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Thanks to Doug Wilcox for adding color to this beautiful photo of the Union House. Following is a little history that Fr...
05/19/2020

Thanks to Doug Wilcox for adding color to this beautiful photo of the Union House. Following is a little history that Frances Lampman put together for us years ago about this historical house she’s called home most of her life. Thank you Fran.

The Dutch Brick House (a.k.a. The Tavern)
by Fran Lampman
The Dutch were the first setttlers of Pownal, moving over from Hoosick, the Pownal intervales inviting them. You see, they were mainly farmers and inn keepers.
I do not know who built the Brick House, known as The Tavern or Tavern Stand. It is Dutch architecture and had a 2nd chimney on the north gable. The Dutch Homes were built of bark, then logs and ‘some of the more pretentious used brick.’ The Dutch kept their language and customs. I heard tell that my Great Grandfather had a newspaper sent to him from Holland.
This home predates the massacre in the streets of Boston, the hanging of the lantern by a silversmith in the North Church. These bricks and mortar stood firmly when the bridge at Concord was being witness to “the shot heard round the world.” You read dates like 1700-1728 for the first Dutch Settlers.
And now more particulars of the Tavern: Spanning the ceilings, from the front to the rear of the tavern, are solid hand hewn chestnut timbers cut from primeval forests that stood untouched until four centuries ago. Reams could be written about the men who breached these forests with an ax and adz to craft these timbers.
Casual digging in the area unearths arrow heads and shards of pottery. It is not difficult to imagine a lively community gathering place at this historic door yard.
But more, walk the 50 feet to the front of the house and you walk forward a century or more to the addition built or added on in 1846 or 47. The grand list was missing for 1846, but the 1847 grand list shows the addition and value change from $412.00 to $800.00. Here on the doors of the rooms are the impressions that mark the places where numbers denoted the rental spaces of THE UNION HOUSE
Deeds refer to the house as the TAVERN HOUSE, where wayfarers called for food and ale, and later with the addition it became a hotel with a final title THE UNION HOUSE. A side tidbit: because of the plank post and beam construction and brick, you can hang a picture at your choosing on the walls of the brick or clapboard house.

04/10/2020

Looking for photos, stories, history of the Cold Storage Barn that was on Cold Storage Road (now known as west Carpenter Hill Road.)
Please send me what you got at
[email protected]
Thank you.

Was recently asked about a booklet on the history of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in North Pownal. Thanks to Steve Kauppi ...
04/04/2020

Was recently asked about a booklet on the history of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in North Pownal. Thanks to Steve Kauppi for loaning us the Booklet so we could capture the history and share it here. We scanned it in but found retyping it was better. Here it is.

The History of Our Lady of Lourdes Church
(Written in 1998 -author unknown)

