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Alexander Turner Wedding Portrait September 2, 1869, Washington, District Of Columbia Turner Family History Descendants in the Turner family relate that an early ancestress, the daughter of an English merchant, was shipwrecked off the coast of Ghana while traveling from England to Africa on her honeymoon. Her husband perished, but she was saved by an African chieftain's son and eventually bore him a son. This son was in turn...
Colored Cavalry On Long March 10th Regiment Camped On Valley Fair Grounds Wednesday General Inspection and Band Concert in Evening-- Hundreds of Citizens Visited the Camp. The colored troops of the 10th United States cavalry in command of Col. C. H. Grayson, arrived in town Wednesday afternoon and encamped for the night on the Valley Fair grounds. They are on a 600 mile "hike" to New Haven and return...
September 5, 1908 Town's Ex-Slave In Need Of Funds Efforts to Secure More Pension for "Jake" Cartlidge __________ Born in Slavery, Sold on the Block, Beaten by Cruel Taskmasters-- Served in Pennsylvania Regiment. Efforts are being made in behalf of "Jake" Cartlidge, Brattleboro's only living ex-slave, that he may secure an increase in pension under a recent act of Congress. As Mr. Cartlidge does not know his exact age...
Rev. Jonathan Edwards Rev. Jonathan Edwards delivered the execution sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" in Enfield, Connecticut on July 8, 1741. This execution sermon is a lurid and bitter jeremiad against the "New York Negro rebels" who were then being hanged and burned at the stake for a suspected plot to destroy the village of New York by arson fire. From May to August in...
Reminicences. Pleasant Words from an Old Vermonter. Mr. Editor: In a recent letter from Hon. A. N. Swain of Bellows Falls, he said: "Being at Brattleboro a few days since, I saw an old poster on which was your name, Oscar L. Shafter, and C. C. Frost, for a liberty anti-slavery meeting. It was in 1845, and the first I ever knew you were one of the old Anti-slavery...
John G. Sugland's letter home, dated "May 20th 1864" was written from St. Andrews Parish, Charleston, South Carolina. It is addressed to Addison Whithed---also spelled Whitehead, Whithead, Whithed---Vernon's Recruiting Officer, Postmaster, Town Clerk, and Town Treasurer of Vernon. Mr. Adesson Whithead Vernon Vermont Courtesy Of Special Collections, University of Vermont Libraries Transcribing is difficult, with words missing--- St Andrews paris S. C. May 20th 1864 Dear sir: i am...
The attack of pneumonia from which Andy Reed, the well known colored man, was suffering a week ago, proved fatal on Wednesday morning. His death removes one of the most familiar characters of the village, and a man who had an individuality all his own. In his own sphere in life he was one of our most useful and faithful citizens, and his death causes unselfish regret to a...
Charles C. Frost's Residence, Boot, And Shoemaker's Shop Only Documented Underground Railroad Station In Brattleboro . . . But even of greater importance than the work that was done through the west part of the State was that of the "underground railway" that ran up the Connecticut Valley with regular stations at Hartford, Northampton, Greenfield, Brattleboro, Bellows Falls, Windsor and so on to Canada. The Brattleboro station was the...
Elliot Street Chapel After October 1869 Arson Fire Rev. Edward Royall Tyler Born in Guilford in 1800, Edward Tyler had graduated from Yale College in Hartford, Connecticut, had studied theology at Andover to become a Congregational minister in Middletown and Colebrook, Connecticut. For years he was editor of The Congregational Observer, published in Hartford. Brattleboro knew Tyler as a native son--- Rev. Edward Royall Tyler The Church on the...
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