French Canadians Living in Ferrisburgh, VT in 1850: #16 Josett Sears née Ricard

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Josette Sears (Cyr) née Ricard is listed in the 1850 US Census for Ferrisburgh. She is referred to as Josett Sears on Page 303 (stamped-left page), Line 6, Household 136, with the following persons listed, respectively, on lines 5 and 7 to 11:

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French Canadians Living in Ferrisburgh, VT in 1850: #15 Abraham Sorrell

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Abraham Sorrell is listed in the 1850 US Census for Ferrisburgh. He is referred to as Abram Sorell on Page 198 (left-stamped), Line 23, Household 58, with the following persons listed, respectively, on lines 19 to 22:

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Abraham Sorrell(5)—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.

This very entertaining pension file is coming to an end. After having read the testimony left by his first wife, Eliza Sears, his second wife, Eliza Carpenter, his sister-in-law, Catherine Palmer, Eliza Carpenter’s sister, and his cousin, Oliver Sorrell, it’s now time to read the conclusion reached by the Pension Office.

As promised, in about two weeks, 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: #14 Thomas Morris

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Thomas Morris (whose surname is Chaput dit Maurice in Québec) is listed in the 1850 US Census for Ferrisburgh. He is referred to as Thomas Morris on Page 312, Line 22, Household 286, with the following persons listed, respectively, on lines 15 to 24:

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Abraham Sorrell(4)—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, by his sister-in-law, Catherine Palmer, Eliza Carpenter’s sister, let’s now read my favorite one, the testimony of Abraham’s cousin, Oliver Sorrell. This affidavit is so full of details. As I mentioned before, I am fascinated by this story. I feel like a census page is coming to life!

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

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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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