Ebenezer Fisher Arrested 1769


In the charter of Brattleboro, and those of other towns all pine trees "fit for Masting our Royal Navy," were reserved. John Wentworth of Portsmouth was surveyor of the king's woods and Judge Jones of Hinsdale a deputy surveyor. The court of vice admiralty in the city of New York had jurisdiction over cutting such timber on account of its relation to shipping. Benj. Whiting, a deputy marshal of that court, on August 30, 1769, brought Wm. Dean and Willard Dean, whom he had arrested on writs for cutting such timber, from Windsor, and went to Dr. Wells's and arrested Ebenezer Fisher on a similar writ to take them to New York for trial. Judge Wells informed the marshal that Fisher had brought no such timber to his saw-mill which stood on Whetstone brook "by the high road," and they went to Judge Jones and represented the matter to him, and he directed Fisher's release. They then went to Major Arms's; Judge Wells went to his house and brought some rum and they had refreshments. Then Whiting, riding a horse with pistol in hand, proceeded with his prisoners on foot to Abel Stockwell's on Ames hill in Marlboro, where they stayed all night to be piloted by him through the woods toward Albany the next day. A report came back that Whiting abused his prisoners by making them walk too fast, on hearing which many of the men of Brattleboro went up to Stockwell's in the night, aroused the men and inquired into that matter. The prisoners stated that they had not been made to walk too fast, nor misused, and they were left to be taken along. Major Arms, who was sheriff of the county, and Judge Wells rode up to Stockwell's in the morning to quell the riot; they learned that the men had left quietly and returned.


Vermont Phoenix October 31, 1890.

"Brattleboro in 1748-1790; the First Settlements Away from Fort Dummer."


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