Vermont Historical Gazetteer
A Local History of
ALL THE TOWNS IN THE STATE
Civil, Educational, Biographical, Religious and Military
THE TOWNS OF WINDHAM COUNTY,
WITH HISTORIES OF
SUTTON IN CALEDONIA COUNTY, AND BENNINGTON IN
ABBY MARIA HEMENWAY.
MRS. CARRIE E. H. PAGE,
J. G. Eddy
Vermont Gazetteer Volume V Pages 423 – 439
By J. G. EDDY.
Jamaica, in size, the third town in Windham county, having by the census of 1860 a population of 1541, is situated in the northwestern part of the county, on West River, about 27 miles from Brattleboro, and 18 miles from Manchester. It is bounded N. by Londonderry and Windham, E. by Townsend, S. by Wardsboro, W. by Stratton and Winhall.
The township is in the form of a trapezoid, and contains about 42 square miles. The surface, like other Green Mountain towns, is uneven, being diversified by high hills and mountains, known as Ball Mountain, Shatterack Mountain, Tom Thumb Hill, South Hill, and West Hill. Cold and uninviting as they may appear to the people at the present time, it is a noticible fact, that the earlier settlers first chose the highest of them for their homes, as is attested by fallen down houses, old cellars and highways, still plainly to be seen. West River flows through the northeastern part of the town. There are also several other streams of considerable size, branches of this river, flowing through different sections of the town, affording good mill privileges, and otherwise supplying the town with water in great abundance. In the northern part of the town is a body of water, known as "Cole's Pond," receiving its name from a man living near it. It is about one mile in length and from one-half to three-quarters of a mile in width. Hamilton Falls are situated on a small stream, known as the "Cobb brook," which rises in Windham, and flows a southwesterly course through Jamaica, emptying into West River. The falls are distant from Jamaica village about 3 1/2 miles. They are but a few rods from the road leading from Jamaica to Windham, yet are so hidden that their existence would remain unknown to a casual passer by. The falls are about 125 feet in height. The stream is quite small, and when the water is low the scenery is not remarkable, but when high, the sight is magnificent.
The first settlers, Calvin, William and Caleb Howard, together with their families, moved into town the day before the battle of Bunker Hill, June 16, 1775, and claimed that they heard distinctly the roar of the cannon, on that memorable day. They had previously erected a small log house, and cleared a few acres of land, a short distance from West Townshend village, near where Chas. Robbins now resides. They emigrated from Massachusetts. Calvin Howard was one of the ten brothers, five or six of whom, afterwards came to Jamaica, and were among the original grantees of the town, and are represented at the present time by their numerous descendants. The night after their arrival, Elisha Howard was born, and was of course, the first child born in Jamaica. The original grantees were Col. Samuel Fletcher, His Excellency Thomas Chittenden, William Ward, Col. Moses Robinson, Mathew Lyon, John Butler, Caleb Maynard, Stephen Rawson, Reuben Hamlington, Silas Hamlington, Marshall Miller, Ebenezer Haven, Nathaniel Haven, Joseph Haven, Stephen Wilcox, Joseph Hilldrich, Caleb Hayward, John Wright, Benj. Hayward, Moses Johnson, Silas Hayward, Aaron Alexander Knight, Joseph Tyler, Amariah Taft, Aaron Hutson, Chas. Hutson, William Hayward, Peter Hazleton, John Fossett, William Church, Jonathan Knight, Samuel Kingsbury, Daniel Gates, Arad Holton, Joel Knight, Isaac Miller, Tilletson Paul Spooner, Esq., John Sergeant, Ethan Hayward, Moses Doty, Reuben Nard, Philip Jordon, Comfort Joy, Jesse Joy, Philip Alexander, Levi Hayward, Benj. Howe, Isaac Hart, Hazael Shepard, Rufus Shepard, Eleazer Harris, Nathan Hayward, Moses Holbrook, Frederick Taft, Michael Johnson, Archibus Blodgett, Joshua Morse, Calvin Knowlton, Seth Knight, Jonas Cook, Samuel Wakefield, Paul Hayward, Ira Allen, Esq., Jabez Butler, and John Jones. The condition of the charter was as follows : "Each proprietor of said township of Jamaica, his heir and assigns, shall plant and cultivate five acres of land, and build a house thereon, at least eight feet square, on each respective share or plight of land in said township, within the term of four years after the circumstances of the war will admit of it with safety." -that "all pine timber suitable for the navy, shall be reserved to and for the benefit of the State."
The town was chartered Nov. 7, 1780, by Thomas Chittenden, then governor of the state, and organized by a meeting of the proprietors Sept. 3, 1781, which meeting was holden at the house of Wm. Hayward. Lucius Wilson was chosen moderator; William Harrison Church, town clerk, and Benj. Hayward, W. Hayward and Wm. H. Church, selectmen. The first school-house built in town was constructed with logs, and stood a short distance from the bridge across West river near Clark French's dwelling house. It was built soon after the first settlement of the town, and was probably the first public building erected. The first saw and grist mill were on the same stream and near the same place whereon Judson Howard's old mill now stands.
The village of Jamaica is situated east of the center of the town on a branch of West river. The first house that was built in this village was erected by Roger Howe in 1803 or 4, and is the same building now occupied (1869) by William H. Sanders for a dwelling house, but has been several times repaired and enlarged, and originally stood a little south of its present location. Soon after it was built it was opened for a hotel and was the first public house in the village, though not the first in town, as I am told that previous to this a small building, occupied at the present time by Deacon James Muzzy for a pig-sty (the same in size then as now) was once the hotel in Jamaica. Mr. Howe's sign was a rough board, nailed to a large hemlock tree standing near, with the words "Pay to-day and trust tomorrow" painted upon it, indicating that the house afforded that which commanded house custom to an extent not allowable at the present day. Howe continued to occupy this house until the present hotel, standing on Main street, was built by Nathaniel Cheney, about the year 1814. Cheney kept this house a short time and then sold to Samuel Hastley, since which it has been kept by Moses Chamberlain, Ezra Wilder, S. Newell, Horace Howe, J. E. Knowlton, D. H. Rice, O. F. Knowlton, H. E. Sawyer and E. W. Prior.
The first store goods were offered for sale by Nathaniel Cheney, in a small building known as the " noon house," standing near the Congregational church. Ripley and Doolittle built the first store on the same site, and said to be the same building now owned and occupied by the Hon. H. H. Wheeler. Subsequently Wilder, Cheney & Brown, J. S. Newell, L. Merrifield & Co., I. & J. Williams, C. H. Peirce & Co., A. Johnson, J. H. Converse and Anson Howard traded in the same building.
