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This is a transcription of a 12-page document in my family's possession. It is genealogical information gathered by Elsie (Cross) Ayer, and mailed to Alice (Cross) Blood on March 25, 1927.
It has been transcribed exactly, including misspellings.
I added an index of names on the left.


Index of names on
this page:

___, Elva
___, Juna
___, Lolo
___, Nick
___, Warren
Ayer, Elsie A (Cross)
Austin, Merena
Bean, Clara
Biggs, Miliscent
Blood, Alice Amelia (Cross)
Brown, Antoinette Amelia
Brown, Frances
Brown, Hiram
Brown, John
Brown, John W
Brown, Joseph
Brown, Romeo Monroe
Brown, Sarah
Brown, Thomas
Brown, Waldo
Brown, Jr, Hiram S
Carlisle, Urbane
Chandler Sr, Frank
Collins, Mrs H.A.
Corliss, Abigail
Cross, Abigail
Cross, Abijah
Cross, Alice Amelia
Cross, Alma Merrona
Cross, Edgar F
Cross, Ferrin A
Cross, Florence
Cross, Franklin
Cross, Howard Leroy
Cross, Job Alma
Cross, Job C
Cross, Lamira
Cross, Mindwell
Cross, Otis
Cross, Simeon
Cross, Susan
Cross, Sylvester
Davis, Ruth
Deland, Joel
Dickerson, William
Dodge, Charles
Dutton, Charles
Dutton, Mrs Charles
Evarts, John
Ferrin, Sarah
Fields, ____
Gale, Mrs John
Gibbs, Miliscent
Giffin, Mrs William
Gipson, Clara
Gott, Sarah
Graves, Joshua
Grover, Florence
Grover, Ellen
Hale, John
Harriman, Cyrus G
Harriman, Laura
Harriman, Walter
Heath, Charles
Holdridge, Ephram
Hooker, Lois
Howe, Mr & Mrs Earl
Ingerson, William
Johnson, Mr & Mrs E.H.
Johnson, Julia
Jones, Antoinette Amelia
   (Brown) (Cross)
Laird, Matilda
Laird, Melvina
Mather, Cotton
McConahue, Mary
McGibbon, Ellen
Nelson, John
Noyes, Amanda
Noyes, Betsey
Noyes, Billie
Noyes, Caroline
Noyes, Clara
Noyes, Daniel
Noyes, Daniel Jr
Noyes, Elsie A
Noyes, Emmaline
Noyes, Ephram
Noyes, Frances A
Noyes, Franlyn
Noyes, Frederick Brooks
Noyes, Gilbert
Noyes, Glenn H
Noyes, Grace
Noyes, Hames
Noyes, Hannah
Noyes, Harriette E
Noyes, Henry E
Noyes, Holland
Noyes, Isaac
Noyes, James
Noyes, James Jr
Noyes, Jane
Noyes, John
Noyes, John B
Noyes, Joseph
Noyes, Mr & Mrs Karl
Noyes, LaVerne W
Noyes, Leonard R
Noyes, Livonia
Noyes, Lizzie
Noyes, Meranda
Noyes, Miliscent
Noyes, Moses
Noyes, Nathan
Noyes, Nicholas
Noyes, Rebecca
Noyes, Robert
Noyes, Ruth A
Noyes, Samuel
Noyes, Samuel J
Noyes, Sarah
Noyes, Silas
Noyes, Thankful
Noyes, Thomas
Noyes, William
Parker, Ann
Parker, Robert
Parker, Thomas
Poor, Rebecka
Rowell, Lizzie (Noyes)
Severy, Mrs Leslie
Smith, Columbus
Smith, David
Smith, Ida Elizabeth
Smith, Ralph
Stanton, Dorothy
Story, Amos
Taylor, Albert
Taylor, Betsey
Tyler, Lois
Washburn, Dot
Washburn, James
Washburn, Susie
Webster, Rebecka

From 1568 to 1920
To the Cross Family Descendants

Rev. William Noyes (probably a son of Robert Noyes) was born in England during the year 1568. He attended the University College at Oxford in 1588 and graduated B.A., May 31, 1592. He married Ann Parker, a sister of Rev. Robert Parker, a learned Puritan divine and a graduate of Oxford. Rev. William Noyes was Rector of the Parish of Choulderton in Wiltshire, England, and eleven miles from Salisbury where stands the great Salisbury Cathedral built in the year 1220 A.A., whose lofty tower overlooks the city of Sarum and "Stonehenge", the ruins of the temple of the ancient Celtic Druids. In the midst of the Salisbury Plain. He officiated in the Parish from 1602 to 1620 when he resigned. He was then appointed Attorney General to the King.

