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land."

Jemima 4 Bradbury was daughter of Thomas 3 Bradbury, of
Salisbury, Mass., who was b. 24 Dec. 1*574, died 10 March,
1718—19 (a likeness of whom was in the family of John Joseph
Chetwood, Esoj., of Elizabeth, New Jersey), by his second
wife Mary Hilton, of Exeter, who d. 15 June, 1723, a. 45, and
whom he married, 24 Oct. 1702. The first wife of Thomas 3
Bradbury was Jemima True, to whom he was m. 30 Nov. 1700,
and who died five days afterwards, 5 December, 1700; and
hence it seems probable that the Christian name of his first
wife, the euphonous patronymic of Jemima, was introduced into
this line of the Chandler family. She was granddaughter of
William- Bradlmrv, b. - 15: 7 : 1049," died 4 Doe. 1678, who



12G THE CHANDLER FAMILY.

m. 12 March, K>72, Rebecca Wheelwright, who died 20 Dec.
1078, dun. of Rev. John Wheelwright by his wife Mary, dan.
of Edward Hutchinson, and widow of Samuel Maverick; and
gr. '^daughter of Thomas 1 Bradbury, b. at Wickem, Bonant,

Tv,\irT, :.■!: Tit 1(1 yfaxeh, 1695, " Clerk of the Writs" and town
clerk of Salisbury, Mass., by his wife Mary Perkins, whom he
m. ir>;i<>, and who died 20 Dec. 1700, and who was accused,
hut who luckily was acquitted, of witchcraft, when that silly
delusion was rife in l(>i)2. Mary Perkins was dan. of John
and Judith Perkins, of Ipswich, Mass.

Mary 3 Hilton, the mother of Jemima 4 Bradbury, died 15
June, 1728, a. 45, and was buried at Salisbury; dau. of Col.
Edward- Hilton, Esq., a prominent citizen of Exeter, X. H.,
who died 2s April, 1<!!»'.», by his wife Ann Dudley, and grand-
daughter of Hon. Edward 1 Hilton, of Dover, X". H., b. in
London, Eng., and commenced the settlement of Xew Hamp-
shire in 1623.

Ann Dudley, the wife of Col. Edward Hilton, was b. 16 Oct.
1641 — the yonn<vc<t child of Rev. Samuel 3 Dudley, of Exeter,
N. EL, who was b. 1606, in England, came to America in 1630,
d. at Exeter, 30 March, 1683, a. 77, and had m. Mary 3 Win-
throp about 1G32 ; granddaughter of Gov. Thomas 2 Dudley, b.
at Northampton, England, 1571), and came in 1630 to the
" Desert of America," and settled at Roxbury, Mass.

Gov. Thomas Dudley was the only son of Roger 1 Dudley.

Mary 3 Winthrop, the first wife of Rev. Samuel Dudley, died
12 April, 1643, at Salisbury: was daughter of Gov. John 2
Winthrop, of Boston, by his first wife Mary Foorth, whom he
married, said his father, Adam 1 Winthrop, of Stambridge,
England, in his Diary, "Cum consensu parentum, JEtatis sue
17 (Annis) 3 mensibus et 4 diebus complectis."

Capt. Chandler was a farmer, and owned about a thousand
acres extending over Chandler Hill, including the farms of
Charles and William B. Chandler. His house stood on the
road that runs east from the school-house, near the Paine, or
Capt. Samuel 5 Chandler place. [See 322.] He was a surveyor
of land, an occupation common among the enterprising in a
new country.

"July, 1724, the company of Capt. William 4 Chandler, of
Woodstock, was stationed at Leicester and Rutland." There
were at that time stationed at Leicester twenty-nine, and at
Rutland thirty-eight, men.

William Shirley, Esq. Captain General and Governor in Chief in
and over his Majesty's Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New
England, &e.



FOURTH AND FIFTH GENERATIONS. 127

To Willam Chandler, Gentleman, Greeting :

By Virtue of the Power and Authority in and l>y His Majesty's
Royal Commission to me granted ; and, in Obedience to his Royal
Pleasure signified to me hy the Duke of Now Castle, in his Grace's
Letter dated the :»"' ot April last, Whereby I am Commanded forth-
with to raise what Troops I can within this Province, to be Employed
in an Expedition for the Reduction of Canada, whereof Lieutenant
General St. Clair is Commander in Chief, and am directed to appoint
what officers I shall think proper for the Command of said Troops ;

I do, by these presents, reposing especial Trust and Confidence in
your Loyalty, Courage and good Conduct, Constitute and appoint
you the Said William Chandler to be Ensign of the Company, under
the Command of Joseph Dwight, Esq. in the Regiment whereof the
Said Joseph Dwight, Esq. is Colonel, being part of the Forces raised
within this Province for the said Expedition to Canada.

