Janet T. Newman wrote:
If you are putting together a website involving History of Kent, I
you have contacted the Kent Historical, especially Bernice Gottwald and
Betty Light Behr. And especially Glendon E Wheeler in Simi Valley CA who has
published extensively. He is absolutely the most expert on anyone who ever
lived in Kent.
I have not spoken to these people, though I have made web space available so
that the Kent Historical Society may publish a web site with more detailed
information about our Town. My part in this is to generate a "general overview"
to whet the appetite of those who know more and would contribute to a fuller
Is your Green family an early one in Putnam? I have been searching for
happened to a Joseph Green (b.c.1814) who married a Phebe about 1850. His
mother was Hannah Townsend.
My "Green" was shortened from something else at Ellis Island when my
family came here from Austria in the 1890's.
(with early Kent roots)
Come back! We miss you.
P.S. As a flying guess, I suspect the person you are looking for is
Kent (though he seems a little young) about whom I know nothing except he
was a Baptist and evidently was born and raised and buried in Kent but
evidently didn't make his own home in Kent.
What's most interesting is that though we've named our Town after the Kent
family they didn't seem to want to spend much time here. James (the most famous)
was born here then moved away to Poughkeepsie for bigger and better things and
his (son?) Moss was a Congressman though he was also not born here, and may
never have even been here.
The Kent's did have a history of being well educated (Yale) and having money so
I'm not sure why or how James' family came here to Fredericks(town) in the first
place - but they sure didn't stick around.
In the meantime, the Barrett's and Ressique's were spreading like wildfire and
were predominant when the town was being formed and named. I suppose being a
judge was more important than being a farmer.