Biographical Sketch of Josiah S. Tappen

Tappen, Josiah S., Panton, Vergennes p. o., was born in Panton, Vt., in 1811, and died on June 4, 1880. He was married on November, 20, 1834, to Samantha S. Shepard, who was born in Panton, Vt., on February 9, 1817. They have had five children born to them, two of whom are now living — Shepard, born in 1836, married Susan House, of Troy, N. Y.; Rowland J., born in 1840, married Isabella Butman, of Ohio; Harriet A., born in 1838, and died in 1858; Silas, born in 1843, and died in 1883, and J. J. Wright, born in 1851, and died in 1873. Samantha A. (Shepard) Tappen was a daughter of Samuel and Lucy (Wright) Shepard. Samuel was born in Hartford county, Conn., in 1788, and died, aged ninety-one years, in 1858. Lucy was born in Weybridge, Vt., in 1785, and died in 1848. They had a family of two children born to them — Ditus C. and Samantha. Ditus was born in 1812, and died in 1884, in Florida. By his first wife, Rachel Grandy, he had a family of three children — Lyman, Samantha, and Diantha. Samantha is now the only living one. Samuel Shepard settled here in 17–, and purchased the farm where Mrs. Samantha Tappan now resides with her grandson, Arthur Tappen, an only child, and his mother, who is the widow of Silas Tappen; married Emily C. Curtis; died in 1884. Josiah S. Tappen was a son of Silas and Anna (Stagg) Tappen, who were born and married in New Jersey. They had a family of three sons and three daughters born to them — Sally, Betsey, Jacob, Molly, Charles O., and Josiah. Silas Tappen, born in 1778 and died in 1868, was married twice. His second wife was Marcia Baker.



Addison County VT,

Smith, H. P. History of Addison County Vermont: With Illustrations And Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men And Pioneers. Syracuse, N.Y.: D. Mason & co., 1886.

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