Biography of Loyal Case Remele
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REMELE, LOYAL CASE, was born in the town of Whiting, Addison county, Vt., May 5, 1807, the eldest son of Jonathan and Clarissa (Hutchinson) Remele. John Remele, his grandfather, was a minister in the Congregational Church, owned a farm in the town of Whiting, and was pastor of the Congregational Church in that place, and was a chaplain in the War of the Revolution, in Colonel Doolittle’s regiment. He had four children – three sons and one daughter. The sons were Jonathan, Samuel, and Stephen. The daughter was Polly. Jonathan married Clarissa Hutchinson, and by her had two children, Loyal Case and Almon. The latter died when but three or four years of age. The father died when Loyal C. was about five years of age, and his mother married for her second husband Rev. Mason Knapen, who preached in the Congregational Churches of Orwell, Sudbury, and Hinesburg, and from the latter place moved to Richland, Mich., where he and his wife died within a few weeks of each other, in the year 1857. Two of their children are living, viz.: Lucinda, wife of Stillman Jackson, a farmer, and Ashmun, a presiding elder in the Methodist Episcopal Church, in Michigan.
At the age of thirteen Loyal C. left his home and for a few years went to live with his Grandfather Hutchinson. He was then bound out until of age to Asa Jones, of Shoreham.
For two or three years after reaching his majority he worked by the month among the neighboring farmers. He married, February 6, 1832, Samantha, daughter of John and Sally Barker, of Leicester. She was born in Leicester February, 1804. After her death, leaving no children, Mr. Remele married for his second wife, May 17, 1852, Alma, daughter of Timothy and Polly (Smith) Alden. She was born February 5, 1810, in Leicester. She is a descendant in the sixth generation from John Alden, one of the Pilgrim Fathers who came over in the Mayflower in 1620. He was a magistrate of Plymouth Colony for more than fifty years. He was born in 1599, and died in Duxbury September 12, 1689.
The first year after his first marriage Mr. Remele lived in Leicester, then moved to Whiting, where he remained four years, then moved to Shoreham, on to the farm where he has resided ever since.
Mr. R. has devoted his life to farming, and, like most farmers in Addison county, has devoted especial attention to the breeding of the Spanish Merino sheep. His flock is No. 145, of the Vermont Flock Register.
As Mr. Remele states it, he was born a Whig, and from that drifted easily into the Republican party, and has been a firm adherent of that party.