The second store was built by S. T. R. Cheney, who traded in it a while and was afterwards used for the same purpose by Brown & Furnace, I. G. Sumner, Sumner & Brimhall, then by Union Store Association, still later, by Jamaica Leather Company, for a boot shop, since burned. In 1846 or 1847, J. G. Sumner built the store opposite the hotel, and carried on trade in the building a few years. It has since been occupied by Birchard Livermore & Co., Livermore & Howard, Benj. Livermore, H. J. Philipps and Abijah Muzzy, present occupant.
In 1852, C. H. Peirce built the store now occupied by him on Hill street. In the meantime it has been occupied by C. H. Peirce & Co., D, G. Dexter and Peirce & Dexter.
In 1849, the Union Store Association fitted up and occupied the same building in which L. H. Phelps is now trading (1864). During the intervening time the same has been occupied by O. F. Knowlton, Knowlton & Foskett, Knowlton & Butler, H. A. Butler and Butler Bros.
WEST RIVER BANK
was chartered in 1853. At the first meeting of the stockholders, March, 1854, Hon. James H. Phelps of Townshend, was chosen president and the Hon. John E. Butler, cashier. The first named holding his office until the change to a National bank in 1865, when he was succeeded by the Hon. Wm. Harris of Windham. Mr. Butler was successively chosen cashier to the time of his death, which occurred in 1867, and was succeeded by his son, John A. Butler, present cashier.
In 1858 the Jamaica Leather Company was incorporated and immediately commenced and continued to do a large business up to 1867; but it proving unprofitable they sold out their shop which they built in 1866, to Parsons, Livermore & Holton, who are now doing a good business in the same.
In the year 1828, Benj. Felton fitted up an old building into a tannery, near the present location of the Universalist church, and his two sons, Henry H. and H. L. Felton, carried on the tanning business therein until 1839, when they left here and built where C. D. Reade's tannery now stands. In 1848, Reade bought them out and has since carried on that business, associating with himself John Parsons two years and his son, Fayette D., one year.
The second tannery was built by Solomon Newell, near the bridge, across the stream on the road leading to Winhall, about the year 1841. In 1849, H. H. & H. L. Felton built the tannery now occupied by H. H. Felton, and they or one of them, have since carried on that business in this building.
John Kellogg in 1809, put up the first blacksmith shop, near the present residence of C. H. Peirce.
In 1844, Gilbert Shomway built the chair factory and saw-mill now occupied by A. Muzzy. Occupied in the intervening time by E. G. Johnson & Co.
Lewis Shomway built the bucket factory and saw-mill on the road leading to West Jamaica, and the following named persons have since carried on the business there: C. Maynard, Q. Shomway, T. Boynton and D. Sherwin.
Roger Howe built the first grist-mill, near Reade's mill-dam, which he run for a few years. The same was afterwards run by Joseph Shepard. The grist and saw-mill back of the shoe shop, was built by Joseph Dicks in 1809, and the same was subsequently occupied by A. Kellogg, A. Wheaton, James Waterman and Almon Clayton; since burned.
THE BAPTIST CHURCH.
Of its early history and organization, but little can be ascertained, the church records as well as those of the society being lost. Its organization, however, appears to have been previous to that of the Congregationalist church. Elder Simeon Coombs was the first settled minister of this church and the first in town, and received the "ministerial land," which was by the terms of the charter of the town to go to the first settled minister. Among its first members were Calvin and Caleb Howard, and many others of the very earliest settlers in town. Previous to the erection of the meeting house, which was in 1817, they held their meetings at private dwelling houses and school houses. These meetings were always fully attended, the people deeming it almost a sin not to be found in their usual place at church. From this church the Baptist churches in several of the adjoining towns have been set off, and wide and lasting has been its influence, and from it. too, have gone out a goodly number of Baptist preachers, who have distinguished themselves by their good works, among whom are Rev. Leland Howard, now residing in Rutland, one of the first preachers in the State, and whose fame was not confined to Vermont alone, he having preached several years in Troy and Buffalo, N. Y., and other large places. Also Rev. Timothy Spaulding, who was styled a martyr to the cause of slavery. While lecturing upon that subject in one of the Western States, he was refused admission to the meeting house, on account of the political feeling in the church, so retiring to a grove, before a large audience, he delivered his lecture, took cold and died from its effects. Rev. Ziba Howard, Rev. Rufus Smith and Rev. Mr. Kingsbury were also among the number. Those who have supplied their pulpit, as near as can be ascertained, were Rev. Messrs. Simeon Coombs, Choate, Shomway, Baker, P. B. Fisk, Graves, Bruier, Robinson, Chamberlin, T. Blood, Nathan Arms, Leland Huntley, Nathaniel Cudworth, Norman Clark, I. H. Wood, A. H. Stearns, Robert Myers, Samuel S. White and C. P. Frenyear.
THE CONGREGATIONALIST CHURCH.
This church was organized Sept. 25, 1791, with advice and direction of the pastors of the Congregationalist churches of Dummerston and Newfane. The first members as appears by the church records, were Reuben Wellman, Mary Gage, Loney Blanchis, Aaron Whitney, Mary Wellman, Margaret Whitney and John Wellman. Reuben Wellman was chosen the first deacon. In 1794, by a vote of the church, an invitation was extended to John Stoddard to take the pastoral charge of the church. The church at the same time requesting the town to give him the ministerial land already alluded to in connection with the Baptist church, which it appears was under the control of the town. But the town, for some cause, refused to grant him the land which we have already seen went to Simeon Coombs, who afterwards presented one-half of the same to the Congregational society. Stoddard, however, it appears, came and preached for several years; and it does not appear that the church had any other settled preacher until 1815, when Rev. Philip Spaulding was regularly installed pastor over it, and receiving the land which Coombs presented to the society. Spaulding remained with the church till 1829, and was succeeded by Rev. Samuel Kingsbury, who was dismissed 1833. There is no record of those who have preached for this church since Mr. Kingsbury left. Below we give a list collected from old inhabitants : Joseph Kingsbury, ____ Brown, Justin Parsons, Abel Pattin, Sumner Lincoln, Thomas Rood, Abijah Stowell, ____ Selden, Robert D. Miller, Nelson Barber, L. G. Chase and W. C. Bourn.
THE UNIVERSALIST SOCIETY
built a meeting house in 1851, and for two or three years after their house was built Rev. Mr. Wilcox supplied the pulpit, who was succeeded by Rev. Mr. Perkins, who stayed about the same length of time, since which they have not had any preaching. They never had a church organization.
