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WINDHAM COUNTY NEWSPAPERS : WINDHAM HERALD 1791-1795
1. WH Sat Jan. 4, 1794: Hartford, December 23. Yesterday morning about ten oclock, one of the large new buildings belonging to the proprietors of the Hartford Woollen Manufactory was discovered to be on fire, but by the exertion of the citizens was soon extinguished; and we are happy to add, that very little damage was done. It appears the fire was communicated from a stove to the floor over which it stood, and was not perceived till a hole was burnt through the floor and let the stove into the cellar. It is hoped that this accident may prove a useful lesson to those who make use of stoves.
2. WH Sat Jan. 4, 1794: Hartford, December 30. On Friday last was committed to goal in Middletown, for murder, Toby, an Indian man, who for some time past has resided in East-Hartford. The circumstances so far as we have been able to learn, are, that on Wednesday last, Toby and his wife, together with an Indian who was on a visit to them from Providence, went to a tavern in East-Hartford, to keep Christmas; on their return next day the visiting Indian and Tobys squaw being a head of Toby (all of whom it is said were intoxicated) went into a barn, where on Tobys coming he found them clasped in each others arms. He immediately killed the Indian with a pitchfork, and so wounded his squaw that there is little prospect of her recovery.
3. WH Sat Jan. 4, 1794: Litchfield, December 18. Wednesday last a child of Mr. James Wickwire of this town aged six years, was unfortunately drowned, in attempting to cross the Great Pond on the ice. A son of Mr. Judson Gitteau, 10 years old, was in company with the deceased, and fell through at the same instant: He was taken up apparently dead, but by proper means happily restored. The lads were in the water three quarters of an hour; the latter supporting himself by the edge of the ice and after some time by a rail; and the deceased, till exhausted, by clinging to his companion. Mrs. Wickwire was present, on shore, when her son disappeared, without being able to relieve him.
4. WH Sat Jan. 4, 1794: Windham, January 4. The Collector of state taxes, for the town of Windham, on Monday last settled with the Treasurer the full amount of his rate bill of the penny halfpenny tax, granted by the general assembly in May last; for which, as it was the first town which had settled the above tax, he received the particular thanks of the treasurer. A pleasing instance of the public spirit and prosperity of the people, and of the faithfulness and punctuality of public officers.
5. WH Sat Jan. 4, 1794: Mr. Pinckney, an American Ambassador,
has made the following requisitions to the British court, which,
it is said, has been agreed to; That the western posts should be
delivered up to the United States: - That the British shall not supply
the Indians, who are hostile to the Americans, with goods or ammunition:
That American seamen shall not be subject to impress into the British
service; and that American vessels, on the high seas, shall not be
molested by British cruisers. It was further reported, that an embassy
had been appointed by
6. WH Sat Jan. 4, 1794: Windham, January 4. Married, on Thursday evening, Mr. Timothy Warren, merchant, to Miss Nancy Pool.
7. WH Sat Jan. 4, 1794: Windham, January 4. Died, at Hopkinton, (Massachusetts) Miss Hannah Fitch, daughter of the late Rev. Elijah Fitch, aged 22.
8. WH Sat Jan. 4, 1794: Daniel Crocker, & Co. Pay Cash for Corn, and half Cash for Barley at their store in Mansfield. They want to engage a quantity of yard wide brown Tow Cloth, to be delivered by the 1st of April next. All those who have accounts open with said company, are desired to call on them for settlement. Mansfield, 2d Jan. 1794.
9. WH Sat Jan. 4, 1794: All those people indebted to the subscriber before the first of December, 1793, are desired to make payment for the same by the first of February next (without fail) either in produce or money. Peter Webb. Jan. 2, 1794.
10. WH Sat Jan. 4, 1794: Good Soal-Leather to be sold by John Moulton; who wants an apprentice to the tanning, currying, and shoemaking business. Jan. 2, 1794.
11. WH Sat Jan. 4, 1794: To be sold at public vendue, for civil-list orders or hard money, at the public sign-posts in Ashford, as the law directs, so much of the real estate of the following persons, resident and non-resident proprietors of the town of Ashford, as will pay their state taxes in the hands of the subscriber to collect, on the list 1791, with the lawful charges arising thereon. The sales to be as follows, viz. Seth Clap, Nehemiah Dodge, Joel Dean, Benjamin Horton, Thomas Lyon, Samuel Sumner, Reuben Spalding, and Marah Skinner, at the signpost in Eastford society, on the 17th day of February next. Also, John Brown, John Ellis, Marah Ingols, Heirs of Stephen Johnson, Robert Morey, Jun., Jerob Preston, Edward Sumner, William Sumner, James Trecotheck, Calven Bullard, and Breads heirs, at the sign-post in the first society in said Ashford, on the 18th day of February next. The sales to begin at one oclock in the afternoon on each of said days. Joel Ward, Collector. Ashford, December 26, 1793.