In the late 1800’s there was no Catholic Church in North Pownal. This predominantly French Village was served by priests who journeyed to Pownal from Rutland by train once a month. Masses were held in private homes, with half the sermon in French, half in English. One of these priests, Father Charles Prevost, would later become Pastor of Sacred Heart in Bennington.
Beginning sometime in 1887, Mass was held upstairs in Fred Smith’s General Store by Father Odette, who made the monthly trip from Rutland. The priests would stay at the Tatto Farm (now Rudd’s), the old homestead of Mrs. Victoria Cooper, whose daughter, Melba, is still a faithful parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes.
During their weekend stays, the priests maintained a busy schedule that might include weddings, funerals, baptisms and calling on the sick and elderly. On Sunday morning there was mass (in Latin) followed by the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. After Mass, catechism was taught by the nuns. In mid afternoon there were vespers, music and prayers that were attended by the priests. Departure back to Rutland was usually on Monday morning, which included a horse and buggy ride to the train.
In 1897 the dream for a Catholic Church in Pownal became a reality. On June 7, 1887, Albert C. Houghton of North Adams, Massachusetts sold a parcel of land in North Pownal to the Diocese in Burlington for one dollar.
To begin construction, each family contributed twenty five dollars. Then followed fund raisers that included suppers, raffles and bazaars. One of these bazaars lasted for two weeks and amazingly raised $2000!
The Carpenter brothers from Bennington were contracted to build the church for $5700. Purcell and his team of horses prepared the cellar hole. The logs for the church were cut at Tatro Saw Mill. During construction, which lasted for about one year, the Carpenter brothers pitched a tent at the site. It was at this time Father William Plamondon came from Readsboro, Vermont to serve the community and oversee the construction of the church.
In the spring of 1898, the Church opened its doors for the first time. A newspaper account (April 19, 1898) unceremoniously recorded the event as follows:
“Services were held in the new Catholic Church at North Pownal for the first time last Sunday. A large number from place (Pownal) went down to the opening service”
However, the official dedication would not occur until October 1898. Again, newspaper account (October 7, 1898) would report:
“On next Wednesday, will occur the dedication of the new Catholic Church at North Pownal. The Archbishop of the diocese and a delegation of priests will officiate. The musical program will be carried out by a choir of forty voices and will be in charge of Joseph Beechard of this village.”
At last, following almost a year of construction, Our Lady of Lourdes was dedicated in October 1898 by Bishop John S. Michaud, who came from Burlington, Vermont. (At this time, most of the French parishioners would refer to the Church as Notre Dame de Lourdes.) From some accounts, the dedication was quite an event. A forty member choir sang and a local orchestra composed of Catholics and Non-Catholics played. Victoria Tatro, a girl of 14, played the organ, and even after marriage, Victoria Tatro Cooper, would continue as Church organist for the next 26 years.
It is interesting to note, the Catholic and non-Catholic people of North Pownal shared a sense of community and cooperation in the early years. Some of the fund-raisers for the Church’s construction took place in the Congregation Church and the old grammar school, where the Little League Ball Park is now. Gail Bates, a Congregationalist, served as Our Lady of Lourdes’ organist following Victoria Cooper.
The Catholics of Pownal now had a Church and would be ministered to mostly by priests from Readsboro, North Bennington and Sacred Heart (Bennington). For a while, they did have a parish priest, Father Desaulniers, who lived at the Tatro Farm while serving as pastor.
In 1914, Our Lady of Lourdes became a part of St. Francis de Sales community and remains so today as a mission church of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales parish.
One of the Reverend J.D. Shannon’s first acts as new pastor of St. Francis in 1927 was to install electric wiring in Notre Dame de Lourdes in Pownal. This also included replastering and redecorating. Until this time, the source for church lighting had been gas lamps which were located near the Stations of the Cross. Heat was provided by wood stoves placed in the basement under floor grates. The Church has been maintained and remodeled throughout the years, both by professionals and to a large extent by the sweat equity of its parishioners.
For years priests and altar boys traveled to Our Lady of Lourdes for Sunday and Holy Day masses.
In 1957, some of the ladies of the parish founded Our Lady of Lourdes Guild, the purpose of which is to strengthen the spiritual life of the faith community, and to assist the priests with the physical operation of the church and parish.
Through the years the members and friends of Our Lady of Lourdes have been very proud of their little Church. To a large extent it has been through their dedicated efforts and devotion that Our Lady of Lourdes has always been a special place of worship. This centennial celebration is a fitting testimony to Our Lady of Lourdes and her journey of faith through the 20th century.

03/25/2020

Anyone have a “History of Our Lady of Lourdes” book to lend us so we may scan it and share it? Please contact us @8028235536 Thank You. PHS

Congratulations Pownal Residents!  It’s Official.  The Historic 1812 one room school house #8 is now owned by the Town o...
01/24/2020

Congratulations Pownal Residents! It’s Official.
The Historic 1812 one room school house #8 is now owned by the Town of Pownal and will be used as the Select Board room in the new Town Hall. The Pownal History Center will be in the walkout basement below the School room. The Pownal Historical Society wants to thank all of you for making this happen. You’ve proven that working together as a community we can accomplish anything. Also, a big Thank You to our new Select Board for working with us and supporting us for the past year. The below photos shows Bryan Harris, Select Board Chair and Ken Held, Pownal Historical Society President signing the paperwork along with Fred Miller, Pownal Resident who witnessed the signing and Linda Sciarappa, Administrative Assistant who notarized the deed.

12/24/2019

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays
to all!

Thank you to everyone who came out to vote yesterday. Each one of us live in a country where we have the right to vote a...
10/30/2019

Thank you to everyone who came out to vote yesterday. Each one of us live in a country where we have the right to vote and to voice our opinions. We are very blessed to live in the United States. We are also blessed to live in beautiful historic Pownal.