In the fall or early winter of 1842 a man by the name of Chandler, a preacher, came to Jamaica, and wished to lecture on the second coming of Christ as declared by Miller. He proposed to show from the prophesies that the end would come on a certain month and day in 1843, and being an eloquent speaker, and able reasoner, many very soon embraced his views. Great excitement prevailed. Other preachers of the same faith soon arrived, and this excitement lasted during the next summer and autumn. Farmers neglected their fields, alleging that the world would end before harvest, and crops that had matured were left to waste. Meetings were held in different places almost continually, till people were exhausted by fatigue, anxiety and want of sleep. A company of these fanatics collected at the house of a Mr. Young in the south part of the town. The house was thronged day after day until the community became alarmed for the health and reason of those in attendance. The civil authority visited them and in kindness requested them to stop the meetings for a time and get rest and sleep, but all to no purpose. A few days after this Mrs. Young died from over-excitement.
A Mrs. Stocker in the same neighborhood became insane and committed suicide, while many others appeared for the time to have lost their reason. Property was wasted, families neglected and churches rent in pieces. Finally, upon setting time after time for the second advent, and being as often disappointed, many acknowledged their mistake and the excitement abated. "God grant," says an eye witness, "that we may never see the like again."
About the year 1862, Daniel Stocker, and his son George, then a young man of 21 years of age, were out breaking roads when a gust of wind carried off the young man's hat, who immediately went in search of it, and not returning his father supposed that he had gone to the house which was near by, and continued his work for nearly an hour, when ascertaining that George was not at the house he went to look for him and passing around the brow of the hill, he saw a large snow-slide, and on proceeding to the spot and listening could just hear the feeble sound of his son's voice, then so weak from exhaustion that it could scarcely be heard. He was entirely covered and so completely imbeded in the snow as to be unable to move hand or foot, and where he must have perished but for the timely assistance of the father, who dug him out.
The great freshet of Oct. 4, 1869, will long be remembered by the inhabitants of Jamaica and surrounding towns, as the most destructive of the kind that ever occurred in this vicinity. The damage done to the highway was immense, nearly all the bridges in town, amounting to about a mile in length, being swept away and the roads otherwise rendered impassible. The damage done to private property was also great. There were several narrow escapes of men's lives, and one man, Mr. Wm. H. Can, was sweft away in the mighty element. The circumstances of his death were as follows: The bridge across the stream near Chas. D. Reed's had been all the forenoon (Oct. 4th) momentarily expected to go off, the abutments having been undermined in the early part of the day. Mr. C. during this time had been cautioning older people, and preventing the boys from venturing upon the bridge. At noon he went to his house and took dinner, and as he started to go back, Mrs. C. in turn charged him not to go upon the bridge. He replied that there was not money enough in town to hire him to cross it, and went off. On reaching the spot he perceived that the water had fallen a good deal and the bridge still standing. He remarked to a Mr. Clark standing near, that it was safe, thereupon he and Clark started to cross to the opposite side. They no sooner stepped upon the bridge than it began to tremble. Mr. Clark sprung backward, while Mr. Can rushed ahead, hoping, it is supposed in his fright, to gain the opposite side, but so suddenly did the bridge float off that he had not got more than half way across. Mr. Clark saw him as he floated down the stream, standing in the middle of the bridge with his hands raised above his head, looking upward apparently watching the falling timbers, when the bridge seemed to close up and crush him in its huge grasp. No more was seen of him until after the water abated the next day, when his body was found washed up on dry land a short distance above West Townshend. Mr. Can had held various offices in this town, and at the time of his death was the oldest deputy sheriff in the county of Windham, in which office he excelled. The town lost a valuable and active citizen.
HON. JOHN E. BUTLER,
Son of Aaron and Lucinda (Howard,) Butler, born in Jamaica, Dec. 14,1809; worked on his father's farm till 17 years of age; then worked abroad, at home, attended select and academical schools, taught winter schools in the towns of Londonderry, Townshend and Windham; Mar. 1833, studied law with Epuphroditus Ransom, Esq., at Townshend; Mr. Ransom removing to Michigan he continued in the office of Hon. John Roberts of Townshend; finished with Horace Roberts, Esq. of Whitingham; admitted to the Windham County bar at the April term, 1837; commenced and continued to practice with Horace Roberts at Whitingham, till the death of Mr. Roberts in 1838; Oct. 25, 1837, married to Roccina Brooks of Winhall; P. M. at Whitingham, 1838-43; while resident at Whitingham, an academy was built there and provided with apparatus, mainly through his efforts; July 24, 1843, commenced the practice of law in Jamaica; representative from the town in 1838, '39. '51, '53; West River Bank incorporated in 1853, mainly through his influence, and located at Jamaica; organized 1854, he was elected cashier and remained so while he lived; formed a law partnership with Benj. L. Knowlton; dissolved by Mr. Knowlton's death in 1855; 1857, member of the Constitutional Convention; 1858, '59, Windham county State senator; 1859 Jamaica Leather Co. incorporated and located at Jamaica, chiefly through his influence; commenced business in 1859; formed a law partnership with H. H. Wheeler, which continued while he lived.
In 1861 he was a prominent candidate for governor, but Mr. Holbrook's claims were urged so strongly that Mr. Butler's name was withdrawn.
As a lawyer he stood in the front rank. For the preparation of causes for trial, the arrangement and putting in of testimony, and the cross-examination of witnesses, he had no equal in this part of the State.
In the town where he resided, he was foremost in every enterprise for its welfare, or of the village in which he lived. As a legislator he was practical and reliable, and as a neighbor, kind and accommodating. His family consisted of a wife and three children. The youngest, Geo. A., died Aug. 1, 1864, at the age of 18. His eldest, John A., assisted him in the bank from about the time it was incorporated until his death. His second son, Henry A., was lying dangerously sick at Beaufort, S. C., where Mr. Butler had gone to visit him, at the time of his own death, which occurred May 9, 1867. - Condensed from an elaborated notice in the Vermont Record and Farmer.
a man of liberality, died at Jamaica, Vt., in Sept., 1815, aged 70 years. At no time was his property worth $5,000. He was a farmer, living in a rude spot in the neighborhood of the Green Mountains. All his property was gained by severe personal labor, and saved by strict frugality, yet about the year 1800, he gave $100 to the Con. Miss. Soc , and the same sum for several successive years. When the American Board of Foreign Missions was established, he sent notice that he wished to sub-scribe $500 for immediate use, and $1000 for the fund while yet it was not in his power to pay only *50 as earnest money. He fulfilled his engagement and paid interest on the proposed *1,000 until he made pro-vision for its payment, just before his death, adding to it another $1,000. The amount of his donations to missions to the heathen be-sides other charities, was $3,686. He had also provided for his children and his wife. He was a Baptist, yet most of his donations were entrusted to the hands of his fellow Christians not Baptists.
