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By Mark Felone

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 The town of Windsor came into existence on July 6, 1761 when a charter was granted by Governor Benning Wentworth of New Hampshire. On March 28, 1772 the town was rechartered by the province of New York. The Vermont Legislature passed and act on October 26, 1848 creating the town of West Windsor which had been the West Parish of Windsor.

The first proprietors meeting was held in September of 1761 at the house of Hillikiah Grout in Winchester, New Hampshire. At this meeting Colonel Josiah Willard was chosen moderator; Dr. Thomas Fink, clerk; Lt. Joshua Lyman, Lt. Samuel Ashley and Dr. Thomas Fink, assessors; Colonel Josiah Willard, collector; Lt. Samuel Ashley, treasurer. A committee of Colonel Josiah Willard, Capt. Zedekiah Stone, Lt. Samuel Ashley, Philip Matoon, Josiah Willard Jr., Josiah Willard, Samuel Stone, and Simeon Alexander was chosen " to view and lot out saud town." At a meeting held on August 23, 1763 at Hilikiah Grout's House it was voted " to grant Israel Curtis fifty acres . To build a saw-mill by August 1, 1764 and to build a grist-mill as soon as there are twenty inhabitants."

The first meeting held in Windsor was a proprietors held November 3, 1767 at Thomas Cooper's house, at which time he was chosen clerk. In December of 1767 another proprietors meeting was held at Cooper's home and Benjamin Wait was chosen moderator; Capt. Samuel Stone, Israel Curtis and Sergeant Andrew North, assessors; Thomas Cooper, treasurer, and Colonel Nathan Stone, collector. It was also voted to give Joseph King twenty pounds to build a bridge across Mill Stream. The following year Andrew Norton and Joab Hoisington were appointed a committee to build the bridge over Mill Brook.

Vt_Flag.gif (7641 bytes)The first town meeting of which there is any record of was held on February 17, 1786. The officers chosen were as follows: Stephen Jacobs, moderator; Briant Brown, town clerk, Briant Brown, Colonel Benjamin Wait, Stephen Jacobs, Lt. Charles Leavens, and Thomas Cooper, selectman; Briant Brown, treasurer; Benjamin Cady and Oliver Barrett, constables; Benjamin Cady, Oliver Barrett, collectors; Briant Brown, Benjaimn Wait, Stephen Jacobs, Charles Leavens, and Thomas Cooper, listers; Joel Ely and Alden Spooner, grand jurors; Stephen Cady, Josiah Hawley, George Hough and Asahel Smith, tithingmen; Colonel Nathan Stone, leather sealer; Deacon Joseph Farnsworth, sealer of weights and measures; captain Jerahl Cumings, brander of horses; David Lombard, Samuel Bayley, Abijah Capron, Jonathan Hall, captain Steele Smith, Isaiah Burke and Captain Asahel Smith, haywards; Nathan Stone, Caleb Stone, Thomas Wilson, Captain Matthew Patrick, Solomon Emmons, Daniel Thurston, Deacon Richard Wait, Colonel Benjamin Wait, Charles Leavens, William White, William Slack, William Lazell, John Capron and Israel Aiken, surveyors of highways; Solomon Emmons, Isaiah Burke, Richard Wait, Lazarus Banister, fence viewers; Ebenezer Hoisington Jr., and Samuel Fletcher, deer reefs; Benjamin Cady and Captain Asahel Smith, key keepers.

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The first settlement in town began with the arrival of Captain Steele Smith and his family. He removed from Farmington, Conn, to Windsor in August, 1764. The next season Major Elisha Hawley, Captain Israel Curtis, Deacon Hezekiah Thompson, Deacon Thomas Cooper settled in Windsor. Two other original settlers to Windsor were Solomon Emmons and Joab Hoisington. Joab Hoisington played a key role in the development of Windsor until about 1771 when he took up residence in Woodstock where had purchased some 1000 acres. He was an officer in the Upper regiment of militia, and stationed at Newbury, where, he died in 1777.

Prominent families of Windsor: Dr. Joseph Whiting, Briant Brown, Colonel Nathan Stone, Ebenezer Burnham, Joseph Woodruff, Silas Banister, Alexander Parmele, Samuel Burnham, JohnBlood, Thomes Cooper, Jacob Choate, Zebina Curtis, Sylvester Chuchill, Sewall Cutting, Jabez Delano, Abner Forbes, Dr. Isaac Green, Elisha Hawley, William Hunter, Jabesh Hunter, Thomas Hunter, Samuel Hedge, Jeremiah Hubbard, William Leverett, Thomas Leverett, Joel Lull, Samuel Patrick, Samuel Smith, Samuel Stow, Slivanus Watriss, John Drake, Leonard Taylor, Phineas Hemenway, James Langworthy, Stephen Cady, Jerahmeel Cumings, Solomon Burke, Joseph Thomson, Solomon Emmons, Charles Leavens

On March 28, 1772 Windsor was issued a new charter by Governor Tyron of the province of New York. This patent was issued to Nathan Stone and William Swan and, their associates, as follows: Waldron Blair, John Abel, William Puntine, Michael Nan, John McGinnis, Richard McGinnis, Robert McGinnis, Patrick Walsh, James Abel Edward Collum, Marinus Low, Edward Patten, Andries Reigher, George Klein, Thomas Lupton, Duncan Robertson, Samuel Stevens, John Pessenger, George Luncom, Francis Groome and James Cobham.

