Peter Thacher Washburn?–?
- Peter Thacher Washburn
- Given names
- Peter Thacher
|Death of a paternal grandfather|| 6 October 1834|
paternal grandfather - Asa Washburn
Note in "the old Justice of the Peace book "
My father, Reuben Washburn, gave this book to me, March 29 1860. It contains the handwriting of my great grandfather Seth Washburn, of my grand father, Asa Washburn, and of my father Reuben Washburn.
Peter Thacher Washburn.
The present owner of the book, the son of Peter Thacher Washburn, has written a few words indicating possession, the four generations of his fathers having left little available space.
Seth Washburn was a soldier in the Revolution, fighting at Bunker Hill, a captain in the eight month service of 1775, afterwards a member of the General Court of Massachusetts thirteen years in succession, 1776-1788, part of the time as Representative from the town of Leicester, and part of the time as Senator from the County of Worcester. He was a member of the Constitutional Convention of Massachusetts, 1779, and colonel of a regiment of militia after the Revolutionary War. Governor Emory Washburn's "History of Leicester" gives an interesting account of Seth Washburn's part in the Battle of Bunker Hill, and his march on April 19, 1775, as captain of the Leicester Minute Men.
Mitchell, in his history of Bridgewater, leaves in doubt which of several Joseph Washburns went from Bridgewater to Leicester to live. The jottings regarding his father's family, which Seth Washburn put down in the old Justice of the Peace book, settle this point.
The Joseph Washburn who went to Leicester was the Joseph whose father had the seven sons, Jonathan, Joseph, Ebenezer, Miles, Ephraim, Edward, and Benjamin. Mitchell gives these seven sons, in different order, to the Joseph Washburn who married Hannah Latham, granddaughter of Mary (Chilton) Winslow. These sons were the grandsons of John Washburn, whom Seth Washburn speaks of as his "grate grand father." John Washburn married Elizabeth Mitchell, granddaughter of Francis Cooke, the Pilgrim.
Thus the old book, from which these notes are taken, furnishes proof that the Leicester Washburns are within the fold of Mayflower Descendants.
<b>Hon. Peter THATCHER Washburn was born at Lynn, Mass., September7, 1814. He was the son of Hon. Reuben WASHBURN., born in Leicester, Mass,,December 30, 1781, and who, at the age of four years, removed to Putney,Vt., with his father, Asa WASHBURN, who was born in Leicester, July 25,1757, and was the son of Seth WASHBURN, born in Bridgewater, May 19, 1723,the son of Joseph WASHBURN, 2d, the son of Joseph WASHBURN, 1st, the sonof John WASHBURN, 2d. the son of John WASHBURN, who came from Evesham,England, and as early as 1632 was in Duxbury, Mass., from which place heafterwards removed to Bridgewater, Mass. Hon. Reuben WASHBURN, father ofPeter T., married October 10, 1813, Miss Hannah Blaney THATCHER, daughterof Rev. Thomas C. THATCHER, of Lynn, Mass., and granddaughter of Rev. PeterTHATCHER, D. D., for many years pastor of the Brattle street church, Boston.In February, 1817, Reuben removed with his family to Chester, Vt., andafter remaining there a short time, removed to Cavendish, and from therein 1825, to Ludlow, where he died, April 23, 186o. Peter T. WASHBURN, oras he was better known in Vermont, General WASHBURN, graduated from Dartmouthcollege in 1835, and immediately after his graduation commenced the studyof law with his father, with whom he remained except for three months whenhe was in the office of Hon. William UPHAM, of Montpelier, until he wasadmitted to the bar, at the December term of the Windsor county court in1838. January 1, 1839, he opened an office and commenced the practice ofhis profession at Ludlow, Vt., where he remained with a constantly increasingbusiness and reputation, until 1844, when he removed to Woodstock, wherehe resided until his death, which occurred on the morning of Thursday,February 7, 1870. In October, 1844, Gen. WASHBURN, was elected by the senateand house of representatives of Vermont, reporter of the decisions of thesupreme court, and was annually re-elected at each session down to andincluding that of October, 185T. In 1853 and 1854, he represented Woodstockin the legislature. In October, 1861, he was elected adjutant and inspectorgeneral of Vermont, and continued as such by annual re-elections untilthe close of the war. At the time of his death he was Governor of Vermont,to which office he was elected in September, 1870, being the only Vermontgovernor who died in that office, and was also a trustee of the Universityof Vermont, and president of the Woodstock railroad.
FROM: <i>Gazetteer of Towns
Gazetteerand Business Directory of
WindsorCounty, Vt., For 1883-84
Compiledand Published By Hamilton Child,
Syracuse,N. Y. Printed January, 1884.
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