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The people who settled in the Tankershoosen Valley built the mills, worked the fields, or supported in many ways those who did. In this section we introduce you to the people and families who made an impression on the Valley. Some of the people are well known while others were not but shared their stories.

David Allis

David Allis (1720-1789) was one of the founders of Bolton's North Bolton Parish. He built one of the early grist mills on the Tankerhoosen River and was buried in the Old North Bolton Burying Ground. Then his gravestone went missing to appear years later in a backyard patio in Vernon Center.

» Go to The Missing Gravestone Of David Allis

Peter Dobson

Peter Dobson built the first cotton mill in the area around which grew up the village of Dobsonville. He is also known for his ideas on glacial movement.

» Go to Dobson Family history

Jean Kanter Klothe

Jean Kanter Klothe was born in Vernon and lived on Tunnel Road about where Whitney T. Ferguson III Road is now. Her family owned a chicken farm at that location which continued until the highway expansion in the late 1970's. Her memoir, published in the Vernon Historical Society's March 2005 newsletter, describes growing up on the farm in the 1910's and 1920's and the changing seasons in Vernon Center at a time when it was still a farming community.

» Read 'A Vernon Center Childhood'

Christian Sharps

Christian Sharps was best known as the inventor of the Sharps rifle, considered one of the finest carried by Union Soldiers during the Civil War. Towards the end of his life he came to Vernon and built a trout farm at Valley Falls.

» Go to Christian Sharps Trout Farm

Talcott Family

The Talcott brothers bought the Talcottville Mills and renamed the village after their family. But the Talcott Familly was active in the area before this and also played a significant role in the development of Rockville.

» Go to Talcott Family history

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