Norman West Gilbert

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Courtesy of Nancy Benton, this image was from the belongings of Caroline Atwell Noyes and is a photo of the husband of her sister, Sarah Atwell Gilbert. Caroline and Sarah were both children of Hiram Atwell and Rachel Scagel. Sarah Ann Lydia Atwell was born April 18 1834 in Waterbury Center, Washington, Vermont, and died […]

Hiram Atwell and Rachel Scagel

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Hiram’s wife Rachel died in childbirth, the baby Francis dying a few days later. An older child, Hiram, took some medicine intended for his mother, and this caused his death later. Hiram kept the home together for his young daughters. When the gold rush started in California in 1849, he decide to go. He sold […]

Letter from Sarah Atwell Gilbert to Caroline Atwell Noyes, 1877

Sarah Ann Lydia Atwell Gilbert was Caroline Atwell Noyes’ sister. Mention is made of a number of people in the letter. Viola, who had been apparently ill, was Caroline’s daughter and would have been about sixteen. Sarah’s husband, to the best of my knowledge, was a dentist. Uncle Best was Thomas Best Scagel b. 1805 […]

Interest in Spiritualism in Freethought Settlers of Liberal, Missouri Prior the mid 1880s – Letter from N. W. Gilbert to Caroline Atwell Noyes, April 18 1879

The Noyes family of the socialist Alphadelphia Association, and the free thought community of Liberal, preserved many of the family papers and correspondence, but with the McCarthy scare in the 1950s, my Noyes grandmother, with her sister, Pansy, burned almost the entirety of the collection, fearful of exposure and retribution. A very few letters were […]

Caroline Atwell Noyes’ address book

Caroline Atwell Noyes’ address book shows: J.A. Noyes Anna, Union Co., Illinois N.W. Gilbert Montpelier, Vermont Hannah M. Wolger 87 Hampshire St., Lawrence, Massachusetts Mary Chilton Franklinville, N.C. Marilla Wells Lawrence, Massachusetts Written at another time: Hannah M. Wolger No. 42 Broadway, South Lawrence, Massachusetts Francis Barry Berlin Heights, Ohio On second sheet, sometime later, […]

Caroline Atwell’s Record of Marriages of Children Of Hiram and Rachel Atwell

Marriages of the children of Hiram and Rachel Atwell Sarah A. L. Atwell to N. W. Gilbert in Waterbury Vermont on the 7th March 1852 Caroline Atwell to J. A. Noyes in Brady Village Kalamazoo Co. Michigan June 28th 1859