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WINDHAM COUNTY NEWSPAPERS : WILLIMANTIC JOURNAL 1857-1862
The Willimantic Journal
An Independent, Local, Family Newspaper.
Published Every Saturday Morning
By E.S. Simpson
Office in Franklin Building, Up Stairs
201. TWJ Fri Mar 1, 1861: The Republican State Convention was held in Music Hall, New Haven, on Wednesday and the following names were put in nomination for the several State offices. For Governor - William A. Buckingham, of Norwich. Lieut. Gov - Benjamin Douglass, of Middletown. Sec. of State - James H. Trumbull, of Hartford. Treasurer - Ezra Dean, of Woodstock. Comptroller - Leman W. Cutler, of Watertown.
202. TWJ Fri Mar 1, 1861: Justice Court, Feb. 27. Before Ralph Williams, Esq., Jane Edmonds was tried for loose and disorderly conduct; adjudged guilty, and sentenced to forty days imprisonment in the county jail, and pay the costs of prosecution, amounting to some thirty dollars, or work on the amount in jail at 33 cts. per day, after the expiration of sentence.
203. TWJ Fri Mar 1, 1861: Michael Kennedy of New London struck his wife on her head with an axe while drunk, Sunday afternoon, and she is expected to die of her injuries.
204. TWJ Fri Mar 1, 1861: The steamer Daniel Webster, which sailed from New York Feb. 15th, with troops for Southern forts, is commanded by Capt. Miner of Stonington. The Mystic Pioneer says that "Captain Minor will go into any port whither he is ordered."
205. TWJ Fri Mar 1, 1861: Mr. Clary, the foreman of the Table Cutlery Establishment, of Winsted, who died a few days since, is reported to have had an insurance on his life of one thousand dollars each in favor of his mother and sister, and three thousand in favor of his wife. If so, it was a commendable forethought.
206. TWJ Fri Mar 1, 1861: Marriages.
In Hartford, 26th ult., by Rev. Asher Moore, Mr. Henry Parsons and Miss Cordelia Gaffney, of Uxbridge, Mass.
207. TWJ Fri Mar 1, 1861: Deaths.
In Mansfield Centre, 13th ult., Hattie M., youngest daughter of Edward L., and Susan M. Wight, aged 2 years and 6 months.
In Mansfield Centre, 15th ult., after a short illness, Mrs. Susan M., beloved wife of Edward L. Wight, aged 40 years.
In Mansfield, 23d ult, Polly Freeman, aged 75 years.
In Lebanon, 23d, inst. Oliver S. Pease, aged 2 years 7 months.
In Meriden, Feb. 17th, Betsey, widow of the late Cranston Bowen, aged 66 years, formerly of Windham Centre.
208. TWJ Fri Mar 1, 1861: List of Letters Remaining in the Post Office,
Willimantic March 1st, 1861.
Ackley, Susan T.
Breeman, Patrick 2
Barrows, Emily F.
Brown, Wm. G.
Brown, Rev. J.B.
Champlin, Sarah M.
Clark, Nellie B.
Carpenter, jno. F.
Fuller, Sarah E.
Kingsley, Chas. D.
Page, L. & M.
Stone, B. 2
Stillman, Thos. W.
Smith, B.C. 2
Winstanley, M. 2
Youngs, Alfred T.
Persons calling for the above letters, please say "Advertised." Wm. H. Hosmer, P.M.
209. TWJ Fri Mar 1, 1861: New Stock, Watches, Clocks, Jewelry & Pocket Cutlery, with many knick knacks indescribable in this advertisements, but worth of examination by the curious. C. Topliff would respectfully request the attention of his friends and patrons to his new and extensive assortment of Bijouterie, which cannot fail to suit the tastes of those in search of articles of their own use, or for presents. Also, a large and well selected assortment of spectacles, including the celebrated perioscopic glasses, the most perfect form of lens ever invented, to be found only at Topliff's. Glasses exchanged and reset to suit any age. Watches and clocks cleaned and repaired; also, Jewelry repaired in the neatest style and on the most favorable terms. A call is solicited. Willimantic, March 1st, 1861.
