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WINDHAM COUNTY NEWSPAPERS : WINDHAM HERALD 1791-1795
461. WH Sat Sep. 1, 1792: Pittsburgh, August 9. Head Quarters. General Orders. Desertion having become prevalent among the troops of this place, particularly upon the least appearance, or rather apprehension of danger, that some men (for they are unworthy the name of Soldiers) have been so lost to every sense of honor and duty, as to desert their post as sentries; by which treacherous, base, cowardly conduct, the lives and safety of their brave companions, and worthy citizens, were committed to savage fury. The commander in chief, is therefore determined to put a stop to such baneful practice, by the most exemplary punishment; as well as by liberal rewards; and hereby promises to every citizen, or soldier, the sum of ten dollars, for each and every desert that may be apprehended, and brought to this place, together with reasonable costs; the commander in chief also promises, a reward of ten dollars, to any soldiers who will discover an intention of desertion, in any other soldier or soldiers, to the end that such solder or soldiers may be secured, and punished agreeable to the rules and articles of war. Henry D. Butts, Aid de Camp.
462. WH Sat Sep. 1, 1792: Pittsburgh, August 11. Saturday
last, the 4th inst. Henry Hamilton a soldier belonging to the detachment
under the command of Major Asheton, was taken to the gallows, to
be executed for mutiny, in attempting to take the life of Ensign
Devin, by sticking him in the breast with a bayonet, on the march
to this place. The whole of the troops consisting of Major Ashetons
detachment of infantry,
463. WH Sat Sep. 1, 1792: Martinsburgh, August 7. By a gentleman who left Kentucky about four weeks ago, we learn that 500 warriors of the Cherokee nation, with their squaws, horses, &c. had gone into Kentucky and joined the white inhabitants with an intention of taking a part in the ensuing campaign.
464. WH Sat Sep. 1, 1792: Richmond, August 10. Yesterday
arrived in this city, 14 Indian warriors belonging to the Catawba
nation. It is
465. WH Sat Sep. 1, 1792: Philadelphia, August 22. An Indian chief of the Onondago tribe, was inhumanly murdered near the Otswego Falls, the 27th July last. One Jacob Valentine is charged with the crime &SHY; and he having absconded, the Governor of the State of New York offers 500 dollars reward for apprehending him.
466. WH Sat Sep. 1, 1792: Philadelphia, August 22.
On the morning of the 16th inst. the body of Elizabeth Reeves was
found in the dock next
467. WH Sat Sep. 1, 1792: Lansingburgh, August 10.
There is now living in this town a child of black parents, whose
skin is as white as the whitest children among us, the eyes are of
a bright blue, the hair as much white as red or sandy, but harsh
and curly as that of any negro, the nose, lips, mouth and feature
perfectly like those of its nation. The white is so clear that the
veins and even the motion of the blood after resistance on a sudden
motion, is more apparent than it would be in nine tenths of the children
of white parents, and altho the child is now 18 months old,
the colour has not been found to approach nearer to black, by becoming
a tawny or mulatto, a proof that there is no mixture
468. WH Sat Sep. 1, 1792: Hartford, August 27. Last
Friday Mr. David Vibert, by the breaking of a plank, fell from the
frame of a building in
469. WH Sat Sep. 1, 1792: Danbury, August 13. Yesterday Peter Farring an Irishman and John Sharp, a Mulatto, were convicted before the Hon. Superior Court in this town, of Highway Robbery, and sentenced to confinement and hard labour in Newgate prison during their natural lives. They took their departure for that place this morning.