He was succeeded as rector by his son, Rev. Nathan Noyes. Their children were Ephram, Nathan, James and Nicholas as first generation.

Rev. William Noyes died intestate April 1622, aged 54 years when his inventory was made and his widow was appointed administratrix. She was buried at Choulderton, March 7, 1657, aged 82 years. Her will is at Somerset House, London, and mentions two sons, James and Nicholas in New England.

James Noyes was born about the 1608 at Choulderton in Wiltshire, England, and attended Brasenose College, Oxford. He married early in 1634, to Sarah, oldest daughter of Mr. Joseph Brown of Southampton, England. In March of that year, they, with his brother Nicholas and cousin Rev. Thomas Parker, embarked for New England on the "Mary and John" of London. They stopped at Medford, Mass., and later they passed through the waters of Plum Island Sound and up the now Parker river and landed on the north bank of the river about 100 rods below the spot where the bridge now stands tradition asserts, and that Nicholas Noyes was the first who leaped ashore in Newbury, Mass. They were among the original settlers and from James and his brother Nicholas Noyes has sprung the Noyes family of America. The Rev. Thomas Parker and Rev. James Noyes began almost immediately to form a church. The first meeting was on the Sabbath and held in the open air under a tree. They were first cousins and Rev. Cotton Mather in his "Magnolia" says, "They taught in one school, came over in one ship, were pastor and teacher in one church, and lived in one house 'till death separated them for a while".

The house was built by Hames Noyes on Parker St., which is still standing and is owned by one of his descendants, Mr. Silas Noyes, and is one of the oldest houses in Newbury in 1900.

Rev. James Noyes died October 22, 1656. He was much honored and esteemed in the country and his death was much bewailed. He may be reckoned among the greatest worthies of the age. His widow died in Newbury, September 13, 1691. Of the second generation nine children were born to them in Newbury, Mass., Joseph, James, Sarah (died young), Moses, John, Thomas, Rebecca, William. Sarah married Rev. John Hale. James Noyes Jr., born March 11, 1640, in Newbury, Mass., graduated at Harvard College 1659. In the year 1664 he removed to Stonington, Conn., and commenced preaching there. On September 10, 1674, he was regularly ordained as the first minister of Stonington and Pastor of the first Congregational Church until his death on December 30, 1719. His ministry covered a period of 55 years. He married Dorothy Stanton Sept. 11, 1674, they arrived October 20th in a covered wagon which served for a shelter for some time, for the reason they could find no home to live in. Leonard succeeded in buying an empy log school house in Springville, one of the four houses the town then contained at that time, to live in while he built at 18 x 24 story and a half log house on his farm, doing all of the work with the help of his horses. It sheltered the family for nearly 22 years when it gave place to the present residence "Maple Grove". Mr. Noyes lived there 37 years, during which time the country changed from a wild, houseless, treeless prairie to one of the richest and best farming sections in the United States. In the great work of tree planting he was first and most active, and at the time of his death there was an elm and a maple among the eight hundred forest trees standing on his farm which he had planted, that were over 33 inches in diameter.

Mr. Noyes died at his home August 27, 1891. His widow survived him nearly 4-1/2 years. To her he owed much of the success of his long life. She died April 7, 1896, at the age of 75 years at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Giffin, in Central City, Iowa. During her last years she made many visits to her friends in New York and often visited her son LaVerne W. Noyes in Chicago, Ill. Children born in Genoa, N.Y., are Amanda W., Frances A., Samuel J. (died in Civil War), and LaVerne W. of the 8th generation.

