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Silas Bigelow, son of Samuel and Jedidah (Hathron) Bigelow, was born July 1, 1742 at Shrewsbury, Worcester county, MA. He graduated at Harvard College in 1765, and was ordained as first minister to the Congregational Church in Paxton on October 21, 1767. He married Sarah Hall of Sutton. He held the pastorate in Paxton for about two years, was taken ill on his thirtieth birthday, and died 16 Nov 1769. There are no records of any children.
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Ephraim Carruth came to Paxton from Marlborough about 1795. He and his wife Sally had thirteen children, all born in Paxton. His wife and four children died in Paxton are believed buried in an unmarked plot in Center Cemetery. Ephraim was credited with surveying for the 1795 Paxton Map and other individual properties in town. He served with Captain David Moore's Company, Colonel John Jacob's Regiment and Captain William Howe's Company in Colonel John Rand's Regiment in 1779 and 1780. Ephraim returned to Marlborough about 1821.
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Jason Livermore was born on 1 Dec 1726 in Weston, Massachusetts. He died on 14 Oct 1797 in Paxton, Massachusetts.

In 1748 he and his brother Josiah bought a tract of land in the westerly part of Leicester, near and in part upon Moose Hill; they divided these lands, and Jason, having built a small house on his portion, took his bride to his new home, and in this house they lived the rest of their lives.

He was twice chosen as a surveyor of highways in Leicester. The town furnished five men, in 1756, as her quota in a call for one thousand men from Worcester and Hapshire counties. Their names were Ezekiel Bellows, Jacob Wicker, Jason Livermore, David Wicker and John Wicker. These men were in the command of Gen. Ruggles, and saw service at Crown Point, Fort Edward and Ticonderoga. Inscription on his powder-horn says: "Jason Livermore his horn made at fort Edward August ye 29. 1759." On his return from that unsuccessful and unfortunate expedition, he came by land through the wilderness, with two or three companions, and suffered hardships and privations from cold and hunger.

In 1765 that part of Leicester in which he lived, with a part of Rutland, was incorporated as a district by the name of Paxton. The first town meeting of Paxton was held March 11, 1765, at the house of Mr. John Snow, when Jason Livemore was chosen constable. He was an active and prominent man in Paxton, having aided in procuring the act of incorporation, and assisted in building the first meeting-house. He was one of the members of the first Congregational church organized in the town.

When the news reached Paxton that the "regulars" had attacked Concord and Lexington, Jason Livermore and his three sons, Jason, William, and Josiah, were plowing in the field, and learning that the company of minute men (Capt. Willard Moore's), of which they were members, would march forthwith, the father said, "Boys, unyoke the cattle and let us be off." No sooner said than done, and they at once made ready, with the household pewter dishes melted into bullets, and marched to Cambridge, and there joined the Continental army, being attached to Col. Doolittle's regiment.

On June 17, 1775, under command of Major Willard Moore, then in charge of the regiment, they took part in the battle of Bunker Hill, where Major Moore was killed. The wife and mother, left at home with a son only twelve years of age, continued the farm work, besides excavating the earth under the barn and other buildings, and from it obtaining more than one hundred pounds of nitre or saltpetre, for the purpose of making gunpowder, of which there was great need in the army.Documents in the Library of Congress mention that Elizabeth and Alpheus and Willard Moore petitioned for the offered indemnity of seven years half-pay for the death of Major Moore.

Jason Livermore and Samuel Brewer of Sutton raised a company of volunteers in Paxton and Sutton, of which he was the second in command, and marched on the 9th of August, 1776, from Paxton to Charlestown No. 4, in New Hampshire, thence to Ticonderoga and Mount Hope, where they were stationed for some time. After the close of the war he retired to his farm, where he passed the rest of his life.
-- Thwing, 1902
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William Wicker was here before 1720. His wife's name was Rebekah. They had Rebeckah, 1720; Jacob, 1723; John, 1726; James, 1729; Mercy, 1740. Jacob m. Abiah Washburn, sister of Col. Seth, 1747; and moved to Hardwick. He lived north of Moose Hill, in what is now Paxton.
Genealogies from the History Of Leicester, Massachusetts

Stephen Barrett One of the original members of the Congregational church, was married to widow Elizabeth Howe on May 15, 1750 in Rutland according to Rutland marriage records.
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James Earl Born in Leicester, May 1, 1761, in a house which later became part of Paxton, James died Charleston, S.C., August 18, 1796.
A native of Massachusetts, James Earl painted in London between 1787 and 1794 and in Charleston, South Carolina, from that year until his death. He adopted contemporary modes in English painting, including the informal conversation group.

For more information and a photograph of his home in Paxton, visit at www.worcesterart.org


Honored Paxton Dead of the Civil War
names in bold are buried in Paxton Center Cemetery
Samuel W. Stratton Company G 10th Regiment MA Voluntary Infantry >
Company D 4th Regiment MA Voluntary Heavy Artillery Sept. 7, 1864
Hollis H. Howe Company D 15th Regiment MA Voluntary Infantry May 4, 1862
George O. Pierce Company D 15th Regiment MA Voluntary Infantry August 1, 1862
Walter S. Shaw Company D 15th Regiment MA Voluntary Infantry July 17, 1862
Samuel C. Oslund Company G 15th Regiment MA Voluntary Infantry May 4, 1862
Edward E. Monroe Company F 21st Regiment MA Voluntary Infantry Nov. 29, 1864
Company B 3rd Battalion of Rifles MA Volunteer Militia
Daniel W. Cummings Company K 21st Regiment MA Voluntary Infantry April 8, 1862
George W. Brown Company D 25th Regiment MA Voluntary Infantry May 27, 1865
Henry A. Browning Company D 25th Regiment MA Voluntary Infantry June 15, 1864
Hiram H. Parkhurst Company D 25th Regiment MA Voluntary Infantry Sept. 24, 1864
John D. Pierce Company D 25th Regiment MA Voluntary Infantry July 19, 1864
Charles A. Harrington Company K 25th Regiment MA Voluntary Infantry Jan. 8, 1862
Hezekiah S. Sargent Company E 29th Regiment MA Voluntary Infantry Jan. 8, 1865
Solomon R. Maynard Company E 36th Regiment MA Voluntary Infantry March 5, 1863
Alvin S. Nichols Company E 36th Regiment MA Voluntary Infantry Sept. 6, 1863
John S. Mills Company A 57th Regiment MA Voluntary Infantry April 15, 1865
George R. Hubbard Company D 57th Regiment MA Voluntary Infantry July 27, 1864
David W. Pratt Company G 2nd Regiment MA Voluntary Heavy Artillery ?
John S. Pratt Company G 2ndRegiment MA Voluntary Heavy Artillery ?
James D. Butler Company H 2ndRegiment RI Voluntary Infantry June 3, 1865
Nathan A. Munroe Company M 4th U.S. Artillery August 9, 1862

 
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