I am a member of the American French Genealogical Society here in Rhode Island. Because of the large French Canadian influence on Vermont, the society has a number of Vermont resources, including the state vital records index. I can stop by and look up Oscar's children, etc. I'm not sure when I'll be able to get there, though. The society's library only has weekend hours from September through May.
As for the other direction, I have learned a little bit more about Oscar's grandfather, Joseph Nimblett, since my original post.
Joseph served in the War of 1812. While crossing Lake Champlain from Grand Isle to New York, his boat was swamped in a storm and he caught a cold that night from which he never fully recovered, developing rheumatic conditions. He hobbled along with the Army into Canada and was present for one skirmish before being sent to the hospital in Burlington. In the 1840s, by special act of Congress, he received a pension, which is why details of his military service survive. Joseph, according to his military records, was born in Middleborough, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. The neighboring town of Carver has a record of him marrying Hannah Lucas there 24 SEP 1795. Sometime between then and the end of 1796, he apparently moved to Woodstock, Windsor County, Vermont, where he lived until the 1820s, when he moved to Shoreham, Addison County, Vermont.
I also recently came across this interesting story, which I will research further:
In 1818, a barn burned down in Troy, N.H. Beneath what had been the floorboards of the barn, people found what looked like a burial mound. They dug and found human bones. Perplexed by the mystery, the selectmen put an ad in the New Hampshire Sentinel seeking anyone with clues about this discovery. Two weeks later, Joseph Nimblett came into town and related this story: Fourteen years earlier, his brother-in-law, Hannah Lucas's brother, had been coming to Woodstock from Cape Cod for a visit. He apparently was carrying a large sum of money. He stopped at a tavern in Troy, N.H., and went to look at a farm with two men -- the same farm on which the barn fire would later happen. after stopping at the tavern, the brother-in-law was never seen again. The two men were arrested, but never convicted.
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