470. WH Sat Sep. 1, 1792: Windham, September 1. Died. Mr. Benjamin Smith, aged 60.
471. WH Sat Sep. 1, 1792: From the Kentucky Gazette,
July 21. An extract of a letter from a gentleman at Fort Washington,
to his friend in this place, dated the 15th inst. mentions that news
had been received at St. Vincennes, by an Indian sent from Major
Hamtramck to LAnguille, (the village destroyed by General Wilkinson
last August) that a party of Shawanese had fallen in and murdered
a party of three or four men, not very distant from one of our fortifications;
that these men bore a flag; that the Indians conveyed the papers
found in their possession to some white men, who could read; that
these papers turned out to contain a talk from a Big Captain, which
made the Indians regret their conduct. From this report, it is probable
that one of the Flags sent out by General Wilkinson has been intercepted
and cut off, but which is uncertain. There exists a strong presumption
that Col. Harding was not of this party. There were three flags sent
out; the first
472. WH Sat Sep. 1, 1792: Wanted by the subscriber,
as an apprentice to the Coopers trade, a hearty Lad, from 14
to 18 years of age. Vine
473. WH Sat Sep. 1, 1792: Wanted, a considerable quantity of good and well cleaned Mustard-Seed, to be delivered within three weeks from the date, for which payment will be made in Goods, at Cash price, by Jona. Jennings. Windham, Aug. 31, 1792.
474. WH Sat Sep. 8, 1792: Extract of a letter from Fort Knox (Vincennes) dated June 15, 1792. I am afraid, my friend, that we shall have a very ugly job on hand, with this Indian war. The Indians on this river are peaceable enough with a great deal of watching and coaxingthey come in here very frequently, and appear to have a great itch for scalping, and plundering, and nothing, I imagine, but their concern for the prisoners we have, restrains them from taking up the hatchet. A few days ago, several Chiefs came in from O_pee, a place high up the Illinois river, and, in their speech to Major Hamtramck, told him they were frequently invited and threatened by the Miami Indians to induce them to go to war against us, but they had not, nor, did intend to do it. That we must keep a good heart, for we should have a great many more to fight this year than we had the lastwished us success, and hoped we might give them a good drubbing. The Major enquired whether the British made them any presentsthey replied, that the British gave them goods like stacks of hay, provisions, arm, ammunition and everything but big guns. Indeed, every intelligence we have received from the Miami villages, corroborate so far as to convince us that there will be double the number of Indians in the field this year, there was the last, and the British continue to supply them with every thing they want; so that I think a few of us will be apt to lose our hair.
475. WH Sat Sep. 8, 1792: Extraordinary instance of
female heroism. Extracted from a letter written by Col. James Perry
to the Rev. Jordon Dodge. On the 1st of April inst. a number of Indians
surrounded the house of John Merril, which was discovered by the
barking of a dog. Merril stepped to the door to see what he could
discover, and received three musket balls, which caused him to fall
back into the house with a broken leg and arm. The Indians rushed
on to the door, but it being instantly fastened by his wife, who
with a girl about fifteen years of age, stood against it, the savages
could not immediately enter.. They broke one part of the door, and
one of them crowded partly through. The heroic mother, in the midst
of her screaming children and groaning husband, seized an axe, and
gave a fatal blow to the savage, and he
476. WH Sat Sep. 8, 1792: Sunbury, August 11. For the
Sunbury Gazette. Mr. Kennedy, As the flux is now raging with much
malignancy, in many parts of this country, I take the liberty of
publishing the following simple cure, which after an experience of
its utility, for near 40 years I will venture to recommend as a sovereign
remedy. Take two teaspoonfuls of clean hickory or oak ashes, quite
hot, in half a gill of old spirits,
477. WH Sat Sep. 8, 1792: Fredericksburgh, August 17. On Wednesday evening the 8th instant, Mr. John Arock, jun. was murdered near his house in Spotsylvania county. His body was found the next day lying in the road, with a contusion in the back of the head, and several attempts had been made to cut his throat. Four negroes the property of his father, have since confessed themselves the actors in this tragic scene, and are committed to goal. He has left a wife and several small children to lament his unhappy end.
478. WH Sat Sep. 8, 1792: Rutland, (Vermont), August 20. On Thursday night the 9th inst. the dwelling house of Mr. Alexander Patterson, of Pittsford, was consumed by fire. It seems that Mr. Patterson had been missing several weeks, supposed to have fled on account of some threats he had received from his wife, by which he thought his life was in danger. On the evening before the fire, Mrs. Patterson told her children that she was going to a neighbours house, not to return that nighther pewter, &c. was observed by a neighbouring woman to be packed up the day before. Some time in the night the fire alarmed a neighbor, who reached the house just as the children escaped out of the door &SHY;the house was too far consumed to render any attempts to save it effectual. A day or two after as some children were searching for pewter among the rubbish, just under where the bed stood, they discovered a number of bones, which on examination were judged to be human bones, the skull, teeth, &c. remaining in their natural form. On information of this, a jury of inquest was summoned &SHY; in the mean time, it is supposed, that Mrs. Patterson went and secreted the skull, teeth, &c. and broke the rest of the bones into small pieces, in order to render any further enquiries fruitless. It was the opinion of the jury, that the bones were human bones, and that murder had been committed there, but by whom could not be ascertained. Suspicions were strong against Mrs. Patterson, who has been examined.
