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Migration of Families out of Norwich VT

At the first enumeration of the inhabitants of eastern Vermont, as made by the authority of New York in 1771, Norwich was found to be the most populous of all the towns of Windsor County, having forty families and 206 inhabitants. Windsor followed with 203, and Hartford was third with 190. The aggregate population of the county (ten towns reported) was then but 1,205, mostly confined to the first and second tiers of towns west of the Connecticut River. Twenty years later, in 1791, Hartland led all the towns of the county with 1,652 inhabitants, Woodstock and Windsor coming next with 1,605 and 1,542 respectively. Exceptional causes made the little town of Guilford (now numbering scarcely more than one thousand inhabitants), till after the year 1800, the most populous town in the state. In Norwich, the great falling off in the size of families in recent years is seen in the fact, that in the year 1800, the number of children of school age was 604, out of a total population of 1,486, while in 1880 with a nearly equal population (1,471) it was but 390. In the removal of large numbers of the native-born inhabitants by emigration, we must find the principal cause of the decline of our rural population. Preeminently is this true of Norwich. The outflow of people began very early and now for more than a century there has been one unbroken, living stream of emigration pouring over our borders. Several families that had first located here became, before the close of the Revolutionary War, the pioneer settlers of Royalton, Tunbridge, and Randolph. Some of...

The Meeting in 1811 of Tecumseh and Apushamatahah

The meeting in 1811, of Tecumseh, the mighty Shawnee, with Apushamatahah, the intrepid Choctaw. I will here give a true narrative of an incident in the life of the great and noble Choctaw chief, Apushamatahah, as related by Colonel John Pitchlynn, a white man of sterling integrity, and who acted for many years as interpreter to the Choctaws for the United States Government, and who was an eye-witness to the thrilling scene, a similar one, never before nor afterwards befell the lot of a white man to witness, except that of Sam Dale, the great scout of General Andrew Jackson, who witnessed a similar one that of Tecumseh in council assembled with the Muskogee’s, shortly afterwards of which I will speak in the history of that once powerful and war-like race of people. Colonel John Pitchlynn was adopted in early manhood by the Choctaws, and marrying among them, he at once became as one of their people; and was named by them “Chahtah It-ti-ka-na,” The Choctaws Friend; and long and well he proved himself worthy the title Conferred upon, and the trust confided in him. He had five sons by his Choctaw wife, Peter, Silas, Thomas, Jack and James, all of who prove to be men of talent, and exerted a moral influence among their people, except Jack, who was ruined by the white man s whiskey and his demoralizing examples and influences. I was personally acquainted with Peter. Silas and Jack, the former held, during a long and useful life, the highest positions in the political history of his Nation, well deserving the title given him by the...

1894 Michigan State Census – Eaton County

United States Soldiers of the Civil War Residing in Michigan, June 1, 1894 [ Names within brackets are reported in letters. ] Eaton County Bellevue Township. – Elias Stewart, Frank F. Hughes, Edwin J. Wood, Samuel Van Orman, John D. Conklin, Martin V. Moon. Mitchell Drollett, Levi Evans, William Fisher, William E. Pixley, William Henry Luscomb, George Carroll, Collins S. Lewis, David Crowell, Aaron Skeggs, Thomas Bailey, Andrew Day, L. G. Showerman, Hulbert Parmer, Fletcher Campbell, Lorenzo D. Fall, William Farlin, Francis Beecraft, William Caton, Servitus Tucker, William Shipp, Theodore Davis. Village of Bellevue. – William H. Latta, Thomas B. Williams, Hugh McGinn, Samuel Davis, William Reid, Charles B. Wood, Marion J. Willison, Herbert Dilno, Jerry Davidson, Edward Campbell, John Markham, Jason B. Johnson, Josiah A. Birchard, Richard S. Briggs, John Ewing, George Crowell, Henry Legge, James W. Johnston, Luther Tubbs, Oscar Munroe, John W. Manzer, Henry E. Hart, Leander B. Cook, Cyrus L. Higgins, Martin Avery, John M. Anson, Washington Wade, George P. Stevens, James Driscoll, Alexander A. Clark, Antoine Edwards, George Kocher, Charles W. Beers, Lester C. Spaulding, George Martin, Griffen Wilson, Sr., Amos W. Bowen, Josiah G. Stocking, Charles A. Turner, Levi 0. Johnson, Sullivan W. Gibson, Alonzo Chittenden. Benton Township. – Oliver P. Edman, Charles T. Ford, Emanuel Ream, Samuel Bradenberry, Isaac Mosher, Ezra W. Griffith, Joshua Wright, Michael Lynn, Mitchell Chalender, Luther Johnson, George A. Godsmark, George Wigent, Daniel Place, John J. DeWitt, Jay Henderson, William H. Barr, Josephus Sanborn, John C. Thomas, Michael Hamill, William Mitchell, Henry Thrall, William Motter, George Upright, Thomas J. Hitchcock, Asa Goodrich, Charles Albright, George Hoag, David Wise,...

Biographical Sketch of Benjamin Griswold

Benjamin Griswold came with his family to the town from the State of New York in 1787, locating on Bristol Flats, upon a part of the late Morgan estate. He remained only a few years, when he removed to Cambridge, Vt. His son Horace was the second child born in the...

