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George Hibbard
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Birth: Dec. 22, 1807
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Mar. 6, 1900
Walworth County
Wisconsin, USA

George Hibbard's 2nd wife was Neomi Wate. "HISTORICAL NOTES" - Troy - was one of the earliest, if not the first town settled, or in which claims were made in the county. Jesse Meacham and Adolphus Spoor selected claims there in the fall of 1835 and moved on to them in May '36. Soon after, and in the same year, came Othni Beardsley, his brother Alexander, and a young man by the name of Roberts, also George Robinson, and brothers. Othni Beardsley, commenced plowing May 16th, '36. This was probably the second plowing done in the county. Palmer Gardner having done the first, in Spring Prairie. During the summer of '37, Dea. George Hibbard, Elias Hibbard, and Dea. Augustus Smith (all from Hadley, Mass.), came in. Hence, I suppose, the large fields of broom corn, for which Troy was early noted. Also in the same year came Mr. Perry, father of John A. Perry, with his son, Alban. Many others settled there about the same time, whose names I have not been able to procure. It is related among the incidents of this town, that Major Meacham and a man by the man of Bigelow, got into a controversy about a claim, and as there were no courts or lawyers in the county, they resorted to the ancient usage of trial by "wager of battle" in a single combat, to decide the right. Being men of about equal weight 200 pounds, or upwards, and very muscular, the contest was long and severe. But finally, the Major threw his antagonist, and sat on him till he gave in to his terms. The mill site in this town was early improved by the erection of a grist mill, and the dam constructed to create the water power by flowing back upon the extensive marshes, has caused considerable litigation.

SOURCE: Collections of the Wisconsin State Historical Society, Vol-6, page 
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  Elizabeth B. Clark Hibbard (1807 - 1865)*
*Calculated relationship
Greenwood Cemetery
Walworth County
Wisconsin, USA
Created by: Al Gruling
Record added: Sep 17, 2007
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