210. TWJ Fri Mar 1, 1861: At a Court of Probate holden at Lebanon, within and for the District of Lebanon, on the 19th day of February, A.D., 1861. Present, Learned Hebard, judge. Assigned Estate of Lester Payne, an Insolvent Debtor of said Lebanon. Ordered - That James H. Hyde, Esq., Trustee on said Estate, sell all the Estate assigned to him by said Insolvent, at Public Auction or Sale, first giving fifteen days public notice of the proposed sale, by advertising in a newspaper printed in Norwich, New London County, and also in Willimantic, Windham County, and by posting a notice on the public signpost nearest said estate to be sold and in the same town, giving a description of the estate to be sold, and of the time and place of sale, and make return of notice pursuant to this order, with the name of the purchaser, the price of sale and expenses thereof. Certified from Record, Learned Hebard, Judge. Auction. In accordance with the above order, I will sell at Public Auction, all the right, title, estate and interest of the above named Lester Payne, in the Farm now improved by him, and situate in Lebanon, on the road leading from South Windham to Lebanon Meeting House, on Saturday, the 16th day of march next, at 10 o'clock in the forenoon. Said Farm contains about 90 acres, is well fenced, wooded and watered, and has on it valuable orcharding. There are two good barns and a granary on the same. Sale will take place on the premises. Dated at Norwich, Feb. 22d, 1861. James H. Hyde, Trustee.
211. TWJ Fri Mar 8, 1861: The republicans of Willimantic had a day and night of rejoicing on Monday, to celebrate the inauguration of President Lincoln. During the afternoon a salute of one hundred guns was fired, and in the evening the Wide Awakes assembled in the spacious Hall in Bassett's Building, where they drilled for a time and then took up their line of march through the streets of the village, accompanied by the Lebanon Drum Band, burning fireworks along the way, and cheering heartily in front of such buildings as were illuminated. The telegraph lines were in operations, and the office was crowded until a late hour. Anxious faces were lighted up with smiles as the intelligence from Washington came in, as it was feared by some that the inauguration ceremonies might have a tragic termination. Before the wires ceased telling the story, however, the people were generally satisfied that all had passed off quietly at Washington, and the anxious believed, yes, felt assured, that the government had a head, and would soon be in operation again.
212. TWJ Fri Mar 8, 1861: Mr. Wm. McCune, of Norwich, opened a billiard saloon on Wednesday, in a room in the rear of the Apollo Saloon in that city. The room is fitted up in a fine style. Two splendid Phelan tables have been put up, and costly carpets, mirrors, easy chairs, &c., have been provided. Mr. Phelan, the champion billiard player was present at the opening of the Saloon, and exhibited great proficiency in the game for which he is so widely famed. Mr. Kavanagh another noted player was also there.
213. TWJ Fri Mar 8, 1861: By request of many who died, and some who did not listen to the discourse delivered by Rev. Mr. Willard in the Congregational Church a few Sabbaths since, it will be repeated next Sunday evening. This being the regular meeting of the Willimantic Temperance Society, the officers of that organization will adjourn their meeting, and unite with many others in the request that the discourse may be repeated at the time above mentioned. The subject of the lecture is "Hebrew Servitude."
214. TWJ Fri Mar 8, 1861: The Southern Confederation has sent off a special envoy to demand the recognition of that government by the United States, and insist on an immediate answer, which, if not given, will be followed by the retirement of the envoy, and the commencement of hostilities at Charleston and Pensacola. Threatened people live long, it is said.
215. TWJ Fri Mar 8, 1861: Mrs. Lincoln is already very popular among the large circle of ladies who have called on her, and the Kentuckians declare while she is at the White House the Union will be safe.
216. TWJ Fri Mar 8, 1861: In Brooklyn, Conn., an old man by the name of Shepard was killed last Friday by a colored man named Fagan.
217. TWJ Fri Mar 8, 1861: Three horses belonging to Ezra B. Seeley of Easton, were poisoned by some inferior animal of the biped species, last week.
218. TWJ Fri Mar 8, 1861: Capt. Joy Post, of Essex, well known in the vicinity of all navigable waters in Connecticut, died in Brooklyn, N.Y., on the 25th ult., aged 50 years. He was commander of boats on the Hartford and Sag Harbor line for several years.