You are therefore to lead, order and Exercise the said company in
Arms, both inferior officers and Soldiers, keeping them in good order
and discipline ; hereby commanding them to obey you as their Ensign
and with them to do and Execute all acts of Hostility against Ilis
Majesty's Enemies — the French and others ; And you are to observe
and toilow such orders and directions, as you shall from time to time
receive from myself, or from the Commander in Chief of the said
Expedition, or other your superior officer in the Field, according to
the Rules and Discipline of War, pursuant to the Trust reposed in
you.

GIVEN under my Hand and Seal at Arms, at Boston, the 12th day
of June, In the Twentieth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord
king George the Second, Anno Domini 174G.

By His Excellency's Command,

J. Willakd, Sec'y. W. Shirley.

William Chandler was admitted to lull communion with the
church in Woodstock, 4 Aug. 172<S.

He was a large man, weighing about 200 lbs.

His estate, as per inventory returned the first Tuesday in
October, 1754, embraces

Fire arms at £12 : is.

Sundry Pictures in frames 96 :

His remains were interred in the cemetery by the Common,
in Woodstock, Conn., in a row with those of his grandfather
Dea. John, his father Judge John, and lour of his children.
ilis monument is a slaty sandstone slab, about 3£ feet by 8, and
there is inscribed thereon, under a crowned head and wings : —



128 THE CHANDLER FAMILY.

Here Lies ye Body of William

Chandler, Esq. who Departed

this Life June 20 th AD 1754,

in ye 57 th year of his Agerr

he descended from William

Chandler & Alrais his wife

that were of ye first Settlers

in Koxbury, and from him by

his youngest Sun John-
Chandler who moved to this
Town in ye infancy tliefrof
and from him by his Eldest
Sou John Chandler who
was ye Father of ye Deceased.

He Left Behind him 7
Sons & 3 Daughters.

On the foot-stone at his grave is a dial face with the hour
hand pointing to four o'clock, indicating that his day closed be-
fore the bright sun of his intellect had gone down into the im-
becility of age.

" Memento mori — Fugit Horae."

The children of Capt. William and Jemima (Bradbury)
Chandler were :

317. i. Thomas Bradbury, b. 26 April, 1726; m. 1750, Jane

Emott.

318. ii. William, b. 10 March, 1728; bapt. 10 March, 1728; m.

5 July, 1753, Mary Hodges.

319. m. Lemuel, b. 3 April, 1730; bapt. L2 April, 1730; m. 1 Jan.

1755, Damaris Felchar, kt both of Killingly."

320. iv. "Theofhilus, b. 13 Feb. 1732; bapt. 13 Feb. 1732; m.

first, 2(J May, 1763, Elizabeth Friuk ; m. second, Abigail
Ballard.

321. v. Jemima, b. 10 March, 1734; bapt. 17 March, 1734; m. 16

Nov. 1757, to Gen. Samuel McClellen, by Rev. Noadiah
Russell, minister of Killingly.

322. vi. Samuel; m. 17 July, 1760, Anna Paine.

323. vn. Mary, b. 14 Feb. 1738; m. 20 Oct. 1763, Dr. John Chand-

ler.

324. vm. Meiiktaijle, b. 28 Jan. 1741; bapt. 22 Feb. 1741; m. 9

Dee. 1762, Col. Ebeuezer Crafts.

325. ix. Henry, b. "Feb. ye 8 1743 old Stile ;" bapt. 19 April,

1743 [Chh. Rec] ; d. 17 April, 1756, New Style.

326. x. Wintukop, b. 6 April, old style, 1747; bapt. 19 April,

1747 [Chh. Rec] ; m. 17 Feb. 1772, to Mary Glysson,
by her father, Rev. Chas. Glysson, of Dudley, Mass.



FOURTH AND FIFTH GENERATIONS. 129



117



MARY 4 CHANDLER (John, 3 John? William 1 ) and John 1
McCoy. Her father, in bis will of 25 July, 1740, directed his
son Samuel to k ' pay unto ye four children of my Dec' 1 Daugh-
ter Mary McCoy the Sum of four pounds"; "to be Equally
Divided among them at their arrival at the age of 21 years
Respectively," " which sum of £4 with what I formerly gave
my Dauy. and her children amounts to ye full share of my
Estate."'

