Biographical Sketch of William Joslin
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Joslin, William, Ferrisburgh, was born in Cambridge, Lamoille county, Vt., in 1798, and died on April 8, 1886, aged eighty-seven years and nine months. He settled in Vergennes, Vt., on March 20, 1820, as a harness-maker and saddlery manufacturer, and engaged in this business under the firm name of Clark & Joslin and in 1822 he became sole proprietor of this business. He was elected constable and collector, and became sheriff and served from 1824 to 1834 ; he was then appointed deputy, remaining in that office until 1867. He retired from active business life at Ferrisburgh, Vt., in 1867. He was married in 1831 to Laura Wheeler, who was born in Poultney, Vt., in 1811. They had a family of nine children born to them, four of whom are now living — William H., Cornelia Wheeler, Frederick A., and Frank D. Of the five who are dead, Charles died aged twenty-five years, and George E. died aged twenty-one years. Laura (Wheeler) Joslin was a daughter of Reuben and Matilda (Hoyt) Wheeler, who settled in Vergennes, Vt., in 1816, where they died. William Joslin was a son of Jonas and Barbara (Dalrymple) Joslin, who were natives of Massachusetts, and died in Hinesburg, Vt. They had a family of five children born to them — Milton D., Rhoda, Barbara, Jonas, and William. Mr. Joslin was burned out in February, 1866, losing all his furniture and clothing, and sustaining a still greater loss by losing $2,150 of his own, $600 of the Wentworth estate, and $2,500 of the George E. Parker estate, all in government bonds, and as yet are a total loss. The bonds were of the first issue.