Jan (John) Vroom married Jannetje (Jane) Vroom 31 July 1781.

John Vroom was born about 1751 in Somerville, New Jersey, the son of Hendrick Vroom and Garretje (Charity) Staats.  His family was descended from Dutch settlers in New Amsterdam. 

Jane Vroom was born 1 Oct 1755 in Raritan NJ, the daughter of George (Joris) Vroom and Sara Remsen.  Jannetje’s father died when she was just over a year old. She moved with her mother and two half-brothers to Jamaica, NY, where some of her mother’s family lived. Sara married Douwe Ditmars of that town when Jannetje was about 6. She became known by the English form of her name: Jane Vroom.  Jane married Isaac Ditmars, her step brother, on 26 September 1771 in Jamaica, New York.  They had two children, and Isaac died in 1780 in New York.   

Jane and John married 31 July 1781. They were first cousins. The Vroom and Ditmars families were Loyalists.  In 1783, Capt. Douwe Ditmars of Long Island set sail for Annapolis with 79 men, 47 women, 103 children, and 9 servants – including John Vroom.  Although many Loyalists moved away, not one of the Long Islanders who settled on the Shore moved away, maintaining Dutch character of Annapolis County, Nova Scotia. They settled in Clements Township, probably in or near present day Cornwallis or Deep Brook. They attended church in Moose River (now Clementsport). 

John was counted in the muster roll of disbanded officers, discharged and disbanded soldiers and Loyalists taken in Annapolis County in June of 1784.  He was also counted on the 1891 poll tax lists. 

Jane had eight children, 78 grandchildren, and about 286 great grandchildren.  Her bible was preserved and now is in the collections of the Old St. Edward’s museum in Clementsport.  It contains the only known record of births, marriages and deaths of various members of her family. Jane died 28 January 1830 and John on 18 June 1833 in Clementsport.  The cemetery at St Edwards has numerous headstones for Ditmars and Vroom.   

Headstone:  In memory of John Vroom who departed this life June 18 1833, aged 76 years.  “In life esteemed, in death deplored.  Has gone to meet his great reward.”

Headstone:  In memory of Jane Vroom who departed this life Jan 28, 1830 in the 75th year of her age.

Old St. Edward’s Church, at Clementsport, was consecrated 17 September, 1797, and is one of the oldest surviving churches in Nova Scotia. Its proportions and method of construction are examples of a New England meetinghouse style melded with overtones of classical detail. Prior to the completion of St Edward’s Church in 1795, religious services in the Clements area would have been held in the homes and barns of local settlers. This began to change in 1790 when fifty families of the Clements area petitioned Bishop Charles Inglis, the first Bishop of Nova Scotia, for the construction of a church at Clementsport. Local tradition holds that the land that the church was built on was purchased from Douwe Ditmars for the cost of one peppercorn. The deed dated February 27, 1797, shows that the price was later amended to five shillings. Timber used in the construction was apparently taken from the land cleared to build the church.

In 1894, a new church was built closer to the water in Clementsport to replace St. Edward’s. By this time the original church had fallen into a state of disrepair. Since this new church was also given the name St Edward’s, the original building took on the honourary title of Old St. Edward’s. While consent was given to demolish the old church, this never took place. The community of Clementsport began to restore the old church in 1916. The church is still consecrated and a service is held annually on the third Sunday of August. Old St. Edward’s currently operates as a museum during the summer months.  The pews have brass nameplates showing the names of the original owners.  It was an honor to sit in the very pews once used by my 5th great grandparents.


Frank Brown married Edla Winship 30 July 1907

Edla Mabel Winship was born & January 1882 in Chelmsford MA, daughter of Marcus H Winship and Clara Butterfield.   She had one older sister, Florence, and her father was a grocer.  In 1900, her family lived on West Chelmsford Road in Chelmsford.  Ella was a student. 

Frank Ray Brown was born 25 July 1883 in Hanover NH, the only child of John Nelson Brown and Josephine Hipsaih Hatch.  The Grafton County Gazetteer of June 1886 reported that John N Brown, machinist, has carried on the business of making special machinery, models, and general jobbing, about 10 years.  The 1900 census lists the Brown family in Durham NH, where John was listed as machinist – teacher, and Frank at age 16 was a college student.  Although a street address was not recorded, they apparently lived in town, as almost everyone on that census sheet was listed as teachers, at college, or professions other than farming. 

Frank married Edla on 30 July 1907, in West Chelmsford, by Rev Francis D Taylor.  The marriage was recorded there, and with the Durham NH town clerk.  He was a teacher in Durham, she was a teacher in West Chelmsford.   Edla’s mother had died in 1903, and Frank’s father died in 1908.

The 1910 census lists Frank and Edla Brown in Durham.  Their son Nelson Winship was one year old, and Frank’s mother lived with them.  Frank was an instructor at the college machine shop and they lived in a rented home. 