10/29/2019

New Town Hall passed 326 to 164.
The Pownal Historical Society is thrilled by the support for the new Town Hall and History Center. We thank everyone who voted. The residents of Pownal should be proud. They set an example to other communities that by working together any goal is possible.
Now the work begins and we look forward to working together with our neighbors to see the New Town Hall and History Center become a reality. Our motto all along has been “we can do this Pownal together we can do this”. Pownal you proved us right.

Please don’t rely on your neighbor’s vote. Come out and show your support tomorrow!
10/28/2019

Please don’t rely on your neighbor’s vote. Come out and show your support tomorrow!

The following is a poem about School # 8 by Carolyn AdamsPownal Center School, by Carolyn Adams For centuries the schola...
10/24/2019

The following is a poem about School # 8 by Carolyn Adams

Pownal Center School, by Carolyn Adams

For centuries the scholars came to Pownal Center School
Reading,writing 'rithmatic and learn the golden rule
Generations of our town received their good start here
Every child would walk from home, whether far or near

Eight grades and sometimes thirty children in one tiny room
One teacher with eight lesson plans and many lives to groom
First task was to make the fire to get the schoolroom warm
Then to ring the bell to raise each pupil from each farm

Morgan, Towslee, Jepson, Kimball, Burrington and Myers
Barber, Babcock, Carpenter, Bannister and Niles
Gardner, Armstong, Amadon, Sweet and Mattison
Lillie, Mason, Lampman, Thompson, Card and Patterson

Pledge allegiance to the flag, and sing before the lesson
Sometimes the music class would be a visiting musician
In early years the term was short as teacher was a farmer
spring planting and chores at home would make attendance harder

In grandpa's time the sixth for most would be the highest grade
For Pownal was then all family farms with jobs already made
At twelve your working life began, so teachers had to try to teach the basics to all those who would not get to High

But some went on to higher ed, and I heard them to say their Pownal Center education helped them in every way to reach their goals in college and there they came to see their one room school compared well to the best academy

The first photo is the inside of School House #8. Notice the tin ceilings and the hardwood floors. This will become the ...
10/21/2019

The first photo is the inside of School House #8. Notice the tin ceilings and the hardwood floors. This will become the Select Board/Meeting Room in the proposed New Town Hall. The room will be insulate from the outside so as to not to disturb the historic integrity of the room. It will be a step back in time for everyone who walks into this 207 year old piece of history. The school has been well maintained over the years and is ready to continue to serve Pownal and its residents.
The second photo is what the new Town Hall will look like. Note the school house with its signature large windows on the right. We hope to be able to install a school bell on top of the school. Also, please note the building has no steps for entry.
We are already thinking of fund raising ideas we as residents can do to help buy down the principal, thus saving on interest, resulting in paying the Bond off earlier and saving taxpayers money. This is something we can do Pownal. As neighbors working together we can do this.

Please check out the following link to the New Town Hall Presentation presented by Bob Jarvis at the Informational Meeti...
10/17/2019

Please check out the following link to the New Town Hall Presentation presented by Bob Jarvis at the Informational Meeting on Tuesday night. https://townofpownal.org/news-and-announcements.php?id=100 if you have a problem with the link, please go to the Town’s website. TownofPownal.org and click on the Power Point Presentation link under News.
You also still have a chance to hear it in person by coming to the Informational Meeting, tonight, October 17th at 6PM at the Pownal Elementary School. Come learn how your $25.19 per year per taxable parcel will help get Pownal a much needed Healthy, Spacious, New Town Hall and History Center. We can do this Pownal, Together we can do this.

Count the money. This is what having a New, Healthy, Spacious Town Hall with a History Center will cost you Per Year per...
10/16/2019

Count the money. This is what having a New, Healthy, Spacious Town Hall with a History Center will cost you Per Year per taxable parcel for the next 20 years, (based on recent Bond Interest rate.)
$25.19 per year.
Next Informational Meeting is tomorrow night, (Thursday, October 17th) from 6 to 8 PM at the Pownal Elementary School.

Please vote on October 29th at the Pownal Center Fire Station 7AM to 7 PM

Isn't this a beautiful painting? Artists traveled from far and wide to capture Pownal's Beauty.  They will come again wi...
10/13/2019

Isn't this a beautiful painting? Artists traveled from far and wide to capture Pownal's Beauty. They will come again with your help.

The following is part of something I read on behalf of the Pownal Historical Society at a Select Board Meeting in September. Wanted to let every one know we still feel the same way. We are very excited about, (if passed at the October 29th Special Town Meeting/Please Vote), what the Pownal History Center can do for our Town.

