a local History of
all the Towns in the State,
Civil, Educational, Biographical, Religious and Military.
The Towns of Windham County.
Abby Maria Hemenway.
Mrs. Carrie E. H. Page,
Transcribed by Sue Downhill as it appears in the book with the exception of the last names changed to all CAPS.
WHITINGHAM. by Clark JILLSON. Pages 684 - 704.
This Town has in its archives a copy of its original Charter, issued before the Revolution by the Province of New York.
WHITINGHAM: JACKSONVILLE. by Clark JILLSON. Pages 705 - 710.
This village, not the most important business centre in the town of Whitingham, is situated in the northeastern part of the town, on the banks of North River. It is a narrow gorge between the abruptly rising hills on the east, and the more gradual slopes from the centre ridge on the west. The fall of the river is rapid in this locality, and affords many good sights for water power mills, and manufacturing establishments. It is a thriving village of about 760 inhabitants. Contains two churches, an excellent schoolhouse, with tow school-rooms, and a large village hall for public purposes, lectures, concerts, exhibitions at agricultural fairs, town meetings, etc. etc. There are two stores, one hotel, two saw-mills, one grist-mill, sash and door shop, carriage shop, two blacksmith shops, and establishment for manufacturing apple jelly, three shops for manufacturing butter boxes and tubs, besides a tin shop and several other industries in the line of manufacturing different kinds of goods.
FIRST SETTLEMENTS. The earliest trace we can get of any settlement in this place, was about 1808. There were then three families living in this vicinity: a Mr. Patrick PEEBLES, living on, or near the place where Josiah FRENCH now lives, ran a grist-mill then owned by Col. Isaac MARTIN. Obed FOSTER lived on a place later known as the "BURN's place," the house standing a little back from Dea. L. A. WARREN's barn. And a man by the name of BROWN, lived near where Albert C. STETSON's house now stands.
People settled here for a permanent residence, as fast as houses could be built or tenements procured. It gained so rapidly for two or three years, that some wag in the centre village of the town gave it the name of "New Boston."
Laban J. CHILDS from Wilmington, came here about 1838, and kept a grocery store in connection with Charles FOSTER, near the site of the drug store. Mr. CHILDS soon built a new store and dwelling house. Mr. CHILDS and his brother Adin T. CHILDS, went into trade on an extensive scale.
About 1838, Capt. Elias STONE went into company with Willard FOSTER, in the lumber and turning business. They did a large business in that line for several years, that added materially to the growing importance of the place. But Parley STARR and Martin BROWN were at that time the two central figures in business.
This village had become of acknowledged importance as a business centre in the town of Whitingham, as early as 1841 and gained very rapidly for the next decade.
David JILLSON, Jr., long a noted citizen of Whitingham, left his old farm on the "STREETER hill" in the spring of 1846, and came to this village and bought the place that Dr. WILCOX had bought and began to build a house upon the fall before his death. He was a prominent and worthy citizen, a man of ample means, a leading citizen in town affairs and represented the town in the General Assembly.
In 1850, Amos A. BROWN and his father, Amos BROWN. left the old farm that the old gentleman had lived on for nearly half a century, came to this village, built a house, and made this their residence the remainder of their lives. Amos A. was for a long time deputy sheriff. He was a man of keen sensibilities but took affectionate care of his father and mother in their old age, careful to provide for all their wants. His health failed when he was in the prime of life; he died the 2d day of January, 1869, aged 52. His father and mother both lived to old age.
Norris L. STETSON, so long known as a merchant in Jacksonville, was a native of Wilmington, came here in 1850. In 11867, he built the new store that he now occupies. In 1870, Wells P. JONES, a native of Dover, came to this village and went into partnership with him, and the business was carried on by STETSON & JONES for 13 years. N. L. STETSON has been the leading merchant in Jacksonville, and a leading and influential man in social and business circles; not only in this village, but throughout the entire town as well. Has been postmaster in Jacksonville for 20 years past; was town treasurer and trustee of the public school fund for many years, and represented the town in the General Assembly in 1867 and 1868.
E. L. ROBERTS, a native of Whitingham, established a store in the upper part of the village, opposite the store lately occupied by M. W. STICKNEY, where he carried on the clothing business in connection with his general merchandise. He wan an active, persevering business man, and after he left the store was deputy sheriff, and one of the selectmen of the town for several years. He went from this town to Proctorsville, in the county of Windsor, bought a store and went into trade there a few years, but left there and went to Winchester, N. H., where he now is.
In 1867, Parley STARR built the store where M. W. STICKNEY lately traded.
The business of E. J. CORKINS and the HOLBROOKS is of no small importance to this place: although they do not live in the immediate village, their business affairs all centre here, and their freighting and trade is all done here. And they are really a part of the inhabitants of Jacksonville.
Parley STARR has done more for this village, by way of donations or voluntary contributions, than any other, and perhaps more than all other men living.
The business interests of Jacksonville at the present time consists of three stores, and one hotel: E. E. PUTNAM's saw-mill and box factory; PORTER's grist and saw-mill and box shop, cider-mill and apple jelly works; the sash, door, and undertaker's shops in the immediate village, and the saw-mill and chairstock shop of E. J. CORKINS a mile below, make Jacksonville one of the most productive villages of its size, in southern Vermont.
POST OFFICES AND POSTMATERS. The follow is a list of the postmaster, with the date of their appointment, in each of the post-offices in the town of Whitingham:
Names of P. M. Date of Appointment.
Adin Thayer..........October 26, 1816
Lenus Austin.........August 31, 1820
Royal Houghton.......May 25, 1826
Elliot Brown.........March 13, 1827
Horace Roberts.......August 8, 1829
John E. Butler.......January 3, 1838
Nathan L. Butler.....February 16, 1843
Reuben Winn..........May 28, 1850
Henry Goodnow........August 27, 1853
Thomas Wrinkle.......January 7, 1862
Newell B. Hall.......December 3, 1863
Nehemiah Sprague.....October 26, 1864
Joel Wilcox..........March 20, 1867
Russell A. Stafford..May 6, 1869
Henry S. Goodnow.....June 7, 1870
Reuben Winn..........June 15, 1874
Discontinued.........Feb. 20, 1882
Saxton Plumb..........April 10, 1826
James Roberts.........November 19, 1831
Ch'd to Jacksonville..Nov. 4, 1834
Saxton Plum........November 4, 1834
David D. Wilcox....March 14, 1839
Laban J. Childs....January 24, 1847
Adin T. Childs.....July 29, 1845
P. H. Sumner.......June 21, 1847
Norris L. Stetson..October 22, 1851
Martin Brown.......June 27, 1854
George D. Foster...January 15, 1856
Ira Stafford.......August 20, 1856
Paul H. Cudworth...April 15, 1857
Edward L. Roberts..February 23, 1860
Norris L. Stetson..February 30, 1865
Albert C. Stetson..October 25, 1867
Norris L. Stetson..March 28, 1870
Herbert G. Porter..December 21, 1885
George W. Chase.....December 31, 1861
Eli T. Green........July 26, 1865
Chas. T. Murdock....November 30, 1865
Samuel B. Pike......March 26, 1866
Cyrus Temple........March 25, 1868
Hosea W. Brigham....December 9, 1872
H. C. Millington....December 16, 1878
Ch'd to Whitingham..February 23, 1882
*George S. Goodnow..February 23, 1882
*Was not commissioned.
Horatio N. Hix......March 31, 1882
WHITTINGHAM. *George S. Goodnow..February 23, 1882 *Was not commissioned. Horatio N. Hix......March 31, 1882 ----
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF IMPORTANT FAMILIES.
GREEN FAMILY. Nathan and Amos GREEN were amongst the earliest settlers of the town of Whitingham. Their names appear in the early records as prominent men in the public affairs of the town. They came from Hampden County, Mass.; their father, Roberts GREEN, settled in that county in 1743. He married Sarah ROGERS, Oct. 11th, 1744; purchased a tract of land and established a home in the western part of the town of Wales; and the present line between Wales and Munson runs through the old farm where he first settled.
Nathan and Amos were born in Wales; Nathan, the 28th day of March, 1756, but the records of the town of Wales do not show the date of the birth of Amos. He [Amos] was younger than Nathan, married Mary NELSON, and removed to Whitingham, Vt., when the town was almost an unbroken forest, procured a large tract of land about the centre of the town; and later he deeded to the town the ten acres of land called "The Common," for public purposes; and also a lot for the burying ground, north of the centre village. His name appears in the first Grand List that the records show taken in town 1781; he was chosen Town Clerk the second year of the town's organized existence, and constantly held some of the important offices in town while he remained in Whitingham; about fifteen years. He had four children by his first wife, all born in Whitingham, where she died. He then returned to Wales, and married two other wives.
