugene, b. Aug. 13, 1849, Barnard; d. June 19, 
1861, Bar.; (f) infant dau., b. Dec. 22, 1855, Bar.; d. same day. 

iv. Mary G. 

v. Jane, m. Frederic Gilson. 

vi. Edna, m. Pascal Green of Barnard. 
Elisha lived for several years on the Darwin Boyd farm, and in 
1848 removed to Barnard with a son. In 1828 he bought W. 25 (?) 
L. A., and in 1841 he took a bond of Joseph P. for support. 

ALDEN CHAMBERLIN, son of Henry and Polly Perry, 
b. Nov. 12, 1804, Chelsea ; d. Nov. 17, 1882, S. Roy. ; m. Sep. 5, 
1830, Caroline, dau. Benjamin and Phebe Rolfe, b. Aug. 15, 1810, 
Chelsea; d. Apr. 14, 1889, Lebanon, N. H. 

Mr. Chamberlain moved from Chelsea in 1850 to Gaysville, 
to take charge of the ' ' Cascadnac House, ' ' and after three years 
went to E. Randolph, running the hotel there for two years, then 
came to Royalton and bought the "Cascadnac" hotel. His last 
days were spent in S. Royalton. (See "Hotels.") 

*i. Amelia C, b. Apr. 11, 1832, Chelsea; m. Dr. Constant Man- 

ii. Benjamin Rolfe, b. Feb. 26, 1835, Chelsea; m. Jan. 4, 1864, 
Sarah E. Barrett; d. Apr. 14, 1879; ch.: Kate, b. Oct. 23, 1835, Beloit, 
Wis.; m. Dec. 27, 1884, Edward Gove; divorced; m. (2) Jan. 10, 1906, 
Brooklyn, N. Y., Harold C. Stowe. Benj. Rolfe was recruiting oflScer 
in Royalton in the Civil War. 

iii. William H., b. Feb. 5, 1840, Chelsea; d. Apr. 7, 1901; m. 
Sep. 13, 1870, Independence, la., Kate Willson; ch.: (a) Willie, d. Apr. 
7, 190L 


MOSES CHASE, son of Abner and Hannah (Slade) Chase, 
b Apr. 30, 1821, Rochester; d. Apr. 16, 1894, Riverdale, Neb.; 
m. Nov. 15, 1846, Lowell, Mass., Rosina, dau. Benj. and Sarah 
(Scales) Hill, b. Apr. 4, 1823, Sharon. Mr. Chase removed from 
Pomfret to S. Royalton in 1853. He bought the place now owned 
by Charles Cowen. He was a carpenter and joiner by trade. 
He removed from Royalton to Bethel. 

i. Moses Roscoe, b. May 10, 1849, Pomfret; m. Eva Graves, 
and has one ch., Hervey; dentist. 

ii. Flora Rosina, b. July 17, 1850; m. Wallace Keyes, and has 
Jessie F., Ollie Nellie, Nathan Moses; Ollie Nellie d. 1884; res. River- 
dale, Neb. 

History of Royalton, Vermont 717 

*iii. Fannie, b. Oct. 25, 1851; m. Harry C. Dunham and has 
Leon C, and Rolla West, who d. 1890. Mrs. Chase resides with her dau. 
Fannie at Colorado Springs, Col. 

iv. Rolla Miner, b. Sep. 4, 1854, S. Roy.; m. June 18, 1879, 
Susan Elizabeth, dau. Cornelius and Mary (Berry) Newell, b. June 14, 
1855, Bethel; ch.: (a) George Berry, b. June 19, 1880; d. Apr. 8, 1910, 
Winchester, Mass.; m. Feb., 1907, Florence Canniff of Verona, N. J., and 
had one ch., George Berry; (b) Susie Newell, b. Apr. 15, 1882; d. June 
14, 1900. 

Dr. Rolla Miner Chase studied dentistry with Dr. F. M. Cilley of 
Bethel, and received the degree of D. D. S. from Boston Dental College 
in 1876. He began practice at once in Bethel. He graduated from the 
Baltimore Medical College with M. D. degree in 1890, and returned to 
Bethel for general practice of medicine and dentistry. He has invented 
several useful articles in and outside of his profession. He was one of 
the organizers of the Vermont Dental Society in 1876, and served as 
executive committee and president. He was one of five constituting 
the Board of Dental Examiners when first appointed, and held the posi- 
tion eighteen years. He served as its secretary and was president in 
1894. He is a member of the White River Med. Soc, the Northeastern 
Dental Association, and was a member of the International Med. Con- 
gress held at Washington, D. C, 1888. In politics Dr. Chase is a Re- 
publican, and was one of the vice-presidents of the National Republican 
League in 1894-95. He represented Bethel in the legislature in 1900. 
He has been closely identified with the advancement of Bethel village. He 
was one of the originators of the Bethel Electric Light & Power Co., 
and served as president and director. He has held various town offices, 
and been a member of the school board. He is a Mason, and was 
Master of White River Lodge, No. 90, for two years. He is also a 
Knight Templar and Shriner, and was one of the delegates from Mt. 
Sinai to the Imperial Council at Los Angeles in 1907. 


ASAHEL CHENEY, b. 1768-69; d. Oct. 31, 1819, Roy.; 

m. Lucinda , b. 1770 ; d. Jan. 16, 1830, Roy. ; both bur. N. 

Roy. Cem. 

Mr. Cheney was first listed in Royalton in 1806. He bought 
a store at the village with Mr. Fessenden, but sold out and re- 
turned to Rochester. He purchased the Gilbert tavern in 1818, 
and removed with his family again to Royalton. He died sud- 
denly of apoplexy. He had a Masonic funeral, at which Rev. 
Samuel Bascomb of Sharon preached. He was spoken of at the 

time as a valuable citizen. 

i. Harry (?), m. Nov. 19, 1817, Anna, dau. Elisha and Alice 
(Flynn) Kent, b." Feb. 21, 1794, Roy.; d. Jan. 27, 1876; ch.: (a) Anna 
Maria, who m. Isaac T. Morgan of Bethel. Harry's estate was in pro- 
bate Oct. 23, 1822. June 8, 1853, Widow Anna and her daughter took 
letters of dismissal from Royalton church to Bethel. 

ii. Horris, b. 1794; d. Dec. 23, 1826, Roy.; seemed to have 
charge of the tavern, and to be unmarried. They had a store in con- 
nection with the tavern. 

iii. Mervin, b. 1797; d. Mar. 12, 1826, Roy.; bur. N. Roy. Cem. 

718 History of Royalton, Vermont 


SIMEON CHILD, m. Betsey . In 1798 Simeon, then 

in Sharon, bought W. 7 L. A. He sold one-half to Asahel Davis 
in 1815, and later, the other half became a part of the Lovejoy 
farm. Simeon's estate was in probate Jan. 7. 1821:. Betsey 
was in Pomfret in 1828. 

i. Sallie, b. Dec. 27, 1798. 

ii. Rachel, b. Oct. 10, 1800, Roy. 

iii. Polly, b. Aug. 4, 1802, Roy. 

Iv. Betsey, b. Mar. 8, 1804, Roy. 

*v. Serepta, b. Jan. 1, 1808, Roy.; m. Mar. 15, 1833, James M. 
Culver. She was brought up in the home of Daniel Lovejoy. 

vi. Ruth, b. Jan. 14, 1810, Roy. 

vii. Simeon, b. Jan. 15, 1812, Roy. In Enfield, N. H., in 1836. 

viii. Anna, b. Dec. 7, 1815, Roy. 
ENOS CHILD, b. Jan. 10, 1783, Cornish, N. H. ; d. Jan. 31, 
1839, Bethel; m. Aug. 21, 1806, Sarah Bemiss; res. in Cornish, 
Royalton, Bethel; came to Roy. Jan., 1811. 

i. Abigail Mary, b. 1807, Cornish. 

ii. Dudley Chase, b. Cornish. 

iii. Alice Corbet, b. Cornish. 

iv. Mercy, b. Oct. 11, 1811, Roy.; d. Feb. 27, 1838; m. Apr. 4, 
1833, Justin Lillie, b. Oct. 5, 1807, Bethel. 
Six other ch., born in Bethel. 


EBENEZER CHURCH, b. 1751; d. Sep. 29, 1808, Roy.; 

m. Abigail . Ebenezer Church was one of the original 

grantees of Royalton. He seems to have lived on 3 Dutch. He 
is buried in the Dewey cemetery. His widow and Thomas ap- 
pear to have moved to Tunbridge after the death of Ebenezer. 
There is no evidence of any children except Thomas, who took 
freeman's oath in 1800. He died before March, 1813, when his 
estate was listed. 


1. SAMUEL [5] CLAPP (Thomas [4], Sam. [3], Sam. [2], 
Roger [1]), b. Dec. 23, 1744; d. Aug. 11, 1828, Roy.; m. Anne 

; b. 1751 ( ?) ; d. Dee. 9, 1803, Roy. Samuel Clapp was one 

of the original grantees, but probably did not come to Royalton 
to reside before 1782. His home was on 39 L. A. 

2. i. Thomas [6], b. May 3, 1784. 

ii. Samuel [6], b. Dec. 19, 1786; d. July 24, 1808. 
iii. Anna [6], b. May 10, 1788; d. Jan. 1, 1873, unm. 
iv. Eustasia [6], b. Feb. 28, 1790. 

2. THOMAS [6] CLAPP, b. May 3, 1784, Roy.; d. Oct. 

22, 1854, Roy.; m. July, 1803, Betsey Young, b. 1785; d. May 

23, 1867, Roy.; both bur. N. Roy. Cem. 

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Thomas seems to have lived on the home farm. In 1853 
he made an indenture with James McCullough to support him- 
self and Betsey. 

*i. Abilene [7], b. Aug. 14, 1806; m. Franklin Corbin. 
ii. Pauline [7], b. Mar. 29, 1809; m. Chester Griswold; d. in 

iii. Carlton [7], b. Apr. 18, 1811. 

iv. Samuel [7], b. May 16, 1813; m. Louisa Harrington, Jan., 

V. Clarissa Harlow [7], b. July 23, 1815; d. Dec. 2, 1892, unm. 

vi. Caroline [7], b. Nov. 17, 1818; m. Jefferson Fiske, Mar., 




*vii. Betsey Maria [7], b. Apr. 23, 1820; m, James McCullough, 
under name of Maria Elizabeth. 

viii. Mary Louisa [7], b. May 25, 1823; m. Harper Johonnot; 
res., Buffalo, N. Y. 

ix. Janet Standish [7], b. Sep. 23, 1826; m. Roswell Lillie. 

X. Annie [7] (?). 

1. CAPT. DANIEL [5] CLAPP, son of Thomas [4] and 
brother of Samuel [5], b. Jan. 15, 1746, Hanover, N. H. ; d. May 
a, 1817, Roy.; m. (1) Betsey Lovejoy, who d. Nov. 29, 1786; m. 
(2) Apr. 28, 1788, Mary, dau. Benj. and Abigail Day, b. Feb. 
29, 1759; d. Nov. 12, 1838; she m. (2) Morrill. 

Daniel Clapp bought a part of 30 L. A. in 1786, and re- 
moved from Hanover to Royalton the next year. He was a lieu- 
tenant in Capt. John House's company of independent volun- 
teers, formed for assisting Gen. Schuyler in investing St. John's, 
i. Betsey [6], b. Jan. 12, 1783, Hanover, N. H.; d. Dec. 20, 
1870, Roy., unm. 

2. ii. Daniel [6], b. Nov. 15, 1784, Hanover. 

2. DANIEL [6] CLAPP, b. Nov. 15, 1784, Hanover, 
N. H. ; d. Mar. 7, 1850, Roy. ; m. Sep. 22, 1805, Chloe, dau. Benj. 
and Chloe Clark, b. Oct. 31, 1787 ; d. Oct. 4, 1867, Roy. 

Daniel Clapp, Jr., lived on the home farm, where all his 
nine children were born. He and his wife died in the new brick 
house which his son Charles built on what is known as the Sewall 

3. i. Charles [7], b. July 2, 1806. 

ii. Orville [7], b. May 12, 1808; d. June 6, 1850; m. Lydia 
Coburn of Lyme, N. H.; five ch. 

iii. Wealthy [7], b. July 27, 1810; d. July 15, 1843; m. John V. 
Dolbear of Warren; ch.: (a) Mary, m. May 7, 1863, Forest, son Samuel 
and Mary Ann (Church) Goldsbury; ch.: (i) Fayette, b. Mar. 31, 1864, 
Warwick, Mass.; d. May 19, 1878, Barre. Mrs. Goldsbury lives with 
her aunt Laura in Randolph. 

iv. George [7], b. Dec. 13, 1812; d. Oct. 16, 1895; went to Lan- 
caster, N. Y., when twenty-one; m. and d. there. 

V. Lewis [7], b. Apr. 10, 1815; d. June 6, 1885; m. Mary Wash-^ 
burn; three ch.; went to Lancaster; d. in Irving, Kan. 

vi. Mary [7], b. June 26, 1817; d. July 18, 1872; m. John V. 
Dolbear after death of Wealthy. 

vii. Horace [7], b. Jan. 27, 1820; d. Sep. 18, 1880; m. (1) Mary 
Stickney; m. (2) Ellen Marsh; three boys; lived and d. in Barre. 

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viii. Clark [7], b. June 25, 1822; d. Oct. 12, 1903, Randolph; m. 
Mary, dau. Oel (?) and Anna (Keyes) Cleveland, b. Sep. 1, 1820, Tun- 
bridge; one son; wife and son in San Francisco, Cal. 

*ix. Laura [7], b. Sep. 24, 1825; m. Dea. Asahel Clark. 

3. CHARLES [7] CLAPP, son of Daniel [6] Jr., b. July 
2, 1806, Roy.; d. Oct. 16, 1874, Roy.; ni. (1) Apr. 5, 1831, Leb- 
anon, N. H., Mary Spear, b. Dec. 11, 1807, Norwich ; d. May 25, 
1866, Roy. ; m. (2) Oct. 15, 1868, Mary, dau. Ishmael and Huldah 
Hall (Bemis) Tuxbury, b. 1822, Windsor; she m. (2) Edward 
Rix (See). 

Charles Clapp took an active part in the affairs of the town. 
He was selectman 1841-42. The Clapp family has been classed 
among the most worthy and respected citizens of the town. 

i. Margaret [8], b. Dec. 31, 1831; m. Feb. 9, 1853, Warner 
Green; rem. Lancaster, N. Y. ; four ch. 

ii. Elizabeth [8], b. Aug. 2, 1833; m. Jan. 29, 1857, John Pea- 
body; rem. to Boulder, Col. 

iii. Julia [8], b. Aug. 4, 1835; res., Buffalo, N. Y.; unm. 

iv. Jason [8], b. Dec. 28, 1836; d. Jan. 13, 1840. 
*v. Nancy [8], b. Sep. 28, 1838; m. Oliver Atwood. 

vi. Infant son, d. Feb. 29, 1840, aged 1 mo. 

vii. Eleanor [8], b. Jan. 17, 1841; m. Aug. 5, 1867, Joseph Trask 
of Royalton; d. Mar. 9, 1883, Boston, Mass.; five ch. 

4. viii. Charles [8], b. Jan. 4, 1843. 

ix. Daniel W. [8], b. Oct. 15, 1844; d. Dec. 15, 1872, Clinton, 
la.; m. June '6, 1872, Etta M. Morrison of Franklin, N. H.; no ch. 

X. Sarah [8], b. May 17, 1846; d. July 29, 1896; proprietor of 
a book store in Windsor. 

xi. Mary L. [8], b. Dec. 7, 1848; d. Nov. 14, 1889, Windsor; 
m. Oct. 3, 1878, Windsor, George Winn; one son. Max. 

4. CHARLES [8] CLAPP, son of Charles, b. Jan. 4, 1843, 
Roy.; m. Feb. 1, 1873, Mary E. Eastman of Lowell, Mass.; res. 
S. Roy. Mr. Clapp travels extensively in buying and selling live 

i. George E. [9], b. May 31, 1875; m. Apr. 17, 1897, Blanche, 
dau. Capt. A. V. and Martha Partridge of Sandy Point, Me.; no ch.; 
Pullman car conductor on N. Y., N. H. & H. R. R. 

ii. Charles Harry [9], b. Dec. 28, 1878; m. Nov. 29, 1898, Cath- 
erine, dau. Albert and Rose E. Orser of Hartland, N. B.; ch.: (a) 
Infant; (b) Roger [10], b. Feb. 2, 1903, Lowell, Mass. 

BENJAMIN [4] CLAPP (Seth [3], Thos. [2], Thos. [1]), 
b. Sep. 5, 1774; d. Feb. 13, 1853, Roy. ( ?) ; bur. Royalton Broad 
Brook Cem. Bought a small place on Broad Brook in 1845. He 
had a son and two daughters who died young, and two daughters, 
Sybil and Pamelia, who married. 

Roger [1] Clapp, the emigrant ancestor, was born in Salcombe 
Regis, Devonshire, England, Apr. 1, 1609. He came to Plymouth, Mass., 
Mar. 20, 1630. He married Nov. 6, 1633, Johanna, dau. of Thomas Ford 
of Dorchester, England, who was a fellow passenger. She was but six- 
teen years and five months old at the time of her marriage. 

1. PAUL CLARK, son of Stephen, b. Jan. 3, 1757, West- 
erly, R. I. ; d. Aug. 9, 1850, Williston ; m. Dec. 14, 1785, Eliza- 

History of Royalton, Vermont 721 

beth Wright, b. Feb. 4, 1762, Mansfield, Conn.; d. Sep. 24, 1843, 
Williston. Children all born in Hartford except Philena. 

Paul Clark was a Revolutionary soldier. He enlisted Apr. 
28, 1775, at Braintree, Mass., in Capt. Silas Wild's Co. In the 
Lexington alarm he went with Capt. Eliphalet Sawen's Co., re- 
maining with it from Jan. 1, 1777, to Jan. 1, 1780. He was sta- 
tioned at West Point in 1779, where he was mustered out. He 
returned to Hartford, and removed to Royalton about 1804. He 
and his wife went to Williston in their old age to live with his 
son, Wright. He was ninety-one when his picture was taken, 
which appears in one of the cuts. 

i. Wright, b. May 18, 1786; d. in Williston; m. (1) Mar. 28, 
1811, Lucy, dau. Jabez Hinckley, b. July 12, 1792; d. Aug. 11, 1821, Roy.; 
m. (2) Feb. 17, 1822, Priscilla Wright. Wright Clark lived on the place 
known as the Job Bennett farm on Broad Brook. He rem. to Wil- 
liston about 1830. Ch.: (a) Lucy, b. Jan. 18, 1812, Roy.; d. Aug. 9, 
1814; (b) Justin R., b. Jan. 27, 1814; d. Mar. 4, 1814; (c) Justin, b. 
Apr. 11, 1815; d. Oct. 19, 1816; (d) Philo, b. Sep. 10, 1817; d. June 28, 
1859; m. Martha Buckingham; four ch.; (e) Justus, b. Mar. 22, 1819; 
d. Feb. 17, 1895; m. and res. West; (f) Emily, b. July 7, 1821; d. Nov. 
22, 1861; (g) Aurill, b. Nov. 14, 1823; d. Mar. 17, 1894; m. Lute (?) 
Bishop; one adopted son. Rev. Sam. H. Bishop of New York City; (h) 
Jason, b. Oct. 27, 1828; d. Dec. 22, 1900; m. (1) Mary Watson; m. (2) 
Julianna McCurd; one ch. by each; (i) Paul, b. May 4, 1831, Williston; 
d. Feb. 3, 1856, unm.; (j) Mary, b. Oct. 24, 1832; died; m. Daniel 
Bishop; divorced after twenty-two years; three ch. ; (k) Sarah, b. Feb. 
7, 1834; d. July 14, 1842; (1) Hiram A., b. Aug. 31, 1836; d. Mar. 27, 
1886; m. (1) Marcia Fay; m. (2) Juliette Hines Smith; six ch.: Mar- 
vin W., Flora May, Ethel A., Belle Aurill, Frank Williston, Jason H.; 
(m) Marvin W., b. Jan. 2, 1843; d. Aug. 28, 1845. 

ii. Stephen, b. July 10, 1788; d. July 12, 1872, bur. Lawrence- 
ville, N. Y.; m. Sep. 19, 1811, Roy., Charlotte, dau. Daniel and Lorenza 
(Havens) Lovejoy, b. Feb. 16, 1792, Sharon; d. June 26, 1862, Lawrence- 
ville; ch.: (a) Mary E., b. July 20, 1814; d. May 24, 1894, Lawrence- 
ville; (b) Charles W., b. Oct. 6, 1819; d. Dec. 31, 1862, Rockford. 111.; 
m. Augusta Rogers; a physician; (c) Eleanor P., b. Jan. 28, 1822; d. 
Sep. 12, 1864, Cal.; m. George Reed of Williston; rem. to Cal.; (d) 
Rosa M., b. Mar. 8, 1825; res. with sister Charlotte; (e) Charlotte 
Philena, b. Oct. 5, 1828; m. Martin Bushnell; res. Lincoln, Neb. 

iii. Elisha, b. Sep. 5, 1791; m. twice; went to Cal. 

iv. Arunah, b. June 3, 1793; d. May 10, 1875, Dekalb, 111.; 
m. (1) June 3, 1817, Betsey, dau. Joseph and Betsey Robinson, b. Oct. 
1. 1796, Hartford; d. July 26, 1823, Roy.; bur. Broad Brook Cem.; m. 
(2) Oct. 21, 1824, Clarissa, sister of first wife, b. Jan. 10, 1801; d. June 
18, 1876. Arunah lived near his brothers on Broad Brook, and bought 
of Wright the original Paul Clark farm in 1838. Ch.: (a) Horace, b. 
Feb. 14, 1818, Roy.; m. (1) Mar. 19, 1845, Flavia Green; m. (2) Oct. 
12, 1856, Lucy Snow; one son, Henry, who m. Agnes Green of Battle 
Creek, Mich., where they live, and have a dau., Lucy; (b) Carlos, b. 
Nov. 29, 1819; d. Jan. 27, 1907, Osage City, Kan.; m. Dec. 23, 1849, 
Julia Dow; ch.: (i) Mrs. Fannie Umdenstock, who has Florence, who 
m. David McCreight, and has two daughters, and Myrtle; (ii) Ernest, 
who has two ch. ; (iii) Carlton, who m. Ida Hill, and has Eugene, Bird, 
Elton; (iv) Willie D., who m. Mary Lumisch, and has Pearl, Elton and 


722 History of Royalton, Vermont 

Coral; (c) Betsey, b. July 22, 1823; d. Sep. 26, 1823; (d) Infant, b. 
Aug. 7, 1825; lived six days; (e) Fanny Robinson, b. May 31, 1827; d. 
Oct. 13, 1846; m. Feb. 22, 1846, George Lyon; (f) George, b. Dec. 16, 
1832; d. Feb. 5, 1907; m. Feb. 18, 1858, Sarah Cartwright; ch.: James 
A., b. Mar. 20, 1861, Dekalb, 111.; m. Jennie Brookins, and has one dau., 
Mrs. Florence Clark Kolb; (ii) Florence J., b. Sep. 7, 1862, Dekalb; a 
teacher; James A. is a physician; (g) Diantha, b. Mar. 5, 1834; d. Aug. 
9, 1847; (h) Elizabeth, b. Mar. 6, 1836; d. Aug. 23, 1909; m. May 1, 
1856, W. S. Harrington, D. D., a M. E. minister, res. Seattle; ch.: (i) 
Ella, m. C. W. Whipple, Chicago; five ch.: Eleanor, Bernice, Vernon, 
Winifred, Harold; (ii) Mary, m. John Carr, and has one son, Will 
Kenney; Mary d. several years ago; (iii) Susie, m. Philip Cousland, 
a missionai-y in China; has Kenneth, Jessie, Clyde; (iv) Ruth, m. Ed- 
ward Stafford of Seattle, and has Elizabeth and Margaret; (i) Ellen 
Philena, b. Jan. 24, 1840; m. (1) Dec. 16, 1859, Silas Albert Whitmore, 
who was killed in the Civil War; m. (2) Mar. 4, 1869, John Wright; 
res. with a dau. in Leadville, Col.; ch. by (1) Hattie, who m. C. A. 
Heaton and has son Earle; by (2) Fred and John. 

V. Mitchell, b. Feb. 29, 1796; d. Aug. 16, 1882, Pomfret, bur. 
Roy.; m. (1) Mar. 19, 1822, Maria, dau. Dr. Thos. and Bethiah (Tuttle) 
Vail, b. Aug., 1803; d. Feb. 17, 1837, Roy., bur. Broad Brook Cem.; m. 
(2) Oct. 11, 1837, Lavinia, dau. Abner and Mrs. Jane (Luther) Cole 
Kent, b. 1813; d. Oct. 27, 1871, Roy. Mitchell Clark lived on the Hor 
ace Royce place, Broad Brook. Ch.: (a) Mary Ann, b. Aug. 19, 1823; 
d. Nov. 12, 1823; (b) Marvin, b. Oct. 29, 1824; d. Nov. 24, 1826; (c) 
Joseph Adam Denison, b. Aug. 11, 1826; m. Mary F. Sprague of N. 
Adams, Mass.; four ch.: Clara, Ida, Cora, Perley; (d) Elvira Vail, b. 
Sep. 23, 1829; m. James Talcott of Williston; two ch., Mary, who m. 
Marvin Whipple of Pomfret, and Edward; (e) Harriet Maria, b. June 
22, 1832; m. Mar. 13, 1851, Clement Whipple of Pomfret, who d. Jan. 
18, 1901, after a long illness; a soldier of the Civil War; ch.: Marvin, 
b. Feb. 9, 1852, Pomfret, with whom she lives; (f) Infant, d. Aug. 1, 
1836; (g) Martha Jane, b. July 16, 1839; res. Enfield, N. H.; unm.; 
(h) Henry Clay, b. Dec. 5, 1845; d. Oct. 20, 1863, Sharon; (i) Alonzo 
Kent, twin of Henry Clay; d. 1906 in the West; went to Spokane, Wash. 
There are very few families that have had so many children born 
in town as the Paul Clark family. Though only one of his own chil- 
dren were natives of Royalton, nearly all of the children of his sons, 
Wright, Arunah, and Mitchell, were born in town, and all had large 
families. So far as is known not one of his descendants is now a resi- 
dent of Royalton. 

ASAHEL [5] CLARK (Eleazer [4], Benoni [3], William 
[2], William [1]), b. Mar. 26, 1816, Randolph; d. Apr. 25, 1884, 
Roy.; bur. Pleasant Hill Cem.; m. (1) Nov. 20, 1844, Martha, 
dau. Salmon and Mary (Moore) Joiner, b. July 24, 1817, Roy.; 
d Oct. 15, 1866; m. (2) Sep., 1869, Laura T., dau. Daniel, Jr.. 
and Chloe (Clark) Clapp, b. Sep. 24, 1825; living in Rand. Dea. 
Clark rem. to town with his father, Eleazer. who was a miller, 
and was killed in a mill on the First Branch, by being drawn 
into the belting. Dea. Clark learned the harness maker's trade 
of Mr. Geo. Bradstreet. He then bought the Judge Collamer 
office and started in business for himself. He was deacon of the 
Congregational church from 1860 until his death. His house 

History of Royalton, Vermont 723 

was always open to the clergymen who were in need of entertain- 
ment. He was an exemplary man in every way. 

i. Helen Elizabeth [6], b. Feb. 21, 1849, Roy.; d. Jan. 22, 1881, 
Binghamton, N. Y.; m. Dec. 1, 1868, Oscar, son Ora and Elvira (Riggs) 
Burke, b. 1845, E. Barnard; eh.: Charles, William, Pearl, Fred, and 
two daughters who d. young. 

ii. Emma Gertrude [6], b. Jan. 5, 1851, Roy.; m. (1) Sep. 28, 
1879, Silas Bingham, son Herman and Lucinda (Steele) Bement, b. 
Dec. 21, 1847; d. Sep. 19, 1874, Hartford; m. (2) Seymour Culver (See). 

iii. Florence [6], b. Sep. 3, 1853, Roy.; d. Sep. 7, 1856. 
SILAS H. CLARK, son of Silas and Elizabeth (Bell) 
Clark, b. Mar. 17, 1800, Union Village, N. Y. ; d. Sep. 7, 1881, 
Potsdam, N. Y.; m. (1) Minerva Pierce; m. (2) Oct. 31, 1855, 
Priscilla Whipple, dau. Phineas and Charlotte Stone (Park- 
hurst) Pierce, b. Apr. 19, 1826; d. Sep. 26, 1901. Mr. Clark 
lived some time in Royalton village, where his son by the second 
wife died. He had several children by his first wife, whose 

record is not given. 

i. Henry P., b. July 18, 1859; d. Aug. 13, 1875, Roy. Mr. 
Clark and his second wife and Henry are all buried in Pleasant Hill 

DANFORTH CLARK, b. 1764 ; d. May 6, 1851 ; m. Marcy 
Alton, b. 1767 ; d. July 11, 1849, Roy. ; both bur. Howe Cem. Mr. 
Clark rem. from N. H. to Roy. in 1842. His family record is 
incomplete, made partly from probate records. 

i. David; in Barnard in 1852. 

ii. Benjamin A.; in N. Y. in 1852. 

iii. Griffin; in Tunbridge in 1852. 

iv. Betsey, m. Cooledge; in Woodstock in 1852. 

V. Loren W., b. 1800; d. Aug. 25, 1867; m. Tirza, who d. July 
17, 1845, aged 44 years. He had Loren A., Harriet S., and Curtis 
Clark. Harriet S. m. John Robinson (See). 

vi. Mary Ann, b. 1802, Walpole, N. H.; d. June 6, 1875, Roy.; 
m. Danforth Davis. 

vii. Daughter, m. Aaron Kimball Chase, and had Adeline, and 
Danforth Clark. 

A Chloe Ann was connected with the family, but whether as dau. 
of Danforth, or wife of Loren W., or neither, cannot be said. Frank 
P. Clark, who m. Mary P. and lived in Bethel, seems to have been the 
son of Loren W. and Chloe Ann. He had Mary Elizabeth, b. May 3, 
1875, Roy.; Ida May, b. Nov. 27, 1877, Bethel. 

CHESTER T. CLARK, son of Thomas and Dora Krow, b. 
May 11, 1822, E. Bethel; d. Mar. 18, 1908, Roy.; m. (1) Maria 
Antoinette, dau. Ralph and Pamela A. Waldo, b. Jan. 7, 1836; 
d. Feb. 1, 1881, Roy.; m. (2) Francelia, dau. Elisha and Mary 
Davis, b. Jan. 18, 1847, Potsdam, N. Y. ; d. June 27, 1884, Roy. 
About 1868 Mr. Clark bought a farm in 31 L. A., and lived there 
until his death. 

i. Frank Waldo, b. Jan. 4, 1861; m. Jan. 3, 1888, Jennie C, 
dau. Simeon P. and Sarah (Killroy) Dean, b. 1860. 

ii. Persia Maria, b. May 19, 1862. 

iii. Charles H., b. Mar. 31, 1867; m. Eva L. Todd, who d. Dec. 
7, 1903, aged thirty-four; son, Edwin, b. June 12, 1897. 

724 History of Royalton, Vermont 


1. SAMUEL [4] CLEVELAND (Joseph [3], Sam. [2], 
Moses [1]), b. June 7, 1730, Canterbury, Conn., prob. ; d. Nov. 
7 (?), 1806; (the Perrin diaries say his funeral was on Nov. 9, 
1806) ; place of burial not known; m. (1) May 7, 1751, Canter- 
bury, Ruth, dau. William and Elizabeth Darbe, b. Sep. 26, 1732 ; 
d. Aug. 13, 1782; m. (2) Mar. 11, 1784, Roy., Anna Welch, who 
d. Bethel; she m. (2) Nov. 6, 1808, Amasa Grover of Bethel. 

Samuel Cleveland's children were all born in Canterbury, 
Conn. He was in Royalton as early as 1786, and had a law suit 
Jan., 1788. In 1783, w^hile in Canterbury, he bought a farm in 
88 ( ?) T. P. 

i. Joseph [5], b. Feb. 7, 1751-52; d. at Union, Broome Co., 
N. Y. ; m. 1785, Barnard, Diademia Woodward of Stockbridge; res. 
Bethel and Stockbridge till 1802, when he went to New York; ch.: 
(a) Ezekiel [6], b. Jan. 18, 1792; (b) Joseph [6], b. Apr. 28, 1794. 
Seems to have been in Royalton a short time before 1790. 
* ii. Mary [5], b. Feb. 12, 1754; m. Dr. Silas Allen. 

2. iii. Jedediah [5], b. May 8, 1756. 

*iv. Abigail [5], b. Aug. 6, 1758; m. John Hibbard. 

V. Zeruiah [5], b. Feb. 16 or 19, 1761; d. Oct. 25, 1766. 

vi. Samuel [5], b. Aug. 7, 1763; d. June 10, 1839, Sutton, Can.; 
m. Jan. 15, 1784, Martha, dau. Jedediah and Martha (Porter) Hibbard, 
b. July 12, 1765; d. Feb. 27, or Mar. 20. 1834, Roy.; ch.: (a) Martha 
Hibbard [6], b. May 23, 1786, Lebanon, N. H.; d. Feb. 20, 1812 (?) 
Roy.; (b) Mary Allen [6], b. May 2, 1787, or June 21, 1787, Bethel; 
(c) Samuel Porter [6], b. Jan. 21, 1789, Bethel; d. Apr. 14, 1870, Tun- 
bridge, unm.; (d) Susan [6], b. Nov. 16, 1792, Bethel; d. Dec. 26, 1882, 
Madison, Kan.; m. Sep. 23, 1814, Roy., Joshua Eaton of Tunbridge, b. 
Apr. 29, 1792; d. Aug. 20, 1868; six ch.; (e) Nancy Ann [6], b. Aug. 2, 
1795-96, Pittsfield; m. Oct. 26, 1843, Martin Pierce of Stanbridge, Can.; 
no ch.; (f) Ruth Darbe [6], b. June 2, 1798, Pittsfield; d. Aug. 3, 1880, 
Sutton, P. Q.; m. Feb. 10, 1830 (?), Samuel Jennee; four ch. Samuel, 
Jr., was first listed in Royalton in 1800, and was here at different peri- 
ods of time until after 1820. He was a soldier and pensioned in 1833. 

vii. William Darbe [5], b. Feb. 8, 1766; d. about 1801; m. Phebe 
Abbott, b. 1769; d. 1846, Pike, N. Y.; ch.: (a) Judith [6], b. Feb. 11, 
1791; d. Dec. 15, 1885; m. (1) Daniel Shays Swift of Barnard; m. (2) 
John Walcott; four ch.; (b) Dorothy [6], b. June 29, 1793, Roy.; d. 
Apr. 21, 1870; m. Caleb Powers and had five ch. ; (c) Sylvester [6], b. 
Apr. 1, 1795, Roy. (?); d. July 23, 1862, Harrison, HI; m. Lydia Sevey; 
three ch.; farmer and chair manufacturer; (d) Alba [6], b. Sep. 12, 
1796, Roxbury; d. Dec. 10, 1876, Kanesville, HI.; ten ch.; (e) Plin- 
ney [6], b. July 7, 1801, Stockbridge; d. Aug. 20, 1867, McKean, Pa.; 
m. twice and had ten ch.; (f) Peleg [6]. 

viii. Arunah [5], b. Mar. 2, 1768; d. Aug. 1, 1773. 

3. ix. Chester [5], b. Mar. 22, 1770. 

X. Sylvester [5], b. Aug. 22, 1778; d. Apr., 1855, Barnston, 
P. Q.; m. Relief Converse; ten ch. 

xi. Ruth [5], b. Aug. 31, 1786, Roy.; d. Nov. 26, 1788 (?). 

xil. Hiram [5], b. Canterbury; death recorded there between 
1800 and 1804. 

History of Royalton, Vermont 725 

2. JEDEDIAH [5] CLEVELAND, son of Samuel [4], b. 
May 8, 1756, Canterbury, Conn. ; d. Feb. 19, 1819, Roy. ; m. Jan. 
29, 1784, Elizabeth, dau. Curtis Cleveland, b. 1760; d. July 5, 
1828, Roy. 

Jedediah Cleveland was probably the first of the name to 
settle in Royalton. His children were all born in Royalton, and 
he lived and died there. He was a remarkably successful farmer, 
and at the settling of his estate the inventory amounted to 
$6,776.27, a snug little sum for those days. 

i. Elizabeth [6], b. Nov. 28, 1784, or May 18, 1789, Roy.; m. 
Elisha Chamberlain. 

ii. Jedediah [6], b. Nov. 27, 1785 or 1787; d. Jan. 2, 1865, 
Northumberland, N. H.; m. (1) Jan. 23, 1814, Roy., Harriet, dau. Dr. 
Elias and Hannah (Brown) Randall, b. Jan. 9, 1796; d. Mar. 14, 1841, 
Roy.; m. (2) Oct. 26, 1841, Anna Hubbard, b. May 14, 1791; ch.: (a) 
William Lord, b. Dec. 7, 1814, Roy.; m. Dec. 8, 1843, Tecumseh, Mich., 
Lucinda Hooper, b. June 11, 1811, Seneca Falls, N. Y. ; (b) Harriet 

Amelia [7], b. Oct. 7, , Roy.; d. 1817, Roy.; (c) Charles Douglass [7], 

b. Sep. 25, 1818, Roy.; d. Nov. 20, 1875; m. Dec. 7, 1845, Chester, Stella 
Louise Deming, b. Jan. 27, 1822, Hartford, Conn.; two ch., one, Charles 
Harley, grad. from Med. Dept. of Dartmouth, 1843; a successful prac- 
titioner in Boston; member of the N. E. Gen. and Hist. Society; d. 
Nov., 1875, Boston; (d) Norman Curtis [7], b. Oct. 14, 1819-20, Roy.; d. 
Jan. 8, 1873, Minn.; m. (1) July 6, 1843, Lancaster, N. H., Martha 
Augusta, dau. Allen and Adeline (Perkins) Smith, b. June 22, 1823; 
d. Dec. 10, 1852; m. (2) Jan. 5, 1854, Eliza Jane Plaisted, b. June 12, 
1830, Jefferson, N. Y.; eight ch.; (e) Jedediah Allen [7], b. Nov. 5, 
1821, Roy.; d. Aug. 12, 1891, Madison, Kan.; m. Jan. 22, 1843, Tun- 
bridge, Ruth Darbe Eaton; one ch. Jedediah was a Methodist minister. 
Preached in Tunb. five years, and other places, in all twenty-eight years. 
In 1877 went to Madison, and settled on a fruit farm; (f) Hiram E. [7], 
b. Aug. 11, 1823, Roy.; d. Dec. 21, 1856, St. Louis., Mo.; m. Aug., 1854, 
Jackson, Ore., Maria Ann Vandine, b. Nov. 18, 1831, Decatur, 111.; d. 
there Sep. 5, 1867. Studied medicine with brother, Dr. Charles; paid 
his own way while attending lectures at Woodstock; acquired a hand- 
some property; murdered at a hotel in St. Louis by a supposed friend 
who afterwards joined the Confederate army, and was killed at Pea 
Ridge; (g) James Reid [7], b. Aug. 6, 1825, Roy.; m. July 14, 1850, 
Elmira Marie Taylor, b. Mar. 2, 1828; seven ch.; res. Northumberland, 
N. H., and Lake Sarah, Minn.; (h) Elias Randall [7], b. Oct. 24, 1827, Roy.; 
m. Nov. 1, 1852, Mary Eliza Slocum, b. Nov. 25, 1832, Elizabeth City, 
N. C. ; four ch. Left Vt. in 1841; a merchant and real estate dealer in 
Boston in 1848; Cleveland street named for him; res. was at corner of 
Cleveland and Wyoming streets; (i) Caroline Lucinda [7], b. May 28, 
1830, Roy.; d. Nov. 17, 1848, at home of brother. Dr. Charles; (j) 
Adoniram Judson [7], b. Oct. 28, 1832, Roy.; m. (1) Mar. 8, 1858, Chi- 
cago, wid. of Dr. Hiram Edward Cleveland; m. (2) Aug. 8, 1878, Mrs. 
Ancelica Susanna (Perrin) Bacon, b. Aug. 1, 1844, W. Randolph; three 
ch.; served in the Civil War; in the U. S. Commissary Dept., Tenn.; 
res., N. H., Col., Cal.; engineer and master mechanic; (k) Harriet 
Elizabeth [7], b. Nov. 5, 1834, Roy.; m. Sep. 25, 1856, Pittsburg, Ind., 
David Jolley, b. Dec. 3, 1829, Rockland, Pa.; five ch. 

iii. Ruth [6], b. May 10, 1791; m. Apr. 1, 1815 (?), Howard 
Moulton of E. Randolph; seven ch. 

726 History of Royalton, Vermont 

iv. Curtis [6], b. Jan. 21, 1796; d. Nov. 30, 1870, Randolph; m. 

(1) about 1832, Thetford, Hannah , b. 1800; d. Oct. 5, 1837; m. (2) 

Feb. 22, 1842, Roy., Sarah Columbia Chase, b. Aug. 2, 1801, Lunen- 
burgh, Vt., or Langdon, N. H.; d. Aug. 1, 1877, W. Braintree; ch.: (a) 
Son, d. young; (b) Mary Eliza [7], b. Oct. 6, 1835, Roy.; m. Oct. 11, 
1860, Ezra Day of W. Enfield, N. H.; two ch.; (c) Henry Curtis [7], b. 
July 5, 1843; d. U. S. Hospital, Brattleboro, Mar. 24, 1864, unm.; en- 
listed Jan. 5, 1864, Co. G, 8th Regt; (d) Ellen Columbia [7], b. Mar. 
27, 1845; m. (1) Dec. 29, 1865, George W. Sargent of Sharon; divorced, 
June, 1875; m. (2) July 4, 1875, Albert Ray of W. Braintree; two ch. 

v. Lucy Elnette [6], b. Jan. 14, 1799; m. 1829, Joel Hebard, 
b. Feb. 6, 1801, St. Armand, Que.; d. Oct. 22, 1873, Troy; six ch. 

vi. Norman [6], b. Oct. 12, 1801; d. Jan., 1879; m. (1) 1826, 
Eliza Bissell, b. Roy., niece of Mrs. Ira Allen; m. (2) May 24, 1837, 
Alice Herrick Tucker, b. Mar. 30, 1808, Randolph; d. 1890; seven ch.; 
one son, William Rush, a physician in Canada and the West. 

3. CHESTER [5] CLEVELAND, son of Samuel [4], b. 
Mar. 22, 1770 (?) ; d. Feb. 6, (?) 1864, Tunbridge; m. (1) May 
7, 1795, Roy.; Mary, dau. James and Susan (Shepard) Hib- 
bard, b. May 7, 1777; d. May 20, 1817, Roy.; m. (2) Mar., 1820, 
Tunb., Elizabeth Sophia, dau. David and Mercy (Pressy) Dodge, 
b. Nov. 29, 1782, Claremont. N. H. ; d. Oct. 17, 1855, S. Roy. 
Res. Royalton, Bethel, Tunbridge. 

i. Ira [6], b. Jan. 25, 1796, Roy.; d. Mar. 24, 1802, Roy. 

ii. Oel [6], b. Aug. 21, 1797, Roy.; d. June 7, 1876, Tunb.; m. 
Anna Keyes, b. Apr. 9, 1809; d. July 21, 1871, Chelsea; Oel settled in 
Tunb., rem. to Roy., 1847, ret. to Tunb., 1862. Ch.: (a) Mary [7], b. 
Sep. 1, 1820; (b) Martha Mahala [7], b. Nov. 20, 1821; m. Apr. 5, 1849, 
Philip Hunt of Tunb.; (c) Lovell H. [7], b. May 4, 1824; d. Oct. 6, 1868, 
Roy.; m. and had four ch.; (d) Ira [7], b. Jan. 20, 1827; d. Feb. 28, 
1835; (e) Aruna B. [7], b. Nov. 19, 1828; (f) George C. [7], b. Feb. 29, 
1831; res., Chelsea; (g) Eliza [7], b. Oct. 22, 1833; (h) Ira Wilber [7], 
b. Dec. 17, 1835; d. Nov. 20, 1880, Chelsea; (i) William C. [7], b. June 

4. 1838; d. Oct. 10, 1843; (j) Charles [7], b. July 7, 1842; killed in 
battle of Fredericksburg, Va., Dec. 13, 1862; (k) William Harvey [7], 
b. Nov. 2, 1844; d. Sep. 20, 1863; (1) Norman A. [7], b. June 9, 1847, 
Roy.; m. Oct. 15, 1868, in Lowell, Mich., Elnora Jane Tucker, b. Sep. 
7, 1851, Manchester, N. H. He was a blacksmith, and res. in Roy., 

5. Boston, and Mich. Has ch.; (m) Frank [7], b. May 2, 1851, Roy.; 
d. Apr. 11, 1875. 

iii. Eli r6], b. July 11, 1799, Roy.; d. Mar. 23, 1802, Roy. 

iv. Asa [6], b. Mar. 31, 1801, Roy.; d. Sep. 4, 1865, in 111.; m. 
Nov. 2, 1823, Tunb., Experience Avery; eleven ch.; one, Chester Darbe 
[7], b. June 16, 1825, Roy.; d. 1851, unm. Res. of Asa, Greenview, 111. 

V. Minerva [6], b. May 1, 1803, Roy.; d. Sep. 19, 1804, Roy. 

vi. Charles [6], b. May 18, 1805 (?), E. Bethel; d. Nov. 20, 

vii. Selby [6], b. Mar. 18, 1807, E. Bethel; d. Feb. 28, 1876, 
Hesper, la.; m. Abigail Clements of Tunb.; four ch. 

*viii. Susan Eliza [6], b. Feb. 28, 1809, Tunb.; m. J. Warren 

*ix. Mary Hibbard [6], b. Mar. 15, 1811, E. Bethel; m. Ransom 

X. Martha [6], b. Nov. 29, 1813, E. Bethel; d. Mar. 1, 1815, E. 

' ■ History of Royalton, Vermont 727 

xi. Francis [6], b. Jan. 21, 1815, E. Bethel; d. Feb. 9, 1819, E. 

xli. Harry [6], b. Aug. 18, 1817; d. Dec. 10, 1837, E. Bethel. 

xiii. Laura [6], b. Apr. 2, 1823, Tunb.; m. Thos. Henry Benton 
C^hfisp ' thrpp oil 

1. SQUIRE [5] CLEVELAND (Eleazer [4], Sam. [3], 
Sam. [2], Moses [1]), b. July 29, 1754, Canterbury, Conn.; d. 
June 14, 1834, Roy.; bur. E. Bethel; m. Nov. 16, 1788, Pamela 
Green, b. Mar. 3, 1764 ; d. Apr. 25, 1851, Roy. 

Squire Cleveland was in Royalton before the first census. 
In 1783, while in Canterbury, Conn., he bought 14 T. P., and 
later owned 22 T. P. He was a Revolutionary soldier and pen- 

i. Bradford [6], b. Aug. 24, 1789; d. Jan. 13, 1865; m. Feb. 2, 
1818, Mrs. Anna (Davenport) Comstock, dau. William and Mary Daven- 
port, b. Apr. 20, 1778, Sutton, Mass.; d. Oct. 9, 1861; res. E. Bethel. 

ii. John [7], b. June 6, 1791, Roy.; m. Dorothy Lamb of Ran- 
dolph; four ch. 

iii. Anna [7], b. Dec. 1, 1793; d. June 19, 1838, unm. 

iv. Polly [7], b. Mar. 31, 1795; d. Jan. 4, 1867, Ohio; m. Oct. 
16, 1825, Samuel Babcock, b. Oct. 31, 1793; four ch. 

V. Olive [7], b. Mar. 9, 1797; d. Feb. 2, 1852, Ohio; m. San- 
ford Hannah. 

2. vi. Bethabra [7], b. May 31, 1799. 

vii. Pamela [7], b. June 23, 1802; d. Aug. 7, 1844, Roy.; m. 
Oct. 10, 1822, Lucian B. Lathrop of Pike, N. Y., b. July 18, 1801; five ch. 
*viii. Zurviah [7], twin of Pamela; m. Apollydore Williams. 

ix. Nahum [7], b. Sep. 25, 1805; d. Mar. 6, 1873, Newport; m. 
Feb. 10, 1831, Stanbridge, P. Q., Almira Townshend, b. Feb. 28, 1812; 
d. Feb. 14, 1877, Newport; four ch. The descendants of Nahum claim 
a height of from 5 ft. 11 in. to 6 ft. 2 in., and weight from 180 to 200 

2. BETHABRA [6] CLEVELAND, son of Squire [5], b. 
May 31, 1799, Roy.; d. June 7, 1881, Morristown; m. Nov. 27, 
1820, Roy., Philena, dau. Oliver and Susannah (Mulican) Luce, 
b. Sep. 9, 1798, Stowe; d. Sep. 8, 1886, Wolcott. Oliver Luce 
was the first settler in Stowe. Res. RoyaltoH, Stowe, Morristown. 

i. Ronaldo [7], b. Apr. 23, 1822, 'Roy.; d. Dec. 25, 1884, Hyde 
Park; m. Nov. 25, 1852, Hyde Park, Jane H., dau. Darius and Anna 
(Westeven) Fellows of Craftsbury, b. Washington, Feb. 13, 1836; d. 
Apr. 3, 1892, Roy.; she m. (2) Mark G. Metcalf. Ch.: (a) Melissa A. 
[8], b. Mar. 26, 1857; m. Mar. 26, 1879, Perley, son Joseph and Ellen 
(Pearl) Moses, b. 1858, Tunbridge; three ch.; (b) Effie Ella [8], b. 
Nov. 26, 1858, Morristown; (c) Hattie J. [8], b. Feb. 10, 1870, Roy.; 
(d) Katie [8], b. June 19, 1873, Roy. 

ii. Enoch James [7], b. Aug. 16, 1823, Roy.; d. before Aug., 
1896; m. (1) Feb. 16, 1847, Morristown, Martha, dau. Benj. and Ruth 
(Luce) Alger, b. Apr. 12, 1823, Stowe; d. Feb. 3, 1859, Hyde Park; 
m. (2) Nov. 18, 1860, Brownington, Esther, dau. Hiram and Hannah 
(Fair) Streeter, b. Nov. 6, 1822, Sutton; six ch. He was a Christian 
minister; preached in Hyde Park, Sutton, and other places. 

iii. George [7], b. Nov. 14, 1825, Roy.; d. Dec. 14, 1888; settled 
in Randolph. 
« *iv. Anna [7], b. June 15, 1829, Stowe; m. Seth Moxley. 

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V. Marinda Eveline [7], b. May 31, 1831, Stowe; d. Jan. 11, 
1866, Roy.; m. May 20, 1852, Cooley Edmund Anderson, b. Oct., 1825, 
Hatfield, Mass.; d. Burlington, June 25, 1880; three ch. 

vi. Orlantha Samantha [7], b. Oct. 21, 1832, Roy.; m. (1) Oct. 
21, 1859, William W. Clark of Red Wing, Minn.; m. (2) Marshall Cutler; 
four ch. Mr. Cutler was one of the first settlers of Red Wing. 

vii. Hiram [7], b. Mar. 24, 1834, Roy.; d. Mar. 31, 1846, Roy. 

viii. Gordon Henry [7], b. June 6, 1836, Roy.; d. Apr. 13, 1853, 
Hyde Park. 

ix. Nelson [7], b. Dec. 2, (?) 1838, Roy.; d. Jan. 21, 1898, 
Boston; m. Sep. 27, 1864, Morristown, Mrs. Nancy (Forbush) Carr, b. 
May 12, 1839, Underbill. Carpenter and farmer in Chicopee and Win- 
chendon, Mass. 

X. Rosepha Anna [7], b. July 28, 1840, Roy.; m. Jan. 2, 1865, 
Sylvester Norman Palmer, b. Jan. 6, 1831, Elmore; res., Morristown and 

xi. Pamelia Priscilla [7], b. Nov. 15, 1843, Roy.; d. Aug. 11, 

The Cleveland family is of Anglo-Saxon ancestry. Moses came 
from Ipswich, Eng., about 1635, and settled in Woburn, Mass. The 
motto on their coat of arms is "Pro deo et patria." 


RUFUS BAILEY CLOUD, son of Norman Cloud of Brook- 
line, Conn., b. Oct. 15, 1818, Norwich; m. Mar. 15, 1842, Chi- 
chester, N. H., Elvira Cass, dau. James Blake, b. Dec. 2, 1820, 
Chichester; d. Apr. 8, 1903, S. Roy. 

Mr. Cloud removed from Norwich to Royalton in March, 
1884. He bought the Martin Joiner farm below Royalton vil- 
lage in 1868. His son, Edwin B., lived on this farm a number 
of years, but removed to Coopersville, Mich., in 1876. His son, 
Adnah, also lived on the farm, removing from Norwich in 1876, 
and he died on this farm. He has lived for a number of years 
with his daughters, Delia and Katie, below S. Royalton. His 
picture can be seen in the cut of old people now living in town. 

i. Edwin Blake, b. Mar. 17, 1844; d. Mar. 15, 1880. 

11. James Norman, b. Dec. 6, 1846; m. Oct. 8, 1871, Coopers- 
ville, Mich., Helen F. Fiske; ch.: (a) Ruby E., b. May 8, 1874; m. 
Joseph Somerville of Moretown, and has three ch.; (b) Rufus Bailey, 
b. Mar. 24, 1876; m. and res. in Barre; no ch.; (c) Harry D., b. Oct. 3, 
1879; m. and res. in Barre until 1909, when he rem. to Paris, Ky.; two 

iii. Ruby Jane, b. Nov. 11, 1848; m. Daniel, son Alfred B. Neal 
of Hartford; nine ch.; res. Hartford. 

iv. Lyman Blake, b. May 24, 1850; m. and lives in Minne- 
apolis; a contractor; two ch. 

V. Charles Emerson, b. Aug. 10, 1852; m. Nellie Conant; five 
ch.; three living; real estate broker; res. Brooklyn, N. Y. 

vi. Adnah Balch, b. Oct. 29, 1854, Norwich; d. Mar. 14, 1892, 
Roy., bur. Bethel; m. in Bethel, Adell Bunting, b. Dec. 22, 1857; ch.: 
(a) Augusta A., b. Oct. 18, 1877; (b) Pearl A., b. May 23, 1882; (c) 
Bertha J., b. Aug. 19, 1884; d. in Barre. Adell Bunting Cloud m. (2) 
John H. Coy. Augusta m. George Bohonnon of Washington, and has 

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one ch., and Pearl m. and lives in Tyringham, Mass., and has several 

vii. Gertrude W., b. Aug. 6, 1856; d. Feb. 6, 1864. 

viii. Mary Durkee, b. Sep. 21, 1859; m. Nov. 7, 1883, George 
Emerson, son Theodore and Eunice Desire (Safford) Bearing, b. Jan. 
13, 1857. Bethel; ch.: (a) Louise Evangeline, b. Aug. 13, 1884; (b) 
Ruth Fidelia, b. Oct. 21, 1886; (c) Arthur Allen, b. May, 1891; (d) 
Infant, b. July 10, 1895; all b. in Bethel. Mr. Bearing's father, grand- 
father Joseph, and great-grandfather Thaddeus all lived on what is 
known as the Ziba Paige farm. Mr. B. is a successful farmer, and his 
home has all the modern conveniences. Except for voting and tax 
paying he is a Royalton man. He was in Norwich Univ., 1878-80. His 
two daughters are teachers in Mass. 

ix. Bella Emerson, b. Nov. 23, 1861; res. with father, an active 
worker in the Congregational church, and president of the Ladies' 
Aid Society many years. 

X. Katie Emeline, b. Bee. 1, 1863. 


BENJAMIN COLE, son of Ebenezer and Elizabeth (Wheel- 
er) Cole, b. 1761, Plainfield, Conn. ; d. Apr. 10, 1842, Roy., bur. 
Havens Cem. ; m. (1) Eunice Pierce (?), b. 1750-51; d. Apr. 5, 
1809, Roy.; m. (2) Oct. 31, 1809, Sharon, Jemima (Poor) La- 
tham, wid. Isaac Latham, b. 1768 ; d. Mar. 4, 1864. 

Benjamin Cole was the fifth of ten children, and had six 
brothers. He with four of them, Daniel, Asa, Ebenezer, and 
Samuel, once attended church in Morristown. The shortest of 
the five was 6 ft. 2 in., and the youngest seventy-five. On Jan. 
28, 1795, Benjamin bought 24 Dutch. He afterwards owned the 
Daniel Havens farm, and claimed to have assisted in removing 
the body of Thomas Pember to Randolph for burial. He finally 
settled on the Haynes farm, taking it when only one acre was 
cleared and the frame of a house on it. He was a Revolutionary 

i. Amos, b. June 26, 1789; d. Jan. 9, 1813, Roy. 
*ii. Polly, b. Jan. 23, 1791, Plainfield, N. H.; m. James Latham. 

iii. Baniel, m. in Upton, Mass., and had ch. there. 
*iv. Sally, b. 1795; m. Alsop Latham. 

v. Joseph; went to Upton, Mass., and d. there unm. 

vi. Benjamin, b. June 9, 1797; d. Jan. 20, 1813, Roy. 

vii. Eunice, m. July 7, 1829, Hiram Bwinell of Tunbridge; 
had Jemima, Sarah, Marcia, Alden, Byron, Emma, Myra. She went to 
Tipton, la., but d. with her dau. Jemima in Columbia, S. B. 

JOSEPH COLE, b. Oct. 19, 1797; d. July 21, 1875; m. 

Catherine E. , b. Oct. 6, 1800; d. Oct. 19, 1846. Mr. Cole 

lived for a number of years on Broad Brook, on the farm known 
later as the Barrows place. 

i. Elizabeth E., b. Feb. 9, 1824; d. Feb. 18, 1907, E. Barnard; 
m. Justus Culver; no ch. 

ii. Martha, b. July 16, 1832; d. July 19, 1832. 

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1. ELIJAH CORBIN, b. 1776, Thompson, Conn. ; d. Nov. 
15, 1812, Roy.; bur. N. Roy. Cem.; m. June 22, 1790, Orinda 
Childs, b. 1768, Thompson, Conn. ; d. Sep. 30, 1855, Roy. 

Elijah with Perley was first listed in 1794. The family tra- 
dition is that he came to town in 1792. The two in May bought 
180 acres in 30 L. A. The Corbin farm was one of the best in 
town. Mr. Corbin was a domestic man, not seeming to care 
much for political preferment, but the family has ever been 
counted among the most reliable and desirable citizens. 

i. Perley, b. May 5, 1791; d. Aug. 19, 1859, unm. Lived with 
his brother, Franklin. 

ii. Elsey, b. Feb. 27, 1793; d. Oct. 24, 1884, unm. Lived with 

iii. Esbon, b. Oct. 18, 1795; m. Aug. 26, 1821; d. in New York. 

iv. Betsey, b. June 29, 1797; m. May 20, 1824, William Hatch 
of Randolph; a son, Charles Alden, b. Sep. 8, 1826, Roy.; d. Mar. 11, 
1908, Bethel. 

V. Brastus, b. Nov. 7, 1798; d. July 25, 1862, unm., Roy. Lived 
with Franklin. 

2. vi. Franklin, b. Jan. 5, 1801. 

vii. Hiram, b. Aug. 22, 1802-3; m. Jan. 1, 1830. 
viii. Dolly, b. Aug. 15, 1804-5; d. Feb. 16, 1864, Roy., unm. 
ix. Lucy Ann, b. Dec. 22, 1807; m. Feb. 28, 1831, Caleb Tem- 
ple; lived and d. in Randolph. 

X. Mary Jane, b. Feb. 15-16, 1809; m. Nov. 12, 1832, Chauncey 
Temple. The church record gives the date Oct. 14, 1834. 

* xi. Martha, b. Aug. 15, 1811; m. John Kent. Died with Frank- 

July 19, 1812, the whole eleven of these children were baptized, a 
record which, perhaps, has never been equaled. 

2. FRANKLIN CORBIN, son of Elijah, b. Jan. 5, 1801, 
Royalton ; d. May 4, 1881, Royalton ; m. Mar. 12, 1828, Abilena, 
dau. Thomas and Betsey Clapp, b. Aug. 14, 1806, Roy. ; d. Apr. 
18, 1881, Roy. 

Franklin not only made a happy home for his own large 
family, but for two brothers and three sisters. He was a pros- 
perous farmer and exemplary man. 

*i. Lucy A., b. Feb. 18, 1831; m. John Wild, 
ii. Mary Jane, b. Dec. 3, 1833; m. Charles E. Sawyer, 
iii. Miranda, b. Dec. 17, 1835; d. Dec. 18, 1867, Roy, unm. 
iv. Arthur, b. May 10, 1837; d. 1854. 
*v. Ellen Rebecca, b. Jan. 25, 1841; m. E. A. Thacher. 
vi. Arthur Frank, b. Dec. 14 or 17, 1845. 

vii. Elba Austin, b. July 7, 1849; m. Mar. 14, 1872, Emma, dau. 
Dr. James E. and Silestia (Smith) Morse, b. 1853, Hartford; no ch. 
Elba Corbin lived on the old home farm until a few years ago, when he 
moved into Royalton village. He is a deacon in the Congregational 
church. Mrs. Corbin was for many years the organist in the church 
and a singer in the choir. 

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ELISHA G. COTTON, m. Sophia. Not much is known of 
him. With Benj. Bloss and Nathan Kimball he bought in 1815 
land and mill privileges of Daniel Woodbury. He held this 
property more or less intact until 1842. He was called Lieut. 

i. Olive, b. June 22, 1818. 

ii. Elisha L., b. Mar. 30, 1820. 

iii. Hiram P., b. Jan. 21, 1824. 

iv. Gardner B., b. Dec. 2, 1826. 

V. Susan G., b. Oct. 27, 1829. Ch. all b. in Roy. prob. 


DAVID WICKAM COWDERY, son of Elisha and Anna 
(Fifield) Cowdery, b. May 26, 1811, Tunbridge; d. Feb. 26, 1891, 
Roy. ; m. Dec. 26, 1837, Clarissa P., dau. Daniel and Betsey 
(Wheeler) Tarbell, b. June 5, 1819, Tunb.; d. Aug. 3, 1895, Roy. 
Mr. Cowdery removed from Tunbridge to S. Royalton in 
1856, and bought the place where he lived and died, and where 
his daughter Anne and her husband, James Bingham, later lived 
and recently died. The old house was burned in March, 1863. 
The fire caught in the ell, which was between the house and barn, 
and all the buildings were consumed. While rebuilding Mr. 
Cowdery occupied the house now owned by Mrs. Jane Jones, and 
there Anne was married. 

Mr. Cowdery was a man of no ordinary type. Though 
small in stature, he possessed great force of character, and power 
of planning and carrying into execution business enterprises. 
He was a director and president of the South Royalton Bank, 
and was president of the Union Agricultural Society of Tun- 
bridge, and did much to make their annual fairs a success. He 
was an extensive dealer in live stock, and furnished fine horses 
to patrons in distant parts of the country. His purse was al- 
ways open to calls for public improvements. He was system- 
atic and methodical in his habits. For years he kept a diary 
in Walton's Registers, which, with other important documents 
relating to the S. Royalton Bank were kindly offered for use to 
the Historical Association, by his daughter, Mrs. Mary C. John- 
son. He served the town in an official way during most of the 
years of his residence in it, acting as highway surveyor, lister, 
grand juror, auditor. His wife was a sister of Daniel Tarbell, 
Jr., and possessed much of the ability characteristic of the fam- 
ily. She was essentially domestic, and idolized by her children. 

*i. Betsey Anne, b. Oct. 16, 1841, Tunbridge; m. James G. Bing- 

*ii. Mary Ellen, b. in Tunbridge; m. Charles G. Blake. 

*iii. Clara Adelia, b. Nov. 19, 1848; m. David G. F. Bosworth. 

iv. Don Ward, b. Oct. 19, 1851, Tunb.; d. Dec. 13, 1909, Glens 

Falls, N. Y., unm. He started in the telephone business in Concord, 

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N. H., and continued until 1889, when the N. E. Telephone Co. pur- 
chased his interests. He was appointed general manager with head- 
quarters at Saratoga, where he remained until the Hudson River Tel. 
Co. came into the district, with which company he was connected until 
his death. He was a man of business ability and fine gentlemanly in- 

*v. Maria Pearson, b. Aug. 14, 1857, Roy.; m. William J. Davis. 

vi. Fred David, b. Sep. 29, 1861, Roy.; m. 1888, Mary E., dau. 
Charles W. and Adeline (Fox) Mann, b. 1870, Cornish, N. H.; ch.: 
Evelyn Johnson, b. Nov. 1, 1888, Braintree. 

vii. Frank Tarbell, b. May 21, 1864, Roy.; res. Albany, N. Y.; 
employee of the N. Y. Tel. Co.; m. June 6, 1911, Jane S. Knowles. 

GEORGE L. COWDERY, son of Elihu of Tunbridge, the 
son of Jabez, son of Nathaniel of Charlestown, Mass., b. Sep. 10, 
1819, Tunb. ; d. Apr. 7, 1892, S. Roy. ; m. Sep. 21, 1847, Harriet 
A., dau. Alba and Lydia Godfrey, b. Oct. 23, 1829, Woodstock; 
d. Dec. 8, 1905, S. Roy. Mr. Cowdery came to Royalton in 
1863, and settled on the Elisha Flint farm. Mr. and Mrs. 
Cowdery were persons who lived at peace with all men, noted 
for virtue and beneficence. 

*i. Adelia L., b. Mar. 17, 1850; m. William S. Gk)ff. 

ii. George H., b. Mar. 26, 1854; m. Nov. 12, 1879, Delia M., 
dau. Albert B. and Lavinia P. (Tracy) Pixley, b. June 26, 1857; ch.: 
(a) Clarence, b. Mar. 4, 1887; grad. Girard Coll. as Electric En- 
gineer; res.. New York City. 

iii. Cora A., b. Dec. 7, 1860; m. Mar. 5, 1884, Irving G., son 
Norman N. and Mary M. (Gifford) Barrows, b. Mar. 5, 1861, Mont- 
gomery; ch.: (a) Grace C, b. Aug. 23, 1887; grad. S. Roy. High, Salem, 
Mass., Normal; teacher in Salem, Mass.; (b) Alice C, b. Jan. 31, 1899; 
(c) Walter Irving, b. June 6, 1903. The father of Mr. Barrows was 
the son of Daniel and Lucy (Mendall) Barrows, b. Aug. 31, 1823, Mont- 
gomery; d. Dec. 15, 1902, Woodstock; m. June 1, 1856, Mary M. Gifford, 
b. Dec. 31, 1828; d. Jan. 7, 1908, Roy.; oldest son, Oliver Nelson, b. 
Nov. 17, 1859. Montgomery; m. Mar. 9, 1886, Nettie M. Wallace of 
Bethel, and has son Max, b. Dec. 3, 1899; settled in Bethel. Norman 
N. Barrows lived a number of years on Broad Brook. Irving G. lives 
on the Geo. Cowdery farm. 

iv. Willie G., b. Aug. 12, 1867; d. Sep. 20, 1867. 

V. Arthur Byron, b. Apr. 21, 1876; m. Apr. 28, 1903, Grace E. 
Albro; settled in Glens Falls, N. Y.; ch.: (a) Arthur Root, b. Jan. 16, 


1. JONATHAN COY, b. Oct. 30, 1830; d. Sep. 7, 1815, 
Roy. (?) ; m. July 12, 1763, Deborah Parker, b. Sep. 21, 1739; 
d. June 13, 1820, Roy. (?). 

On Oct. 13, 1788, Jonathan and Reuben bought 17 Dutch, 
which remained a part of the Coy farm for a long period of 
years. They do not appear in the first census, but do in the 
first grand list of 1791. The children were all born in Munson, 

i. Wyllis, b. June 13, 1764. •J, * .,,, • / « 

ii. Patty, b. Feb. 24, 1766. IfL. \J%&^ -•#v*'«-^*/ ,/f '^r^ 

History of Eoyalton, Vermont 733 

2. iii. Jonathan, b. July 11, 1768. 
iv. Beulah, b. Apr. 24, 1770. 

V. Reuben, twin of Beulah; prob. the Reuben who m. Feb. 
17, 1799, Sally Chambers of Tunbridge, and seems to have lived there, 
disappearing from our list about that time; ch.: (a) Ladotia, b. Feb. 
19, 1800; d. Sep. 6, 1801; (b) Dilly, b. Apr. 19, 1802; (c) Benjamin 
Chambers, b. Aug. 30, 1806; (d) Royal Baker, b. Oct. 26, 1808; (e) 
Horace or Hiram, b. Oct. 15, 1810. 

vi. John, b. Jan. 13, 1773. 

vii. Simeon, b. Jan. 24, 1775. 

viii. Benjamin, b. Nov. 3, 1776. 

ix. David, b. May 26, 1781. David was in Royalton and held 
real estate in 1802. 

2. JONATHAN COY, JR., b. July 11, 1768, Munson, 
Mass.; d. May 30, 1841, Roy.; m. (1) May 12, 1793, Roy., Olive 
Pixley, b. June 25, 1768, Dighton, Mass. ; d. Sep. 15, 1795, Roy. ; 
m. (2) Sep. 11, 1803, Lucy, dau. Thomas and Marcy (House) 
Bingham, b. July 19, 1770. Lebanon, Conn.; d. July 8, 1852. 

3. i. John, b. July 11, 1794, Roy. 

ii. Simon Bingham, b. Jan. 21, 1807; d. Aug. 3, 1814, Roy. 
Jonathan, Jr., was a substantial farmer. He increased the home 
farm in 1801 by the addition of 16 Dutch. He deeded one-half this in 
1826 to his son John, who still further enlarged the farm by additions 
from 9 Dutch. 

3. JOHN COY, son of Jonathan, Jr., b. July 11, 1794, 
Roy.: d. Oct. 11, 1870, Roy.; m. Mar. 5, 1827, Tunbridge, Ma- 
tilda, dau. Richard and Susannah (Peabody) Thompson, b. May 
5, 1804, Tunb.; d. Nov. 20, 1867, Roy. John Coy was an up- 
right, straightforward man. He served the town in various 
offices, being selectman, 1836-38, and he was justice of the peace 
for twelve terms. For military service of his sons, George, 
Carlos, and Charles, see Civil War Roll. 

i. Olive Lucy, b. Jan. 5, 1828; d. June 3, 1872, Roy., unm. 

ii. Harry Bingham, b. Dec. 31, 1830; d. Oct. 12, 1863, Cal., 

iii. Simon Thompson, b. Apr. 28, 1833; d. Nov. 3, 1902; m. 
Nov. 2, 1855, Mary Alma, dau. Clark Davis of Bethel; ch.: (a) Delia, 
m. Charles Williams of Woodstock and had dau., Anna B., who m. Fred 
Jerome Perry of Walpole, N. H., and has dau., Delia Coy; res. 
Bethel, Claremont, N. H., and Bellows Falls. He went to Bellows 
Falls about 1877, and in 1882 became the head of the Coy Paper Co., 
W. Claremont, N. H. For three years was member of the firm, Robert- 
sen & Coy, Bellows Falls. He was also a member of other firms, one in 
New York City. He was characterized by great industry and pluck. 
It was said of him at his funeral, that like Ben Adam, "He wrote his 
name in the book of life as one who loved his fellow men." 

iv. George Edmund, b. Nov. 16, 1835; res. Roy. and Tunbridge; 
unm. In the Civil War. 

V. Cornelia Elizabeth, b. Mar. 19, 1838; m. July 19, 1856, 
Charles, son Josiah S. and Dorothy (Cowdery) Buzzell of Tunbridge; 
no ch. They lived on the home farm with her parents for some years; 
row reside in S. Royalton. 

vi. Carlos Cooledge, b. Aug. 13, 1840; d. Aug. 22, 1864, unm. 
In the Civil War; d. on shipboard and buried at sea. 

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vii. Charles Pixley, b. May 7, 1843; d. July 3, 1908, Tunb.; bur. 
Bethel; m. Sep. 25, 1871, Bethel, Hattie, dau. Alonzo and Ursula L. 
Brooks of Bethel, b. 1849; ch.: (a) Carl, d. young; (b) Fred Elbert, 
b. June 24, 1875, Bethel; unm.; res. Claremont, N. H.; (c) Robert 
Henry; res. New York City; m. and no ch.; (d) Mary, d. at age of 
three; Charles P., a tinsmith in Bethel. 

viii. John Harvey, b. Mar. 22, 1846; m. Nov. 7, 1893, Mrs. Adell 
(Bunting) Cloud, wid. of Adnah Cloud; no ch. He was a farmer in 
Roy. and Tunbridge. 


1. GIDEON CRANDALL, b. 1761-62 ; d. 1841, Roy. ; bur. 
Branchview Cem. ; m. Dec. 2, 1784, Esther, dau. Thomas and 
Eunice Rix of Preston, Conn., b. Mar. 15, 1763-64; d. 1840, Roy. 

Mr. Crandall rem. from Westerly, R. I., to Royalton, ac- 
cording to family tradition. Our town records place him in 
Preston, Conn. On May 21, 1787, he bought the east half of 
44 Dutch, and the same day James of Westerly bought the other 
half. In 1792 James, who was then in Petersburg, N. Y., sold 
all he owned in Royalton to Heman Durkee. Gideon increased 
his farm by additions from 39 and 43 Dutch, and in 1825 he 
agreed with his son Tracy for support of himself and wife. 
Eleven of his children were baptized July 10, 1803. 

i. Shubal, b. Dec. 27-8, 1785; d. Jan. 10, 1877, Potsdam, N. Y.; 
m. Mar. 12, 1812, Martha, dau. Levi Parker; ch.: (a) George, who had 

Levi and Ellen, who m. Squires, and res. in Potsdam, N. Y. ; (b) 

Levi; both ch. now d. 

ii. Gideon, b. Apr. 10 or 19, 1787; d. Apr., 1860, Potsdam; m. 
Dec. 1, 1817-8, Betsey Lyman. 

* iii. Eunice, b. Oct. 6, 1788; m. David Williams. 

iv. Esther, b. Mar. 20, 1790; d. Apr. 10, 1816-7, Roy. 

V. Joseph, b. Nov. 7, 1791; d. Aug. 28, 1856; res. Hartford, 

vi. Ruby, b. Apr. 7, 1793; d. Oct. 28, 1807. Roy. 

vii. Thomas, b. Dec. 7, 1794; d. Jan. 12, 1870, Milwaukee, Wis. 

viii. Betsey, b. May 26, 1796; m. Perrin; res. Potsdam. 

* ix. Fanny, b. Apr. 29, 1798; m. John S. Storrs. 
X. Lois, b. Nov. 2 or 3, 1799; d. in Potsdam. 

xi. Clarissa, b. Apr. 11, 1801; d. Feb. 16, 1808, Roy. 
2. xii. Tracy, b. Aug. 7, 1802. 

xiii. Hiram, b. Dec. 3, 1804; d. Jan. 28, 1899, Burlington, 
xiv. Solomon, b. Oct. 11, 1807; d. Apr. 10, 1841, Chariton, la. 

2. TRACY CRANDALL, son of Gideon, b. Aug. 7, 1802, 
Roy. ; d. 1874, Roy. ; m. Mehitable, dau. Jabez Lyman, b. 1801, 
Roy.; d. 1873, Roy. 

i. Jabez Lyman, b. Dec. 30, 1825; m. L M , and had 

Francis A., who d. Sep. 5, 1858, aged 1 yr. 3 mo. 22d, and Lewis T., who 
d. Oct. 1, 1865, aged 10 yr. 5 mo. 16d. 

ii. Charles T., b. Dec. 1, 1827; d. Apr. 6, 1900; m. June 17, 
1856, Mary E., dau. Thos. and Adah Merrill, b. Oct. 6 or 7, 1834, Hart- 
ford; d. Aug. 23-4, 1869; m. (2) Jan. 5, 1881, Ellen Lucinda, dau. 
Stephen and Dolly (Smith) Fogg, b. 1842; ch.: (a) Lillian C, b. Feb. 

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27, 1859; d. Mar. 27, 1885; m. Allen. Charles T. res. in town until 

after 1870. 

iii. Mary Richardson, b. Dec. 27, 1829; d. 1852. 
*iv. Jerusha Fay, b. Sep. 27, 1831; m. Ansel D. Whitney. 
*v. Ellen Amanda, b. Apr. 30, 1832; m. Hiram S. Dodge. 

vi. Joel R., b. Feb. 20, 1834; m. Sarah Rowell; eh.: (a) George 
F., b. Sep. 21, 1860. 

vii. Romayn Douglass, b. Apr. 22, 1836; m. Mar. 24, 1859, Sarah 
Jane, dau. George W. and Sarah (Cushman) Rowell, b. Nov. 15, 1839; 
d. Aug. 23, 1874; ch.: (a) dau. b. Sep. 21, 1861, Roy.; d. Nov. 9, 1861; 
(b) Lillian Janette, b. Aug. 30, 1862; d. Oct. 6, 1865, Roy.; (c) Ida May, 
b. Sep. 27, 1865, Roy.; (d) George Henry, b. Feb. 10, 1870, Roy. 

viii. Edwin Augustus, b. Jan. 7, 1840; m. Emily E. Rowell, b. 
Aug. 21, 1841; d. Apr. 17, 1897. 

ix. Susan A., b. Feb. 16, 1842. 

X. Lois Jeannette, b. Sep. 2, 1844; d. 1905. 

xi. Ella M., b. Oct. 22, 1849; m. Dec. 10, 1873, George L., son 
William and Harriet (Whitney) Swan, b. 1849, Tunbridge. 


JAMES MADISON CULVER, son of Simon and Eunice 
(Lamb) Culver of Barnard, b. Mar. 4, 1809, E. Barnard; d. 
Dec. 22, 1878, S. Roy.; m. (1) Mar. 15, 1833, Roy., Sarepta, dau. 
Simeon and Betsey Child, b. Jan. 1, 1808, Roy.; d. 1854 (?) 
Roy.; m. (2) Martha M. Smith, wid. Edward Hawley. 

James Culver was a man of strong personality. He was 
prominently identified with the M. E. church from its early days, 
both in Royalton village and in S. Royalton. He owned the 
H. P. Allen house in the village, later the Collamer house. He 
rem. to S. Roy. and occupied the house which he built for a par- 
sonage for the M. E. society. After acquiring considerable prop- 
erty, he succumbed to the western fever for getting rich quickly, 
and sold his house and invested in western securities. Twenty 
years after, he sold his investment for $75 worth of potatoes, 
and even thus fared better than some others who bit at the same 

i. William West, b. Feb. 28, 1834, Roy.; m. Jan. 28, 1868, Jo- 
hanna, dau. Reuben, Jr., and Mary (Blaisdell) Morey, b. Oct. 19, 1834, 
Strafford; ch.: (a) Arthur Carl, b. Oct. 27, 1870; m. Feb. 23, 1875, Ethel 
Blanche Persons of Waitsfield; two ch.; res., Manchester, N. H.; (b) 
Calma Louise, b. May 30, 1874, Roy.; d. Oct. 21, 1874. Mr. Culver 
studied art with Alexander Ransom of Boston, and taught painting in 
Royalton Academy. He went South in 1860, and while there photo- 
graphed the inauguration of Jefferson Davis, and has a print of the 
original negative, among his other collection of curios and antiques. 
At present he paints chiefly stage scenery. Among the Culver group 
of relics in this volume is a canteen, found in the attic of the Park- 
hurst Barrett house. It has a rude carving of the ship Essex, which 
rounded Cape Horn in 1812. Mr. Culver joined the Masons fifty-five 
years ago, and is said to be the oldest in the State of Vermont. He 
has written and staged several plays, which have been well received. 
He resides at W. Lebanon, N. H. 

ii. John Emery, b. Mar. 17, 1840, Roy.; d. Dec. 14, 1860. 

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iii. James Newton, b. Mar. 2, 1842, Roy.; d. June 20, 1910, Rich- 
ford; left a widow; enlisted in Co. H, 11th N. H. Vols.; captain of the 
St, Albans Barlow Grays, which assisted May 24, 1878, in celebrating 
in Montreal, Queen Victoria's birthday. He was a candidate for the 
position of department commander of the G. A. R. at the time of his 
death. He wrote a successful drama, "Loyal Mountaineers." 

iv. Arthur, b. Nov., 1845; d. Aug. 18, 1870. See "Legal Pro- 

V. Charles Wesley, b. Dec. 25, 1860, Roy. Published a paper 
at one time in S. Rovalton. Lives with his mother, N. Adams, Mass. 

SEYMOUR CULVER, son of Thomas and Hannah (Tup- 
per) Culver, and grandson of Simon, b. Aug. 30, 1833, Pomfret; 
m. (1) Feb. 14, 1860, Ellen, dau. Ora and Elvira (Riggs) Burke 
of E. Barnard, b. June 11, 1837; d. June 17, 1888, Roy.; m. (2) 
Oct. 1, 1889, Roy., Mrs. Emma (Clark) Bement, dau. Asahel 
and Martha (Joiner) Clark, and wid. Silas Bingham Bement, 
b Jan. 5, 1851, Roy. Mr. Bement was b. Dec. 21, 1847; d. Sep. 
24, 1874, Hartford; no eh. 

Mr. Culver has been a continuous resident of Royalton vil- 
lage for nearly fifty years, with the exception of the time he 
served in the Civil War. He is a wheelwright by trade, but has 
a genius for skillful work in various lines. Until recently he 
owned a shop near the river bridge. While he was assisting in 
the repair of the First Congregational church about twenty years 
ago, he fell and sustained injuries from which he never recov- 
ered. He has been deacon of the church since 1886, and a zeal- 
ous supporter of it. The first Mrs. Culver shared with him in 
church activities, as does the present wife, and many a minister 
has been given cordial welcome to their pleasant home. 

i. Inez E., b. July 5, 1866, Roy.; m. May 15, 1906, Roy., Albert 
Bethel, son Nathaniel and Anna Eliz. Gray (Stickney) Whittier, b. Jan. 
3, 1872, Bethel; ch.: (a) Annette Elizabeth, b. Feb. 11, 1907, Williams- 
town; (b) Randall Culver, b. June 3, 1909, Brookfleld. 

ii. Ora, b. July 20, 1870, Roy.; clerk in Mass.; unm. 

iii. Martha Louisa, b. June 3, 1872, Roy.; m. Nov. 25, 1903, 
Forest B. Ashland of St. Albans; ch.: (a) Clifford Seymour, b. Feb. 
10, 1905; res. St. Albans. 

iv. Florence Gertrude, b. Oct. 19, 1890, Roy.; m. Sep. 25, 1910, 
Roy., Clarence Nesmith Simpson of Highgate Springs. 

v. Theron Lee, b. Feb. 19, 1892, Roy.; grad. S. Roy. high 
school; in Middlebury Coll. 


GEN. ELIAS CURTIS, son of Simeon, b. 1748, Lebanon, 
Conn., prob. ; d. Oct. 18, 1827, Tunbridge; m. Sarah, dau. Dr. 
Timothy and Mercy (Sampson) Hutchinson. Sarah was buried 
in the old cemetery across the branch from the old meeting- 
house, and her grave is not known. She died in Tunbridge, and 
Elias is buried in the cemetery at N. Tunbridge. 

Elias was first in Norwich with his father, Simeon, then 
came to Tunbridge, and later to Royalton, and again returned 

History of Royalton, Vermont 737 

to Tunbridge. The house which he built after his return from 
captivity was in the form of an octagon, and situated in the 
S. E. corner of the present mill yard at Tunbridge. The upper 
floor was a hall where meetings were held. Abijah lived in a 
brick house, where the old meeting-house used to stand, and his 
mother lived with him. Abel, a brother of Elias, who had some 
connection with Eoyalton, was a remarkable man. He was a 
graduate of Dartmouth, and wrote a little book believed to be 
the first literary production of a Dartmouth graduate or of a 
citizen of Vermont, as well as the first purely English grammar 
written and published in America. It was printed by the 
Spooners at Dresden, and on the title page is the following: 

"While Education bears her gentle sway. 

And we her precepts cheerfully obey; 

While every breast glows with the generous flame, 

And Britons envy our increasing fame; 

In mighty pomp America will rise 

Her glories spreading to the boundless skies." 

i. Elias, b. July 14, 1776, Tunbridge (?); m. Apr. 8, 1798, 
Abigail, dau. William and Mary Clements, b. Oct. 24, 1778; d. Sep. 4, 

1816; m. (2) Anna ; ch.: (a) John Phelps, b. Feb. 9, 1799, Tunb.; 

(b) Sarah, b. Mar. 25, 1801; (c) Mary, twin of Sarah; (d) Cyrus, b. 
Feb. 14, 1803; (e) Azro Benton, b. May 6, 1805; (f) Betsey, b. Mar. 21, 
1807; (g) Cacy, b. Dec. 30, 1818; (h) Elizabeth Ann, b. 1822; d. Oct. 
2. 1841. 

ii. Simeon, b. Sep. 15, 1778, Roy., prob. 

iii. Abijah, b. Mar. 11, 1781, Roy., prob.; m. Rehamah Allen of 
Conn.; he had Timothy, Elias, Mercy, Sarah, Fidelia. Timothy was b. 
Aug. 8, 1818. Abijah went West and d. there. His wife returned and 
married a former lover. 

iv. Sarah, b. Aug. 17, 1785, Roy., prob.; d. Mar. 16, 1826; m. 
Jan. 1, 1804, Stephen Baker, b. May 21, 1778; d. Dec. 24, 1838; ch.: (a) 
Lucy Curtis, b. June 14, 1805; d. July 12. 1834; (b) Chester, b. Aug. 9, 
1807; d. Aug. 29, 1872; (c) Louisa Maria, b. Apr. 6, 1810; d. Apr. 24, 
1883; (d) Charles, b. Mar. 21, 1812; d. Oct. 21, 1824; (e) Mary, b. June 
4, 1815; d. July 1, 1817; (f) Elias Curtis, b. Aug. 9, 1817; d. May 18, 
1891; son, John T., b. Jan. 25, 1849, Tunbridge E. Hill, lives in Minne- 
apolis, Minn.; (g) Calvin Porter, b. Aug. 11, 1819; d. Mar. 19, 1894; (h) 
Mary, b. Mar. 6, 1826; m. Joseph Whitney; res. Wells River; Chester, 
Louisa, and Calvin raised families at Chelsea. 

V. Lucy, b. Feb. 24, 1788, Tunb. 

vi. Polly, b. Aug. 26, 1792, Tunb.; m. David Hutchinson, and 
had Sarah, who m. Milo Douglass of Essex Junction, and Harriet, 
Thomas, and Ellen. 

1. SAMUEL CURTISS, b. 1757; d. Apr. 30, 1829, Roy.; 
bur. S. Roy. Cem. ; m. Zipporah Morgan, who d. with dau. Lucy 
in the West. 

This branch of the Curtis family spell their name with two 
s's. Mr, Curtiss came from Hampton, Conn. On Mar. 19, 
1788, he bought 98 acres of Medad Benton, and may have built 
the house in which he lived on the hill not far from the Broad 
Brook hill road, where a pest house was afterwards located. One 


738 History of Royalton, Vermont 

night he wanted to see some one on the main road. "Put the 
children to bed, and we will go down, ' ' he said to his wife. She 
swept up the hearth, and went, but took the children with her. 
When they reached the main road, they saw their home in flames. 
She saved enough from her fine clothing to make a silk bedquilt. 
She recalled that when she swept the hearth the cat ran against 
the broom, and then darted up the ladder overhead. They 
thought a coal became imbedded in its fur, and set fire to some 
dry flax stored in the loft. This may have been about the time 
Mr. Curtiss bought the house and barn belonging to Medad Ben- 
ton in 1797. 

i. Lucy, b. July 31, 1786, Hampton, Conn., prob.; m. June 27, 
1809, Life Young of Concord, N. H. 

ii. Samuel, b. Aug. 22, 1788, Roy., prob.; m. June 25, 1812, 
Polly Hatch, and had Henry, Charles, Roswell, Oramel, and Ell. He 
built the house occupied by Walter Webster, and lived there; later rem. 
to Downer's Grove, HI., where his son, Roswell, lives. 

iii. Betsey, b. Feb. 13, 1792; m. July 6, 1812, Erastus Otis of 
Marblehead, Mass. 

iv. Roswell, b. Nov. 18, 1795. 

V. Ira, b. Mar. 7, 1798; d. Aug. 29, 1828; m. Jan. 11, 1821, 
Hannah, dau. Daniel and Lorenza (Havens) Love joy, b. Sep. 10, 1799, 
Sharon; d. Jan. 2, 1881, Roy.; ch.: (a) Hannah, b. Oct. 1, 1823, Sharon; 
m. William Benson (See); (b) Betsey, b. July 26, 1827, Roy.; m. Thos. 
S. Davis (See); (c) Ira, b. Mar. 8, 1829, Sharon; m. Oct. 11, 1864, 
Sarah, dau. Lewis and Nancy (Marshall) Pish, b. Nov. 3, 1839, Roy.; 
ch. : (i) Lewis F., b. Aug. 18, 1866, Roy.; res. with father on Broad 
Brook. The pictures of these three ch. can be seen in the cut of old 
people now living in Roy. Ira, Sr., lived for a time with his father 
on the O. S. Curtiss place. 

2. vi. Oliver, b. July 20, 1802. 

2. OLIVER CURTISS, b. July 30, 1802, Roy. ; d. Nov. 7, 
1870, Roy.; m. Nov, 7, 1831, Laura, dau, Isaac and Mary (Shep- 
ard) Hatch, b, July 21, 1803; d. Dec, 28, 1893, Roy, She was 
a sister of Polly, who m. Samuel Curtiss, Jr. 

Oliver Curtiss was a lifelong resident of Royalton, and ac- 
tively interested in its welfare. Coupled with business sagacity, 
was a sturdy regard for all that makes for social and religious 
prosperity, which made his character strong and useful. He 
was an earnest and influential worker in the Methodist church. 
Some valuable papers have been preserved in his family, among 
them the original sale of slips in the M. E. church. Jan. 19, 1840, 
and the original deed given by Archibald Kent to the First School 
District, granting land for the S. Royalton Cemetery, dated Oct. 
20, 1836. 

i. George Barker, b. Aug. 8, 1832, Roy.; d. Feb., 1894, New 
York City; m. Jan. 10, 1855, Margaret Van Riper of New York City; 
d. Feb., 1884; real estate broker; ch.: (a) George O., b. Nov. 25, 1856; 
(b) Frank E., b. Oct. 5, 1864; (c) Charles P., b. Feb. 27, 1867; (d) 
Jennie B., b. Dec. 18, 1869; (e) Amy D., b. Oct. 2, 1870; (f) Edwin S., 
b. June 3, 1872; (g) Harry B., b. Oct. 21, 1877; all died unm. except 
Jennie B., who m. Dr. William Lewis Chapman of Brooklyn, N. Y. 


ii. Oliver Shepard, b. June 26, 1836; d. Sep. 24, 1909, Roy.; 
m. Mar. 10, 1863, Ellen Frances, dau. John and Susan (Wood) Man- 
chester, b. Mar. 28, 1837, Cornish, N. H.; ch.: Marion Shepard, b. May 
13, 1870, Roy.; d. Oct. 19, 1884, Roy. Mr. Curtiss was a man whom 
everybody liked and respected. During the last years of his life he 
became very deaf, but this affliction did not change his cheerful, happy 
disposition. The place of their daughter has been supplied by the 
devoted ministrations of Miss Minnie Metcalf. 

iii. Laura Morse, b. July 3, 1840; m. May 1, 1866, Alfred H. 
Moore, b. New York; ch.: (a) Mary E., b. Mar. 13, 1867; (b) Maggie 
C, b. Sep. 3, 1868; (c) Ernest, b. Mar. 11, 1870; (d) Otis H., b. July 
11, 1875; (e) Loring A., b. Sep. 4, 1878; (f) Bessie L., b. Apr. 22, 1880; 
(g) Annie L., b. Oct. 13, 1883. Ch. all dead without issue except Ernest, 
who has a. dau., Dorothy, and a dau., Annie, who m. Apr. 29, 1909, Her- 
bert Huelot. 


MOSES [6] CUTTER (Benjamin [5], John [4], John [3], 
Ephraim [2], Richard [1]), b. June 22, 1781, Jaffrey, N. H.; 
d. Aug. 23, 1858, St. Louis, Mo.; m. Feb. 21, 1805, Walpole, 
N. H., Hannah, dau. Col. Christopher Webber, b. 1775, Walpole ; 
d. 1854, St. Louis. 

Mr. Cutter began business in Royalton in company with 
Gen. Zebina Curtis of Windsor, under the firm name of Curtis 
& Cutter. Gen. Curtis was the father of Hon. Edward Curtis, 
at one time collector at the port of New York. Mr. Cutter 
seems to have been very successful in business in this town. He 
was public spirited and a generous supporter of the Academy. 
His wife was a member of the Congregational church. He had 
a hotel while living here, and held public office. He rem. to 
Cleveland, 0., later to St. Louis, Mo., where his sons had already 
gone. His children were born in Royalton. 

i. Charles [7], b. Dec. 13, 1805; m. Aug. 18, 1827, Elizabeth, 
dau. Ebenezer and Polly (Robinson) Day, b. Apr. 5, 1806, Roy.; di- 
vorced; m. (2) , and had (a) Emma [8], b. 1859, and (b) Louisa 

[8], b. 1863; grad. of Norwich Univ., 1822; merchant in St. Louis. 

ii. Maria [7], b. July 20, 1807; d. Jan. 3, 1809, Roy. 

iii. George Webber [7], b. Nov. 24, 1809; d. 1837; m. Julia 
Rogers; a dau., Julia Maria, m. Prof. Brainerd Kellogg of Brooklyn, 
N. Y. 

iv. Norman [7], b. Sep. 23, 1811; m. Frances A. Harrington, 
granddaughter of Col. Joseph Valentine of Hopkinton, Mass.; merchant 
in St. Louis; member of the senate; had two daughters. 

V. Amos [7], b. Feb. 19, 1815; m. 1840, Catherine M., sister 
of his brother Norman's wife; three ch., one a pastor of Congregational 
Church in Arlington, Mass., in 1870; merchant in St. Louis, Boston, 

ORLANDO [6] CUTTER, brother of Moses [6], b. June 5, 
1797, Jaffrey, N. H. ; d. Dec. 19, 1830, Cleveland, 0.; m. (1) 
Feb. 10, 1820, Phyana Phelps of Ohio, who d. Dec. 19, 1830; 
m. (2) Nov. 8, 1832, Sarah A. Hillard; twelve ch. ; three boys in 
the Civil War. At the age of twelve he left his parents' log 

740 History of Royalton, Vermont 

house in Canada, and came to live with his brother Moses. He 
was sent to school for three years. In 1813 he went into the 
store of Hartwell & Throop at $4 a month, and at the end of a 
year had $1.50 left. He then clerked for his brother at $100 
a year. In 1815 he went as clerk to Joshua Clapp, Boston, and 
in 1818, borrowed $400 of him and went West, He formed a 
partnership with a firm in Cleveland, which failed. It took him 
ten years to pay 100 cents on the dollar. 

ABILENE DAVIS CUTTER, another brother of Moses, b. 
Dec. 3, 1802, Woodstock; d. Sep. 11, 1852; m. Oct. 31, 1831, 
Mary Shepler Hemperly. He worked on a farm in Royalton for 
a time. When he was sixteen, he had his tow frock made into 
a knapsack, and started from Royalton for Cleveland, 0., on 
foot, but had a chance to ride in a lumber wagon to Niagara. 
He was a merchant in Wooster and Cleveland, O. His widow 
m. (2) Hon. John A. Foote of Cleveland, oldest brother of Ad- 
miral Andrew H. Foote, U. S. A. 


DR, ISRAEL PUTNAM DANA, son of John Winchester 
and Mary Emeline (Wood) Dana of Pomfret, and direct lineal 
descendant of Gen, Israel Putnam, b, Feb. 12, 1855, Pomfret; 
d. Apr, 4, 1899, Otay, Cal,; bur. in Nestor, Cal, ; m, Nov, 23, 
1888, Montpelier, Mary A., dau, Merrill and Helen Hillery, b. 
Dec. 30, 1866, Roy.; res. Otay. See "Medical Profession," for 

sketch of Dr. Dana. 

i. Helen Emeline, b. Jan. 8, 1890, Roy. 
ii. Mary Evelyn, b. Apr. 23, 1892. 
iii. Robert Hillery, b. Aug. 18, 1893. 
iv. Ruth Eliza, b. July 22, 1895. 


[6], William [5], Jonathan [4], Sam. [3], Capt. Jonathan [2], 
Nicholas [1]), b. Dec. 12, 1809, Barnard; d. Oct. 19, 1865, Roy.; 
m. (1) Mar. 27, 1834, Elizabeth Ann, dau. Gen. Solomon Wait 
Burke of Woodstock, b. May 27, 1810, Woodstock; d. Mar. 16, 
1849, Barnard; m. (2) Oct. 24, 1849, Abbie Taylor, dau. Tim- 
othy Bancroft of Barnard, b. May 8, 1827, who still resides in 
Royalton in the house built by Dr. Danforth. Gen. Burke, 
father of Elizabeth Ann, was high sheriff of Windsor county, 
and brigadier general of Vermont state militia at time of his 
death, 1820. 

A sketch of Dr. Danforth may be found under the caption, 
"Medical Profession." Dr. Gardner Cox of Holyoke, Mass., 
writes of the Danforth family in Barnard: "I knew well the 
Danforths of Barnard, Dr. Isaac, and his sons, Joseph B,, Solon, 

History of Rotalton, Vermont 741 

Albert H., and Dr, Samuel Parkman. I also knew many of their 
descendants. I do not remember of ever having seen one of the 
name that was not kind, courteous, refined, and scholarly. For 
three generations they were the Eoyal family of Barnard, the 
last, the King of the Tudors, being Judge William Cullen Dan- 
forth, who died in that town in 1906. Each and every one of 
the Danforths had a refined bow, a gracious hand-shake, immacu- 
late linen and silk stock, typical of the gentleman and scholar, 
college presidents in mien and manners." The children of Dr. 
Danforth were all born in Barnard. 

i. Samuel [8], b. Feb. 26, 1839; d. June 10, 1866, Claremont, 
N. H.; m. Sep. 4, 1860, Claremont, Mary Elizabeth, dau. Charles Ball 
of Claremont, b. Jan. 24, 1842, Claremont; res. Claremont; ch.: (a) 
Fred Ball [9], b. Oct. 29, 1861, Claremont; m. July 8, 1884, Helen May 
Hudson of Bellows Falls; res. Roslindale, Mass.; ch.: (i) Mary Eliza- 
beth [10], b. Oct. 21, 1885, Medfleld, Mass.; m. Dee. 25, 1903, Roslin- 
dale, Leonard Carlson, b. Aug. 16, 1885, South Boston, Mass.; they have 
one ch., Helen Inez [11], b. Jan. 19, 1907, Roslindale; d. Jan. 29, 1907; 
(ii) Charles Hudson [10], b. Jan. 8, 1890, Medfield, Mass.; (iii) Emilie 
Louzelle [10], b. Apr. 22, 1895, Maiden, Mass.; (iv) Fred Ball, b. June 
24, 1897, Maiden; (v) Helen May [10], b. Feb. 19, 1900, Jamaica Plain, 

ii. Frederick Wait [8], b. Aug. 22, 1843; d. June 2, 1862, Roy., 

iii. Mary Elizabeth [8], b. Sep. 25, 1845; m. Apr. 14, 1874, Roy., 
Lyman Simpson Hayes, b. June 2, 1850, Middlesex; res. Bellows Falls; 
ch.: (a) Gertrude Simpson [9], b. Feb. 11, 1878, Bellows Falls; a 
teacher, unm.; (b) William Danforth [9], b. July 11, 1884, Bellows 
Falls; m. Sep. 19, 1907. Sante Fe, N. M., Emilie Augusta Walter, b. Aug. 
4, 1881, Berlin, Germany; William D. is in the U. S. Forest Service 
with headquarters in Washington, D. C. Lyman Simpson Hayes is a 
well known insurance agent, and the author of the "History of Rock- 

iv. William Burke, b. Feb. 21, 1849; d. July 4, 1875, Gilead, 
Conn.; m. June 23, 1874. Portland, Conn., Sarah Augusta Goodrich, b. 
Jan. 15, 1852, Clarksville, Ark., who res. New Haven. Conn.; no ch. 
William Burke graduated from Dartmouth, 1871, from Yale Theo. Sem., 

Nicholas, the emigrant ancestor of the Danforth family, was born 
in Framlingham, Eng., 1589, and came to Cambridge, Mass., 1634. He 
was representative to the General Court of the Massachusetts Colony 
in 1635; served on the committee to "take order for a college at Newe- 
town," 1637, later Harvard College. He was a surveyor of prominence, 
as well as his oldest son, Thomas, who was treasurer of Harvard Col- 
lege 1650-69, and steward, 1669-82. His youngest son, Capt. Jonathan, 
surveyed many towns and counties, among them Groton, Mass. A 
volume of "Boundary Lines of Old Groton." 1885, was dedicated to him, 
and has this tribute to his work and worth: 

"He rode the circuit, chain'd great towns and farms 
To good behavior; and, by well marked stations. 
He fixed their bounds for many generations. 
His art ne'er failed him, though the loadstone fail'd. 
When oft by mines and streams it was assail'd. 
All this is charming, but there's something higher, 
Gave him the lustre which we most admire." 

742 History of Royalton, Vermont 


1. ASAHEL DAVIS, b. 1750; d. Mar. 9, 1816, Roy. (?) ; 
bur. Sharon Broad Brook Cem. ; m. Nancy Smith. Mr. Davis 
was first listed in 1796, and continued to be until 1801. He ap- 
pears again as a resident in 1815. In 1799 he bought 50 acres 
in E. 32 L. A. When he returned to Royalton he bought a small 
farm in W. 7 L. A., a part of the farm where Thomas Davis 


i. Nancy, b. 1795; d. July 20, 1813. 

ii. Betsey, twin of Nancy. 

iii. Asahel, b. Jan. 12, 1800; d. July 17, 1832; m. Jan. 19, 1825, 
Sally Moore, b. Sep. 22, 1799, Sharon; d. June 11, 1893; ch.: (a) Amelia 
Moore, b. Oct. 19, 1825, Roy.; d. Mar. 7, 1907, Sharon; m. Hubbard 
Burke; ch.: (1) Mary; (ii) Cleaves; (iii) Jennie Sarah, b. Sep. 2, 
1869; (b) Betsey Maria, b. July 4, 1827, Roy.; d. Mar. 17, 1906, Han- 
over, N. H.; m. a Spaulding, who deserted her; lived in the family of 
Gov. Washburn, Woodstock; died in hospital; had one boy, d. an in- 
fant; (c) Sarah Ann, b. Sep. 21, 1828, Sharon; m. Mar. 3, 1856, Asa T. 
Lyman; ch.: (i) Cleaves Appleton, b. Nov. 29, 1857; d. June 27, 1858; 
(ii) Charles Weston, b. Sep. 29, 1858, Northfield; m. Sep. 15, 1885, Viola 
J Hoyt, and has Jean Weston and Cleaves Tracy, who d. Sep. 17, 1889, 
in Montville, Conn.; (d) Diana, b. Mar. 11, 1832, Sharon; d. 1880, 
Brattleboro; m. Curtis Boyd. 

iv. Joseph, b. Sep. 4, 1806; d. Mar. 21, 1881, Sharon; m. Mar. 
7, 1856, Ellen L. dau. Israel and Clara (Bush) Smith, who m. (2) John 
D. Fales (See); no ch. Joseph was a successful farmer in Sharon. 

2. V. Thomas Skeds, twin of Joseph. 

2. THOMAS SKEDS DAVIS, son of Asahel, Sr., b. Sep. 
4, 1806, Sharon; d. June 14, 1890, Roy.; m. (1) Clarissa Foster, 
b Sep. 27, 1804; d. July 25, 1864, Roy.; m. (2) Feb. 3, 1869, 
Betsey Morgan, dau. Ira and Hannah (Lovejoy) Curtiss, b. 
July 26, 1827, Roy. Mr. Davis lived on the farm occupied by 
his father and brother, Asahel, before him. His brother was 
blind in his old age. He and Joseph built the house occupied by 
Horace Whitney, and moved his brother into it, and Thomas 
lived in the old house on the other side of the road, Thomas S. 
understood how to make farming pay, and held mortgages on 
considerable real estate. He was a kind man in his family, and 
an obliging neighbor. 

i. Joseph F., b. Mar. 20, 1838; d. Sep. 5, 1862, Roy. 

ii. George Washington, b. Nov. 26-27, 1841, Roy.; d. Feb. 25, 
1903, Roy.; m. June 22, 1873, Carrie Graves, dau. Nathan D. and Elvira 
(Graves) Howland, b. June 15, 1847, Pomfret; ch.: (a) Arthur Thomas, 
b. Nov. 25, 1874, Roy.; m. Apr. 29, 1903, Grace E., dau. Henry J. and 
Evelyn M. (Perry) Adams, b. Mar. 8, 1882, Barnard; ch.: (i) George 
Henry, b. Feb. 13, 1904, Roy.; (ii) Evelyn Carrie, b. Aug. 22, 1906, 
Roy.; (b) Clara Elvira, b. Dec. 31, 1878, Roy.; m. Feb. 10, 1909, Samuel 
Harry Ferris, b. abt. 1871; ch.: (i) Carolyn Davis, b. Dec. 26, 1909; 
res. Everett, Mass.; Clara E. was a grad. of S. Roy. High School and 
Fitchburg, Mass., Normal, and taught seven years in Leominster, Mass.; 
(c) Leroy Howland, b. Jan. 7, 1883, Roy.; grad. S. Roy. High, and Nor- 
wich Univ.; acting general bridge inspector of the Mo. Pacific R. R. 

History of Royalton, Vermont 743 

1. ELIPHALET DAVIS, brother of Asahel, Sr., m. in 
Hubbardton, Conn., Eunice Lamphear; d, abt. 1849, and she d. 
in less than two years after; both bur. No. Roy. Cem., without 
headstones, near the Oscar Henry lot. Mr. Davis came to Roy- 
alton about the same time as Asahel; first listed in 1796. The 
year before he, with David Rugg, bought M. 27 L. A., and in 
1803 he got a part of E. 32 L. A. He died on the old farm 
toward Barnard with his son George. The order of birth of 
his children is uncertain. 

i. Joel; took freeman's oath, 1819; went West, m. and d. there. 
2. ii. Eliphalet, b. July, 1802. 

♦ iii. Emily, b. June 22, 1804; m. Silas F. Hartwell. 

iv. Samuel; m. Jan. 1, 1827, Lavina H. Huntress, who d. and 

he m. (2) Pinney, who d. in Middlebury; ch.: Austin, Mary, John, 

Elizabeth, Levi, Lucretia. Samuel was here between 1833-36, and built 
a house. His land was south of Ralph Waldo's. He went West, and 
died in six weeks; the family did not go. 

*v. Harriet D., b. May 22, 1809; m. Oscar Henry. 

vi. Harry; went West, m. and had ch., all of whom are dead. 

vii. Asahel. 

viii. Eunice, died at the age of six or seven. 

ix. Jesse. 

X. George W., b. Mar. 19, 1816; d. Nov. 25, 1900, Roy.; m. Feb. 
21, 1842, Mary Jane, dau. Edwin and Mary (Robinson) Gee, b. Apr. 7, 
1824. Mrs. Davis has been confined to a wheel chair for many years, 
but was able, from memory, to give her family record, at the age of 
eighty-five. Ch.: (a) Edward, b. Jan. 7, 1843; m. Abba A. Green; ch.: 
(i) Henry W., b. Aug. 30, 1864; (ii) dau., b. Feb. 20, 1866; (iii) Samuel, 
b. May 29, 1872; (iv) child, b. Jan. 7, 1877; (b) Julia, b. Aug. 4, 1845; 
d. Jan. 14, 1894, Roy., and bur. Pleasant Hill Cem.; (c) Oscar Henry, 
b. May 29, 1849; d. Apr. 30, 1895; m. (1) Jan. 1, 1870, Mary Green, b. 
Roxbury; d. Aug. 3, 1873, Roy.; m. (2) July 6, 1875, Ellen M., dau. 
Oliver and Mary Davenport of Williamstown; she m. (2) Charles Blais- 
dell of Chelsea. Ch.: (i) dau., b. Oct. 19, 1871, d. next day; (ii) Frank 
Eugene, b. June 12, 1876; m. Nov. 23, 1908, Alice Delana, dau. Henry 
and Mary (Thurston) George, b. Nov. 2, 1886, Sharon; (iii) Frederick, 
b. Oct. 1, 1877; d. Dec. 3 or 4, 1880; (iv) Jennie M., b. Aug. 13, 1879; 
d Dec. 5. 1880; (v) Oliver, d. young; (d) Charles, b. Mar. 8, 1852; d. 
Apr. 29, 1867; (e) Ella May, b. May 12, 1859; m. Jan. 17, 1892, Frank 
S., son Seth and Azuba Ann (McGee) Oaks, b. Rockingham; ch.: (i) 
Mary E., b. July 16, 1893; (ii) Alice Bessie, b. Sep. 19, 1897; (f) George 
Willie, b. Mar. 31, 1861; unm.; (g) Mary, b. Oct. 7, 1863; m. James 
Fowler of E. Bethel; no ch. 

2. ELIPHALET DAVIS, Jr., b. July, 1802, Roy. ; d. May 
23-24, 1883, Roy.; m. Jan. 27, 1825, Sarah Ward, b. 1801; d. 
May 26, 1872, Roy. ; both bur. N. Roy. Cem. 

i. George Ward; d. a young man; bur. with brother, Horace, 
by parents, without headstones. 

ii. Norman C, b. Jan. 28, 1828; d. May 6, 1886; m. June 6, 
1S57, Bethel, Mary Ann, dau. John and Electa Childs, b. 1837; d. Feb. 2, 
1871; m. (2) Jan. 1, 1872, Elizabeth Maria, dau. Heman and Sabrina 
(Durkee) Blodgett, b. Apr. 26, 1844; ch.: (a) Flora Belle, b. Aug. 4, 
1858; d. Mar. 23, 1866; (b) infant son, d. Sep. 25, 1862; (c) infant son, 
b. Oct. 17, 1864; d. Nov. 28, 1864; (d) Clarence Ward, b. Dec. 22, 1872; 

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m. Jan. 22, 1903, Nina S., dau. Oramel and Cora (Gifford) Morse, b. 
Sep. 16, 1884, Roy.; ch.: (i) Norman Clarence, b. Sep. 9, 1904; (ii) 
Albert Sam., b. Jan. 30, 1906; (iii) Lethia May, b. Oct. 30, 1908; (iv) 
Fannie Katherine, b. Nov. 19, 1909; (v) Elizabeth Jane, twin of 
Fannie K. 

1. ICHABOD [6] DAVIS (Francis [5], Francis [4], 

Francis [3], Francis [2], Francis [1]), b. ; m. Susannah 

E,, dau. Joseph and Susannah Ellis, b. Oct. 29, 1785, Walpole, 
Mass.; d. Feb. 20, 1868. Mr. Davis removed from Barnard to 
Royalton about 1828, and bought a part of the wool carding out- 
fit of Peter Wheelock. Later he settled on the farm owned a 
few years ago by Calvin Wilson. In 1854 he made an indenture 
with his son lehabod for support. 

i. Joseph Ellis [7], b. Nov. 29, 1805. 

ii. Jerome [7], b. Jan. 7, 1807. 

iii. Oel [7], (Earl (?)), b. July 4, 1808. 

iv. Pliny [7], twin of Oel. 

V. Eliza [7], b. July 20, 1811; d. July 25, 1811. 

vi. Frances Aquila [7], b. Feb. 27, 1813; d. Mar. 6, 1813. 

vii. Bmeline [7], b. Oct. 22, 1825; d. Sep. 11, 1886; m. Harvey 
Leonard of Sharon. 

viii. Ichabod Azro [7], b. June 4, 1827; d. May 7, 1898, Bridge- 
water; m. July 4, 1855, Rosantha Maria, dau. Charles and Maria Snow, 
b. Oct. 5, 1834, Sharon; d. Apr. 7, 1892, E. Barnard. Ch.: (a) Lizzie 
Rosantha [8], b. Apr. 12, 1856; (b) Erwin Azro [8], b. July 19, 1857; 
m. and is postmaster in Bridgewater; (c) Susan Maria [8], b. Mar. 13, 
1859; m. Geo. H. Hackett (See); (d) Pearly George [8], b. June 3, 
1863; d. Oct. 26, 1864; (e) Bertha Louise [8], b. Apr. 2, 1866; (f) 
Charles Ichabod [8], b. Mar. 13, 1868; (g) Myrtie Belle [8], b. Mar. 
19, 1875; d. Dec. 27, 1886. Ch. born in Roy. 

ix. Jasper C, b. ; m. Dec. 6, 1855, Mrs. Emily J. Bullard 

of Sharon. 

NAT,TJ^N DAVIS, b. 1750; m. Tryphena ; he d. Feb. 

7, 1832. .'hese dates are taken from his pension paper. He 
was first listed in 1817, and seems to have made this town his 
home until his death. He bought forty-four acres of David 
Fish's estate in 1816. In his will he mentioned Nathan, his son, 
as having been gone a long time, and alludes to a grandson 
Frederick, who had built a two-story shop on land by the brook 

near him and Thomas J. Davis. 

i. Phebe; m. James Woodworth of Bethel, and had son, 
Charles, who d. Jan. 7, 1887, aged 73 yrs. Om. Id. 

ii. Patten, b. July 8, 1791; d. Dec. 25, 1876, Bethel. 

iii. Nathan; estate settled in 1847, res. in Roy.; prob. unm. 

iv. Sally; m. Joseph Ward of Hanover. 

V. Calvin; m. Sally (?). He may be the Calvin who was b. 
1800, and d. Feb. 26, 1894. 

vi. Thomas J., b. 1802; d. June 8, 1868, Bethel; m. (1) Jan. 
18, 1828, Zurviah Woodbury of Bethel, who d. Feb. 9, 1849; m. (2) 
Mary D., dau. Jonathan and Louisa Dyer, b. July, 1811; d. Mar. 17, 1873. 

vii. Emeline; m. Abijah 0. Weston of Randolph. 

viii. David, b. 1789; d. Oct. 4, 1815; bur. E. Bethel. 

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ix. Aaron C, (?) b. Feb. 3, 1810, Bethel; d. June 23, 1894. His 
mother's name not given, and may not be the son of Nathan and 
Tryphena. The order of the children's births is not regular. 

JAMES [5] DAVIS (Jacob [4], Abraham [3], Ephraim 
[2], Philip [1]), b. Aug. 22, 1814, N. Randolph; d. July 7, 1889, 
Roy. ; m. Mar. 20, 1838, Charlotte, dau. Aquilla and Margaret 
Stanley, b. Mar. 8, 1816, N. Rand.; d. Apr. 13, 1897, Bethel. 
The mother of Mr. Davis was Lydia Phillips, the second wife of 
Jacob Davis. His father held considerable property in the town 
of Royalton. James removed from Randolph to Royalton in 
March, 1838, and located near the "Sever schoolhouse" in his 
last days, and his son William took the farm which he at first 
bought. He was interested in the mills on the Second Branch, 
He served in various town offices, and was representative in the 
legislature of 1849. 

i. Ellen [6], b. Jan. 30, 1839, Roy.; d. June 20, 1861; m. Dud- 
ley Leavitt of Barnard; no ch. 

ii. Sarah Jane [6], b. Feb. 25, 1841; d. Oct. 9, 1891, Selina, 
Kan.; m. Jan. 23, 1866, William D. Lee of Chicago; four ch.; one, Chas. 
Augustus, m. and res. Selina, Kan. 

iii. Mary Ermina [6], b. Nov. 1, 1850; m. Oct. 31, 1873, Charles 
E. Marsh of Sharon; two ch., Kate Florence [7], who resides with her 
mother in Lake George, N. Y., and John [7], who died. 

iv. William Jacob [6], b. May 9, 1855; m. Oct. 17, 1877, Maria 
Pearson, dau. David and Clarissa (Tarbell) Cowdery, b. Aug. 14, 1857, 
Roy.; ch.: (a) Katherine Mode [7], b. Aug. 28, 1878, Roy.; grad. with 
A. B. degree from Wellesley, 1901; ranked with the twenty-five highest 
in a class of 125; teacher; (b) Margaret Stanley [7], b. Nov. 16, 1889, 
Roy.; sophomore in Simmons Coll. William J. is superintendent of 
the Hudson River Telephone Co., Glens Falls, N. Y. 

The Jacob Davis family are descendants of Philip Davis of Cardi- 
gan, Wales, who came to this country in the year 1676, and married 
Mary Wells of Amesbury, Mass. 


1. BENJAMIN [5] DAY (Benjamin [4], John [3], John 
[2], Robert [1]), b. Sep. 13, 1731, Colchester, Conn.; d. Jan. 
26, 1811, Roy.; m. Abigail, dau. Samuel and Mary Day of Col- 
chester, who d. ; m. (2) May 9, 1764, Eunice, dau. Jabez and 
Mehitable (Standish) Rood of Lebanon, Conn.; wid. of Benj. 
Young, b. 1735; d. Aug. 13, 1806, Roy. 

Benjamin Day came to Royalton about 1774. He was one 
of the original grantees of the town. He settled in W. 34 L. A., 
where he owned a large farm. He accepted his share in the busi- 
ness of the town. The Day descendants are buried in the N. 
Roy. Cem. 

i. Samuel [6], bap. June 10, 1753; m. and had Samuel [7], 

res.. White Creek, N. Y.; m. Herroun; no ch.; Eliphalet [7], res., 

Oak Hill, N. Y.; Asa [7], Solomon [7], Joseph Spencer [7], Hezekiah 
[7], res. Cambridge, N. Y. 

2. ii. Benjamin [6], bap. April 6, 1755. 

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*iii. Mary [6], bap. Feb. 29, 1759; m. Capt. Daniel Clapp. 

iv. Asa [6], bap. Mar. 8, 1761, W. Springfield, Mass.; d. June 
8, 1819, Stockbridge, Mass.; m. and had dau., Margaret [7]; grad. of 
Dartmouth, 1783, with degree of A. M.; teacher in Pittsfield, Mass. 

