Moses Platts Drowns 1816


Brattleboro Reporter, May 15, 1816

Memory of Mr
Moses Platts.

who was drowned May 13
1816. AE. 26 years.


Moses Platts was born February 19, 1790 in Leominster, Massachusetts to Isaac Platts, Jr. and Rachel Chase. He was married to Sophia Bartlett on November 4, 1815 in Westminster, Vermont, by the Rev. Sylvester Sage.

The Reverend Sylvester Sage served Westminster, Vermont as its third settled minister in the Congregational Church, beginning his ministry on June 24, 1790 and preaching there except for two years until April 29, 1838. He died on Jan 21, 1841.

Francis Goodhue's grist mill stood by the Whetstone Brook.

At the time of the drowning, Moses and Sophia were living in a house on the north side of the road from Brattleboro' Village to Bennington, also called the road to the center Meeting [house]. This house probably stood near the present American Red Cross building.

As the estate administrator, Sophia had placed the required notice, dated May 29, 1816, for the "Moses Platts' Estate" in three successive publishings of the Brattleboro Reporter. Moses Platts died intestate.

The widow Sophia attended the Court of Probate for the District of Marlboro' holden at the dwelling-house of Simeon Eaton in Brattleboro on January 16, 1817.

Moses had also purchased an adjoining parcel of land from Francis Goodhue, situated due north and south, east and west, and four rods square. After the drowning, Sophia built a house on this property which she later removed when she sold the land alone for eighty dollars on March 5, 1817.


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