LaVerne W. 8 (of Leonard R.7 John B.,6 Nathan,5 Thomas,4 Thomas,3 Rev. James,2 Rev. James,1) was born January 7, 1849, and married Ida Elizabeth Smith, May 24, 1877, at Chicago, Ill. All of the above records from 1568 to 1900 are taken from a genealogy book published by Dr. LaVerne W. Noyes of Chicago and presented to the Noyes Family Association of Vt., Mar. 22, 1919. What more is said of him is taken from a clipping in the "Christian Herald" February 15, 1919:
"FOR SOLDIERS' EDUCATION" - - - To express his gratitude to those who made the supreme sacrifice, Dr. LaVerne W. Noyes of the class of '72 at Chicago University has given to his Alma Mater $2,500,000 to be used for the education of soldiers of this World War, their children and descendants. Included in the bequest was the elegant Noyes home on Lake Shore Drive, built while Mrs. Noyes was living. Dr. Noyes reserves the home for his life use, and then it will go to the LaVerne Noyes Foundation, as the $2,500,000 gift is called. Mrs. Noyes was a prominent member of the D.A.R. Dr Noyes has already given to the Chicago University the Ida Noyes Hall in memory of his wife, at a cost of a half million dollars. Could any benevolence on earth be more beautiful than this gift for the education of the precious boys who offered their lives to their country? It is noble for such men to leave money by will to benevolent institutions. How much more beautiful it is for them to give their money to these good causes while they are alive and see it do the good, and share the happiness of grateful hearts, and not wait for death to numb their fingers so that they cannot hold the dollar any longer. Dr. Noyes in his princely gifts for education recognized this great fact: 'Wisdon is the principal thing.' Prof. 4:7. Dr. LaVerne Noyes passed away July 24, 1919, aged 72-1/2 years."
A Little History of the Vermont Noyes Family

Salisbury, Vt., was chartered by New Hampshire, Nov. 3, 1761, to John Evarts and 61 others, 68 shares of 23,040 acres, and was named after Salisbury, Conn. Each town was chartered 6 miles square, but after Brandon and Middlebury were located and bounded there remained only 8 miles between, and a controversy of 12 years was settled by a committee in 1796, giving Salisbury and Leicester 4 miles each. In 1774 Joshua Graves and Amos Story were the first settlers, the last being killed by the fall of a tree, but Mrs. Story with her 8 or 10 children stayed on enduring severe hardships, chopping down timber, clearing and cultivating the soil, and living in a cave on the bank of Otter Creek during wartime as related in the story of "The Green Mountain Boys". The town was organized and represented in 1788 and improved rapidly by business men. A post office was established in 1801. The Lake Dunmore House situated by the beautiful lake of the same name was a popular resort as is not the Mountain Spring Hotel. The population in 1870 was 906. Columbus Smith, a European Collector who died a prominent citizen of wealth, which was reserved till the death of his widow in 1919, when his estate was left in the hands of trustees for the home of aged ladies of Vermont. On this estate about a mile east of the home and on a now deserted road, a cellar cavity and well marks the home of Daniel Noyes, Jr. He was a son of Daniel Noyes and Sarah Gott, born about 1700, and married February 25, 1728, in Sudbury, Mass. Daniel Noyes Jr., born July 19, 1749, was of the 5th generation of the Noyes family of America and the first of the Noyes family in Vermont. He was a soldier of the Revolutionary War, 1775. In 1794 he and his wife, Miliscent Gibbs, settled in Salisbury, Vt., where he died February 11, 1832, aged 85 years.

His son Isaac Noyes married Betsey Taylor, whose daughter, Caroline, married Hiram Brown. Their daughter, Amelia A., married Ferrin A. Cross, a soldier of the Civil War. Their son, Edgar F. Cross, married Susie Washburn, who are the parents of Howard Leroy Cross, of the 6th generation of the Noyes family in Vt. Howard L. Cross, born April 5, 1896, in Goshen, Vt., attended Brandon Grade School. On October 3, 1917, he was called to Camp Devens at Ayer, Mass., as a Private of Battery B., 302nd Field Artillery, for a World War. Howard sailed for France July 15, 1918, and attended the training school for the operating of the Field guns. They were used to destroy fortifications and locate the enemy for the advancing armies. Their company was taken to the front in the Argonne Forest between Metz and Verdun, packed in box cars. Going over the top the night before (on) November 10, a fog hid them from the enemy which saved many of their lives. The next morning in the last great struggle between Germans and Americans striving for the last shot, but a few, if any, of their lives would have been saved, but for the signing of the Armistice that occurred at 11 o'clock a.m. on November 11, 1918. It was an experience that cannot be imagined or described together with the complications and magnitude of the modern warfare. They camped near Bordeaux, France, awaiting shipment to Boston, U.S.A., and Camp Devens. He was discharged April 26, 1919, and reached home safe and sound. Howard's two grandfathers, Ferrin A. Cross and James Washburn, were soldiers before him in the Civil War.