One of the children of Mary and John McCoy was :
i. Josepu 2 McCoy, b. recorded in Woodstock, 15 Oct. 1727.



118



ELIZABETH 4 CHANDLER- (John 3 John? William 1 ) m.
James Frissell, of Woodstock, Conn. The banns were entered
1 Jan. 1728—9, and they were m. 13 Eel). 1728-9, by John
Chandler, Esq., Jus. Peace, " in the Evening."

James Frissell Cooper and Elizabeth his wife, of Woodstock,
" sell land in Woodstock " " bounded East and west on high-
way, South on Common, North on land whereon we now
Dwell," " to John Chandler."

Woodstoek Church Records, Sept. 1, 1765 :" Voted that
James Frizell a member of this church should be recommended
to ye charity and fellowship of ye people of God in So. Brim-
field." Was this James Frissell the father or son?

The children of Elizabeth and James Frissell were :

i. James 2 Frissell, b. in Woodstock, Conn., 12 April, 1731 ; bapt.

18 April, 1731.
ii. Elizabeth' 2 Frissell, b. in Woodstock, " 8 br 30, 1733 ;" m.

Samuel 3 Paine,
iii. Mary- Frissell, b. in Woodstock, 21 May, 1736.
iv. Mehitarle- Frissell, b. in Woodstock, 14 May, 1738 ; m. Mr.

Webber, Holland, Mass.

One child, Marv Webber, d. G May, 185-4, a. 79; m. William Chandler.
[See 830.]

v. Sarah 2 Frissell, b. in Woodstock, 14 Nov. 1740; bapt. 23
Nov. 1740; m. Elijah 5 Chandler, of Pomfret, Conn. [See
341.]
vi. Samuel 2 Frissell, b. in Woodstoek, 5 Dec. 1742; bapt. 12
Dee. 1742.
17



130 THE CHANDLEJB FAMILY.

119

Capt. SAMUEL 4 CHANDLER (Jo7in, 3 John; 2 William 1 )
and Dorothy Church, Woodstock, Conn. " Capt. Samuel
Chandler, of this Town, and Mrs. Hannah Fenn, of Milford, J
Intend marriage. Bans Entered Feb. Ill, 173(!-7." [Town \
Records.] They were not married probably. ;k Capt. Samuel j
Chandler, of this Town Entered his Intention of marriage with
Airs. Dorothy Church, of Bristol, Sept. 16, 1741." [Wood- \
stock T. Ree.] [See 306.]

" Mad. Dorothy Chandler departed this Life March ye 21 st 1793
in the 79 th year of her age."

In his will his father devised that " my son Samuel shall
have, hold and Enjoy my homestead, lying on both sides of the
way, with the Edifices, buildings and fences, to be to him and
his heirs and assigns forever." With his brother Thomas, Sam-
uel was executor of the will.

The officers of the three military companies in Woodstock-
resigned their commissions on account of having taken and
passed " Land Bank Bills," issued by a Company established in
Boston, and which had become obnoxious, and was abolished by
Governor Belcher and his Council in 1745. They voluntarily
addressed their Colonel thus : < ; To John Chandler, Esq., Col-
onel of a Regiment of Militia in the County of Worcester," &c.
The officers of the 1st Company were, Samuel Chandler, Cap-
tain ; Joseph Wright, Lieut., and John Frizzel, Ensign. One
of the papers in Boston thus notices their action : " N. B. Capt.
Chandler above mentioned is one of the sons of Hon. Col. John
Chandler, of Woodstock, that steady defender of the liberties
of his country, which yields great comfort to that old patriot
who (like Mattathias the last of the Maccabees) has transmitted
with his blood his spirit and love to the trae interest of his peo-
ple, to one and perhaps all his sons."

Town Records, 1757. " The Land Bank money five pounds
two shillings, which Capt. Sam 1 ' Chandler had to Exchange,
Drawed 25s. Lawful money, and is now in the hands of Mr.
John Morse : and he, in the Proprietors meeting, acknowledged
himself accountable to y° Proprietors for y e Same and would
pay it when Demanded."

" Capt. Sam 11 Chandlers Ear mark for Creatures — Swallow
tail in oft' Ear and a crop in the near Ear — formerly his father's
mark — Entered 31 Aug. 1772, now Marian Chandler's."

