Friday, July 29, 2022

Three Generations of Adams, Blodgett, and Ladd Descendants

To make sure these photos don't vanish, here they are for remembering the pleasure of the July 12 visit to Waterford from this family -- we all met for nibbles and photo sharing at the Waterford Town Office, then collaboratively (with Helen and Beth) annotated a map so the Johnson and Brown families could drive around town for the day, visiting locations of meaning to their ancestors.

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Saturday, June 25, 2022

West Waterford Cemetery Rehab, June 25, 2022, Waterford Historical Society, VOCA, and More!

The first cemetery rehab session sponsored by the Waterford Historical Society, on June 25, 2022, was a resounding success! VOCA (Vermont Old Cemetery Association) members arrived before 8 a.m., to survey the lovely fenced cemetery and make a plan of action. Some came from as far away as Rutland, and their skills and teaching efforts are enormously appreciated.

Here are some photos from the 4-hour session -- it was so rewarding to see the names emerge on the stones, and there will surely be more of these events. People joining us from other towns plan to also share the skills that the VOCA leaders taught today. THANK YOU, ALL!

VOCA members lift & straighten stones, as Joan Alexander of Glover looks on.

Nola Forbes of East St J, Waterford Historical Society and DAR member, tackles a stone on the shady side of the cemetery.

Nicole from Wilder, another VOCA pro, gives a basic lesson on cleaning the stones; Elizabeth Dean, Kacey Dean, Susan Hayes, (sorry, missed your name), and Donna Heath get ready for action.

Elizabeth Dean cleans one of the Bugbee family stones. She is an Austin family descendant.

Kacey Dean applies new skills to discovering long-hidden names here.

Christine Morey has her own list of stones in a neighboring town where she plans to apply her new skills.

Steven Carpenter-Israel maneuvers to lift crooked and sunken stones. His wife Wendy's family has roots in Waterford back to the 1700s.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Grandmother's Daylilies, Great-Grandfather's Onion Plants? May 7, Heritage Plant Swap

The White Birch Farm in Waterford (361 Route 18, not far from Route 2) will host a free event from 9AM til noon for people looking to share stories about their heirloom plans, and swap for another, with possibilities ranging from house plants to rhubarb to birch trees. 

The Waterford Historical Society also will be on hand to sign folks up for two upcoming events in June, including an order form from the The Rhubarb Kitchen for deserts in July.

Some pick-up services for plants in Waterford available on Friday May 6 -- email Beth at BethPoet at gmail dot com.

Many thanks to co-hosts Sam Haimovitch and the Ward/Conte family!

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Waterford's World, by David Carpenter: Index Now Available


Thanks to Nola Forbes, an index now exists for the book WATERFORD'S WORLD. It's shown within the June 7, 2021, post on this book -- and can also be requested from any Waterford Historical Society board member as a PDF.

Sunday, March 6, 2022

The Blodgett Family of Waterford: Some Branches of the Tree, with the Farm Location

A granddaughter of Alena Dorothy Blodgett sent an inquiry to the Waterford Historical Society last week via its Facebook page. So here are some notes on the Blodgett family, starting with material from Hamilton Child's 1887 Gazetteer of Caledonia and Essex Counties, Vt.:

Ephraim Blodgett, born in New Hampshire, in 1815, came here at the age of twenty-one years, and married Louisa Kidder. His four sons and two daughters were as follows: Ephraim A., Nelson V. who died in the army, Volney B. and Austin E., both of this town, Louisa M. (Mrs. J. M. Gannett), and Almira F. (Mrs. Fred Blodgett), of this town. Ephraim A. married Martha, daughter of Philip and Sarah (Winslow) Thomas, in 1872, and has two sons, Royal E. and Harley E. Mr. Blodgett is a farmer, and resides on road 40.

Today the Blodgett Farm Road connects Suitor Road to Duck Pond Road. There is a mention of the Blodgett barn here, indicating that it was built by a member of the town's noted barn design family, Frank C. Bullock.