V. Solomon [6], m. and had Ralph [7], John [7], and three 
daughters; res. Sandy Hill, N. Y. 

vi. Standish [6], b. 1765; d. Aug. 19, 1799, Woodstock; m. (1) 
Dec. 29, 1785, Roy., Priscilla, dau. Nathaniel and Priscilla (Shepard) 
Pierce, who soon d. ; m. (2) June or July 15, 1792, Deborah Sturtevant; 
she waived the provisions of his will and married a second time. He 
was a physician in Woodstock; studied with Dr. Phineas Parkhurst of 
Lebanon, N. H.; ch.: (a) Betsey [7], b. Jan. 9, 1793; d. Oct. 25, 1797, 
Woodstock; (b) Lucia [7], b. Apr. 1, 1794; d. Jan. 8, 1831; m. Jan. 8, 
1823, Sam. Marcy; (c) Fanny [7], b. Oct., 1795; d. Oct., 1796; (d) 
Fanny [7], b. Jan., 1797; d. Jan., 1798; (e) Polly May [7], b. Dec. 10, 
1798; m. May 31, 1827, Luther Cross of Montpelier. In 1795 Dr. Day 
was surgeon in the 3d Regt., 1st Brig., 4th Div. of Vermont Militia. 

vii. Ralph [6]; m. (1) Aug. 17, 1788, Eunice Pierce of Roy.; 
m. (2) Eunice King of Windsor; ch.: (a) Ralph [7]; d. young; (b) 
Danforth [7]; m. Nov. 9, 1817, Betsey McAllister; ch.: (i) Maria [8], 
b. May 15, 1818; m. and d. in Utica, N. Y.; (ii) Kilburn [8], b. June 
20, 1821; m. and wid.; res. in Brookfield; (iii) Ralph [8], b. Oct. 10, 
1823; (iv) Ira [8], b. Feb. 6, 1825; d. June 22, 1862-63, Barre; m. Jane 
Smith; ch.: Charlie A. [9], d. June 24, 1862, aged four; (v) Sam- 
uel [8], b. Mar. 3, 1827; m. Lucia Ham; res. Lowell, Mass.; (vi) Dan- 
forth [8], b. Nov. 21, 1829; (c) Harvey [7], d. young; (d) Ira [7]; 
(e) Emeline A. [7], d. Sep. 6, 1847, New Orleans; m. William F. Mead. 

viii. Alfred [6]; d. young. 

ix. Sylvester [6], b. May 17, 1770; d. July 26, 1813, Roy.; m. 
Dec. 4, 1794, Rachel, dau. Benj. and Sarah (Shepard) Parkhurst, b. Mar. 
20, 1775, Roy.; d. Feb. 28, 1859, Roy.; ch.: (a) Eunice [7], b. Apr. 13, 
1796; d. July 16, 1871, unm.; lived and died with Sharley G.; (b) 
Standish [7], b. Mar. 31, 1799; d. Feb. 4, 1856; (c) George [7], b. Jan. 
16, 1801; m. Mary Bellows; ch.: Charles Edward [8], George Washing- 
ton [8], Mary [8], James Giles [8], Benjamin [8]; (d) Edmund [7], 
b. Dec. 24, 1803; m. Augusta Gale, and settled in Barre; ch.: Sylvester, 
Dennison, Lucy, Clarissa, and Julia; (e) Charles [7], b. Jan. 12, 1805; 
d. in Texas, unm.; (f) Oel [7], b. Jan. 7, 1807; m. and had a family; 
settled at N. White Creek, N. Y.; (g) Sharley G. [7], b. Feb. 11, 1809; 
m. George M. Peterson; both d. in Burlington; ch.: (i) Monroe [8]; 
went to Malone, N. Y.; d. suddenly in Burlington, while on a visit; (ii) 
Lucia [8], d. in young womanhood; (iii) William, b., 1840; d. Apr. 29, 
1888; grocer; m. Lucy Gardner, Roy.; fell from a load of hay at the age 
of three, and was a cripple for life; wid. m. Frank Moulton; (iv) 
Charles [8]; settled in Burlington, m. and had a family; (v) Benjamin 
[8]; went to Boston; had a family; (h) Benjamin [7], b. Aug. 23, 
1811; d. Jan. 1, 1884, Roy.; m. Jan. 19, 1847, Emily Hewitt, dau. Cal- 
vin and Lavina (Bugbee) Goff, b. Mar. 21, 1811, Roy.; d. Oct. 23, 1859, 
Roy.; one ch., d. an infant; (i) Sylvesta, b. Nov. 6 or 13, 1813; d. 
July 23 or 29, 1902, Tunbridge; bur. N. Tunb. 
3. X. Ebenezer [6], b. 1775. 

xi. Ira [6], b. Dec. 4, 1777; m. (1) Oct. 17, 1808, Martha Clark 
of Boston, who d. July 1, 1813; m. (2) Nov. 1, 1814, Olive Smith of 
Plainfield, N. H.; ch.: (a) Ira, b. Nov. 3, 1809; d. May 14, 1822; (b) 
Clark [7], b. Feb. 3, 1811; m. June 2, 1841, Emily Carter, and had three 
ch.; Mrs. Stella Day, Barre, is widow of one son; (c) Martha [7], b. 
May 11, 1813; m. May 10, 1832, Hon. Lucius B. Peck, at one time M. C; 

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(d) Joseph [7], b. Dec. 31, 1818; an officer in the U. S. Navy; (e) 
Benjamin [7], b. Oct. 30, 1820; d. Feb. 1, 1845; merchant in Mont- 
pelier; (f) Ira [7], b. Sep. 5, 1826; d. Sep. 27, 1826; (g) Ira [7], b. 
Apr. 7, 1830; d. June 12, 1832. Ira settled in Barre, where his children 
were probably all born. 

2. BENJAMIN [6] DAY, son of Benjamin [5], bap. Apr. 
6, 1755 ; d. Mar. 28, 1829, Roy., aged 74 yrs. ; m. Mar. 28, 1784, 
Hannah Northam of Hebron, Conn., b. 1762; d. Sep. 16, 1834, 
Roy. In 1788 Benjamin, Jr., bought a farm in E. 39 L. A., 
v/hich he kept six or more years. He later bought a part of his 
father's farm. In 1826 he agreed with his son Joel for support. 
In Sep., 1827, all his children came together for a grand re- 
union, after a separation of twenty-five years. Most of the chil- 
dren went West. They were all born in Royalton. He was a 

i. Alfred [7], b. Apr. 21, 1786; d. Dec. 8, 1834; m. Feb. 20, 1812, 
Mary Richmond of Woodstock, b. 1792; d. July 23, 1839; he d. suddenly 
from being thrown from a wagon; ch.: (a) Angelina A. [8], b. Nov. 
9, 1812; m. William B. Munson of Colchester; (b) Mary E. [8], b. Jan. 
15, 1814; m. Jan. 26, 1836, Geo. W. Cobb of Chicago; (c) Franklin O. 
[8], b. Oct. 31, 1815; (d) Alfred [8], b. Oct. 24, 1817; (e) Louisa R. 
[8], b. Aug. 3, 1820; m. John S. Munson of Colchester; (f) Ira [8], b. 
Apr. 15, 1822; (g) Richmond L. [8], b. Feb. 14, 1824; res. Colchester; 
(h) Margaret M. [8], b. Nov. 8, 1826. 

ii. Spaulding [7], b. Jan. 15, 1788; m. Feb. 15, 1810, Sarah 
Fasset, b. Jan. 8, 1792, Enosburg; ch.: (a) Silas Benjamin [8], b. Nov. 
2. 1812; m. Sep. 17, 1833, Lucy E. Kimball, and had Benjamin Silas, 
b. Aug. 8, 1834; (b) Julia [8], b. Sep. 24, 1814; (c) Clarissa [8], b. 
Feb. 8, 1817; (d) Seymour Tullar [8], b. May 4, 1820; m. Jan. 27, 
1842, Cornelia Marble; ch.: (i) Mary Elizabeth [9], b. Jan. 27, 1844; 
(ii) Byron Russell [9], b. Jan. 24, 1846; (iii) Frances Adell [9], b. 
Sep. 5, 1847; (e) Dan Dewey [8], b. Dec. 11, 1821; m. Jan. 1, 1846, 
Betsey Kimball, and had Emma Jane, b. Nov. 16, 1848; (f) Persis [8], 
b. Jan. 20, 1824; (g) Alfred [8], b. Sep. 24, 1827; m. Jan. 1, 1849, Julia 
Tucker; (h) Ira Sylvester [8], b. Mar. 11, 1830; (i) Sarah Parmelee 
[8], b. Dec. 15, 1835. 

iii. Mary [7], b. Dec. 22, 1789; m. William S. Shepard of Ran- 

iv. Dan [7], b. Jan. 22, 1791; d. Jan. 7, 1842, suddenly, in Bur- 
lington; m. Nov. 8, 1814, Persis Dewey of Milton; ch.: (a) Persis [8], 
b. Oct. 28, 1816; d. Jan. 11, 1845; m. Sep. 9, 1834, James E. Brinsmaid 
of Burlington; (b) Dan Dewey [8], b. Jan. 24, 1819; d. July 1, 1819; 
(c) Zebediah Dewey [8], b. Aug. 22, 1820; (d) Harriet [8], b. Oct. 21, 
1822; m. Mar. 11, 1840, William B. Rhoades of Westport, N. Y.; (e) 
Abigail [8], b. Nov. 30, 1825; d. Oct. 26. 1827; (f) Henry [8], b. June 
15, 1828; (g) Cleora [8], b. Aug. 1, 1830; d. Aug. 15, 1830; (h) Dan 
Douglas [8], b. Sep. 1, 1831; (i) Lucius [8], b. Mar. 2, 1838. 

V. Gad [7], b. Dec. 6, 1793; m. Jan. 5, 1830, Ann De Pui of 
Philadelphia, and had Ann De Pui and Mary. 

vi. Benjamin [7], b. Sep. 5, 1795; m. Apr. 15, 1819, Cynthia 
Freeman of Potsdam, N. Y., and had four daughters. 

vii. Asa [7], b. Aug. 7, 1797; m. (1) Dec. 23, 1824, Abigail Hall 
of Potsdam, N. Y., who d. Feb. 11, 1841; m. (2) May 26, 1842, Cleora 
Edwards of Lockport, N. Y.; ch.: (a) Warren Hall [8], b. Nov. 

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1, 1826; (b) Emerson [8], b. July 18, 1839; (c) Cornelia Hortensia 
[8], b. Oct. 10, 1834; (d) Fayette [8], b. July 24, 1839. 

viii. Ira [7], b. Aug. 17, 1799; m. Dec. 25, 1828, Elizabeth 
Torrey of Mechanicsburgh, Pa.; eh.: (a) Alfred [8], b. Feb. 20, 1830; 
(b) Annette [8], b. July 5, 1832; (c) Caroline Eliz. [8], b. July 8, 
1834; d. Mar. 17, 1835; (d) John Emory [8], b. Apr. 1, 1836; (e) Mary 
[8], b. July 8, 1838; (f) Susan Alice [8], b. Oct. 6, 1840; (g) Jacob 
Torrey [8], b. Dec. 9, 1842; (h) Ira [8], b. Dec. 2, 1845; d. Dec. 11, 
1845; (i) Francis Boggs [8], b. May 2, 1847. 

ix. Joel [7], b. Sep. 12. 1801; d. July 12, 1879, Bethel; m. Feb. 
28, 1828, Rebecca Wheeler of Bethel, b. Oct. 12, 1806; d. Oct. 27, 1892; 
both bur. Bethel. 

Benjamin came from Hebron, Conn., to Royalton in 1780, but left 
after the Indian raid, returning again in 1783. Of his sons, Joel was 
the only one to remain in town for any length of time after coming 
of age. Spaulding res. in Orangeport, N. Y., Dan in Burlington, Gad 
taught for thirty or more years in different towns in Pa., Benjamin 
res. in Lockport, N. Y., Asa also, and Ira was a physician in Mechanics- 
burgh, Pa. 

3. EBENEZER DAY, son of Benjamin, b. 1775; d. Jan. 
22, 1832, Roy. ; m. Oct. 29, 1801, Polly Robinson, sister of Tim- 
othy, b. Dee., 1780; d. July 22, 1827, Roy.; m. (2) Mrs. Minerva, 
mother of E. P. Nevens. If Benjamin came to Royalton as 
early as 1774, then Eben. was probably born in town, and spent 
nearly, if not all his life in Royalton. When he came of age he 
bought 50 acres in M. 35 L. A., and enlarged this in 1800 by 
land along the river. His children were born in Roy. 

i. Laura S. [7], b. Apr. 11, 1804; d. Feb. 20, 1882; m. James 
B. Taylor of Hartford. 

ii. Betsey or Elizabeth [7], b. Apr. 5, 1806; d. abt. 1860; m. 
(1) Charles Cutter; divorced; m. (2) Sam Broome of New York City, 
who d. 1855; m. (3) John F. Clew; no ch.; res. Hyde Park, N. Y. 

iii. Alfred R. [7], b. Dec. 14, 1807; d. Feb. 14, 1865; grad. of 
Harvard; physician in Baltimore, Md. 

iv. Albert [7], b. Nov. 20, 1814; d. Mar. 20, 1883; m. Eliza, 
dau. Joseph and Marie (Cartier) Petrie of Little Falls, N. Y., b. Mar. 
24, 1816; d. July 10, 1895, Roy.; ch.: (a) Mary Josephine [8], b. Dec. 
28, 1852, Roy.; m. Oct. 31, 1871, George Wesley, son John Lamed and 
Sarah (Eaton) French, b. July 14, 1843, Randolph, Mass.; ch.: (i) 
John Lamed [9], b. Apr., 1888, d. at age of 11 mo.; (b) Sam Broome 
[9], b. Mar. 3, 1846, New York City; d. Mar. 14, 1905, Roy.; m. Feb. 
10, 1872, Hannah, dau. Thos. and Hannah (Walcott) Day, b. Nov. 3, 
1852, Roy.; d. Mar. 17, 1899, Roy.; no ch. Albert left Roy. at age of 
eighteen for Little Falls, N. Y. Later superintended building of Erie 
Canal, then went to New York City; returned to Roy. in 1852. 

V. Charles Rood [7], b. May 4, 1821; d. 1856, New York; sea 

vi. Martha Josephine [7], b. Jan. 10, 1824; m. John E. Devlin 
of N. Y.; ch.: (a) Sam Broome [8]; (b) Mary Elizabeth [8], who m. 
Estephen Martinez of Spain, and has two ch.; res. Paris; (c) John 
Edward [8], m. and has dau., Marjorie, who m. Francis Moores of Bos- 
ton, a banker. 

4. DANFORTH [8] DAY, son of Danforth [7] and Mary 
McAllister, b. Nov. 21, 1829, Roy.; d. Jan. 5, 1900, S. Roy.; m. 

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Nov. 23, 1851, Roy., Harriet Adeline, dau. Phineas and Esther 
(Wight) Parkhurst, b. July 24, 1830, Roy.; res., S. Roy. Mr. 
Day's parents died when he was young, and he was taken by 
James Smith of Barnard. After marriage he settled in E. 
Bethel. He came to Royalton about 1876. He was a wheel- 
wright, carpenter, and carriage painter. He built the house 
o%vTied by W. 0. Belknap, and the one owned by his family. 

i. Edward Juan [9], b. Oct. 17, 1852, Bethel Gilead; d. Dec. 
28, 1883, S. Roy., unm. 

ii. Flora Adeline [9], b. Jan. 27, 1855, Surrey, N. H.; m. (1) 
William Albert, son Harry and Marcia L. (Dodge) Bingham; divorced; 
m. (2) Jan. 11, 1890, James Crompton of Cranston, R. I.; no ch. 

iii. Danforth Lynn [9], b. Apr. 21, 1857, Keene, N. H.; d. Mar. 
26, 1862; drowned in the Branch, B. Bethel. 

iv. Infant [9], b. Nov. 18, 1860, E. Bethel; d. Dec. 16, 1863, 
E. Bethel. 

V. Kilburn Leslie [9], b. Nov. 16, 1862, Bethel; m. (1) Lizzie 
H. Smith of Calais, Me.; d. Feb. 12, 1893;' m. (2) Oct. 1, 1894, Mrs. Lulu 
(Bailey) Hunter, dau. Joseph Willard and Mary Maria (Pierce) Bailey, 
and wid. Horace Hunter, b. May 24, 1866, Roy.; d. Mar. 19, 1908, Tewks- 
bury, Mass.; bur. N. Roy. Cem.; ch.: (a) Karl Newton [10], b. Apr. 
28, 1887, Roy.; (b) Earl Leslie [10], b. July 4, 1889, Roy.; d. Oct. 5, 
1894; (c) Amy Madeline [10], b. Apr. 14, 1892; d. Sep. 24, 1892; (d) 
Leroy Rix [10], b. Mar. 9, 1895, Roy.; (e) Ora W. [10], b. Apr. 21, 1897, 
Hartford; d. Apr. 22, 1897; (f) Ola M. [10], twin of Ora W.; d. Sep. 
24, 1892; (g) Rex R. [10], b. Aug. 17, d. July 30, 1899; Evan [10], b. 
abt. 1903. 

*vi. Leona Estella, b. Aug. 11, 1867, Barre; m. William Albert 

vii. Ala May, b. Apr. 26, 1869, Barre. She and her mother live 
together in S. Royalton. Miss Day is a skillful dressmaker, and a 
noted cook. If she can be secured for a fine banquet, success is assured. 
She is very active in the Congregational church, and many a dollar 
has come into its treasury through her planning and execution. 

The Day family trace their descent through the mother of Eben- 
ezer Day to Miles Standish. She was Eunice Rood, the daughter of 
Jabez Rood, who married Mehitable Standish, fourth in line of descent 
from Capt. Miles Standish. Robert Day, the emigrant ancestor, set- 
tled in Cambridge, Mass., April, 1634, arriving on the bark Elizabeth. 
He remioved to Hartford, Conn., 1639. The family originally came 
from Wales. 



1. DR. JO ADAM [8] DENISON (James [7], Ben Adam 
[6], William [5] Jr., William [4], Captain George [3], Wil- 
liam [2], John [1]), b. Dec. 22, 1774, Stonington, Conn.; d. 
Sep. 4, 1855, Royalton, Vt., bur. Royalton; m. June 10, 1802, 
Rachel, dau. Dea. Dudley and Alice (Corbett) Chase, b. June 
10, 1774, Cornish, N. H. ; d. Aug. 23, 1858, Royalton. 

James [7], res. in Hartland, Ben Adam [6], William [5] 
Jr., William [4], Capt. George [3], in Stonington, Conn., Wil- 

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Ham [2] in Roxbury, Mass., and John [1] came from England, 

Dr. Jo Adam Denison emigrated from Stonington, Conn., 
to Hartland with his parents. He was educated in Stonington. 
He studied medicine with his kinsman, Dr. Joseph Adam Gallup, 
of Hartland, afterwards of Bethel and Woodstock. In 179 — 
Dr. Denison went to Bethel, and began the practice of his pro- 
fession. Miss Rachel Chase, whom he married in 1802, was a 
sister of Judge Dudley Chase of Randolph, United States sena- 
tor from Vermont for many years. He was the one who gave 
Salmon P. Chase a half dollar and told him to "go and buy a 
spade." Rachel Chase was the fourteenth child of Dea. Dud- 
ley and Alice (Corbett) Chase of Cornish, N. H. The Chase 
family was one of the oldest in New England, and produced 
many remarkable men. Two of her brothers were distinguished 
lawyers. Another was the father of Salmon P. Chase, Secre- 
tary of the Treasury during the Civil War, and afterwards Chief 
Justice of the United States. 

Her youngest brother, the fifteenth child of the family, was 
the Rt. Rev. Philander Chase, first Episcopal Bishop of Ohio 
and Illinois. In many respects Rachel Chase was as remark- 
able as her brothers, and her vigorous personality and strong 
characteristics were impressed upon her descendants. 

Three of the seven children born to Dr. and Mrs. Denison 
in Bethel were buried there. In 1815 Dr. Denison moved to 
Royalton with his family, and established his permanent home. 
From Col. Stafford Smith he purchased the dwelling house stand- 
ing just north of the "Old Meeting-House. " It was known at 
tliat time as the "Throop House." The deed of transfer was 
dated Dec. 4, 1815. Here they lived until 1845, when Dr. Deni- 
son sold the building to his oldest son, and moved into another 
house which stood upon land adjoining the original dwelling 
I)lace. After his death this house was occupied by Hon. D. C. 
Denison. The old part has been removed. 

In his professional character Dr. Denison was greatly be- 
loved by the community. He was an active, vigorous man. Like 
most physicians of that time, he was surgeon, druggist, dentist, 
X^harmacist, and regular practitioner. 

Riding on horseback over the lonely hills, with his supplies 
of drugs and medicines in his saddle bags, Dr. Denison was a 
familiar figure as he went from one hill farm to another. Some- 
times he would journey continuously for days without coming 
home. Frequently he would have several messengers following 
him from place to place, each with new and urgent calls for aid. 
It is told of him, that often he would be so fatigued and in need 
of rest, that he would fall asleep in his saddle as he rode along. 

History of Royalton, Vermont 751 

and would sometimes wake to find his horse standing patiently 
at some roadside water trough, waiting for him to dismount. 

His was a welcome face at the secluded farm houses on the 
hills, where his periodic visits used generally to betoken an in- 
crease in population. It is said that during his forty years of 
practice in Royalton and vicinity, these cases alone numbered 
thousands. Tradition says that he was the attending physician at 
the birth of the so-called prophet, Joseph Smith, but investiga- 
tion fails to verify the story. 

Dr. Denison and his wife kept an open house in Royalton; 
any one who was in trouble, or in need, would be taken home 
and cared for. Naughty boys would be sent to Dr. Denison to 
be disciplined, because the kindly man had such a gift of boy 
culture, and there were students, young men who needed his 
professional instruction, all of whom were welcome and were 
given such assistance as they needed. 

The great grief of his life was the loss of his oldest son, 
the younger doctor; but with characteristic determination the 
old man assumed direction of his fatherless grandchildren and 
their bereaved mother, acting as adviser and counsellor to them 
all. The good doctor was an upright citizen, a devoted father 
and churchman. He continued his professional duties nearly as 
long as he lived. 

i. Eunice Stanton [9], b. June 3, 1803, Bethel; d. Sep. 2, 1804. 

2. ii. Joseph Adam [9], b. Mar. 23, 1805, Bethel; d. July 30, 1848. 
iii. Eunice Stanton [9], b. Oct. 22, 1806, Bethel; d. Feb. 23, 

iv. George [9], b. Apr. 24, 1809, Bethel; d. June 3, 1861. He 
was graduated from Kenyon College in 1829. He became Professor of 
Mathematics in the same institution, which position he held for several 
years. In 1832 he was ordained in the Episcopal Church. He lived 
in Gambler, Ohio, Newark, O., Lockport, N. Y., and Keokuk, Iowa. He 
married Sep. 16, 1832, Jeanette, daughter of Alexander and Mary (Hos- 
mer) Ralston, b. July 10, 1811, and d. Jan. 2, 1889, in Keokuk, la. He 
d. in St. Louis, Mo. Four children d. in infancy. Three are living: 
(a) Henry Heber, b. Oct. 28, 1837, Lockport, N. Y.; m. (1) Oct. 16, 
1865, Royalton, Lucia, dau. of William, Sen. and Maria (Smith) Skin- 
ner, b. July 20, 1842, Royalton; d. May 5, 1876, Webster Groves, St. 
Louis County, Mo.; m. (2) Aug. 11, 1886, Royalton, Adeline, dau. of 
Chauncey and Harriet (Rising) Walcott, b. Sep. 10, 1852, E. Barnard. 
Children: (i) Dudley Chase, b. Jan. 30, 1868, Royalton; (ii) Grace 
Maria, b. Oct. 27, 1872, St. Louis, Mo.; (iii) Walcott Denison, b. Oct. 
10, 1889. 

Henry Heber Denison graduated from Kenyon College, Gambier, 
Ohio, July 1, 1857; was Professor of Ancient Languages in St. Paul's 
College, Palmyra, Mo., 1858-59; came to Royalton, Sep. 6, 1859, and 
entered the office of his uncle, Hon. Dudley C. Denison; admitted to 
the bar at Woodstock in the spring of 1862. During 1861-63 he was in 
the military service of the State of Vermont; first, with Gen. George 
F. Davis, Q. M. Gen., in raising, equipping and forwarding troops; 
second, with Capt. Oilman Henry, U. S. Provost Marshal, at Woodstock 
during the whole period of raising the quota of troops for Vermont 

752 History of Royalton, Vermont 

by means of the draft; third, with Gen. Peter T. Washburn, Adjt. Gen., 
in preparing a roster of Vermont troops furnished for suppressing the 
Rebellion, and much of the manuscript roster in the Adjt. General's 
oflBce at Montpelier is in Mr. Denison's handwriting; fourth, he was 
with Gen. Davis again, engaged in equipping and forwarding troops 
until December, 1863, when he enlisted in the 8th Vt. Vols., which 
regiment he joined in Louisiana. At the close of the war the regi- 
ment was mustered out at Burlington, June 28, 1865. Mr. Denison was 
at that time in Savannah, Ga., on detached duty. He returned to Ver- 
mont and was mustered out July 12. 1865, having been in the service 
two weeks later than any other man in the regiment. 

In 1867 he represented the town of Royalton in the Legislature. 
He was acting assistant U. S. Attorney in 1868, at the time of the 
Fenian raid from St. Albans into Canada, and all the indictments found 
by the U. S. Court at Windsor, against the men captured in the raid, 
are in his handwriting. He left Royalton in November, 1869, and in 
March, 1870, settled in St. Louis, Mo., where he still practices his pro- 
fession. He was admitted to the bar of the U. S. Supreme Court in 
1881, and in April, 1884, defeated Mrs. Myra Clark Gaines, the cele- 
brated New Orleans litigant, in the only case she ever lost in the U. S. 
Supreme Court. He was appointed judge of the St. Louis Court of 
Criminal Correction in 1897 for a short term, and has otherwise done 
much judicial work in civil and patent cases. 

Mr. Denison is a Past Post Commander of the Grand Army in the 
Department of Missouri. He has been for a number of years past Sec- 
retary of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri. 

(b) Alice Chase [10], b. Nov. 14, 1846. She lives in Royalton in 
the summer, and with her brother, Henry, in the winter; (c) Charles 
Simeon [10], b. July 12, 1849; grad. from the Department of Civil 
Engineering in the University of Vermont, 1871; received the degree 
of Dr. of Science from U. V. M. in 1907; Professor of Stereotomy, 
Mechanism and Drawing in the University of Mich., with which insti- 
tution he has been connected many years. Res. Ann Arbor, Mich. He 
is unmarried. 

V. Rachel [9], b. Oct. 5, 1810, Bethel; d. Aug. 9, 1812, Bethel. 

3, vi. James [9], b. Mar. 3, 1812, Bethel. 

vii. Alice [9], b. Apr. 30, 1814, Bethel; d. Dec. 22, 1853, Bloom- 
field, Conn. Married Oct. 1, 1832, Royalton, David Wadsworth Grant 
of Bloomfield, Conn. Six children: Infant, b. and d. Apr. 9, 1839; 
(b) David D. [10], b. Jan. 2, 1841; d. Feb. 26, 1841; (c) David D. [10], 
b. Apr. 1, 1843; (d) Joseph W. [10], b. Nov. 14, 1845; (e) George D. 
[10], b. Sep. 8, 1848; d. Nov. 4, 1851; (f) Alice Dudley [10], b. Oct. 
18, 1851; res. Royalton. 

viii. Rachel Chase [9], b. Nov. 15, 1816, Royalton; d. Jan. 26, 
1893, Royalton. Rachel Chase was born in the "Old Denison House," 
the first of the name of Denison born in Royalton. She lived seventy- 
six years in the town, and gave herself to good works. She died un- 
married, and is buried in Royalton. 

Her life was one of unselfish devotion to her parents, her friends 
and her church. She was beloved by the young members of her fam- 
ily, to whom she was both teacher and companion. Her influence was 
far-reaching, and the force of her example was felt by all who knew 
her, or who were associated with her refined personality. 

4. ix. Dudley Chase [9], b. Sep. 13, 1819, Royalton. 

2. DR. JOSEPH ADAM DENISON [9], son of Dr. Jo 
Adam [8] Denison, b. Mar. 23, 1805, Bethel; d. July 30, 1848, 
Royalton; m. Dee. 24, 1829, Eliza, dau. Calvin and Sally (Bil- 


History op Royalton, Vermont 753 

lings) Skinner, b. Oct. 21, 1808, Royalton; d. Apr. 10, 1870, 
Washington, D. C. ; bur. Royalton. 

Dr. Joseph Adam Denison, oldest son of Dr. Jo Adam Deni- 
son, came with his parents from Bethel to Royalton in 1815, 
being then ten years of age. He prepared for college at the 
academy in Royalton, and at the Military School under Capt. 
Partridge, in Norwich. He graduated from the Classical De- 
partment of the University of Vermont in 1825, and received the 
degree of A. M. from the same University. He received the 
degree of M. D. from the Medical School at Yale in 1828, from 
v.hich he graduated, and the same honorary degree from the 
Clinical School of Medicine in Woodstock on June 2, 1830. 

Mrs. Denison 's mother, Sally (Billings) Skinner, was the 
daughter of Dea. John and Olive (Noble) Billings, one of the 
old families of Royalton. The Billings family was highly gifted ; 
a great genius for music distinguished its members through sev- 
eral generations. From her Billings ancestry Eliza (Skinner) 
Denison inherited this gift, as well as her striking beauty of 
coloring and fine dark eyes. In her youthful days she had 
much celebrity because of her beautiful voice. She was known 
as a singer, and used to lead the choir in the "Old Meeting- 
House. ' ' She had a place reserved for her in front of the choir 
pew in the gallery, where her voice rang out in songs of praise 
for many years. She was artistic in temperament, with an 
under-current of deep devotional feeling. 

Her father, Calvin Skinner, was the son of Corp. Calvin 
Skinner, a Revolutionary patriot, and Eleanor (Porter) Skinner 
of Woodstock, Conn. After the death of her husband in Con- 
necticut, Eleanor (Porter) Skinner married (2) Capt. Zebulon 
Lyon, and emigrated to Royalton, where some of her descend- 
ants still live. 

It was the daughter of this family whom Dr. Joseph Adam 
Denison brought home to the old Denison house, where they 
lived for several j^ears after their marriage. In June, 1833, 
they moved into a cottage which stood on the site of the D. C. 
Denison house. It was remodeled in 1845. In this year Dr. 
Denison purchased the old homestead of his father. It is still 
occupied by his children, and is called "The Old Denison 
House. ' ' 

Dr. Joseph Adam Denison was associated with his father in 
the practice of medicine from 1828 until 1848 in Royalton. "Dr. 
Joe," as he was lovingly called to distinguish him from his 
father, "The old Doctor," was remarkable for his erect car- 
riage, and for his charm and refinement of manner. Standing 
six feet and two inches in height, it was a habit with him to bend 
his head on entering a doorway, lest he should strike the lintel 

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of the door. He was remarkably able in his profession, and for 
so young a man had a reputation for skill and insight not gen- 
erally gained in youth. 

He was also public spirited, interested in education, and in 
town improvement. It is not generally known, but is a fact, 
that many of the apple trees yet bearing fruit in Royalton are 
seedlings from his garden, grafted by his own hand, for he had 
a fine taste for horticulture, as well as science. He lived to see 
the first train pass through Royalton on the railroad, which was 
completed after the occurrence of the accident which resulted in 
his death. He was thrown from his gig while driving down a 
steep hill, near the place where Broad Brook flows into White 
river. A railroad embankment now obliterates the spot. 

He left ten children, eight of whom were under ten years 
of age. His widow, remarkable for her cheerful, hopeful dis- 
position, assumed the care of the family. A woman of quiet 
determination, she maintained her usual calm, cheerful manner, 
kept her large family together, was prominent in the affairs of 
the Congregational church, and was charitable and helpful to 
all. She was greatly respected in Royalton. 

i. Eliza [10], b. in tlie "Old Denison House," Royalton, Nov. 
26, 1830; d. Mar. 20, 1910, Chicago; m. in St. Paul's Church, Royalton, 
Oct. 11, 1855, John Alexander, son of Thomas and Martha (Gilchrist) 
Jameson of Irasburgh, Vermont. Judge Jameson was born Jan. 25, 
1824, Irasburgh; d. June 16, 1890, Chicago, 111. Mrs. Eliza (Denison) 
Jameson lived in Chicago. Five children: (a) Mary [11], b. Dec. 20, 
1857, in the "Old Denison House," Royalton. Lives with her mother, 
(b) Eleanor [11], b. May 15, 1864; d. Sep. 14, 1865; (c) Eliza [11], b. 
Nov. 24, 1865; d. July 6, 1881; drowned in White river, Royalton; (d) 
John Alexander [11], b. Sep. 12, 1868; (e) Rebecca [11], b. May 9, 

ii. Philander [10], b. Jan. 8, 1832, Royalton; d. Mar. 2, 1832. 
iil. George Stanton [10], b. Aug. 15, 1833, Royalton; m. Feb. 
24, 1857, Pensacola, Fla., Mrs. Cordelia Forsyth, who d. 1858. He pre- 
pared for college at the academy in Royalton, and graduated from the 
U. V. M., Classical Department, in 1854, standing second in his class. 
The following November he went to San Antonio, Texas, where he 
taught school for three years and studied law. He was admitted to 
the bar in Texas. 

That he was of great and recognized service to the government of 
the United States in the prosecution of the Civil War and in the re- 
establishment of the Union, is shown by the recent publication of his 
correspondence with Secretary Salmon P. Chase. 

The reports of the "Historical Manuscript Commission" to the 
"American Historical Association" for the year 1902, Vol. II, state: 
"The letters of one of Chase's correspondents, Mr. George S. Denison, 
are printed in full, and constitute probably the most important addi- 
tion to historical material that is made in the present report. Mr. 
Denison was familiar with the South before the war, and he was 
Chase's official and personal representative in New Orleans from June, 
1862, till March, 1865, serving in the various capacities of 'Special 
Agent and Acting Collector,' 'Special Agent and Acting Surveyor,' and 

History op Royalton, Vermont 755 

'Commissioner of Internal Revenue.' As Chase's personal and confi- 
dential agent, it was his duty to observe and report the progress of 
events, and to assist in stimulating and encouraging the formation of 
a Union party, and in shaping its continents aright." 

Mr. Denison was an ardent Union man, and was the soul of honor 
and faithfulness. Royalton may well be proud of his record, and his 
family of such a son. 

He died at sea while returning to his old home in Royalton, and 
was buried in the Atlantic. He left one son, William [11], born Dec. 
26, 1857, in San Antonio, Texas. William fitted for college at Royal- 
ton Academy, and graduated with A. B. degree from the U. V. M. in 
1880. Failing health compelled him to relinquish his purpose of study- 
ing medicine, and he died in Washington, D. C, Dec. 17, 1886. 

iv. Eleanor [10], b. June 7, 1835, Royalton; d. Apr. 26, 1841. 

V. James [10], b. Jan. 3, 1837; m. Dec. 26, 1859, Lizzie Lind- 
say, in Salem, Mass., dau. Richard and Sophronisba (Fiske) Lindsay 
of Salem, b. Dec. 14, 1838; d. Washington, D. C, Oct. 26, 1902. He 
settled in Washington, D. C, where he still lives at Kendall Green. 
He is the Principal of the Kendall School for Deaf Mutes. Children: 
(a) George Stanton [11], b. Oct. 9, 1860; d. Sep. 12, 1862; (b) Lizzie 
Lindsay [11], b. Jan. 19, 1862; d. June 2, 1862; (c) Edward T. [11], b. 
Oct. 27, 1864; d. Sep. 14, 1866; (d) Richard L. [11], Sep. 23, 1871; d. 
June 23, 1872; (e) Lindsay [11], b. Mar. 23, 1873; (f) Raymond Chase 
[11], b. Oct. 3, 1876. 

vi. Alice [10], b. Nov. 10, 1838, in Royalton; d. Nov. 23, 1904, 
Chicago, ni. For many years Miss Denison was connected with the 
Treasury Department in Washington, D. C. She made her home in 
Royalton and is buried there. She was unmarried. 

vii. Franklin, b. Feb. 6, 1842, Royalton. Prepared for college 
at Royalton Academy, and entered the U. V. M. in the spring of 1861. 
He enlisted in the 16th Vermont Volunteers, a company organized in 
Bethel, Aug. 26, 1862, for service in the Civil War. He was trans- 
ferred to the "Howard Guards" of Burlington, Co. C, Capt. Lemuel W. 
Page, 12th Vt. Vols., Col. Asa P. Blunt of St. Johnsbury commanding. 
This company was mustered in Oct. 4, 1862, and mustered out July 14, 
1863, after the battle of Gettysburg. At the time of the St. Albans 
Raid Franklin Denison was Captain of a provisional company, Co. K, 
8th Vermont Militia. 

Upon the close of his service he returned to Burlington, and grad- 
uated with his class at the University in 1864. He graduated from the 
Harvard Law School in 1866, and was admitted to the Vermont bar in 
the same year. He went to Illinois, was admitted to the Illinois bar, 
and settled in Chicago in 1867. He was admitted to practice in the 
Supreme Courts of the United States in 1873. He was made Master in 
Chancery in the Superior Courts of Cook Co., 111., a semi-judicial posi- 
tion of honor, which he held for seventeen years. He is unmarried, 
and still practicing law in Chicago. 

viii. Lucy [10], b. May 15, 1843, Royalton; d. Dec. 25, 1866, 
Royalton, where she is buried. Unmarried. She became a teacher, 
and was successful in that position in the public schools of Chicago 
in 1864-5. 

ix. Clara [10], b. Dec. 2, 1844, Royalton; m. (1) Sept. 8, 1870, 
Royalton, Isaac D. Garfield of Syracuse, N. Y.; m. (2) Oct. 1, 1879, 
Jacksonville, 111., Hon. Robert H. McClellan of Galena, 111., who d. July 
23, 1902, Galena. Mrs. McClellan lives at Briarcliff Manor, N. Y. She 
has one daughter, Clara Louise, b. July 15, 1872. 

5. X. Charles [10], b. Nov. 1, 1845, Royalton; d. Jan. 10, 1909. 

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xi. Susan [10], b. Jan. 24, 1847, Royalton; d. Nov. 4, 1903; m. 
at St. Paul's Church, Royalton, Dec. 22, 1868, Edward Miner Gallaudet 
of Kendall Green, Washington, D. C. Dr. Gallaudet was the son of 
Dr. Thomas Gallaudet and Sophia (Fowler) Gallaudet of Hartford, 
Conn. Mrs. Susan Gallaudet died at her home, Washington, D. C, and 
is buried in Hartford, Conn. Five children: (a) Denison [11], b. Apr. 
1870; (b) Bdson Fessenden [11], b. Apr. 21, 1871; (c) Eliza [11], b. 
June 28, 1874; d. in the "Old Denison House," Royalton, Aug. 26, 1875; 
(d) Herbert Draper [11], b. Sep. 12, 1876; (e) Marion Wallace [11], 
b. Apr. 11, 1879. 

xii. Fanny [10], b. Dec. 8, 1847, Royalton; d. Aug. 3, 1859. 

3. JAMES DENISON [9], son of Dr. Jo Adam [8] Deni- 
son, b. Mar. 3, 1812; d. Feb. 6, 1873, San Antonio, Texas; m. 
Apr. 2, 1848, Mrs. Elizabeth Royall, Matagonda, Texas. He 
was a law partner of Hon. Salmon P. Chase in Cincinnati, Ohio, 
in 1835. Settled in San Antonio, Texas. He became Judge of 
the Supreme Court of Texas and was distinguished as a lawyer. 

i. Alice [10], b. Jan. 9, 1849. 

ii. Mary Chase [10], b. Aug. 1, 1851; d. June 1, 1852. 

iii. Joseph Adam [10], b. Jan. 9, 1856. 

4. DUDLEY CHASE [9] DENISON, son of Dr. Jo Adam 
[8] Denison, b. Sep. 13, 1819, Royalton; d. Feb. 10, 1905, Roy- 
alton, and is buried here ; m. Dec. 22, 1846, Eunice, dau. Oliver 
and Clara Webster Dunbar, b. Sep. 15, 1823, Hartland; d. Nov. 
2, 1873, Royalton. 

Dudley Chase Denison, the youngest child of Dr. Jo Adam 
and Rachel Chase Denison, was born in the "Old Denison 
House," Royalton. As a boy he went to the district school, and 
later, to the Academy, where he prepared for college. He gradu- 
ated from the Classical Department of the U. V. M. in 1840, 
and received the degree of A, M. from the same University. He 
studied law with Gen. Francis and Judge Marcy in Royalton. 
In December, 1844, he was admitted to the bar at Woodstock, 

From 1858 to 1860 he was State's Attorney; trustee of the 
U. V. M., 1862 to 1865; United States District Attorney from 
1865 to 1869. It is told of him that once in this capacity, dur- 
ing a Fenian raid on Canada, Mr. Denison went to St. Albans 
with his marshal and some U. S. troops, and succeeded in stop- 
ping the raid. 

He was elected to the Vermont Senate in 1853 ; represented 
Royalton in the Legislature in 1861-63; Congressman from the 
Second Congressional District of Vermont, 1875-79. 

He was enthusiastic in his love for his home, his native 
town, and his country. In his professional life he was emi- 
nently successful. He was continuously engaged in the prac- 
tice of law for sixty years, and was widely known and respected. 
He was a ready and eloquent speaker, taking a leading part in 
many celebrated cases. He is affectionately remembered by his 
brethren of the legal profession, and his associates narrate with 

History of Royalton, Vermont T57 

pleasure instances of his success in the effective presentation of 
his cases. He was brief in his addresses to the jury, relying 
upon terse and forceful statements and apt illustrations. He 
was an earnest advocate of the interests of his clients, giving not 
only his experience, but his sympathy as well. 

He was devoted to his family and his church. No one who 
has had the privilege will forget his impressive reading of the 
beautiful morning service in the "Little Church" in Royalton, 
where, in the absence of the rector, Mr. Denison officiated for 
three Sundays out of every four for many years. 

He died at his own home, and is buried in Royalton. He 
had been a resident of the town for eighty-six years. 

6. i. Joseph Dudley [10], b. Nov. 1, 1847; d. May 28, 1908. 

ii. Catherine Amanda [10], b. Mar. 25, 1850; d. June 2, 1887, 
Royalton, and buried here. She m. Dec. 19, 1883, Charles Woodard of 
South Royalton, b. Oct. 6, 1851. Children: (a) infant dau. b. Oct. 3, 
1884; d. Oct. 6, 1884; (b) Borodell [11], b. June 13, 1886. 

iii. Elizabeth [10], b. Feb. 13, 1852; d. June 5, 1853. 

iv. John Henry [10], b. July 15, 1855; m. Oct. 22, 1884, Agnes 
dau. Benjamin and Hannah (Hall) Hawley of Chicago, 111., b. Feb. 29, 
1856. He prepared for college in Royalton Academy; grad. from the 
U. V. M. in 1877. Studied law in Harvard Law School, and was ad- 
mitted to the bar in 1879. Rem. to Denver, Colorado, 1881, where he 
began the practice of law. He has been lecturer on law and juris- 
prudence in the University of Colorado. Three children: (a) Rosa- 
mond [11], b. Aug. 15, 1885; (b) Dudley Stanton [11], b. Nov. 30, 
1888; d. June 9, 1895, Royalton, from the effects of a fall; (c) Rachel 
Chase [11], b. Dec. 25, 1900. 

V. Gertrude May [10], b. Sep. 22, 1857. She made her home 
in Royalton until the death of her father, after which she moved to 
Denver, Colorado. She is unmarried. 

vi. Edward Dunbar [10], b. Feb. 3, 1860; d. Dec. 6, 1860. 

vii. Lucy Dunbar [10], b. Jan. 9, 1867; m. in St. Paul's Church 
in Royalton, June 25, 1903, Elwood Waite Elder of Denver, Colorado. 
Res. Denver. Children: (a) Joseph [11], b. Aug. 20, 1905; (b) Marian 
[11], b. Aug. 30, 1907. 

5. CHARLES DENISON [10], son of Dr. Joseph Adam 
[9] Denison, b. in the "Old Denison House," Royalton, Nov. 
1, 1845 ; d. Jan. 10, 1909, Denver, Col. He j^repared for college 
at the Royalton academy. He graduated from Williams Col- 
lege in 1867, from the Medical Department of the U. V. M. in 
1869, receiving the degree of M. D. He settled in Denver, Col., 
and began the practice of his profession in 1872. He married 
in Chicago, Dec. 26, 1878, Ella, dau. of Henry and Mary (Hal- 
stead) Strong of Chicago, b. Aug. 15, 1855. 

Dr. Denison was a specialist in the study and treatment of 
tuberculosis for thirty-four years, with a record of over four 
thousand cases. He was Professor Emeritus of the Medical De- 
l^artment of the University of Denver for fourteen years. He 
was President of the American Climatological Association in 
1890. He was Hon. Vice-President of the London Congress on 

758 History of Royalton, Vermont 

Tuberculosis in 1901. He was corresponding member of the 
Central International Bureau for the prevention of tuberculosis, 
Berlin, Germany, 1902. He was appointed Vice-President, Sec- 
tion of Hygiene of International Tuberculosis Congress in Wash- 
ington, D. C, for 1908. 

Dr. Denison was the inventor of the stethoscope which is 
called after him, and a dozen other valuable medical instru- 
ments. He was a writer of note upon subjects connected with 
his specialty, in particular, "Rocky Mountain Health Resorts" 
and "Climatic Maps in Color of the United States." 

6. JOSEPH DUDLEY [10] DENISON, son of Hon. Dud- 
ley Chase [9] Denison, b. Nov. 1, 1847, Royalton; d. May 28, 
1908, Randolph; m. Sep. 10, 1874, Elizabeth Abigail, dau. of 
William and Catherine (Kendall) Rix, b. June 21, 1852; d. Sep. 
18, 1903, Randolph. 

Joseph Dudley Denison prepared for college at the academy 
in Royalton, and graduated from the U. V. M. in 1868. He 
studied law with his father, and was admitted to the bar in 1869. 
He was State's Attorney, 1888-90. He represented Royalton in 
the State Legislature, 1894-96. For many years he was asso- 
ciated with his father in the practice of law. He removed to 
Randolph, where he continued the practice of his profession. 

i. Eunice Dunbar [11], b. Oct. 6, 1875, Royalton; m. June 9, 
1902, John Roland Spring, a lawyer in Nashua, N. H.; ch.: (a) John 
Denison; (b) Elizabeth. 

ii. Catherine Kendall, b. July 8, 1881, Royalton. 


LYMAN [3] DENSMORE (Abraham [2], Thomas [1]), 
b. Dec. 3, 1808, Sharon ; d. Oct. 26, 1882, Hillsborough, N. H. ; 
m. Mar. 1, 1831, Olive, dau. John and Sally (Holden) Hart- 
well, b. May 19, 1808, Hillsborough; d. Apr. 23, 1895, Hills- 

i. Lyman Willard [4], b. Feb. 18, 1832, Sharon or Royalton; 
m. Dec. 30, 1866. Cleveland, O., Emily A., dau. Dr. Pardon and Persis 
(Cook) Slocum, b. Mar. 5, 1840; divorced, 1888; she m. again; he m. 
again and was again divorced. He went to school in the brick school 
house on Broad Brook. In the summer of 1835 he could read his Bible 
verse in school, and in 1837 he knew the multiplication table to 12 
times 12. He was a carpenter in S. Royalton 1851-53. He went to New 
York City, 1853, to Nebraska, 1855. He removed to St. Joseph, Mo., 
and engaged in bridge building. He enlisted Jan. 19, 1862, in the 4th 
Cav. of the Mo. State Militia, and was commissioned 1st Lieut, and 
Adjutant of the 5th Cavalry in April of that year. He resigned Mar. 
4, 1863, and resumed his business of bridge building. He came East 
in 1881, and in 1883 began writing a history of the Hartwell family, 
with which he was connected. Ch.: (a) Willard Percy [5], b. Aug. 18, 
1867; (b) John Willard [5], b. Dec. 18, 1869; d. Feb. 6, 1870; (c) Ly- 
man Hartwell [5], b. Jan. 9, 1871; d. May 23, 1871. 

man and Eunice L. King, b. Mar. 13, 1834, Sharon; d. May 17, 

History of Royalton, Vermont 759 

1881, Roy. ; m. Apr. 7, 1862, Sharon, Alma E., dau. Dexter and 
Aurilla (Bugbee) Burke, b. Mar., 1844; d. Jan. 9, 1907; she m. 
(2) Feb. 25, 1882, Sylvester M., son Charles B. and Marian 
(Baker) Snow, by whom she had Minnie E., b. Nov. 23, 1882, 
Roy. Mr. Snow m. (1) May 13, 1866, Elizabeth H. Spaulding, 
and had Addie E., b. Apr. 4, 1867, Sharon. Mr. Snow lived on 
Broad Brook for several years, where Mr. Densmore formerly 


i. George E., b. Dec. 21, 1868, Pomfret; m. Nov. 26, 1890, 
Mabel L., dau. Adin and Chastina (Parkhurst) Allen, b. 1882, Pomfret; 
ch.: George, Herbert and Harold, the last two, twins. 

ii. Arthur W., b. Oct. 3, 1869, Roy.; m. and has several ch. 


1. EBENEZER [4] DEWEY (Eben. [3], Josiah [2], 
Thomas [1]), b. Jan. 24, 1712, Lebanon, Conn.; d. Oct. 19, 1794, 
Roy. ; bur. Dewey Cem., where most of the decedents of his 
family rest; m. Mar. 12, 1735, Hebron, Conn., Martha, dau. 
Ebenezer Wilcox, b. Jan. 3, 1711; d. May 29, 1761; bur. in 
Gilead Parish, Hebron. 

Mr. Dewey was one of the original grantees of Royalton, 
but did not remove to the town until the spring of 1782. He 
had been living in Gilsum, N. H. He sold lot 5 Dutch, and in- 
creased his lot in 4 Dutch by buying 60 acres in 12 Dutch. When 
Gilsum voted to be united to Vermont, he was elected represen- 

i. Ebenezer [5], b. and d. Apr. 27, 1736 (?). 

ii. Martin [5], b. July 24, 1737; d. June 9, 1740. 
2. iii. Ebenezer [5], b. Mar. 7, 1740. 

iv. Simeon [5], b. Sep. 22, 1742; d. Nov. 5, 1742. 

V. Martha [5], b. Mar. 21, 1744. 

vi. Sarah [5], b. June 21, 1747; m., 1764, Henry White, later 
of Tunbridge. 

vii. Miriam [5], b. July 29, 1750; d. Aug. 11, 1750. 

viii. Miriam [5], b. Aug. 15, 1751; d. May 6, 1752. 

ix. Simeon [5], b. July 15, 1753; d. Oct. 30, 1753. 

X. Timothy [5], b. Mar. 27. 1755. 

2. EBENEZER [5] DEWEY, son of Ebenezer [4], b. 
Mar. 7, 1740, Hebron, Conn.; d. Feb. 28, 1820, Roy.; m. July 
24, 1760, Hebron, Temperance Holdridge, b. 1736; d. June 15, 
1822, Roy. Mr. Dewey removed to Gilsum, N. H., abt. 1775, 
and to Royalton abt. 1785. He was five feet and eight inches in 
height, and weighed 180 pounds. He is said to have been rather 
eccentric, and possessed of a quiet humor. He was elected dea- 
con of the church in 1895. He was a Revolutionary soldier, 
serving in N. H. militia. 

i. Temperance [6], b. May 25, 1761; m. (1) Feb. 6, 1781, Rev. 
Josiah Kilburn. b. Oct. 13, 1752, Hebron, Conn.; d. Sep. 24, 1781; m. (2) 
Luther Skinner (See). 

3. ii. Ebenezer [6], b. Aug. 11, 1762. 

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iii. Apollos [6], b. Dec. 12, 1764; d. Oakland Co., Mich.; m. 
Feb. 1, 1785, Roy., Matilda Pond of Keene; ch.: (a) Josiah [7], b. Jan. 
17, 1786; d. June 1, 1874, Orion, Mich.; m. Nov. 5, 1807, Roy., Lucy 
Derby (Darbe?); (b) Thankful [7], b. Apr. 14, 1788; (c) Archibald 
[7], b. Oct. 3, 1789; (d) Jonathan [7]; (e) Levi [7], b. Sep. 11, 1793; 
d. Jan. 14, 1875, Waterford, Mich.; m. Amanda Brace; nine ch.; (f) 
Apollos [7], b. Sep. 2, 1795; d. Feb. 9, 1877; m. Feb. 24, 1817, Abigail, 
dau. Capt. John and Mehitable (Clark) Wetmore; four ch.; served 
in War of 1812; (g) Dustin [7], b. 1797; (h) Rodolphus [7], b. 1799; 
(i) Matilda [7], b. 1801; (j) Temperance [7], b. 1803. Ch. prob. all 
b. in Roy. Apollos was listed and paid poll tax until 1807. 
4. iv. Rodolphus [6], b. Oct. 17, 1766. 

V. Jedediah [6], b. May 8, 1769; d. May 16, 1769. 
vi. David [6], b. May 19, 1771; d. Mar. 17, 1772. 
vii. David [6], b. Jan. 6, 1773; d. Feb. 21, 1826, Rochester, 
N. Y.; m. (1) 1796, Judy Manchester, b. 1775 (?); d. Oct. 9, 1798, Roy.; 
m. (2) May 4, 1799, Elinor B. Eaton, of Tunbridge, b. May 4, 1779, 
Sutton, N. H.; d. Sep. 14, 1851, Ashtabula Co., O. David was last listed 
in Royalton in 1807. He was a farmer and shoemaker. The first six 
ch. were prob. born in Roy. Ch.: (a) David Seabury [7], b. Mar. 25, 
1798; (b) Judy Manchester [7], b. Jan. 14, 1800; (c) Eaton [7], b. 
June 19, 1801; (d) Jehial Dorman [7], b. Apr. 14, 1803; (e) John Hold- 
ridge [7], b. Apr. 29, 1805; (f) Sally [7], b. Mar. 18, 1807; (g) Har- 
low [7], b. Dec. 17, 1809; d. before 1897; (h) Julia [7], b. Sep. 19, 
1811; d. July 29, 1813; (i) son, b. and d. Mar. 8, 1814; (j) Emily [7], 
b. Dec. 4, 1816, Saratoga; m. twice; res. Madison, Wis.; (k) Sarah 
Jeannette [7], b. June 18, 1819; (1) Myron [7], b. Nov. 15, 1823; d. 
Jan. 14, 1846, Lyons, N. Y., unm.; (m) Dewit Clinton [7], b. Feb. 23, 
1826, Rochester, N. Y.; m. twice; soldier in Civil War. 

3. EBENEZER [6] DEWEY, son of Ebenezer [5], b. 
Aug. 11, 1762, Hebron, Conn.; d. Feb. 12, 1843, Roy.; m. Sep. 
21, 1788, Jerusha, dau. John and Jerusha (Meacham) Kimball, 
b. Apr. 3, 1767, Conn. ; d. Aug. 1, 1833, Roy. Ebenezer was a 
farmer and teacher. His family possess rare musical ability, 
and are characterized by strength and independence. His chil- 
dren were born in Royalton. 

i. Ebenezer [7], b. Sep. 2, 1789; d. May 11, 1871, Roy., unm. 
Five successive generations had carried down the name of Ebenezer, 
which now died out with Ebenezer [7]. 

ii. Ansel [7], b. June 24, 1791; d. Mar. 13, 1827, Roy. 
iii. Linus [7], b. Mar. 1, 1793; d. June 8, 1874; m. Dec. 22, 
1820 (?), Clarinda Belknap, who d. June 29, 1878; nine ch. 

iv. John Kimball [7], b. Feb. 28, 1795; d. Apr. 12, 1887; m. 
Dec. 22, 1820, Harriet Hunt; farmer at Fourtowns, Mich.; musician in 
Evans Co., N. Y., in War of 1812; six ch. 

*v. Sophia [7], b. Apr. 25, 1796-97; d. Nov. 18, 1870; m. Zabad 

vi. Adin [7], b. Aug. 26, 1799; d. June 30, 1830 (?). Family 
date, 1800. 

vii. Roswell [7], b. Aug. 30, 1801; d. Mar. 3, 1883, Northfield; 
m. Mar. 25, 1828, Polly S., dau. Jonathan Whitney, b. Nov. 21, 1801, 
Tunbridge; d. May 29, 1845; m. (2) Oct. 31, 1851, Caroline Reed of 
Williamstown, who d. Mar. 3, 1883; four ch.; one, Mary, m. Jason W. 
Pinney (See). 

viii. Jerusha M. [7], b. Oct. 12, 1803; d. Mar. 22, 1897, Roy.; 
m, Nov. 27, 1827, Stephen Cozzens; two ch., d. young. 

History of Royalton, Vermont 761 

ix. Nancy [7], b. Apr. 26, 1806; d. Jan. 30, 1892, Roy., unm. 

5. X. Harrison [7], b. June 17, 1808. 

xi. Calvin [7], b. Aug. 13, 1810; d. Sep. 8, 1894; m. June 21, 
1837, Sarah, dau. Dr. John and Catherine (Hall) McNabe of Mclndoes 
Falls; seven (?) ch.; one son in 10th Vt. Vols. He was a cabinet 
maker and res. in Barnet. 

xii. Ansel D. [8] Whitney, an adopted son, the son of dau. 
Sophia, b. Aug. 2, 1827. (See Whitney Family). 

xiii. Nancy M. [8] Whitney, adopted, sister of Ansel D., b. Oct. 
17, 1830. 

4. RODOLPHUS [6] DEWEY, son of Ebenezer [5], b. 
Oct. 17, 1766, Hebron, Conn.; d. May 25, 1839, Roy.; m. (1) 
May 23, 1793, Roy., Jemima, dau. Capt. Joseph and Jemima 
(Newcomb) Kinney, b. May 2, 1766, Preston, Conn.; d. June 
27, 1804, Roy.; m. (2) Diana, dau. Dea. Nathaniel Wright of 
Hanover, N. "h., b. Oct. 22, 1773 ; d. Aug., 1851, Canton, 111. 

Rodolphus Dewey was the first Dewey to take any very 
prominent part in the affairs of the town. He served in various 
offices, was selectman eight years, town representative six years, 
and was one of the first trustees of Royalton Academy, and a 
warm supporter of it. He was one of Royalton 's most honored 

i. Ruth [7], b. Feb. 3, 1795; d. July 11, 1829, Roy.; m. Charles 
Kinney, son of Newcomb and Sally (Branch) Kinney, b. Dec. 20, 1795; 
d. June 16, 1829, Roy.; one son d. before parents. 

ii. Jemima [7], b. May 4, 1798; d. Oct. 5, 1825, unm. 
*iii. Welthia [7], b. Apr. 12, 1800; m. Darius Skinner. 

iv. Holdridge [7], b. Mar. 9, 1802; d. Mar. 27, 1877, New York 
City; m. (1) July 23, 1831, Norwich, Conn., Harriet Kinney; m. (2) 
Oct. 23, 1837, Cynthia Brunetta Geer of Kent, Conn.; ch.: (a) Harriet 
Newcomb [8], who d. at age of four; (b) Holdridge Newcomb [8], who 
d. June 17, 1870, Loveland, 0. Holdridge, Sr., was the tall Vermonter 
who measured with Abraham Lincoln, when on his way to be inaugu- 
rated. He was six feet and four inches in his stockings, well propor- 
tioned, erect and commanding in appearance. He aroused so bitter 
enemies by his staunch support of Horace Greeley, that only his physi- 
cal strength saved him fi'om personal violence. He was a clerk in the 
Custom House in New York during and after Lincoln's administration, 
and was also real estate broker. 

6. V. Rodolphus Kinney [7], b. May 12, 1806. 

vi. Mary [7], b. Dec. 11, 1807; d. Nov. 13, 1820. 

vii. Nathaniel Wright [7], b. Jan. 1, 1810; d. Jan. 11, 1839, at 
Lane Theo. Sem., unm.; grad. of Dartmouth with first honors, 1837. 

viii. George Whitefield [7], b. Oct. 8, 1811; d. Feb. 26, 1902, 
Toulon, 111.; m. Apr. 10, 1838, Diantha Martin Wright; eleven ch.; 
one son, Willis Curtis [8], was for several years the head of the Ameri- 
can College in Moedine, Turkey. He came home for his health, and 
died in a hospital in New York. His wife and daughter remained in 
Turkey. His mother, Diantha, d. Aug. 30, 1851. 

5. LIEUT. HARRISON [7] DEWEY, son of Ebenezer 
[6], b. June 17, 1808; d. Jan. 24, 1899, Roy.; m. (1) Mar. 30, 
1837, Marsylvia Gerry, b. July 13, 1814 ; d. Mar. 14, 1850. Roy. ; 
m. (2) Feb. 17, 1863, Julia B., dau. Otis and Clarissa (Foster) 

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Burney, b. Jan. 1, 1842, Randolph ( ?) ; d. May 5, 1906. Lieut. 
Dewey was a member of Co. E, 2nd Vt. Vols. 

i. Ruth [8], b. Jan. 6, 1838; d. Feb. 11, 1842, Roy. 
ii. Charles [8], b. Sep. 25, 1839; d. Feb. 4, 1842, Roy. 
iii. Martha [8], b. Oct. 27, 1841; res. Worcester, Mass.; unm. 
iv. George H. [8], b. Dec. 5, 1843; d. Mar. 2, 1862, Fort Jef- 
ferson, Fla.; private in 7th N. H. Vols., Co. C. 

V. Charles [8], b. Jan. 15, 1846; d. Jan. 20, 1887, Enfield, 
N. H.; m. Ida Babbitt. A physician at E. Randolph and Strafford, 
vi. Marion [8], b. Apr. 3, 1848; d. Jan. 6, 1866. 
*vii. Gertrude M. 18], b. Apr. 3, 1864; m. William T. Vesper, 
viii. George Harrison [8], b. Jan. 17, 1870; m. Dec. 25, 1890, 
Hattie S., dau. Justin and Susan (Shepard) Slack, b. 1870, Meriden, 
N. H.; ch.: (a) Hazel Ha, b. Feb. 3, 1898, Roy.; (b) Claud Archie, b. 
Oct. 26, 1904, Roy.; d. Jan. 11, 1905. 

ix. Walter M. [8], b. Jan. 4, 1872; m. Feb. 24, 1893, Sadie, dau. 
Sylvanus and Amanda (Hadley) Spaulding, b. 1870, Plainfleld, N. H.; 
ch.: (a) Alice M. [9], b. Apr. 2, 1893; (b) Harrison [9], b. Mar. 2, 1894; 
re) Bernice Ruth [9], b. Apr. 17, 1897; (d) Irwin Elias [9], b. May 12, 

X. Mabel B. [8], b. Dec. 4, 1885, Roy. 
6. RODOLPHUS KINNEY [7] DEWEY, son of Rodol- 
pbus [6], b. May 12, 1806, Roy.; d. May 19, 1864, Roy.; m. Dec. 
8, 1831, Hannah Marsh, dau. Daniel and Wealthy (Ladd) Park, 
b. Sep. 13, 1803, Roy. ; d. Jan. 25, 1864, Chicopee Falls, Mass. 
Mr. Dewey was elected deacon of the First Congregational 
church in 1849. Though not so active in town matters as his 
father, he was regarded as a man of good judgment, and success- 
fully tilled the old Dewey homestead on Dairy Hill, which went 
into the hands of his daughter Mary, and now is owned by her 
son-in-law. Lisle Mcintosh. Mr. Dewey was captain of a militia 
company, and was usually called Capt. Dewey. 

i. Iris [8], b. Aug. 19, 1832; m. Oct. 27, 1859, Thomas Hume 
Thompson of Hartford, Conn., b. Maryland; had six ch. 

ii. Ann [8], b. Aug. 17, 1834; d. Jan. 25, 1864, Chicopee Falls; 
m. Charles Spellman Stiles of Chicopee Falls, and had one son. 
*iii. Mary [8], b. May 16, 1836; m. Oren Burbank. 
Iv. Charles Kinney [8], b. June 9, 1838; d. Feb. 7, 1865; m. 
Aurora L. Holton, Chicopee Falls; one dau. b. after father's death. He 
was in a Mass. regiment with Gen. B. F. Butler at N. Orleans; was 
sick and sent home. 

V. Franklin [8], b. 1840, lived one week, 
vi. Wealthia [8], b. Apr. 16, 1841; res. Hartford, Conn., unm. 
vii. George Wright [8], b. Mar. 25, 1843; m. Feb. 9, 1865, Tun- 
bridge, Henrietta Whitney; had eight ch., seven living; in Civil War; 
went from Roy. to Toulon, 111., then to Bayard, la., and in 1907, to 
Draper, S. D., taking up new land. 

viii. Henry Kirk [8], b. Jan. 18, 1846; m. Dec. 2, 1874, Rebecca 
Ellen Paterson of Guthrie Center, la.; four daughters. An abstract 
and loan agent, and in 1909 was representative to the legislature. 

1. CAPT. DARIUS [6] DEWEY (John [5], John [4], 
Josiah [3], Josiah [2], Thomas [1]), b. Aug. 22, 1757, Lebanon, 
Conn.; d. Dec. 13, 1849, Roy.; m. (1) June 1, 1786, Scotland, 

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Conn.. Raxihel Bingham, b. Nov. 17, 1762; d. Oct. 25, 1819, Roy.; 
m. (2) Oct. 15, 1820, Mary Hall, b. Jan. 17, 1760; d. Mar. 20, 
1825; m. (3) Nov. 4, 1826, Eleanor Williams, b. Jan. 10, 1782; 
d. Apr. 16-17, 1836; m. (4) Dec. 6, 1839, Jerusha Skinner, b. 
Nov. 7, 1782; d. Jan. 8, 1866. Capt. Dewey and three of his 
wives are buried in S. Royalton Cemetery. His tombstone re- 
cords that he had been a citizen of the town sixty years, but 
the land records would indicate that he was here in 1783. He 
bought a part of W. 16 L. A. He probably got his title of cap- 
tain from being connected with the militia, though he was a 
Revolutionary soldier and pensioned. 

*i. Lydia [7], b. Mar. 1, 1787; m. Bela Hall, 
li. Ebenezer B. [7], b. Feb. 7, 1789; d. Mar. 10, 1883, Mt. Mor- 
ris, Mich.; m. Sep. 10, 1815, Harriet Meeker; m. (2) Sarah Maria Gil- 
bert, b. Feb. 24, 1794, Benson; five ch.; had an inn at Hubbardston 
until 1848, when he rem. to Mich. 

*iii. Rhoda [7], b. July 10, 1791; m. Ebenezer Rix. 
iv. Martha [7], or Patta, b. Mar. 19, 1793; d. Oct. 17, 1841. 

2. V. Darius [7], b. May 8, 1795. 
vi. John [7], b. Apr. 10, 1797. 

vii. Lucinda [7], b. Mar. 24, 1801; d. Feb. 25, 1804. 

viii. Milo [7], b. Apr. 10, 1807; m. Elizabeth Wright; eh.: (a) 
Elizabeth Gertrude [8], b. Aug. 20, 1856. Milo lived on the "Braley" 
place, where Miss Jessie Benson now lives. He was called "Pigeon" 
Dewey, for some reason. He sold this place in 1858, and was then in 
Fayette, la. 

2. DARIUS [7] DEWEY, JR., son of Darius, b. May 8, 
1795, Roy.; d. Feb. 21, 1887, Roy.; m. (1) Dec. 30, 1821, Re- 
becca, dau. Garner and Elizabeth (Lyman) Rix, b. June 23, 
1794, Roy.; d. Feb. 9, 1831, Roy.; m. (2) Harriet Holbrook of 
Fairlee, b. 1800; d. Oct. 16, 1858, Roy.; m. (3) Mrs. Sally Breeze 
Morse of Fairlee. Mr. Dewey was a forehanded farmer, pos- 
sessed of great strength of will and vitality. He lived near S. 
Royalton some years, but spent his last days with his son Garner 
on the old Gamer Rix farm above Royalton village. 

i. Florinda Rix [8], b. Oct. 4, 1822-23; m. June 10, 1847, 
Olive S. Burr of Sudbury; a teacher. 

3. ii. Garner [8] Rix, b. July 8, 1827, Roy. 

iii. Rebecca Rix [8], b. May 17 or 26, 1833; d. Jan. 9, 1885, 

iv. Mary Niles [8], b. Mar. 18, 1838; d. Apr. 6, 1856. 

3. GARNER [8] RIX DEWEY, b. July 8, 1827, Roy.; d. 
Aug. 23, 1901, Roy.; m. Mar. 27, 1857, Maria Elizabeth, dau. 
John and Betsey (Bartlett) Taggart, b. Nov. 29, 1833, Stock- 
bridge; d. Sep. 30, 1900, Roy. Mr. Dewey left to his family an 
unspotted reputation, and an example of true manliness. His 
wife was one of nature's noble women, a devoted wife and 


i. Frederick Foster [9], b. Sep. 27, 1857, Roy.; d. Mar. 10, 

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ii. Pearl Bryant [9], b. Dec. 7, 1861; m. May 11, 1887, Lillian 
Augusta, dau. Luther and Harriet (Byam) Goodell, b. Dec. 26, 1860, 
Braintree. Pearl B. res. on the home farm. He has been school direc- 
tor several years. He has a fine family of children, richly endowed 
with intellectual faculties. Ch.: (a) Katherine Elizabeth [10], b. 
Aug. 30, 1890; sophomore in U. V. M.; grad. of Royalton Academy in 
1908; (b) Garner Goodell [10], b. Apr. 3, 1893; grad. of S. Roy. high 
school, 1910; (c) Helen Louise [10], b. May 21, 1894; senior in Ran- 
dolph high school; (d) Gertrude Alice [10], b. May 21, 1894; junior in 
Royalton Academy; (e) Bartlett Taggart [10], b. Dec. 7, 1902. 

iii. Mary Angeline [9], b. Oct. 28, 1864; grad. of Randolph 
Normal; teacher in Moody School, Mt. Hermon, Mass. 

iv. Glenn Taggart [9], b. Apr. 27, 1869; clerk in George Laird's 
store many years; school director. 

CAPT. ASA [6] DEWEY (William [5], Simeon [4], Wil- 
liam [3], Josiah [2], Thos. [1]), b. Feb. 18, 1775, Hebron, 
Conn.; d. Mar. 7 or 12, 1850, E. Bethel; m. (1) 1803, Jerusha, 
dau. Peter and Jerusha Knapp, b. Dec. 31, 1777; d. Jan. 
6, 1825; m. (2) May 27, 1825, Anna, dau. David and Hannah 
(Buck) Brewer, b. Apr. 10, 1793, Tunbridge; d. Jan. 7, 1877, 
Roy. Capt. Dewev was in Royalton from 1809 to about 1826. 

i. Eliza [7'], b. 1804; d. Feb. 12, 1813. 

ii. Asa [7], b. Mar. 28, 1815, Roy.; d. Apr. 12, 1888, Spring- 
ville. Pa.; m. Nov. 7, 1844, Elizabeth A. Stevens, who d. Mar. 11, 1883; 
six ch. 

Capt. Asa had four other children. 

The ancestors of the Deweys came from Flanders to England with 
William the Conqueror. Thomas, the American emigrant, came from 
Sandwich, England, to Dorchester, Mass. He married at Windsor, 
Conn., in 1639, Frances, widow of Joseph Clark. There are seventeen 
post-offices in the U. S. bearing the name of Dewey. 


1. - REUBEN [6] DODGE (Ebeneber [5], David [4], An- 
tipas [3], Samuel [2], Richard [1]), b. Mar. 19, 1793, Croyden, 
N. H.; d. Nov. 2, 1860, Roy.; m. Jan. 2, 1820, Cornish, N. H., 
Betsey, dau. Aaron and Huldah (Webb) Smith, b. Oct. 26, 1797, 
Cornish; d. Dec. 21, 1875, Roy. Most of the Dodge decedents 
are bur. in Havens Cem. 

In 1834 Reuben Dodge removed from Tunbridge to Sharon, 
on the Baxter farm, the house on which was in Royalton. In 
1846 he bought the farm on which his son Chester resides, and 
where he died. He was captain of the militia in Tunbridge. 
He was a fine formed man, large and strong. He could lay seven 
rods of stone wall in a day. He was a member of the M. E. 
church in S. Tunbridge, of which he was trustee, steward, and 
class leader. His wife's father was in the Revolutionary War, 
and her grandfather was Col. Webb. 

i. Harriet Malvina [7], b. Oct. 13, 1820, Tunb.; d. May 17, 
1902, Tunb.; m. Apr. 7, 1850, John Stewart of Claremont, N. H. 

ii. Edson Benoni [7], b. May 23, 1822, Tunb.; d. Apr. 28, 
1865, Roy. 

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*iii. Marcia Louisa [7], b. Mar. 26, 1824, Tunb.; m. Harry 

iv. Danforth Darius Dana [7], b. Dec. 14, 1825, Tunb.; res. 
Algona, la. 

V. Dennison Deliveden Delanson [7], b. Dec. 1, 1827, Tunb.; 
d. Sep. 29, 1898, Roy.; m. (1) Jan. 1 or Apr. 8, 1849, Mary Jane Dean, 
an orphan reared by Calvin Colburn, b. 1830; d. Jan. 4, 1850, Roy.; 
m. (2) Mar. 18, 1851, Louisa Sophia, dau. Ira and Mary (Plummer) 
Fifield, b. Sep. 28, 1826, Chelsea; d. June 23, 1878, Roy. Mr. Dodge 
was a man of large physique and genial disposition. He resided in 
Tunbridge and Royalton, his last residence being the Slafter farm. 
Ch.: (a) Florence Belle [8], b. May 2, 1852; (b) Grace Maria [8], b. 
May 15, 1867; m. Mar. 18, 1899, Arthur Martin, son Albert S. and Nancy 
(Osgood) Eaton. 

vi. Hiram Silvester Dwinell [7], b. Aug. 10, 1829, Tunb.; d. 
Oct. 15, 1880, Boston; bur. Branchview Cem.; m. June 17, 1856, Ellen 
A., dau. Joel Crandall, b. Apr. 30, 1833; d. Oct. 27, 1909. 

vii. Albert Leander Rinaldo [7], b. Dec. 6, 1831, Chelsea; m. 
and has three ch.; res. Somerville, Mass., with business in Boston. 
2. viii. Chester Baxter Newton [7], b. Sep. 22, 1833, Sharon. 

ix. Constant Webb Smith [7], b. Sep. 19, 1835, Roy.; d. Mar. 
16, 1905, S. Roy.; m. Oct. 12, 1859, Ellen, dau. James and Catherine 
Kibbler, b. Sep. 16, 1833, St. Johns, N. B. Mr. Dodge lived for about 
thirty-seven years on the farm near Havensville, where he died. He 
was an industrious man, and in his earlier years few could equal him 
in strength and endurance in a labor contest. He was an exemplary 
farmer, and maintained an active interest in the welfare of his town. 
Ch.: (a) Charles [8]; (b) Everett [8]; (c) Alice [8]; m. Dec. 27, 
1893, Herman H. Kibbey of Newport, N. H., who has for several years 
been a teacher in Worcester, Mass., Northfield, Swanton, and Benning- 
ton. Mr. Kibbey bought the Dodge farm, but sold and purchased a 
home in S. Roy. 

X. George Alfred Alonzo [7], b. June 20, 1837, Roy.; killed 
May 25, 1862, Va.; in Civil War. 

xi. Jane Melissa [7], b. May 21, 1839, Roy.; m. Sawyer; 

res. Monroe, Wash. 

xii. Betsey Ann [7], b. Apr. 11, 1843, Roy.; m. (1) Dec. 12, 
1858, George N. Harper; m. (2) Simon Ordway; res., Tunbridge. 

Reuben, b. Sep. 22, 1833, Sharon; m. (1) July 19, 1855, Hannah 
A., dau. Burton and Susannah (Howe) Preston, b. July 19, 
1835, Tunb.; d. Apr. 28, 1869, Roy.; bur. Button Cem., Tunb.; 
m. (2) June 25, 1869, Polly (Howe) Preston, sister of first wife, 
b. Aug. 11, 1848, Tunb. Mr. Dodge lives on the home farm with 
his son, Chester, Jr. 

i. George Washington [8], b. June 9, 1870; d. Dec. 2, 1874. 

ii. Wilbur [8], b. Mar. 25, 1872; d. Nov. 29, 1874. 

iii. Delia Susannah [8], b. Jan. 21, 1874; d. Feb. 19, 1875. 

iv. Alma Jane [8], b. Dec. 4, 1875; d. Feb. 1, 1876. 

v. Sarah Ellen [8], b. Feb. 19, 1877; m. Apr. 20, 1898, Roy., 
Fred Sisson, son George L. and Adeline (Cutler) Smith, b. Jan. 16, 
1877, Roy.; ch.: (a) Hazen Fred [9], b. Aug. 18, 1898; (b) Raymond 
Chester [9], b. Feb. 7, 1902. 

vi. Mabel Agnes [8], b. Jan. 12, 1879; d. Jan. 19, 1907. 

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vii. Nathan Preston [8], b. Apr. 28, 1883; m. July 20, 1904, 
Millie Mae, dau. Alonzo C. and Eliza M. (Downing) Martin, b. June 
23, 1875, White River Junction; ch.: (a) Viva Alice [9], b. July 30, 
1905; (b) Albert Martin [9], b. May 23, 1907. 

viii. Chester Baxter [8], b. May 15, 1885; m. Aug. 20, 1907, 
Roy., Laura Anne, dau. Henry W. and Laura Anne (Chapin) Button, 
b. Aug. 2, 1885, Roy.; ch.: (a) Altha [9], b. Sep. 13, 1909; (b) Henry 
Button, b. Apr. 26, 1911. Mrs. Bodge is a graduate of Royalton Acad- 

There was a family reunion of the Bodge family at the old home- 
stead on Aug. 23, 1910, attended by forty-six members of the family. 
Five of Reuben Bodge's children are living, and all were present ex- 
cept Capt. Bana B. Dodge of Algona, la. 


SILAS H. DOUBLEDAY, son of Asahel and Mary E. 
(May) Doubleday, b. Jan. 13, 1831, Hartford; d. May 7, 1904, 
Rov. ; m. Emily P., dau, Joel and Betsey (Spear) Gardner, b. 
July 1, 1831, Hartford; d. Dec. 18, 1904, Roy. Mr. Doubleday 
first came to town in 1854, and in 1882 he removed to S. Royal- 
ton, and after the fire of 1886 rebuilt the house now occupied 

by Mrs. Moses Ellis. 

i. Frank H., b. 1853, Pomfret; m. Feb. 21, 1876, Nellie, dau. 
George and Mary Jane Hayward, b. 1858, Roy.; no living issue. 

ii. Erwin A., b. 1856, Roy.; m. May 8, 1879, May E., dau. 
Azro C. and Mariette Moxley, b. 1863, Tunb.; ch.: (a) Glenn, b. Oct. 
20, 1882, Roy.; (b) Belle, b. June 27, 1884, Roy.; (c) Bon M., b. Oct. 
26, 1893, Roy. 

iii. Emma Louise, b. Aug. 2, 1864, Roy.; d. Oct. 13, 1866. 

iv. Ella May, b. Aug. 3, 1867, Roy. 
HENRY M. DOUBLEDAY, b. Jan. 25, 1833, Pomfret; d. 
Feb. 4, 1905, Somerville, Mass. ; m. Harriet R. Shaw, b. Oct. 12, 
1834; d. Mar. 20, 1900, Somerville, Mass. Mr. Doubleday lived 
in S. Royalton several years, and built the house now owned by 
Mrs. Watkins. He was an extensive lumber dealer. 

i. Anna Elvira, b. Sep. 2, 1853; d. Aug. 24, 1861, Sharon. 

ii. Fannie E., b. 1854, Sharon; m. Apr. 2, 1885, Br. Forest, 
son W. H. and Rachel (Prescott) Leavitt, b. 1853, Laconia, N. H.; ch.: 
(a) John Henry, b. June 8, 1888, Roy.; (b) Bau., b. June 12, 1891, Roy. 

iii. Harriet, b. Apr. 13, 1857, Sharon; m. Nov. 10, 1876, Ches- 
ter S. Gould, b. July 10, 1851, Northampton, Mass.; d. July 23, 1886, 
Burlington; one dau. Mr. Gould was superintendent of the Bethel tan- 

iv. Ellen L., b. July 16, 1870; d. Mar. 21. 1871, Roy. 

V. George Henry, b. Aug. 30, 1872, Roy.; m. July 6, 1894, 
Roy., Cora E., dau. Benj. F. and Helena (Statt) Ayer, b. 1876, Salem, 
N. H.; ch.: (a) Winona Urline, b. Feb. 10, 1895, Roy. 

Jacob [5], Joseph [4], Elisha [3], Elisha [2], Elisha [1]), b. 
Jan. 25, 1823, Sharon; d. Feb. 26, 1901, Roy.; m. (1) Sarah A., 
dau. Jonathan and Hannah Colby of Dunbarton, N. H., b. Dec. 
30, 1827; d. — ; m. (2) Nov. 30, 1857, Lucy Peasely Colby.; 

History of Royalton, Vermont 767 

ch.: (a) Sarah C. [8], b. May 19, 1859; teacher in New York 
City; (b) Edwin S. [8], b. Feb. 3. 1861. Mrs. Doubleday has 
a summer residence in Royalton village. 


EPHRAIM DOWNER, whose birth and death are un- 
known, was an early settler in Royalton, being here before 1780. 
At the time of the Indian raid he and his son Ephraim were 
taken prisoners, and carried to Canada. The descendants say 
they never returned. He had a third child, a little girl about 
three years old at the time he was captured. Her mother was 
then dead, and she was brought up by Tilly Parkhurst. 

i. Ephraim. 

ii. Daniel. 

ill. Sally, b. Oct. 10, 1777, Roy.; d. Nov. 5, 1854; m. (1) 

Copelamd; ch. : (a) Emily, m. Isaac Perry, and had ch. Hortense, who 
m. James Rand: res. Weymouth, Mass.; m. (2) Edward, son Capt. John 
Hall, b. Dec. 22, 1771, Quincy, Mass.; d. Dec. 5, 1860; served in the 
war of 1812; (b) Lucy, b. Apr. 23, 1821, Randolph; d. Mar. 20, 1897, 
Williamsport, Pa.; m. Samuel W. Riford, son Lazarus and Rachel 
(French) Riford, b. Apr. 5, 1821, Braintree; d. 1875, Rouses Point, 
N. Y. ; ch.: (i) Nellie, who m. Albert Burdette Chapman, and has two 

ch., Harry and Alberta; (c) Nancy A., m. Brainerd, and had 

Nancy, m. A. Olson of Tucson, Arizona; Nancy Hall Brainerd d. in 
Nashua, N. H., aged 26; (d) William H. Harrison, b. Randolph; m. 
Sarah Foster of Warren; ch.: (i) S. Ada and Harry Edward Kamm; 
Edward K. d. 1882, aged fourteen. It is a tradition in the family that 
Sally named her oldest son by her first husband, Tilly Parkhurst, but 
no trace of this child has been found. 

SOLOMON DOWNER, son of Jason and Esther Downer, 
b. June 13, 1784, Sharon; m. Dee. 22, 1807, Martha, dau. Asa 
and Martha (Hubbard) Huntington, b. Jan. 15, 1790, Roxbury; 
d. Sep. 16, 1871. 

Mr. Downer was a resident of Sharon, living in this town 
only a brief time, but his capital, perhaps, more than that of 
any one other person, aided in the development of the town. 
Men desirous of mortgaging their property turned to him as 
naturally as a fish turns to the water. Although the word mort- 
gage means a death grip, he continued to furnish means for 
business enterprises for many years, and scores of deeds are 
recorded in his favor. He stood by Daniel Tarbell, Jr., in build- 
ing up South Royalton, and no one knows just how much money 
he furnished, but it was mauy thousands. He was involved in 
numerous law suits, and lost some of his property in this way. 
He was probably the richest man in this vicinity for many 
years, and possibly no one has since equalled him in the influ- 
ence he wielded in the financial world bounded by his horizon. 
His son, Chester, also invested much capital in Royalton for a 
succession of years. 

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i. Chester, b. June 29, 1819, Sharon; d. Feb. 18, 1890, Sharon; 
m. Jan. 6, 1864, Frances E. Shepard, b. Sep. 28, 1832; d. Dec. 31, 1904. 

ii. Susan, b. July 19, 1821, Sharon; d. Apr. 3, 1900, Sharon. 

iii. Wooster, b. Dec. 2, 1809, Sharon; m. Miriam A. , who 

d. July 27, 1844, aged twenty-eight. 

iv. Jason, b. Sep. 9, 1813, Sharon; m. and had Solomon, Anna, 
Erastus, and Jason. 


JAMES DOYLE, b. Apr. 15, 1824, Kildare, Boughleigh 
Co., Ireland; d. Mar. 17, 1904, Roy.; m. (1) Sep. 10, 1848, Sarah 
L., dau. Gideon and Sarah (Atwood) Shurtleff, b. 1827, Bridge- 
water; d. Oct. 20, 1887, Roy.; m. (2) Mar. 28, 1889, Abbie F., 
dau. John and Charlotte (Wilson) Marston, b. 1835, Williams- 
town; d. Aug. 20, 1901. Mr. Doyle came to America with his 
brother John in 1846. and settled in Bridgewater. He became 
naturalized in 1851, when he was in Sharon, and later he re- 
moved to Royalton. He died at the home of his daughter Lucy. 
He was a Protestant, an upright, industrious man, one of the 
town's best citizens. His parents were Michael and Anna 
Mooney Doyle. 

i. James Michael, b. Mar. 10, 1850, Roy. 

ii. James Edward, b. Aug. 16, 1851; d. June 29, 1861, Roy. 

iii. Margaret Jane, b. May 9, 1853; m. Feb. 15, 1875, George 
Forsyth of Manchester, N. H., and has one ch. 

iv. Rose Ellen, b. Mar. 6, 1855, Sharon, prob.; m. Feb. 15, 1883, 
John Calef. 

V. Elmore Bartlet, b. May 1, 1857; m. Sep. 6, 1890, Elizabeth 
Gertrude, dau. John and Mary (Hickey) Fleming, b. 1863, Sharon; 
ch.: (a) Infant dau., b. Nov. 24, 1894; (b) Elmore Fleming, b. Nov. 
19, 1896; (c) Mary Kathleen, b. June 7, 1904; (d) Raymond James, 
b. June 9, 1906; Elmore is one of the owners of the Pierce saw mill. 

vi. Maria Lucinda, b. May 1 or 4, 1859; m. in Rutland, Pat- 
rick O'Horo of Randolph; several ch.; res. Cleveland, O. 

vii. Lucy Ann, b. Feb. 28, 1861; m. June 9, 1881, John, son 
Frank Sherlock of Sharon; ch.: (a) William, b. Jan. 16, 1885, Roy. 

viii. Charles Frederick, b. Dec. 9 or 17, 1862; m. (1) Mrs. Car- 
rie Underbill; m. (2) Hattie Parkhurst; res. Chelsea; five ch. 

ix. Flora Augusta, b. Jan. 6, 1863; m. Oct. 18, 1883, Henry 
Brockway of Pomfret; five ch.; res. Pomfret. 


S. CLEMENT DREW, son of Ezekiel of Tunbridge, b. 
Aug. 28, 1834, Hardwick; m. Mar. 1, 1857, Helen, dau. Spencer 
and Eliza (Park) Smith, b. Sep. 29, 1834, Tunbridge. After 
his marriage Mr. Drew settled in Randolph, and rem. to Royal- 
ton to the Ezra Waterman farm in 1865. He sold his farm a 
few years ago, and bought the Tower place in S. Royalton. Mr. 
and Mrs. Drew are still able to care for themselves, and help 
their neighbors also. No one can long be gloomy who comes 
within the influence of Mr. Drew's original humor. 

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i. Mina A., b. June 22, 1861, Roy.; m. Apr. 14, 1879, Charles 
C, son of Edwin G. Southworth of W. Lebanon, N. H., b. May 16, 1857, 
Vershire; res. S. Roy.; ch.: (a) Forest D., b. June 19, 1881, S. Roy.; 
m. July 27, 1900, Edith A., dau. Scott and Marian (Fassett) Tower, 
b. 1882, Rochester; ch.: (i) Marian J., b. Feb. 17, 1901, Roy.; (ii) 
Walter C, b. May 23, 1902, Roy.; (b) Mabel B., b. Oct. 30, 1882, S. Roy.; 
m. July 23, 1901, Gordon W., son Albert A. and Wealthy M. (Whitney) 
Northrop, b. 1872, Tunbridge; ch.: (i) Roland G., b. Aug. 27, 1902, 
S. Roy.; (ii) Wealthy M., b. Mar. 1, 1906, S. Roy.; (c) Helen A., b. 
June 14, 1889, S. Roy.; m. Apr. 14, 1909, Pearl L., son Fred and Ida 
(Chadwick) Culver, b. 1886, E. Barnard; she d. Nov. 27, 1910; ch.: 
(i) infant, b. and d. Nov. 16, 1910. 

ii. Marcia J., b. July 5, 1864; d. Jan. 16, 1907; m. July 23, 
1889, Rev. Charles H., son Albert I. and Helen A. (Read) Dutton, b. 
1864, Shirley, Mass.; ch.: (a) Philip Drew, b. Apr. 19, 1891; (b) Ruth, 
b. May 8, 1893, Oberlin, O. Mr. Dutton graduated from Oberlin in 
1910; res. E. Cleveland, O. 


1. JESSE [6] DUNHAM (Ebenezer [5], Israel [4], Elea- 
zer [3], Joseph [2], John [1]), b. Apr. 21, 1756, Plympton, 
Mass.; d. Apr. 23, 1845, Roy.; m. (1) Oct. 7, 1779, Lois, dau. 
Isaiah and Joanna Hatch, b. 1757, Conn. ; d. Sep. 13, 1798, 
Conn.; m. (2) Ruth, sister of Lois; m. (3) Elizabeth Ripley, a 
widow with two ch. ; ch. remained with their grandparents; 
Elizabeth d. Jan. 22, 1847, Roy. 

Jesse Dunham came to Vermont in the 1780 's. At the time 
he bought M. 33 L. A. in 1784, his residence was Barnard. He 
completed a commodious house in 1797. He was a shoemaker 
by trade. His fine physique, ability, and training all contrib- 
uted to his success. His wife was delicate in health, and re- 
turned to her home, and died while there. He took his four- 
months-old boy in his arms and brought him on horseback to his 
home in Royalton. His second wife is said to have been a woman 
of education, wide experience, and excellence. Mr. Dunham 
made it a custom to give a farm to each of his children who 
married and wished to settle near him. Lois received such a 
wedding present, and Norman had the farm known now as the 
Charles Waldo place, where the house was built in 1800. Henry 
C. was given the home farm. 

i. Nathaniel [7], b. Dec. 18, 1780, Hardwick, Mass.; d. Aug. 
2, 1848; m. May 3, 1808, Betsey Wills; in Troy, N. Y., in 1845. 

ii. Asa [7], b. Dec. 25, 1783; d. an infant in Barnard. 

iii. Noah [7], b. Nov. 5, 1784, Roy.; d. Aug. 29, 1853, Lima, 
N. Y.; m. Nov. 2, 1813, Sarah Pinney; in Watertown, N. Y., 1845. 

iv. Hannah [7], b. Mar. 19, 1787; d. Jan., 1857, Roy.; m. June 
11, 1809, Oliver Wills of Roy. 

V. Lydia [7], b. Nov. 1, 1789; m. Sep. 2 or 27, Rev. Haskell 

vi. Lucy [7], b. Apr. 8, 1792; m. Elias Barlow of Bakersfield. 

vii. Jesse [7], b. Dec. 19, 1794, Bakersfield; m. Dec. 8, 1859, 
Lucy Davison; five ch.; rem. to Minn. 

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viii. Joseph [7], b. Oct. 13, 1796; d. Oct., 1864, Almoral, la.; 
m. Nov. 11, 1823, Pauline, dau. William and Paulina (Tullar) Joiner, 
b. Dec. 23, 1800, Roy.; d. 1871, Almoral. Ch.: (a) Lois Hatch [8], b. 
Oct. 16, 1824, Roy.; d. 1825, Bakersfield; (b) Laura Allen [8], b. Aug. 
31, 1826, Roy.; d. 1827, Bakersfield; (c) Joseph Albert [8], b. Apr. 18, 
1827, Roy.; d. 1831, Bakersfield; (d) Francis Willis [8], b. July 20, 
1830; d. 1868; m. Ann Mary Start; (e) James Harvey [8], b. Mar. 27, 
1833; d. 1842, Bakersfield; (f) Joseph Bicknell [8], b. May 3, 1835; 
m. Lucy Bridges; (g) Abbie Eliza [8], b. Apr. 22, 1839; d. 1866, Al- 
moral, la.; (h) Buell Goodsell Pier [8], b. Sep. 1, 1842; d. 1864, Al- 
moral; regimental bugler. 

ix. Harvey 17], b. May 11, 1800. 
2. X. Harrison [7], b. Dec. 31, 1803, Roy. 

xi. Ezra [7], twin of Harrison; d. an infant. 
*xii. Lois H. [7], b. Mar. 3, 1805, Roy.; m. Ira Belding. 

xiii. Norman [7], b. Nov. 3, 1809; m. Ayers, and had son, 

Washington; rem. to Ware, Mass. 

2. HARRISON [7] DUNHAM, son of Jesse [6], b. Dec. 
31, 1803, Roy.; d. Jan. 24, 1886, Bethel; m. Fanny, dau. George 
and Betsey Paige, b. Mar. 10, 1805, Barnard; d. Jan. 6, 1884, 

1. Charles [8], b. May 21, 1831; d. May 21, 1832. 

ii. Harrison [8], b. 1834; d. July 16, 1854. 

iii. Infant son, b. and d. Apr. 25, 1836. 

Iv. Henry Clay [8], b. Aug. 24, 1840; living; m. (1) Sep. 
29, 1863, Lucy Ann, dau. Levi and Olive Gk>ve of Hartland, b. 1843; 
d. June 23, 1884, Bethel; m. (2) Mar. 17, 1885, Fannie, dau. Moses and 
Roxana Chase; ch.: (a) Julia Ellen [9], b. Sep. 20, 1864, Roy.; m. 
Mar. -2, 1886, Chester Elwin, son Kendall B. and Hannah E. Foster, b. 
Sep. 23, 1858, Ripton; ch.: (i) Julian Chester [10], b. Feb. 3, 1887; 
(ii) Vera Lillian [10], b. Apr. 10, 1890; res., Butler, Pa.; a successful 
osteopath physician; (b) Carrie Hannibal [9], b. May 28, 1866, Roy.; 
m. Dec. 19, 1901, Robert Howland, son Henry M. and Sarah A. Willson, 
I). Dec. 26, 1861, Hinesburg; ch.: (i) Ruth [10], b. July 4, 1905; res., 
Castleton; (c) Harry Albert [9], b. Aug. 8, 1870, Roy.; m. Aug. 17, 
1892, Ella J., dau. George W. and Mary J. Haven, b. W. Fairlee; res., 
Asheville, N. C; no ch.; (d) Maud Olive, b. Jan. 22, 1872; res., Ashe- 
ville, N. C; unm.; (e) Perry C, b. Dec. 21, 1873, Roy.; d. Mar. 3, 1898, 
Bethel, unm.; (f) Frank Henry, b. Feb. 5, 1875, Roy.; d. Sep. 19, 1875; 
(g) Jesse Harvey, b. Mar. 18, 1876, Roy.; d. 1897; (h) Levi Gove, b. 
Apr. 5, 1880, Roy.; res., Brattleboro; (i) Robert Henry, b. Sep. 9, 1881; 
after death of his mother was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Horace 
Church; m. Apr. 14, 1903, Lily May, dau. Richard Harris and Mary 
(Booker) Guyatt, b. Binbrooke, Can.; ch.: (i) Robert Alexander, b. 
June 6, 1904; (ii) Esther Louise, b. July 29, 1905; (iii) Alice Lucy, 
b. Oct. 12, 1906; res., Rochester, N. Y.; (j) Leon Chase, b. June 17, 
1886, Bethel; d. 19—; (k) Rolla West, b. Mar. 31, 1888, Bethel; d. July 
2, 1890. 

The emigrant ancestor, John [1], was the son of Dea. John and 
Abigail Wood. Dea. John was born in Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, Eng., 
1588-89. His son John was married in Leyden, Holland, but left his 
bride behind when he came to America. He was active in the settle- 
ment of Plymouth Colony. He was a weaver by trade. His second 
child, Abigail, was the first child born in Plymouth, 1623, and married 
Stephen Wood. 

History of Koyalton, Vermont YYl 


1. LIEUT. TIMOTHY [4] DURKEE (Nathaniel [3], 
John [2], William [1]), b. May, 1737, bap. the 15th, Woodbury, 
Conn.; d. Mar. 22, 1797, Roy.; bur. N. Roy. Cem.; m. May 3, 
1758, Pomfret, Conn., Lucy Anna Smalley. His mother was 
Mary Baker, and his father captain of the 5th Co. in Woodbury. 
Timothy Durkee was one of the original grantees of the 
town. He was in Hanover, N. H., in 1773, when he served as 
pound keeper, and in 1775 Lieut. Timothy Durkee was one of a 
committee to procure arms and ammunition. He was a Revolu- 
tionary soldier. He came to Royalton between 1775 and 1779, 
when he appears on record Mar. 23, as grand juryman. He and 
his wife appear on the earliest records of the church. They 
were more liberal in doctrine than the generality of members of 
that time, and Mr. Durkee afterwards joined a Bethel church. 
He settled on his 260 acres in 53 T. P., one of the finest lots in 
town. His house stood on the other side of the road from the 
present house, known as the Edward Rix place. He must have 
been a stirring, enterprising man. He seems to have given a 
portion of his land for a burial ground, before the town took 
any action in the purchase of the N. Royalton cemetery. He 
was selectman in 1779, but after that date seems to have es- 
chewed politics, though the town meetings were often held at 
his house. His attention was probably given to improving his 
land, for in 1792 he had seventy acres of improved land, con- 
siderably more than any other man in town. 

2. i. Heman, b. June 17, 1759, Woodbury, Conn. 

ii. Timothy, b. Oct. 17, 1762, Woodbury. 

iii. Lucy Anne [5], b. Feb. 20, 1767, Woodbury; m. Jireb 

iv. Andrew [5], b. Apr. 25, 1769, Pomfret, Conn; he was cap- 
tured by the Indians in 1780, and released at the intercession of Mrs. 
Handy. His name is not in the first census, but is in the first grand 
list, 1791, and is found that year only. He had a wife Phebe, and is 
thought to have moved to Moretown, but no proof of this has been 

V. Lorene [5], b. 1776; d. Dec. 27, 1779, Roy. 

vi. Sheldon [5], b. abt. 1774, Roy. He was captured by the 
Indians and released like his brother. He was first listed in 1795, but 
there is no record of his taking freeman's oath. He was listed again 
in 1816. 

vii. Harvey [5], b. Aug. 4, 1775 (?) Roy.; first listed in 1796, 
and continued to be until 1806; d. Feb. 20, 1827, Burlington; m. (1) 
Mar. 9, 1797, Patta Robinson, b. June 4, 1778; d. Nov. 4, 1809; m. (2) 
Dec. 31, 1809, Dolly Sabin, b. Sep. 12, 1774; d. Dec. 11, 1857; ch.: (a) 
Elizabeth [6], b. Jan. 9, 1799; d. 1852, Kenosha, Wis.; m. J. H. Board- 
man; (b) Miranda [6], b. Aug. 12, 1800; d. abt. 1830; m. Jan. 30, 1820, 
Joel B. Fox; (c) Martin Robinson [6], b. May 6, 1803, Chelsea; m. 
Abigail Miller, b. Apr. 23, 1807, Putney; thirteen ch.; res. Burke, N. Y.; 
(d) Harry [6], b. June 28, 1804; went West and never heard from; 

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(e) Charles [6], b. Dec. 10, 1805, Roy.; d. Jan. 18, 1870, in Omaha; 
tn. twice; no ch.; rem. to Kenosha, Wis.; a member of Congress 1849- 
53; U. S. senator, 1855-61; governor of Utah, 1865-70; (f) Paoli [6], 
b. Feb. 1, 1807, Enosburgh; d. Feb. 4, 1880, Saratoga Springs; m. Lydia 
Stoddard, who d. July 1, 1889, Saratoga; two ch.; (g) Mary [6], b. 
Apr. 9, 1808, Enosburgh; m. Charles M. Eldridge; (h) Patta [6], b. 
Sep. 27, 1810, Enosburgh; d. Jan. 3, 1812; (i) Harrison [6], b. Oct. 11, 
1812, Enosburgh; d. 1886; m. Apr. 25, 1837, Mary Amelia Hart of Troy, 
N. Y., b. Nov. 17, 1816; six ch.; (j) Harvey [6], b. Feb. 9, 1815, Bur- 
lington; d. Apr. 6, 1887, Kenosha, Wis.; m. Sep. 3, 1839, Cabot, Martha 
E. Dana, b. Mar. 23, 1818; d. June 22, 1891; eight ch., four boys. Har- 
vey, Sr., was high sheriff of Chittenden county in 1812. 

viii. Jireh [5], b. abt. 1780; took freeman's oath and was first 
listed in 1801, and continued to be until 1813, and again in 1815. He 
went to Bethel. He had a wife Phebe, and a child Rodney, born Dec. 
13, 1801. That year he gave a life lease to his mother. He had an 
interest in grist and saw mills, and in 1811 was one of the firm, Dur- 
kee & Egerton. In 1821 he deeded from Burlington. He returned to 
Royalton and bought or built the brick store, but in 1828 was again 
in Burlington. 

ix. Lorena [5]. Date of birth unknown, but she is mentioned 
in the father's will. She is probably the Lorena who married Apr. 26, 
1797, William "Bales," listed in Royalton 1797-98. 

X. Adan [5], b. 1768; d. Dec. 19, 1788. Taken prisoner, and 
carried to Canada, where he died in prison. 

2. HEMAN [5] DURKEE, son of Lieut. Timothy [4], b. 
June 17, 1759, Woodbury, Conn. ; d. Oct. 5, 1797, Roy. ; m. Sep. 
19, 1781, Susannah, dau. Daniel and Rebecca (Johnson) Rix,->^ 
b. June 30, 1765, Preston, Conn. ; d. Sep. 9, 1852 ; she married 
(2) Hezekiah Hutchinson of Tunbridge. 

Heman was one of the original grantees of the town. He 
owned 100 acres joining his father's farm, and speculated con- 
siderably in land. He held important town offices, and was con- 
stable for a term of years. He was sent as delegate to the Con- 
stitutional Convention held at Bennington, Jan. 10, 1791. He 
was called Colonel, but his right to the title has not been ascer- 
tained. It was probably derived from his connection with the 


1. Lyman [6], b. Aug. 27, 1782; drowned June 22, 1792. 

ii. Charlotte [6], b. June 17, 1784; d. Dec. 27, 1785. 
*iii. Lucy [6], b. Aug. 28, 1786; m. Joseph Lee. 

iv. Heman [6], b. Oct. 2 or 21, 1789; d. Jan. 9, 1865; m. Sep. 
15, 1813, Rebecca Hatch, b. June 5 or 12, 1791, Sharon; d. June 7, 1872, 
Roy.; both bur. N. Roy. Cem.; ch.: (a) Emily [7], b. Oct. 26, 1814, 
Roy.; m. William Leonard. (See). 

V. Daniel [6], b. Aug. 27, 1791, Roy.; m. Apr. 8, 1813, Mary 
Wright of Norwich; four daughters, Mary, Louisa, Lucy, and Susan; 
the last two m., but no grandch. living; Daniel went to York, Pa.; law- 
yer and judge. 

vi. Ziba [6], b. Aug. 16, 1793, Roy.; m. Hannah Arlotta Balles 

of Randolph; ch.: (a) George [7], m. Hibbard, and had one dau.; 

(b) Charles, m. and had a son and two or three daughters; res. of 
wid., Alden, N. Y. 

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vii. Susan [6], b. Nov. 25, 1795; m. Lewis Wheeler, Feb. 23, 
1823; rem. from Tunbridge to E. Randolph, and later to Rand. Center. 

3. TIMOTHY [5] DURKEE, son of Lieut. Timothy [4], 
b. Oct. 17, 1762, Woodbury, Conn. ; d. Sep. 28, 1816, Richmond, 
Va. ; m. June, 1786, Sybil, dau. Samuel and Mehitable (Ham- 
mond) Metcalf, b. Nov. 22, 1764, Lebanon, Conn.; d. Apr. 4, 
1820, Salem, N. Y. Timothy, Jr., had 100 acres in W. 52 T. P., 
and other land. He was listed in 1791 and 1792, and probably 
left town the next year, giving him a residence in town of about 
sixteen years. He assisted in building Fort Fortitude. 

i. Polly [6], b. Apr. 10, 1787; d. Greenwich, N. Y.; m. Abel 

ii. Charlotte [6], b. Feb. 28, 1789; d. Salem, N. Y.; m. Reuben 

4. iii. Timothy [6], b. Apr. 20, 1791. 

iv. Adin [6], b. Feb. 12, 1793; d. 1855; m. Nancy Henderson; 
ten ch. 

V. William Ladd [6], b. Dec. 6, 1795, Montpelier; d. 1832, 
Natural Bridge, Va. 

vi. Laura [6], b. Mar. 11, 1797, Haverhill, N. H.; m. Elijah 

vii. Sybil Metcalf [6], b. June 19, 1799, Haverhill. 

viii. Matilda [6], b. Salem, N. Y.; m. John L. Hamilton. 

ix. George Washington [6], b. July 13, 1804, Salem, N. Y.; 
m. Nov. 6, 1828, Mary Webster; eleven ch.; son, Lafayette G., killed 
at Gaines Mills, June 2, 1862, in battle. 

X. John Williams [6], b. May 28, 1807, Salem; m. Sep. 25, 
1832, Mary Hannah (Buchanan) Anderson; four ch. 

4. TIMOTHY [6] DURKEE, son of Timothy [5] Jr., b. 
Apr. 20, 1791, Roy.; d. Apr. 2, 1867, Northumberland, N. Y. ; 
m. (1) Feb. 24. 1814. Sarah Anne, dau. John Baker, b. Mar. 6, 
1796, Moureau, (?) N. Y.; d. Sep. 20, 1863; m. (2) Feb., 1864, 

. He was school commissioner in 1838, and wagon maker in 

Fort Edward in 1850. 

i. John [7], b. and d. May 10, 1815. 

*ii. Maria Mahitable [7], b. Sep. 22, 1816; m. George Lee. 

iii. Harvey B. [7], b. May 18, 1818; d. May 29, 1843. 

iv. William Henry [7], b. Sep. 22, 1820. 

V. Jane M. [7], b. Oct. 9, 1821; m. Archie Darby. 

*vi. Eliza [7], b. Nov. 5, 1823; m. Storrs Howe. 

5. vii. John Baker [7], b. Jan. 11, 1826. 

viii. James McNeil [7], b. Sep. 21, 1827; d. Dec. 10, 1833. 

ix. Alexander R. [7], b. May 22, 1829; d. Dec. 10, 1833. 

X. Sarah M. [7], b. Mar. 8, 1831; d. July 25, 1835. 

xl. Ann [7], b. Nov. 5, 1832; d. same day. 

xii. Walter S. [7], b. May 18, 1835; res. Fort Edward, N. Y. 

xiii. George T. [7], b. Oct. 16, 1837; d. Oct. 18, 1837. 

5. JOHN BAKER [7] DURKEE, son of Timothy [6], 
great-grandson of Lieut. Timothy [4], b. Jan. 11, 1826, Green- 
wich, N. Y.; d. Mar. 16, 1904, Roy.; m. (1) Jan. 1, 1851, Laura 
Lee, dau. Lewis and Susan (Durkee) Wheeler, b. Mar. 4, 1829, 
Randolph; d. July 7, 1861, Roy.; bur. N. Roy. Cem. ; m. (2) 

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Arlotta Durkee Wheeler, sister of first wife, b, Feb. 26, 1837, 

Mr, Durkee removed from Fort Edward, N. Y., in the early 
part of 1852, and bought the Kent place in S. Royalton, which 
was then occupied by Joseph Lee. About twenty years after he 
purchased the house now owned by Mrs. Ida Choate, and at the 
end of another twenty years he sold this house and his store 
and bought the William Martin house in S. Royalton, where he 
died and his widow still lives. He was in the mercantile busi- 
ness for about thirty years, and left it with an unsullied reputa- 
tion for honesty and square dealing. He was always to the 
front on any question affecting the welfare of the community, 
and was one of the leaders of the S. Royalton Congregational 
church, being deacon from its organization until his death. The 
minister always knew where to find him on the evening of mid- 
week prayer meeting. After he gave up active life, he solaced 
himself with the study of art, and left to his family some very 
good amateur paintings. Mrs. Durkee has been one of the most 
faithful workers in the church. Their faith was sorely tried 
when they lost all their children, but the affliction was borne 
with Christian grace and fortitude. 

i. Fredwin John [8], b. May 10, 1853; d. 1884, Mexico; m. 
Dec. 19, 1878, Bertha Day of Carroll, N. H.; a railroad employee; no ch. 

ii. Daniel [8], b. Sep. 1, 1856; m. (1) May 10, 1880, Lebanon, 
N. H., Anna K., dau. Rev. Charles A. Downs, who d.; m. (2) Mar. 4, 
1906, Cal., Lucy F., dau. Rev. J. H. and Martha W. Hale, b. Oct. 1, 1876, 
Morrisville; res. Colorado Springs, Helena, Mont., San Dimas, Cal. Ch.: 
(a) Winona Laura [9], b. Aug. 26, 1881, Col. Springs; (b) Daniel Wal- 
ter [9], b. May 1, 1883, Rincon, Cal.; (c) Edna Katrina [9], b. Sep. 
12, 1884, Rincon; (d) May Marian [9], b. Aug. 9, 1886; (e) Clarence 
Algernon [9], b. Sep. 12, 1890; (f) Walter Downs [9], twin of Clar- 
ence A., d. 1890; (g) Charles Fredwin [9], b. Nov. 6, 1891; (h) John 
Baker [9], b. June 26, 1893, Rincon; (i) George Raymond [9], b. May 
2, 1896, Corona; d. Aug. 20, 1896. Mr. Durkee has been a very suc- 
cessful business man. 

iii. Lucy Laura [8], b. Nov. 16, 1862; d. Feb. 12, 1866. 

iv. Mary Louisa [8], b. Nov. 20, 1865; d. Nov. 3, 1883. She 
possessed a voice of rare sweetness, and many lovable qualities. 

v. Walter Louis [8], b. Dec. 31, 1867; d. Oct. 28, 1883. Wal- 
ter was a general favorite. He and his sister Mary died of diphtheria 
after a brief illness. 

vi. Alice Maria [8], b. Apr. 27, 1872; d. July 16, 1877. 
BELA DURKEE, son of Nathan, b. 1798, Lebanon, N. H.; 
d. May 9, 1863, Randolph; m. Eliza, dau. Dr. Heman and Dorcas 
(Dimick) Baker of Plainfield, N. H., who d. Apr. 11, 1861, Rand. 
Mr. Durkee came to Royalton in 1835, and bought the farm now 
owned by C. H. Robinson. The house on the farm was built in 
1834 by John Coy. He removed to Randolph in 1859, 

*i. Mariette Elizabeth, b. Apr. 25, 1821, Plainfield; m. Sumner 

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ii. Benjamin Bela, b. July 22, 1822; d. Apr. 20, 1856; m. Sarah 
"Wood of Randolph, and had one son, Charles, who d. at the age of 
twenty-one; Sarah m. (2) Silas Briggs of Williamstown. 

*iii. Phebe Carson, b. Nov. 11, 1827; m. Benjamin Latham. 

iv. Nathan Dimick, b. Mar. 6, 1830; d. Jan. 1, 1895, Hastings, 
Neb.; m. Angeline Wood, niece of Mrs. Isaac Howe of Tunbridge; res. 
with father a few years, then went to 111., then to Neb.; Angeline d. 
with dau. in Aurora, 111. Ch.: (a) George; (b) Minnie, now living in 
Denver, Col. 

V. Henry Oliver, b. Sep. 27, 1833; d. Mar. 16, 1908; d. Hast- 
ings, Neb.; m. in 111.; wife and child both dead; teacher. 

vi. Lewis Baker, b. Feb. 27, 1843, Roy.; d. Apr. 15, 1861, Ran- 


1. SAMUEL DUTTON, son of Thomas and Abigail Mer- 
riam, b. Feb. 3, 1737, Washington, Conn.; d. Feb. 22, 1813, 
Hartford; m. (1) Dec. 6, 1754, Joanna Root, b. Jan. 1, 1737; 
d. 1772, Woodstock; m. (2) Oct. 7, 1772, Rachel Benedict, b. 
Apr. 14, 1751; d. July 21, 1828, Hartford. Samuel removed 
from Woodbury, Conn., to Woodstock in 1778, and to Royalton 
in 1796. He removed to Hartford about 1802, and later went 
to Norwich and bought the farm where Otis Metcalf lives. His 
first six children were all bom in Conn. Feb. 19, 1804, he took 
a letter from the church in Royalton to Hanover, N, H. He had 
fifteen children : Olive, Abigail, Lois, David, Joanna, Samuel, 
Daniel, Thaddeus, Matthew, Esther, Rachel, Rachel, Reuben, 
Asa, Chloe. David married and had son, John, whose daughter, 
Hattie, married Otis Metcalf. The church records show that 
Asa, son of Samuel, was baptized Dec. 24, 1797, and David, son 
of Samuel, was baptized June 16, 1799, and Zabina, son of Sam- 
uel, was baptized July 5, 1800. 

1. AMASA DUTTON, son of Thomas and Abigail Mer- 
riam, b. July 20 or 31, 1745; d. Sep. 30, 1831, Roy.; m. (1) 
Oct. 1, 1866, Sarah Parmalee, b. Nov. 25, 1748 ; d. Sep. 9, 1805 ; 
m. (2) Mar. 10, 1806, Ruth, wid. Jeremiah Ingraham, b. 1755; 
d. Apr. 15, 1826. He was a shoemaker in Roy. village. On Oct. 
22, 1790, Amasa Dutton, then of Clarendon, bought 100 acres 
in W. 52 T. P., which Timothy Durkee, Jr., owTied and some land 
in 2 T. P. He sold this in 1806, and was then in Hartford. 
He was listed dn 1791 and appears in the first census. An ex- 
change of land was effected with Nathan Kimball, and in 1824 
Mr. Dutton secured the farm in 33 and 34 T. P. which has since 
remained in the hands of the family. 

i. Susannah, b. Nov. 25, 1767; d. Mar. 1 or Apr. 18, 1770. 

ii. Reuben, b. Feb. 3, 1771; d. young. 

Hi. Benjamin, b. Dec. 9, 1773; d. Feb. 3, 1866, Brookfield; m. 
Clarissa Thomas, b. Mar. 15, 1771; d. Oct. 15, 1852; ch.: (a) Abial, b. 
Mar. 28, 1797; (b) Ira, b. Jan. 1, 1799; a shoemaker in Roy. a few 
years; d. in Brookfield; became blind, and staid some time with hisi 

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brother Amasa. Benjamin was in Roy. from 1796 to 1812. He leased 
one of the school lots and owned land near Stevens bridge. He went 
to Hartford. 

iv. Sally, b. Sep. 17, 1776; d. young. 

V. Susannah, b. Sep. 27, 1781; m. June 17, 1802. 
2. vi. Amasa, b. Nov. 21, 1783. 

vii. Thomas Parmalee, b. Jan. 14, 1787; d. Oct. 3, 1805. 

viii. John Gould, b. Nov. 18, 1789, Clarendon; m. Dec. 3, 1812, 
Abigail Moxley or Morrill of Tunbridge, who d. Apr. 20, 1836, aged 
forty-five; ch.: (a) Sarah, b. Apr. 13, 1815, Roy.; m. Mar. 14, 1837, 
Jason Brewer of Tunbridge; (b) Amasa, b. Nov. 21, 1816; (c) John, 
b. June 24, 1818; (d) Eliza or Elvira, b. Oct. 23, 1819; d. Feb. 23, 1873; 
(e) Lucinda, b. Nov. 15, 1820; (f) Susannah, b. Sep. 27, 1822; (g) 
Abigail, b. Oct. 2, 1824; burned to death at house of Mr. Brewer, June 
11, 1841; (h) Benjamin, b. Aug. 19, 1826; d. Feb. 11, 1827; (i) Mary 
Jane, b. Jan. 18, 1827; (j) George, b. Mar. 25, 1830; (k) Alvah, b. Nov. 
7, 1831; (1) Alice Janette, bap. Mar. 29, 1836. On Sep. 19, 1831, his 
children from the fourth to the tenth inclusive were baptized. John 
Gould removed to Bethel, and died in Northfield. 

2. AMASA DUTTON, JR., b. Nov. 21, 1783, Clarendon; 
d. Apr. 1, 1863, Roy. ; m. Nov. 14, 1805, Tamasin, dau. William 
and Tamasin (Cady) Ashcraft, b. Oct. 12, 1779; d, June or 
July 11, 1817, Roy.; m. (2) Oct. 26, 1817, Altha, dau. Thomas 
and Abigail (Hazen) Button, b. Sep. 14, 1788, Hartford; d. 
Sep. 14, 1877, Roy. ; Capt. Amasa and two wives bur. N. Roy. 

Capt. Amasa was first listed in 1806. In 1808 he with 
Daniel Ashcraft bought out John Flint, the store and potash 
works, probably, at the "Yuran" place. Later he lived with 
and cared for his parents in their old age. His title of Captain 
was doubtless derived from his connection with the state militia. 
He was captain of a company of Independent Infantry. The 
first day that he lived at the Yuran place he made a hard wood 
table, and used it at supper time, as they had company. He 
moved from there to the Lyman Burbank farm. In the War 
of 1812 Harry Bingham went in his place, as Mr. Bingham said 
Capt. Button had a family, and he had not. Mr. Button named 
a son, Harry Bingham. 

i. Harry, b. Aug. 25, 1806; d. Sep. 23, 1806. 

ii. Carlos, b. Mar. 8, 1808; d. June 11, 1874; went to N. Y. 

iii. Caroline, b. Jan. 14, 1810; m. Dr. James Woodworth of 

iv. Carlton, b. Jan. 30, 1812; d. 

V. Harry B., b. July 14, 1814; d. 
*vi. Altha Louisa, b. Jan. 5, 1819; m. Joseph Newcomb Kinney. 

vii. Amasa Parmalee, b. June 24, 1820; m. Feb., 1845, Mary 
M., dau. Stephen and Eunice (Hazen) Mason of Hanover, N. H., b. 
Nov. 15, 1818; he was one of the assistant judges of the Orleans County 
Court, a highly honored citizen of Craftsbury; four ch.; one a minister. 

3. viii. David Hazen, b. Jan. 12, 1822. 

ix. Tamasin A., b. Dec. 20 or 12, 1823; m. Nov. 2, 1848, Samuel 
W., son Samuel and Phebe (Wyatt) Mcintosh, b. Mar. 15, 1820; ch.: 
(a) Edward, b. Dec. 15, 1851; (b) Carlton W., b. May 21, 1857. 



Mrs. Susan (Putnam) Bowman. John Lindley Bowman. 

John Bliss. I'hineas Stevens. George Lyman. 

Asahel Clark. 

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X. Eleanor Maria, b. Nov. 2, 1827; d. Dec. 3 or 5, 1834. 
*xi. Sarah R. Parmalee, b. Aug. 17, 1829; m. May 31, 1852, 
R. D. Kinney. 

xii. Edward Francis, b. May 4, 1832; m. Aug. 30, 1854, Polly 
G., dau. Dr. Eleazer and Polly (Ladd) Spalding Baldwin, b. Oct. 7, 
1833, Strafford; ch.: (a) Altha Louisa, b. July 3, 1855, Roy.; druggist 
in Barton. 

3. DAVID HAZEN DUTTON, son of Amasa, Jr., b. Jan. 
12, 1822, Roy. ; d. Feb. 29, 1908, Bethel ; m. Nov. 4, 1845, Lock- 
port, N. Y., Harriet Diana, dau. Jewett and Harriet R. Wal- 
bridge, b. Dee. 14, 1819, Randolph; d. May 5, 1897, Bethel. 
Both died at the home of their daughter. 

Mr. Dutton was one of Royalton 's most successful farmers. 
He held offices of trust in the town and the Congregational 
church. He was characterized by industry, steadfastness of 
purpose, and kindliness of heart. He and his wife were well 
known for their hospitality. They spent the last years of their 
life with their daughter, Mrs. Kidder, in Bethel. 

4. 1. Henry Walbridge, b. Apr. 6, 1847, Roy. 

ii. Abbie Caroline, b. Mar. 8, 1856; m. Oct. 23, 1883, Roy., 
Charles, son Reuben and Emma (Porter) Kidder, b. Apr. 27, 1843, 
Rochester; no ch. Mr. Kidder is a dealer in live stock in Bethel. 

4. HENRY WALBRIDGE DUTTON, b. Apr. 6, 1847, 
Roy. ; m. Mar. 17, 1880, Jericho, Laura Anne, dau. Milo and 
Susan Emily (Smith) Chapin, b. Apr. 24, 1860, Jericho. Mr. 
Dutton lives on the old homestead, and has in his house all the 
modem improvements. He was elected deacon of the First Con- 
gregational church in 1910. Both he and his wife have been 
very active in church work. Mrs. Dutton has served many times 
as delegate to different conventions, and held important offices 
in county organizations. She is president of the Royalton 
Woman's Club, and also president of the Royalton Historical 
Association. Their home is rarely without a guest, to whom 
they give the warmest of welcomes. 

i. Altha L., b. Sep. 14, 1884, Roy.; m. Oct. 3, 1905, Frank G., 
son George and Louise F. Hyde, b. Aug. 22, 1879, W. Stockholm, N. Y.; 
ch.: (a) Helen Louise, b. Mar. 28, 1911, Jericho. 

*ii. Laura Anne, b. Aug. 2, 1885, Roy.; m. Chester B. Dodge. 
HENRY DUTTON, son of Henry and Betsey (Brown) 
Dutton of Braintree, b. July 15, 1844, Randolph; d. June 8, 
1908, Roy.; m. Aug. 22, 1864, Braintree, Arethusa, dau. Eben- 
ezer Lee and Polly Ann (Tullar) Waterman, b. Aug. 6, 1847. 
Mr. Dutton removed from Tunbridge to Royalton in 1892, and 
bought the Eben. Waterman farm, where he died. 

i. George Lester, b. Sep. 7, 1866, Braintree; m. Sep. 28, 1893, 
Laura Adaline, dau. Hollis Emmons and Minerva H. (Knapp) Howard, 
b. Aug. 23, 1877, Roy.; ch.: (a) Mary Edith, b. Sep. 6, 1900, Roy.; (b) 
Minnie Arethusa, b. Sep. 6, 1907. Mr. Howard lives on the H. Emmons 
Howard farm. He is prominent in the M. E. church, and was elected 
selectman in 1908. 

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ii. Custer E., b. May 31, 1868, Braintree; m. June 20, 1891, 
Roy., Maggie E., dau. Patrick and Eunice Conley; ch.: (a) Myrtle M., 
b. May 9, 1892, Roy.; (b) Henry, b. July 15, 1893; (c) Lola Arethusa, 
b. Jan. 2, 1895. 

iii. Luna D., b. Mar. 17, 1870, Braintree; d. June 5, 1874. 

iv. Mabel A., b. Apr. 1, 1872, Braintree; d. June 13, 1874. 

