Governor William Bradford 

William Bradford was the son of William and Alice (Hanson) Bradford, and was born at Austerfield, England. He was baptised June 28, 1584, by the Rev. Henry Fletcher, at St. Helens, in Austerfield. The Chapel still stands (1928).

At two years of age his father died, and he was probably raised by his grandparents. He early identified himself with the congregation at Scrooby under Brewster and Rev. John Robinson, and at the age of eighteen was imprisoned with Brewster and others at Boston, in Lincolnshire, England, while attempting to escape to Holland. They were later released, and succeeded in reaching that country, and settled in Leyden.

After reaching Holland in 1609, he was apprenticed to a French Protestant who taught him the art of silk dyeing. After reaching his majority he converted most of his estate in England into money.

He is registered as a citizen of Leyden, March 30, 1612, as "William Bradford, Englishman, admitted upon the proof and security of Roiger William and William Lysle."

He was married at Leyden, November 15, 1613. The record stands: "William Bretfoort, fustian worker, a young man from Osterfelt, Eng. and Dorotha May from Witsburtz." (Wisbeach, Cambridge, England). She was probably the daughter of John and Cornelia (Bowes) May, and granddaughter of John May, Bishop of Carlisle, 1577.

Bradford was a man of strong character, and one of the leaders of the Puritans in Holland, and was active in arranging for their removal to New England. Leaving his young son, John, with his grandparents in Leyden, Bradford and his wife Dorotha, were passengers on the ship "Mayflower" when she sailed from Plymouth, England, August 5, 1620, and arrived at Cape Cod Bay on November 11, of the same year.

On December 7, while the vessel lay at anchor in the Bay, before the landing of the Pilgrims, while her husband was absent on an exploring expedition, Dorotha accidently fell overboard and was drowned. This was the first death among the company after their arrival in this country.

The landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, on December 21, 1620, and the hardships and suffering of that first winter is well known to all readers of history and need not be mentioned here. After the death of Gov. John Carver in 1621, William Bradford was chosen to succeed him as Governor of the Colony, which office he held until his death in 1657, with the exception of the years, 1630, 1633, 1634, 1636, and 1644.

On August 16, 1623, Gov. Bradford married for his second wife, Mrs. Alice (Carpenter) Southworth, the daughter of Alexander Carpenter, and widow of Edward Southworth. She came to Plymouth in the ship "Ann" in 1623. She had known Bradford in his youth before he left England, also in Leyden, and as the story goes, an attachment had existed between them, and their union had been prevented on the grounds of unequality of their social position. She, however, became the wife of his mature years, and theirs was the fourth marriage in the Colony.

The services rendered by Gov. Bradford during the period of his official life was of inestimable value to the Colony, the success of which was undoubtedly due more to him than to any one man.

He wrote "A History of Plymouth Plantation", which is indespensible to the student of the Colony. Bradford's Manuscript, after being long lost was discovered in the Library of the Bishop of London in 1855, and the book was first published in 1856, being republished several times subsequently. The Manuscript was returned, with much ceremony, to Massachusetts in 1897. It is sometimes incorrectly called the "Log of the Mayflower".

Children

By wife Dorotha

John b. in Leyden, Holland, about 1614 or 1615.

Came to Plymouth after the cattle division

of 1627. He m. Martha Bourne. She m. (2)

Thomas Tracy.

By wife Alice

(1FC47) William b. June 17, 1624, at Plymouth. m. (1) Alice,

dau. of Thomas and Wealthean(--) Richards

of Weymouth, Mass. m. (2) widow of Pastor

Wiswall, of Duxbury, Mass. m. (3) Mary, wid.

of John Helms, of Duxbury, and dau. of John

Atwood. Maj William died Mar. 1704, age 80.

Mercy b. before 1627. m. Benjamin Vermayes,

Dec. 21, 1648.

Joseph b. 1630. m. May 25, 1644, Jael, dau. Rev. Peter

Hobart. She d. April 18, 1730, age 80.

 

ALICE CARPENTER

Alice Carpenter, the second wife of Gov. William Bradford, was the daughter of Alexander Carpenter, and was born in England about 1590. When about 19 or 20 years of age, the family removed to Holland, and settled in Leyden, where they were members of the Puritan congregation, under the Rev. John Robinson.

