Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Famous Firsts for Scipio

I've been working on a timeline for Scipio. As part of that, I have begun to compile a list of "firsts" for our town. Today I thought I'd like to share some of them.
Our first settler was Henry Watkins. In 1790, he settled near what is today Scipioville.
The first house was a log cabin built by the same Henry Watkins, also in 1790.
In March of 1791, Henry's 3 sons, 2 daughters and presumably his wife, arrived to become the first family of Scipio.
On June 25, 1793, daughter Betsey Watkins married William Allen, for our first marriage. William was the son of Gideon Allen, cousin of Ethan Allen of Green Mountain fame.
The wedding must have been performed by a circuit rider, as the first preacher I could find for Scipio was Elder David Irish in 1794.
The first child born was Betsey Durkee, on 12/5/1790. She was the child of Elisha Durkee.
More of these another day!

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