The " Land Bank " was a Company formed hi or about 1742,
but not incorporated, which issued bills of credit to a large
amount, on land security. The bills were redeemable in twenty
years, not in gold and silver coin, but in manufactures of the



FOUKTII AND FIFTTI GENERATIONS. 131

Province. It was a very unsafe scheme, and came to an end in
a few years. [Vinton's Jcnnison Family.]

Capt. Samuel Chandler was one of the Justices of the Court
of Sessions for Worcester County, and attended the Court. He
was a Justice of the Peace, and in that capacity often perform-
ed the marriage ceremony for his neighbors. He was moder-
ator of the meeting of the Proprietors of Woodstock, 10 March,
174G.

" Beck, Negro wench of Samuel Chandler, died 2(5 Dec.
1756." [Town Records.]
s He died 8 April, 1781, in the 78th year of his age.

The children of Capt. Samuel and Dorothy (Church)
Chandler were :

327. i. EsTnER, b. at Woodstock, 23 Sept. 1742; d. 22 March,

1743.

328. ii. Samuel, b. at Woodstock, 22 April, 1744.

320. in. Charles Church, b. tit Woodstock, 11 Jan. 174 G ; m. 29

Sept. 17G9. Marian Grisworld, of Lyme, Conn.
330. rv. John, bapt. 29 April, 1740. [Church Rec, Woodstock.]



121



MEHITABLE 4 CHANDLER (John* John? William 1 ) and

Capt. Thomas 1 Buckminster, Brooktield, Mass.

He was 1). 1699 ; d. 21 July, 17(55, in the 67th year of his
age, and a red sandstone slab, in the graveyard just west of the
village, in Brooktield, marks his grave.

He was son of Col. Joseph 3 Buckminster, of Framingham,
who m. first, 12 May, 1686, Martha Sharp, of Brookline; m.
second. 7 Feb. 171(5, Martha Dell, of Boston; grandson of
Joseph- Buckminster, of Roxbury (son of Thomas 1 and Joanna
Buckminster ) , by his wife Elizabeth Clark, dau. of Hugh and
Elizabeth Clark, of Watertown, Mass. His first wife was
Sarah Baxter, who d. 15 July, 1745, in " y* 43 rd year of her
age," whom he m. 1 March, 1722.

" We Thomas Buckminster and Mehitable Buckminster both
of Brooktield," &c. " for the Consideration £187 : 17 Old
Tenor Bills of Credit, to us and to each of us" "paid by
Samuel Chandler of Woodstock, Conn, do release and forever
quit claim all that our Estate, right, title and interest of, in
and onto the Homestead and Buildings in Woodstock, whereon
our Hon 1 Father John Chandler, Esq. Dec a lived and died
(which was set oft* or willed to said Samuel Chandler by our s' 1
Hon' 1 Father, and for which he was to pay £3000. old Tenor)
with all our right and title in the moveable part of the Estate,"
" and we the s d Thomas and Mehitable Buckminster, James



132 THE CHANDLER FAMILY.

Frizzel and Elizabeth Frizzel," &c. "promise to warrant and
defend ye same to him, the s' 1 Samuel Chandler "" from nil
persons holding the same by, or under us." "In witness
whereof we have hereunto set our hands and Seals this 7 th day
of May, 1756'.

Test, Thomas Buckminster.

James Frizzel, Junr. Meiiitable BucaLMiKSTjE.it,

Thomas Chandler. James Frizzel,

Elizabeth Frizzel."
Windham ss. Woodstock,

May 9, 1756. Coram, Thomas Chandler, Jus. Peace.

In his will, Feb. 2, 1759, he says : " I Thomas Buckminster,
of Brookfield," " Gent." " Give to my Dear wife Mehitable
all such parts of my Estate, both real and personal which the
laws of this Province would have given her had I died intestate.
I give her more, viz. my Negro Girl Rose and one feather bed
which she Chooses ; also her choise in the Division of the
moveables.

"I give to my four daughters, viz. 1. Mary (who was
married by Samuel Chandler, 2 Nov. 174-S, to Tilley Rice, and
who d. 21 June, 1795, a. 66 years); 2. Elizabeth (whom. 2
Nov. 1757, Josiah Dwight) ; 3. Susanna (who m. 20 May,
1762, Phinehas Upham) ; and 4. Hannah, four-fifths of my
Estate.

