Collection: History of Addison County Vermont

Biography of Henry G. Sumner

Sumner, Henry G., Bristol, grandfather of Hiram S. Sumner, of Bristol Flats, Vt. Henry G. married Sally Hall, and to them were born a large family, of whom Thomas, the father of Hiram S., was the eldest. He married Dorcas M. Fuller, of Potsdam, St. Lawrence county, N. Y., where they resided until 1841, when they settled in Middlebury, Vt., where they engaged in farming. They had a family of four children born to them — Charlotte, Mrs. Elia Austin, of Bristol, Vt.; Mary E., now Mrs. Harrison Gove, of Bristol, Vt. After the death of his first wife he

Biographical Sketch of John Devotion Smith

Smith, John Devotion, Vergennes, claims descent from a long line of Puritan ancestors, the first of whom in America came from England to Massachusetts in 1636. His great-grandfather in 1752 married into the family of a French Huguenot named De Votion. His grandfather was in the Army of the Revolution, and in 1786 moved from Sharon, Conn., to Fair Haven, Vt., where he was extensively engaged in manufactures for many years. He died in Panton, Vt., in 1833. William H. Smith, the father of John D., was born in 1790, and married Electa, daughter of General Samuel Strong, of Vergennes,

Biographical Sketch of Daniel Sullivan

Sullivan, Daniel, Middlebury, was born in the County of Cork, Ireland, on April 25, 1813. He came to America and settled in the town of Middlebury, Addison county, Vt., in the spring of 1837, and the same season engaged in farming. He afterwards settled in Cornwall, Vt., and entered the employ of G. W. Wooster, with whom he remained for ten years. He was married in 1839 to Mary Twomey, who was born in county Cork, Ireland, on March 25, 1814. They had eleven children born to them, eight sons and three daughters, nine of whom are now living. He

Biographical Sketch of Miles J. Landon

Landon, Miles J., New Haven, was born in New Haven, Vt., on December 14, 1845; is a prominent farmer and has held nearly all of the town offices. He succeeded his father in 1878, in the agency of the Vermont Mutual Fire Insurance Company, his father having previously represented this company for forty years. He was married on February 25, 1868, to Harriet Dexter, a daughter of Oliver and Louisa (Preston) Dexter, and by whom he has had three children — Charlotte L., Mary A. F., and Ralph D. Mills J. Landon was a son of Elisha H. and Charlotte

Biographical Sketch of Philo D. Percival

Percival, Philo D., Ferrisburgh, North Ferrisburgh p. o., was born in Keene, Essex county N. Y., in 1827. He settled in Ferrisburgh, Vt., in 1866, when he purchased the custom and merchant flouring mill at North Ferrisburgh Vt., and in 1877 sold one-half of his interest to Judge N. J. Allen; and he retired from the business in 1885, renting his interest. He is now engaged in the culture of small fruits, and also is interested in the culture of bees, having a large apiary. He has been justice of the peace for ten years, and has also been county

Biographical Sketch of Charles H. Norton

Norton, Charles H., Addison, was born in Addison county, Vt., on September 14, 1845. His parents were Hiram and Electa (Daniels) Norton. Hiram Norton was born in Addison in 1812, and was a son of Abel Norton, who was an early settler in Addison county, Vt. Hiram had a family of eight children, seven of whom are now living. He now owns 300 acres of land, and has been a successful man in life. He now resides on the place on which Abel Norton first settled. Charles H. Norton was educated in the common schools at Addison and attended a

Biographical Sketch of Nelson A. Saxton

Saxton, Nelson A., Waltham, was born in Vermont on May 2, 1808. He was a son of James Saxton, who settled in Vermont in 1799. He was married on November 18, 1835, to Achsa Fisher, who was a daughter of George and Achsa (Elmer) Fisher, of Waltham, Vt. Mr. Saxton purchased the Fisher homestead in 1841, and resided there until the time of his death, which occurred on July 22, 1874. He was a successful breeder of fine sheep, and ranked high among the best breeders of his day. He held several of the town offices, and represented his town

Biographical Sketch of E. J. Mathews

Mathews, E. J., Middlebury, was born in Middlebury, Vt., on May 5, 1827. His parents were Eli and Annis (Lothrop) Mathews. Deacon Eli Mathews was born in Stoneham, Mass., on February 16, 1794, and came to Addison county, Vt., with his father, Captain Timothy Mathews, soon after 1800, and first settled in Middlebury village, where Timothy Mathews followed his trade of shoemaking. He was a Revolutionary soldier, and commanded a company from Addison county, Vt., in the War of 1812. He died on September 4. 1857. Eli was a blacksmith by trade, and followed that business in Middlebury village until

Biographical Sketch of Elisha Purinton

Purinton, Elisha, Starksboro p. o., was born in Lincoln, Vt. He was a son of Chase and Ruth (Harkness) Purinton. They were married on November 4, 1822. Ruth was a daughter of Adam Harkness, who was born on January 27, 1750. Chase had a family of two sons and four daughters — William, Elisha, Ruth, and Mary. Lydia and Thankful died when infants. Elisha Purinton was born on December 14, 1826, in Lincoln, Vt. He was married on July 9, 1850, to Naomi Green, a daughter of Stephen Green, of Starksboro, Vt. Stephen Green was born in 1808, and came

Biographical Sketch of Royal W. Peake

Peake, Royal W., Bristol, one of the most venerable citizens of Bristol, Vt., has always during his life been prominently identified with the business interests of this section of Addison county, Vt. He was born in the town of Monkton Vt., on December 17, 1806. He was a son of Seth Peake, who was the youngest son of William and Jane (Oliver) Peake, who were of English descent. William was a seafaring man, and during his earliest residence in America resided on Nantucket Island. Seth Peake was a harness-maker by trade, and was also engaged in the mercantile business. Royal