Nathan GREEN, the common ancestor of the GREEN families in Whitingham, married Sarah SHIELDS, May 10th 1780, and immediately removed from his native town to Whitingham, Vt. He, with his wife, were amongst the pioneer settlers of this new township; they came when it was nearly all the way from Greenfield an entire wilderness, and were obliged to travel on foot or horseback.
His family consisted of eleven children, five sons and six daughters, all born on the farm where he first settled. Most of them settled and spent the principal part of their lives in their native town. Their names and the date of their births were as follows:
Hannah GREEN, born January 31, 1781, married Lincoln HALL, went to
Alfred GREEN, born November 11, 1783, married Clarissa SMITH of Halifax, Vermont.
Rhoda GREEN, b. July 12, 1785;
Lydia GREEN, b. April 17, 1787;
Polly GREEN, b. June 21, 1789;
Anna GREEN, b. October 21, 1791;
Nathan GREEN, Jr. b. December 3, 1793;
Twins, b. March 17, 1795;
Daniel GREEN, b. December 18, 1796;
Sally GREEN, b. March 3, 1799.
Nathan GREEN, died at his home Sunday, March 6, 1838.
Sarah (SHIELDS) GREEN, died May - 1843.
Hannah GREEN married Lincoln HALL, left Whitingham and went to Pennsylvania.
Alfred GREEN, bought lands off the southwest part of his father's original
purchase, and established a home, where he and his wife spent their long and
useful lives, and were they both died. He was one of the most notable men of
Whitingham; d. July 19, 1873. His wife d. June 21, 1868. Their family consisted
of four sons, and three daughters, viz: Eli GREEN, b. Oct. 9, 1812, m. Elvira DIX of Whitingham, Jan. 5, 1835.
Alfred GREEN, Jr., b. Aug 7, 1814, m. first Gratia CARLEY of Whitingham, Aug. 27, 1837. She d. July 14, 1843. He m. for a second wife, Mrs. Clarinda MURDOCK, Jan. 16, 1844.
Reuben GREEN b. Feb. 18, 1817; m. first Lydia WASTE of Whitingham, Oct. 30, 1842.
Polly GREEN, b. Feb. 2, 1819; m. first Jonathan CARLEY of Whitingham, Sept. 5, 1837; she m. second Luther GALE.
Asa Green, b. Oct. 6, 1821; m. Juliana WHEELER of Whitingham, April 19, 1849.
Miranda GREEN, b. Nov. 11, 1824; m. S. D. FAULKNER of Whitingham, Nov. 11, 1845.
Clarissa GREEN, b. Dec. 18, 1833; m. D. B. FLINT, Jan. 12, 1853.
Rhoda GREEN, m. David HOSLEY, Jr., Dec. 4, 1805; she d. July 26, 1806. David HOSLEY, Jr., then m. Lydia GREEN, April 14, 1807. They had a family of eight children, four sons and four daughters.
Susan HOSLEY, b. April 8, 1809; m. Horace ALLARD, April 3, 1841.
Alexis C. Hosely, b. Oct. 13, 1810; m. Eliza ROBERTSON, Feb. 24, 1834.
Alonzo D. HOSLEY, b. Mar. 13, 1813; d. July 26, 1815.
Rhoda HOSLEY, b. Oct. 16, 1814; d. 1872.
Fernando C. HOSLEY,, b. June 4, 1816; d. 1863.
Joel G. HOSLEY, b. Oct. 13, 1820; d. March 7, 1846.
Matilda HOSLEY, b. Sept. 2, 1824; d. March 7, 1846.
Calista HOSLEY, b. June 25, 1830; d. 1860.
David HOSLEY, Jr., lived in Whitingham till about 1837, when he went to Charlemont, Mass. and d. Nov. 13, 1847; Lydia (GREEN) HOSLEY, d. Dec. 3, 1864.
Anna GREEN, b. Aug. 21, 1791, m. Abner KINGSBURY in 1811.
Lucetta, b. April 13, 813;
George, b. Feb. 9, 1815.
Hannah, b. Dec. 14, 1818; d. Aug. 20, 854.
Nathan GREEN. b. March 20, 1820; d. in Illinois.
Uriah, b. May 2, 1822.
Elliot, b. Feb. 18, 1824.
Abner KINGSBURY, d. in Illinois.
Anna (GREEN) KINGSBURY, d. June 10, 1847.
Nathan GREEN, Jr., b. Dec. 3, 1793; m. Lydia LESURE, June 20, 1816.
Jane GREEN, b. Dec. 31, 1821; m. John P. DIX of Whitingham, April 14, 1839.
Linus GREEN, b. June 9, 1825; m. Martha RAYMOND, Feb. 3, 1863.
George GREEN, b. March 27, 1827; m. Mary P. BOWER, Jan. 25, 1854.
Susan GREEN, b. March 22, 1829; m. Bradford L. BOWEN, Jan. 23, 1853.
Jane (Mrs. DIX) settled in this town, d. at her home April 1, 1860.
Nathan GREEN, Jr., d. Nov. 30, 1837.
Lydia (LESURE) GREEN, d. Feb. 24, 1863.
Daniel GREEN, b. Dec. 18, 1796; m. Mary PARKER, Jan 13, 1820. Settled on the farm known as "The Elder BALLOU place," 1834; removed in Sept. to Brownhelm, Lorain County, Ohio.
Mary Ann, b. March 4, 1821, d. in Brownhelm, Sept. 29, 1835.
Freeman, b. April 26, 1822; m. Lucy M. BRISTLE, May 2, 1843.
Sophrona, b. April 3, 1828, m. Horace PEASLEY, April 3, 1848.
Alfred D., b. Sept. 25, 1829, d. Aug. 24, 1831.
Fannie S., b. May 29, 1831, d. May 2, 1832.
Daniel GREEN, d. in Ohio, Oct. 9, 1849.
Mary (PARKER) GREEN, d. in Ohio.
Sally GREEN, b. March 3, 1799, m. Enoch R. BOWEN, Nov. 14, 1819. They spent most of their lives in Whitingham.
Alfred, b. Oct. 14, 1820.
Dardana, b. April 30, 1822.Diantha L., b. Feb. 8, 1824.
Diana, b. Jan 24, 1826; d. Nov. 1826.
S. Diana , b. March 16, 1827.
Mercy L., b. April 14, 1830, m. Warner STREETER; d. July 1, 1867.
George H., b. July 25, 1832; d. March 19, 1834.
Henry A., b. May 15, 1835;
Minnie, b. June 4, 1840.
Mr. BOWEN went to Shelburne Falls, Mass., where he and his wife both died. Enoch R. BOWEN, d. Oct. 28, 1878. Sally (GREEN) BOWEN, d. Jan. 20, 1870.
Eli GREEN, children:
Elvira Melissa, b. Aug. 13, 1838; m. George W. CHASE, April 30, 859.
Eli Theophilus, b. April 13, 1840; m. Mary E. BLANCHARD, Dec. 25, 1864.
Newton Reuben, b. Nov. 8, 1842; m. Emma R HULL, June 4, 1865.
Harriet Azubah, b. June 6, 1845; d. Dec. 29, 1847.
Mary Ellen, b. Feb. 4, 1847; d. April 11, 1848.
Frank Ashton, b. Jan. 15, 1849; lives in St. Joseph, Mo.
Alfred GREEN, Jr., lived in Jacksonville till 1853; d. Aug. 18, 1864, at the age of 50.
His children born in Whitingham were:
Sally Luana, b. Oct. 29, 1838; d. July 22, 1864.
Merritt Sanford, b. June 18, 1841; d. May 30, 1860.
Gratia M., b. June 24, 1843, d. Aug. 23, 1843.
Mrs. Gratia (CARLEY) GREEN, d. July 14, 1843.
Alfred GREEN, Jr., for a 2d wife, m. Mrs. Clarinda MURDOCK, Jan. 16, 1844. Their children b. in Whitingham, were:
Benjamin E., b. July 7, 1846; d. Jan. 15, 1848.
Ellery B., b. Fev. 11, 1848; d. Oct. 14, 1850.
Forrest Denrel, b. May 1, 1852.
Eli Gilmore, b. July 16, 1854.
Mrs. Clarinda (MURDOCK) GREEN, still lives in Massachusetts.
Dr. Reuben GREEN of Boston, to whom we are chiefly indebted for the data from which we give this sketch of the GREEN family, is the third son of Alfred GREEN, Sr. At the age of 23, he left his native town and spent three of four years in travel and study, after which he went to Boston, where he has been engaged in the practice of his profession for more than 30 years.