V. John DeWitt, b. Apr. 13, 1874, Braintree; m. Sep. 1, 1897, 
Pernella K., dau. Alonzo C. and Ellen (Hunt) Porter, b. 1879, Randolph. 

vi. Nellie G., b. Aug. 25, 1878, Braintree; m. May 22, 1897, 
Gideon E. Barker; res. Quechee. 

vii. Ila M., b. June 5, 1880, Braintree; stenographer in Al- 
bany, N. Y., unm. 

*viii. Stella A., b. Apr. 26, 1884, Waitsfield; m. Edward A. Smith. 

ix. Luva Irene, b. Nov. 5, 1886, Roy.; m. Sep. 18, 1906, Perry 
0. Adams of Barnard. 


JONATHAN DYER, son of Ichabod and Mary Jane Dyer, 
b. 1771, Braintree, Mass.; d. Feb. 24, 1862, Roy.; m. Apr. 2, 
1795, Roy., Betsey, dau. Thomas Bacon, prob., b. Nov. 11, 1779 ; 
m. (2) 1804 (published Mar. 11), Lois Adams, b. 1785, Conn.; 
d. June 26, 1848, Roy.; both bur. Bethel. Mr, Dyer removed 
from Braintree to Royalton in 1806. He located in the west 
part of the town, and in 1807 made an agreement to support 

Thomas Bacon. 

i. Ezra, b. Feb. 23, 1800. 
*ii. Betsey, b. Jan. 29, 1806; m. Horatio N. Wheat. 

iii. Esther, b. Sep. 17, 1807, Roy.; d. Feb. 26, 1890, Brookfield, 

*iv. Mary, b. June 25, 1810, Roy.; m. Thomas J. Davis. 

V. Hannah, b. May 17, 1812, Roy.; m. Feb. 13, 1837, George 
Perry of Rutland; son Albert res. Randolph. 

vi. Jonathan, b. Feb. 5, 1814, Roy.; d. Oct. 13, 1885; m. Martha 
M. Church, b. 1824, Charlestown, N. H.; d. Aug. 27, 1889, E. Brookfield. 
Ch.: (a) Jessie G., b. Oct. 2, 1858-59; d. 1877, E. Brookfield; (b) Frank- 
lin, b. Mar. 8, 1861, Roy.; m. Lilla Partridge of E. Brookfield; no ch.; 
res. Barre; (o Clara Maria, b. Mar. 3, 1863; m. George H. Harvey. 

vii. Martha L., b. Feb. 1, 1816, Roy.; d. in Pomfret; m. Mar. 
25, 1839, Otis W. Pitkin; two ch., William and Eliza. 

viii. Eliza, b. 1821; d. Nov. 2, 1849; m. Levi H. Harris; son, 
Jonathan, d. Aug. 26, 1849, aged 5 mo. 

JOTHAM DYER, brother probably of Jonathan, came to 
Royalton two years after Jonathan, and bought a small place 
near Jonathan, which he sold in 1817. He seems to have been 
in town at the time of his marriage to Sukey Bacon, Mar. 16, 


i. John Bacon, b. Aug. 31, 1806. 

ii. Francis Jones, b. Oct. 24, 1809, Roy. 

iii. James Alston, b. June 25, 1812, Roy. 

iv. Orvil, b. May 9, 1816, Roy. 

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AMOS JOSEPH EATON, son of Timothy A., who was the 
son of James Kimball, the son of Timothy, b. May 3, 1869, Bar- 
ton ; m. Aug. 9, 1892, Ida INIay, dau. John P. and Lucy Ann (Bing- 
ham) Howe, b. May 25, 1871, Tunbridge. After marriage Mr. 
Eaton settled on the Stephen Root farm in Royalton, now called 
Idylwild. He is one of the most advanced farmers in Wind- 
sor county, and has been very successful in his experiments for 
improving the methods of cultivating the soil. He raises con- 
siderable quantities of early fruits. Both Mr. and Mrs. Eaton 
take an active part in the M. E. church. Mrs. Eaton was edu- 
cated in Royalton Academy and Montpelier Seminary. She fur- 
nished the main part of the data for the Dodge and Bingham 

i. Wendell Howe, b. Jan. 18, 1899, Roy. 

ii. Lucy Mary, b. June 16, 1900, Roy. 

iii. Robert James, b. Dec. 26, 1909, Roy. 


1. ENOCH ELLIS, son of Moses and Catherine (Boyden) 
Ellis, b. June 30, 1804, Barnard; d. June 27, 1879, Roy.; m. (1) 
Eliza Smith; m. (2) Marcia, dau. Bela and Atlanta (Dickens) 

Spaulding, b. Aug. 16, , Cornish, N. H. ; d. Aug. 4, 1902, 

Roy. Mr. Ellis rem. from Barnard to Royalton about 1839, and 
bought the Curtis Cleveland farm. His father came from Wal- 
pole, N. H., to Barnard about 1785. 

i. Moses, b. Aug. 22, 1833, Barnard; d. Oct. 6, 1890; m. (1) 
Emma Ferrin of Boston; m. (2) Jan. 13, 1880, Mrs. Elizabeth (Holt) 
Spaulding, dau. of Marcus Holt and wid. of Justin Spaulding, b. July 
6, 1842, Stockbridge; ch. by (2) Jessie Martha, b. Nov. 22, 1880; d. 
Sep. 25, 1883. Mr. Ellis had an iron foundry in Keene, N. H. 

ii. Martha Eliza, b. July, 1836; d. Feb. 26, 1871, Roy. 

iii. Marcus, b. Sep. 1, 1845, Roy.; m. Kate Greenough of Keene, 
N. H., and had five ch. ; a florist in Keene. 
2. iv. George, b. Dec. 4, 1847, Roy. 

V. Albert, b. Feb. 11, 1850, Roy.; m. Ella Weed of Jericho; 
three ch.; res., Wichita, Kan. 

vi. Abbie A., b. Oct., 1853; d. Dec. 30, 1863. 

2. GEORGE ELLIS, b. Dec. 4, 1847, Roy. ; m. Sep. 9, 1880, 
Florence, dau. Justin and Elizabeth C. (Holt) Spaulding, b. 
Sep. 21, 1861, Pittsfield. Mr. Ellis has held different town 
offices, and twice represented the town in the legislature, 1886-87 
and 1910-11. He has settled a number of estates, and has been 
trustee of Royalton Academy for several years. He lives on the 
home farm. 

i. Oliver Justin, b. July 21, 1881, Roy.; m. Oct. 10, 1905, 
Blanche Alice, dau. Austin V. and Edna (Ellis) Adams, b. Dec. 23, 
1878, Barnard; no ch. See "Medical Profession." 

ii. Jessie Abbie, b. Nov. 18, 1885, Roy. 

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iii. Clifford E., b. Sep. 6, 1889, Roy. 

iv. Zaida, b. Aug. 10, 1893, Roy. 

V. George Murray, b. Mar. 28, 1898, Roy. 


BENJAMIN EMERSON, b. 1735; d. Feb. 17, 1805, Roy., 
bur. Howe Cem. ; m. Elizabeth, dau. Isaiah and Anna (Chan- 
ning) Lindley, b. Dee. 17, 1756, Rehoboth, Mass.; she m. (2) 
Sep. 10, 1812, Jonas Clark of Warwick, Mass. Mr. Emerson 
settled in Royalton in 1797 on M. 41 L. A. His son Isaiah had 
a part of the farm on the death of his father, but sold and left 
town, and in 1828 was in Holland, Vt. In Benjamin's will he 
states that David left home without his father's consent in 1792. 
He had sold a farm in Nova Scotia to Sybil's husband and one 
in Rehoboth to Molly's husband. Benjamin had been gone about 
three years when the will was made, 1799. The order of the 
birth of the children is not known. 

i. Sybil; m. Isaac Bradshaw. 

li. Barbara. 

iii. Isaac Bradshaw; took freeman's oath in 1816. 

iv. Molly; m. Bliss. 

V. Dan. 

vi. Rhoda; m. Charles Dickerson. 

vii. David. 

viii. Benjamin. 

ix. Isaiah; took freeman's oath, 1803. 

X. Betsey, b. Sep., 1784; d. Apr. 11, 1867. 

xi. Nancy, m. Dec. 22, 1809, Darius Horton. 


AMOS EMERY, son of Jonathan and Nancy (Eaton) Em- 
ery, and grandson of Amos of Salem, Mass., b. Mar. 27, 1820, 
Chester, N. H. ; m. (1) Mar. 7, 1843, Almira, dau. Oliver and 
Abigail Hibbard, b. Jan. 13, 1821, Brookfield ; d. Nov. 24, 1856 ; 
m. (2) Sarah M., sister of first wife, b. Sep. 23, 1826; d. Jan. 
24, 1883, Brookfield; m. (3) July 23, 1899, Mrs. Mary E. (Hoyt) 
Jones, dau. Granville and Lovisa (Willey) Hoyt, wid. Charles 
Jones, b. July 4, 1841. Mr. Emery has lived in Royalton about 
twenty years, owning the Dr. Drake residence. He is wonder- 
fully active for a man of his age. In his young days he was a 
fine singer, and taught singing school. 

i. George Amos, b. Oct. 6, 1844, Brookfield. He m. and has 
ch.; has a wholesale and retail grocery in Boston; member of the 10th 
Vt. Vols., Co. G. 

ii. Albert Eugene, b. Aug. 11, 1848; m. Hattie M. Durkee; a 
son, George A., m. Apr. 9, 1901, Mabel H., dau. Nathan Preston. 

iii. Curtis Stanton, b. Nov. 6, 1861, Brookfield; a lawyer and 
collector of customs at Newport; county clerk for many years, and 
cashier of Chelsea Bank; on Gov. Smith's staff. 

iv. Wilson Seward, b. Nov. 9, 1863; m. and has ch.; collector 
in Boston. 

History of Royalton, Vermont 781 


1. JOHN EVANS, an original grantee of Royalton, was 
here as early as 1778, Nov. 4, when he sold 100 acres of land in 
Norwich. He was highway surveyor in 1782. In 1788 he was in 
Randolph, when he sold one of his Royalton lots. He was en- 
rolled in Capt. Joseph Parkhurst's company of militia. He is 
thought to have been the father of Cotton Evans, but the line 
of descent has not yet been positively established. 

2. i. Cotton, b. Feb. 22, 1752, Killingly, Conn. 

2. COTTON EVANS, b. Feb. 22, 1752, Killingly, Conn.; 

m. (1) Elizabeth (thought to be Lyon), who d. Nov. 25, 

1795, Roy.; bur. S. Roy. Cem. ; m. (2) Mar. 5, 1797, Roy., La- 
vina Danes. Cotton Evans is found in the first census. He 
lived at the Yuran place, and may have had potash works there. 
He also owned a place in Royalton village. He was last listed 
in 1808, and two years later he was in Sharon. He sold his pew 
there in 1812, and probably left town. He was pensioned in 
1823, then a resident of Townshend. His pension application 
stated that he was in Woodstock, Conn., when he first enlisted 
Nov., 1775, in the Co. of Capt. Converse for five months ; enlisted 
Oct., 1776, for six months; again May, 1778, seven months under 
Capt. John McGregor; again Mar., 1780, and was captured Oct. 
16, 1780, and carried to Montreal, and kept a prisoner thirteen 
months and three days. He had also other service. In 1823 
his wife Lavina was forty-eight years old, and he was seventy- 

3. i. Nathaniel (?), b. Jan. 17, 1773. 
ii. Roswell, b. 1809. 

iii. Hannah, b. 1811. 
iv. Willard, b. 1813. 

V. Eliza, b. 1818, and vi. Jane, b. 1820. He had eleven chil- 
dren in all. 

3. NATHANIEL EVANS, thought to be the son of Cotton, 
b. Jan. 17, 1773; d. June 26, 1825, Middlebury, O.; m. Sep. 8, 
1799, Nancy, dau. Daniel and Mary (Paige) Fay, b. Mar. 15, 
1781; d. July 12, 1825, Middlebury, 0.; a granddau. of Col. 
Timothy Paige of Hardwick, Mass. Nathaniel was first listed 
and took the freeman 's oath in 1796. He was last listed in 1811. 
He owned a fulling mill at the old Morgan Mills, and sold this, 
or at least the land, in 1811, and went to Bethel. Dr. Denison 
in his charges spoke of him as Capt. Evans. He is found in 
Tunbridge in 1813 and 1815. He was in Ohio as early as 1820, 
and lived in Hiram in 1823, and later in Middlebury. 

i. Harriet, b. Sep. 29, 1800, Randolph. 

ii. Eliza, b. June 16, 1802, Bethel; d. Aug. 25, 1804. 

iii. Nancy, b. Apr. 28, 1805; d. Aug. 15, 1833. 

iv. Charles Tudor, b. Sep. 12, 1806; d. 1838. 

V. Mary, b. Mar. 9, 1810, Roy. prob. 

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vi. Frances, b. Feb. 11, 1811, Roy. prob.; d. Dec. 9, 1878. 

vii. Caroline, b. Mar. 21, 1813; d. May 3, 1872. 

viii. Olive, b. Oct. 29, 1815; d. Oct. 28, 1888; m. May 25, 1841, 
Dwight Stone, b. May 14, 1817; d. June 5, 1901, Worthington, Mass.; 
cb.: (a) Julia Evans, b. Feb. 5, 1843; m. June 4, 1863, Henry Moore, 
son William and Hannah (Schwing) Neil, b. Aug. 4, 1832; res. Colum- 
bus, O.; eh.: (i) William, b. Dec. 28, 1864; m. Sep. 5, 1908, Abby Gros- 
venor Tillinghaste; a son, William, Jr., b. Nov. 1, 1909; res. Columbus, 
O.; (ii) Olive, b. Oct. 26, 1866, Columbus; (iii) Hannah, b. July 10, 
1868; m. Nov. 12, 1891, Hon. Guy W. Mallon; nine ch.; res. Cincin- 
nati, O.; (iv) Alice Josephine, b. Aug. 21, 1870; m. Dec. 31, 1902, Rev. 
Albert Neilson Slayton; one ch.; res. Newton Highlands, Mass.; (v) 
Fay, b. Mar. 7, 1872, Columbus; (vi) Florence, b. Oct. 6, 1873; m. Oct. 
6, 1896, Byron Lakin Bargar; four ch.; res. Columbus; (vii) Julia 
Stone, b. Feb. 28, 1876; m. Oct. 17, 1900, Alfred Hastings Chapin; three 
ch.; res., Springfield, Mass.; (b) Mary Olivia, b. Dec. 2, 1844; d. Oct. 
2, 1846; (c) Ellen Eliza, b. Apr. 18, 1847; d. Jan. 10, 1876; (d) Myra 
Fay, b. Mar. 7, 1849; (e) Dwight, b. Feb. 3, 1852; (f) Daniel Wood- 
bury, b. Sep. 14, 1853; d. Feb. 22, 1859. 

ix. Jane, b. Jan. 18, 1818, Alden, N. Y.; m. June 13, 1837, Lin- 
coln Kilboume, b. Oct. 19, 1810; ch.: (a) Alice Grant, b. July 9, 1838; 
m. Sep. 12, 1865, Gen. Joseph Hayden Potter, b. Nov. 12, 1822; seven 
ch.; res. Columbus; (b) James, b. Oct. 9, 1841; m. Oct. 5, 1869, Anna 
B. Wright, b. 1849; four ch.; res. Columbus; (c) Major Charles, b. Jan. 
17, 1844; m. Apr., 1868, Ada Coolidge; four ch.; wid. res. Columbus; 
(d) Fay, b. June 4, 1847; d. Aug. 10, 1857; (e) Lincoln Goodale, b. 
Apr. 4, 1849; m. July 23, 1873, Nellie Fisher; six ch.; res. Columbus. 

X. Cynthia, b. May 15, 1820; d. Mar. 1, 1821. 

xi. Cynthia Louise, b. Mar. 1, 1822; d. June 20, 1822. 
Nathaniel Evans was one of the boys captured by the Indians and 
released at the intercession of Mrs. Handy. His son Charles was the 
victim of an Indian massacre in Texas. 

RICHARD EVANS, b. 1755; d. Mar. 16, 1842, Roy.; bur. 
Roy. Broad Brook Cem. ; m. Sep. 16, 1800, Jerusha Noonan. Not 
much is known of Richard. He removed from Pomfret to Roy- 
alton and lived on Broad Brook. In Pomfret he used to remark 
that he had seen this section of country before moving here, and 
some thought he was with the British at the Royalton raid. He 
claimed to be a deserter from the British army, and that he shod 
their horses. He was an exhorter in meeting. At one time he 
described the Garden of Eden. After telling how it looked, 
what was in it, how God created man, then woman, he said, 
"And Eve took the apple from the sarpint and tasted it, and it 
tasted good, so she told Adam to taste it, and he did. Then 
they heard God calling, 'Adam, Eve, where are you?' They 
scampered away through the Garden, and God chased after them, 
and caught them, and shook them and said, 'What you been 
doing, you blood rascals?' " Mrs. Evans was the mother of 
Mrs. Noah Goff, and they probably spent their last days with her. 
He seems to have owned no land. 

History of Royalton, Vermont 783 


CAPT. LUTHER [5] FAIRBANKS (Joshua [4], Jabez 
[3], Jonas [2], Jonathan [1]), bap. July 15, 1755; d. 1836, Bar- 
nard; m. (1) Mar. 5, 1777, Lancaster, Mass., Thankful Wheelock, 
v'ho d. June 21, 1820, Pittsfield; m. (2) Anna , who d. June 

22, 1842, Castleton. Capt. Fairbanks rem. from Swanzey, N. H., 
to Barnard about 1782, and to Royalton in the early part of 
1790, when he bought one-half of W. 24 L. A., which he sold in 
the fall of 1796. In 1775 he volunteered as sergt. under Capt. 
Jonas Hubbard, Mass. Continental, and was with Arnold at Que- 
bec. While scaling the fortifications he was taken prisoner. He 
was discharged from service in 1778, and pensioned in 1818 with 
the rank of captain. 

i. Thankful [6], b. May 10, 1778, Lancaster, Mass.; d. Mar. 

23, 1849, unm. 

ii. Luther [6], b. Sep. 10, 1779. 

iii. Sally [6], b. Dec. 24, 1780, Swanzey, N. H.; m. Simeon 

iv. Abel [6], b. Mar. 1, 1784, Swanzey; d. July 5, 1806. 

V. Betsey [6], b. Oct. 2, 1785, Swanzey; m. James Dean; rem. 


to Ohio. 

vi. Eunice [6], b. May 25, 1788; m. Dec. 2, 1807, Charles Hatha- 

vii. Joshua [6], b. Jan. 30, 1793, Roy. prob. 

viii. John [6], bap. June 7, 1795, Roy.; d. 1825. 

ix. Joseph [6], b. Apr., 1796, Pittsfield. 

X. Ophelia [6], b. Pittsfield. 
LORENZO FAIRBANKS, son of Calvin and Lydia (Cham- 
berlain) Fairbanks of Barnard, d. in Austin, Minn., at the age 
of ninety-six; m. Sep. 5, 1828, Roy., Esther, dau. Jonathan and 
Esther (Stewart) Bowen, b. May 14, 1808, Roy.; d. Feb. 21, 
1903, Austin, Minn.; res.. Bethel and Roy. 

i. Alonzo, b. 1829, Chelsea; m. Jan. 1, 1850, Ellen Backus, 
who d. 1886; m. (2) Oct. 28, 1888, Calla Trumble; ch.: (a) Fred Alonzo, 
b. Mar. 6, 1852, Northfield; (b) John F., b. July 25, 1857; (c) L. Carl- 
ton, b. Aug. 13, 1866; (d) Zula, b. July 21, 1894. 

ii. Augustus, b. Jan. 29, 1831; d. June 24, 1833. 

iii. Nancy, b. Mar. 12, 1833; d. Feb. 2, 1836. 

iv. Henry Augustus, b. Nov. 14, 1835, Bethel; d. Dec. 29, 1885; 
m. Jan. 10, 1857, Mary Phillips; four ch., all d.; m. (2) Susie Fox, 
and had Lula; enlisted 1864, Co. F, 3d Vt. Vols. 

V. Luke Bowen, b. Mar. 26, 1838; d. Oct. 24, 1906-07, Austin, 
Minn.; m. Dec. 25, 1862, Caroline Frances, dau. Mark and Sarah Louisa 
(Harris) Bowen, b. Jan. 16, 1843, Roy. Served in the Civil War; cap- 
tain; settled on the Chester Clark farm abt. 1866; rem. to Kansas, 
then to Minn.; wid. res. in Austin, Minn. Ch.: (a) Samuel Pingree, 
b. Apr. 29, 1866, Roy.; (b) Henry Durant, b. Apr. 13, 1869, Brandon; 
(c) Eugene Stewart, b. Feb. 14, 1871, Ballard's Falls, Kan.; (d) Guy 
Luke, b. July 1, 1873, Windome, Minn.; (e) Dan, b. Sep. 27, 1877, Win- 
dome; (f) Lula Cora, b. Oct. 29, 1884, Windome; (g) Florence, b. June 
15, 1887, Windome. 

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vi. John, b. Mar. 24, 1840; served as corporal in Civil War; 
m. and had eight ch. 

vii. Alfred DeCalvus, b. Oct. 20, 1843; wid. res. Austin, Minn. 

viii. Charles, b. June 22, 1846; m. and has two ch. 

ix. Adelaide D., b. Dec. 31, 1853; m. Denison; res. N. 

Yakima, Wash. 


DOSTIE FANEUF, b. May 3, 1824, Can. ; d. June 19, 1908, 
Roy. ; m. Julia, dau. Maturia and Julia Blair, b. 1827, Can. ; d. 
Apr. 15, 1889, Roy. ; res., Pomfret, Barnard, Roy. Mr, Faneuf 
rem. to Roy. about 1867. He was a farmer and blacksmith, one 
of the best blacksmiths which the town has ever had, reliable and 
honest. He was a man well regarded in the community. 

1. Dostie, b. Jan. 20, 1845; d. Dec. 25, 1896, Roy.; m. Delia, 
dau. Antoine and Harriet (Nichols) Brooks, b. 1846, Montgomery; d. 
Feb. 1, 1899; ch.: (a) Herbert E., b. 1869, Pomfret; m. Dec. 22, 1892, 
Josephine, dau. Benj. and Clara (Little) Swanson, b. 1875, Vershire; 

(b) Arthur, b. 1871; (c) Henry H., b. 1873, Roy.; (d) Lee, b. Apr. 16, 
1875, Roy.; (e) Frederick Severn, b. May 10, 1878, Roy.; (f) James A. 
Garfield, b. Sep. 14, 1881, Roy.; (g) Pearl, b. 1883 (?); (h) Florence 
Evelyn, b. Nov. 6, 1887, Roy. 

ii. Adeline, b. 1847, Pomfret; d. in Pomfret; bur. in Hewitt- 
ville Cem. 

iii. Eugene, b. Oct. 25, 1848; m. Oct. 25, 1873, Harriet Alberta, 
dau. Lorenzo P. and Harriet (Tenney) Honey, b. June 3, 1854; d. Apr. 
24, 1902, Roy.; ch.: (a) Ethel Claire, b. Feb. 22, 1875, Roy.; m. Chester 
Sanborn (See); (b) Aimee Harriet, b. May 13, 1879; d. Nov. 22, 1905; 

(c) Eugene Gerald, b. Mar. 3, 1881; m. 1901, Jennie Mandy, dau. Riley 
G. and Jane (Russ) Rogers, b. 1886, Roy.; ch.: (i) Geraldine Maria, 
b. Mar. 13, 1902, Roy.; (ii) Leston, b. Mar. 5, 1904, Roy.; (d) Erie 
Honey, b. Aug. 22, 1883, Roy.; m. Feb. 26, 1907, Margaret Ann, dau. 
John E. and Mary Ann (Boylin) Sloan, b. 1881, Framingham, Mass.; 
ch.: (i) Hattie Maria, b. June 4, 1908, Roy. 

iv. Henry, b. 1850; d. in Pomfret. 

V. Charles, b. 1852, Pomfret; d. July 6, 1878, Roy.; m. July 
30, 1874, Eliza, dau. Antoine and Harriet (Nichols) Brooks, b. 1855, 
Montgomery; ch.: (a) Wilfred George, b. Oct. 16, 1876, Roy.; d. Sep. 
14, 1878. 

vi. Emma, b. Dec. 14, 1854; m. Adelbard Pigeon, b. in Can.; 
ch.: (a) Albert A., b. May 4, 1878, Roy. 

vii. George, b. 1856. 

viii. Melvina, b. 1858. 
' ix. Clara Melissa, b. 1860; d. 1861. 

X. Edmund, b. 1861, Pomfret; m. Addle L., dau. Foster and 
Ruth (Luce) Shattuck, b. 1862, Hartland. 

xi. Capitola, b. 1863; m. Walter Chadwick; ch.: (a) Clara C, 
b. Aug. 30, 1892, Roy. 

xii. Ella, b. 1868, Roy.; m. Aug. 18, 1894, Felix DeCoste, son 
Andrew and Harriet (Dubois) DeCoste, b. 1868, Can. 

xiii. Clara M., b. 1870; m. Roland H. Burnham; ch.: Sarah A., 
b. Feb. 14, 1895. 

JONAS FAY, b. Nov. 14, 1768, N. H.; d. Oct. 30, 1830, 
Roy., bur. Barnard ; m. 1793, Mary, dau. DeWolfe and Margaret 

History of Royalton, Vermont 785 

(Shayes) Barnes, b. July 9, 1778, Barnard; d. Apr. 15, 1841, 
Roy. ]\Ir. Fay rem. from Barnard to Royalton in 1791, and 
bought W. 21 L. A. His large family of children were probably 
all born in Royalton. 

i. Silas, b. Jan. 20, 1794. 
*ii. Susannah, b. Mar. 13, 1797; m. Luther Rugg. 

iii. Nancy, b. Jan. 17, 1799; m. Foster Swift of Potsdam, Sep., 

iv. Mary, b. May 25, 1803; m. Mar. 18, 1845, Calvin Russ of 
Tunbridge; no ch. 

V. James, b. June 14, 1804 (?); d. Jan. 31, 1805. He was 
> standing in a chair before the fireplace, and reaching out his hands 
^ to warm them, fell face downward into the fire. 

vi. James, b. June 2 or 26, 1805; m. Dec. 9, 1830, Jerusha 

vii. Thomas Barnes, b. Nov. 9, 1807; d. Aug. 26, 1872, Bethel; 
m. (1) Nov., 1831, Hannah, dau. William Walcott, b. July 11. 1811. 
Barnard; d. Oct. 23, 1852, Roy.; m. (2) Apr. 3, 1863, Bethel, Mrs. Julia 
A.; dau. Oliver Belcher, b. 1821, Stockbridge; ch.: (a) Franklin M., 
b. June 21, 1833; d. Feb. 1, 1868, Salem, Mass.; res. Conn., Boston, 
Salem, Mass.; (b) Chauncey W., b. Aug. 8, 1838; res., MontpeliRr, 
Northfield, Haydensville, Mass.; (c) Helen M., b. June 13, 1842; m. 
Henry C. Smith; (d) Frances Adelaide, b. Apr. 19, 1844; m. Mar. 9, 
1864, Edgar R., son R. S. and Orilla (Jones) Shedd, b. 1842, Bethel; 
res.. Bethel; (e) Hannah W., b. Oct. 3, 1852; m. Sam. B. Day (See). 

viii. Carlos, b. June 27, 1811. 

ix. William, b. June 17, 1813; d. Feb. 20, 1897, Roy.; m. Dec. 
17, 1836, Elizabeth, dau. John Walcott; res., Roy. and Potsdam, N. Y. 
Ch.: (a) Henry; (b) Jonas A., b. Apr. 3, 1841, Roy.; d. Apr. 15, 1876; 
(c) Laura Jane, b. Apr. 4, 1844; m. Charles A. Lyman (See); (d) 
Sarah, d. young, prob. older than Laura. 

*x. Deborah, b. Jan. 14, 1816; m. Aurin Luce. 

xi. Orin, b. Jan. 30, 1818. 

xii. Charles, b. Dec. 8, 1820; d. Jan. 22, 1890; m. Jan. 10, 1842, 
Elizabeth, dau. John and Polly (Bachelder) Marshall of Strafford, b. 
Jan. 27, 1825; d. Nov. 5, 1902, Roy. Mr. Fay lived on the John Mar- 
shall place, near the Sever schoolhouse. He was a thrifty farmer, and 
a highly respected citizen. His wife was a woman possessing many 
superior qualities. Mr. Pay was a trusted officer of the town, serving 
as selectman 1868-71. Ch.: (a) Alba Marshall, b. July 16, 1845; d. Feb. 
1, 1863. at Fairfax Court House, Va.; bur. N. Roy. Cem.; member 16th 
Vt. Vols., Co. A.; (b) Alice Louise, b. Dec. 8, 1864; m. John Hinkley 

xiii. George W., b. Feb. 22, 1823; m. and had four ch.; res., 
Menasha, Wis.; 1st Asst. Surg. 32nd Wis. Vol. Inft, 1862-65; U. S. land 
agent, 1875-96; d. May 11, 1896, Huron, S. D.; grad. of Dartmouth Med. "^aV- 7' 
Coll., 1848. f\^r :■ ,. -- - ^ I 

DAVID RAY, m. (1) Anna — , b. 1774; d. July 16, 1799, 
Roy.; m. (2) Aug. 7, 1808, Mary Burton of Norwich. Nothing 
further is known of his family. He was first listed in 1791, and 
last listed in 1809. In 1792 he bought W. 37 L. A. He and 
Jonas seem to have come to Royalton together, and may have 
been brothers. -; ■■■ ■ 

t\ *aA 

\SH.^ - >^ ^^ 

786 History of Royalton, Vermont 


JOHN FEE, son of Philip, b. 1806, Ireland; d. Jan. 2, 
1904, Roy. ; bur. S. Roy. Cem. ; m. Jan. 3, , Ireland, Kath- 
arine Nelson, dan. John and Ann Doyle of Ireland, b. 1824; d. 
Nov. 10, 1910, Roy. Mr. Fee rem. from Randolph to Royalton 
in the 1850 's. 

i. Mary, b. Mar., 1847; d. May 13, 1861. 

il. Philip, b. July 25, 1849. 

ill. Lawrence, b. Sep. 28, 1851; d. in Fla. 

iv. Robert, b. Apr. 4, 1855, Randolph; m. Apr. 4, 1888, Minnie, 
dau. Henry and Emma (Button) Woodward, b. 1866, Bridgewater; ch.: 
(a) Flossie Hannah, b. Nov. 30, 1894, Roy.; (b) William Robert, b. 
Sep. 15, 1900, Roy.; (c) Emma Katherine, b. June 17, 1905, Roy. 

V. Ellen, b. Nov. 5, 1853; d. Mar. 19, 1873. 

vi. Jennie, b. May 12, 1857; m. Sep. 9, 1888, James H., son 
James and Sarah (Dooley) Griffin, b. 1860, Granville, N. Y.; ch.: (a) 
Florence Louise, b. Dec. 23, 1893, Roy.; (b) Jennie Gladys, b. Aug. 1, 
1898, Roy. 

vii. Hannah, b. June 10, 1859, Roy.; d. Apr. 28, 1899. 

viii. Emma, b. Oct. 15, 1861; m. Aug. 18, 1886, Frank Demeritt. 


THOMAS FELCH, d. between Oct. 15 and Dee. 8, 1853; 
m. twice; m. (2) 1848, Mrs. Sally (Gould) Stockwell, dau. Jo- 
seph and Sarah Gould, and wid. David Stockwell, b. June 2, 
1795, Enfield, N. H. ; d. May 28, 1895, Roy. Mrs. Felch died in 
Royalton village almost 100 years old. She was kindly cared 
for in her last days by Miss Celia Sherman. She owned the his- 
toric old "red store." Her face can be seen in one of the cuts. 
In her youth she worked for Dr. James Corbin of Newport at 
seventy-five cents a week. Here she became acquainted with 
Mr. Stockwell. On her wedding day she attended church in the 
forenoon, and in the afternoon, dressed in white, she rode on a 
horse behind Mr. Stockwell to the house of a minister in Grant- 
ham, N. H., and was married. Her husband was a widower with 
six boys, five of whom lived at home. Her father's family was 
a musical one, and she sang the old hymns until a few weeks 
before her death. Her funeral occurred just seventy-eight years 
from the day she was first married. Mr. Felch removed from 
Henniker, N. H., to Royalton about 1851, and settled near Ha- 


i. Thomas, b. July 11, 1791; d. Oct. 18, 1853. 

ii. Hannah, b. Sep. 7, 1801; d. Mar. 22, 1845. 

iii. Serena B., b. July 19, 1822; m. Zadock Dustin. 

iv. William B., b. Oct. 8, 1824; in Northfield in 1852. 

V. Walter, b. May 8, 1828. 

vi. Judith B., b. Feb. 22, 1830; m. Moses R. Wood. 
■^ vii. Wallace, b. Mar. 10, 1832; in Northfield in 1853. 

viii. Wesley, b. May 26, 1836. 

ix. Elvira, b. Mar. 25, 1839; d. June 30, 1840. 

X. Wooster, b. Oct. 15, 1841; res., Manchester, N. H. 

History of Koyalton, Vermont 787 

SALLY GOULD, m. May 30, 1817, David [4] (David [3], 
David [2]. David [1]) Stockwell, b. July 5, 1784; d. Feb. 3, 
1847; he m. (1) May 28, 1803, Esther Emerson of Croyden, 
N. H., who d. Oct. 6, 1816, leaving eight ch. Children of David 
Stockwell : 

i. Nancy, b. Dec. 4, 1804; d. Aug. 5, 1816; m. C. Hicks, son 
of David; had five ch.; res., Weathersfield. 

ii. Clark, b. June 29, 1805; d. Aug. 29, 1872; lived in Roy. 
some years; house joiner; went West, but d. Keene, N. H.; five ch.: 
Jarvis, Melissa, Walter, Albert, George, Edwin. Jarvis, a carpenter, 
m. Caroline Clark of Barnard, and res. Barnard; Melissa, m. Isaac 
Davis of Barnard; two sons; rem. to Marlborough, N. H.; Walter, a 
joiner; Albert, m. and has one ch.; he and mother live together in 
Keene, N. H. ; George, d. unm. ; was in the army, came home on a fur- 
lough, and died in Keene; Edwin enlisted; lost his health and came 
home; m. and wife d. in about two weeks, Keene. 

iii. Alvin, b. June 26, 1808; d. Feb. 10, 1878; m. twice; settled 
in New York. 

iv. Solomon, b. Aug. 15, 1810. 

V. Benjamin, b. June 6, 1812; d. Jan. 18, 1855; m. (1) Sally 
Brown of Croyden, N. H.; m. (2) Mary Seaver of Manchester, N. H.; 
four ch. 

vi. Edmond, b. Feb. 9, 1815; d. Dec. 3, 1873; went to Boston; 
police officer some years; m. (1) Mary Ann Estey; m. (2) Mehitable 
Weeks; eight ch. ; capable, free-hearted man. 

vii. Austin, b. Mar. 29, 1816-17; brought up by Giles Stock- 
well; m. Melissa Fletcher of Newport, N. H.; six ch.; went twice round 
Cape Horn to Cal., where he staid ten years. 

viii. Elias, b. Nov. 28, 1818; d. Jan. 27, 1819. 

ix. William, b. Jan. 18, 1820; d. Mar. 10, 1847; m. Angeline 
Wakefield of Newport, N. H.; ch.: Marian and Elbridge A.; a man of 
much ingenuity and energy. 

X. Alanson V., b. Sep. 10, 1821; d. July 13, 1857; teacher and 
agent; lost the use of one arm from paralytic shock; m. Mary N. Cham- 
berlin of Dummerston, and had Lucius and George W.; was in blooded 
sheep business; res. Brattleboro. 

xi. Phimela P., b. Aug. 13, 1823; d. Sep. 21, 1846; m. Oct. 31, 
1844 Hiram N. Nutt, M. D., of Amsterdam, N. Y.; settled in Alstead, 
N. H. 

xii. Marinda, b. June 28, 1825; m. Chauncey W. Smith of 
Croyden, a blacksmith, and had Carlos W., Henry W., Frank, Charles, 
Henry, and Emma Louisa. 


DAVID FISH was one of the original grantees of the town, 
and seems to have lived here until his death. From the Perrin 
diaries it was learned that his funeral was held ]\Iay 22, 1795, 

and he was called deacon. He m. Sybil , who after his 

death, on Sep. 13, 1798, married Comfort Sever, and later they 
are found in Jefferson, N. Y. David's home seems to have been 
in District Six. His heirs were Nathan, Rufus, John, David, 
Elijah, Elisha, Joseph, Sybil, Sally. The Perrin diaries tell us 

788 History of Royalton, Vermont 

that Sally's funeral was held at Esquire Sever 's June 3, 1804. 
Joseph and Nathan were also original grantees, neither of whom 
seem to have lived in town much if any after 1790. Jacob was 
listed until 1804. Mr. Perrin again tells us that the funeral of 
Jacob was held Feb. 7, 1804. He married Clarissa Davis, whose 
funeral Mr. Perrin attended Sep. 20, 1806, at Dea. Davis' in 
Randolph, and Bezaleel Davis settled the estate. His children 
were Ira, Polly, and Clarissa, who married a Chase of Hanover. 
Polly was with her sister in 1824, and Ira was then in Bethel. 
In 1819 Joseph was in Great Bend, Pa. He is found in the rec- 
ords from 1782 to 1787. He served in Capt. Jo. Parkhurst's 
Co. of militia. Nathan and Elisha went to Canada. 

LEWIS SPENCER PISH, son of Ansel and Sarah Fish, 
b. July 3, 1812, Randolph; d. May 11, 1876, Roy.; m. Feb. 12, 
1839, Nancy A., dau. John and Polly (Bachelder) Marshall, b. 
Mar. 30, 1816; d. Dec. 28, 1881, Roy. Mr. Fish settled in the 
west part of town in 1859. He was in trade for a time with 
Downer, the firm being Fish and Downer. He was a clerk with 
Downer and Nevens and afterwards a clerk at Randolph. His 
farm was near the Sewall farm. He was captain of a militia 
company at one time. 

*i. Sarah Jane, b. Nov. 3, 1839; m. Ira Curtiss. 

ii. John Marshall, b. Dec. 7, 1841, Roy.; d. Aug. 19, 1861, 
Phila., Pa.; he was coming home on a furlough, was taken sick on the 
way; member of 2nd Vt. Vols.; in battle of Bull Run; bur. N. Roy. Cem. 

iii. Fanny Cady, b. Aug. 3, 1845, Roy.; m. Feb. 26, 1878, Bethel, 
William S., son Israel and Harriet P. Tucker, b. 1847, Randolph; ch.: 
(a) Jennie M., b. Nov. 7, 1884, Roy. 

iv. Adella R., b. Jan. 27, 1849, Roy.; d. May 11, 1874, Roy. 
EDGAR JOHN FISH, M. D., son of John Perry and Ann 
Vashti (Dufur) Fish, b. Feb. 7, 1851, Washington; m. July 28, 
1872, Barre, Eliza Ann, dau. George H. and Eunice Allen (Rams- 
dell) Lyman, b. June 19, 1848, Washington. See "Medical Pro- 
fession," and "Fraternal Organizations," to many of which Dr. 
and Mrs. Fish belong. The parents of Dr. Fish were tenderly 
cared for during their last years in his home in S. Royalton. 

i. John Euclid Lyman, b. July 30, 1873, Washington; m. June 
6, 1901, Ann Eliza, dau. Dr. Story Norman and Ann Eliza (Vincent) 
Goss of Chelsea, b. Feb. 21, 1875, Chelsea; ch.: (a) Dorothy Lucile, 
b. Mar. 16, 1902, S. Roy.; (b) Martha Elizabeth, b. Nov. 19, 1904, Mel- 
rose, Mass.; (c) John Euclid, b. June 22, 1910, Canton, Mass. Dr. Fish 
was educated in Royalton Academy, graduated from Dartmouth in 
1896, practiced a year with his father; appointed to a position on the 
medical staff of Taunton, Mass., Hospital for the Insane, which he held 
four years; medical visitor for Mass. State Board of Insanity six years; 
now superintendent of Mass. Hospital School for Crippled and Deformed 
Children at Canton, Mass. 

ii. Harold D., b. Aug. 13, 1883, Tunbridge; grad. of S. Roy. 
high school; grad. of Dartmouth with A. B. degree, 1907; advertising 
agent for the "Auto Era," a magazine published at Atlanta, Ga., in the 
interests of the automobile. 

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JOHN [5] FLINT (Gideon [4], John [3], John [2], Thos. 
[1]), b. Feb. 13, 1760; d. Jan. 24, 1832, Granville; m. (1) Phi- 
lena, dau. Bartholomew Flint, b. Apr. 4, 1762 or 1764, Windham 
(?), Conn.; d. Oct. 5, 1805, Roy.; bur. S. Roy. Gem.; m. (2) 
Mrs. Desiah (King) Gilligan, who d. Apr. 5, 1864, Granville, 
aged ninety-two years; b. Tolland (?), Conn. 

John Flint's father died when he was about four. At the 
age of sixteen he served on board a privateer, which preyed on 
British commerce during the Revolution. The gun which he 
carried is still in existence. When he came to Vermont, he went 
up as far as Middlebury, and then chose Royalton as a place for 
trade. See "Industries" for his business here. He was in Roy- 
alton in 1794, and last listed in 1807. The children are not ar- 
ranged in order of birth, 

i. Gideon [6], b. 1781; m. Olive Emerson of Rochester; d. 

*ii. Betsey [6], b. July 12, 1783; m. Ira Havens. 

iii. Bela [6], b. 1786; d. May 1, 1859, Roy. He was eccentric, 
and this developed into something like insanity. He never married. 
He was a great walker, and made nothing of "footing it" to Boston and 
back. On one occasion he started with the stage, and trotted into Roy- 
alton before the stage arrived. Once when overtaken and asked to 
ride, he replied, "No, I'm in a hurry." 

iv. Fanny [6], m. Eleazer Kendall of Granville. 

V. Harvey [6], d. at age of twenty-two in Rochester. 

vi. John [6], m. and d. New Bedford, Mass. 

vii. Royal [6], b. Aug. 1, 1799, Roy.; d. Oct. 2, 1869, Hancock; 
m. Dec. 28, 1808, Harriet, dau. Col. John Hackett of Hancock, who d. 
Aug. 11, 1881. Merchant in Hancock, and postmaster many years; ch.: 
(a) Harriet [7], b. Nov. 6, 1835; d. May 16, 1861; m. B. T. Lombard; 
no ch. living; (b) Harvey [71, b. Apr. 25, 1837; d. May 20, 1899; m. 
Annie Dean; no ch.; (c) John H. [7], b. Feb. 18, 1840; d. Nov. 20, 
1875; m. Helen Andrus; ch.: (i) John W. [8], an accountant in Nat. 
Ins. Co.'s office, Montpelier; (ii) Homer Abiel [8], rector of Episcopal 
church, Montpelier; m. dau. of Hon. Frank Plumley; (d) Royal [7], b. 
Mar. 24, 1843; d. in infancy; (e) Rolla [7], b. Aug. 1, 1845; d. Apr. 7, 
1904; m. May 6, 1874, Hattie, dau. Albert H. and Hannah (Vinton) 
Flint; ch.: (i) Ada M. [8], b. Sep. 12, 1874; m. Almon W. Norton; (ii) 
Charles E. [8], b. Dec. 18, 1879; unm.; (iii) Anna Hattie [8], b. Nov. 
5, 1882; (iv) Frances Folsom [8], b. June 4, 1886. 

viii. Nathan [6], d. young. 

ix. Joseph [6], b. Aug. 11, 1807, Roy.; d. Oct. 5, 1896, Gran- 
ville; m. Dec. 7, 1831, Rochester, Hannah, dau. Ezra and Hannah (Aus- 
tin) Washburn; ch.: (a) John [7], b. Aug., 1832; d. Jan. 24, 1841; (b) 
Hannah, b. Mar. 10, 1837; d. June 4, 1890; m. Sep. 29, 1858, O. R. Eaton; 
ch.: (i) Alice [8], b. Feb. 4, 1861; m. Jan. 15, 1895, William Downing 
of Poughkeepsie, N. Y. ; res., Brooklyn, N. Y.; (ii) Herman [8], twin 
of Alice; d. Sep. 29, 1881; (iii) Lulu [8], b. Nov. 21, 1867; m. S. H. 
Kent of Rochester; (c) Isabel [7], b. July 9, 1839; m. Oct. 3, 1860, 
V. W. Allbee; ch.: (i) Lillian F. [8], m. H. A. Utley of Amherst, Mass., 
and has two sons; (ii) Julian R. [8], of Springlield, Mass.; (d) George 
[7], b. Dec. 3, 1841; d. Mar. 16, 1846; (e) Ella [7], b. July 21, 1844; 

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m. Sep. 4, 1866, G. W. Eaton; one ch., Mrs. William Loves (?) of Col.; 
(f) Lucien [7], b. May, 1848; d. Aug. 3, 1848; (g) Royal Julian [7], 
b. Jan. 3, 1850; m. (1) Oct. 23, 1872, Mary L., dau. Alden and Clarissa 
(Rice) Lamb; m. (2) Mar. 2, 1887, Mary E. (Ball) Green of New York 
City; ch.: (i) George L., b. May 24, 1875; d. Sep. 3, 1891; (ii) Eunice 
H., b. Feb. 22, 1877; m. R. H. Coy of New York City. Royal J. was 
educated in Randolph Normal; a surveyor and farmer in Bethel; (h) 
Alice Julia [7], b. Oct. 31, 1852; d. June 16, 1855. 

X. Benjamin [6], b. May 30, 1809, Rochester; d. Burlington, 
la., unm.; teacher of penmanship. 

xi. George [6], b. Sep. 3, 1811, Rochester; went West and never 
heard from; supposed to have been murdered. 

Thomas Flint came from Wales about 1640, and settled in Salem, 
Mass. John Flint rem. from Royalton to Rochester, where he had a 
store and potash works as in this town. He was the first postmaster 
in Rochester, and town clerk. 

ELISHA [6] FLINT (Benjamin [5], Nathaniel [4], Nath. 
[3], Joseph [2], Thomas [1]), b. Aug. 30, 1781, Hampton, 
Conn.; d. Sep. 25, 1877, Koy.; m. (1) Patty Wood; m. (2) Bet- 
sey Oxvis, b. Mar. 10, 1793; d. Mar. 2, 1826; m. (3) Polly Keyes, 
b. Aug. 23, 1786 ; d. Feb. 1, 1891, Eoy. The first four children 
were by the first wife, the last two by the third wife. Mr. Flint 
rem, to Royalton about 1841, and settled below S. Royalton. He 
was a man of means and good standing in the community, a sup- 
porter of, and generous contributor to, the M. E. church. 
*i. Sally [7], b. June 25, 1807; m. Ora Osgood. 

ii. Chester [7], b. Dec. 31, 1808; d. July 26, 1S50, unm. 

iii. Sophia [7], b. Aug. 12, 1810; m. Samuel Elliot; son, George 
F., b. April, 1845; d. Oct. 12, 1846. 

iv. Patty [7]. 

v. Susannah Emeline [7], b. April, 1815 (?); d. an infant. 

vi. Susannah Emeline [7], b. Nov. 5, 1817; d. Feb. 19, 1855; 
m. Stillman Lawton, and had two ch., one Fred [8]. Mr. Lawton d. 
Mar. 1, 1865; both bur. S. Roy. Cem. 

vii. Joseph Henry [7], b. Sep. 3, 1819; d. Newport; son, C. M., 
res. there; m. June 22, 1847, Sarah R. Bruce, who m. (2) Mr. Smith. 

viii. Benjamin [7], b. Mar. 7, 1821; d. Sep. 19, 1900, Roy.; m. 
May 31, 1854, Jeannette, dau. Chester and Lucy (Mosher) Doubleday, 
b. Mar. 20, 1836. Mr. Flint was a thrifty farmer, and a man of excel- 
lent reputation. They had no children of their own, but adopted two: 
*(a) Hattie Marilla, dau. Amos Fiske Willard, b. Mar. 25, 1854; m. 
Kendrick Woodward; (b) Charles E., b. 1871, Stockbridge; m. June 30, 
1892, Nellie E., dau. M. H. and Mary (Bruce) Ryan, b. 1867, Worcester; 
ch.: (i) Benjamin Craig, b. June 6, 1896, Roy.; (ii) Marion Gertrude, 
b. Jan. 12, 1899, Roy. 

ix. Charles [7], b. Feb. 10, 1823; m. Mandana Bennett. 
*x. Catherine [7], b. Dec. 5, 1824; m. Richard Wills. 

xi. Betsey [7], b. Mar. 16, 1828; d. Mar. 19, 1860. 

xii. Jonas Keyes [7], b. July 29, 1830, Brookline; d. Jan. 19, 
1902, Roy. Mr. Flint lived in S. Royalton, where he had a meat market 
for some time. He was noted for kindliness of heart. His last illness 
v.'as long and trying, but he bore it all with patience and submission. 
Ch.: (a) Ida [8], m. Edward Wilson of Bethel; res., Franklin, N. H., 
where she has a milliner's shop; (b) Otis H. [8], b. Apr. 6, 1861, Roy.; 
m, July 7, 1882, Addie M., dau. John and Mary Reynolds, b. Aug. 23, 

History op Royalton, Vermont 791 

1861, Tunbridge; ch.: (i) John Edward [9], b. Apr. 5, 1883, Tunb.; 
(ii) Harold Otis [9], b. Apr. 4, 1896, Tunb.; Mr. Flint is a mail car- 
rier; res., S. Roy.; (c) George Edward [8], b. Aug. 21, 1886, Roy.; m. 
Aug. 22, 1890, Julia Etta, dau. Collamer P. and Ervilla E. (Hackett) 
Abbott, b. Aug. 29, 1869, Tunb.; d. July 1, 1910, Roy.; ch.: (i) Glenn 
[9], b. Apr. 10, 1893; shoemaker, S. Roy. 


EICHARD FLYNN, b. 1746; d. June 14, 1817, Roy.; m, 
Mary Record, b. 1762 ; d. June 26, 1835, Roy. ; both bur. Havens 
Cem. Mr. Flynn bought four tracts of land in 1799, located at 
Havensville. His daughters Polly and Rhoda bought a house in 
Royalton village in 1856, and spent their last days there. 
./ *i. Betsey, or Elizabeth, b. July 17, 1780; m. "Elisha Rix. 
/ il. Lucretia, m. Aug. 28, 1808, John Nichols of Amherst, N. H. 

iii. Lucy, b. 1791; d. Nov. 25, 1831. 

iv. Polly, b. Apr. 6, 1794, Dudley, Conn.; d. Aug. 22, 1870, Roy. 

V. Sarah, m. Mar. 25, 1810, Benjamin Gushing of Lyndon. 

vi. Rhoda, b. Feb. 21, 1799; d. June 4, 1878, Roy. 

vii. Charles; in Lyndon in 1822. 
MICHAEL FLYNN, son of Michael and Fanny (Child) 
Flynn, b. Aug. 1, 1790, Bethel; d. Jan. 17, 1855, Dekalb, 111.; 
m. Apr. 29, 1816, Hannah Huntington, dau. Stephen and Han- 
nah (Huntington) Cleveland, b. Feb. 3, 1796, Bethel; d. Feb. 16, 
1865, Dekalb, 111. In 1817 Michael bought a farm in W. 39 
L. A., and lived in Royalton for some years, returning to Bethel. 
He was in the Bethel Co. of militia that went to Plattsburgh, 
N. Y., in War of 1812. 

i. Charles Edward, b. Feb. 8, 1817, Bethel; d. Jan. 13, 1877, 
Minneapolis, Minn.; m. and had ch.; a druggist. 

ii. James William, b. Aug. 31, 1819, Roy.; d. May 16, 1822, Roy, 

iii. George Johnson, b. Feb. 17, 1822, Roy.; m. Sep. 12, 1843, 
Matilda Townsend, Coltonville, 111.; three ch. 

iv. Hannah Huntington, b. Mar. 19, 1824, Roy.; unm.; res., 

v. Susan Cleveland, b. July 8, 1826, Roy.; d. Manson, la., July 
23, 1881; m. May 13, 1857, Cleveland, O., Samuel Andrews. 

vi. Henry Michael, b. Dec. 8, 1828, Roy.; m. Mar. 23, 1876, 
Union, Wis., Mary Elizabeth Slawson; several ch. 

vii. Harriet Elizabeth, b. June 26, 1831, Roy.; m. Dec. 31, 1854, 
Edward Hamlin, a merchant; two ch. 

viii. Mary Jane, b. Dec. 19, 1833, Bethel; m. (1) Feb. 22, 1852, 
Dr. Thos. Scott Rodman; m. (2) Dr. Jean H. Broadus; no ch. 

ix. James William, b. Apr. 24, 1836, Bethel; m. Jan. 23, 1858, 
Sarahette Lucy Woodworth; several ch. 


MARTIN DEWEY [6] FOLLETT (Martin D. [5], Eli- 
phalet [4], Lieut. Benjamin, Jr. [3], Benj. [2], Robert [1]), b. 
July, 1793; d. Sep. 18, 1865, Roy.; m. Feb. 12, 1816, Pomfret, 
Lurania Winchell, b. May 9, 1797, Granville, Mass. In 1854 

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Mr, FoUett bought the Linnaeus Bugbee plaee on Broad Brook. 
See "War of 1812," for military record. 

i. Sally Persis [7], b. Feb. 20, 1817, Enosburg. 

ii. Truman [7], b. Mar. 6, 1820, Enosburg; d. 1823. 
*iii. Lucy F. [7], b. Feb. 23, 1823, Enosburg; m. Harry Goff. 

iv. Ammi [7], b. Feb. 12, 1825, Enosburg; d. Dec. 20, 1898, 
Somervllle, Mass.; m. Apr. 4, 1848, Lydia Arvilla, dau. Phineas Dodge, 
b. May 20, 1826, Johnson; d. Oct. 7, 1906, Somervllle. He res. in Roy. 
and Sharon. He was a very capable man in settling estates, and held 
important town offices, representing Sharon in 1880-81. He was also 
deacon and chorister of the Congregational church in Sharon. He was 
a dairy farmer. His wife was noted for her sweetness of disposition 
and gentle courtesy. They are buried in E. Barnard. Ch.: (a) Persis 
H. [8], b. Mar. 8, 1849; m. Apr. 10, 1902, Levi, son Levi and Laura 
(Hewitt) Belknap of E. Barnard; res., Pittsburg, Kan.; (b) Dodge [8], 
b. and d. an infant; (c) Frederick C. [8], b. July 27, 1855, Pomfret; 
d. Apr. 18, 1857, Roy.; (d) Ammi Ward [8], b. Jan. 27, 1858, Roy.; 
m. Carrie Belle, dau. Charles S. Gove, b. Mar. 10, 1867, Boston, Mass.; 
no ch.; grad. from Dartmouth Med. Coll., 1881; general practitioner in 
Somervllle, Mass., since 1888; (e) Lucy Arvilla [8], b. June 15, 1860, 
Roy.; m. Aug. 17, 1880, Alson C, son Alonzo S. Ralph, b. Apr. 16, 1858, 
Lincoln; grad. Randolph Normal, 1876; ch.: (i) Marvin E. [9], b. May 
24, 1884; (ii) Earle K. [9], b. Dec. 27, 1891; res., Somervllle, Mass.; 
(f) Marian Elizabeth [8], b. May 26, 1866, Sharon; d. Mar., 1883. 

V. Norman [7], b. June 6, 1827, Berkshire; d. Apr. 18, 1890, 
Cameron, Mo.; m. June 20, 1850, Roy., Augusta, dau. Howard and Sarah 
Leonard, b. Aug. 16, 1826, Sharon; d. Mar. 6, 1895, Omaha, Neb.; bur. 
Cameron, Mo. Both Norman Follett and his brother Ammi were sing- 
ers. Norman possessed a fund of humor, and was always welcomed in 
social circles. He lived on Broad Brook. Ch.: (a) Martin Dewey [8], 
b. Jan. 13, 1852; d. Apr. 16, 1894; m. Feb. 4, 1882, Cameron, Mo., Lizzie 
Clevenger; ch.: (i) Norman [9], b. Nov. 18, 1882; (ii) Augusta [9], 
b. July 11, 1885; res. Kansas City; (iii) Martha Lurania [9], b. Nov. 
16, 1889; married, as is also Norman, who has a son; (b) Martha Lu- 
rania [8], twin of Martin; m. Mar. 28, 1872, Cameron, Mo., Charles H. 
Rollins; ch.: (i) Lura P. [9], b. July 10, 1873; m. Sep. 26, 1894, Samuel 
W. Norton; res. Kansas City; ch.: Paul Roscoe [10], b. July 17, 1895; 
Samuel R. [10], b. Jan. 26, 1897; Lura Katharine [10], b. Nov. 
26, 1899; the three b. Providence, R. L; (ii) Ralph Follett [9], b. Nov. 16, 
1878; (iii) Leon Follett [9], b. July 4, 1882, Cameron, Mo.; (c) Ella 
F. [8], b. Jan. 9, 1857; m. Jan. 18, 1881, Cameron, Mo., John R. Cannon; 
res. Chicago, HI.; ch.: (i) Lucile F. [9], b. Mar., 1883; (ii) Howard 
Renwick [9], b. Apr., 1890. 


CHARLES PAINE FOLSOM, son of Eli Stedman, the son 
of Smith, the son of Stephen, b. May 30, 1869, Tunbridge; m. 
Dec. 25, 1890, Maud Louise, dau. Greorge W. and Ellen (Bliss) 
Preston, b. May 13, 1871. Mr. Folsom has been a clerk for many 
years in the stores of George H. Manchester and George Dewey, 
attending chiefly to the plumbing business. He is also a musi- 
cian, and has been a member of the choir in the Congregational 
church for several years. 

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i. Bernice Ellen, b. Oct. 3, 1891; grad. S. Roy. high school; 

ii. Infant dau., b. Apr. 24, 1894. 

ill. Laurence Preston, b. Mar. 11, 1896. 


JEREMIAH FOSTER, son of Joshua and Jane (Shaw) 
Foster, b. May 1, 1805; d. Dec. 1, 1853, Chicago; m. May 23, 
1838, Laura Farnham, dau. Amos and Jerusha (Rix) Hutchin- 
son, b. Aug. 6, 1811, Tunbridge ; d. Sep. 16, 1890, Roy. 

i. Edward, b. Mar. 31, 1839, Tunb.; d. Mar. 10, 1897, Roy.; 
m. May 16, 1865, Juliette Eliza, dau. John and Eliza (Button) Mcin- 
tosh, b. May 7, 1845, Bethel. Mr. Foster was in business in S. Royalton 
many years, and was a man universally liked for his many genial quali- 
ties. Ch.: (a) Heber King, b. Feb. 16, 1866, Roy.; flour, grain, and 
coal dealer; (b) Nellie Maud, b. Dec. 24, 1867, Roy.; m. John C. Shep- 
ard (See); (c) Jessie Mabel, b. Jan. 31, 1870, Roy.; m. Nov. 17, 1891, 
Archibald J., son Alden and Harriet (McAllister) Slack; ch.: (i) Mar- 
jorie, b. Sep. 19, 1893; (ii) Dorothy Callahan, b. Aug., 1905; (iii) 
Norma, b. Sep. 16, 1907; (d) Alice Prentiss, b. Mar. 8, 1872; m. June 
19, 1894, Winn W., son Hiram and Emogene (Whitaker) Rogers of 
Bethel; ch.: (i) Hazel Emogene, b. Mar. 19, 1895; (e) Alma Louise, 
b. May 8, 1873, Roy.; res. with mother in S. Roy.; (f) Emily Morse, 
b. Mar. 9, 1878, Roy.; m. June 19, 1898, Edwin Sinclair Harvey; ch.: 
(i) Harold Foster, b. Apr. 27, 1899; (ii) Walter Clifford, b. Oct. 30, 
1900; (iii) Alice St. Clair, b. Oct. 3, 1905; (g) Walter Durkee, b. Jan. 
25, 1884; works for brother Heber; (h) Joseph Jones, b. June 30, 1886. 

ii. Alma, b. Nov. 18, 1846; d. May 23, 1873; m. Duncan G. 

iii. Elinor, b. Jan. 27, 1844, Tunb.; d. Oct. 11, 1867, Roy., unm. 
*iv. Laura, b. May 13, 1850; m. William Viall Soper. 


JOSEPH [7] FOWLER (Elisha Adams [6], Joseph [5], 
Jonathan [4], Jona. [3], Capt. William [2], William [1]), b. 
Dec. 27, 1793; d. Aug. 27, 1849, Roy.; bur. E. Bethel; m. Sep. 
29, 1815, Cynthia, dau. John and Cynthia (Kimball) Gifford. 
b. Oct. 16, 1796; d. July 25, 1870, Roy. Joseph was a farmer 
and machinist. The members of the Fowler family settled in the 
part of town near E. Bethel, and the decedents are buried there. 
None of them lived in town a long period of j^ears. 

i. Infant son, b. Jan. 22, 1821. 

ii. Infant dau., b. June 16, 1822. 

iii. Norman [8], b. July 28, 1823, Hartford; d. Aug. 9, 1899, 
Bethel; m. May 17, 1849, Roy., Charlotte L., dau. John and Mary (Bach- 
elder) Marshall, b. June 7, 1828; d. Jan. 19, 1896; ch.: (a) Ella [9], 
b. Feb. 17, 1850; d. Jan. 13, 1852; (b) Henry [9], b. Dec. 7, 1852, Bethel; 
d. Oct. 31, 1853; (c) Clarence E. [9], b. June 22, 1855; (d) James M. 
[9], b. Nov. 6, 1856; (e) Willis [9], b. May 20, 1862, Bethel; (f) Wil- 
lie [9], twin of Willis; d. May 29, 1862; (g) Norman [9], b. May 28, 
1864, Bethel; (h) Ferdinand [9], b. Oct. 18, 1866; (i) Fred Sewall [9], 
b. Oct. 18, 1866; m. (1) Nov., 1888, Josephine Berry; she d. June 14, 
1891; m. (2) Dec. 12, 1895, Julia Pierce Emery; ch.: (i) Florence J. 

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[10], b. Apr. 9, 1890; grad. S. Roy. high school, 1909; teacher; (ii) 
Freda Charlotte [10], b. Jan. 24, 1898. 

iv. Lucinda [8], b. July 12, 1825, Hartford; d. June 22, 1904, 
Lincoln, Neb. 

V. Alonzo [8], b. Aug. 4, 1827; d. Feb. 17, 1877; m. July 3, 
1851, Maria Ainsworth, b. 1829. Mr. Fowler had a fine farm and build- 
ings in District Six, and an interesting family, but the children all died 
in youth. Ch.: (a) Eva Maria [9], b. Sep. 3, 1852; d. Mar. 15, 1877, 
Roy.; (b) William Francis [9], b. Sep. 15, 1857, Roy.; d. Mar. 28, 1877, 
Roy.; (c) Burton Alonzo [9], b. Aug. 16, 1859; d. Apr. 22, 1874, Roy.; 
(d) Anna [9], b. Feb. 9, 1867, Roy.; d. Apr. 8, 1877, Roy. 

vi. Henry [8], b. Nov. 25, 1828; d. Sep. 29, 1831. 

vii. Edwin [8], b. Dec. 8, 1830, Roy. or Hartford; m. June 24, 
1871, Emma J. Cain, b. June 10, 1845; res., Reno, Nev. 

viii. George Alphonso [8], b. July 17, 1832, Bethel; m. Ruby 
Barr; settled in Gaysville. 

ix. Carlos G. [8], b. July 12, 1835. 

X. Caroline G. [8], twin of Carlos; d. Mar. 5, 1837. 

xi. Infant dau., b. Oct. 12, 1839. 
ELISHA [7] FOWLER (Elisha Adams [6], Rev. Joseph 
[5], Jona. [4], etc.), b. Apr. 16, 1796, E. Bethel; d. Dec. 4, 1870; 
m. (1) May 1. 1821, E. Bethel, Edith, dau. John and Cynthia 
(Kimball) Gifford, b. Aug. 6, 1798, Randolph; d. Jan. 4, 1842; 
m, (2) Feb. 27, 1842, Mary, sister of Edith, b. May 31, 1809; d. 

May 6, 1889. 

i. Azro [8], b. Apr. 27, 1822, E. Bethel; d. Feb. 9, 1903, Seat- 
tle, Wash.; m. Louisa Ann Abbott of Syracuse, N. Y., and settled there; 
rem. to New York City; five ch. 

ii. James Gifford [8], b. May 27, 1824, E. Bethel; d. Sep. 3, 
1904, E. Bethel; m. Feb. 20, 1850, Laura Ann, dau. Pelatiah and Eleanor 
Rogers, b. Sep. 6, 1826, Randolph; farmer; ch.: (a) Walter Howard [9], 
b. July 25, 1851, Randolph; m. Nov. 20, 1878, Eliza A. Paine; three ch., 
Myron Howard, Abbie Paine, Annie Laura; merchant in E. Bethel; 
(b) Edith Eleanor [9], b. Dec. 13, 1853, Roy.; (c) Edward Solon [9], 
b. Apr. 7, 1855, Roy.; d. Feb. 13, 1864, E. Bethel; (d) James Carlton 
[9], b. Dec. 6, 1861, Roy.; d. Aug. 18, 1874; (e) Elisha Rogers [9], b. 
Aug. 20, 1870, Randolph; d. Mar. 26, 187L 

iii. Charles Edward [8], b. June 3, 1826, E. Bethel; m. Emily 
Badeau, Catskill, N. Y. ; one ch., Arthur B. [9]; m. Lucy Shepard, dau. 
John F. of Roy. 

iv. Elisha Adams [8], b. July 19, 1830; m. Catherine Sinclair 
McFadden of Milwaukee, Wis., Apr. 30, 1856; res.. Fall River, Wis. 

V. Solon [8], b. Mar. 11, 1834, Bethel; d. Oct. 11, 1854, Roy. 

vi. Emeline Edith [8], b. Oct. 21, 1836, Roy.; m. Nov. 3, 1859, 
J. Alexander Near of Buffalo, N. Y. ; four ch. ; res., Newark, O. 

vii. John Howard [8], b. Aug. 6, 1840, Roy.; m. Aug. 21, 1862, 
Eliza Freeman, dau. James and Rebecca Walcott, b. Oct. 22, 1843, Bar- 
nard; d. July 30, 1901, Dorchester, Mass.; ch.: (a) Albert Elisha [9], 
b. July 17, 1864, Roy.; m. Josephine Lane of Dorchester, Mass., and has 
two daughters; (b) Mary Rebecca [9], b. Apr. 3, 1867; m. Herbert 
Griffin; res. Hudson, Mass.; (c) Solon Edward [9], b. Nov., 1871; d. 
July 29, 1872, Roy.; (d) Berton Alonzo [9], b. May 22, 1877, Roy.; m, 
Nellie Hall; four ch. 

William [1] came from London to Boston in 1637. He was one of 
two magistrates for the colony of New Haven, and was one of the 
"seven pillars" of the Milford church. 

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JACOB FOX, b. 1772; d. Nov. 9, 1853, Roy.; m. (1) Han- 
nah Smith; divorced abt. 1822, and he m. (2) Jerusha , 

who d. June 22, 1833, Roy., aged 39; m. (3) Martha , who 

d. Aug. 30, 1865, aged 57; bur. N. Roy. Gem. Mr. Fox came 
to Royalton in 1800. He started with a list of $62, and in 1820 
he had raised it to $628, three times as large a.s that of any other 
man. He had speculated in land, in mills, and had a hotel. By 
injudicious investments and law suits, he so reduced his means 
that he died a poor man. The town found him a hard man to 
defeat, when it did not wish to accede to his demands. His first 
wife, Hannah, married for a second husband, Major Roger Wil- 
liams of Randolph, on Sep. 5, 1827. She secured considerable 
property from Mr. Fox. He made bitter enemies and warm 
friends, illustrative of the two sides to his character. He had 
eight children by Hannah, three by Jerusha, and one by Martha, 
all born in Royalton. 

i. Betsey, b. Mar. 30, 1800; m. June 7, 1827, Jacob Bates of 
Randolph; rem. to Hartland and d. there; ch.: (a) Fred, b. Nov. 26, 
1830, Randolph; grad. of Dartmouth, 1855; (b) Elizabeth Hannah, b. 
Dec. 17, 1832, Rand.; (c) Jacob Fox, b. Oct. 17, 1837, Rand. 

ii. Nancy, d. Sep., 1803. 

*iii. Nancy, b. Apr. 28, 1804; m. Dr. Daniel L. Lyman. 

iv. Jacob, b. May 14, 1806; m. and had at least one son, Duane; 
settled in Little Rock, 111., and rem. to Big Rock, where he was in 
1865. He seems to have been a man of more than ordinary mental 
power, as shown by letters written to his sister, Mrs. Lyman. The Hon. 
Lucius B. Peck was an old friend of his, Judge Collamer his S. S. 
teacher, Hon. George P. Marsh his instructor at Norwich Univ. He 
thought that had it not been for the Civil War furnishing so many 
heroes, Judge Collamer would have stood a good chance of being Presi- 
dent, and says, "Would not little Vermont have been beside herself!" 
He relates that the first time Judge Collamer came to Royalton was 
when he was called to defend Morrill Magew, charged with robbing a 
trunk of its specie, taken from the stage at their hotel, up at the old 
tanyard. He recalls, also, that in 1816 there was frost every month, 
and snow June 5, the day he came from Boston. Referring to the 
drowning of Jerusha Gould, Aug. 15, 1815, at N. Royalton, while the 
bridge was being built, he said she came very near taking his sister 
Betsey with her, and continued, "I with fighting cousin Bill Smith had 
just started for the cows, when the air resounded with the cries of 
those who were on the spot, but too cowardly to make any attempt to 
rescue her, and not till Uncle Ben Parkhurst arrived did any one seem 
to know what they were about. He like a human creature, showed his 
good will, although his attempts to find the lost were ineffectual." We 
learn, also, that Nancy lost the end of a finger in striving for blocks, 
as "Uncle John" sawed them. 

V. Louisa, b. Apr. 1, 1808. 

vi. Charles, b. Mar. 23, 1810; d. Apr. 29, 1810. 

vii. Mary Ann, b. Sep. 5, 1813; m. May 20, 1839, Sylvanus 
Bates, Principal of Royalton Academy. (See.) 

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viii. Julia Ann, b. June 8, 1817; m. May 20, 1839, Charles D. 
Parkhurst of Otsego, Mich. 

ix. Charles, b. Aug. 20, 1823; educated in Norwich Univ. 
X. Infant, b. 1825. 

xi. George, b. Oct. 12, 1826; left town 1860; in St. Albans, 1865, 
xii. Martha D., b. Dec. 2, 1834; d. Aug. 30, 1865. 


JOHN FRANCIS, son of Asa, b. Dee, 1, 1785. Hartford, 
Conn.; d, Dec, 1, 1843, Roy.; m. (1) Oct. 12, 1815, Lucy Dyer, 
b. Jan, 15, 1795, Windham, Conn, (?) ; d. Feb. 27, 1822, Roy.; 
bur. N, Roy, Cem, ; m, (2) Apr, 21, 1823, Rebekah, dau, John 
B. Wheeler, b, Apr, 25, 1800, Grafton ; d, July 6, 1876, Burling- 
ton, See ' ' Legal Profession " and " The General Militia, ' ' The 
children of Gen. Francis were all born in Royalton. In 1844 
Mrs, Francis removed to Burlington, 

i. George, b. Oct. 22, 1816; d, Dec. 3, 1881, Bethel; m. Sep. 
28, 1841, Mary M. Pease; seven ch., two of them: Sarah H., b. Aug. 31, 
1842; Mary P., b. Apr. 10, 1845, Bethel; George settled in Bethel. 

ii. Mary Dyer, b. June 15, 1818; d. Oct. 17, 1873; m. May 30, 
1837, Roland Mather; two ch. Settled in Hartford, Conn. 

iii. Henry, b. July 21, 1821; d. Dec. 18, 1851. 

iv. Rebekah Wheeler, b. Apr. 28, 1824; d. Mar. 15, 1893; m. 
Douglas, son of Col, Stafford and Betsey (Peak) Smith; res., Mobile, 
Ala., Burlington. 

V. Julia, b. May 14, 1826; d. June 2, 1900; m. James W. 
Hickok; three ch. Settled in Burlington. 

vi. Lucia, b. Sep. 23, 1828; d. Apr. 25, 1833. 

vii. Hannah Hills, b. Mar. 29, 1831; d. Sep. 26, 1833. 

viii. Amelia, b. Nov. 10, 1834; d. Nov. 7, 1860, Burlington; m. 
Leverett B. Englesby of Burlington; two ch. 

ix. Lewis, b. Sep. 14, 1836; m. Sep. 14, 1864, Elizabeth V. 
Wetherbee; ch.: (a) Lewis Wetherbee, b. July 21, 1865; m. Sarah D. 
Chapman, and has three ch.; (b) Arthur Wheeler, b. June 27, 1868; 
m. Helen C. Page, and has two ch.; (c) Katherine, b. Jan. 28, 1870; 
d. Apr. 24, 1877; (d) Walter Hemenway, b. Nov. 26, 1871; d. Apr. 25, 
1877; (e) Elizabeth Rebekah, b. Aug. 18, 1876; m. Ralph E. Rogers; 
has one ch. 

For a sketch of Lewis Francis, D. D., see "Royalton Academy." John 
Francis was sixth in line of descent from the emigrant ancestor, Rob- 
ert, who came to Weathersfield, Conn., in 1645. His brother Asa was 
listed and paid poll tax in 1821, and took freeman's oath in 1822. He 
settled in Middlebury. The line of descent is John [6], Asa [5], Josiah 
[4], Thomas [3], John [2], Robert [1]. 


EDMUND FREEMAN [1], b. in 1590, (supposedly) in 
England, came in the ship, Abigail, to Saugus, now Lynn, Mass., 
in 1635. He subsequently joined the Plymouth Colony. He 
obtained leave of the Colonial Government in 1637 to begin the 
establishment of the first English town on the Cape, and about 
two years later, the first successful settlement within what came 

History of Royalton, Vermont Y97 

to be known as Barnstable County, was legally incorporated as 
the town of Sandwich. Of the fifty-eight grantees of the land, 
he was apportioned the largest amount. 

His position in the colony is evidenced by successive elec- 
tions, as assistant to the Governor in the direction of public af- 
fairs. He was early appointed the head of a Court of Three to 
hear and determine controversies and causes within the several 
contiguous townships. When, after many years' residence in 
the colony, select courts were established in each county, he was 
one of the selected, and was always prominent, active and influ- 

There can be found no blemish in his protracted and event- 
ful life, no dark spot in his whole history. Preeminently re- 
spected, a counselor and leader without ambitious ends in view, 
he furnished an example that is a rich legacy to his descendants. 
He died in 1682, and was buried on the hill, in the rear of his 
own dwelling. This is the oldest burying place known in Sand- 
wich. His remains, with those of his wife, still rest there under 
the rustic monuments familiarly known as "The Saddle and Pil- 

His \vife, Elizabeth, died Feb. 14, 1675, and soon after, he 
summoned the aid of his two sons and grandson, to a neighbor- 
ing field, and hauled a huge stone resembling in form a pillion, 
and placed it on her grave. He then had another boulder placed 
close by to mark the spot where he was to be laid. This second 
stone resembled a saddle, hence the name of the monuments, 
"Saddle and Pillion," emblems of the conveniences, on which in 
the prime of life to old age he and his wife had traveled. 

1. STEPHEN [6] FREEMAN (Thomas [5], William [4], 
Edmund [3], Edmund [2], Edmund [1]), b. Dec. 11, 1768, 
Hardwick, Mass.; d. Oct. 6, 1853, Royalton; m. Dec. 3, 1791, 
Sarah, dau. John and Hannah (Tupper) Jones, b. July 27, 1766, 
Sandwich, Mass. ; d. Feb. 12, 1860, Royalton. 

Stephen, youngest child of Thomas and Phebe (Hall) Free- 
man, came with his parents from Hardwick, Mass., to Barnard 
in 1775. In 1790 he bought a part of E. 25 L. A., and the next 
year he purchased of his brother the south part of this lot, and 
became a permanent resident of the town. This is the farm now 
occupied by Merville Waldo. The house is yet standing where 
he lived and died, and near it is the historic spring, into which, 
Mrs. Freeman said, all her children fell, but fortunately were 
all rescued from its depths. 

Mr. Freeman had a marked personality; tall, slim, erect, 
with clear-cut features, black hair, and flashing black eyes. He 
took an active part in the affairs of the town, was a number of 
years selectman, and overseer of the poor. As justice of the 

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peace he married his son Horatio and daughter Phebe. He was 
a zealous Mason in the days when Masonry was unpopular in 
Vermont, and an uncompromising Democrat all his life. He was 
straightforward and upright in his dealings, and aggressive 
toward evil and error. 

In his early life he was an avowed unbeliever, but when 
about thirty-two, he became a devout and staunch Methodist, 
one of the "Pillars of the church." He was steward of the 
Methodist church in Barnard over thirty years, and a constant 
attendant as long as he was able. He was very proud of his 
bonnie Scotch wife, a capable, energetic little woman, well fitted 
to keep step with her husband. The Christian graces adorned 
her life and made her old age beautiful. 

i. Hannah [7], b. Nov. 22, 1792, Roy.; d. Mar. 28, 1865, Hart- 
ford; m. Jan. 14, 1819, Solomon Paddock of Hartford, b. Dec. 7, 1785, 
Pomfret; d. Hartford. Ch.: (a) Elizabeth, b. Sep. 17, 1832; m. Enos 
Dole, and had Kate [8], Merrill P., and Lizzie. 

ii. John [7], b. Mar. 14, 1794, Roy.; d. Aug. 20, 1800, Roy. 

iii. Phebe [7], b. Sep. 25, 1795, Roy.; d. Sep. 24, 1843, Wood- 
stock; m. Mar. 14, 1816, Warren Blanchard of Barnard, b. Aug. 19, 
1783, Ackworth, N. H.; d. Apr. 17, 1852, Woodstock. Children: (a) 
Thomas [8], b. Dec. 17, 1816, Roy.; d. Jan. 5, 1817, Roy.; (b) Sarah 
Freeman [8], b. Oct. 27, 1818, Roy.; d. Dec. 3, 1903, Taftsville; m. Feb. 
26, 1838, Chester Collins, b. Mar. 31, 1807. Salisbury, Conn.; d. Apr. 17. 
1863, Woodstock. Ch.: (i) Julia [9], b. Aug. 13, 1839, Hartford; d. 
July 6, 1843, Woodstock; (ii) Lyman C. [9], b. Apr. 20, 1841, Wood- 
stock; m. (1) M. S. Shurtleff; m. (2) E. L. Osmer; one child, Hugh 
Donald [10], b. Dec. 29, 1891; (iii) Julia A. [9], b. Feb. 14, 1845, Wood- 
stock; m. Edward C. Emmons; (iv) Elbert Horace [9], b. June 3, 1858, 
Woodstock; d. Nov. 28, 1858; (c) Elizabeth E. [8], b. Jan. 27, 1821, 
Pomfret; d. Dec. 24, 1902, Bethel; m. June 26, 1838, Lyman Child, b. 
July 31, 1816, Rochester; d. Nov. 23, 1893, Bethel; ch.: (i) Elizabeth 
Janette [9], b. July 1, 1840, Bethel; m. Aug. 6, 1903, Daniel B. Freeman, 
a dentist; she graduated from the University of Michigan in 1889 with 
M. D. degree, and has been practicing physician in Bethel; (ii) Daniel 
Lyman [9], b. June 26, 1852; m. Apr. 17, 1883, Josie M. Clark, b. Oct. 
22, 1855, Bethel; ice dealer in Bethel; (iii) Mary [9], b. Feb. 3, 1856, 
Bethel; d. Feb. 17, 1856; (d) Calvin [8], b. Jan. 13, 1823, Pomfret; 
d. Sep. 15, 1825, Pomfret; (e) Lydia Ann [8], b. Mar. 18, 1825, Pom- 
fret; d. Dec. 14, 1871, Bethel; (f) Hannah [8], b. Mar. 16, 1827, Pom- 
fret; d. Apr. 10, 1841, Pomfret; (g) Calvin [8], b. Mar. 11, 1830, Pom- 
fret; m. Apr. 12, 1859, Laura Ann Chandler, b. July 14, 1839, Piermont, 
N. H. ; res. Rumney, N. H. ; ch.: (i) Nellie Alida [9], who m. Barron 
Kinne, and d. 1891, N. Groton, N. H. 

iv. Thomas [7], b. Oct. 27, 1797, Roy.; d. Jan. 30, 1815, Roy. 
2. V. Horatio Nelson [7], b. Oct. 22, 1799, Roy. 

vi. John [7], b. June 21, 1801, Roy.; d. Feb. 21, 1889, Leland, 
Idaho; m. (1) Oct. 21, 1830 (?), Susan Gambell, b. Mar. 10, 1804, Bar- 
nard; d. Mar., 1847, HI.; m. (2) Elizabeth McCIain; ch.: (a) John 
Francis [8], b. May 7, 1832, Hume, N. Y.; d. Feb. 7, 1892, Gilroy, Cal.; 
m. Harriet Potter, and had five children; (b) Susan Francena [8], b. 
1835, Hume; d. May 9, 1876, Nevada City, Cal.; m. twice and had two 
ch.; (c) Milton Skiff [8], b. Sep. 3, 1838, Hume; m. Mary Jane Garrett; 
(d) Stephen [8], b. 1851 (?), 111.; d. in overland passage to Cal., 1864; 

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(e) William [8], b. 1853 (?); res. San Jose, Cal.; (f) Helen Frances 
18], b. 1855 (?), 111. 

vii. Sarah [7], b. May 17, 1803; d. Feb. 8, 1814, Royalton. 

viii. Lydia [7], b. Sep. 28, 1805, Roy.; d. May 27, 1882, Bar- 
nard. She suffered from the age of thirteen until her death from an 
incurable disease, which crippled and deformed her. Despite her in- 
firmities, she ministered cheerfully and patiently to her parents in their 
declining years. She was the children's beloved friend. The youngest 
child of a youngest child, she outlived all her near relatives, and died 
with friends who were not her kin. Her submission and patience were 
wonderful, all the more so because she was so like her father, inherit- 
ing his superabundant energy, and love of life and its activities. 

2. HORATIO NELSON [7], the son of Stephen [6], b. 
Oct. 2, 1799; d. Apr. 20, 1878, Roy.; m. Sep. 9, 1821, Roy., 
Sarah, dau. William and Hannah (Ellis) Walcott, b. Aug. 29, 
1797, Barnard; d. Sep. 5, 1865, Roy. Like his father, he was a 
thrifty farmer, remaining on the home farm and caring for his 
parents in their old age. He held different town offices, includ- 
ing that of selectman, and was much respected in the community. 

i. Charles Walcott [8], b. Aug. 31. 1826, Roy.; d. July 11, 
1895; m. May 10, 1859, Sarah A. Dustin, b. May 23, 1837, Derry, N. H.; 
d. Feb. 2, 1902; ch.: (a) Frank Herbert [9], b. Nov. 16, 1860, Roy.; d. 
Feb. 4, 1864; (b) Charles Elbert [9], b. Sep. 11, 1868, Mllford, N. H.; 
d. July 14, 1869, Lowell, Mass. 

ii. Stephen [8], b. Mar. 15, 1829, Roy.; d. May 15, 1892, Low- 
ell, Mass.; m. Dec. 13, 1854, Amanda C, dau. Jabez and Abigail (Wood- 
bury) Lyman, b. Nov. 30, 1835, Roy.; d. June 3, 1886, Lowell, Mass. 

iii. Sarah [8], b. Mar. 15, 1829, Roy.; d. Sep. 5, 1833, Roy. 

iv. William [8], b. July 12, 1832, Roy.; d. Aug. 22. 1833. 
*v. Hannah Walcott [8], b. July 12, 1832, Roy.; m. Charles A. 

1. FRED D. FREEMAN, son of Augustus and Lucinda 
(Bigelow), and grandson of John Freeman, b. May 7, 1846, 
Brookfield; d. May 10, 1908, Sharon; m. Apr. 3, 1878, Lucy 
Sarah, dau. Charles and Dorcas (Dutton) West, b. Feb. 16, 1855, 
Norwich. Dea. Cong, church, S. Royalton. 

i. West Augustus, b. May 26, 1879, Sharon; m. Aug. 14, 1901, 
Grace Lena, dau. Judson S. and Josephine M. Willey of Sharon, b. Oct. 
2, 1880, Sharon. Ch.: (a) Katherine Grace, b. July 3, 1902, S. Roy.; 
(b) Hazel Marjorie, b. May 10, 1905, Sharon. 

ii. Laura Allis, b. Oct. 22, 1882, Sharon; m. Oct. 22, 1907, Ross 

iii. Elizabeth Ada, b. Jan. 1, 1885, Sharon. 

iv. Edmund Arthur, b. Mar. 28, 1889, Sharon; freshman in 
Dartmouth College. 

V. Charles West, b. Jan. 18, 1892, Sharon; studying in Chi- 
cago for a dentist. 


ASAPH FRENCH, b. June 25, 1784; d. Aug.. I860; m. 
(1) Pedy Partridge, b. July 27, 1782; d. Apr., 1835; m. (2) 
Esther Eaton, dau. William and Hannah (Baker) Pierce, b. Jan. 
23, 1798, Roy. ; d. Mar. 31, 1879, Roy. ; bur. N. Roy. Cem. Asaph 

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French and his sons, Amplias and Zeb B., were residents of 
Royalton some years. Amplias was a shoemaker and lived at 
N. Roy., and Zeb owned a house in the village. They were peo- 
ple of means and good standing. Amplias lost heavily on the 
passenger depot at N. Roy. 

i. Hiram, b. Mar. 16, 1809; d. Mar., 1863. 

ii. Emeline, b. Aug. 8, 1811; d. 1885; m. (1) Leonard Kim- 
ball, and lived in Roy. a number of years. 

iii. Amplias, b. Mar. 25, 1815; d. Jan., 1898, in Stockbridge; 
m. Dec, 1839, Dorcas, dau. David and Mary (Winslow) Nichols, b. 
Feb. 21, 1816, Braintree; d. July, 1891, Stockbridge; ch.: (a) Olive D., 
b. May 24, 1841, Roy.; m. Mr. Howe; res., Northfield. 

iv. Levias, b. Mar. 3, 1817; d. May, 1889. 

V. Jairus L., b. Aug. 17, 1819; d. Aug. 26, 1843. 

vi. Asaph Maynard, b. June 28, 1821; d. Mar., 1900; m. and 
had dau., Mrs. Frank W. Williams, living in Randolph Center. 

vii. Zeb B., b. June 13, 1823; d. Feb. 3, 1874, unm., Roy. Asaph 
and wife and Zeb are bur. in Pleasant Hill Cem. 


MOSES CLEVELAND GAGE, son of Samuel and Anna 
(Cleveland) Gage, b. Sep. 30, 1800, Hartford; m. (1) Jan. 18, 
1825, Rosamond Ransom, b. May 9, 1803, Hartford; d. May 14, 
1866, Roy.; m. (2) Sophia (Enos) Whitaker. Mr. Gage lived 
in Royalton village in the Zebulon Lyon house. He was station 
agent there for some years; removed to Hartland. 

i. George Frederick, b. May 24 or 25, 1827; m. twice; ch.: 
(a) Mary L., b. Aug. 31, 1832; d. Feb. 20, 1859, Roy.; m. George B. 
Kendrick. George F. was a railroad man; went West. 

ii. Mary Louise, b. July 30, 1831; m. Boyd Kendrick. 

iii. Eliza Ann, b. Apr. 17, 1833; d. July 1, 1838. 

iv. Ellen Maria, b. Mar. 5, 1837; m. Cyrus A. Adams; went 

V. Abby Isabella, b. Dec. 31, 1839; d. in young womanhood. 

vi. Charlotte Rosamond, b. Nov. 20, 1842; d. in young woman- 
hood. The last two are buried in N. Roy. Cem. without headstones, 
near the Henry Chamberlin lot. 

HENRY F. GAGE, son of Harry, b. June 4, 1845; ra. Aug. 
20, 1867, Esther Maria, dau. Nelson W. Hunt, b. Aug. 15, 1848, 
Roy. Mr. Gage and his father Harry lived in the part of town 
near E. Bethel, on the Kimball farm. 

i. George H., b. June 20, 1868; m. June 25, 1891, Leonora 
Lewis; ch.: (a) Mildred E., b. Feb. 22, 1893; (b) Nelson L., b. Oct., 
1894, the fourth generation of Gages that Esther M. has cared for. 

ii. Son, b. July 20, 1869; d. July 27, 1869. 

iii. Benjamin F., b. May 2, 1871; m. Jan. 27, 1893, Phila Morse 
of Rochester; ch.: (a) Gladys A., b. Nov. 16, 1893. 

iv. Nelson H., b. Nov. 25, 1873; d. Sep. 16, 1877. 

V. Bessie M., b. July 23, 1883; d. July 11, 1890. 
Harry Gage, the father of Henry F., was b. May 15, 1803; d. June 
24, 1888; m. (1) Mary Goss of N. H.; m. (2) Susan A. Fuller of Hard- 
wick, b. Sep. 6, 1808; d. Nov. 11, 1882; bur. E. Bethel. Two daughters 
by first marriage died young. He gave attention to fattening oxen and 

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RUFUS B. GALUSHA, son of Truman C, the son of Tru- 
man, the son of Gov. Jonas Galusha of Shaftsbury, and the 
great-grandson of Mary Chittenden, dau. of Gov. Thomas Chit- 
tenden, b. Apr. 19, 1855, Jericho; m. May 12, 1880, Myra E., 
dau. John and Adeline Wilson, b. Mar. 24, 1851, Canton, 111. 
Mr. Galusha rem. from Jericho to S. Roy. in 1890, and bought 
the new Martin house, which he later sold and rem. to Royalton 
village, and bought the Kenney residence. He sold this and 
rem. to Boston in 1906. Was deputy sheriff of Chittenden 
county ten years; lister and appraiser in Roy., and town repre- 
sentative, 1904-05 ; lecturer for Vermont State Grange ten years ; 
farmer and dealer in real estate; member of Rising Sun Lodge, 
F. and A. M. 

i. Don L. Galusha, b. Nov. 17, 1882. 

ii. Ora W., b. Oct. 25, 1884. 


ALONZO D., son of Enos of Sharon, b. Oct. 3, 1836, Hart- 
land ; d. Apr. 4, 1910 ; m. Nov. 27, 1859, Sharon, Nancy M., dau. 
Joseph L. and Hannah (Tyler) Fay, b. Feb. 16, 1836. His 
father, Enos, with his wife, Sylvia Rogers, came to S. Royalton 
about 1875, and died there May 14, 1880. John Franklin, 
brother of Alonzo, died in Royalton, Dec. 3, 1909, aged 53 yrs. 

3 mo. 6 d. 

i. Lucy Francelia, b. May 25, 1861; m. (1) Oct. 26, 1881, Wil- 
liam H. Peterson of Burlington; m. (2) Mar. 6, 1904, Frank C. Moulton; 
res. Roy., near the Metcalf farm; ch.: (a) George Alonzo, b. Aug. 25, 
1882; m. Feb. 26, 1903, Nellie Eliza, dau. Christopher and Abigail 
Powell, b. 1881, Hammond, N. Y.; (b) Sharley Maria, b. Dec. 1, 1885; 
(c) William Henry, b. Sep. 29, 1888. 

ii. Evelin Gertrude, b. May ,7, 1863. 

iii. George Edward, b. June 29, 1876; m. Mar. 11, 1888, Mary 
J. Conley, b. Dec. 18, 1868, Randolph; res. Lebanon, N. H.; ch.: (a) 
George Lewis, b. June 26, 1889, Roy.; (b) Mary Arlena, b. Mar. 2, 1892, 
Roy.; (c) Wilma Vera, b. Dec. 26, 1904, Quechee. The father of Geo. 
E. died at his home. 

iv. Joseph Lewis, b. Aug. 23, 1876; d. June 18, 1879. 


ROBERT GATES of Plainfield, Conn., on Sep. 26, 1788, 
bought forty acres in N. E. 30 L. A., and the next year added 
a portion from M. 30 L. A. Mr. Perrin in his diary records that 
the funeral of Mr. Gates was attended May 6, 1790. He lies in 
an unknown grave, but probably in the old N. Roy. Cem. His 
widow, Rosamond, m. (2) July 10, 1792, Joseph Chamberlain 
of Barnard. The children named in the probate records are 
Simon, Mary, Patty, Edna, and Eunice. Simon rem. to Bar- 

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nard. He m. Sally, dau. Luther Fairbanks, b. Dec. 24, 1780; 
Patty or Polly, m. Dec. 6, 1798, Eli, son Alex and Sarah (Cush- 
man) Stedman of Tunbridge, b. Aug. 17, 1777; ch. : Nathaniel 
King, b. June 1, 1801 ; Alexander, b. Oct. 31, 1799. There may 
have been other children. 


HENRY T. GIFFORD, son of Friend, the son of John, son 
of Ziba, the son of Stephen of Norwich, Conn., b. July 19, 1838, 
Randolph ; d. June 28, 1905, Vero, Fla. ; m. Jan. 20, 1860, Sarah 
Jane, dau. Charles and Sally (Green) Woodworth, b. Mar. 20, 
1842, Brookfield ; d. 1894, Vero, Fla. ; both bur. Vero. Mr. Gif- 
ford came to Royalton from Randolph in 1866, and located at 
N. Royalton. He had a cider mill here, and the Union store of 
the Grange was kept in his premises. His house was broken into 
one night, and it roused him. He discovered the robber, who 
started to run, and Mr. Gifford after him. Mr. Gifford proved 
the faster runner, and he jumped onto the man's back, and suc- 
ceeded in holding him until help arrived. The man was tried, 
convicted, and sent to state prison. After his buildings were 
burned, he went to Florida. He was selectman in 1876. 

*i. Cora Emma, b. Dec. 9, 1860, Roy.; m. Oramel Morse. 

ii. Nettie May, b. Sep. 13, 1866; m. Nov. 10, 1893, Fred Charles 
Prange of Vero, Fla.; ch.: (a) Carl. 

iii. Leon Henry, b. Sep. 29, 1877; d. Sep. 19, 1878. 

iv. Friend Charles, b. June 9, 1879; m. Fanny Penny of Vero, 
Fla., and has two ch., (a) Horace Henry, and (b) Dorothy May. 

V. Ruby Sarah, b. Dec. 13, 1884; m. Nathan Penny of Nathan, 
Fla.; res., Vero; two ch., (a) Oliver, and (b) Paul. 

CHARLES GIFFORD, son of Lemuel and Sally Gifford, 
b. Dee. 2, 1819 ; d. Mar. 27, 1858, Roy. ; m. Mar. 1, 1849, Harriet 
Maria, dau. Timothy and Abigail Cobb, b. July 16, 1827; d. 
Dec. 24, 1905, Roy.; she m. (2) June 1, 1874, Hazen Stewart, 
who d. Apr. 9, 1887, Sharon. Mr. Gifford lived on Broad Brook, 
on one of the ministerial lots. 

i. Frank Henry, b. Mar. 31, 1850; m. (1) Feb. 7. 1871, Lizzie 
Matilda, dau. Moses and Frances (Lafayette) Marvel, b. 1852, Marble- 
head, Mass.; ch.: (a) Hattie, b. June 29, 1872; d. Marshalltown, la.; 
m. (2) Edna Cornelia Burke, dau. Dexter and Aurilla Burke, b. Dec. 
29, 1853, Sharon. 

ii. Carro Conant, b. Oct. 29, 1851; m. Jan. 1, 1871, Edmund 
Dexter, son of Dexter and Aurilla (Bugbee) Burke, and grandson of 
Eli Burke, b. May 8, 1846, Pomfret. They live on the home farm. Chil- 
dren all born in Royalton: (a) Clinton Edmund, b. June 29, 1872; m. 
Feb. 14, 1893, S. Roy., Alice Almira Belden, b. Feb. 23, 1876, Providence, 
R. L; ch.: (i) Walter Clinton, b. July 7, 1895, Hartford; (ii) Grace 
Alice, b. Feb. 21, 1897, Hartford; (b) Clara Alice, b. Sep. 15, 1874; m. 
June 1, 1897, Charles Haden Crandall, b. May 2, 1871, Norwich; ch.: 
(i) Charles William, b. Dec. 9, 1898, Hanover, N. H.; d. Mar. 29, 1900, 
Woodstock; (ii) Maurice Charles, b. Apr. 7, 1901, Woodstock; (iii) 

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Bernice Clara, b. July 17, 1905, Woodstock; (iv) Wallace Gifford, b. 
Oct. 29, 1909, Burlington; (c) Frank William, b. Jan. 23, 1877; m. Sep. 
27, 1905, Ada Weagant, b. July 22, 1879, Cornwall, Ontario; ch.: (i) 
Kathleen Weagant, b. May 14, 1908, Toronto, Ontario; (d) Florence 
Edna, b. June 7, 1879; m. Aug. 8, 1906, Roy., Wells Charles Porter, b. 
Feb. 24, 1880, Lowell, Mass.; (e) Ernest Gifford, b. Feb. 18, 1885; (f) 
Lawrence, b. May 8, 1888; m. Sep. 2, 1908, Olive Irene, dau. Eldonis and 
Diantha (Goodwin) Wheeler, b. Mar. 21, 1887, Wentworth, la.; res., 

iii. Charles Edward, b. July 27, 1856; d. Jan. 13, 1902, Sharon. 
The parents of Mr. Gifford lived and died with him, and a younger 
brother, Collins, was also a member of his family. Collins enlisted in 
the Civil War from Royalton. He went West and married. Carlton, 
another brother, bought an interest in the grist mill and rake shop on 
Broad Brook in 1854, and lived in town until about 1866. He married 
Diana Fuller, went West, and raised a family. 


CAPT. DANIEL GILBERT, b. 1747; d. Nov. 13, 1818, 
Sharon; m. (1) Oct. 2, 1772, Jerusha Benton, b. 1746, Coventry, 
(?) Conn.; d. Mar. 7, 1799, Roy.; m. (2) Irena Burnap, b. 1760; 
d. June 6, 1809, Roy.; m. (3) Mrs. Lydia Goodspeed. See 
"Earliest Settlers." Capt. Gilbert and two wives are buried in 
S. Roy. Cem. ]\Irs. Goodspeed had two children by her first hus- 
band. Jack or Jake and Sophronia, who had a home with the 
Gilberts. Nancy Benton, whom the Captain and Jerusha adopt- 
ed, had a sister Anna, who married Hon. Cephas Carpenter. 
His own children were Jerusha, who m. May 4, 1824, Col. Mills 
May, who was a merchant at one time in Bethel, and also lived 
in Sharon. She had one son, Daniel G., who was in Middlebury 
College, 1841-42, and 1845, a teacher, who went South. One who 
was his pupil in 1860 in Mayslick, Ky., says of him, "He was a 
scholarly gentleman, and stood high in the estimation of our 
people. I am sorry I cannot find out more about my old teacher, 
a man I loved. The last time I saw him he still wore his old fine 
gold watch that his mother gave him. ' ' Mrs. May had also three 
daughters. After the death of Col. May, Mrs. May removed to 
Middlebury. Abigail was another dau. of Capt, Gilbert, who 
married Ezra Trask, and lived in Windsor, where she died young, 
leaving no children. A son, Daniel, b. 1805, was drowned in 
Sharon, May 14, 1816. Samuel was another son, about whom 
nothing is known. 

NATHANIEL GILBERT, a nephew of Capt. Daniel Gil- 
bert, whose parents were dead in 1780 or before, and who came 
with his uncle Daniel from Conn, to Sharon, was born Oct. 10, 
1764, Conn.; d. June 19, 1823, S. Woodstock, and bur. there; 
m. Rachel Strong, b. Jan. 18, 1771, Conn.; d. July 19, 1853, 
Morrisville, at the home of her son, Daniel ; res., Roy., Hartland, 
Hardwick, and Woodstock. The account of his capture and re- 

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turn is given in Chap. XII. He must have returned to Royalton 
before 1788. In December, 1788, he bought 2 Dutch, which he 
sold in Oct., 1794. He paid poll tax here 1791-93. His dis- 
charge from the British army is in the possession of his grand- 
son, Henry C. Gilbert, of Randolph, and follows the family rec- 

i. Achsah, b. Dec. 29, 1792, Roy. prob. 

ii. Daniel, b. Apr. 17, 1796. 

iii. David, b. July 31, 1799; d. July 31, 1894. 

iv. Israel, b. June 9, 1801; d. May 13, 1868, Randolph; m. and 
had (a) Henry C, b. Jan. 12, 1833, Rand.; m. Martha Blodgett, and 
had (i) Rebecca; (ii) Henry Closson, head of a charitable institution 
in Chicago; (iii) George Blodgett, who m. and has ch. in Middletown, 
Conn., an Episcopal minister; (iv) Helen Adelaide, a trained nurse; 
(v) Martha L., living at Randolph Center. 

"His Majestyes Provincial Regiment of New York of whom Sir 
John Johnson Knight Bart is Lieut Col Commandant 

These are to certify that the Bearer hear of Nathaniel 
Gilbert Private soldier in Captain William Redford Crawford's Com- 
pany of the aforesaid Regiment Barin in Coventry County Aged Nine- 
teen years hath Served Honestly and faithfully in said Regiment for 
the space of four years and in consequence of his Majesty's order for 
Disbanding the said Regiment he is hereby Discharged and entitled by 
his Majesty's late order to the portion of land allotted to each Private 
soldier of his Provincial Corps who wishes to become a settler in this 
Province he having first Received all just Demands of Pay Clothing &c 
from his Entry into said Regiment to the" — the rest is lost. On the 
reverse side is the following: "I Nathaniel Gilbert do acknowledge 
that I have Received all my Clothing Pay Arrears of Pay and all De- 
mands whatever from the time of my Inlisting In the Regiment and 
Company to this Present Day of my Discharge as Witness My hand 
this Twenty fourth Day of June 1784 

Nathaniel Gilbert." 


JOHN GILLETT was never a resident of Royalton in all 
probability, but was one of the original grantees. He settled in 
Hartford, and soon sold his lots in Royalton. In one of the cuts 
can be seen his picture, that of his wife, and of his daughter, 
Jemima, the first native-bom white child to die in Hartford. 
Mr. Gillett with his brother Israel came from Lebanon, Conn., 
in 1768. He was born Apr. 7, 1745, married in 1773 to Jemima 
Smalley, and died in 1829. His descendants are still living in 
Hartford, and his home farm was kept in the family until recent 


SAMUEL GODDARD, b. 1763; d. Mar. 2, 1809, Roy.; m. 
Apr. 17, 1783, Mary, dau. Abijah and Mary (Spring) Burbank, 
b. Dec. 3, 1767; bur. Howe Cem.; res., Barnard and Roy. In 
Roy. from 1895 till death. 

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i. Susannah, b. May 27, 1784; m. Nov. 25, 1813, Joseph Lillie 
of Bethel. 

ii. Thatcher, over fourteen at death of father. 

Hi. Lucy, b. Feb. 17, 1797, Roy.; m. Emery of Tunbridge; 

d. Oct. 10, 1878, Tunb. 

iv. Isaac, b. Roy.; m. Rebecca, dau. Joseph and Abigail 
(Spring) Woodward, who d. Aug. 10, 1888; a manufacturer of paper 
machinery in Worcester, Mass. 

v. Silas, b. Roy. prob. 


CALVIN GOFF, b. Dee. 13, 1784, Pomfret; d. Nov. 11, 
1864, Roy.; m. Apr. 24, 1808, Lavina, dau. Abial and Hannah 
Bugbee, b. May 20, 1786, Woodstock, Conn.; d. Oct. 23, 1859, 
Roy. All the members of the Goff family lived on Broad Brook. 

i. Phineas H., b. Mar. 24, 1809, Roy.; d. Jan. 15, 1880, Roy.; 
m. Jan. 17, 1833, Aurilla, dau. Azel and Lucinda (Goff) Spaulding, b. 
Feb. or June 19, 1814, Barnard; d. Oct. 17, 1893, Roy.; ch.: (a) Calvin, 
b. Nov. 30, 1834, Roy.; d. Feb. 10, 1892, Roy.; m. Oct. 26, 1856, Mary 
Austin of Rochester, who died some years ago, having removed to 
Warren; ch.: (i) Abbie M., b. Apr. 9, 1874, Roy.; married in Warren; 
(b) Amanda, b. June 30, 1841, Roy.; d. Dec. 29, 1863, Roy. 

*ii. Emily Hewitt, b. Mar. 21, 1811, Roy.; m. Benjamin Day. 

iii. Lucinda, b. Mar. 21, 1813; d. Mar. 26, 1903, Roy, unm. 

iv. William S., b. May 23, 1818, Roy.; d. Feb. 28, 1897, Roy.; 
m. (1) May 11, 1865, Mrs. Mary R. (Hatch) Hayward, dau. James and 
Cynthia Hatch, and wid. of Rev. Ardyn Hayward, b. Apr. 28, 1841, Wil- 
liamstown; d. Oct. 11, 1880, Roy.; m. (2) Mar. 12, 1889, Adelia L., dau. 
George L. and Augusta (Godfrey) Cowdery, b. Mar. 17, 1850; no ch. 

V. Harry B., b. May 23, 1818, Roy.; d. Mar. 3, 1899, Roy.; m. 
(1) June 2, 1847, Lucy, dau. Martin Dewey and Lurania (Winchell) 
Follett, b. Feb. 23, 1823, Enosburg; d. Jan. 22, 1877, Roy.; m. (2) Mar. 
11, 1879, Mrs. Laura A. (Barrows) Shurtleff, dau. Lewis and Olivia 
(Hubbard) Barrows, b. Oct. 7, 1849, Bridgewater; she m. (3) May 21, 
1901, Charles H., son Simon and Sarah (Kilroy) Dean, b. 1858, Bar- 
nard. Mr. and Mrs. Goff had no children of their own, but adopted 
two: (a) Charles Townsend, b. 1855, Roy.; m. Mary, dau. Charles and 
Frances (Harrington) Kenyon, b. 1865, Pomfret; (b) Hattie Goodrich, 
b. 1854, Sharon; m. Nov. 23, 1876, Warren C, son Isaiah and Julia 
(Foster) Wheeler, b. 1849, Plymouth. 

ALVIN GOFF, son of Noah, b. Jan. 3, 1811, Pomfret; d. 
May 3, 1864, Lawrence, Mass. ; m. Nov. 10, 1842, Laura A., dau. 
Nathan and Abigail Gilson, b. Feb. 17, 1822; d. Dec. 25, 1875. 
Mr. Goff lived on Broad Brook many years. 

i. Adeline Alice, b. Sep. 23, 1843, Nashua, N. H.; m. Alpheus 
L. Gilson; four sons. 

ii. Noah Francis, b. Dec. 16, 1845, Nashua; m. (1) fall of 1871, 
Lizzie E., dau. Joseph Nason of Ellsworth, Me., b. Jan. 25, 1846; d. Sep. 
8, 1878; m. (2) Nov. 11, 1879, Ida Rosaline, dau. Cyrus and Susan Ann 
Pierce, b. Oct. 17, 1855; no ch. 

iii. Edna J., b. May 5, 1841, Roy.; m. Priestley; res. 

Lowell, Mass. 

iv. Georgian, b. Jan. 3, 1854, Roy.; m. Taylor; res. Lowell. 

V. Charles H., b. Jan. 17, 1856, Roy.; res. Pepperell, Mass. 

vi. Fredda L., b. June 8, 1861, Lawrence, Mass.; d. July 4, 1861. 

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EBENEZER GOODELL, b. 1748; d. July 27, 1813, Roy.; 

bur, N. Roy. Gem.; m. Betsey (?) . Mr, Goodell came to 

Royalton in 1802, Betsey was last listed in 1818. In 1805 he 
bought twenty-five acres in the north part of M, 31 L. A. In 
1800 Betsey of Bethel bought twenty -five acres in M. 31 L, A,, 
to whom Ebenezer sold his land in 1806. She was probably his 
daughter. From deeds it would appear that he had a son Eben- 
ezer and a daughter Sally, who married Joshua Brown. 

CORNELIUS GOODELL, b. 1776, Woodstock, (?) Conn.; 
d. Roy. ; last listed in 1819 ; m. abt. 1803, Nancy Benton, who 
lived with Capt. Daniel Gilbert, supposed to be a niece of his 
first wife, b. Feb. 20, 1786, Conn. Mr. Goodell came to Royalton 
with his cousin, Robert Button, in 1802. They had been brought 
up together, and were associated here in the shoemaking busi- 
ness. They located at Havensville, but later Mr. Goodell re- 
moved to Royalton village, and worked for his son-in-law, Abijah 
Lincoln. He lived at first in a house of Capt. Gilbert's near the 
brick house now owned by Mr. Joy, and after a time built a house 
on the common, between the schoolhouse and the present town 
house. He had lived in New York City, and had become enam- 
ored of houses with basements, and thus built his. He joined 
the church on profession of faith and was baptized in 1842. His 
family record is not preserved, but it is known that two sons 
named Chester died young; Laura, b. Sep. 12, 1806, married 
Abijah Lincoln; William was the last child, and died at age of 
five months. The sons are bur. in S. Roy. Cem., but no dates 
are given. 


ABRAHAM [6] GRAVES (Abner [5], Abraham [4], Sam- 
uel [3], John [2], Thos. [1]), b. June 14, 177—, Stratton, prob.; 
d. Mar. 27, 1854 ; m. June 9, 1797, Mehitable, dan. Theodore and 
Lydia Howe, b. Feb. 29, 1780; d. May 29, 1801. In the fall of 
1794 Mr. Graves bought M. 20 L. A., the farm later kno^vn as 
the Young farm. He remained here until about 1809. In 1816 
he was in New York, but is said to have lived in Barnard, and 
may have returned. One child, Rhoda, was born in Royalton, 
Apr. 17, 1800. His mother was Dorcas Belding, dan. of Moses 
of Winchester, N. H. 

JOHN GRAVES, a brother of Abraham, b. June 20, 1771 ; 
m. (1) Oct. 8, 1797, Roy., Sarah, dau. James and Hannah Hunt- 
ington, b. 1777; d. Mar. 6, 1813, Roy.; m, (2) Mrs. Ayers. The 
first wife and six children are buried in the Howe Cem. John 
came to Royalton the year after Abraham moved here. He held 
no real estate, and was probably a laborer. His brother Isaac 
lived in town two years, then settled in Barnard. 

History of Royalton, Vermont 807 

i. David, b. 1798; d. Mar. 7, 1813. 

ii. Betsey, b. June, 1803; d. Nov. 1, 1812. 

iii. Caroline, b. 1805; d. Apr. 18, 1813. 

iv. Infant dau., d. Nov. 4, 1808. 

V. Infant son, d. Nov. 4, 1809. 

vi. James, b. Oct. 3, 1812; d. Mar. 8, 1813. 
SIMEON GRAVES, with David and Perez, presumably 
brothers, came to Royalton in 1815, and settled in Royalton viP 
lage in the hatter's business, and perhaps also they had a black- 
smith shop. Their premises were near Elkanah Stevens' store. 

Simeon married Gracia , and a daughter, ]\Iiranda, born in 

1819, m. Dec. 25, 1861, Sylvester, son of John and Amy Banis- 
ter, a shoemaker. On May 21, 1820, Amasa Edson. a son of 
Simeon, was baptized. The name of David's wife was Sarah, 
and Anginette, a daughter, died July 19, 1817, aged 12 yrs. 3 mo. 


IRIJAH GREEN, parentage unknown, was probably the 
first of the name in Royalton. He was here in the early 1780 's. 
He married. Mar. 18, 1784, Sarah Boutell, probably the widow 
of Enoch Boutell, and a son, Enoch, was born Dec. 31, 1786, 
who died Feb. 9, 1817, buried at E. Bethel. Enoch married, 
Dec. 25, 1810, Betsey Morrill, and d. Feb. 9, 1817. Irijah was 
probably the Irijah who was pensioned July 7, 1819, then 69 
years old, and who died Sep. 20, 1824. The estate of Irijah of 
Royalton was probated Sep. 30, 1824, and a son Milton was then 
mentioned. Irijah lived on the farm north of Mr. Fayette 

URIAH GREEN, of whom little is known, came to Royal- 
ton in the 1830 's. His wife's name was Sarah, and he had a 
son, Uriah, and a vson Josiah B., born 1838, who married Oct. 30, 
1867, Ella C, daughter of Horace and E. W. Bowman of Bar- 
nard, born 1848. He was in Bethel when he made his first pur- 
chase of land in 1826. He lived on the Fayette Greene farm 
and built the house now standing thereon. 

Other members of the Green family who paid poll tax in 
town were Pliny, 1794-98; William, 1795-99; Benjamin, 1795- 
98 ; Cyril, 1798-1804 ; Alpha, 1798 ; James, 1810-12. 

EDWARD ALLEN GREEN, son of John and Harriet (Os- 
good) Green, and grandson of Stephen Green of N. H., b. Mar. 
4, 1844. E. Randolph ; m. Nov. 11, 1867, Bethel, Mary Ellen, 
dau. Moses and Mary Ann (Barker) Webster, b. Dec. 25, 1848, 
Roxbury; d. Sep. 10, 1910, Sharon. Rem. from Randolph to 
Roy. abt. 1866; teamster for M. S. Adams twenty years; seven 
years on the Martin Skinner farm ; soldier of the Civil War, dis- 
charged at close of the war; see "Pensioners," Chap. XXVIII; 
res. with son Pearl, Roy. village. 

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i. Hattie Mabel, b. Mar. 28, 1868, E. Randolph; d. Sep. 20, 

ii. Hattie May, b. Oct. 31, 1871, Roy.; m. July 4, 1898, Ben- 
jamin Bird, son of Charles and Julia (Bird) Cutler of Bethel; one eh., 
Max, d. an infant in Bethel. 

iii. Abbie Rebecca, b. Dec. 8, 1873, Roy.; m. Rix, son Amplius 
Williams of Bethel; res.. Bethel; no ch. 

iv. Jennie Webster, b. Jan. 12, 1877, Roy.; m. Dec. 3, , 

Edward Prosper, son Jefferson and Ellen (Belknap) Slack of Strafford, 
who d. 1910, Sharon; one ch., Lawrence Verne, b. Jan. 28, 1902 (?). 

V. John Edward, b. Dec. 27, 1878, Roy.; m. Aug. 18, 1897, 
Montpelier, Nellie, dau. John and Ellen (Lemaire) Martin of Berlin, 
b. Nov. 27, 1877; no ch.; res. Melville, Mont. 

vi. Pearl Clarence, b. Nov. 25, 1877, Roy.; m. June 29, 1907, 
Grace, dau. Milo and Martha (Reed) Howe of Tunb. ; one ch., John 
Pearl, b. Apr. 20, 1908, Roy. 

vii. Ruby Nina, b. June 4, 1890, Roy.; m. Jan. 21, 1908, Lynn, 
Mass., Ralph, son Colon Pendleton; res. Lynn. 

JOSIAH RUSSELL [7] GREENE (Rannay [6], Josiah 
[5], David [4], Jacob [3], William [2], William [1]), b. Dec. 
21, 1810, Timbridge; d. Sep. 29, 1881, Roy.; m. Oct. 31, 1843, 
Sarah Hosmer, dau. Theophilus Sargent and Patty (Stevens) 
Hanks, b. Sep. 5, 1817, Rand.; d. Nov. 4, 1881, Roy. 

Josiah R. Greene rem. from Randolph to Royalton in 1843. 
He was a prudent, industrious man, interested in good schools 
and all questions of public and national welfare. His father 
was a courteous and genial gentleman, who cultivated well his 
farm, and before the time of railroads made many journeys to 
Boston for the exchange of supplies. He paid poll tax in town 
three years. Josiah 's grandmother Greene's family possessed a 
martial spirit. Her father, Samuel Greene (b. Shrewsbury, 
Mass., 1723; d. 1807, Hanover, N. H., where he had lived 25 
years), served in the French wars against Canada; was a vol- 
unteer for two months when the British took New York; volun- 
teered with 59 others from the county of Worcester, Mass., who 
mounted their horses and aided in capturing Burgoyne. Her 
brother Joseph joined the army in 1776 with his brother Zach- 
ariah; they aided in fortifying Dorchester Heights; entered the 
city of Boston the day after the departure of the British, and 
marched to New York and heard the Declaration of Independ- 
ence read in the Old Park, New York City; helped erect forts 
at Brooklyn Heights, and were in the battles of Throgg's Point, 
White Plains, and White Marsh; wounded at White Marsh, Dec. 
7, 1777. Their wounds were dressed in one of Gen. Washing- 
ton 's rooms by candle light, and they passed the night in a horse 
shed with buckwheat straw for a bed and no blankets. Maj. 
Gen. Greene secured better quarters for them in the morning. 
Joseph was in the battles of Monmouth and Trenton. He was 
drowned in Long Island Sound. Zachariah in 1803 became the 
Presbyterian minister at Setauket, Long Island, and died in 

History of Royalton, Vermont 809 

June, 1858, at Hempstead, N. Y., in his ninety-ninth year, after 
serving the one church fifty years, and ten more years as pastor 

i. Sarah Hortensia [8], b. June 7, 1845, Roy.; res. with 

ii. Josiah Fayette [8], b. June 25, 1848, Roy.; m. Oct. 16, 1884, 
Ellen I., dau. Oel and Sabrina (Strong) Perrin, b. 1849, Roy.; ch.: 
William Lester, b. July 6, 1885; d. Jan. 24, 1886. Substantial farmer; 
member of the Historical Association. 

The emigrant ancestor of the Greene family was William, who, 
with his brother John, a surgeon, came from England to Boston in 1635. 
John was the ancestor of Maj. Gen. Nathaniel Greene, and settled in 
Warwick, R. I. His descendants are leading men to this day. Wil- 
liam [1], b. Devonshire, Eng., 1591; d. Woburn, Mass., 1653; m. Hannah 
Carter, b. Devonshire, 1596; d. Woburn, 1657; William, b. Woburn, 
1651; d. Woburn, 1717; m. Hannah Kendall; d. Woburn, 1719; Jacob, 
b. Woburn, 1691; d. Hanover, N. H., 1790; m. Elizabeth Cranch, b. 
Shrewsbury, Mass., 1695; d. Stafford, Conn., 1755; David, b. Shrews- 
bury, 1725; d. Stafford, 1780; m. Ruth Rogers of Brimfield, Mass., 1752; 
Josiah, b. Stafford, Aug. 26, 1763; d. Sep. 5, 1809, Auburn, N. Y.; m. 
Susa Greene, his cousin, Sep. 18, 1787; res. Hanover; Rannay, b. Apr. 
27, 1788, Newport, N. H.; d. Jan. 15, 1873, E. Corinth; m. Mar. 7, 1810, 
Pernella Kelsey, b. May 6, 1789, Tunbridge; d. Aug. 13, 1859, E. Rand. 


ELI STEDMAN HACKETT, son of George, and grandson 
of George, b. Dec. 25, 1814, Tunbridge ; d. Mar. 27, 1868, Roy. ; 
m. Jan. 9, 1840, Phebe Folsom, dau. George and Mary (Folsom) 
Weymouth, b. Apr. 18, 1816, Tunb. ; d. Apr. 30, 1893, Roy. Mr. 
Hackett came to Royalton from Tunbridge in 1859. He was 
engaged in supplying a Boston firm with farm produce, a busi- 
ness he continued till death. With Orville Bixby he bought a 
store and went into the furniture business. He was known as 
a man whose word was as good as a note, strictly honorable in 
all his dealings. He was selectman, 1866-68. Mrs. Hackett was 
domestic in habit, serving well her household. 

i. Ellen Mary, b. Dec. 28, 1840, Tunb.; d. Jan. 26, 1866; m. 
Oct., 1862, Edson, son Nathan and Lydia (Lathrop) Bixby, b. Oct. 9, 
1839, Chelsea; d. Nov. 17, 1896, S. Roy. Mr. Bixby was in trade in S. 
Royalton, either in company with others or alone for many years. No 
flaw was ever found in his character. He was selectman, 1874-78, and 
held other important town offices. He was chorister in the S. Roy. 
Congregational church for twenty-five years. His ministrations in the 
sick rooms of his neighbors and friends will long be cherished with 
gratitude. Ch.: (a) George, b. Nov. 30, 1863, Brookfield; m. (1) Nov., 
1883, Lucy, dau. Benj. and Maria (Russ) Burnham, b. 1867, Bethel; 

m. (2) 1907, Matilda , b. 1873, Nova Scotia; res., Lewiston, Me.; 

ch.: (i) Roland B., b. Mar. 23, 1886, Roy.; (ii) Blanche, b. Sep. 5, 1890, 
White River Junction. 

ii. Cynthia W., b. Sep. 9, 1843; d. Oct. 19, 1849, Tunb. 

iii. David Conley, b. July 22, 1845, Tunb.; d. Dec. 24, 1884, 
Brandon; m. Oct. 20, 1873, Cynthia, dau. Royal J. Cook, who d. 1905; 

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ch.: (a) Ellen, b. Aug. 19, 1875; d. Aug. 5, 1883; (b) Abbie Cook, b. 
Jan. 13, 1878; (c) Edson Bixby, b. Nov. 30, 1880; all b. Brandon. 

iv. Alice Phebe, b. Nov. 9, 1849, Tunb.; m. June 4, 1868, How- 
ard Brigham, son Thomas Prentiss of Chelsea, Can.; ch.: (a) Edson 
Howard, b. Mar. 30, 1869; d. July 30, 1869; (b) Hiram Frederick, b. 
Sep. 24, 1870; (c) Ellen, b. Jan. 24, 1871; d. Apr. 5, 1872; (d) Martha 
Alice, b. Mar. 4, 1873; res. Ottawa; (e) George Hackett, b. Oct. 20, 1876; 
(f) Lottie Hannah, b. Jan. 11, 1880. 