Biographical Sketch of Lester Griswold

Griswold, Lester, Orwell, was the second son of Griswold the pioneer, and was born on April 18, 1786. He was married to Lucinda Parks, a daughter of Asa Parks, also an early pioneer, and to them were born six children-William C., Lucretia L., Asa Parks, Olivia L., Emmitt Darwin, and Georgianna Augusta. Of these children Emmitt Darwin is one of the substantial men of Orwell, Vt., who believe in doing well whatever is worth doing at all. His farm is among the best, and is stocked with the choicest bloods. His cattle are thoroughbred “Jerseys; ” sheep of the finest wool Atwood Merinos, and horses all thoroughbred stock. He married Martha Conkey, of Orwell, Vt., and to them have been born two children-Gracie L. and Mary...

Biography of David F. Griswold

David F. Griswold, city editor of the Racine Journal, has been connected with newspaper publication since beginning his independent career and now ranks among the leaders in that field in the city of Racine. His birth occurred here on the 26th of December, 1854, and he is a son of Nelson A. and Jane (Wilson) Griswold, who removed to this city in 1850. The father was a ship carpenter by trade and was employed in the construction of some of the first vessels built in Racine. He passed away in 1856 and his wife five years ago. David F. Griswold, or “Dave” Griswold, as he is familiarly called, was reared here and received his education in the public schools. When eighteen years old he began learning the printer’s trade in the office of the Racine Weekly Argus, but when the Daily Argus was established in 1880 changed to the office of the Racine Journal, working at the case until the Daily Journal was started, when he became its city editor. He has since held that position and has made an excellent record, gaining recognition in newspaper circles for the efficiency of his work. All local events of interest are fully and reliably reported in the Daily Journal and the excellence of its city news service is one of its strongest points. He is financially interested in the Racine Journal Printing Company and is serving as a member of the board of directors. Fraternally Mr. Griswold belongs to Racine lodge, No. 32, K. P., of Racine; Beta council, No. 2, Royal league ; Racine lodge, No. 18, A. F. &...

Biographical Sketch of Frederick Griswold and Harvey Griswold

Harvey and Frederick Griswold, of Connecticut, were cousins. They emigrated to the West, and settled in (now) Warren County, Mo., at a very early date. Frederick married Rebecca Shobe, and opened the first store in Pinckney. They had no children. Harvey came to Missouri when he was only about sixteen years of age, and walked from St. Louis to Pinckney, carrying his wardrobe and all the property he possessed tied up in a cotton handkerchief. His cousin Frederick at first hired him to clerk in his store, but afterward bought a store at Marthasville, and sent him there to take charge of it. He subsequently purchased the store on his own account, and followed the mercantile business for many years, acquiring a comfortable fortune before his death. He married Mahala Shobe, a sister of Frederick Griswold’s wife, and they had sixteen children, only six of whom lived to be grown, viz: Rebecca, William, Sylvanus, Prudence, Angeline, and Frederick. Mr. Griswold owned the land on which the graves of Daniel Boone and his wife were situated, and he bitterly opposed the removal of the remains, but in vain. It was his intention to erect a monument over the graves, and otherwise beautify the last resting place of the old pioneer and his...

Julia Ann Jones Todd Benson

BENSON, Julia Ann Jones Todd6, (Amos5, Charles4, Gideon3, Michael2, Christopher1) born Sept. 1, 1816, married Henry John Benson, of Painesville, then Waldoboro, Ohio. He later married Amanda Webb. Children: I. Henry Clay, m. Julia Harriet Stewart; he was a farmer at Upper Alton, Ill. II. Eleanor Todd, m. Hon. James Augustus Bates, of Chippewa Falls, Wis. III. Henrietta Maria, m. Alphonso M. Griswold, of Cincinnati, Ohio. IV. Alvarado Todd, m. Jeannie M. Wright; they lived at St. Louis, Mo. V. George Washington, he lived at St. Louis, Mo. VI. Rose. VII. John; he was a farmer at Rolla, Mo. VIII. Charles; he was a machinist at Providence, R....

Elizabeth Charlotte Todd Brown of Waterbury CT

BROWN, Elizabeth Charlotte Todd7, (Oliver6, Samuel5, Christopher4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Sept. 1, 1810, married James, son of deacon (Col.) James and Lavina (Wilton) Brown, who was born July 2, 1815. He lived the later part of his life in Waterbury, Conn. He was a Representative and a Senator. Children: I. Frances Augusta, b. April 1, 1836, d. Jan. 19, 1837. II. Sarah Josephine, b. Sept. 30, 1839. III. Rosa Elizabeth, b. Nov. 25, 1849, m. Feb. 9, 1869, Richard Sell Griswold, of Lyme,...

Carrie M. Todd Griswold

GRISWOLD, Carrie M. Todd8, (Caleb7, Bela6, Caleb5, Gideon4, Gideon3, Michael2, Christopher1) born Nov. 27, 1862, married July 8, 1880, Edgar L. Griswold, who was born June 8, 1858. Child: I. Harry M., b. June 4, 1884, m. Dec. 19, 1907, Bessie A....
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