as found in
BENNINGTON COUNTY, VT
WITH ILLUSTRATIONS AND BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES
OF SOME OF ITS PROMINENT MEN AND PIONEERS.
LEWIS CASS ALDRICH
VALENTINE, JOEL, was born in Jackson, Washington county, N. Y., January 22, 1791. He was brought up a farmer,
and had the usual limited opportunities for education afforded in those days by the district school, which opportunities
he seemed to have improved. He was for a short time a soldier in the War of 1812 and 1814. His father served in
the Revolutionary War. In early manhood he worked his full time as an apprentice in learning the clothier's trade.
He was married in 1821 to Miss Judith Wells, also of Jackson, N. Y. He moved to Bennington in 1822, and hired what
was known as the Waibridge Fulling Mill, situated at Bennington Falls, and there did a small business in manufacturing
woolen cloths. In the year 1824 he purchased lands and a water privilege in Bennington village, then called in
derision "Algiers." His business was taking wool of the farmers and making it into cloth, and fulling,
coloring and finishing their home-woven flannels. He also carded wool into what were called rolls, for the spinning.wheels
of the thrifty dames of those days. He was doing a thriving business, when in 1836 his factory, which was insured
for only a few hundred dollars, was destroyed by fire. He improvised a small man ufactory in one of his outbuildings,
where he worked for nine years. At the end of that time he was able to build a substantial brick structure, which
became in later years a part of his son's knitting mill, and was destroyed by fire in 1884.
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