At the age of twenty-three she became the wife of Edward Southworth. They were married at Leyden, May 28, 1613, and she became the mother of two sons, Constant and Thomas.

Before 1623, her husband, Edward, died, and she turned her thoughts to the new world. Tradition is that Gov. Bradford, when a young man, paid his address to Alice Carpenter, but on account of his inferior rank was opposed by her parents, and against her feelings she was induced to marry Southworth. Bradford, learning of her condition, and having lost his wife, soon after wrote his first love letter in substance like this: "I am not that Bill Bradford I once was. I am now Governor of the Colony, and a widower, and if you will come to America, I am at your service". So leaving her two sons with friends in Leyden, she came to Plymouth in the ship "Ann", which arrived in June 1623. With her came her two sisters, Mary and Julia Ann, with her husband, George Morton.

On August 16, 1623, she became the second wife of Gov. William Bradford, and theirs was the fourth marriage in the Colony.

Gov. Bradford died in 1657. She survived him thirteen years, and died in 1670. Her death is recorded on the Plymouth records as follows:

"On the 26th of March, Mistress Alice Bradford Sen changed this life for a better, having attained fourscore years of age. She was a godly Matron, and much loved while she lived, and lamented though aged when she died, and was honorably intered on the 29th day of the month afore said at New Plymouth".

Children

Constant Southworth b. 1614 in Leyden, Holland. Came to

Plymouth in 1628. m. Elizabeth

dau. William Collier. Settled

in Duxbury, Mass. Deputy, and

prominent in Indian Wars, d. Nov.

10, 1679, age abt. 65 years.

Thomas Southworth b. 1616, Leyden. m. Elizabeth Raynor.

William Bradford b. Plymouth, Mass., June 17, 1624.

Mercy Bradford b. Plymouth, Mass., before 1627.

Joseph Bradford b. Plymouth, Mass. 1630.

(William (1) Carpenter, b. 1576, came to America in the ship "Bevis", which sailed in

May, 1638, with 61 passengers, among whom were William Carpenter, 62 years, his son William, 38, son's wife Abigail, 32 years, four grandchildren under ten years, and servant Thomas Bansholt, 14 years. William (1) Carpenter was a cousin of Alice Bradford, wife of Gov. William Bradford.)

MAJOR WILLIAM BRADFORD 

Major William Bradford, son of Governor William and Alice (Carpenter) (Southworth) Bradford, was born at Plymouth, Mass., June 17, 1624.

He was married three times, his first wife was Alice, daughter of Thomas and Wealthaen (----) Richards, of Weymouth, Mass. No record of the marriage is known. She was born, probably in England, and died December 12, 1671. He then married (2) the widow of Pastor Wiswall, of Duxbury, and after her death, married (3) Mary, widow of Rev. John Helms of Duxbury, and daughter of John Wood (also called Atwood) of Plymouth. She was born in 1743, and died June 6, 1714

Major William Bradford was active in public life, and was early identified with the military affairs of the Colony. In 1667, he was a memaber of Gov. Thomas Prence's Council of War, at which time he held the rank of Captain. He was, next to Miles Standish, the chief military man of the Colony. In King Philip's War, he held the rank of Major, and was Commander in Chief of the Plymouth forces. At the Narragansett Fort fight he received a musket ball in his flesh which he carried during the remainder of his life. In 1689 to 1691, he was Assistant Treasurer and Deputy Governor of Plymouth, and in the latter year was a member of the Council of Massachusetts.

His residence was in what is now Kingston, Mass., midway between Plymouth and Duxbury, where he died February 20, 1703. His will is dated January 26, 1703, in which he gives to his son David, his house after his mother's decease; to John, the land he then lived on, and also "My father's manuscript, vix. a narrative of the beginning of New Plymouth". (This is undoubtedly Gov. Bradford's famous History of Plymouth); to Thomas, land in Norwich (Conn.) which was his Uncle John's; to Joseph, land at Norwich; to Samuel, his right of commons in Duxbury; to Israel, Ephriam, David and Hezekiah, his estate, enjoying upon them to sell it to none that do not bear the name of Bradford, and be not descended from him; to Israel, a house, to David, a silver bowl "Not to be alienated from the family of the Bradfords"; to Hezekiah, a gold ring; to Samuel, his Latin Books, "to encourage him to bringing one of his sons to learning, which said books it is my will, that they shall by him be given to his said son, who he shall so bring up".