His integrity soon gained the confidence and respect of his townsmen and he probably had a greater influence over them than any other man of his time. For several years he was our representative at the General Assembly, and for a long time held the office of town clerk, and at different times held other town offices. The Baptist church is greatly indebted to him for its prosperity at the present time. He had two sons who enlisted in the service in the late Rebellion. Warren died soon after returning home from disease contracted in the army. Wm. H. H. was wounded at Algiers, La., by a party of guerrilas; recovering from his wounds, he again entered the service and rose to the rank of major.
A nephew of Solomon Goodale, also emigrated from Massachusetts when quite young. He was a talented man, a consistent member of the Congregational church, and an ardent abolitionist. He was prominent in town matters and was several years in the legislature. - From Allen's Biographical Dictionary.
DR. JOEL HOLTON.
Thomas Holton, with his son Arad, who had previously married Anna Haven, came to Dummerston in 1782, and together owned the well-known Holton farm north of the centre village. Arad's wife died in 1787, and he married Rebecca Houghton in the same year. She died, and he married Eunice Skinner, widow of Josiah, son of Lieut. Leonard Spaulding. Joel was born of this marriage, May 14, 1803. He became an apt scholar and a fine penman in the common district schools of the time, and by teaching penmanship enabled himself to pursue higher studies under the tuition of the neighboring clergyman, as was common in those times. Among others from whom he received instruction in this manner was Rev. Ephriam Holland Newton of Marlboro. He also attended a few terms at the academy in West Brattleboro, and studied medicine with Dr. Isaac N. Knapp of Dummerston. He was so successful that he attended a course of medical lectures at Bowdoin college, Maine, from which he received the degree of Doctor of Medicine, May 17, 1831. He became a Fellow of the Vermont Second Medical Society in the same year. His certificate contains the four names, John P. Warren, David Allen, Waitstill R. Ranney and Chester Olds, familiar in the medical profession.
He married Lucretia Bugbee before his graduation, Aug. 29, 1830. He resided in Dummerston until the latter part of the year 1831, when he removed to Jamaica and settled there. His wife died there May 15, 1839, leaving no children. He married Miss Pamelia Knowlton of Wardsboro, Dec. 3, 1839. The children of this marriage are: W. H. H. Holton, inspector of customs at the port of New York; Warren L. Holton, who was a soldier of Co. D, 16th Regt. Vt. Vols., and died Aug. 2, 1863, just after being mustered out of the service; Mrs. Lucretia E. Eddy, wife of David Eddy, Esq., of Jamaica; and George W. Holton, who now resides with his mother at the family homestead. Several others died in infancy. Dr. Holton died at Jamaica, Aug. 3, 1884.
During the half century and upwards that he practiced his profession in Jamaica he was the favorite family physician of many people in that and adjoining towns. He was moderate in his charges for service, lenient in asking payment and never refused attendance and medicine for the poor. His house was always open to his friends, relatives, acquaintances and patrons. He was town clerk from 1836 to 1845, and from 1860 to 1863, inclusive, and a member of the constitutional convention of 1850, justice of the peace for several years, and representative to the Legislature in 1868 and 1869. When the artist, Wood, at Montpelier in 1868, wished to represent a country doctor in a painting, he selected Dr. Holton as a type, and induced him to pose for a figure of that character; and in the picture he appears quite true to life. Soon after coming to Jamaica, he united with the Baptist church, and was ever afterward an active and prominent member. He. was an early advocate of temperance and favored strongly the strictest prohibition of the traffic in intoxicating liquors. He vigorously opposed slavery and favored abolition, and was secretary of the first anti-slavery society in the State. He was most strenuously opposed to secret societies of every name and kind, considering them conspiracies against the good of society and wholly out of place in a free country and among a free people. He could brook no opposition about this, and carried it into all his associations. He was generous of his means towards all public and worthy objects, large-hearted and kind; was known to all the people round about; was prominent among families, the street and in public places. His death, full of years, was noticed by all, and he will be greatly missed by many.
MRS. PARMELIA HOLTON.
When it became known that in the early morning of the second day of May the soul of this saintly woman had passed on to her maker, the universal thought and exclamation was, "A mother in Israel has fallen;" and never were words more fittingly applied. Born in Wardsboro, Nov. 21, 1816, she was one of a family of five children of Justice and Chloe Knowlton, all of whom were men and women of strong mental and physical vigor, and one, the Rev. Miles J. Knowlton, D. D., was for more than 20 years a missionary in China, dying there about 15 years ago. Parmelia Knowlton was converted in the spring of 1838, and united with the Baptist church in West Wardsboro. December 3, 1839, she married Dr. Joel Holton of Jamaica. She was the mother of five children, three of whom are now living, one son dying in the army.
With a simple dignity that won the respect of all, she yet made herself the servant of all, and none were too humble not to be loved and helped by her, and her life was one unceasing round of kind deeds that brightened and bettered every life that came in contact with hers.
THE HON. HOYT H. WHEELER.
The Hon. Hoyt H. Wheeler was born at Chesterfield, N. H., August 30, 1833, where he lived until February 14, 1849, when he removed with his parents, John and Roxana Wheeler, to Newfane, Vt. While residing at Newfane he attended school several terms at Chesterfield academy, and also select schools at Fayetteville, Vt. In December, 1855, he commenced the study of law with Charles K. Field, Esq., at Williamsville, Vt., and remained with Mr. Field what time he could get till March, 1859, at which time he went into the office of Bradley & Kellogg, at Brattleboro, and studied with them till the September following, when he was admitted to the bar in Windham county. In December he went into partnership at Jamaica with the late Hon. John E. Butler; practiced law with him until the death of the latter in 1867, after which he continued his practice in Jamaica till the summer of 1869, when he associated with himself L. M. Reed, which co-partnership lasted till he was elected one of the assistant judges of the Supreme Court of this State. Mr. Wheeler's parents were poor and he was obliged to rely upon his own resources to obtain means with which to pursue his studies at school, and also those of the law. While attending the academy and studying law he taught school and attended to various other kinds of business. In 1868 he represented the town of Jamaica at the General Assembly, and in 1869 was chosen senator from the county of Windham, and was a member of the Senate at the time he was elected judge. Mr. Wheeler possesses a well balanced mind and on entering upon the practice of law formed habits of industry and regularity, and his intense application and unyielding perseverence soon ranked him among the first lawyers in the State, and justly entitled him to the high position which he now occupies.