219. TWJ Fri Mar 8, 1861: The firm of Norton & Converse of Norwich has been dissolved. Mr. Wm. M. Converse retires.
220. TWJ Fri Mar 8, 1861: A farmers club was started in this place a year ago last fall, and has been continued up to the present time with a great deal of success. At the commencement it was but poorly attended, but as fall lapsed into winter the farmers generally became more interested. The meetings are held once a week, alternately with the different members of the club. It has not been our privilege to meet with them often; but whenever we have, we have been highly pleased with their able discussion of the subject under consideration. On last Tuesday evening we met them at the house of Asher P. Smith, Esq. The number present exceeded that at any previous meeting. The subject under consideration was the Drainage of Land. Various methods of constructing the drain were brought forward and discussed; some preferring the common ditch, filled nearly to the surface with stones, others the more modern style of tile draining. Although but few had practiced drainage to any great extent, yet nearly all had by practical knowledge or observation became convinced to its beneficial result. At the usual time the discussion was brought to a close, when Mr. Smith in his usually polite and gentlemanly way, requested his friends to accompany him into an adjoining room, where a repast awaited them. As we entered the room, our attention was attracted by a long table upon which was placed in the most tasteful manner, everything to please the eye and tempt the appetite. We do not deem it necessary to enter minutely into a description of the abundance and excellence of the many luxuries with which the table abounded. Oysters were served up in the best possible manner, cakes of various kinds the best, and coffee the richest we ever tasted. Mr. Smith is noted far and near for raising all the varieties of fruit of the most superior quality, of which we had fine sample. His preserved peaches, which are unsurpassed in flavor and quality, received marked attention. As the company were about to disperse Mr. Smith called their attention to a side table where all were invited to test the quality of some cider wine that he has labored to and succeeded in making perfect. In fact no pains were spared to make the occasion agreeable and entertaining. Lebanon, Conn., Feb. 21st, 1861.
221. TWJ Fri Mar 8, 1861: Births.
In Willimantic, 2d inst., a daughter to Mr. John Graham.
222. TWJ Fri Mar 8, 1861: Marriages.
In Willimantic, 6th inst., at the house of the bride's father, by Rev. W. Kellen, Mr. Henry Allender and Miss Louisa C. Young, all of Willimantic.
223. TWJ Fri Mar 8, 1861: Deaths.
In Willimantic, 6th inst., Mrs. Roxy Culver, aged 65 years.
In Coventry, 5th inst., Mr. Ezra Kingsbury, aged 57 years.
In Willimantic, 4th inst., Mr. William Bull, aged 77 years. Mr. Bull was a descendant, in the sixth generation, of the famous Capt. Thomas Bull, one of the early settlers of Hartford. He was the son of George and Ruth (Catlin) Bull, and was born at Litchfield in this State, March 20th, 1784. In early life he emigrated to Northern Vermont, where he reared his family. The writer of this notice has resided near him for ten years, and has ever found him an obliging neighbor, and a genial, kind hearted man. Com. (Hartford and Vermont papers, please copy).
224. TWJ Fri Mar 8, 1861: At a Court of Probate holden at Windham, within and for the District of Windham, on the 6th day of March, A.D. 1861. Present, Justin Swift, Esq., Judge. Upon the petition of Eliza A. Perry, of Windham in the county of Windham, showing to this Court that she is Guardian of Geo. B. Perry and Esther A. Perry of Windham, within said District, minors: that said minors are the owners of real estate situated in Windham in said District viz: The west half of a brick dwelling house with the store, in said Windham, bounded on the south side by the highway, north by C.A. Woodworth and J.A. Perkins, and east by C.B. and Jane Perry, subject to the widow's dower. That it would be for the interest of said minors to sell said estate and invest the avails otherwise, praying for liberty to sell said property for the purpose aforesaid, as per petition on file. It is ordered by this Court That said Guardian gives notice of said application, by causing the same to be published in a newspaper printed in Willimantic, in the county of Windham, three weeks successively, at least six weeks before the hearing; and that said petition will be heard at the Probate Office in said district on the eleventh day of May next, at 9 o'clock A.M. Certified from Record, William Swift, Clerk.
