Fairbank Moore Powder Horn


An Interesting Relic.


To the Editor of the Vermont Phoenix:


In the "History and Description of New England" it is stated that "Fairbank Moore and his son" were among the first settlers of Brattleboro; that they were both killed by the Indians at the West River Meadows, and the wife and daughter of the son were carried into captivity.


My paternal grandfather, of Townshend, was wounded in the battle of Bennington by a musket ball shot through his groin, and, on leaving the field, he picked up a powder horn, marked, in rude carving, "Fairbank Moore---his horn." When a lad this horn was given me by the hand of my ancestor, the finder. I still keep the valuable gift.


How came it on the field of battle? The probable answer to the question is that it was in the possession of the Moores when they were killed, was taken as a trophy by their murderers, and, becoming the property of a warrior, was carried by him, either as friend or foe of the patriots, to the battle, and that he was dispossessed of it during the engagement.


At any rate, whatever its history, it is an interesting relic at this particular moment, as a memento of the fight.


T.

Somerville, Mass.,

July 7, 1877


Vermont Phoenix, July 13, 1877.


[Capt. Fairbank Moore and his son Benjamin were killed and scalped in their log house at midnight on March 6, 1758. Their bodies were recovered from under a foot of earth and a board, in the barnyard of Newman Allen in 1849. One skull contained an ounce bullet.]


Capt. Joseph Tyler was born on May 21, 1737 in Uxbridge, Worcester, Masschusetts to Joseph Tyler and Mehitable Hazeltine. He married Ruth Read on April 2, 1761 in Uxbridge. In wintertime 1766 he settled in Townshend, Vermont. Tyler joined the Committee of Safety, and was First Major in the Minute Man Regiment. Joseph Tyler marched to Ticonderoga, then to Bennington, with Fletcher's company.


Joseph Tyler and Ruth had six children, the first three born in Uxbridge, the last three in Townshend---Lydia, Zacheus, Betsey, Ruth, Joseph, and Mehitable. Joseph Tyler died in Townhend, Vermont on July 28, 1815, aged seventy-eight.


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