Location: Franklin County VT

Biography of Leland J. Graves, M.D.

Leland J. Graves, M.D., was a progressive physician of Claremont, who by the introduction of more advanced ideas in the treatment of disease aided considerably in carrying the healing art to its present high standard of excellence. It is a well-known fact that the greatest amount of good in the way of scientific development has been accomplished by self-made men, and the subject of this sketch belonged to that worthy type of American citizenship. Leland J. Graves was born in Berkshire, Franklin County, Vt., May 24, 1812, son of David J. and Mary (Leland) Graves. The founder of the family came from England, where its printed genealogical record covers a period of eight hundred years. The original form of the name was Greaves. Thomas Greaves, who ranked as a Rear Admiral in the Royal Navy, settled in Charlestown, Mass., in 1636; and his family was prominent in early Colonial affairs. His son was one of the first physicians graduated from Harvard College; and a grandson, who also graduated from that institution, became a Judge. Dr. Graves’s great-grandfather was Peter Greaves. His grandfather, Luther Greaves, who resided in Leominster, Mass., was born April 20, 1749. Luther served in the Revolutionary War as a minute-man in Sergeant Samuel Sawyer’s company, and was a Lieutenant in the company of Captain Ephraim Harris from May, 1778, to July 31, 1779. He died in...

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Biographical Sketch of David E. Ballard

A native of Franklin County, Vermont, David E. Ballard is a leading citizen and a prosperous farmer of Washington, and looks back with still keen interest to the days of nearly sixty years ago, when he assisted in the civil organization of his county and his state. He was born March 20, 1837, of English and Revolutionary ancestors. When he was a boy his father, Appleton Ballard, moved to Morrow County, Ohio, not to cultivate the land, but to provide his family with a home while he fared forth on the high seas of the East. While thus engaged, he was murdered and robbed in the harbor of Halifax, after he had disposed of his cargo. In May, 1857, when he had but just entered his twenty-first year, David E. Ballard located in Brown County, Kansas, and in the following year moved to Washington County, which was then on the point of organization. In fact, he assisted in that work, and was the first county clerk. In 1859 he was elected to the House of Representatives of the first State Legislature (1861), and in the senatorial election was an active partisan of James H. Lane. He joined the ranks of the Second Kansas Infantry in November, 1861, and in the following year was made first lientenant, being mustered out of the service, in February, 1865. He was in the...

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Biographical Sketch of Gen. Carmi W. Babcock

Gen. Carmi W. Babcock, president of the first free state council of 1857-58, a leading citizen of Lawrence and a prominent contractor in the building of several noted structures of the state, was born in Franklin County, Vermont, April 21, 1830. In 1850, after teaching for a time, he moved to St. Paul, Minnesota, where he read law and was admitted to the bar. He arrived at Lawrence in September, 1854, and finding that everything was too unsettled to make the practice of the law reliable he engaged in the real estate business. In 1857 he established a bank, only to see it swept away by the panic of that year. He received his appointment as the first postmaster of Lawrence February 1, 1855, but was removed in 1857 to make way for a pro slavery man. He was also the second mayor of Lawrence; a member of the Committee on Resolutions at the convention of National Democracy, which assembled in June, 1855, and a member of the executive committee of the Free State convention held at Grasshopper Falls August 26, 1857. In 1869 he was appointed surveyor general of Kansas, holding the office for two terms, or until its discontinuance. He was one of the builders of the great bridge across the Kaw at Lawrence, completed in December, 1863, and, as a member of the firm of Bogert...