Charles Reuben, b. Aug. 5, 1843; m. Caroline E. WAYLER, Nov. 17, 1876; lives in St. Louis, Mo.
Jareb Alonzo, b. Nov 5, 1845; m. Lucretia B. DREW, Oct. 4, 1867; lives in St. Louiss, M.
William A., B. Aug. 10, 1849; d. Nov. 25, 1853.
Frank Eugene, b. July 30, 1854; m. Mary A. GREEN, Nov. 8, 1876; lives in Boston.
Ella Mary, b. Nov. 16, 1856; m. Albert J. MARSTON, June 8, 877; lives in Leominster, Me.
Flora Estelle, b. June 4, 1859.
Robert A., b. April 30, 1861.
Lydia (WASTE) GREEN, d. June 4, 1868.
Dr. Reuben GREEN m. for a second wife, Mrs. Rebecca L. TILTON, July 6, 1869.
Asa GREEN, youngest son of Alfred GREEN, settled in his native town.
Nathan A., b. April 4, 1850; m. Ella J. JEWELL, Oct. 2, 1876.
Mary J., b. Dec. 20, 1851; m. Schuyler MURDOCK, lives in Whitingham.
Alfred c., b. Sept. 20, 1853; d. July 31, 1873.
Alonzo W., b. Oct. 9, 1855; m. Cora A. LYNDE, Nov. 12, 1878; d. Sept. 11, 1880.
Alice C., b. Oct. 3, 1857; m. Norman F. TAINTER, April 13, 1878; d. Sept. 11, 1880.
Asa GREEN died at his home, Oct. 1, 1866.
Polly GREEN m. Jonathan CARLEY, 1837.
Alfred, b. Dec. 13, 1838; d. March 24, 1840.
Rufus W., b. July 26, 1840.
Hattie Aurora, b. Feb. 28, 1842.
Alfred G., b. Jan. 14, 1947.
Herbert H., b. Feb. 18, 1850; m. Callie S. BOLLES, May 31, 1874.
Clara Amanda, b. Dec. 4, 1853; m. Daniel SHEPARDSON, Nov. 28, 1872.
Eli Winthrop, b. May 24, 1857.
Jonathan CARLEY, d. Jan. 17,1857. His widow, Polly (GREEN) CARLEY, aftewards married Luther GALE, May 25, 1862. Mr. GALE d. Oct. 27, 1877.
Miranda GREEN, m. Shepard D. FAULKNER, Nov. 11, 1845. He accumulated a large property and was one of the wealthiest farmers that ever lived in Whitingham.
William A., b. Sept. 14, 1814[?]; m. Alice STARR, Sept. 21, 1877, is now cashier of the People's National Bank at Brattleboro.
Emma M., b. Oct. 19, 1854; m. Henry H. HOLBOOK, May 4, 1873.
Emma (FAULKNER) HOLBROOK, d. Dec. 17, 1882.
Clarissa GREEN, m. David B. FLINT, Jan. 12, 1853; went to Orange, Mass.
We shall not attempt a further detail of the fourth and fifth generation of the descendants of the GREEN family in Whitingham, as they nearly all left the town at an early age. Some of the children of Sally (GREEN) BOWEN, however, spent most of their lives in this town. Alfred BOWEN was for many years a prominent business man in Whitingham, d. Dec. 18, 1877, age 57.
Henry A. BOWEN lives at Shelburne Falls.
WHITINGHAM: JACKSONVILLE. by Clark JILLSON. Pages 710 - 715.
There is no family name that fills a more conspicuous place in the town's history for the first half of the current century, than that of BROWN. Not that anything peculiar marked their course of life, or that they were the most active leaders of that age, but they were men of stern integrity, industrious and enterprising farmers, and wielded an influence both in the church and in business matters in the town, more salutary in effect. than any other one family ever did. The five brothers and one sister (whose husband's name was BROWN), that settled in Whitingham, were from a family of 12 children, nine brothers and three sisters, all native of New Ipswich, N. H. Their paternal ancestor, Josiah BROWN, was a direct descendant of the sturdy stock of English yeomanry, and he and his children inherited the persevering energy of our Pilgrim Fathers. He was a man of marked ability and influence in the town where he lived - a true patriot, a devoted Christian, and active participatior in the Revolutionary struggle; fought in the battle Bunker Hill, and his company was the last to retreat before the British regulars.
The names of the five brothers that settled in Whitingham from 1795 to 1897, was Josiah, Joseph, Jonas, Amos and Nathan; and the sister's name was Sarah; she married a man by the name of Reuben BROWN. The five brothers were all members of the Baptist church.
Josiah BROWN married Milicent WRIGHT, and came to Whitingham about 1795, settled on the farm now owned by Joseph W. MORSE, where he lived till he went to Bennington with his son Edmund, and lived there with him the rest of his days. He had a family of nine children, five died in infancy or quite young. The names of the four that lived to be men, were: Rufus, Clement, Edmund and George W. Rufus was the most prominent man of the four; was often elected to important offices of trust in the town, was clerk of the Baptist church five years, and once represented the town in the General Assembly. He was a thrifty, well-to-do-farmer, - owned and lived on the same farm for 55 years, and died at his home, Aug. 9, 1875, at the age of 78.
Clement spent most of his life in Whitingham, but moved to Halifax a short time before he died. He married Polly EAMES, had no children, died at Halifax, Aug. 7, 1849, aged 49.
Edmund lived with his father on the old homestead farm, till they sold out and went to Bennington, where he and his father both died. Edmund bought a farm there and followed farming the reminder of his life. Josiah BROWN died at Bennington, Jan. 20, 1858, at the advanced age of 91. Edmund also died there at his home, Oct. 11, 1866, aged 61.
George w. acquired a good education in early life, left this town when a young man, went to the State of Pennsylvania.
Joseph BROWN married Sally PRESTON, came to Whitingham about the same time his brother Josiah did, and settled on the farm north of and adjoining his brotherís, on which he spent his whole life, and where he died March 2, 1827. His family consisted of two sons and one daughter: Joseph W., James P. and Jemima. The boys were known as Wright and Preston; the former was long and well-known as Capt. BROWN, lived and died on the old farm his father first settled on, sometime before the commencement of the present century. He took an active interest in starting and building up the business interests of the village of Jacksonville; was a prominent and active member in the Universalist Society. He died at his home July 18, 1855, age 63.
Preston married a highly respected lady, and had a respectable and intelligent family of children.
Jemima was an invalid for many years.
Jonas BROWN, familiarly know as "Deacon Jonas," married Lois RUSSELL, came to Whitingham in 1797, settled on the farm (then an entire wilderness) lately owned by S. D. FAULKNER. He had a family of twelve children, seven sons and five daughters, one of which died in infancy, the rest all lived to maturity, and most of them to a good old age.
His children were trained with scrupulous care.
Harvey, although not amongst the oldest of the children, made himself one of the children, made himself one of the most noted school teachers Whitingham ever produced. Besides that, he was a noted citizen of the town, was frequently elected one of the selectmen and other town officers, and twice represented the town in the General Assembly.
Jerimah, the oldest son, went to Stamford, in the county of Bennington, when quite a young man, and died there Mar. 4, 1849, at the age of 53. Russel, one of the younger brothers, of whom mention is made under the heading of the Baptist church, was a scholar. He died in Williams College in 1835, at the age of 23. Martin, whose career as a business man was most fully developed in establishing and building up the business interests of Jacksonville, died in the prime of life at the age of 51. All the rest of this family were industrious and worthy citizens, of more than ordinary intelligence. Most of them had large families, and many of their numerous descendants have left Whitingham for a broader filed.
Amos BROWN, married Sally TARBELL, and came to this town and steeled on his old farm, so long known as the Esquire Amos BROWN farm (now owned by Charles H. WASTE), near the beginning of the present century. His family, that lived to maturity, consisted of three sons and two daughters. Elliot, the oldest son, studied medicine, and practiced his profession here with satisfactory success for several years, was deeply interested in the public affairs of the town, energetic and persevering in whatever he undertook, was town clerk for years, postmaster two years, and was a noted party leader in the centre village. He went to Shaftsbury, practiced his profession there a few years, then went to Wisconsin where we suppose he still lives.
Aldis and Amos A., the other two brothers, remained in Whitingham. Aldis has long been one of the solid and thrifty farmers; has owned and lived on the same farm for more than half a century. He has had tow wives, and a large and interesting family of children, most of who have left their native town, and are now extensively engaged in business in different sections of the country.
