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Migration of Families out of Norwich VT

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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...

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History of the Baptist Church at Norwich Vermont

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now In Norwich, as elsewhere, the Baptists were the first of the dissenting sects to contest the ground with the dominant New England orthodoxy. Soon after the settlement of the town we find mention made of Baptists here, and it is probable that a few of the very earliest settlers were of that faith. The following documents are transcribed from the town records: Willington [Ct.] October ye 6, 1780. “This may Certify all Persons whom it may Concern that Calvin Johnsen of Wellington is of the Baptist Persuasion and is one of the society of the Baptist Church in said Willington and is ready to help to support the gospel in that order. “Andrew Main, Clerk” “Willington, September 24, 1784. This may certify that James Johnsen belonged to the Baptist society and his father and mother are Baptist. Signed in behalf of the Church, “Andrew Main, Church Clerk” The above certificates were doubtless procured and lodged in the town clerk’s office by the persons whose names they bear, with a view to exempt themselves from taxation for the support of the Rev. Mr. Potter, the settled minister of “the standing order” in the town at that time, as well as to relieve them from expenses for the building of the first meeting-house then in progress. A law...

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List of the Principal Pioneer Settlers in Norwich Vermont

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now The counties of Cumberland and Gloucester had been organized by New York in 1766, out of the territory lying between the Green Mountains and Connecticut River. In the year 1771 a census of these counties was made under the authority of that province. All the towns in Windham and Windsor Counties, as now constituted, belonged to Cumberland County; the remaining portion of the state to the north-ward, then mostly unsettled, was called the county of Gloucester. 1In the first organization of eastern Vermont into counties by New York, Norwich belonged to Cumberland County. In March, 1772, a change of boundary was made which placed the town in Gloucester County. In the new division, which was thenceforth maintained, the north line of the county of Cumberland began at the southwest corner of Royalton, and ran thence on a course of South 60 degrees East to Connecticut River. By the census of 1771, the population of the two counties of Cumberland and Gloucester was returned as 4669, (Cumberland, 3947; Gloucester, 722). Norwich was found to contain 206 people distributed among forty families. In this enumeration the inhabitants were classified as to age and sex only. The number of males above sixteen years of age was found to be 66, the number of females 48. The number of males...

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Biographical Sketch of Thomas Henry Geer

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Geer, Thomas Henry; general insurance; born, Ledyard, Conn., Sept. 3, 1840; son of Nathaniela Bellows and Julia Davis Geer; educated, common schools, Ledyard, Conn.; 1854, Irving Institute, Tarrytown, N. Y.; 1857, State Normal School, Westfield, Mass.; graduate, 1861-1862, Norwich Academy, Norwich, Conn.; married, Poquetanuck, Conn., June 30, 1868, Fanny Halsey Brewster; one daughter, Mary Brewster Geer; Republican in polities; 1859, teacher Grammar School, West Gloucester, Mass.; 1860, principal of High School, Rockport, Mass., 1862-1865, teacher Burlington College, Burlington, N. J., 1866 to date, general insurance business, Cleveland; pres. The Thomas H. Geer Co.; sec’y The Triton Steamship Co.; sec ‘y and pres. Cleveland Life Underwriter’s Ass’n; sec’y Life Underwriter’s Ass’n of Ohio; treas., vice pres. and pres. Cleveland Board of Underwriters; Pres. National Ass’n of Local Fire Insurance Agents; director The Cleveland Humane Society; vestryman Trinity Cathedral; member Athletic...

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Geer, Addie (Bell) – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Addie Geer, 93, a retired homemaker from Cove, died Sept. 12 at a local nursing home following an extended illness. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Cove Seventh Day Adventist Church, with elder Al Heitzmann officiating. Burial will follow at the Cove Cemetery. Mrs. Geer was born at Gordon, Tex., on March 12, 1880. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, and resided in Union County for 77 years. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Vernon (Fay) Erkenback of La Jolla, Calif., a sister, Mrs. Myrtle Fulp of Cove; two brothers, Roy Bell of Cove and Lang Bell of Prineville; and two grandchildren. Friends may call at Dempsey’s Funeral Chapel Thursday evening and until 12 noon on Friday. The Observer La Grande, Oregon Thursday, September 13, 1973 Page...

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Geer, Fred H. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Funeral services for Fred H. Geer, 51, ex-Portland resident, who died in Tacoma Thursday, will be held tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock at the Lincoln Memorial cemetery. Services were held at Tacoma yesterday. Mr. Geer was a son of ex-Governor T. T. Geer. He was born at Cove, Or. He lived here many years. For the last 16 years he was connected with the American Express company. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Martha Geer, and a sister, Mrs. Theodore Little of San Francisco. The Sunday Oregonian June 26, 1927 Page...

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Geer, Judd – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Cove, Union County, Oregon Prominent Pioneer Resident of Cove, Passes at Hot Lake Yesterday; Funeral Sunday Judd Geer, a prominent resident of Cove for the greater portion of his life, passed on at four o’clock yesterday at Hot Lake at the termination of a long illness. His remains were forwarded to La Grande and funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon from the Snodgrass and Zimmerman funeral service parlors at one o’clock. Interment will take place in the I. O. O. F. cemetery. Mr. Geer, who was 55 years, 11 months and 6 days of age, is one of the pioneer residents of Union county and his death is mourned by a host of friends all over Union county. He was born February 18, 1868. He was married in 1888 and to this union was born four children, two of whom survive him – Mrs. Claud Puckett and Mrs. Philip Lockwood of La Grande. He also leaves his widow; two brothers – T. T. Geer, of Portland and Blaine Geer, of Walla Walla, Wn., and one sister, Mrs. Joseph James of San Francisco, California. La Grande Evening Observer Friday, January 25, 1924 Front...

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Geer, Mary Mrs. – Obituary

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Elgin, Union County, Oregon Mrs Mary Geer Dies Today At Daughter’s Home Mary Holtby Geer died unexpectedly today at noon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Philip Lockwood, of heart disease. The body is at the Snodgrass and Zimmerman mortuary and funeral arrangements have not been completed. Mrs. Geer was the widow of Judd Geer, who died several years ago. She was a pioneer resident, coming to Union county 47 years ago which she made her home until death. She was born in Rome, N. Y., Feb. 20, 1862 and was 72 years, seven months and 25 days of age. She was a life long member of the Episcopal church. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Lockwood and Mrs. Claude Puckett, of La Grande, a sister, Mrs. E. E. Evans, of Rome, N. Y., and five grandchildren. La Grande Evening Observer Monday, October 15, 1934 Page...

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Biography of Heman J. Geer

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now HEMAN J. GEER. – The name of Geer is so well known in our state that the following account of the father of T.T. Geer of the Waldo hills will be of interest to all. This now venerable pioneer was born in Ohio in 1828, removing with his parents to Illinois in 1840. In 1847 he crossed the plains to Oregon with General Palmer’s train. The large company forestalled trouble with the Indians. Peter Hall, who stopped with Whitman at Walla Walla was the only one who experienced any disaster. The crossing of the Cascade Mountains by the Barlow Road proved the worst of their trials. After reaching Oregon, Heman stopped at Oregon City, and engaged in the boot and shoe business; while the father located at Butteville, Marion County. In 1848 he young man abandoned “city” life and located a claim in the Waldo hills, marrying Miss Cynthia Eoff. In 1849 he was prevented from completing the journey to California, by men returning with the report that the mines were “worked out.” From 1854 to 1861 he was in the nursery business at Silverton, and the next year in business at Salem, going thence to the Caribou mines in 1862, thence to Auburn, Oregon, and from this point with his goods to Bannack City. In...

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