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Biographical Sketch of Colonel and Judge Oscar E. Learnard

Colonel and Judge Oscar E. Learnard, one of the founders of Burlington, for many years a resident of Lawrence, one of the organizers of the republican party in Kansas and prominent in numerous state institutions and enterprises, was born at Fairfax, Vermont, November 14, 1832. He was of English and Franch Huguenot stock. In 1855, the year after his graduation from the Albany Law School, Mr. Learnard came to Kansas and located at Lawrence, and the next year he commanded a “mounted regiment” of the free-state forces in the border war. In the spring of 1857 he helped to locate and lay out the Town of Burlington, where he built the first mill, the first business house, and a building used for school and church purposes. He was a member of the Council in the first freestate Legislature (1857); was president of the convention which met at Osawatomie on May 18, 1859, and organized the republican party in Kansas; and after the state government was established became judge of the Fifth Judicial Circuit. That position he resigned to enter the army as lieutenant-colonel of the First Kansas Infantry, and served on the staffs of Generals Hunter and Denver until 1863, when he resigned his commission. When Price undertook to enter Kansas, in the fall of 1864, Colonel Learnard again joined the forces for the defense of the state, and...

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Biography of Lucetta S. Carter, Mrs.

Mrs. Lucetta S. Carter. Political struggle, public life and social leadership have brought the names of many women in the last quarter of a century into the limelight in the country, but it is not so frequently that the name of one becomes a household word in her state, through the activities and results of a quiet business career. Such a name is Lucetta S. Carter, philanthropist, through whose generous benefactions Wichita had benefited through the Children’s Home, the First Unitarian Church and Fairmount College. To this womanly duty of enriching others, she brought no inherited fortune; on the other hand, her gifts have been made from the returns of a business directed by her own energy and good judgment. Lucetta S. Carter was born at Enosburg, Vermont, July 11, 1828, and is a daughter of David and Ruth Stevens (Wilson) Fassett. The paternal ancestors of Mrs. Carter went from Scotland to Ireland in the sixteenth century. The real name of her great-great-grandfather was Patrick Macfairson. He changed his name to Fassett on account of some land grant. It was this ancestor who emigrated to America from Rock Fassett Castle, Ireland, in 1700. He located at Hardwick, Massachusetts, but prior to the opening of the Revolutionary war the family had removed to Bennington, Vermont. His son, the great-grandfather of Mrs. Carter, was an officer in the Revolutionary war, and...

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Biographical Sketch of Robert Ellsworth Lewis

Lewis, Robert Ellsworth; gen. sec’y Y. M. C. A.; born, Berkshire, Vermont, Sept. 28, 1869; son of C. P. V. and Ellen E. Haynes Lewis; University of Vermont, class of 1892, degrees Ph. D., M. A., L. H. D.; married, Brookline, Massachusetts, Aug. 24, 1893, Grace Mason Brackett (Wellesley, 1890); issue, five sons, three daughters; captain and aide staff Brig. Gen. J. J. Estey, Vermont National Guard, 1892-1894; expedition relief Peking, China, 1900, attached to 14th infantry staff until after capture of Peking; began career as college Y. M. C. A. sec’y in Massachusetts and Rhode Island; national traveling sec’y S. V. M. F. M.; sec’y International Committee, Y. M. C. A., in China 1898-1907; state sec’y, Ohio, 1908; gen. sec’y, Cleveland, 1909; built largest Y. M. C. A. in Asia; built Martyrs’ Memorial Hall, in national memory of Boxer massacres from 1910-1913, Cleveland Y. M. C. A. rehoused in three new buildings at cost of $1,090,000; director Institute and Training School, Chicago; member corp. International College, Springfield, Mass.; chairman General Committee on Vocational Guidance; member Royal Asiatic Society, Am. Ass’n of China, National Geographic Society, Am. Ass’n of Labor Legislation, Chamber of Commerce, Phi Delta Theta, University, and City Clubs. Author: Educational Conquest of the Far East; Government Education in Japan, published by U. S. Government and translated and published in Chinese by Chinese government; articles in North...

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Biography of Oscar Eugene Learnard, Col.

