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March 21, 2013

Ship Sunk in China

From the Otsego Herald

for Saturday, March 20, 1813

Compiled, with comments

by HUGH C. MacDOUGALL

Obituaries

Died, in Cherry-Valley on the 13th inst. [March] Mr. CHRISTOPHER ALLEN, aged 27, of the prevailing epidemic.

Died in this village, on Monday last, of the prevailing fever, Mr. ISAIAH THURBER, aged 51 years.

Died in Middlefield, yesterday, very suddenly, JAMES INGALLS, Esq.

COMMENT: Christopher Allen 1786-1813) may have been the son of Benjamin Allen (1763-1843), a Revolutionary War veteran, also of Cherry Valley. Isaiah Thurber (1762-1813). Came from Rehoboth, Mass. Both of these two were victims of the “spotted fever” (meningococcal meningitis) then epidemic in the Northeast ... James Ingalls (1760-1813) was married in 1786 to Sarah Williams (1760-1831). He left three children.

Library Meeting

The annual meeting of the “Washington Library company” for the election of trustees for the ensuing year, will be held at Munn’s Hotel, on Tuesday the 6th April next, at 2 o’clock P.M.

ROBERT CAMPBELL, Librarian. Cooperstown, March 20, 1813.

COMMENT: Robert Campbell (1781-1847) was a graduate of Union College who came from Cherry Valley to Cooperstown in 1802. An attorney, he was the first president of the Otsego County Bank.

Ship Sunk in China

Letter from Canton, China, dated Nov. 2, 1812: “I am extremely sorry to inform you of the loss of the President Adams and all her cargo on this coast the 29th September at 10 P.M. 2 leagues westward of Mocoa [Macao], in as violent a gale of wind as I ever experienced.

“We were at anchor in a fine harbor with a pilot on board and had rode there 48 hours before she drifted; could she have held on four hours longer we should now had her safe in Canton; but it was not so to be.

“The second time she struck, she bilged and filled instantly, her stern on the rocks, so that her quarter-deck was out of water, & main-deck at the mercy of the sea, which constantly broke over us. At this time I should liked very well to have been in Boston.

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