Amos A. lived with his father on the old homestead till 1849. He was more of a public man than Aldis; was deputy sheriff of this county for a number of years, and often held offices of trust in this town; was an active business man in matters pertaining to the interest of the town. He lived with, and took care of his father and mother in their last years, and died at his home of a lingering disease, Jan 2, 1860, at the age of 52.
One of the sisters in this family married F> G> DAVIS, of this town, and spent her whole life in Whitingham. She died in Dec., 1849, at the age of 40. The other sister married Dr. CORKINS, who practiced a few years in the county of BENNINGTON, then they went to Wisconsin, where she died at the age of 44.
Nathan BROWN married Betsey GOLDSMITH and came to Whitingham about 1810, and settled on the farm lately known as the "Elder LAMB place." Their family consisted of two sons and two daughters, that lived to maturity. This family was the most remarkable for literary and theological talent of any family in town. Nathan, was a noted scholar from his early boyhood; he went to Williams college, where he graduated with the highest honors as a scholar and a theologian, very young. He was sent to China and Japan where he spent 23 years as missionary of the Baptist church; he then returned to his native country, edited and published a paper called "The American Baptist," a few years, then returned to foreign countries, where he died Jan. 1, 1886. He has translated the New Testament into many foreign languages, has written and published many valuable theological works, both in English and foreign languages. To do justice to his history would require more space than we can allow in this volume.
William G., the younger brother, was also a ripe scholar, and a devoted christian. He had a superior talent for poetry, as the many specimens now extant clearly prove. He ranked high in the volume entitled "Vermont Poets and Poetry." He is still living, in the State of Wisconsin.
The elder sister in this interesting family married Jonathan BALLARD of Charlemont, Mass.; had a large family of children, most of them now occupying prominent positions in society and in the church. She is living with her son, her husband having died about 20 years ago. The younger sister died unmarried, Sept. 9, 1872, age 54.
Reuben BROWN'S wife, the sister of these five brothers that settled in Whitingham, had an intelligent family of 11 children. She was a woman of extraordinary ability, and an acknowledged leader in the social moral and religious circles of that age. This family left Whitingham about 1825, went to Jefferson County, N. Y.
Bezaleel WASTE, the paternal ancestor of the WASTE family in Whitingham, was born in 1742; Joanna WASTE, his wife, in 1743. They lived a few years in the vicinity of Cape Cod, and Ebenezer WASTE, Sr., so well known in this town 50 years ago, was born there in 1768. His father, Bezaleel WASTE, with his family removed from Cape Cod to the town of Hague, near the shore of Lake George, in 1790. Ebenezer, soon after, left his father's family and settled in the town of Somerset, in the County of Windham. He lived there about 10 years, and his three oldest children were born there. In this lone wilderness his principal business was hunting and trapping, for which he possessed superior skill. He managed to accumulate $1,200, chiefly by the sale of furs and skins, captured with rifles, dogs and traps.
He married Lydia BALDWIN of Mansfield, Conn., October 5, 1796, and immediately moved into the wilds of Somerset, where they lived till 1804, when they moved to Whitingham.
His family consisted of three sons and one daughter.
Charles WASTE, born July 3, 1798, went to the State of Ohio when a young man, married there, was a civil engineer, was killed Sept. 15, 1821, by the fall of a tree, leaving a wife and one child, who afterwards came to Whitingham.
Ebenezer WAST, Jr., born October 20, 1801, married, first, Rebecca FULLER. She died June 26, 1826. He married second, the widow of his elder brother, Charles WASTE.
Uriah WASTE, born June 1, 1804, died unmarried Feb. 6, 1856.
Deborah WASTE, born Aug. 12, 1807, married Levi SUMNER, a native of Whitingham. They settled in Heath, Mass., where he died. She is still living on the old homestead with her son, Oscar A. SUMNER.
Bezaleel WASTE died Sept. 2, 1818, aged 76. Joana, his wife, died May 20, 1815, aged 72. Ebenezer WASTE, Sr., died at his home, Dec. 13, 1847, aged 79. Lydia, his wife, d. Aug. 29, 1845, aged 76.
Ebenezer WASTE and his two sons, Ebenezer Jr., and Uriah, lived together on the same farm, ever after they came to Whitingham.
The family of Ebenezer WASTE, Jr., consisted of three children, two daughters and one son, by his first wife.
Lydia WASTE, b. June 26, 1822, m. Dr. Reuben GREEN of Boston.
Amelia WASTE, b. May 5, 1854, m. Diodorus SAWYER, Sept. 1847; they lived on the old WASTE homestead. She d. March 17, 1884.
Charles WASTE, b. Nov. 15, 1825, m. Hattie S. WARREN of Whitingham.
Rebecca Fuller WASTE, wife of Ebenezer, Jr., d. at her home, June 26, 1826.
By his second wife, Ebenezer, J., had one daughter and two sons; the daughter m. Lyman STONE of Royalston, Mass.
George E. WASTE, m. a lady in Boston, lives in San Francisco, Cal.
Lewis Sanford WASTE went to Michigan, m. there, has one or more children.
Ebenezer, Jr., d. at his home on the old farm, June 17, 1878, aged 77.
Lucinda WASTE, second wife of Ebenezer, Jr., d. April 3, 1854.
Silas Richard STICKNEY, the common ancestor of the STICKNEY families in Whitingham, was a native of Tewksbury, Mass., b. April 7, 1751, m. Sarah UPTON of Reading, Mass. in 1774, by whom he had seven children. She d. in 1793. He m. for a second wife, Betsey PRESTON of Whitingham, Vt. He first settled in Temple, N. H., and on the alarm of war, April 19, 1775, marched to Cambridge - was one of those who were willing to pledge their fortunes and their lives for their country in 1776. On the 13th of May, 1777, he marched under Captain Josiah BROWN, of New Ispwich, N. H., to Ticonderoga - was in John STARKS' brigade of volunteers, that marched from New Ipswich and joined the army under General GATES, at Stillwater, July 19, 1777, and was in the battle of Bennington, August 16, 1777. And from the pay roll of record, it appears he was discharged on the 20th of September.
Silas and Martin STICKNEY, two of his sons, were for a long time well known in Whitingham, both born in Temple, N. H.; Silas, August 8, 1779, m. Eunice WOOD of Templeton, Mass., June 22, 803, came to this town and settled. It was then an unbroken wilderness, but he bravely encountered the perils and hard ships of pioneer life, while clearing up his farm, and establishing a future home for himself and family. He spent his whole life on the same farm where he cut the first tree. His wife d. June 18, 1840. He m. a second wife, Clarissa FOSTER, of Wilmington, Vt., May 4, 1842. She d. April 21, 1848.
His children, all by his first wife, were as follows:
Silas STICKNEY, b. April 8, 1804, m. Matilda GARNER.
Sarah STICKNEY, b. Oct. 2, 1805. m. Duane STIMPSON, first; Calvin CLARK, second.
Martin STICKNEY, b. May 19, 1807, m. Charlotte STICKNEY, first; Mrs. Martha (PRESTON) LAMB second.
Susan STICKNEY, b. Feb. 13, 1809, m. John HARADON.
Stillman STICKNEY, b. Nov 18, 1810, m. Emeline POWERS.
Rufus STICKNEY, b. July 8, 1812, m. Adeline KENDAL.
Silas R. STICKNEY, b. April 20, 1814, d. Dec. 26, 1844.
Harvey STICKNEY, b. June 2, 1816, m . Mary A. LAKE.
Lydia STICKNEY, b. Jan 4, 1819, now living in Whitingham unmarried.
Silas STICKNEY, d. at his home in Whitingham, Nov. 17, 1857, at the age of 78.
Most of the children of this family left Whitingham at an early age, settled in different parts of the State of Mass. Martin and Harvey were the only two of the sons that stayed in this town. And Martin d. at his home, Dec. 6, 1874. He left but one child, a son named Lewis, who is now living in Jacksonville. Harvey has three sons, two of which are living in Mass., and the other, M. W. STICKNEY, lives in Brattleboro. Sarah (STIMPSON-CLARK) lived and d. in this town; she had four sons and three daughters; Martin D. STIMPSON, b. May 5, 1828; Joel C. STIMPSON, b. Sep. 16, 1829; James M. STIMPSON, b. June 30, 1831, d. Jan. 10, 1842. Her first husband, Duane STIMPSON, d. Sep. 7, 1831.
