According to the History of Livermore, by Ira T. Monroe, 1928: "LEARNED, DAVID, GEN. D. 1811, aged 44; m. Mary Hurd, d. 1863, aged 97. He came from Oxford, Mass., in 1790, and settled on Lot 50, which included the farms of Israel Washburn and Otis Pray. He was the first trader in town and his store stood south of the Norlands Church, near the site of Otis Pray's buildings. In 1800 he sold goods to the amount of $500, and also built a sawmill at the outlet of Bartlett's Pond. He sold the south half of his lot to Bartholomew Woodbury of Sutton, Mass., which included the Pray farm, and the remainder to Dr. Cyrus Hamlin, which is the Israel Washburn homestead, and built, just over the line, on Lot 51, a new house, now known as the W. P. Washburn place or "Oxford House." When the County of Oxford was formed in 1805, Gen. Learned christened it in honor of his native town. He was the first Sheriff of the County and as such according to the old law, collected the County tax, and absconded. Returning home from New Orleans in 1844, he died on shipboard and was buried at sea. The ship's captain wrote a letter to Mrs. learned, giving the circumstances of Learned's death and enclosed a lock of his hair and his gold band ring. the Masons, of Oriental Star Lodge, to which Leaned belonged, assisted the widow Learned in many ways, and Capt. Otis Pray, a near neighbor, and also a member of the Lodge, preserved this letter, and it was at the home of Pray that I saw the lock of hair and ring and read the letter."