V. Charlotte Weymouth, b. July 30, 1851, Tunb.; a dressmaker 
in S. Roy. Was employed for a time in the Mass. State Hospital at 
Canton, Mass. Miss Hackett has been one of the faithful and active 
workers in the S. Roy. Congregational church many years, and was a 
member of the choir until recent years. 

vi. Carrie Frances, b. June 14, 1855; d. Dec. 6, 1859, S. Roy. 
GEORGE HENRY HACKETT, son of Samuel Barnet and 
Sarah Ann (Williams) Hackett of Tunbridge, grandson of Eph- 
raim, the son of Daniel, the son of Daniel, b. Sep. 4, 1841, Tunb. ; 
m. (1) July 4, 1867, Ellen M., dau. Elisha Parker, who d. Dee. 
18, 1878, Tunb.; m. (2) Oct. 21, 1892, Susan Maria, dau. Ichabod 
Azro and Rosantha M. Davis, b. Mar. 13, 1859, Roy. Mr. Hack- 
ett built a mill for finishing lumber, which he has recently sold 
to his son, on account of ill health. The upper story of his house 
is the old Pierce stand. 

i. Frank Archie, b. Oct. 14, 1869, Tunb. 


STORRS [6] HALL (Nathaniel [5], Nath. [4], Theophilus 
[3], William [2], John [1]), b. Jan. 5, 1770, Lebanon, N. H., 

or Hartford ; d. Oct. 16, 1813, Randolph ; m. Asenath . In 

1793 Mr. Hall bought E. 7 L. A., and was listed until 1808. He 
went to Randolph, and died there. In 1807 he had forty acres 

of improved land. 

i. Asenath [7], b. Jan. 15, 1796, Roy., prob. 
ii. Piercy [7], b. Oct. 17, 1797, Roy., prob. 
On June 5, 1806, these two children and Cynthia, Azel, Silas, and 
Philo, were all baptized, and presumably were all born in Royalton. 

BELA HALL, son of Bela, b. 1795, Windsor; d. Mar. 31, 
1870, Roy.; m. Feb. 27, 1820, Roy., Lydia, dau. Darius and 
Rachel (Bingham) Dewey, b. Mar. 1, 1787; d. Jan. 29, 1867, Roy. 
Mr. Hall joined the church in 1825 by letter from Granville. 
He was a blacksmith. His shop was on the Common west of 
the Frank Bosworth house. 

John Hall [1] came from England to Charlestown, Mass., 
1630. Nath. [4] m. Martha Storrs. Storrs Hall had a brother. 
Dr. Ira, who has a grandson, Sidney Storrs Hall of Ripon, Wis. 


ROBERT HANDY, parentage not known, m. Hannah, dau. 
William Hunter of Sharon, and sister of Larkin Hunter. He 
was one of the messengers to warn settlers of the Indian raid on 

History of Royalton, Vermont 811 

Oct. 16, 1780. He went to the fort at Bethel, which he had 
helped to build. There is a tradition that he was never seen 
after that day, but he gave a deed of a lot of his after that date, 
but further information is lacking. His widow married (2) 
Gideon Mosher of Sharon, the son of James, son of Hugh. Date 
of marriage is unknown. When she recorded the birth of her 
son, Michael, in Sharon, by making her mark, Apr. 25, 1795, she 
was then Mrs. Mosher. Mr. Mosher 's estate was in probate in 
1818. Mr. Handy was in Sharon in 1775, and in Norwich in 
1776, but as his name cannot be found in Norwich records, it 
may be he was there in military service. He came to Royalton 
between 1776 and 1780. In the probate records it is stated that 
June 21, 1787, the judge appointed Calvin Parkhurst guardian 
to Robert Handy, son of Michael, which leads one to think that 
this is a mistake, and that it was Michael, the son of Robert, for 
whom a guardian was appointed, and that may have been the 
year of Robert's death. It is understood by the descendants of 
Mrs. Handy, that she went to Hoosick Falls after the death of 
IMr. Mosher, and died there, but they do not know whether she 
was buried there or not. If she was, then they think she must 
have been buried in the family lot on the David Barnhart farm, 
near the river. David owned land in Hoosick Falls extending 
from the Falls bridge half way to Hoosick Four Corners, and 
the cemetery was taken from his land, and most of the village is 
on his land, only a small part being retained by his heirs. There 
was another old burial lot on this farm, from which the bodies 
were removed in 1859 to the new cemetery, but the record of re- 
movals shows no proof of the removal of Mrs. Handy-Mosher. 
An effort has been made to identify her last resting place, that 
a fitting memorial may be erected over it, but it is doubtful if 
it is ever positively known. She had no children by Mr. Mosher. 
His daughter Eda by his first wife, Mary Manchester, married 
Eber Mosher, the grandmother of Mrs. Ellen Doubleday Fischer 
and Mrs. Benj. Flint, who always spoke of her as Grandma 
Hendee, while the descendants of Lucretia called her "Grannie 
Mosher." See "Burning of Royalton" and " Royalton 's Revo- 
lutionary Roll," Chapter X. Robert was an original grantee of 
the town. 

i. Michael, b. Mar. 23, 1773, prob. Sharon. Captured by the 
Indians, Oct. 16, 1780, and released through the pleading of his mother. 
Owned land in Sharon, which he sold in 1802. No certain trace of him 
farther, but is thought to have gone to Hoosick Falls and to have died 

ii. Lucretia, b. ; d. March, 1854, Sandgate, at the home of 

her dau., Mrs. Covey. The records of Sandgate were burned. Married 
David Barnhart, son of David, of Hoosick Falls, N. Y., who d. Feb., 
1852, Hoosick Falls, at an advanced age. He was living with his dau., 
Roxana. His son Joseph lived at home, also, till near the time of the 

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death of his parents. Ch.: (a) Joseph, b. Sep. 21, 1793; d. Aug. 12, 
1870; bur. Center White Creelc; m. Hannah Hodges of Hoosick Falls; 
ch.: (i) Blendina, b. 1839; m. Mr. Center, and has a dau., Mrs. W. A. 
Billingham of Mt. Vernon, N. Y., and Mrs. C. B. Hunt of Valley Falls, 
N. Y., another dau.; (ii) Elizabeth, b. 1841; (ill) Caleb,, b. July 1, 1843; 
m. and has a family; res. Hoosick; (b) Michael, of whom nothing is 
known; (c) Henry, d. Apr. 8, 1865, Sandgate, aged abt. 70; (d) Maria, 
b. Oct. 1, 1811, or June, 1812; m. John B. Covey of Sandgate; she d. 
Feb. 6, 1884; ch.: (i) Verona, b. May 26, 1838; d. May 6, 1905; m. Mr. 
Gregory and had three daughters, Mrs. Geo. Parker of Hoosick Falls, 
Mrs. Roy Bentley, Sandgate, and Miss Belle Gregory of Sandgate, who 
has furnished the greater part of the Handy data; (ii) Victoria, d. at 
age of six weeks. David and Lucretia are buried in Hoosick Falls; 
Maria and Joseph at Sandgate; (e) Lucretia, d. unm.; (f) Lucinda, 
m. R. D. Ferris of New York; (g) Juliette, m. William Holcombe of 
Buffalo; (h) Henrietta, m. Dr. Chadwick of New York; (i) Gideon, b. 
1792; d. Aug. 6, 1889, Sandgate; xa: Martha Halmes of Buffalo; (j) 
Roxana, b. May 20, 1819; d. May 12, 1877; bur. in Elisha B. Hurd fam- 
ily lot, Hoosick Falls; m. William Stoney of Hoosick Falls; a grand- 
daughter, Mrs. Bertha (Hurd) Abel, lives in Hoosick Falls; Lucretia 
went from the care of Roxana to her dau. Maria about one year before 
her death; (k) Stephen, m. Esther Fort of Hoosick Falls. There were 
removed to the new cemetery, lot 53, Lucretia, Henrietta, and Lucinda, 
ch. of Lucretia and David Barnhart, also David and Lucretia, and a 
Covey child, probably Victoria. Henry was buried there also. In 1910 
there were no markers to these graves. 


JOHN [7] HARTWELL (John [6], Simon [5], John [4], 
Eben. [3], John [2], William [1]), b. Dec. 2, 1799 or 1800, 
Hillsborough, N. H.; d. May 17, 1869, Tunbridge; m. Nov. 29, 
1827, Catherine, dau. Timothy and Martha (Graves) Gray, b. 
Apr. 9, 1810, Hillsborough ; d. Jan. 29, 1896. Mr. Hartwell set- 
tled in Royalton about the time of his marriage, on the Solon 
Brownell place, Broad Brook, where he continued to live most 
of the time until 1847, when he sold to William Benson. 

i. Martha Elizabeth [8], b. Oct. 16 or 17, 1832, Roy. prob.; 
d. Feb. 22 or 24, 1852. 

*ii. Cynthia Maria [8], b. Nov. 18, 1834, Roy.; m. Mark J. Sar- 

iii. Caroline E. [8], b. Oct. 18, 1836; d. Dec. 5, 1880, Hartford, 
Conn.; m. Feb. 7, 1861, Eben. C. C, son Eben. and Deborah Kellogg, 
b. 1833, Lowville, N. Y.; divorced; died with her sister, Mrs. Cook. 

iv. Mary Jane [8], b. Nov. 12, 1841; m. Apr. 30, 1881, Edwin 
P., son Edwin and Hannah (Taylor) Miller, b. June 5, 1834, Glaston- 
bury, Conn.; member of firm of Fowler & Miller Printing Co., Hartford, 
Conn., 1872-86. 

V. Louisa H. [8], b. Sep. 25, 1843; d. Aug. 24, 1903; m. June, 
1867, William T., son John J. Cook, b. Nov. 22, 1833, London, Eng.; 
killed on railroad not far from Osceola, la.; freight conductor; served 
in 2nd Mass. Cav., Co. F, 1863, as Q. M. Sergt. 

vi. William Henry [8], b. Feb. 27, 1848; m. Dec. 22, 1874, 
Agnes P., dau. John and Martha (Burroughs) Cowdery, b. Feb. 26, 1854, 
Tunbridge; employed in Bethel quarries. 

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SILAS FOSTER [7] HARTWELL, brother of John [7], 
b. Aug. 16, 1801 ; d. Dec. 8, 1883, Roy. ; m. Oct. 25, 1826, Emily, 
dau. Eliphalet and Eunice (Lamphear) Davis, b. Jan. or June 
22, 1804, Roy. ; d. Aug. 28, 1885, Roy. Silas F. bought one-half 
of his brother's farm, and lived on it for some years, then re- 
moved to N. Roy. He had a residence in town of over fifty years. 

i. Harriet Augusta [8], b. June 4, 1833; d. Aug. 21, 1841, Roy. 
*ii. Sarah Jane [8], b. July 30, 1835, Roy.; m. John Wild, Jr. 

iii. Eunice Maria [8], b. Jan. 2, 1839; d. Apr. 4, 1895; m. Nov. 
17, 1886, Heman D., son Truman and Lydia (Durkee) Bates, b. Sep. 17, 
1833, Tunb.; d. Aug. 1, 1887; member Co. C, Vt. Vols. In July, 1881, 
Mr. Bates plunged into White river near the Yuran place in an effort 
to save two drowning girls, Louisa, daughter of Hon. D. C. Denison, 
and her cousin, Eliza Jameson of Chicago. Miss Denison was saved, 
but Miss Jameson was drowned. The sudden checking of perspiration 
induced rheumatism from which he never recovered. 

iv. Lucy E. [8], b. July 23, 1841; d. Nov. 21, 1860. 

V. Albert Carter [8], b. Dec. 15, 1843; m. Apr. 26, 1864, Diana 
M., dau. James and Fanny (Rogers) Whitehorn, b. Jan. 10, 1843; res. 

vi. Charles Franklyn [8], b. Oct. 25, 1856; m. (1) Mar. 28, 
1883, Abby, dau. Otis and Clarissa (Foster) Barney, b. 1848, E. Ran- 
dolph; d. Nov. 21, 1894; m. (2) Mar. 31, 1895, Victoria Hughes; ch.: 
(a) Silas Foster, b. 1895; (b) Helen Maria, b. Oct. 7, 1896; res. S. Roy. 
Silas Foster is said to have been a noted drummer, and to have 
summoned the young men a mile away to gather on "Kimball Hill," 
his father's residence, for athletic sports. In his own family for four 
years was a cousin, Henry Harrison Hartwell, who became a Methodist 
minister, noted for wit, physical strength, and courage. A free thinker 
once asked him, "Please tell me how old the devil is." "O, my friend, 
you must look after your own family record," was his quick reply. 
His emigrant ancestor settled in Concord, Mass., about 1636, when he 
was twenty j'ears old. 


WILLIAM HARVEY, the son of David and Lucretia 
(Bragg) Harvey, b. Mar. 1, 1801, Loudon, N. H. ; d. Oct. 3, 
1876, Roy. ; m. Feb. 5, 1823, Amelia, dau. Daniel and Mary Bliss 
of Lebanon, N. H., b. July 19, 1800, Lebanon ; d. Sep. 4, 1883, 
Roy. ; bur. N. Roy. Gem. Mr. Harvey removed from Lebanon, 
N, H., in March, 1835, and settled on the Gen. Elias Stevens 
farm below S. Royalton. He had a character of sterling worth. 
He was a staunch supporter of the church, and was always ready 
to help his brother man. He loved his country, and was loyal 
to the Whig party. His influence was always on the side of 
right, and used in the best interests of the town. 

i. Daniel Bliss, b. Apr. 24, 1824; d. Nov. 1, 1898; m. 1869, 
Sarah Crate of Hackettstown, N. J., and had one son, William David 
Bliss. He entered Royalton academy in 1839; taught three years in 
Georgia; grad. from Dartmouth, 1854; principal of academies several 
years; professor of mathematics, 1858-61, in Marshall Coll., Ga.; at the 
time of the Civil War his property was confiscated, and he returned 

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home; entered Albany Law School, and grad. 1862; admitted to Wind- 
sor County Bar; practiced law in N. J. twenty-seven years; res., Hack- 
ettstown, N. J. 

ii. George Henry, b. Mar. 27, 1827; m. Oct. 11, 1853, Rebecca 
S., dau. James Greenough of Canterbury, N. H. Mr. Harvey resided in 
Royalton until within a few years, when he rem. to "Woodstock, where 
he has a pleasant home near the Court House. The Harvey family 
was a family of teachers, and Mr. Harvey showed his talent in conduct- 
ing singing schools. He is a man of fine physique, and still retains his 
mental powers, though enfeebled by age and disease. Ch.: (a) James 
Greenough, b. May 6, 1856; m. 1883, Cora George of Enfield, N. H.; 
four ch., Mary Frances, James, Maurice, John Ralph; James G. is a 
lawyer, admitted to the bar of Windsor county, 1880; res.. White River 
Junction; (b) Alice Rebecca, b. Jan. 19, 1858; music teacher and or- 
ganist in Woodstock, unm.; (c) George Henry, b. Sep. 20, 1859; d. Apr. 
11, 1902, Roy.; m. May 3, 1882, Clara M., dau. Jonathan and Martha 
(Church) Dyer, b. 1862; ch.: (i) William Francis, b. 1885, Weathers- 
field; m. Sep. 9, 1908, Ethel Maria, dau. Henry and Evelyn M. (Perry) 
Adams, b. 1887, Roy., and has Helen Lucile, b. May 30, 1910; machinist; 
(ii) Alice Esther, b. May 19, 1887; educated in Royalton Academy; 
teacher; (iii) Clara Rebecca, b. May 5, 1888; d. Sep. 4, 1906, Roy.; (iv) 
George Harold, b. Oct. 7, 1889; d. Sep. 14, 1890, Roy.; (v) Ruth, b. 
Nov., 1891; d. Jan. 15, 1891; (vi) George Philip, b. June 22, 1892; 
(vii) Richard George, b. Feb. 12, 1893; Mrs. Clara D. Harvey res. on 
the Harvey farm, with sons Philip and George. Her voice of unusual 
sweetness and purity is heard regularly in the choir of the First Con- 
gregational church; (d) Mary Louise, b. Oct. 13, 1861; teacher, and 
engaged in literary work. New York City. 

iii. Susan Amelia, b. Oct. 19, 1830; res. Hackettstown, N. J.; 

iv. William Francis, b. Oct. 10, 1838; d. July 4, 1844, Roy. 
He fitted for college in Royalton Academy and the academy at Pem- 
broke, N. H.; grad. from Dartmouth with A. M. degree, 1864; grad. 
from Georgetown Med. Coll., Washington, D. C, 1868; had a position 
in the Treasury Dept. at Washington, but studied and practiced at the 
same time. 

V. Edwin David, b. June 9, 1840; d. May 7, 1841, Roy. 


MICHAEL HASKELL, son of Prince and Leah (Wilder) 
Haskell, m. Aug. 22, 1819, Bethel, Mary, dau. Stephen and Han- 
nah Curtis (Huntington) Cleveland, b. June 9, 1798, Bethel; d. 
Mar. 15, 1855, Jefferson, Wis. Michael lived in Barnard to 
1824, in Roy. to 1848. His father was taken prisoner at the time 
of the Indian raid upon Barnard, Aug. 9, 1780, and kept in 
Canada until the following fall, when he was exchanged. Michael 
lived on 41 L, A. 

i. Henry, b. Aug. 14, 1820, Barnard; m. Mary Abigail Cham- 
berlain of Stockbridge; several ch.; one, Kate, b. Oct. 31, 1847, Roy., 
lived in Wis., unm. Henry lived for a time in Roy. with his father. 

ii. Mary Deborah, b. Mar. 12, 1823, Barn.; d. Sep. 9, 1833, Roy. 

iii. Michael Edward Wilder, b. Sep. 19, 1827, Roy.; d. Mar. 13, 
1855, Jefferson, Wis., unm. 

iv. Hannah Curtis, b. Sep. 3, 1829, Roy.; d. May 31, 1835, Roy. 

V. Stephen Cleveland, b. Nov. 23, 1832, Roy.; d. Aug. 31, 1833. 


vi. Stephen Cleveland, b. May 12, 1835, Roy.; d. Jan. 5, 1884, 
Jefferson; m. Jan. 1, 1862, Annie Rebecca Soule; one ch. 

vii. George Charles, b. May 19, 1839, Roy.; "d. Jan. 15, 1876, 
Londonville, O.; m. Dec. 28, 1871, Lucy E. Hayes; res. in Roy. until 
1848, in Jefferson until 1864, when he enlisted in Co. A, 14Cth 111., 
serving till July 8, 1865; banker; one ch. 


ADRIAN HATCH, son of Adrian and Sarali (Pike) Hatch, 
b. 1792, Norwich; d. Dec. 2, 1854; m. Mar. 21. 1821, Sharon, 
Lucy, dau. Dr. Willard and Elizabeth (Lovejoy) Frink, b. July 
1, 1794, Sharon; d. S. Hadley Falls, Mass. Dr. Frink was a 
grad. of Dartmouth and a surgeon in the Revolutionary "War. 
Adrian Hatch was a clothier by trade, and lived in S. Royalton. 
i. Harriet, b. Feb. 4, 1822, Sharon; d. Oct. 22, 1892, Holyoke, 
Mass.; m. Jan. 27, 1850, Horace Sanborn of Troy; ch.: Charles, Adrian, 
Ben, and Laura. 

ii. Horace, b. Feb. 8, 1824, Sharon; d. Oct. 18, 1902; m. Mar. 
30, 1856, Lucy M., dau. James Wright Townsend, b. Aug. 19, 1818, Bar- 
nard; d. Jan. 31, 1908; ch.: James W., b. Dec. 27, 1860, Barnard; d. 
Aug. 3, 1909; m. May 31, 1883, Ida B., dau. William T. Brink, b. Apr. 
1, 1866; ch.: (i) Edith L., b. Feb. 19, 1886; (ii) Guy W., b. Apr. 7, 

iii. John, m. Jane Wills; ch.: Adrian, George, Fred, b. May 8, 
1859, Roy.; Edward, b. July 5, 1861, Roy.; John, b. June 3, 1863, Roy.; 
Lucy, b. June 7, 1866, Roy.; Phebe, David, Jennie, Luna, Loren; all live 
in Randolph but David. 

iv. Adrian, b. 1833, S. Roy.; d. 1887, Chicopee, Mass.; m. Lau- 
raette A., dau. Gleason G. and Amelia M. (Brainard) Pepper, b. S. 
Hadley Falls, Mass.; d. Springfield, Mass.; ch.: (a) Adrian Gleason, 
b. June 5, 1861, Chicopee; m. Dec. 13, 1885, Springfield, Mass., Ella M.. 
dau. Clifton B. and Lurena E. (Hadloek) Graves, b. Jan. 10, 1867, South 
Troy; ch.: (i) Alice M., b. July, 1S91, Springfield; (ii) Adrian Howard, 
b. Feb. 12, 1895, Winchester, N. H. 

v. Betsey, b. June 15, 1827, Sharon; d. July 1, 1897, Palmer, 
Mass.; m. Feb. 8, 184G, Norman Aiken of Troy; res. S. Hadley Falls, 
Mass.; ch.: Ally, Will, Frank. 

vi. Laura, m. White, and had a dau., Eva; res. S. Hadley, 

Mass. She was b. in Sharon. 

vii. Lucy Abigail, b. Jan. 8, 1837, Roy.; d. Mar. 8, 1904. Hol- 
yoke, Mass.; m. Dec. 25, 1861, Lorenzo Newton Williston of Holyoke, 
who d. Apr. 6, 1903; ch.: Jennie Resell, Lorenzo Arthur, Lucy Hatch, 
d. in childhood, Elizabeth Leona, Roland Albert, and Emily Meyers. 
A sou of Lucy A. writes that she often "recalled happy memories of 
school days and the home of her childhood, for which she retained a 
deep affection, visiting it for the last time the summer previous to her 
death." "Her life passed on quietly, filled with care for her family, 
and social intercourse with relatives and friends by whom she was 
much loved." 

HENRY H. HATCH, son of Amos and grandson of Adrian 
of Norwich, b. Mar. 3, 1839, Norwich ; d. Mar. 27, 1907, Sharon : 
bur. Pine Hill Cem., Sharon ; m. Oct. 12, 1870, Lydia A., dau. 
Alexander and Almira L. Eddy, b. Dec. 22, 1848, Providence, 
R. I. ; no ch. Enlisted in 3d Vt. Vols., and served one and one- 

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half years ; discharged for gunshot wound in the hand ; worked 
for a railroad in la. ; foreman for the Tool Co., Providence. 
R. I. ; farmer in Roy. a few 3'ears ; lived on a farm in Sharon, 
Broad Brook, twentj^-three years ; rem. to Sharon village, where 
he died of pneumonia, after a brief sickness. 


1. ROBERT [5] liAVENS (Robert |4], Robert [3], Rob- 
ert [2], William [1]), b. 1718; d. June 8, 1805, Roy.; m. Han- 
nah Welch, b. Conn. ; both bur. in Hutchinson private lot on the 
Wells farm in S. Tunbridge. The headstones were removed by 
Orison Foster, End the land cultivated. No trace of the head- 
stones can be found. Joseph Kneeland is said to have been bur- 
ied there, and Thomas Pember was first interred there. For a 
sketch of Mr. Havens see "Earliest Settlers," and see also 
"Burning of Royalton." Mr. Havens died at the home of his 
son, Daniel Havens. Mr. Perrin in his diary tells us that the 
funeral was at the house of Daniel, and the text was Ps. 90 :12. 
i. Hannah, d. 1794, Norwich; m. Oct. 12, 1775, Norwich, Dan- 
iel Baldwin, who d. Apr., 1792 (?). His estate was in probate Jan. 13, 
1794. Ch.: (a) Betsey, b. Dec. 2, 177C, Norwich; d. Oct. 27, 1807; m. 
Mar. 1, 1801, Israel Dewey, b. Jan. 2G, 1777, Hanover, N. H.; ch.: (i) 
Daniel Havens, b. Nov. 8, 1801, Berlin; (ii) Alonzo Baldwin, b. Apr. 
14, 1803; (iii) Milton Carrier, b. Jan. 14, 1805; (iv) Israel, b. Aug. 2G, 
180G, Berlin; d. Apr. 7, 1807; Israel, Sen., m. again, Nancy Hovey, b. 
Dec. 24, 1786, and had Harry Hovey, Betsey Baldwin, Anna Maria, who 
d. June 30, 1824, Martha Louisa, Eunetea Parthenia, who m. Marvin 
Tryon of Montpelier, Frederick Freeman, Mary Eliza, Israel Otis, John 
Calvin, Nancy Maria; (b) Sylvanus, b. 1782, Norwich; d. Montpelier; 
a noted carpenter and architect; helped build the old State House and 
the first arched bridge in "Vermont; (c) Abel; (d) Patty or Martha; 
Ce) Lovisa; (f) Daniel, b. Jan. 21, 1792, Norwich; d. Aug. 3, 1881, 
Montpelier; Pres. of Montpelier Fire Ins. Co., 1841-1874; one of the 
first board of directors of the V. C. R. R., but did not agree with the 
majority as to course for the road to run; judge of Washington County 
Court, 184G-47; director in Montpelier Nat. Bank; bequeathed $2,000 to 
Montpelier for securing a water supply; m. in 1820, Emily Wheelock, 
granddaughter of the first president of Dartmouth College; one son and 
four daughters, all died before parents, except Mrs. Charles Reed and 
Mrs. Marcus D. Oilman; Mrs. Reed's dau., Elizabeth Burnap, m. Col. 
J. H. Lucia of Vergennes, and a dau.. Rose, is principal of primary 
schools in Montpelier; (g) Hannah. Ch. not arranged according to age. 
*ii. Eleanor, b. 1744; m. William Lovejoy. 

iii. Joseph, b. abt. 1750; m. Nov. 8, 1781, Abigail ; ch.: 

(a) Robert, b. Oct. 6, 1782, Roy.; (b) Tyler, b. Mar. 2G, 1784, Roy.; d. 
1797, Roy. Joseph was last listed in 1805. There is a marriage inten- 
tion record of Robert to Abigail R., July, 1786, which cannot be that 
of the son of Joseph, nor is it thought that Robert, the first settler, was 

twice married. The residence of Abigail R is given as Plainfield, 

no state mentioned, and no information can be obtained from Plainfield 
town clerks in Vt., N. H., or Conn. Joseph went to New York state, 
and all trace of him and his family is lost. He was taken prisoner at 
the time of the Indian raid. 

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2. iv. Daniel, b. Sep. 30, 1752. 

*v. Lorenza, b. Feb. 21, 1760; m. Daniel Lovejoy. 

2. DANIEL HAVENS, son of Robert, b. Sep. 30, 1752; 
d. Dee. 19, 1837, Roy.; bur. Havens Cem. ; m. (1) Ann Redding- 
ton, b. Apr., 1752; d. Oct. 7, 1784, Roy.; m. (2) Bethesda, dau. 
William and Thankful Skinner, b. Apr. 15, 1749; d. July 15, 
1808, Roy.; bur. S. Roy. Cem. Daniel Havens was a man of 
strong character, whose life was guided by the strictest principles 
of honor and justice. 

*i. Olive, b. Sep. 27, 1781, Roy.; m. William Bingham. 

3. ii. Ira, b. Jan. 4, 1783. 

3. IRA HAVENS, b. Jan. 4, 1783, Roy. ; d. Jan. 13, 1853, 
Roy. ; m. Oct. 22, 1806, Betsey, dau. John and Philena Flint, b. 
July 12, 1783; d. Nov. 11, 1856, Roy.; bur. Havens Cem. Ira 

lived with his father. 

*i. Philena Flint (?), b. Apr. 24, 1808; m. Charles S. Button. 

ii. Daniel Baldwin, b. Aug. 8, 1809; d. young. 
*iii. Ann R., b. Oct. 7, 1810; m. Jesse Button. 
*iv. Fanny Louisa, b. Feb. 15, 1812; m. Levi Baker. 
V. Harvey Flint, b. Dec. 2, 1813; d. July 23, 1865; m. May 19, 
1842, Harriet Baker, dau. William and Hannah (Baker) Pierce, b. Oct. 

6, 1816; d. Jan. 4, 1857, Roy.; ch.: (a) Infant dau., b. Mar. 12, 1843; 
d. the next day; (b) Hannah Frances, b. Nov. 18, 1844; d. Sep. 21, 1846, 
Roy.; (c) Alice Clarabella, b. June 12, 1849; d. Apr. 25, 1851. 

vi. Daniel Baldwin, b. May 3, 1816, Roy.; d. May 31, 1889; 
m. Jan. 1, 1846, Judah (Judith) Maria, dau. Anthony and Sarah (Hoyt) 
Percival, b. Jan. 16, 1826, Bethel; d. July 24, 1891, Bethel; ch.: (a) 
Sarah Ann, b. Nov. 20, 1846, Roy.; d. Mar. 27, 1890, Peterson, la.; m. 
Mar. 5, 1865, William Edwin, son Charles Ellis, b. July 12, 1840, Rox- 
bury; ch.: (i) Lillian, b. Apr. 7, 1866, Roxbury; d. Aug. 11, 1868, Vin- 
ton, la.; (ii) Edwin Herbert, b. Aug. 7, 1870, Williamstown; d. Jan. 
31, 1905, Crowley, La.; m. Sep. 3, 1890, Elsie, dau. William Martin, b. 
1869, Peterson, la.; Mrs. Ellis with her ch., W. Bernice, Merle V., 
Natalie, and William Edwin, is living in Los Angeles, Cal.; (iii) Clara, 
b. May 10, 1880, Vinton, la.; d. May 14, 1880; (b) Helen Marr, b. June 

7, 1852, Roy.; d. Mar. 2, 1894, Randolph; m. Oct. 22, 1874, William A., 
son William Mcintosh, b. Apr. 11, 1847, Berlin; ch.: (i) Fred William, 
b. Dec. 16, 1877, Rand.; d. Mar. 6, 1897, Rand.; (ii) George Herman, 
b. Oct. 12, 1885, Rand.; d. Oct. 23, 1902, Rand.; (c) Clara Percival, b. 
Mar. 2, 1854, Roy.; m. Aug. 24, 1875, Frank D., son Calvin and Harriet 
(Matthews) Hill, b. Apr. 2, 1850, Sheboygan, Wis.; res. Springfield. 

vii. Olive Bingham, b. Nov. 8, 1818; d. May 7. 1833, Roy. 

viii. Ruth, b. Apr. 30, 1821; d. Apr. 5, 1901, unm. 

ix. Lucy Skinner, b. Apr. 15, 1822; d. Oct. 11, 1855, unm. 
JAMES [5] HAVEN (Josiah [4], Joseph [3], Moses [2], 
Richard [1]), b. June 11, 1746, Framingham, Mass.; d. June 21, 
1825, Roy., prob. ; m., but name of wife not mentioned in town 
records. They were cared for by the town for many years. He 
was pensioned under act of 1818. In 1820, it was stated that he 
was incapable of taking an oath on account of mental infirmity. 
He was pensioned as "Havens," but there seem to be two 
branches of the family, one of which has dropped the final s. 



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His parents died while the children were minors. The line of 
descent and other Havens data were obtained through the cour- 
tesy of Judge Dwight Craig Haven of Chicago. 

William Havens, the emigrant ancestor of Robert, settled 
at Portsmouth, R. I., 1638. Richard, the ancestor of James 
Haven, settled at Lynn, Mass., about 1636. A Nathan Havens 
was in Royalton, whose lineage has not been traced. He married 
Aug. 17, 1800, Thankful Haws. 


GEORGE HAYNES, son of Benjamin, b. May 10, 1813, 
Canaan, N. H. ; d. Apr. 8, 1901, Roy. ; m. Dec. 11, 1836, Sarah, 
dau. James and Patty (Merrill) Houston, b. Sep. 27, 1816, Straf- 
ford ; d. July 4, 1909, Roy. After a residence of thirteen years 
in Canaan, N. H., Mr. Haynes removed to Strafford, where he 
lived five years, then rem. to Royalton and settled on the Alsop 
Latham farm, where his son Charles still resides with his son, 
Fred E. Mrs. Haynes retained her bodily and mental powers 
to a remarkable degree. She had a sunny temper, and took de- 
light in the old time occupation of making rugs. She made over 
forty rugs in the last ten years of her life, and did not need to use 
glasses. A cut of her amid her pretty handiwork can be seen 
in one of the groups. 

i. Charles H., b. July 25, 1838, Canaan, N. H.; m. June 30, 
1861, Adeline M., dau. Davenport and Annie Ordway, b. Sep. 14, 1842, 
Tunbridge; ch.: (a) Maria S., b. Nov. 27, 1864, Tunb.; d. Feb. 21, 1905, 
Tunb.; bur. S. Strafford; m. Nov. 30, 1886, William H., son Spencer 
and Julia Clogston, b. June 6, 1865, Strafford; ch.: (i) Maude V., b. 
Mar. 6, 1890, Tunb.; (ii) Flossie M., b. Oct. 26, 1891, Tunb. Mr. Clog- 
ston is a farmer in Tunb.; (b) Will, b. Jan. 8, 1868, E. Bethel; m. Jan. 
27, 1892, Mary E., dau. Spencer and Julia Clogston, b. Nov. 14, 1868, 
Tunb.; ch.: (i) Gladys M., b. Sep. 9, 1895, Roy.; lived five years on the 
David Stearns farm in Roy.; present res., Tunbridge; a farmer; (c) 
Fred E., b. May 13, 1876, Roy.; m. June 29, 1901, Flora B., dau. George 
and Carrie (Morrill) Joy, b. Nov. 16, 1881, Pittsfield; d. Aug. 8, 1901, 
Roy. Fred E. is an up-to-date farmer, interested in all that pertains 
to the improvement of farm methods, and has a fine herd of cows. 

ii. Caleb, b. Sep. 16, 1841, Canaan, N. H.; d. Dec. 13, 1907, 
Roy.; m. (1) Mar., 1865, Evelina P., dau. Dolphus and Evelina Brown, 
b. 1843, Tunb.; d. Oct. 4, 1869, E. Bethel; m. (2) Sep. 1, 1870, Mrs. 
Alma Jane (Hewitt) Fogg, dau. Harvey and Jane (Mclntire) Hewitt, 
b. Dec. 18, 1844, Pomfret; d. Aug. 27, 1894, Roy.; m. (3) Nov. 21, 1903, 
Mrs. Lucy A. (Jones) Spaulding, dau. Emery and Ellen (George) Jones, 
b. 1858, Williamstown; ch.: (a) Cannoll, b. May 24, 1872; m. Oct. 11, 
1893, Ina L., dau. William A. and Lizzie (Russ) Farnham, b. Feb. 17, 
1874, Roy.; ch.: (i) Helen, b. Apr. 20, 1908; (b) Zada, b. Jan. 10, 1874; 
m. (1) Jan. 30, 1891, William W., son Daniel W. and Mary Ann (Swan) 
Cox, b. 1864, Vershire; divorced; m. (2) William A. Farnham (See); 
(c) Veber, b. Sep. 20, 1879; m. and has Marjorie, b. Oct. 18, 1905; (d) 
Victor, b. Mar. 19, 1881. Bridgewater; m. July 18, 1899, Elizabeth, dau. 
William and Sarah (Ward) Bruce, b. 1873, Castleton. Caleb Haynes 

History of Royalton, Vermont 819 

res. Roy., E. Bethel, Bridgewater, Castleton. He was a great sufferer 
from rheumatism. See "Civil War Roll." 


OSCAR HENRY, son of Samuel and Sarah (Cooley) 
Henry, b. Jan. 31, 1804, Charlestown, N. H. ; d. Dec. 14, 1879, 
Roy. ; m. Harriet D., dau. Eliphalet and Eunice (Lamphear) 
Davis, b. May 22, 1809 ; d. July 4, 1885. Mr. Henry was a farm- 
er living in the west part of the town. 

i. Eveline E., b. Dec. 25, 1823; d. June 25, 1833. 

ii. Harriet D., b. Jan., 1829; d. July 25, 1844. 

iii. Eliza S., b. Aug., 1831; d. May 4, 1844; these three bur. 
N. Roy. Cem. 

iv. Fred A., b. Oct. 8, 1833, Roy.; m. and has six ch. ; res., 

V. Adeline M., b. July 30, 1835, Roy. 

vi. Edwin A., b. Nov. 13, 1837, Roy.; m. in Bethel, Bowen. 

vii. Charles 0., b. July 29, 1845, Roy.; m. in Salisbury, Clara 

viii. George A., m. Hattie ' ; res., Burlington; four ch. 

ix. Sarah E., m. Perkins; res.. Underbill. 

JAMES GILMAN HENRY, son of Gilman, the son of Sam- 
uel of Charlestown, N. H., b. May 28, 1833, Woodstock; d. Oct. 
11, 1874, Brighton, Mass.; bur. Woodstock; m. Feb. 6, 1867, 
Elizabeth R., dau. Jabez and Abigail (Woodbury) Lyman, b. 
Sep. 30, 1837, Roy. See "Legal Profession." Mrs. Henry was 
a milliner in Royalton village before her marriage. 

i. William Dana, b. May 12, 1868. 

ii. John Gilman, b. Dec. 12, 1869; d. Mar. 18, 1890. 

iii. Benj. Dana, b. Nov. 21, 1871; d. Jan. 29, 1896. 


JOHN HARVEY HEWITT, son of Harvey and Eliza 
Jane (Mclntire) Hewitt, and grandson of Henry (?), b. May 
28, 1846, Pomfret ; m. Apr. 29, 1868, Roy., Jennie, dau. Harvey 
and Sybil Clementine (Whitney) Smith, b. Feb. 7, 1853, Sharon. 
See "Present Business Men of South Royalton." Mr. and Mrs. 
Hewitt have been prominently connected with many of the or- 
ganizations of S. Royalton, and are active workers in the Con- 
gregational church. 

i. Clinton Elmer, b. Apr. 8, 1871, Sharon; m. Aug. 24, 1890, 
Lillian B., dau. Foster and Dora (Chadwick) Harlow, b. 1877, Ran- 
dolph; one adopted ch., Hazel Winifred, b. Jan. 22, 1899; res., Boston. 

ii. Ernest John, b. Oct. 25, 1874, Sharon; m. Oct. 2, 1901. 
Georgiana, dau. Rev. Esaias S. W. and Louisa D. (Moore) Piatt, b. Jan. 
3, 1872, Manchester, N. H.; ch.: (a) Ernest John, b. Aug. 8, 1903, Roy.; 
d. Dec. 1, 1909; killed by the cars, while crossing the track; (b) Olive, 
b. and d. May 23, 1905; (c) Wright Piatt, b. Nov. 23, 1906; (d) Geor- 
giana Piatt, b. Oct. 13, 1909; ch. all b. in S. Roy. Ernest J. was pre- 
pared for college in Goddard Sem. See Chap. XX. He is an earnest 
worker in the Y. M. C. A., the Y. P. S. C. E., and a prominent member 

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of the Masonic lodge. He is secretary of Royalton Historical Associa- 
tion, and one of the town auditors, all of which positions he has ad- 
mirably filled. 

iii. Ila Jennie, b. May 18, 1881, Roy.; d. Oct. 23, 1883. 

iv. Winfred Harvey, b. Apr. 27, 1885, Roy. See "College 
Graduates." He is one of the faculty as teacher of music in Wesleyan 
University, Delaware, O. 

V. Earl Smith, b. June 8, 1893. Roy.; grad. S. Roy. high 
school; freshman in Goddard Sem., Barre. 


JOHN [5] HIBBARD (John [4], Robert [3], Robert [2], 
Robert [1]), b. Dec. 9, 1727, Canterbury, Conn.; d. before Jan. 
17, 1805, when his will was probated; m. Feb. 14, 1749, Eliza- 
beth Pearl of Hampton, Conn. John Hibbard was one of the 
original grantees, and a sketch of him can be read in Chap. VII. 
He was probably here some time before he was entrusted with 
the commission of obtaining the New York charter in 1779. His 
children were born in Hampton, Conn. 

i. Abigail [6], m. Joshua Hutchins; rem. to Cherry Valley, 
N. Y., and d. there. 

ii. James [6], m. Susan Shepard; ch.: (a) Mary [7], b. May 
7, 1777, Roy.; d. May 20, 1817, Roy.; m. Chester Cleveland; (b) Lovell, 
[7], b. 1774. James and Lovell went to Halifax when Lovell was about 
eight. The date of his removal to Royalton has not been fixed, but 
he was chosen tythingman in 1784, and was probably here before that 
year. He was one of the original grantees. He settled on a farm be- 
tween the James Davis and the Bliss farms, opposite the Corbin farm. 
He was last listed in 1804. 

2. iii. John [6], b. 1756. 

iv. Timothy [6], m. Jerusha Lawrence; ch.: (a) Samuel L. [7], 
b. Sep. 30, 1781, Bethel; (b) Elizabeth [7], b. Apr. 8, 1783, Bethel; (c) 
Timothy [7], b. June 29, 1784, Bethel; (d) John [7], b. July 23, 1787, 
Bethel; (e) Josiah [7], b. Mar. 6, 1789, Bethel; d. Nov. 30, 1797, Bethel. 
V. Jedediah [6] (?), m. Martha Porter of Can. or Lebanon, 
N. H.; ch.: Martha, b. July 12, 1765; d. Feb. 27 or Mar. 20, 1834, Roy.; 
m. Samuel Cleveland. 

2. JOHN [6] HIBBARD, b. 1756, Hampton, Conn.; d. 
July 18, 1800, Roy. ; bur. N. Roy. Cem. ; m. Mar. 17, 1777, Abi- 
gail, dau. Samuel and Ruth (Darbe) Cleveland, b. Aug. 6, 1758, 
Canterbury, Conn. (?). Elder John Hibbard was a Christian 
minister, who preached for the Baptist church in Royalton, and 
went out as a missionary. In the "Life and Times of Rev. Asa- 
hel Kendrick" are several allusions to Elder Hibbard, among 
which is the following: "My first tour in the northern part of 
Vermont and Canada was in company with Rev. John Hibbard, 
and I cannot say how many were heard to thank God for the 
precious and durable fruits of his former friendly tours among 
them." There was published in Hanover, N. H., in 1795, in 
8vo. form a letter to Comfort Sever, Esq., of Royalton on the 
subject of baptism, written by Elder Hibbard. This is interest- 

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ing, in view of the lengthy controversy over that subject in the 
Eoyalton church. The names of the children are not arranged 
according to birth. 

i. Arunah [7], b. Dec. 28, 1777; res. Barnston, Can., and 

*ii. Polly [7], b. Feb. 6, 1780, Roy., prob.; m. Daniel Woodward. 

iii. Samuel [7], b. Jan. 20, 1782, Roy.; res., Bethel. 

iv. John [7], b. Aug. 3, 1785, Roy.; m. Achsah Kingsbury. 

V. Abigail [7], m. Jan. 27, 1804, Isaac Sanborn of Tunbridge; 
ch.: Ira, Daniel, Isaac, and John, a lawyer, who studied in Jacob Col- 
lamer's office, and Jane. 

vi. Zeruiah [7], m. Feb. 4, 1808, Elisha Terry of Bethel. 

vii. Sarah Ensworth [7], m. July 5, 1812, Horace Farnham of 

viii. Philanda [7], m. Sep. 26, 1816, Lyman Eaton of Tunb.; 
d. in Peru, N. Y. 

ix. Elmore Darbe, m. Aug. 20, 1818, Lydia Lyman, a cousin of 
William Lee Lyman. 

X. James [7], b. Feb. 11, 1794, Roy.; d. Mar. 4, 1794. 
3. MAJ. GEN. LOVELL [7] HIBBARD, son of James [6], 
b. 1774; d. May 20, 1848; bur. N. Roy. Gem.; m. (1) Dec. 4, 
1793, Lois, dau. Peter and Mercy (Case) Whitney, b. Mar. 31, 
1768, Gonn.; d. Oct. 15, 1818, Roy.; m. (2) Elizabeth Woodworth 
of Randolph, dau. Benj. and Ruth (Pinney) Woodworth, and 
wid. Dr. Ebenezer Paul, b. 1786; d. July 2, 1837; m. (3) Mar. 
20, 1839. Eunice, dau. Benj. and Sarah (Shepard) Parkhurst. 
b. Nov. 27, 1798, Roy.; d. Apr. 28, 1860. Gen. Hibbard lived 
on the old John Hibbard farm. In 1804 he bought of his father 
this 166 acres, and gave bond to support John and wife. His 
father had given a life lease to John, Sen., in 1786. Gen. Hib- 
bard rose to high distinction in the military forces of the state. 

i. James [8], m. Eliza Pierce; went to Potsdam, N. Y. 

ii. Susan [8], m. Dec. 4, 1820, Roy., Dr. Isaac Emerson of 
Hume, N. Y. ; had Helen, Victor, and others. 

iii. Lovell [8], m. Surenda Sprague of Hartford, and had six 

iv. Hazael [8], m. (2) Elvira Worth of Hartford; went to 
Franklinville, N. Y. ; one ch., d. an infant. 

V. Annie [8], b. 1800; d. Nov. 12, 1818. 

vi. Melissa [8], b. 1801; d. Dec. 5, 1818. 

Vii. Ellen [8], b. Sep. 6, 1829, Roy.; m. (1) Carlos L. Lillie of 
Randolph; m. (2) Kneeland Kelton of Montpelier; no ch.; res.. Rand. 

viii. George [8], b. Mar. 19, 1827, Roy.; m. Elvira Foster of 
Bethel; settled in Chicago, and d. there within nine months. 

ix. Charles [8], b. Jan. 26, 1830, Roy.; rem. to Chicago, and d. 
there Sep. 18, 1858, unm. 

Robert [1], whose wife was Joanna, came to Salem, Mass., between 
1635 and 1639. The name of Joanna was supposed to be Fairfield. The 
mother of John [5] was Martha Durkee. 


JACOB HICKS, son of Nathan and Sarah, b. Sep. 28, 1764, 
Rehoboth (?), Mass.; d. Apr. 30, 1842, Hanawa Falls, N. Y. ; 

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m, July 2, 1785, Rehoboth, Esther, dau. Isaiah and Anna (Chan- 
ning) Lindley, b. Nov. 7, 1767. Rehoboth; d. Aug. 17, 1854, 
Hanawa Falls; Jacob bur. Garfield Cera., Potsdam, N. Y. Mr. 
Hicks made his first purchase in 1797, buying thirty acres bor- 
dering Benjamin Bosworth's land. He appears to have been a 
prosperous farmer, and capable business man, being entrusted 
with the settlement of estates and the guardianship of children. 

i. John, b. 1787-88; d. Feb. 29, 1879, Potsdam, N. Y.; m. Feb. 
6, 1812, Roy., Sarah Rugg, b. 1787; d. Oct. 23, 1853, Pierrepont, N. Y.; 
ch.: (a) Esther Ann, m. Marco Loomis, and had Mary, Sarah, John, 
George, and Ann; (b) Ozro, m. Frances Pickering, and had Martha and 
Elma; (c) Stephen Jackson, b. Mar. 16, 1818; d. July 20, 1907; m. 
Sophronia Banister, and had Caroline, Welthea, and Genie; (d) Vinson, 
m. Olive Towner, and had Darwin, Arthur, Louise, and Etta; (e) 
Welthea, b. 1822; d. Aug. 26, 1896; m. John Brown, and had Isadore, 
Vinson, Herbert, Darwin, John, Sally; John, Jr., res. Potsdam; (f) 
Susan; (g) Luther, m. Lizzie Lanacher, and had Mary C. 

ii. Esther Ann, b. Nov. 8, 1794, Roy.; d. Feb. 20, 1869, Hanawa 
Falls, N. Y. ; m. Gardner Cox, b. Apr. 15, 1794, Barnard, on present Bil- 
lings place; d. Mar. 14, 1878, Hanawa Falls. 
*iii. Sarah, m. Noah Miles. 

iv. Stephen, took freeman's oath 1825; d. Fitchburg, Mass.; 
m. (1) Emily, dau. Lemuel Stevens of Barnard, b. 1808; d. June 23, 

1829; m. (2) Apr. 2, 1830, Adeline Cox; ch.: (a) Merceny, m. 

Pride; lived and d. West; two sons; (b) by second wife, Elmah, b. 
July 17, 1833; d. Sep. 9, 1848. In 1828 Stephen bought a part of the 
Lindley farm, and in 1834 sold a part of it. In both cases there was 
reserved the Lindley burial lot. He was called Captain, and was ijrob- 
ably a militiaman. 

V. Lydia (?). 
ASAHEL HICKS, parentage not known, d. Dec. 7, 1814; 

m. Susannah , who m. (2) Philip Howard. Asahel was first 

listed in 1799. His farm joined Jacob's, part of it being in 

i. Philip, m. and had two daughters, both dead. 

ii. Asahel Storrs; in St. Charles, Mo., in 1821. 

ill. Edward G. ; in Potsdam, N. Y., when his father died. 

iv. Joseph Denison, m. and had two daughters. 

V. Daniel, took freeman's oath 1827; d. West; m. and had one 
daughter, Laura. 

vi. Maria, m. May 26, 1822, Eleazer R., son Eleazer and Rachel 
(Richmond) Myrick, b. Nov. 11, 1800, Barnard; d. 1883. Maria was 
an expert tailoress before her marriage; ch.: (a) Susan Waterman, b. 
Feb. 22, 1823; d. Apr., 1845; (b) Asahel Hicks, b. Nov. 17, 1825; d. 
1872; (c) William Waterman, b. June 3, 1808; d. 1882; (d) Louisa 
Maria, b. Feb. 1, 1830; (e) Edna Augusta, b. Jan. 24, 1832; d. 1880; 
(f) Joseph Hicks, b. Oct. 18, 1834; (g) Ozro Decatur, b. Mar. 10, 1837; 
(h) George Henry, b. Jan. 31, 1839; d. 1865; (i) Danforth Jordan, b. 
Nov. 17, 1842. George was soldier in Civil War. 

vii. Benj. Bosworth, took freeman's oath, 1829; m. and had 
two sons; Forest in Petersham, Mass. 

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JAMES HINKLEY, son of John, the son of David, b. Feb. 
29, 1840, Sharon; m. May 3, 1863, Lueretia, dau. Horatio and 
Mary (Parkhurst) Spalding, b. Nov. 13, 1840, Warren. Mr. 
Hinkley came to Royalton with his father about 1845. They 
lived on Broad Brook for a time, then in a house north of the 
Quimby place on the river. Mr. John Hinkley sold this before 
his death. John Hinkley married Sarah Segar, who died after 
he did. His death occurred Oct. 24, 1890, Roy. He was then 
eighty-seven. David was listed from 1805 to 1809. He is said 
to have died in town, and is buried in Roy. Broad Brook Cem. 
He died Feb. 26, 1825, at the age of seventy-five. He was called 
Lieutenant. James Hinkley was in charge of the town farm for 
ten or more years. He has held the different town offices, that 
of selectman 1893-95, 1909-11. 

i. Charles Horatio, b. Mar. 22, 1864, Roy.; m. Mar. 29, 1899, 
Leonora, dau. John Q. and Philena M. (Roberts) Adams, b. Feb. 15, 
1877; ch.: (a) Infant dau, b. Nov. 5, 1900; (b) Infant son, b. Feb. 25, 
1903; (c) Mildred Lena, b. Sep. 9, 1908; all b. Roy. 

ii. John M., b. Dec. 27, 1865, Roy.; m. Nov. 10, 1890, Alice L., 
dau. Charles and Elizabeth (Marshall) Fay, b. Dec. 8, 1864, Roy.; no ch. 

iii. Nellie L., b. Oct. 28, 1867, Sharon; d. Aug. 5, 1870. 

iv. Maud, b. Sep. 24, 1877, Roy. 


MARCUS HOLT, son of Stephen and Emeline Parmenter, 
and grandson of Stephen, b. Mar. 2, 1810, Pittsfield ; d. May 19, 
1891, Roy. ; m. May 1, 1839, Roy., Caroline, dau. Arunah, Jr., 
and Betsey (Kimball) Adams, b. Oct. 20, 1820, Roy. ; d. June 23, 
1887, Roy. Mr. Holt lived on the Arunah Adams farm, remov- 
ing to Royalton about 1869. He adopted Loren E. 

i. Elizabeth Caroline, b. July 6, 1842, Stockbridge; m. (1) 
Jan. 24, 1858, Pittsfield, Justin H., son Rev. Russell H. and Lucinda 
(Leavitt) Spaulding, who d. Oct. 10, 1877, Rutland, aged thirty-eight; 
ch.; (a) Florence Nightingale, who m. George Ellis; m. (2) Moses 
Ellis. See Ellis Family. 

LOREN E. HOLT, adopted, son of Lorenzo and Harriet 
Mosher, b. I860; m. Jan. 20, 1886, Delia M., dau. Charles and 
Sarah A. Thrasher, b. 1864, Northfield. Mr. Holt removed from 
Stockbridge about 1888 and settled on the James Davis place, 
near the "Sever schoolhouse. " 


1. WILLIAM [6] HOWARD (John [5], William [4], 
William [3], William [2], Thos. [1]), b. Aug. 2, 1753, Pomfret, 
Conn.; d. Mar. 1, 1834, Roy.; m. Dec. 29, 1774, Mary, dau. 
Samuel, Jr., and Sarah (Holdrich) Dana, b. May 11, 1751, Pom- 

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fret, Conn. ; d. Oct. 8, 1830, Roy. Mr. Howard rem. to Royalton 
in 1810. 

i. Emmons [7], b. Oct. 14, 1777. 

ii. Erepta [7], b. Sep. 11, 1779, Pomfret, Conn.; d. June 15, 
1873, Roy.; m. Samuel Osborn of Reading; settled in Roy.; no ch. 

iii. Hezekiah [7], b. Apr. 21, 1782, Reading; m. Dec. 10, 1810, 
Ruth, dau. Joseph and Lucy Stanley, b. 1784, Reading; d. Apr. 24, 1857, 

*iv. Olive [7], b. Mar. 16, 1784, Reading; m. Benj. Rice. 

V. John [7], b. Sep. 24, 1786, Reading; d. May 15, 1852, Ox- 
ford, Mich.; m. Mar. 25, 1810, Roy., Lucy Lyman, b. Aug. 13, 1791, 
Reading; d. May 12, 1866, Oxford, Mich. John was a farmer, and set- 
tled in Royalton; rem. abt. 1818 to Hamburgh, later to Oxford, Mich. 
Ch.: (a) Betsey [8], b. Nov. 1, 1815, Roy.; m. Apr. 2, 1840, Willett C. 
Jones of Oxford; (b) Hiram [8], b. Mar. 18, 1817, Roy.; d. May 12, 1868, 
Oxford, unm.; (c) Prudence Ann [8], b. Aug. 29, 1819, Hamburgh, 
N. Y.; m. June 8, 1837, Hardin Hollister; d. Oct. 12, 1865; (d) John 
Dana [8], b. Dec. 5, 1820, Hamburgh; d. Aug. 12, 1868, Oxford, unm.; 
(e) Harvey Storrs [8], b. Feb. 3, 1825, Hamburgh. 

vi. Harvey [7], b. Mar. 6, 1789; d. Aug. 15, 1877. 

vii. Charles [7], b. Sep. 27, 1791, Reading; d. June 8, 1865, 
Detroit, Mich.; m. 1817, Reading, Nancy, dau. John and Judith (Merrill) 
Collins, b. Mar. 19, 1792; d. 1854, Detroit; one ch., Charles, was a car- 

viii. Lucy [7], b. May 5, 1794, Reading; d. Mar. 3, 1872, An- 
dover, N. H. 

Hezekiah and Harvey carried on the tannery business in Reading 
for a few years, and in Fairhaven for fifty years. After the death of 
Hezekiah, Harvey came to Royalton and died here. They were both 
highly respected citizens. Their father had a tannery in Reading, and 
was proprietors' clerk there, and one of thirty-six members to organize 
the Reformed Catholic Society in 1796. 

2. HOLLIS EMMONS [8] HOWARD, son of Emmons [7], 
b. May 21, 1822, Sharon; d. Nov. 24, 1893, S. Roy.; m. (1) Dec. 
28, 1849, Susan, dau. Asa and Susanna (McFarland) Morse, b. 
1818, Bridgewater, Mass.; d. there Feb. 26, 1850; m. (2) Oct. 
11, 1876, Minerva Hoyt, dau. Edward and Jane (Hoyt) Knapp, 
b. June 22, 1848, Greenwich, Conn. ; now living with dau., Mrs. 
Dutton, on the home farm. Mr. Howard had the unqualified 
esteem and respect of all with whom he associated. He and his 
wife were closely identified with the M. E. church. His second 
wife was the sister of Rev. J. E. Knapp, who preached very 
acceptably for the Methodist church here at one time. 

*i. Laura Adeline [9], b. Aug. 23, 1877; m. George Dutton. 

ii. Edith Maria [9], b. Jan. 6, 1881. 
Three of Mr. Howard's sisters made their home with him here, and 
died in Royalton: Mary Dana, b. Feb. 19, 1807, Reading; d. Jan. 9, 
1874; Betsey Maria, b. Feb. 4, 1814, Sharon; d. Sep. 30, 1879; Adeline 
H., b. May 31, 1819, Sharon; d. May 3, 1901. His father married Bet- 
sey, dau. William and Rhoda (Goddard) Goddard. Their children be- 
sides those named were Hadasseh, b. Aug. 30, 1803; d. 1805; William 
Goddard, b. Dec. 10, 1804; Rhoda M., b. May 3, 1809; Hollis Emmons, 
b. Aug. 28, 1811; d. Apr. 5, 1815; Laura, b. Apr. 17, 1817; d. Nov. 20, 

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1882; m. Mar. 28, 1838, Richard Watson Sutliff; res. Fair Haven; three 

1. PHILIP HOWARD, b. Dec. 21, 1769, Hardwick, Mass. ; 
cl. July 1, 1860, Rov.; m. (1) Betsey Wilbur, b. 1775; d. Apr. 
28, 1819, Rov.; m. (2) Jan. 11, 1821, Roy., Betsey Storrs, b. 
1800; d. Nov. 9, 1828, Roy.; m. (3) (?) July 15, 1830, Susannah 
Hicks. He and two wives rest in the Howard family lot. The 
third marriage is on record in town. On July 16, 1831, Philip 
Howard posted his wife Susannah, so that a separation probably 
took place. He was in Woodstock when he bought the south 
half of E. 28 L. A. in 1793, and was first listed in 1795. 

i. Ebenezer, b. 1797; d. Feb. 11, 1813. 

ii. Philip, b. Jan., 1799; d. Aug. 20, 1822. 

iii. Betsey, b. 1800; d. Apr. 26, 1817. 

iv. Hannah, b. 1803; d. Feb. 11, 1813. 

V. Benjamin, b. Nov., 1809; d. Jan. 20, 1829. 
2. vi. Elisha, b. June 22, 1806. 

vii. Charles P., b. Apr. 10, 1826; d. Apr. 6, 1895, Roy.; rem. to 
Bethel about 1880. 

There may have been other children. 

2. ELISHA HOWARD, son of Philip and Betsey (Wil- 
bur) Howard, b. June 22, 1806; d. June 24, 1886, Roy.; m. 
Mary, dau. John Davis, b. Mar. 21, 1808, Pittsford ; d. Apr. 26, 
1889, Roy. Some years before Charles P. Howard went to 
Bethel, Elisha returned from Potsdam, N. Y., and settled on the 
home farm. He gave three sons to the service of his country, 
two of whom never returned. 

i. Almira W., b. Apr. 3, 1833; m. Humphrey Cheney of Col- 
ton, N. Y. 

ii. John Benjamin, b. May 7, 1836; d. 1887, Salem, Ore. 

iii. Mary Elizabeth, b. Oct. 22, 1834; m. Harvey Ainsworth; 
res., Delton, "Wis. 

iv. Amanda Melvina, b. Mar. 8, 1839, Potsdam; d. May 10, 1869, 

V, Thomas Benton, b. Nov. 22, 1839; d. July 3, 1861, Alexan- 
dria, Va.; in Civil War. 

vi. Silas Wright, b. 1842, Potsdam; m. Nov. 29, 1876, Dora H., 
dau. Reuben and Harriet (Amidon) Rand, b. 1848, Barnard; had a 
farm adjoining his father's; ch.: (a) Frank B., b. May 26, 1878; (b) 
Edith May, b. May 13, 1880; (c) Irvie A., b. May 20, 1882; (d) Lu- 
cinda, b. June 7, 1888; (e) Florence R., b. Oct. 23, 1890; all b. in Roy.; 
present res.. Rand. 

vii. Philip Newton, b. Nov. 15, 1843; killed July 3, 1863, at 
battle of Gettysburg; "Let me hold up the flag till I die," were his last 
words; color bearer for the 16th Vt. 

viii. David Wheelock, b. Dec. 31, 1845; m. Lizzie Evans; res., 
Star, S. D. 

*ix. Sarah Francelia, b. Jan. 18, 1847; m. Chester Clark. 

X. Frank William, b. Oct. 9, 1851; m. Clara McPherson of 
Fergus Falls, Minn. 

xi. Aldula H., b. Sep. 25, 1854; m. Nov. 28, 1877, Marquis K., 
son Israel H. and Harriet P. (Brown) Tucker, b. 1851, Brookfield. 

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SQUIRE HOWE, son of Caleb and Jemima, b. Nov. 2, 
1752, Dummerston ; d. 1834, Barnston, Can. ; m. Apr. 8, 1779, 
Plainfield, Conn., Phoebe Paine, b. Jan. 13, 1760 ; d. 1849. Caleb 
Howe settled near Fort Dunmore, and with others worked with 
his musket by his side in fear of Indians. He and two neigh- 
bors were surprised by an ambuscade, and killed on the spot. 
The Indians got within the fort and took the women and children 
prisoners, who had fled there for security. Mrs. Howe and her 
children were marched through the wilderness to Lake Cham- 
plain, and then on to Montreal, where after some months they 
were ransomed. Squire was four years old at this time. The 
Indian who claimed him was very cruel, and when he lay down 
fatigued on the journey, would strike him with his hatchet, and 
he carried the scars to his dying day. He was nearly thirty 
years old when he bought 7 and 8 Dutch in March, 1782. From 
Sharon records it is certain that he was here in 1784, and he 
probably came to Royalton soon after his purchase. He re- 
mained here until 1803, being last listed in 1802. In 1801 he 
sold 172 acres to Geo. Dana for $4,000. He migrated to Canada, 
and settled in Barnston in 1804, where some of his descendants 
are still living. His children were probably all born in Royal- 
ton except the first. 

i. Anson, b. Mar. 28, 1782; m. Anna Buckland. 

ii. Clarissa, b. July 28, 1784; m. Benjamin Barney. 

iii. Sarah, b. July 12, 1787; m. Elias Wheeler. 

iv. Martha, b. Nov. 15, 1789; m. Mr. Barney. 

V. Eunice, b. Apr. 1, 1791; m. Joseph Clifford. 

vi. Phoebe, b. Apr. 14, 1794; m. Levi Smith. 

vii. Jonas, b. Feb. 22, 1797; d. Apr. 4, 1855; m. Prudence Hol- 
lister, b. Feb. 12, 1801; d. June 17, 1884; ch.: (a) Hiram, b. Dec. 25, 
1829; m. (1) Nov. 14, 1854, Harriet Dresser, b. Mar. 10, 1831; d. June 

30, 1857; m. (2) Sep. 13, 1866, Mary R. Bacon, b. July 10, 1840; d. Feb. 
11, 1909; ch.: (i) Jennie E., b. June 21, 1857; m. Nov. 20, 1878, Wil- 
liam Bell, and has Florence I., Hiram, and Helen Harriet; (ii) Minnie 
A., b. Nov. 27, 1867; d. July 31, 1893; m. 1891, Elmer J. Andrews, and 
had Georgia, who d. June 21, 1893; (iii) Wilfred Forest, b. Apr. 18, 
1875; m. June 23, 1908, Gladys Bethel Thompson, b. May 3, 1890; (iv) 
Helen G., b. Feb. 15, 1884; d. Mar. 6, 1884; (b) Justus, b. Sep. 9, 1831, 
unm.; (c) Julia, b. May 7, 1833; m. May 17, 1859, Geo. C. Hanson, who 
d. Feb. 17, 1887; ch.: (i) Carlos C, b. Nov. 11, 1864; m. Mattie Eliza 
Baldwin, and has Aline Marguerite; (ii) Edwin T., b. Mar. 11, 1867; 
d. Sep. 25, 1905; m. Lillian Eloise Noyes, and had Howard Newton, 
Reginald Douglass, and Bernard Noyes; (iii) Hector Alberto, b. Aug. 14, 
1869; d. Sep. 20, 1869; (d) Jenette, b. Feb. 22, 1835; d. May 14, 1856; 
(e) Jane C, b. May 6, 1837, unm.; (f) Laura, b. Apr. 29, 1839; d. July 

31, 1857; (g) Edwin, b. Aug. 31, 1841; m. July 3, 1866, Inez Perry, b. 
Oct. 31, 1844; ch.: (i) Minnie M., b. July 6, 1867; m. Jan. 5, 1886, 
R. J. Newton, and has Marion, Dorris, Howard Drown; (ii) Ralph E., 
b. May 11, 1874; m. Maud S. Puckridge, Apr. 24, 1895, and has Eric 
Arthur, Katherine, Randolph Walter; (iii) Nina E., b. July 26, 1876; 

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(iv) Kenneth R., b. Feb. 26, 1888; d. Sep. 23, 1897; (h) Lucy Maria, 
b. Mar. 28, 1843; d. Mar. 2, 1905; m. 1871, Levi E. Parker, b. Aug. 6, 
1830; d. Jan. 29, 1904; ch.: (i) Flora May, b. Oct. 13, 1873; d. Jan. 31, 
1876; (ii) Lindsay Edwin, b. Nov. 19, 1881; d. Nov. 24, 1889; (i) Eber, 
b. Jan. 31, 1846; m. Dec. 25, 1874, Artemissa Lovell, b. Oct. 22, 1875; 
d. Sep. 5, 1899; ch.: Annis Janette, Julia Agnes, Cora Maria, Hector 
Hiram, Helen Harriet. 

viii. Squire, b. July 13, 1800; m. Lucina Humphrey. 
April 26, 1789, Squire Howe was admitted to the church, and 
later three of his children were baptized, Phoebe, Jonas, and Squire. 
The church records call him Captain. 

THEODORE HOWE, b. 1747, Swanzey, N. H. ; d. July 25, 

1805, Roy. ; m. Lydia , b. 1754 ; d. Mar. 7, 1813, Roy. In 

July, 1790, Mr. Howe bought M. 13 L. A. How much earlier 
he was in Royalton cannot be stated, but his son Luther was born 
on the home farm in 1784. His farm was a wilderness, and he 
cleared it. He fell from a load of hay and broke his neck. 

i. Rhoda, b. Apr. 7, 1778; d. Oct. 21, 1799. 

ii. Mehitable, b. Feb. 29, 1780; d. May 29, 1801; m. Mr. Graves, 
and lived in Barnard. 

iii. Calvin, b. 1782; d. May 6, 1861; m. June 3, 1810, Bethel, 
Achsah, dau. John and Betsey Wallace, b. Dec. 22, 1785; d. Mar. 25, 1874; 
ch.: Eunice, b. May 5, 1814. Lived on the home farm a while, then 
moved nearer the river. He was called Captain. 
2. iv. Luther, b. Aug. 24, 1784. 

V. Theodore; found dead by the roadside; was away at work, 
and the family supposed he had staid all night where he was working; 
died when about twenty-one. 

vi. Lucretia, bap. July 27, 1794; m. Feb. 28, 1816, John Dodge 
of Watertown, N. Y.; settled in Barnard. 

vii. William, m. Jan. 16, 1822, Fanny Foster of Tunbridge. 

viii. Alpheus, m. Mar. 20, 1817, Salvina Page of Barnard; ch.: 
(a) Albert, b. Mar. 4, 1818; (b) Martha, b. Dec. 29, 1820; (c) Nathaniel, 
b. Feb. 2, 1824; settled in Barnard. 

ix. Earl, bap. Sep. 29, 1801, Roy. 
2. LUTHER HOWE, son of Theodore, b. Aug. 24, 1784; 
d. Jan. 17, 1848, Roy.; m. Jan. 17, 1812, Mary Jacobs, dau. 
Eliphalet and Mary (Lee) Lyman, b. Dec. 17, 1791, Roy; d. 
June 11 or 23, 1877, Montpelier. He died on the home farm, 
where he was born. Here he raised a large family of children, 
training them in the ways of virtue and usefulness, ways in 
which he and his estimable wife had always walked 

i. Lyman, b. Dec. 13, 1812; d. Sep. 30, 1909, Essex Junction; 
m. Dec. 8, 1842, Sarah Maria Forbush, who d. Sep. 27, 1884. Lyman 
Howe bought a farm adjoining the old homestead when he was thirty 
years old. He later sold and removed to Montpelier as chief clerk in 
the C. V. R. R. freight oflfice. About 1886 he removed to Essex Junction 
to live with his sister, Mrs. C. G. Williams. When twenty-one he went 
to Windsor as guard in the state prison, and after four years was put 
in charge of one of the shops, remaining six years. He was sunny in 
temperament, and it is told that the girls next door to him in the print- 
ing office in Essex Junction, to whom he smuggled in apples, knew him 

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ii. Mary Ann, b. Mar. 6, 1814; d. Dec. 2, 1835; m. Jan., 1833, 
Ariel Fay, b. July 12, 1807; d. Dec. 26, 1836; a M. E. minister in Bar- 
nard at time of marriage. 

iii. William Johnson, b. Oct. 8, 1818; d. Mar. 14, 1895; m. 
Feb. 23, 1848, Abby Turner King, b. May 3, 1821; d. June 19, 1892; 
settled in Randolph, Mass. 

iv. Storrs Lee, b. Dec. 7, 1820; d. May 15, 1907, Montpelier; 
m. (1) Eliza, dau. Timothy and Sarah A. (Baker) Durkee, b. Nov. 5, 
1823, Fort Edward, N. Y.; d. Sep. 19, 1872; m. (2) Nov. 29, 1881, Jennie 
Fifield, b. Oct. 17, 1836, who res. in Montpelier; ch.: (a) Helen Louisa, 
b. June 18, 1846; d. Aug. 24, 1848; (b) Mary Ann, b. Feb. 19, 1850; 
d. Apr. 22, 1852. He and the decedent members of his family are 
buried in Pleasant Hill Gem. Mr. Howe was a prominent man in Mont- 
pelier, where he had settled before his brother Lyman went there. He 
was local station agent of the C. V. R. R., a position which he held 
for thirty-seven years. He resigned in 1890 on account of failing health. 
He retained a strong regard for his native town. 

V. Diantha Lee, b. May 5, 1823; m. (1) Jan., 1845, William 
Henry Durkee, b. Sep. 22, 1818; d. June 25, 1853; m. (2) Aug. 16, 1869, 
Dr. Joseph N. Stiles, b. Aug. 13, 1813; d. Aug. 13, 1875; res., Essex 

vi. Elizabeth Jane, b. Jan. 26, 1825; m. Mar. 20, 1864, Lennox 
Titus; res., Montpelier, St. Albans, Medford, Mass. 

vii. Norman Francis, b. Feb. 9, 1827; d. Jan. 27, 1904, unm. 

viii. Louisa Maria, b. Jan. 8, 1829; d. July 29, 1899; m. June 
18, 1850, Charles Glover Williams, b. Apr. 5, 1826; res., Montpelier, 
Windsor, Essex Junction. 

ix. Mary Jane, b. Apr. 24, 1831; d. Feb. 23, 1910, Medford, 
Mass.; m. Jan. 18, 1853, John White Hobart, b. Aug. 23. 1829; d. Oct. 
17, 1897; one ch., Norman L. 

SAMUEL HOWE, b. Feb. 17, 1759; d. Aug. 6, 1836, Eoy.;. 

m. Judith , b. Nov., 1759 ; d. Feb. 8, 1845. Samuel Howe 

was a soldier of the Revolution. In 1788 he was in Hopkinton, 
N. H. In 1789 he bought 9 Dutch. He was listed in 1791, and 
seems to have lived here continuously. He and Judith and son 
Samuel are buried in Havens Gem. 

i. Isaac; took freeman's oath in 1805. 

ii. Benjamin; first listed in 1808. On Apr. 14, 1808, he ad- 
vertised that he had begun shoemaking business in house lately occu- 
pied by Benj. Thomas, adjoining Mr. Brooks' store, a few rods from the 

iii. Samuel, b. Jan. 11, 1793; d. Apr. 16, 1871, unm. 

iv. Sophia, m. Feb. 23, 1832, David Havenden. 

V. Randin (?); took oath in 1821. 
GEORGE E. HOWE, b. Roxbury; m. Elizabeth Place; came 
to Roy. about 1890, and bought the William Vesper farm. 

i. Ulysses Grant, b. 1872, Roxbury; m. June 25, 1902, Lena 
Abbott Pierce, b. 1884; ch.: (a) Earl Pierce, b. Apr. 26, 1903, Roy.; (b) 
dau., b. July 20, 1904, Roy. 

ii. Clara A., b. Jan. 1, 1874, Randolph; d. Aug. 12, 1891, Roy. 

iii. George, b. 1880; m. Dec. 16, 1908, Cynthia L. Abbott Went- 
worth, b. 1880. 

iv. Fred Charles, b. 1882, Hartford; m. Sep. 26, 1908, Lena 
Abbott Pierce, b. 1884, Tunbridge. 

V. Edgar J., b. Apr. 25, 1886, Hartford; d. Sep. 13, 1900, Roy. 

vi. Hannah, b. June 20, 1890, Roy. 

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NATHAN DREW HOWLAND, b. Feb. 8, 1836, Pomfret; 
m. May 9, 1859, Eliza Williams, dau. Ward Hamilton, b. Dec. 
12, 1837, Barre, Mass. Mr. Howland removed from E. Brook- 
field, Mass., to Royalton in April, 1867. He bought the Hannah 
Curtiss house, and the Ira Curtiss shop on Broad Brook, and 
began the manufacture of shoe tools, but later changed to the 
lumber business. He has shirked no responsibility as neighbor 
or townsman, and pursued the even tenor of his way, prospering 
and contented. 

i. Fred Warren, b. Dec. 22, 1869, Roy.; m. June 24, 1896, 
Abia E., dau. Daniel Stoddard, b. Mar. 16, 1876, Bethel; ch.: (a) Eliza 
Julia, b. Dec. 22, 1903. He is a mechanic, and works with his father. 


SAMUEL B. HUNT, son of Luther B. of New York, b. 
May 16, 1797; d. Oct. 9, 1867, E. Bethel; m. Jan. 1, 1820, Polly, 
dau. Capt. Nathan and Polly (Gifford) Kimball, b. Aug. 22, 
1800. Mr. Hunt lived in Royalton at different periods of time. 

i. Miranda, b. Dec. 22, 1820, Bethel; d. 1906, E. Bethel; m. 
July 21, 1840, Philander Brown of Bethel. 

2. ii. Nelson W., b. Feb. 22, 1822, Roy. 

iii. Samuel, b. Mar. 25, 1823; d. in Conn. 

iv. Nathan Kimball, b. Feb. 28, 1824-25, Roy; d. June 18, 1888, 
Rand.; m. Sarah Wilder; ch.: (a) Mary J., b. Aug. 26, 1847; (b) 
George Abner, b. Aug. 4, 1850; m. Nov. 25, 1874, Ada Elvira, dau. Free- 
man and Mary (Day) Emery, b. 1857, Roy.; (c) Frank H., b. Aug. 24, 
1853; d. June 2, 1881; (d) Abbie C, b. Oct. 7, 1855; d. Oct. 2, 1857; 
(e) Fred W., b. Dec. 11, 1857; (f) Edward L.. b. May 24, 1860; (g) 
Clauna, b. Feb. 26, 1863; (h) Clara E., b. Feb. 26, 1863; m. Rupert 
Spalding (See). 

V. Leonard K., b. July 13, 1826; d. Feb. 14, 1827. 

vi. Eli G., b. Dec. 12, 1827, Chelsea. 

vii. Lucy, b. Jan. 12 or 14, 1828; d. in Maine. 

viii. Sylvester, b. Oct. 7, 1830, Roy.; d. July, 1834. 

ix. Marcia, b. Mar. 6, 1832, Roy.; d. young. 

X. Charles C, b. Sep. 16, 1833, Roy. 

xi. Julia F., b. June 21, 1835; res. West. 

xii. Edward S., b. Oct. 30, 1836; d. young. 

xiii. Polly E., b. Nov. 26, 1838; res. S. Dakota. 

xiv. John, b. July 4, 1840; m. Feb. 27, 1867, Mary E. Russ; 
son, Willie L., b. 1869; m. Nov. 30, 1892, Mabel E., dau. Smith and 
Eliza (Emery) Morrill, b. 1869 in Randolph; he has a dau., Eleanor 
M., b. Sep. 26, 1893; res. Roy.; his father lives with him. A dau. born 
to John and Mary, Nov. 24, 1879. 

2. NELSON WARNER HUNT, son of Samuel B., b. Feb. 
22, 1822, Roy.; d. Jan. 12, 1896; m. (1) Oct. 5, 1845, Jane White, 
dau. Ranney and Pernella (Kelsey) Green, b. Oct. 26, 1822; d. 
Dec. 28, 1885; m. (2) Sep. 22, 1887, Jane G. Morse of Tunbridge. 
Nelson was the only one of Samuel's children to settle in town. 
He lived on the Kimball farm, until 1855, when he removed to 
Randolph to the Ranney Green farm. Six of his children were 

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born in Royalton. Nine grew to maturity, married and went to 
other states, except Esther M. 

i. Jane Lorette, b. Nov. 7, 1846; m. (1) Calvin E. Stone of 
Barre; one son, Warren C. ; m. (2) Milton Allen; one son, Harry. 

ii. Lucy Janet, twin of Jane; m. Horace Allen Stickney of 
Salem, Mass.; res., Waltham, Mass. 

*iii. Esther Maria, b. Aug. 15, 1848; m. Henry F. Gage. 

iv. Benjamin Franklin, b. Mar. 23, 1850; m. Nov. 15, 1871, 
Isabella Seeley Jennings of Coventry, Conn., who d. Apr. 15, 1887; eh.: 
(a) Grace Isabella, b. Jan. 3, 1873; (b) Maud Jennings, b. July 23, 
1875; (c) William Nelson, b. May 17, 1874; d. May 29, 1874; (d) Nel- 
son Franklin, b. Nov. 20, 1876; (e) Eva Lillian, b. June 20, 1883; (f) 
Augustus Seeley, b. Nov. 2, 1885; res., Plainfield, N. J. 

V. Daniel Webster, b. Nov. 15, 1852; m. Sep. 15, 1878, Annie 
Dobson; ch.: (a) Walter Gains, b. Mar. 16, 1876; (b) Edgar Louis, b. 
Nov. 12, 1877; (c) William Dobson, b. Feb. 25, 1878; res., Wakefield, 

vi. Nelson Warner, b. Mar. 15, 1854; m. (1) July 11, 1881, 
Fannie Buckler, who d. Mar. 14, 1887; m. (2) Apr. 28, 1889, Emma D. 
Rider, who d. Nov. 29, 1894; son, Ernest, b. June 5, 1892; res., Lynn, 

vii. Ellen H., b. Apr. 1, 1856, Randolph; m. Nov., 1875, Alonzo 
C. Porter; ch.: (a) Sarah Jane; (b) Pernella, b. 1880; m. John DeWitt 
(See); (c) Wesley; (d) Ranney, b. Jan. 1, 1892; d. Aug. 8, 1892. 
*viii. Polly Parnella, b. Jan. 22, 1859; m. Frank H. Moxley. 

ix. Elbert B., b. Nov. 20, 1861; m. Cora Claflin of Barnard, 
and has one ch., Lillian; res., Platbush, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

X. Infant, b. Dec. 25, 1868. 


FRANKLIN HUNTER, b. 1791 ; d. May 6, 1835, Roy. ; m. 

Isabella C. , perhaps the dau. of Zabad or Zebina Curtis. 

Mr. Hunter took a leading place while in the town. He was 
representative in 1828. He was in company with Mr. Curtis, 
probably Zebina, and the firm was Curtis & Hunter. In 1827 
they advertise general mdse., hardware, and liquors at their store 
nearly opposite the "Stage House." Mrs. Isabella C. took let- 
ter from the church to the church at Windsor in 1837. 

i. Nicholas Cottrell, b. May 7, 1826, Roy. 

ii. Charles Curtis, b. June 3, 1827, Roy. 

iii. Robert, b. Oct. 18, 1829, Roy. 

iv. Isabella Curtis, b. Apr., 1832; bap. Feb. 7, 1833; d. June 
3, 1833, Roy. 

HORACE F. HUNTER, b. 1797; d. Jan. 7, 1877, Roy.; 
m. Feb. 8, 1838, Rachel, dau. Dexter and Betsey Waterman, b. 
Sep. 2, 1814 ; d. Mar. 15, 1865, Roy. Mr. Hunter was connected 
with the South Roy. Bank, and was one of those who mortgaged 
their farms. His was the Townsend place. 

i. Horace G., b. 1852, Roy.; m. Sep. 29, 1883, Lula Edith, dau. 
Joseph Willard and Mary Maria (Pierce) Bailey, b. May 24, 1866, Roy.; 
d. Mar. 19, 1908, Tewksbury, Mass.; she m. (2) Leslie Day (See); one 
ch., Mary Lucretia, b. July 30, 1888; d. Sep., 1906. 

ii. Mary Lucretia, b. July 30, 1848; d. Mar. 25, 1883, unm. 

History of Royalton, Vermont 831 

HEZEKIAH HUNTER was in town from 1799 to 1809. 
He bought a small farm in W. 21 L. A. Two children were bom 
here : Betsey, b. Apr. 26, 1802 ; Daniel, b. Mar., 1806. The name 
of the mother is not given. 

JAMES HUNTINGTON [5] (James [4], James [3], Simon 
[2], Simon [1]), b. Oct. 1, 1743. Norwich, Conn. ; d. Mar. 22, 
1808, Roy.; m. Mar. 24, 1767, Hannah, dau. Philip Curtis, b. 
Apr. 24, 1747. She is said to have died and been buried in 
Roy., but no headstone has been found. James bought a farm 
in M. 40 L. A., Sep. 27, 1793, but he paid no poll tax until 1796. 
The children are not arranged according to birth. He was a 
Revolutionary soldier. 

i. Jacob; listed in 1797; m. Mar. 20, 1797, Martha Hunting- 
ton. Jacob was in the list until 1809. 

ii. Sarah, b. 1777; m. John Graves; res., Woodstock, Stock- 

iii. James; a James Huntington was at the town farm in 1854, 

then seventy years old; m. Elizabeth ; ch.: (a) Osi, b. June 15, 

1806, Roy.; (b) Jane, b. Feb. 22, 1809, Roy; (c) Betsey, b. May 23, 
1812, Roy. 

iv. Joshua; took freeman's oath in 1808. 

V. Daniel; in Stockbridge in 1810. 

vi. Chandler; in Tunbridge in 1808. 

vii. Fear; m. Warren Lamb; in Kingston in 1810. 

JOHN HUTCHINSON, son of Dr. Timothy Hutchinson, 
b. 1754. Lebanon, Conn.; d. Oct. 21, 1847, Roy.; m. Nov. 3 or 
25, 1779, Hannah Parkhurst, b. 1747-48 ; d. Aug. 19, 1831, Roy. 
Mr. Hutchinson was a soldier of the Revolution. He went to 
Boston and engaged in the battle of Bunker Hill. Soon after 
his marriage he settled on a lot in Tunbridge Gore, which may 
have been thought to be a part of Royalton. After he returned 
from captivity (See ''Burning of Royalton") he enlisted and 
was at the capitulation of Cornwallis. In 1788 he bought of 
Joshua Hutchins the farm on which he lived and died. He 
deeded 110 acres in June, 1839, to Calvin, Charles, and John 
Bliss, and took a bond for support. He was one of the earliest 
members of the Congregational church. 

*i. Rebecca, b. Aug. 14, 1780, Tunbridge; m. John Bliss. 

ii. John, b. Aug. 4, 1782, Tunb.; d. Aug. 5, 1782. 

iii. Roxana, b. Oct. 1, 1784, Tunb.; d. Jan. 2, 1828; m. a Mr. 

IV. Pamele, b. Feb., 1786, Tunb.; d. Oct., 1786. 

V. Sarah, b. Mar. 3, 1788, Tunb.; d. Oct. 29, 1847; m. Oct. 21, 
1817, Henry Chamberlin of Chelsea. 

vi. .John, b. Mar. 3, 1790, Roy.; d. Mar. 8, 1790. 
John and wife Hannah are buried in N. Roy. Cem. 
AMOS HUTCHINSON, son of Hezekiah, the son of Dr. 
Timothy, b. Dec. 24, 1782, Tunb. ; d. in Tunb. ; m. May 29, 1806, 

832 History of Royalton, Vermont 

Roy., Jerusha, dau. Daniel and Rebecca (Johnson) Rix, b. 
Aug. 23, 1780, Roy.; d. Apr. 10, 1860, Tunb. Mr. Hutchinson 
lived in Tunbridge, but his living issue all resided more or less 
in Royalton. 

i. Daniel, b. 1807; lived but a short time. 
*ii. Louisa Maria, b. Oct. 1, (?) 1808; m. C. M. Lamb, Esq. 
*iii. Laura Farnham, b. Aug. 6, 1811; m. Jeremiah Foster. 
*iv. Susan Hazen, b. Apr. 29, 1814; m. Joseph Rix Jones. 
*v. Emily, b. Mar. 27, 1816; m. Jona. Morse, 
vi. Hezekiah, b. 1818; d. May 3, 1819. 
vii. William Amos, b. 1821; d. Mar. 8, 1822. 


DR. DAVID INGRAHAM, b. Mar. 16, 1779, W. Hartford; 
d. Jan. 4, 1858, W. Hart.; m. (1) Sep. 30, 1802, Lois Hazen, b. 
Feb. 10, 1783, W. Hart.; d. Nov. 24, 1820, same place; m. (2) 
Jan. 9, 1821, Anna, dau. Daniel and Polly Bliss, cousin of first 
wife, b. Jan., 1789, Lebanon, N. H. ; d. Oct. 18, 1874, Roy. See 
* ' Medical Profession. ' ' 

i. Alandus, b. Sep. 15, 1803. 

ii. Sophia, b. June 1, 1806. 

ill. Ermina, b. Sep. 27, 1809. 

iv. Thomas Hazen, b. May 28, 1812. 

V. Silas, b. Mar. 31, 1815; d. Aug. 20, 1883, Roy.; m. (1) Dec. 
5, 1837, Roy., Sybil Jane, dau. Isaac and Hannah (Woodward) Morgan, 
b. Oct. 27, 1818, Roy.; d. Jan. 30, 1849; m. (2) Caroline, dau. Daniel 
and Mary (Colburn) Bliss, b. July, 1807, Lebanon, N. H.; d. Mar. 31, 
1884, Roy.; ch.: (a) Laura Ann, b. Mar. 25, 1843, Hardwick; m. (1) 
Charles B. Wood, b. Oct. 16, 1867; m. (2) Aug. 9, 1887, Azro BufEum; 
no ch.; res., Woodstock. 

vi. Lois Eliza, b. July 25, 1818; m. May 30, 1836, Daniel Mor- 
gan of Oberlin, O. 


WILLIAM JOINER, supposed to be the son of Lieut. Wil- 
liam of Egremont, Mass., and grandson of William and Eliza- 
beth (Eads) Joiner of E. Haddam, Conn.; birth and death un- 
known; m. (1) Paulina, dau. John and Anna Tullar of Egre- 
mont, probably; d. July 18, 1785, Roy.; ra. (2) Mar. 19, 1786, 
Jerusha, dau. Huckens and Jerusha Storrs. b. Jan. 6, 1760, Mans- 
field, Conn. Mr. Joiner was one of the original grantees of Roy- 
alton. The date of his removal to Royalton has not been exactly 
fixed. In October, 1782, he was one of the prudential commit- 
tee that deeded land for the proprietors. In 1791 he deeded 
from Randolph, and in 1794 he seems to have been in Waitsfield. 
Pie rem. again to Randolph about 1809, and one year later to 
Moriah, N. Y. In 1816 his wife Jerusha was in Royalton, and 
mention of her is again made in 1817. They were connected 
with the church, and July 20, 1817, Jerusha was received again 
into the church by letter from Waitsfield church. 

History of Royalton, Vermont 833 

i. Experience, b. Aug. 17, 1775; m. John Mack. 
2. ii. Salmon, b. Sep. 26, 1777. 

*iii. Polly, b. Sep. 23, 1779; m. Alex. Kenstry. 

iv. Ithram, b. Sep. 4, 1781; in Montpelier in 1802. 

V. Alvin, b. Aug. 20, 1783; m. Hannah Van Wagner; ch.: (a) 
Elizabeth; (b) Charles Wesley, b. Dec. 8, 1816; m. June 5, 1839, Har- 
riet Marie Waterbury, b. Nov. 20, 1815; ch.: Alvin, b. Nov. 13, 1848; 
m. Jan. 14, 1874, Ida Phebe Wood, b. Aug. 2, 1854; ch.: Jennie Harriet, 
b. May 21, 1876; m. John McAlpine; Alice, b. Nov. 6, 1878; m. Ralph 
Clement Bryant; Charles Henry, b. Aug. 28, 1880; m. Florence Julia 
Hustetter; Alvin, b. May 17, 1883; Flora Isabel, b. May 4, 1885. Charles 
W. Joiner rem. to Mich in 1836, and engaged extensively in the lumber 
business with his father. Their mills were burned three times, and 
in 1871 their entire property on the Huron shore was destroyed. They 
had landed interests also in Fla. Alvin, son of Charles W., was elected 
Mayor of Polo, Wis., to which place he had removed. Alvin, who was 
born in Roy., lived in town a number of years after arriving at ma- 

vi. Clarissa, b. Dec. 15, 1786; m. (1) Joseph Waterman, and 
had Clarissa, Storrs, Charlotte, Charles, Harvey, and John. 

vii. Sextius, b. Feb. 20, 1788; d. Mar. 28, 1797, Waitsfleld. 

viii. Paulina, b. Aug. 7, 1795, Waitsfleld; d. Apr. 4, 1797. 
*ix. Paulina, b. Dec. 23, 1800, Waitsfleld; m. Joseph Dunham. 
2. SALMON JOINER, b. Sep. 26, 1777; d. June 2, 1854, 
Roy.; m. 1802, (?) Mary, dau. Thomas and Mary (Wheaton) 
]\Ioore, b. Jan. 10, 1783, Winchester, Mass.; d. Aug. 23, 1868, 
Roy. Mr. Joiner was a member of the church forty-three years 
and deacon thirty years. He was always present at all meetings. 
In his obituary it is said that he visited and labored more than 
deacons are wont to do, that he had an active and fruitful mind, 
and made the Bible his study. In his last sickness he prayed 
that no one of his posterity might be left to depart from God. 
The anecdote of his visit to Judge Collamer illustrates the activ- 
ity and sincerity of his Christian life. 

i. Mary, b. Oct. 27, 1804; d. Oct. 7, 1881, unm.; bur. Pleasant 
Hill Cem. 

ii. Edson, b. July 24, 1807; d. Jan. 30, 1808. 

iii. Sarah, m. Nov. 2, 1831, Rev. David Belden Lyman. She 
sailed with him Nov. 26th for Hilo, Sandwich Islands. They were 
missionaries. Mr. Lyman was principal of the Hilo high school for 
forty-three years. He was familiarly called "Father Lyman" by the 
natives. He requested that at his funeral they should say nothing in 
praise of him, but do what they could to make people better. He spent 
53 years in Hilo, his whole life a mission of love. Mrs. Lyman was 
equally beloved and self-sacriflcing. He died in Hilo, Oct. 4, 1884, and 
she, Dec. 7, 1885. They had two sons, Henry M. Lyman, M. D., now 
in Chicago, born Nov. 26, 1835, in a bamboo cottage in Hilo, and 
Francis M. Lyman, a lawyer in Chicago. Dr. Lyman has written a very 
interesting volume of life in Hawaii, under the title of "Hawaiian 
Yesterdays." Of his parents' marriage he says, "The snowflakes flew, 
the winds of Winter wept and wailed among the branches of the maples 
and elms, as the muddy stage-coach rolled up to the door at two o'clock 
in the morning, and bore away the young couple from the home and 
the friends who gave up that sweet bride." 


834 History op Royalton, Vermont 

iv. Franklin, b. Mar. 1, 1809; d. Feb. 26, 1887, Roy.; m. Apr. 
4, 1832, Harriet Wheatley, b. Sep. 20, 1808, Lebanon, N. H.; d. July 22, 
1889, Roy. Mr. Joiner lived on the farm to which his father removed 
some years before death, the Experience Trescott lot. Mr. Joiner 
always lived in peace with his fellow men, and was a kind husband 
and father. His wife was noted for her fine cheese, which could not 
be excelled. Ch.: (a) William Franklin, b. Mar. 8, 1833; d. Dec. 3, 
1851, Roy.; (b) Henry Lyman, b. July 18, 1835; d. Feb. 20, 1898, Cando, 
N. D.; m. Mar. 11, 1858, Sarah Franklin; (c) George Brainard, b. June 
30, 1837; d. May 6, 1875, Franklin, N. H.; (d) Charles Whiting, b. Feb. 
22, 1845; d. June 4, 1907; m. Frances Maria, dau. Robert and Emily 
Ann (Dennis) Merrill, b. Dec. 27, 1853, Manchester, N. H.; d. July 1, 
1907, Roy.; ch.: Harriet Emily, b. Aug. 10, 1879; d. Jan. 7, 1899, Roy. 
Mr. Joiner lived on the home farm with his parents. He was a genial 
man, unusually well informed, and interested in something more of 
farm life than the gathering of crops. He loved to study nature and 
enjoy it. Mrs. Joiner was a graduate of a high school in Boston, and 
taught successfully some time before her marriage. She cheerfully 
and lovingly assumed the care of the aged parents of her husband, to 
whom she was a devoted daughter. She took into their home also an 
aged aunt. Patience Atherton, and ministered to her needs with the 
same self-forgetfulness ever characteristic of her. Several years before 
her death she welcomed to their home her helpless mother, making the 
fourth aged person for whom she had cared. After the death of all 
except her husband and mother, she began to take her place in the 
social life of the town, for which she was so well fitted. The death 
of her beloved daughter was borne with Christian grace and fortitude. 
She had retained a lively interest in educational matters, and was 
elected town superintendent in 1905, holding the office until death. She 
was a valued member of the Woman's Club, and its president for a 
time. When the monument commemorating the burning of Royalton 
was dedicated, she presided with dignity, wit, and tact. To Mrs. Joiner 
more than to any other one person is due the successful inauguration 
of the work in the History of Royalton. When it seemed doubtful if 
the voters of the town would give financial support to the project, her 
eloquence and convincing arguments won a unanimous vote in its favor. 
She was deeply interested in it, and her death was a distinct loss felt 
by the whole association. She was a woman of sound judgment, of 
great decision of character, of a generous, loving nature, a woman 
whose like, as has been said, may never again be seen in Royalton. 
(e) Elizabeth Ingalls, b. Sep. 24, 1850; d. June 17, 1871. 

V. Lemuel Whiting, m. and had (a) Robert Lucas, who m. 
Marilla J. Gaige; his ch.: (i) Beulah, m. Edward T. Jones, and has 
Ruth, Robert, Gordon, Albert, and Helen; (ii) Josephine, m. (1) Wes- 
ley J. Rogers, and had Wesley; m. (2) David R. Rogers, and had Philip, 
Harold, Frank, Ruth, Irene, and David; (iii) Ruth; (iv) Gaige, m. 
Flora Hurd; three ch., Lawrence, Richard, Margaret; (v) Richard, d. 
at age of two; (vi) Lethe, m. Homer Levoke, and has lone, Morris, 
Theodore, Lucile, Homer; (vii) Kezia; (viii) Amy; (ix) Robertine; 
(b) Sarah Elizabeth, m. Henry P. Sawyer, and had Frank and Eugene, 
both m. with one child; Sarah, a widow; (c) Julia C, m. Lewis 
LaBarre; ch.: (i) Hattie, m. Allan Joy; (ii) Kate, m. Henry Johnson; 
(iii) Marie; (iv) Charles; (d) Mary E., m. John T. Morris; ch.: (i) 
Flora, m. Mr. Ogan; (ii) Josephine, m. and had Jessie and Annie; 
(iii) Harry, m. and has one dau.; (e) Franklin, d. at Vicksburg, 1862, 
a soldier; (f) Flora, d. at age of sixteen; (g) Martha, m. Clark A. 
Hickup, and had eleven ch.; two, Robert and Sarah, were in Roy. 

History of Koyalton, Vermont 835 

Academy 1851-52, and two others, Frank and Julia, attended the acad- 
emy 1860-61. Lemuel Whiting was a member of the Wisconsin senate 
six years, and his son, Robert Lemuel, was a member four years. 

vi. Melissa, m. Nov. 6, 1850, Silas Hall of Brookfield, and had 
Mary and George. 

vii. George, m. and had Anna and Bertram. 

viii. Elizabeth, m. Mr. Petit, and had Frank. 
*ix. Martha, b. July 24, 1817; m. Asahel Clark. 

X. Martin, b. Mar. 9, 1823; d. Sep. 20, 1880, Roy.; m. Sep. 20, 
1848, Abbie P. Wells, b. Jan. 29, 1831, Wentworth, N. H. Mr. Joiner 
and wife were noted for their kind hospitality, and for large hearted- 
ness. They were consistent members of the Cong'l church. Mrs. 
Joiner resides with her daughter in Belding, Mich. Ch.: (a) Robert 
M., b. Nov. 7, 1850; d. Sep. 30, 1894; m. Dec. 25, 1876, Martha Skinner 
of Diamondale, Mich.; ch.: (i) Martin S., b. May 13, 1878; (ii) Abbie 
C, b. June 23, 1880; (iii) Robert F., b. Apr. 20, 1884; (iv) Ellen S., 
b. Jan. 22, 1893; (b) William S., b. Apr. 3, 1854; (c) Ellen L., b. Jan. 
29, 1859; m. Dec. 21, 1896, Embree B. Laplane of Belding, Mich.; ch.: 
Helen J., b. Mar. 16, 1900; (d) Frank A., b. Sep. 17, 1864; d. Sep. 29, 


D. ABIEL JONES, M. D., D. D.. son of Benjamin, the son 
of Benj., first settler of Somers, Conn., the son of Thomas of 
Wales, b. July 24, 1761, Somers, Conn. ; d. Feb. 2, 1829, Roy. ; 
m. May 6, 1792, Rebecca, dau. Daniel and Rebecca (Johnson) .v 
Rix, b. May 10, 1773 ; d. Sep., 1838. Dr. Jones preached several 
months in Royalton, 1791-92. He removed to Chelsea about 
1797, where he preached occasionally. He was selectman there, 
1803. See ''Medical Profession." 

i. Abiel, b. Oct. 4, 1797; d. Sep., 1825. 

ii. Rebecca, b. Mar. 12, 1800; d. Apr., 1850. 

iii. Elizabeth, b. Sep. 30, 1801; d. 1844. 

iv. Susan, b. July 10, 1803; d. Sep., 1850. 

V. Daniel, b. Sep. 21, 1805; d. Jan. 11, 1871. 

vi. Jerusha H., b. Nov. 15, 1808; d. Aug. 2, 1856. 

vii. Gardner, b. Sep. 5, 1811; d. young. 

viii. Joseph R., b. July 12, 1815; d. Dec. 23, 1883; m. Susan 
Hazen, dau. Amos and Jerusha (Rix) Hutchinson, b. Apr. 29, 1814, 
Tunbridge; d. May 6, 1895, Roy.; no living issue. Joseph attended Roy. 
Academy; grad. from Dartmouth, 1841; began practice in E. Barnard; 
rem. to 111. and d. at LaMoille, Dec. 23, 1883; Mrs. Jones ret. to S. Roy. 
in 1883. She made a handsome bequest to the Cong'l church at her 

SETH JONES, son of John, b. May 30, 1839; d. Jan. 3, 
1906, Roy. ; m. Sarah Webster, b. Jan. 8. 1852. Mr. Jones came 
to town with his father, who had a blacksmith shop at S. Roy., 
where Fred Smith lives. He was a farmer. His widow and 
children have lived in Royalton more or less of the time ; Mrs. 
Jones res. Royalton village. 

i. Willie H., b. 1871; m. Feb. 7, 1895, Cora Ada, dau. Samuel 
H. and Melinda (Pecor) Richards, b. 1878, Braintree; ch.: (a) Mabel 
Ada. b. June 9, 1901, Roy.; (b) Edith Marjorie, b. June 23, 1898; d. Oct. 
20, 1898, Roy. 

836 History of Royalton, Vermont 

ii. Clarence A., b. Mar. 15, 1872, Roy. (See Russ for Bertha). 

iii. Carl S., b. Nov. 30, 1883; d. Feb. 8, 1890, Sharon. 

iv. Jessie Belle, b. Apr., 1881, Roy.; m. Mar. 18, 1897, Fred 
H., son Heman D. and Emily (Lee) Bates, b. 1874, Roy. 

V. Clayton F., b. June 15, 1887, Roy. 

vi. Myrtle May, b. Feb. 28, 1890, Sharon. 

vli. Lena Ruth, b. Nov. 17, 1891, Roy. 
DANIEL C. JONES, son of Merrill, b. 1828, Tunbridge; 
d. Jan. 6, 1903. Roy. ; m. May 22, 1859, Jane, dau. John H. and 
Mary Jane (Moore) Woodward, b. June, 1838, Tunb. ; ch. : Fred- 
die, b. Apr. 16, 1863 ; d. July 19, 1863. Mr. Jones served the 
town as constable for a long period of years. He was most effi- 
cient, and it was an uncommonly smart rascal that could get the 
better of him. He was politic and courageous. He served also 
as assistant county sheriff. 

ETHAN ALLEN JONES, son of Amasa C. and Laura 
(Lyman) Jones, and grandson of Merrill, the son of Merrill, 
b. Apr. 20, 1871, Strafford; m. Mar. 23, 1898, Susie M., dau. 
Seth and Anna (Cleveland) Moxley, b. Nov. 22, 1874, Roy. Mr. 
Jones lives on the old Seth Moxley farm, sometimes called the 
Lincoln Elm farm, as it has a tree which Mr. Moxley set out the 
day the President was assassinated. 

i. Albion Lee, b. Nov. 25, 1900. 

ii. Anna L., b. Aug. 7, 1902. 

iii. Vera Luvan, b. Oct. 12, 1904. 

iv. Cecil Allen, b. May 26, 1906. 

v. Robert Leonard, b. July 7, 1907. 

vi. Rosepha Idella, b. Oct. 27, 1910, Royalton. 


GEORGE WILLIAM JOY, son of Joshua, b. Oct. 19, 1857, 
Hubbardton; m. Sep. 12, 1880, Carrie Evelyn, dau. Ira Moses 
and Angelina P. (Chapman) Morrill, b. Aug. 20, 1861, Chitten- 
den. Mr. Joy is a blacksmith in Roy. village, where he has been 
located for a considerable number of years. He owns the brick 
house in the upper part of the village. Mr. and Mrs. Joy kindly 
eared for Mr. Mark Metcalf in the last years of his life. 

*i. Flora Belle, b. Nov. 16, 1881, Chittenden; m. Fred Haynes. 

ii. Delia May, b. Dec. 5, 1883, Pittsford; m. July 3, 1905, Ed- 
ward Augustus, son of Moses Augustus and Mary L. Eldora (Bray) 
Daniels, b. July 3, 1884, Rowley, Mass.; ch.: George Augustus, b. Apr. 
8, 1910, Roy. 

iii. Benjamin Harrison, b. Oct. 26, 1888, Pittsfield; m. July 28, 
1909, Christie Estella, dau. William and Annie Doubleday, 

iv. Maud Evelyn, b. Apr. 29, 1893, Roy. 

V. Beatrice Hills, b. Apr. 1, 1897, Roy. 

vi. Raymond Clifton, b. Aug. 27, 1905, Roy. 


Hannah (Harvey) Kendall, b. May 20, 1815, Sheffield, Can.; d. 

History of Royalton, Vermont 837 

Sep. 30, 1896, Roy.; ra. (1) Oct. 6, 1839, Acton, Mass., Louisa 
S. Mead, b. Apr. 4, 1818, Montpelier; d. Sep. 23, 1862, Roy.; 
m. (2) Oct. 14, 1863, Elizabeth M., dau. Bela and Eliza (Baker) 
Durkee, b. Apr. 25, 1821; d. Sep. 23, 1872, Roy.; m. (3) May 
4, 1873, Sarah Maria, dau. Timothy and Philena (Burbank) 
Marsh, b. Oct. 25, 1831, Sharon ; d. Aug. 3, 1889, Roy. ; all bur. 
N. Roy. Gem. Mr. Kendall's father died when he was quite 
young, and his mother with her six children rem. to her father's 
home in jMarlborough, N. H. Mr. Kendall res. in Roy. vil- 
lage. His first wife was licensed as a teacher in Roy. in 1834. 
He belonged to the state militia, and was commissioned as 4th 
sergeant of the 1st Co., Light Infantry, 5th Regt., 1st Brig., 
4th Div., in July, 1836; promoted to 1st Lieut, in 1837, and 
honorably discharged July, 1838. He and his last wife were 
members of the Cong'l church, and she was a well beloved 
teacher in the S. S. 

i. Annette Louise, b. Feb. 3, 1843, Roy. 

ii. Mary Adeline, b. Oct. 24, 1844; d. Feb. 24, 1848. 

iii. Luke, b. Oct. 15, 1849, Montpelier; d. Mar. 24, 1890, Chi- 
cago, 111.; m. Mar. 24, 1875, Acton, Mass., Sarah Eldora, dau. Joseph 
and Nancy (Raymond) Estabrook; one ch., Ida Beatrice, b. 1877; m. 
July 26, 1905, Roy., John Frederick, son George William and Anna 
Neal, b. 1875, Dover, N. H.; no ch. 

iv. Lucy Maria, b. Oct. 6, 1851; d. Feb. 17, 1861, Roy. 


ASA W. KENNEY, son of Zurishaddai and Rachel (Beld- 
ing) Kenney, was born in Barnard, Sep. 22, 1819; m. Dec. 24, 
1873, Mrs. Cornelia A. Gladding of Waterbury, Conn., who died 
June 28, 1906, Lakewood, N. J. Mr. Kenney resides in Lake- 
v/ood, where they went from Royalton in October, 1893, on ac- 
count of the health of Mrs. Kenney. 

Mr. Kenney worked on his father's farm in early life, was edu- 
cated in the academies of Randolph, Royalton and Montpelier, and 
taught for a time in Stockbridge, Middlesex and Montpelier. He then 
studied law with Geo. B. Manser and Ferrand F. Merrill in Mont- 
pelier, and was admitted to the Washington County Bar in 1840. Gov. 
Paine appointed him State Librarian in 1839, which ofBce he held 
three years. He did not practice law, but engaged in mercantile business 
several years. His connection with the Royalton Bank will be found 
under that head. During the War of the Rebellion he was president 
of the Royalton Society in aid of the U. S. Christian Commission in 
its work for the benefit of the Union Army, which society became 
quite noted for its large accomplishment. During the war and for 
some time thereafter, he carried on in connection with the bank busi- 
ness, the business of U. S. claim agent, and a great many wounded 
soldiers, widows and orphans of deceased soldiers obtained bounties 
and pensions through his agency. Since 1882 he has been engaged in 
making western loans. 

Mr. and Mrs. Kenney were active members of the Congregational 
Church in Royalton village, and were members of the First Pres- 

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byterlan Church in Lakewood, in which Mrs. Kenney took an active 
part in the missionary and other benevolent work. While in Royal- 
ton, Mr. Kenney became a life member of the Congregational Home 
Miss. Soc, of the American Missionary Association, and of the A. B. 
C. F. M. He contributed, July 1, 1903, $30,000 to the A. B. C. F. M. 
to constitute a permanent fund of that amount, and Jan. 1, 1904, he 
gave a like sum to the C. H. M. S., and July 1, 1906, the same amount 
to the A. M. A. A part of the income is to be paid to him during his 
life, and after his decease, the whole except certain provisions made 
for a niece and sister-in-law, is to be at the disposal of the respective 
societies for the purposes for which they are established. His other 
benefactions are $10,000 to the American Bible Society for a perma- 
nent fund, $500 to Yankton College, S. D., to establish a free scholar- 
ship therein, $1,750 to Hampton Normal & Agricultural Institute of 
Hampton, Va., for a free scholarship. He has also pledged $5,000 to 
the trustees of Mt. Hermon Boys' School of E. Northfield, Mass., for a 
free scholarship, all of which scholarships are in memory of his wife. 
Mrs. Kenney was a woman of rare refinement and intellectual ability, 
and was much attached to her friends in Royalton. On her death bed 
her last request was, "Give my love to everybody." Although so ad- 
vanced in age Mr. Kenney continues to transact business, and last 
summer made a visit to Royalton. 


1. ELISHA [5] KENT (Elisha [4], John [3], Samuel 
[2], John [1]), b. Oct. 30, 1734, Newton, Conn., prob. ; d. Mar. 

19, 1811, Roy.; m. 1759, Anna , b. May 18, 1737; d. Aug. 

8, 1810, Roy.; both bur. S. Roy. Cem. Mr.'Kent was in Wind- 
sor before coming to Royalton. Our earliest town record that 
mentions him is March, 1779, when he was chosen tythingman. 
He is said to have come to Royalton as early as 1772-73. He 
had one of the finest locations on the river, and in 1807 was 
among the heaviest taxpayers. See "Earliest Settlers." 

i. John [6], b. July, 1761; d. Aug. 11, 1834, Gowanda, N. Y.; 
m. July 12, 1787, Mary (Polly), dau. High Sheriff Whipple of N. Y., 
b. Feb. 15, 1767; published July 1, Roy.; both then in Roy.; six ch. 
In 1780 his father deeded him 100 acres of land, and five months later 
he was captured by the Indians. He was in Granville, N. Y., in 1789, 
and must have gone there between Jan. and March of that year. He 
res. in Windsor, Vt., and Villenova, N. Y. He was pensioned. 
2. ii. Elisha [6], b. Aug. 5, 1762. 

iii. Samuel [6]; in June, 1788, he bought W. 6 L. A., which 
he sold in 1791 and bought 40 and a part of 39 Dutch; does not appear 
on record after 1792. Rem. to Aurora, N. Y.; three sons, one Enos, 
one, Alfred. 

iv. Joseph Moss [6], b. 1774, Roy., prob.; m. 1799-1800, Patty 
Bugbee of Woodstock, Conn. His name does not appear on the grand 
list of the town, and he probably settled elsewhere. He was in Cherry 
Creek, N. Y., about 1815. Ch.: (a) Nancy [7], b. 1800; d. Apr. 24, 
1873; m. Eliphalet Wilcox; (b) George [7], b. 1804; d. Mar. 12, 1834, 
Cherry Creek; m. Phebe King; (c) Dolly [7], b. Oct. 4, 1805; m. Ward 
King of Cherry Creek, and had ten ch.; (d) Polly [7], b. 1808; d. 
Girard, Pa.; m. (1) John S. Smith; m. (2) Pearly Hines; (e) Elisha 
[7], b. 1810; m. Lydia Ann Bentley; res. Lexington, 111.; (f) Samuel 

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Barzilla [7], b. Jan. 24, 1812; d. Apr. 12, 1879, Cherry Creek; m. Char- 
lotte T. Green; no ch.; (g) Joseph [7], b. Jan. 22, 1814; called the 
"Lumber King of the Upper Conewango," N. Y.; (h) Lydia [7], b. 
Sep. 1, 1818; d. Oct. 2, 1862; m. Charles B. Green; (i) Asa or Ira 
William [7], b. July 19, 1821. 

V. Charles [6], res. Middlebury, N. Y. 
3. vi. Abner [6], b. Mar. 15, 1780. 

vii. Lydia [6], m. Benjamin Still. 

viii. Polly [6], m. Daniel Sumner, and lived in Roy. some 
time; ch.; Amasa, Sophia, Eleanor, who d. in Roy.; Lucretia, whp m. 
Mr. Corliss, and res. in northern N. Y. ; Clarissa, who m. Hiram Sher- 
burne of Pomfret, and had Calvin, Mary, Edmund and Sumner; Aaron, 
who became a doctor, and Polly or Mary who m. Aug. 10, 1826, Roy., 
Benjamin Reynolds, and had a dau., Maryette, who m. Mr. Moxley. 

2. ELISHA [6] KENT, son of Elisha [5] and Anna, b. 
Aug. 5, 1762; d. Mar. 10, 1826, Roy.; m. Nov. 31, 1785, Alice 
Flynn, b. 1764; d. Mar. 15, 1837, Roy. Mr. Kent was a loyal 
citizen, a true-hearted man, a worthy descendant of good stock. 

i. Barzilla [7], b. June 3, 1788; d. May 7, 1814. 

ii. Polly [7], b. Feb. 10, 1790; m. Thomas Hinkley; rem. to 
Mich.; ch.: Hiram, Charles, Henry, Laura, Alice. 

iii. Hannah [7], b. Feb. 5, 1792; m. Jan. 18, 1820, Tracy 
Bingham of Pomfret; (on Roy. records as Isaac Bingham); ch.: Flynn, 
Willard, Tracy Flynn. 

* iv. Anna [7], b. Feb. 21, 1794; m. Harry Cheney; b. Mar. 
10, 1791; d. Oct. 13, 1822. 

V. Elisha [7], b. Mar. 1, 1796; d. Mar. 11, 1831, unm. 

vi. Elizabeth [7], b. Apr. 12, 1798; d. July 19, 1813, unm. 

vii. Archibald [7], b. Mar. 28, 1800; d. May 26, 1849, Roy.; 
m. Sep. 7, 1835, Emeline, dau. Isaac and Hannah (Woodward) Morgan, 
b. Sep. 2, 1809, Roy.; d. Oct. 3, 1864, Chelsea; Mr. George Harvey, who 
lived neighbor to Mr. Kent, thus describes him: "He was a man nearly 
six feet tall, straight and well proportioned — would have been called 
good looking but for a bi'oken nose, caused by a fall when a baby. The 
bridge was crushed even with his face and otherwise misshapen. He 
had strong, sound common sense, but illiterate, staunch and loyal to 
the church and his religious convictions. There were Sunday evening 
meetings held in the school house below S. Royalton, conducted mainly 
by him and Dea. Joseph Parkhurst." Ch.: (a) Archibald Flynn [8], 
b. Mar. 22, 1837; (b) Ellen Maria [8], b. Mar. 20, 1838; m. Sep. 7, 
1858, John Phillips Clement of Andover, Mass., b. Mar. 2, 1826; d. 
June 20, 1873; ch.: Gertrude, Eliza and Edith Phillips; (c) Eliza Ann 
[8], twin of Ellen M., res. Jamestown, N. Y.; (d) Alba Morgan [8], 
b. Apr. 3, 1841; m. June 12, 1873, Rose Hall Wetmore, and has one 
ch., b. in Jamestown; (e) Alice Flynn [8], b. Jan. 9, 1843; d. Aug. 
30, 1850; (f) Walter [8], b. 1845; d. June 2, 1845; (g) Gertrude May 
[8], b. Apr. 10, 1847; m. Jan. 20, or 22, Emmett H. Bemis, b. Oct. 12, 
1846; res., Jamestown, N. Y.; (h) Charles [8], b. Oct., 1849; d. 1850. 
Emeline, widow of Archibald, m. (2) John W. Smith of Chelsea; bur. 
beside her first husband, S. Roy. Cem. 

viii. Alice [7], b. May 1, 1802; d. Feb. 28, 1851; m. Oramel 

ix. Sybil [7], b. July 8, 1804; d. Aug. 23, 1850, unm. 

3. ABNER [6] KENT, son of Elisha [5] and Anna, b. 
Mar. 15, 1780, Roy.; d. Sep. 17, 1860, Roy.; m. Jane Hunter, 

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who d. Sep. 12, 1854. Mr. Kent lived on Broad Brook. He 
was a devout Methodist. 

i. Sarah [7], b. 1807; d. Dec. 11, 1850, unm. 
*ii. Lavinia [7], b. 1813; m. Mitchell Clark. 

iii. Alonzo [7], b. Sep. 8, 1810; d. May 25, 1888; a well-known 
banker and business man in Jamestown, N. Y. ; m. Jan. 23, 1834, Mercy- 
Rice, b. Dec. 26, 1814; d. June 8, 1886; eh.: (a) Emogene [8], b. 1838; 
d. 1842; (b) Edward [8], b. June 29, 1842; d. young; (c) Ellen Gene- 
vieve [8], twin of Edward; m. Spoor Mackey, and had two ch. ; (d) 
Alonzo Francis [8], b. Jan. 23, 1846; m. Aug. 29, 1878, Maggie Cook; 
(e) Lilla Augusta [8], b. Oct. 12, 1852. Mr. Kent built the first 
modern house in Jamestown, and celebrated his golden wedding there. 

iv. Lewis [7], b. Aug., 1811; d. Apr. 7, 1833; bur. S. Roy. Cem. 
John [1], came from England to Dedham, Mass., in 1645. Elisha 
[4], was a grad. of Yale in 1729. He rem. from Newton, Conn., to Dan- 
bury, N. Y., and established the first Presbyterian Church there, and 
remained its pastor until death. He married (1) Abigail, dau. Rev. 
Joseph Moss of Derby, Conn., and (2) a sister of Gov. Thos. Fitch of 
Norwalk, Conn. He had seven children. Sybil, one dau., married 
John Kane, from whom Kane, the Arctic explorer, was descended, 
U. S. senator, Elisha Kent Kane, and others of note. He was the min- 
ister who preached the first sermon in Royalton. 


THOMAS KENWORTHY, b. 1768; d. 1846; m. (1) Mary 
Chandler; m. (2) Mrs. Mary (Lawrence) Merriam, b. 1778; d. 
1856 in western N. Y. She had a son John by Mr. Merriam. 
Thomas came from England to Mass. when he was forty; rem. 
to Bethel, then to Royalton. He claimed to have started the 
first machine factory for making woolen rolls in the U. S. It 
was started in Conn. The English tried to prevent mechanics 
from coming to America. When a vessel was leaving the har- 
bor where he was, he said to a boatman, ''I must see that cap- 
tain on business. I '11 give you to row me out. ' ' The man 

took the money and rowed him to the vessel. When he boarded 
it he said to the boatman, "I am through with you. You can 
go back to the shore." In 1816 he removed from Bethel to 
Royalton and purchased a lot of Alpheus Howe at the "Mills," 
and the use of the shop with carding machines. He and his 
son James held this property and ran the machines for a long 
period of years, finally selling to Phineas Pierce. 

i. Thomas Chandler, b. Dec. 21, 1810; went West and d. 
there. He was an evangelist of the Christian denomination. 

* ii. Mary C, b. July 4, 1817; m. Jeremiah Russ. 

* iii. Julia Ann, b. May, 1819; m. Arunah Woodward. 

iv. Martha, b. Feb. 3, 1821; m. (1) Sep. 5, 1844, William 
Brown of Tunbridge; m. (2) William Carpenter; no living ch.; went 
West and d. in Mich. 