She afterwards m. Calvin CLARK of Whitingham, June 1, 1837. Their children were Francelia E. CLARK, b. March 23, 1838; Dora A. CLARK, b. July 28, 1839; d. Feb. 11, 1864; Lucy L. CLARK, b. April 7, 1841; d. May 31, 1864; Zimri A. CLARK, b. Jan. 31, 1844; enlisted in the army and mustered into service at Brattleboro, Jan. 5, 1864; was sick and obtained leave to go home to Whitingham, and died there before his company left Brattleboro. Francelia E., now Mrs. PIKE, is still living in Whitingham.
Mrs. CLARK died at her home in Whitingham, Jan. 4, 1882, at the age of 76.
Martin STICKNEY, born in Temple, N. H., April 22, 1784; m. Hannah WHITE of Middletown, Mass., Oct. 30, 1808; and came to Whitingham and settled on a farm, north of and adjoining his brother Silas' farm, where his ten children were born:
Prentice B. STICKNEY, b. April 9, 1809; m. Margaret B. BRAZER.
Hannah STICKNEY, b. May 4, 1813; m. John S. TROTT.
Elizabeth STICKNEY, b. Feb. 13, 1815; died unmarried in 1839.
Charlotte STICKNEY, b. Nov. 9, 1817; m. Martin STICKNEY.
Olive H. STICKNEY, m. Robert R. EDWARDS.
Fannie STICKNEY, m. David EDWARDS.
Samuel B., d. in infancy.
Diana, b. March 4, 1827; m. Daniel A. CHENEY.
Mary Jane, b. July 3, 1832; m. Wright P. HALL.
Mrs. Hannah (WHITE) STICKNEY, d. in Whitingham, Aug. 29, 1850.
Martin STICKNEY died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. COBLEIGH, in Templeton, Mass., March 1, 1863, at the age of 79.
This family all left Whitingham before 1855, except the wife of Martin STICKNEY, and settled in different parts of Massachusetts, and none of their descendants ever lived in this town.
DEATH OF CAPT. STICKNEY.
Capt. Almon L. STICKNEY, who died in his chair at his home in Marlboro, Vt., last Sunday, at the age of 53 years, was a man whose life record was unusual and full of romantic incidents. He was born in Whitingham, his parents being Silas[b. 1804] and Matilda [GARNER] STICKNEY. He ran away to sea at the age of 15 years, and for 32 years followed the life of a sailor, serving in all capacities, but for most of the time as a captain. He made the trip around the world several times, and was for a number of years engaged in whaling, making numerous trips to the Arctic seas, visiting Iceland and Greenland. For a time he followed the business of the merchant marine. He had sailed to different parts of South America, Asia and Africa. His home when on shore was at New Bedford, and later at North Adams. He had the distinction of being the captain of the first vessel which made a trip with a cargo of corn direct from Chicago to London. At one time he taught astronomy in a private evening school at Chicago.
His health began to break down about 10 years ago, and being compelled to give up his life on the sea he moved to Whitingham in 1885, and two years later to Marlboro, where he has since carried on a general county store. His wife was Mary RUSSELL of New Bedford, who survives him. He has a sister, Mrs. PARTRIDGE, who lives in North Adams. An uncle, Harvey STICKNEY, lives at Jacksonville. M. W., O. H., and I. L. STICKNEY, well known in Brattleboro, are his cousins. Capt. STICKNEY'S logbook shows many thrilling situations which he passed through. He was of direct, forcible ways, and was admirably fitted for the life he followed.- Windsor Journal.
WHITINGHAM: JACKSONVILLE. by Clark JILLSON. Pages 715 - 719.
We shall not take space here to trace the genealogy of the BRIGHAM family back to the first landing of their ancestors in New England; but the four BRIGHAMs that formerly lived in Whitingham were from a family of 12 children, 10 of which lived to maturity. Their father's name was Edmund BRIGHAM, born Oct. 9, 1758, at Westboro, Mass.; moved from there to Phillipston, and from thence to Templeton where he died April 22, 1841. The names of the four brothers that lived in this town were John, Lyscom, Edward and Dexter. John was born in Westboro, Mass.; married , first, Rebecca SMITH of Phillipston, Mass., came to Whitingham in 1808, settled on the farm where Albert J. FAULKNER now lives, then a wilderness, where he spent his whole life. He had seven children by his first wife, three sons and four daughters, one of which died quite young. His first wife d. Feb. 23, 1833.
He m. for a second wife Huldah WHEELER of Halifax, Vt., Dec. 24, 1833, by whom he had three children, one of which d. in infancy. He m. for a third wife, Rebecca (BARDWELL) GOSS; she d. July 5, 1844. He m. for a fourth wife, Betsey (PRESTON) BRIGHAM, widow of his brother, Lyscom BRIGHAM. For nearly half a century he was the most prominent leader in the section of the town where he lived.
His six children by his first wife, were Freeman, Harriet, Mariah, Addison, Elvira, and Francis. Freeman married Mariah SMITH, lives in Boston, Mass.
Harriet m. Luke FARNSWORTH of Halifax, Vt., d. in 1872.
Mariah m. Merrick CHASE of this town, who lived in Jacksonville and in the centre of the town for about ten years. He was deputy sheriff for this county for a number of years. He went to Illinois, where he now resides.
Elvira m. Joseph GOODNOW, a native of Whitingham, who lived on the old Joseph GOODNOW farm, and d. there Sept. 14, 1847. They had one son, b. in Whitingham, Dec. 28, 1843. His widow m. Nathaniel J. LORD of Athol, Mass., where they now reside.
Addison, b. Jan. 25, 1824, m. Emily C. PARMELEE of Wilmington, Vt. He resides in Boston, Mass., has two children.
Francis, b. Aug. 1, 1826, m. Millicent A. BROWN, daughter of Rufus BROWN of Whitingham; went west, resides in Chester, Howard Co., Iowa.
The two children of John BRIGHAM by his second wife were Minerva, b. March 16, 1836, and Hosea W., b. May 30, 1837. Minerva m. Charles H. NELSON, b. Oct. 22, 1825, at Wardsboro, Vt., lived in Whitingham till he enlisted in the army. He was either killed or died of disease in the United States service.
Hosea W., m. Florilla R. FARNUM, a native of Whitingham, and studied law in the office of N. N. HIX of Sadawga, and was admitted to the bar in 1872. He practiced in this town till the fall of 1881, and went to New Hampshire, where he now resides, practicing his profession.
Lyscom m. Betsey PRESTON, a native of Whitingham, settled on the farm where J. L. SHIPPEE now lives, lately known as the "Dea. WARREN farm," where he d. Nov. 19, 1844. He had a family of six children; three only lived to mature age, Abigail, Mary, and Lewis L. Abigail m. Elisha HAGAR of Halifax, Vt., resides in Heath, Mass. Lewis L. m. Marcia A. SHEARER of Coleraine, Mass.
Edward m. Laua CUMMINGS of Phillipston, Mass., settled on a farm just over the line of Whitingham, in the town of Heath, Mass. He had a family of five children, only one of which, Charles E. BRIGHAM, is now living; he m. Sarah A. LAKE of Whitingham, and resides in Fitchburg, Mass. Joseph L. his youngest son, enlisted in the army and d. in the service.
Dexter, whose home was in Whitingham, was a cripple; he never could walk without crutches. But for all that he was an active business man. He d. very suddenly at his brother John's, Nov. 4, 1832 at the age of about thirty-two years.
We cannot go back in the genealogical history of this family beyond David CHASE, the paternal ancestor of the CHASE families in Whitingham. He was the son of Benoni CHASE, b. in Douglass, Mass., April 17, 1732, m. Betsey RICH and moved to Whitingham, Feb. 16, 1797. Was long one of the prominent and wealthy citizens of the town in its most prosperous days, often elected to positions of trust in town affairs; and d. at his home in Whitingham, May 11, 1854, aged 81.
Isaac CHASE, b. Jan 29, 1775, m. Susanna FULLER, came to Whitingham, Feb. 3, 1800, was a thrifty and prominent farmer. He d. at his home, Mar. 30, 1825, aged 51.
Jacob CHASE, b. Feb. 15, 1780, m. Anna MORSE, and moved to Whitingham, Jan. 31, 1806, settled on a farm where he spent his whole life. He and his wife were both members of the Baptist church. He died at his home, Aug. 9, 1858, aged 78.
Samuel CHASE, b. Feb. 22, 1782, m. Mable BALCOM, and moved to Whitingham with his father, David CHASE, in Feb. 815; he d. in Nov. 1854.
Benjamin CHASE, b. Sept. 7, 1786, m. Sarah SPRAGUE, moved to Whitingham, Feb. 15, 1815; settled on a farm, where he spent his whole life.
These five brothers, all prominent and enterprising farmers in the most prosperous days of the town, and their families and descendants that remained in this town make an important factor in the town's history.
