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tosether and form a settlement on the Holland Pur-
chase, where each partner should bu}' for himself a
farm with his own means, and the company would
help him clear a certain portion of land and build a
house and barn. The buildings to be alike on each
man's farm.

They limited the conq^any to tw(^ years, during
which they would all live and work together and
share the avails of their labor equally.

Before leaving Stockbridgt^ tlie}- drew irp and
signed their agreement in writing.

Thus organized the}^ came to Carlton and took up
land west of Oak Orchard Creek, each a farm, which
was worked according to contract.

Fitch Chamberlain was mariied but left liis wife at
home until he could get a home for her made ready.
They brouglit no women with them and kept bache-
lor' s hall the first year when Giles Slater, Jr. , went back
to Stockbridge and married a wife and brought her
to his new home, and soon after his example was
followed by the i-emaincler of the company.

The company made judicious selections of land ;
its affairs were well managed and successful. All of
the j)artners were fortunat(^ in accumulating proper-
ty, the sure reward of honest, persevering industry.
Their families have ever been among the most respec-
ted and influential in town.

Fitch Chamberlain was a ph5'sician and practiced
medicine in the later years of his life. Tlie members
of the company are all dead except Anthony Miles,
now aged 84 years, in 1871.

The Union Coinpany consisted of Minoris Day,
Fitch Chamberlain, Charles AVebstei-. Anthony Miles,



OF ORLEANS COUNT V. 191

вЦ†Selali Bardrilee, Moses Barnuiii, Jr., Eussell Smith,
and Giles Slater, Jr.

The first death among the settlers was that of
Elijah Brown. The first birth vras a pair of twins,
children of James AValsworth, in 180G. At their
birth no physician or person of her own sex
was present with the mother. The first marriage was
that of William Carter and Amy Hunt, in 1804. Pe-
leg Helms taught the first school in ] 810-11. And
George Kuck kept the first store in 1816.

The first public religious services in Carlton were
held about the year 1810, and were conducted b}'
Hev. Mr. Steele, a ]\Iethodist preacher who came
from Canada.

Elder Simeon Dutcher, of the Baptist denomina-
tion, settled in Carlton in 1817. He was the only
preacher residing in town for several years.

Among the first settlers were Elijah Hunt, Moses
Root, Henr}' Lovewell. Paul Brown, Elijah Brown,
Job Shipman, Matthew Dunham.

Dr. Richard AV. Gates was the first regular phy-
sician who settled in the j^ractice of his profession in
Carlton. After a few years he moved to Barre, and
thence to Yates. He represented Orleans county in
the State Legislature in 1841, and was Supervisor of
Carlton in 1820.



BIOdKAPHIES or EARLY SETTLERS.

(; KOI Mil: KUCK.

Rev. George Kuck was born in the city "of London,
England, December 23, 1791, and educated at King's
College, London. He came to New York city in
180G, and lemoved to Toronto, Canada West, in 1807.
In the war between England and the Pnited States in
3 812, he served as Lieutenant in the Canada militia.



192 PIONEER HISTORY

After the war, and until 1815, lie was clerk in the
employ of the Canadian Government, at Toronto,
until October, when he removed to Carlton and pur-
chased the farm on which he resided ever afterwards,
now known as Kuckville.

He erected a frame gristmill on the site of the log:
mill built by M. Dunham on Johnsoivs Creek.
In 1816 he opened a store near his residence, at that
time the only store north of the Ridge in this 23art of
the country, where he kept a large store of goods
and carried on a great trade.

He soon after built a warehouse at the mouth of
Johnson's Creek. At one time he had a store,,
gristmill, sawmill, asliery, warehouse and. farm, all
under his personal supervision and in successful ope-
ration. His investments were judicious and safe, his
affairs all managed with economy and skill, which
resulted in making him a w(:>alth3' man.

He married Miss Electa Fuller March 25th, 1819.
In March 1821, he joined the Methodist Episcopal
Church, in which he was ever after a prominent mem-
ber. He helped to form the first religious class in his
church in the town of Carlton, and Avas its leader.
In 1825 he organized and tanght the first Sunday
School in the count}^ north of the Eidge. In April,
1829, he was licensed to exhort, in 1833 he was
licensed to preach, and in 1837 he was ordained
Deacon by Bishop Hedding, and in 1849 he was or-
dained Elder by Bishop Morris, at Albion.

He was appointed Postmaster at West Carlton,
since Kuckville, an office he held, in all, about 30
years.

He was a man of good education and fine natural
ability and his life was filled with usefulness. He
was among the first and foremost in all matters of re-
form and advancement, active in tlie cause of temper-
ance, morality and religion, always a leading man in



OF ollLKANS CiH'NTY. 19^:

the counsi'ls of the churcl!. lie died Mareii IG,
1 868, aged 70 years.

DANIEL (iATES.

Daniel Gates was born in Kutland count}', \"ermont,
Mareh lltli, 1786. lie marri^Hl Ann Anderson, Mar



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