Kellogg brought his family into the town in 1766. He traded his farm of
one hundred acres in Connecticut for 3,000 acres lying in Addison and
Panton. When the settlers were driven off, Kellogg went to Mount Hope, N.
Y., with his family, and subsequently to Bennington, where he took part in
the battle there. Subsequently he and Lieutenant Everest came back to
Addison to look after the cattle they had left here, and found that a Mr.
Gale had sold them to the British, and had also reported their owners as
spies. They were both captured on the strength of this accusation, but
Everest escaped, while Kellogg was taken to St. Johns, where he was
imprisoned about a year. He was then liberated, but in making his way to a
neighboring village was so badly frozen that he died soon after. Mrs.
Kellogg died at Ticonderoga in 1792.
Zadock Everest came to Addison in the summer Of 1765 and began his
clearing, as before mentioned. On his place he built a log house and there
kept the first public house in the county. After the breaking out of the war
he fled his family to Whitehall, and from thence sought refuge in Pawlet,
Rutland county, where he was elected representative in March, 1784. During
that year he returned to Addison, and represented the town of Panton in 1785
and Addison in 1788, 1789 and 1795; he also held the prominent town offices
through a series of years and was a prominent man. His dwelling was used for
a time as the county court-house, and afterwards as a dwelling and a jail.
Mr. Everest's remains rest in Lake View, cemetery, and the following
inscription marks his tomb-stone:
HERE REST THE REMAINS
ZADOCK EVEREST, ESQ.,
Born in Saybrook, Conn., March 5, 1744. In the fourth year of his age he
removed with his father, Benjamin Everest, to Salisbury, Conn., where he
lived until twenty-one years of age : in the fall of the same year, A. D.
1765, he removed to Addison, Vt., where he lived until Arnold's defeat on
Lake Champlain, A. D. 1776, at which time he was driven from his home by the
enemy: In May, 1783, after the close of the Revolutionary War, he moved back
to Addison, where he lived until his decease, Much beloved and respected: He
died April 30, 1825, in the eighty-second year of his age, leaving a widow
and twelve children to mourn his death:
He was a beloved husband, in affectionate father, and an ornament to the
Lieutenant Benjamin Everest came with his father to Addison when he
was sixteen years old; his father's name was also Benjamin, and Zadock was
his brother. He is said to have been a man of prowess and courage, and with
his brother was conspicuous in aiding Allen and Warner to drive out the
"Yorkers" from the county. On receipt of news of the battle of Lexington,
Everest repaired to Allen's headquarters, and was given a lieutenant's
commission. He was with Allen when he entered the fort at Ticonderoga, and
went with Warner to the capture of Crown Point. After Allen was made
prisoner Everest and his company was assigned to Colonel Seth Warner's
regiment, and took part in the battle of Hubbardton and also at Bennington,
for his bravery in which he received the thanks of Warner. The account of
his thrilling escape from a party of Indians is thus related by Colonel
"After the capture of Burgoyne, Everest obtained a furlough, with the
intention of visiting Addison to look after his father's property - his
father having gone back to Connecticut with his family. Not knowing how
matters stood in that section, he approached warily, keeping on the
highlands between Otter Creek and the lake, intending to strike the
settlement of Vergennes and then turn back to Addison. Arriving at the falls
at dark he kindled a fire and lay down. About midnight he was awoke by the
war-whoop, and found himself a prisoner to a party of Indians that were on
their way to Lake Memphramagog, to attend a council of most of the tribes of
Canada, New York and New England. He suffered much from the thongs with
which he was bound at the first, but understanding the nature of the Indians
very well, he so gained their confidence that they showed him more leniency
afterwards. On the breaking up of the council he was brought back to the
western shore of Lake Champlain, near Whallon's Bay, where they encamped for
the winter. He had been pondering in his mind for a long time various plans
for escape, but concluded to wait until the lake was frozen. It was now
December, and the lake had been frozen for some two or three days, the ice
as smooth as glass; the sun shone out quite pleasant, and the air was
comfortable. The Indians prepared for a frolic on the ice; many of them had
skates and were very good skaters. Everest asked to be permitted to go down
and see the sport, as he had never seen any one skate; they gave him leave
to go, two or three evidently keeping an eye on him. He expressed his wonder
and delight at their performances so naturally that all suspicion was
lulled. After a time, when the Indians began to be tired, and many were
taking off their skates, he asked a Young Indian, who had just taken off a
very fine pair, to let him try and skate. This the Indian readily consented
to, expecting to have sport out of the white man's falls and awkwardness.