The 1917 Strafford County directory lists Frank R Brown living at 17 High Street, (Farmington) with Brown Auto Supply (garage, autos, and supplies) at 17 Central.  When he registered for the WW1 draft, in September 1918, he reported the same home and business address, with Edla as his nearest relative.  He was described as grey eyes, brown hair, medium height and build, and no physical disqualifications. 

Frank and Edla moved to Winchester MA and are listed in the 1919 city directory.  They lived at 208 Main, and Frank continued his work as a machinist.  They were counted there in the 1920 census.  Nelson was 10, and Josephine still lived with the family.  It appears that Nelson, like his father, was an only child.  That tradition carried on one more generation, as Nelson had only one child. 

By 1927, the Browns had moved back to NH.  The Milford city directory says they lived on Hollis Road (Amherst) and Frank was now a poulterer.  The 1930 census has that same information.  Nelson was working as a house painter, and Frank’s mother still lived with them.  (She died in 1934.)

Frank registered for the WWII draft at the Milford town hall.  His occupation was Abbot Machine Works in Wilton.  His nearest relative was Edla, and he was described as 5’8”, 1?0 pounds (image faded), blue eyes, gray hair, light complexion. 

Nelson’s niece Evelyn remembers that Browns raised chickens.  At Christmas time, the Hodges girls always had to wait for him to go home to feed the chickens, then come back, before they could open their presents.  That gave the women time to clean up after dinner. 

I do not have a death date for Frank.  The last record I have for him is the 1942 WWII registration.  I do not have a death date for Edla.  The last record I have for her is a news item in the Nashua Telegraph dated Sep 12, 1959:  Nashua Telegraph real estate transactions – Edla M Brown to Russell F and Janice L Brown, Milford, land and buildings on Border st.


George Vroom married Sarah VanBuskirk 29 July 1841

George Augustus Wellington Vroom was born about 1811 in Nova Scotia, the son of George Vroom and Mary Amberman.  Sarah Jane VanBuskirk was born 26 May 1819 in Wilmot, Nova Scotia, daughter of Charls VanBusKirk and Garritje Vroom.  George and Sarah were married 29 July 1841 in Clements, NS at St Clements Parish at the Widow Purdy’s house by Rev W. M. Godfrey, with George Vroom (father), John Vroom (brother) and John Purdy (prob related to Widow Purdy and/or Vrooms) as witnesses. They were first cousins. 

George and Sarah had ten children, and lived in the Clements area of Annapolis County, in Nova Scotia.  George was a sailor and was lost at sea.  The following news item tells of the loss:

SCHOONER LIZZIE CHUTE went ashore at Chegoggin Point [by Yarmouth NS] on Friday night, January 10th, and broke up. All of the crew perished, as follows: John Graham master; David M. Pine mate; George A. Vroom steward; Jacob Johnston, Robert Hawkins, Norman Corkes and Edgar Turner (all four colored), seamen. Charles H. Chute, only son of H. H. Chute, one of the owners, 17 years of age, was a passenger, and also perished. Capt. Graham left a widow and six children, and Vroom a large family. Hawkins and Johnston also left families. Vessel 162 tons register, only six months old, and owned by Chute & Dunn, of Bear River. Her cargo consisted of sugar and molasses. Insured $2000. All the bodies were recovered.


From the Isle of Cape Breton, the port of Cow Bay,

A schooner, the “Vivid,” had started one day

Coal laden for Halifax, sails were all set,

But failed on the ocean by storms that they met.

Daniel Johnson, the captain, and crew of good men,

A minister and wife and six children, all then

With good cheer and prospects upon the great main,

But alas they went down, their hopes were in vain.

And then Lizzie Chute,” was another by name,

From West Indies coming with Captain John Graham,

She struck on the rocks on January ten,

And met a sad fate in all seven men.

A young man among them, Charles Herbert, the one,

Only son of the owner, who now felt undone,

But they went, with the mate, David Pyne and George Vroom,

And a colored cook too, a very sad doom.

Another, the ” Heiress,” at Bear River’s mouth,

Was well lumber laden and off for the South;

But alas she was doomed and by fire consumed;

And so the trip ended as may be presumed.

C. H. W. June, 1893.

George & Sarah are buried in Bear River, NS.  A listing of their family at Bear River Cemetery shows that many of the family died young including two sons also lost at sea.

George A. Vroom, lost at sea Jan 14, 1868 aged 54

Sarah. J. wife d. Jan 28, 1880 aged 66

Paul A. d Sep 7, 1847 aged 2 yrs.

Sophia d Oct 22, 1856 aged 4 yrs

Sarah G. d Jan 19, 1862 aged 12 yrs

Fannie d Dec 9, 1862 aged 17;

Horatio E. lost at sea Oct 17, 1868 aged 20;

William F. W. lost at sea Sep 8, 1880 aged 21

Andre Patry (Patris, Patre) married Henriette Cartois 28 July 1675

Andre Patry was born in 1649 in Airvault, France, son of Rene Patry and Renee Cousinet.  He was from the area of the Thouet River which was known in the Roman times as the “Valley of Gold.”   The local church in his area was built over 800 years ago and is still standing.  Henrietta Cartois was born in 1651 in Paris, daughter of Lambert Cartois and Marie Lambert.