BENJ. L. KNOWLTON,
also a partner of the late John E. Butler, was born in Newfane, September 16, 1824. He was a son of Benjamin and Olive S. Knowlton. He attended school at Leland and Gray seminary at Townshend, and a few terms at the Black River academy at Ludlow, until fitted for college. He graduated at Waterville, Maine, in 1849. In 1851 he commenced the study of law with Oscar Shafter, at Wilmington, Vt., and remained with him until he was admitted to the bar in 1854. In December, the same year, he commenced practice in company with Mr. Butler. He became a well read lawyer, held the office of State's attorney in the county for two years, and at the time of his death, September 19, 1859, he had attained a good degree of eminence in his profession, and was highly respected by his townsmen, both as a citizen and as a lawyer.
who have resided in town and pursued their profession here: John E. Butler, Benjamin L. Knowlton, E. E. Kellogg, H. H. Wheeler, E. L. Waterman, L. M. Read and J. G. Eddy.
who have practiced medicine in Jamaica: Nathaniel Weeks, Joel Holton, Moses Chamberlain, William Sanders, C. Fisher, J. Otis Howe, William Chase, Lorenzo H. Sprague, M. V. Congdon, A. F. Bliss, Charles E. Spring.
PETER R. TAFT,
an influential citizen, spent about 20 years of the most active part of his life in Jamaica, and rendered here valuable and efficient services in a public capacity. At the time of the enactment of the law creating road commissioners for each county, he was appointed a member of the first board; and through his influence many alterations and improvements were made in the public roads throughout the county. Below we give a memorial sketch published in the Cincinnati Gazette, soon after his death, January, 1867.
PETER RAWSON TAFT,
born April 17, 1785, at Uxbridge, Mass., at 14 years of age, with his father's family, removed to the new State of Vermont and settled in Townshend. He labored on his father's farm a greater portion of his time, but improved the advantages of such common schools and academies as were accessible; he was studious and always fond of reading. As soon as he was of sufficient age, he taught the public school of Townshend in the winter season, and continued to do so for five or six years. He also made himself a skillful surveyor, and for a time was extensively employed in that capacity.
At 25 he was married to Sylvia Howard of the same place, who has also died within the past year. They lived together about 56 years.
They had but one child, Alphonzo Taft, now one of the judges of the Superior Court of Cincinnati, with whom they have resided at Cincinnati the last 20 years or more. The active life of the deceased was mainly spent in Vermont. Without aspiring to high office, he was a good deal in public life. By annual elections and re-elections he was many times a representative in the Vermont Legislature. He was four years judge of the Probate Court, and also four years a judge of the Windham County Court. He was extensively trusted, confided in and consulted by his neighbors and fellow citizens of Windham county, and universally regarded as a just and humane man, not grasping for gain nor ambitious for office; but rendering much useful service for moderate compensation.
Books have been a great resource in his old age. His historical knowledge was extensive and his familiarity with the Bible, truly remarkable. He has left to those friends and relatives who have survived him and who knew him best, a sweet and precious memory. He died about 4 o'clock A. M. on New Year's day.
The following named persons lived to a great age. Several were upwards of 90, and few, if any, were under 80 years, at the time of their decease: James Magan, Rachell Magan, Sally Howard, Benj. Knowlton, Olive S. Knowlton, Wm. Bond, Dea. C. Wheaton, Lewis Shumway, Sarah G. Hyde, Nehemiah Ramsdell, Huldah Wilder, Reuben Holton, Jonathan Howard, Israel Underwood, John Howe, Nathan Davidson, Sarah Davidson, Bailey Rawson, Susannah Rawson, Abijah Fuller, Susannah Streeter, Betsey Kingsbury, Huldah Howe, Jemima Cobb, Alpheus Kellog, Nathan Weeks, Joshua Panicle, Elisha Howard, John Howe, John Wellman, John Watson, Josiah Davidson, Mrs. Josiah Davidson, Benj. Furnace, Luther Howard, Silas Howard, Phebe Howard, John Chapin, Joel Hill, T. Hiscock, Joel Howe, Jonas Peirce, Jonas Peirce, Jr., Susan Peirce, Daniel Eddy, Paul Howard, Lydia Howe, Peter Chase, Samuel Barry, Benj. Livermore, Ezra Livermore, Ichabod Higgins, Abijah Livermore, Ebenezer Higgins, Mrs. Ebenezer Higgins, Ephriam Stocker, John Baldwin, James Robinson, Wm. Styles, Elisha Johnson, Matilda Johnson, Mrs. Aaron Cressey, Aaron Cressey.
Wm. H. Church 1781-82, Paul Hayward 1782-84, Peter Hazelton 1784-85, Silas Hayward 1785-87, Caleb Howard 1787-88, Peter Lamb 1788-90, Ezra Livermore 1790-1833, Nathaniel Cheney, Jr. 1833-36, Dr. Joel Holton 1836-46, Gilbert Shomway 1846-47, Samuel Cheney 1847-60, Joel Holton 1860-64, Luke Howard 1864-80, F. E. Smith Nov. 4, 1880-91.
1782, William H. Church; 1783-88, there were no representatives; 1789-91, Silas Hayward; 1792, there is no roll of representatives to be found; 1793, Ezra Livermore; 1794, Caleb Hayward; 1795-6, Ezra Livermore; 1797, Benjamin Muzzey; 1798-99, Ezra Livermore; 1800-08, Benjamin Muzzey; 1809, Amos Howard, 2d; 1810-13, Benjamin Muzzey; 1814-16, Ezra Livermore; 1817, Nathaniel Robbins; 1818, none; 1819, Asa Stevens; 1820-23, Nathaniel Robbins; 1824-25, Telotes Skinner; 1826, Nathaniel Robbins; 1827, Peter R. Taft; 1828, Alpheus Kellogg; 1829-30, Nathaniel Robbins; 1831-32, Nathaniel Cheney, Jr.; 1833-34, Peter R. Taft; 1835-36, Timothy Goodale; 1837, Nathan Ames; 1838, Timothy Goodale; 1839-40-41, Samuel T. R. Cheney; 1842, Solomon Newell; 1843, Luke Howard; 1844-45, none; 1846, Pliny Barrows; 1847, none; 1848-9, John E. Butler; 1850, Luke Howard; 1851, John E. Butler; 1852, Ira S. Field; 1853, John E. Butler; 1854-55, Samuel T. R. Cheney; 1856, David Eddy; 1857, Alpheus Kellogg; 1858-61, Robert Myers; 1862-64, Elijah M. Torrey; 1865-66, Abijah Muzzy; 1867, Hoyt H. Wheeler; 1868-69, Joel Holton; 1870-72, Charles S. Clark; 1874, J. G. Eddy; 1876, Albert Sturges; 1878, W. H. H. Holton; 1880, W. C. Cushing; 1882-84, Daniel Sherwin; 1886, J. Q. Shumway; 1888-90, Daniel Sherwin.
MILITARY HISTORY OF JAMAICA.
