Biographical Sketch of J. Reuben B. Wilkins
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Wilkins, J. Reuben B., Ferrisburgh, Vergennes p. o., was born in Vergennes, Vt., September 18, 1834. He is a general farmer, town superintendent of schools, and a graduate of the University of Vermont in the class of 1855. In 1856 he read law with W. W. Peck, esq., in Burlington, Vt., and was admitted to the bar at Albany, N. Y., in 1857. He was married in 1859 to Harriet E. Guinnip, daughter of Matthias B. and Margaret (Pinney) Guinnip, residents of Watkins, Schuyler county, N. Y. Three children were born to them in Ferrisburgh, Vt. — Anna M., Daniel N., and Alice B. J. Reuben B. was a son of Samuel A. and Ann Smith (Nichols) Wilkins. She was born in Newtown, Conn., in 1800, and he was born in Cornish, N. H., in 1795. They were married at Vergennes, Vt., in 1820. They had a family of two children born to them — Mary Ann (who died in the Ursuline Convent, at Three Rivers, Canada, in 1846) and J. Reuben B., who lives on the farm in Ferrisburgh, Vt., which was set to him by the will of Daniel Nichols, his grandfather. Ann Smith Nichols was daughter of Daniel and Mary Ann (Booth) Nichols; she died in Ferrisburgh, Vt., in 1845. Samuel A. Wilkins died in Washington, D. C., in 1873, and was buried in Salem, N. Y.