342. WH Sat May 5, 1792: Pittsburgh April 14,
On Sunday the 1st of April two lads were missed from the waters of Whelen, and
three parties in a short time went in pursuit of them. One
party, the first out, had crossed the Ohio, and were on the opposite bank, at
the place where the Indians intended to cross, at the same time
the Indians had reached the river, and our people were unfortunately discovered
by them. The Indians fled down the river. Capt. Paul at this
time (the second party) was about half a mile in the rear, and the third party
lower down the river. Coming up to the place which the Indians
left when discovered, found they had tomahawked and scalped the two boys, and
also had tomahawked on the left side of the head, another lad
which they had also taken, but who had not been missedthey had scalped
him and cut his throat, but so high under the chin as not to be mortal, and though
we will lose an eye, he will recover. This last had come to himself, and left
the place where he was wounded in this desperate manner, before our people came
up, and had got upon one of the horses which the Indians had stolen, and which
they were obliged to quit, and had rode three miles into Grave-Creek settlement.
On Wednesday following, a woman was killed and scalped near Mr. Brices
meeting-house, within 200 yards of the great road leading from
Washington to Whelen, and fifteen miles within the settlement. In consequence
of the above information, Absalom Baird, Esq. lieutenant of
Washington county, has ordered out a party of militia.
A man whose name I do not recollect, being on Thursday the 5th inst. at the house
of a family of the name of Edgar, they were talking of
removing to another house of the name of Humphreys; going back to Edgars
on Friday about noon, he found the family gone, and supposing
they had gone to Humphreys, went over there, and when within some distance
of the house, saw a number of mangled carcasses, instantly made his retreat,
and brought in the intelligence. These families consisted of upwards of 20 person,
young and old. The settlement is under a
general alarm, and Wolfs old fort is talked of as the place of stand.This
is within five miles of the town of Washington.
A letter from Whelen fort, dated the 4th inst. says, We are informed by
Mr. Whitsel, one of our spies, who arrived here last night about
midnight, that he made discoveries of two parties of Indians, hunting on the
head waters of Capteenah; and that he believes a large party of
Indians was not far distant ad supposes they will cross the Ohio at the mouth
of Fish Creek.
343. WH Sat May 5, 1792: Philadelphia, April 21.
On Thursday last, died at his lodgings in this city, Bigtree, one of
the Indian Chiefs of the five nations, that arrived here about
since. His illness was not of more than 20 hours continuanceHis
corpse was interred on Saturday.
Extract of a letter from Monongahela, 15 miles from Pittsburgh dated
April 9. We are all in tolerable peace and quiet here, alto
some rumours of disturbance in the wilderness, a woman and several children
killed, down the Ohio, some scattered houses burnt by
straggling indians, &c. On the 1st day of this month some Indians
made their appearance near Wheeling, and took a woman and two boys prisoners.
They were pursued, bot to no purpose: it is feared they killed the woman
and one of the boys. The other has since returned to the settlement,
with the loss of his scalp, and a bad cut on the throat, which however
missed the windpipe. The Indian war has much injured the boat-building
business at present, but am in hopes the army will make up, in some measure,
that loss. This goes by Mr. ____, who came about a year ago to this country
to settle. Unhappily, he some time since met with a certain person named
Mr. Hardwork, with who he has had a falling out and in consequences thereof,
returns rather in disgust.
344. WH Sat May 5, 1792: Bennington, April 13. Fairhaven,
April 3, 1792. Last night the store of Mr. Boyle and Co. in
this town, was set
on fire by a villain, supposed to be the same that is sent in irons to
Bennington goal, viz. John Bates, alias GoodrichThe fire appeared
have been set in the house with touchwood, or some other slow combustible,
in the evening, and in the ridge of the house, on the outside about midnight.
The fire on the outside was perceived about half past 12, at which time
the fires had not coalesced, the people were alarmed immediately, there
happened to be a ladder and water handy, every exertion was made use
of with prudence, and in about half an hour the fire was happily extinguished,
and notwithstanding the danger of the stores being blown up every
instant, as there were 2 barrels of powder in the chamber, and the fire
had penetrated a considerable distance into a parcel of bags, which lay
partly on the powder. The explosion which would have taken place in a
few moments, must have destroyed not only the store and people in it,
but Col. Lyons house and perhaps his family, his house being but
a small distance from the store. This Bates is the same villain that
has committed so many burglaries in Connecticut; he is a noted horse
thief, and has broken several goals. He is a native of Sharon in Connecticut.
