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The Tale Of Hartland’s First Settler

Monday, January 21st, 2013

June 15, 2011, in Hartland, News

The Lull descendants don’t agree, but I think there is little doubt that Oliver Willard was the first settler in Hartland. He was here, at least by 1759, beating Timothy Lull by four years.

It was Oliver Willard who called upon Gov. Benning Wentworth in Portsmouth, N.H. and secured a patent for Hartland (It was Hertford then) on July 10, 1761. Oliver immediately sent out a notice for the following meeting.

“Province of New Hampshire: Notice is hereby given to the Proprietors of Hertford on Connecticut River, That they Assemble at Fort Drummer on the last Wednesday in August next, First, To chuse a Clerk, also a Proprietor’s Treasurer, and to raise what Money shall be thought needful for the defraying the Charges of procuring the Grant of the Township; and to chuse a Committee to bound out the Town, and allot the same (if needful) and raise Money sufficient to defray the said Charges. Also to agree on a method for the calling their Meetings for the future, and to chuse the necessary Town Officers for said Town. Dated at Portsmouth, July 14, 1761. Oliver Willard.”

Who was Oliver and how did he come to be on this stage at this time? He was the 4th generation of Willards in North America, preceded by others who were instrumental in forming our country. Simon was the 1st to settle here from England, and was one of the ones to found the plantation of Concord, Mass in 1635. He had a long and illustrious life.

Next came Simon’s son, Henry (the 11th of 17 children) born in Concord in 1655. Henry provided 14 children to the Harvard, Mass area. One of these was Josiah, born in Lancaster about 1693. He was one of the first settlers of Lunenburg, a Captain in frontier service against the Indian enemy, and was commander of Fort Drummer in Brattleboro. He was an original proprietor in “the township on the East side of the Connecticut River above Nothfield, commonly called Arlington”.

Our Oliver was his son, born in 1729 (7th of only 9) in Lunenburg, and was a Colonel at Forth Drummer by 1748. He was one of the grantees of Winchester and Westmoreland, N.H. He then settled in Hartland, Vt. where he was proprietor of the entire township and sold to the settlers. He took the side of New York in the boundary dispute.

Oliver’s son Levi was the first child born in Hartland, arriving in 1759. Poor Levi was unlucky in love. Levi Willard, the son of Col. Oliver and Thankful Doolittle Willard, was born at Hartland, Vt. and died at Sheldon, Vt. in Oct. 1839 at age 80. He went early to Montreal, E.C. espousing the British cause and being employed in the commissary department; engaged after the war in the Fur Company, and for several years led a wandering life among savages and trappers.

“Traditions have it that previous to this he had married Jane Dailly of Montreal, said to be an accomplished Irish lady; but returning there had been informed of her unfaithfulness and departure for Hartland. Arriving there and finding the report confirmed, he walked his room in agony all night, and found in the morning that his hair had become prematurely gray, After this he taught school some time in Richford, Vt. but at length repaired to Sheldon, where a daughter resided, and there this unhappy man, from being first scholar in his class, (Dartmouth, 1776) descended to his grave in painful humiliation and obscurity.”

Information taken from the “Willard Geneology” by Joseph Willard 1915, “In Sight of Ye Great River” and “Alumni of Dartmouth College by G.T. Chapman, class of 1804.

This article first appeared in the May 26th (2011) print edition of the Vermont Standard.

Hartland News, Vermont Journal, Windsor, June 28, 1884

Monday, January 21st, 2013

Vermont Journal, Windsor, June 28, 1884

Hartland News 6/28/1884

The circumference of strawberries in P. B. SMITH’s garden is, or was Monday, 4 3/8 inches.

Melvin J. HOLT returned home from the west, Tuesday.

H. R. WATRISS and D. P. ATWOOD, Four Corners, had green peas Sunday, the 22nd.

Charles G. BURNHAM is confined to the house with rheumatism. a very severe attack.

The remains of Oliver HAYES, who died in Lebanon, N. H., were brought here, where he formerly resided and deposited in the old burying ground on the plain.

A. A. MARTIN has entered suit against the town for the loss of a horse June 19, ‘83, the same having been killed by running off a bridge near Martin & Stickney’s mill in consequence of alleged unsuitable protection against liabilities.

Dana P. ATWOOD has made the village at the Four Corners look better, and greatly improved the value of his property, by newly painting and blinding his house. The work was done by Paschal P. WATERS, and is well done.

Waldo & Dickinson’s block has been thoroughly painted and the appearance of the building, about sixty feet long, and the street are greatly improved thereby.

