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Asa Edgerton, son of John and Lydia (Reynolds) Edgerton.

 

         born:

March 16, 1787; Clarendon, Rutland Co., VT.

died:

October 2, 1853; Manchester, Hillsborough Co., NH.  (GI)

buried:

Long Meadow Cemetery; Chester, Rockingham Co., NH.  (GI)

 

married:

1:  February 14, 1810; Boxford, Essex Co., MA.  (VRp  137)

 

Dorcas Kimball, daughter of Enoch and Huldah (Gould) Kimball.

 

         born:

May 8, 1784; Boxford, Essex Co., MA.  (VRp 54)

died:

December 19, 1836; Cabot, Washington Co., VT.  (GI)

buried:

Cabot Village Cemetery; Cabot, Washington Co., VT.  (GI)

 

Children:

  1. Alonzo Augustus, b. December 14, 1811; Cabot, Washington Co., VT.
  2. William Henry, b. 1814; Cabot, Washington Co., VT.
  3. James O., b. 1816; Cabot, Washington Co., VT.

 

 

 

 

married:

2:  December 24, 1838; Chester, Rockingham Co., NH.

 

Jane Eveline Underhill, daughter of Jesse and Elizabeth (Graham) Underhill.

 

born:

August 6, 1807; Chester, Rockingham Co., NH.

died:

June 14, 1874; Manchester, Hillsborough Co., NH.  (GI)

buried:

Long Meadow Cemetery; Chester, Rockingham Co., NH.  (GI)

 

Children:

  1. Caroline Lydia, b. October 14, 1839; Cabot, Washington Co., VT.

 


Asa Edgerton was born on March 16, 1787 at Clarendon, Vermont, the second son and third child of John and Lydia (Reynolds) Edgerton.  When Asa was about ten years old, his parents removed to Cabot, in Washington County (then Caledonia County), Vermont, where Asa resided for most of his life.  Asa made his living as a farmer, merchant and carpenter.

 

Asa Edgerton was married twice.  He was married first on February 14, 1810 at Boxford, Massachusetts to Dorcas Kimball (see Vital Records of Boxford, Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849 (Topsfield Historical Society: Topsfield, Massachusetts; 1905; pg. 137).  According to the marriage record, Asa was “of Cabot, Vt.”.  Dorcas was born in Boxford on May 8, 1784, daughter of Enoch and Huldah (Gould) Kimball (ibid; pg. 54).

 

Asa and Dorcas resided in Cabot, where Asa was listed as a head of household in the Federal Censuses of 1810, 1820, 1830 and 1840. 

 

Asa and Dorcas Edgerton are known to have had at least three sons – Alonzo Augustus, born at Cabot on December 14, 1811; William Henry, born at Cabot in the year 1814; and James O., born at Cabot in the year 1816.  The second son died of consumption at Cabot, Vermont on July 25, 1834 at the age of twenty years.

 

The household of Asa Edgerton was recorded in the 1810 Federal Census of Cabot, Caledonia County (now Washington County), Vermont (pg. 15), with the following enumeration:

 

3 males “of 16 and under 26”  (Asa and ?); and,

1 female “of 16 and under 26”  (wife Dorcas).

 

The household of Asa Edgerton was recorded in the 1820 Federal Census of Cabot, Caledonia County (now Washington County), Vermont (pg. 15), with the following enumeration:

 

1 male “of 26 and under 45”  (Asa);

2 males “of 16 and under 26”  (?);

3 males “under 10 years of age”  (sons Alonzo, William and James);

1 female “of 26 and under 45”  (wife Dorcas); and,

3 females “of 16 and under 26”  (?).

 

The household of Asa Edgerton was recorded in the 1830 Federal Census of Cabot, Caledonia County (now Washington County), Vermont (pg. 333), with the following enumeration:

 

1 male “of 40 and under 50”  (Asa);

1 male “of 20 and under 30”  (?);

2 males “of 15 and under 20”  (sons Alonzo and William);

1 male “of 10 and under 15”  (son James);

1 female “of 40 and under 50”  (wife Dorcas); and,

1 female “of 15 and under 20”  (?).