Henriette was born about 1651 in Paris.  She was an orphan, and went to New France as one of the Daughters of the King, young women sent to Quebec to encourage the men there to marry and settle and help keep the English out.  The following description of her life is from the Internet – I do not remember the source and was not able to find it again. 

Henriette was an orphan girl who grew up to be one of the “daughters of the King”. She left France on the ship Saint-Jean-Baptiste from the port of Dreppe in June 1671. She arrived in Quebec on 18 Oct 1671. Suitors presented themselves on arrival and she signed a contract with Michel Autebout. They married on 26 Oct 1671 at Notre-Dame de Quebec. They had two girls, Jeanne and Genevieve. Michel died soon after the birth of Genevieve. Her second marriage was with our ancestor Andre Patry and they had five children. She was with all the socialites of the time. When her second husband died she married a soldier named Jean Coutelet dit Larochelle. She soon separated from him and lost her means of survival. By 1701 she struggled for survival as a beggar. She was taken to court on 15 Jul 1702 for robbing a man of playing card money after he refused her charity. Playing card money was playing cards that were blank on the back that had promissory notes written on the back. These cards were used freely in Quebec as money due to the shortage of currency since money arriving from France was sent back to purchase more than what was produced in New France. The old playing card money was burned when currency arrived and new playing card money used when the money from France was consumed.

Andre Patry died in 1691.  Henriette died 23 July 1729.

Samuel Paul married Myra May Leonard 27 July 1908

Samuel Charles Paul was born 19 September 1885 in Compton, Quebec, the second of three children of William Francis Paul and Lydia Ann Degoosh. The 1891 Canada census lists Samuel with his family in Compton.  The family’s religion was “Church of England”.  His father and mother could read and write, and they reported no infirmities in the family (deaf, mute, blind, or insane.)  The list of people includes Willie and Aaron Paul, but those are really William and Aaron Garey, Lydia’s sons from a previous marriage. 

Samuel’s family moved back to Barton, and are listed there in 1900.   William was a farmer.  Lydia reported 12 children born, nine living.  Samuel had an older sister Ethel Eliza, and a younger sister Myrtle.  William and Aaron lived with the family, as did Joseph H Labor, Samuel’s half brother. 

Samuel’s sister Myrtle died in 1903.  His sister had married Thomas Pitchford, but she died in 1908.

Myra May Leonard was born 23 September, 1887, in St. Thomas Du Pierreville, Quebec, daughter of Mitchel Leonard and Rosa Jarome.  On 27 July 1908, she married Samuel Paul.  At the time of marriage, he was a farmer residing in Barton. 

Sam and Myra’s first son was born in Barton in 1909 (died 1992).  William Mitchell Paul was named for his two grandfathers.    The family was counted in the 1910 census in Barton.  It says that Sam had immigrated (from Quebec to US) in 1895. 

Rose Ila was born in Charleston in 1912 (died 1970), and named after her grandmother.  Ethel Olive was probably named for Samuel’s older sister.  Edith Myrtle carries Samuel’s younger sister’s name as her middle name.  Sam and Myra eventually had seven children – the son followed by six daughters, all of whom married and had children. 

Samuel registered for the WW1 Draft from Sheffield.  The card said that he was a natural born citizen born in Quebec.  The registrar clarified that he was born in Quebec from naturalized parents.  He claimed a wife and four children.  He was described as short, medium build, light blue eyes and dark brown hair. 

In 1920, the family lived and farmed on Duck Pond Road in Sheffield.  Samuel’s mother had died in 1914, and his father William lived with Samuel.   Samuel and Mary could read and write.  They rented their home. 

Around 1921, the family moved to Barton, where daughter Ruth was born.   The last child was born in 1926 in Westmore, and Samuel reported that he was a machinist.  In 1930, Samuel and Myra lived in Barton, where he worked as a plumber.  They lived on South Barton Road, and his father William still lived with them. 

Samuel and Myra still lived in Barton when he registered for the WWII draft.  He was described as 5’6”, 115 pounds, blue eyes, gray hair, and initials tattooed on his left arm.  He was employed by Carl Labor, but no occupation was listed.   (Carl is son of Joseph H Labor, Samuel’s half brother.  Family Tree Maker says Samuel is Carl’s half uncle.)

Samuel and Myra moved to Concord NH, possibly because daughter Rosa Paul (Mrs Moses Champagne) lived there.  Samuel died in Concord in June, 1968, and Myra died 3 September, 1983.  Both were buried at Saint Paul’s Cemetery in Barton. 