BATTLE BETWEEN THE WHITES AND INDIANS.
A fight between a party of scouts from Fort Dummer in Brattleboro took place near Jamaica village on West river at a point where the river leaves Ball mountain, now known as the "Salmon hole," an account of which, taken from Hall's History of Eastern Vermont, we give below:
" Preparations having been consummated, a scout of 19 men under the command of Capt. Eleazer Melvin, marched on the 13th of May, 1745, from Fort Dummer. Proceeding up Connecticut river as far as Number Four, they were there joined by Captains Stevens and Hobbs, with a force of 60 men, and the whole party on Sunday, the 15th, at sunset, set out from Number Four on their hazardous enterprise. They followed the "Indian road" along the banks of Black river, but sometimes would lose it in fording streams and in traversing the forests where the ground was covered with a thick growth of underbrush. On reaching the main branch of Otter Creek, Capt. Melvin and his men, according to agreement, left the party, crossed the stream, and set out for Crown Point. Capt. Melvin's party having met during the two following days with many indubitable signs of the enemy, came on the 23d to a large camp inclosed by a thick fence, where they found about 12 pounds of good French bread, and a keg which from all appearances had lately contained wine. Having arrived opposite to Crown Point on the 25th they perceived two canoes with Indians on the lake and imprudently fired upon them; the garrison at Crown Point taking the alarm, fired several guns and sent out a party to intercept them. Melvin and his party immediately started on their return, marching three or four miles through a deep morass. On the 26th, they saw the tracks of 150 to 200 of the enemy, who had evidently left that morning, having taken the course by which Melvin's party had reached Lake Champlain. Upon this they took a south direction and marched up the south branch of Otter creek, and on the 30th came upon a branch of West river. Provisions being very short they began their march before sunrise on the 31st, and travelled until about half after 9 o'clock in the morning. On the banks of West river several of the company being faint and weary, desired to stop and refresh themselves. Having scattered they took off their packs and began shooting the salmon then passing up the shoals of the river. While thus engaged, the Indians who, unknown to Melvin, were then in pursuit of him and his party, directed probably by the report of his guns, pressed forward and suddenly opened fire upon the incautious scout from behind the logs and trees about 30 feet distant. Melvin endeavored to rally his men who had been thrown into the greatest confusion by this unexpected attack, but was unsuccessful, for after firing one volley they retreated, some running up, some down the river, others crossing to the opposite side and two or three escaping to a neighboring thicket. Deserted by his men, Capt. Melvin was left alone to defend himself. Several of the Indians attempted to strike him with their hatchets, others threw them at him, and one of them, or a shot, carried away his belt and with it his bullets. He then ran down the river and was followed by two Indians, who, as they approached, called to him "Come, Captain ! now Captain ! " On pointing his musket at them, they fell back a little, upon which, he ascended the bank of the river, when they again fired at him. Gaining a side hill, commanding a view of the place where the skirmish had taken place, he then sat down to watch for his men and wait for the shout of the Indians, usually given when they have gained a victory; but not seeing the former, nor hearing the latter, he started for Fort Dummer, where he arrived on the 1st of June about noon-time. One of his men had come in a little before him, and eleven more arrived, though in several companies, in the space of a few hours. In this fight, five of Melvin's men, viz: Sergt. John Heyward, Sergt. Isaac Taylor, Privates John Dodd, Daniel Mann and Samuel Severance were killed outright. Joseph Petty was wounded and his comrades being unable to take him with them in their flight, left him in a hut made with boughs, situated near a spring. Before departing they placed beside him a pint cup filled with water and told him "to live if he could" until they should return with assistance. On the 2d, Capt. Melvin with 46 men, left Fort Dummer for the place where the fight had occurred. Great search was made for Pettey, but he was nowhere to be found. After having buried the dead above named, with the exception of Samuel Severance, whose body was not discovered until some time after, the party returned to Fort Dummer, having been absent about three days. On the 6th, Lieuts. Alexander and Hunt with a large force, went again to search for Petty. In one report it is stated that he was found dead; in another that his body was never discovered. From the secrecy used in concealing the bodies of their companions, it was impossible to determine the loss of the enemy. The fight is supposed by some to have taken place within the limits of the present township of Newfane, but it is more probable that the scene of the conflict was within the bounds of Jamaica, or Londonderry, the latter being the most likely, as the situation corresponds best with that given by Capt. Stevens, viz: 33 miles from Fort Dummer up West river. It is now ascertained beyond a doubt that this fight took place at the point above mentioned, the Salmon Hole, which is situated in West river, about 27 miles from Brattleboro. Above this place is a bend in the river, it taking an easterly course and running around Ball Mountain, and it is probable that the Indians being better acquainted with the route struck across on the west side of the mountain, which would be several miles nearer, and in this way overtook Capt. Melvin's party. Earlier settlers tell us that bones of human beings have been dug up by the farmers' plow, and that mounds said to be graves where the dead were buried were within their recollection visible near this place.
That the Indians once inhabited this region is apparent from the fact that numerous beds covered with pieces of flint where they had carved out their arrows have been found in different parts of the town although nothing definite can be learned about them.
Under the call for troops, in the war of 1812, Jamaica was called upon to furnish six privates and one sergeant. No one responded to the call, therefore a draft was ordered, and as the day arrived for carrying it into effect, the people of the town assembled to witness the proceedings. Before commencing, a request was made for volunteers, when Nathaniel Vial promptly stepped forward and enlisted. Then taking a position behind a drummer-boy and holding in his hand a staff from which was suspended a silk handkerchief representing a flag, this brave volunteer marched to and fro, across the common, in front of where the Congregational church now stands, asking others to join him. Wm. Davidson soon took a place by the side of Vial, and was immediately followed by Sylvester Hiscock, Zather Daniels, Amasa Evidence and Alvin C. Greene, completing the number of privates. A sergeant was still wanting. There were five in town at this time, who drew lots by placing bits of wood of different lengths, in the hands of Capt. Robbins, agreeing that he who should draw the shortest piece, should go. The lot fell upon Caleb Howe, who afterwards procured Abram Gage, a substitute, to take his place. One or two of the privates for some cause did not go, probably on account of sickness. Amasa Evidence died from disease while in the service. The rest returned at the close of the war.
SOLDIERS OF THE WAR OF 1861.
VOLUNTEERS FOR THREE YEARS
CREDITED PREVIOUS TO CALL FOR 300,000 VOLUNTEERS
OF OCTOBER, 1863.
Regiment Company Age When Enlisted
Allard, Albert J. 9 K 22 July 8, 62 Discharged Jan, 15, 63.
Allen, Henry J. 11 G 21 Aug. 11, 62 Prom. Corp. Nov. 27, 63.
