Wait Rathbone Jr. (1773-1847) and Abner
Perry (1772-1844) owned a blast furnace just below the Tinmouth - Clarendon line on West Tinmouth Rd. It was in operation by 1805
as evidenced by the 12-14-1805 Rutland Herald advertisement shown below. Also shown two advertisements from 1809 for the same furnace. How long this furnace continued in operation is not known.
Wait Rathbone Jr was born in
Stonington, CT and was living in Middletown Springs by the mid-1790's
where he built the Valley Hotel. By 1805 he was living in Tinmouth
where he remained until sometime in the 1830's when he retired to
Rutland. He is buried there in the West St. Cemetery. He first married
Betsey Carr (1780-1805) with whom he had 5 children and then married
Elizabeth Frances (1788-1849) with whom he had another 5 children.
is no record of Abner Perry living locally in this timeframe. He did
own a blast furnace in Lenox, MA and at the time of his death in New
Lebanon, NY he had extensive land holdings in MA and NY. It is not
known what his relationship with the blast furnace in Chippenhook was.
Abner, born in Easthampton, MA, was married to Fanny Waldo (1786 -
1863) and had 6 children. Note that there were numerous Abner Perry's
in this timeframe and all of the published family tree's reviewed
confused one Abner Perry for another.