Adam Hintz married Julianna Weiss 26 July 1818

Adam Hintz was born 15 August 1799, and Julianna Weiss was born in 1802, both in Poland.  Both were of German descent, but I do not know their parents.  Adam and Julianna were part of the recruitment and migration of Germans to Russia, encouraged by Catherine the Great to come settle her country, and to provide a buffer against some of Russia’s neighbors. http://www.lib.ndsu.nodak.edu/grhc/history_culture/history/people.html tells the story of Germans in Russia. Leipzig was founded in 1815, Zerpnevoye is current the Russian name. 

Adam and Julianna were married on 26 July 1818 in Leipzig, Akkerman District, Bessarabia, Russia.  Adam and Julianna had eight children.  Three died as infants.  Their children died in Russia.  When the Germans settled in Russia, they were supposed to be able to keep their own language, religions and schools, and not have to serve in the Russian military.  In two generations, those conditions changed, and many of Adam’s grandchildren left Russia and went to the United States and Canada.   The following is a timeline for the community of Liepzig.  The land was owned by General Subanajew and the cabinet advisor known as Chanov who broke the land into 60 desjantines or about 65 acres of land.  

  • 1814 /15 – German-Russian village of Leipzig was officially established 128 families. Many were Separatists, a religious movement of the times.  The village was named in honor of those who fought in the Battle of Leipzig (18 Oct 1813) under the victorious Tsar Alexander I and Napoleon’s Army.  Each colonist received: a yoke of oxen; one cow; one wooden wagon; plow; harrow; spade; pick; two sickles; hammer; food stuff; daily allowance of 5 kopecks per person.
  • 1815 the villagers who were part of the Lutheran community was taken into the Parish of Tarutino
  • 1821 to 1823 failed harvest
  • 1826 Grasshopper Plague
  • 1823 Livestock Epidemic
  • 1827 Report showed the village had achieved: The homes were: only one house of stone;12 wicker [reed] houses which had been plastered; 3 were sod houses; 2 earthen houses; 100 wells; 126 orchards and vineyards; Domestic Animals: 254 horses; 1118 cattle; 644 sheep Grasshopper Plague repeated
  • 1829 School was completed
  • 1831 Cholera Epidemic
  • 1833 Failed Harvest Livestock Epidemic 
  • 1843 Fifteen more families joined the Leipzig colony from 1847 Grasshopper Plague
  • 1848 Cholera Epidemic
  • 1855 Cholera Epidemic Livestock Epidemic
  • 1860 There is mentioned that immigration from Leipzig had already started
  • 1868 Second school was completed There is mention that teachers had been given homes in which to live…
  • 1885 The last family members of Johann Friedrich Hintz (deceased, son of Adam and Julianna) moved to the Dakota Territories. 
  • 1894 Administration District Offices were built or were in the process of being built as needed due to having the local train depot for the area….
  • 1913 to 1915 the railroad between Leipzig and Akkerman which ended in Vladivostok, Siberia…. was completed in time for the soldiers to be transported for WW I
  • 1920 King Ferdinand I von Hohenzollern and his Queen visited Leipzig Parish
  • 1927 Report: Houses: 963 stone and brick houses; 648 horse stables; 502 barns; 135 dripping wells; 121 artesian wells; 995 houses; 1239 cattle; 3801 sheep; crops were: linseed (flax), Castor beans, soy beans, wheat, oats, corn
  • 2 Sept 1927 a major cloud burst caused the Kogaelnik River to churn into a “ocean of fury” and it affected Leipzig….
  • 1939 More than half of the German-Russian families had left Leipzig
  • 1940 Deportation of German-Russians from Bessarabia to Siberia, Middle Asia, or German-occupied Poland. 


Julia Maria Adams died 25 July 1935

Julia Maria Adams was born 27 July 1842. Her parents were Joseph Adams and Dorothy “Dolly” Adams.  The family lived at Mill Row in Chelmsford, and her father was a miller.  She has used both names, Julia and Maria (pronounced Mariah) in various records. 

In 1850, Julia and her older brother John Joseph were living with their grandparents, Ephraim and Tabitha Adams, in Chelmsford.  The 1855 Massachusetts state census lists Julia and John still with her grandparents.  I do not know why they were not with their parents. 

The 1860 federal census shows Maria Adams, student, boarding with Mary Ann Cragin, in Milford, NH. 

Julia returned to Chelmsford and there on 25 December 1863, she married Newton Perham, son of Joseph Perham and Abigail Melendy.  He was her first cousin once removed, born in, and resident of Lyndeboro NH.   This was the first marriage for both, and performed by Rev. H W. Morse, pastor of Union Parish in Chelmsford.  They moved to New Hampshire, and raised their family there.   

