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On the 5th day of March, 1745, in the town of Chester, New Hampshire, Eunice Gilson was married to Amos Haseltine.

Eunice was born on March 18, 1731, so if these record are correct, she was not yet 14 years of age at the time of her marriage.

Eunice was born in Lunenburg, Massachusetts, one of at least five children of Jonas Gilson and Hannah Goodridge. 

Her husband, Amos, was born in Bradford, Massachusetts in 1717.  He was the son of Richard Haseltine and Abigail Chadwick, both of Bradford.  Amos was one of at least 10 children born of Richard and Abigail.

Amos and Eunice Haseltine would go on to have at least 9 children of their own.  The children were as follows:

  • Amos
  • Jonas
  • Richard
  • Joseph
  • Thomas
  • Ebenezer
  • David
  • Eunice
  • Abraham

Family history tells us that six of the sons of Amos and Eunice served our country in the Revolutionary War.

My fourth great-grandfather, Ebenezer Haseltine, was one of these brothers.

By way of the New Hampshire land grants, Ebenezer and his brother Joseph embarked on one of the greatest adventures of the history of this country; cutting a new settlement out of ancient, untouched forest.

     “The town must have settled quite rapidly the next two years, for the town records show that, March 9, 1792, Joseph HASELTINE, Seth MUNSON, David PARCHER, and Ebenezer HASELTINE petitioned Richard HOLDEN, a justice of the peace of Waterbury, to call a meeting of the voters in Moretown, to be held at the house of Joseph HASELTINE, for the purpose of electing officers for Moretown. The inhabitants met in accordance with this warning, March 22, 1792, and proceeded to elect the following list of town officers: Daniel PARCHER, moderator; Seth MUNSON, town clerk; Joseph HASELTINE, Daniel PARCHER, and John HEATON, selectmen; Phillip BARTLETT, treasurer; Joseph HASELTINE, constable; John HEATON and Ebenezer HASELTINE, listers; Joseph HASELTINE, collector; and Joseph PARCHER, highway surveyor.

    In those early days the robust wives and daughters of the pioneers not only spun, wove, and made the clothing for their families, but they also assisted in the field work. Mrs. Ebenezer HASELTINE and Aunt Judith HASELTINE gathered sap on snow-shoes, and caught quantities of trout from the Winooski.   HT:    http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vermont/WashingtonMoretown.html

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Edward Grace, known as Ned, and known to his children as the Governor. 

My great-grandfather, Eugene, looked so much like his father.

This man was father of 12 boys and 1 girl, all but one of whom safely survived their childhood. 

No mean feat in the late mid to late 19th century.

Edward Grace is my great-great grandfather.  He was born in St. Columban, Deux Montagnes, Quebec, the son of Irish immigrants, in December of the year 1835.  He was one of 11 known children of Patrick Grace and Honora McEvoy, both of County Kilkenny (Honora was most definitely from the town of Freshford).

Here Edward is the older man standing in the back.  This is a photo taken with the family of one of Edward’s sons, Robert Joseph Grace, standing here beside his father.

Sometime before 1866 Edward met and married Catherine Warren Travers, another child of Irish immigrants.  The connection between the Travers and the Graces is one that is tightly woven, but one that’s origins remain unclear to this generation*.  No one is sure yet where they met, perhaps in Vermont, perhaps in Canada, perhaps somewhere else altogether.

This photo courtesy of Cynthia Grace

One distant relative believes they were married in Canada, which is probable, since their first son, Patrick Henry, was born in that country in the year of 1866.  Their second son, Robert Joseph, was born in St. Columban, Quebec, and their third son, Michael, was born and died in that same town at the tender age of 5 months.

After burying their young son, Edward and Catharine did move on from St. Columban.  There is some evidence that they may have moved to Montreal, in the form of a birth record that can be found with the LDS.  This record lists Edward Victor Grace, son of Edward Grace and Catherine Travis, pretty compelling evidence that they at least passed through Montreal.

They arrived to stay in the USA in 1876, with 6 young son in tow, the youngest of which was just an infant.  They found their way to Moretown, Vermont, where Catherine’s parents were living, and where she had spent a good deal of her childhood.

The Graces in Moretown, Vermont, 1880

The Graces in Moretown, Vermont, 1880

Again, we don’t know exactly what brought them back to the US, but this is where they stayed for the remainder of their lives.

*Catherine Travers had a brother, John Travers, who married Martha Kinsella.  Martha Kinsella was also born in St. Colomban, the daughter of Thomas Kinsella and Honora Grace.  This Honora Grace was Edward’s aunt, making Edward and Martha cousins.  So, two Travers siblings married two cousins from St. Columban, Quebec.  What I’m unclear on is what connection the Travers’ may have had to St. Colomban, or what the connection was between St. Colomban and Moretown/Waterbury, Vermont.