Children

By first wife

John b. Feb. 20, 1653. d. Dec. 8, 1736. m.

Mercy, dau. Joseph Warren, b. Sept 23,

1653, d. Mar. ---1747, aged 94 years.

William b. Mar. --- 1655. d. 1687. m. Rebecca

Bartlett, of Duxbury, in 1679.

Thomas b. --- d. 1708. m. Ann Fitch. Settled in

Norwich, Conn. (m. Ann Smith ?

Mayflower Desc.)

 

Alice b. --- m. (1) Rev. William Adams. m.

(2) Maj. James Fitch.

(15FC8) Hannah b. --- m. Joshua Ripley Nov. 28, 1682.

Settled in Windham, Conn.

Mercy b. ---. m. Samuel Steel, of Hartford,

Conn.

Melatiah b. ---. m. John Steel, of Hartford, Conn.

Samuel b. 1668, d. Apr. 11, 1714. Lieut. m.

Hannah, dau. John and Elizabeth Rogers,

July, 1689

Mary b. 1668. m. William Hunt, of Weyhouth,

Mass.

Sarah b. --- m. Kenel Baker

By second wife

Joseph b. abt. 1674. Settled in Norwich, Conn.

m. (1) Oct. 5, 1698, Anna, dau. of Rev.

James and Priscilla (Mason) Fitch. m.

(2) Mrs. Mary (Sherwood) Fitch, widow

of Capt. Daniel. (Boston Transcript

Aug. 20, 1930)

By third wife

Israel b. --- m. Sarah Bartlett of Duxbury.

Settled in Kingston, Mass.

David b. --- d. Mar. 16, 1730. m. 1714

Elizabeth Finnery.

Ephraim b. --- m. Feb 13, 1710, Elizabeth

Bartlett, Res. Kingston. great

granddaughter of Elder William

Brewster.

 

HANNAH BRADFORD 

Hannah Bradford, daughter of Major William and Alice (Richards) Bradford of Plymouth Colony, was born in 1663. She was married November 28, 1682, to Joshua Ripley of Hingham, Mass.

Joshua and Hannah Ripley were among the pioneer ettlers of Windham, Conn. He was the first Town Clerk and Treasurer, and also their first Representative from that town to the General Assembly.

She was a noble and useful woman, remarkagle not only for her intelligence and accomplishments, but for her skill in the art of healing, being first, and for a long time, the only physician in the settlement.

She died May 27, 1738, aged 75 years. Her husband, Joshua, died May 18, 1739, aged 81 years. 

"Here lies Interred the Body of Mrs. Hannah Ripley the well beloved Consort of Joshua Ripley, Esq., who after she had lived a holy and Fruitful Life fell asleep in Jesus May ye 28th of 1738 in ye 76th year of her Age" (Windham Cemetery, Conn.)

JOSHUA RIPLEY 

Joshua Ripley, son of John and Elizabeth (Hobert) Ripley, was born in Hingham, Mass., May 9, 1658. He married at Plymouth, Mass., November 28, 1682, Hannah Bradford, daughter of Major William Bradford, and granddaughter of Governor William Bradford of Plymouth Colony.

They settled first at Hingham, Mass., where their eldest child was born, removing to Norwich, Conn., October 10, 1688, and to Windham, Conn., March 23, 1691.

His first purchase of land in Windham, as appears in the record, was May 26, 1688. The first home in Windham was built in 1689. The inhabitants "obtained a grant of town privileges in May 1692". The first town meeting was held June 11, 1692, and Joshua Ripley was elected the first Town Clerk and Treasurer. He was also a Justice of the Peace.

His wife Hannah died at Windham, Conn., May 28, 1738, in her 76th year. He survived her about a year, and died May 18, 1739, at the age of 81.

Children

Alice b. Sept. 17, 1683. m. Samuel Edgerton,

Norwich, Ct.

Hannah b. Mar. 2, 1685. m. Oct. 8, 1711,

Samuel Webb, Windham, Ct. He m. (2)

Elizabeth Fish.