Everest put on the skates, got up, and no sooner than down he came, striking
heavily on the ice; and again he essayed to stand and down he fell, and so
continued to play the novice until all the Indians had come in from outside
on the lake. He had contrived to stumble and work his way sonic fifteen or
twenty rods from the nearest, when he turned and skated a rod or two toward
them, and partly falling, he got on his knees, and began to fix and tighten
his skates. This being done, he rose, and striking a few strokes toward the
eastern shore, he bent to his work, giving, as he leaned forward, a few
insulting slaps to denote that he was off. With a whoop and a yell of rage,
the Indians that had on their skates started in pursuit. He soon saw that
none could overtake him, and felt quite confident of his escape. After
getting more than half across the lake, and the ice behind him covered with
Indians, he looked toward the east shore and saw two Indians coming round a
point directly in front of him. This did not alarm him, for he turned his
course directly up the lake. Again he looked and saw his pursuers (excepting
two of their best skaters, who followed directly in his track) had spread
themselves in a line from shore to shore. He did not at first understand it,
but after having passed up the lake about three miles, he came suddenly upon
one of those immense cracks or fissures in the ice that so frequently occur
when the ice is glare. It ran in the form of a semi-circle from shore to
shore, the arch in the center and up the lake. He saw he was in a trap. The
Indians on his flanks had already reached the crack in the ice and were
coming down towards the middle. He flew along the edge of the crack, but no
place that seemed possible for human power to leap was there. But the enemy
was close upon him; he took a short run backward, and then shooting forward
like lightning, with every nerve strained, he took the leap, and just
reached the farther side. None of the Indians dared to follow. Finding snow
on the ice at Panton, he left it and made good his way to his regiment."
In 1778 Everest commanded the fort at Rutland, and many other deeply
exciting narratives of his experiences in those troubled days are related of
him, for which we cannot spare space. He died a member of the Baptist Church
and much respected in the county. His tomb-stone bears the following
Lieut. Benjamin Everest was born at Salisbury, Conn., Jan. 12, 1752, and
moved with his father [Benjamin] to this town in 1768, and died here March
3, 1843, aged 91 years.
Thus lies the Christian,
The Revolutionary hero
And the Patriot.
General David Whitney came here soon after the Revolution and
located upon the farm previously owned by Kellogg; but subsequently removed
to a farm on the north bank of Ward's Creek, where lie resided until a few
years previous so his death, when he removed to Bridport. He died May 10,
1850, aged ninety-three years. He was a member of the constitutional
conventions of 1793, 18I4, 1836 and 1843; represented Addison in the
Legislatures of 1790, '92, '93, '97, 1808 to 1815 and '24, and was during
his long life here one of the leading men of the town.
Jonah Case located in the northeastern part of the town, on the old
"'Squire Arzah Crane place," where William J. Conant recently resided. The
old brick house is still standing, built by him in 1780 - the first brick
dwelling erected in the county. Here he kept a public house for a long time,
and the county courts were held here for several years. It is said that Case
first built a log house but while putting on the roof the building was blown
down, and that he then built the present house of brick manufactured on the
farm. In the masonry at each corner of the building was placed a pint of
liquor and a piece of silver, that the occupant "might never be without
whiskey nor money."