We find among the members of the Noyes family of America the first settlers and a number for a multitude, at the front in all the great movements for the upbuilding of a great country. And among the members of the Protestant religion bodies a Ministry, Home and Foreign Missionary workers, nursing of the sick, soldiery, Educators, musicians, merchants and all kids of industry, financiers and farming a science that is now called an Out of Door Factory. All kinds of needle and fancy work did with the culture and neatness of the past and present by ladies and maidens. Among the Geographical names, we have Noyes Pond, Mass., Noyes Point, R.I., Noyes Crossing, Canada, and Camp Noyes, Iowa. And as new fields of work are now opening new opportunities will come and may we each and all do our part faithfully, trusting in our God of the heavenly purpose.

(For Noyes reunion, August 14, 1919, - - Elsie A Ayer.)
(Typewritten by Mindwell Cross)


"We have two large genealogys gotten up by Col. Henry E. Noyes and Miss Harriette E. Noyes of Westville, N.H., who went to England and visited the places here mentioned and got records. One book is for Rev. James Noyes, our line, the other for Nicholas Noyes, some think the name Noyes, which is 'no' and 'yes' together started from Noah. At first spelled Noe, and then Noy, with the es added on. I received letters from Miss Noyes with money to help us and tried to visit us."
      Elsie A. Ayer

Copy of the letter sent to members of the Noyes Family:

President: Miss Ruth Noyes, Salisbury, Vt.
Historian: Mr. Chas. Dodge, Brandon, Vt.
Secretary & Treas: Mrs. Elsie Ayer, Brandon, Vt.
Asst. Secretary: Mr. Glenn Noyes, Tumbridge, Vt.


     The eights annual reunion of the Noyes Family Association of Vermont will be held July 15th, at Waterhouse's, Lake Dunmore, Salisbury, Vt. The usual picnic dinner will be served at the tables at 12:30 o'clock.
     The guest of honor will be Rev. Frederick Brooks Noyes, Pastor John Nelson Memorial Church, Leicester, Mass. Rev. F.B. Noyes is a delightful writer and a brilliant speaker. We are indeed fortunate in being able to arrange the date of the reunion so that he may be with us and address us in the afternoon. It is because he is one of our family that we are privileged to have him with us. (note added after by Elsie Ayer - "His wife and daughter came with him, stayed over night with me".)
     No member of the Association can afford to miss this rare treat; neither can those who are not members but should be. Let us show our Massachusetts cousin what a royal welcome Vermonters can extend. This can only be shown by your presence at the reunion.
     Remember the date, July 15, 1925, - - the place, Lake Dunmore, Waterhouse's.

Cordially yours,
(signed) Ruth A. Noyes

Reception Committee:
Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Dodge
Mrs. H.A. Collins
Mr. Glenn H. Noyes
Mrs. lizzie Noyes Rowell
Mrs. Albert Taylor
Mr. and Mrs. E.H. Johnson

Table Committee:
Mr. and Mrs. Karl Noyes
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Howe
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Smith
Miss Grace Noyes

Copy of letter written by Mrs. Elsie Ayer
to her sister, Mrs. Alice A. Blood:

Brandon, Vt.
Sem. Place

March 22, 1927

Dear sister Alice:
     Your letter received and the card came on my birthday and thank you. The rosette wasn't in the letter, but it may be at the P.O. I have been busy and have not been down. My lady boarder moved out the 10th and left me in a stired condition, and I have been trying to get settled again for she brought a truck load of her things and I was glad to have them taken out. Our spring weather has frozen up so I'm going to rest and do some writing until it is warm again.
     Our folks here are quite well, as far as I know, except Charles Dutton who was taken suddenly last Friday in great pain and his Dr. had him taken to the Rutland Hospital that p.m. and had an operation next day. Sunday Nick and Lolo took his wife and little boy down to see him. He was suffering with great pain but was as comfortable as they could make him, and said as soon as he was able he would have to be operated on again. It is a trouble men are subjected to. Juna and Elva will look after him all that he needs to be. You know he married Dot Washburn after Susie died and are living on the old home place in Goshen. Uncle Rome's house stands empty as yet. Goshen is on the move this spring to fix up their graveyard to level of the ground and put an iron fence around it. You may get one of their letters.
     You wrote of my having the Family Bible back and so I'll give my opinion about it. You have noticed Mother made out the marriage certificate for Father and her so I have thought to keep the bible for their descendants of which you have the most, and we are all so childless here that we will be running out of descendants. All your children knew their Grandma J., so I think you had better let them keep it. The Joneses don't seem to care much for books or Bible records.
     When Mother and I came here I copyed what she had and then had her help me what she could on the other lines. Grandpa Cross had a family of ten and Great Grandpa Noyes a family of ten, and Great Grandpa Brown a family of 14. Eleven grew to have families. So we have sprung from a large New England stock. And then the Noyes Family Association got a hold of me as secretary and kept me collecting data for 7 years. I wrote to town clerks and postmasters and watched the papers for Noyes names and finally saw the address of Dr. LaVerne Noyes of Chicago, Ill. I wrote him and he sent me a genealogy that he had printed for himself. Then I was asked to make up a paper to be read at the next Noyes reunion. I will send that to you and you can see how the Noyes' started in America. You may keep it and the other records I have to send with the Bible.
     I wrote to a Clara Noyes in Washington D.C., a nurse who had charge of 3,000 nurses in the World War, and was given a medal. Well, on the 27th of Feb. I attended the funeral of Mr. Frank Chandler Sr., at the M.E. Church, and it was filled. The masons went in a body and conducted a part of the services. Warren was with them. Mrs. Chandler was too upset to go to the church, the 28th was their wedding day. He was in his 89th year, and she is over 80. The four living children were there with their husbands and only Grace has children.
     Mrs. Leslie Severy has died and he is home from the hospital but is very poor. I had a surprise package this week from Mrs. John Gale. It was filled with little dainty things, in memory of old time neighbors. Since John died she married a man by the name of Rowell and lives in West Salisbury. For the Noyes reunions we send letters with letter-heads of the Noyes Coat of Arms. I will send you one of them. You are interested in this and I'm glad to let you know about them. I will close now and hope you can write soon.