225. TWJ Fri Mar 8, 1861: Collector's Notice. All persons liable by law to pay Taxes in the Borough of Willimantic, on List 1860 are hereby notified that the subscriber will be in attendance for the purpose of receiving said Taxes at Brainard's Hotel, in said Borough, from 10 A.M. until 4 P.M. on Saturday 30th day of March, 1861. Attention to this notice will save you travel fees. Alonzo B. Green, Collector. Willimantic, March 4th, 1861.
226. TWJ Fri Mar 15 1861: Connecticut holds her State Election on Monday, April1. The rival candidates for the principal offices are as follows:
Gov. - W.A. Buckingham, J.C. Loomis
Lt. Gov. - B. Douglas, A.G. Hazard
Sec. of St. - J.H. Trumbull, N.S. Stevens
Comp. - L.W. Cutler, H. Taylor
Treas. - Ezra Dean, T.H.C. Kingsb'y
1st Dist. - D. Loomis, A.P. Hyde
2d Dist. - J. Woodruff, J.E. English
3d Dist. - A.A. Burnham, P.L. Baker
4th Dist. - Orris S. Ferry, G.C. Woodruff
The republican candidates for Congress are the same as at the last election, and are the present incumbents.
227. TWJ Fri Mar 15, 1861: One week before the inauguration, dispatches, apparently from Anderson, were sent by Buchanan to the House Military, Committee, stating that Fort Sumter could hold out three months, that there was plenty of provisions, and that no re-enforcements were needed. The same story was told in every subsequent dispatch sent to the Committee by the Administration, down to the last hour of Mr. Buchanan's term. Before Abraham Lincoln had been in the White House a week, dispatches dated a day or two after the inauguration reached Washington, stating that Anderson could not hold out two weeks longer, that his supplies were almost exhausted, and the preparations of the rebels were such that re-enforcement was impracticable. There is treachery here, somewhere. Either dispatches were forged, or Anderson played him. Somewhere there was a deliberate plot to hold the fort until March 4, and then precipitate upon the new Administration at the very threshold of power, the shameful necessity of giving up this fortress to rebels.
228. TWJ Fri Mar 15, 1861: We received some time since a complimentary invitation to be present at the opening of the Minnetexit House at Danielsonville, which we should have acknowledged before, and can only beg pardon of the gentlemanly proprietor for not doing so. This house is an enlargement of the old York House - fitted up in modern style - embracing all that can be desirable to make its guest comfortable and happy. In connection may be found one of the finest saloons in the State, together with bowling alleys, billiard room, &c., &c. From the known taste of Mr. Peckham as a caterer for the wants of the inner man, and the universally acknowledged ability of Mr. Buckminister the Landlord "to keep a hotel," we hazard nothing in the prediction that the enterprise will prove a success, while the traveling public will always find a comfortable and welcome home. We shall give him a call.
229. TWJ Fri Mar 16, 1861: Mr. G.H. Holland has opened a new market for Fish, Oysters and Clams, in the small building rear of Bassett's Block, near the railroad depot, where the above may be had fresh every day, direct from the sea coast.
230. TWJ Fri Mar 16, 1861: More Georgia Piracies. The Charleston Courier of Friday is credibly informed that Gov. Brown, of Georgia, has attached the Northern stock in the Macon and Western Railroad, amounting to about one million of dollars. As Gov. Brown has no earthly legal claim upon these Northern stockholders, who have been building a railroad for the benefit of this State, his action is about the most contemptible theft he has been guilty of. Such proceedings are increasing the disgust and animosity naturally created in civilized communities by the want of honesty and sagacity displayed by the fanatics of the South.
231. TWJ Fri Mar 16, 1861: Mr. Joseph Backus, one of the oldest merchants in the town of Norwich, died at his residence, March 6.
232. TWJ Fri Mar 16, 1861: Isaac Johnson, of Bozrah, has been nominated by the Republicans of the 9th Senatorial district, for election to the next General Assembly.
233. TWJ Fri Mar 16, 1861: John P. Brace, who has been connected editorially with the Hartford Courant for about twelve years, has resigned his place in that establishment.