V. James Benoni, b. Oct. 13, 1824, Roy.; d. Jan. 13, 1906, 
Tunb.; m. Oct. 12, 1851, Mary Jane, dau. Sylvester and Caroline Howe, 
b. Dec. 30, 1832, Tunb. Mrs. Kenworthy has lived with Mrs. Corwin 
and friends since the death of her husband. She is very well, and 

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busies herself in making handsome rugs, completing several each year. 
Mr. Kenworthy spent his last days in S. Tunbridge, near where the 
Indians made their descent from the hills. Ch.: (a) Alger H., b. July 
9, 1852; d. Feb. 23, 1853; (b) Elsie M. Perkins (adopted), b. June 6, 
1863; m. Nov. 25, 1884, Lester M., son William and Melinda (Grant) 
Corwin, b. Mar. 22, 1861, Chelsea; ch.: (i) Everett W., b. Dec. 5, 1887, 
Tunb.; (ii) Maud L., b. Nov. 10, 1898, Tunb.; res. S. Roy. on the Kent 


1. JOHN [5] KIMBALL (Richard [4], Richard [3], John 
[2], Richard [1]), b. Aug. 9, 1735, Norwich, Conn.; d. Oct. 28, 
1810, E. Bethel; m. Feb. 9. 1758, Jerusha Meacham of Scotland, 
Conn., b. 1735; d. Nov. 4, 1809; bur. E. Bethel. Mr. Kimball 
was one of the original grantees of Royalton. He retained 33 
and 34 T. P. In 1760 he rem. to Pomfret, Conn. He served 
as ensign and afterwards as lieut. in Capt. Riley's Co., 3d Regt., 
Conn. Line. In 1781 he was captain. His sons, John, Rich- 
ard, and Jared, were in the same company. He and his three 
sons were pensioned. Jared enlisted Feb. 1, 1781, served till 
last of Oct., 1783; Richard enlisted Jan., 1782; dis. Oct. 3, 
1783, in same Co. 

i. Jerusha [6], b. July 16, 1758; d. Aug. 7, 1759. 

ii. John [6], b. Oct. 18, 1760, Pomfret, Conn.; m. Dec. 10, 
1783, Priscilla Spaulding, b. 1758; ch.: (a) Elizabeth [7], b. Aug. 30, 
1784; (b) Betsey [7], b. Aug. 30, 1785, Roy.; m. a Murphy and lived 
in Pembroke, N. Y., and cared for her father; (c) John S. [7], b. Sep. 
8, 1786, Roy.; (d) Polly [7], b. July 12, 1788, Roy.; (e) Orra [7], b. 
Dec. 7, 1789, Roy. John, Jr., enlisted for three years in Feb., 1781, 
in Capt. Riley's Rgt., and was sent South; at the siege of Yorktown 
and the taking of Cornwallis; soon after returned to his home in Conn, 
and hired his brother, Richard, as a substitute; a pensioner; went to 
Pembroke, N. Y. 

iii. Richard [6], b. Aug. 21, 1762; d. Nov. 23, 1828, Randolph; 
m. Feb. 7, 1778, Susanna Holden, b. May 23, 1765; d. Apr. 29, 1826, 
Rand. Lived for a number of years in Roy. Enlisted as substitute 
for brother, John, Feb. 1, 1782; dis. at West Point, Oct. 3, 1783; ch.: 
(a) Eunice [7], b. Nov. 27, 1788, Roy.; d. Jan. 28, 1789; (b) Susanna 
[7], b. Mar. 27, 1790, Roy.; d. Oct. 1, 1791; (c) Richard [7], b. May 
29, 1791, Roy.; d. Aug. 13, 1791; (d) David [7], b. Sep. 30, 1792, Roy.; 
d. June 1, 1793; (e) Adam [7], b. Jan. 20, 1794, Roy.; d. same day; 
(f) David [7], b. Apr. 12, 1795, Roy.; d. Aug. 12, 1795; (g) John Hol- 
den [7], b. May 1, 1796, Roy.; d. Aug. 5, 1873; m. June 11, 1828, Cath- 
erine Williams, b. Aug. 9, 1805, Plainfield, N. H. ; seven ch.; res. 
Marshfield, Rand., Bethel, Gaysville; (h) Jared [7], b. Apr. 2, 1798, 
Rand.; d. Aug. 22, 1803; (i) Susanna [7], b. Apr. 1, 1800, Rand.; (j) 
Harriet [7], b. Dec. 19, 1801; d. Sep. 11, 1803; (k) Hiram [7], b. Dec. 
18, 1803, Rand.; d. Apr. 23, 1865, Barnet; m. Oct. 24, 1833, Jerusha 
Bradish, b. Sep. 7, 1810, Woodbury; res. Rand.; nine ch., eight of 
them boys; a dau., Laura Chase, m. John B. Mead of Randolph; Robert 
Jackson, a son, b. Feb. 16, 1836, Rand., was U. S. Consul at Toronto 
in 1864. He was instrumental in causing the arrest of Kennedy, cap- 
tain of a gang of rebels who tried to fire New York. He established 
a banking business in New York in 1865, failed in 1872, but finally 

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paid 100 cents on the dollar. He has held many high positions in 
church and state with dignity and honor; (1) Lloyd [7], b. Oct. 16, 
1805, Rand.; d. Mar. 21, 1865; (m) Aveline [7], b. July 23, 1807, 
Rand.; d. May 5, 1887; (n) Melora [7], b. May 6, 1810; d. Nov. 14, 
1884, in Vineland, N. J. 

iv. Jared [6], b. Feb. 21, 1765; rem. to Bloomfield, la. 
*v. Jerusha [6], b. Apr. 3, 1767; m. Ebenezer Dewey. 

vi. Cynthia [6], b. Mar. 29, 1769; d. June 7, 1864; m. a Gifford. 

vii. Joseph [6], b. Apr. 15, 1776; d. Oct. 28, 1776. 

viii. Jacob [6], b. Aug. 5, 1779; early in 1800 Richard and Jared 
were appointed guardians of Jacob. In 1854 a Jacob was at the town 
farm, nearly blind, said to be seventy-nine. 

CAPT. NATHAN KIMBALL, b. Aug., 1771; d. June 18, 
1853; m. Polly G-ifford, b. 1776; d. Dec. 14, 1854, Roy. Capt. 
Kimball lived and died where Frank Davis has recently built a 
new house. He was a farmer, but also a militiaman, and held 
his title from that connection. ,The old sword found a year or 
so ago in the roof of Mr. Laird's store is thought to have been 

*i. Betsey, b. Sep. 29, 1797; m. Arunah Adams. 

ii. Phila, b. Jan. 15, 1799; m. Thomas Williams of Bethel, and 
had fourteen ch. ; one of her ch. was Esther, who m. David T. Dyke 
of Bethel, and celebrated her golden wedding Mar. 14, 1908; b. Apr. 17, 
1838; d. Sep. 21, 1909; others were Amplias, J. Kimball, Mrs. Franklin 

*iii. Polly, b. Aug. 22, 1800; m. Samuel Hunt. 
*iv. Susannah, b. Aug. 1, 1805; m. Edwin Pierce. 

V. Leonard, b. June 24, 1808; d. Sep. 15, 1841; bur. N. Roy. 
Cem.; m. Jan. 11, 1832, Emeline, dau. Asaph and Pedy (Partridge) 
French of Bethel; b. Aug. 8, 1811; d. June 16, 1885; ch.: (a) Almira 
E., b. Nov. 8, 1832; d. winter of 1893, Keene, N. H.; m. (1) Samuel 
Pierce, who was killed in Civil War; m. (2) Warren Bingham of N. H.; 
one ch. by Mr. Pierce; (b) Malora M., b. Apr. 8, 1834; m. Edwin, son 
Calvin and Elvira (Moody) Morse of Bethel; no ch.; d. May, 1911, in 
Bethel; (c) Pedy E., b. June 27, 1836; m. abt. 1860, James Baker; four 
boys and two girls; res. Stockbridge; (d) Esther Jeanette, b. Apr. 27, 
1838; d. Dec. 26, 1842; (e) Orvis F., b. Jan. 23, 1840; enlisted in 1st 
Vt. Cavalry; wounded July 16, 1863, and d. soon after. 

Asa Perrin in his diary says he attended a funeral of a child of 
Nathan Kimball on Oct. 23, 1801. 


NATHANIEL KINGSBURY, b. Oct. 10, 1763; d. Oct. 22, 
1849, Roy.-; m. Feb. 18, 1790, Lydia Hall, b. Aug. 12, 1769, 
Mass.; d. Mar. 21, 1826, Tunbridge; m. (2) Dec. 13, 1826, Mrs. 
Lydia Story. Mr. Kingsbury lived most of his life in Tun- 
bridge. In 1837 he bought a part of 37 and 42 Dutch, the old 
Havens farms, and spent his last days there, in the house where 
the Kneelands are thought to have lived. He was a man of 
ability, and settled estates. He was sent as representative from 
Tunbridge to the General Assembly in 1796. The children were 
all born in Tunbridge. 

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i. Dennis D., b. Nov. 9, 1791; d. in northern N. Y.; m. Nov. 
18, 1813, Polly Buckland of Tunb.; several ch. 

ii. Ira, b. Dec. 25, 1792; d. Feb. 2, 1794. 

iii. Cynthia, b. May 25, 1794; d. Mar. 30, 1873; m. July 9, 1818, 
James Noyes; ch.: Jason, Solon, Emily, Charles, Hezekiah, Caroline, 
and Henry, who d. in Civil War. 

iv. Sally, b. Oct. 20, 1795; d. Sep. 5, 1834, Lowell, Mass.; m. 
Jan. 20, 1817, John R. Ladd, and had Ruth, William, Lydia, Watts, 
who went to Peru, and was in company with the Pres. of Peru in guano 
products, Elizabeth, and Sarah. 

V. Jemima, b. July 10, 1797; d. July 2, 1894; m. May 14, 1818, 
John Lovejoy, a merchant in Tunb.; had several ch., one an editor, 
another a doctor; res. Monticello, Ind.; she was something of a poetess. 

vi. Milo, b. Mar. 7, 1799; started south to teach; wrote home 
from Whitehall, N. Y., and was never heard of afterwards. 

vii. Ira, b. Jan. 5, 1801; d. July 15, 1849; went south as a 
teacher; m. and had Joseph and Mary. 

viii. Diana, b. Nov. 22, 1802; d. Dec. 15, 1841, Tunb.; m. Oct. 
6, 1823, Col. Isaiah Bacon, a clothier; ch.: George, Frank, Gracia, Alma, 
Lizzie HgIbd. Alice 

ix. Morris, b. July 24, 1804; d. 1865, N. Y.; m. Nov. 26, 1828. 
Delia Chapman of Tunb., and had several ch., who d. before he did. 
*x. Achsah, b. June 12, 1806; m. Daniel Woodward. 

xi. Harvey, b. Feb. 22, 1808; d. Dec. 30, 1811. 

xli. Caroline, b. Apr. 24, 1811; d. Apr., 1858, Ind.; m. in Ind.; 
no ch.; a teacher. 

xiii. Emily, b. Mar. 30, 1814; m. George B. Farrar, and res. in 
Cal.; had ch., all of whom d. young. 


1. JONATHAN [5] KINNEY (Joseph [4], Joseph [3], 

Thomas [2], Henry [1]), b. June 9, 1762; m. Jan. 20, , 

Lydia Kendrick, b. Mar. 6, 1763; d. July 14, 1833; m. (2) . 

After his first marriage he moved to Bethel and lived ten years. 

i. Wealthy [6], b. Apr. 13, 1786. 
ii. David [6], b. Oct. 29, 1787. 
2. iii. Jonathan [6], b. Mar. 27, 1790. 

iv. Amory [6], b. Apr. 13, 1792, Bethel. 

V. Justus [6], b. May 21, 1794; d. Mar. 8, 17—. 

vi. Lucy [6], b. Oct. 7, 1796. 

vii. Justus [6], b. Sep. 7, 1798. 

viii. George [6], b. Dec. 31, 1800. 

ix. Infant dau., b. Feb. 4, 1803. 

X. Abigail [6], b. July 23, 1807. 

2. JONATHAN [6] KINNEY, son of Jonathan [5] and 
Lydia, b. Mar. 27, 1790; d. Nov. 20, 1851, Roy.; m. Dee. 3, 1813, 
Tempe. dau. Luther and Temperance Kilburn (Dewey) Skin- 
ner, b. June 2, 1790, Roy. ; d. Apr. 22, 1864, Roy. 

Mr. Kinney was a positive character, not a man who waited 
to know what other people thought about a question, before 
deciding and acting. He was foremost in advocating temper- 
ance, and as has been noted, was the first to circulate a temper- 
ance pledge. He was deacon of the First Cong'l church from 

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1833 to the time of his death. He held the highest offices in 
town, except that of representative. 

*i. Julia Ann [7], b. Feb. 10, 1815, Plainfield; m. Lewis Skin- 

ii. Jonathan Kendrick [7], b. Jan. 10, 1817; d. Aug. 16, 1894, 
unm., in Indianapolis, with an uncle; a lawyer. 

iii. Joseph Newcomb [7], b. May 30, 1819; d. Jan. 9, 1903, 
Cincinnati, O. ; m. (1) Sep. 10, 1844, Altha, dau. Amasa, Jr., and Tama- 
sin (Ashcraft) Button, b. Jan. 5, 1819, Roy.; d. 1852; m. (2) Mrs. 
Annie (Wilson) Morrison; m. (3) Laura Demnead, who d. a few weeks 
after marriage; m. (4) Mrs. Louise (Woodruff) Tilden, who d. 1904, 
Washington, D. C. ; two sons by (1), and six by (2); a grandson, 
Joseph Newcomb, res. Cincinnati. Mr. Kinney was a pork packer, 
had an interest in the Cincinnati Transfer Co., in the Electric Railway, 
and other railroads, a man of wealth and influence. 

iv. Luther Skinner [7], b. Oct. 23, 1820; d. May 25, 1881; m. 
Dec. 2, 1841, Edna Walker; two ch., one, Lucy M., m. Martin Tewks- 
bury of Randolph, and d. 1885. 

V. Lucy Skinner [7], b. Apr. 15, 1823; d. Nov. 28, 1895; m. 
Dr. John H. Wintrode of Huntingdon, Pa., and had three ch., one, Dr. 
John H., res. Winterset, la. 

vi. Jemima Dewey [7], b. Mar. 6, 1826; d. Sep. 9, 1827, Roy. 

vii. Rodolphus Dewey [7], b. Aug. 30, 1828; m. May 31, 1852, 
Sarah Parmalee, dau. Amasa and Tamasin (Ashcraft) Dutton, b. Aug. 
17, 1829, Roy.; went to Minn, and settled in Royalton, to which he 
gave the name; a son, and dau. Abigail [8], who m. Denslow, son of 
Dr. Upham of Randolph; res., Norwood, O. 

viii. Happy Temperance [7], b. Feb. 6, 1831; d. Feb. 3, 1872, 
Minn.; m. May 11, 1854, Rev. Lucian Chaney of Henvetten, N. Y., who 
d. in Northfield, Minn. A son, Prof. Lucian W., res. Northfield, Minn. 
BRADFORD [5] KINNEY, son of Joseph [4]. b. Dec. 2, 
1764; m. June 9, 1791, Sally Parkhurst of Plainfield. He res. 
some years in Roy. He had a potash house on the Second 
Branch in N. W. corner of 32 T. P. ; speculated in land ; went 
to Plainfield about 1799; no record of ch. here. His mother, 
Jemima Newcomb, d. in Roy., 1794; funeral June 20. 


CALEB KINSMAN, son of John and Sarah (Holton) 
Kinsman, b. Apr. 12, 1804, Orford, N. H.; d. July 12, 1860, 
Roy. ; m. Eliza, dau. Lyman and Emillia Flint Benson, b. Feb. 
14, 1811, Strafford; d. Aug. 16, 1854. 

i. Henry Edwin, b. Mar. 16, 1834, Sharon; d. May 14, 1905, 
Hartford, Conn.; m. Sep. 7, 1869, S. Roy., Emily, dau. Charles M. and 
Louisa Maria (Hutchinson) Lamb, b. Feb. 16, 1834, Tunb.; ch.: (a) 
Louise, b. Sep. 26, 1870; teacher in Hartford, Conn.; (b) William 
Martin, b. Oct. 19, 1873; m. (1) Apr. 24, 1900, Frances, dau. Horace 
Mann and Alice L (Scoville) Andrews, b. July 26, 1875, Plainville, 
Conn.; d. Sep. 30, 1902, Hartford, Conn.; m. (2) June 12, 1906, Velma 
Emma, dau. Rev. Geo. Martin and Sarah Lucy (Boyden) Teeple, b. 
June 3, 1883, Westfield, Mass.; (c) Charles Lamb, b. Mar. 19, 1876; m. 
Oct. 8, 1906, Adele Emilie, dau. Etienne and Emilie (Radvale) Scha- 
cher, and wid. of Stephen J. Burns, b. July 28, 1876, Newport, R. L; 

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(d) Joseph Rix, b. Dec. 29, 1877; d. Jan. 1, 1878, Hartford, Conn.; ch. 
of Henry E. all b. Hartford, Conn. 

ii. Oscar, b. Sep. 2, 1835, Sharon; d. Dec. 18, 1899, Providence, 
R. I.; m. June 12, 1862, Lovina Maria, dau. Asa and Eliz. (Hibbard) 
Williams, b. Oct. 15, 1857, Providence; d. at Providence; one ch., d. 
in infancy. 

iii. Mary Ann, b. June 10, 1841, Sharon; d. Apr 3, 1865, S. 

iv. Martha Jane, b. Mar. 28, 1846, Sharon; d. Apr. 12, 1891, 
Quechee; m. 1865, S. Roy., Charles Henry, son Perry and Christiana 
J. (Patch) Gardner, b. June 5, 1840, Hartford; d. Apr. 18, 1895, Que- 
chee; ch.: (i) Fred Anson, b. Dec. 18, 1870, Quechee; m. June 10, 1891, 
Lottie Lillian, dau. Charles P. and Marthesia C. (Smith) Marsh, b. 
July 15, 1869, Hartford; (ii) Martha Edwina, b. Apr. 14, 1892, Fitch- 
burg, Mass. 

V. Harriet Edla, b. Sep. 6, 1848, Sharon; d. Apr. 2, 1874, Que- 


EDWARD [5] KNEELAND (Benjamin [4], Edward [3], 
Edward [2], John [1]), b. Feb. 23, 1724, Colchester, Conn.; 
m. Sep., 1769, Deborah Martin, b. in Colchester, prob. He was 
"the old man" by whom the Indians sent word that they would 
kill all their prisoners if they were attacked by Col. House, 
He seems to have left Royalton after the raid, and his subse- 
quent history is shrouded in darkness even from his descendants. 
He came to Roy. early, but the date is not fixed, probably a year 
or so before the raid. He is said to have died soon after and to 
be bur. in the Hutchinson lot. 

1. Joseph [6], b. May 15, 1759, Colchester; killed Oct. 17, 
1780, Rand.; m. and had son, Joseph. A probate record shows that on 
Oct. 7, 1794, Joseph Kneeland of Bethel, a minor, heir to Joseph Knee- 
land late of Royalton, asked and had James Steele appointed guardian. 
A Joseph Kneeland was listed in Roy. from 1796 to 1800. There was 
a Joseph in Hartford, who was cousin to Edward, Sen. Lucy, dau. of 
David Burroughs, is said to have married a Kneeland who was cap- 
tured by the Indians, possibly Joseph. 

ii. Deborah, b. Aug. 10, 1757, Colchester. 

iii. Lucinda, b. Oct. 17, 1756. 

iv. Edward, b. Mar. 19, 1767, Colchester; d. 1829, Hadley, 
Mass.; m. Dec, 1788, Elizabeth Peck of Rehoboth, Mass.; res. Hadley; 
taken prisoner Oct. 16, 1780, carried to Can. and kept by a chief till 
death of the chief, then sold to a Frenchman; traveled down the Conn, 
river with the Indians; allowed to return hpme about 1788; retained 
many Indian characteristics until death. Ch.: (a) Joseph, m. (1) 
Lydia Champion; m. (2) Lora Champion; res. W. Springfield, Mass.; 
eight ch.; one, Joseph, m. Harriet Strong; killed Aug. 21, 1895, on 
B. & M. R. R. at Northampton, Mass.; inventor of articles connected 
with printing and paper machinery; five ch.: Fred N. and Miss Har- 
riet J., descendants, res. Northampton; (b) Samuel, m. and res. at 
Lockport, N. Y.; (c) Edward, d. in infancy; (d) Edward, b. Mar. 24, 
1807; (e) Harney, d. young; (f) Hannah, m. Nath. Porter; no ch.; 
(g) Betsey, m. (1) William Lebeneau; m. (2) C. Wright; (h) Lu- 
cinda, m. William W. Bliss; no ch.; (i) Lydia, m. Walter Day; no ch. ; 
(j) Electa, m. Theodore Bellows; (k) Emily, m. Eben. Nutting; (1) 
Clarissa, m. Nath. Porter, her sister's widower. 

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GEORGE ALLEN LAIRD, son of John Allen, the son of 
Lemuel, son of John, b. Oct. 13, 1860, Marshfield; m. Oct. 6, 
1887, Gertrude Salisbury, dau. Ira Maurice and Emily (Wash- 
bum) Jones, b. June 10, 1862, Randolph; no ch. Mr. Laird 
spent his boyhood in Randolph, and began business life in Han- 
over, N. H., where he had a clothing store several years. He 
came to Royalton in December, 1887, and opened a store in the 
old brick building. He now employs two clerks most of the 
time, and has a good stock of general merchandise. He has 
many friends and no enemies. He is one of the trustees of 
Royalton Academy, and has held responsible town offices. He 
has been P. M. since 1898. Mrs. Laird is well fitted by nature 
and education to fill important posts. She has been superin- 
tendent of the S. S. in the First Cong'l church for eleven years; 
has served as president of the Woman 's Club ; sec 'y of Nat. Soe. 
of Colonial Dames in Vt., five years; historian of Col. Julius 
Converse Chapter of D. A. R. of Randolph; elected sec'y of 
Vermont Federation of Women's Clubs, but resigned; her May- 
flower ancestor is Francis Cooke, who was descended from an 
ancient Norman family, the founder of which was one de Wasse- 
bourne, knighted by William the Conqueror, and endowed with 
the lands of Little Washburn and Great Washburn. She is 
also descended from John Washburn, first secretary of the Ply- 
mouth colony in England. 


CHARLES MORRIS LAMB, son of Joseph and Dorcas 
(Marcy) Lamb, b. Apr. 6, 1803, Randolph; d. May 20, 1891, 
Roy. ; m. Jan. 12, 1832, Louisa Maria, dau. Amos and Jerusha 
(Rix) Hutchinson, b. Oct. 1, 1808, Tunbridge; d. Oct. 9, 1895, 
Roy. His father Joseph was a soldier in the Revolutionary 
army, enlisting at the age of sixteen, and serving during the 
last four years of the war. His grandfather, Nathan, was a 
native of Wales. His mother died when he was an infant, and 
he was taken by friends in Claremont, N. H., where he remained 
until 1826. He worked on a farm, and taught school in Clare- 
mont and Charlestown, N. H. Desiring to gain a knowledge of 
Latin and Greek, he raised broom corn and made brooms, which 
he sold, and with the money bought his text-books, which he 
studied by the blaze of a pitch pine knot on the hearth, recit- 
ing to a Dr. Crosby. He went to Tunbridge in 1826, and was 
clerk and partner with Jona. Chase Hall in a country store till 
1834. For many years he was town clerk in Tunbridge, and 
held other town offices there. See "Legal Profession." At the 
time of his death he was the oldest practicing lawyer in the 

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state. He was buried with Masonic honors by Rising Sun 
Lodge, No. 7, of F. and A. M., of which he had been a member 
sixty-seven years. 

i. Amos Hutchinson, b. Jan. 20, 1833, Tunb.; m. Oct. 5, 1863, 
Fanny Jane, dau. Thos. and Sarah (McCollom) Lutts, b. Dec. 14, 1839, 
O.; d. May 9, 1905, Roy. Mr. Lamb had a hardware store in S. Roy 
for a time, and also practiced taxidermy. He spends his summers in 
S. Roy., and winters with his son Morris in Boston. See "Royalton 
Pensioners, 1911." Three generations of the Lamb family have been 
members of Rising Sun Lodge, F. and A. M., and Amos has been past 
master of it, and past commander of Orville Bixby Post. He has been 
a member of Mt. Sinai Temple since 1899. His great-grandfather, 
Hezekiah Hutchinson, built the second house in Tunbridge. His great- 
grandfather, Joseph Lamb, was a Revolutionary soldier in Conn. Cont. 
Line. Ch. : (a) Charles Morris, b. Oct. 8, 1865; policeman in Boston, 
unm.; (b) Helen, b. July 27, 1867; d. Jan. 22, 1870; (c) Alida Eugenia, 
b. Aug. 9, 1869; d. Sep. 8, 1870; (d) Alice Maria, b. June 20, 1871, Roy.; 
res. New York City, unm. 

*ii. Emily, b. Feb. 16, 1834, Tunb.; m. Henry E. Kinsman. 

iii. Helen, b. Apr. 8, 1835, Tunb.; m. Feb. 19, 1861, Joseph 
Perrin Stannard; d. Nov. 23, 1861; no ch. 

iv. Susan, b. June 5, 1837, Tunb.; d. Mar. 11, 1908, Roy. She 
was the only one of the children to spend her whole life in Royalton. 
She had a long and painful illness. She sang for many years in the 
Cong'l choir, of which church she was a charter member. 


GEORGE LAMPHERE, m. Delight . He lived on 

Broad Brook. He was listed in 1793, and continued to be until 
about 1820. He owned land in 3, 4, 8, and 9 L. A. His last 
holding was a part of the ministerial lot. 

i. George, first listed in 1813; m. Mar. 13, 1817, Sophia Vail; 
two ch., Orpha and Henry, were bap. in 1820. 

ii. Daniel, b. Feb. 24, 1796. 

iii. William, b. Mar. 29, 1798. 

iv. Eunice, b. Apr. 3, 1800. 

v. Jeremiah, b. Feb. 6, 1802. 

vi. Sally, b. June 30, 1804. 

vii. Sidney, b. Dec. 12, 1806. 
All the children born in Roy., unless it was George, Jr. Besides 
George and his family there lived in town at different periods, David, 
Jesse, and Erastus, of whom nothing more is known. 


1. ALSOP [7] LATHAM (Isaac [6], James [5], Joseph 
[4], Joseph [3], James [2], Robert [1]), b. June 2, 1799, Shar- 
on; d. Feb. 10, 187&. Tipton, Cedar Co., la.; m. Dec. 5, 1822, 
Sally, dau. Benjamin and Eunice Cole, b. 1795, Roy. (?); d. 
June 3, 1891, Roy.; bur. Havens Cem. In 1822 Mr. Latham 
rem. to Roy., and bought of his father-in-law what is known as 
the Cole farm, now owned by Mr. Haynes. He was a church- 
going man, and a fore-handed farmer. With him lived the wife 

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of his brother James for some years, who had an interest in the 
Cole farm. 

2. i. Benjamin Cole [8], b. Apr. 18, 1824. 

ii. Alden Craft [8], b. Sep. 3, 1828, Roy.; d. Sep. 9, 1908, 
Otay, Cal. He was a physician, first practicing in the West. He re- 
turned to Royalton, and assumed the care of his aged mother, to whom 
he was a devoted son. He was one of the kindest-hearted of men. He 
was interested in the history of the town, and sent to the Association 
many reminiscences of value. He spent some time in post-graduate 
study in the Univ. of Chicago. He is buried in Mt. Hope cemetery, 
San Diego, Cal. 

iii. Hiram [8], b. July 31, 1832; m. Mar., 1857, Ellen Whittier, 
niece of the poet Whittier, in Cedar Co., la.; ch.: (a) Charles [9], b. 
Mar., 1860; d. Feb., 1864; (b) Chilton [9], b. May, 1863; d. Feb., 1864; 
(c) Arthur [9], b. 1866; (d) Ellen Whittier [9], m. Dr. N. S. Snyder 
of Hot Springs, Ark.; (e) Mannie [9]. Hiram was employed by the 
Japanese Government as superintendent of agriculture from 1873 to 
1878. In 1879 he was made Vice Consul General at Shanghai, China, 
and remained there until 1881, but was really Consul General, as the 
Consul General had been recalled. 

iv. Henry [8], b. July 31, 1832, twin of Hiram; d. Dec. 16, 
1857; shot in Doniphan, Kan., by a pro-slavery mob in the street in the 
day time, while he was walking with a friend. He was shot from 

2. BENJAMIN COLE [8] LATHAIM, son of Alsop and 
Sally Cole Latham, b. Apr. 18, 1824, Roy.; m. Nov. 26, 1846, 
Phoebe Carson, dau. Bela and Eliza (Baker) Durkee, b. Nov. 
11, 1827, Roy. Mr. Latham has resided in town all his life 
except a few years when he was West. He is a farmer, liv- 
ing near the old Cole farm. The pictures of him and his wife 
can be seen in one of the cuts. 

i. Ella Carson [9], b. July 17, 1851; d. Apr. 19, 1901, Bur- 
lington, where she had gone for an operation. She was a graduate of 
Rand. Normal, and a teacher in the S. Roy. schools for a long time, a 
faithful guardian of those in her charge, and a skillful instructor. 

ii. Julia Rebecca [9], b. Jan. 12, 1859; d. Mar. 21, 1871. 

iii. Henry Benjamin [9], b. Aug. 10, 1861; d. Apr. 5, 1879. 

iv. Leon Drew [9], b. Sep. 21, 1874; m. June 14, 1902, Agnes 
Quinn; ch.: (a) dau., b. July 26, 1903; (b) Leon Donald [10], b. Sep. 
29, 1905; res. Milton; a lawyer. 

JAMES [7] LATHAM, brother of Alsop, b. Aug. 25. 1793, 
Sharon; m. Dec. 3, 1812, Polly (Mary), dau. Benj. and Eunice 
Cole. b. Jan. 23. 1791, Plainfield, N. H. ; d. Nov. 3, 1861. Mor- 
risville, and bur. there. She was deserted by her husband soon 
after the birth of her second daughter, and went home to her 
father. After his death she and her ch. had a home with Alsop 
Latham, until her dau. Mary married in 1850. 

*i. Mary A. [8], b. Jan. 22, 1814, Roy.; m. William Woodard. 

ii. Jemima Cole [8], b. Apr. 9, 1816, Roy.; d. Aug. 14, 1838; 
m., 1837, Lucius Gassett of Andover, N. H. 

Robert [1] was constable in Marshfield, Mass., in 1643. In 1649 
he married Susannah, dau. of John Winslow, brother of Gov. Winslow. 
Mrs. John Winslow was the famous Mary Chilton, said to have been 
the first white female to set foot on Plymouth shore, 1620. The La- 
thams claim to have come from Germany. 

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ELISHA LATHROP, b. 1791, Chelsea; d. Apr. 11, 1870, 
Roy. ; m. Sally Kibbee, b. 1794, E. Rand. ; d. June 24, 1870, Roy. 
Elisha bought a small place at N. Royalton in 1825, and after- 
wards had grammar school land. He lived in town most of 
the time until his death, but was in Bethel a part of the time. 
He and his wife are bur. in E. Randolph. He died with his son, 

i. Clark, b. July 5, 1831, Roy.; m. Eunice Wright; ch.: (a) 
Laura M., b. May 13, 1864; d. Sep. 5, 1877, S. Roy.; (b) George; (c) 
Ruth D., b. Feb. 27, 1882, Roy.; res. Roy. and Duluth, Minn. 

ii. Laura A., m. Mr. Green of Bethel, and d. there. 

iii. Ormal, d. in Cal. 

iv. Elisha, in San Francisco in 1882. 

V. John. 

vi. Mary, m. John Shell. 

vii. Kate, m. L. A. Chorest of Red Bluff, Cal. 
LOVELL LATHROP, son of Simon and Mary (Sumner 
and Mattie. according to town records), b. May 22, 1802, Bethel; 
d. Jime 25, 1872, S. Roy.; m. June 20, 1832, Asenath, dau. 
Timothy and Polly (Darby) Martin, b. Apr. 16, 1808; d. Mar. 
30, 1882, Rand. Mr. Lathrop came to Roy. in 1861, and bought 
a part of the Kent farm of John B. Durkee. He sold this in 
1865, and rem. to Rand. 

*i. Lavinia May, b. Mar. 16, 1833, Bethel; m. Albert Beedle. 

ii. Julius M., b. Aug. 24, 1838, Bethel; d. Dec. 21, 1864, in 
Va.; soldier, Co. E, 8th Vt. Vols.; m. Oct. 8, 1860, Charlotte McKen- 
nan, dau. Samuel and Pernecia Ranno of Leicester, b. Aug. 6, 1836; d. 
Apr. 22, 1910, Manchester, N. H.; bur. S. Roy. Cem. Mr. Lathrop 
bought land in Roy. about the same time that his father did, and lived 
here for a while. They had one ch., Edward Glenn, b. Feb. 22, 1863, 
Roy.; m. Oct. 10, 1887, Clara Electa Freeman, b. July 22, 1862, Bran- 
don. He prepared for college in Brandon high school; grad. from Mid- 
dlebury in 1884, with A. B. degree; teller of First Nat. Bank, Con- 
cordia, Kan., 1884-85; cashier, Sioux Falls Bank, S. D., 1885-87; Prof, 
of French and English Lit. in Yeat's School, Lancaster, Pa., 1904; gen- 
eral att'y for the Orinoco Corporation of Venezuela, 1905-08; treasurer 
of Immigration Land and Loan Co. in Wichita, Kan., 1908-10. Mr. 
Lathrop is a fine singer, and has generously aided the choir of the 
Cong'l church during his protracted visits to S. Roy. 

Rev. John Lathrop of Barnstable, Mass., is said to be the emigrant 
ancestor of the Lathrop family in America. 


NEHEMIAH LEAVITT, son of Nehemiah, b. 1775; d. 
1856, E. Rumford, Me. ; m. Polly Sleeper, who d. 1856, Rumford, 
Me. In 1797 Mr. Leavitt bought fifty acres in W. 2 L. A., which 
small farm he increased from time to time. His home was where 
Horace Royce lived, and he is said to have built that house. The 
Phineas Goff farm was a part of his. He arranged with Jona- 


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than in 1814 to support himself and Polly, but he thought bet- 
ter of it later and sold out in 1831, and was in Me., Feb., 1835, 
in No. 6, Third Range, Co. of Penobscot. The legislature of 
Me. gave him the whole township of Smyrna, if he would get 
100 settlers on it in a certain time. He gave each man one lot, 
and sold the rest. It is said that he went alone into the dense 
forest, carried provisions and bedding, and a grindstone on his 
back, sixteen miles. Later he lived and died with his dau., 
Lucilva. His mother lived with him in Roy. 

i. David, d. Epping, N. H.; m. Polly Leonard. 

ii. Jonathan, m. Sarah Gilman. 

ill. Nehemiah, m. Margery Record, who d. Cambridge, Mass.; 
he d. Smyrna, Me. 

iv. Joseph, d. young. 

V. Benjamin, d. young. 

vi. Polly, m. Mar. 18, 1828, Roy., Rev. James G. Smith. 
*vii. Lucinda, m. Rev. Russell Spaulding. 

viii. Lucilva, m. William Irish, who d. in Col.; she d. in Sher- 
man, Me. 

ix. Lodema, m. Elias Blodgett. 

X. Thomas, m. Sarah Weston. 
AMOS LEAVITT, son of Nehemiah, b. 1777 ; d. 1828, Roy. ; 
m. Hannah Sleeper, b. 1787; d. 1862, Hodgdon, Me. Amos 
Leavitt was killed by falling from the stringers of the bridge 
across White river. He was attempting to cross after dark, 
when the bridge was down, and was drowned. He lived on 
Broad Brook, on the left side of the road that leads to the Gif- 
ford farm. 

i. Enos, b. 1804; m. Emma Hobbs; went to Me.; both bur. 
Dyer Brook, Me. 

ii. Amos, b. Aug. 12, 1807; d. Apr., 1888; m. Susan, dau. Icha- 
bod and Susannah (Ellis) Davis, b. Jan. 12, 1810; d. Nov. 6, 1878; both 
bur. E. Barnard; six ch.: one, Louisa, m. Ozro C. Ellis of E. Barnard, 
and had Addie L. and Inez E.; another, Levi Dudley, b. Nov. 29, 1838, 
Roy.; m. (1) Ellen, dau. James and Charlotte (Stanley) Davis, b. Jan. 
30, 1839, Roy.; d. June 20, 1861; m. (2) May 7, 1865, Abbie, dau. Calvin 
and Chloe (Boyden) Moore, b. Feb. 28, 1839, Barnard; d. Oct. 8, 1910, 
E. Barnard. L. D. Leavitt has held the oflices of justice of the peace, 
constable, and lister in Barnard. Ch.: (i) Cora E., b. Apr. 20, 1866; 
m. Edward Miller of E. Barnard; merchant and P. M.; no ch.; (ii) 
Newman M., b. July 3, 1868; m. Grace Jackman; five ch. ; (iii) Kate 
A., b. Oct. 11, 1876; m. Sep. 21, 1898, Eli Henry, son Edward and Delia 
Ashley, b. Sep. 15, 1877, Burlington; ch.. Infant son, b. Dec. 17, 1903, 
Roy.; Muriel, b. Mar. 19, 1906; res. of Kate A., S. Roy.; (iv) Luna M., 
b. Nov. 8, 1879; m. Elwin Moore; three ch. 

iii. Hannah, b. 1810; m. 1843, Orange Vail; both bur. Stock- 

iv. Moses, b. 1811; m. Eliza Tarbell; both bur. Dyer Brook, Me. 

V. Oramel, b. 1813; m. Martha Eliza Estabrook; both bur. 
Sherman Mills, Me. 

vi. Merrill, b. 1820; m. Sarah Harrington; both bur. Hodgdon, 

History op Royalton, Vermont 851 


JOSEPH LEE, parentage unknown, b. Feb. 17, 1782; d. 
Oct. 28, 1859, Roy.; m. Lucy, dau. Heman and Susannah (Rix) 
Durkee, b. Aug. 28, 1786; d. Mar. 1, 1851. In Nov., 1812, Mr. 
Lee bought of Elisha Rix all he owned in six lots. He settled 
on the Benjamin Flint place, where Mr. Roundy lived, and 
died there. He was one of the reliable men and successful 
farmers that have made Royalton known as a fine agricultural 

i. George Storrs, b. Sep. 25, 1813, Roy.; d. June 19, 1851, 
Roy.; m. (1) Maria Mahitable, dau. Timothy and Sarah Ann (Baker) 
Durkee, b. Sep. 22, 1816, Greenwich, N. Y.; d. Dec. 5, 1899; m. (2) 
Oct. 9, 1853, H. B. DeWitt of Montpelier; ch.: (a) Louisa Durkee, b. 
Nov. 23, 1836; d. abt. 1862, Tunb.; m. William Marston; ch.: (i) 
George, who m. Louise Douglass of Chelsea, and had Laura and Willie; 
the entire family of Louisa Durkee Lee are dead; (b) Lucy Ann, b. 
Oct. 22, 1839; d. July 12, 1853; (c) George Francis, b. June 7, 1842; 
d. July 18, 1863; in Civil War, Co. G, 7th N. H. Vols. 

The Lee family are buried in N. Roy. Cem. The children were all 
born in Royalton. 


DANIEL HOWARD [6] LEONARD (Daniel [5], Dr. 
Nathan [4], Josiah [3], John [2], Solomon [1]), b. Dec. 27, 
1783, Sharon ; d. Aug. 7, 1837, Roy. ; m. 1808, Sarah Densmore. 
who d. July 23, 1848. Mr. Leonard with Allison Riford is said 
to be the first teacher of systematic penmanship in the U. S. 
They traveled together several years, and their hours of instruc- 
tion were from five until midnight. He cleared in three days 
$150. He settled in Sharon after marriage, and in 1822, while 
there, bought a farm in 4 L. A. and another in 1828. He seems 
to have rem. to Royalton about 1830, and made his residence 
on the farm where Washington Leonard later lived. He gave 
the Norman Follett farm to his dau. Augusta, the E. P. Stevens 
place to his dau. Laura, the Zeba Horton place to his dau. Eliza. 
He held mortgages on many farms. He was a member of the 
Baptist church. 

*i. Laura L. [7], b. Dec. 7, 1808, Sharon; m. Elias P. Stevens. 

ii. Lorenzo [7], b. June 11, 1810, Sharon; d. May 17, 1811. 

iii. Orinda [7], b. Jan. 15, 1812, Sharon; m. Franklin Doton 
of Randolph. 

iv. Lorenzo Howard [7], b. Oct. 30, 1813; d. May 2, 1817. 

V. Infant, b. and d. Nov. 27, 1814. 

vi. William [7], b. Feb. 24, 1816, Sharon; d. Sep. 22, 1879, 
Roy.; m. Dec. 11, 1839, Emily, dau. Heman and Rebecca (Hatch) Dur- 
kee, b. Oct. 26, 1814, Roy.; d. Dec. 12, 1891, Roy.; ch.: (a) Emma D. 
[8], b. 1843, Roy.; m. (1) June 13, 1867, William A. Perry of Cabot; 
m. (2) Mr. Cowles of Portland, Ore.; (b) Daniel H. [8], b. 1846; d. 
Mar. 11, 1871, Roy.; (c) Mary S. [8], b. 1854, Roy.; m. Herbert Wil- 
liams (See); (d) Donna M. [8], b. Feb. 12, 1856, Roy.; d. Mar. 3, 1905; 
m. June 22, 1892, John E., son Nathan Howland, b. Dec. 6, 1843, Pom- 

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fret; Mr. Howland is brother to Nathan Drew; resided about twenty 
years in Royalton; now living in B. Barnard; ch.: Emma May [9], b. 
Jan. 31, 1895. 

*vii. Eliza Miranda [7], b. Feb. 5, 1818, Shai'on; m. Selden M. 

viii. Sarah Emeline [7], b. Dec. 31, 1819, Sharon; d. July 5, 
1868; m. (1) Leonard D. Barnes; m. (2) John Thompson. 

ix. Albert Howard [7], b. Jan. 8, 1822; d. Oct. 16, 1823. 

X. George Washington [7], b. Aug. 12, 1824, Sharon; d. Nov. 
23, 1898, S. Roy.; m. (1) Apr. 25, 1847, Persis S., dau. N. C. and Rachel 
(Thomas) Thompson, b. 1824; d. Sep. 8, 1847; m. (2) Mrs. Eurydice 
(Thomas) Thompson, b. Sep. 22, 1824; d. Oct. 29, 1877, Roy.; bur. Roy. 
Broad Brook Gem.; m. (3) July 9 (?), 1878, Harriet Moulton; ch.: 
(a) Geo. Washington [8], b. Oct. 17, 1851, Bar.; m. Dec. 11, 1878, Helen 
E., dau. Dr. H. H. and Harriet (Butterfield) Whitcomb, b. June 30, 
1852, Roy.; no ch. Geo. W., Jr., settled in S. Roy.; rem. in 1886 to 
St. Albans, where he worked as machinist; rem. to Brattleboro, 1896, 
as superintendent of Hooker, Courser & Mitchell Overall Factory; rem. 
to S. Roy. 1907; one of the firm of Belknap, Leonard & Abbott Glove 
Factory; (b) Persis [8], b. Sep. 21, 1880, Barnard; m. Oct., 1907, 
Charles Dwyer of N. Weymouth, Mass., where her mother resides; 
grad. of S. Roy. high school, 1898. 

*xi. Augusta [7], b. Aug. 16, 1826, Sharon; m. Norman Follett. 
Solomon [1] was born 1610, in Monmouthshire, Eng. He was one 
of the early settlers of Duxbury, Mass. With Miles Standish and others 
he settled Bridgewater, Mass. Samuel, a grandson of Solomon, was 
associated with Hannah Dustin in escaping from their Indian captors, 
a famous incident in history, for which he received a complimentary 
reward from the General Court of Mass., June 8, 1697. Dr. Nathan 
served as a Revolutionary soldier, and was on the frontier when Roy- 
alton was burned. He was in the expedition to Crown Point as lieu- 
tenant of the 8th Co., 1st Regt., Mass. troops, and later was captain 
of a company from Preston, Conn. Daniel, the father of Daniel How- 
ard, was born in Preston, Dec. 3, 1753. He also served in the Revolu- 
tion as sergeant in Capt. Isaac Marsh's Co., Col. Sears' Regt. He 
migrated to Sharon, where six children were born. 


JOHN A. LESURE, son of Cummings, the son of Samuel 
of Warwick, Mass., b. Jan. 13, 1812, Warwick; d. July 20, 1901, 
Orange, Mass. ; bur. Winchester, N. H. ; m. Nov., 1839, Lucy M., 
dau. John G. Morse, b. Jan. 9, 1820, Winchester, N. H. ; d. Aug. 
20, 1894, Winchester. Mr. Lesure came to Roy. about 1861, 
and bought the Bela Durkee farm, which he sold, and purchased 
a house in the village of S. Roy in 1868. He sold this in 1876 
to G. H. Manchester, and rem. to Winchester, N, H, He was a 
consistent member of the M. E. church, highly regarded by his 

i. ITarvey Albert, b. and d. an infant in Winchester. 

ii. Harvey Albert, b. May 11, 1842, Winchester; m. Nov. 21, 
1864, Hattie A., dau. Willard Hazen of Hartford; no ch.; res., Keene, 
N. H. 

iii. Dwight Presson, b. Mar. 21, 1844, Winchester; d. May 23, 
1909, Fitchburg, Mass.; m. Nov. 22, 1868, Alsina A., dau. James B. and 

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Elizabeth Smith of S. Roy.; ch.: (a) Gertrude E., b. Apr. 18, 1870; 
m. June 28, 1904, Arthur M., son Alden Nourse; three ch.; res., West- 
boro, Mass.; (b) Arthur P., b. Sep. 19, 1871; m. Nov. 22, 1896, Emma 
L. Walker; two ch.; res., Fitchburg, Mass.; (c) Frank W., b. June 1, 
1873; m. Aug., 1895, Cora E. Maud; three ch.; res., Fitchburg; (d) 
Bertha M., b. Sep. 12, 1878; m. Aug. 19, 1903, Bert L., son of Daniel 
Lawrence; two ch.; res., Monkton; (e) Clyde A., b. Feb. 13, 1885; lives 
in Fitchburg, Mass.; works for his brothers in the laundry business. 
Dwight P. lived in Roy. a number of years. He was in the Civil War; 
rem. from S. Roy. in 1909. 

iv. John Oilman, b. Dec. 31, 1845, Barnard; m. Mar., 1865, 
Minnie, dau. Azro Mosher of Sharon; res. in Roy. and Hartford; black- 
smith at Royalton village; had the hotel there at one time; rem. to 
Keene, N. H.; d. Feb. 11, 1901, Keene, N. H.; ch.: (a) George H., b. 
Apr. 2, 1871, Roy.; (b) Grace, b. Jan. 3, 1878, Quechee; both married 
and have families living in Keene. 

vi. Elbridge, b. Sep., 1847; d. Sep., 1849, Barnard. 

vii. Alvin Webster, b. Mar. 23, 1849, Bar.; m. (1) Nov. 21, 1878, 
Maria H. Leonard of Winchester, N. H.; m. (2) Sep. 12, 1894, Emma, 
dau. Hiram and Jane Richardson; no ch.; res., Leicester, N. Y. 

viii. Julia Elizabeth, b. Mar. 28, 1851, Bar.; m. Nov. 11, 1872, 
Orange, Edwin, son Zenas H. and Laura C. Dunbar; ch.: (a) Charles 
E., b. Aug. 24, 1873; (b) Perlie C, b. June 27, 1874; (c) Ernest A., 
b. Oct. 30, 1876; (d) Bula B., b. Nov. 1, 1880; (e) Ethel M., b. Aug. 
13, 1887; (f) Perlie E., b. May 10, 1889. 

ix. Mary A., b. Nov. 11, 1854, Bar.; m. Lyman Jerome; res., 

X. Nellie C, b. May 5, 1859, Bar.; d. June 18, 1887, Winches- 
ter; m. Oct., 1879, Walter E. Sabin; one ch., Leon, d. an infant. 

xi. Fred D., b. Sep. 21, 1865, S. Roy.; m. fall of 1885, Conn., 
Nellie, dau. Aaron Woodbury of Winchester; res., Fitchburg, Mass. 

Samuel, the grandfather of John A., went to the war and left his 
young wife alone in the woods of Warwick, Mass. She had a pig. The 
woods had a bear, and the bear was fond of pig, so one day he started 
out for a meal. She had the pig in the house. There was an opening 
at the top of the primitive door, and the bear thrust his head and 
shoulders into the aperture. She was ready for him with a shovel 
heated red hot, and he beat a retreat howling into the wilderness. So 
brave a woman ought to have a long life, and she did, dying at the age 
of 101 yrs. 4 mo. 12 d. 


ABIJAH LINCOLN, b. Oct. 12, 1799 or 1800, Westmore- 
land. N. H.; d. before Oct. 22, 1836; m. Dec. 15, 1831, Laura, 
dau. Cornelius and Nancy (Benton) Goodell, b. Sep. 12, 1806; 
d. Dec. 23, 1879, R03'. Mr. Lincoln's parents died of consump- 
tion within a fortnight of each other, when he was seven years 
old. They left three children, Abijah, Spencer, and Gilbert. 
The first two came to Bethel and were brought up by brothers 
of Mrs. Lincoln. Capt. Asa Partridge took Abijah. When he 
was twenty-one, with the property which he had inherited, he 
formed a partnership with this uncle. See Chap. XXVI. Capt. 
Partridge moved his family into the house now occupied by 
Miss Stickney, and with them Mr. Lincoln lived until Capt. 

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Partridge rem. from Roy., and then he occupied the same house 
after his own marriage. His married life was less than four 
years. He died prematurely of quick consumption. He is de- 
scribed as an upright, scholarly man, one who in his prosperous 
days gave a helping hand to students preparing for the minis- 
try. It is said that he could repeat a whole sermon after hear- 
ing it. 

i. Laura, one of the students at Royalton Academy that main- 
tained excellent standing. She has furnished much valuable material 
for the History of Royalton. Her present res. is S. Roy. 

ii. Chester Abijah, d. Jan. 7, 1869, Roy.; a farmer. 
Abijah's grandfather lived in Hartford, Conn., and came from 
England with two brothers, the three named Gilbert, Harvey, and 


ISAIAH LINDLEY, son of Thomas and Experience (Ide), 
prob., b. Dec. 1, 1731, Rehoboth, Mass. ; d. Aug. 5, 1804, Roy. ; 
m. May 14, 1752 (?), Anna Channing, b. 1735-36; d. Oct. 26, 
1820, Roy. ; both bur. Lindley Gem. on the Merville Waldo farm. 
Mr. and Mrs. Lindley broke the record in the production of 
girls, raising an even dozen with not a single boy. Perhaps it 
was not to be expected that he would grow wealthy with so 
large a brood of girls, but it is evident that his means were 
quite small, judging from his grand list, and the fact that Ex- 
perience was cared for by the town in 1835. He bought a small 
farm of Amasa Niles in Oct., 1796. 

i. Experience, b. Nov. 27, 1752, Rehoboth, Mass. 
ii. Mary, b. Sep. 2, 1754. 
*iii. Elizabeth, b. Dec. 17, 1756; m. Benj. Emerson. 
*iv. Anna, b. Feb. 22, 1759; m. Joseph Bowman. 
*v. Barbara, b. Nov. 26, 1760; m. Benj. Bosworth. 
vi. Patience, b. Sep. 1, 1763. 
vii. Sarah, b. July 30, 1765. 
*viii. Esther, b. Nov. 7, 1767; m. Jacob Hicks. 
*ix. Hannah, twin of Esther; m. Jabez Bowen. 

X. Lucretia, b. May 22, 1770. 
*xi. Martha, b. Apr. 26, 1775; m. Jacob Huntington, 
xii. Lydia, b. Mar. 9, 1780; d. 1843, Potsdam, N. Y.; was in 
N. Y. in 1822, and prob. went there soon after her mother's death. 
The children were all born in Rehoboth. It is said that one of the 
girls married a Horton. 


JOHN LOUGEE, son of William, b. Aug. 3, 1796, Gilman- 
ton, N. H.; d. Jan. 10, 1871, Waterbury; m. Sep. 9, 1823, Lydia, 
dau. Caleb and Polly (Hutchinson) Swan, b. Oct. 22, 1800, 
Tunbridge; d. Nov. 26, 1898, Waterbury. Mr. Lougee came to 
S. Royalton about 1857; he owned the McCain house, which he 
sold ten years later to Mr. Wilmot. 

i. Sarah Ann, b. Nov. 5, 1824; d. Dec. 29, 1837. 

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ii. Cornelia Lydia, b. Apr. 26, 1831. 
iii. Charlotte Augusta, b. Mar. 11, 1842. 
Decedents bur. In S. Roy. Cem. 


1. WILLIAM [5] LOVEJOY (Richard [4], John [3], 
John [2], John [1]), b. 1736, Plainfield, Conn.; d. Aug. 29, 
1832, Roy.; m. (1) Betsey Boyd; m. (2) Elinor, dau. Robert 
and Hannah (Welch) Havens, b. 1744, Killingly, Conn., prob. ; 
d. Nov. 24, 1832, Roy. ; she and William bur. Sharon Broad 
Brook Cem. William and his father Richard were original 
grantees of Sharon. In 1771 Richard was in Plainfield, Conn., 
when he got a quitclaim to land in Sharon. In 1776 he was 
chosen highway surveyor in Sharon. It seems, then, that he 
came to Sharon between those dates. William was a Revolu- 
tionary soldier. His character is well seen by a record in Shar- 
on. He states that he is the oldest son of Richard deceased, 
that by the laws of N. Y. under which the land was at the time 
of Richard's death, all land went to the oldest son, but out of 
love and good will he quitclaims a portion to John, probably his 
brother. He gave a farm of 100 acres to his son, Daniel, and 
removed with him to Royalton, where he died on Broad Brook. 

2. 1. Daniel [6], b. June 12, 1762, Plainfield, Conn. 

li. Oliver [6], b. July 12, 1763; d. Nov. 7, 1800; bur. Sharon 
Broad Brook Cem.; m. Jan. 1, 1789, Elinor Brown, b. Aug. 5, 1767; d. 
Feb. 7, 1841; she m. (2) Jan. 7, 1808, Eli, son Aaron and Eunice (Tain- 
tor) Skinner as his second wife; he d. July 2, 1851, Brookfield; ch.: 
(a) Tamma [7], b. Feb. 1, 1790, Sharon; d. Mar. 30, 1796; (b) Richard 
[7], b. July 22, 1792, Sharon; d. Dec. 7, 1850, Cincinnati, O.; m. Apr. 26, 
1816, Middlebury, Cynthia, dau. Ambrose and Mary (Barney) Cleve- 
land, b. Sep. 8, 1792, Freetown, Mass.; d. Jan. 25, 1865, Cincinnati; 
ch.: (i) Mary [8], b. Mar. 29, 1817, Middlebury; d. Sep. 19, 1818, Cin- 
cinnati; (ii) Henry Barlow [8], b. Mar. 8, 1819, Cincinnati; d. May 7, 
1842; (iii) Harriet Newell [8], b. Jan. 14, 1823; m. (1) Dec. 4, 1842, 
Clemos Adolph C. Marpe, b. Germany; d. Apr. 15, 1862; m. (2) Sep. 
5, 1879, William Van Rensselaer Peck, who d. July 29, 1889; she had 
by (1) Caroline Harriet, Theodore Henry, and Lajos Aros; (iv) Mary 
Louisa [8], b. Dec. 7, 1827; d. Mar. 20, 1850; m. Stephen Green; (v) 
Ann Elizabeth [8], b. June 28, 1829; (vi) William Burke [8], b. Aug. 
29, 1831; d. Dec. 25, 1851; (viL) Matilda Sullivan [8], b. Jan. 7, 1835; 
d. May 4, 1861; m. Geo. W. Reed. By Mr. Skinner, Elinor had Oliver 
Lovejoy, b. Sep. 12, 1809; m. June 10, 1832, Almira Stone, and had son, 
Enoch, living in Picket, Wis., in 1907. Oliver Lovejoy Skinner rem. 
to Utica, Wis. 

iii. Havens [6], b. 1782; d. May 17, 1788. 

2. DANIEL [6] LOVEJOY, son of William [5], b. June 
2, 1762, Plainfield, Conn.; d. Dec. 17. 1842, Roy.; m. Mar. 23, 
1786, Lorenza, dau. Robert and Hannah (Welch) Havens, b. 
1760, Killingly, Conn., prob. ; d. May 26, 1853, Roy. ; both bur. 
Sharon Broad Brook Cem. Daniel rem. from Sharon, 1831, to 
a farm on Broad Brook now owned by Richard Yeaton. He had 

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purchased a part of the ministerial lot and finally settled on this 
Yeaton farm, then a part of the Thomas Lovejoy farm, where 
his descendants have continued to live for three generations. He 
vv^as a soldier of the Revolution, serving a total of twenty months, 
and enlisting five times. He was pensioned. He and Lorenza 
spent their last days cared for by their son Thomas. Mrs. Love- 
joy was often interviewed by those interested in the early his- 
tory of the town, as she was the first white girl in it. She con- 
tinued to live at the Yeaton place after the death of her hus- 
band for a time, then moved to the home of Thomas, where she 
died after a brief illness. Her picture shown in the Lovejoy 
group was taken in the house of Washington Leonard. See 
"Burning of Royalton" and "Earliest Settlers." 

i. Betsey [7], b. July 10, 1787, Sharon; m. Apr. 18, 1808, 
Jonathan Morgan of Middletown; ch.: (a) Charity Welch [8]; (b) 
Carley Thomas [8], b. Mar. 2, 1813; (c) Lorenza Havens [8]; (d) 
Louisa Baldwin [8]; (e) Daniel Lovejoy [8], b. Sep. 15, 1821; (f) Her- 
ri tt Jonathan [8]. 

3. ii. Thomas [7], b. Mar. 27, 1789. 

*iii. Charlotte [7], b. Feb. 16, 1792', m. Stephen Clark. 

iv. Joseph [7], b. Sep. 9, 1797; d. Grand Rapids, Mich.; he 
m. and had a dau., Lorenza H. (Havens?), who was in Grand Rapids 
in 1870, and in Elkhart, Ind., the year before. 

V. Oliver [7], b. Feb. 27, 1802; d. Grand Rapids; the dau. of 
Joseph wrote in 1870 that he was very feeble, and no doubt he did not 
long survive. It is not known that he married. 

vi. Pamelia [7], b. May 27, 1795; d. Aug., 1870, Grand Rap- 
ids; m. Aug. 27, 1820, Collins Leach; perhaps had two daughters, 
Sarah and Emily, and possibly a third, Charlotte. 

*vii. Hannah [7], b. Sep. 9, 1799; m. Ira Curtiss. 
3. THOMAS [7] LOVEJOY. son of Daniel [6], b. Mar. 
27, 1789, Sharon ; d. Feb. 25, 1872, Roy. ; m. Mar. 2, 1818, Shar- 
on, Susan, dau. Reuben and Jerusha (Carpenter) Spalding, 
b. Oct. 24, 1796, Sharon; d. June 10, 1871, Derby Line; both 
bur. Sharon Broad Brook Gem. Thomas Lovejoy came to Roy- 
alton with his father and grandfather. He settled on the Rob- 
inson farm, which he enlarged by a purchase of Simeon Child. 
He was an unusually good farmer, and made it pay when crops 
did not bring the prices they do today. The doors of the old 
homestead were always open to the friends of the family, and 
it was a favorite resort for relatives who had strayed away from 
Vermont to newer sections. Mrs. Lovejoy died at the home of 
her brother, Levi Spalding, a merchant at Derby Line. She 
had been afflicted with asthma from a child, and this finally 
caused her death. She had gone to attend her brother's funeral. 
She was very fond of good literature. Her brother. Dr. Phineas 
Spalding of Haverhill, N. H., in his "Spalding Memorial" says 
of her, "She was a very beautiful girl, active, industrious, and 
a very fine scholar. She was remarkable for her kind, 

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amiable, generous and self-sacrificing disposition." He refers 
to her recovery from the spotted fever, "that terrible disease 
which swept off vast multitudes in Sharon and the neighboring 
towns." At the time of his marriage Thomas Lovejoy assumed 
the care of four aged people, his parents and grandparents, for 
whom he provided a home a short distance from his own. 

i. William Ingraham [8], b. Feb. 20, 1819, Sharon; d. Jan. 
9, 1899, Osage, la.; m. (1) Martha Whitcomb, who d. 1855, Stockbridge; 
m. (2) 1858, Imogene Bryant, b. 1735; d. Jan., 1904, Osage, la.; ch.: 
(a) Albert J. [9], b. Dec. 9, 1844, Stockbridge; m. Apr. 13, 1869, Har- 
riet A., dau. Roswell and Lucinda (Vaugh) Root, b. Belchertown, 
Mass.; ch.: (i) George Roswell [10], b. 1871, Custer, 111.; d. 1880; (ii) 
Robert Owen [10], b. 1873, Custer; (iii) Mary Pearl [10], b. 1876, 
Custer; d. 1880; (iv) Orie Ethel [10], b. 1878; m. July 14, 1910, Carl 
A. Stone; (v) Roy Salton [10], b. 1882, Rock Creek, la.; (vi) Laura 
Faith [10], b. 1883, Rock Creek; (vii) Ralph Gray [10], b. 1886, Rock 
Creek; m. Nov. 10, 1908, Carrie Fern, dau. William and Myrtle (Ed- 
wards) Redfield; (viii) Edna Grace [10], b. 1889; Albert J. [9] is a 
highly respected citizen of Osage, la.; (b) Daniel Webster [9], b. 
Dec. 9, 1844, Stockbridge; d. Sep. 23, 1864, Bermuda, Va.; enlisted in 
9th Regt., Vt. Vols, from Roy.; (c) Charles T. [9], b. Jan. 8, 1848, 
Stockbridge; spent his boyhood with his uncle Charles in Roy.; m. 
1879, Mary, dau. Francis and Amelia Dixon of Kansas City, Mo.; b. 
in Eng. ; res. Osage, la.; no ch.; (d) William Gates [9], b. Aug. 1, 
1855, Warren; d. June, 1862; (e) Luella Eliza [9], b. Oct. 6, 1860, 
Warren; m. Dec. 13, 1882, Frederick, son Jesse and Ellen (Cridle) 
Jeffries; ch.: (i) Jesse William [10], b. Aug., 1884; m. Mar., 1908, 
Lillian Ingraham; (ii) Ina Vietta [10], b. 1889; m. Mar. 27, 1907, 
Ernest Ray, and has one ch.; (iii) Charles Delzo [10], b. 1892; (iv) 
Earl Henry [10], b. 1898; all born Rock Creek, la.; (f) Cornelius 
Henry [9], b. Mar. 28, 1863, Warren; m. 1885. Sarah, dau. William and 
Martha (Johnson) Stiers; res., Osage; ch.: (i) Otto Jackson [10], b. 
1885; d. 1889; (ii) Owen Webster [10], b. 1888; (iii) Joseph Allen [10], 
b. 1890; (Iv) Lora Mabel [10], b. 1898; (v) Ira Wider [10], b. 1901, 
Osage; others b. Custer, 111.; (g) John Shepard [9], b. Apr. 22, 1865, 
Warren; m. Oct. 5, 1892, Grace, dau. Oliver Perry and Olive (Young) 
Horn, b. June 3, 1867; grocer in Hyde Park, Mass.; ch.: (i) Sefton 
Howard [10], b. Oct. 1, 1893; (ii) Mabel Olive [10], b. May 4, 1895; 
d. May 5, 1896; (iii) Helen [10], b. July 23, 1896; d. Mar. 5, 1897; (iv) 
Richard Perry [10], b. Oct. 28, 1900; (v) Clarice Evelyn [10], b. Feb. 
11, 1904; all b. Hyde Park; (h) Joseph Allard [9], b. Feb. 14, 1867, 
Roy.; grocer in Seattle, Wash.; (i) May Susan [9], b. Nov. 10, 1868, 
Granville: m. Harry Bingham (See); (j) Mattie Sallie [9], b. June 

24, 1870, Granville; m. Nov. 25, 1897, Harry Whitney Wilder of Hyde 
Park, Mass.; res. Waltham, Mass.; (k) William Benjamin [9], b. .June 

25, 1873, Hancock; d. Feb. 2, 1891, Roy.; bur. Sharon Broad Brook 
Cem.; (1) Myrtle Belle [9], b. July 8, 1883, Hancock; m. Wesley 
Gibeant; ch.: (i) Irene [10], b. May, 1905, Osage, la.; (ii) Roy [10], 
b. Feb. 11, 1907, Osage. 

ii. Jason [8], b. Mar. 29, 1822, Sharon; d. Feb. 28, 1808, 
Ceresco, Mich.; m. Dec. 4, 1848, Frances, dau. James and Rebecca 
(Freeman) Walcott, b. July 29, 1831, Barnard; d. July 29, 1910, Cer- 
esco. Jason Lovejoy lived in Royalton until 1868, when he rem. to 
Mich.; no ch., but adopted three, George of Battle Creek, Mich., Frank, 
with whom they lived, and Victoria, who m. Guy E. Culver. . 
4. iii. Charles Dodge [8], b. Dec. 30, 1824, Sharon. 

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iv. Thomas Henry [8], b. Nov. 19, 1827, Sharon; d. May 19, 
1901, Osage, la.; bur. Mitchell, la.; m. Oct., 1856, Lowell, Mass., Dian- 
tha Maria, dau. James Weston; d. Apr. 1, 1889, Rock Creek; ch.: (a) 
Minnie Maria [9], b. Dec. 21, 1857, Rock Creek, la.; first ch. b. there 
of American parentage; d. Sep. 13, 1902, Osage, la.; m. Oct. 6, 1880, 
Wallace, son Joseph and Almira Jane (Cooper) Hobkins; ch.: (i) 
Joseph Henry [10], b. 1881; m. Nov. 11, 1903, Pearl, dau. W. A. and 
Jennie (Birtch) Markham of Cardiff, la.; (ii) Mabel Avise [10], b. 
1884; m. Nov. 30, 1904, Bert, son Francis and Frances (Balsley) Bough- 
ton; (iii) Anna Maria [10], b. 1887; (iv) Donald C. [10], b. 1890; (v) 
Maude Clara [10], b. 1897, Osage; others b. Rock Creek; (b) Clara 
Weston [9], b. Mar. 25, 1859, Rock Creek; m. Nov. 26, 1908, Osage, 
Charles Nelson, son Robert N. and Lois B. (Nelson) Wells of Auburn, 
Me.; res. Waynoka, Oklahoma. Henry T. lived in Roy. a few years 
after his marriage. He had an amiable disposition, and was a man 
that made friends, morally sound. 

V. Eliza May [8], b. May 9, 1834, Roy.; d. Mar. 10, 1880, Roy.; 
m. Mar. 8, 1855, John D., son Horace and Mercy (Davis) Fales, b. Jan. 
26, 1831, Sharon; he m. (2) Oct. 11, 1881, Mrs. Ellen L. (Smith) 
Davis, dau. Israel D. and Clara (Bush) Smith, b. 1836, Sharon; res., 
Sharon; ch.: (a) Susan May [9], b. Dec. 13, 1855, Sharon; d. Nov. 6, 
1892, Waltham, Mass.; m. George Skinner (See); (b) Fred Lovejoy 
[9], b. Mar. 5, 1871, Roy.; m. June 17, 1891, Waltham, Hattie Madel, 
dau. George and Margaret (Hyson) Craig of Windsor, b. May 6, 1870; 
no ch.; photographer in Waltham; Mr. John D. Fales res. on the Dea. 
Reuben Spalding farm in Sharon some years, then bought a farm of 
Austin Brooks in Roy., where he res. until after the death of his wife; 
rem. to Sharon to the Joseph Davis farm, later to Sharon village. 
Mrs. Eliza M. Fales was a woman of rare virtue and excellence. 

vi. George Brooks [8], b. Oct. 11, 1829, Sharon; d. Oct. 19, 
1896, Chicago, where he had gone for treatment; bur. Osage, la.; m. 
Dec. 4, 1864, Mary Jane, dau. William and Anna (Bowen) Skinner, b. 
July 17, 1846, Charleston, 111. George B. went West in the spring of 
1855, and settled in Rock Creek, and later rem. to Osage, la. He was 
given important positions in the affairs of the towns where he lived, 
and was universally respected. Ch.: (a) Sumner Gates [9], b. Sep. 12, 
18G5; (b) Alva Bush [9], b. Sep. 1, 1867; m. Jan. 8, 1895, Carrie L., 
dau. Zera E. and Mary A. (Palmeter) Cottrell, b. Sep. 30, 1867; no ch. ; 
a lawyer; (c) Charles Thomas [9], b. May 14, 1869; d. 1870; (d) 
Ethel [9], b. Nov. 27, 1872; m. Apr. 30, 1895, Henry Lusk, son West 
and Margaret (Drynan) Wilson, b. July 12, 1858, Traco, la.; a cattle 
dealer; ch.: (i) Mary Amelia [10], b. Jan. 9, 1897, Osage; (ii) Mar- 
garet Jane [10], b. Oct. 2, 1902; (iii) Katherine Ethel [10], b. May 27, 
1905; (iv) Henry Lovejoy [10], b. Mar. 29, 1908; all b. Osage; (e) 
George Ray [9], b. Mar. 30, 1877; m. Aug. 14, 1905, Susan Annette 
Gordon, b. Cal.; (f) Mildred A. [9], b. Nov. 29, 1882; m. July 26, 1908, 
Andrew Scott Pollock of St. Paul, Minn.; one ch., Lauren Gates [10]. 

vii. Daniel Webster [8], b. July 31, 1838, Roy.; d. July 18, 
1880, Roy.; bur. Sharon Broad Brook Cem.; m. Sep. 26, 1874, Pomfret, 
Mary Evelyn, dau. Jacob Young and Dorothy (Mclntire) Wood, b. 
June 11, 1847, Pomfret; infant son, b. Oct. 13, 1879. See "Medical 
Profession" and "Royalton Academv." 

4. CHARLES DODGE [8] LOVEJOY, son of Thomas 
[7], b. Dec. 30, 1824, Sharon; d. Mar. 16, 1901, Roy.; bur. 
Sharon Broad Brook Cem. ; m. Apr. 11, 1855, Pomfret, Laura 
Jane, dau. Jacob Young and Dorothy (Mclntire) Wood, b. July 

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25, 1836, Pomfret; res. now S. Roy. Mr. Lovejoy was seven 
years old when his father rem. from Sharon to Royalton. The 
rest of his life was spent on the farm where his grandmother 
and father lived and died, a part of an original lot of Robert 
Havens, his maternal great-grandfather. The brick house was 
built by Amos Robinson. Storrs Hall probably lived there be- 
fore Mr. Robinson owned it. Mr. Lovejoy was an industrious 
farmer, a generous neighbor, kind to his family, and of a cheer- 
ful temperament. He had a fund of humorous anecdotes. He 
was often called upon to minister to sick neighbors, and was 
especially skilled as a nurse. He held different town offices, 
including justice of the peace and selectman, and was employed 
in settling estates. He and his young wife assumed the care 
of his aged parents, to whom they long tenderly ministered. 
Mrs. Lovejoy was a teacher before her marriage, and educated 
in the high school of Hosea Doton, A. M., Pomfret. She resides 
with her daughter, Mrs. Miller, and son, Edward, in S. Royalton. 
i. Ada Dodge [9], b. May 17, 1856, Roy.; m. Oct. 3, 1878, 
Randolph, John Martin, son Carlos and Calista (Follett) Miller, b. 
Feb. 1, 1853, Roy.; d. Apr. 19, 1885, Roy.; no ch. Mr. Miller lived 
with his mother on his father's farm. 

ii. Thomas Edward [9], b. Aug. 19, 1863, Roy.; house dec- 
orator, and agent for Chase Brothers Co., Rochester, N. Y. 

iii. Mark Henry [9], b. Apr. 26, 1870, Roy.; m. Dec. 24, 1898, 
Roy., Mary Rebecca, dau. Ira C. and Addie (Waterman) White, b. 
June, 1878; ch.: (a) Violet Doris [10], b. June 3, 1901, Roy.; (b) 
Charles Dodge [10], b. Apr. 25, 1906, Roy. Mark H. lives on the home 
farm, an energetic and successful farmer. He has one of the largest 
and best farms in town. 

Mrs. Thomas Lovejoy was a member of the Congregational Church 
in Sharon, where all her children were baptized. 

John, the emigrant ancestor, came from London, Eng., abt. 1650, 
to Andover, Mass., where he settled and raised a family of eight ch. 
He m. (1) Mary Osgood, and (2) Hannah Pritchard. The line is 
ti'aced back to Johannes of Little Marlowe, Eng., who m., 1487, Mar- 
garet, dau. Thomas Brinkhurst of Great Marlowe. 


HARRY LUCE, son of Oliver and Susannah, b. 1795, 
Stowe ; d. Oct. 19, 1876, Roy. ; m. Permelia, dau. Ira and Sarah 
(Badger) Broughton, b. 1795, Hartland; d. Feb. 4, 1872, Roy. 
He was first listed in 1821. An Oliver Luce was here from 1812 
to 1824 or later, as a miller, and possibly was Harry's father, 
though he was from Sharon at the time he bought the mills of 
Capt. Gilbert. 

i. Aurin b. Dec. 18, 1819 or 1820; d. Oct. 28, 1895, Hartland; 
m. (1) Feb. 2, 1841, Deborah, dau. Jonas and Polly Fay, b. Feb., 1816; 
d. Nov. 11, 1861, Roy.; m. (2) July 8, 1865, Mrs. Pamelia Amanda 
(Cady) Beedle, wid. of Thomas Beedle, b. Sep., 1817; d. Jan. 5, 1889; 
ch.: (a) Mary, b. Apr. 26, 1842, Roy.; m. Stephen Russ, (See); (b) 
Martha Rosina, b. Oct. 30, 1843, Hartford: m. Nov. 27, 1878, Alson Lee 

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Weatherhead ; 'res., Miller's Falls, Mass.; (c) George "Washington, b. 
Feb. 6, 1845; d. Dec. 30, 1862; (d) Charles Alson, b. Sep. 6, 1846-7; d. 
Sep. 27-8, 1862; a soldier; his body was found by the railroad track 
in Ohio, and it was supposed he was sleeping on top of the car and 
fell off near Canton; bur. five miles east of Canton; (e) Aurin F. b. 
Apr., 1849; d. Apr. 11, 1904; m. Delia Lamphere, and settled at White 
River Junction; in Civil War; (f) Ada Alida, b. Mar., 1851; m. Apr. 
27, 1869, Charles S. Holman of E. Braintree, where she lives. Aurin, 
Sen., enlisted Aug. 8, 1862, in Co. H, 11th Vt. Vols., to serve three 
years or during the war, and was dis. June 24, 1865. See Civil War 
•Roll for service of his three sons, Aurin, George and Charles Alson. 
Mr. Luce rem. to Hartford for a short time after the birth of his 
first ch., but returned in 1844, and bought the old Fay farm. He left 
Roy. before his death, living with his ch., Ada and Aurin. 

ii. Daniel Azro, b. July 25, 1822. 

iii. Oliver Freeman, b. Oct. 25, 1823; m. Feb. 15, 1848, Caro- 
line Howard. 

NELSON BURNHAM LUCE, son of Levi of Stowe, b. 
June 25, 1831, Sharon; d. June 12, 1903, Roy.; m. Maria A., 
dau. Calvin Rogers, b. Aug., 1835, Hartland; d. Sep. 8, 1897, 
Roy. Nelson's father rented the Metcalf farm in 1839. He d. 
in 1841 and was bur. in Strafford, where his wife died. After 
his death the family rem. to Sharon. Nelson lived in District 12. 

i. Charles Henry, b. July 6, 1854; m. Mar. 15, 1879, Josephine, 
dau. Thos. and Pamelia Amanda (Cady) Beedle; ch.: (a) Minnie 
Edith, b. Apr. 18-9, 1881-82; m. Myron Vesper (See); (b) Hattie M., 
b. May 18-9, 1882-83; m. Oct. 24, 1900, Clarence R., son W. S. and 
Rachel (Burnham) Rand, b. 1872, Tunbridge; ch.: (i) Agnes Hazel, 
b. July 30, 1901, Roy.; (ii) Frank Winfield, b. July 29, 1903; (iii) 
dau., b. Feb. 17, 1906, Roy.; (c) 'Nettie Maria, b. May 30, 1885; (d) 
Aurin Henry, b. Sep. 22, 1887; m. Oct. 23, 1908, Marion Louise, dau. 
Charles and May (Martin) Townshend, b. 1890, Barnard; (e) Willie 
Nelson, b. Mar. 15, 1892; (f) Christie Ruth, b. Jan. 2, 1897. 

ii. Elias Nelson, b. June 21, 1860, Thetford; d. Sep. 11, 1865. 

iii. Mary Frances, b. Apr. 6, 1862, Sharon; d. Sep. 2, 1865. 

iv. Sarah Maria, b. Feb. 21, 1865, Roy.; d. Sep. 3, 1865. 
* V. Alice E., b. Jan. 10, 1867, Roy.; m. Joseph R. Beedle. 

vi. Hiram Burnham, b. Apr. 28, 1875, Roy.; m. Aug. 7, 1897, 
Mrs. Ida May, dau. James and Lucy (Quimby) Palmer, b. 1875, Middle- 
bury; ch.: Clayton Charles, b. Feb. 15, 1900, Roy. 

Nelson Luce has a sister, Ruth, who m. (1) June 9, 1850, Willard 
Walker of Roy.; res. below S. Roy.; rem. to Enfield, N. H., where he 
d.; m. (2) Oliver Shattuck of Hartland, where they res. a short time, 
then rem. to Roy., where he d., 1874; m. (3) D. W. Woods of St. Al- 
bans, where he d.; rem. in 1901 to Roy., and bought the "Thacher" 
place; ch. by (1) Nancy Eliza, who m. and res. in Pomfret; Martha 
Jane, who m. Charles Cowen; she was b. Jan. 20, 1856, d. Sep. 1, 1899, 
Roy.; George E., m. and res. in Barnard; by (2) Adaline, m. Edmund 
Faneuf; Fred. m. Etta Vesper; res. S. Roy.; Benjamin, unm., lives 
with his mother. 


1. EZEKIEL [6] LYMAN (Jabez [5], Samuel [4], Rich- 
ard [3], Richard [2], Richard [1]), b. Oct. 23, 1733 (?); not 
listed after 1796 ; paid no poll tax in 1791, which would indicate 

Born and uvinc i« rnt 

Robinson- LevEJorJioust. 

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that he was sixty or more at that time ; date of death not knov^oi. 
Asa Perrin wrote in his diary that on Sunday, June 27, 1802, 
he went to see "old Mr. Lyman at noon"; said to have died at 
a great age, and to have been bur. on his farm ; m. Feb. 10, 1759, ' 
Elizabeth Bliss. There is no land record connected with Eze- 
kiel Lyman. On Sep. 28, 1788, Asa, his son, bought the farm 
where Ezekiel lived, known later as the Lewis Skinner farm. 
See " Royalton 's Revolutionary Roll" for military service. Ac- 
cording to family tradition Ezekiel came from Canterbury, 
Conn., to Royalton in 1783. His son Jabez built the house now 
standing on the farm where he settled. All of his sons except 
Ezekiel, Jr., and Jabez appear in the first census, 1790; Asa 
was last listed in 1802; William, 1805; Daniel, 1803; Samuel, 
1804; Eliphalet and Jabez remained in town permanently. Ch. 
all b. Lebanon, Conn., except Jabez. 

i. Ezekiel [7], b. Aug. 18, 1760, Lebanon, Conn. ; d. July 4, 
1844; m. Sep. 22, 1785, Mabel Mitchell of Middletown, Conn., b. July 
17, 1764. He seems never to have lived in Roy. He settled in Turin, 
N. Y. He was a Revolutionary soldier, and was pensioned under the 
act of 1818. He enlisted Mar., 1776, as private for three years, in Capt. 
Ely's Co., Col. Huntington's Regt., Conn, troops, and enlisted a second 
time for six months, June 26, 1781. His pension paper shows that 
there was a dau., Anna, born in 1804. 

ii. Daniel [7], b. Jan. 6, 1761; d. June 13, 1848, Barnston, 
Can.; m. (1) Sally Morse of Roy.; m. (2) May 3, 1832, Hannah Love- 
joy, b. 1789; rem. to Barnston, Can., where he m. the second time; 
while living with his second wife he spent a winter in Roy. with his 
brother, Eliphalet, about 1840. He was also a Revolutionary soldier. 
He enlisted Feb. 14, 1777, as a private for three years in Capt. Throop's 
Co., Col. Huntington's Regt., Conn, troops; in the battle of Monmouth; 
served also in the short term levies of 1779 and 1782. 

iii. Samuel [7], b. 1764; m. (1) Prudence Mitchell of Middle- 
town, Conn.; m. (2) her sister, Hannah; res. Roy., Middletown and 
Durham, Conn., and Turin, N. Y., where he d. 1849. 

iv. Sally [7], d. unm. 

v. Asa [7], m. Submit Mitchell; res., W. Turin, N. Y. 

vi. William [7], rem. with his brother, Daniel, and his his- 
tory is lost. 

* vii. Betsey [7], m. Garner Rix. 

2. viii. Eliphalet [7], b. 1767-68. 

3. ix. Jabez [7], b. Aug. 17, 1774. 

2. ELIPHALET [7] LYMAN, son of Ezekiel [6], b. 1767, 
Lebanon, Conn. ; d. Nov. 20, 1843, Roy. ; m. 1790, Mary, dau. Wil- 
liam and Mary (Jacobs) Lee, b. May 27, 1770, Middletown, 
Conn. ; d. Nov. 4, 1857, Roy. In 1792 Eliphalet bought 20 acres 
in M. 18 L. A. and settled there in a log house. Pour ch. were 
b. there, when he rem. to the Slafter farm on the First Branch, 
where he lived thirty years. His ch. all settled in town except 
Storrs Lee. About 1830 he sold this place and rem. to the 
Banister farm, where his dau., Mrs. Luther Howe, then lived, 
and he and his wife both died there. 

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*i. Mary [8], b. Dec. 17, 1791; m. Luther Howe. 

4. ii. Elias [8], b. Aug. 18, 1793. 

5. iii. Garner R. [8], b. Oct. 20, 1795. 

6. iv. William Lee [8], b. Oct. 21, 1798. 

V. Storrs Lee [8], b. May 1, 1801; d. 1883, Chatham, Mass.; 
m. 1830, Lydia, dau. Stephen and Lydia Howes, b. in Chatham; d. 
1884, Chatham; ch.: (a) Laura A. [9], b. May 5, 1831; d. July 16, 1900; 
m. Geo. S. Holbrook of Wellfleet, Mass.; (b) Sophia S. [9], b. Mar. 4, 
1833; d.; m. 1855, Thatcher W. Ryder of Chatham; (c) Charles H. 
[9], b. June 20, 1837; d. 1865; (d) Storrs Lee [9], b. June 25, 1840; 
(e) Mary L. [9], b. July 22, 1849; m. Nov., 1871, James A. Sweet; 
all b. in Chatham. In his young manhood Storrs was an athlete of 
considerable strength and agility, and was popular with the village 
folks of Chatham. He taught the Spencerian system of penmanship 
in Royalton, and to more than 40,000 pupils in eastern Mass. He 
made his own copy books and copies. He was a Methodist, and a Re- 
publican in politics. Love for the Green Mountain home was ever in 
his heart. His two sons were early volunteers in the Civil War. His 
daughters married sons of men prominent in the history of Cape Cod. 

7. vi. Daniel L. [8], b. Feb. 2, 1804. 

3. JABEZ [7] LYMAN, son of Ezekiel [6], b. Aug. 17, 
1774, Canterbury, Conn.; d. Dec. 26, 1849, Roy.; m. Jan. 24, 
1799, Lois, dau. Freelove Johnson, b. 1776, Middletown, Conn. ; 
d. Aug. 5, 1852, Roy. Jabez probably came to Royalton with 
his father. In 1801 he bought of his brother Asa the farm in 
W. 17 L. A., and there he made a home. 

8. i. Jabez [8], b. Dec. 4, 1800. 
ii. Mehitable [8]. 

iii. Joel [8] ; bur. Fort Covington, N. Y. 

iv. Alvin [8], b. Oct. 20, 1809; m. Feb. 12, 1832, Eleanor Hunt- 
ington of Bethel; d. Mar. 18, 1902, Randolph, N. Y.; seven ch.; three 
living, Capt. Joel H. of Randolph, N. Y., Myra E., who m. Fred J. 
Willard of Randolph, N. Y., and Mrs. Mary E. Falkner, Chicago, 111. 

V. William [8], an infant. 

vi. William [8], b. Apr. 1, 1814, Roy.; d. Feb. 27, 1901, Bloom- 
ington, Wis.; m. Apr. 23, 1837, Abigail B. Chandler of Greenfield, Mass. 

vii. Jerusha [8], m. Dec. 9, 1830, James Fay of Potsdam, N. Y. 

viii. Susan [8], b. Aug. 9, 1816; m. Dec. 16, 1845, Sanford R. 

ix. George [8], m. Rachel Slafter. 

4. ELIAS [8] LYMAN, son of Eliphalet [7], b. Aug. 18, 
1793, Roy.; d. Oct. 17, 1878, Strafford; bur. Howe Cem.; m. 
Jan. 23, 1816, Pattie, dau. Philip Farnham, b. Mar. 17, 1795, 
Tunb. ; d. Jan. 8, 1864, Hartland. Elias Lyman lived with his 
father until 1819, when he bought a farm farther up the Branch, 
and near the present bridge, but there was no bridge there at 
that time, only stringers across. His ch. were all born there, 
and frolicked across the string piece, and fell into the water 
now and then, but were always rescued in season. Elias helped 
to build the bridge at this point. In 1837 he sold this place, 
and rem. to the Banister farm, where he remained till 1859, when 
he sold and made his home with his children. 

History op Royalton, Vermont 863 

i. Martha M. [9], b. Nov. 24, 1816; d. May 12, 1901, Hart- 
land; m. June 7, 1859, James Densmore. 

ii. William R. [9], b. Apr. 5, 1818; d. Mar. 12, 1890, Albany, 
N. Y.; m. Mar. 26, 1850, Olive Wells Spear, b. June 2, 1828, Barnard; 
d. July 31, 1905, Pleasantville, Pa.; ch.: (a) Luella J. [10], b. Mar. 3, 
1851; d. July 14, 1903, Albany; m. Mar. 3, 1870, Charles C. King, and 
had Florence, Mary, Harry, Louise; (b) Ida V. [10], b. Sep. 17, 1853; 
d. Mar. 31, 1910, Brattleboro; m. Nov. 8, 1871, Harrison H. Noyes, and 
had Charles, May, Winifred, Richard; (c) Willie A. [10], b. Mar. 7, 
1860; d. Dec. 17, 1860; (d) Annette B. [10], b. Oct. 3, 1869; m. (1) 
June 30, 1889, Edwin Clarke; m. (2) William F. Downs; two ch.; res. 
Isthmus of Panama; res. of William R., Roy., Barnard, White River 
Junction, Albany, N. Y. 

* iii. Mary J. [9], b. Oct. 5, 1819; m. Joseph P. Chamberlain, 
iv. Philip F. [9], b. Apr. 22, 1821; d. Mar. 28, 1910, Norwich; 

m. June 9, 1856, Aurilla Dexter, b. June 9, 1828; N. Pomfret; ch.: (a) 
Fannie A. [10], b. May 19, 1857; m. June 1, 1885, Ervin L. Wiggin; 
res., Lowell, Mass.; (b) Flora M. [10], b. June 18, 1858; m. Sept. 4, 
1878, Albert M. Holder; res., Strafford; (c) Abbie K. [10], b. Aug. 
1, 1859; m. Nov. 7, 1893, Adelbert Clarke; (d) Arthur D. [10], b. Oct. 
6, 1861; m. Jan. 1, 1883, Lora M. Stetson; res. Norwich; (e) Alice B. 
[10], b. Dec. 3. 1862; (f) Alfred E. [10], b. Oct. 29, 1865, Norwich; 
d Mar. 2, 1901; (g) Eugene P. [10]. b. Jan. 9, 1867, Norwich; d. Mar. 
29, 1874; (h) Herbert E. [10], b. Oct. 3, 1868, Norwich; m. Jan. 1, 
1906, Daisy E. Parkhurst; (i) Irving W. [10], b. June 3, 1870; d. June 
3, 1870. 

v. Sarah B. [9], b. Jan. 11, 1823; d. July 5, 1895, Hartland; 
m. 1842-43, John Perkins of Barnard, and has six ch. 

* vi. Jennette S. [9], b. June 17, 1825; m. Dana Bigelow. 

vii. Laura A. [9], b. Feb. 9, 1827; d. Sep. 9, 1879, Strafford; 
m. Jan. 20, 1852, Amasa Jones of Strafford; four ch. 

viii. Eleanor C. [9], b. Dec. 23, 1829; d. May 31, 1868, Rutland; 
m. 1854, Stephen French, a merchant in Rutland; four ch. 

ix. Susan A. [9], b. Dec. 15, 1831; d. Apr. 9, 1910; m. Nov. 
3, 1853, Jackson Graham, who d. Nov. 11, 1907; ch.: (a) Nellie, who 
m. G. H. Tupper, and d. Feb., 1907; (b) Mrs. John B. Bradley of Lud- 
low; (c) James A., of the firm of Tupper & Graham of Bethel. Mr. 
and Mrs. Graham celebrated their golden wedding Nov. 3, 1903. 

X. Marian V. [9], b. Jan. 3, 1833; d. Sep. 19, 1899, Barnard; 
m. May 6, 1851, Edwin Clarke of Bar. 

xi. Chastina L. [9], b. May 28, 1835; m. Nov. 3, 1853, Amon 
B. Putnam. 

5. GARNER RIX [8] LYMAN, son of Eliphalet [7] , b. Oct. 
20, 1795, Roy. ; d. Dec. 3, 1856, Roy. ; m. Dec. 20, 1822, Caroline 
D., dan. Amariah and Rebecca (Skinner) Ainsworth, b. May 
28, 1806, Tunb.; d. Mar. 3, 1875, Dubuque, la. Garner Rix 
was a very industrious man. He spent his whole life in Roy. 
Harvey Ainsworth, a brother of Mrs. Lyman, lived and died on 
the Clarence Davis place. His second wife was killed while 
driving alone down the hill below her home, being run into by 
an ox team driven by Oscar Henry. Harvey's sons, Harvey, 
Jr., and Milo, went West in 1856, and Harvey's wife, who was 
Mary Wheat, sister of Mrs. Ralph Waldo, two children, and an 
old lady of the family were all drowned in Lake Michigan. The 

864 History op Royalton, Vermont 

men traveled by land with their teams, and escaped a like fate. 

i. Samantha C. [9], b. Feb. 7, 1824; d. Oct. 5, 1905; m. Dec. 
28, 1842, Leonard Kibbee of Randolph; four ch. 

ii. Garner R. [9], b. Apr. 11, 1826; d. Apr. 4, 1852. 

iii. Elizabeth W. [9], b. Aug. 17, 1829; d. Mar. 5. 1902; m. 
Dec. 28, 1847, William Farnham of Tunb. 

iv. Jonathan S. [9], b. Mar. 24, 1831; d. Jan. 29, 1866. 
* V. Laura Ann F. [9], b. Dec. 23, 1833; m. Ebenezer Winslow. 

vi. Mary Jane [9], b. Sep. 1, 1837; m. May 4, 1857, A. B. 

vii. Julia F. [9], b. May 18, 1840; d. June 7, 1892; m. May 4, 
1857, Frank Blake of Roy. 

viii. Charlotte S. [9], b. Sep. 9, 1842; m. Rufus H. Draper. 

ix. Gertrude M. [9], b. July 29, 1845; m. Alec Price. 

X. Clarence P. [9], b. Feb. 28, 1850; m. Eva Fraiser; res. 

6. WILLIAM LEE [8] LYMAN, son of Eliphalet [7], 
b. Oct. 21, 1798, Roy.; d. 1854, Roy.; m. (1) May 25, 1826, Polly, 
dau. Daniel and Polly (Hibbard) Woodward, b. 1803; d. Jan. 
9, 1844; bur. Branchview Cem. ; m. (2) Mrs. Sarah Gale; farm- 
er in Roy. ; died on the Nathan Hale farm ; first wife d. on the 
"Reynolds" farm. 

i. Son, b. Jan., 1827; d. at age of two weeks. 

ii. Frederic Azro [9], b. Mar. 25, 1828; d. Oct. 12, 1888, Bos- 
ton; m. Mrs. Luna Goodrich of E. Randolph. 

iii. Harriet Ellen [9], b. Oct. 28, 1830; m. Apr. 24, 1856, Nor- 
man Chaney of Ogdensburg; three daughters. 

iv. Francis Wyatt [9], b. July 4, 1833; d. 1901, Wis.; m. Mary 
Benjamin of Hamburg, N. Y. ; went to Wis. in 1854. 

V. Mary Alma [9], b. Apr. 6, 1835; m. Thomas Kelly of Provi- 
dence, R. L; two sons; res. Orange, Mass. 

vi. William Albert [9], b. Apr. 6, 1835; d. Feb. 14, 1842. 

vii. Martha Ann [9], b. June 18, 1837; m. Jotham Lord of 
Orange, Mass.; five ch. 

viii. Charlotte Marion [9], b. Apr. 14, 1841; m. Charles W. 
Woodward of Rochester, N. Y.; four ch. 

7. DR. DANIEL LEE [8] LYMAN, son of Eliphalet [7], 
b. Feb. 2, 1804; d. June 19, 1870, Roy.; m. (1) May 21, 1829, 
Betsey Geer Winnock, b. Jan. 3, 1809; d. Sep. 7, 1829, Roy.; 
m. (2) Oct. 26, 1836, Nancy, dau. Jacob and Hannah (Smith) 
Fox, b. Apr. 28, 1804, Roy. ; d. Sep. 3, 1868, Roy. Dr. Lyman 
took his M. D. degree from the Vermont Med. Coll., Woodstock, 
in 1837, passing his examinations with honor; he practiced but 
a short time, then gave his attention to dentistry, in which pro- 
fession he was skilled. He was commissioned in Sep., 1827, as 
ensign of the 2d Co. of Infantry, 2d Regt., 3d Brig., 1st Div., 
and honorably discharged, Jan. 2, 1832 ; com. June 1, 1830, as 
captain of the same Co.; dis. May 10, 1831; com. as surgeon's 
mate of the same regiment, Sep., 1835; promoted to surgeon, 
Nov., 1836 ; dis. Sep., 1837 ; com. Aug., 1844, by Gov. Steele of 
N. H., as surgeon's mate of the 11th N. H. Regt. He was sta- 
tion agent in Royalton village for some years; he represented 

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the town in the legislature of 1856-57, and was state senator 
from Windsor Co., 1850-52. 

i. Richard Fox [9], b. Jan. 11, 1843; d. Apr., 1843. 

ii. Robert Fox [9], twin of Richard; d. Apr. 26, 1882, Roy.; 
m. Mar. 10, 1864, Annette, dau. Chauncey and Harriet (Rising) Wal- 
cott, b. Feb. 4, 1843; res. Royalton village. He was station agent at 
Royalton village, S. Roy., and Bethel. Educated in Royalton Academy. 
Ch.: Nancy May [10], b. May 27, 1870; d. July 31, 1870, Roy.; (b) 
Cyril Daniel [10], b. Aug. 21, 1871; d. Aug. 9, 1872; (c) Harriet 
Althea [10], b. Nov. 18, 1877; res. with her mother, unm. Mrs. Lyman 
is a member of the executive committee of the Royalton Historical 

8. JABEZ [8] LYMAN, son of Jabez [7], b. Dee. 4, 1800, 
Canterbury, Conn. ; d. Jan. 17, 1873, Roy. ; m. Abigail, dau. 
Daniel and Ruth Woodbury, b. 1804, Bethel; d. Apr. 30, 1883, 
Roy. He was the last Lyman to own the farm on the First 
Branch which Storrs Lee of Conn, willed in 1803 to his sister 
Polly, wife of Eliphalet Lyman. 

i. Horace A. [9], b. Nov. 3, 1828; m. Mar. 26, 1854, Mary 
Paine of Barre; five ch., Elizabeth, Jennie, Eldon, Ruth, Lucy; res., 

ii. Aurelia L. [9], b. May, 1830; m. Byron Conant; no ch. 
9. iii. Charles Adam [9], b. Oct. 21, 1831. 

iv. Daniel W. [9], b. 1833; d. Apr. 4, 1859. 

v. Amanda [9], b. Nov. 30, 1835; d. June 3, 1886, Lowell, 
Mass.; m. Mar. 8, 1854, Stephen Freeman. 

*vi. Elizabeth R. [9], b. Sep. 30, 1837; m. James Henry. 

vii. Joel F. [9], b. Oct. 19, 1839; d. Dec. 20. 1905; m. Oct. 10, 
1?67, Martha Howe of Sharon; five ch., Daniel, Bayard, Fred, Pearl, 
Joseph; in Civil War. 

* viii. Augusta [9], b. Oct. 14, 1841; m. Oscar Stoughton. 

* ix. Alice [9], b. Oct. 11, 1843; m. Oscar Stoughton. 

X. Edward F. [9], b. Jan. 7, 1847; m. June 30, 1880, Georgia 
Bailey; three ch.: Edward, William and Lois Adelaide; res. Mana- 
squan, N. J.; in Civil War; enlisted Sep. 21, 1864; mustered out, June 
21, 1865; went to N. Y. in 1871. 

xi. Abigail [9], b. Feb., 1851; d. Apr. 20, 1852. 

9. CHARLES ADAM [9] LYMAN, son of Jabez, Jr. [8], 
b. Oct. 21, 1831, Roy.; d. Apr. 14, 1909. Roy.; m. (1) Mar. 8, 
1854, Hannah Walcott, dau. Horatio Nelson and Sarah (Walcott) 
Freeman, b. July 12, 1832, Roy.; d. Dec. 28, 1863, Roy.; m. 
(2) July 5, 1866, Laura J., dau. William and Elizabeth (Wal- 
cott) Fay, b. Apr. 4, 1844, Roy.; d. Oct. 26, 1903, Roy. Mr. 
Lyman was a substantial farmer, and also carried on some lum- 
ber business in .connection with a saw mill. He rem. from his 
farm in the last years of his life to Royalton village, and bought 
the Collamer house, where he died suddenly. He was frequent- 
ly called upon to serve the town, was selectman four years, and 
representative from Royalton in the legislature of 1892-93. He 
stood high in the estimation of his townsmen in all the qualities 
that make true manhood. 

i. Frank Herbert [10], b. Jan. 2, 1856; d. Feb. 4, 1857. 


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ii. Nellie May [10], b. June 25, 1858; m. Apr. 25, 1882, Al- 
bert Christopher, son John and Lucy (Shurtliff) Doyle, b. Oct. 23, 1856, 
Sharon; d. Jan. 7, 1884, Roy.; ch.: Alba Fay, b. Dec. 15, 1883, Roy.; 
d. May 19, 1889, Roy. 

iii. Elmer Elsworth [10], b. Dec. 8, 1861; d. Aug. 28, 1865. 

iv. Charles Francis [10], b. Nov. 30, 1863; not known to be 

V. Albert Fay [10], b. Nov. 27, 1867; d. May 11, 1901, W. 
Lebanon, N. H.; m. Nov. 20, 1893, Ruth L., dau. Geo. W. and S. Ellen 
(Bliss) Preston, b. Sep. 9, 1874; ch.: (a) Gladys Fay, b. July 8, 1895; 
(b) Marion Lydia, b. June 17, 1896, W. Lebanon, N. H.; d. Jan. 3, 
1908, Roy.; (c) Charlotte Ruth, b. May 31, 1898; (d) Fay Charles, b. 
Aug. 20, 1900, W. Lebanon, N. H. Mrs. Lyman d. Sep. 18, 1909. 

vi. Ida C, b. Aug. 6, 1872; dressmaker; res., Keene, N. H. 

vii. Alba Fay, b. Dec. 12, 1873; d. Nov. 27, 1877. 

viii. Elizabeth Walcott, b. Dec. 5, 1875; m. Sep. 9, 1896, Ed- 
ward Lyman Messer; one ch., Lawrence Lyman; res., Keene, N. H. 

GEORGE [7] LYMAN (Elias [6], Elias [5], Elias [4], 
John [3], John [2], Eichard [1]), b. Apr. 6, 1806, Hartford; 
d. July 11, 1879, Hartford, in the house in which he was born; 
m. Dec. 30, 1828, Minerva, dau. of the Hon. E. D. Briggs of 
Rochester, and sister of Mrs. Albert Clarke of Boston. Mr. 
Lyman was twenty years old when he started in the mercantile 
business in Roy., an account of which is found in the chapter 
on "Industries." Seven of his children were born in Royalton. 
He was a prominent member of the community while in Roy- 
alton, and after he removed to Norwich, and later to Hartford, 
he occupied important positions of trust and honor. He is 
described as "a man of fine personal appearance, affable and 
genial." His sister had married Charles Dodd, who had been 
a clerk for Elias Lyman of Hartford, and who now was his 
partner in Royalton. The two families lived in the double 
house now owned by Mr. Hanks, which the father of George had 
fitted up especially for them. George Lyman was educated in 
Norwich Univ., then Capt. Partridge's School. 

i. George Briggs [8], b. Oct. 19, 1829; d. Aug. 21, 1865, White 
River Junction; educated in Royalton Academy and Norwich Univ.; 
made two trips to Cal., 1849, 1852, on one of which he shipped before 
the mast and doubled Cape Horn. He returned home in 1861, broken 
in health, and to his great regret, unable to enter the Union army. 

ii. Elias [8], b. Jan. 5, 1831; d. Dec. 15, 1904, Kewanee, 111.; 
m. Dec. 14, 1858, Adelaide Trask of Rochester; clerk, and later partner 
in his father's store; clerk for his grandfather, Hon. E. D. Briggs of 
Rochester; merchant in Kewanee, to which town he contributed large- 
ly of his means and talents; ch.: (a) Nellie, m. Frederick A. Smith, 
a lumber dealer, and has Helen and Louise; (b) Lillie, m. Charles I. 
Pierce, a manufacturer and coal dealer, who d. June 17, 1891; she 
has Katherine and Adelaide. 

iii. Minerva Briggs [8], b. Sep. 18, 1832; d. Sep. 11, 1904; m. 
Oct. 25, 1853, Edward Lyman of Burlington, a merchant and banker, 
who d. May 23, 1890; one of Burlington's most active and loyal citi- 
zens; two ch., Mary Louise, who d. at the age of five, and Minnie 

History of Royalton, Vermont 867 

Elizabeth, who m. the Hon. Robert Roberts of Burlington. Mrs. Ly- 
man was an earnest worker along many charitable lines. 

iv. Julia [8], b. Oct. 2, 1834; d. Nov. 13, 1905, Hitchcock Hos- 
pital, Hanover, N. H.; m. Aug. 30, 1855, George Lyman King, manager 
of the Bank of Nevada; she and her sister, Minerva, were educated 
in Mrs. Ellis' school, Hanover, and Thetford Academy; one son, George 
Lyman, residing in Oakland, Cal.; she was a member of the Episcopal 
Church, and faithful in its support. She exemplified in her quiet home 
life the best traditions of womanhood. 

V. Henry, b. Aug. 15, 1836; d. Mar. 22, 1840, Roy.; bur. N. 
Roy. Cem. This bright, loving child had been promised that he should 
attend the first service held in the Congregational Church, which was 
then building, and in which he was deeply interested. He was carried 
to the church for the funeral service. 

vi. Dean Briggs, b. Mar. 15, 1838; d. Jan. 15, 1903, Reno, 
Nev., and bur. in the family lot. Lone Mountain, Cal.; m. Dec. 18, 
1865, Nellie Smith of Alton, 111.; went to Cal. in 1856, and to Nevada 
on the discovery of silver there; had charge of quartz mills on the 
Carson river; in charge of mills and mines in Virginia City, Nev., for 
Mackay, Fair, Fiord and O'Brien; m. (2) Aug. 14, 1878, Anna Dunlap 
of Virginia City; two sons, Edward Dean, a lawyer in Los Angeles, 
Cal., and George Dunlap, a physician in New York, who grad. from 
Coll. of Physicians and Surgeons in 1909; Mrs. Lyman d. Dec. 24, 1893. 

vii. James Edward, b. Apr. 24, 1841, the last of the ch. to be 
born in Roy.; d. Sep. 4, 1842, Norwich. All these ch. were baptized 
in the Congregational Church in Roy. 

viii. Edward, b. 1844, Norwich; enlisted in 1862 in 1st Regt., 
U. S. S., and was shot in the siege of Petersburg, Va., and d. in a 
hospital at City Point, June 24, 1864. His record for bravery in Co. 
F was an honorable one. 

ix. Elizabeth, and x. Louisa, reside at home. The family 
record was kindly furnished by Miss Louisa. 

xi. William Henry, m. June 19, 1877, Elizabeth Webb Stevens, 
and has one child, William Henry, Jr., a sophomore in the Univ. of Pa. 
Richard [1] came from England to Boston in the ship Lyon in 
1631. He was one of the founders of Hartford, Conn. The father of 
George Lyman was remarkable for persistent effort in the face of 
difficulties, for his energy and integrity. 


ZEBULON LYON, the son of Jacob and Mehitable Bugbee, 
b. Mar., 1750, Woodstock, Conn.; d. Oct. 16, 1822, Woodstock, 
Vt; m. (1) Feb. 7, 1782, Mrs. Eleanor (Porter) Skinner, dau. 
Samuel and Hannah (Flint) Porter, and wid. of Corp. Calvin 
Skinner, b. May 1, 1753, Thompson, Conn.; d. Sep. 15, 1813, 
Roy.; m. (2) Apr. 7, 1814, Hannah, dau. John Winchester Dana 
of Pomfret. 

There have been frequent references in the preceding pages 
to the life and work of Lieut. Lyon. By his charitable deeds 
and by signing with irresponsible parties he lost his ample for- 
tune, and his last days were spent within the jail limits of 
Woodstock. The eulogy pronounced by Judge Collamer at the 
time of his funeral in Royalton, Mar., 1823, is quoted. This was 

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kindly furnished through the good offices of Miss Ruth Tracy 
of Beverly, Mass. The introduction is omitted. 

"Zebulon Lyon was born at Woodstock, in Connecticut, A. D. 1751, 
and at the age of twenty-seven he joined that hardy, enterprising 
band of freemen who undertook to reduce to cultivation the howling 
forests of Vexmont. 

There was a peculiar hardihood and decision of character, an un- 
conquerable spirit of independence, which generally characterized the 
early settlers of this country; and in this the deceased largely par- 
took. The present generation cannot well conceive the severity of 
those hardships, privations and sufferings to which our early settlers 
were subjected in the wilderness. To leave the fond circle of their 
domestic endearments, the scenes and associates of their early life, 
and bury themselves in the forests, trusting for the precarious means 
of subsistence to their own exertions, required a degree of enterprise, 
which we of the present generation in the full enjoyment of this 
goodly land, 'flowing milk and honey,' the fruit of those early 
labors, ought never to forget. How greatly must our admiration of 
those early services be increased when we remember, in addition to 
the usual hardships and privations of early settlers, they were at the 
same time, for many years, exposed to the ravages of war and the 
inroads of the savages. When this infant settlement saw the valley 
of White River smoking with the conflagration of their early dwellings 
and the destruction of the harvest of their toils and found themselves 
and children driven naked and houseless to the woods, by a savage 
foe, in the memorable autumn of 1780, the buildings of the deceased 
shared in the common conflagration. He was, at that time, an oflBcer, 
stationed at the little fort in Bethel. Undaunted by acts of savage 
ferocity and unsubdued by all these discouraging afflictions Mr. Lyon 
proceeded the next season, again to construct his buildings; and in 
one year from the next February after the conflagration, he removed 
his family from Woodstock in Connecticut to this town. Now we 
arrive at an epoch in his life, which added many new motives to his 
conduct. In the Summer of 1782 the Spirit of the Lord breathed on 
the wilderness and caused it to bud and blossom like the rose, and 
among many who then for the first time joined in the song of re- 
deeming grace was the deceased. Since that period he has been an 
active, useful and much beloved member of the Church of God here 
for nearly forty years. He journied with them in the wilderness, he 
has partaken with them in the days of tribulation and he has walked 
with them by the side of still waters in the days of prosperity. 

About the year 1785 he made an extensive purchase of land, in- 
cluding all that now constitutes this village. I feel authorized to say, 
he was principally governed, in this purchase, by a desire to promote 
the growth and prosperity of a village here. He was enabled to dis- 
pose of the land on such terms as to advance this object and joining 
to this his own exertions, this village rose into existence. 

In the midst of these active and useful labors, a sickness, brought 
on by his exertions and early labors, reduced him to the doors of death 
and deprived him forever after of the power of much physical exer- 
tion; yet he remained through life ever active in projecting and pro- 
moting some benevolent object. 

We come now to view his exertions as the friend of science and 
literature. Among the earliest institutions, in this State, of a scien- 
tific character, was an academy in this town. Mr. Lyon was highly 
active in the erection of a suitable building and promoting the pros- 
perity of the institution. It was highly prosperous for many years 

History of Royalton, Vermont 869 

and was a great advancement to the early improvement of this section 
of the State. The building was afterwards unfortunately consumed. 
Destitute of funds and disheartened by misfortune, its friends gave 
over their exertions, until at length Mr. Lyon, by his own generosity 
erected the present building, and has since granted some valuable 
lands for its endowment. It is much to be hoped, all lovers of science 
will hold his name in grateful remembrance for such benevolence, and 
you will all permit me to entreat your active patronage and support 
to this child, he so fondly cherished. I will not detain you longer with 
a recapitulation of his deeds, as you mostly knew him better than 
myself. The works of his hands are all around us; here are the 
fields he reduced to cultivation and here is 'the city which he builded.' 
Like a shock of corn fully ripe, he is gathered to his fathers, and I 
hazard little in saying, he rests in peace in the bosom of that God 
he so long and faithfully had served and worshipped. 'Blessed are 
the dead who die in the Lord.' " 

i. Oliver, b. May 14, 1785, Roy.; d. Oct. 14, 1824; m. Martha 
MofRtt. Ch.: George Logan, James Lyman, Eleanor and a babe who 
d. soon after its mother. Oliver d. of consumption. He was printer 
and editor of the Northern Budget, published in Troy, N. Y. He 
succeeded Robert MofRtt & Co. May 4, 1807, but seems to have been 
connected with the paper before that. He sent to his sister a copy 
of a poem, evidently printed on Jan. 1, 1803, entitled, "The News-boy's 
Address to the Parents of the Northern Budget." It dealt with all 
classes of people. It is quaintly decorated in the form of a domed 
rectangle. It has eighteen stanzas. Three of these are quoted: 

"Old Earth, my dear Patrons, once more has whirl'd round; 
Not a linch-pin is lost, nor a spoke prov'd unsound. 
But, true to the hour as a lover — or dun, 
Has arriv'd at the starting-post where she begun. 

As you're just to myself, you'd be just unto others: 
What, then, can prevent our uniting like brothers? 
, Our present contentions first settle with care. 
Then strive, for the future, to 'bear and forbear.' 
If this could be done, (and who knows till we try it?) 
How much should we add to our happiness by it! 
While, year after year, round the system we'd roll. 
With love, joy, and friendship expanding the soul." 

The orphan children of Oliver were brought up by Zebulon Lyon, 
and educated in the academy. Eleanor married John W. Dana of 
Pomfret, a nephew of the second Mrs. Lyon. 

ii. Polly or Mary, b. Oct. 31, 1786; m. Capt. Lorrain Terry, 
and the following ch. were b. in Roy.: (a) Edward, b. Aug. 21, 1813; 
(b) Lucia, b. Oct. 22, 1815; (c) Jane, b. Feb. 2, 1818; (d) Henry 
Lyon, b. Mar. 19, 1820. 

iii. Porter, b. Feb., 1791; d. Mar. 22, 1850, Roy. He was 
weak mentally, and was the ward of his uncle, Calvin Skinner. Sally 
Skinner, the child of the first Mrs. Lyon by Corp. Calvin Skinner, 
who was b. Nov. 15, 1775, m. Rev. Azel Washburn. Corp. Calvin was 
married to Eleanor Porter Feb. 12, 1775, and died Aug. or Sep., 1777; 
he was b. Oct. 21, 1746, Woodstock, Conn.; he served in a Co. from 
Killingly, Conn. 

The line of descent is Zebulon [4], Jacob [3], William [2], 
William [1]. 

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DR. JOHN MANCHESTER, son of Nathaniel, b. Jan. 16, 
1804, Plainfield, N. H. ; d. Sep. 7, 1883, Roy. ; m. Mar. 7, 1826, 
Susan, dau. Jacob Wood, b. Apr., 1802; d. Jan. 26, 1886, Roy.; 
both bur. S. Roy. Cem. See "Medical Profession." 

i. Albert, b. Oct. 5, 1827, Moretown; d. Mar. 4, 1904, Ran- 
dolph; m. Nov. 8, 1853, Elizabeth, dau. John Sessions of Rand., b. 
.July 4, 1833; d. Mar. 2, 1909, Rand.; ch.: (a) Byron, b. Jan. 26, 1858; 
(b) Forest, b. Sep. 11, 1859; d. Nov. 27, 1899, leaving a dau., Con- 
stance; (c) Ernest, b. Mar. 29, 1863; (d) Henry, b. Apr. 28, 1865; m. 
and has two ch.; res. Portland, Me.; Henry and Forest each had two 
ch.; Byron and Ernest live in Randolph. 

ii. Byron Albert, b. Apr. 27, 1829, Plainfield, N. H.; see "Medi- 
cal Profession." 

iii. Constant Wood, b. Apr. 20, 1831, Plainfield, N. H.; d. Aug. 
4, 1892, Lebanon, N. H.; m. May 1, 1859, Roy., Amelia C, dau. Alden 
and Caroline (Rolfe) Chamberlin, b. Apr. 11, 1832; one ch., Dr. Frank 
C. Manchester, practicing in Danbury, N. H.; b. Mar. 26, 1861, Meri- 
den, N. H.; grad. from Dartmouth Med. Coll., 1885. Dr. Manchester 
lived in Cornish, N. H., a year, in Meriden, fifteen years, and the rest 
of his life in Lebanon. He was a successful practitioner, and an hon- 
orable man. 

iv. Darwin, b. Feb. 25, 1833, Plainfield, N. H.; d. Aug. 11, 
1895; m. Mar. 4, 1858, Sarah Vaughan, and settled in Waupaca, Wis.; 
four ch., Emma Susan, infant boy, Mary, John D. 

* V. Ellen Frances, b. Mar. 28, 1837, Grantham, N. H. ; m. 0. S. 

vi. George Henry, b. Mar. 17, 1839, Grantham; m. Mar. 2, 
1863, Roy., Mary Susan, dau. Ichabod and Azuba (Carpenter) Hatch, 
b. June 3, 1840, Northfield; no ch.; res. S. Roy.; rem. to Windsor, 
then to Fitchburg, Mass., returning to Roy. July, 1876; machinist; 
had a hardware store alone or in company with others until 1909. 


RUEL GOODWIN MANNING, son of Eliphalet and Sarah 
Manning, b. May 1, 1790, Tewksbury, Mass.; d. Jan. 22, 1871, 
Roy. ; m. Dec. 25, 1816, Hannah, dau. Ezekiel and Betsey (Chee- 
buck) Gardner, b. 1795, Bedford, N. H.; d. Dec. 1, 1873, Roy. 
Mr. Manning served in the War of 1812. He rem. from Bed- 
ford, N. H., to Roy., and lived for some time at N. Roy. 

* i. Hannah, b. 1818; m. Reuben Spalding. 

ii. Emeline, m. June 2, 1844, Aretus Loveland, b. Westport, 
N. Y. 

* iii. Margaret, b. Mar. 21, 1825; m. Clark Stevens. 

* iv. Martha Jane, b. Apr. 9, 1829; m. Ruel Mills. 

V. Sarah R., m. (1) Benj. H. Bennett, and had a son, Her- 
bert, who d. Dec. 17, 1903, aged 40 years; m. (2) John Spalding. 

vi. Betsey, twin of Sarah, m. John Stebbins, and res. in N. H. 


JOHN MARSHALL, b. Aug. 17, 1787, Hartford; d. Dec. 
29, 1860, Roy. ; m. Oct. 18, 1808, Mary, dau. Jethro and Deborah 
(Blaisdell) Bachelder, b. Jan. 28, 1787, Strafford; d. Apr. 25, 

History of Royalton, Vermont 871 

1875, Roy. ; both bur. N, Roy. Cem. Mr. Marshall rem., as is 
supposed, from Hartford to Roy. about 1809. He bought in 
Nov. of Asahel Cheney what Mr. Cheney had had of David 
Waller. This seems to have included a shop and land, and was 
near the hotel. Mr. Marshall was a fine cabinet maker, the 
finest probably that ever worked in Roy. After he bought the 
Fay farm in 1825, he had his shop in his house. Three years 
before he secured the Woodbury mills on the Second Branch. 
Whatever he touched seemed to turn to gold. One of his de- 
scendants describes him as "peculiar and long-headed, one who 
always got 'the best end of the bargain.' " He held many mort- 
gages. He filled town offices, and was selectman in 1834 and 
1844. He was one of the solid men of the town. He had a 
store at N. Roy. which he let to other merchants. He was called 
Major, because he was drum major of the 2d Regt., 4th ( ?) 
Div. of Vt. militia in 1820. 

i. Harry, b. Apr. 8, 1809; d. June 26, 1811. 

ii. Alba, b. Jan. 21, 1812; d. Sep. 19, 1864; m. Jan. 29, 1832, 
Rebecca F. Mosher; res. Troy, N. Y.; five ch., one son, John Marshall, 
m., but has no ch. 

iii. Don, b. Nov. 28, 1814; d. Mar. 31, 1815. 

* Iv. Nancy, b. Mar. 31, 1816; m. Lewis Fish. 

V. Mary L., b. July 18, 1818; d. Jan. 1, 1900, Fond du Lac, 
Wis.; m. Aug. 24, 1841. Seth A. Chase, who was a brother of Lewis 
Fish, but had changed his name; two sons and a dau. 

vi. John, b. June 12, 1819; d. June 23, 1819. 

vii. Harriet, b. June 6, 1820; d. Apr. 2, 1892; m. Mar. 29, 
1852, Jacob Sargent; lived and d. in Evansville, Ind.; one ch., a dau. 

viii. Sarah, b. Aug. 25, 1823; d. Sep. 23, 1823. 

* ix. Elizabeth, b. Jan. 27, 1825; m. Chas. Fay. 

* X. Charlotte, b. June 7, 1827; m. Norman Fowler. 


WILLIAM HARRISON MARTIN, son of Allen, the son 
of Aaron, son of Aaron, son of George, b. Apr. 2, 1839, Barre; 
d. Jan. 13, 1904, Barre; bur. S. Roy. Cem.; m. May 16, 1866, 
Bridgeport, Conn., Ellen Emma, dau. Charles R. and Jane Gar- 
rett, b. Mar. 3, 1845, Coventry. Eng. ; d. May 24, 1896, S. Roy. 
See Chap. XXXVII. Mr. Martin and his wife were most valu- 
able additions to the social and religious life of S. Roy. They 
M^ere members of the Cong'l church, in which their daughters 
have placed a memorial window. The finest residence in town 
was erected by Mrs. Martin on the old Pierce tavern site, but 
she lived only a short time to enjoy it. 

*i. Minerva Jane, b. Nov. 9, 1869, S. Roy.; m. William M. Sar- 

ii. Nellie Grace, b. Aug. 5, 1873, S. Roy.; m. Sep. 5, 1893, 
Daniel Lillie Burnett, M. D.; no ch. See "Medical Profession." Mrs. 
Burnett and her sister, Mrs. Sargent, each spent a year in the N. E. 

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Conservatory of Music in Boston. Mrs. Burnett was organist for the 
Congregational Church several years. 

iii. Isabella Pearl, b. Feb. 22, 1883, S. Roy.; grad. of S. Roy. 
high school in 1899; a teacher in the Barre schools. 
The Martin ancestors lived in Windham, Conn. 

HENRY MASON, son of Leonard and Sally (Breeze) Ma- 
son, b. June 9, 1819, Woodstock, Conn. ; d. Jan. 15, 1860, Roy. ; 
m. Mar. 22, 1853, Roy., Jerusha, dau. Nicholas and Polly (Wil- 
son) Mosher, who m. (2) Mar. 4, 1864, Ezra Hazen of Hartford. 
The mother of Henry m. (2) Darius Dewey, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. 
Mason and dau. Martha were members of the church at Royal- 
ton village. He is bur. in S. Roy. Gem. 

i. Calvin, b. 1854; d. Oct. 6, 1876, Roy. 

ii. Charles, b. Apr. 3, 1856, Roy. 
i iii. Martha J., b. July 22, 1859, Roy. 


