Location: Lebanon Connecticut

Rufus A. Soule

Soule Family of New Bedford Massachusetts

SOULE (New Bedford family). The family bearing this name at New Bedford, Mass., is a branch of the Old Plymouth family, descending from George Soule, one of the “Mayflower” Pilgrims and a signer of the compact in 1620. The present head of the family is the Hon. Rufus Albertson Soule, citizen soldier, now collector of the port of New Bedford, who for many years has been a conspicuous figure in the business and political life of that place, a public servant of high and honorable service, one who as man, citizen and neighbor enjoys that popularity that comes to but few.

Cushman Family of Norwich Vermont

The Cushman family in New England dates from the year 1621, the first after the landing of the Pilgrims from the Mayflower, when Robert Cushman, who was a prominent leader and organizer of the Plymouth Colony, brought from England the earliest recruits and supplies to the wasted and famishing settlement. A century and a half later Solomon Cushman, a descendant of Robert, in the sixth generation, born at Plympton, Mass., in 1745, having married Sarah Curtis, daughter of Simeon Curtis, at Lebanon, Conn., in 1768, removed to Norwich, probably in company with the Curtis family. Solomon Cushman (afterward known as

Curtis Family of Norwich Vermont

Simeon Curtis came to Norwich from Lebanon, Connecticut, as early as the year 1773, in which year he was elected one of the town assessors, and located near the south line of the town, on the farm where Henry S. Goddard now lives. Mr. Curtis died in 1779 at the age of fifty-eight years, and his grave is found in the old cemetery at Norwich village among the graves of other early settlers and near that of his gifted son, Abel Curtis, who survived his father only four years. But little is now known of the Curtis family, as its

Biography of Abel Curtis

In the abundance of able men that adorned the first twenty-five years of the history of the town, there is no more brilliant name than that of Abel Curtis. He was a son of Simeon Curtis and came with his father from Lebanon, Conn., where he was born June 13, 1755. The son graduated from Dartmouth College in the class of 1776, being the first graduate from this town, one year earlier than the Rev. Asa Burton. Abel Curtis is first mentioned in connection with town affairs in November, 1778, when he was chosen delegate to the Cornish convention of

Hardships of the Early Natchez Emigrants

Taking the reader with us, to the settlements of the distant Natchez region, he will find that emigrants continued to pour in, upon those fertile hills and alluvial bottoms, from all parts of “his majesty’s Atlantic plantations.” Many were the hardships and perils they encountered, in reaching this remote and comparatively uninhabited region. It is believed that the history of one party of these emigrants will enable the reader to understand what kind of hardships and deprivations all the others were forced to undergo. Major General Phineas Lyman, a native of Durham, a graduate of Yale, a distinguished lawyer, and

First Settlements in Norwich Vermont

Having glanced thus briefly at the action of the Norwich proprietors in opening a way to reach their new township in the wilderness, and in dividing up a portion of its surface into lots suitable to become the homesteads of future settlers, let us pause a moment and see what had meantime been done in the work of actual settlement. I am indebted to Rev. Edmund F. Slafter of Boston for an interesting account of what was unquestionably the first attempt at settlement made within the limits of the town. I quote from the Slafter Memorial: “Samuel Slafter [of Mansfield,

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Samuel Woodworth, Sr Family

3-4-6-6 Samuel Woodworth, Sr., b May 16, 1772 at Lebanon, Conn., m Lovina Babcock. He d at Otsego, Ind. in 1846. She d at Otsego, Ind. 1844. Otsego is two miles southwest of Hamilton, Ind. Both buried in North Otsego Cemetery. She b Jan. 29, 1772. Lived in Utica, N. Y.; near Tunkhannock, Pa., and Windham, Pa. 1819 near Ketchumville, N. Y. where he owned a large farm (now called the Woodworth farm) and for a time at Centre Lisle, N. Y. with his son Asahel (3-4-6-6-3). Spring 1843 went with his wife to Otsego, Steuben Co., Ind. and lived

Benjamin Woodworth, SR Family

Benjamin Woodworth, SR., b 1638, d 1728 Apr. 22. M (I) Deborah _______ Children: 3-1 Elizabeth, prob. d young. 3-2 Deborah, m Sprague. 3-3 Mary, prob. d young. M (2) Hannah ______ 3-4 Benjamin, Jr. 3-5 Ichabod. 3-6 Ebenezer, b 1691 March 12. 3-7 Amos. 3-8 Ezekiel. 3-9 Caleb. 3-10 Hannah, m _____ Walter. 3-11 Ruth, m Caleb Fitch April 4. 3-12 Judith, m Thomas Newcomb 1720 removed to Salisbury, Ct. 3-13 Margaret, m Joshua Owen, Nov. 5, 1718 3-14 Priscilla, m Amos Fuller, June 29, 1721. (Note) Elizabeth and Mary not mentioned in father’s will. (Note) Benjamin Woolworth (3)