[T]he widow of interest was one Lucinda (Billings) Chatfield, 1818-1897. While Lucinda was born in Tunbridge, she married Alonzo Chatfield in Middlebury in 1838. They moved up to his home in Ripton, and in 1859 they started farming the plot of land which we now call the Widow’s Clearing. Local records indicate that their farm was rather poor, even by Ripton hill farm standards.
There's more in that article, plus a description of a run around the area.