Green Mountain Outlaw
A lot of tall timber covered the New Hampshire Grants in 1772. Ethan and his posse knew only that Surveyor Cockburn was up there in the wilderness, somewhere, between the east shore of Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains. Because of a proprietor's natural liking to view with his own eyes, Ethan selected a route that would take the party near the mouth of Otter Creek, where two years before he had purchased five hundred acres from Benning Wentworth, at five cents an acre. Other Connecticut men had purchased surrounding lands from New Hampshire.
In order to hold these lands--to prove up, as it was later called--the proprietors had hired a few families to live on the ground and do a little clearing. These settlers had put up a few cabins and built a sawmill.
Over in New York Province, and at approximately the same time, Colonel John Reid, late commander of His Majesty's 42nd Regiment of Foot, had acquired the same land under a New York title. To hold what he thought was his land, Reid had come in with several families and had driven