Starksboro Village Meeting House


Starksboro Village Meeting House
Starksboro, Vermont
Founded 1840


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Bushnell Stained Glass Window


The Gothic Stained Glass Windows

Sidney Bushnell
1838 - 1920

Julia A. W. Bushnell
1840 - 1930

Parents of Sidney BUSHNELL:

Lucinda FERGUSON b. 6 March 1806 in Starksboro, Vermont, d. 30 July 1883 in Starksboro,Vermont (daughter of ). She married Ira BUSHNELL, 4 December 1823, b. 3 April 1799 in Waitsfield, Vermont, d. 5 August 1872 in Starksboro, Vermont (son of Doud BUSHNELL and Lucy JOYCE).


  1. Sydney BUSHNELL
    b. 17 May 1838 in Starksboro, Vermont, d. 6 December 1920
  2. Delia BUSHNELL
    ABT 1848 in Vermont, d.

Parents of Julia Ann WORTH

Hannah Mason b. ABT 1801 in Rockingham, New Hampshire, d. before 1860 (daughter of David MASON and Jemima FRENCH). She married 18 January 1821 William WORTH b. ABT 1796-99 in Rockingham, New Hampshire, d. (Son of Richard WORTH and Elizabeth).


  1. Unknown Female WORTH
    b. ABT 1822 (1820 - 1825), d.
  2. Zeno B. WORTH
    b. ABT 1824 in Vermont, d.
  3. David M. WORTH
    b. ABT 1826 in New Hampshire, d.
  4. George A. WORTH
    b. ABT 1828, d.
  5. John C. WORTH
    b. ABT 1831, d.
  6. Mary E. WORTH
    b. ABT 1834 in Vermont, d.
  7. Ellen A. WORTH
    b ABT 1836 in Vermont, d.
  8. Frances C. WORTH
    b. ABT 1838, d.
  9. Julia Ann WORTH
    b. March 27, 1840 in Vermont, d. April 19, 1930

Julia Ann WORTH, b. March 27, 1840. She married Sydney BUSHNELL, 9 January 1861, b. 17 May 1838 in Starksboro, Vermont. Julia A. W. Bushnell died April 19, 1930.


  1. Kate BUSHNELL
    b. January 27, 1862 in Vermont, d. May 12, 1934 in Hinesburg, Vermont.
  2. Mark BUSHNELL
    b. ABT 1865 in Vermont, d.
    b. ABT 1872 in Vermont d.
  4. Bell BUSHNELL
    b. ABT 1874 in Vermont, d.

Sydney Bushnell was a farmer throughout his life.

Julia Ann Worth made a large 29" x 22" penmanship sampler about 1860, before she was married. The sampler is now part of the collection of the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC.  It was appraised before becoming part of the National Museum collection by an antique appraiser as being a very well preserved and larger than usual  penmanship sampler.

Sydney Bushnell served the town of Starksboro as Treasurer, including the years 1875 - 1877, and as State Representative from Starksboro including the year 1877.

This was written by Lucy Belle Pierce Arnold, grand-daughter of Sidney and Julia Bushnell and daughter of Kate Bushnell Pierce:

"My grandfather, Sidney Bushnell, was a Starksboro, Vermont farmer who enjoyed music and he bought this melodeon and played it. On Sunday's he carried it to church and played it as he sang and directed the choir.

Melodeons were made only for a few years and when organs replaced them he bought an organ, and so did his church and when my mother, Kate, was married he gave her the melodeon which she played until I was in my teens, when an organ was purchased."

Tradition says that Sidney Bushnell along with Oscar Baldwin went to Troy, New York in the late 1860's to get the bell purchased by the Meeting House.

Julia and Sydney Bushnell had 4 children, all 4 still living in 1900.

Sidney Bushnell died December 6, 1920. Newspaper clipping of his obituary:

HINESBURG, Dec. 6. - This town was greatly shocked by the sudden death of Sidney Bushnell which occurred Friday noon. Mr. Bushnell had apparently been in his usual health until this time when he complained to his wife that he didn't feel very good. He laid down on the couch and slept about twenty minutes. From this sleep he never fully regained consciousness, death resulting from a stroke of apoplexy in less than one hour. Mr. Bushnell was nearly eighty three years old and had lived for many years in town. He was active for a person of his years and was a staunch supporter of the church, being a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He possesed a genuine Christian character and was beloved by all who knew him. Mr. and Mrs. Bushnell were a very devoted couple and much sympathy is extended to her in her sudden sorrow.

Newspaper clipping of Sidney Bushnell's Funeral:

HINESBURG Dec. 8 - The funeral of Sidney Bushnell was held at his late home Monday noon, the Rev. G. C. Cornell officiating. The bearers were relatives of the deceased. Interment was made in the Starksboro cemetery. A quartet composed of Mr. and Mrs. Conner, Mrs. James Cook and Joseph Cook sang four selections, "Sweeter as the Days Go By;" "O That Will Be Glory;" "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere" and "Safe in the Arms of Jesus." There was a profusion of beautiful flowers showing the love and esteem in which Mr. Bushnell was held. A large number of relatives and friends attended from Starksboro their former home, Bristol, Middlebury and Thompsonville. Conn. Mr. and Mrs. Bushnell had lived in town fourteen years and had made many friends here. Mrs. Bushnell went with her son, Guy to Thompsonville, Conn., Tuesday.

Julia Ann Worth Bushnell's mother was Hannah Mason,  daughter of David  Mason who came to Starksboro in 1817 from the Northfield - Canterbury, New Hampshire. Along with David Mason sons in law Jethro Stokes, Ebenezer Clifford, Benjamin Ellison, and William Worth relocated with their families to Starksboro as well.

Photographs of Julia A W Bushnell and Sidney Bushnell


This information on the Bushnell family is based on Town and State Vital Records, United States Census Rolls, and other information commonly available and is believed to be accurate.  Please forward any questions about this information to the webmaster.


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