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There stands in the old town of Suffield, Connecticut, hard by the border of neighboring Massachusetts, the charred remains of a gray and weathered clapboard house. Buried in a wood on an old and rarely-travelled road, it is a sad reminder of what has become to be known as 'a tragedy in Suffield'.
Founded in the late 18th century, Suffield was originally known as Southfield and was considered part of Massachusetts. By 1674 Southfield had been corrupted to Suffield, but not until 1749 was the border dispute between the colonies of Massachusetts and Connecticut resolved, at which time Suffield became part of the latter.
In the early 19th century, when men - by dint of hard work, sharp dealing and their wits - made their fortunes, there lived in Suffield one Isaac Allonby. He was the rich and proud owner of...