The letter below written in 1926 by Simon Lewis Peck (1844 - 1935)
of Ira to Leonard Croft (1851 - 1939) of Clarendon recollects the July
27, 1848 flood that ripped through the Ira Brook portion of Clarendon and
Ira destroying 3 bridges and claiming the life of 8 year old Elizabeth
Brown. Note that the letter says 1847 but an Aug. 2, 1848 newspaper article at the bottom gives us 1848 as the year. Also note that the letter said she was 7 but the newspaper article said she was 8.
Schoolhouse #7 that young
Elizabeth was attempting to make it home from is currently a private
residence directly across the road from where Weaver Hill Rd in Ira
intersects with Rt 133. That part of Ira was still part of Clarendon
until it was annexed by Ira in 1854. Ira Brook empties into the Clarendon River where they intersect at Walker Mountain Rd a little south of where Walker Mountain Rd intersects with Rt 133.
No birth, death, or burial record for Elizabeth Brown has been found, but from the newspaper article we know her father was James. Simon Peck's mother was Harriet Brown (1817 - 1900), daughter of John Brown (ca. 1790 - ). Given Simon's reference to Elizabeth being his cousin, presumably James was Harriet's brother.
cover photo is of Simon Lewis Peck in 1890 when he was a VT State
Senator for Rutland County. Senator Peck wrote the History of Ira
Vermont published in 1926, a copy of which can be found in our
collection of reference materials. The letter below can be found in the Leonard Croft collection at the Rutland Library.