Benjamin Southard, from New Jersey, settled upon a farm in the
southern part of the town; married Cynthia Mason, reared fourteen children,
and died August 7, 1845. Ransom Southard is the only descendant now in the
Ebenezer Merrill and his sons, Aaron and Correll, were early settlers
in the northeastern part of the town. He died here March 8, 1827, aged
eighty-two years. Correll reared a family of eight children, of whom Charles
is the only one now living, and died August 29, 1849, in his eighty-third
year. Hiram Merrill is a son of Aaron.
Asa Willmarth, one of the five brothers of John Willmarth, and the
progenitor of the Willmarth families now in Addison, was born in Providence,
R. I., April 27, 1746, and married Chloe Peck, September 20, 1770. They
resided in North Adams, Mass., for a time, then immigrated to Addison in
1788, locating in the eastern part of the town. The country was then nearly
an unbroken wilderness, the road to Vergennes being simply a bridle path
marked by blazed trees. Asa died February 8, 1830. At the time of his wife's
death, October 22, 1829, they had lived together fifty-nine years and raised
a family of ten children, eight of whom became the heads of families. Five
were sons, who settled about the old homestead so closely that their farms
adjoined. The daughters married and moved away, two of them to Canton and
one to Farmington, N. Y. A representative of each of the brothers now
resides on the respective homesteads. Asa Willmarth, sr., erected a framed
dwelling modeled after the style of those times, east Of which there were
but three others in the township; but this was subsequently remodeled into
the present comfortable and handsome residence. The farm descended to
George, and from him to Asa, the present proprietor. George was a
public-spirited man; represented the town in the Legislature; was a justice
of the peace many years, and served in the War of 1812. Asa has in his
possession several interesting relics, among which is a powder-horn which
was used at the battle of Bennington, a pair of knee-breeches worn by his
grandfather, and the old sword and epaulets worn by George when captain of
the State militia.
Amos Smith came here in 1788, locating upon the farm now owned by
Olin A. Smith. He died soon after, leaving a family of eight children, four
of whom, Henry, Daniel, Rufus and Russell, located in the eastern part of
the town. The four eldest sons were all at the battle of Plattsburgh, and
were prisoners of the War of 1812. Truman, son of Henry, aged over eighty
years, is still a resident of the town. Olin is a son of Daniel. Henry
Smith, son of Amos, was born in Cheshire, Mass., October 6, 1769. He married
Anna Blanchard, daughter of Seth Blanchard, of Adams, Mass., February 7,
1790, and moved with his father's family to Addison in the spring of 1790,
and settled on the farm, a part of which is still owned by his youngest son,
Truman Henry Smith, better known as 'Squire Smith, was a prominent citizen
of his day, having been justice of the peace nearly fifty years, represented
the town in the Legislature during the years 1833-34, and at different times
held all the offices within the gift of the people of Addison. His family
consisted of three sons and two daughters. His oldest son, Amos, was born
November 27, 1794; married Barbara Westcott, daughter of Stukely Westcott,
of Charlotte. He purchased the farm joining his father's on the south, at
the time of his marriage, in 1819; he owned and occupied this farm until his
death, which occurred in November, 1874. His family consisted of two sons
and two daughters. His youngest son, Stukely, survives him and resides on
the homestead. Stukely W. Smith was born February 19, 1826; married to
Mariah 0. Dorwin May 27, 1884, and like his grandfather Henry has been
elected to all the offices within the gift of the people of the town. His
family consisted of two sons and one daughter. His oldest son, Dr. M. D.
Smith, was born April 28, 1848, graduated in April, 1870, from the old
Eclectic College of Philadelphia, and in 1884 from Hahnnemann College,
Chicago. (See Middlebury Chapter.)
James Stickle, born in New Jersey in 1769, came to Addison in early
life, locating in the eastern part of the town, where he died December 18,
1850. The homestead came into Charles Stickle's possession in 1847, who was
born in 1807, and in 1878 reverted to H. A. Stickle, the present owner, it
having never left the family since it was reclaimed from the wilderness.
John Fisher, from Massachusetts, located in the eastern part of the
town, upon the farm now owned by Osman H. Fisher, at an early date. The
homestead passed into the hands of his son Henry, and from him reverted to
Osman H. John, whose remains rest in the cemetery near Olin Smith's place,
had a family of five children.
