The EMMONS Family of Brookfield and Woodstock

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ROBERT EMMONS of Brookfield m. Mary Petty
DEA. BENJAMIN EMMONS (abt 1737/9 - 1811) of Woodstock m. Elizabeth Smith
HARRIET EMMONS (d. 1847) m. Seth Howland

First Generation

ROBERT EMMONS of Brookfield

Parents: Unknown [But perhaps the Robert who was in Brookfield in 1706]

Robert Emmons of Brookfield married Mary Petty after 13 July 1717, when their intention (10 Jul 1717) was posted in Springfield. [Ref]

Robert was one of the inhabitants of Brookfield who signed a petition asking for financial help in supporting a minister on 30 Oct 1706. [Ref] He was taxed in Brookfield on 22 Apr 1717. [Ref] On 31 May 1720 Robert was on a committee to lay out land in Brookfield. [Ref]

The Robert who was active in Brookfield in 1706 seems is old enough to be the father of this Robert Emmons, but Temple suggests that there is only one. [Ref].

  1. Son Emmons was born in [1725?] in Brookfield. [Ref]
  2. Abel Emmons was born in [1727?] in Brookfield. [Ref] He married the sister of Simon Davis and settled in Chesterfield in 1762. [Ref] He moved to Woodstock in 1780. [Ref]
  3. Solomon Emmons was born in [1729?][Ref, p. 50, about 1726 as he was 38 in 1764] in Brookfield. [Ref] He died in "poor circumstances" in 1805. [Ref] He married Mary Unknown. [Ref] She was born about 1731. She died on 8 Nov 1825, age 94. [Ref, p. 50]
    Solomon and Mary moved to Windsor, Vermont in 1763 [Ref] and were the first Europeans to live there. [Ref, p. 49] Solomon was a husbandman. [Ref, p. 53] For a long time Mary was the only midwife in Windsor. [Ref, p. 50] At the first proprietors' meeting on 5 Oct 1767 Solomon was appointed to a committee to lay out the town. [Ref, p. 87] On 3 Oct 1768 Solomon was on a committee to sell land of the proprietors who were delinquent in paying their taxes. [Ref, p. 89] On Mar 1769 Solomon was appointed a fence viewer. [Ref, p. 114]
    Solomon and Mary moved to Woodstock about 1768 and built a log house. [Ref]
  4. Noah Emmons was born in [1731?] in Brookfield. [Ref]
  5. Eunice Emmons was born in [1733?] in Brookfield. [Ref]
  6. Mary Emmons (twin) was born on 15 Aug 1735 in Brookfield. [Ref]
  7. Robert Emmons (twin) was born on 15 Aug 1735 in Brookfield. [Ref]
  8. Dea. Benjamin Emmons was born in [1737?] in Brookfield. He died on or soon before 22 Apr 1811 in Hartford, Windsor, Vermont. He married Elizabeth Smith.
  9. Dyer Emmons [Ref] (Maybe he is the son born in [1725?])

Second Generation

DEA. BENJAMIN EMMONS (abt 1737/9 - 1811) of Woodstock

Parents: Robert Emmons and Mary Petty

Benjamin Emmons was born was born in [1737?] in Brookfield. [Ref] He died on or shortly before 22 Apr 1811, age 72, in Hartford, Windsor, Vermont. [Ref] He married Elizabeth Smith on 18 Nov 1765 in Chesterfield, Cheshire, New Hampshire. [Ref][Ref, says "Elizabeth San?", in Hinsdale, Cheshire, New Hampshire]

Elizabeth may be the daughter of Ens. Moses Smith, the first settler of Chesterfield, who was of Leicester, Massachusetts, and his wife Elizabeth. [Ref] Moses died on 20 Jul 1777. [Ref] Elizabeth died on 20 Jul 1777, age 61. [Ref] Randall [Ref] says that Moses's daughter Elizabeth probably married Abel Emmons. [Ref]

Benjamin was one of the founders of Woodstock. [Ref] He moved from Chesterfield to Woodstock in Apr 1772. [Ref] He bought 700 acres when he arrived. [Ref] He left Woodstock about 1810. [Ref]

Benjamin was appointed supervisor, an overseer of the poor and a commissioner of the highways on the third Tuesday in May 1773 in Woodstock. [Ref] He was town representative in 1786-7, 1791 (for half the year), 1792 - 4, 1796 and 1800 - 1803. [Ref] He was selectman in 1773, 1775, 1776, 1778, 1794 and 1802. [Ref] He was "a political wire-puller of more than ordinary skill." [Ref]

In Apr 1798 Benjamin dug the cellar for the prison in Woodstock, stoned it and underpinned the building. [Ref]

Benjamin was a deacon in the Congregational Church in Woodstock. [Ref] There was a great disturbance when it was discovered that he had become an adherent of the doctrine of Universalism. [Ref]

Children of Benjamin Emmons and Elizabeth Smith:

  1. Harriet Emmons was born in 1770. She died on 8 May 1817 in Woodstock. She married Seth Howland.
  2. Bethany Emmons was born on 3 Jan 1772. [Ref]

Third Generation

HARRIET EMMONS (d 1847) of Woodstock

Parents: Benjamin Emmons and Elizabeth Smith [Ref, p. 76]

Harriet Emmons was born in 1770. [Ref] She died 8 May 1847. [From her gravestone] She is buried in the Cushing Cemetery in Woodstock. [Ref] She married Seth Howland. [Ref, p. 76]

During my apprenticeship to the printing trade at Woodstock, Vt., I went fequently to see my grandmother Howland (nee Emmons). She lived in the Howland house on a farm not quite a mile from the office where I was engaged. I had often visited my grandmother before I went to Woodstock to live, and my memory of the house and its surroundings is very clear. It was for those days a rather large frame house with a front door in the center, with a gambrel roof and dormer windows; it was built by my great grandfather Nathan Howland (1742-1831), and was among the earliest frame houses in the township. The town was settled, if I remember rightly, in 1764. In this house, and one some distance farther along on he same road, was reared a large family of Seth Howland, my grandfather, he being the only son of Nathan Howland, who came from Middleboro', Mass., with other settlers; among them, I believe were the Hutchinsonss and the Marshes and Benjamin Emmons, my Grandmother Howland's father. [Andrew Jackson Aikens, quoted in Ref]


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Curfman, Robert Joseph, The Petty-Pettis Genealogy: Descendants of John Petty of Springfield, Massachusetts, 1668, Kansas City, unknown, 1985.

Dana, Henry Swan, History of Woodstock, Vermont, Boston, Houghton, Mifflin, 1889.

Gates, Horatio, The Aikens Monograph, privately printed, no date.

Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850. Online Database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2007.

No author, "Death Notices," Green Mountain Farmer, Bennington, VT, 22 Apr 1811.

Randall, Oran E., History of Chesterfield, Cheshire County, N.H.: From the incorporation of "Township Number One" by Massachusetts in 1736, to the year 1881: together with family histories and genealogies, Brattleboro, Vt., D. Leonard, printer, 1882.

Rhamy, Bonnelle William, The Remy Family in America, 1650-1942, Fort Wayne, Ind., unknown, 1942.

Temple, J. H., History of North Brookfield, Massachusetts: Preceded by an account of Old Quabang, Indian and English occupation, 1647-1676, Brookfield records, 1686-1783, North Brookfield, The town, 1887.

Wardner, Henry Steele, The Birthplace of Vermont: A history of Windsor to 1781, New York, Priv. print. by C. Scribner's Sons, 1992.