234. TWJ Fri Mar 16, 1861: Sterry Shepard, an aged man in Brooklyn, in Windham county, was murdered early Saturday morning, by a negro named Ichabod Fagan, in a drunken quarrel, it is supposed.
235. TWJ Fri Mar 16, 1861: Wallace Cowles, son of Samuel Cowles, of Hartford, was drowned on Friday, the 8th, in consequence of breaking through the ice upon a small pond on which he was skating. He was fourteen years of age.
236. TWJ Fri Mar 16, 1861: Wm. C. Joslyn, of Putnam, has commenced to manufacture stockings from cotton roping. They are said to be as soft and enduring as wool.
237. TWJ Fri Mar 16, 1861: Lee's cotton factory in Westport was set on fire last week, but extinguished before much damage had been done. One of the workmen has been arrested on suspicion.
238. TWJ Fri Mar 16, 1861: The Supreme Court which was to have been held in New London, Tuesday, was adjourned two weeks on account of the death of L.F. Robinson, Esq., of Hartford, who was a nephew of Judge Storrs.
239. TWJ Fri Mar 16, 1861: On the 8th instant died William Morris, of Branford, a very aged man, who stated that he was born on the day of the coronation of George the Third. He would therefore be a hundred years old at his death.
240. TWJ Fri Mar 16, 1861: The Hartford Press of Saturday says: Last Tuesday morning, when the river was at freshet height, Mrs. David Gaines, living on Keeny's Lane, at Dutch Point, went out to hang out some cloths, and noticed a boy's cap and apron in the water where it was a foot or two deep. She got a pole and attempted to fish out the apron, when she found there was a boy attached to it. She then waded in and got out the boy - who proved to be the little son of a neighbor named Nichols, four years of age - and by a vigorous use of restoratives brought him to consciousness again. He had probably been playing in the water alone, and got in beyond his depth; and his accidental discovery, and the prompt action of Mrs. G., providentially saved the child's life.
241. TWJ Fri Mar 16, 1861: Marriages.
In Willimantic, Feb. 24th, by Rev. L.W. Blood, Mr. Joseph L. Burlingame and Miss Eliza A. Bull, all of this place.
In Willimantic, 1st inst. By Rev. S.G. Willard, Mr. Charles Trowbridge of Eastford, and Miss Rosalie H. Rindge of Hampton.
242. TWJ Fri Mar 16, 1861: Deaths.
In Willimantic, 10th inst., Mr. Henry Harrington, aged 76 years.
In Lebanon, 10th inst., Mr. Lester Payne, aged 42 years.
In Coventry, 8th inst., Lester E. Woodworth, aged 9 months.
In Chaplin, 7th inst., Elizabeth Walcott, aged 77 years.
In Lebanon, 11th inst. A.W. Kingsley, aged 27 years.
243. TWJ Fri Mar 22, 1861: Last Friday afternoon a fire broke out in
the old car shop of Tracey & Fales, Hartford, now known as the Grove Works, and occupied by a dozen or fifteen manufacturers in the small way. The building was of brick, 250 feet long by 50 feet wide, with wings. The first burst out in Dickinson & Laprese's shoddy shop (a place for picking over old rags for working into cloth) among very combustible materials, and spread with great rapidity through all parts of the building, which was thoroughly gutted and destroyed - the walls falling in completing the destruction. The half charred body of a young man named Frank Cowles, who was employed by Whitney & Pratt, machinist was found among the ruins and recognized by his watch and apparel. The loss is between 60 and $100,000. insured largely in Springfield and other places, but not enough to cover the loss.
244. TWJ Fri Mar 22, 1861: The slave captain Latham, alias Ruiz, has escaped from a New York officer, doubtless by bribery. He was charged with taking slaves from Africa on board the Cora, captured by a government vessel; and has been in prison in New York since the 8th of January. It appears that he went last Friday evening in the custody of an officer to a clothing store on Broadway, to make some purchases, as alleged, and while thus engaged e vamoosed through a side door, jumped into a carriage and was off, to the great astonishment of the worthy official having him in charge.