Elijah Elmer, from Amherst, Mass., came to Addison in 1783, locating
upon the farm now owned by his grandson, Wright Elmer. He had a family of
four sons, only one of whom, Chester, attained mature age. He married a
sister of Governor Silas Wright.
Frank Adams, from Salisbury, one of the original proprietors, was an
early settler. His father, Benjamin, came on subsequently, locating upon the
farm now owned by his great-grandson, William Adams. Benjamin was
commissioned a second lieutenant by President Hancock in 1776, and
afterwards took a prominent part in the war.
William Allis, from Massachusetts, came to Addison in 1785, locating
upon the farm now Owned by Edgar, son of the late Nathaniel Allis, who was
his last surviving child. The present house was built by Nathaniel in 1831,
succeeding the old log house.
Daniel Champion, a Revolutionary soldier, was an early settler,
locating near Chimney Point Newell B. Smith, who came here in 1800, and
afterward served in the War of 1812, married Electa, one of Daniel's twelve
children. Austin Smith is the only one of their children now living.
Abel Norton, from Connecticut, located upon the farm now owned by
Hiram Norton, in 1790, and died here in 1833, aged fifty-six years. Hiram
has eight children, all of whom except Lucy (Mrs. F. M. Moulton, of
Vergennes) reside near the old farm.
Gideon Seeger, from Shaftsbury, Vt., located upon the farm now owned
by Byron Smith in 1791. He was one of the early postmasters, an office he
retained for many years, and which was afterwards held for a long time by
Gideon, jr. Luman Seeger, here now, is a grandson of Gideon.
Peleg Whitford, the founder of the Whitford family in Addison, was
born in Rhode Island in 1744, and after three months' schooling was
apprenticed to a tailor. He married in the town of Coventry, and removed to
Lanesboro, Mass., living for a short time near a place called "Cheshire
Meeting-House," and since known as "Whitford's Rocks." In the spring of 1781
he again moved, this time to Shaftsbury, Vt., where he remained until
February, 1802, when he sold out and came to this town, and resided here
until his death, at the age of eighty-eight years. His only son, William,
was a resident of the town many years, served in the War of 1812, and left a
family of ten children.
Levi Meeker came to Addison from Elizabethtown, N. Y., in 1806,
locating in the southeastern part of the town upon the farm lately owned by
Horace Meeker, deceased, and now the property of his nephew. He held various
town offices, and died at the age of seventy-eight years.
Israel Taylor came to Addison from Middlebury in 1816. He followed
the carpenter and joiner trade; reared nine children, two of whom, Cyrillo
H. and Esther, now reside here.
Samuel J. Benedict is a son of John Benedict, an early settler in
Weybridge, who died in Cornwall in 1873, aged eighty-seven years. S. J.
Benedict has been in Addison thirty-four years, thirty-one of which on this
place, which he sold to his son-in-law, Frederick P. Owen, in the spring of
Arnold Gulley, from Rhode Island, came to Addison in 1804, locating
upon the place now occupied by his son Erasmus.
Henry Brevoort came from West Haven, Vt., in 1811, and located upon
the farm now owned by his son Henry F. He was a tanner and shoemaker by
trade, and a very public-spirited man. He represented the town in the
Legislature in 1825-26; was a justice of the peace thirty years, and died
here in 1880, aged ninety-two years.
James Gorham came on foot from Massachusetts in 1810, locating upon
the farm now owned by his son Edward. He was a carpenter and joiner by
trade, and was ever respected as an upright, industrious citizen.
Gideon Carpenter, from Bennington, Vt., located in 1802 upon the farm
now occupied by his son Isaiah. He had four children, viz. Ruth, who married
Daniel Jackson ; Roxana, who married Erasmus Gulley Truman, a resident of
Vergennes, and Isaiah. Gideon died in 1803 or '04, aged eighty-four years.
Asaph Haywood, who settled in Weybridge in 1805, upon the farm now
occupied by Joseph Brown, was the grandfather of Benjamin Haywood, who
resides in the northeastern part of this town.