“ We are excited about donating Historic School #8 to the Town of Pownal to be used as the Select Board/Meeting/ Room in the New Town Hall.

We are equally excited about having a Pownal History Center in the basement of the School. We look forward to our new home and the opportunity to expand our Pownal History and Genealogy Collections, along with being able to offer Historic Presentations, Events and Genealogy classes and workshops. This will help bring visitors to Pownal and put us on the map. We strongly feel once people come to our History Center we will be able to not only help them with their Research but we can introduce them to Pownal by offering a self guided scenic map so they may see the beautiful side of Pownal resulting in a need for places to stay, eat and shop here in town. This is all very exciting.”

PLEASE NOTE- I mentioned a self guided “map” to help visitors see the beautiful side of Pownal. We are reaching out for input on Scenic Spots, Hiking Trails and Historic Places. Please supply us with as much information as possible, (such as exact location, driving directions, why you think it should be on the map, etc). We need your help in making the map an introduction to “Historic Pownal”.
Please send to [email protected]
Thank you from the Pownal Historical Society

New Town Hall Public Forums will be held Tuesday, October 15th and Thursday, October 17th from 6 to 8 PM at the Pownal E...
10/04/2019

New Town Hall Public Forums will be held Tuesday, October 15th and Thursday, October 17th from 6 to 8 PM at the Pownal Elementary School. Voting on the Authorization for Construction will take place Tuesday, October 29th from 7 AM to 7 PM at the Pownal Center Fire Station. Please come out and vote. If you need an Absentee Ballot, please call (802)823-0116 Ext. 101 or email [email protected]

09/27/2019

Town Hall Public Forums
Tuesday & Thursday
October 15th & 17th 6 to 8PM
Pownal Elementary School

Important Notice- The informational meetings are being rescheduled and the Select Board will be announcing the dates soo...
09/17/2019

Important Notice- The informational meetings are being rescheduled and the Select Board will be announcing the dates soon. Both will be held in October. The vote will be October 29th.

Oh the fun, the stories, the memories, the photos and the rekindled friendships that were shared this past Sunday at Sch...
08/27/2019

Oh the fun, the stories, the memories, the photos and the rekindled friendships that were shared this past Sunday at School #8. The Class Reunion/Open House was enjoyed by all. I am sure the School thought Class was back in session when its’ walls vibrated with the sounds of many students all talking at once, giggling and laughing. This time they weren't little children but students up to the age of 97! Such enthusiasm, such love for their one room school house and such memories of their days at School House #8. Memories such as baseball was their favorite recess activity and how one student learned how to fight in the basement and then became best friends with his opponent. Memories of the war, (three former students were volunteers who were trained to identify and report Japanese War Planes if they appeared over Pownal). Memories of the outhouse, how running water came to be at the School and the impact the teachers of yesteryear had on their students. The teacher knew some of her students were not going to be able to go to High School so she taught her students the basics. After listening to them sit there and speak so eloquently it made me realize they not only had a good educational foundation but they were taught respect, love of country and their neighbors. I so wished everyone reading this could have been there and to have experienced listening to the former students. What a treat it was. A very big Thank You from our hearts to all who shared their afternoon and stories with us. I know if School #8 could talk, she would say Thank You too for letting her feel your love!!