Frank GILBERT, at his foundry, is casting (one each day) eight columns for a new block in Montpelier. The weight of each column is 1,000 pounds.

E. S. AINSWORTH, administrator, held a recent sale of property belonging to the estate of Phelps HUNT, at the Four Corners, N. W. PATRICK auctioner. The sale was held within a few yards of the old PATRICK home where Norman commenced, and afterwards completed in the old union store of Windsor, under M. C. HUBBARD, the development of that wonderful linguistical talent which has since made his name famous wherever goods of uncertain value were to be disposed of to the best advantage.

Having twenty minutes spare time at the railroad station, a few days since, we called on Mrs. Ralph LARABEE to inspect a silk bed quilt made by her, of which we had previously heard, and were well repaid for the time spent. The quilt is of the log cabin pattern and contains 4,000 pieces, and is one of those rare specimens of art which only the few are capable of producing. If any intensely practical soul, who would see more beauty in a bushel of potatoes than in anything wherein ornamentation and use were combined, should call this a waste of time, we should answer that Mrs. LARABEE is an invalid, and has done the work while nearly every one in her condition would have done nothing.

Delegates to the republican county convention at Woodstock this week, James G. BATES, George WILLIAMS, W. T. RICHARDSON, Wilson BRITTON.

Rye from the farm of J. C. HOLT, this week, measures 6 feet 8 inches. Later. Sorry for friend HOLT, but just as the foregoing was written, the door of the newsroom opened and O. H. HEMENWAY came in with specimens of the grain measuring 8 feet.

Something like twenty-five years ago, Charles W. WARREN laid a cement foundation in the old tan yard at Foundryville. Being laid in direct contact with the soil, newspapers were spread out on the ground to prevent the moisture being absorbed too quickly from the cement, which would interfere with the process of “setting.” Since the tanyard was burned the property has come into the hands of Frank GILBERT, and the cement bed has been broken up. The other day, while among the ruins, we found a portion of an old VERMONT JOURNAL completely turned to stone, on which the reading is nearly as legible, and the color of the paper nearly as white,as it was the day it was printed.

There was quite a large delegation from this town to witness the graduation exercises of the Windsor High School, last week, among whom may be named Mr. and Mrs. M. C. HARLOW and daughter, Mrs. O. W. WALDO, Mrs. J. G. MORGAN, Mrs. Watson HARDING, Miss Clara A. LAMB, and Mrs. Harland NEWS.

Byron P. RUGGLES has drawn in chalk, on the end of his calf shed, fronting the road, profiles of the republican nominees for president and vice-president, with the announcement: “Now we have James G. BLAINE.” Four years ago the names and profiles of Garfield & Arthur appeared on the same bulletin board, and are still partially visible.

The graduating exercises of Kimball Union Academy, Meriden, N.H., were held last week Thursday, and were attended by several from this town, including Mr. Wm. PERRY and Mr. and Mrs. J. H. EMERSON. The salutatory address was by Miss Carrie E. PERRY, of this town, and is spoken of as a very fine production.

Mr. and Mrs. Carlos McGREGOR have settled their differences, whatever they may have been, and are established in their home on Densmore Hill.

It is so long since the ninepences and fourpences were in general circulation that one dug up the other day by “Jop” REED, in the Pavilion Hotel garden was sent to one of the coin collectors here to find out what it was. It is a very perfect specimen, and dated 1781.

School closed June 17–whole number of pupils 18; those neither absent nor tardy were Charles CUSHING, Frank CARPENTER, Lucy FLOWERS, Don FLOWERS, Ahira FLOWERS, Annie THAYER. Those having no absences, and but one tardy mark, were Carrie DAVIS, Eva DAVIS, Howard GILSON. Those having no tardy marks, and but one absence were Frank CARPENTER and Cora SMALL. Closed with recitations by Lucy FLOWERS, Ismay ATWOOD, Carrie DAVIS, Eva DAVIS, Cora SMALL, Annie THAYER, Ahira FLOWERS. Ernest ENGLISH, Frank BILLINGS, Fred CARPENTER, Frank CARPENTER, Don FLOWERS and Elisha FLOWERS. The pupils never made better progress than during the term just closed, which has been taught by Miss Louise M. BATES.

Transcribed by Ruth Barton

Harold Goddard Rugg’s Legacy at the Vermont Historical Society

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

“Harold Rugg was a Vermonter, scholar and world traveler. He died in 1957 and bequeathed his extensive and significant collection of Vermontiana to the Vermont Historical Society.”

The Vermont Historical Society has Mr. Rugg’s collection on display, but also has a lot of pictures and other information about the collection at their website.