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Col. William Marsh Vermont Patriot and Loyalist Paperback – October 26, 2013

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Jennifer S.H. Brown, professor emeritus of history, University of Winnipeg, earned a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Chicago, and went on to teach and write extensively on aboriginal people, fur traders, and missionaries in northern North America; among the best known of her several books is Strangers in Blood: Fur Trade Company Families in Indian Country (1980). She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Of Canadian parentage and holding dual citizenship, she, with her husband Wilson Brown, enjoy retirement in Denver, Colorado. Besides continuing to edit and publish original documents bearing on the aboriginal history of northern North America, she curates and researches a rich legacy of family records left by four generations of letter-writers and authors, published and unpublished. Wilson B. Brown earned a Ph.D. in international affairs at the Fletcher School, Tufts University, and taught economics and business at several universities, retiring from the University of Winnipeg in 2004. He held Fulbright grants to Lima Peru, and Chiang Mai, Thailand, and has published several texts and articles on international economics and business—notably, Markets, Organizations, and Information (1992). An avocational botanist and photographer of old New Jersey stock, he is a skilled and experienced family historian who advises and consults widely with a network of genealogists across North America on families of mutual interest, always with a view to answering questions new and old, and setting the stories and records straight to whatever extent possible.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 438 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492829692
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492829690
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,958,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Brown's are to be congratulated on writing a book that makes an engaging story out of the surviving scraps of history about Col Wm Marsh and his equally strong wife, Sarah French. It is rare to find a man that bridged both the New England ways of self governing and the patriot cause with his later support of the British, all in the name of doing what was best for the settlers of Vermont.

The book will be valued by those interested in New England migrations from CT to NY and Vermont, the revolutionary period and the tensions between patriots, the British and French to gain the support of the settlers in what became Vermont.
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The authors of this book have captured a significant sub-plot of the American Revolution and well told that story. The United States were far being united at the time of the revolution and the people themselves had strong sectional, ethnic, and other differences.

The overlapping territorial designation of the New England Provinces and New York is the underlying basis of the story.

The New England Settlers who found themselves in the middle of the legal battle received a quick education relative to the applied differences between the cultural, political, and organizational differences between New England and New York. The biggest difference to a new England farmer, with the tradition of farming on his own land, was the New York system of land ownership which concentrated ownership in a relative few landowning families who provided land leases to tenant farmers. This throw back to the middle ages was unacceptable to the resident farmers of Vermont.

The politics of the American Revolution and the Continental Congress whose biggest task was the keeping the colonies together required its backing of the integrity of New York State in this matter. Thus was created the dilemma of the subject of the story, tough not a royalists in any sense of the word, the looking to the King as the protector of the rights of the settlers was an alternative to submission to New York and losses associated with that submission.

The book serves as reminder that the American Revolution led to the founding of two separate nations – The United States and Canada- and cultural basis of each in large part is the same.

Myself with a family interest in genealogy and with both patriot and UEL ancestors (originally from Vermont), I could not put the book down.
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This is a book for historians, genealogists, and others who are seriously interested in American history. It includes difficulties of land rights in Vermont and New York--the kind of discussion that most histories of the American Revolution gloss over. The complications of choosing between being a patriot or loyalist are well depicted.
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The research involved in writing this book is amazing! The information we learned as we read was wonderful and will add to our genealogy. From start to finish it held our interest and we highly recommend this book to everyone.
Jack & Nancy Soper
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Well written and well documented piece of Vermont and early American History. Much credit due to the Browns for their patience and hard work.
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