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Life in Port Henry

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"Mother lived in Dorchester with an aunt. While there she walked into Boston to see three pirates hung! When she was eighteen she went to Bridport, Vermont, to live with an uncle. She traveled in a stage coach, stopping overnight at Inns which were conveniently placed for the accommodation of the coaches, and where they changed horses, as they were several days on their journey. People sometimes carried their own provisions and they were allowed to make their tea and boil their eggs in the Inn kitchen.

I have been told that Mother was very beautiful and much admired. As she had two offers of marriage besides Father's while in Bridport. I think there was some truth in the statement. (A better proof of that is the beauty of her daughters, which is of the kind that never fades. Note by the editor). One of them was worth $2,000 - a fortune in those days. But she chose Father who had very little in comparison. He had only a trade, which every young man was expected to have unless he was a farmer. He learned the trade of Tanner and Currier. His father bought the Tannery in Crown Point Center for him.

They were married quite young - he was 22 and she was 20. Mother's wedding dress was a blue and red changeable silk - a beautiful color. She had blue slippers which were tied on with ribbons, crossed over the foot, and tied around the ankles. She also wore a cap, and ever after wore one for dress occasions. "

Joan Daby is town of Moriah historian.

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