Faith b. Sept. 20, 1686. m. Samuel

Bingham, Scotland, Ct.

Joshua b. May 13, 1688. d. Nov. 18, 1773. m.

Dec. 3, 1712 Mary Backus, b. 1692,

d. Oct. 19, 1770. Windham.

Margaret b. Nov.4, 1690. m. --- Seabury,

Lebanon, Ct.

Rachel b. April 17, 1693. m. Winslow Tracy,

Norwich, Ct.

Leah b. April 17, 1693, m.(1) Samuel Cook

(2) James Bradford.

Hezekiah b. June 10, 1695. d. Feb. 7, 1779. m.

April 29, 17-- (?) Widow Eunice

Dumont. Grad. Yale College 1764,

Judge of the County Court; Judge of

Probate; Town Clerk and Treasurer,

Windham, Conn.

David b. May 20, 1697, d. Feb. 16, 1781. m.

Betsey Elliott. Grad. Yale College 1749

Irene b. Aug. 28, 1700. m. April 20, 1719,

Samuel Manning.

Jerusha b. Nov. 1, 1704. m. Sept. 9, 1722,

Edward Brown.

(7FC8) Ann b. Nov. 1, 1704. m. Dr. Soloman

Wheat of Windham, Conn.

See Ripley Genealogy, by H. W. Ripley, 1867.

"Here lies Interred ye Body of Joshua Ripley, Esq., one of His Majesty's Justices of the County of Windham, ye husband of Mrs. Hannah Ripley, Departed

this Life May the 18, 1739 in ye 81st year of his Age" (Windham Cemetery, Conn.)

ANN RIPLEY 

Ann Ripley was the youngests daughter of Joshua and Hannah (Bradford) Ripley of Windham, Conn.

She and her twin sister, Jerusha, were born November 1, 1704. There were twelve children in the family, including another pair of twins, Rachel and Leah, who were some eleven years older than Ann, and out of the twelve, there were only three boys, Joshua, who died young, Hezekiah and David.

Ann had a wonderful mother, and no doubt inherited many of her traits of character. Through her Mother she was a great granddaughter of Governor William Bradford of Plymouth Colony, and granddaughter of Major William Bradford of Plymouth, Mass. On her father's side she was a great granddaughter of Rev. Peter Hobart, of Hingham, Mass., whose daughter Elizabeth was her Grandmother Ripley.

Ann was about 25 or 26 years of age when she became the wife of Dr. Soloman Wheat. They were married about 1730, but no record has come to hand. She was the mother of five girls, Sarah, Mary, Ann, Hannah and Jemima.

She died, probably at Windham, Conn., about the year 1746 or 1747, at the age of 42 or 43 years. No record of her death has been found.

SOLOMAN WHEAT 

Soloman Wheat was the son of Dr. Samuel and Lydia (---) Wheat, and was born at Watertown. Mass., between the years 1710 and 1712. Like his father, he was a physician by profession, and resided at Windham, Conn.

He was twice married. His first wife was Ann Ripley, born November 1, 1704, and died in 1746 or 1747. She was the daughter of Joshua and Hannah (Bradford ) Ripley of Windham, Conn., and the granddaughter of John and Elizabeth (Hobart) Ripley of Hingham, Mass. Also the granddaughter of Major William and Alice (Richards) Bradford of Plymouth.

After the death of his first wife, Soloman Wheat married (2) February 17, 1747, Margaret Greet. Dr. Soloman Wheat resided at Saybrook, Conn., in 1735, and it is probably that his daughter Mary was born there. We have no record of his death.

Children

By wife Ann

Sarah b. bapt. at Windham, Conn., Oct. 31, 1731.

m. 1753

Mary b. --- m. Arron Aldrich

Annie b. at Windham, Conn., July 8, 1736. m.

John Burnap of Hopkinton.

Hannah b. July 16, 1738. d. July 13, 1810. m.

Joseph Taylor of Concord, Mass.

(3FC8) Jemima b. --- m. Nov. 29, 1758, Joseph Morse

of Hopkinton, Mass.

By wife Margaret

Elizabeth b. Nov. 14, 1747, at Windham, Conn.

