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Extracted from the "History of Green County, Wisconsin" published by Union Publishing Company, Springfield, Ill. 1884; page 887:
Congressional township 4 north, range 8 east, of the fourth principal meridian, comprises the civil town, Exeter. It is bounded on the north by Dane county, on the east by the town of Brooklyn, on the south be the town of Mt Pleasant, and on the west by New Glarus. The town was organized in 1849.
The first man to make permanent settlement in this town and the county was William DEVIESE, coming in 1828. Other settlers who soon joined him were: John DOUGHTERY, Hollis CROCKER, Pierce BRADLEY, James SLATER, James HAWTHORNE,and Edward D. BEOCHARD.
The first birth was that of Louisa, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William WALLACE born 07 Aug 1830.
The first marriages were John CAMPBELL to Elizabeth DURGIN in 1843 and shortly after Dr. STEARNS married Charlotte DURGIN.
The first death of a white man was that of the miner BONER who was killed by McNUTT in 1828.

1860 Mortality Schedule
(extracted from 1860 Federal Census for Green County, Wisconsin)

Rosa PALKNER 3 months female   Wisconsin April   inflammation of lungs 4 days
William EWING 40 years male married England June miner lung fever 1 week
Ann J. EDGAR 26 years female married Ireland August   consumption 1 month
Barbary R. EDGAR 1 day female   Wisconsin August   unknown 1 day
William MONTGOMERY 1 year male   Wisconsin March   lung fever 11 days
Nancy PECKHAM 12 years female   New York March   scarlet fever 1 week
Ebenezer PECKHAM 3 years male   Wisconsin February   scarlet fever 3 weeks
Aminda ESTEE 40 years female married New York December   consumption 2 months
Abba CHURCHILL 18 years female married New York March   pure pneumonia 3 weeks
Rosa FALKNER 4 months female   Wisconsin February   lung fever 3 days

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