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Hardships of the Early Natchez Emigrants

Taking the reader with us, to the settlements of the distant Natchez region, he will find that emigrants continued to pour in, upon those fertile hills and alluvial bottoms, from all parts of “his majesty’s Atlantic plantations.” Many were the hardships and perils they encountered, in reaching this remote and comparatively uninhabited region. It is believed that the history of one party of these emigrants will enable the reader to understand what kind of hardships and deprivations all the others were forced to undergo. Major General Phineas Lyman, a native of Durham, a graduate of Yale, a distinguished lawyer, and a member of the legislature of the commonwealth of Massachusetts, became commander of the Connecticut forces in 1755. He served with so much distinction, during the Canadian war, that he was invited, by persons high in office, to visit England. He had formed an association composed of his brothers in arms, called the “Military Adventurers,” whose design was, the colonization of a tract of country upon the Mississippi. He sailed to England, as agent for this company, with the sanguine, yet reasonable hope, that the King would make the grant. Arriving there he found, to his astonishment, that land in a wilderness was refused to those who had fought so valiantly for it, and whose contemplated establishment would have formed a barrier against enemies, who might seek to acquire it. In his own country Lyman had never solicited favor, otherwise than by faithful public services. The coolness which he now experienced deeply mortified him — his spirits sank, and he lost all his former energy. Shocked at the degradation...

Phebe Todd Upson of Woodtick CT

UPSON, Phebe Todd7, (Bethuel6, Hezekiah5, Caleb4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) married Martin, son of Timothy and Mary (Johnson) Upson. They lived in Woodtick, Conn. Children: I. Mary, b. Aug. 26, 1824, m. Upson Higgins. II. Anna Violetta, b. Feb. 11, 1826, m.(???)Alcott. III. Julina, b. April 11, 1828, m. Linus Kirk, of Whitneyville, Conn. IV. Clarissa Cordelia, b. April 11, 1830. V. Lucy Angeline, b. May 19, 1832. VI. Frederick Martin, b. March 3, 1835. VII. Salome, b. Jan. 22,...

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