Soloman b. --- m. Oct. 31, 1769, Hannah

Richards, res. Westford and Chatham,

Mass.

 

JEMIMA WHEAT 

Jemima Wheat was the daughter of Dr. Soloman and Ann (Ripley) Wheat, of Windham, Conn., and later of Hopkinton, Mass.

She was probably born at Windham, and was the youngest child of her mother, who died in 1746 or 1747. Through her mother was was a descendant of Gov. William Bradford and Plymouth Colony.

She was married at Hopkinton, Mass., November 29, 1758, to Joseph Morse of that place. They resided at Hopkinton, Mass., Westborough, and later removed to Athol, Mass., where they resided at the outbreak of the war of the Revolution.

In the summer of 1777 came the alarm of the threatened invasion of Bkurgoyne, and on June 24 of that year, Joseph enlisted in the army and went away.

Jemima, at home with her children, awaited anxiously the return of the husband and father, and then, late in September, came the news that he had fallen in the battle of Saratoga.

Left a widow with a family of nine children to care for, Jemima (Wheat) Morse seems to have dropped out of sight. We have no information regarding her life after the death of her husband. The children, Joseph Wheat, Amasa, James and Eunice all married and eventually settled in Concord, Vermont. We have no record of her death.

She is believed to have accompanied her children to Hopkinton, New Hampshire, or Concord, Vermont, and died there.

JOSEPH MORSE 

Joseph Morse, son of Seth and Abigail (Battle) Morse, was born at Hopkinton, Mass., Sept. 15, 1738. He was but little more than twenty years of age when, on November 19, 1758, he married Jemima Wheat, daughter of Dr. Soloman and Ann (Ripley) Wheat of Hopkinton, Mass.

He continued to reside in Hopkinton until about the year 1762, when he removed with his family to Westborough, Mass., where he remained until his removal to Athol, Mass., in 1769, or 1770, where he resided during the remainder of his life.

He was a soldier in the War of the Revolution, and enlisted for the term of 8 months, as private in Capt. John Blanchard's Company, Col. James Weason's regiment. Was mustered in June 24, 1777, and served with his regiment under Gen. Gates at the Battle of Saratoga, and was killed in the skirmish at Freeman's Farm near Bemis Heights September 18, 1777. Shot through the heart. (See Mass. Soldiers & Sailors in War of Rev. Vol, X1, p. 103.)

His death is also to be found on the records of Christ Church of Athol. Mass., under date of Sept. 18, 1777, which reads: "He was killed in the fight at Still Water". He was 38 yhears of age.

No record of the death of his wife Jemima has been found.

Children

Irene b. Oct. 7, 1760. No further record.

Alethea b. Feb. 10, 1762. No further record.

Joseph Wheat b. Dec. 1, 1763, n, (1) at Barre, Mass., Anna Burnell,

Jan. 10, 1788. Removed to Concord, VT., and was among

first settlers in that town. She was the first female who

died in Concord,, 1790. He m. (2) Sept. 10, 1790 Susanna,

dau. of Henry Bemis b. Feb. 24, 1774, d. in Littleton, Apr.

14,1865. He died at Littleton Feb. 2, 1842.

Amasa b. Aug. 12, 1765. Removed to Concord, Vt., about 1789.

Luther b. May 5, 1767.

James b. May 7, 1769. m. Rebecca Carruth, removed to Concord,

Vt., from Barre, Mass., in 1789. (8 sons and 2 daughters)

Dennison b. May 20, 1772. d. Aug. 14, 1772

(1FC8) Eunice b. May 20, 1772. m. Moses Chase Oct. 1, 1788.

Ann Ripley b. April 3, 1774

Jemima b. March 28, 1776

See Vital Records of Hopkinton, Mass.

EUNICE MORSE 

Eunice Morse, daughter of Joseph and Jemima (Wheat) Morse was born at Athol, Mass., May 20, 1772, and was little more than five years of age when her mother left a widow by the death of her father, who was killed at the Battle of Saratoag, Sept. 18, 1777.

She was sixteen years of age when she married Moses Chase, son of John and Ruth (Hills) Chase, October 1, 1788. It is not known under what circumstances she first met her husband, nor has the record of the marriage been found. It is believed that both were living at, or near, Littleton, New Hampshire.

