Location: Orleans County VT

Biography of Reverend Samuel Goddard

Mr. Samuel Goddard was born at Sutton, Massachusetts, July 6, 1772. We have no information concerning his early life. His opportunities for education are said to have been scanty. After coming to manhood he was for several years in trade with a brother in Royalston, Mass. Here he married his first wife (Abigail Goddard of Athol, a town adjoining Royalston), and here his older children were born.

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Curtis Family of Norwich Vermont

Simeon Curtis came to Norwich from Lebanon, Connecticut, as early as the year 1773, in which year he was elected one of the town assessors, and located near the south line of the town, on the farm where Henry S. Goddard now lives. Mr. Curtis died in 1779 at the age of fifty-eight years, and his grave is found in the old cemetery at Norwich village among the graves of other early settlers and near that of his gifted son, Abel Curtis, who survived his father only four years. But little is now known of the Curtis family, as its last representatives seem to have disappeared from town more than half a century ago. The maiden name of Mrs. Simeon Curtis was Sarah Hutchinson, and the home of the family was at ”Lebanon Crank” as it was called, or that part of Lebanon which is now Columbia, Conn., and which was the immediate locality of Moor’s Indian Charity School founded by Doctor Eleazer Wheelock, out of which grew Dartmouth College. Captain Solomon Cushman, who came to Norwich the same year with Simeon Curtis, had married in 1768, at Lebanon Crank, Sarah Curtis, probably a daughter of Simeon Curtis. He removed to Tunbridge, Vt., in 1784, where he was preceded several years by Elias Curtis, another son of Simeon, who had previously lived in Norwich, and where two or more...

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Migration of Families out of Norwich VT

At the first enumeration of the inhabitants of eastern Vermont, as made by the authority of New York in 1771, Norwich was found to be the most populous of all the towns of Windsor County, having forty families and 206 inhabitants. Windsor followed with 203, and Hartford was third with 190. The aggregate population of the county (ten towns reported) was then but 1,205, mostly confined to the first and second tiers of towns west of the Connecticut River. Twenty years later, in 1791, Hartland led all the towns of the county with 1,652 inhabitants, Woodstock and Windsor coming next with 1,605 and 1,542 respectively. Exceptional causes made the little town of Guilford (now numbering scarcely more than one thousand inhabitants), till after the year 1800, the most populous town in the state. In Norwich, the great falling off in the size of families in recent years is seen in the fact, that in the year 1800, the number of children of school age was 604, out of a total population of 1,486, while in 1880 with a nearly equal population (1,471) it was but 390. In the removal of large numbers of the native-born inhabitants by emigration, we must find the principal cause of the decline of our rural population. Preeminently is this true of Norwich. The outflow of people began very early and now for more than...

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Biography of William Joseph Fortier

William Joseph Fortier, of Franklin village, a retired hat manufacturer, was born December 8, 1824, in Gentilly, Quebec County, Canada. His father, Dr. Thomas Fortier, who was a very prominent physician of Quebec, and later of Gentilly, was a member of Parliament for fourteen years. Dr. Thomas was twice married, first to Eliza Hannah, November 15, 1819, when he was twenty-four years of age. By this union there were seven children, born as follows: Thomas E., September 27, 1820; Mary Ann Emily, May 29, 1823; William Joseph, the subject of this sketch; Edward F., September 30, 1825; Mary L., January 4, 1827; Francis, January 7, 1828; and George Edward, March 7, 1831. Mary L. Francis was drowned in 1840. The Doctor’s second marriage was made with Leocadie Gronden, of Gentilly, who bore him five children-Adeline, Georgiana, Sarah, Artanse, and Thomas. Having taken an active part in the troubles of 1837, Dr. Fortier was reduced to poverty. He remained in Gentilly for the remainder of his life, and died there at the age of eighty-four years. William Joseph Fortier, in common with his brothers and sisters, was educated in the select schools of Canada. At the age of fourteen, his father having lost his property, he started out in life for himself. He walked to Irasburg, Vt.; and there he lived with Dr. George Pierce, employed by the latter, but...

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Genealogy of Cephas Clark

Among the ambitious and adventurous spirits that sought homes in the northern part of Vermont were three sons of Cephas Clark, namely Silas, Samuel, and Cephas, all of whom settled in Glover. The design of this work is to treat from now on of the history of the three sons of Cephas Clark who emigrated to and settled in the northern part of Vermont.