WILLIAM MAXHAM, b. Jan. 5, 1797, Woodstock; d. July 
16, 1867, Roy.; m. June 7, 1818, Pomfret, Amanda A., dau. 
Jeremiah and Clarissa Abbott of Lebanon, N. H., b. June 5, 
1798, Lebanon ; d. Nov. 4, 1872, Roy. Mr. Maxham rem. in the 
spring of 1851 to Roy. from Bethel, where he had won a repu- 
tation of keeping the best hotel between Burlington and Boston. 
He conducted the "Cascadnac House" for two years, and then 
bought the place where Lewis Dow now lives, and where he lived 
and died. They had ten eh., but only three lived to maturity. 

i. Augusta A., b. Jan. 24, 1823, Pomfret; d. Apr. 25, 1862, 
St. Johnsbury; m. July 3, 1845, Randolph, Elijah D., son Eli and Irene 
Blodgett, junior partner of the firm of Skinner & Blodgett, Roy. 
village; she was bur. N. Roy. Cem., and later rem. to St. Johnsbury. 
For ch. see Blodgett family. 

ii. Gustavus Vassa, b. June 29, 1829, Pomfret: d. Mar. 10, 
1890, Monson, Mass.; m. Feb. 25, 1855, Demis A., dau. Rev. Eli Ballon 
of Montpelier. He grad. from the Unitarian School, Meadville, Pa., 
became pastor of a Universalist Church in Medford, Mass., after 
some years accepted a call to a Universalist Church in New Haven, 
Conn., from which he resigned to seek a climate farther inland on 
account of his health. He held the pastorate of a church in Stafford, 
Conn., twenty-five years, but his health continuing poor, he resigned 
and rem. to Monson, Mass., where he died. 

iii. Edgar Allen, b. Jan. 21, 1833, Quechee; d. Feb. 4, 1907, 
Bethel; m. Oct. 21, 1857, Ella Eliza, dau. Alphonso and Olive (Barnes), 
Dow, b. Sep. 18, 1840, Bethel; Mr. Maxham started a drug store in 
Roy. village in 1855, and sold to John W. Metcalf in 1864. The next 
spring he started a drug store in S. Roy., which he sold to Sargent 
& Durkee about seven years later, and rem. to Bethel, and started 
another store in company with Wesley E. Heath, the firm being 
Maxham & Heath. He soon bought out his partner, and ran the busi- 
ness alone several years, then sold to J. T. Sisco, but bought it back 
and ran the store until his druggist's life extended over a period of 
nearly forty years. Mr. and Mrs. Maxham made many warm friends 

History of Royalton, Vermont 873 

while in Royalton. She still resides in Bethel. Ch.: (a) Frank 
Brown, b. Sep. 8, 1860, Roy.; m. Jan. 5, 1881, Lizzie Julia, dau. Asa 
and Clorinda (Churchill) Adams, b. Dec. 26, 1860, Barnard; ch.: (i) 
Will Edgar, b. July 19, 1884, Bethel. 

IRA MAXHAM, adopted son of William Maxhara, b. Jan. 
3, 1820, Woodstock; d. July 5, 1882, Hartland; m. Apr. 14. 
1850, Sharon, Deborah Ames, dau. Samuel and Laura (Benson) 
Shuttleworth, b. Feb. 22, 1827, Sharon; d. May 13, 1889, Ros- 
coe, 111. ]\Ir. Maxham lived in Royalton village and S. Royal- 
ton ; ran a pedlar 's cart some of the time. 

i. Albert Samuel, b. Apr. 17, 1853, Sharon; a Methodist min- 
ister preaching in the West; m. and has ch. 

ii. John C, b. Aug. 13, 1861, Roy.; a Methodist minister; 
took a claim in Loyalton, S. D., preaching meanwhile; m. and has a 
family in the West. 


JAMES McCULLOUGH, son of William and Lydia (Hill) 
McCullough, and grandson of David, b. Feb. 27, 1813, Mel- 
bourne. P. Q. ; d. Aug. 17, 1893, Roy. ; m. Dec. 31, 1839, Malone, 
N. Y., Maria Elizabeth, dau. Thomas and Betsey Clapp, b. Apr. 
23, 1820; living with a dau. at White River Junction. The 
McCullough family are of Scottish descent. David, who was 
a captain in the British army, migrated to America and settled 
in S. Carolina. In the time of the Revolution he would not 
pledge allegiance to this country, and had to go to Canada. His 
son William rem. to Malone, N. Y., when James was twenty-one. 
James rem. to Roy. about 1851, and with him was his brother 
Israel, who had a home with him and died in Roy. He was 
born June 10, 1808, in Melbourne, and d. July 14, 1906. They 
lived on the old Clapp farm, which they retained until 1909. 

i. Frederick C, b. Oct. 9, 1841, Malone, N. Y.; m. Dec. 21, 
1865. Isabel S., dau. Fordyce and Dorcas Pinney, b. May 28, 1844; m. 
(2) Dec. 26, 1875, Jennie S., dau. Sam. and Hannah Bell, b. 1847, 
Peoria, 111.; ch.: (a) Frank Fordyce, b. Aug. 6, 1867, Roy.; m. Oct. 
2, 1895, Ida J., dau. Alex. S. and Agnes (Wright) King, b. 1875, Bos- 
ton; one ch., James Fordyce, b. May 24, 1908, E. Bethel; (b) George 
Everett, b. Oct. 22, 1876, Roy.; res. Red Lodge, Mont; (c) Helen 
Hannah, b. Nov. 13, 1878; m. and has two ch.; res. Chimney Rock, 
Mont.; (d) Hessie, m. and res. in Minn.; (e) Mary, b. Proctorsville; 
res. unm. in Chimney Rock; (f) Ralph, res. Chimney Rock. 

ii. Samuel Harper, b. Apr. 2, 1846, Malone, N. Y.; m. Dec. 
1, 1903, May, only dau. A. E. Kendrick of Randolph; one ch., Kendrick, 
b. Dec. 20, 1904, Burlington; a railroad man; had the first station on 
Woodstock R. R.; postal clerk for nearly thirty years; a 32nd degree 
Mason. He d. 1910, Randolph. 

iii. Clara A., b. Feb. 16, 1848, Malone, N. Y.; d. Mar. 10, 1852. 

iv. Frank W., b. Mar. 13, 1850; d. Mar. 9, 1852, Roy.; he and 
Clara bur. N. Roy. Cem. 

V. Clara E., b. Aug. 3, 1852, Roy.; m. Jan. 19, 1874, Henry 
H. Cole, b. Randolph, Mass.; ch.: (a) Kate Ellen, b. Aug. 26, 1875, 
Roy.; m. Feb. 25, 1905, Henry P. Munson; ch.: (i) Laura Jessie, b! 

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Apr. 11, 1907, White River Junction; (ii) Henry Fayette, b. Nov. 11, 
1908, W. R. J.; (b) Guy James, b. Oct. 22, 1877, Bethel; m. June 3, 
1905, Ella May Kentfield; ch.: (i) Kenneth Waldo, b. Apr. 7, 1907, 
White River Junction; (ii) Verne Saxie, b. Feb. 6, 1909, White River 
Junction; (c) Don Charles, b. Sep. 10, 1879, Bethel; res. White River 
Junction, unm.; (d) John Saxie, b. Jan. 17, 1883, Bethel; d. Apr. 13, 
1908, unm., W. R. J. Mrs. Cole's aged mother lives with her. Mr. 
Cole lived for a time in Roy. 

vi. Caroline E., b. Aug. 7, 1855, Roy.; m. Oct. 15, 1887, Fred. 
A., son William C. and Mary J. (Moore) Fay, b. 1862; ch.: (a) Hazel 
Marion, b. July 3, 1888, Everett, Mass., unm.; (b) Earl Claude, b. 
Jan. 21, 1890, Everett; unm. 

vii. Frank L., b. June 7, 1859, Roy.; d. Jan. 5, 1861. 


ALEXANDER McKENSTRY, b. Dec. 10, 1763; d. Feb. 

], 1817, Roy.; m. (1) Abigail , b. Sep. 5, 1769; d. Apr. 8, 

1804 (?), Roy.; m. (2) Nov. 1, 1804, Polly, dau. Wm. and Pau- 
lina (Tullar) Joiner, b. Sep. 23, 1779; prob. the Polly who m. 
Nov. 11, 1823, William Chaplain of Bethel. The family wrote 
the name in early years without the Mc. Alexander rem. from 
Bethel in 1791, and bought a farm in E. 37 L. A., which he 
enlarged as he prospered, until he had a fine farm. In 1814 

he stood second in the size of his list, which was $293. 

i. Betsey, b. Jan. 20, 1794. 

ii. Phimona, b. July 22, 1795. 

iii. Alice, b. Aug. 13, 1797. 

iv. Sophrona, b. May 21, 1801; m. Nov. 11, 1823, Lucius B. 
Babbitt of Barnard. 

V. Alexander, b. July 1, 1803. 

vi. Polly, bap. Oct. 18, 1812. 
Alexander seems to have joined the church very soon after he 
came to Royalton. 


1. SAMUEL [5] METCALF (Jonathan [4], Jona. [3], 
Jona. [2], Michael [1]), b. 1731; d. Feb. 10, 1814, Roy.; m. 
Mehitable Hammond, b. 1730-31; d. July 29, 1815, Roy. Sam- 
uel lived on Pannock Hill, Lebanon, Conn., from whence he 
rem. to Royalton abt. 1781. He took land in Simpson and near 
by. The Metcalf cemetery where he and most of the family 
are buried was a part of the Metcalf farm. He brought a pint 
bag of apple seeds with him from Conn., and was one of the 
first to have apples in town. Some of the trees from those seeds 
are still standing today. There were probably more children 
than those whose records are given. 

*i. Lydia [6], b. 1761; m. Nathaniel Perrin. 
2. ii. Samuel [6], b. Apr. 20, 1763. 

*iii. Sybil [6], b. Nov. 22, 1764; m. Timothy Durkee, Jr. 

2. SAMUEL [6] METCALF, son of Samuel [5], b. Apr. 
20, 1763, Lebanon, Conn.; d. Feb. 22, 1855, Roy.; m. (1) Jan. 

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4, 1790, Jane Sterling, b. 1764, in Kingston, now Granville; d. 
Aug. 18, 1814, Roy.; m. (2) Mar. 3, 1816, Mrs. Ruth Crocker of 
Moretown, from whom he separated in 1822. It is told that he 
saw Jane Sterling out feeding the pigs, and he thought she was 
a strong woman and would make a good wife. He had a re- 
markable physique, being 6 ft. and 10 in. high, and weighing 
about 185 pounds. His wife Jane was 6 ft. tall and weighed 
over 300 pounds. Samuel was as strong as he was large. He 
went to a raising at one time. There was rum, as usual, and 
two men had enough to pick a quarrel. Samuel took each by 
the collar with his long arms and whacked them together until 
they were no longer aching for a fight. He was a saddler by 
trade, and worked at it to some extent in Royalton. His mother 
lived and died with him. He died in the edge of Tunbridge 
at the house of his son George. See "Revolutionary Roll." 

i. Sibyl [7], b. Sep. 10, 1790; d. July 10, 1814. 

ii. Betsey [7], b. Jan. 14, 1792; d. May 4, 1812. 

3. ili. John Hammond [7], b. Feb. 5, 1794. 

iv. Daniel Lacy [7], b. Mar. 17, 1796; d. Mar. 28, 1859; m. 
twice, the second time, Malinda Webster, and had one son. He was 
captain of a militia company. 

V. George Sterling [7], b. Mar. 2, 1798; d. June 22, 1877, 
Hartford; m. Roxalana, dau. Nicholas Mosher, and had a large family. 

vi. David Champion [7], b. Mar. 3, 1801; d. Mar. 10, 1872; 
m. and had ch.; res. Lowell, Mass. 

vii. Moses Lewis [7], b. Aug. 3, 1807; d. Mar. 8, 185—; m. 
and separated from his wife; no ch. 

viii. Samuel Sterling [7], b. Mar. 4, 1810; d. Sep. 29, 1844; m. 
Nov. 28, 1831, Rhoda, dau. William Howard; one dau., Rachel; di- 
vorced; she m. (2) Sep. 7, 1843, Pierce Waterman. 

Mr. Metcalf raised 39 and % feet of sons, and 12 and % feet of 
daughters as follows: Sibyl, 6 ft. 6 and ^4 in.; Betsey, 5 ft. 9 and % 
in.; John, 6 ft. 4 in.; Daniel, 6 ft. 9 and ^ in.; George, 6 ft. 6 in.; 
David, 6 ft. 7 in.; Moses, 6 ft. 8 in.; Samuel, 6 ft. 5 in. 

3. JOHN HAMMOND [7] METCALF, son of Samuel, 
Jr., b. Feb. 5, 1794. Roy ; d. Sep. 13, 1878, Roy. ; m. Sarah, dau. 
Benoni and Sarah Webster, b. Jan. 7, 1794, Hartland; d. Nov. 
3, 1872, Roy. John H. was a farmer and lived on the home 
place. Sarah was a sister of Malinda, who m. Daniel, the brother 
of John H. 

i. Mary W. [8], b. Oct. 6, 1819; d. May 7, 1857; m. Feb. 3, 
1839, James Freeman. 

ii. John L. [8], b. Jan. 27, 1822; d. Feb. 10, 1822. 

iii. George W. 18], b. Apr. 16, 1826; d. Sep. 11, 1830. 

4. iv. John Washington [8], b. July 6, 1828. 

V. Mark George [8], b. Jan. 30, 1834; d. Aug. 30, 1910, Roy.; 
bur. Branchview Gem.; m. (1) Nov. 30, 1860, Mary E., dau. Stephen 
A. and Hannah (Henry) Simmons, b. Nov. 30, 1839, Brighton, Mass.; 
d. Oct. 24,. 1882, Roy.; m. (2) Dec. 8, 1885, Mrs. Jane Helen (Fellows) 
Cleveland, dau. Darius and Anna (Westeven) Fellows, and wid. of 
Ronaldo Cleveland, b. Feb. 16, 1836; d. Apr. 2, 1892, Roy. They had 
no ch., but in 1878 they adopted Minnie, dau. Anson Felton. Mr. Met- 

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calf was blind for several years before his death, and was in poor 
health, but always cheerful, and satisfied with his lot. He was cared 
for by a niece and his adopted daughter, and the last few years of 
his life he spent in Royalton village with the family of George Joy, 
where he had every attention. He was a devout Christian, and a con- 
stant attendant at prayer-meetings whenever able to attend. He was 
remarkably gifted in prayer, and those who have heard his fervent 
exhortations will not easily forget them. He inherited the magnificent 
physique of the Metcalf family. 

. 4. JOHN WASHINGTON [8] METCALF, son of John 
H., b. July 6, 1828, Roy.; d. Jan. 5, 1888, Roy.; m. Oct. 25 or 
28, 1858, Harriet Victoria, dan. Otis and Lois (Tucker) Bruce, 
b. Dec. 28, 1836, Sharon; d. Oct. 3, 1897, Roy.; both bur. n! 
Roy. Cem. John W. was a student at Norwich Univ., 1854-56. 
He purchased the drug business of E. A. Maxham in Royalton 
village, and continued it for a number of years. He was a schol- 
arly man. 

i. Sarah Lois [9], b. June 15, 1860, Ironton, O.; d. Mar. 21, 
1892, W. Lebanon, N. H.; m. (1) Nov. 13, 1878, Frank Swazey, M. D., 
b. May 6, 1855, Norwich; d. Dec. 18, 1881; practiced in Truro, Mass.; 
grad. of Dartmouth Med. Coll. 1879; m. (2) Jan. 10, 1885, Edward 
Simmons Swazey, a farmer, who d. before she did; no ch. 

ii. Abbie Sophia [9], b. May 14 or 30, 1862-63, Ironton, 0. 

iii. Otis Hammond [9], b. Apr. 28, 1865, Roy.; m. Jan. 23, 
1889, Hattie Elizabeth Dutton; three ch.; res. on the old Dutton farm, 

iv. Mary Emma, [9], b. May 31, 1867, Roy.; m. Nov. 5, 1889, 
George Henry Adams; no ch.; res. Woodstock; runs a saw mill. 

v. Willie Skinner [9], b. Sep. 9, 1869; d. Nov. 3, 1872, Roy. 

vi. Kate Kendall [9], b. Mar. 11, 1872; d. Nov. 18, 1873, Roy. 

vii. Susan Eliza [9], b. July 11, 1873; m. June 25, 1902, Clay- 
ton Elbert Stone; four ch.; res. Lunenburg, Mass. 

viii. Joseph Arthur [9], b. Feb. 13, 1876; m. Oct. 27, 1904, 
Tessa Myrtilla Lancy. 

ix. Ernest Bruce [9], b. Apr. 2, 1882, Roy.; m. Aug. 21, 1903, 
Bertha Mae Hardley; two ch.; res. Albany, N. Y. 


ROBERT MERRILL, b. Jan. 7, 1807, Landaff, N. H. ; d. 
Aug. 16, 1845; m. Phebe, dau. Matthew and Jemima (Pelton) 
Atherton, b. Sep. 3, 1806 ; d. Feb. 3, 1861 ; bur. Haverhill, N. H. ; 

she m. (2) Haynes. Robert Merrill is bur. in N. Roy. 

Cem. He was a blacksmith, and had a shop on the north side 
of the river at S. Roy. 

i. John N., b. May 14, 1828; d. June 11, 1828. 

ii. Chester Robert, b. Mar. 12, 1830, Landaff, N. H.; d. Jan. 
1, 1889, S. Boston, Mass.; m. Apr. 9, 1849, Emily A. Dennis, b. May 
15, 1829, England; d. Nov. 22, 1907, S. Vernon, at home of her dau.; 
bur. with her husband in Pleasantview Cem., Roy. Ch.: (a) Jose- 
phine A., b. Nov. 15, 1851; m. Mr. Doolittle of S. Vernon; (b) Frances 
M., b. Dec. 27, 1853, Manchester, N. H.; m. Charles W. Joiner (See); 
(c) Harriet E., b. June 19, 1855, Haverhill, N. H.; d. May 10, 1890; 
m. July 25, 1885, Percy E., son Foster F. and Sophia S. (Doolittle) 
French, b. 1855, Brattleboro; (d) John M., b. May 11, 1857; res. Boston. 

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iii. Harriet, b. May 10, 1832; d. May 12, 1832. 

iv. Henry Matthew, b. Aug. 5, 1833; m. Aug. 24, 1851, Adeline 
S. Perkins; one son, Richard H., b. June 27, 1855. 

ALBERT NELSON MERRILL, son of Alvin I., the son 
of Nathaniel, b. Oct. 28, 1859, Hanover, N. H. ; m. (1) Jennie, 
dau. James Stevens; m. (2) Jan. 1, 1885, Mary Amna, dau. 
Lucian and Lucy M. (Bartholomew) Hewitt, b. Oct. 30, 1862, 
Pomfret. Mr. Merrill rem. from Hanover, N. H., to Roy. about 
1889. He has owned a number of different places, and at pres- 
ent has the James Bingham farm. He has been road commis- 
sioner several years. 

i. Clinton A., b. Aug. 11, 1880, Hanover; m. (1) Bertha 
Cloud; m. (2) Bessie Hunton; one ch., Evelyn Bessie; res. Barre. 

ii. Guy Willis, b. July 21, 1882, Hanover; m. May 1, 1906, 
Jennie Marion, dau. Charles W. and Martha J. (Walker) Cowen, b. 
1885, Quechee; one ch., Raymond Albert; in marble shops, Bethel. 

iii. Nina Belle, b. July 25, 1888, Barnard; m. Nov. 18, 1903, 
Everett William, son L. M. and Elsie M. (Prentiss) Corwin, b. 1887, 
Roy.; ch.: (a) Rita Mae, b. May 12, 1905; (b) Doris Elsie, b. Mar. 
26, 1908; (c) Gerald Everett, b. Sep. 30, 1910. 

iv. Lottie Etta, b. Jan. 23, 1893, Roy. 

V. Olive Esther, b. Mar. 27, 1899, Roy. 


EPHRAIM [6] MILES (Noah [5], John [4], John [3], 
John [2], John [1]), b. Dec. 6, 1759, Westminster, Mass.; d. 
Sep. 14, 1838, Potsdam, N. Y. ; m. Dec. 12, 1781, Zeruiah Rugg, 
b. June 12, 1759, Holden, Mass. ; d. Sep. 4, 1852, Potsdam, N. Y. 
]\Ir. Miles was a Revolutionary soldier. He was at West Point 
on the Hudson, when Benedict Arnold met Major Andre and 
negotiated for the surrender of the fort to the British. He was 
pensioned. In June, 1783, he bought a farm in E. 29 L. A. 
He seems to have left town about the time he sold out, in 1817, 
and went to Potsdam, N. Y,, where some of his children had emi- 
grated before him. The list of ch. is not arranged in order of 

i. Prudence [7], b. Oct. 17, 1782; m. Jan. 21, 1809, Ira Perriu 
of Potsdam, N. Y., and had dau., Adeline. 

ii. Huldah [7], m. Apr. 4, 1813, William H. Washburn; ch.: 
William H., Stephen M., Ephraim M., Lucy, Elizabeth, Seth, Myra, 

iii. Joseph [7], b. Nov. 14, 1786; d. Apr. 11, 1874, Potsdam; 
m. Feb. 14, 1814, Persis SpafEord, b. Dec. 26, 1786; d. Aug. 17, 1872; 
ch.: (a) Hannah [8], b. Dec. 21, 1814; m. Mar. 8, 1832, Sumner Jarvis; 
ch.: Harriet, Henry, Edwin, Lydia, Laura, who m. Mr. Tappan and 
res. in Potsdam, Mary, Emily, who died, Charles, who died, Emily 
Persis, who is dead; (b) Prudence [8], b. July 15, 1816; d. Jan. 19, 
1898; m. Aug. 1, 1840, William H. Hawkins; ch.: Charles, Mary, Emma, 
all of whom are dead, and William M., lawyer in Potsdam, Watson of 
Potsdam, Elizabeth and Herbert; Charles served in the Civil War; 
(c) Mary P. [8], b. Apr. 6, 1821; d. May 2, 1851; m. Sep. 10, 1844, 

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Alexander H. Andrews; ch.: Helen M., living in Massena, N. Y., Kate 
G., and Miles H., who is dead; (d) William F. [8], b. Nov. 6, 1822; 
m. Apr. 15, 1847, and had George, Mary, Laura, Charles; (e) Ashbel 

5. [8], b. Apr. 25, 1824; m. Sep. 26, 1856, and had Ralph, Netty and 

iv. Stephen [7], b. Oct. 19, 1789, Roy.; d. Dec. 13, 1870, E. 
Camden, Ontario; m. June 22, 1812, Kingston, Ontario, Laura Spafford; 
ch.: (a) Harvey [8], b. July 16, 1813, Kingston; m. May 27, 1835, 
Louisa Knox, and had Nathan K., Lucinda D., Laura T., and Lyndon 
King, who was a member of Co. M, 6th Regt., N. Y., Heavy Artillery; 
died in hospital, Phila., Nov. 5, 1864; (b) Eliza [8], b. Dec. 10, 1816, 
Kingston; m. John Shurtleff, and had Stephen M., Augustus, Laura, 
Mary, Harvey; (c) Elijah [8], b. Apr. 7, 1819, Kingston; m. and had 
"Willie, Laura, Florence and Edith. Stephen [7], migrated to Canada 
and became a M. B. minister. 

V. Noah [7], b. 1784, Roy.; d. Mar. 25, 1843, Potsdam, N. Y.; 
m. Feb. 5, 1812, Roy., Sarah, dau. Jacob and Esther (Lindley) Hicks, 
b. 1787, Roy.; d. Apr. 16, 1848, Potsdam. Noah went to Potsdam early 
in life, as he served in the War of 1812, as a lieutenant in Lt. Col. 
Stone's Regt., enlisting from Potsdam, N. Y.; ch.: (a) Seneca [8], m. 
Martha Dunbar, and had Benjamin, Charles, Seneca and Elbertha; 
(b) Jacob Hicks [8], b. 1822, Potsdam; d. Dec. 30, 1891, Potsdam; m. 
Mary P., dau. Nathaniel Wing and Lucinda Chandler, b. 1823; d. Aug. 

6, 1872; ch.: (i) Ira Chandler [9J, b. Jan. 6, 1848, Potsdam; m. Jan. 
28, 1874, Calista M. Royce, who d. Jan. 31, 1908; followed the milling 
business until seven years ago, when he became cashier for the Excise 
Dept. of N. Y. State; res. Edwards, N. Y.; represented the 1st Assem- 
bly District in N. Y. legislature, 1896-99; (ii) Esther [9], b. Apr. 19, 
1852, Potsdam; m. Andrew Crandall, who died; res. Hannawa Falls, 
N. Y.; (c) Stephen [8], m. Eliza Crary, and had Ella, who m. Reuben 
Wells of Canton, N. Y., and Herbert; Stephen served in the Civil War 
in a Wis. Regt.; (d) Orpha [8], m. Charles Dunbar, and had Noah, 
Sarah and Lucy; (e) Sarah [8], d. young. 

vi. Benjamin, took freeman's oath in 1819; m. Oct. 17, 1819, 
Martha, dau. Jabez and Hannah (Lindley) Bowen, b. 1796, Roy.; ch.: 
Marshall, Marcus, Monroe, Morgan; res. Roy., Barnard, Bethel. In 
Sep., 1817, Benjamin bought 70 acres of his father, and remained in 
Roy. until 1832 or later. 

vii. Lucy, m. Rev. William Brown of Rideau, Ontario, and 
had one ch.. Miles. 

It is thought that the emigrant ancestor of the Ephraim Miles 
family is the same as that of Gen. Miles, Rev. John, a Welsh clergy- 
man. Ephraim had a brother, Noah, a Lutheran clergyman in Temple, 
N. H., and a sister, Huldah, who married Samuel Brooks, a relative 
of Gov. Brooks of Mass. It is not known when John [1] came to 
America, but the early members of the Miles family seem to be located 
at Westminster, Mass. 


JOHN MILLER, b. in Pomfret prob. ; d. in Roy. after 
1822; his father supposed to be John of Pomfret; m. (1) July 
9, 1809, Thankful Keith of Sharon, b. Mar., 1786; d. Oct. 18, 
1810, Roy.; m. (2) Sally N., dau. Thomas and Jerusha Noonan, 
b. Apr., 1782 ; d. Mar. 3, 1865, Roy. ; all bur. Roy. Broad Brook 
Cem. In June, 1809, Mr. Miller bought the farm in 4 L. A. 

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which his son Carlos tilled and his grandson, John Miller, the 
place now occupied by Fred Allen. It had been owned by Elna- 
than Taylor. 

i. James Alexander, b. Roy.; d. 1896, Concord, N. H.; m. (1) 
Ann Gibson, who d. in Ohio; m. (2) Oct. 11, 1840, Lydia M. McKellips, 
who d. July 14, 1849, Concord, N. H. ; m. (3) Lydian Osborn; ch.: (a) 
dau., b. Nov. 21, 1843, Bradford; d. Oct. 17, 1844; (b) Alma Frances, 
b. July 17, 1847, Charlestown, Mass.; m. Nov. 21, 1874, Charles Leland 
Smalley; ch.: (i) Leland Frederick, b. Apr. 2, 1877, Bradford; m. Dec. 
25, 1902, Mary Sargent of Norwich, and had dau., b. July 17, 1904; d. 
July 28, 1905; (c) Adda Florence, b. May 11, 1849, Concord, N. H.; d. 
Nov. 19, 1851, Concord; (d) Infant son; (e) Frederick Osborn, b. 1852; 
d. Dec. 10, 1875. James A. went to Bradford as a young man to learn 
carriage painting of John B. Woodward. He married his first wife 
there, then went to Ohio; and after the death of his wife returned to 
Bradford, where he married the second time; rem. to Charlestown, 
N. H., and later to Concord, where he died. His last wife survived 
him several years. She is buried with him in the old cemetery on 
State Street. He was called the veteran painter at the carriage fac- 
tory of Abbott & Dennings. He was over eighty when he died, and 
his last wife was about twenty years younger. 

ii. Miranda, d. in Roy. in young womanhood. 

iii. John, rem. to Hartford, Conn., m. and d. there. 

iv. Spencer, b. Feb. 2, 1812; d. May 13, 1886, Roy.; m. Oct. 
28, 1860, Mary "Fute," dau. Abel and Lydia (Smalley) Morse, b. Jan., 
1810; d. Feb. 2, 1894, Roy.; no ch. In 1859, Spencer bought a small 
place of Elisha Wild. The buildings have now decayed. In 1850 he 
was in Canton, Mass. 

V. Alanson, b. Nov., 1819; d. Sept. 18, 1822, Roy. 

vi. Carlos, b. Sep. 4, 1821; d. June 24, 1872, Roy.; m. Jan. 
8, 1852, Calista, dau. Martin D. and Lurania (Winchell) Follett, b. 
Feb. 17, 1829; d. Mar. 25, 1909, E. Barnard; ch.: (a) John Martin, b. 
Feb. 1, 1853; d. Apr. 19, 1885, Roy.; m. Oct. 3, 1878, Randolph, Ada 
Dodge, dau. Charles Dodge and Laura Jane (Wood) Lovejoy, b. May 
17, 1856, Roy.; no ch.; res. on the home farm with his mother and 
sister until death. He was one of the largest men Royalton has ever 
produced, measuring 6 ft. 3 and % in. in his stockings, and weighing 
225 pounds. Mrs. Miller has done some very fine work in amateur ■ 
photography, a dozen or more of her photographs appearing in this 
volume, the winter scene being one of them; (b) Dodge, b. May 10, 
1856; d. Feb. 19, 1864; (c) Jennie Miranda, b. May 9, 1861; d. May 1, 
1905, Roy.; (d) Carlos Dodge, b. Mar. 12, 1870; d. July 10, 1874, Roy. 


ROSWELL PORTER [6] MILLS (Philo [5], Roswell [4], 
Peter [3], Peter [2], Peter [1]), b. Mar. 17, 1812, Stockbridge; 
d. Feb. 10, 1875; m. fl) Martha Jane Rodgers; m, (2) Dee. 9, 
1851, Martha Jane, dau. Ruel and Hannah ((rardner) Man- 
ning, b. Apr. 9, 1829 ; d. May 4, 1875 ; bur. N. Roy. Cem. Mr. 
Mills lived for some years in Roy. at different periods of time. 

i. Ruel [7], b. Jan. 31, 1853, Bethel; m. Aug. 30, 1897, Junie 
F., dau. Andrew J. and Sally G. (Green) Woodworth, b. Dec. 21, 1854, 
Roy.; no ch. ; res. on Woodworth farm near E. Bethel. 

ii. Hannah [7], b. Oct. 10, 1856; m. Mar. 24, 1886, Bradley 
I. Skinner of E. Windsor; no ch. 

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iii. Mason [7], b. Jan. 10, 1859, Roy.; m. Dec. 27, 1881, Marion 
Scott, b. Aug. 11, 1854; res. Woodstock; ch.: (a) Maude Louise [8], 
b. Apr. 4, 1883; d. Aug. 24, 1910, Brattleboro; (b) Anna Mae [8], b. 
Sep. 22, 1884; m. Stephen Harry Bvirroughs; P. O. Vergennes. 

iv. Roswell, b. Apr. 2, 1861, Roy.; d. Feb. 14, 1871, Roy. 

V. Jennie, b. Mar. 28, 1864, Roy.; unm.; res., Hartford, Conn. 

vi. Kate, b. May 2, 1867, Roy.; unm. 

vii. May, b. July 29, 1870, Roy.; m. 1901, Frank B. Rockwell, 
b. Nov. 22, 1854; one ch., Edward Charlton, b. Apr. 25, 1902. 

The Mills family coat of arms was granted to Sir Peter Van der 
Meulen of Amsterdam, Holland, who was knighted for distinguished 
services to the public in the improvement of dikes and canals. His 
eldest son, Peter, was born in Holland in 1822, and emigrated to 
America from Leyden, where he was studying for the ministry in that 
university. By joining the refugees he incurred the displeasure of his 
father, who disinherited him. He had his name changed to Mills, the 
English equivalent. A Peter Mills from Bethel res. in Roy. from 1793 
to 1799. 


1. JAMES SPENCER MOORE, son of Joshua and Dor- 
othy (Moody) Moore, b. Oct. 23, 1805, Strafford; d. Feb. 11, 
1870, Roy. ; m. Feb. 23, 1830, Julia Ann Comstock, b. Feb. 20, 
1809; d. Nov. 25, 1892, Pawtucket, R. I. Mr. Moore was promi- 
nently connected with the S. Roy. Bank, much to his injury 
financially and otherwise. He was a man of gentle nature and 
well performed his private and public duties. Through industry 
and economy he amassed a competence. He rem. from Strafford 
to S. Roy. 

i. John, b. June 21, 1831; d. Apr. 7, 1832. 
2. ii. David Comstock, b. May 15, 1834. 

iii. John Harris, b. Aug. 18, 1836; d. Jan. 8, 1907; m., 1860, 
Elizabeth Carpenter of Strafford; ch.: George M., b. Oct. 19, 1861. 

iv. Carrie Asenath, b. Feb. 21, 1841; d. Aug. 17, 1865, Straf- 

2. DAVID COMSTOCK MOORE, M. D., b. May 15, 1834, 
Strafford; d. Oct. 9, 1876, S. Roy.; bur. Strafford; m. Jan. 1, 
1860, Hannah A., dau. Richard and Dorcas Estabrook, b. Oct. 
10, 1834, Sherburne; res. E. Providence, R. I., with sons. See 
"Medical Profession." Dr. Moore lived in the house now occu- 
pied by Dr. Fish. He and his sympathetic, well-informed wife 
were counted among the most reliable supporters of all that per- 
tains to a sound civic and religious life in the community. 

i. Elmer Ellsworth, b. Oct. 10, 1861, Hartford; m. June, 1887, 
Annie R. Pierce of E. Providence, R. I.; grad. from Dartmouth Med. 
Coll., 1886; attended lectures in Berlin, Germany, 1897-98; practicing 
in E. Providence, R. I.; women's diseases a specialty; ch.: (a) Roger, 
b. July 17, 1900; (b) Robert, b. July 12, 1904; (c) Marjorie, b. Mar. 
17, 1906; d. May 7, 1907. 

ii. James Spencer, b. Mar. 3, 1871; m. Sep. 7, 1900, Alice Ide 
of Creston, la.; one ch., Dorothea, b. Oct. 8, 1908; grad. from Brown, 
1894, from Harvard Med. Coll., 1898; practicing in E. Providence, R. I. 
The Moore family are of Scotch Irish descent. The emigrant an- 
cestor came to America soon after the Mayflower. 

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REUBEN [7] MOREY, JR. (Reuben [6], Zenas [5], Eph- 
raim [4], John [3], George [2], George [1]), b. Dec. 2, 1809, 
Vershire; d. Mar. 13, 1868, W. Lebanon, N. H.; m. (1) Feb., 
1834, Mary Blaisdell; m. (2) May 11, 1848, Rosetta Morse, dau. 
Jeremiah and Mary Brown, b. Aug. 24, 1817, Tunbridge; d. 
June 7, 1877, W. Lebanon, N. H. Mr. Morey res. in Strafford, 
Tunbridge, Royalton village, S. Roy., coming to the last place 
in 1854. He formed a partnership with Eben Winslow, and 
continued in trade for ten years. 

* i. Joanna, b. Oct. 19, 1834; m. William W. Culver. 

ii. Harriet Sturtevant, b. May 18, 1836; d. Dec. 24, 1889; m. 
Aug., 1865, David Adams. 

iii. Charles Carroll, b. May 25, 1840; d. Apr. 2, 1865. In Civil 

iv. Mary Emma, b. Mar. 14, 1849; m. Milton S. Woodman; 
res. W. Lebanon, N. H. 

v. Reuben Wilbur, b. July 8, 1855, Roy.; d. Oct. 17, 1858, 
Roy. The family burial lot is in S. Roy. Cem. 


1. ISAAC [5] MORGAN (David [4], Isaac [3], Capt. 
John [2], James [1]), b. Apr. 26, 1730-31, Preston, Conn.; d. 
Nov. 2, 1815, Roy.; m. (1) Oct. 31, 1751, Zilpha Meech of Ston- 
ington. Conn., who d. Jan. 19, 1763; m. (2) May 27, 1764, Eliza- 
beth W. Tracy of Preston, b. 1745 ; d. June 17, 1823, Roy. ; bur. 
S. Roy. Cem. Mr. Morgan was one of the original grantees of 
the town. See "Earliest Settlers." 

i. Nathan [6], b. Sep. 15, 1753; one of the original grantees; 
so far as known not married; not listed after 1792. 

ii. Mary [6], b. Dec. 10, 1755; m. Nov. 2, 1775, James Marsh 
of Sharon. 

iii. Anna [6], b. Mar. 1, 1758; d. before 1773, prob. 

iv. Sybil [6], b. Dec. 30, 1765. 

V. Esther [6], b. Mar. 12, 1769. 

vi. Joseph [6], b. May 17, 1771. 

vii. Anna [6], b. July 1, 1773. 
2. viii. Isaac [6], b. Feb. 3, 1776, Roy., prob. 

ix. Daniel [6], b. 18, 1778, Roy. 

X. Elizabeth [6], b. Sep. 15, 1780; prob. the Betsey who d. 
Sep. 30, 1848. 

xi. Eunice [6], b. Jan. 6, 1783, Roy.; m. Mar. 18, 1806, Ben- 
jamin Burroughs of Tunbridge. 

xii. David [6], b. May 25, 1785, Roy. He m. Nov. 23, 1809, 
Matilda Green of Woodstock; ch.: (a) Isaac, b. Nov. 26, 1910, Roy.; 
(b) Roswell, b. Oct. 9, 1811, Roy.; (c) Dolly, b. Nov. 28, 1813, Roy. 
In 1810 he bought of Benj. Dutton some small lots of land near Ste- 
vens' bridge, and sold them in 1813, and does not appear as paying 
poll tax after that date. 

2. ISAAC [6] MORGAN, son of Isaac [5], b. Feb. 3, 
1776, Roy. ; d. Mar. 29, 1851, Roy. ; m. Apr. 24, 1802, Hannah, 

882 History of Royalton, Vermont 

dau. Ebenezer and Patience (Orms) Woodward, b. 1780; d. 
Dec. 19, 1843, Roy. On May 20, 1802, Isaac, Jr., made an in- 
denture with his father to care for his parents, and was deeded 

one-half the farm. 

i. Eunice [7], b. July 17, 1803; d. July 2, 1837. 

ii. Daniel [7], b. July 2, 1805; d. Nov. 27, 1840; m. May 30, 
1836, Lois C. Ingraham; he was then in Oberlin, O. 

iii. Alba W. [7], b. June 16, 1807; d. Feb. 22, 1840. 

* iv. Emeline [7], b. Sep. 2, 1809; m. Archibald Kent. 

V. Tracy [7], b. June 9, 1811; he had a farm near Jireh 
Tucker's; sold out in 1852, and left town; m. July 3, 1838, Sarah H. 
Woodward of Chelsea; one ch., George Tracy, b. June 25, 1839; d. July 
3, 1840. 

vi. Hannah Storrs [7], b. Mar. 14, 1813; d. Jan. 12, 1842-43. 

vii. Lucy Maria [7], b. Mar. 6, 1815; m. Jan. 5, 1842, John W. 
Smith of Chelsea. 

viii. Elizabeth P. [7], b. July 4, 1817; d. June 5, 1835. 
*ix. Sybil [7], b. Oct. 27, 1819; m. Silas Ingraham. 

X. Isaac T. [7], b. Nov. 13, 1822; d. May 26, 1859, Bethel (?); 
m. Oct. 28, 1845, Ann Maria, dau. Harry and Anna (Kent) Cheney, b. 
1820; d. Oct. 1. 1865; bur. S. Roy. Cem.; an attorney in Bethel; ch.: 
(a) Percy, b. Apr. 15, 1849; d. Aug. 25, 1850; (b) Edward, b. Apr. 
20, 1851; both b. Bethel. 

ROSWELL [5] MORGAN (David [4], Isaac [3], etc.), 
b. July 17, 1737, Preston, Conn., prob. ; d. Aug. 26, 1798, Roy. ; 
bur. S. Roy. Gem.; m. Dec. 4, 1760, Martha Downer of Pres- 
ton, Conn. She may be the Martha Morgan who m. Feb. 23, 
1800, Edward Brockway of Leominster, Mass. Mr. Morgan of 
Norwich bought land in Royalton in 1782, and at other dates. 
He was a soldier, and does not seem to have lived continuously 
at any one place for some years. In 1782 he served as Lieut, 
under Capt. Seelye. He bought a small farm near Havensville 
in 1797, and rem. to Roy., where he died the next year. 

i. Cyprian [6], b. Oct. 2, 1761; m. Dec. 15, 1782, Polly Mur- 
dock, and had at least one ch., Roswell, b. Oct. 16, 1783. He was a 
Revolutionary soldier. 

BENJAMIN [5] MORGAN (Benjamin [4], Isaac [3], 
Capt. John [2], James [1]), b. Oct. 25, 1742; d. Apr. 5, 1811, 
Roy.; m. Nov. 5, 1772, Sarah Park, b. 1749; d. Aug. 9, 1819, 
Roy. ; both bur. Roy. Broad Brook Cem. Benjamin lived on 
Broad Brook, on the Ichabod Davis farm. He served in the 
Revolution, and his commission as ensign is shown in one of the 
cuts. He rem. from Barnard to Roy. about 1795, having bought 

his farm in 1794. 

i. Joseph [6], b. Aug. 20, 1773. 

* ii. Mary [6], b. Oct. 26, 1774; prob. the Polly who m. (1) 
Joseph Parkhurst, and (2) Reuben Spalding. 

iii. Isaac [6], b. Apr. 17, 1776; in 1803 he gives his father 
the use of a sixty-acre farm. He was prob. the Isaac whose estate 
was administered by Joshua Freeman in 1813. 

iv. Hezekiah [6], b. Apr. 29, 1777. 

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V. Lucy Brewster [6], b. Dec. 1, 1779; d. in young woman- 

vi. Jonathan Park [6], b. July 1, 1781; d. 1803, prob. On 
Apr. 22 of that year Benjamin, "next of kin to Jona.," was cited to 
appear and take out letters of administration, which he did. 

vii. Anna [6], b. 1784; m. George Gerry, rem. to Barnard, and 
d. there 1868. 

viii. Elisha [6], b. 1794; d. June 18, 1822; bur. near his par- 
ents; m. July 25, 1819, Bethiah Cheedle, who d. in Barnard with her 
son, Elisha R., b. 1821, and m. Apr. 30, 1843, Laura Cambell of E. 
Barnard; he d. Apr. 30, 1902, leaving no ch. 

Isaac [5] was the first of the name in town. His mother, Dorothy 
(Lamb) Morgan-Cady, seems to have res. with him, and her funeral 
was attended Aug. 26, 1804. Her husband had d. Mar. 24, 1768. She 
afterwards married a Cady. Her other ch. not named as residing in 
Roy. were Mary, who m. Nathaniel Morse, Anne and Dorothy. Isaac 
was one of the committee to build Royalton fort. 


JAMES [5] MORRILL (Paul [4], Isaac [3], Isaac [2], 
Abraham [1]), b. Oct. 29, 1755, S. Hampton, Mass.; d. Oct. 8, 

1822, Roy.; m. (1) Eunice , b. 1761; d. Feb. 14, 1820, Roy.; 

both bur. E. Bethel; m. (2) May 13, 1822, Mary Clapp, b. 1759; 
d. Nov. 12, 1838, Roy. ; bur. N. Roy. Gem. James and Eunice 
joined the church July 10, 1807, from Chichester, N. H, ; he 
was listed from 1807 till death. He owned 13 T. P. 

i. James, took freeman's oath in 1808; in Huntington in 1823. 

ii. Thomas B., b. Aug. 10, 1796; d. July 28, 1818; bur. with 

iii. John, a minor at death of father. 
IRA S. MORRILL, son of Ira and Mary Morrill, b. Feb. 
26, 1843, Randolph; d. Nov. 17, 1905, Roy.; bur. E. Rand.; m. 
Jan. 1, 1868, Betsey Eliza, dau. Ira and Betsey Emery, who d. 
Feb. 2, 1887, Rand. Ira rem. to Roy. in 1888 to the Paul Dar- 
win place, and res. here until death. 

i. Mabel E., b. 1869, Rand.; m. Nov. 30, 1892, Willie L., son 
John C. and Mary (Russ) Hunt, b. 1869, Rand. 

ii. Gertrude, b. Sep. 13, 1871, Rand.; m. Nov. 30, 1892, Geo. 
H. Batchelder; settled in Rand.; two ch.; res. Lamar, Col. 

iii. Bessie May, b. Jan. 19, 1874, Stockbridge; m. Feb. 24, 
1897, Charles M. Barber; five ch.; res. Barre. 

iv. Alice G., b. Oct. 9, 1876, Bethel; m. Apr. 23, 1896, Royal 
D. Moxley; res. Tunbridge and Barre. 

V. Clara J., b. Jan. 8, 1880, Rand.; d. Sep., 1882. 


NATHANIEL [6] MORSE (Nathaniel [5], Daniel [4], 
Dea. William [3], Benjamin [2], Anthony [1]), b. June 24, 
1751, Preston, Conn.; d. Oct. 9, 1829, Roy.; m. Molly, dau. 
Medad Benton, b. 1758, Preston; d. Feb. 23, 1837, Roy.; both 
bur. Havens Cem. Dr. A. C. Latham is authority for the 

884 History of Kotalton, Vermont 

parentage of Molly. Mr. Morse was one of the original grant- 
ees. He had over 200 acres in 20 and 21 Dutch. He was one 
of those who assisted in the building of the Bethel fort. He was 
probably the Nathaniel Morse who went from Preston in the 
Lexington alarm. In i\Iarch, 1780, he was chosen one of the 
road surveyors, and how much earlier he was in Royalton cannot 
be stated. He gave a life lease to Medad Benton of a part of 
his farm, and sold considerable of his holdings, so that the land 
at Havensville was cut up into smaller lots. There may have 
been other ch. than those here given. 

i. Abigail [7], m. (1) Oct. 15, 1793, Christopher, son Abraham 
and Ann (Brewer) Waterman, who d. before Nov. 14, 1795; m. (2) 
Mar. 26, 1797, Nathaniel, son James Carpenter of Sharon as his second 
wife; ch.: (a) Christopher [8], b. Aug. 7, 1798; (b) Susannah [8], b. 
Aug. 9, 1800; (c) Walter [8], b. Nov. 9, 1802; (d) Nathaniel Morse [8], 
b. Nov. 21. 1806; (e) Don P. [8], b. Nov., 1808; (f) Heman [8], b. 
June 18, 1811; (g) Otis [8], b. 1813; (h) Fidelia [8], b. 1815; (i) 
Albert Von Haller [8], b. 1821. Abigail res. in Middlesex, and her 
descendants are still living there. 

ii. Polly [7], b. 1782, Roy., prob.; d. May 13, 1847, Roy.; bur. 
Havens Cem. near her parents; m. Apr. 11, 1802, Dr. Ben Adam 
Denison (George [5], Ben Adam [4], William [3], William [2], George 
[1],) b. Mar. 31, 1773; d. Montrose, Pa.; divorced in 1816; lived with 
her father after 1816, and with Charles Button's family. Her father 
gave her part of the farm where he lived, but she seems to have lost 
it. Ch.: (a) Ben Adam [8], b. May 10, 1810; m. Mar. 25, 1843, Ade- 
line B. Blair, who d. Feb. 28, 1857; m. (2) Ruth Ann Graves; res. 
Binghamton, N. Y.; ch.: (i) Alfred B. [9], b. Apr. 17, 1844; m. Louise 
Bartholomew; (ii) Joseph M. [9], b. Sep. 4, 1845; m. Millie Willis; 
(iii) Imogene [9], b. Dec. 27, 1848; m. Eugene Piper; (iv) Virgie [9], 
b. Dec. 17, 1852; m. Herbert Willis; (v) Ida [9], b. Aug. 4, 1854; (vi) 
Belle [9], b. Jan. 13, 1861; (vii) Louise [9], b. Sep. 2, 1866; (b) Polly 
[8], b. Aug. 24, 1805; m. Sloan Hamilton; she and her ch. are all dead; 
(c) Oliver [8], b. July 16, 1807; m. Nov. 3, 1830, Laura Booth, b. Aug. 
14, 1814; a printer; res. Dundee, N. Y.; ch.: (i) William 0. [9], b. 
Mar. 14, 1832; res. Washington, D. C; (ii) Charles E. [9], b. Mar. 2, 
1836; killed in battle at Dallas, Ga.; (iii) Mary [9], b. May 10, 1839; 
(iv) Edward [9], b. Mar. 2, 1841; (v) Ben Adam [9], b. Sep. 11, 1844; 
(vi) Helen [9], b. Mar. 27, 1847; (vii) Clara [9], b. Feb. 27, 1850; 
(viii) George [9], b. Dec. 25, 1852; (ix) Lula [9], b. Aug. 30, 1855. 
Dr. Ben Adam was married a second time to Eunice Williams, and 
lived at Montrose, Pa. His ch. by the second marriage were: (d) 
John W., b. Sep. 4, 1818; a physician; m. twice; five ch.; res. Carney, 
Pa.; (e) Elizabeth, b. Mar. 11, 1821; m. R. T. Stevens; (f) George 
M., b. Nov. 22, 1823; m. Sallie M. Crickus; (g) Eunice, b. Dec. 13, 
1825; m. R. T. Stevens; (h) Charles G., b. May 23, 1828; m. Martha 
Laud; merchant of Corning, N. Y. ; four times elected mayor of the 
city; three ch., one Charles L.; (i) Frederic, b. May 7, 1830; m. and 
res. in Mahanoy, Pa.; (j) Lewis B., b. Aug. 4, 1832; d. Sep. 6, 1850; 
(k) Ann M., b. Dec. 8, 1834; d. Oct. 27, 1836; (1) Adam B., b. Mar. 
9, 1837; m. P. O. Shaucks. 

JONATHAN MORSE, son of Dea. Joseph and Abigail 
(Stevens) Morse, b. Mar. 28, (?) 1813, Rochester; d. Mar. 20, 
1888, Roy. ; m. Nov. 24, 1840, Emily Rix, dau. Amos and Jerusha 

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(Rix) Hutchinson, b. Mar. 27, 1816, Tunb.; d. Aug. 18, 1894. Mr. 
Morse came to Roy. from Manchester, N. H. He had repre- 
sented that town in the N. H. legislature. He had a brother, 
Dr. David, who lived in Sharon. He and his wife had passed 
the active period of their lives when they came to Royalton, but 
they were highly esteemed for their many good qualities. Mrs. 
Morse remembered the S. Roy. Cong'l church in her will. 

i. Infant dau. 

ii. Charles H., b. Feb. 6, 1847, Tunbridge; d. Oct. 29, 1876, 

iii. Louisa C, b. 1848; d. Oct. 2, 1852. 
THOMAS R. MORSE, son of Norris and Electa (Smith) 
Morse, b. Dec. 3, 1815, Norwich; d. Apr. 28, 1888, Roy.; m. 
Chloe A., dau. Eneas Hayward, b. Aug. 15, 1820, Chelsea; d. 
May 5, 1899, Roy. ; both bur. S. Roy. Gem. Mr. Morse came to 
S. Roy. about 1864, and a few years later bought a small place 
west of the railroad where he lived and died. He worked for 
the railroad. 

i. Frances, b. abt. 1842; m. William Greenough; one son, 
William; res. Lebanon, N. H. 

ii. Henry Enos, b. 1844-45; d. Jan. 17, 1893, Roy.; m. June 
14, 1871, Edna Jane, dau. William L. and Lucy (Sanborn) Cilley, b. 

* iii. Eliza Jane, b. 1846; m. Elisha Beedle. 
'W^lUii^-'^^^' Mary; m. (1) Alonzo W. Taggard, who d. Apr. 7, 1876; 
'^ m. (2) Lyman Wardwell; ch., Fred and Edward; res. New York City. 

V. John, b. Apr. 7, 1849; m. Julia, dau. Luther B. Washburn, 
b. Apr. 27, 1848, E. Canaan, N. H.; d. Dec. 6, 1907; ch.: (a) Oscar W., 
b. Sep. 20, 1871, Roy.; m. Dec. 3, 1896, Mary Josephine, dau. Antoine 
and Mary B. (Benoit) DeCoste, b. 1877, Can.; one son, b. Jan. 12, 
1901, Roy.; (b) Frank Edward, b. July 28, 1873, Roy.; d. June 6, 
1881; (c) Mary, b. 1879; m. May 10, 1897, Warren, son Freeman and 
Eliz. (Leazer) Waterman; ch.: (i) Carlie J., b. Nov. 20, 1903; (ii) 
Harold Charles, b. Nov. 20, 1904. 

vi. Charles Frederick, b. 1854; m. June 5, 1875, Zylpha M., 
dau. Marshall A. and Anna Drake, b. 1856, Braintree; no ch.; res. 
Springfield, Mass. 

vii. Emma V., b. 1855; d. a number of years ago; m. July 
17, 1875, Leonard William, son James and Sarah Yerxa; m. (2) Feb. 
17, 1877, Wesley C, son George and Irena (Wells) Weeks, b. 1853, 
Marshfield; three ch., , Minnie, John. 

viii. Prank Byron, b. June 26, 1857; m. Aug. 25, 1880, Marion 
Alice, dau. Gilbert A., and Euphrasia M. (Cooper) Bush, b. June 2, 
1862, Springfield, Mass.; no surviving ch. 

JAMES E. MORSE, M. D., son of John A. and Sarah 
(White) Morse, b. Apr. 12, 1824, Craftsbury; d. May 14, 1882, 
Roy.; m. (1) Nov. 17, 1850, Celeste Angeline, dau. Russell Smith, 
b. Aug. 30, 1827, Hanover, N. H.; d. Aug. 28, 1865; m. (2) 
Aug. 25, 1867, Martha Jane, dau. William Eli and Annie 
(Bridges) Brockway, b. 1846. See "Medical Profession." 

i. Adelpha Russell, b. Sep., 1851; d. July 2, 1853. 

* ii. Emma Lois, b. Mar. 24, 1855, W. Hartford; m. Elba Corbin. 

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iii. Annie Sallie, b. Nov. 26, 1868, Roy.; m. Dec. 9, 1896, 
Charles Lawrence, son John and Mary J. (Randall) Curtis, b. 1870, 
Freeport, Me.; ch.: (a) Lawrence Morse, b. Oct. 27, 1901; (b) Helen 
Liicile, b. Feb. 29, 1908; (c) Dorothy Constance, b. Mar. 1, 1909. See 
"Royalton Academy." 

iv. James Frederick, b. Apr. 29, 1870, Roy.; m. Oct. 12, 1901, 
Minnie Wilhelmina Fink; one ch., Frederick J., b. Aug. 23, 1903; a 
physician, practicing in the West. 

*v. Jennie Isabel, b. Sep. 21, 1873, Roy.; m. John B. Waterman. 
ORAMEL MORSE, son of Chester, the son of Charles, son 
of Jeremiah, b. July 19, 1859, Bethel; m. Mar. 11, 1879, Cora 
Emma, dau. Henry T. and Sarah Jane (Woodworth) G-ifford, 
b. Dec. 9, 1860, Roy. Mr. Morse lived in Roy. after his mar- 
riage until 1910, when they rem. to Randolph. They owned the 
old Fox stand and farm, where they kept up in a measure the 
traditions of olden time by having occasional parties and other 
entertainments. Mrs. Morse has written more or less for the 
press. Children nearly all born in Royalton. 

i. Henry Chester, b. May 2, 1880; m. Jan. 18, 1902, Lena May, 
dau. George and Mary (Johnson) Lombard, b. 1882, Roy.; ch.: (a) 
Cora Rosalia, b. Dec. 9, 1902, Roy.; (b) Edna Woodworth, b. Dec. 7, 
1904; (c) Ruth May, b. Sep. 29, 1906; (d) Laura Jane, b. Sep. 21, 

ii. Harley Ira, b. May 2, 1880, Tunbridge; m. Jan. 15, 1908, 
Estella M., dau. John D. and Nona (Pratt) Delaney, b. 1890, Wor- 
cester, Mass.; ch.: (a) George Pratt, b. Aug. 25, 1909, Roy. 

* iii. Nina Sarah, b. Sep. 16, 1884; m. Clarence Davis, 
iv. Letha May, b. Sep. 24, 1887. 

V. Charles Clarence, b. May 30, 1891, 
vi. Alyce Ruth, b. Sep. 13, 1894. 
vii. Carlton Floyd, b. Oct. 11, 1897. 
viii. Joseph Oramel, b. Mar. 13, 1901. 
ix. Carrie Emma, b. Feb. 28, 1903. 
X. Elizabeth Gifford, b. Feb. 18, 1905. 


ZABAD [7] MOSHER (Thomas [6], Nicholas [5], Thos. 
[4], Nieh. [3], Hugh [2], Hugh [1]), b. May 30, 1789, Sharon; 
d, Feb., 1871; m. Dec. 30, 1813, Rebecca, dau. Joseph and Re- 
becca (Freeman) Bowman, b. Dec. 7 or 17, 1793, Roy. Mr. 
Mosher lived for some years on the Stephen Bowman farm. His 
mother was Irene Carpenter, dau. of James of Sharon. 

* i. Rebecca Freeman, b. Oct. 4, 1814, Sharon; m. Alba Mar- 

ii. Nancy, b. Jan. 11, 1817; d. Apr. 8, 1834; bur. N. Roy. Cem. 

Hi. Alfred, b. Apr. 14, 1819. 

iv. Caroline Pamela, b. Apr. 20, 1823; m. Austin Winship of 

NICHOLAS MOSHER, son of Eber (?), b. 1778, or Feb. 
2, 1782, Sharon ; d. Aug. 26, 1861, Roy. ; bur. Branchview Cem. : 
m. (1) Nov. 30, 1808, Betsey Walbridge; m. (2) Sept. 20, 1819, 

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Polly Wilson of Hartford, b. 1798; d. Sep. 4, 1886, Roy. Mr. 
Mosher was a farmer in District Seventeen. 

i. Lydia, b. abt. 1810; d. at age of six. 
*ii. Roxy, b. abt. 1812; m. George Metcalf. 

iii. Loren, b. 1814; d. Sep. 24, 1859; m. Harriet Hall or Hill; 
ch.: (a) George, b. Nov., 1829; d. May, 1841; (b) Cynthia, b. Feb., 
1834; d. Sep. 27, 1855; (c) Harriet, b. Dec, 1838; d. May, 1841; (d) 
Addie H., b. Nov., 1841; d. Oct. 9, 1875; (e) Henry Edward, m. Helen, 
dau. John and Sarah (Segar) Hinkley; res. Williston; both dead; (f) 
Vanlora EflBe; (g) Susan Loalla; (h) Eunice S.; (i) Loren E., b. 
June 12, 1859; adopted by Marcus Holt (See). 

iv. Nancy, m. Feb. 15, 1856, Elliot Dickerman of Middlesex, 
and has Frank, Addie and Allen E. 

V. Sarah D. 

* vi. Jerusha, m. Henry Mason. 

vii. Cynthia; viii. Amanda, m. Mr. Moon. 

ix. Charles Eber; res. Lawrence, Mass. 

X. Adaline; xi. Chester; xii. George; xiii. Harriet. 


SETH MOXLEY, son of Joseph and Sophia (Waldo) Mox- 
ley, and grandson of Seth, b. Oct, 12, 1828, Tunbridge; d. Feb. 
17, 1900, Roy,; m, Sep. 4, 1849, Anna, dau. Bethabra and 
Philena (Luce) Cleveland, b. June 15, 1829, Mansfield; d. Nov. 
4, 1901, Roy. Mr. Moxley res. in Hyde Park a few years after 
marriage, then rem. to Roy. and lived for nine years with Cal- 
vin Davis. He bought the Bradford Cleveland farm in 1861, 
and the next year moved to the farm where he died. 

i. Sarah Anna, b. May 16, 1856; m. (1) Mar. 25, 1878, Byron 
D. Bickford; one ch., Fred, b. Dec. 12, 1878; m. (2) Apr. 19, 1882, 
James, son Joseph and Dolly (Hyde) Gould, b. 1826, Brookfield; d. 
Nov. 14, 1890, Roy.; m. (3) Feb. 8, 1892, Charles, son Samson and 
Chloe Ann (Preston), b. 1841; res. Sharon. 

ii. Frank Herbert, b. Mar. 1, 1858; m. Nov. 19, 1879, Polly 
Pern, dau. Nelson and Jane (Green) Hunt, b. Jan. 22, 1859, Randolph; 
ch.: (a) Minnie A., b. Feb. 14, 1881; m. June 20, 1900, F. B. Wallace, 
and has dau., Margaret K., b. July 18, 1906; (b) Bernice A., b. Nov. 
13, 1884; (c) Howard A., b. July 20, 1891; Frank H., a grocer in 
Franklin Falls, N. H. 

iii. Kate Amelia, b. Aug. 25, 1862; m. May 15, 1891, Leonard 
Morrill; one ch. 

iv. Fred George, b. Mar. 10, 1864; d. June 6, 1872, Roy. 

* V. Lena Luvan, b. Sep. 15, 1865, Roy.; m. Hiram E. Russ. 
vi. Marilo Lee, b. July 11, 1867, Roy.; m. Dec. 14, 1892, Mary 

M., dau. Thos. and Lucy (Rowell) Moxley, b. 1870, Tunbridge; two ch. 

vii. Lettie May, b. Mar. 2, 1869, Roy.; m. Sep. 4, 1890, George 
W., son Charles and Lucia (Robinson) Day, b. 1867, Strafford; one 

viii. Charles Seth, b. Dec. 1, 1870, Roy.; m. Mar. 26, 1900, 
Mabel, dau. Amos and Phebe (Jones) Farnham, b. 1877, Tunbridge; 
three ch. 

ix. Laura Winifred, b. May 18, 1872, Roy.; m. Apr. 24, 1902, 
Mark Burton Drew; two ch. 

* X. Susie Mercy, b. Nov. 22, 1874, Roy.; m. Ethan Allen Jones. 

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EDWARD PEREAR NEVENS, son of Asa, son of Rob- 
ert, Jr., son of Robert of Ireland, b. Dee. 21, 1807, Northampton, 
Mass. ; d. Apr. 27, 1870, Boston, Mass. ; m. Sep. 12, 1831, Roy., 
Julia P., dau. John Dix, b. Feb. 22, 1805, Reading, Mass.; d. 
Dec. 24, 1867, Maiden, Mass. Mr. Nevens was a wool merchant, 
and came to Roy. to open a wool depot about 1830. He had a 
store in Royalton village, and in 1838 he bought a place of John 
Francis. The next year he sold Forest Adams the old store, 
and it would seem that he built a store on the west side of the 
road, between that and the railroad, which he leased to Geo. 
W. Adams and N. M. Russ in 1857 for eight years. He went 
to Melrose, Mass., but was in Bethel in 1864, and the next year 
in Maiden. He failed in business in Roy., owing to his indors- 
ing notes for woolmen. He was P. M. in Roy. and much inter- 
ested in military affairs. He went to Boston to work for the 
firm of Whitten, Burdette & Young. He was one of the select- 
men in Melrose, Mass. He opened a store in S. Boston. 

i. Edward. 
* ii. Julia Ellen, b. Dec. 21, 1834, Roy.; m. Amos Young. 

iii. Martha Louisa, b. Aug. 7, 1846, Roy.; d. Feb. 16, 1905, 
Beachmont, (Revere), Mass.; m. Aug. 15, 1865, Maiden, Mass., George 
W., son Hiram and Rachel (Church) McClaughlin, b. Feb. 22, 1843, 
S. Boston, Mass.; d. Feb. 18, 1909, Beachmont; ch.: (a) twins, b. June, 
1866; (b) Blanche, b. Feb. 15, 1868; d. Apr. 12, 1887, Beachmont; m. 
Feb. 15, 1886, Leburton Kimball Blodgett of Somerville, Mass.; ch.: 
(i) child, b. and d. Nov. 5, 1886; (c) Amos Warren, b. 1873; d. at age 
of nine months; (d) Maud, b. Jan. 12, 1878; (e) ch. d. at birth; (f) 
Ruble, b. Dec. 5, 1881; (g) George Edward, b. Mar. 6, 1888, Beach- 
mont; d. in Sep. of same year; other ch. b. in Maiden. 

iv. Frank Herbert, b. 1850; d. Mar. 17, 1908. 


CAPT. NEHEMIAH NOBLE, son of James and Mrs. Ann 
(Leffingwell) Vibber Noble, and grandson of John, b. June 6, 
1756, New London, Conn.; d. Oct. 21 or 31, 1826, Bethel; m. 
Nov. 9, 1783, Roy., Sabra, dau. Dea. William and Thankful 
(Maseraft) Skinner, b. June 2 or 7, 1756, Woodstock, Conn.; 
d. Dec. 14, 1831, Bethel. Mr. Noble came to Royalton in 1783 
probably, as he bought a small farm on the river of Comfort 
Sever in February of 1784, which he kept until April, 1895, 
when he sold it to Nathan Stone. He was not listed after 1794, 
and must have gone to Bethel about that time. It has been said 
that his father and mother came to Roy. and died here, but it is 
probably a mistake, and they doubtless lived with him in Bethel, 
especially as they are said to have come to Vermont in 1799, 
when he was in Bethel. They are buried in Bethel, where Nehe- 
miah and his wife are buried. James, the son of Nehemiah, was 

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the first burial in the Lunt Cemetery. Capt. Noble was captain 
of a company that went from Bethel to Plattsburg in the War 
of 1812. He was a tanner, shoemaker, cordwainer, and farmer. 
He represented Bethel in the General Assembly six years. He 
was a Revolutionary soldier. 

i. William, b. May 16, 17S4, Roy.; d. Dec. 11, 1874, Chicago, 
111.; m. Apr. 25, 1819, Ann Bouton, b. Sep. 13, 1797, Charlotte; d. Dec. 
13, 1889, Chicago; had six ch.; one, Jane, m. Homer Nash Hibbard, b. 
E. Bethel, a grad. of the U. V. M.; lawyer in Hyde Park, 111.; William 
Noble grad. from the U. V. M. in 1810; read law with Hon. Bates 
Turner, Fairfield; admitted to the bar in 1812; rem. to Charlotteville 
and practiced until 1835; P. M. under Van Buren; represented the 
town in 1826-27; clerk of county and supreme court and court of 
chancery; in 1837 rem. to Burlington; P. M. there, but resigned in 
1849; rem. to Chicago in 1864. 

ii. Bethesda, b. July 26, 1785, Roy. 

iii. James, b. July 21, 1786, Roy.; d. Jan. 13, 1796, Bethel. 

iv. Calvin, b. Apr. 1, 1788, Roy.; d. Sep. 3, 1804, Bethel. 

V. Nehemiah, b. Sep. 6, 1789, Roy.; d. Sep. 6, 1804, Bethel. 

vi. John, b. Sep. 11, 1791, Roy.; d. Jan. 31, 1880; m. Jan. 5, 
1843, Amanda Sophia Shedd, b. Jan. 22, 1825, Bethel; d. Nov. 5, 1896; 
ch.: (a) Franklin Wyllis, b. Oct. 10, 1843, Roy.; d. Oct. 17. 1856, 

vii. Perez Bradford, b. Mar. 17, 1793, Roy.; d. 1890, West- 
field, N. Y. ; m. Nov. 19, 1829, Abigail Williams; nine ch.; one, Charles 
H., of Westfield, N. Y. 

viii. James, b. Oct. 18, 1795, Bethel; d. Apr. 27, 1842, in Galena, 
111.; unm.; engaged in trade with Indians and lead mining. 

ix. Sabra, b. Sep. 1, 1797, Bethel; d. Sep. 2, 1797. 

X. Alden Crafts, b. Mar. 9, 1800; d. Sep. 7 or 8, 1837, Cleve- 
land, O.; m. June 20, 1832, Sarah, dau. Jacob and Martha (Olcott) 
Smith, b. Feb. 12, 1805; d. Apr. 25, 1833; bur. N. Roy. Cem. See 
"Legal Profession." Ch.: (a) James Jacob, b. Apr. 22, 1833, Roy.; d. 
Mar. 14, 1885, Chicago; m. twice; one ch., Mary, b. 1868; grad. of 
U. v. M. in 1855; studied in Albany Law School; lawyer in Chicago; 
taught some years in Haven school there; res. Kenwood, where his 
widow res., 4,744 Kenwood Avenue. 

Nehemiah Noble is said to have gone out in a privateer in the 
time of the Revolution and to have received $1,500 as his share of 
the booty in Continental money. He paid $750 for a horse to come 
up into the newer country. 


ISAAC NORTHROP, son of Azor, b. June 21, 1814, Straf- 
ford; d. Dec. 7, 1889, S. Roy.; bur. Sharon; m. Oct. 29, 1841, 
Jerusha, dau. Moses George, b. Sep. 12, 1813, Walden; d. May 
6, 1906, Billerica, Mass, Mr. Northrop came to S. Roy. from 
Tunbridge in 1871, and bought a place on the new road to Broad 

i. Albert A., b. Sep. 27, 1842, Strafford; m. (1) Feb. 6, 1867, 
Wealthy A. Whitney of Tunb., who d. July 2, 1888; m. (2) Jan. 1, 
1890, Mrs. Jennie George of Barre; settled in Tunb. and rem. to Barre. 

ii. Luvia A., b. Sep. 30, 1843; m. Sep. 30, 1882, Groveuor A. 
Page of Lexington, Mass. 

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iii. Ella L., b. May 3, 1845; m. July 2, 1873, John Arlin of 
Lowell, Mass., who d. July 6, 1904. 

iv. Georgianna, b. Apr. 8, 1848; d. Apr. 22, 1852. 

V. Etta M., b. June 2, 1851. 

vi. Ellen J., b. Nov. 14, 1853; m. Nov. 28, 1879, Francis M. 
Paine of Lexington, Mass.; rem. to Garvanza, Cal. 

vii. Abbie E., b. Mar. 19, 1856; d. Apr. 17, 1891; m. June 15, 
1882, Allison J. Parker of Bellows Falls. 


ORA OSGOOD, b. 1805; d. Mar. 19, 1848; m. Sally, dau. 
Elisha and Patty (Wood) Flint, b. June 25, 1807 ; d. May 25, 
1895 ; both bur. S. Roy. Gem. 

i. Irene, m. Mr. Kidd; five ch.; res. N. Y. 

ii. Elisha, b. Sep., 1832, Brattleboro; d. Aug. 6, 1885, Roy.; 
m. Dec. 24, 1862, Nashua, N. H., Rebecca Glines, dau. Reuben and 
Susan (Dickinson) Hedlock of Monroe, N. H., b. Mar. 12, 1836. Mr. 
Osgood spent his last years on the H. K. Blake place in S. Roy. Ch.: 
(a) George E.. b. Jan. 25. 1864; d. Nov. 25, 1865; (b) Henry, b. Mar. 
10, 1868, Clinton, Mass.; m. May 31, 1895, Helen F., dau. Charles Car- 
roll and Eleanor (Livingston) Southgate, b. 1865, Roy.; rem. to New 
York; no ch. 

iii. Henry, m. and res. in Chicago; merchant; d. some years 
ago; two daughters. 

iv. Sarah, m. Charles Whitaker of Bethel; three ch., one, 
Hugh, in Bethel. 

V. Otis, m. Saraphina Hastings of Monroe, N. H.; one son, 
and one dau., who m. in Texas. 

vi. Persis L., b. Feb. 23, 1840; d. Nov. 23, 1861. 

vii. Jeannette, m. George Poor of Haverhill, Mass., who d.; 
one son, George Osgood, b. Aug. 7, 1867; d. June 23, 1907, S. Roy.; 
bur. S. Roy. Cem. 

viii. Charles; farmer in Bethel. 


LIEUT. BENJAMIN PACKARD, b. 1760; d. Sep. 19, 

1823, Roy.; m. (1) Mehitable , b. Mar. 9, 1768; d. June 

26, 1808, Roy.; m. (2) June 21, 1809, Abigail Bowman of Barn- 
ard, b. 1779; d. Jan. 31, 1858; she m. (2) Oct. 21, 1824, Am- 
brose Kibby of Randolph. Lieut. Packard rem. from Barnard 
to Roy. in 1797. He settled on Broad Brook, and owned the 
place where A. J. B. Robinson later lived. He had 106 acres 
in 2 L. A., and later bought over 100 acres in the same lot. His 
son Silas seems to have lived on the A. J. B. Robinson place. 
Mr. Packard sold small farms to Wright Clark and Isaac Park- 
hurst. On Aug. 1, 1808, he advertised two sons, Benjamin and 
Silas, who had run away, and offered one cent reward. He de- 
scribed Benjamin as tall, slim, and apt to stammer, Silas as bav- 
in black eyes, dark brown hair, and as being small of his age, 
then fifteen. Silas seems to have returned to the fold, and prob- 
ably Benjamin also, as he married three years later in Royalton. 
See ''Revolutionary Roll." 

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i. Benjamin, b. July 10, 1788; m. July 11, 1811, Eleanor, 
dau., prob., of Philip Royee, as Benjamin quitclaims to Philip's estate, 
but without his wife, who was then perhaps deceased, Aug. 1, 1829. 
Benjamin was then in New York. 

ii. Charles, b. June 31, 1790; d. Nov. 13, 1808, Roy. 

iii. Silas, b. Mar. 9, 1793; d. abt. 1831, Decatur, 111.; his 

estate then probated; m, Lydia . Dr. Denison charged Silas for 

two births: Sept. 8, 1817 and Mar. 14, 1822. Had tan yard on Broad 

iv. Lucinda, went to N. Y. 

V. Ira F., went to N. Y. 

vi. Lucy, b. June 15, 1805; d. Mar. 17, 1808, Roy. Decedents 
named bur. in Broad Brook Cem. 

ERASTUS PACKARD, m. Hannah . Mr. Pack- 
ard bought the Dana- West farm in 1842, and was then in Sharon. 
He sold to the Wests in 1866 and left town in 1869. In 1877 
he was in Flushing, Mich. Little has been ascertained regard- 
ing his family. 

i. Alonzo, b. 1839, Sharon; m. Sep. 7, 1865, Mary E., dau. 
Nicholas and Lovina Jacobs of Sharon, b. 1846; a ch., Edgar A., b. 
July 14, 1869; d. Oct. 4, 1869. 

ii. Almina, who m. Royal H. Hart, and had Lucelia, b. Oct. 
3, 1866, was probably his dau. 


NATHAN PAGE, b. 1762; d. Aug. 26, 1832, Roy.; m. 
Hannah Cobb, b. 1764 ; d. May 27, 1833, Roy. ; bur. Howe Cem. 
In 1787 Mr. Page bought E. 33 L. A. Two years later he se- 
cured 75 acres in M. 33 L. A. He was a substantial citizen of 
Royalton. He represented the town in the legislature in 1804- 
05. He was a Revolutionary soldier, and was pensioned June 
14, 1819, but suspended under the act of May 1, 1820. He 
served in the Mass. Continental. Ch. b. in Roy., except Betsey. 

i. Betsey, b. 1784; d. Feb. 22, 1797; bur. Howe Cem. 

ii. Alfred, b. Apr. 25, 1788; d. Mar. 26, 1862, Bethel; m. June 
8 or 13, 1808, Sarah, dau. Eliphaz and Sarah (Cushing) Bigelow, b. 
Jan. 23, 1791, Barnard; d. July 20, 1872, Concord, N. H.; both bur. 
Bethel. Dr. Page studied medicine with Dr. Jo Adam Denison in 
Bethel, and grad. from Yale; began practice in Barnard, then suc- 
ceeded Dr. Denison in Bethel, when Dr. Denison rem. to Royalton. 
In 1833 he built the brick house in Bethel village where he died. He 
attained high rank as a physician and surgeon. See Chap. XXVII. 
for militia officers. He had eleven ch., six of whom died in infancy. 
Ch.: (a) Caroline, b. Feb. 14, 1817, Bethel; d. May 8, 1884; m. Apr. 
29, 1849, Hon. Augustus P. Hunton, son Dr. Ariel and Polly (Pingry) 
Hunton, b. Feb. 23, 1816; lawyer in Bethel; represented Bethel in 
the legislature eight years, and served three times as senator from 
Windsor County; speaker of House of Representatives, 1860-61; dele- 
gate to Republican Nat. Convention which renominated Lincoln; d. 
June 20, 1911; ch.: (i) Mary, b. Apr. 25, 1851; m. Feb. 1, 1877, Wil- 
liam Brunswick Curry, son Rev. Moses P. and Jane F. (Curry) Stick- 
ney, and had William and Mary; (ii) Albert, b. June 20, 1853; d. July 
18, 1864; (b) Edwin, d. Sep. 19, 1827; (c) Jennette, d. Apr. 14, 1822; 
(d) Fannie, d. Aug. 24, 1824; (e) Hannah, d. Sep. 7, 1829; (f) infant, 
Oct. 3, 1834; (g) Alfred, b. Apr. 7, 1823, Bethel; d. Jan. 14, 1882, 

892 History of Royalton, Vermont 

Bethel; physician; practiced in Bethel; attended lectures in Castleton 
Med. Coll., and Med. Coll. of New York City; (h) Sarah, m. Minot 
Wheeler (See). 

iii. William, b. Sept. 9, 1789; m. Mar. 7, 1811, Sharon, Mary 

iv. Otis, b. Mar. 16, 1792. 

V. Nathan, b. Feb. 13, 1796; m. Dec. 21, 1820, Louisa Gould. 

vi. Betsey, b. Mar. 22, 1798; m. Dec. 21, 1820, Andrew Stevens. 

vii. Hannah, b. July 24, 1800. 

viii. Lucius, b. Oct. 7, 1802. 

ix. Jonathan E., b. May 8, 1806. 

PIERCE PAGE, b. 1769; d. Oct. 16, 1830; m. Anna ; 

bur. in Howe Cem. ; her headstone broken and sunk so the in- 
scription cannot be read. Mr. Page bought a part of W. 28 
and E. 32 L. A. in 1808. He was first listed in 1791. 

i. Phila, b. May 5, 1792, Roy.; d. Jan. 25, 1813. 

ii. Lorinda, b. Oct. 2, 1793. 

iii. Laura, b. 1794 (?); d. July 21, 1846; m. Feb. 20, 1817, Ira 
Freeman of Barnard. 

iv. Roswell, took freeman's oath in 1816; m. Nov. 24, 1824, 
Adeline Williams; he d. before Dec, 1860. 

v. David, took freeman's oath in 1817; m. June 15, 1823, 
Anna, dau. Levi Parker; ch.: (a) Martha, b. Aug. 2, 1828; d. Apr. 25, 
1831; (b) Franklin, b. Oct., 1834; d. Apr. 11, 1836. 

vi. Calvin, b. 1800 (?); d. Apr. 19, 1855, Roy., unm. 

vii. Riley, b. 1802; d. May 16, 1837. 

viii. Daniel, b. 1804; d. Aug. 22, 1806. 

ix. Elijah, d. before Dec, 1860. 

X. Mary, b. 1809; d. Apr. 19, 1855. 

xi. Elvira, b. Mar., 1817; d. Jan. 7, 1888, Tunbridge; m. Har- 
vey Lasell. 

Dr. Jo Adam Denison has charges for births of children of Pierce 
Page, according to the following dates: Jan. 8, 1814; Mar. 10, 1817; 
Apr. 4, 1824; July 16, 1826. 


JOHN PARK, m. Mary . In 1783 he bought E. 21 

L. A., which he sold in 1785, and in 1788 he bought 27 Dutch. 
This he sold to Andrew in 1802, and he in turn sold it to John, 
Jr., prob., in 1807. John paid no poll tax after 1798, and 
seems either to have died or left town about 1802. In 1809 
John gives a bond for support of his mother Mary, which would 
indicate that his father was dead. John, Jr., was first listed 
in 1796, and continued to be until 1812. He m. Dec. 15, 1799, 
Sally Crane of Bethel, and had three ch. bom in Roy. : John 
William, b. Oct. 11, 1800; Ebenezer, b. Feb. 13, 1802; Ruth, 
b. Oct. 21, 1804. Andrew seems to be a son, who was first listed 
in 1802, and last listed in 1806. Of the children of John, Jr., 
Ruth ra. Mr. Lyon. There were also Polly and Sarah, who m. 
Mr. Wood and had a son, E. A. Wood of Nicholville, N. Y., and 
other children. John William m. and had eleven ch., among 
them William, Mary, Constance, Ellen M., who m. A. N. Gree- 
ley, and had Elmer E., who d. young, and Gertrude Lelia, who 

History of Royalton, Vermont 893 

m. Rev. J. N. Perrin, Jr. (See). This family wrote their name 

DANIEL HARRINGTON PARK, son of Edward, the son 
of Thomas, son of Richard, supposed to be the son of Edward of 
London, b. 1766; d. Apr. 17, 1850, Roy.; m. (1) Sep. 23, 1795, 
Sharon, Hannah, dau. Joel and Sarah Marsh, b. Oct. 2, 1774, 
Sharon; d. Aug. 7, 1799, Roy.; m. (2) Dec. 16, 1800, Wealthy, 
dau. Samuel and Elizabeth Ladd, b. Mar. 14, 1778, Sharon; d. 
Aug. 2, 1853, Roy. ; she and Daniel H. bur. in Havens Cem. 
Mr. Park rem. from Sharon to Roy. in 1795, and settled on 6 
Dutch, where he lived and died, the farm now owned by Chas. 
M. Wiley. 

i. Joel Marsh, b. Dec. 29, 1796; d. Dec. 23, 1814, Roy. 

ii. Sarah Marsh, b. Apr. 11, 1799; d. Sep., 1841, S. Hadley, 

* iii. Hannah Marsh, b. Sep. 13, 1803; m. Rodolphus K. Dewey. 

iv. Eliza Ladd, b. July 29, 1807, Roy.; d. 1865, Tunb.; m. 
Mar. 5, 1829, Spencer, son of Stephen and Comfort (Wallis) Smith, b. 
Sep. 1, 1802, Tunb.; d. Aug., 1879; he m. (2) Huldah A. Root (See). 
Ch.: (a) Cornelia A., b. Jan. 26, 1830; d. May 29, 1860, Rand.; m. Jesse 
Carter of Rand., who d. the spring of 1893; ch.: (i) Algina, m. Geo. 
Rogers of Rand.; both dead; one ch., Cecil; (ii) Cornelia, b. May 29, 
1860, Rand.; m. Sep. 2, 1890, Henry H. Paige of Rand.; one ch., Ray- 
mond, b. May 28, 1891, S. Roy.; (iii) Jessie, twin of Cornelia, m. Henry 
Seymour of Rand.; three ch.; res.. Orange, Conn.; (b) Wallace Fer- 
nando, b. Apr. 6, 1831; d. Feb. 13, 1903; m. Harriet Drew of Tunb.; 
ch. : (i) Fred, m. and has two daughters; res. in Minn.; (ii) Eva, d. 
young; (iii) Carlton, res. Lake Superior, Wis.; (iv) Wealthy, m. and 
has ch.; res., Lake Superior; (c) Royal Cornelius, b. Oct. 31, 1832; 
d. June 12, 1910; m. Caroline, dau. Sabin Durkee of Tunb.; two ch.. 
Flora, teacher in Somerville, Mass., and Phil., who m. and has three 
ch., and res. in Montpelier; enlisted from Randolph, Dec. 31, 1863; 
prom. Corp. Feb. 7, 1865; dis. Dec. 1, 1865; (d) Helen A., b. Sep. 29, 
1834; m. S. C. Drew (See); (e) Marcia J., b. Apr. 29, 1836; d. Dec. 
21, 1863; m. Mason Griffith of Tunb.; no ch.; (f) Charles B., b. Apr. 
27, 1838; m. Martha Sanders; ch.: (1) Mary, m. and res. in Seattle; 
d. 1909; (ii) Clarence, in Tunb., unm.; (iii) Robert, grad. of Tufts 
College; unm.; (iv) Arthur, m. and has two ch.; (g) Mary E., b. Sep. 
10, 1839; m. Parkhurst Durkee; ch.: (i) Prank, professor in Tufts 
Coll.; has four ch.; (ii) Henry, m. and lives in Springfield, Mass.; 
(h) Henry H., b. June 18, 1841; d. Sep. 29, 1863; enlisted from Tunb. 
in the Civil War; taken sick on his return and died; (i) Stephen W., 
b. Sep. 25, 1843; d. Oct. 3, 1864; (j) George W., b. Oct. 23, 1845; d. 
Jan. 6, 1864; (k) Weltha A., b. Sep. 19, 1847; d. Aug., 1864; unm.; (1) 
Agnes A., b. Nov. 27, 1849; d. Dec. 28, 1849; (m) Clarence L., b. Mar. 
25, 1851; d. Nov. 3, 1863. 

V. Electa Ann, b. Oct. 5, 1810; m. Robert Bennerson of 
Quincy, 111., where she d.; four ch.: (a) Alice, m. Mr. Farwell; (b) 
Anna; (c) Cora, a lawyer in Cambridge, Mass.; unm.; (d) Lina, m. 
Dr. McMahan. 

vi. Susan Champney, b. Dec. 22, 1812-13; d. Apr. 11, 1841-42, 
S. Roy., unm. 

vii. Wealthy Jane, b. June 28, 1819; d. Aug. 24, 1906; m. (1) 
James Clark of Brighton, Mass.; m. (2) Sep. 10, 1861, Frank Johnson, 
b. Newburyport, Mass.; one ch., which d. in Cambridge, Mass. 

894 History of Royalton, Vermont 

viii. Charles Dana, b. Aug. 15, 1821; d. Sep. 18, 1847, Roy.; 
m. Mar. 7, 1844, Roy., Miranda Clark; lived and d. where his father 
did, where James Doyle later lived; one ch., Susan, died West, unm. 

Daniel Harrington Park was born in Brighton, Mass. His father 
changed his estate for two in Tolland and Mansfield, Conn., from which 
state Daniel came to Sharon. In 1842 he made an arrangement with 
his son, Charles, for support of himself and wife. 


LEVI PARKER, d. 1813, before March of that year; m. 
Mary Lyon (?) of Hubbardston, Mass. He came to Roy. in 
1798, and settled in 27 L. A. His place of burial is not known, 
but may have been in the Howard Cem., where some of Elisha's 
family and John are buried. His widow remained on the farm 
and raised her family of small children, four of whom were 
minors at the time of her husband's death. The older children, 
among them, Levi, probably did not remain in town. Levi was 
administrator with the widow Mary. 

i. Levi (?), who seems to have married Polly Nichols, and 
to have settled in Wilmington, Mass., and to be the father of Newman, 
but this cannot be positively stated. 

ii. Samuel, took freeman's oath in 1808; m. Loraine Aikens 
of Colton, N. Y. ; res., Potsdam, N. Y. He had Albert, who had a dau., 
Mrs. Anna Lemore of Potsdam, and Louis, who is dead. 

iii. Martha, m. Mar. 12, 1812, Shuball Crandall. 

iv. Mary, m. Horace Garfield; res., Potsdam; her ch., John, 
Milton and others, are all dead. 

V. Aaron, in N. Y. in 1822, in Ohio in 1837. 

vi. John, b. 1795; d. Apr. 7, 1825, Pierrepont, N. Y., unm.; bur. 
Howard Cem. 

vii. Elisha, b. Oct. 12, 1798, Roy., prob.; d. Apr. 23, 1871, Pierre- 
pont, N. Y.; bur. Potsdam; m. Oct. 2, 1830, Alvira, dau. Augustus and 
Polly Colburn, b. Oct. 2, 1809; d. Oct. 2, 1870, Pierrepont; bur. Potsdam. 
Elisha belonged to the state militia. He gave up farming and became 
a shoemaker; rem. to Rochester in 1852, to N. Tunbridge in 1859, to 
Pierrepont, N. Y., in 1865. Ch.: (a) Mary, b. May 7, 1831, Roy.; d. 1869, 
Lake City, Minn.; bur. Potsdam; m. 1859, John, son Horace and Mary 
(Parker) Garfield of Potsdam, and had Florence, who m. Geo. M. Rus- 
sell of Potsdam and d. 1901, leaving two ch.; (b) Levi, b. Oct. 18, 1835, 
Roy.; d. Feb. 9, 1836; (c) Charles, b. Nov. 27, 1837; d. Mar. 30, 1843; 
(d) Eleanor, b. Jan. 17, 1842; m. George Hackett (See); (e) Eliza- 
beth, b. July 2, 1850, S. Roy.; m. Nov. 26, 1869, Potsdam, Nelson, son 
Wm. and Rosamond (Holden) Parmeter; settled in Pierrepont, N. Y. ; 

(f) Henry, b. Apr. 3, 1854, Rochester; d. Apr. 8, 1874, Tunbridge; m. 
1871, Lillie Algiers, Pierrepont, and had Orin Elisha, who d. N. Tunb.; 

(g) Laura E. Howe, an adopted dau., b. July 2, 1831, had son. Royal, 
b. Sep. 6, 1871; d. at age of two weeks; Nelson, b. Aug. 2, 1846, Pots- 
dam; d. Jan. 29, 1910, Pierrepont. 

* viii. Anna, m. David Page, 
ix. Miriam, m. Harvey Edgerton; d. Potsdam; no ch. 
X. Isaac, took freeman's oath in 1828; res., Downer's Grove, 

NEWMAN PARKER, son of Levi and Polly Nichols, b. 
Jan. 21, 1818, Wilmington, Mass.; d. Oct. 8, 1883, Roy.; m. 
Alice, dau. George and Alice (Nichols) Sloan, b. Mar. 21, 1822, 

History op Royalton, Vermont 895 

Wilmington, Mass.; d. June 23, 1885, Roy.; both bur. N. Roy. 
Cem. Mr. Parker rem. to Royalton in 1850. He had been a 
shoemaker, but soon after coming to Royalton he started in the 
mercantile business. He bought the property that had been 
Hatsel Brewer's. In 1873 he purchased the Collamer place of 
James Culver. 

i. Charles Newman, b. May 12, 1842, Wilmington, Mass.; d. 
Aug. 21, 1887, Roy.; m. Laura Freeman, dau. John and Philena (Free- 
man) Williams, b. Aug. 3, 1842; d. Sep. 15, 1907, Maiden, Mass.; ch.: 
(a) Alice Eugenia, b. Sep. 13, 1865, Roy. Mr. Parker was educated in 
Royalton Academy. He worked four years on the railroad and at the 
age of twenty-four went into business with his father. After his 
father's death he conducted the business alone. He was postmaster 
at Roy. village seven years. After his death his daughter, Alice E., 
was postmistress for nearly eleven years. She and her mother rem. 
to Maiden, Mass., in 1900. 

ii. Alice N., b. May 17, 1846; d. Jan. 26, 1852, Roy. 


1. BENJAMIN PARKHURST, son of Joseph and Mary 
Parkhurst, b. Dec. 10, 1745, Plainfield, Conn. ; d. Dec. 15, 1842, 
Roy. ; m. Oct. 12, 1773, Sarah Shepard, b. 1765 ; d. Sep. 4, 1834, 
Roy. ; both bur. N. Roy. Cem. His father was one of the earliest 
settlers of Sharon, but is buried near Benjamin, and perhaps 
he and his wife died with their son in Roy. He was born, 1718, 
and d. Nov. 4, 1815; his wife d. Dec. 12, 1809, aged ninety-five. 
Benjamin was called the cousin of Tilly Parkhurst, but was 
not his own cousin probably, as Tilly's father was Joseph. 
Benjamin's wife was said to have been the third white woman 
in Royalton. While he was living with his father in Sharon, 
he piloted some women four miles through the woods, to the 
birth of the first native of that town. Their lantern was a 
warming pan of coals, and an apron full of birch bark. He 
sheared the first flock of sheep in Sharon with a pair of common 
shears. He gave his time and labor freely in aiding in cutting 
a road from W. Bethel to Hartford and from E. Bethel to 
Norwich. Salt was a luxury in those days. At one time Mr. 
Parkhurst carried eleven bushels of wheat to Lebanon, N. H., 
and exchanged for one bushel of salt, and a little after it was 
safely lodged in the house, the building caught fire, and his wife 
threw the salt on it to extinguish it. He taught the first school 
in the vicinity of his residence in part of his own house, and 
four of his pupils attended his funeral. He sold the first goods 
in Royalton, trading on commission for Judge Paine of Wil- 
liamstown. In his obituary it is stated that he killed moose, 
bears, wolves, and beaver, and caught salmon weighing from 
eight to thirty pounds. His brother was a physician, perhaps 
Dr. Phineas of Sharon, and he learned so much of the healing 
art as to bleed and extract teeth. It is related that at a raising 

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one man was injured and rendered insensible, and lie bled him 
with the corner of an ax which had been broken out, and the 
man revived. He was active to the time of his death, and cut 
his own wood the day before. He lived and died on one of his 
original lots, at N. Royalton. His first log house was just west 
of the railroad crossing. 

* i. Rachel, b. Mar. 20, 1775; the first white girl born in Roy.; 
m. Benjamin Day. 

ii. Anna, b. July 21, 1778; prob. the Anna who m. May 7, 
1797, How Wheeler. 

2. iii. Phineas, b. Nov. 16, 1780-81. 

iv. Simon, b. May 17, 1783; d. Jan. 11, 1868; m. Jan. 9, 1840, 
Eunice Whitcomb of Stockbridge, wid. of Branch Whitcomb, b. 1792; 
d. Nov. 1, 1850. 

*v. Betsey, b. Jan. 9, 1786; m. Jan. 1, 1805, Abel Stevens, Jr. 
vi. Polly, b. Feb. 19, 1788; m. Dec. 1, 1808, Otis Wilson, 
vii. Stephen, b. Nov. 20, 1789; listed in 1812 only. 
*viii. Sarah, b. Feb. 9, 1792; m. William Smith. 

* ix. Eunice, b. Nov. 27, 1795; m. Gen. Lovell Hibbard. 

3. X. Coit, b. Feb. 28, 1798. 

xi. Levi, b. 1800; d. Oct. 2, 1875, N. Troy; m. Lakin, dau. 
Willard Leland, b. Feb. 4, 1801, Baltimore; d. Mar., 1890, N. Troy; 
ch.: (a) Caroline Shepard, b. Aug. 31, 1829, N. Troy; d. July 8, 1905, 
Bakersfield; m. Jackson Tupper, and had five ch.: Fred S., lawyer in 
E. Fairfield; Leland E., minister at Craftsbury; Eugene, farmer and 
speculator, E. Fairfield; Thomas, farmer, Fairfield; (b) Simon, b. Apr., 
1833; d. Dec. 29, 1853, Cal.; (c) Henry Byron, b. Jan. 10, 1837; m. 
Mar. 14, 1867, Mary E. Norris; ch.: (i) Simon J., b. Oct., 1870; d. 
Aug., 1871, San Mateo, Cal.; (ii) Henry B., b. Nov. 3, 1872; m. June 
27, 1900, Lula N. Sanborn; one ch., Mary E., b. Dec. 11, 1906, N. Troy; 
(iii) Elva L, b. Nov. 21, 1874; m. Aug. 16, 1905, Frederick W. Elkins, 
Deputy Collector of Customs, Quebec; (iv) Clara J., b. July 28, 1881; 
m. Carroll B. Slayton of Montpelier; two ch., Carroll Leland and 
Evelyn L; Henry Byron served in Co. D, 6th Vt. Vols., three years; 
(d) Charles, d. when a few months old; (e) Charles, b. 1844; d. Jan. 
16, 1877, Colorado Springs, a physician; m. Clara Kellam; two sons, 
John and C. Percy, both b. in Irasburg; living in the West. 

2. PHINEAS PARKHURST, son of Benjamin, b. Nov. 
16, 1780; d. Sep. 26, 1839; m. Mar. 7, 1811, Esther, dau. Wil- 
liam and Esther Wight of Tunbridge, b. Mar. 17, 1790 ; d. Mar. 

16, 1873-74; bur. E. Bethel; he is bur. N. Roy. Cem. His home 
was near this cemetery. 

i. William W., b. Dec. 2, 1812; m. Elizabeth Merrifield; three 
ch.; he and wife both dead; settled in New Salem, Mass. 

ii. George, b. Apr. 30, 1817, Tunbridge; d. in Union Plain, O.; 
m. Wilhelmina Hughs; no ch. 

iii. Sarah, b. Apr. 9, 1819, Compton, Can., where she d. young. 

iv. Jeremiah S.. b. Oct. 24, 1823, Roy.; d. Mar. 29, 1899, S. 
Roy.; m. Roxana, dau. Ephraim and Lucena (Bugbee) Terry, b. Apr. 
1, 1823, E. Bethel; both bur. E. Bethel; three daughters. 

V. Esther McKnight, b. Aug. 7, 1827; d. Oct. 21, 1905; m. 
Jan. 26, 1848, Horace, son Martin and Polly (Hatch) Goss, b. Feb. 16, 
1822; d. Feb. 11, 1878; ch.: (a) Horace Martin, b. Jan., 1849, E. 
Bethel; d. Aug. 16, 1854, E. Bethel; (b) Lucy Olivia, b. Dec, 1852; d. 
Aug. 8, 1854, E. Bethel; (c) George Martin, b. Apr. 3, 1857; m. Oct. 

17, 1888, Mary Guernsey of Montpelier; (d) Carrie Louise, b. June 26, 

Mrs. Sarah (Websten Metcalf. John Hammond Metcalf. 

Mrs. Folly (Gifford) Kimball- ,,C^P^ ?'^^'^f5,^^'f hoL„o 

Paul Clark Mrs. Betsey (Flint) Havens. 

John Gillette, 1745-1829; Wife, Jemima (Smalley) Gillette, and Daughter, 
Jemima Gillette. 

Mrs. Mary A. (Bingham) Parkhurst, 


Ebenezer Dewey, 


Kichard Thomas, 

Colt Parkhurst, 


Jireh Tucker, 

Capt. Harry Bingham, 


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1862; m. Chester M. Bard; res., LaGrange, 111. Horace Goss rem. to 
Royalton in 1865, and to Barre in 1875. 

* vi. Harriet Adeline, b. July 24, 1830, Roy.; m. Danforth Day. 
3. COIT PARKHURST, son of Benjamin, b. Feb. 28, 
1798, Roy.; d. July 5, 1883, Hinckley, 111.; m. Oct. 30, 1822, 
]\Iary Ann, dau. William and Olive (Havens) Bingham, b. Sep. 
10, 1804, Roy.; d. Mar. 25, 1890, Hinckley. When first married 
]\Ir. Parkhurst lived in about the same place where Simon after- 
wards lived, then moved into the house where Mr. Fox had 
dwelt, then into the house where Mr. Gifford later lived, 
and finally rem. to Royalton village. After residing there a 
few years they went to Hinckley, 111., to live with their daugh- 
ter, Mrs. Prince. In 1839 Mr. Parkhurst assumed the care of 
his father. Mrs. Parkhurst was a famous weaver of rag car- 
pets, and had about 5,000 yards to her credit before her hands 
ceased their labor. She was never tired of repeating the story 
of the Indian raid, as she heard it from the lips of her grand- 
parents. The writer had the privilege in 1882 of taking her 
over the ground from the mouth of the First Branch to South 
Timbridge, and putting on paper the location of places and the 
story as she recalled it. 

i. Olive Havens, b. May 10, 1824; d. Aug. 19, 1840, Roy. 

ii. Helen Mar, b. Mar. 2, 1826; d. July 8, 1854, unm. 

iii. Benjamin Franklin, b. June 28, 1829; m. (1) 1851, Frances 
J., dau. George W. and Philena Graves of E. Randolph, who d. Nov. 8, 
1893, Worcester, Mass.; m. (2) Mar. 5, 1901, Harriet E. Maynard of 
Worcester, Mass.; one ch., Helen Marcella, b. Feb. 23, 1860; m. Dec. 
19, 1900, Sylvester Dwight Judd, who d. Oct. 22, 1905, Baltimore, Md.; 
res.. Maiden, Mass.; res. of Benj. F., Tengerine, Fla. 

iv. Sarah Agnes, b. July 14, 1837; d. Aug. 9, 1870. 

v. William Frederick, b. Sep. 25, 1839; d. June 10, 1840. 

vi. Frederick Groce, b. Sep. 16, 1849; d. June 18, 1909, Hinck- 
ley, 111.; m. Sep. 20, 1871, Ai F., son Freeman J. and Sarah A. Prince; 
no ch.; an adopted ch., Fannie Elsie, b. July 18, 1882; m. Oct. 12, 1905, 
Dick H. Doede, and has Wendall Ai, b. Aug. 23, 1906; res., Hinckley, 
111. Mrs. Prince rem. to Hinckley in 1876. She was highly esteemed 
in her western home for her wholesome and helpful life. 

JOSEPH [4] PARKHURST (Joseph [3], Joseph [2], 
George [1]), b. Aug. 5, 1695, Plainfield, Conn.; d. June 16, 
1779, Rov (?); m. (1) Jan. 1, 1730, Sarah Lawrence; m. (2) 
Aug., 1740, Judith Johnson, b. 1713; d. Jan. 13, 1797; funeral 
attended at the meeting-house Jan. 18, the text, Rev. 14:13. It 
is probable that Joseph rem. with his sons Joseph and Calvin 
and others to Royalton ; his death is on the town records. There 
may have been no cemetery at that time, and he was doubtless 
buried near his home, if he died in Roy. Mr. Perrin speaks of 
Judith as the mother of Joseph, and it is likely that she lived 

with him. 

2. i. Tilly [5], b. Oct. 10, 1732, Plainfield, Conn, 

ii. Jabez [5], b. Nov. 2, 1734. 

iii. Susannah [5], b. Aug. 28, 1736; d. Aug. 3, 1738. 


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iv. Sarah [5], b. Oct. 3, 1742; d. 1744. 
V. Susannah [5], d. 1745. 

3. vi. Ebenezer [5], b. May 8, 1746. 

* vii. Hannah [5], b. Mar. 14, 1748; m. John Hutchinson. 

4. viii. Joseph [5], b. Mar. 1, 1750. 

5. ix. Calvin [5], b. June 12, 1753. 

2. TILLY [5] PARKHURST (Joseph [4], Joseph [3], 
etc.), b. Oct. 10, 1732 or 1729, Plainfield, Conn.; d. July 11, 
1802, Roy.; bur. S. Roy. Cem. ; m. Mrs. Sarah (Shepard) Ste- 
vens, wid. of Elias Stevens, b. 1730, Conn.; d. Oct. 12, 1816, 
Roy. See "Earliest Settlers." Mr. Parkhurst was in Plain- 
field, Conn., on July 2, 1774, and is said to have come to Roy. 
the next year. He was one of the eight Parkhursts who were 
original grantees of the town. He paid no poll tax after 1791. 
His tombstone states that he was in his 73d year when he died, 
which may be a mistake. 

i. Phineas [6], b. Jan. 6, 1760, Plainfield, Conn.; d. Lebanon, 
N. H., 1844; m. Mar. 11, 1784, Roy., Lucy, dau. Nathaniel, Jr., and 
Priscilla (Shepard) Pierce, b. 1763; d. Nov. 29, 1841; both bur. Leba- 
non, N. H. They were own cousins, their mothers being sisters. The 
service which Dr. Phineas rendered at the time of the Indian raid 
has been told in the "Burning of Royalton." He studied medicine 
with Dr. Hall of Lebanon in a room 12 feet square and 6 ft. 4 in. 
high. He never returned to Royalton to live for any length of time. 
He found ample time to attend to the raising of mules and land 
speculation, and the running of mills, and assisted into this world 
3,000 children, it is said, without the loss of a mother. He built the 
first grist mill in Lebanon, and was the first president of the first 
bank there. He grew rich, and he knew how to use his wealth, for 
he had come through the school of poverty. His wife's dowry, a cow 
and a pig, was sold to pay his debts, and her silk dress was cut up 
to make him shirts. He was keen at repartee. Going by one of his 
farms one day and seeing his man, as he thought, in the corn field, 
he called, "Mr. Snow!" No reply. Louder yet, "Mr. Snow!" Still no 
response. "Mr. Snow!" to the limit of his lungs. Mr. Snow was deaf, 
and he rode on. Seeing Mr. Snow a few days later he lectured him 
for not answering him. When he was through, Mr. Snow asked when 
it happened, and on being told, said: "Well, Doctor, I was up to 
neighbor Rice's shearing sheep all that day, but my old hat and coat 
was fixed up in the cornfield to scare the crows." "Well, well, by 
Judas, it looked just like you, only a good deal better." Dr. Parkhurst 
left an impress on the town of Lebanon which will always remain. On 
his tombstone are the words, "The skillful Physician, the upright 
Man." Ch.: (a) Phineas [7], b. Mar. 2, 1785; d. May 31, 1819; m. 
Persis Kendall, and had Paul Kendall [8], b. Hartford; went with his 
parents when a year old to Templeton, Mass.; m. Almina J. Patridge, 
dau. Otis and Unity; five ch.: Phineas [9], the eldest, b. Nov. 7, 
1837, Templeton, d. Nov. 7, 1877, while visiting his mother in Temple- 
ton; enlisted as a musician in 3rd Regt., N. H. Vols., and re-enlisted 
Aug. 7, 1861, as musician of Second Brig, band of Tenth Army Corps; 
m. Jan. 5, 1869, Alice G. Quam, b. Apr. 23, 1846, in Halifax, and had 
Harriet I. [10], b. Mar., 1870, Concord, N. H., and James P. [10], 
b. 1872, now engaged in manufacture of silverware in Keene, N. H.; 
Harriet L is employed in the State House at Concord, N. H.; (b) Lucy 
Ann [7], b. May 15, 1790; d. May 11, 1826; m. Jason Allen of Leba- 
non, N. H., the father of H. P. Allen of Royalton; (c) Susan [7], b. 

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1795; d. Aug. 18, 1820; m. John Wright of Norwich; (d) Nancy [7], 
h. 1799; d. Mar. 25, 1830; m. Sep. 19, 1821, Asa Francis; (e) Horace 
[7], b. 1801; d. Jan. 31, 1817; (f) Sarah [7], b. 1806; d. Sep. 13, 1828; 
(g) Harriet [7], m. Rev. George G. Ingersoll of Keene, N. H.; the only- 
one to live to middle age. Dr. Parkhurst attributed the early death 
of six of his eh. of consumption to the fact that he and his wife were 

* ii. Molly [6], b. Mar. 15, 1764, Plainfield, Conn.; m. Isaac 

iii. Jabez [6], b. 1766, Plainfield; d. before Aug. 20, 1821, when 
Lucy administered his estate; m. July 8, 1787, Lucy, dau. Daniel and 
Lois (Dana) Waldo, b. Feb. 20, 1767, Pomfret, Conn.; prob. left Roy. 
to live with one of her children; ch.: (a) Lois [7], b. Apr. 11, 1788, 
Roy. prob.; d. Feb. 24, 1824, Lebanon, N. H.; m. June, 1811, Samuel 
Selden, b. 1781, W. Hartford, Conn.; d. Sep. 16, 1868; grad. of Dart- 
mouth, 1805; lived in Roy. for a time on the Tilly Parkhurst farm; 
town representative, 1834; went West and became a noted judge in 
S. Jackson, Mich., where he died; ch.: (i) Louisa [8], b. Nov. 2, 1812; 
(ii) Jacob Smith [8], b. Aug. 20, 1814; d. Mar. 17, 1815; (iii) Charles 
Smith [8], b. Mar. 3, 1816; (iv) Sarah [8], d. young, prob.; (b) Betsey 
[7], b. Apr. 14, 1790, Roy. prob.; m. Calvin Bowman (See); (c) Jabez 
[7], b. Aug. 17, 1792; (d) Calvin [7], b. Aug. 4, 1794; (e) Gratia [7], 
b. Nov. 2, 1796; m. Dr. Richard Bloss (See); (f) Godfrey Waldo [7], 
b. Aug. 1, 1799; (g) Frances Adeline [7], b. Jan. 28, 1802; (h) Philo 
[7], b. Aug. 23, 1804; in Troy, N. Y., 1829. 

6. iv. Ebenezer [6], b. 1768, Plainfield, Conn. 
3. CAPT. EBENEZER [5] PARKHURST (Joseph [4], 
Joseph [3], etc.), b. May or July 8, 1846, Plainfield, Conn.; d. 
Jan. 12, 1831, Sharon; m. 1769, Mary, dau. Reuben and Mary 
(Pierce) Spalding, b. June 18, 1748, Tyringham, Mass.; d. Mar. 
26, 1837, Sharon; both bur. Sharon Broad Brook Cem. Capt. 
Parkhurst lived in the edge of Sharon, but had close business 
relations with Royalton. He was one of the original grantees, 
and a man of influence. He represented Sharon in the General 
Assembly in 1780, 1793, and 1796. He was attending the ses- 
sion of the legislature at the time of the raid. His wife was a 
sister of Dea. Reuben Spalding of Sharon. 

i. Judith [6], b. Aug. 15, 1770; d. Aug., 1811; m. John Bur- 

ii. Lucy [6], b. Jan. 25, 1772, Sharon; d. Sep. 3, 1861; m. 
Mar. 15, 1796, Sharon, Jared, son Dr. Phineas and Lydia Parkhurst, 
b. June 22, 1769, Plainfield, Conn.; d. Mar. 29, 1864, Sharon; both bur. 
Sharon Broad Brook Cem.; res., Sharon; ch. born in Sharon: (a) 
Jared, b. Aug. 19, 1797; (b) Hannah, b. Jan. 8, 1799; (c) Simon, b. 
Feb. 2, 1801; (d) John, b. Jan. 4, 1803; (e) Eunice, b. Dec. 18, 1804; 
(f) Roswell, b. Dec. 7, 1806; (g) Dan, b. Feb. 11, 1810; (h) Ruth, b. 
Apr. 7, 1814. 

iii. Roswell [6], b. Dec. 10, 1773, Sharon; d. Mar. 14, 1859, 
Potsdam, N. Y.; m. Dec. 14, 1798, Polly, dau. Squire and Sara (Pierce) 
Shepard, b. 1778; d. 1836, Potsdam; ch.: (a) Porter [7], b. Mar. 9, 
1804, Sharon; d. Oct. 17, 1855, Potsdam; m. Nov. 23, 1831, Amarilla 
Brown; ch.: (i) Harry [8], b. Sep. 26, 1832; d. Sep. 22, 1908; m. Jan. 
14, 1863, Cornelia M. Shepard, and had Arthur H. [9], b. Dec. 22, 1863; 
m. Mar. 10, 1891, Nora Crandall, who d. Jan. 24, 1908; Fannie Elsie 
[9], b. June 1, 1865; d. Dec. 20, 1887; Mary Louise [9], b. Dec. 25, 
1867; m. Apr. 4, 1898, Herbert Pierce; Walter Savage [9], b. Dec. 31, 

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1869; m. June 1, 1904, Alice I. Chaplin; (ii) Helen [8], b. May 31, 
1834; d. May 5, 1888, unm.; (iii) George W. [8], b. Oct. 20, 1835; d. 
Mar. 6, 1906; m. Nov. 6, 1865, Cynthia Weston; d. June 12, 1889; eh.: 
Charles Weston, d. Feb. 20, 1887; Grace Ethelyn; Jessie Estelle; Esther 
Maude, d. Dec. 15, 1875; Anne Madge; Robert Harvey, m. and has 
Robert Harvey, b. Nov. 27, 1907; res. Mt. Vernon, N. Y.; the daughters 
res. New York City. George W. res. in Potsdam, N. Y., where his 
ch. were born, and where he manufactured mouldings, frames, etc.; 
rem. to New York City in 1880, where he was with a parquet flooring 
concern; (iv) Chester D. [8], b. Feb. 5, 1839; d. Aug. 3, 1876; m. Apr. 
19, 1870, Myra Maloma; he and wife and ch. were all drowned in 
Racket river on a camping trip in the Adirondacks; (v) Phoebe [8], 
b Mar. 18, 1844; m. Dec. 25, 1866, Darwin Foster; res., Potsdam, N. Y.; 
he d. Jan. 3, 1893; one dau. is a teacher of elocution in Blmira Coll. 
for women, and another has a similar position in New Mexico Normal, 
Silver City, N. M.; (b) Joseph, b. Apr. 4, 1801, Sharon; d. Mar. 9, 
1860; m. Feb. 11, 1825, Julia Bronson, who d. Sep. 29, 1877, Red Wing, 
Minn., aged 80 yrs. 3 mos.; ch.: (i) Mary Ann, b. Nov. 24, 1825, Am- 
sterdam, N. Y.; res. Minneapolis, Minn.; (ii) Elizabeth, b. June 6, 
1827; d. Nov. 20, 1904, Red Wing; (iii) Laura, b. Dec. 3, 1829; d. Apr. 
24, 1892; (iv) Delia, b. Dec. 21, 1831; res., Dumont, la.; (v) Julia, b. 
Mar. 17, 1834; d. Jan. 25, 1908, Hamilton, Mont.; (vi) James Bronson, 
b. Aug. 19, 1836; res. Omaha; (vii) Roswell, b. Mar. 9, 1839, Potsdam, 
N. Y.; res. Hamilton, Mont.; (c) Ruth, b. Oct. 1, 1808, Potsdam, never 

iv. Patty [6], b. Nov. 8, 1775. 

V. Abel [6], b. Oct. 11, 1777; m. Axa Morgan. 

vi. Ebenezer [6], b. Aug. 4, 1779; settled in Potsdam, Mar. 
21, 1804. 

vii. Polly [6], b. Jan. 8, 1781; d. Mar. 26, 1831; m. Horace 

viii. Ruth [6], b. Feb. 13, 1783; d. unm., and bur. Fort Coving- 
ton, N. Y. 

ix. Jabez [6], b. Oct. 24, 1785; d. 1866; m. (1) Jan. 27, 1821, 
Fidelia Mann; m. (2) Sep. 11, 1860, Sarah Alexander. 

X. Heman [6], b. Aug. 11, 1787; m. Mar. 3, 1813, Laura Vail; 
m. (2) Mrs. Reliff Borman. 

xi. Reuben [6], b. June 15, 1789; settled in Potsdam, July 
10, 1810. 

xii. Jerusha [6], b. May 25. 1791; d. Nov. 24, 1881. 
Roswell was one of the boys rescued by Mrs. Handy. He settled 
in Potsdam, about a mile from the village upon a brook which bears 
the Parkhurst name. He and his wife are buried in Garfield Cem. 
there. Capt. Parkhurst was a constable for several years. The mother 
of his wife was a midwife in Sharon, and rode far and near in the 
practice of her profession. Dr. Phineas Parkhurst said that a monu- 
ment one hundred feet high ought to be erected to her memory. She 
attended about 3,000 births and seldom lost a case. Her largest fee 
was one dollar. 

Capt. Parkhurst served as Lieut, in Capt. Bush's Co., Col. Joseph 
Marsh's Regt., 1777; aided in building Fort Fortitude in 1780; was 
Capt. of a Sharon militia company in 1781. 

4. CAPT. JOSEPH [5] PARKHURST (Joseph [4], Jo- 
seph [3], etc.), b. 1750, Plainfield, Conn.; d. Sep. 4, 1830, Roy.; 
m. (1) Meriam Burroughs, b. 1763; d. July 23, 1808; m. (2) 
Mrs. Susan Minor, mother of Susan and Sarah, who m. Joseph 
Parkhurst, Jr.; b. 1765; d. Jan. 8, 1813; m. (3) Feb. 22, 1818, 

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Polly, dau. Benjamin and Sarah (Park) Morgan, b. Oct. 26, 
1774 ; d. Mar. 8, 1865, Barnard ; bur. Sharon Broad Brook Cem. ; 
she m. (2) Dea. Reuben Spalding, June 21, 1831. Capt. Joseph 
and his first two wives are bur. in S. Roy. Cem. See "Revolu- 
tionary Roll" and "Earliest Settlers." 

*i. Sukey [6], b. Sep. 26, 1783; m. William Woodworth. 

ii. Fanny [6], b. Jan. 7, 1784; m. Jan. 1, 1811, James Brown 
of Hanover. 

*iii. Dolly [6], b. Aug. 26, 1785; m. Simon Bingham. 

iv. Joseph [6], b. Jan. 8, 1789; d. in York, Pa.; m. (1) Jan. 27, 
1814, Susan Minor, b. 1792; d. May 4, 1836; m. (2) Jan. 27, 1837, 
Sarah, sister of first wife. He lived on the home farm. He was 
elected deacon of the Cong'l Church in 1833. He rem. from town in 
1840. He owned the farm that Lyman Benson afterwards secured, 
and which forms a part of S. Royalton. There is some uncertainty 
regarding his children. Ch.: (a) Horace [7], b. Nov. 9, 1814; m. 
Emily, dau. Philip Farnham of Tunbridge, and had one son, Edwin; 
in trade in the 1850's with Mr. Hutchins, who m. the sister of Mrs. 
Parkhurst; went to Milledgeville, HI.; (b) Harriet [7], b. Mar. 2, 1817; 
(c) Calvin Edwin [7], b. June 2, 1819; rem. to Pa.; (d) Jabez H. [7], 
b. Aug. 31, 1821; d. Apr. 20, 1840; (e) Maria [7], m. Mr. Eusenbents 
and res. in N. Y. ; she taught in Dist. One; a dau., Isabelle S., res. in 
Syracuse, N. Y. ; (f) Miriam [7], m. Joseph Root of York, Pa., and died 
before June, 1860. 

V. Lucy [6], b. Oct. 6, 1791; m. Stephen Carpenter of Sharon. 

vi. Calvin [6], b. Feb. 15, 1794; d. in Clinton, Mich., unm. 

vii. Hannah [6], b. Feb. 13, 1796. 
*viii. Elvira [6], b. Mar. 31, 1798; m. Oramel Sawyer. 

ix. Aurora [6], b. Apr. 23, 1800; m. Nathan Roberts. 

X. Marcia [6], b. Feb. 8, 1803; m. William Porter of Syra- 
cuse, N. Y. 

xi. Miriam [6], b. June 17, 1808; d. young. 
5. MA J. CALVIN [5] PARKHURST (Joseph [4], Jo- 
seph [3], etc.), b. June 12, 1753, Plainfield, Conn.; d. before 
Dec. 9, 1791, when his estate was in probate; m. Nov. 9, 1780, 
Permela Robinson, b. 1759 ; d. July 31, 1843 ; bur. Norwich ; she 
m. (2) Walter Waldo, prob. son of Daniel and Lois (Dana) 
Waldo, and brother of Mrs. Jabez Parkhurst. They were m. 
Aug. 9, 1792 (See). Lieut. Parkhurst seems to have been pos- 
sessed of unusual capabilities. He must have been a good sol- 
dier to be given promotion, and he had a good grasp of civic 
affairs. He was selectman for six consecutive terms, and repre- 
sented the town in the Gen. Assembly in 1780, 1782, 1786, 1788- 
89. He is said to have died in Rutland of smallpox. A peti- 
tion of his was before the legislature in October, 1791. He served 
as lieutenant in his brother Joseph's Co. of militia; major before 

1787. See Chap. VIL 

i. Heman [6], b. Mar. 25, 1781; d. June 8, 1784. 

11. Cynthia [6], b. Feb. 27, 1785. 

iii. Permela [6], b. June 20, 1787; prob. d. young, as she is 
not mentioned in the settlement of the estate. 

iv. Betsey [6], twin of Cynthia. 

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6. CAPT. EBENEZER [6] PARKHURST, son of Tilly 
[5], b. 1768, Plainfield, Conn.; d. June, 1852; said to have d. 
at the home of Harry Gage, and is bur. in N. Roy. Cem. ; Mrs. 
Gage was the sister of his second wife; m. (1) June 13, 1791, 
Charlotte Stone of Bethel, b. 1770; d. Nov. 8, 1819; bur. N. 
Roy. Cem.; m. (2) July 15, 1822, Lebanon, N. H., Mrs. Susan 
(Allen) Alden. Capt. Parkhurst was a nephew of Capt. Eben- 
ezer of Sharon. His title of captain was obtained through the 
state militia. He is described by one who remembers his later 
life as rather below the average in height, round shouldered and 
stooping, of a nervous, impetuous temperament, but kind-hearted 
and honest. In 1838 he made an indenture with his son Wil- 
liam for support of himself and wife Susan, but this did not 
hold, and in 1845 he sold his farm to William and George Brad- 
street, later known as the Bradstreet farm. Here he and his 
wife lived in their old age, respected by all. 

*i. Charlotte [7], b. May 2, 1792; m. Phineas Pierce. 

ii. Zabad [7], b. Nov. 26, 1793; went to 111. at the age of 
nineteen, rafting on the Wabash river, and was soon drowned. 

iii. Cyrus [7], b. July 15, 1795; went to Natchez, Miss., and 
d. unm. 

iv. Caty [7], b. Aug. 25, 1797; prob. d. young. 

V. Elias [7], b. May 8, 1801; went South, and d. unm. 

vi. Martha [7], b. Mar. 16, 1803; d. 1869, St. Johnsbury; m. 
Jan. 18, 1830, Phineas A. Alden of Lebanon, N. H. 

vii. Catherine [7], b. 1809; d. July 3, 1837, Roy. 

viii. Mary M. [7], b. 1811; d. Sep. 24, 1834, Roy. 

ix. William [7], b. 1816; d. Jan. 13, 1885, Roy. 