In 1870, Newton and Maria lived in Milton, where Newton worked as a farm laborer.  He did not own real estate and their personal property was valued at $500.  The family included two daughters, Lizzie M and Kazia.  I have had some problems sorting out Julia’s first children.  I believe that she had twin daughters born in 1867.  One was still-born, and her birth/death record did not have a first name.  The other, Lilia Lizzie, died in 1874 of scarlet fever.  One thing that led to confusion was that the index card reporting Lizzie’s death said that she died at age 6 months, 5 days.  This card was copied from the original records and I believe it was copied incorrectly, that she died at age 6 years and 5 months, as reported in the “Farmer’s Cabinet”, the newspaper published in nearby Amherst.

By 1880, Maria J Perham was living in Amherst, with her husband, and three surviving children.  Besides Kazia, the children were Joseph Scott and Mary-Grace Lillian Perham.  Newton was now working as a granite quarrier.  Maria took in a boarder, George Pearson.  Their last child, Perley, was born in 1882.  Son Joseph Scott died in 1892 of la grippe (an old name for influenza.)

The 1900 census lists Maria J’s family living on Amherst Street in Milford.  Newton was a granite quarryman.  Kazia was no longer in the household.  Lillian (Mary Grace) was working as a milliner.  Perley was at school.  Maria’s mother in law, Dolly Perham, was also in the household. 

Julia’s husband Newton died in 1909 and is buried at West Street Cemetery.  In 1910, Maria lived at 19 High Street in Milford.  She was recorded as a companion to an older woman.  The Milford city directory shows that by 1913, she moved next door to 21 High, where she worked as a housekeeper.   In 1917, she lived at 4 High and worked as a housekeeper.

The 1920 census lists Maria J at 4 High Street.  She had two boarders.  One was Doris Martin, who worked for a domestic for a private family.  The other was Maria’s granddaughter, Lillian Richardson, age 14 (daughter of Mary Grace and Will Richardson). 

Julia’s daughter Kazia had married Hiram Porter Chase in 1905 and was living in Massachusetts, where she worked as a music teacher.  Kazia died between 1920 and 1930.  In 1930, Maria was living with Hiram on Oxford Street in Cambridge, MA. 

Julia moved to Wilton NH in about 1931, and died there 25 July 1935, at age 92.  Cause of death was pulmonary edema and acute myocarditis caused by arterial sclerosis.  Her death record (index card) recorded her name as Myra J, but has the correct mother and husband’s names.  She was buried at West Street Cemetery with other family members, and is listed on FindAGrave. 

She was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution, as Mrs. Maria J Perham, claiming her great great grandfather Lieut. Col. Moses Parker as her Revolutionary War ancestor.  Moses Parker had served in the early wars, was appointed lieutenant-colonel of the 27th regiment of Minutemen, 1775. He was wounded at Bunker Hill, taken captive, and carried to Boston. After the amputation of his leg he died in prison, 1775.

In later years, she was also called Nanny Perham. Maria bequeathed about $5000 to various family members, as shown below: 

I, Maria J. Perham of Cambridge in the County of Middlesex and Commonwealth of  Massachusetts, being of lawful age and of sound and disposing mind and memory, do hereby make, publish, and declare this to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking any and all former wills by me ever made.

FIRST:  I direct my Executor, hereinafter named, to pay out of my estate all my just debts, funeral expenses, and charges of administration.

SECOND:  I give and bequeath to my son, Perley W. Perham, the sum of Three Thousand Dollars ($3000.)

THIRD:  I give and bequeath to my son in law, Hiram Porter Chase, the sum of Five Hundred Dollars.

FOURTH:  I give and bequeath to my following named grand-children the sum of One Hundred and Fifty Dollars each, vis:  Lillian A. Hodges, Mary Christine Whittemore, William Scott Richardson, Olive June Richardson, Ruth Maria Richardson, John Newton Perham.

FIFTH:  I give and bequeath to my niece, Ella J. Adams, the sum of Two Hundred Dollars.

SIXTH:  I give and bequeath to my nieces, Hattie B. Clark, Abby F. Clark, and Mrs. Mabel Emerson the sum of Twenty-five Dollars each.

SEVENTH:    I give and bequeath to my nieces and nephew, Etta F. Badge, Nora Chandler, Gertrude Schallenger, Emma Bills and Willis Chandler, the sum of Fifteen Dollars each.

EIGHTH:  I give and bequeath to my son in law, Will F. Richardson, the sum of Fifty Dollars.

NINTH:  I give and bequeath by my Great-Grand-Daughters, Ruth L. Hodges, Evelyn Hodges, and Bessie Whittemore, the sum of Ten Dollars each.

TENTH:   I give and bequeath to the Town of Milford, New Hampshire, the sum of One Hundred Dollars in Trust for the perpetual care of the family lot in Cemetery No. 3.

ELEVENTH:  I give and bequeath to the Unitarian Church of Milford, New Hampshire, the sum of One Hundred Dollars.

TWELFTH:  All the rest and residue of my estate, both real and personal, of whatever kind or nature and wherever situated, I give and bequeath and devise unto Perley W. Perham, Ella J. Adams, and Hiram P. Chase, share and share alike.