12. WH Sat Jan. 11, 1794: Knoxville, November 21.
13. WH Sat Jan. 11, 1794: Boston, January 4. A letter from a gentleman at Fayetteville, (N.C.) to the Editor, dated Dec. 9, 1793 ; informs Of news we have none, except that a disorder, resembling the malady in Philadelphia, has infested this devoted place, which has carried off one ninth of its inhabitants.
14. WH Sat Jan. 11, 1794: Windham, January 11. The Commissioners appointed to sell the lands belonging to this state, lying west of the state of Pennsylvania met the week past at Hartford on the business of their appointment. We are informed, they had sundry offers, and a further prospect of others. They have adjourned to the 13th of May next.
15. WH Sat Jan. 11, 1794: On Thursday, about 4 oclock
P.M. departed this life, the Rev. Stephen White, pastor of the first
church in Windham, in the 76th year of his age; having just completed
the 53d year of his ministry. Of this truly good man, it may be said
with propriety, that he was gathered as a stock of corn fully ripe.
He sustained through life a character remarkably inoffensive, and
16. WH Sat Jan. 11, 1794: To Be Sold. A convenient Dwelling-House, Barn, and Blacksmiths Shop, together with a trip-hammer, and about four acres of Land. Also, one third of an Iron-works, if best suits the purchaser. Said works are in good repair, and may be had on reasonable terms. For further particulars, enquire of the subscriber on the premises. Ephraim Gurley. Mansfild, (North Parish) Jan. 8, 1794.
17. WH Sat Jan. 11, 1794: The meeting of the Windham Literary Society, is adjourned to the second Monday of January instant; then to meet at the house of Maj. John Ripley, at six oclock P.M.
18. WH Sat Jan. 18, 1794: Cincinnati, November 16.
In the twilight of Saturday evening the 19th ult, a party of about
forty or fifty Indians made an attack upon Whites station,
ten miles north of this place, at the moment they were discovered,
two men, a woman, and three children, were outside the station, one
of the men and two of the children were killed, the others could
not gain their cabins but flew to some other on the opposite bank
of Mill-Creek about eighty yards distant. The Indians ran instantly
into the station, which was only secured by a rail fence,
19. WH Sat Jan. 18, 1794: On Thursday the 9th inst.
Col. Moses Cleavland, having occasion to pass Connecticut River on
the ice, and being suspicious there was danger, engaged Mr. Van Zants,
of Chatham, a person who had long been employed as a ferryman and
pilot, to conduct him across. About 4 oclock in the afternoon
they sat out, but had not proceeded more than thirty rods, when the
ice began to break thro
in several places; however, supposing the danger of returning as great
as to proceed, they still continued on, shifting their course as often
as they thot prudent, tho they found the ice in every direction
to be exceeding rotten. When they were within twelve rods of the Western
side of the river, Mr. Van Zants, being about four feet in advance of
Col. Cleavland, suddenly fell through the ice, but having a pole in his
hand, he supported himself above water for a considerable time. The people
on the shore, alarmed at their situation, immediately used every possible
exertion for their relief, and by means of some boards, which they slid
towards them, got so near as to throw a rope within reach of Mr. Van
Zants, upon which he quitted his hold of the pole, and made a feeble
effort to catch the rope, but he was so chilled with the water, and his
strength so far exhausted, that he failed in the attempt, and immediately
sunk to the bottom; a boat was got to the place in a few minutes, he
was drew out of the water, carried on shire, and every means used to
restore life, but to no effect; his soul had fled to the world of spirits.
Col. Cleavland still remained in a most critical situation, being frequently
obliged to change his position, ice bending under him to such a degree,
20. WH Sat Jan. 18, 1794: From a Correspondent. One day last week. Col. Moses Cleavland, in the laudable pursuit of his business, and to the no small risque of life and limbs, crossed Connecticut River on a pine board and rotten ice, in pursuit of the desired object, and to his and her very great satisfaction, enjoyed an agreeable evening. E.P.
21. WH Sat Jan. 18, 1794: Died suddenly, as he was sitting in his chair, at Ashford, on Saturday, 23th December, Mr. James Dyer, aged about 60 years. He has left a wife and several small children. It is remarkable that this is the third sudden death which has happened in the same room.
22. WH Sat Jan. 18, 1794: Died at Lebanon, suddenly, Mr. Nathaniel Hyde, aged 84 years
23. WH Sat Jan. 18, 1794: At a meeting of the commissioned
and staff officers of the 5th regiment of the 5th brigade of militia,
in Connecticut, holden at Mr. Dan Storrs in Mansfield, 7th
January, 1794. Zenas Howes, Chairman. Daniel Crocker, Clerk. The
meeting proceeded to take into consideration the present mode of
appointing field officers, expressed their dissatisfaction, and voted
24. WH Sat Jan. 18, 1794: A meeting of the brethren of Moriah Lodge, is ordered at Pomfret, on the 29th day of January inst. at 10 oclock A.M. A punctual attendance is requested. Per order of the worshipful master, Lemuel Grosvenor, Secry. Pomfret, Jan. 14, 1794.
