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Saxton, Nelson A., Waltham, was born in Vermont on May 2, 1808. He was a son of James Saxton, who settled in Vermont in 1799. He was married on November 18, 1835, to Achsa Fisher, who was a daughter of George and Achsa (Elmer) Fisher, of Waltham, Vt. Mr. Saxton purchased the Fisher homestead in 1841, and resided there until the time of his death, which occurred on July 22, 1874. He was a successful breeder of fine sheep, and ranked high among the best breeders of his day. He held several of the town offices, and represented his town in the General Assembly in 1867 and ’68. Mrs. Saxton’s paternal grandfather, John Fisher, was a native of Cheshire, Mass., and was among the early settlers of Addison. His son, George Fisher, settled in Waltham, Vt., in 1816, and occupied the farm and improved the same, which is now known as the Saxton farm, on which he resided at the time of his death, which occurred on October 1, 1865. He was for many years the leading man of his town, and served as justice of the peace for thirty years; was town clerk fifteen years, and represented his town three years. Mrs. Saxton now occupies the homestead.

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