Sketches of Historic Bennington by John Van Der Spiegel MerrillSketches of Historic Bennington by John Van Der Spiegel Merrill

Sketches of Historic Bennington

byJohn Van Der Spiegel Merrill

Paperback | July 5, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ... BENNINGTON'S PIONEER SETTLER Vermont was known as the "Wilderness," until after the subjugation of Canada by the English in 1759. But when peace had been restored, Benning Wentworth, Governor of New Hampshire, was commanded by his Majesty, King George Second, to make grants of unimproved lands within his government, and Bennington, named in his honor, was the first township granted in what is now known as the State of Vermont. Soldiers serving in the colonial armies were often obliged to march through the "Wilderness," and many of them, attracted by the beauty of the scenery and the fertility of the soil, planned to return some time, and on its beautiful hillsides, or along its peaceful valleys, establish settlements. One of these colonial soldiers, Captain Samuel Robinson, returning from Lake George, and mistaking the Walloomsac River for the Hoosac, came to Bennington, and encamped here with a few of his comrades. He was so delighted with the beauty of the place and the goodly soil that he called it the "Promised Land," and determined to come back and make it his home. About thirteen years after the township of Bennington was granted by New Hampshire, he had succeeded in persuading some of his friends to join with him in purchasing the rights of the original grantees, and his first party of settlers arrived in Bennington on June 18, 1761. This party consisted of the families of Peter Harwood, Eleazer Harwood, Samuel Pratt, and Timothy Pratt, from Amherst, Massachusetts, Captain Samuel Robinson, with the rest of his family and others, arriving later in the summer and fall. Captain Samuel Robinson, the pioneer settler of Bennington, was born at Cambridge, Massachusetts, on April 4, 1707. He was descended from some of the oldest families of New...
Title:Sketches of Historic BenningtonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:20 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.04 inPublished:July 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217993672

ISBN - 13:9780217993678