345. WH Sat May 5, 1792: Keene, (N.H.) March 22. We
hear from Enfield, in the upper part of this County, that as two
men were crossing a pond in pursuit of a Moose, one of them being
thirsty, and perceiving a hole which had been cut through the ice
by some fishermen, he stooped down to drink, but being possessed
of a long red nose, a fish supposed he had some bait, and made bond
to snap at it, when the man suddenly throwing his head back, drew
out a Trout which weighed three pounds four ounces.
346. WH Sat May 5, 1792: Danbury, April 23. Tuesday
night last, nineteen head of horn cattle were stolen from the pasture
of Mr. John
McLean, of this town. The perpetrators of this audacious piece of robbery,
were two transient persons, who called themselves John Hoyt and
William Brown. They were pursued the next day, and the cattle recovered.
Brown made his escape, but Hoyt was taken and brought before justice
Benedict, where he plead guilty, to two indictments; the one for stealing
a cow, the property of Daniel Milson, the other for stealing
eighteen horned cattle, the property of John McLean. For the first, he
received sentence to be whipped ten stripes on the naked body; which
sentence was put in execution early on Friday morning; but the naked
body of this (to all appearance) old offender, had been so often
seasoned to the lathe, that the ten stripes made very little impression
on his callous hide. He was committed on the other indictment for trial
at the county court then sitting at Fairfield. Whether he will be forced
to change his business of a drover, to that of a nail-maker, we cannot
tell, be that as it may, we hope this punishment will be more adequate
to the crime, then simple scourging on an unfeeling carcass. Hoyt had
with him a regimental coat, the uniform of the federal troops.
347. WH Sat May 5, 1792: Danbury, April 23. Saturday
night the wife of Mr. Elias Sanford, of Reading, was delivered of
three living children, Mrs. Sanford bids fair to recover, and two
of the children are like to do well.
348. WH Sat May 5, 1792: Widham, May 5. On Tuesday
last, a very melancholy accident occurred in Coventry, at the Potash
works owned by
Mr. Stanley, of that town. The building had, by accidental means, taken
fire on the roof; a Mr. Voris, who was employed in the Potash, ascended
to extinguish it; but while in the execution of his design, one of the
rafters, which supported him, being much burnt, gave way, and he, being
directly over one of the kettles, was immediately immersed in the boiling
element which was contained in it; he was extricated as soon as possible,
but was so scalded, as to survive only a few hours.A number of
people having collected, the fire was soon extinguished in the building.
349. WH Sat May 5, 1792: The Rev. Mr. Stone, of Lebanon,
is appointed by his Excellency the Governor, to preach the ensuing
350. WH Sat May 5, 1792: Died, at Hartford, in the
61st year of her age, Mrs. Mary Olcott, widow.
At Wethersfield, last Saturday night, the Rev. John Lewis.
351. WH Sat May 5, 1792: We the subscribers, being
appointed by the hon. court of probate, for the district of Plainfield,
the estate of Benjamin Brown, late of Canterbury, deceased, represented
insolvent, and do hereby notify the creditors of said estate, that w
shall attend to receive and examine their claims against said estate,
at the dwelling-house of Capt. John Adams, in said Canterbury, on the
first Fridays of September and October next. Twelve months from the first
day of April inst. is allowed by said court for the creditors to exhibit
their claims. All those who neglect to exhibit their claims within said
term, will be debarred a recovery according to law. Eliashib Adams, Asa
Noulen, Commrs. Canterbury, April 3, 1792.
352. WH Sat May 5, 1792: The Peacock, The famous Narraganset
pacing Horse, which was formerly owned and raised by Governor Potter,
of Rhode Island, is now owned by William Hyde, of Lebanon, in Goshen
society, where said horse will be kept steadily for covering the
ensuing season, and good attendance given, at the moderate price
of Two Dollars the season, and one Dollar the single leap, if the
money is paid down; his colour is a beautiful bright chesnut; his
size is exceeding good, and uncommonly well proportioned; his courage
and carriage none will exceed, and is supposed to be as good a saddle-horse
of that breed, as ever owned in America. Wm. Hyde. Good pasturing
for mares. May 1, 1792.
353. WH Sat May 5, 1792: Strayed out of the pasture
of Paul Newcomb, about the 2d of April, a three year old bay mare
colt; has not been
docked; has some white on her hind feet; her mane braided. Whoever will
take up said colt, and give information so that the subscriber may have
it again, shall be handsomely rewarded, and all necessary charges paid
by Roger Gurley. Lebanon, April 30, 1792.