The family of Abraham CHASE consisted of five sons, as follows:
David CHASE, b. Dec. 12, 1798; m. Irene KINGSBURY, Feb. 12, 1818, spent his life in Whitingham, was a prominent and wealthy farmer; lived on the same farm nearly sixty years. He d. June 15, 1880, aged 83.
Samuel CHASE b. Feb. 22, 1802, m. Betsey CLEMENTS, lived in Whitingham till about 1835, then went to Bennington, engaged in farming, and was one of the wealthy farmers in that town.
Jacob CHASE, b. Feb 8, 1804, m. Lucinda BOYD, was a rich farmer, and lived in Wilmington.
Ellis F. and Elliott F. CHASE (twins), born July 31, 1812. Ellis F., m. 1st, Sally BOYD, 2d, Lydia STANELY. Elliot F., m. 1st, Hannah FOSTER, 2d, Eliza GREEN (dates of marriage not know). Ellis F. and Elliot F. CHASE both settled in Whitingham, engaged in business at Jacksonville a few years; Ellis F. removed to Halifax, where he now lives.
Elliot F. also went to farming in this town, followed that business to the time of his death.
The Isaac CHASE family of seven children were as follows:
Moses CHASE, b. March 2, 1800, m. Anna BRIGGS, Oct. 7, 1821. Settled on the farm where his son, J. B. CHASE, now lives; d. Oct. 6, 1850, age 51.
Aaron CHASE, b. Nov. 2, 1801, m. 1st, Lucy CORKINS, Oct. 18, 1726[?1826]; 2d, Esther SCOTT, May 15, 1852, went to North Adams, where he died.
Isaac and Susannah CHASE (twins) b. July 14, 1804. Isaac d. Oct. 10, 1806. Susannah m. Baxter ADAMS, went to North Adams, where they died.
Isaac CHASE, Jr.,, b. June 19, 1801[?1810], m. Harriet GOODNOW, June 19, 1833. He lived on the old homestead where his father lived and died. He was for a long time one of the most wealthy and respected farmers in Whitingham. He died at his home.
Hiram CHASE, b. Oct. 9, 1812, m. Annis HALL, April 23, 1835. Settled in the town of Marlboro, where he still lives, a wealthy and respected farmer.
The family of Jacob CHASE consisted of eight children; five sons and three daughters.
Warren CHASE, b. Nov. 30, 1805, m. Anna FAIRBANKS, (date unknown,) bought and lived on the farm where his son, Wilbur F. CHASE, now lives. He died at his home, April 4, 1861, aged 56.
Lydia CHASE, b. Jan. 13, 1808, m. Emory HULL. Lived in Whitingham till her husband died in 1840' a few years after she went to Susquehanna, Pa., where she died.
Levi CHASE, b. Aug. 26, 1810, m. Sarah HARRIS, was a farmer, settled in Heath Mass., d. Feb. 9, 1851.
Jacob C. CHASE, b. May 21, 1815, m. Caroline GORE. Came to Whitingham in 1865, bought the Joseph GOODNOW farm, lived there 10 years, then sold and went to Jacksonville, where he still lives, a wealthy and respected citizen.
Minor CHASE, b. Sept 7, 1817, m. Lucinda TARBELL, lived with his father on the old homestead some time; d. Aug. 8, 1881.
Lucy A. CHASE, b. Nov. 9, 1819; d. Jan. 31, 1838.
Willard CHASE, b. Dec. 5, 1823; d. Nov. 21, 1825.
Samuel CHASE had a family of five children, three sons and two daughters.
Rufus CHASE, b. Oct. 11, 1805, m. Mary HALL; d. April 26, 1846.
David CHASE, b. April 15, 1809, m. Betsey TAINTER, settled in Whitingham; d. March 21, 1837.
Fanny CHASE, b. Feb. 21, 1818; d. April 13, 1831.
Paulina Chase, b. Oct. 21, 1822; m., first, Asel RICE; second, Charles BOWKER; third, Newman CARLEY.
The Benjamin CHASE family was five sons and two daughters.
Sumner CHASE, b. April 21, 1807; m. Roxanna FAULKNER, March 16, 1851. He spent his whole life in Whitingham, and was an invalid for a number of years. He d. Feb. 2, 1885.
Jemima CHASE, b. Dec. 11, 1809; m. P. B. PUTNAM, Dec. 5, 1830; went west, where she died.
Merrick CHASE, b. Dec. 13, 1811; m. Mariah S. BRIGHAM, Sept. 11, 1834; spent his early life in Whitingham, and was an active business man. He moved to one of the Western states where he now lives, and with his sons is engaged in farming; they are wealthy and prosperous.
Abraham CHASE, b. Jan. 5, 1820; m. Catharine REED, April 23, 1844; he is a prominent man in the business affairs of the town, a wealthy farmer, a close observer of men and things, of more than ordinary sagacity; an independent thinker, frequently elected to offices of trust and responsibility in town business, a man of decisive opinions in all matters of public or private interest.
Luana CHASE, b. Feb. 21, 1821; d. Sept. 3, 1854, age 33.
Royal CHASE, b. Aug. 3, 1827; m. Margaret HOWARD, July 4, 1851; is a farmer, has spent his whole life in Whitingham.
Capt. Samuel PRESTON was a prominent and influential man in the town of Whitingham in the early part of the present century. He did much to establish and guide the institutions best calculated to enhance the literary and social progress of the people of this comparatively new township. He was often elected to positions of trust and responsibility in town affairs.
We have no genealogical history of the PRESTON family, but Capt. Samuel PRESTON, the paternal ancestor of all the PRESTONS of Whitingham, was a native of Littleton, N. H., b. May 18, 1769; m. Susanna PHELPS in August, 1797. They came to Whitingham in June, 1800, and settled on the farm that Rufus BROWN afterwards owned and lived on for more that 55 years. They had a family of 11 children, all born in Whitingham except the oldest.
Sophrona PRESTON, b. Jan 1, 1798; m. Elijah P. STONE of Whitingham. Betsey PRESTON, b. July 11, 1800; m. 1st Liscom BRIGHAM; 2d, John BRIGHAM. George PRESTON, b. March 12, 1802; m. Esther A. DENNISON of Halifax. Susanna PRESTON, b. Jan. 27, 1804; m. Thomas SMITH of Whitingham. Polly PRESTON, b. June 3, 1806; m. Ira LOVERING of New Hampshire. Sally PRESTON, b. June 13, 1808; m. Erastus HALL of Readsoro. Osmyn PRESTON, b. Oct. 27, 1811; m. Clarissa DIX first; Effa LAMB, second. Lorenzo PRESTON, b. Dec. 14, 1817; m. Wealthy PORTER first; Jane BOLTON second, both of Rowe, Mass. Martha PRESTON, b. Aug 13, 1820; m. Arad LAMB first; Martin STICKNEY, second. Abiathar W., b. March 19, 1823; m. Betsey A. BOND of Whitingham.
The five brothers in this family all spent a large share of their lives in this town. through none of their descendants remain here; they were active, enterprising citizens, possessed of more than ordinary intelligence. In town affairs, and public matters generally, they took a prominent and active part.
Four of the sisters in this PRESTON family spent their live, or most of their lives, in this town. Sophrona, Mrs. STONE, spent a long and well-directed life on the same farm where they first settled. She d. March 31, 1881, aged 83. Betsey, Mrs. BRIGHAM, lived in Whitingham nearly all her life; d. April8, 1884, aged 74. Susanna, Mrs. SMITH, spent her life in Whitingham, d. Jan 21, 1856. Martha, Mrs. LAMB-STICKNEY, still lives in Whitingham.
Deacon Jonathan TAINTER, the paternal ancestor of the TAINTER family in Whitingham, was b. in Westboro, Mass., 1755; m. Jemima ROOT, or Somers, Ct., Sept. 21, 1776. A few days after, he joined the army under George WASHINGTON, and served in New York and New Jersey till the close of the campaign in 1778.
Josiah W. TAINTER, so long a resident in Whitingham, was the oldest son of this Dea. Jonathan TIANTER, b. Jan 26, 1782, m. Molly DAVIS, of Somers, Ct., Aug. 26, 1803. He settled in Whitingham on the farm that James M. TAINTER now lives on, and spent his life there. He was one of the thrifty farmers, of which the town of Whitingham was made up, for the first quarter of this century. He was a member of the Baptist church more than forty years. His family consisted of six children, three sons and three daughters.
Rebecca, b. Jan. 15, 1805, m. Benjamin EAMES, a native of Whitingham but spent most of his life in Halifax, Vt.
