In 1773 Samuel Gale had moved to Brattleboro. During the years leading to the American Revolution he was loyal to Great Britain and married Rebecca Wells from a prominent Brattleboro Tory family. He was also a writer with outspoken views supporting the British government and it is thought that he brought the first printing press to Vermont during this time. In 1775 as the clerk of the court in Westminster, Samuel Gale was a prominent participant in the Westminster massacre that resulted in the deaths of 2 local farmers.
He sided and marched a Tory NY contingent and was arrested after the incident. His property, including the printing press, was confiscated and never returned to him. From March of 1775 to Sept of 1776, Samuel Gale was passed from jail to jail ... listen for more