354. WH Sat May 12, 1792: Baltimore, April 27.
Danville, March 17, 1792. Mr. T____ S____, who had contracted to deliver
a Quantity of Provisions at Post St. Vincennes, went from the
Rapids the 9th ult. His Boats contained 100 Hogs, 40 Bushels of Salt,
and some Horses, which he landed at the Mouth of Pigeon Creek, above
the Mouth of the Wabash, proceeded by land. The second Night after he
went on Shore, the Indians fired on his Party, a few Drovers, and took
all his Hogs, Horses, and Salt.
A boat belonging to Elliot and Williams, with Provisions for Post St.
Vincennes, was obstructed into the Wabash by the Ice; about 80
Indians appeared on the shore, some of whom went on board the boat, and
demanded a Barrel of Whiskey, which the Boats Crew dared not refuse
them; when they had drank it out, they went for more, offering no Violence
to the Whitemen, but said they would have as much Whiskey as they wanted,
that Congress would pay, and upon that score, took off six
Barrels, without doing any other injury.
355. WH Sat May 12, 1792: Litchfield, May 2. Yesterday
sevnnight, suicide was committed by Mr. James Orton, of this
town aged 27. He was found hanging by the neck, about two feet from
the floor, in a barn near where he resided; and circumstances render
it probable, that the deed was done during the night. For several
years the deceased had been subject to fits, and general debility:
The verdict of the jury was
356. WH Sat May 12, 1792: Died.
At Norwich, Mr. Alexander McDonald, aged 40. Author of the Youths
At New-London, Mr. Jesse Edgecombe, aged 47.
At East-Hampton, Long-Island, Mr. Nehemiah B. Cook. He had been a licensed
candidate for the Gospel ministry for about two years past.
357. WH Sat May 12, 1792: The Mechanicks of the town
of Windham, are desired to meet at the courthouse on Monday next,
at two oclock in the afternoon. As business of importance to
the mechanical interest, will be then taken into consideration, it
is hoped there will be a general attendance.
358. WH Sat May 12, 1792: Taintor and Isham, have just
received from New York, A general assortment of goods, among which
are a large
assortment of Jaconet and Book Muslins, Muslinets and Book Muslin handkerchiefs;
a good assortment of changeable and black Lutestrings, a quantity of
yard wide Irish Linens, which they will sell very low by the piece. Tow
Cloth will be received in payment for any of the above articles. Windham,
May 11th, 1792.
359. WH Sat May 12, 1792: The subscribers being appointed
by the hon. court of probate, for the district of Plainfield commissioners,
receive and examine the claims of the creditors to the estate of Mr.
John Tyler, late of Canterbury, deceased, represented insolvent, give
notice, that said creditors are allowed until the 1st day of December
next, to exhibit their claims, and that we will attend on said business
at the dwelling-house of Capt. Luther Bingham, inholder, in said Canterbury,
on the first Mondays of June and November next, at one
oclock P.M. John Felch, Ephraim Lyon, Joseph Baker, Commrs.
Canterbury, April 28, 1792.
360. WH Sat May 12, 1792: Lost, last Monday evening,
from off a horse in this town, a dark mixt coloured Great-Coat, almost
new. Any person who has found it, and will return it to the subscriber
shall be handsomely rewarded. Diah Hebard. Windham, May 11, 1792.
361. WH Sat May 12, 1792: Will cover this season at
the stable of the subscriber, the noted Jack, formerly kept by Capt.
Kinsman and Capt.
Ayres, and the last season by the subscriber. He is so well know it is
almost needless to say any thing in his favour. However, as he has not
been kept in these parts but one season, I may not be unnecessary to
say that he is without exception the likeliest, most vigorous and surest
Jack that is kept in the state of Connecticut, and if any person disputes
that the mules sired by said Jack, are not the largest and likeliest
in the state, the subscriber wishes him to call and see some that he
sired the last season, which he is sure will satisfy him that the foregoing
recommendation is not in the least exaggerated. Said Jack will be kept
through the season, at the subscribers except every Wednesday,
when he will be at Mr. Joshua Priors, in Mansfield. The terms to
ensure a foal, 18s.the season 9s. and a single leap, 6s. The subscriber
will contract for the mules at four months old, and will give for those
of the largest size, four pounds ten shillings, and for those of a smaller
four pounds, and the jacking in the bargain. And those who are so unfortunate
as to have their mares lose their foals, when the subscriber ventures,
may put them in the next season gratis. Good pasturing for mares, on
reasonable terms, at either of the above-mentioned places. Good attendance
will be given, and all favours duly acknowledged, by the publics
most humble servant, Abel Clark.
Windham, May 7, 1792.