Col. Oscar Eugene Learnard was born in Fairfax, Vermont, November 14, 1832, the son of Stephen Tracy Learnard, and he died in Lawrence, Kansas, November 5, 1911. He grew to manhood in his native state, attended the common schools and Bakersfield Academy, taught school, and attended Norwich, Vermont, University. He did not finish his course at the University but that institution afterward conferred a Master’s degree upon him. Ill health compelled him to give up his studies, and he went to Tennessee, where he was for a time collector for a commercial house. After regaining his health he returned to the north and entered Albany Law School, where he was graduated. He began the practice of his profession at Crestline, Ohio, but he became imbued with the Free State idea, and in the winter of 1855-56 traveled on horseback to Kansas Territory to help make that a free state. He first went to Lawrence, but soon afterward left there and founded the Town of Burlington, and there took up the active practice of the law. He was elected district judge, and while holding that office resigned to accept an appointment as lieutenant colonel of the First Kansas Volunteer Infantry. He was the youngest district judge of the state, and one of the youngest army officers. Because of dissatisfaction with the restrictions placed upon him in the army, he resigned...

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John Todd of Manlius NY

John Todd5, (Timothy4, Jonathan3, John2, Christopher1) born Feb. 18, 1768, died Dec. 28, 1841, married Esther Bishop, of Madison, Conn., who was born 1766, died Feb. 20, 1859. They resided in St. Albans, Vt., and Manlius, N. Y. Children: *285. Timothy Marthar, b. 1793. 286. Richard James; lost at sea. *287. John Elliott, b. April 22,...

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Capt. and Deacon Samuel Todd of St. Albans VT

Capt. and Deacon Samuel Todd6, (Eliel5, Samuel4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born June 13, 1783, in Pawlet, Vt., died Oct. 6, 1858, in St. Albans, Vt., of heart disease, married first, in 1810, Alathea Lawrence who died Sept. 23, 1846 in Enosburg, Vt., second, May 31, 1848, Hannah Brainard of St. Albans, Vt. His death was very sudden, occurring while lying on the sofa, apparently as well as usual, but in such a position that he rolled off dead. Before he was of age, he purchased a farm in Enosburg, Vt. In 1839 he was elected deacon of the Congregational church in East Berkshire, Vt. In 1856 he went to live in St. Albans, Vt., and at the request of the Berkshire church society he retained the office of deacon until he died. Children by Alathea Lawrence: *747. Alathea Lawrence, b. July 5, 1811. *748. Caroline Woods, b. July 30, 1812. *749. Samuel Bryan, b. March 2, 1814. 750. Phebe Lawrence, b. May 19, 1816, d. July 1816. *751. Hiram Lawrence, b. Oct. 6, 1818. *752. Eliel Stafford, b. July 11, 1820. *753. Fannie Skinner, b. April 16, 1823. *754. Albert Woods, b. June 12,...

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Albert Woods Todd of Enosburg VT

Albert Woods Todd7, (Samuel6, Eliel5, Samuel4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born June 12, 1827, in Enosburg, Vt., died during the winter of 1884-85, married June 12, 1852, Aurilla Crandall, daughter of James Dunham. Children: 1420. Fannie Caroline, b. Sept. 1, 1853, in Enosburg, Vt., d. Oct. 14, 1875, in Derby Center, Vt., of Scarletina. 1421. Nellie Elmira, b. July 10, 1856, in Jay, Vt., d. Jan. 9, 1860, in Jay, Vt. 1422. Lillian Ardell, b. Aug. 22, 1858, in Jay, Vt. 1423. Elmer Ellsworth, b. Oct. 22, 1863, in East Berkshire, Vt., d. Oct. 22, 1875, in Derby Center, Vt., of Scarletina. 1424. Levina Stone, b. Nov. 26, 1865, in Troy, Vt. 1425. Hiram Lawrence, b. Dec. 9, 1869, in Troy, Vt. 1426. Diantha Ursula, b. Sept. 14, 1871, in Derby,...

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Eliel Stafford Todd of Boston MA