X. Louisa [7], m. Pliny Earle Davis; d. of yellow fever in 
New Orleans. 

xi. Charles [7], m. and lived in New York City; one son, 
Richard, in insurance and real estate business, 238 W. 19th St., New 
York City; another son, Charles, d. young. 

xii. Maria [7], d. young, unm. 
ISAAC PARKHURST, son of Lemuel and Anna (Wheeler) 
Parkhurst, b. Nov. 23, 1786, Sharon; d. Feb. 13, 1869, Sharon; 
m. Sep. 19 or 20, 1812, Lucretia Foster, b. 1788 ; d. Feb. 5, 1874, 
Sharon; bur. Sharon Broad Brook Cem. Mr. Parkhurst lived 
in Royalton several years, at Havensville, and on Broad Brook, 
where Ira Curtiss now resides. 

i. Susan, b. Mar. 17, 1816, Roy.; d. Feb. 14, 1883, Sharon; 
m. Mar. 8, 1841, Isaac, son Isaac and Mehitable (Foster) Wilson, b. 
Feb. 24, 1818, Hartford; d. Sep. 7, 1877, Sharon; bur. Sharon Broad 
Brook Cem.; ch.: (a) Eliza, b. Feb. 28, 1846; d. Dec. 7, 1867, Sharon; 
m. Aug. 7, 1864, George Davis; no ch.; (b) Marietta, b. Feb. 24, 1849, 
Sharon; d. June 1, 1900, Chicago, 111.; one dau., Elsie, a teacher In 
Chicago; (c) Susan, b. Dec. 28, 1858, Sharon; m. Wright Allen (See). 
* ii. Mary, b. June 24, 1819, Roy.; m. Horatio Spalding. 

iii. Laura, b. Feb. 19, 1823, Roy.; d. Mar. 19, 1872, Sharon, 

DANIEL PARKHURST, son of Lemuel, the son of Noah, 
b. Feb. 9, 1837, Barnard; m. Feb. 14, 1864, Mary Jane, dau. 

History of Royalton, Vermont 903 

Phineas and Mary (Sherburne) Nye, b. July 27, 1846, Barnard; 
d. Nov. 19, 1873, Bar. Mr. Parkhurst rem. from Barnard to 
Roy. about thirty years ago, and settled on Broad Brook. He 
served in the Civil War in Co. G, 16th Vt. Vols., enlisting from 
Sharon. His mother was Bethiah Leonard, dau. of Daniel and 
sister to Daniel H. Leonard. Bethiah was a cousin to Ann 

i. Minnie Etta, b. June 22, 1866, Barnard; m. Jacob Yardy; 
res., Klamath Falls, Ore.; grad. of Randolph Normal; went to Da- 
kota to teach when twenty years of age. 

EDGAR S. PARKHURST, son of , b. 1838, 

Weathersfield ; m. 1871. Stockbridge, Kate A., dau. Charles A. 
and Sarah D. Spalding, b. Aug. 24, 1843, Roy. ; d. Oct. 11, 1875, 
S. Roy. ; one son, Lucian, b. Apr. 25, 1875, S. Roy. ; m. 1903, 
Agnes Doyle of Albany, N. Y. ; one eh., Henry L., b. Feb. 8, 
1909. Mr. Parkhurst lives more or less of the time in S. Roy. ; 
by trade he is a painter and paper hanger, but for some years 
has been agent for the McCormick Harvester Co. 

George [1], born in Eng. abt. 1590, married his first wife there, 
and second, 1643-44, Susanna Simpson. Came to America 1638-40; in 
Watertown, Mass., 1642. He had eight children. Joseph [3], m. Re- 
becca Reed, June 26, 1656, and had five children. He lived in Chelms- 
ford, Mass. 


CAPT. ASA [5] PARTRIDGE (Levi [4], Job [3], Elea- 
zer [2], John [1]), b. Apr. 18, 1786, Keene, N. H. ; d. Oct. 26, 
1851, Stockbridge; m. June, 1808, Charlotte, dau. David and 
Lydia (Twitchell) French, who d. July 5, 1861; both bur. Stock- 
bridge. The business of Capt. Partridge as tanner with Abijah 
Lincoln has already been noticed. How he acquired his title 
of captain has not been ascertained. 

i. Caroline [6], b. Sep. 27, 1811; d. May 2, 1860; m. Dec. 
10, 1840, Samuel A. Johnson; a son, Charles M. Johnson, res. at Bur- 

ii. Hiram Cheney [6], b. July 5, 1814; d. Mar. 17, 1815. 

iii. Almira [6], b. Mar. 20, 1816, Bethel; d. July 24, 1872; m. 
Warren Hayden; a son, Julius W., res. at No. 4 Gushing Ave., Dor- 
chester, Mass. 

iv. Louisa [6], b. June 22, 1818, Rochester; d. Apr. 8, 1893; 
m. Jonas Rice; a dau., Mrs. Julius Messer, res. in Rochester. 

V. Asa Cheney [6], b. July 9, 1820, Roy.; d. Nov. 2, 1893; m. 
Elizabeth Ann Philbrick; a son, Will H., in business at No. 2,832 
Washington St., Boston, Mass. Asa Cheney was one of the first to 
engage in the business of daguerreotypes, and afterwards in photog- 
raphy. He settled in Wheeling, Va., in 1848, rem. to Boston in 1864, 
and about 1877 rem. to Gal. In Boston he had a large photograph 
studio, and afterwards in San Francisco until the time of his death 
he was a dealer in photographic supplies. His son. Will H. Partridge, 
of Boston, has several photograph studios in and about the city, and 
one dau. still conducts a photographic supply business in San Fran- 

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vi. Hiram French [6], b. May 14, 1823, Roy.; d. June 14, 
1894; a son res. in la. Hiram F. was a farmer in la. until within a 
few years of his death, when he came to reside with his sister, Mrs. 

vii. Pedee Alvira [6], b. July 14, 1825, Roy.; m. (1) Rev. John 
C. Baldwin of Sharon; m. (2) James A. Severance; now a wid. in E. 

viii. Charles Franklin [6], b. Mar. 9, 1829, Roy.; d. Nov. 20, 
1905; his only surviving ch. is Frank C, a lawyer in Proctor. Charles 
F. succeeded his father in the tanning business in Stockbridge, but in 
1860 bought a small tannery in B. Middlebury and rem. there. After 
some years he had a clothespin and peg factory, and in his later years 
was a manufacturer of saw gummers. 

John [1], came to Medfield, Mass., 1653; Levi [4], m. Lydia Miller. 


KILES PAUL, b. 1751 (?) ; paid no poll tax after 1810; 
when pensioned on Mar. 8, 1833, said to be 77 years old; m. 

Levina , b. 1753 ; d. July 9, 1822 ; bur. Howe Cem. While 

in Barnard Mr. Paul bought a farm of James Button on Aug. 
1, 1789, and the next year he added twenty-five acres from W. 
33 L. A. He was a Revolutionary soldier. 

i. Timothy, b. 1792, Roy.; d. July 9, 1822. 

ii. Kiles, took freeman's oath in 1816. 

iii. John, took freeman's oath in 1818. Sold out in 1831. 

iv. Rachel, m. Jan. 13, 1822, F. Reed of Bethel; she and John 
were baptized May, 1802. 

DR. EBENEZER C. PAUL, m. Elizabeth Woodworth, dau. 
Benj. and Ruth (Pinney) Woodworth of Randolph, who m. (2) 
Gen. Lovell Hibbard. Dr. Paul was in Royalton from 1809 to 
1812. He lived in the Lyman-Hanks house. His estate was 
in probate court Jan. 6, 1813. A son, Ebenezer C, b. Feb. 17, 
1812, Roy.; d. Apr. 4, 1883, Bethel. 


1. ASA [5] PERRIN (Nathaniel [4], Samuel [3], John 
[2], John []]), b. 1733, Woodstock, Conn., prob. ; d. June, 1816, 
Roy.; m. Olive Bellows, b. 1737; d. Sep. 17, 1815, Roy.; both 
bur. in Perrin Burial Lot, No. 1. Mr. Perrin had the commend- 
able habit of keeping a diary. Under date of Mar. 10, 1783, 
he wrote that Nathaniel, Asa, and Greenfield, "Sat out for 
Royalton." Nathaniel of Woodstock (Conn, prob.) had bought 
10 T. P. in the preceding October, but seems not to have come 
to Royalton to take possession until 1783. Asa, Jr., witnessed 
a deed which evidently was made out in Royalton the day before 
this deed was given to Nathaniel. In Nov., 1785, Nathaniel sold 
to his father 40 acres of his farm, which Asa, Sen., and Olive 
sold to Nathaniel in 1792. Mr. Perrin was a Revolutionary sol- 
dier, and was at the surrender of Burgoyne in 1777. 

2. i. Nathaniel [6], b. Jan. 2, 1760. 

3. ii. Asa [6], b. July 27, 1761. 

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4. iii. Greenfield [6], b. Nov. 11, 1763. 

* iv. Roxelana [6], b. Jan. 3, 1766; m. Joseph Pierce. 

* V. Lydia [6], b. Mar. 2, 1771; m. Matthias Russ. 

2. NATHANIEL [6] PERRIN, son of Asa, b. Jan. 2, 
1760, Woodstock, Conn.; d. Oct. 30, 1827, Roy.; m. (1) Nov. 10. 
1789, Lydia, dau. Samuel and Mehitable (Hammond) Metcalf, 
b. 1761; d. July 15, 1812, Roy.; m. (2) Mar. 14, 1813, Joanna, 
dau. James and Lydia Gaines, b. 1785, Palmer, Conn. ; d. Mar. 
1 or 2, 1858, Roy. Nathaniel has the earliest deed of land in 
Roy. that is on record, Oct. 29, 1782, in favor of the Perrin fam- 
ily. He did not actively participate in the affairs of the town 
as some of the other early settlers did, but lived a life of recti- 
tude that casts equal credit upon the town. He and his wives 
are bur. in N. Roy. Cem. 

1. Polly [7], b. Aug. 15, 1790; d. Feb. 18, 1809. 

ii. Jonathan [7], b. July 8, 1792; killed by the fall of a tree 
Nov. 12, 1808. 

iii. Lydia [7], twin of Jonathan; m. Sep. 26, 1819, John Pear- 
son of Elmore; ch.: (a) Polly [8], b. Oct. 8, 1820; (b) Asa [8], b. Jan. 

25, 1822; d. Jan. 26, 1822; (c) Caroline [8], b. Apr. 24, 1823; (d) 
Marshall [8], b. July 5, 1825; (e) Delia [8], b. Aug. 29, 1827; (f) 
Daniel [8], b. July 9, 1829; d. Mar. 14, 1833; (g) Moses [8], b. Aug. 
16, 1831; (h) Eunice [8], b. Aug. 14, 1834; d. 1875, unm.; (i) Daniel 
[8], b. Oct. 29, 1838. 

iv. Mehitable [7], b. Oct. 29, 1794; d. Feb. 13, 1815. 

V. Silas [7], b. May 22, 1796; d. Mar. 16, 1847. 

vi. Eunice [7], b. Nov. 30, 1798; d. Nov. 11, 1875, Randolph, 

vii. Samuel [7], b. July 9, 1800; d. Feb. 15, 1839; m. Rhoda 

, who m. (2) Nov. 1, 1843, George W. Cook of Berlin. At the 

time of his death Samuel owned what is now the Taggart farm, com- 
ing into possession of it on the death of his father. Rhoda had one- 
third of it as her dower in the estate. Ch.: (a) Don Alonzo [8], b. 
Mar. 13, 1829; m. Oct. 6, 1853, Rachel Metcalf; res., Nauvoo, 111.; (b) 
John Wesley [8], b. Sep. 20, 1830; (c) Samuel Jude [8], b. Aug. 12, 
1832; (d) Homer [8], b. Oct. 6, 1834; (e) Frederick King [8], b. Sep. 
29, 1836; (f) Emma [8], b. Apr. 15, 1838. 

viii. Asa [7], b. July 11, 1802; d. Mar. 10, 1815. 

ix. Daniel [7], b. Apr. 20, 1804; m. Feb. 26, 1837, Edna Hoyt. 
He had a small farm, a part of William Hoyt's, near John Metcalf's, 
which he sold in 1856. 

X. Thomas Hammond [7], b. Aug. 29, 1806; d. Oct. 9, 1817. 

xi. Luther [7], lived in the village with Sarah Ann. Rem. 
to Rand. abt. 1860. 

xii. Sarah Ann [7], b. 1819, Roy.; d. Mar. 8, 1868. 

3. ASA [6] PERRIN, son of Asa [5], b. July 21, 1761, 
Woodstock, Conn.; d. Sep. 10, 1845, Potsdam, N. Y.; m. Feb. 

26, 1784, Roy., Zeruiah, dau. Richard and Sarah (Barrett) 
Bloss, b. May 22, 1763; d. May 28, 1855, Potsdam, N. Y. In 
1784 he bought of David Fish 47 acres in 18 T. P.. and in 1801, 
of Johnson Safford of Norwich, 24 acres in 25 T. P., which two 
lots he sold in 1817 to Reuben Bloss and rem. to Potsdam, N. Y., 
where he settled on a wild farm, which still remains in the 
hands of the family. 

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i. Ira [7], b. Oct. 16, 1785; d. Feb. 13, 1844, Potsdam, N. Y.; 
m. (1) Adaline Knight; m. (2) Lucy Freeman, who d. Mar. 8, 1874; 
six or more ch.; descendants in Potsdam and the West. He was a 

ii. Walter [7], b. Mar. 5, 1787, Roy.; m. Sophronia Belknap, 
and res. in Vt. 

iii. Olite [7], b. Oct. 3, 1789, Roy.; d. Aug. 1, 1871, Potsdam; 
m. Oct. 11, 1810, Benjamin Plumley of Bethel; ch.: (a) Caroline [8], 
m. Aaron Reynolds, and lived and d. in Mich.; one son, Myron, in 
Mich.; (b) Gardner [8], m. and family are dead; (c) Harry [8], lived 
and d. in Conn.; (d) Julia Ann [8]; (e) Laura [8]; (f) Irene [8]; 
(g) Richard B. [8]; (h) Eleazer [8]; (i) Lucy E. [8], m. Benjamin 
Butterfield and has dau., Mrs. J. A. Holcomb of Canton, N. Y. Lucy 
E. is the only one of the ch. living. 

iv. Lucy [7], b. Dec. 22, 1791, Roy.; m. Feb. 10, 1814, Alvin 
Lyman; rem. to 111. and d. there; no ch. 

v. Noah [7], b. Jan. 8, 1794, Roy.; d. Oct. 15, 1875; one son, 
whose son, Noah, res. in Potsdam. 

vi. Polly [7], b. Feb. 19, 1796, Roy.; m. Feb. 9, 1817, Erastus 
Lamphear; eight ch. ; rem. to 111. and d. there. 

vii. Hannah [7], b. May 31, 1798, Roy.; d. Nov. 1, 1847; m. 
Pitt Clark; six ch.; res., Stockholm, N. Y. 

viii. Parley [7], b. Sep. 22, 1800, Roy.; d. Feb. 26, 1867, Pots- 
dam; m. Jan. 13, 1825, Betsey Crandall, Hannawa, N. Y.; she d. Sep. 
7, 1874; ch.: (a) Lorretta [8], b. Sep. 16, 1825, Potsdam; d.; m. Thos. 
Terry; rem. to Pleasant Plains, 111., where she d. ; two sons, George, 
who m. and has two or more ch., and John; both res. Pleasant Plains; 
(b) Reuben Bloss [8], b. Mar. 31, 1827, Potsdam; d. Sep. 28, 1889; m. 
Mar. 12, 1862, Sarah J., dau. Dr. Benj. and Lois (Crandall) Smith; 
ch.: (i) Chas. H. [9], b. May 11, 1866; m. Oct. 12, 1894, Lottie M. 
West; res. Syracuse, N. Y. ; clerk; ch. are Frances A., b. Oct. 18, 1895; 
d. July 2, 1896; Frederic C. N., b. Oct. 6, 1898; Delos A., b. Nov. 7, 
1900; Jennie A., b. June 3, 1902; Lottie, b. Aug. 23, 1903; Bertha, b. 
Aug. 7, 1906; William, b. Nov. 30, 1909; (ii) Smith R. [9], b. June 
4, 1869; unm.; (iii) Clarence A. [9], b. Oct. 12, 1871; m. June 20, 1901, 
Laura B. Spear; no ch.; he and Smith R. live on the Perrin home- 
stead, Potsdam; (iv) Ernest F. P. [9], b. Oct. 1, 1873; (v) Emmett 
M. F. [9], twin of Ernest; both florists in Potsdam; (c) Lucinda [8], 
b. July 6, 1828; d. Mar. 28, 1900; m. George Hamblin; ch.: (i) David 
[9], m. Addie Nichols and has dau. Lora; res. on farm, Parishville, 
N. Y.; (d) Azel [8], b. July 25, 1831; d. Aug. 22, 1848, unm.; (e) Ellen 
[8], b. Apr. 10, 1833; d. Jan. 19, 1877; m. Feb. 2, 1860, Edwin [7], 
Perrin (Silas [6], Nath. [5], Asa [4], Sam. [3], John [2], John [1]); 
one dau., Nellie b. Nov. 6, 1861; m. Nov. 19, 1876, Theodore Bradley; 
farmer in Hewittville, N. Y.; ch.: (i) Eugene [9], b. Feb. 23, 1883; 
m. June 23, 1902, Lula Cole; traveling man, Rochester, N. Y.; (ii) 
Eva [9], b. Mar. 27, 1887; student in Potsdam Normal School; (f) 
Hiram [8], b. Feb. 20, 1838; d. in infancy. 

ix. Benonia [7], b. Nov. 1, 1802, Roy.; d. Apr. 26, 1835; m. 
and had (a) Noah [8], who m. Rosina Henderson, and lived at Peoria, 
111.; several ch.; (b) Harriette [8]; may have been others. 

X. Roswell [7], b. Apr. 16, 1805, Roy.; d. Aug. 6, 1869; m. 
Olivia [7], Perrin (Noah [6], David [5], Daniel [4], Daniel [3], John 
[2], John [1]); d. Nov. 27, 1881; ch.: (a) Philander [8], m. Mary 

Louise Fay; (b) Julius [8], m. Sophia ; d. Montpelier; no ch.; 

(c) Olivia [8], b. Nov. 22, 1837; d. Oct. 2, 1878, Potsdam; m. H. Spen- 
ser Banister; (d) William [8], d. unm. in Chicago, 111. Ch.:,(i) Lucy 
[9], d. single; (ii) Walter [9], m. and res. Gouverneur, N.'y.; (iii) 
Thos. [9], m. Ruth Pinney; druggist in Potsdam; one son, Walter. 

Ira reiTiu, 

Asa Perrin, 


Greenfield rerrln, 

(>el renin, 

Rev. John Pen-in, 

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xi. Zeruiah [7], b. Aug. 22, 1808, Roy.; d. May 10, 1871; m. 
Oliver Ware, and had one dau., Eliza Ann, who d. in youth; res., Pots- 

Asa Junior's family Bible is preserved at the old family home- 

4. GREENFIELD [6] PERRIN, son of Asa [5], b. Nov. 

11, 1763, Woodstock, Conn. ; d. June 2, 1854, Roy. ; m. June 
4, 1792, Northfield, Sally, dau. William and Tamasin (Cady) 
Ashcraft, b. Dec. 3, 1775, Woodstock, Conn.; d. June 18, 1842, 
Northfield. In 1786 Greenfield bought of Daniel Tullar 7 T. P., 
which has remained in the hands of his descendants until the 
present time, a period of 125 years. It is now owned by Mrs. 
Ellen I. (Perrin) Green. He brought his bride and her outfit on 
horseback from Northfield. Their twelve children were evenly 
divided between sons and daughters. A cut of Mr. Perrin in 
his old age is found in the group of the Perrin family. He had 
a strong nature, proof against all ordinary temptations and trials 
of life. He and other members of his family are buried in 
Perrin lot, No. 1, on the Taggart farm. 

i. William [7], b. Feb. 11, 1793; d. Feb. 13, 1865; m. Nancy 
Morrill of Rand., b. Aug. 5, 1795; d. Mar., 1860; ch.: (a) Fanny [8], 
b. Nov. 2, 1816; d. 1885; (b) John [8], b. Mar. 20, 1826; d. 1854; (c) 
Sarahette [8], b. May 26, 1832; d. July 16, 1905; (e) Gilbert [8], b. 
May 20, 1835; d. 1854. 

ii. Sarepta [7], b. Feb. 7, 1795; d. Aug. 20, 1814, unm. 

iii. Orinda [7], b. Apr. 6, 1797; d. Jan. 4, 1878, unm. 

iv. Daniel [7], b. Feb. 16, 1799; d. July 19, 1855; m. Sarah 
Peak of Rand.; b. 1797; d. Dec. 3, 1875; ch.: (a) Walker Horace [8], 
b. Jan. 8, 1826; d. July 29, 1905; (b) Edwin D. [8], b. 1833; d. Oct. 

12, 1856. 

v. Finelia [7], b. Apr. 1, 1801; d. July 8, 1864; m. May, 1830, 
Alfred Converse of Rand., b. Apr. 4, 1795; d. Oct. 20, 1855; ch.: (a) 
Joseph Greenfield [8], b. Feb. 15, 1831; d. June 14, 1909. 

vi. John [7], b. Mar. 8, 1803; d. Aug. 3, 1896; m. (1) Elsie 
Herrick, who d. Aug. 16, 1869; m. (2) Dec, 1869, Mrs. Emily Buswell 
of Lebanon, N. H., b. June 18, 1813; d. Sep. 15, 1893; no ch.; clergy- 

vii. Oel [7], b. May 30, 1805; d. Jan. 30, 1897; m. Sabrina 
Strong; ch. all b. in Roy.; (a) Sarah E. [8], b. June 21, 1838; d. Jan. 
23, 1904; m. John C. Pillsbury; (b) Mary E. [8], b. June 8, 1841; m. 
James A. Fowler; (c) Annette L. [8], b. May 3, 1846; m. (1) Moses 
H. West; m. (2) Philander Chase House of Bethel; (d) Susan S. [8], 
b. Nov. 10, 1847; m. Thomas J. Russ (See); (e) Ellen I. [8], b. Mar. 
25, 1849; m. Fayette J. Green (See). 

viii. Eliza [7], b. June 16, 1807; d. Oct. 21, 1826, unm. 

ix. Lucretia [7], b. Mar. 7, 1810; d. Feb. 15, 1895; m. Dec. 3, 
1835, James Murch of Lebanon, N. H., who d. July, 1868; one ch., 
James Perrin [8], b. May 10, 1842, Bethel. 

X. Alzina [7], b. May 6, 1812; d. Apr. 29, 1890; m. Jan. 12, 
1837, Chester Green of Berkshire, who d. in the fall of 1901; ch.: (a) 
Evelyn [8], b. Nov. 8, 1840; d. 1909; (b) Columbus [8], b. Apr. 11, 
1843; d. Jan., 1862; (c) Clara L. [8], b. Apr. 3, 1847; (d) Adelia [8], 
b. Mar. 8, 1851; (e) Elsie [8], b. Nov. 11, 1854. 

xi. Asa [7], b. Mar. 20, 1816; d. Nov. 30, 1888; m. (1) Hannah, 
dau. Asa and Hannah Simonds of Roxbury, b. Apr. 25, 1816; d. Sep. 

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14, 1860; m. (2) Mary, dau. Benajah and Polly Strong of Rand., b. 
Feb. 18, 1816; d. Dec. 20, 1883; ch.: Hannah Halina [8], b. July 10, 
1844, Roy.; d. Aug. 17, 1859. 

xii. Ira [7], b. Jan. 27, 1818; d. May 31, 1896, Roy.; m. Clar- 
issa Ellis of Bethel, b. Apr., 1815; d. Oct. 15, 1865; m. (2) 1869, Mrs. 
Weltha Holden of Roxbury, who d. Mar. 10, 1899; both bur. E. Bethel; 
one ch., Lilla Clara [8], b. 1856; d. Nov. 14, 1859. Lived on the home 
farm with Asa most of his life, but spent a few years in Bethel. 


JOEL NELSON [4] PHELPS (Alexander Steele [3], 
Alex. [2], Capt. Bissell [1]), b. Sep. 8, 1845, Waitsfield; m. 
Feb. 6, 1879, W. Hartford, Alice Phinette, dau. Levi and Mary 
Ransom (Perry) Hazen, b. Aug. 25, 1854, Pomfret. Mr. Phelps 
rem. from Sharon to Roy. in 1876, and bought the Alonzo Bur- 
gess farm where Adrian Hatch had lived. He sold this and pur- 
chased the Lewis Skinner place, which he sold in 1910, and 
moved to Roy. village into the Jacob Collamer house. He res. 
twenty years in Sharon. He was deacon of the Cong'l church 
there, and was elected deacon of the S. Roy. Cong'l church in 
1909. He was deeply interested in the establishment of a graded 
school at S. Royalton, and worked for its interests. Mrs. Phelps 
is open-handed and hearted. When interviewed for data, she 
was found feeding a tramp on the fat of the land. 

i. Mary Laura, b. Nov. 21, 1881, Roy.; m. Mar. 18, 1903, Ar- 
thur, son Luman and Ellen (Bankman) Dings, b. 1871, Middlebury, 
N. Y.; ch.: (a) Nelson Luman, b. Jan. 1, 1904, Roy.; (b) Minton, b. 
Jan. 31, 1909, W. Brookfield, Mass.; present res., S. Roy. on a farm; 
grad. S. Roy. high school, 1899. 

ii. John Edson, b. July 31, 1883, Roy.; m. Feb. 18, 1909, May 
Bessie, dau. Oren R. and S. Maria ("Whitney) Russ, b. May 6, 1886, 
Bethel; one ch., Paul Henry, b. May 9, 1910, S. Roy. John E. grad. 
S. Roy. high school, 1901, his wife, 1905; merchant and plumber in 
S. Roy. 

iii. Edwin Hazen, b. Nov. 3, 1892, Roy.; senior in S. Roy. high 


1. NATHANIEL [6] PIERCE (Nathaniel [5], Timothy 
[4], Thomas [3], Thomas [2], Thomas [1]), b. Mar. 19, 1727, 
Pomfret, Conn. ; d. July 13, 1808, Roy. ; m. Sep. 24, 1754, Pris- 
cilla Shepard, b. 1734; d. Nov. 10, 1827, Roy. According to 
family traditions Nathaniel came to Royalton in 1781. His first 
deed bears date of Feb. 6, 1783, when he bought M. 5 L. A., 140 
acres of Nathan Morgan. Before 1800 he had deeded to Bestor 
and Isaac each 40 acres of this land, and to Willard, 30 acres. 
Isaac later had the larger part of the farm, and gave security 
for support of parents. The ages of the children are not all 

2. i. Willard [7], b. Jan. 28, 1762. 

* ii. Lucy [7], b. 1763; m. Dr. Phineas Parkhurst. 

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iii. Caleb [7], a physician, who lived and died in Canaan, 
N. H. 

* iv. Priscilla [7], m. Dr. Standish Day. 

V. Bestor [7], listed first in 1795; m. (1) May 21, 1795, Lois 
Stevens, b. 1779; d. Mar. 12, 1796; bur. S. Roy. Cem.; m. (2) abt. 1798, 
Sally Burroughs. Bestor was among the crowd of land buyers who 
went to Potsdam, N. Y., in 1804. Ch.: (a) Lois [8], m. John Judd; 
(b) Caleb [8], b. Aug. 6, 1799, Roy.; d. June 14, 1887, Madrid, N. Y.; 
grad. of Castleton Med. Coll., 1842; received honorary degree of M. D. 
from Dartmouth, 1872; (c) Collins [8], b. 1801; d. abt. 1840; (d) 
Minerva [8], b. 1804, Roy.; d. 1855; m. Silas H. Clark; (e) Laura [8], 
b. 1806, Potsdam. Bestor m. the third time and had two ch. 

vi. Isaac* [7], first listed in 1797; m. Dec. 22, 1796, Mary, dau. 
Asael and Mary (Duty) Smith, b. June 4, 1775. She was sister to 
Joseph Smith, Sen. He sold the home farm in 1823 to Willis Kins- 
man of Hanover, N. H., and rem. to Lebanon, N. H. Ch.: (a) Eunice 
[8], b. Apr. 29, 1799; d. abt. 1826; (b) Miranda [8], b. Jan. 17, 1803; 
d. abt. 1829; (c) Horace [8], b. June 8, 1805; d. abt. 1877; (d) John 
Smith, b. Mar. 6, 1807; (e) Susan [8], b. June 20, 1809; (f) Mary M. 
[8], b. Apr. 25, 1811; (g) Laura [8], b. Feb. 8, 1814; (h) Eliza Ann, 
[8], b. Sep. 2, 1817-18; d. at about twenty years of age, unm. 

2. WILLARD [7] PIERCE, son of Nathaniel [6], b. Jan. 
28, 1762, Pomfret, Conn.; d. Nov. 25, 1830, Roy.; m. July 22, 
1784, Susannah, dau. Daniel and Lois (Dana) Waldo, b. Mar. 
21, 1763, Pomfret, Conn. ; d. May 13, 1835, Roy. Willard sold 
the 30 acres that he had of his father to Isaac, and in 1797 took 
from him M. 7 L. A., which he sold two years later to Amos 
Robinson, and may never have lived on it. On May 11, 1811, 
for $2,000 he purchased of Capt. Gilbert, then in Sharon, what 
has been known as the Pierce stand and farm of 85 acres, ex- 
cept the right to dam construction and mill privileges. He had 
already been living there. He deeded this back to Capt. Gil- 
bert in 1818, and secured three lots where the store and potash 
works of Flint had been, which he sold in 1822 to Amasa Dut- 
ton. He does not again seem to establish a home apart from 
his son Phineas. 

i. Betsey [9], b. Apr. 9, 1785, Roy.; d. Nov. 8, 1786. 
3. ii. Phineas [9], b. July 13, 1787. 

iii. Albigence [9], b. May 23, 1789; d. Nov. 10, 1873, Roy.; 
m. (1) June 12, 1813, Lucy Bryant, who d. Feb. 26, 1846; m. (2) Nov. 
15, 1848, Mrs. Louise Bryant, b. 1810; d. Sep. 14, 1850; m. (3) Mrs. 
Ruth Hochstrasser, b. 1810; d. Feb., 28, 1857; m. (4) Mrs. Elizabeth 
L. (Foster) Bosworth, wid. of DavidtBosworth of Roy., June 20, 1864; 
she m. (3) Mar. 23, 1875, Caleb Stevens, son of Caleb and Betsey (Co- 
burn) Wilson, b. 1806, Pittston, Me.; d. Jan. 12, 1884, Roy.; m. (4) 
Henry L. Clark; ch.: (a) Nathan Willard [9], b. Aug. 30, 1813; (b) 
George Bryant [9], b. Aug. 26, 1815; (c) Mary Elizabeth [9], b. Oct. 
19, 1819; (d) Albigence Mason, b. Apr. 27, 1823; (e) John Sabin, b. 
Feb. 2, 1828; grad. from Dartmouth with A. M. degree in 1851; res. 
1017 Cathedral St., Baltimore, Md.; in business; (f) Lucy Ellen [9], 
b. June 27, 1831; (g) Maria L. [9], b. July 31, 1850. See Chap. XXVIL 
for militia service of Dr. Pierce. He practiced his profession in Straf- 
ford, but returned to S. Roy. and died here. 

iv. John Dana [8], b. July 14, 1791; d. Sep. 8, 1872, Strafford; 
m. abt. 1826, Nancy Fogg of Center Harbor, N. H., who d. June 22, 

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1875; ch.: (a) George [9], b. May 4, 1827, Roy.; m. 1856, Sarah Philips 
of Waterbury, who d. June 23, 1871, Stowe; (b) Lucy Ann [9], b. Jan. 
1, 1829, Roy.; m. Ira Morrill of Strafford; (c) Susan [9], b. Feb. 6, 
1831; (d) Arthur W. [9], b. Jan. 6, 1833, Hanover, N. H.; m. Jan. 19, 
1881, Martha M., dau. James and Merriam (Jackman) Butterfield, b. 
Sep. 22, 1842, Roxbury; d. July 28, 1897; res. some time in S. Roy.; 
(e) Susan W. [9], b. Mar. 26, 1836; (f) Arabella B. [9], b. Aug. 20, 
1838; (g) Martha M. [9], b. June 15, 1841. John Dana res. in Roy. 
village for several years, then after an absence of some years returned 
and lived on a farm in the rear of the Yuran place, then rem. to 

V. Lucy [8], b. Dec. 25, 1793; d. Aug. 30, 1842, New London, 
N. H.; m. as a third wife, Oct., 18"7, Jonathan, son Jona. and Betsey 
(Sergeant) Herrick, b. Apr. 4, 178jJ, New London, N. H.; d. May 12, 
1847; two daughters and one son. 

vi. Betsey [8], b. July 4, 1796; m. (1) Sep. 14, 1824, Car- 
penter Greenough, who d. 1825; m. (2) May 21, 1829, Joseph L. Dewey, 
b. Aug. 10, 1789; d. June 30, 1873; ch.: (a) Sarah [9], b. 1831; (b) 
Joseph W. [9], b. Jan. 14, 1833; a physician, living in Boston in 1882. 

vii. Priscilla [8], b. Apr. 19, 1799; m. Aug. 25, 1825, Dr. 
Thomas Whipple of Wentworth, N. H.; ch.: Priscilla, Phebe T., Delia, 
Celia G., and Edgar; res. Saratoga, N. Y. 

viii. Daniel Waldo [8], b. Jan. 20, 1803; d. Feb. 27, 1876, 
Sharon; m. Dec. 25, 1826, Olive, dau. Timothy and Betsey Hutchinson, 
b. Dec. 25, 1805, Tunb.; d. Feb. 8, 1876; ch.: (a) Jeannette [9], b. 
Nov. 18, 1827; (b) Edgar [9], b. Apr. 22, 1830; (c) Helen [9], b. Nov. 
22, 1833; (d) Charles [9], b. Apr. 12, 1845. Daniel W. owned different 
tracts of land in Roy., buying of Lyman Back in 1840. This he sold 
in 1855, when in Sharon. 

Willard Pierce was in the Revolutionary War at the age of sixteen. 
3. PHINEAS [8] PIERCE, son of Willard [7], b. July 
13, 1787, Roy.; d. Nov. 15, 1875, S. Roy.; m. Sep. 30, 1813, 
Charlotte Stone, dau. Ebenezer and Charlotte (Stone) Park- 
hurst, b. May 2, 1792, Roy. ; d. Mar. 29, 1869, S. Roy. ; both bur. 
S. Roy. Cem., where his parents and grandparents are buried. 
His connection with the mills, and his purchavse of the Gilbert 
tavern in 1827 have been noticed. He used machinery for the 
weaving of fine woolen goods, and his output was of the best 
quality. He took a more active part in the affairs of the town 
than his forbears had done. He was selectman in 1835. He 
was very successful in business, and as early as 1821 he stood 
fourth in the size of his grand list. His family was character- 
ized by refinement and intelligence, and highly regarded by all. 
*i. Charlotte Stone [9], b. Oct. 7, 1814; m. George W. Brad- 

*ii. Susan W. [9], b. Oct. 9, 1816; m. Horace P. Allen. 
4. iii. Phineas Dana [9], b. Aug. 3, 1818. 

iv. Martha Parkhurst [9], b. Jan. 22, 1820; d. Oct. 1, 1847, 
Troy, N. Y.; m. Apr. 12, 1842, David Bryan Cox of Troy, N. Y., who 
d. Sep. 23, 1872; ch.: Charles Henry [10], b. Feb. 1, 1843; d. Aug. 14, 
1844, Roy.; Fred B. [10], b. June 3, 1846. 

*v. Priscilla Whipple [9], b. Apr. 19, 1826; m. Silas Henry 

vi. John Henry [9], b. Aug. 8, 1829; d. Aug. 20, 1842. 

vii. Frances Caroline [9], b. Nov. 10, 1831; d. Nov. 24, 1903, 
Roy., unm. She and her sister Ellen had made their home with Mrs. 

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H. P. Allen for some years, and after the death of Mrs. Allen, they 
rem. to S. Roy. and bought the William Martin house, which they sold 
to John B. Durkee and erected a fine residence on a part of the Mrs. 
Hannah Wallace lot, after the old Benson house was burned. She 
left a legacy to the S. Roy. Cong'l Church. She was a woman of 
gentle manners and kindly heart, and was devotedly attached to her 
sister, who survived her. 

viii. Ellen Augusta [9], b. Dec. 8, 1833; res. with her sisters, 
unm., until the death of Frances C. In 1909 she sold her home in S. 
Roy. to Mrs. Mary E. Clapp, and rem. to Roy. village with an old 
friend, Mrs. Robert Lyman. She has been much interested in the 
History of Royalton, and furnished the greater part of the family 
record of Nathaniel Pierce. 

4. PHINEAS DANA [9] PIERCE, son of Phineas, b. 
Aug. 3, 1818, Roy.; d. Apr. 17, 1891, Roy.; m. Nov. 29, 1842, 
Eleanor D., dau. Ambrose and Dolly (Follansbee) Kibbee, b. 
Feb. 13, 1823, E. Randolph; d. Dec. 29, 1907, Portland, Conn. 
Phineas D. lived on the home place, and well sustained the high 
reputation of his father. He was one of the directors of the 
Roy. Nat. Bank, and was a trusted officer of the town, being 
selectman in 1869-70. His family was connected with the S. 
Roy. Cong'l church, and his wife was a faithful teacher in the 
S. S. She possessed a charming personality, which won her 
many friends, and her true-heartedness retained them. Her 
daughters were valuable acquisitions to S. Royalton society, not 
alone in manners, but in the best qualities of mind and heart. 

i. Martha Louisa [10], b. Apr. 8, 1848; m. July 20, 1870, 
George Henry, son of Rev. William, D. D., and Emily Frances (Tra- 
velli) Tracy, b. Feb. 18, 1842, Tirumangalam, S. India; grad. from 
Williams Coll. 1866; taught in 0.; principal of Bacon Academy, Col- 
chester, Conn., twelve years; later in Bristol, Waterbury and Port- 
land, Conn.; ch.: (a) William Pierce, b. Apr. 12, 1871, S. Roy.; (b) 
Joseph Henry, b. Dec. 23, 1873, Durham, Conn.; m. Jan. 1, 1906, 
Georgianna E. Jacobs of Bristol, Conn.; grad. from Yale in 1896; no 

ii. Lucy Ellen [10], b. Oct. 22, 1852, Roy.; m. July 31, 1878, Jo- 
seph T. Tracy, brother of her sister's husband, b. Aug. 27, 1844, Tiru- 
mangalam, S. India; grad. from Williams Coll., 1866; teacher by profes- 
sion; taught in Williston Seminary, E. Hampton, Mass., Holbrook's 
Military School, Ossining, N. Y.; principal Goshen, N. Y., schools for 
fourteen years, twelve years in New York City public schools. Ch. : 
(a) Eleanor Prances, b. Aug. 19, 1881, Rye, N. Y.; (b) Reginald Pierce, 
b. June 14, 1885, Goshen, N. Y. 

1. JEDEDIAH PIERCE, parentage not known, b. Feb., 
1739, Plainfield, Conn.; d. Dec. 31, 1826; m. Susannah Eaton, 
b. Aug. 24, 1744. Mr. Pierce settled on 19 Dutch, which he 
bought in September, 1787. Two years later he sold a part of 
it to his son Joseph, and in 1799 he sold the rest of it to John 
Root, and bought 100 acres in 53 T. P. He sold one-half of this 
to Joseph in 1801. He was listed until after 1821. The lists 
are lost between that date and 1858, so that it cannot be said 
whether he died here or not. It is a tradition in the family 

912 History op Eoyalton, Vermont 

that he returned to Conn. If so, he must have made the hard 
journey when very old. 

i. Joseph, b. Aug. 19, 1765, Plainfield, Conn., prob.; d. Aug. 
7, 1835; m. Feb. 28, 1792, Roxelana, dau. Asa and Olive (Bellows) 
Perrin, b. Jan. 3, 1766, Woodstock, Conn.; ch.: (a) Betsey, b. July 5, 
1793; (b) Olive, b. Dec. 23, 1794; (c) Seth, b. Oct. 19, 1796; (d) Lois, 
b. Dec. 31, 1798; (e) Eaton, b. June 13, 1800; (f) Parnell, b. May 26, 
1802; (g) Joseph, b. June 15, 1804; d. July 31, 1825; bur. S. Roy. 
Cem.; (h) John, b. Apr. 10, 1806; in the Henry Clay publication, Wood- 
stock, Aug. 26, 1831, was a notice of the death of Abigail, only ch. 
of John Pierce of Roy.; (i) Susan, b. Feb. 22, 1808. In Aug., 1819, 
Joseph, Sen., sold his half of the farm in 53 T. P. to Dr. Denison, and 
seems to have left town. He was listed, but paid no poll tax in 1821. 

ii. Esther, b. Nov. 22, 1766; m. a Mr. Tuckerman, and lived 
in northern Vermont. 

iii. Ruth, b. Aug. 23, 1768; m. Ebenezer Cole, and lived in 
north part of the state. 

2. iv. William, b. Sep. 5, 1770. 

* V. Lois, b. Sep. 14, 1772; m. Joseph Safford. 

vi. Elisha L., b. Nov. 27, 1774; d. Aug. 20, 1835, Roy.; m. 
Mary, dau. Lot and Hannah (?) Baker, b. Sep. 8, 1775, Cape Cod, 
Mass.; d. Mar. 27, 1858; ch.: (a) Archie; (b) Edwin, b. Oct. 27, 1800; 
d. Mar. 28, 1873, Roy.; m. Susan H., dau. Capt. Nathan and Polly 
(Gifford) Kimball, b. Aug. 1, 1805; d. May 1, 1884; ch.: (i) Stephen 
Hubbard, b. Oct. 26, 1827; d. 1865, Saratoga, in Civil War; (ii) Mary 
Maria, b. Aug. 14, 1830; m. Joseph W. Bailey (See); (iii) George 
Wash., b. Aug. 21, 1836; d. Sep. 27, 1866, unm.; in Civil War, Co. E., 
2d Vt. Inft.; m. Nancy M. Holmes and had DeWitt Clinton, b. May 
23, 1857, now dead; (c) Stephen, b. 1802; d. Sep. 15, 1823; (d) Mary 
Marcia, b. 1804; d. Feb. 28, 1826; (e) Susanna, b. Oct. 31, 1806; m. 
1829, Wright, son John and Cynthia (Kimball) Gifford, b. 1805; d. 
1882; two sons, two daughters; (f) Emily, m. Mr. Rogers; (g) Orpha, 
b Mar. 1, 1809. 

vii. Lucy, b. Dec. 9, 1776; m. Samuel Cole of Morristown, Jan. 
25, 1807. 

viii. Ebenezer, twin of Lucy; d. Sep. 18, 1853, Roy.; m. Dec. 
3, 1801, Roy., Mary Fales (?), b. 1784; d. Mar. 23, 1839; ch.: (a) 
Hosea, b. Apr. 26, 1808; m. Mar. 18, 1834, Charity Russell; bought the 
Oel Buck farm in 1830, and sold it to Harry Bingham in 1839, then 
in Tunb.; later went to Salt Lake City and joined the Mormons; (b) 
Ebenezer Fales, b. Oct. 16, 1805; d. Jan. 13, 1887, Roy.; m. Betsey 
Jane, dau. Levi Luce of Stowe, b. Jan. 5, 1822, Rumney, N. H.; d. July 
5, 1859; ch.: (i) infant, b. Oct. 21, 1841; (ii) Mary Jane, b. 1847; m. 
June 25, 1877, Lyman A., son Alvah and Dorothy (Hathaway) Peck, 
b. 1833, Jay, N. Y.; (iii) Levi Luce, b. 1848; m. May 13, 1871, Sarah, 
dau. John and Lucy Doyle of Sharon, b. Mar. 14, 1852; d. Jan. 6, 1894, 
at the hotel in S. Roy.; ch.: Kate, b. Oct. 14, 1873; Lena, b. July 29, 
1871; d. Nov. 5, 1875; Jennie L., b. Oct. 1, 1875; (iv) Elbridge Isaac, b. 
May 9, 1850; d. Mar. 25, 1898, Bethel; m. Dec. 24, 1874, Josephine J., 
dau. Joseph W. and Mandana (Roberts) Waldo, b. Apr. 1, 1856, Roy.; 
she m. (2) 1900, John S., son John and Harriet Ryan of Bethel; no ch. 
that lived; one adopted, Dec. 1, 1886, Lena Ann, b. Apr. 9, 1884; (v) 
Franklin Ebenezer, b. 1851; m. Jan. 31, 1873, Addie J., dau. Arunah 
K. and Julia (Kenworthy) Woodward, b. Feb. 24, 1852; d. Feb. 2, 1896; 
ch.: infant, b. Dec. 7, 1880; Walter Arunah, b. May 15, 1882, Roy.; 
Eunice, b. 111.; (c) Hiram, b. Apr. 12, 1816; living in Ala. at time of 
Civil War; m. and had ch.; (d) Mary Maria, b. Feb. 5, 1821; m. Mr. 
Tracy; res., Lowell, Mass., at one time; one dau., Belle. 

History of Royalton, Vermont 913 

ix. Jedediah, b. Feb. 4, 1779; d. Sep. 2 or 3, 1798. 
X. Eaton, b. Apr. 22, 1781; d. Aug. 9, 1798. 
xi. Susannah, b. Mar. 29, 1783; d. June 23, 1831. 
xii. Mary, b. Feb. 16, 1787. 

2. WILLIAM PIERCE, son of Jedediah, b. Sep. 5, 1770, 
Plainfield, Conn., prob. ; d. July 18, 1854, Roy.; m. Dec. 27, 
1796, Hannah, dau. Lot and Hannah Baker, b. Mar. 7, 1777; 
d. Oct. 3, 1863, Roy. ; both bur. Havens Cem. William lived at 
Havensville, where he had a tannery on the south side of the 
road, near the brook. His ch. were all b. in Roy. He erected 
the buildings on the Ransom Roberts farm, and d. there; a 
Mason and Universalist. 

* i. Esther Eaton, b. Jan. 23, 1798; m. Asaph French. 

ii. Desire Webster, b. July 6, 1799; d. Oct. 4, 1876, Roy.; unm. 

iii. William, Jr., b. Apr. 15, 1801; d. May 27, 1892; m. (1) 
Orpha B., dau. prob. of Elisha L. and Mary (Baker) Pierce, b. 1809; 
d. May 8, 1839; m. (2) May 21, 1840, Hartford, Hannah, dau. William 
Ely and Annie (Briggs) Brockway, b. Nov. 7, 1819, Hartford; d. Nov. 
5, 1907, Roy. William and Hannah both bur. Pleasant Hill Cem. Mr. 
Pierce was an upright man, meriting and receiving the respect of his 
fellowmen. Ch.: (a) Louis Augustus, b. Aug. 1, 1834, Tunb.; (b) 
Charles, b. June 4, 1837, Sharon; (c) Perry Puller, b. Apr. 17, 1841, 
Roy.; d. May 18. 1864, Fredericksburg, Va.; in Co. K, 4th Regt., Vt. 
Vols.; (d) Harriet Brockway, b. Aug. 22, 1843, Roy.; m. Nelson M. 
Grant; res., Stockbridge; (e) William Lyman, b. June 14, 1846, Tunb.; 
res., Hartford; (f) Orpha Baker, b. Jan. 14, 1849, Hartford; m. E. J. 
Bent; res., Stockbridge; (g) Esther Eaton, b. Dec. 5, 1851, Hartford; 
m. Ezra S. Burnham; res., Gaysville; (h) Jennie L., b. May 18, 1853, 
Hartford; m. Otis L. Abbott; res., Gaysville; (i) Elnora, b. Feb. 14, 
1856, Hartford; m. Alva Larned; res., Rutland. 

iv. Bestor, b. Jan. 20, 1803; d. Mar. 22, 1887, DeKalb, 111.; m. 
June 13, 1839, Sarah Maria, dau. Titus and Irene Shepard of Sharon; 
ch. all born in Roy.; ch.: (a) Josephine Irene, b. Aug. 12, 1840; (b) 
Washington Fayette, b. Feb. or Mar. 23, 1843; d. recently; m. and had 
son, George, who res. DeKalb, and dau., Lena, res. in Chicago; (c) 
Andrew J., b. Feb. 23, 1845; (d) Mary Elizabeth, b. Feb. 13, 1848; ch. 
all m. and all d. except Andrew Jackson; girls left no issue. 

3. V. Ira, b. Jan. 20, 1805. 

vi. Son, b. Feb. 26, 1807; d. Mar. S, 1807. 

vii. Levi W., b. June 14, 1808, Roy.; d. Aug. 7, 1891, New 
York; m. (1) Apr. 10, 1836, Maria Bundock; m. (2) name not known; 

m. (3) 1858, Celia M. , b. abt. 1820; survived her husband. He 

had five ch. by his first wife, four dying young; one, Harriet, m. Mr. 
Patterson, who was connected with the N. Y. Tribune; no ch. by (2); 
one, Charles, by (3), who d. not long after his father. Levi W. went 
to New York when a young man; appointed on the city police in 1849; 
retired on half pay, 1869; noted for courage and faithfulness; keeper 
in the Tombs; in the Astor place riots he was in charge of a platoon, 
and was shot twice; prominent in the draft riots; weighed 250 pounds; 
a noted Whig. 

viii. George, b. Apr. 26, 1810; d. July 31, 1846; a mute. 

ix. Hannah, b. Apr. 2, 1812; d. Sep. 10, 1847; m. May 22, 
1837, Arnold Welch; ch., Henry and George, both in Cleveland, 0. 

X. Charles, b. Apr. 30, 1814; d. West; m. but no ch. 
*xi. Harriet Baker, b. Oct. 6, 1816; m. Harvey F. Havens. 

xii. Harry, twin of Harriet; d. in Barre; m. Mar. 22, 1838, 
Abigail M. Parish of Randolph; res. Randolph and Barre; ch.: (a) 


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infant, b. Oct. 8 or 11, 1839, Rand.; d. Nov. 1, 1839; (Oct. 29, Rand, 
record); (b) Parish, b. May 29, 1841; d. Aug. 12, 1847; (c) Arthur 
L., b. Oct. 2, 1843; m. and res. St. Louis, Mo.; (d) Harry, b. Sep. 16 
or Oct. 8, 1845; d. Aug. 10, 1847; (e) Harry P., b. Jan. 29, 1848; (f) 
Walter, b. Jan. 21, 1850; (g) Abby, b. Feb. 12, 1852; (h) Agnes, m. 
and res. in Boston. 

xiii. Chester, b. Jan. 2, 1819; d. Oct. 5, 1896, Rochester; m. (1) 
Oct. 26, 1842, Caroline, dau. Hon. E. D. Briggs of Rochester, who d. 
1869; m. (2) Dec. 18, 1883, Ellen L. Ashley; one son by (1), Edward, 
who has two sons, Leslie and Chester. As a boy he clerked for Geo. 
Lyman; went to Bethel and entered into partnership with a firm there; 
sold out and went into business with his father-in-law, and later ran 
the business alone; sold to his son, Edward. He was active in edu- 
cational matters, and promoted the graded school system in Rochester; 
served as town representative and state senator. 

3. IRA PIERCE, son of William, b. Jan. 20, 1805, Roy. ; 
d. June 22, 1879, Roy.; m. (1) Oct. 25, 1832, Emily, dau. Titus 
and Irene Shepard of Sharon, b. Feb. 19, 1809; d. Mar. 20, 
1873, Roy.; both bur. Havens Cem. ; m. (2) Apr. 25 or 27, 1874, 
Mrs. Hannah (Jewett) Ashley, dau. Jonathan and Abigail (Bar- 
low) Jewett of Pittsfield, and wid. of James Madison Ashley, 
b. 1820. Mr. Pierce was a farmer and carpenter and joiner; 
lived in different parts of the town, in 30 Dutch a part of the 
time; spent his last days with his son Henry. 

i. Henry, b. Jan. 16, 1834; m. Sep. 25, 1860, Rochester, Mrs. 
Mary (Tuttle) Remick, dau. Eli and Phebe (Bennett) Tuttle of Tun- 
bridge, b. Mar. 22, 1830, Newbury; wid. of Henry Remick, b. in Corinth, 
and d. in Tunb. Mr. Pierce has moved several times, and at present 
is living at Havensville, near where his ancestor, William, lived. He 
and his father have been among the most trustworthy citizens of the 
town, though not participating actively in its affairs. He had no chil- 
dren, but adopted one child: (a) Charles Henry, b. Mar. 6, 1877; grad. 
from Royalton Academy; from the U. V. M. in 1904; professor in the 
Engineering Dept. of his alma mater for a time; at present surveying 
a water supply for the U. S. Government in the Hawaiian Islands; m. 
July 3, 1909, Gertrude Ethel, dau. Matthew Samuel and Mary (Baird) 
Strong, b. July 4, 1882, Fayston; no ch. 

ii. Emeroy Desire, b. May 1, 1838; m. Charles, son of Wil- 
liam Slack of Norwich, b. 1831; son Clarence, m. and had one ch. 
and lives in Boston; a dau. who m. a Huntly, lives on the old Slack 
place in Norwich. 


JAMES PIKE, the son of James, son of Benjamin, son 
of Joseph of Newbury, Mass., b. Mar. 30, 1813, Mount Vernon, 
N. H. ; d. Jan. 13, 1890, S. Roy. ; m. May 9, 1839, Betsey Bates, 
dau. George W. and Marzilla (Field) Poole, b. Sep. 12, 1818, 
Easton, Mass.; living with dau. Edna in Winchendon, Mass. 
Mr. Pike went to Barre with his parents in 1816, where he lived 
until 1831, when he rem. to Northiield, and in 1834 to N. Chelms- 
ford, Mass., to work in a machine shop. He returned to North- 
field in 1849, and rem. to S. Roy. in 1868. He was a wheel- 
wright and blacksmith, and had a shop near his residence, on 

History of Royalton, Vermont 915 

the opposite side of the road. He always saw the sunny side 
of life, and was known by his humorous sayings. His native 
wit was transmitted in large measure to both daughters, but 
especially to Harriet, Mrs. Sargent. Mrs. Pike in 1909 rode in 
one day from Winchendon in an auto to S. Roy., and wondered 
that the younger members of th^ party were so tired. She has 
spent her summers in her old home here until 1910. She is now 
recovering from a severe illness. Mr. Pike is bur. in Northfield. 

i. Frank Mahlon, b. Jan. 28, 1841, N. Chelmsford; d. May 
3, 1847. 

*ii. Harriet Lavinia, b. June 19, 1843, N. Chelmsford; m. Mark 
J. Sargent. 

lii. Edna Frances, b. May 30, 1852, Northfield; m, Oct. 28, 
1880, Ransom D., son Hoburt K. and Susan L. (Hazeltine) Crain, b. 
1848, Andover; one son, Ralph Hoburt, b. Dec. 28, 1887, Winchenden, 
Mass.; Ransom D. is a cashier in a bank in Winchendon; Edna F. was 
a teacher in the S. Roy. schools several years, and a member of the 
Cong'l choir. 

iv. James Willard, b. Aug. 18, 1854, Northfield; d. Apr. 10, 
1894,.Phila.; m. Sep., 1882, Ralphene G. Smyth of Philadelphia; no 

V. Charles Henry, b. Sep. 19, 1861, Northfield; d. Dec. 28, 

James Pike was ninth in descent from John, who came to U. S. 
in 1635. 


1. ISAAC PINNEY, parentage unknown, b. Dec. 18, 1758 ; 
d. Feb. 15, 1842, Roy. ; m. Nov. 21, 1782, Mary, dau. Tilly and 
Sarah (Shepard) Parkhurst, b. Mar. 15, 1764, Plainfield, Conn.; 
d. Apr. 25, 1851, Roy. ; both bur. N. Roy. Cem. Isaac seems to 
have settled in Roy. about the time of his marriage, though he 
did not buy land until 1785, when he took a deed of 34 T. P. 
of Jabez Parkhurst, his brother-in-law. 

i. Susan, b. Nov. 23, 1783; d. Jan. 14, 1851; m. July 7, 1803, 
Caleb, son Nathan (?) Lathrop, who was listed from 1803 to 1808. 

ii. Isaac, b. Sep. 10, 1786; d. July 3, 1870, Roy.; m. Roxana 
Richardson, b. June 10, 1793; d. Oct. 11, 1839; ch.: (a) Susan, b. Mar. 
12, 1812; d. May 8, 1861; m. a Wheeler; (b) Isaac S., b. Feb. 15, 1814; 
d. Feb. 14, 1862; m. Elizabeth Tullar, dau. Martin and Fanny, and 
had Roxana, b. Jan. 27, 1843; (c) Eliza, b. Feb. 4, 1816; d. Nov. 26, 
1850; m. Sep. 25, 1837, William H. Williams; (d) Fordyce, b. Dec. 3, 
1817; (e) Columbus, b. Jan. 12, 1821; (f) Charles C, b. Jan. 7, 1826; 
d. Nov. 4, 1851; (g) Sharlott P., b. Oct. 6, 1829; d. Feb. 1, 1830; (h) 
Jason A., b. Apr. 11, 1831; d. July 11, 1833; (i) Sharlott A., b. July 
28, 1833; d. Aug. 22, 1846. 

iii. Mary, b. May 22, 1788; d. Nov., 1871; perhaps the Mary 
who m. Oct. 14, 1811, Edward Bingham, Jr., of Chittenden Co. 

iv. Tilly, b. June 28, 1790; d. Jan. 14, 1854; m. a Lathrop. 
*v. Sally, b. Miar. 27, 1792; d. Sep., 1878; m. Noah Dunham. 

vi. Dan. b. Apr. 3, 1794; in 1819 he and Jabez rent for three 
years of Stafford Smith his carding and picking outfit and clothier's 
shop, and in 1829 they are in Greensboro. 

vii. Betsey, b. Mar. 22, 1796. 

viii. Jabez, b. Jan. 26, 1798. 

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ix. Columbus, b. June 7, 1800. 

X. Ziba, b. June 5, 1804. 
2. FORDYCE PINNEY, son of Isaac, Jr., b. Dec. 2, 1814; 
d. Nov. 27, 1884, Roy.; m. (1) June 1, 1842, Dorcas N., dau. 
Philip and Nancy Walker, b. Dec. 1, 1818, Claremont, N, H. ; 
d. May 14, 1869, Roy.; m. (2) Apr. 21, 1880, Mrs. Lucy A., 
dau. John Whitcomb of Stockbridge, b. May 19, 1832; d. Apr. 
10, 1908, Crawford, Neb.; she had m. (1) Nov., 1859, James E. 
Whitcomb, who d. Sep., 1875, leaving a dau., Lillian, who m. 

B. G. Pinney, with whom Mrs. Fordyce Pinney died. Mrs. 
Fordyce went to Neb. in July, 1889, where she made friends 
and was highly respected, as she was in this town. In 1864 
Fordyce assumed the support of his father, who had cared for 
Isaac, Sen., in his old age. In 1871 Frank bought of his father 
the home farm. 

i. Jason W., b. Mar. 9, 1843; d. Feb. 21, 1873; m. Jan. 1. 
1864, Mary, dau. Roswell and Mary Dewey, b. Northfield; ch. : (a) 
George B., b. Oct. 25, 1864; (b) Dora E., b. 1872; d. Sep. 5, 1894. 

ii. Isabelle S., b. May 28, 1844; m. (1) Dec. 21, 1865, Fred 

C, son James McCullough; m. (2) Feb. 11, 1880, John P., son John J. 
and Catherine M. (Barry) Donovan, b. 1850, Ireland. 

ill. Frank Fordyce, b. May 7, 1846; m. Dec. 29, 1866, Celestia. 
dau. Merrill A. Owen, b. 1846, Bethel; ch.: (a) Fred F., b. Apr. 5, 1868, 
Bethel; (b) E. A. Everett, b. Sept. 7, 1873; (c) son, b. Oct. 5, 1875, 

iv. Charles W., b. Oct. 30, 1852; d. Dec. 4, 1882; m. Aug. 8, 
1877, Carrie J. Heath. 

Isaac Pinney, Sen., was a Revolutionary soldier. 


ALBERT B. [6] PIXLEY (William [5], Benjamin [4], 
William [3], Alexander [2], William [1]), b. May 12, 1830, 
Sharon; d. Jan. 20, 1908, Vineland, N. J.; m. (1) Nov. 16, 1854, 
Lavinia P., dau. Hervey and Sarah Tracy, b. Sep. 30, 1830, 
Tunbridge; d. June 26, 1900, Tacoma Park, D. C; m. (2) July, 
1902, Ella M., dau. Robert and Prudence Pond, b. Nov. 14, 
1867, Vineland, N. J. Mr. Pixley rem. to S. Roy. in 1865 from\ 
E. Randolph, and settled on the Daniel Rix farm, now owned ' 
by Dom Blake. While in S. Roy. his father, William, came to 
live with him, and died here Oct. 12, 1878. Mr. Pixley was 
actively interested in the Grange movement. He rem. to Vine- 
land about 1881, where he was engaged in the lumber business. 
He was a respected townsman of Vineland, and in 1898 came 
within fifteen votes of being elected mayor. 

* i. Delia M., b. June 26, 1857; m. 'George H. Cowdery. 
ii. Lottie M., b. Aug. 20, 1867; m. J. H. Clark of Washing- 
ton, D. C. 

History op Royalton, Vermont 917 


WILLIAM PLAISTED, parentage unknown, m. July 16, 
1821, Anna, dau. Nathan and Anstross Leonard, b. 1772, Bar- 
nard; d. Nov. 10, 1882, reaching a full century. The year be- 
fore he was married Mr. Plaisted bought some land of David 
Lamphere in 4 L. A. His son William secured his parents a 
home on Broad Brook where they died, and here Oliver lived 
alone after the death of his mother. He had a cancer, and suf- 
fered greatly. A peculiar strain ran through the family, ap- 
proaching mild insanity with some of them. Oliver was well 
educated, and had good talents. 

i. Fanny, b. Nov. 1, 1822; d. Mar. 27, 1877, unm. 

ii. Oliver, b. Sep. 27, 1823; d. Dec. 30, 1881, Roy., unm. From 
his autobiography which he left one learns that, as a boy, he lived 
with William Hunting, Amos Robinson of Roy., and Blisha Nye of 
Barnard, and Amasa Royce of Sharon; that he went to school to E. P. 
Stevens, Dan. H. Leonard, Joel Ellis, and Ebenezer Cox of Barnard; 
taught school at the age of 17; went to Mass. and worked for Gen. 
Thos. Davis; returned to Vermont and built a house; he speaks of a 
flood in 1850. 

iii. William W., b. Dec. 28, 1824; in Rock Falls, Wis., in 1877. 


OLIVER PRESTON, b. 1767; d. Nov. 6, 1861, Roy.; m. 
Mar. 19, 1807, Anna, dau. Peter and Mercy (Case) Whitney, 
b. Sep. 10, 1774, Ashford or Wellington, Conn. ; d. Mar. 9, 1858, 
Roy. At time of marriage Oliver was in Pittsfield. In 1810 
he bought the "Cotton" lot of 33 acres, most of which he and 
Jonathan sold in 1843. 

i. Benjamin, b. 1808; d. Oct. 26, 1869. 

ii. Jonathan W., m. May 4, 1843, Jerusha Slack of Tunbridge; 
res., Manchester, N. H. 

NATHAN G. PRESTON, son of Burton and grandson of 
John, b. Oct. 16, 1839 ; m. Mar. 7, 1866, Electa A., dau. Chaun- 
cey and Martha (Brewer) Tenney, b. Jan. 16, 1847. Mr. Pres- 
ton has lived in several places, and several years in Roy. 

i. Carrie Ellen, b. May 28, 1869, Quechee; d. Nov. 5, 1886. 

ii. Mabel Hannah, b. Nov. 16, 1878, Roy.; m. Apr. 9, 1901, 
George A., son Albert E. and Hattie M. (Durkee) Emery, b. 1879, 

Apr. 9, 1845; m. Nov. 26, 1867, Strafford, Ellen Sarah, dau. 
Albert Gallatin and Almira Brown (Preston) Bliss, b. Dec. 12, 
1844, Strafford ; living in S. Roy. Mr. Preston lived for a time 
in Royalton village. 

* i. Maud Louise, b. May 13, 1871, Tunbridge; m. Chas. P. 

* ii. Ruth Lillian, b. Sep. 9, 1874, Tunb.; m. Albert Fay Lyman. 

* iii. Alice May, b. Sep. 4, 1876, Tunb.; m. Fred J. Shepard. 
iv. Burton Leroy, b. Jan. 11, 1887, Tunbridge. 

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* V. Delia Susannah, b. Jan. 11, 1887, Quechee; m. Leon 

LUTHER D. PRESTON, b. June 10, 1803; d. Sep. 25, 
1867, Roy.; m. Sarah B. Colcord, b. Sep. 20, 1798; d. Sep. 2, 
1878 ; Mr. Preston rem. from Northfield to S. Roy. in 1859. Some 
time after his death his widow removed to Lebanon, N. H. He 
bought the ell part of Mrs. Wallace's house and moved it across 
the street and converted it into a dwelling house, now occupied 
by James M. Shepard. 

The emigrant ancestor of the Prestons was Roger, who came from 
England to Ipswich, Mass., in 1635. 


1. CALEB HARRIMAN RAY, son of William and Ruth 
of New London, N. H., b. Feb. 28, 1807, Henniker, N. H.; d. 
Sep. 24, 1878, Roy. ; m. Sarah G., dau. John and Hannah (Gree- 
ly) Sewall, b. Oct. 1, 1808, Wilmot or Guilford, N. H. ; d. Mar. 
5, 1889, Roy. ; both bur. N. Roy. Gem. ; Mr. Ray rem. from New 
London, N. H., in 1845, and settled on "Royalton Hill," in the 
Bosworth district. His land bordered Barnard in 25 L. A. 
Here he and his wife lived and died, and his father William, 
who came to him in his old age, and died in 1857. 

2. i. Anthony Colby, b. Aug. 19, 1833. 

* ii. Pamelia A., b. Sep. 15, 1840; m. Darwin Boyd. 

2. ANTHONY COLBY RAY, son of Caleb, b. Aug. 19, 
1833, New London, N. H.; m. (1) Mar. 10, 1861, Ellen M., dau. 
Bela and Hannah (Young) Spaulding, b. June 8, 1835, Cor- 
nish, N. H.; d. Aug. 1, 1869, Roy.; m. (2) Oct. or Nov. 28, 
1869, Julia Ann, dau. Billy and Sarah (Gass or Goss) Batchel- 
der, b. Jan. 5, 1850, Enfield, N. H.; d. July 11, 1878, Roy.; 
m. (3) Oct. 10, 1881, Ellen Maria, dau. Lorenzo and Hannah 
(Tewksbury) Trescott, b. Aug. 16, 1845, Hartford; d. Oct. 13, 
1906, Hartford. Anthony came to Roy. with his father. After 
marriage he lived with his father-in-law in Barnard one year 
and a half, at which time he enlisted in Co. G, 16th Vt. Vols., 
and served the full nine months, when he returned to Roy. and 
bought a small farm near his father's, where he lived until 1881, 
when he rem. to Hartford, where he now resides. 

i. Fred Eugene, b. June 29, 1865, Roy.; d. Dec. 13, 1894, 
Bethel; m. Sep. 26, 1885, Amy Adella Chamberlain, b. and d. in Bethel; 
ch.: (a) Ellen Mabel, b. Mar. 28, 1887; m. Aug. 25, 1906, Sidney Hub- 
bard, son Francis F. and Clara (Hallock) Russell, b. 1880, Spring Val- 
ley, Col.; (b) George Tecumseh, b. Apr. 7, 1891; d. Jan. 22, 1895; (c) 
Christie Adella, b. Aug. 4, 1892. In his boyhood Fred B. lived with 
his grandfather Ray and George Ellis. 

ii. Willie Anthony, b. July 20, 1869, Roy.; d. Aug. 27, 1869. 

iii. Hugh DeLisle, b. Jan. 30, 1871, Roy. 

iv. Nellie Maria, b. Nov. 29, 1874, Roy. 

V. Ned Caleb, b. Oct. 20, 1876, Roy. 

vi. Mary Ann, b. June 16, 1878, Roy. 

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JOHN REYNOLDS, son of John and Elizabeth (Pickett) 
Reynolds, b. Dec. 5, 1773, Marblehead, Mass. ( ?) ; d. July 13, 
1849, Tunbridge; m. Mary (Polly) Burroughs, b. Mar. 22, 1779, 
Mass. ; d. June 22, 1866, Tunbridge. 

i. John P., b. Oct. 30, 1797, Greenfield, N. H.; d. Sep. 11, 
1825, Tunbridge. Shoemaker. 

ii. Benjamin, b. Oct. 22, 1799, Greenfield; d. May 17, 1869, 
Tunbridge; m. Aug. 10, 1826, Mary, dau. Daniel and Polly (Kent) 
Sumner. Children: Martha Ann, George, Charles, Mariette. 

iii. Polly, b. Feb. 13, 1802, Greenfield; d. July 18, 1866, Tunb. 

iv. Louisa, b. Apr. 26, 1804, Greenfield; d. May 13, 1870, Royal- 
ton, unm. 

V. Lucinda, b. Apr. 26, 1804, Greenfield; d. Jan. 6, 1859, Tun- 
bridge, unm. 

vi. Hooper Andrew, b. Oct. 18, 1806, Tunbridge; d. Apr. 29, 
1861, Tunbridge; m. Mary Farnham, and had four children, all dead. 

2. vii. Joseph Warner, b. Apr. 25, 1809, Tunbridge. 

3. viii. Ransom, b. Oct. 10, 1812, Tunbridge. 

4. ix. Harvey, b. Apr. 5, 1815, Tunbridge. 

5. X. James Adams, b. Apr. 25, 1818, Tunbridge. 

2. JOSEPH WARNER REYNOLDS, son of John and 
Mary Burroughs, b. Apr. 25, 1809; d. Oct. 9, 1884, Royalton; 
m. Oct. 20, 1834, Eliza, dau. Chester and Mary (Hibbard) 
Cleveland, b. Feb. 28, 1809, E. Bethel; d. July 27, 1886, Roy- 
alton. Joseph W. rem. from Tunbridge to So. Royalton village 
about 1872. 

i. Edgar Fudge, b. Dec. 31, 1835; d. May 19, 1906, So. Roy. 

ii. Azro Hibbard, b. Dec. 14, 1838, Tunbridge; d. Mar. 6, 1908, 
Tunbridge; m. 1869, Emily Tryphena, dau. Daniel and Dadama Allen. 
Children: (a) Zoe Emily, b. Dec, 1870; (b) Josie Dadama, b. Mar., 
1873. Azro H. grad. from Dart. Med. in 1863. Practiced in Barnston, 
Quebec, 1864-77. Farmer, doctor and musician in Tunbridge. His two 
daughters are violinists of repute. Camilla Urso when in New Eng- 
land sent for them, and showed them much attention. 

iii. Elizur Cleveland, b. Mar. 25, 1840; d. June 24, 1866. 

iv. Laura Ellen, b. June 18, 1849, Tunbridge; living in So. 
Royalton ; unm. 

3. RANSOM REYNOLDS, son of John and Mary Bur- 
roughs, b. Oct. 10, 1812 ; d. Sep. 2, 1884, Royalton ; m. Mar. 15, 
1840, Tunbridge, Mary Hibbard, dau. Chester and Mary (Hib- 
bard) Cleveland, b. Mar. 15, 1811, E. Bethel; d. Dec. 14, 1891, 
Royalton. Ransom was a farmer, and rem. from Tunbridge to 
Royalton about 1855. 

i. Albert, b. Feb. 11, 1841, Tunbridge; d. Mar. 17, 1841. 

ii. Arabella Amanda, b. Jan. 21, 1843, Tunbridge; d. Apr. 
18, 1876, Chelsea; m. Charles Lasell, and had five children: Emma, 
Alice, Wilbur, Laura, Eva; all dead except Laura, who lives in Ever- 
ett, Wash.; m. a Waterman. Alice m. and left one dau. 

iii. Francis Frederick, b. Nov. 19, 1844, Tunbridge; d. Oct. 
3, 1881; m. 1867, Emma E. Bliss. Served in Civil War, 1865, Co. F, 
Frontier Cavalry. 

iv. Alma Louisa, b. July 19, 1849; m. (1) Nov. 15, 1870, Clark 
"Leander, son Leander and Polly (Blanchard) Turner, b. Nov. 15, 1847; 

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d. Feb. 23, 1909, Royalton; m. (2) Nov. 9, 1910, Warren Leonard, son 
Leonard and Sarah (Wellington) French, b. Aug. 24, 1835, Bethel; 
res. in So. Royalton; no ch. 

4. HARVEY REYNOLDS, son of John and Mary Bur- 
roughs, b. Apr. 5, 1815; d. Feb. 16, 1894, Royalton; m. Maria, 
dau. Samuel Thorne, b. July 10, 1822, Washington; d. 1907 (?), 
Mechanicsville, N. Y. Harvey Reynolds rem. to Royalton from 
Tunbridge about 1854. Farmer. 

i. Agnes Maria, b. 1846, Royalton; d. Oct. 2, 1863. 

ii. Edwin Frank, b. 1851, Tunb.; d. several years ago; m. 
Dec. 13, 1873, Isie Edna, dau. William and Lavinia (Tenney) Welling- 
ton, b. 1853, Hinsdale, N. H. ; d. some years ago; one ch., Roland 
Wellington, b. May 5. 1875, Roy. 

iii. Samuel Thorne, b. May 26, 1861, Royalton; res., Mechanics- 
ville, N. Y., and Williamstown, Mass. 

5. JAMES ADAMS REYNOLDS, son of John, b. Apr. 
25, 1818, Tunb.; d. Apr. 26, 1896, Roy.; m. (1) Mehitable 
Ann, dau. Cyrus and Rachel (Cheney) Chapman, b. Aug. 
13, 1819, Tunb.; d. Jan. 7, 1854, Brookfield; m. (2) Olive Cham- 
berlain, dau. John and Mary (Graham) Calder, b. July 16, 
1830, Barnet; d. Mar. 5, 1887. Mr. Reynolds rem. from Tunb. 
to Roy. in 1861. He owned several places, but his last resi- 
dence was below S. Roy., a farm which he purchased of Sheldon 
Tenney. The first five ch. were b. in Tunb., the others in Roy. 

* i. Marcia Amanda, b. Aug. 1, 1844; m. Robert Waterman, 
ii. Edward Smith, b. May 13, 1848; d. Oct. 26, 1851, Tunb. 

* iii. Susan Adelaide, b. Feb. 20, 1850; m. James H. Waterman, 
iv. Marcus Wesley, b. June 3, 1853; d. Feb. 5, 1892, Sharon; 

m. Apr. 2, 1885, Emma E., dau. James and Samantha Freeland, b. 1850, 
Moriah, N. Y.; one ch., b. Dec. 12, 1886; d. in a few weeks. 

V. John Willie, b. July 16, 1857; m. June 6, 1881, Eva A., 
dau. Orison Adelbert and Melvina (Hudson) Bartlett, b. Dec. 9, 1860, 
Bridgewater; d. Mar. 16, 1905; ch.: (a) Bernice Eva, b. June 7, 1883, 
Bar.; m. June 6, 1901, Edward E. Corey of Gilsum, N. H.; res. 782 
Summer St., Manchester, N. H.; (b) Bertha May, b. Aug. 6, 1884; m. 
Mar. 14, 1903, Carlton M. Cross of Hartford; res. Reading; (c) Goldie 
Olive, b. Feb. 19, 1888, Roy.; m. Mar. 4, 1908, William Albert Harlow 
of Bar.; res., Woodstock. 

vi. Luella Jane, b. June 14, 1862; m. Sep. 2, 1891, Elmer 
Broughton of Bridport; d. Aug. 8, 1899; ch.: (a) Carrie Olive, b. Jan. 
19, 1894; res. Moriah, N. Y.; (b) James Loren, b. Jan. 25, 1898; d. 
Sep. 23, 1899. 

vii. Fred Hooper, b. July 3, 1865; res. Paonia, Col.; unm. 

viii. Frank Leslie, b. Nov. 25, 1867; res. Los Angeles, Cal.; m. 
but no ch. 


BENJAMIN RICE, son of Stephen and Matilda Rice, b. 
Mar. 16, 1804, Woodstock; d. May 2, 1867, Roy.; m. Jan. 18, 
1829, Abigail Mary, dau. Enos and Sarah (Bemis) Child, b. 
May 24, 1807, Cornish, N. H. ; d. Apr. 25, 1868, Roy. ; both bur. 
N. R. Cem. Benjamin Rice went to Northfield to work in 
Paine 's factory when he was eleven, and remained until of age, 

History of Royalton, Vermont 921 

when he went to Boston. He returned to Bethel in two years, 
married and rem. to Warren. He had been there about two 
3'ears when on the 6th day of July, 1830, there was a terrible 
freshet which destroyed all their property. It was at this time 
that he rem. to Roy., and started a woolen factory near the 
Thaeher place, as later known. His mill was burned in Feb., 
1850, and he then devoted his time to farming, which was not 
so likely to prove disastrous through the operation of the ele- 
ments. He had no children so far as known. His father, Ste- 
phen, was born in Lancaster, Mass., 1767 ; rem. to Vermont in 
1790, and to Wis. fifty years later. In 1792 he m. Matilda 
Allen of Woodstock. He d. May 21, 1857, Oakland, Wis. After 
becoming a farmer, Benjamin gave some attention to the raising 
of hops, and in 1864 he leased to Crayton Belknap 1,200 hop 


GODFREY M. RICHARDSON, b. 1859-60, Brighton, 

Mass.; d. Apr. 1, 1854, E. Bethel; m. (1) abt. 1781, Anna , 

b. 1763; d. Feb. 1, 1825, Roy.; m. (2) Mar. 12, 1830, Patty, 
dau. William and Patty (Randall) Flint, and wid. Samuel 
Vinton, b. Feb. 1, 1801, Hampton, Conn.; d. Dec. 28, 1895, 
E. Bethel; all bur. E. Bethel. Patty m. (1) Sep. 1, 1820, Sam- 
uel Vinton, who d. Feb. 25, 1826. She had no ch. by Mr. 
Richardson. Godfrey rem. to Roy. in the spring of 1781, and 
settled on the Fowler-Benson farm, 32 T. P., near E. Bethel. 
His first house was of logs, fourteen feet square, located near 
the Second Branch, opposite the present Dearing house. The 
trail up the branch then ran on the west side, and access to 
his house was by a ford. He brought his wife and household 
goods from Windsor on horseback. In making the ford to reach 
his house, his wife with the household goods was nearly swept 
away, as the stream was swollen with heavy rains. As illus- 
trative of her courage, it is told that once when her husband 
was away, hearing a commotion among the pigs, she went out 
to investigate, and found a bear, which she drove away with a 
fire brand. Mr. Richardson cleared this land where he settled. 
He was a man of more than ordinary intelligence, judgment, 
and executive ability. He erected a good house and other build- 
ings, about half way from the present buildings to the branch. 
When he was ninety years old he was present at a public gath- 
ering, and supported on either side he made a speech. He was 
a Revolutionary soldier, and at the battle of Bunker Hill. He 
enlisted Apr. 30, 1775, in the 7th Co., N. H. troops, the men 
composing which were mostly from Rindge and Jaffrey. He 
was pensioned, and his widow continued to draw a pension. 
They left the farm and rem. to E. Bethel in 1836, where they 

922 History of Royalton, Vermont 

were cared for by Philander Chase House, whose wife was 
a daughter of Mrs. Richardson. He had eight eh, by his first 

i. Israel, b. June 19, 1783, Roy. 

ii. Abial, b. May 20, 1785, Roy. 

iii. Converse, took freeman's oath in 1815. 

iv. Abigail; perhaps the one who m. June 3, 1810, Ezra Gould 
of Bethel; at time of her father's death she was called Abigail Durfee. 

V. Ira, took freeman's oath in 1818. 

vi. Anna, m. Dec. 14, 1817, Orlan Palmer of Bethel. 

vii. Godfrey. 

viii. Timothy, took freeman's oath in 1822. 
By her first husband Patty had (a) Samuel N., b. Mar. 25, 1821, 
Braintree; d. 1832; (b) Zopher, b. July 5, 1822; d. May 6, 1889, Elm, 
N. J.; (c) Harvey, b. Sep. 13, 1823; d. in rebel prison in Civil War; 
(d) Althera M., b. Nov. 9, 1825; d. Jan. 14, 1887, E. Bethel; m. Oct. 
13, 1846, Philander C. House; ch.: (i) Harvey P., b. Mar. 12, 1849; 
d. 1909; (ii) Clayton P., b. Aug. 18, 1857; see "Medical Profession." 
Patty retained her bodily and mental powers to a remarkable degree. 
At the time of her death she was the oldest person living in Bethel. 
SANFORD RICHARDSON, d. June 7, 1818, Bethel; m. 

Roxalana . He bought 32 Dutch on June 30, 1783. He 

was listed until 1806. He rem. to Bethel and died there. 

i. Margaret, b. Feb. 15, 1781. 

ii. Roxy, b. Aug. 11, 1783. 

iii. Harper, b. Oct. 1, 1786, Roy. prob. 

iv. Eunice, b. Jan. 5, 1789. 

V. Sanford, b. May 7, 1791. 

vi. Roxy, b. June 13, 1793; prob. the Roxy who m. Israel 
Pinney of Roy., Nov. 5, 1811. 

vii. Eunice, b. Sep. 24, 1797. 


JAMES RIGGS, b. Sep. 30, 1770; d. Dec. 1, 1857, Bethel; 
m. (1) 1793, Rhoda Pond, b. 1774; d. Oct. 31, 1806, Roy.; bur. 
Metcalf Cem.; m. (2) 1808, Mrs. Sally, wid. of Isaac Buck (See). 
James was first listed in 1798. In 1801 he took a lease of a 
college lot, one-half of which he leased to John G. Riggs, who 
was probably his brother. John G. sold his half in 1805, and 
seems to have left town. The year when James rem. to Bethel 
has not been ascertained, but he was here as late as 1822. He 
was a shoemaker in Bethel. 

i. John L., b. Jan. 27, 1794; went to Ohio, m. and had a son, 
a doctor, living in Bryan, 0. 

ii. Polly, b. Sep. 16, 1795; d. 1843, Chelsea. 

iii. Rhoda, b. June 27, 1797; d. 1828, Conn. 

iv. Milly, b. Mar. 20, 1799, Roy.; d. Sep. 28, 1880, Potsdam, 
N. Y. 

V. James, b. Dec. 22, 1800, Roy.; d. June 16, 1885, Parishville, 
N. Y.; m. Jan. 23, 1825, Lucy, dau. David and Betsey (Gushing) 
Bowen, b. 1807 (?], Roy.; d. Oct. 15, 1874, Parishville, N. Y.; one 
ch., at least, Volney, who m. and res. Parishville. 

vi. Jehiel, b. Sep. 30, 1802, Roy.; d. Sep. 7, 1877, Stockholm, 
N. Y.; m. Betsey E., dau. Samuel Newton, b. Nov. 20, 1809, Canada; 

History op Royalton, Vermont 923 

d. July 28, 1900, Stockholm; ch.: (a) Harmina, b. June 5, 1831; d. 
May 17, 1905; (b) Eli, b. Apr. 8, 1833; d. Nov. 20, 1902; (c) Harriet 
A., b. Aug. 16, 1836; m. a Seaver, and res. Winthrop, N. Y.; (d) Simon, 
b. June 30, 1839; d. Oct. 10, 1841; (e) Lucy M., b. Jan. 31, 1841; d. 
Apr. 4, 1844; (f) Lucia H., b. June 9, 1843; d. Dec. 25, 1907; (g) 
Silas W., b. Sep. 9, 1845; d. Oct. 20, 1863, Va.; (h) Calvin T., b. Aug. 
12, 1849. 

vii. Betsey, b. Oct. 20, 1804; d. Aug. 11, 1877, Bethel; m. 
Averill, son Johnathan and Abigail (Parish) Burnett, b. Jan. 16, 
1798, Bethel; d. July 22, 1847, Bethel; ch.: (a) Myron, b. Apr. 22, 
1830; m. Elizabeth Bowen (See Bowen) ; a lumber dealer and promi- 
nent man in Bethel; (b) James, b. July 9, 1837, Bethel; d. Aug. 22, 
1900, Bethel; m. (1) Jan. 16, 1859, Annette A. Warren, b. Mar. 23, 
1840, Bethel; d. July 27, 1872, Bethel; m. (2) Adeline Lillie of Aurora, 
111., Apr. 10, 1878, b. Dec. 1, 1837, Bethel; ch.: (i) Daniel L., b. Jan. 
12, 1866; m. Nellie Grace Martin (See Martin); (ii) Bertha A., b. 
Apr. 3, 1868; (iii) Robert E., b. Mar. 7, 1879; m. June 12, 1903, Ethel 
M. Twitchell; no ch.; (c) Hayden, b. May 17, 1840; m. Sarah Kelsey; 
res. Huntington, O.; (d) Mary, b. June 2, 1842, Bethel; m. Matthew 
Hussey; res., Rutland. 

viii. Eli, b. Mar. 16, 1809; d. May 8, 1830, Vt. 

ix. Susan, b. Mar. 16, 1812; d. 1844, Chelsea. 

X. Julia, b. Dec. 27, 1814; d. May 1, 1832, Lowell, Mass. 


1. DEA. DANIEL [4] RIX (Thomas [3], James [2], 
Thomas [1]), b. Sep. 24, 1738, Preston, Conn.; d. Mar. 30, 1823, 
Roy.; m. Oct. 28, 1762, Rebecca Johnson, b. 1739; d. Jan. 21, 
1823, Roy.; bur. N. Roy. Cem. See "Earliest Settlers." Mr. 
Rix assisted in carting materials for Fort Fortitude at Bethel. 
His first log house below S. Royalton was described some years 
ago by Rachel Ann Rix in a sketch of the Indian raid. The 
house contained two large rooms and two bedrooms. The fam- 
ily made and covered some of their own furniture, and so at- 
tractive was the house within and without, that a neighbor said, 
' ' I declare. Deacon, what knack some of these gals and wimming 
dew have to bring things round ship shape. Now there's your 
wife, Deacon, allerz seems to carry a streak of sunshine wher- 
ever she goes." A woman with a streak of sunshine about her 
was what often made endurable the privations and trials of 
pioneer life. The children were probably all born in Preston, 
except Jerusha. He was elected dea. 1787; resigned in 1815. 

* i. Susan [5], b. June 30, 1764; m. (1) Heman Durkee, and 
(2) July 12, 1820, Hezekiah Hutchinson, brother to John Hutchinson, 
and a widower with six children. 

2. ii. Garner [5], b. July 31, 1769. 

iii. Joseph Johnson [5], b. Aug. 31, 1770; d. 1867, Memphis, 
Mich.; m. (1) Feb. 25, 1794, Roy., Cynthia, dau. Thomas and Marcy 
(House) Bingham, b. Oct. 10, 1767; d. Nov. 21, 1834, Alexander, N. Y.; 
m. (2) Miss Way.; rem. to Alexander, N. Y., abt. Oct., 1810, when he 
sold 38 Dutch. His children were born in Royalton except George 
B. Joseph was one of the boys captured by the Indians, and re- 
leased at the intercession of Mrs. Handy. Children: (a) Garner 
Johnson [6], (?), b. Apr. 15, 1795; d. Feb. 25, 1885, Kala- 

924 History op Eoyalton, Vermont 

mazoo, Mich.; m. in Alexander, Laura Durkee, and rem. to Mich., 
1839; six ch.; Albert and Daniel live in Mattawan, Mich.; (b) Harry 
[6], b. Dec. 1, 1797; d. Apr. 10, 1867, Memphis, Mich.; m. Mar. 15, 
1825, Eliza Roberts; six ch., four boys; (c) Ira [6], b. Apr. 6, 1800; 
d. June 16, 1884, Kalamazoo; m. May 19, 1850, Vilata Estelle Moores, 
b. Dec. 10, 1828; rem. to Mich.; associate judge on the supreme bench 
for a term of years; (d) Cynthia [6], b. Mar. 28, 1802; m. Earl Kidder, 
and res. in Alexander; (e) Oel [6], b. Aug. 1, 1804; d. Sep. 8, 1880, 
Memphis, Mich.; m. May 20, 1836, Lydia Sage, b. Aug. 20, 1814, Shafts- 
bury; five ch., one, George H. [6], res. in Lawton, Mich.; (f) Lucy 
Maria [6], b. Aug. 1, 1804; d. Mar. 26, 1870, Silver Creek, N. Y.; m. 
Dana Spaulding, who d. Feb. 21, 1872; four ch.; one, Albert Henry, 
res. Chicago, 111.; (g) George B. [6], b. Jan. 10, 1812, Alexander; m. 
Aug. 25, 1841, Olive Anna Northrop; six ch.; was high sheriff for Kala- 
mazoo County, Mich. 

* iv. Rebecca [5], b. May 10, 1773; m. Rev. Abial Jones. 

3. v. Daniel [5], b. Apr. 22, 1775. 

4. vi. Elisha Lee [5], b. Mar. 5, 1777. 

* vii. Jerusha [5], b. Aug. 23, 1780, Roy.; m. Amos Hutchinson. 
2. GARNER [5] RIX, son of Daniel [4], b. July 31, 

1769, Preston, Conn., prob. ; d. Aug. 28, 1854, Roy. ; m. 1790, Bet- 
sey, dau. Ezekiel and Elizabeth (Bliss) Lyman, b. Nov. 14, 1773, 
Lebanon, Conn. ; d. Nov. 18, 1851, Roy. ; both bur. N. Roy. Cem. 
Garner was one of the original grantees. He was only twelve 
years old at the time the charter was granted. No explanation 
is given, why his name was included with other grantees of 
legal age, but in all probability it was because of his captivity by 
the Indians. The account of his captivity is found in the ' ' Burn- 
ing of Royalton." No doubt his whole life was changed by the 
experience of that time. He was strong in mind and in body. 
It was his boast to the end of his life that he was never sick a 
day and never lost a meal of victuals. He was found dead in 
his bed, and had passed to the other land without suffering the 
decay of his mental and physical powers. His original holdings 
of land included 100 acres in 26 L. A., 100 acres in 22 L. A., 
and 100 acres in 14 T. P. His after division was sold by his 
father with his own in 1785. When he arrived at manhood he 
purchased other land, but he settled on 22 L. A., and cleared 
the farm where Pearl Dewey now lives. He built the saw mill 
which still stands on the brook. Once every winter his children 
and grandchildren were invited to come to dinner, and the "In- 
dian story" was then re-told in his most realistic way, imitating 
the yell of the savages, and in his excitement he would some- 
times rise and brandish his cane for the war club and tomahawk. 
He was once called upon to relate it when a donation was given 
to Mr. Bumham, principal of the Academy. The story of his 
Sunday bear is told by his grandson, Daniel G. Wild, Esq., in 
the Wild Memorial. "One Sunday morning, seeing a big bear 
in the field where his cattle were, the carnal mind got the better 
of his religion, and seizing his gun, a relic of the Revolutionary 
War, he, with his dog, went for the bear. The bear, he said, 

History of Royalton, Vermont 925 

suddenly lost his appetite for beef, and made for an old hemlock 
with the Deacon and the dog in hot pursuit. The bear won out 
and climbed the tree, but the gun and the Deacon and the dog 
were too much for him, and his meat replenished the family 
larder." When his wife at one time broke down with the care 
of her large household, and doctors failed to help her, he fitted 
up the old farm wagon with an easy chair and other conveniences 
for traveling, and with his two work horses drove her down to 
her old home in Middletown, Conn. They made the trip in 
eight or ten daj^s each wav. and she came home perfectlv cured. 

i. Ebenezer [6], b. Feb. 29, 1792; d. Apr. 24, 1872, Roy.; m. 
Sep. 29, 1822, Roy., Rhoda D., dau. Darius and Rachel (Bingham) 
Dewey, b. July 10, 1791, Roy.; d. Dec. 22, 1847. He seems to have left 
town for a while after attaining majority, but settled here in 1817. 
He was a farmer and wheelwright. In the year of his marriage he 
bought of Daniel Rix, Jr., a part of 26 and 30 L. A., including a dis- 
tillery and brick house. Ch.: (a) Rachel Ann [7], b. Oct. 17, 1823; 
d. Oct. 9, 1889, St. Louis, Mo.; m. Nov. 30, 1853, Philip M. Rowland 
of Sandy Hill, N. Y. She grad. from Royalton Academy and Castle- 
ton Female Sem., and was a woman of superior intellectual attain- 
ments; oh.: (i) George H. [8], b. Jan. 5, 1855, Roy.; m. Dec. 25, 1901, 
Isabel Hogan; res. 3937 Kennerly Ave., St. Louis, Mo.; (ii) Susie A. 
[8], b. Aug. 4, 1857, Brooklyn, N. Y.; m. 1878, John Harmonies De- 
Graff, b. June 2, 1858, Amsterdam, N. Y.; no ch.; (b) Joseph Blodgett 
[7], b. Aug. 10, 1825, Roy.; d. 1861, Port Jarvis, N. Y.; m. Emeline 
Wickham of Greenville, N. Y.; (c) Rhoda Dewey [7], b. Jan. 3, 1827; 
m. Sep. 8, 1863, Elisha J. Baldwin; res., Springfield, Mo.; two sons, 
Frank Heron and Eugene Wallace; (d) Martha [7], b. Aug. 15, 1830; 
d. Sep. 17, 1830; (e) Cornelius [7], b. Jan. 26, 1832; (f) Harriet [7], 
b. Mar. 3, 1834; d. Dec. 9, 1839. 

* ii. Rebecca [6], b. Jan. 28, 1794; m. Darius Dewey, Jr. 

iii. Levi [6], b. June 1, 1796; d. Sep. 5, 1872, Roy.; m. (1) 
Lydia M., dau. William and Nancy (Gorham) Matthews of Rochester, 
b. 1805; d. June 8, 1843; m. (2) May 29, 1850, Roy., Lucy Flynn, dau. 
Elisha Lee and Betsey (Flynn) Rix, b. Sep. 10, 1812, Roy.; d. Dec. 
25, 1863, Roy. See "Medical Profession." Ch.: (a) William Matthews 
[7], b. 1830; d. Jan. 6, 1892, unm.; (b) Mary Elizabeth [7], b. 1832, 

Rochester; d. Mar. 18, 1875; m. (1) Daniel Ainsworth, son of 

and Lucinda (Ainsworth) Guptil, who d. ; m. (2) Oct. 10, 1872, Chester 
Chapman, son Richard Roswell and Nancy (Chapman) Flynn of Bethel; 
res. Bethel and Haddonsfield, N. J.; ch.: (i) Carl Clifton [8], d. 
young; (ii) Katherine Leona [8], b. May 17, 1860; m. O. R. Collins 
of New York; (iii) Carrie Belle [8], m. Herbert E. Flint, and res. 
Springfield, Mass., 155 Catherine St. 

*iv. Lucinda [6], b. May 10, 1798; m. Elisha Wild. 

v. Heman [6], b. July 25, 1800; d. Jan. 14, 1892, Lebanon, 
N. H.; m. Betsey, dau. Barnabas Fay, who d. Apr. 9, 1883, Lebanon. 
Ch.: (a) George [7], b. Nov. 4, 1829; d. Apr. 1, 1899, Lebanon, N. H.; 
m. Oct. 16, 1855, Sylvia Maria Walker, b. Apr. 30, 1834; ch.: (i) Chester 
Lincoln [8], b. May 16, 1861; i)ostmaster in Lebanon for a time; rem. 
to Worcester, Mass.; two ch. ; George became blind; (b) Albert Wins- 
ton [7], b. Aug. 29, 1831; d. Mar. 7, 1892; m. May 10, 1863, Lizzie A. 
Ayers [7], b. 1832; d. Oct. 9, 1898, Lebanon; ch.: (i) Mary Louise 
[8], b. July 8, 1871; (ii) Lizzie [8], b. May 14, 1873; d. young; Al- 
bert W. was a machinist in Lebanon. 

vi. Calvin [6], b. May 29, 1802; d. abt. 1832, unm. 

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vii. Florinda [6], b. Apr. 13, 1804. 

viii. Daniel [6], b. Aug. 4, 1805; d. Feb. 27, 1877, Roy.; m. 
Florilla E. Stone. Mr. Rix was elected deacon of the First Cong'l 
Church in 1860, which office he held until his death. He died on 
Sunday, from the effects of a fall from the scaffold in his barn, after 
his return from church. He was found unconscious and did not re- 
gain his senses. He was an honorable and honored citizen of the 
town. Ch.: (a) Daniel S. [7], b. Mar. 7, 1838; (b) Edwin [7], b. 
July 27, 1839; (c) Florilla A. [7], b. Dec. 24, 1840; d. Jan. 28, 1873, 
Roy.; (d) William Stone [7], b. Dec. 14, 1845, Waldoboro, Me.; m. Nov. 
27, 1878, Sarah, dau. Capt. Solomon and Olive (Matthews) Taylor; 
grad. of Dartmouth, 1874; prin. Utica New York Preparatory School, 
and ruling elder in the church; res., Utica, N. Y.; four ch. 

ix. Mary [6], b. Mar. 12, 1809; d. Sep. 12, 1846. 

X. Eliza [6], b. May 18, 1815; m. Feb. 11, 1852, Dea. Cyrus 
Page of Barnard. 

xi. Joseph [6], b. Apr. 11 or 23, 1811; d. young. 
3. DANIEL [5] RIX, son of Daniel [4], b. Apr. 22, 1775, 
Preston, Conn.; d. Sep. 1, 1846, Roy.; m. Apr. 8, 1798, Roy., 
Anna, dau. Curtis Cleveland, b. 1775; d. Feb. 22, 1825, Roy. 
Soon after coming of age Daniel, Jr., bought a farm in 26 L. A., 
land that his father owned. He was actively interested in poli- 
tics, some account of which may be found in Chap. XLII. He 
bought parts of 30, 17 and 18 L. A., and ran alone or in com- 
pany with others a saw mill and a grist mill, and a distillery. 
His energies were directed in various channels. He served as 
selectman ten years, and represented the town in the legislature 
in 1815 and 1817. His opinions had weight in the political 
affairs of county and state. 

i. Almira [6], b. Feb. 13, 1799; d. Feb. 3, 1801, Roy. 

ii. Jerusha [6], b. June 18, 1801; d. June 19, 1819, Roy. 

iii. Marshall [6], b. Jan. 24, 1803; d. Dec. 23, 1891, Sharon; 
m. Adeline, dau. Aaron Ball of Groton, N. H.; ch.: (a) Jeannette [7], 
m. James Ireland; died; no ch.; res., Waterloo, la.; teacher before her 
marriage; (b) Gustin Marshall [7], b. Aug. 23, 184 — , Roy.; m. Apr. 
14, 1870, Hannah M., dau. Frank Brown of Norwich; ch. bom in 
Sharon: (i) Myrtle Azella [8], b. Sep., 1873; (ii) Linwood Marshall 
[8], b. Dec, 1875; m. and has one ch.; res. in Mass.; (iii) Joseph 
Carroll [8], b. Mar. 28, 1879; res., Sharon; (iv) Frank Lester [8], 
b. Sep. 28, 1883; (c) Rosette Adeline [7], b. 1847, Roy.; d. Apr. 30, 
1903, Alden, la.; m. Apr. 29, 1866, Albert, son Sam. and Julia (Derby) 
Richardson of Norwich, and had Fred, Mabel, Stella; (d) Betsey Ann 
[7], m. Thomas Strong; no ch.; (e) Ensign Jubel [7], b. July 5, 
1852 (?); m. Abbie Bruce; ch. born in Norfolk, Neb.; (i) Harry 
Bruce [8], b. Dec. 20, 1890; (ii) Frank Ray [8], b. May 17, 1891; (iii) 
Mabel Abbie [8], b. Apr. 24, 1897; (f) Levi Daniel [7], b. Oct. 13, 
1854, Sharon; m. Sep. 2, 1882, Strafford, Marion Helen, dau. Daniel 
and Amelia Ann (Tucker) Wallace, b. Sep. 28, 1860, Strafford; ch. 
born in Sharon; (i) Forest Leland [8], b. Oct. 21, 1883; (ii) John 
Elmer [8], b. Aug. 11, 1885; (iii) Wesley Donald [8], b. May 30, 
1887; (iv) Bessie Amelia [8], b. Aug. 14, 1889; (v) Goldie Idella 
[8], b. May 30, 1892; (vi) Foster Vernon [8], b. Oct. 15, 1895; (vii) 
Eugene Harrison, b. June 22, 1903. Levi D. is a farmer in Sharon. 

iv. Lyman Lewis [6], b. Mar. 14, 1805; d. Mar. 22, 1895, 
Bethel; m. Mary M. , who d. Apr. 22, 1883, aged 68 yrs.; ch.: 

History of Koyalton, Vermont 927 

(a) Daniel M. [7], b. April 11, 1843, Roy.; d. Sep. 6, 1900, Bethel; m. 
Nov. 19, 1871, Almira, dau. Mark and Abigail Gilson, b. 1851, Gran- 
ville; ch.: (i) Anna [8], b. 1882; m. Jan. 17, 1903, Glenn W., son 
Frank V. and Lucy (Whitaker) Gilman, b. 1880, Stockbridge; one 
son, b. Nov. 15, 1906; (ii) Calvin Leroy [8], b. Oct. 13, 1883, Bethel; 
(iii) William W. [8], b. June 23, 1895, Bethel. Lyman Lewis lived 
in Roy. some years then rem. to S. Tunbridge; he sold out there in 
1883. He bought a one-half interest in the Broad Brook picking and 
carding machines in 1835, and in 1847 he sold to Marshall. He grad. 
from Dartmouth in 1827; a physician. 

v. Martha [6], b. Aug. 13, 1807; m. Mar. 15, 1829, Samuel 

vi. Philander [6], b. Dec. 22, 1809; d. July 25, 1837. 

vii. Celina [6], b. Dec. 21, 1811; m. Nov. 13, 1831, Dr. Enoch 

viii. Son, b. June 26, 1814; d. June 27, 1814. 

ix. Sarah [6], b. Mar. 25, 1815. 

X. Jerusha [6], b. Oct. 29, 1819. 

xi. Jennette [6], b. Dec. 4, 1831. 

xii. Daniel [6], b. Jan. 31, 1825; d. Mar. 14, 1825; ch. all b. 

4. ELISHA LEE [5] RIX, son of Daniel, b. Mar. 5, 1777, 
Preston, Conn.; d. Dec. 9, 1851, Roy.; m. Oct. 26, 1801, Roy., 
Elizabeth, dau. Richard and Mary (Record) Flynn, b. July 17, 
1780; d. May 27, 1846, Roy. Elisha lived on the home farm 
with his parents, below S. Royalton. This he sold in 1812 to 
Joseph Lee. He removed to the farm above Roy. village, known 
as the Rix farm, near the cemetery, where he died. In 1844 he 
sold the most of the farm to his sons George and William. He 
held the highest town offices except that of representative. He 
was a true scion of the old stock, noted for gentle courtesy, 
upright dealing and intellectual endowment. 

i. Almira [6], b. July 26, 1802; d. May 15, 1858, unm. 

ii. Lewis [6], b. Dec. 10, 1803; d. Oct. 12, 1804; bur. S. Roy. 

iii. Emily [6], b. Jan. 16, 1804; d. Oct. 15, 1861, Wells River; 
m. July 26, 1827, Abel Underwood, b. Apr. 8, 1799, Bradford; d. Apr. 
22, 1879, Wells River; ch.: (a) Elizabeth [7], b. Mar. 31, 1830; m. 
Benj. B. Clark, and had five ch.; res. St. Johnsbury; (b) George Rix 
[7], b. Apr. 15, 1832; d. Oct. 10, 1856, Ala., unm.; (c) Ehama Rix [7], 
b. Feb. 13, 1835; d. Oct. 15, 1861; (d) Ellen M. [7], b. May 18, 1841; 
m. (1) July 15, 1858, William Roscoe Dean, who d. Aug. 13, 1861; 
m. (2) Apr. 10, 1872, Dr. H. D. Hickok; res. Malone, N. Y.; three 
ch.: (e) Susan A. [7], b. Sep. 2, 1842; d. Nov. 3, 1896; m. (1) Jan. 
25, 1859, George Damon, an officer in the Civil War; m. (2) Mar. 27, 
1876, John P. Flanders, who d. Jan. 7, 1894. Abel Underwood grad. 
from Dartmouth in 1824; U. S. Dist. Att'y, in Vt., 1849-53; judge of 
Circuit Court, 1854-57. . -,■ ^^ 

iv. George [6], b. Dec. 6, 180?; d. Mar., 1891, Keokuk, Iskl^ 
m. (1) Apr. 28, 1840, Eleanor Porter, dau. Calvin ahd Sarah (Bfill- 
ings) Skinner, who d. soon; m. (2) Jan. 31, 1842, Rebecca Diel, b. 
Apr. 30, 1822; d. Apr. 30, 1901; ch.: (a) Susan Flynn [7], b. Dee. 13, ^/^^ 
1842, Sumterville, Ala.; d. Aug., 1884, Chicago; m. D©e^«rl»43, Henry ^-^/^ 
M. Collisson, who d. in Chicago the same day as his wife. He was 
an Englishman, and an Episcopal minister, highly educated. They 


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928 History op Royalton, Vermont 

had four ch.: (b) Alice Montgomery [7], b. June 6, 1845, Sumterville; 
m. June 18, 1872, Frederick McKee Stafford, b. Jan. 24, 1842, Tus- 
caloosa, Ala.; five ch.; res. Keokuk, la.; (c) George Frederick Diel 
[7], b. 1850; d. 1862; (d) George Edward [7], b. June 25, 1853, 
Gainsville, Ala.; m. Jan. 8, 1878, Mary Cooper Tucker, b. Oct. 17, 
1855, Keokuk; member of the firm Stafford and Rix; cashier of the 
State Central Savings Bank of Keokuk; (e) Rebecca [7], lived but 
ten days; (f) Harry Spence [7], b. 1858; (g) Frank Underwood 
[7], b. Aug., 1860; d. Aug., 1861; (h) Charles Daniel [7], b. 1862; d. 
July, 1873. Greorge rem. to Sumterville, Ala., then to Mobile, where 
he had a wholesale grocery business. He established the banking 
house of Rix, Hale & Co., in Keokuk, la., in 1857, and also later 
carried on a wholesale iron business. 

V. Charles [6], b. Aug. 16, 1809; d. 1851, Sumterville, Ala., 

5. vi. William [6], b. July 10, 1811. 

*vii. Lucy Flynn [6], b. Sep. 10, 1812; m. Dr. Levi Rix. 

viii. Susan Durkee [6], b. May. 16, 1818; m. June 26, 1844, 
Oscar C. Hale of Wells River, who d. May 30, 1880, on board steamer 
"Clinton," on his way home from Minn. He was cashier of Newbury 
bank for seventeen years, and was mainly instrumental in the arrest 
of "Bristol Bill," who broke into the bank while Mr. Hale was cashier. 
He rem. to Keokuk, la., and organized the banking Co. of Rix, Hale 
& Co., with his brother-in-law,; treasurer of the city of Keokuk sev- 
eral years; trustee of Iowa College at Grinnell. 

ix. Edward [6], b. Aug. 1, 1820; d. Mar. 6, 1907, Roy.; m. (1) 
June 28, 1840, Louisa, dau. David W. and Sarah (Eaton) Wells, b. 
May 18, 1825, Woodstock, N. H.; d. Sep. 26, 1878; m. (2) May 17, 
1883, Mrs. Mary T., dau. Ishmael and Huldah Hall (Bemis) Tuxbury, 
b. May 18, 1821; d. Sep. 26, 1878. She was the wid. of Charles Clapp. 
No ch. Mr. Rix lived in Royalton village a while, but his last days 
were spent on the home farm where his father died. He was quite 
deaf in his old age, but retained his mental powers until shortly be- 
fore his death, and enjoyed talking of the early days in Royalton. 

5. WILLIAM [6] RIX, son of Elisha [5], b. July 10, 
1811, Roy. ; d. June 27, 1892, Roy. ; m. Sep. 11, 1837, Burling- 
ton, Katherine Fletcher, dau' Thaddeus and Abigail (Wilkins) 
Kendall of Burlington,' b. Jan. 31, 1814, Mt. Vernon, N. H. ; d. 
Nov. 1, 1905, Roy. Mr. Rix was born on the farm where his 
father lived and died, the Timothy Durkee lot. He was edu- 
cated in the district school, fitted for college in Royalton Acad- 
emy, and entered the University of Vermont in 1830. His rec- 
ord at the University was honorable, but ill health compelled 
him to seek a milder climate, and he left before graduation in 
1834. Though not a graduate, the U. V. M. conferred on him 
the honorary degree of A. M. in 1843, a fitting recognition of 
his intellectual attainments. After his marriage he settled in 
the South, and established the firm of Rix, Kendall & Co. . at 
Mobile, Ala., with branches in two other towns. He was pros- 
perous in his business until the breaking out of the Civil War, 
His marked Union sentiments made his residence at the South 
during this period one of anxiety and danger. His facile pen 
pictured some of the events of that period in a publication en- 

Mrs. Katlierine Fletcher _ (Kendall) Rix. ^ )Av.;.l'i. 1811-1892.' 

1814-1905. r' T.ep Rix Martin Tullar Skinner, 

William Skinner. Jr., Elisha l^ee ^mx, 1821-1889. 

1^'^^" r,, ■ c • l'< - • ■ ^j ;^ j3 (Smith) Skinner, 

William Skinner. Senior. J^i^- ->i<iii<^ ^- > '-_ . ^ 



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titled, ' ' Incidents of Life in a Southern City During the War. ' ' 
His son was subject to draft in the Confederate army, and he 
gives a vivid account of his escape, and the letter which the son 
wrote to his mother after the vessel in which he was fleeing had 
run the blockade. An extract follows, describing the son's feel- 
ings when the first gun was fired: 

"I saw a streak of lightning, but did not think any more 
about it. I had just got seated, when whiz-z-boom — you ought 
to have seen me tumble into the cabin, between the cotton bales. 
I got down there quicker than a prairie dog ever got into his 
hole. I expected every moment to see cotton bales, cannon balls, 
and the whole side of the ship come into the cabin. I kept 
below about fifteen minutes, and thought then that all danger 
was over, and I would go on deck and see the fun of passing 
the fleet. I had hardly got my head out of the cabin, when 
very unpleasant sounds struck my ear — whiz-z — bang — boom- 
whiz-z-boom — the shells were screaming and dropping all around 
us. Such a romantic sight I never witnessed in my life — balls 
whizzing — shells exploding — every ship in the fleet lighted up." 

One extract is given showing the condition of the poverty- 
stricken people in Mobile: 

"The storehouses were broken open one after another, and 
their contents seized and conveyed to the several parts of the 

town. A woman, once of the better sort, and for want of 

something more appropriate, dressed in silks borrowed from 
better times, is rolling before her to her distant home a barrel 
of flour. A brawny Irish woman staggers by with a side of 
bacon balanced on her head, and as many hams as her arms can 
clasp. There were more women than men that assumed the 
character of beasts of burden. - - - A feeling of retributive 
justice lent new energy to their spirits, when they discovered 
that the warehouses were literally stuffed with provisions of the 
best kind, much of which had been permitted to lie till spoiled, 
while they and their little ones had been starving in sight of 

Mr. Rix with warm sympathies could not fail to interest 
himself in improving the condition of these poor people, and to 
be active in re-establishing government in the city and state. 
At a meeting of loyal citizens gathered for that purpose he was 
chosen president. 

Soon after the close of the war he returned to Royalton. 
He spent his last days peacefully in his native town, trusted 
and honored by all. He was in the truest sense a gentleman 
of the old school. It has been said of him that he was "a man 
of profound convictions, of great probity of character, and ever 
esteemed for a magnificent manhood." Courteous to his hum- 
bler brother, charitable to all, a welcome companion for culti- 


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vated and scholarly minds, he lived and died an honor to the 
town of his nativity. 

Mr. Rix became acquainted with his wife while in the Uni- 
versity at Burlington, The Kendall and Wilkins families from 
which she sprang were identified with the social, educational, 
and business life of New Hampshire. Her parents moved to 
Burlington when she was fourteen. A well-known journalist 
familiar with her in her girlhood wrote a poem in her honor. 
This is one of the stanzas: 

"Young Kate, there is a witching spell 

In thy sweet name and sweeter face, 
And hearts and tongues with rapture dwell 

Upon thy loveliness and grace, 
For, lovely girl, thou seem'st to be 
All music, love, and poetry." 
Of her position as a young bride in Mobile it was said, 
"Mrs. Rix was a woman, no matter where her place of residence, 
who could accept and worthily fill the most exacting social posi- 
tion. Her versatility and varied accomplishments tended to 
make her popular and widely known in the southern city and 
state." Of her life after their return to Royalton it was truth- 
fully and feelingly written, "Every worthy object was the 
recipient of her help and benefaction. Her home church of 
St. Paul was especially dear to her heart, and in this her in- 
terest never waned. Truly it may be said of her that she grew 
old beautifully, retaining that gentility and urbanity that ever 
characterized her to the very end. ' ' She was proficient in music 
and was accustomed to sing at commencement at the U. V. M., 
where her services were highly valued. She had a keen sense 
of humor and was a lover of nature in all its moods. The 
Cong'l church, to which Mr. Rix belonged, received many evi- 
dences of their interest in its work. They are both remembered 
as public benefactors, kind neighbors, and cultured people whom 
it was a privilege to know. 

i. George Wilkins [7], b. Mar. IG, 1842, Mobile, Ala.; d. 
Nov. 27, 1848, Mobile. 

* ii. Katherine Kendall [7], b. Oct. 15, 1845, Sumterville, Ala.; 
m. William Skinner. 

iii. William Elisha [7], b. July 16, 1847, Mobile; d. Jan. 
13, 1867, Concord, N. H., unm. 

iv. George Wilkins [7], b. July 2, 1849, Roy.; d. Apr. 7, 1856, 

V. Abigail Wilkins [7], b. June 21, 1852, Mobile; d. Dec. 
23 1852. 

vi. Susan Hale [7], b. Apr. 1, 1854, Mobile; d. Apr. 21, 1855, 

*vii. Elizabeth Flynn [7], b. June 21, 1852, Mobile; m. J. D. 

The Rix family clearly traces its origin to Sir John Thomas Rix, 
Earl of Offord of Brancaster Castle, Brancaster, Eng. Thomas [1], 
came to Salem, Mass.. abt. 1645; rem. to Preston, Conn., and died 

History of^Royalton, Vermont 931 

there. Thomas [3], the father of Dea. Daniel Rix, was born in Salem, 
Mass., 1693; d. t^ere Oct. 10, 1771. The old home of Dea. Daniel Rix 
in Preston, Conn., stood until Jan., 1906, when it was burned. 


AMOS ROBINSON, m. (1) Levina , who d.; m. (2) 

Betsey , b. 1762 ; d. Dec. 9, 1838, Roy. ; bur. Broad Brook 

Cem. ; Mr. Robinson was first listed in 1797, and his first pur- 
chase of land was in 1799, when he bought M. 7 L. A. His 
activities in the industrial line have been mentioned in Chap. 
XXVI. Like some other of Royalton's early citizens, he became 
involved in debt, and was forced to spend some time in Wood- 
stock within jail limits, but seems to have succeeded in arrang- 
ing his affairs, and resuming business. He went to Sharon, 
but the place of his death has not been ascertained. The little 
settlement on Broad Brook was no doubt due to his energy and 

i. Amos, b. Dec. 28, 1797, Roy.; m. (1) Dec. 10, 1821, Roy., 
Betsey, dau. Asahel and Nancy (Smith) Davis, b. 1795; d. Sep. 15, 
1824, in Brownell house, Broad Brook; m. (2) June 9, 1825, Lois, 
dau. Joseph and Desire (Culver) Safford, b. Dec. 4, 1800, Roy.; ch.: 
(a) Nancy, b. 1824; m. Apr. 21, 1847, George W. Fay; (b) Betsey, 
twin of Nancy, m. George Clark; (c) Dwight G., b. 1832; d. Feb. 18, 
1853; there were also Mary Ann, m. N. Thacher, Martha and Cyrus, 
who d. in prison in Civil War; Calvin, Alfred, William, d. in Roy., 
Charles. Martha m. (1) an Englishman, who became a Mormon, and 
from whom she separated; (2) an American; (3) an Irishman; (4) 
a Dutchman, and had ch. by each; res., Volney, la. Many of this 
family went to the far West. Amos was killed by lightning while 
haying. His wife survived him several years; res., Neenah, Wis.; in 
So. Roy. several years. 

ii. Hiram, b. Aug. 12, 1799; m. Mar. 4, 1822, Almira Morgan. 

iii. Cephas, b. 1801; d. Mar. 14, 1803. 

iv. Joel, b. 1803; d. Mar. 31, 1804. 

v. George, b. 1804 (?); d. June 3, 1822. 

vi. Allen Joseph Bullard, b. Dec. 27, 1805, Roy.; d. July 12, 
1881, Roy.; m. July 5, 1831, Lucy A., dau. Edward Sargent, b. Jan. 
22, 1813, Pomfret; d. Sep. 23, 1878, Roy.; lived on the farm near the 
schoolhouse on Broad Brook, where his father lived for a time; ch.: 
(a) Amos, b. Sep. 2, 1831; supposed to have d. in Miss., 1865; in Civil 
War.; (b) Eimily P., b. Jan. 23, 1834; d. May 7, 1895, Manchester, N. 
H.; a tailoress; a botanist of some note; her collection of rare ferns 
attracted much attention; (c) George, b. Dec. 19, 1835; d. May 10, 
1863, Wolf Run Shoals, Va.; in Civil War, in Co. F, 12th Regt., Vt. 
Vols.; m. and had (i) Nellie, who m. Almon Morse; she died, leaving 
ch.; (ii) George, b. 1863; (d) Joseph Allen, b. Apr. 20, 1845, Roy.; 
m. Nov. 13, 1871, Lizzie May, dau. Paschal Sherwin, b. 1847, Hart- 
land; d. Sep. 2, 1899, Hartland; ch.: (i) Mabel S., b. May 13, 1875, 
Roy.; m. May 19, 1897, Julian Burke; ch.: Merton, b. May 11, 1898; 
Raymond, b. Aug. 26, 1899; Everett, b. May 19, 1902; Milton, b. May 
19, 1905; Percis, b. Aug. 25, 1909; res. Windsor, Hornerstown, N. J.; 
(ii) Walter A., b. Apr. 25, 1877, Roy.; m. Mar. 6, 1904; (iii) Alice 
M., b. Mar. 6, 1882, Hartland; m. May 1, 1900; (iv) Sarah L., b. Nov. 
29, 1884, Windsor; m. June, 1902. 

932 History op Royalton, Vermont 

vii. Cyrus D., b. Nov. 4, 1808; d. Feb. 24, 1864. 

viii. Maria, b. Mar. 23, 1809; d. Apr. 29, 1817. 

ix. Hartwell, b. June 8, 1815. 
TIMOTHY ROBINSON, b. 1784; d. Apr. 12, 1868, Roy.; 
m. Dec. 20, 1819, Olive, dau. David and Betsey Bowen, b. Nov., 
1793-94; d. May 19, 1881, Roy.; both bur. Howe Gem. Mr. 
Robinson rem. from Stockbridge to Roy. about 1832. 

i. John, b. Mar., 1821; d. Sep. 15, .1822; bur. Howe Cem. 

ii. Elizabeth, b. Nov. 7, 1823; d. Feb. 28, 1891, Boston; m. 
Jan. 2, 1851, Ambrose W. Spaulding; ch.: (a) Minnie; (b) Carrie, m. 
three times, now Mrs. Neal of Boston; her mother died with her; 
Elizabeth had lived in Jaffrey, N. H. 

iii. John, b. Aug. 18, 1825; d. June 11, 1873; m. Sep. 26, 1850, 
Harriet, dau. Loren W. and Tirza Clark, b. Nov. 28, 1826, Walpole, 
N. H.; d. Sep. 19, 1872, Roy. Mr. Robinson was a drover, and died 
in Sharon, falling dead suddenly, while attending to business. He 
was a man of much energy and force of character. Ch.: (a) Samuel 
Bowen, b. June 26, 1852; m. Jan. 8, 1874, Ida Julia, dau. Phineas and 
Adeline (Chase) Ball, b. 1857, Keene, N. H.; ch.: (i) Josie May, b. 
July 17, 1877, Roy.; (b) Jack Addison, b. Nov. 25, 1859; m. Hattie 
Proctor; (c) Clarence John, b. Sep. 19, 1867; m. Myrtle Rigdon. 

iv. Richard Rush, b. May 8, 1831; d. Apr. 2, 1890, Randolph; 
m. Dec. 2, 1858, Susan B. Sanford, b. 1832; in 1853 Richard made an 
agreement to support his parents. 