479. WH Sat Sep. 8, 1792: Springfield, August 22, Warwick August 8, 1792. Female Exertion. On the 3d inst. about 12 oclock in the day, the dwelling house of Mr. Zachariah Barber of this town, was discovered by a small child to be on fire &SHY; who seeing the fire fall into the chamber from the roof, through which it had burnt, soon gave the alarm; no help being near except Mrs. Barber and a number of small children, the eldest of whom she instantly dispatched to call Mr. Barber and a hired man, who were half a mile distant; it being very dry and windy, the fire raged with great fury, and must have consumed the house with a great part of its contents, had it not been for the extraordinary vigilance of the woman, who drew from a well near 40 feet deep, almost 50 pails of water, part of which she applied to wet the chamber floor, after removing all combustibles, and part she applied with great dexterity to the roof; having no ladder, she was obliged to ascend the roof of a small wood house, from thence with great difficulty, to the roof that was in flame. She ascended this precipice a number of times, carrying each time a full pail of water in her hand; in this manner she contested the merciless element, in the most spirited manner, for the space of half an hour, when her husband and man arrived, who by their untied exertions happily extinguished the fire in a short time.
480. WH Sat Sep. 8, 1792: Springfield, August 29. We hear from Dulton, that on Wednesday the 8th ult. Mr. Asa Selvey of that place went out to chop some trees down, in the afternoon, and was seen to be at the business near sun set. He did not return home that evening, a circumstance which occasioned uncomfortable apprehensions in the breast of his wife, but as he had a father-in law, and brother-in law, near the place where he was at work, she made herself as easy as she could with the hope he was with them. In the morning she went to her fathers and being informed her husband had not been there, she concluded he was dead. Search was immediately made and he was found a corpse, and a shocking spectacle, at the place where he had been at work the preceeding evening. The facts appeared to have been as follows: He had fallen a beech tree, which in its course struck a dry limb of a maple about thirty feet long, and broke it off in part, but not so that it fell; Selvey cut up this tree to the top, which brought him near the maple &SHY; whilst cutting the limbs of the beech, the wind was high and probably broke off the dry limb of the maple so that he could not hear it. It fell, and the little end struck the ground, the butt end poised over in a direction which brought it on the back part of Selveys head, broke his skull, pitched him forward over a log in a direction which brought his fore-head on a sharp slab which fractured his head on that part, and probably killed him in an instant, for there was no appearance of his having struggled after he fell; the position in which he was found was thishis body lay bent over a log, the middle of it considerably raised, and the head on the ground, where the most of his blood had discharged itselfa humble posture! A striking instance also of human frailty and the uncertainty of life! Who knows the time of his departure? Happy, if this awful providence should prove an awakening and useful lecture to the living. Mr. Selvey (who had supported the character of a worthy citizen) has left a disconsolate and amiable widow with three small children, to mourn his untimely and shocking end.
481. WH Sat Sep. 8, 1792: The Governor of Pennsylvania has issued a Proclamation, offering 300 dollars reward for apprehending the murderer of Eliz. Reeves.
482. WH Sat Sep. 8, 1792: By a vote of the inhabitants of the town of Boston, all persons, as well inhabitants of the town, as those coming from the country, are permitted to receive the Small-Pox, by inoculation, at any time from the 29th of August last, until the 15th day of September inst. and not afterwards.