Eliel Stafford Todd7, (Samuel6, Eliel5, Samuel4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born July 11, 1820, in Enosburg, Vt., died Feb. 5, 1886, in Boston, Mass., and was there buried, also two of his children. He married in 1852, in Boston, Rebecca Noyes Paul, who was born June 10, 1829, in Newburyport, Mass., died Nov. 3, 1907, in Boston and was buried by her husbands side. He went to Boston before he was of legal age, having bought his time from his father. He was engaged, for some years, as a salesman in gentlemens furnishings, but owing to ill health incurred by being forced, as a boy to do farm work beyond his strength, he was obliged to take up some outdoor occupation, therefore, he bought and sold goods of all kinds, loaned and invested money and acquired, for his times, a modest competency. Owing to over strict religious training in his early youth, he was not a professed Christian, but in all his life, he wronged no one intentionally, either directly or indirectly, and died at peace with all the world. Those who knew him intimately say his word was as good as his bond. Children: *1415. Charles Sanford, b. July 19, 1853. 1416. Frederick Everett, b. Feb. 20, 1857, m. in 1890, Mary E. Falvey. They reside at 327 Blue Hill Ave., Boston, Mass. No children. 1417. George H., d....

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Caroline Woods Todd Sykes of Berkshire VT

SYKES, Caroline Woods Todd7, (Samuel6, Eliel5, Samuel4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born March 2, 1814, in Enosburg, Vt., died Sept. 25, 1888, in Berkshire, Vt., of dysentery, married Nov. 24, 1844, Ashbel, son of Asa Sykes, of East Berkshire, Vt. Children: I. Fannie Alathea, b. Sept. 28, 1845, in East Berkshire, Vt., d. April 1889, in Enosburg, Vt. of pneumonia, m. Oct. 10, 1886, Charles, son of Harden Allen, of Enosburg, Vt. II. Alfred Samuel, b. Aug. 16, 1847, in East Berkshire, Vt., m. Abbey Sampson, of East Berkshire, Vt. III. Ellen Parmelia, b. July 4, 1850, in East Berkshire, Vt., m. Jan. 2, 1884, Naman Gibson, who lived in...

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Hiram Lawrence Todd of Saratoga Springs NY

Hiram Lawrence Todd7, (Samuel6, Eliel5, Samuel4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Oct. 6, 1818, in Enosburg, Vt., died March 8, 1884, in Saratoga, N. Y., from the effects of a fall on the ice. He married Amanda, daughter of Elias Babcock, of West Berkshire, Vt., who died March 8, 1889. He was a talented physician and practiced his profession at Fair Haven, Vt., and later at Saratoga Springs, N. Y. Child: *1414. Vernon Lawrence, b. Jan. 8,...

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Samuel Bryan Todd of Cat Creek GA

Samuel Bryan Todd7, (Samuel6, Eliel5, Samuel4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born March 2, 1814, in Enosburg, Vt., died May 30, 1870, in Cat Creek, Ga., married Martha Knight, who died in 1916, at their home in Ga. They lived for a number of years in Tampa, Florida, where their children were born, and where he was a physician. Along about 1868, he went to visit his married daughter in southern Georgia, where he was so pleased and favorably impressed with the advantages of the region that he bought a farm in Cat Creek and moved there immediately. Children: *1406. Martha Ann Gertrude, b. Oct. 24, 1850. 1407. Samuel Adams, b. April 15, 1852. *1408. Fannie Alathea, b. Jan. 17, 1854. *1409. Charles Carrol, b. July 29, 1857. 1410. Mary Elizabeth, b. Oct. 14, 1860. *1411. Edward Livingston, b. June 29, 1864. 1412. John Hiram Lawrence, b. Sept. 16, 1866, unmarried. *1413. Lola Blanche, b. Nov. 19,...

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Alathea Lawrence Todd Sykes of Berkshire VT

SYKES, Alathea Lawrence Todd7, (Samuel6, Eliel5, Samuel4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born July 5, 1811, in Enosburg, Vt., died Oct. 30, 1890, in Berkshire, Vt., of heart disease, married Dec. 3, 1840, Heman, son of Asa Sykes, of East Berkshire, Vt. Children: I. Preston Eugene, b. Dec. 26, 1843, m. Feb. 28, 1873, Alzina Albertine, daughter of Terrance Courtney, of Broome, Province of Quebec, Canada. II. Mary Alathea, b. Dec. 17, 1847, in East Berkshire, Vt. III. Hannah Caroline, b. Sept. 7, 1850, in East Berkshire, Vt., m. Matthew Peterson, in Donaldson, Kittson County, Minn. She is now (1917) living in Berkshire,...

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