2017 Annual Meeting

Date: Sunday, October 22nd

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Place: Pond Village Church, Brookfield, Vermont

What:  The Lynde Family of Brookfield, Vermont: An African American story comes to life through Revolutionary War records by Susan Nevins. A potluck supper will follow the program and annual meeting.

John Lynde was born in 1754 in New England and joined the fight against the British shortly after the start of the Revolutionary War. He was also a man who wrote love letters to his wife from the battlefield. After the war he became a landowner and farmer in Connecticut but later moved his family to Brookfield, Vermont, where records show he was a farmer, taxpayer and registered voter. John was a respected member of a community where at least six people wrote letters to the Federal Government attesting to his Revolutionary War service and good character. “Mr. John Lynde,” is the name on his slate tombstone, dated July 13, 1828. It is traditional for the times, ornate with geometric designs, a monument to the life of this black Vermonter.

John Lynde Headstone (John Lynde Headstone)

Judith Lynde Headstone (Judith Lynde Headstone)

About the Presenter

Susan Nevins has been researching local history with the Roxbury Historical Society for 11 years. She was awarded the Weston Cate Fellowship from the Vermont Historical Society in 2014 for her research proposal involving the Lynde family. She has a BA in Modern Languages and Linguistics and an MA in Bilingual/Bicultural Education from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). She is a Spanish instructor in the Modern Languages Department at Norwich University.

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