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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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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South Hero’s Neighbours: Tourvilles/Trovilles and Cardinals

I was validating some dates for Jean-Baptiste Tourville and Marguerite Dome—they were married on August 2, 1836, in Saint-Luc, Saint-Jean County, in Québec just before they left for South Hero, Grand Isle County, Vermont—when I came across the next marriage record which was about Toussaint Cardinal and Catherine Audette dit Lapointe.

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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: #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 Trip to Vermont ~ Day 4

Having taken tons of pictures of land records pertaining to the town of Ferrisburgh during nearly three hours, I only had the energy to visit two cemeteries, namely North Ferrisburgh Cemetery and Our Lady of Mount Carmel in East Charlotte.

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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

Newspaper Nuggets: “Funeral of Joseph Germain”

Middlebury Register, Friday, August 27, 1915, Page 6

Funeral of Joseph Germain

The funeral of Joseph Germain, whose remains were brought here Saturday from the retreat at Brattleboro, where he was taken for treatment two weeks ago, was held Monday morning at 9 o’clock at St. Mary’s church. Rev. E. F. Cray officiated. The bearers were William and Lewis Germain, William Kent and Edward Chandler. The floral offering was very large, many beautiful flowers being sent from different lodges and societies. Joseph Germain was 80 years of age and an old resident of Brandon, and was well liked by all who knew him. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Joseph Benoir of Forestdale, four daughters, Mrs. Peter Blair of Pittford, Mrs. Edward Chandler of Brandon, Mrs. Felix Cole of Middlebury and Mrs. Griffith Floyd of Granville, N.Y., and two sons, Lewis Germain of Bridport, Vt., and William Germain of Binghamton, N.Y. Among those from out of town to attend the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Griffith Floyd, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jones, Mrs. Edward Williams, William Kent, Miss Irene Kent and Miss Nettie Curtis of Granville, N.Y., William Germain of Binghamton, N.Y., Mrs. Peter Blair of Pittsford, Mrs. Felix Cole and three sons, Felix, Clarence and Laurence of Middlebury, and Lewis Germain of Bridport, Vt.


Joseph Germain was the widow of Nettie Tourville. He was born September 3, 1835 in Marieville, Québec. He died on August 20, 1915 in Brattleboro. You may refer to Nettie Tourville’s post here.


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