With the change in jurisdiction from New Hampshire to New York deeds needed to be reconveyed to their owners, this occurrd in November, 1772, who were as follows: Caleb Benjamin, Jeremiah Bishop, Samuel Patrick, Joesph Woodruff, Benjamin Bishop, Levi Stevens, Samuel Seers, Peter Levens, Isaiah Burk, Ebenezer Curtis, Solomon Burk, Samuel Root, Watts Hubbard, George Sto(w)e, Andrew Blant, Lazarus Bannister, John Benjamin, Samuel Chase, Rev. James Wellman, Dudley Chase, Phineas Dean, Benjamin Wait, Ebenezer Hoisington, Captain William Dean, Elnathan Storey, Hezekiah Thompson, Benjamin Spaldwin (Spaulding), Elisha Hawley Jr., Timothy Stanley, Thomas Wilson, Elisha Hawley Jr., Asa Smeed, Ebenezer Davis, Elihu Burk, Nehemiah Lincoln, William Smeed Sr., William Smeed Jr., Joseph Barrett, Jacob Hastings, Asaph Butler, Nathan Atkins, Joseph Patterson, Thomas Cooper, John Chandler, Andrew Norton, Alexander Parmley, Steele Smith, Mary Hubbard, Elisha Hubbard, David Cook, Samuel Cook, Samuel Stone, Dr. David Hale, Elizabeth Curtis, Solomon Emmons, Ebenezer Hayward, Fisher Gay, Joseph Bull, Thomas Pearsall, Goldsboro Banyar (of New York), Henry Creiger (of New York), Dr. David Taylor, Colonel Nathan Stone, Willard Dean, Isabel Patrick, Zedekiah Stone, and Barnabus Dunham.

Windsor in the American Revolution

The following was extracted by Aldrich from the historical address given by Rev. Dr. Cutting, delivered upon the occasion of the Windsor centennial celebration July 4, 1876.

" The military history of Windsor belongs among the essential themes of this day. The fame of Seth Warner's regiment was shared by men of this town. After the battles of Lexington and Bunker Hill, after the capture of Ticonderoga by Allen, Captain John Grant of that regiment came in the summer of 1775 to Windsor for recruits. Among those who enlisted under him were Asahel Smith, John Heath, Zenas Lull, Joshua Slayton, and William Hunter, the last enlisting as a sergeant, and becoming the orderly of the company. Laying down their sickles, -for an old narrative says it was "reaping time"- they proceeded to join their regiment at Crown Point, and descending the Lake to Canada, took part in the brilliant operations which reulted in the capture of St. John's and Montreal, and in the flight of Carlton to Quebec. Young Hunter, then twenty-one years of age, was attached to the person of General Montgomery, and for his good conduct at the seige of St. John's received a commission as first lieutenant. The time for which men had enlisted having expired, Hunter came back to Windsor in December of that year for recruits. There were already militia companies in town, and there is a record of the drill of one of them by Lieutenant Hunter after his return at that time. His mission was successful. Early in January, 1776, on the broad eastern slope of "the Hill", of West Parish, then at the house of Samuel Root, Hunter mustered his recruits, of whom are preserved the names of Ebenezer Hoisington, Phineas Killman, John Heath, Joel Butler, Asa Smead, Jonathan Hodgman, and an 'elderly man named Emmons.' These, with perhaps as many more, he marched away on snow-shoes to Skenesborough, now Whitehall, whence descending the lake on the ice, they reached the army destined to Quebec, and finally encamped on the Plains of Abraham. In the diastrous retreat of the ensuing spring, Warner's regiment was the last on the field, and kept the rear. It was on this retreat that Lieutenant Hunter, discovering a sick Cornish soldier who had laid down to die, inspired with the despairing man heart, and lifting him on his back, carried him three miles to the bateaux and saved his life. During the remainder of the war the militia of Windsor were pertpetually on the alert, and were frequently called into service. Under Captian Benjamin wait and Joab Hoisington they were of the troops who kept back the English and Indians from the northern towns, and when Royalton was attacked and burned, marched in such numbers as to repel and punish the invasion, that most of the woman of Windsor, left unprotected, fled with their children to Cornish until the return of the men. Declining a captaincy in the Continental service, Hunter became lieutenant of the Windsor company, under Captain Samuel Stow Savage, and succeeded him as captain in the year 1789."

