Abraham Sorrell(3)—What the 1850 US Census for Ferrisburgh Doesn’t Tell

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Abraham Sorrell, who lost his life from injuries sustained in the Civil War’s Wilderness Battle in May 1864, had married three times. His Civil War pension file offers an incredible portrait of people living in Ferrisburgh in 1850 and beyond.

After having read the testimony left by his first wife, Eliza Sears, and by his second wife, Eliza Carpenter, let’s take a look at what Eliza Carpenter’s sister, Catherine Palmer, had to say about the two lovebirds.

I will publish a short biography of each person concerned in the last post of this series. Enjoy!

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French Canadians Living in Ferrisburgh, VT in 1850: #13 Joseph Larivee

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Joseph Larivee (whose surname is Larivée in Québec) is listed in the 1850 US Census for Ferrisburgh. He is referred to as Joseph Larabee Jr on Page 294, Line 24, Household 6, with the following persons listed, respectively, on lines 25 to 27:

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Abraham Sorrell(2)—What the 1850 US Census for Ferrisburgh Doesn’t Tell

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Abraham Sorrell, who lost his life from injuries sustained in the Civil War’s Wilderness Battle in May 1864, had married three times. His Civil War pension file offers an incredible portrait of people living in Ferrisburgh in 1850 and beyond.

After having read the testimony left by his first wife, Eliza Sears about their lives together, let’s continue our journey through the eyes of his second wife, Eliza Carpenter. At the time of her testimony, Eliza was living with John Ayers but was apparently not married to him.

I will publish a short biography of each person concerned in the last post of this series. Enjoy!

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Abraham Sorrell(1)—What the 1850 US Census for Ferrisburgh Doesn’t Tell

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About a year ago, while doing some sleuthing on people listed in the 1850 US Census in Ferrisburgh, I came across one of the most baffling Civil War Pension Files I have seen in years.

The name is Abraham Sorrell. In 1850, he was living on a farm in Ferrisburgh, working as a labourer (although his family was living elsewhere in the same town). Of course, without any information on his civil status, we can assume this 17-year-old young man was still single, right? Continue reading

French Canadians Living in Ferrisburgh, VT in 1850: #12 Adeline Greenough née Dupras

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Adeline Greenough née Dupras is listed in the 1850 US Census for Ferrisburgh. She is referred to as Adaline Green on Page 295 (stamped-left page), Line 13, Household 11, with the following persons listed, respectively, on lines 12 and 14 and 15:

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French Canadians Living in Ferrisburgh, VT in 1850: #11 Emily Perry née Legros dit St-Pierre

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Emily Perry née Legros dit St-Pierre is listed in the 1850 US Census for Ferrisburgh. She is referred to as Melia Perry on Page 302 (stamped-left page), Line 35, Household 126, with the following persons listed, respectively, on lines 36 and 38 to 40:

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French Canadians Living in Ferrisburgh, VT in 1850: #10 David Perry

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David Perry (whose surname is Paré in Québec) is listed in the 1850 US Census for Ferrisburgh. He is referred to as David Perry on Page 302 (stamped-left page), Line 36, Household 126, with the following persons listed, respectively, on lines 37 to 40:

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Travel 2016: My Upcoming Trip to Vermont

In exactly one week from now, I will be in Vermont on a long-cherished research trip. As I plan to travel quite often this year for my genealogy projects, this getaway—I hope—will be the first of many more! Continue reading

French Canadians Living in Ferrisburgh, VT in 1850: #9 Clara Plude

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Clara Plude is listed in the 1850 US Census for Ferrisburgh. She is referred to as Clarra Plude on Page 314b (stamped), Line 30, Household 325, with the following persons listed, respectively, on lines 25 to 29:

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Vermont Newspaper Nuggets, featuring the Second Vermont Regiment

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Soldiers’ National Cemetery, Gettysburgh, PA

Watchman, Montpelier, Friday, July 28, 1865

The Second Vermont Regiment, the first of the three years’ regiments to leave the state, with one exception, is the last to return home, having reached Burlington on Wednesday. Well may it be said of it that it has seen the war through and with its valor achieved a record which few if any regiments in any army can equal.


Unfortunately, life happens and gets in the way of genealogy! I was not able to publish for a few weeks. The Vermont Project will be back next Thursday.

In the meantime, I thought I could share with you this article on the return of the Vermont Second Regiment from the Civil War. Louis Tourville was mustered out on July 15, 1865. He was one of these men.


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