" I give and bequeath to my granddaughter Sarah Buckmin-
ster, dau. of my son Samuel," "deceased one fifth part of my
Estate aforesaid. Equal with my daughters afores' 1 ." " I give
unto Deborah Buckminster, my son Samuel's wid : £L3 : 6 : 8."

"I constitute" "Josiah Dwight, Esq. and Tilley Rice yeo-
man, both of Springfield — my sons-in-law — to be Executors
of this my last will."

The inventory of the above personal estate, taken 5 Sept.
1765, amounted to just £1000. And in it was included one
coat of arms, 3s. ; one negro woman, £35 ; one mulatto boy,
£12 ; 9 tea-spoons, 24s. ; tea trays, 12s. ; silver tankard at
£8 : 8.

122



JuiXiE THOMAS 4 CHANDLER (John? John? William')
and Elizabeth Elliot, Chester, Vt. Their " bans were entered
Oct. 21, 1732," on the town records of Woodstock, and they
were married at Windsor, Conn., 23 Nov. 1732. She was b.
14 May, 1712; died 22 Dee, 1794. She was the second child
of Judge John 3 Elliot, of Windsor, Conn., by his second wife,
Mary, dau. of John Wolcott, of Windsor.



FOURTH AND FIFTH GENERATIONS. 133

Judge John 3 Elliot, b. 28 April. 1007, II. U. 1G85, was son
of Rev. John.' 2 of Newton, Mass., by his second wife, Miss
Elizabeth Gookin, dan. of Maj. General Daniel Gookin, of
Cambridge ; and was the son of Rev. John' Elliot, of Roxluny,
Mass., the apostle to the Indians, by his wife Anne Mouotford.

" Woodstock, Oct. 11 th , 1736.. Gen ta Selectmen of this Town. —
These are to inform you that I have taken a man into my house, a
hoarder named James Glass, lately from Providence, and is a Barber
by Trade, and one that may he advantageous to this place.
This offered per your Humble Servt.

Tnos. Chandler."

He was licnt. -colonel at Cape Breton in 1745 ; represented
the town of Woodstock at Gen. Court, at New Haven, in 1751 ;
clerk and treasurer in 1753; and while in Woodstock he was
Justice of the Peace, and officiated in that capacity at mar-
riages ; and was one of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace for
the county of Windham.

At a Town meeting first following the organization of the
Town of Woodstock, 28 July, 1749, O. S., Thomas Chandler
and Henry Bowen were chosen representatives to the General
Assembly of Connecticut.

The legislature of Connecticut, May, 1759, it was " Resolved
That Thomas Chandler be appointed a commissary of the 1st
Reg 1 ."

He removed to Walpolc, X. H.. 1761, and was chosen, 17
March, 17T>2, selectman. But he left that town soon, for it
was, in town meeting in Walpole, 17»>4, " Voted that Ens W m
Smead be Com"** man instead of Coll. Thos. Chandler chosen
at last meeting, to receive the stuff for the Meeting house," &c.

In 1703, he, with his sons John and Thomas, Jr., moved to
what was chartered by Xew Hampshire in 1754 as Flamstead,
and in 17fil as Xew Flamstead, under the Xew Hampshire
grants ; and as they were the first families that settled, the
proprietors voted him, as well as each of his sons, five hundred
acres of land, to he chosen by them. His five hundred acres
included what Sawyer's factory now stands on, beginning at the
■small brook.

In 17(33 he was moderator of a meeting of the Proprietors of
New Flamstead, held in Worcester, Mass., and moderator of a
meeting in Xew Flamstead, held 12 March, 1755, which was
the last meeting under the Xew Hampshire charter.

In 17»i5 he complained that they had to go to Portsmouth to
Court; and on the petition to "the Lieut. Gov. Colden of
New York to be set off from the unlimited County of Albany,"
tor a new county,'!) Oct. 17(>5, his name heads the petition, in
behalf of themselves and their associates, "inhabitants of the



134 THE CHANDLER FAMILY.

northern part of the Province of Xew York/' The prayer of
this petition was not then granted; but 20 Jan. 17CH, twenty-
one additional Justices of the Peace for Albany County were
appointed, of which the first named was Thomas Chandler,
who also appointed one of the three, " Dedinms Protestatem,"
to administer oaths of office.