Tax List of 1785

" A tax of three pence half penny on the pound, made on the list for the year 1785, for the purpose of schools in the several school districts in said town, agreeable to a vote of said town, passed March 7, 1786." ( The names of taxable inhabitants only, and not the list and rate, are copied.)

East Parish- David Atkins, Perez Antizzle, Israel Aiken, Ebenezer Burnham, Joseph Barret Jr., Solomon Burke, Isaiah Burke, Benjamin Bishop, Briant Brown, Moses Barrett, Stephen Conant, John Cady, Zebediah Coburn, Peter Currier, Benjamin Cady, Zebina Curtis, Ebenezer Curtis, Manassah Cady, Thomas H. Cady, John Curtis, Willard Dean, John Drew, Solomon Emmons, Clark Eastman, John Gill, David Hilton, Daniel Hastings, Jacob Hastings, Ebenezer Hoisington, Ebenezer Hoisington Jr., Elias Hoisington, Matthias Hammond, Jonathan Hammond, David Hammond, William Hilton, Jonathan Hall, Jonathan Hodgman, Elisha Hubbard, Eldad Hubbard, Darius Houghton, George Hough, Josiah Hawley, Elisha Hawley, William Harlow, David Hall, William Jewett, Stephen Jacob, Daniel King, James Langworthy, Isaac Mason, John Marcy, John Marcy Jr., Samuel Messer, Alexander Parmalee, Samuel Patrick, Clothier Prior, Elijah Payne, John Packard, Matthew Patrick, Elisha Perkins, Samuel Ruggles, Eleaser Spaulding, Leonard Spaulding, Zedekiah Stone, Caleb Stone, Elnathan Storey, Jacob Stowell, Jonathan Shepard, Seth Sabin, Ephraim Stone, Simeon Stoddard, Zephaniah Spicer, Joel Smead, Alden Spooner, Steele Smith, Reuben Smith, Nathan Stone, Nathan Stone Jr., Samuel Stone, Nichenor Temple, Hezekiah Thompson, Joseph Thompson, Hezekiah Thompson Jr., Seth Tinkham, Daniel Thurston, Elisha Turner, Nahum Trask, Joseph Willis, Joshua Wilson, Thomas Wilson, Jacob Wilson, Silvanus Watriss, Elijah West, Paul Wood, William Wood, Robert Gandy, David Orvis, Jonathan Russell, James Wilson, Nathaniel Weeks, Tyler Spafford, Joseph Grandy, Robert Whitcomb

West Parish- Thomas Adams, Abel Adams, William Abbott, Joseph Barrett, Oliver Barrett, Silas Banister, Caleb Blood, John Blood, John Bishop, Jeremiah Bishop, Levi Bishop, Jeremiah Bishop Jr., Frederick Burnham, Elihu Beach, Stephen Beach, Jonathan Burt, John Brown, Andrew Blunt, Joshua Bayley, William Bean, Edmund Capron, John Capron, Abijah Capron, Jerahmeel Cummings, Silvanus Chapin, Zebulon Chandler, Thomas Cooper, Stephen Cooper, John Dake, Joseph Dake, Benjamin Dake, Samuel Danforth, Joel Ely, Joel Ely Jr., James Fletcher, Samuel Fletcher, Joseph Fuller, Nathan Fish, Elnathan Hubbard, Ephraim Hubbard, Jesse Hawley, Silas Hale, Benjamin Hale, David Hale, Israel Hale, Thomas Hunter, William Hunter, David Hunter, Abijah Hurd, Ezekiel Hawley, Phineas Hemenway, John Hulett, Ichabod Hatch, John Lumbard, John Lumbard Jr., Stephen Lumbard, Solomon Lumbard, David Lumbard, Charles Leavens, William Lazell, Zenas Lazell, Nehemiah Lincoln, Joseph Moulton, Aaron Miner, Israel Meacham, Obediah Noble, John Neil, Joseph Powers, Joseph Powers Jr., William Porter, William Parson, William Parson Jr., Samuel Parson, Samuel Parson Jr., Joseph Parmeter, Benoni Patrick, Samuel Root, Rufus Root, Henry Rumrill, Simeon Rumrill, Bela Rogers, Abiah Rice, Jesse Slack, William Slack, George Stow, John Smead, Asa Smead, Samuel Savage, Nathan Savage, Benjamin Stone, Samuel Sawin, Ashel Smith, Roswell Smith, Thomas Sherman, Andrew Spaulding, Elihu Smead, George Stow Jr., Josph Sawyer, Jonas Taylor, Simeon Taylor, Leonard Taylor, Abraham Taylor, Josiah Fooley, Archibald White Jr., William White, Asa Worcester, Josph Woodruff, Benjamin Wait, Joseph Wakefield, Scottaway Whitcomb, Oliver Willard, Daniel Woods.  This material on this page was compiled by Mark Felone

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