Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy


Witness to history

CASTLETON — Joseph Doran was trying to find out whether Keturah Briggs was black — a subject of speculation among local history buffs.

He found the memoirs of her granddaughter, an early Mormon. Doran said the text, available online, not only solves the local mystery but paints a picture of early westward migration from Vermont in the mid-19th century.

Keturah Briggs died in 1828, and her grave is located beneath the sole identifiable headstone in what some believe was the town’s “Negro Cemetery.” The site is in the woods of the Lake Bomoseen State Park, and other worn stones jut up from the ground in a manner at least suggestive of gravestones. for more click here

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