362. WH Sat May 12, 1792: The misfortunes of the Stuart
family for 390 years past are worthy of attention.
Robort the third, broke his heart, because his oldest son Robert was
starved to death, and his youngest son James made a captive.
James the first, after having beheaded three of his nearest kin, was
assassinated by his uncle, and the uncle tortured to death for it.
James the second, was slain by bursting of a piece of ordinance.
James the third, when flying from the field of battle, was thrown from
his horse, and murdered in the cottage to which he had retired.
James the fourth, fell in Flodden field.
James the fifth, died of grief, for the wilful ruin of his army at Solway
Henry Stuart, Lord Darnly, was assassinated and then blown up in his
Mary Stuart, was beheaded in England.
James the first and sixth, died in prison.
Charles the first, was beheaded at Whitehall.
Charles the second was exiled for many years.
James the second, lost his crown, and died in banishment. And fell a
victim to a broken heart.
The posterity that yet remains are wretched wanderers in a sovereign
363. WH Sat May 19, 1792: Winchester, (Virginia) April
23. Extract of a letter from a gentleman in Rogerville, in the territory
south of the
Ohio, to his friend in this town, dated April 6. A number of the
Creeks, and all the Chickamogga Indians, have some days since declared
war against the settlement of Cumberlandkilled 22, and taken 2
prisoners: We are at a loss to know whether they will turn out on our
frontiers or not. One of the Shawanese has been lurking about the neighborhood
where I reside for some time, and (to shew their natural propensity for
barbarism) yesterday, while I was attending general muster, an express
came to town with the melancholy news, of his having within fifteen miles
of this place, killed and scalped three children &SHY; the father of
them was chased a considerable distance, but escapedthe mother
is supposed to have been taken prisoner. This day a party set off in
pursuit of them. The people of Cumberland have sent to the Governor for
assistance. A full Captains company will march for that place on
the 21st. The savage thirst for blood seems diffusing itself generally.
I fear the consequences to us will be beyond conception great, and our
army too late to redress the inexpressible sufferings of a helpless
364. WH Sat May 19, 1792: Hartford, May 14. On Thursday
last, the Annual Election for this State was held in this City. The
Gentlemen were elected to the offices annexed to their names, viz. [am
only listing Windham and Tolland]
Windham, Mr. Zephaniah Swift, Mr. Hezekiah Ripley.
Ashford, Mr. Simeon Smith, Mr. Isaac Perkins.
Brooklyn, Mr. James Eldridge.
Canterbury, Mr. Moses Cleaveland, Mr. Benjamin Bacon.
Hampton, Mr. Ebenezer Mosely.
Killingly, Mr. Samson Howe, Mr. Isaac Hutchens.
Lebanon, Mr. Elkanah Tisdale, Mr. Asahel Clark.
Mansfield, Mr. Constant Southworth, Mr. Jesse Williams.
Plainfield, Mr. Joseph Shepard, Mr. John Pierce.
Pomfret, Mr. Thomas Grovenor, Mr. Lemuel Ingalls.
Thomson, Mr. Jonathan Nichols.
Voluntown, Mr. Benjamin Dow, Mr. John Gaston.
Woodstock, Mr. Nehemiah Childs, Mr. Noah Mason.
Tolland, Mr. Jeremiah West, Mr. Samuel Ladd.
Bolton, Mr. Saul Alvord, Mr. Oliver King.
Coventry, Mr. Jeremiah Ripley, Mr. John Hale.
Ellington, Mr. Matthew Hyde.
Hebron, Mr. Sylvester Gilbert, Mr. Joel Jones.
Somers, Mr. Reuben Sikes, Mr. Joshua Pomeroy.
Stafford, Mr. Joseph Alded, Mr. Ebenezer Gay.
Union, Mr. Samuel Crawford.
Willington, Mr. Minor Grant, Mr. John Johnston.
365. WH Sat May 19, 1792: Windham, May 19. We learn
from Tolland, that last week, as Mr. Josiah Luce, of that town, was
assisting in raising the frame of a barn, and being on one of the
plates, he accidentally fell backward, about 20 feet to the ground,
which bruised him in so
shocking a manner, that his life is despaired of.
366. WH Sat May 19, 1792: Died.
Mrs. Prudence Wales, relict of Deac. Nathaniel Wales, aged 83.