 

Asa Edgerton was listed in the “Appraisal of Taxable Lands and Buildings in the Town of Cabot for the year 1837”, which was taken on June 16, 1837 by Leonard Orcutt, Elihu Coburn and Oliver A. Wisner (see Cabot Town Records, Deeds, Volume III).  Asa was listed with one dwelling house, valued at four hundred dollars, and twenty acres of land, appraised at two hundred dollars.  His name was also listed under the levies on merchants “for money on hand and debts due”; he was assessed eight dollars.

 

Mrs. Dorcas (Kimball) Edgerton died at Cabot, Vermont on December 19, 1836 at the age of fifty-two years.  She was buried at Cabot Village Cemetery, where her son, William Henry, had been buried just two years earlier.

 

Asa Edgerton was remarried at Chester, New Hampshire on December 24, 1838 to Mrs. Jane Eveline (Underhill) Thayer, daughter of Jesse and Elizabeth (Graham) Underhill of Chester, New Hampshire.  Jane had previously been married to Elihu Thayer Jr. (1802 – 1834) of Kingston, New Hampshire.  She was born in Chester, New Hampshire on August 6, 1807, and died there on June 14, 1874.  Asa had at least two children by his second wife – a daughter, Caroline Lydia, born in Cabot on October 14, 1839; and an infant son who died on September 6, 1843 and was buried in the family plot at Cabot Cemetery.

 

The household of Asa Edgerton was recorded in the 1840 Federal Census of Cabot, Caledonia County (now Washington County), Vermont (pg. 357), with the following enumeration:

 

1 male “50 and under 60”  (Asa);

1 male “20 and under 30”  (son James);

1 female “30 and under 40”  (second wife Jane);

1 female “5 and under 10”  (probably a step-daughter); and,

1 female “under 5 years”  (daughter Caroline).

 

The household of Asa Edgerton was recorded in the 1850 Federal Census of Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire (pg. 158; dwelling #1078, family #1219; enum. August 27, 1850), with the following enumeration:

 

Asa Edgerton

60

b. VT

carpenter     $1,200 real estate

Jane

43

b. NH

 

Caroline L.

11

b. VT

attended school

Mary Blake

45

b. NH

 

Mary

25

b. NH

 

Sarah F.

23

b. NH

 

Hannah

22

b. NH

 

Lucy

20

b. NH

 

William

21

b. NH

 

Susan

21

b. NH

 

 

Asa Edgerton died at Manchester New Hampshire on October 2, 1853.  He was buried at Long Meadow Cemetery in Chester, New Hampshire, where his gravestone records his death “aged 66 years”.  Asa’s second, wife, Jane, survived him a number of years.  She was enumerated in the 1870 Federal Census of Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire residing with her daughter, Caroline (Edgerton) Abbott.  Jane died at Manchester, New Hampshire on June 14, 1874, “aged 66 years, 10 months”, and was buried with Asa at Long Meadow Cemetery.  Asa’s younger son, James O. Edgerton, who died in 1856, was also buried at Long Meadow Cemetery.

 

Asa Edgerton’s eldest son, Alonzo Augustus, settled first in Danvers, Essex County, Massachusetts, but later removed west to Iowa.  He was married to Sarah Putnam Page of Danvers and had a large family, most of whom lived in Waterloo, Iowa.  Asa’s daughter, Caroline Lydia, was married in 1862 to Selwyn Blanchard Abbott of Francestown, New Hampshire and resided in Manchester, New Hampshire; her second husband was George Melvin Huntress.

 


 

Original Source Documents:

 

1810 Federal Census – household of Asa Edgerton; Cabot, Caledonia (now Washington) Co., VT.

1820 Federal Census – household of Asa Edgerton; Cabot, Caledonia (now Washington) Co., VT.

1830 Federal Census – household of Asa Edgerton; Cabot, Caledonia (now Washington) Co., VT.

1840 Federal Census – household of Asa Edgerton; Cabot, Caledonia (now Washington) Co., VT.

1850 Federal Census – household of Asa Edgerton; Manchester, Hillsborough Co., NH.