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My ties to Pownal!!!! Basically, my research as of late is to find the parents of Elsey Parker the first wife of John D Ostrander of Hoosick, NY. 1. Richard John’s brother from Hoosick 1795 marred Mary Polly Parker of Vermont 1815? a. Is Mary Elsey’s sister? b. Two Parker families in Pownal that time frame Moses & Able Parker. c. I have reviewed both families and Able seems to be the likely choice but not proven yet. 2. John D dies in Boston 1851 and is buried in Gardner Cemetery along with two children Elizabeth and Abraham along with Sidney James first wife Mary Jane Burgess! a. My first question was why Mary Jane was buried in Gardner Cemetery and not Oakhill Cemetery where her father and mother are buried. Although, they were alive when Mary died. b. John dies in Boston has death Cert from MA and death cert from VT. c. Reviewing and going to the cemetery in Pownal it appears to be a family cemetery with Gardner, Parker, Gardner, etc. d. Also, Elsey Gardner is buried the cemetery too much od a coincidence to be overlooked. 3. Elsey travels to Morris in Grundy County, IL with widowed daughter Sarah Jane Hall along with her daughter Sarah Stevens in 1860 Census. Apparently to at and move to Chicago Else tend son’s wedding in Kankakee, IL John JP Ostrander. They stay and Else dies around 1865 buried? Sarah dies in 1889 and is supposedly buried in Morris! Not found yet. Sarah Augusta Stevens marries a Sidney Higby who was originally from NY and traveled with them to Illinois. They are shown in Chicago 1870 census with Sarah living with them. Well that is what I have hope you all enjoy. Petrus Ostrander Petrus Ostrander was born on August 8, 1743, in Rhinebeck, New York, his father, Pieter, was 37 and his mother, Maria, was 32. He married Sarah Bovee on October 21, 1766, in Albany, New York. They had seven children in 27 years. He died on May 5, 1828, in Hoosick, New York, having lived a long life of 84 years. Seventeen years old in 1760 Petrus gave his age as eighteen when he enlisted in Captain Peter Harris’s company, Dutchess militia, at a time when men were being recruited for a campaign in Canada during the French and Indian War. His enlistment documents him as a farmer, 5 feet 6 inches tall, with brown hair, and brown completion and a long face. Six years later he married Sarah Bovee “of Hosak”, whose family had long lived in the Hoosick Valley. Before and during the Revolution the valley area was a hot bed of conflict between mostly Dutch farmers supported by New York and mostly English claimants backed by New Hampshire. At the outset of the revolution the New Hampsiremen took up arms under the name of the Green Mountain Boys and generally controlled the Hoosick Valley. In August 1777 General Burgoyne, directed his British army southward toward Albany, sent off two contingents of soldiers, mostly Brunswickers, to raid the Hoosick Valley for horses, wagons and supplies. In the Battle of Bennington, the two units were easily overwhelmed one by one, by about 2000 New England militiamen under General John Stark. With the British were about fifty Loyalist of Dutch extraction Petrus and his brother Abraham, his brother-in-law Peter Proper, and a cousin John Ostrander of Stillwater, were captured and his older brother Antonius, was killed in the fighting. How long Petrus and his brother and brother-in-law remained as prisoners of war is not known, but all three later served in American militia units. Petrus as a private in Captain Gerrit T Bratt’s company of Colonel Peter Yate’s 4th Albany regiment, one of the most active and dependable of the New York militia. The cousin who was captured at Bennington John Ostrander of Stillwater, of the Jacob branch of the family, never served in the military in any capacity again, but remained a Loyalist throughout the war. John D Ostrander John D Ostrander was born on October 3, 1790, Hoosick, New York the son of Petrus, who was 47 and his mother, Sarah Bovee, was 39 at his birth. John married Elsey Parker on July 7, 1811, in Hoosick, New York. Elsey’s parents are not known at this time. John and Elsey had six children Sarah Jane 1812, Philander D 1815, Sydney D 1817, John JP 1819, Elizabeth 1822, and Aberham G 1824. Not much is known about John’s occupation and what he did for work from 1811 till his death in 1851. Sarah married a Samuel Hall in Pownal, VT and died 1889 in Chicago, IL and per death-certificate is buried in Morris, Illinois. Unable to find Sarah’s grave to date. Philander D marries a Sarah Webb and they have 3 children in New York City. Philander dies between 1870 and 1873 in New York City. Sydney D marries 3 times and has a child by each wife and dies in Civil War and is buried in Annapolis, MD. John JP (John Parker) was well educated and traveled. He is shown as being in classes at Harvard and helps set up a college in Albion, MI. He gets a degree in Dentistry and marries Clarissa Waite in Kankakee; IL and they have three children. John dies in Garland County, AR in 1888 and gravestone shows Dr John JP Ostrander. Elizabeth