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1845 Insurance Company Certificate to Jared C. Pettibone

1845 Insurance Company Certificate to Jared C. Pettibone


On February 8, 1845, Montgomery County Mutual Insurance Co. issued this five-year insurance policy to Jared C. Pettibone of Vernon, in the county of Oneida, New York State, “on his dwelling house” for $600. On the back, it's postmarked Canajoharie, NY, Feb. 11.

Jared C. Pettibone [1791-1872] was a descendant of the Pettibone family of Simsbury, CT. His wife was Desdemona Bronson, born in 1800, the daughter of Abijah Bronson, one of “the first group of settlers who came from New England to the town of Vernon in Oneida County after the Indians relinquished their title to the land in 1797….The names of some of the earliest settlers, who came mostly from Massachusetts and Connecticut, sound like a gathering of Pettibone relatives. In the Vernon Center area there were, among others, families named Hills, Bronson, Wetmore, Griswold, Smith, Bissell, Foot, Frisbie, Austin, and Tuttle.” [from WikiTree]

The NY State Historical Marker in front of Pettibone’s house in Vernon (pictured online on his obit) is titled “Pettibone Farm, built about 1799 by Abijah Bronson, an early Vernon settler. Purchased by State Senator Jared C. Pettibone in 1842.” So this insurance policy seems to have been for that house.

The Montgomery County Mutual Insurance Co. was incorporated in 1836.

Condition: Very good to excellent. There are a few soft ripples in the paper in a blank area about 3.00 X 2.00 inches at the right center edge. Size 10.5 x 16.5 inches.


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