James Hindes came from New Jersey in 1800, locating upon the farm now
owned by Aaron Hindes, in that part of the town known as "Nortontown." The
homestead descended from James to Aaron, and thence to Aaron, jr., who has
been a prominent man in town affairs, being now upwards of seventy-five
years of age.
Wheeler French located in Addison in 1833, and his father, Nathaniel,
was one of the early settlers in New Haven. George, son of Wheeler, now
resides here, one of the ex-representatives of the town in the General
John Vanderhoof, from New Jersey, located upon the farm now owned by
his grandson, Oliver Vanderhoof, early in the present century.
Asahel Barnes was a native of Bristol, Conn. From there he removed to
New Haven, where he remained about seven years, then went to Canada and
remained two years, and finally in 1823 came to Addison, locating upon the
place now occupied by his son Asahel, Jr. The earliest settler on this place
was Benjamin Paine, though Mr. Barnes bought it of James Lewis, whose wife
was an adopted daughter of Paine. Mr. Barnes died In June, 1859, in his
eighty-second year, while on a visit to his daughter, Mrs. Alfred Roscoe, of
New Haven. Asahel, Jr., was born in 1810, at Bristol, Conn., and came to
Addison with his father. He purchased the homestead in 1844. In 1837 he
removed to Canada, but returned in 1845. Mr. Barnes married Salina Northrup,
of Burlington, October 8, 1844, who died May 14, 1847, and in November,
1849, he married Ellen S. Crane, of Addison. Mr. Barnes has had six children
born to him, though but four are living, viz.: Charles N., born March 28,
1847 now residing with his father; Albert, born in June, 1853, now of
Chicago ; Ella, born in September, 1854, wife of Winslow C. Watson, of
Plattsburgh, N. Y.; and Millard Fillmore, born August 21, 1856.
Arzah Crane came from Burlington in 1814 and settled on the farm now
occupied by Shepard Olcott, about one and one-fourth miles north of Asahel
Barnes's. His daughter E1len is the wife of Asahel Barnes. He died at Essex,
N. Y., in 1861.
In the following paragraph we give briefly the names and the location chosen
by a number of the early settlers, which, with what we have already written,
will give the reader a tolerable idea of the town in its early days:
John Murray located upon the farm now owned by Judson Hurd. The Picket
family located in the southwestern part of the town, on the lake shore.
Jeremiah Day located near "The Corners," but subsequently moved to Canton;
among his descendants are Judson and George Day. Levi Hanks, father of
William, located in the southeastern part of the town, near Asa Willmarth's;
Lyman Hurd, just south of Asa Willmarth's; Simon Smith, in the northeastern
part of the town; Samuel Low, in the eastern part of the town; Eli Squires
settled in the northeastern part of the town. Isaiah Clark settled near the
center of the town and had three sons, Lyman, Asahel and Isaiah, jr., and
Lyman occupies the old homestead Asahel is represented by his sons Warren D.
and Isaiah, jr., by his son George, and a daughter, Mrs. Byron Smith; Thomas
Dexter, in the western part of the town; Otis Pond upon the place now owned
by George Clark. Aaron Warner located upon a farm north of the present
residence of C. W. Reed. Justus Smith, father of Byron Smith, lived and died
about three-fourths of a mile cast of the meeting-house at the Center.
Joseph Spencer lived in the northeast part of the town upon the farm now
occupied by Joseph Barber, and had a son Joseph and a daughter Susan. Andrew
Murray settled in the western part of the town. The Sacket family located in
the northeastern part of the town; Jeremiah Adams and David White in the
northeastern part of the town ; Robert Chambers in the western part of the
town; Jacob and John Post in the neighborhood of the Willmarths; William
Mills in the northeastern part of the town. David Pond settled upon the farm
now owned by his son Alvin. Benjamin Norton settled in what is now known as
"Nortontown." John Herriman located in the southwestern part of the town,
near Hospital Creek, which formerly bore his name.
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