Amidon, Geo. H 4 I 23 Aug. 21, 61 Corp. Prom. 2d Lt. Co. I, Jan. 19, 62.
Bailey, Otis 4 I 28 Aug. 28, 61 Discharged April 17, 62.
Bailey, Thomas M. 4 I 24 Aug. 17, 61 Died Jan. 9, 62.
Bond, Henry A. 11 G 18 Aug. 11, 62
Boynton, Miron L. 8 H 23 Jan. 17, 62 Mustered out of serv. June 22, 64.
Castle, Samuel B. 4 I 21 Sept. 16, 61 Discharged Jan. 11, 64.
Clough, Alonzo P. 9 K 33 June 18, 62
Cobb, James H. 4 I 24 Aug. 30. Re-en. Dec. 15, 63; dis. May 8, 64.
Crosby, Henry H 4 I
Darling, Charles H. 8 H 28 Dec, 10, 61 Re-en. Jan. 5, 64.
Ellis, Geo. H. 1 S S F 32 Sept. 11, 61 Discharged March 8, 62.
Fish, Frederick A. 2 I 21 May 15, 61 Pro. Ser. Must. out June 29, 64.
Fish, Walter W. 4 I 25 Aug. 14, 61 Sergt. discharged June 24, 62.
French, David W. 1 S S F 27 Sept. 11, 61 Pro. Cor. Aug. 15, 63; k. Wildn's.
Gale, Asa A. 11 E 27 July 23, 62 Died March 29, 64. [Feb. 25, 65.
Gale, David J. 4 I 23 Aug. 28, 61 Re-en. Dec. 15, 63; tr. to Co. F,
Gleason, Seneca B. 2 I 21 May 15, 61 Re-en. Dec. 21, 63; killed at Wild.
Haskins, Martin 11 G 27 Aug. 8, 62 Sick in Gen. Hos. Aug. 31, 64.
Haywood, Geo. C. 4 I 21 Aug. 15, 61 Prom. Cor. tr. to Inv. Corps Sept. 1, 63. [Jan. 13, 63.
Holton, Wm, H. H. 8 H 20 Jan. 17, 62 Wounded June 22, 62; resigned
Howard, Albert 5 E 21 Aug. 22, 61 Discharged March 4, 62.
Howard, Harden W. 8 H 18 Dec. 2, 61 Discharged Sept. 13, 63.
Howard, Marcus J. 4 I 24 Aug. 13, 61 Re-en. Dec. 15, 63; died in Millen, Ga., Oct. 23, 64.
Howard, Squire E. 8 H 21 July 26, 64 Private Co. H, Nov. 19, 61;
1st Sergt. Feb. 18, 62; 2d Lt. Jan. 15, 63; 1st Lt. June 12, 63; Capt. July 26, 64.
Howard, Wm. H. H. _ 8 H 22 Nov. 29, 61 Mustered out of serv. June 22, 64.
Howe, Gardner H. 11 G 21 Aug. 9, 62 Discharged Aug. 2, 63.
Howe, Waitstill 11 G 31 Aug. 7, 62
Howe, Worden A. 11 G 35 Aug. 4, 62 Prom. Artificer Dec. 27, 63.
Hurlburt, Wm. H. 4 I 21 Aug. 20, 61 Died Nov. 27, 62.
Johnson, Judson R._ 4 I 25 Aug. 14, 61 Discharged April 3, 62.
Johnson, Norman 11 G 42 Aug. 9, 62 Sick in Gen. Hos. Aug. 31, 64.
Kellogg, Leroy G. 4 I 21 Sept. 19, 61 Pro. Ser. re-en. Dec. 15, 63; died of wounds rec. in act. May 6, 64.
Kilburn, Joseph W. 2 I 21 May 15, 61 Pro. Cor. Must. June 29, 64.
Lynch, John 9 K 26 June 17, 62 Discharged March 4, 63.
Osier, Joseph 2 I 24 May 15, 61 Deserted Dec. 25, 62.
Perham, Alanson E. 9 K 34 July 12, 62 Deserted Aug. 22, 62.
Pearson, Chas. 4 I 20 Aug. 29, 61 Died Nov. 29, 63.
Pike, Norman T. 4 I 29 Aug. 24, 61 Trans. to Co. F, Feb. 25, 65.
Pike, Wm. 4 I 36 Aug. 14, 61 Discharged Jan. 1, 62.
Pike, Wm. W. 4 I 18 Sept. 2, 61 Mustered out of serv. Sept. 30, 64.
Ramsdell, John 8 H 21 Dec. 20, 61 Mustered out of serv. June 22, 64.
Rawson, Harrison L. 2 S S H 19 Dec. 8, 61 Discharged Nov. 26, 62.
Rawson, Kimball P. 2 S S H 21 Dec. 3, 61 Discharged June 14, 62.
Rawson, Riley G. 2 S S H 22 Dec. 20, 61 Died May 26, 62. [Feb. 25, 65.
Rawson, Sylvester E. 4 I 19 Aug. 31, 61 Re-en. Dec. 15, 63: Tr. to Co. F.
Ray, Samuel B. 4 I 22 Aug. 14, 61 Killed at Fredericksburg, Dec. 13, 62
Richardson, Geo. A. 2 S S H 22 Dec. 7, 61 Discharged Dec. 14, 62.
Saunders, Wm. H. 4 I 19 Aug. 26, 61 Discharged May 19, 62.
Shaffner, Lorenzo 11 G 19 Aug. 11, 62
Shepard, Austin E. 4 I 27 Aug. 22, 61 Discharged Jan. 18, 62.
Stearns, Leonard A. 4 I
Stocker, Henry P. 11 G 27 Aug. 11, 62 Pro. Corp. Feb. 28, 62.
Taylor, Horatio F. 2 I 22 May 15, 61 Pro. Ser. re-en. Dec. 21, 63; #9;Prom. 1st Lt. Co. I, June 20, 64.
Timothy, James E. 11 H 22 Aug. 5, 62
Twitchell, Joseph 11 G 26 Aug. 4, 62 Died Dec. 31, 63.
Webster, Jona. B. 4 I 38 Sept. 5, 61 Pro. Ser. killed at Wild. May 6, 64.
White, Chas. C. 9 K 16 June 19, 62 Died at Brattleboro, March 5, 64.
White, Marshall A. 4 I 29 Aug. 13, 61 Sergt. reduced to Cor. Re-en. Dec. 15, 63.
Wilder, Emery S. 9 K 21 June 28, 62
Williams, Ormando M. 9 K 21 July 28, 62 Discharged March 24, 62.
Woodard, T. 4 I 33 Aug. 19, 61 Re-en. Dec. 15, 63; #9;Tr. to Co. F, Feb. 25, 65.
