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Dexheimer, Florence Chambers, 1866-1925 / Sketches of Wisconsin pioneer women
([1924?] )

Rogan, May
Marcia Hammond Baldwin,   pp. 120-123 PDF (836.1 KB)


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    With her were her four young children. The eldest,
Benjamin, (born in 1621), and three younger daughters,
Elizabeth, Martha and Rachel. They settled in Boston.
Their descendants spread through Massachusetts, Ver-
mont, and New Hampshire. John, a son of Benjamin,
was a select man, a member of the Colonial Legislature,
and one of the founders of the first Congregational church
in Massachusetts.
    Marcia Hammond was seventh in this line of descent
from Benjamin. In 1843 Holmes and Sarah Hammond
with their three little daughters, Carrie, age 9; Marcia,
7, and Emma 1 year, took the long journey from Ver-
mont to the then Territory of Wisconsin. At that time
the journey had ceased to be perilous but it was long and
tedious, the only railroad in existence being the first ex-
perimental stretch from Albany to Schenectady, N. Y.,
and not available to the Hammonds. They made the en-
tire trip by boat, coming from their home at Windsor
down the Connecticut River to the Erie Canal, and via
the Canal to Buffalo. There they took a lake boat and
after days of wearisome travel, they landed at Milwaukee.
    That was a very important port of 1,700 population,
though it was surmised that a goodly number of Indian
squatters had been counted. Mr. Hammond brought his
household goods, including a set of heavy mahogany
furniture, horses, wagons and a new "top buggy" (which
with the furniture, were objects of much interest in the
log cabins of his neighborhood), also tools and farm
implements. At Milwaukee they rested for a few days;
bought provisions and then took the trail called a road
towards their new home, one of the only two improved
farms in what is now Waukesha County, and which had
been purchased before leaving Vermont.
    The road was so bad and the loads so heavy that it
took all day to reach Prairieville, now Waukesha, where
they stopped for the night. It was on this trip that Mrs.
Hammond appreciated the springs and cushions of the
buggy which was tied behind one of the wagons and in
which she and the baby rode, though even then the jolts
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