Jane is born 1822 in Pownal, VT and dies in 1840 in Pownal, VT and is buried in Garner Cemetery in Pownal, VT. Aberham G is born in 1824 Pownal VT and dies 1825 and is buried in Gardner Cemetery in Pownal, VT. John died on October 30, 1851, in Boston, MA, at the age of 61 while living with his son Sydney and second wife Martha, and is buried in the Gardner Cemetery in Pownal, Vermont with two of his children Elizabeth and Abraham along with Sydney’s first wife Mary Jane. After John’s death in 1851 Elsey went to Illinois in 1860 with daughter Sarah Hall nee Ostrander to her son’s John JP marriage in Kankakee, IL and later lived in Chicago until her death around 1866. No knowledge where she is buried at this time. Sydney James Ostrander Little is known of Sidney’s childhood other than being born to John D. Ostrander and Elsie Parker of Hoosick, Rensselaar County, New York in 1817. In 1840 Sydney marries his 1st wife Mary Jane Burgess of Pownal, VT on September 15th, 1840. Mary Jane is the daughter of Thomas Burgess and Dorcas Brownell of Pownal, VT and she was born about 1821. Elsie’s parents are not known at this time. Sydney D. announces the birth of Merriam James, also known as Sydney Merriam James, in August of 1842 but with sadness as Mary Jane has died during childbirth. Her death date is August 5th, 1842 and she is buried Gardner Cemetery in Pownal, VT along with Elizabeth Jane and Aberham G Ostrander, Sydney’s brother and sister. Merriam is found living with his grandparents until his grandfather died in August of 1842 and Sydney is awarded custody of Merriam through probate. Also, Probate for Dorcas Burgess, Merriem’s grandmother, in May of 1846 and Sydney apples for guardianship Merriem and is granted guardianship. In 1850 Sydney is now living on Washington Avenue in Boston MA and his listed occupation is that of a baker. He is there with his new wife Martha Jane Stevens of Williamstown, MA, they were married May 14th, 1849 in Williamstown, MA, along with Merriam at the age of 9. Also, living with Sydney and Martha are his parents John D and Elsey (Parker). John dies in 1851 and is later buried in Gardner Cemetery Pownal, VT. In 1853 Martha gives birth to a boy and he is named Duane Douglas in Boston, MA. In 1860 we find Sydney in Greenpoint, NY where Martha has died on June 17th, 1855 and is buried in Greenpoint Cemetery, New York. Sydney is now married to an Emma Robinson on June 17th, 1857 and is the daughter of Robert N. Robinson and Abigail Wood of New York City. Emma was born about 1821. Emma gives birth to the 3rd boy named Robert F, in Brooklyn, NY March 29th, 1862. For reasons, unknown Robert after the age of 2 years is living with the family of David and Mary Cottrell of Brooklyn, NY. Robert is later adopted by David and Mary and his last name is changed from Ostrander to Cottrell. In 1864 Sydney makes several attempts to enlist in the Civil War for the entry fee $300.00 bonus being given out by the government. Sydney finally found a physician to approve his physical papers and enlists February 18th, 1864 at the age of 47 years. Please note he used his son’s birth certificate to join the Army. Sydney is dispatched to Knoxville, TN as a private in New York’s 51st Army, Company “A” and under the command of Captain James H. Carberry. While on a forced march to Mossy Creek, Tennessee, Sydney became sick from exposure during the night and while he slept. He was diagnosed as having a severe cold and was dispatched to Annapolis General Hospital in Annapolis Maryland on or about the 1st day of April 1864 where he died a few days later. Sydney was buried in Annapolis National Cemetery, Annapolis, MD. Total time of service including travel time was only 19 days! After Sydney’s death Emma applies for his pension and records indicate Robert and Duane collect until about 1870. Merriam is living in Bennington, VT and Duane is Williamstown, MA with their families. Merriem James Ostrander When Merriem James Ostrander was born on August 5, 1842, in Pownal, Vermont, his father, Sidney, was 25 and his mother, Mary Jane Burgess, was 20. Upon his mother’s death in 1842, Merriem briefly stayed with his grandparents Thomas Burgess and Dorcas Brownell of Pownal, Vermont. He later went to Boston to live with his father Sydney and his 2nd wife Martha Stephens. Sydney later moved to New York City and is shown to have married an Elizabeth Ashley and had one child Alexander. No more is found on Merriem and Ashley in New York City. Merriem is next found in Bennington, Vermont and marries Harriet Louise Harrington on April 20, 1876, in Woodford, Vermont. They had eight children Rosa, Susan, Walter, Leon, Ethel, Annie, Reba, and Clarence in 17 years. His occupation in the 1900 Federal Census in Bennington as a “Day Laborer”. He died on February 5, 1906, in Bennington, Vermont, at the age of 63. Harriet Louise marries Richard Cone in Bennington, Vermont in 1909 after Merriem’s death and Harriet dies in Bennington 1947. Note: Records also show that Merriem’s name could have been Sydney MJ Ostrander no birth records available!