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Justus Sherwood 1747-1798

Justus Sherwood 1747-1798

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2004

Justus Sherwood 1747-1798

Photo from Google Street View ©2010 Google - Posted December, 2010

Plaque Location

The United Counties of Leeds & Grenville
The Township of Augusta
On the south side of Road 2 at Mervin Lane
1.7 km west of Edward Street (Road 18) in Prescott


Coordinates: N 44 42.042 W 75 31.788

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Plaque Text

Born in Connecticut, Sherwood settled in Vermont in 1774. On the outbreak of the American Revolution he was arrested as a Loyalist, but escaped to join the British at Crown Point. He was taken prisoner at Saratoga in 1777, and after being exchanged was commissioned as a captain in the intelligence service. From 1780 to 1783 he had charge of secret negotiations which it was hoped would result in Vermont's rejoining the British Empire. Sherwood, who took up land in this township in 1784, played a leading role in its settlement. One of the District's first magistrates, he was also a member of the local land board until his death.

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