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Samuel Woods Genealogy

I. Samuel1 Woods of Cambridge, Mass., b. abt. 1636; went to Groton, Mass., in 1662; d. in Groton, Mar. 19, 1712; m. in Cambridge, Mass., Sept. 28, 1659, Alice Rushton, b. abt. 1636. Seven ch.: the first b. in Cambridge, the others in Groton, Mass. II. Samuel2 Woods, son of Samuel1, I, b. Cambridge, Mass., Jan. 3, 1661; m. in Chelmsford, Mass., Dec. 30, 1685, Hannah Farwell, b. Chelmsford, Mass., Jan. 20, 1667-8; dau. of Joseph and Hannah (Learned) Farwell. She m. (2), Capt. Peter Joslin of Lancaster, Mass. Peter’s first wife was slain by the Indians who attacked her home, July 18, 1692, in Lancaster. Samuel and Hannah Woods had eight ch., the oldest. III. Samuel3 Woods, b. (place and date unknown); d. Groton, Mass., Apr. 10, 1773; m. Nov. 29, 1720, Patience Bigelow, b. Sept. 30, 1698, probably dau. of James and Elizabeth (Child) Bigelow of Watertown, Mass. She d. in Groton, Mass., Jan. 23, 1771. Eight ch. b. Groton. IV. William4 Woods, son of Samuel3, III, b. Groton, Oct. 17, 1735; d. Keene, Mar. 23, 1818; m. Feb. 9, 1757, Naomi Longley, b. Chelmsford, Mass., May 18, 1741; d. Keene, Sept. 8, 1815; dau. of Nathaniel and Lydia (Foster) Longley. Their ch. were: Naomi5, b. Chelmsford, Mass., May 18, 1759, bur. Oct. 16, 1759. William5, b. Chelmsford, May, 1761, slain in the battle of Bennington, Aug....

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William Henry Harrison Woodbury Genealogy

1. William Henry Harrison2 Woodbury, son of Rufus1 and Charlotte (Knapp) Woodbury, was b. in Northfield, Vt., May 1, 1842; m. May 22, 1866, Ora Ann Dodge Hale, b. Montpelier, Vt., Sept. 24, 1848, dau. of John P. and Susan W. (Going) Hale. He was a soldier in the War of the Rebellion; res. Newport and Hardwick, Vt., and Sullivan Two ch.: John Hale3, b. Apr. 26, 1867, res. in S. on the Asahel Nims Jr. place; m. Dec. 22, 1892, Alice Clinton Dodge, b. Salem, Mass., June 23, 1867; dau. of Charles William and Frances Amelia (Treadwell) Dodge. No children. Susan Augusta3, b. Hardwick, Vt., Mar. 29, 1870, m. May 13, 1897, Miles Harrison Davis, b. Roxbury, Aug. 26, 1840, d. Keene, Dec. 7, 1910; son of Joshua and Eliza (Rice) Davis. He was a farmer and res. Keene on Beech hill in the old James Wright house. They had a son: Harold Woodbury4 Davis, b. Keene, Mar. 30, 1898. Bennajah Woodbury was b. in Potton Township, P. Q., Dec. 11, 1841; d. Stoddard, unm., Apr. 2, 1905; son of Chauncey and Judith (Allard) Woodbury. He died on the Island in Island Pond, where he had been living as a hermit. He was a tenant of the David Seward house at 139, living there in 1878 alone. He never...

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Samuel Clark Family

1 SAMUEL CLARK, b Keene, N.H., May 22, 1781; d Glover, Vt., Dec. 18, 1860. m 1807, Betsey Fisk, b Lexington, Mass., Feb. 6, 1790; d Glover, Feb. 7, 1863. Issue: 2 John Brewster, b Keene, N.H., June 13, 1808; d Glover, Sept. 16, 1878. 2 Betsey Ann, b Keene, N.H., Dec. 31, 1810; d Lyndon, Ill., 1851. 2 Sumner, b Keene, N.H., 1812; d Staten Island, N.Y., 1879. 2 Mary, b Glover, Vt., 1816; d in Lowell, Mass. 2 Silas, b Glover, June 10, 1818; d Dec. 24, 1860. 2 Hannah, b Glover, 1820; d Wisconsin, 1852. 2 Charles Paul, b Glover, Mar. 3, 1823; d Breckenridge, Mo., Feb. 22, 1886. John Brewster Clark 2 JOHN BREWSTER CLARK, b June 13, 1808; d Sept. 16, 1878. m Apr. 24, 1833, Elizabeth Lyman, b Aug. 15, 1812; d Nov. 6, 1889; d Timothy and Ruby (Beach) Lyman. Issue: 3 Eleanor Ruby, b Nov. 2, 1835. 3 John Thaddeus, b Dec. 27, 1837; d Nov. 19, 1860. 3 Harriet Betsey, b Aug. 27, 1841. 3 Alson Samuel, b June 9, 1845. 3 Hannah, b Dec. 22, 1849; d June 1, 1851. Eleanor Ruby Clark 3 ELEANOR RUBY CLARK, b Nov. 2, 1835; d Jan. 12, 1913. m Sept. 13, 1860, Elias Orlando Randall, b Sept. 16, 1832; d Feb. 19, 1912; s Erastus and Caroline (Smith) Randall. Harriet Betsey Clark...