245. TWJ Fri Mar 22, 1861: Mansfield Items.
Mr. R.B. Streeter gave an exhibition of his skill in Necromancy, &c. in Conference Hall on the evening of 13th inst., to a full house. He performed all that he advertised, and gave the fullest satisfaction to his audience.
Some scoundrel, whose dread of "collapsed credit," "empty wallets," and pockets containing "nary red," overcame his fears of detection and the law, burglariously entered the house of Thomas Barrows, on the night of the 12th inst., and abstracted from the room in which Mr. B. was sleeping, without awaking the sufferer $73 in told and bills. Several circumstances tend to fix the theft on one who probably ere this reaches your readers, will be proved guilty of the act.
246. TWJ Fri Mar 22, 1861: The house of Thomas Barrows, near Mansfield Center, was broken into Tuesday night, the 12th, and about $75 in money taken; $60 of it being in new 5 dollar bills on the Windham County Bank.
247. TWJ Fri Mar 22, 1861: Joseph Tobey, for many years a leading merchant in Middletown, died in a fit of apoplexy on Wednesday, the 13th.
248. TWJ Fri Mar 22, 1861: Mr. Charles Butler, of Unionville, was seriously injured last Saturday, the 9th, while working down a water wheel. The gauge with which he was working slipped from his hand and flew up striking him in the face and breaking his jaw.
249. TWJ Fri Mar 22, 1861: Mr. Asa Fitch, of Bozrah, is the owner of the buildings, Nos. 54, 56 and 58 Broadway, New York, which were damaged by fire on Wednesday.
250. TWJ Fri Mar 22, 1861: Samuel Morley, the last survivor of the fight at Fort Griswold, died in Gorton on the 10th, aged 98.
251. TWJ Fri Mar 22, 1861: A boy named John Potter was severely injured, and narrowly escaped death in the Granite Mill at Stafford, Tuesday, the 12th, by having his hand caught between a roller stand and a mule in motion.
252. TWJ Fri Mar 22, 1861: The Southern students, seven or eight in number, have "seceded" from Dartmouth College.
253. TWJ Fri Mar 22, 1861: Peter Smith fell dead in the streets of Bridgeport, Friday. Cause, heart disease.
254. TWJ Fri Mar 22, 1861: St. Patrick's Day was celebrated in New Haven on Monday by parades, music and an address by Mr. Thomas T. Yateman of that city.
255. TWJ Fri Mar 22, 1861: Charles Thomas and James H. Hull, nocturnal visitors of hen roosts, were yesterday committed in default of $200 bonds each, to appear at the Superior Court of New Haven and answer to the charge of burglary.
256. TWJ Fri Mar 22, 1861: Mr. Samuel Moxley died recently in Groton, at the age of 94. He was 12 years old when the massacre at Fort Griswold took place, where his father and two brothers were killed.
257. TWJ Fri Mar 22, 1861: The Evangelical Congregational Church and Society, in Barre, Mass., have extended a unanimous call to the Rev. David Peck of Danbury, to become their pastor.
258. TWJ Fri Mar 22, 1861: The malleable Iron Works at Westville, belonging to W. & E.T. Fitch of New Haven, was destroyed by fire Monday night. Loss about $12,000. covered by insurance. The fire was incendiary.
259. TWJ Fri Mar 22, 1861: Dividend. .The Windham Bank has this day declared a dividend of three per cent (3) from the earnings of the last six months, payable on and after the 6th proximo. By order of the Board, Sam'l Bingham, Cashier. Windham, Feb. 27, 1861.
