The Brass Latch

The brass latch on the hundred-plus-year-old iron fence, protecting the Bush Cemetery on the north end of Alburgh village from cows and sheep, is still working perfectly. The descendants of Latetia, Phebe, Sabrina, Mehetabel, and Micajeh, and the other 88 Motts that are buried here will be very pleased to hear that the current generation of folks living in Alburgh are taking good care of them. Vermont Statute 18 V.S.A. § 5365 states: When a person or estate is damaged by cattle, horses, sheep, or swine breaking into a public burial ground and injuring a grave, headstone, monument, shrubbery, or flowers, for want of a legal fence around such burial ground, such person or estate may recover of the town double the amount of damages, in a civil action. Margaret Williams Mott died on December 28, 1789, and is the first Mott, and the first person buried in the cemetery. It seems curious that not one Bush is resting here!

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Photo By Morton

Eleanor Brodeur of Eleanor's Antiques in Milton is a well-known and highly regarded dealer of old postcards and Vermontiana. You will find her at the Maple Festival in St. Albans, in Quechee, Burlington, and elsewhere in upper New England, in her booth, with lots of joy for deltiologists, philatelists, bibliophiles, and ephemera-ologists, or whatever you call the folks who collect old trade cards, posters, or stock certificates. Last Saturday morning we walked into the Folsom School in South Hero, as we do most years, to enjoy the Annual Champlain Islands Antique Show. Eleanor's booth was there, a shining beacon of light, beckoning us, with boxes and boxes of old Vermont postcards. I seated myself in front of Burlington. My wife seated herself in front of Rutland. We proceeded to...Read on...

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Descendants Of The Green Mountain Boys

The Green Mountain Boys were a militia organized in what is now southwestern Vermont in the decade prior to the Revolutionary War. They were settlers and land speculators who held New Hampshire titles to land between the Connecticut River and Lake Champlain, an area known as the New Hampshire Grants. New York was granted control of this land by the British Crown and refused to honor the New Hampshire titles.

As descendants of The Green Mountain Boys, we feel fortunate to know our lineage from a brave and resolute group of early New England settlers and militia men, who through a long and ultimately successful land dispute with New York, helped form the Independent Republic of Vermont. Although small in number, The Green Mountain Boys also materially assisted the cause of America’s fight for Independence in the Revolutionary War.

Our purpose is twofold: to honor our ancestors and their contributions, and to continue to help identify these remarkable and sometimes forgotten Patriots. Please visit our website!