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Cephas Clark Family

1 CEPHAS CLARK, b Keene, N.H., July 17, 1784; d Glover, Vt., Aug. 8, 1858; s Cephas and Jemima (Griggs) Clark. m Sept. 26, 1805, Deborah Wilbur, b Westmoreland, N.H., Apr. 18, 1790; d Glover, Vt., July 23, 1850; d Rev. Nathaniel and Deborah Wilbur. Issue: 2 Caleb Aldrich, b Westmoreland, N.H., Dec. 14, 1807; d Glover, July 10, 1883. 2 Cephas Cheney, b Rutland, Vt., Sept. 30, 1809; d Glover, Oct. 23, 1869. 2 Amasa Ford, b Rutland, June 22, 1811; d Wilmington, Mass., Sept. 5, 1879. 2 Alvah Warren, b Keene, N.H., July 9, 1813; d Glover, June 18, 1884. 2 Deborah Wilbur, b Westmoreland, N.H., May 31, 1815; d Greensboro, Vt., Mar. 13, 1882. 2 Nathaniel Albert, b Keene, N.H., June 6, 1817; d Glover, Oct. 10, 1820. 2 Frederick Plummer Abbott, b Glover, May 21, 1819; d Glover, Feb. 6, 1889. 2 Betsey Alfreda, b Glover, Aug. 27, 1821; d Glover, Aug. 17, 1889. 2 Abigail Richardson, b Glover, May 14, 1824; d Glover, Nov. 13, 1891. 2 Nathaniel Evelyn, b Glover, Mar. 10, 1826; d Glover, Jan. 2, 1861. 2 Fannie Candace Mason, b Glover, June 18, 1828; d Glover, Sept. 9, 1860. 2 Ezra Leonard, b Glover, Aug. 29, 1830; d Wakefield, Mass., Apr. 3, 1896. Calab Aldrich Clark 2 CALEB ALDRICH CLARK, b Dec. 14, 1807. m Sept. 16, 1832, Betsey Fox,...

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Biography of Hon. E. L. Smith

HON. E.L. SMITH – Although these sketches deal mainly with men who came hither in the forties and fifties, we are yet occasionally reminded of the fact that length of residence does not constitute the only just claim to recognition in our annals. Every decade has its pioneers. Nearly every year has seen added to our number someone who by force of character, intelligence and industry has made himself a place in the esteem of the people, and in the business fabric of the country. The subject of the present subject was a pioneer of 1861. Though thus not f especially early residence here, there is scarcely a man in our history who has touched more of the experiences of life on this coast than he, or who has a larger circle of friends and acquaintances, or who has a greater general knowledge of this country, in all its many unfolding phases. Mr. Smith was born in Orleans County, Vermont, in 1837. Removing to Illinois in 1857, he became for a time a teacher in Tazewell County. In 1858 he entered Lombard University at Galesburg. In 1860 he found his life’s partner – a most happy “find” for both – in the person of Miss Georgia Slocum, of Woodstock, Illinois. During that same period of his life, too, though so young, he became by reason of his natural powers...

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Eunice Todd Crafts of Craftsbury VT

CRAFTS, Eunice Todd5, (Michael4, Michael3, Michael2, Christopher1) born July 31, 1773, died(???)25, 1829, married first, Thomas Phillips, son of Dr. Ebenezer and Martha (Phillips) Beardsley, who died Feb. 19, 1793, aged 22. Married second, Jan. 9, 1798, Samuel Chandler, son of Capt. Eben and Mehitable (Chandler) Crafts, who was born Oct. 5, 1768, at Woodstock, Conn., died Nov. 19, 1853, at Craftsbury, Vt. His name stands first on the catalogue of Students at Leicester Academy, which was instituted and endowed mainly by the efforts of his father, and opened June 7, 1784; was graduated at Harvard College in 1790, with a Greek dialogue for his thesis. He was elected town clerk of Craftsbury, 1792, upon the organization of the town, and held the office 37 years. He was the youngest delegate to revise the constitution of Vermont in 1793. In 1796 he was a member of the House of Representatives, and clerk of that body in 1798-9; member of the Executive Council from 1809 till 1812, and from 1825 to 1827; register of probate for Orleans County, 1796 to 1815. Was appointed judge of courts for Orleans County, 1800; was Chief Justice of the State, from 1810 to 1816; was Representative in Congress, from 1817 to 1825; was elected Governor of Vt., 1828, 1829 and 1830. In 1842, was appointed Senator in Congress, and at the meeting of the...

