1774-1874.

 

CENTENNIAL PROCEEDINGS

 

AND OTHER

 

HISTORICAL FACTS

 

AND INCIDENTS

RELATING TO

The County Seat of Windham County,
VERMONT

BRATTLEBORO :
D
. LEONARD, STEAM JOB PRINTER.
1877


 

 

CONTENTS.

    Links to Individual Page Images (PDF)

 

PART I.

                         PAGE.

Record of Proceedings Preparatory to the Centennial Anni‑

versary, &c.,...............................................................          9 [ HTML Pages 9-14 PDF 500kb ]

Historical Address,—C. K. Field,...........................................        15 [ HTML Pages 15-33 PDF 1.4MB ]

Biographical Sketches,—C. K. Field,......................................        34 [    HTML  Pages 34-97   PDF 5.2MB   ]

Ebenezer Allen, Austin Birchard, Aaron Crosby, Ward Eager, Charles K. Field, Esther S. Field, Martin Field, Roswell Martin Field, Daniel Fisher, Lewis Grout, Ephraim Holland, Moses Kenney, Pardon T. Kimball, Luke Knowlton, Luke Knowlton Jr., P. H. Knowlton, Ephraim Holland Newton, Marshall Newton Sr., Marshall Newton, Aaron C. Robinson, Hezekiah Robinson, Hollis T. Robinson, Jonathan Robinson Sr., Jonathan Robinson Jr., Hezekiah Taylor, William H. Williams, William L. Williams, Otis Warren, Elhanan Wheeler, John Wheeler,

 

Toasts and Responses,........................................................        98 [ HTML Pages 98-105 PDF 600kb ]

Historical Notes,.................................................................        105 [ HTML Pages 105-112 PDF 600kb ]

"The Vermont Free Press,"...................................................        113 [ HTML Pages 113-116 PDF 300kb ]

The Sleeping Beauty,...........................................................       117 [ HTML Pages 117- 122 PDF 400kb ]

Centennial Discourse,.........................................................        123 [ HTML Pages 123-141 PDF 1.3MB ]

Sketch of Proceedings, .......................................................        142 [ HTML Pages 142-148 PDF 500kb ]

PART II.

Original Charter,....................................................................        151 [ HTML Pages 151-153 PDF 300kb ]

First Town Officers..............................................................        154 [ Pages 154 PDF 50kb ]

Family Genealogies,..............................................................        155 [ HTML Pages 155-176 PDF 1.6MB ]

Sawtell Family Sermon,........................................................        177 [ HTML Pages 177-185 PDF 700kb ]

Longevity, Long Married Life, &c.,....................................        185 [ HTML Pages 185-186 PDF 200kb ]

Roads and Bridges,...............................................................        186 [ HTML Pages 186-188 PDF 200kb ]

Extracts from first Town Records, &c.,............................        188 [ HTML Pages 188-189 PDF 200kb ]

Collection of Taxes

School Districts and Schools,...............................................       190 [ HTML Pages 190-194 PDF 350kb ]

Pondville Baptist Church,...................................................        194 [ HTML Pages 194-197 PDF 350kb ]

First Universalist Church,...................................................        198 [ HTML Pages 198-201 PDF 300kb ]

Methodism in Newfane,......................................................        201 [ HTML Page 201 PDF 100kb ]

Cemeteries,............................................................................        202 [ HTML Pages 202-204 PDF 225kb ]

Fayetteville,...........................................................................        205 [ HTML Pages 205-210 PDF 450kb ]

Williamsville,........................................................................        211 [ HTML Pages 211-219 PDF 650kb ]

Pondville,..............................................................................        220 [ HTML Pages 220-224 PDF 330kb ]

War Record, .........................................................................        225 [ HTML Pages 225-242 PDF 1.2MB ]

Sons of Newfane Murdered in Louisiana,........................        243 [ HTML Pages 243-244 PDF 125kb ]

Town Officers, 1774-1876,..................................................        245 [ HTML Pages 245-249 PDF 350kb  ]

Moderators, Selectmen, Town Treasurers, Listers, First Constables

Grand List, 1874,..................................................................        250HTML Pages 250-256 PDF 450kb ]

ADDENDA

ERRATA

 


 

VOTE AUTHORIZING THE PUBLICATION OF THE HISTORY OF NEWFANE.

 

At it town meeting, held at School House Hall, in Williamsville, on the 7th day of March, A. D. 1876, it was voted to have seven hundred copies of the "History of the Town and Church" published, together with the proceedings at the Centennial Celebration; and that one copy be furnished, free, to each family in town, the excess to be sold and the proceeds paid into the town treasury.

Voted, To have a committee of three appointed to prepare and publish the aforesaid history at the expense of the town. Chose as said committee: J. J. Green, Rev. Charles Burnham and J. H. Merrifield.

 

D. A. DICKINSON, Town Clerk

 


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PRELIMINARY OBSERVATIONS.

 

In the preparation of this volume, old records have been consulted not only, but thoroughly searched. Some things before in doubt have been settled. Where authorities apparently equally trustworthy have disagreed, we have adopted that view which seemed to have the best evi­dence in its favor, after diligently comparing and sifting the statements made. Notwithstanding all this, it will doubt­less come to pass that some, as they read these pages, will say of certain things here recorded, "I do not believe that, I know that is not so." If the question should be asked, why you so believe, and how you know ? perhaps you would say, " We have often heard the old people state these circumstances very differently." True, we have heard all these stories, and, after careful consideration, have reached the results set forth in this volume.

To illustrate, one writer says there were but six families in town when the church was organized while the biog­rapher of the Morse family sets the number at twenty. A careful examination of all the conflicting traditions, indicates beyond a reasonable doubt that there were at least fourteen families here in June, 1774, and perhaps twenty.

We cannot close these remarks without returning our sincere thanks to the descendants of the early pioneers and all those who, by their hearty co-operation in this enter­prise, have rendered invaluable aid in the researches that have been necessary to complete this volume.

 

Committee.

JOSEPH J. GREEN,

CHARLES BURNHAM,

JOHN H. MERRIFIELD,