Betsey, b. Sept. 8, 1809, m. David CHASE, Oct. 6, 1829. He d. March 21, 1837; she m. second, Isaac ALLARD. She m. third, Henry GOODHOW of Whitingham and is still living.
Norris D., b. March 6, 1812, m. Sarah MARTIN of Whitingham, Sept. 2, 1834. His wife, Sarah (MARTIN) TAINTER, d. at her home in this town. He has one daughter, Mrs. Lucinda (TAINTER) DIX, also living in town. He m. second, Mariah STRATTON, of Heath, Mass.
Lydia, b. July 5, 1814, m. Joseph FARNUM. She d. at her home in 1879. She had two daughters, one, Mrs. UPTON, now lives in town.
Josiah W., b. March 1, 1818, m. Elizabeth RUSSELL of Massachusetts, Nov. 5, 1838. He was killed on the railroad by falling bet[w]een two cars, Feb. 20, 1854, at 35 years of age.
James M., b. April 5, 1821, m. Cahterine LAKE of Whitingham. He has spent his whole life on the farm his father settled on when he first came to town, about 80 years ago. Has a family of four sons, three of which now live in Whitingham.
A Deacon Jonathan TINTER, a brother of Josiah W. Sen., came to Whitingham in 1804. He m. a wife from Marlboro, Vt., a daughter of Dea. Benjamin BOWMAN, Dec. 31, 1821. [J]ememia A., sister of Josiah W. TAINTER, Sen., m. Joel C. SHUMWAY of Whitingham.
There was a Dr. Stephen TAINTER settled and practiced medicine in Whitingham a long time; he was the first settled physician in town of which we can find any account. He was born in Westboro, Oct. 13, 1760, and came to this town some 8 or 10 years after its organization, practiced here with success till about 1803, when he left town and went to Gainsville, N. Y. He married Elizabeth GORHAM, a native of Barnstable, born Dec. 20, 1760; she died in Whitingham, Oct. 3, 1801. He was Uncle to Josiah W. TAINTER, so long and well know in Whitingham; was said to be a very skillful physician, a man of superior ability, a scholar, and a poet. He was through life a member of the Congregational church, served in the Revolutionary was, was drummer boy at the battle of Bennington, and was also at the taking of Burgoyne in 1777.
WHITINGHAM: JACKSONVILLE. by Clark JILLSON. Pages 720 - 724.
We have no reliable record of the genealogy of the ROBERTS family, back of James ROBERTS, the paternal ancestor of the ROBERTS families in Whitingham. James ROBERTS was amongst the first settlers in the town; he came from Connecticut when the town was almost an entire wilderness, settled on and cleared up the farm known as the "old James ROBERTS farm." He was a very prominent man in the early history of the town; his name first appears in the records as one of the town officers, in 1783; and from that to 1800, was constantly in some important office in town and state. Was one of the selectmen of the town ten years; and was town clerk five years, before the commencement of the present century; represented the town in the General Assembly, in 1794; and afterwards represented the town in the General Assembly of the state, for seven consecutive years, from 1797 to 1803, inclusive. This is a longer succession of years than and other one man held that position. He again represented the town in 1806 and 1807; besides filling many positions of trust in the town, and county and state.
He married Eunice NIMMS [NIMS] of Greenfield, Mass., and they spent their lives on the farm where they first settled, and the same has remained in the ROBERTS family to the present day. They had four sons, who spent most of their lives in Whitingham. For the first quarter of a century of the town's organized existence no man did more to establish an order of things best calculated to elevate the people in social and civil progress, than James ROBERTS.
There was but one man, and the Jabez FOSTER, that was his equal; the records show that these two men of all others, were the most conspicuous figures in public affairs, constantly entrusted in the most important positions.
James ROBERTS, Senior, died at his home, March 12, 1825, aged 79. His wife, Eunice (NIMMS) ROBERTS, having died about two months before, aged 66.
Judge John ROBERTS, the oldest son, so long and well know as one of the leading citizens of Whitingham in its most prosperous days, lived on the place lately known as the "Ellis GATES place;" was a lawyer by profession, a prominent man in all public matters, both in town and state; and was one of the judges of the county court for several years, and represented the town in the General Assembly for five consecutive years, from 1819 to 1823, inclusive; and also served as member of the council. He again represented the town in legislature in 1832 and 1833. He left this town about 1836, went to Townshend, where he practiced in hi profession the remainder of his life.
John ROBERTS and [had] two sons, John and George, born in Whitingham; John was a lawyer, lived in Jacksonville and practiced he profession till about 1855, when he went to the State of Illinois. George also went to Illinois; enlisted in the army from that state, and is said he died in the service. None of the descendants of the John ROBERTS family are now living in Whitingham.
James ROBERTS, long and well known by most of the people now living in this town, was less a public man than his brother, John. He buried three wives, had a large, intelligent, and active family of children. Three of which, by his first wife, one son and two daughters are still living; the son, James M. ROBERTS, is now living on the original homestead farm, where James ROBERTS, Sr., first settled. He has spent most of his life in this town, although he went west to the State of Illinois, when a young man, spent ten years there, at farming and herding. The daughters, Mrs. GOODNOW, has spent her whole life here. MRS. BEMENT, now lives in Baldwinsville, Mass., but has spent the greatest share of her life in Whitingham. Her husband, John W. BEMENT, was a physician, practiced medicine in Whitingham Centre, and in Jacksonville, for many years before he went to Baldwinsville, where he died. They had four sons, only one of which now lives in town; they were all active business men. The business career of E. L. ROBERTS is fresh in the memory of the people of this town. B. F. ROBERTS, although he lives in Halifax, his business interests are mostly in Whitingham, and he is as well known here as though he was a citizen of the town. Oscar ROBERTS, one of the brothers, is a physician, living in Pittsfield, Mass. Henry M., the youngest son, remains on the old homestead. All four of these brothers are possessed of ample means.
Horace ROBERTS was a lawyer by profession, and as he died nearly half a century ago, his eccentric habits and general characteristics are not familiar to the present generation. He was a man of marked ability, a violent partizan in politics, unsparing in his denunciations of the whig party, and especially of the leaders in this town, and throughout this State. He settled and practiced law in the centre village about 10 years. He married a lady from Greenfield, Mass., by the name of NIMMS [NIMS]; they had one son, who was but a small child when his father died, Dec. 16, 1837, aged 51.
Thomas ROBERTS never married; lived with his brother James ROBERTS on the old homestead farm, where he d. June 21, 1866, aged 76.
We do not trace in this sketch the descendants of this noted family beyond the third generation from their common ancestor; the descendants of the ROBERTS families to the present time would take too much space, as they are quite numerous.
The CARLEY family is another of the families in Whitingham that occupy a conspicuous place in the town's history, of which we have no genealogical record. But from the records in possession of some of the descendants of that family, we glean the following:
Jonathan CARLEY, the paternal ancestor of the CARLEY families in this town, was the son of Joseph CARLEY, a native of Leicester, Mass. He moved from there to Spencer, Mass. where Jonathan CARLEY was b. March 16, 1760. This family of Joseph CARLEY subsequently moved to Hoosack, N. Y., from which place Jonathan CARLEY 9afterwards known in Whitingham as Lieut. CARLEY,) enlisted in the Revolutionary army, at the age of 16 years. He was a member of an Artillery company, and served faithfully in the army, as his discharge, signed by George WASHINGTON shows, six years, two months and nineteen days. He was discharged with honors for his faithful service, June 8, 1783.
He was in several of the most severe battles of the Revolution, for instance, at Whiteplains, Germantown, Monmouth, Yorktown and others; at Yorktown he fixed the fuse to the shells that finally took CORNWALLIS. At the battle of Monmouth, he stood by his gun, loading and firing till he was completely overcome by heat, or sun stroke, the blood starting from his ears. At the close of the war in 1783, he returned to his father's home, was then between 23 and 24 years old. In 1785 he m. Elizabeth KENTFIELD, and settled in Pownal, in the County of Bennington, where his oldest daughter, Betsey CARLEY, was b. In the summer of 1788, he moved to Whitingham, where he spent the rest of his life. He had a family of four sons and three daughters, on of which died in infancy. The four sons, Rufus, Jonathan, jr., Wasburn and Joseph, and the two daughters, Betsey and Polly, all lived to a good old age; and three of the sons one of the daughters spent their lives in this town. The oldest daughter m. Thomas SHUMWAY, and spent most of her life in Readsboro. The other m. David JILLSON, jr., a well-known and prominent citizen of Whitingham, and spent her life here. Jonathan CARLEY, jr., left this town when a young man, and has not lived here since.
