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Genealogical and Family History of Vermont

Hiram Charlton took on the publication of the Genealogical and Family History of the State of Vermont for Lewis Publishing. In it, he enlisted the assistance of living residents of the state in providing biographical and genealogical details about their family, and then he published all 1104 family histories in two distinct volumes.

Slave Narrative of Jane Sutton

Person Interviewed: Jane Sutton Location: Gulfport, Mississippi Place of Birth: Simpson County MS Age: 84 Jane Sutton, ex-slave, is 84 years old. She is 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds. She is what the Negroes themselves call a “brown-skin.” “I was born in Simpson County, near old Westville, on a big farm what b’long to Marse Jack Berry. I was 12 years old when de surrender come, so my ole Mis’ say. Her name was ‘Mis Ailsey an’ all us cullud folks call her ‘Ole Mi’s. She an’ Old Marster had twelve chillun: Marthy, ‘Lizabeth, Flavilia, Mary, Jack, Bill, Denson, Pink, Tally, Thomas, Albert, and Frank. “My pappy’s name was Steve Hutchins. He b’long to de Hutchins what live down near Silver Creek. He jus’ come on Satu’d’y night an’ us don’ see much of ‘im. Us call him ‘dat man.’ Mammy tol’ us to be more ‘spectful to ‘im ’cause he was us daddy, but us aint care nothin’ ’bout ‘im. He aint never brung us no candy or nothin’. “My mammy was name Lucy Berry. She always go by de white folks name what she live wid. She aint never marry. She had fo’ boys an’ three girls. Dey was name Delia, Sarah, Ella, Nathan, Isom, Anderson, an’ Pleas. She work in de fiel’ an Old Marster say she’s de only woman on de place what could plow lak a man. “I ‘members my gran’ma, too. Us always call her ‘Granny.’ She say dey stole her back in Virginny an’ brung ‘er to Mississippi an’ sol’ her to Marse Berry. Her name was Hannah....

Laird, N. Patrick – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon A commemorative service will be held Friday in Seattle for N. Patrick Laird and Robert L. Charnell, two oceanographers missing at sea off the coast of Hawaii since Dec. 9. Mr. Laird is a graduate of La Grande High School, the son of W. C. and Reba Laird of La Grande. His wife is the former Nancy Hodge of La Grande. The couple has one daughter, Christy. Other survivors include a grandmother, Verda Gray of La Grande, and a sister, Margaret Jo Schider of Mountlake Terrace, Wash. The service is 3 p.m. Friday at University Congregational Church, 4515 16th Ave. NE, Seattle. A reception will follow. The family requests contributions in his memory be given the American Diabetes Association, 3609 SW Corbett Ave., Portland 97201. The Observer La Grande, Oregon Thursday, February 8, 1979 Page...

Laird, Warren C. – Obituary

La Grande, Union County, Oregon Warren C. “Jiggs” Laird, 77, La Grande, died Thursday, Nov. 7, 1991, at his home. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Daniels Valley Funeral Chapel under the direction of La Grande Masonic Lodge No. 41. Mr. Laird was born on Dec. 22, 1913, in Fairfield, Idaho, to Lewis and Luella (Hartman) Laird. His family moved to Cove from Fairfield in 1917. IN 1933 he graduated from Cove High School. He married Reba Gray on Sept. 13, 1933, in Walla Walla. He was the distributor for the Phillips 66 Petroleum Company. Later his business became the Laird Oil Company. He retired in 1976. He was a member of the La Grande Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Al Kader Temple of the Mystic Shrine, Union County Shrine Club, Royal Arch Masons, Union Council no. 5, the La Grande Elks Lodge, and the La Grande Country Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf and gardening. Survivors include this wife Reba in La Grande; daughter Margaret Laird of Mill Creek, Wash.; four grandchildren, five great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends. His son, Norman Patrick Laird, died in 1978. Memorial contributions may be made to the Madeline Hedden Golf Scholarship or a favorite charity in care of Daniels Valley Funeral Chapel. The Observer La Grande, Oregon Saturday, November 9, 1991 Page...

Seth Henry Todd of Wakeman OH

Seth Henry Todd8, (Isaac7, Moses6, Hezekiah5, Caleb4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Nov. 23, 1833, in Wakeman, Ohio, died May 2, 1914, in Wakeman, O., married March 18, 1860, Martha Elizabeth, daughter of Cyrus and Mary Ann (Burrill) Strong, who was born Aug., 1836. He was a farmer and stock raiser all his life. He attended Oberlin College; was a lecturer at Farmer’s Institutes; was president of the Wakeman Bank from the time of its foundation in 1892, until his death. The following is Mr. Todd’s obituary: Seth Henry Todd was a pioneer child, born Nov. 22, 1833, in the early days of the settlement of the Western Reserve. He lived his entire life, in Wakeman, Ohio, with the exception of eighteen months, which was spent near Topeka, Kansas, at the time of the border troubles. He obtained his education in the schools of Wakeman Township and Oberlin College. He was for a short time a successful teacher. He was the second child in a family of five children of Isaac and Fanny (Booth) Todd, who were charter members of the Second Congregational Church, of Wakeman, also members of the First Congregational Church. This early environment may in a measure account for his sterling integrity of character. His children’s and grandchildren’s earliest recollections of him are his stories woven about those early days. Mr. Todd joined the church in 1850, but felt he had experienced a change of heart at the early age of 11 years. All his years were so closely associated with his church that it seemed a part of his life, and in a letter written two...

Laird, William Edward “Bill” – Obituary

William Edward “Bill” Laird, 66, of Baker City, died April 16, 2005, at his home after a long bout with brain cancer. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Mount Hope Cemetery. Bill was born on Nov. 15, 1938, at Ketchikan, Alaska, to Ruth and Edward Laird, who was an engineer with the Lighthouse Service, now the Coast Guard. Bill’s mother died when he was a baby and he was mostly raised by his stepmother, Anna Laura Laird. The family moved to California when Bill was 5, followed by several other moves around the country. Bill attended high school at the Army Navy Academy in Carlsbad, Calif., graduated in 1957 and served in the army in Germany from 1958-60. He lived in San Francisco in the 1960s where he attended classes at San Francisco State University, worked as a photographer, was involved in a co-operative preschool and spent four months as a kitchen worker on a Norwegian freighter, which eventually broke down in Singapore. He graduated from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo with a degree in soil science in 1973, followed by a year of graduate school at Washington State University in Pullman. He went to work for the Soil Conservation Service in Baker City in the summer of 1974. Bill married Barbara Bailey in San Francisco in 1961 and they had two sons. In 1978 he married Mary Sue Rightmire of Baker City. Two weeks after their daughter was born in 1979, the three of them were on their way to Micronesia, where Bill was in charge of a soil...

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