" Feb. 27, 1700, Simon Stevens was appointed to be Captain
of a Co. of Foot in the Reg. of Militia whereof Thomas Chand-
ler Esqr. is Colonel, to consist of the inhabitants of Spring-
field." At that time Col. Chandler " estimated that there were
000 men within the limits of his regiment in the Xorth Eastern
Province of X. Y."

He personally obtained the charter of the township, and had
it called " Chester," X. Y., from Gov. Tryon, of New York;
and Letters Patent to Thomas Chandler and others, from
George III. were issued July 18, 1700, with the broad seal,
which is yet preserved in the Town Peeords office, at Chester,
Vt. lie was appointed Surrogate, 10 July, 1766, and 31
March, 1708. He was. from the organization of the towm,
1707, moderator, supervisor, &c. ; and when the county was
reorganized by the Crown in 1768, he was, on the 7th of April
of that year, chosen to all the positions he held under the old
regime, including that of Chief Justice of the Courts of the
County.

In the controversy that had grown up in Eastern Vermont
from rival claimants, who acted under the grants from the
Governor of Xew Hampshire and authority from Xew York,
Col. Chandler early sided with the loyal Governor of Xew
York, and held offices under him ; and when these questions
had become complicated with the political issues between the
Whigs of that region and the Loyalists of Cumberland County
in 1775, he still adhered to the loyal party of Xew York and
his King, from whom he had received patronage and office.
According to the report drawn up by the Whig Committee, the
disputes, then common in all parts of the country, were
aggravated and increased by an attempt of some persons in
authority in the royal interest to suppress circular letters from
the Committee of Correspondence in the city of Xew York, in
1774. In the course of the discussion which followed, a
knowledge of this circumstance becoming known to the Whigs,
an attempt was made by them to prevent the usual session of
the County Courts ; when the Sheriff of the County, Mr. W.
Patterson, appeared at the Court-House at the head of a
party of armed adherents of the Crown, directed the King's
proclamation to be read, and ordered the Whigs to " disperse
in fifteen minutes; or by G — ! he would blow a lane through
them ! " Col. Chandler, Chief Justice, had been consulted on



FOURTH AND FIFTH GENERATIONS. 135

the day previous us to the expediency of the court's sitting in
the existing' state of public feeling, and he had promised that
no force should !>e used against the Whigs who might assemble
at the Court-House to carry out their intentions of stopping
r c ,r^i nl ., v . P oripv.;> ; find the presence of Patterson, the Sheriff,
thus attended, was, of course, wholly unsuspected. The
Whigs were unarmed. Col. Chandler was appealed to, who
acknowledged what he had said, and averred that arms had
been brought to the ground without his consent or knowledge ;
and, still continuing his pacific disposition, endeavored to dis-
arm Patterson's party, and prevent extremities. But his exer-
tions and moderate councils were without avail. Angry words.
oaths, imprecations and threats ensued ; and, finally bloodshed.
That Patterson was much in fault, hardly admits of doubt.

One writer says, " Col. Thomas Chandler appears to have
conducted with prudence," in this Westminster massacre, "and
to have used his exertions to prevent the melancholy conse-
quences which resulted from the unwise proceedings of other
adherents of the Crown." But he was. for his adherence to the
Crown, imprisoned for two or three days, in 1775, but did not
have a trial. Hon. Daniel P. Thompson has strongly painted
his sycophancy in his novel of the ki Hangers, or Tory's Daugh-
ter."* He had received favors from the Crown, and yet desired
the people's good. Hence his vacillating course.

He built " at his own expense a jail " at Chester ; but it was
" so slender" that the good will of the Sheriff only held the
prisoners ; and he also built a Court-House there, which lie
rented to the county for ten years. But he got very little good
of the Whig or Xew Hampshire party.

" When I first moved to Chester," says Thomas Chandler,
" I was the first man with a family that had, in this part of the
country, moved from the river. There was no road, neither
were there any inhabitants for thirty miles west of the said Con-
necticut or Fresh River."

He gave the land where the Baptist meeting-house stands,
and the graveyard around it, in Chester, so long as the land
should be used for these respective purposes, but to revert to
his heirs when it ceased to be so used.

In his old age he became impoverished, but from causes not
now well known. Thompson declares he became so "by a long-
course of secret fraud in selling wild land to which he had no
title." This placed him at the mercy of his creditors, who
threw him into prison, from which the Legislature passed an
act, 16th of June', 1785, to release him on giving up his estate.
But he died four days after, in the prison at Westminster, Vt.,



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