Soon after their marriage they removed to Concord, Grafton County, now Lisbon, NH, where they remained some two or three years, during which time their children, Susan and Ann, were born, while their daughter Rebecca, was born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont.

About this time the town of Concord, VT was chartered by the State, and among the first settlers there were Joseph W., James and Amasa Morse, all brothers of Eunice, and to this place, in 1795, came Moses and Eunice, with their three children. They settled on a farm and made their home, and raised a family of eight, two of whom were boys.

Here Eunice and Moses Chase lived during the remainder of their lives. She died October 12, 1835, aged 63, and is buried by the side of her husband in the cemetery at Concord, VT.

MOSES CHASE 

Moses Chase, son of John and Ruth (Hills) Chase, was born at Hampstead, New Hampshire, Nov. 14, 1764. He is believed to have lived in Newburyport, Mass. during his boyhood, as he used to relate how he would go over to Plumb Island (off Newburyport) and "frolic with the girls". Very little, however, is known of his early life prior to his marriage.

At the age of 24 he married, Oct. 1, 1788, Eunice Morse, (age 16) daughter of Joseph and Jemima (Wheat) Morse, who was born in the town of Athol. Mass., May 20, 1772.

Soon after their marriage they settled in Concord, Grafton County, NH, at that time known as Concord, alias Gunthwait, now Lisbon, NH. Here they remained a few years, during which time their two oldest children, Susan and Ann, were born, and the name of Moses Chase is to be found as the head of a family in that town in the Census Report of 1790. He later removed to the newly settled town of Concord, VT, where he took the Freemans Oath March 2, 1795. He settled on the farm which in 1867 was occupied by John W. Williams. He remained in this town during the remainder of his life, and his name appears frequently on the town records. He was a farmer, and during his life owned considerable real estate.

The Freewill Baptist Church of Concord, VT was organized October 10, 1821, and Moses and his son Joseph were among the charter members.

His wife, Eunice, died Oct. 12, 1835, aged 65. He survived her many years, and died at the home of his son John D. Chase, at Concord, VT, Dec. 21, 1856, aged 92 years. They are both buried in the cemetery at Concord, VT.

Children

Susan b. Concord, now Lisbon, NH. May 14, 1790.

d. November 16, 1928.

Ann b. Concord, Nov. 25, 1791, m. Henry Howe at

Lunenburg, VT. Sept. 5, 1813. He d. Sept. 8, 1822,

m. (2) Jail Harvey. She d. May 14, 1849.

Rebecca b. St. Johnsbury June 5, 1794, m. Joshua Brown,

d. Aug. 21, 1869, age 72.

(13FC1) Joseph b. Nov. 20, 1796. m. Elizabeth Eastman Dec. 25, 1823.

He d. Nov. 19, 1867.

Lucretia b. Aug. 9, 1798. m. (1) Silas Harvey m. (2) Richard

Goss. She d. Aug. 20, 1880, age 82.

Phebe Ann b. Apr. 27, 1803. m. William Reed, d. June 6, 1882.

John Dennison b. Sept. 23, 1806. m. Sally Spaulding, Res. Concord,

VT. and Orange, Mass.

Betsy Hills b. June 9, 1811. m. Isaac Lewis. d. Dec. 18, 1864.

Page 205 "The Descendants of Aquila and Thomas Chase" (1928) by John C. Chase;

History of Congregational Church of Hampstead, NH, Vol 11, Page 189

JOSEPH CHASE 

Joseph Chase, son of Moses and Eunice (Morse) Chase, was born in Concord, VT, (Concord Corners), November 20, 1796. His early life was spent on his father's farm. He followed his father's profession, later becoming owner of 100 acres of land. This land is now occupied by the present village of Concord, VT, and is described on the records as "Lot 6, Range 11".

On December 25, 1823, when at the age of 27, he married Elizabeth Eastman, daughter of Jonathan and Phebe (Leach) Eastman, of Littleton, NH, who was born in that town April 22, 1793.