483. WH Sat Sep. 8, 1792: The Physicians and Surgeons
of Windham county, are requested to meet at Capt. Dorrances
tavern, in Windham (Scotland parish) on the fourth Tuesday of September
next, ten oclock in the morning, precisely, agreeable to act
of Assembly. Albigence
484. WH Sat Sep. 8, 1792: All persons having demands against the estate of Thomas Phinney, late of Ashford, deceased, represented insolvent, are hereby requested to exhibit their claims to the subscribers, within six months from the date, properly attested to, in order for settlement, it being the time limited by the hon. court of probate, for the district of Pomfret. We will attend on said business on the first Tuesdays of November and February next, at 1 oclock P.M. at the dwelling-house of Mr. Jareb Preston, of Ashford; those who neglect to bring them in by said time, will be debarred a recovery. Isaac Perkins, Abel Simmons, Commrs. Ashford, Sept. 4, 1792. N.B. All persons indebted to said estate, are requested to make immediate payment. Jareb Preston, Admr.
485. WH Sat Sep. 8, 1792: The Freemen of the town of Windham, are hereby notified to meet at the Court-house in Windham, on Monday the 17th day of September inst. at nine oclock in the forenoon, then and there to choose two representatives to represent this town in the General Assembly to be holden at New Haven on the second Thursday of October next; also to bring in their votes for twenty persons to stand in nomination at the election in May next; and also to bring in their votes for seven persons, to represent this state at the next Congress of the United States. Joshua Maxwell, Benj. Brewster, John Clark, Jared Webb, Constables of the said town of Windham. Windham, Sept. 6, 1792.
486. WH Sat Sep. 8, 1792: Just Published, and to be
sold at the Printing-Office, Windham, Gods terrible Voice in
the City, wherein are
487. WH Sat Sep. 8, 1792: From the American Mercury.
Mr. Babcock, Please to insert the following extract of a letter,
from a Gentleman (who lately travelled through the State of Connecticut)
to his friend in Hartford. Many things present to the view
of travellers, very agreeablywe see the best cultivated Farmsthe
most convenient, handsome Houses, the prettiest Towns, the most intelligent,
civil, and knowing people that are to be found in America, perhaps
in the world; --a people, who to all those advantages, have added
civil and religious liberty, independence, and a perfect freedom
from all improper restraint: --Yet these people, with all their advantages,
suffer themselves to be peculiarly enslaved, and imposed upon, by
a contemptible race of beings, which many of the inhabitants of other
countries, less favoured in most respects hold in abhorrence, and
never fail to make successful war against. BED-BUGS are the nefarious
animals I meanand which have tormented my female companions
and self, the greatest part of the time we have been in the state,
and which, I fear, will frustrate the favourable expectations we
have promised ourselves in this journey. This is the greatest grievance
Connecticut suffers, and is worthy the genius of your McFingal, your
Joshua, and your Columbusthey should make war upon them, and
allow them no rest, until they convince
488. WH Sat Sep. 15, 1792: New-York, September 3. Sunday evening last a Mariner by the name of Joseph Perkins, being in a state of intoxication fell from the garret window of a three story house, upon the pavement, which put an instant period to his life.
489. WH Sat Sep. 15, 1792: Worcester, September 6.
The Court of General Sessions of the Peace in this county, is adjourned
to Friday the twenty first of September inst. at ten oclock
A.M. for the purpose of licensing inoculating hospitals in such places
in the county as may be
490. WH Sat Sep. 15, 1792: Dover, August 22. Last Monday afternoon some countrymen were running horses in the centre of this town, when Mr. Joseph Burnham running into the street one of the horses ran him down, threw his rider, & went down over the hill. Mr. Burnham was taken up to appearance dead, but by the exertions of the citizens and doctors of the town, by rubbing, bathing, &c. he was in some measure recovered, his shoulder was put out, and his left ear nearly torn from his headhe was otherwise very much hurt, but we hope not mortally. The rider received no damage, and we hope this accident may prove a warning, and prevent in future the bad practice of running horses.
491. WH Sat Sep. 15, 1792: A pardon has been granted by the Supreme Executive of Massachusetts, to Joshua Abbot, lately convicted of Murder in the County of York.
492. WH Sat Sep. 15, 1792: Windham, September 15. Married, Mr. Cyrus Brewster, to Miss Nancy De Witt.
493. WH Sat Sep. 15, 1792: The listers of this town are desired to meet at Mr. Jonathan Hebards, on Monday next, 2 oclock P.M.
