~ 21 June 1761
Mechanicsville, Rhode Island Corners.
Hampshire grant of 23,040 acres to David and Zachariah Ferriss
associates June 24, 1762.
for the first Town Clerk, Abel Hine.
is in the north part of the town a high ridge of rough land, called Prichard
Mountain. The west part has generally a level surface, interspersed with
small hillocks. In the eastern part the land is hilly and broken, containing,
however, a good share of feasible, fertile and valuable land. The forest
consisted of hard timber generally. There
were some beaver meadows, one of which contained between 100 and 200 acres,
from which the first settlers derived much benefit. The principal streams
are Lewis Creek, Laplot River and Pond Brook. Lewis Creek enters
the town from Monkton . . . on this stream, in the year 1790, Mr. Nathan
Leavenworth, one of the early settlers, built a saw mill and a grist mill.
This mill is in the bounds of Charlotte. Before it was built, the inhabitants
were obliged to go to Winooski Falls, at Burlington, or to Vergennes, for
their grinding . . . The first inhabitants were a Mr. Isaac Lawrenceand
family, from Canaan, Connecticut, whose wife said that she lived ten months
without seeing the face of any other woman, and that at one time the family
lived for some time on dried pumpkins, without any other food whatsoever.
This family came here before the revolutionary war, and also Mr. Daniel
Chaffrey, who was here for a short time; they both left when the war commenced.
Mr. Lawrence returned in 1783. Messrs. Jacob Meacham, Amos Andrews, and
Hezekiah Tuttle, came in 1784. In 1785, Mr. George McEwen with his family,
Mr. Eliphaz and George Steele came without families, and spent the summer.
The first child born in town was a son of Jacob Meacham, on the first day
of April, 1785; he was named Hine, in reference to the name of the town."
of Vermont, Hayward, 1849)
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other records of value in researching your ancestors. You can contact the
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P.O. Box 133
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