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Bidwell Lore – William Goodrich, Part VII

Welcome to Bidwell Lore number 107! This week we will finish our William Goodrich story with a little more about Ethan Allen and a quick foray into Shays’ Rebellion. First, let’s look at the transcription of a Deed for a piece of land that Ethan Allen purchased in New Marlborough in 1789, which continues to show...

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Bidwell Lore – William Goodrich, Part VI

Welcome to Bidwell Lore number 106! This week we are going to dig further into the William Goodrich story starting with some mid 20th century correspondence between what is now the Stockbridge Library and historians in Vermont. Responding to a letter from Grace Bidwell Wilcox, curator of the Stockbridge Historical Room [1], John Spargo, Director-Curator...

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Bidwell Lore – William Goodrich, Part V

Welcome to Bidwell Lore number 105! We continue our series on Captain William Goodrich and his time during the Revolutionary War. In addition to his service at the Battle of Quebec, Goodrich was at the Battle of Ticonderoga in 1775 with Colonel John Paterson of Lenox (we wrote about him HERE in December 2021). Goodrich joined Ethan...

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Bidwell Lore – Captain William Goodrich, Part IV

For this segment of the William Goodrich story, we are going to take a look at his experience during the Revolutionary War leading a company of Stockbridge Mohicans. Goodrich was a captain in the Lexington Alarm of April 1775 and joined Col. John Paterson’s Massachusetts regiment at the same rank that May. Captured at Quebec...

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Bidwell Lore – William Goodrich, Part III

Welcome to Bidwell Lore number 103! This week we continue our new series on Captain William Goodrich and talk about his relationship with the Mohicans in Stockbridge and his “not so honest” land dealings. The May 1766 Indian Proprietor Records, page 56, contains the following entry:“Granted to William Goodrich in consideration of the loss he sustained in...

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Bidwell Lore – William Goodrich, Part II

Welcome to Bidwell Lore number 102! This week we continue our new series on Captain William Goodrich and share more about his life in Stockbridge and his time in the Revolutionary War. William Goodrich, Jr., moved from Sheffield to Stockbridge, where around 1768 he married Sybil Woodbridge, daughter of Timothy Woodbridge. They had two children, a...

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Bidwell Lore – Captain William Goodrich, Part I

Welcome to Bidwell Lore number 101! We are happy to be back sharing local history with all of our readers. This week we begin a new series on Captain William Goodrich, who fought in the Revolutionary War and became part of the Woodbridge family when he married Timothy Woodbridge’s daughter Sybil. For a refresher on...

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Bidwell Lore – The Three Codes of Adonijah Bidwell, Part II

Welcome to week 99 of Bidwell Lore! This week we share part II of David M. Powers’ story about the code-writing of Adonijah Bidwell. To read Part I of this story, click HERE. The Three Codes of Adonijah Bidwell, Part II by David M. Powers BIDWELL’S MESSAGES Among manuscripts on the Congregational Library and Archives, Boston, “New...

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Bidwell Lore – The Three Codes of Adonijah Bidwell, Part I

As we approach our 100th Bidwell Lore, we have decided to postpone our article about Col. Giles Jackson in order to share a guest post this week and next all about the code-writing of Adonijah Bidwell. This post comes from David M. Powers, who first tackled the “short-writing” of the Rev. Adonijah Bidwell in 2013 and was...

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Bidwell Lore – The Founding of Monterey, Part II

Welcome to week 97 of Bidwell Lore! This week we are sharing a second article by Rob Hoogs that was published in the April issue of the Monterey news. In it, he continues the story of the founding of Monterey, which celebrates its 175th anniversary this year.  The Founding of Monterey, Part IIby Rob Hoogs As we mentioned last...