494. WH Sat Sep. 15, 1792: Lost a few days since, a
pair of paste Knee-Buckles. Whoever has found them and will leave
them at the
495. WH Sat Sep. 15, 1792: Indian Cruelty and Fortitude.
From voyages and travels of an Indian interpreter and tradera
496. WH Sat Sep. 22, 1792: Providence, September 15.
Capt. Silas Butler, in the Schooner Friendship, arrived on the 8th
instant at the
497. WH Sat Sep. 22, 1792: Hartford, September 17.
Last Friday as some men were digging a canal or trench from Mill-River
to Mr. Merrills distillery, the earth fell from one side of
the trench and buried two of the men. They were taken out with all
possible expedition, but one of them, Mr. James Bunce, who was covered
about 15 minutes, was so far injured that all efforts to save his
life proved ineffectual, and he
498. WH Sat Sep. 22, 1792: Windham, September 22. Last
Monday being Freemens Meeting, the following gentlemen were
chosen representatives to the General Assemblyto be holden at New
Haven in October next, viz.
499. WH Sat Sep. 22, 1792: Died, at Boston, of the small-pox, Miss Polly Webb, daughter of Mr. Stephen Webb, of this town.
500. WH Sat Sep. 22, 1792: Died at Paris, the 18th of July last, the celebrated John Paul Jones. The Assembly sent a deputation to attend his funeral. It was objected, that he was a Calvinist, but the objection was over-ruled.
501. WH Sat Sep. 22, 1792: Plainfield, September 14. On Saturday last, as Capt. Samuel Hall of this town, was coming out of his field near his house, on horse back, a grand son of his of about four years old, was asleep on the top of a high stone wall, close to the bars where said Hall passed. The child partly awakening from his sleep as supposed, started and fell from said wall with his breast on a firm stone in the ground, which started the horse and turned him round; the horse trod with his hind feet on the child. The fall from the wall, and tread of the horse, bruised the child to such a degree, that he expired in an hour and a half, to the great grief of the family and acquaintance, though all possible measures were taken for his recovery. He was the son of Mr. Stephen Pierce, not at Marietta, on the Ohio.
502. WH Sat Sep. 22, 1792: To be sold at Public Vendue,
at the sign post in the first society in Ashford, the 31st day of
October next, so much of the real estate of James Trecothick, non-resident
proprietor, as will pay his town and society taxes in my hands to
503. WH Sat Sep. 22, 1792: From the (Philad.) Daily
Advertiser. Mr. Claypoole, Believing that the following particulars
of Mr. John Strangeways Hutton, now living in this city, in the 109th
year of his age, may interest the public, they are communicated,
with his consent, by your humble servant. C.W. Peale. Philadelphia,
Sept. 3, 1792. From the (Philad.) Daily Advertiser.
Children by his first marriage; 8; 7
Children by his 2d marriage; 17; 12
Now living 87; of whom the greater number reside in
Philadelphia: two families of them in Richmond, Virginia.
504. WH Sat Sep. 29, 1792: Bennington, (Vermont) Sept.
2. By a private letter from Canada, that Lieutenant Governor Simcoe
brought from England with him all the civil officers of his new government
of the Upper Province which he governs; also a new regiment called
505. WH Sat Sep. 29, 1792: About 100 Indians lately
made an attack on Galliopolis a French settlements on the Ohio opposite
the mouth of the Great Kanahwa, which continued for sometime. The
Indians after destroying the standing corn, killing four or five
persons and doing
506. WH Sat Sep. 29, 1792: Died, in England, the 4th of August, suddenly, Lieut. Gen. Burgoyne.
507. WH Sat Sep. 29, 1792: Caleb Faulkner, Carries on the Clothing Business in all its branches, in the neatest manner, and with dispatch, at the clothing works in Brooklyn, one mile south of the meeting-house, which was last year improved by Mr. Daniel Sterns. Those who oblige him with their work, may depend on having it done well, and the pay made easy. Sept. 20, 1792.
508. WH Sat Sep. 29, 1792: The hon. court of probate, for the district of Windham, having allowed six months from the 18th of September inst. to the creditors to the estate of Capt. Zebulon Hebard, late of Windham, deceased, to exhibit their claims for settlement; those who neglect to exhibit their claims within said time, will be legally debarred. All indebted to said estate, are requested to make payment to Jabez Hebard, Perez Hebard, Executors. Windham, Sept. 26, 1792.
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