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Samuel Willard fonds
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- Willard, Samuel
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Samuel Willard, son of Major Joshua Willard, was born at Petersham, Mass., on December 1, 1766. He was the fourth child in a family of ten, the other children were: Abel, born in 1758; Nahaim, 1760; Lucretia, 1761; George, 1768; Elizabeth, 1769; Sophia, 1771; Lucy, 1772; Alexander, 1774; and Sally, 1776.
Samuel married Lucinda Knowlton, daughter of the Hon. Luke Knowlton, of Newfane, Vt., on February 24, 1791, by whom he had two daughters. He was first a general merchant in Newfane, Vt., later moving to Sheldon, Vt. In 1800 he took up his grant in the Township of Stukely, L.C.
His wife died the same year and in 1802 he married Miss Elizabeth Patterson, of Quebec, by whom he had two sons and five daughters. Although he owned several thousand acres in the Townships of Stukely and Orford and was engaged mainly in farming and general merchandising, he was also a Justice of the Peace and a captain in the Militia. Willard was interested in the building of roads, especially to Montreal, to extend the market for local produce. His other main activities were the organizing of schools and the promotion of religious services for the community. He died at Stukely on October 29th, 1833.
His son Abijah, whose name appears throughout these papers, carried on the business after Samuel Willard's death.
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The fonds consists of primary source information regarding Samuel Willard. The fonds contains the following series: Correspondence (1783-1870); Land Papers ([ca. 1786-1826]); Legal Papers (1789-1899); Notes and Memos ([ca. 1784-1898]); Journals, Diaries and Memo Books (1755-04-13 to 1861); Business Papers (1784-1843).
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