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Biographical Sketch of William R. Remele

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Remele, William R., was born in Whiting, Vt., on January 29, 1820. He was a son of Samuel and Linda (North) Remele. Samuel H. Remele was born in Kinderhook, N. Y., on May 26, 1780. His father, John Remele, was born in 1746, at a place known at that time as Half-Hollow-Hills, Long Island, N. Y. He was a Congregational clergyman, and was fitted for college in Elizabeth, N. J. He entered Princeton during the presidency of Doctor Witherspoon. His theological course was under the instruction of the Rev. Dr. Stephen West, of Stockbridge, Mass. He was chaplain for a time in Colonel Doolittle’s regiment at the time of the Revolutionary War. He was pastor of the Congregational Church at Newport, N. H., from which place he came to Addison county, Vt., in 1790. He was elected member of the Constitutional Convention from Sullivan county, N. H., and in that convention strongly opposed the clause admitting the importation of slaves. He came to Orwell, Vt., in 1808, a town in which several of his old church and parish had settled; but finding that the title to his land was worthless, he removed to Whiting. His professional labors were continued in the new settlement mostly in Addison, where a church had been gathered. He sometimes added the labor of teaching to that of preaching. He died on July 28, 1798. His three sons were brought up to farming pursuits. Samuel H. resided on the old homestead until 1833, when he removed to Cornwall, Vt. He died on March 16, 1865, a respected citizen. Three of his children are now living in the county — Clarissa, widow of the late Daniel Remmington, of Leicester, Vt.; William R., and Stephen W., a well-known resident of Middlebury, Vt.


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