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March 20, 2014

A fire in Cooperstown


Shortly, T. & G. hope to be able to announce the commencement of their business, & their readiness to attend, as usual, to all orders. Cooperstown, 19th March, 1814.

COMMENT: Farrand Stranahan (1778-1826) was a Cooperstown lawyer. Seth Cook (1782-1819) and his brother-in-law George Crafts had recently opened a dry goods, groceries, and hardware store next door to Joseph Wilkinson’s home and shop. The damaged firm of Taylor and Graves was probably headed by a Taylor (not yet identified) and Calvin Graves (1794-1848), uncle of the Abner Graves “who brought baseball to Cooperstown.”


DIED — In Laurens, on the 11th inst. [March] Mr. DANIEL GRIFFITH, of the asthma, in the 88th year of his age. He retained his senses to the last, and lived and died in the full faith of the Christian Religion.

DIED — in this town on the 16th inst. Mr. JAMES WHIPPLE.

COMMENT: Daniel Griffith (July 18, 1726-Mar. 6, 1814) came from Rochester in Plymouth County, Mass. He had 16 children, by two wives; his son Stephen (1754-1775) died at the Battle of Bunker Hill at the beginning of the American Revolution. Deacon James Whipple (ca. 1772-Mar. 16, 1814) was one of eight children of Captain Benajah Whipple (1734-1817), who died in Cooperstown.

Defeat of General Floyd

From Washington — Private letters communicate an unpleasant report, that Gen. Floyd has been defeated by Indians, with the loss of 300 men and all his cannon.

COMMENT: Brigadier General John Floyd (1769-1839) was a commander of Georgia State militia (and later a Georgia Congressman). A modern source states: “On Jan. 27, 1814 his troops fended off a predawn surprise attack by over 1,300 Indian warriors on the banks of Calabee (Chalibee) Creek. If it had not been for the aid of the friendly Lower Creek Indians, who had allied themselves with the white state militias, and the quick actions of the veteran companies, General Floyd might have lost this brutal battle.” It was one of the last battles of the so-called Creek War in 1813-1814.

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  • American victories at Chippewa From an authentic source, we are happy to be able to state, that our army under the command of maj. gen. Brown, crossed from Buffalo to the Canada shore on the 3d of July inst. and that Fort Erie surrendered to our arms at 6 o'clock in the morning.

    July 17, 2014

  • Civil War breaks out in Haiti The Baltimore American (extra) of the 22d, contains translations from the Royal Gazette of Hayti of the 23d of March; being official details of the capture of Fort Sabourin, by the troops of Christophe, from those of Petion, in a report of the Prince of Limbe, minister of war and marine, having under him the Duke of l’Arbonila and Duke of Grand Reviere, and 8 battalions of troops.

    July 10, 2014

  • Sacket's Harbor saved Dispatch from Brigadier-General Brown, to the Secretary of War ... June 1, 1813. SIR--You will have received my dispatch of the 29th [May] written from the field of battle ... that this post had been attacked by Sir George Prevost, and that we had succeeded in repulsing him ...

    July 3, 2014

  • Attack on Wareham undertaken Wareham [near New Bedford], June 14.... Yesterday morning we were informed of the approach of the enemy, and at about eleven o'clock A.M. they landed at the village called the Narrows, with a flag. There were six barges containing two hundred and twenty men.

    June 26, 2014

  • Victory won at Sandy Creek "I have the honor to transmit herewith Major Appling's report of the gallant affair which took place yesterday morning between a detachment of the 1st Rifle Regiment and Oneida Indians under his command, and a detachment from the British fleet, consisting of sailors and marines commanded by Captain Popham of the Royal Navy.

    June 19, 2014

  • Downfall of Napoleon Boston, June 4, 1814: We are able to give in our paper to-day the history of another surprising revolution in France.

    June 12, 2014

  • New ferryboat speeds travel Progress of the arts -- For several days past, the new ferry boat, invented by Moses Rodgers, Esq. of this city, propelled by the draught of six horses, has been plying between this city and Brooklyn, a distance of three quarters of a mile.

    June 5, 2014

  • Jackson victorious in Creek War Despatch from Gen. Jackson to Tennessee Governor [Willie] Blount, [from] Camp at the junction of the Coosee and Talapoosie, April 18th, 1814.

    May 29, 2014

  • Passing out bibles The annual meeting of the Otsego County Bible Society, will be held at the Meeting-House in Cooperstown, on Thursday the 9th day of June next. A sermon will be delivered by the first Vice-President at half past ten o'clock A.M.

    May 22, 2014

  • Oswego held for 15 hours A letter from Onondaga, dated 9th [May]...says: "On Thursday the enemy's fleet appeared off Oswego, consisting of 3 ships, 2 brigs, 2 schooners, and 11 gun boats, full of men.

    May 15, 2014