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RIXFORD family of Winchester, NH

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RIXFORD family of Winchester, NH

Angie (View posts)
Posted: 3 Aug 2005 7:54PM GMT
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Surnames: Rixford
RIXFORD FAMILY OF WINCHESTER, NH
FROM: http://www.nh.searchroots.com/documents/History_Winchester_N...

WILLIAM, HENRY and SIMON RIXFORD, of England descent, whose father was probably born in England, came to Winchester from Grafton, Mass about 1782. Simon never permanently settled here. William married Lucy Wilson, of Northboro, Mass, and brought his wife, one child and his aged mother with him. He settled on the farm where A.A. Putnam now lives, and built his log house on the opposite side of the road from the present dwelling. The first season he cleared about ten acres of land, built the log cabin, and the next spring came with but one horse, which brought on its back father, mother and oldest son, Luther, then an infant. His children were Luther, Lucy, Ephraim, William, Sally, Artemas, Harriet, Solomon and Finis. In time he built the present residence, which has been remodeled, and is now in good condition. When he first settled there were no laid out roads, only paths on which he could ride on horse-back, and the early settlers were permitted to make a "pitch" and build a cabin wherever they might choose a location. Added to the hardships and deprivations attending their pioneer life, was the depredations on their flocks of sheep by the bears and wolves. Many times he was obliged to leave his bed at night, seize a fire brand, and thus armed drive the wolves from his door. The nearest grist-mill at the time of his settlement was at Northfield, Mass. Hither he and his neighbors wended their way with a bag of corn or rye, the more fortunate carrying it on horseback, the less fortunate, on their shoulders. This cabin was furnished with a Dutch fire-place of amble dimensions to take logs full eight feet long, and so large as to require them to be drawn to the hearth, going in at one door and out at another opposite. Their oldest son, LUTHER RIXFORD, married Sally Capron. He first settled in the village of Ashuelot, and was of the firm of Rixford, Fairbanks & Allen, in the manufacture of cotton yarn, which was then woven in hand-looms by the wives of farmers. He was also an extensive manufacturer of scythes. Later he removed to Highgate, Vt. and continued the scythe business, about forty years ago. There he died, in 1869 or 1870, and the business is continued by his youngest son, Oscar A. Rixford, being one of the largest concerns of its kind. LUTHER was the father of ten children, only one of whom, Minerva (Mrs. Abel H. Cook) now resides in Winchester. Lucy married Jeremiah Pratt, a farmer, and settled in town, where she lived until her death. She was the mother of nine children, none of whom now live in the town. Her youngest son, Robert W. Pratt, residing in Keene, owns the old homestead, and his daughter and her husband, Horace N. Conant, occupy the place. EPHRAIM RIXFORD died in South Carolina. Capt. William Rixford married Betsey Willard, daughter of Lieut. Amos Willard, and settled on the old homestead, and in the log house where he was born. He assisted his father in building the second residence, his father then taking the new house. William, in 1812, built the house where his son WIllard now lives, and removed to it, where he continued about twenty-five years, and then returned to the old homestead, but still owned the place which he left in care of WIllard. Here he continued the remainder of his life, dying at the age of sixty-nine years, an honored and reliable citizen and neighbor. He was the father of three sons and three daughters, [Rixford] viz: Eliza (Mrs. Clark Dodge) a widow resides in Keene; Emily, twice married, first, Willard Farrington, and second, Ebenezer Clark of Keene, died in Keene; and William Rixford Jr., and Willard Rixford, twins reside in town. William Rixford married Sarah J. Cook in 1845, settled on the original homestead, in company with his younger brother, Lucius, which partnership continued until the death of Lucius, December 1, 1882. Their business interests, therefore, were identical, and they lived as one family. Lucius married Adaline J. Cook, in 1842, sister of Mrs. William Rixford. THey remained on the homestead about twenty years, when, soon after the death of JohN Cook, they removed to his farm, where they lived the ensuing eighteen years. About a year after the death of Lucius, the family moved to their present find and commodious dwelling, on a beautiful and moderately elevated plateau, overlooking the pleasant village of Winchester. These brothers carried on an extensive business in buying, fattening, and marketing cattle, in connection with their large faming interests. Since the death of Lucius. WIlliam sold the Cook farm, but still owns six or seven hundred acres. William Rixford has no living children. Those of Lucius are Sarah E., residing at home, and Webster L., an active and enterprising merchant in his native town. Willard, twin brother of William, married Rhoda Combs, and resides in the house built by his father. Of his five children only two are living, Mary (Mrs. Melvin Stebbins) in Keene, and Henry W., half owner of the farm, resides with his father. Harriet, daughter of Capt. William, married Job Buffum, of Richmond, now of Boston, and had one daughter. Mrs. Buffum died in Keene. Sally, daughter of William 1st, married Nathaniel Lawrence, died at the old home, was the mother of ten children, none now living in Winchester. Artemas, son of WIlliam Rixford 1st, married Rachel Prime of Swanzey, was a farmer, settled finally where his son Bradley now lives, resided there thirty or forty years, and died at the age of eighty-two years. His children were five sons and two daughters. His son Bradley Rixford resides on the homestead, and his two sons Artemas and Charles. The other child of Artemus residing in town is Emeline (Mrs. Charles Foster). Solomon, son of William 1st, married Olive Evedon, located at Pond village (now Forest Lake) and engaged in lumbering and rafting on the Connecticut, went to Barre, Mass, and eventually died at the home of his daugther, Harriet (Mrs. A.J. Stearns) in Brattleboro where his aged wife still lives. They were the parents of four children. Finis, daughter of William 1st, married Robert Pratt, settled in town on a portion of the Jeremiah Pratt homestead, and at least removed to Albany NY where she died, leaving no children. Harriet, daughter of William 1st, married Benjamin Flint, settled first in this town, lived some years in Ohio, but died at the home of her daughter Lucy (Mrs. True Rice) in Royalston, Mass. She was the mother of eight children. ARTEMUS RIXFORD, son of William, married Rachel Prime in 1816, and settled where William J. Hunt now resides. He lived nearly all his life in Winchester, though he died in Swanzey. He was the father of seven children, Ephraim, Harvey, Marshall, Sophia, Emeline and Bradley, the youngest dying in infancy. Bradley owns and occupies the farm known as the Nathaniel Lawrence place. He married Angeline U. Howard, and has two sons, Artie W., and Charles G.

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