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Dutton Cemetery, Leicester, Vermont

Dutton Cemetery, July 14, 2010

The Dutton Cemetery is located about 50 yards south of the present day parking lot for the Minnie Baker Trail off Vermont State Route 53 in Leicester, Vermont. The property is part of the Green Mountain National Forest.

Nathan Bigelow Dutton, son of Thomas Dutton and Sarah Bigelow, was born on 19 Aug 1781 in Jaffrey, Cheshire County, New Hampshire.1 Nathan was living in Jaffrey, when in May 1804 he married Sarah/Sally Turner Baldwin, also of Jaffrey.2

Nathan was a tanner by trade and settled at Brandon, Rutland County, Vermont by 1814 when he and John McDonald purchased 149 acres in Brandon from Daniel Chipman of Middlebury.3

Dutton gravestones, July 14, 2010
(Note: The correct date of death for Nathan is April 18, 1838, vice April 8, 1838)

By July 1823, Nathan had "pitched" on 17 acres in Leicester.4 On 12 Apr 1826, he purchased this land, and other tracts, for $25 from Sessions Enos of Leicester.5 Nathan made his permanent home on this property. In 1838, he divided his property among his children. On 13 Apr 1838, Nathan B. Dutton received $400 from his daughter, Jane Dutton of Leicester. Under this transaction, Jane received 100 acres of the land that Nathan lived on, plus all other land he owned in Leicester. The conditions of the transaction were that: "Jane Dutton is to maintain the said Nathan B. Dutton and his wife Sally Dutton comfortable through life and to support all the children of the said Nathan B. Dutton until they arrive at age and to furnish a home for all the girls the lawful sisters of the said Jane Dutton thereafter …."6

Five days after this agreement, Nathan died at the age of 58 on 18 Apr 1838, and was buried in a family burial ground.7 Sally died on 6 Jun 1847 at the age of 68 years and was buried next to her husband.

Dutton gravestones and 4½ year old Finn Powers, May 23, 2015

by William J. Powers, Jr., June 23, 2015

1 Dick Dutton's Master Dutton File: http://rad.duttonfamily.com/
2 Vital Records of Jaffrey, NH. From the Original Records of Rev. Laban Ainsworth in the Archives of the New Hampshire Historical Society. (Microfilm, NEHGS F-33-N458, NH Town Records - Jaffrey.) Page 1: Marriages by Rev. Laban Ainsworth. 20 May 1804. Nathan Dutton to Sally Baldwin, both of Jaffrey. & Page 11: Nathan Dutton and Sally Baldwin, certified in Jaffrey 18 May 1804, married same date.
3 Brandon, VT deed (mortgage) 8:256, 10 Dec 1814. [Cited in the Chamberlain Papers.]
4 Leicester, VT deed 1:113, 3 Jul 1823.
5 Leicester, VT deed 5:172, 12 Apr 1826.
6 Leicester, VT deed 6:430, 13 Apr 1838.
7 Gravestone inscription. [Note: This gravesite is located about 50 yards east of Vermont Route 53, and 50 yards south of the beginning of the Minnie Baker Trail. There is a discrepancy with Nathan's death date and the date that he signed his agreement with daughter, Jane. The Leicester land records show that Nathan signed the agreement on 13 Apr 1838. His gravestone says that he died on 8 Apr 1838. Maybe the gravestone is in error and he actually died on 18 Apr 1838. His death is not recorded among Vermont vital records.]