THIRTEENTH:    I name, constitute, and appoint William Emerson of Wilton, New Hampshire, as Executor of this my last will and testament, consisting of two sheets of paper.

                        IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty-fourth day of January A.D. 1930

                                                                        Maria J. Perham    

            Signed, sealed and published by the above named Maria J. Perham as her last will and testament, in the presence of us, who, at her request and in her presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.

                                                                        Harold D. Cheever                  of Wilton NH

                                                                        Edwin A. French                     of Wilton NH

                                                                        Fred W. Clark                         of Wilton NH







Loyal Marcel Laber born 24 July 1892 or so…

Loyal Laber was born 24 July 1890, 91, or 92, or 1895, in Morristown, VT.  The Vermont Death Record lists his year of birth as 1890.  The Social Security Death Index and his WWII draft card lists it as 1891.  His WW1 card says 1892.  I have no birth record for him.  He was the first child of six of Marcel Labor and Jennie Clara Hale.  In 1900, the family lived in Wolcott VT, where his father was a farmer.  The census-taker recorded Loyal’s birth as July 1895, giving him yet another year of birth.  This census says that Loyal’s mother Carrie has already had four children, two still living.  The two listed in the census are Loyal and George.  An unnamed male child was born 21 September 1895 and died before 1900.  An unnamed daughter was stillborn 20 March 1900.  Loyal had two more sisters, Mary Emma and Erva Lucinda, born in 1902 and 1906.

In 1910, Loyal’s family lived in Waterbury, VT, on Loomis Road near Stone Hollow.  Marcel was a laborer on a dairy farm, as was Loyal, at age 15.  Actually, everyone on this census sheet was a dairy farmer or laborer on a dairy farm. 

Loyal’s mother died in 13 February 1913 in Chester VT, of tuberculosis and exhaustion. 

In 1917, Loyal registered for the first World War, from Wolcott VT.  He was single, employed as a laborer on a farm owned by Hugh Green.  Loyal was described as medium height, medium build, light brown eyes, and dark brown hair.   Loyal did serve in World War as a Private in the 302nd Field Artillery.  http://www.archive.org/details/302ndfieldartill01unit tells the history of the unit.  Loyal was in the Supply Company. 

I have not yet located Loyal in the 1920 census. He was not with his father.

On 9 October, 1923, L M Laber crossed into Canada at Beebe Junction, Quebec.   The record says he was 32, born in Morrisville.  He was single, a US citizen.  He was crossing into Quebec in quest of Christmas trees, occupation tree cutter.  He was able to read English, was Protestant, and had $25 with him.  He was on his way to North Hatley, but I was unable to read the name of the person at that location. 

Sometime about 1928 or 1929, Loyal married Hazen Marjorie Abbot, who was born about 1909, the daughter of Jacob Newell Abbot and Fessie Belle Ainsworth.  In 1930, they lived in Morristown where Loyal worked as the hired man for a farmer.  They eventually had seven children, all born in Vermont. 

In 1940, the family lived in Morristown, and Loyal worked as a farm laborer.

In 1942, Loyal Marshall Laber, resident of Hardwick VT, was registered for the WW2 draft. 

Hazel died 3 August 1959 in New Hampshire.  Loyal eventually moved to the Vermont Soldier’s Home in Bennington, and died there on 28 February, 1967. 

Bennington Banner March 1, 1967 Obituaries:  Loyal M. Laber, 76, a resident of the Vermont Soldiers’ Home for seven months, died Tuesday night.  He was born in Stowe July 24, 1890, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Laber.  A World War I veteran, he had served with the 302nd Field Artillery Supply Co.  Survivors include three sons, Harold of Grayson, Ky., Phillip and Dewey of Mountain View; a sister, Mrs. Erma Griswald of Burlington.  There will be no calling hours at Hanson Walbridge Funeral Home.  The funeral will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. W. Earle Forman, Soldier’s Home chaplain, officiating.  Burial will be in the spring in the cemetery at the Soldiers’ Home.

Bennington Banner March 4, 1967 Funeral Notice: Funeral services for Loyal M. Laber, a veteran of World War 1, were held Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, with the Rev. W. Earle Forman, chaplain, officiating.  Bearers from the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars post were Kenneth Baker, Edward Rood, Ernest Costa, and Frank Orr.  Staff and residents of the Soldiers’ Home were in attendance.  Entombment was at Park Lawn Cemetery.  Burial will be at the Soldiers’ Home in the spring, with military honors.

Loyal M Laber was buried at the veterans’ home cemetery.  His headstone lists his year of birth as 1890.  His headstone has a metal star and US Flag and is located in the southeast corner – interments were done chronologically so it is easy to find by checking the dates.  He is also on Find-A-Grave.