Rufus, Washburn and Joseph CARLEY long prominent and well-known citizens of their native town, spent their lives in Whitingham. Their father (known as Lieut. CARLEY) was a man of notoriety in his younger days.
Capt. Samuel PARKER was a prominent and influential man in the early part of the present century. He had three wives, and a large family of children; four sons and two daughters by his first wife. Their names were Rufus, Wyman, Samuel, Flavel, Sally and Polly. Sally m. Joseph GOODNOW, long and well known in Whitingham. Polly m. Daniel GREEN, of whom mentions is made in the GREEN family.
The four daughters by his last wife were Fanny, Betsey, Sophrona, and Sophia; all spent most of their lives in Whitingham except Sophia, who m. Everett WILLIAMS. Fanny m. Schuyler MURDOCK first, and Absalom PIKE, second; she is still living. Betsy m. George BOND first, and Reuben WINN second; she spent her life in Whitingham, except a few of the last years she lived at North Adams, Mass; she d. there. Sophrona m. Linus A. WARREN, a native of Whitingham, and has spent her life in this town, except four or five years at Shelburne Falls, Mass. She is now living in the village of Jacksonville, and is among the oldest of its inhabitants.
We have not been able to obtain a correct account of the births and deaths of this family in detail; but suffice it to say that for the first half of the present century, few, if any, families in Whitingham, acted a more conspicuous part in the formation of its history.
The family of John FULLER, and his descendants, who have been life-long residents of Whitingham, are men of marked ability, have many time been elected to responsible offices of trust in the public affairs of the town, and have contributed their full share to the business progress of the town of Whitingham.
Dr. Stephen TAINTER was probably the first settled physician. He practiced medicine in this town some 10 years before the commencement of the present century.
Dr. BUGBEE practiced a short time. Dr. TAINTER left; but the next regular settled physician was Dr. Abel B. WILDER, who was succeeded by Dr. Nathaniel SMITH, a native of the town of Halifax, in 1821. He was the most prominent and able physician that has lived in Whitingham since the beginning of the present century.
Dr. Horace SMITH, a student of Dr. Nathaniel, was the next regular physician in the centre village, 1835; he sold out to GRISWOLD & THOMPSON and they practiced till John W. BEMENT came in 1839; he practiced several years, then went to Jacksonville. He finally left there and went to Baldwinsville, Mass., where he died.
Dr. E. A. DEAN succeeded him in Jacksonville. He came there in 1853, and practiced till 1861. Dr. E. H. HARVEY was associated with Dr. DEAN in practice, a few months before DEAN left town. Dr. Fred TEMPLE, a native of Heath, Mass., then practiced in Jacksonville two or three years; and his brother, Dr. Cyrus TEMPLE, so well known in Whitingham, came to this town village of Sadawga. He was a leading spirit in that village while he was there; he was one of the selectmen of the town in 1870.
Dr. BARNARD practiced in Jacksonville a short time, before Dr. F>B> JOHNSON came there in 1870; who has practiced there from that time to the present. Dr. F. D. STAFFORD has been the physician at Sadawga (now Whitingham,) since the death of Dr. TEMPLE.
Of the legal profession, John and Horace ROBERTS, both native born citizens of Whitingham, were amongst the first that made the practice of law a business. John ROBERTS was assistant judge of the County Court for a long time. Horace ROBERTS went to the centre village about 1825, practiced law there for nearly 10 years. John E. BUTLER succeeded him in practice. Henry CLOSSON lived in the centre village and practiced law some 8 or 10 years and went to Springfield, Vt., in 1837.
John E. BUTLER practiced till 1843, when he was succeeded by his brother, Nathan L. BUTLER, who practiced there till 1854. He was succeeded by H. N. HIX and A. W. PRESTON, who practiced in company one year, in the name of "HIX & PRESTON," when the dissolved partnership, and each practiced for himself till 1858; then PRESTON went to North Adams, Mass., where he still lives and practices his profession. William H. FOLLETT practiced a few years before PRESTON left. He went to Halifax, where he died. H. N. HIX left the centre village in 1869, went to Sadawga village, where he has practiced his profession to the present time.
Hosea W. BIRGHAM practiced law in the village of Sadawga a few years in company with H. N. HIX; he left town in 1881. Charles S. CHASE has been there since 1880.
John ROBERTS, Jr., practiced in Jacksonville from 1847 to 1855, when he went West. W. S. MYERS was there a year or more about 1860 or 1861. A. A. BUTTERFIELD came to Jacksonville in 1868, and has practiced there to the present time.
Of the clerical profession, Rev. Linus AUSTIN, Ebenezer DAVIS, Hosea F. BALLOU, and Amherst LAMB, are the principal clergymen that have lived in Whitingham for any great length of time; and enough is said about them in the church history. There have been some others residents [residing] in Whitingham for a number of years. Rev. Hubbard EASTMAN, Calvin BUCKLAND, and Peter S. GATES, have lived and preached in Whitingham for 10 years or more; besides the circuit preachers mentioned in another place.
TOWN OFFICERS SINCE 1800.
Jabez FOSTER, who was elected in 1799, held that office till 1818; Ephriam SMITH, from 1818 to 1823; Emory GREENLEAF, from 1823 to '27; Elliot BROWN, from 1827 to '33; Rufus CHASE, from 1833 to '37; Leonard BROWN, from 1837 to '40; Hosea F. BALLOU, from 1740  to '57; Hosea B. BALLOU, from 1857 to the present time.
Nathan GREEN, from 1800 to 1804; Hezekiah WHITNEY, from 1805 to 1827; Elisha PUTNAM, from 1828 to 1830; Ebenezer WASTE, from 1831 to 1832; Nathan BROWN, from 1833 to 1835; Nehemiah SABIN, from 1836 to 1830; Houghton SAWYER, from 1841 to 1848; Hosea F. BALLOU, from 1849 to 1855; Amherst LAMB, from 1856 to 1862; E. P. HITCHCOCK, from 1863 to 1865; N. L. STETSON, from 1866 to 1878; James W. HATCH, from 1870 to 1882; Charles S. CHASE, from 1883 to 1884; James W. HATCH from 1885 to 1886.
REPRESENTATIVES FO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
The following is a list of the representatives from the town of Whitingham, by which it will be seen that the town must have been organized for the purposes of representation in the Legislature of the State, as early as 1778, and Lieut. Silas HAMILTON was elected and served for that year; but the records do not show that Whittingham was again represented till 1784. 1778, Silas Hamilton; 1784, 85, Isaac LYMAN; 1788, James ROBERTS; 1789, 90, Isaac LYMAN; 1791, 92, 93, Jabez FOSTER; 1794, James ROBERTS; 1795, 96, Jabez FOSTER; 1797, 98, 99, 1800, 1801, 1802, 1803, James ROBERTS; 1804, 1805, Jabez FOSTER; 1806, 1807, James FOSTER; 1810, 11, Amos BROWN; 1812, not represented; 1813, 14, Rufus HOSLEY; 1815, 16, Ephriam SMITH; 1817, not represented; 1818, Amos BROWN; 1819-1823, John ROBERTS; also served as member of the Council; 1824, Amos BROWN; 1825-26, Horace ROBERTS; 1827, Schuyler MURDOCK; 1828-29 Simon MORSE; 1830, Schuyler MURDOCK; 1831 Amos BROWN; 1832-33, John ROBERTS; 1834, Nathan BROWN; 1835-36, Obed FOSTER; 1837, William BOND, Jr., 1838, Obed FOSTER; 1839, James ROBERTS; 1840-41, Elisha PUTNAM; 1842-43, Harvey BROWN; 1844, Rufus BROWN; 1845, Hosea F. BALLOU; 1846, Rufus CARLEY was elected, but did not attend on account of ill-health; 1847, Waters GILLETT; 1848-51, Eli GREEN; 1852 Parley STARR; 1853, Philander H. SUMNER; 1854, Albert SANFORD; 1855, Hosea F. BALLOU; 1856, Parley STARR; 1857, David JILLSON; 1858, Truman H. STREETER; 1859-60, Alfred FULLER; 1861, Horatio N. HIX; 1862, Elijah S. ALLEN; 1863-64, Waters GILLETT; 1856-66, Amherst LAMB; 1867-68, Norris L. STETSON; 1869-71, Lucius P. MOREY; 1872-3,Parley STARR; 1874-5, Wells P. JONES; 1876-7, Henry O. GILLETT; 1878-9, Wells P. JONES; 1880-1, A. A. BUTTERFIELD; 1882-3, Amelius A. WILDER; 1844-5, Elijah S. ALLEN.
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