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ASAHEL B. PUFFER

Asahel B. Puffer was b. in Enosburg in 1830. Two brothers, one of whom, Daniel, was grandfather of Asahel, came from England and settled in Connecticut, and later in Franklin, Vt. Daniel m. Susie Farr. His son, Daniel, m. a woman of the same name, Susie Farr. He d. at the age of 99 and she in 1884 at 98. There were six sons and three daughters, of whom Merrill is living in St. Albans, Isabel probably is living in Belvidere, and Asahel is in this town. The others have passed away.

Asahel lived in Enosburg till he was seven years old, then while in Bakersfield he was with Fay Brigham fourteen years, in Boston a year with Bent Brigham, in the West a year, again in Bakersfield two years, on the Erie Canal two years. Then he bought a farm in Montgomery and m. Hannah Smith Wade, b. 1826, dau. of Nathan Smith. They had a dau. Bertha, who m. Ransom Wilder.

In 1863 he enlisted from Burlington in Co. A, 5th Vt. Vols., participated in the battles of Gettysburg and the Wilderness and remained in the service till the close of the war. Then he lived on a farm in Bolton and in 1868 or 1869 came to Jericho. He built the house in which he now resides. His first wife d. here in 1892. He m. in 1894 Mrs. Julia (Cilley) Nichols, who had m. 1 John D. Nichols. She d. in 1910, aged 66.

Source: Chauncey H. Hayden, et al, , The History of Jericho Vermont The Free Press Printing Co., Printers and Binders, Burlington, Vt., 1916), p. 609.

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