VOLUNTEERS FOR THREE YEARS
CREDITED UNDER CALL OF OCT. 17, 1863,
FOR 300,000 VOLUNTEERS AND SUBSEQUENT CALLS.
Regiment Company Age When Enlisted
Allen, Phineas 11 G 18 Dec. 18, 63
Axtell, Lorin S. 9 H 21 Dec. 26, 63
Brimhall, Fred F. 8 H 18 Dec. 22, 63,
Burlingame, Stephen 8 D
Castle, Wm. 9 H 44 Dec. 25, 03
Chase, Geo. S. 9 H 21 Dec. 25, 63 Died Jan. 21, 64.
Chase, Geo. T. 9 H 21 Dec. 17, 63
Chase, Henry P. 9 H 19 Dec. 17, 63 Missing in action, Feb. 2, 64.
Converse, Chas. H 11 G 21 Dec. 7, 63 Tr. to Co. A , June 24, 65.
Corbin, Geo. 2 B. 27 Dec. 22, 63 Deserted. [h. Aug, 31, 64.
Dale, John J. 17 F 19 Nov. 26, 63 Cor. Pr. Ser. May 13, 64; wd. in g.
Furbush, Geo. 8 K 18 Dec. 21, 63
Guertien, Harmini J. 11 G 18 Dec. 26, 63 Died Aug. 27, 64.
Howe, Ora 11 G 23 Dec. 7, 63 Killed nr. Petersburg, June 12, 64.
Hungerford, David A. 8 K 39 Dec. 30, 63 Sick in Gen. Hos. Aug. 31, 64.
Jefts, Norman L. 8 K 29 Dec. 18, 63
Jennison, Francis W. 4
May, Sidney S. 8 I 19 Dec. 21, 63 At Camp Parole, Annapolis, Aug. 31, 64.
Morse, AbiaH'. 8 K 34 Dec. 25, 63 Sick in Gen. Hos. Aug. 31, 64.
Parsons, Samuel L. 8 I 31 Dec. 22, 63
Phelps, Eugene L. 9 H 18 Dec. 18, 63
Robinson, Wm 9 H 22 Jan. 17, 64
Rugg, Argalus R 9 H 21 Jan. 17, 64
Saunders, Harrison W. 9 H 19 Jan, 17, 64
Saunders, Horace W. 9 H 18 Jan. 28, 64
Styles, Jeremiah D. 8 D 34 Dec. 21, 63,
Thayer, Homer E. 11 C
Thomas, Freeling G. 8 D 21 Dec. 23, 64
White, Austin D. 9 H 29 Dec. 17, 63,
SOLDIERS OF THE WAR OF 1861.- Continued.
VOLUNTEERS FOR ONE YEAR.
Regiment Company Age When Enlisted
Bailey, Otis 5
Bridge, Rodolphus 9 A
Cobb, Chandler L 9 H
Davidson, Riley Cav.
Divoll, John A. Cav. H
Gilson, Wm. H. Cav.
Goodale, Geo. F. 9 H
Hennessy, Tho. J. 9 C
Hoard, Geo. A. 5
Howard, Albert Cav
Kingsbury, Ambrose A. 5
Kingsbury, Elliott O. 5
Kingsbury, Merritt W. 5
Lamphear, Geo. A. Cav.
Leet, Lucius N Cav.
McClellan, Sam'l T. 9 E
Miller, Edmond G. 9 H
Rawson, Chandler D. 9 H
Rawson, Webster L. 9 H
Sanders, Wm. H. Cav.
Stephen, Newell 9 A
Van Fleet, Abraham S. Cav.
Regiment Company Age When Enlisted
Stockwell, Franklin 4 F 18 Sept. 6, 61 Re-en. Dec. 15, 63.
Underwood, Ludovic 4 I
MISCELLANEOUS, NOT CREDITED BY NAMES, VOLUNTEERS FOR NINE MONTHS.
Regiment Company Age When Enlisted
Allen, Phineas 18 Aug. 29, 62
Ball, David 39 Aug. 29, 62
Barnes, Wm. L. 18 Aug. 29, 62 Discharged Feb. 2, 63.
Briggs, Chester L 27 Aug. 29, 62 Wagoner.
Castle, Charles W. 21 Aug. 29, 62
Chase, George F 20 Aug. 29, 62
Dale, John J. 18 Aug. 29, 62 Pro. 1st Lt. Co. F, April 18, 65.
Divoll, John A. 30 Aug. 29, 62 Disch. at Brattleboro, Feb. 26, 63,
Ellis, Henry A. 37 Aug. 29, 62
Estabrook, Nelson F. 18 Sept. 3, 62
Estabrook, Rodney L. 25 Sept. 3, 62
Goodale, George F. 33 Aug. 29, 62
Hard, George A. 33 Aug. 29, 62
Holton, Warren L. 18 Aug. 29, 62 Died Aug. 1, 63.
Howe, Wm. G. 18 Aug. 29, 62
Johnson, Asa L. 29 Aug. 29, 62
Johnson , Elan G 33 Aug. 29, 62 Serg.
Johnson, Myron H. 18 Aug. 29, 62
Joseph, Abner B 25 Aug. 29, 62
Kingsbury, Ezra B. 31 Aug. 29, 62
Kingsbury, Ward 44 Aug. 29, 62 Musician.
Lyon, Daniel 23 Aug. 29, 62
Martin, Joseph M. 21 Aug. 29, 62 Killed at Gettysburg, #9;July 3, 63.
Read, Edward H. 32 Aug. 29, 62
Rugg, Argalus R 19 Sept. 20, 62 Wagoner.
Skinner, Sam. E. 23 Aug. 29, 62 Died July 12, 63.
Wilder, Andrew- F. 26 Aug. 29, 62 Corp.
DRAFTED AND ENTERED SERVICE.
Regiment Company Age When Enlisted
Howard, Wells 31 July 13, 63
Howe, Henry 28 July 19, 63
Read, Lavant M. 20 July 13, 63
Rider, Henry R. 29 July 13, 63
REPORTED SINCE SEPT. 30, 1864, VOLUNTEERS FOR ONE YEAR.
Regiment Company Age When Enlisted
Hall, Geo. E. 18 March 13, 65 Mustered out of serv. July 14, 65.
Howe, Wm. J. 21 March 7, 65 Mustered out of serv. July 14, 65.
Shaffner, Addison E. 18 March 7, 65 Mustered out of serv. July 14, 65.
VOLUNTEERS FOR THREE YEARS.
Regiment Company Age When Enlisted
Leyden, Thomas 29 Feb. 17, 65 Musician Tr. to C. A, June 13, 65
UNITED STATES NAVY.