260. TWJ Fri Mar 22, 1861: At a Court of Probate holden at Hampton, within and for the District of Hampton, on the 14th day of March A.D. 1861. Present, Dyer Hughes, Judge. Upon the petition of Mary E. Burnham of Hampton, within said District, showing to this Court, that she is Guardian to the persons and estates of Mary G. Chester, Sarah, Louisa and Ralph Burnham, minors, under the age of twenty-one years, that said minors are the owners of two certain tracts of land, situated in the south-westerly part of said Hampton, bounded as follows, viz; first piece bounded south on lands of Alfred Burnham and Thomas Bingham, on the west by the highway leading from the house formerly owned by Asa Burnham, deceased, to Scotland; north by land of Ebenezer Burnham and Oliver Ingalls; and east by lands of Lester B. Apley, containing about fifty-seven acres. Second piece is bounded north by land of Ebenezer Burnham; east by land of Philetus Farnham; south by land of Lester B. Apley; and west by land of said Ebenezer Burnham, containing about twelve acres, the whole valued at four hundred and sixty dollars. That said land cannot be improved to advantage by said minors, and that in the opinion of the said petitioner, it will be for the interest of said minors to have said land sold, and the avails thereof disposed of according to law, and praying for liberty to sell said land for the purpose aforesaid, as per petition on file, dated the 13th day of March A.D. 1861. Therefore Ordered by this Court, that said petition be heard on the 25th day of May next, at 1 o'clock P.M. at the Probate Office in said district, and said guardian give notice of the time and place of said hearing, by advertising this order in the "Willimantic Journal" a newspaper published in Windham, three weeks successively, at least six weeks before the day of hearing. Certified from Record. Attest, E.H. Newton, Clerk.
261. TWJ Fri Mar 22, 1861: Marriages.
In Hartford, 19th inst., by Rev. W. Jones, Mr. John H. Bradley and Mrs. Angeline Petengill.
262. TWJ Fri Mar 22, 1861: Deaths.
In Lebanon, March 19th, Mr. George Babcock, aged 49 years.
In Mansfield, March 16th, Mrs. S.D. Barrows, aged 55 years.
In Mansfield, March 17th, Mrs. Elvira D. Cogshall aged 64 years.
In Columbia, March 17th, Miss Hannah Clark, aged 68 years.
263. TWJ Fri Mar 22, 1861: At a Court of Probate holden at Thompson, within and for the District of Thompson, on the 13th day of March A.D. 1861. present Talcott Crosby, Esq., Judge. Whereas George Pike, of Thompson, in said District, whose assigned estate is being settled in the Probate Court of this District, as an insolvent estate for the benefit of all his creditors, has delivered to said Court (within thirty days after the assignment of said estate) schedules purporting to be in compliance with the eighth section of the "Act for the relief of insolvent debtors and for the more equal distribution of their effects among their creditors," and made oath to the same, and has applied to this Court to have administered to him the oath prescribed in the ninth section of said Act: "It is Ordered that hearing thereon be had by said Court, at the Probate Office in said District, on the 11th day of May, 1861, at 1 o'clock P.M. and that notice thereof be given by advertisement this order for one month, in the Windham County Transcript and Willimantic Journal, two weekly papers published in Windham County, and by posting the same on a public signpost nearest the residence of said assignor, at least two weeks before said day of hearing and inquiry. Certified from Record. Jos. T. Crosby, Clerk.
264. TWJ Fri Mar 29, 1861: Death of a Survivor of the Groton Massacre. A correspondent of the New London Chronicle gives the following reminiscences of the life of Samuel Moxley, who died in Groton on the 10th inst., at the age of 91 years. The death of Mr. Moxley, so far as known, breaks the last link connecting us with the living witnesses of the massacre at Fort Griswold unless we except a Mrs. Stoddard, of Noank, who had an uncle, Simeon Morgan, killed at the massacre. Mr. Moxley was 12 years old at the time of the massacre, in which his father, aged 44, and his brother in law, Moses Jones, were killed, and his brother, aged 20, was wounded. The circumstances, as related by himself, were briefly as follows: The massacre occurred at about 1 o'clock p.m. The father, son and son-in-law had come on the morning of the massacre from their home near Centre Groton to work upon the house, now the third building above the ferry, on the river side of the street, in Groton. Two alarm guns were fired from the fort as a signal of the approach of the enemy, and then a third one by the enemy to defeat the signal. This was done repeatedly. They left their work, and, with Capt. Latham, went to reconnoiter, but soon returned and entered the fort to assist in defending it. In the engagement which soon followed, the father was wounded by a ball passing through the flesh of both his thighs. The son then carried him into the magazine. After Col. Ledyard had surrendered and been massacred with his own sword, the enemy went to the magazine and induced the wounded to come out by promising them quarter; but after they came out they were immediately fired into by the enemy and most of them killed outright. The father was shot in the abdomen, but lived till about 10 o'clock in the evening. After the son had assisted his wounded father into the magazine, he took his position on what he called a platform on the south side of the fort. He snapped his old rusty gun at the enemy several times, but finding he could not discharge it, he commenced throwing balls with his hands, and knocked at least one man down backwards. In this way he contended until he saw the enemy breaking in at the gate. He then fled to the magazine. He received one bayonet wound in his arm and another in his side, which was prevented from killing him by the bayonet striking a rib. He supposed about one hundred and fifty Americans were in the fort, of whom eighty-two were killed. The massacre occurred on Thursday. The father, brother-in-law, and a neighbor, Samuel Hill, killed at the same time, were carried home on Friday, and buried on Saturday, side by side in a small burying-yard in the north part of Groton. This Mr. Hill was grandfather of Alonzo James and Waterman Buddington. Mr. Moxley, the father, was engaged in the French war of 1758. he was in two Summer campaigns to Canada.
