A professional craftsman inscribed this horn with the
British coat of arms and a map of Lake George, Lake
Champlain, and eastern Canada, showing the location of
British and French forts during the French and Indian
War. Such draftsmen were often part of military units,
serving primarily to create maps of new territories and
earning extra money by engraving the powder horns of
fellow soldiers.

Ephraim Duell of Rhode Island, who settled in the
Highgate area in the late 1700s, probably owned this
horn. Many New England regiments came to the Lake
Champlain region to assist the British regular army
during the war with France in the early 1760s
Link to Vermonthistory.org
One of my uncles told me a new fact while there. He said that my grandfather told him that
he had family near Montreal and in NY State. Cindy and I never had the advantage of a
specific Canadian town or location. My uncle made it a point of making sure I understood
that my grandfather said "in the vicinity of Montreal", and not in Montreal. Immediately, I
realized that this clue would be a tremendous help. I acted upon it almost right away by
calling Deuels who are still listed in Quebec area near Montreal.

The very first call I made turned out to be truly illuminating. I will not mention her name
here, as to protect her privacy. She came over from Ireland in 1946. Her late husband was a
Deuel who was from a large family of ten. She told me that all the Deuels came from a town
called Philipsburg, Quebec, which is right on the border of Vermont, on the eastern edge of
Missisquoi Bay, which is the northern most point of Lake Champlain. Her father-in-law was
born in Philipsburg, and buried in a small cemetery on the border of Canada/US.

She said at one point in time the Deuels were all well known in that area. They all attended
St. Paul's Anglican Church (built in 1846), had their own pews there, and are buried in the
church cemetery. When she came over the Deuels were slightly disbanded as a family unit,
so much of the history was not spoken. All she knows of the Deuel name, is that it has gone
through at least three different spellings (sound familiar?). She would always tell people that
is was a "Heinz" variety, with some French, maybe English or perhaps even some Irish. She
was told that the Deuel name was at one time hyphenated and sounded something like
"Davwalee." She said that at one time the Deuel name was spelled with two L's. (My
grandfather, in an old photo, can be seen standing in front of his bread delivery truck, his
name spelled Deuell).

She told me she has an excellent book on the history of Philipsburg/Armand, regarding the
land transactions there. The book was written by a Dr. George H. Montgomery, who was
from Philipsburg, with a copyright date of 1950. I called her back a couple days later to see
what info she might be able to find relating to the Deuels. She found a reference to an
Ephraim Duel, going back to 1516. She read some portions for me over the phone:

In reference to something called Ruiter Books: "borrowed from Captain Ephraim Duel
(known now as Deuel)."

She explained that apparently there was a Ruiter (family name) who was in charge of how
the land there was sold for bricks. She continued, "Which I promised him to return on
demand or pay him the worth in money. The exact date of Captain Duel (now Deuel) entry
into Canada, does not appear but he took up the land immediately north of the Hermanus
Rest Tract and the farm continued in possession of the family until a few years ago. She
believed this to be the same farm as that of her husband's father.

I believe this early date of 1516 to be a mistake. Either she read it wrong out of the book, or
Dr. Montgomery was mistaken. As always, your mystical ways have put us onto the same
page with this Ephraim.

As you posted: Ephraim Dewell. I've mentioned him before, but now I have an estimated
birth year of c1774 and he is in St. Armand, Missisqoi Co., PQ before 1825.

There was an Ensign Hermanus Best (1752-1832) who died in Philipsburg:
http://www.artdsm.com/clark/database/798.htm. Obviously if Ephraim took up land just
north of Hermanus, we are not looking at the 16th Century.

Another reference to an Ephraim Duell I found, was his ownership of a French and Indian
powder horn: that was made for Ephraim Duell, circa 1760
(http://www.state.vt.us/vhs/precious/phorn60.htm): "A professional craftsman inscribed this
horn with the British coat of arms and a map of Lake George, Lake Champlain, and eastern
Canada, showing the location of British and French forts during the French and Indian War.
Such draftsmen were often part of military units, serving primarily to create maps of new
territories and earning extra money by engraving the powder horns of fellow soldiers.
Ephraim Duell of Rhode Island, who settled in the Highgate area in the late 1700s, probably
owned this horn. Many New England regiments came to the Lake Champlain region to assist
the British regular army during the war with France in the early 1760s."

LDS has Ephraim Deuel, who died Oct 2, 1846 in Philipsburg. He was married to a Mary
Catlin.

On the Clark and Stoefer website there is mention of Ephraim Deuel, who in 1815, was on a
committee to set up a school in Stanbridge, Quebec
(http://www.artdsm.com/clark/database/647.htm).

There was an Ephraim Devol born in Dartmouth, MA (according to Patrick Deuel database)
who was a brother to 6 Abraham, 5 Jeremiah. As has been discussed, 7 Abraham is the
progenitor of the NY Judge Merrit Deuel line, and California lawyer/Senator line. I believe
I've mentioned that 7 Abraham had a son named Henry, and 7 Abraham possibly had the
middle name of Henry.

I might also add that I lived for a number of years at Lake Champlain, on both sides of the
lake. I have been drawn to this area and even at this moment I long to return. My brother is
presently living in Montreal. I have a gut feeling about this one. Did Ephraim Duell have a
son or grandson named Henry? Cindy and I believed Henry Slocum Deuel and all the Alburg
Deuels were highly significant, due to their close proximity to Canada. I believe this is the
area we need to concentrate and you also seem to be pointing in this direction.

Richard Deuel
January 19, 2002

Chapter 2 - Ephraim At First Glance