Note the mention of Ephraim's son Volney B. [Brown] Blodgett. Here is a basic sequence of some family members:

Ephraim Blodgett (b. 1815)

Volney Brown Blodgett, Adell Maria Blodgett

Elbert Herman Blodgett (15 Sept 1853-27 May 1957), Bessie Adams Blodgett

Alena Dorothy Blodgett, grandmother of the person asking for information.

The Adams family (see Bessie, above) is also significant in Waterford history, and the sequence leading to Bessie is:

James and Submit Adams (perhaps Waterford's earliest settlers)

Charles Adams 1773-1845, Rebecca Morgan 1778-1858

Jonathan Adams 1811-1894, Roxana Ladd 1814-1881 [Roxana was the daughter of Moses Ladd 1791-1879 and Hannah Carr 1795-1890; Moses was the son of Thing Ladd 1762-1846 and Elizabeth Jimson 1764-1812]

Jonathan Adams 1840-1919 (bur. Grove Cem.), Elizabeth A. Babcock 1841-1916

Bessie Adams Blodgett (bur. at Passumpsic Cemetery in Waterford)

Going back to the original paragraph from Child's Gazetteer, let's follow Ephraim's son Ephraim A. (Alonzo):

Ephraim Alonzo Blodgett 1845-1912, Martha J. Thomas 1848-1923

Carl Henry Blodgett 1886-1947, mar. 1 Ada Mar Potter 1884-1914, mar. 2 Ona Ardelle Goss 1887-1947

Warren Blodgett 1924-2016, Virginia Larrabee

Some current residents of Waterford will have known Warren Blodgett. Here is his obituary, provided by NEK Genealogy:

 Now, backtracking to the farm: In 1980 Allan Hodgdon included in the Vermont Historic Site and Structures Survey, at number 0316-19, what he called the Blodgett-Farrand Farm. He wrote, "The former Blodgett farm, also known as Valley Farm, was settled around 1815 by Ephraim Blodgett. The farm includes an early Cape Cod style house, a small barn, and a large Dutch type barn. In 1887 the Blodgett farm included 200 sugar trees, 7 cows, 20 sheep, 8 head of young stock, and 150 acres of land. The farm was inherited by Volney B. Blodgett, son of Ephraim and Louisa Kidder Blodgett." He listed the farm name in 1980 as the Carlton Farrand Farm. Here is Mr. Hodgdon's sketch of the farm location; "State Highway #3" is today's Duck Pond Road.


Monday, February 28, 2022

Prayer Group, 1875, Postcard to Lower Waterford

This little postcard (5 by 3 inches) was mailed from Lyndon to Lower Waterford in April 1875, ten years after the end of the Civil War.

Although Dave and I worked on the research together, we could not find material on John Moore living in Lower Waterford at that time. If you have some information on him, please let me know.

Here's what the back of the card says:

Lyndon Vt - April 20th 1875

Friend Moore

I will meet you and my friends in that vicinity at West Littleton School House May 2nd at six o'clock to hold a prayer meeting I expect others to come with me + we will try and have a good meeting

Yours Respectfully

H. C. Wilson

Dave's notes include the following: Homer Carrol Wilson, 1863-1948. His first wife was Alice Sophronica Lincoln, 1863-1912. [I add that his parents were Squire J. Wilson 1831-1908 and Abigail "Abbie" Wilson 1830-1924.] Homer and Alice had a son Robert Homer Wilson, born in 1892. In 1921 Homer married Mary Hight Emerson.

Homer lived on Main Street in Lyndonville and worked for the railroad. Later, he had a shop for shoe repairing and horse goods, on Depot Street. He is found in the 1930 and 1935 Lyndon directories. In 1901 he was Secretary for the Speedwell Golf Links, where the president was T. N. Vail and the vice-president C. M. Darling.

Homer was also director for many years of the Lyndonville Military Band.

He died in 1948 at age 84.