In Westmister, Engl. March 3, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Knt. Doctor of Laws
of the Universities of Oxford and Dublin, Principal painter to his
Majesty, President of the Royal Academy of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture,
Fellow of the Royal Society, and Fellow of the Society of
367. WH Sat May 19, 1792: The hon. court of probate,
for the district of Windham, having allowed six months from the date,
for the creditors
to the estate of Lot Dimmick, late of Mansfield, deceased, to bring in
their claims against said estate: claims not exhibited properly attested,
within said time, will be forever debarred. Likewise, all persons indebted
to said estate, are desired to make immediate payment, to Lucy Dimmick,
Jonathan Dimmick, Admrs. Mansfield, May 10, 1792.
368. WH Sat May 19, 1792: We the subscribers being
by the hon. court of probate, for the district of Plainfield, appointed
commissioners on the estate of Ephraim Pellet, late of Canterbury,
deceased, represented insolvent, do hereby notify the creditors of
said estate, that we shall
attend to receive and adjust their claims against said estate, at the
dwelling-house of Capt. Luther Bingham, in said Canterbury, on the first
Wednesdays of September and October next, at one oclock in the
afternoon each of said days. Eliashib Adams, Daniel Frost, Commrs.
Canterbury, May 10, 1792.
369. WH Sat May 19, 1792: Smiling Star will cover at
the stable of the subscriber, one half of the time, and the other
half to begin on Monday
the 14th inst. he will be at Landlords Greenslitts in Hampton,
at 10 oclock and continuous till 3 oclock P.M. On Tuesday
will be at Mr.
Daniel Paynes, in Brooklyn, and continue until Friday night, and
on Saturday will return by said Greenslitts and continue the same
hours as on Mondayfrom thence return to the stable of the subscriber,
where he will continue until Monday the 28th. Said horse will continue
the above mentioned rout thro the season, and is the same horse
that covered at Brooklyn last season: the terms will be eighteen shillings
the season, or twelve shillings the leap, to be paid when the mare is
put to the horse. Amaziah Wright. Mansfield, May 3d, 1792. N.B. Those
mare that were put to the horse last year, for the season, and faild
of being with foal may be put to the horse this season for half price.
370. WH Sat May 26, 1792: Yesterday morning departed
this Life, at his Seat in Woodstock Connecticut, the Honorable Joseph
Russell, Esq. in the 60th year of his age.
371. WH Sat May 26, 1792: Danbury, May 14. The following
melancholy affair happened at Litchfield a few days sinceMr.
David Stoddard being at work at his sawmill with another man, in
repairing the Crankthe man supposing Mr. Stoddard to be out
of danger, hoisted the gate, but unhappily the motion of the wheel
threw him from a scaffold on the crank, which caught him by his legs,
and before the gate could be shut
drew him in, and put an immediate period to the existence of a very worthy
372. WH Sat May 26, 1792: Windham, May 26. By the act
establishing a mint, and regulating the Coins of the United States,
it is enacted, that there shall be, from time to time, struck and
coined, at the said mint, coins of gold, silver, and copper, of the
following denominations, viz.
Gold coin &SHY; Eagles, each to be of the value of ten dollars or units.
Half Eagles, each to be of the value of five dollars, and Quarter Eagles,
each to be of the value of two and a half dollars. Silver coins &SHY;
Dollars and Units, each to be of the value of a Spanish milled dollar,
as the same is now current; and of Half Dollars, each to be of half the
value of the dollar or unit. Quarter Dollars, each to be of one fourth
the value of the dollar or unit. Difmes [Dismes? mean Dimes?], each to
be of the value of one tenth of a dollar or unit. Half Dismes, each to
be of the value of one twentieth of a dollar. Copper coin &SHY; Cents
each to be of the value of the one hundredth part of a dollar. Half Cents,
each to be of the value of half a cent. It is also enacted, That the
money of the account of the United States shall be expressed in dollars
or units, dismes or tenths, cents or hundreds, or mills or thousands &SHY;
a disme being the tenth part of a dollar, a cent the hundredth part of
a dollar, a mill the thousandth part of a dollar; and that all accounts
in the public office, and all proceedings, in the courts of the United
States, shall be kept and had in conformity to this regulation.
373. WH Sat May 26, 1792: Married, Mr. Ebenezer Fitch,
president of the academy at Williamston, Massachusetts, to Mrs. Polly
Cogswell, of this town.
374. WH Sat May 26, 1792: Died, on Sunday evening last,
aged 29 years, Mrs. Jerusha Swift, the amiable consort of Col. Zephaniah
375. WH Sat May 26, 1792: Lost, the 12th inst, a Red
Moroco Pocket Book, containing three notes of hand, and sundry other
paper, of no
consequence to any one but the subscriber. Any person who has found it,
and will leave it with the subscriber, or at the printing-office, shall
be generously rewarded. Nathl Huntington. Windham, May 23, 1792.