265. TWJ Fri Mar 29, 1861: Abolitionist. What do the Northern Democrats say to this definition, given by the Southern Literary Messenger, a magazine published at Richmond, Va.? "An Abolitionist is any man who dies not love slavery for its own sake, as a divine institution; who does not worship it as the corner stone of civil liberty; who does not adore it as the only possible social condition on which a permanent republican government can be erected; and who does not, in his inmost soul, desire to see it extended and perpetuated over the whole earth, as a means of human reformation second in dignity, importance and sacredness alone to the Christian religion. He who does not love African Slavery with this love, is an Abolitionist."
266. TWJ Fri Mar 29, 1861: The paper mill of Samuel Talcott, in Vernon was destroyed by fire at 6 o'clock on Monday morning. Loss from $6,000 to $7,000. Insured for $3,000. The fire caught from the chimney.
267. TWJ Fri Mar 29, 1861: Two men calling themselves Henry and Thos. Wilson, were arrested in Danbury on Tuesday, the 19th, for passing counterfeit bills on the Warren and Continental banks of Mass.
268. TWJ Fri Mar 29, 1861: George Preston committed suicide at Danielsonville, Tuesday evening last, by taking large doses of strychnine and opium.
269. TWJ Fri Mar 29, 1861: The first Connecticut river shad of the season was caught on Monday the 18th at Springfield.
270. TWJ Fri Mar 29, 1861: We understand that some of the salt marshes near Essex are being sanded for the purpose of cranberry cultivation by some of the enterprising farmers in that vicinity. Whether the attempt will prove profitable or not, is yet undecided. But the great profits arising from the cultivation of the berry elsewhere gives hope of rich returns.
271. TWJ Fri Mar 29, 1861: In New Milford fourteen new buildings have been erected since the late fire, and thirty more will go up this spring, among them a building for the Litchfield County Bank, and twos sew hotels. Application will be made to the Legislature this spring to have New Milford incorporated.
272. TWJ Fri Mar 29, 1861: James McCormick, who was on trial in the Hartford Superior court for shooting John Moran, escaped during the adjournment of the Court on Monday.
273. TWJ Fri Mar 29, 1861: The house of Levi G. Whaley in Norwich Town was damaged $300 worth by an accidental fire Friday.
274. TWJ Fri Mar 29, 1861: Tuttle Soper left New London for his home in Sag Harbor, Tuesday, in a smack. When near the Long Island whore he was knocked overboard by the boom, and drowned.
275. TWJ Fri Mar 29, 1861: Charles Melay, a prisoner in the New London jail, climbed over the wall and escaped, last Saturday morning; but was found, disguised in woman's clothes, and put back again before night.
276. TWJ Fri Mar 29, 1861: Marriages.
In Montville, 23d. by Eld. J.R. Gray, Mr. Charles Bentley and Miss Ellen Trant, both of Norwich.
277. TWJ Fri Mar 29, 1861: Deaths.
In Willimantic, March 24th, Mr. S.W. Kenyon, aged 61 years.
In South Windham, March 23d, Lydia L. White, aged 46 years.
In Mansfield, March 20th, Mrs. Sophia Barrows, aged 84 years.
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