History and Proceedings of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association Volume 6

History and Proceedings of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association Volume 6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ...Besides being respectable we may infer that tavern keeping was a fairly remunerative "employment" in those days, for Capt. Fellows Billings made money enough to send his two sons to college. There were other taverns in Sunderland during the many years that two generations of the Billings family kept tavern there, but local historians tell us that Billings' was "the tavern par excellence" during all that time. We read of parties going from Deerfield to "drink charry at Billings," and it seems that Capt. Billings made good use of the money which these convivial parties brought him. His son Elisha made the most of his opportunities and was graduated from Yale in the class of 1772 and ordained to the ministry in 1775. Prof. Tyler, in his History of Amherst College, of which Elisha Billings was one of the original trustees, says that Elisha was the valedictorian of his class at Yale. His brother, William Billings, was graduated from Harvard, became a lawyer in Sunderland but later chose the growing town of Conway as an auspicious field in which to practice his profession. He had two sons who became lawyers, William and Israel. The latter settled in Hatfield and was the father of the late Hon. Edward C. Billings, of the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Elisha Billings did not long follow the ministry. On account of his health (he had suffered from hemorrhage of the lungs) he retired to the Conway farm purchased by his father, and February 9,1780, married Elizabeth Williams, a daughter of Colonel Israel Williams of Hatfield. His brother William also married a daughter of Col. Williams. Elisha Billings took an active part in town affairs, and was for many years a justice of the peace, then...show more

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  • Paperback | 212 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 386g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236864042
  • 9781236864048