Hi Margaret, "In 1797, a Mr. Morrill moved into Troy, and probably was the first white man who ever wintered in the valley.
Several families moved into Troy [Orleans County, Vermont] and Potton [Brome County, Quebec Canada] in 1799, and in the winter of 1800, a small party of Indians, of whom the chief was Capt. Susap, jointed the colonists, built their camps on the river [Missisquoi] and wintered near them.These Indians were represented as being in a starving condition, which probably arose from the moose and deer (which formerly abounded here) being destroyed by the settlers."
"Memories of the Early Days in the Town of Troy, Vermont" by Anne Huckins Butterfield, 1977, page 1 and source at end.
One of these Indians, a woman called Molly Orcutt, exercised her skills in a more dignified profession, and her introduction to the whites was rather curious.Molly was known as an Indian doctress and resided some miles off, near the Lake.There was no doctor in the settlement, no Pain Extractors or other patent medicines or anyone with confidence to manage the difficult case.The man had fallen into a great fire that was burning in A Dutch back chimney in the room.One hand was badly burned, chords were exposed. It was so serious that it was feared a man would lose the use of his hand.She was sent for, and came to take care of any injury.Her medicine was an application of warm milk punch.Molly's fame as a doctress was no raised.That winter she again undertook the work of mercy, and again she succeeded.She retained the nature of her prescription to herself and refused to divulge the ingredients to anyone.
In the March following, Mr. Josiah Elkins [first white settler in Troy, VT 1796-1797] and his wife met Molly at Arnold's in Derby; she was on her way across the wilderness to the Connecticut River, to visit her daughter who married to a white man.Mr. Elkins inquired into her means of taking such a long journey through the forest and snows of winter, and found she was but scantily supplied with provisions, having nothing but a little bread.Mr. Elkins cut five or six pounds of pork he was carrying home and gave it to her. "Now you have been to good to me", she exclaimed, "I will tell you how I cured the folks this winter of the dysentery", "It was nothing more than a decoction [sic.] of the inner bark of the spruce".Molly was about 100 years old at this mentioned event.She lived 17 more years after this period and was found dead on Mount White Cap, in East Andover, Maine, in 1817, where she had resided for some weeks, gathering blueberries.
The Town [Troy] became a township in 1801 named Missisquoi.Curtis Elkins was the first Town Clerk.Alpheus Moore was the first representative to Legislature.The Town was called Missisco and organized in 1802.The name was changed to Troy and incorporated in October of 1803.
"Missisco Valley" by Samuel Sumner, printed in Irasburgh [VT] by A.A. Earle in 1860. Transcribed by Jan