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I was born in Conway, Franklin Co., Mass., Sept. 28, 1805. My parents were members of the Congregational church of that place, Rev. John Emerson, pastor.
I was dedicated to God in baptism at the age of five years, and like most in those days, raised to honor my parents. I was catechized by my mother on the Sabbath, and taught to keep it holy. I was raised to industry and good morals, for which I have been ever thankful. My educational advantages were limited, consequently, should this come before the public they will not expect much that will interest them. I shall endeavor to give a short history of what has transpired during my life of seventy years, especially since my stay in the Indian country and on the western frontier.