V. Josephine A., b. Oct. 17, 1833, Roy.; m. Oct. 29, 1863, 
Julius Lane of Potsdam, N. Y.; res. in Roy. eighteen years in house 
Joel Packard built, where Mr. Southard now lives; Mr. Lane d. May, 
1890, Crawford, Neb.; no ch. 


RILEY GEORGE ROGERS, son of Ordolphus and Laura 
(Evans) Rogers, b. Sep. 12, 1842, Sharon; d. Feb. 11, 1900, 
Roy.; m. May 29, 1881, Friendly Jane, dau. Neil and Friendly 
A, (Hart) Russ, b. June 6, 1843, Roy. He was a soldier in the 
Civil "War, in Co. E, 1st Vt. Cav. 

i. Infant son, b. May 23, 1882, Roy. 

ii. Henry Stevens, b. July 26, 1883, Roy.; m. July 2, 1902, 
Jennie, dau. George and Mary (Johnson) Lombard, b. 1884, Tunb.; 
ch.: (a) Doris Leona, b. July 30, 1903; (b) Eloise Helen, b. Sep. 12, 
1905; (c) Roy Elsworth, b. Mar. 27, 1907; (d) Hazel Evelyn, b. Aug. 
9, 1909; d. Aug. 3, 1910; (e) Erie, b. May 10, 1911; d. May 17, 1911. 
*iii. Jennie Mandy, b. Dec. 26, 1885, Roy.; m. Gerald E. Faneuf. 
CHARLES EDWARD ROGERS, son of Sam. and Rose 
Rogers, b. June 10, 1861, Brunswick; m. Dec. 8, 1882, Anna 
Estella, dau. Thomas and Sarah Josephine (Waldo) Vesper, b. 
Aug. 24, 1861. Lives on the Jonathan Bowen farm. 

i. Hattie Lizzie, b. Mar. 15, 1884, Roy.; m. June 12, 1902, 
Wilfred A., son John and Mary (Swenor) LaRock, b. 1878, N. Y.; 
ch.: (a) Wilfred Estella, b. May 31, 1903, Roy.; (b) Byron Edward, 
b. May 24, 1908. 

ii. Robert T., b. 1887; m. Oct. 10, 1908, May Bessie M., dau. 
Judson and Delia (Hadley) Smith, b. 1884, Middlebury, Mass. 

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iii. Sarah Estelle, b. July 18, 1889, Roy.; m. Charles B., son 
Lewis Jacob and Sophia Jennie Leazer, b. 1886, Tunb.; one ch., 
Eunice Josephine, b. Dec. 4, 1907, Roy. 

iv. Florence G., b. May 30, 1894, Roy. 

V. Son, b. and d. May 20, 1897, Roy. 


JOHN [5] ROOT (Eliakim [4], Thomas [3], Thomas [2], 
Thomas [1]), b. Mar. 1, 1760, Bolton, Conn.; d. July 22, 1834, 
Roy. ; m. Jan. 8, 1789, Salisbury, N. H., Polly Eastman, b. June 
10, 1769, Kingston, N. H. ; d. Oct. 1, 1848, Roy. Mr. Root 
made his first purchase of land in N. E. 53 T. P. in 1794, but 
did not come to Roy. until the next year. In 1800 he bought 
the farm where Amos Eaton now lives. There were two houses 
on the place, and the road ended at their house. He was a 
Revolutionary soldier. 

i. Roxy [6], b. Nov. 2, 1789, Grantham, N. H.; d. Oct. 18, 

ii. John [6], b. Apr. 24, 1791, Grantham; d. Jan. 4, 1812. 

iii. Polly [6], b. May 12, 1793, Grantham; d. Jan. 19, 1813. 
2. iv. Stephen Eastman [6], b. Mar. 4, 1795. 

V. Daniel [6], b. May 10, 1798, Roy.; d. Nov. 7, 1820. 

vi. Benjamin [6], b. Oct. 11, 1800, Roy.; d. Sep. 5, 1816. 

vii. Huldah [6], b. Mar. 31, 1808, Roy.; d. Sep. 13, 1815. 

viii. Wealthy [6], b. Oct. 29, 1810, Roy.; d. July 5, 1891; m. 
Sep. 13, 1843, John Church, b. July 16, 1807; d. May 23, 1861, Tunb. 

ix. William [6], twin of Wealthy; d. Oct. 30, 1810. 
2. STEPHEN EASTMAN [6] ROOT, son of John [5], 
b. Mar. 4, 1795, Grantham, N. H. ; d. Mar. 6, 1883, Roy.; m. 
Jan. 3, 1821, Tunbridge, Hannah, dau. Thomas, Jr., and Ase- 
nath (Flint) Moxley, b. June 23, 1800, Tunb. ; d. June 2, 1889, 
Roy.; bur. Havens Gem. Stephen was a farmer, and had parts 
of 12 and 19 Dutch. His ch. were born in Roy. 

i. Mary Eastman [7], b. Mar. 14, 1822; d. Apr. 14 or 16, 
1863-64, Putnam, N. Y.; m. Sep. 14, 1848, Lowell, Mass., Frederick 
H. Partridge; ch.: Anthan Bythuren; Clintus Idus, who d. in Wis.; 
Ida May; Alma Lovisa, who m. Robert Lee, a Baptist minister; Fred- 
eric Horn, who lives in Saratoga, N. Y.; Merritt Eastman, b. Apr. 4, 
1863; m. and has six ch. 

ii. James Moxley [7], b. July 4, 1823; d. Jan. 1, , Cal.; 

m. Aug. 12, 1852, Emily M. Wait of Ohio; ch.: Emma, Leila, Ellis 
James, and twin, Alice Emily, George, Gilbert, Frankie Mabel, Cory, 
and two more. 

iii. Martha Washington [7], b. Feb. 23, 1826; d. Apr. 3, 1909, 
St. Johnsbury; m. June 10, 1848, Lowell, Mass., J. R. Batchelder of 
St. Johnsbury, b. Sep. 13, 1826; ch.: (a) Alice Eugena [8], b. Sep. 
23, 1850; d. May 14, 1880; (b) Eldora Augusta [8], b. Oct. 1, 1852; 
d. Nov. 15, 1884; (c) Albert Jedkins [8], b. Nov. 1, 1854; res., Boston; 
m. and has ch.; (d) Lillie Belle [8], b. Jan. 8, 1857; d. Mar. 8, 1865; 
(e) James Eddie [8], b. Nov. 27, 1858; (f) Stephen Eastman [8], b. 
July 8, 1866; (g) Matie [8], b. Feb. 17, 1869; d. July 27, 1871; (h) 
Mattie [8], twin of Matie, d. Dec. 21, 1871. 

iv. Huldah Asenath [7], b. Nov. 9, 1827; m. Dec. 5, 1867, 
Roy., Col. Spencer Smith, b. Sep. 1, 1802; d. Aug. 1879; one ch., 

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Eliza Wealthie, b. Dec. 31, 1868; d. Apr. 13, 1896, Boston, unm. 
Huldah was a second wife. She still res. in Tunbridge. 

V. John Tyler [7], b. Feb. 27, 1829; d. May 6, 1902, Tunb.; 
lived in Roy. with parents until after their death. 

vi. Eunice Chapman [7], b. Aug. 16, 1830; m. Aug. 19, 1866, 
Columbia, Cal., Rufus J. Starbird; ch.: (a) Abbie B. [8], b. Aug. 6, 
1867, Sonora, Cal.; (b) Ellen Alicie [8], b. Oct. 15, 1869, Sonora; 
(c) Geneva [8], b. Aug. 7, 1871; all m. and have ch. 

vii. Hannah Moxley [7], b. Oct. 16, 1832; m. Mar. 17, 1859, 
Andrew J. Foster, b. Dec. 31, 1834, Washington; ch.: (a) infant son, 
b. Mar. 16, 1861, Tunb.; (b) Arthur Melvine [8], b. Mar. 18, 1862, 
Chelsea; d. in Chelsea; (c) James Warren [8], b. Apr. 30, 1864; d. 
May 1, 1879, Chelsea; (d) Minnie Alida [8], b. Apr. 17, 1866; d. July 

21, 1870, Chelsea; (e) Gertrude May [8], b. Nov. 29, 1868; d. May 
15, 1879, Chelsea; (f) Winifred Alida [8], b. Jan. 31, 1872; m. James 
Thompson, and res. in Montpelier; (g) Berton Elmer [8], b. May 

22, 1874; d. May 5, 1878, Chelsea. 

viii. Stephen Eastman [7], b. Oct. 18, 1834; d. Feb. 11, 1904, 
Rochester, N. H.; m. Sep. 1, 1861, "Virginia Elmira Hall of Wheelers- 
burg, O.; ch.: Horace Tracy [8], b. May 16, 1862; Luella Aurelia 
[8], b. Dec. 9, 1864; Eveline, Linwood, and Lucie Virginia. Stephen 
was educated at Hillsdale College, Mich.; began preaching at 16; tutor 
in Albany, O., Univ.; chaplain in 9th Mich. Vols.; settled in Bangor 
and Gardner, Me.; Freewill Baptist minister; returned to Vt. and 
studied medicine; grad. from U. V. M. Med. Coll. with degrees of 
A. M. and M. D. in 1875; practiced at Rochester, N. H. 

ix. Sarah Amelia [7], or Asenath, b. Feb. 9, 1836-37; d. Mar. 
27, 1841, Roy. 

X. Jane Eastman [7], b. Mar. 11, 1839; d. Jan. 25, 1877; m. 
(1) William Ordway, who d. within a year after marriage; m. (2) 
in Cal., Sep. 16, 1865, Emery Horton Osgood; ch.: (a) Frank Etnery 
[8], b. July 21, 1866, who d.; (b) Harry Freeman [8], b. Nov. 26, 
1868; (c) Willie [8], who d. 

xi. Benjamin Albert [7], b. Apr. 23, 1842; m. Dec. 1, 1864, 
Sarah Jane, dau. Levi and Fanny Louisa (Havens) Baker, b. Sep. 23, 
1842, Roy. The next day after Benj. was born his sisters had him 
in the kitchen to eat greens; rem. with his father to Wis. in 1856, 
and returned in 1859; went out with 101 men in Co. E, 2nd Vt. Vols., 
and was one of the ten left to be discharged; rem. to la. in 1883, to 
Neb. in 1886, then to Wyoming, where he ran a horse and cattle 
ranch until 1900, when he rem. to Lusk, Wyoming; justice of peace 
eight years, and judge in the police court; has two girls and two 


1. LEMUEL ROSS, parentage unknown, also date of birth 

and death ; m. Keziah , of whom nothing more is known. 

It is thought that they lived in Strafford before coming to Tun- 
bridge. Mr. Ross rem. from Tunb. to Roy. in 1798-99. He was 
listed from 1799 to 1803. He does not seem to have owned any 
land, so far as the deeds show, but he paid taxes on real estate. 

i. Sarah, b. Mar. 2, 1784, Henniker, N. H.; m. Mar. 25, 
1802, Silas Button of Tunb. 

ii. Reuben, b. Sep. 8, 1786, Henniker; m. Apr. 6, 1809, 
Sharon, Laura White; on Jan. 6 he had leased a school lot, which 

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he sold in 1821, and sold his pew in 1833; he is said to have rem. 
over the mountain. 

iii. Levi, b. Oct. 6, 1787, Henniker. 

iv. Daniel, b. Aug. 23, 1789, Tunb.; perhaps the Daniel who 
m. Dec. 29, 1816, Thankful Ainsworth; a later record gives the mar- 
riage of Daniel to Susanna Whitman of Norwich, Dec. 27, 1820; he 
bought one-half the school lot of his brother, and later secured 100 
acres more of school land; he sold out in 1821. 

v. Sewall, b. May 8, 1791, Tunb.; d. Oct. 6, 1868, Tunb.; m, 
Sarah, dau. Stephen Roberts of Strafford, b. 1792, Strafford; d. Oct. 
31, 1865, Tunb.; both bur. Button Cem., Tunb.; ch.: (a) Levi, b. Aug. 
22, 1820; d. Apr. 24, 1884, Tunb.; m. Eunice, dau. Spaulding and 
Mary Shepard of Sharon; three ch. d. in childhood; (b) Freeman, 
b. Oct. 13, 1823, Tunb.; d. Nov. 27, 1904, Amesbury, Mass.; m. 1845, 
Jane Orpha, dau. John and Susan (Wells) Preston, b. Sep. 28, 1823, 
Strafford; d. May 25, 1897, S. Roy.; bur. Branchview Cem. Freeman 
rem. to S. Roy. about 1882, and lived on Pleasant Street; he sold to 
his son, Henry, in 1894, and went to Amesbury, Mass., where he d. 
Mrs. Ross d. in S. Roy. She was a devoted wife and mother, and a 
faithful member of the M. E. Church. Ch.: (i) Susan Ellen, b. Aug. 
31, 1847, Strafford; d. June 9, 1868, Strafford, unm.; (ii) Hattie 
Evelyn, b. July 6, 1860, Northfleld; m. Charles Adams (See); (iii) 
Eva Lucinda, b. Mar. 27, 1862, Northfleld; m. 1880, Henry W. Clogs- 
ton; one son, William Henry, b. 1884, m. Laura Brown, and has one 
ch., Paul; res. Greenfield, Mass.; (iv) Alma Jane, b. Dec, 6, 1850, 
Strafford; m. Edson S. Sanborn; res. Amesbury, Mass.; no ch.; (v) 
Henry Marcellus, b. Apr. 24, 1855, Strafford; m. Marie Howser, who 
d. July 6, 1901; no ch.; Henry M. lived several years in Roy.; (c) 
Benjamin, twin of Freeman; d. Mar., 1842, Manchester, N. H., unm; 
(d) Lucinda, b. 1826; d. Feb. 12, 1889; m. Nathan Preston of Tunb.; 
one ch., d. an infant; (e) Martin, b. Nov. 1830, Tunb.; d. Feb. 22, 
1904, Tunb.; m. Dec. 13, 1860, Annie Sherman Walker, who d. July 
31, 1899, Tunb.; ch.: (i) Sherman, b. July 20, 1862, Tunb.; m. Sep. 
26, 1888, Cora, dau. Major and Sarah (Luce) Grant, b. May 1, 1867, 
Tunb.; ch.: Reuben, b. July 6, 1889, Tunb.; Edith, b. Apr. 18, 1893, 
Tunb.; (ii) Fred, b. Jan. 20, 1864; m. Nora Hobbs of Chelsea; five 
ch.; res. Pasadena, Cal.; (iii) Jerome, b. 1866; m. (1) Sadie Dickey, 
who d. July 19, 1899; m. (2) Flossie Rogers of Tunb.; one ch., Sadie, 
b. July 17, 1899; (iv) Stella, b. 1868; d. Oct. 14, 1881, Tunb.; (v) 
infant son; (vi) Jennie, b. Aug. 6, 1873; d. Oct., 1896, Tunb.; (f) 
Joseph, b. Feb. 12, 1837, Tunb.; d. May 15, 1904; m. Nov. 25, 1856, 
Delia Lucetta, dau. Osman and Lucy (Felton) Farnham, b. Aug. 4, 
1836, Tunb.; ch.: Mahew Allen, Byron Felton, Ozema Almeda, who 
m. George Bingham, and d. 1911, Luella Lucetta, and Adella Lucy. 
The children of Freeman Ross are not arranged in the order of their 

vi. Lydia, b. Sep. 28, 1792, Tunb. 

vii. Rebecca, b. Feb. 17, 1793, Tunb. 

viii. Mary, b. June 27, 1795, Tunb. 

ix. Olive, b. Nov. 23, 1799, Roy. 

X. Ira, b. Apr. 4, 1801, Roy. 


1. PHILIP ROYCE, son of Philip, m. Beulah Barrows, 
date of death unknown. He died several years before she did. 
He came from Mansfield, Conn., about 1794, and from Wood- 

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stock to Roy. in 1807. He lived on what is called the Barrows 
place, Broad Brook. The house was below the one burned some 
years ago. His farm covered parts of 4, 8, and 9 L. A. 

i. Philip, b. July, 1790, Mansfield, Conn.; d. Jan. 30, 1868, 
Roy.; m. Polly Frink, b. 1796; d. July 1, 1878. In 1823 he bought 
one-half his father's farm, and on Jan. 22, 1821, he sold one-half his 
"deceased father's" farm to his brother, Amasa. In 1829 he sold one- 
half the farm to Ichabod Davis, and seems to have left town. He 
returned and died in Roy. Ch.: (a) Edson, b. July 26, 1816; d. in 
Barnard; m. Thankful Perrin, and had two daughters; (b) Harvey 
F., b. July 13, 1818; d. in Woodstock; m. Almira Royce, and had Mary, 
who m. Orando Randall; (c) Mary, b. June 9, 1820; d, Jan, 12, 1842; 
(d) Sylvester, b. Apr. 18, 1822; m. a Miss Allen of Hartland; no 
eh.; (e) Sophronia, b. Aug. 3, 1824; m. Albert Spear, b. Pomfret; 
both d. Hartland; no eh.; (f) Abraham Merrill, b. Feb. 27, 1827; m. 
Sophia, wid. of Oscar Keith; in 1866 he and his brother, Chester, 
bought the Linnaeus Bugbee farm, both then in Reading; after death 
of father in 1868, they sold to Ammi Follett; (g) John Bliss, twin 
of Abraham M.; d. in Hartland; (h) Chastina, b. Feb. 21, 1829; m. 
Marson Thomas of Bridgewater; two ch.; these eight children b. in 
Roy., the others in E. Barnard: (i) Chester, b. May 8, 1831; m. Maria 
Spear of Pomfret; two ch., Emma and Belle; (j) Sarah, b. June 8, 
1834; m. Alvah Sanborn, and d. in "Woodstock; (k) Ellen, b. Dec. 
21, 1836; m. William Sampson of Woodstock; both d.; one son; (1) 
Philip, b. Feb. 11, 1838; m. Betsey Lamb of Bridgewater; son, Charles; 
res. Woodstock; (m) Joseph, b. Aug. 12, 1844; d. in Hartland; had a 

2. ii. Amasa, b. June 15, 1793, Mansfield, Conn. 

iii. Jesse, lived and d. in Woodstock; m. Sabrey Starkey; 
no ch. 

iv. Eastman, m. Lucy, dau. Moses and Catherine (Boyden) 
Ellis; lived and d. in Warren; ch.: Harrison, Harriet, Almina, Wil- 
lard, Jeannette and Catherine. 

V. Marcia, m. Dana Bruce, and had Albert and other ch.; 
both d. in Danville. 

vi. Eleanor. 

vii. Lucia, d. unm.; became insane, and wandered away when 
about fifty years old. 

2. AMASA ROYCE, son of Philip and Beulah Royce, 
b. June 15, 1793, Mansfield, Conn.; d. July 6, 1864, Roy.; m. 
Mar. 21, 1821, Sharon, Alice, dau. Reuben and Abigail (Davis) 
Spalding, b. Oct. 12, 1800, Sharon; d. Sep. 1, 1897, Roy. Mr. 
Royce first settled on the farm where Edmund Burke now lives, 
then rem. to Sharon, and in 1844 bought the farm where he 
and his son Horace died. He was a kind husband and father, 
and an obliging neighbor, a man of whom no ill word was spoken. 
* i. Elvira, b. July 22, 1826, Roy.; m. Solon Brownell. 

ii. Reuben Allen, b. Jan. 31, 1830, Roy.; d. Dec. 25, 1854, 

iii. Alzina, b. Jan. 19, 1832, Barnard; m. Charles Kennedy 
Labaree, who d. Apr. 15, 1906; one dau., Ada, b. July 4, 1857; m. 
Charles P. Davis of Webster, Mass.; two daughters, Alice, a teacher 
in Webster, and Beatrice, a junior in Tufts Coll. 

iv. Horace, b. Jan. 30, 1834, Sharon; d. May 17, 1909, Roy.; 
unm. He lived with his parents, to whom he was a most devoted 

History of Royalton, Vermont 937 

V. Lucinda, b. Apr. 17, 1836, Sharon; m. Dec. 13, 1855, Ed- 
gar, son Zerah and Pamelia (Fay) Watkins, b. Apr. 3, 1833, Reading; 
d. Oct. 1, 1905, S. Roy.; ch.: (a) Lelia Marcella, b. Nov. 16, 1856, 
Sharon; d. Mar. 22, 1859, Sharon; (b) Zerah Pearl, b. Mar. 4, 1860, 
Sharon; d. May 5, 1872, Sharon. Mr. Watkins was a wealthy farmer 
in Sharon. He had one of the finest farms in town, and his premises 
were evidences of the thrift and good taste of the owners. He also 
dealt in pure-blooded sheep, and always had a large and fine flock. 
He rem. to S. Roy. about 1900, and bought the Henry Doubleday 
house, where he died and his widow resides. Mrs. Watkins is re- 
markably active and interested in all the affairs of the day. 

vi. Jason, b. Dec. 2, 1838, Sharon; d. May 30, ; m. Ger- 
trude Starbuck of Nantucket, Mass. 

vii. Loren, b. July 26, 1841, Sharon; d. July 1, 1902, Dor- 
chester, Mass.; bur. Forest Hills; m. Julia Lull; ch.: Mark Wallace, 
who m. Blanche Whitcomb, and has a dau., Bessie; Raymond Lull, 
who m. Emma Bowler, and has Carolyn and John Bowler. 


RUFUS RUDE, son of Jabez (?) and Mehitable (Stand- 
ish) Rude, b. July 5, 1719, Lebanon (?), Conn.; d. Apr. 12, 
1779, Roy. ; m. Dec. 29, 1743, Lebanon, Conn., Abigail Standish, 
whose line of descent was Samuel [3], Josiah [2], Myles [1] ; 
d. Aug. 31, 1747; m. (2) Feb. 14, 1750-51, Sarah Swetland of 
Norwich, Conn., b. 1719; d. June 3, 1803, Roy.; both bur. S. 
Roy. Cem, It is not known whether Mr. Rude took up land 
in Royalton or not, but his widow was at first given a right when 
the charter was granted in 1781, She probably had a home 
with her daughter, Mrs. Elias Stevens, after the death of her 
husband. Mr. Rude was the moderator at the first meeting that 
is on record relating to the town of Royalton. In the 10th Co., 
8th Conn. Cont. Regt., 1775, a Rufus Rude was private. The 
Rufus Rude named in Capt. Joseph Parkhurst's Co. in 1780, 
was probably his son, Rufus. The fact that he had such a son 
was not known when referring to Capt. Parkhurst's Co. on 
page 149 of this volume. There may have been still other chil- 
dren than those that follow. 

i. Asa, b. Oct. 13, 1744, Lebanon, Conn.; d. Aug. 28, 1762. 

ii. Abigail, b. Oct. 28, 1746; m. Simeon, son Simeon and 
Sarah (Hutchinson) Curtis; ch.: (a) Asa, b. Oct. 13, 1770; d. Mar. 
15, 1771, Tunb.; (b) Asahel, b. Apr. 22, 1772; (c) Amzi, b. Jan. 25, 
1775; d. Apr. 28, 1777; (d) Amzi, b. May 18, 1777; (e) Abigail, b. 
Mar. 14, 1779; (f) Simeon, b. May 27, 1781; (g) Abel, b. Feb. 20, 
1785; m. Mar. 13, 1810, Sarah Brigham of Tunbridge. Ch. all b. in 

iii. Rufus, b. Dec. 4, 1751, Lebanon, Conn. 
* iv. Sarah, b. Oct. 9, 1753; m. Gen. Elias Stevens. 
If Rufus Rude was the son of Jabez, his line of descent through 
his mother was Mehitable (Josiah [3], Josiah [2], Capt. Myles [1]) 

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DAVID [4] RUGG (Joseph [3], Daniel [2], John [1]), 
b. June 9, 1746, Holden, Mass.; m. (1) Feb. 15, 1777, Sally, 
dau. Eleazer and Sarah Davis, b. May 10, 1760, Hubbardston, 
Mass.; m. (2) Apr. 20, 1779, Lucy Ball. He was in Princeton 
at time of last marriage. He was a Revolutionary soldier, a 
private in Capt. Boaz Moore's Co., Col. Ephraim Doolittle's 
Regt. He marched on the alarm of Apr. 19, 1775; reported as 
enlisted in the Cont. army. He was the first of the name in 
Roy. In 1787 he bought 40 acres in W. 27 L. A., which he sold 
ten years later, but he paid poll tax in town until 1805, at least 
David the son of Josephus was not old enough to be taxed until 
1803. Nothing has been learned regarding his children, if any. 
JOSEPHUS RUGG, brother of David, b. Dec. 19, 1753, 
Holden, Mass. ; d. Feb. 8, 1823, Compton, Can. ; m. Hepzibah, 
dau. Benj. and Martha (Marble) Nurse, b. July 1, 1755, Rut- 
land, Mass. ; d. Jan. 12, 1813, Packersfield, now Nelson, N. H. 
Josephus came to Roy. in 1803, and bought one-half of M. 31 
L. A., which he held until 1815, when he sold to David Williams. 
He went to his son David in Canada and d. there. 

i. Josephus, b. June 18, 1775, Packersfield; d. Dec. 12, 
1812; last listed in Roy. in 1810; m. Jan. 27, 1797, Hannah Maynard 
of Westminster, Mass. 

ii. Hepzibah, b. July 15, 1778, Packersfield; d. Jan. 12, 1813; 
perhaps the Mehipsobeth who m. Nathaniel Lyon, Dec. 7, 1796. 

iii. Martha, b. Feb. 27, 1780, Packersfield; m. Mr. Nye of 

iv. David, b. Jan. 6, 1782, Packersfield; d. Feb. 16, 1847, 
Compton, Can.; m. Nov. 2, 1805, Canaan, Dorothy Wyman, b. Feb. 7, 
1783, Rumney, N. H.; d. July 22, 1847; fourteen ch. 

v. Jonas, b. Apr. 8, 1784, Springfield; m., and his wife d. in 
Lowell, Mass. 

vi. Ruth, b. Apr. 6, 1786, Packersfield; m. Mar. 2, 1806, Royal 
Spaulding of Plattsburg, N. Y. 

*vii. Sarah, b. July 14, 1788, Packersfield; m. Feb. 6, 1812, 
John Hicks of Potsdam, N. Y. 

viii. Luther, b. Aug. 25, 1790, Packersfield; m. Feb. 2, 1817, 
Susannah, dau. Jonas and Mary (Barnes) Fay, b. Mar. 13, 1797, Roy. 

ix. Calvin, b. May 17, 1792, Springfield; d. June 23, 1805. 

X. Lucy, b. Sep. 1, 1795, Springfield. 

xi. Pascal Paoli, b. July 8, 1797, Roy.; lived and d. Potsdam, 
N. Y., unm. 

Dr. Denison has a charge against "Cephas" Rugg for a ch. born 
in 1809. 

John Rugg, the emigrant ancestor, lived in Lancaster, Mass. 


EDWIN JOSEPH RUMRILL, son of Joseph Perry, the 
son of Simon, b. 1850, Claremont, N. H. ; d. July 3, 1910, Ran- 
dolph; m. Mar. 8, 1870, Claremont, Susie Cynthia, dau. Hor- 
ace Simonds, and wid. of Mr. Newton, b. 1843, Hartford; d. 

History op Royalton, Vermont 939 

Feb. 18, 1894, Roy. Mr. Rumrill worked for sixteen years on 
railroad bridges. During the last years of his life he lived in 
Royalton village, having owned two or three different places, 
his last home being the H. P. Allen house. He died of tuber- 
culosis, and was taken to the home of his son. Dr. Rumrill in 
Randolph, a short time before his death. 

i. Joseph Clinton, b. 1871, Springfield; m. 1901, Campton, 
N. H., Marion Emerson of Randolph, where he settled; grad. from 
Yale, with A. B. degree in 1896; from Dartmouth Med. Coll., 1900; 
practicing in Randolph; establishing a good reputation as a skillful 
surgeon in connection with the Randolph Sanatorium; was in Roy. 
for a time. 

ii. Herbert Clifton, b. 1872, Chester; m. Boston, 1892, Al- 
berta Millet; d. Mar. 31, 1903, Roy. 

iii. Harry Leslie, b. July 19, 1875, Windham; m. Sep. 23, 
1896, Alice Everett, dau. Horace and Eliza Ann (Eaton) Stoughton, 
b. Jan. 26, 1876, Roy.; res. Randolph. 

iv. Arthur Westly, b. 1876, Windham; m. 1895, Revere, Mass., 
Grace Haskell; res., Revere. 

V. Susie Cordelia, b. 1879, Windham; m. Dec. 30, 1898, Roy.; 
William, son William and Jane M. (Griflan) Haskell; res. Revere. 

vi. Flora Ethel, b. 1881, Windham; m. 1896, Charlestown, 
N. H., Walter E. Adams; settled in Charlestown; res., Framingham, 

vii. Gertrude May, b. Jan. 29, 1885, Roy.; d. Jan. 24, 1886, Roy. 

viii. Eva Lillian, b. 1887, Roy.; m. 1905, Edwin Albert Knight 
of Portland, Me.; settled in WInchendon, Mass. 


1. JEREMIAH [6] RUSS (Matthias [5], Nathaniel [4], 
Nath. [3], Israel [2], Henry [1]), b. Jan. 14, 1760, Norwich, 
Conn. ; d. Feb. 5, 1838, Roy. ; m. Feb. 28, 1788, Eunice Moxley, 
b. 1764; d. May 24, 1837, Roy. Jeremiah was the first of the 
Russ or Rust family to settle in Roy. He bought 8 T. P. in 
1783, while in Hartland, and 9 T. P. in 1787. His house was 
about twenty rods from the house now occupied by Thomas 
Russ. A new house was built after his son Thomas was mar- 
ried, and the present house was erected in 1849. Mr. Russ seems 
to have been a man of strong will, courage, and perseverance. 
He differed from the majority of the people in religious senti- 
ment, and allied himself with the Christian church. 

2. i. Thomas [7], b. Mar. 31, 1789, Roy. 

ii. Eunice [7], b. May 31, 1790; d. Mar. 17, 1808, Roy. 
iii. Harmina [7], b. May 25, 1797, Roy.; d. July 21, 1868, 
unm. She lived with her brother, Thomas. 

2. THOMAS [7] RUSS, son of Jeremiah [6], b. Mar. 31, 
1789, Roy. ; d. Apr. 28, 1868, Roy. ; m. Jan. 1 or 11, 1811, Tun- 
bridge, Judith, dau. Nath. and Lydia Morrill, b. Aug. 16, 1789, 
Chichester, N. H. ; d. Sep. 3, 1869, Roy.; both bur. with his 
parents in N. Roy. Cem. Thomas lived with his parents and 
eared for them in their old age. Thomas was not only a good 

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farmer, but a capable business man. He served the town as 
selectman for four terms. 

3. i. Niel [8], b. Sep. 26, 1811. 

4. ii. Nathaniel Morrill [8], b. Jan. 3, 1814. 

iii. Jeremiah [8], b. Feb. 18, 1818; d. Sep. 7, 1823. 

Iv. Eunice [8], b. Apr. 27, 1820; d. Sep. 4, 1823. 

5. V. Jeremiah [8], b. Sep. 28, 1824. 

6. vi. Ira Morrill [8], b. Oct. 4, 1827. 

3. NIEL [8] RUSS, son of Thomas [7], b. Sep. 26, 1811, 
Roy. ; d. July 7 or 9, 1896, Roy. ; m. Oct. 1, 1837, Friendly A., 
dau. Josiah and Friendly (Rice) Hart, b. Nov. 16, 1819, Clare- 
mont, N. H. ; d. Dee. 6, 1888, Roy. Niel was so unfortunate as 
to have his right arm crippled by erysipelas. He lived on 
Russ Hill, and his ch. were all b. in Roy. 

i. Judith Anne [9], b. May 23, 1839; d. Apr. 10, 1879; m. 
June, 1860, V. Rennselaer Chilson, and had Mary and Clara. 

ii. Josiah Henry [9], b. Jan. 18, 1841; d. June 11, 1864; m. 
Sep. 3, 1862, Eliza Wilson. Enlisted in the 16th Vt. Vols., serving 
full time; re-enlisted in 17th; wounded at Cold Harbor, taken to Hos- 
pital Griffin, Wash., D. C, and d. there. 

* iii. Friendly Jane [9], b. June 6, 1843; m. Riley Geo. Rogers. 

iv. Stephen Thomas [9], b. Sep. 16, 1845; had same enlist- 
ments as Josiah H.; reported missing Sep. 30, 1864, and was sup- 
posed to be a prisoner; his comrades said he was wounded the same 
time his brother was, and it is thought that he d. and lies in an un- 
known grave. He m. Dec. 6 or 11, 1863, Mary F., dau. Aurin and 
Deborah (Fay) Luce, b. Apr. 26, 1842, Roy.; one ch., Mary Alice, b. 
Aug. 30, 1864; m. Asa Hawes; res., Manchester, N. H. 

V. Lemuel O. [9], b. June 14, 1847; d. Aug. 30, 1847. 

vi. William O. [9], b. Feb. 28, 1852; d. May 23, 1890; m. 
Jan. 23, 1884, Harriet, dau. John and Hattie (Smalley) Cardell, b, 
1864, Warren. 

vii. Laura O. [9], b. Mar. 4, 1854; d. Jan. 21, 1905; m. June 
4, 1881, her brother-in-law, V. Rennselaer Chilson, and res. in Wash- 

viii. Orin K. [9], b. Feb. 6, 1856; m. (1) Dec. 25, 1878, E. 
Bethel, Maria, dau. Lucius C. and Sarah M. (Wight) Whitney [10], 
b. Feb. 17, 1857, Tunb.; d. Jan. 8, 1909, S. Roy.; m. (2) Nov., 1909, 
Mrs. Minnie Wallace; ch.: (a) Emma A. [10], b. May 17, 1884, E. 
Bethel; (b) Mary Bessie [10], b. May 6, 1886, Bethel; m. John Phelps 
(See); (c) Louis O. [10], b. Feb. 21, 1891, Bethel. 

ix. Hiram Eugene [9], b. Mar. 31, 1858; m. Jan. 13, 1885, 
Lena L., dau. Seth and Anna (Cleveland) Moxley, b. Sep. 15, 1865, 
Roy.; ch.: (a) Fred Clayton [10], b. May 17, 1886; m. Feb. 8, 1908, 
Sadie Louisa, dau. Frank H. Rea, b. 1887, Lawrence, Mass.; (b) Ben 
Moxley [10], b. June 18, 1889; m. June 22, 1910, Annie S., dau. David 
and Anna (Cluskey) Johnston, b. Burke, N. Y.; (c) Lida Anna [10], 
b. June 15, 1891; m. Harold Ashley Benson, son of Hiram; (d) Gladys 
Maria [10], b. Nov. 7, 1893; (e) Iva Lena [10], b. Oct. 8, 1895; (f) 
Roy Hiram [10], b. Oct. 18, 1898; (g) Lester Milo [10], b. Sep. 26, 
1903; (h) Harold Eugene [10], b. Jan. 12, 1908. 

X. Sarah Almina [9], b. June 15, 1860; m. Apr. 28, 1885, 
Cbarles Beckwith; ch.: (a) Alice [10], b. Feb. 25, 1886; (b) Harley 
Elwin [10], b. July, 1888; res., S. Lancaster, Mass. 

xi. George Alonzo [9], b. Apr. 26, 1863; m. May 18, 1886, 
Flora, dau, George W. and Martha (Smith) Scott, b. 1868, Sharon; m. 

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(2) Bertha Lucinda, dau. Seth and Sarah Jones, b. Apr. 1, 1870; two 
ch. by (1), Glenn, m., res. Brattleboro; Mabel, adopted by Charles 
Danforth of Roy. Ch. by (2): (a) Perley, b. Mar. 3, 1897; (b) Sarah 
Ann, b. Aug. 14, 1898; (c) Nettie Mildred, b. Jan. 22, 1900; (d) Bertha, 
b. Oct. 7, 1902; (e) Irene, b. Mar. 18, 1906; (f) George Seth, b. June 
10, 1908. Mr. Russ is a farmer. 

4. NATHANIEL MORRILL [8] RUSS, son of Thomas 
[7], b. Jan. 3, 1814, Roy.; d. July 13, 1883, Haverhill, Mass.; 
m. (1) Dec, 1838, Abigail, dau. Duty and Graty (Bigelow) 
Bro^vn, b. July 12, 1821, Barnard; d. Jan. 29, 1843, Roy.; m. 
(2) Feb. 10, 1845, Orena, dau. Nathaniel and Cynthia (Stevens) 
Jones, b. Oct. 7, 1827, Northfield. Mr. Russ was a merchant in 
Roy. for nearly thirty years, then rem. to Haverhill, Mass., and 
continued in the mercantile business there. All the members 
of his family were held in high regard. 

i. Mary Elizabeth [9], b. Sep. 13, 1839; d. Nov. 24, 1906; m. 
Feb. 27, 1867, John Hunt; ch.: (a) Willie L. [10], b. 1869; m. Nov. 30, 
1892, Mabel E., dau. Smith and Eliza (Emery) Morrill, b. 1869, Bar- 
nard; ch.: (i) Eleanor M. [11], b. Sep. 26, 1893, Roy.; (iij Bernard 
Ira [11], b. Apr. 6, 1904, Roy.; (b) Eugene E. [10]; (c) Horace E. 
[10]; (d) Norman S. [10], b. 1878, Bethel; m. July 30, 1898, Annie 
Jessie, dau. Foster L. and Aldana (Stevens) Sawyer, b. 1877, Bridge- 
water; ch.: (i) Roland H. [11], who d. an infant; (ii) Lottie [11], b. 
Jan. 4, 1902, Roy.; (iii) Norman [11], b. Mar. 28, 1904, Roy.; (e) Mary 
Marie [11], b. Nov. 24, 1879. 

ii. Maria Emily [9], twin of Mary E.; m. Feb. 27, 1862, Roy., 
Benjamin A. Burnham; ch.: (a) Lucy A. [10], b. 1867, Bethel; m. 
George Bixby (See Hackett) ; (b) Ella [10], b. Jan. 21, 1877. 

iii. Abigail Brown [9], b. Oct. 13, 1842; d. June 7, 1865; m. 
May 4, 1862, J. Warren Wills, and had Freddie P., b. Feb. 17, 1863; d. 
Feb. 12, 1872. 

iv. Charles Jones [9], b. Dec. 10, 1845; d. Mar. 20, 1864; clerk 
in Northfield. 

V. Ella Cynthia [9], b. Dec. 7, 1849; m. Oct. 6, 1888, Haverhill, 
Mass., Charles Samuel, son Moses Leavitt and Jane Drew (Proctor) 
Grace, b. July 28, 1841; res. Haverhill. 

vi. Netta Orena [9], b. Feb. 3, 1855; compositor in Haverhill. 

vii. Josephine Amanda [9], b. Nov. 10, 1856; d. July, 1911. 

viii. Norman Nathaniel [9], b. Aug. 23, 1858; d. Nov. 5, 1904. 
He was much respected and beloved. 

ix. Edward Augustus [9], b. Oct. 14, 1862; d. Apr. 21, 1865. 

5. JEREMIAH [8] RUSS, son of Thomas [7], b. Sep. 28, 
1824, Roy. ; d. Oct. 17, 1908, Roy. ; m. May 29, 1845, Mary C, 
dau. Thomas and Mary (Lawrence) Ken worthy, b. July 4, 1817, 
Roy. ; d. June 24, 1900, Roy. Mr. Russ lived on the home farm 
where his son Thomas now lives. He had a sturdy manhood, 
and great sincerity of purpose, which despised all shams and 
double dealings. 

i. Thomas Jeremiah [9], b. Jan. 20, 1848; m. Jan. 4, 1870,- 
Susan Sabrina, dau. Oel and Sabrina (Strong) Perrin, b. Nov. 10, 1847; 
res. in Brookfield, and rem. to Roy. to care for his parents in their old 
age. See the cut of the Russ family. They have no children. 

ii. Martha Eunice [9], b. Dec. 18, 1850; d. Apr. 20, 1855. 

6. IRA MORRILL [8] RUSS, son of Thomas [7], b. Oct. 
4, 1827, Roy. ; d. Nov. 17, 1892, Roy. ; m. Feb. 18, 1850, Maria 

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Marian, dau. Ephraim and Hannah (Slack) Bailey, b. Mar. 4, 
1821, Irasburg; d. Sep. 30, 1894, S. Roy. Mr. Russ was a 
farmer living on Russ Hill, and with him lived his son-in-law 
for some years. 

i. Lizzie Harmina [9], b. Dec. 22, 1852; d. Oct. 12, 1894, Roy.; 
m. Jan. 4, 1870, William A., son William and Sarah (Hutchins) Farn- 
ham, b. Dec. 19, 1848, Tunb.; ch.: (a) Cora [10], b. July 31, 1872, Roy.; 
m. Dec. 25, 1889, Roy., Charles C, son Chester J. and Jane G. (Emery) 
Morse, b. 1866, Rochester; ch.: Cora and infant boy; res. Calgary, Al- 
berta, Can.; (b) Ina Lillian [10], b. Feb. 17, 1874; m. Oct. 11, 1893, 
Cannoll, son Caleb and Alma Jane (Hewitt) Haynes, b. 1872; ch.: 
Helen; res. Derry, N. H.; (c) Gertie Harmina [10], b. Oct. 22, 1878; m. 
May, 1896, Derry, N. H., Walter, son Hibbard and Mary Jane (Tucker) 
Farnham; one ch., Mildred; res. Derry; (d) Willie Horace [10], b. Sep. 
4, 1885; m. Mar. 31, 1906, Marion Edith, adopted dau. N. J. and M. H. 
Merrill, b. 1886, N. Y.; ch.: (i) Ruth Marion [11], b. 1906; (ii) Edith 
May [11], b. July 17, 1908; (iii) Irene Elizabeth [11], b. Apr. 16, 1910; 
William A. Farnham m. (2) Dec. 27, 1896, Zada, dau. Caleb and Alma 
Jane (Hewitt) Haynes, b. Jan. 10, 1872, Sharon; no ch.; Zada had by 
her first marriage, Alma Elizabeth Cox, b. Oct. 18, 1892. 

MATTHIAS [6] RUSS (Matthias [5], Nathaniel [4], 
etc.), b. Mar. 8, 1770, Hartland; d. 1847, Tunb.; m. Dec. 1, 
1891, Roy., Lydia, dau. Asa and Olive (Bellows) Perrin, b. 
Mar. 2, 1771, Woodstock, Conn.; d. 1847, Tunb.; both d. sud- 
denly. Matthias rem. from Hartland in 1791 and bought in 
Roy. 6 T. P. ; rem. to Hartford, 1795 ; ret. to Roy. 1799 and re- 
mained until 1803. 

i. Polly [7], m. Calvin Moxley; res. Craftsbury. 

ii. Susan [7], m. Harvey Ainsworth; d. 1847. See record of 
Garner Rix Lyman. 

* iii. Rhoda [7], m. William Woodward. 

iv. Rosanna [7], m. William Stiles; d. 1884. 

V. Calvin [7], m. Mar. 18, 1845, Mary, dau. Jonas and Mary 
(Barnes) Fay, b. May 25, 1803; had several ch. He was killed by a 

Henry [1], the progenitor of the Russ family of Royalton, came 
from Hingham, England, 1633-35, and settled in Hingham, Mass. His 
son, Nathaniel, made the first pitch in Coventry, Conn. He kept a 
tavern, and was a prominent man there. His son, Matthias, rem. to 
Hartland abt. 1765. He had a grist mill near the mouth of Ottau- 
quechee river. 


REV. THOMAS RUSSELL, b. 1859; d. 1822, Cleveland, 
0. ; m. in Mansfield, Conn., Hannah, dau. Ebenezer and Ruth 
(Swift) Baldwin, a descendant of Henry Baldwin, an early 
settler of Woburn, Mass., and of Rev. Ralph Partridge, first 
pastor of the church in Duxbury, Mass., and of Dr. Sam. Sea- 
bury of Duxbury, b. 1640, Boston. She m. (2) Alvan McKen- 
stry, a prominent citizen of Bethel, by whom she had children. 
She d. in Bethel. Mr. Russell must have been in Bethel as early 
as 1787, as Mr. Perrin in his diaries mentions his holding serv- 
ices in Roy. at that date, but he was called to the pastorate Sep. 

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20, 1790, and was the first settled minister of the Gospel in 
Bethel. He had been in charge of a church at Southampton, 
L. I. He lived in Bethel village and on Christian Hill. He 
was considered a very eloquent man, but his ministerial life in 
Bethel was a stormy one, and he was finally charged with being 
unsound in doctrine, and left the town. He was in Roy. when 
one of his children was born, 1795, and was listed in 1796. 

i. Thomas Baldwin, b. Feb. 14, 1789, W. Hampton, L. I.; 
d. July 5, 1844, Roy. (?); bur. with his wife in Bethel; m. Nov. 11, 
1810, Esther, dau. Asa and Submit (Mitchell) Lyman, b. Dec. 2, 1789, 
Middletown, Conn., prob.; d. Feb. 5, 1853; Thos. B. was in Fairhaven 
on July 16, 1816, when he bought a farm in 26 and 31 Dutch, on both 
sides of the turnpike from Roy. to Sharon. He held this property 
until death, and his widow conveyed a part of it to Phineas Pierce in 
1841. Ch.: (a) Charles, m. Jan. 26, 1845, Samantha Jane Buckland, 
and had (a) Esther Amelia, b. Nov. 15, 1845, Roy.; (b) Alonzo; (c) 
Elizabeth, m. Dec. 13, 1831, Roy., Wm. Hoyt of Roy.; (d) Charity, m. 
(1) Mjir. 18, 1834, Hosea Pierce (See); m. (2) Dr. Bates; (e) Emily, 
b. Sep. 3, 1819, Roy.; d. Nov. 16, 1894, Philadelphia, Pa.; m. Jan. 26, 
1840, William Barnes, ninth child of Sam. Bement, who, with his 
brother Silas, rem. from Salisbury, Conn., and settled abt. 1795 
in Tunbridge. The two brothers married two sisters, Lucy and Free- 
love Barnes, daughters of Capt. Phineas Barnes of Great Barrington, 
Mass. William settled in Phila., and became a member of the firm. 
Miles and Bement, Iron Founders. He enjoyed distinction in the busi- 
ness life of that city and in its intellectual and scientific circles. A 
descendant has furnished the data for the Rev. Thomas Russell family; 
(f) Melissa, m. Bingham Bement, son of ^ilas of Tunb., fifth in descent 
from John Beamond, who sailed from London, Eng., Apr. 25, 1635, in 
the ship Elizabeth, and settled first in Plymouth Colony, later in Wen- 
ham, Mass., and finally became one of the founders of Enfield, Conn. 

ii. Levinia, b. Feb. 27, 1792, Bethel; m. Jared Rich of Bethel. 

iii. Hannah, b. Dec. 14, 1795, Roy.; m. Seneca Marks of Wind- 
sor, and had two sons, one a physician in Wis. 

iv. Eliza, b. Nov. 13, 1798, Plainfield, N. H.; m. Judah Hatch, 
Jr., of Bethel, later of Woodstock. 

FRANCIS RUSSELL, son of Hiram and Harriet (La- 
throp) Russell, b. Dec. 29, 1847, Dorset; m. Clara, dau. Sidney 
S. and Dorcas D. (Norton) Hallock, b. Dec. 17, 1849, Starks- 
boro. Mr. Russell's parents moved to Starksboro when he was 
about five years old. He spent two years in Col., rem. to Gran- 
ville, and came with his family to Roy. in 1890. He bought the 
Sanford Young farm, where he lived until 1909, when he pur- 
chased the Dea. Wild farm. 

i. Sidney Hubbard, b. 1880, Spring Valley, Col.; m. Aug. 25, 
1906, Ellen Mabel, dau. Fred and Amy Adella (Chamberlain) Ray, b. 
Mar. 28, 1887, Roy.; ch.: (a) Sidney Francis, b. Oct. 8, 1908; (b) H. 
George, b. Feb. 6, 1910; res. Tunb. 

ii. Homer R., b. July 15, 1886, Starksboro; res. at home. 

iii. Jessie M., b. June 27, 1888, Starksboro; grad. from Roy. 
Academy, 1907; teacher. 

Mrs. Russell's maternal grandfather, Porter Norton, participated 
in the battle of Plattsburg in the War of 1812. 

944 History of Royalton, Vermont 


1. JOHN [4] SAFFORD (John [3], Joseph [2], Thos. 
[1]), b. 1729, Preston, Conn.; d. Apr. 9, 1815; m. Mar. 15, 1759, 
Mary Johnson, who d. Aug., 1817. John Safford was one of 
the original grantees of Roy. He seems to have been here about 
that time, 1781. He returned to Conn., and sold his interests 

i. Johnson [5], bap. in Preston, 1761; d. Jan. 2, 1834, Nor- 
wich; m. Clarissa , b. 1768; d. Apr. 18, 1828, Norwich; both bur. 

Norwich. His headstone bears the title "Capt." If he lived in Roy. 
at all, it was before 1788, when he was in Conn., and sold 33 T. P. to 
his brother Jacob. He was still there in 1798, but a deed of 1801 
gives his residence as Norwich. He held land in town until 1818, when 
he sold his last original lot to Jacob and son, S. 26 L. A. He prob- 
ably had other ch. than those given. A Clarissa Nichols is buried near 
him, and may have been a daughter. Ch.: (a) Henry [6], b. 1789; d. 
Mar. 10, 1793, Preston; bur. Norwich; a Preston record of Mar. 6, 
1792, mentions a ch. of Johnson that was scalded to death Mar. 6, 
1792, perhaps the same one with a discrepancy in dates; (b) Polly, 
[6], b. 1795; d. June 25, 1830, Norwich; (c) infant, b. Apr. 22, 1803; 
d. May 6, 1803, Norwich. Johnson was an original grantee. 
2. ii. Jacob [5], bap. 1762. 

iii. John [5], bap. May 26, 1765. 
\ iv. Abigail [5], bap. June 14, 1767. 
^3. v. Joseph [5], bap. Apr. 29, 1770. 
4. vi. Nathan [5], bap. May 22, 1774. 
vii. Erastus [5], bap. May 4, 1777. 

2. JACOB [5] SAFFORD, son of John [4], b. 1762, Pres- 
ton, Conn.; d. Apr. 20, 1829, Roy.; m. Mary (Polly) Searle (?). 
Jacob is the only Safford appearing in the first census, and in 
the first grand list of 1791. He was here as early as 1788, 
when he bought 33 T. P. and W. 54 T. P. He increased his 
holdings in 1798 by the purchase of W. 22 L. A. He lived 
where James Henry later resided, on 54 T. P. He was elected 
deacon of the church in 1815, and held the office until death. 
His tombstone bears the following inscription, which seems a 
fitting tribute to his worth : ' * Having served his own genera- 
tion by the will of God as an affectionate husband & father as 
a beloved respected & useful member & officer of the church of 
Christ & as one whom for a long course of years his fellow citizens 
delighted to honor with their confidence he fell asleep & as is 
confidently believed entered that rest which remaineth for the 
people of God." He and the other members of his family dying 
in Roy. are bur. in N. Roy. Cem. 

i. Polly [6], b. Nov. 14, 1789, Roy.; d. Apr. 7, 1846. 

ii. John Searle [6], b. Dec. 14, 1791, Roy. On Jan. 20, 1830, 
he was adjudged non-compos, and Jacob was appointed guardian. 

iii. Henry [6], b. Oct. 8, 1793, Roy.; d. Oct. 8, 1870, Greens- 
boro, Ga.; grad. from Dartmouth, 1817, from Princeton Theo. Sem., 
1820; pastor and missionary. 

iv. Jacob Johnson [6], b. June 9, 1795, Roy.; m. Jane R. . 

At the death of his father he bought out the other living heirs, except 

History op Royalton, Vermont 945 

John, for whom he was guardian. In 1833 he sold Elisha "Wild W. 22 
L. A. He gave a deed Aug. 10, 1846, being then in Ohio. He is said 
to have rem. to Oberlin, 0., and aided in the establishment of the col- 
lege there. Four of his sons attended the college at Oberlin. Six ch. 
were born in Roy.: (a) Henry [7], b. Feb. 2, 1822; d. May 30, 1898, 
Topeka, Kan.; m. a Miss Flynn of Bethel; two or more of his daugh- 
ters attended Royalton Academy; he became an Episcopalian min- 
ister; in Oberlin Coll., 1839-45; (b) Heber Chase [7], b. Aug. 6, 1823; 
(c) Philander Chase [7], b. June 27, 1825; d. Nov. 8, 1850, Oberlin; 
in Oberlin Coll. 1840-48; (d) Jacob [7], b. Aug. 17, 1827; d. July 2, 
1885, Topeka, Kan.; a lawyer; sent by the Sante Fe R. R. from Topeka 
to Boston; two daughters, one of whom d., and the other m. a Mich, 
professor, and d. two years afterwards; student in Oberlin 1845-49; 
(e) Prudentia C. [7], b. June 8, 1829; (f) Asahel Chase Washburn [7], 
b. Jan. 26, 1833; d. Dec. 30, 1859, Galesburg, 111.; , student in Oberlin 
1849-54. A second of these sons of J. J. m. a Miss Flynn, rem. to 
Mich., then to Kansas; taught school in Mich.; became a lawyer where 
Topeka now stands. A dau., Mrs. Corrinne Safford Brown, res. in 

v. Miranda [6], b. Aug. 15, 1803; m. Oct. 25, 1819, Constant 
Southworth of Weybridge. 

v 3. JOSEPH [5] SAFFORD. son of John [4], bap. Apr. 
29. 1770, Preston, Conn.; d. Aug. 6, 1845. Roy.; m. (1) Dec. 1, 
1796. Lois, dau. Jedediah and Susan (Eaton) Pierce, b. Sep. 
14, 1772; d. Sep. 14. 1798, Roy.; m. (2) Desire Culver, b. 1775; 
d. Apr. 12. 1819; m. (3) 1821, Polly, dau. Thos. and Hepzibah 
Bacon, b. Jan. 27, 1782 ; d. July 28, 1863, Roy. ; all bur. S. Roy. 
Cem. Joseph lived at first where James Bingham recently re- 
sided. He later rem. to the Archibald Kent house. He bought 
a part of W. 10 L. A., where the lower part of S. Roy. is now 
located, in 1794. and added to it in 1798. 

* i. Lois [6], b. Dec. 4, 1800; m. Amos Robinson. 

ii. Lucy [6], b. May 9, 1802; d. Mar., 1882, unm.; bur. Havens 

iii. Cyrus [6], b. Nov. 27, 1803; d. Aug. 19, 1857, unm.; bur. 
S. Roy. cem. Mr. Safford was a mechanic, and aided in building the 
bridge across White river at S. Roy. He was a man of means, but 
unfortunate investments in the settlement of S. Roy. impoverished 
him, and his last days were days of anxiety and sorrow. 

* iv. Mary [6], b. Nov. 3, 1805; m. William Woodward. 

V. Nancy [6], b. Apr. 16, 1807; d. Mar. 17, 1892, Roy.; m. 
May 3. 1871, Calvin, son Augustus and Polly (Goodwin) Colburn, b. 
1803, Tunb.; d. Feb. 8, 1887, Roy.; bur. Havens Cem.; Mr. Colburn m. 
(1) Jan. 14, 1830, Susan Perkins, who d. Oct. 23, 1870, Roy., aged 
seventy-four. He lived at Havensville for a considerable time. 

vi. Joseph Adam [6], b. Apr. 14, 1809; d. Mar. 29, 1823. 
"^ vii. Eunic e Desire [6], b. Sep. 20, 1819; d. Sep. 3, 1890; m. 

Nov. 5, 1855, Theodore Allen, son Joseph and Rebecca T. Dearing, b. 
Aug. 12, 1812, Bethel; d. Apr. 13, 1887, Bethel. Four generations of 
Dearings have resided on what is known as the Ziba Paige farm in 
Bethel, just on the border of Royalton, a part of which is in Roy. 
George, the son of Theodore, lives on the home farm. See Cloud fam- 
ily. Eunice was adopted by Nathan Safford. 

viii. William Henry [6], b. Jan. 22, 1822; d. Feb. 23, 1890, 
Boston, Mass.; m. Mar. 11, 1847, Emily Elizabeth Robinson of Calais, 
b. June 24, 1829; living in Boston. William H. lived in Roy. until 


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about 1853, when he rem. to Northfield, and later to Boston. His pic- 
ture is found in one of the cuts. His was a noble nature, enriched by 
the companionship of a woman rarely endowed with lovable qualities. 
Ch.: (a) Mary Alida [7], b. Aug. 16, 1848, Calais; m. June 11, 1872, 
Dr. William Johnson Clarke of Milford, Mass., b. Nov. 4, 1843, And- 
over; ch.: (i) Helen Agnes [8], b. Aug. 22, 1874; d. Feb. 22, 1878; (ii) 
William Safford [8], b. Oct. 4, 1884. In 1880 Dr. and Mrs. Clarke 
adopted an infant, Gertrude Ricker, who d. Oct. 29, 1880; (b) Agnes 
Elizabeth [7], b. Aug. 29, 1852, S. Roy.; d. Mar. 7, 1883, Dorchester, 
Mass.; m. Oct. 14, 1874, Charles E. White of Boston, b. Oct. 17, 1852; 

ch.: (i) Chas. E. [8], b. May 18, 1876, Boston; m. Nov. 26, , Alice 

May Roberts, b. Dec. 13, 1876; two ch., Chas. Safford [9], b. Apr. 20, 
1903, Burlington; Elizabeth Whipple [9], b. July 14, 1906, Oak Park, 
111.; (c) William Leslie, b. Nov. 14, 1854, Northfield; d. Feb. 12, 1866, 
Boston. William H. and Emily E. adopted Lillian Marr in 1871, b. 
July 4, 1871. 

4. NATHAN [5] SAFFORD, son of John [4], bap. May 
22, 1774, Preston, Conn.; d. Dec. 2, 1828, Roy.; m. Anna H. 

, b. 1766 ; d. Mar. 1, 1840, Roy. On Jan. 15, 1805, while in 

Conn., Nathan bought 120 acres of Abel Stevens bordering the 
river, the farm where Frank Merrill now lives, a part in 30 and 
a part in 34 L. A., probably. He was listed that year, and had 
25 acres of improved land. He must have been a thrifty farmer, 
for his list gradually increased to good proportions. His family 
contributed to the reputation of the Saffords as belonging to 
the brainiest, most upright, and worthy citizens of Vermont. 
He was noted as carrying the grand list of the town in his head. 

* i. Charlotte [6], b. Mar. 10, 1808; m. Erastus P. Williams. 
5. ii. Truman Hopson [6], b. Feb. 19, 1810. 

5. TRUMAN HOPSON [6] SAFFORD, son of Nathan 
[5], b. Feb. 19, 1810, Roy.; d. Nov. 7, 1880, Belmont, Mass.; 
m. Mar. 26, 1835, Louisa, dau. Stephen L. and Lois Parker, b. 
Oct. 11, 1808, Stowe; d. Aug. 31, 1881, Dorchester, Mass. Tru- 
man Hopson was far above the average in his understanding of 
historical matters and the affairs of the day. He held his wife's 
intellectual powers in high esteem, believing her to be one of 
the best educated women of the state. She had been a teacher 
before her marriage, and seems to have possessed many graces 
of mind and heart. Mr. Safford wrote considerably and very 
acceptably for periodicals of the day, and some of his produc- 
tions are still quoted. He was honored by the town with its 
highest offices, serving as representative in 1840-41. To give his 
son, Truman Henry, the best of opportunities, he rem. to Cam- 
bridge, Mass., where he was given a position in connection with 
Mt. Auburn Cem. He started a weekly paper, "Mt. Auburn 
Memorial," aided by his son. Rev. DeForest Safford, and con- 
tinued it till his last sickness. He had a stroke of paralysis 
four years before his death, and died at the home of his son-in- 
law, Henry Richardson. While in the Vermont legislature he 
originated the bill giving the right of trial by jury to fugitive 

History of Koyalton, Vermont 947 

slaves. He was educated in Royalton Academy. He lived on 
the home farm in Rov. 

i. Truman Henry [7], b. Jan. 6, 1836, Roy.; d. June 13, 1901; 
m. Mar. 6, 1860, Cambridge, Mass., Elizabeth Marshall, dau. John Brad- 
bury and Rebecca Moody Boardman, b. Aug. 15, 1834, Newburyport, 
Mass. See "Celebrities" for a sketch of his life and work. A volume 
might be written of the wonderful things which he did as a child 
and man. Rev. Henry Chamberlain is authority for the statement 
that Mr. Felton, the engineer engaged in the construction of the V. C. 
R. R., became interested in the powers of young Safford, and once 
when he was in Boston he called together a number of wealthy men, 
and presented the case of Safford to them, and in a few minutes they 
subscribed a liberal sum to have him educated at Harvard. He had 
this from the lips of Mr. Felton, when he was Supt. of the R. R. from 
Phila. to Washington. Ch.: (a) John Henry [8], b. June 11, 1861, 
Cambridge; grad. from Williams Coll., 1884; teacher; res. Paterson, 
N. J.; (b) Louisa Parker [8], b. Dec. 26, 1862; d. Oct. 10, 1864; (c) 
Walter Bradbury [8], b. Dec. 23, 1864; grad. from Williams, 1885; 
lawyer; res. 32 Nassau St., New York City; (d) Arthur Truman [8J.» 
b. Feb. 9, 1867; m. Sep. 14, 1893, Chelsea, Mass., Gertrude Martha Bell; 
ch.: (i) Truman Henry [9], b. Aug. 28, 1894, Lowell, Mass.; (ii) Paul 
Conn [9], b. July 3, 1898; (iii) James McDowell [9], b. Mar. 25, 1901; 
d. Apr. 13, 1903, Lowell, Mass.; (iv) Arthur Bradbury [9], b. Mar. 
17, 1904; (v) Alice Elizabeth [9], b. Aug. 9, 1906; (vi) Charles Louis 
[9], b. May 20, 1908; all b. in Lowell, Mass.; Arthur T. is a grad. 
from Williams, 1887; Lecturer on Hydraulics, Harvard Univ.; res. 66 
Broadway, Lowell, Mass.; (e) Charles Louis [8], b. Nov. 19, 1870; 
grad. Williams, 1892; Harvard Univ., 1894; res. 202 W. 78th St., New 
York City; (f) Alice Elizabeth [8], b. Apr. 30, 1876; m. Francis E. 
Dewey of Milwaukee, Wis.; ch.: (i) Edward Dewey [9], b. Aug. 7, 
1901; (ii) Elizabeth Boardman [9], b. May 5, 1904; (iii) Mary Hub- 
bell [9], b. Sep. 4, 1906; (iv) Daniel Dewey [9], b. Mar. 5, 1910; all 
b. Milwaukee. 

ii. Eleanor [7], b. Mar. 10, 1838, Roy.; m. Dec. 3, 1862, Bel- 
mont, Mass., Henry Richardson; ch.: (a) Henry [8], b. Sep. 24, 1863; 
d. Feb. 21, 1884; (b) Anna Louisa [8], b. Sep. 29, 1865; (c) Mary 
Blanche [8], b. May 3, 1868; (c) Truman Safford [8], b. Aug. 10, 
1870; (d) William [8], b. June 27, 1873; (e) Robert [8], b. Oct. 21, 
1875; d. Aug. 21, 1880; (f) Eleanor Tuller [8], b. July 1, 1878; (g) 
Persis Maud [8], b. Jan. 26, 1881; (h) James Madison [8], b. June 
17, 1884; Mrs. Richardson d. Apr. 11, 1910, Belmont, Mass. 

iii. DeForest [7], b. Mar. 17, 1840; m. (1) Nov. 25, 1863, 
Cambridge, Mass., Mary A. Smith, who d. in 1876; m. (2) Oct. 16, 
1876, Fairfax, Delia A. Loveland; ch.: (a) Mabel Amanda [8], b. Sep. 
2, 1872; m. Sep. 16, 1899, John M. Wilder; (b) Edith Bodwell [8], 
b. July 22, 1875; m. Nov. 25, 1899, Watson Parker; (c) Luella Maud 
[8], b. Oct. 9, 1877; m. July 25, 1899, J. Arthur Boudreau; (d) Maurice 
Stark [8], b. May 9, 1879; m. Nov. 21, 1904, Florilla Campbell; (e) 
Lilah Emily, b. July 12, 1881; (f) Forest L., b. Nov. 21, 1883; (g) 
William Harper, b. Dec. 15, 1884; (h) Harry Raymond, b. Oct. 17, 1890; 
d. Dec. 18, 1898; (i) Robert Francis, b. Mar. 16, 1893. DeForest Saf- 
ford entered the class of 1861 in Harvard Univ., and remained until 
the middle of the Sophomore year; grad. from Newton Theo. Institu- 
tion, 1869; ordained Feb. 19, 1867, Kenosha, Wis.; assistant editor of 
Mt. Auburn Memorial; enlisted in 44th Mass. Vols.; teacher in Bel- 
mont and Chatham, Mass.; tutor in the old Chicago. Univ.; conductor 
on Union Horse Railway; pastor at Kenosha, Wis., 1867-68; Grafton, 
Mass., 1869-70; Golden, Col., 1871-74; Fairfax, 1874-77; Westford and 

948 History op Royalton, Vermont 

Fletcher, Vt., 1877-81; Jericho and Bolton, 1881-83; Jericho and West- 
ford, 1883-84; Jamaica, 1884-87; principal New Hampton Lit. Inst., 
Fairfax, 1883-84, combined with pastorate at Danbury and Grafton, 
N. H., 1887-90; pastor Jefferson, N. H., 1890-92, Peterboro, N. H., 1892 
to present time. He inherits much of the literary ability of the Saf- 
fords. He is a Baptist minister. 

iv. Edward, b. Mar. 29, 1842, Roy.; m, (1) Julia Maria, dau. 
Ira and Maria Duncan (Haskell) Parker, b. July 21., 1848, E. Boston, 
Mass.; d. July, 1883; m. (2) Marilla Tasker, b. Mar. 25, 1852, Straf- 
ford, N. H.; ch.: (a) Lois Maria, b. May 29, 1869, Belmont, Mass.; (b) 
Edward, b. May 31, 1871, Belmont; d. Aug. 22, 1872; (c) Clarence 
Edwin, b. Apr. 3, 1874, Belmont; m. May 17, 1898, Grace Pillsbury 
Smyth, b. Nov. 18, 1881, Lynn, Mass.; ch.: (i) Lois Ruth, b. Feb. 24, 
1899, Lynn; (b) Henry Ernest, b. Nov. 10, 1901, S. Peabody, Mass.; 
(iii) Grace Eleanor, b. Jan. 24, 1903, Lynn; (iv) Velma Alice, b. June 
24, 1905, Lynn; (v) Ethel May, b. Oct. 26, 1908, Pittsfield, N. H. 

V. Robert Burns, b. Aug. 23, 1844, Roy.; d. Oct. 23, 1891, 
Sharon, Mass. 

vi. Frederick Marcy, b. Watertown, Mass.; d. May 17, 1884, 
Milton, Mass., where his widow, Mrs. Mary Safford, resides. 

vii. Francis, b. May 28, 1851, Watertown; died. 

viii. Jacob (^ollamer, b. Nov. 7, 1856, Watertown, Mass.; m. 
Sep. 10, 1877, Sarah Frances Cutter, b. Dec. 26, 1853, Sandwich, Mass. 
Her father was one of the Cutters of E. Jaffrey, N. H. Ch.: (a) 
Howard Francis, b. June 18, 1878, Boston; (b) Frederick Oscar, b. 
May 14, 1880, Boston; m. Aug. 25, 1909, Ethel Blanche Eraser of 
Watertown, Mass.; (c) Eleanor Hope, b. Mar. 7, 1882, Boston; (d) 
Myra Louisa, b. June 17, 1884, Belmont, Mass.; m. Aug. 1, 1908, Frank 
C. Goodwin of Marblehead, Mass.; (e) Sarah Agnes, b. June 29, 1886, 
Watertown, Mass.; (f) Truman Henry, b. Jan. 13, 1893, Watertown. 


SIMON CHESTER SANBORN, son of Simon and Mary 
(Comstock) Sanborn, b. June 31, 1826, Tunb. ; d. June 12, 1883, 
Roy.; m. May 7, 1848, Louisa P., dau. John G. and Esther 
(Milliken) Smith, b. Dec. 21, 1826, Tunb.; d. Dec. 18, 1894, 
Roy. Mr. Sanborn rem. to Roy. in 1851, when he bought nearly 
all of 22 and 27 Dutch. He owned considerable land in town, 
and had a livery at S. Roy., where he resided for a time, in 
the house on Chelsea street which he sold to Mrs. Waterman in 
1881. He did not continuously live in Roy., being in Chelsea 
a part of the time. He ran the stage between S. Roy. and Chel- 
sea several years. 

i. Charles C, b. Mar. 16, 1849; d. Sep. 16, 1849. 

ii. Mary E., b. Apr. 10, 1854; d. Feb. 10, 1858. 

iii. Chester, b. Dec. 8, 1863, Chelsea; m. Dec. 3, 1893, Ethel 
Claire, dau. Eugene and Hattie (Honey) Faneuf, b. Feb. 22, 1875, 
Roy.; ch.: (a) Millicent Louise, b. Aug. 3, 1897, Roy.; (b) Chester 
Eugene, b. Aug. 3, 1897; d. Feb. 26, 1905, Roy.; (c) Annie Harriet, b. 
Feb. 26, 1900; (d) Oswald Faneuf, b. Mar. 10, 1904; (e) Clifford Earl, 
b. July 16, 1906. Mr. Sanborn has run a delivery team for the express 
companies for years. He has recently built a new house above S. 
Roy. on a part of the William Smith farm. 

History of Royalton, Vermont 949 


MARK JOHN SARGENT, son of William Brown and 
Mahala (Noyes) Sargent, b. Mar. 9, 1837, Tunb.; m. (1) Dec. 
25, 1866, Cynthia Maria, dau. John and Catherine (Gray) Hart- 
well, b. Nov. 18, 1834, Roy.; d. Sep. 16, 1874, Roy.; m. (2) 
June 20, 1877, Harriet Lucinda, dau. James and Betsey (Poole) 
Pike, b. June 20, 1844, Chelmsford, Mass.; d. Feb. 4, 1902, Roy. 
I\Ir. Sargent rem. to S. Roy. in the 1860 's. He has been a mem- 
ber of the G. A. R. since 1869 ; commander of Orville Bixby 
Post 12 years; adjt., 21 years; junior vice commander of Dept. 
of Vt. ; for further military record see "Civil War Roll" and 
"Orville Bixby Post." He has been a member of the Masonic 
fraternity since 1866 ; sec 'y of Rising Sun Lodge, No. 7, F. and 
A. M., 26 years; justice of the peace, 24 years; on the committee 
of the S. Roy. Village Improvement Soc. since 1881. See "Pres- 
ent Business Men of South Royalton." He has served as local 
editor of the White River Herald for about thirty years. He 
was a member of the Cong'l choir for many years. In his 
younger days he was often found at the bedside of sick friends, 
ministering to their wants. Mrs. Hattie Sargent was a woman 
of great force of character and executive ability. Her sympa- 
thies went out to all who were in need of them, and she was 
ever foremost in all good works. 

i. William Mortimer, b. Oct. 15, 1867, Roy.; m. Oct. 15, 1890, 
Minerva Jane, dau. William H. and Ellen Emma (Garrett) Martin, b. 
Nov. 9, 1869, S. Roy.; no ch. William M. was educated in the S. Roy. 
schools and Royalton Academy. He early entered the drug store 
of his father, and has been a partner for several years. He was post- 
master at S. Roy. 1897-1902. Mrs. Sargent has a well-trained voice, 
and acted as chorister for the Cong'l Church at S. Roy. for a con- 
siderable time. They occupy a part of the block built by her father, 
W. H. Martin. 

WILLIAM HENRY SARGENT, son of William Brown, 
the son of Isaac Foster, son of William, b. Mar. 4, 1840, Tunb. ; 
m. Jan. 1, 1868, Cavendish, Sarah, dau. Lucius and Almira 
(Davis) Page, b. June 15, 1840, Bethel. William H. came to 
S. Roy. to work in 1865, and settled here in 1868. He bought 
the blacksmith shop of Charles Crandall, and carried on that 
business until 1883, when he started a meat market, in which 
business he has continued to the present time. Impaired health 
has deprived Mrs. Sargent of an active social life for many 
years, but the quiet graces of domestic life are found in her 

i. Harry Adelbert, b. Nov. 2, 1869, Woodstock; m. Apr., 1910, 
Gertrude Dowing of New Market, N. H. 

ii. Herbert Chancellor, b. July 1, 1871, Woodstock; m. Aug. 
15, 1894, Nettie P., dau. Joseph Warren and Nettie (Woodworth) 
Waldo, b. Nov. 12, 1871, Roy.; no ch. 

iii. Fred Wellington, b. Oct. 28, 1873, Roy. 

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iv, Myra Louise, b. Dec. 18, 1875, Roy.; d. Aug. 1, 1905, Roy., 

V. Josephine May, b. May 5, 1883, Roy.; grad. from S. Roy. 
high school, 1902; teacher. 

ALBERT SARGENT, brother of Mark J. and William H., 

b. Mar. 3, 1843, Tunb. ; m. June 27, 1866, Juliette, dau. Jabez 

and Adeline (Rogers) Hammond of Perkinsville, b. Sep. 1, 

1843, Ludlow; d. Dec. 21, 1905, Roy. Mr. Sargent rem. from 

Sharon to Roy. abt. 1880. "Worked for 0. S. Curtiss some years, 

and for M. S. Adams; present residence with his son, Edward, 

in S. Roy. 

i. Fred. b. Oct. 1, 1867, Woodstock; d. July 3, 1873. 

ii. Edward Hammond, b. Nov. 4, 1875, Wood.; m. Nov. 4, 
1896, Rutland, Margaret, dau. James and Katherine (Lawley) Oak- 
man, b. Aug. 12, 1877, Troy, N. Y.; ch.: (a) Francis Albert, b. Nov. 
29, 1903, Roy.; (b) Theodore Edward, b. Oct. 22, 1906, Roy. Edward 
H. is employed as clerk by H. C. Sargent. 


ORAMEL SAWYER, son of Conant Bagley, the son of 
Isaac of Hebron, Conn., b. 1798, Norwich, prob. ; d. Oct. 2, 1875, 
Northfield; m. (1) Nov. 8, 1824, Roy., Alvira, dau. Capt. Joseph 
and Meriam Parkhurst, b. Mar. 31, 1798, Roy. ; d. Nov. 3, 1825, 
Roy.; m. (2) Mar. 1, 1827, Hartford, Charlotte Poor, b. 1796; 
d. Mar. 29, 1873, Northfield. Mr. Sawyer came to Roy. from 
Norwich about 1821, and rem. to Northfield in 1865. He was a 
saddler in Roy. village. He bought also the Jacob Cady farm 
and other property. He was postmaster, 1821-1831 ; town rep- 
resentative, 1835-37; selectman, 1837-38. The offices which he 
held show the esteem accorded him by his fellow citizens. 

i. Alvira, b. Oct. 27, 1825, Roy.; d. Aug. 31, 1908, York, Pa.; 
m. June 14, 1860, Joseph, son Joseph and Lydia (Crook) Root, who d. 
several years before his wife, Alvira. She was his second wife, and 
his ch. by his first wife d. before his death. Alvira had no ch. 

ii. Charlotte, b. Dec. 11, 1828, Roy.; d. Oct. 7, 1874, North- 
field; m. Jan. 1, 1856, Gen. Alonzo Jackman, b. Mar. 20, 1809, Thet- 
ford; d. Feb. 24, 1879, Northfield; bur. Elmwood Cem. In 1815 Gen. 
Jackman lived under the same roof with Joseph Smith, then his play- 
fellow, later chief of Mormonism. He had no opportunity for higher 
education until 1833, when he entered Franklin Sem. at Norwich, and 
studied and taught in this Sem., until Dec, 1835. He then entered 
the senior class of Norwich Univ. and grad. in 1836. He was Pro- 
fessor of Mathematics in N. U. 1836-49 and 1852-79. He joined the 
M. E. Church in 1831, and was confirmed in the Episcopal Church, 1843, 
with Prof. Josiah Swett, later rector of the Bethel and Roy. Epis- 
copal Churches. When his mother sent him into the world at the age 
of eleven with his brother, Enoch, she said to them: "Boys, go for 
yourselves, and remember that there is a God." This shaped his every 
action. He believed that he had revelations at special times, which 
came true. In 1846 he published in a Woodstock paper the plan of 
an oceanic magnetic telegraph remarkably like that which in 1858 was 
first laid across the Atlantic. It is believed by some that Mr. Field 
first received his idea from the publications of Prof. Jackman. He 

History of Royalton, Vermont 951 

was made captain of the first N. U. cadet corps, 1857, and in 1859 
commissioned colonel of the 2nd Vermont Militia, promoted later in 
the year to Brig. Gen. In 1861 he had the duty of drilling, organiz- 
ing, and inspecting regiments for the Union army. They had two 
ch.: (a) Alonzo, b. Feb. 12, 1857, Norwich; d. Apr. 20, 1859; (b) Helen, 
b. Apr. 10, 1860; d. Oct. 7, 1877, Northfield. 

iii. Charles Edward, b. June 1, 1830, Roy.; d. May 30, 1879, 
Rand.; bur. Old Christ Church Cem., Bethel; m. (1) Mary Jane, dau. 
Franklin and Abileua (Clapp) Corbin, b. Dec. 3, 1833, Roy.; d. Apr. 
24, 1867, Bethel; m. (2) Sep. 8, 1869, Clara Morse, dau. Levi and 
Prudentia (Flint) Washburn, b. Oct. 10, 1842, Rand.; res. Rand. 
Center. Ch.: (a) Emma Louisa, b. Sep. 28, 1857, Roy.; m. Aug. 30, 
1887, Frank W. Eldredge of Maiden, Mass.; ch.: (i) Helen Corbin, 
b. Sep. 13. 1888; (ii) Laurence Milton, b. Sep. 27, 1891; (b) George 
Edward, b. Sep. 23, 1859, Roy.; in the lumber business. New York City; 
(c) Henry Melville, b. Dec. 9, 1861, Roy.; m. Apr. 19, 1909, Susan 
Alice Wadsworth, at Winthrop, Mass.; (d) Hattie May, b. Nov. 26, 
1863, Bethel; (e) Alice Clara, b. June 28, 1871, Bethel, (?); m. Nov. 
15, 1899, John Sabine Smith of New York City. 

The father of Oramel Sawyer, Conant Bagley, served the entire 
term in the Revolutionary War in the Co. of his brother-in-law, Lieut. 
Gov. Paul Brigham of Vermont, who was a captain in the American 


REV. JOHN SEARLE, son of Rev. Samuel Dunbar Searle, 
b. 1720-21; d. July 5, 1787, Roy.; bur. S. Roy. Cem.; m. Me- 

hitable . See Chap. XIV. for the history of Mr. Searle 's 

connection with the church in Royalton. He came from Stone- 
ham, Mass., to Roy. He lived below S. Roy. on the 30 acres 
joining Daniel Rix's farm, which the town had bought for the 
first settled minister. His widow with her son John probably 
went with the Dr. Silas Allen family to Ohio. Mrs. Mehitable 
and John and Mrs. Mary Allen were given letters from the 
church Sep. 20, 1801. Dr. Allen was not listed after that year. 

i. Samuel Dunbar, b. 1764, Stoneham, Mass., prob. See 
"Medical Profession." 

ii. Sally (?), m. Abel Burroughs of Tunb.; a ch., Arabella, 
b. Mar, 1799. It is not certain that Sally was the dau. of Rev. Searle. 

iii. James, d. before Apr. 9, 1800, when his estate was in pro- 
bate court. 

iv. John, m. Feb. 7, 1793, Nabby (Abigail), dau. prob. of John 
and Mary (Johnson) Safford, bap. June 14, 1767, Preston, Conn.; ch.: 
(a) Polly, bap. July 30, 1797, Roy.; (b) Hitty, bap. July 6, 1800, Roy. 
May have had other ch. after leaving Roy. 

* V. Mary (Polly), m. prob. Jacob Safford, 

* vi. Mehitable, m. Whiting Allen. 

* vii. Hannah, m. Harvey Skinner. 

Some idea of Mr. Searle's dress and belongings can be fancied from 
the inventory of his estate, a part of which consisted of a great coat 
of blue broadcloth, one pair of leather breeches, three pair of velvet 
breeches, pewter knee buckles, a silver tankard valued at £7.10. His 
father. Rev. Sam. Dunbar Searle, was a grad. of Harvard in 1723. 

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'"r^M PHILIP G. SEWALL, son of i^ohn, b. Sep. 22, 1818, Wil- 

mot, N. H. ; d. May 25, 1900, Roy. ; m. Jan. 11, 1841, Eunice M., 
dan. Capt. Calvin and Achsah (Wallace) Howe, b. May 5, 1814, 
Roy.; d. Aug. 31, 1889, Roy.; both bur. N. Roy. Cem. Mr. 
Sewall rem. from Randolph in 1846, and assumed the care of 
the parents of his wife. He possessed good business acumen, 
was trustworthy and honorable in his dealings. He was one 
of the wealthiest farmers of the town. 

* i. Mina C, b. July 2, 1842, Rand.; m. Josiah G. Bennett. 

ii. Ellen A., b. Aug. 29, 1843, Rand.; m. Jan. 1, 1863, Samuel 
Heaton, who d. some years ago; res. Keene, N. H. ; two ch., Albert 
and Mary. 

ill. Norman W., b. Sep. 5, 1847, Roy.; d. July 29, 1905, Roy.; 
m. Nov. 26, 1872, Frances J., dau. Job and Jane (Green) Bennett, b. 
Oct. 11, 1849, Roy.; living with adopted dau. on the home farm. Ch.: 
(a) Charles B., b. Apr. 1, 1874, Roy.; d. Nov. 5, 1874; (b) Blanche 
C., an adopted dau., b. June 16, 1878, dau. of Anthony Ray; m. Feb. 
12, 1908, Robert Roy, son Wilbert and Hattie M. (Silver) Sykes, b. 
1876, W. Windsor; ch.: (i) Ralph Everett, b. Apr. 17, 1910, Roy. 

The earliest known ancestor of the Sewalls of N. E. was William 
Shewell, mayor of Coventry, Eng., in the 16th century. His grandson, 
Henry, emigrated to Newbury, Mass., in 1635. 


1. TIMOTHY [6] SHEPARD (Squire [5], Sara. [4], 
Isaac [3], Isaac [2], Ralph [1]), b. June 18, 1764, Norwich, 
Conn. ; d. Oct. 5, 1847, Potsdam, N. Y. ; m. Jan. 4, 1789, Nancy, 
dau. Deacon Joseph and Abigail (Fitch) Moore, b. Apr. 27, 
1770, Plainfield. Conn., prob.; d. Mar. 25, 1854, Potsdam, 
N. Y. (?) Abigail was descended from Governor William 
Bradford and Stephen Hopkins of the Mayflower. On Nov. 
23, 1787, Timothy bought most of 34 Dutch and settled in Roy. 
He was not listed after 1802, but seems to have been in Roy- 
alton in 1803, when he and Thomas sold 88 acres to Isaac Shep- 
ard, and again in 1805, when he sold his pew to Garner Rix. 
He rem. to Potsdam, N. Y., that year. At the age of sixteen 
he served as a substitute in the Revolution, taking the place 
of his elder brother Samuel in the Conn. State troops in Sep., 
1780. In 1783 he bought a farm in Sharon. His mother was 
Sarah Pierce. All ch. except the last two b. in Roy. 

i. Daniel Moore [7], b. Feb. 5, 1890; m. and had three sons; 
went West. 

ii. Son, b. Nov. 9, 1891; d. Nov. 18, 1791. 

iii. Pierce [7], b. Oct. 9, 1793; d. Mar. 3, 1832, Montreal; m. 
Oct. 2, 1815, Esther, dau. John Cleveland; ch.: (a) Susan Zeruah [8], 
m. Ansel Soules Smith; res. Elmira, N. Y.; (b) Mary A. [8]; (c) 
William [8], who d. Parishville, N. Y.; m. and had ch.; (d) Emily 
Cleveland [8]; (e) Maria Moore [8]; (f) Sarah Ann [8]. Pierce was 
an architect and cabinet maker; last res., Cornwall, Can.; d. while in > 
Montreal on business. Esther d. in New Britain, Conn. 

History of Royalton, Vermont 953 

iv. Nancy [7], b. July 24, 1795. 

V. Timothy L7], b. June 16, 1797; d. Dec. 20, 1890; m. Jan. 
4, 1825, Betsey Vail, b. Nov. 30, 1803; d. Feb. 15, 1881; ch.: (a) Charles 
Henry [8], b. Sep. 28, 1825; a physician; opened the first Turkish 
baths in America, and conducts a Sanatorium at 81 Columbia Heights, 
Brooklyn, N. Y. ; a son, William H. [9], is a physician in Brooklyn 
(b) Elizabeth Moore [8], b. Apr. 16, 1828; (c) Cornelia Marabah [8], 
b. Mar. 13, 1831; (d) Emma Amanda [8], b. June 7, 1836; d. May 18, 
1882; (e) Mary Isabel [8], b. Aug. 18, 1841; (f) Harriet Louise [8], 
b. May 25, 1846; m. Mr. Bushnell; res. 220 Sterling St., Watertown, 
N. Y. Timothy, Jr., was a carpenter by trade, living in Ogdensburg, 
N. Y., in 1846. 

vi. Infant son, b. and d. Aug. 4, 1799. 

vii. Harry Fitch [7], b. Nov. 3, 1800; d. Feb., 1883; went to 
Painesville, O. 

viii. Lewis M. [7], b. May 28, 1807, Potsdam, prob.; d. Sep. 
9, 1809. 

ix. Lewis M. [7J, b. Apr. 23, 1810; d. Oct. 16, 1863; became 
a clergyman. 

Mrs. Nancy Shepard was given a letter to the church in Potsdam 
June 9, 1811, but she had probably rem. there before. 

ISAAC STEVENS [7] SHEPAED (Isaac [6], Moses [5], 
Jonas [4], Isaac [3], Isaac [2], Ralph [1]), b. June 14, 1802. 
Sharon; d. Aug. 21, 1883, Roy.; m. Dec. 7, 1826, Lucy, dau. 
Jonathan and Elizabeth (Durkee) Wheat, b. Nov. 4, 1803, Roy.; 
d. Jan. 23, 1891, Roy. ; bur. Havens Cem. Isaac Stevens rem. 
from Sharon to Roy. in the fall of 1836. He settled later on 
the farm now occupied by his son, John F. He was a farmer 
and also engaged in the lumber business, running the old Tres- 
cott mill. He was entrusted with important town matters, and 
served as selectman in 1861-62. 

I. George Stevens [8], b. Oct. 4, 1827, Roy.; drowned June 
18, 1865, in Fox Lake, Wis.; m. Catherine Smith, and had six ch., Geo. 
Franklin, Elsie, Lizzie and John, b. in Roy., and Lucy and Isaac F., 
b. in Wis. George was in Norwich Univ. 1847-49; a school teacher, 
music teacher, and dentist; bought the place where Frank Rand now 
lives and other land, and sold out in 1855 and went West. 

II. Mary Jane [8], b. Aug. 14, 1833, Roy.; d. Aug. 5, 1883; m. 
Mar. 13, 1855, Rev. Rollins B. Fay; two sons. Alba and Charles, both 
dead; lived in Sharon. 

2. ill. John Franklin [8], b. Sep. 4, 1835, Sharon. 

iv. Esther Ann [8], b. Jan. 26, 1838, Roy.; d. Apr. 26, 1895; 
m. Mar. 8, 1864, James E. Riddall, b. Nov., 1838; d. Dec. 21, 1896, 
Roy.; bur. Havens Cem.; settled in Tunb.; later bought a place near 

2. JOHN FRANKLIN [8] SHEPARD, son of Isaac Ste- 
vens [7], b. Sep. 4, 1835, Sharon; m. Nov. 25, 1863, Sharon, 
Mary, dau. Jesse and Ann (Havens) Button, b. Jan. 29, 1842, 
Rov. Mr. Shepard was educated in Royalton Academy; was 
West in 1858-59; enlisted Sep., 1861, Co. E, 2nd Regt., Berdan's 
Sharpshooters ; contracted rheumatism winter of 1862 ; ret. to 
Roy.; in Apr,, 1863, bought a half interest in his father's farm; 
a farmer and manufacturer of lumber; town representative, 
1886; has held various offices; member of board of school diree- 

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tors ; charter member of Orville Bixby Post, No. 93, G. A. R. ; 
an energetic Patron of Husbandry, 1891 ; Master of White River 
Pomona Grange, 1892. Mrs. Shepard is a member of the Wom- 
an's Relief Corps, and of the Grange. 

i. Charles Franklin [9], b. Aug. 14, 1864, Roy.; m. Aug. 
14, 1885, Mertie, dau. Elmer and Marcia Woodward, b. Mar. 8, 1866; 
two sons, Harley and Earl; res. Bethel; employed by Tupper & 

11. Lucy Ann [9], b. Apr. 2, 1866, Roy.; m. Jan. 1, 1888, Ar- 
thur B., son Charles and Emily (Badeau) Fowler of Catskill, N. Y.; 
one son, Charles; res. South Strafford. 

iii. George Stevens [9], b. Jan. 2, 1868, Roy.; m. Aug. 31, 
1891, Maggie A. Smith, b. Apr. 4, 1870; two ch., Flossie May and 
George; res. Central Falls, R. I. 

iv. John Clinton [9], b. Nov. 17, 1870; m. May 5, 1891, Nellie, 
dau. Edward and Juliette (Mcintosh) Foster, b. Dec. 25, 1868, Roy.; 
five ch.. Earl R., John Edward, Alma Elnora, Clara B., Doris; res. 
Norway, Me. He is associate superintendent of Radcliffe Shoe Fac- 

V. Fred Jesse [9], b. Jan. 10, 1875; m. Jan. 10, 1898, Alice 
M., dau. George and S. Ellen (Bliss) Preston, b. Sep. 4, 1876; no ch. 
Fred J. lives with his parents. 

JOHN STARLING [7] SHEPARD (Starling [6], Squire 
[5], Sam. [4], Isaac [3], Isaac [2], Ralph [1]), b. Feb. 4, 1810, 
Sharon; d. Jan. 21, 1899, Vineland, N. J.; m. Mar. 25, 1845, 
Amelia Lois, dau. John and Sarah Swift, b. Dec. 12, 1825, E. 
Barnard; d. Apr. 5, 1907, Vineland; both bur. Vineland; no 
ch. They adopted one ch., Lucie Gallagher, who m. John E. 
Burgess, a nephew of Mrs. Shepard, and had a dau., Milly, who 
m. R. G. Swift of Streator, 111. Mr. Shepard lived on Broad 
Brook several years, and at Pierce's Mills. He was a remark- 
ably well informed man, and very successful in business. He 
and his wife did much for their friends and public enterprises 
while living, and made bequests at death, that showed their pub- 
lic spirit and love for humanity. Mrs. Shepard was always 
ready at the call of any one in need, and even to her last illness, 
which was brief, ministered to sick friends, being especially 
skilled as a nurse. Their religion was to serve their fellow men. 
Ralph, the emigrant ancestor, sailed with his wife Thanklord, 
on the ship "Abigail," from London, June 30, 1635, and finally settled 
at Concord, Mass. His son Isaac was killed by the Indians in King 
Philip's War, Feb. 12, 1676. Samuel was one of the original grantees 
of Sharon, and deeded his share to three sons, Josiah, Squire, and Wil- 
lard. Squire came to Sharon. When Isaac Stevens first came to Roy. 
he bought the Kiles Paul farm, next the Moses Shepard farm, the John 
Doyle farm, in Sharon, then the Bosworth farm near the Aikens stand, 
where he lived about eight years, then purchased the Trescott farm. 
After he sold to his son, John F., he went to Tunb., but ret. and bought 
the Viall residence in So. Roy., which he sold and went to live with his 
son on the Trescott place, where he died. 

Simon Shepard of Plainfield, Conn., was one of the original grant- 
ees of Roy. who never came to the town as far as is learned, and he 
sold out in 1786. Thomas [6] (Moses [5], Jonas [4], Isaac [3] (?), 

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etc.), was in Roy. from 1800 to 1803, located on W. 6 L. A. He was 
b. Nov. 27, 1771, Plainfield, Conn., and m. Nov. 28, 1799, Nabby Willard. 
JAMES MONROE SHEPARD, son of William Douglas 
and Lorinda (Rowell) Shepard, and grandson of John, b. June 
28, 1848, Lawrenceville, N. Y.; m. Feb. 11, 1870, Mary Emily, 
dau. Abiel Mitchell and Laura Emily (Bailey) Barnard, b. Feb, 
19, 1853, Lawrenceville, N. Y. Mr. Shepard rem. from Law- 
renceville to Roy. in 1886. Every member of the family is a 
singer, and all play some musical instrument. "When the fifth 
child was about a year old they began giving concerts, the first 
being given in Lawrenceville, Aug. 1, 1885. They toured the 
N. E. states for twelve years with marked success. When the 
R. F. D. was established Mr. Shepard began on one of the routes, 
and continues to the present time as mail carrier. They reside 
in S. Royalton. The children were all born in Lawrenceville, 
except the last two. 

*i. Katherine Blfrida, b. June 16, 1871; m. Perley S. Belknap; 
Mrs. Belknap has a powerful, well-trained soprano voice, and gener- 
ously uses it for the benefit of the church and society. 

ii. Laura Belle, b. July 4, 1874; m. Apr. 25, 1900, Europe 
Ellsworth Bamforth; ch.: (a) Allen Shepard, b. Jan. 24, 1901, Morris- 
ville; he is a traveling man. 

iii. Lessie Washburn, b. July 12, 1877; m. John Edmund 
Badger; ch.: (a) Flossie Belle, b. Sep. 3, 1899; (b) George Edmund, 
b. Apr. 12, 1903; Mr. Badger is a M. E. minister; res. Orland, Cal. 

iv. Georgia Barnard, b. Oct. 18, 1879; m. Dec, 1900, Luther 
Pierre Vaill; ch.: (a) Stanley Theodore, b. July 30, 1906; merchant; 
res., Portland, Me. 

v. Burton Monroe, b. Sep. 19, 1884; m. Charlotte May Ar- 
buckle of Wolcott, Nov., 1907; ch.: (a) Glodora, b. Nov. 26, 1909; mer- 
chant in St. Johnsbury. 

vi. Walter Douglas, b. June 5, 1886; d. at age of nine weeks. 

vii. Lulu May, b. July 24, 1887, S. Roy.; d. at age of ten weeks. 

viii. Flossita Louise, b. Mar. 30, 1889, S. Roy.; grad. S. Roy. 
high school; teacher. 


HARVEY SHIPMAN, son of Edmimd and Rebecca (Bige- 
low) Shipman, b. Feb. 8, 1800, Worcester, N. Y. ; d. Aug. 5, 
1879, Newfield, N. J. ; m. May 30, 1822, Betsey, dau. David and 
Anna (Clark) Eaton, b. Feb. 17, 1801, Rochester, N. Y. ; d. 
Mar. 30, 1885, Newfield. In 1839 Mr. Shipman bought 90 acres 
of land in Roy. of John Brooks, which Clark B. sold to John 
D. Fales in 1867. Mr. Shipman was a man of good repute and 
ability. He served as selectman, 1846-48. A son writes that 
their removal to Roy. was soon followed by the hardest times 
and lowest prices for farm products that he had ever known. 
Mr. Shipman bought a pair of four-year-old oxen for $100, and 
four years after he sold them for $65. At the time he was select- 
man, his colleagues were J. L. Bowman and Edwin Pierce, all 
of whom were born in the year 1800. He had a stroke of paraly- 

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sis the first night after his removal to N. J., from which he never 
recovered. He and wife and many of their ancestors, Ship- 
mans, Batons, and Clarkes, are buried at Rochester North Hol- 
low. The Shipmans were early settlers of Rochester. Harvey 
rem. from Granville to Roy. 

i. Harvey Eaton, b. Feb. 7, 1823, Rochester; d. Oct. 11, 1846, 
Fulton, Wis. At the time of his death he was on a visit to his uncle, 
William B. Shipman, who went to Cal. in 1849, and who was killed 
by the Indians some years later, when prospecting in Wyoming. Har- 
vey E. was a fine scholar, fully equal to his brother. Prof. Shipman, 
had he lived to develop his powers. 

ii. Betsey Aurora, b. Apr. 1, 1825, Rochester; d. May 7, 1833. 

iii. Clark Bigelow, b. June 1, 1831, Rochester; m. Nov. 6, 1855, 
Augusta Fanny, dau. John and Sally (Whitney) Perham, b. May 4, 
1831, Bethel. He was a teacher in early life. After leaving Roy. about 

1868, he went to Newfield, N. J., where he was a market gardener. 
In 1882 he rem. to Montana with his son Henry, and they were among 
the first white settlers of Judith Valley. Ch.: (a) Winifred Augusta, 
b. Oct. 11, 1856, Roy.; m. Dec. 5, 1887, Lewiston, Mont., Nicholas Erick- 
son; (b) Gratia, b. Mar. 17, 1859, Roy.; d. Mar. 24, 1859, Roy.; (c) 
Gertrude Janette, b. Feb. 19, 1860, Roy.; unm. ; (d) Rebecca Maria, 
b. Dec. 20, 1862, Roy.; unm.; (e) Henry Eaton, b. Nov. 24, 1866, Roy.; 
civil engineer and rancher in Mont.; m. Oct. 9, 1904, Lewiston, Mont., 
Susan Grace, dau. Oscar G. and Susan (Hubbard) Martin, b. Dec. 28, 
1877, Rochester; ch.: (i) Henry Nicholas, b. July 27, 1905, Lewiston; 
(ii) Richard Clark, b. Apr. 28, 1907, Rochester; (f) Margaret Maud, 
b. Aug. 25, 1875, Bethel; unm. 

iv. William Rollin, b. Mar. 28, 1834, Granville; d. there Mar. 
22, 1836. 

V. William Rollin, b. May 4, 1836, Granville; d. Jan. 15, 1908, 
Medford, Mass. For a sketch of Prof. Shipman see "Celebrities." His 
funeral was held in Goddard Chapel of Tufts College, where every 
honor that could be paid to his memory was paid to show the "high 
esteem and tender love in which the good old dean was held by all 
who knew him." His body was cremated and the ashes placed beside 
those of his wife in Mt. Auburn Cemetery; m. July 28, 1868, Somer- 
ville, Mass., Martha Prances, dau. Rev. John and Charlotte (Gleason) 
Howard, who d. July 6, 1894. Ch.: (a) William Willis, b. Nov. 22, 

1869, Somerville, Mass.; d. there Jan. 25, 1879; (b) Albert Eaton, b. 
Mar. 22, 1876; m. Feb. 6, 1902, Bessie Gaylord, dau. Franklin and 
Beatrice (Guerney) Fowler of Boston; no ch.; salesman in piano house 
in Boston. 

vi. Sarah DeEtte, b. May 20, 1838, Granville; m. Mar. 7, 1860, 
Edwin Oscar, son Chester and Lydia (Crouch) Lee; res., Vernon; has 
been lecturer for State Grange; ch.: (a) Edwin Massena, b. June 21, 
1862, Vernon; unm.; (b) William Shipman, b. Aug. 21, 1864, Vernon; 
joined a company that went from N. J. to establish a colony in Mexico, 
and died soon after arriving, in Topolobampo, May 27, 1887; (c) Ber- 
tha, b. Aug. 5, 1866; m. Sep. 1, 1892, Frank Edward, son James Proctor 
and Mary Jane (Stevens) Aldrich of Northfield, Mass.; eight ch.: (i) 
Chester Lee, b. July 20, 1893; (ii) Mary DeEtte, b. Aug. 9, 1895; (iii) 
Jesse Edmund, b. May 5, 1897; (iv) Jennie Bertha, b. July 5, 1899; 
d. Oct. 27, 1899; (v) Helen Marie, b. Jan. 25, 1902; (vi) William Frank, 
b. Apr. 23, 1904; (vii) Alice Roosevelt, b. Feb. 19, 1906; (viii) Walter 
James, b. Nov. 30, 1908; (d) Chester Harvey, b. Dec. 5, 1873, New- 
field, N. J.; res. with parents, unm., in Northfield, Mass. 

vii. Louise Janette, b. Jan. 11, 1841, Roy.; d. Jan. 18, 1860, 

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WILLIAM SHIRLOCK, son of Edward and (Lee) 

Shirlock, b. Nov. 12, 1809, Ardillis, Co. of Kildare, Ireland; 
d. Apr. 17, 1888, Roy. ; m. Jan. 19, 1840, Cyrene, dau. Levi and 
Annie (Annis) Martin, b. Nov. 14, 1811, Grafton, N. H. ; d. 
Aug, 21, 1891, Roy. ; both bur. Havens Cem. William came to 
Roy. from Dublin, Ireland, in 1831. He was six months in 
making the voyage to Quebec. He contracted ship fever, and 
was left at Quebec instead of at New Orleans, as he had ex- 
pected. He knew no one there and could not understand the 
French language. When sufficiently recovered he went to Bur- 
lington by way of Montreal and St. Johns, then, lacking re- 
sources, he traveled on foot to Royalton. He found only two 
Irish families on the way, one at Burlington and one at North- 
field. He worked for ]\Ir. Rice, probably Benjamin, attending 
school winters, until 1833, when he went to Hartland, and later 
to Canaan, N. H., to work for Congressman Currier. Here 
Cyrene Martin, his future wife, was working. In 1839 he ret. 
to Roy., and bought of his brother Francis the farm on Dairy 
Hill which is now owned by his son Frank. He did not get a 
deed of it until 1853. He increased the 60 acres, the original 
purchase, to 125 acres. 

i. James Martin, b. July 26, 1842; d. Jan. 18, 1888, Roy.; 
m. Dec. 20, 1863, Katherine Kiley of Roy.; ch.: (a) James Martin, b. 
Jan. 3, 1865, Roy.; m. and res. in Pawtucket, R. I.; an employe of the 
Clark Thread Mfg. Co.; (b) Annie L., b. June 15, 1872; m. Dec. 30, 
1891, Alton L. Ingalls of Bethel; ch.: (i) Hazel M., b. Dec. 23, 1892; 
d. May 5, 1895; (ii) Lawrence O., b. Sep. 5, 1896; res. Derry, N. H.; 
husband an employe in shoe factory; (c) Nellie Woodward, b. Sep. 
6, 1874; m. Feb. 12, 1896, Walter H. Baker of Bethel; res. W. Somer- 
ville, Mass.; husband a railroad employe. 

ii. Eunice R., b. Feb. 14, 1845, Roy.; m. George Powell of 
Orange, Mass., who is dead; a son, Harvey, and dau., Katie, res. with 
their mother in Amherst, Mass. 

iii. Sarah B. R., b. Sep. 21, 1847, Roy.; d. June 12, 1866. 

iv. Martha J., b. Apr. 4, 1850, Roy.; d. Mar. 27, 1905, unm. 

V. Francis, b. Apr. 11, 1853, Roy.; d. May 17, 1853. 

vi. Frank, b. Oct. 17, 1854, Roy.; m. Ella V. Bean of Sharon; 
ch.: (a) Cyrene, b. Oct. 21, 1887, Roy.; d. Sep. 3, 1898, Roy.; (b) 
Lesley P., adopted, b. Jan. 6, 1906. From his home is a magnificent 
view of S. Roy. and White River valley to the westward. 

JOHN SHIRLOCK, son of Francis and Mary (McDon- 
ough) Shirlock, b. Mar. 30, 1848, Sharon; m. June 9. 1881, 
Lucy Ann, dau. James and Sarah L. (Shurtleff) Doyle, b. Feb. 
28, 'l861, Roy. John Shirlock first settled on the Dr. Man- 
chester place, but has lived on several farms, the longest on the 
S. C. Drew farm. 

i. Joseph Francis, b. Feb. 25, 1882, Roy.; m. May 21, 1907, 
Grace Eveline, dau. Cassius and Hannah (Merrill) Robinson, b. 1881, 
Burlington; res., Proctor. 

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ii. John William, b. Jan. 16, 1885, Roy.; m. Feb. 15, 1910, 
Nellie Caroline, dau. Charles L. and Abbie (Arnold) Howe, b. 1884, 

iii. Mary Elizabeth, b. Aug. 25, 1888, Tunb.; teacher. 

iv. Hugh Arthur, b. Aug. 17, 1890, Roy. 
It is a tradition in the Shirlock family that the name originated 
at a time when the Israelites were at war with the Canaanites. In 
one of their battles an Israelite leader was wounded in the head, and 
a part of the scalp and hair was cut off. From that day he was known 
as Shear-lock, the Conqueror. Some of his descendants settled in 
England, and the name came to be changed to Shirlock. Edward be- 
longed to the British navy, and was for thirteen years on the ship 
commanded by Nelson. Edward m. (1) Miss Lee, and (2) Miss 
Donland. He had four ch. by his first wife, William, James, Margaret, 
and Francis, who all migrated to America. Francis m. Mary McDon- 
ald of Shelburne, and settled in Sharon, where twelve ch. were born 
to them. James never m., but lived with his brother Francis. Mar- 
garet m. Joseph Welch of Randolph. They rem. to Madison, Wis., 
and have a boy and girl. The father of Mrs. William Shirlock was 
descended from one of four brothers who came from Eng. to Reho- 
both, Mass. Levi with other relatives migrated to Grafton, N. H., and 
for a long time it was said that all the inhabitants of Grafton were 
in some way related to the Martins. 


1. CAPT. ISAAC [5] SKINNER (William [4], Abraham 
[3], Thos. [2], Thos. [1]), b. July 24, 1759; d. Mar. 19, 1843, 
Roy. ; m. Dec. 24, 1786, Rov., by Rev. John Searle, Lucy Shaw, 
b. June 17, 1764 ( ?) ; d. Apr. 27, 1843. Roy. His first deed is 
dated 1784, when he bought 50 acres in 54 T. P. He speculated 
considerably in land, buying at collector's sale, and selling at 
a good profit. He was frequently called upon to give his serv- 
ices to the town, and was selectman thirteen terms. His first 
office was that of brander of horses in 1786. On Feb. 5, 1787, 
the voters wrestled at his house with the question of the bridge 
lottery. His ch. were all born in Royalton. He was a Revolu- 
tionary soldier. 

i. Fanny, b. Dec. 1, 1788; d. Nov. 3, 1859. 

ii. Stephen, b. Oct. 27, 1789; d. Apr. 11, 1863; m. Jan. 7, 
1821 (?), Martha, dau. Barzillai (?) and Martha (Morgan) Thacher. 
Soon after coming of age Stephen bought a farm in 11 L. A., and in 
1821 he bought other land joining his father's and leased land of his 
father-in-law, Jacob Cady. He sold out in 1828, and seems to have 
then left town, and removed to Rand. Ch.: (a) Emily Elizabeth, b. 
Oct. 24, 1822, Roy.; m. Jan. 7, 1841, William Wheatley; (b) Charles 
Morgan, b. June 13, 1825, Roy.; (c) William Kenstry, b. May 26, 1828, 
Rand.; d. June 17, 1846. 

iii. Daniel Havens, b. Nov. 10, 1791, Roy.; d. Mar. 25, 1875; 
bur. N. Roy. Cem. In 1860 he was in Baltimore, Md.; grad.. Middle- 
bury, 1816; honorary degree, Dartmouth, 1820; student and physician 
in Baltimore, Md., 1817-63. 

iv. Isaac, b. Dec. 10, 1793; d. at sea, unm. 

V. Lucy, b. Jan. 15 or 18, 1796; d. Oct. 6, 1806. 

vi. Luther, b. June 13, 1798; m. Sophia Perry. 

vii. Calvin, twin of Luther; d. Mar. 16, 1802. 

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viii. Darius, b. May 27, 1800; d. May 5, 1860; m. May 7, 1829, 
Welthia, dau. Rodolphus and Jemima (Kinney) Dewey, b. Apr. 12, 
1800, Roy.; d. Sep. 4 or 5, 1877; bur. N. Roy. Cem. No ch. 

ix. Sarah W., b. Feb. 27, 1802; d. Aug. 22, 1888, unm. 

X. Calvin, b. Aug. 23, 1804; d. Aug. 17, 1878, Roy.; m. Mar. 
17, 1853, Sarah S. Russell, b. Aug. 11, 1830; d. July 11, 1856; ch.: 
(a) Isaac Walter, b. Feb. 23, 1854, Roy.; d. Jan. 27, 1911, Waltham, 
Mass.; unm.; (b) George Calvin, b. Jan. 3, 1856, Roy.; m. (1) May 
15, 1880, Susan Mercy, dau. John D. and Eliza May (Lovejoy) Fales, 
b. Dec. 13, 1855, Sharon; d. Nov. 6, 1892, Waltham, Mass.; m. (2) 
Jan. 24, 1907, Mary Hay ward; no ch.; he is an employe in the Wal- 
tham Watch Factory. Calvin Skinner was town clerk for thirty-six 
years. His home was above Roy. village, the place now owned by 
Edwin H. Durkee, and where his father Isaac lived, and carried on 
his blacksmith trade. He was the only blacksmith in that section for 
a considerable time, and had patronage from far and near, and some- 
times he had to keep a crowd over night, when he was driven with 
work that he could not finish in one day. 

xi. Lucy, b. Feb. 22, 1811; d. July 20, 1908, Brookfield; bur. 
N. Roy. Cem. Miss Skinner had been in failing health some years 
before her death, making it necessary for her to leave the home she 
had known so long. She was a Daughter of the Revolution, her claim 
being substantiated by the Royalton Woman's Club, to which she be- 
longed. She was a member of the Cong'l church for 76 years, and 
was ever most hospitable in the entertainment of pastors and others 
working for the interest of the church. A missionary society in the 
Cong'l church in the village is named in honor of her sister Sarah. 

LUTHER [5] SKINNER (William [4], Abraham [3], 
etc.), b. Oct. 14, 1760, Woodstock, Conn.; d. Jan. 12, 1838, Roy.; 
m. May 8, 1788, Temperanc.e, dau. Ebenezer and Temperance 
(Holdridge) Dewey, and wid. of Rev. Josiah Kilburn. b. May 
25, 1761; d. Aug. 28, 1847, Roy. Mr. Skinner bought of the 
proprietors' committee on Oct. 28, 1782, M. 18 L. A. This was 
virgin soil, and Mr. Skinner does not seem to have lived long 
on this lot. His home was made in 17 and 25 T. P., which he 
deeded to Jonathan Kinney in 1817, for support of himself and 
wife. He was a Revolutionary soldier, and was pensioned. 

i. Annie [6], b. Apr. 18,'l789; d. in infancy. 
*ii. Tempe [6], b. June 2, 1790; m. Jonathan Kinney, Jr. 

iii. Luther [6], b. June 5, 1792; d. Apr. 28, 1848; m. Eliza- 

iv. Lucy [6], b. Apr. 27, 1794; d. Sep. 23, 1822, Roy. 

V. Josiah Kilburn [6], b. Apr. 2, 1796; d. Oct. 29, 1855, Lock- 
port, N. Y. ; m. (1) Jane Chase; m. (2) Jeanette L. , who d. June 

8, 1856, Toledo, O. Josiah K. was a physician in Lockport; grad. from 
Dartmouth Med. Coll., 1821. 

vi. Harriet Byron [6], b. May 22, 1798; d. Feb. 22, 1844; m. 
1817-18, Jewett, son Eliezer and Abigail (Washburn) Walbridge, b. 
1787, Litchfield, Conn.; ch.: (a) Harriet Diana [7], b. Dec. 14, 1819, 
Rand.; m. David H. Dutton (See); (b) Huldah Arvilla [7], b. Aug. 
22, 1821. Rand.; d. an infant; (c) Jewett Demetrius [7], b. Dec. 24, 
1824, Rand.; d. Apr. 11, 1852, Algansee, Mich.; (d) Mary Elizabeth [7], 
b. July 18, 1827, Rand.; d. Dec. 28, 1887, Quincy, Mich.; (e) Rodolphus 
Philander [7], b. Aug. 6, 1830; m. Nov. 17, 1857, Harriet L., dau. 
Stephen and Mary (Townsend) Knapp, b. Sep. 3, 1832, Clarkson, N. Y.; 
(f) William Henry [7], b. Mar. 7, 1834, Lockport, N. Y.; m. (1) Nov. 

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1, 1855, Minerva McNutt, b. 1836, Jonesville, Mich.; m. (2) Nov. 21, 
1864, Orphelia R. Williams of Grand Rapids, Mich.; (g) Martha Maria 
[7], b. Aug. 9, 1839, Newfane, N. Y.; m. Mar. 15, 1881, Charles Alex. 
DeWar; res. Billings, Mont. 

vii. Martha [6], b. Sep. 25, 1800; d. Sep. 30, 1841; bur. N. Roy. 

viii. Mary [6], twin of Martha. 

ix. Rodolphus Dewey [6], b. Apr. 30, 1804; d. July 12, 1835. 
1. CALVIN [6] SKINNER (Calvin [5], William [4], 
Abraham [3], etc.), b. Nov. 23, 1777, Woodstock, Conn.; d. 
Aug. 23, 1843, Roy.; m. Nov. 3, 1803, Sarah, dau. John and 
Olive (Noble) Billings, b. Jan. 1, 1782; d. Apr. 26, 1850, Roy. 
Calvin Skinner was the son of Corp. Calvin and Eleanor Porter 
Skinner. His father died the Sep. before he was born. Corp. 
Calvin served in the Revolution in a company from Killingly, 
Conn. When his widow married Capt. Zebulon Lyon, she took 
her two ch., Sally and Calvin, with her to Royalton. When Cal- 
vin came of age he made an indenture with his step-father to 
support him and wife and the two half-brothers until of age. 
He held considerable property in the village, and in 1809 Lieut. 
Lyon deeded him the farm later known as the Martin Skinner 
farm. He was the guardian of Porter Lyon, who was weak 
mentally. In 1822 he stood fourth in the size of his grand list. 
*i. Susannah [7], b. June 6, 1806; m. Forrest Adams. 

2. 11. William [7], b. June 10, 1807. 

*lil. Eliza [7], b. Oct. 19, 1808; m. Dr. Joseph A. Denison. 
*iv. Lucretia [7], b. 1810; m. Forrest Adams. 

3. V. Lewis [7], b. Apr. 1, 1812. 

vi. Calvin [7], b. June, 1815; d. July 27, 1817. 

vii. Calvin [7], b. May 22, 1818, Roy.; d. Sep. 24, 1903, Malone, 
N. Y.; m. Roy., Sep. 15, 1842, Jane Porter, dau. Samuel and Hannah 
(Converse) Blodgett, b. Mar. 21, 1818, E. Rand.; d. May 2, 1893, Ma- 
lone. Ch.: (a) Eleanor Porter [8], b. Sep. 22, 1843; d. Mar. 16, 1894; 
m. Sep. 21, 1877, John W. Fay; one ch., Marion Alden [9]; res. Malone, 
N. Y.; (b) Samuel Blodgett [8], b. June 30, 1845; d. Oct. 7, 1907; m. 
June 1, 1880, Mrs. Mary Weirman Stephenson; ch., Alice Gertrude, 
Florence Roberts, and Eleanor Marguerite; res. Malone; (c) Henry 
Carroll [8], b. May 26, 1848; d. June 8, 1898; m. Oct. 5, 1873, Emma 
Annable; ch., Mabel Eleanor and Edith Josephine; res. Malone; (d) 
Alice Leland [8], m. June 21, 1887, Sidney S. Whittlesey; one son, 
Charles Chauncey; res. Plattsburg, N. Y.; (e) William Converse [8], 
m. Oct. 20, 1880, Florence Roberts; ch., Marjorie Roberts, Roberts 
Keney, and William Converse; res., Hartford, Conn.; (f) Elizabeth 
Caroline [8], m. Jan. 14, 1886, Jay 0. Ballard; res., Malone; (g) Anna 
Catherine [8], twin of Elizabeth C; d. Aug. 9, 1859. Calvin Skinner 
prepared for college at Royalton Academy; attended the U. V. M. 1836- 
38; grad. from Dartmouth Med. Coll., 1841; took a special course in 
Coll. of Physicians and Surgeons, New York; began practice at Roches- 
ter; rem. to Malone, N. Y., 1842; had a wide and lucrative practice, 
with special success in surgery; service with N. Y. troops, 1861-62; 
commissioned surgeon of the 106th N. Y. Regt. 1862, and was with 
that Regt. in Va. until disability compelled him to resign and return 
home in 1864; the disease thus contracted forced him to retire from 
practice, and the last ten years of his life confined him to the house. 
In politics he was a Republican; he was one of eleven who organized 

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the Republican party in Franklin Co., N. Y., and was an alternate 
delegate to the National Convention that nominated Lincoln for Presi- 
dent. He was vestryman for St. Mark's Episcopal church, Malone, 
for nearly fifty years; was postmaster fourteen years; member of the 
board of education, 1872-90; member of the Franklin Med. Soc. and a 
charter member of the Northern Med. Ass'n, and its first treasurer; 
member of the G. A. R. and of the Royal Legion. 

viii. Martin [7], b. Mar. 9, 1821; d. Dec. 18, 1889, unm. Mr. 
Skinner lived on the home farm. Coupled with good business ability 
was a most amiable disposition, which made him a great favorite not 
only with his relatives but with all his associates. He possessed con- 
siderable musical talent, and for some years played the bass viol in the 
Cong'l church. He was selectman 1862-64, 1884-86; town representa- 
tive, 1865-66, 1878-79. , , 
*ix. Eleanor Porter [7], m. George Rix./' 
X. Richard [7], b. 1825; d. Apr. 5, 1844. 

2. WILLIAM [7] SKINNER, son of Calvin and Sarah 
(Billings) Skinner, b. June 10, 1807, Roy.; d. Oct. 8, 1862, Roy.; 
m. July 21, 1835, Maria B., dau. Col. Stafford and Betsey (Peak) 
Smith, b. Jan. 28, 1811, Roy. ; d. Apr. 30, 1862, Roy. The inti- 
mate relation which Mr. Skinner bore to the civic and social life 
of the town has already been given in the chapters bearing on 
those subjects. The sketch which follows as well as the sketch of 
his son William were contributed by Gr. A. Cheney, a well-known 
writer for the press, and author of "Glimpses of White River 
Valley," and other publications. 

William Skinner in his lifetime of little more than a half 
century proved himself one of the main factors that made the 
Royalton of his day prominent as a mercantile, financial, and 
general business centre. As a boy he was precocious, of virile 
mentality, keen discernment, optimistic in dispo.sition, and of 
unceasing activity. His was a personality that was conspicuous 
for what it wrought and accomplished in the material develop- 
ment of all his section of Vermont. When but nineteen years 
of age he entered upon a mercantile career as clerk in the store 
then owned and conducted by George A. Lyman, a member of 
the family of that name conspicuous in the commercial life of 
Hartford and Burlington. Young Skinner's compensation as 
a clerk during his apprenticeship was only $50 a year. From 
Royalton he went to Barnard, where for a year he was identified 
with a mercantile interest. From Barnard he went to the town 
of Rochester, then like the Royalton of his time, an important 
commercial centre, and there he began a mercantile career on 
his own account, that continued for several years, during which 
he attained a marked success. Ever on the alert for a wider 
field for the expression of his continuously growing business 
interests, he removed from Rochester to Bethel, in which place 
he formed a copartnership in the general merchandise business. 
In the course of time he disposed of his Bethel interests and 
returned to his native town. 


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He was now in the full vigor of his manhood, energetic, 
possessing marked business acumen, and recognized as a leader 
among his fellowmen. In Royalton he became the owner of the 
store in which but a few years previous he had served as a 
clerk. His business interests at this stage of his career included 
various enterprises other than his store. At one time he owned 
five farms and dealt in divers lines of commodities. Later his 
Royalton store became a copartnership affair under the firm 
name of Skinner & Blodgett. His natural aptitude for finance 
and business early secured recognition in an appointment as 
member of the board of directors of the old Woodstock bank, 
and this position he held for a long term of years. 

Through his initiative, enterprise, sagacity, and faith in 
the future growth of Royalton the town became the home of a 
state bank in 1853 (See Chap. XXXII.). It was through his 
efforts, unaided by any political agency or combine, that the 
charter for the bank of Royalton was obtained. He was chosen 
the first president of the bank, and so continued until 1858. 
The institution came to have a building exclusively for its own 
use and home. It will be difficult to find a bank building its 
superior as respects its architecture, general plan and method 
of construction. It remains today a monument to the man, so 
typical of the enterprise of the generation in which he lived, 
and through whose public spirit it was erected. Mr. Skinner 
gave the land on which were built the freight and passenger 
depots of the C. V. R. R. Co. in Royalton village. He held vari- 
ous town offices, and was a delegate to the first national conven- 
tion of the Republican party that named Fremont and Dayton 
as candidates for the presidency and vice-presidency. This in 
itself was not only a distinct honor to himself, but likewise to