Kathan Family to learn correct name of ancestor’s first wife at reunion

Saturday July 20, 2013


Kathan Family

PUTNEY -- Attendees at the Kathan Family Reunion, scheduled for Aug. 10-11 in Putney, will learn the correct identity of the first wife of Capt. John Kathan, first permanent settler of Putney and Dummerston and veteran of the French and Indian War of the 1750s.

John L. Scherer, historian emeritus of the New York State Museum in Albany, will present his findings at a program at the reunion banquet at The Putney Inn on Saturday, Aug. 10.

According to Scherer, the name of his ancestor’s first wife was Martha Baird, not Martha Moore. They were married in Northern Ireland and emigrated to the Mass. Bay Colony around 1730 with a baby son, Alexander, and other members of the family.

Scherer’s research was published in the Fall 2012 issue of Vermont Genealogy, and it was initiated at the 2003 Kathan Family Reunion in Putney.

The reunion is slated to begin with an open house and family history workshop on Saturday, Aug. 10, at 3 p.m. at the Putney Historical Society. This will be followed by a 5 p.m. reception and the 6 p.m. banquet. The evening program will include Scherer’s research and a presentation on his new book, "Sackett," by Stuart Strothman of Putney.

On Sunday morning at 8:30 a memorial marker will be dedicated at the original Kathan cemetery off Depot Road in Putney, and this will be followed by the 9:30 a.m. service at the Dummerston Congregational Church, at which the Rev. Boardman W. Kathan of Prospect, Conn., will preach.

Inquiries and reservations should be directed to Rev. Kathan at barneykath@earthlink.net.


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