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Biography of Oren K. Britell

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Britell, Oren K., Weybridge, was born in Weybridge, Vt., on January 17, 1836. His parents were Orange and Mary Ann (Brainard) Britell, Orange Britell was born in Vermont in 1800, on the place which was first settled by his grandfather, Claudius Britell. Oren’s paternal grandfather, John Britell, was a native of Connecticut, who had a family of ten children. Three daughters are now living and are all residents of Western States. Orange Britell was a clothier by trade, and conducted that business in Weybridge village. His wife died in 1837. He then married his second wife, Diadama Gage, of Ferrisburgh, Vt., who died in 1876. He went to California in 1850 and remained there four years, when he returned to his home in the East, and remained here three vears. when he again returned to California and stayed there until the year 1865, remaining a resident of Weybridge until the time of his death. He had a family of two daughters and one son, two of whom are now living, Helen (now Mrs. Daniel Huntley, of Appleton, Wisconsin), and Oren K. John Brittell, who was an older brother of Orange, was born in 1798. He inherited the home place, and was married on February 28, 1843, to Sally Beach, of Ferrisburgh. He held all of the town offices, and was town representative one or more terms, and died in March, 1879. Oren Britell inherited the place, having cared for the people in their old age. He was thrown on his own resources at an early age, was brought up to farming, and at the age of twenty-one years he, in company with his father, went to California and engaged in the butcher trade; then went to Nevada, where he remained for eight years, where he worked at the carpenters’ and joiners’ trade, a trade which he had learned in his youth. He returned to Addison county, Vt., in 1865, traveled west one year, and in 1866 he settled on the place which is his present home. He was married on February 5, 1867, to Sarah Allen, a daughter of Putnam Allen, who was a well-known citizen of Ferrisburgh, Vt. She was born on October 8, 1842. They had five children born to them, three of whom are now living, John Putnam (born August 3, 1869), Mary E. (born January 22, 1875), Claudius Ray (born November 19, 1880). They occupy the residence which was built by the first John Britell in 1802, but which has been much remodeled of late years; also own 200 acres of land. He is a successful farmer and stock raiser of fine horses.


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