25. WH Sat Jan. 18, 1794: To Be Sold. A very good Farm, of about one hundred and seventy acres of land, in Coventry, county of Tolland, bounded on the river Willimantic, about one mile north of Gersham Brighams tavern, and twenty miles from Hartford. The terms may be known, by applying to Evan Malbone, of Pomfret. January 18, 1794.
26. WH Sat Jan. 18, 1794: To be sold at Public Vendue, for hard money, as the ___ directs, at the public sign-post in the 2d society in Ashford, on the 3d day of March next, so much of the real estate of the heirs of Samuel Knox, late of Ashford, deceased, particularly the land of the said Knox willed to his daughter Sarah, and her heirs, as will pay the town taxes in the hands of the subscriber to collect, against said estate, together with the lawful charges arising thereon. Joel Ward, Collector. Ashford, January 13th, 1794.
27. WH Sat Jan. 18, 1794: Origin of Scalping, from
Pennants history of America. The inhabitants of the New World
(Mr. Pennant observes) do not consist of the offspring of a single
nation: different people, at several periods arrived there; and it
is impossible to say, that any one is now to be found on the original
spot of its colonization. It is impossible with the lights which
we have so recently received, to admit that America could receive
its inhabitants (at least the bulk of them) from any other place
than Eastern Asia. A few proofs may be added, taken from customs
or dresses common to the inhabitants of both worlds: some have been
long extinct in the old, others remain in both in full force. The
Custom of Scalping was a barbarism in use with the Scythians, who
carried about them, at all times this savage mark of triumph; they
cut a circle round the neck and striped off the skin, as they would
that of an ox. A little image found among the Kalmucs of a Sattarian
deity, mounted on a horse, and sitting on a human skin with Scalps
pendent from the breast, fully illustrates the custom of the Scythian
progenitors as described by the Greek historian. This usage, as we
well know by horrid experience, is continued to this day in America.
The ferocity of the Scythians to their prisoners extended to the
remotest part of Asia. The Kamtscharkans, even at the time of their
discovery by the Russians, put their prisoners to death by the most
lingering and excruciating inventions; a practice in full force to
this very day among the
28. WH Sat Jan. 25, 1794: By a statement of the Orphan Committee in Philadelphia, it appears that 194 children had come under their care, of whom 32 are delivered to surviving friends, 19 are dead, and 93 remain under the committees care of whom 38 are sucking infants.
29. WH Sat Jan. 25, 1794: Boston, Jan. 16. We are told that the following melancholy event took place on Tuesday: A son of Mr. Cox; the celebrated Architect, in viewing a wild Panther, which a shewman had in his possession, in Medford, was suddenly seized by the voracious animal, and his head and face torn in so shocking a manner, that his death would be a consolation to his desponding relatives. The strength of the animal was so great, that five persons could hardly disengage his teeth and claws from the unhappy victim of its rage. It is hoped the legislature will provide by law for the security of the lives of people, that if persons will endeavour to obtain money, by the shew of wild beasts, that they be properly confined in cages.
30. WH Sat Jan. 25, 1794: Providence, January 18. Tuesday
Mr. John Greene, late Mate of the Sloop Sally of this Port, arrived
in Town from St. Eustatia, last from New York. He informs that in
a violent gale on the 22d of October, while lying to, the slop shipped
a sea, which washed overboard one of the hands (Joseph Cory of Portsmouth,
R.I.) who was lost; that they then attempted to scud, by putting
the vessel before the Wind; that they soon shipped another sea, which
washed overboard another hand (Joseph Cooke, also of Portsmouth)
who was likewise lost; that about 2 oclock the next morning,
another sea swept the decks of every person on board, being the Master,
Obed Seamans, the Mate, John Greene, and Thomas Holmes all of this
town, also a black man named Simon Budsong, of Warwick. Mr. Greene
got on board again by a rope, but saw neither of the persons afterwards.
He remained on board until the 26th when he was taken off by Capt.
Hill, in the brig Harriot, of
31. WH Sat Jan. 25, 1794: Deaths.
32. WH Sat Jan. 25, 1794: The inhabitants of the first society in Windham, are notified, that their annual meeting stands adjourned to Monday next, for the purpose of procuring a supply of the pulpit in said society. Jan. 24, 1794.
33. WH Sat Jan. 25, 1794: Public notice is hereby given, that the judge of probate, for the district of Windham hath allowed the term of six months from the date hereof for a settlement of the estate of Mr. Amos Utley, late of Hampton, deceased. All persons who have claims against said estate, are desired to exhibit them within the time affixed, or they will forever hereafter be debarred a recovery therein. Amos Utley, Admr. Hampton, Jan 17, 1794.
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