Daniel Noyes married Sarah Gott Feb. 25, 1728, Sudbury, Mass. Daniel Noyes, Jr., married Miliscent Biggs, settled in Salisbury, Vt., 1794. There children were: (1) Gilbert, (2) Billie, (3) Milescent, and (4) Daniel, whose son kept the tavern where Uncle Rome's house stands. (5) Thankful, married David Smith and lived on Part St., Brandon, Vt. (6) Ruth married a Fields and has descendants in Rutland living now. (7) Holland has descendants in Rutland and was Ellen McGibbon's father. (8) Isaac Noyes married Betsey Taylor and was our Great Grandparents. Their children were (1) Emmaline, M Joel Deland; (2) Caroline, M Hiram Brown; (3) Betsey, M William Ingerson; (4) Livonia; (5) Meranda, M William Dickerson; (6) Samuel, M Matilda Laird; (7) Jane, M Ephram Holdridge; (8) Hannah, M Urbane Carlisle; (9) Franlyn, M Ruth Davis and three others; (10) James, M Melvina Laird. Caroline (Noyes) Brown, born June 10, 1813, M Apr. 18, 1833, died Dec. 7, 1884. Children Antoinette A., born Aug. 15, 1834, M Ferrin A. Cross Dec. 7, 1853, died Apr. 20, 1924. John W. born Oct. 22, 1836, M Julia Johnson, Mar. 12, 1874, died Sept. 2, 1911. Waldo, born in 1840, died in 1841. Hiram S. Jr., born Oct. 29, 1842, M Clara Gipson May 11, 1865, died Apr. 12, 1903. Romeo Monroe, born Aug. 28, 1838, M Lois Hooker July 4, 1870, died May 23, 1922. Our Brown Great Grandparents are John and Merena (Austin) Brown, son of John and Mary (McConahue, Irish) and brother to Thomas and Frances Brown. Died in 1805 (came from Eng.)

Our CROSS Great Grandparents are:
Mr. Simeon and Abigail (Corliss - Scotch) Cross

Our CROSS Grandparents are:
Mr. Abijah and Sarah (Ferrin) Cross. Meredith Belkup Co. N.H.

Their children are:

1. Sylvester Cross, Married Clarara Bean
2. Miss Susan Cross, Married Otis Cross
3. Miss Abigail Cross, Married Charles Heath
4. Simeon Cross,
5. Lamira Cross,
6. Ferrin A. Cross, Married Antoinette A. Brown
7. Franklin Cross, Married Lois Tyler
8. Alma Merrona Cross, Married Rebecka Webester (Poor)
    Born Feb. 2, 1837, died June 25, 1919 at his son's Job C.
9. & 10. Two infants names not known.

Job Alma and Ellen (Grover) Cross parents of Florence and Lamira Cross. Cyrus G. and Lamira (Cross) Harriman, Job's sister, parents of Laura and Walter Harriman.

      From Elsie A. (Cross) Ayer, Brandon, Vt.

March 25, 1927

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