John William Pallister died 23 July 1902

John Pallister was born about 1858 in Castle Eden, in County Durham, England, the son of Thomas and Mary Pallister.  County Durham is on the northeast coast of England.  The 1861 census lists John with his parents at Hedshope, in Castle Eden.  His father was an agricultural laborer.  He had an older sister Ann, and younger brother, Richard. 

In 1871, the family was in Heighington.  The census had several levels of location:  country of England, county of Durham, registration district of Darlington, sub-registration district of Aycliffe, town of Heighington, civil parish of Heighington.  His father was a farm laborer.  John was a scholar.  It looks like they lived at Lewisburn (?) cottage. 

In 1877, John married Sarah Maughan in Stockton, Durham County.  They are recording in the quarterly index so I know they were married in January, February, or March, but not the exact date.  Sarah was the daughter of William Maughan, and was born in Bradbury, Durham County. 

The 1881 census shows John Pallister living with his mother at 1 Providence Row in St. Giles, in Durham County.  He is listed as married but Sarah was not living with him.  John was a plate setter, which was a railway job.  Sarah was living with her father and her son John in Bradbury.  My records show that Thomas Pallister, son of John and Sarah, and the man who married Ella Tourville, was born in 1878, but I was not able to locate him in the 1881 census.  His birth date came from his obituary, and I don’t have a birth record for him.  Perhaps he was actually born after the census. 

John and Sarah’s son Joseph was born in 1884 in England.  The next son, Ernest, was born in 1889 in Colorado, so we know that John and Sarah came with three sons sometime after 1884.  I was not able to find them in the Castle Garden records (the arrival place of immigrants before Ellis Island opened) and I did not find them in the 1885 Colorado state census. 

John and Sarah and sons settled in Eagle County in Colorado.  The Eagle County Blade reported:  On the night of November 21, 1894, Mr. [John] Pallister was shot and severely wounded by one Dan Wright. Wright and his brother Henry were on a drunken spree and frightened Mrs. Hawley and her daughter, who fled from their house to Pallister’s place for protection. The latter started out after the belligerents and met them. In the encounter part of his lower jaw was shot away by Dan Wright. Wright was afterward convicted of an assault, we believe, at least his sentence was 60 days in the county jail.

Their son John died in 1898 in Edwards.  Earnest died sometime before 1900.  Their fifth and final son Frank was born in 1899 in Edwards. 

John served as the Eagle County Humane Officer in 1899, but that job did not go smoothly for him.  On March 16, 1899, the Eagle County Blade reported that citizens of Minturn wanted John Pallister, Humane agent, to be impeached.  He was accused of “an excessive zeal in killing stock on the range.  This winter has been a serious loss of cattle due to the severe storms, and those which weathered the severe season have come out in a starving condition.  It seems that Pallister has encountered a number of those animals, and considering that they were in misery and suffering he has summarily shot them on the spot.  The ranchers make the complaint that there was no necessity for the action of the humane agent; that many which were shot would have lived through the winter and their killing was a destruction of property unwarranted by law.”  Pallister stated in his defense that the cattle killed were in the last stages of starvation and it was necessary to put them out of their misery.  The newspaper seemed to side with the ranchers, saying that there has not been great loss or any loss of stock on account of starvation, that there is plenty of feed.

On 9 Sep 1899 the Eagle County Times reported:  Mr John Pallister, one of the prosperous ranchers of Edwards, was in the city Sunday en route home from Leadville.  John has an immense crop of hay; but is in no haste to unload at the prevailing prices.  He will hold it till spring if necessary for a satisfactory market. 

The 1900 census listed John and Sarah at Lakes precinct in Eagle County.  He lived near Charles Tourville.  The previous year, his son Thomas has married Charles’ daughter Ella.  This record shows that Sarah had five children, three still living.  Another neighbor was Daniel Siddell. 

John died 23 July 1902 in Lake Creek, the victim of a shooting.  The local papers reported the event as follows:   


