The Vermont sufferers were persons who, by reason of their allegiance to the Government of the State of New York during the controversy existing between it and the State of Vermont, immediately after the close of the Revolutinary war, relative to lands which were finally ceded to the latter State, were dispossed of certain property and otherwise punished by the Great Mountain State; and who, as a recompense therfor, were granted lands in the townshiop of CLINTON, afterwards known as JERICHO [Bainbridge], embracing the whole or the major portions of the present towns of Bainbridge and Afton.
Feb. 24, 1786, Col. Timothy CHURCH and Majors Wm. SHATTUCK & Henry EVANS, to the former of whose regiment the majority of the sufferers belonged, presented, in their behalf, a petition to the New York State Govement. [I previously posted separately the list of "Vermont Sufferers", many of whom soon after became settlers upon this tract and pioneers in this portion of the State.]
The following persons also had grants, viz:
Col.Seth SMITH -780 acres;
James CUMMINS, Junr.- 500 acres;
Capt. Joseph ELLIOT-450 acres;
Ensign Rutherford HAYS,
The names of Lieuts. Elihu ROOT,
Isaac WELLS and
Daniel DANILSON, and Ensigns
Simion TERREL and
Joshua RUSS appear in the list of "sufferers", but not in that of the grantees.
first settlement by Elnathan BUSH, Sheffield, Mass
Caleb, Phineas, Silas and
Reuben BENNETT, Pownal, Vt.
Reuben KIRBY, native of Litchfield, Conn, and
William GUTHRIE, native of Litchfield, Conn & father-in-law to Reuben Kirby
Ashahel BIXBY, first of Vt sufferers to settle, father Samuel alloted land, Guilford, Vt and
Ira STOWELL, Vt
Abraham FULLER, Conn, and
Gould BACON, Conn.
Major Henry EVANS, Vt sufferer
Deacon Israel SMITH, Brattleboro, Vt.
Thaddeus NEWTON, Dummerston, Vt.
James GRAHAM and
Moses, Aaron and Abel STOCKWELL, brothers
early as 1792
William, Charles, Daniel and Samuel LYON,
Seth JOHNSON and
David HITCHCOCK; removed to Genesee country
Jedeiah SMITH, New England States, and
Samuel NOURSE, New England states; removed to Ohio
John CAMPBELL, Scotchman and
Benjamin S. CARPENTER, Orange co. and
Major Frederick DEZANG, Frenchman; came from Geneva
soon after 1800
Daniel HYDE, born in Lebanon, Conn
Orra MYERS, Dutchman
1802 or '3
Solomon WARNER, New Milford, Conn, and
Reuben BEALS, Vt.
Thomas HUMPHREY, Conn
Silas FAIRCHILD, Dummerston, Vt.
Other early settlers, some probably among the first but no dates:
Reuben BUMP, from the east,
James B. NICHOLS,
Edward PRINCE, Conn,
Abel CONANT, Vt,
Thomas, Samuel, Henry and Mott PEARSALL, from the east,
David SEARS, Conn,
John Y. BENNETT, New England states,
Eli SEELY, removed to Afton,
Richard L LAWRENCE,
Jabez S. FITCH,
Jacob, Thomas and James IRELAND,