Barry's Relatively Speaking: Remarkable Patience
Posted on Dec 30, 2012
Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on MyGenShare.com. Vivian shares the following experience.
Jonathan Fletcher and his spouse Rebecca (Cory) Fletcher moved up to Richford, Vermont, as the town was being settled in the early eighteen hundreds, from Chelmsford, Massachusetts. With them was their then small family and scanty possessions, perhaps as many Revolutionary War soldiers, he had been there previously and thought it a desirable area to make his "pitch" or maybe he just kept going as far as he could and still be in the states. At any rate, he stayed for his lifetime, and to this day some of his progenitors still reside in that small Canadian border town.
The legend that came down to me from a sister to my grandmother went as follows - "One spring day he went out to the woodshed to get an arm full of wood for the fire and some Indians appeared in the yard. After conversing with them briefly, he took his surveyors tools from the barn and left with them, apparently without a word to anyone. Some of the family had observed the visit of the Indians, but since Jonathan had done business with the Indians on previous occasions, they thought nothing of it. It seems that Jonathan was one of those peculiar ' silent men ' of the type that Vermont seems to be famous for. Rebecca and the children did the chores and ' held the farm together. ' Months later he returned, about same time of day that he had left, coming in through the woodshed, picked up an armful of wood and brought it into the house as if nothing had happened and no time had passed. ' Sure took you a mighty long time to get an armful of wood,' said the patient Rebecca. And that was all that was said about it . . ."