Another tragedy occurred in the county yesterday, the scene being on Lake creek. John Pallister was shot to death at his ranch by L. A. Siddall, son of D. E. Siddall. The affray occurred about 11 o’clock in the forenoon, and news was soon afterward telephoned to the sheriff and coroner. Sheriff Frank Farnum, Under Sheriff Nims and Coroner W. H. Farnum started for the scene with a rig and at Minturn met young Siddall accompanied by his father and Charles Tourville, a neighbor, on route to the county seat to give himself up. The under sheriff returned to the county seat with the party while the sheriff and coroner went on to the scene of the tragedy. The abbreviated story of the fatal affray as told by L.A. or “Bert” Siddall is as follows: Through some horse deal which the Siddalls had supposed was closed satisfactorily to Pallister at the time, Pallister has lately claimed a balance due him of $5. Yesterday morning Bert Siddall passed Pallister’s place, met the latter and had a talk with him about the matter. Pallister blustered a good deal and threatened and said he had sent for the sheriff to come and get the horse over which the dispute arose. Bert claiming to be desirous of avoiding any trouble, went to a neighbor, William McCourtrie, borrowed $5 and returned to Pallister’s premises. At McCourtie’s the nature of his errand back to Pallister’s was explained and William Goffin followed and is said to have been an eye witness of what followed. Upon Siddall’s reappearance on the premises Pallister, bearing a 30-40 Winchester rifle, met him at the barn. Siddall tendered him the $5, when Pallister flew into a rage, knocked the money from the young man’s hand and with a threat thrust the muzzle of the rifle against Siddall’s body. Siddall grasped the weapon and forced it aside, at the same time drawing his own revolver, a 38 caliber, and began shooting. In the struggle at close quarters Pallister lost possession of his own gun and made for the house calling to his family to bring him the other gun (presumably a shot gun.) Siddall followed him up and exhausted his revolver, four shots, without disabling Pallister. Then, fearing the latter would secure the shot gun, Sidall hastily returned to the scene of the commencement of the trouble, snatched up the Winchester from the ground and shot and killed Pallister just as he reached this door. The Blade is unable at this time to secure the story of the eye witness or of Pallister’s family. However this will likely be heard at the inquest which in all probability is being held today. Young Siddall claims self defense and believes that his prompt action alone saved his life.  No one familiar with the conditions which have for some time past existed in the vicinity of Lake Creek will be surprised to hear of the tragedy. Whether for good reasons or not, the entire community has lived in fear and dread of John Pallister. There has been a good deal of devilment committed in the neighborhood and of late years it has all been laid at Pallister’s door. Stock has been wantonly shot and killed on the range; fires mysteriously started; property stolen; machinery damaged unaccountably, and three men have mysteriously disappeared. Pallister has never been accused before a court of any of this mischief but the belief among his neighbors is that he was guilty of all of it. Complaint was not made, because such evidence as would have to be produced in court could not be secured and everybody feared to take the matter up on account of the vengeance which they believed would follow.

Young Siddall will be taken before a justice today and a preliminary hearing will doubtless be held as soon as the attendance of the district attorney can be had, when more information on both sides will likely be brought out.  (24 July 1902, Eagle County Blade, p. 1)

I did not find a news story that told the outcome of the coroner’s inquest, but a news item in 1908 mentioned Bert Siddall, so he wasn’t in prison then.  He may not have been criminally charged in the death.

John was buried at Red Cliff, Colorado.  His wife died in 1937 and was buried at Edwards.  Besides the two sons who died young, Thomas married and had a large family, and died in 1959.  Joseph apparently didn’t marry.  Frank married Elaine (last name unknown) in 1952.  He was 53, she was 35, and I do not know if they had children.  Frank died in 1980.

James Philip Johnson born 22 July 1855

James P Johnson was born 22 July 1855 in Morrison, IL, the son of William Johnson and Lorette Proctor.  James’ parents were from Vermont, and had moved west to settle in Whiteside County in Illinois in the early 1850’s.  Of their ten children, James was the first to be born in the west, and gets his middle name from his Proctor grandfather.

The family was counted in the 1860 census in the community of Lyndon in the northwest corner of Illinois, on the Rock River.  James’ father was a farmer, whose land was valued $1280, with an additional $225 value of his personal property.  In 1870, the family lived in Hahnaman, IL, in the Rock Falls postal district.  The farm had doubled in value to $2500, with personal property valued at $1050.  Hahnaman is only about 20 miles from Lyndon, and it is possible that the family didn’t move, but the locale names changed as the area developed. 

On 24 Feb 1878, James married Katie Thome, in nearby Rock Falls.  She was the daughter of Anthony Thome and Maria VanBuskirk.   James’ sister Lilly Gay later married Kate’s brother Anthony. 

James’ first daughter Maude was born in Rock Falls in 1878.  James moved his family 500 miles to Geneva, Nebraska. In 1880, he was a farmer.  Subsequent children were Grace, Harry, and Blanche.  Geneva is a small town about 60 miles southwest of Lincoln, in southeast Nebraska.  It was established about 1871 as a result of a large migration into the area.  The first election was held in a dugout home. 

The family was still in Geneva in 1900, and the four children were all in the household.  The entire family could read and write.   James’ farm was free of any mortgage.  During the next decade, James’ four children moved out.  Maude married Clarence Bumgarner and they moved to Idaho.  Grace married George Schingel and they stayed in Nebraska.  Harry married Effie (last name unknown) and they also stayed in Nebraska.  Blanche married Raymond VanPatten.  She died in 1909, as did an infant son named Harold. 

Blanche’s two daughters, Hazel and Goldie, went to live with grandparents James and Kate, and were counted with them in the 1910 census.  James had moved into town, and was living on Lincoln street in Geneva.  The census reports that rather than an occupation, he had his “own income”.  The 1920 census lists James and Kate and their two granddaughters still living on Lincoln Street on a home they owned.   

Kate died on 30 July 1924 in Geneva, and James died just over a week later, on 9 August. Both are buried at Geneva Cemetery. 





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