He continued to reside in Concord until about the year 1850, when he removed to Wheelock, VT, where, on November 4, of that year, he bought of Carley Gerald, land described in the deed as follows: "Vis: Being all of lot number eighty-six, and north half of lot number ninety-six in said Wheelock, supposed to contain one hundred and fifty acres, subject to a yearly rent of ten dollars per year, also one other piece of land situated in said Wheelock, it being a part of the easterly half of said lot except fifteen and one half acres sold to William and James Miles".

This farm stood on a hill on the west side of the old county road, now long abandoned, but which, at that time, was one of the main thoroughfares between the United States and Canada. Across the road stood the old Fifield Tavern, while on the same side of the road, a short distance south, stood the old church, which was also used for the town hall, back of which lay the field which, for many years was used for the "parade ground" on which the Militia gathered on "training days". This neighborhood was the original site of the village of Wheelock, which was afterwards abandoned for its present and more favorable location in the valley, some three miles east.

On December 15,1853, he deeded the farm to his son Lauriston, and soon after, with his wife, went to live with his daughter, Martha, whose husband, Levi Goss, operated a grist mill at St. Johnsbury, VT. He died there November 19, 1867, in his 71st year. His wife survived him, and for many years previous to her death was an invalid. She died July 24, 1870, at the age of 77 years.

 Children

 Martha b. Feb. 11, 1825, at Concord, VT. m. Levi Goss Dec. 4,

1845. He d. Jan. 17, 1884. She d. Jan. 2, 1893. Res.

Concord children.

(6FC1) Lauriston b. June 2, 1828. m. Diana Hunter Oct. 15, 1851. He

disappeared about 1863. She m. (2) Ephriam

Fairbanks, d. Oct. 20, 1875.

ELIZABETH EASTMAN 

Elizabeth Eastman, daughter of Jonathan and Phebe (Leach) Eastman, was born at Littleton, NH, April 22, 1793. Of her early life very little has come down to us. She married at Littleton, NH, December 25, 1823, Joseph Chase, of Concord, VT. He was the son of Moses and Eunice (Morse) Chase.

They settled at Concord, VT, where Joseph Chase owned one hundred acres of land which lay within the limits of the present village. Here were born her two children, Martha and Lauriston. Late in life she suffered a broken hip, the result of a fall, which compelled her to use crutches during the remainder of her life.

The late Ira A. Eastman, in a letter to the compiler of these records, under date of December 1, 1910, said "I thought a great deal of my Aunt Lizzie, and always enjoyed going to visit her when she was living in Concord and St. Johnsbury (VT). She had a very pleasant way with children, and I visited there and at the Goss family quite often when I was a boy. She thought a great deal of my Father and his family, and they of her. All the time I knew her she was a great invalid, and walked with crutches."

Elizabeth (Eastman) Chase survived her husband some three years, and died at the home of her daughter Martha (Mrs. Levi Goss) of St. Johnsbury, VT, July 24, 1870, at the age of 77. Both she and her husband were probably buried in the cemetery at Concord, Vermont.

  

Lauriston Chase 

Lauriston Chase, son of Joseph and Elizabeth (Eastman) Chase, was born at Concord, Vermont, June 2, 1828. His early life was spent on his father's farm at that place, and he removed with his parents to Wheelock, Vermont, in 1850. 

On October 15, 1851, he was married at Concord, Vermont, by the Rev. John M. Russell, to Diana Hunter, daughter of William and Sarah (Chamberlin) Hunter, who was born August 2, 1827. 

After his marriage he continued with his parents, assuming the management of his father's farm. On December 18, 1853, his father, Joseph Chase, in consideration of Thirteen Hundred Dollars, deeded his entire farm to his son Lauriston, who, in turn, executed a mortgage deed securing the same to his father.

Becoming dissatisfied with the farm, on September 26, 1854, in consideration of Nine Hundred Dollars, he conveyed by quit claim deed to John Mitchell as follows: "Viz. It being the whole of Lot number Eighty Six in the township of Wheelock according to the original survey thereof containing on hundred acres more or less and is the same land I purchased of Joseph Chase and wife, with the buildings thereon standing" etc. This was the home he had brought his bride, and where his first child, Harvey Wilmot, was born.

Abandoning the farm for more congenial pursuits, he resided successively at Sheffield, Stockbridge and Gaysville, Vermont. He disappeared about the year 1863, and was never heard from. It is believed that he enlisted in the Army and died during the war.