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Biography of Gordon Rollin Joslyn

No name is more prominently and actively associated with the automobile mercantile industry in Western Massachusetts than that of Mr. Joslyn, who is the executive head of the Franklin County Dealers’ Exchange, and who within a very few years has expanded the garage and agency interests of which he has charge throughout a territory that is not bounded by the county. Mr. Joslyn performs the business in which he has made himself a leader thoroughly and well, and centralizing his forces as president of the Joslyn Motor Company at Greenfield, he has found therein the rewards of a lifelong career in which he has mastered the one vocation to which he has always devoted himself. Veteran of the World War, Mr. Joslyn received therein due honors for expert ordnance service; and deeply interested in the progress of Greenfield in all civic, business and social matters, he possesses the soldier’s and the loyal civilian’s zeal in all movement towards the community’s prosperity. He is of an old race of valiant and renowned ancestors of the name Joslyn, of the following of William of Normandy, in England, and of those who came overseas as American colonists, and all bearing the stamp of aggressive and accomplished leaders in every stage. The known history of the Josselyn (Joslin, Josslyn) family antedates the time of Charlemagne, whose daughter married Count Joceline. One of the...

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Orleans County, Vermont Census

Orleans County, Vermont was formed from Chittenden and Orange counties in 1796. 1790 Orleans County, Vermont Census Free 1790 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1790 Orleans County, Census (images and index) $ Hosted at Census Guide 1790 U.S. Census Guide 1800 Orleans County, Vermont Census Free 1800 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1800 Orleans County, Census (images and index) $ Free 1800 Census Index Free 1800 Census Transcription Hosted at Census Guide 1800 U.S. Census Guide 1810 Orleans County, Vermont Census Free 1810 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1810 Orleans County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems $ Free 1810 Census Index Free 1810 Census Transcription Hosted at Census Guide 1810 U.S. Census Guide 1820 Orleans County, Vermont Census Free 1820 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1820 Orleans County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems $ Free 1820 Census Index Free 1820 Census Transcription Hosted at Census Guide 1820 U.S. Census Guide 1830 Orleans County, Vermont Census Free 1830 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial 1830 Orleans County, Census (images and index) $ 1810-1890 Accelerated Indexing Systems $ Free 1830 Census Index Free 1830 Census Transcription Albany Township Barton...

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Orleans County, Vermont Cemetery Records

Most of these are complete indices at the time of transcription, however, in some cases we list the listing when it is only a partial listing. Hosted at Northeast Kingdom Genealogy Heath Cemetery, Barton Irasburg Cemetery, Irasburg North Cemetery, Barton Saint John Vienny Catholic Cemetery, Irasburg Saint Paul’s Cemetery, Barton South Cemetery, Barton (pdf) Welcome O. Brown Cemetery, Barton Hosted At Orleans County, Vermont Tombstone Transcription Project Day Family Cemetery (partial listing)...

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Biography of Frank Hayden Martin, M. D.

Frank Hayden Martin, M. D. Now practicing medicine and surgery at Lorraine, Ellsworth County, Doctor Martin is widely known to the profession in Kansas, especially through his associations in earlier years with the staff of instruction of the Medical College at Topeka. Few physicians of the state have utilized to a greater degree abundant opportunities for advancement in the science of medicine and surgery. Doctor Martin is of old New England colonial stock. He was born at Gray in the State of Maine March 24, 1852. The Martins came out of England and settled in Massachusetts in colonial times. Doctor Martin’s great-grandfather, Edward Martin, was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. The grandfather, Irving W. Martin, who was born in the vicinity of Randolph, Vermont, served in the War of 1812, was a music teacher, also followed a mechanical trade and died at Mill Village, Vermont, before Doctor Martin was born. He married Sibyl Frances, a native of England. Edward I. Martin, father of Doctor Martin, was born at Randolph, Vermont, in 1828. He grew up at Warren, Massachusetts, and also lived at Springfield in Boston and died at Warren, Massachusetts. For a brief season he was a sailor before the mast, but his real career was as a singing master and he taught music in all the different localities of his residence. He was quite successful, and at...

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