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Southworth Cellar Hole

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Catalog Information

Title
Southworth Cellar Hole
Accession Number
2017.031.0030
Type
Home
Gift of
Philip L Mandolare
Collection Title
Clarendon Artifacts
Collection Description
Artifacts found in Clarendon
Format Description
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Place

This cellar hole is on East Tinmouth Road and was occupied until at least 1855 but was gone by time of the 1869 map.  In 1813 Hannah Walker (1779 - 1856) inherited a farm from her father Lewis Walker (1745 - 1813).  Lewis owned 4 farms, the one on which he lived being left to his wife Hannah Cooper (1745 - 1821) and son Lewis (1781 - 1863) and then one additional farm each to three other children.  The one inherited by Hannah was noted as being where Daniel Hills then resided.  Daniel Hills (1769 - bef. Nov. 1847) was a distant relative of the Walkers, his mother Eunice Walker (1728 - 1772) being a 2nd cousin to Lewis. 

By 1817 Hannah was married to Preston Southworth (1782 - 1825) and had given birth to son Seymour Southworth (1817 - 1890).  This was a 2nd marriage for Preston who had three sons by his first marriage.  By 1820 the family was in Clarendon presumably on the farm Hannah had inherited.  Preston's sons by his 1st marriage (Burr (1806 - 1853), Valorous (1807 - 1872), & Myron (1809 - 1897)) all left Vermont, Burr being in Ohio by 1842, Valorous being in Ohio by 1840, and Myron being in Indiana by 1850.  Only Seymour remained on the farm with his mother.  In 1855 Seymour, his 1st wife Rachel Sherman (1810 - 1875), their many children and his mother moved to Middletown Springs, that presumably being when the house was abandoned.  Seymour's 2nd wife was Jane Potter (1831 - 1918). 

Daniel Hills was in Clarendon by 1797 when his 1st child was born here which pushes the cellar hole back an additional generation but based on artifacts found at the site it may go back further than that.

Below are some of the artifacts found there.  First is a George Washington Inaugural coat button made in 1789.  Next is a 1747 Spanish Silver Real.  The bottom photo contains a number of items including a 1757 King George Half  Penny, 1808 Classic Head Large cent and 1813 Nova Scotia Half Penny Trade.  Most of the items are mid to late 1700's to early 1800's. 

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